• Richmond roundabout redesign has 'no significant safety benefit' for cyclists, campaigners say1 day 9 hours agoThe use of the phrase Dutch

    The use of the phrase Dutch "style" infrastructure, is probably the trend that's causing me the most concern. It mean compromise, and not in a the good sense of pragmatism, but in the bad sense of needing to bodge a design to fit UK traffic laws and national policies.

    The particular piece of infrastructure where the word "style" keeps appearing seems to be roundabouts. Lots of boroughs are producing their own experimental designs. One will be near to me as part of the winning Kingston mini-holland bid, and I'm very curious to see what the final design for that will be. I suspect I will be complaining!

  • Metric Century Challenge 2013-20141 day 9 hours ago11/01/2014 - 104km - Old

    11/01/2014 - 104km - Old Winchester Hill
    18/01/2014 - 102km - Farnham
    16/02/2014 - 120km - Mottisfont
    22/02/2014 - 116km - Gold Hill Shaftesbury
    01/03/2014 - 108km - Hungerford
    13/03/2014 - 120km - Sa Calobra
    14/03/2014 - 133km - Felanitx
    15/03/2014 - 140km - Puig Major
    22/03/2014 - 113km - Churt
    29/03/2014 - 138km - Farnham
    12/04/2014 - 142km - Kilmeston
    19/04/2014 - 172km - Hindhead
    21/04/2014 - 124km - QECP
    02/05/2014 - 105km - Kings Sombourne
    10/05/2014 - 105km - Local Loop
    18/05/2014 - 169km - Pewsey
    08/06/2014 - 116km - Kimbridge
    14/06/2014 - 108km - Four Marks
    16/06/2014 - 163km - Three Counties Solo
    17/06/2014 - 108km - Cheddar Gorge
    21/06/2014 - 126km - Solo Training
    25/06/2014 - 106km - Solo Training
    27/06/2014 - 100km - Solo Training
    28/06/2014 - 100km - Streatley Hill
    06/07/2014 - 170km - Windsor
    19/07/2014 - 114km - Hindhead
    26/07/2014 - 112km - Thruxton
    27/07/2014 - 102km - Local Event, Big Wheel
    10/08/2014 - 139km - Ride London
    16/08/2014 - 177km - Pewsey
    23/08/2014 - 105km - Hungerford
    30/08/2014 - 105km - Hermitage
    13/09/2014 - 116km - ToB @ Hindhead
    19/09/2014 - 147km - Ride to Away Weekend
    20/09/2014 - 106km - Isle of Wight
    21/09/2014 - 110km - New Forest
    05/10/2014 - 104km - Breakfast Run
    19/10/2014 - 112km - Breakfast Run

    2014 Total - 38 points

  • Alberto Contador to be named winner of 2014 Vélo d'Or1 day 9 hours agoSimon_MacMichael

    Simon_MacMichael wrote:
    SideBurn wrote:
    Hamster wrote:

    the things they observe in mice don't always become apparent in humans.

    So some doubt then and I'll stick to my original comment of "he's a cheat".

    Contador was banned for a minute trace, many others tested positive and successfully claimed it was ingested from contaminated food. Consequently there is a threshold for a positive test. This could mean that if Contador's sample is tested again today for the same substance, he would pass.
    OK, so this does not mean he is/was clean, but gives me reasonable doubt as to whether he did or not. Give the guy a break, if dirty he will f. up again... and I will eat my words

    Nope. There has always been a threshold for clenbuterol. His sample being tested again now wouldn't change a thing. The athletes who have managed to escape sanction have linked their positive tests to food ingested in China or Mexico, both countries known to have a major problem with it in the food chain. The steak Contador claims to have eaten was bought in Spain.

    The threshold was announced in 2011?
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14952870
    The Court of Arbitration for Sport felt that the positive test was because of a 'contaminated food supplement'
    http://www.tas-cas.org/d2wfiles/document/5649/5048/0/Media20Release20_En...

  • Bianchi Infinito CV Disc road bike1 day 10 hours agoDrJDog wrote:As above, £5.6k

    DrJDog wrote:
    As above, £5.6k for 8.2kg is stunning. Disc brakes add 1.2kg?

    As mentioned in the comments in the 'First Look' review on this bike

    The difference over the non-disc version is about 1200g. On this one, the frame is about 100g heavier and the wheelset is about 250 or 450g heavier (Speed Race XLR tubs vs Metron 40 Disc tubs/clincher) - so you're maybe 30% or 45% of the way there just with those two.

  • Defy Advanced 1 2015 or Cannondale Synapse Carbon 5 help?1 day 10 hours agoI've got a carbon Ultegra

    I've got a carbon Ultegra Synapse though it's last year's rim brake version, which it seems is broadly the same frame. It's a fantastic bike, and I love riding it.

    I had a go on last year's Defy, and it was nice, but the Synapse felt like it had more 'go', and it felt like the one for me.

    Hope that helps.

  • Cyclist aged 12 injured at Cambridge's new 'Dutch' roundabout (+ gallery)1 day 10 hours agoI use that roundabout

    I use that roundabout approximately weekly, normally with my daughter on a tag-along. Its new design is a confusing shambles.
    The only way this improves anything for a cyclist is if you happen to be turning left from the main road to one of the side roads.

    The main carriageway entrances & exits were made narrower to reduce vehicle speed.
    - Fine, except if you stay on the carriageway and don't take the primary position, the petrol heads try to cut in on you; they seem to have a fixation with apexes, and the others get impatient at being "stuck" behind.
    If you take the footway, you have to put up with glares from pedestrians, then stopping at least twice (once in each direction of each arm), to wait for cars that now have right of way over you .
    Cars on the roundabout aren't supposed to use the sloped, cobbled centre overspill section (supposed to be for wide vehicles), but do in an effort to pass. Trouble is it doesn't have much grip, so they slide back towards the edge.

    The only way to get round safely and without a big delay in a busy time is to take primary and go round fast, then go into the on-road lane when it re-appears.

  • Why I think it’s important an “unknown” won Paris-Tours1 day 10 hours agoWallays not exactly an

    Wallays not exactly an unknown as he's previously won the U23 race. This race is exciting because, like Milan-San Remo, almost any type of rider can and does win it. The abscence of race radios added to the unpredictability at P-T. How long til M-SR...

  • Cippo Carpegna1 day 10 hours agoCongratulations on making the

    Congratulations on making the ascent, Dave!

  • David Millar says cycling became a "burden," wants "to enjoy sport again"1 day 10 hours agoIt is must be hard for some

    It is must be hard for some of the above who have never made a mistake in life to understand someone who has made a mistake and regretted it.

    For the others above maybe have a read of the Christophe Bassons book 'A Clean Break' of what it was like sticking to your beliefs when many around you are doping.

  • Richmond roundabout redesign has 'no significant safety benefit' for cyclists, campaigners say1 day 10 hours agoI live near this roundabout

    I live near this roundabout and pass through it on a regular basis.
    The good things about this design are:
    1. The replacement of the zebra crossings with toucan crossing (as at the moment it's a gamble whether cars will stop when you are on the crossing).
    2. The removal of the third lane from the west approach.

    The bad things are:
    1. The crossing on Manor road is too far south making pedestrians and cyclists detour off a direct route.
    2. The narrowing of the footpath and the turning of the cycle path into rubbish shared space on the south west side (Lower Mortlake Road).
    3. Cycle path turned into rubbish shared space on the south east side (Lower Richmond Road).

    The A316 is pretty unplesant to cycle along and so having a decent cycle path is important. This proposal has far too much shared space instead of proper provision.

  • Cyclist aged 12 injured at Cambridge's new 'Dutch' roundabout (+ gallery)1 day 10 hours agomrmo wrote:I look at that and

    mrmo wrote:
    I look at that and see a roundabout, I don't see any attempt to make it cyclist friendly. Might as well have just added some traffic light controlled crossings on each exit, that would have made it safer for cyclists.

    On Perne Road (the main road here) there are light controlled crossings, both ways, about 60m from the roundabout. They were there before this redevelopment. It speaks volumes about the confidence they had as to how much better it would be for pedestrians that the crossings were left in.

  • New Forest National Park Authority member responds to concerns over spending of £3.75m DfT cash1 day 10 hours agoGood to see a politician

    Good to see a politician engaging with the electorate. While not a resident I do know the NF area very well, it's a beautiful place that is perfect for cycling and the constant stream of NIMBY-generated bad press for the area saddens me.

    I am concerned that the renegade member thinks that he can step out of the frame and level blame at all the rest of his colleagues - a committee must stand by all of its decisions. If you're not happy with a decision or the reasons for it then it must be challenged at the time, not later when someone outside starts pointing out the issues.

  • David Millar says cycling became a "burden," wants "to enjoy sport again"1 day 10 hours agoMillar's a fantastic

    Millar's a fantastic character, his return to the sport did a lot of good and his book makes for great reading. Looks like he'll be involved with ITV4's cycling coverage in the future so I'm happy about that.

  • Jonathan Tiernan-Locke sees a future in cycling still1 day 11 hours agoI would question whether an

    I would question whether an unrepentant ex-doper would be the best choice to coach young riders and help them get their start in the sport. (Though, there are of course plenty such coaches already in the sport).

  • Cyclist aged 12 injured at Cambridge's new 'Dutch' roundabout (+ gallery)1 day 11 hours agoI agree that it is difficult

    I agree that it is difficult to really assess any design without seeing it on the ground, for me the Jury is out on whether this will cause more problems than what was there before. What is clear to me is that an opportunity has been missed to make the junction safe for cyclists which this setup clearly does not.

  • Biggin Hill resident rails against ‘lycra louts’1 day 11 hours agoWhilst the idea cyclists

    Whilst the idea cyclists 'block roads' is clearly wrong, I agree with the sentiment that hundreds of day-glow signs along a route is visual pollution. Organisers should be putting them out on the morning, and removing the same day. If they aren't, local councils should remove and send the organiser a bill.

    Particularly in popular areas - I have seen some major intersections with two, three or more arrows from previous events stapled or zip-tied to street furniture.

    I managed to do this for my charity sportive earlier this year - three routes of 20, 40 and 60-miles, putting them out by myself on the day (4:30am start!) and 3 others helping get them back in. An hour after the last finisher crossed the line, all ***400*** course arrows were back in. Given the majority of sportives are commercial ventures they should 100% be out and in on the same day. Councils should be stipulating this for events, and not re-issuing permits if the organisers don't comply.

    Simples.

    Also, sportive entrants should be pressuring organisers to clean up after themselves on the day. I see no difference between a discarded pile of gel/bar wrappers and a swathe of neon arrows.

  • Recommends for lower priced sunglasses with interchangeable lens for the missus1 day 11 hours agoI've been using a pair of

    I've been using a pair of £3.99 Aldi ones all year. First better than my 'nice' Uvex pair (on which the noise piece cracked) and the lenses pop in and out without trouble.

  • Help upgrading an old Raleigh Vitesse1 day 11 hours agoIn the end I fitted some

    In the end I fitted some Shimano Tourney STIs and a Tourney RD, replaced all the cables and everything now works fine. Now shifting perfectly into every gear!

    BTW I've just noticed that I can't create any new forum posts. Does anyone have any idea why this might be? I'm not really familiar with this forum so maybe I've missed something?

  • Biggin Hill resident rails against ‘lycra louts’1 day 11 hours agowhen the signs go up or down

    when the signs go up or down is a red herring. They're almost certainly not actually worried about the visual impact of the signs. They're against what the signs bring.

    Though of course they're (unsurprisingly) ignorant about who puts up signs, as generally cycling clubs don't....

  • Bianchi Infinito CV Disc road bike1 day 11 hours agoShamblesuk wrote:Nearly 6

    Shamblesuk wrote:
    Nearly 6 grand for an admittedly pretty frame with fairly average components(eg alu bar and SL-K seat post) and weighs a ton. There are much better bargains out there from some of the more bespoke manufacturers.

    I've had a Bianchi in the past and have always been disappointed with the kit they come supplied with.

    Ultegra 6870 Di2 with discs = £1700 or there about.
    Wheelset, as the article says = £1500
    Frame off the shelf = £2800.

    Sounds quite a bargain to me.
    Nothing wrong with an Alu bar either.

  • Cyclist aged 12 injured at Cambridge's new 'Dutch' roundabout (+ gallery)1 day 11 hours agoI look at that and see a

    I look at that and see a roundabout, I don't see any attempt to make it cyclist friendly. Might as well have just added some traffic light controlled crossings on each exit, that would have made it safer for cyclists.

  • Bianchi Infinito CV Disc road bike1 day 11 hours agoAs above, £5.6k for 8.2kg is

    As above, £5.6k for 8.2kg is stunning. Disc brakes add 1.2kg?

  • Bianchi Infinito CV Disc road bike1 day 11 hours agoShamblesuk wrote:Nearly 6

    Shamblesuk wrote:
    Nearly 6 grand for an admittedly pretty frame with fairly average components(eg alu bar and SL-K seat post) and weighs a ton. There are much better bargains out there from some of the more bespoke manufacturers.

    Not everyone's looking for a bargain, if I had that much to blow on a bike I'd certainly have one of these on my shortlist, I'd be happy with the groupset & the weight wouldn't bother me too much either... But it would be a tough call, especially as I do like to grab a bargain!

  • Biggin Hill resident rails against ‘lycra louts’1 day 11 hours agojust do an audax

    just do an audax Wink

  • Metric Century Challenge 2013-20141 day 12 hours ago18 Jan | 1 Point | 105.2

    18 Jan | 1 Point | 105.2 miles | 169.3 Km Wirral & Eureka Cafe

    02 Feb | 1 Point | 104.0 miles |167.3 Km Feb Gran Fondo
    16 Feb | 1 Point | 87.3 miles | 140.5 Km

    01 Mar | 1 Point | 108.3 miles | 174.3 Km 'Roman Road' recce
    08 Mar | 1 Point | 76.2 miles | 122.6 Km
    15 Mar | 1 Point | 73.3 miles | 118.0 Km
    22 Mar | 1 Point | 71.4 miles | 114.9 Km
    29 Mar | 2 point | 125.8 miles | 202.5 Km Hill day including Horseshoe Pass

    13 Apr | 1 point | 105.0 miles | 169.0 Km Chester
    19 Apr | 1 point | 117.7 miles | 189.4 Km Blackpool & Roots Café
    26 Apr | 1 point | 110.3 miles | 177.5 Km 'Fred' training

    04 May | 1 point | 100.8 miles | 162.2 Km 'Lancs Lanes'
    11 May | 1 point | 112.1 miles | 180.4 Km 'Fred Whitton'
    17 May | 1 point | 102.5 miles | 165.0 Km
    25 May | 1 point | 104.3 miles | 167.9 Km 'Roman Road'
    31 May | 1 point | 79.1 miles | 127.3 Km Tour de France Stage 1

    15 Jun | 2 points | 164.4 miles | 264.6 Km 'Ice Cream Ride'
    21 Jun | 1 point | 102.0 miles | 164.2 Km Bwlch y Groes / Ffordd Pen Llech

    12 Jul | 3 points | 214.7 miles | 345.5 Km 'Tommy Godwin'
    20 Jul | 1 point | 70.4 miles | 113.3 Km UK Ironman
    26 Jul | 1 point | 65.5 miles | 105.4 Km Greatest UK hill climbs (3)

    02 Aug | 1 point | 88.6 miles |142.6 Km 2 x Els Angels & Montnegre, Girona,
    06 Aug | 1 point | 108.1 miles| 174.0 Km Rocacorba, Banyoles with girls from Specialized Lululemon Team
    08 Aug | 1 point | 80.5 miles | 129.5 Km 3 Spanish mountains, Girona / Palamos with Lars
    23 Aug | 1 point | 117.0 miles| 188.3 Km Blackpool- for a stick of rock!
    25 Aug | 1 point | 64.6 miles | 104.0 Km Tour of Britain Stage 1- Liverpool Circuit
    31 Aug | 1 point | 68.1 miles | 109.6 Km 'Ride of The Roses'

    06 Sep | 1point | 63.3 miles | 101.9 Km
    13 Sep | 1 point | 106.2 miles | 170.9 Km
    20 Sep | 1 point | 84.4 miles | 135.8 Km 4 of '100 Greatest Climbs', 2 of 'Another 100..'
    27 Sep | 1 point | 107.7 miles | 173.3 Km

    04 Oct | 1 point | 105 miles | 169.0 Km
    19 Oct | 1 point | 65 miles | 104.6 Km

    Total KM: 5190.6 Km
    Total Points: 37

    Big Grin