• Should I get a power meter?1 year 4 weeks agoglynr36 wrote:Streamliner

    glynr36 wrote:
    Streamliner wrote:

    For me I've felt it's been worthwhile, and I'm surprised the above list doesn't get more of a mention in power meter discussions.

    Because all the naysayers are people who can't/won't stump up the cash, and think any technological advancement is 'unpure'.

    I have no objection to technological advancement. I could but I won't stump up the cash.

    I know that I won't use a powermeter - I usually can't be bothered to attach my Garmin (and when I turn it on I tend to find I have failed to recharge it) let alone analyse the data it produces, so my chances of using even part of the functionality of a power meter are pretty low. And the last thing I need is another thing to fix (or even calibrate) on my bike - I've got a long enough list of brakes that need recabling/whels that need truing/tubs that need gluing as it is thanks.

  • The good old "what bike for a grand" debate...1 year 4 weeks agoYou want sexy for £1000?

    You want sexy for £1000? Cinelli Experience with full Campag Veloce on Wiggle...

  • Video: Google’s self-driving car meets cyclists and out-performs far too many human drivers1 year 4 weeks agoI believe the US military use

    I believe the US military use driverless trucks in places where they worry about IEDs. Best not dwell on the ethics of that, if the system isn't safe for locals.

    Great thing about the google cars is they'll not go above 20 in the 20 zone, hopefully.

  • Carbon frame life cycle1 year 4 weeks agoMany aircraft structures are

    Many aircraft structures are indeed made of carbon fibre because of its structural integrity but unlike bicycle frames there is no intention of using them again after a crash.

    You can straighten a steel frame after a crash. I like the fact that my steel frame has at least this one particular characteristic that cannot be matched by carbon.

    Not made up and not an urban myth.

  • BMXers vs mountain bikers vs roadies as Parkour Ride comes to London (+ video)1 year 4 weeks agomrmo wrote:chokofingrz

    mrmo wrote:
    chokofingrz wrote:
    General question about mountain biking: do those rucksacks they all wear come with the bikes?

    It makes them feel that they are really out there and need to take a full expedition survival kit to survive the remote wilderness of Leith Hill.

    Ah - fair shout. Not for carrying around the hipsters socks then ?

  • Families to the fore as thousands turn out for Scotland's Pedal on Parliament (+video)1 year 4 weeks agobambergbike: Large swathes of

    bambergbike: Large swathes of Scotland are pretty much uninhabited. Comparing the highlands and islands of Scotland to Netherlands is a red herring - it's irrelevant to the large proportion of the Scottish population who live in much more dense urban conurbations in and around the central belt. Urban conurbations which are very comparable to those in the Netherlands.

    It's just a complete red herring.

    Next, hills: The Netherlands has hills in the south, particularly in Limburg. And Belgian Limburg also has hills, as does the rest of Vlaanderen, yet cycling is still popular there! I've also cycled in the Appenine alps in Italy, with their long, steep roads, and seen the locals cycling in ordinary clothes, with their shopping, on town-style bikes!

    The rest of the Netherlands may not be hilly and Holland is particularly flat, however that can lead to unrelenting winds. The flat terrain allows Atlantic and North Sea winds to blow without interruption across the land - no local variation in topography to make the wind swirl and give you the odd break. I can promise you that 5 kilometres into a *constant* hard head-wind is way *more* difficult than a hill.

    All these excuses about how the Netherlands is denser, flatter, etc. are just poor excuses that ignore the real problem: a lack of will.

  • Video: Google’s self-driving car meets cyclists and out-performs far too many human drivers1 year 4 weeks agoSB76 wrote:I know some

    SB76 wrote:
    I know some drivers are bad but i'm amazed that the comments so far for self-driving cars are positive.

    Any such move would come with an awful lot of safety systems/testing before any governemnt would accept it on the road and rightly so.

    The second part of that explains the rationale behind the first. We simply can't afford to test every single driver to the standards we'd expect of, say, pilots: hence, there are a lot of crap drivers.

    We can, however, hold a few companies to a very high standard. Perhaps more importantly, when a driverless car does err, a team of intelligent people with the sole task of making cars better, with far less emotion clouding their judgement, can learn from it, and (if new hardware is not required) distribute that lesson to all driverless cars, with the cost of the latter being negligible.

    It's the difference between treading water and rowing a boat - we're not going to need to expend resources keeping our road network just barely afloat (safety-wise) anymore. All the resources are being used to go forward.

  • S Works Venge Frame Finishes1 year 4 weeks agoDo you HAVE to buy

    Do you HAVE to buy specialized?

    You will notice, there are an abundance of other brands to chose from and many people are not boycotting specialized because of the way they treat other businesses.

  • BMXers vs mountain bikers vs roadies as Parkour Ride comes to London (+ video)1 year 4 weeks agochokofingrz wrote:General

    chokofingrz wrote:
    General question about mountain biking: do those rucksacks they all wear come with the bikes?

    It makes them feel that they are really out there and need to take a full expedition survival kit to survive the remote wilderness of Leith Hill.

  • S Works Venge Frame Finishes1 year 4 weeks agoThanks for the reply. you

    Thanks for the reply. you don't happen to know which version the glossy frame set is?

  • BMXers vs mountain bikers vs roadies as Parkour Ride comes to London (+ video)1 year 4 weeks agoGeneral question about

    General question about mountain biking: do those rucksacks they all wear come with the bikes?

  • Should I get a power meter?1 year 4 weeks agoStreamliner wrote: For me

    Streamliner wrote:

    For me I've felt it's been worthwhile, and I'm surprised the above list doesn't get more of a mention in power meter discussions.

    Because all the naysayers are people who can't/won't stump up the cash, and think any technological advancement is 'unpure'.

  • Families to the fore as thousands turn out for Scotland's Pedal on Parliament (+video)1 year 4 weeks agooozaveared, The dutch cycling

    oozaveared,

    The dutch cycling path network wasn't introduced gradually over 40 years. When I was very young towards the end of the 70s, they had just started to build cycle paths, after having gotten as "car sick" over the course of the 60s and early 70s as the UK is today. Look at photos of dutch towns in that period, and they look quite a lot like UK towns and cities still do today with regard to the road engineering - i.e. completely for cars, and over-run by cars.

    I can remember them building the cycle path that allowed me to later cycle to school - on my own from 6. They had to expand a bridge near me to do it, to add space for the path. I remember I was fascinated by the pile-driver. The Netherlands built out a fairly decent network of cycling paths in less than 10 years. A good chunk of it in a little over 5 years. The committed to it, and did it.

    The UK could do the exact same. Density is not the problem: as above, large parts of the UK and Scottish populations live in urban conurbations of similar densities to the Randstad. Similarly, the Netherlands still has low density rural areas, if you get away from Holland, and they still manage just fine to have high-quality, well-maintained cycling path networks there.

    What is lacking in the UK is *political will*. Defeatist attitudes don't help building this.

    Something the dutch have in spades is an almost ingrained inability to settle for crap, and an amazing ability to complain and complain about anything that isn't quite perfect (this can be very annoying in other contexts though Wink ). Admittedly, they also still had a much larger percentage of the population still cycling in the 60s, 70s than the UK does today (something like circa 30% regularly cycling vs circa 5% in the UK today, are the rough figures I seem to remember from Hembrow's blog). However... that just means those in the UK have to try a bit harder, and accept they may need to keep fighting for longer, to get the sane, safe road infrastructure for *all* that they deserve. Smile

  • S Works Venge Frame Finishes1 year 4 weeks agoIIRC the project black is

    IIRC the project black is just a UD carbon finish.

  • Tour de Romandie: Prologue: Ascona1 year 4 weeks agoNo, I have no idea about

    No, I have no idea about tomorrow either. Tricky parcours to work out throughout!

  • Aldi’s latest cycling bargains include shorts, jerseys, & convertible jacket/gilets, on sale Sunday1 year 4 weeks agoI picked up some gloves years

    I picked up some gloves years ago that are still going strong, I also picked up some panniers. The latter one's were crap as the hooks did not survive their first shopping trip, making the trip back home with groceries quite an adventure.

  • Should I get a power meter?1 year 4 weeks agoGreat post! Have to agree

    Great post! Have to agree although much better coming from as experienced a rider as yourself Streamliner.

    Especially agree with position, after bike fits I've seen my power increase (especially when climbing) by a surprising amount.

  • Families to the fore as thousands turn out for Scotland's Pedal on Parliament (+video)1 year 4 weeks agoThe relevance of the example

    The relevance of the example of the Netherlands is questionable if you are a cyclist looking for a way off a fairly remote Scottish, Irish or German mountain pass that is quite a bit higher than anything in the Netherlands in the dark on a foggy night.

    My experience of (relatively) remote Dutch roads is they have no segregated track as there is no need for one. What little traffic there is is limited by the road itself, and would be far more limited on a typical Scottish mountain road. And where they feed in to a bigger road you have a fietspad which keeps you away from the fast folk.
    And since rural A roads have roughly 8 times the national average for fatalities per billion km for cycles in the UK that'd be rather nice on something like the A93.

    So the example holds up very well. Where there's no real point you don't bother, and when there is you do, and you do it so as to serve the cyclists who would want to use it.

    I don't really see that altitude is particularly relevant on its own. It's a little colder up high, but the national sport of NL is ice-skating so it's not like they've never heard of it. I know for a fact it does get dark there at times too, and fog is not unknown.

  • Tour de Romandie: Prologue: Ascona1 year 4 weeks agoOops, I misquoted my points.

    Oops, I misquoted my points. Only had Dennis in the std. Damn.

  • Aldi’s latest cycling bargains include shorts, jerseys, & convertible jacket/gilets, on sale Sunday1 year 4 weeks agoI've got a few Aldi items,

    I've got a few Aldi items, and one of the best I have is a red/white softshell winter jacket which is about 3 years old. Absolutely brilliant, unless absolutely pouring down & warm as toast.

    Aldi track mitts and base layers have served me well also

  • Tour de Romandie: Prologue: Ascona1 year 4 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:I'm not

    Gkam84 wrote:
    I'm not insulting anyone, I'm just advising, don't go down your road....you name is now a by word for pain in the rear end, post editing, quoting all round.....

    I have no issue with your characterization of me, but Joel's his own man... He's not trying to be like me... He's got his own issues... I don't think he's a 'pain in the rear end, post editing, quoting all round' type of guy like me... so don't treat him like one... Show the man the respect he deserves and answer his comments as judiciously and as professionally as you can without comparing his actions to mine... In my mind, even though you are not an employee of Roadcc, people equate you with being 'their' representative and as such I would applaud it if you treated people with more respect than handing out 'comparisons' and 'warnings'... You have a position of authority and responsibility within Roadcc. I would just ask that you take that role responsibly and adjust the way you can sometimes 'talk down' to people'... His concerns are genuine, if only to him... I say leave me out of the conversation and don't compare us and don't 'warn' people like that... I think it's rude and unprofessional. Everyone deserves to be judged by their own expressions, no need to compare us...

  • Video: Google’s self-driving car meets cyclists and out-performs far too many human drivers1 year 4 weeks agoIf its switch-off-and-on-able

    If its switch-off-and-on-able then it'd be great - leave it on and have a nap on the boring commute to and from work, and be able to switch it off for a bit of enthusiastic helmsmithing (as Troy Queef might say) and apply the requisite dab of oppo when you're in the mood.

    No more taxis back from the boozer either!

  • Tour de Romandie: Prologue: Ascona1 year 4 weeks agoJust realised scores are

    Just realised scores are already in and I came 2nd! No idea what to expect tomorrow tho'...

  • Tour de Romandie: Prologue: Ascona1 year 4 weeks ago1,2,3,5,6 for me then

    1,2,3,5,6 for me then

  • Tour de Romandie: Prologue: Ascona1 year 4 weeks agoGood stuff 1,2,3,5,8

    Good stuff Big Grin
    1,2,3,5,8 std
    Hepburn and Gaudin were slight let-downs but I had 7 guys with a chance of scoring and 5 of them made top 10, so got to be happy with that.
    1,3,4,20 purist (plus Tejay) is a nice start as well...