• Tech Roundup: Specialized aero helmet, Pinarello Campagnolo 80th bike, SRAM QuickView, Strava and more1 year 11 weeks agoScotchPoth wrote:45 quid for

    ScotchPoth wrote:
    45 quid for a box of flipping Marathon bars?
    Its just taking the piss,you can buy a 5 pack of Marathons or Topics for 1.50 which are probably just as beneficial

    Yep. Absolutely.

    And I bet Marathon/Snickers taste better too.

  • Prolive Gavia 2011 for non racer? ? If not what 30-35 deep wheelset?1 year 11 weeks ago700c wrote:if you believe

    700c wrote:
    if you believe they're beneficial for racing, then why wouldn't this apply to other situations?

    I don't see the point in deliberately trying to limit yourself, because of a belief that certain gear can only be used when competing..

    Surely riding a 1982 steel frame could be considered as 'limiting' yourself.

    It's not that deep section wheels can only be used for competing but that the small benefit of a slightly more aerodynamic rim seems unnecessary if you're not in a competing.

    If there is no race why worry about shaving a handful of seconds off your A to B time? Some nice alloy rims will be a better bang-for-buck and, some would say, more in keeping with a classic frame.

    I've ridden and raced on 50mm carbon rims and IMVHO they are overrated - the aero gain, the handling and feedback, braking and VFM. I'm not saying no-one should buy them, I just don't think they are all they are cracked up to be. Don't believe the hype.

  • Riding in Scotland? Beware of buzzards!1 year 11 weeks agoHow did he know it was the

    How did he know it was the same buzzard on the Monday? Was it wearing his Buff?

  • Tech Roundup: Specialized aero helmet, Pinarello Campagnolo 80th bike, SRAM QuickView, Strava and more1 year 11 weeks agoArgos team kit also on sale

    Argos team kit also on sale from their own site........ http://webshop.teamargosshimano.com/productgroup/243/cycling-clothing.aspx

  • Starting a race team1 year 11 weeks agoWhy not just join an existing

    Why not just join an existing club?
    If you don't like what they do, there are enough of you to change the way they do it, and without all the hassle of creating a new setup.

    ".... a promise that there won't be any intra-club political problems, offering more of a co-operative feel to the club – they want the members to consider that they themselves are the club."

    As soon as two people disagree on something, which will probably be within a week or two, that aim will die a death.
    EVERY club sets out with that aim, but in order to progress, there will be someone who disagrees with what is happening. That's called "politics" and it's inevitable unless no-one cares about anything.

  • Riding in Scotland? Beware of buzzards!1 year 11 weeks agoI was shadowed by a buzzard

    I was shadowed by a buzzard while mountain biking near Glyncorrwg in South Wales. Eventually the bird landed on a fence in front of me and I must confess I was so worried by its menacing behaviour that I turned around. Up close a buzzard is impressively big and intimidating.

  • Roux Etape 250 (2013)1 year 11 weeks agoUnlike most of those

    Unlike most of those commenting above I actually bought one. I work for CTC and saw it at a show so maybe I'm the bloke referred to above?

    Anyway I'll echo most of what the review says. Best things for me are:

    It feels really good to ride, comfy and responsive
    It handles superbly, really good going dead slow and really stable and predictable on fast descents
    The brakes are so much better than on the Claud Butler I had been riding
    At the price it is great value

    What have I changed:

    Bulletproof but slower and bigger Panaracer TourGuard Plus tyres (500 miles and not a nick or mark on them!!)
    Put my Brooks saddle on it
    The wheels were not well built but a session to re-tension and they are better than new

    After about 600 miles on a whole range of surfaces I feel that I got really good value for my money and I expect to be using this bike for a very long time.

  • Canyon CF Paint Finish1 year 11 weeks agoEvening. I’m Tims mate Rik.

    Evening. I’m Tims mate Rik. I hadn’t signed up for a road.cc account which is why Tim posted on my behalf. I must say that when we unboxed the frame we had reservations regarding the finish, but having spoken with the tech chaps at Canyon in London, done a little more research, read the posts on here, as well as reviewing the info that I should have read in the 1st place on the canyon website: https://www.canyon.com/_en/supportcenter/article.html?supportcenter_cate... my reservations have been answered. As one of the posts mentions, in artificial light, the effect is highlighted more so than in natural light. At different angles in natural light, it’s almost hologram-like (chiv30 says ‘silky’ which is also a good description). Having taken the bike for its inaugural ride, I notice a huge difference from my old specialized allez elite which is my workhorse. The canyon is an absolute pleasure to ride and whilst I don’t compete, I notice a huge difference on hills where I’m sure the weight and stiffness of the bike makes me feel like I’m flying up the hills! I’ve not taken the bike on a long ride yet, but so far it feels very comfortable. Re. the post which mentioned measurements – when I ordered from the canyon website, you measure every possible part of your body and if you’re unsure of where to measure from and to, the youtube video will assist. You can also speak with their tech services in London if you’re unsure of anything and they seemed very knowledge. Thanks all for your comments. Rik.

  • Tech Roundup: Specialized aero helmet, Pinarello Campagnolo 80th bike, SRAM QuickView, Strava and more1 year 11 weeks ago45 quid for a box of flipping

    45 quid for a box of flipping Marathon bars?
    Its just taking the piss,you can buy a 5 pack of Marathons or Topics for 1.50 which are probably just as beneficial

  • Pinarello Sibilo TT bike launched1 year 11 weeks agoJust how many different

    Just how many different frames do Pinarello have on the market now? There's at least 3 Dogmas, 3 TT bikes, about 8 different ones at Halfords.. Is the Prince still on sale? I make it about 15 so far.

  • Prolive Gavia 2011 for non racer? ? If not what 30-35 deep wheelset?1 year 11 weeks agoSimon E wrote:The only

    Simon E wrote:
    The only benefit of a deeper section rim is when racing.

    Disagree with the first statement - if you believe they're beneficial for racing, then why wouldn't this apply to other situations?

    I don't see the point in deliberately trying to limit yourself, because of a belief that certain gear can only be used when competing..

    I do, however, agree that in this case, classic looking hand built wheels would be most appropriate from an aesthetic point of view.

  • Islabikes Beinn 241 year 11 weeks agoThanks for the comments

    Thanks for the comments folks.

    On the riding position, I agree I wouldn’t want my child ‘crouched down’, but I’m not sure a very upright position is necessary either. Obviously, every parent can decide what’s best for their child. Personally, I’d like my kids going for somewhere in the middle of those two extremes. My daughter’s position on this bike is more upright now than when she rode the previous (smaller) model. As she grows, and the saddle goes up, I don’t think I’ll be raising the bars any further. That way I think she’ll become more balanced and comfortable on the bike.

    On grip-shifts versus thumb-shifts, I guess that’s also down to personal preference (of the child). If they’re happier with one rather than the other, then that’s the choice made. My kids prefer grip-shifts. In contrast to othello’s experience, my kids find that twisting the shift away from them (ie changing up a gear) is much easier than twisting towards, as the spring in the mech is contracting and so helping move the mech itself.

    Pulley wheel. My mistake. Wrong terminolgy. Yes it’s a cam, as is common on some types of SRAM rear mech. I’ve amended the main review.

    Point taken on brake levers. But I think small kids need a couple of fingers on the lever. And even with just the index finger lining up with the kink in the lever, and the rest of the palm and fingers on the bars, there’s still a bit of spare bar sticking out, as you can see in the picture. Not the end of the world, as I indicate in the main review, but worth a mention I think.

    All the points I make in the main review about these various aspects are for reference. There's nothing I'd class as a problem. Overall, this is a really great little bike.

    thanks again for the feedback.
    David

  • Polish inventor rolls out IzzyBike chainless folder +video1 year 11 weeks agoIn the video it mentions

    In the video it mentions gears, Sturmey Archer? But how do you attach the peddles?

  • Best Road Shoes for about £1001 year 11 weeks agoExactly the same question

    Exactly the same question from me.
    How do Diadora sizes come up? My reference would be Specialized

  • TOUR de FRANCE GAME1 year 11 weeks agoI'll do one as well. Looks

    I'll do one as well. Looks like a simpler version of the roadcc game. Their scoring system is basically the same except multiplied by 3 or 2 depending on the category of the stage. None of the complications of mountain points or intermediate sprint points though. Not many transfer so it'll be necessary to have a few cheap riders who won't change. Some bargains to be had though!

  • Best Road Shoes for about £1001 year 11 weeks agoSigma have knocked a tenner

    Sigma have knocked a tenner off those Bonts, just had an email.

    I've got Specialized, the Elite I think, currently £90. They've been fine.

  • Christoph Strasser smashes Race Across America records, winning in 7 days, 22 hours and 11 minutes1 year 11 weeks agoI don't believe any of this.

    I don't believe any of this. I couldn't find the segment on Strava.

  • 2013 Road.cc Tourist Trophy1 year 11 weeks agoHome county:

    Home county: Derbyshire

    January: Powys
    February: Lincolnshire
    March: Gwynedd
    April: Norfolk.
    May: Stirling
    June: East Sussex

    Last weekend rode along the SDW so picking Ditchling Beacon, East Sussex, as my point 2 day of loaded touring with a camp at Amberley.

    And the tea shop at Pyecombe (The Forge?) is shut. Thought I missed it last year but think it has been converted to a residence.

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins says he may not target Tour de France again1 year 11 weeks agoStop being a puff Brad, one

    Stop being a puff Brad, one or two more years of sacrifice for the Grand tours would be fine, then retire at about 35/36!

  • Pinarello Sibilo TT bike launched1 year 11 weeks agoSo, does this mean that Sky

    So, does this mean that Sky will still be on the Bolide?

  • Updated: Brian Cookson tells Lance Armstrong he'd back Truth & Reconciliation - but investigating UCI is priority1 year 11 weeks agoWhilst the Q n A was a brave

    Whilst the Q n A was a brave attempt to communicate with the Cycling Community , it was a HUGE Misstep , since the ONLY people that count are the 42 Voting Delegates !

    In skippyblogging.blogspot , i have picked up a bunch of questions asked , as well as some replies . Many questions were posed after time had run out , but in my email , this morning , i suggested that he should rectify this situation . Would be far better for him to join with a Live blogger such as @Inrng or @cyclingtips so that the questions could be visible and taken in a semblence of transparent order .

    Can anyone imagine phat the rat attempting uncontrolled dialoge with the Cycling Community , no way , even his brother has disowned him , with the declaration that he should never have taken on this job !

  • £55 fine and three points for driver who left cyclist with broken leg, elbow & weeks in hospital1 year 11 weeks agoAre there any members of the

    Are there any members of the Judiciary that ride a bike , would their colleagues allow this pitiful response to that colleague*s suffering ?

    One law for the victims , another for the perpetrator ?

    Oz currently is trying to decide on a " safe passing Law ", even possible they may follow European Law of 1 1|2M ?

    Why have Police , when you can throw a Cyclist off their bike under a bus or send them to an Under resourced Hospital System for a few weeks , knowing that a "slap on the wrist " will be the penalty levied by a " Caring ( there but for the grace of God ) Jury "!

  • LBS vs internet pricing1 year 11 weeks agoMost bike shops around here I

    Most bike shops around here I would not touch with a shitty stick.

    However, Terrys cycles in Yate are really great. Big Grin I use them a lot. I still buy stuff off the internet. (Webbs of Warmley, seem good too)

    Just for info if you live in Bristol Smile

  • £55 fine and three points for driver who left cyclist with broken leg, elbow & weeks in hospital1 year 11 weeks agoSorry but the Judge is a

    Sorry but the Judge is a Twat. Sad

  • Best Road Shoes for about £1001 year 11 weeks agoHappy with the DHB (Wiggle

    Happy with the DHB (Wiggle own brand) with carbon soles. Currently £75. Bargain: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/dhb-r20c-carbon-road-cycling-shoe/