• BTR Water Resistant Frame Bike Bag And Mobile Phone Holder1 year 4 weeks agoI've tried bags in this

    I've tried bags in this position but they chafe against the inside of your thighs whenever you pedal out of the saddle. Very(!) irritating on a tough climb and the velcro fasteners can end up making a mess of your bib shorts. This one looks wider than most so the problem would only be greater.

    It's a shame as I would find regular eating on longer rides a lot easier if the food was there in front of me. I guess they're good for flatter rides where you're not going to be out of the saddle.

  • First road bike and first ride advice please!1 year 4 weeks agoBrakes will be the main

    Brakes will be the main difference if you are comming from a MTB. Just experiment with your braking distance and remind that riding in the drops will give you more leverage in your braking. I haven't use this bike, but generally the factory installed brakes are not that good at this price braket. If you don't feel condifent with your brakes, consider buying new pads (something like http://goo.gl/dnHRXM) or even new brake blocks as a last resource. But just experiment to see what suits you better.

  • Legal case - sentencing passed so I think we can discuss1 year 4 weeks agoIts mental isn't it? You can

    Its mental isn't it? You can take a mans liberty and put them behind bars, but denying their right to drive a car is clearly a step too far!

  • Ride London 100 - too little too late?1 year 4 weeks agoIsnt it mostly flat, there

    Isnt it mostly flat, there arent any hills down that neck of the woods. If Boris can do it...

  • So why do cyclists get a bad name?1 year 4 weeks agoEebijeebi wrote: 1. Riding

    Eebijeebi wrote:

    1. Riding through a red light? What's good for the goose.

    2. Problem with reaction? Reaction was to come on a cycling forum and effectively say, "From what I can see I understand why many have a downer towards cyclists on the road'.

    3. Re fault and killing machines why should the cyclist not give the same attention and ride to the same standard as you would expect the driver to adhere to?

    1. Its not though is it? All road users know its wrong and that's why we don't do it... we get frustrated by those that do run them because we'd all love to be doing what they are doing really. That doesn't mean it should dictate how I see all other road users... The way some car drivers 'interpret' the lights in my home town is laughable... however I don't right off all car drivers as red light jumping lunatics.

    2. As mentioned so many times already, this isn't a tribal thing, its a bunch of individuals utilising a particular form of transport, what one person on a bike does has nothing to do with me in exactly the same way that one car drivers inability to understand red means stop doesn't mean you are going to jump every light.

    3. Do you not feel that the car driver, in control of the machine that is more likely to do serious damage should bare more responsibility? But in answer....
    - as a car driver, you have undertake mandatory tuition and should have reached a level of competency that means you know how to conduct yourself appropriately on the roads.... 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, where as those idiot car drivers have consciously chosen to flout the instructions of their schooling.
    - As touched upon... a cyclist will be a bit annoying, hell may even hold you up on your journey a bit, but chances are, they are ultimately only going to really hurt themselves. Every time a cyclist seriously hurts another road user its national news... that is a stark example of its rarity as an event. Being late, being a bit frustrated is never good, but it pales into insignificance compared to being seriously maimed or killed.

  • Legal case - sentencing passed so I think we can discuss1 year 4 weeks agonotfastenough wrote:Clearly,

    notfastenough wrote:
    Clearly, the idea that this guy will ever be permitted behind the wheel again is truly worrying

    This.

    It was not the first case of road rage involving this man, and he should forfeit his right to ever get behind the wheel of a vehicle.

  • Ride London 100 - too little too late?1 year 4 weeks agoIm a bit worried too, started

    Im a bit worried too, started cycling last year and took on my first sportive last August - 70 miles which was a shock to the system to an overweight bloke like myself. I am actually heavier now but a year on considerably more experienced after 6 sportive's this year of various lengths and a member of a cycle club too. Even though I am in the slow group in the club which has been renamed the steady group as we have upped our average within group work from 14 to 18 mph this year.

    My question is the talk of drafting is fine but finding a group where you can sort of take your time but still get to the front and take your turn? I don't particularly want to sit on the back of strangers letting them do the work.

    So to those who did it last year, I obviously put a time down (6hrs 30 mins) which will put me in a starting group with others of similar ability so I am not trying to hang onto the back of people who are going to rip my legs to bits?

    To the original poster. what group you in etc?

  • Astana used acupuncture1 year 4 weeks agoI want my magic anti-bear

    I want my magic anti-bear rocks.

  • Any Thoughts - Trek Madone 4.9 Compact Ultegra Di21 year 4 weeks agoJust checked the site - so

    Just checked the site - so it's the 2014 model, with the aero frame and 11sp Di2. Ok, so the Madone is being phased out for the emonda, but I think I'd take that. Last years 4.9 colour scheme was crap, but this one looks ace. I have the 2013 4.5. Do it!

  • Astana used acupuncture1 year 4 weeks agofaceplant wrote:When it has

    faceplant wrote:
    When it has been objectively shown that it is not.

    Where and when?

  • Autumn Classics1 year 4 weeks agoCan't afford Sagan in this

    Can't afford Sagan in this one. There is too much other choice.

    Nor Valverde.

    Probably a mistake on both counts, but heh!

  • Astana used acupuncture1 year 4 weeks agoLinusLarrabee wrote:For a

    LinusLarrabee wrote:
    For a couple of years I had regular acupuncture sessions followed up with a massage to help release tension in my shoulders and back. It was cheap, low-risk and I always felt much better afterwards - I wouldn't have continued so long had I not. I really don't care in the slightest if the benefits were physical or just psychological. Why would I? All the folks on a desperate crusade to point out that it's all bunk are missing the point that the man who just won the TdF (what races have YOU won btw?) is also receiving some benefit and nobody is forcing you to have pins shoved in you so what's the big f%#king deal?

    I think you're missing the point. Acupuncture is not without risk. They include local hematoma (due to bleeding from a punctured blood vessel), pneumothorax (punctured lung), convulsions, local infections, hepatitis B (from unsterile needles), bacterial endocarditis, contact dermatitis, and nerve damage.

    Furthermore, these risks are being undertaken and paid for under the false pretence that the treatment is effective, when it has been objectively shown that it is not.

    So in essence, your position is that we should lie to patients if it makes them feel better?

  • Glasgow bike shop “humbled” by response to its helping Malawi cyclists1 year 4 weeks agoIt's good to hear they are

    It's good to hear they are doing well from such a generous gesture. Virtue has its rewards.

  • Glasgow bike shop “humbled” by response to its helping Malawi cyclists1 year 4 weeks agoLovely gesture, nice to see a

    Lovely gesture, nice to see a good news story!

  • Muc-Off 5x Premium Brush Kit1 year 4 weeks agoAs always, worth shopping

    As always, worth shopping around:
    Muc - Off 5 Piece Brush Set

    It's currently under £18 from a couple of places, including P+P.

  • Phil 'N Paul Bingo1 year 4 weeks agoI really like Kirby, he is

    I really like Kirby, he is far more entertaining than Rob Hatch or P&P. To call him the Jonathan Pearce of cycling is a little unfair. He obviously loves the sport, he is witty, he is entertaining and with Kelly next to him they work well together.

    I admit he is prone to the odd mistaken rider gaffe but it's not that easy to tell sometimes. I remember in particular the Tour of Turkey when the Yates who wasn't involved won the stage despite a few subtle reminders.

  • Netapp-Endura set to change to Bora-Argon 18 for 20151 year 4 weeks agodamn, NetApp are one of the

    damn, NetApp are one of the companies I work with, and I was rather hoping for some bike related hospitality. Ah well.

  • Earphones on cyclists: Yea or Nay?1 year 4 weeks agoWhen i'm in the UK and riding

    When i'm in the UK and riding to the office I don't use headphones. In the summer, when I'm riding around the French countryside I do. The difference is that I can ride for couple of hours out here in France and only be passed by a handful of cars - almost all of which are very respectful to cyclists and it's not like there isn't enough room to pass on these empty country roads. I realise I'm taking an unnecessary risk, but that's my choice and my responsibility.

  • Glasgow bike shop “humbled” by response to its helping Malawi cyclists1 year 4 weeks agoNiallMcA wrote:I popped into

    NiallMcA wrote:
    I popped into Billy Bilsland's yesterday to get some cleats. There was almost a queue out the door, Neil has been amazed with the response his gesture has got. Yet even as I was in there he was fixing up a lad from Belize's bike, replacing worn out break pads with nice new swissstop ones...

    Good! I hope he makes some decent money off all this in return.

  • So why do cyclists get a bad name?1 year 4 weeks agoI think we should be a bit

    I think we should be a bit ballanced in our attitutes to unlit/low-viz cyclists.

    On one hand, cycling on a 'proper' road at night without lights is maddness, no argument there.

    On the other, I don't get upset when I see kids without lights in well-lit, built-up areas. I went out for a spin last night after dark and saw 4 or 5 of the usual suspects: young lads, no lights, on the pavement, one of them giving their mate a backie. I had no trouble spotting them and the same goes if I'm driving the car. I just don't think it's a big deal and I'd rather see these kids outside and being active than indoors locked onto games consoles, even if they don't play by all the rules.

  • Sainsbury's unveils safer lorry as Boris Johnson launches consultation1 year 4 weeks agofreespirit1 wrote:Perhaps it

    freespirit1 wrote:
    Perhaps it is a reminder that cyclists also have a responsibility for their own safety.

    I saw a middle aged lady this morning apparently determined to get herself in bother this morning. She didn't slow down at all for a coach coming out of the coach station, just squeezing behind it while barely slowing down and pretty much going into the exit of the station to do it. I wondered if her brakes had failed, but she did slow down briefly for the red light 10 metres further while she went up the inside of the bus waiting there indicating left. She went through the red just before it changed and the bus moved off. A few seconds later and she could have been in trouble.

    There might be big shortcomings in infrastructure, driving, vehicle design etc. but some people seem to be determined to get up as close as possible to big vehicles and that is never going to be a good idea.

  • Astana used acupuncture1 year 4 weeks agoFor a couple of years I had

    For a couple of years I had regular acupuncture sessions followed up with a massage to help release tension in my shoulders and back. It was cheap, low-risk and I always felt much better afterwards - I wouldn't have continued so long had I not. I really don't care in the slightest if the benefits were physical or just psychological. Why would I? All the folks on a desperate crusade to point out that it's all bunk are missing the point that the man who just won the TdF (what races have YOU won btw?) is also receiving some benefit and nobody is forcing you to have pins shoved in you so what's the big f%#king deal?

  • Ride London 100 - too little too late?1 year 4 weeks agoNot sure how tongue in cheek

    Not sure how tongue in cheek this is comment is but there was more than a fare share walking up Leith Hill last year. I reckon if you take on a bit of fuel on the stretch between Newlands corner and Abinger Hammer it'll have sunk in enough before you hit the climb.

    +1 for the extra speed you get on closed roads and cycling in a pack. You'll gain an extra couple of mph just from that. If you can share the load out on the fast roads to Newlands corner into the headwind then the rest is pretty much a tail wind.

    Wimbledon hill really caught people out last year. A lot of cursing from the people riding around me.

    As has been said enjoy it. Don't go flying off the start. Absorb the fact you're riding through the middle of London which is lovely and flat and devoid of cars for a change.

  • Glasgow bike shop “humbled” by response to its helping Malawi cyclists1 year 4 weeks agoI popped into Billy

    I popped into Billy Bilsland's yesterday to get some cleats. There was almost a queue out the door, Neil has been amazed with the response his gesture has got. Yet even as I was in there he was fixing up a lad from Belize's bike, replacing worn out break pads with nice new swissstop ones...

  • Astana used acupuncture1 year 4 weeks agojason.timothy.jones

    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?