• New Forest sportive base moves to Dorset to escape NIMBYs1 year 5 weeks agoThis sounds like a loose,

    This sounds like a loose, loose for the New forest. Loss of business from people staying overnight, who will now most likely stay near, or in Bournemouth. And they still get 4000 cyclists "speeding" around "their" forest over a weekend. Serves them right!

  • Tyre system investment strategy advice sought: Tubeless vs. Clincher?1 year 5 weeks agoabudhabiChris wrote:Reasons

    abudhabiChris wrote:
    Reasons not to go tubeless:

    Poor choice of tyres -

    True - and they're pricey.

    abudhabiChris wrote:
    haven't tried the Hutchinson Sector but their tubeless road tyres Atom and Fusion are rubbish.

    The Fusions i'm running seen fine, the Secteur gets very good reviews as do the Schwalbe One and Ultremo ZX (including an interesting chat with someone using them all over the end of last year including over the Pyrennes). Limited choice, but some nice choices none the less.

    abudhabiChris wrote:

    You still have to carry a tube because quite often the sealant doesn't fill the hole.

    ...and.... ?

    abudhabiChris wrote:

    Trying to get a tube in to a tyre when the hole hasn't sealed properly makes you look like you've just been the guest of honour at a rubber bukkake party. if you have an aversion to roadside faffing in the cold/dark under the stares of a grumpy peloton then this will take it to new levels.

    Now that I *can* imagine....

    abudhabiChris wrote:

    The sealant has to be cleaned out and renewed occasionally or it gums up inside your rims. This is a major pain in the arse.

    Perhaps it can be, not tried many types of sealant - had no hassle getting it out myself so far though....

    abudhabiChris wrote:

    It isn't that much lighter once you factor in the weight of the sealant, and the fact that you still have to carry all the spare equipment.

    ...and... ?

    abudhabiChris wrote:

    The ride quality is slightly better - about the same as riding open tubulars with latex tubes. But unless you are on a very high-performance bike I doubt you could really notice it, certainly not in a blind test.

    Be interesting to try out - the ride on my Fusion 23s is not really noticeably better than the Vredesteins Fortezza Tricomps (with bog standard tubes) they replaced - mind you i'm running them at not totally dis-similar pressures (maybe 85psi vs 90-and-a-bit)

    abudhabiChris wrote:

    Reasons to go tubeless:

    You don't get pinch flats.

    Stop trolling - they're much better at reducing a range of flats vs standard (non-sealant) tubes and tyres. For me, i've had two 'confirmed' seals in the last 3 months which i'll take even with the lack of choice and higher price. YMMV

    abudhabiChris wrote:

    Your choice...

    Yep - best to give a realistic set of reasons for and against though.

  • That Rapha Team Sky mesh skinsuit: new pics & the origin story1 year 5 weeks agobikeboy76 wrote:But no team

    bikeboy76 wrote:
    But no team bus, play station or clemmy steaks.

    Who needs dodgy steak when you're taking that much in the way of amphetamines and opiates?

  • Brian Cookson says he won't be calling Lance Armstrong, but says life ban could be reduced1 year 5 weeks agoTo be honest, re Lance this

    To be honest, re Lance this is what Cookson has been saying in previous interviews - it'll be down to USADA to judge whether he deserves a reduction in his lifetime ban. They gave the sanction - they're the only body to judge whether to make any changes to it - but only if he offers up any new information of substance (unlikely). He's not saying anything new or changed in that regard.

    But he's absolutely right not to get involved in any contact with Lance - or anyone else for that matter.

  • Hand built wheels1 year 5 weeks agoor justridingalong .... had a

    or justridingalong .... had a pair built by them and they were absolutely
    perfect Smile

  • Tour de San Luis Stage 31 year 5 weeks agoAt least stage 4 looks like a

    At least stage 4 looks like a proper mountain top finish....although knowing my luck with this event Cav'll fly up the mountain and leave His Nibs,Purito,VanDenBroeck,Betancur and Anacona in his wake LOL

    If i get another doughnut on this stage I really need to have a rethink on my reading of stage profiles because 7 of my 9 were picked with this stage and stage 6 in mind!!

    At least all 9 are still in the race!!

  • Morvelo and Chickens Frame Emporium collaborate on a new bike1 year 5 weeks agoChainline is surprisingly

    Chainline is surprisingly good. I must admit I thought on the smallest cog it looked like the chain would derail but the combination of thick/thin chainring and clutch rear mech means the whole drivetrain is rock solid. As yet the chain hasn't slipped of hopped off once! Really is incredible and also so silent that it's like riding a singlespeed. Recommended!

  • That Rapha Team Sky mesh skinsuit: new pics & the origin story1 year 5 weeks agoWould have helped if Froome

    Would have helped if Froome hadnt been so daft as to leave off the sunscreen.

    Not very bright.

  • TDU stage 31 year 5 weeks agoone word for me as a season

    one word for me as a season opener......

    Nightmare! At Wits End

  • Tour de San Luis Stage 41 year 5 weeks agoFirst things first. Where

    First things first. Smile Where would you have rather been? In Cadel's shoes yesterday in Australia or in Nizzolo's in Argentina? Smile

    Once that is settled, feel free to peruse the profile for the stage.

  • New kit from SKS, Abus, Altura, Torq, Etxeondo, Panaracer and Cateye at the Zyro 2014 Show1 year 5 weeks agoThat helmet looks great for

    That helmet looks great for commuting.

  • Velopac Protective Smartphone Case1 year 5 weeks agonotfastenough wrote:Any time

    notfastenough wrote:
    Any time something gets a poor review, there is a suggestion that the vendor should have been contacted prior to publication, but as Dave, Tony etc have stated previously, this opens a can of worms where there's a load of to-ing and fro-ing involving 2nd and 3rd attempts or discussions over how poor the review will be. Before you know it, the reviewers no longer have the necessary distance from the vendors, and they get accused of being in the manufacturers' pockets. They (road.cc) can't win.

    it is a can of worms, and we don't consistently do the same thing because we have to take each case of failure on its merits. Sometimes it's not obvious why a product has failed, and in a case like that we have before, and will again, contact a supplier to arrange a replacement.

    Here there's a very obvious design flaw – material that becomes noticeably more brittle when cold – that's directly led to the failure. If we got another one it'd still be brittle when it was cold, unless the material was different, which it wouldn't be. So what's to be gained by getting another one?

    depending on who you want to believe we're fair/unfair/independent/in the pockets of advertisers/looking to give bad reviews/puffing up products/impartial/etc. Plus ça change. All we can do is try and review things as well as we can. we don't always get it exactly right. can't really see an issue with this one though.

  • New Forest sportive base moves to Dorset to escape NIMBYs1 year 5 weeks agoWestern edge, surely?

    Western edge, surely?

  • Velopac Protective Smartphone Case1 year 5 weeks agoWhat a pretty sandwich bag!

    What a pretty sandwich bag!

  • Tour Down Under Stage 3: Cadel Evans takes solo win and overall lead (+ video)1 year 5 weeks ago3 stages in to the first big

    3 stages in to the first big race of the year and the cynical questioning of every big performance is well underway.

    I'm not some naive fan who thinks that now we are 'post Armstrong' everyone is suddenly clean, but if you have no faith whatsoever in what you are watching, why watch?

    Fantastic, exciting breakaway win from old man Cadel Applause

  • Stylish Cycling Clothing - Research Survey1 year 5 weeks agoBump. Thanks to anyone who

    Bump.

    Thanks to anyone who has completed this so far, all very much appreciated!

    Kiss

  • New Forest sportive base moves to Dorset to escape NIMBYs1 year 5 weeks agolocals loss then ...

    locals loss then ... Smile

  • Tour Down Under Stage 3: Cadel Evans takes solo win and overall lead (+ video)1 year 5 weeks agoC'mon, why so cynical? He's

    C'mon, why so cynical? He's just been "protecting his health".
    http://road.cc/content/news/108639-cadel-evans-defends-alessandro-ballan...
    Evans could have years left if he can look after his health as well as someone like, oooh, Chris Horner?

  • Velopac Protective Smartphone Case1 year 5 weeks agoAny time something gets a

    Any time something gets a poor review, there is a suggestion that the vendor should have been contacted prior to publication, but as Dave, Tony etc have stated previously, this opens a can of worms where there's a load of to-ing and fro-ing involving 2nd and 3rd attempts or discussions over how poor the review will be. Before you know it, the reviewers no longer have the necessary distance from the vendors, and they get accused of being in the manufacturers' pockets. They (road.cc) can't win.

  • Cateye launch smartphone-compatible Strada Smart computer1 year 5 weeks agoI'm thinking a Motorola Defy

    I'm thinking a Motorola Defy (Android 4.4 thanks to the XDA dev community, IP67 waterproof, Gorilla Glass etc) and a Quadlock Universal mount - phone can be got unlocked for £50 on t'Bay, mount is £27. That's a bomb-proof package that can run nav apps & Strava and be a phone for well under a hundred quid.

    Only thing missing is no extended battery option that retains IP rating, but just combine Strava tracks once at home using various methods. Extra 1500mAh btys are dirt cheap too - easier/lighter/more reliable than an external bty pack which would also not be IP rated.

    Bearing in mind that with a little judicious management - e.g. turning off the screen when on a long straight bit of road, only turning it on for intersections or when waypoint alerts go off - you could dramatically extend battery life. I estimate over 6hrs of life running Strava + Viewranger with mobile (not data or WiFi) on and the screen on all the time - in other words, a no-compromise setup where people can call/SMS me and the nav arrow/ETA info is on all the time. At least double that if turning off the screen when not needed. So a battery swap would only be needed on a 12hr+ ride - in which case the 60 seconds to swap bty, reboot, restart Strava & nav is a non-issue.

  • That Rapha Team Sky mesh skinsuit: new pics & the origin story1 year 5 weeks agoAl__S wrote:gareth2510

    Al__S wrote:
    gareth2510 wrote:
    Bunch of poofs these days...They coped in wool on steel bikes, 1 gear and an innertube wrapped around them back in the day.

    the wool clad, steel single speed riders with a tubular (inner? PAH!) wrapped round them would have been over the bloody moon had you appeared in a time machine and given them modern kit.

    100% this. Bicycles happened because of technological innovation, just as cycling is improving by technological innovation. Literally couldn't give a damn what they look like, if the technology is cutting edge and real creativity and effort has been made in to experimentation and implementation of new stuff, then that can only be a good thing.

    I bet guys in slacks mocked the guys wearing woolen shorts back then for being poofs too.

    I just feel a bit bad for poor Froomey, anyone see his sunburn pic? Don't think they thought that bit through Confused

  • Stage High Scores1 year 5 weeks agoyes, on the home page

    yes, on the home page

  • Velopac Protective Smartphone Case1 year 5 weeks agoBut if it breaks... I've had

    But if it breaks... I've had pretty much every product break at some point, failures happen. The question is about customer service and addressing how it could be dealt with, there would be no reason to say it didn't split but a replacement arrived etc etc, if that one split is another matter.

  • Velopac Protective Smartphone Case1 year 5 weeks agoThe word hypothetical was

    The word hypothetical was used, you've taken it out of context. There is no problem other than people slamming a whole company for one product.

  • Cateye launch smartphone-compatible Strada Smart computer1 year 5 weeks agoNice idea, but no Windows

    Nice idea, but no Windows phone support yet? To expensive,£40-£50 better price point! Also would want something like this to be able to support more than just Strava – I use Endomondo but some use map my tracks ect. Yes I think its a wait and see. Why pay for something that most of us carry when out riding, a smart phone with GPS,I have no issues with battery life but would like to be able to see some info from the phone on the bars and if pos some navigation info also.