• Velothon Wales closed road sportive + UCI road race coming to Cardiff in 20151 year 1 week agoGiven that his only three

    Given that his only three comments on road.cc are in this thread, a cynic might conclude that Endymion and Tom Williams were one and the same, or at least closely associated.

    You never see 'em in the same room together, do you? Wink

  • Velothon Wales closed road sportive + UCI road race coming to Cardiff in 20151 year 1 week agoEndymion wrote:Again you keep

    Endymion wrote:
    Again you keep suggesting that it is likely or possible, that a responsible elected official would deliberately post something so offensive.
    Its not just that you could be completely wrong, you are completely wrong to keep suggesting such nonsense.

    Why are you suggesting it isn't possible for elected officials to indulge in bad behaviour?

    You mean like David Cameron and Boris Johnson trashing restaurants with the Bullingdon Club?

    David Cameron abandoning his kid in the pub?

    Boris Johnson cheating on his missus?

    Gideon Osbourne knocking about with prostitutes in a gaff with a bang load of cocaine?

    Yep, politicians, always so trustable and purer than pure that mob...

  • Intel and 50 Cent launch heart rate monitoring earphones1 year 1 week agoI wouldn't buy any

    I wouldn't buy any head/earphones endorsed by a rapper. Their base/treble sense is skewed (IMO).

    And IIRC optical HR sensors are weak compared to chest/electrical ones (at least on the wrist).

    So a double no-no there then.

  • Velothon Wales closed road sportive + UCI road race coming to Cardiff in 20151 year 1 week agoWheres the icon for

    Wheres the icon for "handbags" ?

  • Shimano vs. campagnolo1 year 1 week agoShimano is better, because

    Shimano is better, because it's on my bike right now, thus I can use it right now.

    Other than that, who cares, it's a sodding lever.

  • Wen to Wen1 year 1 week agoAs you said before, it all

    As you said before, it all depends on the weather, and I'm on holidays the week after, so if its not happening on the 30/31 I won't be able to come.
    As soon as you come up with a definite date and time I will be able to confirm my attendance Wink

  • Velothon Wales closed road sportive + UCI road race coming to Cardiff in 20151 year 1 week agoAgain you keep suggesting

    Again you keep suggesting that it is likely or possible, that a responsible elected official would deliberately post something so offensive.
    Its not just that you could be completely wrong, you are completely wrong to keep suggesting such nonsense.
    It is said that having a new baby frazzles the mind, well now I believe it!

  • Video: Tourist bus driver mounts kerb to admonish cyclists1 year 1 week agoJimmy Ray Will '... people

    Jimmy Ray Will '... people don't tend to really lose the plot without a little provocation. ' <- are you being serious?

    Did you ever see other road-rage vids? It could have been, just maybe, that the driver has been provoked by somebody else, or sick of traffic while being in a hurry, or even holding a grudge against cyclist because of a past incident not involving these 2 guys here.

    There was an article here:
    http://road.cc/content/news/121958-judge-sends-clear-message-norfolk-man...

    Besides, don't you think that somebody with a personality trait such as 'lose the plot with a little provocation' should not be qualified to, amongst others, being a driver?

  • Trek create custom chrome Madone 7 for Jens Voigt's last ever pro race1 year 1 week agoGrizzerly wrote:Actual chrome

    Grizzerly wrote:
    Actual chrome plating on carbon fibre? I didn't know that could be done!

    Its probably vacuum plated aluminium

  • End of an era as Jens Voigt lines up for last race1 year 1 week agoLets hope no one does a

    Lets hope no one does a 'Kristoff' to Jens.

  • Shimano vs. campagnolo1 year 1 week agoI'm running Shimano Ultegra

    I'm running Shimano Ultegra 6800 this year, and I have to say I am mighty impressed by it.

    The teams equipment selection choice was hilarious this year... do we use Dura Ace or Ultegra Di2. Most riders were happy with either, and accordingly, if people didn't mind Ultegra Di2 then they'll be fine with mechanical Ultegra... Darn it!

    Right though, its good stuff.

    The 11speed shimano is so much better than the previous 10speed systems and for me has put Shimano back on top.

    Looking at Crank designs, calliper designs and front mech designs they are ahead of Campagnolo offerings.

    SRAM's brake calipers are really good as well... where as Campagnolo calipers are simply the same design as they were using 10 years ago.

    Campagnolo's lever designs are the most comfy, although I quite ironically find their shifting a bit plastic these days... Campagnolo are definitely third here IMO.

    Campagnolo have updated their front mech design to bring it in line with Shimano... which they had to do as Shimano's shift is/was so much better than Campagnolos. This leaves SRAM trailing.

    What have Campagnolo done with the rear mech? At least they are trying, no one else has developed anything new for a while now.

    Not sure about the new Campagolo 4 arm cranks... I think they are ugly. To me it looks like they are acknowledging that Shimano have got it right, but by forcing the use of carbon into the cranks, it makes for a pretty industrial and not at all pretty crank. Which I hope they change before hitting the shops.

    Their previous/current cranks are beautiful to look at but hardly the most hard wearing (bearings) or indeed stiff. Again, Shimano has been leading here.

    Objectively speaking, if day to day performance is your bag, then Shimano 6800 is the privateers choice (IMO)... if you re looking for something that will last well (although I have no qualms about the Shimano 6800's longevity), is beautiful to look at and feels lovely to use, then Campagnolo Chorus is a great bet... A bit more cash, but lighter.

    If you are simply looking for the least weight, then go for Force... although in my experience it is the least well put together of the three...

    If money was not a factor, my emotional choice would be Campagnolo EPS Super Record.

  • Two cyclists ride Box Hill 73 times to bag an 'Everest'1 year 1 week agoBloody hell, what a load of

    Bloody hell, what a load of moaning minnies.

    That's a crapload of ascending and a hell of a long ride. I got bored after three loops of Mott Street/Lippitts Hill a while back. Big Grin

  • RideLondon ballot rules?1 year 1 week agoI asked this question via

    I asked this question via twitter when I didn't get a ballot place two years in a row. Their response was:

    "The ballot is drawn by computer to ensure the maximum possible number get around the route within the time limit".

    Whatever that means........ From what I can gather there is some weighting.

  • The Parable of the Hill1 year 1 week ago> What. Good question. It's

    > What.

    Good question. It's not a review, is it? I'm not reviewing hills after all. A news story? A little light on facts. Ride report? That seems closer to the mark, yet it lacks the typical features of a report, most salient being details. Could it in fact be… what it says on the tin?

    ✓ short
    ✓ allegorical
    ✓ contains human characters but not animals, so not a fable

    The Parable of the Hill may be considered a companion to The Rules.

  • Cycle clothing round up1 year 1 week agojova54 wrote:What is

    jova54 wrote:
    What is 'four-way stretch fabric'?
    As most fabrics are predominantly two dimensional then they stretch in only two dimensions, side-to-side and top-to-bottom.
    As this stretches four ways does is increase in volume between the outer and inner surface and does it travel through time?

    Good question. A 4-way stretch textile is one that has equal amounts of elasticity both crosswise and lengthwise. This offers maximum support and you typically find that bib shorts have a four way stretch fabric. Feel free to check the wiki definition of stretch fabric: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stretch_fabric

    mike the bike wrote:
    jova54 wrote:
    What is 'four-way stretch fabric'?

    It stretches your credit card, considering it's a T shirt with a zip.

    Man you must wear some high performing t-shirts! Rolling On The Floor

  • RideLondon ballot rules?1 year 1 week agoCongestion was fine this year

    Congestion was fine this year for the early starters. If you're planning a fast ride, make sure you reflect it in your estimated finishing time - the quicker the time you put, the earlier your start time.

    The attrition rate this year was pretty low, given the weather. They advertised 23,000 starters and over 20,000 finishers - not bad for an event taking place in the middle of a passing hurricane.

  • Intel and 50 Cent launch heart rate monitoring earphones1 year 1 week agoIn before the "cycling with

    In before the "cycling with earphones is dangerous" crowd.

  • RideLondon ballot rules?1 year 1 week agoCXR94Di2 wrote:Gkam84

    CXR94Di2 wrote:
    Gkam84 wrote:
    It isn't 30k of riders on the narrow lanes of Surrey, that is why you are sent off on waves. I don't know what the numbers in each wave were, but you don't just get let loose all at the same time

    Once I got to the Surrey lanes I had to slow down and go with the flow, which is fine for me, some though who were obviously faster/more determined to keep their average speed up were held up. The more entrants is going to be a problem.

    Possible solutions would be

    Do away with the professional road race or put that on with sportive and have the pros start first.

    Applicants can only ride once they have proven their 100mile time from a previous sportive, then correctly stagger the start.


    Or do away with people who think they have a God-given right to go as fast as they please regardless of "the traffic".

  • Video: Tourist bus driver mounts kerb to admonish cyclists1 year 1 week agofarrell wrote:Jimmy Ray Will

    farrell wrote:
    Jimmy Ray Will wrote:
    but what if those guys had spent the previous five minutes shouting racist abuse at the driver... or similar... at what point does one persons actions not cause a representative reaction?

    I can't be 100% in this case but I'm pretty damn sure that if you start racially abusing someone, even for one minute as opposed to five, the recipient isn't going to come out attempting to reference the highway code.

    Well... don't use watching the video with sound on to ruin a perfectly irrational argument... where's the fun in that?

    My point is that we don't know all the facts, so whilst I am perfectly comfortable condemning the bus drivers actions, I am not quite willing to pick up a pitch fork and start chasing anyone down the street quite yet.

    A comment above talks about what would we think if a cyclist stopped in front of a car and started being abusive to the driver... My natural reaction would be to wonder what the reason for that cyclists to react in such a way... I'd still condemn it, but I'd understand that much like a bus driver, people don't tend to really lose the plot without a little provocation.

  • Shimano vs. campagnolo1 year 1 week agoI wasn't planning on a tattoo

    I wasn't planning on a tattoo anyway but I do get a pang of regret that I can't wear a cap or t-shirt with a Campag logo on it without feeling like a fraud. The Shimano version really doesn't compare. Oooh, but thanks to Mr Google, I've just found one that SAYS "Shimano" but in "Campag" style script. How about that for geek chic! #Iwantone

  • BMX1 year 1 week agoI know a few BMXers over 6'

    I know a few BMXers over 6' tall who ride 20" and they have XXL frames

  • RideLondon ballot rules?1 year 1 week agoThe only congestion I was

    The only congestion I was caught in was in Richmond Park and this was caused by a "Broom Wagon" and a Van for the Bicycles. I think there may have been a crash as there was also a Paramedic attending to someone.
    Apart from that Newlands Corner was very busy but did not slow me down (I probably couldn’t have gone any slower without falling off anyway).

    Ballot entered for 2015. Big Grin

  • BMX1 year 1 week agoMatt eaton wrote: Edit -

    Matt eaton wrote:

    Edit - forgot to add that your size/hight is not necesarily a factor in 20inch vs cruiser decisions. The bike needs to be the right size for you but 20inch frames go plenty big enough for almost anyone if that's what you prefer.

    Just to add to the confusion you could even think about a 26er or 29er BMX from SE just to be a bit different (as long as you don't want to race).

    Well there is a distinct hole in my knowledge then as I presumed the cruiser/20 had a standard frame size! More reading needed..
    Thanks

  • Video: skateboards vs bikes in the Alps1 year 1 week agoI mastered the "Scandinavian

    I mastered the "Scandinavian flick" years ago on 4 wheels,
    but these guys take the biscuit ... completely sideways .... !!!!!

    chapeau Smile

  • BMX1 year 1 week agoWe once rode MTBs in to the

    We once rode MTBs in to the sea in Ibiza, but that was more of a drop than a ramp, nothing like the air and distance the lake jumps get.

    I couldn't possibly recommend doing it in the state we were in but it was bloody good fun.