• Paris Nice Satge 2 - Rambouillet to Saint-Georges-sur-Baulchee 205KM1 year 16 weeks agoDifficult with the crashes

    Difficult with the crashes yesterday to tell what people's intentions are, not to mention their injury status. I brought in Laborie - he's virtually guaranteed the KOM jersey for at least another 2 days even if he doesn't go in the breaks. Might not be worth it but sometimes that kind of thing pays off...

    Been away all week so had limited access - picked my Roma Maxima team in 2 minutes whilst at the bar waiting to be served! Will take things a bit more seriously with this and Tirreno this week.

    Degenkolb, Kristoff, Bouhanni
    Coquard, Fonseca, Thomas
    Laborie, Hinault, Rovny

    Need full bunch sprints for my purist team to build up a lead, hoping the crosswinds behave themselves! (PURIST - Meersman, Bouhanni, Degenkolb, Coquard, Kristoff, Fonseca, Hinault, Van Emden, Rovny)

  • David Millar's Fizik shoes up for grabs1 year 16 weeks agoThe Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

    The Omloop Het Nieuwsblad ones are lovely, although I would have preferred the instep design to be on the outstep, it looks too good to hide.

  • Ana Nichoola Sorbet Gloves1 year 16 weeks agoDave42W wrote:Just got my

    Dave42W wrote:
    Just got my wife these for her birthday with the matching arm warmers. She is delighted with them. Well she should be because after all she did choose them Smile She did get a larger size than normal due to the finger tightness issue identified in the review.

    I've got a vision of gloves and armwarmers for a Liza Minelli look with an evening dress!

  • Mysterious Screaming From Bike1 year 16 weeks agomintimperial wrote:If you've

    mintimperial wrote:
    If you've still got the stock Mavic Aksium wheels on it, there's your problem I think. It's the Mavic death squeal.

    Mavic freehubs have a nylon bushing in them, and this wears out over time. You can't see the wear but it's enough to cause fiction at high speed, creating drag, a horrible noise and even shifting problems. The hub bearings that are in there can be fine, the bushing is the problem. Replace the freehub body (I found one for£30ish on eBay, easy job for a reasonably confident home mechanic) and your problem will go away. You need some 7wt mineral oil too, keep it topped up to prevent the same issue reoccurring.

    Those are indeed the wheels I have - thanks for the info. I'm considering a new set of wheels anyway as this lot have had to be rebuilt once already post-crash.

  • Mysterious Screaming From Bike1 year 16 weeks agoIf you've still got the stock

    If you've still got the stock Mavic Aksium wheels on it, there's your problem I think. It's the Mavic death squeal.

    Mavic freehubs have a nylon bushing in them, and this wears out over time. You can't see the wear but it's enough to cause fiction at high speed, creating drag, a horrible noise and even shifting problems. The hub bearings that are in there can be fine, the bushing is the problem. Replace the freehub body (I found one for£30ish on eBay, easy job for a reasonably confident home mechanic) and your problem will go away. You need some 7wt mineral oil too, keep it topped up to prevent the same issue reoccurring.

  • Charge Plug 4 road bike1 year 16 weeks agoInteresting. This is the kind

    Interesting. This is the kind of bike I probably should be buying. Something designed with winter in mind, that doesn't feel too much of an effort to go out in the worst weather in (basically, road bike with discs and guards!).

    So, far the Canyon Inflite AL is topping the wishlist.

  • Taipei Cycle: 4 surprising bikes1 year 16 weeks agoJudging by some of the trades

    Judging by some of the trades preoccupation with motorised bikes it can only be a matter of time before these "motor" bikes catch on... At Wits End

  • Can I install Standard Crank instead of Compact?1 year 16 weeks agoAs per my knowledge, Compact

    As per my knowledge, Compact cranks are 110 BCD whereas Standard is 130 BCD..So will it hamper my Front Shifting? If there's no issue then I'll look to upgrade my Crank to FSA SLK 53/39

  • Buyer’s guide to the best winter bib tights and trousers for cycling1 year 16 weeks agoHave to say, for the money,

    Have to say, for the money, the DHB Vaeon Roubaix are a fantastic bit of kit. I've not tried the padded version, but the unpadded have very quickly become first choice for me on cooler days.

  • Back injury forces Chris Froome out of next week's Tirreno-Adriatico1 year 16 weeks ago'Presumably you're accusing

    'Presumably you're accusing him of something to do with doping- but I'm not surwe why that would mean he'd have to miss a big race? Could you explain? Do remeber during your explanation that he's on the whearabouts system and the the authorities can come calling any day they like, no matter where he is...'

    I think someone missed the last few decades of pro cycling...

  • Proper Purist Classics Comp - Italian adventures1 year 16 weeks agoThis is something I'm just

    This is something I'm just trying out, hopefully it's useful (and readable):

  • Where's daddy going?1 year 16 weeks agodavebinks wrote:Whatever next

    davebinks wrote:
    Whatever next ?

    I suppose you'll be joining a cycling club and going on clubruns and stopping in cafes and chatting and just enjoying your cycling instead of head banging the whole way round your Strava segment.

    Cycling doesn't have to be all about "Macho" stuff.

    So....

    I'm in a club.
    I go on club runs.
    I stop at café's.
    I chat.
    I enjoy cycling.
    I don't do Strava.
    I'm not very macho.

    Any more myths you need busting so that I can conform to your ideals? Rolling Eyes

  • Paris Nice stage 11 year 16 weeks agochiv30 wrote:chrisdstripes

    chiv30 wrote:
    chrisdstripes wrote:
    I went sprinty with both teams, didn't think it would be worth picking gc contenders in purist if the sprinters nail the first three stages...

    Surely that's gonna depend on if your sprinters snaffle enough points to see you through the mountains which I can't see happening , hence I've gone down the sprint/puncheurs route with the majority of the team should be interesting to compare teams and placing at the end of the race Smile


    Yeah, will be interesting to compare at the end! My purist team came 9th on stage one so its a good start. Needs Kristoff to come to the party today tho.

    I have a feeling the "mountains" are actually not really mountains at all, and that people like Degenkolb and Meersman might be in the reckoning for most of the stages. Plus to be honest if I was going to pick GC contenders there are just so many to choose from that I thought it was safer to pick sprinters. If it gets windy today/tomorrow it could totally backfire!

  • Can I install Standard Crank instead of Compact?1 year 16 weeks ago105 53/39 chainset can be had

    105 53/39 chainset can be had for as little as £45. Do some research on ebay and you will come up trumps.

    You will need a new chain too, as already noted, due to the extra teeth.

  • Royal Mail destroys woman's £323 inflatable bike helmet - because it contains compressed gas1 year 16 weeks agoCouldn't care less about

    Couldn't care less about someone's inability to understand very clear labels stuck to Post Office counter windows regarding sending of dangerous items.

    The big thing here is that a normal consumer who had shelled out £323 for a product meant to be a fashionable accessory wearable with any clothing sent it back because it was 'uncomfortable'.

    I've always through these things were a bloody silly idea that totally ignored the real safety issues and relative risks of cycling.

    I hope everyone sends them back and they go broke.

  • Proper Purist Classics Comp - Italian adventures1 year 16 weeks agoAnd standings:

    And standings:

  • Proper Purist Classics Comp - Italian adventures1 year 16 weeks agoStage scores:

    Stage scores:

  • Another wheel post1 year 16 weeks agoIf it's comfort with

    If it's comfort with reasonable weight you're looking for - i'd keep an eye out for Bontrager Race TLR. They are comparable weight to the ones listed but have the advantage of wider rims - you're going to get quite a bit higher volume on your existing tyres on them with them, with the associated extra comfort. You can also run them tubeless later on if the fancy takes you (might be a idea for lots of miles comfortably with extra protection). They are typically a lot cheaper than most of the wheelsets mentioned and come up regularly in new condition on eBay.

    If you're considering the Braccianos, i'd also recommend checking out the Planet X clinchers (AL30 etc) as there isn't a massive difference between the two apart from price. Agree with Jack Osbourne about the tyres - i've heard some very good things about the Michelin Pro4 Service Course in 25c, nice light and grippy and come up very big on the wheel (26-28mm depending on rim).

  • PARIS NICE STAGE 2 TRANSFERS1 year 16 weeks agoIf Wackerman wins I'll be

    If Wackerman wins I'll be miffed but not if Rowe scores !

  • Can I install Standard Crank instead of Compact?1 year 16 weeks agobasically yes, and probably a

    basically yes, and probably a new chain to account for the extra teeth.

    It maybe cheaper just to replace the chainrings assuming you can get the right ones to match the BCD of the cranks

  • Back injury forces Chris Froome out of next week's Tirreno-Adriatico1 year 16 weeks agonorthstar wrote:Back injury

    northstar wrote:
    Back injury huh, this is laughable, just give up the pretence.

    Rather than be oblique, why don't you just spell out what you mean here? Presumably you're accusing him of something to do with doping- but I'm not surwe why that would mean he'd have to miss a big race? Could you explain? Do remeber during your explanation that he's on the whearabouts system and the the authorities can come calling any day they like, no matter where he is...

  • The 3.0 rider competition.1 year 16 weeks agoFirst points for Sutterlin in

    First points for Sutterlin in Roma Maxima..... Drooling

    Although wish I had Pirrenello now Party

  • 5 stylish designs from Taipei Cycle1 year 16 weeks agoDropper posts on MTBs make a

    Dropper posts on MTBs make a lot of sense, you generally descend out of the saddle and dropping it means you can move your weight about more without snagging it, also drops your CoG if you do sit down. Can't really see the point on road bikes though, I know some pro teams tested them last year but never understood why myself, a suspension seatpost would make more sense in the cobbled classics than a dropper.

    Those handlebars are pretty weird, only advantage I can see is they're probably clampable for clip-on tri-bars which a lot of full carbon bars aren't

  • Another wheel post1 year 16 weeks ago+1 for braccianos, impossible

    +1 for braccianos, impossible to overstate how good they are for the money.

    Look out for Novatec Jetflys too, Extra are now bringing them into the UK. £359 for a sub-1500g 32mm section alloy clincher, past incarnations have been very good

  • Home page scores and overall table scores are different1 year 16 weeks agoI think the problem is where

    I think the problem is where scores are updated out of order so if Roma scores were added after PN scores it may not calculate the totals correctly, this is something that Dave has picked up as an issue and will be looked at.

    Once today's PN scores go up the totals should be correct.