• Feel the pain of overweight cyclists1 year 1 week agoI'm at the other end of the

    I'm at the other end of the spectrum at 55kg but the same thing holds true, try to keep your cadence at least around 60 rpm instead of trying to grind your way up to the top. You'll build up your cardio as well as your quads and glutes but you won't hit that painful lactic acid threshold as quickly. Over time you'll lose weight (fat) and gain muscle so the hills will still be hard but you'll be doing them faster! Hills take a toll of everyone even us lightweights. As they say, it never gets easier, it just gets faster Wink If you find you're in your lowest gear but still grinding away at a low cadence, try to find a used (or new if you can afford it) cassette with 30 to 32 or at least 28 teeth on the cog (11-32 or 12-32 depending on what speed your chain set is). Having that additional low gear really helps physically and mentally (just knowing it's there to drop down to if you're having a bit of a slog that day).

    In terms of actually climbing, I've found that I do best when I start out slowly at the base, whatever speed I need to maintain my cadence while not feeling that I'm really burning through my legs and then as I gain a rhythm, breathing smooths out and I'm spinning smoothly, I'll increase my speed around 1/3 to 1/2 way up the climb. Starting out too fast at the beginning of a climb almost always results in me having an overall slower time (you end up slowing down as you climb instead of being able to maintain or increase your pace) and feeling crappy when I get to the top as I've burned through my legs (O2 and energy) too quickly and have filled them with lactic acid.

    Welcome to the joys of climbing and don't forget to have fun (cuz why else would we dress up in Lycra in our free time Big Grin )

  • Three cyclists hospitalised in hit-and-run on Kent A2 — police appeal1 year 1 week agogavben wrote:Murder can be

    gavben wrote:
    Murder can be committed by action or inaction. If the driver caused serious injury, and deliberately left without providing any assistance, causing the victim to die, that could be prosecuted as murder. As such, leaving the scene of an accident, knowing you are likely to have caused serious injury and failing to help or call for assistance could reasonably be considered attempted murder.

    Really? In the UK? Murder implies malice aforethought, otherwise you're talking about manslaughter.

  • Aftershokz Bluez 2 Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones1 year 1 week ago@timboid Generally speaking,

    @timboid
    Generally speaking, yes. Do you have any in-ear pre-earbud headphones, like the old cheap ones Apple used to release with the iPod?

    They sound a bit louder than those when they're at their highest volume. So, I'd say they're a bit more intrusive than your run-of-the-mill modern earbuds.

    That said, I rarely listen to them at full whack in quiet environments. I wear them to stay connected to the world around me, not to drown it out.

    No one in the road.cc office has complained, so far. They might just be too polite, though.

  • Aftershokz Bluez 2 Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones1 year 1 week ago@timboid Generally speaking,

    @timboid
    Generally speaking, yes. Do you have any in-ear pre-earbud headphones, like the old cheap ones Apple used to release with the iPod?

    They sound a bit louder than those when they're at their highest volume. So, I'd say they're a bit more intrusive than your run-of-the-mill modern earbuds.

    That said, I rarely listen to them at full whack in quiet environments. I wear them to stay connected to the world around me, not to drown it out.

    No one in the road.cc office has complained, so far. They might just be too polite, though.

  • Aftershokz Bluez 2 Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones1 year 1 week agoSilly question but can other

    Silly question but can other people hear the output if it's playing at a reasonable volume? In other words, if you were playing music through them, and assuming you were sitting in a fairly quiet room, would other people get annoyed at the typical tinny high-hat and cymbals you hear from those teenagers wearing their iPhone/iPod 'phones that don't know how to use the volume control?

  • Cyclists' Defence Fund appeals for help for cyclist fined for riding round a phone box1 year 1 week agoPhone Box Phone Box; COME

    Phone Box Phone Box;
    COME COME
    CALM DOWN CALM DOWN
    EASY EASY

  • Showers Pass VelEau hydration system1 year 1 week agoIf you're so thirsty you

    If you're so thirsty you would consider this and not a hydration pack, get a fork with bottle cage mounts. Add those to two in the triangle, two more on the bars, and two butt rockets, and you're ready to fill a swimming pool. http://www.diddephoto.com/Nature/Fargo/20101016Fargo055/1050718252_yA7PQ...

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins says he's unlikely to ride Tour de France again1 year 1 week agoMaybe the organisers will let

    Maybe the organisers will let him just do the one and a half laps in Roubaix velodrome?

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins says he's unlikely to ride Tour de France again1 year 1 week agoThe headline is

    The headline is incorrect.

    Bradley said he is finished with Grand Tours, not road racing as such.

    I think he does not have the motivation or desire to put himself through the training mill again for a big Tour. He has won the Tour de France, nothing more to prove or achieve.

    I would like to see him tackle some road classics, Paris-Roubaix seems to be his favourite. Maybe even a crack at the World Champs Road race and/or time trial.

    As for the track, he could do very well out of the track in the next year or so with Worlds, Olympic and Hour record goals.

    Add to the mix the Tour of Yorkshire, Tour of California, Tour of Britain, and Bradley has lots of targets to aim for if he wishes.

    He is clearly enjoying being back at home with family and just training locally down the road at the track in Manchester.

    Peter Kennaugh is our next big Tour winner, I think he has what it takes to win on the road.

  • Hampshire cyclist recovers stolen bike after spotting it on eBay1 year 1 week agoHow many of us actually

    How many of us actually insist on proof on ownership when buying stuff though?

    I tend to ask now (and insist on it for bigger purchase like whole bikes), due to personal experience of having stuff stolen, but like most of us don't always remember to ask when buying and often don't keep receipts etc to show when selling. A couple of sellers have even asked if I'm joking "why do you think it's cheap?", or just hung up, but that's not enough to prove anything unfortunately. When I'm selling, I list the fact that I have receipts in the advert in the vain hope it'll make people think about it.

    There wouldn't be a market for stolen stuff if we all checked.

    Try it next time you're buying and selling...

  • TDF - Stage 191 year 1 week agoKittel should have 1 point,

    Kittel should have 1 point, not 0

  • Southwark can’t impose speed limits on cyclists, says CTC1 year 1 week agoWhoops. I meant point. You

    Whoops. I meant point.

    You are right about how pedestrians can be protected by some forms of car front design - in fact most are designed to be "pedestrian-friendly". However, if a car is taking up more width, then maybe there is more danger because there is more surface to hit the pedestrian in the first place.

    Basically, I think a 21 mph cyclist poses less threat to a pedestrian than a 21 mph motor vehicle - and also pedestrians can pose a threat to cyclists that they don't to motor vehicle occupants.

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins says he's unlikely to ride Tour de France again1 year 1 week agoHe may not be impressed

    He may not be impressed getting a silver medal but there are a hell of a lot of people who would be, so he has gone down in my estimation with his very quick removal of the medal.

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins the great.......?1 year 1 week agoJoint decision by Wiggins and

    Joint decision by Wiggins and Sky management perhaps ?

    He will be on mega bucks and having him off the payroll will release funds for the likes of Bardet, who Brailsford has made no secret of liking a lot, Pinot, Majka or Kwiatkowski. All young uns who will add to the team.

  • Phil 'N Paul Bingo1 year 1 week agoA few days ago they called

    A few days ago they called the current polka-dot wearer Majkcek, which sounded like Mike Check.

    Also:
    "All these roundabouts will help the breakaway riders of course"
    "On this descent he'll be approaching speeds of around 100km/h" (always the same number regardless of rider's actual speed)
    "By the look on his face he's really starting to suffer" (moments after "he's looking so strong today, I think he might just take this stage")

    And of course, the perennial classic:
    "This is a man who just loves to ride his bike" (about anyone)

  • Thoughts on going tubeless?1 year 1 week agoRichie Bikelane wrote:the

    Richie Bikelane wrote:
    the dreaded 'Bindy", not the obnoxious daughter of idiot wildlife pest Steve Irwin

    Thanks for that, it made my day! Laughing
    (five months later)

  • Southwark backs down on 20mph cycling limit1 year 1 week agoAs bikes are not legaly

    As bikes are not legaly required to carry computers/speedometer.... how is anyone on a bike supposed to tell how fast they are going???
    I believe I heard of a case some years ago where a cyclist had broken the speed limit with a computer fitted! but the judge threw it out beacause its pretty ridiculas to impose such a precedent on a machine that is not required to tell you what speed you are going.

    So called 'Dangerous cycling' is just an opinion that is almost impossible to proove from observation... eg I can ride considerably faster than my Mum and still remain safe because I have the skill... Peter Sagan could ride much faster than me & remain safe for the same reason.

    very wierd proposal imo Silly

  • Video: Colnago shows how it puts a C60 frame together1 year 1 week agoTrue enough. Speaking of

    True enough. Speaking of which, I think the Oltre is a better-looking bike than the C60. It's just a pity that I don't have the dedication, money, or ability to justify one.

  • Southwark can’t impose speed limits on cyclists, says CTC1 year 1 week agoChairRDRF wrote:There is a

    ChairRDRF wrote:
    There is a fundamental difference between a bicyclist going at more than 20 mph and a motorist going at more than 20 mph: the different mass of cyclist plus bicycle on the one hand, and a motor vehicle on the other, mean that there is radically different amounts of potential kinetic energy released on impact. So the plus 20 mph cyclist poses far less of a threat than the plus 20 mph driver.

    Interesting physics, if physics could ever be considered interesting that is. You're right, the mass of a car at 21mph is greater than that of a cyclist, therefore the kinetic energy is greater, as you state. But on impact with a pedestrian, for example, the impact is spread over a greater area in the case of the car. The victim may also roll onto the bonnet of the car, which will absorb some of the force of impact (OK, that won't work with a truck!) I think it's likely that more deaths would result from motor vehicles, but a sprightly cycle could still cause serious injury (or death to a child or the aged).

    ChairRDRF wrote:
    There certainly is an important pint missing here

    You're absolutely correct there. And I think I'll go an get one now! Smile

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins says he's unlikely to ride Tour de France again1 year 1 week agopastaman wrote:6 weeks prep

    pastaman wrote:
    6 weeks prep after 6 years apart - whatever happened to 'marginal gains'!?!?

    That's the point - this is the start of a program of gains, some marginal, some not. What we can take from that is that they don't take the Commonwealth games all that seriously.

  • Earphones on cyclists: Yea or Nay?1 year 1 week agoI often listen to an audio

    I often listen to an audio book in my left ear - is that any different to chatting on a ride. OK, maybe a little - but you can listen to other things and still hear other traffic.

    Loud music I would say no, since I want to hear cyclists if they want to warn me they are passing.

    Not noise cancelling earphones, obviously, but I reckon I am more alert when I am not completely bored on a very long ride.

  • Thoughts on going tubeless?1 year 1 week agoNot something i've ever

    Not something i've ever considered but having read this thread and watched a couple of videos of tyres being fitted i've now realised my assumptions have been completely wrong! Surprise
    I thought tubeless tyres were like big hollow rubber hoops and the sealent you used to glue them to your wheels.
    Was doing my head in trying to work out how someone put a tube in one. At Wits End

  • Not sure if worth reporting to Company, never happened to me before? (Video)1 year 1 week agobashthebox wrote: I'd be

    bashthebox wrote:

    I'd be fairly certain they would dismiss it as being nothing to get too excited about. It's normalised driver behaviour, i guess.

    Which is precisely why it needs to be highlighted as unacceptable more often. It's the only way this is ever going to change.

  • Feel the pain of overweight cyclists1 year 1 week agoYou can do it! Just keep

    You can do it! Just keep thrashing yourself, and as others have said I bet there's little naughty things in your diet you can cut out/cut right down on. Crisps, perhaps? That last pint of the evening? Mid morning snack?

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins says he's unlikely to ride Tour de France again1 year 1 week agois he going to walk the road

    is he going to walk the road bits between the cobbled sections in PR?