• Directeur sportif John Lelangue leaves BMC Racing1 year 8 weeks agoUran to OPQS rumoured.

    Uran to OPQS rumoured.

  • Tour de France 2013: Jersey winners Froome, Quintana and Sagan reflect on the race1 year 8 weeks agoYou all were wrong lauding

    You all were wrong lauding Wiggins. Froome should have technically won it last year IMO. Only because Wiggins was called a "team leader" he got his own way. What's even worse is, according to cycling weekly/Telegraph Wiggin's hasn't even Congratulated Froomey on his victory. As Froome said "Brad is a difficult Guy". I do not wish Wiggins further success. Chris Froome to dominate for the next few years and Richie Porte for the GIRO 2014. Big Grin

  • New bike1 year 8 weeks agoI'm considering that cherry

    I'm considering that cherry red boardman, looks good. I have a good bike, I'd just rather keep it from being wrecked over winter. I have no problem with Halfords or evans, its the in house brands mainly! I keep scouring ebay but never seem to see anything thats quite right, never the right size! Just wondered if there were any suggestions...

  • Tour de France 2013: Jersey winners Froome, Quintana and Sagan reflect on the race1 year 8 weeks agoGiven that this time last

    Given that this time last year, our office was lauding Wiggins whilst being disappointed in "scumbag froome" as he was back then for daring to attack Wiggins, I can't help but admire Froome for keeping largely to himself and letting his cycling do the talking. And what talking! By far a more entertaining tour this year - watching Froome attack from the off, and be attacked, and responding further - I think the win on Ventoux was stunning; just when it looked like Quintana would have him at the end, he got clear. top stuff.

    I've enjoyed Wiggins performances over the years, and i'd love to see him get further success, but watching Froome attack both in the mountains and in the TT reminded me of watching Indurain as a kid (and the exciting early years of Armstrong, pre scandal).

    The way I see it: Froome to win for a few more years (how many realistic challengers are there over the next few years? quintana? nibali? not many after those...) followed by a fast emerging Kennaugh getting his chance at the title in his late 20s, and the next breed of British Cycling superstars, lets see if the brits can keep this yellow jersey for many years to come!

    I miss the tour already. roll on 2014....

  • Just in: Mavic Cosmic Carbon 40 clincher wheels1 year 8 weeks agoJust bought Mavic Comic SLE'S

    Just bought Mavic Comic SLE'S which are 50mm and have the brilliant exalith braking surface, weigh 1620 grams and only cost me £900. I can't see why anyone would buy the Cosmic 40mm carbon clinchers as you are paying a massive premium to save a handful of grams with draw back of reduced braking performance.

  • Video: French mountain biker jumps over Chris Froome at the Tour de France1 year 8 weeks agoHa, Froome was long gone

    Ha, Froome was long gone before the jump, too fast going up hill.

  • Where are the London bike commuters? Infographic reveals: Hackney, mostly1 year 8 weeks agoHas anyone thought of using

    Has anyone thought of using GPS data ? 2001 census data seems a bit out of date....

  • New bike1 year 8 weeks agoNothing wrong with brands

    Nothing wrong with brands sold in halfords or Evans, in fact that's where I'd look with £600 to spend...

    Otherwise I think you'd be better off getting 2nd hand if you want something more unique

  • Tour de France Stage 21 reaction from Marcel Kittel and Mark Cavendish1 year 8 weeks agoWatch the replay and look at

    Watch the replay and look at the cadence of the three. Kittel is pushing a bigger gear with slower cadencer. And Mark had a lot of sideways movement. And yes, Mark's train wasn't as helpful.

  • 23 or 25mm Clinchers to race and train? Which clinchers to choose?1 year 8 weeks agoSimon E wrote:700c

    Simon E wrote:
    700c wrote:
    Conventional wisdom is 23 for racing,.I understand. (I don't race), but comfort is not as much of a factor, they are a little lighter, plus unless you don't get the more aero limitations on conventional width rims (bulge of tire over and above brake track width)

    Marginal gains and all that...

    But this is just theory, and if you prefer to be comfortable you might find wider is more beneficial than narrow tires

    No-one wins or loses because of 2mm of tyre width or 20 grammes difference in weight. Those gains are at the thinnest end of marginal. But a 25mm tyre does give you a greater volume of air so a little more comfort, though IME it's not 'night and day'.

    Pressure can make quite a difference, mainly because too hard a tyre will be bouncing you and your bike around instead of deforming and absorbing surface irregularities. I'm 62 kg and for racing I put 100 psi in my Ultremos for smooth courses, 90 psi on the rougher ones. Was happy with ~80 psi in the 25mm Vittoria Rubino Pro 2s I had. I began racing club TTs on 28mm Bontrager Hardcase tyres (talk about making it harder!) and one night I forgot to check the rear - it was just 40 psi yet it didn't seem to make much difference!

    If you were another 10 kg heavier I'd add 5 psi to those numbers but every rider should establish their preferred pressures.

    More tyre suggestions - http://road.cc/content/forum/88042-help-tyre-choice

    Well yes, hence the term marginal! The OP wanted to know the difference between 23 and 25 mm tires. That's a question about marginal issues!

    On another note, I must be a bit mad running my tubs at 140psi! Higher for TTs, but it works for me..

  • New bike1 year 8 weeks agoVisit some shops and see what

    Visit some shops and see what that have that fits and takes your fancy. All bikes are great nowadays, you're spoilt for choice.

    Giant Defy would be my choice.

  • Pain in the neck!1 year 8 weeks agoI've been looking at bike

    I've been looking at bike fits but they are generally quite expensive. One question though, do you know if you get a set of figures from these which you van use to set up any new bike or is it a case of new bike, new bike fit?

  • Just in: Mavic Cosmic Carbon 40 clincher wheels1 year 8 weeks agoWouldn't wanna hit a pothole

    Wouldn't wanna hit a pothole Surprise

  • Tyre cuts1 year 8 weeks agoE6000...it's flexible. You

    E6000...it's flexible.

    You can find it easily enough on Amazon.

  • New bike1 year 8 weeks agoI was in a similar position

    I was in a similar position recently. My lbs stock mostly Trek Cannondale and Giant and reckoned there was very little between them. They did reckon the Giant Defy 3 was on balance the best bet, although IIRC was around £650...haggle?

    I eventually bought a used Bianchi Nirone 7 because they have good reviews and more importantly look fantastic....probably as good a reason as anything at this price point. After overcoming a few niggles I now love it Smile

  • Tour de France Stage 21 reaction from Marcel Kittel and Mark Cavendish1 year 8 weeks agoNah, Mark was finishing

    Nah, Mark was finishing faster - he just ran out of road. The train derailed with Trentin pulling out so early and there was too much to do, that's all. Physical size doesn't mean much when it comes to top end speed otherwise we'd be seeing a lot more monster efforts from the clydes out on their bun runs each Sunday.

  • Just in: Mavic Cosmic Carbon 40 clincher wheels1 year 8 weeks agostep-hent wrote:Well, these

    step-hent wrote:
    Well, these are a lot lighter than 40mm deep alloy wheels would be. They're heavy compared to a low profile rim, but that's not really a fair comparison...

    but at £1,800 they're VERY expensive! And I suspect they won't perform much better in the real world than a 30mm alloy rim like the American Classic 430.

    Planet-X have a fat 45mm that's a lot cheaper but heavier (not that this makes much odds in the real world, despite what the makers tell you). Dura-Ace C35s, barely over 1600g and with alloy braking surface, seem good value next to these.

    But if you are one of those people who must have all the bling stuff...

  • Sustrans: Racers not welcome on shared use paths1 year 8 weeks agothebungle wrote: FWIW I'm a

    thebungle wrote:

    FWIW I'm a firm believer in riding and driving to the conditions and also my ability.

    That's undoubtedly true but I think there's a discrepancy hiding in there between what a cyclist thinks is necessary to behave responsibly and what say a walker or slow unconfident cyclist believes. A fast confident rider knows how much braking distance they need but a walker hearing you coming up behind them may not understand that and may feel anxious or alarmed, which is what the code of conduct is trying to avoid.

    You could say well it's up to the walkers to learn, but I personally think respecting other people means accepting that they may be alarmed by behaviour which you feel is not putting them at risk.

  • 23 or 25mm Clinchers to race and train? Which clinchers to choose?1 year 8 weeks ago700c wrote:Conventional

    700c wrote:
    Conventional wisdom is 23 for racing,.I understand. (I don't race), but comfort is not as much of a factor, they are a little lighter, plus unless you don't get the more aero limitations on conventional width rims (bulge of tire over and above brake track width)

    Marginal gains and all that...

    But this is just theory, and if you prefer to be comfortable you might find wider is more beneficial than narrow tires

    No-one wins or loses because of 2mm of tyre width or 20 grammes difference in weight. Those gains are at the thinnest end of marginal. But a 25mm tyre does give you a greater volume of air so a little more comfort, though IME it's not 'night and day'.

    Pressure can make quite a difference, mainly because too hard a tyre will be bouncing you and your bike around instead of deforming and absorbing surface irregularities. I'm 62 kg and for racing I put 100 psi in my Ultremos for smooth courses, 90 psi on the rougher ones. Was happy with ~80 psi in the 25mm Vittoria Rubino Pro 2s I had. I began racing club TTs on 28mm Bontrager Hardcase tyres (talk about making it harder!) and one night I forgot to check the rear - it was just 40 psi yet it didn't seem to make much difference!

    If you were another 10 kg heavier I'd add 5 psi to those numbers but every rider should establish their preferred pressures.

    More tyre suggestions - http://road.cc/content/forum/88042-help-tyre-choice

  • Sustrans: Racers not welcome on shared use paths1 year 8 weeks agomrmo wrote:horizontal dropout

    mrmo wrote:
    horizontal dropout wrote:

    I don't think we have a fundamental failure of shared paths, more a fundamental failure of some to recognise what they are for. : )

    Which is?


    Quote from the code of conduct:

    "The tranquillity of these paths is something people value greatly, and all path users need to respect this."

    "Cyclists tend to be the fastest movers on these paths, but the paths aren’t suitable for high speeds so it’s important to keep cycling speed under control. Remember that they are for sharing, not for speeding. If you wish to travel quickly, train for fitness or record personal best times, this is better done on quiet roads."

    mrmo wrote:
    Infact the existance of a substandard path actually makes my life worse as car drivers then believe i am in the wrong for not using the path.

    Yes big problem - lack of education of motorists, not sure what the solution is except brave it out.

    I suppose it's a fact that faster cyclists just aren't catered for. But I think that's something to campaign to government about not Sustrans with their limited budget.

  • Tour de France game - Pick three Frenchmen1 year 8 weeks agoAt least I didn't get last

    At least I didn't get last like the Giro, Its not saying much for those of us who run the game, Me WAY behind in the 3 Italians and Dave scoring 0 in the Frenchman

    At least Dr and Ter are making up for it in the game Devil

  • Brian Cookson lays out 7-point plan to fight doping & restore cycling's credibility1 year 8 weeks agoAll good stuff, though

    All good stuff, though nothing will work until the lifetime ban.

  • Peter Sagan to race Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic1 year 8 weeks agoArnaud Demarg - Should be

    Arnaud Demarg - Should be Demare and the Topsport team name isn't in bold - sorry, pedantic i know.

  • Video: French mountain biker jumps over Chris Froome at the Tour de France1 year 8 weeks agoYay! Attention whoring!

    Yay! Attention whoring!

  • Tour de France game - Pick three Frenchmen1 year 8 weeks agoGhedebrav wrote:Woo! A little

    Ghedebrav wrote:
    Woo!

    A little consolation as have managed only 350th in the overall (and also a net loss of £15 in my TDF gambling). I'd like to pretend this was a triumph of judgement over luck, but that would be a lie. Hard luck to Philip Unwin, it was a close run thing in the end.

    I love Sylvain Chavanel.


    Well done!
    If only Vichot had rolled in last instead of second last after his tumble on Thursday.