• London Bike Show heist: TriUK's bikes still missing, £100k reward unclaimed1 year 4 weeks agoalarms deactivated without

    alarms deactivated without entering, tracking devices removed - not your average opportunistic thief it seems. Hard to believe it was pot luck with regard to their haul of bikes; surely pro thiefs would not take the risk of being nicked for some energy gels.

  • spring classics1 year 4 weeks agochrisdstripes wrote:I'm

    chrisdstripes wrote:
    I'm currently planning on exactly the same team for both! There's probably a reason why that's a really bad idea...

    That sounds like my mate who put the same numbers on twice for the lottery, he decided that if he was going to win then winning twice was better D Oh

  • 5 reasons why you should ride in Italy right now1 year 4 weeks agoFrom Tuscany drop down into

    From Tuscany drop down into Umbria and the rolling roads just go on forever and they are really quiet even in the summer (with no pot holes either).

    The last 2 times i've been there the roads were filled with cyclists and everyone gives them space....bliss.

  • The long, quiet, road to Istanbul.1 year 4 weeks agoYeah! Can't wait for this but

    Yeah! Can't wait for this but have to admit am training my fingers looking at new bike parts rather than my legs!!

  • 5 reasons why you should ride in Italy right now1 year 4 weeks agoSeriously, a decent small

    Seriously, a decent small Italian espresso should give you enough caffeine to get up a few thousand metres!

    Other recommended areas include Piemonte near the border with France - your chance to do some epic Tour and Giro climbs. Or, for those that like more food than exercise, a leisurely pedal along the San Remo cycle way (with cafes and restaurants minutes from the track) - well worth doing.

    Just avoid August.

  • 5 reasons why you should ride in Italy right now1 year 4 weeks agoI love this country, if i

    I love this country, if i ever leave these shores to move abroad it will be to Italy.

    The people, the countryside, the food basically everything is superb.

  • 5 reasons why you should ride in Italy right now1 year 4 weeks agoSome great shots there by the

    Some great shots there by the way, it looks totally stunning. I'll have to get some plans in place for 2015 I think, cheers Mat.

  • TT Advice1 year 4 weeks agoAs a lot of people have said

    As a lot of people have said position is the key to quick times. One mistake a lot of people make is trying to go to low at the front, aero doesn't always mean low. You might be able to put out more power in a slightly higher position especially if you do a lot of miles on the road bike. A flat back is the aim especially now you've got your Javelin, you'll want to feel the aero section resting on your back for it to be giving you the full benefit.

    Pacing is important to, build up to race speed over the first 2 minutes, go flat out from the off and you'll be struggling with lactic acid in your legs for miles.

    I time trialled for 6 or 7 years before taking a break for the last couple. I did my first 10 a couple of weeks ago and the biggest thing I noticed was my inability to absolutely bury myself, I used to 55 min 25's and could barely walk or talk when I crossed the finish line. Hopefully I'll get back there soon.

    As far as kit goes a disc won't make a massive difference to your time over a 10, 20 secs maybe but when I bought my FFWD the sound of it wooshing round was worth so much more. If you can justify it to yourself go for it but don't expect massive time drops, you will look good though which at the end of the day is what it is all about Wink

  • 5 reasons why you should ride in Italy right now1 year 4 weeks agoWhere are these Starbucks

    Where are these Starbucks that put actual espresso in their brown tinted milk offerings? I've yet to find one.

  • GPS computer or smart phone1 year 4 weeks agoI did the iPhone thing. Pain

    I did the iPhone thing. Pain in the backside if you want to use it for anything other than a Strava logger. I got a new Garmin 800 with HRM, Cadence and Maps off ebay for £220. Lasts for hours, does full route mapping, is on all the time and doesn't loose a signal. Has some unusual quirks and sometimes the mapping drives me mad but that's down to user error

  • Official: UK has joint 3rd lowest levels of daily cycling in the EU1 year 4 weeks agoQuote:The falsely inflated

    Quote:
    The falsely inflated perception of danger is a pathetic joke in the UK and I think it's the biggest challenge we face. If that particular nut can be cracked then the floodgates will open.

    A workmate recently started cycling (good for him!) but he's kinda blown it out of all proportion on the perceived risks front. It's quite a delicate balancing act trying to educate on the actual risks whilst at the same time not appearing dismissive and thus alienating him from reaching a more reasoned PoV

    I have cycled in 17 different countries in Europe, in many types of situations, and with the exception of only Poland, I believe cycling is more dangerous here than anywhere else I have been. It is a problem. The percentage of cyclist deaths/injuries is huge for the number of people cycling.
    Only yesterday I spoke to a Chinese man that was a keen cyclist, had three bikes, but gave up cycling altogether when coming from a cycling city (Cambridge) to a non-cycling city (Glasgow) because it was (in his point of view) too dangerous.
    Safety is a need. Most cyclists reading this I presume have gained it from experience alone. But for the first timer, it's not simply 'grow a pair'. There are more cars than ever before on today's roads. I learnt to cycle safely when there were few. How can we possibly expect people to make the jump from car to bike through busy traffic on the way to work without investing in either appropriate cycle training or a safe way to go?

  • 5 reasons why you should ride in Italy right now1 year 4 weeks ago"If I had to pick fault, I’d

    "If I had to pick fault, I’d say they could be a bit more generous in terms of quantity"

    Quality not quantity that's what coffee is all about. It is such a sad thing to see all the people in Costa and Starbucks drinking a pint of hot milk with a shot of espresso in it.

  • Official: UK has joint 3rd lowest levels of daily cycling in the EU1 year 4 weeks agoNot a surprising set of

    Not a surprising set of results given the UK's political landscape which isn't big on "common good" compared to these other countries.

    One big gain we could make in the UK would be to challenge and defeat the speed-cameras-only-after-deaths consensus. Getting those 20mph zones enforced would change the feel of local urban cycling for many people I think.

  • GPS computer or smart phone1 year 4 weeks agoKiwiMike wrote:Shep73

    KiwiMike wrote:
    Shep73 wrote:
    Garmin 800's are no where near £500 so not sure where the poster who put that comment got his pricing. If you want navigation then go for a Garmin. Also Garmins give a better fix than a phone. They are also cheaper to replace in a crash than a phone. Garmin can and do repair them which is getting harder with new phones. If you do mount the phone on your bike and manage to smash it, you're buggered if you use it for navigating or need to call for help.

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/garmin-edge-800-gps-performance-navigation-bundle/

    £300 + £100 for maps + £50 for HRM strap = close as buggery to £500

    The idea Garmins give 'a better fix' than phones is just wrong I have been plotting and recording rides weekly for years, and have never seen a discrepancy of more than a few % either way between GPS and mega-accurate bike computer going off the wheel. A friend tracks using Garmin on all our rides, comparing Strava tracks again there's nothing in it.

    If you don't own or need a smartphone, then yes a Garmin might be best. If you already have one there are now multiple waterproof, shockproof options to use your existing hardware to record and navigate for free as opposed to Garmin who have you by the short & curlies regarding map purchases. Battery life and GPS accuracy are not arguments against using phones.


    Maps are included at the £300 bracket, you can also download free maps that actually better than the Garmin ones. I have had it on good authority from people in the industry that a dedicated GPS gives a better fix. More so for off road in places such as the Forest of Dean, I have had gaps in rides using a phone and never had this problem with my 800. On open road areas I doubt there is any difference but it proves that dedicated GPS units are more reliable/accurate. Strava also recommend dedicated GPS units for making segments. I wouldn't want to stick a £4/500 phone on my handle bars.

  • Proper Purist Classics Comp1 year 4 weeks agoYou can get the prices by

    You can get the prices by going to http://fantasy.road.cc/rankings

    Riders are ranked by score rather than price and a few of the more obscure riders are missing so if you want a price for someone in particular let me know and I'll sort it.

  • Video: Gone in six seconds — thief with no tools yanks bike off railing1 year 4 weeks agoPaul_C wrote:HipLok Good for

    Paul_C wrote:
    HipLok

    Good for carrying but 1kg is quite heavy for bronze level security, isn't it?

  • Cyclist stopped and fined for riding on the M251 year 4 weeks agoEasily done, especially if

    Easily done, especially if you are not sure of your route and following road signs to the next town.

  • ODI Hudz Enhancement Brake Hoods1 year 4 weeks agomikroos wrote:I hope they're

    mikroos wrote:
    I hope they're better than Hudz for SRAM levers.

    I have a set of these and once installed (which is a bit of a hassle, but that's understandable), they are terribly loose. I had to stuff them from the inside to keep them in place - otherwise they would block the shift lever and not let it fall back to its place once I shift.

    Other than that, they are quite a decent product. Not great, but decent.

    Did you heat them with a hair dryer once they were in position, I found this in the fitting instructions and it worked a treat.

  • road.cc's Bike Locking Bible1 year 4 weeks agoNeat and tidy trick I have

    Neat and tidy trick I have seen around the City is to use a length of skinny (10speed I guess) chain linked into a loop with a chain tool (Don't use the speed link, obviously!).

    The endless loop goes over the seat rail(s) and round the seat tube bolt or seat stays.

    Stops a 'quick nick' of your saddle and pin.

  • Official: UK has joint 3rd lowest levels of daily cycling in the EU1 year 4 weeks agoYou have a bike rack?

    You have a bike rack?

  • Cyclist stopped and fined for riding on the M251 year 4 weeks agocyclingDMlondon wrote: I'm

    cyclingDMlondon wrote:

    I'm not 'annoyed' at women. But I have an instinctive abhorrence of injustice, and the society in which we currently live is deeply misandric and gynocentric. That offends my sense of justice, just as it would offend me if we lived in a misogynist society.

    Either my irony meter or my nonsense detector need recalibrating. Not sure which yet.

    I mean WTF?

  • Video: Gone in six seconds — thief with no tools yanks bike off railing1 year 4 weeks agoCable Locks, no matter how

    Cable Locks, no matter how thick should be banned from sale!
    I had a Marin San Aselmo Hybrid stolen from outside W.H.Smiths in Croydon on Boxing Day in 2011. As all of the bike racks were full, I had to affix the bike to a metal seat, the construction of which meant I was unable to use my normal thick lock, so I put a medium security cable lock on.
    Result? Bike stolen in 10 minutes. Security cameras? Upon enquiry, allegedly All pointing in the wrong direction.
    I have purchased two new bikes in 2012, My No. 1 bike goes nowhere near shops or if briefly left parked has a massive Kryptonite D lock affixed and for shopping trips, I have an unfashionable cheap and cheerful upright 3 speed cycle also equipped with a substantial D lock.
    A lesson to be learned here as well is don't use a good looking and fanciable bike around town. Use a cheap but serviceable machine.
    What still sticks in my craw is that the Marin had a brand new Brooks B17 Copper saddle fitted and my precious Carradice Nelson saddle bag with 40 years worth of useful old bike tools in it as well.

  • Video: Gone in six seconds — thief with no tools yanks bike off railing1 year 4 weeks agoCable Locks, no matter how

    Cable Locks, no matter how thick should be banned from sale!
    I had a Marin San Aselmo Hybrid stolen from outside W.H.Smiths in Croydon on Boxing Day in 2011. As all of the bike racks were full, I had to affix the bike to a metal seat, the construction of which meant I was unable to use my normal thick lock, so I put a medium security cable lock on.
    Result? Bike stolen in 10 minutes. Security cameras? Upon enquiry, allegedly All pointing in the wrong direction.
    I have purchased two new bikes in 2012, My No. 1 bike goes nowhere near shops or if briefly left parked has a massive Kryptonite D lock affixed and for shopping trips, I have an unfashionable cheap and cheerful upright 3 speed cycle also equipped with a substantial D lock.
    A lesson to be learned here as well is don't use a good looking and fanciable bike around town. Use a cheap but serviceable machine.
    What still sticks in my craw is that the Marin had a brand new Brooks B17 Copper saddle fitted and my precious Carradice Nelson saddle bag with 40 years worth of useful old bike tools in it as well.

  • Official: UK has joint 3rd lowest levels of daily cycling in the EU1 year 4 weeks ago{NEED SHOWERS TO CYCLE

    {NEED SHOWERS TO CYCLE KLAXON}

    {UK IS TOO COLD/WET/HILLY TO CYCLE KLAXON}

    {DISMISSING PERCIEVED SAFETY CONCERNS KLAXON}

  • TT Advice1 year 4 weeks agoGreat times there. Working on

    Great times there.

    Working on fitness and position is just about sorted.

    It is a race against myself but just needing to improve for myself