• Deep Breath Everyone1 year 13 weeks agoI've taken my breath , yes I

    I've taken my breath , yes I was annoyed yesterday but tbh it's done and I never really expected anything to be done about it....just like last year.

  • Shimano introduces road hydro disc brakes for mechanical shifting1 year 13 weeks agoThis gives me hope that in a

    This gives me hope that in a few years' time I won't be spending weeknights tearing my hair out trying to get my cable discs working nicely.

  • Shimano introduces road hydro disc brakes for mechanical shifting1 year 13 weeks agoBlimey, an almost unanimously

    Blimey, an almost unanimously positive response to a road disk brake article. I have to agree though - this is the missing link that opens up a lot of people's upgrade paths. They're nice looking too, let's hope they work as good as they look.

  • Shimano 105 goes 11-speed1 year 13 weeks agoawww yeah for hydro/mech

    awww yeah for hydro/mech STis

    yah boo sucks for 11 speed, but that part's easier to macgyver into a cheaper/more practical set-up (after letting the first cassette wear out).

  • Shimano introduces road hydro disc brakes for mechanical shifting1 year 13 weeks agoBuggerations, just purchased

    Buggerations, just purchased Ultegra with Trp HyRds for the new Kinesis. Oh well, justifies a future upgrade (or even a new bike...)

  • Shimano 105 goes 11-speed1 year 13 weeks agoI like 11 speed as you can

    I like 11 speed as you can have a really wide range of ratios that are still sensibly spaced. If you want to run an 11-32 (and in Wales I'm not too proud to admit that I needed to in order to keep a decent cadence) 11 speed means you can have the spacing of an 11-28 cassette with an extra emergency bail out cog. I think that has real value to those who don't insist on riding up hills in that agonising, knee-detonating, slow motion 30rpm grind you often see on sportives.

  • Deep Breath Everyone1 year 13 weeks agoOh boy, I thought this was

    Oh boy, I thought this was the Deep Breath thread... Confused

  • Shimano 105 goes 11-speed1 year 13 weeks agoDave Atkinson wrote: but to

    Dave Atkinson wrote:

    but to hark back to the 'golden' days of five speed cassettes? would you trade the precision and ease of use of a modern groupset for the longevity of a five-speed setup? because I sure wouldn't. you can still get five-speed stuff easily, and it's cheap as chips.

    When I started riding my bikes had 5 or 6 speed freewheels; I still remember the first time I had a bike with a cassette and freehub, thinking wow this is the future!

    But I never saw a 5 speed cassette Wink

    Pedantry over - last time i bought a 6 speed road freewheel (to get a higher gear on a small wheeled bike) it certainly wasn't easy - it was a lucky ebay find, in fact. But wider spaced freewheels are indeed cheap as chips.

  • Deep Breath Everyone1 year 13 weeks agonorthstar wrote:This could

    northstar wrote:
    This could have easily been avoided.

    He is right on that point

    As for closing the thread ....Nazi state ?

    And as for Enrique and his comments .....they simply don't count due to his own shady past

    As I said previously it got people talking , that's a good thing

  • Race round-up: Degenkolb wins Gent-Wevelgem, Kennaugh takes Coppi & Bartali1 year 13 weeks agoI think Pete is a massively

    I think Pete is a massively talented rider and as he is only 24, i think he will be a future tour contender.

    Congrats Pete!! Smile

  • Shimano introduces road hydro disc brakes for mechanical shifting1 year 13 weeks agonice - this is proper

    nice - this is proper progression but I dread to think of the cost of those levers and the heartbreak involved in smashing one to bits in a prang. Maybe we'll be pleasantly surprised.

    Still, this helps settle my decision to prolong the lifespan of the 9 speed stuff on my cx (mechanical) disc bike and wait for these rather than stick that old fangled 10 speed gubbins on now.

  • Shimano 105 goes 11-speed1 year 13 weeks agoDoes 11sp require a different

    Does 11sp require a different freehub to a 9 or 10?

  • VIDEO: Cyclist posts HGV close-pass helmet cam footage to show driver 'he could have been killed'1 year 13 weeks agomikeprytherch wrote: However

    mikeprytherch wrote:

    However most people on the roads just don't know the highway code, I would bet money that more drivers would fail rather than pass the drivers theory test if they took it again, so whilst we seem to always quote the rule book, what use is quoting something that a majority don't know, yes sort out the highway code, but also sort out the fact that Mr Average doesn't know it.

    Definitely this, very much so. Even as a pedestrian I seem to be regularly faced with drivers who simply haven't a clue what the highway code actually says.

    E.g. the one who sternly wagged his finger at me as he zoomed through as I attempted to cross the road _when the green man was lit and he was jumping the red_. Or the one who angrily hooted at me the other day after he swung, at speed, without pausing, into a side-road that I was already half-way across. Or the one parked completely blocking the pavement a minute further on on that same journey. Etc etc.
    The driving test needs to be _hugely_ tightened up with regard to actually remembering the highway code for longer than it takes to just cram the theory test (assuming these guys even have licences).

  • Shimano 105 goes 11-speed1 year 13 weeks agoJoeinpoole wrote:I don't

    Joeinpoole wrote:
    I don't really consider adding an extra cog to be "innovation". Would a 12-speed cassette be even better? Would a 15 or 20-speed cassette send you into raptures? 'More' is not always 'better'. In this case it just adds weight and fragility for no real gain, at least from my point of view.

    Personally, having come back into cycling after a few decades out, I'm astonished to find that I now have to replace my chain every 1500 miles or so (and have been recommended to replace the cassette at the same time too!). That's on a supposedly rugged 'cyclo-cross' bike. Honestly, in the 70's, running a 5-speed cassette with a double chain-ring I would barely even inspect the chain before 5000 miles were up. Cassettes were good for 10K at least.

    Having been delighted to buy an amazing "27-speed" bike a few years ago I'd now happily trade some of those gears for more robustness, less maintenance (and less weight too).

    certainly i think there's a bit of the 'more is better' mentality about it, the same way there is with resolution in digital cameras. there's a limit to what's useful.

    but to hark back to the 'golden' days of five speed cassettes? would you trade the precision and ease of use of a modern groupset for the longevity of a five-speed setup? because I sure wouldn't. you can still get five-speed stuff easily, and it's cheap as chips. I'm guessing you're not running it on any of your bikes though, even though you could. I've got a five speed, down-tube-shifter bike in the shed. It's fun to ride, and it looks nice. but every day? when i can use STIs? not on your life.

    When i say innovation, i'm not really talking about the number of cogs. i've written at length about Ultegra at the launch (http://road.cc/content/news/82237-updated-prices-shimano-unveil-ultegra-...) and in the review (http://road.cc/content/review/114669-shimano-ultegra-6800-groupset) and i'll reiterate what i said there: the eleventh cog is pretty incidental in the great scheme of things but the improvements in shifting and braking are immediately noticeable and very welcome. and they're coming to 105 too, so that's a good thing in my book. plus now you can have hydraulic discs. happy days.

  • Shimano introduces road hydro disc brakes for mechanical shifting1 year 13 weeks agoSuperb, this is exactly why I

    Superb, this is exactly why I bought my cross bike disc ready last year in the blind hope they would do a mechanical version.
    Happy days.

  • Deep Breath Everyone1 year 13 weeks agolol, come on!

    lol, come on!

  • Steve Worland 1954 - 20141 year 13 weeks agoRIP, Steve. 'Ride and find

    RIP, Steve. 'Ride and find where all the freedom has gone'. (Mint Sauce)

  • Shimano 105 goes 11-speed1 year 13 weeks ago> 10/11sp. blocks have

    > 10/11sp. blocks have reduced the choice of sprocket combo's of consumers of Shimano...

    really? currently you can get 11-23, 11-25, 12-25, 11-28 and 11-32 in ultegra. 105 will probably be the same. i guess if you *must* have a 26T or 27T big sprocket you're out of luck, but they seem to be covering the bases okay to me

    > Do Manu.s not offer 42 rings on their chainsets...I dont live in Wales or Scotland.

    Generally no, and haven't since the late 1990s, at least not as standard. Pros left the 42t behind a long time ago

    > Whatever happened to 170mm cranks ??? - instead of; compact cranks - another money making idea.

    you can have 170mm cranks in the new four-arm spider if you want

    > Compact cranks are a con - well and truly - ok you spin but they wear out faster - KMC recently done research that backs this up.

    no-one's forcing you to buy a compact, least of all shimano with the four-arm design that allows you to swap rings without changing the spider

    > STi units smaller - thats a retrograde step if ever their was one.

    i don't agree - i find the new shape much better, and i have hands like shovels. and they're certainly better for people with smaller hands.

    > Shimano chains are well known for being BAD/Failing.

    have to say, i tend to buy other brands when i'm replacing. I don't like the snap pin joining method either, i find split links much better

  • Why don't you see Pro's eating bananas?1 year 13 weeks agoFew things taste better than

    Few things taste better than wine gums when you're knackered, you can write PRO on the packet in felt tip, which turns them into a high energy sports product.
    I was wondering about banana skins too, I tend to not chuck them in the hedge if there are cars/ people around, because they wouldnt see the skin, just some bloody cyclist littering.
    Corn cobs never ever break down, not that I have ever taken corn on the cob out on a ride, just saying.

  • Argonaut Gravel Racer unveiled at NAHBS wins Best in Show award1 year 13 weeks agoA CX bike must be designed

    A CX bike must be designed for shouldering and have clearance for at least 33 mm rubber + mud. A gravel bike has low BB and long stays, a minimum of two bottle cages AND really should take the ultimate gravel tyre: Clement MSO 40 mm (which also comes in a 32 mm variant). A bike with 28 mm tire limit is a road bike.

  • VIDEO: Cyclist posts HGV close-pass helmet cam footage to show driver 'he could have been killed'1 year 13 weeks agobikebot wrote:sidesaddle

    bikebot wrote:
    sidesaddle wrote:
    That sort of thing happens to me most days, I quite enjoy the backdraft from the truck. Why do we have to live in a world of H&S whinging? Wimp.

    Cycle with your family much?

    Macho cyclists don't have families. They cramp their style as they tweak the nose of danger and laugh in the face of fear. They are on the rock'n'roll road to hell and haven't even told their parents what time they'll be back!

    However, some of the rest of us would rather see cycling as simply a useful and less destructive mode of transport - as opposed to an extreme sport for bolstering some bloke's sense of manhood.

  • Shimano 105 goes 11-speed1 year 13 weeks agoQuote:Whatever happened to

    Quote:
    Whatever happened to 170mm cranks ??? - instead of; compact cranks - another money making idea.

    Ehhh...?

  • Deep Breath Everyone1 year 13 weeks agonorthstar wrote:... at the

    northstar wrote:
    ... at the least everyone else should receive the same amount of points as the person who profited the most.

    Wow. It means that much to you? I don't want the points. It feels ridiculous to go to that extreme. Give it a rest... Whichever way you go with this people will feel it's unfair to them... Anyways, what matters more to you, the points? Your standing in the competition? Playing the game fair and square? Playing by the rules? Playing on a level playing field? Winning?... Please don't tell me it's just about the points...

  • Shimano 105 goes 11-speed1 year 13 weeks agoI think something has to give

    I think something has to give when cramming more gears into the same space. Partly achieved by making the wheel dish worse for 11 speed hubs.
    If the durability of 10 & 11 speed chainrings & sprockets has been maintained by extra hardening and other innovations, could this be then applied to make 9 speed more durable?
    Not going to happen I guess...

  • Deep Breath Everyone1 year 13 weeks agoThis could have easily been

    This could have easily been avoided, at the least everyone else should receive the same amount of points as the person who profited the most.