• Fake Look frames on sale in Europe1 day 2 hours agodisco wrote:My mistake, I

    disco wrote:
    My mistake, I didn't read the 'lights' first time round.

    You what ? (to quote someone else)

  • Turbo training1 day 2 hours agoFirst thing to set out is

    First thing to set out is what your goal is (I know you've said you want to go faster) but it depends on whether you're racing or not as to how strict a program you think you'll need.

    Best approach is not to complicate it, use the basic periodised training model and work from there. Don't go balls out over winter since you wont make it past spring before you're burned out.

    Also write down a rough outline of your plan so you have a basic structure to work from, more often than not that's where most people fall down - they veer off plan and end up making little progress for a lot of random physical effort. Don't keep caning the intervals and hard-core sessions all the time - do them periodically to steadily build your threshold power (I see enough PT clients who are on their knees after a few months from trainers who have constantly thrashed them with high intensity training since it seems to be the in thing in the fitness industry at the moment).

    I've adapted a few of the sections out of Chris Carmichael's (Time crunched cyclist) and Joe Friel's training programs. I don't race, I just like to be quick enough to comfortably pedal a fast club run, do a decent 90-100mile sportive here and there and not get dropped on a 20+min climb. There are some longer steady state sessions which you can use for basic tempo/ build work as well. For a week or two every couple of months you can do some max power interval work (40s-20s, 30s-30s on/off etc). Just remember to listen to your body, when it says enough is enough then it's time to give yourself a rest.

  • Transport for London slammed for "watering down" Cycle Superhighway 2 upgrade1 day 2 hours agowhich TfL have previously

    which TfL have previously agreed are 'capacity neutral' so would not cause delays to traffic."

    Those on bikes are traffic too. I despair.

  • Mauro Santambrogio, just back from a ban, fails another anti-doping control1 day 2 hours agolet's all give up on pro

    let's all give up on pro cycling and just ride our own bikes.

  • Cannondale CAADX - Groupset choice1 day 2 hours agoit's a winter bike, go for

    it's a winter bike, go for the cheapest option unless money isn't a issue. Sora works as well as the other two in terms of function if you don't take the extra sprockets in the equation.

  • Three riders crash in five minutes on Brighton's latest bike lane1 day 2 hours agoHas the victim of the third

    Has the victim of the third crash changed her name as a result of the accident? She was Sian Evans when she crashed, but by the time she leapt to the defence of the council she seems to have become Sian Hughes - must have been a pretty bad spill!

  • Three riders crash in five minutes on Brighton's latest bike lane1 day 2 hours agoagree with zermattjohn if 3

    agree with zermattjohn

    if 3 cars had crashed on a new road surface unveiled by the council there would be uproar.

  • How to repair a tyre1 day 2 hours agoI had a flint slice into the

    I had a flint slice into the centre of a nearly brand new Rubino. Shredded the innertube which had to be binned. The neat little slit in the tyre I've reinforced with a heavy duty patch on the inside. They are 25mm and run at 80 psi, and there's no sign of the tube bulging out.

    (I know they are cheap and horrible, but I can't bring myself to throw away anything that's still got life in it. So I'm determined to wear the bloody things out!)

  • Alex Dowsett confirms Hour record attempt in New Year1 day 2 hours agoGood luck Alex, you can do

    Good luck Alex, you can do it!
    Will be interesting to see who is the first rider not to break the record!

  • Wiggle Energy gel (20 pack)1 day 2 hours agoStrange test this one guys,

    Strange test this one guys, they taste nice and represent good value so both plus points. But they are energy gels and you fail to determine whether they are a good source of energy surely thats the point and i would like to think your testers are getting the miles in for everything they test? Good to have confirmed what i always suspected a quick dash out and mark it on looks???

    "On short rides the Wiggle gels have been tasty and easy to use both in terms of opening and on the stomach. The effects on a longer ride might produce different results. So an eight with the possibility of going higher."

    If these are cheap palatable and offer a good source of energy they should get a 10 job done perfect but if they are cheap and palatable and don't offer a good energy source they should get a 0 your not testing sweets your testing an energy gel???

    To not test them for what they are and mark an 8 is a waste of time ?

  • Three riders crash in five minutes on Brighton's latest bike lane1 day 2 hours ago"I love the Lewes Road

    "I love the Lewes Road improvements, cycle every day & they really help, just this bit is scary!"

    If this was a lane for motor traffic, the kerb was slighty higher such that it caused 3 motorcycles or even cars to crash, would their riders/drivers say that? Why do we accept that cycle infrastructure will inherently be a bit sh!t? If you choose to drive, your infrastructure will have been designed well and safety audited to check so. If you choose to leave the car at home are you saying you accept crap design? Why this blind-spot when it comes to cycle infrastructure?

  • Three riders crash in five minutes on Brighton's latest bike lane1 day 2 hours agoLooks like it is on the way

    Looks like it is on the way in to Brighton from Colddean Lane? That's a shame as that Cycle Lane is one of the few I use despite the proximity of bus stops. It's pretty wide, free of debris and other sh1te, and you don't feel like public enemy #1 if you're motoring along at more than 10 mph.

  • Three riders crash in five minutes on Brighton's latest bike lane1 day 3 hours agoTypical of the Council to

    Typical of the Council to buck pass. The Gyratory has been a massive headache since they started tinkering with it. I prefer to cycle into and around Brighton, but now avoid the gyratory like the plague.
    The Council has been run awfully since the Greens assumed power. The debacle with the A259, the Gyratory and the silly 20mph limits have shown them to be muddled in their thinking.

  • Eurostar no longer carries bikes on Avignon service1 day 3 hours agolots of nice air routes to

    lots of nice air routes to that bit of the S of France. Airports at Nimes, Avignon, Marseille, Montpellier, Lyons, with direct flights from the UK.

  • Metric Century Challenge 2013-20141 day 3 hours ago16 Jan | 1 point | 120.18 km

    16 Jan | 1 point | 120.18 km | 01 points | 0120.18 km
    19 Jan | 1 point | 121.59 km | 02 points | 0241.77 km

    02 Feb | 1 point | 108.71 km | 03 points | 0350.48 km
    06 Feb | 1 point | 101.68 km | 04 points | 0452.16 km
    09 Feb | 1 point | 104.72 km | 05 points | 0556.88 km
    16 Feb | 1 point | 106.98 km | 06 points | 0663.86 km
    23 Feb | 1 point | 100.32 km | 07 points | 0764.18 km

    02 Mar | 1 point | 100.48 km | 08 points | 0864.66 km
    09 Mar | 1 point | 101.86 km | 09 points | 0966.52 km
    13 Mar | 1 point | 108.15 km | 10 points | 1074.67 km
    29 Mar | 1 point | 108.2 km | 11 points | 1182.9 km
    30 Mar | 1 point | 112.3 km | 12 points | 1295.2 km

    10 Apr | 1 point | 173.0 km | 13 points | 1468.2 km
    13 Apr | 1 point | 104.7 km | 14 points | 1572.9 km
    15 Apr | 1 point | 134.3 km | 15 points | 1707.2 km
    18 Apr | 1 point | 162.4 km | 16 points | 1869.6 km
    20 Apr | 1 point | 100.5 km | 17 points | 1970.1 km
    24 Apr | 1 point | 163.5 km | 18 points | 2133.6 km
    27 Apr | 1 point | 117.1 km | 19 points | 2250.7 km
    29 Apr | 1 point | 100.9 km | 20 points | 2351.6 km

    04 May | 1 point | 105.1 km | 21 points | 2456.7 km
    11 May | 1 point | 100.6 km | 22 points | 2557.3 km
    18 May | 1 point | 100.8 km | 23 points | 2658.1 km
    25 May | 1 point | 121.2 km | 24 points | 2779.3 km

    01 Jun | 1 point | 101.4 km | 25 points | 2880.7 km
    08 Jun | 1 point | 115.3 km | 26 points | 2996.0 km
    14 Jun | 1 point | 102.0 km | 27 points | 3098.0 km
    19 Jun | 1 point | 100.8 km | 28 points | 3198.8 km
    24 Jun | 1 point | 102.7 km | 29 points | 3301.5 km
    26 Jun | 1 point | 100.6 km | 30 points | 3402.1 km
    28 Jun | 1 point | 100.8 km | 31 points | 3502.9 km

    01 Jul | 1 point | 101.2 km | 32 points | 3604.1 km
    04 Jul | 1 point | 101.1 km | 33 points | 3705.2 km
    06 Jul | 1 point | 101.6 km | 34 points | 3806.8 km
    12 Jul | 1 point | 105.2 km | 35 points | 3912.0 km
    17 Jul | 1 point | 102. 5 km | 36 points | 4014.5 km
    20 Jul | 1 point | 113. 5 km | 37 points | 4128.0 km
    24 Jul | 1 point | 122. 6 km | 38 points | 4250.6 km
    26 Jul | 1 point | 105. 0 km | 39 points | 4355.6 km
    27 Jul | 1 point | 101. 7 km | 40 points | 4457.3 km
    29 Jul | 1 point | 119. 3 km | 41 points | 4576.6 km

    03 Aug | 1 point | 108. 3 km | 42 points | 4684.9 km
    05 Aug | 1 point | 116. 1 km | 43 points | 4801.0 km
    07 Aug | 1 point | 124. 0 km | 44 points | 4925.0 km
    12 Aug | 1 point | 101. 5 km | 45 points | 5026.5 km
    15 Aug | 1 point | 100. 3 km | 46 points | 5126.8 km
    19 Aug | 1 point | 100. 3 km | 47 points | 5227.1 km
    22 Aug | 1 point | 100. 4 km | 48 points | 5327.5 km
    27 Aug | 1 point | 101. 9 km | 49 points | 5429.4 km
    29 Aug | 1 point | 101. 7 km | 50 points | 5531.1 km

    03 Sep | 1 point | 101. 0 km | 51 points | 5632.1 km
    05 Sep | 1 point | 101. 8 km | 52 points | 5733.9 km
    10 Sep | 1 point | 143. 4 km | 53 points | 5877.3 km
    13 Sep | 1 point | 103. 3 km | 54 points | 5977.6 km
    17 Sep | 1 point | 109. 5 km | 55 points | 6087.1km
    24 Sep | 1 point | 114. 2 km | 56 points | 6201.3 km
    27 Sep | 1 point | 138. 4 km | 57 points | 6339.7 km

    01 Oct | 1 point | 139. 2 km | 58 points | 6478.9 km
    03 Oct | 1 point | 101. 1 km | 59 points | 6580.0 km
    08 Oct | 1 point | 101. 4 km | 60 points | 6681.4 km
    10 Oct | 1 point | 102. 2 km | 61 points | 6783.6 km
    16 Oct | 1 point | 102. 0 km | 62 points | 6885.6 km
    18 Oct | 1 point | 140. 3 km | 63 points | 7025.9 km
    22 Oct | 1 point | 134. 2 km | 64 points | 7160.1 km
    25 Oct | 1 point | 112. 3 km | 65 points | 7272.4 km
    29 Oct | 1 point | 113. 3 km | 66 points | 7385.7 km

    01 Nov | 1 point | 164. 8 km | 67 points | 7550.5 km
    03 Nov | 1 point | 103. 4 km | 68 points | 7653.9 km
    05 Nov | 1 point | 107. 2 km | 69 points | 7761.1 km
    09 Nov | 1 point | 110. 5 km | 70 points | 7871.6 km
    11 Nov | 1 point | 101. 6 km | 71 points | 7973.2 km
    13 Nov | 1 point | 106. 9 km | 72 points | 8080.1 km
    15 Nov | 1 point | 108. 4 km | 73 points | 8188.5 km
    18 Nov | 1 point | 101. 7 km | 74 points | 8290.2 km
    19 Nov | 1 point | 113. 0 km | 75 points | 8403.2 km
    21 Nov | 1 point | 102. 4 km | 76 points | 8505.6 km
    22 Nov | 1 point | 120. 6 km | 77 points | 8626.2 km
    23 Nov | 1 point | 101. 0 km | 78 points | 8727.2 km
    24 Nov | 1 point | 102. 4 km | 79 points | 8829.6 km
    26 Nov | 1 point | 102. 3 km | 80 points | 8931.9 km
    27 Nov | 1 point | 101. 5 km | 81 points | 9033.4 km

    01 Dec | 1 point | 137.2 km | 82 points | 9170.6 km
    03 Dec | 1 point | 150.3 km | 83 points | 9320.9 km
    06 Dec | 1 point | 103.9 km | 84 points | 9424.8 km
    07 Dec | 1 point | 103.6 km | 85 points | 9528.4 km
    12 Dec | 1 point | 101.6 km | 86 points | 9630.0 km
    13 Dec | 1 point | 102.0 km | 87 points | 9732.0 km
    15 Dec | 1 point | 104.3 km | 88 points | 9836.3 km
    17 Dec | 1 point | 101.5 km | 89 points | 9937.8 km
    19 Dec | 1 point | 101.1 km | 90 points | 10038.9 km

    Yes! 10 Megametres in 90 metric century rides.
    Today's the hardest of the lot - strong wind.
    Who needs Strava for pointless targets?
    Perhaps 100 met-cent rides in 2015 . . .

  • Bowman Palace frame and fork1 day 3 hours agoStrange. At the top of the

    Strange. At the top of the page there's a weight quoted of 1814g, just next to Bowmans contact details. But you're right the article mentions 1200g. My point was that the frame gets several comparisons to another manufacturers frame which has almost exactly the same geometry and is made of a company specific material, with a rather individual manufacturing method of super plastic forming. This frame is even the same price. But it's available in one colour and weight claims are somewhat hard to establish. So not that similar then?

  • CX Sportive and Wiggle join forces to launch 100 mile CX Event1 day 3 hours agoI've done it in about 13

    I've done it in about 13 hours too, on a hard tail MTB with 2.35 inch tyres. The 9th hill (around Alfriston?!) was a particularly mean long SOB.
    A friend used his CX bike on a Wiggle event that was meant to 50% road, 40% bridleway and 10% South Downs terrain...the 10% shredded his CX tyres and he had to abandon. I don't know what tyres he had, and know less about the types of CX tyre available, but doing the whole thing on a CX bike would fill me with dread.

  • Total disillusionment with Garmin products and support1 day 3 hours agoSo let me get this right,

    So let me get this right, over three years ago you bought a Garmin which had a fault out of warranty, Garmin do the right thing and send a replacement for free out of warranty, this 2nd Garmin 13 months later and 10 months out of warranty develops another fault, again Garmin replace then the 3rd one which I take you have owned for nearly a year also becomes faulty at or near the time you think the warranty is about to expire and you want a 4th in 3 years.

    Garmin have covered out of warranty issues for you over and beyond what they needed too and now three years down the line you want them to keep supplying replacements for it even though its two years out of warranty?

    To be fair it seems Garmin have been good to you twice, once for covering the 1st out of warranty unit and again the same for the 2nd and 3rd.

  • Gore Bike Wear Power Gore-Tex Active Jacket1 day 3 hours agoI have this jacket and love

    I have this jacket and love it. Mine is medium and it fits me (6'2, 73kg) very well. I've never had a Gore-tex jacket before and the lightness / waterproofness / breathability feels like magic.

    You can see it in action in our company Christmas video (0:05 to 0:15):

    https://vimeo.com/114711832

  • Exclusive sneak peek: First frames from Mason Cycles1 day 3 hours agoalotronic wrote:Disc first

    alotronic wrote:
    Disc first and one steel one alu makes sense, giving that they are effectively going to be competing with Kinesis and Genesis. Kinesis don't do road alu disc (only ti) and neither do Genesis, so an open goal there. Nearest competitor is Whyte for something that will actually suit Uk (ie guards) in Alu, but he should be able to do better than them given his experience with cracking Alu bikes.

    Re " they are effectively....competing with Kinesis and Genesis" I doubt the price points will be anywhere near a Kinesis or Genesis bike, but then these are "artisan" bikes. And as of yet, Mason don't do "road alu disc" either, these are proto frames for next year. I imagine the Kinesis and Genesis guys are already at the same point (or further given their lifespan) as Mason in terms of development for 2015.

  • Closed roads for Tour of Cambridgeshire Gran Fondo and Chrono time trial1 day 3 hours agoWow, that is one hell of a

    Wow, that is one hell of a dull course. I've ridden those roads, and I wouldn't want to do so again even if they paid me £80. To describe the area around Peterborough as "similar to the terrain in Belgium" is being very charitable, unless you mean the first 100km of the Tour of Flanders, which is so boring that not even Belgian TV covers it. Pity, because if it were held almost anywhere else it sounds like it would have been a corker of an event.

  • Exclusive sneak peek: First frames from Mason Cycles1 day 3 hours agoalotronic wrote:Disc first

    alotronic wrote:
    Disc first and one steel one alu makes sense, giving that they are effectively going to be competing with Kinesis and Genesis. Kinesis don't do road alu disc (only ti) and neither do Genesis, so an open goal there. Nearest competitor is Whyte for something that will actually suit Uk (ie guards) in Alu, but he should be able to do better than them given his experience with cracking Alu bikes.

    I believe Kinesis will be bringing out an alu disc frame early in the new year, but you're right: it's a limited market.

    I'm intrigued to know what kind of frames to expect: do-it-alls like the Equilibrium or something a little cooler? Can't wait to see. So far so pretty.

  • Cyclist fined for 'avoiding phone box' on shared path pleads not guilty1 day 3 hours agoQuote:I don't make an issue

    Quote:
    I don't make an issue of it, just pass with care but still get shouts of 'where's your bell'.

    I've had that one a couple of times recently. Has it been stirred up by the Daily Mail? I find that if I use my bell to warn pedestrians of my approach, they often jump out of their skins, so I use a quiet word + lots of patience instead. It's not always appreciated.

  • Fantasy League 20151 day 3 hours agoel gordo wrote:"there will be

    el gordo wrote:
    "there will be other changes too."
    Like sending the prizes out?

    changes like that, too. i don't have the prizes sat by my desk so i can't just send them, and there are still issues with some that either didn't get sent or went missing along the way. but i'm working through them

  • Fantasy League 20151 day 3 hours agoAl__S wrote:Changes that will

    Al__S wrote:
    Changes that will stop people with too much time and a spreadsheet flooding the system with teams?

    some changes like that, yes