• Astana used acupuncture1 year 4 weeks agojason.timothy.jones wrote:If

    jason.timothy.jones wrote:
    If you don't believe this is what happens read Bad Science and Bad Pharma, its all in there and all backed up by actually experts in medicine and science, not just some guy with a blog on the internet

    So, if I don't believe you then I must be listening to "some guy with a blog on the internet", but you must be correct because you've referenced some guy who is a columnist for the Guardian?

    By the way, I've attended Ben Goldacre giving a lecture on Bad Pharma and read a lot of his work so I'm not really intending to besmirch or discredit his or anyone else's work.

  • Kinesis Aithein Build1 year 4 weeks agoCertainly will send pics! I

    Certainly will send pics!

    I went for SRAM Force 22 in the end. Now the waiting game begins...

    Last thing is to decide on a new set of wheels. I am seriously seriously tempted by wheelsmith - look at the weight of those wheels for the price.

    However, this would be my first ever set of tubular AND carbon wheels. Should I just stick to clinchers?

  • MP: 2-speed cycle lanes would get more women riding – and let them avoid “Lycra clad mad cyclists”1 year 4 weeks agoI'd always assume that the

    I'd always assume that the faster riders would just be on the road. I use a couple of stetches of road where the cycle path is fine for pootling along (and indeed I sometimes do just that), but not to go fast. I'm usually on the road with the rest of the traffic.

  • Cyclist stay awesome - Spotted1 year 4 weeks agoI've got one on the back of

    I've got one on the back of my humungous pick up truck - does that count (and no I don't drive it in London its in North Wales)

  • Astana used acupuncture1 year 4 weeks agojason.timothy.jones wrote:it

    jason.timothy.jones wrote:
    it actually is irrefutable evidence, these are not studies, they are meta analysis of ALL the available research, this is not cheery picked information from a part of a study, how can you even say that without reading the research

    Have you read it all? I very much doubt you have even clicked on the link because its just a list of summaries of studies.

    I'm sure that by shoehorning in technical sounding language you're making yourself feel very intelligent, but all you've really done is gone to the Cochrane website and searched for the word "Acupuncture" and provided a link to the search result.

    Using your logic, I can prove that Ghosts exist:
    http://www.cochrane.org/search/site/ghosts

    and also magic:
    http://www.cochrane.org/search/site/magic

  • MP: 2-speed cycle lanes would get more women riding – and let them avoid “Lycra clad mad cyclists”1 year 4 weeks agoMP to Advisor, "I want to

    MP to Advisor, "I want to make a cycle friendly statement, but avoiding some of the 'thorny' and controversial areas that get other people into trouble" Worried

  • Astana used acupuncture1 year 4 weeks agoif you want to know if its

    if you want to know if its harmless or not, have a look at this http://whatstheharm.net/acupuncture.html and its true people do have reactions to medication also, but medication is studied and reviewed, doctors have regulatory authorities and bodies that keep them (or try to) in line, CAM practitioners do not

    Also, someone mentioned a good point about Drug pushing Omega-Pharma Quickstep stooges, yes there are many of them, to many and I know quite a few personally that don't have any moral issues with taking "loyalty" from drug companies, and a few that lend there qualifications to the Big Pharma in return for , well anything from research money to cushy jobs, but whats important to remember, the people carrying out the meta analysis are not are generally employed by a research institute they get nothing more if the results are positive or negative.

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

    Agree with both the comments above. I'd also take exception to the phrase "Lycra clad mad cyclists". Why does someone who wants to use their bike to get somewhere as fast as they can, and wears appropriate clothing to do so, need to be described as "mad" as if they're doing something wrong? It's only a short step away from "lycra louts" and I'd expect better from the vice-chair of APPCG.

  • So why do cyclists get a bad name?1 year 4 weeks agoI'm a cyclist and your post

    I'm a cyclist and your post here is giving me a bad name. In no way do I want to be associated with your judgemental twattery.

  • MP: 2-speed cycle lanes would get more women riding – and let them avoid “Lycra clad mad cyclists”1 year 4 weeks agoI don't know whether to cheer

    I don't know whether to cheer or cry. Applause Crying

  • MP: 2-speed cycle lanes would get more women riding – and let them avoid “Lycra clad mad cyclists”1 year 4 weeks agoGiven the present state of

    Given the present state of infrastructure, she's ambitious, i'll give her that much.

  • MP: 2-speed cycle lanes would get more women riding – and let them avoid “Lycra clad mad cyclists”1 year 4 weeks agoMaybe we can concentrate on

    Maybe we can concentrate on getting more general fit-for-purpose cycle lanes before we start on specialist 2 lane arrangements, eh? Surely that will have a greater impact for everyone - men, women and children?

  • Astana used acupuncture1 year 4 weeks agofarrell

    farrell wrote:
    jason.timothy.jones wrote:
    Farrell wrote:
    I am more willing to be proved wrong and hold my hands up to it just being a placebo effect if you can point me in the direction of such evidence?

    410 meta studies here showing no measurable effect http://www.cochrane.org/search/reviews/acupuncture

    That's hardly irrefutable evidence, that's a merely link to a list of 412 studies relating to acupuncture, for a multitude of different reasons. Reasons which include, from a quick glance:

    Acupuncture for induction of labour,
    Acupuncture for mumps in children,
    Acupuncture for people with autism spectrum disorders
    Acupuncture and assisted conception

    So even if those studies/reviews showed that there was absolute zero value in acupuncture for those treatments (and I don't even know if that is the case as I've not had the time to read them), you'd be comparing apples and oranges.

    The first study I found that is related was Acupuncture for neck pain, which appears to conclude:

    Quote:
    Individuals with chronic neck pain who received acupuncture reported, on average, better pain relief immediately after treatment and in the short-term than those who received sham treatments. Individuals with chronic neck pain with symptoms radiating to the arms who received acupuncture reported, on average, better pain relief in the short-term

    So even though you condescended people about Cochrane reviews whilst comparing acupunture to having tattoos, it appears that that even they are inconclusive, although still leading to the positive for acupuncture for that particular study.

    That's hardly the same as magic anti-bear rocks now is it?

    it actually is irrefutable evidence, these are not studies, they are meta analysis of ALL the available research, this is not cheery picked information from a part of a study, how can you even say that without reading the research, or understanding what inconclusive or significantly significant actually mean in scientific terms. I can find thousands of pages of information that 'proves' acupuncture works, but until it has been through the peer review process or compared to other similar results and then duplicated, it is worthless.

    I can write a paper that (using someone else's post) shows drinking a bottle of scotch cures the common cold, I have the appropriate qualifications, and the contacts to have this published, it wont go into a reputable journal, I will have to pay a small fee, and dodge the peer review process, but it will be published, and if I am a true scum bag I will send it to the print media as a press release first.

    If you don't believe this is what happens read Bad Science and Bad Pharma, its all in there and all backed up by actually experts in medicine and science, not just some guy with a blog on the internet

  • Sainsbury's unveils safer lorry as Boris Johnson launches consultation1 year 4 weeks agoSo if it's dangerous to

    So if it's dangerous to "undertake", could a cyclist involved in an accident sue the council for putting the cycle lane on the inside? That's a clear invitation to do something that will endanger yourself...

  • Witness appeal after boy, 12, killed while cycling in Leicestershire1 year 4 weeks agoRegardless of how it happened

    Regardless of how it happened its very sad and my condolences go out to his family.

  • Witness appeal after boy, 12, killed while cycling in Leicestershire1 year 4 weeks agothe sooner drivers are taken

    the sooner drivers are taken out of cars the better.
    computers dont have egos or get impatient

  • Witness appeal after boy, 12, killed while cycling in Leicestershire1 year 4 weeks agotruffy wrote:Since there are

    truffy wrote:
    Since there are no details of the accident, it's premature to jump to conclusions.

    Yet you still use the term 'accident'?

  • Witness appeal after boy, 12, killed while cycling in Leicestershire1 year 4 weeks agoYou don't know what happened.

    You don't know what happened. A couple of years ago in my area a 17 year old was killed when he inexplicably fell straight into the path of a Ford Fiesta driven by a 70 year old. He was riding on the excellent cycling path that borders both sides of the 50mph dual carriageway but somehow veered into the road. The driver was not charged.

    http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/10068962._I_never_got_to_say_goodb...

  • So why do cyclists get a bad name?1 year 4 weeks agotruffy wrote:Jimmy Ray Will

    truffy wrote:
    Jimmy Ray Will wrote:
    many cyclists/pedestrians have not had the luxury of this schooling.... you could look at it like this... when a cyclist is being an idiot, at least he has the excuse of ignorance,

    Everyone took the cycle proficiency when I was at primary school. And that was 40 years ago. Perhaps times have changed.

    I suggest it may have at least as much to do with _where_ your school was as what era it was.

  • Commonwealth ITT1 year 4 weeks agoDowsett by a country mile.

    Dowsett by a country mile. Millar second. Cycling Weekly's own Mike Hutchinson third, dare I say...?

  • Sainsbury's unveils safer lorry as Boris Johnson launches consultation1 year 4 weeks agoOrange is obviously safer, so

    Orange is obviously safer, so Tesco, Asda and Morrisons should be banned from the road.

  • Planet X 52mm carbon wheels1 year 4 weeks agoThese are now SOLD. Thanks

    These are now SOLD.
    Thanks for looking.

  • Descent Fear1 year 4 weeks agoIf you want to get up hills

    If you want to get up hills quicker or easier, practice is required.

    It's the same with decending, practice, practice, practice.

    It is important though to recognise the limitations of both your bike and yourself. Its no good trying to throw your machine down hills or round corners that it will not be able to cope with. Even the best rider in the world would struggle.

    Identifying and training up your own limitations is key. I have seen a few moments on roads where cyclists talent curve ended and they have carried on in blind faith. It always ends in disaster.

    I am pretty confident descending but was still nervous before visiting Majorca in the spring. So i made sure in the month before hand i found descents with tight curves or switchbacks for training on (difficult in Hampshire and Berkshire).

    I would echo all of the comments above.
    You have to be in the right place mentally. Tune in to the environment, look far ahead, think quickly and stick to a line once decided on.
    Physically, be relaxed, try to breathe easy and get in the drops.

  • Witness appeal after boy, 12, killed while cycling in Leicestershire1 year 4 weeks agoSince there are no details of

    Since there are no details of the accident, it's premature to jump to conclusions.

  • Witness appeal after boy, 12, killed while cycling in Leicestershire1 year 4 weeks agoPaul_C wrote:"One man, Davd

    Paul_C wrote:
    "One man, Davd Fidler, said: “I was there seconds after it happened and it looked like an accident.

    “Without going into detail, it was a wrong time and wrong place and nothing could have changed it."

    Utter rubbish, proper infrastructure would have kept them separate...

    Its also a case of that he saw the aftermath, not the lead up to it nor the actual collision.

    I also take umbrage with the constant reporting that it was a cyclist in collision with an inanimate object. It was a person driving a car FFS. The car wasnt driving itself (well, not yet anyway). Its as bad as using the phrase "accident" which puts a predetermined perspective rather than using the more neutral term 'collision'.