• Tour de France Stage 13: Vincenzo Nibali wins again to tighten grip on yellow jersey1 year 5 weeks agoHow come Chris Horner isn't

    How come Chris Horner isn't smashing Nibali out of the park like in La Vuelta 2013? Thinking

  • Rider says police too "busy" to attend crash that broke leg1 year 5 weeks agoCome on - man the hell up -

    Come on - man the hell up - Bert just cycled 18 odd miles with worse injuries and he had to contend with that evil Belkin squad trashing his bikes. Devil

  • London Cycling Awards recognises top shops, movers and shakers - and, er, us1 year 5 weeks agoWell done us! After all, it's

    Well done us! After all, it's our wit, banter and fair minded adult discussion that makes the forum. If you don't agree - eat me.

  • Rider says police too "busy" to attend crash that broke leg1 year 5 weeks agoRedfishUK wrote:Eebijeebi

    RedfishUK wrote:
    Eebijeebi wrote:
    Open another box of policemen - oh, we've run out.

    Pay more taxes and have an abundance of police ready for every call, whatever the hour.

    funnily enough I do pay more tax than a few years back...I didn't get my top rate tax reduced by 5% a couple of years back, my tax is paye it doesn't go for a holiday in the Cayman Islands like many entertainers, financiers and corporations.
    [don't get me started]

    I just want the Police to do their job properly - if they won't so busy working undercover and having affairs, getting stories for tabloid newspapers and doing the dirty work for politicians (and in some cases smearing politicians!) there might be a few more available (sorry I thought I was on the guardian CiF for second]

    If your tax code didn't change phone or visit your local HMRC office and you will probably get a rebate. It takes about 6 weeks normally.

  • Half of Tour de France winners say Lance Armstrong should get his seven titles back1 year 5 weeks agoJust to clarify - my reply

    Just to clarify - my reply was to the post by mattsccm.

  • Half of Tour de France winners say Lance Armstrong should get his seven titles back1 year 5 weeks agoYou obviously don't

    You obviously don't understand. He was only first over the line because he cheated (& in his case also because he doped so extensively and systematically in the sense of requiring his team to dope).

    Winners' who are subsequently revealed as people who cheated to cross the line first (or in any other position for that matter) are stripped of their position.

    There seems no reason why Armstrong should be exempted from that rule since it is one that applies to everyone else - not just in cycling but in other sports too - who has been found to have cheated.

  • Tour de France Stage 13: Vincenzo Nibali wins again to tighten grip on yellow jersey1 year 5 weeks agoI'd agree with the posts

    I'd agree with the posts above: Sky have to assess what they can salvage out of this tour. I can't see that they've got many options now, other than going for stage wins. Even then Thomas is possibly not far enough down on GC yet for him to be able to get away, plus there's some pretty brutal stages coming up where winning isn't probably realistic for him. Perhaps Nieve should have a chance too but he's only just behind Thomas on GC.

  • Team sky1 year 5 weeks agoSadly, any thread titled Team

    Sadly, any thread titled Team Sky on here can only end up heading in one direction.

    No offence to you Shane.

  • Kona launch Esatto disc-equipped endurance road bike1 year 5 weeks agoOn the debate between qr and

    On the debate between qr and thru-axles.

    1. On stiffness: I upgraded from an excellent 26inch hardtail with heavilyy constructed Fulcrum UST qr wheels to a 29inch full suspension with tubeless ready wheels. The latter feel as stiff as the former thanks to thru-axle. The difference in stiffness between qr and thru-axle off road is spectacular. All decent MTBs are now equipped with thru-axles. Even Storck equips some of its road bikes with thru-axles. There must be a reason.

    2. On ease of use: the thru-axles on my mtb (Shimano e-thru) slide through the hub and screw in at the other side of the fork; tension is applied with the same type of lever as on qr; no spanner in sight, as easy and fast to use as qr

    3. On disk brakes: qr is a nightmare to use with disc brakes; when one takes the wheel out and puts it in again, minute changes occur which result in the disk brake not being exaclty centered in the calliper; which in turn results in the disk rubbing against one or the other pad. Maddening. When swapping inner tubes on my qr wheels due to "snake-bite" punctures - often in MTB until the appearance of tubeless - I used to lose most time trying to center the disk in the calliper. Thru-axles, because of their screw-in nature, reposition the disk exactly where it was initially, picture-perfect centered in the calliper.

    As this is a site aimed at (road) bike aficionados, it is worth mentioning that in my opinion in the coming 5 years, most manufacturers will switch to disk brake road bikes, hopefully with userfriendly thru-axles if we demand them. Therefore road bikes - especially with strada bianca pretension - without thru-axles are already obsolete by the time they reach the showroom. Caveat emptor.

  • First Ride: Trek Émonda SLR1 year 5 weeks agoEven my 2.0 Domane is really

    Even my 2.0 Domane is really comfortable, but it is also heavy.

    Since I use it for commuting and winter weekend riding, the weight is not much of a problem. But it is the thing that would put me off buying a more expensive version as my summer and good weather bike.

  • Tour de France Stage 13: Vincenzo Nibali wins again to tighten grip on yellow jersey1 year 5 weeks agoSky's plan B blown out of the

    Sky's plan B blown out of the water, if you can call it a plan B.

    Porte has struggled for much of this season and he's had similar bad days to today on previous Tours.

    It further underlines the mistake that Brailsford made in allowing Froome to veto Wiggo for the Tour.

  • TdF stage 131 year 5 weeks agoI may as well take a gamble

    I may as well take a gamble tomorrow on Mick Rogers in for Porte

  • Bridge Street Saddlebag - Medium1 year 5 weeks agoIt must have been well

    It must have been well tested, and user feedback gathered, but I still wouldn't fancy fixing what is in effect a sturdy lever with a 5kg weight at the end to the top to a carbon seat post, adding weight of rider, then go bouncing over cobbles or unsurfaced bike paths. Nor would I feel good about subjecting an expensive titanium post to the same treatment, with a metal bracket scoring into it. Presumably a suspension post wouldn't take the bracket, which leaves a hard as iron aluminium post as the only safe option?

  • Half of Tour de France winners say Lance Armstrong should get his seven titles back1 year 5 weeks agoThis article doesn't say

    This article doesn't say anything other than half of the surviving Tour de France winners are a bit thick. Just because they have won the Tour de France, doesn't mean that they are good judges of morality or sportsmanship. It means that they are strong climbers and time triallists, etc.

  • TdF stage 131 year 5 weeks agoRichie Porte could well be

    Richie Porte could well be the most transferred out fantasy rider ever today.... Really surprising woeful climb yesterday...

  • Rider says police too "busy" to attend crash that broke leg1 year 5 weeks agoEebijeebi wrote:Open another

    Eebijeebi wrote:
    Open another box of policemen - oh, we've run out.

    Pay more taxes and have an abundance of police ready for every call, whatever the hour.

    funnily enough I do pay more tax than a few years back...I didn't get my top rate tax reduced by 5% a couple of years back, my tax is paye it doesn't go for a holiday in the Cayman Islands like many entertainers, financiers and corporations.
    [don't get me started]

    I just want the Police to do their job properly - if they won't so busy working undercover and having affairs, getting stories for tabloid newspapers and doing the dirty work for politicians (and in some cases smearing politicians!) there might be a few more available (sorry I thought I was on the guardian CiF for second]

  • Rider says police too "busy" to attend crash that broke leg1 year 5 weeks agoI'm surprised he hasn't also

    I'm surprised he hasn't also complained that the paramedic failed to bring a cycle rack. Yes the police could do better in a perfect world by, but they may well be busy dealing with the usual mental health, incapable parents, or one of the other priorities that seems to mean that the police are able to help an ever shrinking portion of the public.
    He was fit enough to walk, and when the police called to offer some reasonable options he hung up. Nothing but a helicopter and major incident response would have been good enough for this chap.

  • MPs call for fivefold increase in Government spending on cycling1 year 5 weeks agoExpressing a target budget of

    Expressing a target budget of £10 per head is all well and good but it needs to be spent properly. Call me Mr Cynical but I suspect if you give it to the current bunch of clowns, it'll be spent on tins of blue or green paint and an awful lot of "Cyclists Dismount" signs...

    There needs to be a plan first, a budget second. You set out what you would like to build (and to be honest it should be nothing less than the highest quality Dutch-style infrastructure), cost it and then build it.

    Ideally it'd be around about your target of £10 per head but if its £12 for a year it still won't impact much on the average which for decades has been about £1.50 per head... Simply saying "here's loads of cash" isn't going to help without a plan of how to spend it.

  • International Bike Courier?1 year 5 weeks agoFor anyone interested, the

    For anyone interested, the bike bag I bought (fully loaded at 29kg) came through utterly unscathed, and so did the bike in it and everything else. Not bad considering it went Glasgow>London>LA>Auckland.

  • First Ride: Trek Émonda SLR1 year 5 weeks agoI wonder if some of the

    I wonder if some of the weight saving tech will find its way to a Domane version? My best mate has (I can't remember exactly which) upper 4 series Domane and it is just ridiculously comfortable. It makes my 2009 Fuji Team Pro feel like a penny farthing.

  • Half of Tour de France winners say Lance Armstrong should get his seven titles back1 year 5 weeks agoOf course half of the TDF

    Of course half of the TDF riders think he should be entitled to his medals. Half of the TDF riders *are doping* and won't be found out for several years. So of course they think that wins with cheats count. Otherwise, their wins would mean nothing too.

    Eventually doping will become so prevalent that there will be zero credibility and the entire sport will become irrelevant.

    Oh wait, hasn't that already happened?

  • Tour de France Tech 2014: Bryan Coquard’s Europcar Colnago V1-r aero race bike1 year 5 weeks agoI can't wait to see the

    I can't wait to see the mechanic leaning out of the team car to adjust one of these hidden rear brakes.

  • Choisissez trois Français... 2014 édition1 year 5 weeks agoCan't believe Chavanel didn't

    Can't believe Chavanel didn't do anything in the tailor-made transition stages 11+12. At Wits End

  • Lance Armstrong gives evidence to Cycling Independent Reform Commission1 year 5 weeks agoLe Tour gets to choose what

    Le Tour gets to choose what it records for it's races. Lance doesn't own his victories, he didn't buy them, they were awarded on the assumption he wasn't cheating. So Le Tour has every right to record what it wishes and it has done so. They didn't demand the jerseys back or the trophies or anything like that, they only chose to strike out the wins in their records which they are completely entitled to do.

    Lance Armstrong seems to have form for expecting everyone to dance to his tune whether he has any right to make them do so or not. Fortunately Le Tour isn't listening to him. He and his fans should get over it and if they think he's great then he and they can watch the re-runs of the final podium as much as they like and he still has 7 jerseys on the wall.

    I'm glad his wins were struck out and I'm also glad that Le Tour didn't replace him with other riders. When you think about it that means those 7 years are just Tours spoiled by doping and Lance was a massive part of that. They stand as a monument to how cheating spoiled the sport during those years.

    Interesting that you couldn't give a toss about Emma Reilly or any of the other people on Armstrong's Teams, all cheaters by association hanging on apparently? Yet you clearly give a great deal of toss about the top cheater Lance himself. Hardly consistent is it?

  • Half of Tour de France winners say Lance Armstrong should get his seven titles back1 year 5 weeks agoNice article. Now I know

    Nice article. Now I know which of the current riders and teams to boycott because they STILL DON'T GET IT! Angry

    It'll only be a tiny bit of consumer power but bringing cash into it changes things. If cheating costs Armstrong enough of his previous earnings in the pending court cases you can bet that the pros will re-assess the value of cheating pretty damn quick.

    As to the old guard attitudes, anyone with a skeleton in their closet will be feeling that their earnings and reputations are vulnerable so of course they'll want to make Armstrong's actions look more reasonable. Humans mostly do what's in their own interest after all.