- Women’s Tour schedule complete with stage 3 Felixstowe start, but no main sponsor found4 hours 18 min agoHaving got itv4 on board I
Having got itv4 on board I would have thought that a major sponsor would have followed for the exposure. The tv coverage being the hard bit.
I had fully intended to support it by going along for a day or two to spectate but it clashes with the Giro starting in Ireland. Doubt that is a reason for lack of sponsorship though. I hope this does not mean the race is in danger.
- Want to go to Tour de France 2014 team presentation in Leeds? Register your interest online4 hours 28 min agoThey should be giving them
They should be giving them free to TdF volunteers
- Smart Lunar 35 front & rear light set4 hours 29 min agoquaint?
They work well for me
They work well for me - i pair a genuine Smart front light, with a Planet X "Phaart" lookalike (/knockoff - looks like it uses the same moulds, but cheaper plastics).
For oncoming idiots who won't dip their lights, nothing beats a helmet-mounted torch (that you can turn on only when needed).
- Bio passport charges for Team Sky's Jonathan Tiernan-Locke4 hours 33 min agoColin Peyresourde wrote:IfColin Peyresourde wrote:
If you consistently dope then you bloods won't change, if you take 'that step' then the bloods do.
That's not true though - no one is on EPO 24x7 or taking an blood transfusion every couple of days. The passport works if they take samples both in off and on stages of doping - the trouble with it is there's a very large 'recovery' grey area between the two when the values get closer and closer to each other, sometimes to the point where non-doping factors can explain the differences, which is where the expert panel comes in.
Clearly in JLT's case there are discrepancies and the expert panel seem to have judged they can't be explained by natural causes, it's still their informed opinion only though not proof but I can't see how he defends it unless he has his own clear medical evidence (but presumably he'd have already submitted that for the expert panel to consider and they've rejected it).
- Parker International closes website4 hours 38 min agoDef not a scam company, rode
Def not a scam company, rode out with Jack Parker many times in the 80,s 90,s just a family run business, started in a small shop then expanded to mail order
- More photos of SRAM’s new electronic groupset4 hours 55 min agoI do wonder if wireless is
I do wonder if wireless is the way to go. After all that technology has moved on so much from the old Mavic days.
Can't see me going electric yet as the mechs are too pricey to be damaging but if SRAM did manage to get the size down it would sway me towards them. Modern Shimano and Campag electric ones are so bloody ugly.
finally I have always wondered why battery life is a big issue. We charge everything else in our life so what would be wrong a battery that did say a thousand miles of over shifting before it needs changing?
- Bio passport charges for Team Sky's Jonathan Tiernan-Locke5 hours 54 sec agoThere was a mention somewhere
There was a mention somewhere on this site about not allowing comments on fatal accidents. (or something a bit like that)
To my mind this would be a prime case where that should happen.
As , I assume, none of the above posts are from JTL or his medics, we have no 100% definite idea of what is going on and idol speculation and name calling serves no purpose.
It's like reading the Sun!
- Bio passport charges for Team Sky's Jonathan Tiernan-Locke5 hours 6 min agovbvb wrote:The Independentvbvb wrote:
The Independent said this fellow asked for the top grade testing when he was back with the 3rd grade team, knowing he'd be heading to top tier and into the spotlight, but UKAD turned him down for logistics reasons though he offered to pay. Cut in UKAD funding in coming few seasons is 26% in real terms.
Sky could be forgiven for moving overseas to maintain proper scrutiny and reputation.
I guess there are two ways of looking at all this. But the effort to get his bloods sorted early seems more of a way to circumvent the process, not an effort to prove his cleanliness. The first test is an important one because it gives a baseline reading for the athlete and so if there is a 'sudden' pick up joining a pro team then it shows some alteration of the athletes natural body processes (it could show the reverse too, but whoever heard of an athlete going backwards after joining a big team).
I don't think Sky going overseas really helps anyone but themselves. As we know the Spanish are not particularly thorough with their anti-doping (it was the reason why Armstrong moved to Girona). Also, imagine the financial burden the anti-doping authorities have trying to test 'their' athletes when they go overseas. Do they send testers to Tenerife to search out Froome? Remember Mr Horner's whereabouts trick? Well the alternative is getting the Spanish ADA to do the test, but that too comes at a cost. And with lots of these teams roaming around and their own limited budget I'm guessing it is not easy for them to find time and resources......the same used to be true of Australia. All that 'winter' training down under used to be a great way of escaping out of competition testing.
So if I wanted to go some place which allows me to train untested I would move outside the UK too.
- Bio passport charges for Team Sky's Jonathan Tiernan-Locke5 hours 12 min agoPrecisely. It's a *GOOD*
Precisely. It's a *GOOD* thing.
- Genetic Carbon Micro Fender5 hours 18 min ago'Unbelievable. All these
'Unbelievable. All these "informed" comments, on a product nobody seems to have used, or even seen..?? .'
Welcome to the internet
- Metric Century Challenge 2012-20135 hours 26 min ago22 Dec 2012 105.17km = 1pt
22 Dec 2012 105.17km = 1pt http://app.strava.com/activities/33390827
27 Dec 2012 113.61km = 1pt http://app.strava.com/activities/34115565
29 Dec 2012 101.15km = 1pt http://app.strava.com/activities/34460269
5 Jan 2013 135.23km = 1pt http://app.strava.com/activities/35900067
10 Jan 2013 104.72km = 1pt http://app.strava.com/activities/36988529
12 Jan 2013 100.41km = 1pt http://app.strava.com/activities/37207141
26 Jan 2013 100.4km = 1pt http://app.strava.com/activities/38686476
2 Feb 2013 179.01km = 1pt http://app.strava.com/activities/39431927
16 Feb 2013 103.43km = 1pt http://app.strava.com/activities/41036001
23 Feb 2013 132.4km = 1pt http://app.strava.com/activities/41904774
16 Mar 2013 110.5km = 1pt http://app.strava.com/activities/44573410
1 Apr 2013 104.9km = 1pt http://app.strava.com/activities/46858938
6 Apr 2013 101.6km = 1pt http://app.strava.com/activities/47403432
13 Apr 2013 101.6km = 1pt http://app.strava.com/activities/48519226
20 Apr 2013 100.1km = 1pt http://app.strava.com/activities/49631398
4 May 2013 110.7km = 1pt http://app.strava.com/activities/52190276
10 May 2013 229.2km = 2pts http://app.strava.com/activities/53378814
11 May 2013 100.9km = 1pt http://app.strava.com/activities/53515273
1 June 2013 115.9km = 1pt http://app.strava.com/activities/57402752
3 June 2013 107km = 1pt http://app.strava.com/activities/57862895
8 June 2013 103.6km = 1pt http://app.strava.com/activities/58905466
15 June 2013 128.4km = 1pt http://app.strava.com/activities/60385559
29 June 2013 102.4km = 1pt http://app.strava.com/activities/63470071
13 July 2013 117.5km = 1pt http://app.strava.com/activities/66672634
20 July 2013 122.2km = 1pt http://app.strava.com/activities/68365334
27 July 2013 108.6km = 1pt http://app.strava.com/activities/70080752
17 August 2013 100.8km = 1pt http://www.strava.com/activities/75260574
7 September 2013 100km =1pt http://app.strava.com/activities/80621661
21 September 2013 106.2km = 1pt http://www.strava.com/activities/83778806
19 October 2013 160.4km = 1pt http://app.strava.com/activities/89894975
Total KM 3477.4
Total Points 31
Total KM 223.2km
Total Points 2
- Dundee cyclist assaulted by fellow rider he asked to get off pavement and ride on road5 hours 29 min agoMaybe as a mental health
Maybe as a mental health professional I tend to be more aware of how many people there are out there suffering from problems of perception. Successive governments have withdrawn funding for support for people with mental health problems, resulting in 'care in the community', aka 'go away and look after yourself, or not, we certainly don't give a sh*t'. You have to be aware that the person you make a remark to may be schizophrenic and will take your apparently mild protest as an extreme attack on him or her. Best to leave it, you just never know.
- Parker International closes website6 hours 6 min agoAlways excellent service.
Always excellent service. Sorry to see them go - I assume eBay is for clearing remaining stock.
- SRAM launches hydro disc brake recall website6 hours 16 min agoQuote:
As I think someoneQuote:
As I think someone else alluded to above; wasn't it a similar failure that led to the Apollo 12(?) disaster?
Apollo 13 had the fault that led to "Houston, we have a problem" but it was actually the Space Shuttle Challenger that exploded during its launch when frozen o-rings let fuel escape and ignite.
It's been interesting to compare and contrast SRAM and Specialized's crisis communications over the last few days...
- Christmas gifts for discerning cyclists6 hours 25 min agorussyparkin wrote:the pegs!!russyparkin wrote:
TAKE MY MONEY!
i think i actually need these in my life
Turns out there are many fabulous things on that Cinelli site too. I'm skint, but happy to look at the pictures.
- Bio passport charges for Team Sky's Jonathan Tiernan-Locke6 hours 29 min agoThose who say this kind of
Those who say this kind of thing is bad for cycling, bear in mind that a sign of *effective* anti-doping is dopers being caught. I'd be more worried if we *didn't* have any such stories...
- TfL to trial 360-degree cameras on lorries in bid to end blind spots (+ video)8 hours 17 min agoAlthough I'm against
Although I'm against "information overload" in the cab, I actually think this system is very good, and would welcome it in my lorry.
It's worth noting that high visabilty clothing is particularly effective when using systems like these, where cameras are pointing downwards directly at dark tarmac.
- TfL to trial 360-degree cameras on lorries in bid to end blind spots (+ video)8 hours 31 min agoPJ McNally wrote:ASL, as inPJ McNally wrote:No probs - here's a vid with the truck displayed moving forward, rather than right to left.
ASL, as in Advanced Stop Line?
Nice tech though.
Also - why have they chosen to depict it (the bus) going right to left, in the synthesized video? Surely it'd be more intuitive if the bus was moving from bottom to top (like a sat-nav)?
- Genetic Carbon Micro Fender9 hours agoFluffyKittenofTindalosFluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:There's something that appears at first glance to be identical here, but I notice that the video was uploaded to Youtube nearly a year ago.
Surely to properly review mudguards you need a white room, some sort of test rig, some minimal-viscosity black paint, and the cycling equivalent of Gil "CSI" Grissom to conduct splatter-pattern tests?
It certainly doesn't _look_ as if it would work, so in the absence of such scientific rigour I'm unconvinced.
- New bike finally arrived10 hours 19 min agoYou might just need some
You might just need some longer/new bolts that will grip further in:
I changed from a cheap metal cage to a plastic Lezyne cage and just a fraction of a mm wider material meant the bolts wouldn't grip so I got longer ones, bingo.
- Dundee cyclist assaulted by fellow rider he asked to get off pavement and ride on road11 hours 28 min agoTiNuts wrote:What aTiNuts wrote:
What a depressing thread. Full of comments that, if you see someone behaving antisocially then just put your head down, swallow it and go on your way. What a pathetic indication of some people's attitude towards those who choose to behave in a **** you manner just because most people won't dare to say anything about it. Such a British problem, I have to say.
Personally, if I come across someone cycling on the pavement I let them experience my disapproval loudly and proudly.
Maybe if more of us expressed our displeasure at some of these scumbags, rather than thinking it's the Po-lice's job (I mean, you are joking, right?), we might actually convey to them that it is a collective response to their disavowal of socially acceptable behaviour rather than expecting some other, largely disinterested, body to do it for us. Which, of course, they never will.
Have we become a nation of "It's not my job" lemmings?
I do wonder.
and get beat up for what is in my eyes, a minor thing.....nah you can do what you like, but if I'm going to get a hiding for shouting at someone, its going to be for something worthwhile
- Bio passport charges for Team Sky's Jonathan Tiernan-Locke11 hours 44 min agoJimmy Ray Will wrote:I agreeJimmy Ray Will wrote:
I agree that Sky suspending JTL is absolutely standard process and there is nothing wrong with that.
However, what is a bit poor is the way they have publicly distanced themselves from the guy. I say this because they know, they will know if JTL was doping last year or not... Why?because Jon was working nearly exclusively with BC and Sky from around June on-wards.
To say 'he's done nothing under our care' and 'this dates from before his time with us' is frankly lying... and leaves a foul taste in my mouth.
Also, I am very surprised that the UCI have gone for this case as the amount of data collected is very small to be able to make such bold statements as he definitely doped... actually to be really specific with the nature of the doping, or blood manipulation they believe he is supposed to have done.
Personally, whether guilty or not, I can't see how this will stand up to the due diligence of a full appeal case. They have all of 6 months data, taken during a time when the rider is known to have been in poor health.
It just seems strange to take the risk of pushing for a sanction when they could have gathered more data to make a more robust case either way.
My gut feeling is that Jon has been a pawn in a much bigger game... Poor Jon.
'Jon was working with Sky/BC almost exclusively from Jun onwards'
So we'll ignore the stage races he rode between Jun and Sep away with and for Endura:
Route de Sud
Tour Alsace (which he won)
Vuelta a Ciclista Leon (6th on GC)
As well as ToB
We'll also ignore the training days with Endura during that period, inc the preToB training camp in Sep...?
He was most definitely not 'almost exclusively' working with, for or under Sky or BC during that period. Or before it. He went on 2 (?) training camps with them, 1 of which was in April.
Even for the Worlds, he arrived to join the team just a couple of days before the road race.
- Active Travel Bill in Wales to become law after being passed by Welsh Assembly12 hours 34 min agoFast forward to December and
Fast forward to December and the same Welsh Government has just finished conducting a sham of a consultation on a new route around Newport - the only proposal to vote for being a 6 lane motorway through a wildlife haven. No consideration for other forms of transport other than the motorway using kind. No consideration that traffic volumes are down year on year. No consideration that fast tracking everything around a city whose heart is decaying will just further hasten it. They won't even extend the railway line they reopened from the Gwent valleys to actually go into Newport Central Station thus easing commuter traffic.
Like their 'committment' to sustainable development it is just words on paper.
- TfL to trial 360-degree cameras on lorries in bid to end blind spots (+ video)12 hours 42 min agoI hired a Nissan Qashqai with
I hired a Nissan Qashqai with a pseudo top down view, really helps when parking, so I guess the system would help lorry drivers spot (and therefore not squish) cyclists.
Stuff like this need to become mandatory on new vehicles, accident (and therefore insurance) rates would drop as old stock got scrapped.
- Genetic Carbon Micro Fender12 hours 47 min agoUnbelievable. All these
Unbelievable. All these "informed" comments, on a product nobody seems to have used, or even seen..?? ...
I saw this advertised in cyclist magazine. I also read the small print.. (in tiny letters) "manufactured, designed and patended by qbicle"
Qbicle, a brand i recongised from one of our suppliers. So, the next day, i had a bunch turn up. After fitting one to my Cinelli, (as above stated in review) for what its designed to do, it does. Nothing more.
So, after my first damp winters club ride, i came home with two things;
A clean RH jacket, and several comments from club members (two of whom were behind me) - that mudguard works.
And its also cheaper, at £35. Still, a bit expensive, but how often do you get an original product that does it job.