• Sneak peek: Specialized Tarmac SL550 weeks 6 days agoCool. Look forward to more on

    Cool. Look forward to more on this.

  • Video: Google’s self-driving car meets cyclists and out-performs far too many human drivers50 weeks 6 days agoI know it's coming, i've seen

    I know it's coming, i've seen some of the kit developed by small tech companies for the car companies wrt collision avoidance.
    Some really good stuff already getting deployed on high branded cars to will deploy breaks/produce audible warning in the event of collision detection. Very, very clever stuff espcially considering how poor reverse sensors can be.

  • Video: Google’s self-driving car meets cyclists and out-performs far too many human drivers50 weeks 6 days agoI know it's coming, i've seen

    I know it's coming, i've seen some of the kit developed by small tech companies for the car companies wrt collision avoidance.
    Some really good stuff already getting deployed on high branded cars to will deploy breaks/produce audible warning in the event of collision detection. Very, very clever stuff espcially considering how poor reverse sensors can be.

  • Carbon frame life cycle50 weeks 6 days agoFair enough I have a classic

    Fair enough Wink I have a classic steel frame too (in need of restoration, but it was my trusty steed for many years, and has taken much punishment). It's a joy to ride in many ways, and I fully plan to do some touring on it once it's been sorted out. But carbon isn't something to be afraid of.

  • Tour de Romandie: Prologue: Ascona50 weeks 6 days agoTJ has reportedly crashed -

    TJ has reportedly crashed - 2:16 (minutes, not seconds) down at the intermediate
    Live leaderboard at ...
    http://www.matsport.fr.php53-23.ord1-1.websitetestlink.com/Tribune/index...

  • Updated: Team Sky says its riders are not given painkiller Tramadol and it should be banned50 weeks 6 days agoI don't want to add any fuel

    I don't want to add any fuel to the Team Sky doping suspicions argument, and I really have nothing against the team or how they race, but I have a couple of comments related to this story.

    The first is the very premise of "marginal gains" employed by Sky and many other top level teams. Conceptually, they would use the most expansive definition of legal means to improve performance, despite ethical or long-term health risks. Whether it is the (non)homologation of the Olympic time trial bikes or the alleged use of Tramadol, it's all about bending the rules to find better performance. It shouldn't be surprising when these stories break, as pushing legal boundaries is the core of the marginal gains ethos. Heck, even the Garmin doctor looked into the benefits and risks of Tramadol.

    Secondly, the PR response by Sky is curiously crafted. In "None of our riders should ride whilst using Tramadol", by using the word "should" instead of "do", it may imply that team riders continue to use Tramadol, just not under direction by the team. My impression is that the PR response was crafted by the legal department to protect the team management and put all of the responsibility for Tramadol use on the riders. Anyway, just my two cents.

  • Video: Google’s self-driving car meets cyclists and out-performs far too many human drivers50 weeks 6 days agobikebot wrote:It's going to

    bikebot wrote:
    It's going to be some years yet before we get true self drive cars, but it'll probably mark a further shift away from private car ownership.

    The commercial carpools that are becoming increasingly popular in our cities start making even more sense when the cars can also drive themselves. Need a car for a few hours to go and buy something big and bulky (your latest n+1 bike of course...). No need to walk to the collection point, just book it by phone and wait for one to drive itself to your door!

    Why would anyone spend a large chunk of their income on a private car when you can hire one just for the time you need it with all the convenience of a chauffeur as well. Carpool and taxi essentially merge, with Google's brain replacing the cabbie.

    It'll be interesting to see how Google will eventually sell or license this technology, but I suspect they'll do something disruptive rather than just sell it to the car manufacturers.

    We will however see more and more of this kind of technology appearing in private cars as safety features. The cars won't drive themselves, but they will actively intervene to prevent an accident.

    To be honest, car companieshave been looking into this, it's just Google want to advertising. The sensor application behind it wont be google developed so i cant see any chance for google to create a disruptive technology.

  • The good old "what bike for a grand" debate...50 weeks 6 days agoFunnily enough, I thought

    Funnily enough, I thought this blog was actually going to be a rant about the number of "what bike to buy?" posts we've had on here lately, but it turned out to be another one... Wink

    Good luck with the search.

  • Carbon frame life cycle50 weeks 6 days ago7thGalaxy wrote:It's

    7thGalaxy wrote:
    It's stronger, more durable and lighter than steel. Live with it.

    Luckily I don't have to "live with it" at all. I feel much safer on a custom steel frame. My garage is a carbon free zone Wink

  • Tour de Romandie: Prologue: Ascona50 weeks 6 days agoStandard: Tony

    Standard:

    Tony Martin
    Navardauskas
    Rohan Dennis
    Mihorific
    Spilak
    Teacup in the Garden.
    Hepburn
    Zoidl
    Schurtlifter

    Purist:

    Kettle
    Talentatsky
    Spilak
    Peraud
    Chernridersatsky
    Zoidl
    Dillier
    The Menace
    Hepburn

  • Updated: Team Sky says its riders are not given painkiller Tramadol and it should be banned50 weeks 6 days agobrackley88 wrote:S When he

    brackley88 wrote:
    S When he turned the pedals it powered a dynamo that provided electricity that in turn powered the pedals.

    Rolling On The Floor Love it Rolling On The Floor

  • Riders banned from New Forest sportives for urinating in public50 weeks 6 days agopsv10 wrote:As Allez Neg

    psv10 wrote:
    As Allez Neg notes, with 5000 entries they have no prospect of being able to police bans. It is just good local PR, at no cost or consequence even if anyone really was banned as they claim. Those who behave worst will probably be the first to work this out.

    There were certainly no marshals at the feed stop on the Saturday to speak to the steady stream of riders heading for the trees the other side of the lane from the hotel.

    Rider number taken - linked to name, address, telephone number and email.

    Any future attempt to register for an event using any of the above could be refused - not too hard to police really, a false name etc could always be used for subsequent events of course.

  • BMXers vs mountain bikers vs roadies as Parkour Ride comes to London (+ video)50 weeks 6 days agoThe roadie looks daft, skinny

    The roadie looks daft, skinny bars, no manoeuvrability or skills apart from the 'fixie' skid. Nice to see he has the appropriate facial hair though

  • Video: Google’s self-driving car meets cyclists and out-performs far too many human drivers50 weeks 6 days agoSB76 wrote:I know some

    SB76 wrote:
    I know some drivers are bad but i'm amazed that the comments so far for self-driving cars are positive.

    To some extent, the thought scares the life out of me whilst another bit of me quite likes the idea.

    I do not think this these self drive cars are imminent. Just like the google drone deliveries, bit of a gimmick designed to grab headlines.

    Any such move would come with an awful lot of safety systems/testing before any governemnt would accept it on the road and rightly so.

    it's definitely coming. All the manufactures are working hard on this. Several already have working demo systems. Legislation is already being discussed in Europe and the US. It will probably be on the roads far quicker than you might expect. As seen in this video they have the potential to be far safer than an existing human controlled vehicle. When the technology matures the legislation may switch the other way and make 'manual' cars very highly regulated

  • Video: Google’s self-driving car meets cyclists and out-performs far too many human drivers50 weeks 6 days agobikebot wrote: We will

    bikebot wrote:

    We will however see more and more of this kind of technology appearing in private cars as safety features. The cars won't drive themselves, but they will actively intervene to prevent an accident.

    They already do. VW has an "anti-accident" function. OK, it only works at certain speeds. But, it's out there. And Mercedes (I think) have had a car take a drive under its own initiative - well, they gave it a destination and let the Sat Nav do it.

    I suppose that's my current concern: sat nav isn't accurate enough. Take a look at your Garmin / Strava / whatever traces of your rides to see how they wiggle all over the road. OK, a dedicated car-based sat nav should be better. But, how many times do we hear man drives into lake following sat nav, or some such nonsense?

    In summary, not sure.

  • Should I get a power meter?50 weeks 6 days agoNot really. You can do a

    Not really. You can do a pool-based tri in a tri suit, or in your swimmers and change into bike/run kit, for the princely sum of £30. As I am on Monday.

  • Riders banned from New Forest sportives for urinating in public50 weeks 6 days agoThis is a difficult one, as I

    This is a difficult one, as I wouldn't ever urinate in public. The last time I rode 100 miles, I stopped off at a sainsbury's around the 50 mile mark. I was then good for another 50 miles (of course I am a Nectar card holder Wink.

    Many people in this country just don't have any shame, so that goes on and off the bike. Go to any city center at a weekend and I'm sure you'll see people doing it.

    Perhaps Wiggle should issue a nappy in their race pack Smile

  • Updated: Team Sky says its riders are not given painkiller Tramadol and it should be banned50 weeks 6 days agoSky just cant be trusted. In

    Sky just cant be trusted. In addition to this I have heard that they ride in black to power solar cells that drive a small electric motor to power the cranks. That's why Rapha changed the branding of the material from Fuel Black to Cool Black. This means the electric motors in the crank dont need a battery as this had hampered Cancellara when he was routinely using one...it was to heavy to have a stack of 9v batteries in the seat tube. this is why Sky dont do so well in the Spring classics: not enough sunshine, to much grey Flanderian sky. Come Tour time though and the sunflowers are out and Sky can shoot along. Look at Chris Froome on Ventoux last year (though to be fair he apparently had to switch the power cells to his shorts as was in the yellow jersey). He also apparently powered the electric motor using a dynamo. When he turned the pedals it powered a dynamo that provided electricity that in turn powered the pedals. Thats why he pedals so much faster to escape Quintano, and only does so in a big crowd so people cannot here the whirring. Don't ask me where I got all this information, but let's just say 'I know people'.

  • Updated: Team Sky says its riders are not given painkiller Tramadol and it should be banned50 weeks 6 days agoSky just cant be trusted. In

    Sky just cant be trusted. In addition to this I have heard that they ride in black to power solar cells that drive a small electric motor to power the cranks. That's why Rapha changed the branding of the material from Fuel Black to Cool Black. This means the electric motors in the crank dont need a battery as this had hampered Cancellara when he was routinely using one...it was to heavy to have a stack of 9v batteries in the seat tube. this is why Sky dont do so well in the Spring classics: not enough sunshine, to much grey Flanderian sky. Come Tour time though and the sunflowers are out and Sky can shoot along. Look at Chris Froome on Ventoux last year (though to be fair he apparently had to switch the power cells to his shorts as was in the yellow jersey). He also apparently powered the electric motor using a dynamo. When he turned the pedals it powered a dynamo that provided electricity that in turn powered the pedals. Thats why he pedals so much faster to escape Quintano, and only does so in a big crowd so people cannot here the whirring. Don't ask me where I got all this information, but let's just say 'I know people'.

  • First pedal bike for little un!50 weeks 6 days agoMy two had Ridgeback MX14s

    My two had Ridgeback MX14s and MX16s until they graduated on to Islabikes.

    The Ridgebacks are hefty compared to the Islabikes but good compared to the catalogue type bikes that dominate bikes with this wheel size.

    The Ridgebacks are pretty bomb proof - the MX16 is currently their 'stunt bike' and they try destroying it at local skate parks (with no success so far!)

    Gears make cycling much more pleasurable, but small kids tend to destroy mech hangers and have little idea when to change gear. Both my kids (aged 6 & 7 now) race cyclocross and I have had to buy a gear alignment tool so common are prangs - and they are pretty good bike handlers (can do some red and black MTB skills).

    Singlespeed bikes are only really suitable for flattish runs - e.g. along railway lines, and there weight doens't matter so much.

  • How about adding the Women's Tour to the Fantasy Cycling?50 weeks 6 days agoIt was under consideration

    It was under consideration but I believe the reasons it wasn't included were that the race itself is brand new and unknown to us and that women's racing has only been added this year so those running the women's comp were assessing how it went before adding in more races like the Women's Tour and/or Giro Donne.

  • How about adding the Women's Tour to the Fantasy Cycling?50 weeks 6 days agoI think it's down to race

    I think it's down to race information and rider lists not being very reliably available Nerd

  • Riders banned from New Forest sportives for urinating in public50 weeks 6 days agoSimmo72 wrote:If they were

    Simmo72 wrote:
    If they were relieveing themselves in a public place and there were portable toilets available then fair doos, wiggle has to take some action.

    I was out the other week and got caught short. I was in the middle of the countryside but nipped behind some bushes into a field, not a soul in sight. I emptied the tank, admiring the wonderful yellow rape seed fields of hampshire but I turned to see an elderly lady standing about 30 feet from me, just watching. At this point I couldn't stop, all I could muster was 'lovely day, but a bit breezy'.

    No idea where she crept up from, reckon she had been hidden in those bushes for days.

    Sounds like you had a lucky escape...what if she had a knife? The last words you would have heard are 'Not in my back yard' Smile

  • First pedal bike for little un!50 weeks 6 days agoMy two had a Specialized

    My two had a Specialized Hotrock 12"

    The back pedal brake was a bit odd, took the internals out of it!

  • Cycling in London50 weeks 6 days agodrfabulous0 wrote:Would you

    drfabulous0 wrote:
    Would you give your kids the same advice?

    There is nothing wrong with overtaking safely but you're the sort of person who is a member of a cycling forum. For general safety purposes "stay clear" is better advice.

    If I had kids, I wouldn't allow them to mix it with traffic in central London's rush hour full stop. I'm not advising newbies to overtake every truck they see (although I'd rather they did that than undertake); I simply stated that I overtake when I think it's safe to do so.

    I strongly dislike all the "CYCLISTS - GET BACK" stickers that have appeared on buses and lorries over the last few months. They solve nothing and merely serve to reinforce the general opinion that bikes do not belong on roads and should not mix with traffic.