• Tech Roundup: Pro Missile Evo TT bars, the new and improved Wattbike New togs from Rapha and Route, and much more1 year 28 weeks agoPerhaps Wattbike should spend

    Perhaps Wattbike should spend a bit more on the display panel as this looks very dated - ultimately, the data is the important bit but it would seem better to have it presented on something other than what looks like a 15 year old Nokia.

    Bollard idea looks OK but maybe the hand hold bit could be retro fitted to other existing street furniture? If clipped in, the footrest isn't needed.

  • Milan-San Remo: Gerald Ciolek snatches victory on the line from Peter Sagan1 year 28 weeks agoWhat should he have done?

    What should he have done?

  • Volta a Catalunya1 year 28 weeks agoMy team is very similar to

    My team is very similar to all the rest at the mo, purist filled with climbers etc etc and my standard has 2 sprinters in for stage one and they will be swapped out for the rest of the race starting tomorrow.

  • Bournemouth cycle safety pledge following claim it's second most dangerous place to ride outside London1 year 28 weeks agoI used to live in Bournemouth

    I used to live in Bournemouth (a long, long time ago) and commuted from Southbourne into town all the way along the undercliff. Which was breaking the law, but also a lovely ride. Central Bournemouth is heavily pedestrianised, but without cycle provision there, so i'd say there's a lot to do. Thing is, the place isn't so big that it should be hard to cycle there, imo.

  • Forum's Scorum's Mini League1 year 28 weeks agoWe returned to racing in

    We returned to racing in italy and the first of the Forum's Scorum's Spring Classics.....the snow shortened Milan-SanRemo.No surprise to see Wig_Billy outsmart even the weather to take the line first and the lead in the competition thanks to a 1-2-3.ray silvester(me!!)holds a narrow 5 pt lead among the purists.

    In the Forum's Scorum's Overall competition we saw an impressive jump of 2 places into 4th for chrisdstripes at the expense of stevemarks(weird looking team?)and TERatcliffe.He also slightly closed the admittedly big gap to Wig_Billy in the purist section.

    Catalunya starts today and there should be plenty of points available with lots of categorised climbs.

  • Volta a Catalunya1 year 28 weeks agoYeah Gerrans, I went and

    Yeah Gerrans, I went and swapped him out as I imagine he probably feels like crap this morning. Made another change too. He'll probably go and win now Cool

  • 2013 Road.cc Tourist Trophy1 year 28 weeks agoHome County: North

    Home County: North Yorkshire

    January: East Riding of Yorkshire.
    Had a panic as i'd sort of forgotten all about the TT, then checked my training diary and worked out that I hadn't left the county all month. The afternoon of the 31st was booked off, and in the sun and howling gales a last minute pedal across to the East Riding was made. Phew.
    app.strava.com/activities/39273178

    February: West Yorkshire
    Once again an end of the month panic. A quick foray over the border towards Wetherby before heading back onto more favoured roads and catch up with a couple of friends - that IS what the TT is all about?! A sunny 60miles.
    app.strava.com/activities/42442603

    March: Hampshire
    I struck out early in March, and combined Mothers' Day with a couple of hours round the lanes of the New Forest near Beaulieu. Cold and dull but great scenery and plenty of wildlife.
    app.strava.com/activities/44026464

  • Rapha launch 2013 City clothing range1 year 28 weeks agoLooks a lot smarter and

    Looks a lot smarter and better made than the cheap tut you'd get at lidl or aldi.

  • Volta a Catalunya1 year 28 weeks agoSquiggle wrote:I don't know

    Squiggle wrote:
    I don't know if I'm daft or not but there's a bloke on my standard team who might do well in the first 2 stages but he just raced MSR so he'll surely be ill by tomorrow morning. Imagine doing that race one day then jumping on a plane to Spain and starting a stage race the next day! I think I'll probably take him out! He didn't finish MSR but got way too deep into it before dropping out!

    Yeah I've just talked myself into a change.

    You mean Gerrans?

  • Tech Roundup: Pro Missile Evo TT bars, the new and improved Wattbike New togs from Rapha and Route, and much more1 year 28 weeks agoLove the red of the rapha

    Love the red of the rapha jersey, might clash a bit with the red gloves and shoes I have, maybe an excuse to change them all...

  • Staffordshire Police say thieves using social media sites to target bikes after £175k spate of thefts1 year 28 weeks agoAnything that raises

    Anything that raises awareness of cycle theft is to be applauded, but this is just a police press release. You're not supposed to take it seriously. Nobody's been caught red-handed with a stripy top, a Strava log-in and a big bag full of Pinarelli. This is just Burglars Using Streetview with added bikes. If you were going to spend a lot of time researching market segmentation and demographics on social networks to enhance the prospects of your small startup, you probably don't nick bikes from sheds.

  • Volta a Catalunya1 year 28 weeks agoTeams picked, my purist is

    Teams picked, my purist is loaded with climbers, my standard with strong sprinters.

    Hoping to get a jump on everyone by having more sprinters than the rest tomorrow. Plus at 10 points each I can make a load of penalty transfers if I need to.

  • Video: Team MTN-Qhubeka - the first African team to ride a WorldTour event1 year 28 weeks agodbb wrote:they have got black

    dbb wrote:
    they have got black riders on the team

    They've got the excellently named Songezo Jim for a start

  • Which rims??1 year 28 weeks agoWhile I love my Open Pro's

    While I love my Open Pro's for training wheels I think there are better options for a raceworthy set.

    Ambrosio Excellight are very nice indeed but if you're willing to import then there is plenty of choice and options for lower spoke counts (if that's an option at your weight to pothole ratio).

    Kinlin 270
    Pacenti SL23
    Velocity A23

    Or the slightly heavy but very tough bikehubstore C472.

    If you're willing to sacrifice a little wet weather durability then I'd also look at Novatech hubs which are both cheaper and lighter than the Shimano and the Zenith's and come with more drilling options.

  • Volta a Catalunya1 year 28 weeks agoI don't know if I'm daft or

    I don't know if I'm daft or not but there's a bloke on my standard team who might do well in the first 2 stages but he just raced MSR so he'll surely be ill by tomorrow morning. Imagine doing that race one day then jumping on a plane to Spain and starting a stage race the next day! I think I'll probably take him out! He didn't finish MSR but got way too deep into it before dropping out!

    Yeah I've just talked myself into a change.

  • BBC News MSR1 year 28 weeks agoCav didn't win and Wiggo

    Cav didn't win and Wiggo wasn't there, no interest to the BBC....If Wiggo wins a stage in Catalunya, I bet its on the news

  • Milan-San Remo: Gerald Ciolek snatches victory on the line from Peter Sagan1 year 28 weeks agoDon't get me wrong. I think

    Don't get me wrong. I think he did well to get himself into that position. the gap leading up to the Poggio was well conceived. But the fact that Stannard continued to push thing off and on before, during and after the descent of the Poggio was purely naive once it was clear that Cancellara and Sagan had caught them. He repeatedly exhausted himself to no end whatsoever. If you watch Chavanel, he at least knew they were done. Stannards best hope was to sit in and try to get clear of the trailing bunch if the others were to start looking over their shoulders too much. He was never going to do that with the amount he sat on the front. He sprinted at both 2.5kms and 1km to go, which was never the right time looking at his state of exhaustion compared to the others..

    I know Stannard tried to get distance, but was he ever going to time trial away from the others? No, not in a million years. So exhausting himself upto the sprint was pointless. That's why he finished last in that bunch (if he wasn't naive how did he end up there?). He was also ploughing a stupidly high gear which gave him no acceleration, and worked too hard to be able to sprint. If you check his cadence it was maybe 10-15 revs below his rivals too. Plucky and heroic, maybe, tactical and smart it wasn't.

  • TdF Yorkshire Grand Depart legacy handed massive financial boost by three cycling organisations1 year 28 weeks agoSo Yorkshire won the bid

    So Yorkshire won the bid purely on fancy videos and good PR with nothing to actully back it up ? Could have been red faces all round if these others had not stepped in.
    I sure hope that ASO look little more realistically at any future Scottish bids and ask a few more questions. A 100% Scottish based route could have proven pretty entertaining with hills, cobbles, coasts all thrown in the mix.

  • Video: Team MTN-Qhubeka - the first African team to ride a WorldTour event1 year 28 weeks agoComing from south africa, its

    Coming from south africa, its filled me with pride to see these guys come so far. It will only get bigger from here on in.
    More races will be won by the boys in yellow.
    Big Grin

  • Video: Team MTN-Qhubeka - the first African team to ride a WorldTour event1 year 28 weeks agoSo, if they have black

    So, if they have black riders on the team, why didn't they appear in this video? It's an African team!!!

  • Rapha Pro Team clothing now available1 year 28 weeks agoHow do you know what Rapha's

    How do you know what Rapha's mark-up is Ubercurmudgeon? I seriously doubt that it's out of line with anyone else's in the cycle clothing industry, certainly i bet it's a lot lower than say… Assos. It's also quite possible to produce in high volumes at a lower unit price and build in a higher margin than a low volume high unit price producer.

    Also I don't see how you can single Rapha out as being a rip-off when there are other brands who's clothing costs at least as much and quite frequently more - Assos for starters. Also unless you actually own any Rapha kit how you are in a position to judge whether it's worth the money or not?

    Finally, as so many other comments on here seem like they're cut and pasted from previous Rapha reviews I'll ctrl-c ctrl-v this in…

    It does rather mystify me why whenever we feature something like this [from the other week's Vespertine Vesp review] or from Rapha a load of people who aren't going to buy whatever it is feel the need to tell us all why they aren't going to buy it which is usually accompanied by telling us that anybody who does has more money than sense… as if it's any business of any of us what people chose to legally spend their money on.

  • Milan - San Remo1 year 28 weeks agoDave Atkinson wrote:Gkam84

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    Gkam84 wrote:
    We have another problem. Lastras scored me 10 for the break away.....BUT, he didn't finish the race. So shouldn't have anything Thinking

    there's nothing in the rules to say that. if he was in the break at half distance, he gets the points

    Oh Sad I scored the early classics on that, if the rider was in a break at half distance, he'd be marked down for 10 so long as he completed the race.

    Pointless if they didn't finish because you cannot get scored if you get a DNF Nerd

  • Posted 4 times in classified accidentally!1 year 28 weeks agoi can

    i can Big Grin

  • Milan - San Remo1 year 28 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:We have another

    Gkam84 wrote:
    We have another problem. Lastras scored me 10 for the break away.....BUT, he didn't finish the race. So shouldn't have anything Thinking

    there's nothing in the rules to say that. if he was in the break at half distance, he gets the points

  • Rapha Pro Team clothing now available1 year 28 weeks agoI don't actually own any

    I don't actually own any rapha, save for a winter collar. so you're basically saying that i'm religiously protecting something i've invested £24.99 in. I'm not. I just think you're trying hard to live up to your handle without really saying anything useful.

    it doesn't cost £140 to make a jersey? no. it doesn't cost the RRP of any product to make the product. that's how companies can continue to make things. You say the markup is the highest there is. where's your data to back that up? are we talking percentage, or plain poundage, or what? I'm curious, because i haven't see the figures that you so obviously have.

    do you buy all your products based on extensive research of what the markup is, or do you just buy, you know, cheap stuff? if you buy three dhb jerseys and the percentage markup is the same, then you've given the same amount of money to wiggle as you would to rapha for the same spend on the same product. but that would presumably be okay, because, you know, it's not rapha.

    you did touch a nerve. my 'someone said a stupid thing on the internet' nerve. it gets touched quite a bit, i find