• Road bike for a female beginner1 year 10 weeks agoMy wife is 5 foot exactly, it

    My wife is 5 foot exactly, it has been really important to get her to sit on a bike before she buys it, the online retailers are simply no help, which is a shame because there are some real bargains out there.

    Go into a bike shop, you can still get quite a bit of discount if you are cheeky, but most importantly, the bike will fit you. Where do you live? You may be able to get some shop recommendations based on that.

    My wife had a Trek Lexa, the 47 cm size should fit you nicely and before that a Spec Dolce again in that size.

  • Wiggins vows to be back to full strength for Tour de France1 year 10 weeks agoWe will see who will lead

    We will see who will lead come the dauphine and tour de suisse, I'm not counting wiggo out yet!

  • Why is it considered wanky to wear sky kit1 year 10 weeks agoThey would have a fit if I

    They would have a fit if I turned up, I'm still using my shimano stormtrooper mtb shoes, mtb spd's and a giro hex with shock horror, a peak!

    Only had my road bike 4 weeks, really enjoying it and couldn't give a toss if I'm not conforming.

  • Oakleys - are they worth it?1 year 10 weeks agoI've got a pair of

    I've got a pair of prescription Oakley Whiskers and they are fantastic. The frames are very strong and they have excellent lenses. The shape is great for cycling. I'm getting another pair with transition lenses so I can use them after sunset, but this time I will shop around on the web. I've found I can get a pair for about £125, although the lenses won't be Oakley, but good enough for what I need. Hope this is helpful.

  • Cycling to work saves over 100,000 tonnes of CO2 a year claim cycle to work scheme providers1 year 10 weeks agoFair point racyrich. But no,

    Fair point racyrich. But no, not quite, I did do it before though, but I will confess it was hit and miss and the new purchase did help re-motivate me. Sorry I'm not a purist and most probably a little flawed then.

  • Why is it considered wanky to wear sky kit1 year 10 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:Super Domestique

    Gkam84 wrote:
    Super Domestique wrote:
    Is it ok if you ride a team bike? Wink

    Only if you have the riders kit to go with it Wink

    I was so close too. Gutted Smile

  • Wiggins vows to be back to full strength for Tour de France1 year 10 weeks agoStrathlubnaig wrote:After

    Strathlubnaig wrote:
    After what he pulled with Garmin I am not sure this Sir is all about honour, tbh.

  • Why is it considered wanky to wear sky kit1 year 10 weeks agoSuper Domestique wrote:Is it

    Super Domestique wrote:
    Is it ok if you ride a team bike? Wink

    Only if you have the riders kit to go with it Wink

  • Wiggins vows to be back to full strength for Tour de France1 year 10 weeks agoAfter what he pulled with

    After what he pulled with Garmin I am not sure this Sir is all about honour, tbh.

  • Why is it considered wanky to wear sky kit1 year 10 weeks agoAs for The Rules... well it

    As for The Rules... well it is a very toungue in cheek site, and a lot of folks out there do seem to take what they say to heart and get offended. Chill people, it's not worth getting wound up about it.

  • Tour of California stage 71 year 10 weeks agoPhilip Unwin wrote: Isn't

    Philip Unwin wrote:

    Isn't that the same

    Yep. Took me ages typing so the others (posts that is) got in before me D Oh

  • Why is it considered wanky to wear sky kit1 year 10 weeks agoI personally wouldn't wear

    I personally wouldn't wear it, but thats more to do with Sky and News International... I won't have The Sun in the house! Nerd Wear exactly what you want to wear. The fashion snobs maybe having a bit of a laugh with the rules, but it goes too far if it makes people feel self conscious or somehow not "proper". I did see a bloke wearing a green and yellow superman outfit complete with cape this week though... would I be a hypocrite if I said maye that was a bit much? I had to do a double take. Big Grin

  • Wiggins vows to be back to full strength for Tour de France1 year 10 weeks agoIt's a great problem for Sky

    It's a great problem for Sky in a way. Better than all eggs in one basket.

    I seem to remember Brad saying he'd help froome this year so hopefully he will honour that but be a great plan b. As the Giro has shown, anything can happen.

  • Wiggins, career over?1 year 10 weeks agoThe TdF was always going to

    The TdF was always going to be 'interesting' from a Sky point of view. Now thats just increased.

  • Cycling to work saves over 100,000 tonnes of CO2 a year claim cycle to work scheme providers1 year 10 weeks agoYou only commute by bike

    You only commute by bike because you bought your bike a bit cheaper through the scheme? That hardly elevates you to some moral high ground from which to moan at 'grumps'!

  • Road bike for a female beginner1 year 10 weeks agoOn the subject of women

    On the subject of women specific bikes.

    My wife recently changed her bike (mtb) from a small frame men's bike with woman's saddle etc for a full women's specific bike. She can't stop recommending it.

    That is a Specialized in her case.

  • Wiggins, career over?1 year 10 weeks ago2nd in the TT and dont forget

    2nd in the TT and dont forget he also had to swap bikes for the puncture, so not a bad effort at all really.

    Wiggins has his faults for sure, but washed up ? Dont think so. Everyone has highs and lows. He'll be back at some point, like him or loathe him.

  • Why is it considered wanky to wear sky kit1 year 10 weeks agoIs it ok if you ride a team

    Is it ok if you ride a team bike? Wink

  • Road bike for a female beginner1 year 10 weeks agoSorry, just to clarify, by

    Sorry, just to clarify, by search facility I meant that just did forum threads. Not a site search.

    Hope that makes sense now.

  • Tour of California stage 71 year 10 weeks agoI was also worried about

    I was also worried about Westra, but that's another full house for me if everyone finishes Big Grin

  • Why is it considered wanky to wear sky kit1 year 10 weeks agoOne theory is that Team Sky

    One theory is that Team Sky is a fairly recent addition to the pro peloton, with a lot of very good riders bought up in a short time, and some degree of success etc, and seen as very much a British team (although many riders are not). They have arrived late to the party with a big cheque book and are seen as a kind of Man Utd type team. Many folk therefore see all the Sky kit wearers as sort of also late to the party jump on the bandwagon cyclists with no prior interest (be that true or not)and little knowledge of the history etc.
    This is just one explanation of which I have heard, so dont shoot me down.
    I personally draw the line at those guys I have seen sporting World Champion jerseys though. That is naff.

  • Why is it considered wanky to wear sky kit1 year 10 weeks agoI personally HATE the sky

    I personally HATE the sky kit, but its not for me to tell anyone else what to wear.

    I was on a sportive in March, I was the only recumbent and got some hell of a funny looks, then some smart arse comments as people past me on a climb, in their "pro" kit's and I just laughed to myself as I pasted them on a downhill and slid myself round the corners.

    I enjoyed myself, that's the whole point, its not what you wear or what you ride. Its about enjoyment.

    BUT, turning up in FULL kit, makes you a bit wanky in my book, team jersey's are ok, but when you turn up in team jersey, shorts, gloves, cap, socks, matching shoes and helmet. If you are not riding a team bike, expect to get some shitty comments Wink

  • 'Our sport will be lost if Pat McQuaid is re-elected,' says former Cycling Ireland board member1 year 10 weeks agostep-hent wrote:PaulVWatts

    step-hent wrote:
    PaulVWatts wrote:
    For the younger readers who may not know McQuaid's history: Pat McQuaid was banned from the Olympics in 1976 after being caught racing in South Africa, in contravention of the anti-apartheid sporting boycott. He and Sean Kelly had entered the race using false names. I remember the newspaper articles at the time, and their excuses, in reality the pair of them did it for the money. Forget the drug stuff for this alone Mcquaid has no place in cycling.

    In that case, does the same apply to Kelly? This is not why McQuaid doesn't deserve to run cycling - the reason he should be out on his ear is because of repeated failures in governance during his tenure.

    After trying to avoid having to win the vote in Ireland by getting the Swiss nomination, it looks like McQuaid might have to face the vote after all - Inrng saying that McQuaid holds a lifetime licence in Ireland and therefore can't hold a Swiss licence (which would be a necessity for him to get a Swiss nomination). Could start to get interesting.


    The UCI (AKA Pat McQuaid) say there is no problem with Pat's Swiss nomination, as he is a member of the Swiss Cycling Federation, and that his honorary licence has no bearing.

  • Wiggins vows to be back to full strength for Tour de France1 year 10 weeks agoSky does have an advantage of

    Sky does have an advantage of this in-fighting, publicity, this is fantastic for Sky as a sponsor as it gets their name all over the press and forums like this, far more than "just another win", sensationalism like this is good for the sport and it creates interest outside of the sport.

    However from a purist view, I think Wiggo should shut up and support Froome, he had a below par Giro before he got ill, and this talk of a double has come back to haunt him.

  • Tour of California stage 71 year 10 weeks agoThe 7 joined by English,

    The 7 joined by English, Brown and Butler have a lead of 2.25