• Paris Nice Stage 4 - Nevers to Belleville1 year 6 weeks agoJust a shame I didn't know

    Just a shame I didn't know Gerrans was sick Sick

  • Planning your ride just got easier with plotaroute.com1 year 6 weeks agoIt's a bit old school, but I

    It's a bit old school, but I really like reading an OS 1:50000 map, either paper or on-line. I can "see" things much more clearly than any of the newer formats such as "Google maps", which don't differentiate between certain grades of road and path. I have tried apps that "choose" the route, but it's a bit hit and miss, and when I tried this new tool a few minutes ago, the routes chosen included sections of road I would not dream of ever riding.

    Just consider this. Does anyone out there think that an organiser of a orad race, charity ride or sportive, would use anything other than a OS mapping?

    But I do like the way these apps show the length of the route, the total amount of climbing, the maximum gradient (good for gear selection) and the distance travelled as you progress along a route.

    I currently use Viewranger to create a route of my choosing, using the OS 1:50000 overlay (a year's subscription for the entire UK is just a few pounds for just viewing and planning using your laptop, rather than the full package for use on your phone, which costs a lot more), then email the resulting gpx file to my iphone, and follow the resulting "breadcrumb" in "Bikehub".

    I get the enjoyment of creating my own route using proper OS maps, the total guarantee that I'm riding where I planned to ride and, because I'm just following a breadcrumb rather than a full map, there's no need to slow down when coming up to junctions as a result of any map rendering delay.

  • Where's daddy going?1 year 6 weeks agoIf I was getting enough time

    If I was getting enough time on the bike, I was feeling guilty about not spending enough time with the kids... If I felt I was spending some quality time with the kids, I was worrying about all the work that my friends/rival racers were putting in while I was building towers out of Lego.

    I don't really race, but know exactly where you are coming from here. In September 2012 I rode across the Alps, and spent much of the preceding year training for that, with a string of big sportives as prep events beforehand - also putting in mileage on days before and after those.

    From late Winter onwards I was putting in a 70 or 80 mile ride every weekend - religiously. My wife and children (6, 4 and 1 at the time) were very patient with me, but 50-60 miles into a ride, knowing I was going to be out for another hour or so, I would start to worry about whether the kids were behaving, feeling the guilt of leaving my wife to deal with it all. And missing my kids.

    That kind-of carried on through early last year, but then my very-tolerant wife asked me to take a year out - no sportives, no trips, nothing I would need to train for. That year started the day after the RideLondon100, and is being affectionately referred to as my 'doping ban'.

    I'm a stone heavier, have only been over 50 miles once or twice since last August, but it's not been quite the torture I feared it was going to be. I guess the recent weather keeping all my mates indoors too has given me some solidarity.

    I've rediscovered my mountain bike, now maintaining a happy balance between fat and skinny. I've been riding with the kids more. And I've taken on a voluntary MTB secretary role with my club, as well as getting involved with the youth coaching - my eldest attending.

    I'm looking forward to my doping ban ending, but don't think I'll be planning anything that requires quite the amount of training mileage for some time.

  • Tirreno-Adriatico1 year 6 weeks agoTop 10

    Top 10 GC

    1 CAVENDISH
    2 KWIATKOWSKI
    3 URAN
    4 RENSHAW
    5 POELS
    6 PETACCHI
    7 MARTIN
    8 IMPEY
    9 CLARKE
    10 DURBRIDGE Luke

    2,5,10 for me. extra 16 points, take me to 158

  • Ass Savers introduces updated Ass Saver Original1 year 6 weeks agoNeeds drop bars

    Needs drop bars

  • Paris Nice Stage 4 - Nevers to Belleville1 year 6 weeks agoI made 4 changes and would

    I made 4 changes and would have scored more had I made none Crying

  • Planning your ride just got easier with plotaroute.com1 year 6 weeks agoThe thing about "avoiding

    The thing about "avoiding main roads" is that routing based on how important roads are is useless if it only goes by their official status rather than looking at how much traffic they actually carry and whether they have a shoulder or not. Minor roads sometimes carry very heavy volumes of traffic, and roads that are theoretically important sometimes carry very little traffic.

    When I head east I often choose to cycle on a trunk road; it's only half as steep as the parallel minor road reserved for local traffic and cyclists, and it's actually a very quiet stretch of road because all but the most local traffic is taken up by a parallel motorway. It's a good choice in winter because it's kept clear of snow and ice. There are wire nets to catch falling rocks and lots of other safety features like reflectors on the bends. It's a very cycling-friendly route, but it's not recommended for cycling by google, and it's not officially part of the local cycling network. The "dogma" that cyclists shouldn't be directed onto trunk roads overrides the fact that the trunk road is often the safest and most practical route from A to B. I really wouldn't fancy following the cyclist signage instead and and taking the much steeper route down from the hills into town on a snowy, foggy night.

  • Paris Nice Stage 4 - Nevers to Belleville1 year 6 weeks ago(No subject)

    Rolling On The Floor Angry Silly

  • Tirreno-Adriatico1 year 6 weeks agoYay, 139 for me today. And 5

    Yay, 139 for me today.

    And 5 transfers done and filled the team with sprint talent for tomorrow.

  • Kona Dr Good utility bike1 year 6 weeks agoThat Batavus is 21kg though:

    That Batavus is 21kg though: that doesn't seem particularly practical for "ordinary cycling" to me, even with a chain guard.

  • Tirreno-Adriatico1 year 6 weeks agoGC 1 132 CAVENDISH Mark 2 133

    GC

    1 132 CAVENDISH Mark
    2 133 KWIATKOWSKI Michal
    3 131 URAN URAN Rigoberto
    4 137 RENSHAW Mark
    5 136 POELS Wouter
    6 135 PETACCHI Alessandro +2"
    7 134 MARTIN Tony +3"
    8 148 IMPEY Daryl +11"
    9 144 CLARKE Simon +11"
    10 142 DURBRIDGE Luke +11"

  • Sensa bikes1 year 6 weeks agouserfriendly wrote:Brilliant,

    userfriendly wrote:
    Brilliant, thanks. I was thinking of building a bike myself for the summer, getting to choose every single component being the main attraction of it, but that would be nowhere near the value for the monies. I'm kind of eyeing up the Toscana Custom now, as it looks both visually pretty and reasonably lightweight - for a price well below what my spec ended up with.

    They are incredibly well priced considering what you get with them that's true. I was sort of wondering if they maybe had skimped on carbon quality/weight but that doesn't seem to be the case. Not too sure on the Toscana but certainly the Sensa apparently has fantastic tubing, nice big chunky bb area etc.

    I think it's just a case of for once a well built bike hasn't been brandished with the pricetag of being from a well known manufacturer Which is really nice to see, prices be crazy these days! Smile

  • Sensa bikes1 year 6 weeks agoHaha I've just noticed that!!

    Haha I've just noticed that!! Seems a bit...er.....unrealistic that's for sure!

  • Paris-Nice Stage 4: Geraint Thomas takes race lead, Tom Jelte Slagter wins stage1 year 6 weeks agoThis isnt really the most

    This isnt really the most important aspect of the story (well done Geraint etc etc) but anyone else think the Paris - Nice logo is bloody awful?

  • Paris-Nice Stage 4: Geraint Thomas takes race lead, Tom Jelte Slagter wins stage1 year 6 weeks agoSome Fella wrote:anyone else

    Some Fella wrote:
    anyone else think the Paris - Nice logo is bloody awful?

    Agreed. It isn't very Nice.

  • Tirreno-Adriatico1 year 6 weeks agoDave Atkinson wrote:Classics

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    Classics is hard to say because the field changes completely for each race. but here's some others:

    TDU: 138
    TOQ: 134
    TMD: 148
    TOO: 142
    VAA: 146
    PNI: 140

    Wow. Nice! Smile I can't wait to see what your fascinating equation yields for the Dauphine, the TDS and Tour! I like the idea of setting the budgets at 140 for the smaller races and 150 for the Classics, Paris Nice and Tirreno. Of course, I'd love to see 175, as was suggested last year, for the Tour! When I think we only had one (!) 3.0 rider? Maybe I'm wrong about that Thinking Smile

  • Sensa bikes1 year 6 weeks agoTotally unrelated to the

    Totally unrelated to the topic (sorry everyone) but do some replies on various threads on here get spambotted or something in terms of being 'liked'? I don't mean to be rude but 97 likes for a relatively banal reply to a non-controversial question...?! Doesn't matter I suppose, just wondering!

  • Sensa bikes1 year 6 weeks agojellysticks wrote:Totally

    jellysticks wrote:
    Totally unrelated to the topic (sorry everyone) but do some replies on various threads on here get spambotted or something in terms of being 'liked'? I don't mean to be rude but 97 likes for a relatively banal reply to a non-controversial question...?! Doesn't matter I suppose, just wondering!

    Well spotted.

    That does seem rather odd doesn't it.

  • Compare GPX/TCX tracks1 year 6 weeks agosporttracks?

    sporttracks?

  • Planning your ride just got easier with plotaroute.com1 year 6 weeks agoVery nice in lots of ways,

    Very nice in lots of ways, but the cycle routing is provided by Google (you can tell by opening up the developer console and looking at the requests made). And Google's bike routing sucks, I'm afraid.

  • Planning your ride just got easier with plotaroute.com1 year 6 weeks agoI don't want a random loop.

    I don't want a random loop. I know where I want to go. I want it to plan a route there that uses roads no greater than B roads and then plan a route back along different B roads.

    I've thought out how it should work already and now I'm going to have to write my own.

    Nerd

  • Hypocrasy of NIMBYs1 year 6 weeks agoHave to agree with Bob,

    Have to agree with Bob, having wide-ranging road closures in your local area is maybe tolerable for one or two big sporting events per year, but after that it would start to get a bit annoying - particularly if whole-day closures rather than rolling.

  • Royal Mail destroys woman's £323 inflatable bike helmet - because it contains compressed gas1 year 6 weeks agoSteezysix wrote:IIRC, on the

    Steezysix wrote:
    IIRC, on the STW thread about the shock, not only did Royal Mail confiscate the shock without first contacting the customer, they then auctioned it on Ebay! Bunch of crooks.

    Presumably sending the item to the successful bidder via RM....

  • Stockmarket flotation in the pipeline for Wiggle?1 year 6 weeks agoDon't forget the sweets, they

    Don't forget the sweets, they are usually the first thing out of the box!!!

  • Kona Dr Good utility bike1 year 6 weeks agoA bicycle with an exposed

    A bicycle with an exposed chain is not really a practical bicycle for "ordinary" cycling. For that money, and for a practical utility bicycle for ordinary, about town cycling, I'd rather something like:

    http://www.batavus.nl/stadsfietsen/Blockbuster-3-Plus.htm

    (Granted, these are hard to find in UK, and the dutch spec - with kick-back coaster brakes - wouldn't be legal to sell in the UK I think, but it's still an interesting comparison to make).