• When's too many bikes enough ?1 year 22 weeks agoSimples. The formula for 'too

    Simples. The formula for 'too many bikes' is N+2, where N is the number you currently have.

    But only if (a) your partner - if you have one - is also a cyclist; and (b) you keep separate back accounts.

  • When's too many bikes enough ?1 year 22 weeks agoSimples. The formula for 'too

    Simples. The formula for 'too many bikes' is N+2, where N is the number you currently have.

    But only if (a) your partner - if you have one - is also a cyclist; and (b) you keep separate back accounts.

  • Spring Classics Question1 year 22 weeks agoAgain, there is no logical

    Again, there is no logical reason to leave any of them from the list...

  • 54 or 56 bmc team machine1 year 22 weeks agotonyhogg wrote:My bike fit

    tonyhogg wrote:
    My bike fit session showed I wasn't very flexible, couldn't touch my toes etc, so I would struggle with a large saddle to bar drop. Totally ruled out the bmc team machine it felt horrible in both a 54 and 56. Was told I'm more suited to a sportive type with a tall headtube bike not a race bike ... the team machine just felt way too stretched out in 56 and really uncomfortable in 54 due to large saddle to bar drop

    Wow. I've got to say that I've never heard of that before. My husband is about as flexible as a 2x4 and I'm did competitive gymnastics for 14 years so I'm essentially a human pretzel and he's actually more comfortable on long rides than I am. My brother-in-law races competitively (he's Cat 2 or 3) and I know he can't touch his toes. Actually, I've never heard of anyone doing a flexibility test (touching your toes) as part of a bike fit. I'm only 5' 4" but my inseam is 31 1/2" so for me, the most important dimension on bike geometry is the TT and reach (long limbs but short torso) and I think that's fairly universal for most riders regardless of body type. You need to be able to comfortably reach the hoods and drops so as long as your legs aren't one foot long, the rest of the bike geometry is pretty standard and easily adjustable. TT length is pretty much set (unless you customize and cut your carbon TT tube down which can be done but voids your warranty) and reach can be adjusted by adding spacers to your stem, tilting your bars back or even switching out your bars (I switched my stock bars to 3T Ergonova which had a shorter reach and drop making me feel less stretched out on descents in the drops). Just a half centimeter here and there really makes a huge difference in terms of comfort.

    That being said, I wonder if you might be more comfortable in either a bike with slightly less aggressive geometry like the Pinarello ROKH (based on the Dogma but slightly more upright and made for classics) or a smaller frame 52 with some spacers to push the stem forward so you don't feel scrunched but can benefit from a slightly shorter reach and TT or the 54 with a shorter stem which would make your seat to drops angle less acute? I guess what I'm saying is, don't cross the "classic" road bike off your list yet. It can take a lot of different test rides before you find the bike that fits your body and riding style but once you do it's a joy and even a bike that fits well initially can still benefit from some tweaks down the line as your riding style and needs change. The different companies have similar geometry but it's different enough for one man's Wilier to be another one's Masi. It might not hurt to talk to another bike fitter (hopefully someone on road.cc in the UK can steer you to someone they've had a good experience with) and chat with them about your fitting experience and what it felt like on the different frames to see if they can help steer you towards a bike you'll want to ride that's comfortable. They may even tell you the BMC is still in the running but needs a different frame size/tweaks or that your original fitting was just plain weird. No offense but from what you've said, it just sounds like the strangest fitting I've ever heard of. Thanks for following up. I always wonder what people end up doing when they post questions and weigh all the advice with personal experience.

  • ARGH.... Rapha1 year 22 weeks agoBack to the original post.

    Back to the original post. Yep, I'm very much looking forward to the film, I bet it's a fascinating watch.

  • Man gets payout after ambulance that picked him up from bike crash injures him even more1 year 22 weeks agoCome on people; A judge does

    Come on people;
    A judge does not make it up as they go along; they hear each sides argument and decide, in a civil case, which, on the balance of probabilities is most persuasive.
    For the Motor Insurance Bureau to get involved the driver would not be insured. An ambulance driver would be, so I would assume that the driver who caused the ambulance driver to brake was considered to blame; so it would be them who was not insured. It says above the ambulance driver was not to blame. In law you can argue either that the chain of events are linked, and so the initial injury and any contributory negligence considered (helmet (=controversial!!!)). Or you can argue that a 'new act intervenes', so that the actions of the driver of the other vehicle has broken the chain of causation. In this case it would be irrelevant how the cyclist came to be 'in the back'. As far as the potential spinal injury is concerned in the UK the NEXUS rules are applied when risk assessing a patient http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clearing_the_cervical_spine . Meaning that the riders risk of having neck/spinal injury should have been assessed before being put in the back of the ambulance. Who knows whether he was injured before he got in the ambulance or not? Evidence is presented and considered, on the balance of probabilities. It is not easy or even possible to secure a 'longboard' to a stretcher to prevent injury in a crash (as far as I know).
    I hope this makes sense (I am on nights Yawn ).

  • Video: The car's not the star as Danny MacAskill and pals take on Barcelona1 year 22 weeks agoMart wrote:Simple fantastic.

    Mart wrote:
    Simple fantastic. Puts my messy traffic light track stand to shame.

    +1 Applause

  • Volta ao Algarve stage 51 year 22 weeks agoThere should be a badge for

    There should be a badge for picking the last man in both stages today Big Grin Got the bookends in the wrong race again though Sad

  • Volta ao Algarve stage 51 year 22 weeks ago1,2,3,4,5,7! At last a good

    1,2,3,4,5,7! At last a good showing, but 10 pen points and no gc points. Still, feels good Smile

  • Man gets payout after ambulance that picked him up from bike crash injures him even more1 year 22 weeks agoMoney grabbing git. Compo

    Money grabbing git. Compo chasing parasite. Idiot.

    I know that opinions are much like other things, in that everybody has one, but did I just get redirected to the Daily Mail's website?

  • 54 or 56 bmc team machine1 year 22 weeks agoPerhaps time on your newly

    Perhaps time on your newly adapted bike, maybe a little yoga or other exercise aimed at increasing your flexibility, some very careful measuring of relative dimensions of your bike to the BMC and a second or third informed opinion might be wise before you write off all hope of getting what sounds like a pretty cool bike and buy a less desired alternative.

    I know there's a difference between stoic perseverance and bloody minded refusal to admit a mistake, but as with new shoes, Brooks saddles, motorcycle race leathers and some if the more adventurous pages of the kama sutra, the body does adapt!

  • Vuelta a Andalucia Forum Competition Results1 year 22 weeks agoa que playa en Febrero

    a que playa en Febrero Enrique?

  • Man gets payout after ambulance that picked him up from bike crash injures him even more1 year 22 weeks agoallez neg wrote:Pure

    allez neg wrote:
    Pure speculation in all the above posts including mine, unless you were there, involved in the case itself or had access to all the medical reports in the case if course.

    Still, let's not stop that from slagging the dude off, despite a court finding in his favour.

    Just because another judge finds in some idiots favour and casually awards a large sum of money from the public purse is no high praise!

  • Vuelta a Andalucia Forum Competition Results1 year 22 weeks agoenrique wrote:Bueno, me voy

    enrique wrote:
    Bueno, me voy de playa con la novia... Los resultados los hare esta noche, muchachos. Que tengan un buen dia y un abrazo a todos! Y no se queden molestos conmigo, por favor.

    Well, I'm the bride beach with the results ... I will do tonight, boys. ,Have a great day and a hug to everyone! ,And do not stay mad at me, please.

  • Vuelta a Andalucia Forum Competition Results1 year 22 weeks agoenrique wrote:Bueno aqui

    enrique wrote:
    Bueno aqui vamos! Para los que estan siguiendo esta carrera y no estan molestos conmigo hay una escapada en la etapa No. 4 consistiendo de Honkisz, Txurruka, Ten Dam, Dumoulin, Fuglsang, Gerdemann, Wellens, Megías y Arredondo hombres que se encuentran en varios equipos! Smile

    (Cortesia de @PelotonWatch)

    Well here we go! ,For those who are following this race and are not upset with me there is a break in step No. 4 consisting of Honkisz, Txurruka, Ten Dam, Dumoulin, Fuglsang, Gerdemann, Wellens, Arredondo Megías and men who are on multiple computers! ,Smile

    ,(Courtesy of @ PelotonWatch)

  • 54 or 56 bmc team machine1 year 22 weeks agoBut that's silly, if you got

    But that's silly, if you got a full on race bike you would get used to it and become more flexible through riding it. I have a sit up and beg ladies bike which is exceedingly comfortable, but that doesn't mean my race bike should be set up the same.

  • Man gets payout after ambulance that picked him up from bike crash injures him even more1 year 22 weeks agoPure speculation in all the

    Pure speculation in all the above posts including mine, unless you were there, involved in the case itself or had access to all the medical reports in the case if course.

    Still, let's not stop that from slagging the dude off, despite a court finding in his favour.

  • Spring Classics Question1 year 22 weeks agoEspecially with it being the

    Especially with it being the real start to the season and all that.

  • Spring Classics Question1 year 22 weeks agoWe definitely need a couple

    We definitely need a couple next weekend.

    Otherwise what are we going to do with ourselves this week?

    Some good contenders in Omloop too, OPQS have a very strong team.

  • 54 or 56 bmc team machine1 year 22 weeks agoHad my bg bike fit session

    Had my bg bike fit session yesterday, my Scott cr1 pro in 54cm now resembles a boris bike, stem has been flipped up, spacer removed, feels more comfortable now. My bike fit session showed I wasn't very flexible, couldn't touch my toes etc, so I would struggle with a large saddle to bar drop. Totally ruled out the bmc team machine it felt horrible in both a 54 and 56. Was told I'm more suited to a sportive type with a tall headtube bike not a race bike.

    Pretty gutted, I'm looking at a bh ultralight in large now because that appears to have a massive headtube...the team machine just felt way too stretched out in 56 and really uncomfortable in 54 due to large saddle to bar drop

  • ARGH.... Rapha1 year 22 weeks agodrfabulous0 wrote:ajmarshal1

    drfabulous0 wrote:
    ajmarshal1 wrote:

    I don't drink,

    Lost me there I'm afraid.

    Point being, I know people who happily spend hundreds of pounds a month on drink. I don't and choose to spend my money on cycling stuff. That's my hobby.

    I'll happily spend £150 on Rapha brevet jersey which will last me years, I find this far less strange or wasteful than someone blowing the same amount for no return on a few nights down the boozer.

    That said, I don't judge people who spend their money that way, which is why I find it puzzling that others are quick to judge and get a little angry about premium brands like Rapha. Some spend huge monthly payments on flash cars, others will settle for a 20 year old three door Corsa. Some find a weekend in a tent up Scafell enough for their annual get away, others on three 5 star beach holidays a year. Some people like premium brands of jeans and will spend £180 for one pair, others will accept some George at Asda action.

    Spend your money on what you want, just piss off* with telling others how to spend theirs and judging them for doing so.

    *Not aimed at you, but those who windmill into every single Rapha & high end bike thread.

  • Man gets payout after ambulance that picked him up from bike crash injures him even more1 year 22 weeks agoThis is hardly a cycling

    This is hardly a cycling story...

  • Barclays Bank paid nothing toward south-west Boris Bike expansion1 year 22 weeks agoFluffyKittenofTindalos

    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:
    MiserableBastard wrote:
    "succesfully obsfuscating"

    Or 'lying' as it's more commonly known.

    The man's a snake, and anyone who thinks he's a friend of London cyclists needs to put down the Kool-Aid.

    I'm not aware of Boris actually lying about this. Seems like more a case of just keeping quiet about it and hoping nobody notices. Which is, to be honest, exactly what most politicians would do in such a situation.
    What I don't agree with is oozaveared's claim that its somehow wrong for another politician to draw people's attention to a fact that Boris doesn't want anyone to notice.

    Though, on further reading, it seems like the mayor's office did come close to telling porkies, without actually doing so. The original press release did, apparently, claim Barclays would be paying £25million for the expansion. I would imagine that at that time that is what was believed, perhaps because they hadn't looked through the contract closely enough? I don't know if they ever issued a correction later mentioning that, "er, sorry, it didn't turn out like that after all."
    Again, though, this is all pretty standard political behaviour. I don't think Boris is any worse than the norm in his tactics - its just a matter of whether one agrees with the ends or not.

    http://www.london.gov.uk/media/mayor-press-releases/2011/07/mayor-s-flag...

  • Man gets payout after ambulance that picked him up from bike crash injures him even more1 year 22 weeks agoCompo chasing parasite! His

    Compo chasing parasite!

    His injury - if there was one - was more likely caused by his helmet less MTB crash which sadly probably can't be proven?

  • Metric Century Challenge 2013-20141 year 22 weeks ago25 Jan 2014 1 point

    25 Jan 2014 1 point 68.93miles/110.3km Total Points 1 Total Km 110.3
    23 Feb 2014 1 point 62.68miles/100.3km Total Points 2 Total Km 210.6