• Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt1 year 4 weeks agoYes please!

    Yes please!

  • Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt1 year 4 weeks agoYes please!

    Yes please!

  • Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt1 year 4 weeks agoRiding L'Eroica Britannia in

    Riding L'Eroica Britannia in 3 weeks time and this lovely kit would distract people from my swearing and sweating as I fight with the uncooperative gears on my old Gitane.

  • Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt1 year 4 weeks agoWould look perfect on me!

    Would look perfect on me!

  • Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt1 year 4 weeks agoOnly allowed to enter if you

    Only allowed to enter if you ride a Bianchi Wink

  • Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt1 year 4 weeks agoThink I could squeeze into

    Think I could squeeze into medium

  • Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt1 year 4 weeks agoYes please

    Yes please

  • Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt1 year 4 weeks agoYes please

    Yes please

  • Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt1 year 4 weeks agoLovely kit, everything was

    Lovely kit, everything was cooler back then!

  • Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt1 year 4 weeks agoMy favourite colour!

    My favourite colour!

  • Giro 20141 year 4 weeks agochiv30 wrote:drheaton

    chiv30 wrote:
    drheaton wrote:
    Using one persons performance to judge whether a budget is right or not is nonsense, so much is down to chance like losing Rodriguez and Kittel in week one or Evans not being able to stick with the pace.

    My point stands. If, going into the race, you can pick the top three GC riders plus the best sprinters in one team then the budget is too high.

    But everyone had the same budget and choices , if u look at the fs purist in particular not everyone made the same choices on riders which if the budget had been 250 would have had the same end result, different teams ....it's not solely the budget that picks the team it's people's preferences and hunches as well

    I agree that to win a comp, whether it be purist or otherwise, you still need to pick the best riders. The fact that the same old people are at the top of the Giro standings, despite the higher budget, shows that.

    My point is more that some of the personal challenge of picking a strong team within budget has gone. I no longer had to make the difficult choices between the best sprinter who'll get me points on flat stages or another GC guy, I no longer needed to choose between a Quintana, an Evans or an Uran for my team, I could have ALL of them if I wanted.

    From my point of view purist is about making the tough calls and picking as good a team as you can within strict limitations, a 180 budget just makes it too easy to pick all the best riders and no longer forces you to pick and choose weighing up the strengths and weakness of each rider to the same extent.

    A 150 credit budget would have meant I could have picked Quintana, Rodriguez or Evans, not all three, or it would have meant dropping my sprinters in favour of GC guys, a 180 credit budget means I can have the best of all worlds. Yes, I still managed to choose poorly with that budget (although no-one can blame me for picking Rodriguez and Kittel) but that's the nature of the game, and a separate issue from the budget.

  • Giro 20141 year 4 weeks agochiv30 wrote:drheaton

    chiv30 wrote:
    drheaton wrote:
    Using one persons performance to judge whether a budget is right or not is nonsense, so much is down to chance like losing Rodriguez and Kittel in week one or Evans not being able to stick with the pace.

    My point stands. If, going into the race, you can pick the top three GC riders plus the best sprinters in one team then the budget is too high.

    But everyone had the same budget and choices , if u look at the fs purist in particular not everyone made the same choices on riders which if the budget had been 250 would have had the same end result, different teams ....it's not solely the budget that picks the team it's people's preferences and hunches as well

    I agree that to win a comp, whether it be purist or otherwise, you still need to pick the best riders. The fact that the same old people are at the top of the Giro standings, despite the higher budget, shows that.

    My point is more that some of the personal challenge of picking a strong team within budget has gone. I no longer had to make the difficult choices between the best sprinter who'll get me points on flat stages or another GC guy, I no longer needed to choose between a Quintana, an Evans or an Uran for my team, I could have ALL of them if I wanted.

    From my point of view purist is about making the tough calls and picking as good a team as you can within strict limitations, a 180 budget just makes it too easy to pick all the best riders and no longer forces you to pick and choose weighing up the strengths and weakness of each rider to the same extent.

    A 150 credit budget would have meant I could have picked Quintana, Rodriguez or Evans, not all three, or it would have meant dropping my sprinters in favour of GC guys, a 180 credit budget means I can have the best of all worlds. Yes, I still managed to choose poorly with that budget (although no-one can blame me for picking Rodriguez and Kittel) but that's the nature of the game, and a separate issue from the budget.

  • 'Flimsy little helmets' completely pointless, says leading brain surgeon1 year 4 weeks agofluffy_mike wrote:gussieboy

    fluffy_mike wrote:
    gussieboy wrote:
    Three times knocked off in London; first time in 1989: helmetless, concussed and very lucky I didn't catapault through the passenger window of the Transit van that cut across me. I've worn one ever since. Second time: sent spawling over a bonnet in a yellow box junction and head hit windscreen; no ill effect on me. Third time: flying over a bonnet at speed when cut across on fast downhill. Believe it or not I landed and stopped by falling off. A few cuts and bruises and helmet scraped down to the polystyrene.

    It is the choice of the individual whether to wear a helmet or not, but I will always wear a helmet. Always.

    Sorry, your anecdotes have no effect on the evidence, which shows clearly that helmets have a marginal or zero effect on head injuries or personal safety while cycling normally.

    The evidence for me personally was clear mate: I wore a helmet on the latter two occasions and it saved me from injury. What you and others choose to do based on a limited number of studies and the anecdotes of a cowboy neurosurgeon are your business entirely.

  • Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt1 year 4 weeks agoYes please

    Yes please

  • Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt1 year 4 weeks agoSuperb.

    Superb.

  • Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt1 year 4 weeks agoI'm sending this from Gaiole

    I'm sending this from Gaiole and have been riding it this week.

  • Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt1 year 4 weeks agoVery cool!

    Very cool!

  • Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt1 year 4 weeks agoalmost as nice as the bikes!

    almost as nice as the bikes!

  • Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt1 year 4 weeks agoMy favourite EastEnders

    My favourite EastEnders character of all time.

  • Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt1 year 4 weeks agoWant one!

    Want one!

  • Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt1 year 4 weeks agoEven my blood is celeste!

    Even my blood is celeste!

  • Video: Do you feel lucky, punk? How San Francisco police catches bike thieves1 year 4 weeks agotendecimalplaces wrote:There

    tendecimalplaces wrote:
    There is a potential very serious uninteded consequence to this. Bank vans were made so secure that there was no point in thiefs attacking them. So they started going more for the thing that was still vulnerable, the crew. How do you know a bike isn't a 'bait bike'? because someone's pedalling it. The police are not the only ones that can take down someone on a bike!

    Not sure you're comparing apples with apples there? Commit violent crime and escape with thousands in cash vs commit violent crime and escape with a bike you can probably shift for a few hundred quid; does somewhat colour the decision methinks!

  • Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt1 year 4 weeks agoEven my blood is celeste!

    Even my blood is celeste!

  • Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt1 year 4 weeks ago“I love you without knowing

    “I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.”
    ― Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

    That is how I feel about my Bianchi bike. The shirt and sweatshirt will just be the lingerie to my love affair.

  • Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt1 year 4 weeks agoEven my blood is celeste!

    Even my blood is celeste!