• Shimano Dura Ace C24 for 1.92m 90 kg rider?1 year 11 weeks agoI'm 80kg, 1m75 and have had

    I'm 80kg, 1m75 and have had da c24's for last 2 years. Absolutely no problems, seem fast and comfortable but I too get a wobble but only over 52mph, seem fine up to that point. It is very worrying when it happens though.

  • Garmin's David Millar defends Sky's Chris Froome on Tour de France doping questions1 year 11 weeks agoI doubt they will ever

    I doubt they will ever release the data, but all teams should be required to release their data at the same time and their bio passports.

    Until they do, the question marks will hang (sadly).

  • Horse put down after it was scared by sportive riders1 year 11 weeks agoThere’re a fair few elitist

    There’re a fair few elitist comments in this thread. Fact is, arrogant idiots will rise to the top in any situation. Just because you have a ‘number pinned to your back’ and are in a road race doesn’t give you any more right to be a dickhead, and certainly I’ve seen some total dickheads in races (exactly the same comments levelled against these sportive riders applies to many freshly minted cat4s). Go to the time-trial forum and you can find similar discussions about ‘nutters’ cutting blind corners to save a few meters and a fraction of a second. The red-mist descends…

    Sportives are not races, but they are timed, and often have time limits or threshold times/standards. Although many riders will be aiming just to finish, I can see why some entrants would be pushing themselves to their limit just like any other road race/TT, and good luck to them, so long as they aren’t a danger to others and show some consideration to those around them. Same applies to strava-junkies. Same applies to club chain-gangs. Same applies to you and your mates going for a thrash around local lanes. Same applies to everyone really

  • Garmin's David Millar defends Sky's Chris Froome on Tour de France doping questions1 year 11 weeks agonorthstar wrote: That's what

    northstar wrote:

    That's what concerns me.

    And you should be free to be concerned. i'd note froome's happiness to respond to doping questions and assert that he's clean, in marked contrast to armstrong, and even wiggins. and if i was team sky, i wouldn't be releasing the riders' data either, certainly not when the tour is in progress. i can't see how it'll help anyone other than the conspiracy theorists and the other teams, personally.

  • Tour de France rest-day roundup1 year 11 weeks ago"contador looked a shadow of

    "contador looked a shadow of his former self" hmm I wonder why

  • Sky TDF Team - looks poor!1 year 11 weeks agoContador won the TdF without

    Contador won the TdF without a team to help him, I'm sure Froome can do the same, but I fancy a Spanish alliance to try and hurt him

  • The Case for Non-Expiring Tranfers for Standard Users Too1 year 11 weeks agoTERatcliffe26 wrote:... I

    TERatcliffe26 wrote:
    ... I cant see non expiring transfers having as big a difference as you seem to think they will....

    Alas, I have been proven wrong once again in my assumption that having nonexpiring transfers give an unfair advantage to Premium Players in this competition...

    4 of the 5 Top Spots in the competition are held by Standard Players. Here are the Top Standard Players and their spot in the Overall ranking:

    1 Radio Bank    guinunes
    2 VeloHuman Pro Cycling    Dux89
    3 Guitariff    Guitariff
    5 Team Velosive    Sebbe87

    Sadly, I will no longer be able to claim any competitive advantage to Premium users. But I still wish I had them...

  • Tour Tech 2013: Dan Martin's Cervélos1 year 11 weeks agoThat Bottle carrier looks

    That Bottle carrier looks just like the one I bought from Sainsburys for about 2.99 including the bottle.

  • Strava launches instant segment times feature1 year 11 weeks agoThey shouldn't even allow

    They shouldn't even allow phone-based application users on the leader boards. Half the time they give erroneous results- Plenty of times I've been for a chain gang ride with the club, got back and someone has apparently climbed a hill 20 seconds faster than me even though I was on the front at the bottom and first to the top.

    Simple answer, they had the phone app.....

    Get a Garmin etc. or don't bother at all.

  • Garmin's David Millar defends Sky's Chris Froome on Tour de France doping questions1 year 11 weeks agoQuote:froome himself is in

    Quote:
    froome himself is in spectacular form, but he has been all year.

    That's what concerns me.

  • Game Suggestions1 year 11 weeks agoenrique wrote:Fatty, out of

    enrique wrote:
    Fatty, out of curiousity, if the game switched to just finish line points, would you stick around? Smile

    enrique wrote:
    Sometimes I get frustrated... I wish there was a game level, like the Purist leagues, where one could just pick the top 9 finishers, no budget constraints, no Star Rider/Domestique restrictions, no transfer limitations... Smile

    Dave, in your spare time could you cook up a spare page or two for a game with the same layout and (beautiful!) design the main game page has where you could play with no GC points, no PC points, no KM points, no Young Rider points, no breakaway points, no intermediate sprint points, etc... With unlimited transfers and an unlimited budget which just counted Finish Line Points, call it the Roadcc Lite Fantasy game and let us play that (?) for free? Smile I was inspired by this:

    thefatcyclist wrote:
    Hi guys, just a note to say i've abandoned the fantasy game. I... decided I can't do this anymore... 3. I have not gotten to grips with the key on a daily basis, picking the winner is now secondary to picking the breakaway guys.... So today is my last day, and i'm asking Dave to remove me from the game, because I can't bear to see me drop like a stone till season end. Unless i'm on page 1 no good for me...

    And, of course, by my unquestionably ridiculous love of all things free, unlimited, unexpiring transfers and my obsession with this game! Thanks! Smile

  • Game Suggestions1 year 11 weeks agoSTEVESPRO 79 wrote:...Sadly I

    STEVESPRO 79 wrote:
    ...Sadly I cannot sit on the fence... No doubt I will now get re-quoted, mis-quoted and have a pathetic snippit of a song attached....

    Sadly, You know me too well...

    Here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KioGjStkzbo

    By the way

    STEVESPRO 79 wrote:
    ... my girlfriend is also a premium user...

    How have I ever misquoted you?

    And I'm still curious...

    enrique wrote:
    ... is your girlfriend as avid a fan of this game as you are? And do you manage her account or does she make her own choices? What's her user ID? Is she playing the Tour? Is she beating you?...

    Notwithstanding all the blabber above I do realize you are so much more of a better game player and person than I am and that I have serious issues...

  • Garmin's David Millar defends Sky's Chris Froome on Tour de France doping questions1 year 11 weeks agonorthstar wrote:The delusion

    northstar wrote:
    The delusion continues

    I think it's right to be sceptical about a performance that seems to good to be true; after all, we've learned that to good to be true usually means not true. I'm not convinced i've seen one though. Froome was protected by Porte and Kiryenka on stage 8 to such an extent that the former lost over 17 minutes the next day, and the latter was eliminated: they worked so hard to put him where he was that they had nothing left, at all. no wonder he was fresh. Kennaugh, who put a massive shift in, lost 22 minutes too, although he did end up in a hedge at one point.

    had quintana not danced off the front on the Pailheres and had to push on alone on the descent i've no doubt he would have contested the stage win with froome. over the two stages team sky's performance looks a lot more human than movistar's, who had three in the front group on sunday and three more not far behind. in any case, it's ridiculous to make an assertion of doping based on one stage in a three-week race. armstrong won because his team could lead him up the hills day after long day. Do we see that with sky? not so far, they've been pretty fallible. froome himself is in spectacular form, but he has been all year and it's still a long way to paris.

    a blind assertion that froome isn't doping isn't really that useful. based on what? and similarly, a blind assertion that he is doesn't help either.

    This is a useful and informing read: http://www.sportsscientists.com/2013/07/froomes-first-mountain-performan...

  • Garmin's David Millar defends Sky's Chris Froome on Tour de France doping questions1 year 11 weeks agoPuncheur-David wrote:Decster

    Puncheur-David wrote:
    Decster wrote:

    Froome a guy who was so bad before the Vuelta'11 Sky were going to let him go then bang, miracle 2nd place and now on his way to a TdF victory.

    In this sport that only means one thing.

    Froome had a tropical disease - Bilharzia. Which is a water borne parasitic infliction. Parasitic meaning something that lives off a host using the hosts resources to sustain and replicate itself. That could (yes, could but not certainly does) explain a previous lack of performance.

    This is an explanation for 2010, but not 2007, 2008 & 2009 as a comparative, when he was at other pro-teams. The thing that I find amusing with all of this is that they always say 'it's our preparation and training - we have some new techniques which we use and we have got excellent results'. If this was the case, don't you think that the exponent of this training program would be keen to take it and sell it on to anyone with the cash (i.e. someone would take it to their competitors asap)?

    And wouldn't these 'training' gains be sold to the wider general public in the form of a book or something once they were superseded by the 'next advancement' in training?

    Basically, if anyone says this, read: 'we are using an exotic range of drugs, and our program is tailored to avoid the modern anti-dope tests so we are seeing excellent results!' If someone says the athlete has a very intensive training regime, it probably means that they have terrific steroids.

  • Garmin's David Millar defends Sky's Chris Froome on Tour de France doping questions1 year 11 weeks agoDecster wrote: Froome a guy

    Decster wrote:

    Froome a guy who was so bad before the Vuelta'11 Sky were going to let him go then bang, miracle 2nd place and now on his way to a TdF victory.

    In this sport that only means one thing.

    Froome had a tropical disease - Bilharzia. Which is a water borne parasitic infliction. Parasitic meaning something that lives off a host using the hosts resources to sustain and replicate itself. That could (yes, could but not certainly does) explain a previous lack of performance.

  • Garotted Irish cyclist calls for children who laid booby trap to be caught1 year 11 weeks agoIf they were shouting at her

    If they were shouting at her to stop, were they not trying to avoid an accident? Begs the question why the kids didn't take down the line, but it doesn't seem established fact that the kids put it up. Whoever did are wankers obviously but we don't really know the full story...

  • Shimano Dura Ace C24 for 1.92m 90 kg rider?1 year 11 weeks agoRE speed wobble - It's quite

    RE speed wobble - It's quite an interesting phenomenon. It's really not clear what the cause is, either - it's something to do with the way air oscillates over the rider and bike and results in instability under certain conditions.

    I had one, once - on shallow-ish section wheels, but actually this is irrelevant, it's nothing to do with rim depth per se. It was a descent I've done several times on those wheels and deep wheels but had not been repeated fortunately.

    Not to be confused with cross winds tugging at the front wheel, which is obviously more of a factor with deep section wheels

  • Strava launches instant segment times feature1 year 11 weeks agothis doesn't help the Strava

    this doesn't help the Strava cause. All that bad PR about people getting killed whilst chasing a KOM - now they make it easier to check while you're riding?

    they should concentrate on developing areas around training, fitness and getting better on a bike.

    oh and reducing the amount of segments on Box Hill !

  • Garmin's David Millar defends Sky's Chris Froome on Tour de France doping questions1 year 11 weeks agostumps wrote: In sports you

    stumps wrote:

    In sports you do get people who are naturally gifted and dont need drugs to compete at the highest level, Messi, Ronaldo in football, Usain Bolt, Mo Farah so why not Froome in cycling, and what about Evans winning at the age of 34 ?

    I would not be tempted to hold out any name of our current sporting heroes as non-dopers, even those of a skills based bias. After all the suggestion is that either Real or Barcelona have strong links with Fuentes. I would also not look at Bolt (freakishly tall for a sprinter, strange sprinting style) or Farah (disappears to Kenya - where there are links to EPO doping).

    The problem is that we are talking elite sportsmen whom have worked very hard to get noticed. What we see in many many sports is young athletes coming through, but not really competing with the pro-level. Then suddenly a jump to a 'new level' when they join a pro-team, or join the full squad. The human body is capable of dealing with a certain work load, but will break down under continued stress - the correlation is that the work load increase in going pro/performance improvement is due to extra-corporeal assistance (drugs).

    Let us be frank. The demands of high level sport are so stressful that in order to get your body to produce a high hematocrit (we're talking periodization) you have to push your body to breaking point. The body compensates in the period of rest before competition and then improves to a new personal best, this is a short period phenomenon. Which is why athletes cannot carry this level through a 3 week race.

    But let us look at Froome. He performs averagely, if not poorly for a season, for Sky and then on threat of being let go makes a rapid improvement in ability. And consistently maintains it. Does this not remind anyone of Mr Millar's story of coercion into drug use?

    I think there is a fundamental lack of understanding of how exercise and training affects the body, and what is possible. Humans peak athletically in the early to mid-twenties (in terms of power), and thirties in terms of endurance. Endurance is a factor in cycling, but what this means is that you can consistently maintain a performance, but not that you maximise a performance. So the potential of young athletes (20-24) is effectively them at their maximum performance (all things being equal - training at their peak), they may change the style of their performance as they age, but not really much more. What we see is massive step changes in these athletes - taking it to a 'new' level. This is effectively the dope.

    Not to pour water on events this weekend - but I did note how certain ex-professionals were impressed by the volume of training by certain tennis players. This in a sport which does virtually no blood tests, and has a growing reputation for steroid abuse....the signs are all there and the no one is in a hurry to sort this out.

    BUT - before I go on, I did like watching the stages this weekend. I liked it most that Richie Porte showed a very human performance. He gets my +1 for it. I enjoy the sport, but I keep my eyes open. There are very real ways of being able to show that you are clean, but I don't see anyone doing it.

  • Garmin's David Millar defends Sky's Chris Froome on Tour de France doping questions1 year 11 weeks agoThe delusion continues

    The delusion continues

  • Graeme Obree agrees with UCI: "Every sport needs regulating," says Scots iconoclast1 year 11 weeks agoA weight limit is no

    A weight limit is no guarantee of good engineering though. CE regs seem to do that pretty well, so why not just ban bikes that don't pass the standards?

    Refresh the memory of us youngsters re Fignon's bottom bracket?

  • Transfers1 year 11 weeks agoDamm So Close. Curse the

    Damm

    So Close.

    Curse the SUnday morning lie in. Sleepy

  • Inner side knee pain1 year 11 weeks agoIt could be that your saddle

    It could be that your saddle is too high, which gives your pelvis a rocking motion as you pedal. This causes the outer thigh muscles to perform a stabilising job, which they are not meant to do. This gives IT-band soreness which can lead to tendonitis.

    I know this because after lots of riding with sore IT bands i decided on a bike fit, which exposed the problem. Unfortunately it was too late, I got patella tendonitis just a few days later in Mallorca, a result of months of riding 100+ miles every week with a saddle up too high. 2 months of physio later (stretches, yoga, exercises, foam roller) and I'm just starting to get back on the bike.

    If you can't afford a bike fit save up until you can, because it's a hell of a lot cheaper than physio! You can keep the measurements for the rest of your life and confidently know each of your bikes is setup correctly for pain free miles.

    I would also take stretching very seriously and try yoga and pilates to improve flexibility and core strength respectively. This will take any excess load off muscles that might be compensating for weaknesses around them at the moment. I did bits and bobs before my injury, now it's had to become an integral part of my fitness.

    Good luck!

  • Squeaky cleats1 year 11 weeks agoGT85 worked a treat. I have

    GT85 worked a treat. I have the pedals and cleats a good squirt, wiped off the excess and left them all to dry - squeaks gone!

    Cheers all.

  • Transfers1 year 11 weeks ago7 minutes

    7 minutes