• Buying Carbon rims50 weeks 2 days agoAnother recommendation for

    Another recommendation for Farsports. Easy to communicate via email, one week to send another waiting for uk customs. Wheels well made, still true after over 1000 miles. I weigh 84Kg, the wheels weigh 1280g. They come with titanium skewers and carbon specific brake blocks.

  • Drivers give cyclists more space on roads without central markings, study finds50 weeks 2 days agoA few years back they also

    A few years back they also found that a lack of road marking in towns also made drivers more careful. They needed to think more.

    The number of motorists that pass me when it's clear on the otherside of the road and could easily give me a wide berth but won't actually cross a white line to give me more space is well .. a lot.

    I agree with Bez. The lines seem to become physical barriers in some peopl's minds rather than just an indication of the median

  • Campagnolo launches Bora 35 and 50mm clincher wheels50 weeks 2 days agoLove the look of these, cant

    Love the look of these, cant imagine the pricing to be too favourable though

  • Chris Froome wins another grand tour.50 weeks 2 days agoallezrider wrote:I'm not an

    allezrider wrote:
    I'm not an orthopedic surgeon so I could be talking complete rubbish.

    Spot on.

  • Canyon Endurace CF 9.0 SL road bike50 weeks 2 days agoThis review has put this back

    This review has put this back on my radar, go Canyon go

  • Happy Aldi Specialbuy Day - September 25th 201450 weeks 2 days agoAl__S wrote:arrieredupeleton

    Al__S wrote:
    arrieredupeleton wrote:
    What is that man doing to his bike?

    It's almost the "descend like a pro" sitting on the top tube position. But not quite. And on the flat.

    ... at least get your hands on the drops man.

    Or it could be he is having a poo?

  • Video: Good Samaritan cyclist helps driver who is in a fix50 weeks 2 days agoTop man! As said

    Top man! Applause As said previously glad the bike was still there.

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins could head Sky development squad as contract talks continue50 weeks 2 days agoFran The Man wrote:"He isn't

    Fran The Man wrote:
    "He isn't their main GC guy ..." Seems to me he isn't their kind of guy at all. Too much of an individual for a setup that's part of Murdoch's corporate world. I'd like to see him join a team that has fun!

    what you mean drugs and mucking about and all that sort of thing. Or alternatively like an English Tommy Voekler dashing off the front for a hour's worth of solus on the sponsors jersey?

    Wiggo isn't a petrol driven exciting rider able to dance away up the hills. He is a diesel engine with a metronome. He lays down the steeady power that wins time trials. So as it happens Sky built a team and used a tactic for 2012 TdF that suited Wiggins. They just basically and boringly kept such a high pace round that everyone else was just trying to hang on let alone attack. That team cost a lot of money to put together. And Wiggo was quite happy with Sky's money then.

  • Wiggle Etape Cymru to dispense with closed roads for 2015?50 weeks 2 days agoYou don't understand

    You don't understand matters.

    The Tour of Britain operated a rolling road closure - basically the riders were in a bubble of closed road. This works fine for a small race of 100 riders of similar ability. It won't work for 1000s of riders of vastly different ability.

    It was good to see the residents of villages out cheering - everyone seemed in good spirits. It's such a pity that some people want to drag the spirits down.

    Of course the promoters aim to make a profit. There are very few people who can afford to work for nothing.

  • Chris Froome wins another grand tour.50 weeks 2 days ago'Broken leg' brings to mind a

    'Broken leg' brings to mind a complete separation fracture whereas Contador's was a small hairline fracture. I suspect it was the ligament damage that brought his TdF to a halt and was the limiting factor in his recovery rather than the 'broken leg'. I'm not an orthopedic surgeon so I could be talking complete rubbish. However, he probably wasn't back to full fitness considering the strapping that he was sporting.

    Froome's injury on the other hand (excuse the pun) should not have inhibited his training for the Vuelta from which we could infer that to win wasn't a big target hence why he got beaten.

  • Drivers give cyclists more space on roads without central markings, study finds50 weeks 2 days agoNo surprises. People heed

    No surprises. People heed lines, they feel reassured by them, that if they obey them they're fulfilling their legal obligation.

    That's why they don't like crossing centre lines, or lane lines, but also why many think the lines on painted bike lanes are fine to go right up to: the line says, "you're just dandy up to here".

    Of course, the line also means that if others cross them, they're viewed as transgressing in terms of responsibility as well, and so they're fair game. Swerve to avoid that broken glass in the narrow bike lane and you're basically changing lanes just as you would on the motorway: the people around you are guided by the lines to be less tolerant of it.

    Painted lines along the direction of travel emphasise laminar flow: smooth, efficient, but poorly suited to coping with disruption.

  • Video: Policeman stops London pavement cyclist… but it's not the pavement it's a cycle path50 weeks 2 days agoSlow news day guys?

    Slow news day guys?

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins could head Sky development squad as contract talks continue50 weeks 2 days agoMarky Legs wrote:He has a

    Marky Legs wrote:
    He has a great wealth of knowledge and experience and is someone the majority of youngsters look up to.

    As for saying he couldn't defend his ToB title, Froome couldn't defend his TdF title nor could he keep up with Contador in the Tour of Spain - enough said.

    I, for one, would love to be mentored by Wiggo - could learn so much.

    The point is about career trajectory.
    He clearly has a lot of silverware and titles but my point was that a rider that he thinks he should be Sky's main GC rider for big tours and isn't picked would presumably react by trying to win everything in sight by a country mile or die trying. And he hasn't. So if he hasn't made a case to replece Froome as Sky's first pick GC rider for big tours, and he doesn't want to be a Super Domestique for that rider and he isn't setting the world alight in the races he is riding as Sky's team principal, then what are Sky going to do with him and do they want to pay the Salary he demands for a 34 year old rider that wants a swan song on the track in Rio.

    And I may be wrong but they haven't exactly bitten his arm off for him to sign a new contract have they?

  • Plan to get more people cycling in Surrey gains approval but critics call for curbs on races and sportives50 weeks 2 days agoi agree, there are too many

    i agree, there are too many organised events in the area. Bloody boxhill. there are plenty of other great climbs, just because people want to get in their sky kit and pretend to be wiggins.....just go for a ride without paying for it, its liberating.

  • Video: Policeman stops London pavement cyclist… but it's not the pavement it's a cycle path50 weeks 2 days agoOldRidgeback wrote:That side

    OldRidgeback wrote:
    That side of the Strand gyratory isn't the bad bit.

    I beg to differ.

    Heading around from either Waterloo Bridge or The Strand is nasty as you have traffic whipping around from the east cutting across to head up Kingsway, traffic from waterloo either cutting across to head east, or up kingsway (that missed the tunnel) and a plethora of buses that are cutting across lanes to get to the stops. This is before any mention of black cabs.

    Aldwych is a nightmare full stop. (Should have left it as it was! Wink)

  • Wiggle Etape Cymru to dispense with closed roads for 2015?50 weeks 2 days agoI've ridden last two but

    I've ridden last two but couldn't this year and also live on the climb up to the Panorama, as such our road was closed most of the day as the least two years.

    I and the neighbours I've spoken to don't have a problem with the road closures, it's one Sunday a year and the event has to be a positive for the area.

    I actually painted a fence, all the window frames and cut the grass as I watched the riders passing so staying put was actually a result.

    PS all the riders who commented on the cooking smells when returning past it was a full Sunday beef roast with roasties and everything and yes it was awesome.

    Rgds
    Rob

  • Chris Froome wins another grand tour.50 weeks 2 days ago*Only he doesn't because the

    *Only he doesn't because the final (and only individual TT) is only 10km long. Despite this he brought back 27s on Contador. Imagine what he would have done on a normal 40+ km route. But wait shouldn't he have won anyway if you knock off the silly bonus seconds? *

    Ah. So, changing both the rules and the route, it might have been different?
    Wow. amazing insight. Froome also might have beaten Contador, had Contador not taken part in the race. Why leave that one out?

  • Video: Policeman stops London pavement cyclist… but it's not the pavement it's a cycle path50 weeks 2 days agoChrist, I bet you've cleared

    Christ, I bet you've cleared out some common rooms in your time Oozavared.

  • Planet X frame sizing?50 weeks 2 days agoDoh, semi answered on the

    Doh, semi answered on the bike photo thread. At Wits End

    Where are you thearchitect? (get a shorter handle). Laughing

    Anyway, if you are near you could come and ride mine, you would know for sure then before ordering. The small 44cm (the same as I have) would fit you a treat but my offer is there if you wish to try before you buy - I'm in Weston Super Mare if that's any good. You asked on the photo thread and they way it is set up there (in photo) is for my size. Thinking about it - you could get a bargain in mine,,,,,, Surprise

    Happy to help old chap.

    Regards,

    Trikeman. Wink

  • Brian Cookson says UCI "on the case" over Colombian women's team kit50 weeks 2 days agoGkam84 wrote:This is their

    Gkam84 wrote:
    This is their previous kit and I believe the gold from this kit was supposed to be the same on the skinsuit, both designed by Angie.

    What would the UCI rather have, that or one with a bottle of pills on it.....

    Im not sure why the UCI would have a problem with vitamins? Or are *all* pills evil?

  • Video: Policeman stops London pavement cyclist… but it's not the pavement it's a cycle path50 weeks 2 days agofarrell wrote:So the highly

    farrell wrote:
    So the highly paid and looking at a shit hot pension police officer made a mistake because his first and over-riding instinct was that a cyclist *must* be in the wrong, and he couldn't be bothered to look or was too poorly sighted, or was simply just too stupid to know or notice the cycle lane.

    But he was polite with it, so everything is hunky dory.

    If you fancy the job with such high pay and a shit hot pension you can apply to:
    http://www.metpolicecareers.co.uk/contactus.html

    and as a general rule cyclists aren't allowed to cycle on the footway. This bit of poorly marked cycle lane is one of the exceptions to that so, yes the first overriding instinct was correct to challenge the cyclist which he did politely. And the cyclist replied politely and the police officer politely accepted that he had made a mistake and the cyclist politely rode off.

    I'd be happy with that if I was a cyclist. I think the police should be out and about more often asking what people are up to and politely challenging them if they think they need to and actually accepting that they might be wrong in their polite challenge on occasions.

    Criminology wise this is exactly what we want the police to be doing. The theory called "broken windows" postulates thatto minor infringements, littering, grafitti, petty vandalism etc indicates an area where the police don't pay attention and that leads it to be regarded by criminals as a place where crime is easier. the term came from the research experiments set up to see what happened when cars and buildings had broken windows that remained unfixed compared to when they were fixed and repaired.

    I think most people would like to see the police pay attention to what is happening on the streets and asking polite questions when they need to rather than have the streets abandoned as a police free zone that they can't really be bothered with.

    And frankly if you feel oppressed by a copper politely asking a question and then apologising when he realises he had made a mistake, I suggest you get out more and travel a bit. Might open your eyes a bit and make you appreciate some of the good things about Britain.

  • Video: Good Samaritan cyclist helps driver who is in a fix50 weeks 2 days agoSpiderman riding a bike?

    Spiderman riding a bike?

  • Video: New York City cyclist doored by passenger exiting cab - and everyone has an opinion50 weeks 2 days agoteaboy wrote:Ush wrote: In

    teaboy wrote:
    Ush wrote:

    In addition there is the fault of whoever designed these _inevitably_ dangerous bike lanes.

    And let's not forget the fault of the "bike activists" that go around promoting this sort of "infrastructure'.

    It is interesting that the cyclist recognises that he would have been better off out of the bikelane, but that he gets stick from motorists when he does that.

    I don't think ANYONE is campaigning for, or promoting "this sot of infrastructure" for the clear reasons shown in the video.

    You'd think that wouldn't you... but then you'd go and see what Transportation Alternatives have actually submitted.

  • Video: Policeman stops London pavement cyclist… but it's not the pavement it's a cycle path50 weeks 2 days agozanf wrote:As a bonus, they

    zanf wrote:
    As a bonus, they could also sort that drain out in the middle of the junction as its absolutely lethal!

    Report it: www.fillthathole.org.uk

  • Wiggle Etape Cymru to dispense with closed roads for 2015?50 weeks 2 days agoAh well if the gogs don't

    Ah well if the gogs don't want it....you only have to look at the positive effect that the Ironman Wales got last week to see what an event that is bought into by the locals can achieve.

    Will be interested, as a Taff, to see how noisy the NIMBYs are when the velothon hits Cardiff next year...