• Rouleur Centenary Tour de France1 year 1 week agoQuote:How can I judge what is

    Quote:
    How can I judge what is 'good' and 'poor' photography you ask? Of course Rouleur has built its avant garde reputation on what could be called the 'significance of the mundane'; the cropped Sidi clad foot here, the patch of wall with a discarded flag and the shadow of a passing rider there.

    What? Is the reviewer drunk? Or just a simpleton?

    He answers his pertinent question with a quite frankly non-sequitur response that undermines not only his qualification to judge photography but also ability to judge his qualification to write in English. A thousand monkeys, a thousand typewriters...

    And why the quotation marks? Is he suggesting good and poor photography do not exist? Are they figments of our imagination? Or merely ungraspable? For some perhaps.

    To deminish Martin Parr to a one trick pony only serves to expose the reviewer as a charmless dunce. Just because a legion of smartphone users reduce their photographic output to a single instagram filter says nothing about the man whose work they're trying to emulate.

    Perhaps the annual is shit, maybe it's great, but thanks to this cretin we'll never know. I could be forgiven for thinking road.cc grabbed the nearest "haaaaaaaaaaaaa much?" rapha critic and asked them to puke a post-pub review onto their kabab wrapper.

    We all know rouleur isn't as good as it looks, but at least it's doing its best and trying to provide different angles to the same yearly procession. There's no disgrace in failing if you're trying something new. But the tone of this review reeks of a resentment well established long before the book arrived. It bears ugly resemblance to the critics who complain that bands sound the same whilst castigating others for not changing formula.

    Bad form.

  • Closed road circuit in Lancs to be named after Olympic hero Stephen Burke1 year 1 week agoGREGJONES wrote:Great news,

    GREGJONES wrote:
    Great news, but why are so many circuits in the sticks, it doesn't help attract the young people, who haven't got supportive parents, to the sport because they won't be able to get to these places.

    Surely a better location would be brownfield sites in cities, although obviously i recognize that this site is being funded by that council. One wonders what other more urban councils are doing?

    The mentioned circuit in Bath is on the edge of the city close to social housing and accessible from across the city and wider area. It's on the Bristol side too.

    Congrats Pendle. Our circuit has already proved a huge success. Especially as it's enabled the three local clubs to come together to form an alliance to deliver youth coaching - the Sulis Scorpions.

  • Rookie league, new player questions and discussions1 year 1 week agoSo how do I create a team,

    So how do I create a team, all I get is window closed at the moment or do I have to wait until season starts.

    All

  • Rouleur Centenary Tour de France1 year 1 week agoWho wrote this review? Have

    Who wrote this review? Have you any any knowledge about photography? stick to riding your chopper. Fool.

  • Belgian rider Jonathan Breyne attempts suicide after positive result for clenbuterol1 year 1 week agoSpot on daddy Elvis ('the

    Spot on daddy Elvis ('the more you dope the harder you train'). With the added bonus that you've got a ready made (if entirely specious) excuse if you get caught.

    After all, how could the teams - for which no detail is too small / insignificant - possibly know about this problem or take any steps to manage it - like being careful about where they source meat from? Simply not possible. I could do better job than these numpties.

    So its one of two things - either they're doping or the teams are totally incompetent - I know which my money is on....

  • Belgian rider Jonathan Breyne attempts suicide after positive result for clenbuterol1 year 1 week agoSpot on daddy Elvis ('the

    Spot on daddy Elvis ('the more you dope the harder you train'). With the added bonus that you've got a ready made (if entirely specious) excuse if you get caught.

    After all, how could the teams - for which no detail is too small / insignificant - possibly know about this problem or take any steps to manage it - like being careful about where they source meat from? Simply not possible. I could do better job than these numpties.

  • Proviz Nightrider Women's Waterproof Jacket1 year 1 week ago@Jarred - lots more fashiony

    @Jarred - lots more fashiony gear out there for women now - hope to be reviewing some of it soon.

    @Neil - no way I'd go out in a builder's style hi-vis either! It isn't so 'nerdy'(?) as that but the visibility is amazing - my daughter said it was ''all right'".

    @username - I don't think for *most* that is the case. Most people riding bikes, certainly here in Cambridge and when I've been riding in London too, ride upright/upright-ish. As stated, it is a commuter jacket, not intended for club rides, sportives etc.

  • Kevlar repair?1 year 1 week agoNever heard of Shoe Goo

    Never heard of Shoe Goo before, but I've just googled it and it looks as though it may be just the business, cheers.

  • Belgian rider Jonathan Breyne attempts suicide after positive result for clenbuterol1 year 1 week agoSad story. The drug which I

    Sad story. The drug which I think is used (illegally) to boost aerobic capacity of an athlete surely must be found in the body higher levels when used as a performance enhancer than it is found in meat products that an athlete may ingest?

    I also think the UCI need to be very careful and make sure they are not getting their testing techniques wrong - that would be horrendous if testing errors ocurred in labs or interpretation of results was wrong. This has happened before, for example with certain types of forensic evidence that everybody believed until proven wrong many years later.

    When you know you have done nothing wrong and a life-changing, career ending thing happens then I can see why people in a moment of extreme anguish make sad decisions on how to deal with it.

  • Kevlar repair?1 year 1 week agoShoe Goo? Comes in black too.

    Shoe Goo? Comes in black too.

  • Losing your cycling 'mojo'?1 year 1 week agoMy commute is the same with a

    My commute is the same with a DPD depot. Their sketchy (malicious? intentionally dangerous?) driving does drive me up the wall.

    And the commute can get a bit wearisome. When I feel a bit leggy, every now and again I get a bus into work instead - a day off refreshes my legs, and the trip takes over twice as long so it's only one day I end up taking off.

    And, as others have suggested, go play with in some hills to remind yourself why we do it.

    Finally, I give the DPD vans a wide berth - I get a pang of red mist whenever I see them, but at least I'm less likely to be whispering sweet nothings to a van bonnet one morning. Try it with the RM vans?

  • Belgian rider Jonathan Breyne attempts suicide after positive result for clenbuterol1 year 1 week agoChina knows it has a

    China knows it has a clenbuterol problem and has banned its production and use as a veterinary drug. Their main problem was in pork so any meat is a risk there. It is still trying to stop its illegal use by testing etc. In Europe however we claim we do not have a problem and perform very little testing. This is the same Europe who as pwake said have food safety standards that allowed horse meat to pose as beef for years. And guess what I'd watch out for your cottage pies as Clenbuterol can be used to treat respiratory disease in horses. So the problem is not internationalisation as some of you think but something else. Along with everybody else I wish the best for Jonathan Breyne.

  • Belgian rider Jonathan Breyne attempts suicide after positive result for clenbuterol1 year 1 week agoWhat a sad story. Best wishes

    What a sad story. Best wishes to Jonathan and I hope he recovers well, physically and mentally, whatever the outcome of the positive test...

  • 6 years in jail for drunk & banned driver who killed Sussex cyclist1 year 1 week agoPretty scary. Tbh any driver

    Pretty scary. Tbh any driver who does that then has the audacity to deny its gbh or dangerous has o place on the road full stop.

    The law of course thinks this particular murderer in waiting has a rightful place on the road alongside your loved ones and the rest of us will no doubt end up subsidising his next insurance premium (presuming he bothers with insurance) when he's eyeing up an impreza or something suitably lethal.

  • Kenny Van Vlaminck1 year 1 week agoBig cobbles..shmall cobbles

    Big cobbles..shmall cobbles schlippy cobbles...

    http://youtu.be/GP_fOxLh1MA

    Ned trying not to laugh!

  • Kenny Van Vlaminck1 year 1 week agolove a bit of Kenny..did you

    love a bit of Kenny..did you guys see the pics he posted of his tour bus? fantastique! All logo'd up with the "Germoloid schleppens" logo...great stuff...

    cant wait to see KVV back on the cobbles...(of which there are many,many kinds..)
    Rolling On The Floor

    Race on Kenny!

  • Kenny Van Vlaminck1 year 1 week agofound this;-

    found this;- http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?sa=X&biw=1920&bih=985&tbm=isch&tbnid=lnYz...

    nice bus yes?

  • Pedal-powered coffee grinder: ultimate hipster accessory or spoof?1 year 1 week agoThis is a different thread

    This is a different thread I'm afraid. I was just incensed by their cowardly excuse for the campaign.
    No professional media outfit launches anything, let alone a whole campaign, without oversight by executives. Blaming "an employee" is a plain lie and inexcusable.

  • Rouleur Centenary Tour de France1 year 1 week agoYou could have spelt my name

    You could have spelt my name correctly, though.

  • Turbo training with a broken collarbone1 year 1 week agoCripes! Thanks, I won't give

    Cripes! Thanks, I won't give up Smile

  • Losing your cycling 'mojo'?1 year 1 week agoYes, sometimes you can feel

    Yes, sometimes you can feel like a victim, I have had it all happen to me now, first commute - July 1963 last - May 2010, have toured/raced/commuted on a bike all my adult life, highs and lows, cyclists are an "outgroup" in the UK thats for sure, been cut up, knocked off, had all manner of things thrown at me from moving cars and chaver youths, manhandled by drunken kids in subways had passengers in moving cars try to push me off, white van man drive straight at me and wife on Tandem with daughter in child seat (must have thought the fear on my face was amusing) told to F off by dog owners whose dogs had bitten me, and just last week punched in the face on a Sustrans route by a walker who "hates bastard cyclist's"...... but this afternoon I got out for a couple of hours in the sunshine between passing storms and "Yes, this is why I am a Cyclist" Laughing

  • ebay special: Cree light battery1 year 1 week agoYou can get another battery

    You can get another battery for less than a tenner inc delivery of various ebay seller.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/200950291050?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2648 for example.

    Comedy seller name too!

  • Proviz Nightrider Women's Waterproof Jacket1 year 1 week agoQuote:that works best for a

    Quote:
    that works best for a more upright riding position.

    Indeed.

    For most the light would be pointing at the stars, just like all those LEDs clipped to rucksacks.

  • Rouleur Centenary Tour de France1 year 1 week agoA great review, Dan.

    A great review, Dan.

  • Rouleur Centenary Tour de France1 year 1 week agoOh yeah, and calling Martin

    Oh yeah, and calling Martin Parr a 'one-trick pony' is also a bit harsh!