• Gearing question1 year 5 weeks agoJust spin up some more! A lot

    Just spin up some more! A lot of people ride on just compacts and a 12t on the back.
    If you wanted a 'cheaper option' could just buy a cassette with an 11t on instead.

  • looking to join a club1 year 5 weeks agoI only ride steel myself, my

    I only ride steel myself, my only caution is that the older lightweight steel frames can sacrifice bottom bracket/ rear triangle stiffness so you can waste a bit of power climbing and sprinting.

    Make up for it with excellent wheels and tyres and you'll make the time up on the descents though.

    Having done the experiments, an ancient 531 horizontal top top bike with old kit on it is only about 2 mph slower than the latest super stiff aero time trial bike, this experiment was run when a local time trial added a classic bike section and some of the top clubmen and some part time pro's ran both over a 10 mile course.

    Don't have data for non aero bikes, but it must be less than half of that.

  • Central London’s Square Mile to become 20mph zone in July1 year 5 weeks agoMy commute takes me across

    My commute takes me across London Bridge, and then up King William Street and along Cheapside/Poultry.

    And I can tell you now that this speed limit will be completely disregarded.

  • Genesis Volare Team 953 road bike1 year 5 weeks agoOf course you could buy a

    Of course you could buy a Condor Super Acciaio at £1k less as well.

  • Genesis Volare Team 953 road bike1 year 5 weeks agoFrame price is £2300. Should

    Frame price is £2300. Should be able to get a discount there as well.

    Quite how Madison spec DA on this and get to £5k is anyone's guess.

    Stick SRAM Red from Merlin, £200 of finishing kit and some Fulcrum Racing 3 and you have a super bike for about £3500 or so.

  • Niki Terpstra wins Paris-Roubaix1 year 5 weeks agoTop bit of racing. A great

    Top bit of racing.
    A great advert for the sport.

  • More gearing questions1 year 5 weeks agoYes, before bothering with

    Yes, before bothering with the chainrings, try out a 27t or 28t on the back. That's around 8-12% difference in gearing. Going from a compact to "normal" is something like 6% (big) or 15% (small). So, you're not far off achieving the same change in gearing just by swapping up to a 28t. If you can fit a 32t, you'll get a whopping 28% difference in gearing.

    You pays your money and takes your choice. But, given relative cost and difficulty, I'd go for a different cassette. You can easily swap around for different profile routes.

    Enjoy tinkering....

  • Niki Terpstra wins Paris-Roubaix1 year 5 weeks agoThoroughly enjoyed the race,

    Thoroughly enjoyed the race, a shame Boonen and Thomas were hung out to dry a bit in their breakaway group until Thor joined them, would have been interesting to see what might have happened if they'd all gone for it with those two.

  • Genesis Volare Team 953 road bike1 year 5 weeks agoMy bike? Custom frames don't

    My bike?
    Custom frames don't have to have all the fancy scroll work on them and so on. A basic bike, especially tig welded, aren't that expensive.

    I was quoted 800 for a tig welded 853 frame with carbon forks, so this wouldn't be much more.

  • Niki Terpstra wins Paris-Roubaix1 year 5 weeks agoSuch class!! What a great

    Such class!!
    What a great win, enjoyed every second of it!

  • looking to join a club1 year 5 weeks agoben_a wrote:Is a 10-20 year

    ben_a wrote:
    Is a 10-20 year old 531 frame going to lack the requirements for riding competitively, especially with the newer techniques to frame design and construction? I've been reading the Volare 953 review and they mention oversized tubes, pressfit bottom bracket, angles here and there, larger than normal head-tube, which aim to make the ride racey and stiff.

    Essentially, no. Most if these thing mentioned are gimmicks designed to sex up what was perfected 40 years ago and has only been marginally improved with new materials and component designs.

  • Ask Dave1 year 5 weeks agoDave, can we have a budget of

    Dave, can we have a budget of 150 for Amstel Gold? Crying Thinking Confused Waiting D Oh Never mind... Big Grin

  • Do I need a Garmin?1 year 5 weeks agoslightly off topic but how do

    slightly off topic but how do you delete old rides from your garmin.
    when ever i try to upload a ride to strava it takes for ever??

    someone said delete your old rides and it will do it quicker.
    currently have a garmin 500 and have loaded all rides up to garmin connect.
    is it something in the settings

  • looking to join a club1 year 5 weeks agoFwiw I have been riding

    Fwiw I have been riding properly fo over 40 years. I have a decent job so have tried it all. Steel. Titanium. Alluxx, carbon. My latest bike is steel. Love it. Ok it's heavier but unless you already got your own weight down to 5% body fat then a couple of pounds is irrelevant to anyone not racing at a serious level. But steel is the nicest ride. You'll be one of the comfiest riders in the club.

  • More gearing questions1 year 5 weeks agoWhat type of rides are you

    What type of rides are you doing and what aspects of the ride are you having probs with?

    I'm switching out my 11-25 cassette to an 11-32 because I've been doing a lot of hill training (short steep grades ~20% and long sustained climbs ~2-4 mile) to train for a sportive this summer which is 106 miles with 7000 ft elevation gain which, since my last name isn't Froome, has been a rather painful slog with the 11-25 and August seems to be looming over me.

  • Bespoked 2014 highlights: Donhou, Baldwin, Saffron, Festka, Nerve, Wold and Merényi1 year 5 weeks agoMy lugged, chromed, 1992

    My lugged, chromed, 1992 Rourke 653 is 1790g.
    Bit flexy, but super comfortable on a long fast ride. Definitely the go-to bike for mile eating training rides (although I love my Colnago M10 for racing).
    Has anyone had a chance to compare old steel like that to a newer steel bike?

  • More gearing questions1 year 5 weeks agoYou don't say what your setup

    You don't say what your setup is, but I think any Shimano 105 rear derailleurs (for example) from the last few years can officially take up to a 28t, but depending on the frame you may get away with a 30t (and perhaps a 32t). If you can fit a 30t, that will take you pretty close (within about 10cm per rotation) of what you used to have.

    You can probably pick up a new cassette for less than £20, which has to be worth it if it makes you more comfortable.

  • Beer and fish and chips: the rocket fuel that'll propel the Tour de Yorkshire to greatness1 year 5 weeks agoIs this cosmopolitan as in

    Is this cosmopolitan as in 'culturally and ethnically diverse' or is it cosmopolitan as in 'has a rather lovely range of fashionable boutiques and artisan cafés'? Regardless, I'm pretty sure that, between them, Bradford and Harrogate could have pretty good crack at both of those interpretations.

  • Tech Roundup: Campagnolo, Craft, Schwalbe, Bell, Van Nicholas1 year 5 weeks agoAfter seeing this idea in the

    After seeing this idea in the US I'm pleased Seasuckers will be available soon in the UK

  • Frame Building Courses1 year 5 weeks agoOf course it's possible! I

    Of course it's possible! I may be wrong about the number but something like 500 candidates have passed through Bicycle Academy since it opened over two years ago and the word on the street is that the experience is well worth the money. Of course, what you produce is entirely down to your own aptitude & hard work but they'll certainly give you all the help and experience. No, I've not been YET but I know plenty who have and I follow the social media feeds of happy smiling apprentice framebuilders with their first projects. Inspiring, I have to say and personally cannot wait to sign up.

  • Paris Roubaix1 year 5 weeks agoClick on their score

    Click on their score

  • I'm sure this has been covered before - light and strong wheel options?1 year 5 weeks agoI have an Impulso and I love

    I have an Impulso and I love it. I have pretty much done what you have and replaced the bits on it when they have worn out or bent - in the case of the seatpost from last weeks Tour of Flanders. The Bianchi wheels are bombproof but they are like trampolines. I put Fulcrum 5's on it and the bike is literally twice as good. I would however now buy a pair of handmades from a local chap. Fulcrums are a pain to get fixed.

  • Frame Building Courses1 year 5 weeks agoOur very own Dave did a

    Our very own Dave did a course at the bicycle academy. I am planning on it at some point.

    http://road.cc/content/blog/71194-bicycle-academy-day-one
    http://road.cc/content/blog/71231-bicycle-academy-day-two

  • País Vasco Purist Competition1 year 5 weeks agoR.E. raysilvester No YTH

    R.E. raysilvester No YTH pts
    If that's the case that's bullocks, I allowed for youth riders even going thru overall listing for highest juniors, AS IT WAS ADVERTISED IN THE SCORING..First time I have hear that its only if the actual official Race has yth jersey. Hmmmmm

  • Beer and fish and chips: the rocket fuel that'll propel the Tour de Yorkshire to greatness1 year 5 weeks agoI find it hard to believe

    I find it hard to believe that Cambridge (pop. 124,000) has more cyclists than the whole of Yorkshire (combined pop. 5.3 million).

    Also what the f*** does being cosmopolitan have to do with it? Only in Britain could you find people complaining an event designed to showcase a particular region is too regional. Next you'll be slating the Tour de France itself for being too French. Rolling On The Floor