• ASO plans 3-day stage race in Yorkshire as Tour de France legacy event1 year 6 weeks agoFine by me!

    Fine by me!

  • Carbon vs Alu New Bike1 year 6 weeks agoOne of the biggest 'bull

    One of the biggest 'bull shit' statements manufacturers mention with their latest carbon creation is their frames are 10% lighter and stiff than last years model happens every year. Never fall for that total garbage!

  • Carbon vs Alu New Bike1 year 6 weeks agoI've been running a

    I've been running a Cannondale Caad3 for approx 15+ years from new adding a Super6 carbon four years ago. For the first time last year I felt the real benefits to carbon after a winters training/commuting meaning I was really fit and flying, the Super6 was so nice to ride finally justifying the £2700 price tag (Ultegra equipped).

    The Caad3 rides just as responsive and is a joy to ride on club runs. I won't be buying another carbon frame again (do I need to - no) Aluminium is superb, bomb proof with better levels of kit per ££. I see Specialized are reinvesting in newer welding technics with Aluminium frames for 2014!!
    Cannondale Caad range leads the market .Caad 9 last of the USA built frame sets 2012 if you see one second hand or the Caad 10 a mate picked one up in last years sales with Dura-ace mechanical 10 speed £1699!!!! Westbrook Cycles

  • Strava in spotlight again as Preston's Guild Wheel creator says "poser" cyclists endanger others using shared path1 year 6 weeks agoNo doubt there is the

    No doubt there is the occasional 'speeding poser' on the Guild Wheel. They get everywhere after all. But there is not a single mention of any problem caused by inconsiderate cycling anywhere in the LEP article. Not one parent, pensioner, dogwalker, PCSO, teacher has been quoted with a tale of their terrifying near miss with a Lycra lout.

    It's like someone said to Peter Ward "did you know this fella rode the wheel in 1hr 8mins? Look, it's right here on Strava". He replies "What's Strava?" and suddenly we have this crap in the LEP.

  • Strava in spotlight again as Preston's Guild Wheel creator says "poser" cyclists endanger others using shared path1 year 6 weeks agoPrecisely why I don't use

    Precisely why I don't use Strava, I could not give a rat's ass about leaderboards when I'm out riding.

    Shared paths are fundamentally not for use for time-trialling, they're intended for ordinary cyclists just trying to get to work or school, or for families out riding for leisure (let alone the multitude of reasons why pedestrians are there). None of these people are there to be intimidated by others blasting past at 25mph, regardless of the time of day.

    If you want to go chasing records, keep it to the road, or to properly-organised events.

  • ASO plans 3-day stage race in Yorkshire as Tour de France legacy event1 year 6 weeks agoandyp wrote:Ghedebrav

    andyp wrote:
    Ghedebrav wrote:

    Mixture of sponsors and local authority funding I imagine,

    shame they couldn't do that for Le Tour...

    Not sure what your getting at but feel I should correct you anyway.

    Local authorities have put in over £11m of the £21m budgeted for the two Yorkshire stages. Local authorities will spend more than that £11m (I am told there is concern about the budget and how it is being spent) and there are reports online from Kirklees, Harrogate and other councils showing additional spending which will be over and above the budget so not sure you can criticise councils - as an aside, Welcome to Yorkshire the agency who made the bid are not funding ANY part of the Le Tour even though they are seeking to make money.

    Government put in £10m which has so far funded work by consultants only.

    All details can be found online.

    Which does make you wonder, all the spending on Le Tour - will any council be prepared to fund more races? ASO took 4m Euros so far for Le Tour so a 3 day race will cost. Maybe East Yorkshire council? Wakefield? Who else isn't part of Le Tour?

  • Tour de San Luis1 year 6 weeks agoYup I did run one before and

    Yup I did run one before and I did it as purist. Its too much effort to try and do it with transfers. The spreadsheet I had wasn't very good, but it worked for me

    Here is my purist team (if it comes in budget as I can't open zipped files)

    Acevedo
    Phinney
    Cavendish
    Sanatromita
    Arrendondo
    Diaz
    Kangert
    Duque
    Quintana

  • Muc-Off partners with Team Sky for 2014 + video1 year 6 weeks agoI quite like Muc Off. I just

    I quite like Muc Off. I just don't like the way there is none at the end of my Sportives. If they kept some back for the 100 milers it would be great.

  • Carbon vs Alu New Bike1 year 6 weeks agoA good carbon bike is worth

    A good carbon bike is worth every penny. Weight and stiffness is way better. Literally, the bike floats under you.

    I let my girlfriend by the bike she thought she wanted. Aluminium frame, carbon forks, a nice bike. Less than a year later she's riding full carbon and cursing me for not going to the bike shop with her.

    Weight is a big issue, but carbon does absorb what some one else called road noise. The only downside in my opinion is the price.

    I hear there are bad carbon bikes, but I've never ridden one.

    Remember: when you want to make a commitment you do it with carbon......

  • Transition Bikes launch Rapture cyclo-cross bike1 year 6 weeks agoGenuine want if they import

    Genuine want if they import to the UK!

  • Great Cycling books1 year 6 weeks agoJust done 'the rider' which

    Just done 'the rider' which follows one racers race its a damn fine read!

  • Transition Bikes launch Rapture cyclo-cross bike1 year 6 weeks agoenve rims, seatpost, bars and

    enve rims, seatpost, bars and stem then Wink

  • Muc-Off partners with Team Sky for 2014 + video1 year 6 weeks agoMuc Off products are poor in

    Muc Off products are poor in my opinion. I've used 'Muc Off', 'Bike Wash, and their degreaser in a can which was good value but shot up in price last year. I'm now back to using Finishline products and will never change. Nothing like Maguires suds (use for the car) with elbow grease for a bike wash.

  • Transition Bikes launch Rapture cyclo-cross bike1 year 6 weeks agoWant one. Now top of my C2W

    Want one. Now top of my C2W list.

  • Tour de San Luis1 year 6 weeks agoDave Atkinson wrote:here you

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    here you go: middle value curve, based on even spread of all stage types

    Thanks, Dave! Smile

  • Lords rejects bill to give PCSOs power to fine reflectorless cyclists amid civil liberties concerns1 year 6 weeks agoIsn't headlamp use by cars

    Isn't headlamp use by cars optional in areas with streetlamps? Just where are cyclists being fined for not having lights? Sort of odd bicycles must use lights but not cars (in areas lit by street lamps).

    https://www.gov.uk/general-rules-all-drivers-riders-103-to-158/lighting-...

    It's a shame the opportunity to inject some common sense into the regulations was missed. As far as reflectors go, as we know many clipless pedals have no reflector option or ones that don't work very well. Is there some evidence that reflector pedals have magical anti-accident properties? I suspect other EU countries do not mandate their use - that would explain why some SPD pedals I order come with reflectors - some without.

    Why not something along the line of - "bicycles ridden at night must have a red reflector to the rear, measuring X sq mm or more and visible at a height of Y at a distance of Z" (and so on).

    Similarly, pedal reflectors could be described so that tape of reflective patches on shoes or trouser legs (clips, etc.) would be acceptable. Being so specific just allows those jobsworthy coppers (not suggesting all are like that) to write up their ten tickets a month all at once.

  • Carbon vs Alu New Bike1 year 6 weeks ago+1 to what mtbtomo said. I've

    +1 to what mtbtomo said.

    I've recently bought aluminium at the same £1k price point (Trek) and am more than happy with it. Yes, you feel the road whilst riding, but no more so than similarly-priced carbon frames I've tried, and it's far from uncomfortable.

    The overwhelming consensus when I was taking advice on what to buy was that, even above a grand, alu + decent groupset > carbon + cheaper groupset.

    Ok, the issue here is whether to pay more for carbon rather than go alu or carbon at the same price, but if it was me then I'd probably save the money and go alu.

    Have you ridden them yet?

  • Transition Bikes launch Rapture cyclo-cross bike1 year 6 weeks agopjt201 wrote:The pictured

    pjt201 wrote:
    The pictured bike has an enve fork, not a 2.2lb steel fork!

    The 18.5lb claimed weight is for the other pictured bike, the one with the steel fork

  • Tour de San Luis1 year 6 weeks agohere you go: middle value

    here you go: middle value curve, based on even spread of all stage types

  • Rapha boss outlines company's plans for 20141 year 6 weeks agoSay what you like about Rapha

    Say what you like about Rapha but all I can say is kudos to Simon Mottram and his team for creating a business around something they are so passionate about.
    As well as being a big cycling man he is a big supporter of autism and now Parkinson's charities so all the best to him and keep buying their clothing is all I can say.

    * in the interests of disclosure, I do not own anything produced by Rapha but would love to if disposable was not an issue...

  • Garmin Touring vs 8101 year 6 weeks agoIt has a few, the premium

    It has a few, the premium needs to be justified somehow! Most useful for me would be cadence, interval training, having more screens of data (what can I say, I'm a numbers man) and the smartphone connectability is a plus too as we tend to use the iPad more than the laptop nowadays.

    Would be handy to hear from someone who has used a Touring though.

  • Tour de San Luis1 year 6 weeks agoi can do a dump of baseline

    i can do a dump of baseline rider values if you like, based on a spread of stages

  • Strava in spotlight again as Preston's Guild Wheel creator says "poser" cyclists endanger others using shared path1 year 6 weeks agotwinklydave wrote:As several

    twinklydave wrote:
    As several people have said above, it's the attitude of everyone on shared use paths that's the problem, whether that be the speed you ride at, how under control your dog is, how politely you allow people to pass while out walking with your family or how appropriately you dress when using the unlit sections at night...

    Absolutely right. Common sense is worthwhile. For example, I don't know why peds on the B&B path insist on using the path as a park, with their dogs off the lead running about everywhere (especially when it's dark) - irresponsible and dangerous!!

  • Tour de San Luis1 year 6 weeks agodrheaton wrote:No thanks, I

    drheaton wrote:
    No thanks, I won't be running much on the forums this year. Happy to hand over the reigns on the 'pick three' comps too if anyone wants them although if not I'll run them for the grand tours at least.

    Might be Saturday before I upload the spreadsheets but I'll sort them out as soon as I can.

    Ok. That sounds good.

    I think TERatcliffe26 ran a Forum-based competition for the Vuelta Pais Vasco back in 2012 when it wasn't part of the game. I think it ran as a Purist. Maybe that's the way to go. Pick 9 riders with no transfers, otherwise it might be a headache to manage without the game interface.

    http://road.cc/content/forum/55990-vuelta-ciclista-al-pais-vasco

  • Tour de San Luis1 year 6 weeks agoNo thanks, I won't be running

    No thanks, I won't be running much on the forums this year. Happy to hand over the reigns on the 'pick three' comps too if anyone wants them although if not I'll run them for the grand tours at least.

    Might be Saturday before I upload the spreadsheets but I'll sort them out as soon as I can.