• Froome and the Inhaler1 year 7 weeks agodaddyELVIS wrote:giobox

    daddyELVIS wrote:
    giobox wrote:
    This appears to be another classic sky PR mess. If they'd been upfront about Froome needing an inhaler this would be a non-story. Surely it was predictable a TV camera would eventually catch sight of him using it? Why not get out in front of the story before it happens?

    More to the point, why has Walsh missed this one? Oh, I think I know the answer to that!

    Enlighten us all Mr armchair director sportif!

    It's a non story, for years asthmatics have not required a TUE for there inhalers. But if you were all as smart as informed as you proport to be you'd know that.

    If all you do is negativity piss off to football.

  • Disk or Rim Brakes on a Road Bike1 year 7 weeks agogiobox wrote: I still think

    giobox wrote:

    I still think it's maybe a little early to jump on the disc bandwagon just yet.

    My thoughts too!

  • Cycling could help reduce £10bn annual diabetes bill say MPs1 year 7 weeks agoJoeinpoole wrote:Truth is you

    Joeinpoole wrote:
    Truth is you can consume 3K+++ 'calories' of steak, eggs and cheese everyday, without doing any exercise whatsoever, and you will undoubtedly lose weight. That's not a theory ... it's a fact.

    I want to see the state of your bloods at the end of this. And your lower intestine. And a stool sample. Mostly for entertainment value.

    You're mixing up weight control, nutritional and exercise needs there. By and large, a calorie is just a calorie, and a net calorie deficit (or excess if bulking) will result in weight loss (or gain). The type, amount and intensity of exercise carried out will result in the different fitness and performance gains the athlete is aiming for, and to some extent, determine the athlete's nutritional needs in terms of macro content of their diet.

    The nutrition and training for a GC cyclist would be different for a track cyclist, for example. The former is on a semi permanent cut, and focussed on maintaining health, low BF and sustained cardiovascular output. The latter is more concerned with explosive power output, and their diet would be more based around increasing that and repairing the damage that their training would do.

    For the vast majority of us, a balanced, varied diet with somewhere around the right amount and balance of macro and micro-nutrients in combination with a decent amount of physical activity will sustain and improve health and fitness in the long term. There's a reason the vast majority of nutritionists and doctors recommend this rather than Dukan, Atkins, or whatever variant of low carb paleo 5/2 detox diet is in this week. It's real science vs quack science.

  • Disk or Rim Brakes on a Road Bike1 year 7 weeks agoI have shimano hydraulic disc

    I have shimano hydraulic disc brakes on my Cube hybrid which has an Alfine hub gear and so is fairly heavy, and have been grateful for the extra stopping power, especially when I ride with a cycling group which includes some members who can be unpredictable; I think the same would apply in town with errant pedestrians etc. Taking wheel out for punctures not caused any problems. My road bike has Tektro callipers, which are OK, and better with replacement cartridges, and if I was getting a new road bike I would be happy with Shimano callipers rather than adding weight with discs, which would be mechanical not hydraulic at the lower end. Hope this is helpful.

  • Disk or Rim Brakes on a Road Bike1 year 7 weeks agoThe ease of maintenance of

    The ease of maintenance of disc brakes is much more variable than rim brakes, primarily because almost all rim brakes follow the same basic design. There's some variation in disc brakes (hydro vs cable operated, different adjuster designs on some models etc). That said, none of them are really that much more difficult than a rim brake.

    I still think it's maybe a little early to jump on the disc bandwagon just yet. Outside of handbuilts, there isn't a lot of choice for wheels. It's also not clear if the industry will move to standardise on thru-axles like the mountain bike market seems to be doing.

    The two bikes you've picked out are very different beasts, and I wouldn't normally expect those two models to end up on the same shortlist. The Synapse has more upright geometry and is designed for comfort over long distances. The Canyon is more argressive. Cannondale's CAAD10 is probably the more appropriate comparison in their range. I would think more about how you intend to use the bike and get one that fits best, rather than worry so much about the brakes.

  • Froome and the Inhaler1 year 7 weeks agogiobox wrote:This appears to

    giobox wrote:
    This appears to be another classic sky PR mess. If they'd been upfront about Froome needing an inhaler this would be a non-story. Surely it was predictable a TV camera would eventually catch sight of him using it? Why not get out in front of the story before it happens?

    More to the point, why has Walsh missed this one? Oh, I think I know the answer to that!

  • Sergio Henao back racing after tests - can he make Sky's Tour de France team?1 year 7 weeks agofukawitribe wrote:daddyELVIS

    fukawitribe wrote:
    daddyELVIS wrote:
    notfastenough wrote:
    Jeez guys, talk about foregone conclusions....

    Can you quote the 'foregone conclusion' I've supposedly stated?

    ..perhaps one would be that what Sky are saying is bullshit ?

    daddyELVIS wrote:
    But, I do know BS when I smell it!

    not really a conclusion, more an assessment of my ability to identify BS

  • Yorkshire cyclists swap Lycra for lingerie for charity calendar1 year 7 weeks agoWhy exactly are these people

    Why exactly are these people only wearing underwear? That Helen Mirren film was years ago.

    I disagree with the woman involved in the calendar who argues here that she's the only one that can criticize it. That's an oddly self-absorbed line to take, sorry. It's not about you.

    Her calendar affects other people - and the way women are asked to participate in society "but in your underwear please, yes" is a wider, more pressing issue than whether she feels flattered by her photos and is untroubled by sexism in her own (by her own description) privileged position in society.

    I think female skimpy calendar shoots will be terrific once all uk workplace sexism has been fixed, women are no longer routinely paid less for the same work in the UK, and women are equally represented in politics. Probably some other things too but that's a start. Some way to go.

    How's the male-female balance in road.cc readership? Would you have run this story if you only had the wall photo, without the 3 or 4 pictures of women in pants?

  • Cycling could help reduce £10bn annual diabetes bill say MPs1 year 7 weeks agooozaveared wrote:Joeinpoole

    oozaveared wrote:
    Joeinpoole wrote:
    oozaveared wrote:

    There's another great elephant within your post. The assumption that 'calories' consumed are what makes the difference in weight loss. Not true. It's the consumption of carbohydrates that counts.

    I don't know where you got your nutritional information but that really is utter tosh.

    Weight loss and weight gain via exercise and diet are simple thermodynamics.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laws_of_thermodynamics
    Calories in v Calories out. You can cut carbs out altogether but if you eat net 3000 Kcals of protein per day you will gain weight. If you only ate net 1000 Kcals of carbs you'd lose weight.

    I don't know where you get your nutritional information from either but I can assure you that it is entirely flawed. To suggest that it is "all about the laws of thermodynamics" is actually nonsense. The human body is far more complex than a basic machine.

    I would agree with you that a given amount of calories will power a basic machine, like a car for example, for a projected distance at a given speed. However, if you should bruise said car, by banging it against the garage door for example, will it repair itself? Obviously not, because the fuel you put in it does not provide the means to do so. With protein and fats within your diet then your body *can* repair itself.

    If you take your car and drive it up and down the motorway at high speed every day .. will it grow a bigger engine? Obviously not, however your body *will* grow a bigger 'engine' with the correct nutrition and exercise. It needs protein, fat and carbohydrate to do so.

    Truth is you can consume 3K+++ 'calories' of steak, eggs and cheese everyday, without doing any exercise whatsoever, and you will undoubtedly lose weight. That's not a theory ... it's a fact.

  • Mech Hangers on a £500 road bike1 year 7 weeks agoSomething similar happened to

    Something similar happened to me too but it was due to a fall onto the mech side, that caused damage to the mech hanger, which I could not replace in a hurry, so I used the damaged hanger, which failed later braking the chain (but fortunately not the rear deraileur).

    If you have never dropped your bike onto the mech, fallen onto that side, or bent it putting it into a car say, then it should not have failed.

    You should have noticed the fall since the gears would have been out of trim and gnashing a bit after the damage (bend). The gears would have had to have been adjusted after the hanger was damaged for there to have been no noises from the rear mech in all gears. Did you notice any noises from the back ever?

    The hanger is designed to fail before the deraileur does, hopefully thereby protecting the deraileur (but alas not in your case).

    It would be difficult to prove that you did not take a fall onto your mech, and difficult for a place like Wiggle to take your word for it. I guess this is one of the drawbacks of purchasing online. An LBS might know the bike's history and trust you.

    So I suppose you are going to have to bite the bullet. A new Sora chain 8UKP a new rear deraileur 15UKP and perhaps another 15UKP for the hanger. These are online prices. Labour costs will depend a lot on where you are but it should be no more than 120UKP all in, at a local bike shop I guess. Painful, but this may be less than the discount you got at Wiggle.

  • Cycling could help reduce £10bn annual diabetes bill say MPs1 year 7 weeks agoAirzound wrote:Darwin's

    Airzound wrote:
    Darwin's Theory of Evolution - Survival of the fittest was NOTHING to do with FITNESS. It proposes that where factors that affect a species' survival change, those species which adapt best to the change whether it's as a result of restriction of food supply, threat from predators, climate, selection of mates, etc to produce the next generation, WILL survive.

    A species could be extremely fit but not survive if it is resistant or unable to change to overcome the condition or change threatening it's existance.

    Really??? Who knew?

    Next you'll be telling me his theory of reEvolution had nothing to do with bikes. I for one hope you evolve a sense of humour. Wink

  • Froome and the Inhaler1 year 7 weeks agoThis appears to be another

    This appears to be another classic sky PR mess. If they'd been upfront about Froome needing an inhaler this would be a non-story. Surely it was predictable a TV camera would eventually catch sight of him using it? Why not get out in front of the story before it happens?

  • Bad news for MAMILs - 1 in 3 think cyclists should ditch Lycra before turning 40, says British Heart Federation survey (+ infographic)1 year 7 weeks agojohncleary wrote: If 1 in 3

    johncleary wrote:

    If 1 in 3 thinks it's not ok, then surely 2 in 3 think that it is ok?!


    [[[[[[ Er...not really. Maybe the 66.6 couldn't care less?
    P.R.

  • Specialized to launch Diverge all-road bike1 year 7 weeks agoYennings wrote:Forgive my

    Yennings wrote:
    Forgive my ignorance but how is this different to a 'cross bike?

    Cross bikes generally have a larger front triangle (horizontal top tube) to make portaging the bike easier.

  • Bad news for MAMILs - 1 in 3 think cyclists should ditch Lycra before turning 40, says British Heart Federation survey (+ infographic)1 year 7 weeks agoYes after 40 Mom jeans are

    Yes after 40 Mom jeans are much more appropriate.

  • Cyclist’s naked toilet stop in field drives Yorkshire farmer potty1 year 7 weeks agogiff77 wrote:Haven't done

    giff77 wrote:
    Haven't done Glastonbury. But some of my memories of other festival bogs were that of a plank of wood with a hole cut into it suspended above a huge pit lined with industrial tarp. Sick Sick Sick Slurry tanks were brought in to drain the offending mixture.

    A mate of mine fell in them at Glastonbury one year!

  • Transport Minister to consider turning Highways Agency in to Cycling & Highways Agency, say campaigners1 year 7 weeks agoInitialised wrote:The

    Initialised wrote:
    The Elephant (and Castle) in the room is collision avoidance technology. Until the vast majority of vehicles on the road have this there will continue to be excessively high numbers of deaths and debilitating injuries on the road.

    Collision avoidance already exists - it's a combination of empathy and respect for human life. It's selfish, entitled, distracted driving that causes accidents and kills cyclists and pedestrians.

    Drivers shouldn't need technology in order to not drive like dicks.

  • Sergio Henao back racing after tests - can he make Sky's Tour de France team?1 year 7 weeks agoWhy exactly do you want to

    Why exactly do you want to believe what their well run PR machine are pumping out? This story is basically created by them from start to finish. Why do we even need to know all this I wonder?

    It's hardly science if it relates to one person and PhD students are queuing up for funding on papers. Sadly academic whores are hardly a new thing.

    You don't have to be as cynical as Daddy Elvis or I, but there are simple truths which ring true. One is that you have to understand why people feel they need to sell you something, whether that be a story or a bicycle. Secondly, no one has stopped the doping arms race to date. Doping agencies will willingly admit they don't have the funds to deal with professional doping. So if you believe it has stopped I would do a bit more home work. So being sold the 'we're a clean team' story is terrifically old hat and becomes harder to hold the longer a team goes on.

    If you think the blood passport stops doping think again. There's no one in the doping agencies that think this. This isn't a Team Sky thing, but it just seems a bigger pile of BS that they write the script from start to finish.

    Personally I think they should release both the dates of testing and the results (and I mean the ADAs of this world - not the in-house Sky stuff). Then we could see the real world picture of a) what testing is being undertaken, b) what the results are. That would shut me up a bit.

    Watch the Armstrong Lie and see how confident you feel about anti-doping procedure.

  • Five-year-old boy dies in Belfast after being hit by car while riding his bike1 year 7 weeks agoOh look...more

    Oh look...more driverless.

    *yawns*

  • First foray in to the world of mountain bikes1 year 7 weeks agoI have a voodoo bantu which

    I have a voodoo bantu which serves as off road in the summer, and I use it as my winter road bike (semi slicks for normal days, and back to the knobblies when it snows).

    I also used it on a Leeds to Blackpool and back charity bike ride (on road) a few years ago before I bought my road bike and had no issues with it.

    Its a nice comfortable ride, very rarely does it need anything more than a good clean and lube.

  • Sergio Henao back racing after tests - can he make Sky's Tour de France team?1 year 7 weeks agodaddyELVIS

    daddyELVIS wrote:
    notfastenough wrote:
    Jeez guys, talk about foregone conclusions....

    Can you quote the 'foregone conclusion' I've supposedly stated?

    ..perhaps one would be that what Sky are saying is bullshit ?

    daddyELVIS wrote:
    But, I do know BS when I smell it!

  • Mech Hangers on a £500 road bike1 year 7 weeks agoWhich bit died? any photos?

    Which bit died? any photos? was the break from a manufacturing defect or your ineptitude?

    I ride a C12… kind of hope its neither tbh.

  • Transport Minister to consider turning Highways Agency in to Cycling & Highways Agency, say campaigners1 year 7 weeks agoThe Elephant (and Castle) in

    The Elephant (and Castle) in the room is collision avoidance technology. Until the vast majority of vehicles on the road have this there will continue to be excessively high numbers of deaths and debilitating injuries on the road.

  • What's on in Bike Week 2014: your round-the-UK guide1 year 7 weeks agoSince when was Leeds North

    Since when was Leeds North East?

  • Specialized to launch Diverge all-road bike1 year 7 weeks agoYennings wrote:Forgive my

    Yennings wrote:
    Forgive my ignorance but how is this different to a 'cross bike?

    CX bikes are designed for CX racing
    Gravel Racers are designed to be marketed