• First look: Bespoked UK Handmade Bike Show… There's a lot to see, so get on down there!1 year 5 weeks agoGordy748 wrote: At the end of

    Gordy748 wrote:

    At the end of the day, it's who you want to pay your money to.

    Yes Gordy, that's a very good point. I know I would love to be able to afford to know that my money goes to the good guys! If I were a rich man I would have a brace of those bikes I saw yesterday, but as an average punter who likes riding bikes rather than looking at them so much... well I am going to take value decisions.

    But yes, maybe there's a balance in there somewhere... An Etape from Enigma versus a cheap Defy+TCR, I would probably buy the Enigma. I guess that's sort of where my value/quality fulcrum sits - a fairly plain off the peg titanium bike, that could last ten + years would be better than a custom 725 in my book, and about the sameish price.

  • Paris Roubaix1 year 5 weeks ago1,3,4,10 + Gva wherever he

    1,3,4,10 + Gva wherever he landed. Middling

  • Paris Roubaix1 year 5 weeks ago1,2,3,4,7,10 standard - well

    1,2,3,4,7,10 standard - well happy

    2,3,5,7,10,17 purist.

  • Paris Roubaix1 year 5 weeks agoTook Boucher and terpstra out

    Took Boucher and terpstra out .... D Oh

    Purist got me , 3,4,5,6,10,20 std is irrelevant lol

  • Paris Roubaix1 year 5 weeks agoGVA having a crash at the

    GVA having a crash at the wrong time and no Degenkolb have done for me, will be a poor score compared to others

    1,3,4,6,10,17 standard
    3,4,6,7,10,17 purist

  • Paris Roubaix1 year 5 weeks ago1,2,5,6,8 for my purist -

    1,2,5,6,8 for my purist - happy with that.

    Less good for my standard - 3,4,10,16. Also my tenner at 66/1 on Brad for the win didn't quite work out. Very respectable ride and placing for him, though.

  • Paris Roubaix1 year 5 weeks agoTop

    Top 10

    Terpstra
    Degenkolb
    Cancellara
    Vanmarcke
    Stybar
    Sagan
    Thomas
    Langeveld
    Wiggins
    Boonen

  • Paris Roubaix1 year 5 weeks ago1 25 Niki TERPSTRA OMEGA

    1 25 Niki TERPSTRA OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 06:09:01
    2 121 John DEGENKOLB TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO 00:00:20
    3 1 Fabian CANCELLARA TREK FACTORY RACING 00:00:20
    4 11 Sep VANMARCKE BELKIN PRO CYCLING 00:00:20
    5 24 Zdenek STYBAR OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 00:00:20
    6 101 Peter SAGAN CANNONDALE 00:00:20
    7 58 Geraint THOMAS TEAM SKY 00:00:20
    8 86 Sebastian LANGEVELD GARMIN - SHARP 00:00:20
    9 51 Bradley WIGGINS TEAM SKY 00:00:20
    10 21 Tom BOONEN OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 00:00:20
    11 123 Bert DE BACKER TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO 00:00:26
    12 95 Arnaud DEMARE FDJ.FR 00:00:47
    13 53 Bernhard EISEL TEAM SKY 00:00:47
    14 71 Sébastien TURGOT AG2R LA MONDIALE 00:00:47
    15 201 Bjorn LEUKEMANS WANTY - GROUPE GOBERT 00:00:47
    16 28 Stijn VANDENBERGH OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 00:00:47
    17 31 Greg VAN AVERMAET BMC RACING TEAM 00:00:47
    18 16 Jos VAN EMDEN BELKIN PRO CYCLING 00:00:47
    19 34 Thor HUSHOVD BMC RACING TEAM 00:01:05
    20 204 Jean-Pierre DRUCKER WANTY - GROUPE GOBERT 00:01:05

  • Paris Roubaix1 year 5 weeks ago1,2,3,4,5,17 in purist

    1,2,3,4,5,17 in purist

  • Researchers "surprised" at number of cycling genital injuries, especially among kids1 year 5 weeks ago[[[[[ Often due to lack of

    [[[[[ Often due to lack of toeclips (or "clipless" pedals), innit. Front-end shunt? Let the the bike takes the brunt. These folks who say, "Ooh no---I want my feet free of the pedals"....I'm tired of talking to them. Newton might as well have been a greengrocer.
    P.R.

  • Forestry Commission pulls down anti-cycling posters ahead of New Forest sportive this weekend1 year 5 weeks agoJust got back from the Spring

    Just got back from the Spring Sportive, we had a great day!

    No hassle, only saw one of the posters and all the locals were friendly.

    Sadly there was a bit of twatty riding but not too much and a bit of needless car horn action but overall a brilliant mornings ride.

    Well done Wiggle, count me in for next year!

  • First look: Bespoked UK Handmade Bike Show… There's a lot to see, so get on down there!1 year 5 weeks agoYennings wrote:And I know

    Yennings wrote:
    And I know this really isn't the point but it's hard not to think that buying a Defy and a TCR for the same price as a single steel bike is not a good deal. I must be soul less Devil

    At the end of the day, it's who you want to pay your money to. If you buy a Pegoretti, Sachs or Winter, then you know the guy who's getting your cash (Dario, Richard or Eric) is the same guy you talked to, who is the same guy who built your frame. And chances are it will be a more rewarding frame to ride than a Specialized, Trek or Giant.

    As for getting one of the latter 3, you'll get a lighter, better value bike that people will recognize more. Your money doesn't go to the builder, it goes to shareholders and, for some, sponsorship of pro teams.

    At the end of the day, it's the ppremium you want to pay over quality versus value that determines which option to take.

  • Government urged to restrict use of cars as report says air pollution causes 30,000 premature deaths a year1 year 5 weeks agoNeil753 wrote: It's a tricky

    Neil753 wrote:

    It's a tricky one Kie, but we simply can't price our industry out by just endlessly raising the duty on diesel. EU law allows foreign trucks to enter the UK and handle internal shipments around the country, displacing our own industry, and forcing you and me as tax payers to pick up the tab in the form of unemployment benefits or tax credits, the ever increasing cost of diesel theft to the police budget, and the knock on effect of increased prices in the shops. Many foreign trucks have twin diesel tanks, holding a total of 2,000 litres of nice cheap continental diesel, sufficient to work extensively in the UK but without ever having to fill up at a UK pump.

    I was wondering about that issue. It does seem a major problem. Its why it would be preferable, ideally, to somehow charge for the emissions themselves, rather than taxing the fuel. If it could somehow be done that way round, charging on the basis of where the crap is emitted rather than where the fuel is put in, EU rules would, as far as I understand it, not prevent foreign lorries from being charged on a level playing field with our own (Or we could just quit the EU, but that's a whole other argument!)

  • Government urged to restrict use of cars as report says air pollution causes 30,000 premature deaths a year1 year 5 weeks agokie7077 wrote: Hauliers can't

    kie7077 wrote:

    Hauliers can't just keep absorbing the price rises in diesel.

    Or what? Some go bust, and? Others pick up the slack.

    If the price of diesel goes up enough, Something other than diesel would have to be used.

    The main problem I see for a replacement of diesel is we haven't developed energy (electricity to ???) storage technologies enough, lithium is good for storing electricity but there simply isn't enough of it in the world.

    It's a tricky one Kie, but we simply can't price our industry out by just endlessly raising the duty on diesel. EU law allows foreign trucks to enter the UK and handle internal shipments around the country, displacing our own industry, and forcing you and me as tax payers to pick up the tab in the form of unemployment benefits or tax credits, the ever increasing cost of diesel theft to the police budget, and the knock on effect of increased prices in the shops. Many foreign trucks have twin diesel tanks, holding a total of 2,000 litres of nice cheap continental diesel, sufficient to work extensively in the UK but without ever having to fill up at a UK pump.

    Ultimately, we all need to think about where stuff comes from, and try to consume less of it. I was hauling Californian apples from the docks the other day which, with our apple growing climate here in the UK, is totally bonkers when you think about it.

  • Bespoked 2014 highlights: Donhou, Baldwin, Saffron, Festka, Nerve, Wold and Merényi1 year 5 weeks agoSuper Acciaio looks like

    Super Acciaio looks like 1800g on the Condor website and thats a 52cm

  • Eurosport Player - any good this year?1 year 5 weeks agoI used it last year on

    I used it last year on holiday in Italy to watch the last two weeks of le Tour as the place we were staying had wifi, but no tv.

    It was great. The only negative was that because I was in Italy when I downloaded the app, it was the Italian version of Eurosport that I got... And this didn't change when I came back to the UK (including all the menus and scheduling info in the app itself).

    SO... If you are going to be using it abroad, make sure you get the app in advance unless you don't mind listening to commentary in the local language.

  • Paris Roubaix1 year 5 weeks agoKristoff dnf. Boooooooo

    Kristoff dnf. Boooooooo

  • Government urged to restrict use of cars as report says air pollution causes 30,000 premature deaths a year1 year 5 weeks agoThe real problem with newer,

    The real problem with newer, ostensibly more efficient, cars is that if you factor in the overall emissions created from mine to forcourt the "pollution break even points" often lie beyond the expected product lifecycle, creating profit without any overall reduction in overall emissions.

    In fact, the solution doesn't really involve cars at all. What is required is a socal housing program sufficiently comprehensive to largely eliminate the financial incentive to commuting, and to also dramatically reduce dual income reqirement.

    Rather than make it more expensive to drive, it's far better to eliminate the need to drive in the first place.

  • Beer and fish and chips: the rocket fuel that'll propel the Tour de Yorkshire to greatness1 year 5 weeks agoEnough with the Tour de

    Enough with the Tour de Yorkshire rubbish. You're proud of where you live...its been hundreds of years of that rubbish....we get the message. Cambridge would have been more representative of the UK as a whole (more cosmopolitan and larger number of cyclists) and would have flown the flag for the whole country.

  • Paris Roubaix1 year 5 weeks agoStandard Peter

    Standard

    Peter Sagan
    Alexander Kristoff
    Sep Vanmarcke
    Nikolas Maes
    Tom Boonen
    Greg Van Avermaet
    Dylan Van Baarle
    James Vanlandschoot
    Johan Van Summeren
    PR Apr 13, 00:17 Greg Van Avermaet Andreas Schillinger << To a break away out

    Purist

    Fabian Cancellara
    Sep Vanmarcke
    Geraint Thomas
    Greg Van Avermaet
    Niki Terpstra
    Johan Van Summeren
    Luca Paolini
    Zakkari Dempster
    Daniil Fominykh

  • Vuelta Pais Vasco Stage 61 year 5 weeks agoOK, I've checked with Dave, I

    OK, I've checked with Dave, I was quoted an old rule. That was on the /rules page, but has now been removed.

    I think you can still only win 1 stage per race, but overall prizes are not limited to one per season.

    That was just when it was the 3 bikes up for grabs

  • Government urged to restrict use of cars as report says air pollution causes 30,000 premature deaths a year1 year 5 weeks agokie7077 wrote: Hauliers can't

    kie7077 wrote:

    Hauliers can't just keep absorbing the price rises in diesel.

    Or what? Some go bust, and? Others pick up the slack.

    If the price of diesel goes up enough, Something other than diesel would have to be used.

    The main problem I see for a replacement of diesel is we haven't developed energy (electricity to ???) storage technologies enough, lithium is good for storing electricity but there simply isn't enough of it in the world.

    Hydrogen is the way to go with 'alternative' fuel. Or we find a different way to get the goods to where they're wanted. Much more should be made of the rail network and the canal network for transporting goods instead of using roads.

  • Government urged to restrict use of cars as report says air pollution causes 30,000 premature deaths a year1 year 5 weeks agoHauliers can't just keep

    Hauliers can't just keep absorbing the price rises in diesel.

    Or what? Some go bust, and? Others pick up the slack.

    If the price of diesel goes up enough, Something other than diesel would have to be used.

    The main problem I see for a replacement of diesel is we haven't developed energy (electricity to ???) storage technologies enough, lithium is good for storing electricity but there simply isn't enough of it in the world.

  • Cyclist thrown into back of truck by freak collision forced to dial emergency number for police rescue1 year 5 weeks ago...and the driver will

    ...and the driver will receive an offence notice for failing to give way…

    Which is a lot more than the nothing which would happen to him in the UK.

  • Ask Dave1 year 5 weeks agoMy budget is £4.26. What kind

    My budget is £4.26. What kind of cake should I buy?