• Presidents of UCI and WADA critical of spectators’ hostility towards Chris Froome21 hours 52 min agoWhy are only SKY being held

    Why are only SKY being held to 'true transparency', and why only now?

    Astana have a much worse actual record as far as evidence; actual positive drug tests...
    Movistar have Valverde; suspended for 2 years following Operation Puerto...

    No demands for transparency, no public approbation, no media backlash...

    There is a case for transparency, it is unfortunately being led by an irrational and one sided hatred of SKY.

    Anyone recall the Tour? Anyone recall the 'Yes, of course we will release the data' stuff from Saxo Tinkoff, from Movistar, from Astana?

    Well?
    Where is it?
    Where is the public demand for it?

    I don't even like SKY, but this current witch hunt will damage the potential for cycling sponsorship; why bother if all you get is stupid sniping and innuendo?

  • No Tour de Pologne? :/21 hours 53 min agoThe Autumn classics will be

    The Autumn classics will be run just CSS had to be done separate due to the holiday situation. I will be back to run the rest, the next race I believe isnt until 23rd August

    Cheers for the response Steve, wont take it personally.

  • Wiggins in 2011, TDF Thoughts21 hours 59 min agodaddyELVIS wrote:ianrobo

    daddyELVIS wrote:
    ianrobo wrote:
    daddyELVIS wrote:
    Now G winning the Tour - I really would LMAO - that would be a whole new level of ridiculous!

    people would have said that about Wiggins or Froome at any one point. Sky can create these tour winners from those you could not think of before.

    I agree!

    Your average Sky fan thinks cycling started in 2012 - they have no clue how ridiculous their champions' achievements are!

    The debate about how they do this is long and hard. Whether clean or not no one can say that they do not create champions from riders with potential. Thomas if this progression continues will want to challenge sooner or later on larger stage races and GT's.

    sky will have no compassion in dumping Froome if he can not keep up, thats for sure.

  • Help please we don't know what we are doing!22 hours 1 min agoThese are what you've got,

    These are what you've got, more or less, but without the cage and the strap;

    These are the cages:

    These are SPD pedals, a much better option;

    and these are the cleats and shoe setup;

    These are the different styles of road pedals;

    There are many other types of pedal and shoe available...

  • Help please we don't know what we are doing!22 hours 1 min agofor a first timer definitely

    for a first timer definitely go for SPD's to start with and if int he future want to move to SPD SL then you will be experienced in them.

  • Help please we don't know what we are doing!22 hours 2 min agoI don't know any serious road

    I don't know any serious road rider who doesn't use road-specific systems.

    Look, Speedplay or Shimano (road not MTB) would be the main choices.

    Look do an "easy" version of their Keo pedals which are supposed to be a good entry level, and cheaper.

    If she's serious about cycling and has joined a club then just do it. If she doesn't want to stand out as the odd one with different equipment then get a road-specific system, unless you want your daughter to be the one kid with MTB pedals.

    I know there will now be a chorus of "don't worry about what everyone else thinks" but that's fine when you're a 40 something guy doing an audax or sportive and slightly different for a teenage (?) girl joining a club and starting out in a sport.

    There's no benefit to NOT using a road system, so just go with the flow.

  • Help please we don't know what we are doing!22 hours 13 min agoFor what it's worth, I meet

    For what it's worth, I meet an ever-increasing number of road cyclists who have given up on 3-bolt "road" cleats (SPD SL) and pedals and gone back to the simple 2-bolt MTB type (SPD)

    There seem to be three reasons for the change:
    1. Despite the cries of the "road" fans, there is no difference in comfort or power transfer, at least for normal humans.
    2. The 2-bolt (SPD) type cost much less and last much longer.
    3. If you buy touring SPDs and shoes nobody will know.

    Anyway, SPDs suit me, and I have never ridden an MTB in anger.

  • Win! A Mango Point R Tiagra road bike worth £549!22 hours 17 min agoyes please. Les Ed

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    Les Ed

  • Win! A Mango Point R Tiagra road bike worth £549!22 hours 19 min agoNo comment.

    No comment.

  • Wiggins in 2011, TDF Thoughts22 hours 22 min agoianrobo wrote:daddyELVIS

    ianrobo wrote:
    daddyELVIS wrote:
    Now G winning the Tour - I really would LMAO - that would be a whole new level of ridiculous!

    people would have said that about Wiggins or Froome at any one point. Sky can create these tour winners from those you could not think of before.

    I agree!

    Your average Sky fan thinks cycling started in 2012 - they have no clue how ridiculous their champions' achievements are!

  • Win! A Mango Point R Tiagra road bike worth £549!22 hours 25 min agoGetting made redundant and

    Getting made redundant and they cancelled my cycle to work application Crying help a brother out Laughing

  • Win! A Mango Point R Tiagra road bike worth £549!22 hours 34 min agoJust pass me the keys

    Just pass me the keys

  • Wiggins in 2011, TDF Thoughts22 hours 35 min agodaddyELVIS wrote:Now G

    daddyELVIS wrote:
    Now G winning the Tour - I really would LMAO - that would be a whole new level of ridiculous!

    people would have said that about Wiggins or Froome at any one point. Sky can create these tour winners from those you could not think of before.

  • Work starts on new secure cycle parking hub for Sale22 hours 39 min agoWhilst I agree moat of what's

    Whilst I agree moat of what's said abice its certainly true that the A56 would be a better route. My main gripes are
    -putting a cycle lane next to water, which in winter will be frozen or close to it prohibits children going to school or commuters safely using it during winter in my opinion.

    -the canal takes a round about route between Stretford and the city centreaking it important that there is a clear and safe way to access Talbot road from the canal. I'm not sure from memory if this is the case.

  • Presidents of UCI and WADA critical of spectators’ hostility towards Chris Froome22 hours 41 min agoThe issue some 'fans' have is

    The issue some 'fans' have is not necessarily doping, it is with Team Sky per se. They are the arrogant team of the peloton - whether true or not, that is how many view them. That doesn't excuse the behaviour of some (and if the individuals can be identified then the UCI should notify the french police and demand action against them). However, Sky should think about their PR - a start would be true transparency.

  • Underwhelming Surrey cycle safety campaign has more tips for cyclists than drivers, including wear a helmet22 hours 42 min agotourdelound wrote:...Allow

    tourdelound wrote:
    ...Allow drivers to pass where it is safe to do so.
    ?... If I'm in my car anyone wanting to go past me has to wait 'till it's safe to do so...

    Highway Code, Rule 169: "Do not hold up a long queue of traffic, especially if you are driving a large or slow-moving vehicle. Check your mirrors frequently, and if necessary, pull in where it is safe and let traffic pass."

    My bicycle qualifies as a slow-moving vehicle, especially when I'm riding it. I don't dive into the hedge every time something comes up behind me but I do try to make overtaking easy*. There's enough antagonism between motorists and cyclists, we don't need to make it worse.

    * Unless I'm really going for it on a Strava segment then it's every man for himself. Wink

  • ‘London is not truly fit for cycling’ says Tessa Jowell before pledging to address that22 hours 48 min agoMorat wrote:Ah, the London

    Morat wrote:
    Ah, the London mayoral election. Just as tedious as the real elections but irrelevant to anyone outside the M25 Confused Yawn.

    Mostly irrelevant to people living inside the M25 as well!

  • Underwhelming Surrey cycle safety campaign has more tips for cyclists than drivers, including wear a helmet22 hours 50 min agoShe said the Cycle-Smart

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

    Should we have magic armour too for all of those times we get attacked by unicorns? What planet are these people on? Damage to pedestrians is fixed by the NHS not insurance, idiots.

    Cycle-Smart Foundations page title is "Bicycle Helmet Initiative Trust" according to google. They clearly are just a Cycle Helmet promotion firm and shouldn't have charitable status for that reason.

  • Win! A Mango Point R Tiagra road bike worth £549!22 hours 54 min agoMy hearts desire a great

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  • Do some lorries have a basic problem with turning left?22 hours 55 min agomrmo wrote:basic geometry

    mrmo wrote:
    basic geometry everything turns around the back wheels, the further the back and front wheels are apart the wider the vehicle HAS to go, it can swing wide and cut in on the entry to the corner or it can keep tight on the way in but it will swing wide on the way out.

    Look at the video, and get that truck tighter round that corner, faster or slower would make very little difference to how tight it could go, the only difference would be stopping distance. Harsh but the motorcyclist was asking for that outcome, once that truck had started the turn you could see exactly what would happen. The truck, you can justifiably argue should have stopped before the collision, but the truck position is exactly what you would expect.

    I know a junction with a clear marked box and regularly see cars encroach which then blocks the junction because a bus is effectively stranded unable to complete the turn.

    Another example, I saw a Tractor trailer clearly indicating to turn left but in the right lane, a car thought it would be clever to go up the inside. Car was written off as the truck turned across and over the top of its bonnet.

    Yes there are idiots, but the way roads, old roads in particular, are laid out means you have to be aware of this sort of thing.

    Agree! And the number of times I see cyclists filtering in the gutter - makes me cringe! They're asking for a left-hook!

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  • Presidents of UCI and WADA critical of spectators’ hostility towards Chris Froome23 hours 1 min agoEvidentially we both observed

    Evidentially we both observed the same race and saw very different things. There are unfortunately no facts to confirm either observation. The passed drug tests simply mean a passed drugs test, not proof of riding clean.

    I see the whole Postal scenario again, where we're told that it's cadence, incremental gains and genetics, same as last time.

    Sky's domestiques were stronger than other teams GC/climbers, and the other teams often had big question marks against them as far as a history of doping.

    I am 100% convinced that it will play out like the early 2000's, and there'll be books written which tell all and the UCI will be back in front of us again telling us how they've cleaned up cycling again (like they did back in the Postal era). Porte's move to BMC will be interesting, the near constant busts at Astana ... It can't go on like this. Big changes are needed. And until then, there'll be pissed off fans with an over supply of urine.

    Point of view clearly explained, with no facts to prove either view, it would seem we're done. Time for a ride.

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