• New bike - help!1 year 10 weeks agoThanks to all for the

    Thanks to all for the replies. I have ordered the canyon at the end, but just to make things harder , a few moments ago the bianchi dealer slashed the price down to 1,075. It's too late I guess, but to honour his determination I will get all accessories from him - I'll need a local lbs anyway.

  • Pictures of your Bike1 year 10 weeks agoFinally getting round to

    Finally getting round to finding a pic. Now to gee up mad find an autumn one for the comp.

  • Video: 2014 Giro d'Italia route unveiled in Milan1 year 10 weeks agoExciting stuff, nice to see

    Exciting stuff, nice to see they're towing Ireland down to the Mediterranean just for the race. Note to video editor, techno music is no more... I hope!

  • Win a unique HOY Autumn edition bike with road.cc and Evans Cycles!1 year 10 weeks agoeast lothian along the coast

    east lothian along the coast

  • Road.cc new look discussion thread1 year 10 weeks agoNow it's all back and looks'

    Now it's all back and looks' good!

    Well done Roadcc

  • Suggestions/requests for the 2014 season1 year 10 weeks agoHow about an 'Auto pick team'

    How about an 'Auto pick team' button like in Fantasy Football that can pick a random selection of riders for you. I know i'd find this useful for 1 day races for my purist teams. Also handy if your short on time to research your selection? Nerd

  • Rapha Pro Team bib shorts1 year 10 weeks agoA friend I ride with has a

    A friend I ride with has a pair of these, the logo on the leg started to crack after about 18 months. He contacted Rapha and they sent him a brand new pair. I'd give them 10/10 for VFM.

  • Cameron to tell ministers to get on their bikes if elected1 year 10 weeks agoThis is gently following

    This is gently following through from Norman Baker's revelation that when he asked about arrangements to get from DfT offices to The House for a vote his civil servants told him that a car was permanently available outside and ready to take him there whenever this situation existed. He got rid of the car and had his folding bike ready to ride whenever the division bell called him to vote.

    Sounds as if Mr Goodwill will continue with the practices and may be joined by Baroness Kramer who also seems happy to be seen on a bike. Given that it is not clever to ride with a load on your back, ther is clearly a market for robust luggage systems that take government papers and secure them to a bike, and I'd suggest there is also some key work and job creation for young and bright people who will not need to have a driving licence, to carry government papers around riding with the the ministerial team, and valet parking the ministerial bike when they arrive at their destination.

  • Rapha Pro Team bib shorts1 year 10 weeks agoajmarshal1 wrote:NeilXDavis

    ajmarshal1 wrote:
    NeilXDavis wrote:
    Any bike shorts at that price simply cannot return 7/10 for value. What logic that would return that?.

    Why not? If they last as long as they reportedly do, they're worth the money. Rapha also offer a free crash or wear repair facility. Counter that with the apparently 'good value' Dhb shorts which I barely got 6 months out of. Personally I don't own any Rapha kit but ride with people who do, when I next decide to replace a set of bibs, these are top of the list.
    People happily pay that for a pair of jeans, why not for your kit when you're on your bike? If you don't want them, don't buy them.

    Yeah I've heard that recently as well which really makes the initial price abstract. I've got a pair of Santini shorts which I really really like but they have worn out after a year - as in starting to show through at the rear. They cost about £80-£90 so if you get 2-3 years out of Rapha or Assos then it's simply better value. I don't have any Assos or Rapha stuff but the repair/early wear thing is what makes them much more appealing - especially coupled with the supposedly great comfort they offer.

  • Eroica comes to Peak District in 20141 year 10 weeks agoEntry fee for this years

    Entry fee for this years Eroica started at 40 euros but you had to subscribe another 2 euros to have your name added to the lottery. Except over 60's who had automatic entry for 40 euros without lottery. After that batches of entries were released for upwards of 100 euros with the money going to charities. No camping except in a small football field in the centre of Gaiole. Soon filled by the 5000 entries.

  • Notts Police fill cities with 'Capture Bicyles' warning thieves that they could end up with more than they bargained for1 year 10 weeks agoabudhabiChris wrote:jova54

    abudhabiChris wrote:
    jova54 wrote:
    Here's a novel idea. Why not just put the capture bikes out and don't tell the scumbags, or have we descended to the point where we have less rights than the thieves?

    It is fairly well-established that a major deterrent is not the actual punishment but the chances of being caught. So creating visible reminders of that risk is more likely to stop the crime in the first place.

    That only displaces the crime into another area, there is no proof that it reduce crime overall. The intention should be to identify and punish the criminals not warn them off somewhere else.

    Quote:
    And sorry, but I would grind my teeth to a paste if I didn't mention that it's 'fewer' rights, BTW... Nerd

    I love the sound of grinding teeth Big Grin

  • Win a unique HOY Autumn edition bike with road.cc and Evans Cycles!1 year 10 weeks agoThese discarded fingerless

    These discarded fingerless mitts on the marriots way cycle track in Norfolk seemed to sum up the changing of the seasons quite nicely.

  • Eroica comes to Peak District in 20141 year 10 weeks agoI was interested in this

    I was interested in this until I read the prices Surprise

    I live less than an hour from Bakewell so there's no way I'd want to camp there for 3 days - even if I liked camping, which I don't.

    As the event will be on public roads I may well be taking my 1975 Italian racing machine for a spin in the Peak District that weekend Wink

  • Rapha Pro Team bib shorts1 year 10 weeks agoI got a pair of these in May

    I got a pair of these in May and they are fantastic IMO. Money well spent as far as I am concerned and they are backed up by the crash repair service as mentioned above.

  • Saboteurs target New Forest sportive for second time this year1 year 10 weeks agonoblematt wrote:to act as a

    noblematt wrote:
    to act as a massive promotional piece for the area doesn't seem like a bad trade off. I definitely will be visiting the area again and spending my money there.

    Matt
    (@noblematt)

    That's the last thing the locals want, believe me.

    Our club rides take us out to the New Forest most weekends and despite our best efforts we have hassle from locals pretty much every time. To them it's their forest and they don't want anyone else to use it.

    The only people that are welcoming to cyclists are café owners, who would struggle to stay in business through the off season without the regular trade cyclists bring.

    Interestingly we didn't see any of the reported problems this weekend on our ride, other than a few signs on the floor but that looked more like it was due to the local wildlife (cattle/ponies, not people!) walking into them.

  • Rapha Pro Team bib shorts1 year 10 weeks agowell said sir

    well said sir Applause

  • Suggestions/requests for the 2014 season1 year 10 weeks agoI know this isn't a big one,

    I know this isn't a big one, but it'd be kind of nice to have a button that would clear all your riders with one mouse click especially when you have unlimited transfers between races. Thanks! Smile

  • Saboteurs target New Forest sportive for second time this year1 year 10 weeks agousedtobefaster wrote:I can

    usedtobefaster wrote:
    I can see these events being licensed but if they're bought under the same restrictions as road racing then it'll kill sportives - why, because of the regulation road races are mainly restricted to localised loops that are covered many times. Sportives take riders over meandering routes which explore different aspects of the country providing a more enjoyable experience for the majority of riders.

    Sportive's provide interest as well as a challenge, local UK road races provide a sporting challenge but are damn boring if you're the rider dropped off the back and just doing loops until the finish line.

    i wasn't suggesting that they're both restricted to the same sorts of courses. the requirements are different. just that possibly the process for licensing mostly exists already

  • Road.cc new look discussion thread1 year 10 weeks agoBit of a theme snafu earlier

    Bit of a theme snafu earlier but should be back now, or on its way Smile

  • Saboteurs target New Forest sportive for second time this year1 year 10 weeks agoLow Speed Wobble wrote:I

    Low Speed Wobble wrote:
    I really don't get the attraction of a sportive. Paying to ride on otherwise free roads, with hundreds of cyclists you'll never know, and guaranteeing to cause mass inconvenience to those who the route takes you past (it does, just grow up and face it). When did planning a long ride with your mates fall out of favour? I just don't get it.

    Because for some reason people want certificates and photos of them with a number on their bike.

    That said, you could say the same about the Great North Run etc. People like being part of something. I don't ride sportives myself but won't knock those who do.

  • Road.cc new look discussion thread1 year 10 weeks agoBlank areas on screen

    As of today I can't see any of the content of the Home page, News, reviews etc. on my iPad although yesterday the new look site looked pretty good.

    Help!

  • Rapha Pro Team bib shorts1 year 10 weeks agoNeilXDavis wrote:Any bike

    NeilXDavis wrote:
    Any bike shorts at that price simply cannot return 7/10 for value. What logic that would return that?.

    Why not? If they last as long as they reportedly do, they're worth the money. Rapha also offer a free crash or wear repair facility. Counter that with the apparently 'good value' Dhb shorts which I barely got 6 months out of. Personally I don't own any Rapha kit but ride with people who do, when I next decide to replace a set of bibs, these are top of the list.
    People happily pay that for a pair of jeans, why not for your kit when you're on your bike? If you don't want them, don't buy them.

  • New Forest pony maintenance cancelled due to cycle sportive1 year 10 weeks agoI honestly think that

    I honestly think that everyone belly-aching needs to just use some imagination, get a few mates together over a pint and a map, a plan a route of their own. Far more fun and challenging. What are we? Cyclists, sheep, or lemmings?

  • Saboteurs target New Forest sportive for second time this year1 year 10 weeks agoI really don't get the

    I really don't get the attraction of a sportive. Paying to ride on otherwise free roads, with hundreds of cyclists you'll never know, and guaranteeing to cause mass inconvenience to those who the route takes you past (it does, just grow up and face it). When did planning a long ride with your mates fall out of favour? I just don't get it.

  • Binche - Chimay - Binche1 year 10 weeks agoStartlist came out not long

    Startlist came out not long ago, I just got home. So about to update it

    http://www.binche-tournai-binche.eu/documents/20131007-bcb.pdf

    The race has been around since 1911 as the Binche–Tournai–Binche, it wasn't run from 1931-1983

    This year its renamed, because its not going to Tournai Applause