• Tour de France Tech 2014: Alexander Kristoff’s brand new Canyon Aeroad CF SLX1 year 5 weeks agoSeriously interested with one

    Seriously interested with one of these to replace my current frame at some point!
    A mate has an old aeroad and it's so good.
    Should be a steal as well

  • help choosing first road bike1 year 5 weeks agoWould have to second both of

    Would have to second both of the above comments, I personally cannot overstate the importance of not buying "blind" online when it comes to a first road bike.

    Go to your local store and talk to them about what you need, they'll be able to help you establish which bike(s) best suit those needs, plus you can test ride them too rather than discounting bikes based on online reviews only.

    Most importantly, they'll help size the bike too, not just the outright frame size, but things like stem or crank length, and the position of the saddle or handlebar. That's something no amount of internet research will tell you.

    As above, don't assume carbon is automatically "better". It's the fashionable choice, but cheap carbon isn't as light or stiff as you think, and I don't personally believe it's any smoother a ride than good aluminium or steel either.

    The upper end of your budget will actually get you on carbon from the more-established brands, but that'll mean lower-end components. Don't get hung up on this, the majority won't need the benefit of having an Ultegra groupset over a Tiagra one, and who cares if you have a non-series chainring as part of the build?!

    As for that BeOne bike, £850 for a carbon frame and fork, full 105 groupset, plus reasonable wheels and finishing kit is good value on paper, but I suspect what gives is the quality of the carbon frame and the build generally. Not for me, but then I'm the sort of person who would always buy a Sony TV over a Technika one... I'm sure Technika still sell a lot of TVs.

    Sales generally take hold in the autumn, once the majority of manufacturers have released their bikes for the coming year, but you can generally find sale-price bikes year-round, particularly if you need a less-common frame size.

    As an alternative in the affordability stakes, does your employer offer a cycle to work scheme? If so, you can get some decent savings buying a bike that way, although you are essentially limited to spending no more than £1000.

    Otherwise, have a good search on here for advice. They often run their own round-up of road bikes at certain price points, and the old "what bike to buy?" topic is a frequent one on the forum too.

    Above all, good luck with the search, and keep us posted with what you end up buying.

  • Crack in Giant Defy 2 seat tube1 year 5 weeks agoDaveG wrote:Warranty should

    DaveG wrote:
    Warranty should be good. 4 months old. 2400 miles. I'll be annoyed if it's not!

    In that case go for it!
    I cracked my Bianchi last summer, 3 years old (5 year frame warranty), emailed the shop I had it from a few pictures, they contacted Bianchi, who replaced the frame no questions. Be prepared for a wait though, this took about 4 weeks from finding the crack to getting a new one.

  • Crack in Giant Defy 2 seat tube1 year 5 weeks agoWarranty should be good. 4

    Warranty should be good. 4 months old. 2400 miles. I'll be annoyed if it's not!

  • Video: California reserve police officer suspended for posting “I hate cyclists” YouTube clip1 year 5 weeks agoShe seems nice, and not at

    She seems nice, and not at all wacky in that "see me i'm mental me" way.

  • Jersey finally passes mandatory helmet law - for under 14 year olds1 year 5 weeks agonuclear coffee wrote:I call

    nuclear coffee wrote:
    I call bullshit. *Which* well-respected scientist? They are all traceable by virtue of being published authors.

    You doubt my word?

    Wrongfoot wrote:
    PS. I agree that CASE 2 is clearly rubbish, a story like that with such tragedy and pathos would have made the nationals and/or be quoted with a proper source and named victim by the pro-compulsion campaign till everyone was sick of it. The classic urban myth phrases give it away for what it is, hearsay repeating a fiction. Prove me wrong...
    Consider yourself proven wrong:
    http://www.scienceinthebox.com/tff/
    (it happened in Belgium, so it may not have appeared in the grotty rag you read)

  • Beginner's advice on pedals & shoes?1 year 5 weeks agoI'm so glad I came across

    I'm so glad I came across this thread as I was going to ask exactly this question. As a result of the feedback and input above I have taken the plunge and ordered some RT82s and a pair of A530s as this would seem to give me a good balance of clips that are easier for a newbie to use, plus the convenience of pedals I can use with normal shoes when doing slow family rides / Centerparcs etc.

    My questions is - do I need to get a professional to fit the pedals to the bike and/or the cleats to the shoes? I know pretty much nothing about bike maintenance, so unless it's utterly foolproof then advice would be great.

    Thanks guys!

  • Jersey finally passes mandatory helmet law - for under 14 year olds1 year 5 weeks agoAnd on and on it goes,

    And on and on it goes, (helmet debate what if's) at 76 and a near lifetime of riding my bike helmetless, racing (track excepted) and leisure, I must be the equivalent of Dickens's artful dodger.

  • Jersey finally passes mandatory helmet law - for under 14 year olds1 year 5 weeks agomartib wrote: Ah the classic

    martib wrote:

    Ah the classic victim blaming, rather than tackle the cause because Politicians are too spineless to do take the more difficult options At Wits End
    ....When you have ensured that every driver in the UK, is driving as per the Highway Code, then we won't need to wear helmets. As an adult I can make my own decisions thank you.

    Not trying to be argumentative, how would you propose that every driver be made to follow the Highway Code at all times?
    Just to point out that having punishment for crimes doesn't always seem to work - just look at the number of murders, thefts etc that still happen despite there being laws in place to deal with these things and the number of people in prison who have broken them.
    Everyone on here, myself included, is good at saying "someone should do something.." without actually knowing what should be done.
    If you have an answer that doesn't involve turning the country into a Police state (more than it is already) or rebuilding the entire road network, then perhaps you should share it with us and run for Parliament yourself - I'm sure that everyone here would vote for you if you have a sensible/workable solution.

  • Anger in Bournemouth and Bury St Edmunds as government refuses to fund safer cycling schemes1 year 5 weeks agoWe got money locally, in West

    We got money locally, in West Sussex, from LSTF without any help from Sustrans and in some instances within the county in the face of their opposition. They aren't interested in what actual real live local cyclists wants but in furthering their own agenda which is increasingly remote from anything other than leisure cycling.

  • Trek World 2014 - Lots of shiny 2015 bikes (all of them Treks) we take a look1 year 5 weeks agoWent to the show on Saturday

    Went to the show on Saturday specifically to take a look at the Domane Disc.

    2 disappointments for me was
    1. the option to have the Shimano BR785 option on the 105 spec.
    and 2. the cabling on the 4 series disc looks hideous, as seen in photo 55, for the best part of £2.5k couldn't this have been frame routed? It looks to me like a clip has been added half way down the down tube and that will do.

  • Will Andy Schleck ever be any good again?1 year 5 weeks agoIf he gets a new team next

    If he gets a new team next season, which i would be surprised at. with decent coaching and psychologist he might get back to a good level but not to the standard he was. Could see him at Net App next year.

  • Tour de France Stage 151 year 5 weeks agoAnyway you can all applaud me

    Anyway you can all applaud me now for Coquard and Haussler in for J-Rod and Voeckler whilst reserving the boo's for Kittel(instead of Greipel) in for Rogers.

    Still....jumping up the leaderboard in 100 place leaps over the last few days.....rest day at the wrong time...would've had a full house if Bideau had done something.....anything...please Jean-Marc....show us you're alive?

    #BideauOutSchleckInForS16

  • Jersey finally passes mandatory helmet law - for under 14 year olds1 year 5 weeks agoYeah, hardly victim blaming.

    Yeah, hardly victim blaming. More likely Deputy Green want's to do "something" "anything" to make some sense of the tragedy. It's not surprising he wouldn't be objective, it is surprising and depressing that a whole island went along with a flawed premise.

    PS. I agree that CASE 2 is clearly rubbish, a story like that with such tragedy and pathos would have made the nationals and/or be quoted with a proper source and named victim by the pro-compulsion campaign till everyone was sick of it. The classic urban myth phrases give it away for what it is, hearsay repeating a fiction. Prove me wrong...

  • Clacton on Sea to hold Naked Bike Ride today: as MP says ride they failed to close down is “offensive exhibitionism”1 year 5 weeks ago“It's now very common to hear

    “It's now very common to hear people say, 'I'm rather offended by that.' As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more... than a whine. 'I find that offensive.' It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that.' Well, so fucking what."
    - Stephen Fry

  • People living near cycle paths get 45 minutes' more exercise overall every week1 year 5 weeks agoGood attempt to quantify the

    Good attempt to quantify the oft mentioned "latent demand" but has sustrans actually delivered some high quality routes then? The ones near me are circuitous gravel paths with barriers. Sad

  • Google Maps adds elevation info for cyclists - so you can choose the flattest/hilliest route for your ride1 year 5 weeks agoThe headline on this article

    The headline on this article is wrong. It should be "Google finally starts to catch up with cycle.travel, cycle streets and everyone else" because they've had altitude for some time now, plus their routing seems more reliable.

  • Tour de France leader Vincenzo Nibali insists Italian cycling is cleaning up its act1 year 5 weeks agochiv30 wrote:After the season

    chiv30 wrote:
    After the season his nibs has had and his now total dominance in this tdf, my gut says doping on a new drug that fails to show or can be masked within reason on the bio passports and urine tests Worried

    Just to play devils advocate a little, what about considering the fact he rode into form? With his peak starting to rise in the Italian nationals, and this is maintaing it.

    Seems far more realistic than what we've seen in the last few years of an almost season long peak in week long races cuminatling in a GT...

  • garmin edge 1000 question1 year 5 weeks agoThanks for the reply, i

    Thanks for the reply, i figured it out. so annoying! If you just want to manually follow a route then obviously copy the course to the edge, then in the settings of this course, set the option, i thin it's called, 'Always show on map'.

    Then open the course, select Map, then instead of clicking Ride, just press the physical start button on the edge. This will allow you to just manually follow the coloured line on the map of the route at your own leisure not being forced into one road or whatever!

    I just don't like turn by turn!

  • Tour de France Stage 151 year 5 weeks agoIs it really a

    Is it really a problem......we're going into a rest day anyway?

    You can tell enrique's in contention for Forum's Scorum's TDF pts!!

    #UpToFourthOrli

  • Crack in Giant Defy 2 seat tube1 year 5 weeks agoDerny wrote:You are probably

    Derny wrote:
    You are probably not at fault for the failure, and in any case it does not matter. Just take the bike in, tell them nothing specific about how or where you ride, and expect to have it taken care of. You don't need to provide any information. If you don't get the answer you hoped for, ask to have the bike inspected by the factory rep, and ask when that will be done. Be prepared to leave the bike for that.

    That all is only true under warranty, if you're out the warranty period at best you might get offered a new frame under a crash replacement policy.

  • Tour de France Stage 161 year 5 weeks agoSaid like a man with him in

    Said like a man with him in his team perhaps?

  • Jersey finally passes mandatory helmet law - for under 14 year olds1 year 5 weeks agomartib wrote:Deputy Green,

    martib wrote:
    Deputy Green, whose nine year old son received a brain injury when he was knocked off his bike said: “

    Ah the classic victim blaming, rather than tackle the cause because Politicians are too spineless to do take the more difficult options At Wits End

    Yes, I'm sure that he blamed his own son for being run over....
    A tad insensitive thing to suggest don't you think?

  • Richie Porte says chest infection put paid to Tour de France hopes1 year 5 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:Everytime a Sky

    Gkam84 wrote:
    Everytime a Sky rider can't keep up with the pace.....Oh, he's ill.....I'm starting to smell bullshit.

    Why can't they just be honest, well maybe they are, but it is becoming an overused phrase by Sky.

    How do you know they aren't honest?
    Oh thats right you're the all seeing oracle...

    Plenty of other teams have used the same reason for a poor performance, I don't see you calling bullshit on them?

  • Jersey finally passes mandatory helmet law - for under 14 year olds1 year 5 weeks ago*kids of Jersey continue to

    *kids of Jersey continue to play Xbox and get fat and stressed...more future adults of Jersey die of sedentary diseases*