• Chris Froome ready to defend Tour de France title, insists he had no say in Bradley Wiggins’ omission (+ video)1 year 4 weeks agoCooks wrote:I don't know

    Cooks wrote:
    I don't know where people get the idea the Wiggins gives us more than Froome, I've never seen Wiggins do something remotely interesting in a race other than sit on a team-mate's wheel. At least Froome does stuff.

    You're right Froome probably is more exciting in a race than Wiggins, but the choice wasn't between Wiggins and Froome, it was between only Froome or both of them. Having both is a lot more interesting than only one in interviews and during racing. It would be very interesting to see how Wiggins rode during the tour and whether he worked for Froome, an opportunity sky have denied us.

    Then if there were going to be fireworks between them we've missed out on something even better.

  • British cyclist killed in head-on collision as he descends Alpe d'Huez1 year 4 weeks agoI cycle on French roads,

    I cycle on French roads, mountains included, and I often find them on my side of the road on 'blind' bends. I do mean 'often'.

  • Police appeal after driver rams Suffolk cyclist from behind1 year 4 weeks ago[[[[[ If Chris Matthews had

    [[[[[ If Chris Matthews had been out for a walk instead of on his bike, surely this premeditated attack would be regarded, by anyone with even half a brain, as attempted murder.
    Surely at least one of Chris's friends got the reg. number of this silver Vauxhall Corsa?
    [[[[[ And I read very recently an alledged quote from the police---would you Adam'n'Eve it---that there is no such charge as "Using a motor vehicle as a weapon against a person or persons".....(I paraphrase, of course). I but why the phluck isn't there? It seems to happen pretty much every day.

  • Trek launch superlight Émonda road bike1 year 4 weeks agofukawitribe wrote:unclebadger

    fukawitribe wrote:
    unclebadger wrote:
    Did anyone cop-on that the word is a bastardisation of "To Prune" in French. Tres Apt for the paired-down set up.

    Not until read the last line in the article Wink

    Trek also link the name to the French word ‘émonder’ meaning ‘to prune’ or ‘to trim’ – which is apt given the lightweight nature of the bike.

    Hah, Brilliant. That will teach me to be a smart ass. I looked the word up but didn't see that at the end of the article - what a numpty.

    Cue predictable re-quotes saying "You said it mate" Smile

    Now where did I put that French dictionary....

  • Tour de France Tech 2014: Nicholas Roche's Specialized Tarmac S-Works McLaren1 year 4 weeks agowell I have to say my Tarmac

    well I have to say my Tarmac Elite SL4 is a thing of beauty in terms of ride quality, its simply sublime especially when cornering hard on descents

    so this McLaren can only be better...but at a huge price for sure!

    we sold 9 McLaren Venge bikes in my last job (at a concept store) which was a global sales record; there is certainly a market for "Halo" bikes out there

  • Chris Froome ready to defend Tour de France title, insists he had no say in Bradley Wiggins’ omission (+ video)1 year 4 weeks agoI don't know where people get

    I don't know where people get the idea the Wiggins gives us more than Froome, I've never seen Wiggins do something remotely interesting in a race other than sit on a team-mate's wheel. At least Froome does stuff.

    Wiggins may be more entertaining in interviews, but I watch bike racing for the racing and not the interviews. All this psycho analysis from 3rd hand sources is utter bollocks. The race is where it's at.

  • The Tour1 year 4 weeks agoOk my starting team barring

    Ok my starting team barring withdrawals. Yep it's crap.

    Marcel Kittel (GSH)
    Simon Gerrans (OGE)
    Michael Albasini (OGE)
    Sep Vanmarcke (BLK)
    Matthieu Ladagnous (FDJ)
    Tom Dumoulin (GSH)
    Mark Cavendish (OPQ)
    Jeremy Roy (FDJ)
    Heinrich Haussler (IAM)

    I know Cav should be out but hey only a game.

  • The Tour1 year 4 weeks agoOk my starting team barring

    Ok my starting team barring withdrawals. Yep it's crap.

    Marcel Kittel (GSH)
    Simon Gerrans (OGE)
    Michael Albasini (OGE)
    Sep Vanmarcke (BLK)
    Matthieu Ladagnous (FDJ)
    Tom Dumoulin (GSH)
    Mark Cavendish (OPQ)
    Jeremy Roy (FDJ)
    Heinrich Haussler (IAM)

    I know Cav should be out but hey only a game.

  • Forum Competition: Tour de France Top 101 year 4 weeks agoremoved

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  • Charity Auction: Joaquin Rodriguez' 2012 Vuelta Points jersey donated by Katusha Team1 year 4 weeks agoThanks for the bids so far

    Thanks for the bids so far chaps and chapesses. Great stuff!

  • Tour de France Tech 2014: Canyon’s new Aeroad CF SLX R281 year 4 weeks agoThat looks 'kin fast.

    That looks 'kin fast.

  • iBike Newton PowerStroke1 year 4 weeks agoCresser wrote:Why do I

    Cresser wrote:
    Why do I constantly read anti-power comments posted by people who I'm sure have never tried one?

    Applies to pretty much anything on this site. Anti-Rapha from people who have never tried it, anti-anything from Gkam...

  • Chris Froome ready to defend Tour de France title, insists he had no say in Bradley Wiggins’ omission (+ video)1 year 4 weeks agoI don't doubt that the Froome

    I don't doubt that the Froome v Wiggins personality clash is down to them both. But, Wiggins does a better job of showing a willingness to work for the same thing as Froome, making him more appealing as a person. By which I mean now, not in the past, where they've both perpetuated the spat.

    So in their business as entertainers, Wiggins gives us more more, I think, and so in that sense I would have preferred to see him involved in this year's race, with or without Froome.

    But, I'm sure there are others who simply want to see another 'British' victory/Team Sky victory, in which case it may well be that Froome is the better option.

    I'd also agree with the sentiment that we collectively forget the issue and look forward to an exciting Tour. And I am! But, it for me Froome keeps the case open with the manner in which he puts forward his story ie coming across as though he were full of shit! But, I guess how he chooses to be and to be remembered it's down to him.

  • iBike Newton PowerStroke1 year 4 weeks agoWhy do I constantly read

    Why do I constantly read anti-power comments posted by people who I'm sure have never tried one? Could we have an anti-luddite rule where only experienced power users can post on a power gear page?
    For the real world, the margins of error on this look fine, and as I seem to provide half of Palligap's annual profits from my power tap's constant need to be serviced / have new bearings / new torque tube, I'm desperate for something more reliable. Looks as if this could be it without all the mechanical bits to go wrong, (yes, I get that Stages can offer that too). Two questions really.
    1. It can only be swapped from bike to bike easily if they each have the speed sensor, so how much are additional ones?
    2. I assume it can input the results onto training peaks easily? Is the ANT software enough for that?

  • Tour de France Tech 2014: Rui Costa’s Merida Reacto KOM1 year 4 weeks agoOoh. Taste! I'd like one

    Ooh. Taste!

    I'd like one just like that please (although I'll change the saddle for one that suits me).

  • 100 Tours: 10 iconic moments (+ videos)1 year 4 weeks ago'incredible short cut'.

    'incredible short cut'. Anyone else not completing the whole course would have been DQ'd. The bell end.

  • Video: Boris Bikes v Le Tour de France stage 11 year 4 weeks agoRich71 wrote:[Barclays]

    Rich71 wrote:
    [Barclays] institution that practices fraud,embezzlement and theft on a global scale i dont suppose you can expect a great deal of philanthropy

    You may have much better insight than I do (I have no particular connection with Barclays), and I am completely open to the possibility that I am mistaken, but the above sounds a little harsh, in light of this:

    http://www.barclays.com/citizenship/supporting-communities.html

    Yes, I accept it is not cancer, but it feels like philanthropy in an area where this organisation feels it has the skills to offer more than simply money.

    "We are investing £250m and our employees’ time and expertise to help improve the enterprise, employability and financial skills of disadvantaged young people around the world"

  • Orica-GreenEdge's Daryl Impey tests positive for banned diuretic1 year 4 weeks agodaddyELVIS wrote:But let's

    daddyELVIS wrote:
    But let's get this clear:

    1) You mentioned Sky in this thread, not me

    Yes - in relation to your apparently un-shiftable attitude.

    daddyELVIS wrote:
    2) I have never stated that Sky riders are doping

    You just say Sky are full of shit (like just now) and make insinuations - backing off when required, as here, by saying "oh but I never actually said they were cheating". MTFU and say what you mean - I may disagree with you, and vice versa, but i'd be more inclined to listen to what you have to say and have a shit load more respect. Opinions I can stand, school yard antics - not so much.

  • Chris Froome ready to defend Tour de France title, insists he had no say in Bradley Wiggins’ omission (+ video)1 year 4 weeks ago' He was the one holding back

    ' He was the one holding back bonus payments due to Froome until Brailsford thretened to dock it from his salary if he didn't pay up.'

    Who would blame him? Froome is lucky that Porte knows how to be a team player..

  • British cyclist killed in head-on collision as he descends Alpe d'Huez1 year 4 weeks agoallezrider wrote:Do they not

    allezrider wrote:
    Do they not drive on the right in France? If you are going round a left hand bend on the right hand side of the road that is the wide point so, unless he was taking to the left to clip the apex, cyclist would have been on the correct side of the road. Either that or I've completely lost my spacial awareness.... Nerd

    Swinging in to clip the apex is precisely what was being discussed.

    (edit - this was the start of the discussion)

    allezrider wrote:
    chiv30 wrote:
    Turn 17...... That's a left hander (descending) and anyone who has descended the alpe on a bike will tell you .....99% of cyclists (myself included) take the left handers on the wrong side to clip the apex and maintain speed so as horrible as this is it could be and is more likely to be the cyclist at fault on this one unfortunately Sad

    If it's a left hander coming down then cyclist would have been on correct side of road for France....

  • Orica-GreenEdge's Daryl Impey tests positive for banned diuretic1 year 4 weeks agofukawitribe wrote:daddyELVIS

    fukawitribe wrote:
    daddyELVIS wrote:
    fukawitribe wrote:

    I do find this quite strange coming from someone who seems to show little or no equivocation about their beliefs about some teams, no matter what the evidence.

    Similarly, not agreeing with you does not, in my book, mean others merely "believe everything your told" - I think you go too far there.

    Point 1) - which teams and what evidence?

    Sky and almost anything, e.g. WADA reactions to Skys behaviour, published results, treatment of riders with anomalous results, the actual UCI regs regarding TUEs versus what people think, Froomes medical history, Brailsfords policies on doctors and so on.

    daddyELVIS wrote:
    Point 2) - I've answered above - hopefully you can now see the context in which it was written.

    I can see someone lash out and then say, when pressed on that, "Oh but I only did it because you did, I didn't actually mean that". Clearly I can't say whether that was your intent, but I have reasons to doubt it.

    So not teams then, but one team. Thanks for clearing that up.

    So you refute the evidence that I've seen that has led me to conclude that Sky and Brailsford spout PR bullsh!t about their ethics. That's fine, that's your stance, and I respect it. But let's get this clear:

    1) You mentioned Sky in this thread, not me
    2) I have never stated that Sky riders are doping
    3) Just because I'm not a Sky fan, I still have a right to hit back at somebody who trash-talks me. Not a case of 'you said this first' - just a case of giving one back to somebody who needs to paint me as a lunatic conspiracy theorist to debate against me, instead of dealing with the points I've actually made.

  • 100 Tours: 10 iconic moments (+ videos)1 year 4 weeks agoNot Indurain - dreary racer &

    Not Indurain - dreary racer & about as clean as LA (80kg rider beating best climbers without even getting out of the saddle anyone?!). Those pics of Jacques Anquetil though - he has to be the coolest rider ever...

  • Tour de France Tech 2014: Nicholas Roche's Specialized Tarmac S-Works McLaren1 year 4 weeks agoConfirmation that it is

    Confirmation that it is £16k

    http://www.specialized.com/gb/gb/sworksmclaren/

  • Video: Boris Bikes v Le Tour de France stage 11 year 4 weeks agoChapeau on the money raising

    Chapeau on the money raising front. But is it just me or are these stunts involving challenging rides on totally inappropriate machinery getting a bit tedious - what next, Everest by unicycle, the Amazon by penny farthing etc. etc.?!?!

    Rich71 - fantastic rant by the way - quality! Applause

  • New Tinkoff-Saxo kit - Mind your eyeballs1 year 4 weeks agoSo they did....hmmm.

    So they did....hmmm. Thinking