• New Forest NIMBYs melt down (again) as two cycling events planned for same weekend1 year 1 week agoSurprised that it is safe to

    Surprised that it is safe to have a Sportive in the New Forest, with all the toys and dummies that have been thrown out the pram by some of the locals.
    Having lived near the New Forest for a number of years the biggest threat to the precious ponies is the local's bombing around the place in their cars. When will these idiots learn that they do not own the roads we all do and anyone can use them as the are PUBLIC roads.
    There again the horsey community seem to have a bit of an issue near we're I now live. I was considering getting them stickers for their oversized vehicles they don't seem to have the ability to drive "I slow down for horses and expect everyone else too but I don't bother my ar$e for other vulnerable road users"
    RANT OVER Day Dreaming

  • Defeated by Blaze Hill, gears for 25% incline1 year 1 week agoI run 40 x28 and weigh about

    I run 40 x28 and weigh about 14 stone, 50 yards of anything more than 15 % and I'm well into the red.

  • TdF stage 121 year 1 week agoA poor day made average by

    A poor day made average by Florian Vachon deciding to get in the break and score some points. And I was *this* close to swapping him out for Visconti!

    Four changes for tomorrow, all the obvious picks. I reckon there are a three or four guys outside of GC contention that could well go for a stage win tomorrow, but I'm playing it safe (and hopefully won't have to make any changes for Alps pt. 2 either).

  • Best Sealant for Tubulars?1 year 1 week agoI use caffelatex, it does

    I use caffelatex, it does work.

    Get the wee bottle of ZOT for your pocket as well, it allows curing in bigger holes.

    Saved my ass a few times, though I do keep an old tub and glue in my pocket too in case I egr a carcass split.

  • Internal Rounting?1 year 1 week agoYup, anybody who's installed

    Yup, anybody who's installed it knows it's infernal routing!

  • New Forest NIMBYs melt down (again) as two cycling events planned for same weekend1 year 1 week agobikeboy76 wrote:Why don't

    bikeboy76 wrote:
    Why don't they round the ponies up in a field? Crazy idea I know.

    The ponies are all wild and, due to ancient local laws, essentially have the run of the entire Forest, meaning they're not confined to particular fields.

  • Half of Tour de France winners say Lance Armstrong should get his seven titles back1 year 1 week agoYes ,drugs have no place in

    Yes ,drugs have no place in our sport .
    No matter what you think ,or say , he did drugs ,but he still got over the mountains and hills and route before anyone else who were allegedly on drugs .Period.
    If your not first your last .

  • Internal Rounting?1 year 1 week agoI've got a Vittoria Corsa

    I've got a Vittoria Corsa that claims to be for "tulular" use only.

  • Government to consider doubling penalty points for drivers caught on phone1 year 1 week agoMatt eaton wrote:I don't

    Matt eaton wrote:
    I don't think it's a case of 'managing' without the phone but it's become an expectation that people are contactable. It's particuarally relevant in my example of the self-employed builder where missing a call could resulting in them losing out on business/work.

    Having been trying to corral various self-employed tradespeople I can assure you most of 'em hereabouts ain't hangin' on the telephone waiting for your call.

    Quote:
    In other lines of work it's often an unwritten expectation for staff to be contactable on the phone whilst travelling. I fear that many people also attend to emails etc. whilst driving and that this is becoming more widely accecpted/expected. In high-presure jobs where time is valuable it's easy to see why people use technolgy to be productive whilst driving. It's no justification but I can understand the motivation.

    Can't they just turn their phone off when driving and tell their boss they are doing so? Boss has a duty of care, and expecting folk to deal with calls and email whilst driving is failing in it.

  • Government to consider doubling penalty points for drivers caught on phone1 year 1 week agoSimmo72 wrote:What is the

    Simmo72 wrote:
    What is the definitions of using a mobile phone?

    For instance could you be prosecuted under this proposed change for using a media app to change tracks played through your car stereo? Why is this different to changing tracks or stations on the stereo itself?

    Or if you used the sat nav app, why would this be different from using a dedicated gps device. All of these require you to take your eyes off the main focus - staying on the road and not killing anyone.

    In both cases using the mobile could actually be safer than using the device as you can position where you want, not in the middle of the car below windscreen level.

    The law should be about careless driving, regardless of the cause

    Exactly. Well put.

  • New Forest NIMBYs melt down (again) as two cycling events planned for same weekend1 year 1 week agoYou have got to laugh really.

    You have got to laugh really.

  • New Forest NIMBYs melt down (again) as two cycling events planned for same weekend1 year 1 week agoIt's a real shame that

    It's a real shame that there's this vociferous and entirely unwarranted opposition to cycling events, as the New Forest really is a decent place to ride. I've used the 100 sportive route as the base of my last couple of rides and it really does take in the best of what the Forest has to offer.

    Would hate to see people not take part in the events, and more importantly not then return to the Forest at other times too, just because of the ill-informed views of a very small, but admittedly very vocal minority.

    Besides, as was mentioned above, surely it's a good thing that the two events are held on the same weekend as the disruption is presumably less as against holding them on separate weekends?

    Alternatively, run the events midweek when most of the so-called locals will actually be up in their London boltholes...

  • Your photos from the Tour de France1 year 1 week agoOh my god another Cav basher

    Oh my god another Cav basher .He cycles .he wins he does it for a living .crashes .injured .gets up rides .SMACKS OF HERO To me .LEGEND !!!!!
    Are you Suarez in disguise . Cool Cool

  • New Forest NIMBYs melt down (again) as two cycling events planned for same weekend1 year 1 week agoWhy don't they round the

    Why don't they round the ponies up in a field? Crazy idea I know.

  • Team Sky's Jonathan Tiernan Locke gets 2 year ban for biological passport irregularities1 year 1 week agoMercuryOne wrote:Absolutely.

    MercuryOne wrote:
    Absolutely. Let's deal with the real story here - flags... Zzzzzz
    Why not? Seems not too many people are surprised about JTL. His performances in 2013 blew no one away and got the questions started, no one was surprised.

  • Transporting my new lightweight carbon toy1 year 1 week agoPauldmorgan wrote: +1 - I

    Pauldmorgan wrote:

    +1 - I have a similar style Thule one on my camper (although not tow ball mounted). I have the clamp on the seat post. When I use my carbon bike I put an cheap aluminium seat post in there just for transportation.

    Aargh! Silly carbon seat mast! Still... it's going to be tougher than the down tube (I hope!)

  • Defeated by Blaze Hill, gears for 25% incline1 year 1 week ago25% in dartmoor not bad, weve

    Wink 25% in dartmoor not bad, weve got some real brutes in the peak district winnets pass and the pyms chair that hits 28% in parts but of course us northeners are real men and do it on a 53, 39, Love Struck

  • Transporting my new lightweight carbon toy1 year 1 week agomikeakelly wrote:If you're

    mikeakelly wrote:
    If you're serious about looking after your bike(s) - just get one of these:

    http://www.thule.com/en/gb/products/carriers-and-racks/bike-carriers/tow...

    It fits 3 bikes with total security (4 with an extension), is rock solid and doesn't seem to hit my mpg much. Not cheap, but the only type I've used that really does the job.

    +1 - I have a similar style Thule one on my camper (although not tow ball mounted). I have the clamp on the seat post. When I use my carbon bike I put an cheap aluminium seat post in there just for transportation.

    I reckon that if you put a long aluminium seat post in and dropped it all the way down you'd also be safe clamping the seat tube as it's supported from inside and so can't deform. I've not tried that though.

  • Bridge Street Saddlebag - Medium1 year 1 week agoThat looks neat. The Xootr

    That looks neat.

    The Xootr Crossrack is another option - similar concept (it clamps onto the seatpost) but a bit more robust and can take a full pannier. Mrs Fegg has just got one for her folder and I'm sorely tempted to follow.

  • Bridge Street Saddlebag - Medium1 year 1 week agoI had the large bag with the

    I had the large bag with the extended mount and found when out of the saddle ( and admitantly fully loaded ) it unbalanced the back of the bike. The beauty of the design though is brilliantly simple and dead easy to remove when you get where you want to go.

  • Government to consider doubling penalty points for drivers caught on phone1 year 1 week agoMatt eaton wrote:I don't

    Matt eaton wrote:
    I don't think it's a case of 'managing' without the phone but it's become an expectation that people are contactable. It's particuarally relevant in my example of the self-employed builder where missing a call could resulting in them losing out on business/work.

    In other lines of work it's often an unwritten expectation for staff to be contactable on the phone whilst travelling. I fear that many people also attend to emails etc. whilst driving and that this is becoming more widely accecpted/expected. In high-presure jobs where time is valuable it's easy to see why people use technolgy to be productive whilst driving. It's no justification but I can understand the motivation.

    As with cars themselves, no sooner is something invented than it rapidly becomes compulsory. Furthermore, any rule-bending that can be gotten away with will also become compulsory because if you don't do it those you compete with will.

    Invention is the mother of necessity.

  • Bridge Street Saddlebag - Medium1 year 1 week agoI'd be careful about fixing

    I'd be careful about fixing supports on to a carbon fibre seat pin. That's probably why they give a 5kg limit.

    At the very least make sure that the surface of the seat pin is not scored by the metal band on the mount.

  • Government to consider doubling penalty points for drivers caught on phone1 year 1 week agoSimmo72 wrote:What is the

    Simmo72 wrote:
    What is the definitions of using a mobile phone?

    If you used the sat nav app, why would this be different from using a dedicated gps device. All of these require you to take your eyes off the main focus - staying on the road and not killing anyone.

    In both cases using the mobile could actually be safer than using the device as you can position where you want, not in the middle of the car below windscreen level.

    The law should be about careless driving, regardless of the cause

    I agree with you the law should etc, but disagree with you Re sat navs as far as I am concerned sat nav screens should go blank as soon as the vehicle moves and voice commands/prompts used, if you wish to change destination pull over and park (there was a very tragic (and avoidable) fatality on the Twyford by-pass due to someone fiddling with the sat-nav instead of looking where they were going)

    but as others have said enforcement will be needed otherwise it's meaningless.

  • Video: Russian cyclist walks away after being run over by skip lorry1 year 1 week ago"Police say they are

    "Police say they are considering charges against the driver"
    even given the incredibly clear evidence of dangerous driving? Sounds like they care as much as in UK.
    She was lucky the truck was empty.

  • Kona launch Esatto disc-equipped endurance road bike1 year 1 week agoI'm waiting for the new wheel

    I'm waiting for the new wheel size.