• Look launch 795 aero road bike + video4 hours 9 min agoLook 795 = Hideous. Truly

    Look 795 = Hideous. Truly hideous.

  • Police chiefs deny post-crash phone seizure plan4 hours 15 min ago"Cycling helmets came about

    "Cycling helmets came about because" the manufacturers found that they could sell 1/2 a motorcycle helmet ( the inner) for 2/3rds the price, and then the standards were written to pass the helmets already being made/sold. Don't mistake a commercial drive for want/need or a scientific proof of effectivness.

  • Alec Baldwin cleared of charges for riding the wrong way up NYC street4 hours 16 min agoThey should have charged him

    They should have charged him with crimes against acting for "Thomas and the magic railroad" (though Peter Fonda was remarkably even worse).

  • Phil 'N Paul Bingo4 hours 18 min agoAgree that it is a difficult

    Agree that it is a difficult job. I forgive Phil Ligget most things, but Sherwen often provokes a "FFS shut up Paul" from me.

    Ned has released Chris Boardman from his wooden style - a good duo which will surely get better.

  • Skoda FL4 hours 25 min agoCongratulations ter after a

    Congratulations ter after a couple of nightmare stages including Paris you done me Applause Applause

  • Video: Europcar's Kévin Réza picks up fan's helmet cam4 hours 26 min agoHa, that is great. A nice

    Ha, that is great. A nice close up of his crotch for the ladies aswell Rolling On The Floor

    The one thing I did see from that, was how cramped the guy was in the back of the car.

  • Feel the pain of overweight cyclists4 hours 26 min agoClimbing is a combination of

    Climbing is a combination of a lot of things and I'm sure I've missed alot but put very simply;

    Diet - Eat healthier balanced meals, at first this can be miserable but after a while if you're making improvements on the bike you won't want to eat rubbish anymore. If you can give up alcohol and drink more water. Nutrition on the bike is also really important.

    Technique - Ignore what the pros do or what other people on forums tell you to do! Read all you can on climbing techniques, try everything and adopt what works for you. Try varying your rides in terms of distance and difficulty and mix up where the climbs are on your ride.

    Training - Again, read all you can on training techniques and pick one. If it doesn't work change or adapt it. You'll need to be able to monitor your heart rate to train meaningfully and I can tell you when I was starting out SST helped me. In my opinion Strava isn't an effective training tool, although it can be good for motivation if you need it!

    The bike - As long as your wheels roll well and the gears shift nicely you should be able to improve on anything that fits you properly. Gearing can help but this is subject to your own particular power to weight, so you'll have to find out for yourself!

  • Newbie looking for first road bike up to £1,500 - Possibly the Felt Z5 but after opinions4 hours 26 min agoThanks Arfa, appreciate your

    Thanks Arfa, appreciate your time and your comments.

  • Not more #bloodycyclists: Social media intern slammed for 'asking to be hit' tweet4 hours 28 min agoscrumpydave wrote:Last week I

    scrumpydave wrote:
    Last week I was telling my father in law how I'd just had rocks thrown at me while riding home. He responded that it was lucky the perpertrators weren't irresponsible enough to be throwing stones at cars.

    I think you and your father-in-law should conduct an experiment:
    1. Place your father-in-law in the middle of an empty car park, next to his unlocked car.
    2. Throw rocks at him and see whether he'd prefer to be inside the car or outside it.

  • Police chiefs deny post-crash phone seizure plan4 hours 33 min ago"Stable door" approach - not

    "Stable door" approach - not ideal. People just don't see it as dangerous or unacceptable, and that needs to change to STOP people from using phones whilst driving - not prosecuting them after a resulting accident!

    I saw a driver texting on Sunday. I knocked on her window (she was suitably surprised and of course tried to hide her phone). I asked her to put her phone down. She said "Yes, of course, sorry". I also told her she was stopped in the Advanced Stop Line for cyclists, to which she replied "Am I? I didn't realise".

    It made a really nice change from "f*** off - mind your own business"!

  • Which stem please4 hours 33 min agoTry a BBB Ultraforce which is

    Try a BBB Ultraforce which is listed at 129g. I bought one from my LBS for £30 and it is fine. You could probably get one cheaper on-line. I guess you could swap your Scott face plate onto it as well.

  • Tour de France inspires Britons to get on their bikes, says Sustrans4 hours 42 min agoThis feels like one of those

    This feels like one of those bogus beauty or cat food product surveys.

    It does feel like there are more people getting about on bikes. Only a very few are using them as transport though.

    Most seem to be strapping bikes to to roofracks so they could be ridden at the local park on a Sunday.

    More people though cycling full stop is good, as it makes cycling slightly less of an out-group. I have noticed more consideration from drivers over the last few weeks. Fewer close passes, more letting me across junctions and crossing points. But I suspect more of that is down to the barrage of news and TV programmes about driving which is making more people think.

    It'll all be crap when the dark nights come again

  • Newbie looking for first road bike up to £1,500 - Possibly the Felt Z5 but after opinions4 hours 43 min agoWelcome to the forum. I

    Welcome to the forum.
    I commute on a felt f85 and a fine bike it is for the money.
    The z series is a little more relaxed in terms of geometry and would suit your planned riding fine.
    Carbon - go for it. Lighter, more comfortable, better performance etc. Nowt wrong with aluminium but carbon is worth it if in budget.
    105 groupset is a good one and will do you proud.
    In terms of bike choice, I would test ride several before reaching conclusions.
    Trek domane, specialized roubaix, cannondale synapse all similar and worth a look.
    On deals, if you want to start riding in good weather buy now, if you can wait, deals usually start to appear now - eg evans are discounting cannondales right now.
    Good luck !

  • Police chiefs deny post-crash phone seizure plan4 hours 48 min agoSurely this should be debated

    Surely this should be debated by Parliament?

  • Police chiefs deny post-crash phone seizure plan4 hours 49 min agopdw wrote:Quote:What I am

    pdw wrote:
    Quote:
    What I am asking is how does that equate to accident numbers/severity?

    The figure cited for the US is 11 deaths of teenagers alone every day from driving whilst texting. If the rate per head of population were the same in the UK, that would be 2/day.

    I can believe that the rate in the US is worse than the UK, but I suspect that the number in the UK is still non-trivial, particularly once expanded to non-teenagers, and people talking rather than texting on their phone. And of course, these figures completely ignore non-fatal injuries.

    Given that approximately 5 people are killed on roads everyday in the UK, then that suggests mobiles would account for nearly half.

    Given the numbers I see everyday using the phone then I fimly believe mobiles should be seized following a collision for investigation.

  • Not more #bloodycyclists: Social media intern slammed for 'asking to be hit' tweet4 hours 50 min agoThe reason people behave like

    The reason people behave like this is that we now have a generation of people ( UK-states) who hide behind social media, they have become so detached from what their actions do to others that they don't take responsibility for it. We as a nation have allowed a sub-society to co-exist one that doesn't understand what taking ownership of their own actions really means. It is not just a cycling issue, it has happened in all walks of life. Unfortunately this pathetic liberal attitude that now exists in our society where we no longer make people accountable for their actions is having a truly negative effect on this country. Discipline has got to be reinstalled at schools, parents held accountable for unsocialable behaviours of their kids. Compared to Western Europe in the terms of social responsibility we are failing greatly.

  • Tour de France inspires Britons to get on their bikes, says Sustrans4 hours 50 min agoYebbut come first week in

    Yebbut come first week in October when it's cold, wet and windy they will all have given up. Ha-ha.

  • Tour de France inspires Britons to get on their bikes, says Sustrans4 hours 54 min agoSo, this was a survey of 500

    So, this was a survey of 500 people, online, conducted on Friday. I can't see any mention of it in terms of an invitation which makes me wonder how they selected their respondents. I also can't find any raw response data.

    But then, why bother looking for it? These are meaningless figures. They tell us nothing: there's no analysis, just a summary of two presumably multiple-choice questions.

    At best, they tell us that 30% of whoever these people are think that the stuff that Sustrans has been influencing the design of for decades, is the very stuff that is preventing them from cycling.

    Perhaps that should be the takeaway message.

  • Three cyclists hospitalised in hit-and-run on Kent A2 — police appeal4 hours 56 min agoBeaufort wrote:There is no

    Beaufort wrote:
    There is no way anyone on a bike should be on the A2 at 10pm, this is a motorway type road with no hard shoulder or space for cyclists off the main carriageway. Of course the car should've stopped at the scene of the accident, that's the right thing to do and I'd hope most folk would do that.

    It might not be a very friendly road but it's not a motorway. If it's unsuitable for cyclists it should have a M designation; the fact that it doesn't suggests to anyone without local knowledge that it is a cycle-able road.

    We don't know for sure where these lads were headed but as someone already pointed out there are not a lot of alternatives to using this road without adding a lot of distance to the ride. All well and good for a Sunday morning spin for a Kent local but no much good if you're actually trying to get somewhere.

  • Police chiefs deny post-crash phone seizure plan4 hours 56 min agoQuote:It has been standard

    Quote:
    It has been standard practice to seize mobile phones from drivers at the scenes of very serious collisions for some time as part of the information and evidence gathering process, but it is not now, nor will it be, standard practice to seize phones from drivers after every collision

    For years and years we've been ill-served by the libertarian logic that only the error should be punished, not the outcome, as nine times out of 10 a lack of attention has no consequence beyond a scuffed tyre.

    And yet here we are saying that it's the outcome, which is pretty much a case of luck, that decides whether somethng is worth investigating properly or not. It's not like this a hugely onerous piece of investigation.

  • American 'peace' cyclist killed by drunk driver in Russia5 hours 1 min agoPOST TENEBRIS LUX République

    POST TENEBRIS LUX
    République et Canton de Genève 1815-

  • Feel the pain of overweight cyclists5 hours 2 min agoandyp wrote:A cheaper option

    andyp wrote:
    A cheaper option to Wattbikes for working on pedalling technique - get a set of rollers Smile

    Not really, I'm already a member of the gym where they are provided, so my only cost has been some SPD cleats to fit to an old pair of shoes that I got for free!

    Besides, riding on rollers is one thing, but staying upright on a static but feel-free-to-fall-over bike when your frame of reference - a sufferfest vid - is a completely different environment (a road, no less, with bends an everything!) sounds like impending doom to my tiny mind...

  • Police to seize phones of all drivers in crashes in clampdown on illegal texting and phoning at the wheel5 hours 7 min agoI don't think that,

    I don't think that, realistically, this will ever happen.

    Firstly, the police will only attend collisions where someone is injured or to roads are blocked. They don't generally turn up to 'fender-benders' where both parties are adequatly insured and have legal vehicles.

    Secondly, removing a person's means of communication following a crash is never going to be acceptable (assuming that there is no suspician that the phone was in use at the time of the crash). How would a person call for recovery of a damaged vehicle or call a friend or relative for a lift? If the vehicle was still drivable and the driver then got into difficulty at a later point in their journey they might reasonably need access to a phone. If the driver is travelling as part of their job their phone may be a requirement for reasons of personal security e.g. for a social worker.

    I'd be very happy to see phones being siezed if there was any suspition that phone use was a contributory factor in a crash but in this case the driver should be arrested anyway so it's a non-issue.

  • Feel the pain of overweight cyclists5 hours 15 min agoI have dodgy joints and the

    I have dodgy joints and the 'dog-mess' technique just makes them hurt. A lot.

  • Police chiefs deny post-crash phone seizure plan5 hours 20 min agoQuote:What I am asking is how

    Quote:
    What I am asking is how does that equate to accident numbers/severity?

    The figure cited for the US is 11 deaths of teenagers alone every day from driving whilst texting. If the rate per head of population were the same in the UK, that would be 2/day.

    I can believe that the rate in the US is worse than the UK, but I suspect that the number in the UK is still non-trivial, particularly once expanded to non-teenagers, and people talking rather than texting on their phone. And of course, these figures completely ignore non-fatal injuries.