• Council admits new Oxford junction DID make cyclists 'vulnerable'1 day 18 hours agoWhy is there such a lack of

    Why is there such a lack of professional compitance among British traffic engineers and planners? Building safe infrastructure isn't rocket science, there is a wealth of knowledge and experience just across the North Sea, they don't seem to be able to learn from it. What other group professionals would tolerant such a high level of incompetent?

  • Video: San Francisco Critical Mass cyclists attack car1 day 18 hours agoWhat a bunch of bell

    What a bunch of bell ends..... I really feel for the woman in the car. I hope she presses assault charges.

  • Tommy Simpson remembered with Rapha special edition jersey and cap1 day 18 hours agoSo in 50 years will we see an

    So in 50 years will we see an Armstrong Jersey?

    Fickle doesn't come close.

    New here, but I have read many threads on this site. And, according to many, doping is doping and as such should not be tolerated or celebrated, unless of course, it is, Simpson or Pantani.

  • Tommy Simpson remembered with Rapha special edition jersey and cap1 day 18 hours agousedtobefaster wrote:Not sure

    usedtobefaster wrote:
    Not sure about the "SIMPSONISSMO" wording, seems to be an Italian slant on a rider based in France and loved by the French for being the English gentlemen.

    I'd read the article then.

  • Tommy Simpson remembered with Rapha special edition jersey and cap1 day 18 hours agoQuote:...if it wasn't for the

    Quote:
    ...if it wasn't for the fact all profits go to charity.

    Which makes precisely jeff all difference to the fact that this is perfectly marketed and is a triumph of marketing and cynicism.

    The fact that all the profits go to charity is an integral part of that.
    Continental racing heritage?
    Brit icon?
    Retro appeal?
    Bespoke graphic?
    Rapha charging £130 for a jersey that costs about £20 to make, plus the optional hat at £25?

    Sad.

  • BackBottle water bottle1 day 19 hours agomonty dog wrote:Bottles for

    monty dog wrote:
    Bottles for CX warm-ups OK, but no bottles in races please - it's also against the regs (11.5) because they're likely to fall-out/off and create a hazard for other riders.

    There are as many opinions regarding the legality, practicality or coolness of carrying water in a CX race as there are people to offer comment.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/cyclocross/drinking-during-cross-race-791380.html is a very small subset of what is a debate that will never end, because there's no one set of rules, race layout, temerature, duration etc etc across the globe.

    The whole point of the BackBottle is that it won't fall out. If it does you are probably upside down, rotating at a high angular velocity and ergo creating a fairly large hazard to others as-is Smile

    Anyway, that's a niche of a niche for the product - there are many other possible reasons to use one.

  • Trek trials disc brakes at the Vuelta - and reaction is positive from the pro riding them1 day 19 hours agoChainrings also do a pretty

    Chainrings also do a pretty good impression of a circular saw when encountering soft fleshy bits - or are we going to ban them too?

    I built my first disc-roadie over 10 years ago - the techs at big bike must be pretty cr@p if they're still working out the details like chainline and heel-clearances.

    I'll stick to QRs for CX if it means quick wheel changes - fast rear wheel changes with a through-axle need 3 hands and easy to bork the thread if hurried. Rode an untabbed fork with discs for years and haven't died - Darwinian principles should sort out the rest.

  • Garmin launches Edge Explorer 1000 computer + video1 day 19 hours agoDoes is actually Sync at any

    Does is actually Sync at any point, because my 510 doesn't !!!

  • Video: San Francisco Critical Mass cyclists attack car1 day 19 hours agoLet's do everything we can to

    Let's do everything we can to turn this into tribal warfare, then we'll be safe on the roads.

    Ffs.

  • BackBottle water bottle1 day 19 hours agoBottles for CX warm-ups OK,

    Bottles for CX warm-ups OK, but no bottles in races please - it's also against the regs (11.5) because they're likely to fall-out/off and create a hazard for other riders.

  • Video: San Francisco Critical Mass cyclists attack car1 day 19 hours agoIf I were in her position I'd

    If I were in her position I'd have invited them to have a look at my Roadcc sticker
    2015-07-10 14.02.35 by Simon Carter, en Flickr
    Cyclists drive cars too. Wink

  • Tommy Simpson remembered with Rapha special edition jersey and cap1 day 19 hours agocrikey wrote:Perfectly

    crikey wrote:
    Perfectly targeted.
    The inner collar should be finished with the quote: "A glorious mix of marketing and cynicism."

    ...if it wasn't for the fact all profits go to charity.

    Nice try though.

  • BackBottle water bottle1 day 19 hours agoIf you need a bottle in a

    If you need a bottle in a 'cross race you really are doing it wrong.

  • Everton footballer banned from driving after hitting cyclist and fleeing the scene1 day 19 hours ago'the way they drive falls far

    'the way they drive falls far below the minimum acceptable standard expected of a competent and careful driver; and
    it would be obvious to a competent and careful driver that driving in that way would be dangerous.'

    The above is a quote from the CPS's website for the definition of dangerous driving. It would seem getting pissed and then driving somehow sits outside this, merely driving without due care or attention. Make of that what you will.

  • BackBottle water bottle1 day 19 hours agosurly_by_name wrote:No

    surly_by_name wrote:
    No problem with the product; I don't suppose I'll purchase one but if someone wants to spend £10 on it - well, there are plenty of worse ways to spend £10. But I do take issue with the bit "Or in a cyclo-cross race where bike-mounted bottles or feeds may be banned outright....". Obviously if you are racing you'll be in a skin suit that won't have pockets so this bottle won't be much use.

    Having raced CX and never felt the need to spend money on a decent skinsuit, I'd beg to differ. There's as many divergent opinions on the justification for skinsuits in CX as there are on waterbottles that fit into pockets.

    In fact, the major justification for sticking with bibs+jersey in CX is to be able to carry bottles, for the warm-up or the race itself.

  • OK for London, why not the rest of us ?1 day 19 hours agoIan, It is very strange that

    Ian, It is very strange that Chris Froome and team Sky have been so quiet on this issue. I think that means that they have some very important questions to answer; their silence is very telling.

    ianrobo wrote:
    Actually I want out of this mean narrow minded country just a shame I can not speak French or Dutch Sad

    Having read your other posts I suggest the consistent thread is not the UK but you. Make sure to migrate legally.

  • Your thoughts please1 day 20 hours agoFancy backgrounds do not make

    Fancy backgrounds do not make up for a complete lack of anything approaching content.

  • Trek trials disc brakes at the Vuelta - and reaction is positive from the pro riding them1 day 20 hours agoAre brake rotors more

    Are brake rotors more dangerous than what is already on the bike? No.

    Heat build up.
    Most of the rear rotor is guarded by the rear triangle of the frame so contact in the event of a crash is remote. The front rotor may cause more of a problem as it is more exposed. However, you would have to drag the brakes for miles in order to creat enough heat in the rotor to cause serious burns.

    "Bacon Slicer" Effect.
    The rear rotor is guarded and front wheel carries less momentum than the rear and stops fairly quickly when in contact.

    Now that we have looked at the 'danger' posed by disc brakes let's look at what is already there.
    Put your bike on a work-stand and spin the rear wheel up. Now shove your hand into the wheel. Get a friend to collect your severed fingers and drive you to the hospital.

    Can we now stop this bollocks about how more dangerous disc brakes are please. Thank you.

  • BackBottle water bottle1 day 20 hours agoNo problem with the product;

    No problem with the product; I don't suppose I'll purchase one but if someone wants to spend £10 on it - well, there are plenty of worse ways to spend £10. But I do take issue with the bit "Or in a cyclo-cross race where bike-mounted bottles or feeds may be banned outright....". Obviously if you are racing you'll be in a skin suit that won't have pockets so this bottle won't be much use.

  • Trek trials disc brakes at the Vuelta - and reaction is positive from the pro riding them1 day 20 hours agoPaul J wrote:The chainline

    Paul J wrote:
    The chainline issue is one I've heard from an engineer at a major components vendor. Not just the chainline, but the chain stays. To keep a racy short wheelbase with the wider hub of a disc brake on the rear can lead to heel clearance issues. So to get discs on race bikes may require compromising on wheelbase and speed of handling.

    Could use a disc brake on the front wheel only and stick with rim on the back.

  • Everton footballer banned from driving after hitting cyclist and fleeing the scene1 day 20 hours agobalmybaldwin wrote: ........

    balmybaldwin wrote:
    ........ driving without shoes (an offence of not being in proper control of vehicle).

    'Fraid not. How is it not under control?

  • Trek trials disc brakes at the Vuelta - and reaction is positive from the pro riding them1 day 20 hours agoPaul J wrote:The chainline

    Paul J wrote:
    The chainline issue is one I've heard from an engineer at a major components vendor...

    And on Road.cc - repeating what Spesh told them. Which might be true but they (Spesh) claim to have solved it with a new hub standard. Which will no doubt elicit groans of "not another standard" but at least they are trying.

  • Trek trials disc brakes at the Vuelta - and reaction is positive from the pro riding them1 day 20 hours agobobinski wrote:whenever I

    bobinski wrote:
    whenever I have to remove and then reattach the disc wheels on my advanced pro I seem to end up with some degree of disc rub... I am using shimano hydraulics.

    Yes, that's why mountain bikes went to thru axles - it is a more reliable way of putting ensuring the rotor goes back into the same place every time thus reducing the risk of the dreaded turkey gobble.

    bobinski wrote:
    Can any bike mechanics on here recommend a fail safe way to reattach a wheel,minimising the risk of disc brake rub?

    Get a frame with thru axles.

  • Trek trials disc brakes at the Vuelta - and reaction is positive from the pro riding them1 day 20 hours agocub wrote:Do better brakes

    cub wrote:
    Do better brakes cause crashes?

    Guns don't kill people. People kill people.

  • Trek trials disc brakes at the Vuelta - and reaction is positive from the pro riding them1 day 20 hours ago"It is clear from his

    "It is clear from his reaction that the risk of a hot rotor scalding a body part in the event of a crash is still a big factor facing adoption among the pro ranks."

    This is tosh. The chances of being burnt by a rotor in a crash are, I would suggest, absolutely tiny and the chances of having anything "sliced open" must similarly be vanishingly small. And irrelevant next to the road rash a crash is almost certain to produce. I realize road cyclists are hidebound but I hadn't appreciated just how superstitious they really are.

    "However, covering the rotor, which he suggests as a solution, would only add weight back to the system, when there is already a weight penalty."

    There isn't a net weight penalty. Manufacturers are able to build bikes that come in below the UCI weight limit (which is still at 6.8kgs I think) with ease, hence some rider having to add weights to their bikes. Less weights, more braking = same 6.8kgs. And that's even before you reduce rim weight because you don't need it to withstand braking forces/heat.

    Is this a deliberate strategy of misinformation?