• Carrera Foldable Helmet1 year 9 weeks ago..yep side on 'concertina'

    ..yep side on 'concertina' head squishing type injury seems to eliminate me from this type of design, so 'I'm Out'... Rolling On The Floor

  • rh+ Revo Jacket1 year 9 weeks agoNice looking bit of gear. If

    Nice looking bit of gear.
    If only I was approx 30 cms taller..... Sad

  • Canyon's: Decisions, decisions1 year 9 weeks agoI believe Canyon have been

    I believe Canyon have been working hard on their new Aeroad frame, presumably to be unveiled in 2014 - therefore I'd shy away from buying the now several years old Aeroad.

    If you manage at all to up your budget to £2799 then you could go for Canyon's top end frame Ultimate CF SLX, currently offered with 11 speed ultegra and, quite unbelievably, the Ksyrium SLR wheel set, which retails in excess of £1000 on its own! I currently ride this frame and have the previously CF SLX as well - the latest one is a big step up.

  • Australian cyclist takes axe to neighbour's car after being pushed off bike1 year 9 weeks agoTouche!

    Touche!

  • Castelli or Gore ?????????1 year 9 weeks agoBloody Gabba must be so

    Bloody Gabba must be so popular - no one has it in any sales Sad

  • Canyon's: Decisions, decisions1 year 9 weeks agoThe third one down, better

    The third one down, better wheels and same group set and for what extra it's costing, you are getting a better package with the wheel upgrade and add the fact that the Elites are not being sold in most places anymore which I presume is down to being discontinued so the WTS's should be easier to replace in the event of an of and failure. And I think the frame looks better in the gloss black.

    As for the aero wheels on the first one, I hear many people go back to normal rims as they don't get on with them. You could be paying more for a wheel set you might not get on with and losing out on a better frame. I know I would prefer the better frame.

  • Business Idea - Mobile Mechanic1 year 9 weeks agoBike fixing might not be such

    Bike fixing might not be such physical work as car fixing (lying on your back in the cold) but the car mechanics I know through my brother and his friends all want to go the opposite direction to you because they say being 'on the tools' in your 50s is no joke.

    Just a thought.

  • Carrera Foldable Helmet1 year 9 weeks agoThe last helmet I wrecked

    The last helmet I wrecked suffered a side-impact that broke one of the spars that is essentially missing in this design. So where does energy from this type of impact get dissipated? Into my head I guess.

  • Clear glasses recommendation...1 year 9 weeks agoB&Q have some that look like

    B&Q have some that look like the Bolles above, clear, yellow or dark £4.99.

  • Goodwill gesture: DfT pledges £30k to help Fill That Hole1 year 9 weeks agotoo be fair £30K doesn't go a

    too be fair £30K doesn't go a long way when professionally developing a website and app. Will probably include ongoing support (if they have any sense at all).

    Quite cheap for a pothole spotting army for drivers

  • Commute Bag1 year 9 weeks agoIv seen some of the Edinburgh

    Iv seen some of the Edinburgh Bike Coop own brand stuff "Revolution" and it looks pretty good, particularly the red panniers. In general from what iv seen it gets good write ups. I have infact bought stuff off them online and they've been a good firm to deal with. They must struggle a bit competing against a couple of the other big online sales players.

  • Clear glasses recommendation...1 year 9 weeks agoFor the first time in nearly

    For the first time in nearly 20 years I am Oakleyless.

    Sold both my pairs in the run up to Christmas as I needed cash.

    Having used them and ridden in them for years I was under the impression that they were completely beyond recognition as the best. That may still be true but I am not sure that with a young family I could ever justify the cost any more.

    I dont like the new M frames that have been leaked to the internet so not fussed about what I have next.

    BBB anyone?

  • Strava Heatmap shows worldwide activity on a single day1 year 9 weeks agoI am going through this post

    I am going through this post and thinking of it’s theme and trying to understand what is this post about. At last I can have found something from this post which feels pretty good.

  • British woman Maria Leijerstam under four days away from riding to South Pole1 year 9 weeks agoRegardless of the

    Regardless of the technicalities between each of the three rides, big pat on the back to each of them for what must be the adventure of a lifetime.

    No doubt Wiggle will add this to their Sportive calender in the not too distant future allowing us all to have a turn Smile

  • Goodwill gesture: DfT pledges £30k to help Fill That Hole1 year 9 weeks ago£30k seems a generous sum for

    £30k seems a generous sum for a site revamp and migrating an app to a second mobile platform.

    Looks like the austerity measures are coming to an end Smile

  • Chris Froome extends with Sky - but Sir Bradley Wiggins on the way out?1 year 9 weeks agoI work from home each year to

    I work from home each year to watch every minute of the TdF. I love Wiggo to bits but Froome is a much more entertaining rider.

    Wiggo is brilliant at monitoring his power output and grinding the miles away. But Froome has a fantastic balance of monitoring his power output whilst riding on instinct to attack at the right time and crush the opposition.

    Granted he's a nice bloke and pretty much the perfect professional athlete. To some that may be boring but I think he has a great opportunity to get his name down in history alongside Merckx, Indurain etc if he can avoid injury and any misfortune.

    If you haven't watched a complete tour it'd be worthwhile starting to sweet talk your gaffer to spend three weeks at home next July, this guy is a bit special.

    One name I would have liked to have seen on there is Ben Swift but I guess he has to prove himself in 2014 following his op this year. Does anyone know when he's contracted until?

  • Cambridge bike thief spends Christmas in jail after posting stolen bike to Facebook for auction1 year 9 weeks agoMadi wrote:Wait what? "The

    Madi wrote:
    Wait what? "The pair then went for a walk when they decided to steal another bike."
    Why was the girlfriend not prosecuted? Did they not charge her at all even though it was posted on her facebook? She should be sitting in jail as well.

    I suspect she will have been charged with something minor such as handling stolen property resulting in a none custodial sentence that doesn't make good headlines.

    Crap thing is that Simon would have most likely received a none custodial if he hadn't already been on a suspended sentence.

    And that's why my bikes are either under my arse or safely hidden away in my house. There's little deterrent to stop a scaly from being an opportunist when all they receive is a slap on the wrist.

    Be better to chop one of his hands off and let him prepare sandwiches "single handedly" Wave

  • Clear glasses recommendation...1 year 9 weeks agoSounds great glasses. Where

    Sounds great glasses. Where do you buy it? Cool

  • joke thread1 year 9 weeks agoNot very funny.

    Thinking Big Grin Not very funny.

  • Chris Froome extends with Sky - but Sir Bradley Wiggins on the way out?1 year 9 weeks agoNDD wrote:I'd rather see

    NDD wrote:
    I'd rather see Froome attacking up Mont Ventoux the way he did this year, than Wiggo dominate on the errr......time trial like he did last year.

    There is no comparison in terms of who is a better more exciting rider to watch/respect.

    amen to that. 2012 was the dullest tour I can remember, Wiggo's personality cannot hide the fact his talents allow him only to follow wheels on the climbs then dominate the TT's. Froome's efforts on the Ventoux were the stuff of legend and several times in the tour he was prepared to test out the strength of his rivals, rather than just cover attacks etc.

    I cannot see Sky dominating numerous Tour's either, Movistar in particular have upped their game in response to Sky's approach to racing. Question is will we ever see Bertie contend for a win again?

  • Goodwill gesture: DfT pledges £30k to help Fill That Hole1 year 9 weeks agoYes, previous governments

    Yes, previous governments funded fix my street, but now it continues unfunded and does more than fill thathole. Wouldn't it be better to either fund fix my street or fund fixes for some of the atrocities constructed in the name of cycling by councils?

  • Wanted or p/ex: Alu frame, 56cm1 year 9 weeks agoI've got a Carrera Vanquish

    I've got a Carrera Vanquish frame with Bontrager forks, 55cm C-T & 55cm TT with Tektro callipers to suit you can have for £35 + post. I don't need any more frames in the flat hence the price to get shot of it.

  • Business Idea - Mobile Mechanic1 year 9 weeks agoI'd have to disagree with the

    I'd have to disagree with the advice on working in a bike shop; why would any bike shop owner train you up to a level of competence that would make you a potential threat to their business, either through enterprise or simply accepting a better paid position at another bike shop? They'd be pretty wary if they knew that was your intention. Apart from anything, the "training" you might receive may not be in keeping with best practice (and that's the polite way of putting it).

    Get comprehensively trained at Cycle Systems Academy, and consider using a cargo bike (huge advertising potential) rather than a van, if you live in a large town. If you add extra training modules to your "CV" (such as Di2) then you might pick up some contract work from bike shops too.

    But consider this...

    I get my car fixed by the bloke I know down the road, because he does a good job and he's dirt cheap. But that doesn't mean that my local car dealership will go out of business tomorrow. It's the same with the bike trade; plenty of room for both savvy bike shop owners, stepping up a gear to give wealthier bike riders the premium experience they should reasonably expect for their hard earned cash, and mobile or home mechanics who can cater for the huge, relatively untapped new market developing as cycling increasingly becomes an economic choice, rather than just a lifestyle one.

    The opportunities for the home or mobile mechanic over the coming years are enormous, and there's far more chance of earning a sustainable living if you are dealing directly with the customer, rather than earning money for a bike shop owner.

    Apart from anything, being able to offer affordable bike repairs in your area will help reduce the number of cheaper utility bikes being consigned to landfill, which must be a good thing for the planet.

    Good luck in your new venture.

  • Strava Premium Upgrade1 year 9 weeks agoIf you're using something

    If you're using something like a garmin 800, with the cadence and heart rate monitor then I think you'll get the full benefit. Otherwise I'd stick to the free site!

  • Belgian rider Jonathan Breyne attempts suicide after positive result for clenbuterol1 year 9 weeks agoedster99 wrote:first,

    edster99 wrote:
    first, foremost - hope he gets well and help.

    Can't support the idea of 'exemptions' or 'minimum thresholds' for Clenbuterol in certain countries.

    However - maybe more responsibility could be placed on the teams in these 'difficult' countries? Not sure how feasible that would be. I can imagine it would get pretty political defining which countries are on the dodgy list.

    Then you could also argue that the riders could chose not to go? Or the teams could chose not to go to suspect countries? But the truth is that they can't - in one case they are employees under contract, in the other case, the UCI have them over a barrel in that they are obliged to ride certain races (Tour of Beijing in particular). The only 99% fool proof way is that the organisers provide all food for the race and every rider may only eat the proved food. The UCI then tests the food, if drugs are found in the food then any riders found with the same drugs are exempted. Massive undertaking? Perhaps, but still less of an undertaking than what its going to take for riders who have tested positive after racing in these countries are expected to undergo in order to clear themselves. Its their careers and future livelihood on the line...