• Orbea Avant road bike1 year 7 weeks agomrmo wrote:Is that a direct

    mrmo wrote:
    Is that a direct mount caliper mount just behind the bottom bracket?

    certainly looks like it, yes

  • Get on your bike to show politicians you want Space for Cycling in London1 year 7 weeks agoYes, Bruntwood's been

    Yes, Bruntwood's been completely refurbished with money from the Olympic Legacy Fund. There's a new club running taster sessions with loan bikes and ff lids. I rode there as a youth so this is great to see.

  • Was huge Dublin bomb intended for attack on Giro d'Italia?1 year 7 weeks agoI hate to say this but I

    I hate to say this but I think you are wrong.

    You can't compare this event with those of the troubles when the PIRA where active and the army council were instructing the bombers to call in a warning. Disruption of daily life was the name of the game then not simply killing people.

    The people behind this are the Real IRA loons who refused to engage in the peace process, they were also the same savages behind the Omagh bombing. They would have no compunction in bombing an event south of the border. As far as they are concerned both Ireland and Northern Ireland are targets as they have no love for either government.

  • Wattbike Training1 year 7 weeks agoGood questions!! By the short

    Good questions!!

    By the short intervals I mean the more high intensity stuff, think of it like things like doing a climb, recovering, then doing another. Or sprint for a sign, recover, sprint for the next one (to put it into real world examples!). Friel covers these different excersises quite well but you might wanna also check out the likes of Cycling Weekly (or BC) and also Cycling Tips (they're awesome!) for articles on more real world advise on training, you can then use those examples and join those up with the examples Friel gives.

    Doing the short, high intensity low recovery intervals gives your muscles a chance to churn up a whole ton of lactic, increasing your ability to do these and then recover and then restart them can help your strength no end - as climbing and timetrialling, while usually is a long continuous exercise, actually takes in more of the top top end stuff than we realise. The body needs to learn to be able to go into the red, then futher into it, then back into red etc as much as possible without fatiguing. I find my best hillclimbs are done when I alternate my threshold, sweet spot (the "easy" bit just below threshold) and vo2max (the bit that you can only do until your lungs exploe - Friel covers this terminology) - acutally using sweetspot as recovery. None of that probably makes sense right now, but it will! Tongue

    I'd also suggest Friels training bible, or at least the first bit, as if you've not been training with power there will be some terminology that Training With Power covers that might be a bit whooooooaa there cowboy, the Training Bible outlines the very basics of the techie stuff from an early point. I think you can get the first few chapters on PDF, and if you've a kindle or e-reader the bibles on Amazon (or at least was) very cheap.

    You didn't used to be able to use the Wattbike stuff with normal garmins etc but they've recently changed that; http://wattbike.com/uk/blog/post/wattbike_connects_to_your_favourite_onl...

    This means you'll need a Garmin or other compatible ANT+ device, if you've an ANT+ heart rate monitor this is always handy, as if you train with power you want to track your health and fitness along side it - HR is a good way of monitoring this.

    The new Garmin Connect software (online) is really good if you don't want to use training peaks, but the algorithms that TP uses work really well for most athletes. Smile

    I'd ask the staff at the gym for some guidance on the WB's too - they're there to help and I'd imagine they have been given at least a bit of training, usually WB do make sure people who provide them as a service can advise clients to certain degree. My coach, for example, runs a WB studio and the WB guys regularly visit him to make sure he's advising his clients properly. Smile

    Hope that helps, sorry if it's a bit gobbledygook!!

  • Orbea Avant road bike1 year 7 weeks ago7thGalaxy wrote:You're

    7thGalaxy wrote:
    You're missing my point.. And I'm sounding like I care about this more than I actually do by this point so I'm actually going to stop in a moment. It's not the reviewing the bikes, or the news that's irritating, it's just that every single time you can mention how fantastic disc brakes are and how they're definitely the future you do. A bit of balance would be nice. It's not a big deal, it just irritated me slightly.

    And again, may I refer you to what is actually written in this review:
    "For now, unless you really want disc brakes, a non-disc road bike still offers more performance for your money."

    I think your slight irritation is getting in the way of your reading comprehension.

  • Orbea Avant road bike1 year 7 weeks ago7thGalaxy wrote:every single

    7thGalaxy wrote:
    every single time you can mention how fantastic disc brakes are and how they're definitely the future you do.

    apart from where you said we did that, and we didn't?

  • Wiggle planning stockmarket float1 year 7 weeks agoThere's plenty of online bike

    There's plenty of online bike retailers. I for one refuse to spend any money with big business and haven't used Wiggle in years. They may be a little cheaper on certain stuff but my integrity is worth more.

  • Get on your bike to show politicians you want Space for Cycling in London1 year 7 weeks agoThe last time I was in Platt

    The last time I was in Platt Fields my wife told me I wasn't allowed to ride down the start ramp or go anywhere near the BMX track.

    (To be fair, we were in the middle of doing our wedding photos as we'd got married about an hour earlier.)

    Has Bruntwood been resurfaced recently? It was a bit of a death trap last time I was on it.

  • Dual Eyewear glasses1 year 7 weeks agoAlso very interested in

    Also very interested in these.

    I find the glasses that use optical inserts, which tend to sit very close to the eye uncomfortable. I don't fancy paying stupid amounts of money for prescription cycling glasses as I know I'll either break them or I'll lose them.

    Instead, I've been wearing bifocal safety glasses, which you can pickup for as little as £10 online, and they look OK if a bit basic. They will also sometimes steam up quite easily, which is a problem.

    These basically look like a proper version of the same thing, and I may well pick up a pair. If the only thing wrong with your eyes is that they've reached 40, you should be able to pick a pair which are a good enough match for your prescription.

  • Orbea Avant road bike1 year 7 weeks agoThe concept of a decent

    The concept of a decent roadbike with mudguard eyelets and clearance is a good one. However, I suspect there's a premium being charged for it here that puts it beyond my budget.

  • Orbea Avant road bike1 year 7 weeks agoYou're missing my point.. And

    You're missing my point.. And I'm sounding like I care about this more than I actually do by this point so I'm actually going to stop in a moment. It's not the reviewing the bikes, or the news that's irritating, it's just that every single time you can mention how fantastic disc brakes are and how they're definitely the future you do. A bit of balance would be nice. It's not a big deal, it just irritated me slightly.

  • Orbea Avant road bike1 year 7 weeks ago7thGalaxy wrote:every non

    7thGalaxy wrote:
    every non disc brake bike seems to have a "no disc brakes, so those wishing to future proof their ride might want to look elsewhere".

    where are you reading this? because i've been through the last ten non-disc road bike reviews on the site and not a single one of them mentions disc brakes even once.

  • Video: SRAM’s electronic groupset spotted at Tour of California1 year 7 weeks agoothello wrote:Rumour has it,

    othello wrote:
    Rumour has it, you use the left lever to go up the rear cassette and the right lever to go down (or vice-a-versa, I'm not sure). Front changing is done with a long hold of the button.

    No reason why Shimano couldn't allow this config with a wee firmware update. Would be interesting to try, and nice to have the option.

  • Wattbike Training1 year 7 weeks agoOk, I've just downloaded the

    Ok, I've just downloaded the pdf file "Training with Power" from Joe's website. For the trainingpeaks stuff, isn't that assuming that I can download a log file from the wattbike to upload to TP? Or can I just manually input some numbers into TP for it to do the maths bit? I don't know whether they'll like me plugging a USB stick into the wattbike or something... still, what they don't know etc!

    I should add that I haven't even been training with HR - the opportunity to ride my bike is usually an escape from complexity for me, so I just ride, go hard when I feel good, try to pedal in nice circles, and try to beat my own times on climbs. The difference here is that we put the twins into the Gym's creche on a saturday morning, but their insurance doesn't cover you to leave the premises - hence, the best use of time while onsite (I currently do weights and cardio) will be to learn to actually 'train' (and train with power) rather than ride.

    The gym is a David Lloyd, I don't know how much training they've been given on the product.

    "combine these long efforts with stuff that's gonna improve your bodies lactic threshold. " - By this do you mean combining the long efforts with shorter ones, or is it not that simple?

    I have got a cheap HR monitor somewhere, should I be using that as well? I need to replace the batteries but that's easy done.

    Sorry for all the stoopid questions!

  • Get on your bike to show politicians you want Space for Cycling in London1 year 7 weeks agofarrell wrote:drfabulous0

    farrell wrote:
    drfabulous0 wrote:
    I'll see you there, I'll be the guy on the red Bakfiets.

    I dare you to take it down the start ramp of the BMX track on Platt Fields!

    I might just accept your challenge, I have ridden it down the start ramp at Bruntwood but sadly I can't roll over the jumps without it bottoming out.

  • Orbea Avant road bike1 year 7 weeks ago7thGalaxy wrote:Every disc

    7thGalaxy wrote:
    Every disc brake bike review has a line to the effect of "Are disc brakes the future, x company certainly thinks so with this incredible bike", whilst every non disc brake bike seems to have a "no disc brakes, so those wishing to future proof their ride might want to look elsewhere".

    Edit: just up in another article:

    "Disc brakes on road bikes are the hot topic right now and many people - fans and manufacturers alike - are keen to see if the UCI will allow the use of disc brakes in the professional peloton. A change on the 6.8kg minimum weight limit is another rule that some expect to change soon.

    While the meeting gave no clear indication on changes to either of these rules, there are positive signs that the UCI are taking a fresh look at worthwhile innovations for cycling sport. "

    Ceaseless pro disc brake bias.

    you're right, we probably shouldn't:

    1) review new bikes that bike companies send us
    2) report on cycling news

  • Orbea Avant road bike1 year 7 weeks agoI'd love a review of the

    I'd love a review of the non-disc M30 or M10 models. I'm thinking of getting the M30 but I'm curious how the frame compares to similarly priced options like the Spesh Roubaix or Giant Defy ultegra-level bikes. And contrary to what a lot of people on here are saying, I'm well pleased with the idea of a higher-end carbon race bike with rack and fender mounts, there really aren't very many lightweight options out there for multi-day "credit-card touring" bikes. I'd probably throw hydraulic discs on it once the disc wheels market matures a bit but for now, I'm just curious how the frame stacks up against the competition in terms of weight and performance...

  • Behind the scenes at the Friends Life Women's Tour with Matrix Vulpine - Stage 51 year 7 weeks agoWell said, a lot of that

    Well said, a lot of that peloton will be in full time work or education, which impedes on training a lot when you consider the guys are doing upwards of 20h a week.

  • Orbea Avant road bike1 year 7 weeks agoSome of the anti-disc brigade

    Some of the anti-disc brigade comments above make it sound as if we'll all be made to ride road disc bikes at gunpoint. The increase of road disc models for next year simply means more choice for more people at the end of the day (yes, alongside plenty of conventional caliper brake models). Explain to me again how is this a bad thing?!

  • compatibility question1 year 7 weeks agoNo probs fitting a 10 speed

    No probs fitting a 10 speed 105 cassette! You'll need to run the 1.75mm Mavic spacer along with a 1mm spacer.

    Ride safe and enjoy!

    Mike Cotty
    (Mavic Community Manager)

  • Behind the scenes at the Friends Life Women's Tour with Matrix Vulpine - Stage 51 year 7 weeks agoDespite Vos' dominance the

    Despite Vos' dominance the racing (at least from the highlights) has looked very good, a lot of clever stuff going on.

    Maybe what's needed though to break her dominance is more, big, well paid races? The more money put into training, the more riders able to train and race full time, the higher the quality of the field in general will be.

  • Video: York headcam cyclist who posted video of poor riding turns his attention to city's drivers1 year 7 weeks agothe rider who shot this is

    the rider who shot this is called "careful cyclist"?
    Well, most incidents are when he/she is riding in the gutter or very close to parked cars.
    of course, the fault for all of the bad driving lays squarely with the motorists, but does the cyclist know that he/she can prevent the motorists bad behaviour a lot of the time by taking the lane? (that is, around 1.5m from the kerb)

  • Was huge Dublin bomb intended for attack on Giro d'Italia?1 year 7 weeks agoThere's no evidence at this

    There's no evidence at this time this bomb was going to be detonated in Dublin. Indeed, there's no evidence at this time it was intended to be detonated at all (back in the day, bombs might be planted, but then a warning given - the bomb wouldn't be detonated, the intention was just to demonstrate the capability).

    Further, that someone heard from someone else who briefly worked in Dublin that some factory had regular bomb threats phoned in, doesn't really mean that much. There could be an element of hyperbole to these stories, and there might be an element of naughty kids to whatever parts of it are true.

    Bombs being detonated in the south of Ireland has been a very rare occurrence, even in the worst day. Bombs being detonated *anywhere* in Ireland, even in the North, is thankfully very rare these days.

    As for idiotic comments on bringing back the war on terror, it's moronic thinking like that that stokes terrorism. It was true in Ireland. It's been proven true again by the UK/US actions in Afghanistan. Dialogue and building understanding between people who otherwise greatly dislike each other, so as to settle differences and find solutions in non-violent ways, is the way forward for building peaceful, civil societies.

    The drooling morons who think otherwise are the most dangerous people on this planet, IMO.

  • Get on your bike to show politicians you want Space for Cycling in London1 year 7 weeks ago@farrell Time for a reality

    @farrell Time for a reality check here!

    Providing kerbed protected lanes on big main roads is the only way to encourage mass cycling. This has worked in countless places all over the world, and anything else has consistently failed.

    If you think these types of lanes are 'slow', you're wrong. I've ridden across Amsterdam at rush hour when late for a meeting, and you can easily cover ground just as quickly as you can in London ... but without having to dice with death.

    And amazingly the same lanes are being used by children, the elderly and other slower people. It's simply a matter of designing those lanes and junctions well enough to allow rapid travel by bike including overtaking.

    I'll be in London this Saturday - not because I'm a slow cyclist or I ride with kids but because I want everyone in London to have the same freedom I do.

  • Get on your bike to show politicians you want Space for Cycling in London1 year 7 weeks agoduc888 wrote:so the (waste

    duc888 wrote:
    so the (waste of) Space For Cycling campaign has been swayed by what in fact is a minority of insecure individuals.

    They aren't the minority. We are.

    If commuter cycling in our cities ever rises to Dutch/Danish levels as a total percentage, you'll see how much of a minority the road.cc readers are in the bigger cycling world.