• Driverless cars on UK roads in under six months1 year 4 weeks agoHow do these cars deal with

    How do these cars deal with potholes? Hopefully they have some avoidence system. However if they do these cars will not travel more than about two metres in Wiltshire.

    Come on let's have some proper roads that aren't reminiscent of a third world country.

  • Video exclusive: Greg LeMond on the Tour de France, innovation and his top cyclists of all time1 year 4 weeks agoGreg is another person that

    Greg is another person that Lxxxe Axxxxxxxg smeared. 3 tdf wins, 2 of them with gunshot in his heart and liver.

  • Video: Man versus Sheep - animal outpaces cyclist1 year 4 weeks agoI visited Wast water in 1990

    I visited Wast water in 1990 and was butted by a sheep.

  • Video: Man versus Sheep - animal outpaces cyclist1 year 4 weeks agoMerino sheep...be afraid!

    Merino sheep...be afraid!

  • Driverless cars on UK roads in under six months1 year 4 weeks agoIn about a year's time, I'll

    In about a year's time, I'll either be wishing I was living in the UK or I'll be happy that I'm not in a "blue sceern of death" country... toss the dice boys!
    Yes, I am kidding! I think it's a great idea. The sooner we can take stupidity, emotions and distractions away from what is actually a very serious task, the better.

  • MP: 2-speed cycle lanes would get more women riding – and let them avoid “Lycra clad mad cyclists”1 year 4 weeks agoHow about placing a 12/15mph

    How about placing a 12/15mph speed limit on the bike lanes, and anyone riding faster (including me mostly) being asked to ride in traffic lanes?
    To add to it, reduce speed limit on all non trunk roads to 20mph for everyone.
    And enforce it.

  • Earphones on cyclists: Yea or Nay?1 year 4 weeks agoNorthernbike – What an

    Northernbike – What an evocative soundtrack; a fine addition to the "nay" column. When I cycle in the city I have nothing so poetic to look forward to, so I much prefer my chosen playlist. (Quince's first paragraph in his post slightly upthread also resonates with me.) The countryside where I live is usually friendlier on the ears, but still, riding through it every day as I do, I'll take the blindfold.

    Already live with sheep right outside my windows half the year, so I'm not missing much there. Am always on one singlespeed or another; no pleasantly clunky gear changes (are the modern ones so clunky? I thought that had been ironed out in the lab). The cows I can smell, which fills my senses quite enough. Larks & lapwings & curlews & water rushing over rocks sounds awfully nice I'll grant you; there is a dearth of those on my regular rounds.

    The farmers are usually in their tractor cabs listening to music of their own; the local shepherd, on his loud dune buggy. Those times I pass another cyclist, it's easy enough to turn down the volume or remove an earpiece to be ready for any social interaction should it be offered between the grunts which are the typical conversational fare amongst the hills.

    Soothing a balm as 'natural' noises can be on the soul, a daily diet of it isn't necessarily more uplifting than the vast library of human expression piped through that skinny cord.

    As I type this I'm looking forward to the Far East Sussex night I'm about to dive into on my bike. At some point I will, however, remove my 'phones just to soak up the sound of peaceful silence.

    ~ @jollygoodthen

  • Tour de France Tech 2014: Vincenzo Nibali's Tour de France winning Specialized Tarmac1 year 4 weeks agoThank you!

    Thank you!

  • Tour de France Tech 2014: Vincenzo Nibali's Tour de France winning Specialized Tarmac1 year 4 weeks agonjmoffat wrote:Cracking

    njmoffat wrote:
    Cracking photos - anyone know who took them?

    From their website (http://www.brakethroughmedia.com/archive) it says -

    Iri Greco

    Iri is co-owner of BrakeThrough Media with Jim Fryer. She is a former chef, food stylist, and TV Producer. She got hooked on filming cycling on Easter Sunday 2009 in the Arenberg forest. In her spare time, she has been spotted making her sister’s wedding cake in Puerto Rico, surfing in Mexico, cooking risotto on campfires in Calabria, snapping photos in her native Brooklyn, and plotting the transformation of mankind.

    Jim Fryer

    Jim is co-owner of BrakeThrough Media with Iri Greco. Jim is a former bike racer, bike shop owner, cycling apparel manufacturer, and sports marketing professional. Jim never thought he'd call himself a foodie until he met Iri. He loves riding bikes but he likes photographing cycling even more. In his spare time, he's searching out the perfect beer.

    Looks like there are some equally lovely photos on it. Gives me something to aspire to!

  • MP: 2-speed cycle lanes would get more women riding – and let them avoid “Lycra clad mad cyclists”1 year 4 weeks agoAs soon as anyone, be they

    As soon as anyone, be they pro- or anti- cycling, pulls out the "lycra-clad" moniker, I switch off.

    It's the same mentality that thinks "look how she's dressed, she is asking for it".

  • Ultegra 6800 group set on Domane 4.3?1 year 4 weeks agoMombee wrote:It may not be

    Mombee wrote:
    It may not be Campag, but it's nigh on impossible to find anything to complain about (a way of adjusting the lever-reach without resorting to shims would be nice).

    Lever reach should be settable with just an Allen key (that's what I did with my 6800s using the Shimano docs). Don't have the link to hand but it's on their website under the SL-6800 product menu. I could of course have completely misunderstood what you meant Smile

  • Video: Man versus Sheep - animal outpaces cyclist1 year 4 weeks agoI'm pretty sure that sheep

    I'm pretty sure that sheep was doping.

  • Rider Names - Tour de France1 year 4 weeks agoenrique wrote:'Ariel

    enrique wrote:
    'Ariel Maximiliano Richeze' in the game should be 'Maximiliano Ariel Richeze'
    Thank you by the way... Love Struck

  • Rider Names - Tour de France1 year 4 weeks agoBy the way, I think there

    By the way, I think there might be a space character [ ] in the database after Daniel Martin's name and after Mikel Landa's ... Thinking

  • Rider Names - Tour de France1 year 4 weeks agoenrique wrote:... You

    enrique wrote:
    ... You probably have... most of the riders from Spanish Speaking countries down with their first name, middle name , father's last name and mother's last name... For the most part, riders, like Segio Luis Henao, are usually just called Sergio Henao, Nairo Alexander Quintana could easily just be called Nairo Quintana, etc... It would make the names shorter, the database neater and it would visually look less congested with less names around a rider...
    Since it's not that busy for a while now, wouldn't it be nice to clean up the Latin American and Spanish names to make for shorter names? I can provide you a list if you want...

  • Spada Wheels Breva Forgiato Wheelset1 year 4 weeks agoI agree with you regarding

    I agree with you regarding the settling down process (I build wheels too) although given they had a lot more miles in them by then and by the sounds of the report it was a lot more than that.

  • So why do cyclists get a bad name?1 year 4 weeks agodunnoh wrote:Cyclists get a

    dunnoh wrote:
    Cyclists get a bad name because its socially acceptable. Most car drivers think they are the best drivers in the world. A lot of Cyclists think they are beyond reproach. A lot of really poor car drivers are now in the 'Pro-Peloton' at the weekends.

    All I can say is that I ride everyday of the week, 48 weeks a year. Sometimes I ride way too quick for the conditions and I have to reign myself in. But I never run lights, I always thank drivers for waiting and I'm getting better at not chasing down poor drivers and threatening to beat them senseless - I prefer just to keep my head down now.

    I think better training all round is the answer. Car drivers should be tested more regularly and Cyclists should do some kind of CBT and defensive riding instruction.

    I've given up trying to reason with poor drivers too; it achieves nothing other than putting you in a bad mood. I've also given up reporting dangerous drivers to the police; they just seem totally disinterested.

    I agree with you on the need for better training but I disagree that there should be compulsary training for cyclists. The world would be a better place if more people cycled (even if they cycled poorly) and we need to removed barriers to cycling rather than introduce them.

  • MP: 2-speed cycle lanes would get more women riding – and let them avoid “Lycra clad mad cyclists”1 year 4 weeks agoAssuming that these comments

    Assuming that these comments are London specific, let's not forget that London is generally a very busy place and intimidating for the uninitiated. I know many people who would not feel confident to drive a car in central London either, which is probably a good thing.

    To some extent it is neccesary to toughen up a bit to get by when travelling at rush hour in London, whatever mode of transport you choose, and I suspect that this will be the case for a long time to come.

    Cycling should be a much biger part of London travel and anything that encourages more people onto bikes is a good thing (such as wider cycle lanes, although I'm still not sold on the merits of segregation for most UK towns and cities) but I think that slower cyclists are always going to have to cope with faster riders whizzing past.

  • First road bike and first ride advice please!1 year 4 weeks agoJust wing it! You'll have a

    Just wing it! You'll have a blast, you're going for a bike ride around some roads you seem to know well, not planning a round the world trip. Take a multi tool, tubes, plenty of fluids, cash and a mobile and you'll be fine.

    As for the ride, by far my steepest learning curve was discovering when to brake. The pad against the rim felt awesome, the feedback felt great. What I didn't account for was how little friction there is between the road surface and a skinny tyre. My learning curve involved a quick thinking choice of either hitting an iron gate, a tree, a dry stone wall or my mate who I was following who'd just crashed. Naturally I chose to go over the bars and land on my mate.

  • So why do cyclists get a bad name?1 year 4 weeks agoCyclists get a bad name

    Cyclists get a bad name because its socially acceptable. Most car drivers think they are the best drivers in the world. A lot of Cyclists think they are beyond reproach. A lot of really poor car drivers are now in the 'Pro-Peloton' at the weekends.

    All I can say is that I ride everyday of the week, 48 weeks a year. Sometimes I ride way too quick for the conditions and I have to reign myself in. But I never run lights, I always thank drivers for waiting and I'm getting better at not chasing down poor drivers and threatening to beat them senseless - I prefer just to keep my head down now.

    I think better training all round is the answer. Car drivers should be tested more regularly and Cyclists should do some kind of CBT and defensive riding instruction.

  • Looking for ride buddies near Congleton, Cheshire1 year 4 weeks agoI'm looking forward to it.

    I'm looking forward to it. I'm currently in Manchester so usually get into the goyt etc or occasionally mow cop, which I can see from the new house! My favourite bit of the club run though is the mad dash back into Manchester. It's often race pace for the last 20-30 mins, and it's not the same on your own. Still, I'm cool with my own company, so let's see how it goes.

  • Video: Man versus Sheep - animal outpaces cyclist1 year 4 weeks agoWould the sheep have still

    Would the sheep have still won if it hadn't gone "aero"?

  • Autumn Classics1 year 4 weeks agoGhedebrav wrote:Montreal &

    Ghedebrav wrote:
    Montreal & Quebec are both WT though, no? Therefore should get the nod over anything... I do think there's a case for both Paris-Tours and Milano-Torino...

    I'm not against either, but, just like we have a core of races for the Spring Classics, I think we should have a core of races for the Autumn/Fall Classics... Here's where Wikipedia comes in handy... Big Grin

  • Video: Man versus Sheep - animal outpaces cyclist1 year 4 weeks agoI had a very similar

    I had a very similar experience to this with a badger. They look funny when they run.

    Come to think of it I also had a similar experience with a deer when I was in the car. Who knew that there were all these animals out there just waiting for someone to race.

  • Things I learned from my first Cat 4 race1 year 4 weeks agob1rdmn wrote:One thing to

    b1rdmn wrote:
    One thing to note, the position in the photo is often considered dangerous by some leagues (notably Surrey League) and can lead to disqualification.

    Yeah I don't think disqualification was a major issue for me at that point