• Barclays and Bikeworks team up to offer Londoners free bike clinics over next two months1 year 10 weeks agoHelmet promotion not needed,

    Helmet promotion not needed, thanks.

  • Transfer rumours: Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport links Sagan, Froome and Cancellara with moves1 year 10 weeks agoOn the idea of Trek becoming

    On the idea of Trek becoming a headline sponsor a la BMC, I think this would only be good for the sport. The weird impermanance of the team names/sponsors, not to mention their obscurity, is (I reckon anyway) a significant barrier to newbies already grappling with the basics of bicycle road racing.

    The equivalent of motorsport 'works' teams would be a welcome simplification, and hopefully also give a bit of stability from season to season too.

  • Transfer rumours: Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport links Sagan, Froome and Cancellara with moves1 year 10 weeks agoI just wondered if he'd take

    I just wondered if he'd take a more prominent role if either Uran or Henao moved.

  • Giro d'Italia Stage 6: Cavendish takes second stage win on day Wiggins' GC hopes nearly took a big blow1 year 10 weeks agoGot to love Cav's

    Got to love Cav's illustration of the kit car and him being the exhaust.

    Quality!

  • Transfer rumours: Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport links Sagan, Froome and Cancellara with moves1 year 10 weeks agoCan't imagine JTL will go

    Can't imagine JTL will go anywhere. He's been finding his WorldTour feet, and given his age (albeit as a late bloomer) I'm not sure he will realistically push for more than DS-ing in grand tours and leading shorter tours - perhaps Paris-Nice next year or two would be a solid goal?

    I'm not saying he's not an excellent rider, but if he did move it would most likely be a to a pro-conti team like NetApp, where he'd be a bigger dog than at Sky. If I was him though I'd be delighted simply to be where I am!

  • Have you wasted money on super light new wheels?1 year 10 weeks agoDave Atkinson wrote:I'd

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    I'd suggest that in purely numerical terms there's basically nothing you can buy for your bike, performance-wise, where the money wouldn't be better spent investing in improving your fitness.

    What about an E-Bike?

  • Giro stage seven1 year 10 weeks agoI'm sceptical it will go all

    I'm sceptical it will go all the way, its a punishing late profile and there are enough non GC puncheurs who will fancy their chances of a stage today. I still havent had 1 guy in the break away in this giro Crying

    evans
    hesjedal
    JD ( what happened yesterday?)
    Paolini
    Rubiano
    Battaglin
    Garzelli
    Locatelli
    Mezgec

  • Insurance1 year 10 weeks agoI also went with ETA - they

    I also went with ETA - they gave the best package for what i wanted and considering i tour, want to race and ride in and out of London i felt it was the best choice.

    LondonCyclist website/blog had quite a good review of insurance policies.

  • road.cc wins LCC London Cycling Award +video1 year 10 weeks agoCongrats to all at Road.cc

    Congrats to all at Road.cc and well met from N.I.
    two wheelers Nerd

  • Transfer rumours: Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport links Sagan, Froome and Cancellara with moves1 year 10 weeks agoWhat about JTL? Where would

    What about JTL? Where would he fit in?

    Although I like Uran's style so it would be a shame to see him leave Sky.

    Going back to my bike comments - if trek followed suit and became a headline sponsor, could you see Spesh doing the same? They were toyed in the past when (iirc) Saxo bank looked to pull the plug.

  • Short sleeved jersey recommendation?1 year 10 weeks agoI can't recommend Torm highly

    I can't recommend Torm highly enough, it's well made merino at a fraction of the price of other manufacturers. I wear mine the whole year round, if you layer up/down it is useful in cold weather, on it's own it serves well as a summer jersey.

  • Transfer rumours: Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport links Sagan, Froome and Cancellara with moves1 year 10 weeks agoRE: the Colombians and Porte,

    RE: the Colombians and Porte, Sky seem quite good at giving their second-string riders leadership opportunities in smaller stage races like the Volta ao Algarve (plus Classics in Henao's case), while Porte gets to go for races at the next step up like Paris-Nice. It's not like they never get a chance to lead or win, there's life outside the Grand Tours - of course we don't know if they see it that way.

  • Giro stage seven1 year 10 weeks agodrheaton wrote:Quote:After

    drheaton wrote:
    Quote:
    After 32km Tjallingii, Sella, Tamouridis, Hansen, Ligthart & Rollin have 20"

    Balls.

    That group now has over 6 minutes, Rabottini and Boem tried to get across but the peloton shut that down fairly quickly.

    This looks like the break for the day and, depending on how much some teams want to work today, it could go all the way to the end.

  • Have you wasted money on super light new wheels?1 year 10 weeks agoI'd suggest that in purely

    I'd suggest that in purely numerical terms there's basically nothing you can buy for your bike, performance-wise, where the money wouldn't be better spent investing in improving your fitness. With the possible exception of TT bars, if you TT.

    we're emotional beings though, not robots. let us have our carbon bottle cages, dammit.

  • If aluminium cost as much per tonne as titanium, it would be the premium bike frame material. Agreed?1 year 10 weeks agoI was assuming the comment

    I was assuming the comment from Rich the Roadie was a joke (can you even pay £7k for a frame?), but if not then that's very bad luck!

    Decent frames come with good warranties, mine is 5 years and even that's considered short for titanium

  • Transfer rumours: Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport links Sagan, Froome and Cancellara with moves1 year 10 weeks agoUran and Henao are still

    Uran and Henao are still fairly young, they've got time on their side at Sky and time to develop into better riders. Is joining a weaker GC team and having a shot at a grand tour now worth giving up on the prospect of being the chosen rider at a stronger team two or three years down the line?

    That's what they'll have to weigh up I guess.

    Personally I see Wiggins having another year as a GC contender then easing off a little bit and taking on a different challege. So Porte, Froome, Wiggins for the Giro, Tour, Vuelta next year (in that order I reckon) then Uran/Henao moving up the pecking order and taking on the Vuelta/Giro in years to come while Froome looks to win multiple tours.

    If Uran/Henao moved to OPQS then the only Grand Tour they'd get a shot at would be the Vuelta anyway as Cavendish would surely remain the focus for the Giro/Tour for the next few years.

  • Laura Trott and sister Emma to take on the men at Elveden Estate Cycle Races tomorrow1 year 10 weeks ago22,000 acre estate?!

    22,000 acre estate?! Crikey.

    Good luck to the girls? Good luck to the 2/3/4 guys they're up against, more like!

  • Giro stage seven1 year 10 weeks agoI didn't have enough

    I didn't have enough sprinters yesterday and have fallen a bit behind, but hopefully that should help me for today and tomorrow.

    Di Luca
    Wiggins
    Battaglin
    Sanchez
    Kelderman
    Pirrrrazzzziiiiiiii
    Gruzdev
    Visconti
    Intxausti

    It's tomorrow I am really looking forward to.

  • Have you wasted money on super light new wheels?1 year 10 weeks agoVery emotional and well-put,

    Very emotional and well-put, bashthebox! There's nothing wrong with feeling good. If you think you'll get the benefit, go for it.

    Ultimately, no-one wants to be seen as an idiot wasting their time on £4k of bike, so any upgrade makes you want to do it justice and not look like you have all the gear and no idea.

  • Giro stage seven1 year 10 weeks agoQuote:After 32km Tjallingii,

    Quote:
    After 32km Tjallingii, Sella, Tamouridis, Hansen, Ligthart & Rollin have 20"

    Balls.

  • If aluminium cost as much per tonne as titanium, it would be the premium bike frame material. Agreed?1 year 10 weeks agoRichTheRoadie wrote:My £7k Ti

    RichTheRoadie wrote:
    My £7k Ti frame cracked after 1 year...

    Interesting. After buying my recent bike, it has certainly made me realise than you should never ultimately buy a bike which you can't afford to lose in its entirety. OK, it's unlikely that you will have damage all of it completely but not impossible. Any of us could crash. A freak accident could happen. Don't spend more than you can afford to lose. Or be prepared to take out insurance on it.

  • Giro stage seven1 year 10 weeks agostumps wrote:Dr, your last

    stumps wrote:
    Dr, your last paragraph reminded me of Keegan when he was manager at Newcastle and that was the season they finished 2nd, so good luck mate Big Grin

    Yeah, given up on the overall so trying the 'throw lots of riders at my team and see what sticks' approach.

    I think my problem was that I didn't put any time into planning my race before it started so I was on the back foot from the start.

    Usually I make some notes on the profiles and vaguely plan my transfers ahead of time so I know what I want to do then pick the particular riders a couple of days ahead. This time, because of work commitments and other stuff I've just not put any time into it whatsoever.

    Currently 148th overall (which is respectable) but I'd hoped to top 20. I'll see how I'm doing when we get to the mountains and adjust my plan accordingly if I think I have a shot of that.

  • Giro stage seven1 year 10 weeks agoTaborre, Cataldo, Di Luca and

    Taborre, Cataldo, Di Luca and Rabottini are all locals to the area for todays stage

    I've gone with this lot

    Weening (for Goss)
    Pirazzi (for Bouhanni)
    Aru
    Visconti
    Santambrogio (for Nizzolo)
    Viviani
    Di Luca
    Paolini
    Cattaneo

  • Have you wasted money on super light new wheels?1 year 10 weeks agoBBB wrote:Thousands, no..

    BBB wrote:
    Thousands, no.. millions, in fact 9 of 10 of roadies are still on pointless 23mm tyres (coz the pros use them...), mistaking vibrations and lack of comfort for speed and ignoring solid research on rolling resistance (e.g. excellent work by Bicycle Quarterly).
    I won't even start on a stupid 19-21mm trend from (I believe) 90's that people mindlessly followed just like the pros...

    Bag of worms there, not that simple Love Struck

  • Insurance1 year 10 weeks agoI've just gone with Protect

    I've just gone with Protect you're Bubble which was the best value from the reputable providers (Web reviews from E&L are very bad, even though they're cheaper). £370 for two bikes covered up to £5,250 total value.

    Quite honestly, now that I've complied with their conditions of locking them to an immovable object within a securely locked location, using an absolutely massive chain lock to 'Sold Secure' standards, it's unlikely they'd get stolen now anyway..