• Carbon mudguard-equipped road bikes: the next big thing?1 year 12 weeks agoSimmo72 wrote:Apart from when

    Simmo72 wrote:
    Apart from when I cycle 2 miles to the station in the clothes I wear to work I never use mudguards.

    So you get wet and dirty on a training ride, big deal, Harden up.

    So your bike gets dirty, big deal - muc off does a wonderful job in seconds

    Mudguards are evil

    Ooh, good for you. Have a biscuit, Hardman. Or maybe you don't eat on rides less than 6 hours long?

    Mudguards keep crap off you and off your bike, which means there's less wear and tear, and you're also not flinging road muck into the faces of your companions.

    Racing excepted, a bike without mudguards is a toy.

  • Geraint Thomas wins Stage 2 to take lead in Santos Tour Down Under1 year 12 weeks agoPisiform

    Pisiform wrote:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cf26dZA2skM&list=UUm0Qjs5OBrv3-d6kKBshEbg&index=2

    Link to end of the race. Great sprint and worth watching.

    Blimey.
    The balance of power, if it hasn't already, is definitely shifting.
    I think the expression with regards British cyclists is 'strength in depth'.

    Dominating!

  • CTC and British Cycling heavily critical of legal system over £35 fine for collision that caused cyclist's death1 year 12 weeks agoWhy are the lawmakers so

    Why are the lawmakers so silent on this topic? There doesn't appear to be any national discussion about it.

  • TDU Stage 21 year 12 weeks agoRIGHT, All scores should be

    RIGHT, All scores should be updated and correct now if you want to check them.

    Anything else, just shout and i'll have a look when I get back from doctors Nerd

  • Wrong Score1 year 12 weeks agoYes, there was a bit of

    Yes, there was a bit of confusion, I updated the scores at 5.30am

    Dave didn't know and he put in his scores. But I've updated them again now.

    All should be correct Wink

  • Morvélo CityCross launched1 year 12 weeks agoWe'll be there! Even more fun

    We'll be there! Even more fun knowing what's planned.

  • Cheap holiday from Rapha1 year 12 weeks agoThe good news is that it

    The good news is that it seems to be cheaper for me living in Germany than for anyone in the UK. I guess because we are closer? But cheaper still for those living in the US? Surely they are further away? Actually I suspect that if only they had an Indonesian (very close) page, selling things in Rupiah, you could actually get a pretty good holiday for a bit under seven pounds! Not bad...

  • Rapha Rain Jacket on sale1 year 12 weeks ago@Martin Thomas - it's a great

    @Martin Thomas - it's a great piece of kit. I got the Paul Smith version in a Rapha sample sale for £50, which I thought was a steal.

    As for £100,000 to ride round Malaysia for a few days, if I could afford it, I'd be tempted to go over there with my own pro mechanic and soigneur in tow, ride alongside the organised group, and still pay less! Even JVA International couldn't parody that. Surely it's a joke?

  • TRIBAN 31 year 12 weeks agoI love mine!! Many bike

    I love mine!! Many bike snobs do put it down but at £300 it fantastic! Yes if you can afford £600 plus for 2013 Sora or knock on the door of £1000 for something running 105. Then 2300 and unbranded – unknown cranks and cockpit bits may seem a bit pants, but I repeat its £300. For that you get a decent light ish wheelset, good brakes (own branded btwin, but work just fine!) a Sora front mec and yes a carbon fork. The frame geo feels spot on too, smooth and stable but steerable and directional when you need it to be. To repeat, £300 for 10 kilos ish, you do the maths, price for weight it is far ahead of any thing else out there.
    Felt Z100 £550 (discount £480 ish) / Marlin Argengta £700ish / Bordman Sport £499 (Alloy fork)
    All above run 2300 and there are many more out there from the usual suspects but not at £300
    I clicked and collected mine from my nearest store and it was fully built by some one who by taking to him in the shop seemed to know and have a passion for all things bike!

  • TDU Stage 21 year 12 weeks agoSend it to me as Dave is busy

    Send it to me as Dave is busy this morning Big Grin

    Just reupdating the scores Nerd

  • Wrong Score1 year 12 weeks agoWe know about this it seems

    We know about this it seems to have changed since the initial update. It will be sorted soon

  • TDU Stage 21 year 12 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:Yeah, I don't

    Gkam84 wrote:
    Yeah, I don't know, I emailed Dave my csv that I uploaded and updated the back of 5....So hopefully scores will be changed soon Big Grin

    I will do a csv shortly and send it to see if we match, ive not checked the rest of the scores (i dont have any of the scoring riders Devil Crying )

  • CTC and British Cycling heavily critical of legal system over £35 fine for collision that caused cyclist's death1 year 12 weeks agoA very unsatisfactory outcome

    A very unsatisfactory outcome which justifies a review of the decisions made by the CPS. Reminds me of how the terms of reference for the HIllsborough inquiry were 'rigged' to deflect attention away from the police.

    The cycling silk's blog on this is worth a read.

  • Morvélo CityCross launched1 year 12 weeks agoThis sounds like a big pile

    This sounds like a big pile of fun to me! hoping to get a pass for the day

  • First look: Giant Propel Advanced SL & Envie aero road bikes +video1 year 12 weeks agomythbuster wrote:MinardiM189

    mythbuster wrote:
    MinardiM189 wrote:
    Another manufacturer testing in a wind tunnel which is too small. Thinking

    More meaningless aero figures.

    Big Grin Ha! I thought I was the only one that noticed that. Car/scale model wind tunnels are not designed for vertically tall structures.

    Besides, and here is a shocker, wind tunnels are just about useless for reliably establishing real world aerodynamic performance of small structures traveling at low speeds due to the very low ratio of forward motion versus incident wind speeds. In other words, air around us is not a perfectly laminar, stable, uniform density mass as in a wind tunnel, but a swirling random mess. At car or airplane speeds, this does not matter much as the forward motion vector is orders of magnitude higher than any local vectors, but at bike speeds it matters a great deal...I'd like to see field testing become the norm for establishing aerodynamic superiority of bikes.

    Lastly, Giant admitted that the setup of their bike was different to the setup of other bikes, thus how they can then combine the data and present their bike as being superior is beyond me.

    I wonder when bike brands will start suing each other for misrepresentation with intent to cause commercial damage to competitors...

    Field testing is extremely difficult to do accurately and far more expensive than wind tunnel testing.

    Wind tunnel testing can be done accurately, even for a bicycle.

  • First look: Giant Propel Advanced SL & Envie aero road bikes +video1 year 12 weeks agotony_farrelly wrote:Would

    tony_farrelly wrote:
    Would there be a link to those wind tunnel protocols MinardiM189 cos it'd be useful to have?

    Do a search for wind tunnel blockage effects.

    In general it is considered bad practice to have a frontal area of the test object that is 10% or more of the wind tunnel working section area. As the test object is yawed the frontal area increases and makes things worse.

    This originated in aerospace testing where test objects are reasonably aerodynamic and have a small 'wake'. With less aerodynamic objects the 'wake' is larger and in some cases can have an area greater than the test object. In these cases the cross sectional area of the wake should be considered. Bicycles probably fall into this latter category.

    An F1 car has a huge wake mainly from the rear wing, this can be up to 10 times the height of the car (vertically). So the blockage effect is much greater.

    Many bicycles are tested in F1 wind tunnels or varying size, I believe the McLaren & Mercedes F1 wind tunnels have been used for aero testing of bikes. These are much larger (and of a different design) than the 'old' Ligier/Prost tunnel used by Giant. Results from these tunnels would be more believable.

    Attached is a pic of another bicycle in the Magny Cours tunnel. With a rider on the bike would this give realistic results?

  • TDU Stage 21 year 12 weeks agoYeah, I don't know, I emailed

    Yeah, I don't know, I emailed Dave my csv that I uploaded and updated the back of 5....So hopefully scores will be changed soon Big Grin

  • TV Coverage1 year 12 weeks ago"If you've got a decent

    "If you've got a decent internet connection that can stream live TV you can get Eurosport player for
    £2.99/month. Which seems like a good deal. Eurosport do most if not all world tour events".

    +1 For the Eurosport player..also works on 3G
    A single subscription allows you to view on two devices...I have it on my ipad and iphone Big Grin

  • TDU Stage 21 year 12 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:Waiting on news

    Gkam84 wrote:
    Waiting on news from Dave, it seems that Simon Clarke has been given the points by whoever changed it.....

    I have Will Clarke in my scores. So expect your scores to change at some point.

    Also Marczyski WAS last on the stage....

    It was defo Will Clarke, and results show Marczynski as last

    And I didnt change them as ive only just woken u from my last post

  • TDU Stage 21 year 12 weeks agoWaiting on news from Dave, it

    Waiting on news from Dave, it seems that Simon Clarke has been given the points by whoever changed it.....

    I have Will Clarke in my scores. So expect your scores to change at some point.

    Also Marczyski WAS last on the stage....

  • Rapha Rain Jacket on sale1 year 12 weeks agoPractical schmactical. I've

    Practical schmactical. I've got a pink Stowaway that gets dirty very quickly. It's still my favourite piece of kit though. (I realise this opens me up to charges of Rapha fanboyism but I can live with that).

  • TDU Stage 21 year 12 weeks agoI don't know what is going

    I don't know what is going on, I updated the scores at the back of 5 this morning, Since then they have been changed.....

  • Rapha Rain Jacket on sale1 year 12 weeks agoI would have bought one if

    I would have bought one if they still had grey ones in my size. Cream isn't a very practical colour for a jacket you are not going to want to wash very often, is it?

  • Geraint Thomas wins Stage 2 to take lead in Santos Tour Down Under1 year 12 weeks agohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cf26dZA2skM&list=UUm0Qjs5OBrv3-d6kKBshEbg...

    Link to end of the race. Great sprint and worth watching.

  • TDU Stage 21 year 12 weeks agoHmmm I had Will Clarke who

    Hmmm I had Will Clarke who won both the sprints but no points, anyone else had this?