• To Shave or Not To Shave1 year 14 weeks agoComedy gold! (this post may

    Comedy gold!

    (this post may contain traces of lie Liar )

  • Why don't you see Pro's eating bananas?1 year 14 weeks agoNope. Still not funny.

    Nope. Still not funny.

  • Video: Point of view from the tallest of tall bikes1 year 14 weeks agoJeez. That took guts. I worry

    Jeez. That took guts. I worry about falling 6 foot off a normal bike. Amazing.

  • Rapha offer personalised Team Sky replica jerseys1 year 14 weeks agoSimon E wrote:The Rumpo Kid

    Simon E wrote:
    The Rumpo Kid wrote:
    So if Rapha printed the SKY logo on a black cotton t-shirt, they could call that a replica team jersey as well?

    I don't know and don't care, they can call it what they like. Why not ask them if you're that bothered?


    If you don't care, why did you make the assertion that Rapha can define what the word "replica" means in the first place? I would ask Rapha why they are ripping off the SKY fanbase by misrepresenting their product in this way, but I'm not too confident of a reply.

  • Rapha offer personalised Team Sky replica jerseys1 year 14 weeks agoI think the Big Bang Theory

    I think the Big Bang Theory has taken over in relation to defining the word 'replica'.

    Do be very careful of the position of that word on Ebay. ' Rapha Replica Team Sky jersey' might be genuine Rapha. 'Replica Rapha Team Sky jersey' will be something made out of cheap Lycra in China. Big Grin

    As for wearing black? Well. When not in my garish and vulgar club kit I pretend to be Kristian House in RCS black. Having met Mr House I have to admit his upper arm is like my wrist so we might not wear the same size. On TV he looked the same size as me... Confused

  • Routes revealed for this summer's National Road & Time Trial Championships in Scotland +video1 year 14 weeks agoThere are some fantastic pubs

    There are some fantastic pubs on the 14.2 km route! Smile

  • Specialized Tarmac (2013)1 year 14 weeks agoSora with a Tarmac frame just

    Sora with a Tarmac frame just seems like a strange mismatch to me.

    I'm sure Specialized know what they're doing, but is there really a market for a bike like this? A buyer who insists on carbon, but is happy to take Shimano's lowest end groupset.

  • Why do so many Strava segments suck?1 year 14 weeks agoAgreed, but, who cares?! Just

    Agreed, but, who cares?! Just target the segments that make sense and are decent. There are loads around where I live but only a few that I really want!

  • Shoes Advice please1 year 14 weeks agoTried on a pair of Fizik at

    Tried on a pair of Fizik at the weekend and comfort was astonishing, I have a small but wide foot with a huge arch and these were supportive and super comfy........ Now saving for a set of R3's. Sizes seemed to come up small though

  • To Shave or Not To Shave1 year 14 weeks agoianj wrote:Why is speed

    ianj wrote:
    Why is speed always mentioned with shaving ???!!!

    Because everything is about speed, even when it isn't… or is it? As has been logically explained by you and racingcondor:

    Quote:
    It looks like you know what you are doing on a bike even if you are c**p… no-one will follow the hairy bloke in black shorts up the road making break away's even harder.

    So following the shaved bloke might have the effect of speeding things up.

    Quote:
    Easier to deal with road rash.

    Easier usually translates to faster. You're back on the bike faster, thus speeding things up.

    Quote:
    Less painful massage than with hairs in the way.

    The more pain you're in, the more likely the masseuse will have to slow down to deal with squirming. It sounds like having shaved legs might speed things up.

    Quote:
    It's got a hell of a lot more to do with fitting in than it has to do with speed.

    The first Roman who looked around and said "Do as we do" was merely capitalising on human nature. Individual effort is the stuff of splashy inspirational feature stories, but working together as a team, that old esprit de corps, often makes all the difference between failure and success – which in races is defined as whoever has best succeeded in speeding things up.

    Of course, the only way to accurately judge the pros and cons of shaving is to place two cyclists in a controlled scientific environment, such as the Large Hadron Collider. Have them race in separate directions until they smash into each other at fantastic speed. Then collate the data and publish in a peer reviewed journal.

    As for protection from electromagnetic radiation given off by our nearest star,


    with a tip of the hat to bikeboy76

  • Staying visible!1 year 14 weeks agoCycle_Jim wrote:Got to be

    Cycle_Jim wrote:
    Got to be said, I have no idea! Could try halfords maybe or failing that B&Q? builders style. Just out of interest what are the other required kit

    This is just the 'cycle' part of the kit list...overshoes? In July?

    Cycle helmet - Compulsory
    Cycling shoes / trainers - Make sure you train in them and they are comfortable. Stiff sole recommended for increased power transfer between foot and pedal
    Cycling socks (2 or 3 pairs) - No need for a clean pair per day but enough to have dry socks each morning
    Cycling gloves (fingerless) - Essential for comfort and grip – gel padding reduces road vibration; thin full- fingered gloves may be useful on cold mornings
    Padded cycling shorts x 2 - Lycra with chamois insert better than ‘baggies’ for full days on the bike
    Cycling leggings - For cooler days or to put on over shorts at lunch-stops
    Cycling tops / T-shirts x 2 - Traditional cycling jerseys have useful pockets at the back and usually wick moisture well; tops made from cotton absorb sweat - not recommended
    Wicking base layer - Recommended if cycling tops do not wick moisture well enough
    Thermal jacket / warm top - For cooler days / lunch-stops
    Waterproof windproof jacket - Good quality (eg gore-tex) essential; material should be highly breathable and have good wind resistance to prevent cold air reaching your chest
    Hat / cap - For sun protection off bike
    Sunglasses - Must fit well so stay in position when looking down; wraparound style useful
    Overshoes - Optional – keep feet warm and dry in wet conditions
    Hi-viz vest compulsory! - With BS EN471 class 2 standard label to wear in bad weather conditions

  • Staying visible!1 year 14 weeks agoCompulsory clothing for a

    Compulsory clothing for a sportive? And I thought compulsory helmets were bad, what next, compulsory glasses, gloves, bananas in your back pocket?

  • Howies cycle kit1 year 14 weeks agoI've bought a pair of shorts.

    I've bought a pair of shorts. I'll report back once they've had use. Initial impressions? Build quality seems high. Not fully seamless, obviously- noticeably, there's a flat seam on the inside leg but other than that and the pad the legs and main body are seamless. Wizardry, given that there's noticeable "panels" of thinner material.

    The material has a matt finish, thanks to be knitted, rather than the usual shiny woven lycra. Gives them a bit of an old school look I suppose, no bad thing. Entirely black (good) barring a small logo on the left leg hem in dark blue and a tag on the bib straps. Nice and simple.

  • Sky Giro 2013 team1 year 14 weeks agoIt seems that hey've

    It seems that hey've allocated Uran and Henao to Wiggo with Porte and Kiryenka for Froome.

    That's a very strong team though but don't discount Astana,Garmin,Saxo,BMC or Movistar being pretty strong too although they'd need to put all their key soldiers in to compete with Sky's 'split' teams and couldn't afford to leave guys as good as Porte,Kiryenka,Eisel and Froome behind.

  • Staying visible!1 year 14 weeks agoI commute to work with a

    I commute to work with a little rucksack, with one of those hi-viz HUMP covers on it. I recently also got a hi viz altura night vision jacket. Don't think it really makes much difference in bright daylight (women driver still try to kill me on roundabouts, going on recent experience) but when it's dark enough to need lights, the extra hi viz gear makes cars give you a bit more room.

  • Starting Out1 year 14 weeks agoActually yeah, not that

    Actually yeah, not that funny.

    I'm in a hypercritical mood

  • Staying visible!1 year 14 weeks agoGot to be said, I have no

    Got to be said, I have no idea! Could try halfords maybe or failing that B&Q? builders style. Just out of interest what are the other required kit

  • Chain dropping from big ring, help!1 year 14 weeks agoThanks chaps, I'll check all

    Thanks chaps, I'll check all those things

  • FS: Mavic Cosmic Carbone Wheels - tubular1 year 14 weeks agoAnd I have some Shimano

    And I have some Shimano carbon rim brake pads too., that I will throw in too.

  • Why isn’t Transport for London spending more on cycling? asks Green Party's Darren Johnson1 year 14 weeks agoThe money gets spent on

    The money gets spent on talking about making improvements rather than spending it on improvements. Too many spoons in the pot.

  • Team Sky announce Giro d'Italia 2013 line-up1 year 14 weeks agoIts down to Wiggo to perform

    Its down to Wiggo to perform on the climbs. He has the support to keep his rivals in check. Good luck to the boys.

  • Addison Lee bus lane row reaches Court of Appeal1 year 14 weeks agoWhy don't they sell the cabs

    Why don't they sell the cabs and become a bloody bus company if they want to drive in the bus lanes!

  • Staying visible!1 year 14 weeks agoI am doing the London - Paris

    I am doing the London - Paris this year and one compulsory piece of kit is as follows...

    Hi-viz vest compulsory!
    With BS EN471 class 2 standard label to wear in bad weather conditions

    Now I have two questions...where the heck do I buy one and why would the French be interested in a BS item?!!

  • For sale: Rotor 3D+ Chain-set 53/391 year 14 weeks agoHi is this rotor crank still

    Hi is this rotor crank still for sale ?

  • Video: Point of view from the tallest of tall bikes1 year 14 weeks agoOMG when he was filtering...

    OMG when he was filtering... scared me half to death.