• slipped disk and road to recovery3 days 10 hours agoI had a terrible slipped disc

    I had a terrible slipped disc episode in my early 30s. 6mths off work in 2 years, mind blowing pain killers Big Grin (had 'cold turkey' coming off Diazepam 4 times a day!), couldn't even sit in a car etc etc. Cycling for me at the time was mainly commuting and a bit of pub rides. In desperation I went to a Chiropractor who sorted me out. I still go 3-4 times a year. Doesn't necessarily work for everyone but it sorted me out.

  • MAMILs - want to look better in Lycra? Start pumping iron!3 days 10 hours agoYep, I'm at MAMIL & hope to

    Yep, I'm at MAMIL & hope to be an OMIL Smile There's only one thing with lifting weights though, they're so tedious!

  • TRP Spyre SLC Mechanical Disc Brakes3 days 10 hours agoWelsh boy wrote:What is a

    Welsh boy wrote:
    What is a "disc brake solution"?

    It's what you get if you brake too hard and your rotors melt. Probably.

  • Sheffield council defends decision not to bid to host Tour de Yorkshire3 days 10 hours agoI thought it was a bit odd

    I thought it was a bit odd that Sheffield didn't put a bid in at first. I don't think Isobel Bowler's comments are particularly honest either; is Sheffield council really so magnanimous as to suggest that other places have a go?

    What isn't said is that there was at least £100,000 worth of fees to go with any bid, which might be hard to sign off, given financial constraints. Additionally, the stage 2 finish, although absolutely brilliant, shut off a huge chunk of the city for a day and that might not go down so well as it did last July. They may also be unsure about the Tour de Yorkshire's success. I wonder if these are the real reasons?

  • The First Jump Into Racing (With Actual Real Other People) - Tips and Advice3 days 10 hours agoAs already mentioned, if you

    As already mentioned, if you can find a fast chain gang to train with.
    Start to discipline your training, first with base miles, then building up intensity until you are doing hard intervals above threshold once or twice a week and work on muscular endurance. Also power if you are thinking of doing closed circuit racing.
    You will find that road races involve a lot of jumping around with fast accelerations which really hurt, when you are feeling like you want to give up you need to tell yourself that it will ease up soon, because it will and you will get chance to recover before the next attack.
    Depending on what kind of a rider you are you may find you are better at longer road races than short circuit races or vice versa, so don't be disillusioned if it doesn't go well.
    Do take a bike you like, no point racing on a second rate machine if you have a choice, same goes for kit, don't go into it expecting to crash, in years of racing I have never had a race crash.

  • More than 1,000 fined in latest phase of Met's Operation Safeway3 days 11 hours agohampstead_bandit

    hampstead_bandit wrote:
    "Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain, 2012
    Killed 1,754
    Seriously Injured 23,039
    Slightly Injured 170,930
    All 195,723"

    When you look at that data, its an insane number of people.

    Don't forget that (aside from those killed) it's a LOT more than this, because cops routinely refuse to record anything when bike riders are the victim of any incident that doesn't involve a claim against someone's insurance.

    And that means hit and runs or any such situation where the offender gets away before they are identified.

    And if you get harassed, intimidated or struck-but-not-injured, it generally doesn't go into anyone's statistics and is not factored into future road designs. Councils (etc) continue to design infrastructure to please car drivers, as if they are the entirety of the electorate, never mind the whole population.

  • Volvo teams up with POC for collision avoiding helmet that 'talks' to cars3 days 11 hours agoPerhaps I'm thinking too

    Perhaps I'm thinking too small but I honestly can't work out how this would work in the real world.

    I've been in two collisions with cars in the last couple of years, both due to drivers failing to give way on roundabouts. Would this technology give drivers a signal every time they approached a roundabout that had a cyclist on it or would the design assume that the driver would look properly and give way as required? Would the cyclist be notified of every car joining the roundabout or only those going too fast to stop in time?

    Perhaps the notifications would only pop up if speeds and tradjectories indicated that a crash was inevitable, in which case it's difficult to see how anybody could take any avoiding action.

    It seems to me that it would be very challenging to design a system that didn't either
    a) notify users contantly that there are other vehicles close to them, resulting in the notifications being ignored
    or
    b) only notify users when its already too late to avoid a collision

  • Major cycling exhibition at London's Design Museum next year3 days 11 hours agoGizmo_ wrote:"Addressing

    Gizmo_ wrote:
    "Addressing cycling subcultures"?

    Gotta keep reinforcing the idea that bike riders are deviants, to be shunned and kept down by "normal" society.

  • Volvo teams up with POC for collision avoiding helmet that 'talks' to cars3 days 11 hours agokie7077 wrote:I'd like to

    kie7077 wrote:
    I'd like to hear an explanation from POC, Ericsson and Volvo explaining why the cyclists needs to be notified that there is a Volvo car in the vicinity

    Motor manufacturers very much want to reinforce the myth that when a driver slams into you, it's your fault. And if you don't dress as they tell you to, it's even more your fault.

    And the police and courts already agree, so expect the current norm (of being criticised for your poor choice of clothing, by a cop, as you lie on the floor intertwined with your smashed bike) to continue. Or the equivalent of this metaphor, where a court, A&E doctor or local newspaper does the same.

    SMIDSY will be replaced by "I didn't see you mate, you are wearing the 'wrong' helmet". Gotta keep one excuse up on those pesky bike riders.

  • Volvo teams up with POC for collision avoiding helmet that 'talks' to cars3 days 11 hours agoOk, so you've forked out £300

    Ok, so you've forked out £300 for your car awareness hat, it beeps, then what? Dive off of the bike? Veer to the left sharply whilst mentally praying to god you don't get tun over?

    Also note that since this isn't tech seperate from the helmet you have to pay for it every time you get a new helmet.

    I'd like to hear an explanation from POC, Ericsson and Volvo explaining why the cyclists needs to be notified that there is a Volvo car in the vicinity, cyclists expect there to be cars on the road, how does this hat change anything for the cyclist?

  • Sheffield council defends decision not to bid to host Tour de Yorkshire3 days 11 hours agoDon't understand why

    Don't understand why Sheffield needs to defend itself.

    If the council doesn't wan tthe race for whatever reason, that's their decision. I like the explanation though. Good on them.

  • Cycling code of conduct for Richmond Park up for discussion amid "rising tensions" betwen users3 days 11 hours ago"I know the irritation and

    "I know the irritation and intimidation I feel as a driver with cyclists crowding me on all sides"

    Intimidation? Really?

    "if I make a mistake I might kill someone"

    Well yes, and this applies at all times when driving. If you can't handle the responibilty its time to return your licence.

  • Diabetic driver jailed for killing cyclist on Kent A23 days 12 hours agoA tradgic case and suitable

    A tradgic case and suitable penalty but I can't help but feel that the approach of our legal system in cases such as these amounts to a pound of cure rather than a logical ounce of prevention.

    Firstly, in this case in particular, it would be interesting to know if any medical profesionals were aware of Mr. Maxted's lax approach to monitoring his health. Was an opportunity for intervention missed? Should there be some additional testing for drivers who have medical conditions that might impact their ability to drive.

    Secondly, imagine such a case where a driver has a medical episode, loses control and crashes into a tree or ditch. In my view the penalty should be identical as it's purely down to luck whether another person in injured in such a case and the level of negligence is the same. I suspect, however, that if charges were brought in such a case they would be likely to be much more lenient.

  • All I want for Christmas ... Sustrans send Manchester's Santa Claus a letter3 days 12 hours agoThe likelihood of getting

    The likelihood of getting decent infrastructure in Manchester is about as real as Father Christmas is.

  • Stage towns announced for May's Tour de Yorkshire and sportive launched3 days 12 hours agoQuince wrote:Joselito

    Quince wrote:
    Joselito wrote:
    Should've called it T'tour o' Yorkshire.

    Just as the Tour de France is often shortened to 'Le Tour', I imagine this event might become simply known as ' t'Tour '.


    Pronounced "[head nod]too-er". Smile

  • MAMILs - want to look better in Lycra? Start pumping iron!3 days 12 hours agoI've no problem with the word

    I've no problem with the word MAMIL, it's a perfectly factual description of what I am! Smile

  • The First Jump Into Racing (With Actual Real Other People) - Tips and Advice3 days 12 hours agoBunch etiquette is a really

    Bunch etiquette is a really good point I completely missed. A few rules that should get you through...

    1. Remember that you alone are responsible for your front wheel. If someone in front is switching lines, braking inappropriately, whatever... for sure have a moan, but its up to you to put your wheels somewhere safe.

    2. Related to the above... always remember that there is someone else on your wheel... so act in a way that is controlled and predictable.

    3. Move up when it is safe to do so... when you've been racing years, you can think about 'fashioning' gaps to move around, but to start off with, focus on moving up when its safe.

    4. Aligned to the above... always be looking for opportunities to better your position, either moving forward, finding the biggest wheel to sit on, the most sheltered gap, the best rider's wheel etc etc.

    5. Never panic... chances are that doing nothing is the best thing you can do when things get a bit hairy, just keep riding along.

    6. Should there be a crash beside/behind you, never, and I can't stress this enough, never look around to see whats happened... so many 3/4cat crashes escalate unnecessarily because people are gawking rather than focusing on their line and whats happening in front of them.

    7. Communicate. tell people that you are there, what you want to do, if you are getting squeezed.

    8. Enjoy it.

  • Video: Road Bike Party 3 – and things start getting dirty!3 days 12 hours agoAfter RBP2 raised the bar so

    After RBP2 raised the bar so far over RBP 1 I was expecting something special and this actually was quite disappointing.

    Em stunts in 2 were more varied and had plenty of wow factor. This was a let down. In fact I think 1 was better than 3.

    And the music in 3 is shit. Capella and Catfish in 2 were perfect.

  • Major cycling exhibition at London's Design Museum next year3 days 13 hours agoGizmo_ wrote:"Addressing

    Gizmo_ wrote:
    "Addressing cycling subcultures"?

    There are plenty of these. It all sounds a bit poncy but it would be fair to say that, for instance, there is a sub-culture around BMX freestyle.

  • Cycling code of conduct for Richmond Park up for discussion amid "rising tensions" betwen users3 days 13 hours agobikebot wrote:I just looked

    bikebot wrote:
    I just looked up this story again after finding what I think is one of the funniest quotes of the year. A report on the meeting appeared on Richmond's local newspaper website yesterday, along with this gem -

    Quote:

    Another member of the audience said: "Driving through Richmond Park is very hard at 20mph, it is hard to keep to 20mph, particularly if you had kids to get to school."

    http://www.richmondandtwickenhamtimes.co.uk/news/11680221.Hundreds_turn_...

    That's one for the scrapbook.

    I think I laughed out loud when she said that at the meeting.

  • The First Jump Into Racing (With Actual Real Other People) - Tips and Advice3 days 13 hours agoJimmy sums it up best. I'd

    Jimmy sums it up best.
    I'd say find a local series, the BC site is pretty good to find local stuff, and get stuck in.
    Chances are first race you'll be off the back, but stick at it and you'll finish in the bunch and then the points.

  • Major cycling exhibition at London's Design Museum next year3 days 13 hours ago"Addressing cycling

    "Addressing cycling subcultures"?

  • MAMILs - want to look better in Lycra? Start pumping iron!3 days 13 hours agoWhat a dumbass article..must

    What a dumbass article..must subscribe to 'Obesity' though.

  • The First Jump Into Racing (With Actual Real Other People) - Tips and Advice3 days 13 hours agoGreat advice above. In short,

    Great advice above. In short, just get stuck in, you'll love it.

    I don't race a road bike, but I do enjoy a bit of BMX and CX and I would assume some experiences are common to all disiplines. Don't be too scared of the race environment. It is different to riding outside of racing and you'll likely see a lot of differences in etiqutte in your first couple of races compared to what you are used to from riding with your club. Crashes are a bit more common when racing in my experience, either because of the actions/errors of those around you or because you are pushing hard. My BMX experience tells me that you can often stay out of trouble but this comes at the expense of position/advantage in the race. My 'cross experience tells me that over-cooking it is usually the reason for going down. These lessons might translate to the road to a greater or lesser degree, I'm not certain though.

    In terms of kit, just bear in mind that everything is disposable. Racing has changed my attitute to shopping for bike stuff. You might, for instance, choose a lighter set of wheels and just accept that they will not be as durable as you might like and will need to be trued more often. Worth it if you are a racer but maybe not for a club rider/audaxer/sportivist.

    Again, all this comes with a pinch of salt, as I've never raced on the road. Have fun racing!

  • Cyclops The Silencer direct drive magnetic trainer3 days 13 hours agoOn sales you can now get

    On sales you can now get fluid trainers for only £250 which fit all grossest obviously, see no point to this one really.