• Bell launch ‘fastest’ aero helmet: Star Pro + video1 year 3 weeks agoA cycling cap is even more

    A cycling cap is even more aero, at a tiny fraction of the cost. Plus it helps wick sweat out to the moving air where it evaporates faster, and helps keep sweat out of your eyes.

    Cycling caps: Cheap watts. Smile

  • Video: Chris Froome v the Channel Tunnel1 year 3 weeks agoThis is interesting - couldnt

    This is interesting - couldnt quite beleive he actually did it....

  • Sir Dave Brailsford's dream? To win Tour de France with a French rider1 year 3 weeks agoWith Wiggins allegedly

    With Wiggins allegedly talking to Garmin and now Bardet an obvious target for Sky the whole face of Sky looks like its going to change.

  • TdF stage 31 year 3 weeks agoMilan-San Remo winner

    Milan-San Remo winner has Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) has criticizedMark Cavendish's sprinting style, suggesting the Omega Pharma-QuickStep rider "lost his head a little bit” as he tried to win the opening stage of the Tour de France in Harrogate. He went as far as comparing Cavendish to football player Luis Suarez, who has track record of biting opponents in the heat of the moment.

  • Otley residents accuse Cambridge of putting on a 'flat and boring' Tour reception… though it hasn't happened yet1 year 3 weeks agoYeah. OK. I need to apologise

    Yeah. OK. I need to apologise to Cambridge. It was absolutely, completely rammed this morning. Not bad for a work day. Masses of enthusiasm. Good show by England all round.

    (Daughter loved it. And even if Froome didn't notice her flag, ITV did - got a shot of her on TV at the start line, and replayed it on the end highlights. Fame!)

  • Sir Dave Brailsford's dream? To win Tour de France with a French rider1 year 3 weeks agoKestevan wrote:At the end of

    Kestevan wrote:
    At the end of the day Sky are a global commercial enterprise like any other pro team.

    If the marketing/financial team decide to push for a bigger French (or US/Japanese/African/Whatever) market that will at least in part dictate the team strategy.

    Yeah, but they have a very cozy agreement with British Cycling, essentially getting public money & resources, and the pick of British cyclists. If they want to sponsor other nationalities fine.. but someone else might like to challenge that relationship who would actually focus on British cyclists..

  • Sir Dave Brailsford's dream? To win Tour de France with a French rider1 year 3 weeks agoAt the end of the day Sky are

    At the end of the day Sky are a global commercial enterprise like any other pro team.

    If the marketing/financial team decide to push for a bigger French (or US/Japanese/African/Whatever) market that will at least in part dictate the team strategy.

  • Sir Dave Brailsford's dream? To win Tour de France with a French rider1 year 3 weeks agomikeprytherch wrote:Well I

    mikeprytherch wrote:
    Well I guess we already knew Sky is no longer a supporter of British riders, this just backs that view up doesn't it.

    They do - but not exclusively.. but that was never the intention. Brailsford has talked about this in the past along with other changes since they started.

  • New Forest to consider pushing for laws to control sportives?1 year 3 weeks agojash wrote:Leave the NIMBYS

    jash wrote:
    Leave the NIMBYS to it. Come up here to Yorkshire, and ride the Dales. There's lots of great places to see, places to stay, some great climbs (and descents), great views, great cafes, and loads of welcoming people. Wave

    The only poblem is that there's no way to take certain KOMs anymore, since a bunch of fast fairly guys rode them at the weekend!

  • Cycling's Twitter Angry Brigade mobilises against #TDFselfie craze1 year 3 weeks agoThis article seems rather

    This article seems rather churlish. Prudhomme and Verity weren't getting in the way of any riders or causing any danger. The majority of people would take the #TDFselfie idea in the spirit it was intended, but you will always get some people who can't help acting like fuckwits.

    As we've just seen about 10 minutes ago, put a camera in the hands of some people and their brain seems to turn to mush.

  • BMC GF01 Disc vs. Colnago CX Zero Disc1 year 3 weeks ago2.3kg? Crikey! There seems to

    2.3kg? Crikey!

    There seems to be three options for me: Shimano WH6800 (1.6kg); Colnago's Artemis (1.8kg); or DT Swiss (ca. 1.9kg). At least those are the best figures that I've been able to find without actually contacting the seller (which I'll do when I'm closer to a final spec decision). But the DT Swiss come in with a small price premium, which means that either I have those weights wrong, or the DT Swiss are made of gold.

  • Tour de France stars thrilled by Yorkshire Grand Depart - but not by fans taking selfies1 year 3 weeks agoCompletely forgotten about

    Completely forgotten about the World Cup being on! Everyone in the office is talking about the TdF; even Wimbledon and the Grand Prix haven't had a mention. Applause

  • Video: Chris Froome v the Channel Tunnel1 year 3 weeks agoDidn't MBUK ride through the

    Didn't MBUK ride through the Channel Tunnel shortly after it opened? Or possibly during construction? There was definitely a feature along those lines. Maybe they didn't go all the way across...

  • Canyon Roadlite Frameset1 year 3 weeks agoYeah that will be an issue

    Yeah that will be an issue for my height, i also dont particular like the look of Kinesis frames if i am honest. Do you think i should go with a better frame for the extra money now? I'm thinking as an investment it might be worth it, not sure though.

  • Sir Dave Brailsford's dream? To win Tour de France with a French rider1 year 3 weeks agoWell I guess we already knew

    Well I guess we already knew Sky is no longer a supporter of British riders, this just backs that view up doesn't it.

  • Smart or flashy wheels1 year 3 weeks agoHow much do you feel the

    How much do you feel the crosswinds where you are? I used to live near Bury St Edmunds and the winds were strong. The weight penalty of the Zipps may not be that noticeable in your region, but if the crosswins catch the rims you'll feel it.

    I'd go for the Fulcrums if they would just offer some different graphics, the black/red/white looks crap.

    Then again, what about Soul S3.0/S4.0 or Tune Black Series?

  • Tour de France stars thrilled by Yorkshire Grand Depart - but not by fans taking selfies1 year 3 weeks agoAnyone else miss read that

    Anyone else miss read that strava message to Russ Downing and think the Ron Jeremy had taken the KOM?

    I know Mario Chipollini once said that if he wasn't a pro cyclist he'd be a porn star, but the thought that it might have happened the other way round took me aback for a moment ... and then I re-read message.

  • Video: Chris Froome v the Channel Tunnel1 year 3 weeks agoGenuinely thought for a

    Genuinely thought for a moment that he'd draft the train... Aaaaand then remembered that's stupid and got back in my box of despair...

  • New Forest to consider pushing for laws to control sportives?1 year 3 weeks agoLeave the NIMBYS to it. Come

    Leave the NIMBYS to it. Come up here to Yorkshire, and ride the Dales. There's lots of great places to see, places to stay, some great climbs (and descents), great views, great cafes, and loads of welcoming people. Wave

  • Call for action as TfL stats reveal buses pose as big a danger to cyclists as lorries1 year 3 weeks agoI had an idiot bus driver

    I had an idiot bus driver aggressively tailgate me in a bus lane so as per highway code I slowed down (very gradually otherwise I would have been hit). The idiot tailgated me down to 1-foot distance and then panicked, slammed on the brakes and had to go check the passengers were ok, no doubt he blamed me for his bad driving.

    But that's not the norm, in general I've found London's bus drivers to be pretty good, but judging by the figures they're getting worse / there are always a few bad eggs.

    edit:hate typos

  • TdF stage 31 year 3 weeks agoI've got Kittel, Sagan,

    I've got Kittel, Sagan, Demare, Kristoff, Haussler and Lemoine today as well as Bideau, Voss and Gerard. A win for BSE would be swell!!

  • Highways Agency to invest £20 million in strategic cycling improvements across the UK1 year 3 weeks agoTo put things in perspective,

    To put things in perspective, 2013-14 budget is £1,700 million, 2014-15 budget is £1,900 million. £10 million is less than 0.6% of that.

    From The Times

    He said that road designers often had little or no training in how to cater for cyclists. “As a highways engineer myself I spend an awful lot of time designing roundabouts and bridges, actually I didn’t spend a great deal of time at university or subsequently looking at provision for non-motorised users.”

    Since £20 million won't actually be enough to build anything much, perhaps the money would be better spent training the 3,400 staff of the Highways Agency and other transport agencies. £20 million could buy a lot of training.

  • Need help choosing my first bike for £10001 year 3 weeks agoYou've probably seen it

    You've probably seen it already, but the Whyte was reviewed favourably on here just a few months back:

    http://road.cc/content/review/110792-whyte-dorset-commuterroad-bike

    To be honest, you won't go far wrong with any bike around the grand mark, all the major players produce capable road bikes at that price purely because of the popularity of cycle to work schemes.

    As stated above, don't overthink it either, you'll just get bogged down looking at the minutiae of differences between the bikes. For the vast majority of cyclists out there, they'll make bugger all difference in every day riding, particularly when compared to a £110 Muddy Fox - no offence Wink

    Just make sure you get some test rides in and go with the one *you* enjoy riding the most.

    Oh, and don't get hung up about the need for mounting points for racks and mudguards either. Plenty commute without either (me included), racks only become relevant if you carry loads any particular distance and mudguards, well, if it's wet out you're gonna get wet anyway, mudguards or not.

  • Edinburgh launches new bid to bring Tour de France to Scotland1 year 3 weeks agolevermonkey wrote:But Giobox,

    levermonkey wrote:
    But Giobox, you've missed the point!

    The Yorkshire bid had a defined identity right from the start. Yorkshire through and through - Le Tour de Yorkshire.

    The Edinburgh bid was some vague "Oh! We'll start in Edinburgh and we'll end up in London ... err, and we'll ride through England err, and Wales, can't forget Wales ... err, that's as far as we've got. We've got funding though!"

    This is why the next Edinburgh bid must have an identity, make it Le Tour d'Ecosse. Shortbread, tartan, Burns, whisky, Buckfast and Sir Walter Scott. It doesn't matter that most of your history is fake and/or English get out there and sell it! Big Grin

    Bugger that. David Hume, Lord Kelvin, Napier, Georgian architecture, Jimmy Reid would be a much better focus

  • TdF stage 31 year 3 weeks agoThankfully no Cav or Modolo

    Thankfully no Cav or Modolo in mine; ummed and ahhed about both Nibali and Froome but in the end chose neither which now looks like a mistake. Might start a specific TDF purist thread to discuss these.

    Re. today, I was celebrating Bideau in the break, then realised I don't actually have him, I have Vachon D Oh

    For t'sprint, my big miss is Greipel who I couldn't afford to include. Instead I have Sagan, Demare, Coquard, Kristoff and Kittel.

    Anyone got Viviani? Haven't really given him any thought but he should really fancy this stage for a podium at least.