• Help - carbon road bike.1 year 6 weeks agoMrmiik wrote: Why not a

    Mrmiik wrote:

    Why not a quality aluminum bike? Some people just won't want to ride carbon in winter - crashing on carbon "can" be more catastrophic than aluminum.

    This is based on what? A crash is a crash, and I really don't think frame material is going to be all that big a factor in your injuries.

    If we're talking repairability, damaged aluminium frames pretty much have to be thrown away after a crash too. It might still be metal, but very, very different from steel in this regard.

  • Help - carbon road bike.1 year 6 weeks ago+1 for the Cervelo R3 105.

    +1 for the Cervelo R3 105. Some great upgrade potential there too, you can get an R series down to some pretty silly low weights. Like the Canyon option, you're also getting a frame with serious race pedigree.

  • Brit Drivers1 year 6 weeks agoScoob_84 wrote:Speaking as an

    Scoob_84 wrote:
    Speaking as an actual engineer, I'd like to point out that Engineering is not a protected status... People who fix photo copying machines are allowed to call themselves engineers

    Not to be rude, buy you've kinda proven why engineering is not a protected status. What kind of engineer are you (software, mechanical, civil, etc, etc)?

    "Actual engineer" is surely just as meaningful or meaningless as photocopying engineer.

  • Mech Hangers on a £500 road bike1 year 6 weeks ago250 miles is unusually low,

    250 miles is unusually low, but like Flying Scot says, theres a huge number of potential external factors. If you've left the bike locked up outside, or if the bike has fallen over, it's possible the hanger has gotten bent. The hanger is ultimately designed to bend break in these sorts of scenarios, to prevent frame damage.

    I agree Wiggle are not bad in my experience for customer service by the standards of online retailers, but they are still a long, long way off a decent LBS.

  • Steel Frameset1 year 6 weeks agoIf you're prepared to forgo

    If you're prepared to forgo steel and can stretch the budget a tiny bit, the Kinesis TK3 (think it's been rebranded the 4S this year) is arguably the best option around for a winter racer. Still one of the only framesets around with a tapered steerer and proper mud guard mounts. The new paint jobs on the 4S framesets are lovely too.

  • Is cycling getting like football?1 year 6 weeks agoSomeone might boo Froome? How

    Someone might boo Froome? How simply awful Rolling Eyes I think maybe the author of the piece is more suited to cricket than cyclesport? So long as there aren't bottles of piss or tacks thrown at riders etc. I think the sport of cycling will manage. I recall a few boos for Contador and the sport is still here...

  • Brunton Metal 4400 Electronics Charger1 year 6 weeks ago£50, ouch. The Anker

    £50, ouch.

    The Anker equivalent is 25% lighter, 60% cheaper, 33% more power, better-known brand, sold via amazon.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ultra-Slim-Portable-External-Motorola-USB-charge...

  • Road/CX Bike with discs1 year 6 weeks agoBit of an update on this. Had

    Bit of an update on this. Had Halfords in work on Monday promoting the C2W scheme and had a brief chat about the scheme and the Halfords employee told me I could only get a bike from Halfords. A phone call later gave me a list of retailers in Brizzle I could use and Evans wasn't on the list cause they have their own scheme Angry
    A quick look at the bikes available from the retailers and the only bike I liked in the short space of time I had available was the Merida Cyclo Cross 4, apart from the seat stay mounted disc calliper it ticked my boxes.

  • Is cycling getting like football?1 year 6 weeks agoI think a lot of sports get

    I think a lot of sports get destroyed by their success. You get focused on the fans, but it's the win at all costs that does that. The failure to fail is what really kills sport. Tennis became sterile when it's Champions kept championing. Football has become stale because the big teams never lose. Cycling will become stale if it allows the same to happen. It was the worst thing about watching Lance. There was no drama in watching him dominate.....

    ....it is, to come back to one of my favourite topics, why we should be wary of champions. To fail is human, we all do it. When people don't succumb to pressures, injuries and chance it isn't real anymore - that's how you knew Lance was cheating. Nothing he did was chance. Some things you can control, but not everything. That's one reason to be vigilant and suspicious.

    That's the worst thing about Sky too. Most people like dependability, we don't like randomness, we don't like the tension of not knowing - but actually that's what makes sports great when heroes falter and a new champion rises.

    There will always be people with different view points and ways of expressing themselves. I didn't like the fans that ran and screamed at their heroes on the mountain climbs, but they add a bit of tension. They add jeopardy and that's what the best parts of life are about - drama.

  • Three reasons to take up cycling1 year 6 weeks agoGucci kit Shiny kit Silly tan

    Gucci kit
    Shiny kit
    Silly tan lines
    Cool

  • Sergio Henao back racing after tests - can he make Sky's Tour de France team?1 year 6 weeks ago....and the whitewash is

    ....and the whitewash is complete. This whole saga just seems odd to me. I won't begin another cynical diatribe. But at present it proves nothing. You wonder why any of this was brought to daylight.

    Self-testing only seems like self-control. Even Pantani used to do it.

  • Ditching cars for school run could save £2 billion a year, says Sustrans1 year 6 weeks agoGuardian claptrap sort of

    Guardian claptrap sort of thing Monbiot would write. Please explain to me if 80% of the driving population ditched their cars etc tomorrow in favour of cycling or walking it would be chaos! But also the Treasury would lose hundreds of millions of ££££££ in loss of duty whether fuel or VED. Please can you explain how you would make up this not so small shortfall?

  • Steel Frameset1 year 6 weeks agoJust a few to consider: Surly

    Just a few to consider:

    Surly Pacer? (Cross Check if you want something more flexible).
    All City Mr Pink? (if you can find one cheap).
    Ribble's 525 one? (Absolute steel—pun intended—at £175).

  • Are bad drivers using ‘stay back’ stickers as an excuse?1 year 6 weeks ago"TfL recently claimed it had

    "TfL recently claimed it had no evidence that the stickers were affecting driver behaviour in London."

    Of course, if they ignore any evidence, then they aren't likely to see any are they?

  • First look: Hallett Handbuilt Cycles 650b bike1 year 6 weeks agoAnd? Still have the option of

    And? Still have the option of V brakes.

  • Cycloc Loop1 year 6 weeks agoAny pictures of it in situ/in

    Any pictures of it in situ/in use? I really don't understand how it works, or how big it is.

    Perhaps you could stand a double-decker bus next to it. Everybody knows how big they are, so we could compare sizes. Wink

  • Mech Hangers on a £500 road bike1 year 6 weeks agoJust buy one, most

    Just buy one, most manufacturers don't cover them, as they can be damaged by any number of external factors.

    It's not an expensive component, you just need to source one!

    Mech and chain not pricey either.

    A bit crap from Wiggle though, could have shown a bit of goodwill here.

  • Brit Drivers1 year 6 weeks agoUs journalists pay over the

    Us journalists pay over the odds for insurance cover due to prejudices about us going drinking. That all went out the door a long time ago but the insurance is still costly.

  • Action cam choices..1 year 6 weeks agoContour Roam 2....perfect for

    Contour Roam 2....perfect for your ride and then commuting.

    They have just come right down, you should be able to get a brand new one around £130.

  • Sergio Henao back racing after tests - can he make Sky's Tour de France team?1 year 6 weeks agoColombian climber born and

    Colombian climber born and raised at altitude now racing for Sky...
    I should imagine he knows more about the sky than most Smile

  • Sergio Henao back racing after tests - can he make Sky's Tour de France team?1 year 6 weeks agoand what about the jtl

    and what about the jtl shenanigans still going on

  • Triban 500 or ...?1 year 6 weeks agoMrmiik wrote:These Volants

    Mrmiik wrote:
    These Volants seem popular right now - was chatting about this in another forum on here about them. My brother has one and I thrashed it on a sportive in Wales in late April, handled well. Really well built. They have a really nice frame. Stiff and handles really well. However the wheels on the 2013 version are heavy. The bike climbs like a pig! However I think they fixed this for 2014 with a compact crankset (much wider gear spread).

    http://road.cc/content/forum/120923-triban-500-or-genesis-volant-10-2014-£450#comment-263205

  • Triban 500 or ...?1 year 6 weeks agoThese Volants seem popular

    These Volants seem popular right now - was chatting about this in another forum on here about them. My brother has one and I thrashed it on a sportive in Wales in late April, handled well. Really well built. They have a really nice frame. Stiff and handles really well. However the wheels on the 2013 version are heavy. The bike climbs like a pig! However I think they fixed this for 2014 with a compact crankset (much wider gear spread).

  • Endura Urban Coolmax SS Polo shirt1 year 6 weeks agoI have the Endura long sleeve

    I have the Endura long sleeve jersey in the same material. It's lightweight and thin. Base layer + jersey + Gore Path jacket kept me in comfort on the winter commute from -5 (wind chill) to +7, so it's really adaptable. Despite fastidious washing, it is a bit smelly now though, but I did wear it almost daily for 4 months.

  • Endura Urban Coolmax SS Polo shirt1 year 6 weeks agoI have the Endura long sleeve

    I have the Endura long sleeve jersey in the same material. It's lightweight and thin. Base layer + jersey + Gore Path jacket kept me in comfort on the winter commute from -5 (wind chill) to +7, so it's really adaptable. Despite fastidious washing, it is a bit smelly now though, but I did wear it almost daily for 4 months.