• Sir Dave Brailsford's dream? To win Tour de France with a French rider1 year 4 weeks agopmr wrote:Brailsford and Sky

    pmr wrote:
    Brailsford and Sky have done more for British Cycling than.... than anything else! Yet some f wits still find reason to complain.

    If any of the "where's Wiggo?" munch bunch had been watching the tour de france back when our only glimpse of a British rider was Charlie Wegelius, or even back in 2007 when Dave Millar was about the only certain starter they would surely realise we're in a golden age.

    Thanks to Dave and his team/s we've had tdf winners, contenders in all grand tours, a British world champion, Olympic cycling domination, contenders in one day classics, massive growth in cycling across sexes and at all levels. Its basically been a transformation that I don't think any nation has seen the likes of.

    I'm relatively new to cycling myslef but I really really wish all these new bandwagon cyclists and fans would pipe the hell down, or at least study some history before they start to moan and grown because Froome hasn't won all three grand tours and world title in the same year. At Wits End

    Well said Applause

  • Video: TdF Stage 5 preview over the Paris-Roubaix cobbles1 year 4 weeks agoIt looks like it will rain,

    It looks like it will rain, should be interesting...

  • BMC GF01 Disc vs. Colnago CX Zero Disc1 year 4 weeks ago1860 wrote:Hi Truffy!

    1860 wrote:
    Hi Truffy! Interesting post for me since I had been dreaming/saving for a Colnago CX Zero (Bianchi Infinito CV was on the shortlist too) for a while, but then finally changed my mind. The issue for me was that while certainly a great bike you could get a Canyon Endurace Pro for half the price with better wheels and groupset and in fact the Canyon was actually rated better! So I have ordered the Endurace cf Pro with Campagnolo Chorus groupset and Dt Swiss wheels and am looking forward to August........ the weight limit for the Canyon is 120kg. Have a look http://www.canyon.com/roadbikes/series/endurace-cf.html I think you will be impressed.

    That doesn't have disc brakes though. I suspect that, like me, the first thing on Truffy's list was wanting those.

    As for any of the 'premium' brands, there are a multitude of better spec'd bikes for less money, but currently very few of them have discs. Whether it's worth spending more on a premium brand is an entirely different conversation of course - you pays your money and makes your choice.

  • Cycling's Twitter Angry Brigade mobilises against #TDFselfie craze1 year 4 weeks agoJohn Stevenson wrote:Nice to

    John Stevenson wrote:
    Nice to hear from a paid-up Brigader, dp24. The whooshing noise you can hear is the point going right over your head.

    More to the point, by publishing the twitter posts you're giving the 'angry brigade' ammunition and fuel for their fire. Even if the tenor of the article is to mock them..

  • Tour de France will return to Britain, says Christian Prudhomme1 year 4 weeks agoSo many cool places to do

    So many cool places to do this. Wales, the lake district, Derbyshire, lots of Scotland.

  • Tour de France will return to Britain, says Christian Prudhomme1 year 4 weeks agoI hope Edinburgh does get it

    I hope Edinburgh does get it one day, since it's the only way we'll ever get some decent resurfacing done around here.

  • Mark Cavendish faces surgery, misses Commonwealth Games1 year 4 weeks agoColin Peyresourde

    Colin Peyresourde wrote:
    banzicyclist2 wrote:
    I would imagine it will take a bit if time for the team to regroup around Mark Renshaw. I hope he scires a couple of stages.

    Unlikely, the OPQS boys seem to be really struggling. They don't appear to have got themselves in a position to deliver anyone to the front. That's the reason Cav crashed. The train didn't deliver him and he got boxed. On today's showing nothing has changed. I can't see them doing anything in a normal sprint and so they have to hope for a breakaway or Kwiakowski doing something on GC, which is remote. Cav really was plan A and all that has gone out the window.

    I think a Tony Martin TT will also be a tall order.

    Interesting that you thought the train didn't deliver him - I had thought (possibly incorrectly, amid unmitigated chaos after Cancellara's attack) that he had been in a reasonable position but the road headed upwards a bit too much, which was why Sagan (rather than say Greipel) held on for 2nd. Then again, the gradient didn't affect Kittel, so maybe you're right. I had hoped a Kwatkowski/Petacchi/Renshaw/Cav train was going to light up the race.

    I do think OPQS look a little lost now, although 3rd isn't a disaster. They might have more luck chancing their arm in breaks.

  • TdF stage 51 year 4 weeks agoray silvester wrote:I'll be

    ray silvester wrote:
    I'll be looking at Cancellara for sure and a couple of people in a Van?

    Agreed, + a certain winner of Roubaix this year, those 4 will be my transfers anyway.

  • Sir Dave Brailsford's dream? To win Tour de France with a French rider1 year 4 weeks agoBrailsford and Sky have done

    Brailsford and Sky have done more for British Cycling than.... than anything else! Yet some f wits still find reason to complain.

    If any of the "where's Wiggo?" munch bunch had been watching the tour de france back when our only glimpse of a British rider was Charlie Wegelius, or even back in 2007 when Dave Millar was about the only certain starter they would surely realise we're in a golden age.

    Thanks to Dave and his team/s we've had tdf winners, contenders in all grand tours, a British world champion, Olympic cycling domination, contenders in one day classics, massive growth in cycling across sexes and at all levels. Its basically been a transformation that I don't think any nation has seen the likes of.

    I'm relatively new to cycling myslef but I really really wish all these new bandwagon cyclists and fans would pipe the hell down, or at least study some history before they start to moan and grown because Froome hasn't won all three grand tours and world title in the same year. At Wits End

  • TdF stage 51 year 4 weeks agoI'm going to concentrate on

    I'm going to concentrate on those not shepherding for sure.

  • Bad balance on bike (wrong frame size or rubbish rider)1 year 4 weeks agoJust normal sized arms

    Just normal sized arms really, but I think you're right about mucking round stem changes. I'll head off to a bike shop this weekend for a proper fitting, thanks ajmarshal1 I was worried it wasn't the bike and I'd have to take some remedial bike lessons!

  • Bad balance on bike (wrong frame size or rubbish rider)1 year 4 weeks agoThe above advice all sounds

    The above advice all sounds sensible regarding your balance. However, given that your knees are also an issue, I'd suggest a proper bike fitting to try and get you comfortable in all aspects. Are you using clipless pedals? They're awesome, but if I don't set mine up correctly my knees are toast.

  • Chinese Bikes1 year 4 weeks agoI looked at getting a Chinese

    I looked at getting a Chinese frame a couple of years ago, there are a few more established factories that sell direct, and communication I had with them was good. Some research I did showed a few people having to return frames for mostly cosmetic problems, but receiving good customer service.

    In the end I decided the saving just wasn't worth it when compared to what you can get from the likes of PX. I paid probably an additional £150 to PX for my frame, but decided that was worth it for some peace of mind and assurance on the quality.

    Each to their own but I don't think the risk / reward is really worth it

  • TdF stage 31 year 4 weeks agoray silvester wrote:The early

    ray silvester wrote:
    The early good finish points and high standings for GC guys(Froome,Nibali etc) plus Sagan are putting purist teams pretty high up I reckon.

    I'm sitting =1560 standard and =910 on purist so don't sweat it!!

    Kristoff and Greipel in

    Sagan(probably a massive blunder but couldn't get those 2 in otherwise) and Modolo(DNF yesterday) out

    Greipel
    Kittel
    Kristoff
    Demare
    Navardauskas
    Pichot
    Paolini
    Bideau
    Haussler

    Modolo and Cav retired already.....how are your purist teams looking guys?

    My transfers were a disaster as I thought they might be!!

    no changes tomorrow

  • TdF stage 51 year 4 weeks agoI'll be looking at Cancellara

    I'll be looking at Cancellara for sure and a couple of people in a Van?

  • Tour de France will return to Britain, says Christian Prudhomme1 year 4 weeks agomaybe the new forest could

    maybe the new forest could stage the grand depart....

  • Air pollution makes Oxford Street buses double hazard for cyclists1 year 4 weeks agoThe EU limit of 40 is for the

    The EU limit of 40 is for the annual mean, not the peak level, so its not correct to compare as you do in the first paragraph.

    That said the average of 135 against the limit if 40 is horrendous. Sick

  • Otley residents accuse Cambridge of putting on a 'flat and boring' Tour reception… though it hasn't happened yet1 year 4 weeks agoWell having been on the route

    Well having been on the route yesterday, and seeign the coverage on tv, I don't think there was any lack of support for the tour, especially having seen how packed Saffron Walden was and hearing Phil Ligget getting emotional at the sight of people crowding 50-100 deep. I'm glad I went to Great Waltham, relatively small village with a little bit of a hill meant they came through (a tiny bit) more slowly.
    It was still jam packed with people, and the atmosphere was incredible, I think everyone's done the country proud over all three days.

  • Sir Dave Brailsford's dream? To win Tour de France with a French rider1 year 4 weeks agoColin Peyresourde wrote:As

    Colin Peyresourde wrote:
    As for Sir DB: this seems to be more about his ego than anything else. Why couldn't a French contender rise out of a French team?

    I don't think he's said that couldn't happen, do you ? Sounds like he was just talking about something he fancied doing, and yeah - nice PR with l'Equipe, but you know what .. he might actually just think it'd be a craic to do. I do.

  • Bell launch ‘fastest’ aero helmet: Star Pro + video1 year 4 weeks agoWell I just recently arrived

    Well I just recently arrived at the start line in a local club ten TT having left my (non aero) helmet plus goggles in the car boot. At seventy six I blame onset of short term memory loss, however I went 29 seconds quicker on a windier evening than the previous week. My moderate time was impressive only to me as I pondered the marginal gains of riding with a bald head versus helmet, wearing a helmet is not something I do as a general rule, but do so in TT's to placate the pro helmet brigade.

  • Video: Chris Froome v the Channel Tunnel1 year 4 weeks agoCar tunnels/pedestrian

    Car tunnels/pedestrian tunnels? You're doing it wrong. 5km-long disused rail tunnels are the way forward. Ideally with a pint at either end.

  • Bad balance on bike (wrong frame size or rubbish rider)1 year 4 weeks agonicholassmith wrote:Yeah I do

    nicholassmith wrote:
    Yeah I do feel like I'm leaning my body quite far forward just even riding on the hoods, let alone on the drops. And pushing on towards 30 after a life sat in comfy office chairs hasn't leant itself to fitness or much flexibility, sadly!

    Without all your body measurements it's difficult to know for sure but it seems to me as I suggested in my first post, that your bike is too big for you. I'm 5'11" and a bit and all my bikes have 695mm of reach from seatpost to bar (For example: 565mm top tube + 130mm stem) and I'm fully stretched out with average arm length and good flexibility and I sure wouldn't want to go any further forward. In comparison you've got 690mm yet are an inch and a half shorter than me. You might have monkey arms though but from what you've suggested I think the size is the issue. Not you being rubbish.

    You could try fitting a 90mm stem but I think it's an elastoplast for a bullet wound. I would suggest looking at going to a proper bike shop and look at getting a smaller bike. If the saddle is adjusted correctly your knees will feel just as good, you'll be more comfortable and confident on the bike.

    A good shop will let you test ride. Do that and see how a smaller frame feels.

  • Cycling's Twitter Angry Brigade mobilises against #TDFselfie craze1 year 4 weeks agoJust don't get it.... "Oh,

    Just don't get it....
    "Oh, the world's largest bike race is coming past - I'd best turn around and face the other way!"
    ... and these people must have stood there for hours, in order to take a photo - of themselves.

  • Is it worth a wheel upgrade?1 year 4 weeks agoI doubt if it will make much

    I doubt if it will make much difference to your speed, but neither will it harm it and your backside will thank you if you go up a tyre size. Rider weight is a factor and 23 should really for the whippets amongst us.

  • Sir Dave Brailsford's dream? To win Tour de France with a French rider1 year 4 weeks agoColin Peyresourde wrote: As

    Colin Peyresourde wrote:

    As for Sir DB: this seems to be more about his ego than anything else.

    This, definitely this!!