• Get people cycling for better health, says Public Health England2 days 4 min agoHeard an advert on the radio

    Heard an advert on the radio that the government is cutting the cost of a provisional driving licence "to help out with the cost of driving for young people". Give. Me. Strength.
    This government doesn't know its arse from its elbow when it comes to joined up policy.

  • Your guide to the best front lights for cycling + beam comparison engine2 days 14 min agomrmo wrote:richardorgill

    mrmo wrote:
    richardorgill wrote:
    No matter what type of lights you have it seems distracted drivers will always find you. 4 weeks ago I had my "rear" lights on (brightest red lights they make) and the driver still drove into me. Massive road rash, concussion and now shoulder surgery for a torn rotator cuff will lay me up for more weeks.

    Be careful out there the other drivers don't seem to be.

    http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/12855/

    I haven't seen this posted, but basically, hi viz appears to be more dangerous than not bothering.

    Instinct suggests that in the same way as an mtber you learn never look at the tree but at the gap, if you are to obvious there is a fixation issue going on. NO proof of that though

    I think a more circumspect interpretation would be 'no evidence hi viz reduces accidents'. The fixation idea is interesting, but I imagine hard to prove (eye tracking system in an experimental setup?) Could just be riders who know they are in dangerous locations wear hiviz, or maybe hiviz wearers feel more cautious and tend to avoid lane centre riding.

  • Shimano 105 5800 11-speed Groupset2 days 19 min agoIs the not being able to trim

    Is the not being able to trim the front mech a rather major flaw?

  • Drunk American hit and run driver charged with murder after police discover multiple DUI convictions2 days 24 min agoI read elsewhere the charge

    I read elsewhere the charge is second degree murder, roughly the equivalent of manslaughter here. And being charged is not the same as being convicted. Still, it indicates that the law takes this kind of thing seriously, and would actually have some chance of acting as a deterrent, unlike here where he'd be likely to get a suspended prison sentence or community service and a short license suspension (which, of course, he'd be free to ignore).

  • Police in Richmond crack down on red light jumping cyclists - and drivers2 days 31 min agoQuince: The legality of what

    Quince: The legality of what you describe is unclear, if it involves staying on the road and going through the stop line. Given current case law (the aptly named Cranks v Brook case), to be 100% certain that the law will regard you as a pedestrian you must dismount and go onto the pavement before crossing the road as a pedestrian.

    Is my understanding...

  • Belfast to get ‘Boris Bikes’ by the Spring2 days 44 min agoWhile I support the idea in

    While I support the idea in principle, the docking stations in my opinion are too focussed on the city centre as opposed to the outlaying areas. For example the top of the Ormeau Rd has a large proportion of students and young professionals who would be an ideal target group for using these bikes to get to college or work. However if the closest docking station is Cromac Street and they are heading into the city centre they will almost be at their destination and will have no incentive to then park their cars and take a bike the rest of the way. Most of the traffic problems start on the roads into the city so surely it would make more sense to move the docking stations to the outskirts?

  • Get FREE cycling stuff for your office2 days 46 min agoiTravelSmart, as part of

    iTravelSmart, as part of Cheshire West & Chester County Council offers pretty much the same thing for employers, and runs regular sessions around the county promoting active travel, bike chipping, secure bike lockers, etc. for individuals.

  • Your guide to the best front lights for cycling + beam comparison engine2 days 51 min agorichardorgill wrote:No matter

    richardorgill wrote:
    No matter what type of lights you have it seems distracted drivers will always find you. 4 weeks ago I had my "rear" lights on (brightest red lights they make) and the driver still drove into me. Massive road rash, concussion and now shoulder surgery for a torn rotator cuff will lay me up for more weeks.

    Be careful out there the other drivers don't seem to be.

    http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/12855/

    I haven't seen this posted, but basically, hi viz appears to be more dangerous than not bothering.

    Instinct suggests that in the same way as an mtber you learn never look at the tree but at the gap, if you are to obvious there is a fixation issue going on. NO proof of that though

  • Police on trail of BMXer who kicked London cyclist off bike2 days 51 min agoJust like someone who jumps

    Just like someone who jumps on a bike without a clue on how to ride on the road. The Highway Code says always give way to the right. Roundabouts,traffic lights,junctions, or joining traffic flow.

  • Road Bike/ Retul fit newbie question2 days 54 min agoThanks...I think a 56cm frame

    Thanks...I think a 56cm frame bike with a straight top tube would be slightly longer and the 140mm stem would them sort it. I just found it strange requiring that length of stem.

  • Friday wipeouts: you're the (club run) referee2 days 57 min agoBristolbybike wrote: Could we

    Bristolbybike wrote:

    Could we vote for planners who think that these narrow shared used paths are acceptable though?

    There's not a thing wrong with that sort of path if people use some sense.

  • Btwin FC 52 days 1 hour agoHight 172cm inch 67.5 foot

    Hight 172cm inch 67.5 foot 5.6

    Inseam 76 or 77cm inch 30.5

    Thinking

  • Bike industry sets up saddle committee to work with UCI2 days 1 hour agoQuote from the article: "The

    Quote from the article:
    "The UCI has recently looked to be more in favour of allowing technological innovation."
    Looked to be more in favour my ar5e....they haven't actually done anything, have they?

  • Your guide to the best front lights for cycling + beam comparison engine2 days 1 hour agoNo matter what type of lights

    No matter what type of lights you have it seems distracted drivers will always find you. 4 weeks ago I had my "rear" lights on (brightest red lights they make) and the driver still drove into me. Massive road rash, concussion and now shoulder surgery for a torn rotator cuff will lay me up for more weeks.

    Be careful out there the other drivers don't seem to be.

  • Police in Richmond crack down on red light jumping cyclists - and drivers2 days 1 hour agoCyclists only have a problem

    Cyclists only have a problem with red light jumping cyclists because motorists tell them to.
    Otherwise they wouldn't care.

  • The Revolution will not be televised2 days 1 hour agoSaw it last night and really

    Saw it last night and really enjoyed it, especially the team pursuit. Great that you got the opportunity, and thanks for posting the blog. We were wondering how team outside of Manchester, London and Newport train for these so it is good to hear about the freezer!

  • Police in Richmond crack down on red light jumping cyclists - and drivers2 days 2 hours agoIts fine to fine, as long as

    Its fine to fine, as long as they do actually go after all modes equally. I'm a bit suspicious they might find cyclists easier to stop and nab, or that they might have the usual blindness to amber-gambling, only noticing those who light jump in the middle of the phase.

  • Two motorists who say they were blinded by sun acquitted of killing cyclist2 days 2 hours agoMakes me want to see

    Makes me want to see jury-vetting - where anyone who drives regularly is precluded from serving on a jury in such cases.

    And what chance is there of getting more people to cycle when it's on such terms - that its regarded as normal that even if you do nothing at all wrong, you can still be randomly killed, just because there's a sun in the sky? Its like trying to promote Russian roulette.

  • Police on trail of BMXer who kicked London cyclist off bike2 days 2 hours agoAlb wrote: Either you were

    Alb wrote:

    Either you were there or you have a tardis to give such a concise, detailed account of the timeline of events! As always, there's probably more to this incident than the posted 30seconds of video implies.

    Quite difficult, though, to imagine what 'more' there might be that could possibly excuse the behaviour in the video. Unless the two of them had been repeatedly kicking each other all the way down the road, which seems unlikely.

  • Metric Century Challenge 2013-20142 days 2 hours agoScudds wrote:18th Jan 1 Point

    Scudds wrote:
    18th Jan 1 Point 62.6 miles/ 100.7 km Total points 1, total km 100.7

    16th Feb 1 Point 64.6miles/ 104 Km Total Points 2, Total KM 204.7
    15th March 1 Point 62.3 miles/ 100.2 Km. Points 3, Total Km 304.9
    13th April 1 Point 65.3 miles/ 104.5 Km. Points 4, Total Km 409.4
    27th April 1 Point 62.5 miles/ 100.5Km. Points 5, Total Km 514.9
    5th May 1 Point, 66.0 miles/ 106.2Km. Points 6, Total Km 621.1
    1st June 1 Point, 62.4 miles/ 100.4 km. Points 7, Total Km 721.5
    6th July 1 Point, 62.7 miles/ 100.9 km. Points 8, Total Km 822.4
    12th July 1 Point, 111.7 miles/ 179km. Points 9, Total Km 1001.1
    3rd August 1 Point, 63.5 miles/ 101.6km. Points 10, Total Km 1102.7
    6th September 1 Point, 64.7 miles/ 103.5Km. Points 11, Total Km 1206.2
    25th October 1 Point, 63.6 miles/ 101.8km. Points 12, Total Km 1308.0

  • Metric Century Challenge 2013-20142 days 2 hours ago16 Jan | 1 point | 120.18 km

    16 Jan | 1 point | 120.18 km | 01 points | 0120.18 km
    19 Jan | 1 point | 121.59 km | 02 points | 0241.77 km

    02 Feb | 1 point | 108.71 km | 03 points | 0350.48 km
    06 Feb | 1 point | 101.68 km | 04 points | 0452.16 km
    09 Feb | 1 point | 104.72 km | 05 points | 0556.88 km
    16 Feb | 1 point | 106.98 km | 06 points | 0663.86 km
    23 Feb | 1 point | 100.32 km | 07 points | 0764.18 km

    02 Mar | 1 point | 100.48 km | 08 points | 0864.66 km
    09 Mar | 1 point | 101.86 km | 09 points | 0966.52 km
    13 Mar | 1 point | 108.15 km | 10 points | 1074.67 km
    29 Mar | 1 point | 108.2 km | 11 points | 1182.9 km
    30 Mar | 1 point | 112.3 km | 12 points | 1295.2 km

    10 Apr | 1 point | 173.0 km | 13 points | 1468.2 km
    13 Apr | 1 point | 104.7 km | 14 points | 1572.9 km
    15 Apr | 1 point | 134.3 km | 15 points | 1707.2 km
    18 Apr | 1 point | 162.4 km | 16 points | 1869.6 km
    20 Apr | 1 point | 100.5 km | 17 points | 1970.1 km
    24 Apr | 1 point | 163.5 km | 18 points | 2133.6 km
    27 Apr | 1 point | 117.1 km | 19 points | 2250.7 km
    29 Apr | 1 point | 100.9 km | 20 points | 2351.6 km

    04 May | 1 point | 105.1 km | 21 points | 2456.7 km
    11 May | 1 point | 100.6 km | 22 points | 2557.3 km
    18 May | 1 point | 100.8 km | 23 points | 2658.1 km
    25 May | 1 point | 121.2 km | 24 points | 2779.3 km

    01 Jun | 1 point | 101.4 km | 25 points | 2880.7 km
    08 Jun | 1 point | 115.3 km | 26 points | 2996.0 km
    14 Jun | 1 point | 102.0 km | 27 points | 3098.0 km
    19 Jun | 1 point | 100.8 km | 28 points | 3198.8 km
    24 Jun | 1 point | 102.7 km | 29 points | 3301.5 km
    26 Jun | 1 point | 100.6 km | 30 points | 3402.1 km
    28 Jun | 1 point | 100.8 km | 31 points | 3502.9 km

    01 Jul | 1 point | 101.2 km | 32 points | 3604.1 km
    04 Jul | 1 point | 101.1 km | 33 points | 3705.2 km
    06 Jul | 1 point | 101.6 km | 34 points | 3806.8 km
    12 Jul | 1 point | 105.2 km | 35 points | 3912.0 km
    17 Jul | 1 point | 102. 5 km | 36 points | 4014.5 km
    20 Jul | 1 point | 113. 5 km | 37 points | 4128.0 km
    24 Jul | 1 point | 122. 6 km | 38 points | 4250.6 km
    26 Jul | 1 point | 105. 0 km | 39 points | 4355.6 km
    27 Jul | 1 point | 101. 7 km | 40 points | 4457.3 km
    29 Jul | 1 point | 119. 3 km | 41 points | 4576.6 km

    03 Aug | 1 point | 108. 3 km | 42 points | 4684.9 km
    05 Aug | 1 point | 116. 1 km | 43 points | 4801.0 km
    07 Aug | 1 point | 124. 0 km | 44 points | 4925.0 km
    12 Aug | 1 point | 101. 5 km | 45 points | 5026.5 km
    15 Aug | 1 point | 100. 3 km | 46 points | 5126.8 km
    19 Aug | 1 point | 100. 3 km | 47 points | 5227.1 km
    22 Aug | 1 point | 100. 4 km | 48 points | 5327.5 km
    27 Aug | 1 point | 101. 9 km | 49 points | 5429.4 km
    29 Aug | 1 point | 101. 7 km | 50 points | 5531.1 km

    03 Sep | 1 point | 101. 0 km | 51 points | 5632.1 km
    05 Sep | 1 point | 101. 8 km | 52 points | 5733.9 km
    10 Sep | 1 point | 143. 4 km | 53 points | 5877.3 km
    13 Sep | 1 point | 103. 3 km | 54 points | 5977.6 km
    17 Sep | 1 point | 109. 5 km | 55 points | 6087.1km
    24 Sep | 1 point | 114. 2 km | 56 points | 6201.3 km
    27 Sep | 1 point | 138. 4 km | 57 points | 6339.7 km

    01 Oct | 1 point | 139. 2 km | 58 points | 6478.9 km
    03 Oct | 1 point | 101. 1 km | 59 points | 6580.0 km
    08 Oct | 1 point | 101. 4 km | 60 points | 6681.4 km
    10 Oct | 1 point | 102. 2 km | 61 points | 6783.6 km
    16 Oct | 1 point | 102. 0 km | 62 points | 6885.6 km
    18 Oct | 1 point | 140. 3 km | 63 points | 7025.9 km
    22 Oct | 1 point | 134. 2 km | 64 points | 7160.1 km
    25 Oct | 1 point | 112. 3 km | 65 points | 7272.4 km

  • Police in Richmond crack down on red light jumping cyclists - and drivers2 days 2 hours agoGood on 'em. Let's hope they

    Good on 'em. Let's hope they keep it up!

  • Updated: Lance Armstrong can't ride Gran Fondo Hincapie, says USA Cycling2 days 2 hours agopwake wrote "used his wealth

    pwake wrote
    "used his wealth and influence a the top of the pyramid to bribe or otherwise bully whistle blowers into silence". It's called 'Lobbying' here in the States!!

    But it's not though, is it?
    It's downright vicious self-seeking nastiness.
    Call it what you like in the States...

  • Just In: Raleigh Maverick Comp2 days 2 hours agoThe only problem i have ever

    The only problem i have ever had with down tube cable routing is when it was just the right temperature that the ground was muddy under the sun but frozen else where and it froze mud on my cables, stopping up shifting.

  • Shimano 105 5800 11-speed Groupset2 days 2 hours agoOK here's the updated list of

    OK here's the updated list of currently-available 11s groups:

    2682g - 105 11s - £299.99 @ Merlin
    2168g - Athena 11s - £519.99 @ Ribble
    2294g - Ultegra 11s - £459.99 @ Ribble (less for compact)
    2152g - Sram Force 11s - £574.99 @ Merlin
    2096g - Chorus 11s - £769.99 @ Ribble (some bits o/o stock)
    1998g - Dura-Ace 11s - £976.99 @ Ribble
    1974g - Record 11s - £1,069.99 @ Ribble
    1875g - Super Record 11s - £1,353.99 @ Ribble (some combos o/o stock)
    1868g - Sram Red 11s - £1,149.95 @ Merlin

    I’ve chosen the GXP Sram groups as they’re directly comparable to the others. Campag and Sram don’t make a BB30 group for comparison though work-arounds may be possible.

    Weights are from http://www.totalcycling.com/en/Component-Weights/cc-8.aspx

    @s_lim 6700 Ultegra was significantly heavier, over 2300g so your comparison with Chorus used to be right.

    Again, great time to by buying 11s groups!