• Pendleton launches first road bike1 year 3 weeks agoSeems dumb not to have a

    Seems dumb not to have a triple. The lowest gear on the rear cassette doesn't even look that big to me. I think any bike aimed at new road cyclists should very low gears available. I'm astounded how many people i see walking up moderate hills on sportives, when if they'd just had the sense not to buy a bike with the same gearing as the pros, they could have ridden up quite happily.

    Seriously people, beginners don't have the strength of pros so stop being snobby about gearing!

    I have a compact on my bike as that is what was available, but I frequently wish I had a triple, and I'm not that unfit.

  • Sportful Bodyfit Pro Gloves1 year 3 weeks agoYup, no joy finding these

    Yup, no joy finding these either. I've been happy with all my sportful gear and would have liked these.

  • Tinkoff-Saxo slams UCI & Cookson over Kreuziger ban1 year 3 weeks agoThe whole situation is a

    The whole situation is a quagmire. I don't think for one second that the UCI is actually hugely interested in participating in cleaning up cycling. To do so would require publicly admitting that the sport is as dirty as any other sport.

    This just isn't the M.O. of professional sports governing bodies, other than making the odd token statement. Why would they want to air their dirty laundry, when the way things work now means they rake in huge amounts of money?

    There's no financial gain to be made in saying that the sport over which you govern is chock full of athletes using performance enhancing drugs.

  • Pendleton launches first road bike1 year 3 weeks agoLovely paint job. Visually

    Lovely paint job. Visually very appealing. Like its namesake.

  • Things I learned from my first Cat 4 race1 year 3 weeks agoGood piece, and nice to see

    Good piece, and nice to see people giving it a go. In the last few years I've gone through the Cat 4 thing to doing regular races against guys half my age, and even being thrown into a UCI 2.2 race so I share the pain, but it can be done.

    The tough bit about Cat 4 racing is that everyone has 30 seconds of power, maybe twice.

    So in most fields there are enough riders to chase down breaks - and they will - but not enough to make them stick. It's hard - you get in a break, only to find your companions shot their bolt just going off the front.

    Dave mentioned position and it is impossible to overestimate how important this is. If I could pick one area where I think most people fail it's this.

    First, it's not just about your position. It's about the person in front of you, and the riders next to you. You have to be watching them all. Does the guy in front look like he's going to lose the wheel? If so, can I get around him? If you hesitate because you need to mirror-signal-manouevre then you're finished.

    Second, if you don't have the fitness and the power then you will find it hard to gain and keep position. That's how people lose wheels. Then you get more tired. It's a vicious circle. It's not about weight per se, but it is about strength and if you're overweight then you're probably not training to the level which will enable you to win those battles.

    Third, treat every gap like it was yours. Lose the etiquette of the group ride. There's no "After you. No, after you." It's "Fuck you, and fuck you too." (Within the boundaries of safety of course). If you don't take the gap, someone else will and if you aren't moving up you're sliding back, like an orange pip being squeezed.

    This is one of the reasons to respect people who win stage races, and until you've raced you can't really appreciate it fully. Any fool with good legs can cross the line first but to be switched on for every moment of every day over a week, or three weeks, is an incredible mental effort. Cadel Evans has it for example, as does Contador. Wiggins managed it once and couldn't bring himself to do it again. I'm not convinced Sky have it as a team and I don't think Sagan would ever be able to do it mentally, even if he transformed physically. Racing is as much in the head as in the legs.

    Stick at it Dave. Cynical tip - after the end of the season it's easier to do a bit of pot-hunting and target races or series with smaller fields where you have more chance of picking up points to escape into Cat 3, never to return. Wink

  • Cannondale 2015: Synapse Disc range expands and CAAD10 Track and Disc bikes launched1 year 3 weeks agoAny info on the 2015 CAADX's,

    Any info on the 2015 CAADX's, please..?

  • Tinkoff-Saxo slams UCI & Cookson over Kreuziger ban1 year 3 weeks agoPunkass

    Well worth a quick read. Makes Tinkoff look a bit stupid really - it's not like they don't know this is what happens and indeed they signed up to it, they are just blustering in a typical I am an important person kinda way. Something out of the Armstrong play book? Rock on Cookson...

  • Cannondale 2015: Synapse Disc range expands and CAAD10 Track and Disc bikes launched1 year 3 weeks agoCannondale not convinced by

    Cannondale not convinced by bolt-through axles then? I thought they were meant to be the future!

  • Peter Sagan heading for Fernando Alonso’s team, says Oleg Tinkov1 year 3 weeks agoseems a dodgy strategy, if

    seems a dodgy strategy, if you wait too long the money will have gone and you could find yourself without a team, and how do the UCI grant licences, I thought it was in part on performance, so a new team with no history?

    PS, would they really be sorting out riders for 2105? bit of forward planning?

  • Enigma launches Frame Building Academy1 year 3 weeks agoI'd love to do this. But I'd

    I'd love to do this. But I'd love to learn how to build recumbent trikes even more, and then I can build my own, being a tandem if possible (buying one costs thousands).

    I wonder if the skills are transferable? Lugless fillet brazing (or bronze welding as they used to call it) would be needed, and the photos here seem to imply trad lugged construction. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

    Maybe I should do a night school course in MIG welding at the local Tec and go from there. If all else fails I could emigrate to Taiwan and get a job in the A-Pro factory...

  • Tinkoff-Saxo slams UCI & Cookson over Kreuziger ban1 year 3 weeks agoShane Stokes put together an

    Shane Stokes put together an interview piece that does a great job of explaining the process, the timing, and why once it gets this far, it will be hard for a rider to prove innocence:

    http://cyclingtips.com.au/2014/08/anti-doping-expert-parisotto-explains-...

  • A wet sportive...1 year 3 weeks agoWild and radical thought here

    Wild and radical thought here but you could always try, I dunno..."riding to the conditions" maybe...?

    Maybe you'll get stuck behind an accident caused by some idiot trying to descend too fast and be stuck there for 30 minutes while the ambulance gets through. In which case all the hypothetical scenarios above are rendered useless.

    Maybe you'll have 12 punctures.

    Maybe it'll be a lovely dry day and won't start raining until you get back.

    Trying to work out tactics is pointless - you ride to the conditions. If there are 300 others around you all mincing gingerly down a wet descent, you've got no choice but to do the same no matter how awesome a rider you are. If there's a pack of 30 riders all caning it along and you can use that then you're in luck.

    Accept it for what it is, try your best and have fun.

  • Garmin partners with Strava, MapMyFitness and Endomondo1 year 3 weeks agozanf wrote:There is a banner

    zanf wrote:
    There is a banner when you log into Garmin Connect:

    Quote:
    Garmin Connect will be undergoing scheduled maintenance on Wednesday, 6-August-2014, 3:00 - 4:00 PM UTC (Wednesday, 6-August-2014, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CDT).

    Maybe this will be an update to the API that allows it.

    I think everyone needs to calm down a bit really because theyve only just announced the partnering, not the implementation!


    It is implemented now, just click the link the link above, it works you just need Garmin express.

  • Forgiving Bib Shorts!!1 year 3 weeks agoThe Howies bibs

    The Howies bibs (http://road.cc/content/review/85943-howies-leadout-bibshorts) are very stretchy, so I'd have thought you wouldn't find the legs over constrictive.

  • Post Crash Bike Checks1 year 3 weeks agomatttheaudit wrote:Thanks for

    matttheaudit wrote:
    Thanks for the tip. I guess stoicism rarely pays. It's just a shame that you can't get anything to ease the embarrassment of falling over in public.

    I find whisky helps me...

  • Pendleton launches first road bike1 year 3 weeks agoIt does seem a bit odd that

    It does seem a bit odd that you can pick up cheaper men's Carreras with Sora.

    Which bike is this supposed to be the 'equivalent' to? Is it competing with Boardmans and Hoys, or is it Carreras and British Eagles?

  • Police arrest driver after Buckinghamshire hit-and-run1 year 3 weeks agoIt's not 'attempted murder'.

    It's not 'attempted murder'. Ridiculous statement to make.

  • Cyclist detectors to be trialled on London buses1 year 3 weeks ago"Beeeep!! You have just run

    "Beeeep!! You have just run over another cyclist"

  • Cannondale 2015: Synapse Disc range expands and CAAD10 Track and Disc bikes launched1 year 3 weeks agoWho set those bars up? Most

    Who set those bars up? Most look really odd.

  • Clothing roundup: Endura, Peter Sagan, OPQS and Alé1 year 3 weeks agoWe are working on a base

    We are working on a base layer, naturally this will have longer arms and body. A lot of customers are asking us for a waterproof or showerproof jersey suitable for taller riders. What type of long sleeve top did you have in mind?
    Dom Findon, Manager, Hawte Cycle Clothing

  • Tinkoff-Saxo slams UCI & Cookson over Kreuziger ban1 year 3 weeks agoI don't know all the details

    I don't know all the details of this case, but in the past, the UCI's default position was to give in to pressure from teams and riders on doping matters. If they are showing more backbone, it's welcome.

    Also - and this doesn't mean Kreuziger is automatically guilty - it's rich for Bjarne Riis's team to be lecturing other people about innocence or guilt, and the correct procedures to follow, in a doping case.

  • Pendleton launches first road bike1 year 3 weeks agoQuote from Mrs Kes: "At least

    Quote from Mrs Kes:

    "At least it's not F*&king pink".

  • Cannondale 2015: Synapse Disc range expands and CAAD10 Track and Disc bikes launched1 year 3 weeks agoMy CAAD10 has served me very

    My CAAD10 has served me very well, crashed it a few times and its still going strong. So would a carbon frame probably, but you'd always have doubts.

  • Earphones on cyclists: Yea or Nay?1 year 3 weeks agoAll cyclists should be forced

    All cyclists should be forced to sing loudly and continuously thus negating the need for headphones, providing free, low-tech entertainment for themselves with the additional benefit of an audible warning to those around them. Silly

  • Post Crash Bike Checks1 year 3 weeks agoThanks for the tip. I guess

    Thanks for the tip. I guess stoicism rarely pays. It's just a shame that you can't get anything to ease the embarrassment of falling over in public.