• Giro Stage 101 year 10 weeks agoKeeping Wiggins just to avoid

    Keeping Wiggins just to avoid using a transfer really - been too trigger-happy on the transfers recently so trying to be a bit more conservative. The chances of Evans/Scarponi outscoring Wiggo are probably better than 50/50, but not high enough to make it worth using up a transfer that I could keep for the sprint stage - ie if I'd had Evans in yesterday and not Wiggins, I probably wouldn't have changed it either.
    And actually, its easy to think Brad's not in form, but we haven't seen him in the proper mountains yet, and that's where he's been putting the work in.

    Dave's weather forecast helped make my mind up Wink

  • Giant TCR SL 2 (2013)1 year 10 weeks agoMake a cracking frameset

    Make a cracking frameset option if it was available on its own, I'd certainly be tempted.

  • Bike Bags - Hard or Soft?1 year 10 weeks agoI did read that a decent

    I did read that a decent sized soft shell bag with a cardboard bike box from your LBS inside is a good compromise for no extra cost over a soft shell case. Pipe lagging from B&Q and drop-out spacers should do it.

  • Giro Stage 101 year 10 weeks agoNIBALI SANCHEZ SANTAMBROGIO N

    NIBALI
    SANCHEZ
    SANTAMBROGIO
    NIEMIC
    BETANCUR
    POZZOVIVO
    KELDERMAN
    SELLA
    PANTANO

  • Giro Stage 101 year 10 weeks agoMy team for today

    My team for today is:

    Evans
    Nibali
    Santambrogio
    Pozzovivo (for Rubiano)
    Pellizotti (for Visconti)
    Pirazzi
    Atapuma (for Gavazzi)
    Di Luca
    Battaglin

    First three for GC, Pozzo & Pelli for the stage win, Pirazzi and Atapuma for the break and Di Luca/Battaglin because they're cheap and it wasn't worth swapping them for anyone else.

    I've got one transfer left but I reckon I'll need to change something tomorrow, possibly drop Evans or Pozzo/Pelli if they win the stage because they'd be dead the next day.

  • LOOK 695 price drop £2800! ono full sram force used for a few weeks tops, as new1 year 10 weeks agoHe could buy a box for it,

    He could buy a box for it, and take it with him, for a lot less than he'll lose by selling it. You'd be prising that bike out of my cold dead fingers!!

  • Giro Stage 101 year 10 weeks agoI've made 3

    I've made 3 transfers

    Wiggins
    Evans
    Pirazzi
    Battaglin
    Majka
    Santambrogio

    Scarponi (for Visconti)
    Chalapud (for Sella)
    Gavazzi (for Aru)

  • New toy!1 year 10 weeks agohomercles wrote:Nice bike and

    homercles wrote:
    Nice bike and the heritage makes for a good story - are they able to tell you anything about what races it was ridden in, etc? And do you get any guarantees at all?

    Thanks.

    You get a certificate to prove it was an offical Sky bike, etc.
    Not sure on the warranty side of things, I went with the feeling that they are highly maintained bikes. Any issues I'd get in contact with Sky I guess. They were very helpful.

    Evidently the first time they have done something like this, usually it's just an online 'sale' so no chance to sit on the bikes.

    The charger and cable for the Di2 came in a Sky/Rapha musette of course!

    I have used Bernie's contact form on his own website to see if I can get any more info, although I doubt it.

  • Government issues response to Get Britain Cycling e-petition1 year 10 weeks agoGiven that CTC have about

    Given that CTC have about 60,000 members and British Cycling about 40,000, is the number who have signed this petition disappointing to anyone else?
    If you haven't already, please sign it now!

  • CTC and families of cyclists killed by same driver 25 years apart call for appeal against driver's community service sentence1 year 10 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:I am not a CTC

    Gkam84 wrote:
    I am not a CTC member for various reasons I won't go into, but I will write to the Lord Advocate without using their draft letter, because everyone will just print and sign it.

    I suggest, if you are thinking about doing that, at least go and personalise it to you.

    I agree with the need to avoid 100s of identical letters hitting the mat and being ignored - however please note the CTC website does allow for editing/personalising of the letter before sending - I think they were just trying to increase number of senders by reducing the need to start from scratch

  • New toy!1 year 10 weeks agoNice bike and the heritage

    Nice bike and the heritage makes for a good story - are they able to tell you anything about what races it was ridden in, etc? And do you get any guarantees at all?

  • Giro Stage 101 year 10 weeks agoI'd certainly like Wiggins to

    I'd certainly like Wiggins to have a go. Not sure what tactic Sky will use, will they roll out the mountain train and try and break everyone else or will they do a 1-2-3 punch with Henao and Uran and try and just get someone up the road to make Nibali sweat?

  • CTC and families of cyclists killed by same driver 25 years apart call for appeal against driver's community service sentence1 year 10 weeks agoIf you want to commit a

    If you want to commit a random act of murder just get in your car and run down a cyclist. The Judiciary don't give a damn.

  • CTC and families of cyclists killed by same driver 25 years apart call for appeal against driver's community service sentence1 year 10 weeks agoThere isn't any justice in

    There isn't any justice in this country whatsoever.

  • Giro Stage 101 year 10 weeks agodrheaton wrote:Interesting to

    drheaton wrote:
    Interesting to see you keep Wiggins, you think he'll try something today/tomorrow?

    today and tomorrow are the only sunny days all week Wink

  • Lost Lanes by Jack Thurston, Wild Things Publishing1 year 10 weeks agoSven Ellis wrote:Good review

    Sven Ellis wrote:
    Good review of a lovely book.I think Jack would prefer you bought it from http://thebikeshow.net/lost-lanes-shop/ than Amazon.

    duly noted Smile

  • Giro Stage 101 year 10 weeks agoI hope he does try something,

    I hope he does try something, at least try to take the finish bonuses, (more likely tomorrow) but it was more that I didn't want to take to many risks today, I think they feel each other out today, so no real GC changes, and wanted to see how everyone goes on the first real mountain, rather than waste transfers and have to change it back, especially with 2 flattish days coming before the weekend mountains.

    Would like to think my first 4 riders will top 10, my next 2 top 20, Pirazzi get some more mountain points and/or be there at the finish, and my last 2 staying due to cheap price and flattish stages to come

  • Giro Stage 101 year 10 weeks agoInteresting to see you keep

    Interesting to see you keep Wiggins, you think he'll try something today/tomorrow?

    I was semi-tempted to upgrade one of my riders to Wiggins on the off chance that Sky have a plan but I reckon if they're going to try and break Nibali/Astana they'll wait until next weekend.

  • Giro Stage 101 year 10 weeks agoMy team is totally

    My team is totally predictable so I have no qualms about revealing it early, team for last 2 stages was picked with today in mind so I could bank some transfers ready for Thursday. There will I'm sure be a couple of high-scoring breakaway riders but I don't think today is the day to be gambling on someone. Plus I've been doing really badly since Liege, so my confidence in picking the right guys has taken a knock!

    Wiggins
    Nibali
    Santambrogio
    Pellizotti
    Di Luca
    Betancur (in for Visconti...)
    Gesink
    Pirazzi
    Wauters

    Also, lost Jeannesson from my purists - anyone know what happened to him? I know he came off on Friday, but got back to finish top 10, and rode the TT, before DNF-ing on Sunday.

  • Questions and Comments1 year 10 weeks agoNo, not in the Giro, not

    No, not in the Giro, not making any transfers in the Tour of California yet but it wouldn't matter if I did because it's a premium comp and therefore everyone can bank transfers.

  • Questions and Comments1 year 10 weeks agoNot in the Giro, I may be in

    Not in the Giro, I may be in the ToC though

  • Giro Stage 101 year 10 weeks agoive given Cadel a go for

    ive given Cadel a go for today, think he should be ok until next weekend, then he shall be axed for Pozz and Niemiec I think

    Evans
    Nibali
    Wiggins
    Santambrogio
    Di Luca
    Pelizotti
    Pirzzi
    Battaglin
    Gavazzi

  • Giro Stage 101 year 10 weeks agowhat do you think about

    what do you think about Rubiano? Brought him in for stage 9, didnt really deliver, does this stage suit his climbing ability?
    what about Aru? i've had him in my team for a while, done ok, but he'll be working for Nibali now, so might not get a good result himself, or am i wrong?
    Basically trying to work out who to drop

    Visconti
    Rubiano
    Nibali
    Intxausti
    Aru
    Pirazzi
    Di Luca
    Santambrogio
    Battaglin

    want to bring in Pellizotti & Pozzovivo. Thinking of dropping Intxausti, to give me some funds.

  • Tour of California stage 21 year 10 weeks agoHow come Matthews has been

    How come Matthews has been removed?

  • Bike Bags - Hard or Soft?1 year 10 weeks agoThanks Rivitman. That's

    Thanks Rivitman. That's really useful. We looked at the Helium and thought it looked good. I also like the look of the Evoc bag (I've not heard of the Neil Pryde).

    The Helium looks a bit bulky though once inflated.

    Do you use all three or have you thought about selling them?