• Blanco rebrands as Belkin Pro Cycling, unveils new kit in time for Tour de France1 year 2 weeks agobikeandy61: I see your point,

    bikeandy61: I see your point, but RadioShack-Leopard is under the old Leopard Trek licence held by Flavio Becca's Leopard SA, so it's registered in Luxembourg, not US.

    The 'US' RadioShack licence, which was held by Capital Sports & Entertainment (shareholders including one Lance Armstrong) ceased at the end of 2011 after the teams merged.

    (The situation and the relationships between the various parties that see RadioShack continue as sponsor until the end of this year appears to be a lot more complicated, but that's the bare bones on the licences).

  • Blanco rebrands as Belkin Pro Cycling, unveils new kit in time for Tour de France1 year 2 weeks agoI think Trek will 'do a

    I think Trek will 'do a Cannondale' tbh.

    As another point the Blanco kit looked better!

  • £55 fine and three points for driver who left cyclist with broken leg, elbow & weeks in hospital1 year 2 weeks agojasecd wrote:The law and its

    jasecd wrote:
    The law and its enforcement are clearly flawed - it's time to make drivers automatically liable when they cause injury to vulnerable road users. Only then will cyclists and pedestrians be treated properly.

    Liability isn't the same as a fine.
    Assumed liability would mean that the driver has to prove he was not to blame when/if the victim sues him for damages.
    It doesn't mean you would automatically get fined.
    (Just in case there was any confusion in anyone's mind following your post Wink )

  • Tips for Sportives please, Overtaking riders1 year 2 weeks agoI'm doing the Great

    I'm doing the Great Manchester Cycle also (my first event ever), and while I hope to set a time that I am proud of (and lay down a target for next year perhaps), I also fully expect that it's not going to be a balls to the wall sportive event. If I get held up, then I get held up and ... well, so what?

    I expect that cycling the Mancunian Way with a bunch of other cyclists will be the biggest buzz for me.

  • Islabikes Beinn 241 year 2 weeks agoI have a new (fluo green)

    I have a new (fluo green) Beinn 24 and a two-year-old blue one sitting side-by-side at home, and we've previously had an older grey one in the fleet too.
    The blue one has the standard gripshift while I've already swapped to an X4 thumb shifter on the new bike. My six-year-old son whose bike the new one is (the blue one is borrowed from a cousin) races every week, MTB, circuit racing, and cyclocross during the winter (he also has a Moda Minor CX bike whith drop bars and STI-style shifters.) He's been riding clipped-in to SPDs for the last 8 months.
    A couple of observations:
    - the new Beinn 24 really is much lighter than the previous model and bears out the weight figures on the Islabikes website.
    - the detail improvements, including narrower Q factor, are mostly for the better.
    - the new bars are strangely wide (I'm guessing they may fit the same bars to the Beinn 26) and I'll be cutting 1.5 inches off.
    - the Kenda small block 8 tyres are a good hybrid choice but best fit the Conti Explorers for trail centre use.
    - Don't assume your child will find Gripshift easier than the very light shifting standard X4 thumbshifters. In my experience, Gripshift feels easy when new and clean, but if the child is riding year-round the shifting deteriorates (exaggerating any stiction in the cables) and it becomes particularly difficult if the child has cold hands.
    - Also, if the child is keen and you're riding at trail centres, Gripshift discourages the child from downshifting as they approach a sharp corner, because they have to remove their fingers from the brake lever. My son was immediately a couple of minutes quicker on his first ride on the new thumbshifter-equipped bike around the standard loop at our local trail centre and I think this was the main reason.
    - I spent 10 minutes chatting to Isla Rowntree at an MTB race a couple of weekends ago and the fitting of Gripshift (and the wide bars) are the only aspects of the Beinns I don't agree with. In all other respects the Beinn 24 is a great bike (and it looks the business in fluo green). In any case, as you can buy an X4 thumbshifter for 15 quid, it's not much of an problem to replace it.

  • Lusso Skylon Gilet1 year 2 weeks agoLooked at a Skylon jacket

    Looked at a Skylon jacket recently but felt it was let down by the zip - very small, fiddly and didn't inspire confidence that it would last more than a few tries. Likewise, many Altura garments suffer the same cost cutting. Polaris by contrast invest in YKK zips and as a result get my money (ditto some Endura and Gore).

  • helmet for a more ovalized head1 year 2 weeks agotry Giro. I've got a biggish

    try Giro. I've got a biggish head and a pointy forehead and found that their shape tends to sit pretty well on my skull.

  • Blanco rebrands as Belkin Pro Cycling, unveils new kit in time for Tour de France1 year 2 weeks agoInteresting. US company

    Interesting. US company sponsoring a continental team when a US pro squad is looking for a sponsor. Unless Trek really are looking to do a Cannondale when Radio shack drop out at the year end.

    Or maybe a US firm isn't keen to be associated with a team once home to Lance Armstrong and Johan Bruyneel.

  • Video: Cyclist seriously injured after ignoring traffic signal warns fellow riders to stop at red1 year 2 weeks agoGeoffroid wrote:I trust the

    Geoffroid wrote:
    I trust the City of London police also distribute videos showing the effects of other road users disobeying traffic laws.

    As a cyclist you need to learn early on that just because a collision is not your fault, it does not mean you can't prevent it. Clearly this incident was the fault of the cyclist, but it would be nice if all road users aimed to prevent collisions regardless of who is at fault.

  • Video: Cyclist seriously injured after ignoring traffic signal warns fellow riders to stop at red1 year 2 weeks agozanf wrote:Sorry but this guy

    zanf wrote:
    Sorry but this guy is an idiot and has experienced first hand the result of cause and effect.

    He bowled through a red light assuming it was going to change in his favour (suggesting that he wasnt familiar with the light sequence of that particular junction), does so at a speed where he could not stop in time and then has the gall to do a PSA in the style of a crackhead saying "hey kids, dont do drugs".

    The vast majority of RLJ's I see go through junctions do so sheepishly and check traffic in all directions. The only ones I see doing so that would end up with injuries like this guys are the fucking idiots that frankly, have it coming.

    As for the prosecution of cars in the ASZ: it will never happen.

    The Met & CoL police dont want to touch it and Boris Johnson has said that they will be decriminalised and TfL will manage them. BJ has been mayor for 5 years and Ive heard a lot of waffle from the guy but nothing of substance has come about.

  • South Ayrshire's 'Alps' - Scotland's first road cycling park opens website1 year 2 weeks agoanything to promote cycling

    anything to promote cycling is welcome, however, this sort of thing has been in France for years and years.
    no mention from the council on prioritising pothole fixing or decent tarmac on these routes or traffic calming, traffic awareness, gritting etc.

    nothing apart from a website that actually needs money to implement then.
    ...and of course we'll see if in the years to come the signs are still there and everything maintained.
    i do hope this is a council CULTURE change, not just trying to make a quick buck from tourists to visit and spend some cash.

  • Weight of the rims: Mavic Ksyrium Elites1 year 2 weeks agoReview can be found here

    Review can be found here -

    http://t.co/lZuBTgRPQC

    Weight is a claimed 1,540g.

  • Spanish police smash doping trafficking rings - 84 arrests made1 year 2 weeks agoSpanish, French and Italian

    Spanish, French and Italian police have done a lot to investigate and prosecute users and suppliers of PEDs. Certainly they have had much more success than the athlete testing procedures.

    I think the police activity is helped because these countries have sporting fraud laws, unlike the UK (despite the fact that WADA kept asking for one prior to London 2012). Also there has been political pressure for this type of police work - unlike the UK where it is not seen as a priority.

  • Video: Cyclist seriously injured after ignoring traffic signal warns fellow riders to stop at red1 year 2 weeks agoI tend to agree with

    I tend to agree with 'mikeprytherch', we all need to ride defensively, assume that nobody has seen us and that we are always in danger. Of course, this doesn't do much for the cycling movement as a whole, but will keep each of us safer on the road in the mean time. I honestly believe I've saved my own life a few times by just interpretting a likely dangerous move from someone else and got out of the way beforehand. Don't undertake long vehicles, don't jump reds, don't turn right in front of traffic unless you're clear and indicating. Simple stuff really and it means you're likely to get home and give the wife a kiss.

    Most cyclists are drivers too, so most of us also appreciate the idiotic decisions of cyclists that we've seen. I've lost count of how many times I've been in my car and thought 'I wouldn't have done that' after witnessing somebody do something utterly thoughtless on their bike. Red light jumping, cutting cars up without looking behind or indicating etc...

    It has to work both ways, we all (road users) need to be more responsible and the only way to receive the respect we deserve is if everyone is treated equally when they make a bad decision.

    Be safe people.

  • Video: Cyclist seriously injured after ignoring traffic signal warns fellow riders to stop at red1 year 2 weeks agoI trust the City of London

    I trust the City of London police also distribute videos showing the effects of other road users disobeying traffic laws.

    As a cyclist you need to learn early on that just because a collision is not your fault, it does not mean you can't prevent it. Clearly this incident was the fault of the cyclist, but it would be nice if all road users aimed to prevent collisions regardless of who is at fault.

  • Bike repair1 year 2 weeks agoYeah it should be an easy fix

    Yeah it should be an easy fix for a bike shop and the link above while help you decide if you could do it yourself. It could be something really simple or it could be the whole hub/freehub connection.

    I'd pop along to a bike shop, even though I can take a bike to bits and rebuild it. I'd let them do it Wink

  • National Championships game1 year 2 weeks agoDave Atkinson wrote:Gkam84

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    Gkam84 wrote:

    Here is my ONE bug....Nibali wasn't even scheduled to ride the Italian champs, he wasn't even there, so he CANNOT get a DNF/DNS and should NOT get 10 points

    so if you picked five riders that didn't start, then you win?

    That was my false understanding...Then I remembered, we are trying to get low scores..... Devil Silly me

  • Hushovd wins in spectacular fashion1 year 2 weeks agoIt would be good to see

    It would be good to see Hushovd back to his best. He has been off form for ages.

  • Hutchinson Intensive Road Tubeless tyres1 year 2 weeks agoIf I had a team car (with a

    If I had a team car (with a mechanic!) to follow me everywhere I'd use tubs, that beautiful smooth fast rolling feeling can't be beaten. But I don't so I use the next best thing...tubeless.
    Fusion 3 on Durace C24 tubeless specific have worked very well for me. Do use latex and don't worry about having to use levers to get them on (use a smear of latex as a fitting lubricant). I carry a tube as a spare but haven't had to use it in about 5k miles.
    I too had a leaky one like David described and like him fiddled to try to get it to work, I shouldn't have bothered, it's clearly faulty and needs exchanging. They blow up easily with a track pump.
    I'm very happy for you to stay with tubes, I need every advantage I can get. What happened to OldnSlo would have finished any tyre, it's not a tubeless problem per se.

  • Video: Cyclist seriously injured after ignoring traffic signal warns fellow riders to stop at red1 year 2 weeks agoSorry but this guy is an

    Sorry but this guy is an idiot and has experienced first hand the result of cause and effect.

    He bowled through a red light assuming it was going to change in his favour (suggesting that he wasnt familiar with the light sequence of that particular junction), does so at a speed where he could not stop in time and then has the gall to do a PSA in the style of a crackhead saying "hey kids, dont do drugs".

    The vast majority of RLJ's I see go through junctions do so sheepishly and check traffic in all directions. The only ones I see doing so that would end up with injuries like this guys are the fucking idiots that frankly, have it coming.

    As for the prosecution of cars in the ASZ: it will never happen.

    The Met & CoL police dont want to touch it and Boris Johnson has said that they will be decriminalised and TfL will manage them. BJ has been mayor for 5 years and Ive heard a lot of waffle from the guy but nothing of substance has come about.

  • helmet for a more ovalized head1 year 2 weeks agoI don't know if it will help

    I don't know if it will help someone to suggest but in what plane are you ovalzied? Do you have a pointy head/high crown, or is short and wide. or long and thin? Something with a flexible inner cradle probably.

  • Best Road Shoes for about £1001 year 2 weeks agoFizik R3, half price on

    Fizik R3, half price on wiggle!!

  • Road Nats: Mark Cavendish wins in Glasgow1 year 2 weeks agofair point. Let's ask Paul

    fair point. Let's ask Paul Smith to come up with a new design. Smile

  • Video: Cyclist seriously injured after ignoring traffic signal warns fellow riders to stop at red1 year 2 weeks agoMost of the time you should

    Most of the time you should stop at red lights but it's not that simple - sometimes it's safer not to. Often you have to make your own assessment on what is safer rather than blindly obeying the law.

    If all road users followed the law properly, were courteous and showed some awareness of vulnerable road users then I would see no justification for cyclists jumping red lights. Until this day happens (probably the day after hell freezes over) I'm going to use my common sense and judgement as to where it is safest for me to be on the roads.

    I drive myself but I would welcome much stiffer penalties for mobile phone use, entering an ASL, blocking cycle lanes etc. As for killing or injuring a cyclist - a mandatory lifetime driving ban if the driver is found to be at fault and whatever criminal charges are applicable. There is a large minority of drivers who intimidate and bully their way through traffic and if plain old human decency isn't enough to make them reconsider their behaviour then the law has to act.

  • FS: 2012 Genesis Croix De Fer, 58cm1 year 2 weeks agoStandard Spec Below (* where

    Standard Spec Below (* where changed)

    Frame: Reynolds 725 Steel
    Fork: Cr-Mo
    Front Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra 10spd
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra 10spd
    Number of Gears: 20
    Shifters: Shimano Tiagra 10spd Sti
    Chainset: Shimano Tiagra Compact
    Chainrings: 50-34 tooth
    Bottom Bracket: Hollowtech
    Cassette: Shimano Tiagra 10spd 12-28
    Chain: Shimano Tiagra 10spd
    Pedals: Shimano PDM-520
    Front Brake: Avid BB-7
    Rear Brake: Avid BB-7
    Brake Levers: Shimano Tiagra Sti
    Handlebars: Genesis 6061 Alloy Drop
    Stem*: Genesis OS 6061 Alloy 7deg
    Headset: FSA Aheadset
    Grips: Shockproof Brown Tape
    Rims: Alex XD-Lite
    Front Hub: Shimano M475
    Rear Hub: Shimano M475
    Spokes: Stainless Black
    Front Tyre: Continental Cyclocross Race
    Rear Tyre: Continental Cyclocross Race
    Saddle*: Genesis Road CrMo Rail
    Seatpost: Genesis 6061 27.2mm