• Coroner says cyclist found dead on road was blown off bike; widow not so sure1 day 11 hours agoRIP Jim. At least you died

    RIP Jim. At least you died doing two things you loved, riding your bike and getting blown off.

  • Campagnolo Zonda Clincher Wheelset decals1 day 11 hours agoA bit of white spirit or

    A bit of white spirit or methylated spirits will get the sticky stuff off.

  • Overshoes for wet weather1 day 11 hours agoI use the Endura neoprene one

    I use the Endura neoprene one over my work shoes with flat pedals on my commuter. Impressed everyone at work, they went out and bought some. About £12 and never going to win a beauty contest but they keep your feet warm and dry.

  • 50mm Carbon Tubs, wheel bag and spares.1 day 12 hours agoa

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  • Cycling leads world sports in anti-doping, says Cookson1 day 12 hours agoI agree with some of the

    I agree with some of the comments made above, and would like a complete ban for life if you are found to be cheating in all sports, lets make it clear doping must be stopped once and for all, and blood tests as well as urine should be the order of the day, having a ban for a limited time makes no sense at all.

  • Coroner says cyclist found dead on road was blown off bike; widow not so sure1 day 12 hours agoBlown off, blown over? Widow

    Blown off, blown over?

    Widow questions why he lost control when "The weather was dire; very heavy rain and hailstones. It was very dark for that time of day, almost black. It was a dreadful day. It was incredibly windy."

    Perhaps he was in close collision with another vehicle. But if there was no actual collision, and the other vehicle left the scene (all supposition for the sake of argument) what evidence would you expect to prove it?

  • Who uses a Mid-Compact 52/36?1 day 12 hours agoCurrently run standard with

    Currently run standard with 12-27, think a mid-compact will be perfect for me. Haven't been beaten by any of the hills in Sussex or Surrey but notice buddies with compacts stay seated for longer than me and generally spin away and pull out a gap on longer harder hills such as Whitedown and Barhatch. I think a mid-compact will be a better all round combination - might try the Fred next year or one of the tougher rides in Devon or Cornwall and know the standard would be hard work.

  • Hackney cyclist catches policewoman on the phone at the wheel as she waits at traffic lights1 day 12 hours ago'Cyclist' is using a mobile

    'Cyclist' is using a mobile phone to record this, not a GoPro camera. Also the way he talked to the officer only proves to me that he is a chav looking for trouble. Officer may have done something wrong or illegal but the 'cyclist' has no moral to judge the police in this case.

  • Campagnolo Zonda Clincher Wheelset decals1 day 12 hours agoCheers everyone. Email sent.

    Cheers everyone. Email sent. Waiting for replies.

    Andrew

  • Your guide to cyclo-cross racing1 day 12 hours agocrikey wrote:That's kinda

    crikey wrote:
    That's kinda sad. If it's not pro it should be fun.

    ...really?

    So where does the next generation of Elite or even pro riders come from?

    It's about racing. That means actually going out and riding as fast and as hard as you can, and training in between times to get faster. If you want 'fun' go and play somewhere else.

    Well I'll tell you where tomorrow's pros won't be coming from: middle aged, middle class blokes in Rapha on two carbon bikes. It's the guy who shows up in jeans on a steel singlespeed and demolishes half the field that's going to do well, but if your snobbery keeps these people from entering or enjoying themselves then they will probably just become triathletes instead. Sport is about fitness and recreation for most people, not the ridiculous belief that they might one day turn pro. Of course it's a race and everyone gives it as good as they can otherwise they're not taking part, the riding is horrible but the atmosphere should be fun for everyone involved. Beating your mates is more important than winning and it should certainly not be about who has the flashest kit which makes little difference anyway. I'm pretty sure that if I raced now I would do alright, despite the fact I never 'train' and can warm up by simply riding to the race.

  • Cyclists who never stop for red lights1 day 12 hours agoI love the idea of making red

    I love the idea of making red lights = give way for cyclists just to make everybody shut up about the minority who RLJ and the stupid fallacious arguments that include RLJing.

  • Who uses a Mid-Compact 52/36?1 day 12 hours agoPurchase justification?

    Purchase justification?

  • Who uses a Mid-Compact 52/36?1 day 12 hours agoI run a semi-compact with an

    I run a semi-compact with an 11-28. My bike came with a compact but that was too easy to spin out so I swapped. 52/36 is perfect, I reckon for sportive, etc., as you can get up anything. Might swap to a 53/39, tho, except for the exceptional.

  • Overshoes for wet weather1 day 12 hours agoI use the Assos 'S&M' ones,

    I use the Assos 'S&M' ones, not a clue what they really call them.
    Find them really good, keep my feet dry and look decent! pair them with winter socks as well and my feet are good in all but the worst

  • Shutt VR Isobel jersey1 day 12 hours agoThis review has very much

    This review has very much impressed me. The Mrs, who is a healthy size 18, has just taken up bike riding and had struggled to find kit to fit her.
    I think £80 is outside of her price range for now but thank you for showing her that stuff is available. After all, of we're going too lose all this weight then we need something to wear while we do it.

  • Who uses a Mid-Compact 52/36?1 day 12 hours agoWhat are you currently

    What are you currently running, as in Standard or compact?
    Why do you want to change?
    I'd not call a mid the best of both really, it's another option.

    I went compact to mid last summer, and swapped the cassette from 12-25 to 11-27 with it as well (was a new gruppo).
    It took a while to get used to it, especially in the hills.
    On a compact I was hardly using the inner ring, the mid forced me to use the inner, and made me think a lot more about gear selection, I'd agree with what a lot of people have said in the past that compacts teach you bad gear selection habits, and people are constantly cross chaining.
    I'll use the inner a lot more now, allows me to get to the perfect cadence on the flat (lower down the block obviously) and then work my way up it on the climbs, works better for me.
    I'd probably have been able to go for a standard, and got used to it as well.

    It's not something I'd think lightly about changing, you'll need to re learn the gear habits and get used to it all again before you can preempt what gear you can get over stuff in etc.
    What are you reasonings for wanting to change?

  • Overshoes for wet weather1 day 12 hours agoI use Endura Road Overshoes.

    I use Endura Road Overshoes. They really are excellent However, nothing is truly water proof as they all have holes for the cleats. I do find the overshoes and Showerspass waterproof trousers are as good as it can get really.

  • Cycling leads world sports in anti-doping, says Cookson1 day 12 hours agoI think I would have to be

    I think I would have to be drugged up the eyeballs to play golf in the first place. Antbody mention football? No, thought not.

  • Coroner says cyclist found dead on road was blown off bike; widow not so sure1 day 12 hours agoHas all evidence from scene

    Has all evidence from scene been preserved. Option to get independent investigation but all too often poor Police securing of site, disposal of clothing and chattels makes recovering key detail almost impossible.

    The list is extensive, as @seemesaveme @comadad and @roadpeace cases repeatedly confirm. Sadly we do not have the independent investigation resources of RAIB/AAIB/MAIB available for road crashes.

    He was entangled with bike?

    Not normal when 'blown off' by gust of wind surely?

    What damage to the bike?

    Any plans of scene and other data to review?

  • Cycling leads world sports in anti-doping, says Cookson1 day 13 hours agoRupert wrote:Dear Mr Cookson

    Rupert wrote:
    Dear Mr Cookson why aren't EPO cheats in cycling banned for life ? #justwondering

    http://journaltimes.com/sports/football/nfl-union-agree-to-new-drug-policy-hgh-testing/article_1e430d9c-f691-5207-8762-719c9990b55b.html

    In case you thought two years was lax!

  • Coroner says cyclist found dead on road was blown off bike; widow not so sure1 day 13 hours agoCould have been blown over by

    Could have been blown over by a close pass with a vehicle or tried to avoid being clipped by a vehicle and crashed. Choosing to say the 'Wind.did it' cuts out any further investigation.

    I don't blame the widow for not being satisfied with the results.

  • Toronto cyclists sticker cars illegally parked in bike lanes1 day 13 hours agoLast night on royal college

    Last night on royal college street in Camden, on a fully segregated cycle lane with soft infrastructure, motor vehicle parked in cycle lane blocking 3/4 of width, stream of cyclists leaving cycle lane, riding into road around motor car, then back into cycle lane.

    Would have appreciated some stickers to put on car to 'wake up' driver to the result of their ignorance.

  • Cycling leads world sports in anti-doping, says Cookson1 day 13 hours agojasecd wrote: Also is there

    jasecd wrote:

    Also is there any point in golfers doping? I know there are different types of PED's but walking five miles and swinging a club c. 72 times isn't exactly taxing. I reckon most of them are more concerned with IPO's then EPO.

    I seem to remember reading of sportsmen in sports like golf using drugs to calm nerves. Beta blockers?

  • Seatpost 'set back'1 day 13 hours agoBefore you change your seat

    Before you change your seat post, grab a tape measure and measure saddle nose tip to the centre slot of the handlebar stem clamp. Measure crank axle centre to top of saddle body. Write this down. Also take a photo showing angle.

    When fitting your new post, replicate your measurement. If the saddle rails are too short, sell the new post and refit your old post.

  • Cyclists who never stop for red lights1 day 13 hours agoIt just seems to come down to

    It just seems to come down to a lack of Police enforcement of the roads.

    Every day in London I ride my bikes on the roads. Every day I see multiple RLJ from cyclists, motor vehicles, heavy goods, buses, even the Police. The buses and hgv are the most frightening because of the vehicle size.

    Cannot 'blame' any group, they all seem to have cottoned onto the lack of enforcement = lack of consequences. It will take more cyclist and pedestrian to get killed before the political will is there to properly fund and brief the Police, terrorism gets a much bigger share of funding despite RTC killing 1000's more every year Wink