• Police in Richmond crack down on red light jumping cyclists - and drivers17 hours 51 sec agoQuince wrote:But is IS

    Quince wrote:
    But is IS perfectly legal to dismount the bicycle, walk across the crossing, and then remount on the other side, isn't it? It's all a bit 'urban cyclo-cross', but assuming the crossing is empty of pedestrians (and you're generally not making a nuisance of yourself), it may well be more pleasant than waiting like a sitting duck, listening the the growling of impatient engines...

    Yep, completely legal. A few weeks ago the lights failed at a busy main junction that I use, and the Police had to control the traffic. It was taking so long, that I hopped off and walked around, whilst I was doing this another cyclist who obviously hadn't seen the officer arrived and followed me on bike, and immediately got an earful from the cop for riding on the pavement!

  • Police in Richmond crack down on red light jumping cyclists - and drivers17 hours 5 min agoWell, I've been

    Well, I've been cycle-commuting for 5+ years now and I have never seen that happen! Red light jumping fellow cyclists - who frustrate (and I would probably say embarrass) me as much as the car driver next to me - happens constantly. We are road users. I'm all for mitigating the risks of urban cycling, but not by ignoring the rules of the road.

  • Updated: Lance Armstrong can't ride Gran Fondo Hincapie, says USA Cycling17 hours 16 min agoYou say 'he had no place in

    You say 'he had no place in it' but that is not in touch with reality. He has a huge place in it. So let's deal with it. - In a time when doping was prevalent he was not going to be non competitive; he was a winner; the greatest we've ever seen. In a drug free environment he would have been a winner too. The tour is not an Anglo-Saxon culture where cheating is anathema. In some cultures to win by cheating is better than to play by the rules; it is really sticking the knife in. There are other cultures and Armstrong was in one. He did what was necessary at the time. Maybe they are all going to join the non-cheating culture from now on but I wouldn't bet on it; we will still need sophisticated testing for cycling and all world sports. But Pantani and Armstrong and Ulrich etc etc were great athletes who did what they had to do in order to reach the pinnacle in their era. They gave me great pleasure and I salute them for their monumental efforts and achievements.

  • Police in Richmond crack down on red light jumping cyclists - and drivers17 hours 18 min agoI think the differences in

    I think the differences in fine levels is okay to be honest, its about the potential danger caused. 1.5 tons of metal versus 12 kilo bike....

    Factoring in Home Office guidance, I'm just curious as to how the Police will deal with the courteous, safe and reasonable bike rider who approaches a red light on the road, checks the pavement for safe and slow passage over the junction, mounts the pavement at walking speed, passes over the junction at walking speed giving foot pedestrians priority, then rejoins the carriageway after safe passage once clear and safe to do so.

    I'm gonna throw my hands up and say I do this occasionally on junctions I feel are potentially danagerous, but never when its really busy with foot pedestrians. I dismount on those occasions and still beat the red light and the stopped traffic.

    I have passed a red light whatever and some motorists would still get wound up by that even though its done with safety in mind, not saving time, or the CBA to stop attitude.

    But yeah deliberately RLJ at speed on a bike wihtout any consideration for others and with the risk of causing an accident should dealt with.

  • Protest ride today at Bristol's dangerous M5/A38 junction17 hours 29 min agotom22085 wrote:How will this

    tom22085 wrote:
    How will this help anything? It will drive a deeper wedge between cyclists and car drivers by causing more traffic at this already busy junction. Only 10 injuries in 7 years for such a heavily used road is pretty good by my standards.

    On a separate note I wish I could get away from work before 4 to go bike riding...

    only 10 injuries in seven years? That could be because very few people actually dare to use it as it's so hostile.

    The Dutch would have designed proper cycle paths into that junction, not cr@ppy painted lines or shared use paths.

  • Shimano 105 5800 11-speed Groupset17 hours 29 min agoI live in the Alps so you

    I live in the Alps so you don't get much "hillier" and I don't find my 105 10sp with stock cables needs any adjustment really an that's running a 30 tooth rear cassette on a 28 sp rear mech.

  • Police in Richmond crack down on red light jumping cyclists - and drivers17 hours 34 min agoGood. RLJ drivers and

    Good.

    RLJ drivers and cyclists; a pox on them all.

  • Updated: Lance Armstrong can't ride Gran Fondo Hincapie, says USA Cycling17 hours 36 min agoHincapie chose to register

    Hincapie chose to register the event with USA Cycling (I'm guessing this might be for insurance or liability reasons?) so it has to be run according to their regs, which already exclude Armstrong. It's not a new punishment or something invented just to annoy Armstrong. I'd be surprised if Hincapie did not already know about this and was just chancing his arm for the publicity and hoping he would get away with it.

  • Re: cadence - why can't I peddle faster and do I really need to?17 hours 44 min agoGood post Quince, if you have

    Good post Quince, if you have ever played around with a power meter it interesting when you watch how you can put out the same amount of Watts at 90+rpm as you can at 60rpm. It just feels completely different yet the number is there showing you that your making the same amount of effort.

    To the OP, although you will genetically have a preposition towards a certain mix of slow and fast twitch muscle fibres, but you can train lactic threshold. It will not happen overnight, but if you stick at it your threshold will get better. You will find your legs will change over time also. I naturally lost some bulk when I started focusing on hills and a slightly higher cadence. I am not a 'spinner' by any means but 80-90rpm is good for me in most situations and higher in the few races i have done. I lost weight at the same time. Have a hill you ride often and once a month give it a effort and track your progress, its good to have the positive reinforcement.

  • Double Olympic champion admits he's too scared to ride bike on road18 hours 1 min agoBut its ok, you have to wear

    But its ok, you have to wear a helmet.....

  • DfT to study impact of self-driving cars on cyclists and other road users (+ videos)18 hours 1 min agoAm I the only one who thinks

    Am I the only one who thinks that using the word IMPACT in the headline was either tongue in cheek or a bit of a gaffe.

  • Police in Richmond crack down on red light jumping cyclists - and drivers18 hours 4 min agoThe Haters gonna be Hating

    The Haters gonna be Hating the difference in fine....

  • Re: cadence - why can't I peddle faster and do I really need to?18 hours 4 min agoI think I'm far from perfect,

    I think I'm far from perfect, but the way my cadence has naturally increased is through a developing more efficient pedalling motion. Like you, I rode a single speed (fixed gear, to be precise) for quite a long time, and rather than helping me spin, I think it turned me into more of a grinder.

    The times when I would be required to 'load' the pedals most heavily would be when going uphill, which naturally gives you a harder gear (in fact, I'd normally get out the the saddle at any hint of a hill), so the idea of 'spinning' up hills was really unnatural when I climbed back on a gear road bike. On a similar thread, whenever I was going downhill, I was scared of 'spinning out', and so wouldn't really put much force into the pedals at all.

    I had quite a lot of relearning to do when I bought another proper road bike; mainly how to go fast without pedalling slow. It's kind of simple to go fast in a high gear - you just push hard wherever you can and bingo: speed. In a low gear, there's nothing really to 'push hard' against, so I'd find if I tried to keep a high cadence, it would require dropping a load of gears and then just flailing my legs around, without really going anywhere. One thing I've got better at is applying a moderate amount of pressure, all the way around the pedal stroke (or, more of the way around it). I'm applying less pressure, but over a larger proportion of the pedal stroke, which equates to roughly the same amount of power down (I think), as well as being more efficient.

    As for why you'd want to, I've found that I can incorporate certain muscles better into a lighter, smoother pedal stroke (only the bigger pistons would really get involved in the high gears), but there's also something more subtle I've noticed, involving the terrain.

    If I'm already pushing quite a high gear, then the 'ceiling' where that becomes 'too high' isn't far off. That means when the gradient turns up - even by a little - I either have to stand up, change gear under load (because of the high gear) or back of my pedalling and change gear, which results in a drop of speed. If I'm comfortable doing the same speed in an easier gear, and the gradient raises its head briefly, then at worst, I'll just be pushing against the same resistance I was comfortably cycling at previously. The road might level out or drop relatively quickly, and not demand getting out of the saddle or changing gears, as in the previous example.

    In short, being able to maintain a higher cadence should give you more room for 'modulation' when the terrain is a bit more rolling, and mean you don't have to keep grabbing handfuls of gears, or keep jumping out of the saddle every few seconds. However, everyone has their own preferences, so I wouldn't advice getting too fixated over a specific number.

    I'm sorry if that's a bit long, but it's something I've been thinking about quite a lot too. I hope there's something in what I've said.

  • Revolution Series starts at Lee Valley Velodrome tonight - tickets still available18 hours 5 min agoI went last night (Friday).

    I went last night (Friday). After last year's sell out, me thinks the organisers have pitched the price of tickets too high. I reckon the place was about 1/4 full.

    Whilst there was some good racing, the programme was rather thin in places. The men's Keirin had 2 heats of 3 & 4 riders, then a repecharge, followed by the final with 6 of the 7 starters. And the final race didn't finish until 10:50, way past the scheduled end time. Yawn

    Anyway, I'll be back again tonight. But I won't be paying £45 again next year, especiallly if there's a World Cup event also scheduled (at much lower prices I might add).

  • Updated: Lance Armstrong can't ride Gran Fondo Hincapie, says USA Cycling18 hours 12 min agoDoes it really matter if he

    Does it really matter if he rides or not?

    I accept that he did a lot of bad things when he was a professional cyclist, and for that reason any role in professional cycling should be unavailable to him. Be it as a DS, coach etc (although he wouldn't be the only proven and convicted doper in one of those roles, not by a long shot).

    But let's apply a bit of common sense here. It's a glorified sportive that he has no interest in winning, he's only there to ride with some friends that invited him along and chat with members of the public. Is it really the end of the world if he rides?

    I understand that strictly speaking, USADA shouldn't let him ride. But it seems that they are taking it a bit far in this case, and I would wager that they're doing it just to piss him off.

  • Btwin FC 518 hours 39 min agosavithk wrote:iam from india

    savithk wrote:
    iam from india this bike BTWIN FC5 is available in Decathlon store . i done a test ride only 55-57-59 is available ....some body have any idea BTWIN FC5 frame size chat ...55 is little big for so iam thinking should i go 53 or 51....?????

    Please anyone Advice... iam worried Confused At Wits End


    What height are you?

  • Police in Richmond crack down on red light jumping cyclists - and drivers18 hours 45 min agoBut is IS perfectly legal to

    But is IS perfectly legal to dismount the bicycle, walk across the crossing, and then remount on the other side, isn't it? It's all a bit 'urban cyclo-cross', but assuming the crossing is empty of pedestrians (and you're generally not making a nuisance of yourself), it may well be more pleasant than waiting like a sitting duck, listening the the growling of impatient engines...

  • Friday wipeouts: you're the (club run) referee18 hours 47 min agoWell in the first one to me

    Well in the first one to me it is the overtaking cyclist since by natures design his eyes were pointing in the right direction thus he has to take responsibility for overtaking.

    The second one is just odd.

  • Family of cyclist killed at Ludgate Circus calls for change on London's roads18 hours 50 min agoWe need to get the actual

    We need to get the actual details of these terrible events so we can understand what actually happened and the circumstances.

  • Police in Richmond crack down on red light jumping cyclists - and drivers18 hours 52 min agoGood but I doubt the police

    Good but I doubt the police will be there to catch either, generally I don't see any where near as many police or community support officers on the beat as I once did in Richmond Upon Thames....probably stuck behind desks filling out paperwork no doubt.

  • Second serious cyclist crash this year at Ludgate Circus sparks demands for action18 hours 56 min agoOh yes I've seen that before

    Oh yes I've seen that before but what is odd is the mini roundabout has no actual crossings they are all well away from it.

  • Get people cycling for better health, says Public Health England19 hours 5 min agoNot surprised but genuinely

    Not surprised but genuinely stunned. I always thought the U.S. was the world's recognised slob nation and having visited a few times I've seen the kind of sizes people reach but we're far worse.

    What annoys me intensely is David Cameron's rant about the bill from the E.U. and that was a piffling 1.7 billion euros. The nation faces a bill of nearly 8 billion and that gets yet another useless poster campaign?

    No leadership, coupled with crack cocaine levels of car addiction means the nation really is screwed. Blind leading the blind doesn't even begin to describe the mass cock up of the nation's health.

  • Police on trail of BMXer who kicked London cyclist off bike19 hours 15 min ago828321 wrote:BMX tried

    828321 wrote:
    BMX tried overtaking on the inside, he was not blocked but put himself at risk, presumably annoyed that a little earlier the rider who was assaulted over took him (correctly on the outside). He then chased down the bike which stopped his smooth joining of the flowing traffic and assaulted the rider. Inexplicable level of abuse which is quite typical.nice to learn this week that internet trolls will be clamped down on.

    Either you were there or you have a tardis to give such a concise, detailed account of the timeline of events! As always, there's probably more to this incident than the posted 30seconds of video implies.

  • Weldtite TF2 Performance All-Weather Lubricant 100ml19 hours 23 min agoHope it works better than the

    Hope it works better than the TF2 dry wax which the poster above might be interested in. That I found that worked perfectly for 50 miles after the initial clean-chain application, but then felt like the chain had become bone dry. Adding more lube built up a hideous stiff coating of wax, and this was extremely hard to remove by traditional cleaning method. But I'm sure many will disagree with my personal experience.... chain lube topics - argh!!!

  • Re: cadence - why can't I peddle faster and do I really need to?19 hours 32 min agoI trained to spin more, which

    I trained to spin more, which doesn't take too long to adapt. I could manage 95-100 rpm on long rides but struggled to keep up with the pack. I decided to lower my cadence as an experiment, pushing a bigger gear, which for me feels more natural. My speed jumped up. So now I spin around 80 - 85 rpm. I still spin 80+rpm uphills.

    Find what is natural for you while giving you the maximum speed over distance.