• Rapha launch new training and racing collection1 year 15 weeks agoRacePace wrote:Would really

    RacePace wrote:
    Would really like to see someone wearing those deep winter socks with shorts, that would be special!

    Seen one or two riders recently sporting a very long socks and shorts combo. I just assumed they were triathletes. Wink

  • Mauro Santambrogio saved from suicide bid by outpouring of support on Twitter1 year 15 weeks agoAttention seeking. Somebody

    Attention seeking. Somebody who wants to end their life will do so. He has no place in cycling. He's a thief, and the wind changed direction many years ago in cycling. He is not the equivalent of Pantani or VDB who arguably fell very hard on their swords when all around them were doing the same thing.

  • Rapha launch new training and racing collection1 year 15 weeks agoWould really like to see

    Would really like to see someone wearing those deep winter socks with shorts, that would be special!

  • Rapha launch new training and racing collection1 year 15 weeks agoNot sure about that old gold,

    Not sure about that old gold, really like the Rapha Orange though, the Pro Jacket is really nice.

  • Brian Cookson sums up his first two weeks as UCI president1 year 15 weeks agoSurely women's teams had have

    Surely women's teams had have have an average age of 28 or less, not exactly 28?

  • Continental 4000s vs. 4 Season? 23 vs. 20?1 year 15 weeks agoColin, for what it is worth,

    Colin, for what it is worth, I have been riding 4-Seasons for several years now. My carbon fibre Wilier is shod with 23mm 4-Seasons and my winter 531-DB Ken Bird is shod with 25mm 4-Seasons. I wish I could say I have tried the 4000s, but I cannot lie. I did use the Attack/Force 20/22 combo a few summers ago. They were great but the front punctured too frequently and they wore out way too quickly. Nice ride, though and they do a wider combo now. 4-Seasons are pretty fast enough for me ... great in the wet, (almost) indestructible and last ages. Even at my age, I still manage a few KOMs on Strava, so 4-Seasons are certainly fast enough, although some are on my Forme Longcliffe 1 which actually has (surprisingly) good bottom-of-their-range Schwalbes ... not lasting as well as the 4-Seasons, but quite impressive nonetheless.
    Sounds like I could be less of a lazy so-and-so in the summer and go faster with the 4000s, perhaps ... next year ???

  • Setting the bar high1 year 15 weeks agoI have two road bikes one, a

    I have two road bikes one, a cyclo-cross has a raised stem and washers, it's great for mile munching country lanes and tracks. The other is a classic road bike set up and brilliant for a good, hard and thrash.

    I've also got a hybrid with hub gears and flat bars, ideal for winter commuting.

    The point is I enjoy riding anyone of them depending on weather conditions and what I feel like. And, I really couldn't give a XXXX for what anyone else thinks I or my bikes look like.

  • Setting the bar high1 year 15 weeks agoI have two road bikes one, a

    I have two road bikes one, a cyclo-cross has a raised stem and washers, it's great for mile munching country lanes and tracks. The other is a classic road bike set up and brilliant for a good, hard and thrash.

    I've also got a hybrid with hub gears and flat bars, ideal for winter commuting.

    The point is I enjoy riding anyone of them depending on weather conditions and what I feel like. And, I really couldn't give a XXXX for what anyone else thinks I or my bikes look like.

  • Level crossing near-miss cyclist interviewed by police1 year 15 weeks agoPondo wrote:mr-andrew

    Pondo wrote:
    mr-andrew wrote:
    She didn't endanger anyone else and that is really the most important thing.

    Well - she did, didn't she? What if she didn't manage to stop? The train had to do an emergency stop, which must be an injury risk for people on board. If she hadn't stopped, as well as the danger to herself, there's the psychological damage it would have caused the driver and bystanders, as well as the risk of bits of bike and person being fired away from the train hitting people, and heaven forbid someone tried to stop her and mistimed their grab or leap. I don't think you can say no-one was at risk by virtue of the fact no-one got hurt.

    Emergency train stops are like braking with your feet. Passengers in trains get hurt when the train hits something very big and heavy (like another train) or derails, not during emergency stops or when hitting a tiny little bike or a slightly less tiny car. The difference in mass is enormous.

    Secondly, during an accident, the bits go in the direction the train is moving to, perpendicular to the road. This is not typically a spot where bystanders are. The chance of such an accident killing or injuring anyone but her is really very low.

  • Strava launch Route Builder1 year 15 weeks agoJust pulling your leg a bit

    Just pulling your leg a bit mate, slow Friday at the office! I found it a bit stubborn as well, but you can bend it to your will, maybe change your starting point if you know the area well anyway.

  • Setting the bar high1 year 15 weeks agoEach to their own. Everyone

    Each to their own. Everyone has a different build and a position they find comfortable.

    I suffer with sciatica and find a stretched position works best for me. My summer bike is fairly slammed with a longish stem, my winter bike is less slammed but still with a longish stem.

    I don't like it when you've got a Velominati victim, who rides with a slammed stem, because 'the Rules' say so and then insists on tilting their handlebars upwards to compensate making the brake hoods look all wrong.

    PS I don't like the term sportive bike. It makes it sound as though it's especially designed for large bellied Mamils who can't get down low because of their gut.

  • Dragon Ride: entries open 9am Thursday1 year 15 weeks agoThis is a great event but

    This is a great event but spoiIt for me the timing fiasco of a couple of years ago. Last year I entered the ballot and didnt get a place which also annoyed me. Why should you have to pay extra for a guaranteed place if you have made the effort to apply on time in the first place ?
    I haven't bothered this year.... there are better things to do on a bike as suggested above !
    Try the Etape, Marmotte or especially the Maratona. Last year I rode the Paris Roubaix Challenge, from memory it was 25 Euros !

  • Strava launch Route Builder1 year 15 weeks agoOh, well now I do look

    Oh, well now I do look silly

    My initial impression with route builder has faded - it doesn't want to route out of my estate without going down the dual carriageway and the long way around town way, rather than the half mile road to the country lane at the end, which is really annoying. Think I might just stick to bikehike

  • National Rail app adds bike info functions1 year 15 weeks agoIts ok having it all booked,

    Its ok having it all booked, then they cancel your train and put you on another from York and people put luggage in the cycle spaces on a packed train so you have to stand with your bike in the doorway of the carriage for 2hrs, then every time the train stops you have to get off onto the platform and the people getting on ignore you trying to get back on and wont move,
    The whole system is a joke should take away all the seating on trains in favour of cycle spaces and wait to listen to the uproar.
    I would be prepared to pay to put my bike on if I was guaranteed a space for it and a seat.

  • US Postal dilemma1 year 15 weeks agoJust get it worn ! I think

    Just get it worn ! I think that due to the notoriety of LA his kit is kind of cool.

    The bad guys always wore the nicest threads - PDM, Telekom, TVM, Mapei, USPS.

    I've got a similar stash. I have the advantage that I buy and sell vintage jerseys so come across quite a few. I've still got the first jersey I ever bought a Panasonic Isostar back in the late eighties and still can squeeze into it.

    I always give the nod to anyone else on a bike regardless of what they are riding or wearing and have struck up some great conversations in the past.

    Each to their own.

    ride safe,

    Paul

  • Setting the bar high1 year 15 weeks agoAs a relative newcomer to

    As a relative newcomer to Road Riding within the last 3 years, but a Mountain Biker of 18 years, I was quite shocked initially by some "seasoned" riders views on the bikes that some people buy (ie. those labelled as "Sportive" geometry). Surely you buy what suits your purpose and desired intentions, something which mountain bikers seem to understand far better I think (most MTBer's I know have mid travel full suspension bikes, or hardtails with a mid travel suspension fork on, not full on race rep XC bikes or DH sleds, and this is very typical).

    One thing I did find though was that my "Sportive" geometry Giant Defy was absolutely perfect for me to start with, but quite quickly I gained some flexibility in my hips and found that I dropped the stem, first 5mm, then 10, and finally settled on 15mm, within about a month. When I swapped the Defy out for my current bike, I was conscious to make sure I was not looking at bikes with a taller head tube, otherwise I would not be able to get the stem low enough for my new found preference. Don't get me wrong, my stem height is still higher than Chris Froome's comfortably, and I'm 3 inches shorter than him, but it's comfortable for me and I think, that is the crux of the whole thing!

    EDIT: I don't really like the use of Sportive to define a bikes geometry, but it seems that is what the industry has adopted!

  • Inquest finds accidental death after policeman crashes on Greenhow Hill1 year 15 weeks agoRode this route recently a

    Rode this route recently a local stopped and warned us of how dangerous the hill is. It was wet and windy so took extra care but can understand if someone went at it a bit too hard.
    Sad to hear of any death especially on a recognised cycle route.

  • Mauro Santambrogio saved from suicide bid by outpouring of support on Twitter1 year 15 weeks agoForget everything else, if he

    Forget everything else, if he was close to ending his life and the response of other people to his tweet stopped him from doing so, that's a good thing and I'm pleased that at the end of the day he hasn't done it. Still a human being.

  • Mauro Santambrogio saved from suicide bid by outpouring of support on Twitter1 year 15 weeks ago“I have to do it and I will
    “I have to do it and I will do it to win this race. Thank you.”

    I read this as meaning keep living and beat the psychological problem he seems to have.

  • Strava launch Route Builder1 year 15 weeks agoI'm not a premium user and I

    I'm not a premium user and I used it last week for my ride last Sunday.

    Now who looks silly?

    In all seriousness though, I would love to see my routes available on my smartphone, I don't think that's too much of a leap.

  • Tour of Beijing Stage 11 year 15 weeks agoWrong Argos(Veelers instead

    Wrong Argos(Veelers instead of Mezgec)
    Wrong OPQS(Stybar instead of Maes/Petacchi)

    Other than that pretty happy with 80 pts considering I set up for stage 2 anyway.....Thor winning a day early!!

    I'll probably make my changes for stage 2 now due to the start times and go Matthews and Wauters in for Viviani and Ferrari.

  • Setting the bar high1 year 15 weeks agoFirst and foremost you need a

    First and foremost you need a bike that fits. And the stem height is all part of that. If you don't have the hip flexibility you won't be doing yourself any favours by curling yourself into the low stem height. Many desk jockeys who ride a bike at weekends are likely to have short hip flexors and a tilted pelvis. This means that they are already at physiological disadvantage when reaching for the stem. No amount of forcing yourself into that position is going to help (in fact just the reverse - you'll stretch your back and lose core integrity). Start off regaining hip stability, hamstring length and regain the flexibility. THEN you can start to slam the stem. You'll notice from a slammed position if you are losing power, if not because of the pain.

  • Strava launch Route Builder1 year 15 weeks agomikeprytherch wrote:It's been

    mikeprytherch wrote:
    It's been there for over a month, nice to see you guys are on the ball !,

    It was only available to premium members at first. As of today it's available to all members. Now who looks silly

  • Tour of Beijing Stage 11 year 15 weeks agoThat's a pleasant surprise -

    That's a pleasant surprise - my first stage victory! I've missed a few races/stages recently (e.g. Binche-Chimay-Binche which I'd never heard of), but I'm glad I remembered to put a team in for Beijing.

  • Setting the bar high1 year 15 weeks agoMmmmm ... Drillium ...

    Mmmmm ... Drillium ...