• Labour launches pro-cycling campaign as 5,000 riders surround Parliament during Get Britain Cycling debate1 year 11 weeks agoWould have slightly more

    Would have slightly more confidence in any of this meaning anything if Labour hadn't just been in power for 13 years. Plenty of time to take cycling seriously, and (one cycling city apart) not a lot to show for it.

  • Recommend me a Turbo Trainer1 year 11 weeks ago+2 for TrainerRoad, their

    +2 for TrainerRoad, their training plans have been really good at increasing my FTP and having numbers on screen is just cool.

  • Sneak peek: Castelli 20141 year 11 weeks ago"Two part tri suits, for

    "Two part tri suits, for example, feature micro clip hooks that join the top and shorts together for the swim and bike, but which can be opened up when you want more freedom of movement and ventilation for the run."

    That if I'm not mistaken is a bra clasp....so it won't be "when you want more freedom" it'll be, if you can get your fingers to hook it in the right place Rolling On The Floor

    With the autumn/winter, the only thing that I am waiting for is a red/black/white thermosuit Day Dreaming

  • Matthew Parris was right - fetch the piano wire1 year 11 weeks agoIf you can manage to carry

    If you can manage to carry the weight when it's full you can manage it when it's empty, road up Pen-Y-Pass last month and there were energy gel sachets everywhere, roadies At Wits End

  • Matthew Parris was right - fetch the piano wire1 year 11 weeks agoAgreed. Totally unnecessary

    Agreed. Totally unnecessary put it in your pocket no matter where you are it’s not hard.

  • Bike thieves strike at Tour of Britain ride1 year 11 weeks agoDress like a commuting

    Dress like a commuting cyclist, board a commuter train from Victoria or Waterloo, help yourself to the first Brompton you come across. It happens more often than folk think.

    Trouble is we see people wearing cycling kit and we think we can trust them, that we are just one big happy family. We can't. We ain't.

    Everywhere bikes are left unattended and unsecured bike thieves will operate. Everywhere.

  • Garmin launch Edge Touring and Edge Touring Plus GPS computers1 year 11 weeks agoIt does also include a

    It does also include a 'barometric altimeter for accurate elevation, gradient, ascent and descent data'. Does this mean the base model doesn't give you gradient? That would be a shame. I still feel the Bryton Rider 60 offers a lot more, inc bluetooth, except that Bryton seem reluctant to actually sell them. Announced in May, they've yet to arrive in the UK.

  • Bike thieves strike at Tour of Britain ride1 year 11 weeks agoI rode the dunwich dynamo

    I rode the dunwich dynamo this year and apparently bikes went missing at the good stop then. Granted this is an unsupported event but if rides are exactly the same routes each year it makes for easy planning for thieves.
    I feel very safe with these rides and whilst my bike isn't that fancy I presume it would be fine amongst all these other bikes.
    Would hate to carry a gold secure lock around with me everywhere.

  • Recommend me a Turbo Trainer1 year 11 weeks ago+1 on trainerroad

    +1 on trainerroad compatibility. That's the difference for me between it gathering dust and being used 3+ times per week.

    I use it with a Kurt Kinetic Road Machine and DVD box sets that I am only allowed to watch while on the turbo. If you have the budget, DCRainmaker rates the Wahoo Kickr highly:

    http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2013/03/fitness-trainer-review.html

  • Di2 only frameset?1 year 11 weeks agoI think Di2 is here to stay

    I think Di2 is here to stay now.

    The fact that we have Ultegra Di2 as well as Dura Ace along with Campy shows there is a market for trickle down tech.

  • Permanently juiced up?1 year 11 weeks agoIt's also the case, from what

    It's also the case, from what we know about doping that fashion is to do a 'little but often'. That may equate to a smaller global change (no sprinting up the Hautacam like Armstrong) - it certainly makes it harder to spot with the blood passport.....they'll notice a spike, but if you can make it look like a training progression it passes muster every time.

    I wish people understood the process, because then you would set your skepticism over the lack of a positive aside, and realise that the testing process is broken, rather than having faith in process that you know little about.

    It's a bit like the case of the man wearing uniform. People will instinctively follow his instructions because they see the uniform. So Tour 'officials', UCI 'officials' and Olympic 'officials' all say they have a comprehensive testing operation. But if you know what that means, you know if means very little.

  • Permanently juiced up?1 year 11 weeks agoIn a Velonation interview

    In a Velonation interview earlier this year (bit.ly/18TeOnF), Methuselah Horner discussed his knee operation and the steps he would be taking to aid rehabilitation these included blood spinning.

    Blood spinning to say the least is controversial. WADA banned the practice in 2010 only to back track in 2011 after pressure from 'medical experts' as it can significantly speed up recuperation.

    The question is when does taking blood out, centrifuging it so the white blood cells and plasma separate and then re-injecting into the injury area become blood manipulation (and what volumes are we talking about here...)

    To quote Dick Pound, the former president of WADA,"it sounds like blood manipulation of some sort to me"

    Seems like it is sailing pretty close to the wind, in a sport with a no-needles policy and recent issues with industrial blood doping etc;

  • Permanently juiced up?1 year 11 weeks agoragtimecyclist wrote:I'm no

    ragtimecyclist wrote:
    I'm no expert on the Chris Horner back story but the comparison with Jens Voigt got me thinking - are we more likely to trust Jens because he's funny and quotable and looks pretty cool when hammering away out front, where Horner is a slightly odd looking American with no great style on the bike and no obviously magnetic personality. In other words, we trust Jens because we want to?

    I know there's more to it than than, but just a thought.

    I don't trust Jens. I don't trust any of them. Saint David could also be the Devil in a Chamois, dripping poison lies in your ear.

  • Get Britain Cycling debate sees issues take centre stage at House of Commons1 year 11 weeks agoVehicular cycling is the way

    Vehicular cycling is the way forward, segregated cycling will get people on bikes but the cost and time it will take is decades away.

    We need better protection on the roads and better on road facilities imho.

  • Labour launches pro-cycling campaign as 5,000 riders surround Parliament during Get Britain Cycling debate1 year 11 weeks agofarrell wrote:stumps

    farrell wrote:
    stumps wrote:
    I'm a big Labour fan but this is just bandwagon stuff.

    Easy to promise but will they deliver Waiting

    Are we Tyler Durden?

    Who ???

  • Bike thieves strike at Tour of Britain ride1 year 11 weeks agofarrell wrote:So did these

    farrell wrote:
    So did these guys just rock up in bike kit and happen upon two bikes to make off with or did they turn up on other bikes and abandon them after getting on these?

    There's never a lorry driver turning left without paying attention when you need one...

    Either/or.
    Once they start mingling, it's usually pretty hard to spot anything amiss. Unless someone clocks them getting out of a car or riding up on a BSO...

    Anyone trying that at a road race usually stands out due to mismatched kit, hairy legs or a "non-cyclist" physique but at a Sportive you get such a range of people (and so many more of them) that it's much harder to spot.

    On the plus side though, there's a lot of people to chase them down and beat them if they get caught in the act!

  • Bike thieves strike at Tour of Britain ride1 year 11 weeks agoWeird how they choose high

    Weird how they choose high vis helmets... that alone would stick out like a sore thumb, as anyone on a high end bike would not be seen dead in a high vis helmet Rolling On The Floor

    Still I really hope the bikes are recovered. This does seem to be a new breed of bike thief!

  • FS: BMW Williams F1 Q8.R Bike, very special rare bike.1 year 11 weeks agoNow accepting offers, anyone

    Now accepting offers, anyone interested just say an offer Smile thanks

  • Vuelta Stage 10: Chris Horner rides away from rivals and back into race lead1 year 11 weeks agooh come on, you did see the

    oh come on, you did see the way in which he went up the final climb with Nibali trailing in his wake, come on people!!

  • Vuelta Stage 10: Chris Horner rides away from rivals and back into race lead1 year 11 weeks agobikeboy76 wrote:pwake

    bikeboy76 wrote:
    pwake wrote:
    Some Fella wrote:
    How depressing.

    Agreed. It's a shame that he had to wait until he was 41 to race on a level playing field and start getting the results he was always capable of.

    Come on people what are you hinting at?

    I wasn't hinting at anything; I meant what I wrote. Chris Horner's biggest problem now is that he is an American performing well in a Spanish race; it's all too much Johnny Foreigner for a lot of people to cope with obviously. The Vuelta always throws up performances that Brits find suspicious but it's a very different race to the other GTs; a significantly different type of parcours and riders at many varying levels of form, lots riding just to prepare for the Worlds, for instance. It's strange that nobody really seems to be doubting Roche's performances as they are a bit out of the blue, but then he's Irish so he must be as honest as the is day is long...

  • Permanently juiced up?1 year 11 weeks agoragtimecyclist wrote: In

    ragtimecyclist wrote:
    In other words, we trust Jens because we want to?

    For me personally, yes. I desperately want to believe that he is clean, but as ever, wouldn't be surprised if he had doped.

    However, as I said before, Jens goes out and kills himself on long breakaways, suffers and gets pulled back in.

    Horner virtually moonwalked up yesterday, slinging his bike up like he was competing in a rhythmic gymnastics competition.

  • Recommend me a Turbo Trainer1 year 11 weeks agoI would suggest picking one

    I would suggest picking one that is listed on trainerroad.com - take a look yourself, but basically it uses the claibration of known turbos to simulate training with a power meter. This is worth having so that you can add variety when you get bored. There are plenty listed, so you shouldn't have too much of a problem. I think mine is the Elite Chronomag gel, which I believe is currently in the region of £160, and seems decent.

    Oh, and budget a few quid extra for a couple of sufferfest videos. They're mental.

  • Permanently juiced up?1 year 11 weeks agoGKam, To say he's never been

    GKam, To say he's never been implicacted is nonsense - as Allen Tullett posted on the discussion of yesterday' stage he's almost certainly rider 15 in Leipheimers USADA evidence:
    'In 2008 Rider 15 told me that he was using EPO during his recovery from an injury in 2005 before the Tour of Switzerland.' from Levi Leipheimer's testimony.

    From Chris Horner's wiki entry,'After being injured in the beginning of 2005, Horner showed strong performance in the USPRO Championships and won his first major European victory by taking the sixth stage of the 2005 Tour de Suisse.'

    His response to the USADA prosecution of Armstrong as reported on cyclingnews is also textbook omerta:
    "Did he test positive?" he replies when asked about Armstrong's case with USADA.

    Nowadays such a response leaves most people cringing. Armstrong did test positive for a steroid in 1999 and was given a post-dated exemption form from the UCI. But Horner continues.

    "Look, I'm certainly old enough and wise enough to understand the magnitude of the situation, but in the end he's still getting prosecuted with no positive test. A lot of guys say they saw him and a lot say he did this and he did that, but I look at it and say: 'USADA, WADA, UCI, they're saying that the tests are worthless.' So do you take all the tests, 500, 1000, I don't know the number I've done in my own career and you basically say, that you took them for no reason?"
    But what if Armstrong announced tomorrow morning that he'd doped, that it was all true and he was banged to rights?

    Horner sighs and looks into the distance.

    "That's what it would take to change my mind," he says.

    "Either that or a bunch of positive tests. That's what it would take, Lance saying I did it. Clearly Lance won seven Tours. I just want to keep it as simple as I can, otherwise you end up looking up at the stars and you question everything out there. The guy won the race, and I liked watching those wins, the dominance, the seriousness of Lance's training, and his better recovery."

  • Labour launches pro-cycling campaign as 5,000 riders surround Parliament during Get Britain Cycling debate1 year 11 weeks agostumps wrote:I'm a big Labour

    stumps wrote:
    I'm a big Labour fan but this is just bandwagon stuff.

    Easy to promise but will they deliver Waiting

    Are we Tyler Durden?

    Ghedebrav wrote:
    By 'bandwagon', do we mean 'developing policies in response to public pressure'?

    Isn't that what we want politicians to do?!

    Its exactly what we want. It's now down to them to actually develop policies, otherwise it is just a hot air driven bandwagon.

  • Bike thieves strike at Tour of Britain ride1 year 11 weeks agoSo did these guys just rock

    So did these guys just rock up in bike kit and happen upon two bikes to make off with or did they turn up on other bikes and abandon them after getting on these?

    There's never a lorry driver turning left without paying attention when you need one...