• Sergio Henao back racing after tests - can he make Sky's Tour de France team?1 year 3 weeks agodaddyELVIS wrote:fukawitribe

    daddyELVIS wrote:
    fukawitribe wrote:
    The reason for the suspension was explained, the reason for the result is what they were investigating, the reason for the return is because all concerned believed there wasn't any legitimate reason to keep him away (whatever you may feel about those who made that judgement). What bit of that is deeply mysterious and - wooooo, spooky - "can't be fully explained" ?

    .......As for the science, i'll wait until I can see the results until commenting further - perhaps you could give it a go too.


    So what was the full explanation for his suspension and reinstatement then? Perhaps you've seen some info that Sky haven't released to any of the media?

    No - nothing unusual, I just read the stuff everyone else did. The reason for the suspension was an anomalous result - what is tricky about that ? Did you actually read any of the reports at the time ? The reinstatement was based on the results of the investigation of the anomalous result instigated Sky. From their website

    Sergio Henao will return to racing at the Tour de Suisse, following the findings of scientific experts at the conclusion of the independent research programme.
    The 10-week programme has given the highest level of confidence in Sergio’s previous data and profiles, and offers valuable new insights into the physiology of ‘altitude natives’ such as Colombian climbers.

    What is difficult to understand about why they have decided to reinstate him gvien they were happy with him riding before ? I really not sure what is missing..

    daddyELVIS wrote:
    As for the science - Sky PR are talking about a research paper into the effects of altitude training on 'altitude natives' - a research paper on a population sample size of, err.... 1. Their spin machine (pardon the pun) is in full flow!

    Of course they are trying to puff it up as much as possible, what team or organisation wouldn't ? However, without having read the research I don't know whether that is merely puffery or whether the correlations to the wider population types are (a) actually being made or (b) plausible. It is possible to gain knowledge of physiological effects using an individual if you can correlate it to other, common factors of a group - as has been done before with altitude adaptation. We will hopefully see in the fullness of time.

  • Cyclist’s naked toilet stop in field drives Yorkshire farmer potty1 year 3 weeks agotimfearn wrote:That's effing

    timfearn wrote:
    That's effing disgusting - he should do what surfers do and soil his skinsuit.

    Or carry a ziplock bag, especially if he took time to carry bog roll
    When I go hill walking and end up staying out overnight I carry a zip lock bag with me and carry the stuff off the hills with me as you are meant to do. There are some popular routes around the country that have human waste left and it's totally gross.

    Of course the easiest solution is to have a dump before you leave for your ride.

  • Cyclist’s naked toilet stop in field drives Yorkshire farmer potty1 year 3 weeks agoI have made contact to see if

    I have made contact to see if we can acquire the picture to shame the cyclist into an apology Smile

  • First look: Hallett Handbuilt Cycles 650b bike1 year 3 weeks agoI like it; if it came with

    I like it; if it came with disc brakes it would certainly be on my wish list.

  • Help - carbon road bike.1 year 3 weeks agoMy first bit of advice would

    My first bit of advice would be to find a place with lots of different bikes and try them out. Bikes can feel incredibly different, and you'll be able to at least reduce the options to a few that work for you personally, rather than going by reviews, price & spec. Then you can compare price & spec...!

    The comment about saving a bit aside for wheels is valid, but you don't have to spend thousands to improve on the standard ones. I got some Ultegra 6700's for £220 which are nice - lighter, and stiffer than the standard ones that came with my bike.

    Have you thought about Cannondale - SuperSix or Synapse with 105?

  • Specialized to launch Diverge all-road bike1 year 3 weeks agoThem crazy yanks are finally

    Them crazy yanks are finally putting mudguard mounts on gravel racers? About time too. Looks good…

  • Five-year-old boy dies in Belfast after being hit by car while riding his bike1 year 3 weeks agoStop the child murder.

    Stop the child murder.

  • Cyclist’s naked toilet stop in field drives Yorkshire farmer potty1 year 3 weeks agoThat's effing disgusting - he

    That's effing disgusting - he should do what surfers do and soil his skinsuit.

  • Froome and the Inhaler1 year 3 weeks agoI too have an inhaler for

    I too have an inhaler for asthma - in my case it seems to be an alleric asthma aggravated by exercise.

    Strangly, although I've had inhalers for around 35 years, I've also never mentioned them publicly - not in blogs, or social media not in any of the writing I do as a hobby or for work.

    If I wrote an autobiography I doubt the inhalers would get a mention and I'm sure there would be plenty of other stuff that wouldn't either.

    If I wrote a book about cycling I doubt the inhaler would get a mention either.

    But hey! this is a Team Sky Rider and also one of our own so he must be cheating mustn't he?

  • Suisse Rowe1 year 3 weeks agoThere is no youth rider cat.

    There is no youth rider cat. I have removed it

    Points will be based on intermediate sprints and NOT on finish line points. I forgot to put the scoring information in, so I've asked Dave if he can stick it in for me. Sorry about that.

    So basically, there will be no points for sprints on the first stage as it is an ITT

    I can't find last years results on the official site, so not 100% sure there was a combat award either, but leaving it in to be on the safe side. If they decide to score a young riders this year. I will add that back in. As they have no scoring information or jerseys listed on their site. Lets assume it hasn't changed.

  • Is cycling getting like football?1 year 3 weeks agoGood article, though I think

    Good article, though I think a lot of this coincides with the massive rise in social media. The rugby worldcup was 10 years, we were pretty much mostly on dial up and facebook twitter fee.

    People get angry very quickly on social media and tend post on their immediate reaction rather than pause for thought, we've all done it.

    We've seen poor behavior in the giro this year and I expect there is more to come in the tour, partially spurred by the chance of getting your silly face on youtube in a mankini whilst running alongside and shouting in someones ear whilst their heartbeat is at 190 up a 15% slope.....nice.

    I think we will see an increase in this but at heart true fans, the ones that fall into the sport and take it to heart will always be - respect for anyone who rides these race, followed by individual rider first, team second, nationality 3rd........or maybe I'm just old school.

    Now if you'll excuse me, this is my last post before I douse my sky router in petrol and throw away my Kenyan coffee beans.

  • Sergio Henao back racing after tests - can he make Sky's Tour de France team?1 year 3 weeks agofukawitribe wrote:The reason

    fukawitribe wrote:
    The reason for the suspension was explained, the reason for the result is what they were investigating, the reason for the return is because all concerned believed there wasn't any legitimate reason to keep him away (whatever you may feel about those who made that judgement). What bit of that is deeply mysterious and - wooooo, spooky - "can't be fully explained" ?

    .......As for the science, i'll wait until I can see the results until commenting further - perhaps you could give it a go too.


    So what was the full explanation for his suspension and reinstatement then? Perhaps you've seen some info that Sky haven't released to any of the media?

    As for the science - Sky PR are talking about a research paper into the effects of altitude training on 'altitude natives' - a research paper on a population sample size of, err.... 1. Their spin machine (pardon the pun) is in full flow!

  • Cycling could help reduce £10bn annual diabetes bill say MPs1 year 3 weeks agobikebot wrote:It would be

    bikebot wrote:
    It would be useful if there was some real data to back up such claims. For example, is there a comparable survey of Danes or the Dutch, which shows a much lower level for such conditions, along with obesity in general?

    I don't think they just pluck this stuff out of nowhere, but you make a good point. It would be nice to see the precise chain of reasoning that leads to these claims and see how robust the evidence is (or isn't).

    Though a nation-level comparison as you suggest isn't going to cut it, as there are any number of other variables involved. Its not as if the Netherlands and the UK are identical in every respect bar cycling. (The Dutch are apparently the tallest people in the developed world, but I don't think bikes make you tall! Good nutrition probably does that)

    Still, one can't help but notice that countries with very low levels of cycling (like the UK and even more so Australia) have very high levels of obesity (still can't get over the fact that Australians are second only to the US in that respect - I always thought the stereotype of them was surfer dudes obsessed with sport!). Even its not likely to be a direct causal thing I bet they are related via a national culture of looking askance at physical exercise.

    Edit - oh, and I'm sure I've read somewhere that the two occupational groups with the highest levels of heart disease are lorry drivers and taxi drivers. Though again, that's probably as much or more to do with those groups' traditional eating habits as the enforced sedentary nature of the job.

  • Cycling could help reduce £10bn annual diabetes bill say MPs1 year 3 weeks agoAlso, they haven't factored

    Also, they haven't factored in the rise in A&E visits due to new riders adjusting to clipless pedals. Saw a guy on a super six Dura ace kitted super bike perform a perfect sideways extended stationary lean. It must have hurt but he jumped up straight away and sped off, probably crying but the shame was greater.

  • Cycloc Loop1 year 3 weeks agoped wrote:Perhaps you could

    ped wrote:
    Perhaps you could stand a double-decker bus next to it. Everybody knows how big they are, so we could compare sizes. Wink

    I think a football pitch, an elephant and a 10p piece would work better.

  • Building a bike1 year 3 weeks agomattbuckley wrote:Building a

    mattbuckley wrote:
    Building a bike is great, just make sure you've got the right tool for the job and for things like headsets I would get the LBS to do.

    Why ? Most frames these days the headset bearings just drop into the headtube, no tools required.

  • Cycling could help reduce £10bn annual diabetes bill say MPs1 year 3 weeks agoI bet Shimano are smiling. I

    I bet Shimano are smiling.

    I get the point they are making but you may as well say:

    -taking the stairs rather than the lift will save £2 billion a year
    -Saying no to a big mac will save 10,000 lives a year
    -Not drinking coke will free up 1 million hospital bed spaces
    -Bocotting Greggs will save 8 million tonnes in excess cotton and other clothing materials
    -Fat Parents stop feeding your children shite - Priceless

  • Cyclist’s naked toilet stop in field drives Yorkshire farmer potty1 year 3 weeks agoMaybe he was called Ted and

    Maybe he was called Ted and was just trying to sort out the drainage in the lower field? Thinking

  • First foray in to the world of mountain bikes1 year 3 weeks agoMerlin have some super duper

    Merlin have some super duper cheap ones! Big Grin http://www.merlincycles.com/sensa-mountain-bikes-58874/

    Thinking of moving to the dark side this winter, too, let us know how you get on! I'd be interested to know how power on the road bike translates to the MTB Smile

  • Cycling could help reduce £10bn annual diabetes bill say MPs1 year 3 weeks agoIt would be useful if there

    It would be useful if there was some real data to back up such claims. For example, is there a comparable survey of Danes or the Dutch, which shows a much lower level for such conditions, along with obesity in general?

  • Cyclist’s naked toilet stop in field drives Yorkshire farmer potty1 year 3 weeks agoScoob_84 wrote:well that's a

    Scoob_84 wrote:
    well that's a little less silage required in that area of the field.

    Silage is hay or some such moist fodder for cattle they store for winter.
    I think you're confusing it with slurry. You don't feed cows poo.

  • Mech Hangers on a £500 road bike1 year 3 weeks agoit's correct that the

    it's correct that the replacealbe hanger is "expendable", but they don't normally
    just fail. The only times any of mine have gone is post crash. If it's not taken a
    hit of any sort then I'd pursue Wiggle .....

  • Cyclist’s naked toilet stop in field drives Yorkshire farmer potty1 year 3 weeks agoI see an unfulfilled market

    I see an unfulfilled market for bungs ... preferably carbon for the serious cyclist.

  • First foray in to the world of mountain bikes1 year 3 weeks agoyou may find that a medium

    you may find that a medium will fit too ... Smile

    I ride a 54 road and have ridden in the past both a 16" and a 19.5" mtb

  • Cyclist’s naked toilet stop in field drives Yorkshire farmer potty1 year 3 weeks agoHang on... "together with the

    Hang on... "together with the paper"!

    You mean he planned ahead for this little accident? Devil