• Which UCI technical rules should be updated? We asked the experts1 year 7 weeks agoInitialised wrote:How about

    Initialised wrote:
    How about imposing a 'level playing field' with a cost ceiling for any given bike instead of design rules?

    For example £3000 upper limit and a minimum of say 1000 of each part used must be available to the consumer at the quoted prices for a minimum of say three months after the event, long enough to stop manufacturers artificially cutting prices to meet a teams target, short enough for cost fluctuations not to hurt the manufacturer.

    I like this idea; there would be a lot of 'Bugati Veyron' lose leading bikes on the market. A few lucky punters might get a 50 grand bike if they can stump up three.

  • Road.cc new look discussion thread1 year 7 weeks agoJust noticed: when you hover

    Just noticed: when you hover over images on the front page, "Buyers_Guide" has an underscore in the middle. Is that deliberate?

  • Another, deeper fantasy idea1 year 7 weeks agoThanks, spotted and stuck my

    Thanks, spotted and stuck my name down.

  • Which UCI technical rules should be updated? We asked the experts1 year 7 weeks agoa level playing field is key

    a level playing field is key - races need to be won on merit, not because of access to exotic equipment. There is plenty in the current rules that is outdated and that should change, but equally there has to be a way that budgets across the world tour, pro tour and continental field are kept in check/remain comparable and don't lead to the old F1 situation. It seems that the UCI currently do not actively enforce the rule regarding commercial (to the general consumer) availability of a new piece of kit/equipment.

    If the bike industry wants to innovate their products - and I want to reap the benefits of that as well in the trickle down - than that should be possible. The products should be available to the wider public at the latest in the season following their introduction in the pro peloton and their SRP/RRP prices should somehow link in with an agreed limit to team equipment budgets.

    You put Wiggo on a MTB and he won't be winning his next TT.

  • Which UCI technical rules should be updated? We asked the experts1 year 7 weeks agomikeprytherch wrote:Why cant

    mikeprytherch wrote:
    Why cant the manufactures just build better bikes for us now ? what percentage of bikes that are sold are raced and therefore have to comply with these regs ?

    I think this is all horseshit to be honest, do I still buy a car even though it doesn't look like an F1 car ?

    I couldn't care less what the pros ride, very few pros ride off the peg bikes anyway.

    I say to the manufactures, forget the UCI crap, build damn good bikes and people will buy them, magazine reviews are far more influential than what the Pro's ride.

    Disagree. The whole point of pro sport is that they have the best and us mere mortals aspire to that. Why do you think Pinarello are so popular now. Not cos of magazine reviews, its cos of Brad. Same with Trek back in the early 2000's, Lance was winning so Trek got really popular. The mags want to review Tour winning bikes, people want to read about Tour winning bikes.

    Regardless of how many bikes end up being raced, can you imagine the carnage amongst suppliers and shops if every model was available in a UCI version and a 'better' version? Or if you go into a shop, buy the best then decide a year down the line that you're going to try this racing lark, you turn up at your local race and you're told "can't race that, it's not legal". Not good for the sport.

    That would make pro sport look a bit silly and backward which would put off the sponsors which would dry up the revenue.

    The rules need changing but within reason and with absolute clarity and transparency to benefit the sport as a whole.

  • No helmet, no Hi-Viz, bet he doesn't even stop at red lights1 year 7 weeks agoGoingRoundInCycles

    GoingRoundInCycles wrote:
    Disgraceful! No helmet, no lights, no brakes by the look of it, no helmet, no hi viz, no reflectors and riding a bike NAKED!!! Surprise

    This is just the sort of stunt that gives all of us a bad name. Wink

    Phew, thank god that wasn't a picture of me when I clicked through. For a minute there...

  • Which UCI technical rules should be updated? We asked the experts1 year 7 weeks agoYeah get rid of that weight

    Yeah get rid of that weight limit. Up it to 10kg at the very least and let's make the pros look a little more human and us amateurs a little less ordinary.

    I'm with the guys above. No arms race please. Biking should be about the men not the machines.

    Disc brakes make sense, as for the rest? Hmm. I mean come on, underwear you can drink from! That's where I draw the line. I only eat from mine.

  • UCI Management Committee agrees Anti-doping audit and independent commission into wrongdoing1 year 7 weeks agoFinally moving forward...

    Finally moving forward...

  • CX bike with slicks on group rides - any chance of holding on?1 year 7 weeks agoJust upgraded my Surly

    Just upgraded my Surly CrossCheck hybrid setup, which had flat bars and front suspension to a more traditional CX setup. The CrossCheck has a 132.5mm rear spacing so can fit Mountain or Road wheels and the clever frame design goes further because pretty much any size chain ring will fit without fuss and if I was really keen I could throw a fixie setup on it too.

    I had some spare SRAM bits n bobs left over from upgrades on my road bike and wanted to make use of them. That meant working out more hill friendly gearing otherwise the CrossCheck wouldn't be much different than my road bike and I thought it needed to be to make it worth the effort. I dis-counted the SRAM WiFli system as it only allowed up to a 34 rear. I wanted a few more/less gear inches than that so I could make a few swaps next year and do another mini conversion into a fully loaded tourer. I've installed the SRAM X.7 10 spd rear derailleur, which allows up to a 36 rear sprocket and still retain SRAM doubletap indexing. Fair do's its not quite the full blown CX with a 50/34 up front and traditional canti's rather than the latest and, dare I say, pointless fashion of discs, but with a 36 rear it will be great for the few CX Sportives I'm look at doing over winter.

    It's not as specialised as the Kinesis Pro6 or CADDX and probably weighs a good deal more at 11.5Kg stripped down to its lightest but what it lacks in specialisation it gains 10 fold in year round usability.

    ATB/Commuter Hybrid to CX to Tourer (to Fixie, maybe some day) all in one frame is brilliant.

  • Trial of driverless pods on pavements of Milton Keynes heralds "science fiction future" (+ video)1 year 7 weeks agoNo one walks in Milton Keynes

    No one walks in Milton Keynes anyway so there is no danger of running over any pedestrians.

  • Canyon Sizing1 year 7 weeks agoWent for the 58cm with 120mm

    Went for the 58cm with 120mm stem in the end.

    Also had a go at competitive cyclist fit calculator. With competitive fit puts me on a bike with big seat tube & short top tube. In that case the Canyon fit should be perfect!

    Road Bike Fit Summary

    The Competitive Fit (cm)
    Seat Tube Range c–c: 57.6 - 58.2 cm
    Seat Tube Range c–t: 59.4 - 59.9 cm
    Top Tube Length: 55.1 - 55.5 cm
    Stem Length: 11.5 - 12.1 cm
    BB–Saddle Position: 78.9 - 80.9 cm
    Saddle Handlebar: 54.8 - 55.4 cm
    Saddle Setback: 6.8 - 7.2 cm

  • Trial of driverless pods on pavements of Milton Keynes heralds "science fiction future" (+ video)1 year 7 weeks agoVince Cable: "This investment

    Vince Cable: "This investment goes to the heart of our industrial strategy which is giving the British automotive industry the tools it needs to plan for long-term growth and international success."

    This remark shows where the governments heart really is compared to hogwash and bullsh*t about more cycling. This scheme embodies why cycling doesn't get any money. Turnover from this will be far greater than from an equivalent increase in cycling numbers. Society's costs (health, road maintenance etc.) are reduced by cycling but that reduction in costs is not as attractive to business, and therefore the government, as the profit from a scheme such as this.

    Basically it's yet again refusing to look at working solutions to people transport and people friendly city spaces which already exist in the Netherlands, Copenhagen and other places.

  • Edinburgh Council responds to tramline cycle safety fears1 year 7 weeks agosigns, signs, signs - do they

    signs, signs, signs - do they really fix anything?- to make something safe you start way up the hierarchy with the design not warnings - and as to "you may prefer to get off your bike at a safe point on the road to continue your journey"

    I'm not Scottish but think that translates as "you can always get off and walk"

  • Night riding1 year 7 weeks agoI ride after work during the

    I ride after work during the winter and my tips would be the obvious ones really:

    1. save night rides for dry, still, mild nights; limited view of the road surface means you don't want standing water or ice to worry about, or poor visibility. decent bike lights can be seen for miles on a clear night, not so in fog or rain
    2. don't venture too far from home; do laps of a local route rather than a long out and back and stick to familiar roads
    3. wrap up warm
    4. ride wide from the verge to have a chance of missing creatures emerging from the side. Rabbits are the most likely thing to hit as they are small and quick and there are loads of them
    5. get a proper builder's reflective vest - these stand out brilliantly even if someone shines a torch or bike light on them never mind a car headlight
    6. get reflective ankle bands which move up and down and identify you as a cyclist
    7. use reliable kit; lights you know how long they'll burn on a charge, tyres you know you can afford not to see every thorn or sharp chipping in the road on, generally dull but dependable. Mobile coverage can be patchy and a break down in the cold, damp and pitch dark, with only a limited amount of lighting time left is NOT the same as the same breakdown on a summer afternoon
    8. because the cold and damp is not great for your body and good headlights don't burn forever I tend to go for the short and sharp rather the long and slow; it's a faf to get rider and bike ready so make it count. Winter nights are not for three hours trundles around the countryside; save them for sunday morning

    Riding on a dry still moonlit night is exhilarating and I really miss it when bad weather stops me getting out during the week

  • Third of cyclists support mandatory hi-viz clothing claims survey1 year 7 weeks agofarrell wrote:a.jumper

    farrell wrote:
    a.jumper wrote:

    Yes, red is one of nature's warning colours and probably a good choice.

    But also seems to make you completely invisible to Royal Mail drivers meaning they are even more likely to almost kill you.


    Yeah, they're forever running their colleagues over, aren't they? Buh!

    Which reminds me: the posties in vans wear orange hivis, but the ones on bikes just wear red. Interesting...

  • First look: Volagi bikes1 year 7 weeks agoLove the carbon one, but the

    Love the carbon one, but the seat stays really don't work on the steel one to my mind. Be interested to see what they look like in the flesh though....

  • Which UCI technical rules should be updated? We asked the experts1 year 7 weeks agoWhy cant the manufactures

    Why cant the manufactures just build better bikes for us now ? what percentage of bikes that are sold are raced and therefore have to comply with these regs ?

    I think this is all horseshit to be honest, do I still buy a car even though it doesn't look like an F1 car ?

    I couldn't care less what the pros ride, very few pros ride off the peg bikes anyway.

    I say to the manufactures, forget the UCI crap, build damn good bikes and people will buy them, magazine reviews are far more influential than what the Pro's ride.

  • Which UCI technical rules should be updated? We asked the experts1 year 7 weeks agojarredscycling wrote:Let the

    jarredscycling wrote:
    Let the cost of top end road bikes spiral out of control. The average cost of an entry bike won't increase it will just use less features of the top end road bikes. However, over time those features will trickle down the price points and increase the quality and features of all road bikes.

    Question is though, if SOME riders have access to far superior equipment is that an unfair advantage? i.e. Take the Eritrean cycling federation, are they in the same position as British Cycling when it comes to supplying kit to riders. Are we risking loosing good riders because they are not able to compete on a level playing field? Is that a good thing?

  • UCI Management Committee agrees Anti-doping audit and independent commission into wrongdoing1 year 7 weeks agoGreat start.. keep it up

    Great start.. keep it up

  • No helmet, no Hi-Viz, bet he doesn't even stop at red lights1 year 7 weeks agoWeird, Why would some one

    Weird, Why would some one complain about that - an animal doing tricks for food - because it is a raccoon not a dog?

  • Which UCI technical rules should be updated? We asked the experts1 year 7 weeks agoThe comment about not wanting

    The comment about not wanting cycling to follow the F1 arms race I think is a good one, the last thing i remember about f1 was that some rear diffuser on one car (i think redbull) was possibly out of the rules but they were racing round with it and winning races pending a decision from the ruling body whether it was legal or not. Now I'd much prefer the current situation with cycling to that situation translated to cycling. you'd have GC riders jumping ship if one bike was better, and surely with patents if something was so good, not every one could have it?

    In none world tour races the world tour teams would surely have a massive advantage over the other teams if their bikes were all say.. 5.6kg and 10% more aero? just because the continental teams couldn't afford to have the best kit?

    Seems fraught with unintended consequences to me and the bike manufacturers would just love it if everyone upgraded there current bikes to disc equipped ones, but aren't likely to just leave the sport if the UCI says, no rules are fine as they are.

  • Trial of driverless pods on pavements of Milton Keynes heralds "science fiction future" (+ video)1 year 7 weeks ago"the vehicles could transform

    "the vehicles could transform Britain’s city centres, which could become further pedestrianised"

    Utter tosh. Cars, even small electric self driving cars are still bloody cars.

    This money would be much better spent improving the cycle network and a load of hire bikes.

    FFS.

  • Trial of driverless pods on pavements of Milton Keynes heralds "science fiction future" (+ video)1 year 7 weeks agoJohnny Cab! These should be

    Johnny Cab!

    These should be replacing buses, taxis and trams and using roadspace currently allocated to cars not the pavement.

  • Which UCI technical rules should be updated? We asked the experts1 year 7 weeks agoThe strongest riders always

    The strongest riders always win anyway.If you think time trial riders riding top tt bikes aero suites helmet etc would beat Brad wiggins on a standard road bike normal helmet etc your wrong.

  • Details released of opening two stages of next May's Women's Tour1 year 7 weeks agothebungle wrote:Good stuff

    thebungle wrote:
    Good stuff Smile

    Start small and get progressively bigger, IMO it will show that there is no need to 'piggy back' on to the mens' races and that it should be a worthy race on it's own merits.

    Absolutely - If the turnout of British fans in any way matches the general enthusiasm i'm always hearing about women's cycling the Tour will have no problem. Really looking forward to this.