• Paris-Nice Stage 51 year 6 weeks agoGo Betancur! Glad he's back

    Go Betancur!
    Glad he's back to winning ways!

  • Tirreno - Stage 21 year 6 weeks agoThat was turd. Demare,

    That was turd.

    Demare, Greipel. That's it. Need a GC before I decide to ditch the prima donnas.

  • Tirreno - Stage 21 year 6 weeks ago(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ Modolo only

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    Modolo only

  • Plans to upgrade A9 fail to provide properly for cyclists, say Scottish Greens1 year 6 weeks agoThe section from Dunblane to

    The section from Dunblane to Perth is bad. it has numerous "at grade" right turns for cars and foot crossings- on a road that otherwise has been entirely built for high speed travel The vaguely-parallel minor road route is pretty but twisty and up-and-downy.

    It needs fixed. That'll be expensive. This is a lot of new building. Far cheaper to include the facilities now.

  • Video: 5.45 Rouleur - riding in London as you seldom see it1 year 6 weeks agoI liked it

    I liked it Smile

  • Pioneer power meter to launch mid-March1 year 6 weeks agoglynr36 wrote: The

    glynr36 wrote:

    The instrumentation isn't cheap at all, we use similar kit for different applications in work and it's in the region from £750+ in our application.
    Industrial uses have a much bigger market too, it's a very small amount if customers in cycling.

    Thats interesting, thanks.

    glynr36 wrote:

    Also what's the crime with making a profit?
    SRM etc are a business, not a charity...

    I do not think there is a crime in making a profit.

    My hypothesis was that perhaps they could produce and sell many more units at a lower unit cost and at a lower profit per unit, but still make a decent profit overall.

    Cheers

  • Lidl cycling gear!1 year 6 weeks agoGizmo_ wrote: Aldi stuff is

    Gizmo_ wrote:

    Aldi stuff is actually half decent... my 'winter' softshell (£15) has paid for itself many times over.

    I grabbed that one when it was down £8 Big Grin Indeed one of my best cycle clothing related investments.

    Also got a pair of their 'winter' tights - very comfy, and after using it all winter long, for a daily 35 mile commute, it's showing very few signs of wear.

  • Pioneer power meter to launch mid-March1 year 6 weeks agoSRM are still arguably the

    SRM are still arguably the Gold Standard of power measurement, and will continue pricing their product as such for as long as it's economically viable. And there's nothing wrong with that, we would all do the same if our names were Mr/s SRM, wouldn't we?

  • Tirreno - Stage 21 year 6 weeks ago1,2,3,8,10

    1,2,3,8,10 Party

  • Mood buster1 year 6 weeks agoAnd I sneaked onto the new

    And I sneaked onto the new road circuit at the Olympic Velodrome and had a blast round it until security made me leave. I came away feeling like a naughty schoolboy.

    What has lifted your mood lately?

  • 105 and Ultegra for future proofing1 year 6 weeks agoIt's a lot of fun, but I've

    It's a lot of fun, but I've not had that much time on it because the strong winds and rain up here in Glasgow. The one proper ride I've had on it was amazing though, and I've got a lot of plans for it.

    The only thing I'm not wild about is the seat clamp, which is really hard to get tight with a multitool when you're still getting your position on the new bike. Once it's all sorted though, I don't see it being a problem.

  • Pioneer power meter to launch mid-March1 year 6 weeks agoThey do, their power metres

    They do, their power metres as a standalone product are still at the top of the scale in price.

    Price-regardless SRM are at the very peak of the game at the moment, some of the work they're doing is fascinating. (for power metre nerds)

  • 105 and Ultegra for future proofing1 year 6 weeks agoTo give some background, my

    To give some background, my Lemond needs a new drivetrain, So I am currently faced with a similar dilemma, I could get Athena, I could get Centaur, or I could be a cheapskate and get Veloce. At this moment, my head is saying Veloce mechs, cheap they work if I crash so what, Centaur shifters, they are mounted on bearings so should be more durable (assuming I don't crash). brakes, I have some old Centaur they work, what more do you need? 10spd v 11spd? well the bike is currently 9spd, I can still get chains, cassettes, jockey wheels, etc. so have no doubt that 10spd will be around for 5+ years at least. I might be faced with cheaper cassettes as the expensive ones get phased out in due course but it won't be for a few years yet.

    The ideal situation for you IMO get 105, get a decent set of race wheels, and get some cheap "disposable" training wheels. I seem to think you mention wheels and durability somewhere? 10spd v 11spd won't be an issue for a number of years.

    Things to think about 6800 uses a new chainring standard, it will cost money, you can't cut corners if you need to for a while, changing the ring sizes if you are so inclined will also be harder.

    I would also be careful with the bike you pick, there has been an explosion of standards recently, headset and bottom bracket, there may be a rationalisation.

    In the medium term a major issue is what happens with disc brakes. You won't be able to upgrade and will need a new bike. At that point you may find that the choice is 11spd or whatever new turns up.

  • Enfield, Kingston and Waltham Forest get £30m each to become Mini-Hollands1 year 6 weeks ago"If anyone has any questions

    "If anyone has any questions about the Waltham Forest bid. I'm here..."
    What is the reality behind the Waltham Forest bid?
    If they have put together something for the money then ok, but to say that they are worried about getting flack from non-cyclists at this stage is a bitterly dissapointing reflection of council priorities.
    If you want to make a bid that is good for cyclist then that will piss off non (or anti) cyclists. The grant is for cycling provision no thought should be had for catering to non-cyclists, the money is not designated to them.

  • Pioneer power meter to launch mid-March1 year 6 weeks agomooleur wrote:mckechan

    mooleur wrote:
    mckechan wrote:
    I just don't get the price of power meters. They can't cost that much to manufacture and R&D must be reasonable by now as they have been available for some time.

    If they halved the price, I bet they would sell more than twice as many.

    Does anyone have figures on the actual margins they put on these?

    It depends on the technology actually used. There's a lot of difference between methods between manufacturers.

    While you have simpler, less accurate or more minimalistic technologies used in the likes of Stages and CycleOps hubs which cost anything from £300 to £900 (the cheaper range) - heading upwards to the likes of Rotor and SRM costing you upwards of £1.5-£2k because more process has gone in to developing a more complex technology.

    While there's always going to be a markup and profit margin, the prices are not completely made up. A hell of a lot of r&d goes into these products, and scientists aren't cheap.

    Halving the price to sell twice as many doesn't quite work, it's like real estate - if an area becomes more sought after, it doesn't drive the prices down.

    Stages etc don't offer a computer as well. SRM make a head unit as well.

  • Pioneer power meter to launch mid-March1 year 6 weeks agoThe instrumentation isn't

    The instrumentation isn't cheap at all, we use similar kit for different applications in work and it's in the region from £750+ in our application.
    Industrial uses have a much bigger market too, it's a very small amount if customers in cycling.

    Also what's the crime with making a profit?
    SRM etc are a business, not a charity...

  • Video: 5.45 Rouleur - riding in London as you seldom see it1 year 6 weeks agoThanks for clearing that

    Thanks for clearing that up!

    I like the edit and look forward to seeing the full film.

  • Video: 5.45 Rouleur - riding in London as you seldom see it1 year 6 weeks agoMike_B wrote:Dreadful There

    Mike_B wrote:
    Dreadful

    There speaks a man who has never made a film. Bit harsh.

  • Video: 5.45 Rouleur - riding in London as you seldom see it1 year 6 weeks agothehat wrote:I made this film

    thehat wrote:
    I made this film with a few of my friends at Gorilla Face. It's intended as a dramatic short for the Sundance London comp and the v/o was required to add a narrative and meet the competition criteria (fully take your points about the v/o, trust me it was de-Raphad a few times before the final cut..).

    From a film-making perspective it's a bit compromised. Visually there's lot's of noisy footage in the dark, OOF shots and occasional inconsistent white balance. You can see the lost resolution on cropped/stabilised shots. Added to this are lot's of shots out of sequence to fit the narration as well. I'm guessing you had a single morning for this and shooting on the move is pretty damn difficult, especially with a DSLR. All of this is forgivable to my mind and a lot of the audience won't pick up on it - you will see the blacks fall apart on the big screen though.

    What I struggle with most however is the VO - the content is subjective but the delivery is pretty wooden and the quality is really quite poor. I hate to be so damning but it detracts from the whole thing for me.

    Despite all that, well done for getting out there and doing it. You've probably opened yourself up to a lot of scrutiny by entering in the Sundance competition but you should be congratulated for completing it. As someone much smarter than me once said "Just completing a film is an achievement in itself.".

  • 105 and Ultegra for future proofing1 year 6 weeks agoNeilXDavis wrote:Has to be 11

    NeilXDavis wrote:
    Has to be 11 speed for me - future proof it or you will be unable to move stuff around in later years...Im stuck in 10 speed world now and although at the moment its no hassle I will have to make the jump soon...

    You will never be future proofed. Maybe the top end market will move to discs. Maybe you will want electronic shifting. Maybe something else will come along.

    A 10 speed bike will ride very nicely for a long time to come.

    To answer the 105 over Ultegra question. What do you think Ultegra has over 105? Weight definitely. Shifting not much difference? Would you get a more advantageous weight reduction on wheels?

    For the record I am riding 10 speed Ultegra 6700 on my bike at the moment.

  • Enfield, Kingston and Waltham Forest get £30m each to become Mini-Hollands1 year 6 weeks agoSlide 52 - right hand - why

    Slide 52 - right hand - why does the cycle path disappear at the junction to the one-way road only to reappear afterwards??

  • Video: 5.45 Rouleur - riding in London as you seldom see it1 year 6 weeks agoDreadful

    Dreadful

  • UCI forbids banned rider Patrik Sinkewitz from racing in Croatia today1 year 6 weeks agofarrell wrote:I'd wager

    farrell wrote:
    I'd wager etc...

    That did occur to me while I was writing this. You could probably view them signing Riccardo Riccò a couple of years ago (immediately suspended for his own health by the Italian federation) as fitting in with that pattern of publicity-seeking.

  • Plans to upgrade A9 fail to provide properly for cyclists, say Scottish Greens1 year 6 weeks agoI agree Oldridgeback. I do

    I agree Oldridgeback. I do think though, that the majority of collisions involving tourists have been down to impatient motorists from Scotland making the suicide passes and the tourist is ultimately the victim. I also used to do outdoor pursuits which involved using both the A82 and A9 quite frequently and was astounded by the amount of poor driving demonstrated by other motorists especially in the winter.

    If they can't put more traffic cops on the road then as you say average speed cameras would be the ticket. It worked for the A77. But as you know, there is huge opposition to this.

    Driving standards in Scotland are s**tpoor and the attitude towards other road users be they vulnerable or not is atrocious. Things need to change, and it is not necessarily through the duelling, straightening and anti-skid surfaces.

  • Video: 5.45 Rouleur - riding in London as you seldom see it1 year 6 weeks agoNo sure I care for the film,

    No sure I care for the film, but getting up to ride every day at 5.45/5:45am/0545 is strong.

    I feel inspired and maybe I will get up a little early tomorrow and join in and dominate on my way to work on the steel single speed, with laptop and d-lock on board....