• Ribble Gran Fondo; Anyone own one? Or a Sportive Bianco?1 year 6 weeks agoMt Ribble gran Fondo is in

    Mt Ribble gran Fondo is in transit now so will report what it is like...

    Built with Campag Chorus full group set, Campag Zonda wheels, Deda stem Look clips.

    Cant wait to try it! Having looked around it was the best spec for the money also looked at Giant TCR Advanced 1 however mine is a much higher spec but the same money through the Ribble Bikebuilder. Cool

  • Tour de Suisse STAGE 1 ITT1 year 6 weeks agoWell my two teams, I've gone

    Well my two teams, I've gone countries again. one All Swiss and one US/UK team

  • Game Suggestions1 year 6 weeks agoYou know? I bet it would

    You know? Thinking I bet it would be pretty easy to add a column to the current (!) Dream Team pop-up that includes the % of teams that chose those riders in the just completed stage... Hmmm... Thinking or maybe add a column to the riders page (http://fantasy.road.cc/riders) that showed % of teams that selected the rider for the last completed stage Thinking And maybe add the current rider values to the values column that already exists? Big Grin

  • Steel Frameset1 year 6 weeks agoAs the owner of a 725

    As the owner of a 725 Equilibrium I'm openly biased but I think you may start off using it as a winter hack but end up riding it most of the time. Unless you are actually participating in a race it will do everything you want, at reasonable cost and in some style. And it will bring a smile to your face, which is, as the ad' says, priceless.

  • Tour de Suisse STAGE 1 ITT1 year 6 weeks agoNo idea what to do for

    No idea what to do for tomorrow

  • Tour de Suisse STAGE 1 ITT1 year 6 weeks agoDamn!

    Damn!

  • Boris Bikes need a new sponsor - help turn them into Boris BEASTS with this crowdfunding campaign1 year 6 weeks agoMy money would be on a large

    My money would be on a large media company offering to take on the bikes as a flexible set of mobile billboards, a detail TfL has already accepted by placing a set of yellow le Tour Yorkshire bikes out on the street, and allowing non-black taxis, and non-red buses.

    Whilst JC Decaux refused to bid for the original scheme to supply bikes (being promoted at that time separately from the sponsorship element) because it did not fit their basic business model which integrated the bike supply with the media value, I'd note that they now deliver supply the branding media clients for the Copenhagen scheme, which has now been running for 19 years, with running costs underwritten by the sale of blocks of branded bikes.

    This change in the way the London bikes might be funded would probably require a relationship similar to that used for London Rail and London Buses, where a media company (eg Decaux, Clear Channel etc), has a base contract as an exclusive supplier of clients to buy the poster, vehicle and panel sites, possibly with a surplus-share deal to reflect any market developments and opportunities - as an example some of the Nextbike fleet in Berlin have a USB charging socket running from the dynamo fitted on the bikes promoting the General Electric energy campaign.

    However based on known current prices for branding bikes elsewhere in Europe the 10,000 BCH bikes would only generate £3.8m or thereabouts in branding revenue, unless London was seen as a location with premium rating, and the media agency gained both kudos in being the overall branding sponsor, and London opened up the market to support the delivery of public bikes elsewhere in the UK.

    The other detail to seriously address is the costly ways in which the BCH scheme is operated, a detail I pointed out back in 2009, when my comments were not to the liking of TfL. After all I'd only been involved in working with public bike hire systems since 1995, including the London scheme which was up and running at the time (Oybike launched in W London in 2004). The situation is recoverable with the current fleet (although in 2017, when the Serco-Bixi contract ends and bikes will be getting very expensive to keep in good condition).

    To cut the costs, and improve the service for commuters, the tariffs should be revised, to cater for the commuter taking a bike from the London terminus, keeping it at work all day, and then bringing it back to the place they collected it - saving a lot of the bike balancing costs. The issue and return of bikes at places like Waterloo can also be greatly streamlined - Waterloo would only need 10-20 docking points if the mass issue and return over 2 relatively short periods was done more efficiently.

    The other alternative - for commuters is the Brompton Dock, the folding bike that goes everywhere with you, and examples of London commuters making massive reductions in their journey times, whilst also cutting the costs of car parking at their home station and London tube and bus travel, those latter two typically being in the region of £2,000-£2,800 per year - at a cost of around £700/year for bike hire, again a system offering a key opportunity for a branding partner.

    In 2017 the whole detail of requiring the slow to install and expensive system used by London, itself far more expensive than the standard Bixi product used in New York, should be re-examined. Many 4th generation cycle hire systems require only the bikes to be placed on the street, and do not need 50% of the docking points to be empty to allow bikes to circulate. The German Nextbike company now launched in Glasgow and Bath, has already operated bike hire in Birmingham and Leeds for 2 days apiece during the Cycle City Expo conferences, and every year puts a huge fleet of additional bikes on the streets of Leipzig for a media festival. Their success as a private commercial operation since 2005, now in 18 countries, with over 20,000 bikes, links in to the ability to get an agreed bike hire scheme up and running often within hours.

  • Boris Bikes need a new sponsor - help turn them into Boris BEASTS with this crowdfunding campaign1 year 6 weeks agoMy money would be on a large

    My money would be on a large media company offering to take on the bikes as a flexible set of mobile billboards, a detail TfL has already accepted by placing a set of yellow le Tour Yorkshire bikes out on the street, and allowing non-black taxis, and non-red buses.

    Whilst JC Decaux refused to bid for the original scheme to supply bikes (being promoted at that time separately from the sponsorship element) because it did not fit their basic business model which integrated the bike supply with the media value, I'd note that they now deliver supply the branding media clients for the Copenhagen scheme, which has now been running for 19 years, with running costs underwritten by the sale of blocks of branded bikes.

    This change in the way the London bikes might be funded would probably require a relationship similar to that used for London Rail and London Buses, where a media company (eg Decaux, Clear Channel etc), has a base contract as an exclusive supplier of clients to buy the poster, vehicle and panel sites, possibly with a surplus-share deal to reflect any market developments and opportunities - as an example some of the Nextbike fleet in Berlin have a USB charging socket running from the dynamo fitted on the bikes promoting the General Electric energy campaign.

    However based on known current prices for branding bikes elsewhere in Europe the 10,000 BCH bikes would only generate £3.8m or thereabouts in branding revenue, unless London was seen as a location with premium rating, and the media agency gained both kudos in being the overall branding sponsor, and London opened up the market to support the delivery of public bikes elsewhere in the UK.

    The other detail to seriously address is the costly ways in which the BCH scheme is operated, a detail I pointed out back in 2009, when my comments were not to the liking of TfL. After all I'd only been involved in working with public bike hire systems since 1995, including the London scheme which was up and running at the time (Oybike launched in W London in 2004). The situation is recoverable with the current fleet (although in 2017, when the Serco-Bixi contract ends and bikes will be getting very expensive to keep in good condition).

    To cut the costs, and improve the service for commuters, the tariffs should be revised, to cater for the commuter taking a bike from the London terminus, keeping it at work all day, and then bringing it back to the place they collected it - saving a lot of the bike balancing costs. The issue and return of bikes at places like Waterloo can also be greatly streamlined - Waterloo would only need 10-20 docking points if the mass issue and return over 2 relatively short periods was done more efficiently.

    The other alternative - for commuters is the Brompton Dock, the folding bike that goes everywhere with you, and examples of London commuters making massive reductions in their journey times, whilst also cutting the costs of car parking at their home station and London tube and bus travel, those latter two typically being in the region of £2,000-£2,800 per year - at a cost of around £700/year for bike hire, again a system offering a key opportunity for a branding partner.

    In 2017 the whole detail of requiring the slow to install and expensive system used by London, itself far more expensive than the standard Bixi product used in New York, should be re-examined. Many 4th generation cycle hire systems require only the bikes to be placed on the street, and do not need 50% of the docking points to be empty to allow bikes to circulate. The German Nextbike company now launched in Glasgow and Bath, has already operated bike hire in Birmingham and Leeds for 2 days apiece during the Cycle City Expo conferences, and every year puts a huge fleet of additional bikes on the streets of Leipzig for a media festival. Their success as a private commercial operation since 2005, now in 18 countries, with over 20,000 bikes, links in to the ability to get an agreed bike hire scheme up and running often within hours.

  • Boris Bikes need a new sponsor - help turn them into Boris BEASTS with this crowdfunding campaign1 year 6 weeks agoMy money would be on a large

    My money would be on a large media company offering to take on the bikes as a flexible set of mobile billboards, a detail TfL has already accepted by placing a set of yellow le Tour Yorkshire bikes out on the street, and allowing non-black taxis, and non-red buses.

    Whilst JC Decaux refused to bid for the original scheme to supply bikes (being promoted at that time separately from the sponsorship element) because it did not fit their basic business model which integrated the bike supply with the media value, I'd note that they now deliver supply the branding media clients for the Copenhagen scheme, which has now been running for 19 years, with running costs underwritten by the sale of blocks of branded bikes.

    This change in the way the London bikes might be funded would probably require a relationship similar to that used for London Rail and London Buses, where a media company (eg Decaux, Clear Channel etc), has a base contract as an exclusive supplier of clients to buy the poster, vehicle and panel sites, possibly with a surplus-share deal to reflect any market developments and opportunities - as an example some of the Nextbike fleet in Berlin have a USB charging socket running from the dynamo fitted on the bikes promoting the General Electric energy campaign.

    However based on known current prices for branding bikes elsewhere in Europe the 10,000 BCH bikes would only generate £3.8m or thereabouts in branding revenue, unless London was seen as a location with premium rating, and the media agency gained both kudos in being the overall branding sponsor, and London opened up the market to support the delivery of public bikes elsewhere in the UK.

    The other detail to seriously address is the costly ways in which the BCH scheme is operated, a detail I pointed out back in 2009, when my comments were not to the liking of TfL. After all I'd only been involved in working with public bike hire systems since 1995, including the London scheme which was up and running at the time (Oybike launched in W London in 2004). The situation is recoverable with the current fleet (although in 2017, when the Serco-Bixi contract ends and bikes will be getting very expensive to keep in good condition).

    To cut the costs, and improve the service for commuters, the tariffs should be revised, to cater for the commuter taking a bike from the London terminus, keeping it at work all day, and then bringing it back to the place they collected it - saving a lot of the bike balancing costs. The issue and return of bikes at places like Waterloo can also be greatly streamlined - Waterloo would only need 10-20 docking points if the mass issue and return over 2 relatively short periods was done more efficiently.

    The other alternative - for commuters is the Brompton Dock, the folding bike that goes everywhere with you, and examples of London commuters making massive reductions in their journey times, whilst also cutting the costs of car parking at their home station and London tube and bus travel, those latter two typically being in the region of £2,000-£2,800 per year - at a cost of around £700/year for bike hire, again a system offering a key opportunity for a branding partner.

    In 2017 the whole detail of requiring the slow to install and expensive system used by London, itself far more expensive than the standard Bixi product used in New York, should be re-examined. Many 4th generation cycle hire systems require only the bikes to be placed on the street, and do not need 50% of the docking points to be empty to allow bikes to circulate. The German Nextbike company now launched in Glasgow and Bath, has already operated bike hire in Birmingham and Leeds for 2 days apiece during the Cycle City Expo conferences, and every year puts a huge fleet of additional bikes on the streets of Leipzig for a media festival. Their success as a private commercial operation since 2005, now in 18 countries, with over 20,000 bikes, links in to the ability to get an agreed bike hire scheme up and running often within hours.

  • 100 year old veteran cyclist celebrates his birthday with... a bike ride1 year 6 weeks agoAbsolutely wonderful, I

    Absolutely wonderful, I thought I was doing well but hats off to Wilf.

  • Ultegra chainset with Centaur 10 speed1 year 6 weeks agoI am actually talking about a

    I am actually talking about a chainset, not a chain, thanks though

  • Tour de Suisse STAGE 1 ITT1 year 6 weeks ago1,2,3,9,13,14,18

    1,2,3,9,13,14,18

  • Tour de Suisse STAGE 1 ITT1 year 6 weeks ago1,2,3,9,13,14.

    1,2,3,9,13,14.

  • fish and chips versus energy bars1 year 6 weeks agoIf the scientists could only

    If the scientists could only make an energy bar smell or taste like fish and chips,now that would be a winner.

  • Criterium du Dauphine Stage 71 year 6 weeks agoContador knocks the Keynan

    Contador knocks the Keynan off top spot, woo hoo, but jeez the Sky commentary is so aweful, it's a bit like the BBC commentator's formula one Hamilton obsession.

  • Criterium du Dauphine Stage 71 year 6 weeks agoYou can't beat a bit of Kirby

    You can't beat a bit of Kirby

  • Tour de Suisse STAGE 1 ITT1 year 6 weeks agoNow i've seen some live tv,

    Now i've seen some live tv, not suprised Wiggins did so bat, some serious down hill stuff, not Wiggins's forte.

  • Criterium du Dauphine Stage 71 year 6 weeks agoVery dull stage, but

    Very dull stage, but fantastic final kilometre!

  • Video: How to ride in strong winds1 year 6 weeks ago"...equipment choices to help

    "...equipment choices to help you take control in these conditions and use them to your advantage..."

    That's also easy: ride a recumbent or velomobile. Less air turbulence down there, and the 'bent position is generally more aerodynamic. You can typically use up to 30% less power than a n upright in a headwind at the same speed on flat ground (with a velomobile that is - an un-faired recumbent is probably closer to 10-15%, but still better aero than an upright). Big Grin

  • Tour de Suisse STAGE 1 ITT1 year 6 weeks agoCancellara home in 4th

    Cancellara home in 4th

  • Tour de Suisse STAGE 1 ITT1 year 6 weeks ago1,2,3,10,11 so far with 4 to

    1,2,3,10,11 so far with 4 to play

  • Tour de Suisse STAGE 1 ITT1 year 6 weeks ago5th?

    5th?

  • Tour de Suisse STAGE 1 ITT1 year 6 weeks agoCosta 20th Home

    Costa 20th Home

  • Tour de Suisse STAGE 1 ITT1 year 6 weeks agoJoelsim wrote:Costa 42"

    Joelsim wrote:
    Costa 42" back

    I was gonna have Mollema to beat Costa, but bottled it, wish I hadn't done so

  • Tour de Suisse STAGE 1 ITT1 year 6 weeks agoJoelsim wrote:1,2,7,8 so far

    Joelsim wrote:
    1,2,7,8 so far with 5 still to play

    Say what! Can I have your team please