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by Toonraid
Mon Jan 03, 2011 13:31 pm
Forum: Track
Topic: What track bike?
Replies: 44
Views: 16185

Thanks for the advice! I have already got a 2011 Felt TK2, which works just great, am really pleased with it. How exactly do you measure BB drop - from which point to where exactly? BB drop is the vertical distance between the axis of the wheel dropouts (i.e. where hub hub axle is fitted) to BB cen...
by Toonraid
Mon Jan 03, 2011 10:47 am
Forum: Track
Topic: What track bike?
Replies: 44
Views: 16185

@ SteveR_100Milers A friend of mine is riding a Seta and she loves it (young track sprinter) which is odd as the Seta is more of an endurance track bike with a softer carbon and taller HT (compared to Forza or DF3) she did come off an old Merckx alu frame so i guess anything new would have been an i...
by Toonraid
Mon Jan 03, 2011 10:24 am
Forum: Sportives/Audaxes/Training rides
Topic: Bookings open for New forest Rattler and Meon Valley Riser
Replies: 4
Views: 1230

Perhaps a good idea to update the site before promoting it as the event is listed on the linked site for 23rd August 2009!
by Toonraid
Thu Mar 04, 2010 15:00 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Bike Advice / Opinions - Cervelo / Orbea?
Replies: 51
Views: 5409

... Vast majority of the time the bikes in the peloton are off the shelf standard as you can buy from a dealer, it's only certain races like PR and certain riders like Boonen who MAY get the special stuff. ... So we are paying thousands to ride the same bike that "Mr Dom Estique" carried ...
by Toonraid
Thu Mar 04, 2010 13:17 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: 2010 The Best Road Racing Tyres??
Replies: 22
Views: 3518

If you are buying then why not!

Alternatively a few minutes on the trainer at home should do the trick!
by Toonraid
Thu Mar 04, 2010 13:09 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Powertap wheel advice
Replies: 4
Views: 696

No - leave the powertap wheel alone unless its broken - due to your powertap which is 32H you are stuck with 32H rims so best you can do is replicate the rear on the front wheel - i.e. buy the same rim as you have on rear and a hub with required spoke count, 32 or 28 i suppose if Powertap is silver ...
by Toonraid
Thu Mar 04, 2010 13:05 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: 2010 The Best Road Racing Tyres??
Replies: 22
Views: 3518

I run Campy wheels too - best to fit new tyres on a different wheelset and run for 100km in warm weather then swap.
by Toonraid
Thu Mar 04, 2010 13:03 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Bike Advice / Opinions - Cervelo / Orbea?
Replies: 51
Views: 5409

You are assuming that Pro's ride the same bike that is in the shop & that they only have 1 bike! Most Pro bikes are beefed up and actually weigh more than their replica's in shops - proof is in the math, top of the range scott or cervelo with SRAM red & Carbon wheels sets add up to 1kg less ...
by Toonraid
Thu Mar 04, 2010 08:49 am
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Bike Advice / Opinions - Cervelo / Orbea?
Replies: 51
Views: 5409

Squeeky carbon, problematic seatpost, 3rd generation forks in just 2 years ... Having said that it all depends how much you use or abuse your ride - if its a fair weather weekend worrier coming off an alu bike then i guess any 2k bike will feel like the gods b**** but in reallity how many have ridde...
by Toonraid
Thu Mar 04, 2010 08:42 am
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Powertap wheel advice
Replies: 4
Views: 696

Powertap is usually used in conjuction with a 32H rim to prolong durability - if its Mavic then I suspect its an open pro of something like that so your best option would be to get the same mavic rim laced up to your preferred choice of front hub - as its a front it need not be 32H - can be 28 or ev...
by Toonraid
Thu Mar 04, 2010 07:18 am
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Bike Advice / Opinions - Cervelo / Orbea?
Replies: 51
Views: 5409

Don't know why Cervelo's are so popular - they have had consistent problems within the range on various models, forks etc and in some cases total model recalls ... and this for a relative high end brand!

Personally I would go for something abit more durable.
by Toonraid
Thu Mar 04, 2010 07:12 am
Forum: Tour & Expedition
Topic: Road cycling near Geneva / Morzine
Replies: 19
Views: 7639

Well, I live there which means I have very little clue about accommodation but your best bet is to look at the Gites d'etape ..... As nice as the alps are the cycling in the Jura and down towards Annecy is also superb and also somewhat quieter so I'd suggest staying at that end. There's more than e...
by Toonraid
Thu Mar 04, 2010 06:58 am
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: 2.5K to spend, what would you get...
Replies: 44
Views: 4867

Out of your choices I would say 585 - its the best package of weight, performance, comfort and its Lug & tube as opposed to monocoque so putting the construction on par with EPS - if you can't stretch the budget to a 585 then Ridley Excalibur would be a great compromise.
by Toonraid
Thu Mar 04, 2010 06:51 am
Forum: Tour & Expedition
Topic: touring on carbon??
Replies: 13
Views: 3366

I toured on carbon & rucksack with the bare essentials in 0 i.e. spare jersey & socks, light pants toothbrush but used A520 touring pedals so as to avoid carrying shoes. My tour lasted 3 nights and was ok except when i cycled in rain 1 day and rucksack was not water tight!
by Toonraid
Thu Mar 04, 2010 06:36 am
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: 2010 The Best Road Racing Tyres??
Replies: 22
Views: 3518

U like Fortezza Tricomps too - u will love the slicks, the TPI has been upped to 220 (from 120) and weight reduced to 180 (from 225) with same level of puncture protection but being slicks they don't have the same performance in wet. I also like the Tricomp Quattro version, its more of a wet tyre (4...
by Toonraid
Wed Mar 03, 2010 21:57 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: 2010 The Best Road Racing Tyres??
Replies: 22
Views: 3518

Vredestein Fortezza Tricomp Slick + Latex tubes
by Toonraid
Wed Mar 03, 2010 16:00 pm
Forum: Sportives/Audaxes/Training rides
Topic: Richmond Park 3-lap Challenge 2010
Replies: 638
Views: 97945

Most straight forward route would be via Kings road, across putney bridge, right turn into Lower richmond road and then get into park via Priory lane.
by Toonraid
Wed Mar 03, 2010 15:01 pm
Forum: Sportives/Audaxes/Training rides
Topic: Richmond Park 3-lap Challenge 2010
Replies: 638
Views: 97945

There are several enterances to the park - where about in London will you be staying?
by Toonraid
Wed Mar 03, 2010 14:51 pm
Forum: Sportives/Audaxes/Training rides
Topic: Surrey Hills questions
Replies: 68
Views: 16736

And I likely am slower than you and your wife-- do a lot of cycling but at a "touring" pace ... I can not figure out how the people on the richmond park challenge are getting around in sub 20 minute times -- for me, sub 25 minutes is a struggle. Says she who looks down on compacts! I have...
by Toonraid
Wed Mar 03, 2010 06:04 am
Forum: Sportives/Audaxes/Training rides
Topic: Surrey Hills questions
Replies: 68
Views: 16736

You are on my way to Richmond Park. I usually cut across Hyde Park and make my way to King's Road, over the bridge to Putney and then go to park from Priory Lane via upper Richmond road. My better half will also appretiate some female company on the ride - should be a good day out. Neither of us are...

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