• 9/10 speed rear derailleur compatibility1 year 5 weeks agoJust to let people know, I

    Just to let people know, I replaced the old, worn out Tiagra 4500 dérailleur with a 105 5701 10-speed. It shifts perfectly, there are no issues. It's totally compatible.

    As an aside, shifting is now hugely improved. Mind you, the old dérailleur really is a floppy knackered old thing with play in every direction. I'll take the (almost new) jockey wheels out of it and retire it to the recycle bin.

    Thanks for all the help.

  • Do you trust your handlebar stem?1 year 5 weeks agoI used to be a fan of the 2

    I used to be a fan of the 2 bolt Thomson X2 stem.... until the faceplate deformed and wouldn't then grip the bars sufficiently to stop them rotating forwards when correctly torqued, (and I'm only 71kgs).

    I now use the 4 bolt X4 stem on all my bikes. Much more secure.

  • Cyclists make great dates, says match-making website eHarmony1 year 5 weeks agofarrell wrote:The first time

    farrell wrote:
    The first time you get spotted in just your bib shorts - That's not awkward, oh no.

    And just wait for the first time you're caught applying the chamois cream just before climbing into those bib shorts...

  • Giro Stage 181 year 5 weeks agoenrique wrote:Well,

    enrique wrote:
    Well, PolishDave was finally overcome by the aptly named team ditkas team 'Come From Behind Longshots', but it's still a very tight race! There's a lot of non-Premium players at the top! Thinking

    But I used to be premium but don't have the time or inclination now. PolishDave has played for a long time as well. I remember his name from the 2011 Tour. The new leader I know nothing about.

  • Giro Stage 181 year 5 weeks ago234 points and 3rd overall!

    234 points and 3rd overall! Only 5th on the stage though as someone had De Gendt rather than Wellens!

    And even when I was watching the video on steephill I thought I didn't have him. I'll have to watch the highlights now and see how it really all unfolded.

    At least I can watch the ITT. What an up and down week! 3rd, 15th, 7th, 3rd. But only 20 points behind now rather than about 55! But it's so close at the top. Anyone in the top 10 could still win.

  • Giro Stage 181 year 5 weeks ago234 points and 3rd overall!

    234 points and 3rd overall! Only 5th on the stage though as someone had De Gendt rather than Wellens!

    And even when I was watching the video on steephill I thought I didn't have him. I'll have to watch the highlights now and see how it really all unfolded.

    At least I can watch the ITT. What an up and down week! 3rd, 15th, 7th, 3rd. But only 20 points behind now rather than about 55! But it's so close at the top. Anyone in the top 10 could still win.

  • Giro Stage 181 year 5 weeks agoWell, PolishDave was finally

    Well, PolishDave was finally overcome by the aptly named team ditkas team 'Come From Behind Longshots', but it's still a very tight race! There's a lot of non-Premium players at the top! Thinking

  • Giro Stage 181 year 5 weeks agoArse - 196!! I hope it's Dave

    Arse - 196!! I hope it's Dave who can't count rather than me. I could have sworn I had 206 ?!?*!!*!?!
    EDIT - forgot 10 pens damn and blast...
    EDIT bis - at least it was to bring in Duarte Smile

  • Video: New Danny MacAskill film Epecuén features amazing riding in Argentinian ghost town1 year 5 weeks agoI'd never heard of Epecuen

    I'd never heard of Epecuen before seeing this video and I think the whole thing is fascinating. It's hard to comprehend such an event - an inundation slow enough to allow the entire population to evacuate and there be no fatalities (unlike the disasters mentioned above). It is, however, becoming a tourist attraction again which is naturally causing misgivings among some of the previous inhabitants. Is it right to make a bike tricks video among the ruins? It is 25 years since the waters rose, so yes, I think it is. MacAskill and his team have made a mini masterpiece.

  • Giro Stage 181 year 5 weeks agopetiagos wrote:Cataldo will

    petiagos wrote:
    Cataldo will try the mountain jersey...

    My thoughts entirely although I think he mainly wants a stage win, so I swapped Duarte for him last night. Bit pointless but as he did get some mountain points and Duarte didn't make the win (pity) or get any points there's probably not much difference. Also had Wellens who picked up some points along the way, sprint and mountain. He might be targetting the Intermediate sprint comp as he keeps on picking them up for some reason. Maybe just the cash! Also have Quintana, Uran, Aru and Majka so another good day. I have another rider as well but I can't remember who it is. Maybe Hesjedal. I'll have to see when it's finished updating. I couldn't afford Pozzo and I think I chose Hesjedal over Rolland as he's generally better at ITTs. Still praying for a Hesjedal podium from a good ITT and Uran to claw some time back on Quintana, but I think he's got it tied up as long as he doesn't crash or get pushed!

    I hope it'll be green arrows today. Should be able to get a good team for the ITT and final mountain stage and save a few transfers for the last stage. I wish I hadn't wasted some transfers before though!

    CORRECTION
    I had Arredondo, Duarte, Cataldo and Wellens! Kerching!!

  • Bib shorts for short man!1 year 5 weeks agoI go with height on this

    I go with height on this one...last thing you want is tight straps!

  • Do you trust your handlebar stem?1 year 5 weeks agoNot criticizing, but did you

    Not criticizing, but did you mount the bar using a torque wrench? Could see this happening if the bolt was done up silly tight, but like to think it would not happen under normal circumstances....

  • Giro Stage 181 year 5 weeks ago1,2,9,10,12,14,17,18 and 1 pt

    1,2,9,10,12,14,17,18 and 1 pt for Henao in the maglia bianca should just squeak me the 200pt badge Smile That's the last one I'm missing apart from the top row, which isn't going to happen.

  • Cyclists make great dates, says match-making website eHarmony1 year 5 weeks agoOr trying to explain to your

    Or trying to explain to your mother-in-law why that large tub of "face cream" is not really meant for moisturizing ...

  • Giro Stage 181 year 5 weeks agoHad Chalapud as I thought he

    Had Chalapud as I thought he might fight for KoM with Cataldo & Arredondo but pretty satisfied with 1,8,9,10,11,14,18.

  • Cyclists make great dates, says match-making website eHarmony1 year 5 weeks ago“Cyclists are handy,” says

    “Cyclists are handy,” says eHarmony. “After years of honing bike-maintenance skills, your date will be up for fixing things around the house, too.”

    I was cleaning my bike and didn't know the gf was watching til she piped up with "That's three times you've cleaned that chain!" I've had a loose tile on my roof for two years Big Grin

  • Best cassette for compact double (hill climber)1 year 5 weeks agoJust my 2p but...... Have you

    Just my 2p but......

    Have you considered a 12-34 rear cassette and mtb rear mech? If you prefer to sit and spin a long climb then it allows you a couple of bailouts ie the 32 and 34t .

    Used that setup in the alps and after a long day in the saddle and a finish on top of alpe d'huez I was greatful for those two gears near the top .

    If you take a 28 or a 30t max with you and can change a cassette and remove a link or 3 of chain then you have all the gearing you will ever need

  • Giro Stage 181 year 5 weeks agobackflipbedlem wrote:VVV73

    backflipbedlem wrote:
    VVV73 wrote:

    Hansen V Majka........CMON Aussie good luck.

    1,9,10,12,13 14 18

    Good Race dude!


    Indeedy Smile

  • Giro Stage 181 year 5 weeks ago1,9,10,12,13,14,18,19 today,

    1,9,10,12,13,14,18,19 today, glad i dumped Uran for Arredondo and Majka.

    Now for tomorrows stage Thinking Thinking

  • Updated: Pinarello announce Dogma F8 + video1 year 5 weeks agoWiggins had a huge frame

    Wiggins had a huge frame though and I was talking from experience, not Google.

  • Giro D'Italia 2014 - Pick Three Italians1 year 5 weeks agobackflipbedlem wrote:Going to

    backflipbedlem wrote:
    Going to be tricky for myself to top it, as other guys have Aru and Pozzovivo,
    I'll need Viviani to take the final flat stage to give myself a hope.
    Or have Rosa, Gatto and Malacarne to drop out Wink

    Ahem...

    pcs wrote:
    DNF Rosa Diego Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela

  • Cyclists make great dates, says match-making website eHarmony1 year 5 weeks agoReally, there's nothing that

    Really, there's nothing that turns a woman on so much as discussing leg shaving and weight loss with her guy.

  • Best cassette for compact double (hill climber)1 year 5 weeks agojason.timothy.jones

    jason.timothy.jones wrote:
    Unless you have thighs the size of Mark Cavendish, I think the 11t is a bit of a waste, I would say at tiagra 12-30 is the best option for touring

    I'd normally say the same but 11t does afford the possibility of using 34x12 without cross-chaining completely. Might save swapping chainrings so often, as happens with compact chainsets.

    For that reason I would also suggest a 46/36 or 46/34 chainset - there's less of a jump between the two sets of ratios than a 50/34 compact.

    If you choose 11-28 but think it may not be low enough you could always check that the rear mech you choose has the capacity to run 30t. That way you can swap to 12-30 if needed. It's a piece of cake to change the cassette, they cost about £15.

    (the above assumes you're considering 10 speed gearing)

  • Touring Wheels1 year 5 weeks agoHave a look on Spa Cycles

    Have a look on Spa Cycles website; they cater for the tourist / audax rider. I'm sure if you phone them and describe what you want them for they'll advise accordingly. (I'm considering them for some repairable winter wheels with a hub dynamo)

  • Cyclists make great dates, says match-making website eHarmony1 year 5 weeks agoAfter years of honing

    After years of honing bike-maintenance skills, your date will be up for fixing things around the house, too.

    After coming home from a long ride, your date will shower, eat, park himself on the sofa, and watch some bike race on TV until he falls asleep.

    There, fixed that for you. Smile