• First Race Bike confusion!1 year 12 weeks agoPedalRaptorPedal wrote:Thank

    PedalRaptorPedal wrote:
    Thank you for all your suggestions!

    GKam84 or crash do you know how to/where to get a proper bike fit measure done?

    I'm looking at spending between £800-£1000 on my first bike, is that a good price range?

    Check with your LBS they will tell who does a bike fit in your area. It will cost about £100 but its worth every penny.

    As for your price range you can get some brilliant bikes in that range.

  • Benefits Of Wider Rims?1 year 12 weeks agoI've got 23mm Continental

    I've got 23mm Continental GP4000s on 23mm clincher rims, and i'm running them at 10-15psi lower pressure, giving a plusher ride than the 23mm tyres on 15-19mm rims.
    Aside from aero, that's probably it.

  • Days after 'retiring', could Alessandro Petacchi be Mark Cavendish's Giro d'Italia leadout?1 year 12 weeks agoI was under the impression

    I was under the impression that the transfer season was at the end of the season, didn't realise you could chop and change mid season ?

    Unless of course cos he's retired its different.

    Agree with Gkam on this though, Lampre will be doing there dinger if he signs for OPQS.

  • A massive saddle bag for overnight trips?1 year 12 weeks ago*Mike Hall.

    *Mike Hall.

  • First Race Bike confusion!1 year 12 weeks agoThank you for all your

    Thank you for all your suggestions!

    GKam84 or crash do you know how to/where to get a proper bike fit measure done?

    I'm looking at spending between £800-£1000 on my first bike, is that a good price range?

  • Family calls for tough sentencing on driver who killed cyclists 30 years apart1 year 12 weeks agopaulmcmillan wrote:When you

    paulmcmillan wrote:
    When you get behind the wheel you can choose to drive carefully or you can choose to drive dangerously/carelessly. You can make your choice before you set off on your journey.

    Any of us who drive know that when we get behind the wheel we could kill by accident through no fault of our own; such is the inherent danger of piloting a tonne of metal, and the reason why we need to choose to drive carefully. Most of us do.

    However – if you CHOOSE to drive dangerously/carelessly and as a result of this choice cause another's death by this then I believe you should not be allowed to drive again. Driving is a privilege rather than an entitlement.
    Shame the law disagrees.

    These tragic cases just reaffirm my view.

    Well said that man, i completely agree. Applause

  • First Race Bike confusion!1 year 12 weeks agoI should also say that my

    I should also say that my bike is not female specific geometry and I am no giant at 5'5".

  • First Race Bike confusion!1 year 12 weeks agoWhen I was looking for a

    When I was looking for a carbon bike I quickly came to the conclusion that whatever the bike shop owner rode was the best bike that they could recommend Cool I sickened myself, after months (and after trying approx 5 perfect bikes) I found a bike that I love riding. I paid the money for a bike fit and it was well worth it.

    As others have said, do your research, narrow down the list based on what your priorities and budget are and try out the bikes.

  • First Race Bike confusion!1 year 12 weeks agoNo real experience of racing

    No real experience of racing as I ride for transport and fun. That said as previously said. Get a bike fit well worth the money before throwing serious money at a bike and go to a shop and try before you buy. Also ignore branding and gender specific frames. If it works for you then its fine

  • First Race Bike confusion!1 year 12 weeks agoIts ok listening to

    Its ok listening to recommendations. But unless you get your hands on all of those models and try them out, you won't know.

    FIRST things first, if you are looking at becoming a total roadie. GET a bike fit done. You will get the dimensions that are the best fit for you, then compare them to different bikes. A woman's specific frame might not be right at all.

    I cannot give any more advice on your problem, because its a hard one. But get a bike fit before going any further.

  • Cycling Ireland EGM to reconsider McQuaid UCI nomination1 year 12 weeks agoMy club voted for the EGM and

    My club voted for the EGM and did a lot of canvassing for support.

    I'm delighted with the result but I know from some club's feedback that's it's far from a done deal.
    The cycling community is very conservative, hence nominating McQuaid 3 times on the trot.
    I hope the groundswell keeps swelling.

  • Family calls for tough sentencing on driver who killed cyclists 30 years apart1 year 12 weeks agoWhen you get behind the wheel

    When you get behind the wheel you can choose to drive carefully or you can choose to drive dangerously/carelessly. You can make your choice before you set off on your journey.

    Any of us who drive know that when we get behind the wheel we could kill by accident through no fault of our own; such is the inherent danger of piloting a tonne of metal, and the reason why we need to choose to drive carefully. Most of us do.

    However – if you CHOOSE to drive dangerously/carelessly and as a result of this choice cause another's death by this then I believe you should not be allowed to drive again. Driving is a privilege rather than an entitlement.
    Shame the law disagrees.

    These tragic cases just reaffirm my view.

  • Cycling in France1 year 12 weeks agoEat between 12 and 2. That's

    Eat between 12 and 2. That's when the cafés will be open and the shops shut. Outside those hours it's the opposite. At least in the cantal (where I often visit) it is always true. The drivers are very considerate too. Best of luck.

  • Padded shorts - a query1 year 12 weeks agoI ride 100-200 miles per

    I ride 100-200 miles per week, and mostly wear running leggings only (comando, obviously), mostly because it's part of my job to be on and off a bike a lot.

    I always found thick padded shorts more uncomfortable due to the pressure being more distributed. My sit bones have been well trained now, and I do regular (nonstop) road rides of 20-35 miles without padding and with minimal problems.
    I definitely try and wear some padding if I'm going over 30 miles though...

    Try triathlon shorts! They tend to be very thinly padded and feel more natural. My absolute favorites are the Louis Garneau ones http://www.evanscycles.com/products/louis-garneau/2011-triathlon-power-g... (I have the womens version). I've used them happily on a couple of centuries rides.

    Also just bought some dhb bibs - the padding inside is fairly thin and well shaped, and I now wear these for long stints on the bike.

    P.S. I'm a girl (though this means I'm *ahem* anatomically softer down there anyway). Also I don't have a rock hard saddle - my Fizik Vesta is perfect. Firm enough, but you can't hammer nails with it. Go for something with a bit more cushioning.

  • Replace Tyre After Puncture?1 year 12 weeks agoE6000 was recommended to me;

    E6000 was recommended to me; it's flexible so seems to work pretty well.

    That said, if the carcass is damaged bin it!

  • Days after 'retiring', could Alessandro Petacchi be Mark Cavendish's Giro d'Italia leadout?1 year 12 weeks agoI can see this falling flat

    I can see this falling flat on its face. Because he "retired" then Lampre would have torn up his contract and wished him well in the future.

    To then turn around a week later and think about signing with another team, Lampre will have the lawyers on speed dial calling in everything, because the will be looking for cash from OPQS

  • Blackburn Mars 4.0 rear light1 year 12 weeks agoI've had mine for over a year

    I've had mine for over a year after the rough roads around Telford led to my old Cateye committing suicide. It is super bright and I usually have mine on flash for daylight running so there is no chance of the SMIDSY excuse for any driver approaching from the rear, and on for night. There is one downside to it being so bright; if you're riding at night in a group everyone will be asking you to switch it off or ride out back.

    I got a bit of water in mine after 25 miles through some serious monsoon weather, dried it out, put a bit of vasoline around the seal, never had another problem.

    Looking pretty indestructible so far.

  • Family calls for tough sentencing on driver who killed cyclists 30 years apart1 year 12 weeks agoOnce is bad enough, but can

    Once is bad enough, but can if you learn your lesson, do your time and sort out your driving, the lesson learnt, NO ONE should die on the roads, but with the mixture of traffic it does happen.

    But to then be involved with a similar incident a number of years later, the length of time between them shouldn't be taken into the case. Just the fact that this driver has KILLED two people on the road should be enough for him to be put away for a LONG time, I'd be looking for the 5 year maximum jail sentence.

    Also at LEAST 5 year ban and forced to resit his test WITH advanced driving a requirement aswell.

  • Cycling Ireland EGM to reconsider McQuaid UCI nomination1 year 12 weeks agoWe are not that

    We are not that conservative...there is a huge groundswell of grassroots who are not happy with the nomination and were shocked that cycling ireland went ahead with the nomination against majority opinion.

    People were really shocked and surprised that Anto Moran was the only one with any backbone.

  • Tour de Romandie - Stage 41 year 12 weeks agoHaha, 87th place on today's

    Haha, 87th place on today's stage because of my 10 penalty points. Now I've 2 riders not in the ITT and their combined value is 6. More penalty points shall be incurred tomorrow, so I'll be lucky if I hold onto this race.

  • Tour de Romandie - Stage 41 year 12 weeks ago139 purist and 110 standard

    139 purist and 110 standard with 10 penalty points as well.

  • Tour de Romandie - Stage 41 year 12 weeks ago96 for me with Hoogerland

    96 for me with Hoogerland being my only non scorer. My purist team just lost 3 riders Crying

  • UKIP Cambridge candidate: "if everybody cycled, there would be no roads to ride on"1 year 12 weeks agoIf this half-wit and/or his

    If this half-wit and/or his party get elected to anything, I object that I'll be paying for people that I don't use or want to use.

    As pointed out above, all kinds of taxpayers, including cyclists, have paid for all these road facilites with varying degrees and type of contribution. I don't like that my taxes contribute to car parks, motorways etc. which I don't use. BLOODY MOTORISTS, USING FACILITIES THAT CYCLISTS HAVE PAID FOR.

    The most dangerous mix is power with low intelligence.

  • Tour de Romandie - Stage 41 year 12 weeks ago88 i think.... Dropping

    88 i think.... Sad Dropping Pinot and taking a penalty try to squeeze in Froome Nerd

  • Tour de Romandie - Stage 41 year 12 weeks agoAverage-ish, I think. Points

    Average-ish, I think. Points mostly from Burghardt, Froome and Rui Costa.

    Talansky left behind a little today; despite his TT skills will be dropping him for Martin tomorrow.

    My big question is whether Pinot will perform in the TT, or should I take a hit on the penalty points and drop him for Kelderman, who is a mere second behind him in GC and has a better TT record?