• Advice on buying a TT bike1 year 19 weeks agoSimon E wrote:I would spend

    Simon E wrote:
    I would spend the money on wheels, a skinsuit and an aero helmet.

    £1200 isn't going to buy you anything special. An inferior (heavier?) bike with budget wheels won't make you faster. And how often will you race it? Just my tuppence...

    I quite agree, BUT, I have given up trying to explain this to people who come here asking like they have their mind made up.

    If it was me.

    I'd take the road bike you have, get a decent set of TT bars, a aero helmet and aero wheels

  • Advice on buying a TT bike1 year 19 weeks agoI would spend the money on

    I would spend the money on wheels, a skinsuit and an aero helmet.

    £1200 isn't going to buy you anything special. An inferior (heavier?) bike with budget wheels won't make you faster. And how often will you race it? Just my tuppence...

  • Looking for relatively light steel road bike with disc brakes, wide tyres & panniers1 year 19 weeks agoYou may also be interest in

    You may also be interest in Dave's review of the Alfine hub
    http://road.cc/content/review/27971-shimano-alfine-11-hub-and-shifter

  • groupsets???1 year 19 weeks agoHi If you are mechanically

    Hi
    If you are mechanically minded i,d go for sram , but if not go for ultegra di2 once set up it goes on and on and on, if goes out of sinc takes seconds to put right

  • Looking for relatively light steel road bike with disc brakes, wide tyres & panniers1 year 19 weeks agoI don't see a weight for the

    I don't see a weight for the Croix De Fer, but looking at the pictures, it is disc brake compatible.

    I was about to suggest the same thing as Simon, The Day One 11 looks like your perfect bike apart from it being Alfine and not Rohloff.

    So going on that, the RRP is £1750. Lets just say you bought it and didn't like the Alfine, its made for hub gearing, switching to Rohloff wouldn't be a big change. The Alfine hub is around £400 just now. So if you were to sell it, laced into a wheel ready to go, you'd likely get £300+ back for it towards a Rohloff set up.

    Coming in under £3k I would guess.

    But as for £6k custom Ti bike, you can pick up something in your spec, pre build for under £4k

    I shall do some more searching, I gave Rob Penn a tweet as I know he's been on the forum before, he may drop by with some advice.... Big Grin

  • Help, Training Advice Needed??1 year 19 weeks agoIf you can do 50 miles then

    If you can do 50 miles then you can do 60. Remember to pace yourself and eat & drink adequately. Hopefully you've found what food works for you during your training rides.

    Intense intervals won't really help, just try to get some decent rides in, you won't have lost much in a couple of weeks. If the route is particularly hilly then make sure you include similar climbs in your rides if you can. But don't wear yourself out, that's counterproductive.

  • David Millar: Armstrong deceit is heavy burden on young riders1 year 19 weeks agoPot calling kettle!!!

    Pot calling kettle!!!

  • Tour de France director: Britain has helped put cycling on world stage1 year 19 weeks ago"You're Belgian's who speak

    "You're Belgian's who speak English"...if Prudhomme had said that to most Brits they might have been insulted but as a cyclist I'll take that as a complement.

  • First road bike1 year 19 weeks agoHi all. Just thought I'd let

    Hi all. Just thought I'd let you know the outcome. I settled on a 2012 Giant Defy 2 as it just came into my budget but when I phoned up they didn't have my size anymore. It worked out OK in the end as they sold me a 2013 model for the same price as the 2012 one! Smile
    Thanks for al the advice :

  • Looking for relatively light steel road bike with disc brakes, wide tyres & panniers1 year 19 weeks agoQuote:I've spent weeks

    Quote:
    I've spent weeks researching this and can't find what I want without spending a fortune.

    Because the spec you want costs a fortune.

    Either compromise on your list of requirements or accept the cost and do it. A steel frame, hub gear, discs and panniers all add weight as well as cost.

    Rohloff hub is very expensive but appears to attract fewer complaints than Alfine 11 hub. There may be lots of happy Alfine owners with On-One or Genesis Day One bikes (are there? I've no idea). Could you later fit a Rohloff to the Day One if it fails to live up to expectations?

  • Looking for relatively light steel road bike with disc brakes, wide tyres & panniers1 year 19 weeks agoWow great replies already,

    Wow great replies already, thanks guys Smile

    Gkam84 wrote:
    Right, this is the kind of challenge I enjoy lots.

    So you WANT....

    Steel
    Light
    Disc Brakes (mechanical or hydraulic)??
    Decent width tyres (35c as an example or around that)??
    Mounts for mud guard and panniers
    Rohloff gearing.

    That it??

    I'm guessing this will be for touring, do you want drop bars, flat bars....etc?

    I'm sure there would be a bike out there with all that, but as you say, its going to cost a bomb.

    Why not start with something like this and build your way up??

    http://www.genesisbikes.co.uk/bikes/frames/croix-de-fer/croix-de-fer

    That Genesis could work, although I can't find a frame weight or any info on whether it supports discs at a glance?

    I'm not too fussed about mechanical or hydraulic disc brakes, although the lack of need to regularly realign the brakes makes me lean towards hydraulic. Not a dealbreaker by any means tho.

    35c is an example but I'm not sure I'd like to go much smaller. I live in Rome at the moment but move around a lot so I need tyres that won't fall between cobbles & crevices. The 37c I have on my current heavy front suspension hybrid seem about right for a mix of versatility and relative speed.

    The bike's not really for touring - more fast commuting, getting around the city for social stuff and possibly the odd leisure ride.

    Gkam84 wrote:
    When you talk about an On One 11, do you mean Day One 11??

    http://www.genesisbikes.co.uk/bikes/cross/day-one/day-one-alfine-11

    The other thing you COULD think out, is a custom built steel frame....Have you read Rob Penn's - It's All About the Bike (The Pursuit of Happiness On Two Wheels)??

    NO.....Get it and read a bit before you go looking further...then ask him some questions. A very approachable guy.

    Finally, here are another few to look at under the touring section http://www.enigmabikes.com/bike-list.html

    If you want much lighter under 12kg, you are going to have to go for a Titanium bike I think Wink

    Yes, sorry, I meant the Day One 11.

    I have thought about a custom frame - I saw Rob Penn's TV programme which gave me the idea. (Not sure why I saw it - I wasn't in the least bit interested about custom bikes at the time!)

    In fact I messaged the guys who wrote Made in England last week, a book about custom bike builders, on Twitter asking whether I'd be able to get what I'm after without spending more than £3.5k. They said that with the £1,000 hub it wouldn't really be doable - more like £4.5k depending on what I put on it. But I don't want to scrimp on components either. So I think I'd rather go for the Thorn Mercury than a custom build.

    I really like the look of some of those Enigma bikes and their website is great - although I'm not convinced about their bike builder software. A configured an Ethos Rohloff just now and it came out as costing about £1800 and weighing 3.2kg. Obviously there's something missing there - the Rohloff for starters!! I'll take a closer look later though.

    Regarding titanium, before I'd set my mind on a steel frame I messaged a Santos dealer about a Santos bike listing my requirements and a budget of £3k and instead of coming back with a Santos he came back with a quote of £6k for a custom titanium frame as he felt that the Santos bikes wouldn't meet my requirements. That's just out of the question unfortunately.

    If you think I won't get a steel bike much below 12kg with Rohloff then I'll probably end up settling for the Mercury. It's not that I'm unhappy with a 12-13kg bike - I'm not into racing and although I'm slim I'd rather lose a couple of kilos body weight than spend thousands shaving grams here and there from the bike. I just want to make sure I can't get something lighter for my money.

  • Idiot driver - just need to vent1 year 19 weeks agoThanks Mancsi,it usually

    Thanks Mancsi,it usually shuts them up,last spring I was out training down near the A1,not far from Newark,in country lanes,coming up to a T junction where I was going to turn left,and this pratt turned Right on my side of the road,he was driving a powerful convertable,showing off to his young son.Fortunately I was not hit,he started the verbals by saying,"When you get a tax disc on that bike,then you can grumble."So I gave him my little ditty,he got really mad,but what I was not aware of was the two other cyclists who came along behind him,he turned tail and drove off.Have been riding and competing 57 yrs this year and still loving it,all the best my friend.Foxy Wink

  • Wireless computer with cadence ???1 year 19 weeks agotmr1980 wrote:Did you buy

    tmr1980 wrote:
    Did you buy either 2012 or 2013 tcr advanced bike? If so it comes with sensor built into the chain stays so you just need a computer?

    No, I had a good deal on a Giant TCR Advanced 1 ...2011, so no sensor.

  • Tiernan Locke quits Paris - Nice1 year 19 weeks agoI think we will only know if

    I think we will only know if JTL can cut at World Tour Level after the Ardennes classics; which should suit him and he may be a protected rider as Sky have few other options for those races.

    As for him being a Grand Tour contender he has said himself that he is unlikely ever to do well in one due to the time trials and long mountain passes.

  • Donkey Label The Pack Animal1 year 19 weeks ago'A lot more robust than a

    'A lot more robust than a freezer bag'

    It's a plastic bag that goes in your pocket, how robust does it need to be?

    Surprise

  • Looking for relatively light steel road bike with disc brakes, wide tyres & panniers1 year 19 weeks agoWhen you talk about an On One

    When you talk about an On One 11, do you mean Day One 11??

    http://www.genesisbikes.co.uk/bikes/cross/day-one/day-one-alfine-11

    The other thing you COULD think out, is a custom built steel frame....Have you read Rob Penn's - It's All About the Bike (The Pursuit of Happiness On Two Wheels)??

    NO.....Get it and read a bit before you go looking further...then ask him some questions. A very approachable guy.

    Finally, here are another few to look at under the touring section http://www.enigmabikes.com/bike-list.html

    If you want much lighter under 12kg, you are going to have to go for a Titanium bike I think Wink

  • Tirreno Adriatico Stage 4: Chris Froome attacks late to win stage and move second on GC1 year 19 weeks agoUbercurmudgeon - good post,

    Ubercurmudgeon - good post, good points.

  • Looking for relatively light steel road bike with disc brakes, wide tyres & panniers1 year 19 weeks agoRight, this is the kind of

    Right, this is the kind of challenge I enjoy lots.

    So you WANT....

    Steel
    Light
    Disc Brakes (mechanical or hydraulic)??
    Decent width tyres (35c as an example or around that)??
    Mounts for mud guard and panniers
    Rohloff gearing.

    That it??

    I'm guessing this will be for touring, do you want drop bars, flat bars....etc?

    I'm sure there would be a bike out there with all that, but as you say, its going to cost a bomb.

    Why not start with something like this and build your way up??

    http://www.genesisbikes.co.uk/bikes/frames/croix-de-fer/croix-de-fer

  • Recovery Time1 year 19 weeks agoSome good feedback here,

    Some good feedback here, cheers.

    I've been working really hard the last couple of weeks, wondering whether I need a rest now after 80 miles done today.

  • Tiernan Locke quits Paris - Nice1 year 19 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:I am not saying

    Gkam84 wrote:
    I am not saying don't have an opinion, just from the way you are saying that JTL doesn't seem to have what it takes/has lost what it takes to be at the highest level.

    We are only a few races in to the season, how many has JTL been in?

    Lets just look at the World Tour, Paris Nice was his first WT race with Sky and he got ill....

    Then the lower ranked races.....

    163rd at Palma while working for Swift who finished 3rd

    DNF at Campos, again working for Swift (10th)

    85th at Serra De Tramuntana, working for others Henao 2nd, Swift 5th (5 in the top 20) Wiggo finished just ahead

    Unsure of his final placing for Alcudia, again working for Uran and Henao who came 9th and 10th

    51st at the Algarve while working for Uran and Henao

    SO, as you seen, he's been a DS all season, his next race, if he's well again is the Criterium International 23rd March, he'll be a DS again....

    Until he's given a chance, he can't really prove himself.

    He had a great season in 2012, but if you look at the team he was in, he was the clear top man and given the leaders role everywhere he races. There is a pecking order in Sky, as shown with Froome and Wiggo. He will have to wait his turn.

    I agree with you. JTL needs time, he has hardly been in the top flight for very long after a long break. He has got talent and I think Sky is a good team for him to build up his career with, all be it him being slightly older than the average newbie rider.

  • Paris-Nice stage 71 year 19 weeks agoDamn. 1 mistake today cost

    Damn. 1 mistake today cost me. Swapped Quintana for Peraud. Should have been Westra for Peraud. 242 points and only 14th. Missed the Podium badge again Sad Oh well, at least I got another full house and high stage score badge.

  • Tiernan Locke quits Paris - Nice1 year 19 weeks agoI am not saying don't have an

    I am not saying don't have an opinion, just from the way you are saying that JTL doesn't seem to have what it takes/has lost what it takes to be at the highest level.

    We are only a few races in to the season, how many has JTL been in?

    Lets just look at the World Tour, Paris Nice was his first WT race with Sky and he got ill....

    Then the lower ranked races.....

    163rd at Palma while working for Swift who finished 3rd

    DNF at Campos, again working for Swift (10th)

    85th at Serra De Tramuntana, working for others Henao 2nd, Swift 5th (5 in the top 20) Wiggo finished just ahead

    Unsure of his final placing for Alcudia, again working for Uran and Henao who came 9th and 10th

    51st at the Algarve while working for Uran and Henao

    SO, as you seen, he's been a DS all season, his next race, if he's well again is the Criterium International 23rd March, he'll be a DS again....

    Until he's given a chance, he can't really prove himself.

    He had a great season in 2012, but if you look at the team he was in, he was the clear top man and given the leaders role everywhere he races. There is a pecking order in Sky, as shown with Froome and Wiggo. He will have to wait his turn.

  • Pro bike: Ben Swift’s Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think 21 year 19 weeks agoEvery article about a bicycle

    Every article about a bicycle frame says that the manufacturer has put more material here and less material there... Come on! As if they're ever going to try and make a frame flexy at the drive-train and uncomfortably stiff at the saddle! There's no point wasting yours and every body else's time by writing about this any more Phbbbbt!

  • Tirreno Adriatico Stage 51 year 19 weeks agoCan we have a "show/hide

    Can we have a "show/hide Wig_Billy" button on the league tables please? Wink

  • David Millar: Armstrong deceit is heavy burden on young riders1 year 19 weeks agoi do like millar,but im a bit

    i do like millar,but im a bit sick of him banging on about doping as if someone held a gun to his head and made him dope!!,i did read his book,and i thought it was interesting read,but the way i see it,millar doped because he wanted to be up with the big boys,truth is,he was always a good rider,but never good enough to win a big race,dope,or no dope!!!