• £1,500 settlement for cyclist injured when seat clamp broke1 year 4 weeks agoSeriously hope the arm chair

    Seriously hope the arm chair lawyers on here have nothing to do with the legal profession; personal injury (resulting from negligence) law is largely based on the law of tort, not contract. Go look up the snail in the ginger beer bottle case.

  • No bottle mounts1 year 4 weeks agoBrilliant! Thanks for all

    Brilliant! Thanks for all your help and suggestions chaps. Will be whizzing past my local bike shop/Halfords later today. I'd like to get my bike back to an older, more traditional set up, so these are great tips.

  • Ultegra 6800 group set on Domane 4.3?1 year 4 weeks agoLeeroy_Silk wrote:You've got

    Leeroy_Silk wrote:
    You've got me plotting now. Ultegra is a few quid cheaper at Chain Reaction. Wink

    Smile
    Hmm, really! Even better. Thanks for all replies, will check spacer first.

  • Video: Watch Marianne Vos take the win at La Course1 year 4 weeks agoSo excited to see the team

    So excited to see the team using on-board cams!

  • Sainsbury's unveils safer lorry as Boris Johnson launches consultation1 year 4 weeks ago"Sainsbury’s has unveiled a

    "Sainsbury’s has unveiled a new lorry that will make deliveries to its outlets in London"

    Has the company specifically stated that these lorries are for London? Are they comfortable with the implication that unsafe lorries are acceptable everywhere else?

  • £1,500 settlement for cyclist injured when seat clamp broke1 year 4 weeks agoOtis Bragg wrote:enigmaman

    Otis Bragg wrote:
    enigmaman wrote:
    Not sure this is really a cycling story, more likely one of how the underclasses supplement their benefits claims.

    Oh for the days when this site attracted intelligent posts, not crap based on bullshit assumptions and prejudices.

    ... said the self-professed "socialist". No hint of bullshit presumptions and prejudices there then ... except when they happen to be Tories, bankers or any wealthy individuals ... no matter how many jobs they have created and £M's of tax they have paid.

    Looking forward to 'Otis Bragg' writing an intelligent post on-topic rather than mystical crap based on his own bullshit prejudices.

  • Enigma Elite HSS Frameset1 year 4 weeks ago@chokofingrz Maybe not that

    @chokofingrz

    Maybe not that much in terms of ride experience but let's not confuse a relatively mass-produced Italian frame with one built by hand in the UK. Different strokes for different folks. Like comparing an Italian 'fashion' shoe with a pair of Trickers brogues.

    (and yes, I ride a steel Condor Fratello amongst other bikes)

  • No bottle mounts1 year 4 weeks agoThese are the bottle cage

    These are the bottle cage clamps which would be traditional for your bike:

    http://store.velo-orange.com/index.php/accessories/water-bottles-cages/b...

  • First road bike and first ride advice please!1 year 4 weeks agoYou sound pretty organised to

    You sound pretty organised to be honest!

    On a new road bike, you will need to get your fit dialled in. So read up on the basics of fitting and try to get your saddle height, fore/aft, bar height and stem length to a comfortable position before your epic ride. And take a multitool or Allen key for adjustments on the go.

  • Ride London 100 - too little too late?1 year 4 weeks agoallezrider wrote:Don't worry

    allezrider wrote:
    Don't worry about the climbs - you can get off and walk if needs be.

    You can't walk up the climbs; it is not allowed.

  • £1,500 settlement for cyclist injured when seat clamp broke1 year 4 weeks agoFour years in motor claims

    Four years in motor claims and letters from Irwin Mitchell (and other firms in the same line of business).

    I have no comment to make. No comment whatsoever. Not even a squeak of a syllable. Nope.

  • Ride London 100 - too little too late?1 year 4 weeks agoJUST DO IT

    JUST DO IT

  • Is 5,500m too much climbing?1 year 4 weeks agoWell for a comparison I did

    Well for a comparison I did the Club Cingles earlier this year. I did 4,555m of climb and in a shade under 8 hours (it was 150km of ascending/descending).

    I'm not a natural climbers build (I would call myself athletic in comparison with a real climber). That route was either 7-10% for most of it, with no flat transitions.

    I wouldn't say that 5,000m+ is not possible, but it will be a slog. I think what made my Cingles worse was that my ride partner bailed on me due to sickness, so having someone there will make the whole thing more enjoyable.

    Probably the crucial issue is the gradients of the climbs. Averages of less than 7% will be exhilarating, but upwards of that and it will begin to grind. The question is what are you hoping to do before and after the 5,500m?.....

  • Enigma Elite HSS Frameset1 year 4 weeks agoThanks, Enigma, for making

    Thanks, Enigma, for making Condors look like pretty good value! (I happen to know that the Acciaio frameset retails for half of this - would love to know what the differences are...)

    Edit: 200g apparently.

  • Sainsbury's unveils safer lorry as Boris Johnson launches consultation1 year 4 weeks agoIf that sign on the back of

    If that sign on the back of the Sainsbury's lorry particularly annoys you, add your own comments in Paint. Ariel, pt. 7 seems to work.

    Template here: http://imgur.com/NgMTOo1

  • Is 5,500m too much climbing?1 year 4 weeks agoAssuming your bike is

    Assuming your bike is unloaded, I think you'll be able to enjoy your epic day ride. I did 2700m recently with luggage. It didn't kill me, but slowed me down and had to walk a climb or two (Peak District). Get your food and water right and in the worst case you can stop for a rest or push it up the final sections.

    Judging by your route you are wisely doing the Stelvio in the first half, then one other big climb and 25km of downhill at the end. Hope you have a backup plan though, taxis are expensive in the Alps!

  • Phil 'N Paul Bingo1 year 4 weeks agocavasta wrote:Colin

    cavasta wrote:
    Colin Peyresourde wrote:
    The one is hate is when Phil starts talking about GC contenders as 'heads of State'.

    'Heads of state' aka 'a very select group'.

    Oh really? How can I of missed the obvious bloody comparison?!?....he only makes it 5 times a stage.

    Wait, did I forget to thank you for pointing that out to me.....well, thanks.

    It's a tedious, over worn expression he loves to pull out and I hate. He could talk about the 'elite', 'the cream of the crop', 'the riding excellence'.....anything but that hackeyed phrase he pulls out. It's tiresome. And I think you've missed the point of the post.

  • Mike Cotty takes on gruelling Road to Mont Blanc next week (+ video)1 year 4 weeks agoI was quite happy with

    I was quite happy with thinking that the definition of insanity was doing the same dysfunctional thing over and over again, and expecting a different outcome.

    Back to the drawing board, and I'll bow and doff my caps as deep as my hamstrings will allow, you beautiful bonkers human you.

  • Phil 'N Paul Bingo1 year 4 weeks agoI only discovered this on

    I only discovered this on stage 19 but there is a channel with great commentary. Two good commentators with a current cyclist on hand to offer opinion, they were pretty good at identifying riders and telling you what was going on. Their understanding of the race was good and they didn't get too over excited. Pronunciation of rider names was so-so, but excusable considering.
    S4C My new home of cycling.

  • Is 5,500m too much climbing?1 year 4 weeks agoI ride a 39/28 at my weight,

    I ride a 39/28 at my weight, at that distance, in that gear, I can't do much more than 7% without boiling my brain or having a CV meltdown at 70odd kg, I might manage it with a few 30 second stops.

  • Ultegra 6800 group set on Domane 4.3?1 year 4 weeks agoYou've got me plotting now.

    You've got me plotting now. Ultegra is a few quid cheaper at Chain Reaction. Wink

  • Netapp-Endura set to change to Bora-Argon 18 for 20151 year 4 weeks agoTeam Bora- at least they will

    Team Bora- at least they will have plenty of fans... Wink

  • Astana used acupuncture1 year 4 weeks agoI remember a Chinese

    I remember a Chinese Acupuncture doctor from France. She felt my wife's pulse and told her that she was pregnant, and indeed she was (she wasn't showing any visible signs of being pregnant at that time).
    In Chinese medicine the pulse is measured in a different way, not just bpm. I was at the clinic to be treated not my wife at that time, the doctor was just being friendly.

    In martial arts, methods were developed to target certain areas of the body with certain force. Knowledge of human body mechanics and manipulation of nerve function and blood flow. Just as acupuncture does but for beneficial function. Not really complicated, if you have the knowledge.

    In essence, learn to cure first before you learn to harm. That is much harder.

    That's all for today Big Grin

  • Is 5,500m too much climbing?1 year 4 weeks agoOtis Bragg wrote:Not sure how

    Otis Bragg wrote:
    Not sure how much use it will be to you but when Graham Little was presenting the Cycle Show he did a bit about the Stelvio
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sW_aoTL-RBc

    Ah! That is the feature I had half remembered, well done. Probably more useful than Dan's piece.

  • Is 5,500m too much climbing?1 year 4 weeks agoNot sure how much use it will

    Not sure how much use it will be to you but when Graham Little was presenting the Cycle Show he did a bit about the Stelvio
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sW_aoTL-RBc