• Baldwin Titanium custom frame1 year 4 weeks agoFor that price you could buy

    For that price you could buy a Serotta custom Ti frame. Or better yet given Serotta's range of pre-built frames (e.g. std and short top tubes) why bother -- save the cash and buy off the rack.

    You will also get the benefit of the next gen oversized Ti tubing they are now using -- increased stiffness

    P.S. glad it wasn't just me who thought the welds looked sketchy.

  • brakes on single speed/fixies1 year 4 weeks agoI think the brake question

    I think the brake question really depends on what size gear you are running, if its anything under 65 inches, you may not be traveling at a speed that would justify the spend on more expensive brakes, a decent set of blocks may do the trick.

  • Local cyclists and activists hit out at design of new junction after Southampton hit-and-run1 year 4 weeks agoI wouldn't trust a local

    I wouldn't trust a local authority to enforce this. My local authority sent a young graduate numpty they employ to take an electronic box round all the boroughs ASL's checking the magnetic loops - well he went round and switched them all off all over the city. The council claimed it was an accident that half a dozen ASL magnetic loops had been switched off over night. That's the attitude we are dealing with nation wide - deliberate neglect by LA's if it's not something they understand or like.

  • Injured while cycling? Still got the scars? London publisher wants you for photo book1 year 4 weeks agoTo all the naysayers: you're

    To all the naysayers: you're completely right.

    When non-cyclists at work tell me they feel far too unsafe to commute by bike, it's because of this book.

    When parents round my way herd their little darlings into vehicles and drive them less than a mile to school, it's because of this book.

    When my mate got doored by a taxi, it was because he wanted to get into this book.

    Worse yet, they're planning to print 700 copies! That's 700 people who will never ride a bike again.

    Keep fighting the good fight.

    Applause

  • Advice - Shimano Ultegra 6800 Groupset vs Campagnolo Athena Carbon Groupset1 year 4 weeks agoNick T wrote:You don't lose

    Nick T wrote:
    You don't lose much with power shift in all honesty, getting the whole set from Comtat or Ribble is the cheapest way to go generally so I'd just live with Athena levers.

    Got mine cheaper picking and choosing between ribble Merlin and wiggle.
    Though I did want the 'mid compact' not a standard or compact

  • Injured while cycling? Still got the scars? London publisher wants you for photo book1 year 4 weeks agoFluffyKittenofTindalos

    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:
    Otis Bragg wrote:
    Apart from the problems outlined above there is one other- "shocking" photos do NOT work as a means of bringing about behavioural or attitudinal change- in fact they can be counterproductive...

    This seems all-too-plausible but not conclusive. It surely needs serious studies to decide for sure, though? It doesn't stop such tactics being used for, say, anti-smoking campaigns, and smoking has, for whatever reason, gradually declined over the years.

    There are loads of studies-I know because I have to wade through them! The major work in this regard here in NI has been carried out by a Swiss researcher based on stuff like the Cochrane review and work by the likes of Foxcrofte and others. The result has been that even the statutory health bodies over here are rethinking their public health strategy and how they "get messages across" and this thinking should also filter down to dangerous driving stuff. The simple fact is that shocking images are used in campaigns to keep the public happy because that is what they expect and it is easier and cheaper to do that than to engage in serious effective work. There are a few projects who do similar work to us except they are better known for providing posters and ad campaigns that while looking impressive, have no evidence to back up effectiveness- they are going for the emotional arousal among the general public and never seem to have the money to actually evaluate the impact (despite being able to spend loads on pretty leaflets). The reduction in smoking wasn't done simply off the back of a few pics-it played a small role but even that is being questioned because I came across some research a few years ago that seemed to suggest that a No Smoking sign can actually increase the desire among smokers to light up!

  • Recommendations for *cheap* custom cycling jerseys (ordering about 10)1 year 4 weeks agosaw this retweeted by Festina

    saw this retweeted by Festina girl on twitter- very thorough!
    http://sensisuperstar.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/a-beginners-guide-to-road...

  • Local cyclists and activists hit out at design of new junction after Southampton hit-and-run1 year 4 weeks agoUsh wrote:Cars are supposed

    Ush wrote:
    Cars are supposed to slow to circa 15mph at junctions, cyclists follow exactly the same patterns as cars, all vehicles to leave the recommended stopping distance or greater between each other. Signalling mandatory. Failure to observe any of the above whatever vehicle you're on results in an on the spot fine or confiscation of vehicle.

    This.

    Its easily understood by all road users and much of it is already in the highway code.. I wish councils would stop wasting money on these schemes and spend it on education. Teach people how to use the roads properly instead of pretending they can keep the ignorant safe through segregation. Sooner or later those segregated cyclists have to use the road and when that happens they need to know how to do so safely.

  • Omloop Het Nieuwsblad1 year 4 weeks agoI remember when anyone only

    I remember when anyone only ever picked poor old Bryan because of his 'hilarious' surname LOL

  • Video: Cereal offender filmed eating breakfast while driving Maserati1 year 4 weeks agoI never know when I will

    I never know when I will fancy a piece of toast.

  • All-City Cycles release Macho King Disc and Nature Boy Disc cyclo-cross bikes1 year 4 weeks agoI like the sliding drop

    I like the sliding drop out/disc mount. It looks like a system that you could trust running it fixed gear for winter. Sliding drop out plates on M5 bolts like you see on Voodoo and Isla bikes are neat but probably don't have the bite needed for fixed.

  • Local cyclists and activists hit out at design of new junction after Southampton hit-and-run1 year 4 weeks agoQuote:The design of this

    Quote:
    The design of this junction [...] passed several safety audits

    My experience of local-authority safety audits is they aren't worth the paper they're written on, particularly when it comes to cyclist safety.

    Either they're done by staff who are motorists and haven't been in a bike since they were 10, or the checklist they're working to is fundamentally flawed. Or both.

  • Local cyclists and activists hit out at design of new junction after Southampton hit-and-run1 year 4 weeks agoUsh wrote: All the dutch

    Ush wrote:

    All the dutch segregationist lobbyists are stampeding cycling into what will be a very unpleasant place.

    No, we want proper Dutch style segregation, not some half-baked bastardisation that is the result of our current traffic laws not being updated for it...

    This is what happens when idiot planners get some weird idea in their heads, but can't do it right because of ONE simple fact, currently cyclists crossing a side street or arm of a junction do not have priority and are expected to give way to motorised vehicles...

    Our law needs to change

  • Local cyclists and activists hit out at design of new junction after Southampton hit-and-run1 year 4 weeks agoIn Holland, there would be

    In Holland, there would be separate "Simultaneous Green" phases for cyclists and pedestrians to negotiate that junction... none of those stupid two-stage turns...

  • All-City Cycles release Macho King Disc and Nature Boy Disc cyclo-cross bikes1 year 4 weeks agoOh nice indeed. Yep like an

    Oh nice indeed. Yep like an orange but less agricultural. Loving those Stan Ironcross hoops too.

  • Paris Nice1 year 4 weeks agoNever mind LuLu....Sammy

    Never mind LuLu....Sammy would be the man with those steep looking downhill run ins on stage 5 and 8.

    Anyone remember who faceplanted from yellow jersey last season?

    Other daredevils on the downhill I'll leave you to find for yourselves!!

  • Rapha launch new Training & Racing range1 year 4 weeks agofor all those who feel that

    for all those who feel that £140 for a cycling jersey is value for money please buy me one (size Loser as I will never be able to afford or justify spending that amount of money Sad

  • Video: Cereal offender filmed eating breakfast while driving Maserati1 year 4 weeks agoAre you a mathematician

    Are you a mathematician Ousaveard?

    I once rode to work on my bike having a shave (not wet) with the Braun. Worked well until I dropped it.

    Cereal bars one thing but a bowl of milky cornflakes is another. Imagine the mess if he braked hard.

    Lets not become vigilanties on two wheels eh!

  • Just A Ride1 year 4 weeks agoGreat piece this, judging by

    Great piece this, judging by all the comments it seems to have struck a chord.

    Apologies for the self promotion but i wrote recently about the Quality Controllers among us - all those who prize quality over quantity:

    http://ragtimecyclist.com/2014/02/18/biking-behaviour-part-14-the-qualit...

  • Injured while cycling? Still got the scars? London publisher wants you for photo book1 year 4 weeks agoOtis Bragg wrote:Apart from

    Otis Bragg wrote:
    Apart from the problems outlined above there is one other- "shocking" photos do NOT work as a means of bringing about behavioural or attitudinal change- in fact they can be counterproductive...

    This seems all-too-plausible but not conclusive. It surely needs serious studies to decide for sure, though? It doesn't stop such tactics being used for, say, anti-smoking campaigns, and smoking has, for whatever reason, gradually declined over the years.

  • Injured while cycling? Still got the scars? London publisher wants you for photo book1 year 4 weeks agofarrell

    farrell wrote:
    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:

    I more-or-less agree with oozaveared. At the risk of repeating myself - what needs to be emphasised is not that 'cycling is dangerous' (it isn't) but that 'driving is dangerous'. That motoring is dangerous in the sense of posing a danger to _other people_ seems, weirdly, to mean people don't think of it as such.
    In my opinion doing it this way is getting the emphasis wrong and risks being misinterpreted.

    And how do you plan on explaining to people that motoring is dangerous given that driving is a normal, everyday method of transport and millions of people drive everywhere every single day without being injured or hurt.

    *nb - You must not refer to any injury caused by a motorist suffered by a pedestrian or cyclist at any point in your working out.

    You provide a _perfect_ example of the confusion over the meaning of the word 'dangerous'.

    The whole point would be the injuries suffered by pedestrians and cyclists at the hands of motorists! I'm saying that this book (because of its title and description and exclusion of injured pedestrians) concentrates on the mode of transport of the victims rather than that of those who cause the injuries.

    I really don't know that such a book would achieve much in any case, but it would certainly be an improvement if it were of 'injuries caused by cars' than 'injuries suffered by cyclists'.

    (Its an issue of emphasis/description - some of the content would no doubt overlap).

  • Rapha launch new Training & Racing range1 year 4 weeks agoThe standout item for me is

    The standout item for me is still the Brevet Jersey. OK, so its £195 which is a lot of money. But that includes the gilet, which retails for £110 separately. £85 for the jersey makes it the cheapest in the range, and given it comes with a full length zip give it a thumbs up in my book.

    I have two Rapha country jerseys that are a few years old and still going strong. Its a shame they seem to have stopped those as they were always at the cheaper end of the range and came with a full length zip. I like the retro ones above, and the team jerseys, but the zip... Did I tell you I like a full length zip? Big Grin

  • Moore Large ‘Geared 2014’ show: Lake, Forme, Jagwire, Dare2B, Proviz, Joe’s and more1 year 4 weeks agoIts cable! no cable should

    Its cable! no cable should cost £60 unless it is hand weaved by Tibetan elf monks.

    I've been riding 30+ years on 'standard cables' and recently ebay sourced. Never had a cable fail, my brakes work fine and my shifting is smooth. I replace every year and that is over cautious.....how durable does it need to be?

    Clearly there is a market, Thinking

  • Proper Purist Classics Comp1 year 4 weeks agoBoonen – 18.4 Van Summeren –

    Boonen – 18.4
    Van Summeren – 9.7
    Nuyens – 3.0
    Paolini – 27.1
    Cancellara – 25.2
    Stannard – 15.5
    Gasparotto – 17.2
    Heneo – 24.4
    Wynants – 8.2

    Total = 148.7
    Just 2 "big names"

  • Rapha launch new Training & Racing range1 year 4 weeks agoRapha, lol.

    Rapha, lol.