• What are your plans for 2013 ......1 year 42 weeks ago10k miles is my goal as it

    10k miles is my goal as it has been for the past 2 years both of which I've managed around 8.5k. Need to make the most of the summer and get a few 1k months in to compensate for the missed sessions in the winter due to ice/snow etc

  • 2013 Cycling Trends & Predictions1 year 42 weeks agoSales of posh bike clothing

    Sales of posh bike clothing rocket as manufacturers add a new size of 'fat middle-aged git with short legs'.

  • Tour de France 2014: Cambridge to London via...?1 year 42 weeks agoHolmfirth and then up Holme

    Holmfirth and then up Holme Moss please!

  • Tour de France 2014: Cambridge to London via...?1 year 42 weeks agoSimon_MacMichael

    Simon_MacMichael wrote:
    londonbrick wrote:
    The time difference between St. Pancras an Stratford is about 7 minutes. Barely a reason to despatch trains from Stratford when there is possibility to showcase one of the most beautiful stations in the country ( and actual Eurostar terminus).

    Yes, but the Stratford International station is right next to the Olympic Park, so there are additional potential savings. Certainly the riders wouldn't be bothered about what the station looks like... they'll just want to get the journey over and get to their hotel, wherever it may be.

    Can you load coaches too at Stratford?

  • What are your plans for 2013 ......1 year 42 weeks agoNige, Mill and Hills is from

    Nige,

    Mill and Hills is from Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire. It's actually called Mills Hills. But that just sounds wrong. Wore the wrong gear. Spent most of the route either overheating or shivering, often it felt at the same time.

    Cheers

  • Help! Advice needed on new rear wheel1 year 42 weeks agoOldnSlo wrote:If your

    OldnSlo wrote:
    If your commuting on pot-holed (crevices around here) then go for the CX version of any of the above - built for the rough stuff.

    They also tend to be better sealed, certainly the Fulcrum CX ones are, so should stand up to poor conditions for longer.

  • Thule EuroClassic G6 LED 929 3 Bike Towball Carrier1 year 42 weeks agoHah! However, I'd be

    Hah! However, I'd be interested to know what you are using, as I have a towbar on my car and I'd prefer to fit a rack there than put bikes on the roof.

  • Tour de France 2014: Cambridge to London via...?1 year 42 weeks agolondonbrick wrote:The time

    londonbrick wrote:
    The time difference between St. Pancras an Stratford is about 7 minutes. Barely a reason to despatch trains from Stratford when there is possibility to showcase one of the most beautiful stations in the country ( and actual Eurostar terminus).

    Yes, but the Stratford International station is right next to the Olympic Park, so there are additional potential savings. Certainly the riders wouldn't be bothered about what the station looks like... they'll just want to get the journey over and get to their hotel, wherever it may be.

  • Thule EuroClassic G6 LED 929 3 Bike Towball Carrier1 year 42 weeks agoCan I be the first grumpy old

    Can I be the first grumpy old git to observe that for the same money you can buy the same perfectly functional towbar-mounted rack and lighting board that I use... plus the car that I attach them to. Plain Face

  • What are your plans for 2013 ......1 year 42 weeks agoGoing to do my first big run

    Going to do my first big run for many a year, Virgin Cyclone 104 miles around Northumberland.

    On a slightly different topic also going to do Hadrians Wall on my own for charity.

  • Dan Hunt returns to Team Sky as Sports Director1 year 42 weeks agoPeople commented when i said

    People commented when i said you can get a good ds with no or very little previous experience, looks like i was right Big Grin

  • Has growth in London cycling flattened out?1 year 42 weeks agoI'm not sure Boris or Ken

    I'm not sure Boris or Ken have done that much to riase the number of cyclists in London. Both have failed to get a grip on TfL sureface transport who want to cram as many lanes onto a road as possible, and won't contemplate giving over road space from motor vehicles (or parking).

    According to Gilligan, who himself claims to ride 100 miles or more each week in the city, that focus on cyclist casualties, and the headlines it generated within the capital’s media, may have deterred some Londoners from getting on their bikes.

    Most non-cyclists I have spoken to in London are put off cycling by ther own experience of seeing what London roads are like.
    Media reports of deaths may add to this, but it's not the main reason.

  • Tour de France 2014: Cambridge to London via...?1 year 42 weeks agoStage 2's the one that I'm

    Stage 2's the one that I'm waiting to hear about. Especially if they drop into Sheffield via Holme Moss and the Peak District.

  • Tour de France 2014: Cambridge to London via...?1 year 42 weeks agoIts going to be fun wherever

    Its going to be fun wherever it goes Wink Given the logistics of the tour, the cyclo park even if it only adds a little is something surely? However magnificent the St Pancras station, coaches will get on the Eursostar faster from Stratford Id have thought? Maybe do a finishing lap on the 'new' road circuit at the cyclopark... Big Grin LOL

  • Canyon Ultimate CF fit?1 year 42 weeks agoYeah the differences between

    Yeah the differences between allez and canyon are similarly small, maybe even smaller. Maybe a slightly longer tt would help. Will have to play with bars and maybe get a 110 stem. As now it feels a bit longer than allez.

  • Tour de France 2014: Cambridge to London via...?1 year 42 weeks agoso I suppose they could head

    so I suppose they could head north out of Leeds into the dales or NE to the moors then loop to York. Would be a shame not to get into the national parks.

  • Tour de France 2014: Cambridge to London via...?1 year 42 weeks agoI'm expecting the route of

    I'm expecting the route of any stage starting/finishing in Leeds to head through Morley (which is pretty close to be fair) thanks to links with Beryl Burton. As one of Britain's most successful ever cyclists I expect Morley to be included in some form. Huddersfield too if they want to link in more of Yorkshire's cycling and TdF heritage with Britain's first TdF stage winner, Brian Robinson, coming from Huddersfield.

    If both of those are included I'd expect the race to head south from Leeds to Morley then through to Huddersfield before looping back north via Skipton possibly then towards the coast through t'moors.

    Other than that all I can think is that the race might loop north from Leeds through the likes of Otley/Harrogate/Ripon to take in some lumpy roads and some nice scenery before heading east towards the coast and through the moors.

    Whatever the route, the scenery will be stunning and with a bumpy route I think stage one will be a great stage for a breakaway, maybe even set up for a break to win, especially given that it's not exactly flat around Whitby.

  • Tour de France 2014: Cambridge to London via...?1 year 42 weeks agoThe time difference between

    The time difference between St. Pancras an Stratford is about 7 minutes. Barely a reason to despatch trains from Stratford when there is possibility to showcase one of the most beautiful stations in the country ( and actual Eurostar terminus).

  • Tour de France 2014: Cambridge to London via...?1 year 42 weeks agobikecellar wrote:Wor Lass who

    bikecellar wrote:
    Wor Lass who like me is very excited re the Leeds Grand Depart, was born in Leeds....... On January 17th!!!!!! Surprise

    Same birthday as my missus then... she was born a long way from Leeds, mind Wink

  • Tour de France 2014: Cambridge to London via...?1 year 42 weeks agojoemmo wrote:re: "expected

    joemmo wrote:
    re: "expected stage 2 finish in Sheffield" - so the current rumoured plan is a start and finish in Leeds for Stage 1, then from Leeds to Sheffield in stage 2? Or from Leeds to X in stage 1?

    Leeds to Whitby for Stage 1 then York to Sheffield for Stage 2 is what I saw on a map...

    ...in The Sun so it must be true Big Grin

  • Canyon Ultimate CF fit?1 year 42 weeks agoWhat about the rest of the

    What about the rest of the geo's ?
    I had an Allez and a Nanolight and whilst I was comfy
    within seconds on the Nanolight I could never get the
    allez dialled in - sold to Gkam in the end and bought
    a TK3!

    Allez 54cm frame
    548mm TT, 145mm HT, stack 547mm, reach 387mm

    Nanolight 53cm frame
    555mm TT, 155mm HT, stack 557mm, reach 389mm

    As you can see there's only minor differences but those
    couple of mm made the Allez feel horrible compared to the
    nanolight !!

  • Tour de France 2014: Cambridge to London via...?1 year 42 weeks agoWor Lass who like me is very

    Wor Lass who like me is very excited re the Leeds Grand Depart, was born in Leeds....... On January 17th!!!!!! Surprise

  • Tour de France 2014: Cambridge to London via...?1 year 42 weeks agoBawtry was rumoured as a

    Bawtry was rumoured as a stage finish, but I think that was just wishful thinking by locals...

  • Expat British policeman in Bermuda handed two-year-ban for EPO use1 year 42 weeks agoAgree - very depressing. I

    Agree - very depressing. I was on a highly promoted 9 day ride, and from the performances of some it seemed like they may have been doped. The performances of some, considering their shape, size and age of some of the participants, appeared to be a little too good (although not amazing). It's very sad if it is seeping into the amateur ranks.

    Cycling, and other athletic/endurance events seem to be having the problem that body building and weight lifting had, and continues to have.

    Will this ever end?

  • Doping: Padua magistrate says nothing has changed in cycling1 year 42 weeks agoColin Peyresourde

    Colin Peyresourde wrote:
    Anti-doping is a good thing, but there is no real political cache from it.

    There is if you are (effectively) a public prosecutor. Building a name for yourself as the high profile prosecutor who took down all those doping cyclists is clear political motivation.

    I'm not saying he's lying about there being doping in cycling (we knew that already), nor that I don't want him to find it and prosecute those engaged in it. But being sensationalist about it doesn't help to eradicate it - in fact, it just makes the problem worse when those who are coming up through the sport think there's no other way to win. If he stuck to the facts, rather than veering off into hyperbole, his comments wouldn't raise so many suspicious eyebrows.