• Roads Minister to look into harsher penalties as study finds texting at the wheel more dangerous than drink driving1 year 3 weeks agoI worked as a lollipop man

    I worked as a lollipop man for a while and counted 10% of the drivers who passed me were on their mobiles.

    I asked the police liaison officer to stand with me and take action, he replied that the police were interested in mobile phone use only if there had been an accident involving injury or death.

  • Video: How much aero difference does cycle clothing make?1 year 3 weeks agoI found it interesting.. I

    I found it interesting.. I need to do the maths on it, but 50kmh for 40km, is only 48mins riding.

    If I look at my racing, I tend to compete for an hour or an hour and ten minutes, at averages between 40 and 45kph. Therefore, whilst the benefits aren't as big as claimed here, they are still significant enough to think about.

    Problem is that I am already wearing form fitting kit... so really, all this is telling me that I am actually a minute or so slower than my loose jersey wearing competitors.

  • Abus Performance helmet1 year 3 weeks agoBeaufort wrote:The only point

    Beaufort wrote:
    The only point that matters when reviewing a helmet; How protective is it ? If this lid makes a head injury less likely then that's good enough for me. Weight and venting are nice but you only have one head.

    Yes, but you've got lots of choice at helmets at £89.99 and below, so the other points made in the review are perfectly valid. That's why its called a "review".

    "Taking it off is a blessing." Don't understand why it wasn't given nil stars.

  • Abus Performance helmet1 year 3 weeks agoMaybe protection is the most

    Maybe protection is the most imprtant thing about a helmet, but if it is uncomfortable it won't be worn and it won't protect anything.

  • Video: New Danny MacAskill film Epecuén features amazing riding in Argentinian ghost town1 year 3 weeks agoimmense!!!

    immense!!!

  • Roads Minister to look into harsher penalties as study finds texting at the wheel more dangerous than drink driving1 year 3 weeks agoFluffy - thing is that drink

    Fluffy - thing is that drink driving laws were introduced at the end of the 1970s for a reason. Back then, there were six times as many deaths on UK roads caused by drink driving than now. There were no mobile phones.

    Since that time, drink driving has progressively been regarded as being anti-social behaviour. But mobile phones are more recent, and the research showing how dangerous they are when used at the wheel even more so. And texting/internet use at the wheel is even more recent than that.

    People simply haven't had time to realise how dangerous mobile phone use or texting at the wheel are or for that anti social behaviour element to be appreciated.

    A good first step would be for phone use or texting at the wheel to receive parity with drink driving, resulting in an automatic 12 month driving ban.

    I've seen quite a few numpties cycling while gabbling away on the mobile, or even sending a text.

  • Video: How much aero difference does cycle clothing make?1 year 3 weeks agoApart from the terrifying

    Apart from the terrifying thought of a naked cyclist in a wind tunnel (put me off my afternoon cup of tea)..

    Who goes out in a 30mph wind... I'd be blown off the bike...!

  • fish and chips versus energy bars1 year 3 weeks agoSilly as it seems (what with

    Silly as it seems (what with eating energy bars and energy gels) you probably ran out of energy the first time round - and given your description of the symptoms you may have bonked. Add up the total calorific value in the two rides and I bet you'll see a huge difference.

    A full english is probably pushing a thousand calories, as is a fish and chip dinner with coke, bread, tea cake, crisps etc. A standard 51g Mars bar is 229 cal, so eating four of them is nearly another thousand. Looking at the High 5 stuff, energy gels are under 100 calories and energy bars are under 200, so your going to need to eat at least ten bars and ten gels for the same amount of calories.

    The gels and bars are meant as a *supplement* to give you instant energy for eg a touch climb. They are not meant to replace your basic calorie intake from normal food. Also the "zero cal drinks" are likely electolytes and are nothing to do with energy or getting you up hills, they are for replacing salt lost though sweat.

    I personally favour a strategy involving carb loading the night before, two breakfasts on the day, a pocket full of bite-size flapjack pieces, honey sandwiches and not forgetting several tea and cake stops.

  • Punctured inner tubes, proper repair?1 year 3 weeks agoOn the road, I carry a spare

    On the road, I carry a spare tube and a Parktool patch kit.

    I was also using patch and glue once at home before.

    I have find that patch work better with some brand of inner tube and not as well with other. Rubber type and quality is determinant. Prepping the tube with solvent help to do a stronger bond.
    Even with those in consideration, patch from time to time unglued, specially when the hole is big. Some patch are often very tick and the tube lose flexibility. If you have a ridge on the tube near the hole, than your in trouble.

    Since I like to by expensive ultralight tube, and I dont like to trow them away, I came with this solution, to permanently repair tube once at home.

    Step one: Clean the tube with VC-100 solvent (find in plumbing department of hardware store, its used to clean PVC, ABS pipe before gluing). Rubber will get soft and a bit sticky.

    Step 2 ; Coat the hole and around with GOOP for shoes repair or E-6000 glue. (They several variant of GOOP glue, but I have not try the other). A 1 mm max coat will work. Dont go to tick or the tube will lose some flexibility. Let dry over night. Once dry the patch tube remain flexible. Its impossible to remove the glue with your nail. Kiss

    If the hole is very big, cut a piece of rubber from an old tube, clean tube and patch with solvent and glue them together. Clamp the patch for 24 h at least.

    For off road repair, this approach seems the best solution. Note that I have not done more than few week on the road repairs tube but I am confident that they should last forever.

    I have also repair damage road tire by gluing 2 layers of fiber cloth and GOOP glue by inside the tire. It have last over a year now (front tire) and staring is second season.

  • Are bad drivers using ‘stay back’ stickers as an excuse?1 year 3 weeks agothe interesting thing for me

    the interesting thing for me is that the driver was so averse to being on film stating these facts and offered violence to back them up. If he genuinely believed them to be true it shouldn't have bothered him that anyone disagreed or would report them.

    The reason I find that interesting is not to do with the sticlers per se but the response by some drivers that they are being filmed. I use a bar cam. A fair while ago whilst carefully overtaking stationary traffic on the outside (very little oncoming traffic) a chap got out of his car up ahead to confront me for "breaking the law". Aparrently his special version of the Highway code said this was illegal. I very politely pointed out the bar cam before starting to counter his point and then he claimed the bar cam was illegal and it was illegal to film him. He couldn't remember why video was illegal in a public place but he was sure it was.

    You have to laugh. The point was that as soon as he saw the camera his demeanour changed from threatening / ready to physically stop me, to just having a chat about the HC did you know....?

  • Improving pedaling technique1 year 3 weeks agoThanks, That's interesting,

    Thanks,

    That's interesting, I've never really associated high cadence with smoother pedaling style before. I do have a relatively high cadence, I try to keep the cadence consistent and use the gearing to control speed/power when climbing, other than a couple of particularly nasty climbs near me (Leith Hill / White Down Lane) I pretty much stay in the saddle and just spin things out.

    I occasionally get the small jerk/bite at the top of my stroke which I've been trying to eliminate, it only tends to appear at very high speeds when descending or when things level off at the top of a big climb - I've just assumed it was natures way of telling me to change up a gear.

    I think I'll try and concentrate more on just pedaling smoothly with a bit of a pull on the up stroke. I'd always kind of assumed that the power output from both the up and down motions would be the same - if that's not really the case than that makes a lot more sense and I'm probably not too far from a good technique.

    I'm getting a bike fit next weekend as well, I'll try and get some analysis done when I'm on camera and can actually see what my legs are doing more easily.

    Cheers,

  • Abus Performance helmet1 year 3 weeks agoThe only point that matters

    The only point that matters when reviewing a helmet; How protective is it ? If this lid makes a head injury less likely then that's good enough for me. Weight and venting are nice but you only have one head.

  • Improving pedaling technique1 year 3 weeks agoAccording to Grant Petersen

    According to Grant Petersen in his excellent book "Just Ride", nobody actually 'pedals in circles'.

    "This has been proven by laboratory studies of top-notch riders hooked up to machines, with wires taped to various muscles to see which ones are firing at which part of the stroke. These studies prove that at normal pedalling cadences *nobody* pulls up on the pedals. Even pro mash. The most efficient pedalers just minimise the weight on the upward-moving pedal, so that one leg isn't fighting the other"

  • Are bad drivers using ‘stay back’ stickers as an excuse?1 year 3 weeks agoI think most of those

    I think most of those commenting above have missed the point, clearly expressed in the article.

    Yes, today's bus drivers don't appear to be any more considerate to vulnerable road users than they were before TfL introduced the stickers. The problem is that they now believe they not only have carte blanche to bully people on bikes, but that they also have the tacit approval of TfL to drive recklessly and lecture other road users.

    The stickers are a really bad idea that's spread far beyond its original intention. Essentially, drivers using them assume they can now be exonerated from the outcomes of their bad driving as it's up to everyone outside their vehicle to read the notice and take avoiding action.

  • Harrogate councillor seeks £15k crowdsourcing for Sustrans report after council declines to pay1 year 3 weeks agoSeeing as it's Sustrans, I'd

    Seeing as it's Sustrans, I'd say the council made the right choice.

  • Video: How much aero difference does cycle clothing make?1 year 3 weeks agoDavid Portland wrote:I think

    David Portland wrote:
    I think they've rather exaggerated the differences with a slightly implausible speed -- 50kph for 40km is very close to record-setting territory Smile Drag varies as the square of speed, so the recreational cyclist doing 25kph will only experience a quarter of the drag (and get only a quarter of the benefit of a close-fitting jersey).

    In fact, I think I'll use "improved aerodynamic efficiency" as an excuse for going slowly from now on Wink


    yeah my thoughts as well

  • Harrogate councillor seeks £15k crowdsourcing for Sustrans report after council declines to pay1 year 3 weeks agoOne of the major junctions in

    One of the major junctions in Harrogate has just been redeveloped and I fail to see how they could of made it any more dangerous for cyclists, whilst I know this is County Council who makes the final decision Harrogate do have a say, its only a matter of time before a cyclist is seriously injured in the wake of the redesign.

    They have not got a clue and any report really isn't going to help because they will never be able to digest and understand it.

  • Video: How much aero difference does cycle clothing make?1 year 3 weeks agoWell, someone has to ask

    Well, someone has to ask this... I wonder what the aerodynamic efficiency would be if the rider went that final extra step beyond second skin. Surprise

    Come on, it's a private wind tunnel, I can't be the only person who would be curious to find out. It's science!

  • Improving pedaling technique1 year 3 weeks agoI wouldn't worry. The people

    I wouldn't worry. The people with a really fluid style don't look like they are thinking about what their feet are doing at 100rpm.

    Just try to pedal smoothly (i.e. pedalling circles). Unless you are going up steep hills or pushing at a lowish cadence most people don't pull up much.

    Most beginners stomp on the pedals because they are cycling at low cadences and fighting the bike. Pedalling with a higher cadence will soon encourage a smoother pedalling style.

    (Apolgies, I re-read your original post and yoo made clear that you weren't a beginner!)

    80/20 sounds fine to me. I would have thought you'll just injure yourself trying to pull up as much as you push down.

  • Are bad drivers using ‘stay back’ stickers as an excuse?1 year 3 weeks agoIf Rob Sowerby's accounts are

    If Rob Sowerby's accounts are correct then both drivers need to be taken off the buses and given another job! Stickers or not, you can't just run people off the road...

    I was sitting in the front seat one of the new Routemasters last week and the side mirrors give fantastic visibility - you can see right down each side of the bus all the way to the rear end - so if drivers are pulling into cyclists filtering then either their observation is inadequate or they're doing it deliberately...

  • Video: How much aero difference does cycle clothing make?1 year 3 weeks agoI'd rather be comfortable and

    I'd rather be comfortable and look less ridiculous and get to the cake shop a minute later. If such tiny issues bother a rider then they have no business eating cake anyway.

  • Sir Dave Brailsford: Chris Froome doesn't pick Sky Tour de France team - I do1 year 3 weeks agoI mean fun biking video.

    I mean fun biking video.

  • Sir Dave Brailsford: Chris Froome doesn't pick Sky Tour de France team - I do1 year 3 weeks agoLeaving Wiggins out would

    Leaving Wiggins out would hurt a lot of fans, and at least he pays his taxes in Britain.

    Off topic see this fun video on you tube.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbJ1EaF0SCQ

  • We have a Bianchi L'Eroica clothing giveaway winner1 year 3 weeks agoWhy is it a blatant fix?

    Why is it a blatant fix?

  • Harrogate councillor seeks £15k crowdsourcing for Sustrans report after council declines to pay1 year 3 weeks ago@Gkam84: Not all money can be

    @Gkam84: Not all money can be spent within the same financial year in which it's received. If you get £500,000 on March 31st to build a new cycle route, it's really very unlikely that you're going to be able to spend it all before the end of the financial year a few hours later.

    Also, when you say "they want the public to stump up", the "they" in this case is actually a councillor, not Sustrans, as the story explains.

    When Sustrans (or anyone else) gets Government grants, it's for a particular purpose. It might be "build a new cycle route in a particular South Wales valley", for example. It sure as hell isn't going to be "just keep this in your back pocket in case some town in North Yorkshire wants a feasibility study".

    But you know, facts, good story and all of that.