• SRAM issue Red WiFLi 10-speed rear derailleur recall1 year 10 weeks agoHaving had bad vibes from

    Having had bad vibes from previous (mtb) SRAM produced equipment, namely some Rockshox forks and an Avid disc brake it's gotta be said, I'm steering very much clear of their products and this would significantly influence my choice of bike in the future. Shimano for me, ta

  • Cervélo RCA launched, costs $10,000, weighs 667g + video1 year 10 weeks agoThe Cervelo RCA is slightly

    The Cervelo RCA is slightly aero, thus canceling the effect of the lower weight of the Supersix evo Black

  • Posting fatigue1 year 10 weeks agoNorthernbike wrote:I find

    Northernbike wrote:
    I find riding my bike to be a joy and a pleasure and I know alot of people get all sorts of things from doing the same; fitness, being outdoors, exploring, the wind in their hair, companionship, getting their hands on a shiny new bit of kit, eating cake, but so much of the positive stuff is filtered out by the internet, and not just on here, to leave just a depressing residue of accidents & conflict and London & the south. Yes, accidents and London are a reality and mustn't be ignored but they are not the whole story of cycling. Come on internet people, lighten up for a bit; go and eat some cake and come back and write about something nice.

    Thanks NB, I will eat some cake for you.

  • Bristol's mayor George Ferguson backs rush-hour lorry ban1 year 10 weeks agoThe angry part in me

    The angry part in me sometimes wonders if an accidental cull of a few MP's by motorists all subsequently fined £60.00 and told to be "more careful next time" would bring the reality of it all home to them.

    However, back in the real world I find myself signing yet another petition for them to politely applaud and quickly ignore.

    Watched a very lively debate between the government and opposition today about the fuel price rises in the UK and all of them were falling over themselves to be seen to be tackling the 'monstrous greed' and 'shocking gameplaying' engaged by the big 6.

    Contrast that to the difficulty we get simply asking government to protect us from a myriad of danger on the public highways. The greater public aren't interested in it so irrespective of the morality we need our MPs to take an interest in we find ourselves marginalised and widely ignored.

    Quite how slavery was abolished is beyond me, that must have been one heck of a touchy subject with the majority when the minority moaned...yet it was changed, led of course by one great visionary with a backbone and great moral fibre.

    Seemingly these are rare attributes in todays twitter fed facebook loving myspace .com instagram me now look at my selfie with a voters baby hungry MP.

  • Jeannie Longo sues France's anti-doping agency for €1.1 million1 year 10 weeks agoFairly predictable process of

    Fairly predictable process of denial and further denial, before final acceptance. Hamilton talks about this. But again, a doper caught, not because of failing a test (blood passports anyone?), but because of circumstance. A 55 year old cycling supremo? Pull the other one.

  • Revolution series round 2 - Rudy Project takes lead as Sir Chris Hoy watches1 year 10 weeks agoAlso - Revolution Series

    Also - Revolution Series isn't on free TV this year. So many less-committed fans won't know it's on...

  • Boardman vs. Boris: HGV Ban1 year 10 weeks ago@bikeboy - I'm hardly

    @bikeboy - I'm hardly "digging up an old thread", seeing as I responded to a post submitted today.

    @drfabulous0 - I'm sorry to hear of the disruption caused by hgv drivers using your road as a rat run. Sounds like poor planning. The key to parked up lorries is the lifting of all time restrictions, improved operations management and the discouragement of private drivers making short trips in towns. The success of the barriers is interesting; I'm a firm believer that a couple of bollards is the most cost effective way to turn a residential street into a "quiet way". String a few of them together and you've got a network. And I totally agree with you that more time restrictions for HGVs will just make things worse - delivery drivers need to keep their eyes on the road, not the clock.

    @jacknorell - many thanks for the support. And, yes, I agree that we should minimise our reliance on lorries. We certainly shouldn't be eating apples grown in California, fuelling our aging coal fired power stations with wood shipped from the USA (in order to circumvent emmisions legislation, or indeed importing cheap carbon frames made in China. But the transition to a low impact economy must be carefully managed, because many people won't like lowering their lifestyle expectations.

  • Rapha Women's Long Sleeve Merino Jersey1 year 10 weeks agoAlso, VFM may be represented

    Also, VFM may be represented through less tangible things - I got a Rapha t shirt yesterday and went to the very nice Soho CC branch, had a good mooch round and poked and prodded the Team Sky Pinarello they had, and the shirt I got came with a beautifully printed mini catalogue and was packed in a reusable Rapha fabric musette. The entire shopping experience was great from the moment I walked thru the door to when I finished my flat white and left. They were playing the Roubaix on the telly too.

    Yes, their stuff is often staggeringly pricy but the whole experience of buying my shirt was great, in stark contrast to my colleague's efforts in buying an Xmas jumper from primark.

    Rapha stuff has a certain classiness and desirability about it that is hard to define even though you know the whole brand concept is a bit pretentious and synthetic.

  • SRAM issue Red WiFLi 10-speed rear derailleur recall1 year 10 weeks agoToo many recalls, too many

    Too many recalls, too many horror stories from SRAM users. I toyed with the idea of red 22 for a while but the reasons to steer clear just keep piling up.

  • Canyon to sponsor Movistar team next year1 year 10 weeks agoI hear Pinarello are doing

    I hear Pinarello are doing specific Team Sky Tour of Britain bikes with asymmetric frames and forks to account for us riding on the left side of the road. Marginal gains and all that.

  • Jeannie Longo sues France's anti-doping agency for €1.1 million1 year 10 weeks agoShe should dump her

    She should dump her EPO-ordering hubby and take up with a vigorous young toyboy. What's Chris Horner up to these days? Cool

  • Bristol's mayor George Ferguson backs rush-hour lorry ban1 year 10 weeks agoIf human beings are more

    If human beings are more important than making money, then ban them. The health and safety of Londoners is surely Mayor Boris's responsibility. If he was managing in another job, and six people died, he'd be in trouble.

    It's almost like a them and us situation. You can bet, if members of parliament were dieing at the same rate as the hoi polloi they'd do something about it as quick as you like!

  • British Cycling introduces grading system for sportives1 year 10 weeks agoAl__S wrote:Rule 43 is pretty

    Al__S wrote:
    Rule 43 is pretty key as well. Though I'd translate it into British English thus:
    "Don't be a dick"

    anyway.

    So that 10km, 3750m ascent, sportive. Given most start where they finish, that's a 133% average climb (45° is 100%, 90° is ∞%).

    Somehow mange that, how many stops for new brake pads, rims are you going to need coming down?

    I'll agree to that Smile

    I think they've tried to do something that's simple for sportive organisers to assess themselves against, but clearly at the extremes it hasn't worked - that scenario is ludicrous, and I'd argue that a pan-flat 210km is more than "moderate"!

    As people have said, difficulty is more about gradient than total ascent, but that's tougher to assess, whereas this just needs 2 figures.

    It would be nice to see the maths behind the chart - fundamentally it just doesn't seem right to me.

  • British Cycling introduces grading system for sportives1 year 10 weeks agoAl__S wrote:So that 10km,

    Al__S wrote:
    So that 10km, 3750m ascent, sportive. Given most start where they finish, that's a 133% average climb (45° is 100%, 90° is ∞%).

    Somehow mange that, how many stops for new brake pads, rims are you going to need coming down?


    Parachutes. And rockets. This might not be UCI compliant, but what the hell.

  • Buyer's guide to end of season road bike bargains1 year 10 weeks agoJust the one women specific

    Just the one women specific bike? How about £500 off a Specialized Ruby? http://www.evanscycles.com/products/specialized/ruby-comp-compact-2013-w...

    Or a Trek 5.2 Madone down from £3k to £2.5k?http://www.evanscycles.com/products/trek/madone-52-h2-compact-wsd-2013-womens-road-bike-ec041063

  • Boardman vs. Boris: HGV Ban1 year 10 weeks agoNeil753 wrote:It is

    Neil753 wrote:
    It is absolutely vital that we keep our trucks rolling with minimal restriction.

    I tend to disagree with your viewpoint regarding lorries. But the long post this is from is one I agree with, besides the above snippet.

    No, we need to minimise the reliance on lorries. And ASAP. However, currently they're needed as other infrastructure isn't available.

  • Revolution series round 2 - Rudy Project takes lead as Sir Chris Hoy watches1 year 10 weeks agoSurely one of the reasons it

    Surely one of the reasons it wasn't full was the big increase in ticket prices since the last one? I booked both sessions as soon as they went on sale and with booking fees the cost was the same as my season ticket for the UCI Junior Track Worlds. Great event though - highlight for me was Clara Sanchez winning Keirin.

    On another note, I was expecting that the Hoy bikes would be on display in the foyer rather than track centre - would have liked to have had a look at them up close.

  • Jeannie Longo sues France's anti-doping agency for €1.1 million1 year 10 weeks agopmr wrote:Hang on her HUSBAND

    pmr wrote:
    Hang on her HUSBAND and TRAINER purchased EPO and she's trying to say she's been unfairly treated? HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHHAAHAHAHHAHAHAHHA Rolling On The Floor Rolling On The Floor Rolling On The Floor Rolling On The Floor Rolling On The Floor Rolling On The Floor Rolling On The Floor Rolling On The Floor Rolling On The Floor Rolling On The Floor

    But does your missus know exactly how many times you toss off to porn on the internet? It's just an example, but just because he bought EPO it doesn't mean she therefore must have known about it.

    That said she probably was a doper. In my eyes, if you ride a road bike at a pro level you're pretty much likely to be/have/once been/involved in doping...(unless you are currently racing in the U12's)

  • British Cycling introduces grading system for sportives1 year 10 weeks agojames-o wrote:Oh great, now

    james-o wrote:
    Oh great, now we can have grading debates just like climbers.
    Dave's point is spot on. Daft grid.

    Eg. some bellends from yorkshire hammering on about how it's not a real hill if 'it in't in t'dales'

    bikeboy76 wrote:
    The Rules are more of a style guide.

    The rules are a piss take made up on the internet that middle aged portly types have somehow been suckered into following in hopeless belief that there are actually 'rules to the sport' Smile

  • British Cycling introduces grading system for sportives1 year 10 weeks agoRule 43 is pretty key as

    Rule 43 is pretty key as well. Though I'd translate it into British English thus:
    "Don't be a dick"

    anyway.

    So that 10km, 3750m ascent, sportive. Given most start where they finish, that's a 133% average climb (45° is 100%, 90° is ∞%).

    Somehow mange that, how many stops for new brake pads, rims are you going to need coming down?

  • Jeannie Longo sues France's anti-doping agency for €1.1 million1 year 10 weeks agobashthebox wrote:Good god.

    bashthebox wrote:
    Good god. She's got more balls than most, hasn't she?

    If she has, then any testing should be relatively straightforward. Time to cough up Wink

  • Lezyne Power Drive XL front light1 year 10 weeks agoAre you sure it's red? I

    Are you sure it's red? I thought the same but mine goes yellow meaning 50%, but it's hard to see the difference between yellow and red.

  • Jeannie Longo sues France's anti-doping agency for €1.1 million1 year 10 weeks agoGood god. She's got more

    Good god. She's got more balls than most, hasn't she? I hope she gets laughed out of court.

  • British Cycling introduces grading system for sportives1 year 10 weeks agoOh great, now we can have

    Oh great, now we can have grading debates just like climbers.
    Dave's point is spot on. Daft grid.

  • Canyon to sponsor Movistar team next year1 year 10 weeks agoJuiceQC wrote:Sky moving to

    JuiceQC wrote:
    Sky moving to Specialized? Who's left for Pin ?

    Sky just renewed with Pinarello for another 3 years