• Improving bike-handling skills1 year 11 weeks agoI agree with Mr/Mrs/Miss

    I agree with Mr/Mrs/Miss Domestique. I ride a MTB as my commuter and love chucking it along some (admittedly not particularly daunting) trails. It helps my fitness - particularly core - and helps my bike handling. You can fall off, as well - it hurts (slightly) less, as it's at slower speed and on softer ground (OK, hedges and undergrowth!).

    The one thing you do need to accept is that when your road bike lets go, it will do so quicker and at higher speed.

    Oh, and my MTB is completely old school (somewhat like me), with no suspension and dodgy V-brakes. It's also a singlespeed - but that just helps on the fitness front. Plus, at £40, it's not like I'm worried about damaging the bike!

    Not tried a crosser. But, I suspect that that might be even better in terms of transferable skills.

    Good luck

    PS I also found that accidentally completely overdoing a corner or two on my road bike helped immensely - you then just know that, while you might worry about the bike not hacking it, it will!

    Oh, and relax!

  • Froome & Brailsford speak out on doping, issue challenge for way to prove Sky is clean1 year 11 weeks agoPersonally, I reckon you just

    Personally, I reckon you just have to look at Froome's pasty, lolling head to see that he's either just suffering big time, or having a massive whitey! So, he's either not doping or taking performance debilitating drugs!

    On the Armstrong legacy, I'm happy to admit that I was naively or otherwise drawn into the myth of perseverance will triumph over adversity. But, then at the time, I hadn't really delved into cycling's history or read so deeply. So, it really rocked my confidence in pro-cycling. I am cynical, but am also prepared to see that there are teams out there who are really trying to race clean.

    It's far too easy to be negative - it's the old "I'm happy to be a pessimist" argument. I'm optimisitic and am going to take solace from the lack of performance of those previously banned.

    I had a moment where I thought having a monument to someone who died through doping (Tom Simpson) was a bit much. But, then remembered that it was the "done thing" to have a spot of coke and brandy to cope with the climbs on heavy, inefficient old horses!

    Personally, I find a good lamb roast and 4 pints plenty to fuel a devastating ride....

    [PS I may have drunk little too much wine!]

  • Tour de France Stage 16 reaction - Froome slams Contador over risky riding1 year 11 weeks agoIf Contador was taking risks

    If Contador was taking risks on the descent then Froome was taking sillier risks by riding so close to his back wheel! he's got a 4 minute advantage and could easily have backed off a bit. Contador can take his chance with unforeseen obstacles (opponents, dogs, devils etc), Froome doesn't need to.

  • Exclusive: Emma Pooley on women’s Tour de France sponsors, money & scheduling1 year 11 weeks agoseanboy wrote:this women is

    seanboy wrote:
    this women is living in a dream world!!,its never going to happen,nobody wants to watch women cycling,just like nobody wants to watch womens football

    And on what do you base that idiotic, sexist comment? Certainly not the viewing figures from the Olympics.

  • Tour de France game - Pick three Frenchmen1 year 11 weeks agoJeannesson finally got some

    Jeannesson finally got some points. That should take me up what's left of the table after Pinot's demise. Can I win it again with other people dropping out!

  • Pinarello launch Dogma with hydraulic disc brakes1 year 11 weeks agoSeems odd sky haven't said. I

    Seems odd sky haven't said.

    I did ask on the daily live chat feed on team sky site when they'd announce what bike they'd ride next year.

    The reply said, no news yet but they will be pinarello.

    I asked if that was right as pinarello deal ends this year. But then no reply.

    Personally I believe it won't be pina next year.

  • Tour de France Stage 16 reaction - Froome slams Contador over risky riding1 year 11 weeks agosurprisingly, a temporary

    surprisingly, a temporary lack of composure by Froome in trying to follow Contador's wheel on the descent - could have been far worse an outcome. You can hardly blame your rival for going fast downhill - if Froome had been a few bike lengths behind he would have been able to take some more time on Bertie!

  • Tour de France Stage 161 year 11 weeks agoTERatcliffe26 wrote:There are

    TERatcliffe26 wrote:
    There are no words

    epic fail Crying

    Bad luck! Well, Sagan did try. Hoping De Gendt has saved a bit for the ITT as I've left him in. Just two transfers for me. Considered dropping Froome for two medium-priced riders but decided against it in the end. Just gone Rolland for Martin and Kadri for Castroviejo. OK team but won't do super-great unless I'm very lucky! Gaining on you though (69 today better than my 11 on Sat) and will have 5 transfers saved up for the Alpe, though I probably won't use them all. Not sure whether to go back to Rolland or not; disappointed with 5 points out of 2 stages but he must do something eventually. Should have played safe with Mollema.

    Rui Costa in my roaduk team as well; and Jeannesson in 3 Frenchman. But Le Mevel did nought for my purists.

  • Winter Bike Project - Good Aluminium Frame1 year 11 weeks agoarrieredupeleton wrote:I had

    arrieredupeleton wrote:
    I had a similar dilemma but rules out the preffisio on the basis is was too racey as I wanted to do some light touring on it to. Not sure it has rear rack mounts.

    I got the T2 last winter (discounted 2012 model) and I am really impressed with it. So much so that the summer bike stayed in the garage longer than intended this spring. I was also impressed with the newer Tiagra groupset.

    For me, that sums up what I like so much about my Preffisio; it is racy but that means it doesn't give much away to my carbon good bike other than a bit more weight. It's truly a bike you can use year round.

    It does have rack mounts, by the way.

    Rob

  • Exclusive: Emma Pooley on women’s Tour de France sponsors, money & scheduling1 year 11 weeks agothis women is living in a

    this women is living in a dream world!!,its never going to happen,nobody wants to watch women cycling,just like nobody wants to watch womens football

  • Tour de France Stage 16: Movistar's Rui Costa solos to win in Gap, Contador and Froome risk disaster on descent1 year 11 weeks agoAwsome decending, I love

    Awsome decending, I love watching the pros take on a twisty decent. After watching the stage L got on my bike and went for a ride up and down my favourite hill including a couple of fast decents.

    I'm looking foeward to the Alps it will be facinating! Smile

  • Team Sky - Truth or Lie?1 year 11 weeks agoKerrison is the reason that I

    Kerrison is the reason that I believe sky are drug free. If it comes out that they are doping I will be sorely disappointed purely because the next gen of cyclists will be crushed as there heroes aren't who they claim to be

  • Tour de France Stage 16 reaction - Froome slams Contador over risky riding1 year 11 weeks agoDisappointed with Froome's

    Disappointed with Froome's comments, Contador had every right and reason to be pushing the limits, everyone else waited for both, what is the need to criticise, it just isn't the way things are done.

  • Ultegra 6870 Di2 and road discs unveiled1 year 11 weeks agoI don't get the animosity (in

    I don't get the animosity (in most hobbies) about people going and buying expensive gear even though they're not top or even mid-level athletes. so what? owning nice things is part of the hobby and if someone has got the money and the inclination then why shouldn't they buy something nice? and how does it affect you if they do?

    I expect most of us use bikes that are above their level of capability, I know I do. my camera is capable of much more than I get out of it too. but here's the thing, it makes me happy and it gives me room to grow. maybe I'll grow into the capabilities, maybe I won't. maybe I'll change to another too expensive bike.

    At the end of the day I think the "all the gear, no idea" guys are broadly a benefit to the group at large as it helps fund all these new technologies that drip down over time into the mid-range and that helps everyone.

  • Scott Foil 15 aero road bike1 year 11 weeks agoFine, at least they got a

    Fine, at least they got a half decent reviewer of this bike.

  • Pub landlord apologises for anti-cyclist comments1 year 11 weeks agoFor some one who initially

    For some one who initially came across as anti-cyclist he really can do a good job of back peddling. I am not sure I take his apology seriously but i am not going to issue any death threat. I just wont go to his pub.

  • Pinarello launch Dogma with hydraulic disc brakes1 year 11 weeks ago@domestique I reckon that

    @domestique I reckon that they go for condor, not sure though. It seems like it would be in line with the rapha gear this year!

  • Team Sky - Truth or Lie?1 year 11 weeks agoGotta say, Sky are standing

    Gotta say, Sky are standing up well to the doping questions this year, a couple of wobbles from Froome, but all the 'right noises' from DB. His suggestions of TUE transparency is a good one, but releasing data files on power, etc to WADA is next to useless. If they are truly clean, then they need to be truly transparent - release blood profiles and other test results for each rider (all year round). They should lead the way, and other teams who don't follow will then be accused of being dopers instead of Sky.

  • Tour de France Stage 16 reaction - Froome slams Contador over risky riding1 year 11 weeks agoPedants corner. The Contador

    Pedants corner. The Contador clenbuterol incident was in 2010 - he still rode the 2011 tour but came 5th behind Evans before being stripped of that placing, plus his 2010 win, when he was finally found guilty later in 2011.

  • Tour de France Stage 161 year 11 weeks agoImprobably, despite something

    Improbably, despite something of a 'jour sans' (sixty points), I ended up rising 17 places in the competition overall. Now broken into the top 300 for the first time, hopefully keep making these slow rises now, maybe make the top 200? I'd be happy with that.

  • Tour de France Stage 16: Movistar's Rui Costa solos to win in Gap, Contador and Froome risk disaster on descent1 year 11 weeks agoMovistar are amazing...er,

    Movistar are amazing...er, what happened to Cobo?

  • Police Scotland nabs dodgy drivers in crackdown to protect vulnerable road users1 year 11 weeks agodreamlx10 wrote:richteebis

    dreamlx10 wrote:
    richteebis wrote:
    dreamlx10 wrote:
    Imagine if you had said PC Umbongo how would that have looked ? But it's only the "Jocks" anyway. Funny how Islam is considered a race but being Scottish isn't.

    Islam is not a race, similarly Scottish is not a race!

    Exactly my point, you can blithely criticise one but not the other, one brings a cry of racism the other doesn't. Colour, religion, and nationality are not races, so what exactly is racism ?

    McPlod is racism towards the Scots? Laughing

    (posted by a Scot)

  • Tour de France Stage 16 reaction - Froome slams Contador over risky riding1 year 11 weeks agoIN THE YOUTUBE CLIP ABOVE

    IN THE YOUTUBE CLIP ABOVE :
    "Lance Armstrong has showd us that he's an unbelievable bike handler"....or maybe that he's an ubelievable cheat? Wink

  • Improving bike-handling skills1 year 11 weeks agoMtbing is good for bike

    Mtbing is good for bike handling and good fun too.

    I don't have a 'cross bike but they seem good as well.

    Plus its a perfect excuse for a new bike!

  • Froome & Brailsford speak out on doping, issue challenge for way to prove Sky is clean1 year 11 weeks agoContador said there's nothing

    Contador said there's nothing suspicious about Froome's performance. And we all know his word is bond.

    Sidenote: Right on schedule, after a grand tour rest day, Contador found a way to dance on those pedals like a brand new man. Where have we seen that phenomenon before?