• Fleche Wallone1 year 32 weeks agoI don't understand people who

    Angry I don't understand people who are playing purist being frustrated about scoring no points in the classics? Surely you knew this would happen? And if it's frustrating and not enjoyable, they why not submit another team to play with the transfers? I suppose we're British and like a good moan eh? Bloody motorists

  • Fleche Wallone1 year 32 weeks agodrheaton wrote:stumps

    drheaton wrote:
    stumps wrote:
    ended up with 58 points after making my transfers to early (its a bummer having to work) and then had 2 stars pulling out so had to use up 40 penalty points.

    If they had not pulled out might have had a nice score but never mind its only a game Crying Crying Crying Crying

    You do realise you DON'T HAVE TO have a full roster for these races, you can start the race with only 8 or less active riders? I'd only ever use the penalty points if I thought there was a chance of scoring more than 20 points like picking up Rodriguez today and wouldn't ever bother with DSs (except for extremely exceptional circumstances).

    I know but at the time running with only 2 star riders seemed the worse option than taking the 40 point hit. As it happened the 40 point hit was worse as my 2 replacement stars only got a handful between them.

  • Tour de Romandie1 year 32 weeks agoPretty certain martin wont be

    Pretty certain martin wont be riding based on the article i read this morning

  • TfL warns it will take action against Addison Lee as London minicab firm tells its drivers to use bus lanes1 year 32 weeks agoEcho sentiments about AL

    Echo sentiments about AL drivers being some of the worst on the road. Most I've had the misfortune of being on the road at the same time as seem to spend 90% of the time with eyes glued to the effing satnav and 10% looking at the road, and don't signal. Shocking standards. At least black-cab drivers look out of the the windscreen most of the time.

  • Olympic road race route video released (+ video)1 year 32 weeks agoi feel sick

    i feel sick

  • What a great text from the wife1 year 32 weeks agoS-Works Roubaix and upgrade

    S-Works Roubaix and upgrade it to Di2 or the new Red with power!!

  • Chris King Ceramic Bottom Bracket1 year 32 weeks agoChris Boardman looked in to

    Chris Boardman looked in to the use of ceramic bearings (I have a feeling that it was part of his hour record attempts). His testing showed them to save watts over a stainless bearing, but only if they are run dry (i.e. no lube). Once you lube them, the differences become almost indistinguishable. Since an unlubed BB is only really any use on a track, it's better to go with a high quality stainless bearing and save the money!

    Can't disagree with you italiafirenze, lots of top-end cycling gear is more priced on image rather than actual value (even without considering the diminishing returns point). The difference (I think) with people like Chris King is that they make serviceable parts - so you stand a chance of making back some of the cash outlay by being able to service rather than replace.

    And all that said, I'm not adverse to paying more for certain cycling gear just because it looks nice!

  • Just in: Kinesis Decade Tripster + video1 year 32 weeks agoThink I've just found my next

    Think I've just found my next winter bike, very nice

  • Lucky escape for Dorset cyclist as irate pedestrian pushes him into road1 year 32 weeks agoThere's a lot of anti-shared

    There's a lot of anti-shared use comments here, from a group that is no doubt dominated by fit, experienced and fast riders. Shared use does not work well for riders averaging 18 mph.

    But consider my village. We are surrounded by lovely country lanes, but I describe it as an island cut off from the countryside by A roads. Apart from one back lane and a path covered with sharp stones, the only way of reaching the outside world is along some very fast or windy A roads. If I want to go out with the kids, there is literally only one route you can use. Two of the four A roads are wide and have existing pavements. If they were upgraded to a suitable surface and priority was not lost at junctions, they would provide a very usable and safe alternative at much lower cost than dedicated cycle paths (painted lanes being worse than nothing IMHO). As traffic, both pedestrian and cycle, is low, such an arrangement should work well with some mutual consideration (e.g. bell or shouted 'Hello' from cyclists) and encourage families, kids, elderly and shoppers to use bikes more. At the moment the only people you see outside the village on bikes are Lycra-clad athletes, but there are small villages only a couple of miles up the road whose inhabitants come in to shop. It would reduce car traffic in the village.

    It might not be the gold standard, but there's no chance of that in the present climate (especially considering the fairly low cycle traffic currently). I used to use shared-use paths when I lived in Germany and they worked fine, though I fitted a bell and slowed when approaching pedestrians.

  • Tour de Romandie1 year 32 weeks agolucas wrote:Count me in,

    lucas wrote:
    Count me in, too... Smile

    Did you get the spreadsheet I sent?

  • TfL seeks High Court injuction against Addison Lee in bus lane row1 year 32 weeks agoAnd yours are good too,

    And yours are good too, Coleman. There is no doubt that cabies don't always know where they are going, and do sometimes demur at taking a fare if for example it is not on the way home at the end of their shift. Those are however not valid arguments against the proposition that they should enjoy any privileges (of course there may be valid arguments, just not these ones). They have to make a significant investment of time and money and submit themselves to supervision and regulation which does not apply to minicab drivers. The fact that they don't always observe them is another matter.

    I have no particular love for cabbies - I have been left-hooked by cabs three times so far and two years after the last time I have not yet fully recovered from the injuries I sustained - but I can just about live with them in bus lanes. Minicabs, I can't

  • Horrible noise (when standing)1 year 32 weeks agoCheck your chain for any

    Check your chain for any cracks int he side plates. I have had two KMC ten speed chains go and the symptoms were very slightly dodgy shifting and occasional cracking noises when standing (i.e. putting alot of power through the transmission)

  • Rapha Condor Sharp premieres training camp film, plus 2nd collaboration from Bowthorpe & Crook (+ videos)1 year 32 weeks agoIn the second film I thought:

    In the second film I thought: how can it be this long without the rider being shown? After all, these ego-docs are all about proving ones epicness. But the 2nd half sure made up for it.

  • Olympic road race route video released (+ video)1 year 32 weeks agoPity the aspect ratio gets

    Pity the aspect ratio gets wrongly squished at around 5 minutes.

  • Fleche Wallone1 year 32 weeks agoI thought i was doing pretty

    I thought i was doing pretty feeble! 52 points for Amstel and 99 for Fleche....but appears these are actually good scores! Im enjoying the randomness of these classics!!

  • Irresponsibility on the road - it's not always the driver's1 year 32 weeks agofluffy_mike wrote:Why are any

    fluffy_mike wrote:
    Why are any of you engaging with someone who writes:

    "How many not so good at it `track stand' at junctions & traffic lights, risking falling over in the traffic"

    The OP is clearly a troll

    Have some self-respect and move on


    Many thanks for the verbal attack

  • Irresponsibility on the road - it's not always the driver's1 year 32 weeks agofluffy_mike wrote:Why are any

    fluffy_mike wrote:
    Why are any of you engaging with someone ...

    Can only speak for myself, but largely because I've seen this equivalence being argued in lots of places lately, and many times by folk who aren't trolls.

    It's a point worth raising a quizzical eyebrow at, as it's all over the place right now.

  • Fleche Wallone1 year 32 weeks agoChrist on a bike! Another

    Christ on a bike! Another points massacre for me with 20 penalty points and only Gilbert showing up that was a weighty 10 points for me.
    I don't recall this Roulette wheel nightmare last year. I wonder if everyone is less race fit than last year or if my choices are getting worse?

    If I was Directeur of Sport at Rabobank 12 days away from the Giro I'd be cancelling riders home leave. Boom gone bust. Tankink tanked. All the rest lost somewhere. Strange.

  • TfL warns it will take action against Addison Lee as London minicab firm tells its drivers to use bus lanes1 year 32 weeks agoMore here:

    More here: http://cyclelondoncity.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/addisonlee-theres-every-ch...

  • Fleche Wallone1 year 32 weeks agoI wish Andy Schleck would

    I wish Andy Schleck would stop moaning about others and concentrate on his on downfalls for once

  • TfL seeks High Court injuction against Addison Lee in bus lane row1 year 32 weeks agoColeman - A lot of

    Coleman - A lot of motorcyclists are cyclists also. Since motorcycles were allowed in bus lanes, TfL data shows there has been a corresponding fall in accidents. Despite concerns amongst some cyclists over the safety of allowing motorcycles in bus lanes, there has been no increase in bicycle/motorcycle accidents, quite the reverse as it happens. You admit that most motorcyclists do not break the law but wish to see motorcyclists disallowed from using bus lanes, despite the safety benefits this offers. I think you need to check the TfL data on motorcycle accidents in London. They are rather alarming, which was why this measure was introduced.

  • Man arrested following New Zealand 'bike rage' incident captured on film (+ video)1 year 32 weeks agoHe was right up behind him

    He was right up behind him all the way. The faster guy should have pulled in and waited for the other guy to gain some ground. It does not look like a path you want to hit the road on I tell ya.

    If it was me I would have got off and gave him a bit of my mind. Whats the camera all about anyway, a right toolbar if you ask me Confused

  • Man arrested following New Zealand 'bike rage' incident captured on film (+ video)1 year 32 weeks agoYawn

    Yawn

  • FS: Reynolds Deep Carbon Clinchers - DV46C - 1460g !1 year 32 weeks agoSorry! Now Sold. Thanks for

    Sorry! Now Sold. Thanks for the interest.

  • Irresponsibility on the road - it's not always the driver's1 year 32 weeks agoEr, what? Don't be so

    Er, what? Don't be so precious. Dangerously bad or reckless cycling is worthy of discussion on a forum.