• Giro Rider Roster (The previously hijacked Giro D'Italia thread)1 year 4 weeks agoJoelsim wrote:Sebastian on

    Joelsim wrote:
    Sebastian on PCS

    Maurizio on Fleche Wallone Feminine

  • Is it just me or is the classics game really boring?1 year 4 weeks agoI don't feel it was such an

    I don't feel it was such an issue at the start when the races were different from one another, but this week is starting to drag. I could pick the same team, but I don't, because I'm allowed not to.

    A week of Ardennes classics and the week of proper cobbles (e3, GW, RVV, P-R) could have been separate competitions on their own.

    Omloop and Strade Bianche are wonderful races on their own and could be run as one-off competitions, bearing in mind how different the start lists are . KBK and Roma-Maxima were superfluous, and I would have liked a Schildeprijs sprint challenge as a one-off event.

    MSR - personally meh but I suspect some people like it,

  • Tour de France Grand Depart hosts slammed for "outrageous" team presentation ticket prices1 year 4 weeks agoI am repeating myself here

    I am repeating myself here but worth pointing out the team presentation for the Giro in Belfast is free.
    I'll be poised at my computer at 8.59 on Thursday morning to try and get a ticket!

    If you can get cheap flights it may even work out cheaper to go to Belfast than get ripped off by the Yorkshire shysters.

    Im sure all the MAMIL, full Team Sky kit wearing, hedge fund manager, weekend warriors who have been into cycling for 12 minutes will snap up the £80 tickets (and claim it back on expenses)

  • Tour de France Grand Depart hosts slammed for "outrageous" team presentation ticket prices1 year 4 weeks agomckechan wrote:I have myself

    mckechan wrote:
    I have myself two tickets for my team in the Premier League against a the current champions at £40 each.

    £40 to watch your team play a mid-table side? Ouch Wink

  • Video: Houston cyclist uses flagpole to enforce often-ignored passing law1 year 4 weeks agoFlexible pole with a tile

    Flexible pole with a tile cutter on the end Laughing

  • Scottish Road Share campaign steers presumed liability law towards Parliament1 year 4 weeks ago@mpdouglas I agree that there

    @mpdouglas

    I agree that there are some truly awful people out there who will lie for gain or to protect their mistake. But the example you use is not a good one:
    "Strict liability means it's easy money for a pedestrian willing to step out in front of a cyclist and feign injury."

    Cyclists would have to be careful going over zebra/etc crossings (as we already should be - in case the lemmings leap out from nowhere!), but if a pedestrian 'steps out in front of a cyclists' in the road where there wasn't a crossing, this would be exactly the sort of thing which would revoke the presumed liability.
    On the other hand, if a cyclist was ever on the pavement (where they shouldn't be) then they would always be presumed liable for any accident that took place in this space.

    I know laws don't always work this way... but "presumed liability" really is meant as a soft nudge-nudge to the party in the larger vehicle to be more careful and considerate around smaller parties. Not as a stick to penalise them when accidents (not incidents mind you) do happen!

    My two-penneth... D Smug

  • Eric Pickles turns down Cambridge councillors' car vs bike challenge1 year 4 weeks agoWhat a fat c**t.

    What a fat c**t.

  • Chris Boardman welcomes report on inactivity epidemic - but bashes government's inactivity on cycling1 year 4 weeks agoI saw the race on tv and the

    I saw the race on tv and the cycle lanes/roads either side of the road looked real good.They have integrated cycling when building the roads not added them as an after thought.Can't ever see it in Britain though people would moan so much the government trying to do the work would fall.They are so used to taking no exercise.Ever noticed at the supermarket people park close to the door they just hate to move then wonder why they are so fat.

  • Tour de France Grand Depart hosts slammed for "outrageous" team presentation ticket prices1 year 4 weeks agoThe Tour is a commercial

    The Tour is a commercial event. I'm fine with that. Given that, any income should be paid back to the various public bodies that have paid out £10m to subsidise this commercial event.

    I object to private enterprise profiting from public subsidy (that means you, train operating companies).

  • Cassette Noise (I think)1 year 4 weeks agoI had that on my Campag

    I had that on my Campag Siroccos and I replaced the rear wheel bearings (sorted)

    Got them direct from I-ride.co.uk - same bearings as Fulcrum

  • Is it just me or is the classics game really boring?1 year 4 weeks agoI've also found it quite

    I've also found it quite boring. Because each race is a separate entity, with unlimited transfers, there's no continuity within your team. I just log in the night before a race, pick a predictable bunch of favourites and 3.0 guys, check in at race finish time to see if I did any good, and then, regardless of success or failure, just forget about the whole thing until the next deadline arrives. I've never felt less engaged with the game (maybe a good thing for my life!)

    I seem to remember it was more fun last year when races were grouped into threes, and you had 2 transfers a time. You actually had to check startlists and do a bit of planning to make sure you had a bunch of guys who would score solidly through the block.

  • Emma Pooley says it's 'nuts' she gets more prize money from triathlon 'hobby' than pro cycling1 year 4 weeks agoWho let her out of the

    Who let her out of the kitchen?

  • Police safety warning to cyclists tackling Yorkshire Tour de France routes, new app highlights hazards (+ video)1 year 4 weeks agoOh no, there's steep descents

    Oh no, there's steep descents in Yorkshire, shock.

  • Eric Pickles turns down Cambridge councillors' car vs bike challenge1 year 4 weeks agoYes I would pay to see that

    Yes I would pay to see that fat Cun- on a bike for sure. Laughing

  • Scottish Road Share campaign steers presumed liability law towards Parliament1 year 4 weeks agoI can't help fearing that

    I can't help fearing that this means every single cyclist is going to need 3rd party insurance (which may no longer be free with CTC/BC membership) and will need to ride around with a front and rear facing camera. We do, after all, live in a country where there are more than 1,500 whiplash claims per DAY (!) and more than half of them are fraudulent.
    Strict liability means it's easy money for a pedestrian willing to step out in front of a cyclist and feign injury.
    I cycle daily into central London so I should be in favour of this but I can't help thinking it might be a case of "be careful what you wish for, it may come true". I hear the argument about other countries not having this experience but I don't think other countries have 1,500 whiplash claims per day (the ABI reckon Britain is at least double France, Spain and the Netherlands).

  • Scottish Road Share campaign steers presumed liability law towards Parliament1 year 4 weeks agoKim wrote:The bicycle has

    Kim wrote:
    The bicycle has been around for over 130 year and all that time there has never been a requirement for cyclists to have insurance. Motorist have been legal required to have third party insurance since 1903, seven years after the first pedestrian was killed by a car. The reason that cyclists are not, and have not ever been, required to have third party insurance is because they do very little harm to other.

    In the event that Presumed Liability becomes law, I see no reason why I would need to go out and get third party insurance, because I ride with care and attention, and therefore don't pose a threat to pedestrians. This such a law would have no negative consequence for me because I do not ride in a reckless manner. Only the reckless have anything to fear from Presumed Liability.

    I believe most of us will already have liability insurance through our Home Buildings & Contents insurance. I'm covered within the UK on mine.

  • Cycling in Derby1 year 4 weeks agoComing up from Bath, so

    Coming up from Bath, so pretty hard to beat riding wise!

  • Boris bikes fuel rising prices in London rental market, says lettings agency1 year 4 weeks agobriano 55 wrote: Bikes are a

    briano 55 wrote:

    Bikes are a benefit to the tenant, but increase in prices is not a benefit of the bikes, or did I misread the original quote?

    Nick Alworth, TfL’s general manager of the Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme, said: “We have always known that Barclays Cycle Hire would bring a range of benefits to London, so it’s nice to see some of these further confirmed by this latest research.

    “Since the scheme opened in July 2010, the popular and now iconic bikes have helped change the way people make short journeys across London. More than eight million hires were carried out last year and we expect many millions more to be made during 2014.”

    The 'benefit' as I read and see it, is that the bikes "have helped change the way people make short journeys across London". Changed so much, for so many, that a significant number are prepared to pay not only the daily hire charge of £2, but also a monthly premium of a few dozen to maybe a few hundred pounds for proximity to a docking station. Figure no doubt dependent on rent, number of renters in a property etc.

    Certainly if proximity to a docking station meant a Zone or two off your travel card, or ability to sell your own bike/not worry about it getting nicked, or - horror - sell a car, the increase in rental would be more than justified. Maybe it means a 10min spin through a park each morning & evening as opposed ot a slog on a High street or an armpit of a TfL bus. Priceless.

  • Tour de France Grand Depart hosts slammed for "outrageous" team presentation ticket prices1 year 4 weeks agomckechan wrote:For comparison

    mckechan wrote:
    For comparison ... and I might get hissed at for mentioning Football on here ... I have myself two tickets for my team in the Premier League against a the current champions at £40 each.

    Also, if you want to watch golf at The Open this year, you'll be forking out £65-75 per ticket.

  • Replacement Cones1 year 4 weeks agoYes, you need to identify the

    Yes, you need to identify the hub first. Quick google of your bike says Shimano 2200.

    Parts diagram here:

    http://techdocs.shimano.com/techdocs/blevel.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=25...

    My guess though is that because it's one of their cheaper hubs that either spares won't be available or on the positive side they might be fine with some fairly generic cones.

    Might be worth trying the lbs to see if they have any random parts in a spares box somewhere.

  • Eric Pickles turns down Cambridge councillors' car vs bike challenge1 year 4 weeks agoPickles a such a waste of (a

    Pickles a such a waste of (a lot of) space.

    He's presently doing the rounds making what he's been told are vote winning noises.

  • Updated: Casting agent inundated after Emmerdale cyclist extras appeal - no more please!1 year 4 weeks agodon simon wrote:Complete SKY

    don simon wrote:
    Complete SKY kit on order.

    No shortage of these - I see at least 4 or 5 on every ride - all shapes and sizes

  • Boris bikes fuel rising prices in London rental market, says lettings agency1 year 4 weeks agoKiwiMike wrote:briano 55

    KiwiMike wrote:
    briano 55 wrote:

    This is not a benefit Mr Alworth.

    It's a benefit to those who are willing to pay up to 25% more in rent to use it, surely? If they can eschew car ownership, or save money/time on other forms of public transport?

    Bikes are a benefit to the tenant, but increase in prices is not a benefit of the bikes, or did I misread the original quote?

  • The best way to fall off?1 year 4 weeks agomovingtarget wrote:+1 for

    movingtarget wrote:
    +1 for fighting your instincts to put your hand/arm out to stop your fall, it makes for a single point of contact for all that force which will transmit up your arm resulting in a broken wrist or clavicle. Keeping your hands on the bars already sort of tucks you up so you can roll with the fall and disperse the force over your body trading road rash for fractures. Almost fell hard while riding in the rain when I hit a patch of gravel yesterday, kept my hands on the bars and was able to wrench the bike and myself upright but my club mates thought I was hitting pavement for sure. This video actually is pretty good about going through different crash scenarios, the cheesy animation even grows on you over time ...

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=oHGfzeH6Qg4

    Excellent video - thanks and thanks to all the commentators in general.

  • Replacement Cones1 year 4 weeks agohttp://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SHI

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SHIMANO-CASSETTE-FREEHUB-BODY-CONE-AXLE-SEAL-S...

    Any of this stuff any good?

    Shimano aren't great on spares, but cones are something they do.