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Anyone read Procycling(7 posts)

Anyone read Procyclinglotterypick
Oct 3, 2003 12:18 PM
Chris Boardman has to be one of the toughest bike reviewers ever.

He tears every bike to pieces.

This month it's the Merckx SC. Just said it was unknown to him how it could cost so much and look so bad (off the back). Basically said the same last month about Lightspeeds Siena.

Tore up the wheels and the tires, too.

Hey I don't like weak reviews where they love everything or are brief, but this guy breaks every part down and just levels them.

Love his reviews but don't know why anyone would send a bike to Procycling for review, nor why anyone would buy the bike he trashes.
re: Anyone read ProcyclingCARBON110
Oct 3, 2003 12:35 PM
I read it in the book store but rarely buy it since its usually a month behind and I get Velonews and Cyclosport, both of which are better then Procycling and cost less.

I love Boardmans bike reviews....he said of the Derosa King "The Derosa King is like a beautiful Model:sure it will stand scrutiny but if its depth of charechter your looking for, ride something else"
re: Yup, read that same onehudsonite
Oct 3, 2003 4:48 PM
I read the article that you are talking about. I must admit he was very harsh with his comments. I am not sure I totaly agree with everything he says. But he does have an opinion, and that is refreshing.
re: Anyone read Procyclingaliensporebomb
Oct 4, 2003 4:34 AM
I read a review where he actually liked a bike and I was
waiting for him to skewer it at some point in the proceedings.

Anyway, it was weird.
Boardman must be sniffingAFred
Oct 4, 2003 11:48 AM
too much tubular glue. There's not a bike that this guy likes. Procycling used to have Robert Millar doing its reviews, and they were much more balanced. It seems that every bike Boardman puts under his arse is either too fancy (Merlin Cielo and DeRosa King) or sports a bad paint job (Orbea and Team SC). This time around, he panned the Merckx primarily because of the lousy wheelset that some Brit shop specc'd with the bike. When the Team SC first came out, everyone from Bobke to Zap gushed over it. Maybe three consecutive Paris-Roubaix wins are not sufficient testing results for Boardman. Now four years on he pans it because of the crappy carbon rims that came with the test rig. He had nothing but good things to say about a Terry Dolan, though. Great for all those shoppers in the South of England.
If I remember right, Millar would also routinelydjg
Oct 6, 2003 6:17 AM
switch wheelsets to separate his review of the bike from his review of the wheels. Seemed sensible to me (to the point where I cannot understand why this is not a standard review function).
Check Out April's "Cycle Sport"...serbski
Oct 5, 2003 2:54 PM
...as it features a team bike section wherein they show around a dozen team bikes with commentary by the pros who ride them. While many of the riders do comment that one bike is lighter/heavier/stiffer/better handling/climbs better/whatever it seems that, in the end, they just accept that they will ride what they are given and that the differences between the various bikes are not life-altering. Marcel Strauss of Gerolsteiner has a classic quote, "For me, if your don't feel embarrassed about sitting on it, then anything will do" while Patrick Sinkewitz of Quick Step really hits the nail on the head with "The bike's important, but the legs are much more important, whatever you're riding". I think that those are some great comments that give real insight to how pros view their machines. Granted, I really enjoy Boardman's reviews, especially when he says that he would rather buy a LOOK KG361 than the 381, leave his watch at home to shed the additional weight carried on the heavier and less expensive KG361, and go on holiday with the money he saved!