• The bikes of the Tour de France1 year 3 weeks agoWait, on the Lampre it says

    Wait, on the Lampre it says that Merida is the world's largest bicycle manufacturer. I thought that was Giant? Merida is competition for Giant. Merida might be #2 in Taiwan, but just because Giant is #1 and they are also in Taiwan doesn't strictly mean that their local rival is #2 in the world. Seems to me that there's plenty of brands bigger than Merida. Spesh, Trek, Even CDale is probably still bigger than Merida globally.

  • Trek launch superlight Émonda road bike1 year 3 weeks agoCool bike - I'm no weight

    Cool bike - I'm no weight weenie, but can't deny that it would be great to have a bike that light. I just don't understand the appeal of buying a mid level or low level version of the bike. If its all about weight, only the top of the line model makes sense.

    If your going to buy a frame at 1050.. or 1200 grams I dont see the appeal.... when the top of the line is 690grams. Or is this just the way they get everyone to spend the most money possible.

    For my money the brakes look like a copy of EE Brakres, basically a direct mount version...

  • Powertorque bottom Bracket1 year 3 weeks agoMy Power Torque BB hasn't

    My Power Torque BB hasn't creaked once in 4,000km, but then it was installed to the correct torque spec, in a perfectly square shell, without any grease (see the Campag tech doc). Can you be certain that your LBS did the same?

    The only creak I've had out of that particular bike, which I could have sworn was eminating from the bottom bracket, turned out to be the rear QR. I did it up He-Man tight and the creak went away. I would be very surprised if your creak is related to the BB, given that you've replaced all of it AND the chainset to no avail.

    I don't think the PT design particularly flawed, although it has taken some stick for requiring a bearing puller to get the crank arm off; with Ultra Torque, you only need an allen key. I don't think that's anything particularly new; you used to have to use a crank puller to get square taper cranks off, back in the day.

    I'm rambling, but take it to a LBS and have them do a chase & face on your BB shell, make sure it's square and the correct width, then reinstall the cups and cranks. Let us know how you get on!

  • Half of Britons say local roads too dangerous for cycling in BBC poll1 year 3 weeks agoAirzound wrote:Cycling on UK

    Airzound wrote:
    Cycling on UK roads is dangerous - 3 knock downs in 15 years, 2 of which were hospital trips and one a hit and run plus scores and scores of near certain death experiences plus several instances where drivers have threatened and been prepared to use extreme violence which could have resulted in very serious injury or death had I not got away. Thousands of close passes, hundreds of which were imho deliberate. Cycling on UK roads is not safe and definitely NOT for the faint hearted. Period.

    Sorry but maybe you need to examine *how* you ride and maybe where you ride too.

    I've had plenty of *potential* serious incidents but there's always been enough 'tells' to make me back off and avoid them.

    It's a bit like it seems that everyone who advocates the wearing of helmets has invariably had millions of near-death experiences from which "the helmet saved their lives". In contrast those of us who have *never* worn helmets (because I'd been cycling for 20 years before they were invented) have remained disappointingly impervious to such drama.

    The fact remains that British roads are actually incredibly safe for cyclists. There's about 100 deaths per year on British roads out of what, about 10-15M cyclists? From what I read in the news at least half of those killed are unfortunately down to the cyclist's own fault through being drunk, texting, racing, inexperienced, etc.

  • Half of Britons say local roads too dangerous for cycling in BBC poll1 year 3 weeks agoCycling on UK roads is

    Cycling on UK roads is dangerous - 3 knock downs in 15 years, 2 of which were hospital trips and one a hit and run plus scores and scores of near certain death experiences plus several instances where drivers have threatened and been prepared to use extreme violence which could have resulted in very serious injury or death had I not got away. Thousands of close passes, hundreds of which were imho deliberate. Cycling on UK roads is not safe and definitely NOT for the faint hearted. Period.

  • Half of Britons say local roads too dangerous for cycling in BBC poll1 year 3 weeks agoparksey wrote:broomie

    parksey wrote:
    broomie wrote:
    Cycling to work takes some planning simple tips are:

    1, Keep a lock At work dont ride around with it -saes alot of weight

    2. Keep your clothes at work just swap in and oput shirts/blouses etc when you need them- I see so many folks with huge backpacks where they take their enture wardrobe to work everday,

    3. Squaddie wash In the gents/ladies a scrub under the offending armpits is the most you need unless seriously you have done 100 miles/

    4. Deoderant!

    Broomie

    Can only echo this comment myself. I only travel a few miles each way, but still use a hill on the way in for a bit of interval training, and there's absolutely no need for me to shower when I get to work.

    I simply shower before I leave, then when I get to work I nip in a cubicle and have a rub down with a few baby wipes and a squirt of deodorant and, most importantly, a complete change of clothes, and job done. All-in it's about 5 minutes, and I can honestly say I don't feel any less "fresh" than had I just got straight out the shower. No complaints yet as to my personal hygiene either, even on the warmest of summer days...

    Work shoes, trousers, ties etc are all kept at work, and I just roll up a freshly-ironed shirt every morning and it goes in my bag, to emerge unscathed at the other end (ok, "non-iron" shirts help with this). A world away from that creased-shirt look you get when you've been sat in the same position in a car seat for an hour.

    Ok, I acknowledge that things might not be so simple if the journey was 30/40/50 miles, but how many people would ever commute that sort of distance on a bike?!

    And I think that's part of the problem. Not so much that employers don't have the facilities for cyclists, rather that people choose to live too bloody far from where they work as to make cycling viable. A quick straw poll in my office shows the average distance amongst a dozen or so of us to be over 25 miles, and that includes the 3 or 4 of us who live within 5 miles and do cycle.

    I don't want to say that nobody should be allowed to work outside of a 10 mile radius of their home postcode or some such nonsense, but equally, all the while it is considered socially acceptable to do a 100 mile round commute every day, you won't be getting those people on bikes for utility purposes.

    I ride 40 miles each day. Just because you only ride a couple of miles, doesn't mean others share your lethargy.

  • Trek launch superlight Émonda road bike1 year 3 weeks agoJens Voigt tweeted a pic of

    Jens Voigt tweeted a pic of the bike with a 300g slab of lead attached to the bottle cage.

  • Half of Britons say local roads too dangerous for cycling in BBC poll1 year 3 weeks agoLeodis wrote:I agree with the

    Leodis wrote:
    I agree with the 19% that showers, lockers and dry rooms are essential for commuters. Its ok if you cycle at 5mph and live in some Danish/Dutch dream that the UK could be like it one day but if you are cycling to lose weight or like to push yourself then getting sweaty in summer is one of those things and a shower at work is a massive bonus.

    People use to say to me use wet wipes, yeah great you feel really fresh after standing nude in the work toilets with a pack of baby wipes, someone walks in and its P45 time thanks Mr Oddball and usually the employer who doesnt provide showers doesnt provide lockers so you end up in winter with a bag of soaking clothes and slipping into wet lycra after a hard day is not nice.

    Errrr ………. you take a clean and dry set of kit with you in the morning for your ride home. What's hard about this? Why do some cyclists feel that they are entitled to have a shower after their ride into work and resent their employer for not indulging them? Get real. It's your chosen method of transport to work so deal with it. Use baby wipes which I hasten to add are far quicker than showering and a fraction of the cost. I certainly don't expect my employer or resent it that there are no showers on site.

  • Choisissez trois Français... 2014 édition1 year 3 weeks agoRolland Roy Voeckler

    Rolland
    Roy
    Voeckler

  • Forum Competition: Tour de France Top 101 year 3 weeks ago1 Contador 2 Chris

    1 Contador
    2 Chris Froome
    3 Valverde
    4 Nibali
    5 Talansky
    6 Van den broeck
    7 Costa
    8 Mollema
    9 Rodriguez
    10 Porte

    I've been thinking about the scoring... Thinking How about 3 points if you get a rider's position exactly right, 2 points if you're off by one position (up or down), and 1 point if you're off by 2 positions? Thinking ... or some variant of that?... Thinking

  • Rookie league, new player questions and discussions1 year 3 weeks agoFraid not mate.

    Fraid not mate.

  • Forum Competition: Tour de France Top 101 year 3 weeks agoNo Horner for anyone? He'll

    No Horner for anyone? He'll probably win it.

  • Competition Prizes1 year 3 weeks agoI got my california buff

    I got my california buff quite quickly... hmm

  • Forum Competition: Tour de France Top 101 year 3 weeks ago1. Contador 2. Froome 3.

    1. Contador
    2. Froome
    3. J-Rod
    4. Talansky
    5. Valverde
    6. Mollema
    7. Nibali
    8. Yates
    9. Da Costa
    10. Bardet

  • "Sick" David Millar unhappy at being cut from Garmin-Sharp's Tour de France line-up1 year 3 weeks agoDoctor Fegg wrote:No, their

    Doctor Fegg wrote:
    No, their jobs don't rely on results, they rely on sponsorship: prize money income is a small fraction of sponsorship income.

    And sponsorship is not solely served by having the best podium placings, otherwise no French business would sponsor a team, and T-Mobile would have kept up with their sponsorship even when all the doping stuff was going on ("hey, they're still getting the results, right?").

    It's important, but it's not the sole criterion.

    Agreed (though I'm not sure about the T-Mobile bit).

    I didn't mean prize money, I meant doing well by whatever parameters were set in the first place. That means different things to the various teams. Although he doesn't win very often Voeckler has done more to promote Europcar than any amount of advert airtime. However, let's not pretend that being off the front for a bit during a stage then mincing about and finishing mid-pack is necessarily going to make a DS or sponsor happy.

  • Cyclist urges Surrey County Council to repair road defect “before someone gets killed”1 year 3 weeks agoI've reported the odd road

    I've reported the odd road defect, but the roads are in such poor condition now that I've all but given up. I'd be sending a report every time I went out and would be constantly stopping to take photos - not fun.

  • Rookie league, new player questions and discussions1 year 3 weeks agoHey this may be rather

    Hey this may be rather obvious but do you ever get more points to spend on your team? Like if my guy wins stage 1 of TDF do I get more "money" to get better racers?

  • Improve performance/speed how1 year 3 weeks agoDude i'm dude ridelondon 100

    Dude i'm dude ridelondon 100 also. I've had some crap kidney disease that's made me tired as for ages, i'm prob at about 80% of what I was. From all the info, it seems that basically we need to show some balls an toughen up and be hardcore and frickin go for it with interval training. So i'm basically going to go around richmond park sometimes full on hardcore and other times at sprint intervals. So as you say, both in one go. i'm also doing the gym class spinning, that's prob a good thing too i'd guess. I'm also going to do the ridelondon track a few times before the ride.

  • British Cycling and Leeds Cycling Campaign propose transformation of Leeds centre1 year 3 weeks agoAll looks good but I can't

    All looks good but I can't figure out why campaigns for utility cycling keep piggy-backing on cycle-sport events.

    We already have a strong culture of sport and leisure cycling in the UK and have done for many years. Has this translated into mass uptake of the bicycle as a form of transport? No. Do people involved in cycle-sport even use bikes to travel to races etc? On the whole, no. I race BMX and know loads of kids/parents who are involved in the sport; do you think the kids ride to school? Of course not.

    It's a bit like piggy-backing a car race to run an anti drink-driving campaign. Yes, both involve cars but it's not really relevant.

    The point I'm trying to make is that we need to start thinking about sport cycling and utility cycling as two quite different things which carry quite different benefits to participants. It's as distinct as the difference between walking to the shops and doing a 5km running race. Nobody uses the London marathon to encourage people to make more journeys by foot. Without making the distinction cyclists will always be viewed as lycra-wearing weirdos by the majority.

  • Forum Competition: Tour de France Top 101 year 3 weeks ago1. Contador 2. Froome 3.

    1. Contador
    2. Froome
    3. Valverde
    4. Talansky
    5. Bardet
    6. Nibali
    7. Van Den Broeck
    8. Van Garderen
    9. Fuglsang
    10. Kwiatkowski

  • Contents of vial that fell from rider's pocket during Paris-Roubaix prove innocent1 year 3 weeks agoSome Fella wrote:Did anyone

    Some Fella wrote:
    Did anyone seriously think a rider would take a banned substance out on the road with him?
    How was he going to take it during a (televised) race? Nip into some bushes during a lull in the action and shoot it up?

    Or load it into some sort of inhaler?

    DER DER DEEERRRR!!!

    I expect the internetz will have Brailsford's face pulled off by tomorrow to reveal that he is in fact Old Man Withers from the closed down arcade with him yelling "And I would have gotten away with it if it wasn't for you pesky kids..."

    Although when I was thinking about this before as I always think of a 'vial' being glass, but then I'd expect them to state 'glass vial' if it was glass, so what sort of containers can be classed as a vial?

  • Mavic Cosmic Carbons1 year 3 weeks agoAre these still for sale

    Are these still for sale cheers mark

  • Trek launch superlight Émonda road bike1 year 3 weeks agoajmarshal1 wrote:bikeandy61

    ajmarshal1 wrote:
    bikeandy61 wrote:
    Ugly? I assume you don't like carbon fibre road bikes then, cos the reality is when they are nude they're all hard to tell apart IMHO. Quite like it myself but as said it hardly breaks any new ground weight wise. Don't think the top model is for a 92kg-er like me. Even if I had £11k to spend (on anything let alone a bike).

    Not to me they're not. There is nothing about the proportions of this I find attractive. The tapered tubes = ugly. Super skinny seat stays = ugly. Sram crankset = ugly. Those meccano brakes = ugly. The 'industrial' headtube = ugly. The integrated stem / bars = ugly. The sharp 10 o'clock chainstay angle = ugly.

    It's all in the eye of the beholder but there are a whole host of Carbon frames out there that are certainly easier on my eye. They don't have to look traditional either.


    I personally think that there are few things prettier than a seat stay so thin you could knit with it. I don't like box-section chainstays though.

  • Improve performance/speed how1 year 3 weeks agoHijacking the thread a bit...

    Hijacking the thread a bit... I don't have such a specific target, but I need to get faster and build up endurance again after allowing other things to take priority for a while. I'm signed up to the RideLondon 100, so do need to get distance in the legs.

    Is it better to ride as hard as I can, sprint intervals, until I pop, and let the distance get gradually further? Or do the distance at "tempo", and allow the speed to creep up?

  • Segregated cycle lane planned for £600m east London bridge1 year 3 weeks agoPaul M wrote: You clearly

    Paul M wrote:

    You clearly haven't heard of "induced demand", although it is a well-researched phenomenon with a long history now.

    For every vehicle which would be saved the round trip into the centre and back out again, as you claim, there would be several additional crossing trips which have simply not existed before and would not exist without this bridge. Like Everest, it would attract vehicles "because it is there". the effect on local communities would be severe, and the earlier enquiries have made that point, hence the cancellatiopn of previous plans.

    We shouldn't be daft enough to fall for the bone we are being tossed this time, of a cycle lane on the bridge. It is simply an attempt to weasel it back onto the agenda. It would be a bridge to nowhere, from nowhere from a cycling perspective, as the cycle tracks woudl terminate abruptly on each bank.

    Utter nonsense. This harps back to the 'Green' policy of "We shouldn't build more roads because if we do then people will drive on them".

    If every bridge or road simply "induces demand" then maybe we should get rid of them all, no? Or is it only *new* infrastructure that induces demand?

    I used to work at the FT's printing plant (closed in 1996) next to the northern exit of the Blackwall Tunnel and commuted in from Kent. It was a nightmare. It is crazy that there is no other river crossing between the Blackwall Tunnel and the M25. Not only is the current infrastructure massively over-capacity, and has been for decades, when something bad happens to one crossing then it is complete gridlock on all the other main routes for hours afterwards.

    More people than ever in history live and work in London and we need to expand the infrastructure to reflect this. The revenue generated from the Square Mile *alone* is about 10% of GDP. Effectively it pays for the NHS in its entirety. £600M for a new shiny bridge in the east of London would be money well spent.