• Bradley Wiggins Book. "My Time".1 year 4 weeks agoI received it the Christmas

    I received it the Christmas it came out. I remember it being pretty anodyne. I recently tried trading it in on Amazon but they didn't want it. This year Santa brought Wide Eyed and Legless by Jeff Connor. That was a total hoot. Laughing

  • Beginner's advice on pedals & shoes?1 year 4 weeks agoChuck wrote:If I'm honest I

    Chuck wrote:
    If I'm honest I probably went for SLs because of some vague 'it's the rules' roadie thing.

    Which is why I automatically consider anyone who cites this kind of made-up 'rule' as an ignorant fool whose opinion is worthless.

  • Beginner's advice on pedals & shoes?1 year 4 weeks agoChuck wrote:If I'm honest I

    Chuck wrote:
    If I'm honest I probably went for SLs because of some vague 'it's the rules' roadie thing.

    This does play on my mind a little, but then I try not to be "that" sort of cyclist and the overwhelming consensus on here seems to be that regular SPDs are absolutely fine anyway.

    My thinking is that I see how I get on with SPDs, and if my riding changes to such an extent that I feel an upgrade to SLs to be necessary, I can change them then. From what a lot of people have said on here though, that need may never arise.

  • Hell of the North East: Newcastle's Cycle Hub puts on Paris-Roubaix inspired ride - and it's free (+ video)1 year 4 weeks agoSTATO wrote:There are miles

    STATO wrote:
    There are miles are miles of rough tracks, bridleways, and sustrans paths around newcastle, tho as stated on their site you do have to link many with sections of road. Will be great to see what route they have come up with.

    my guess would that they'll try and weave in some of the cobbled bits that lead up from the river - there's a killer one up Hanover street near the Copthorne hotel for example then maybe head west via Newburn towards Wylam along the river then north towards Heddon or south towards Consett way... like you say - lots of potential.

    I'm going to have to get some miles in...

  • Japanese court awards over £270k in damages to family of woman killed by cyclist1 year 4 weeks agobadkneestom wrote:Holy

    badkneestom wrote:
    Holy Japan.. Don't ride there!

    Agreed. My spiralling tally of mown-down pedestrians would be halted in it's tracks(!) - I don't think something like this is likely to affect you if you're riding considerately.

    Sounds like the victim's family secured a reasonable result from the civil proceeding, as:

    “Unlike in earlier criminal proceedings, the court gave our case the same treatment as it would a car accident,” said the victim’s son Mitsuhiro Azuma.

    So it would appear that Japan doesn't actually have this properly sorted, contrary to this particular result.

  • Bike Fitting Advice Needed: How Critical is Having the Kneecap Directly Above the Pedal Axle?1 year 4 weeks agoI've always seen the KOPS as

    I've always seen the KOPS as a starting point, but certainly not the holy grail it is often lauded as.

    I always have a snigger when I see a club riders bikes with the saddle slammed back on the rails, a 130mm stem slammed as low as possible, all in order to attain the 'pro' look.

    Than you look at pro's bikes and yeah, most of them run 130mm stems slammed down, but the saddle is actually quite far forward... hence the low and long stem (well partly anyway).

    Balance on the bike is more important (IMO) than KOPS. Can you ride in the saddle with the hands off the bars and maintain your normal riding position? If you fall forward, chances are your saddle is too far forward and needs to come back, if not, then play with moving it forward.

    Also, if you have long femurs, you may want to experiment with moving your cleats back on the shoes as another option.

  • Bianchi Oltre XR2 road bike1 year 4 weeks agorookybiker wrote:"...jumps

    rookybiker wrote:
    "...jumps into action with a ridiculous amount of energy, making it that little bit easier to get away or close down an attack off the front..."

    So a ridiculous amount of energy makes it only a little bit easier?

    Yes, of course it does. No bike is going to make it simple, it'll make it a little bit easier. Seems straightforward enough.

  • Japanese court awards over £270k in damages to family of woman killed by cyclist1 year 4 weeks agoGuess its a reminder that

    Guess its a reminder that cyclists need to be careful around the more vulnerable (i.e. pedestrians) just as we wish motorists would be.

    I guess even a fast jogger could potentially do damage to someone frail and elderly.

    The Japanese system must be different though. I don't recall ever hearing of a driver or cyclist being sued for money like this after hitting someone.

    Though it raises the quesion of insurance for cyclists - are Japanese cyclists all 3rd-party insured or did this one happen to be very wealthy?

    (And I wonder if he tried arguing that the sun was too bright?)

  • Minibus driver cleared over Southampton cyclist death1 year 4 weeks agoShouldn't all professional

    Shouldn't all professional drivers have a pair of good quality sunglasses (preferably polarised) as a tool of their trade?
    Sick of hearing the sun was in my eyes.

  • Hell of the North East: Newcastle's Cycle Hub puts on Paris-Roubaix inspired ride - and it's free (+ video)1 year 4 weeks agoThere are miles are miles of

    There are miles are miles of rough tracks, bridleways, and sustrans paths around newcastle, tho as stated on their site you do have to link many with sections of road. Will be great to see what route they have come up with.

  • French 102-year-old to attempt to break his own Hour Record1 year 4 weeks agoI'm going to go for that

    I'm going to go for that record too. Should be achievable, after all I have over 50 years to train for it! Silly

  • Bianchi Oltre XR2 road bike1 year 4 weeks agoPerhaps a simpler review

    Perhaps a simpler review system would make readers happier? A mere "GOOD" or "NOT GOOD" next to a smartphone picture would do.

  • Japanese court awards over £270k in damages to family of woman killed by cyclist1 year 4 weeks agoteaboy wrote:badkneestom

    teaboy wrote:
    badkneestom wrote:
    Holy Japan.. Don't ride there!

    If you hit and kill someone with a car here you'll likely get community service at worst. We need much stronger punishments for people putting others in danger through their actions.

    You forget, laws here are not made for righteous reasons, they are made according to the law of the Jungle.

  • Beginner's advice on pedals & shoes?1 year 4 weeks agoOne thing to consider is the

    One thing to consider is the construction of the shoes too - I have a pair of old Shimano leisure mtb shoes and while they look quite conventional they weigh a ton and are both porous and absorbent, so overall they're a bit shit, really.

    I also have some Specialized mtb ones that look a lot like road shoes with velcro fastening. They're significantly lighter, cooler in the summer and dry out a hell of a lot quicker. Much better.

  • Bianchi Oltre XR2 road bike1 year 4 weeks agoI think Mr Bret was implying

    I think Mr Bret was implying that the bike itself leaps into action in response to the rider's effort, like a coiled spring.

  • Cycling near Azille (France)1 year 4 weeks agoI was in the Tarn region just

    I was in the Tarn region just N of Toulouse last August. Didn't have any specific routes to work with but French roads are so quiet I just started going all over the place. Even on the occasional times I was on an 'A road' I felt very safe and the motorists are very courteous to cyclists. Had a big truck behind me once and he patiently waited until there was a safe place to overtake; almost couldn't believe it. Saw lots of other 'roadies' and small pelotons as I cycled around. The only car that pulled out in front of me without looking was British!! Probably some of the most enjoyable cycling I've ever done.

  • Hydrophobic Spray1 year 4 weeks ago+2 on mudguards, they stay on

    +2 on mudguards, they stay on my commuter/#2 bike all through the year and consider them an essential bit of kit. I like a rapid commute as much as the next guy and the thought fixing what is effectively a parachute to my bike put me off them for way longer than it really should have, and making do with those ugly mountain bike mud guards that clip onto your seat post and deflect all the road s**t all over my bike.

    But having taken the plunge on some crud roadracers I barely notice them, even when going flat out. Most importantly they keep the crap off the road building up over my nice shiny break callipers.

    I think i have everything covered for wet weather. The rain coat, mud guards, overshoes, gloves, peak hat under the helmet....its just the legs, which isn't really that much of an issue.

  • Bianchi Oltre XR2 road bike1 year 4 weeks agoDid it corner as if on rails?

    Did it corner as if on rails?

    Big Grin

  • Beginner's advice on pedals & shoes?1 year 4 weeks agoI run SPDs (+ compatible

    I run SPDs (+ compatible Shimano shoes) on my road bike and agree with all the SPD comments above. I use SPDs on my MTB, Hybrid (combo pedals) and thought I needed road cleats when I got my road bike. LBS advised SPDs and I've been 100% happy. Borrowed a bike/shoes a while back with road cleats and walking around on them off the bike was a nightmare.

  • Boris Johnson in moves to get deadly lorries off London roads1 year 4 weeks agoOldRidgeback wrote:General

    OldRidgeback wrote:
    General rule - if a car/truck/bus looks dirty and bashed up, then keep your distance.

    I wonder if your (pretty sensible) rule or Boris's new regs would have avoided the accident that very nearly took Boris out in 2009...
    as reported in the Mirror (with video)

  • 2014 WorldTour bikes: Katusha’s Canyon Ultimate, Speedmax + Aeroad1 year 4 weeks agoThe frame in that picture

    The frame in that picture isn't even a 56cm, more like a 54cm probably so it's even shorter

  • ASA withdraws ban on Cycling Scotland advert pending "independent review"1 year 4 weeks agoThere area few points to make

    There area few points to make here:
    1. The good news: There has been an almighty bout of fully justified indignation from the more civilised members of British society: bloggers, a massive number of commenters on blogs, a great petition, letters directly to ASA from the likes of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group, cycling organisations etc. It is good to see so many people being – justifiably – steamed up, and t has certainly had an effect.
    2. But don’t get too excited: We don’t know what the procedure of the “independent” review will be. It’s going to be difficult for the ASA to justify it’s take on positioning, but it may repeat it’s stuff about helmets. The struggle needs to continue here.
    3. The Road Danger Reduction Forum and some others have raised the issue of the ASA’s views on car advertising and indeed representations of motor traffic. If it gets worried about rule and law breaking in advertisements, the fact is that rule and law breaking occurs with typical driving: is that going to be addressed as a problem?
    4. The ASA is unlikely to be rigorous of car advertising because it is a body which comes from the advertising industry. Does anybody think it is going to get really tough with a principal source of its economic activity?
    5. A big problem with the ASA is that when it does censure advertisers, all it does is tell people not to do it again. So advertising of motoring is never going to be really policed. A classic case of what happens when a powerful industry self-regulates. Having said that, when it comes to images of cyclists, if the censure over helmets goes through, we can expect marketing and communications people who have put forward everyday images of cyclists riding in normal clothes to be scared off. Look at the images advertising the next London Bike Show – that’s the only kind of thing we will have.
    So this episode is not over and the problem has not gone away.

    So, do watch this space. And if you see anything which is associated with rule breaking driving in an advertisement, do complain to the ASA. You can let the CTC know about results.

    Dr Robert Davis, Chair RDRF

  • Hydrophobic Spray1 year 4 weeks ago+1 on full winter mudguards,

    +1 on full winter mudguards, most of the wet comes from spray off the road and bike, its also full of crap (not necessarily literally, but sometimes ). This winter has been brutal for the bikes, so mudguards help there too.

  • 23 or 25mm Clinchers to race and train? Which clinchers to choose?1 year 4 weeks agoIn terms of volume 25mm tyres

    In terms of volume 25mm tyres are around 18% larger and therefore can be run at around 20PSI less. The difference is certainly NOT marginal.

    Gains on rolling resistance with 25mm tyres are certainly greater than 1W when tested on real roads, not steel drums. The worse the road surface, the more significant gains (largely thanks to lower pressure not width per se).

  • Japanese court awards over £270k in damages to family of woman killed by cyclist1 year 4 weeks agobadkneestom wrote:Holy

    badkneestom wrote:
    Holy Japan.. Don't ride there!

    Or perhaps ride sensibly, legally and carefully? Japan seems to have it right - from this story it seems vulnerable road users are legally protected in a way that they aren't here. The story says this is in line with what would happen if the woman had been hit by a car. If you hit and kill someone with a car here you'll likely get community service at worst. We need much stronger punishments for people putting others in danger through their actions.