• Giro Stage 19 ITT1 year 4 weeks agolivestrongnick wrote:drheaton

    livestrongnick wrote:
    drheaton wrote:
    I make my score 220, doubt I'll even get into the top 50 with that but at least I got my 200 pts badge. Just LR, Bookends and the top line to get, not that I'll get any of those this race.

    Same here on the badges Dr..... Thinking

    220 points and not even in the top 200 for the stage Crying

    Talk about competitive, although Grand Tours always get like this towards the back end once you're in big mountains, nowhere to make up ground.

  • The best video you'll see today of a goat getting a backie on a bike1 year 4 weeks agoThe goats paws are tied

    The goats paws are tied together. No likey.

  • Updated: Pinarello announce Dogma F8 + video1 year 4 weeks agoYou might want to think for a

    You might want to think for a moment. On the drive side the crank turns clockwise, so with an Italian BB the pedalling motion turns in the direction that TIGHTENS the bb. The reason brittish standard bbs are different is so the the pedalling action turns in the direction that LOOSENS the bb, so if the bearings fail the bb doesn't get tightened into the frame to the point where it won't come out again. It's the same reason that pedal threads are different - pedal ceases, pedal unscrews.

This is literally exactly the opposite of what happens. BBs and pedal axles tighten opposite to the direction of motion as the axle rolls around the inside of the threading, like the inner cog on a spirograph. This is why the complaint you get about Italian BBs is that the drive side unthreads if you don't torque to the correct level or use threadlock

  • Shimano introduce Synchro Shift + video1 year 4 weeks agolevermonkey wrote:Oh Dear!

    levermonkey wrote:
    Oh Dear! Another major innovation coming from the MTB side of cycling Devil although it is a logical extension of the Di2 system.

    Like Jug_23 I am puzzled as to how it is going to cope with the gear dumps that are necessary in MTB riding. Thinking
    Just to explain to non-MTB riders gear changing on the rear mech is single ratio changes up and multiple down. Front is single each way. Cool

    This really is a possible game changer. I can see this being the default on all mid to high end road bikes in the next five years, if not sooner. Party

    Actually, latest version of XT shifters allow multiple shifts of rear mech in either direction. Slx will likely get that feature in next update as well (May have it already, can't recall) and my wife's flat bar road bike with tiagra shifters have same feature.

  • The best video you'll see today of a goat getting a backie on a bike1 year 4 weeks agoHow? just how do you train a

    How? just how do you train a goat to do that?

  • Shimano introduce Synchro Shift + video1 year 4 weeks agoLooks interesting, but plenty

    Looks interesting, but plenty of mtb'ers are now ditiching multiple chain ring and the front mech and running a 1x 10 or 11 system using a clutch mech to keep the chain on. Obviously you cannot have the same range AND small jumps between the gears as a 2 x 10 or 3 x 10 for example, but it works for lots of people.

    I think this synchro system is possibly better suited to the road though than MTB but who knows?

  • The best video you'll see today of a goat getting a backie on a bike1 year 4 weeks agoYou get to a certain age and

    You get to a certain age and think you're unlikely to see something new..then along comes a goat on a bike.

  • Giro Stage 19 ITT1 year 4 weeks agoenrique wrote:enrique

    enrique wrote:
    enrique wrote:
    Can you believe this team?

    chiv30 wrote:
    ... I think most ppl thought of that bar zardini.... Drooling

    and Wellens and Henao...

    I think most of us had wellens and henao , I was toying with cataldo for kelderman but I'd have had to take a penalty Confused

    My conundrum now is do I play safe and hope others gamble or vice versa .....I'm only missing 2 badges but I can't see me getting either atm

  • Sensors of Crossrail lorry involved in cyclist's death not working1 year 4 weeks agosevers1966 wrote:PhilRuss

    severs1966 wrote:
    PhilRuss wrote:
    I just assume the following, at all times: "Driver hasn't seen me, doesn't know I'm there, might be texting, (...snipped...) doesn't give a fying fluck about cyclists"....which might all be outrageous prejudice on my part, seeing as 9 out of 10 drivers are good'uns...

    Severs1966 wrote:"The technique which keeps me alive is an assumption (based on fiction, but which works as if it were true) that everyone else on the road is actively trying to kill me....I use the same technique on a motorcycle... For reasons I don't fully understand, people on motorcycles are more visible (or more perceptible) than people on bicycles. /quote}

    [[[[[[ severs1966---you don't know why people notice approaching motorbikes more than they notice bicycles? Might it have something to do with the raucous cacophony emanating from your engine, audible from 100 metres in every direction, and even round corners? Or am I missing something?
    P.R.

  • Toughest UK sportive The Monster set to accept entries1 year 4 weeks agoBlimey, all people do is

    Blimey, all people do is whinge on here. How about some positive reaction to a guy trying to do something a little different. The offer of the 2nd event on day two for example or the delivering your personal refuel packs to drink stops for you...

    Makes a change not to see the likes of wiggle cashing in on 2000+ riders for twice the price in it for the bottom line profit.

  • Giro Stage 19 ITT1 year 4 weeks agoenrique wrote:Can you believe

    enrique wrote:
    Can you believe this team?

    chiv30 wrote:
    ... I think most ppl thought of that bar zardini.... Drooling

    and Wellens and Henao...

  • Tune Spurtreu uses a laser to perfectly align your stem1 year 4 weeks agojoemmo wrote:yes but what if

    joemmo wrote:
    yes but what if my tyre isn't on straight, or my wheel isn't dished or my forks are misaligned or my stem isn't circular or the bars are bent or my eyeballs are assymetrical or the refractive index of the air in my garage doesn't meet UCI standards or local temporal / gravitational anomalies deflect the laser ever so slightly or OMG THE HORROR! how will I ever sleep again?

    Just reverse the polarity of the neutron field. Simples! Smile

  • UCI looks into Chris Froome's claims about lack of drug testing on Tenerife1 year 4 weeks agoPaul J wrote:Mount Teide is

    Paul J wrote:
    Mount Teide is hardly remote. It's sitting on a small island that is such a popular tourist destination for Europeans that it has *2* airports. Hotel Parador isn't much more than an hour's drive from *either* airport. Again, being a popular tourist destination, it is well served with flights from across Europe, and it's only about a 2 hour flight from Madrid.

    A tester could *easily* get from any major western capital with blood testing facilities to Hotel Parador and back within a day, with the blood samples spending no more than 12 hours in transit.

    This "remote island away from the testers" stuff is utter rubbish, even given the lack of testing facilities on Tenerife.

    I don't disagree with any of this, of course Tenerife is easy to get to. The reality however has been testers don't make there way out there often. Therefore from a testing perspective, it is a remote location, and not "utter rubbish".

  • UCI looks into Chris Froome's claims about lack of drug testing on Tenerife1 year 4 weeks agoWe were promised that under

    We were promised that under the new regime everything would change for the better. The scandals of the past would and could not happen again.

    Chris Froom has just shown this to be empty rhetoric. For once a big name has stuck his head above the parapet and all you can do is snipe at him and his girlfriend (Why you've dragged her into this God only knows). Because it's the current TdF Champion saying this he has forced the UCI's hand and made them react. They couldn't afford to ignore his comments.

    Well done Chris! Applause

  • Shimano introduce Synchro Shift + video1 year 4 weeks agoI would hope that you could

    I would hope that you could program the shifters for that. For instance: You could use the right hand one for regular up/down and program the left hand one to drop you 3 ratios with the big button and 2 ratios with the little. Alternatively, you could program one button to dump three gears and another one to dump you all the way to your granny gearing from whatever you were in before. And so on...

  • Video: Do you feel lucky, punk? How San Francisco police catches bike thieves1 year 4 weeks agoOr get a folder and take it

    Or get a folder and take it indoors Smile

  • Toughest UK sportive The Monster set to accept entries1 year 4 weeks agoDo they measure climbs

    Do they measure climbs differently in the UK or something?! In Italy a 200k ride with 4000m climbing include 2-3 proper mountains and a big hill.... quite how they can amass the same in the uk in the same distance I don't get...

  • Sensors of Crossrail lorry involved in cyclist's death not working1 year 4 weeks agoPhilRuss wrote:I just assume

    PhilRuss wrote:
    I just assume the following, at all times: "Driver hasn't seen me, doesn't know I'm there, might be texting, (...snipped...) doesn't give a fying fluck about cyclists"....which might all be outrageous prejudice on my part, seeing as 9 out of 10 drivers are good'uns...

    The technique which keeps me alive is an assumption (based on fiction, but which works as if it were true) that everyone else on the road is actively trying to kill me, and everyone on the pavement is actively trying to commit suicide using me as the cause. The natural avoiding action that arises from this staged-paranoia-lookalike causes me to anticipate actions that are preposterously unlikely, but when the unlikely happens then bingo! I am ready.

    It doesn't work completely because I have been crashed into, but not as often or as lethally as would otherwise have come to pass.

    I use the same technique on a motorcycle too. For reasons that I don't fully understand, people on motorcycles are more visible (or more perceivable?) than people on bicycles, but hitting the ground at 40 or 60+mph hurts more than at 10 or 20, so it is still necessary.

  • Giro Stage 19 ITT1 year 4 weeks agoenrique wrote:Can you believe

    enrique wrote:
    Can you believe this team?

    Yes because I think most ppl thought of that bar zardini.... Drooling

  • Sensors of Crossrail lorry involved in cyclist's death not working1 year 4 weeks agoWere the sensors working -

    Were the sensors working - Irrelevant.
    Driver using hands free - Legal but possible relevance.
    Driver off approved route - Depending on why route was approved and by whom - Irrelevant.

    It must be remembered that these sensors and additional fitted signs and equipment that hauliers, crane hire companies, etc are not required by Law but by Crossrail.

    When you arrive at the gate you are asked if you are Crossrail compliant. You are asked if you are carrying a full set of spare bulbs, sensors fitted (notice fitted NOT working), additional signage (Pedestrians and Cyclists Keep Clear or risk being Vaporised) and a rake of other additional fripperies.

    Let me tell you, those bloody sensors cannot be turned off. You spend ALL day being randomly bleeped at, sometimes they detect something, sometimes they don't and sometimes the SODDING THINGS GO OFF FOR NO SODDING REASON AT ALL, YOU ARE IRRITATED, FATIGUED, DISTRACTED AND GENERALLY PISSED OFF TO THE MAX BY SOMETHING THAT SOME WANKER IN AN OFFICE THOUGHT "OH! THAT'S A GOOD IDEA, THAT WILL REALLY IMPROVE SAFETY AND MORE IMPORTANTLY EARN ME VERY MANY BROWNIE POINTS" BUT THEY DON'T HAVE TO BLOODY WELL LIVE WITH IT!

    I know I've over-ranted for effect but you get the picture. Wink

  • Shimano introduce Synchro Shift + video1 year 4 weeks agoThis seems to me such an

    This seems to me such an obvious step from current Di2- I can't really understand why they didn't just program this into the system in the first place. What's the point of riding with a computer if it's not going to think for you? That wasn't meant facetiously, btw. It's very difficult to think of any reason why you wouldn't want this on a road bike, if you were spending the money for Di2.

  • Giro D'Italia 2014 - Pick Three Italians1 year 4 weeks agoTwybaydos wrote:I assume

    Twybaydos wrote:
    I assume after today it's those who have Pozzovivo and Aru, unless Viviani wins on Sunday Rolling On The Floor

    Even if he did, I doubt it would be enough, presuming Pozzovivo and Aru will finish at least top 15 tomorrow and continue to score classification points.

  • Giro D'Italia 2014 - Pick Three Italians1 year 4 weeks agoLatest update, going into the

    Latest update, going into the final two stages. Gmancervelo looking good, but of course a DNF/S from Malacarne could change everything. I've snuck into the top ten, and am eagerly awaiting the Cataldo-Bongiorno-Pozzovivo podium on the Zoncolan tomorrow.

    Gmancervelo 509
    nata1ia 487
    Twybados 474
    chokofingerz 474
    arsene 474
    backflipbedlam 457
    stevemarks 438
    cgipryan 438
    Ghedebrav 394
    northstar 375
    Ed Greenough 375
    Alan Tullett 358
    debbieg 309
    chrisdstripes 296
    cavalry trousers 291
    john rutherford 281
    thorolf 280
    Philip Unwin 277
    chiv30 268
    livestrongnick 268
    lesley67 264
    JAndrewHill 263
    badhamsj 261
    ray silvester 252
    TERatcliffe26 251
    NeilG83 250
    JC 248
    Dave Atkinson 247
    drheaton 247
    d_jp 243
    VVV73 218
    enrique 206
    Joelsim 206
    Mikeh789 202
    Tom Amos 170
    Stumps 66
    djb123 46
    STEVESPRO 16

  • Giro Stage 19 ITT1 year 4 weeks agoCan you believe this team?

    Can you believe this team?

  • UCI looks into Chris Froome's claims about lack of drug testing on Tenerife1 year 4 weeks agoMount Teide is hardly remote.

    Mount Teide is hardly remote. It's sitting on a small island that is such a popular tourist destination for Europeans that it has *2* airports. Hotel Parador isn't much more than an hour's drive from *either* airport. Again, being a popular tourist destination, it is well served with flights from across Europe, and it's only about a 2 hour flight from Madrid.

    A tester could *easily* get from any major western capital with blood testing facilities to Hotel Parador and back within a day, with the blood samples spending no more than 12 hours in transit.

    This "remote island away from the testers" stuff is utter rubbish, even given the lack of testing facilities on Tenerife.