• 2015 Giro d'Italia to start with team time trial - on a cycle path (+ video)1 day 3 hours agoWhat happens when they leave

    What happens when they leave the cycle lane and get stopped by an over officious CCSO (Carabinieri Community Support Officer Smile )?

  • Nice Novice road routes in North Essex / Suffolk area1 day 3 hours agoRide in those areas myself. I

    Ride in those areas myself. I like the area just to the east of Saffron Walden, quite a few quiet roads around there. The roads around Clare are also particularly nice. I often cycle a bit further north to there around Dalham but I'm based in Cambridge. You could join a club but CCC rides are usually at least 60 miles, even the slower ones. There may be another one near you with shorter ones. Country roads are great but there are some drivers going a bit fast but I've never had a problem in either N Essex or Suffolk yet. If you're unsure of your skills contact a company that does Level 2 and 3 bikeability courses. Outspoken, for whom I do a bit of work, are based in Cambridge. I'm also a qualified instructor myself so I'd be happy to go on a spin and give a few tips if you want to get in touch.

  • Glasgow bike shop “humbled” by response to its helping Malawi cyclists1 day 3 hours agoAfter all the recent nice

    After all the recent nice publicity generated by the loan of the race bikes, they really didn't have to do this. Good on them. I just googled the volare 20 - unpainted Reynolds 931, Ultegra 11sp, Shimano RS61 wheels - that's a lovely bike even if you can afford it, but if you can't, it's fantastic.

  • 2015 Giro d'Italia to start with team time trial - on a cycle path (+ video)1 day 3 hours ago'Held on a cycle path' - are

    'Held on a cycle path' - are you suggesting that the road next to the path will be open to public traffic?

  • Slowest of slow punctures?1 day 3 hours agoFlying Scot wrote:2 quid, fit

    Flying Scot wrote:
    2 quid, fit a new tube, probably the valve passing at high pressure, holds at low pressure.

    replaced the tube when i took it out to inspect this week, just wanted to know what the issue was and if it was fixable

  • Decent (Enough) Short-Duration Locks1 day 3 hours agotruffy wrote:AWP wrote:You

    truffy wrote:
    AWP wrote:
    You could try one of these.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Targus-Defcon-Anti-Theft-System-PA400E/dp/B002EA...

    I use it along with a fairly light weight coil/combination lock. It's loud enough to make you aware somebody is messing with your bike. It has both motion sensor and cable tamper. It'll sit in a jersey pocket along with your gels or whatever.


    Is that anything like this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SITYhXlE8GQ

    [[[[[ So---avoid avoid avoid the "Targus-Defcon Anti- PA400Etheft....see YouTube demonstration. Ridiculous!

  • So why do cyclists get a bad name?1 day 3 hours agoEebijeebi, those people are

    Eebijeebi, those people are going a-to-b in a manner that reflects them not having 2 tonnes of killing motorized machine along for the ride. Pedestrians are even more "without a care in the world", because they have even less weight of killing potential. In the car, you are bringing a lot of danger to everyone, mostly to other people than yourself. Stop judging these people who bring approximately 10,000 times less danger to the rest of us than you do. Nice that you asked the question though, fair play.

  • 2015 Giro d'Italia to start with team time trial - on a cycle path (+ video)1 day 3 hours agoI wonder if they will be

    I wonder if they will be dodging cars leaving their drives and pedestrians as we would on a UK cycle path. Perhaps they will have to share it with a Bus Cool , great for drafting, rubbish for safe cycling.

  • 2015 Giro d'Italia to start with team time trial - on a cycle path (+ video)1 day 3 hours agoI wonder if they will be

    I wonder if they will be dodging cars leaving their drives and pedestrians as we would on a UK cycle path. Perhaps they will have to share it with a Bus Cool , great for drafting, rubbish for safe cycling.

  • So why do cyclists get a bad name?1 day 3 hours agoPurpleDog wrote:Sorry, I

    PurpleDog wrote:
    Sorry, I didn't intend you to think I meant you were wrong to ride where you chose - that is your choice of course - just that you were wrong to tell everyone who made a different choice that they were wrong!

    ...

    Eh, I should have waited. You were much nicer in your reply than I was.

  • Anti-cycling Dales councillor banned for drink driving1 day 3 hours agoClearly if your going to

    Clearly if your going to accuse someone of being a law unto themselves, you should clearly be law abiding yourself. Nae Luck Baw Bag! Silly

  • So why do cyclists get a bad name?1 day 3 hours agoMarcMyWords wrote:Wow -

    MarcMyWords wrote:
    Wow - You're a really difficult customer aren't you. Sounds like you just like an online argument. I said road bike because I ride a road bike, is that OK? You said in your first statement that I was just plain wrong and now you're telling me there's no law so it's actually just a matter of opinion and preference? So am I plain wrong or is it just my opinion? You're debating with me about riding in CL (Central London to be completely clear for you) and what is or isn't safe and you don't even ride there? That's end of conversation for me, someone just arguing for the sake of it. All the best.

    You said it was alway wrong to pass on the right. Not sometimes wrong, or only wrong in Central London (which would be weird), just wrong. He said that you were wrong to say it is always wrong, and that the correct way to pass is situation dependant. Later you added the clause about CL (seriously, why abbreviate that and expect people to guess it correctly?), though why you would feel CL is any different to other city centres across the country is a little beyond me.

    He was right and you were wrong. And with this post it is you that comes across as a tool, not him. I rather expect he just wanted to actually talk to you, to let you know you had it wrong and to help you become a better and safer cyclist.

  • Brailsford's Downfall1 day 3 hours agoVery good... I'd noticed that

    Very good... I'd noticed that about the Vava Froome shirts too. Big Grin

  • So why do cyclists get a bad name?1 day 3 hours agoSorry, I didn't intend you to

    Sorry, I didn't intend you to think I meant you were wrong to ride where you chose - that is your choice of course - just that you were wrong to tell everyone who made a different choice that they were wrong!

    I'm only making my point so strongly because I felt your statement was unjustified, wrong and dangerous. If others read it and thought there was some reason they should undertake rather than overtake, and put themselves in unnecessary danger as a result, that needs to be challenged.

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/bike-blog/2011/apr/04/cyclists-pa...
    http://www.cyclescheme.co.uk/community/how-to/filtering
    http://www.cyclelaw.co.uk/overtaking-and-filtering-whilst-cycling

    As well as myself, my girlfriend, my kids, many of my friends all cycle on the roads, and safety is a big issue for me When I see statements like yours my hackles raise. I apologise if you think my point was just to be a git - that's the farthest thing from my mind, but the safety of cyclists is very important to me.

    I don't expect you to change your mind (you are free to ride however you wish) but I don't want you to persuade anyone to change to a riskier behaviour in the mistaken belief that overtaking is "wrong" and undertaking is "right". Read the links, or don't, but if anyone here is unsure what to do, please read the links I included here before you decide how you will ride.

  • So why do cyclists get a bad name?1 day 3 hours agoThey're not cyclists. They're

    They're not cyclists. They're people on bikes. Cyclists know how to ride properly. I don't want to be treated as part of the same minority group as them.

    For example, out on on Saturday I stopped with a couple of others to let the ride regroup. A driver stops, winds down the window and, pointing back down the road, says "They all jumped a red light!" There was no way to know we were together (and I don't even know if the people referred to were part of the group, they were that far back).

    When I replied "What are you telling me for?" they looked disgusted and drove off. Clearly every person on a bike defines everyone who rides in the eyes of many non-cyclists.

  • Slowest of slow punctures?1 day 3 hours ago2 quid, fit a new tube,

    2 quid, fit a new tube, probably the valve passing at high pressure, holds at low pressure.

  • Nice Novice road routes in North Essex / Suffolk area1 day 3 hours agoSounds obvious but to avoid

    Sounds obvious but to avoid traffic stay away from the main roads. Of course, on country lanes speeds will be lower but there may be less space for cars to pass. You don't say where you're based but Flitch Bikes do evening run outs I believe.

  • Mavic set to release Aksium One Disc and Ksyrium Pro Disc wheels in 20151 day 3 hours agoDavid Arthur wrote:I've got a

    David Arthur wrote:
    I've got a full story on the Rose 2015 road bikes, and their new disc models, going up on site later today

    Hope their nomenclature starts to make a bit more sense... I'm interested in them (and Canyon) but it's quite difficult to know which model is which.

  • Best general wheelset?1 day 3 hours agoI just bought a set of HOOPs

    I just bought a set of HOOPs 2426 Elite Pacenti 23SL Wheelset with White industries hubs and Sapim CX-Ray spokes custom built from Hoops wheels - http://www.hoopswheels.com/wheels2426e.html. USD$800.00 delivered.

    I was upgrading from a set of Shimano RS 20s, decent but run of the mill wheels.

    I saved a bit of weight over the RS 20s, about 300 grams, but now have a wider rim, slightly better aero profile, and more efficient hubs.

    I have definitely noticed improvements on the climbs and most noticeably on the descents. I ride in very hilly country in Connecticut and on the descents I can keep up with and even pass my son - an accomplished rider - on his aero Cervelo (I'm on a Felt Z2). He is often still spinning and I'm just coasting. The RS 20s did not give me this. It may just be the bearings in the hubs, I don't know, but there is a marked improvement.

    I considered the Shimano C24s. They have received very good reviews but parts replacements is a problem that I didn't want to deal with. I don't have that problem with these custom rims and they are performing very well.

    Louis

  • So why do cyclists get a bad name?1 day 4 hours agoPurpleDog wrote:MarcMyWords

    PurpleDog wrote:
    MarcMyWords wrote:
    I'm not saying it's illegal but you shouldn't be overtaking a car on the outside ona road bike

    So it's not illegal, it's not mentioned in the highway code... so where does this "shouldn't" come from?
    If I say you shouldn't overtake on the inside on a road bike that presumably carries just as much weight?

    Firstly I don't think the kind of bike matters - if I'm going faster than the traffic on my mountain bike I'll overtake, just as I would on my road bike. And in both cases I'll overtake where I have better visibility and more room. Admittedly I don't line in central London (which I assume you meant by CL?) so perhaps the expectation is different, but I ride (mountain bike, road bike and motorbike) and drive (car) in both town and country and I can see people coming up on the right far earlier and easier than someone sneaking up on the left.

    You're telling me, without any law, rule or justification that I should not overtake on the right. You have to do a lot more to make any kind of case.
    I overtake where I feel safest. Sometimes (depending on the road, the conditions, the traffic etc.) that will be the inside, sometimes I will filter between lanes (i.e. at traffic lights), but most often the outside is where I have the room, the visibility and can be more easily seen by those I am passing.
    Simply stating that "you shouldn't" doesn't cut it I'm afraid. At the very least, if you're making such a claim, you should back it up with some reasoning. Make a start by telling us why you feel safer on the inside (which of course has no bearing on the rest of us choosing where we think we are safest), and follow that with why those of us who don't feel the same should be stuck there regardless. I assume you have a reason for your blanket statement that it is wrong to overtake on the outside? What is it?

    Wow - You're a really difficult customer aren't you. Sounds like you just like an online argument. I said road bike because I ride a road bike, is that OK? You said in your first statement that I was just plain wrong and now you're telling me there's no law so it's actually just a matter of opinion and preference? So am I plain wrong or is it just my opinion? You're debating with me about riding in CL (Central London to be completely clear for you) and what is or isn't safe and you don't even ride there? That's end of conversation for me, someone just arguing for the sake of it. All the best.

  • Are carbon frames good for tall/heavy riders1 day 4 hours agoI'm 6'3" weigh 16 stone and

    I'm 6'3" weigh 16 stone and have a Trek Domane 5.2 (carbon) and its perfectly fine.

    Despite me riding it on the road, in the rain, and in the sunshine, it hasn't yet spontaneously disintegrated into a trillion pieces, fallen apart due to the UV getting to it, or melted, or collapsed under my gravity defying bulk.

    It could be quicker, but I suspect that might be due to the said 6'3" 16 stone mass on it and not due to the bike Big Grin

  • Decent (Enough) Short-Duration Locks1 day 4 hours agoOtis Bragg wrote:As an

    Otis Bragg wrote:
    As an additional back up measure when using a lock you aren't fully happy with, why not unship the chain as well? This will give you an extra bit of time if someone does try to jump and pedal away-just remember to put it back on before you try to pedal off as well though!

    That's a great idea. Could also try winding out the brake barrel adjusters to lock the brakes on. Only takes a few seconds to put right afterwards.

  • Carrera TDF Limited Edition 2014 Reviews/Thoughts???1 day 4 hours agoPretty certain mine has

    Pretty certain mine has mounts on the seat stays, forks and dropouts, but I think they've changed the profile of the frame tubes, so check with Halfords...

  • So why do cyclists get a bad name?1 day 4 hours agoEebijeebi wrote:Stats - don't

    Eebijeebi wrote:
    Stats - don't you just love 'em.

    9 out of 168 ATS accidents caused by cyclists. Put that into the proportion of cycles/vehicles and I doubt it will look good as a percentage of users.

    I like this site but it does seem to have a disproportionate number of anti car/driver jihadists (at least that post), and I for one won't be beaten down by zealotry.

    It is a sad fact, as both a cyclist and a driver, that I witness more and more inappropriate behavior by cyclists every day. I also witness more and more bad driving every day.

    Imagine what they'd be saying on a pedestrians site?


    I actually think there's a lot more realism here than on some cycling-specific sites. As with the roads however, there are some people with strongly-held opinions who have not yet learned that repeating something loudly and often doesn't make it true.

  • Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt1 day 4 hours agoI would like to win because

    I would like to win because it would make me look like a real cyclist!