• "Gutted" - Sir Bradley Wiggins confirms he won't ride Tour de France1 year 3 weeks agoWhat was the original reason

    What was the original reason for Wiggins being on the show?

  • "Gutted" - Sir Bradley Wiggins confirms he won't ride Tour de France1 year 3 weeks agoparksey wrote:As I follow the

    parksey wrote:
    As I follow the sport, I understand the team dynamics of cycling and the reason why Wiggo isn't riding, Joe Public doesn't and so wonders why the most prominent Britsh rider of recent years isn't participating in the biggest event in the sport.

    A few years ago at the final stage of the Tour of Britain in London, some bloke wandering past asked me if Chris Hoy was riding Big Grin

  • "Gutted" - Sir Bradley Wiggins confirms he won't ride Tour de France1 year 3 weeks agoSo disappointing, can't

    So disappointing, can't believe this is not entirely Froomes input, seeing how Brad rode the time trial in the Tour of California, it looks like he is as fit as he has ever been. Not to decry the other team members selected, but really, what? they all rank better than Wiggins....I don't think so.
    I hope for Brailsfords and Froomes sake he wins, or you'll never hear the end of it.
    I have tried to like Froome, and found it very difficult as he seems to have the same type of cariama as Andy Murray, I'm afraid I won't be cheering the South African (passports don't count) on during the tour.
    An excellent and entertaining race spoiled. Angry

  • Bargain upgrades for your bike1 year 3 weeks agoTyres made a nice difference

    Tyres made a nice difference to me, really improved speed and comfort.

  • Garmin cadence sensor and Mavic Ksyrium SLS bladed spokes1 year 3 weeks agoDo you mean the speed sensor?

    Do you mean the speed sensor? most companies supply one that has a keyway slot to fit a bladed spoke. If you have another one that is bladed that will work.

  • Disc Brakes (are they any safer)1 year 3 weeks agoI'm not saying that the

    I'm not saying that the brakes themselves are any worse in terms of performance, my point is the tyres, road tyres don't have the grip that mtb tyres have or the squish. So if you do get in a situation of having to brake hard, you have more chance of sliding rather than slowing down. As for skill, I guess you didn't watch the Giro where riders had no time to react in a controlled environment on a closed road? you will skid no matter who you are on a road bike.

    As for riding at speed on roads, I have always done so and this is the first time I have had to hit the brakes in this manner and I am more than well aware of whats going on around me as I stated. I started to react to her coming into view, I also stated I didn't have disc brakes, and as for the conditions? sunny, dry roads, the conditions were fine. Considering I ride with a lot of riders who go the same pace and none of us have died yet I would say it's no more dangerous than some idiot going up the inside of a lorry at 5mph.

  • "Gutted" - Sir Bradley Wiggins confirms he won't ride Tour de France1 year 3 weeks agoI think it's those commenting

    I think it's those commenting on how the public will perceive this, particularly with the Tour starting in the UK this year, that have correctly understood the impact of this decision. It seems to me to be a bit of a PR own goal.

    As I follow the sport, I understand the team dynamics of cycling and the reason why Wiggo isn't riding, Joe Public doesn't and so wonders why the most prominent Britsh rider of recent years isn't participating in the biggest event in the sport. That's exactly why he appeared on a mainstream forum like BBC Breakfast to explain what was what.

    The fact is that Froome just doesn't have the same level of non-enthusiast public support as Wiggins does, and I suspect there will be some who won't now watch the Tour as a result. Niche sports like cycling need their personalities to remain promiment at the highest level to keep the public interested, which in turn helps to keep the public on bikes themselves. I'm sure plenty of kids got into cycling too off the back of 2012 because they wanted to be "just like Bradley Wiggins", I just don't think the same can be said about Froome, even if he were to win again this year.

  • "Gutted" - Sir Bradley Wiggins confirms he won't ride Tour de France1 year 3 weeks agoWell, that has rather spoiled

    Well, that has rather spoiled my Saturday morning!

    For a a team operated by one of the slickest media operations in the world, this is a shambles. Team Sky should be announcing the TDF squad, not Sir Brad. I never thought I would hear myself say this but I am now going to be pulling for one of the European squads, rather than Sky. Who would I rather see win the GC? A plastic Brit who lives in Monaco (I would much prefer the Brit who lives in Lancashire if I am honest) or the likes of Contador, Nibali et al? My interest has now shifted to the points category and the battle between Cav, Kittel and Sagan.

    Wiggo has been very diginified about the way this has been handled and although I have purchased several books about British cycling. I know which one I will be giving a miss.

    Perhaps Wiggo will be giving Mr Tinkov's tweet a second thought! Either that or Alonso, Movistar, Orica's overtures.

  • "Gutted" - Sir Bradley Wiggins confirms he won't ride Tour de France1 year 3 weeks agoPerhaps Froome was worried

    Perhaps Froome was worried that Sir Wiggins would come second just one second behind, demonstrating that Sir Wiggo could easily have won.

  • Jamis Quest1 year 3 weeks agoI have a 2007 Quest. Great

    I have a 2007 Quest. Great bike, beautiful ride. Not much use of late due to a new Moulton TSR 30. But the Quest is a great ride.

  • Your Guide to the Best Commuting Bikes and Kit1 year 3 weeks agoAirzound wrote:or better

    Airzound wrote:
    or better still Rohloff 14 spd with a Gates Carbon belt drive and a cover to keep the belt clean. Period.

    Yeah, but not exactly an affordable option for the majority...

    To me, the sentiment of the article is about right. It's the sort of thing that will get linked on more mainstream websites and social media when talking about getting people into cycling, and in that regard it presents a broad summary of the options available. Individuals are mostly intelligent enough to then continue their own research as to what other models of bike are then available to best fit their needs.

    I also commute a few miles daily on a "normal" road bike, and it is absolutely fit for purpose from a maintenance perspective. Doesn't need more than a 15 minute clean and lube about once a fortnight and it's good to go, haven't had to spend any amount of time faffing about indexing gears yet either.

  • "Gutted" - Sir Bradley Wiggins confirms he won't ride Tour de France1 year 3 weeks agoA very dignified response

    A very dignified response from a Knight of the Realm. Cool, calm and collected.

    There's more to come from Sir Bradley, I'm sure.

  • "People will take priority over bikes" - rail boss explains why bicycles not welcome on Grand Départ trains1 year 3 weeks agoSorry, this is total bs from

    Sorry, this is total bs from the operators, I spent 2 years commuting from Hull to Leeds and in all that time never arrived on time, the trains in Yorkshire run 29 mins late as default because of unrealistic timetables and the operators know that carrying cyclists will take them over the 30 mins late mark which incurs operator penalties and refunds to passengers all of which affects profits. The defence that they can only carry certain weights is also a joke, the train I used to catch should have been a 3 carriage train but was always 2 carriage to save on rolling stock costs and I doubt that the addition of a bikes only carriage is going to exceed the weight of the same carriage full of people. The decision is a short term cost only decision. Angry

  • Your Guide to the Best Commuting Bikes and Kit1 year 3 weeks agoI have to confirm gazza-d's

    I have to confirm gazza-d's comments. I commuted on my Jamis Quest with a rack fitted, great bike. But my new Moulton TSR 30 is much better. Just as fast, but better mudguards for wet weather, more manoeuvrable with no toe clearance issues and the suspension makes it much smoother across all the bumps and thumps along my commute. Great bike for commuting and lots of other outings.

  • The Traffic Droid on C4's The Complainers1 year 3 weeks agoFlying Scot wrote:....it's

    Flying Scot wrote:
    ....it's only a matter of time before they start getting mugged for their camera's as the scum must be taking notice.

    There was a time when he rode with only two cameras, front & rear and he left the cameras running when he went into a shop. The cameras were securely mounted to the bike but that didn't stop some low life attempting to remove them from his bike, all captured on film.

  • Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt1 year 3 weeks agoI would look great in those

    I would look great in those tops while out riding on my Bianchi Vertigo around the Devon lanes.

  • "Gutted" - Sir Bradley Wiggins confirms he won't ride Tour de France1 year 3 weeks agoI do assume that every one

    I do assume that every one above works for Sky and is the person who actually knows all of the facts.
    Nope . Guess work and personal preference takes the stage.

  • Disc Brakes (are they any safer)1 year 3 weeks agoYes they are. You have proved

    Yes they are.
    You have proved yourself that its not the equipment that's dangerous but the rider.
    You want your head testing to be riding on open roads with cars about at that speed. Just as a car driver would for driving faster than the road conditions allow. Its fair enough on closed roads but you have proved that the conditions were not acceptable as it went wrong. The brakes were not to know but you should have made that assessment.
    Its not a personal attack, and I would defend your right to do so in the right circumstance, but the same applies when a car driver tail ends another in a traffic queue or can't stop at legal speeds when a deer walks out or maybe a dim-witted kid.
    The brakes work, humans don't use them properly.
    In most circumstances (exceptions are largely red herrings in most things in this world) disc brakes are more effective. What may not illustrate this is how or when they are used.
    Disc brakes have few if any disadvantages. They do have some advantages. Power is the main one. I have very short fingers which means that basically its hard to get a decent pull on any brake. The fact that discs give more oomph makes up for my limited power. I do wonder if the deaths of those two women recently would have happened if they had been using discs? The inquest for the one in Devon??? suggested that she had "cyclists palsy". Daft term to describe either the numbness cyclists get in their hands or the aches that happen on long descents if you hold the brakes for a long time. The death in Winnats pass fits that general theory as well. Just wondering of course.
    Nope. To say that disc brakes are dangerous is wrong. They just didn't work for you in that situation and can you prove that rim brakes would have done so?

  • Your Guide to the Best Commuting Bikes and Kit1 year 3 weeks ago+1 for more women's bikes in

    +1 for more women's bikes in general, and in article.

    You also missed out on mid-high end mountain bikes completely, surprising as apparently over half the road.cc reviewers use them regularly. They're a lot lighter and less clunky than they use to be, and excellent where you're in a very tight commute where agility and control is more important than straight line speed.

    Also Dutch style town bikes. Solid, charming and easy to maintain. Okay, they're not your first choice for the Wednesday night chainie, but for relaxed utility riding, they're more than adequate. As long as you don't have to carry them up hills/stairs.

  • First look: Scapin Anouk1 year 3 weeks agoI've just spent 9 days riding

    I've just spent 9 days riding one of these around Tuscany, including a fair bit of L'eroica strada bianca, and can confirm the only rattling I could hear was from my teeth. The handling was very stable with no twitchyness on the downhill hairpins, very much a point and shoot affair. Nice and lightweight for the uphill bits and it didn't seem to flex when you stood up on the pedals for the real steep stuff. The general rolling along the road was comfortable and in all I, obviously personally, think they have created a pretty tidy bike. And no I'm not on their payroll I rented it that's why I rode the rough stuff Big Grin

  • "Gutted" - Sir Bradley Wiggins confirms he won't ride Tour de France1 year 3 weeks agoI don't think Wiggins has the

    I don't think Wiggins has the same chance as Froome. Froome can TT nearly as fast and is a class apart on the mountains. He also can look after himself a little more when it comes down to small groups in the mountains which makes the team's work a little easier.

    It is disappointing for Wiggins' fans not to see him in Yorkshire, but for the team winning is more important and they presumably see themselves as having a stronger line up to support Froome without Wiggins. For once, the PR seems to have taken a back seat to the performance of the team.

  • "People will take priority over bikes" - rail boss explains why bicycles not welcome on Grand Départ trains1 year 3 weeks agomonkeytrousers wrote:Has

    monkeytrousers wrote:
    Has anyone actually thought of just riding their bike to where they want to go?

    If it's really too far to ride then get a train with someone who will take your train to somewhere else and ride.

    I have absolutely no problem with cycling to a point to view any of the stages. The issue for me is that I would then have to cycle from Glasgow to accomplish this. Any travel arrangements involve making use of the train companies that are refusing to carry bicycles over this period. So what do I do? Book an extra 4 days leave to cycle down to Yorkshire, incur extra costs for hotels or bivvy on the road side as I travel? The train companies have made it impossible now to travel from further afield to take part in the Grand Depart. At least for the Giro in Belfast I would have been able to get across on the ferry. Set up base in Belfast and then cycle out to any given point over the three days as many I met did.

  • "People will take priority over bikes" - rail boss explains why bicycles not welcome on Grand Départ trains1 year 3 weeks agoTrains can pull a maximum

    Trains can pull a maximum amount of weight and thus have a maximum amount of cars. This means you're going to choose either more passenger cars either more bike cars.

    Its that simple. There's no magic. You should have thought that through...

  • "A new low" - TfL refuses to order removal of 'Cyclists stay back' stickers1 year 3 weeks ago[[[[[ Can of spray-paint in

    [[[[[ Can of spray-paint in the bottle-cage? Just for the word "BACK"....and then it would be "far too much trouble" (for the registered keeper, or TFL) to remove. Note the "?" above, to show it's just a thought...innit. I am definately thinking, though...
    P.R.

  • "People will take priority over bikes" - rail boss explains why bicycles not welcome on Grand Départ trains1 year 3 weeks agoSimon_MacMichael wrote:ragtag

    Simon_MacMichael wrote:
    ragtag wrote:
    Funny that Abellio which is joint owner of NR is Dutch.

    Where taking bikes on trains is also an issue. Which is why they have loads of station parking.


    And you can buy reasonably- priced bike tickets for the whole country for the whole day for a couples of euros. Don't believe everything Abellio says about Dutch trains. They can't do it here because they don't have the same control and flexibility over what train design/spec but criticising the UK government (who DO control it) would probably hurt their chance of ruining more franchises and making profits to invest in Dutch trains.