• Bespoked: the versatility of steel1 year 5 weeks agoalotronic wrote:...My carbon

    alotronic wrote:
    ...My carbon bike is 1.5mph average faster than my steel bike...

    The difference between identically specced and set up steel and carbon bikes will be nowhere near 1.5 mph.

  • Ask Dave1 year 5 weeks agoenrique wrote:cgipryan

    enrique wrote:
    cgipryan wrote:
    Dave, do you think we should open an "Ask Enrique" thread?...

    fukawitribe wrote:

    From what i've seen so far of the man, it would just be filled with inane questions from himself with the occasional pat on the back from his little side-kick....

    How right you are...

    Had wondered why i'd bothered, never normally respond to trolls like that, but nice to have been near the mark.

  • Ask Dave1 year 5 weeks agoenrique wrote:cgipryan

    enrique wrote:
    cgipryan wrote:
    Dave, do you think we should open an "Ask Enrique" thread?...

    fukawitribe wrote:

    From what i've seen so far of the man, it would just be filled with inane questions from himself with the occasional pat on the back from his little side-kick....

    How right you are...

    Had wondered why i'd bothered, never normally respond to trolls like that, but nice to have been near the mark.

  • Cycling revolution could save 10,000 lives per year in Western capitals alone, study claims1 year 5 weeks agofelixcat wrote:I'm not sure

    felixcat wrote:
    I'm not sure that your doubts are actually supported by the data you quote.
    Overall life expectancy is the product of vary many factors besides transport caused deaths. It is not possible to isolate one of the many factors. It is much more justifiable to attribute accident deaths and pollution deaths to the traffic arrangements and air quality of each city.

    Of course life expectancy is due to a whole range of factors ... but there appears to be no evidence whatsoever (as yet) that a cycling population lives longer than a non-cycling population.

    That *is* disappointing and, to be honest, I'm not sure that I really accept the validity of the Wiki 'data' in it's entirety in this context. Maybe it will take another 20 years before the true results will actually show up?

  • Cancellara Hour Record bid on ice as UCI mulls rule changes1 year 5 weeks agoIt seems odd that a legal,

    It seems odd that a legal, pursuit bike can't be used for the hour. Just make it the same as the current track rules and stop buggering about.

    Oh and it must be set at Calshot.

  • Police go door-to-door in hunt for New Forest sportive saboteurs1 year 5 weeks agoPR from the police. A

    PR from the police. A statement that they are watching. And a notice to some of the local loudmouths to wind their necks in. Also a good opener for a chat when the Chief Constable meets some of the local councillors. It flags up the damage that these acts do to the reputation of the Forest. The message is clear enough to me. The powers that be. The real powers have had enough of the antics of some of these parish councillors.

  • Video: tailgating a tipper truck at 40mph1 year 5 weeks agoGood for him! We used to be a

    Good for him! We used to be a country of great adventurers, people pushing themselves to their limits, going above and beyond. Now we are a country whose favourite occupation is putting ourselves (usually others) down. Lets all mind our own business and get on with enjoying our own lives. Just because you couldn't countenance drafting a moving vehicle doesn't mean its wrong. Spending long hours on a computer getting high blood pressure worrying about everybody else's business is probably more dangerous..... just saying. Oh, and if you ever see me doing anything you think I shouldn't, please don't worry about me 'cos I certainly won't be worrying about you!

  • Amstel Gold Race1 year 5 weeks agoWhen does the game rider

    When does the game rider roster switch over to the riders for Amstel Gold?

  • Derailleur failure sram force 221 year 5 weeks agoGet the bike shop to check

    Get the bike shop to check the cranks and bb were fitted properly.
    I bought the same bike in October and had a number of gearing/chain problems to start with; when I took it back to the shop it turned out that they factory hadn't fitted the right SRAM spacers meaning the crank was coming loose and pushing the chain out of alignment. Although I got lucky and suffered no real damage, my LBS reported the issue to Focus who confirmed that there was a training issue at the factory.

  • I may have found a good reason for a bike helmet!1 year 5 weeks ago*wavy lines* Damn. Caught. My

    *wavy lines* Damn. Caught.

    My Grandad was in the royal engineers and had a shed full of tools.He made me all sorts of presents and toys.

    He also made me my first bike. It was a Dutch style frame. Much too big for me until that sudden "OH!" moment and the world was mine.

    He maintained it and taught me for years. After he died, the chain snapped. I could have fixed it but my grandma had sold his tools and it was a hand made chain! The cog teeth were a custom distance too.

    I miss that bike that was built entirely in a garage.

  • Geometry questions1 year 5 weeks agowellcoordinated wrote:Have

    wellcoordinated wrote:
    Have you considered a Ti bike for comfort? If you are thinking of keeping a bike for a few years then this should be you choice.

    Not really relevant with the OPs question.
    More than just frame material to bring comfort as well, fit is equally if not more important.

  • I may have found a good reason for a bike helmet!1 year 5 weeks agoI'm not saying they're a daft

    I'm not saying they're a daft idea. Wearing one should be a risk assessment that you take for yourself. I'll be riding around for quite some time without one. There's no point in putting mine on is there? I may be a pavement cyclist in some spots where I'd just have taken primary for a while.

    I clearly just avoided a potentially life threatening injury. I would like the roads to be safe for my 10 year old daughter to cycle over the 3 miles on her own to my place. They aren't. I just don't understand how to make things feel as safe as they did in the early 80's when I got the start on my road craft

  • Cancellara Hour Record bid on ice as UCI mulls rule changes1 year 5 weeks agoWhy would Wiggins et al be

    Why would Wiggins et al be competing on modern road bikes if the rules don't change? Surely they would be just as unacceptable as a modern TT bike? (Also surely any attempt -whether Merkxx style or using modern technology - would have to be on a fixed bike anyway to be track legal?)

  • Geometry questions1 year 5 weeks agoHave you considered a Ti bike

    Have you considered a Ti bike for comfort? If you are thinking of keeping a bike for a few years then this should be you choice.

  • Geometry questions1 year 5 weeks agoHave you considered a Ti bike

    Have you considered a Ti bike for comfort? If you are thinking of keeping a bike for a few years then this should be you choice.

  • View Niki Terpstra's Paris-Roubaix winning ride on Strava1 year 5 weeks agoDave Atkinson wrote:Not all

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    Not all pros use a power meter. Tommy Voeckler doesn't even run a speedo most of the time Wink

    He defines effort by how much that tongue is out!

  • View Niki Terpstra's Paris-Roubaix winning ride on Strava1 year 5 weeks agoPaul J wrote:Is it that

    Paul J wrote:
    Is it that Terpstra doesn't use a power-meter, or actually that he strips the power data out before making it public (easy to do)? Finding it hard to believe he doesn't have a power meter.

    They'll use power meters in training but power in a race is normally the domain of mountain climbers.

    It's a little surprising he was able to download the whole race; they don;t normally swap their Garmins over when changing bikes.

    As an aside, the chances of anyone using a power meter at PR are pretty slim. Another thing to get battered, break and go wrong.

  • Derailleur failure sram force 221 year 5 weeks ago(There)

    (There)

  • I may have found a good reason for a bike helmet!1 year 5 weeks agoLooks like the damage is

    Looks like the damage is mostly above the ear? If so, it might have missed a smaller unhelmeted head. Did the police attend and arrest the reckless driver?

  • Derailleur failure sram force 221 year 5 weeks agoCheers. They sell bikes for

    Cheers. They sell bikes for huge money but won't accept that occasionally they can make faulty stuff. Their will be war!

  • Amstel Gold Race1 year 5 weeks agoHoping Brabantse Pijl gives

    Hoping Brabantse Pijl gives us an indication on Gilbert, Gallopin, and Dan Martin.

  • Geometry questions1 year 5 weeks agoI had worked out you were a

    I had worked out you were a tall lad.

    After a lot of prevaricating I went for a Retul bike fit in December. Not only did I get my existing bike set up better, but the fitter gave me a recommended stack and reach for any new bike I was looking at. It changed my view on what would work for me. I learnt that my proportionally slightly longer back didn't suit the 'endurance' road bikes as well as I thought it might. Something like that may be worth a try.

    I agree with the comments on stack and reach really being about fit, but fit is probably the most important aspect as riding a bike that fits you makes you happier to ride.

  • Attempting my first bike build - Advice please!1 year 5 weeks agoThis is all really good

    This is all really good advice. I just did my first build and what made it easy was having a good toolbox, including decent wirecutters as has been said above, and a workstand.
    Not got too much more to add. Look out the official Shimano video for fitting a 6700 group. The dubbing makes it both informative AND comical.

  • I may have found a good reason for a bike helmet!1 year 5 weeks agoChrist, sounds like you got

    Christ, sounds like you got very lucky - all three of you did, by the sounds of it. What a tool that van driver is.

    Look, I'm not one for arguing for compulsory helmet use, but clearly your life was just saved by a helmet, and you're still saying they're a daft idea? I'm not quite sure I understand you...

  • View Niki Terpstra's Paris-Roubaix winning ride on Strava1 year 5 weeks agoMore awesome than awesome.

    More awesome than awesome. It puts it in perspective that this evening we did a chain gang at 39km/h for 1:15 - 49km. So he did 5 times as far, faster... on cobbles for 60k or so !!! unreal.