• Just In: iBike Newton+ power meter1 year 7 weeks agomrmo wrote:Does it matter if

    mrmo wrote:
    Does it matter if the reading is correct though as long as it is consistent and the rider does not try and compare between meters.

    For training purposes, if you measure your FTP to be 1000watts, obviously wrong, but work according to that on that meter how wrong will you go?

    Sure, but I can't see it being consistent enough to be useful.

    As others have said, there are lots of variables that it won't know about: what position you're in, what you're wearing, the effect of a cross wind, road surface, under/over inflated tyres - and that's just on a single bike.

    What I really want is something that gives me the same figures on a turbo trainer and on the road.

  • 64 year old cyclist found to be carrying knife, air gun and nunchucks after being hit by car1 year 7 weeks agostumps wrote: lol, your

    stumps wrote:

    lol, your right. I was trying to be sarcastic mate. D Oh

    Oops! My mistake. There needs to be a special 'sarcasm font', I reckon. Maybe Comic Sans.

  • Shimano introduces road hydro disc brakes for mechanical shifting1 year 7 weeks agoThere is my next winter bike

    There is my next winter bike sorted! I have been looking ahead to what I would get for my new longer commute through next winter, I want it to be disk, can't justify Ultegra so this looks fantastic!

    Only problem then is that my winter commuter will have 11 speed and my summer bike a measly 10... I don't need 11, I don't need 11, I don't need 11....... Dang that Durace Di2 is spendy but how will my summer bike hold it's head up in the shed if the winter bike out blags it.

  • Shimano 105 goes 11-speed1 year 7 weeks agoSniffer wrote: Ignoring the

    Sniffer wrote:
    Ignoring the 11 speed element, is there much to choose between Ultegra 6700 and 105 5800?

    I doubt it. I have run 6700 and 5700 side by side and other than weight mine performed identically. I've said it before but I defy anyone to tell the difference in a blind test. I'd be amazed if 5800 was a leap forward over 5700. But I'm happy to be amazed.

  • Shimano introduces road hydro disc brakes for mechanical shifting1 year 7 weeks agoGreat stuff. Now if they can

    Great stuff.

    Now if they can just take all the shifting gubbins out, at last we can have singlespeed drop bars with hydraulics. (or bar end shifters for your tourer). I realise they'd sell about five a year....but I'd buy a pair. Only viable option at the minute is TRP Hylex...

  • Shimano introduces road hydro disc brakes for mechanical shifting1 year 7 weeks agoI am meh on disc brakes* and

    I am meh on disc brakes* and want to know what Campag's response is, but this is the first disc brake I could in all honesty use. Cable is a waste of time IMO and SRAM....

    *its happening so no point worrying about it.

  • An almost perfect day1 year 7 weeks ago+1 for Martin Thomas's

    +1 for Martin Thomas's sentiments

  • Shimano 105 goes 11-speed1 year 7 weeks agoDave Atkinson wrote:Triple

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    Triple chainset: we've had no indication that there will be one, in terms of range a compact and wide-range cassette is the same, i know some people prefer a triple for the closer ratios. We'll ask.

    Please do. 5700 still has the triple option and, as you say, Dave, it's handy if you prefer close ratios such as a 12–23 with the useful 18T middle. Some just find the 16T gap between rings too much; others want the 39T ring come what may.

  • Deep Breath Everyone1 year 7 weeks agoThank God for the break, this

    Thank God for the break, this heavy racing schedule was wearing me down... especially with these hard classics that need a longer recuperation time, and the ego-bruising that comes with taking a serious beating in them...

  • Easyjet Nightmare1 year 7 weeks agoSame here, I fly 5 or 6 times

    Same here, I fly 5 or 6 times a year with EJ with my bike and have never had an issue. This is often on flights with tons of other bikes including my own team's training camps, and even on return flights from remote airports like Biarritz with half the plane flying back to London with their bikes.

    From Easyjet's point of view - it's not as if they can roster a bigger plane, and it's unlikely they are going to fly with empty seats just so everyone can fly with their hold luggage. On occasions where people I've flown with have had their bike or bag delayed they have generally been very efficient at getting the bikes delivered to the hotel at the other end, often within a few hours (there are several flights a day to Majorca, for example).

    Bear in mind there is always the risk that your baggage won't arrive, so always worth taking enough stuff in hand luggage so you can function at the other end. I generally put helmet, tools, and bike shoes in the bike box and there's usually some bike clothing in there too. Similarly a spare T-shirt and pair of underpants in the hand luggage works wonders.

  • Shimano 105 goes 11-speed1 year 7 weeks agoI run 9sp. I use about, say,

    I run 9sp. I use about, say, 3-4 gears...when riding/training...

    10/11sp. blocks have reduced the choice of sprocket combo's of consumers of Shimano...

    Do Manu.s not offer 42 rings on their chainsets...I dont live in Wales or Scotland.

    Whatever happened to 170mm cranks ??? - instead of; compact cranks - another money making idea.

    Compact cranks are a con - well and truly - ok you spin but they wear out faster - KMC recently done research that backs this up.

    STi units smaller - thats a retrograde step if ever their was one.

    Shimano chains are well known for being BAD/Failing.

    They also used to index GREAT but now they are machined to such tolerances that when they wear after NOT LONG its 'replace time'..

    Lastly; when are Shimano to do electric shifting on 105 = thats when its'll be MEGA-HEADLINE time !

  • Just In: iBike Newton+ power meter1 year 7 weeks agoIt seems flawed on so many

    It seems flawed on so many levels. What if you had mudguards fitted for example (or loose clothing). They'd increase wind resistance but that wouldn't be picked up by the "iBike".

    Very original name too. Who'd have ever thought of sticking a lower-case 'i' in front of the generic noun? Must have taken them *ages* to think up that one.

  • Shimano 105 goes 11-speed1 year 7 weeks agoVery pleased about this, and

    Very pleased about this, and especially with the hydro/mech shifters announced too, I'm not sure the weight of the groupsets really adds up to that big a difference, especially if you can get some lighter wheels by saving on 105 over ultegra etc, probably makes a more noticeable difference.
    Glad they still do the shiny silver colourscheme rather than going down the grey ultegra route, it may look a bit modern compared to say the silver Athena chainset, but I like it, hopefully the prices come in at a reasonable level (plus the cost of 5700 shifters dropping as a result would be good to upgrade the tiagra ones too)

  • Deep Breath Everyone1 year 7 weeks agoI'm sure it'll end up a bit

    I'm sure it'll end up a bit like this for me

  • Shimano 105 goes 11-speed1 year 7 weeks agoVery interesting. Riding

    Very interesting. Riding Ultegra 6700 at the moment. If I buy a new bike I would want a groupset as good or better than the current one I am riding. Ignoring the 11 speed element, is there much to choose between Ultegra 6700 and 105 5800?

  • Deep Breath Everyone1 year 7 weeks agoPersonally, I was quite

    Personally, I was quite enjoying the argument. Not really bothered about the scores. Negligible difference over the long term.

    Pity that El Presidente Atkinsono has closed the thread. He'll be cycling around the Crimea next.

  • Bike thefts slashed and thief jailed in Southport police clampdown1 year 7 weeks agoGreat news, the focus on

    Great news, the focus on this, but they really mangle stats with that "up to 80%" line.

  • Shimano 105 goes 11-speed1 year 7 weeks agoStill HATE that chainset

    Still HATE that chainset mind... Sick

  • Shimano 105 goes 11-speed1 year 7 weeks agohaving been using 11spd

    having been using 11spd ultegra over the winter, i'm interested to know why an 11spd groupset is 'more hassle' - it's been no more hassle than a 10spd or a 9spd groupset, that I have on other bikes. no harder to set up, no harder to maintain.

    As for 'expensive', 11spd Ultegra was cheaper than 10spd Ultegra. I wouldn't be surprised if the same was true here. As of now, we don't know, so the point is kind of moot.

    Pointless? If you like. I don't think innovation is pointless, because I see groupsets getting better and better for less and less money. I kind of like that. Your mileage may vary.

    Triple chainset: we've had no indication that there will be one, in terms of range a compact and wide-range cassette is the same, i know some people prefer a triple for the closer ratios. We'll ask.

  • Shimano 105 goes 11-speed1 year 7 weeks agoI knew this would happen the

    I knew this would happen the second I bought a bike with old-style 105... Crying

  • An almost perfect day1 year 7 weeks agoGreat tribute. This is why we

    Great tribute. This is why we ride. The friendship, the vistas, the cake. RIP Steve. Roundly remembered.

  • Shimano 105 goes 11-speed1 year 7 weeks agoWonder how it fairs in

    Wonder how it fairs in weight? Ultegra 6700 was heavier than most of the 3rd tier groups from competitors (Apex, Centaur), don't know how much lighter 6800 is, and if 5800 will compete at all.

  • Folding a wire bead "non-folding" tyre - a good idea?1 year 7 weeks agoI have received many folded

    I have received many folded wire bead tyres from wholesalers undamaged, and folded them like this myself, all without damage. The correct way is not in a figure of eight, but into three loops. I could not describe the technique in words, but done correctly the tyre falls easily into the right position, without effort or bending of the bead.

  • Shimano 105 goes 11-speed1 year 7 weeks agoJoeinpoole wrote:john.berry

    Joeinpoole wrote:
    john.berry wrote:
    Why? Confused

    The best geared bike I ever had was 7 speed, my 10 speed stuff has no great advantage, wears quicker, is more expensive to maintain and needs finer setting up, 11 speed I assume will just wear out even quicker for no real advantage, other than showing off!

    I agree. I'd consider an 11-speed 105 to be a retrograde step for all the reasons you state. Pointless, expensive and more hassle.

    Lay off man, we wants to spend our moneys!

  • Shimano introduces road hydro disc brakes for mechanical shifting1 year 7 weeks ago+1 for 'game changer'

    +1 for 'game changer'