• FOR SALE: Speedplay zero pedals, cleats and coffee shop covers2 years 2 weeks agoYes

    Yes

  • Vuelta Stage 11: Kessiakoff wins, Contador closes gap on Rodriguez, Froome drops to third2 years 2 weeks agoDon't forget that Contador is

    Don't forget that Contador is also a totally unrepentant doper - today's result strongly suggests he's not changed a thing during his 6 month holiday - sorry I meant 2 year ban. I seem to remember there was a period a couple of years ago when his TT results were much more plausible I.e. coming in 30th or so ( as opposed to when he was in pomp when we were supposed to believe that a climber who weighed 10 stone dripping wet was able to put minutes into the likes of big guys like Spartacus). I'm sure someone can fill in the details here.....???

    I feel sorry Froome in all this - the playing field is clearly is not yet level, despite recent efforts of USADA. What would have been nice would have been for the UCI to say this outrageous, we are determined to clear this up and starting from tomorrow there will be 5 year bans if you caught, reducible to 3 if you implicate everyone else involved. 6 months holiday is no deterrent at all as we can clearly see from this result. Rant over.

  • Vuelta Stage 11: Kessiakoff wins, Contador closes gap on Rodriguez, Froome drops to third2 years 2 weeks agoYeah, possibly a race too far

    Yeah, possibly a race too far for Froome, especially up against much fresher opposition in Contador and Rodriguez.

  • USADA chief executive says Lance Armstrong could have kept 5 Tour de France titles if he'd come clean2 years 2 weeks agoHas it occurred to ANY of you

    Has it occurred to ANY of you that Armstrong might just have rolled over because he heads a charity, and he would rather spend what money he has on the charity, instead of on lawyers?

    Anyone with any experience of dealing with legal process against a powerful quasi state body would know that there can only be two outcomes - you lose, or you lose your shirt.

  • Eurobike 2012 - Colnago C59 Disc – First Ride2 years 2 weeks agoVecchioJo

    VecchioJo wrote:
    thereandbackagain wrote:
    This is a bit confusing. You say the system is fully hydraulic at the top of the article, but then say they aren't as good as a hydraulic disc later on?

    Are you basically saying "despite being hydraulic these are no better than a good caliper setup"?

    yes they are hydraulic, no they don't work very well, hydraulic brakes don't all work the same, different makes work and feel different and some are better than others

    Before making that comment, you should have asked if the pads and rotors were broken properly and reported how. If the first contact is a 2000', brake dragging descent from some inexperienced journalist, then no, they're not going to work well after that. But if the techs took 15 minutes to properly bed them in using short term medium pressure, on and off again, and a squeeze bottle of water, then I'd bet they'd work well. Every Formula brake I've ever owned has worked perfectly, great modulation and great power with little effort, when set up properly.

  • Eurobike 2012 - Colnago C59 Disc – First Ride2 years 2 weeks agoedited...

    edited...

  • FOR SALE: Speedplay zero pedals, cleats and coffee shop covers2 years 2 weeks agoHi, are these still

    Hi, are these still available?

  • How fit do I have to be to do a sportive?2 years 2 weeks agoFirst up. Enjoy yourself

    First up. Enjoy yourself Big Grin find your pace and stick at it. Don't be intimidated by others who treat it as a race. Latch onto groups and if they drop you wait till the next lot. If you are keeping pace with them do your turn at the front. If you feel the need to stop between feed stations to stretch or whatever do so.

    Fuel up at the FS and blag a few gels/bars for between things. As for nutrition well there's plenty of thoughts. Before you start the sportive have a bowl of porridge and fruit or a pasta dish of some description a couple of hours before hand. Have a flapjack or something similar half an hour before you roll out. Also good to get some liquid in you as well at that point. Gel wise. It would be good to experiment before so you know what your system can handle. My preference is mule bars or high5 when using gels. Though some hand made flapjacks/fruit cake is hard to beat. Jelly babies are also a nice boost Smile

    Enjoy your time out and let us know how the sportive goes.

  • SKS P35 Chromoplastic mudguards2 years 2 weeks agoI've got these on my Boardman

    I've got these on my Boardman CX, running Marathon plus in a 28 with no clearance problems at all. Rear guard went on no problem without any cutting needed but front needed a bit of fettling not least to miss the disc brake calliper. Got to say I was quite pleased with the result. Agree with cutting off the plastic sheaths - I just super-glued them on. This is the second set I've fitted and never managed to do it in less than two hours, but then I do faff around quite a lot.

  • Bradley Wiggins considering backing his own women's team (+ video)2 years 2 weeks agoaccording to notfastenough's

    according to notfastenough's post . If all the mens teams dropped one rider,they could all operate a womens team each? well that could work ? What do you think ?

  • How fit do I have to be to do a sportive?2 years 2 weeks agoThanks John the Monkey &

    Thanks John the Monkey & Crosshouses. Need to liaise with my good lady now as tempted by the Sportive.

  • How fit do I have to be to do a sportive?2 years 2 weeks agoThanks bashthebox. What are

    Thanks bashthebox. What are gels really like? Do they give a short burst before the onset of the dreaded bonk? Which energy bars do you use? Are Jordan's cereal bars any good? What about eating before? Oats? Slow release etc. I'll take a look at bike radar.com too.

  • Eurobike 2012 - Colnago C59 Disc – First Ride2 years 2 weeks ago"... primitive cable discs

    "... primitive cable discs ..."

    Could you stop this advertising/sales talk, please?

    Avid BB7s mechanicals may be simple but certainly not primitive and when PROPERLY adjusted and with the right cables braking performance will be similar to hydraulic system.
    On a mountain bike it's a smooth one finger operation and fit and forget performance. They don't need as some ill-informed individuals imply "constant adjustment" and after initial bed-in/adjustment cables don't "stretch" any more.

    I respect honest UNBIASED opinions from people who have actually spend a significant amount of time on both BB7s and hydraulic systems in order to evaluate their performance.
    Unfortunately most of people "opinions" are simply based only on experience with some badly adjusted OEM or Tektro calipers combined with standard outer casing. Oh, and don't assume that a brake is correctly adjusted just because a shop mechanic has done it for you.

    As everyone working in busy workshop will tell you hydraulic brakes have their drawbacks and most randomly picked bikes will have some minor issues with sticky pistons, rotor rub etc...

    P.S. Small (140mm?) rotors may look sexy on a shop floor and be adequate for racers and skinny journos with racing background but they won't be large enough for most of "normal" people, at least not at the front.

  • Eurobike 2012 - Colnago C59 Disc – First Ride2 years 2 weeks agoHats off to colnago for a big

    Hats off to colnago for a big push with the C59 disc , it will surely inspire other manufacturers both mainstream and bespoke to offer a new riding experience for us all to try. It will be good to hear how it compares to a top end C59 non disc on a technical climb and descent.....and also compare weights. I can't see maintenance being a problem and if your spending C59 cash then you would probably enjoy the work or pay for it to be done..... Somebody needs to work on those levers though....

  • Wanted! 31.6 Carbon Seat Post2 years 2 weeks agotonyrrr wrote:I have a

    tonyrrr wrote:
    I have a Canondale C2 - as new.
    £40 posted

    That's a carbon wrap Post; but, thanks for the offer. I'll keep looking for the right post for my Cube Agree GTC Pro.

  • Eurobike 2012 Preview + video2 years 2 weeks agobigant wrote:Animals on

    bigant wrote:
    Animals on unicycles

    Unicorns on unicycles surely?

  • Eurobike 2012 Preview + video2 years 2 weeks agoHeard some good stuff about

    Heard some good stuff about the 2013 Raleigh range. First glimpse of their Militis range?

  • Sustrans boss calls for safer streets as survey reveals "truly shocking" extent of short-hop school runs2 years 2 weeks agoAnd by the way Sedgepeat the

    And by the way Sedgepeat the roads are safer now than they have ever been! 4886 fatalities in 1926 to 1901 fatalities in 2011!

  • Oversocks? In August? Surely some mistake2 years 2 weeks agoI hear people referring to

    I hear people referring to rules, like above (rule 5?)

    You may laugh at my next question, as it could just be people being sarcastic, but im fairly new to the road cycling scene. Is there actually a set of rules/guide? Thinking

    As id like to, as much as possible, be a good cyclist who doesnt prevoke pointless road rage. Although sometimes we all know we cant do right.

    Thanks

  • Sustrans boss calls for safer streets as survey reveals "truly shocking" extent of short-hop school runs2 years 2 weeks agoI hear what you are saying;

    I hear what you are saying; back in the good old days when people believe children were safe, the reality was is was paedophile heaven. People believed that children tended to tell tales about adults they did not like. These days we realise that no-one is above suspicion and that children are more likely than not to be telling the truth. But in order to protect children from the highly unlikely chance of abuse/abduction we are exposing them to the very real chance of health problems due to inactivity. I believe that better awareness of abusers means that children are safer than ever. I have 4 children and do my best to keep them safe, but driving them everywhere is not the solution.

  • Vuelta - Stage 11 (ITT)2 years 2 weeks agoAaaaggghhhhh All my stzr itt

    Aaaaggghhhhh
    All my stzr itt guys did next to nowt. Waste of transfers. Well jrod is back in for martin tomorrow. #upset

  • Pictures of your Bike2 years 2 weeks agoHeres my Pride and joy ( I

    Heres my Pride and joy ( I need to get a better picture)

    It weighs in at about 9Kg (I wish i could afford to make it lighter though)

    2010 Specialized Allez 16

    Look Keo max 2 carbon pedals
    Fulcrum racing 5 wheels
    Conti GP4000 tyres
    3T carbon post

    A few other bits too Smile

    Thanks

  • ID implants coming your way2 years 2 weeks agoyou know what I mean.....

    Yawn you know what I mean.....

  • Sustrans boss calls for safer streets as survey reveals "truly shocking" extent of short-hop school runs2 years 2 weeks agoThis has bugged me for years.

    This has bugged me for years. Give the kid a brolly and make them walk to school.

  • Sustrans boss calls for safer streets as survey reveals "truly shocking" extent of short-hop school runs2 years 2 weeks agoMore anti car anti driver

    More anti car anti driver ideology. When will people get it? 20 Limits are counter productive. Drivers who would normally select a lower speed around schools and BUA will focus on their needle instead of the road where we want them focussing. When they do that they are more likely to miss seeing the child or sudden movement and like all limits pinch a mile or two too. And low and behold all over the country accidents are up 24% in these areas but so are average speeds too.

    But why assume parents are being idle? The roads are now much more dangerous as its not 1912 anymore added to which the car & the van has allowed paedophiles to travel far and wide too. That's why schools are all barred up and gated in where known parents have to meet the kids. What's the point of all that if the kids are just going to be loose there and back. Are any of you parents? Have any of you got large families to manage? Well you sure can't do all that on pushbikes.