• Autumn Classics1 year 4 weeks agoI just select the teams and

    I just select the teams and then set the rider values. Once they are set I just ask it to recommend the budget, it does its thing and gives me a number. Its in the game engine.

    If I think the number is acceptable I can put that in as the budget, or change it if we wish. In this instance due to the volume of riders it was always going to suggest lower than if we had the startlists for all 6 races, and no difference of teams from race to race, so I upped it slightly

  • Riccardo Riccò suffers facial injuries after crash on Mont Ventoux descent1 year 4 weeks agoHe looks like he has been

    He looks like he has been burnt all over.

    Reminds me of the ending of Raiders of the Lost Ark

  • Tour de Pologne1 year 4 weeks agoLooks to me like the best

    Looks to me like the best TTer on the last stage will win this one unless one of the lesser TTers manages to take an awful lot of time on stage 5.

    To my mind that leaves Cataldo, Izaguirre, Siutsou, De Gendt, Formolo and even Malori as the favourites.

  • Cycle to Work Scheme.1 year 4 weeks ago^ this. I do wish my employer

    ^ this.

    I do wish my employer both self-administered the scheme and allowed more than the normal £1k limit, (they have the credit licence to do so), but they run it very much by the book and the majority just want £300 or so to buy an everyday hybrid. To me, £2k would be enough to buy all the bike I'd realistically ever need!

    Leeroy_Silk wrote:
    I spoke with a friend who runs the scheme at his bike shop and heard of customers who every year use it to get a new bike and eBay off their old one.

    I suspect this is quite true, but sadly also that a lot of those bikes are being sold without ownership actually having transferred to the seller... As a buyer, how would you know? Not like bikes have a V5 which evidences ownership!

  • Autumn Classics1 year 4 weeks agoTERatcliffe26 wrote:... I

    TERatcliffe26 wrote:
    ... I don't know any details about the formula.... I upped the budget... and thus... Todays budget looked about right... the formula doesn't take into account 3 credit riders, so actually provides you with more budget than if it did include those riders.
    Out of curiousity... Thinking How do you run the formula? Is it part of the game or is it in an Excel spreadsheet outside of it? Do you put all the riders in the competition into the database and then tell it to suggest a budget based on those riders and then you decide whether to 'up' it or not?... Do you then enter the number you think is 'fair' into the game?... Thinking Thanks for responding... The way the game is run is really interesting to me...

  • Tour de Pologne1 year 4 weeks agoSaw a lot of cheap sprinters

    Saw a lot of cheap sprinters and got pretty excited but then I saw the budget. Wowzers. Tough decisions to be made here.

  • Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian1 year 4 weeks agoTERatcliffe26 wrote:...you

    TERatcliffe26 wrote:
    ...you can add up how many I changed in the roster changes thread. I just used the official startlist
    So did you use PCS to get the first pass game start list up and then used the official one once that was out?...

  • Tour de Pologne1 year 4 weeks agosimon F wrote:The TSB riders

    simon F wrote:
    The TSB riders are there now - cheers.

    On a similar note, what does the "all riders" filter actually mean? There's about 2.5K riders in the rankings list, but only 557 if you set that filter in the TdP pick team screen. I assume some of the missing ones are women, but surely not 2000 of them .

    The missing ones are the riders for all the teams not taking part, ie Bardini, Cofidis etc and that value is so high as for races such as Algarve there are riders for local Portuguese teams in the database, as well as riders that race in international races such as World champs that don't have a trade team

  • Driverless cars on UK roads in under six months1 year 4 weeks agoBeaufort wrote:The safety

    Beaufort wrote:
    The safety systems controlling driverless cars are not and can never be infallible. This is a dangerous path to begin down.

    Have you ever flown in a modern commercial airliner?
    I'm willing to bet that it was on autopilot more or less from the moment it took off until it landed.

    Have you ever been on the DLR? That's driverless.

    The technology is there (and it works fine, far better than any person can manage), the only problems are the political and logistical ones.

  • Driverless cars on UK roads in under six months1 year 4 weeks agoThis news is a bit late.

    This news is a bit late. There have been driverless vehicles on London's roads for years. There are three types and all have software glitches.

    Type 1) Black car usually large saloon or people-carrier easily identified by the legend "Addison Lee" written on it. Main software glitch: supplied with software for type 2 or 3, software patch rectifying this problem doesn't always work. Also has difficulty recognising vulnerable road users.

    Type 2) Large red vehicle. Makes frequent stops accelerating violently from standing start and breaking hard to a stop. Main software glitch: Will indicate for a long time before lurching off and then make no indication of intended actions if they would benefit other road users. Will randomly overtake cyclists and then break hard and stop. As for type 1 has difficulty recognising VRNs.

    Type 3) Specialist vehicle usually black. Can usually be recognised from the front by an additional amber light on the roof (maybe illuminated or not - seemingly random), recognised from rear by secondary white number plate. Main software glitches: uncontrollable impulses to veer to and from the kerb and perform U-turns at completely random and unexplained times without indication. Also likely to close pass cyclists at the micron distance. Unable to navigate south of the Thames late at night.

    I hope that this has helped clear up the misinformation given out in the media.

  • Tour de Pologne1 year 4 weeks agoThe TSB riders are there now

    The TSB riders are there now - cheers.

    On a similar note, what does the "all riders" filter actually mean? There's about 2.5K riders in the rankings list, but only 557 if you set that filter in the TdP pick team screen. I assume some of the missing ones are women, but surely not 2000 of them .

  • Tour de Pologne1 year 4 weeks agoShould be fixed, let me know

    Should be fixed, let me know if now

  • Danny MacAskill under fire over Playboy Mansion video1 year 4 weeks agotruffy wrote:I keep

    truffy wrote:
    I keep forgetting what 'jumping the shark' means. Every time I look it up, I forget it again.

    It means the same thing as "Nuking the Fridge". Big Grin

  • Sparkassen Giro (womens world cup)1 year 4 weeks agoIt's like pinning a tail on a

    It's like pinning a tail on a donkey anyway. No idea who are sprinters or whatever.

  • Video round-up: Bad driving, bad cycling & a great brother1 year 4 weeks agoAm I the only one who's

    Am I the only one who's disappointed not to see any actual flashing in the last video?

  • Tour de Pologne1 year 4 weeks ago150 budget....not this year.

    150 budget....not this year. you'll never get a full house in this stage race !

  • BTR Water Resistant Frame Bike Bag And Mobile Phone Holder1 year 4 weeks agoMercuryOne wrote:Tote bags?

    MercuryOne wrote:
    Tote bags? Shudder....

    I don't even mount a pump on the bike - let alone deface it with zip bags.

    do you sit on your bike or just push it around at the end of a long pole so as not to spoil its clean lines?

  • B'Twin Count 8 Counter computer1 year 4 weeks agoI tried a cheap non digital

    I tried a cheap non digital wireless from Aldi. It worked as long as you were at least ten yards away from anything using more power than than a small LED light. Went back to the wired one.

  • Video round-up: Bad driving, bad cycling & a great brother1 year 4 weeks agomartib wrote: …and that was

    martib wrote:

    …and that was with out watching the whole shambles of the video, though I don't condone the actions of some cyclists, they only put themselves at risk, as opposed to someone in control of a vehicle doing the same things, who put other peoples lives at risk.

    That may be true but if I was driving and ended up killing a cyclist because they'd done something stupid I may find that quite traumatic.

  • Video round-up: Bad driving, bad cycling & a great brother1 year 4 weeks agoIn the Bristol video I

    In the Bristol video I counted 5 cyclists being proper idiots, 2 who were blatantly fine, and 7 edge cases where they may be perfectly legal and within their rights but there's probably a better way of riding it.

    E.g. left hook guy @ 0:16, I ride that road every day and have never felt the urge to overtake any cars on their right immediately before making my left turn onto the bridge. Maybe he remembered he left the oven on.

    E.g. Portway guy @ 3:20, yes you can ride it on the road, it might be a tad quicker at 20mph, but the surface is shit and you get a much more pleasant ride on the shared pavement path doing 12-15mph. Maybe he doesn't know this or had other reasons. (I admit I'm being a hypocrite here because I ride up and down the similar Hartcliffe Way on the road, ignoring the cycle path.)

    The car driver is a plonker but if you disregard his bilious text, you can observe plenty of cyclists being equally plonkerish (=impatient).

  • Tour de Pologne1 year 4 weeks agoIm gonna have a look once Ive

    Im gonna have a look once Ive just done the CSS scores.

    If its anything I can't fix I will get onto Dave asap

  • Autumn Classics1 year 4 weeks agoenrique wrote:TERatcliffe26

    enrique wrote:
    TERatcliffe26 wrote:
    ... On the budget it suggested 129...
    What are the parameters of the formula you guys are using?... Did Dave come up with the formula?... Thinking Does it use the size of the field?... The average value of the entire field? The distribution of those values?... It's kind of weird to see you write 'it' suggested a particular number... The formula establishes a relationship between the values which, obviously, the person who created the formula predetermined a base value for, just like someone determined the highest value a rider should have in the game is 40.0 credits and the lowest value should be 3.0 credits, the formula you are using has established a certain relationship between how it will solve for what the formula creator 'thinks' the budget value should be, based on the criteria the formula creator finds relevant and inserts into the formula itself... Thinking It'd be nice to see that formula, I have to believe it's fairly simple and probably uses two or three variables, maybe just the size of the field and the average value of the riders in the field and some sort of relationship that sets these values to be around 150 for a certain average rider value, can you share it?... Thinking

    I don't know any details about the formula.

    Alls I can say with these races is took into account all riders on all the rosters for the teams in todays race, and teams that are competing in other races within the competition (that being done once th riders values for all those teams had been set based on all the up coming stages being lumpy) Therefore I upped the budget as not all riders would be riding, and thus there may be more expensive riders racing, or there may not. Todays budget looked about right.

    Oh also the formula doesn't take into account 3 credit riders, so actually provides you with more budget than if it did include those riders.

  • Just in: Canyon Endurace CF 9.0 SL1 year 4 weeks agoWas going to buy the CF SLX,

    Was going to buy the CF SLX, but may go for this instead with a Mavic Ksyrium SLR wheelset. Good work Canyon!

  • Danny MacAskill under fire over Playboy Mansion video1 year 4 weeks agoI think they should've had

    I think they should've had Peter Sagan riding no handed wheelies pinching every arse in sight.

  • Aerozine Chain Ring Bolt Kit1 year 4 weeks agoSo basically, they've

    So basically, they've invented vajazzling for bikes Devil