• Chris Froome says he almost left Sky in 2011, tells of tension with Bradley Wiggins1 year 9 weeks agoOne might just think that

    One might just think that Froome is already in negotiation for next season with team ...... Well not sky. Although it is suspected that his current contract runs until the end of 2016

    Unless obviously his book is being published with team management blessing, or at least tolerance. Which then asks where could Wiggins future be, with just two seasons before retirement probably not grand tours but curtain classics would perhaps be a reasonable objective.

    The other factor to throw into the mix is the Sky sponsorship itself. The teams original 2010 objective was to have a British winner of the TDF with 5 years the implication being that the original sponsorship deal ran for 5 years. It can not be argued that Sky has failed to deliver on it's objectives. Also Wiggins resent win in the Amgen Tour of California is a much needed exposure in a big market. However, this has to be set against it's failure for another year to mount a serious assault on Italy's Giro were some of it's sponsorship comes from.

    So how does Sky maintain it's sponsorship and add value to that sponsorship. Yes it has to remain the force to be contended with in the TDF and one week races. So keeping Froome in the medium term may be necessary. However, it also it needs to be a force in the Giro, Vuelta (although I for one have enjoyed they're forced buccaneering in this years edition) and probably increase it's exposure in the one day classics.

    The rumored return of Henao and a well Richie Porte may help address the Giro/Vuelta issue, but they are also at sometime going to want their shot at the TDF. So Sky may well also have to bring in one of the up and coming young guns to strengthen they're Grand Tour line up depending on Peter Kennaugh's development.

    The classics is a more thorny issue an Sky's achilles heel. This season has shown there is a nucleus there Bradley Wiggins (despite Fabian Cancellara guffaws before Paris Roubaix) , Ian Stannard and Geraint Thomas (although he has stated a preference for stage racing) but the line up requires strengthening and the preparation improving.

    How did this start... oh yes Froome's book, definitely poor form and something I'll wait until it reaches the charity shops shelves before I read it. As for it's timing before the TDF... umm interesting it would suggest that he is perhaps frightened that he does not have much of a chance this year. As one would assume a launch would be preferable after winning the TDF, although a win might help to clear unsold stock so maybe his publishing strategy is right.

  • Chris Froome says he almost left Sky in 2011, tells of tension with Bradley Wiggins1 year 9 weeks agobikeboy76 wrote:The Pot and

    bikeboy76 wrote:
    The Pot and The Kettle entered a bike race...

    I wonder how realistic CF's suggesting that BW would just abandon when in the lead of the Tour just because a team mate attacked him.

    Hardly Prost/Senna is it?

    In his autobiography Wiggins says himself that he thought about leaving the tour.

  • Chris Froome says he almost left Sky in 2011, tells of tension with Bradley Wiggins1 year 9 weeks agoThink Brad says so in his

    Think Brad says so in his book (about having wanted to abandon) but, yeah, a very british "feud" !

  • Chris Froome says he almost left Sky in 2011, tells of tension with Bradley Wiggins1 year 9 weeks agoNeilG83 wrote: And now he

    NeilG83 wrote:

    And now he will probably expect Wiggins to help him win the Tour this year after releasing this.
    .

    If Wiggo goes, yeah, but I suspect that's the last thing Froome wants. I reckon he doesn't want Wiggo anywhere near the race. Agree with your assessment of him and don't think he does himself any favours based on the extracts but maybe he comes over better in the book as a whole...maybe...

  • Mechanical advice required... (got a wheel out of true, and also can't get front brake caliper off)1 year 9 weeks agoMost people don't commute

    Most people don't commute everyday - its a different kind of riding to general road bike racing. And it knackers bikes. Riding to work and leaving your wet bike covered in crud for 10 hours and then riding back again means stuff falls apart. I have gone through a 3 pair's of wheels, 2 sets of Swiss Greens, 4 chains, 2 cassettes, a deralia etc in about 3000 miles.

    My brother has done the same mileage on his race bike and it looks like new.

    Best advice I can give is take your wheel hubs apart and grease the bearings loads. Grease the headset bearings loads. Clean the brake blocks and reposition the brakes once in a while so rim wear is even. Clean the rims as much as you can. I always use wet lube on the chain (after using dry lube and the chain seized). Make sure the seatpost is well greased and turn the bike upside down once in a while to drain water out of it.

  • Chris Froome says he almost left Sky in 2011, tells of tension with Bradley Wiggins1 year 9 weeks agoThis is going to be a really

    This is going to be a really dull book, isn't it? Froome can ride a bike, but is quite boring in everything else... The only thing interesting about him is that he and Wiggo don't get on, which is also getting boring now. Yawn

  • Chris Froome says he almost left Sky in 2011, tells of tension with Bradley Wiggins1 year 9 weeks agoThe Pot and The Kettle

    The Pot and The Kettle entered a bike race...

    I wonder how realistic CF's suggesting that BW would just abandon when in the lead of the Tour just because a team mate attacked him.

    Hardly Prost/Senna is it?

  • Video: To beard or not to beard1 year 9 weeks agoAnyone we recignise?

    Anyone we recignise? Wink

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Beards-Of-Bath/1376571189297074?ref=ts&id...

    Appropriately enough though mine came off thisweek. I am still waiting for the aerodynamic advantage to kick in.

    I like the idea of the Sampson effect though. I felt like Sampson with the Beard and still feel like Sampson without it Smile

  • Chris Froome says he almost left Sky in 2011, tells of tension with Bradley Wiggins1 year 9 weeks agoicbell wrote:Exactly why not

    icbell wrote:
    Exactly why not many like him

    Not many like who - Wiggins or Froome?

  • Mechanical advice required... (got a wheel out of true, and also can't get front brake caliper off)1 year 9 weeks agoYou're doing well, I've never

    You're doing well, I've never worn a rim out in that short a period, never heard before of anyone who has

    I also use Clarks elite pads, they are well worn after 2500 miles, but I only ride hilly routes and hit them hard.

    Wheels in my experience, unless damaged rarely need truing if you have them trued 500 miles after first use.

    If you've rounded the hex, hammer in a slightly oversized torx key before resorting to drilling it out.

    I don't use shimano on road bikes myself, but look after a few with sora and tiagra, they work OK, if you can't grab the wee cog, it's usually just the stop limit screw, as it springs down there itself, cable tension pulls it up the way.

  • Pinarello produce bespoke Rapha Travel bikes1 year 9 weeks agoHmmm you've got me off

    Hmmm you've got me off investigating that now...!! Big Grin

  • Mechanical advice required... (got a wheel out of true, and also can't get front brake caliper off)1 year 9 weeks agoSTOP.... You are wearing

    STOP....

    You are wearing brake blocks out in a month or so and you are going through rims twice a year? That to me is like riding with brakes locked on full all the time.

    Are you sure it is the wheel that is wobbling or is it not quite straight in the drop outs. That's what I see most often.

    As for your brake. Take the front wheel off and try to rotate the brake itself, not the bolt at the back, just hold onto the calliper and move it either way to loose it off.

    I am not going to try and advise you on everything, because I think you have two choices, Take it in for a service or go on a servicing course and learn how to do things yourself. It sounds like you are harsh on the bike, so I'd recommend learning how to take care of it, how to strip everything down monthly, clean, lube and put back together.

  • Chris Froome says he almost left Sky in 2011, tells of tension with Bradley Wiggins1 year 9 weeks agoBabies? Nahhhhhh. Competitive

    Babies? Nahhhhhh. Competitive sportsmen complaining about the competition. I would expect nothing less.

  • Pinarello produce bespoke Rapha Travel bikes1 year 9 weeks agoalotronic wrote:ajmarshal1

    alotronic wrote:
    ajmarshal1 wrote:
    Some Fella wrote:
    For someone who has a sneering derision for a) people who ride Pinarellos and b) people who wear Rapha i have to say that that is a beautiful bicycle.

    As a Rapha customer I feel genuinely sorry for you. It must be miserable spending your days worrying about other people.

    Just ride your bike fella, you'll feel better. Well, until someone in Rapha on a Pinarello drops you on your favourite climb.

    Yeah, you blew the generous 'just ride' message with your own sneering-derision superiority there... and kinda missed that guy you were quoting was 'getting over himself' to offer a complement.

    I rode 400k yesterday with 50ish guys and gals who ride everything from latest ti and carbon lovelies to old pieces of crap and everything in between. I suspect some of them even wore Rapha. Yes, the Audax crew. And why do I like them? No one would even think of passing judgement on anyones bike or kit because... it's a lot less important than the fact you're out riding your bike.

    We are a small tribe who the rest of the world doesn't give a shit about. Do you really think the vast majority of people in cars think 'oh, he's cool because he's got an gaba top on or he's riding a cervelo'?? Nope they just think 'effing cyclist'.

    So, lets try that again - Just ride your bike fella (and wave at everyone who is doing the same regardless of that they wear), you'll feel better.

    Amazing. We have gone full circle and got nowhere. I'm sure 'Some Fella' was just issuing banter. My retort was in the same vein.

    This forum seriously needs the stick pulled out of it's arse.

  • Cotic Escapade road bike1 year 9 weeks agoQR works fine, have done

    QR works fine, have done exactly that on a Surly before.

  • Chris Froome says he almost left Sky in 2011, tells of tension with Bradley Wiggins1 year 9 weeks agoWhat a shame. Watching

    What a shame.
    Watching wiggins go up the climbs in California I thought "wow he could be a real help to froome, he might just make the tour team". After this that seems pretty unlikely. With froome and Porte both having difficult starts to the season, and none of the other sky riders (save perhaps Thomas) looking on top form, you would have thought keeping the peace would have been in everyone's best interests.

  • Chris Froome says he almost left Sky in 2011, tells of tension with Bradley Wiggins1 year 9 weeks agoAnother distraction story.

    Another distraction story.

  • STRAVA - - - - DELETED -- BYE BYE!1 year 9 weeks agoWoh lots of comments thank u,

    Woh lots of comments thank u, as divided as they are, I sense some perhaps don't understand my reasoning for wiping everything, I think strava as a tool is a excellent thing, I like others here now cycle with 4 new people purely due to strava one of them now my good friend & best cycling partner & in fact the person who took that very KOM this time last year he could not have done that, the person my issue is with is myself my fitness & my incapacity to comprehend the reasons for my fitness issues. I don't need strava to tell me this I am fully aware of this every time I go out on my bike but one thing strava was doing was making me feel worse about that & spoiling the pleasure of simply riding my bicycle & there is the crux of the matter, how many people posting here have ridden a bike for more than 2 or 3years, u did not use strava prior to this, u did not need strava to tell you whether you felt good about your ride or not & there is the key to my actions going back to basics if you like & just getting out, riding my bike listening to my body, my own internal critic tells me whether I have succeeded today or not & it is with that I go forward on my cycling journey.

  • Jockey wheel conundrum1 year 9 weeks agoEasiest way to select the

    Easiest way to select the right jockey wheel is that the top one is usually marked 'centron'and should have a small amount of side travel on it.

  • Cotic Escapade road bike1 year 9 weeks agoIt's most likely that you

    It's most likely that you would just clamp the wheel in the dropout slot as far forward as it will go so it can't move. Should work fine.

  • Giro d'Italia Week 3 Preview1 year 9 weeks agoWAKE UP TV! This is going to

    WAKE UP TV! This is going to be one mental week of high intensity two wheeled competition!

  • Jonathan Tiernan-Locke says delay in bio passport hearing isn’t his fault1 year 9 weeks agoThe_Vermonter wrote:If that

    The_Vermonter wrote:
    If that is true, then why was Contador judged so harshly before his ban? You can name any number of non-British/non-Sky riders who by virtue of colour kit or nation on a passport, do not get the outpouring of support.

    I sincerely hope he is exonerated. Perhaps the question that should've been asked is while Spanish, Italian, French fans and press are slated for supporting former dopers who are now clean, why is there almost the idea that it would be impossible for a British/Sky rider to dope?

    Everyone wants the story of hard work and doing things the right way to be true. Much of the world was drinking the same proverbial Kool-Aid from 1999-2005. You can be a fan but still take things with a grain of salt.

    I agree. It's also not just cycling. I think the wide world of sports is subject to doping. They just don't talk about it or deal with it. People want to believe what they see is authentic. But if you look at the 100m and how Ben Johnson's time has been eclipsed you have to give yourself a rye smile. The Jamaican authorities didn't do a stitch of out of competition testing and they wrap up the sprint events. Give me a break.

    If you accept that Pandora's box has been opened and there's little the authorities can do about it you view things more realistically and pragmatically. Follow the sport, enjoy it for the spectacle, but don't put too much store in the athletes as heroes. They are as human as you and I.

  • Giro special: 12 exotic Italian road bikes1 year 9 weeks agoIts like Christmas, the

    Its like Christmas, the Bianchi for me although i do like the Cipollini bikes Love Struck

  • Cotic Escapade road bike1 year 9 weeks agoLike the look of this very

    Like the look of this very much (esp in duck egg) - very Kona-esq. Just one question - do quick release wheels work OK with horizontal dropouts - never come across this set up before? Any downsides to this setup?

  • Podium Cafe VDS1 year 9 weeks agoI haven't updated this for a

    I haven't updated this for a while as things weren't really moving enough week on week to justify it.

    After Giro I'll aim to tot up scores. At the moment Dux89 (DaneC) is now beating me by 200 points but if my Pozzo and Kelderman finish above his Uran and Arredondo gets the mountains jersey I may claw this back. Uran finishing second would only give Dane 450 points but 6+7+mts yields 585.

    Aru was only 6 points by the way....