• Tour de France Tech 2014: Tony Gallopin’s yellow Ridley Helium SL1 year 6 weeks agoI think, Chuck, you're brave

    I think, Chuck, you're brave to admit it, even though a lot of riders will agree! I'd like to think that I put function before form and it's just that the best performing stuff looks best.

    However, I do think that dismissing a brand because of the font it use is taking a smidge too far.

  • “I’m on the bike!” – Luca Paolini snapped with mobile phone in hand during Tour de France1 year 6 weeks agoShades wrote:Seems like a

    Shades wrote:
    Seems like a good idea for a Dom Joly Trigger Happy TV sketch Rolling On The Floor

    "I'm in the TdF...nah, its rubbish!"

    Also, I'm impressed they already have a rule for this - is there anything they _don't_ have a rule for?

    (Are ipods allowed? I reckon one would go faster if ipod-assisted).

  • Cannondale CAAD10 Disc launched and Synapse Disc range expanded for 20151 year 6 weeks agoRoll on N+1 when Campagnolo

    Roll on N+1 when Campagnolo roll them out on carbon..

  • Transporting my new lightweight carbon toy1 year 6 weeks agomy partner and i bought one

    my partner and i bought one of these about a year ago and it has been perfect for transporting our carbon bike around. it holds the wheels so there is less chance of frame damage.

    http://www.saris.com/product/eu-thelma-2

    it is a bit pricey, but it's better than a broken top tube.

  • Updated: Alberto Contador out of Tour de France - after riding 18km with broken leg1 year 6 weeks agoredmeat wrote:Blackhound

    redmeat wrote:

    Quote:
    We were riding close to the front of the peloton, doing about 70kph in the wet, on a really long straight bit of road, when Alberto reached into the pocket in the back of his jersey for some food and hit a hole in the road.

    Unable to control his bike with one hand, his front wheel went from under him and he went head first, bounced off the road and slid into the grass verge. Riding a few places behind him in the group, I locked up my wheels and threw myself to the side to try and stop. With the speed I was going though, I only came to a halt about 50 metres after him.

    I jumped off my bike and ran back up to where he was lying in shock on the grass at the side of the road.

    As I helped Alberto up, I noticed his bike was broken and there was a stream of blood coming from a gash just under his right knee. His wound looked pretty bad but as a rider, my natural instinct was to simply hand him my bike and encourage him to keep going.

    Pretty conclusive.

    I'm not so sure.... Without all the talk of broken frames you would just read "his bike was broken" as standard damage after a crash, not a destroyed frame....

  • Transporting my new lightweight carbon toy1 year 6 weeks agoWheels off, frame and wheels

    Wheels off, frame and wheels in boot. Sorted.

  • Cannondale CAAD10 Disc launched and Synapse Disc range expanded for 20151 year 6 weeks agoWell said, especially the

    Well said, especially the aspect of Disc Brake RB maturity.

    Most of the DB models from various brands are in Endurance category.

    It makes sense because Endurance RB buyers are:

    1. Less sensitive to absolute performance, which is usually related to frame/components stiffness and weight.

    2. More willing to try something new and make sense to their usage:
    -Endurance bikes trend are on the rise, many new techs to make long saddle time more comfortable.
    -DB delivers all-weather braking performance (while heavier than Rim Brake).

    and more importantly... UCI has yet to approve DB, so manufacturers' focus on Endurance RB with disc brake is making so much sense.

    CAAD10 DB is unique in that position. It's a race bike without UCI approval. It's sales will dictate how quick Cannondale would make full fleet of DB RB...

  • Updated: Alberto Contador out of Tour de France - after riding 18km with broken leg1 year 6 weeks agoNot a massive fan of

    Not a massive fan of Contador, but I don't like to see a rider have to abandon, especially one who would have made Nibali work a bit harder.

  • Updated: Alberto Contador out of Tour de France - after riding 18km with broken leg1 year 6 weeks agoBlackhound wrote:Nico Roche's

    Quote:
    We were riding close to the front of the peloton, doing about 70kph in the wet, on a really long straight bit of road, when Alberto reached into the pocket in the back of his jersey for some food and hit a hole in the road.

    Unable to control his bike with one hand, his front wheel went from under him and he went head first, bounced off the road and slid into the grass verge. Riding a few places behind him in the group, I locked up my wheels and threw myself to the side to try and stop. With the speed I was going though, I only came to a halt about 50 metres after him.

    I jumped off my bike and ran back up to where he was lying in shock on the grass at the side of the road.

    As I helped Alberto up, I noticed his bike was broken and there was a stream of blood coming from a gash just under his right knee. His wound looked pretty bad but as a rider, my natural instinct was to simply hand him my bike and encourage him to keep going.

    Pretty conclusive.

  • Galius Pro Post-competition oil1 year 6 weeks agoThose Veet reviews are

    Those Veet reviews are classic - tears of laughter however many times I read them.

    As for the product yes it was an amusing review but maybe slightly misplaced.

    Having said that Cold, Cold, Cold sounds damn fine to me, being based in the UAE where at the moment the overnight minimum is 33 degrees celsius.

    When I come back from a long ride it' sometimes over 40C and I've lost 2-3kg of body weight so cooling down is the top priority. Even a cold shower is impossible - the water in the pipes is lukewarm.

    So if it isn't as cold as the review makes out I will be very disappointed.

    Galius - you should find a distributor here. It would sell like hotcakes.

  • Defeated by Blaze Hill, gears for 25% incline1 year 6 weeks agoHow about a semi-compact? I

    How about a semi-compact? I run 52/36 with an 11-28 cassette for hilly days. This means I rarely spin out but I have a nice bail out gear, too, to get up anything. Works fine with a short cage rear mech. I had gone to compact (50/34) but it spins out too easily.

  • “I’m on the bike!” – Luca Paolini snapped with mobile phone in hand during Tour de France1 year 6 weeks agokitkat wrote:Airzound

    kitkat wrote:
    Airzound wrote:
    He's really with T-Mobile.

    Well if he had crashed it would have been Everything Everywhere

    02ouché

  • Transporting my new lightweight carbon toy1 year 6 weeks agomovingtarget wrote:If you can

    movingtarget wrote:
    If you can attach a hitch to the back of your convertible you could try this

    I think we have a language barrier - hitch in the US is towbar in the UK, so that's exactly the kind of thing I use now, which is apparently not advisable for carbon bikes, and which I'm looking for a safe alternative to for my new bike.

    Surely someone reading this actually transports their delicate carbon bike on a towbar (hitch) mounted carrier? If you have actual experience, can you assist me?

  • Updated: Alberto Contador out of Tour de France - after riding 18km with broken leg1 year 6 weeks agoIf only Tinkoff-Saxo had

    If only Tinkoff-Saxo had taken Wiggins they'd have had a plan b!

    Hope Contador bounces back for the Vuelta, but everyone seems to think that he's going to be out until the end of the season. What a rider to ride on with a broken leg as well, it looked like he was really struggling the second he got back on though.

  • Updated: Alberto Contador out of Tour de France - after riding 18km with broken leg1 year 6 weeks agoThe velonews link above is

    The velonews link above is now saying:

    'UPDATE: However, a fourth version of events has since come to the fore, and it’s the most plausible yet. According to Specialized’s Giampaolo Mondini, one of Contador’s frames was broken while it was still on the roof. Following Contador’s crash, the team car had to rush to his aid and clipped the Belkin car as it passed, destroying the bike.

    “What happened next is that the team car tried to get recover position and get up to him, passing all the other team cars in doing so. The road was really narrow and the second bike on the roof ended up touching those on the Belkin team car. It was going pretty fast and the frame broke on top of the roof due to the impact,” Mondini told CyclingTips.

    “When the car arrived to Contador, Roche had left his bike to the side [for Contador to use if necessary]. The people inside didn’t initially realize that the bike on the roof had been broken as things were so stressful. Everybody was a little bit confused. Contador got a third bike and got going, but unfortunately couldn’t continue in the race.”

    The broken bike had Contador’s number on it, suggesting it was his primary bike. But it was also quite clean, suggesting it had been on the roof, rather than ridden. Most teams don’t put numbers on riders’ second bikes, but Munoz has done so in the past. It is plausible that the broken bike had indeed been on the roof of the team car, rather than under Contador. CyclingTips was able to corroborate the crash story with the driver of the Belkin car. The fourth version of the story, it seems, is finally the correct one.

    The timeline from the crash onwards:

    Contador hit the ground while trying to eat near the bottom of the descent.

    Roche stopped, left Contador his McLaren Tarmac.

    Contador got onto his third bike after the crash, an S-Works Tarmac with a normal Tinkoff paint job, and without a race number. His first bike had been crashed, and his second obliterated by an impact with another car. A brief shot on television showed his mechanic picking up his crashed bike, still in one piece.

    Contador did not swap bikes onto Roche’s McLaren frame, as initially speculated. Roche finished the stage on his second bike, rather than his McLaren. The story of Roche’s bike getting run over seems to have been born of the confusion surrounding the incident.'

    Which sounds the most likely version yet, and explains why the bike looks clean.

  • Full Windsor The Nutter Cycle Multi Tool1 year 6 weeks agoJez Ash wrote:What does

    Jez Ash wrote:
    What does "re-constituted leather" mean?

    You know the cheap sliced ham in the supermarkets? "Formed" ham? Like that, but leather. And with added stuff.

    So not really leather tbh.

  • Cannondale CAAD10 Disc launched and Synapse Disc range expanded for 20151 year 6 weeks agoCAAD10 Disc and all the

    CAAD10 Disc and all the tinselly gruppo/wheelo you could wish? Or Supersix, RS10s and 105?

    Hmmm.

    Actually... due to my experiences with discs, I'm going to wait until the tech matures a bit. I think they're the answer, but there are not enough road disc wheelsets available yet and I'm hacked off having to fiddle the pad alignment every five minutes. Yes, that's BB5Rs and not SRAM/Shim road hydraulic, but still... at the moment my dream bike remains a Synapse Carbon Ultegra.

    Now, when they make Di2 a bit less ugly and anecdotal evidence suggests that hydro discs are pee-easy to adjust, my bank balance is in serious danger.

  • Updated: Alberto Contador out of Tour de France - after riding 18km with broken leg1 year 6 weeks agoNico Roche's blog in todays

    Nico Roche's blog in todays Irish Indo:

    http://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/cycling/we-were-so-confiden...

  • Planet X 52mm carbon wheels1 year 6 weeks agoThey are clinchers and 10

    They are clinchers and 10 speed.

  • Updated: Alberto Contador out of Tour de France - after riding 18km with broken leg1 year 6 weeks agoNo conspiracy for me. Bike

    No conspiracy for me. Bike run over by car. You'd get a very definite shearing pattern, but that looks twisted, so compressed and broken.

  • Galius Pro Post-competition oil1 year 6 weeks agoMust admit we all had a good

    Must admit we all had a good laugh at the testers review — sorry ! He obviously did not read the label which clearly says POST COMPETITION, meaning the product should be used by the masseur or rider after, for example, a road race or ‘’ competition '' and not simply slapped on after a trip to the chippy and sat watching Germany v Argentina. In defence - the product is used by the Movistar masseur’s and team members like Valverde, Visconti, Quintana, Dowsett and Moreno after a hard day’s competition like stage 10 of the TDF where riders need to recover for the next day. Movistar like the product so much they even promote and sell it on their website. The reviewer obviously has never experienced his muscles burning red hot after a sprint finish or long day in the saddle and in need of some (cold) TLC . Shame the product was not tested by a roadie which is whom it was designed for.

  • Planet X 52mm carbon wheels1 year 6 weeks agoTubular or clincher? 11spd?

    Tubular or clincher? 11spd?

  • Cannondale CAAD10 Disc launched and Synapse Disc range expanded for 20151 year 6 weeks agoThe CAAD10 complete bikes

    The CAAD10 complete bikes have never really been that successful in the UK, that's why there has always been a small amount of models available from the global range but the frame set has always sold really well in the UK and generally gets built up with Dura Ace/Red etc.

    For 2015 there is a wider range of CAAD10's coming in to see if these will satisfy people that wants something more than a 105 build

    There are always people that will want a high end alloy frame and its good to see some other brands doing them.

  • Dunwich Dynamo XXII1 year 6 weeks agoOh that was fun. Hadn't dun

    Oh that was fun. Hadn't dun it since 2008 when it was 8 hours of rain-induced misery. Amazing how much it's changed. Used to be you would find 4 or 5 guys for an hour or two, then maybe ride alone for a bit, then find another group. And there was nothing open past Moreton. But this time I was never on the road alone, there were multiple stops, though I ignored them all. And I didn't really need the food or thermos I packed assuming that there would be no food and lots of rain. Note to self for next year - take the carbon bike, don't stop, draft lots and set a PB!

    Seeing people riding away at 8pm as I rode into Hackney - well I thought that was taking the piss but if you're really slow, why not.

    Seemed to be two schools of thought on how to do it: Ride fast and drink or ride at easy pace and not stop. Very entertaining being repeatedly overtaken by the same riders as they bar hopped.

    Also added 25km on end to bring it up to 2 whole Audax points, but then I am old and slow so I had to get my thrills somehow. As for the 'riders back' well I get that too but I would keep going up the coast - riding back against the tide would be a little stressful wouldn't it?

    Always a good ride but now a properly brilliant event.

  • Cannondale CAAD10 Disc launched and Synapse Disc range expanded for 20151 year 6 weeks agoThere is still a big gap

    There is still a big gap between the price of a CAAD10 and a comparably specced decent carbon bike from anyone so please compare apples with apples people.

    In this range, there is no Supersix EVO disc to compare the bike to so really in the Cannondale range this is a standalone bike. Indeed, most brands are going disc on their sportive bikes so this CAAD10 is unique in that it's a race geo bike with discs.

    The CAAD10 frame set costs £799 with the same fork as the Evo, headset and seat clamp and the black anodised finish to keep the weight down so there isn't many carbon frames that compete with that.

    On this complete bike with RIVAL 22 with the newly redesigned Sram Hydraulics, this is going to be a fair chunk cheaper than a comparable carbon bike from a decent brand. CAAD10 still has plenty of life left in it.....