• TfL plans to fine motorists and dock points from licences for ignoring Advanced Stop Lines1 year 8 weeks agoI am both a cyclist and a

    I am both a cyclist and a motorcyclist. I usually cycle to work 2 or 3 days per week and drive my motorbike when I need to. When driving my motorbike always use the "cycle boxes" as I find it much safer to do so. I normally filter through traffic on the right hand side, and come to rest in the right hand side of the box, so I very rarely impede and cyclists who are congregated on the left.
    I find that whenever I cannot get into the box, I'm left sitting in a drivers blind spot. Then when the lights turn green I have to try to make my way back into the flow of traffic between the cars and buses, who are often less than accommodating.
    The reason the bike boxes are there in the first place, is because cyclists are more vulnerable than other road users. But surely motorcyclists are just as vulnerable. I really think its unfair to penalise motorcyclists for positioning in the safest part of the road. Can't all vulnerable road users just share the safe zone?

  • Hard-man hero Jens Voigt on family, drugs, the Tour - and being this year's oldest rider1 year 8 weeks agoJens the teflon guy. One day

    Jens the teflon guy.

    One day it will out that Jens was as EPO's the same as them all.

    Riding at his age is PED assisted.

    Do we think so many would have retired in the mid 30s, the Kellys's, Merckx's, RDV's, if they had access to the vector doping drugs that guys like Horner, Hincapie, Voight had and have.

    Not a fan of anyone who dopes and cheats, dont care how much of a 'character' and nice guy they are.

  • Pat McQuaid slams Brian Cookson's "half baked" UCI manifesto1 year 8 weeks agoA sad stae of affairs when

    A sad stae of affairs when someone can't get nominated by their own country, and has to look elsewhere. Then it will be something to see a published manifesto, which so far as I can recall has never happened before. Then before, the succession always seemed to be well sorted out before the congress came around, so it was just a "coronation", as recently when HB handed the crown on the PMcQ, then remained in the background - still pulling the strings?
    However this campaigh goes, BC should stand above all the dirt and stay positive, because even if the unexpected happens, he can hold his head high as a decent and fair person.
    What happens to the UCI if it does, though, is not likely to be pleasant or help the sport in any way at all.
    If only the ordinary people in the sport had a way to influence the continental delegates, who really hold the power.

  • Canyon and the economy1 year 8 weeks agoIt's a tricky one - I have

    It's a tricky one -

    I have argued on a related forum topic re Canyon that there's more to value for money than simply list price

    i.e. better to support your LBS to get the warranty support, service, ability to address niggles, peace of mind etc

    - but you're on to a looser trying to convince someone who knows what they're doing - and who wants a great value carbon superbike with Dura Ace or whatever and can save £2k over the LBS equivalent!

    The LBS still has a place - in terms of providing a complete service and retail function to newbies and providing a certain amount of expert advice and support to the vast majority of us at some time or another.

    We live in a free trade economy and the internet has opened up trade even further. Free trade with the EU is important to our economy. Let the Germans specialise in some things and we'll specialise in others..

  • Japanese bike thief auctions bikes before stealing from bike mag editor1 year 8 weeks agoAlthough obviously of high

    Although obviously of high public (well, cyclist) interest, I'm never sure things like this need to be made quite so public, I appreciate it may make people more careful about their bikes security, but surely it just promotes the idea to any lowlife who hadn't thought of it themselves, prompting potential for copycat crimes over here. I mean this forum is fully public afterall.

  • Hard-man hero Jens Voigt on family, drugs, the Tour - and being this year's oldest rider1 year 8 weeks agoI've a sneaking suspicion

    I've a sneaking suspicion that like the Lance lovers, I let my heart rule my head so because I want to believe Jens it is easy for me to believe Jens.

    What he says backs up even further that belief that he is a rarity, a genuine non-doper from dopings heyday.

    But then that voice crops up and says "But isn't that exactly what all the dopers say"?

    If he did dope, at least he has had the decency to at least act like he was suffering and struggling too.

    Still frigging love the man though and I too would love to see him roll out from Yorkshire next year.

  • Great British Bike Rides by Dave Barter, Vertebrate Publishing1 year 8 weeks ago"If you've recently completed

    "If you've recently completed 60 miles in Norfolk then many of the rides - the North Yorks Moors ride has a maximum gradient of 32% - are going to be a bit of a shock." Yeah because the chalk ridge that forms Norfolk's coast is completely flat.

    Has this reviewer ridden much in Norfolk? There are flat bits on the fens and broads, where the winds can still cause you pain as you can't avoid them, but the rest is very not flat. Not sure about 30% but there are several over20 in places and long drags in the teens. Most riders avoid them when possible.

  • WTD some nice bib shorts (Rapha, Assos, Castelli... ?)1 year 8 weeks agopair of Castelli Free Aero

    pair of Castelli Free Aero Race in "team" black/grey/white
    and medium ? Mine are for sale - worn once !

    Like these ... http://www.wiggle.co.uk/castelli-free-aero-race-bib-short/ ... the ones with the red gripper.

  • National Championships game1 year 8 weeks agodrheaton wrote: Podium: 1.

    drheaton wrote:

    Podium:

    1. Timbo13 - 25
    2. livestrongnick - 28
    3. djb123 - 33
    3. backflipbedlam - 33

    3rd yea I'll take that! Hopefully good omen for the tour!

  • Hard-man hero Jens Voigt on family, drugs, the Tour - and being this year's oldest rider1 year 8 weeks agoDid he even blink when

    Did he even blink when talking dope? Come on Jens, you were there in the 90s, pull the other one.

  • Tour de France video + Podcast Previews from GCN and William Hill1 year 8 weeks agoIs Tony sitting on a very

    Is Tony sitting on a very small chair? Thinking

  • L'Equipe: Laurent Jalabert sample from 1998 Tour tested positive for EPO1 year 8 weeks agoUnfortunately if your heroes

    Unfortunately if your heroes were from that time, then your going to get disappointed. My hero was Pantani, enough said really.

  • Mark Cavendish talks Tour de France goals and launches CVNDSH range1 year 8 weeks agoSuper Domestique

    Super Domestique wrote:
    Usually I like Cav but this is dire.

    Having spent years in marketing, the concept is dire too! Can't believe they went with this one.

    I'm a marketing bod myself and I don't think it's that bad. Not as neat as the Wiggins/Fred Perry thing, but that was always giong to be a fairly unique fit.

    In road cycling there is some space between the artisanal Rapha/Brooks/Rivendell image and the pure technical stuff, and they seem to aiming for that.

    OK, it's a bit clunky in execution (the no-vowels thing is a bit hackneyed, as is the now-tame reference to a swear word) but as a direction it seems a sound attempt to capitalise on (and further promote) his quite distinct image and personality at a time where cycling is on the up, he's a fairly well-known name (though few know what he actually does) and he's likely to be in the sporting headlines over the coming weeks.

    I also suspect that Cav had very little at all to do with this other than signing off the idea at its most basic conceptual level.

  • Canyon and the economy1 year 8 weeks agoI don't really think this is

    I don't really think this is an economic issue; I think it's related more to the product. If there was an English product of equal value and standing then, I'm sure, we'd all buy British.
    VW, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, Bosch, AEG, Neff, Siemens.....Seems the Germans believe in investing in their manufacturing sector!

  • Hard-man hero Jens Voigt on family, drugs, the Tour - and being this year's oldest rider1 year 8 weeks agoWould love to see him in

    Would love to see him in Yorkshire next year, maybe one more year mate Thinking

    His predictions are the same as 2 other retired riders.

  • TdF initial thoughts?1 year 8 weeks agoPersonally, I'd be appalled

    Personally, I'd be appalled if Dave spent any time at all thinking about anything else! Wink

  • Bike Choice @ £2,5001 year 8 weeks agoCanyon seems to be the weapon

    Canyon seems to be the weapon of choice.

    It would be certainly worth testing bikes before you buy, for £2000+ you should get on a bike and love the way it feels, rides, handles etc. This is something you cant readily do with online only. Take a day, go round your local bike shops and test as many as possible. Also, spend your money on a quality frame as opposed to groupset - the groupset can be changed over time, you don't want to have to change the frame.

  • Great British Bike Rides by Dave Barter, Vertebrate Publishing1 year 8 weeks agoThe books sounds good, and

    The books sounds good, and Rutland is definitely not Northern England.

    But by your Mersey / Humber criteria then Ben Swift, Adam Blythe, Steve Cummings, Malcolm Elliot, Chris Boardman and Vin Denson would all be southerners!

  • Purist Tour de France 20131 year 8 weeks agostumps wrote:Dr, they were

    stumps wrote:
    Dr, they were just 2 examples rather than list the whole lot mate. I get what you mean though about sacrificing one just to get another who MIGHT do something.

    People have complained about the values but i think its great, we are really having to think about who to put in to get a balanced team. Big Grin


    I think its pretty good (as opposed to great), I just wish the list of sub-5 credit riders was a bit longer. I'll shut up now before I turn into Enrique.

  • UCI rejects Riccardo Riccò's claims that 44 more riders tested positive during 2008 Tour de France1 year 8 weeks agoOnly in McQuaid (and

    Only in McQuaid (and Verbruggen) World...

    Surprise

  • Purist Tour de France 20131 year 8 weeks agoIts tough, right enough. De

    Its tough, right enough. De Gendt and Schleck in the same team is pretty risky! But if the other option includes three guys that are fairly likely to do naff-all, then maybe its worth a punt...

    Plus you can't have Pinot, Fischer and Mederel in the same team anyway... EDIT - yes you can, I'm just being dense.

  • Pat McQuaid slams Brian Cookson's "half baked" UCI manifesto1 year 8 weeks agoIts a difficult one. I'm sure

    Its a difficult one. I'm sure lots of us have the same question.

    Simon: any thoughts?

  • Japanese bike thief auctions bikes before stealing from bike mag editor1 year 8 weeks ago"Tamura’s parking area faced

    "Tamura’s parking area faced the road, but his bikes were hidden by vinyl sheets and cardboard." I don't think my insurance company would feel that was adequate security!

  • Purist Tour de France 20131 year 8 weeks agoDr, they were just 2 examples

    Dr, they were just 2 examples rather than list the whole lot mate. I get what you mean though about sacrificing one just to get another who MIGHT do something.

    People have complained about the values but i think its great, we are really having to think about who to put in to get a balanced team. Big Grin

  • Pat McQuaid slams Brian Cookson's "half baked" UCI manifesto1 year 8 weeks agoIf anyone else does want to

    If anyone else does want to put their hand up, think they only have 2 more days to do so. Doesnt seem likely...