• Giro stage 12 ITT1 year 9 weeks agoI considered Rogers instead

    I considered Rogers instead but figured that his race was done now, he's won a stage and is over 12 mins down on GC so there's no need for him to put in a solid TT, especially if he's now saving himself to work for Majka.

    I've picked what I think is as good a TT team as I can get (without Monfort) and still have more than 35 credits left over which is frankly ridiculous. I'm all for experimenting with budgets but 180 is way too high.

  • Giro stage 12 ITT1 year 9 weeks agoI agree on Monfort, could be

    I agree on Monfort, could be a good pick. He's in my purists so I thought I'd go Ludvigsson instead for my standard.

    Think I'm going to write off tomorrow's stage, bring in the GC guys tomorrow for pens, so I'm set up with exactly the team I want for Saturday...

  • Colnago C60 road bike1 year 9 weeks ago@Mingsta - those Italia

    @Mingsta - those Italia colour schemes are indeed lovely looking.

  • Wheels and Weight Distribution1 year 9 weeks agomovingtarget

    movingtarget wrote:
    Interesting questions. I've never had issues with front wheel wobble on fast descents but my husband did with his Masi. On descents in excess of 25 mph the front end would shudder violently to the point where he felt he'd be thrown off the bike. Ultimately the LBS where he bought it discovered a crack on the carbon fork where it went into the head tube. But I doubt that's what's going on with your bike as something structural like that shouldn't change based on your wheelset I would think.

    In terms of weight distribution, I've found that when I'm on a steep (>10% grade) I feel more stable when I'm in the drops because it lowers my center of gravity so I can control the bike better with minute weight shifts, especially in turns, and I go faster because it's a more aero position. When I'm on the drops it definitely feels more squirrelly to me as I'm pushed around by the wind more and I just feel more tippy. I would assume that the physics of lowering your body shifts your weight balance as it pushes you slightly back on your rear wheel but still maintains enough weight in front so that you don't get that unbalanced feeling like the front wheel is going to wiggle out from under you. Theoretically, if you shift your weight too far forward there's not only the risk of end-overing the bars but also having the rear wheel slip out from under you as there's not enough weight on it (similar to how you can fishtail when standing up on climbs as your weight shifts mainly to the front) Is this similar to what you've felt with the wobble?

    Here's also a much more eloquent article with tips from Antonio Cruz about descending position and front/rear body weight positioning http://www.bicycling.com/beginners/bike-skills/descend-rocket

    I don't think it's the fork on that frameset. I do agree about the position on the bars - I shift to the drops as the speed increases and agree that the handling improves. Previously, I was concentrating on keep my arms relaxed, but perhaps took too much weight off them, leaving the front too light.

    It's weird, because the advice I read re descending is to hang back on the bike and take the weight into my feet and off the saddle slightly, but I find that both of these decrease my stability - of the front and the mid-section of the bike respectively. I find that if I concentrate my weight on the saddle and the bars and keep my feet at the horizontal pedal position, that's the best I can find so far. Cruz's article lists all the things my rational self knows, but that I sometimes find difficult to practice. (Or, as Steve Peters might say, my inner chimp keeps getting in the way of the computer!)

    Yorkshie Whippet wrote:
    Is it the frame characteristics? Planet X Carbon Pros are known for having vague steering at speed. For years I thought it was me or the wheels. I now happily ride the same wheels off my Ridley.

    If you look at the physics, centrifugal forces will be higher on a heavier rim and there for the stability on the bike is increase. Think of a flywheel or even spin a wheel in you hand and try to alter it's angle. Therefore a light rim may wander at speed and any input could result in over compensation and a wobble.

    Weight distribution, the idea of shifting weight back I think is to allow the front wheel to follow it's own track to a point. Also under braking it allows your body to move forward without feeling like you are going over the bars.

    Like with most things bikewise, experiment and find what feels right for you. Ultimately, if you have confidence you will go faster.

    Well you could have a point about that frame - it's essentially a generic far-east thing. I bought it from Graham Weigh in Deeside, but as the guy there said, it's basically the same frame as sold by Dolan, Ribble, Planet-X and a host of others. I suppose I should swap the tyres/tubes from the Bontragers and see how the Mavics feel on the Trek. I have also thought it was me, so I'd be quite happy if it turned out to be the frame!

  • Lance Armstrong stripped of Legion d'Honneur, plus date set for sworn testimony1 year 9 weeks agoanarchy wrote:Sorry Farrell

    anarchy wrote:
    Sorry Farrell that was uncalled for.

    I have thicker skin than to be offended by some internutters attempts at humour.

    anarchy wrote:
    sadly now more famous for being the worst cheat in the history of all humanity, and an all round scumbag than for actually winning anything, and rightly vilified by all right minded people.

    He's not, the vast majority of people remember him as a Tour de France winner. You're average person on the street won't have a clue who Emma O'Reilly or Betsy Andreu even are let alone what happened with them.

    As much as you dislike it, the truth is that he is, and will be, remembered as a champion bike rider.

    anarchy wrote:
    Anyone who still defends him should be sympathised with, not mocked, no matter how hard that is to do

    I have the same approach with stupid people, hence my replies. I'll even help you out a little bit by asking the very leading question of "Where have I defended Lance Armstrong"?

    I find people who scream hysterical nonsense about Lance Armstrong equally as bad as his unquestioning fan boys. Unless of course you scream equally as hysterically about every single other cyclist in history who doped, then I just wonder why you still have an interest in cycling at all.

  • Don't take bikes to watch Tour in Yorkshire, say local train companies1 year 9 weeks agoI've often thought that when

    I've often thought that when rail companies do stuff like this (e.g. then ban on bikes coming back from Brighton on the day of the BHF L2B) they are missing a trick. Get a guard's van (or something) a load of hooks on the roof, £5 a time for cycle carriage and it's a wad of cash. But no, that would require thinking and planning so they choose to make things difficult.

  • STRAVA - - - - DELETED -- BYE BYE!1 year 9 weeks agoSimon E wrote: And is Strava

    Simon E wrote:

    And is Strava really so inferior to having someone time your effort with a stopwatch?

    Good point, TTers pick "fast courses", what they actually mean is flat busy dual carriageways where you get a tow off the passing trucks. Is this cheating?

    If you win on the day you won, anything else, pb's etc. what are you proving? Does a pb mean you are fitter/stronger, or does it mean that on the day conditions were better.

  • Wiltshire Police arrest driver after video of car swerving at cyclist goes viral1 year 9 weeks agoThere is less chance of

    There is less chance of anything happening to the driver than there is of England winning the World Cup.

  • Wiltshire Police arrest driver after video of car swerving at cyclist goes viral1 year 9 weeks agoI think the point is...

    I think the point is... 'may', they 'may' be guilty of an offence.

    They 'should' IMO be guilty of perverting the course of justice as standard. What reason could there be for this not being the case?

  • Giro stage 12 ITT1 year 9 weeks agoJust 20 points for

    Just 20 points for me

    Malori
    Castroviejo
    Monfort
    Rogers
    Kelderman
    Evans
    Uran
    Majka
    Arredondo

    Seem to have a couple not many others have from teams posted, but then I lack a couple others do have such as Ludvigsson (was worried about the length and couldn't quite afford) and De Gendt who is too inconsistent. Monfort could be the one for me, he is still in the GC hunt for a top 10 so will want to go well.

    The thing with Malori is if he isn't too injured then he will go well, and it would be a big risk in my opinion to leave him out. or me you loose less by having him and him not doing so well, than not having him and him coming home top 3

  • Wiltshire Police arrest driver after video of car swerving at cyclist goes viral1 year 9 weeks agoWhat strikes me as odd is

    What strikes me as odd is that if you threaten someone on Twitter, the police are all over it. If you threaten someone on the road then ... meh.

  • Lance Armstrong stripped of Legion d'Honneur, plus date set for sworn testimony1 year 9 weeks agofarrell wrote:anarchy

    farrell wrote:
    anarchy wrote:
    Farrell, how does his knob taste?

    I've no idea, why are you so interested in what his genitals taste like?

    Your Momma

  • Lance Armstrong stripped of Legion d'Honneur, plus date set for sworn testimony1 year 9 weeks agoSorry Farrell that was

    Sorry Farrell that was uncalled for.

    Lance is certainly one of the most recognised ex sportsmen on the planet, sadly now more famous for being the worst cheat in the history of all humanity, and an all round scumbag than for actually winning anything, and rightly vilified by all right minded people.

    Anyone who still defends him should be sympathised with, not mocked, no matter how hard that is to do

  • Cervelo s3 2014 di21 year 9 weeks agoI have the s3 without the

    I have the s3 without the Di2. Like SamShaw says, at about 7kg total weight it climbs brillantly. I think once you get to that weight of a bike the only real thing to worry about is the power/legs of the rider. It's a quick bike, handles well and I love it. Although I've not ridden at lot of nice bikes so can't give you a detailed brief on how stiff it is compared to a canyon. Also if the Garmin team are using it more than the R5 for all but the really brutal stages it must be quite tidy.

  • Lance Armstrong stripped of Legion d'Honneur, plus date set for sworn testimony1 year 9 weeks agoanarchy wrote:Farrell, how

    anarchy wrote:
    Farrell, how does his knob taste?

    I've no idea, why are you so interested in what his genitals taste like?

  • Wiltshire Police arrest driver after video of car swerving at cyclist goes viral1 year 9 weeks agoJimmy Ray Will wrote: Police

    Jimmy Ray Will wrote:

    Police officer: "OK, fair enough, looks like the drivers got lucky and got away with it this time... thanks for your help, you go have a great day"

    How... just how can this be OK?

    That's not entirely accurate though as regards the justice system - if the registered keeper fails to provide details on request that would help identify the driver, then they may be guilty of an offence under the RTA 1988.

  • Colnago C60 road bike1 year 9 weeks agoI agree with you, but look at

    I agree with you, but look at this!

    https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t31.0-8/10295458_562790457170610_5765632795617526300_o.jpg

  • STRAVA - - - - DELETED -- BYE BYE!1 year 9 weeks agoIngloriousLou wrote:andyp

    IngloriousLou wrote:
    andyp wrote:

    It's very good for tracking your *own* progress. But the whole KoM thing...those people who put their 'stats' in their signatures...is pretty pitiful.

    Whatever Smile It's just a bit of fun.

    +1.

    If people have fun or gain motivation to ride more thanks to Strava then that's great.

    Equally if it becomes a chore or doesn't interest you that's fine too.

    Perhaps andyp thinks competitiveness in this format isn't legitimate; that trying to get KoM on a segment is childish, even though we all like reading of the pro riders' times up famous climbs.

    And is Strava really so inferior to having someone time your effort with a stopwatch?

    @bfslxo - you could always keep an old fashioned training diary like Tom Southam and many others:
    http://rouleur.cc/journal/racing/training-diaries

  • Kickstarter roundup: Clug, D-Key and Upper Wheel Fairings1 year 9 weeks agoAgreed about the nullwinds

    Agreed about the nullwinds being ugly, they also seem like an odd design only covering the upper part of the wheel, if it was more of a complete wheel cover with perhaps some kind of venting design to reduce side wind effects it would work a little more. as it would always be facing the same way into the wind the vents could be angled in a more extreme way than on something that has to rotate, and would maybe relieve pressure from the inside of it too.

  • Pactimo Breckenridge WX-D Jacket1 year 9 weeks agoFor a jacket that is likely

    For a jacket that is likely to normally be worn in dull to dark conditions why is the only option black? I'm not after high viz yellow but black is not a good colour in rainy conditions yet is usually the only colour option.

  • Kickstarter roundup: Clug, D-Key and Upper Wheel Fairings1 year 9 weeks agoClug - Great idea and

    Clug - Great idea and sensibly priced

    Allen Key - Solution to a problem that doesn't matter to most

    Fairings - You are having a laugh....right??

  • Don't take bikes to watch Tour in Yorkshire, say local train companies1 year 9 weeks agoQuote:ATOC said that its

    Quote:
    ATOC said that its members had decided not to ban bicycles outright from Friday 4 July to Sunday 6 July

    ...but we'll just make it as difficult as possible so that it has pretty much the same effect as an outright ban.

  • Lance Armstrong stripped of Legion d'Honneur, plus date set for sworn testimony1 year 9 weeks agoFarrell, how does his knob

    Farrell, how does his knob taste?

  • Lance Armstrong stripped of Legion d'Honneur, plus date set for sworn testimony1 year 9 weeks agoanarchy wrote:Was farrell

    anarchy wrote:
    Was
    farrell wrote:
    don simon wrote:
    Who?

    Lance Armstrong - Probably one of the worlds most recognisable sportspeople and definitely the most famous cyclist on the planet.


    Now universally recognised as just some d***head loser

    Not really, no matter how many times you repeat it.

  • Giro stage 12 ITT1 year 9 weeks agoSix transfers (40 penalty

    Six transfers (40 penalty points). Not sure what my aim is now for the rest of the race, yesterday was a disaster so I'm totally out of the running for a decent overall position. Might stage hunt or may just try and pull myself up into the top 100.

    Anyway:

    Evans
    De Gendt
    Ludvigsson
    Kelderman
    Malori
    Castroviejo
    Zoidl
    Pozzovivo
    Colli