• Alternative To Cyclocross Tires1 year 5 weeks agoI hated Skatorskins.

    I hated Skatorskins. Dreadful. Nil grip on the wet. Noticeably more grip from the Vittoria Pave CG I replaced them with. 4 Seasons are also meant to have good wet grip.

  • Laura Trott changes her mind on helmets1 year 5 weeks agoFluffyKittenofTindalos

    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:
    crazy-legs wrote:
    Ooh excellent, another helmet debate. Cos we really haven't had enough of these on road.cc, we could do with they same old anecdotal evidence and general argument... Yawn

    The internet isn't going to fill itself you know. It can't all be cat pictures, porn and Americans arguing about guns.

    Oh yes it can! although I dont bother much with the Americans arguing about their amendments.

    Smile

  • Rotor 3d+,NoQ rings,SR rear mech,11sp cassettes,DTSwiss Freehub1 year 5 weeks agoHi, would you take £50 for

    Hi, would you take £50 for the Chorus cassette and the freehub? Contact me at richt5952@gmail.com. Thanks

  • Video: Cavendish vs Petacchi, who is quicker... at solving a Rubik's Cube?1 year 5 weeks agoWhere's Greipel? Cav going

    Where's Greipel?

    Cav going for green?

  • Laura Trott changes her mind on helmets1 year 5 weeks agocrazy-legs wrote:Ooh

    crazy-legs wrote:
    Ooh excellent, another helmet debate. Cos we really haven't had enough of these on road.cc, we could do with they same old anecdotal evidence and general argument... Yawn

    The internet isn't going to fill itself you know. It can't all be cat pictures, porn and Americans arguing about guns.

  • Laura Trott changes her mind on helmets1 year 5 weeks agodrfabulous0 wrote:I can't be

    drfabulous0 wrote:
    I can't be bothered reading all of it, has somebody mentioned cyclehelmets.org yet? It's like Godwin's Law on these threads.

    I really don't care if anyone wears a lid or not, just keep your opinions to yourself on the matter and go ride bikes instead.

    Bikes? What have bikes got to do with it? I almost always wear a helmet, obviously, and rarely miss an argument about them, but I never ride bikes. Far too dangerous.

  • Campag Chorus & Super Record groupsets (well almost, no chainsets or cassettes)1 year 5 weeks ago...the SR mech is available

    ...the SR mech is available though.

  • Campag Chorus & Super Record groupsets (well almost, no chainsets or cassettes)1 year 5 weeks agoAll sold.

    All sold.

  • Top Gear producer: Cycle safety piece wasn't anti-cyclist, aimed to promote mutual respect on the road1 year 5 weeks agosidesaddle

    sidesaddle wrote:
    BarefootBrian wrote:
    Anybody who takes Top Gear seriously has completely missed the point. Clarkson has demonstrated that whatever subject he covers his main aim is to mock that group of people (as well as being a cyclist I am also a caravanner!). It is just a shame that he thinks it is okay to make programs that will obviously upset people - there again, maybe he is so insensitive that he is unaware of the possible impact of his drivel.

    It is precisely because this is the only programme that dares to deliberately upset people that makes it so loved and so popular throughout the world (excluding USA). Any group with a specific interest will tend to get very up itself and defensive to outside intrusion. Cyclists, caravanners, bird-watchers, Morris Marina owners, women, whatever are fair game to a group of very clever performers who know exactly how stay just the right side of the line while making it very clear where their loyalties lie. Wonder how Hammond felt about this segment, and why he wasn't on it in the first place.


    See also UKIP. And imagine a Venn diagram of TG fans and UKIP sympathisers.

    I would take issue though with "Any group with a specific interest". I think me not being killed or injured, my son not being killed or injured and my friends not being killed or injured hardly counts as a "specific interest".

  • Chinese Bikes1 year 5 weeks agoThank you, Velonista, for

    Thank you, Velonista, for typing what I was about to.
    Of course I was wary of buying direct; I was worried about quality control, communication and service. Happy with all three - and extremely happy with the product thus far. Proof is in the riding of course, but that's to come.
    Did the internal cable routing today, and despite reading up on it and learning that it would be nigh on impossible to do without major hair loss, I did it quite quickly. So from that, I'm going to conclude it's a well designed and well thought out frame.
    Or it's a cunning plot by those naughty Chinese people to lure me into thinking it's a good frame.

  • Milan San Remo1 year 5 weeks agoWell i've gone with the

    Well i've gone with the weather forecast and gone classic/AR riders no sprinters! Silly

    Seems to me that OPQ are the only team set up for a convincing sprint finish but im not convinced, hoping for the same kinda out come as last year Thinking

  • What pedals for my road/commuter?1 year 5 weeks agoThought you might like the

    Thought you might like the Whyte Suffolk. Let us know how it works out for you.

    I commute on the A-530 pedals mentioned a couple of times. Work well for me. I think the issues of one sided pedals are overstated and you will get the hang of them very quickly.

    Good luck with the new bike.

  • What pedals for my road/commuter?1 year 5 weeks agoThought you might like the

    Thought you might like the Whyte Suffolk. Let us know how it works out for you.

    I commute on the A-530 pedals mentioned a couple of times. Work well for me. I think the issues of one sided pedals are overstated and you will get the hang of them very quickly.

    Good luck with the new bike.

  • What pedals for my road/commuter?1 year 5 weeks agoThought you might like the

    Thought you might like the Whyte Suffolk. Let us know how it works out for you.

    I commute on the A-530 pedals mentioned a couple of times. Work well for me. I think the issues of one sided pedals are overstated and you will get the hang of them very quickly.

    Good luck with the new bike.

  • Not sure what to wear to cycle in the rain? There’s an app for that1 year 5 weeks agoI like the idea of this. I do

    I like the idea of this. I do check the weather, I try to plan ahead, but sometimes I forget stuff. If it's written down then all I need to do is check stuff off at 6am when my brain is fuzzy.

    In the main I usually get it right, but something which saves you the work is no bad thing. My kit is extensive and covers most conditions, and those it doesn't, I can double up on, but it's nice to know that your estimate on conditions will be matched.

    Kiwi-Mike: I think you're right to take a bit of offence. People think it is fair game to come out with snidey sarcasm instead of debating the issues. Too easy to knock something than properly engage with an argument.

  • Wiggo is billed the radio star - critic hails Sir Brad's Archers guest spot for Sport Relief1 year 5 weeks agoChapeau on the headline Road

    Chapeau on the headline Road CC! Applause

  • Milan San Remo1 year 5 weeks agoNo more tinkering for me, by

    No more tinkering for me, by the way. Doing the Sport Relief thing tomorrow, so will be up early doors. The hailstorm I can hear outside my window does not bode well for what should've been a straightforward 50-mile jaunt...

  • Milan San Remo1 year 5 weeks agoGerro was in my purist.

    Gerro was in my purist. Replaced by Cancellara (who was originally in neither of my teams).

    Super strong field, always a tough race to predict. Perhaps unwisely I'm going against the bookies and picking Greipel over Cav for my standard. Sagan in purist only (but got five very strong contenders instead in standard - as long as it comes down to a sprint).

  • Wiggo is billed the radio star - critic hails Sir Brad's Archers guest spot for Sport Relief1 year 5 weeks agoI'm sorry but Ian lamping Rob

    I'm sorry but Ian lamping Rob was definitely the highlight.

    Had Brad got shedded in The Bull and let loose a trademark foul-mouthed tirade at Shula for being a sanctimonious cow, that would've been a lot better.

  • Video: Helmet camera footage leads to aggressive driver pleading guilty to four charges1 year 5 weeks agoChildren seem to have been

    Children seem to have been pretty much driven off of the streets now. At least they have their video games to make house arrest more tolerable (including the likes of GTA, perhaps ironically)

    Maybe things are changing a little bit. 4 years ago when I first started taking my son out cycling on the roads, people would look at you like they were going to phone childline or report you to the authorities. Now I see quite a lot of younger kids out on road bikes.

    We still get a lot of kids around me playing out in the streets. Admittedly I sometime wish they hadn't resurfaced my road as that has made it worse. Previously exceeding 10mph on it would've destroyed any car.

  • What pedals for my road/commuter?1 year 5 weeks agoA530s are single-sided with

    A530s are single-sided with no platform and wouldn't be my first choice for ease of use. The double-sided M520s are cheap, are the easiest to clip into and last ages, mine have survived their 5th winter of commuting.

    If you want another set of VP133s or a pair with flats on one side then ignore the fashion sheep and buy what works for you.

    If you later want to try a different pair then it won't break the bank.

  • Milan San Remo1 year 5 weeks agoHopefully people get their

    Hopefully people get their emails, some people have 3 riders that I've just removed from the startlist Wave

  • Not sure what to wear to cycle in the rain? There’s an app for that1 year 5 weeks agoGents, you are trying a

    Gents, you are trying a little too hard to convince the world they need advice on how to dress.
    I'm sure the developer is a thoroughly nice chap and your support for his work will be appreciated right up to the point you come across as a plonker, then he may wish you kept out of it.

    So there's an app it tells you to wear a vest or not, it's very clever, some may like it others won't.

    Can't really be much else to say?

  • Vulpine reveal spring 2014 range in new lookbook and video1 year 5 weeks agoHello, I just want to say how

    Hello,

    I just want to say how I'm impressed with Vulpine. Being stuck in Montreal, Canada and yes we still have snow...Wink. I ordered some goods to get ready for the spring season. Jacket and pants. Amazing products and great service

    Jon is also doing a great job a multi tasking. Vulpine has my future spending budget on clothing.

    The boys in Pink be warned. There is a new sheriff in town.

    RW

  • New to Road cycling...1 year 5 weeks agoI used to ride MTB and got

    I used to ride MTB and got fed up with having to travel to find decent trails, so i moved to road cycling. After all i have a road right out side my house!

    I used the cycle to work scheme to buy my first road bike. It's not the best option for everyone but might be worth you researching it if your employer is involved in the scheme.

    If you have cash ready to spend then i would personally take a chunk out of it for some accessories. Lets use a ball park figure of £1000 to spend, keep £200-£250 for bike bits and £750 for the bike.

    If you are no bothered about new then it's always worth going to your Local Bike Shop and seeing if they have anything second hand. You will be surprised at what people part exchange when buying new, and obviously your chance of getting a better spec bike for the money are slightly higher.

    You will need to decide what pedal system you want to buy in to. Honestly, you should not be fearful of clipless pedals. After a few rides it will be second nature so get some from the start. You do not need to spend the earth either on pedals or shoes. Look Keo compatible pedals from Exustar are about £20 on amazon, i use them on my winter bike. DHB (wiggle.co.uk) entry level shoes are good value.

    DHB also do some good value bib shorts and jerseys that are more than good enough to get you started.

    You may already have a helmet from being on the MTB, this will serve you well. But make sure you get a pair of sunglasses, protecting the eyes from road spray and bugs is important now you could be travelling a bit faster.

    Don't get hung up on what material your bike is made from. Alu frames are fantastic and can be had at a good price. Carbon may be for a future purchase should you get the bug.

    The most important advice i can tell you is to fully research, shop around and listen to quite a few opinions. Buy once, buy right and there should be no excuse to not love you new bike and equipment.