• Road discs - Industry led bling or the next use of a proven technology?1 year 12 weeks agoIncidentally I've been having

    Incidentally I've been having a chat with John and Sean on twitter today and the question of hydraulic rim brakes came up, which I didn't mention above really. I think they've got a much better chance of being adopted quickly for the pro peloton than discs. They offer some of the advantages of hydraulic discs - increased power, no problem with wiggly cable routing - without many drawbacks. obviously your rims will wear down and you can't run an out-of-true wheel, but these are not really concerns for a pro. they're retrofittable to existing frames too.

    Magura make a road version of their system already but it's a converter and as such is only a stopgap. SRAM are going to do hydraulic rim brakes for Red, and they'll no doubt break cover with the hydro levers

  • Lance Armstrong confession… Wiggins and Cav have their say (or don't)1 year 12 weeks agoThe TdF and other top races

    The TdF and other top races will need to be transparently clean for five to ten years before reporters are likely to stop asking these questions. The appalling legacy of the sport is such that it's hard to 100 per cent believe anyone - even Sir Brad - when they say they don't dope. Cav and Brad will spend the rest of their sporting lives answering these questions and - unfortunately for them - they'll have to get used to it. Sounds like the Pharma Quickstep PR's need to get their backsides in gear too.

  • TdF 2014 route into London1 year 12 weeks agoStumpy, I apologise

    Stumpy,
    I apologise unreservedly for "Mackem" (Dunno where I got it, I think I recall comments on Sunderland Football Club).
    As I'm sure we're all aware, it's about money. Better some of the TdF in Yorkshire and a stage finish in London than it not coming at all. It is, I'll agree, a tough blow for Yorkshire, but luckily they're not the sort of people to carp on about the hardships they've faced.

  • WTD - Genesis Equilibrium - 56cm1 year 12 weeks agoYes its 56cm, looking for

    Yes its 56cm, looking for £650.

  • Lance Armstrong confession… Wiggins and Cav have their say (or don't)1 year 12 weeks agoWiggins has every right to

    Wiggins has every right to criticise Kimmage, he has made a veiled comment that Sky must have cheated as the team did the same for Bradley as the teams did for Armstrong.

    The man has gone way way down in my estimation. How can someone who was to be sued for defamation come out with "Interesting that Bradley Wiggins is still following the Lance Armstrong blueprint for success" Angry

  • Osborne visits Brompton factory1 year 12 weeks agoNot sure George looks like he

    Not sure George looks like he knows one end of a bike from another-whether a Brompton or not! Never seen him cycling out of Downing Street.

  • Koga’s prototype beach racer1 year 12 weeks agoYup, very much like

    Yup, very much like Monstercross - but a slightly different in that I'd think these need to be fast and light rather than solid and beefy (a niche in a niche?).

    As for the racing, it looks like a load of fun (if also a world of pain!). Ace - a good reason to visit NL in the winter!

  • Lance Armstrong confession… Wiggins and Cav have their say (or don't)1 year 12 weeks agoI can't blame Cav, Wiggo etc

    I can't blame Cav, Wiggo etc for snapping at reporters who keep asking questions about a washed-up never-was, they've been getting it for months now.

    No doubt some sections of the media with an agenda on this will accuse these riders of maintaining the omerta because they refuse to give the same answers to the same questions over and over again.

  • Pinarello ride into Halfords stores1 year 12 weeks agoIf I wanted a Pinarello I

    If I wanted a Pinarello I would not be looking at Halfords just what where they thinking at Pinarello.
    First port of call would be a real bike shop!

  • TdF 2014 route into London1 year 12 weeks agoThe Rumpo Kid wrote:I thought

    The Rumpo Kid wrote:
    I thought you were a Mackem Stumpy? My Dad was from the Northeast and he considered people from Yorkshire to be poncy Southerners.

    My god a Mackem, I nearly fell of my chair. I'm a Geordie through and through and consider sunderland as a boil on a certain part of your body !!!!!!!!!!!! Wink

    What i meant was that after the Olympics and the ToB always finishing in london its only fair we in the north get to see a bit more without having to travel any sort of distance.

    No disrespect meant to anyone from London its the powers that be who decide. Personally the Scottish bid seemed to be better but the decision is made now.

    As for the rest day scenario - a flight to London from up here is around an hour not exactly a lot more time added to a journey for the riders than flying to France from london ?

  • Armstrong revelations could see cycling kicked out of Olympics says former WADA chief (and current IOC member)1 year 12 weeks agoRe: The Onion So, so funny.

    Re: The Onion

    So, so funny. Right on the button.
    As regards the Olympics, turn back the clock & make all events open to amateurs only...

  • Tour Down Under1 year 12 weeks agoGood job @TheJensie is

    Good job @TheJensie is involved then!!

  • Navigation Advice Sought :)1 year 12 weeks ago02curtisb wrote:I have a

    02curtisb wrote:
    I have a garmin forerunner watch as far as im aware has similar GPS Functionality to the cheaper edge product...ie not turn by turn.

    Do any of you have experiance using these type of devices for navigation?

    I use the Edge 500 and I can add a course which is basically a squiggly black line and a marker to show where you are on that line.

    It's pretty easy to relate the shape of the line to the road you're on and figure out where you need to turn etc. and if you miss a turn it beeps at you to let you know.

    Apps are great but the battery life on smartphones is just too poor to use GPS for 4+ hour rides.

  • Armstrong revelations could see cycling kicked out of Olympics says former WADA chief (and current IOC member)1 year 12 weeks agoDump the UCI irrespective.

    Dump the UCI irrespective. Pound is just letting his tummy rumble.

  • WTD - Genesis Equilibrium - 56cm1 year 12 weeks agoHi Matthew. Is it the 56cm

    Hi Matthew.

    Is it the 56cm frame size? How much are you looking for?

    Thanks

    Max

  • Lance Armstrong - which came first?1 year 12 weeks agoI've loosely followed this

    I've loosely followed this whole thing and wonder how much the UCI played in it all. There can be no fire without the required ingredients so to speak.

    Lerk, sure others sports seemed ripe with doping but from early 2000s everything has gotten cleaner - talking bout athletics and swimming only, but have not *heard* any other sports being massive on doping either.

    When Michael Phelps got 8 gold medals in Beijing - it honestly did not cross my mind that he could be doping, nor pretty much anyone else I knew - not like a taboo let's not speak about, but genuinely.

  • Koga’s prototype beach racer1 year 12 weeks agobikeandy61 wrote:Whats the

    bikeandy61 wrote:
    Whats the betting that if you tried to organise one in the UK (sorry England and Wales, Scotland's right to roam may have an effect) you'd suddenly find beaches are privately owned and you have to get permission to use one.

    yes, lots of beaches are owned by various landowners, local councils, National Trust, Natural England to mention a few. Dunes particularly are often protected land for wildlife and to prevent erosion so they are out. If you have birds feeding in the inter-tidal band then you can bet the local twitchers will have a say on any disturbance too.
    So, basically, good luck with that.

  • Lizzie Armitstead says Nicole Cooke wrong to focus on doping in Monday's parting shot1 year 12 weeks agoAlso true. Besides - these

    Also true.

    Besides - these two have been handbags-at-dawn for quite a while now so probably not easy to step back and see the bigger picture.

    Almost any comment made by either of them is carefully perused for any implicit insult to the other...whether it exists or not.

    And anyway - she's cute. Extra leeway all over the place. Wink

  • UCI Independent Commission sides with WADA and USADA over truth and reconciliation evidence1 year 12 weeks agolol - highly likely I would

    lol - highly likely I would imagine.

    The UCI don't want an open, independent, process and no 'truth and reconciliation' either.

    Gee, what were the odds?

  • Lizzie Armitstead says Nicole Cooke wrong to focus on doping in Monday's parting shot1 year 12 weeks agoTo be fair after a hard

    To be fair after a hard training ride I can barely function let alone properly consider the ramifications of the things I said. I will give her some sugar depleted leeway on this....I'm sure she's learning her lesson right now!

  • Rapha Classic Winter Tights1 year 12 weeks agoI have them and like them a

    I have them and like them a lot, although I don't see them lasting 10 seasons. I'm thinking 5. Seams are comfortable and stitching is good, but I do get a loose thread from time to time. Nothing is coming apart, though.
    I'm waiting to get another pair till I can compare them with Castelli team kit.

  • Lizzie Armitstead says Nicole Cooke wrong to focus on doping in Monday's parting shot1 year 12 weeks agoChances are that journos have

    Chances are that journos have just pestered Armitstead until she snapped back in a slightly foolish way.

I think you're probably right Colin - at least I hope so since I'd prefer not to think that Lizzie came up with something this brain-dead (and bitchy) on her own...

  • Lizzie Armitstead says Nicole Cooke wrong to focus on doping in Monday's parting shot1 year 12 weeks agoArmitstead's comments on

    Armitstead's comments on doping lack any wit or wisdom.
    I suppose there's no reason to think cyclists would be any brighter than others pro sports people when asked for a comment.

  • Zipp release 60 and 30 clincher wheelsets1 year 12 weeks agoJust added UK prices, £1200

    Just added UK prices, £1200 for the 60, £675 for the 30's. The lowest ever priced Zipp's

  • Lizzie Armitstead says Nicole Cooke wrong to focus on doping in Monday's parting shot1 year 12 weeks agoOh dear. I like Lizzie, but

    Oh dear.

    I like Lizzie, but she's really made a fool of herself here.

    The doping issue is all over the news (for obvious reasons) at the moment, so it's not exactly consigned to history now is it?

    This comes across as exactly what it is - any excuse to counter whatever Nicole said. Problem is - Nicole is spot on. Lizzie is not.

    Cycling as an Olympic sport is under threat. Sponsors harder and harder to find due to doping fallout. Plenty of names still being thrown up in doping investigations and tests (though granted, less than before).

    But sure - doping's not an issue anymore. Idiot.