• Why is it considered wanky to wear sky kit1 year 9 weeks agoI get that Sky stands for the

    I get that Sky stands for the galactico type mentality throwing money around much like Chelsea or Man City....to use a footballing comparison. but you can't underestimate what they have done for cycling in this country.

  • Giro Prize Suggestion1 year 9 weeks agoI have banked 90 transfers

    I have banked 90 transfers and intend to make 12 every day for the rest of the race.

  • Giro Prize Suggestion1 year 9 weeks agoenrique wrote:... The last

    enrique wrote:
    ... The last week of the Giro seems to be tailor made for Premium members to stack up on transfers and come in with a bunch of sprinters on the last day... And therefore beat the crap out of any Standard player still standing! I guess it would probably take a miracle for anyone playing Standard to win in this scenario...

    Ok, so the last week is here... And these are the Standard Players left standing in the Top 25:

    Overall Ranking Team Team Owner
    2 Mountain Renegade tony kappler
    4 rock n rouleurs matanhale
    7 petiagos petiagos
    8 Polski Grifter Club PolishDave
    11 Guybrush Threepwood 2MeterPeter
    13 Eyeballs Out richardk9
    14 Chute Collective Chute Collective
    15 Indurains lungs Samacollins
    17 Rangaedge Rangaedge
    20 BaggyBoy999 BaggyBoy999
    23 Leipheimer not weeks memories of meseeuw

    I have to admit there are way (!) more Standard Players up there in the Top 25 than I expected! (11/25) Smile So maybe, banking transfers is realy not that (!) much of an advantage! Surprise

    Now, it would be cool to know how may people will start banking transfers, how many will use all 4 rest day transfers, how many will bank 2 for Wednesday and how many people will be able to bank any more than 4 for the last stage... But, of course that would be giving away your strategy Smile

    So, if you're up to it, I would love to hear how many transfers you end up saving for Sunday! Thanks! Smile

  • Damn crank removal tool - is this busted?1 year 9 weeks agoarrieredupeleton wrote:Try

    arrieredupeleton wrote:
    Try drilling into the cap and using the hole to prize is off.

    Not a bad idea, I'll give it a go later, thanks for the tip!

  • US town proposes to ban cyclists from passing through1 year 9 weeks agoI have ridden this "South

    I have ridden this "South Gate" route a few times on the way to the summit of Mount Diablo.

    This article GREATLY exaggerates the danger of the road and hence the value of the short cut.
    The road which will be missed by the short cut is less than one kilometer in length, and the traffic on it is basically the same as the traffic on the rest of the 18 km (11 mile) road to the summit. The only traffic on that road not going further upward are those living in about a two dozen houses on the road, and parents with their children who going to and from a small an elite private school (Athenian School). In other words, if the traffic on that 1km road is too much for you, there is no reason for you to ride up the rest of the mountain anyway because it is the same kind of traffic and blind corners, and steepness, the rest of the way up. I am just laughing at the idea of someone riding up Mt Diablo who doesn't like steep roads.
    And actually the attitude of the traffic going up and down is >generally< bike friendly, with thoughtful drivers even frequently pulling over to the side to let the bicycles go past them on the way down (that's how curvy the roads are).
    Go to Google maps and search "Diablo, CA, United States" and you will see the section of road going from Diablo/Blackhawk to where it joins the short cut (Cll Los Collados ?).

    This kind of whining is cycling's worst enemy.

    As for the idea of a community banning cyclists, in principle it's very selfish: Taken to the extreme all communities could start banning traffic from their roads, since they pay for the roads upkeep. Everybody would like to have a less busy road in front of their house because it raises the selling value of the house.

    When it comes down to it, I don't really care so much about this issue so won't waste my time worrying about it and will continue to use the "normal" section of road as the vast majority of cyclists already do. But I do hate whining and that's why I posted here.

  • US town proposes to ban cyclists from passing through1 year 9 weeks agoAmerican politics: I

    American politics: I vehemently oppose you until I share your plight.

  • Rider sent crashing to ground after being elbowed during Norway's Glava Tour (+ link to video)1 year 9 weeks agoVan hits Ferrari? umm, there

    Van hits Ferrari?

    umm, there is no context to the video, there must have been some goings on earlier.

  • Why is it considered wanky to wear sky kit1 year 9 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:I have Colin

    Gkam84 wrote:
    I have Colin Lynch's World Champ and James McCallum's Scottish Champs Jersey's.

    It would under NO circumstance be ok for me to wear these...EVER. I didn't earn them and I shouldn't wear them

    If you were given these and didn't just acquire them for money then ABSOLUTELY wear them, what else are you supposed to do with them? They were given to you presumably, you would be honoring the rider and that gift to wear them. If you won't wear them throw them away, sell them, or just give them away to someone who will. Come on G, you are getting a bit grumpy lately.

    In my experience club colours tend to be as awful as half the pro teams are. Sky is not a bad design if you don't mind the Sky logo and what it stands for. One main colour is always the best way to go.
    Frankly this is the most exercised people have been here for a while with some sextuple quoting going on. Just chill and wear what you want.

  • Difference between wet and dry lube?1 year 9 weeks agoSweet, I just thought any

    Sweet, I just thought any lube would turn into black gunk after a few miles. Clean chains are for pros, I don't have time to be scrubbing my chain twice a week.

    However, I have a new Dura-ace chain in the post on the way to me after a thread about chain stretching a few weeks ago [http://road.cc/content/forum/79848-when-do-you-change-your-chain] so I will try the new lube on that and hope it keeps clean and slick for the summer.

  • US town proposes to ban cyclists from passing through1 year 9 weeks agoIf it's a public highway,

    If it's a public highway, there is diddly squat they can do about it.

  • Tour of California Stage 81 year 9 weeks agoOtis Bragg

    Otis Bragg wrote:
    TERatcliffe26 wrote:
    NeilG83 wrote:
    johnny2names wrote:
    Surely they are still having breakfast in Cali!

    The stage started at 8.30AM local time.

    From previous experience the last stage of the ToC has always started much earlier than the rest of the stages, but I couldn't tell you why

    According to Brian Smith, the early start was so that they could include crossing the Golden Gate Bridge as part of the route- bloody cyclo-tourists, eh?! Wink

    Cheers for that insight Smile

  • Tour of California Stage 81 year 9 weeks agoTERatcliffe26 wrote:NeilG83

    TERatcliffe26 wrote:
    NeilG83 wrote:
    johnny2names wrote:
    Surely they are still having breakfast in Cali!

    The stage started at 8.30AM local time.

    From previous experience the last stage of the ToC has always started much earlier than the rest of the stages, but I couldn't tell you why

    According to Brian Smith, the early start was so that they could include crossing the Golden Gate Bridge as part of the route- bloody cyclo-tourists, eh?! Wink

  • Rider sent crashing to ground after being elbowed during Norway's Glava Tour (+ link to video)1 year 9 weeks agoIf I was a gambling man,

    If I was a gambling man, there is a 1 in 2 chance that his name has Van in it Wink

  • FS: Verenti Millook Road Bike XXL1 year 9 weeks agoYou got mail mate

    You got mail mate

  • Why is it considered wanky to wear sky kit1 year 9 weeks agoJesus. Cyclists seem to be

    Jesus. Cyclists seem to be such snobs.

  • Why is it considered wanky to wear sky kit1 year 9 weeks agoSo at the moment, I am in

    So at the moment, I am in possession of two genuine champion's tops. It would be alright to wear them on a sportive......NO

    I have Colin Lynch's World Champ and James McCallum's Scottish Champs Jersey's.

    It would under NO circumstance be ok for me to wear these...EVER. I didn't earn them and I shouldn't wear them

  • Wiggins vows to be back to full strength for Tour de France1 year 9 weeks agoDefending champion or not, I

    Defending champion or not, I wouldn't take wiggo to the tour at all, even if his form sky rockets. Froome deserves the shot and porte is a worthy lieutenant. A smart team would end this nonsense now! Last year was one thing, as it was unexpected, but this is a different matter.

  • Tour of California Stage 81 year 9 weeks agoAre the points for stage 8

    Are the points for stage 8 going up sometime? I noticed it saysthe tour califormia is now closed, but o havent seen my stage 8 results.... Big Grin
    ;0)

  • Join the Cervo Rosso Test Team1 year 9 weeks agoHaving been a member of the

    Having been a member of the Cervo Rosso Test Team for the last two years I could be accused of being somewhat biased but at the end of the day, I want my kit to look good and perform well and Cervo Rosso does both. If it wasn't good stuff, I'd have gone somwhere else for my kit, test team discount or not. The shorts are up there with the best in terms of all day comfort and are easily the best thing in the range. The jerseys are evolving all the time with materials and fit but every jersey I've had has looked good and performed well. Feedback, positive and negative is always gratefully received and fed into the next range of kit which gets better and better. After all, that is the idea of the test team. With the 60 day 'satisfaction guarantee' on function, style and performance, there's no risk and you can be sure that the kit fits and performs to your liking. I don't know of any other retailer that backs their products so well. In terms of meeting other Test Team riders, I was invited to the Winter photo shoot in November and yesterday I was out with a bunch of Cervo Rosso Test Team members and Carlyle, the founder, for a great ride with new friends.

  • Why is it considered wanky to wear sky kit1 year 9 weeks agoOh, and as for the whole 'you

    Oh, and as for the whole 'you can't wear the yellow/pink/rainbow/etc. unless you've actually won it' - seriously, get a grip. It's clothes.

    (Though personally I'd want to be pretty secure in my climbing abilities before donning the polka dots Wink )

  • Token Headset Spacers (5mm x 2, 10mm x 1)1 year 9 weeks agoSurely no review of these

    Surely no review of these spacers is in any way valid without a detailed discussion of the pros and cons of 2x5mm vs 1x10mm?

  • Why is it considered wanky to wear sky kit1 year 9 weeks agoRide naked if you give a

    Ride naked if you give a s***

    Nonsense comments on the whole

  • Why is it considered wanky to wear sky kit1 year 9 weeks ago+1 for the club kit. I'm not

    +1 for the club kit. I'm not a clubman myself (and I'm a hoodie/t-shirt & commuter-shorts person. Oh, and I have flat pedals, which you may admire as the recede into the distance) but I always reckoned that if I went serious 'roadie' I'd join a club and wear their colours.

    Nowt particularly wanky about wearing any team kit IMO, though I suspect on some riders of more robust physique (not knocking that either, having lost five stone myself thanks in part to pedal power) aren't quite getting the performance boost they think they are...

    But wear what you like. Admire the stylish and accept the others as fellow human beings on bicycles. There's (much) more to life than sock colour.

  • Why is it considered wanky to wear sky kit1 year 9 weeks agoliam.cahill1 wrote:Wear any

    liam.cahill1 wrote:
    Wear any team kit you like, but not a rainbow one....please! This makes you a bit of a douche full stop.

    And for those of you that will be going to Bourg d'Oisans and the surrounding area at the time of the TDF, be warned. If you are spotted my me or my mates in a polka-dot jersey, we will attack you, reach the top, descend back to where you are, then do it all again just for kicks! But as we go past, prepare to still hear encouragement from each and every one of us, because being a cyclist is hard enough without other cyclists abusing you on the road. We all do it mentally.

    That gets my vote. Personally, I don't think you should wear a jersey that is awarded for acheivement (polka dot, yellow, pink, green, rainbow, etc) unless you did achieve it. Team kit, I couldn't care less about. There's no comeback if someone stuffs you repeatedly thats for sure.

  • insurance & licencing for cyclists?1 year 9 weeks agoIf we did all take out

    If we did all take out insurance and have the laws changed it wont make a blind bit of difference. This is the mentality we're dealing with - scan through twitter and you'll see hundreds of hatred tweets about "slow cyclists".

    https://twitter.com/bigjohn8910/status/336199529688866817

    https://twitter.com/EMOJIONAL/status/336172592501231616
    https://twitter.com/NorwichPoliceUK/status/336173950537179136

    Kudos to Norwich Plod