• Clamp-on Bottle Cage1 year 13 weeks agoCable ties and a bit of tape

    Cable ties and a bit of tape or rubber to stop your frame getting scratched and help stop it slipping? Pretty cheap way to do it.

  • Clamp-on Bottle Cage1 year 13 weeks agoI picked up a bottle holder

    I picked up a bottle holder from Halford's as I didn't want to drill into my Bertin.

    One of these in fact:

    http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_...

    It's been on for almost two years now and I've had no mither with it.

  • Amstel Gold Race1 year 13 weeks agoGot one possible team picked

    Got one possible team picked for standard based purely on previous top 20 finishes Thinking
    Trying to pick a team based on this years form but thats proving harder than i expected At Wits End

  • Why don't you see Pro's eating bananas?1 year 13 weeks agoOne typical ripe banana

    One typical ripe banana contains about 30 grams of carb. If you have ripe, soft bananas most of that carb will be a 50:50 mix of glucose and frustose, with protein, water and potassium for electrolytes. So a banana makes a reasonable alternative to a bar or gel.

    The only advantage of bars or gels is weight, bananas have more 'filler' per gram of carb, however that 'filler' makes the carb more acceptable to the body. High carb gels and bars can be hard to digest, especially in combination with energy drinks, and a banana makes a tasty change.

    To answer the original question you rarely see pros eating early on in a stage. Earlier on many pros do have more normal food, including fruit, cake and chocolate, keeping the gels and drinks for later when they need fast absorption, weight matters and coincidentally the cameras are running.

    There are lots of interviews with soigneurs out there about what goes in musettes, and bananas are in there, often sliced or in sandwiches or wraps.

    And brown ripe bananas don't infringe on rule 16

  • Read lots but more confused!? (big guy)1 year 13 weeks agomusgrum wrote:bashthebox

    musgrum wrote:
    bashthebox wrote:
    Spend £3k at Canyon and make us all jealous. You won't regret it. Your wife might.

    Well having now had a look around the Canyon site it seems they have some really nice options for way under £3k. I don't quite know what the catch is at the moment but I can't seem to see a dealers list so maybe that's it. You have to buy direct from them...!? or they are old models maybe but well spec'd. I'll def have a look further into what they've got. Blimey, just what I needed, a bike not on the list haha

    Aside from having to buy direct, there is no catch. If I was buying a new bike (I tend to like faffing about looking for second hand bargains - something that's not really advisable unless you really know what you're looking for) I'd go straight to Canyon. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if I replace my frame with one of theirs at some point.
    In their Outlet store there are incredible bargains to be had. Three of my friends have Canyons, and they are astounding things (the bikes, not the friends).

  • Read lots but more confused!? (big guy)1 year 13 weeks agoGenuinely not trying to be

    Genuinely not trying to be rude here, but at this stage, the weight of the bike should not really be much concern to you.

    By your own admission, you are a big fella and will make up for over 90% of the rider+bike weight.

    Best thing to do is pick the bike that fits you best. If it is comfy, you will be more inclined to get the miles in and get the weight down. That will make a huge difference.

    If I was you, I would not spend a great deal just now. If you spend 600 - 1000, you will find it very difficult to get a bad bike. Even the basic Shimano 2300 groupset is actually really good. That's what i use on my commute - 200 miles a week in all weathers and it never misses a beat. £600 would get you on a nice frame with either 2300 or sora with a strong and reliable set of wheels. Good shout on the SPD.

    Why not set yourself a target weight and use the promise of a lighter, racier machine as a motivational tool?

    Good luck on the search.

  • Craft Neoprene Bootie1 year 13 weeks agoThese are good, warm,

    These are good, warm, comfortable (previous Enduras had velcro closer which rubbed the back of my ankle raw), and so far much more waterproof than my previous Enduras. Used most days through winter on the road. Only issue is that after 6 months they've started to slightly split up the back. Hopefully will replace under warranty.

  • Gilbert - a gamble?1 year 13 weeks agoI'd say he'd probably be the

    I'd say he'd probably be the most popular rider for purist teams,perhaps slightly less so for standard at least until people see how he goes at Amstel.

    For me he's a must at that price.

  • Clamp-on Bottle Cage1 year 13 weeks agoCheers for the suggestions

    Cheers for the suggestions guys.

    That 2nd one FMOAB costs more than my bike did Surprise

    Not sure about drilling the frame, doesn't really need to be permanent, so probably going to look at the BETO and ZEFAL options.

  • Richmond Park Strava segments1 year 13 weeks agoShed loads, don't know

    Shed loads, don't know exactly the number but so many people have all added their own ones so every hill has multiple entries up and down, each with slightly different start and end points. Then you have different lap segments starting from each of the different gates and then if you add the ballet school loop in, the permutations are endless.

    Just focus on the popular ones or any that you seem to do well on!!

  • Brighton & Hove's hills prove a barrier to bike-share scheme - but Worthing may get one1 year 13 weeks agoEr... but they need a few

    Er... but they need a few vans to redistribute bikes around the town for usage patterns anyway (e.g. in London they make sure that the racks near Waterloo are well stocked in the morning and the City ones well stocked at 5-6pm). In Brighton I'd assume that they would have a big rack near the station and near the main shops...

  • Staying visible!1 year 13 weeks agoI think getting something

    I think getting something reflective is far more effective in the dark than flouro - as previously suggested and in the words of robin Williams in good morning Vietnam "clash"

  • LOOK 695 price drop £2800! ono full sram force used for a few weeks tops, as new1 year 13 weeks agosorry forgot to put the size,

    sorry forgot to put the size, its a medium

  • Portsmouth driver who knocked PC off bike sentenced to 23 months in jail1 year 13 weeks agoBest wishes to the officer.

    Best wishes to the officer. I've always found cycling patrols to be very friendly and definitely would like to see more.

    Seems the courts don't appreciate physics, eg a 1-tonne vehicle hitting a body - if deliberate, it should be attempted murder or at the very least very serious assault.

    Also wondering what the sentence would have been if the victim was not a police officer.

  • Clamp-on Bottle Cage1 year 13 weeks agoOn your steel Peugeot a good

    On your steel Peugeot a good bike shop can drill a new pair of bolt-holes into the seat tube.

    No need to be too precious about the frame when it's a permanent upgrade with hardly any downside.

  • Brighton & Hove's hills prove a barrier to bike-share scheme - but Worthing may get one1 year 13 weeks agoThe scheme does not HAVE to

    The scheme does not HAVE to be a bike sharing scheme like the Barclays one, you could have something like the once about to be launched by Abellio around their 3 TOC's - a £10 subscription of a deal with your season ticket gets you 'membership' and you hire the bike by the day to take back to where you got it. the Dutch are not promoting this scheme for tourists and leisure rides, it is for utility trips - and largely commuting. Bikes are taken to work for the day, or taken home for the night.

    The other option is to hire out Bromptons for a day or longer, and these can go on buses to get up the longer hills. Both the Abellio scheme and the Brompton Dock scheme have a small number of locations where bikes are hired, rather than small clusters of bikes distributed about the city and hopefully circulating in a balanced way.

    Having been built for the transport of the 18th Century there are generally routes around Brighton which either follow the contour, or rise at a steady gradient, which even my 1-speed bikes can manage, so I'd respond that there are no very steep hills - just bad route planning - although there may be long hills, which need a steady campaign to climb.

    One small detail from the paris bike hire system (not Ve'Lib but the much older one supported by RATP (TfL for Paris). Biokes were loaded in to stripped out buses, which went to the top of the hill to hire themm out, and when the bus was empty, it drove to the bottom of the hill to collect in the bikes. No chasing round just a supply of loaded buses to the top and empty ones to the bottom through the day....

  • Stevens Cyclocross 1051 year 13 weeks agoHi, i'm not too sure about

    Hi, i'm not too sure about this model but you could also look at the B'Twin cyclo cross model. It gets the 105 but at a fraction of the price at £749. Only trouble is it's fairly rare in UK and new ones are not out until later in the year. http://www.decathlon.fr/velo-cyclo-cross-id_8113183.html

  • Six of 2014's hottest £500 to £900 road bikes1 year 13 weeks agoWhy have a price range test

    Why have a price range test not a comparison test? The Triban 3 has similar spec as the ones here at £500. If you want one in the above price range why not look at the Triban 7 at £600 with full Tiagra and rear carbon seatstays as well as the forks. The Trek and Specialized have the Tiagra but are 150% the price of the B-Twin, can you justify why?

  • Clamp-on Bottle Cage1 year 13 weeks agoSaddle mounted bottle

    Saddle mounted bottle holder?

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/tacx-bottle-cage-saddle-mount/
    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/profile-aqua-rear-mount-bottle-cage-system/

  • Read lots but more confused!? (big guy)1 year 13 weeks agoAl'76 wrote:Just from taking

    Al'76 wrote:
    Just from taking a quick scan through your mail, you've got both ends of the Specialized spectrum in there...

    ...Stop reading and start riding; 'tis the only way you'll know for sure Thinking

    Yeah for sure. I think the Roubaix Comp is a better fit over a Venge for where I am right now although everyone seems to have them at the warehouse not in store. I'll get one delivered to have a look. I was nervous about going Specialized because they seem to hide weights and folks at work say their low spec bikes are very heavy.

    Thanks for your help though. I'll look at a test ride and won't google Giant because as you say I need to get the list shorter. Wilier is out too because of another comment. See progress!

  • Read lots but more confused!? (big guy)1 year 13 weeks agoSpend as much as you can

    Spend as much as you can afford and keep on riding. I don't think that you can go wrong with the Van Nic, I have one and love it. I have mates with Canyons and Wiliers and they all rate them very highly indeed. I think that you know that you'd like a really well specced bike and you're planning on doing a lot of riding on it. What's stopping you? Go out and get one and get riding!
    As you are London based, SPD pedals make sense, you could wreck road cleats just with the constant unclip and foot down that you have to do to escape the big smoke. I like the single sided A600 but you may prefer double sided for ease of use in the city. I'd watch for toe overlap too, it doesn't matter at all on the open road but it is a pain navigating through traffic.
    150+ miles a week will see that weight flying off you. Good luck on all your cycling adventures.

    Buy an expensive bike and enjoy it.

  • Read lots but more confused!? (big guy)1 year 13 weeks agobashthebox wrote:Spend £3k at

    bashthebox wrote:
    Spend £3k at Canyon and make us all jealous. You won't regret it. Your wife might.

    Well having now had a look around the Canyon site it seems they have some really nice options for way under £3k. I don't quite know what the catch is at the moment but I can't seem to see a dealers list so maybe that's it. You have to buy direct from them...!? or they are old models maybe but well spec'd. I'll def have a look further into what they've got. Blimey, just what I needed, a bike not on the list haha

  • Amstel Gold Race1 year 13 weeks agoIm torn between Sagan and

    Im torn between Sagan and J-Rod, J-Rod in both teams at the moment. Mollema is in my purist team, went with a frenchman in my standard team instead. I do have another dutchman in both teams though.

    This could all change though....

  • Female cyclist killed during London rush hour this morning, tipper lorry reportedly involved1 year 13 weeks agoused that corner a few times

    used that corner a few times myself. Brings home how vulnerable you are when this happens.

  • HHHHEEEELLLPPPPP!1 year 13 weeks agoMy gf (and apologies if this

    My gf (and apologies if this has been said above at any point) bought what she thought was a good aluminium bike for under £1,000. She upgraded about 8 months later and bought a carbon bike above £1,000 and considers the initial purchase to have been a waste. She says the second bike is significantly easier to ride and she wishes she had spent that little bit more the first time round.

    She was initially sceptical about the benefits of paying this additional money but having improved the componentry and frame she can see where she spent the money and enjoys the riding experience that bit more (ultimately she is faster and finds it easier!)

    I would recommend you go the extra mile Wink