• Tour De France - Stage 101 year 10 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:I am purely

    Gkam84 wrote:
    I am purely stage hunting now, well out of the overall...

    I have to hand it to you... That was a very classy way to drop out contention of the 'Rookie' league... I doubted you but now I realize you are a kinder, more sensitive human being than I thought! Kudos to you for showing such sportsmanship! Wink

  • Tour de France - Stage 111 year 10 weeks agoMy TT men are Martin, Kwia,

    My TT men are Martin, Kwia, EBH, Castro, Bauer. I resisted more transfers because my predictions never fare very well on these stages.

  • Giant Wheelset and Saddle and FSA Carbon post all new.1 year 10 weeks agoHi sunny, thanks for the

    Hi sunny, thanks for the interest but all sold earlier this evening. Thanks again though.

  • Tour de France - Stage 111 year 10 weeks agoDave Atkinson wrote:you stage

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    you stage hunting, gkam? Big Grin

    Indeed, I could really use a new pump, my little one has followed my track pump in the last few days and blown the seals. I have one of those 2 head things with presta and schrader on the same head

  • Tech Roundup: Alex Dowsett's new helmet, folding helmet, Oakley custom shades, the making of Peter Sagan's 'Hulk' bike, Cav back on callipers & more1 year 10 weeks agoA collapsible helmet could be

    A collapsible helmet could be great for bike hire scheme users (i.e.Boris bike users), particularly here is Australia, where helmets are compulsory. It would be easier to stick in a desk drawer and whip out when you need it.

  • British rider Liz Dimmock aims to break round-the-world cycling record1 year 10 weeks agoThe difference between

    The difference between SUPPORTED and UNSUPPORTED is huge! TRYING to shave off only two days from Juliana Buhring's World Record ride, but being FULLY SUPPORTED, when Juliana was not, is kind of a joke.

    Amazing how many accolades she is getting and she really hasn't done anything yet. Charity is great, I'm all for it, but to go after this record, in this way???

    There really should be separate World records for supported and unsupported. The idea of having two Jags following you all over the world, caring clothes, extra bikes, equipment, food, checking in for you at hotels, setting up your food, etc. vs really being on your own is not in any way the same effort or record.

    Juliana's record should not be in jeopardy at all from this and actually those sponsoring Liz and Liz herself should really think about why it is so important to attempt a record that is so not in the same league of accomplishment as Juliana's but yet they talk like it is.

    They should come out and say this really isn't the same record at all and Liz will be the fastest supported rider, not the fastest rider to cycle the world.

    A few days difference and being supported is is not an accomplishment that is deserving of the same title! I think at the least an Asterisk would be in order..

  • Glasgow to use some of £24 million Future City funding to help boost cycling levels1 year 10 weeks agoWish they would do this in

    Wish they would do this in the US!

  • Tech Roundup: Alex Dowsett's new helmet, folding helmet, Oakley custom shades, the making of Peter Sagan's 'Hulk' bike, Cav back on callipers & more1 year 10 weeks agoRegarding the folding helmet,

    Regarding the folding helmet, I think you are missing the target audience - this is not for the regular, keen, cyclist but for the Boris bike user.

  • Can you come up with a Tour de France headline?1 year 10 weeks ago"Schleck sex check wrecks

    "Schleck sex check wrecks Trek cheques."

    YES

  • Tour de France - Stage 111 year 10 weeks agoMartin Kwiatkowski Froome Mol

    Martin
    Kwiatkowski
    Froome
    Mollema
    Tuft
    Mederel
    Fischer

    Noval
    Gutierrez

    Will use my 2 transfers and take the punt on penalties for stage 12 so I can save up for the mountains then, as should have used my transfers today and brought in Cav and Kittel and then gone for penalties, but didnt and paid the price. Catching up again!

  • Hello from a newbie.....and some advice needed please1 year 10 weeks agodunnoh wrote:I bought a

    dunnoh wrote:
    I bought a Bianchi Impulso just before Christmas. Its got an Aluminium Frame and carbon forks and its ace. Really comfy. Make no mistake though, cycling still hurts but you do get used to it. I couldn't type for a few days after my first long ride and my backside still aches even now. That's after Assos shorts, Gore Gloves, comfy shoes blah blah blah. But its worth it.

    As for being passed, so what, try and keep up. I get dropped all the time - this evening by a chap on a single speed in the ruddy peak district. However I did Blaze Hill the other week in one go. The first time I tried I stopped 15 times and nearly had a heart attack.

    Get the best bike you can afford and go for it - just get used to other cyclists not waving or recognizing you until its winter!

    Must admit I've been lusting over Bianchis these last few weeks. They look fantastic Cool

    I'm reasonably fit and in good shape for an old un, but I rode along chatting to an even older chap last week on his Trek roadie and I was struggling, while he was just breezing along. And most of the conversation was him pointing out all the reasons I should get a road bike

  • British rider Liz Dimmock aims to break round-the-world cycling record1 year 10 weeks agoDont be fooled by the

    Dont be fooled by the innocent record breaking sojourn by Dimmock

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p019pqy5

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OubSV0CrfMM

    Reveals the true nature of the company she supports

  • Giant Wheelset and Saddle and FSA Carbon post all new.1 year 10 weeks agoHi there, interested in

    Hi there,
    interested in taking that saddle off your hands.
    Drop me a message when you get the chance?
    Thanks,
    Sunny

  • High and Dolomitey1 year 10 weeks agoExcellent article. Really

    Excellent article. Really captured this suberb event very well. Did it this year for the first time but hopefully not the last. The Giao merited the awe in which it is held for sure. Hardest but best and certainly most scenic single day on the bike in over 50 years of riding experience!

  • Tour de France - Stage 111 year 10 weeks agoyou stage hunting, gkam?

    you stage hunting, gkam? Big Grin

  • Hello from a newbie.....and some advice needed please1 year 10 weeks agoMeaulnes wrote:Welcome along.

    Meaulnes wrote:
    Welcome along. This may be an obvious thing to say but do you have any gloves? Passed track mitts really do help to soak up the bumps and potholes, and are not to expensive. £30 will get you a pair that will last you for ages. ANd they'll stop you from grazing your palms to shreds should you ever come off the bike.

    Thanks for the welcome.

    Yes I always wear padded fingerless gloves for both these reasons. I've also tried various seat and bar positions, but has made no difference. Strangely I don't have this problem on my commute which is mostly railway walk/towpath.

    I've got some spare time over the next few weeks, so I'm going to buy an old steel road bike and see how I fare with that.

  • Garmin's David Millar defends Sky's Chris Froome on Tour de France doping questions1 year 10 weeks agodecster you are one seriously

    decster you are one seriously cynical dude. I read you as saying that it doesn't matter if a rider doesn't test positive because he'll be doping anyway. Right ho....if you say so.
    So nothing in the sport has changed and all the rhetoric is meaningless drivel? Right ho....if you say so.
    You show all the signs of being a control freak.
    I'd get a life if I were you but thank god I'm not.

  • Hello from a newbie.....and some advice needed please1 year 10 weeks agoI bought a Bianchi Impulso

    I bought a Bianchi Impulso just before Christmas. Its got an Aluminium Frame and carbon forks and its ace. Really comfy. Make no mistake though, cycling still hurts but you do get used to it. I couldn't type for a few days after my first long ride and my backside still aches even now. That's after Assos shorts, Gore Gloves, comfy shoes blah blah blah. But its worth it.

    As for being passed, so what, try and keep up. I get dropped all the time - this evening by a chap on a single speed in the ruddy peak district. However I did Blaze Hill the other week in one go. The first time I tried I stopped 15 times and nearly had a heart attack.

    Get the best bike you can afford and go for it - just get used to other cyclists not waving or recognizing you until its winter!

  • Tour de France - Stage 111 year 10 weeks agoI've got Froome, Quintana

    I've got Froome, Quintana (we'll see - he's got more table points(11) and incentive than Kwia (4) but I might be wrong here - I reckon he'll go up 2 or 3 places in GC as well adding to his table points), Tuft. Left in some cheap sprinters and Greipel rather than Cav as unsure about T Martin. Two sprinters back tomorrow. Thinking about a penalty for Bonnet over Tuft and go for a stage win on Friday.

  • Horse put down after it was scared by sportive riders1 year 10 weeks agoIt seems to me that everyone

    It seems to me that everyone is in the wrong here.

    Sportives are basically BS. If you want to race, then race. Race entry is about half the price of sportive entry and although you need a race licence the cost all evens out over the course of a season. If you don't want to race and just want to ride for fun or to challenge yourself just get your bike out and go for a spin. Want to know how fast you are? Get a stopwatch. I just don't see the point of sportives apart from to make money for the organisers.

    Horses are another issue. I encounter horses a lot whilst on the road in the area that I live. I'm always very considerate and 9 out of 10 times have no problems when I meet them on the road but sometimes they seem to get spooked very easily, moreso by bikes than cars. Too many times the rider seems to have less than full control of the animal and things start to feel dangerous. We all need to be considerate but when we start debating details such as whether to pedal or coast when we go past them we have to consider if the balance of responsibilty is really what it should be.

    So what's the answer? Ban Sportives? You may as well, they're junk anyway and do nothing for the sport of cycling or the promotion of utility cycling. Ban horses from the road? This seems a bit heavy but maybe it would be good to see some standards established before horses and riders take to the road (maybe the same could be said of cyclists).

    Sorry, I've gone a little off-topic here....

  • Tour de France - Stage 111 year 10 weeks agoI've got Froome (DO NOT FEED

    I've got Froome (DO NOT FEED THE TROLLS), Martin, Rui Costa and Kwiatkowski, plus a motley crew of DSs and random sprinters.

    Looking forward to getting back to the mass starts.

  • Tour De France - Stage 101 year 10 weeks agoShocking for my team is the

    Shocking for my team is the simple answer, nevermind aye

  • Surrey councillor calls for regulation of sportive events around Box Hill1 year 10 weeks agoHmm. I have mixed feelings

    Hmm. I have mixed feelings about sportives. As a club rider (and ride leader) I know we're careful about maximum numbers in a group and keeping groups apart. Sportive riders don't always have club discipline (to be polite). The story about the horse being put down that was published earlier in the week is an example.

    I find it ridiculous that when organising a time trial that will obstruct precisely nobody, I need to put in a police permission form but sportive organisers can send thousands of riders along an inappropriate route (Cycling Weekly going up Pebble Hill to avoid the Box Hill Tax for instance) without informing anyone.

    Recording times an publishing a list of finishers in time order makes a sportive a de-facto race but yet they're subject to none of the regulations.

    Share the roads and play nice. And if you want to race, there are plenty of races and TTs.

  • Surrey councillor calls for regulation of sportive events around Box Hill1 year 10 weeks ago700c wrote:When large groups

    700c wrote:
    When large groups of cyclists use the road, in groups, it is tricky to navigate around them in a vehicle.

    When large groups of motorists use the road it is tricky to navigate around them on a bicycle.

  • Surrey councillor calls for regulation of sportive events around Box Hill1 year 10 weeks agoWe do need to be wary,

    We do need to be wary, though. Surrey CC changed the road layout to stop the large number of motor cyclists enjoying themselves. Admittedly, they did tend to enjoy themselves rather too quickly! But, the point is that Surrey CC aren't averse to taking it out on a minority community...