• Updated: Donations flood in after RideLondon-Surrey 100 rider dies following heart attack1 year 2 weeks agoRIP. Such a sad event.

    RIP. Such a sad event.

  • Eneco stage 11 year 2 weeks agoWhat happened?

    What happened?

  • Chris Boardman says it’s “ridiculous” for government to continue building roads1 year 2 weeks agoJeevesBath wrote:Agreed, I'm

    JeevesBath wrote:
    Agreed, I'm sure every driver would like less congestion. But I've also had countless conversations with motorists (in a professional capacity) who all think that their journey is necessary and it's the other people that should be getting off the road first. All the things in your alternative manifesto are desirable, as long as no-one has to change their behaviour, at which point it becomes "inconvenient" to them.
    Sorry, not having a go but I've had too many arguments with members of the public in the past who are unwilling to change their behaviour and therefore I'm automatically pessimistic about any real change occurring.....

    I agree with you completley and I'm equally pesimistic. For any real change it will be necesary to play the political game. I think that the key to changing behaviours is to lead people to make the choice to change themselves; try to force it and you will meet such strong resistance that your aims will never be acheived in a democratic environment.

    Here's an example that I think would work in the real world, although I concede only to a limited degree: removing VED (or road tax for those living in the '30s). Replace this with duty on fuel so that drivers actually pay duty according to how much they use the car (and thier actual emmisions) rather than for the simple fact that they own it. It's fairer to motorists and reduces the fixed costs of motoring; who could say fairer than that? With fuel prices increased drivers will be led to consider the cost of travelling by car in real terms. For some this might mean choosing alternative modes of transport, others may simply drive less or be more inclined to combine journeys or car share.

    Combine this with other measures to make the choice even easier (cheaper trains, compulary secure bike parking for large employers, legislation to include cycle-planning in every new road build etc.) and we'll begin to see a shift.

  • Signs marking Yorkshire Grand Départ route being stolen by souvenir hunters1 year 2 weeks agoChris James wrote:Stage two

    Chris James wrote:
    Stage two (or at least the bits from Huddersfield to Langsett) never had the brown road signs.

    There were certainly ones around and on Holme Moss.

  • Cube Bikes /Company1 year 2 weeks agoCube can be a bit irritating

    Cube can be a bit irritating regarding contacting them and warranty.
    I work part time in a bike shop, but because they're based in the Netherlands, we can't actually phone them (no international calls at work!) so have to resort to email.
    Which usually ends up sitting in someone's inbox for ages.
    I've only seen two incidents of it, so it's by no means evidence of a recurring problem, but two Cube owners have both had a couple of problems with the headset loosening on their Agree GTCs. A new star nut fixes the problem completely, but still.
    For the most part, I'm quite fond of Cube. You get a pretty decent amount of bike for your money and a nice all around package of quality, particularly at the entry level. Having said that, I think there are better bikes I can spend my money on.

  • Updated: Donations flood in after RideLondon-Surrey 100 rider dies following heart attack1 year 2 weeks agoI am very sorry to hear about

    I am very sorry to hear about this.

  • Help - carbon road bike.1 year 2 weeks agoYes.. longer than 2 months,

    Yes.. longer than 2 months, actually Sad. There are some advantages of getting a 2015 bike with my required spec, which is getting the new 11 speed 105. But this demo bike came up with a very good discount, so wondering what are the cons of this purchase. Warranty will be the same as a new bike and they will change things like wheels, break pads, etc. It's actually the frame and non-visible damage that I worry about...

    I have my eyes on this Bianchi, but still so expensive Sad
    Bianchi Intenso Dama Bianca 105 Compact 2014 Women's Road Bike

  • Canyon sell off team bikes1 year 2 weeks agoI wonder if the quality/fame

    I wonder if the quality/fame of the rider bumps the price up or not.
    Thinking

  • Signs marking Yorkshire Grand Départ route being stolen by souvenir hunters1 year 2 weeks agoStage two (or at least the

    Stage two (or at least the bits from Huddersfield to Langsett) never had the brown road signs.

    I thought it was a nice idea so you could easily follow the route. It was obvious that they are proper road signs, and what their purpose was, so whoever has taken them must have known they were stealing them.

  • DEAR DOUCHEBAG BIKE THIEF.... ‘poor student’ writes to criminal who stole Giant bike1 year 2 weeks agoandyp wrote:'Obviously

    andyp wrote:
    'Obviously foreign? Then why "our majesty's (sic) finest" rather than "her Majesty's finest"?'

    I beleive the miserable old cow is queen of various countries.


    It should be Her Majesty's finest as in HMS or as in 'at Her Majesty's pleasure.' You don't own the Queen, the Queen owns you bitch!

  • Updated: Donations flood in after RideLondon-Surrey 100 rider dies following heart attack1 year 2 weeks agoJoeinpoole wrote:^^^ Nice

    Joeinpoole wrote:
    ^^^ Nice words KiwiMike.

    Unfortunately it's not that uncommon to have the occasional death on these mass-participation events.

    Condolences to the family and friends.

    It is very very sad to hear of this but it isn't that uncommon. It's nothing really to do with the event or only in the fact that the event got 10's of thousands of people out on a bike all together on one route and over the course of just a few hours.

    dig deep folks. Let's make sure Woking Hospice benefits and his family has at least a tiny bit of solace out this.

  • A wet sportive...1 year 2 weeks agoPerhaps there should be a

    Perhaps there should be a penalty for those who are more than 30 mins outside of their estimated time?! For those that put faster than say a 20mph average anyway. OK, this would never happen.

  • Cycle Computer with Cad and HRM recommendations sought from the experienced.1 year 2 weeks agoDo you move the head unit in

    Do you move the head unit in relation to the speed sensor when free-spinning the wheel vs riding? e.g. wearing it as a watch rather than fixed to the handlerbars?

    I'm wondering about transmission range being at its limit and the difference in relative positions being enough to move the sensor out of range of th head unit. From an earlier road.cc review, it says that there are batteries in the speed sensor too but these are not replaceable. Maybe they've reached their limit?

  • Chris Boardman says it’s “ridiculous” for government to continue building roads1 year 2 weeks agoMatt eaton wrote:JeevesBath

    Matt eaton wrote:
    JeevesBath wrote:
    Matt eaton wrote:
    OK, I'm going to duck out and go to bed. Getting a bit shouty for my liking (not aimed at anyone in particular).

    I think we're all largely on the same page. It just takes a lot of vision to see how an authoritarian approach would work. Very bold moves also require a very holistic approach, considering the whole transport network, work culture, schooling and probably a lot of other things I haven't thought of. Basically changing the whole stucture of the nation. All well and good but undoubtedly a conversation too complex for the comments section.

    Agree that we need a bold vision, but it's all well and good for armchair policy makers to suggest things in forums and accuse the Government of not delivering. We still have a democratic system in place, not a dictatorship. If someone is so committed to changing things, then I suggest that they run for Parliament on a 'bikes before cars' manifesto and see how many votes they get....

    We don't necesarily need a 'bikes before cars' manifesto. More reasonable would be a manifesto promising quieter neighbourhoods, safer and less congested roads, cleaner air and a healthier population. None of these things are massivly left-leaning and I can't see any reason that anyone wouldn't want these things. Even the most hardened petrolheads would like to see less congestion.

    Agreed, I'm sure every driver would like less congestion. But I've also had countless conversations with motorists (in a professional capacity) who all think that their journey is necessary and it's the other people that should be getting off the road first. All the things in your alternative manifesto are desirable, as long as no-one has to change their behaviour, at which point it becomes "inconvenient" to them.
    Sorry, not having a go but I've had too many arguments with members of the public in the past who are unwilling to change their behaviour and therefore I'm automatically pessimistic about any real change occurring.....

  • A wet sportive...1 year 2 weeks agoAgree, I thought the wave

    Agree, I thought the wave organization worked as well as it could. I ended up with 3:41. The water wasn't nearly as much a problem as the standard of riding - lots of the 'everyone else can go f* themselves' attitude discussed above, and some woeful group riding from people who really ought to know better, whether descending, climbing or on the flat. Aside from those hairy moments, it was a lot of fun. I'll definitely be back for more, even if the weather is the same next time!

  • Updated: Donations flood in after RideLondon-Surrey 100 rider dies following heart attack1 year 2 weeks ago^^^ Nice words

    ^^^ Nice words KiwiMike.

    Unfortunately it's not that uncommon to have the occasional death on these mass-participation events.

    Condolences to the family and friends.

  • Help - carbon road bike.1 year 2 weeks agoSince you seem to have

    Since you seem to have delayed your purchase decision for 2 months we're now heading into the 2014 end-of-season (!) sales. I've managed to pick up a Bianchi with a cool 15% discount! Party

  • Volagi Liscio frameset1 year 2 weeks agoIt doesn't have reach and

    It doesn't have reach and free stroke adjustments like those on the Shimano R785. And on my setup, it feels like the Shimano setup "feels" much better in terms of pull compared to SRAM, buthing not too drastic.

    TRP replaced my first gen Hy/Rds with the updated version. The lever throw is still the same, but it compensates for pad wear much better now. This time I don't have to top off the reservoir anymore.

  • A wet sportive...1 year 2 weeks agobashthebox wrote:I'm not

    bashthebox wrote:
    I'm not really sure how they could get the waves better - I think my estimate was pretty dead-on, and a decent group formed up fairly quickly from a lot of my wave.
    Maybe they just need to be more insistent about the importance of estimating your time correctly - but unless you've ridden the terrain before, how are you to know?
    I kind of like your idea about putting Cat riders in together, but I've got no racing licence and came in the top 400 fastest times, so that wouldn't quite be fair on me.
    I guess in the end the road sorts everyone out.

    I accept it wouldn't be easy and I understand the issues with estimating but their must be a way to guestimate it with a bit more accuracy than was on show. A guide for riders to workout a time should be achievable with a bit of maths and modelling.

    If you've ridden 100miles before then you'll have a much better idea if your time. The problem, such as it was, was that people had clearly but random times without no real idea of how long it would take.

    If I get in next year I'll just whack down 4hrs to ensure an early start and empty roads.

  • Updated: Donations flood in after RideLondon-Surrey 100 rider dies following heart attack1 year 2 weeks agoWhat a tragic way to end the

    What a tragic way to end the day, and I'm certain everyone in the wider cycling community shares a strong sense of sympathy with his family and girlfriend. The phrase 'he died doing something he loved' was never more apt, and if I had to go some way, unforeseen, on a bike in beautiful surrounds wouldn't be a bad one.

    Something those riding with him, who helped at the scene or the organisers who have to place scarce first aid assets on course should take some comfort from: if someone's suffered a heart attack like this, or in fact stopped breathing for pretty much any reason, your chances of making a difference are slim. I have completed dozens of emergency first aid courses over a career in the military, then working with high voltage kit and in remote places. The trainers were universal in telling us that in 95% of cases the person has stopped breathing for a reason that you, and frequently even a surgeon in a fully-equipped operating theatre can't change.

    I lead an MTB club ride 20 years ago, where exactly this happened - fit bloke keeled over, a doctor and nurse on the ride were onto him almost before he hit the ground. Ambulance there in 5 minutes. Chopper to hospital in about 15. Nothing they could do.

    Ditto in the army completing a route march. The guy behind me keeled over - a 19yo national wrestling champion, fittest guy in the unit, destined for a Special Forces regiment. We were 200 yards from a fully-equipped military hospital. Again, nothing they could do. I remember the anguish on our Lieutenant's face like it were yesterday.

    ...that's not to say the 5% chance of making a difference isn't worth fighting with every ounce of your ability to make come true. Be trained, don't give up until your arms fall off or a professional takes over - but if it doesn't work out, take comfort you did all you could.

    Savour life. Pedal on.

  • Canyon sell off team bikes1 year 2 weeks agoronin wrote:It seems like a

    ronin wrote:
    It seems like a good idea, until the bike starts comparing you to it's previous owner Laughing

    It comes with a special edition computer that says things like:

    "Are you actually going to clip the other foot in today?"
    "You need to stop paying for those drugs. They aren't working."
    "Do you think it's appropriate that it's now Sunday and I've been gathering dust in the shed since Wednesday? You need to get your priorities straight. Which comes first, your bike or your family?!"

  • Six-year-old girl helps father get stolen bike back1 year 2 weeks agoRoxy rocks! Quote:“At first,

    Roxy rocks!

    Quote:
    “At first, she offered to give me her life savings. That was a heart melter.”

    Little girls with big hearts do amazing things to their dads (been there!)

  • A wet sportive...1 year 2 weeks agoI'm not really sure how they

    I'm not really sure how they could get the waves better - I think my estimate was pretty dead-on, and a decent group formed up fairly quickly from a lot of my wave.
    Maybe they just need to be more insistent about the importance of estimating your time correctly - but unless you've ridden the terrain before, how are you to know?
    I kind of like your idea about putting Cat riders in together, but I've got no racing licence and came in the top 400 fastest times, so that wouldn't quite be fair on me.
    I guess in the end the road sorts everyone out.

  • Signs marking Yorkshire Grand Départ route being stolen by souvenir hunters1 year 2 weeks agoenigmaman wrote: I can't

    enigmaman wrote:

    I can't really see the point myself, not when the race has been and gone long since.

    Because many people will still want to cycle the route, and having it marked - like thousands of other tourist attractions across the country - seems an obvious thing to do.

    Unfortunately this story doesn't surprise me in the slightest.

  • A wet sportive...1 year 2 weeks agoThey could really do with

    They could really do with coming up with a better method of streaming the riders so the quicks go 1st etc. Perhaps based if you are a Cat racer or club rider or if you've ever ridden that far before?

    I know they wanted estimated times but the amount of riders (I left at 07.12) who were simply pottering along was amazing and I passed 1000s and I'm not fast by any stretch. A better way of shifting may make the experience better for all.

    Perhaps in the lit' they send out they could also explain to people about how to ride in mass participation events so quicker riders can get passed on the right and to check over shoulders before veering across the road! I nearly got wiped out when 2 riders whacked their anchors on and veered left to right down Newlands.

    I'll be in the ballot for next year regardless Smile.