• Never mind the Dutch and Danes - it's following the German example that could Get Britain Cycling1 year 12 weeks agoSo colognejon, am I gone see

    So colognejon, am I gone see you on Friday at the critical mass? I think 5:30 pm

    Regards,

    Dr. Ko

  • Team Madison Genesis’ steel Genesis Volare1 year 12 weeks agothereandbackagain

    thereandbackagain wrote:

    Sounds like a small thing, but IMO Condor's Super Acciacio looks way smarter as a result.

    Agreed. But they have been making theirs for Rapha-Condor riders since 2010? They have had time to refine it.

    What fork is in the Genesis. Some riders had a curved Easton fork and others had a straight fork?

  • Never mind the Dutch and Danes - it's following the German example that could Get Britain Cycling1 year 12 weeks agoAs my user name suggests, I

    As my user name suggests, I live in Cologne and I can agree with Dr. Ko about some German cities being better with cycling provision.

    Cologne isn't the best by any stretch and is terrible if you are on a road bike, but it reasonably OK for 'normal' bikes. And this brings me to onto one of the problems I see with cycling in the UK - the type of bike for 'normal' use.

    Here in Germany almost every bike for everyday use has a decent and bright dynamo lights (that don't just go out when you stop), mud guards and a rack with straps. They are sturdy beasts and tend to be just the ticket for getting around town and going to use a bike for everyday needs.

    Bikes like that just aren't sold en mass in the UK. Why? Unfashionable? No idea? But not having these features as standard will make it harder for people to get into cycling as part of their everyday life. I know that people could add these things to bikes, but they should be standard in places like Halfords and the mass market.

    Here people cycling around in all weathers because they are going to be covered in spray. They aren't going to forget their lights because they are screwed to the bike. And they can carry lots of stuff on the back or in a basket. An attitude shift in the bikes themselves will help almost as much as infrastructure.

  • First look: Giant Propel Advanced SL & Envie aero road bikes +video1 year 12 weeks agoIts a cracking looking bike,

    Its a cracking looking bike, first big problem for me is I always fall between Giants somewhat limited sizing and 2, my guess is the price will be more than I have to spend.

    Aero on a road bike is so subjective. The human body creates 7 times the drag of the bike (apparently). Thus for us average riders, or even a pro rider, if you change your position once in 40km, or draft anyone, or any other normal change of position etc my guess is this is all baloney. That said, if you are 25 miles out and attack, this could be your huckleberry, just dont sit up! Id like one though, noice boik Smile

    A 2013 Giant TCR Advanced SL 0 with electronic DA is £6999, cant see this being any cheaper Surprise

  • WADA chief slams Operacion Puerto trial's focus on cycling1 year 12 weeks agoI know it is wrong to want

    I know it is wrong to want other sports to be dragged through the mud, but I have had so much negative comment directed at me because of that knob-head; it would be nice to say,"I told you so". Having several football supporters telling me that EPO is no good for footballers is wearing thin. They do not even seem to realise that EPO is just one of many substances used. Hopefully this f****r will be hung out to dry along with ALL his 'customers' Devil I have even read on the internet that it is not the football players fault if they are given dodgy stuff by their club Thinking

  • Court that handed down £35 fine for collision that killed cyclist decides on £110 fine for hitting parked car1 year 12 weeks agoOldRidgeback

    OldRidgeback wrote:
    lokikontroll wrote:
    OldRidgeback wrote:
    lokikontroll wrote:
    Perhaps you'd care to outline what comments of mine you found offensive (apart from my referring to you as "a little englander")?

    I likewise find your posts offensive and maintain that it was you who were not prepared to accept my opinions in good faith.

    There were a couple of points that you made that I accepted. You made no concession...only offering a blind, nationalistic defense of England.

    I take particular issue with your slander about child abuse cases in Belgium and Austria; and therefore not wanting to raise your children in either of these countries. This is of course what you were getting at and it's repugnant.

    Again, I find in hard to believe that my mild rebuke in calling you a "little englander" has really offended you.

    However, if you are sincere, then I apologize for using that choice of wording but your attempts in "defending" the UK through false statistics, ill-informed comparisons with our european neighbors in order to bolster your assertions does this country no good.

    One should be free to be critical of their country without being thought of as a lesser patriot.

    I still dont believe that you have no connection with Farrely Media though.

    All of this is a direct insult:

    "OldRidgeback, you sound like a little Englander with your weak, ill informed defense. Your soft bigotry of low expectations for British people only ensures to keep the UK as a low performing european country. "

    I made my points and disagreed with you, but at no point was I insulting or offensive.

    Oh boy here we go. And I thought this was over.

    Yes you were offensive, and yes your words were xenophobic and nationalistic. I disagreed with your rebuttal and you couldn't handle it. So I guess theres no room for debate with you is there? Once you say something that must be the end of it, correct? Only you can have the last word on an issue.

    You alluded to two european countries (Belgium & Austria) as having paedophelia problems such that you would not raise children there. You made very few valid points but instead chose to make up stories about education in the UK and Germany that you know nothing about; all in order to lend support to your tenuous assertions.

    If I am not mistaken you've also claimed in the past that London/England cannot possibly have Dutch/Danish style cycle lanes because the streets are too narrow. Again, low expectations of UK apparently.

    And since you claimed to be so very offended after I called you a "little englander" I apologised. And yet here you are continuing this nonsense.

    Me too Loki and I do find that name ironic - you asked a question so I gave you an answer, which you didn’t like. You’ve called me a little englander (sic) and now you’ve called me a xenophobe and a liar as well.

    You are right about one thing only, that I spend too much time in here.

    I’m curious now what makes you tick, but not that curious.

    I've got a question for you now -

    What's the difference between a chicken?

    Carry on without me.

    Have a nice life.

    I never asked you a question so I don't know what or who you think you were answering.

    You chose to jump in and take issue with one of my posts using xenophobia, nationalist sentiment, arrogance and a fair bit of lying. Considering the importance of the subject matter at hand I chose not to let this pass.

    What compels you to constantly one-up people on this website with your "statistics" or opinions?

    The data isn't ultimately important anyway. As far as I am concerned the importance is in the interpretation and then following that how one chooses to act. I simply care deeply about the safety of cyclists in the UK (as I am sure you do as well).

    Now though you post again in my direction and are being deliberately provocative. I apologized for hurting your feelings and thought I made clear that I feel this thread should end.

    You refuse to respect that and wont leave things alone. I find that not only are you a smug xenophobe but a bit of a bore as well.

    Thanks for wishing me a nice life. This feels about as sincere as your claim to being offended by my calling you "a little Englander".

  • Taxi driver fined £35 with 3 points on his licence after cyclist killed in collision1 year 12 weeks agoMartin Porter has written

    Martin Porter has written about this in his blog. There's a comment that appears to be from the victim's mum, and one from his aunt.

    http://thecyclingsilk.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/update-from-court-cps-v-bha...

    to quote the comment

    The fact that the driver has not been able to drive since and has issued a statement of remorse to the family is all the justice we need to try to put this horrible aspect behind us, and for friends and family to continue in our private grief for our precious Tom. If others wish to continue to push for a change in legal processes, that is for them to do and is fine. But our loss is not helped at all by persuing a higher fine or penalty.

    This seems to be a recurring theme, the relatives accepting the courts results, which have provoked outrage in others. To me the problem seems bigger than the family of the victim though. By issuing leniant punishment, the court has failed in its duty to discourage wrong doing (and hitting a cyclist while driving a vehicle *is* wrong, no matter whether you intended it or not).

    The court should send a message that hitting vulnerable road users is serious and if drivers don't take the necessary care, then they will be punished severely. In this case the court did not send that message and the relatives are in no moral position to forgive and forget. The mother's loss is tragic and although her son can't be hurt any more, there are thousands of other cyclists who can and will be victims of careless driving in the future.

    Finally, I'd like to make it clear now that if anyone kills me while I'm on my bike then I'd like the courts to take them to the fucking cleaners - max sentence and then hounded by the press when they get out, none of this 'prison sentence not in the public interest' bollocks - I'd want the book thrown at them, followed by the printing press and the print works, brick by brick.

  • Never mind the Dutch and Danes - it's following the German example that could Get Britain Cycling1 year 12 weeks agohttp://innercitymobility.blog

    http://innercitymobility.blogspot.de/2011/08/getting-around-berlin-cycli...

    Like in all German cities, some quarters are fine, some are rubbish. Some roads feature cobbles and tracks at the same time - both no good for a race bike! Sad

    Berlin or Copenhagen? Copenhagen, no question.

    Why? I think Germans are good in making up numbers: Set up a sign, spill some paint and claim it a cycle path! While Copenhagen really did/does build infrastructure!

    So maybe the British Goverment would also rather like to tune number than spending money. There is nothing wrong in motivating people, but it should not be an excuse to do nothing yourself.

    Me? I'll prepare myself for the Critical Mass on Friday. (Riding sooo slow I got cold the last time.)

    Dr. Ko

  • Geraint Thomas wins Stage 2 to take lead in Santos Tour Down Under1 year 12 weeks agobelgravedave wrote:bikeandy61

    belgravedave wrote:
    bikeandy61 wrote:
    Or being paid to use a product that he may have not much faith in but a pay cheque is a pay cheque. Are you happy with everything that you do at work every day of the week? And to be fair anyone daft enough to buy that sort of c£$p doesn't deserve a lot of sympathy IMHO.

    And a snake oil salesman is a snake oil salesman.
    At work I don't knowingly sell a product that doesn't work because,
    a) That would be morally wrong
    b) I think it's called deception and that is illegal.
    As for being daft to buy the product on that we agree, so he's basically conning vulnerable people, nice.
    If you disagree with the above google magnetic wristbands and Australian government.

    Tried that and got an article from road.cc - leaders in exposing pseudoscience. But that was referring to hologram wristbands, not the pukka magnetic ones that our G endorses Big Grin

  • WorldTour Team Bikes 2013: Ag2r La Mondiale's Focus Izalco Team SL Carbon1 year 12 weeks agoIt's a very nice looking

    It's a very nice looking bike, but I'm personally going on a buyer's strike this time around: I'm no longer going to hand over my money to companies that pay wads of cash to cheaters. So Specialized is out = Vinokourov, Trek is out = Armstrong, Focus is out = previously Pozzato and Katusha, Canyon is out = the whole current team at Katusha, etc, etc. Sponsoring those teams costs a huge amount so you pay for the adverts and the wages, and not the better quality bike. I currently have a BMC ( = Hincapie, Landis, Hamilton etc), but as soon as that has snapped in half I'm going to buy a Kinesis or a Brian Rourke or something. Vote with your feet and wallets and the cynical marketing men, who no doubt knew and stood by as their sponsored athletes cheated their way to victories and aided increased bike sales, and these companies will soon stop colluding with the devil. Sorry Cav, you are a good guy, but I ain't buying a Spaecialized.

  • How to increase balance1 year 12 weeks agome too

    me too Smile

  • How to increase balance1 year 12 weeks agoarrieredupeleton

    arrieredupeleton wrote:
    Syringe your ears?

    I actually thought this thread was going to be about bike handling.

  • FS Trek 2.5, Ultegra groupset, Alpha Alu 54cm Frame1 year 12 weeks agoSold

    Sold Smile

  • Geraint Thomas wins Stage 2 to take lead in Santos Tour Down Under1 year 12 weeks agobelgravedave wrote:bikeandy61

    belgravedave wrote:
    bikeandy61 wrote:
    Or being paid to use a product that he may have not much faith in but a pay cheque is a pay cheque. Are you happy with everything that you do at work every day of the week? And to be fair anyone daft enough to buy that sort of c£$p doesn't deserve a lot of sympathy IMHO.

    And a snake oil salesman is a snake oil salesman.
    At work I don't knowingly sell a product that doesn't work because,
    a) That would be morally wrong
    b) I think it's called deception and that is illegal.
    As for being daft to buy the product on that we agree, so he's basically conning vulnerable people, nice.
    If you disagree with the above google magnetic wristbands and Australian government.

    DROWN HIM! DROWN HIM!

  • Court that handed down £35 fine for collision that killed cyclist decides on £110 fine for hitting parked car1 year 12 weeks agolokikontroll

    lokikontroll wrote:
    OldRidgeback wrote:
    lokikontroll wrote:
    Perhaps you'd care to outline what comments of mine you found offensive (apart from my referring to you as "a little englander")?

    I likewise find your posts offensive and maintain that it was you who were not prepared to accept my opinions in good faith.

    There were a couple of points that you made that I accepted. You made no concession...only offering a blind, nationalistic defense of England.

    I take particular issue with your slander about child abuse cases in Belgium and Austria; and therefore not wanting to raise your children in either of these countries. This is of course what you were getting at and it's repugnant.

    Again, I find in hard to believe that my mild rebuke in calling you a "little englander" has really offended you.

    However, if you are sincere, then I apologize for using that choice of wording but your attempts in "defending" the UK through false statistics, ill-informed comparisons with our european neighbors in order to bolster your assertions does this country no good.

    One should be free to be critical of their country without being thought of as a lesser patriot.

    I still dont believe that you have no connection with Farrely Media though.

    All of this is a direct insult:

    "OldRidgeback, you sound like a little Englander with your weak, ill informed defense. Your soft bigotry of low expectations for British people only ensures to keep the UK as a low performing european country. "

    I made my points and disagreed with you, but at no point was I insulting or offensive.

    Oh boy here we go. And I thought this was over.

    Yes you were offensive, and yes your words were xenophobic and nationalistic. I disagreed with your rebuttal and you couldn't handle it. So I guess theres no room for debate with you is there? Once you say something that must be the end of it, correct? Only you can have the last word on an issue.

    You alluded to two european countries (Belgium & Austria) as having paedophelia problems such that you would not raise children there. You made very few valid points but instead chose to make up stories about education in the UK and Germany that you know nothing about; all in order to lend support to your tenuous assertions.

    If I am not mistaken you've also claimed in the past that London/England cannot possibly have Dutch/Danish style cycle lanes because the streets are too narrow. Again, low expectations of UK apparently.

    And since you claimed to be so very offended after I called you a "little englander" I apologised. And yet here you are continuing this nonsense.

    Me too Loki and I do find that name ironic - you asked a question so I gave you an answer, which you didn’t like. You’ve called me a little englander (sic) and now you’ve called me a xenophobe and a liar as well.

    You are right about one thing only, that I spend too much time in here.

    I’m curious now what makes you tick, but not that curious.

    I've got a question for you now -

    What's the difference between a chicken?

    Carry on without me.

    Have a nice life.

  • How to increase balance1 year 12 weeks agoabhorrent wrote:Thanks to

    abhorrent wrote:
    Thanks to both of you for explaining. I've got it. It's about giggling your team around using only 150. I naively thought that earning points would increase balance. And I understand about the number of transfers and penalty now. thanks again.

    Giggling or Jiggling? The idea of a having to giggle around a team seems very amusing. I must be bored.

  • Court that handed down £35 fine for collision that killed cyclist decides on £110 fine for hitting parked car1 year 12 weeks agolfgaspar wrote:OldRidgeback

    lfgaspar wrote:
    OldRidgeback wrote:

    eastern European nations have far, far higher annual fatality rates on their roads, so do Greece and Portugal, although the latter is improving.

    Although Portugal is no shiny example of cycling or road infrastructure, the fatality rates are much lower that I sometimes see trumpeted around. Out of 6 million cars insured there were fewer than 600 deaths on the road during 2012, a number of casualties only found in the 1950's, when about 150K cars were around, and a 15% decline in respect to 2011.

    Portugal and France have achieved the best success in the EU in lowering the annual fatality rates in road crashes. The EU set a target of halving the 2010 fatal accident levels in road crashes by 2010. In Portugal and France, a lot of the success has been made through tougher enforcement, particularly of speeding and drink driving. Portugal has also benefited from its new multi-lane highways, which have centreline dividers and replace the old two lane routes between many of the major cities. because there are centre line dividiers, there have been far fewer head-on crashes than in the past.

    I don't have separate figures for Portugal's cycling fatalities though.

  • WADA chief slams Operacion Puerto trial's focus on cycling1 year 12 weeks agoTo me, this is worse than the

    To me, this is worse than the actual doping. Boosting yourself with dodgy stuff because you're in that bubble when winning means everything and you're scared of having to find a real job is a sh!tty thing to do, and you should be kicked out of competition, if only for a couple of years. However, sitting in an office, and making a clinical decision to turn a blind eye to all these healthy young people potentially risking their health, just to prevent egg on your face and protect the funding, is far, far worse.

  • WADA chief slams Operacion Puerto trial's focus on cycling1 year 12 weeks agoIt appears that the Catalan

    It appears that the Catalan football team Simon refers to (and therefore the Spanish national team which is made up mainly of its players) runs on dope. The players cover huge distances each and every game (Xavi over 12 km a game, for example) with barely a bead of sweat on the forehead or a hair out of place at the end of the game. It's the footballing equivalent of the little pistol boy trading sprints up gruesome climbs with Rasmussen in the 07 Tour.

  • How to increase balance1 year 12 weeks agoSyringe your ears?

    Syringe your ears?

  • TDU Stage 21 year 12 weeks agoTERatcliffe26 wrote:Oh also

    TERatcliffe26 wrote:
    Oh also Gkam, what was the decision on yday's scores re Gerrans and De Gendt?

    Left as was I think, I didn't change it because of the conflicts. I will just go check the UCI for yesterday, but not changing it now Wink Wink

  • WorldTour Team Bikes 2013: Ag2r La Mondiale's Focus Izalco Team SL Carbon1 year 12 weeks agoWe so need a 'like' button...

    We so need a 'like' button... Dave?

  • WorldTour Team Bikes 2013: Ag2r La Mondiale's Focus Izalco Team SL Carbon1 year 12 weeks agoHow many teams have Focus

    How many teams have Focus sponsored in recent years? Four in five years? They better be careful or they'll get a reputation for being the "town bike" of the pro-peloton.

  • TDU Stage 21 year 12 weeks agoDamn, a very rusty start to

    Damn, a very rusty start to the season for me. It might be time to try for a stage win.

  • Morvélo CityCross launched1 year 12 weeks agoWhy do I live SOOOOOOO far

    Why do I live SOOOOOOO far away from these kind of things.

    Just looked at trains 10 hours to get there....