• Chris Froome extends with Sky - but Sir Bradley Wiggins on the way out?1 year 5 weeks agoNDD wrote:I'd rather see

    NDD wrote:
    I'd rather see Froome attacking up Mont Ventoux the way he did this year, than Wiggo dominate on the errr......time trial like he did last year.

    There is no comparison in terms of who is a better more exciting rider to watch/respect.

    amen to that. 2012 was the dullest tour I can remember, Wiggo's personality cannot hide the fact his talents allow him only to follow wheels on the climbs then dominate the TT's. Froome's efforts on the Ventoux were the stuff of legend and several times in the tour he was prepared to test out the strength of his rivals, rather than just cover attacks etc.

    I cannot see Sky dominating numerous Tour's either, Movistar in particular have upped their game in response to Sky's approach to racing. Question is will we ever see Bertie contend for a win again?

  • Goodwill gesture: DfT pledges £30k to help Fill That Hole1 year 5 weeks agoYes, previous governments

    Yes, previous governments funded fix my street, but now it continues unfunded and does more than fill thathole. Wouldn't it be better to either fund fix my street or fund fixes for some of the atrocities constructed in the name of cycling by councils?

  • Wanted or p/ex: Alu frame, 56cm1 year 5 weeks agoI've got a Carrera Vanquish

    I've got a Carrera Vanquish frame with Bontrager forks, 55cm C-T & 55cm TT with Tektro callipers to suit you can have for £35 + post. I don't need any more frames in the flat hence the price to get shot of it.

  • Business Idea - Mobile Mechanic1 year 5 weeks agoI'd have to disagree with the

    I'd have to disagree with the advice on working in a bike shop; why would any bike shop owner train you up to a level of competence that would make you a potential threat to their business, either through enterprise or simply accepting a better paid position at another bike shop? They'd be pretty wary if they knew that was your intention. Apart from anything, the "training" you might receive may not be in keeping with best practice (and that's the polite way of putting it).

    Get comprehensively trained at Cycle Systems Academy, and consider using a cargo bike (huge advertising potential) rather than a van, if you live in a large town. If you add extra training modules to your "CV" (such as Di2) then you might pick up some contract work from bike shops too.

    But consider this...

    I get my car fixed by the bloke I know down the road, because he does a good job and he's dirt cheap. But that doesn't mean that my local car dealership will go out of business tomorrow. It's the same with the bike trade; plenty of room for both savvy bike shop owners, stepping up a gear to give wealthier bike riders the premium experience they should reasonably expect for their hard earned cash, and mobile or home mechanics who can cater for the huge, relatively untapped new market developing as cycling increasingly becomes an economic choice, rather than just a lifestyle one.

    The opportunities for the home or mobile mechanic over the coming years are enormous, and there's far more chance of earning a sustainable living if you are dealing directly with the customer, rather than earning money for a bike shop owner.

    Apart from anything, being able to offer affordable bike repairs in your area will help reduce the number of cheaper utility bikes being consigned to landfill, which must be a good thing for the planet.

    Good luck in your new venture.

  • Strava Premium Upgrade1 year 5 weeks agoIf you're using something

    If you're using something like a garmin 800, with the cadence and heart rate monitor then I think you'll get the full benefit. Otherwise I'd stick to the free site!

  • Belgian rider Jonathan Breyne attempts suicide after positive result for clenbuterol1 year 5 weeks agoedster99 wrote:first,

    edster99 wrote:
    first, foremost - hope he gets well and help.

    Can't support the idea of 'exemptions' or 'minimum thresholds' for Clenbuterol in certain countries.

    However - maybe more responsibility could be placed on the teams in these 'difficult' countries? Not sure how feasible that would be. I can imagine it would get pretty political defining which countries are on the dodgy list.

    Then you could also argue that the riders could chose not to go? Or the teams could chose not to go to suspect countries? But the truth is that they can't - in one case they are employees under contract, in the other case, the UCI have them over a barrel in that they are obliged to ride certain races (Tour of Beijing in particular). The only 99% fool proof way is that the organisers provide all food for the race and every rider may only eat the proved food. The UCI then tests the food, if drugs are found in the food then any riders found with the same drugs are exempted. Massive undertaking? Perhaps, but still less of an undertaking than what its going to take for riders who have tested positive after racing in these countries are expected to undergo in order to clear themselves. Its their careers and future livelihood on the line...

  • Police release pictures of 'aggressive cyclist' in Bath who threatened and abused motorists1 year 5 weeks agoMore asymmetric reporting and

    More asymmetric reporting and policing.

    Man shouts at car - and there is a nationwide hunt complete with 'wanted' picture.

    Meanwhile we all know the physical danger motorists put cyclists in every day and even when we report the extreme examples with helmet-cam evidence the police just shrug their shoulders.

  • turbo v road - different efforts?1 year 5 weeks agoTraining on my turbo is

    Training on my turbo is probably harder because you can keep a constant and even effort. My problem is that I tend to keep working at the end of my lactate threshold which is hard work however you do it (road or turbo). Out on the road you can't get the consistency.

    I also sweat a ton too, which makes prolonged efforts really difficult.

  • Commute Bag1 year 5 weeks agoIf, like me, you have an eye

    If, like me, you have an eye for a bargain, try Edinburgh Cycles rucksacks. Their Revolution brand, which is actually made by Vaude in Germany, offers different sizes to suit your needs.

    Some come with pack-away waterproof covers, a mesh frame to keep the pack off your back and a dozen other useful features. I've used my medium-size for at least eight years of all-weather commuting and it still scrubs up well. No broken zips, no scuffed corners, no frayed edges.

    I am a sceptical old sod but deeply impressed by this piece of kit and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another.

  • Business Idea - Mobile Mechanic1 year 5 weeks agoI wish you every success sir

    I wish you every success sir and I hope the world queues at you door. But wasn't it Mike Sinyard who said if you want to make a million from your bike shop, you should start with two?

  • Aaaaaarghhh!!!!1 year 5 weeks agoI had this problem, it turned

    I had this problem, it turned out to be a split chainring bolt. Swapped it out and it was fine. That was after buying a new bb...

  • Kitting out a mate - which online shop's best?1 year 5 weeks agoSigma had a good Giordana

    Sigma had a good Giordana sale recently- might be some things left. I would recommend Giordana kit anytime, any weather. Chain Reaction can have some good discounts as do Always Riding in their outlet section. I've also had items from Primera, Prendas, Planet X, Tredz, Merlin and Parker International. Good service from all.

    Good luck!

  • Business Idea - Mobile Mechanic1 year 5 weeks agoThe important thing about

    The important thing about working in a bike shop is not the skills, but understanding the business model, distributor contact etc. Shops make most money on servicing and the margin on spares rather than bike sales.

  • Chris Froome extends with Sky - but Sir Bradley Wiggins on the way out?1 year 5 weeks agof1, like cycling, when

    f1, like cycling, when televised, doesn't work without the personalities.

    Like them or not, Schumacher, Alesi, senna, all shied their personality n their driving style, replicated out with the cockpit.

    Froome, Andy Murray, Lewis Hamilton, Vettell......?

    As a mate said, just think how popular Andy Murray would be if he was a tennis playing Jenson button.

  • Please can someone tell me if they know - is this an ebay bargain ? link1 year 5 weeks agoI put in a US postcode and it

    I put in a US postcode and it gives a rate, the seller just hasn't calculated it or set up a USPS tariff calculator for out with the USA.

    Its a big risk shipping it from so far away.

  • Kitting out a mate - which online shop's best?1 year 5 weeks agoPlanetx, Ribble, Merlin,

    Planetx, Ribble, Merlin, Prendas and PBK are where I look.

    If he isn't a label snob, take a look in your local decathlon, I train in their stuff (and aldi but that's only sold twice a year) and while I wouldn't do 100 miles in their cheaper shorts, they are great value.

    Finally parker international are clearing out their remaining stock on ebay, massive bargains there.

    Just be careful with Planet X, their prices fluctuate a lot.

    As for dhb, they are almost premium priced these days.

  • turbo v road - different efforts?1 year 5 weeks agoMy turbo is an ancient

    My turbo is an ancient minoura without a remote, it's probably done 500 miles in 25 years!

    Without a power meter, I can't pace my self on the turbo, I'm blowing out my arse in 10 minutes, hence I end up on the hills in all manner of stupid weather.

  • Strava ruining club runs?1 year 5 weeks agoI'm not in a club these days,

    I'm not in a club these days, but the lads my age who still are say that:

    1) The chain gang keeps splitting up due to Strava segments with club members competing against one another.
    2) You can't get the Strava mob to enter a race, they aren't interested/ scared of putting in an effort over a whole course.

    Personally, I'm not saying Hardcore Strava guys have no roadcraft or are shitebags....but on the hills round here, which I uploaded a few into Strava for a look....I'm in the top 60% going up the hills and in the top5% coming down.......

  • Pedal-powered coffee grinder: ultimate hipster accessory or spoof?1 year 5 weeks agofarrell wrote:I suspect that

    farrell wrote:
    I suspect that Dan and Dave could benefit from having their cocks kicked off.

    [[[[[ What cocks?
    P.R.

  • Milton Keynes looks set to get round of 2014-15 Cyclo-cross World Cup1 year 5 weeks agoI'm there, I'll drag people

    I'm there, I'll drag people along with me if I have to ^.^

  • Strava ruining club runs?1 year 5 weeks agoYears ago when I belonged to

    Years ago when I belonged to a club we'd sprint for a sign, then regroup. What's the difference, Strava segment or sign ?

  • Strava ruining club runs?1 year 5 weeks agoYears ago when I belonged to

    Years ago when I belonged to a club we'd sprint for a sign, then regroup. What's the difference, Strava segment or sign ?

  • turbo v road - different efforts?1 year 5 weeks agoI like turbo in the winter.

    I like turbo in the winter. down to the shed, tunes on, warm up, GO! really feel the benefit when the weather is too bad to ride..sometimes feels harder on the turbo,but it's more specific.. hits you where you need, rather that what you ride on the road..turbo can be really beneficial overall..it's good.

  • turbo v road - different efforts?1 year 5 weeks agoI like turbo in the winter.

    I like turbo in the winter. down to the shed, tunes on, warm up, GO! really feel the benefit when the weather is too bad to ride..sometimes feels harder on the turbo,but it's more specific.. hits you where you need, rather that what you ride on the road..turbo can be really beneficial overall..it's good.

  • Saved By The Gel1 year 5 weeks agopockets full of crap have

    pockets full of crap have saved me many times...old cable ties,patches ,pocket lint and old chain links and safety pins and my all time fav...Gaffer tape..got me home so many times I've lost count. real world stuff Smile