- The Transcontinental 2014 -Bike Suggestions?11 hours 34 min agoI would imagine the
I would imagine the Kaffenback would be fine unless you are looking to win it. I would aim for comfort and what you know. Of course, you may *need* a new bike. But that's different. Good luck.
- Canyon to sponsor Movistar team next year11 hours 44 min agoNice but I preferred the
Nice but I preferred the Pina.
- British Cycling introduces grading system for sportives11 hours 46 min agoPerhaps we should have
Perhaps we should have another grading system too...
called the "F factor".
On the X axis - no. of residents adversely affected.
On the Y axis - no. of businesses adversely affected.
- British Cycling introduces grading system for sportives11 hours 55 min agoThis chart is rubbish, as
This chart is rubbish, as already stated a 10km ride with 3.75km climbing rates 37 which is the same as 30km with 1.25km climbing, utter nonsense.
- Canyon to sponsor Movistar team next year12 hours 5 min agoWow, that's just well... not
Wow, that's just well... not pretty.
- Front Light for Really Dark Nights _ Any Recommendations??12 hours 6 min agoHi Mostyn, you might like to
Hi Mostyn, you might like to read this web page: http://swhs.home.xs4all.nl/fiets/tests/verlichting/index_en.html with reviews of lights and dynamos.
One battery light he reviews is the Philips Saferide 80. It seems German and Dutch lights are regulated to not blind oncoming traffic which is not the case in UK. I'm considering a Philips for that reason. A downside is that it doesn't seem to have flashing mode.
- British Cycling introduces grading system for sportives12 hours 7 min agoI thought the grading system
I thought the grading system for Sportives was the Nimby (Surrey Hills and New Forest scoring 5)
- British Cycling introduces grading system for sportives12 hours 14 min agoI don't understand how a 10km
I don't understand how a 10km ride, of which a third is climbing scores so low, that'd be rather tough as Dave Said
- Canyon to sponsor Movistar team next year12 hours 21 min agoWheeeeew
- Boardman vs. Boris: HGV Ban12 hours 23 min agogazer117 wrote:Why not justgazer117 wrote:.
Why not just put a ban on lorries using the same roads as CS2 during the said hours, and leave other roads unaffected ?
I don't mean to pick on you, because this is indeed a serious issue, but for the purpose of stimulating debate....
What exactly do you want lorry drivers to do? Do you want us to all flood into London after the rush hour has finished, and just in time to mix it with pensioners and young mothers with pre-school children, all choosing to cycle once the rush hour has finished? And all this upheaval just so you can improve your PB to the office?
I know there isn't an equally direct alternative to CS2, but what's to stop you from just setting your alarm clock to wake you up a little earlier, and using that extra time to ride a route well away from trucks? Probably a lot nicer, and definitely easier on your lungs, from a pollution perspective. Are you worried you might get lost? Would the slightly longer distance be too much for you? Is it the blue paint?
Why not try a few alternative routes, and then pick one you like.
- Neck pain the morning after cycling..12 hours 28 min agoI'd keep an eye on it for the
I'd keep an eye on it for the time being unless the pain is not going away or gets worse: you've changed a lot of things in a short time, after all. Do you do any foam rolling or similar after riding? I'm always amazed at the number of clicks and cracks from my neck and back when I do but I always feel a lot better afterwards.
- Revolution series round 2 - Rudy Project takes lead as Sir Chris Hoy watches12 hours 30 min agoI had a great day there on
I had a great day there on Saturday. Was there in the afternoon with my 2 year old daughter, got our tickets upgraded to track centre for free and she loved it. Her highlight was when the derny rider waved to her!
Was back in the evening with my brother and a friend who was attending his first every track cycling event and he really enjoyed it. The rapid fire scheduling of the events works really well and there was always something happening to keep the interest.
The only slight dissapointment was that the velodrome was not full. You would think with Glasgow 2014 track cycling being so oversubscribed that there would be enough demand to have had the place nearer to being full. I'm not sure if the organisers put in enough promotion around the city in the non cycling press etc. as a lot of folk I spoke to seemed to not be aware of the event. However that is slightly nit picking as it was still well attended and shows just how well cycling is doing. It just surely wouldn't have been that difficult to send an e-mail to those who applied for Glasgow 2014 to make them aware of the event.
- Christmas Gifts for Women Cyclists12 hours 38 min agoseven wrote:Pet hate here.seven wrote:
Pet hate here. Why the hell is everyone using the word 'woman' instead of 'female'? You wouldn't say "Christmas gifts for man knitting enthusiasts" or "James Callaghan was the last man prime minister before Margaret Thatcher" would you?
I think this aversion to the f-word comes from some misplaced sense of political correctness or of it being perceived as somehow derogatory whereas 'woman' apparently now imbues a sense of strength and power which is somehow lacking in 'female' - ironically exposing and perpetuating the false presumption that such a sense is even needed or wanted.
Female is an adjective.
Woman/en is a noun singular/plural.
The only difference is grammatical, the second being a compound noun. I think you're reading into it a little bit much.
- Freight Transport Association: Banning HGVs during peak hours is not the answer to cyclist deaths12 hours 57 min agokraut wrote: just enforce akraut wrote:Maybe you're right, and some trucks are indeed double manned.
just enforce a rule that every lorry in London had a co driver responsible for checking the blindspots.
If I had a co driver, as you suggest, I'd get him (or her) to jump out, and physically prevent the silly tw*ts from squeezing up the inside of my artic when I'm clearly indicating to turn left, bless em.
Alas, I suspect that most people wouldn't want to pay even more for everything they buy, to pay for a phalanx of co drivers, but we can but dream.
I agree that too many trucks are being driven with defects. It's a particular problem, currently, but we're working hard to resolve this issue within our industry.
- Surrey council plans to lobby for laws to control sportives and even club runs13 hours 5 min ago.
- Surrey council plans to lobby for laws to control sportives and even club runs13 hours 18 min agoIf i was to do a sportive in
If i was to do a sportive in Surrey, I'd spend money = money into the local economy.
Many local councils would kill for this situation.
Why're they moaning for - obviously there must a lot of money in the local area ?
- British Cycling introduces grading system for sportives13 hours 19 min agocavasta wrote:Hope they'recavasta wrote:
Hope they're going to produce an imperial version of the chart as well. We still use miles in the UK. Good idea though.
We? BC quotes both units for events. And the majority of cyclists use proper units nowadays.
- Boardman vs. Boris: HGV Ban13 hours 22 min agoWhy not just put a ban on
Why not just put a ban on lorries using the same roads as CS2 during the said hours, and leave other roads unaffected ?
- Chris Boardman says MPs “should be embarrassed” & don’t “even know the most basic of facts” about cycling13 hours 30 min agoMP's a joke - that's a
MP's a joke - that's a surprise, NOT !
- Boardman vs. Boris: HGV Ban13 hours 33 min agowhy on earth do haulage
why on earth do haulage companies want their drivers and vehicles virtually stationary in London in the rush hour.
I don't think they do. They are probably there at that time because the customer wants something delivered during the normal working day and that when they have to be there.
If there were a ban on them entering then the customers would have to adapt and couldn't insist on say a 9.30 delivery.
In other words it isn't just the hauliers and drivers who will have to adapt, customers will as well. This will mean customers will also have to accept deliveries later in the evening or early morning. And that may actually benefit haulage companies by increasing efficiency by delivering at times that mean their drivers aren't sitting in traffic wasting fuel. That frees them up to make more deliveries per driver and per vehicle.
Business is dynamic and generally flexible. Move one parameter and the rest usually adjust to compensate.
A bit like engines. Create a rule that caps emissions and lo and behold the R&D goes in to cleaner engines and we start doing 40mpg instead of 22. No restrictions and we'd have all been driving cars with engines on their 2oth upgrade since original design in 1971 or such.
Unless of course you think the road haulage industry thinks its vehicles and drivers are best used sitting in London rush hour traffic going no where very fast just so they can deliver in office hours to a customer that will ditch them if they refuse.
- Freight Transport Association: Banning HGVs during peak hours is not the answer to cyclist deaths13 hours 34 min agoIf one driver can't monitor
If one driver can't monitor the blind spots properly, that seems an excellent argument to suggest that the vehicle is too dangerous to be driven on public roads, and certainly on crowded city streets. It's not just cyclists that are being killed - actually far more pedestrians are being killed by lorries in London than cyclists.
But given that a lorry isn't allowed to move on a building site without a dedicated banksman - just enforce a rule that every lorry in London had a co driver responsible for checking the blindspots.
Oh, and given how many lorries turn out to be unsafe when they're being stopped - maybe the met should focus on making sure that lorries even meet the existing rules, instead of hassling cyclists.
- Times newspaper reader wins Chris Froome's 2012 TdF Pinarello, promptly puts it up for sale13 hours 45 min agoI was saying to some friends
I was saying to some friends today - that if my bike got nicked - i'd struggle to replace; not everyones got the cash to replace 'some bloke' hits that nail exactly!
Sky dont lose either way - if Sky Cycling are soo bothered, do they not realise the financial reality of the country right now compared the cash that theire staff are earning or even the top pro's who're on SERIOUS cash. I done a ride today and it was FREEZING'c - I earn NMW: would a pro ride 3hours for national minimum wage = i don't f@g think so !
Again, amazement i may herald riders who spend 2k + on carbon wheels for their bikes but I can still stay with 'them', and sometimes better them, on my steel bike.
All the best to the bloke who's selling Froomes bike - if i had children it'd all goto them also
- is it me or are the roads super slippy at the mo?13 hours 53 min agoHell. I was off last week.
Hell. I was off last week. First time in years (except on ice in Jan 2012). Just thought it was me rather than it being a trend.
I feel a bit better now (or is it wrong to say that?)
- Reckless riders in cycle capital Copenhagen could jeopardise plans to get more people on bikes13 hours 57 min agoThey just need to do cycling
They just need to do cycling infrastructure like the Spanish!
(Slight shame that after 5km it ended abruptly at a ravine!)
- helmet lights13 hours 57 min agoI use an exposure Joystick
I use an exposure Joystick but they have since launched the Spark. I travel down some unlit and pitch black country lanes and the Joystick lights up what I look at. The great thing with the Exposure stuff is the ability to piggy back. You can add a rear light (red eye) or an additional front (white eye) from the same lamp. Or there is a dink little plug in LED for the back for about £12.
Exposure is pricey but it works brilliantly and is robust this is the third winter with the Strada and joystick since I save about £12 a day not driving it soon pays off.
Exposure lights - Because I'm worth it.