• Froome and the Inhaler1 year 6 weeks agoapprox. 8% of adults have

    approx. 8% of adults have asthma. That proportion somehow appears to be much, much higher in pro cyclists.

    "At times, UCI officials "have graded up to 80 percent of riders as asthmatics. The only surprising thing is that the world is so stupid to believe that,"
    Werner Franke. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Werner_Franke

  • Froome and the Inhaler1 year 6 weeks agostumps wrote:Correct me if

    stumps wrote:
    Correct me if i'm wrong, but did The Climb not get released till 5th June and you have read it already ?, there's me thinking you didn't like Sky....

    Just making observations Wink

    no, not read it. I will at some point, for a good laugh!

  • Building a bike1 year 6 weeks agoRibble and Merlin are the

    Ribble and Merlin are the obvious UK component suppliers, Rose and Bike Discount in Germany tend to be a little cheaper but charge postage, which wouldn't be a problem if you're placing a large order.

    It's very hard to recommend somewhere to get a frame without knowing your requirements.

    You'll probably end up spending more than you would on a complete bike, because you'll want to fit more expensive components in the areas where complete bikes have suffered from being built to a strict budget - nice seatpost and stem, fancy headset, posh saddle etc.

    Don't scrimp on tools - buy cheaply here and you'll be buying again in short order. Oh and get a workstand!

  • Tour de France Minus 24 - Our round-up of the Grand Départ news1 year 6 weeks agoThat article in the Harrogate

    That article in the Harrogate Advertiser makes typically amusing reading. Residents "locked" in their houses, and people moaning that they might have to walk a bit further than they normally would.

  • Is cycling getting like football?1 year 6 weeks agoInteresting point although

    Interesting point although the suggestion that these new football fans are somehow worse than the old generation has to be taken with a pinch of salt. Anyone old enough to remember the football violence of the 1970s and 1980s like myself probably has a rather jaded view of the 'good old days' as they weren't nearly as good as they are now.

    Yes cycling is growing in popularity and there are some bad points with that, but in general it's to the good.

  • Bad news for MAMILs - 1 in 3 think cyclists should ditch Lycra before turning 40, says British Heart Federation survey (+ infographic)1 year 6 weeks agoI'm sure context matters to

    I'm sure context matters to the question, is there anyone that has a set attire that they always wear on the bike no matter what the ride is for?

    I'll wear lycra if I'm doing a training ride, or taking a long Sunday spin. If I'm commuting, I'll usually wear MTB shorts (I ride cross, we can make up our own rules). For local trips, it's whatever the hell I have on.

  • Froome and the Inhaler1 year 6 weeks agoCorrect me if i'm wrong, but

    Correct me if i'm wrong, but did The Climb not get released till 5th June and you have read it already ?, there's me thinking you didn't like Sky....

    Just making observations Wink

  • Steel Frameset1 year 6 weeks ago+1 the Kinesis models ... TK3

    +1 the Kinesis models ... TK3 is Ace Smile oh and should be discounted now the
    4S is out !!!

  • Brit Drivers1 year 6 weeks agogiobox wrote:Scoob_84

    giobox wrote:
    Scoob_84 wrote:
    Speaking as an actual engineer, I'd like to point out that Engineering is not a protected status... People who fix photo copying machines are allowed to call themselves engineers

    Not to be rude, buy you've kinda proven why engineering is not a protected status. What kind of engineer are you (software, mechanical, civil, etc, etc)?

    "Actual engineer" is surely just as meaningful or meaningless as photocopying engineer.

    Not rude at all mate, I'm an M&E engineer in the construction game. But i don't see that as being an issue, same way as doctors and lawyers get by with their sub-disciplines. At the very least a degree in engineering and membership with a chartered engineering institute should do the trick.

    It wouldn't surprise me if tipper truck drivers called themselves engineers these days, which might explain our position at the top of this list.

  • Brit Drivers1 year 6 weeks agoI work in TV and our

    I work in TV and our insurance gets spiked on the assumption that we are constantly driving around film stars/someone with very high earnings that that the insurance company would need to compensate.

    That said, this thread makes it seem every industry has some reason why they are ripped off on insurance.

  • Bad news for MAMILs - 1 in 3 think cyclists should ditch Lycra before turning 40, says British Heart Federation survey (+ infographic)1 year 6 weeks agoPeople in marketing cycle the

    People in marketing cycle the furthest each week? Of course they do. They are always 100% truthful that lot.

  • Froome and the Inhaler1 year 6 weeks agostumps wrote:I had exercise

    stumps wrote:
    I had exercise induced asthma when i played rugby and had an inhaler purely for when i played................oh but i dont ride for Sky though so its true about about me but a load of shite when its about a Sky rider, oh how sad some people are Rolling On The Floor

    1. Who said he's lying about having an EIA diagnosis?
    2. Weird it isn't mentioned in book about his development from kid to TdF champion.
    3. At the point he took a puff, he didn't look like he was suffering, and if he was he recovered well.

    just making observations!

  • Tour de France Minus 24 - Our round-up of the Grand Départ news1 year 6 weeks agoWe Played a little game on

    We Played a little game on our ride out on Sunday round the Strines.... guess the tour route.

    Shiny new, glass smooth tarmac - On the Route.
    Knackered pot-holed, moonscape - Usual Yorkshire Road.

    If we had know all it took to get some decent roads round here was a bunch of foreigners on bikes, we would have invited Pierre and Gunter over years ago ..

  • Critérium du Dauphiné stage 51 year 6 weeks agoI brought reza in too and

    I brought reza in too and have gone back to GC riders, just trying to put some stability back in to my team after a disastrous start Sad

    Roulston and pineau have abandoned after 24km of racing. They got caught up in a large crash early on. They have gone to hospital in Gap.

  • Froome and the Inhaler1 year 6 weeks agoAl__S wrote:the fundamental

    Al__S wrote:
    the fundamental fact is that ventolin inhalers have no effect on someone that does not have constricted airways. They cannot open your airways up any more than as big as they should be. That's why WADA doesn't care about them.

    Indeed. I am asthmatic, but it is very well controlled and I hardly ever need my blue inhaler. If i do end up using it then the best that happens is that my breathing gets back to somewhere near normal.

    Also one puff or so is nothing.

  • Mio Cyclo 505 HC GPS computer1 year 6 weeks agoGot mine yesterday from box,

    Got mine yesterday from box, lovely kit. Comes with western Europe maps although it only says UK and Ireland on the box, updates bare this out. Free up front mount too, bargain in my book at 254. Only problem is data isn't showing accurately in strava but I'm sure it'll be sorted soon enough..

  • Help - carbon road bike.1 year 6 weeks ago> But an affordable upgrade

    > But an affordable upgrade at a later time.
    Good idea, I thought, and considered replacing the 105 bits on my Felt Z5 that I don't like but, the cost of new pair of Ultegra brake levers and crankset is 416 UKP in total.

    I can't recommend Ultegra on cheap carbon enough. You can get a Carbon Mekk with mostly Ultegra (including all the bits were I think Ultegra important) for only £1,100. What a bargain! A whole bike for not much more than twice the cost of the crankset and levers!
    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/mekk-2g-poggio-p30-ultegra-2013/

  • Raleigh Velo XC electric bike1 year 6 weeks agoNot that the intended comment

    Not that the intended comment was actually just "." but I edited the original comment in an attempt to look 'slightly' less stupid... Big Grin

    cool as a cucumber

  • Raleigh Velo XC electric bike1 year 6 weeks agoNot that the intended comment

    Not that the intended comment was actually just "." but I edited the original comment in an attempt to look 'slightly' less stupid... Big Grin

    cool as a cucumber

  • Steel Frameset1 year 6 weeks agoI think the Ribble one only

    I think the Ribble one only has clearances for 23mm tyres and guards, which may affect your thinking if you plan to running bigger tyres in winter.

  • Raleigh Velo XC electric bike1 year 6 weeks agoItwas accidental and meant

    Itwas accidental and meant for another post within Road.cc I just got a bit giddy with the back button and wrote a comment on this article instead of the one it was intended for. At Wits End

  • Bad news for MAMILs - 1 in 3 think cyclists should ditch Lycra before turning 40, says British Heart Federation survey (+ infographic)1 year 6 weeks agoI am a 41 year old who looks

    I am a 41 year old who looks dreadful in his due to years of inactivity till i was gripped by this world!

    I don't give a flying F**k, i love my Lycra and I love my bike so go away with your polls!

  • Building a bike1 year 6 weeks agoSome of it's dated and I'm

    Some of it's dated and I'm sure you already know of this site but I always find http://sheldonbrown.com/ is really helpful for DIY stuff.

    This page in particular might have some relatively helpful links, esp. on tools etc; http://sheldonbrown.com/diy/index.html?PHPSESSID=20424d3519a0da8f83edcc8...

  • Building a bike1 year 6 weeks agoYou probably won't get a

    You probably won't get a great bike 'cheap' as, unless you already have most of the bits, it will cost you more than buying a new complete bike.

    One plus point is that you will have the right length stem, a saddle that suits you and have no need to have the budget wheels and brakes that come on some bikes that are built to a price point.

    I built a cross bike last autumn. The likes of Ribble and Merlin offer good prices on components, although in the case of Ribble the cables that came with my shifters (despite being labelled by them as Dura Ace! - I would have been happy with basic Shimano ones) were crap, compressed all over the place and required replacing.

    You may also also need some specialist tools. For example my frame needed facing and chasing to fit the bottom bracket. How confident are you chopping down steerer tubes? I got the LBS to do both of those. A gear hanger alignment tool might be an advantage (I already have one of those, so i was okay on that).

    The rest of it is mostly straightforward with normal maintenance tools such as bottom bracket tool, cassette lockring and chain whip, allen keys.

    I bought my frame from Dolan. The frame was good for the price, but the geometry on the website was totally wrong. I ended up phoning up and asking them to measure a frame they had in the warehouse. There seem lots of places knocking out budget alloy frames. I am not convinced of the value of some of the carbon framesets that are for sale.

    If you are mostly buying budget stuff then you are probably better off using the likes of Ribble bike Builder or something and they will effectively build your spec for free.

  • Building a bike1 year 6 weeks agoBuilding a bike is great,

    Building a bike is great, just make sure you've got the right tool for the job and for things like headsets I would get the LBS to do. As for sourcing frames and components etc any where is good, but in my experience buying a whole groupset is cheaper then buying it in bits. Also depending on your budget it can often be cheaper to buy a complete bike than build one from bits bought separately. Also buy the frame first so you know your BB size and headset sizes.

    Here also has some good advice: http://cyclingtips.com.au/2013/02/how-to-handle-a-custom-bike-build/