• Three-day sportive to celebrate Giro d’Italia’s Irish start (+ video)1 year 8 weeks agoThe lead-in is ever so

    The lead-in is ever so slightly misleading. This sportive is not in Northern Ireland, but Ulster. Northern Ireland comprises ⅔ of Ulster, by number of counties. Only ~70% of this sportive (by distance) is in Northern Ireland - but 100% of it is in Ulster. Wink

  • ARGH.... Rapha1 year 8 weeks agoPantani basically confirmed

    Pantani basically confirmed that the drug testing was inadequate to me. The nonsensical rides of Virenque puzzled me until the Festina affair and then you have this lunatic dancing up the mountains like he was filmed with helium.

    There's a part of me that was spell bound and fascinated at it as a feat, but in the same way that I was spell bound by Lola Ferrari's monumental tits. It was amazing to see, but also appalling because of the artifice. It wasn't real.

    For a long time I didn't really understand how he was caught and Armstrong wasn't. I was disappointed that he was unable to upset Armstrong's domination when he did come back. That actually helped to kill cycling for me a little bit.

    I think it a bit sad that Rapha is commemorating him. I see him as a tragic character, but not one worthy of hero worship. From all accounts he was a deeply flawed character and a victim of his time. Pity him.

  • Campagnolo Vento Asymmetric wheels1 year 8 weeks agoColoured nipples appears to

    Coloured nipples appears to be the norm now, which slightly irritates me.

    Yes these look good if you have any red on your bike, but I would be deterred from buying these wheels for my black and blue setup.

  • London bike show 2014: Passoni, Seven, Kinesis, Giant, Saffron, Salsa, Canyon, Stevens, Zullo + more1 year 8 weeks agoThat Passoni is utterly,

    That Passoni is utterly, utterly gorgeous!!

  • ARGH.... Rapha1 year 8 weeks agocrazy-legs wrote: How one

    crazy-legs wrote:

    How one person can be a flawed hero and one seems to have a special place in hell reserved for him. How some can be ignored or forgotten, others become famous (or infamous).

    IMO, part of it is how they handle the admission of doping, do they deny to the end, hold their hands up but say they made me do it, or do they try and do something to stop others making the same mistake.

    Pantani and what would have happened, we will never know.

  • ARGH.... Rapha1 year 8 weeks agoBecause some (Pantani) you

    Because some (Pantani) you can forgive in the way you would forgive a child that gets mixed up in trouble.

    Others (Virenque) can never be forgiven for appearing to be a horrible, fox eared twunt of a child who courts trouble.

  • Bransons back Blaze laser-projection bike safety light1 year 8 weeks agoDavidC wrote: userfriendly

    DavidC wrote:

    userfriendly wrote:

    Can we have a kickstarter project for a laser projected "leave this much room" zone to my right? And whenever a driver intrudes, the laser turns into a lightsabre and cuts off that part of the car that went inside?

    For years there has been more than one version of this available. Try a Google image search for "cycling laser light".

    Sadly none of them have the important 'lightsabre' bit of functionality.

    On a more serious note, none of them are wide enough - the projected "lane" extends barely half a metre to each side.

  • Whyte Dorset commuter/road bike1 year 8 weeks agobikeandy61 wrote:Fancy the

    bikeandy61 wrote:
    Fancy the range topping model which I can't remember the name of. TRP RD/HY brakes and mostly 105.

    I am considering the Dorset as it also falls within the magical CycleScheme price limit!
    I've only ever ridden with Tiagra - will the extra £200 to hydraulic brakes and 105 make much of a difference?!

  • Garmin 500 turn notification1 year 8 weeks agophiltregear wrote:i use the

    philtregear wrote:
    i use the basic garmin ( edge 200) i use ridewithgps. i use tcx instead of gpx files. i think i get more info with tcx. may be worth trying

    Using the Strava Routebuilder it suggests using the .tcx files for turn by turn as apparently the .gpx files just contain the 'waypoints' (ie where you clicked on the map).

  • Vachery Triathlon organiser claims Surrey County Council reneged on deal to hold event following anti-cycling protests1 year 8 weeks agoMr Davis was chucking his

    Mr Davis was chucking his toys out of his pram last year too.

    A quick search through the Get Surrey website will show you this, there is no reason why he cannot hold the off road event and also one wonders why he cannot offer would be participants a full refund.

    I would also think at this precise moment the county council have far more important things to worry about.

    http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/local-news/pictures-flooding-crisis-cont...

    Or was he hoping that the current problems would stop them applying their new rules?

  • Whyte Dorset commuter/road bike1 year 8 weeks agoLeodis wrote:Would expect at

    Leodis wrote:
    Would expect at least BB7's at this price, compare this to the Kaffenback at 20% less with full groupset and BB7's the only thing in my eyes the Whyte has better is the frame.

    The Whyte also has carbon forks

  • London bike show 2014: Passoni, Seven, Kinesis, Giant, Saffron, Salsa, Canyon, Stevens, Zullo + more1 year 8 weeks agoemil wrote:That Movistar

    emil wrote:
    That Movistar Canyon is surely an Aeroad CF and not an Ultimate CF SLX, no?

    Yes it is, I'll edit that. Canyon isn't planning to sell a Movistar edition Aeroad, only the Ultimate, which is a shame, as this bike sure looks good

  • Can we have "mark all topics / forum read type button...1 year 8 weeks agoYeah you are spot on : )

    Yeah you are spot on : )

  • ARGH.... Rapha1 year 8 weeks agoI still don't get the

    I still don't get the astonishing double standards that some people have over the issues of doping. The different reactions to Armstrong, Pantani, Riis, Landis, Millar, Virenque...

    How one person can be a flawed hero and one seems to have a special place in hell reserved for him. How some can be ignored or forgotten, others become famous (or infamous).

    The overreaction to Rapha is highly entertaining too. Smile

  • Relaxed Chris Froome aims to repeat 2013 success to dispel doubts1 year 8 weeks agoI don't see how a win would

    I don't see how a win would prove this? Or is this just a qoute without the whole context of a leading question. Anyway, lets wait and see who does what.

  • Can we have "mark all topics / forum read type button...1 year 8 weeks agoDo you mean a bit like the

    Do you mean a bit like the read all button on your emails which ticks all emails and you can then delete them (obviously not delete them from the forum but to say they've been read) ?

    Sounds like a simple idea to put into practice as to be honest there are a lot of topics flying around at the mo.

  • Relaxed Chris Froome aims to repeat 2013 success to dispel doubts1 year 8 weeks agoandyp wrote:Not accelerating

    andyp wrote:
    Not accelerating away from a tiny Colombian climber as if he had an engine fitted would probably convince more people than another win.

    Damned if you do damned if you don't. Makes watching pointless.

  • Abus Granit X-Plus D-lock1 year 8 weeks agoas far as these kinds of

    as far as these kinds of locks go, its a good one

    however, none of these bicycle locks (and other locks) offer the protection needed to leave a quality bicycle in a public place

    a few years ago, I worked for a bike shop in West London and we had a contact who was a professional lock-smith working for a West London Borough (council) to remove bikes that had been locked and abandoned on public streets for 3+ months. The council placed a warning sticker on these bikes to inform the owner of their removal.

    He also offered a service that was promoted through local bike shops (using his business card) for legitimate owners of bicycles who had lost their keys to their quality lock - and could prove ownership of their bike using a receipt with frame number - he would charge £30 for the service

    what was scary was how quickly he would get through even £150 chain locks or £100 D-locks, literally less than 2 minutes using a battery powered, cordless angle grinder with a fresh cutting disc

    he told me on several occasions about these jobs he undertook for council or private clients, the private clients he would ask to leave the scene for a few minutes (claiming H&S issues) as if they knew the truth about how quickly he could cut their locks, they would not buy another lock, or another bicycle!

    he also said on these occasions that the kit he was using was common hardware amongst the thieving community

    I have not locked any of my bikes on the street since learning that information from him, and I have £150 chain locks and £100 d-locks at home!

  • Bransons back Blaze laser-projection bike safety light1 year 8 weeks agoWith the possible exception

    With the possible exception of the pedestrian about to walk out in front of the bike - every single example of the light 'alerting a fellow road user' would have been covered by a decent bright normal light and proper (for which read safe) road positioning.

    I'm sorry, I love that there's a steady stream of innovative ideas around bike-borne technology and I hope that the designer continues to come up with more ideas, but this isn't worth the money.

    If it was two lasers mounted at either end of the bars so that they converged in mid-air 50m ahead of the bike, then we might be talking...

  • ARGH.... Rapha1 year 8 weeks agoI, like Gkam, dont

    I, like Gkam, dont particularly like Rapha, over priced etc etc but thats not what i'm on about.

    Pantani was a hero of mine and i hope the people who have made this have done a good job on what was a very complicated and intricate life and not just to make a quick buck out of the name and anniversary.

  • ARGH.... Rapha1 year 8 weeks agoI don't think outrage is

    I don't think outrage is appropriate, not because this company isn't exploiting Pantani's name; they are. The fact is Panatoni didn't live long enough to see his name as thoroughly trashed as some of his contemporaries. He sits right between Riis, Ullrich and Armstrong, there is little doubt he was doping. Natural Justice says that because he cannot defend himself he gets a pass, but the name Panini is not the Holy of Holies and doesn't need protecting from a little bit of capitalism.

  • Relaxed Chris Froome aims to repeat 2013 success to dispel doubts1 year 8 weeks agoI'm sure he will, when will

    I'm sure he will, when will the truth out...

  • London bike show 2014: Passoni, Seven, Kinesis, Giant, Saffron, Salsa, Canyon, Stevens, Zullo + more1 year 8 weeks agoThat Movistar Canyon is

    That Movistar Canyon is surely an Aeroad CF and not an Ultimate CF SLX, no?

  • Relaxed Chris Froome aims to repeat 2013 success to dispel doubts1 year 8 weeks agoGood luck to Froome!! I have

    Good luck to Froome!!
    I have no doubt that he can do as well, if not better than last year.
    Its good to see Wiggins going to the tour to support Froome, and with those two in the team for the tour, Team Sky is looking to be a very strong and dominant team!

  • London Bike Show 2014: Vitus, Beacon, USE, Rose, Boardman, Aprire1 year 8 weeks agoUSE carbon post...WANT.

    USE carbon post...WANT.