• David Cameron says "this is a cycling nation" - as DfT stats reveal bike use falling across England1 year 3 weeks agoChuck wrote:allez neg

    Silly

    Chuck wrote:
    allez neg wrote:
    IanW1968 wrote:
    Quote:
    Tax from fuel, and other motoring taxes, does not anything like pay for the costs that motoring imposes on society

    Nope but it moves wealth from lots of individuals to a few manufacturers, financiers and oil companies which trumps everything else.

    Cars and motorcycles do kinda give people the opportunity to go for different / more satisfying / better paying jobs though as a contribution to society.

    I don't think anyone wants them to disappear. Maybe just for people to be a bit more selective about their use?

    Not me. I think unfortunately they won't disappear, but I'd surely like them to.

  • David Cameron says "this is a cycling nation" - as DfT stats reveal bike use falling across England1 year 3 weeks agoallez neg wrote:IanW1968

    allez neg wrote:
    IanW1968 wrote:
    Quote:
    Tax from fuel, and other motoring taxes, does not anything like pay for the costs that motoring imposes on society

    Nope but it moves wealth from lots of individuals to a few manufacturers, financiers and oil companies which trumps everything else.

    Cars and motorcycles do kinda give people the opportunity to go for different / more satisfying / better paying jobs though as a contribution to society.

    And yet the average length of journeys is about 7 miles, 20% of journeys less than 1 mile and 66% less than 5 miles (National Travel Survey 2012). No need for a car for these distances, just good cycle infrastructure that is subjectively and actually safe all the way.

  • Video: Unboxing the new Garmin Edge 10001 year 3 weeks agoFound i was secret, which i

    Found i was secret, which i have changed, but in my opinion this is a flaw, Strava gives you the option of blocking areas, this seems to give the user two settings, totally open or totally blocked.

    I am aware that you can allow friends to see but from a leaderboard point of view not convinced.

  • Video: Google’s self-driving car meets cyclists and out-performs far too many human drivers1 year 3 weeks agoI cant wait for driverless

    I cant wait for driverless cars, driving is no longer a pleasure in the UK, and poor driving make the roads very dangerous for other road users.

    I have to ride through Leytonstone Leyton Hackney Marshes Hackney Bow, Poplar Docklands Greenwich and Lewisham on the days i cycle commute and frankly ANYTHING is likely to be an improvement over the fools behind the wheels I encounter on my route.

    Out on the roads at weekends its not much better either.

    The UK needs a proper cycle infrastructure and equally important if not more so, compulsory training for vehicle drivers and cyclists alike to change attitudes and raise awareness of cyclists, mind you in all fairness its not always the drivers that behave like idiots!

  • Rapha sizeing vs. Assos1 year 3 weeks agoamawby wrote:Stick with

    amawby wrote:
    Stick with Assos, don't downgrade to Rapha. Unless you really do want to look like an investment banker having a mid life crisis.

    I'm not sure if the Isreali people would generally be as snooty about cycle clothing brand perception as you.

  • Carbon frame life cycle1 year 3 weeks agoI don't think we can draw

    I don't think we can draw many conclusions from that, he doesn't give us any idea of what the 'high fatigue loading' was, or any idea what 'many thousands of cycles to represent many years' means - are we talking 20 years? 40?. How close to the limit was it pushed?

  • Tour de Romandie Prologue Dream Team and Top 10 Challenge Results1 year 3 weeks agoI would have done better if I

    I would have done better if I had read that it was just for the prologue stage rather than the whole race.

  • David Cameron says "this is a cycling nation" - as DfT stats reveal bike use falling across England1 year 3 weeks agoallez neg wrote:IanW1968

    allez neg wrote:
    IanW1968 wrote:
    Quote:
    Tax from fuel, and other motoring taxes, does not anything like pay for the costs that motoring imposes on society

    Nope but it moves wealth from lots of individuals to a few manufacturers, financiers and oil companies which trumps everything else.

    Cars and motorcycles do kinda give people the opportunity to go for different / more satisfying / better paying jobs though as a contribution to society.

    I don't think anyone wants them to disappear. Maybe just for people to be a bit more selective about their use?

  • Close to the Marco1 year 3 weeks agoI've stayed at the Belvedere

    I've stayed at the Belvedere several times and it really is rather fine. They have just the right balance of frendliness and efficiency and because they are a bike hotel you are very unlikely to have a request they haven't heard before.

    I'm back there next month for the Nova Colli Smile

  • Muc-Off Helmet Polish1 year 3 weeks agoI think i will file this next

    I think i will file this next to the wearable lactate threshold sensor in my folder named
    "Ridiculous Products We Never Knew We Needed Until Someone Invented It And Stuck A Price Ticket On It"

    ps - if you *really* do need a shiny helmet (which seems rather ridiculous to me to be honest) just use a baby wipe to polish it you numbskulls.

  • Bottom Bracket Wear1 year 3 weeks agoFunny thread to stumble

    Funny thread to stumble across, as I've literally just pulled the FSA bottom bracket from my bike to throw the PoS away. It started to fail (lots of creaking) after less than 2000km. A bit of web research quickly showed that I'm far from unique.

    Now I have the measurements, I've ordered a Shimano replacement. They seem to be much better quality and life expectancy, and it's a cheap component. The only reason I could imagine a bike shop wouldn't use them, is to keep you coming back..

  • Challenge Strada Bianca 700C 30mm tyres1 year 3 weeks agoBBB

    +1. That was the article that first got me interested in the Michelin Pro4s (and introduced me to Serfas, never heard of them before). Still be nice to have a big ol'test with some of the more current/readily available fat tyres.

  • Video: Greg LeMond shows how to quickly change an inner tube1 year 3 weeks agoI like the picture at the top

    I like the picture at the top of the article. It looks like Greg's technique involves eyeballing the wheel and praying to the puncture gods...

    KA-blam! It's fixed.

  • Some questions from a new (road) cyclist...1 year 3 weeks agoMany thanks for the responses

    Many thanks for the responses folks,

    It sounds like the BG Fit is a worthwhile investment. There's a Specialized Concept Store down the road in Kingston, and the £120 they charge is a bit more reasonable than the £200+ my LBS charge.

    I've heard a few times that braking performance improves as you move up the range with the calipers (i.e. Ultegra is way better than Tiagra). I'm trying to avoid upgrading my new bike piecemeal, I'm far more likely to buy myself a higher end machine in a year or two once I've worn my wife down (or persuaded her that she should start riding and give her my current bike). I'll take onboard some of the brake maintenance tips and do some work on them this weekend, I'd not come across the rim-rubber stuff before - sounds interesting.

    Another completely left-field question: My bike has a double chainset, I recall a colleague telling me that his LBS told him that "you'll never be able to use every gear on the rear cassette without rubbing". Essentially telling him that you are limited to gears 1-7 while in the small ring at the front, and 3-10 while in the large ring. I read that DI2 adjusts the front derailleur to prevent rubbing which again points to this.

    I was fine with this until last weekend, when I noticed a number of riders using the large ring at the front and the low gears on the rear cassette with no rubbing that I could hear. Is this hearsay and I can adjust my gears better, or is this just the way it works?

    Cheers,

  • Muc-Off Helmet Polish1 year 3 weeks agoAutoglym Vinyl and Rubber

    Autoglym Vinyl and Rubber care spray is cool too.

  • Muc-Off Helmet Polish1 year 3 weeks agodreamlx10

    I had to read that carefully, as it's easy to take it the wrong way.

  • Tour De Romandie Stage 11 year 3 weeks agoGkam84 wrote: I think Nerz

    Gkam84 wrote:

    I think Nerz might be BMC number 1 now

    I would have thought they would throw support behind one of the Swiss boys, Kohler or Wyss.

  • Fog1 year 3 weeks agojmaccelari wrote:I presume a

    jmaccelari wrote:
    I presume a lot of people without lights are those just using the bike to avoid the strike and who are not equipped for general commuting. On a normal day, the majority of habitual commuters are generally well it up.

    Sadly not in this case, this was a crack of dawn ride before the commuter crowds start filling up the roads. That was the reason why I was out that early, I'm working from home and just fancied a spin to start the day.

    I'm feeling a lot less ranty now, I think many were just caught up by how foggy it was. I was surprised myself, it didn't seem especially foggy when I set off but in and around the park there were some really thick patches with very limited visibility.

    I completely agree with you about how well lit up most commuters are now, the message seems to have sunk in with nearly everyone. That's I guess why I was disappointed this morning. Fog makes everyone stupid.

  • Video: Greg LeMond shows how to quickly change an inner tube1 year 3 weeks agoandyp wrote:Next week, how to

    andyp wrote:
    Next week, how to hose off a diarrhoea-coated seatpost

    Really? That'd be just peachy.

  • Video: Google’s self-driving car meets cyclists and out-performs far too many human drivers1 year 3 weeks agoThere is absolutely no

    There is absolutely no denying that self drive cars would be 'safer', the tech is definitely good enough now to be able to react quick enough as in quicker than us.
    The slight issue is any inherent bugs within the system would exist across all vehicles rather than as is currently the case in humans in a case by case basis.
    My views aren't anti the technology more an awareness of the testing that would be required would be massive and then the next battle is that of mind. It being safe is different to people believing it to be safe.

  • Rapha sizeing vs. Assos1 year 3 weeks agoHi Nir. As a general

    Hi Nir. As a general principle, Rapha's standard range will be one size smaller than Assos - so a medium Rapha jersey = large Assos jersey fit.

    The exception is the rapha pro team range which is a comparable size to Assos clothing especially the Uno sized stuff. So, from your description you might need a size medium in the pro team shorts, but possibly a size small in a club jersey if you want it fitted? The only issue might be the length of the bib straps for someone of your height - you could contact Rapha for more help?

  • Tour De Romandie Stage 11 year 3 weeks agoStage 1 is just a short 90km

    Stage 1 is just a short 90km

  • Edge 810 + cadence meter + heart monitor £2131 year 3 weeks agoMakes me cringe at how much I

    Makes me cringe at how much I paid for my head unit alone?...

  • Video: Unboxing the new Garmin Edge 10001 year 3 weeks agoThat is unfortunate; but

    That is unfortunate; but until Google Silver takes off it's likely that Android fragmentation (and Linux) will deter many companies from developing for those platforms. There are just too many variables to take into account for QA and testing.

  • Bottom Bracket Wear1 year 3 weeks agoDepends on what model of FSA

    Depends on what model of FSA crank you have fitted - Gossamer and Energy are compatible with Hollowtech 2 but a lot of FSA models aren't e.g. Omega as they use a 19mm spindle, unique to FSA.