• Kuurne Brussels Kuurne1 year 4 weeks agochiv30 wrote:For info

    chiv30 wrote:
    For info Stannard is due to ride kbk startlist may need an update

    He was only added by sky this evening, wasn't due to ride when I updated this morning, I can add him i now

  • Team Sky's Ian Stannard wins Omloop Het Nieuwsblad1 year 4 weeks ago2 out of 3 podium positions

    2 out of 3 podium positions for Sky, Great job guys...and a massive effort from the whole team!! Smile

  • Good quality mid-range cycle wear?1 year 4 weeks agoCastelli, Rapha and Assos

    Castelli, Rapha and Assos mainly for me here, and a healthy amount of small brand kit done on champion systems.
    They're expensive yes, but worth it, and a bit of hunting in sales can save you a healthy amount at time, and it's way better than the mid range kit.
    Some things will never hit the sales, stuff like a Gabba etc

  • Good quality mid-range cycle wear?1 year 4 weeks agoI've never really looked into

    I've never really looked into pearl Izumi, thanks for pointing it out guys

  • DeFeet Aireator Tall Hi-Vis Socks1 year 4 weeks agoColours are cool, bright is

    Colours are cool, bright is cool in cycling

  • DeFeet Aireator Tall Hi-Vis Socks1 year 4 weeks agoSteve There are other colours

    Steve

    There are other colours in the range so maybe that's the explanation...

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/defeet-aireator-tall-hi-vis-socks/#gallery

    Certainly the orange and yellow socks seem bright enough.

  • Omloop Het Nieuwsblad1 year 4 weeks agoOf my two teams lost five

    Of my two teams lost five riders before the start, didn't do my scores any good!!!# Day Dreaming

  • Omloop Het Nieuwsblad1 year 4 weeks agoOf my two teams lost five

    Of my two teams lost five riders before the start, didn't do my scores any good!!!# Day Dreaming

  • Brake Advice Shimano 105/Sram Rival Combination1 year 4 weeks agoI've certainly found that

    I've certainly found that 5700 levers with any other callipers (5600, shimano BR451, tektro) didn't work that well: under powered.

    I would infer from this (but haven't tried) that the 105 callipers might be ok for power but lacking in modulation with SRAM levers.

    Why not buy Apex callipers: you can get them for under £30 the set and I would say that performance is not any different to Rival brakes. I have Apex brakes on two bikes and Red on another. The only real difference apart from a few grammes is in the pads with Swisstop on the Red and you can upgrade to that when you wear the first set out.

  • Icebike: Thule, Elite, Mule Bar, Kryptonite and more1 year 4 weeks agoAm about to buy a Thule roof

    Am about to buy a Thule roof carrier, so the sprint is interesting. Nearly £80 more than the othe fork-mounting model though? Bit steep isn't it?

  • Base layers, both winter and summer. Advice please.1 year 4 weeks agoI got a bit obsessed with

    I got a bit obsessed with this for winter base layers: not got there for spring or summer yet...

    UniQlo HeatTech: wanted this to work as it's cheap but they're rubbish and very baggy (I needed to get an XS to get it anywhere snug and I'm a Large in most cycling kit).

    Craft Zero: not bad but the fabric snags easily and it smells after one ride. very long in the body.

    Helly Hansen dry stripe: wicks OK, gets smelly quite quick. quite good value though.

    Castelli iride seamless: pricey but amazing, looks and feels good, snug, like the thumb loops, smells lovely out of the box and doesn't get whiffy even after wearing for a week of commuting.

  • Who really is/was the greatest?1 year 4 weeks agoGreatest ever:

    Greatest ever: Indurain
    Greatest Brit: At the mo Cav, in the future Froome.
    Greatest Track: Hoy
    Greatest Woman: Vos

  • Good quality mid-range cycle wear?1 year 4 weeks agoI have Castelli and Shutt kit

    I have Castelli and Shutt kit - good performance and quality and worth paying a bit more for durability, good fabrics and good cut.

    For me I would say it's about finding a range or two that fits you and stick with it. I've found it to be quite a long process with a lot of mis-steps.

    For instance the Shutt sportswool jerseys are lovely and fit like a glove but I couldn't get shorts and tights that work for me (straps too short).

    Castelli cut is perfect for me (L up top, XL down below for the length) and the pads are very comfy. I've had a lot of expensive shorts with uncomfortable pads: used to think it was my saddle until I got the Castellis.

    Shutt regularly have good offers and the same with Castelli (I've never paid full price), plus they have a very good loyalty scheme.

  • London cycling less safe, improving too slowly says report1 year 4 weeks agoFluffyKittenofTindalos

    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:
    Ush wrote:
    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:
    Ush wrote:
    Quote:
    “Segregation is the biggest issue for cyclists and they believe that better traffic junctions are critical to their safety.

    Most motorists believe that cyclists should not be on the roads. This survey appears to represent the views of a sizeable proportion of cyclists who agree with the motorists. But apparently they don't realize that they're co-operating from a position of weakness.

    Why does being pro-segregation equate to 'cyclists should not be on roads'?
    I'm pro-segregation, insofar that I think _motorists_ should not be on many roads.

    Because cyclists are being removed from the roads?

    That doesn't answer the question I just asked. Its a non-sequitor.

    Only if you ignore the context of this actual news article and the history of every piece of "infrastructure" proposed and implemented in the U.K. Specifically, where in the above proposals, are you seeing a move to remove cars from the roads? Is there a scheme being discussed here where I will be able to ride side-by-side with friends?

    EDIT: I guess my point is that while you and I and a small number of other people might agree that cars should be removed from roads, that's not what is actually tabled at the moment. Right now all the "something must be done" people are proposing (and implementing) schemes which make cycling much less pleasant, practical and safe IMHO.

  • Base layers, both winter and summer. Advice please.1 year 4 weeks agoCraft sleeveless mesh is

    Craft sleeveless mesh is great for summer, really works well at pulling sweat off your body.
    A windstopper fronted one is good for colder descents too.
    For thermal ones, a standup collar makes a huge difference
    They all should be close fitting

  • London cycling less safe, improving too slowly says report1 year 4 weeks agoFluffyKittenofTindalos

    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:
    OldRidgeback wrote:

    Hmm, you know the fatality rate on the UK's road network now is a fraction of what it was in the 70s?
    Deaths by drunk driving are a sixth of what they were in 1979.
    The fatality rate is down to what it was in the late 1940s and there were a lot fewer vehicles on the roads then.
    My sons just did a bikeability course and it was a lot more comprehensive than the crappy cycling proficiency I did in the 70s.
    The good old days weren't that good. We just accepted back then that fatalities were going to happen on the road and nobody thought anything of it, while the crashes simply weren't reported.

    I'm not necessarily disagreeing with you (because this issue is very complicated and in general you have a valid point that the 'good old days' are rarely as good as one remembers them) but you do need to, as a minimum, consider fatality rates amongst those inside vehicles entirely separately from rates amongst those outside them. The former is irrelevant to this discussion, no?

    You also need to consider levels of walking and cycling, particularly amongst the young, and the mortality effects of lack of physical activities, becuase you have to factor out non-drivers just giving up and staying out of the way.

    The drunk-driving thing is an important one though. It would be good to have clear handle on why that happened, and whether it can be repeated with other motoring topics. The problem, perhaps, is that drunk-driving clearly endangered the drunk-driver as much as anyone else, and its easier to change behaviour if there is a fundamental self-interest involved.


    My impression, having lived through the change, is that two things mattered. Better enforcement, driven in part by technological change; and a determination by the government to make drunk driving unacceptable, manifest in both punishment and very direct advertising. The government clearly could do this with speeding at least, but it needs a push by those of who don't confuse law breaking with freedom to elect only politicians committed to making the change.

  • London cycling less safe, improving too slowly says report1 year 4 weeks agoOldRidgeback wrote:oozaveared

    OldRidgeback wrote:
    oozaveared wrote:
    Ush wrote:
    oozaveared wrote:

    I knoe what you are saying and I partially agree. Where I slightly part company is that for novice cyclists, just getting abouters school kids etc segregation is exactly what's needed.

    I will be facing that situation soon with my own kid.

    oozaveared wrote:

    So in point of fact I would like segregated facilities for some cyclists so long as it doesn't mean that I am compelled to be on the cycle path when cycling.

    That is something that I could live with. But from several years experience in California with "optional" bike lanes I can testify that motorists get much more aggressive "when we've provided all these special facilities and you don't use them", etc.

    That's a fair point. There are drawbacks to segregated provision but I think that has to be lived with if we want more people to ride bikes as transport. ie people that use a bike but aren't "cyclists" if you know what I mean.

    When I was a kid back riding a bike back in the 60s early 70s I had nice quiet roads to learn on, to get used to riding. That's no longer the case these days . It's in at the deep end if you go on the roads. Sure there is cycling Proficiency / Bikeability but it's woefully inadequate. Get em riding on paths and their proficiency and confidence grows. You can only really be a good road user when you have mastered your vehicle and have stopped thinking about driving or riding and start focusing on traffic. That needs a bit of space and time.

    Hmm, you know the fatality rate on the UK's road network now is a fraction of what it was in the 70s?
    Deaths by drunk driving are a sixth of what they were in 1979.
    The fatality rate is down to what it was in the late 1940s and there were a lot fewer vehicles on the roads then.
    My sons just did a bikeability course and it was a lot more comprehensive than the crappy cycling proficiency I did in the 70s.
    The good old days weren't that good. We just accepted back then that fatalities were going to happen on the road and nobody thought anything of it, while the crashes simply weren't reported.

    But the cycling fatality rate is higher in the Uk than elsewhere in Europe, eg http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/cyclists-three-times-more...

    and the rate of cycling lower, as reported on here recently. So maybe we're doing something wrong as regards cycling? And maybe our idea of safe cycling is that nobody cycles, so everyone who can afford to can dash around without hindrance

  • Base layers, both winter and summer. Advice please.1 year 4 weeks agoWould strongly recommend the

    Would strongly recommend the B'twin aero fit ones from decathlon. The one with the windstopper front is brilliant especially if you have long descents on your rides. Also a lot cheaper than other brands and are used by FDJ pro team.

  • Kuurne Brussels Kuurne1 year 4 weeks agoKevin Peeters

    Kevin Peeters (Vastgoedservice - Golde) is now appearing twice in the game. One profile with a photo another without. Can we pick either, just in case he scores? Thinking

  • Base layers, both winter and summer. Advice please.1 year 4 weeks agoTo be honest it's one area I

    To be honest it's one area I don't bother with cycling-specific. For cold weather I wear Under Armour Coldgear long sleeve mock neck, toasty warm, a bit of compression and wicks so well you can almost feel it suck... And £20 if you get lucky.

  • Omloop Het Nieuwsblad1 year 4 weeks agoHello, management? The 2 guys

    Hello, management? The 2 guys above are right, 50 pts for winner please! Important when you only have 1,2,4 Wink

  • Omloop Het Nieuwsblad1 year 4 weeks agoHello, management? The 2 guys

    Hello, management? The 2 guys above are right, 50 pts for winner please! Important when you only have 1,2,4 Wink

  • Kuurne Brussels Kuurne1 year 4 weeks agoVincent Jerome (EUC) is out

    Vincent Jerome (EUC) is out with a blessed knee

  • London cycling less safe, improving too slowly says report1 year 4 weeks agoOldRidgeback wrote: Hmm, you

    OldRidgeback wrote:

    Hmm, you know the fatality rate on the UK's road network now is a fraction of what it was in the 70s?
    Deaths by drunk driving are a sixth of what they were in 1979.
    The fatality rate is down to what it was in the late 1940s and there were a lot fewer vehicles on the roads then.
    My sons just did a bikeability course and it was a lot more comprehensive than the crappy cycling proficiency I did in the 70s.
    The good old days weren't that good. We just accepted back then that fatalities were going to happen on the road and nobody thought anything of it, while the crashes simply weren't reported.

    I'm not necessarily disagreeing with you (because this issue is very complicated and in general you have a valid point that the 'good old days' are rarely as good as one remembers them) but you do need to, as a minimum, consider fatality rates amongst those inside vehicles entirely separately from rates amongst those outside them. The former is irrelevant to this discussion, no?

    You also need to consider levels of walking and cycling, particularly amongst the young, and the mortality effects of lack of physical activities, becuase you have to factor out non-drivers just giving up and staying out of the way.

    The drunk-driving thing is an important one though. It would be good to have clear handle on why that happened, and whether it can be repeated with other motoring topics. The problem, perhaps, is that drunk-driving clearly endangered the drunk-driver as much as anyone else, and its easier to change behaviour if there is a fundamental self-interest involved.

  • London cycling less safe, improving too slowly says report1 year 4 weeks agoUsh

    Ush wrote:
    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:
    Ush wrote:
    Quote:
    “Segregation is the biggest issue for cyclists and they believe that better traffic junctions are critical to their safety.

    Most motorists believe that cyclists should not be on the roads. This survey appears to represent the views of a sizeable proportion of cyclists who agree with the motorists. But apparently they don't realize that they're co-operating from a position of weakness.

    Why does being pro-segregation equate to 'cyclists should not be on roads'?
    I'm pro-segregation, insofar that I think _motorists_ should not be on many roads.

    Because cyclists are being removed from the roads?

    That doesn't answer the question I just asked. Its a non-sequitor.