• Video: Backtracker uses radar technology to warn of approaching vehicles1 year 4 weeks ago140m range? So about six

    140m range? So about six seconds between the first light illuminating and being hit by a car closing at 50mph.

    Going to stick with listening and looking, myself.

  • Video: Backtracker uses radar technology to warn of approaching vehicles1 year 4 weeks agoPlease pledge £250,000 to my

    Please pledge £250,000 to my genius idea of regularly looking over my shoulder.

  • Half of Britons say local roads too dangerous for cycling in BBC poll1 year 4 weeks agoMatt eaton wrote:When

    Matt eaton wrote:
    When comparing the UK to countries where utility cycling is more popular we should consider the length of the commute. We always talk about the Dutch but from visiting Holland I certainly don't get the impression that the guys and gals turning up at the office in smart dress on traditional town bikes have just completed a 15-20 commute. In the UK many regular cycle commuters cover these sort of distances. In the UK you would be very lucky to live within 5 miles of your place of work, which I would consider a resonable distance to cycle in office clothes.

    Average UK commute: 9.3 miles. While is doable by bike, but you won't get mass cycling under those conditions.

    BUT 43% have a commute under 5km. 58% of men and 70% of women travel less than 6.2 miles.

    And that's before you consider bike + train and other multi-mode options.

    So there's nothing lucky about it. We could have mass cycle commuting.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/road-and-rail-transport/10724224/...

  • Contents of vial that fell from rider's pocket during Paris-Roubaix prove innocent1 year 4 weeks ago"Seems wrong to combine them"

    "Seems wrong to combine them" - you could do this inadvertently any day of the week (shot of coffee, tonic water and maybe you're needing something for the period pains..), this could be viewed as either being wrong or being clever about what you're eating. Just because these things are in powdered form doesn't mean they're instantly naughty. Of course this depends on moral standing, but it's not illegal, so case closed.

    I'm glad he wasn't identified, he's innocent and we should leave it at that.

  • St John Ambulance launches cycle-specific first aid app and courses1 year 4 weeks agoI'm not sure if it still is

    I'm not sure if it still is the case, but a friend who took a first aid course in the US was advised by his instructor to make sure he learnt all the skills but to fail the test at the end so that he couldn't be sued if someone he administered first aid to died. That's pretty messed up.

  • Segregated cycle lane planned for £600m east London bridge1 year 4 weeks agoWhen the second Blackwall

    When the second Blackwall tunnel was built, the amount of traffic using the Blackwall tunnels route more than doubled in a couple of years. This was far, far beyond background traffic growth in the rest of London, let alone the rest of the country. "Build it and they will come" has always applied with roads capacity.

  • Cycling route to TDF Stage 21 year 4 weeks agoHow long before the Caravanne

    How long before the Caravanne passes through will the roads be open to cyclists?

  • anyone know how to carve data out of strava ?1 year 4 weeks agoMany thanks for that link, I

    Many thanks for that link, I will give it a go

  • anyone know how to carve data out of strava ?1 year 4 weeks agoMany thanks for that link, I

    Many thanks for that link, I will give it a go

  • Video: Backtracker uses radar technology to warn of approaching vehicles1 year 4 weeks agoAnything that allows me to

    Anything that allows me to block one of my senses must be a good idea.
    Or should I just ride without the headphones in?
    [Duncan Bannatyne]meh! you know what I'm going to say...[/Duncan Bannatyne]

  • anyone know how to carve data out of strava ?1 year 4 weeks agoI've used Viking in the past

    I've used Viking in the past for manipulating these files: http://sourceforge.net/projects/viking/

  • "Sick" David Millar unhappy at being cut from Garmin-Sharp's Tour de France line-up1 year 4 weeks agoJimmy Ray Will

    Jimmy Ray Will wrote:
    kevinmorice wrote:
    With all the outpouring of grief over the supposed mistreatment of Millar, please remember he is an ex drug cheat who has admitted to doping again after his suspension and then claims to be subsequently clean. In most other sports doping after an initial ban that warrants a life ban. So he has been lucky to be in any of the the last 9 tours at all.

    Oooh, this is news to me,,, when and where did he dope post suspension, and where can I read more about this?

    Yeah, I'd like to see more info re this as well - preferably with links to a solid credible source, not a throwaway post by...someone....on a forum.

  • Contents of vial that fell from rider's pocket during Paris-Roubaix prove innocent1 year 4 weeks agoQuinine is or certainly used

    Quinine is or certainly used to be present in tonic water.

  • Video: Backtracker uses radar technology to warn of approaching vehicles1 year 4 weeks agoPointless. When it goes off,

    Pointless.

    When it goes off, you'll just look behind, hence negating the need.

  • Segregated cycle lane planned for £600m east London bridge1 year 4 weeks agoThe bridge is needed. The

    The bridge is needed. The eastern part of London has crossings at Dartford and the Blackwall Tunnel and nothing in between, other than the Woolwich foot tunnel and of course the DLR and tube links. I'm curious how many of the people making negative comments in this thread about this proposed bridge live in east London, either to the south or north of the river. And how many of those slating the idea make regular journeys using the existing links? I'm guessing not many and I've noted that the positive comments in favour of the bridge seem to come from those who know the area and understand the transport problems. Queueing at the Dartford or Blackwall crossings can take a very long time, particularly when some idiot truck driver has tried to drive an overheight vehicle through the tunnel and caused yet another 5km tailback.

    There are ways of connecting this new bridge to the road network too, without having to bulldoze Oxleas Wood. Thamesmead has some very wide and currently underused dual carriageways on the south side of the river. Even the sections of road in Thamesmead that would have to be upgraded to connect with the A2 run through some of the brownest of brown, brownfield former industrial areas in the UK. They certainly wouldn't look any worse for some proper landscaping to get rid of the detritus of abandoned buildings, rusting machinery and heaps of fly-tipped rubbish. The existing South Circular needs an upgrade too and this could add in proper separated cycling infrastructure - there is room for a separate cycle lane pretty much all the way to the junction with the A2 but no-one has bothered to build it so far.

    As for the pricetag, £600 million is twice what it would've cost in the early 1990s when there was a plan to build the bridge using a concrete box girder design, but Prince Charles threw his weight into blocking that and called it a carbuncle. Of course, he doesn't live in east London either.

  • Contents of vial that fell from rider's pocket during Paris-Roubaix prove innocent1 year 4 weeks agotroj wrote:Although none of

    troj wrote:
    Although none of these substances are banned it does seem wrong combining them.

    I have little time for those who dope. However, "seems wrong" strikes me as the wrong standard to apply unless we are having a witch hunt.

    Also, I know nothing about the chap who "found" the vial. Surprisingly convenient discovery. Where I come it was often the guys in the volunteer fire brigade who started the bush fires.

  • "Sick" David Millar unhappy at being cut from Garmin-Sharp's Tour de France line-up1 year 4 weeks agokevinmorice wrote:With all

    kevinmorice wrote:
    With all the outpouring of grief over the supposed mistreatment of Millar, please remember he is an ex drug cheat who has admitted to doping again after his suspension and then claims to be subsequently clean. In most other sports doping after an initial ban that warrants a life ban. So he has been lucky to be in any of the the last 9 tours at all.

    Oooh, this is news to me,,, when and where did he dope post suspension, and where can I read more about this?

  • The Tour1 year 4 weeks agoJoelsim wrote:Either hundreds

    Joelsim wrote:
    Either hundreds of changes needed, or you compromise is what it boils down to. There are many WTF stages, including at least 2 if not 4 in the first week.

    I'd argue that stage 1 is verging on a WTF stage. Narrow roads, massive crowds, 'technical' fnish, first day nerves. All we need is a bus stuck under the finish gantry.

  • The Tour1 year 4 weeks agoPicking the purist is a real

    Picking the purist is a real thumbsucker. The main question is whether to plough the big bucks into sprinters or GC guys (or one or two of each?!) and then finding the value elsewhere. My usual tactic is to blow out on three big names then a bunch of Matalan-esque bargains. However, that hasn't worked that well.

    This time I'm going for a more balanced team, the only 30+ guy I've got is Sagan (who is, despite his huge price, probably the safest bet for rolling in a lot a points through the whole tour). Then there are a couple in the 3-4 range (who I suspect lots of others will have spotted as very good value...) and everyone else is in-between. The one guy who I cant seem to fit in is Bakelants; I might regret not taking him. I also wanted Kwiatkowski but think he's a little overpriced for this comp (in the end I've no OPQS guys, nor Orica, both of which decisions I'm unhappy with).

    Oh, and I've gone for Frank Schleck too. It was either him or Voeckler Sick

  • Contents of vial that fell from rider's pocket during Paris-Roubaix prove innocent1 year 4 weeks agobuckulus wrote:Mr Brampton

    buckulus wrote:
    Mr Brampton should be congratulated on not revealing the identity of the rider in question and starting a witch hunt Applause

    That could have really ruined someones year

    Very much so, it was all done the right way around.

    My money's on it being just an energy drink which the rider preferred which is not provided by their energy drink sponsor.

  • Contents of vial that fell from rider's pocket during Paris-Roubaix prove innocent1 year 4 weeks agoAlthough none of these

    Although none of these substances are banned it does seem wrong combining them. It sounds a little like ECA stack. This is Ephedrine , Caffeine and Aspirin. Apparently these legal over the counter cocktail can mimic amphetamines.

    Quinine is a strange one. I'm interested how this interacts with the other substances. I use quinine to help with cramps in hot weather but was originally used to help guard against malaria.

    The substance that should be setting alarm bells going is theophylline. This substance is similar to Salbutamol and Clenbuterol. One is banned and other is take by Kenyans before a big climb to open up the lungs.

    The WADA and the UCI need to look in to this and MUST ask the rider who was using this why he was using this? With an open investigate!!

  • Contents of vial that fell from rider's pocket during Paris-Roubaix prove innocent1 year 4 weeks agonotfastenough wrote:Well I

    notfastenough wrote:
    Well I don't know what theophylline and quinine are..

    According to the book on my desk, theophylline is used to treat acute asthma, and quinine is for malaria or nocturnal leg cramps.

  • Choisissez trois Français... 2014 édition1 year 4 weeks agoSome quite similar teams

    Some quite similar teams being thrown up here, looks like we can expect this to be decided by fine margins.

  • Contents of vial that fell from rider's pocket during Paris-Roubaix prove innocent1 year 4 weeks agoMr Brampton should be

    Mr Brampton should be congratulated on not revealing the identity of the rider in question and starting a witch hunt Applause

    That could have really ruined someones year

  • Half of Britons say local roads too dangerous for cycling in BBC poll1 year 4 weeks agoJoeinpoole wrote:Airzound

    Joeinpoole wrote:
    Airzound wrote:
    Cycling on UK roads is dangerous - 3 knock downs in 15 years, 2 of which were hospital trips and one a hit and run plus scores and scores of near certain death experiences plus several instances where drivers have threatened and been prepared to use extreme violence which could have resulted in very serious injury or death had I not got away. Thousands of close passes, hundreds of which were imho deliberate. Cycling on UK roads is not safe and definitely NOT for the faint hearted. Period.

    Sorry but maybe you need to examine *how* you ride and maybe where you ride too.

    I've had plenty of *potential* serious incidents but there's always been enough 'tells' to make me back off and avoid them.

    It's a bit like it seems that everyone who advocates the wearing of helmets has invariably had millions of near-death experiences from which "the helmet saved their lives". In contrast those of us who have *never* worn helmets (because I'd been cycling for 20 years before they were invented) have remained disappointingly impervious to such drama.

    The fact remains that British roads are actually incredibly safe for cyclists. There's about 100 deaths per year on British roads out of what, about 10-15M cyclists? From what I read in the news at least half of those killed are unfortunately down to the cyclist's own fault through being drunk, texting, racing, inexperienced, etc.

    So you'd be happy for an 8 year old child from your family to cycle along the roads with you? If not then they aren't safe. As I said, five out of five of my flatmates have been knocked off by cars. It's almost inevitable if you ride regularly round London, and that can't be acceptable for a child.