• Sore Knees! Any help appreciated1 year 23 weeks agoSee a sports physio - I had a

    See a sports physio - I had a similar problem, 1 hour and £40 quid later they diagnosed a similar thing to mentioned above and some exercises - now good as new.

    Also consider a bike fit - costly but worth it.

  • Shimano R320 shoes1 year 23 weeks agoJust bought a pair of the

    Just bought a pair of the R170s as recommended by G-bitch.

    A dumb question; how do you remove the red plugs in the soles to move the cleat screw holes to the forward or rear positions? Do they simply pull out from the bottom surface of the sole (they seem to be stuck in with glue) or do you remove the inner sole, pull open the rectangular access cover and remove them from inside the shoe? Don't want to damage them trying to remove them the wrong way and the blurb doesn't cover it.

    Many thanks.

  • Oakleys - are they worth it?1 year 23 weeks agonotfastenough wrote:How

    notfastenough wrote:
    How strong is your prescription? I can't use Oakleys because they only go up to -4.0 or -5.0 (depending on which design you choose). I need -6.5, and my Bolle Bounty prescription specs are superb. They cost £254, so that gives you an idea of how good I think they are.

    Personally, I try never to take my sight for granted, and won't buy cheap specs. Not worth it.

    I'm -10.5, but luckily get on OK with contact lenses. Dread to think how thick plastic lenses with that prescription would be.

    The problem with expensive sports glasses for me is leaving them at cafe stops, driving off with them on the roof of the car and snapping off the arms because of following rule 37.

  • Bike Bags - Hard or Soft?1 year 23 weeks agoIf you want, I have one of

    If you want, I have one of these, in grey, sitting doing nothing and NEVER been used.....£30 and I'll see what I can sort out postage wise

    http://r.ebay.com/1f6rsi

  • Sore Knees! Any help appreciated1 year 23 weeks agoMight well be related to your

    Might well be related to your intercostal band - that's the muscle and tendon group that starts on the outside of your hip and goes down to your knees, down the outside of your leg.
    This group can get very tight, which means your patella gets pulled about too much and causes knee pain.
    The way to treat it at home is to get a foam roller and do lots of exercises on that. Hurts like a bastard when you start doing it, which is symptomatic of the tightness of the IC band. After a while it becomes easier, and this should also mean that you're stretching the muscle group properly.

    As for the root cause - could be many things. Wrong saddle height, bad cleat position, bad saddle position, etc etc.

  • Giant TCR SL 2 (2013)1 year 23 weeks agoAgreed, although don't

    Agreed, although don't mention the colour scheme to Simon, he'll start his rant again! Big Grin

  • Bib Short Advice1 year 23 weeks agoThanks for all the advice,

    Thanks for all the advice, went for the Castelli Free Aero race. Really happy with my choice, very well made and the pad fit's me perfect. ordered a size larger than normal and they fit spot on Smile

  • Route Planning1 year 23 weeks agoI realy like ViewRanger which

    I realy like ViewRanger which I found out about on another thread on here. You can plan your route on a real computer then follow it on your phone (I have a mount on my handlebars but this would be more difficult if you don't!). It shows you as a dot on a map and gives you a direction arrow if you need to make a turning. You can download the map to your phone over wifi so you dont need to worry about getting lost somewhere without any signal.

    My head likes the idea of turning left and right willy nilly but my legs don't

  • Comfortable road shoes1 year 23 weeks agoJust bought Giro Factors and

    Just bought Giro Factors and they get my vote Smile

    Had achilles issues from the specialized ones and so needed something softer at that point, the only two that I found really comfortable were the Giro Factors and the Fizik R3.

    Managed to get the Giro's for a steal at £125, so wasn't alot to think about Smile

  • New toy!1 year 23 weeks agoNo worries. I wasn't blaming

    No worries.

    I wasn't blaming you. More concerned I had not got the right view of it.

  • Car cleaning1 year 23 weeks agoCar cleaning is a bit of a

    Car cleaning is a bit of a sore point with me at the moment; can you shoot f***ing Seagulls? Live and let live and all that but what is it with them and newly polished cars? One of the f***ers even hit my handlebars; good shot I thought, but so am I Thinking I bet they taste awful as well.

  • Frame size on a velocite selene?1 year 23 weeks agosorry in medium the seat

    sorry

    in medium the seat tube is 56 cm but top tube only 54, as i'm used to 57 cm top tube

    in large the top tube is 57 cm but the seat tube (center to top) is 60 cm ..

    regards

    brooks

  • Going to Italy to see Giro1 year 23 weeks agoLast year, I was at

    Last year, I was at Montecantini Terme for end of a stage and the next day Forte Dei Marme, not long after the start.
    On both occasions we saw non-pros riding the course and local plod didn't seem to mind at all.

  • New toy!1 year 23 weeks agoSuper Domestique wrote:Tom

    Super Domestique wrote:
    Tom Amos wrote:
    Super Domestique wrote:
    To the moderators - if you feel it's better to delete this thread please do.

    I may be missing something here but why isn't this up for discussion? Interesting thread!

    As notfastenough rightly points out the invitation asked not to publicise the event online. My take on that was pre-event. I thought post-event would be ok. Nothing was said about not telling anyone etc on the day / at the point of sale.

    However, if the mods felt it better to delete the thread, in that they thought it better not to mention it ever happened then they should feel free to do so and I'd accept that.

    Hope that makes sense.

    Ah - I hadn't meant to insinuate that you shouldn't be posting *after* the event - although re-reading my post it does look that way!

    I'm sure it's fine now. Unfortunately I can't liberate £50 at the minute, never mind funds for that...

  • Cyclist hopes to make 'strict liability' legal history with High Court case1 year 23 weeks agoStrict liability already

    Strict liability already exists in road traffic law; the prosecution only need to demonstrate you have alcohol in your blood or breath. They do not have to prove you -deliberately- consumed alcohol. It is up to you to demonstrate it was accidental; if that was the case. Same with red lights; if you do not stop before the line when the red light shows you are guilty. You can claim that the lights were not functioning properly or were obscured.
    Where 'dooring' is concerned the fact that a person collides with your door is evidence of negligence. Nothing to stop the driver claiming that the act was accidental; poor visibility, no lights on bike, on pavement etc.
    The (generally) uninsured and consequently (generally) unrepresented cyclist is always going to be at a disadvantage in these cases. Strict liability helps to even the balance.
    Remember; the first rule of suing is to make sure the defendant is sufficiently insured.

  • New toy!1 year 23 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:Where was my

    Gkam84 wrote:
    Where was my invite.... Crying

    Not that I can ride uprights, I would have liked to go see all their stuff.

    Out of interest, without going into exact detail, how much off "market value" did you get that beast?

    I got the same invite but my pockets are nowhere near as deep as SD's are Wink

    I think you had to be on Sky Pro-cycling Team website email list to get an invite.

    Looking at the ball park figures they were quoting when the email went out you got a nice piece of cycling hardware at a very reasonable price SD.

    Now, if your Tarmac SL is feeling unloved let me know Big Grin

  • New toy!1 year 23 weeks agoTom Amos wrote:Super

    Tom Amos wrote:
    Super Domestique wrote:
    To the moderators - if you feel it's better to delete this thread please do.

    I may be missing something here but why isn't this up for discussion? Interesting thread!

    As notfastenough rightly points out the invitation asked not to publicise the event online. My take on that was pre-event. I thought post-event would be ok. Nothing was said about not telling anyone etc on the day / at the point of sale.

    However, if the mods felt it better to delete the thread, in that they thought it better not to mention it ever happened then they should feel free to do so and I'd accept that.

    Hope that makes sense.

  • Giro Stage 101 year 23 weeks agoBreak only has 5:23 at the

    Break only has 5:23 at the minute, the peloton isn't letting this one go away too far which is odd as I thought Astana would want to try and lose the jersey today and lighten Nibali's load. Instead they seem intent on keeping this on a short leash and wearing themselves out.

    Wish I'd put Wiggins back in now, got an awful feeling that Astana have bitten off more than they can chew today (cue Nibali winning the stage by a minute).

  • Frame size on a velocite selene?1 year 23 weeks agoyes that would be the ideal

    yes

    that would be the ideal frame size on any other bike but the velocite selene has a
    special geometry

    here the link http://www.velocite-bikes.com/velocite-blue-selene-frameset.html

    regards

    brooks

  • New toy!1 year 23 weeks agoSuper Domestique wrote:To the

    Super Domestique wrote:
    To the moderators - if you feel it's better to delete this thread please do.

    I may be missing something here but why isn't this up for discussion? Interesting thread!

  • Government issues response to Get Britain Cycling e-petition1 year 23 weeks agoMany of the BC and CTC

    Many of the BC and CTC members are the same people but like "pedalingparamedic" I'm also disappointed with the numbers signing.

    This website, the CTC site, BC, bikeradar and others sited between them have a much higher total readership than those organisations memberships and pretty much all of them have been asking readers to sign.

    So come on people; if you want things to change you need to act, sign the petition and then get your friends to sign as well - including those who don't cycle!

    Please

  • Giro Stage 101 year 23 weeks agoGot rid of Dekker from my

    Got rid of Dekker from my standard but still got him in my purist so hopefully will score some for my purist.

  • Giro Stage 101 year 23 weeks agoMillar & Dekker in the break.

    Millar & Dekker in the break. Maybe Hesjedal will try and bridge across later.

    I transferred Dekker out last night, so I hope he doesn't score any points today.

  • Giro d'Italia Stage 9: Belkov solos to win, Wiggins clings on, Hesjedal dropped1 year 23 weeks agoGero wrote:Last season for

    Gero wrote:
    Last season for Wiggo, retirement to be announced end of the year.

    Care to elaborate? There was talk of him retiring after the Olympics... in 2010

    Have not seen anymore speculation; a bit harsh to write him off after stage 9 when he is well(ish) placed?

  • Giant TCR SL 2 (2013)1 year 23 weeks agoEnjoying the current

    Enjoying the current resurgence of aluminium frames, metal makes a lot more sense for amateur riders if you ask me. Carbon has its advantages but demand is mainly driven by the marketing departments - it's fine for the pro's who get an instant replacement every time they ding their carbon frames but I wouldn't particularly want to spend upwards of a grand on a bike that could be written-off by a single shunt.

    Ironically I do actually ride a carbon frame right now, a Focus Cayo bought back in the heady days when half-decent carbon frames could be had with Mavic and full Ultegra for less than a grand. It's been a great bike but if and when its time comes, I will think hard about aluminium for the reasons aforementioned.

    Without straying into cloud cuckooland (see that new S-Works Allez) or Pegoretti, this is probably the most compelling alu bike I've seen for quite a while. Well done, Giant - sounds and looks like a lovely bit of kit.