• Lost cyclist follows sat-nav over Manchester's huge M60 Barton Bridge1 year 2 weeks agoWas it a Garmin? These sat

    Was it a Garmin?

    These sat navs that are supposed to be used on bikes should have the motorways removed from their maps.

  • Strava updates mobile app with an improved activity feed1 year 2 weeks ago@NorthernRouleur http://techc

    @NorthernRouleur

    http://techcrunch.com/2014/03/07/windows-phone-surpasses-blackberry-in-the-us-despite-flat-market-share/

    says it all really, 3% of the US market. Remember most users are US and Strava is US based. Why develop a system for what is basically a tiny number of users?

  • Lost cyclist follows sat-nav over Manchester's huge M60 Barton Bridge1 year 2 weeks agoI don't think this fella was

    I don't think this fella was that lost, I think he's just gone for it, the fact he's taken his feet off the pedals to freewheel is suggesting to me that it was fixed.

    Bet you nobody touches his Strava KOM for that.

  • Lost cyclist follows sat-nav over Manchester's huge M60 Barton Bridge1 year 2 weeks agoYou do have to wonder about

    You do have to wonder about some people Silly

    This also highlights the need for better Cycle sat-nav sites/apps. Google's is not brilliant. When planing routes I use either Cycle Streets or British Cycling's route planner. Both will route you down dual carriageways which I believe to be stupid and poor design. I know cyclists aren't banned from dual carriageways but when you consider most drivers treat them like motorways why would anyone want to cycle along a dual carriageway.

  • Lost cyclist follows sat-nav over Manchester's huge M60 Barton Bridge1 year 2 weeks agoJoselito wrote:Am jealous, to

    Joselito wrote:
    Am jealous, to be honest.

    I'm with you, I'd love to blast over Barton Bridge on a bike.

    I'd also like to do the rope swing those kids rigged up there too.

    I have dodged traffic on the bridge trying to pick up rugby shirts that had blown out the back of the car after we'd set off and drunkenly forgot to close the boot.

  • Women's World Cup - Boels Rental Ronde van Drenthe1 year 2 weeks agoSo you're all just going to

    So you're all just going to ignore my Minge jokes for the rest of the season. OK, I won't get into a flap about it.

  • Cannondale SuperSix Evo 6 105 road bike1 year 2 weeks agoJust wondering, with regards

    Just wondering, with regards to the differences from Evo's higher up the range, are you talking about the Hi-Mod?

    Is this the same frame on the higher spec'd Evo's that aren't Hi-Mod?

  • Enfield, Kingston and Waltham Forest get £30m each to become Mini-Hollands1 year 2 weeks agoSorry folks, my replies

    Sorry folks, my replies didn't tag the people I was replying to. I'm fairly new as a commenter here, so forgive me. For clarity...

    My comment that starts "1. Sorry for delay" is to Northstar's 12th March 2014 - 10:24

    My comment that starts "Not sure exactly what you mean here?" is to benevans 13th March 2014 - 15:38

    My comment that starts "Not sure what you mean by the "reality"?" is fairly obviously to benevans 13th March 2014 - 15:47

    Next time I'll quote!

  • TfL commissioner admits underspend of cycling budget is "an embarrassment"1 year 2 weeks agoJFDI.

    JFDI.

  • A quick look-see at USE1 year 2 weeks agoI almost embarrassed to admit

    I almost embarrassed to admit that I never knew USE were British. Happy to have learned that now.

  • Lost cyclist follows sat-nav over Manchester's huge M60 Barton Bridge1 year 2 weeks agoAm jealous, to be honest.

    Am jealous, to be honest.

  • Enfield, Kingston and Waltham Forest get £30m each to become Mini-Hollands1 year 2 weeks agoNot sure what you mean by the

    Not sure what you mean by the "reality"? Kind of implies some secret squirrel shadowy sinister agenda. And I'm not aware of one, if there is.

    Here's the reality: TfL announce huge pot of cash; council all bid for it; councils try and balance greedy giant eyes for massive pots of cash, awards, sense of doing something good with what will get them sacked, unelected etc.; bid gets fought over between council people who love cycling, council people who love cars, cyclists at campaign, NHS and emergency services people who don't want humps on main roads, police who want other things etc. etc.; bid goes in; council wins bid; all those organisations engage again in massive barney to try and work out exactly what end result will be on the ground; people then construct end result.

    I thought I was clear. But simply put, there was a clear indication from TfL as to what were the realistic limits of what should be bid for, far more than that, though, there are massive pressures on the councils from residents. Council look at comments on FB, local newspaper pieces and what they get back at ward forums, council meetings etc. Waltham Forest council is ruled by Labour, but has significant Lib Dem presence in the middle of the borough and the north of the borough is dominated by Conservatives. The councillors and officers responsible for the bid simply won't put in a bid that would see them dragged through the streets by angry mobs or vapourised at the ballot box (remember - local elections = May).

    If you think there's any council in this country that can afford to go entirely against the wishes of its electorate, you're very naive about political processes. As you'll see if you go on any of the current Waltham Forest or Walthamstow Facebook groups, there's a lot of people giving love for the bid, but also a lot of people deeply angry that we're dragging them out of their cars by force.

    The idea that bidding for cycling provision has no bearing on bus provision, motor capacity provision, pedestrian provision is also naive. I'm very happy to say this bid boldly takes big steps in the right direction on road capacity. It will affect motorists in the borough. But the council can't afford to reduce the borough's roads to gridlock while cyclists amble by. And the bid won't do that.

    So, in short, the bid pushes hard, I believe, against the political boundaries defining it. It is, I believe, bold. It is not perfect. But I genuinely believe it is money well spent rather than pointless frippery that will be a White Elephant. That is, if it gets translated from bid to reality well. What happens next is perhaps the bigger battle and more crucial issue.

    And again, I'd ask you what you're doing to make cycling better in your local area? Rather than snipe from the sidelines at schemes that genuinely are real-world, rather than utopian but unfulfilled visions, get stuck in. Get your hands dirty.

  • Women's World Cup - Boels Rental Ronde van Drenthe1 year 2 weeks agoYeah, Siri is Norwegian and a

    Yeah, Siri is Norwegian and a class act on rollers. Never seen her race though

    http://pelotoncafe.com.au/rider-profile-siri-minge-of-team-hitec-products/

    https://twitter.com/siriminge/status/415837399173066752/photo/1

    She also LOVES bikes https://twitter.com/siriminge/status/402841598469627904/photo/1

    She shoots guns https://twitter.com/siriminge/status/402841598469627904/photo/1

    and if she wasn't so young, I would marry her tomorrow Smile

  • Strava updates mobile app with an improved activity feed1 year 2 weeks agoWrong!! It's 11.3% market

    Wrong!!
    It's 11.3% market share in the UK, 17.0% market share in Italy, 9.6% market share in France and 10.1% market share in the EU5 (all Europe except France, Germany, UK, Spain and Italy).

    Source Kantar: http://www.wpcentral.com/windows-phone-remains-fastest-growing-mobile-os...

    No real excuse for not having a WinPhone version, especially as it's a subset of the .NET interface which would give them apps across the rest of the Windows ecosystem for very little extra work.

  • Lost cyclist follows sat-nav over Manchester's huge M60 Barton Bridge1 year 2 weeks agoThat's a solid piece of

    That's a solid piece of advice, that.

  • Women's World Cup - Boels Rental Ronde van Drenthe1 year 2 weeks agoIf you're struggling to pick

    If you're struggling to pick a team then my top tips would be:

    1 - look at last years result - http://www.procyclingstats.com/race/Ronde_van_Drenthe_2013

    2 - take a look at the results from the most recent races like Molecaten Drentse 8 -
    http://www.procyclingstats.com/race/Drentse_8_2014

    3 - pick Emma Johansson, she's a beast.

    Job done.

  • Women's World Cup - Boels Rental Ronde van Drenthe1 year 2 weeks agoVery Exciting! Nice to

    Very Exciting! Nice to include the womens races.
    Very limited in my knowledge of female cyclists, but happy to learn!
    Should be good!

  • Enfield, Kingston and Waltham Forest get £30m each to become Mini-Hollands1 year 2 weeks agoNot sure exactly what you

    Not sure exactly what you mean here? Is this High Road Leyton at Leyton Station? Or do you mean a different slide? If so, do you mean with Maud Road junction? It's a zebra crossing there? Don't know if they're legally allowed to run a cycle lane through a zebra?!

    Either way, please understand the drawings particularly in the bid were a rush job (see the Whipps X spaghetti tangle particularly). Things will change still a lot. And the Leyton station bridge is certainly one area we're not happy with the plan - and the council know that.

  • Just in: B'Twin Triban 500 SE1 year 2 weeks agoThe headset clamp is

    The headset clamp is brilliant, makes switching out stems a faster job, but also works well if your puting the bike in a small car, just take the bars of the fork and dont worry about it all falling apart.

    I....if I havent said it 1000 times... think BTWIN are realy putting out some decent bikes for the price, but the frames are brilliant, even after the groupset falls apart you have a decent frame for a sexy 105 groupo.

    I did about 3000 miles on my T3 before I changed the drive train, and that want out of necessity, its now on an old bommer and going fairly strong for what it is

  • Video: 5.45 Rouleur - riding in London as you seldom see it1 year 2 weeks agoRecommend you watch that

    Recommend you watch that 'Boy' film that won the BA prize at London 2012 if you want to see how to do a short film about cycling that feels fresh rather than derivative...

    Admittedly not everyone has the budget to hire Tim Spall but still: http://www.selectism.com/2012/04/11/watch-boy-london-olympics-short-film/

  • Enfield, Kingston and Waltham Forest get £30m each to become Mini-Hollands1 year 2 weeks ago1. Sorry for delay, been a

    1. Sorry for delay, been a bit busy here and I didn't realise I wasn't getting notifications from road.cc

    2. "It's a load of rubbish, why did you put your name to it? (assuming you did?)"

    Well, chap, you're going to have to be a bit more specific on what bits are "rubbish" for me to get a handle on what you're after.

    It's not *my* bid, so my name isn't on it. It's the council's bid. But I, as Council Liaison for Waltham Forest CC, was one of the people who've been most involved in back-and-forth negotiations on the bid. And WFCycling (as we're also known) officially "endorsed" the bid. So, I guess you could say I put my name to it.

    Why? Because I genuinely believe it's a massive, huge leap forward in attitude and action from a council who was already moving in the right direction on cycling. Because I believe it's better to get 30million spent on a good bid than some of the rubbish bid that were put in. Because I believe the bid was one of the more visionary and serious bids put in - and was at the very limit of what a) local residents who aren't cyclists will accept without Walthamstow devolving into a political warzone, b) what TfL indicated to the boroughs was actually deliverable and c) represents actually good money spent on good stuff. You don't agree, I'm inferring.

    3. "How many deaths have happened whilst the ctc and lcc and other cycling organisations have stood around and watched it happened making quiet noises but not enough to rock the boat properly because you'd lose your funding from tfl etc?"

    I have no idea how many deaths have happened, or the timeframe you'd count as being the time those orgs have "stood around". But really? I mean really?

    You don't want a "political answer", so how's this? F-you. I haven't ever "stood around" or made "quiet noises" about anything. Anyone who knows me will be ROFLing at that one. So how dare you characterise someone you have no idea about at all and lump me in with organisations I have, at best, tangential relationships with. That's like, I don't know, drivers calling all cyclists red light jumpers! I'd also add, how on earth do you get through life with such a rude, dismissive and uninformed attitude about those around you?

    To calm down from that slightly, and give you a more political answer, WFCycling is a part, but independent part of LCC - that's the way LCC is set up. It's not affiliated to CTC. I don't see eye to eye with either org on everything. And I'm certainly much happier with LCC since its last AGM and motions that properly, finally embrace all-ages, all-abilities cycling, segregated measures etc. I have for many years, in my volunteering work at WFCycling fought for Dutch-style measures, and been very loud and forthright about the issues we face. I have had a fractious and difficult relationship with councillors and engineers. But I kept up those relationships because I believe it's good to engage, be clear, but polite and hopefully change minds than just carp from the sidelines.

    In return, I'll ask you - what are you doing to make cycling better for everyone? And no, flaming people on forums doesn't count...

  • Just in: B'Twin Triban 500 SE1 year 2 weeks agoGive that chainset and gears

    Give that chainset and gears a good hammering, then look forward to the report!

  • Just in: B'Twin Triban 500 SE1 year 2 weeks agoI have a T5 (Sora) which has

    I have a T5 (Sora) which has the same clamp on the stem.
    As far as I can see it essentially does the same thing as a well fitted stem (and as such is surplus to requirements). Probably a belt and braces approach.
    Got to also say I love the T5. Great bike and it's fantastic value.

  • Just in: Orbea Avant M10D with Shimano Ultegra Di2 and hydraulic disc brakes1 year 2 weeks agoPretty sure it's Or-BAY-ah...

    Pretty sure it's Or-BAY-ah...

  • MöBIUS Cycling launch 236g Infinity pedal on Kickstarter + video1 year 2 weeks agobe good to get the road cc

    be good to get the road cc test team to try them out. lots of opinion on surface area, clear wear etc, but lets see how they fair. its great to see some innovate design, saving 200 grams of your pedals might excite a lot of people.