• Chris Froome says he almost left Sky in 2011, tells of tension with Bradley Wiggins1 year 5 weeks agoOne trick

    One trick pony...
    Madison
    Pursuit
    Time Trial
    TDF Stage Race...
    Yep - he's a bit limited to be honest...

    If Wiggo was leader, that's that until told otherwise. The timing of this is disappointing, but then those who reach the top don't do it by putting other people first.

  • Chris Froome says he almost left Sky in 2011, tells of tension with Bradley Wiggins1 year 5 weeks agoOne trick

    One trick pony...
    Madison
    Pursuit
    Time Trial
    TDF Stage Race...
    Yep - he's a bit limited to be honest...

    If Wiggo was leader, that's that until told otherwise. The timing of this is disappointing, but then those who reach the top don't do it by putting other people first.

  • Chris Froome says he almost left Sky in 2011, tells of tension with Bradley Wiggins1 year 5 weeks agoOne trick

    One trick pony...
    Madison
    Pursuit
    Time Trial
    TDF Stage Race...
    Yep - he's a bit limited to be honest...

    If Wiggo was leader, that's that until told otherwise. The timing of this is disappointing, but then those who reach the top don't do it by putting other people first.

  • Chris Froome says he almost left Sky in 2011, tells of tension with Bradley Wiggins1 year 5 weeks agoOne trick

    One trick pony...
    Madison
    Pursuit
    Time Trial
    TDF Stage Race...
    Yep - he's a bit limited to be honest...

    If Wiggo was leader, that's that until told otherwise. The timing of this is disappointing, but then those who reach the top don't do it by putting other people first.

  • Cotic Escapade road bike1 year 5 weeks agoand it's in UKIP colours

    and it's in UKIP colours which looks like the way we're all headed nowadays

  • Lost in Yorkshire: Schoolboys put Mark Cavendish back on track for Tour de France recce1 year 5 weeks agofirst I miss Marcel Kittel

    first I miss Marcel Kittel riding my local patch, then I miss Cavendish - with my luck in being in the right place at the right time I'll turn up at the roadside on July 5th and find they've changed the route or brought it forward a day Worried

  • Giro stage 161 year 5 weeks agohttp://www.gazzetta.it/Girodi

    http://www.gazzetta.it/Giroditalia/2014/it/

    it does have a live ticker, the 'live' link comes up on the stage listing along the bottom. it's not as good as the tdf one though

  • UCI-approved road bike disc brakes coming in 2016, says WFSGI's bike man1 year 5 weeks agoEither many of the response

    Either many of the response come from people who don't use discs a lot or they don't maintain their bikes well. I went to discs on the MTB very early on and regularly swap wheels around as its quicker than changing tyres. Can't remember ever having to spread the pads, just like I don't on the dozens of motorcycles I have had with discs.
    As the stupid UCI have imposed lawyers lips anyway I can't see through axles being much of a handicap. It is a shite idea though as pulled axles can contaminate if dropped in the gravel and they are really just a solution that isn't really finished yet. Not needed at the back IMO.
    Both my road bikes have discs. From experience (how much of the above is?) they are no more likely to lock up. Indeed possible less in poor conditions as when you are fighting a wet braking surface your are not having to pull as ahrd.
    Re amateurs. so what. They can change when they want to.
    Discs can be safer. I get a bit of arthritis and my hands ache on long descents. Discs mean I brake less and with less effort. Quite possibly that poor girl who died recently, Devon? not the one in Winnants might be alive as the verdict suggested cyclist's palsy.Maybe the other one might have not had problems either. Guess work of course.
    Looks. Well road bikes went to shit when black came away from the tyres.
    Of course many people don't need discs, good luck but some do.
    Can't see it being a problem in races. Any injuries are going to be trivial. A hot disc will burn but so does gravel rash.

  • Old bloke, old bike and hills.1 year 5 weeks agoAnything longer than a short

    Anything longer than a short mech will do 29 and even then it can be persuaded. I use Comp and Race triple rear mechs with a 30t shimergo set up with no issues. Pretty cheap 2nd hand.
    Why not keep your eye open for a used compact chainset. 50/34. Plenty of square taper stuff out there. Even some Campag. One snag is that they will mostly be JIS taper which Campag isn't. Not probs, a cheaper Shimano square taper BB will be well under 2o quid.
    Drop the front mech a tad and it will work.
    Forget the 10 speed bit with chainsets.
    9 speed Campag is very tolerant of mismatches. Its also worth selling and I bet you could shift a complete 9 speed groupset if tidy for nearly enough to by a complete Veloce 10 speed groupset if you wanted to.
    Try retrobike.com for more info

  • Lost in Yorkshire: Schoolboys put Mark Cavendish back on track for Tour de France recce1 year 5 weeks agoHas Cav got a very wide

    Has Cav got a very wide backside or very narrow shoulders. That saddle is the same width as his handle bars. Wink

  • UCI-approved road bike disc brakes coming in 2016, says WFSGI's bike man1 year 5 weeks agoThere's an awful lot of cr@p

    There's an awful lot of cr@p on this thread, most of which seems to be promulgated by people who have never ridden discs.

    Badly set up disc brakes suck, but slightly less hard than badly set up rim brakes.

    Contrary to popular belief, disc brakes *do not* provide significantly more braking power than rim brakes - it's just more reliable, more controllable and works as well in the wet as in the dry. If anything, hydraulic discs offer much more modulation, and hence control, than rim brakes, so lock-ups become *less* likely, not more.

    Changing wheels is trivial with discs, once you're used to having to line up the rotor and caliper first - I've no idea where the myth that the pads automagically close up without any lever-squeezing unless there is a rotor between them has come from - mine have never done this.

    BigBear63 wrote:
    Disc brakes will make wheel changes slower. Pads have to be opened up before a new wheel can be inserted. All very time consuming. Which is why motor cycle racing generally doesn't bother, a bike swap is the only option.
    What a load of rubbish. Pads do not need to be opened unless the brake lever has been compressed. Motorcycles don't change wheels because they don't have quick releases, they have large through-axles and no chain-tensioning derailleur cage to release the chain.

  • Giro stage 161 year 5 weeks agoSlightly off topic, but

    Slightly off topic, but either I can't find the 'real' official site for the Giro, or the Gazzetta official site isn't very good, particularly in that it doesn't offer anything like the Tour website which had that live graphic showing the time gaps, who's in the break, where the various jerseys are and so on.

    Or is it just me?

  • UCI-approved road bike disc brakes coming in 2016, says WFSGI's bike man1 year 5 weeks agoThanks @adamthekiwi for

    Thanks @adamthekiwi for answering that nonsense. Armchair experts are creeping out of the woodwork. Having ridden discs on MTB for some 8 years or so, I'll quite happily state that anyone who claims changing a disc braked wheel is slower than a rim braked one is speaking drivel. In fact, discs are QUICKER since they do not have to be released and then reset like side-pull or v-brakes.

    The only time the pads will close is if someone pulls on the brakes while the disc wheel has been removed: the sort of tyro mistake no competent race mechanic would make.

  • Video: "Surreal" - Sussex cyclists on Sunday ride stumble across illegal rave1 year 5 weeks agoAh yes, when worlds collide

    Ah yes, when worlds collide Smile I've never seen a party at the Dyke before - although I've had to dodge some rather tired and emotional types around Duke's Mound near Brighton Marina on a few occasions. In a previous lifetime I wasted rather a lot of good cycling time on that sort of caper. Makes me come over all weary just thinking about it these days.

  • Video: "Surreal" - Sussex cyclists on Sunday ride stumble across illegal rave1 year 5 weeks agoPolice in thinking they can

    Police in thinking they can pick and choose what parts of the "law" they can uphold, nothing has changed.

    Shame on sussex police.

  • Video: Road Bike Parkour - Max Schrom gets inspired by Martyn Ashton1 year 5 weeks agoTwice! He did it twice,

    Twice! He did it twice, obviously not his bike.

  • Video: "Surreal" - Sussex cyclists on Sunday ride stumble across illegal rave1 year 5 weeks agoBeaufort wrote:The music was

    Beaufort wrote:
    The music was poor, that'd be my main concern. 'Dance' as a genre died in about 1996, sadly.

    No it didn't.

  • Chris Froome says he almost left Sky in 2011, tells of tension with Bradley Wiggins1 year 5 weeks agoI would hardly call Wiggins a

    I would hardly call Wiggins a one-trick-pony. He's won pretty much everything there is no win in cycling with the exception of a monument. It's also doubtful whether he actually would have beaten Wiggins in the 2012 Tour, it probably would have been very tight.

    At the 2012 Tour Froome hadn't proven anything in his career, why on earth would Team Sky back someone who hadn't even won a week long stage race before, never mind a grand tour. In the 2012 TdF Froome was surprising the fans every day with his performances in the mountains, but who's to say whether it would last in to the 3rd week? There was far too much risk involved with backing Froome.

  • Chris Froome says he almost left Sky in 2011, tells of tension with Bradley Wiggins1 year 5 weeks agoJust goes to show (again)

    Just goes to show (again) that the single minded focus and self belief necessary to win the world's toughest bike race doesn't necessarily accompany a well rounded or likeable personality.

    Question is, why do we keep acting surprised that this is the case?

  • Old bloke, old bike and hills.1 year 5 weeks agoThanks chaps, you sure got me

    Thanks chaps, you sure got me studying. Cage? JIS? I got there!
    In short, swapping to a 39 inner should be ok but going to a 28 cassette may (officially but not definitely) need a change in rear mech?
    Getting down to a 39/28 (37.6") should give a lot more leeway than my current lowest 43.6" and can be achieved at moderate cost.

    The 50/34s are catching my eye though - can't see me racing or TTing unles there's a supervet category. My target after recovering from illness is to complete a century this summer - and be able to walk afterwards!
    I know that would really cost me as it will involve the whole caboodle, £350/450 for 10 speed, £540/£870 for 11 speed. Once at the 11 speed there's a 52/36 option too. All plus fitting of course.
    Then there're triples, or are they not for real men Smile

    I could end up with Trigger's broom but I need to make a change pronto, so will give it much thought and run it by the LBS (lovely people).

  • Video: "Surreal" - Sussex cyclists on Sunday ride stumble across illegal rave1 year 5 weeks agoDoesn't look like the dancing

    Doesn't look like the dancing style has changed much.

    Of course, everyone now having mobile phones means they've missed out on the fun of driving round various motorway service stations trying to find someone who knew where the party was...

  • Giro stage 161 year 5 weeks agoExcellent.

    Excellent.

  • I cant afford both!1 year 5 weeks agoHe wants £1100 and they both

    He wants £1100 and they both feel nice to ride!!! im kin useless at making decisions took me months to pick the Forme and wear and tear mean ive upgraded the wheels and chainset but dont wanna feel ive let a better bike slip away

  • Video: "Surreal" - Sussex cyclists on Sunday ride stumble across illegal rave1 year 5 weeks agoThe music was poor, that'd be

    The music was poor, that'd be my main concern. 'Dance' as a genre died in about 1996, sadly.

  • Video: "Surreal" - Sussex cyclists on Sunday ride stumble across illegal rave1 year 5 weeks agoBack-in-the-day we were all

    Back-in-the-day we were all pretty fastidious about cleaning up - people brought bin bags, and the stragglers would get coerced into tidying up as they waited on taxis.
    Not sure whether people do that on a party of this scale, which would be a shame. Still, people want to go out, have fun, and have it outside. It's a long way from people's houses so what's the harm? Jumping up and down and hugging and shouting and taking naughty things is all part of a very large curriculum of fun, to which also belongs lycra, carbon fibre and energy gels.