• Holme Moss1 year 13 weeks agoWhat route did you take?

    What route did you take?

  • Read lots but more confused!? (big guy)1 year 13 weeks agobashthebox wrote:I'd go

    bashthebox wrote:
    I'd go against that advice. Condor make lovely things, but my oh my that's an expensive route for your first bike. And this is coming from someone who did go down that exact route!

    I did too. No regrets though, I worked out what I wanted and it does well over 10k per year.

  • Richmond Park Strava segments1 year 13 weeks agoNot familiar with the place,

    Not familiar with the place, but is RP worth riding round? I've got this (possibly completely wrong) image in my head of wannabes with high-end kit tootling round a park at 13mph.

  • Elements - and thoughts of RAAM - force Chris Hopkinson to abandon LEJOGLE record attempt1 year 13 weeks agoI can confirm all of the

    I can confirm all of the above, being there with him was a great experience, I will have a blog up at some point aswell. But I ended up a night in hospital with viral pneumonia Crying

  • Ardennes Classics1 year 13 weeks agoray silvester

    ray silvester wrote:
    yourpaceormine wrote:
    I'm wondering why JTL has a higher value than Richie Porte.

    JTL, Brian Smith was on Eurosport saying that they (Endura) had specifically targetted early season races with JTL as they anticipated the rest of the peleton would still be riding into form. Sadly this year the rest of the World Tour has started paying attention to the Sky mentality of riding for victories from the start and for the whole season rather than just targetting a Grand Tour.

    In a rolling 12 months JTL is probably still carrying value from the ToB?

    The Spring Classics started on 17 March, they opened up a few days before that so in effect every rider value for the entirety of the classics was set before Milan-SanRemo.

    That means that Porte's form from Paris-Nice and Pais Vasco may not have been included. Likewise ray is right in that JTL may have a higher form rating based on points won over the past 12 months.

    Finally, the classics are seven races, two are rated flat and five are rated as medium mountains. Porte scores his points in the high mountains or in TTs so potentially isn't ranked as highly when it comes to the classifications used.

  • Staying visible!1 year 13 weeks agoA sash?! You'd look like

    A sash?! You'd look like you'd just come from working in the clothes section at Next! Sick Big Grin

    How about a little flasher on the back of your helmet, a couple of fibre flares on the seatstays and a jacket with some 3m reflective bits?

    You could opt for a Campag or Castelli jacket, some of those are reasonably colourful.

    Look on the bright side, at least you've got budget approval for new kit!

    There are a few silver/grey jackets about, and I think they more or less disappear in rain/spray, so probably best avoided.

  • Paris-Roubaix tech: Star riders' bikes and set-ups for the Hell of the North1 year 13 weeks agoIt's an SRM PowerControl:

    It's an SRM PowerControl: http://www.srm.de/index.php/gb/powercontrol/polyamid

  • Richmond Park Strava segments1 year 13 weeks agoTo be honest, I only use it

    To be honest, I only use it to monitor my progress, or lack of it! I achieved a pb last week trying to catch a horse that had unseated its rider, and was last seen heading into Richmond

  • Read lots but more confused!? (big guy)1 year 13 weeks agoI'd go against that advice.

    I'd go against that advice. Condor make lovely things, but my oh my that's an expensive route for your first bike. And this is coming from someone who did go down that exact route!

  • Hampshire MP calls for licensing of New Forest cycling events1 year 13 weeks agoThey already have to give

    They already have to give police notice - http://www3.hants.gov.uk/trafficmanagement/public-events/events-guidance... what good would a licencing scheme do other than creating paperwork, though if one was in place it would probably open up potential for road closures, bet the NIMBY locals would love that!

  • Read lots but more confused!? (big guy)1 year 13 weeks agoIf you're looking at a £2500

    If you're looking at a £2500 top budget then I'd suggest a trip to Condor. Ask them what a 105 build on a Squadra frame would be and I suspect you'll be in budget (I'd also look at the Super Acciaio if you can).

    The Canyon etc will be cheaper but for your first bike, especially if you're spending a lot I'd really recommend going to a shop and focussing on getting the fit right, it makes all the difference.

    Also worth considering that if you get really stuck in to it and 2 years later find yourself a stick thin racer type then you'll need to change your geometry again anyway as your core will be stronger, your flexability better etc. The same person riding 3k per year and looking at sportives has very different needs than if they are an 8k per year 2nd Cat racer.

  • Paris-Roubaix tech: Star riders' bikes and set-ups for the Hell of the North1 year 13 weeks agoWhat are those three button

    What are those three button computers, and what data do they display to the rider - just current speed and distance, or something more complex?

  • Ardennes Classics1 year 13 weeks agoyourpaceormine wrote:I'm

    yourpaceormine wrote:
    I'm wondering why JTL has a higher value than Richie Porte.

    JTL, Brian Smith was on Eurosport saying that they (Endura) had specifically targetted early season races with JTL as they anticipated the rest of the peleton would still be riding into form. Sadly this year the rest of the World Tour has started paying attention to the Sky mentality of riding for victories from the start and for the whole season rather than just targetting a Grand Tour.

    In a rolling 12 months JTL is probably still carrying value from the ToB?

  • The bookies and cycling1 year 13 weeks agoHaving worked for a book

    Having worked for a book maker, it depends on whether they have (or can pay for) anyone with sufficient knowledge to come up with the odds. For example a lot of foreign football is based on knowledge of local "experts". Bookies without the knowledge would tend to set an initial set of odds and then change them based on the betting patterns of punters. At the end of the day the odds are adjusted to reduce the bookies liability so not necessarily to reflect who is going to win, just who the punters think is most likely to win. That is why the bookies hate the favourite winning as although the odds are short they have to pay a lot of people so they would prefer the long shot to win as they pay more per bet but to less punters.

    Exchanges like BetFair are different as both sides are punters who set their own odds based on their knowledge.

    As I was told when I worked there, the knack to making money is to spot "good value for money bets", i.e. where the bookie may have the odds more in your favour.

  • Driver found guilty of causing death of Edinburgh cyclist had killed before1 year 13 weeks agoAnyone else see catch the

    Anyone else see catch the convenient use of words here -

    "McCourt had admitted “clipping” the rear wheel of Mrs Fyfe’s bike"

    i.e. I barely touched her, it was an accident. Shortly followed by -

    "He described how he saw her “somersault” through the air"

    Which suggests he drive through the back of the bike at speed. Given the result I think we know which is true.

  • FS: Cervelo S3 frameset, 54cm1 year 13 weeks agoPictures of the frameset can

    Pictures of the frameset can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/48085133@N06/sets/72157633199404531/

  • Gilbert - a gamble?1 year 13 weeks agoany BMC rider is a gamble

    any BMC rider is a gamble

  • Ardennes Classics1 year 13 weeks agoI'm wondering why JTL has a

    I'm wondering why JTL has a higher value than Richie Porte.

    JTL, Brian Smith was on Eurosport saying that they (Endura) had specifically targetted early season races with JTL as they anticipated the rest of the peleton would still be riding into form. Sadly this year the rest of the World Tour has started paying attention to the Sky mentality of riding for victories from the start and for the whole season rather than just targetting a Grand Tour.

  • Driver found guilty of causing death of Edinburgh cyclist had killed before1 year 13 weeks agoMaybe *this* team they'll

    Maybe *this* team they'll keep him off the road

  • The bookies and cycling1 year 13 weeks agoI threw a couple of quid on

    I threw a couple of quid on Tommy Voeckler for Milan-San Remo, I didn't really fancy him but I saw the odds of 300-1 I thought it was worth £2.

  • The bookies and cycling1 year 13 weeks agochrisdstripes wrote: Also

    chrisdstripes wrote:

    Also last year, I saw some bets where you could pair up 2 riders, and predict which one would finish higher (I had Rodriguez vs Cunego in the Giro I think) - this might be the kind of bet where you can more exploit the bookies' mistakes.

    Yeh they normally appear closer to the race, and you can get stage match ups too. Obviously the odds are not as good, but normally you can get odds of around evens when its two similarly matched riders

  • Richmond Park Strava segments1 year 13 weeks agoStupid thing is, when you

    Stupid thing is, when you create a segment online, it does suggest similar ones and asks do you want to continue so some people clearly are either just idiots or its to give them repeated high placings or KOM's, who knows.

    You can hide all unecessary ones manually too which is what I tend to do otherwise any multi-lap ride becomes unintelligible to review afterwards or compare to previous rides!

  • The bookies and cycling1 year 13 weeks agoTotally agree, sometimes they

    Totally agree, sometimes they seem spot-on, so when they throw up an anomaly it is really baffling. The trick is to spot the ones you can benefit from I guess - Hesjedal was 40/1 to win the Giro last year...

    Also last year, I saw some bets where you could pair up 2 riders, and predict which one would finish higher (I had Rodriguez vs Cunego in the Giro I think) - this might be the kind of bet where you can more exploit the bookies' mistakes.

  • The bookies and cycling1 year 13 weeks agoAgree with you. Odds don't

    Agree with you. Odds don't make any sense.

    Have you looked at Betfair? Wiggo's odds on to win. I reckon a bet against that would be an interesting one.

  • HHHHEEEELLLPPPPP!1 year 13 weeks agotry wildside in uckfield a

    try wildside in uckfield a few miles over the border but they know their stuff and have their own race team to boot.