• Is Ned Boulting any good?1 day 4 hours agoI'm hoping that Jens Voight

    I'm hoping that Jens Voight will be on the team in some capacity next year....

  • Datatag UV Stealth Pro1 day 4 hours agoI like this, especially the

    I like this, especially the unobtrusive bit. My insurance company sent me a graffiti kit that I refused to use on my £7k work of art. I will ring them and ask if Datatag is acceptable...

    I used Datatag on motorcycles and never tested its usefulness although I know people who did - it works. Whether it will work on a cycle that will be broken down in minutes is another story - getting a stem back two years down the line will be of little comfort.
    Still, if it proves to an insurance company that you took every precaution £30 will be money well spent when they can't quibble over a claim.

  • Video: Cyclist's lucky escape as driver turns across him1 day 4 hours agoCXR94Di2 wrote:I am in

    CXR94Di2 wrote:
    I am in Holland at the moment. What a revelation, the array of cycling of all ages. The segregated cycle paths all over the place. Cars have to stop for cyclist crossing junctions. My son and I have just cycled 20 miles on dedicated tracks from one town to another without hardly touching a road. Why why can't Britain adopt some of these fantastic ideas?

    The big difference is that their seems to be a genuine desire in the Netherlands to make cycling the first choice for local travel. For this reason cycles are prioritised at junctions, thus rewarding those who make the positive choice to cycle. In the UK the opposite is true. There is no political will to change behaviors in the mainstream so cyclists continue to be de-prioritised. In other words, they want us to drive cars for travel and use bikes for sport/leisure. Even where we see cycle infrastucture it almost always serves motorists more than cyclists.

  • Guernsey judge criticises road layout as lorry driver acquitted of causing cyclist's death1 day 4 hours agoIf we were talking about a

    If we were talking about a truck that turned accross a nearside bus lane into the path of a bus there would be no question who was at fault. I don't see how this road configuration is any different but the verdict seems completly contrary to what we would expect.

  • Is Ned Boulting any good?1 day 4 hours agobikeboy76 wrote: I don't

    bikeboy76 wrote:
    I don't really think about the accuracy of Phil and Pauls commentary; I have been watching the tour for over 20 years on C4 and ITV4 since the days of Indurain and their voices just mean the Tour for me.

    Same here, couldn't really imagine watching without them but I have to say the last couple of years they've started to grate and it's getting harder to ignore the shortcomings.
    Ned Boulting always strikes me as a top bloke, be good to see him getting a slightly bigger role than he has at the moment.

  • Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 Movistar road bike1 day 4 hours agoI'm surprised at the decision

    I'm surprised at the decision to fit a compact chainset, I've have expected a 52/36 at least, or is this something that can be changed when ordering? I really like the Movistar colour scheme, I just don't think I could see myself buying a replica team bike (plus needed a couple of extra thousand pounds on my new bike budget)

  • Crack in Giant Defy 2 seat tube1 day 4 hours agoFlying Scot wrote:Where does

    Flying Scot wrote:
    Where does it say to run a torque wrench over every fastener before every ride?

    Nowhere I can see, sure, make sure nothing is loose every ride, but unless Giant want to say check specific fastening torque monthly, weekly or whatever, I would concur with the guys that it isn't an excuse.

    Though I could, as a manufacturer, take the stance that the seat-post has never been checked, fell into to narrow tube taper, cracked the tube and the owner presented it back with the seat at the original height claiming innocence.....

    Page 26 (I Missed it in my earlier post)

    Quote:

    A. Service Intervals
    ...
    2. Before every ride: Mechanical Safety Check (Section 1.C)
    ...

    Which is

    Quote:

    C. Mechanical Safety Check
    Routinely check the condition of your bicycle before every ride.
    Nuts, bolts screws & other fasteners: Because manufacturers use a wide variety of fastener sizes and shapes made in a variety of materials, often differing by model and component, the correct tightening force or
    torque cannot be generalized. To make sure that the many fasteners on your bicycle are correctly tightened, refer to the torque specifications in the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the component in question.
    Correctly tightening a fastener requires a calibrated torque wrench. A professional bicycle mechanic with a torque wrench should torque the fasteners on your bicycle. If you choose to work on your own bicycle, you must
    use a torque wrench and the correct tightening torque specifications from the bicycle or component
    manufacturer or from your dealer [/b]. If you need to make an adjustment at home or in the field, we urge you to
    exercise care, and to have the fasteners you worked on checked by your dealer as soon as possible.

    Which then leads to Appendix D, the Fastener Torque specs.
    As giant are the manufacturer in this case.

  • Commonwealth Games cyclists go training... on a motorway1 day 4 hours agoisn't the left hand lane on a

    isn't the left hand lane on a motorway the cycle lane then ???
    might as well be on some ... Smile

  • Tour de France Stage 17: Rafal Majka takes his second stage win1 day 5 hours agoNot sure about all this cocky

    Not sure about all this cocky winking at the camera and what was that grabbing the bike business about?!?! The guy is a bit weird in the head if that's how he thinks he should behave.

  • 4 highlights of Raleigh’s 2015 range1 day 5 hours agoDid my first ton, won my

    Did my first ton, won my first thirty, took part in my first race, climbed the test hills, completed my first TT, all on a clunky 501 tank of a Raleigh that had been driven over and left lying trashed in a car park before I found it. Fond memories... but this is the first time in the twenty years since that I've found myself thinking I could see myself buying one.

  • Tour de France Stage 161 day 5 hours agoWe could probably bid for the

    We could probably bid for the first one on e-bay pretty soon!!

  • Europcar boss accuses Michael Albasini of racism1 day 6 hours agoSo if this is true then

    So if this is true then Albasini should be ashamed of himself - there is no place for racism in our sport. Period. If true then he should be booted out of the team, because we don't need him or his narrow minded opinions.

  • Commonwealth Games cyclists go training... on a motorway1 day 6 hours agoWho would have thought it -

    Who would have thought it - history repeats itself.

  • Europcar boss accuses Michael Albasini of racism1 day 6 hours agoHarrogateSpa wrote:Point

    HarrogateSpa wrote:
    Point about Phil Liggett noted. Mind you, most of the points he makes, you get to hear countless times. The one about number 13 being upside down, ho, ho, ho? Or Chris Horner's accident while training in Italy?

    (Phil)
    The same is true about all commentators on every TV channel - they all follow a formula of constant repetition of the same stories and facts.

    (Paul)
    Well Phil did you know that the same is true about all commentators on every TV channel - they all follow a formula of constant repetition of the same stories and facts.

    (Phil)
    Ah but Paul the same is true about all commentators on every TV channel - they all follow a formula of constant repetition of the same stories and facts.

    (Paul)
    Oh look there's a pretty church Phil and did you know that the same is true about all commentators on every TV channel - they all follow a formula of constant repetition of the same stories and facts.

  • Southwark plans crackdown on 20+mph cyclists1 day 6 hours agoWho's gonna catch a 20mph

    Who's gonna catch a 20mph cyclist anyway?

  • Tour de France Stage 17: Rafal Majka takes his second stage win1 day 10 hours agoLoving this Tour! A Pole

    Loving this Tour! A Pole with a lock on the climber's jersey, a Slovenian with a lock on the points, a couple French teams fighting it out to get on the podium in Paris...young guys in total control of the race

    Sure isn't the snoozer it could have been with Cav, Contador and Froome out!

  • Is Ned Boulting any good?1 day 11 hours agoGary Imlach's mouth gets

    Gary Imlach's mouth gets smaller every year. I don't really think about the accuracy of Phil and Pauls commentary; I have been watching the tour for over 20 years on C4 and ITV4 since the days of Indurain and their voices just mean the Tour for me.

  • Defeated by Blaze Hill, gears for 25% incline1 day 11 hours agoI wish I had the legs that

    I wish I had the legs that this thread has!

  • Guernsey judge criticises road layout as lorry driver acquitted of causing cyclist's death1 day 12 hours agoDoes Guensey have the

    Does Guensey have the equivalent of Section 39 RTA? This is a fatal crash. What does the States of Guernsey do by way of investigating crashes and identifying road hazards (risks)?

    Given the reports from other users that this is a dangerous arrangement of cycle path, footway and roads it would also be interesting to know what the safety audit process is for the roads department as well.

  • Southwark plans crackdown on 20+mph cyclists1 day 12 hours agoJeevesBath

    JeevesBath wrote:
    cyclingDMlondon wrote:
    seven wrote:
    You can't simply make a law that says "it's an offence to step over this here line when you're wearing blue shoes"

    Yes they can. In this country, the government can do whatever it likes, and nothing or nobody can stop it.

    Disabuse yourself of the notion that you live in a democracy.

    Not accurate. A new law has to be presented in a Bill, which is discussed in Parliament. It must then pass the House of Lords before it can receive 'Royal Assent'. All of these are opportunities for your democratically elected representatives to prevent it being made.
    I agree that stopping the Government is not easy, but as recent cases from the European Court have shown, unjust legislation can be overturned.

    Provided said government has a majority and can whip its members, then yes the government can, quite literally, do what it likes, your democratically elected member be damned. Lord Hailsham didn't call Westminster the elective dictatorship for nothing.

  • Southwark plans crackdown on 20+mph cyclists1 day 12 hours agoRe unenforceable - Aren't the

    Re unenforceable - Aren't the council allowed to install speed cameras? Are our politicians so in fear of Jeremy Clarkson and the tabloids?

  • Europcar boss accuses Michael Albasini of racism1 day 12 hours agoWe need a quota system like

    We need a quota system like every other walk of life. That'll show these bloody cyclists.

  • which cassette?1 day 12 hours agoThe 30 or 32 teeth options

    The 30 or 32 teeth options usually require a Shimano derailleur with a longer cage.

    39x28 will get a decent climber up pretty much anything. If you're a bigger built chap you might struggle to reach a good cadence on this combo on double digit gradients.

  • Video: Cyclist's lucky escape as driver turns across him1 day 12 hours agouserfriendly wrote:Col Nago

    userfriendly wrote:
    Col Nago wrote:

    Is it the Netherlands where there is a presumption of car driver fault in any accident with a bike?

    It's every European country with the exception of UK, Ireland, Romania, Malta, and Cyprus.


    All parts of the old British Empire, and Romania. If its good enough for Hungary, its good enough for us.

  • Video: Cyclist's lucky escape as driver turns across him1 day 12 hours agoCol Nago wrote:Lucky boy to

    Col Nago wrote:
    Lucky boy to escape that without serious injury and what utterly s***e driving!

    I must be very lucky (and I am tempting fate here horribly) - 20 years commuting and this sort of thing has never happened to me. If I see a driver ahead waiting to make a right turn I assume they will not see me and slow down just in case. Does make me think a helmet cam is worth getting though.

    Agreed. Every sympathy to Cyclejack but I've got to say he is braver (if that's the right word) than me cycling full-on at 22mph in those conditions. It was raining (so bike brakes less effective), he was approaching a junction with one car obviously turning right, across his path, and another car turning left out of the junction, and again across his path. Many car drivers simply do not expect bikes to be approaching at speeds of 20mph+. I know that they're at fault but it is the cyclist who is going to get hurt. Either of those drivers *might* have pulled out so you do what you need to do to protect yourself.

    I would always have backed off pedalling and be covering the brakes whenever approaching a junction like that. I want to make eye-contact with the driver/drivers before I even begin to relax. I can't be alone in that surely?

    If you watch the video there was exactly 2 seconds between the point where the driver clearly moved right ... and the time of impact. Not ideal but still enough time to take some evasive action. He didn't even begin to slow down or slam a left turn to minimise the collision. Mind you, maybe that's what saved him worse injuries in the end.