• Forever Lock: the 'unpickable' bike lock + video1 year 4 weeks agoDesign looks good, but I

    Design looks good, but I would wait to see reviews in a years' time. Will be interesting to see whether that mechanism will fail and whether people cannot unlock their bikes?

  • Carbon frame life cycle1 year 4 weeks agoDoes this mean I should

    Does this mean I should really consider getting a titanium bike instead?

  • Forever Lock: the 'unpickable' bike lock + video1 year 4 weeks agoI think that the

    I think that the manufacturers should give me a test one to use when i park a bike in Croydon.......if its still there at 5pm then its unbeatable Smile

  • road.cc's Bike Locking Bible1 year 4 weeks agoBike theft is a subject that

    Bike theft is a subject that really annoys me. I feel quite strongly that it deturs people from choosing cycling as a means of travel: it's so much easier just to walk away from your car and press 'lock' on your key fob isn't it?

    People try cycling, enjoy it, buy a decent bike and then either have it stolen or worry about getting stolen to the extent that they don't use it for everyday utilitarian travel. I think that the best solution is a small folding bike, that way you never have to lock it.

  • Families to the fore as thousands turn out for Scotland's Pedal on Parliament (+video)1 year 4 weeks agoMatt eaton wrote:I've got

    Matt eaton wrote:
    I've got mixed views on segregation; I do think that it has its place though.

    In urban/suburban environments I simply don't see the point. Segregation results in complex junctions which either slow down everyone, turn cyclists into pedestrians or increase the liklihood of collisions. Urban roads need to be designed for use by all types of vehicles/people with peds and cyclists given the greatest priority.

    On the other hand I would love to see segregated cycle routes running paralel to big, fast A-roads and motorways to provide cyclists with safe and efficient means to cover the distance between our towns and cities.

    I tend to share those views. I would also say that although the big A roads can be busy and it would be nice to have something a bit more solid between cyclists and very fast moving cars and lorries there is usually more room and a often a metre or so inside the white line that could easily be utilised by adding a solid post every so often.

    However, the roads where cyclists are most vulnerable and which alsdo scare the most people out of cycling are the smaller winding older but busy rural A and B roads where the edge of the road is a hedge or a wall and there's barely two lanes worth of road. That's where vehicles are approaching rapidly from behind may have limited time to see you and very little room for error is granted to anyone.

    A real improvement would be to see more SALT (single alternate lines of traffic) on particular stretches of that kind of road. Oh and very stiff enforcement of lower speed limits. (thereby reducing the speed of approach and the advanced driver's mantra TTR = Time to React)

    As I say I am not against some segregated provision. One wouldn't want to be stupid about it if it made sense in some places. But it should not be the norm.

  • Challenge Strada Bianca 700C 30mm tyres1 year 4 weeks agoI too use schwalbe marathon

    I too use schwalbe marathon plus 32 mm on my Boardman Hybrid and they are SLOW. My friend freewheel's past me on his Carrera TDF when going down hills and I can't keep up. That said they are very tough tires and are great for commuting. No punctures yet.

    I really like the idea of fat race tyres like the Strada Bianca, but at £48 each the price is too high for me.

  • Forever Lock: the 'unpickable' bike lock + video1 year 4 weeks agoIf it's too unbreakable, it

    If it's too unbreakable, it won't be popular with councils who have to remove bikes that have been abandoned (not that they ever can be bothered).
    Up to now, the best one I've found is an Abus disc lock - without a spring, as well as being really tough steel, they are popular with the Dutch. I learnt to my loss, the lock is only as good as the chain.
    If it comes under £70 I might be interested, especially as I'm moving back to Holland, where bike thieves are pretty specialist.

  • Video: In the car with Orica-GreenEdge as Simon Gerrans wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege1 year 4 weeks agoEnjoyed that.

    Enjoyed that.

  • Tour de Romandie Prologue Dream Team and Top 10 Challenge Results1 year 4 weeks agoenrique wrote:drheaton

    enrique wrote:
    drheaton wrote:
    Dave, can you please make it so that thread title's and initial posts are locked after a certain period?

    Could you take take your requests and post them on the Forum Suggestions thread, please? Thinking I'm trying to run a serious thread here and you keep interrupting... You're scaring people away... Thinking Please? Waiting

    In all fairness that's a legit point Enrique just made Sick

  • road.cc's Bike Locking Bible1 year 4 weeks agoD-lock is better than any

    D-lock is better than any chain.

    If main tube is awkward, as is the case with my SCR, use the seat stays to lock the rear wheel as well. This is a Kryptonite Series 2, which is cheaper than the S4 or New York but tough enough to deter all but the best equipped thief:

    Don't ignore security at home. In the last couple of years I've read of a number of thefts from locked garages and one case from a house, where they removed a front window to get £17k worth of bikes stored inside while the occupants were asleep.

  • Tour de Romandie Prologue Dream Team and Top 10 Challenge Results1 year 4 weeks agodrheaton wrote:Dave, can you

    drheaton wrote:
    Dave, can you please make it so that thread title's and initial posts are locked after a certain period?

    Could you take take your requests and post them on the Forum Suggestions thread, please? Thinking I'm trying to run a serious thread here and you keep interrupting... You're scaring people away... Thinking Please? Waiting

  • Updated: Team Sky says its riders are not given painkiller Tramadol and it should be banned1 year 4 weeks agoColT wrote:Have Sky issued a

    ColT wrote:
    Have Sky issued a statement yet?

    Why the fu*k would Sky issue a statement about the use of a legal painkiller ? Do we need a statement when Froome uses a Vic inhaler or takes a paracetamol . Every teams riders will be taking this it won't be just Sky

  • Updated: Team Sky says its riders are not given painkiller Tramadol and it should be banned1 year 4 weeks agoSimon E wrote: The comment

    Simon E wrote:

    The comment that Sky are clean because he didn't see anything is bollocks. We all know of riders who are clean but see zero evidence of teammates who are later banned for doping. Barry previously denied doping himself, I wouldn't believe a word he says.

    So can I take it from this that you still dont believe anything Tyler Hamilton said in his book about LA and the numerous people surrounding that messy era?

    Just a thought.....

  • Updated: Team Sky says its riders are not given painkiller Tramadol and it should be banned1 year 4 weeks agoSim1 wrote: Or is that still

    Sim1 wrote:

    Or is that still bullsh&t in your book?

    Sky are full of Bull, or at least DB and his PR team are - starting with the huge dossier they drew up before the team was launched, which spouted all kinds of new-age ethics such as not employing doctors with existing links to cycling - didn't take long to break this rule, and boy did they break it spectacularly!

  • Tour de Romandie Prologue Dream Team and Top 10 Challenge Results1 year 4 weeks agoenrique wrote:drheaton

    enrique wrote:
    drheaton wrote:
    ... do you actually want to talk about the race or are you just fishing for emotional reactions from the people on the forum?

    Please take your 'emotional reaction' elsewhere... I'm trying to run a serious thread here...

    Of course you are.

    On a separate note, Dave, can you please make it so that thread title's and initial posts are locked after a certain period? There are far too many instances where thread titles are changed regularly and where the first post (which gives context the following discussion) is changed heavily some time after the discussion goes off in a different direction.

  • Families to the fore as thousands turn out for Scotland's Pedal on Parliament (+video)1 year 4 weeks agoI've got mixed views on

    I've got mixed views on segregation; I do think that it has its place though.

    In urban/suburban environments I simply don't see the point. Segregation results in complex junctions which either slow down everyone, turn cyclists into pedestrians or increase the liklihood of collisions. Urban roads need to be designed for use by all types of vehicles/people with peds and cyclists given the greatest priority.

    On the other hand I would love to see segregated cycle routes running paralel to big, fast A-roads and motorways to provide cyclists with safe and efficient means to cover the distance between our towns and cities.

  • Team Sky....Discuss1 year 4 weeks agoSim1 wrote:Henao: he's back

    Sim1 wrote:
    Henao: he's back in Colombia, training, and being tested regularly at the Coldeportes lab. All the signs are that he's being well-supported by the team. Gave an interview that was published yday in which he said he hoped to be back racing TdS and the Tour

    Good to finally hear some news on the Henao situation. That said, if Sky want us to believe in their clean cycling ambitions they really need to more open. The Henao situation is completely unprecedented in cycling - if Henao hasn't failed a drug test why isn't he loudly complaining in public that the team won't let him race? If he's clean he would have every right to be outraged. Bizzare that a professional racer is happy to be benched when he hasn't broken, or been caught breaking, a single rule of the sport. The cycling press has been far too timid in approaching sky about this. If I was Henao and I was clean I would be going crazy, at the very least considering legal action against the team for preventing me from racing without due cause.

    If we accept that Henao was happy to do this, the only plausible explanation is that he failed an internal Sky doping control, and sky are trying to privately deal with the failure without the negative press that comes from failing a real doping control. This whole 'research' thing feels to me a smokescreen for this.

  • Tour de Romandie Prologue Dream Team and Top 10 Challenge Results1 year 4 weeks agodrheaton wrote:... do you

    drheaton wrote:
    ... do you actually want to talk about the race or are you just fishing for emotional reactions from the people on the forum?

    Please take your 'emotional reaction' elsewhere... I'm trying to run a serious thread here...

  • Cyclist reunited with £7k Colnago - three years after it was stolen1 year 4 weeks agoPaul J wrote:dunnoh, Your

    Paul J wrote:
    dunnoh,

    Your friend shouldn't have accepted the caution, based on that account. He's now effectively got a criminal record, for something which - if there was clear evidence he took the laptop pretty much straight from the thief to the station off his own bat - would be unlikely to have led to a conviction if taken before a magistrate.

    I doubt very much that the CPS would have pursued it so another reason not to accept a caution. Just because Dibble accuses you of something, it doesn't mean you've done it. e.g. It's not an offence to break the speed limit on a bike, it's not an offence to ride a bike with 80mgs of alcohol in 100mls of your blood and yet there are plenty of tales relating to people being "done" for such offences. The only mistake they made was assuming Dibble was right to charge them and pleaded guilty!!

  • Driver who killed teen cyclist sues his family - because "her enjoyment of life... has been lessened"1 year 4 weeks agoRegardless of who was to

    Regardless of who was to blame for this terrible tragedy ......to seek financial gain the motorist...who got to walk away is showing an amazing lack of compassion and empathy for the dead boys family.

    This is very sad....she values her suffering.. over a lifetime of suffering that they will endure....even if she feels she was not in the wrong..her morals are whacked
    imho.

  • Updated: Team Sky says its riders are not given painkiller Tramadol and it should be banned1 year 4 weeks agoThe NHS website says Tramadol

    The NHS website says Tramadol is for Pain and Severe Pain, most of Team Sky will be in Severe pain during their ride, so using it before every race is not misuse. I take codeine before a ride if I am doing 40+ miles otherwise my back kills.

  • Simon Gerrans wins 100th edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège1 year 4 weeks agoColT wrote:giobox wrote:Today

    ColT wrote:
    giobox wrote:
    Today we saw a group of incredibly timid racers in a procession, until 1km to go when they remembered that it was a race.

    Or, according to the winner...

    " said Gerrans afterwards. "It was really a super hard race all the way at the finish." "

    Of course he will say that - did you actually watch it? Not going to go down in history as a classic edition of the race, that's for sure.

  • Tour de Romandie Prologue Dream Team and Top 10 Challenge Results1 year 4 weeks agoYou start a thread entitled

    You start a thread entitled "Tour de Romandie Purist Teams" and then complain that you haven't got 4 transfers a day?!?

    enrique wrote:
    But I love the people here and how sensitive they are to my emotional issues

    That's putting it mildly.

    I'm curious, do you actually want to talk about the race or are you just fishing for emotional reactions from the people on the forum?

  • Brits are spending more on bikes - but buying fewer of them1 year 4 weeks agoI haven't bought a new cycle

    I haven't bought a new cycle since the seventies. In fact, I can't think of a single member of my family who's ever bought a new bicycle from a shop, and yet we all cycle regularly without Mintel ever knowing about it Wink

    Personally, I think the best gauge of cycle useage in the UK would be to look at tyre sales, a far more accurate reflection of cycle useage than just the sale of new bikes.

  • road.cc's Bike Locking Bible1 year 4 weeks agoRemove the saddle and/or

    Remove the saddle and/or front wheel. Far more effort to steal than if they can just ride away on it. Plus they can't steal the saddle and/or front wheel...