• Your vote needed (again): TalkSport asks, 'Is cycling a sport?'1 year 43 weeks agoHatter when I said mainstream

    Hatter when I said mainstream I was thinking particularly of places like Belgium or Holland, where cycling is more in the ether, if you like, not so much with other sports such as football.

  • American Classic hubs1 year 43 weeks agoI've had 2 pairs of wheels

    I've had 2 pairs of wheels with AC hubs - they do need a little bit more attention than others, but bearings are cheap and servicing is a doddle. I've had some AC420 wheels for 4 years and the hubs have been fine with the occasional tweak. I've built some lightweight CX wheels with Chin Haur hubs (AC copies) too and they've also been fine.
    I think you'll find that WTB licence the hub design from AC, not the other way around. Alpha rims are notoriously flexy so spoke tension is critical - they'll probably not be as stiff as a Mavic or Fulcrum IMO (I have Mavic and Campagnolo wheels too)

  • Your vote needed (again): TalkSport asks, 'Is cycling a sport?'1 year 43 weeks agoThe definition of a sport is

    The definition of a sport is that if you have to change your shoes to do it - its a sport. It works for most.
    This is a fair enough - it differentiates between 'ordinary' cyclists and competative ones?

  • Your vote needed (again): TalkSport asks, 'Is cycling a sport?'1 year 43 weeks agoRussell Osman? Great team,

    Russell Osman? Great team, great manager.
    Ipswich (when they played in those white pinstripes) was my favourite Subbuteo team, like, ever!
    Sorry am I off topic?

  • Your best (bike related) buy of the year?1 year 43 weeks agoMy Ribble Gran Fondo, great

    My Ribble Gran Fondo, great bike at one hell of a good price!! That or sealskinz waterproof socks, invaluable the past wee while!!

  • Your vote needed (again): TalkSport asks, 'Is cycling a sport?'1 year 43 weeks agoFootball is a game, not a

    Football is a game, not a sport. You play a game. You play football, tennis, golf etc... You don't play cycling. Cycling is a sport.

  • When you go out for a ride, how far do you normally go?1 year 43 weeks agoUsually just a commute

    Usually just a commute distance of 6, try to extend it up to 20 esp during the summer. More likely to ride longer when the weathers nicer or if I'm bored.

  • UCI sets sights on drinking bottles next1 year 43 weeks agoMichael5 wrote:Lots of people

    Michael5 wrote:
    Lots of people have more money than me to buy all this compliant kit. Surely that's an unfair advantage too?

    Yep. Life is full of them.

  • When you go out for a ride, how far do you normally go?1 year 43 weeks agoI'm a europhile so I do it in

    I'm a europhile so I do it in km, is that okor am I just uncool?

  • UCI to appeal Alex Rasmussen missed drugs tests acquittal to CAS1 year 43 weeks agoAnother "UCI confused over

    Another "UCI confused over arse or elbow" type story?

    That's not news!

    It's not going to be a relaxing Christmas for Alex Rasmussen, then.

  • West Kent Road Club weekly run1 year 43 weeks agoHowever as the 25th falls on

    However as the 25th falls on Xmas Day, we've moved our club run to Boxing Day meeting at the Texaco petrol station at the corner of London Road and Birchwood Road at 09.45 for a 10.00am ride to Clackett Lane Services on the M25, the only place open on Boxing Day.

    We also have our Reliability Trial on Sunday 8th January 2012. 28 and 50 miles. Visit the club website for more details.

    http://www.wkrc.org.uk/article-west_kent_rc_2012_reliability_trial_infor...

    Come and join us.

  • Your vote needed (again): TalkSport asks, 'Is cycling a sport?'1 year 43 weeks agoMight have been a decent

    Might have been a decent player (terrible haircut) but he's as thick as pigsh*t. Why anyone would listen to Talksport might be a better question to ask.

  • Your vote needed (again): TalkSport asks, 'Is cycling a sport?'1 year 43 weeks agoSimon_MacMichael wrote:I love

    Simon_MacMichael wrote:
    I love the story of the rather posh prospective student at an Oxford college who was asked whether he took part in any "sport".

    He enthusiastically outlined his lifelong love of hunting, shooting and fishing.

    One of the academics interviewing him said they were thinking rather of pursuits such as rugby or cricket.

    "Oh," he replied. "You mean games?"

    Wasn't "Game" the stuff he shot, tore to pieces with dogs and hooked.......
    Wink

  • Your vote needed (again): TalkSport asks, 'Is cycling a sport?'1 year 43 weeks agoTheHatter wrote:Am I the only

    TheHatter wrote:
    Am I the only one that doesnt want cycling to be mainstream?
    Football's mainstream and look at the state of that.

    It's tricky. I'd like the sport to be appreciated by all the British public - to the extent that they all give me space and referential respect when I'm out on the bike.

    What I don't want is for a large proportion of the British public to suddenly becoming overnight experts on pro cycling and sully the whole elegant niche glory of the sport for us effete connoisseurs with their cheapening bovine gaze.

    Big Grin

  • UCI sets sights on drinking bottles next1 year 43 weeks agonotfastenough wrote:My nose

    notfastenough wrote:
    My nose is more pointed than most people's. Perhaps I should be banned so as to prevent an unfair aero advantage.

    Where's the 'like' button?
    Lots of people have more money than me to buy all this compliant kit. Surely that's an unfair advantage too?

  • Your vote needed (again): TalkSport asks, 'Is cycling a sport?'1 year 43 weeks agoi fondly remember watching

    i fondly remember watching alan brazil from atop my milk crate in the churchman's stand at portman road. i always fell off it when we scored. didn't he get five in a match once? great player.

  • Your vote needed (again): TalkSport asks, 'Is cycling a sport?'1 year 43 weeks agoAm I the only one that doesnt

    Am I the only one that doesnt want cycling to be mainstream?
    Football's mainstream and look at the state of that.

  • Your best (bike related) buy of the year?1 year 43 weeks agoPair of white Sidi Ergo 2 for

    Pair of white Sidi Ergo 2 for £125 because they were such a bargain. Won't be wearing them until the Spring though!

    And a Gore Phantom jacket for £65 which I've worn almost every day this Winter on my commute.

  • Your vote needed (again): TalkSport asks, 'Is cycling a sport?'1 year 43 weeks ago+1 Simon, love it

    +1 Simon, love it

  • Your vote needed (again): TalkSport asks, 'Is cycling a sport?'1 year 43 weeks agoMercuryOne wrote:I am

    MercuryOne wrote:
    I am exasperated with the continued ignoring of cycling (and women's sport) by much of the press.

    Yeah, but this'll change, give it time. Just think how many more people you see on the road now than ten years ago. Just think how ten years ago the only cycling we saw on tv was the TdF, now we can get most of the classics and all the grand tours.

    You never know there may come a day when cycling is considered a mainstream sport as it is on the continent.

  • Your vote needed (again): TalkSport asks, 'Is cycling a sport?'1 year 43 weeks agoForgive Coren. He knows not

    Forgive Coren. He knows not what he says.

    I am exasperated with the continued ignoring of cycling (and women's sport) by much of the press. I had a twitter exchange last week with the Guardian sports desk who pleaded that they had talked a lot about Cav this year and then said they were doing all they could when I asked them why they couldn't at least cover the TDF more thoroughly in July instead of page after page of cricket, racing and off season footie and rugby speculation?

    It's a easy sport to criticise as the drug scandal chugs on. Any discussion of the performance drugs in swimming and athletics is shot down and any suggestion of performance drugs in football is met with derision even though if I was looking for steroid and HGH abuse in sport the Premiership U21's is the first place I'd go looking
    .
    The real problem with cycling as a mass interest sport is that for men it means watching men wearing lycra (which just isn't manly) let alone donning it - and for women it isn't easy to pee at the side of the road so women are few and far between on sportives.

    On the plus side there are so many new fans of the TDF every year and the other grand tours and classics are beginning to gain attention as well. So many of my friends who don't cycle were suddenly watching the Tour this year - many of them women. The sheer majesty of seeing Europe from the air on the grand tours is pulling more and more people into Eurosport and ITV4 -if only to look for holiday destinations - but more and more of them are starting to understand the team systems and the fantastic ways in which each day's racing can play out.

    The other plus is there are, I suspect, just as many dads taking up sportives as golf now as health is on the agenda like never before and a bike is a damn sight more beautiful and satisfying than a set of clubs.

    It is still going to be a while before you regularly hear 2 armchair cyclists in the pub who haven't pedalled since they were 10 years old sagely discussing the respective merits of Saxobank v Rabobank but I think it's getting better!

  • Your vote needed (again): TalkSport asks, 'Is cycling a sport?'1 year 43 weeks agoI love the story of the

    I love the story of the rather posh prospective student at an Oxford college who was asked whether he took part in any "sport".

    He enthusiastically outlined his lifelong love of hunting, shooting and fishing.

    One of the academics interviewing him said they were thinking rather of pursuits such as rugby or cricket.

    "Oh," he replied. "You mean games?"

  • Your vote needed (again): TalkSport asks, 'Is cycling a sport?'1 year 43 weeks agoAlan Brazil....now there's a

    Alan Brazil....now there's a name from the past. Who was the guy who was his partner at Ipswich....was it Paul Mariner or was he earlier? Used to rate them...

    You quite often hear the "Is xxxx really a sport?" question. In particular "sports" like darts, snooker and golf spring to mind. For me anything where you get hot and sweaty and burn lots of calories would quite happily tick my mental "sport" box. Except perhaps sex.

  • Road.cc - the magazine?1 year 43 weeks agoLookin' good, Dave.

    Lookin' good, Dave. Classifieds is a bit of a scroll, also text boxes when I use the phone in landscape (but I get that with lots of sites so presumably that's Chrome rather than you). But yeah, i'm impressed.

  • Road.cc - the magazine?1 year 43 weeks agoI appreciate the mobile site

    I appreciate the mobile site but will continue with the full site on the iPhone and iPad. I don't mind the BBC News style of the phone version but just prefer the full site - even with ads which is odd.