• Just in: Fuji Sportif 1.31 year 40 weeks agoNot sure it works looks-wise,

    Not sure it works looks-wise, but good value, and the proof is in the riding of course

  • Stats reveal London's deadly cycling zone… if you're a woman1 year 40 weeks ago@austen.croydonc What do you

    @austen.croydonc

    What do you suggest? Make women ride more like men?

  • Just in: Fuji Sportif 1.31 year 40 weeks agoWow, that's a headtube and a

    Wow, that's a headtube and a half. Big Grin

  • Sportive speeds 100miles events1 year 40 weeks agoWould say much the same as

    Would say much the same as Bedfordshire Clanger. Also work on your cadence rather than av speed. During the sportive you are going to hit junctions etc or get caught in a slower moving group that you won't be able to pass quickly. You'll actually find that the start sets you off in bunches of thirty or so and the course is designed to split everyone up. I've found myself not starting at the front but quickly passing people twenty thirty miles in. If you don't have a buddy team up with some one or jump onto bunches, do your fair share and if you get spat out wait for the next group or feel free to drop them. Most importantly. ENJOY your day. Whilst getting a good time is great there's no point in pushing yourself and blowing half way round the course. Hope you have a good day when it comes.

  • Riding your bike and training are two different things1 year 40 weeks agoIt's easy - just move to

    It's easy - just move to Mallorca - the no excuses training venue !

  • Shimano Di2 hydraulic disc brakes revealed1 year 40 weeks agoaslongasicycle

    aslongasicycle wrote:
    Sometimes as I lie in bed I build my ultimate Alpine descent bike. And this just made the grade. Here's to the new. (Soneone who's been using sodding rim brakes on road bikes for 27 years).

    Come on then aslongasicycle, what's your current spec on that fantasy alpine descent bike? This sounds like a fun game.

    As for disks on road bikes, I'm from a fat-tyred background so have been sold on the idea for years.

  • Shimano Di2 hydraulic disc brakes revealed1 year 40 weeks agoDisc brakes are absolutely

    Disc brakes are absolutely the way forward on our crappy, muddy, gravelly, horsesh!te-covered country lanes. Bring it on, I say.

  • Who introduced you?1 year 40 weeks agoMy profile tells me I've been

    My profile tells me I've been here for 3 years and 34 weeks, which is fairly near the beginning I think.
    I found the site link on Singletrack as I had a MTB then but was made to sell it when I had one too many incidents and crocked my knee. Got given an old road bike to do up and been here very since.
    Sorry Raleigh, but you didn't introduce me. Big Grin

  • Sky rides1 year 40 weeks agoalways worth keep looking at

    always worth keep looking at the sky rides, as they tend to do a lot more rides starting around April till October, and alot of people will be attending the sky ride leader courses over the next month and March so more will be popping up.

  • Riding Stage 15 of the TdF. Givors - Mount Ventoux1 year 40 weeks ago'If you love the Ventoux

    'If you love the Ventoux should try joining the Club des Cingles then!! http://www.clubcinglesventoux.org/en.html 3 times up and down in a day using all the routes from the surrounding towns of Bedoin, Malaucene and Sault!! Demanding but really rewarding day of cycling- I did it last summer when temperatures were up to high 30s so remember to drink plenty of fluids regularly!!'

    Word. Chapeau, fellow Cingle Wink
    #4029

  • Riding Stage 15 of the TdF. Givors - Mount Ventoux1 year 40 weeks ago'Ventoux kicks up soon after

    'Ventoux kicks up soon after the start and there's a huge temptation to rush at it from the off forgetting it's 2 hours to the top, if you're fresh.'

    Actually, one of the problems is that it *doesn't* kick up for quite a while. Don't get lulled into a false sense of security and blast away thinking 'doddle, this'. Once you get to St Esteve and hit the steep bit, you'll be cursing yourself.

  • Shimano Di2 hydraulic disc brakes revealed1 year 40 weeks agoBike components are certainly

    Bike components are certainly going to become fragmented in future years what with electronic and non...disc and non...I guess this is all good for manufacturers...

  • Shimano Di2 hydraulic disc brakes revealed1 year 40 weeks agopastaman wrote:That said, I

    pastaman wrote:
    That said, I still think discs make most sense because of the options they give you in relation to rims (material, lack of wear etc.) And braking in the wet - as someone else already pointed out, I can already lock my wheels up no probs in the dry.

    This. I don't need more power generally on the road, or better modulation. The stopping power and modulation of hydraulics is more important to me on a mountain bike, where I've got a much bigger tyre contact patch and more grip. But the real advantages come from (a) wet weather performance - particularly in comparison with long reach calipers on my winter bike, which are still never as good as their short reach counterparts, and (2) the ability to play around with rim materials and designs without the need for a braking surface or the worry that you are literally scrubbing away your high end rims.

    From an aesthetics point of view, I'm still not sure about them - but for pure performance, it's got to be a leap forward...

  • Lance Armstrong slams door shut on making doping confession to USADA1 year 40 weeks ago'witch hunt' (I don't read

    'witch hunt' (I don't read the Daily Mail) or not, I would be quite happy if we burned him.

  • Lance Armstrong slams door shut on making doping confession to USADA1 year 40 weeks agoI would go with 'burn the

    I would go with 'burn the witch'. The only reason he is talking to USADA and seeking an eight year ban is in order to draw a line in the sand on the whole affair. It is quite a good move on his part. Tygart is hardly going to back off because I reckon he wants to expose UCI's involvement. In other words the truth and the whole truth, not simply what is convenient for LA. In fairness to USADA where the Justice dept. failed, he kept after his man and exposed the whole drug culture. The ozzies are on the march as well, introducing a statutory declaration so if you get caught could do jail time which would be very likely given this politically hot potato Thinking

  • Riding Stage 15 of the TdF. Givors - Mount Ventoux1 year 40 weeks agoAs a fellow recent convert

    As a fellow recent convert from MTB, I only just invested in proper road shoes and pedals. They make a world of difference in comfort over longer distances; I was amazed how much more I could feel in my feet. I went for Specialized shoes (they just fit me really well) and Look Keo pedals.

    I carry my phone, ID/£10, keys, snack and a lightweight jacket in my back pockets, tube and tools in a small saddlebag and pump/c02 on the bike.

    Buy a road specific pump because standing on the roadside in the rain trying to inflate skinny tyres to 100+psi with an MTB pump is not an experience I'd recommend.

    It's also worth finding a local bike shop with a decent bike fitting service to make the most of your steed. If you're in the south west, I can recommend BW Cycling in Bristol.

    Good luck, I'm very jealous.

  • Lance Armstrong slams door shut on making doping confession to USADA1 year 40 weeks agoa 'European culture'? So, is

    a 'European culture'? So, is the new PR strategy to sell Lance as just a flag-waving American led astray by those perfidious 'Europeans'?

  • Navigation Advice Sought :)1 year 40 weeks agoI'd rather get lost than get

    I'd rather get lost than get bored, so I usually head off in random directions. I plan properly when I can't afford to get lost (long ride planned, or limited daylight). I used to make lists of villages and bring a map or a google maps printout (1 printout for 50 km). But I've noticed that signposting is usually geared to getting motorists onto more major roads and on the way to bigger places, so it often ignores "my" villages. So these days I pay more attention to working out how my route relates to the bigger places where I DON'T want to go. Knowing that town X should be to my right and town Y on my left as I head through villages A, B and C makes it much easier to avoid momentum-sapping map-reading stops when I come across a signpost at a crossroads that points to five places that aren't on my list and none that are.

  • Lance Armstrong slams door shut on making doping confession to USADA1 year 40 weeks agoSimon_MacMichael wrote:graham

    Simon_MacMichael wrote:
    graham wrote:
    Could we now have all the samples taken from the other 1000+ cyclists who participated in the TdF and other races also subjected to the same extensive barrage of tests?

    Great idea. Let's start with a rider from the 1999 Tour, Christophe Bassons, say? First to point the finger at Armstrong, and hounded off the Tour and out of the sport by him.

    And now proved to have been correct all along by Armstrong's own admission.

    Just one example of a very, very long list of things that make Armstrong's case unique.

    Witch hunt? Really?

    It IS a witch hunt, always has been. Until we do the same with all the other dozens and dozens of dopers throughout that era - Riis, Ullrich, Virenque, Contador (etc etc etc) - and until the doctors, team managers/staff, UCI, journalists, sponsors who were ALL in on this have all had their say, admitted their part and (where applicable) had their victories erased from the history book then yes, it is a witch hunt and it's doing the square root of sod all to cure the problem.

  • Cycling Australia to back up doping declaration with criminal sanctions?1 year 40 weeks agoI think the ozzies have taken

    I think the ozzies have taken a very positive step tieing in statutory legislation with contract law. The downside is that would only be applicable in the country in that country but given that it is invariably based on the English system, other countries might follow the lead. There is of course already contractual provisions with obtaining UCI license I imagine and sanctions in relation to doping but as Mueller pointed out he was 'bloody serious' about taking a firm stance in anti doping measures. Well done Oz Big Grin

  • Riding Stage 15 of the TdF. Givors - Mount Ventoux1 year 40 weeks agoCheers for all the replies so

    Cheers for all the replies so far, really helpful! I'm just waiting confirmation that I've made it into the team and then the bike will be ordered!

    bashthebox wrote:
    Get the best shorts you can afford - I absolutely swear by Assos having gone through several pairs of cheaper but less worthy bibs. Also make sure you have a saddle that fits your bum nicely, and I'm sure as some have already suggested, a bike fit will do you good too.

    Nutrition is vital for 150 miles - I'm gonna optimistically put that at 7-8 hours in the saddle? You'll have to get your body used to eating a lot of high carb, high sugar stuff, and you'll need to keep hydration up too. Although it seems obvious, you'd be surprised at how difficult it is to keep eating and drinking when your legs are burning and your lungs are hanging out.

    You don't mention where you live - might be worth spending a few weekends in B&Bs somewhere really hilly though. Peak District? Scottish Highlands? There's awesome scenery and hills in this little country.

    Cheers, I've seen good reviews on the dhb race bib shorts, I'm going to want to try a couple of them out for training so will see how I go. I live in flat Northamptonshire!!!

  • Lance Armstrong slams door shut on making doping confession to USADA1 year 40 weeks agoSo Armstrong is keen to help

    So Armstrong is keen to help out and clean up cycling, but only if it's long enough ago to ensure that he can't be prosecuted. No doubt he'll make a further confession in a few years when he thinks he's safe again. Wonderful.

  • Cycleguard Insurance Claim - The TERRIBLE service saga continues....1 year 40 weeks agoGreat Advice guys thanks!! It

    Great Advice guys thanks!!

    It looks like Cycleguard are a subsidiary of JLT and Thistle Insurance. And they are underwritten by UK General.

  • Lance Armstrong slams door shut on making doping confession to USADA1 year 40 weeks agograham wrote:Could we now

    graham wrote:
    Could we now have all the samples taken from the other 1000+ cyclists who participated in the TdF and other races also subjected to the same extensive barrage of tests?

    Great idea. Let's start with a rider from the 1999 Tour, Christophe Bassons, say? First to point the finger at Armstrong, and hounded off the Tour and out of the sport by him.

    And now proved to have been correct all along by Armstrong's own admission.

    Just one example of a very, very long list of things that make Armstrong's case unique.

    Witch hunt? Really?

  • Lance Armstrong slams door shut on making doping confession to USADA1 year 40 weeks agoTygart is loving this! He has

    Tygart is loving this! He has the spotlight, the fame - all the things he and USADA have been looking for.

    Armstrong doped. And after an exhaustive investigation the like of which would make most murder cases look poorly covered, and over a decade during which more and more new tests were applied to the same blood samples, the truth has come out. OK. I'm saddened by it, but there it is.

    Could we now have all the samples taken from the other 1000+ cyclists who participated in the TdF and other races also subjected to the same extensive barrage of tests? Are samples from previous winners still held? Will they also be tested?

    No. I thought not.

    Did I hear a cry of 'burn the witch'? Because, of course, that'll make it all better. Sigh