• HOY Bikes initial range + launch tour announced1 year 7 weeks agoLooks good to me, even more

    Looks good to me, even more reason now not to pay crazy money for a good new bike. Cant wait to see the Track bikes though Wink Its inconceivable that Sir C H would drop the ball on any bike but you got to expect a decent track bike. Hope he sells them in the UK! Boardmans best track bikes are only for sale in france.

  • Criterium du Dauphine Stage 41 year 7 weeks ago93 today, forgot to add on 5

    93 today, forgot to add on 5 points team bonus for Chava and my -30 in penalties. Still in the top 10 but dropped out of contention for the overall win I think.

    Anyway, on to tomorrow, it's a medium mountain stage according to letour.fr so shouldn't be one for the mountain goats right...?

  • Helmet - how often to change?1 year 7 weeks ago700c wrote:'A helmet that's

    700c wrote:
    'A helmet that's 10 years old is pointless'..

    Er.. Nope, don't get that one.

    It will offer more protection than no helmet, and there is no evidence that it will offer less, or limited protection than a brand new one.

    It's all scare mongering and speculation until there's some actual proof, to be quite honest.

    Agreed.

    May i also add that i tried an S3 on yesterday as i was looking at the Spech amnesty thing and i found that my '98 Met was for more comfortable, thicker and it seems stronger. I had a little knock the other week with my lid on and it took all impact well and theres not damage at all. I wont be swapping soon..

  • Criterium du Dauphine Stage 41 year 7 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:stevemarks

    Gkam84 wrote:
    stevemarks wrote:
    Took Porte and Thomas over Froome and Dennis, may have been a mistake, although G has jersey points as well I think.

    Yeah, BIG mistake Wink

    Froome and Dennis together scored 79
    Porte and Thomas only scored 38

    So you lost out on an extra 41 points Wink

    Turns out difference between 113th and 6th on the stage.

    Crying Crying Crying Crying Crying Crying Crying Crying Crying

  • Specialized produce limited edition S-Works Allez frame1 year 7 weeks agoAfter breaking an S-works

    After breaking an S-works frame, I replaced it with a Allez frame for a few hundred bucks. All the parts moved over from the S-Works. It's a great bike.

  • Touring: Tent or Bivi1 year 7 weeks agohood wrote:i have a 2 man

    hood wrote:
    i have a 2 man tent, bought years ago. it was a mere £50 and only weighs in at 5kg.
    theres two of you going by th looks of it, so id take that and take it in turns to carry it each day.
    it will b cosy, but is a slight upgrade from the "bivvi tent", which is not really a bivi. a bivvi is literally a bright orange thick plastic bag, LOL

    Only me. I said I wasn't to worried about weight, but 5kg is a LARGE 2 man tent...Even when I do the Perth to JoG, I'll be camping on my own at night.

    A Bivi isn't an orange bag. But it is kind of plastic. Its basically a sleeping bag cover that the military used to use. Wink

    I guess you are referring to these newer type "bivi" storm shelters incase you get stuck up a mountain

  • Criterium du Dauphine Stage 41 year 7 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:stevemarks

    Gkam84 wrote:
    stevemarks wrote:
    Took Porte and Thomas over Froome and Dennis, may have been a mistake, although G has jersey points as well I think.

    Yeah, BIG mistake Wink

    Froome and Dennis together scored 79
    Porte and Thomas only scored 38

    So you lost out on an extra 41 points Wink

    on the other hand I did have Froome and Dennis in my purist team.
    Big Grin

  • Chris Hopkinson's RAAM team looking for a crew member at short notice1 year 7 weeks agono fettling experience

    no fettling experience required - hopefully none needed Wink

  • Helmet - how often to change?1 year 7 weeks ago'A helmet that's 10 years old

    'A helmet that's 10 years old is pointless'..

    Er.. Nope, don't get that one.

    It will offer more protection than no helmet, and there is no evidence that it will offer less, or limited protection than a brand new one.

    It's all scare mongering and speculation until there's some actual proof, to be quite honest.

  • Criterium du Dauphine Stage 41 year 7 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:stevemarks

    Gkam84 wrote:
    stevemarks wrote:
    Took Porte and Thomas over Froome and Dennis, may have been a mistake, although G has jersey points as well I think.

    Yeah, BIG mistake Wink

    Froome and Dennis together scored 79
    Porte and Thomas only scored 38

    So you lost out on an extra 41 points Wink

    .....and half an hour of my life debating it with myself too!

    Got to get a life......

    Nerd Nerd Nerd

  • Chris Hopkinson's RAAM team looking for a crew member at short notice1 year 7 weeks agoI'm not very good at

    I'm not very good at fettling, I've never managed to successfully change a group set, my tyre changes often go wrong, I never seem to oil the right parts of the bike ...

    .... can I come anyway? I make a mean cup of tea Wink

  • Mauro Santambrogio provisionally suspended after positive EPO test at Giro1 year 7 weeks agobikeboy76 wrote:Who is this

    bikeboy76 wrote:
    Who is this Vinny Fantini, some kind of mobster? He sounds well dodgy. What has Joe Pesci been up to lately? Miss you Joe.

    He's Haysi Fantayzee's godfather.

  • Specialized produce limited edition S-Works Allez frame1 year 7 weeks agoPitstone Peddler wrote: the

    Pitstone Peddler wrote:

    the new Hoy bikes, the racy one looks like it will ride well to me. Slack stearer though

    i can guarantee you that it's in no way slack in the steering department. not that i've ridden one or anything. oh no.

  • Digital EPO: smash your Strava times… by cheating1 year 7 weeks agoOnly sad misguided riders

    Only sad misguided riders take their KOMs seriously. You know the type, not fit enough to actually race so act like they are racing on some "pay-to-ride on a road you can ride on for free" sportive. But heh they are not beating anyone on a sportive because the riders they pass are not racing.
    Several riders in our club would smash the KOMs near me but are not interested in 1: Strava 2: even having a computer on their bike (e.g Andy Wilkinson being one)
    I hold several KOMs with 100s of riders behind me. But 85%+ just rode the segment unknowingly and are not actually competing AND I often have a gale force tail wind.
    No One is a KOM without favourable conditions.
    So My "Juice" is the MET office App !!! wind direction Angry

  • UK ranked Europe's 10th Most Cycle Friendly Nation1 year 7 weeks agoI've been commuting by

    I've been commuting by bicycle for the last 5 years in London and have definitely seen an increase in commuters over that time.

    Worth mentioning the wiggo effect has also got myself and a few mates buying second bikes that we regularly take out on weekend jaunts. I've got no shame in admitting that.

  • Chris Hopkinson's RAAM team looking for a crew member at short notice1 year 7 weeks agoMartin isn't the team leader

    Martin isn't the team leader but he is awake and in the UK right now which is close enough Smile

    Thanks Road.cc!

  • Specialized produce limited edition S-Works Allez frame1 year 7 weeks agoQuote:In my club team of 15,

    Quote:
    In my club team of 15, one has swapped his Pinarello when it snapped, one has a crack on a Tarmac and one has done 2 ongoing warranty swaps with Spesh. I recall seeing a crash on telly in the Tour Down Under (sprint early on, maybe stage 4) and the riders bike snapped at the seat stays and the forks, it was in three pieces. When everyone rode aluminium, this just did not happen.

    Rubbish - I can give the same stories for aluminium bikes. I used to work in the warranty department for a large London bike shop and we saw dozens of cracked/broken aluminium and steel bikes from all brands.

    Saying you saw a bike break in a crash is pretty pointless as well - any bike will break if you crash it hard enough. Anyone remember seeing the aluminium steerer of George Hincapie's Trek breaking at Paris Roubaix a few years ago? Bit embarrassing for Trek as they'd been slagging off carbon steerers as dangerous and saying how wonderful alu steerers were...

  • Criterium du Dauphine Stage 41 year 7 weeks ago1,2,3,5,7 + GC points etc...

    1,2,3,5,7 + GC points etc... works out well, think 185-30 transfers, so 155. happy with that, the 30 penalty points worth it today, starting to rescue a terrible start. tough choices for tomorrow though, main contenders so expensive....

  • Criterium du Dauphine Stage 41 year 7 weeks agostevemarks wrote:Took Porte

    stevemarks wrote:
    Took Porte and Thomas over Froome and Dennis, may have been a mistake, although G has jersey points as well I think.

    Yeah, BIG mistake Wink

    Froome and Dennis together scored 79
    Porte and Thomas only scored 38

    So you lost out on an extra 41 points Wink

  • Bottom bracket compatibility1 year 7 weeks agothe bb should normally come

    the bb should normally come with all mtb chainsets.

    not sure how much stiffer you will find it but it should feel a little different.

  • Digital EPO: smash your Strava times… by cheating1 year 7 weeks agoTHAT is extremely sad, KOM

    THAT is extremely sad, KOM are good for a laugh down the pub, and as a small pat on the back after competing with thousands across a busy london section. but anyone taking it seriously needs to get a life, because to be quite honest any phone GPS tracking app(strava, garmin etc) isnt 100% accurate anyway!!!!
    if u r going to "juice" your rides u shud be out competing for real, not wanking off in your bedroom over made up stats on a made up race!!! its all in your head!

    oh, and i love the way the site calls it "juice", come on, be honest, its cheating, lol. dont try n make the cheater feel less bad about it, if your going to cheat may as well be honest with yourself. calling it a different name wont make the facts change!

  • Specialized produce limited edition S-Works Allez frame1 year 7 weeks agoDavid Arthur wrote:Pitstone

    David Arthur wrote:
    Pitstone Peddler wrote:
    You are wrong comparing high spec Alu to low cost carbon, a well made aluminium or steel frame will match a carbon race frame in a race. Look at whats going on with Madison. Mind you, the numbers of carbon frames cracking and breaking maybe everyone should go back to tin?

    I didn't really mean to compare high spec Alu to low cost carbon, my point is trying to convince people that are looking at cheap carbon to consider alloy bikes instead - I'm writing a piece about alloy bikes that will make the point a bit more clearly. High-end alloy is a rival for high-end carbon no doubt

    What numbers of carbon frames cracking are you referring to?

    In my club team of 15, one has swapped his Pinarello when it snapped, one has a crack on a Tarmac and one has done 2 ongoing warranty swaps with Spesh. I recall seeing a crash on telly in the Tour Down Under (sprint early on, maybe stage 4) and the riders bike snapped at the seat stays and the forks, it was in three pieces. When everyone rode aluminium, this just did not happen.

    Before Im flamed, i do not dislike carbon, I buy a bike based upon its likely performance and my budget, Geometry, then material quality and build quality combined has the biggest affect on performance IMHO.

    I look forward to your review of aluminium. And, the new Hoy bikes, the racy one looks like it will ride well to me. Slack stearer though Sad maybe he will add to the range.

  • Criterium du Dauphine Stage 41 year 7 weeks agolivestrongnick wrote:Dennis

    livestrongnick wrote:
    Dennis in yellow by 5secs over Froome

    Henceforth to be referred to as 'The Gap of Rohan'.

  • Updated: British Cycling's Brian Cookson to run against Pat McQuaid for UCI Presidency1 year 7 weeks agoThank goodness there's an

    Thank goodness there's an opposing candidate.

    Having said that though, International sporting organisations are a carpet baggers dream; all about who you know, not what you know. Not sure Cookson will be any different to anyone else as connections are what matter at that level and many countries (mostly residing in the Second/Third Worlds/E|merging Nations) won't support a British candidate; too much history/politics. Take a look at the big players; FIFA, IOC, IAAF and even the governing body for Chess, are run by people from politically Neutral, or Third World/Emerging nations. There may be good reason for it but it doesn't reduce cronyism and corruption. Fingers crossed Cookson gets support and we see the back of Pat.

  • Specialized produce limited edition S-Works Allez frame1 year 7 weeks agocrazy-legs wrote:I've got the

    crazy-legs wrote:
    I've got the 2003 S-Works road frame, the smart red semi-aero one with a compact frame.
    Beautiful bike.

    That Allez is nice, I reckon the price is justified on the rarity value.

    Id buy one if I could for sure