• Tour de France will return to Britain, says Christian Prudhomme51 weeks 3 hours agoGhostie wrote:bikeboy76

    Ghostie wrote:
    bikeboy76 wrote:
    As the tour has been so successful and popular we should have our own tour, perhaps call it the Tour of Britain.

    I hope you are joking there. Confused


    I think it's called sarcasm Wink

    Now is definitely the time to plough some investment into the ToB. Move the date so it doesn't clash with the Vuelta and push for World Tour status.

    It's a bit embarrassing that the TdF generates so much interest in this country yet we are barely capable of organising our own Tour of Britain.

  • Bristol plans £35 million spend on cycleway network51 weeks 3 hours agoI'm already pretty happy with

    I'm already pretty happy with my commute in Bristol, but I welcome any changes that bring more people into the cycling community.

    My workplace is in Aztec West business park and lots of folks commute over from Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Patchway, all of which are well served by cycle paths already, but for some reason most of them seem to be happy using a car, despite it being substantially slower during peak hours. Hell, I commute here from Westbury and I think that's still faster by bike than by car (certainly on the way home, maybe about even on the way in). I wonder if better employer investment in cycle facilities, up here, might make more of a difference in this area than more road investment.

    On the other hand I know my wife would really appreciate some improvements on Gloucester road. Given the amount of bike traffic that already use that route it is surprisingly awful for cyclists.

  • Bristol plans £35 million spend on cycleway network51 weeks 3 hours agoShades wrote: The only way to

    Shades wrote:
    The only way to get them out of their car is to prise it out of their cold dead hands.

    I would suggest the only way is to make driving virtually impossible, to make it cost too much, to be too inconvenient. Say build a new cycle path that cuts a road in half, you can get round this with a driver dismount sign, it'll be fine... maybe some chicanes across the M32 and some speed humps? maybe introduce phoneboxes in the carriageway? How about the odd one of putting pedestrian and cyclist signs in the road way? All seem to help cyclists so I am sure drivers won't mind a bit of reciprocation?

  • Sir Dave Brailsford's dream? To win Tour de France with a French rider51 weeks 3 hours agoI think an awful lot is being

    I think an awful lot is being read into this - he's given an interview for a french newspaper as the Tour arrives in France, effectively saying France have got some decent riders. Given the general dislike / distrust shown toward sky (if you can take the comments section of the likes of l'Equipe as a reliable barometer...) this seems more like an attempt to win over the locals with a bit of flattery of their riders rather than any real indication of Sky's future recruitment policy.

  • Video: Marcel Kittel & Andre Greipel debate who’s going to win on the Champs-Élysées51 weeks 3 hours agoWhere is Greipel? His team

    Where is Greipel? His team are always toiling away on the front but he's never there at the finish. Confused Mark Renshaw (at London finish) asked how to beat Kittel. Very quick answer, "Mark Cavendish".

  • Skoda FL51 weeks 3 hours agoTwybaydos wrote:I completely

    Twybaydos wrote:
    I completely forgot about this until logging on last night to find that Cav, Modolo, Michael Matthews and Sepulveda have not been pulling their weight for me over the last few days.

    Joel will run out of transfers by stage 13 Devil so I could catch up

    I did think you were doing rather poorly. Excuses, excuses Drooling

  • Skoda FL51 weeks 4 hours agoI am on target with

    I am on target with transfers. 7 used after 3 stages is fine by me! Not many needed in the middle part of the race either so I will be saving up for the last couple of stages.

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  • Sir Dave Brailsford's dream? To win Tour de France with a French rider51 weeks 4 hours agoajmarshal1 wrote:I'm no

    ajmarshal1 wrote:
    I'm no Brailsford fan but you simply can't knock his ambition.
    Some people make it their life's purpose! Twitter etc is awash with people whose only ambition is to knock other people, whether it's Froome for being 'boring', his fiancee for being opinionated (oh, the irony!) Brailsford for his ideas or choosing to leave Brad off the Tour squad. Anyone who says or tries anything different.

    Sheep. Miserable, negative, ignorant sheep. Nick Hussey of Vulpine summed it up recently:
    "Just the usual tsunami of lowest common denominator bile & negativity."

    ajmarshal1 wrote:
    Of course it's nice when a British rider wins but to be honest I just want to see great racing and big moments.

    Absolutely spot on! I've always loved it that following cycle sport meant we got away from blind patriotism. Of course I want any Brit riders to do well, but really 'Let the best man (or woman) win'.

  • Skoda FL51 weeks 4 hours agoI completely forgot about

    I completely forgot about this until logging on last night to find that Cav, Modolo, Michael Matthews and Sepulveda have not been pulling their weight for me over the last few days.

    Joel will run out of transfers by stage 13 Devil so I could catch up

  • Tweet goodbyes – Tour de France stars bid Britain au revoir51 weeks 4 hours agoSurely SKY could have saved

    Surely SKY could have saved an airfare by having Titchy Richie sitting on someone's lap?

  • Tour de France will return to Britain, says Christian Prudhomme51 weeks 4 hours agobikeboy76 wrote:As the tour

    bikeboy76 wrote:
    As the tour has been so successful and popular we should have our own tour, perhaps call it the Tour of Britain.

    I hope you are joking there. Confused

  • Bristol plans £35 million spend on cycleway network51 weeks 4 hours agoI use the Bristol cycle

    I use the Bristol cycle infrastructure a lot and, despite the inevitable criticisms, it's pretty good with a lot of dedicated cycle paths; however where I work the cycle commuter 'gang' pretty much remains unchanged. Parking and traffic are hellish, but if you suggest cycling to someone they look at you like you've insulted their mother. These are people whose entire cycle journey could be on a path so they can't wheel out the safety excuse. The only way to get them out of their car is to prise it out of their cold dead hands. Anyway, potentially more infrastructure that benefits me and, perhaps, might convince others to get on 2 wheels.

  • Niner RLT 9 cyclocross/gravel bike51 weeks 4 hours agoThe manufacturer suggested

    The manufacturer suggested running at 45psi though, since this is the max for the rims.

    But it really seems that Niner have bummed on the choice of tyres and rims, selecting items that don't really seem compatible in terms of maximum, let alone optimal, pressure. Silly

  • Bristol plans £35 million spend on cycleway network51 weeks 4 hours agoBristol has a high share of

    Bristol has a high share of cycle commuters (I'm one of them), but unfortunately a large population of "f-ing cyclists, don't pay road tax, why should I subsidise them and their toys"...

    I really hope the policy does get enacted (but bear in mind that it's only out for consultation at the moment, and that the elected mayor's popularity is dropping like a stone...).

  • BMC GF01 Disc vs. Colnago CX Zero Disc51 weeks 4 hours agoKildafornia wrote:You

    Kildafornia wrote:
    You probably should have campagnolo on a Bianchi or Colnago anyway! Kidding aside, the Colnago seems to have mechanical brake discs, if it were me I would definitely go for hydraulic, although until later in the year you are locked into ultegra DI2. The only thing all of these bikes are missing is a thru axle, so make the disc a perfect fit, and possibly safer, although as many people have noted there are plenty of mountain bikes with QR skewers and disk brakes.
    Ahhh, if only Campagnolo catered for us tubby buggers living in mountainous regions. One of the attractions of the Shimano kit is that it does extend to 32 on the cassette. Good point on the hydraulic question, although the Di2 version of the CX Zero does have hydraulics.

    1860 wrote:
    Hi Truffy! Interesting post for me since I had been dreaming/saving for a Colnago CX Zero (Bianchi Infinito CV was on the shortlist too) for a while, but then finally changed my mind. The issue for me was that while certainly a great bike you could get a Canyon Endurace Pro for half the price with better wheels and groupset and in fact the Canyon was actually rated better! So I have ordered the Endurace cf Pro with Campagnolo Chorus groupset and Dt Swiss wheels and am looking forward to August........ the weight limit for the Canyon is 120kg. Have a look http://www.canyon.com/roadbikes/series/endurace-cf.html I think you will be impressed.
    As Tom notes, I'm really after disc brakes. But if that's not an issue for you, then I can see the attraction. Enjoy your new bike! Smile

    tom_w wrote:
    Shimano WH6800 are the non-disc Ultegra wheels, so I suspect those weights are for the wheel options for the non-disc CX Zero.

    Mine came with the Artemis 32mm deep rims on DT swiss 370 hubs, the weights with the rotors (about 100g each I guess) and rim tape, but without skewer or cassette were: Front 1150g, rear 1390g.

    The Kinesis wheels are excellent for the money and unless the DT wheels upgrade has DT240 hubs the Kinesis will probably be lighter. The tyres go on easily and they have a 23mm external rim width, which gives you the comfier and more confidence inspiring wider tyre. I'm a total wide rim convert!

    Of course, if you want to spend a bit more on your wheels then these might be of interest.... http://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/category/components/wheel-sets/product/review-roval-clx-40-disc-14-48602/

    Good catch on the WH-6800s not being disc. But in my defence, it's an option here!

    I could go for the frame-only option, which would give me complete freedom without wastage. Day Dreaming But that would leave me building a bike! Worried

  • Relive the first 3 stages of the Tour de France on Strava51 weeks 4 hours ago"He averaged 39.5km/h for the

    "He averaged 39.5km/h for the 187.6km he covered on the roads from Leeds to Harrogate, with 2,097m of climbing and a top speed of 90.4km/h. His average heart rate was just 127bpm."

    Surprise Crying

  • TdF stage 451 weeks 4 hours agohttp://cyclingtips.com.au/201

    http://cyclingtips.com.au/2014/07/andy-schleck-abandons-the-tour-de-fran...

  • Tour de France will return to Britain, says Christian Prudhomme51 weeks 4 hours agoCyclic wrote:If Edinburgh are

    Cyclic wrote:
    If Edinburgh are successful and I hope they are, I hope they don't use the same clothes designer for the tour helpers that they have used for the Commonwealth Scottish team - travel rugs and 1970's NHS dresses.

    Horrific. Really. My eyes hurt.

  • what bike to buy as a new heavy starter51 weeks 4 hours agoGoogle the 39-stone-cyclist,

    Google the 39-stone-cyclist, I'm guessing he'll have some good tips. He posts here occasionally as well. Enjoy it.

  • what bike to buy as a new heavy starter51 weeks 4 hours agoI can't give you any advice

    I can't give you any advice on the bike but I will say, good luck. I reached my heaviest at 20st before deciding to do something about it. I now come in at 14st 7. On the 1st June I completed the Chiltern 100 Gran Fondo in 7hours (excluding breaks) and I've never felt better. It not easy but the rewards are so worth it. I love cycling, do it every day to work, 7 to 12 miles depending on how I feel.

    All the best

  • TdF stage 451 weeks 5 hours agoray silvester wrote:A.Schleck

    ray silvester wrote:
    A.Schleck did not start Laughing

    Did he get dropped on the way to the startline?

  • Canyon Roadlite Frameset51 weeks 5 hours agoThe SLX is ~200g lighter and

    The SLX is ~200g lighter and its overall weight is a bit more comparable to Cannondale CAAD10 or Kinesis Aithein frames.

    Will it bug you knowing there is 200g extra weight on your frame if you buy the cheaper one?

  • Video: How to eat and drink while riding51 weeks 5 hours agoNot to eat or drink going

    Not to eat or drink going downhill...hmm common sense no? Thinking

  • Niner RLT 9 cyclocross/gravel bike51 weeks 5 hours agoThe reviewer can't recommend

    The reviewer can't recommend doing something the manufacturer doesn't recommend. I don't think anyone's claiming to be an expert, perhaps just offering some real-world opinions.

    I have a set of these rims, built up into a disc road/cyclo bike with 28/32. On the road I run Conti GP4000S, with tubes, at 90+ PSI, with no hint of trouble - no spoke bed damage, and certainly no tyre movement, despite being inclined to pop off of things when the opportunity presents.

    You can do pretty much what you want - you just have to be willing to experiment and use a little common sense about the way you ride.