• Catalunya Stage 11 year 8 weeks agoMezgec, Howard,

    Mezgec, Howard, Alaphillipe

    2+3 for me

  • Garmin Touring vs 8101 year 8 weeks agoI'm looking at similar prices

    I'm looking at similar prices on the 800 and Touring models.
    I will be using it for a cycle holiday....and I like the idea of saying "find me a 30km ride from here".
    Does that mean I really should stick with the Touring ?
    I am not so interested in cadence & performance....
    It looks like the hardware is identical, but they have 'tweaks' to the software.

    Any thoughts ?
    thanks!

  • Catalunya Stage 11 year 8 weeks agoJust to pile on the pain, I

    Just to pile on the pain, I swapped out Alaphilippe for Agnoli from my purist team this morning Sad

  • Catalunya Stage 11 year 8 weeks agoMezgec wins, Howard second.

    Mezgec wins, Howard second.

  • Catalunya Stage 11 year 8 weeks agoWinner Mezgec

    Winner Mezgec

  • Sergio Henao suspended by sky1 year 8 weeks agoHaha, you were right mate,

    Haha, you were right mate, but yeah....never mess with a Moo on a Monday is all I'm saying! Tongue

  • Sergio Henao suspended by sky1 year 8 weeks agoHaha, you were right mate,

    Haha, you were right mate, but yeah....never mess with a Moo on a Monday is all I'm saying! Tongue

  • SIlva Trail Speed Elite front light1 year 8 weeks agoSounds great on the trail,

    Sounds great on the trail, but on the road, indescriminately spraying 660 helmet mounted lumens into the eyes of other road users as a rider looks this way and that, is completely bonkers.

    Inappropriate use (or indeed endorsement) of lights doesn't do cycling any favours.

  • Not in my FRONT yard: Hinckley residents oppose cycle path... because it may stop them parking on the pavement1 year 8 weeks agoFluffyKittenofTindalos

    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:
    Saratoga wrote:
    "I also think it would lead to people getting rid of their front gardens to create drives."
    Well we can't have people parking their cars on their own property can we...

    I believe the problem with that is, when everyone does it, it greatly increases water run-off and so increases problems with the drains being overwhelmed, hence increasing flooding risk. Or so I have read.

    Surely this is a solvable problem? You don't have to pave the whole garden, just two strips for the wheels. Rest can be grass, trees and bushes at the edges to soak up water.

  • Catalunya Stage 11 year 8 weeks agoHardy Kelderman Cherel gone

    Hardy
    Kelderman
    Cherel
    gone off the front with 15km to go
    splits in the peloton

  • Not in my FRONT yard: Hinckley residents oppose cycle path... because it may stop them parking on the pavement1 year 8 weeks agoFluffyKittenofTindalos

    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:

    Now I come to think of it, I have seen the figures out there somewhere on the web - I recall they show car-ownership has increased hugely in most of the country, with a particularly marked increase in multi-car households (I think if anything its even more about people with cars getting more of them than about non-car owners getting cars). But inner London is the massive exception, as there car ownership has significantly declined.

    That does make sense, I'll have to look into this sometime. Of course most of us are part of the problem as well when it comes to parking. Car ownership is just as higher or even higher amongst cyclists. I may not take part in the insane pastime of clogging up the centre of London with my car, but I still need to park the thing somewhere when I'm not using it (I have a private off road space, but just making a point).

  • Not in my FRONT yard: Hinckley residents oppose cycle path... because it may stop them parking on the pavement1 year 8 weeks agoFluffyKittenofTindalos

    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:

    Now I come to think of it, I have seen the figures out there somewhere on the web - I recall they show car-ownership has increased hugely in most of the country, with a particularly marked increase in multi-car households (I think if anything its even more about people with cars getting more of them than about non-car owners getting cars). But inner London is the massive exception, as there car ownership has significantly declined.

    That does make sense, I'll have to look into this sometime. Of course most of us are part of the problem as well when it comes to parking. Car ownership is just as higher or even higher amongst cyclists. I may not take part in the insane pastime of clogging up the centre of London with my car, but I still need to park the thing somewhere when I'm not using it (I have a private off road space, but just making a point).

  • Catalunya Stage 11 year 8 weeks agoCat 3 1 Brambilla 2

    Cat 3
    1 Brambilla
    2 Arredondo
    3 Maertens

  • Sergio Henao suspended by sky1 year 8 weeks agoAll it was missing was a

    All it was missing was a 70's-style Batman pic complete with "KABLAM!" caption.

    There was me thinking that Mooleur's "Face. Palm." post was basically a way of bowing out of the argument becuase she couldn't be arsed arguing with a brick wall. You came back with a vengeance there, no?! Laughing

  • Catalunya Stage 11 year 8 weeks agoBreak caught

    Break caught

  • Not in my FRONT yard: Hinckley residents oppose cycle path... because it may stop them parking on the pavement1 year 8 weeks agoFluffyKittenofTindalos

    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:
    pmanc wrote:
    Neil753 wrote:
    ...the parking space required per house is increasing all the time...

    But that's the problem, this isn't sustainable. The requirement eats into the safe public space which would have previously been available for walking and playing. And still people behave as if the world owes them as much parking space as they feel they need.

    But how can the trend be reversed?

    Tax the fuck out of private cars and invest the money in public transport. Obviously, on an individual level people are too thick to figure it out for themselves, already feel oppressed by the government and "ecologists", so you don't lose any popularity points for implementing what they already believe to be the case. They won't thank anyone for it, but they whinge about everything anyway.

  • Wheels, wheels, wheels1 year 8 weeks agoOliver Duffy wrote:Thanks for

    Oliver Duffy wrote:
    Thanks for the advice. id love my lbs to be able to build be a set but I live in Northampton, it would appear Northampton is a bermuda triangle for decent bike shops. very frustrating. fulcrums may be the way forward then!

    Only just seen this as looking at getting a new set of wheels myself. Get yourself over to AJ Cycles in Higham! They are by far the best best shop around.

    Always get good honest advice, helpful service and good value.

  • Wife of cyclist severely disabled by Met police car answering 999 call sues police force - who say they weren't at fault1 year 8 weeks agoQuote:They thought he would

    Quote:
    They thought he would be completely brain damaged but he’s re-learning how to do things despite the fact he’s still incredibly disabled.

    Good on him.

    And shame on the Met for dragging his wife through the legal system.

    Am not interested in Starsky & Hutch speeding to "a report of a shooting".

  • Catalunya Stage 11 year 8 weeks agoTxurruka has bridged the gap

    Txurruka has bridged the gap going up the cat3

  • Editing Other Peoples Routes/Courses/Maps1 year 8 weeks agoPlus 1 for plot a route,

    Plus 1 for plot a route, excellent platform

  • Shimano Ultegra 6800 groupset1 year 8 weeks agoWow, Road.cc, did you just

    Wow, Road.cc, did you just give a positive review for a groupset that isn't electronic, hydraulic OR disc? Are you feeling ok?

  • Not in my FRONT yard: Hinckley residents oppose cycle path... because it may stop them parking on the pavement1 year 8 weeks agobikebot wrote:Neil753 wrote:

    bikebot wrote:
    Neil753 wrote:
    so the parking space required per house is increasing all the time

    It would be interesting to know if that's actually true at a national level. I'm pretty certain London has actually seen that trend reverse slightly. Private car ownership appears to be in decline amongst the young here because it's simply so expensive once you factor in insurance costs.

    Most new housing in London is usually required to have fewer parking spaces than residents. My own borough seems to be fixated with installing as many sheffield stands for bikes as it possibly can, even though you would be insane to use them after dark. Anytime I see a bike left at one overnight, it's stripped of parts by the morning.

    Now I come to think of it, I have seen the figures out there somewhere on the web - I recall they show car-ownership has increased hugely in most of the country, with a particularly marked increase in multi-car households (I think if anything its even more about people with cars getting more of them than about non-car owners getting cars). But inner London is the massive exception, as there car ownership has significantly declined.

  • Catalunya Stage 11 year 8 weeks agoCat 1 1 Lemarchand 2 Vallee 3

    Cat 1
    1 Lemarchand
    2 Vallee
    3 Txurruka...

  • Not in my FRONT yard: Hinckley residents oppose cycle path... because it may stop them parking on the pavement1 year 8 weeks agoSaratoga wrote:"I also think

    Saratoga wrote:
    "I also think it would lead to people getting rid of their front gardens to create drives."
    Well we can't have people parking their cars on their own property can we...

    I believe the problem with that is, when everyone does it, it greatly increases water run-off and so increases problems with the drains being overwhelmed, hence increasing flooding risk. Or so I have read.

  • New to Road cycling...1 year 8 weeks agoHi Hamish, welcome and as

    Hi Hamish, welcome and as someone said above, prepare to have your wallet raided!

    I wouldn't worry about brands and groupsets at this stage, to be honest. If you focus on finding a decent shop that doesn't seem to just want to sell you whatever they can, then most of this stuff will pick itself through a logical process - if your shop stocks Giant, then make no mistake, they are good bikes. In fact, there a very few poor bikes around, provided you go to a proper bike shop. Once your budget and type of riding is known, the staff should be able to recommend a model to suit.

    Other stuff:
    1. Broadly speaking, there tends to be a few different types of road bike - 'race' bikes, 'sportive' bikes, then infinite shades of grey around Tourers, commuters, cyclocross bikes that all claim to be a 'do it all' bike. These 'types' refer to things like the geometry (i.e. more racey = flatter and more stretched out body position when riding), allowances for rack and mudguards, tyre width, whether the tyres are slick or knobbly, the sizes and number of gears provided etc. This can go on and on into disc brakes, tubing materials, blah blah...

    Road bikes are most commonly built from aluminium or carbon fibre, so you'll find that each range has, for example, a racey model and a sportive model in alu, then again with different names, in carbon. So Specialized has the racey range with the alu Allez and the carbon Tarmac, then it has the sportive range, with the alu Secteur and the carbon Roubaix. Each bike is offered in different levels of spec depending on your budget - can you tell us what that is? (Don't feel funny about owning up to what you think may be too little or too much to spend!)

    Some things I learned:

    More important than any kit or materials used, is the fit. Make sure the shop will fit you to your new bike.

    Fit isn't a one-time thing, it's a process. Don't worry if 6 months down the line, you're thinking the fit isn't quite right - your body adapts to the riding and changes as a result.

    If I could go back and start again, I'd buy aluminium first time round - this is because once bitten by the bug, you'll want a second bike, and your first will get relegated to poor weather or commuting. You may not think this now, but the thing is, position and kit preferences are so subjective, that 12 months down the line you'll be getting a feel for the kit you really want based on your experience, and it won't be the same as you've already bought. It's also partly because good alu tends to be better than cheap carbon for around the same price.

    Feel free to use trainers and flat pedals while you get used to the bike. Clipless are brilliant, but they only really come into their own when you want to learn efficient pedalling technique.

    With regard to kit, I'd try and keep it to a sensible set:
    Base layer, fingerless and full finger gloves
    Winter jersey/bibtights
    windproof packable rain jacket
    summer jersey/bibshorts/armwarmers
    helmet should you choose to wear one
    Pedals and shoes - these come in various systems with associated pros and cons - influencing factors would include any history of knee pain, type of riding, whether you want to be able to walk properly in the shoes, ease of use, cost etc

    If you can tell us your area, you may find someone can recommend a local shop. Something like a Specialized Secteur (alu, relaxed geometry) would probably be ideal from what you have said (some nice paint jobs now too!). If I recall correctly, the Merida 'Ride' series are aimed at the same type of riding.

    Always fun, buying a new bike!