• Surgeons in Scotland debate the helmet issue - do they increase cyclists' safety or not?1 year 10 weeks agoAn older gentleman had

    An older gentleman had slipped while walking cracking his head on the pavement. There were some people in attendance. I cycled over to see if they required any additional help. Blood everywhere. The poor man was dazed but okay. Ambulance was on the way. I felt like asking; was he wearing a helmet? Tad insensitive. But how many would have raised the issue if it were a cyclist on the ground?

  • New cycling magazine Simpson launches this week1 year 10 weeks agoThanks for the good wishes

    Thanks for the good wishes pwake - I'm sure I've seen Peloton on the newsstands over here...maybe it's a Comag thing? I'll check it out properly the next time I see it.

    Re the name: much as I hate to pass the buck on such a fundamental question, you'd need to ask Terry (whose brainchild this is) but I don't think that's primarily what Simpson is remembered for. And hey, if we were to strike from history all the cycling heroes of the 20th century who were lying and cheating because of drug use, who would we be left with?

    Alternative answer: we are inveterate liars, cheats and drug-takers. Somehow the legend of Tom Simpson really spoke to us. Smile

  • Rapha launch spring/summer 2013 clothing range +videos1 year 10 weeks agoPolka Dot Silk Scarf (£50)

    Polka Dot Silk Scarf (£50) Oooooooh lovely!

  • GP Camaiore / Strade Bianchi / Roma Maxima1 year 10 weeks agoAre we allowed to save some

    Are we allowed to save some of the 6 transfers between GP and Bianchi and add them to the 6 we get between Bianchi and Roma?

  • New cycling magazine Simpson launches this week1 year 10 weeks agoMartin Thomas, I wish you

    Martin Thomas, I wish you luck with this venture and hope there is a niche for your mag. We have a magazine called 'Peloton' here in the States, which sits somewhere between Bicycling and Rouleur, amybe your mag can be the UK equivalent.
    One thing though... that name! Why name the magazine after a rider who was a liar and a cheat? (I'm a Brit BTW so this isn't sour grapes from a Yank about LieStrong).

  • Rapha launch spring/summer 2013 clothing range +videos1 year 10 weeks agoThat was a record though,

    That was a record though, this time it only took 1 post to start the usual I hate Rapha but love my Aldi bibs, even though the pads in a funny place.

  • Report estimates 50,000 people in UK turning 70 this year will keep driving when no longer fit to do so1 year 10 weeks agoAnother take on this, not

    Another take on this, not just the age issue, but from the health perspective:
    I've been diagnosed with cancer and just been through a rather intense 67 day period of very strong chemo. At no point in all my treatment was it ever mentioned that I couldn't drive after treatment. However, there were days when I could barely lift my head off the pillow, but I could, if I wanted, gone out and driven. (I didn't)
    I had my dad running me around for the most part of my treatment, and did some driving myself only when I was fit to.

  • Rapha launch spring/summer 2013 clothing range +videos1 year 10 weeks agoThey are brilliant though.

    They are brilliant though. Makes me laugh. Even when the subjects not Rapha they'll be sure to sledgehammer it in.

    Haters going to hate.

  • Does the " All Rounder" exist?1 year 10 weeks agoNo, the 'all rounder' doesn't

    No, the 'all rounder' doesn't really exist - you'll have to compromise somewhere. Get a sportive type bike that could take wider tyres and rack if speed is the priority, get a tourer if touring is the priority! I don't think a cyclocross bike is it either, since you didn't mention that in your post..

  • Rapha launch spring/summer 2013 clothing range +videos1 year 10 weeks agoI love posts about Rapha.

    I love posts about Rapha. Didn't even read this one and skipped straight to the usual comment mud slinging. Wasn't dissappinted either.

  • Rapha launch spring/summer 2013 clothing range +videos1 year 10 weeks agojimmythecuckoo wrote:The Claw

    jimmythecuckoo wrote:
    The Claw wrote:
    DHB for me thanks Wink

    post of the day

    +2

    Kept me entertained.

  • Report estimates 50,000 people in UK turning 70 this year will keep driving when no longer fit to do so1 year 10 weeks agoA retest every 10 years for

    A retest every 10 years for everyone - including theory - might weed out the incompetent. I'm sure quite a lot of drivers have never seen a Highway Code since they passed their test, and a retest would focus minds. Then perhaps a reaction and sight test (with specs if needed). Which would help a lot. Personally, I will be taking an IAM (been an "advanced" driver/moto rider for years) assessment 3 yearly from about 65, just to make sure I'm still reasonably OK. But then, I'm interested in other people's safety as well as my own!

  • Report estimates 50,000 people in UK turning 70 this year will keep driving when no longer fit to do so1 year 10 weeks agoEveryone should be retested

    Everyone should be retested every 5 years - not just the old folks.

  • Surgeons in Scotland debate the helmet issue - do they increase cyclists' safety or not?1 year 10 weeks agoNot only about fashion, but

    Not only about fashion, but the associated matter, marketing and sales.
    Where are all these people who fall off at "low speed"?
    How did I manage to survive for years wearing only a "hairnet" type crash hat for racing, and the rest of the time nothing or a cotton cap?
    How did my eyes survive without wearing protective sunglasses all the time?
    Withou "health and safety" excesses, lots of us have managed quite nicely, and I have no recollection of excessive head injuries pre-helmet. Though if people want to wear them, taht's entirely their choice, as is the decision not to do so.
    Organiser of sportives seem to think they can make it a condition of participation. Maybe that has some merit, as quite a lot of riders apparantly regard it as a "race". If they are happy wearing a helmet fine, my view is just rock up at the start, paid my money, no law being broken, off I go. In the hundreds participating who will notice?

    It all comes down to this - if you feel safer and happier with a bit of plastic on your head that is designed to cope with 20 kph impacts, and may mitigate a glancing blow injury at higher speeds, then wear one.
    With the cost of kit now, what's another £80-100 you might ask? I do ask, and have decided that perhaps it might be spent otherwise. My choice, quite simple.

  • Starting a Cycle Club - Woking1 year 10 weeks agoHello Paul, I just left a

    Hello Paul,
    I just left a message under the "Rides" section of your website.
    Would you be able to give me a call?

  • 2013 tour de france EXACT routes for spectators1 year 10 weeks agoHi jerryrig,the official tour

    Hi jerryrig,the official tour programme from wh smiths has great info and maps ,used myself,you should be fine to get up and camp the day before by motorbike,you may have to go a few yards back from road ,some great spots on the bends,great campsite at bottom ,i shall be there in log cabin need a proper bed at my age,Dutch corner the night before is an absolute must ,see you there,wear orange.

  • Does the " All Rounder" exist?1 year 10 weeks agoThe Condor Fratello was made

    The Condor Fratello was made for exactly the purpose you describe. Mine has a rack and panniers on the rear and does 150-200 miles a week of commuting plus winter rides and sportives with the rack removed. I've ridden on some horrible Sustrans paths with it and intend to do the Rapha Hell of the North on it in a few weeks time. It's a really great bike.

  • Surgeons in Scotland debate the helmet issue - do they increase cyclists' safety or not?1 year 10 weeks agoI think that newcomers to the

    I think that newcomers to the sport will wear helmets as a matter of course, they will see them as part of the standard kit because that's what their heroes/heroines on TV wear - much in the same way as I wore a Faema cap because Eddy did.

    I used to play cricket as an opening bat in pre helmet days, now even the under 13's wear helmets to bat in even though the bowlers are not strong enough to get the ball above knee height.

    It's all about fashion and emulation.

  • New cycling magazine Simpson launches this week1 year 10 weeks agoTime to reveal myself as

    Time to reveal myself as Simpson's deputy editor. Thanks for the article, Simon, and for your comments, everyone. Hicksdesign, you're my new best friend Smile Farrell, you won't find Simpson in supermarkets cos we've funded it ourselves and thus have the smallest print run in the history of publishing. We're working on our distribution network now - think bike shops, cafes clubs etc rather than WH Smith - but the first issue will only be available from the website or by coming along to the really-not-all-that-pretentious LMNH on Friday. (Actually I think it'll also be available in Condor Cycles too). Hope to see some of you there. If you make it, come and say hello. I'll be the tall bald bloke wearing a Simpson T-shirt.

  • Oakley Lens Cleaning Kit1 year 10 weeks agowhy not just go to the pound

    why not just go to the pound shop and buy a box of lens wipes?? far cheaper, just as good, and sticking a couple in your jersey takes up no space at all

  • Rapha launch spring/summer 2013 clothing range +videos1 year 10 weeks agobfslxo wrote:boardmanrider

    bfslxo wrote:
    boardmanrider wrote:
    Sweet lord! Why is it that Rapha gets such a hard time over their prices? Their kit, of which I have several pieces, is seriously high quality in terms of fit, attention to detail and style.

    I'll draw the following parallels - nobody gives about the price of any of the deep rim carbon wheelsets you see around. Nobody gives out about the price of high end .

    2nd that boardmanrider Applause 'Assos - Castelli'!!

    All expensive kit but no one ever queries their quality, price yeah.. but once you actually purchase one of their items you never question it again because you see the difference. Rapha/Assos/Castelli they just do not compare to DHB or whoever

    I disagree I think it is more a case of no one likes to admit they spent big cash on a pup..

    I have bought plenty of Rapha kit full price and in the sale that was as good/bad [delete as appropriate] as any other mainstream cycle clothing manufacturer.

    I recently had to return two pairs of fixed shorts, both had serious stitching failures. An early jersey that went from black to purple, a recent jersey due to laddering from the seams, a soft-shell due to seams failing… Other stuff I put up with or sold on the Bay.

    I can't believe I am just unlucky…

  • New cycling magazine Simpson launches this week1 year 10 weeks agoMy mid ride conversations

    My mid ride conversations generally revolve around uni, how much work we have, how we really shouldn't be out with imminent deadlines etc. But then again, riding with a university club does slightly skew my view on this :-P

  • 2013 tour de france EXACT routes for spectators1 year 10 weeks agoThe EXACT route won't be

    The EXACT route won't be released until much nearer the time, though obviously start/finishes etc. are already known and you can guess a lot from that.
    We've been out the last couple of years and based ourselves somewhere where we can get to several stages within an hour or so of driving (last year we saw 5 stages, 4 the year before). As long as you're not too concerned at staying within walking distance of the route, there should be plenty of small hotels/guesthouses etc. available.

  • Surgeons in Scotland debate the helmet issue - do they increase cyclists' safety or not?1 year 10 weeks agoI think all cyclists should

    I think all cyclists should wear a full face motorcycle helmet. You can never be too careful.

  • NOT IMPRESSED1 year 10 weeks agoTheHatter wrote:my preference

    TheHatter wrote:
    my preference would be for races that are televised

    I think prizes should be restricted to races that are on mainstream TV such as Eurosport, Murdoch, ITV, etc., just because it is easier to follow and invest the mental effort in something that is more fun because you can see it. But that's probably already the case - I can't be arsed reading the rules.

    Some of the races so far have been difficult to get coverage of - either geoblocking stops me or the feeds are just so crap, e.g. the Omloop where the blurred and stuttering video gave me a headache.

    But the fact that a lot of these early comps don't really count for anything means it's just extra fun if you can be bothered. I paid the premium just so the road.cc mob could afford to spend the time on running the game, I know I'm never going to win anything because the riders I choose are all treacherous vermin who would rather lose than earn me points.