• Repairs to Surrey road where cyclist was seriously injured delayed till October1 year 5 weeks agoThis is an absolute joke.

    This is an absolute joke. Having lived in the area I know this particular stretch of road has been bad for years. short term fixes after short term fixes. What I've never understood is they resurfaced half of Stoughton Road about a year ago but why not all of it and in particular the stretch of road which has resulted in these injures?

  • Chris Froome says he almost left Sky in 2011, tells of tension with Bradley Wiggins1 year 5 weeks agoLot of people questioning the

    Lot of people questioning the timing of this, but I don't think this bit is Chris' work. Once it's in the hands of the publishing and marketing droids, anything can happen. Ever read a book where too much of the story is given away on the back cover? Marketing. Notice how every book of this nature is released at just the right point for observers to "question the timing"? Marketing. You might think he gets the final say, but I reckon there is a chance that it's written into his contract that this stuff is outside his authority "because as your publishers, we understand the market and will act in your best interests to sell the most copies".

    All that said, the sniping that goes on with intra-team rivalry would do my head in. I'd rather be Eisel, Stannard or Renshaw than Wiggins or Froome.

  • Giro stage 161 year 5 weeks agoYes I saw Festina looming on

Yes I saw Festina looming on the table, and seeing as though I'm 10th and I may as well be 100th, I decided to take a risk and go for it. If it works great, if it doesn't then all I've lost is a few places. No prizes for 4th or below and I already have a pair of sunnies for the Giro.

I missed podiums this year by risking too much at the back end of races trying to go all out for the win (had a flourish of non-podium top 10s as a consequence), so I'm trying a more conservative approach to see where that will take me... probably nowhere, I fear...

  • Giro stage 161 year 5 weeks agoGone like this, could go

    Gone like this, could go horribly wrong though based on what you guys are saying. (having said that I had a decent first week, a terrible 2nd week, so how about a great 3rd week Thinking )

    Quintana
    Pozzovivo
    Kelderman
    Uran
    Majka
    Aru
    Arredondo
    Wellens
    Quintero

  • Tech roundup: starring Lightweight, Foska, Tern, Eddy Merckx, Swiss Side...1 year 5 weeks agoRobD wrote:Swiss Side must be

    RobD wrote:
    Swiss Side must be pretty confident in their wheels if they're inviting challenges from other wheels. Unless of course they're only going to test it in the one set of conditions they know they have an advantage in, but good on them being open to it.

    This is what I would expect, TBH. I've nothing against Swiss Side. I worked for a software startup and we could 'prove' our software was superior to the alternatives, provided we got to dictate the test conditions!

  • Giro stage 161 year 5 weeks agoTop of the Gavia earlier

    Top of the Gavia earlier today

    pic.twitter.com/HSILMtoVfk

  • Repairs to Surrey road where cyclist was seriously injured delayed till October1 year 5 weeks agoMaybe a quicker and cheaper

    Maybe a quicker and cheaper solution would be to build a 6 lane bypass around the pothole?

  • Giro stage 161 year 5 weeks agoPurely badge collecting now.

    Purely badge collecting now. Want the podium badge but think tomorrow may be more chance of that Thinking

    1 change(5 for tomorrow) today dropped kelderman for Rabottini

    Monslave
    Wellens
    Arredondo
    Evans
    Uran
    Aru
    Pozzo
    Majka

  • Giro stage 161 year 5 weeks agoDuarte Arredondo Majka Aru Qu

    Duarte
    Arredondo
    Majka
    Aru
    Quintana
    Monsalve
    Pellizotti
    Rolland
    Kelderman

  • Giro stage 161 year 5 weeks agocgipryan wrote:Joelsim

    cgipryan wrote:
    Joelsim wrote:
    Mine could all go horribly wrong, and given the fact that I haven't made a break so far...and I'm 89 points behind the leader, in desperation I picked the following.

    Julian David Arredondo (TFR)
    Rafal Majka (TSB)
    Diego Ulissi (LAM)
    Yonathan Monsalve (NRI)
    Wilco Kelderman (BLK)
    Nairo Alexander Quintana (MOV)
    Fabio Aru (AST)
    Tim Wellens (LTB)
    Fabio Andres Duarte (COL)

    I'm just behind you in the GC (3 points behind, I think), but chapeau for the bravery!

    Yes I saw Festina looming on the table, and seeing as though I'm 10th and I may as well be 100th, I decided to take a risk and go for it. If it works great, if it doesn't then all I've lost is a few places. No prizes for 4th or below and I already have a pair of sunnies for the Giro.

  • Giro stage 161 year 5 weeks agoEBH withdraws.......

    EBH withdraws.......

  • Cotic Escapade road bike1 year 5 weeks agojacknorell wrote:I think

    jacknorell wrote:
    I think normal Shimano QRs will do just fine, modern or not. Strongest on the market and the internal design hasn't changed in ages.
    No they have changed.

    Older hubs were intended to run with semi horizontal drop outs which face forward so the cam is bigger and offers far more mechanical force to prevent the wheel getting pulled forwards toward the seat tube under drive and locking the wheel up, Mavic QR's were also very heavy duty for this reason.

    If you want to post contradictory answers just for the sake of looking clever and possibly put people at risk then so be it but they are not the same dimensions anymore, they certainly don't offer enough bite if you intend to run a home brew fixed hub on a re-dished wheel.

  • Giro stage 161 year 5 weeks agoDuarte and wellens in for

    Duarte and wellens in for kelderman and Godoy. Banking on Quintana and pozzovivo being better than they are trying to portray.

    I picture the two of them with a two minute lead on the final climb
    'No, I'm sicker than you, you take the lead'

  • Giro stage 161 year 5 weeks agoI was fairly conservative as

    I was fairly conservative as I wasn't sure what was happening with the weather. Was always thinking De Gendt for today if Uran was out of the running, and Pirazzi if not, but thought Wellens was too obvious to miss, so couldn't quite afford Pirazzi. Ditched Pozz. Have a feeling Rolland might be the guy who really takes off this week.

    Quintana, Uran, Aru, Majka
    Arredondo, Wellens, Pellizotti, Rolland, Armee

  • Builders push homes for cyclists – but with government set to drop cycle storage requirements, what’s the reality?1 year 5 weeks agoI used to live in a flat with

    I used to live in a flat with terrible basement storage facilities.
    Thieves cleared it out approx once every six months.

    In an attempt to get it improved, i found the planning documents on the local council website.

    Flats are considered high density housing, so in order for planning permission to be granted, the council limited the number of parking spaces and requested "secure bike storage".

    The building company simply bolted some of those "front wheel holders" in the unsecured bin area. There was one for each flat, but some overlapped so were unusable.

    I wrote to the building management company, referring to the councils planning permission requirements, which seemed have an effect, the storage facilities were improved a few months later.

    i'd still keep a high value bike in the flat though...

  • Giro stage 161 year 5 weeks agoJoelsim wrote:Mine could all

    Joelsim wrote:
    Mine could all go horribly wrong, and given the fact that I haven't made a break so far...and I'm 89 points behind the leader, in desperation I picked the following.

    Julian David Arredondo (TFR)
    Rafal Majka (TSB)
    Diego Ulissi (LAM)
    Yonathan Monsalve (NRI)
    Wilco Kelderman (BLK)
    Nairo Alexander Quintana (MOV)
    Fabio Aru (AST)
    Tim Wellens (LTB)
    Fabio Andres Duarte (COL)

    I'm just behind you in the GC (3 points behind, I think), but chapeau for the bravery!

  • Builders push homes for cyclists – but with government set to drop cycle storage requirements, what’s the reality?1 year 5 weeks agoconservatives giving a silent

    conservatives giving a silent boost for their developer friends by removing irksome requirements that would eat into their profit...

  • Repairs to Surrey road where cyclist was seriously injured delayed till October1 year 5 weeks agoNone of this is new...all of

    None of this is new...all of it belongs under the phrase "oldest tricks in the book".

  • Repairs to Surrey road where cyclist was seriously injured delayed till October1 year 5 weeks agonumpties... Had they spent

    numpties...

    Had they spent money on general upkeep of the roads and not pinched on it, they wouldn't be facing this massive increase in spending for major repairs...

  • Repairs to Surrey road where cyclist was seriously injured delayed till October1 year 5 weeks agoA lot of roads in surrey are

    A lot of roads in surrey are like this at the moment. Its adisgrace

  • Campagnolo announces new Super Record, Record and Chorus mechanical groupsets1 year 5 weeks agoUgly chainset. I assume that

    Ugly chainset.

    I assume that the new FD geo means that old ergo levers are not compatible with the new FD and vice versa.

    It's getting harder to justify riding Campag Sad

  • Giro stage 161 year 5 weeks agoWell, I've taken a risk and

    Well, I've taken a risk and dumped Pirazzi and Pozzovivo and brought in Quintana, Rolland, Wellens and Monsalve, hoping to make up for a few disastrous transition stages last week Cool

  • Giro stage 161 year 5 weeks agoQuintana Uran Majka Kelderman

    Quintana
    Uran
    Majka
    Kelderman
    Aru
    Arredondo*
    Zardini*
    Wellens*
    Monsalve*

    * are for the break, rest for GC. I dropped Pozzo (illness), Landa, Duarte and Bandiera so hoping none of them does much (Duarte is my main worry, I believe the stories of illness re Pozzovivo).

  • Repairs to Surrey road where cyclist was seriously injured delayed till October1 year 5 weeks agoFrustrating that so many

    Frustrating that so many roads have deteriorated to the point they are so dangerous for cyclists. Whilst I appreciate councils have limited resources to repair, more should be done to give councils the resources to make these fixes quicker, saving cyclists from more injury, bike damage and reducing the amount of insurance claims that need to be investigated and paid out.

    I am left incredibly frustrated by south bucks council who are failing to repair dangerous pot holes and roads which they have been informed of months ago. I am currently more worried about coming off my bike on a pot hole than being hit by a car!

  • Giro stage 161 year 5 weeks agoMine could all go horribly

    Mine could all go horribly wrong, and given the fact that I haven't made a break so far...and I'm 89 points behind the leader, in desperation I picked the following.

    Julian David Arredondo (TFR)
    Rafal Majka (TSB)
    Diego Ulissi (LAM)
    Yonathan Monsalve (NRI)
    Wilco Kelderman (BLK)
    Nairo Alexander Quintana (MOV)
    Fabio Aru (AST)
    Tim Wellens (LTB)
    Fabio Andres Duarte (COL)