• Ribble Gran Fondo1 year 29 weeks agoGran Fondo's a lovely frame

    Gran Fondo's a lovely frame (not as nice as the R872, though) Smile

    Sorry but your wheels are no good for my bike - I have Campag chainset. If the R872 didn't exist, I'd have the GF for sure

  • Bike purchase - need info!1 year 29 weeks agospecialized Roubaix for me -

    specialized Roubaix for me - shop around and pick up a bargain this time of year. Comfortable for longer distance rides and on questionable road surfaces. very happy with mine and if you live near a store it is useful for after sales service. I originally bought mine from a well known retailer and when the frame got totalled by a car that didn't want to stop at a roundabout, it was a specialized store that got me back on the road again (after several weeks of being messed around by the previous retailer). Just a thought.

  • Bike fits in the North East1 year 29 weeks agoThere are a couple of options

    There are a couple of options in Newcastle. M Steels in Gosforth (just up from the South Gosforth Metro) do the Specialized fit. Dave's the man there -- top bloke. There's also a Retul fit bloke who's recently opened shop in Jesmond (West Jesmond Metro's probably nearest). He has a good reputation from what I hear.

  • Bike purchase - need info!1 year 29 weeks agoHave you had a look at

    Have you had a look at www.ribblecycles.co.uk?

    I have the R872 with Campag Athena but you can spec any one of their frames in either Shimano, SRAM or Campag

  • Specialized launch AWOL adventure bike1 year 29 weeks agoFascinating. Yes, I guess up

    Fascinating. Yes, I guess up against the Genesis Croix de Fer, but the geometry is much more relaxed and clearances are bigger. Could be a slower, possibly heavier but maybe more genuinely a 'do it all' bike.

    Definitely fancy a go on one.

  • London 100 climbing issues, advice needed; and a story.1 year 29 weeks agoIt would help if you could

    It would help if you could get the model number of your rear derailleur. It could be 6500, 6600, 6700 or 6800. If you can't find out, do you know how old it is? All but the 6600 will take an 11-28 cassette, the 6600 has a stated maximum of 27 teeth on the largest rear sprocket. The latest 105 and Tiagra rear mechs will take a 30 tooth sprocket.

    Don't let anyone put you off doing the Etape Cymru, I'm really looking forward to hearing how you get on. Your gearing is your choice but remember that low gears do make the hills easier.

    There is loads of good advice on here about riding style and the proximity of hills to your home. You are only 14 miles from Glossop which gives you a crack at the Snake. You ought to be able to get up there with your current set up as although it is long it isn't horribly steep. The idea of taking a train is excellent too. Head for Grindleford or Dore and climb your way home over the Peak District.

    I like the Peaks because the scenery is so beautiful and because there is always a challenge around the corner but you don't *need* hills to train on. I trained for the Marmotte in North Beds which is on the fringes of the Fens and gets no higher than 100m above sea level. Plenty of riding and some determination will see you a long way.

    You don't have to look far to find recommendations that a cadence of around 90rpm is recommended for efficiency on the flat. You can work out your cadence using a table like the one here: http://www.machars.net/bikecalc.htm as long as you know which gear you are in and how fast you are going you'll be able to work it out and get an idea of what 90rpm feels like. For instance, if you have a 16 tooth sprocket, put the bike into 53x16 and hold your speed at 22mph. To find your natural cadence, head for the flat and then hold 22mph in a gear that you are comfortable with then refer back to the chart to find out your rpm.

  • Exclusive first look: Colnago AC-R road bike1 year 29 weeks agobikeylikey wrote:Shimano on

    bikeylikey wrote:
    Shimano on an Italian bike? Surprise Isn't that illegal?

    It must be! I was fingering the £2.5k Pinarellos in Farnborough Halfords yesterday. They had Campag and I was allowed to click away merrily without interruption while I was waiting for my wife to tire of the TKMaxx jumble sale. I wonder how many they'll sell...

  • Prime Minister announces £94 million of funding for cycling projects in England1 year 29 weeks agoIts a piddlingly small amount

    Its a piddlingly small amount and UK road planners still have no idea how to build cycle/pedestrian friendly infrastructure so will be wasted.

  • Castelli Rosso Corsa 9 Socks1 year 29 weeks agoCastelli Cafe wrote:Castelli

    Castelli Cafe wrote:
    Castelli also do an even shorter 6cm length to maximise your tan/cooling. You should wash your (white) socks in a white wash at 40c (wash all other Castelli Apparel at 30c inside out)

    Do they turn back to true white if you wash them at the higher temperature. Both my pairs are starting to turn Sad

    Great socks otherwise.

  • Video: Mike Cotty's 300-mile training ride1 year 29 weeks agoakmbikes wrote:Came to this

    akmbikes wrote:
    Came to this from the announcement of the epic challenge.

    What a great video of a fantastic ride. I suspect for most riders this would be something to train for, not used as a training ride.

    I must keep a link to this so that when I'm whinging about a 50 mile ride I can think "Really? 50's not so far".

    Thanks a lot, glad you like the video! M

  • Castelli Rosso Corsa 9 Socks1 year 29 weeks agoMaybe that's where I've been

    Maybe that's where I've been going wrong - they've only been through the 30 degree wash with the rest of the Lycra. Cheers for the tip!

  • Edinburgh Council leader Nice Way Code blasts bus ads1 year 29 weeks agoSomeone else has taken a

    Someone else has taken a swipe at these adverts:

    http://beyondthekerb.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/the-back-end-of-a-bus/

  • Eneco Tour - Stage 11 year 29 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:And as you know

    Gkam84 wrote:
    And as you know Dr, the value's have been adjusted after all the TDF complaints, so it has lead to everyone being cheap.

    This is true, but again Dave did that without knowing the rosters, so it could have worked out perfectly with a few bigger names/GC type guys.

    The other thing is the fact that people will pick the cheaper sprinters due to the fact its almost a race of two halves, as its almost 4 flat stages followed by the ITT and 2 lumpy stages. Had these been mixed up, a greater diversity of teams would been seen.

    There are a few I could say that were maybe cheaper than they should be, but equally there are plenty that id say are about right (if you take out who is or isnt riding)

  • Specialized launch AWOL adventure bike1 year 29 weeks agoNot a great advert for hub

    Not a great advert for hub geared bikes (an extra 10kg in weight!)

  • Eneco Tour - Stage 11 year 29 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:And as you know

    Gkam84 wrote:
    And as you know Dr, the value's have been adjusted after all the TDF complaints, so it has lead to everyone being cheap.

    Yes, the values have been amended slightly to give a faster drop off as people come out of form but I also think that the rosters are a large part of this.

    Any anyway, just demanding something is changed after one race isn't that helpful. We should be using the rest of the season to test a system for next year. Chopping and changing because you don't like what it does after one stage of one race isn't constructive.

  • Specialized launch AWOL adventure bike1 year 29 weeks agoI think Genesis got there

    I think Genesis got there first! Cool

  • Eneco Tour - Stage 11 year 29 weeks agoit'll be interesting to see

    it'll be interesting to see what people *do* with their teams though - having a bigger selection of affordable riders will mean that the choices possibly aren't as obvious.

    like the good doctor says, eneco is the opposite of the Tour - a lot of second tier riders. the current Vuelta roster is more balanced: valverde will still cost you 40 but mid-range stars will be cheaper and so there's more choice for a given stage: both in who to pick, and who to transfer.

    (you can't see the vuelta yet BTW)

  • Eneco Tour - Stage 11 year 29 weeks agolivestrongnick wrote:3 riders

    livestrongnick wrote:
    3 riders @8.10 after 50km
    VERRAES Benjamin
    JACOBS Pieter
    DE VREESE Laurens

    I sat at looked at both Jacobs and De Vreese last night, knowing they had been in breaks last year and then went Napolitano instead, error!

  • Prime Minister announces £94 million of funding for cycling projects in England1 year 29 weeks agoGot my tick list ready for

    Got my tick list ready for all the cliched comments on the 'news' websites about cycling

    "Road Tax"
    RLJ
    Knocking down pedestrians
    Bike tax
    "Innocent Motorist"
    Road Upkeep
    Aroogant cyclists

    I think all were mentioned within 2 or 3 comments on Sky News !

    Gareth

  • Two cyclists injured in latest case of aggression against riders in Midlands1 year 29 weeks agoI think the article needs a

    I think the article needs a bit more clarity about the way the car and cyclists came together. At first read it sounds like he was going in the same direction and was stuck behind them (but then how could he have opened his door on them -- he overtoo them, then they overtook him again and that's when he opened the door? Doesn't sound right).

    But now I realise he must have been coming towards them and forced to slow down as they singled-out, and then opened his door on them as he passed. That sounds more plausible?

  • Has it come to this?1 year 29 weeks agoFunny int it,not long ago I

    Funny int it,not long ago I had a close one and said in the Forum that any serious cyclist that rode wearing ear phones was a pratt,and got vilified by those I wont name,but they know who they are.You need your wits about you when riding anywhere,especially on the roads,if I hear a vehicle coming from behind I turn my head to the right,so that if the driver is concentrating he/she will know that I have heard them coming,I also use my rear KNOG boomer at all times,and especially when time trialing.57 yrs of cycling,and had a few near ones,just make sure that you are a member of British Cycling,or CTC,or have some other insurance.

  • Eneco Tour - Stage 11 year 29 weeks agodrheaton wrote:Gkam84

    drheaton wrote:
    Gkam84 wrote:
    See what happens when you lower the rider value's....everyone picks very similar teams. Hopefully get that changed back before the USA Pro......DAVE??

    In fairness, other than Greipel all of the sprinters racing are 'second tier' sprinters or have been at some point in the last twelve months meaning they haven't built up masses of fantasy points.

    In the last twelve months Kittel has earned 462 points. Compare that to Sagan who has 1281 or Cavendish who has 1256. You know as well as anyone that values are based on the entire list of riders and not just those racing so this isn't so much an issue of everyone's values being too low as it is the complete opposite of the Tour de France.

    During the TdF there were lots of complaints about high values. We all said that it was because teams brought their strongest and most in-form riders. This is the exact opposite with major stars being left at home and teams being built around second tier sprinters. That's why the riders are cheaper.

    You can't tell people to 'deal with it' during the TdF then demand change now, this is just how the pricing works and unless we price based on finalised rosters the night before the race there's not much that we can do about it.

    Totally agree, its nice to have a bit of money to play with, without most of the budget spent on just a couple of the top riders.

  • Eneco Tour - Stage 11 year 29 weeks agoAnd as you know Dr, the

    And as you know Dr, the value's have been adjusted after all the TDF complaints, so it has lead to everyone being cheap.

  • Has it come to this?1 year 29 weeks agoIt will never be my intention

    It will never be my intention to be one of those weirdos who film every single HWC infringement and.post it on line. They indeed do nothing for the overall image of cyclists.

    I am only concerned about the situation where a drivers actions cause me injury or loss and It is my word against theirs.

  • Eneco Tour - Stage 11 year 29 weeks ago3 riders @8.10 after 50km

    3 riders @8.10 after 50km
    VERRAES Benjamin
    JACOBS Pieter
    DE VREESE Laurens