• Cycling-mad primary schoolchildren head to Dolomites for ultimate school trip1 year 6 weeks agoBrilliant, what a forward

    Brilliant, what a forward thinking school, but I'm glad I'm not doing the risk assessment !! Well done to M Steel for supporting this and the school.

  • Lance Armstrong stripped of Legion d'Honneur, plus date set for sworn testimony1 year 6 weeks agoMercuryOne wrote:I don't

    MercuryOne wrote:
    I don't understand why the French honoured Armstrong in the first place. By 2005 he was already pretty suspect in the eyes of the French cycle press. I would have thought the Elyseé would have taken that on board.

    My thoughts too, Mercury One. He was made a Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur in October 2005, 2 months after he was exposed as a cheat in the famous l'Equipe article "Le Mesonge Armstrong", which proved beyond reasonable doubt that he doped during the 1999 Tour de France.

  • STRAVA - - - - DELETED -- BYE BYE!1 year 6 weeks agoIt is interesting to me that

    It is interesting to me that so many people like the KOM aspect of Strava, and yet they do not seem to enter time trials, where for a couple of quid you can rock up and compare yourself to real people on the same night and get an accurate time.

    To me a KOM is a bit silly. I have faster times on loads of sections than people who regularly beat me in races, they simply do not represent a persons ability compared to your peers. Look what happens to a the KOMs if you get a hill climb on a segment. A mega hilly race in our area certainly did interesting things to the leaderboard on a few hills.

  • Colnago C60 road bike1 year 6 weeks agoIf the frame was lighter it

    If the frame was lighter it probably wouldn't ride as well any more. I'll take a 300g frame weight penalty for better ride quality every time, especially when you can build this lighter and for less money.

  • Cycling-mad primary schoolchildren head to Dolomites for ultimate school trip1 year 6 weeks agoGreat idea (conceptually, at

    Great idea (conceptually, at least). I would have chosen somewhere other than the Dolomites though. When I was there it was like cycling around Brands Hatch during a superbike race.

  • There's shouldn't be a women's TdF, Giro or Vuelta1 year 6 weeks agoTour of Germany (for women)

    Tour of Germany (for women) might be a good idea - could give the sport, which is pretty tarnished in Germany, a new start.

    Given increase in numbers of women cycling in the UK surely we must be able to do something about it in this country.

    Big issue is how to pay for it, I don't think its appropriate to make a public problem (low profile of women's cycling, or most other sports) a private problem (by foisting it on already cash strapped promoters). Thought experiment, if the government proposed a law requiring TV channels (all of them - including pay) to show an equivalent amount of corresponding women's sports giving them equal prominence, do you think this woudl get made law? So why force promotoers to solve an issue that they can't solve all at their own expense.

    Maybe something like adding £10 to the cost of every bike sold on ride to work scheme with funds being hypothecated to subsidise a major women's event.

  • Giro Stage 131 year 6 weeks agoI'm writing off today and

    I'm writing off today and have made GC transfers, so I have no pens for tomorrow. Still have Bouhanni, so just need to swap him for Quintana after today and I'm ready for a big weekend in the mountains!

  • Cycling-mad primary schoolchildren head to Dolomites for ultimate school trip1 year 6 weeks agoWell done M Steel, bought my

    Well done M Steel, bought my first mountain bike from them years ago and still a great shop it seems.

  • Cycling the star performer as Halfords unveils full-year results1 year 6 weeks agoHe also highlighted

    He also highlighted improvements in staff motivation and training.

    Rolling On The Floor

  • Schwalbe One V-Guard tyres1 year 6 weeks agoTubeless ONEs are great.

    Tubeless ONEs are great. 2500miles on 23c Tubeless and starting to wear, however IT IS A RACE TYRE. Probably shouldn't be used for training.

    Unfortunately only problem - I can't seem get them in 25c as stock is low. Does anyone know where to get 25c tubeless from?

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  • Swedish 'test cyclists' get free bikes in return for driving less1 year 6 weeks agoConvincing unfit car drivers

    Convincing unfit car drivers to swap for a mode of transport that will make them puff and sweat a little will be difficult, even for Sweden. Virtually impossible in the UK, unless incentives are substantial, or make it punitive to drive a car for short journeys.

    Once you overcome the initial effort to get into cycling and your cardio improves, then cycling is best transport for short trips say 2-10 miles

  • Lance Armstrong stripped of Legion d'Honneur, plus date set for sworn testimony1 year 6 weeks agoI don't understand why the

    I don't understand why the French honoured Armstrong in the first place. By 2005 he was already pretty suspect in the eyes of the French cycle press. I would have thought the Elyseé would have taken that on board.

  • Giro stage 12 ITT1 year 6 weeks agoenrique wrote:Dave Atkinson

    enrique wrote:
    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    si, lo creo

    Gracias, muy amable... Smile

    Compraros un habitation, vosotros dos!

  • Giro d'Italia Stage 12: Rigoberto Uran storms into the race lead1 year 6 weeks agoRigoberto was outstanding

    Rigoberto was outstanding compared to the rest of the field. It will be good to see a new crop of cyclists fighting for a major tour

  • Colnago C60 road bike1 year 6 weeks agoIt lost half a star and got

    It lost half a star and got 9/10 instead of 10/10 because of its weight? But you mentioned that weight was not a penalty with this frame, so I don't understand why the mark down. It certainly wouldn't bother me. It's still under 16 pounds.

    The C59 is the best frame I have ever ridden, the C60 sounds even better, amazing .....

  • Cycling News AD???1 year 6 weeks agoGood tip mate! Could be good

    Good tip mate! Could be good for a few KOMs in Strava.

  • Video: To beard or not to beard1 year 6 weeks agojason.timothy.jones

    jason.timothy.jones wrote:
    careful, I think Specialized have a TM on beards

    Yeah - and I wonder if they're going to start charging Ferrari for using a wind tunnel..

  • Bib shorts for short man!1 year 6 weeks agoIgnore the chest size and

    Ignore the chest size and look for something that fits your arse and legs. If between sizes try another make or go down a size.
    I am a touch taller and use small or medium.
    More importantly think about leg length. Too long and you will look like Don Estelle. And you will look like Wiggins who has no style at all.
    Shutt VR shorts are a touch shorter than most but still not Sean Yates short. I use a medium in theirs as I was a good 32 waist but small would fit well now.

  • Video: To beard or not to beard1 year 6 weeks agoMy time trial times as an 18

    My time trial times as an 18 year old with a beard significantly bigger than the chap in the video, were way better than my times when I returned to the sport 20 years later when shaved. Proves beards help. Sadly that was a low point in my life from which have now recovered.
    Bet Cadel wishes he had a beard.

  • Cycling-mad primary schoolchildren head to Dolomites for ultimate school trip1 year 6 weeks agoYou know one day all cycle

    You know one day all cycle shops will be the heart of the community.
    This is only the start.
    Well done M STEEL CYCLES for continuing the trend !

  • Giro stage 12 ITT1 year 6 weeks agoDave Atkinson wrote:si, lo

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    si, lo creo

    Gracias, muy amable... Smile

  • Giro stage 12 ITT1 year 6 weeks agoEveryone who couldn't afford

    Everyone who couldn't afford to take Ulissi out got quite a nice surprise. At least leaving Bouhanni in netted me a bunch of lanterne rouge points...

  • There's shouldn't be a women's TdF, Giro or Vuelta1 year 6 weeks agoWomen's racing I have

    Women's racing I have recently discovered often makes for much better viewing. The shorter distances allow a much wider range of tactical riding options for going for the win.

    It's arguable the stage lengths in men's events is just too much; look how many stages are effectively a peleton controlled procession until the final few kilometres. The shorter stages in women's events can often give lone breakaway riders as much of a chance as the bunch sprint.

    The ridiculous stage lengths made sense when the grand tours were started to sell newspapers like L'Equipe, tales of mad daring distances read great in print (How truthful the race results were back then is another matter...). In the television age shorter, faster stages work much better.

  • Pantani 10 years1 year 6 weeks agoMetjas wrote:I understand the

    Metjas wrote:
    I understand the history, appreciate the complexities, but do not subscribe to the idea there's any value in remembering a fallen hero. I'm just at a loss how I would explain to somebody who has no interest in cycling why it's appropriate to celebrate the anniversary of the death of Pantani.

    And the idea that everyone was equal because they were all at it doesn't quite hold - drugs do not have equivalent effects on all individuals (genetic background etc), hence the advent of personalised medicine. And of course some people just choose to let go of their dreams and quit the sport.

    Its pretty easy to explain I think. People love, and can relate to, a tragic hero. It's precisely because Pantani was flawed that makes him loved by so many.