• Bad news for MAMILs - 1 in 3 think cyclists should ditch Lycra before turning 40, says British Heart Federation survey (+ infographic)1 year 6 weeks agoTwo tandemists easily

    Two tandemists easily completed the much feared "Snow Roads" 300k randonnee last weekend - combined ages >140yrs. Both looking good in lycra!

  • Endura Urban Coolmax SS Polo shirt1 year 6 weeks agoAt last a well priced

    At last a well priced Urban/Touring jersey at a great price.

    I like the lack of merino as I've never found 100% merino garments robust enough for more than a season's use plus they lose their shape, color and fit after a couple of launders.

    Do they have a ladies range? I am in!

    FG

  • Bad news for MAMILs - 1 in 3 think cyclists should ditch Lycra before turning 40, says British Heart Federation survey (+ infographic)1 year 6 weeks agoI'm being discriminated

    I'm being discriminated against, I'm an 'Old Man In Lycra' and never get a mention!

  • Suisse Rowe1 year 6 weeks agoTwybaydos wrote:When is tour

    Twybaydos wrote:
    When is tour de Suisse opening? If it starts Saturday am and I'm going on the piss Friday night I would like to do my team Thurs night if poss.

    By the way, very much this ^^^^^^

  • Suisse Rowe1 year 6 weeks agoTwybaydos wrote:Please be

    Twybaydos wrote:
    Please be aware that as stage 7 is a time trial around the city of Worb, listed as from Worb - Worb, this may be the most dubstep bike race ever

    Laughing Laughing Laughing Rolling On The Floor Rolling On The Floor Rolling On The Floor Silly

    Funniest thing I've ever read on road.cc!

  • Help - carbon road bike.1 year 6 weeks agoI have to thank everyone for

    I have to thank everyone for the suggestions, I'm really impressed with the level of support I got on this forum!

    I have to agree with notfastenough, I am steering clear of online purchases. I'm very keen on trying the bike and making sure it's comfortable, etc.. I also want to use the cycle scheme voucher for £1000, so that won't be possible with most of these online retailers (such as Canyon, from what I gathered on this forum). I would also love to be able to build the bike on my own, but that is unfortunately not possible at the moment. Smile

    Mrmiik, I do consider racing in the future, but I don't think I want Ultegra.. I actually heard some bad feedback about the Ultegra 11 speed related to the front derelleur, not sure how accurate this is, as I only heard from one person (a GIANT salesperson). In any case, I've seen the new 105 (5700 11 speed) online and the front derelleur seems similar to the Ultegra 11 speed, they surely would not make a mistake twice... If anyone has any info on this, I would appreciate it. But 105 seems to be a very reliable groupset, so I've decided to stick with it and save a bit of money there.. I could even get a carbon frame with Tiagra and then upgrade it to full 105 11 speed later (such as the model dreamlx10 suggested above for about £1000).

    Regarding the other suggestions, I had good feedback on Cubes, too. The carbon Cube frame has a good price, but no internal cable routing? And I did not really like the ALU frame colour scheme Sad

    To address the bike fit comments, I have done a proper bike fit and the models I listed on my post all fit me. Scott does also fit me, but the Aluminium model I could go with (Contessa Speedster 15) is not available on my size...then the carbon models are more expensive than the ones short listed above. Treks don't fit me well so they're also ruled out.

    I have tried the Norco.. It did feel comfortable, it weights 880grams. The down tube on the bike seems a bit thick though. I haven't yet reached a conclusion if this is a reputable carbon frame. If Norco does reputable carbon MTB bikes, the material would logically be good? It's on sale from 1500 down to 1275 at the moment... I wonder how would this frame compare to a Focus, Canyon or Planet X as suggested above, all for around £1500?

    Regarding my location, I am in Berkshire, but can get to London very easily..

    Thanks again all!

  • Video: How to race in a bunch1 year 6 weeks agoSTRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAVAAAAAAAA

    STRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAVAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!

  • Triban 500 or ...?1 year 6 weeks agothanks Mrmiik. Any

    thanks Mrmiik. Any suggestions about bikes with SRAM or Rival ?
    I certainly expect to fall over in clips and have no fantasies about being brilliant on the road. ( I am not even brilliant in the gym!!).
    Give me a recommended cx bike ( please ) and I will then imagine my £4,000 carbon roadster for the future!

  • Ditching cars for school run could save £2 billion a year, says Sustrans1 year 6 weeks ago"1.8 miles away, which the

    "1.8 miles away, which the charity says equates to a journey of 25 minutes on foot", that's over 4 mph for a primary school child! More relaistic to say twice that time.

  • Triban 500 or Genesis Volant 10 2014 for £450?1 year 6 weeks agoThanks greatly CGT. I am a

    Thanks greatly CGT. I am a little concerned that all the recent reviews seem to be about the Volant 00 and not the Volant 10. Maybe the 00 is better ?

  • Triban 500 or Genesis Volant 10 2014 for £450?1 year 6 weeks agoThanks Mrmiik. That's what I

    Thanks Mrmiik. That's what I hoped you would say!
    It iseems difficult to find a review of the Volant 10 2014 as most seem to be of the Valant 00 (and why is it lighter and cheaper?). I have checked there is a compact crankset. Given the RRP is over £700 and it is selling for £450, I assume I could get my money back if I don't use it?
    Is the advice re swapping saddle and bar tape based on comfort or looks? ( I would prefer a black look anyway with the bike's colour scheme)
    I really appreciate your comments as I am a potential rider without non-gym based cyclemates.

  • Suisse Rowe1 year 6 weeks agoWhen is tour de Suisse

    When is tour de Suisse opening? If it starts Saturday am and I'm going on the piss Friday night I would like to do my team Thurs night if poss.

  • Dauphine Purist and Standard Dream Teams1 year 6 weeks agoPercent of Teams that chose

    Percent of Teams that chose the Stage 4 'Within Budget' Dream Team riders:

    Jan Bakelants 7%
    Peter Velits 1%
    Damiano Caruso 1%
    Pim Ligthart 0%
    Maxime Bouet 1%
    Yury Trofimov 1%
    Christian Meier 3%
    Lars Petter Nordhaug 4%
    Gustav Larsson 18%

  • Bad news for MAMILs - 1 in 3 think cyclists should ditch Lycra before turning 40, says British Heart Federation survey (+ infographic)1 year 6 weeks agoWhy does an organisation

    Why does an organisation trying to promote cycling and its health benefits even ASK THE LYCRA QUESTION?? Talk about shooting yourself in the foot... D Oh D Oh D Oh

  • Dauphine Purist and Standard Dream Teams1 year 6 weeks agoStage 4 20.6 Jan

    Stage 4

    20.6 Jan Bakelants
    15.0 Peter Velits
    14.5 Damiano Caruso
    14.3 Pim Ligthart
    11.6 Maxime Bouet
    10.0 Yury Trofimov
    8.7 Christian Meier
    8.3 Lars Petter Nordhaug
    5.3 Gustav Larsson
    Total Budget 108.3 credits Score: 239 points

    Highest 'Actual' Score: Phasing (Phasing)

    40.0 Christopher Froome
    32.5 Alberto Contador
    26.8 Wilco Kelderman
    12.5 Nikias Arndt
    12.5 Kevin Reza
    10.0 Yury Trofimov
    5.3 Gustav Larsson
    3.1 Kristijan Durasek
    3.0 Valerio Conti

    Score: 127 points

  • Bad news for MAMILs - 1 in 3 think cyclists should ditch Lycra before turning 40, says British Heart Federation survey (+ infographic)1 year 6 weeks agoSome horrible comments here

    Some horrible comments here about fat people in lycra. The people that made them I think should think about their negative outlook.

    I think the more fat people in lycra on bikes getting thinner the better.

    Correct me if I am wrong ......... ok this is not accurate but roughly 65 miles on a bike burns the equivalent calories of 1 lb of fat.

    If you are 5 stone over weight, 5 months later on a healthy diet and riding on average 40 miles a day with a few rest days you could be 5 stone lighter.

    Easier said than done but not impossible. 20 mile cycling commute could be just what the doctor ordered.

    CYCLING IS AWESOME - FAT - THIN WHATEVER YOU ARE, YOU SHOULD RIDE YOUR BIKE AND NOT CARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE THAT THINK YOU SHOULN'T Nerd

    Let me know if I have got my statistics wrong. I promise I am not going to make a info graphic

  • Bad news for MAMILs - 1 in 3 think cyclists should ditch Lycra before turning 40, says British Heart Federation survey (+ infographic)1 year 6 weeks agoWhat if the lycra is Rapha?

    What if the lycra is Rapha? Do I get bonus points for toff-stylin'?

  • Bad news for MAMILs - 1 in 3 think cyclists should ditch Lycra before turning 40, says British Heart Federation survey (+ infographic)1 year 6 weeks agoSome horrible comment here

    Some horrible comment here about fat people in lycra.

    I think the more fat people in lycra on bikes getting thinner the better.

    Correct me if I am wrong ......... ok this is not accurate but roughly 65 miles on a bike burns the equivalent calories of 1 lb of fat.

    If you are 5 stone over weight, 5 months later on a healthy diet and riding on average 40 miles a day with a few rest days you could be 5 stone lighter.

    Easier said than done but not impossible. 20 mile cycling commute could be just what the doctor ordered.

    CYCLING IS AWESOME - FAT - THIN WHATEVER YOU ARE, YOU SHOULD RIDE YOUR BIKE AND NOT CARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE THAT THINK YOU SHOULN'T Nerd

    Let me know if I have got my statistics wrong.

  • Help - carbon road bike.1 year 6 weeks agoLots of cool stuff suggested,

    Lots of cool stuff suggested, but buying online (canyon for example) for your first road bike has danger written all over it.

    Bikegirl - question for you, where are you based? People here should be able to suggest good local road bike shops (although you may already have some lined up).

  • Bad news for MAMILs - 1 in 3 think cyclists should ditch Lycra before turning 40, says British Heart Federation survey (+ infographic)1 year 6 weeks agoDue to the survey I've now

    Due to the survey I've now gone out and bought a pair of lycra short one size smaller than usual just to piss them off.

    Mamil and proud of it!

    P.S. are the 1 in 3 those twits that walk around with the arse showing, like a rent boy on an aggresive advertising campaign.

  • Bad news for MAMILs - 1 in 3 think cyclists should ditch Lycra before turning 40, says British Heart Federation survey (+ infographic)1 year 6 weeks agoThe best way to decide: 1.

    The best way to decide: 1. Look into the mirror 2. Do I look like a sausage roll?
    Yes: Maybe wear something less tight No: You're good to go!

  • Bad news for MAMILs - 1 in 3 think cyclists should ditch Lycra before turning 40, says British Heart Federation survey (+ infographic)1 year 6 weeks agoSlow news day.

    Slow news day.

  • Triban 500 or ...?1 year 6 weeks agoBuy a CX bike (don't worry

    Buy a CX bike (don't worry about discs). I would recommend SRAM to be fair - light and compatible with Shimano.

    Within months of owning a Triban 300 the thing was showing wear and tear. I did maintain it, but they just can't hold up to riding in British weather.

    Not being rude but I don't know anyone who would 'want' sora shifters - it's kind of what you are putting up with....

    Anyhow, get a CX bike, probably with SRAM Apex or Rival for best bang for buck (SRAM apex cassette has a super low gear for those hills - you are coming from spinning right? Don't expect this to translate to amazing ability on the road!

    The CX bike can take a few more knocks (expect to fall over with clip ins Smile ), will offer you far more versatility, and the geometry is much more upright, a la sportive style. Of course, you can easily swap the tyres for some nice skinny ones and hey presto - you have a decent winter hack for when you inevitably get a fully Campagnolo equipped Italian racing dream machine Wink

  • Sergio Henao back racing after tests - can he make Sky's Tour de France team?1 year 6 weeks agoIt'll be interesting to see

    It'll be interesting to see the research. It will need to be pretty stringent, otherwise it risks giving the perception Sky have been judge and jury in their own case, not unlike the 'independent' environmental research one sees the big oil companies engage in.

    Having Oli Cookson involved doesn't exactly help in the perception stakes either (note I am not of the opinion this is indicative of any wrong doing/corruption), but it does hand more ammunition to Sky's critics.

    For a company sponsored by one of the biggest media firms in the world, their ability to score PR own goals (Leinders affair anyone?) is unprecedented.

  • Bad news for MAMILs - 1 in 3 think cyclists should ditch Lycra before turning 40, says British Heart Federation survey (+ infographic)1 year 6 weeks agoAs a broke teenager, the only

    As a broke teenager, the only cycling shorts I could get were a pair of third? fourth? hand woolen cycling shorts with a chammy leather insert. I was so glad when I could afford a pair of lycra shorts. Now I'm a retired pensioner, I've no intention of giving up my lycra because a survey of faceless people think I should.