• Amstel Gold Race1 year 5 weeks agoHoping Brabantse Pijl gives

    Hoping Brabantse Pijl gives us an indication on Gilbert, Gallopin, and Dan Martin.

  • Geometry questions1 year 5 weeks agoI had worked out you were a

    I had worked out you were a tall lad.

    After a lot of prevaricating I went for a Retul bike fit in December. Not only did I get my existing bike set up better, but the fitter gave me a recommended stack and reach for any new bike I was looking at. It changed my view on what would work for me. I learnt that my proportionally slightly longer back didn't suit the 'endurance' road bikes as well as I thought it might. Something like that may be worth a try.

    I agree with the comments on stack and reach really being about fit, but fit is probably the most important aspect as riding a bike that fits you makes you happier to ride.

  • Attempting my first bike build - Advice please!1 year 5 weeks agoThis is all really good

    This is all really good advice. I just did my first build and what made it easy was having a good toolbox, including decent wirecutters as has been said above, and a workstand.
    Not got too much more to add. Look out the official Shimano video for fitting a 6700 group. The dubbing makes it both informative AND comical.

  • I may have found a good reason for a bike helmet!1 year 5 weeks agoChrist, sounds like you got

    Christ, sounds like you got very lucky - all three of you did, by the sounds of it. What a tool that van driver is.

    Look, I'm not one for arguing for compulsory helmet use, but clearly your life was just saved by a helmet, and you're still saying they're a daft idea? I'm not quite sure I understand you...

  • View Niki Terpstra's Paris-Roubaix winning ride on Strava1 year 5 weeks agoMore awesome than awesome.

    More awesome than awesome. It puts it in perspective that this evening we did a chain gang at 39km/h for 1:15 - 49km. So he did 5 times as far, faster... on cobbles for 60k or so !!! unreal.

  • Cycling revolution could save 10,000 lives per year in Western capitals alone, study claims1 year 5 weeks agoI'm not sure that your doubts

    I'm not sure that your doubts are actually supported by the data you quote.
    Overall life expectancy is the product of vary many factors besides transport caused deaths. It is not possible to isolate one of the many factors. It is much more justifiable to attribute accident deaths and pollution deaths to the traffic arrangements and air quality of each city.

  • Genesis Volare Team 953 road bike1 year 5 weeks agoDeanF316 wrote: One lads in

    DeanF316 wrote:

    One lads in our local bike shop use these brakes on his cross bike and they nothing but problems. Only getting 1 and a bit races from a set of pads before there no adjustment left.

    That must have been some race - surely he's not just incapable of setting them up correctly? I've been using these brakes for some months now, for a daily commute of 35 miles in all kinds of nasty winter weather. Haven't yet needed to change the pads, brakes are still working flawlessly.

  • View Niki Terpstra's Paris-Roubaix winning ride on Strava1 year 5 weeks agoNot all pros use a power

    Not all pros use a power meter. Tommy Voeckler doesn't even run a speedo most of the time Wink

  • Video: Lance Armstrong shows you how to change an inner tube1 year 5 weeks agoGotta Ride wrote:This is

    Gotta Ride wrote:
    This is obviously a new skill Lance has had to learn since his fall from grace. If you will remember, he had to finish the Leadville 100 on a flat tire because he did not know how to change a flat at that time. Funny how you are forced to learn new skills when you no longer have a pit crew. Rolling On The Floor

    Shortly after I bought my first road bike I went on a basic maintenance course at Evans Cycles. A fellow attendee claimed to be an international triathlete and when it came to the bit about mending a puncture he said he didn't know how to get a tyre off, "because I have a mechanic to do that".

  • Video: Lance Armstrong shows you how to change an inner tube1 year 5 weeks agoCome on guys leave him alone,

    Come on guys leave him alone, Doper so what, everyone doped. Da think Brad Wig was sitting forth wheel in the mountains clean, behind lance and Contador, you guys are funny!!!

  • Turbo training music1 year 5 weeks agoGood suggestions for a...

    Good suggestions for a... recovery ride Wink

    For intervals I'd pick something more like a Knife Party...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSemARaqGqE

  • Genesis Volare Team 953 road bike1 year 5 weeks agoHm well for starters i adore

    Big Grin Hm well for starters i adore the Volare..i just bought one...um or should i say i ordered one 11 months ago and just got it on the road last week...
    Oh my but worth the wait though Id say it was more like 9/10 for climbing...
    Not remotely impressed with Giant...despite a cracked frame and ovalised head set on my carbon bike the dealership i bought it from refused to honour the warranty even though its less than two years old....
    way to go guys...i shall NEVER buy a giant or parts from them ever again!
    on the plus side ive looked at steel again and am now working on building up a new winter training bike using the Genesis 853 frame as a base and striping the C24s and parts of the chainset off the old giant... going to buy a carbon seat post, cross carbon forks and low drop carbon bars off wiggle who buy the way were £70 cheaper than chicken cycles...nice going guys..Happy Safe riding and remember lights and a helmet and check your bike
    Tommy Wave

  • Genesis Volare Team 953 road bike1 year 5 weeks agoHm well for starters i adore

    Big Grin Hm well for starters i adore the Volare..i just bought one...um or should i say i ordered one 11 months ago and just got it on the road last week...
    Oh my but worth the wait though Id say it was more like 9/10 for climbing...
    Not remotely impressed with Giant...despite a cracked frame and ovalised head set on my carbon bike the dealership i bought it from refused to honour the warranty even though its less than two years old....
    way to go guys...i shall NEVER buy a giant or parts from them ever again!
    on the plus side ive looked at steel again and am now working on building up a new winter training bike using the Genesis 853 frame as a base and striping the C24s and parts of the chainset off the old giant... going to buy a carbon seat post, cross carbon forks and low drop carbon bars off wiggle who buy the way were £70 cheaper than chicken cycles...nice going guys..Happy Safe riding and remember lights and a helmet and check your bike
    Tommy Wave

  • Government urged to restrict use of cars as report says air pollution causes 30,000 premature deaths a year1 year 5 weeks agoNeil753 wrote:the ever

    Neil753 wrote:
    the ever increasing cost of diesel theft to the police budget, and the knock on effect of increased prices in the shops. Many foreign trucks have twin diesel tanks, holding a total of 2,000 litres of nice cheap continental diesel, sufficient to work extensively in the UK but without ever having to fill up at a UK pump.

    I give you there are diesel price differences, but 'cheap' isn't what I'd call it:

    http://www.drive-alive.co.uk/fuel_prices_europe.html

    Unless of course every haulier fills up in Luxembourg (still only 40 Euro cents cheaper per liter, about 30%) or there are rebates for the haulage industry?

    What do you mean by cost of diesel theft for police budgets? Do you mean it's common enough to use up a significant amount of police resources? If so, good that they actually investigate some things... though it'd be better if people getting hurt or killed got prio sometimes rather than property.

  • Derailleur failure sram force 221 year 5 weeks agoMy Campag Veloce derailleur

    My Campag Veloce derailleur did exactly the same last week in Flanders. I imagine its way more common than people realise. And ruddy expensive to put right

  • Video: Lance Armstrong shows you how to change an inner tube1 year 5 weeks agoHis lawyers are apparently

    His lawyers are apparently Widdicombe and Pump.

  • Video: Lance Armstrong shows you how to change an inner tube1 year 5 weeks agoIs this not a family friendly

    Is this not a family friendly oriented comments section?

  • Derailleur failure sram force 221 year 5 weeks agoHad the same problem with a

    Had the same problem with a Felt AR2. It was 10 days old. I think it was a problem with the chain that caused it. Saddleback who are Felt's people over here were terrible and refused to replace anything and tried to blame me. It came down to the LBS to replace the rear derailleur but nothing else. The frame got chipped and I have had to live with it. Keep fighting to get what you paid for and use the internet to make your point. Twitter and the like are a great way to spread the word. Good luck.

  • View Niki Terpstra's Paris-Roubaix winning ride on Strava1 year 5 weeks agoPaul J wrote:Is it that

    Paul J wrote:
    Is it that Terpstra doesn't use a power-meter, or actually that he strips the power data out before making it public (easy to do)? Finding it hard to believe he doesn't have a power meter.

    He had no power meter on his race bike that he finished on. He'll have one for training and maybe for other races, but he didn't use one at PR

  • Geometry questions1 year 5 weeks agoI think you're wise to

    I think you're wise to suggest trying both the Dales. However being 194cm the chances of my local dealers having my size, probably 63 or 61, is slim. I originally took note of all the stacks and reaches of all the bikes I was interested in but couldn't easily differentiate between the figures to arrive at a level of aggression. For example, aesthetically the canyon I think looks, and I've heard feels higher than other brands, but it's stack is similar to the SuperSix 398 and 396 respectively.

    What really there me off, and bear with me here, is the BMC slr02 .Now reviews say this is plenty comfortable blah blah, but it's stack is 601cm , does that mean I am still looking at race geo and comfort is more reliant on the particular riders anatomy and flexibility?

    I know many would suggest horses for courses, but I really want a bike that is able to put in the long miles keeping me comfortable, for sportive say, but that I can easily ride in a rode race and be competitive. I think it comes down to a poor fit on my current bike, which leads to believe my flexibility is also poor. (I haven't had a bike fit yet, so presumption only) so I really don't know what kind of geo I should be looking at, and being my height, test rides are tough.

  • View Niki Terpstra's Paris-Roubaix winning ride on Strava1 year 5 weeks agoImpressive ride, both

    Impressive ride, both strength and opportunism, to say the least. Chapeau Terpstra!

    I'm going to take from it, that on a ride of similar length and climbing (last years RideLondon100) my average speed was ONLY 10-11 Kph slower. Cool

  • Bespoked: the versatility of steel1 year 5 weeks agoHorses for courses. My carbon

    Horses for courses. My carbon bike is 1.5mph average faster than my steel bike but my steel bike feels like history. Totally pointless trying to make steel race bikes, no matter what genesis and feather are doing, but they are good for going the distance and generally just cruising about on. And they last. And they are not an ecological nightmare when you try to retire them. But carbon bikes really are faster. But... but... but... rinse repeat until you have at least one of each Smile

    Of all those bikes above I saw at the show I actually liked the shands the most - quite plain in colour but great angles and very well thought out. The really bling bikes just put me off these days.

  • Cancellara Hour Record bid on ice as UCI mulls rule changes1 year 5 weeks agoWhy not just start fresh,

    Why not just start fresh, design a brand new bike which can be used for the next 20 years to attempt this record, but on the same bike frame, with the same components (obviously different sizes)http://road.cc/sites/all/modules/smileys/packs/Yahoo!/smile.gif

    sorry if anyone else has said this but really can't be bothered to check everyones comments!http://road.cc/sites/all/modules/smileys/packs/Yahoo!/yawn.gifhttp://road.cc/sites/all/modules/smileys/packs/Yahoo!/yawn.gifhttp://road.cc/sites/all/modules/smileys/packs/Yahoo!/yawn.gif

  • Cancellara Hour Record bid on ice as UCI mulls rule changes1 year 5 weeks agocub wrote:The Dogma and Venge

    cub wrote:
    The Dogma and Venge couldn't be used because the bikes are required to have tubes with a circular cross section.

    That's under the current "athlete's hour" rules, where bikes are meant to replicate Merckx's machine. The article suggests that the rules could change to accomodate either full time trial bikes or current road bikes (though they would surely be fixed gear pursuit/track bikes, no need for gears, cables or drillings for brakes etc).

    Gordy748 wrote:
    How much time and money do you really need to invest in a traditional track bike?

    Quite a lot, some would say, when corporate and rider reputations are at stake. Look at the effort Genesis have gone to with the Volare (here). A big company like Trek will want to get as much PR mileage as possible out of an Hour attempt with their star rider. They will have spent some time working on a one-off metal bike with round tubes, it won't be a case of saying to the welder: "please build me a steel version of the Domane".

    If the rules are relaxed I reckon Wiggins could use a Team GB track bike or the plain black TT bike like the one he used for the Olympic time trial.

  • View Niki Terpstra's Paris-Roubaix winning ride on Strava1 year 5 weeks agoIs it that Terpstra doesn't

    Is it that Terpstra doesn't use a power-meter, or actually that he strips the power data out before making it public (easy to do)? Finding it hard to believe he doesn't have a power meter.