• Win! A Mango Point R Tiagra road bike worth £549!2 hours 2 min agolovely bike!

    lovely bike!

  • What to do about sabotaged bike locks2 hours 3 min agoThere is not a great deal

    There is not a great deal that you can do to prevent this. All you can do is deal with the aftermath.

    1) If you are going to leave your bike anywhere make sure that your bike can be linked to you. Frame number on database and proof of identity.
    2) Notify the Police immediately and anyone else who you think might need to know. This is important as it lets them know there is a problem in this area and you're about to look a bit suspicious.
    3) Do not leave the scene! If you cannot remove the lock yourself, or know someone who can, then call a locksmith. He will want proof of who you are and that the bike is yours.

    You are allowed to turn the air blue in these situations. Doesn't solve anything but you feel better.

  • J.Laverack launches disc-equipped all-road titanium road bike + video2 hours 6 min agoThis looks like a beautiful

    This looks like a beautiful frame. Genuinely, @J.Laverack well done!

  • Win! A Mango Point R Tiagra road bike worth £549!2 hours 12 min agoMmmmmmm

    Mmmmmmm

  • Win! A Mango Point R Tiagra road bike worth £549!2 hours 16 min agoNice bike!

    Nice bike!

  • Video: Close-passing, ultra-sweary driver takes a tumble after chasing and kicking out at cyclist2 hours 17 min agoI admire the quick thinking

    I admire the quick thinking by the cyclist.
    Lobbing that decoy Mars Bar into the gutter whilst beating a quick retreat.

  • Best cheap cycle computers2 hours 18 min agoI use the Cateye wireless

    I use the Cateye wireless Velo+. It has a calorie counter but you pay approx £20 more for that. Worth it though to know you are maybe 1800 calories up after a 3 hour ride although it doesn't factor in. The incline burns... It also has the ridiculous carbon offset feature. What is the point of that? Maybe I can use the saved carbon to build a bike..

    I remember the days before computers fondly. Especially when I'm out with my training mate who uses Strava and a Garmin. The constant beeping from the Garmin and him bitching about how his realtime Faceache link is revealing his lack of fitness is like riding with a cross between Woody Allen and R2D2. Yawn

  • Win! A Mango Point R Tiagra road bike worth £549!2 hours 26 min agoYes please!

    Yes please!

  • Video: Close-passing, ultra-sweary driver takes a tumble after chasing and kicking out at cyclist2 hours 33 min agoMercuryOne wrote:I love the

    MercuryOne wrote:
    I love the way drivers are in such a hurry that they don't seem to notice the way they pass me - but they always see me shake my head in their rear view mirror and find the time for a hand gesture or even to take time out from their important lives to pull over and threaten me.

    More than once I've asked a driver how they have no time to overtake me safely but suddenly all the time to stop and start shouting when their mastery of their machine is questioned?

    Self righteous? Nope. I really want to know why their life is more valuable than mine on UK roads.

    It is odd how the rear view mirror is so much clearer than the windscreen.

    Cynics might say their close passes were deliberate and they were inspecting the result of their high japes!

  • Win! A Mango Point R Tiagra road bike worth £549!2 hours 36 min agoYay!

    Yay! Cool

  • suitable bike for child seat - at back.2 hours 36 min agoThe CTC have a guide to cycle

    The CTC have a guide to cycle child seats on their website. Have a look at that first. BikeRadar, TwoWheelingTots, BikeHub and MumsNet have done some fairly comprehensive product reviews in this area as well.

    Which? have also looked at them but you need to be a member to get the reviews.

    Have you considered the options of either a cargo bike or a trailer (Burley do a good one)? In both of these options the child is less likely to be injured in the event of a fall.

    I personally do not like rear child seats but as you have realised crossbar mounted ones can impede your pedalling.

    I know you wanted a product recommendation but this is one of those situations where the decision has to be a personal one. Sorry!

    Edit: As to bike selection, most seat posts are more than strong enough so once again personal choice.
    If you do go down the trailer route then any of the bikes in your stable can act as a tug. Your single speed would do the job with ease. Trailers can also be hitched and unhitched without difficulty so you only need to hitch up when you need to. Don't forget, once your dropped the child at kindergarten you can do the shopping on the way home or leave the trailer at the kindergarten.

  • Video: Close-passing, ultra-sweary driver takes a tumble after chasing and kicking out at cyclist2 hours 45 min agoI love the way drivers are in

    I love the way drivers are in such a hurry that they don't seem to notice the way they pass me - but they always see me shake my head in their rear view mirror and find the time for a hand gesture or even to take time out from their important lives to pull over and threaten me.

    More than once I've asked a driver how they have no time to overtake me safely but suddenly all the time to stop and start shouting when their mastery of their machine is questioned?

    Self righteous? Nope. I really want to know why their life is more valuable than mine on UK roads.

  • Presidents of UCI and WADA critical of spectators’ hostility towards Chris Froome2 hours 45 min agoMercuryOne wrote:I saw it as

    MercuryOne wrote:
    I saw it as mainly French frustration.

    Good to see that the Sunday Times has had a slow news week and been given the financial green light to discover athletics is rotten to the core at last. No??!!

    I assume there isn't anyone brave enough to throw piss at rugby players, footballers, athletes, or anyone else on foot who can chase you down.

    I'd love the FA to reveal how many players are tested each year for PEDS and how often. I'm pretty sure premiership players aren't hiding under the sofa pretending they can't hear the doorbell. Money talks.

    sadly true. TBF we had the case of Rio Ferdinand that showed the system can work but there is simply not enough people looking elsewhere.

    The likes of Kimmage does and is continuing pointing out the problem Rugby has with steroids (top doping sport in the UK) but that is different from looks like almost undetectable blood doping.

  • Underwhelming Surrey cycle safety campaign has more tips for cyclists than drivers, including wear a helmet2 hours 47 min ago"Between 2008 and 2014, 32%

    "Between 2008 and 2014, 32% of collisions involving a cyclist happened when a vehicle turned in front of their path, but cyclists are being pushed to position themselves better."

    So out of these collisions how may drivers were prosecuted or did they all simply 'not see' the cyclist ?

  • No Tour de Pologne? :/2 hours 54 min agoFinding this really

    Finding this really disappointing.....We always do The Tour of Poland, its on TV all week.... From the outside looking in, I kind of get the feeling that the people running the game are becoming a little tired of it... Hope that I am wrong but I am not exactly impressed with the admin side of things this year.... Time after time people ask questions and have to wait days, sometimes weeks even for a reply...

  • Presidents of UCI and WADA critical of spectators’ hostility towards Chris Froome2 hours 55 min agoI saw it as mainly French

    I saw it as mainly French frustration.

    Good to see that the Sunday Times has had a slow news week and been given the financial green light to discover athletics is rotten to the core at last. No??!!

    I assume there isn't anyone brave enough to throw piss at rugby players, footballers, athletes, or anyone else on foot who can chase you down.

    I'd love the FA to reveal how many players are tested each year for PEDS and how often. I'm pretty sure premiership players aren't hiding under the sofa pretending they can't hear the doorbell. Money talks.

  • Work starts on new secure cycle parking hub for Sale2 hours 56 min agoGREGJONES wrote:The cycle

    GREGJONES wrote:
    The cycle route from sale to Manchester is along a canal towpath currently covered in loose stones and definitely more suited to a pootle with the kids than a commute. Perhaps if the cycle paths were if Dutch qualify then the neee for a tram service would diminish especially since its so slooooow when running at street level.

    To be fair, there's very little that's wrong with the completed sections of the Bridgewater Way, other than the odd width issue here and there. Generally it's fast and wide, which has led to many complaints from pedestrians about the speed at which some cyclists progress. You can easily get to 20mph.

    The real issue is the lack of cycling provision on the A56, the main route between Altrincham, Manchester and Bury. The road is easily wide enough to support segregation but there's little political impetus to upset the motoring lobby, many of whom spend their days sat in queues on the A56, going nowhere.

  • Video: Close-passing, ultra-sweary driver takes a tumble after chasing and kicking out at cyclist2 hours 57 min agobut youve almost answered

    but youve almost answered your own question, it doesnt matter how its written if theres no-one around to enforce it, and there are so many parts of the highway code that are already clearly written, box junctions or using mobile phones being prime examples, that on the whole are totally ignored because its only enforced through cctv, Ive even seen the police park in a box junction and block a road up, so if they dont care about following the rules it kind of whats the point in writing more rules.

    some angry nutter in a car on a back street in Reading isnt going to give two hoots what the highway code says whether its clearly written or not.

  • Winter frameset2 hours 58 min agoThanks for all the comments,

    Thanks for all the comments, much appreciated.

    Looking at this:
    http://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/FRPSRT58A-DP/planet-x-rt-58-alloy-road-frame for £100 and a fork for £50.

    Seems a bargain but will check re the tyre clearance. Want to go at least 25mm and maybe 28mm.

    Will need to use the cruds as suggested by kev-s.

  • Underwhelming Surrey cycle safety campaign has more tips for cyclists than drivers, including wear a helmet3 hours 1 min agoQuote:"the Cycle-Smart

    Quote:
    "the Cycle-Smart Foundation wanted cyclists to have insurance in case of any damage they cause to vehicles or pedestrians"

    A much more proactive suggestion would be "join British Cycling / CTC / London Cycling Campaign" as all those organisations give third party liability insurance as standard along with many other benefits such as legal representation, not to mention a bit of extra weight behind any campaigns that they do.

    Saying " oh you should have insurance " misses the point completely and that's coming from a supposedly pro cycling group!

  • Win! A Mango Point R Tiagra road bike worth £549!3 hours 15 min agoNice and cheapest bikes for

    Nice and cheapest bikes for commuting and road cycling adventures! Thanks the chance road.cc.

  • Win! A Mango Point R Tiagra road bike worth £549!3 hours 17 min agoThis is a new and exciting

    This is a new and exciting friendships could be the beginning of the road cycling style.
    Who would not want that?

  • Video: Close-passing, ultra-sweary driver takes a tumble after chasing and kicking out at cyclist3 hours 32 min agoI can't take much more of

    I can't take much more of this.

    If you are starting out in cycling and act like the idiot who appeared to be baiting the driver in order to catch some heated action on camera, the results will be all to predictable.

    I'm sorry, but I have to assume the cyclist was out looking for something juicy for his toy cameras, and deliberately started the confrontation in order to get a few youtube hits.

    Chapeau for helping improve the image of cyclists amongst the general public.

  • Underwhelming Surrey cycle safety campaign has more tips for cyclists than drivers, including wear a helmet3 hours 33 min agoI know I should know better

    I know I should know better than to respond on one of these articles, but did she seriously say

    "the Cycle-Smart Foundation wanted cyclists to have insurance in case of any damage they cause to vehicles or pedestrians"

    I realise I ought to state something witty and erudite or even intellectually astute and informed... but all I have is... F*ck me sideways with a barge pole!

  • Win! A Mango Point R Tiagra road bike worth £549!3 hours 38 min agoThat`s a good looking bike

    That`s a good looking bike for the money.