• More photos of SRAM’s new electronic groupset1 year 6 weeks agoDave Atkinson

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    euanlindsay wrote:
    With regard to wireless you are thinking based on current implementations. Who says there has to be one battery. Most of the power is needed by the motors, not the shifters.

    Up front you have the shifters connected to a smaller battery/head unit that communicates wirelessly with the derailleurs at the back that are connected by one wire and a battery possibly integrated into them as well. You have removed a lot the installation issues with fishing about with internal wiring and cable ties.

    i think you're underestimating the amount of battery capacity you need to maintain a constant wireless connection between the components. much, much more than the motors, which only work very periodically, require.

    Are you thinking in terms of WiFi? Ant+ doesn't seem to be a huge drain on the sensor batteries and they have to send a signal for more often than a shifter, but even then we are talking about transmitting a signal through the air. Wires could conceivably be replaced with conductive tape or by having a separate battery at the shifters and the derailleurs one could potentially transmit a signal directly through the frame material, hence "wireless" with less power requirements. If this happens remember it was my idea.

  • Women’s Tour schedule complete with stage 3 Felixstowe start, but no main sponsor found1 year 6 weeks agoThe first edition of the

    The first edition of the modern men's tour was sponsored by the London 2012 bid, according to Wikipedia. Guess they're not interested any more?

    Anyway I'll be watching. This could have been a nice way for specialized to redeem itself after using nude women in a dealership.

  • Women’s Tour schedule complete with stage 3 Felixstowe start, but no main sponsor found1 year 6 weeks agoThe first edition of the

    The first edition of the modern men's tour was sponsored by the London 2012 bid, according to Wikipedia. Guess they're not interested any more?

    Anyway I'll be watching. This could have been a nice way for specialized to redeem itself after using nude women in a dealership.

  • Video: Boris bike vs Mont Ventoux1 year 6 weeks agokudos!

    kudos!

  • New Forest Authority claims cyclists poo on village greens1 year 6 weeks agoFound myself laughing at the

    Found myself laughing at the quotes here , "Some of them go very fast and it’s only a matter of time before an old person is hit by a cycle".

    Did these come from a real person or some sort of automated cycling-menace-cliche machine?

  • More photos of SRAM’s new electronic groupset1 year 6 weeks agoMavic tried electronic

    Mavic tried electronic wireless shifting in the 90s with the Mektronic. Catastrophe, never worked properly. You can read elsewhere about the problems with it.

  • Want to go to Tour de France 2014 team presentation in Leeds? Register your interest online1 year 6 weeks agoI so want to go and have been

    I so want to go and have been looking for months on how to get tickets. There won't b many tickets so not holding out much hope.

  • Brighton traffic wars: crashes down overall, but more cyclist & pedestrian incidents after 20mph limit comes in1 year 6 weeks agoGuyz2010 wrote:Neil753 I

    Guyz2010 wrote:
    Neil753
    I know not one person having been exposed to any of the stuff you refer to. It would be all over the headlines of local press. I live in a city and read the local press but cannot recall anything of this nature.
    .

    http://road.cc/content/news/95691-suspended-sentence-motorist-who-used-c...

    http://road.cc/content/news/84832-suspended-sentence-driver-who-used-cam...

    http://road.cc/content/news/17331-road-rage-driver-gets-life-murdering-c...

  • Women’s Tour schedule complete with stage 3 Felixstowe start, but no main sponsor found1 year 6 weeks agoThey are either asking the

    They are either asking the wrong people or their projected audience and viewing figures just aren't attractive.

    As its a new event, I wouldn't expect them to get much interest in Britain.

    Companies here tend to jump on the bandwagon once it is rolling, but they are not going to pay to push it.

    They should be looking to the middle east for sponsors. Have a great first year and then turn down all the UK companies that couldn't be bothered to help get this race running....

  • Bio passport charges for Team Sky's Jonathan Tiernan-Locke1 year 6 weeks agoSky probably feel as let down

    Sky probably feel as let down as everyone else. Their actions in stopping him from attending training camps and in doing so stopping him from working for them is the same as any of job.

    I'm with Farrell on this one though, there is obviously enough evidence to charge him with the offence whether or not it will stick is another matter altogether.

    In the end if he is guilty then i have no pity for him at all but if he's innocent then lets hope the truth comes out.

    Also if it dates back to his previous team then do they get sanctioned ? Does anyone know ?

  • Brighton traffic wars: crashes down overall, but more cyclist & pedestrian incidents after 20mph limit comes in1 year 6 weeks ago@ Guyz2010 - I agree that

    @ Guyz2010 - I agree that it's too short a time period.

    Those that are triumphantly drawing attention to these figures, in a ridiculous move to claim that lower speed limits are in some way more dangerous, are at risk of being ever more marginalised politically once longer term stats show the inevitable benefits of a 20 limit.

    At the end of the day, even primary school children would understand that slower speeds mean less severe injuries and, crucially, more opportunity to either avoid a collision, or reduce the impact speed of that collision.

    Personally, I'd like to see 20 become the norm on all streets that are currently 30, and 40 max for country lanes; enforced not by fixed cameras but by hidden mobile units, with a day in jail for each mile per hour over the limit, but I appreciate that might be seen as extreme Wink

  • Bio passport charges for Team Sky's Jonathan Tiernan-Locke1 year 6 weeks agofukawitribe wrote: ..perhaps

    fukawitribe wrote:

    ..perhaps we could get someone as well informed, open-minded and impartial as yourself ?


    hehe - if I ever had the opportunity, I'd start with some difficult follow-up questions after the initial question had been swerved with a typically rehearsed and sound-bite riddled answer! But then that's Kimmage's style and he's been painted as a lunatic with a grudge lately - whenever that happens to someone, I tend to think they're getting somewhere near to the truth.

  • Parker International closes website1 year 6 weeks agoI often bought things from

    I often bought things from them. Hard to find small parts for shifters and the like. Excellent service. The person saying they were a 'scam' admits never buying from Parkers. Very sorry to see them go, happy retirement!

  • Bio passport charges for Team Sky's Jonathan Tiernan-Locke1 year 6 weeks agophiltregear wrote:IMO this is

    philtregear wrote:
    IMO this is all very good news. possible doping has been detected early in the career of a top flight cyclist. BY THE UCI .( shurely shome mishtake!!). A full investigation will ensue. The truth, we hope, will come out. As to SKYs treatment of their rider, that is their call. Damned if they back him, damned if they sack him. But that is the price we will all have to pay if we want to see doping eliminated.

    Of course there is some damage along the way. But to spring to JTLs defence at this time stinks of the discredited methods of LA and his entourage. Let us not forget that ruined proper competition and destroyed many careers whilst it was allowed to hold sway.

    As for Walsh and Kimmage: surely it is better that the UCI itself is taking the lead on these matters. There are other journalists ( eg L'equipe staff) that are no friends of SKY and are as adept and stubborn as Walsh and Kimmage in pursuing these stories.

    I don't say JTL is guilty, but I am glad for the sport that the bio passport system appears to be working to highlight possible doping.

    I get the feeling that JTL is more of a sacrificial lamb if anything. And, I also think that the blood passport has well and truly been side-stepped for a good while. Catching riders when they turn pro (take a step up) is about the best chance the WADA affiliates have of catching the pro (dopers). If you consistently dope then you bloods won't change, if you take 'that step' then the bloods do.

  • Bio passport charges for Team Sky's Jonathan Tiernan-Locke1 year 6 weeks agodaddyELVIS wrote:If found

    daddyELVIS wrote:
    If found guilty then Sky may finally have to explain a few things, but I'm sure they'll have an explanation sorted. If JTL's previous team are to be believed, for the period in question Sky were over-seeing his training program. Have we got any investigative sports journalists who might get to the truth - Walsh has turned into a Sky fan and Kimmage has been marginalized - looks like they will get through this with carefully managed PR, just as they did when it turned out a certain dodgy doctor was working for them!

    I quite agree. Walsh seems to have offered whatever olive branch he can to the cycling fraternity and it seems he does not want to stare controversy in the face. Makes me wonder about his particular beef with Armstrong.

  • Bio passport charges for Team Sky's Jonathan Tiernan-Locke1 year 6 weeks agoGuyz2010 wrote:What a pity

    Guyz2010 wrote:
    What a pity for the sport whatever the outcome. However doping is not limited to cycling remember, I read some (dunno where so don't ask) that half the pro-tour golfers have been identified with doping.
    Keyboard warriors are on form tonight I see.

    Don't know if you saw the recent documentary with (dare I say it) Jody Marsh talking about steroid use? She interviewed a steroid dealer and he said he was dealing to everyone. Sportsmen, actors etc. But specifically named golfers….a surprise in some senses, but not in others.

  • Bio passport charges for Team Sky's Jonathan Tiernan-Locke1 year 6 weeks agoIMO this is all very good

    IMO this is all very good news. possible doping has been detected early in the career of a top flight cyclist. BY THE UCI .( shurely shome mishtake!!). A full investigation will ensue. The truth, we hope, will come out. As to SKYs treatment of their rider, that is their call. Damned if they back him, damned if they sack him. But that is the price we will all have to pay if we want to see doping eliminated.

    Of course there is some damage along the way. But to spring to JTLs defence at this time stinks of the discredited methods of LA and his entourage. Let us not forget that ruined proper competition and destroyed many careers whilst it was allowed to hold sway.

    As for Walsh and Kimmage: surely it is better that the UCI itself is taking the lead on these matters. There are other journalists ( eg L'equipe staff) that are no friends of SKY and are as adept and stubborn as Walsh and Kimmage in pursuing these stories.

    I don't say JTL is guilty, but I am glad for the sport that the bio passport system appears to be working to highlight possible doping.

  • Brighton traffic wars: crashes down overall, but more cyclist & pedestrian incidents after 20mph limit comes in1 year 6 weeks agoTrue but the figures are too

    True but the figures are too short a period as I noted. Still think I'd rather be knocked down by a car doing 20 than 30mph. The reported cycling and pedestrian increases from 44 to 48 and 35 to 40 respectively are hardly significant and like you say could be effected by other factors.
    Having re-read the article it seems to have errors "Steve Percy, of the People’s Parking Protest, said: “The argument for these zones was that it would protect people, but these figures show it doesn’t seem to have done that.”"
    Above that it stated the crashes had fallen from 168 to 145 then to 129. Am I being stupid.....don't answer that.

  • Bio passport charges for Team Sky's Jonathan Tiernan-Locke1 year 6 weeks agoI see the no idea's, don't

    I see the no idea's, don't knows, no abilities and never done anythings see the need to right someones life off before the process is finished. Lets see what happens now rather than being judge and jury, it's what we'd expect for ourselves so why not for JTL.

  • Clear glasses recommendation...1 year 6 weeks ago+1 for the Bollé safety

    +1 for the Bollé safety glasses. Available in clear or tinted, under a tenner.

  • Insurer outlines to lorry owners the dangers cyclists face1 year 6 weeks agofarrell wrote:Neil753

    farrell wrote:
    Neil753 wrote:
    It's a tricky one, but many many cyclists find themselves being overtaken by the same lorry that they themselves have just undertaken. If you resist them temptation to squeeze past a lorry, you won't have to worry about being overtaken by it, and if you choose a route less frequented by lorries in the first place then risks are minimised even further.

    What Zurich is doing is good, and and there's a lot that can also be done to help educate cyclists too.

    I don't think you really understand, I don't want sense and reason, I want a little alien that makes my bike fly.

    That's not too much to ask for now, is it?

    Farrell, I don't think what you want is feasible, but what I'm suggesting is actually quite achieveable. In fact, I successfully did it today, on the way to work, by choosing a route that was slightly longer but wasn't used by trucks. If you can't see the logic of that, maybe your wish will be granted sooner than you imagine Wink

  • Brighton traffic wars: crashes down overall, but more cyclist & pedestrian incidents after 20mph limit comes in1 year 6 weeks agoGuyz2010 wrote:Neil753 Not

    Guyz2010 wrote:
    Neil753
    Not sure (or need to know) where you live, but a am aware of some of the things you state, however I know not one person having been exposed to any of the stuff you refer to. It would be all over the headlines of local press. I live in a city and read the local press but cannot recall anything of this nature. Extreme indeed. Surely if the victims of gangs creating crashes would have said something. I hardly believe this is the case.
    Guy, this sort of thing tends to happen in urban areas, with poor segregation and infrastructure, with drug and "nightlife" issues, where poor live cheek by jowl with the rich, where there's a diverse population, and where there is a sizeable resentment shown towards any measures that encourage cycling.

    Just like Brighton, in fact.

    I appreciate this sort of thing isn't at the forefront of any many cyclists' minds, but the more you search for it, the more it becomes apparent that there's plenty of really bad stuff going on. I suggested that it may be affecting the figures because Brighton arguably offers more potential for this type of statistical "skewing" than any other large town I can think of.

    And I would also say, especially with the increase in injury exageration in our increasingly compensation aware society, and given how easily a minor accident can be recorded a a major one, that we should all take this slight blip in the statistics with a pinch of salt.

  • Women’s Tour schedule complete with stage 3 Felixstowe start, but no main sponsor found1 year 6 weeks agoMaybe they should approach

    Maybe they should approach some 'feminine' type companies, Boots cosmetics for instance or the 'Closer' type media rag mags.
    I'm sure they would have already.

  • Velocite Gram SL wheels1 year 6 weeks agoIf you weigh 100kgs why are

    If you weigh 100kgs why are you even considering saving 200 grams max on yours wheels. Seems a bit pointless.

  • Insurer outlines to lorry owners the dangers cyclists face1 year 6 weeks agoWell done Zurich, now go the

    Well done Zurich, now go the extra mile and tell the heavy haulage fleets/firms that you will be increasing their premiums until they stop "pay per load".