• TdF stage 520 hours 17 min agoFrannybobs wrote:Can't help

    Frannybobs wrote:
    Can't help thinking Team Sky cut off their nose to spite their face and are now paying the price...

    drheaton wrote:
    ... such a shame that they don't have a GC leader in their squad who can win a three week race and is good on cobbles... oh wait, they do...
    Heh heh Smile Made me laugh... Smile

  • Bristol plans £35 million spend on cycleway network20 hours 20 min agoWhy does the behaviour of

    Why does the behaviour of cyclists even enter these debates? No-one ever says "We'd build a road here but we're worried joyriders might use it".

    The last bit of your comment is also a tad contradictory. If we're sharing pavements with pedestrians, these are not "dedicated cycle lanes". The first project being built under this scheme, on Clarence Road, is a 3 metre-wide kerbed-off cycle lane - with a nice wide pavement next to it.

    If the network can all be built to this standard, complaining that you're expected to use it will be a bit like moaning about how matches have robbed you of the pleasure of creating fire by rubbing two sticks together.

  • TdF stage 520 hours 21 min agostumps wrote:Its raining so

    stumps wrote:
    Its raining so Wiggins would have packed in by now.
    Nice! Smile

  • Reg Harris20 hours 21 min agoNice reply from Wheelers'

    Nice reply from Wheelers' Vice President.

    Seems I can't get away from Reg today - this came into my email inbox this afternoon from the rather marvellous Museum of Science and Industry:

    This summer we're celebrating cycling at MOSI, and we'd love you to join us.
    From bone shaker bikes and Empire Games medals, to contemporary track bikes and hi-tech kit, our Pedal Power exhibition is a tribute to track cycling, technology and teamwork.

    Take a trip around our mini reconstruction of the Manchester Velodrome, explore the science behind Team GB’s recent successes and pit yourself against Olympic greats on our time trial bike.

    Discover the stories behind the city’s cycling legends, including Britain’s first cycling superstar Reg Harris and 1928 Olympic Silver medallist Jack Sibbit.

    Pedal power is a free exhibition celebrating everything that is great on two wheels.

    Open daily, 10am – 5pm

  • Chris Froome out of Tour de France20 hours 22 min agoSince then Wiggo won the time

    Since then Wiggo won the time trial in pouring rain at the tour of Britain and then became this years TT champ in appalling rain!

  • Chris Froome out of Tour de France20 hours 25 min agoI was in general agreement

    I was in general agreement with everything you said until this...

    nicholassmith wrote:
    ...a rider who climbs alright but no where near the level of the other GC contenders.

    'no where near' is inaccurate and inflammatory in my opinion. A 'more limited' climber is a more accurate description... Wiggins is one of the very best climbers in the world and with regards to TT/climbing ratio, 3rd only to Froome and Contador.

  • Chris Froome out of Tour de France20 hours 26 min agoProof! A double barrel

    Proof! A double barrel shotgun is better than a single one.

  • rider weight20 hours 29 min agoFor competitive cycling you

    For competitive cycling you would be described as fat as fcuk.

    There, I'll say it as it is.

    I am your height, weigh a little over 12 stone, am a sprinter and am considered disrespectfully fat/heavy by my peers.

    At a competitive level, power to weight is a ratio that gets bounded about a lot, but in reality weight is the more important factor. Why? Because most competitive cyclists can ultimately produce a very similar amount of watts (I used to do a lot of 20min power tests on riders and it was amazing how tight the band of average power different people produced), so the only real changeable metric is weight.

    However, I'll contradict the above with the following two arguments.

    1. Not many of us actually reach our ultimate power output potential, so for most, more gains will come from working on that, than shaving the last couple of kilos off.

    2. In the land of normal people (not racing snakes), your weight and height is pretty damn healthy, so don't worry about it.

  • Chris Froome out of Tour de France20 hours 30 min agoChrist, I can't believe

    Christ, I can't believe people are pulling out 'I told you so'. Last year Wiggins wasn't the plan B, Sky did fine, this year Wiggins isn't the plan B and Sky aren't doing fine. They'd have been building their team around assumption of failure, with a rider who climbs alright but no where near the level of the other GC contenders. They'll put Porte up for GC and he's ahead of Contador and can climb reasonably well.

    And given the sheer number of riders who went down, who's to say that any plan B rider wouldn't have avoided the same fate? It was a day for the A+ level bike handlers.

  • Kinesis Tripster ATR frameset20 hours 33 min agoHi Bobinski, The wheels have

    Hi Bobinski,

    The wheels have been hugely popular and we have been thinking more 'commute friendly' versions, so I'll add dynamo hub to the list of considerations. Thanks.

  • TdF stage 520 hours 39 min agoHave a look at the bottom end

    Have a look at the bottom end of the field today, obviously the sprinters were staying safe but Jeansson, Reichenbach, Vanotti, Scarponi, JRod, Kiryenka, Voeckler, Gerrans to name just some lost huge time.

  • Bristol plans £35 million spend on cycleway network20 hours 39 min agoThe Bristol post covered this

    The Bristol post covered this story yesterday as well. The comments beneath the story there were pretty depressing. One of the relatively civil replies suggested that cyclists don't use the paths they're given anyway, citing Hartcliffe way as a road where they are held up by cyclists that aren't using the path.

    Does anybody here use Hartcliffe way? I had a brief look on googlemaps and it seemed like a frustrating path at the top, with around 4 occasions where a cyclist would need to give way for a side road, followed by having to cross at some lights when the path changed sides, shortly before the path disappeared into some back streets and I couldn't figure out which way it was supposed to go.

    I would have liked to relay this information to the person making the comment on the article in the post, but that website is pretty terrible and it didn't seem to want to accept my comment.

  • Chris Froome out of Tour de France20 hours 41 min agostumps wrote: Wiggins is a

    stumps wrote:

    Wiggins is a brilliant TT rider but he cant keep up with the likes of Froome et al in the mountains and when he won the tour in 2012 he had Froome to help him, Berti was banned (i think) and Nibs was well out of form. Nibs was third overall 6 min + behind but 5 mins 45 was from the 2 TT's.

    So he won the tour of cali but was dropped on the big climb by riders who are not even in the same class as the big GC boys. People need to get real and accept that Wiggins, although still a good rider, is not GC material for a GT.

    Hmm, I contest this... you don't win the tour unless you are a GT contender. You don't finish 3rd in another tour de france and indeed a Vuelta unless you are a GT contender.

    No one flukes a tour win.

    Yes, you can say the stars align and you have a magic year that makes you a winner, but there are actually very very few tour winners, or indeed winners of GT's across the board, by doing so once, you are immedaitely a contender for other events.

    I think we all accept that Wiggins is not as explosive or natural climber as other GT contenders... so what, he has demonstrated that this is merely a challenge that can be overcome.

    I think your view of the tour of California is skewed. He got gapped at the top of a climb that he'd ridden at the front of for much of the climb... it was a mis-calculation. The rest of that race was won at a canter.

    As for Froome pulling Wiggins up the climbs in 2012, I would encourage you to watch the footage again and see how much pulling he did.

    Froome is clearly the better climber, but Wiggins is every bit a match for Nibali in the hills and I would be happy to put a fiver that our winner is Italian this year.

  • Chris Froome out of Tour de France20 hours 43 min agoGiven Wiggins' struggle in

    Given Wiggins' struggle in the Giro in 2013 and Froome all over the place today, do you think that Sky include bike handling as part of their 'marginal gains' drive?

  • Kinesis Tripster ATR frameset20 hours 44 min agoHi Alastair, The ATR is not

    Hi Alastair,

    The ATR is not designed as a CX racer, but, it is perfectly capable of being raced and I'm sure that an accomplished 'crosser could win races on it. A 'proper' CX race bike needs a short HT and a steepish HA to make it work on the tight turns and short explosive climbs, the ATR does not have these but if you want to enter a few races at the weekends it will work very well.
    Disc brakes mean your rims won't wear out and big clearances mean you won't have to stop and unclog if you don't have the luxury of 2 bikes! If you find you want to get more competitive in the future, then it might be worth going for a proper CX bike at that point.
    The ATR really shines for covering distance over varied terrain in all conditions and it's riding position/material make it comfortable for long hours in the saddle. Plenty of riders use the Pro6 for distance/adventure > https://www.facebook.com/KinesisUK/photos/a.398025180216955.97296.216936... but if your primary use is exploring, then I would say go for the ATR.
    Hope this helps.

  • Chris Froome out of Tour de France20 hours 46 min agostumps wrote:7thGalaxy

    stumps wrote:
    7thGalaxy wrote:
    stumps wrote:
    cant believe people are having a pop at Froome. Wiggins this, wiggins that....Froome fell twice before the cobbles so what difference would it make having a cobbles man in the team - none and Wiggins is not in the same class as Froome, Nibali, Contador etc etc.

    Wiggins out time trialed all of these riders.. what do you mean by 'not in the same class?'

    Wiggins is a brilliant TT rider but he cant keep up with the likes of Froome et al in the mountains and when he won the tour in 2012 he had Froome to help him, Berti was banned (i think) and Nibs was well out of form. Nibs was third overall 6 min + behind but 5 mins 45 was from the 2 TT's.

    So he won the tour of cali but was dropped on the big climb by riders who are not even in the same class as the big GC boys. People need to get real and accept that Wiggins, although still a good rider, is not GC material for a GT.

    I'd give up fella ....I've had the exact argument and made the same points you just did with members of my club .....a lot of ppl have what I like to call Brad Blinkers it seems At Wits End

  • TdF stage 520 hours 46 min agostumps wrote:Its raining so

    stumps wrote:
    Its raining so Wiggins would have packed in by now.

    Really?
    http://cdn1.coresites.mpora.com/rcuk/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/CDF_2606...

  • Bringing a Swallow tandem back to life: SW228 flies again20 hours 48 min agoI LIKE this story too. Sadly

    I LIKE this story too. Sadly I only ever got to train and race on a (borrowed) tandem in several events back in the 1970s, despite later on almost pleading with my ever-loving that we should buy one.
    The details of building the machine up reminds me of Tim Moore's account of doing the same with a 1914 era single in his truly hilarious book 'Gironimo' so he could ride the whole route of the 1914 Giro, hence the need for a 'period' bike.
    Tim suffered much more angst in his refurbishment endeavours due to a false start with some dodgy kit, causing him to start all over again with a 1912 'Hirondelle.' The name is French for 'swallow' – is that a coincidence or what?
    On completion Tim took the single speed machine to Italy to ride the route of the 1914 Giro; an absolute monster of a race with average stage lengths of around 390 kilos. One of Tim’s many laugh-out-loud comments was that had Jesus Christ himself been obliged to ride the 340 k longest stage, Christians the world over would now be wearing tiny bicycles on chains round their necks rather than crucifixes.

  • Chris Froome out of Tour de France20 hours 49 min ago7thGalaxy wrote:stumps

    7thGalaxy wrote:
    stumps wrote:
    cant believe people are having a pop at Froome. Wiggins this, wiggins that....Froome fell twice before the cobbles so what difference would it make having a cobbles man in the team - none and Wiggins is not in the same class as Froome, Nibali, Contador etc etc.

    Wiggins out time trialed all of these riders.. what do you mean by 'not in the same class?'

    I believe you answered your own question.... wiggo can only win GTs when he can put time into the above riders via a number of ITTs ....

  • TdF stage 520 hours 53 min agoI'm glad Boom won, Belkin

    I'm glad Boom won, Belkin really need a new sponsor, to me that is a great thing for them.
    Nibali was brilliant.
    Renshaw was a surprise.
    Pity for Van Marcke. and Haussler both in My team.
    Keukaliere was quietly fancied by many

    I've got Sagan and Cancellara at least.

    Looks like the lumpy time trial is going to be very very important now.

  • TdF Stage 5: Lars Boom wins, Chris Froome crashes out, Vincenzo Nibali takes time on Alberto Contador20 hours 55 min agoStick thin no muscle guys

    Stick thin no muscle guys crash repeatedly at over 30mph, get back up immediately to put out more power than any normal person ever could.

    Worlds best paid, well built athletes fall over running after ball, stay down face in hands and wait for stretcher.

    The men in Lycra are the real hard men, what a cruel hard sport.

  • Chris Froome out of Tour de France21 hours 1 min ago7thGalaxy wrote:stumps

    7thGalaxy wrote:
    stumps wrote:
    cant believe people are having a pop at Froome. Wiggins this, wiggins that....Froome fell twice before the cobbles so what difference would it make having a cobbles man in the team - none and Wiggins is not in the same class as Froome, Nibali, Contador etc etc.

    Wiggins out time trialed all of these riders.. what do you mean by 'not in the same class?'

    Wiggins is a brilliant TT rider but he cant keep up with the likes of Froome et al in the mountains and when he won the tour in 2012 he had Froome to help him, Berti was banned (i think) and Nibs was well out of form. Nibs was third overall 6 min + behind but 5 mins 45 was from the 2 TT's.

    So he won the tour of cali but was dropped on the big climb by riders who are not even in the same class as the big GC boys. People need to get real and accept that Wiggins, although still a good rider, is not GC material for a GT.

  • How to decide on the value of your bike21 hours 5 min agoI had occasion to claim for a

    I had occasion to claim for a stolen bike a few years ago. The LBS did the paperwork, listing the bike and all the 'extras' that were needed (mudguards, rack and lights, lock etc as the mounts were all on the bike - quite a bit when you add it all up). The insurance co claims department (house insurance) questioned the 'extras' and said I should have included that in the value of the bike. They 'cut me some slack' and paid up (£900 in total) but hiked my premium up at the next renewal. I think my house policy now allows for multiple bikes with a max value per bike (not sure, but possibly a £1000 max - don't have to itemise the bikes), so quite flexible. The 'T&Cs' on bike specific policies are so prescriptive that you could get nothing back, but then if you have a mega-expensive bike, it's not going to work on a house policy. I even lock my bikes up at home (inside the house). Conversely, I also do dinghy racing and have to insure my boat (3rd party min - club rules). For a £2500 boat it costs £70/year and I can't stick it on a house policy, so having specific insurance is part of owning an item of expensive sports equipment.

  • Ridley go retro for the Tour de France21 hours 7 min agoLooks like a copy of the

    Looks like a copy of the Flandria carbon frames that have been around since 2011

    http://flandriabikes.com

  • Chris Froome out of Tour de France21 hours 7 min agoMcVittees wrote:Right, time

    McVittees wrote:
    Right, time for Froome to get on with preparation for the Vuelta a Espana! Cool

    A straight punch up between him and Quintana?

    Yes please!