• Equation needed to balance distance/speed training1 year 22 weeks agoDon't overcomplicate it. You

    Don't overcomplicate it. You don't need to go fast to go further, just ask those who do 300/600 km audax rides.

    Mix shorter, more intense rides with longer, steady outings. For the longer ones choose a reasonable day when you feel good and do a steady/middling paced ride on flattish terrain. If you feel up to it, add in two or three 20 minute 'intervals' where you push a bit harder, then ease back for a while.

    Make sure you fuel adequately (but not excessively) during longer rides. Start with little or nothing in your stomach (why? read this) and nibble on food - banana, flapjack, fruit bar, raisins etc - now and then.

    HR will be a distraction. The only way to compare rides is to use a known route each time or get a powermeter. But you won't need it if you get out regularly as come next spring you will know if you're fitter/stronger/can go further. What you will need is motivation on the days when you are perfectly able but have half a dozen reasons why you shouldn't do it.

  • MY Chinarillo, ive been been upgrading.1 year 22 weeks agofisherman wrote:As much as a

    fisherman wrote:
    As much as a magazine/web site review would be lovely i can't really see it happening from a commercial point of view. The advertisers of this site or magazines would go absolutely nuts if anything like this was even officially acknowledged to exist, never mind that it would prove to be a viable alternative.

    yes i think road.cc in their hearts would love to do this.

    @wheelz your a top man for documenting everything. on several occasions whilst on the ciders i have hovered over the buy it now button for one of these frame sets

    im sure it will happen.....

  • NEWS STORY.....Woman's cycling1 year 22 weeks agoLucy Martin has also signed

    Lucy Martin has also signed with Dolmans-Boels Wink

  • Castelli Sanremo Thermosuit takes winter clothing to next level1 year 22 weeks agoI've seen something similar

    I've seen something similar before... Where was it? Oh yeah, The Running Man...

  • Swiss court finds in favour of UCI in Landis defamation case1 year 22 weeks agoThe Rumpo Kid wrote:As an

    The Rumpo Kid wrote:
    As an American citizen, isn't Landis' right to say "Hein and Pat are full of shit" guaranteed under the First Amendment to the Constitution?

    Not quite, there are various rules in place. He said most of these things in print, like books, newspaper articles....etc.

    So it would come under commercial speech. There are many other rules to things sold or said while outside the US, but I am not even going to get into that Wink

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Consti...

    Here are some other exclusions

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_free_speech_exceptions

    Also, without evidence of cover ups and so forth, it could be classed as Defamation, which is in no way covered by the first amendment

  • Swiss court finds in favour of UCI in Landis defamation case1 year 22 weeks agoThe Rumpo Kid wrote:As an

    The Rumpo Kid wrote:
    As an American citizen, isn't Landis' right to say "Hein and Pat are full of shit" guaranteed under the First Amendment to the Constitution?

    It certainly does according to Landis' lawyer:

    espn wrote:

    Landis' lawyer, Leo Cunningham, said Landis was never formally contacted or informed he was a defendant, and called the order "unenforceable."

    "Floyd was never served with the UCI's Swiss lawsuit, never appeared in Switzerland on the case, and therefore the Swiss Court had no opportunity to hear Floyd on the issues,'' Cunningham wrote in a statement e-mailed to ESPN.com. "The order is un-American in every sense of that word. It is inconsistent with American law, it flies in the face of our First Amendment, and it would be unenforceable in American courts. It does not affect Floyd's status under American law in any way.''

    from http://espn.go.com/olympics/cycling/story/_/id/8456695/world-cycling-bod...

  • DfT casualty statistics rank driving, cycling, walking and motorcycling by risk1 year 22 weeks agoLooking on the positive side,

    Looking on the positive side, it helps discourage the perception that cycling is an inherently dangerous activity.

    If a million people cycled 1000 miles each year then the individual's risk of death or serious injury is around one thousandth of one per cent. That's not so bad.

  • Climbing when wet1 year 22 weeks agoWhat tyres for( to stw

    What tyres for( Wink to stw regulars) wet roads?

    I assume the compound can make difference in the wet, I use Rubino pro's year round so have no other point of comparison.
    Would the added drag of a 'grippy' tyre be more of a pain on the flat to outweigh any benefit?

    @giff77 not a pleasant feeling losing traction Sad

  • Castelli Sanremo Thermosuit takes winter clothing to next level1 year 22 weeks agoThere is expensive kit and

    There is expensive kit and then there is this. Its up there with the likes of Rapha in terms of price.

    Depending on the temperature range. It might be perfect for Scottish "summers" Wink

  • Suggestions for the 2013 season1 year 22 weeks agoDave Atkinson wrote:really

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    really like the star budget/ds budget idea. that could work well, deciding whether to spunk your 100 on two or three big names or spreading it over four riders.

    Glad you like it. It's main effect will be to mean it's not necessary, although it may well be desirable sometimes, to pick cheap DSs. You'd have an average of 10 points per DS, way higher than nearly anyone uses most of the time at the mo. You'd also have to make more of a choice between the best star riders rather than being able to have 3 high scoring stars. This would make the pick of riders more even across the value element rather than being biased towards the expensive and cheap ends of the scale.

    The 175 idea is not so good but might have some of the same effect in some races where it's worth having some cheaper stars thus freeing up credit for a more varied pick of DSs. I only suggested it as I don't know how difficult it would be to program the split idea or get it across to people.

  • Swiss court finds in favour of UCI in Landis defamation case1 year 22 weeks agoAs an American citizen, isn't

    As an American citizen, isn't Landis' right to say "Hein and Pat are full of shit" guaranteed under the First Amendment to the Constitution?

  • Video: Markus Storck talks us through the 2013 range1 year 22 weeks agothe integrated brakes were

    the integrated brakes were originally an aero feature of the TT bike but now they seem to be more about weight on the F0.6 - maybe the aero advantage wasn't that great?

  • Castelli Sanremo Thermosuit takes winter clothing to next level1 year 22 weeks agoIt's a onesie. that is all.

    It's a onesie. that is all.

  • Swiss court finds in favour of UCI in Landis defamation case1 year 22 weeks agoLow Speed Wobble wrote:So,

    Low Speed Wobble wrote:
    So, let me understand this: McQuaid and Verbruggen AREN'T full of shit. Officially. I'm glad that's finally been clarified. Because, although I'm not a lawyer, to me the evidence had always pointed to the opposite. Well, another good day for the UCI.

    the court didn't rule on whether mcquaid and verbruggen *are* full of shit, only landis' freedom to *say* they are Wink

  • Castelli Sanremo Thermosuit takes winter clothing to next level1 year 22 weeks agoThere's no mention of the

    There's no mention of the temperature range it has been designed for, but Mat will be testing one soon so we'll find out.

    I know what you mean about crashing on ice in expensive tights, I crashed in some Assos tights a couple of winters ago and put a hole in them. Easily stitched up though. I wouldn't let the risk of crashing put me off riding in expensive kit at all

  • Castelli Sanremo Thermosuit takes winter clothing to next level1 year 22 weeks agolooks good to me, nice price

    looks good to me, nice price too ....

  • Daily Mirror columnist gets on anti-cyclist bandwagon1 year 22 weeks agoAn unpleasant fellow indeed.

    An unpleasant fellow indeed. A couple of months ago he was spouting off in GQ about how men should always earn more than their female partners. The anti-cyclist bile does seem to be even weirder than usual, though.

    P.S. His books are rubbish too, and his editors and publicists secretly loathe him.

  • Video: Three peaks comedy faceplant1 year 22 weeks agoHere he is on a still from

    Here he is on a still from the other angle. Smile on that muddy face is great.

  • Daily Mirror columnist gets on anti-cyclist bandwagon1 year 22 weeks agoLacticlegs, seeing as you

    Lacticlegs, seeing as you cannot grasp the fundamentals of what I have said, and yet again repeat your incoherent ad hominem filled rambling attacks, let me make things very plain and simple for you:

    Lacticlegs wrote:
    As many people have pointed out....

    Many???

    I counted one person aside from yourself. That clearly is not many. Stop sensationalising what others say because it does nothing for your cause.

    Lacticlegs wrote:
    the first comment that you attacked gave a very good reason for trying to dissuade people from RLJ, but you chose to ignore it and make a fool of yourself.

    Lets analyse your choice of language here and compare it with reality:

    I did not in any conceivable interpretation of the word, "attack" alanjay16's comment. I asked him a question (which leads on to the next thing) about why he chose that particular approach in remonstrating with RLJ's, not why he chose to remonstrate with them at all. Again, you sensationalise and distort reality to fit with some bizarre, twisted representation of it that you seem to inhabit. All by yourself, Im guessing.

    Lacticlegs wrote:
    but you chose to ignore it and make a fool of yourself.

    I did not chose to ignore it. I chose not to include it because it was not germane to the question. The only person making a fool of themselves here is you because instead of taking onboard what I had asked, thinking about it and possibly even contributing, you instead attack me with ad hominem insults, thinking that your snarly, sarcastic tone is really clever.

    Lacticlegs wrote:
    Yeah, whatever Zanf. Running a red light can kill someone other than yourself. Excessive eating, drinking...yeah, sure - that's the same thing. Almost no difference...idiot.

    Again, you jump in with both feet and completely miss the whole basis of what I said and why I said it.

    I made no such claim that RLJ was 'victimless' (Again, your invention). I was stating that I, nor anyone else, has the right to presume authority over others and tell them what to do, or how to behave.

    Alanjay16 stated that he gets into rows with other cyclists for RLJ so therefore he has presumed authority over them. I wonder if he ever does the same with cars that RLJ? Does he chase them down on his bike, assume his authoritarian role and 'get into a row' in trying to correct their behaviour? Does he do the same when he is in his car, of both other drivers and cyclists?

    I bet the answer to all of these is no and if it is yes, then I would suggest that alanjay16 has anger management issues.

    My positon that I had stated was based along the same lines as 'presumed liability': If a cyclist wants to RLJ a junction and faces the risk of being hit by a car, then that is their prerogative, just as they can chose to overeat to the point of obesity, smoke themselves to asphyxiation or drink themselves until they have sclerosis of the liver and you cannot do a single thing about it (unless you have power of attorney). If they RLJ through a junction when pedestrians are crossing, as I said earlier:

    Quote:
    all manner of hell and fury will be rained down upon you.

    Just because I chose cycling as my main mode of transport, that doesn't automatically make me 'one of the gang'; we are not some big club that owning a bicycle automatically makes you a member. Nor in turn does it make me directly responsible for how other cyclists behave, just as driving a car does not make every driver on the road directly responsible (and accountable) for every other drivers behaviour.

    I am a road user. It is not defined by my mode of transport but merely because I am transporting myself.

    It is remedial cliques like this that creates the 'us and them' divisions between cycles and vehicles that perpetuates the situation where ignorant journalists like Parsons write smarmy, spiteful articles like this.

    And what you do Lacitclegs, is nothing but add to the problem.

  • Video: Markus Storck talks us through the 2013 range1 year 22 weeks agoAero... perhaps, but versus

    Aero... perhaps, but versus what comparator? Just about all new frames are all of a sudden "aero", even the unlikely looking ones.

  • Castelli Sanremo Thermosuit takes winter clothing to next level1 year 22 weeks agoAnyone thought about calls of

    Anyone thought about calls of nature?!

  • FS: Specialized Roubaix Expert SL 58cm 20091 year 22 weeks agoNo sorry long gone

    No sorry long gone Smile

  • Video: Three peaks comedy faceplant1 year 22 weeks agoChapeau, absolutely muddy

    Laughing Chapeau, absolutely muddy marvelous! Laughing

  • Daily Mirror columnist gets on anti-cyclist bandwagon1 year 22 weeks agoParsons is just another sad

    Parsons is just another sad journalist who tries to create a stereotyped view of people, cyclists, whatever. It's because he hasn't the talent to make sensible comments. My advice to him is this:
    Better to be be silent and be THOUGHT of as a fool, than to open one's mouth and have all DOUBT removed. Cool Hmmm, maybe a bit late for that!

  • Castelli Sanremo Thermosuit takes winter clothing to next level1 year 22 weeks agoI have to admit that I really

    I have to admit that I really really want one!!! Although if anyone ever shouts 'oh look there goes Tyler Farrar'....i will take it off and ride home naked!