• Thoughts on the Whyte Suffolk4 hours 31 min agoThanks for the input, glad to

    Thanks for the input, glad to hear you're enjoying the bike.

    Incidentally, I had an email alert from Evans this morning to tell me the GT Grade 105 was now in stock. Called my not-so-local store to be told that to get one in to have a test ride would need me to put down a £50 deposit. Sod that, I'm not putting money down and driving an hour just to look at a damn bike!

    So, the Whyte it will be. It's the better proposition in my book anyway, even if it is another £200. Notwithstanding the cracked frame issue above, the quality of the Whyte seems to justify the price, the welding on the GT, particularly around that triple triangle area, was definitely on the "industrial" side...

    The Whyte's still reserved at my LBS (with no money down I must add!) waiting for my voucher to come through, I'm hoping it will all tie in so that it'll be ready, ironically, for an Evans Ride It event round my way next weekend.

  • Solution to obesity, pollution, congestion and social issues is ‘glaringly, frighteningly simple’ says Boardman4 hours 31 min agoI dont think its carbs or fat

    I dont think its carbs or fat or protein or whatever....

    I think the problem is the availability of cheap food.
    Look at people in the 50s - fit as butchers dogs. Money was tight.

    Now we have more disposable income we can basically eat as much as we can. And we do. We dont need that mega pizza - but we can have it.

    You can eat very healthily and still get fat. Look at cows. HUGE and they eat salad all day long...

    Its willpower and knowledge. You have to know how many calories you're eating and how many you're burning. If theres a difference - you'll get fat. And most of us have sedentary lives. Drive to work. Sit at desk. Eat like we are doing a labourers job. WHY ARE WE FAT ?

    Its really not rocket science. And I dont think you can blame councils or pavements. Humans can get up mountains. A few potholes or some darkness shouldnt put us off.

  • The Shortlist - any Interesting Choices I'm Missing?4 hours 31 min agoWell if you're in the same

    Well if you're in the same boat as me you'll be lying to the Mrs about breaking the 4 figure mark! Laughing

    PlanetX is off as they don't take part in my scheme. They really don't impress me as a company to be honest - they have a shop here in Edinburgh and the service isn't the best I've experienced. I'll buy socks and jerseys there but a bike? Maybe not. I'm sure plenty of owners are delighted though.

    Dolan is a contender - I hadn't checked there at all as I thought they'd be outwith the price range.

    I'd absolutely love a supersix. Doubt it would love me though. Maybe another couple of years on slightly more relaxed frames (despite my having suggested a couple above that aren't) would be a wise decision.

    The Sensa Trentino is a pretty bike isn't it?

  • Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to announce £214million additional funding for cycling4 hours 32 min agoandyp wrote:... but

    andyp wrote:
    ... but University education was unsustainable without fees.

    Tell that to Sweden... higher avg level of education, wealthier nation, better welfare system, etc. Free university education, with grants that let students have a reasonable standard of living while attending. Seem a net positive to me, but what do I know?

    Though the equivalent of the Tories, or rather the new libertarian wing of the Moderaterna ('the moderates') has tried to disassemble all of the above for a while now.

  • Just in: Canyon Aeroad CF SLX 7.0 Di24 hours 35 min agoI have one on order. Cannot

    I have one on order. Cannot wait for it to finally arrive.

  • Solution to obesity, pollution, congestion and social issues is ‘glaringly, frighteningly simple’ says Boardman4 hours 36 min agoIt makes you wonder if the

    It makes you wonder if the NHS is such a good thing. I wonder what peoples attitudes to healthy living would be if they HAD to pay for their own healthcare instead of having a state funded service.

    The NHS should be a safety net, not something relied upon and the first port of call to resolve self inflicted problems.

  • Crashed because something got stuck in mudguard4 hours 38 min agoI've had a freak accident

    I've had a freak accident where (at low speed) I managed to kick the front guard, causing it to pop out of the quick release and putting the stay through the wheel!

  • Metric Century Challenge 2013-20144 hours 45 min ago16 Jan | 1 point | 120.18 km

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  • Solution to obesity, pollution, congestion and social issues is ‘glaringly, frighteningly simple’ says Boardman4 hours 47 min agopmr wrote:People are lazy,

    pmr wrote:
    People are lazy, fat, and ignorant- and that's become socially acceptable - that's the problem.

    Actually I think that's not actually the problem because all the evidence shows that fat people are seen as being socially acceptable. The problem is that people are now very guarded bout what they say. There is a culture about which has been growing noticeably in the last 15 years that you mustn't judge people and if you do you mustn't say so.

    No longer are most fat people fat because they are lazy or greedy an woe betide you if you say that they are. This is the real problem.

    People really do underestimate the powerful motivating effect of shame (or rather the avoidance thereof) in getting people to take make the right choices.

  • Solution to obesity, pollution, congestion and social issues is ‘glaringly, frighteningly simple’ says Boardman4 hours 47 min agoAs much as I shudder at the

    As much as I shudder at the thought of becoming a vegetarian... don't even get me started on veganism - I agree that it will answer so many of the worlds problems.

    However, so would simply sticking the price for meat up. Tax the backside out of it, make it the luxury food source that it should be.

    Interestingly, I was out on my bike on Tuesday night thinking about my safety. And I feel less safe on the roads at night now then I did say 5 years ago.

    This is despite local roads not getting busier, local accident rates static, infrastructure improving if anything, as well personally utilising far better lights, and reflective equipment.

    In summary, my growing safety fear is not rational.

    Thinking about why I feel this way, some of it will be because I am now a father, have responsibilities etc, some of it will simply be because I am older, but really, its mainly because of the abundance of press coverage/material I read there telling me how dangerous it is out there.

    Now I have 25 years experience to help me overcome these safety reservations... I can't see why anyone would start cycling based on the scaremongering that is left unchallenged in our press.

  • Astana have lost another one!4 hours 51 min agoGkam84 wrote: The Astana

    Gkam84 wrote:

    The Astana BePink Womens team have dropped the Astana for next year and back to being BePink, it seems like there are alot of people wanting to distance themselves from this mess...

    ah, that's a missing part of the puzzle- I'd seen that Astana were starting a new Women's team and hadn't figured how it all fitted in.

    I reckon the suggestion that there's no organised doping may be a good guess- it's all so cack handed!

  • Smart Hat designer puzzled by cyclists’ negative response4 hours 52 min agoDoes he own a mirror?

    Does he own a mirror?

  • Solution to obesity, pollution, congestion and social issues is ‘glaringly, frighteningly simple’ says Boardman4 hours 54 min agoAbsolutely agree with the

    Absolutely agree with the above. The high carb, low fat diet has coincided with the explosion in obesity and diabetes that we see today. It's hardly a glowing endorsement.
    Also, lack of fats in the diet is being increasingly linked to Alzheimer's.
    There's a lot of good information in the 'Eat right for your type books'. http://www.dadamo.com/
    Explains the differences in blood types and the different foods / lifestyle they each require.

  • Solution to obesity, pollution, congestion and social issues is ‘glaringly, frighteningly simple’ says Boardman4 hours 56 min agoI don't think the early

    I don't think the early comments about meat relate to the health impacts of eating it as such, it's more about the environmental cost of producing meat rather than plant-based foods.

    I'm not a veggie, and this link is only the result of a Google, but you can see their point.
    http://www.vegetariantimes.com/article/the-environmental-impact-of-a-mea...

  • Astana have lost another one!5 hours 1 min agoYou have echoed my thoughts

    You have echoed my thoughts on this with your comments; I could understand a rider getting caught in an 'out of competition' test. Or missing a number of tests because you know you are 'glowing' (within the time that you are likely to test positive after doping). But these are 'in competition' tests? A reasonable person would know that if they did well, or were randomly selected they would be tested? I hope that this is, "desperate kids do desperate things with predictable results" as you say Jimmy and not evidence of organised 'Armstrong' style doping. Can't we move on?

  • Just in: Canyon Aeroad CF SLX 7.0 Di25 hours 3 min agothats a real priddy bike boy

    thats a real priddy bike boy

  • Thoughts on the Whyte Suffolk5 hours 12 min agoJust thought I'd resurrect

    Just thought I'd resurrect this.

    Got my Whyte Suffolk a couple of weeks ago. Lovely bike and very comfortable (only managed one 16 mile run as I've been busy) and the new 105 works really well as expected. I could do with a slightly shorter stem than the 120mm on the 58cm though. If you end up getting one or have bought one you won't be disappointed.

  • Audax UK ace Steve Abraham aims for Tommy Godwin's "unbreakable" Year Record in 20155 hours 13 min agoWoW!!!

    WoW!!!

  • Solution to obesity, pollution, congestion and social issues is ‘glaringly, frighteningly simple’ says Boardman5 hours 18 min agoandybwhite wrote:Its not meat

    andybwhite wrote:
    Its not meat nor fat that's the problem its carbs i.e. grains and sugar. The scandies have woken up to this but the NHS hasn't. Just go onto any Type 2 diabetes forum and you will soon see what works. T2's that give up carbs reduce their need for medication and often loose their diabetes too (along with a load of weight if they are obese).
    As a (never overweight) active T2 myself I was on the road to ever more diabetes and cholesterol medication even though I had an exemplary diet according to the dieticians. I stopped eating carbs (bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, fruit, et) replaced them with fats and proteins and voila! I now have fantastic (non-diabetic) bloodsugar readings and super cholesterol figures.
    Its the modern industrial diet wot is to blame!

    Me too... switched to a low-carb high-fat diet and the excess weight fell off, 5 stone in six months along with 8 inches off my waist... and my HbA1C figures are now in the normal range and my fasting blood glucose is back in the pre-diabetic range...

  • Country Roads, Take Me Home to the City5 hours 29 min agoNice! Feel this should be

    Nice! Feel this should be made into some kind of documentary!
    The joy of cycling, in all its forms!

  • Solution to obesity, pollution, congestion and social issues is ‘glaringly, frighteningly simple’ says Boardman5 hours 31 min agoIts not meat nor fat that's

    Its not meat nor fat that's the problem its carbs i.e. grains and sugar. The scandies have woken up to this but the NHS hasn't. Just go onto any Type 2 diabetes forum and you will soon see what works. T2's that give up carbs reduce their need for medication and often loose their diabetes too (along with a load of weight if they are obese).
    As a (never overweight) active T2 myself I was on the road to ever more diabetes and cholesterol medication even though I had an exemplary diet according to the dieticians. I stopped eating carbs (bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, fruit, et) replaced them with fats and proteins and voila! I now have fantastic (non-diabetic) bloodsugar readings and super cholesterol figures.
    Its the modern industrial diet wot is to blame!

  • Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to announce £214million additional funding for cycling5 hours 33 min agoMust be Mad wrote:Quote:

    Must be Mad wrote:
    Quote:
    University education was unsustainable without fees.

    I disagree. The fact is that we *are* funding all the education fees - just with the promise that the students will pay back the money at some point in the future.
    This policy was not about the need to fund education, it was about saddling young people with debt, and in my opinion is VERY unfair.

    The policy is about tax cuts, about not providing socially beneficial services. Why should the old pay for the young? why should the young pay for the old. If you can't afford to see a doctor tough. Those with the most money can afford to pay for their own provision, the rest....

    Number one cause of bankruptcy in the US, medical fees.

  • Solution to obesity, pollution, congestion and social issues is ‘glaringly, frighteningly simple’ says Boardman5 hours 37 min agoracyrich wrote:The trouble is

    racyrich wrote:
    The trouble is whenever a government department proposes something and backs it up with expected returns on investment figures (5 to 1), it then goes to the Treasury who calculate the revenue extraction its implementation will result in.
    So all those 3 mile urban drives at 25mpg means missing alot of fuel tax revenue. Then they turn round and tell the DoT where to put their cycling scheme.

    Actually too much meat is a bad thing but, agreed. Again though, lack of exercise is the biggest problem. If there was only an easy activity that the general populus could take part in????

    Surely there must be something? Oh hang on a minute...... Nah, cant think of anything

  • Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to announce £214million additional funding for cycling5 hours 41 min ago'with the promise that the

    'with the promise that the students might pay back the money at some point in the future'
    FTFY. Most won't.

    'This policy was not about the need to fund education, it was about saddling young people with debt, and in my opinion is VERY unfair.'

    No, it was about the need to fund education. Nobody puts together a policy to deliberately saddle young people with debt. And it's an optional cost - those who don't want the possibility that they might have to pay back some of the money could look at MOOCs instead. There are always options.

  • Solution to obesity, pollution, congestion and social issues is ‘glaringly, frighteningly simple’ says Boardman5 hours 44 min agoThe trouble is whenever a

    The trouble is whenever a government department proposes something and backs it up with expected returns on investment figures (5 to 1), it then goes to the Treasury who calculate the revenue extraction its implementation will result in.
    So all those 3 mile urban drives at 25mpg means missing alot of fuel tax revenue. Then they turn round and tell the DoT where to put their cycling scheme.