• Tour de France Stage 131 year 24 weeks agoI'm going to put it out there

    I'm going to put it out there and say that a Frenchman will NOT win on Ventoux.

    Nerd

  • Help with tyre choice1 year 24 weeks agoNot tried these yet, but £4

    Not tried these yet, but £4 for a big name tyre - can they be any good? I've just ordered a pair:

    http://www.rutlandcycling.com/45836/Giant-P-R3-Front-Road-Bike-Tyre---70...

  • Tour de France Stage 13: Mark Cavendish takes stage, Chris Froome loses more than a minute to GC rivals1 year 24 weeks agoNzlucas wrote:daddyELVIS

    Nzlucas wrote:
    daddyELVIS wrote:
    It'll be a travesty if Froome wins - he's no bike racer, as proved today. But Sky's money can afford the best ......... .

    I think thats a bit cynical daddyELVIS. I am pretty sure that he was racing last Saturday and Sunday.

    Also BMC, OPQS, Katusha all have alot of money also. Rogers was a main component of todays problems for Sky and if money was the end all be all he would still be there with them not causing problems for them. Sky have a young team in general terms and if you see Ian Stannard going out the back of the group you can bet that they gave it crack and didn't fold easily.
    its going to be a great with them heading into some hills, and if Froome wins, then I for one will celebrate.

    Anybody an expert in body language? - get past the BS and skip to 5.00 minutes into this video. What do you think?
    http://youtu.be/CVROhTHxWP8

  • Wolf chases long-distance charity cyclist in Canada1 year 24 weeks agoPuts being chased by a toy

    Puts being chased by a toy poodle into perspective!

  • Help with tyre choice1 year 24 weeks agoI've had a look and you can

    I've had a look and you can get the Conti GP4000s from Evans for £30 each which appears to be a good deal. Lokks like i might go for them.

    Use Vittoria Zaffiro's at the mo, they are only about a tenner each but have lasted really well despite being a budget tyre. Time to get something better though.

    Thanks for all the advice. Big Grin

  • Help with tyre choice1 year 24 weeks agoMy brother swears by Conti

    My brother swears by Conti GP4000s and I use Vittoria Pave's all year round. They arnt sticky but grip well, wear well, take loads of different pressures and thus adapt to varying conditions

  • Help with tyre choice1 year 24 weeks agoI've had the GP4000 for over

    I've had the GP4000 for over a year and have ridden the RAB LEJOG. Looking at them I think I could do with a new pair soonish as they've picked up quite a few nicks. I've punctured about four times with them. Pretty solid in the wet though.

  • Tour de France Stage 13: Mark Cavendish takes stage, Chris Froome loses more than a minute to GC rivals1 year 24 weeks agoThis is turning into a beaut

    This is turning into a beaut of a Tour. Froome looks nervous on the podium at the moment and you can sure as hell see why.

    Today was certainly opportunistic, but Contador's team are pretty well prepared for these conditions. Does anyone remember last year with Movistar distanced in the Vuelta.

    I bet he and team Sky were looking for a quiet couple of days before Sunday. Tomorrow will be an interesting one too. But I think a proper breakaway will get it with the GC contenders conserving themselves for the big climb Sunday.

  • Tour de France Stage 13: Mark Cavendish takes stage, Chris Froome loses more than a minute to GC rivals1 year 24 weeks agoThe commentators on the

    The commentators on the highlights kept going on about Richie Porte but without elaborating. Was he caught out and ended up in a different group from Froome?

    Sky have had a bit of bad luck but as a team they lok nothing like last year's well-oiled machine.

  • FS: Sabbath September titanium bike SOLD1 year 24 weeks agoReply sent via email.

    Reply sent via email. Cool

  • A Sportive breakfast1 year 24 weeks agoOn the advice of my brother I

    On the advice of my brother I started having Rego after rides and it really helped. Mainly the fatigue - I commute by bike and try to do at least one decent ride a week. I got so tired I could barely walk. It seemed to really work. One morning I could barely get out of bed to go riding and I though sod it and had Rego before riding and it just seemed to really help. Might be the salt/sugar/multivits and a bit of rehydration. Just helps when you cant face breakfast at 6 in the morning and the protein in it fills you up a bit.

  • Help with tyre choice1 year 24 weeks agoConti GP4000s for the open

    Conti GP4000s for the open road and Conti 4Seasons for the wet and city streets. Works for me anyway.

  • Tour de France Stage 131 year 24 weeks agowell gone 4 for the break, 2

    well gone 4 for the break, 2 of which might fancy Bastille Day instead. Then add a couple more frenchies on sunday!
    Looking forward to 2moro, should be a bit more open with the team choices, what with all this break speculation.

  • A Sportive breakfast1 year 24 weeks agoIf all of the breakfast

    If all of the breakfast suggestions seem unappealing, just double up on what you usually have. Don't forget that the night before's meal is important too. It will help if you have a big one with plenty of pasta or basmati rice. The advice about eating little and often is spot on and don't forget to keep hydrated.

  • Help with tyre choice1 year 24 weeks agoBest clinchers in the world =

    Best clinchers in the world = Continental GP4000s

  • Tour de France Stage 13: Mark Cavendish takes stage, Chris Froome loses more than a minute to GC rivals1 year 24 weeks agoStill, there's one positive

    Still, there's one positive to today - Valverde is toast, so that's all good.

  • Help with tyre choice1 year 24 weeks agoMichelin Pro 4. Either the

    Michelin Pro 4. Either the Endurance for, as Simon E points out, something longer lasting or the Service Course for something faster and stickier. Both ride beautifully, grip well and my pair of Endurance are really living up to their name.

    Can be had for about £45 a pair from most places at the moment, too.

    Rob

  • Tour de France Stage 131 year 24 weeks agoPicked five for the break,

    Picked five for the break, half regret it but figured I'd just throw caution to the wind. Any one of my guys could win and I could feasibly get all five in a super break or just as likely I could get nothing.

  • First Group Ride1 year 24 weeks agoNo question, go!! I joined my

    No question, go!!

    I joined my local club in Ayrshire recently and its been great. I have noticed a huge improvement in both my fitness and speed. I was probably averaging around 15.5mph before starting, last night my average speed over 40 miles was 18.1mph. The guys in the club will help you push yourself to the next level.

    Each and every person has been welcoming and they won't care about what bike you ride, everyone one has to start somewhere.

  • FS: Sabbath September titanium bike SOLD1 year 24 weeks agoMessaged.

    Messaged.

  • First Group Ride1 year 24 weeks agoHey, ERC member here,

    Hey, ERC member here, definitely go along!

    Your bike will be well up to the task and your fitness will be fine. You can always throw your tubes and tools in a jersey pocket, a rucksack in this heat can't be fun.

    Who ever is leading the development ride will announce themselves before 9:50 and wait for the 9:45 group to leave. They'll tell you about the hand signals we use before you set off. From what I remember its usually a slightly shorter route from our Saturday chaingang.

    Just show up and have fun!

  • Tour de France Stage 13 reaction after an enthralling day's racing1 year 24 weeks agoAs well riding his bicycle

    As well riding his bicycle very fast it seems Cavendish is a dab hand at nice metaphor too.
    Nerd

    Re. Sky - they were duffed up by Movistar in week one - had their pocket money nicked by Saxo Tinkoff in week two - will they have their heads stuffed down the toilet in week three? Belkin havent had a go yet.
    What with Froome's team mates crumbling like a day old fat muffin on tadys stage ive got a bad feeling that come this time next week Froome may be found round the back of the bikesheds with a big wedgie and his satchel emptied all over the playground.

  • Emma Pooley & Marianne Vos back petition for women's Tour de France1 year 24 weeks agoFinally. Bring it on.

    Finally. Bring it on.

  • A Sportive breakfast1 year 24 weeks agoGranola with yoghurt does the

    Granola with yoghurt does the trick quite well, particularly in the summer heat when you don't want hot porridge, but it still isn't quite as good as porridge.

    For a long ride I'll have porridge and scrambled egg afterwards (read somewhere once it's good for a bit of energy after the porridge runs out) with enough time for it to go down then a flapjack very early into the ride.

    On the bike what I eat will get progressively more sugary, moving from slow burn energy to quickly absorbed boosts to get me over the line.

    dunnoh wrote:
    Then a pint of SIS Rego just before I start

    Why before out of interest? I know the fruitflow gels you're supposed to have before but I thought Rego was a post-ride recovery drink?

  • Tour de France Stage 13: Mark Cavendish takes stage, Chris Froome loses more than a minute to GC rivals1 year 24 weeks agodaddyELVIS wrote:It'll be a

    daddyELVIS wrote:
    It'll be a travesty if Froome wins - he's no bike racer, as proved today.

    Dear me, I wonder where people get such bombastic and contrary to reality opinions. Chris Froome is quite definitely a bike racer, I saw him in one today; I have seen him winning a number of bike races. If you think he could have been 1% more tactically astute say that, don't just trot out the usual internet BS.