I have a CycleOps Fluid 2 and am happy with it. I haven't tried any others so can't really compare. The Fluid feels super smooth, quiet (relatively) and sturdy (even when standing) and I've never had a problem with the amount of resistance. I had an original Fluid which actually leaked but I got it warrantied by the new owner of the company. I received very good support so I'd reccomend it. I was also riding rollers, which are more fun but found I'd get much better work outs on my CycleOps.
There's a short news brief about Giant and Merida here: http://www.bikebiz.com/news/29854/Giant-and-Merida-expect-record-earnings. Basically, things for the world's #1 and 2 producers are good and they look pretty good for quarters to come. Can't say much about the other guys but since these two producers make a lot of bikes for the bigger brands things may be looking good for the other guys too…With the off season here some guys may not have access to the credit required to make it through to next year.
My wife has been through a weekend long EB clinic and loved it. She's been riding for a long time and still got a lot out of the clinic. It never hurts to get expert advice. You should give the trails a go, just do some research and pick the right ones to start (lower Fromme or Seymour Demonstration forest are good places to start).
I seriously doubt that Armstrong would come out of retirement if there were even the remotest possibility of turning up a positive.
Besides, the new CERA test was known before Armstrong announced his plans.
Yeah…I'm not up to speed on CERA testing.
I'm pretty cynical when it cmoes to road racing and all top riders (past and prsent but especially Armstrong). I just can't believe one single athlete can dominate to the level he did (and may still do) when all his principal rivals (and many team-mates) tested positive. It sucks 'cause I got into the sport for it's beauty and pain (i.e. black and white pictures of Coppi going over some Italian mountain pass - later to find out that Coppi too was a doper!)but the doping controveries have sure affected my view of it.
Teh fun never stops!
Stephan Schumacher and Piepoli officially test positive for CERA.
This is not surprising. Schumacher won the first 30 km TT by 18 seconds! He also won stage 20 by 21 seconds (to Cancellara none the less) and was 1 minute faster than everyone else. Both are huge margins and should be red-flags to any anti-doping agency. I'm surprised it took them this long. Maybe this will cause Armstrong to revisit his come back.
I rode Eagle in April and was blow away by the trails. I was shown around by some locals and rode a bunch of trails but the one that really stands out is the dentist. Like pretty much anywhere, best to get someone that knows their way around to show you the trails.
I second sprinter. If you're driving a couple of times a week and have access to a shower try to get a few days worth of clothes together to leave at work (and a towel). Don't forget to pack extra snacks too for when you get there and before you head home. I was commuting a few times a week on a road bike and found all I needed was a back pack. Not sure where you're commuting from but I was going from Lynn Valley to downtown and found the Lion's Gate to be way better than 2nd Narrows.
It took me a while to figure out what all the fuss was about. This is the first time I have ever posted something on a message board so I'm not down with the lingo or etiquette. This is a legitimate question, not a troll (thanks Wikipedia for the definition of trolling). I'm not MC nor do I know who MC is. I used to ride Imonator and was thinking it'd be cool to resurrect it. If this is controversial, then I apologize. If it's not and muscle is needed for the project, then I'd like to help.