• Shimano 105 goes 11-speed1 year 4 weeks agoJoeinpoole wrote:How come

    Joeinpoole wrote:
    How come modern bike components are so much less reliable or at least last a fraction of the time of those from a couple of decades ago? I can only think that most bikes are sold/ridden as recreational 'toys' nowadays rather than the trusty means of transport that they once were. The obsession with saving weight appears to have trimmed components to the point where they have almost become 'disposable'. The strangest thing to me is that most cycling enthusiasts on this forum seem to welcome the idea of spending more money and more time with oily fingers replacing components than ever before. Hmmmph.

    The answer is long, but short.

    • People have more money than they used to.

    • Cycling has become a leisure pursuit rather than a need.

    • Leisure cyclists want the new new thing and can pay for it.

    • Many young adults have no training in manual skills, so can't do bike maintenance.

    • Making it easier and more attractive to upgrade than repair...

    • ...and the bike industry isn't complaining about that!

  • Floppy wheels1 year 4 weeks agoajmarshal1 wrote:MKultra

    ajmarshal1 wrote:
    MKultra wrote:
    All wheels flex as this is what gives them tensile strength, they need to do this or that would break, they would also be very uncomfortable if too rigid. If you want a bomb proof stronger wheel then you will have to up the spoke count and use a standard lacing pattern.

    Rubbish.

    Some of the stiffest wheels I own have 18 or 20 spokes at the front. The worst pair I have has 32 (budget crap thrown on a budget bike, granted). Half an inch is a LOT for any wheel. If that's normal I'd love to see how wide you set your brake calipers to avoid rub.

    Mavic Ksyrium SLS, Crossride for the MTB and Fulcrum Racing 0. Low spoke count - stiff - bombproof.

    It's not rubbish.

    Why not email Pete Matthews and tell him how wrong he is?

  • Floppy wheels1 year 4 weeks agoMKultra wrote:All wheels flex

    MKultra wrote:
    All wheels flex as this is what gives them tensile strength, they need to do this or that would break, they would also be very uncomfortable if too rigid. If you want a bomb proof stronger wheel then you will have to up the spoke count and use a standard lacing pattern.

    Rubbish.

    Some of the stiffest wheels I own have 18 or 20 spokes at the front. The worst pair I have has 32 (budget crap thrown on a budget bike, granted). Half an inch is a LOT for any wheel. If that's normal I'd love to see how wide you set your brake calipers to avoid rub. It's also very odd that the front wheel deflects more than the rear, it's normally the other way round.

    Mavic Ksyrium SLS, Crossride for the MTB and Fulcrum Racing 0. Low spoke count - stiff - bombproof.

  • Widow of cyclist killed by drink-driver says he should have been jailed for life1 year 4 weeks agojacknorell wrote:Why doesn't

    jacknorell wrote:
    Why doesn't leaving the scene mitigate the guilty plea?

    Because the law may excuse hot blood but not cold blood.

    It's why crime of passion will often result in a less severe sentence than a planned act.

  • Widow of cyclist killed by drink-driver says he should have been jailed for life1 year 4 weeks agoMKultra wrote:oldstrath

    MKultra wrote:
    oldstrath wrote:
    MKultra wrote:
    oldstrath wrote:
    Don't understand how this is not murder - if I killed someone with a knife while too pissed to know better would I be let off this lightly?

    At the very least he should lose the right drive, ever.

    Sadly as pre-meditation is not proven it's not murder. It should be manslaughter though rather than a "driving" offence IMHO.

    Legally I'm sure you're right. This is the bit I don't really get though - you get (very) drunk, then get into a car and deliberately drive it through a crowded city. You may not have intended to kill the specific person you actually killed, but you surely intended to harm people.

    Pre-meditation means a pre planned targeted killing of an individual or setting out with the intent kill the first person you come across for your own gratification or as part of a robbery (either or). This idiot convinced himself that he would not kill anyone even if he did. Murder was not the intent. Manslaughter fits, the trouble is getting a jury to convict as they always have the holy driving licence blinkers on.

    Remember to factor in recklessness, which can provide the necessary mens rea (per R vs Cunningham, and previously R vs Caldwell) but in this sort of case a charge of manslaughter is far more likely to succeed than one of murder.

    Doesn't mean a murder case would necessarily fail, more that the CPS will act in the public interest to secure the more likely conviction.

  • Widow of cyclist killed by drink-driver says he should have been jailed for life1 year 4 weeks agoGuy Collier wrote:MKultra

    Guy Collier wrote:
    MKultra wrote:
    oldstrath wrote:
    MKultra wrote:
    oldstrath wrote:
    Don't understand how this is not murder - if I killed someone with a knife while too pissed to know better would I be let off this lightly?

    At the very least he should lose the right drive, ever.

    Sadly as pre-meditation is not proven it's not murder. It should be manslaughter though rather than a "driving" offence IMHO.

    Legally I'm sure you're right. This is the bit I don't really get though - you get (very) drunk, then get into a car and deliberately drive it through a crowded city. You may not have intended to kill the specific person you actually killed, but you surely intended to harm people.

    Pre-meditation means a pre planned targeted killing of an individual or setting out with the intent kill the first person you come across for your own gratification or as part of a robbery (either or). This idiot convinced himself that he would not kill anyone even if he did. Murder was not the intent. Manslaughter fits, the trouble is getting a jury to convict as they always have the holy driving licence blinkers on.

    Remember to factor in recklessness, which can provide the necessary mens rea (per R vs Cunningham, and previously R vs Caldwell) but in this sort of case a charge of manslaughter is far more likely to succeed than one of murder.

    Doesn't mean a murder case would necessarily fail, more that the CPS will act in the public interest to secure the more likely conviction.

    A murder charge will nearly always fail.

    They never succeed in prosecuting/convicting the usual drunken night out one punch killers for murder so nailing a drunk driver for murder is a stretch to say the least.

  • Deep Breath Everyone1 year 4 weeks agoI'm gutted I missed this

    I'm gutted I missed this opportunity to cheat/accrue extra points. I lost sleep last night worrying abut the effect this might have on my status/position in my own league, in fact I shall have written on my tombstone "he missed out on the Volta 2014 breakaway stage 7, the idiot".
    Yes, this has life consuming importance. Don't let anyone tell you different.

  • TfL to trial optical & radar detection technology on buses to alert drivers to cyclists and pedestrians1 year 4 weeks agoMore nonsense it seems.

    More nonsense it seems.

  • Widow of cyclist killed by drink-driver says he should have been jailed for life1 year 4 weeks agoYep, hit and runs resulting

    Yep, hit and runs resulting in death should attract a mandatory lifetime ban. Easy implimented, easily understood. The thing is, with so many of us choosing not to drive, it's perfectly possible for an offender to adapt to a life without a car, even if the average Jaguar driving judge sees it differently.

  • UCI announces change of direction for Southern Hemisphere track racing1 year 4 weeks agoTOO Obvious! everyone know's

    TOO Obvious! everyone know's that Australia doesn't have any universities!

  • TfL to trial optical & radar detection technology on buses to alert drivers to cyclists and pedestrians1 year 4 weeks agoGood stuff - as much as

    Good stuff - as much as training people is nice, a single driver only has two eyes, close together, using a tiny part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Bring on the robots!

    As a side note, the ratio of KSIs to deaths for pedestrians and cyclists is interesting. 6% of seriously injured peds die vs 2% of seriously injured cyclists.

  • Tour of Britain full route announced1 year 4 weeks agoThe "Tour of England and

    The "Tour of England and Wales".

  • The road.cc “Attaining A Higher State of Consciousness” Challenge 20141 year 4 weeks agoI have done the opposite. I

    I have done the opposite. I must have been commuting in all weathers for more than a decade now. To be honest over the last 6 months thanks to the daily mail brigade and Clarkson there has been a marked increase in people willfully trying to run me down including a bus driver who is now the subject of a criminal complaint, that and the 3 months of constant pissing down rain I simply went back to work at Christmas and decided to take a few months off the bike. I don't feel guilty. Being able to leave it alone and not feel bad about it has been a step forward for me. It wasn't making me happy, it was making me miserable and stressed.

  • Widow of cyclist killed by drink-driver says he should have been jailed for life1 year 4 weeks agoLifetime ban, no question.

    Lifetime ban, no question. This is where sentencing currently falls pathetically short of what is necessary. Driving licenses are actually quite hard to get these days, yet they are insultingly easy to keep.

  • Lapierre to launch Pulsium endurance bike1 year 4 weeks agoUgly. Except the fork. That

    Ugly. Except the fork. That seat tube to top tube bridge is pointless.

  • Widow of cyclist killed by drink-driver says he should have been jailed for life1 year 4 weeks agoyou don't get much justice

    you don't get much justice through the courts, and why only careless driving? If this happened to someone I love, I'd seek my own retribution

  • ribble gran fondo vs dolan l' etape1 year 4 weeks agoI believe both are very

    I believe both are very popular - there's plenty of guys in the club with Ribbles. I think you'd be happy with either, so just go with the one that looks the best. If when you look at it, you *want* to ride it, that will make a big difference in itself.

  • Deep Breath Everyone1 year 4 weeks agoI promised myself that I

    I promised myself that I would put more effort in this year. I picked my team for the TDU - then didn't make any transfers. Then my twins and milk/nappies etc got in the way and I missed all this. Sounds like a right bust up!

  • Widow of cyclist killed by drink-driver says he should have been jailed for life1 year 4 weeks agoWhy doesn't leaving the scene

    Why doesn't leaving the scene mitigate the guilty plea?

    WTF does the guilty pleas ALWAYS count for so much more than all the aggravating circumstances!?

  • Widow of cyclist killed by drink-driver says he should have been jailed for life1 year 4 weeks agooldstrath wrote:MKultra

    oldstrath wrote:
    MKultra wrote:
    oldstrath wrote:
    Don't understand how this is not murder - if I killed someone with a knife while too pissed to know better would I be let off this lightly?

    At the very least he should lose the right drive, ever.

    Sadly as pre-meditation is not proven it's not murder. It should be manslaughter though rather than a "driving" offence IMHO.

    Legally I'm sure you're right. This is the bit I don't really get though - you get (very) drunk, then get into a car and deliberately drive it through a crowded city. You may not have intended to kill the specific person you actually killed, but you surely intended to harm people.

    Pre-meditation means a pre planned targeted killing of an individual or setting out with the intent kill the first person you come across for your own gratification or as part of a robbery (either or). This idiot convinced himself that he would not kill anyone even if he did. Murder was not the intent. Manslaughter fits, the trouble is getting a jury to convict as they always have the holy driving licence blinkers on.

  • Aptonia Protein 35 bars1 year 4 weeks agoWish I lived closer to a

    Wish I lived closer to a Decathlon as there P&P is a little high and offsets the value of the products. Would love to try out their energy gels and anti-chafe gel. Sad

  • Floppy wheels1 year 4 weeks agoAll wheels flex as this is

    All wheels flex as this is what gives them tensile strength, they need to do this or that would break, they would also be very uncomfortable if too rigid. If you want a bomb proof stronger wheel then you will have to up the spoke count and use a standard lacing pattern.

  • Commuter X4 bike light included in British Inventors' Project at Gadget Show Live1 year 4 weeks agoandyp wrote:From the

    andyp wrote:
    From the thumbnail I was expecting this to fit over a helmet in a truly comedy way Smile
    quote]

    +1, it made me think of this!

    http://www.oakley.com/products/1238/2576

  • The road.cc “Attaining A Higher State of Consciousness” Challenge 20141 year 4 weeks agoI am riding from Bordeaux to

    I am riding from Bordeaux to Paris at the end of May, a distance of 600Km with a time limit of 60 hours. To date the longest single ride I have completed is 122 miles, so quite a jump.

    Obviously I'm doing it for Charity so here is the link with the spiel about just why you should give up hard earned cash to help critically and terminally ill children.

    http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/BordeauxParis

    Yes this is a bit of a hijack but when the cause is this good, surely its OK?

  • UCI announces change of direction for Southern Hemisphere track racing1 year 4 weeks agoThank you all,

    Thank you all, thankyewverymuch Smile

    Props to the guys at CyclingTips - lot of work there, and very funny stuff.