• Bike food - recipies?1 year 10 weeks agoThanks for the

    Thanks for the recommendations - will be trying them out; and thanks for the offer Gkam84.

  • Sky reveals the team that will support Chris Froome's Tour de France challenge1 year 10 weeks agoHenao had a hard first half

    Henao had a hard first half of the season - he's needed a break, as with Uran and Betancur. FWIW I'll put money on Henao being leader at the Vuelta.

    Also for Uran the Giro was really demanding, especially as a GC contender where you had to be at the front all the time (personally I think this is going to tell for Evans). Siutsou's the only Sky rider who's made the Tour squad, but who rode the Giro - but he didnt have to be at the front of the Giro every day, and could conserve energy sometimes in the bunch.

  • Chris Froome in talks to extend his contract at Team Sky1 year 10 weeks agoWiggins will stay as a GC

    Wiggins will stay as a GC rider for Sky, he will just target different races to Froome.

    We know he wants to win the Giro so if he gets that under his belt next year then a DS role with Sky beckons at the end of the 2014 season.

    Also with most of the big guns in the TdF this year the Vuelta looks like a good target for him to aim at.

  • Gyrobike: reinventing the wheel for kids1 year 10 weeks agoI just packed my bikes into

    I just packed my bikes into the car, threw the kids into the boot, and then went for a shower. By the time I got back the kids never wanted to ride a bike ever again. Sorted!

  • Islabikes Beinn 241 year 10 weeks agoI only have a cnoc 16 for my

    I only have a cnoc 16 for my 4 yr old. But I think Islabikes do themselves a disservice. Without an easily accessible retail outlet it is difficult for folk to appreciate the sheer quality of these bikes. I for one looked at various options and decided to order one online, on the chance that all the rave reviews that they got were deserved. Its only when you actually hold the bike in your hands that you realise how well made, proportioned and light the bikes are. For a child the lightness/manouverability is paramount.

    On another note, the upright position is not an oddity. It is due to the way children are built. You cannot expect children of that age to crouch down like adults do. And I dont think I would want my 7 year old to be looking down whilst riding. I would rather he be reasonably upright and observant.

  • Sky reveals the team that will support Chris Froome's Tour de France challenge1 year 10 weeks agoSuper Domestique wrote:It

    Super Domestique wrote:
    It will need to be, the Saxo team built round Bertie looks impressive too.

    Just looked at their team and it does look very good, but to be honest it doesn't matter how good a team is if its leader starts blowing out of his backside when Froome puts his foot down as in the Criterium.

    Time will tell, but i want to see Froome win but with a bit more action in the GC than last year.

  • £55 fine and three points for driver who left cyclist with broken leg, elbow & weeks in hospital1 year 10 weeks agobanzicyclist2 wrote:Until the

    banzicyclist2 wrote:
    Until the government sort this out and ensure drivers are held accountable they can bang on about getting people to take up riding bikes all they want, it's just politicians bullshit!

  • Sky reveals the team that will support Chris Froome's Tour de France challenge1 year 10 weeks agoI may be showing my limited

    I may be showing my limited knowledge of pro cycling in blazing neon here, but I had Henao and Uran pencilled in to the team - Vuelta with Wiggo then?

  • Video: Stunning new Imaginate film from Danny MacAskill1 year 10 weeks agoCrikey he is tiny I thought

    Crikey he is tiny I thought he was much bigger than that? All looks like he’s trying too hard Wink

  • Tips on 4th cat road racing1 year 10 weeks agoRaleigh wrote:Quote: If you

    Raleigh wrote:
    Quote:

    If you get at all nervous, just sit up, slide backwards through the bunch and call it a day (or wait for the bunch to lap you then sit in for a bit).

    Ok well don't do that. You'll probably get fined, or at least shouted at by the comms.

    Quote:
    Crashes are rare, went my whole first season of road racing without a crash or even seeing a crash. Yes they do happen in racing, but they are not that common in smaller, shorter amateur races.

    I'd say that this is either a fabrication, or a very lucky anomaly. There's been a crash in almost every race I've done this year. I've only been brought down in one, but I did still manage to chase back on.

    I've also never witnessed a crash although I've probably only done 15 races or so (most 4th Cat at Hillingdon). I've seen plenty of bad/dangerous riding, riders not holding their lines, near misses, cutting up, pointless sprinting (e.g. when in 20th place on the final straight) and so on but luckily none have resulted in any crashes.

  • Video: Stunning new Imaginate film from Danny MacAskill1 year 10 weeks agoI am a road cyclist who has

    I am a road cyclist who has long wished to be able to ride like this. Danny is a cycle god. Good to see him being paid! I will complete my retro MTB project this weekend and see what I can break.

    http://vimeo.com/68629526 is more hardtail stunt action

  • Sky reveals the team that will support Chris Froome's Tour de France challenge1 year 10 weeks agoso pumped to see them in

    so pumped to see them in action

  • Tips on 4th cat road racing1 year 10 weeks ago700c wrote: Raleigh, your

    700c wrote:

    Raleigh, your strava posting of 28mph average over 30 miles of very impressive. Is this typical for the higher category racing you do?

    I cannot ever imagine averaging those speeds, even in a fast group

    I've raced quite a few 4th Cat races at Hillingdon and the 123 race (that Raleigh was in) is quicker but it still tends to average 24mph-27mph. You also have to take into account it's a pretty flat course with no sharp bends, no junctions or reason to stop and no traffic.

    You'd be surprised at how fast you can go in a race when you're not doing any work on the front, the first couple I did I just sat in the bunch until near the end when I tried to get in a position to sprint. As you get more used to it and stronger, you can move around and even do some work but until then, just you can sit in the wheels and get the experience.

  • Video: Mike Cotty's 300-mile training ride1 year 10 weeks agoroast potatoes what about

    roast potatoes Crying

    what about hollowing out the insides and just having the goose-fatty crispy bits? Smile

  • Roads may close if potholes get worse warn councils… and they're the sorts of roads used by cyclists1 year 10 weeks agoGovernment should give

    Government should give incentives to push the heavy freight onto the railways - reducing costs of wear to roads whilst simultaneously with less lorrys/potholes creating safer cycling conditions... which just might persuade more people out of their cars and onto bikes?
    Or am I just a naive dreamer?

  • Video: Mike Cotty's 300-mile training ride1 year 10 weeks agoRoast dinner without the

    Roast dinner without the spuds normally
    Does it! You have to enjoy fatty food!

  • Roads may close if potholes get worse warn councils… and they're the sorts of roads used by cyclists1 year 10 weeks ago(No subject)

    Thinking

  • Roads may close if potholes get worse warn councils… and they're the sorts of roads used by cyclists1 year 10 weeks agoSideBurn wrote:I thought

    SideBurn wrote:
    I thought motorists paid road tax so this sort of thing cannot happen? Devil Or do they waste all the poor motorists money on cycle-paths Devil

    Not sure if joking or genuinely ignorant... Confused

  • £55 fine and three points for driver who left cyclist with broken leg, elbow & weeks in hospital1 year 10 weeks agoOh no poor old Thomas has to

    Oh no poor old Thomas has to pay a total of £118 that’s terrible shall we have a whip round or get the bug eyed twonk Bongo to write a charity song for him? To save all of this in future why not just let them off and that way they don’t have to go to court and waste the taxpayers money.

  • Sky reveals the team that will support Chris Froome's Tour de France challenge1 year 10 weeks agoIt will need to be, the Saxo

    It will need to be, the Saxo team built round Bertie looks impressive too.

  • Video: Mike Cotty's 300-mile training ride1 year 10 weeks agowyadvd wrote:Hi mike! Had you

    wyadvd wrote:
    Hi mike!
    Had you considered or even heard of the low carbohydrate approach for endurance? I can recommend it. I'd expect rapid recovery from someone of your age, but I am 46 and the recovery after mega long rides while on a ketogenic diet are noticeably more AMAZING than when I had to keep knocking back carbs. The reasons are many, but zero lactic acid production is one.

    Goog luck with round the world?

    Wish me luck for the Sliven-varna -sliven 1200 Audax on the 29th!

    Hi Wyadvd,

    I've experimented a great deal over the years with diet and nutrition for extreme endurance rides through to very high intensity shorter disciplines such as XC mountain biking and cyclocross (both of which I still compete in) to see how my body copes and adapts to each. Since everyone is different I prefer to base all of my nutrition choices around my own personal experience as I've come to the conclusion that over two decades of cycling (yikes, where'd that time go!?) nobody knows my body better than I do. Again, it's a case of making choices through your own experience and finding a diet that you are comfortable with.

    I trained for many years on a diet lower in carbs (and overall calories) than you may expect for an endurance rider, mainly due to the fact that my diet off the bike consists of a large amount of fresh produce (fruit, vegetables) and lean protein such as fish (I don't eat meat). I keep complex carbs like pasta and breads to a minimum and introduce these into my diet depending on what I am doing from a training and racing perspective.

    I guess I'm lucky in one respect in that I never feel like I'm "on a diet" so to speak. I've lived on what I consider to be a healthy diet for years - high in nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants and low in fat, processed or refined foods. Interestingly I recently learnt that there may be a link between calorie restriction and longevity through a reduction in IGF1 levels, slowing the rate of cell reproduction and in turn meaning existing cells are repaired instead of new cells being reproduced. Interesting stuff indeed but no doubt a topic that could rumble on back and forth on the forums until we're all 100.

    Whilst I've read about ketogenic diets I have never put one into practice so am unable to give good judgement on this from a personal perspective. For me, turning things upside down at this point after many years (with a diet I'm comfortable with and has worked well) could be like trying to run a diesel engine on petrol or vice-versa. Admittedly, it's a crude analogy but with anything it's about trial and error with adequate time needed to adapt.

    I think the easiest way to sum it up is "if it ain't broke don't fix it" and from my side things feel like they're balanced and working well.

    Best of luck in the 1200km audax.......Mr Machine Smile

    MC

  • Video: Mike Cotty's 300-mile training ride1 year 10 weeks agoI do a 30 mile round trip

    I do a 30 mile round trip commute.

    This time last year I had the most mahoooosive bowl of porridge every morning. And a double portion of chips most lunch times. And I was still hungry . Now I am in ketosis I have a single cup of coffee (with double cream ) for breakfast, skip lunch most days and then have a fatty rare steak with a heap of olive oil drenched salad for dinner. Never feel hungry. Hunger comes from carbs believe me.

    On audaxes I just don't feel hunger at all once
    Lipolysis kicks in. And strangely I don't feel hungry afterwards either.

    The conversion phase to full ketosis is very uncomfortable and for me lasted about 2 months . When the uncomfortable phase ends ( running down glycogen levels to zero) I felt more energetic than at any time in my life. If you take in any carbs during this phase you just prolong the agony. You need to be very single minded.

    I think it's well worth a go. You end up with no anaerobic capacity so sprinting is a
    No no. But endurance is amazing.

  • Orbea's new Avant, 'the most adaptable bike ever seen'1 year 10 weeks agoUnlike "racing" bikes that

    Unlike "racing" bikes that are usually not used for racing at all and typically ridden at 15-17mph by overweight people bending in unnatural positions and trying to imitate pros, this type of bike should be simply called err... a road bike.
    Not "comfort", "all round" "andurance" etc... just ROAD BIKE. That's what most of road bikes on shop floors should be like.

    Now marketers only need to convince mentally lazy consumers that adding mudguard/rack mounts and extra tyre clearance won't make them any slower than they would be on any other bike.

    Now can we have a Crossrip in carbon, please?

  • Sky reveals the team that will support Chris Froome's Tour de France challenge1 year 10 weeks agoStrong

    Strong

  • Roads may close if potholes get worse warn councils… and they're the sorts of roads used by cyclists1 year 10 weeks agoQuote:I do hope that you lot

    Quote:
    I do hope that you lot that moan about the pot holes take the time to report the worst ones

    after reporting 40-50 and seeing none being fixed, after writing to the councillor and getting "didn't realise pot holes could be a problem for cyclists" as a response....

    virtually given up!