• Best Road Shorts1 year 13 weeks agoYep, Castelli are great.....

    Yep, Castelli are great.....

  • Best Road Shorts1 year 13 weeks agoAssos are generally

    Assos are generally considered the best,

    I ride castelli as they are just a bit cheaper

  • Best Road Shorts1 year 13 weeks agoCastelli would be my

    Castelli would be my recommendation too - great quality and certainly not cheap but good value compared to similar quality brands.

  • Fantasy Giro is open... and you could win a Bryton GPS worth £199 just by entering!1 year 13 weeks agoI'm betting on Hesjedal to

    I'm betting on Hesjedal to retain the jersey.

    (Yeah, right.)

  • Best Road Shorts1 year 13 weeks agoI've got a pair of Santini

    I've got a pair of Santini bibs that a far more comfortable than the DHB and Altura shorts I started out with.

  • They're not swift, but they make 'em right: see Swallow at Bespoked 20131 year 13 weeks agoWow. They are nice.

    Wow. They are nice.

  • New Forest row: Sportive organiser warns riders to follow Highway Code... and locals will be watching1 year 13 weeks agoGizmo_ wrote:You can't break

    Gizmo_ wrote:
    You can't break the Highway Code. It isn't law (though does contain snippets of the law. Cycling in contravention of the Road Traffic Act, now that's illegal.

    Given that most of the Forest has a 40mph limit most would struggle to break that anyway. Even if - as noted - limits don't apply to cyclists.

    Having said that - it does no harm whatsoever for the two-wheeled community to ride sensibly and share the road with the less-enlightened.


    I disagree slightly, the Highway Code is a code of conduct for all road users (drivers, cyclists, horse riders and pedestrians) and contains rules. Some of these rules are law and some are not but all can be "broken", just some can result in prosecution (must/must not = laws), some won't but could be used as evidence to establish liability (I'm paraphrasing from the gov.uk website).

    If cyclists wish drivers to overtake them properly, and understand why it can be appropriate to cycle 2 abreast as according to the Highway Code, they should obey it as well. I agree that if we all tried to share the road considerately it would be a much nicer place!

  • New Forest row: Sportive organiser warns riders to follow Highway Code... and locals will be watching1 year 13 weeks agoPerhaps the best response

    Perhaps the best response would be to make the New Forest the go-to cycling centre of the UK. A major Sportive there every weekend. Regular time trials by clubs from all over the country. Off-road racing three times a week. Every Mamil in the land should be duty-bound to ride there twice a year. Give it a couple of years and the Forest would be a place of tranquil beauty once more, instead of a giant motorised amusement park reduced to poisonous fumes, nerve-shredding racket and livestock slaughter.

  • Best Road Shorts1 year 13 weeks agoThe ones that fit you

    The ones that fit you properly. Brands to try include Assos, Castelli, Rapha. Endura, Gore, Craft, Sportful and so on.

    But what fits me might not fit you. I favour Castelli, but my riding partner can't get on with them and swears by Gore.

  • CANCELLED: Planned vigil in London tomorrow for Dr Katharine Giles, killed as she rode to work on Monday1 year 13 weeks ago(No subject)

    Sad

  • Where to start with road bikes?1 year 13 weeks agomy commute is 21 miles. i got

    my commute is 21 miles.
    i got the entry level decathlon bike.
    i've upgraded now after two years of it, but only because it got stolen.
    Weight is not the issue. rollability is (a new word?)
    once you are settled in think about getting some new wheels with really nice hubs.
    i still ride on 23s with pressure of about 110 and the thought of comfort doesn't cross my mind when i'm riding.
    the main benefit is a more aerodynamic position.
    this becomes important with headwinds before anyone starts muttering about needing to be over 15 mph before its relevant.
    it also allows you to get faster once your fitness builds.
    and you'll also have a bike you can use when you inevitably decide to ride sportives.
    on those long rides the length of time it takes is the most important bit to me.
    i would recommend saving the cycle to work scheme for your second bike once you know about me through experience.
    just my thoughts, but it worked for me.

  • Just in: Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 20131 year 13 weeks agoI would love to see a direct

    I would love to see a direct comparison of this vs the aeroroad super light vs Aero

    What suits different types of rider/terrain/conditions etc

    would be really interesting

  • Best Road Shorts1 year 13 weeks agoAssos.

    Assos.

  • New Forest row: Sportive organiser warns riders to follow Highway Code... and locals will be watching1 year 13 weeks agoYou can't break the Highway

    You can't break the Highway Code. It isn't law (though does contain snippets of the law. Cycling in contravention of the Road Traffic Act, now that's illegal.

    Given that most of the Forest has a 40mph limit most would struggle to break that anyway. Even if - as noted - limits don't apply to cyclists.

    Having said that - it does no harm whatsoever for the two-wheeled community to ride sensibly and share the road with the less-enlightened.

  • Lance Armstrong sells $10 million Austin, Texas home... at a loss, according to reports1 year 13 weeks agoLove that kitchen. I've seen

    Love that kitchen. I've seen those pictures before, never get tired of admiring the kitchen though!
    Rest of the house I can take or leave to be honest, not a fan of OTT opulence.

  • Just in: Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 20131 year 13 weeks agoReceived mine yesterday, have

    Received mine yesterday, have the Record build - just done 140km ride, changed from Colnago to this,and have to say its fantastic. The rear end is so smooth, amazing considering the frame weight and the stiffness of the BB. Definitely a job well done.

  • Where to start with road bikes?1 year 13 weeks agoHave to disagree with the

    Have to disagree with the first post. If you own a mountain bike, a tourer is too similar in my mind and you can just add slick or semi-slick tyres to an MTB to achieve a similar aim. If you plan to keep the MTB, look at a proper road bike as an alternative. These days they wont all be race orientated so whilst the position may be a bit more head down, if fitted right it shouldn't be uncomfortable and as others have said, should take slightly wider tyres for a bit more comfort.

    Does your employer offer a ride to work scheme at all as that may be somewhere to start? If not, any idea of budget? Also is that a 17 mile round trip or 17 miles each way? If the former then a rucksack should be fine, that's what I do, but if 17 miles each way, then rack mounts may be preferable.

  • New Forest row: Sportive organiser warns riders to follow Highway Code... and locals will be watching1 year 13 weeks ago"He also said that

    "He also said that particpants would be asked to ride slowly past horses and give them lots of space."

    It would be nice to think this was always the case. As a horse and bike rider I have never had any problems with cyclists when riding my horse, but there are those that don't show consideration.

    And let's not go down the 'you should have control of your animal' route, as that's the same mentality as 'you don't pay road tax' or 'you wear lycra'.

    On the whole New Forest thing, I e-mailed two local councillors a few weeks ago pointing out that cyclists are also car drivers, holiday makers and often married with kids. I did get a polite reply, but I suspect the message was lost.

  • New Forest row: Sportive organiser warns riders to follow Highway Code... and locals will be watching1 year 13 weeks agoI can't blame some locals for

    I can't blame some locals for getting angry. Even as a keen cyclist, the attitude of certain other riders sometimes makes me angry too. That said, the increasing hatred of cycling by middle Englanders, stoked no doubt by the likes of Clarkson, makes me angrier still.

    I can't help thinking this is going to end badly, some local psycho deliberately ploughing into the peloton like that nutter in Brazil. I really hope I'm wrong, though.

    Why can't we all just get along and let people enjoy their hobbies in peace?

  • Just in: Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 20131 year 13 weeks agoThat seems like an awful lot

    That seems like an awful lot of bike for the money. Impressive!

  • New Forest row: Sportive organiser warns riders to follow Highway Code... and locals will be watching1 year 13 weeks agojayme wrote:Typical response

    jayme wrote:
    Typical response of cyclists, the world is out to get you!
    Nothing wrong with riding within the rules of the Highway Code.

    I'm not saying the world is out to get us, or that there's anything wrong with cycling within the rules of the Highway Code, just saying that there should be equality between how the parish council views breaking it by both cyclists and drivers.

  • New Forest row: Sportive organiser warns riders to follow Highway Code... and locals will be watching1 year 13 weeks ago66 ponies killed by motorist

    66 ponies killed by motorist in the New Forest last year, more than once a week a pony is splattered across the tarmac. How long do they take to die? A couple of mins? a hour?
    or as long as it takes for a vet to be called out to shoot them. So 66 ponies died in agony last year alone after being hit by motorists. Maybe someone would like to photograph that.

  • The bookies and cycling1 year 13 weeks agoFor low volume betting events

    For low volume betting events you have to remember the only real markets based on actual bets are the exchanges. And even then they require a decent amount of volume in them. I have no idea if the Giro would generate enough but the TdF probably would.

    The fixed odds bookmakers will be just educated guesses and prone to massive changes within individual bookmakers as bets are made. Its not uncommon for the big high street bookmakers refusing bets as small as £20 on 25/1 if they think you have any idea what you are talking about.

    The trick is to look at what a mature exchange market says and find the fixed odds that offer value.

    The exchanges are also good for picking riders with a high probability of going in a break. Think of the guys chasing KoM points. In the recent Basque tour, Txurruka was absolutely nailed on to go on the break the day after he won the mountain jersey. His odds will drop massively once he is in the break and you can lay it and free roll it. Obviously that's the Basque tour and nobody will be betting but in the big tours this situation will happen.

  • To Shave or Not To Shave1 year 13 weeks agoI'm also toying with this,

    I'm also toying with this, not sure it is properly allowed in Yorkshire though. I did have an off recently which resulted in a cut knee, hair & scabs together are not a nice combination.

  • New Forest row: Sportive organiser warns riders to follow Highway Code... and locals will be watching1 year 13 weeks agoTypical response of cyclists,

    Typical response of cyclists, the world is out to get you!
    Nothing wrong with riding within the rules of the Highway Code.