• Just in: Canyon Aeroad CF SLX 7.0 Di21 day 3 hours agorunskiprun wrote:so what

    runskiprun wrote:
    so what happens to these bikes after you've tested them? Do you give them to one of your readers perhaps??? Wave

    really good looking bike!

    They go back, some sooner than others, but they all go back. This one was collected personally by Canyon on Tuesday - it's in hot demand, the only one in the UK at present

  • Accidental death verdict in case of Retford teenager hit by lorry1 day 3 hours agoThe Retford Times strongly

    The Retford Times strongly suggests that Callum wasn't paying attention because he was listening to music, despite the fact that the assistant coroner said this was unclear. Given that cyclists who wear earphones are constantly assumed to be distracted, it's not unreasonable to ask the same about the driver.

  • Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to announce £214million additional funding for cycling1 day 3 hours agoThe thing about Clegg and

    The thing about Clegg and lying/untrustworthy .... the Tuition fees thing was a Tory policy.

    The lib dems have claimed they were able to water down the original tory policy somewhat (delaying the repayment) - but in reality I think this amendment would have had to have been made anyway as the original plan was completely unworkable.

    So, the real issue is not that Clegg is 'untrustworth' - it that he and the lib dems allowed themselves to be completely bossed by the tories. They should have stood back and abstained, but they have allowed themselves to take the blame, and they just blundered into it... At Wits End

    Not seeing that coming was a major flaw.

    Quote:

    He may not have been able to get his Manifesto pledge which was for free education but could have stopped the fees being raised to £9000.
    So yes I do blame him directly for the fees my daughter now going to spend most of her working life to pay back.

    Just him - or do you also blame the people who thought up the idea and pushed it through because they have more MPs?

  • Giant Defy Advanced SL road bike1 day 4 hours agoGood to see TRP are making

    Good to see TRP are making 140mm rotors for six-bolt hubs and they are good enough for top of the range bikes.

    Fed up with Shimano trying to convert everyone to their hubs with their bespoke-fitting only available on the ICE rotors.

    To top off my dissatisfaction with Shimano rotors, both the 160mm ICE ones I bought last month were slightly warped.

  • Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to announce £214million additional funding for cycling1 day 4 hours agoHe may not have been able to

    He may not have been able to get his Manifesto pledge which was for free education but could have stopped the fees being raised to £9000.
    So yes I do blame him directly for the fees my daughter now going to spend most of her working life to pay back.

  • Solution to obesity, pollution, congestion and social issues is ‘glaringly, frighteningly simple’ says Boardman1 day 4 hours agopmr wrote:People are lazy,

    pmr wrote:
    People are lazy, fat, and ignorant- and that's become socially acceptable - that's the problem.'

    Couldn't have put it better myself. Physical fitness and prowess are no longer things that are openly (or perhaps even secretly) aspired to by most people. As somebody who makes a lot of effort to watch what I eat and keep myself fit, I'm much more likely to receive light mocking for being out in the rain than encouragement for my efforts. It's "cool" to be lazy nowadays, simply because the majority of people can't be arsed to get out there, but still want to self identify positively.

  • Solution to obesity, pollution, congestion and social issues is ‘glaringly, frighteningly simple’ says Boardman1 day 4 hours agoIt's a frighteningly simple

    It's a frighteningly simple solution to a huge range of problems - pollution, congestion, obesity, the economy...

    Build proper infrastructure - not 200m stretches of shared pavement stuff that stops at a junction, not a dash of blue paint down a gutter but proper Dutch/Danish style bike lanes. New York managed to do this in the space of about 3 years thanks to some inspired political leadership.

    The result is that more people cycle - this reduces traffic on the roads so that the people who still need to drive (deliveries, emergency services, public transport, essential journeys) can get through more quickly.
    This is turn reduces pollution and the time wasted sitting in traffic jams, makes the city a more pleasant place to live and work.
    People get more exercise, it's built into their life, they're healthier, they cost the NHS less (and there are fewer accidents/collisions due to the good quality segregation so again, less drain on resources and the NHS).

    It's already proven that people spend more at shops when there are fewer cars so the economy benefits, people do more shopping locally so town centres thrive.

    It's blindingly simple and compared to building yet more roads or HS2 it's incredibly cheap.

  • Just in: Canyon Aeroad CF SLX 7.0 Di21 day 4 hours agoso what happens to these

    so what happens to these bikes after you've tested them? Do you give them to one of your readers perhaps??? Wave

    really good looking bike!

  • Astana have lost another one!1 day 4 hours agothanks NFE. I did note Vino

    Applause thanks NFE.

    I did note Vino has only 'suspended' the continental team too. This could run and run methinks!

    Given the usual uproar about Froome, etc there seems little chatter about Nibbles round here!!

  • Solution to obesity, pollution, congestion and social issues is ‘glaringly, frighteningly simple’ says Boardman1 day 4 hours agoPeople are lazy, fat, and

    People are lazy, fat, and ignorant- and that's become socially acceptable - that's the problem.
    The solutions to all the problems on the whole planet can be solved if we just went vegan and rode our bikes more.

    Its an all too inconvenient a truth for most to swallow. But it IS the truth.

    " The momentum for not only cycling but veganism and vegetarianism is building, and we need to seize it and push for change. The synergy between the two is there: they offer two unique solutions to big problems across the planet.'

  • Accidental death verdict in case of Retford teenager hit by lorry1 day 4 hours agoPlasterer's Radio wrote:Did

    Plasterer's Radio wrote:
    Did the driver have their stereo on high volume?

    That's a nonsense response. Are you suggesting that she would otherwise have been able to hear the approach and position of the bike over the other road noise and sound of her truck if she had the radio off?

    If you're cycling on a busy road used by trucks, which by mounting the kerb, you've clearly acknowledged is a dangerous place to ride, why on Earth would you then remove one of your senses from the equation?

  • Just in: Canyon Aeroad CF SLX 7.0 Di21 day 4 hours agoThis is right at the very top

    This is right at the very top of my wishlist currently.

  • Astana have lost another one!1 day 4 hours agoSuper Domestique wrote: “The

    Super Domestique wrote:

    “The young riders are crazy if they still haven't understood that there is no place for me in cycling,” Gazzetta dello Sport reported Vinokourov as not saying.

    There, fixed it for you!

  • Rutland Cycling sell off ex-hire bikes1 day 4 hours agoRutland are selling the RRP

    Rutland are selling the RRP £599 Trek 1.1 for £449 new anyway, so £100 saving on a (probaly, well) used bike doesn't sound too great a deal. I don't see any bargains here that would sway me.

  • Astana have lost another one!1 day 4 hours agoIt is a shame for the sport

    It is a shame for the sport and highlights why sponsors pull out and teams struggle.

    Oh and quote of the week:

    “The young riders are crazy if they still haven't understood that there is no place for doping in cycling,” Gazzetta dello Sport reported Vinokourov as saying.

  • Solution to obesity, pollution, congestion and social issues is ‘glaringly, frighteningly simple’ says Boardman1 day 4 hours agoIm a bit of an evangelist

    Im a bit of an evangelist with this book but its so glaringly obvious, you have to wonder what really are the true motives of those who can make a difference but wont.

    The Energy Glut - Dr Ian Roberts & Phil Edwards

    Theres a presentation on the book by the author thats 30 minutes long that explains the crux of the argument but if you dont have that long, then heres it explained in 6 minutes!

  • An obscured windscreen is a potential killer warns the AA1 day 5 hours agoIt's not just windscreens

    It's not just windscreens that motorists need to look at. I'm still seeing almost 10% of motor vehicles daily with bulbs out or beam aim too high. And nearly 5% with fog lights on.

  • Astana have lost another one!1 day 5 hours agoApart from the Iglinsky

    Apart from the Iglinsky brothers, all the rest have been part of the (now disbanded - so Vino says) Continental team....

    The Astana BePink Womens team have dropped the Astana for next year and back to being BePink, it seems like there are alot of people wanting to distance themselves from this mess...

  • Cycling revolution ‘rolling backwards’ according to figures – car use to rise still further1 day 5 hours agoMust be Mad wrote:I'm all for

    Must be Mad wrote:
    I'm all for long term thinking and planning, but this is just pulling numbers out of a hat.

    Surly the point is to start off with the numbers you want, then devise a plan to deliver?

    Exactly, and I am sure the shareholders in Hanson, La Farge Tarmac, etc are perfectly happy with the model.

  • Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to announce £214million additional funding for cycling1 day 5 hours agoandyp wrote:Exactly like

    andyp wrote:
    Exactly like tuition fees.

    and going way OT, as the minority partner in a coalition government, do you really think he was in the position to stop the tories raising tuition fees?

    And anyway, charging a percentage of salary, remember very few will ever clear this "debt", sounds more like a graduate tax than a loan to me.

    Who was it who introduced the fees and scrapped grants? who was it who raised the fees? So to blame the Lib Dems is to miss the point that all the parties are guilty of lying.

    Going slightly more OT, greenest government ever... I trust you would never vote Tory after the number of lies they have told?

  • Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to announce £214million additional funding for cycling1 day 5 hours agoExactly like tuition fees.

    Exactly like tuition fees.

  • Astana have lost another one!1 day 5 hours agoCould the irony be that there

    Could the irony be that there is no organised doping programme at Astana?

    Plus I'd imagine after some positives, the team will be a red hot target for the anti doping authorities, so if there is anything going on, they are going to get caught.

    Or.... there is something more sinister going on.

    My gut though is that desperate kids do desperate things with predictable results.

    I do get it though, in the height of the blood manipulation years, many more basic doping methods fell out of common practice, and now these are being 'rediscovered', but unfortunately the tests are still as established as they ever were.

  • Giant Defy Advanced SL road bike1 day 5 hours agoCan I declare that this bike

    Can I declare that this bike looks 'alright'.

    It is not the best looking bike on the roads, but neither is it ugly.

    If I was in the market for an £8000 winter hack, this would be on my shortlist Wink - except.... mudgards???

    Surly the advantage of the disk brakes is that they are better in the wet - so why make an endurance bike with disk brakes, but remove the possibility to fit mudgards? Doesn't make sense to me...

  • Barcelona targets bullying drivers – in bid to get cyclists off pavements1 day 5 hours agoHi, first post, so be

    Hi, first post, so be gentle.
    I live and cycle in Barcelona so just thought it would be useful to provide a bit of context to the article. The title seems promising from a cyclists point of view, but I won´t be cracking open the cava just yet. First off, there exists a huge 'implementation gap' in virtually all public policies in Spain, i.e., a nice sounding law is passed, only for it never to be enforced. As an example, in recent years we have seen the introduction of lots of 30km/h zones, but they are rarely, if at all, policed.
    Second, the general climate from the authorities is quite hostile to cyclists. We are something that has to be 'regulated' so we don't annoy other users - especially drivers. I could go on....rubbish bike lanes, lack of investment in the bike-share scheme etc...

  • Smart Hat designer puzzled by cyclists’ negative response1 day 5 hours agoWell done Recumbenteer you

    Well done Recumbenteer you have now invoked Godwin's Law so this thread is now closed Applause Applause Applause Applause Applause