• Eurobike 2013: First look faves... Pinarello, Colnago, Orbea, Specialized, Giant, Scott, Storck, De Rosa & more1 year 8 weeks agoI'm sure these new bikes have

    I'm sure these new bikes have a lot of ability (not that I can afford any of them to find out) but crikey some of them are ugly.

    I guess not having ridden a road bike for 20 yrs some things are hard to get used to!

  • Strava causes antisocial cycling, says academic - this time on club runs, as people focus on own rides1 year 8 weeks agoI personally don't understand

    I personally don't understand why anyone is arguing this point... am I missing something? Thinking

    Quote: "Instead of enjoying riding alongside fellow club members, Dr Barratt says that SOME are instead concentrating on vying with virtual competitors..."

    Well, yes they are, so although we may use Strava in various ways, the point being made is inarguable.

    In response to a comment above, I'm pretty sure that academics and students are two very different animals. A bit like comparing a gentleman’s bicycling club to the local hell’s angels chapter! I can’t remember the last time I saw a group of academics 'ruin everyone’s evening' by shouting and puking Wink

  • Suggestions/requests for the 2014 season1 year 8 weeks agoI like what Dave said. I

    I like what Dave said. I think the cheapening of rider prices post tour has given some of the pre vuelta races an embarrassment of choices. So a good option is to maybe go back to previous pricing but give 170-180 credits or something for GT races.

    Going back to the captain idea, I quite like that precisely because it could help shake up the ' immovable' leader board. But how about, in standard, you can change your captain everyday? ( no transfer cost but has to be one of your 9). Also, double points for stage only, not for gc/points/mountain/youth jerseys. Otherwise it's way too predictable. Do you go for cav, griepel or kittel on the champs? Just gives it a bit more buzz in those situations.
    For purist, one captain for whole comp I guess.

    I'm with you stumps Wink

    Going back to premium/non-premium argument, I'm happy with parting with 10 quid, I consider it a bargain with respect to time spent on the game! But I think it's important to keep a free version to have the widest audience possible, and importantly, the non premium league tables should have an equal footing. Sorry to say but I'm with Enrique on one thing: same transfer rules should apply, either you only carry 2 over, or unlimited building up, for both premium and non-premium. Otherwise you're not comparing like for like, which is a shame.

    I find the calendar pretty full already, and found the classics a bit of a mare to manage! But happy to see women's races, but perhaps at the expense of other races/during a lull in calendar.

    Lastly, thanks to all you guys who run/manage the game, I've really enjoyed playing it, especially thanks to the layers of complexity/pro-active management of it! It has helped me hugely in understanding pro-cycling races better, which was pretty much why I joined!

    Thanks

    J-m

  • Cannot believe there are no replies!!1 year 8 weeks agofreespirit1: I presume you're

    freespirit1:
    I presume you're aware of the Tour of Britain having a stage in Surrey this year as well? Saturday 21st September.

    http://www.tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/stage7/index.php#.Uh8UbT9el3s

    Just posting this as a warning that once again there will be significant road closures on that day from very early in the morning until about 7.30pm.

    Just telling you this so that you might be able to make alternative plans should your home be on the route again.

  • Spot the basic error here1 year 8 weeks agoD lock only on stem.. fairly

    D lock only on stem.. fairly simple to ride bike away, should you wish to enjoy such a beast.

  • First Look: Felt AR4 + video1 year 8 weeks agoGreat review. Wouldn't mind

    Great review. Wouldn't mind one of these next year as it suits my needs and would consider the AR4. There's also an aluminium framed version sitting below the similarly 105-equipped AR5.

  • 3/4 bib knickers with leg warmers?1 year 8 weeks agoMy thoughts on winter

    My thoughts on winter clothing:
    I'm a 10-mile commuter. Sub zero is not taken as an excuse not to ride. +3 and freezing rain is not taken as an excuse not to ride.

    So, then:

    the parts that suffer the most in cold are knees, front of thighs and crotch.

    Having some sort of windtex type fabric with furry backing on the knees and thighs really, really helps. For the rest of the leg the standard "roubaix" furry fabric is generally enough. I have a pair of dhb Vaeon Zero padded tights which deliver this and are ace, however:

    Crotch. This is the remaining issue, and which may cause me to spend more money and change track. I'm not thinking that a pair of unpadded tights, paired with normal bibshorts, will give the extra layer that's really needed in that region.

    Wearing leg warmers and 3/4 lengths will give you extra protection on the kees and thighs where needed. But it will leave your crotch relatively exposed. Note: if your crothc is VERY exposed then you may be arrested and certainly need new bibs.

  • Will riding a singlespeed improve technique?1 year 8 weeks agoI ride singlespeed on my

    I ride singlespeed on my commute in Manchester quite a lot on a 53x15.

    It's definitely improved my thigh strength due to not being able to make it easy for yourself when pulling away from lights and digging in on hills etc, it's definitely well worth looking into if you can convert an old frame or a cheap bike.

    I don't ride fixed so couldn't say on that front but other people suggest that it is better for cadence etc, but then I find many of those that ride fixed do talk a load of bollocks too.

  • Eurobike Diary – Day Two - Are We Not Bikes? We Are Demo.1 year 8 weeks agoThe glamourous life of a bike

    The glamourous life of a bike journalist!

  • Spot the basic error here1 year 8 weeks agoIt not actually locked to

    It not actually locked to anything?

  • Spot the basic error here1 year 8 weeks agono proper cycle parking

    no proper cycle parking available at location.

  • planet X are they lying to me? or is it true1 year 8 weeks agoYeah but i've got two sets of

    Yeah but i've got two sets of mavic cxp 22 and my CERO's AR30 i really don't need another pair of budget wheels.

    I know i could sell the set i'd get on the bike, but its hassle.

    These are also Planet x wheels which they sell, i wasn't expecting full value of the wheels discount.

    Hey ho maybe i'll just look at other options.

  • Eurobike 2013 Day 0: Urban bikes & wheelbarrows1 year 8 weeks agosidesaddle wrote:Entirely

    sidesaddle wrote:
    Entirely agree about the use of motors for load lugging. A bike can carry an astonishing amount of stuff, especially when a trailer is added. What I don't get is that there are power limits AND speed limits for electric bikes. Dragging 60kg up so much as a railway bridge is hard enough for most people to resort to their cars, and 250W extra is nice but inadequate. I reckon that with an 'unstoppable' motor Tesco's car park might eventually see some real effects.

    quite agree, the limit should be a lot higher for power and keep the speed limit. 500W with a 25kph limit would be great

  • Orbea Avant first look + video1 year 8 weeks agoPJ McNally wrote:the hole

    PJ McNally wrote:
    the hole drilled in the fork for rim brakes is super ugly.

    I'd want to put a white reflector on a stalk there, just to cover it up.

    it should have a bung or something in, at least

  • Eurobike 2013 Day 0: Urban bikes & wheelbarrows1 year 8 weeks agoEntirely agree about the use

    Entirely agree about the use of motors for load lugging. A bike can carry an astonishing amount of stuff, especially when a trailer is added. What I don't get is that there are power limits AND speed limits for electric bikes. Dragging 60kg up so much as a railway bridge is hard enough for most people to resort to their cars, and 250W extra is nice but inadequate. I reckon that with an 'unstoppable' motor Tesco's car park might eventually see some real effects.

  • Orbea Avant first look + video1 year 8 weeks agothe hole drilled in the fork

    the hole drilled in the fork for rim brakes is super ugly.

    I'd want to put a white reflector on a stalk there, just to cover it up.

  • Orbea Avant first look + video1 year 8 weeks agorack mounts and mudguards on

    rack mounts and mudguards on a the carbon framed bike. This isnt meant to be a touring bike? Thinking A bike for the cobbles or a best Sunday bike. There's far too much doing on here IMO

  • Will riding a singlespeed improve technique?1 year 8 weeks agoGo for it, but go fixed, as

    Go for it, but go fixed, as said above, it's a lot of fun. It teaches you to pedal a higher cadence (on a flat anyway!) and it trains you not to freewheel.
    I find fixed is a very symbiotic relationship, you really have to work with your bike as there are no levers to flick to make it do things. If anything, it makes you do things.
    Also, from my experience, hills are easier than you think because your pedal kicks back up as you push down so the harder you push , the harder it comes back up, so almost no need to pull up at all. There is a gradient limit I suspect, but that depends on your gearing.
    I ride a 46-16 and find it a good all-rounder

  • Eurobike 2013: First Ride – Lightweight Urgestalt frameset + video1 year 8 weeks agoThey really need to get me

    They really need to get me testing these bikes (I am available Smile ). If you wanted to know which ones are good, you'd just need to look at the smile on my face...

  • Will riding a singlespeed improve technique?1 year 8 weeks agoI ride fixed in the city and

    I ride fixed in the city and find it has helped my peddling technique... I used to ride single speed but didn't notice an improvment in style or cadence really - but with fixed I think both have improved.

    So I'd say consider trying to go fixed, but on smaller rides first of all - lacking the ability to coast makes even a short journey seem more arduous!

    Also - lots of people will warn you about not stopping pedalling on a fixed as the pedals jerk your legs and risk knee and hip damage - very true... but I also find it quite odd transitioning back to a geared bike at the weekends, bombing down hills and freewheeling is scarier too!

  • Will riding a singlespeed improve technique?1 year 8 weeks agoI have a fixed gear, ride

    I have a fixed gear, ride around a hilly area. Whether or not its improved my technique I'm not really bothered, but its hella lotta fun. I reckon you'd get stronger purely because there's not gear to bail out into so if you got a big hill and your slowing down you either have to grind up it (my thinking that the stress = strength later) or walk. And I'm no walker.

  • Orbea Avant first look + video1 year 8 weeks agoI should really like this,

    I should really like this, but I don't. The disc-equipped Roubaixs (Roubaixes?) look much nicer IMO, but then they probably doesn't have guard/rack mounts.

  • Government responds to Get Britain Cycling report - no targets, no minimum spend, no cycling champion1 year 8 weeks agoThe response to "Get Cycling"

    The response to "Get Cycling" sounds suspiciously like "Get stuffed".

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins: Cycle helmets should be compulsory, and iPods banned while riding bike1 year 8 weeks agoI have looked and there is no

    I have looked and there is no solid statistical evidence showing that mandatory helmet use lowers head injuries other than that caused by the one third drop in cycling caused by mandatory helmet laws.

    What I have found is many bad papers with major valid criticisms, for example a paper that claims a 85% drop in head injuries amongst cyclists wearing helmets also somehow claims that facial injuries are also reduced substantially although the helmets don't protect the face and it also claims 66% drop in head injuries with a 35% increase in helmet use - figures that obviously don't add up.

    The study of mandatory helmet use in NSW has charts with 100% variability in head injuries from month to month so a claimed a 29% drop in head injuries can not be taken seriously when the sample size is clearly too small to draw accurate conclusions from.

    In the only 2 countries in the world with countrywide enforced mandatory helmet use - New Zealand and Austalia, Cycling dropped by a third causing a drop in health outweighing the benefits by 100s to 1. Nerd

  • Tyres - quick poll - wider up front, or in the rear?1 year 8 weeks agoOn a mtb wider on the front

    On a mtb wider on the front is common for grip/comfort. I sometimes have 2.2 front 2.0 rear.

    On my TT bike I run 22 on the front for aero reasons 23 on the back.

    On my road bike always 23.

    I would never put a worn tyre on the front. Cornering when the tread has gone flat is a crappy idea.