• The 'widget' behind the seat tube to connect mudguards to. help!1 year 10 weeks agoI don't understand. Is this a

    I don't understand.

    Is this a carbon frame?

    Don't you have a brake on the seatstay bridge?

  • Tour of Britain Stage 1: Cannondale's Elia Viviani takes win and race lead1 year 10 weeks agoandyp wrote:or, stay away

    andyp wrote:
    or, stay away from the internet if you don't want to know things...

    Velonation adopted this tactic and I can understand why people don't want to see it in their news feed. However, for those of us watching our newsfeed to find out the result, it can lead to some very cryptic headlines.

    Just switch your newsfeed off if you don't want to know the result!

  • FS: Mavic R-SYS SL and Roval Rapide SL45 carbon wheelsets1 year 10 weeks agoPrice update/drop: £700 ono

    Price update/drop: £700 ono per set anyone?

  • Vuelta Stage 21: Chris Horner wins Vuelta as Michael Matthews wins final stage1 year 10 weeks agoIf you read the article it

    If you read the article it "appears" that the team did everything by the book and if the alleged email they sent stating where he was with room number and tel no is produced then it is the fault of the testers.

    However he boarded a flight to USA on monday morning and i'm pretty sure his team would have been in touch to say the testers had called and "make yourself available to them". Its not as if they are a minor team.

  • Storck Fenomalist1 year 10 weeks agoStuart Have you ridden a

    Stuart
    Have you ridden a Canyon SLX? I have a 2012 with the Ksyrium SLRs and would be interested in comparisons with Fenomalist regarding stiffness,speed & handling.

  • TOB Stage 2 - Flat?1 year 10 weeks agoI think it's great to have

    I think it's great to have stages that are so interesting and UK-specific in their character (manky weather, steep inclines, narrow lanes, lush greenery, sheep etc.). It can only enhance the ToB's reputation. Hopefully the crowds will still come out despite the wind & rain.

  • TOB Stage 2 - Flat?1 year 10 weeks agojust read this- having looked

    just read this- having looked at the tour of britain website, i decided it was lumpy enough and a steep enough finish to get rid of cav- I may very well regret this. this made space for visconti and house. also brought in simon yates, 10 points penalty

  • Vuelta Stage 21: Chris Horner wins Vuelta as Michael Matthews wins final stage1 year 10 weeks agohttp://www1.skysports.com/cyc

    http://www1.skysports.com/cycling/news/15264/8924912/chris-horner-misses...

    It's pretty damning really. They say they went to a 'random hotel' where they thought they might be, but surely if they turn up at the team hotel they could tell them a) which hotel he is definitely at b) point them to ADAMS to show them that it was updated in time and properly.

    Or, what is more likely, they turned up where he said he would be, was told a bunch of lies about where he might be, and was escaped being caught with PEDs.....you'd think that his team would make sure that he was tested properly to avoid this sort of 'suspicion'.

    Rider 15 your time is up!

  • ToB - pick three Britons1 year 10 weeks agoobutterwick

    obutterwick wrote:
    House
    Handley
    Yates

    I've given you Simon, let me know if you wanted Adam.

  • TOB Stage 2 - Flat?1 year 10 weeks agoDrH, your right about the

    DrH, your right about the climbs and distances etc however i think the crosswinds or the wind in general is going to seriously hamper the teams with the less experienced ones suffering the most.

    If the pro teams push it i can see this being a horrible stage for some.

  • Vuelta Stage 19: Joaquin Rodriguez takes the stage - and Chris Horner snatches race lead1 year 10 weeks agotheincrediblebike wrote:Does

    theincrediblebike wrote:
    Does the fact that he reportedly missed a doping control at the end of the vuelta indicate that he may have been doping. Suerly though due to his performances he would have been tested during the race. It will be interesting to see why he was not at his stated Hotel, or it could be as simple as he was out celebrating his win. If he has been doping it throws what was a great race another into another non-event and Nibali's chance to be written into the history books as a true modern great of cycling. We could all be wrong mind you and Horner's performance was genuine, but as one who watches a hell of a lot of cycling his name is one you dont hear often. His palmares show no indication that he should have been a contender at the Vuelta.

    +1 Unlikeliest of contenders, even within his own team.

  • Vuelta Stage 20: Chris Horner poised to become oldest Grand Tour winner, Kenny Elissonde wins stage1 year 10 weeks agoSky reporting missed random

    Sky reporting missed random test for Horner.
    http://www1.skysports.com/cycling/news/15264/8924912/chris-horner-misses...

  • Storck Fenomalist1 year 10 weeks agoNice to see a bit of vintage

    Nice to see a bit of vintage ultegra. I loved that groupset back in the day.

  • Vuelta Stage 21: Chris Horner wins Vuelta as Michael Matthews wins final stage1 year 10 weeks agoCrosshouses wrote:Chris

    Crosshouses wrote:
    Chris Horner is an engaging character and I very much hope he is 'clean'.

    Before getting on a bike I was a distance runner and am used to older athletes doing well in endurance events, so I don't find Horner's performance surprising. When I ran the London Marathon in '82 the women's race was won by 44 year old Joyce Smith who finished 11th in the Olympic event in '84 aged 46. 37 year old Carlos Lopes won the men's event that year.

    At club level I recall people posting PRs in their early 40s. I don't know whether there are any studies of the performance of older endurance athletes, but in my (very subjective) experience some are able to reach/maintain their peak at a relatively advanced age.

    PS. 38 year old West Ham goalie man of the match yesterday?

    But don't you think it is odd that no other 41 year old has come even close to winning a cycling event like this in the modern era (since 1960s). Even before then, when training methods were not as scientific it is uncommon.

    I would also point out that running is very different in the way that it a steady pace is pretty much the key. In cycling because you have the drafting effect you can get serious performance benefits, and so having the ability to apply power for a selected period is more crucial than if you can mill out a constant wattage for a certain time (otherwise TT riders would win a lot more races).

    Power is important, as it something that drops off with age. You don't improve it.....unless you're doping. The expressions of power by Horner do not ring true to me considering his previous.

    Sadly I think this is just a case of showing up how ineffectual the doping authorities are. But then again the Vuelta has never been a bastion of anti-doping (while both the Giro and Tour have made efforts to try to crack down on abusive athletes). After all they never actually caught Armstrong (without an exemption or backdated testing). Doping is just being done different now. But one thing I note is how riders are changing their body types - Wiggins, Froome and Horner have all reduced themselves down considerably in a fashion I haven't seen of any other generation - some may point out that this maybe why they can win clean, but I would also point out that being slim also has its own costs - you struggle to maintain your muscle mass integrity and so will lose power and strength as a result, under normal circumstances....but steroidal use can help prevent that.

  • TOB Stage 2 - Flat?1 year 10 weeks agoit's all relative, we all

    it's all relative, we all know these climbs well but the profile's pretty similar to stage 4 of the vuelta, which was classified as flat and had a steeper climb than honister in it. i was 50/50 between calling it as flat or MM

  • TOB Stage 2 - Flat?1 year 10 weeks agoIt's all relative, the

    It's all relative, the profile looks lumpy but only really because the scale is quite small.

    http://www.tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/stage2/cumbria_route.php

    Check out the profile at the bottom of this page. Honnister looks bad but is under 400m altitude. It's steep and Chestnut Hill is not long after but there's 50km between that last categorised climb and the finish. Plenty of time for it all to come back together for a sprint finish.

    Also, the finish climbs 40m in the final 1km, that's a gradient of 4%, not something to really frighten the sprinters.

  • Vuelta Stage 19: Joaquin Rodriguez takes the stage - and Chris Horner snatches race lead1 year 10 weeks agoSky were poor this race, both

    Sky were poor this race, both Valverde and Rodriguez had just completed the TdF and Nibs was "allegedly" using it as a training race for the worlds - so who else was up there to challenge Horner ?

    Roche - likewise the TdF. Your only left with S Sanchez and Pinot, neither of whom are genuine GT contenders at the mo.

    Let him have his moment of glory and if it comes back to bite his arse then thats tuff and he has only cheated himself.

  • If You Can’t See My Handlebars…1 year 10 weeks agoMatt eaton wrote:Hillarious

    Matt eaton wrote:
    Hillarious comments on a light-hearted and humerous article.

    I still can't get my head round what sportives are for. They seem to give riders little more than a finishing time which doesn't mean anything in such a mixed ability field. Do the same with a stopwatch and repeat the route a few times and, bobs your uncle, you have something meaningful and hopefully have made some progress.

    Outside the cycling community sportives are not well regarded and feelings within cycling are very mixed. Personally I just don't see the point of them. They seem to cater for riders who would like to race but aren't quick enough and I think British Cycling have a call to answer on this front. There should be more entry level competition to cater for such riders rather than this idea of 'its not a race' sportives. If you want to race you should be able to, whatever your ability.

    Finally, Zam's comments promoting excessive consumerism don't sit well with me. Of course, the cycle industry support top riders and this is only possible becuause they sell us stuff but the buying habits of many are simply wasteful. I don't completly understand the compulsion to feel like your supporting top riders anyway, worry about your own ride and just have fun with it dude.

    +1 - Not sure which planet Zam's on. This seems to be about plain riding etiquette - it does have the consequence of being a bit condescending to some riders, and in the main is probably not necessary. Give any rider you don't know a wide berth unless you want to face plant on tarmac.

    As someone has never ridden for a club, but I've done enough group riding with friends that I know what I'm about, but I recognise the 'quality' of a lot of sportive riders and treat them accordingly.

    When I rode the RAB some Idiots seemed to get their knickers twisted as I've passed them (wide on the right) shouting at me to announce my passing them. Personally I think they should be looking over their shoulder, and regardless I'll look out for them. Mostly I think they were just piqued that I've overtaken them when they thought they were going quickly and hadn't expected to be passed. I'm not sure announcing yourself is the best way, I certainly don't like being unexpectedly shouted at by random strangers who pass me.

    But I have to say the people I love most at Sportives, apart from the ones dressed as Bradley and Froomedog (nothing says 'I've just got into cycling' more than that, except a large waistline), are those riding commuter bikes with bar end extensions for time trialling. It's the most confused piece of cycling engineering ever....Light touch paper and boom - In for a penny, in for a pound.

  • Plymouth ranked Britain's most cycle friendly city... Cambridge comes 60th1 year 10 weeks agohaha im in the same situation

    haha im in the same situation and massively agree! Do you by chance still go to uni in Plymouth? im currently writing a dissertation questioning the fact that 'Plymouth is the UK's No.1 cycling city' as it clearly is not :L
    A large part of my research involves collecting QUALITATIVE data using resources such as video footage and gps technology, and maybe even talking to actual cyclists in Plymouth! rather than basing it purely on statistics and figures as virgin have done.
    Anyone willing to have a cam strapped to their head and cycle around Plym would be helping out hugely!

  • TOB Stage 2 - Flat?1 year 10 weeks agowell thats my team screwed,

    well thats my team screwed, oh well!

  • Vuelta Stage 19: Joaquin Rodriguez takes the stage - and Chris Horner snatches race lead1 year 10 weeks agoDoes the fact that he

    Does the fact that he reportedly missed a doping control at the end of the vuelta indicate that he may have been doping. Suerly though due to his performances he would have been tested during the race. It will be interesting to see why he was not at his stated Hotel, or it could be as simple as he was out celebrating his win. If he has been doping it throws what was a great race another into another non-event and Nibali's chance to be written into the history books as a true modern great of cycling. We could all be wrong mind you and Horner's performance was genuine, but as one who watches a hell of a lot of cycling his name is one you dont hear often. His palmares show no indication that he should have been a contender at the Vuelta.

  • Graeme Obree sets new world speed record for prone cycling1 year 10 weeks agoIt seems fundamentally flawed

    It seems fundamentally flawed - how fast would Obree have gone in the faster machine?

  • Sussex bike thieves: can you help catch these rogues?1 year 10 weeks agoleedgreen

    leedgreen wrote:
    Tramps....

    That's right. The term rogue is often preceded with the adjective 'lovable' and the noun confers a status that these f'wits don't deserve. 'Feral children'?

  • Graeme Obree sets new world speed record for prone cycling1 year 10 weeks agoWell done Graeme

    Well done Graeme Applause

  • Vuelta Stage 21: Chris Horner wins Vuelta as Michael Matthews wins final stage1 year 10 weeks agoChris Horner is an engaging

    Chris Horner is an engaging character and I very much hope he is 'clean'.

    Before getting on a bike I was a distance runner and am used to older athletes doing well in endurance events, so I don't find Horner's performance surprising. When I ran the London Marathon in '82 the women's race was won by 44 year old Joyce Smith who finished 11th in the Olympic event in '84 aged 46. 37 year old Carlos Lopes won the men's event that year.

    At club level I recall people posting PRs in their early 40s. I don't know whether there are any studies of the performance of older endurance athletes, but in my (very subjective) experience some are able to reach/maintain their peak at a relatively advanced age.

    PS. 38 year old West Ham goalie man of the match yesterday?