• Brewery cyclists set for 70-pub pub crawl1 year 3 weeks agoNow that's my kind of charity

    Now that's my kind of charity ride! Good luck to them

  • Should I upgrade to a new bike or upgrade parts on my current bike!!!1 year 3 weeks agoMany Thanks for all your

    Many Thanks for all your advice, You have given me lots to think about

  • To EPS or not EPS...1 year 3 weeks agoFlying Scot wrote:Personally,

    Flying Scot wrote:
    Personally, I would stick with Record mechanical, it won't go out of date so quickly!

    You've not seen the new mechanical prototypes, I take it Wink

  • Chris Boardman calls for more ambitious cycling provision outside big cities1 year 3 weeks agobanzicyclist2 wrote:I spent a

    banzicyclist2 wrote:
    I spent a weekend in the Wirrel near Heswell, must say I was impressed by the cycle track.... and the number of people using it.

    If there were options like it around South Cumbria I'm sure a lot more people would take the two wheel option.

    That would be Wirral and Heswall Smile

    Glad you liked it around here Cool

  • Videos: The Road, anthem of 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ + bonus Giro Donne song1 year 3 weeks agoI take it that the woman on

    I take it that the woman on the bike is dressed like a St. Trinians schoolgirl in some sort of homage to Jimmy Saville.

  • Accident with a car advise ?1 year 3 weeks agoFrom what you have written it

    From what you have written it sounds like the BMW is trying to park parallel to the street. But I suspect that he actually was pulling off the road into a driveway. In the former situation I would definitely put the onus on him, but in the second it sounds like you may not have been taking due care. That's not a legal position, just IMO you should be wary filtering especially with buses because you can't see if they are stopping for traffic etc. which it sounds like what was happening.

    Your first port of call sounds like it should be to an injury lawyer specialist if you are so inclined. They will assess the merits of it and then you will have a definite answer. From things I've read there are less meritous cases which have been taken up and succeeded (I'm not suggesting there is no merit to your case - I wasn't there, though I know I gave some of my opinion above).

  • Videos: The Road, anthem of 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ + bonus Giro Donne song1 year 3 weeks agoI hate this sort of music,

    I hate this sort of music, but for some reason like this. I imagine Snow Patrol fans will whip themselves in a frenzy as to how bland and melodic it is.

    I hate Snow Patrol.

  • Accident with a car advise ?1 year 3 weeks agoThe driver will be liable.

    The driver will be liable. They have pulled across the road to park against the flow of traffic and while this is in the do not category of the Highway Code it will go in your favour. As for the filtering, you were in a cycle lane passing stationary traffic so no offense committed by you. In fact I wouldn't be surprised that the bus driver has flashed the BMW through.

    Take a note of repairs to your bike as well as loss of wages etc as you should be able to claim of the motorists insurance. Hope you heal up quickly and that your injuries are minor.

  • IKEA to sell electric bike1 year 3 weeks agoOldRidgeback wrote:Capacitors

    OldRidgeback wrote:
    Capacitors will be cheaper, lighter and more compact than batteries.

    They won't. Ever.

    That's fundamental to the physics, and what a capacitor is. I obviously don't know where you got that impression from, but there are some high profile snake oil companies out there claiming magical but untested properties for their products. But this is an age when we even have companies claiming to have invented perpetual motion (Steorn).

    Best storage density for super capacitors is about a tenth of li-ion battery tech. There are companies experimenting with capacitor containers for li-ion cells as a way to improve life and charging speed which looks promising.

    And whatever the solution, the long term trend is simply that batteries improve by about 6-7% each year, every year.

  • Don't take bikes to watch Tour in Yorkshire, say local train companies1 year 3 weeks agoThey say 'until the road is

    They say 'until the road is handed over to the race' so I think that's the same thing. Round here it'd be shut to traffic at 7am but I'd expect you can ride till about nine. I'm sure clarity will be given nearer the time.

  • Giro Stage 131 year 3 weeks agoNo Quintana, Evans or Poels

    No Quintana, Evans or Poels for me today. Probably a mistake but Polski are quite far ahead so have decided to risk it

  • To EPS or not EPS...1 year 3 weeks agoi fall in to the category of

    i fall in to the category of "the red writing looks cool" but I'm not spending another 650 to get SR and an R sys upgrade . Can't justify it.

    Those first two posts are close to why I'm stuck.

    1) It's cool and everyone raves about how good it is (but maybe inferior to DI2).

    2) more to go wrong and not really user serviceable. The down tube mounted battery robs the bike of some of its clean looks as well.

    There just seem to be lots of "super fan reviews" full of hyperbole rather than anything objective.

    Still stuck Smile

  • IKEA to sell electric bike1 year 3 weeks agoIt is ugly and expensive.

    It is ugly and expensive. Hopefully German research on super-capacitors will continue as early results are promising, with experimental units yielding performance close to that of the best lithium ion batteries. Capacitors will be cheaper, lighter and more compact than batteries. They'll also last considerably longer, without the progressive reduction in performance seen in batteries. Capacitors do require sophisticated electronics to make sure the flow of power is at a steady, continuous rate but that technology is available. Once capacitors come onto the market, the cost of electric vehicles of all types will plummet and that can only be good. I wouldn't buy an electric car or bicycle right now as the batteries are expensive and in five years or so, they'll likely be seen as a technological dead end and the resale value of anything powered by them will plummet.

  • Bike Service - What would you expect to go wrong after 1700 miles?1 year 3 weeks agoReading the above comments,

    Reading the above comments, to clarify my duty, I do a lot of climbing in all weathers, but also keep the drive train very clean.

  • Jockey wheel conundrum1 year 3 weeks agoGo campag....they have upper

    Go campag....they have upper and lower marked on the wheels last time I looked!

  • IKEA to sell electric bike1 year 3 weeks agoagingbrit wrote:Bummer -

    agingbrit wrote:
    Bummer - looks like the front tyre on that folder is flat! Worried

    Inflates with a 5mm Allen key.

  • To EPS or not EPS...1 year 3 weeks agogiobox wrote:Flying Scot

    giobox wrote:
    Flying Scot wrote:

    A mate in the trade tells me that if you go EPS, go for Record NOT Super Record, as he believes Record is superior and has had more development, so bear that in mind if going the EPS route.

    That's nonsense. Super Record is just the exact same Record group set with titanium bolts, an extra piece of carbon on the rear mech and some ceramic bearings, and the word "Super" written on it. Other than that they are exactly the same groupset, motors and all.

    Super record has always been a marketing invention to part campy fans from even more money, there is zero engineering difference. That red "Super" word on the brake levers looks awesome, and Campagnolo know people will pay for it.

    I will take your word for it, but what he told me was that they had been upgrading Record, but the SR was still the same as at launch.

    Might be BS of course, I'm a record man, find SR a bit Spinal Tap.....this one goes to 11...

  • Laura Trott clarifies comments on Glasgow 2014 and women’s Tour de France1 year 3 weeks agomooleur wrote: Riding an

    mooleur wrote:

    Riding an event surely shouldn't be about profit, that comes second after the love and passion that drives a person to do it in the first place.

    So next week you'll go to work for free? Passion and love is all well and good, but for Laura and many others, it's a job too. It is also very time limited, she could crash out today, and never ride again!

    I think people should read the article, then realise that half of what has been quoted as from Laura, was from Jason, or extrapolated by the journo to put a controversial slant to it.
    I have challenged the journo to publish the tape alongside her article, she's now pleading that her story had to be condensed...

  • Laura Trott clarifies comments on Glasgow 2014 and women’s Tour de France1 year 3 weeks agodreamlx10 wrote:That still

    dreamlx10 wrote:
    That still doesn't explain the, "There had to be one..." remark does it ?

    I think he's possibly referring to a comment that refers to England and overlooks the other countries in the UK. This is, alas, one of the many factors that has fuelled the rise of Scottish nationalism and the rise in status of that slimy little creep Alex Salmond.

    But back to Ms Trott, it was the Daily Mail so it can be almost relied on to quote people out of context. She is refreshingly honest and says what she thinks, even if I don't always agree with what she says.

  • Kickstarter roundup: Clug, D-Key and Upper Wheel Fairings1 year 3 weeks agoThe Clug looks nice and is

    The Clug looks nice and is unobtrusive, I can see that doing well. I'm not convinced that it would be all that easy to use though.

    I like the D-Key. It's not revolutionary but as a convenient way to carry a 4mm key at all times it works and it's a bit different. It's a bit of an Etsy product though.

    The fairing, yeah... I'm out.

  • Laura Trott clarifies comments on Glasgow 2014 and women’s Tour de France1 year 3 weeks agoThe simple answer here is

    The simple answer here is :

    DON'T TALK TO THE DAILY MAIL!

    and

    DON'T READ THE DAILY MAIL!

  • Laura Trott clarifies comments on Glasgow 2014 and women’s Tour de France1 year 3 weeks agoThat still doesn't explain

    That still doesn't explain the, "There had to be one..." remark does it ?

  • Videos: The Road, anthem of 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ + bonus Giro Donne song1 year 3 weeks agoRubbish. Be surprised if it

    Rubbish. Be surprised if it charts for any other reason than buying it for the novelty factor. They'd have been better using the promotional footage for the video.

  • Chris Boardman calls for more ambitious cycling provision outside big cities1 year 3 weeks agoI spent a weekend in the

    I spent a weekend in the Wirrel near Heswell, must say I was impressed by the cycle track.... and the number of people using it.

    If there were options like it around South Cumbria I'm sure a lot more people would take the two wheel option.

  • Jonathan Tiernan-Locke says delay in bio passport hearing isn’t his fault1 year 3 weeks agoThe_Vermonter wrote:I wonder

    The_Vermonter wrote:
    I wonder if he were (enter non-British nation here) would there be so much sympathy? Though he is innocent until proven guilty, is it so hard to believe a British/Sky rider would dope or partake in an illegal training method? Besides, it is now well documented that Sky are just another player in the pill culture.

    I'm sure that any rider who was yet to be proved guilty would be treated sympathetically by the people who supported him or her, who are most likely from their home country.

    As for Sky using Tramadol - they were using it to control pain, it's not a banned substance and does''t enhance performance. They stopped using it as it's very strong and has significant side effects, which make it unsafe to ride.

    The problem with throwing mud is that some of it sticks.