• Video: Coolest support car ever? Team Sky's Jaguar F-type1 year 5 weeks agoWhat does it draft like?

    What does it draft like?

  • mio 315 or 305 hc rather than garmin 810?1 year 5 weeks agoHI PRW44 I have a 305HC, had

    HI PRW44
    I have a 305HC, had it for over a year. Great bit of kit with a couple of niggles.
    Positives: Great mapping, easy to plan a new route (if you can get it to sync with your laptop-see negatives)
    No problems with either cadence and heart rate sensors. Surprise me function is wonderful if you live in an area with multiple routes. Easy to flick through and choose screen data options, Overall a great bit of kit.
    Negatives, trying to sync with a laptop can be tiresome. It only seems to work on my windows machine intermittently (75% of the time) still do not know why, I just plug in and hope, if it does not connect unplug, refresh laptop and try again, and only works on explorer as your browser, not opera nor Chrome.
    Once connected the visual data you see isn't the best, quite basic. Worst for me is that when i deleted some journey's off my MIO from Italy and Furteventura to gain memory back, it deleted them from my summary so i lost my fastest speed and actual KM's ridden etc completely. Very annoying.
    Overall as an alternative it is very good, these are just niggles and when 40 miles out of London and lost, it works great to get me back home. Which is really all you actually need it for.

  • Video: Coolest support car ever? Team Sky's Jaguar F-type1 year 5 weeks agoAre they only using it on the

    Are they only using it on the ITT as they realise it's useless when it comes to a bit of Magic Spanner!

  • Jersey finally passes mandatory helmet law - for under 14 year olds1 year 5 weeks agoLots of people have anecdotal

    Lots of people have anecdotal evidence about the benefits of wearing helmets. They tend to wear helmets.

    Lots of people quote published reports to help protect their right to ride without a helmet. They tend not to wear helmets.

    Wear or don't wear a helmet based on your opinion. It really is that simple.

  • My brother’s not a doper, says Jonathan Tiernan-Locke’s twin sister1 year 5 weeks agoClearly I don't know him

    Clearly I don't know him personally but "hard working" and "gruelling training schedule" are not always phrases I've heard associated with him...

  • My brother’s not a doper, says Jonathan Tiernan-Locke’s twin sister1 year 5 weeks agoPaul J wrote:She's wrong. He

    Paul J wrote:
    She's wrong. He has failed a test.

    Actually no, no he never failed a test.

    That's both the joy of and the frustrating thing about the passport programme.

    The joy is that the UCI can now act when they can blatantly see what is going on, but don't have the testing power to physically catch someone at it.

    The frustration is that in cases like this one (well for me with a bit of personal involvement anyway), there will always be a degree of uncertainty remaining.

    The premise of the passport programme simply is... if it looks like a horse, sounds like a horse and acts like a horse... it probably is a horse.

    From what I understand, I would suggest JTL has potentially fallen victim to a 'perfect storm' of factors coming together.

    This is a mixture of speculation, and first hand reports... so happy to admit it may not survive serious scrutiny...

    1. JTL's blood profile shows anomalies right on the run up to the UCI election.
    2. For someone wishing to discredit BC and Cookson, this is too great an opportunity to miss and the anomalies are published when they shouldn't have been. It is a fact that his case was publicised earlier than it should.
    3. By publicising the case, there is no longer the opportunity to gather further blood profile data which could potentially demonstrate (either way) that blood doping or something other has taken place.
    4. JTL has a terrible first season with Sky through a mix of illness and over-training... the latter of which is at least partly due to the heavily volume based training programmes provided by Sky... which is understood to have been part of a two year plan to build JTL's 'engine' for 3 week stage racing.
    5. Sky has doubts that JTL has what it takes to perform in their team and is not that displeased at the opportunity to remove JTL from their roster when an opportunity presents itself.
    6. Giving Sky more credit, understanding point 3 above, Sky know that realistically there can be no effective defence for JTL, so take the only real option and cut ties quickly and swiftly.
    7. With Cookson fresh in position the UCI can't be seen to be dodging the doping situation... a UK athlete 'conveniently' getting off soon after Cookson's appointment would not send the right message.

    Whether he doped or not, based on the above, JTL was never going to be found anything other than guilty.

    Now I am not stupid, JTL could have pulled the wool over everyone's eyes, including mine and doped the ass out of himself.... however, call it selective blindness, call it stupid sentimentality, but I just don't buy it.

  • Video: Coolest support car ever? Team Sky's Jaguar F-type1 year 5 weeks agoThis is actually the first

    This is actually the first time I have ever considered buying a Jaguar. I won't need the radios but the bike rack is an essential Smile

  • Tour de France Stage 161 year 5 weeks ago"Côte de Fanjeaux" sounds

    "Côte de Fanjeaux" sounds very rude. Big Grin

    One for the break today I reckon...

  • Chris Snook's 5th generation Genesis Volare 953 race bike1 year 5 weeks agoHaving gone from ultra light

    Having gone from ultra light carbon fibre to a Ti frame this year, I hold no reservations about the weight. Clearly it would be noticeable going up a french alp, but then I would be a lot more stable coming down the other side. For day to day riding, i'm more comfortable and therefore faster (strava says so), I'm not going back....but I might get back on steel in the future.

    I rode on my shop ride the other night, the only person on metal, and enjoyed riding off the front on the steepest hill, the bike is only 1 element.

    I love the fact that steel is still proving to be a good material, but there is enough choice of materials out there for everyone. If you are the person that weighs every component and is convinced that 0.5kg is going to make a difference then go carbon, it has a lot of merits but weight is not everything.

  • Tour de France leader Vincenzo Nibali insists Italian cycling is cleaning up its act1 year 5 weeks agoNibali has been consistently

    Nibali has been consistently there or thereabouts in major tours, but of course his performance does raise questions.

    It seems unlikely that cycling can clean up its act completely whilst the likes of Vino are allowed to operate as team managers.

  • How long should a frame last?1 year 5 weeks agoWould be interesting to

    Would be interesting to revisit this in 5 to 10 years, when people are reporting back on longevity of carbon frames. Recent price drops and technological advances are making them a mainstream choice, so I guess you'll be hearing about failures pretty soon if they're going to happen

  • Boris Bike turns up in Wolverhampton – 3 years after disappearing in London1 year 5 weeks agoSomeone should ride it back

    Someone should ride it back to see if 12 hours is doable.

  • World champion Rui Costa out of Tour de France1 year 5 weeks agoThis tour is going to be won

    This tour is going to be won by the last man standing. If it went on long enough, it'd probably be Jens.

  • Giant Bowery 721 year 5 weeks agoMKultra wrote:It's hard to

    MKultra wrote:
    It's hard to build up a half way decent fixed for less than £300 (although strangely you can buy a complete one) unless you happen to drop on a cheap donor bike to convert.

    Giant don't make any tat in the road bike range so the bowery for £270 is not bad at all as long as it all runs.

    That's music to my ears because I've bought it now! Got it for £260 in the end and based on original price and condition it's in, I'm hoping I've got a good deal there! It's arriving tomorrow so lets hope it's a nice runner...

  • Video: Coolest support car ever? Team Sky's Jaguar F-type1 year 5 weeks agothey could get an etype out

    they could get an etype out of the garage and strap Porte's bike on the back, its small enough

  • Video: Coolest support car ever? Team Sky's Jaguar F-type1 year 5 weeks agoIt should be able to keep up.

    It should be able to keep up.

  • My brother’s not a doper, says Jonathan Tiernan-Locke’s twin sister1 year 5 weeks agoPaul J wrote:She's wrong. He

    Paul J wrote:
    She's wrong. He has failed a test.

    Unfortunately the authorities and the laboratories don't always get it right.

    Remember the case of British runner Diane Modahl in 1994? Her career and reputation was destroyed and she was financially ruined by the costs of clearing her name. The test she 'failed' was due to the Portuguese laboratory leaving the samples at room temperature for 3 days before testing them.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diane_Modahl

  • Video: California reserve police officer suspended for posting “I hate cyclists” YouTube clip1 year 5 weeks agowoman's a twat, what an

    woman's a twat, what an idiot!

  • Giant Bowery 721 year 5 weeks agoIt's hard to build up a half

    It's hard to build up a half way decent fixed for less than £300 (although strangely you can buy a complete one) unless you happen to drop on a cheap donor bike to convert.

    Giant don't make any tat in the road bike range so the bowery for £270 is not bad at all as long as it all runs.

  • Crack in Giant Defy 2 seat tube1 year 5 weeks agoHaving been tipped off by a

    Having been tipped off by a mate who runs a bike shop my fears are materialising. Giant are on to/aware of this, their stance is that this happens when the seat post slips so the fault is either no carbon grease or incorrectly tightened bolts and so not covered by warranty. Had a phone call from the LBS basically stating that so we need a face to face discussion about options. They're being as good as they can, they always use grease but the bolts weren't at the required n/M and they always use a torque wrench to manufacturers specificied torque. But they're loose now. I don't fiddle with things (honest!). Not really looking forward to the next stage... Sad

  • Let's ban the word "cyclist"1 year 5 weeks agoantonio wrote:Ok, lets ban

    antonio wrote:
    Ok, lets ban the word cyclist, we merely ride bicycles, we become one of thousands of people who ride bicycles. Once involved with anything beyond the norm we will become a new species, 'bicyclists'. Wink Wink

    I'll have you know I've never been 'confused' and I'm happily married. Wink

  • Video: Coolest support car ever? Team Sky's Jaguar F-type1 year 5 weeks agoSaw this on ITV4. As product

    Saw this on ITV4. As product placements go, that is a pretty cool bit of team kit.

  • Jersey finally passes mandatory helmet law - for under 14 year olds1 year 5 weeks agobrooksby wrote:I wear a

    brooksby wrote:
    I wear a helmet. Does it make me feel safer? No. Do I think it makes me safer? No.

    The three times I have come off, I've broken a rib and twisted my shoulder and my wrist, and cut my shin (did you know that road muck seems to make for a perfectly black scar?). My head never hit the road in any case, and I'm pretty sure a helmet doesn't protect shoulders or ribs or legs.

    But my wife said she'd kill me if I got hurt riding and wasn't wearing a helmet. So I wear a helmet Wink

    Sounds like you should be wearing a helmet (and possibly body armour) around your wife rather than on the bike. Laughing

  • Jersey finally passes mandatory helmet law - for under 14 year olds1 year 5 weeks agoStumps: I wasn't trying to

    Stumps: I wasn't trying to belittle you. Just saying my experience is very different from yours. Mine is based on Glasgow city. I've never seen 98% helmet wearing rates, outside of racing/sportives. Nowhere near in cities.

    It's not just me either. TRL found the same, and they've likely done a much wider study. This suggests your observations are not representative, for some reason (e.g. where you're observing).

    Disagreeing is not belittling. If it came across that way to you, I apologise - sorry.

  • Video: California reserve police officer suspended for posting “I hate cyclists” YouTube clip1 year 5 weeks agoThe Daily Mail comments are

    The Daily Mail comments are always the same, story after story the same old Colonel Blimp tribute acts turn up demanding that cyclists should "pay their way, blah blah blah, road tax".

    And then there is always someone patiently explaining to them how tax actually works. Because of course the Daily Mail gets a large part of its traffic from outraged Guardian readers.

    The only thing I've ever learned from the DM, is that stupid is sometimes permanent. And that the comments on the DM are of no consequence to anyone, except those who want to be annoyed by them (but they are sometimes very funny!)