• Giro d'Italia Stage 21: Ryder Hesjedal wins the Giro on final day in Milan2 years 12 weeks agoI'm not a Canuck, but I've

    I'm not a Canuck, but I've visited there often enough to see how much pride Canadians have in their athletes.

    Very pleased for Ryder, and for Garmin Barracuda. Pretty sweet, eh?

  • DfT announces £113 million funding for green travel initiatives throughout England2 years 12 weeks agotarquin_foxglove wrote:Durham

    tarquin_foxglove wrote:
    Durham County Council get £4.761m to encourage walking to school but in their new County Plan, they intend to spend £70m (up from an initial estimate of £40m) on two relief roads on the north & west of Durham City, total distance 6 miles.

    I wonder if that is linked to an advert I seen at one of their swimming baths yesterday, basically kids walk/ride to school to collect points to redeem at the swimming baths for a free session.

    1 point per journey and I think it was about 20 points for a free session.

  • Vulpine Merino T-shirt2 years 12 weeks agobelgravedave wrote:Have tried

    belgravedave wrote:
    Have tried merino products a few times in the past ( Ralpha and dhb) but I'm a heavy sweater and find they can't cope, they just don't seem to have the wicking abilities. During a hard ride the material seems to get overpowered.

    Personally, I don't wear merino if I'm going out on a high-intensity ride in the sun (although I know a lot of people who do). But, for days when I'm on and off the bike – riding around town for a bit, sitting in a caff for a bit – it's spot on.

    I also use merino in the winter when I want lots of insulation and know I won't sweat too much.

  • Criterium Dauphine2 years 12 weeks agoStage one might not be so

    Stage one might not be so sprinty, but there is a chance of it, more likely a LONG break reeled in on the last climb and everyone finishing together

    Stage 3 is the only real chance of a sprinter winning, but most teams don't send "sprinters" to this race as its well known for being a climbers paradise.

  • Criterium Dauphine2 years 12 weeks agoYeah, pretty hilly and two

    Yeah, pretty hilly and two TTs (ok, one's a prologue), I reckon you could actually play this purist and not do too badly. I think maybe stages 1 and 2 will be the big days for the fantasy game as getting a decent haul of breakaway KoM points will set you up well for the rest of the race.

  • Ultegra triple and sram rival2 years 12 weeks agoFrom what i can gather and

    From what i can gather and someone may point out different, the only difference being the triple chainset and triple STi

    6700 documents

    http://bike.shimano.com/publish/content/global_cycle/en/us/index/product...
    http://bike.shimano.com/media/techdocs/content/cycle/EV/bikecomponents/S...
    http://bike.shimano.com/media/techdocs/content/cycle/SI/SI_6SC0A/SI-6SC0...

    6703 documents

    http://bike.shimano.com/publish/content/global_cycle/en/us/index/product...
    http://bike.shimano.com/media/techdocs/content/cycle/EV/bikecomponents/S...
    http://bike.shimano.com/media/techdocs/content/cycle/SI/Ultegra/SI_6SE0A...

  • Criterium Dauphine2 years 12 weeks agoprofiles are up on

    profiles are up on www.letour.fr now

  • Criterium Dauphine2 years 12 weeks agoGonna wait to see the

    Gonna wait to see the profiles for stages 1 & 3 - I'm assuming they'll be sprinty but best to be sure. I'm on holiday next week so not sure my girlfriend will want me to be checking my transfers every day - maybe I'll do this one purist...

    Hmm, just found them on Velowire - maybe not so sprinty...

  • Just in: Islabikes Beinn 202 years 12 weeks agoTo join the praising of

    To join the praising of Islabikes, they are excellent, my son loves his red Beinn 20. At Lea Valley Youth cycling Club, they are awash with Islabikes too, probably the most popular brand there. Competitors are starting to arrive, Cube and Ridgeback iirc both have single chainring and no suspension bikes in their ranges now. Not sure they are as light or have the component choice as carefully one, but at least the deadweight of a suspension fork has gone from some kids bikes. Different when they are teenagers, but a 2kg fork on a bike for a child weighing 20- 30kgs is ludicrous.

  • Stray dog beats 300 cyclists in 1700Km 'race' across China + video2 years 12 weeks agoEvery dog has his day eh? lol

    Every dog has his day eh? lol bless him ....

  • Stray dog beats 300 cyclists in 1700Km 'race' across China + video2 years 12 weeks agoComing from a country that

    Coming from a country that mistreats humans, let alone animals this should be treated with a pinch of salt.
    If it was in this country the poor knackered dog with be given a nice home, but no out there they want to take it to Everest - probably wants more publicity and thinks he can make money out of the story.
    Well done mate you gave a dog a drumstick and then allowed it half kill itself chasing you and then put it in a cage on a bike - bet it loved that.

    I'm a proud Staffie owner.
    Staffies- Softer than you think.
    (There are plenty of loving Staffies that need rehoming!)

  • Ultegra triple and sram rival2 years 12 weeks agoThe difference between 6703

    The difference between 6703 and 6700 is ...... 3 Big Grin

    Seriously though .. the "3" is just pertaining to triple chainrings.

  • RAC urges government to provide cash for road safety campaigns in its 2012 Report on Motoring2 years 12 weeks agoA safety campaign to promote

    A safety campaign to promote the use of 3 integral pieces of safety equipment that almost every road user has access to but frequently fails to use, is needed.

    I write this as the third cyclists fatality to be reported on by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch in 5 years, where the cyclist died under the train or tram at a level crossing, and in all cases with compelling evidence that an ipod or similar was in use with earpieces. This is not a total for such incidents but tellingly these are the only 3 cycle-train crashes that have been investigated since the RAIB was formed to take on the investigation of train crashes.

    Sight is the primary safety kit we all need to use on the road but it is limited and has a 240 degree 'blind spot'. That is why 360 degree hearing is such an important part of surviving on the road, and all road users need to understand that it has to be available.

    Effective use of the 'audible warning of approach - rather than a post incident venting of rage might be a good start, of and opening the car window slightly and turning down the in car sound system would mean you would hear my shout and would not then be surprised when I slap down hard on the roof or a bodyside panel. Then you really are too close.

    The third piece of safety kit - a fully functioning brain to process the eye and ear data and send out the eye and other non verbal communication responses to the other road users looking at and 'speaking' to you.

  • Myles' Rás Diary Stage 7: "Love it. Heart rate 177. Max is 182. 135 km to go"2 years 12 weeks agoBest racing blog I've read,

    Best racing blog I've read, really brings home how fit the elite lads are. Such a tough sport.

  • Ultegra triple and sram rival2 years 12 weeks agoBut can you put Sram at rear

    But can you put Sram at rear and mix with shimano ultegra compact at front? What shifters and cables would this imply? Also what is difference between ultegra 6703 and 6700?

  • Cyclopark, Europe's largest cycle park, opens today near Gravesend2 years 12 weeks agoIt'll host its first BMX

    It'll host its first BMX regional on June 3rd - Round 5 of the South Region. I'll spectate with my son but I won't compete. I'm told the track is pretty full on with world class jumps, which makes it a bit challenging for me and my son. Clark and Kent build good tracks but this one's aimed at the best riders. It isn't aimed at cyclists of all abilities, despite what the promoters claim. It is a track for experts only and inexperienced BMXers (or beginners) will find it too tough.

  • Fantasy Cycling wish list2 years 12 weeks agoGraphs please! I'd like to be

    Graphs please!

    I'd like to be able to view a line graph of my position through the major tours (maybe also be able to compare with another team, so I could have compared where me and robacairns were in relation to eachother through the Giro and where he managed to make up the 150 points to win it), also possibly my single stage positions to see if there's any trends and where I'm doing particularly badly. Likewise maybe a line graph of my score against the best score would be cool.

    I know all of that information is accessible and I can drop it all into a spreadsheet for myself but I'm lazy Big Grin

  • Just in: Islabikes Beinn 202 years 12 weeks agoGreat kids bikes indeed.

    Great kids bikes indeed. Expensive but worth saving a bit extra for as they ride so well and hold their value so well. On our first one we virtually got our money back after 2 years. Son is on a Beinn 20 Large now. Shame I couldn't talk my daughter into one - as the colours didn't work for her (she's 4 with strong opinions and it was difficult enough to get her to want a bike). We'll get her onto an Islabike next time I hope.

  • I saw a deer in the city on Friday, what's the most unexpected thing you've seen on your commute?2 years 12 weeks agoWas riding through moorland

    Was riding through moorland and then woodland (via the road) on Saturday and nearly ran over what I think was a snake. It was about a foot long and brown. I would of went back and had a proper look but I was struggling to get up a 20% gradient at the time and just managed to swerve out the way before running over it.

    1st time I have seen a snake Nerd and think it might have been a Grass snake.

  • Criterium Dauphine2 years 12 weeks agoMy Provisional

    My Provisional team

    Wiggins
    Martin
    Millar
    Rogers
    Durbridge
    T.Meyer
    Zabriskie
    Kelderman
    Posthuma

  • Myles' Rás Diary Stage 7: "Love it. Heart rate 177. Max is 182. 135 km to go"2 years 12 weeks agoInspirational! You need to be

    Inspirational!

    You need to be racing every week Myles - we want more blogging! Devil

  • Just in: Islabikes Beinn 202 years 12 weeks agoI wanted to get a Beinn for

    I wanted to get a Beinn for my daughter, but the budget just couldn't quite stretch that far. We got her an Adventure 200 (by Madison, iirc) instead - still good, mind, but heavier with suspension forks etc. With a discount: £159.

  • Just in: Islabikes Beinn 202 years 12 weeks agoResale costs on eBay are

    Resale costs on eBay are amazing too. You are effectively renting a bike for a year or 2.

  • Rapha sample sale - Manchester2 years 12 weeks agoI went on Saturday and it was

    I went on Saturday and it was a BUNFIGHT!!

    Luckily I was pretty much front of the queue at around 8am (doors opened at 10am) ...

    I came a way with a few bits and pieces
    LS Winter Jersey
    SS Rapha Club Jersey (Nice but its a promo piece effectively given as part of a club membership in Polyester)
    Black Cap
    Black Kneewarmers (very happy with those)
    White armwarmers (more on that later)
    Essentials wallet (fantastic item)
    3/4 Fixie shorts (beautiful, my second pair)
    1 pair of Pro Socks (white)

    The armwarmers I grabbed at as they had become detatched but only found out they are slightly differing sizes when I returned home, one may be a little too restrictive I fear .. (Ebay ???) ..Smile

    Overall, the jerseys were find so long as you were a SMALL or EXTRA SMALL Spaniard (Country Jersey) or if you wanted the Pink/Grey/White jersey .... I didnt.

    The Bibshorts all seemed to be XXL
    There were no Gilets (really wanted a new one as ruined my white one)
    There were no rainjackets (no real surprise there)

    There was tons of stock but I feel they really should have railed it all up and the BUNFIGHT could have been a lot more civilised and the stock easier to view.

    The staff were great though, a nice bunch of lads who were happy to chat and keen to get everyone out riding on the Sunday ... I had returned home by then though..

    All in all, it was Ok ..... I'd just reiterate that perhaps railing all the "hangable" stock would make a lot more sense ... IT WAS JUST BEDLAM and with the heat within the shop I had to get out after a while.

    So, there you have it ...

  • DfT announces £113 million funding for green travel initiatives throughout England2 years 12 weeks agoDurham County Council get

    Durham County Council get £4.761m to encourage walking to school but in their new County Plan, they intend to spend £70m (up from an initial estimate of £40m) on two relief roads on the north & west of Durham City, total distance 6 miles.