• A lesson in how not to descend wet roads1 day 6 hours agoGood to see practical hints

    Good to see practical hints and not just the crashes!

  • Richie Porte out of Giro d'Italia after nightmare week1 day 6 hours agoAfter the 2 mins fine Skys

    After the 2 mins fine Skys full team should have retired due to illness, what a one sided show the Giro is this year, Astanas strong links to doping, Contador with an iffy past, ooopppssss sorry an iffy bit of beef is this really what cycling needs welcome to the Giro 2015 and the future of cycling, UCI you have really won the peoples vote this year.

  • Jamis Renegade Elite1 day 6 hours agofukawitribe wrote:joules1975

    fukawitribe wrote:
    joules1975 wrote:
    fukawitribe wrote:
    doubledex wrote:
    It is really nice but I would not like to take a carbon bike off road particularly

    Absolutely, I think they just sort of explode or something.... maybe one day when someone's actually taken one off-road and survived - until then, i'm not going to be the guinea pig for sort of foolishness.

    erm, right, why? Plenty of carbon MTBs being ridden off road with no problems.

    Carbon is not as brittle as you might think (or once was), or at least good carbon frames aren't. Good carbon frame manufacturers put a protective layer of carbon on key areas of a carbon frame to protect from stone stikes or other knocks. Such frames are no easier to damage than most aluminium frames, meaning for the most part it will only be cosmetic.

    Oh indeed. Sorry joules1975, I thought I was being daft enough to not confuse my intent - imagine it in humour tags or similar.

    Sorry, meant to delete your quote and only respond to doubledex.

  • Jamis Renegade Elite1 day 6 hours agoBBB wrote:joules1975

    BBB wrote:
    joules1975 wrote:
    Chez_worldwide wrote:
    On the road sections despite being heavier and less aero I didn't notice much difference between the GT and my Planet X Pro Carbon.

    That may be because if your planet X is anything like the planet X bikes I've seen, a fair amount of you energy will be disappearing into frame flex.

    Flexible frames don't make energy disappear.

    Maybe the words 'energy' and 'disappearing' were the wrong ones to use, but the more the bike flexes, the less of your effort gets through to rotating the rear wheel. Simple principle really, cause if some of the force you put into the pedals is being used to flex the frame (or indeed anything else on the bike), that means less is being translated into forward propulsion.

    Don't take my word for that, look at the likes of Giant, who openly admit that their Propel is not as stiff as the TCR or Defy, and therefore not quite as efficient at translating pedaling into forward propulsion, but they believe the aero advantages outweigh this issue when ridden flat out on the flat. On hilly routes though the TCR or Defy are better options.

  • Cycle light entrepreneur makes more than £1m in sales this year with innovative light1 day 7 hours agoI really wanted to like this

    I really wanted to like this light when I saw the light at London cycle show with Emily herself there. I wanted to buy one just because of Emily but I didn't because I just didn't think it will really make people see me coming because I am not convinced.

    But obviously it has attracted a lot of people for her to make that £1m mark.

  • Pavement cyclist faces charges and media backlash after hitting toddler in incident caught on CCTV1 day 7 hours agoCyclist should not have been

    Cyclist should not have been on the pavement!!!!

    But:-
    He clearly stopped - at least long enough for the concerned mother to get her mobile phone and take a picture of him standing beside his bike.

    He says he apologised.

    I would not have let my children wander unattended by a busy road aged 3.

  • Jamis Renegade Elite1 day 7 hours agoBBB wrote:Flexible frames

    BBB wrote:
    Flexible frames don't make energy disappear.

    No, but theoretically the flexing of the frame will cause it to heat up, which is where the energy will end up... But I doubt the effect is appreciable in the real world.

  • Jamis Renegade Elite1 day 7 hours agojoules1975

    joules1975 wrote:
    Chez_worldwide wrote:
    On the road sections despite being heavier and less aero I didn't notice much difference between the GT and my Planet X Pro Carbon.

    That may be because if your planet X is anything like the planet X bikes I've seen, a fair amount of you energy will be disappearing into frame flex.

    Flexible frames don't make energy disappear.

  • Pavement cyclist faces charges and media backlash after hitting toddler in incident caught on CCTV1 day 7 hours agoHousecathst wrote:Are we sure

    Housecathst wrote:
    Are we sure it was a pavement ? The photo (link below) has what looks like a blue share use sign. So it either is, or just about to become shared use.

    There appears to be a shared use sign towards the end of that stretch of pavement where there is no longer residences that face onto it, which would make rather more sense. That said, we have absolutely no idea from those photos/videos whether the section of pavement outside the houses is designated shared-use or not, so the conclusion is a bit of stretch at best, no ? If it is shared use then I find that fucking ridiculous - but that's not to say it is or isn't (perhaps local knowledge or Google maps would shed light on it). Still looks to be travelling way too fast for the environment, not stopping doesn't help.

    Housecathst wrote:
    I know this is splitting hairs

    Yes, it is - isn't it ?

  • Holiday time? Pack your bike.1 day 7 hours agoWhat's wrong with sticking it

    What's wrong with sticking it on the roof?

  • Schwalbe One Tubeless1 day 7 hours agoInterestingly, my new Hunt

    Interestingly, my new Hunt wheels pre-fitted with these tyres arrived a couple of days ago. So far I'm very impressed, they're fast and grippy and the thought that I'm a lot less likely to suffer a hawthorn induced puncture is always pleasantly at the back of my mind.

    Of Rix's question above, I'd go for option 1.

  • Richie Porte out of Giro d'Italia after nightmare week1 day 7 hours agoHow can he be classed as a

    How can he be classed as a quitter when he's advised by Dr's to not carry on.

    Or would you prefer he carried on against Dr's order and totally knacked his knee for the rest of the season ??????????

  • Jamis Renegade Elite1 day 7 hours agojoules1975 wrote:fukawitribe

    joules1975 wrote:
    fukawitribe wrote:
    doubledex wrote:
    It is really nice but I would not like to take a carbon bike off road particularly

    Absolutely, I think they just sort of explode or something.... maybe one day when someone's actually taken one off-road and survived - until then, i'm not going to be the guinea pig for sort of foolishness.

    erm, right, why? Plenty of carbon MTBs being ridden off road with no problems.

    Carbon is not as brittle as you might think (or once was), or at least good carbon frames aren't. Good carbon frame manufacturers put a protective layer of carbon on key areas of a carbon frame to protect from stone stikes or other knocks. Such frames are no easier to damage than most aluminium frames, meaning for the most part it will only be cosmetic.

    Oh indeed. Sorry joules1975, I thought I was being daft enough to not confuse my intent - imagine it in humour tags or similar.

  • Officer given written warning for decision not to prosecute driver who hit cyclist while on wrong side of road1 day 7 hours agovonhelmet wrote:ianrobo

    vonhelmet wrote:
    ianrobo wrote:
    Just 10 months for murdering someone (and I use that term correctly !!) because of someone's irresponsible actions. That should be 10 years min

    No, you don't use that term correctly. He didn't intend to kill the victim, so it is not murder. Case closed.

    He drove a lethal weapon without care. Surely that was either intentional, or evidence of sufficient idiocy yhat he shouldn't be alowed out unsupervised. Inany case, murder is not just a legal term, it also has a common usage.

  • The best cheap cycling sunglasses1 day 8 hours agoUvex safety are also good. I

    Uvex safety are also good. I have clear, tinted and amber.

  • Tech Roundup: Greaseless bearings, Lily Camera drone, Restrap magnetic belt, This Is Cambridge socks and caps and much more1 day 8 hours agoThe improvement to be gained

    The improvement to be gained by those bearings must be minuscule. A tenth of almost nothing is...

    If the idea really works I'm sure there must be industrial applications where the benefit would be worthwhile (assuming it isn't already being applied).

  • Jamis Renegade Elite1 day 8 hours agofukawitribe wrote:doubledex

    fukawitribe wrote:
    doubledex wrote:
    It is really nice but I would not like to take a carbon bike off road particularly

    Absolutely, I think they just sort of explode or something.... maybe one day when someone's actually taken one off-road and survived - until then, i'm not going to be the guinea pig for sort of foolishness.

    erm, right, why? Plenty of carbon MTBs being ridden off road with no problems.

    Carbon is not as brittle as you might think (or once was), or at least good carbon frames aren't. Good carbon frame manufacturers put a protective layer of carbon on key areas of a carbon frame to protect from stone stikes or other knocks. Such frames are no easier to damage than most aluminium frames, meaning for the most part it will only be cosmetic.

  • Pavement cyclist faces charges and media backlash after hitting toddler in incident caught on CCTV1 day 8 hours agoAre we sure it was a pavement

    Are we sure it was a pavement ? The photo (link below) has what looks like a blue share use sign. So it either is, or just about to become shared use. I know this is splitting hairs and I sure it was a terrible thing to happen to the little girl and her family. But the general anti cycling rhetoric in the general media it totally over the top.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/05/22/toddler-lucie-wilding-hit-and...

    I also feel sorry for the cyclist who has been the victims of being a bit of a twat and also the victim of what appears to be crap cycling infrastructure....as ever.

  • Jamis Renegade Elite1 day 8 hours agoChez_worldwide wrote:On the

    Chez_worldwide wrote:
    On the road sections despite being heavier and less aero I didn't notice much difference between the GT and my Planet X Pro Carbon.

    That may be because if your planet X is anything like the planet X bikes I've seen, a fair amount of you energy will be disappearing into frame flex.

  • Road Disc brake wheel upgrade1 day 9 hours agoA little update I have

    A little update I have completed the front wheel assy. With disc, tyres and skewer

    New Hunt front wheel 1295g

    The original wheel mavic tn 319 rim 25mm Durano clincher with disc

    Weight 1585g

    So a nearly 300g saving on one wheel so expect similar weight loss when I fit up the rear.

    The new wheel dropped straight in with no adjustment needed to the caliper, wheel spun free. Good news for when pro cyclists go disc Smile

  • Holiday time? Pack your bike.1 day 9 hours agoNice post, I know what it is

    Nice post, I know what it is like trying to ride wherever you travel, whenever you can. I'm off to Madrid soon and already thinking how I can cycle there... Without taking my bike. All hail city hire bikes!

    Good to know there's someone as precious about their bike as I too. Even though it is ancient!

  • Fresh Garden Bridge concerns centre on tender process1 day 9 hours agoFirst of all Heatherwick

    First of all Heatherwick wouldn't be doing the engineering, they'd get someone like Arup in for that, 'obvs'.

    Secondly - vanity vanity vanity vanity vanity vanity vanity

    Thirdly - hope the judicial review stops this one quickly!

  • The best cheap cycling sunglasses1 day 9 hours ago+1 for the Bolle safety

    +1 for the Bolle safety glasses. Nobody has ever pointed or laughed.

  • Pavement cyclist faces charges and media backlash after hitting toddler in incident caught on CCTV1 day 9 hours agofreespirit1 wrote:Bike rider

    freespirit1 wrote:
    Bike rider was on the pavement where pedestrians have priority.

    Err..no…the cyclist was riding illegally. There’s no question of priority.

  • Garmin Connect problem1 day 9 hours agoI have Garmin Express. Still

    I have Garmin Express. Still does not work though. I have e-mailed Garmin and await their advice