- Brisbane in November1 year 18 weeks agoCheers for the tips folks.
Cheers for the tips folks. Only four sleeps to go. I'll let you know how I get on.
- Alberto Contador's Saxo Bank Tinkoff Bank team close to missing out on 2013 WorldTour licence1 year 18 weeks agoI very much doubt they will
I very much doubt they will fail to get a license this year. With Contador on the team, the UCI will squeeze them in somehow at the expense of another team, just because they cannot allow anything further to damage the sport.
The problem comes when the next investigations are concluded, Puerto in January with Contador being a "witness" along with Basso and many others.
Am I right in thinking there is also another investigation going on involving everyones favourite Dr Ferrari aswell??
- Helmet debate1 year 18 weeks agoAlmost forgot the valuable
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- Baselayers1 year 18 weeks agothe guy on the website looks
the guy on the website looks freaky...
- Helmet debate1 year 18 weeks agoPaul J wrote:notfastenough:Paul J wrote:
notfastenough: Broken bones don't incapacitate you? I literally could not move after I broke and pulled apart my collarbone. The smallest movements (including breathing) were difficult for the next *2* days. That's a longer incapacitation than a *severe* concussion. And that was with a bone that isn't even that important! (One option for really badly broken collar bones is to simply remove them completely).
Are you really arguing that the head is the only part of your body that matters?
I already asked you not to twist my words.
- Best or at least very good book on cycling & nutrition1 year 18 weeks agoEat healthily, especially
Eat healthily, especially fruits and vegetables of varying colours. Treat the '5 a day' recommendation as a bare minimum. I wouldn't rely on starchy carbs (potatoes, pasta, bread etc) for too large a percentage of your diet, though of course they are fine with other foods. The less processing it has the more nutrition is retained. Avoid anything artifical, hydrogenated and so on. The more it resembles what it was when in the field the better.
Get lots of good quality sleep.
Unless you are doing very intense intervals or other hard workouts on consecutive days branded recovery products don't have much benefit. And most people get plenty of protein without needing shakes. Plan your post-ride food before you leave the house.
'Fuelling Fitness for Sports Performance' by Samantha Stear was recommended by a nutritionist who gave a talk to our club last year. It is very straightforward, I picked up a copy for £1 on ebay.
Caution: during the racing season do not look at @teamskychef on twitter when you're hungry.
- Helmet debate1 year 18 weeks agoI wear a helmet. It can be a
I wear a helmet. It can be a pain in the ass but 'hot' it never has been.
- WTD : Turbo Trainer1 year 18 weeks agoJust like Gkam,
Just like Gkam,
I'm also looking for a reasonably priced Turbo Trainer.
Well, very cheap actually.
- Helmet debate1 year 18 weeks agoThanks Giff.
it is a fun
it is a fun read.
I really am the type of guy who is fun to drink a beer with.
I don't take myself too seriously.
thanks and be safe please!
- IAM says bringing Britain's clocks forward an hour year-round would save lives on the road1 year 18 weeks agoI remember the experiment 40
I remember the experiment 40 years ago too. I grew up in Scotland and we had to put up with those dark school journeys. It is all very well to talk about changing what we have at present but I've never been convinced by the safety claims made by those wanting to change the system.
- Mark Cavendish talks about his frustrating 2012 season1 year 18 weeks agoBeaufort wrote:Wish I had aBeaufort wrote:
Wish I had a quid for every cynical know it all on here.
How do we know you don't?
- Helmet debate1 year 18 weeks ago@ saved by a helmet - whilst
@ saved by a helmet - whilst you may haave some questionable views on the protective properties of polystyrene you my friend, can tell a great story. Loved your last post. May actually get a copy of your book. And may you always have a fair wind
- Torq release Hot Cocoa Recovery Plus+1 year 18 weeks agoI use Torq Energy Drink while
I use Torq Energy Drink while out cycling; and for recovery you won't beat a glass of Guinness then a wee drop of single Malt Whisky before bed time, just to kill any germs you may have picked up.
Poached eggs do a brilliant job of recovery from fatigue after exercise.
- Best or at least very good book on cycling & nutrition1 year 18 weeks agoCheck out Precision Nutrition
Check out Precision Nutrition website, they have lots of free info on that site, you'll find all you need there.
- Helmet debate1 year 18 weeks agoSaved, helmets do seem to
Saved, helmets do seem to provoke strong feelings. Why this means we should not discuss them I don't know. Many cyclists feel it is an important topic, whichever side they take. You obviously think so.
- Ireland bids to host start of 2014 Giro d'Italia1 year 18 weeks agoI hope that this comes off.
I hope that this comes off. I'll be booking my holidays back to God's country and working out a few ride outs.
- Torq release Hot Cocoa Recovery Plus+1 year 18 weeks agoHot chocolate recovery drinks
Hot chocolate recovery drinks - SIS REGO Night is already out there, with a 4:1 protein carb ratio, no beta-alinine but that's not necessarily a post-ride recovery product.
- Behind the design of Ultralite's 112g pedal system1 year 18 weeks agoFunny this should pop up
Funny this should pop up today, i was just reading the RKP non-review last night http://redkiteprayer.com/2012/09/ultralite-pedals/
I'll stick with shimano thanks.
- IAM says bringing Britain's clocks forward an hour year-round would save lives on the road1 year 18 weeks agoTony, I think that 40 years
Tony, I think that 40 years on, our lifestyles are more hurried and pressured. School run then work etc. I may be wrong, but it's my observation that over the years that driving skills have become poor to say the least. I also remember the experiment except for me I had to travel to school in the dark. My primary school over those few years put a stop to us cycling to school
- Helmet debate1 year 18 weeks agoTo the cyclists of Great
To the cyclists of Great Britain,
I never meant to start a flood of controversies on this forum. I sent my "Second Chance" story in to give people a first-person account of what it is like to wake up in a ditch, sustain major injuries and to survive.
To me the idea of helmet use is a "no-brainer" (pardon the pun.)
Whether you ride with or without a helmet, I wish you all smooth roads, tailwinds and no encounters with careless or distracted drivers.
I'll even include a lighter tale below: The only controversy is one of the main characters and it is not me!
Giving Lance “the Look.” by Jeff M. Sambur
In the furnace-like summer of 2002, I rode my bicycle 1,650 miles along the borders of Colorado as a fundraiser for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. I called my ride the “Perime-rado LAF a lot Bicycle Tour”. I groveled, pleaded and cajoled donations from friends, family members and complete strangers at Wal-Marts. A few generous folks even gave willingly. After it was all said and done, I had attained “Polka Dot Jersey” status in the LAF’s Peloton Project. For my efforts, I was rewarded with a few perks, one of which was a private ride with Lance Armstrong prior to the LAF’s main fundraiser, the Ride for the Roses. I have to admit I was nervous and excited about sharing asphalt with “The Man.”
I began to fantasize about cruising the hill country of Texas with the five-time winner of the Tour de France. We’d be motoring along at a mellow 23 mph speed, all the while conversing about race strategies, Shiner Bock beer and the new significant other in his life. Unfortunately, this was only a dream; 150 other Peloton Project groupies would be tagging along as well. I now had to set my sights on different goals for the ride. Maybe, just maybe, I could ride by his side and for one moment pass him! Now, that would be something to tell the folks back home.
In the month prior to our fateful meeting, I received information concerning the private ride from a LAF coordinator. He waxed on about the secret location of the ride, even going so far as to state that we would be blindfolded en route. (That didn’t happen.) He also mentioned that we should eat a big breakfast, always a good idea before a ride with Lance. He said that all of our other needs would be cared for beverages, mechanical support and snacks. (This was all true.) As a final note, he issued this warning: DO NOT TRY TO RACE LANCE! He added that Lance would be able to beat us while riding a one-speed bike and wearing a lead suit. This, too, is probably true. However, I was not going to allow a threat or two deter me from my mission.
On the afternoon of the ride, the weather in Austin was steamy, air so thick you’d need a broom to sweep it aside. There was a strong breeze coming out of the southeast. We boarded the buses and were dropped off at Emma Long Park on the banks of Lake Austin. The Lance rumor mill was overheard saying that he had just arrived back from Paris after the unveiling of the 2004 Tour de France route. Hmmm! Maybe he’d be tired and sluggish from jetlag. We waited like children anticipating Santa’s arrival on Christmas morning.
Later, with no fanfare, we were told to ride off and that Lance would meet us along the two-and-a-half mile circuit. The route was a tight, hilly and potholed affair. Volunteers advised us to slow down on the treacherous downhill portion. Up in the distance, I thought I spotted that familiar piston motion of Lance going uphill. After two laps, I was beginning to see my dream deflate like a slow leaking tire. Then an apparition appeared, he was there right in front of me. I approached him on his left flank. Lance Armstrong has features that could easily be drawn with a T-square. He is that angular. At the base of a small hill, I launched my bike with its 48-year-old, 5-foot-4inch, 145-pound cargo upward.
On the 10th stage of the 2001 Tour de France, Lance became famous for giving what in the future would be immortalized as “The Look” to Jan Ullrich. This was over-the shoulder glare with an “I double-doggy-dare-you to cross that line” attitude tossed in. Mr. Ullrich lost heart and the Tour after “the Look.”
Time stood still as I surged ahead of Lance by 10 feet. I paused and turned my head to give Lance a fair imitation of “The Look.” I didn’t see much of a change in his expression behind those dark sunglasses. He might have been speaking to another rider or had a speck in his eye. Nevertheless, deep down inside, I knew that I had given Lance back, his look. Now, I really had a story to tell the folks back home.
- Torq release Hot Cocoa Recovery Plus+1 year 18 weeks agoInteresting - beta alanine
Interesting - beta alanine I've found actually works better as a pre exercise supplement, and is better taken in small doses early morning and then before the exercise belt...
it may also cause tingling in the body etc, which some people find disconcerting.
Most people are dairy intolerant which will lead to causes of inflammation and bloating in the body, so wouldn't recommend large amounts of that either for recovery, I'm actually surprised at the resurgence of people recommending milk.. dairy industry must have put in a bit of sponsorship
Banana with a nut butter , like hazelnut, cashew nut or almond would be better (assuming you don't have nut allergies )
For immediate recovery fluids, are better and quicker however.
- Helmet debate1 year 18 weeks agostumps wrote:Lets face it,stumps wrote:
Lets face it, there are people on here who will never ever wear a helmet, even if its made law, and no amount of points made for the wearing of one will ever change their minds.
Of course any accident involving these people who end up with a head injury will see them running (or being carried) to the nearest A&E dept for a check up.
Lets hope it wont be anything serious.
Your strength of feeling does you credit. Your clarity of thinking does not.
- Lorry load of Trek Bikes stolen from UK head office1 year 18 weeks agoDefinite info, stands out a
Definite info, stands out a mile, either that or a gang have been hanging round the local burger bar just waiting for something to turn up, if that's so they were lucky not to have had their big getaway truck nicked.
- IAM says bringing Britain's clocks forward an hour year-round would save lives on the road1 year 18 weeks ago"However, the same report
"However, the same report also shows a drop in the casualty rate for cyclists killed or seriously injured per billion kilometres travelled for November compared to October, "
Surely this suggests that darker evenings following the existing clock change are better for cyclist safety? How can the report come to the opposite conclusion?
- Mark Cavendish talks about his frustrating 2012 season1 year 18 weeks agoI want implying that he hadnt
I want implying that he hadnt seen any doping by his own team mates - im saying that he must certainly have known others in the peleton were doping (its not like their arent enough of them) and yet didnt say owt.