• Eurobike 2013 Day 0 randoms - Giant, Surly, Minoura, Continental, Bont, Vaude1 year 8 weeks ago' .....and a custom colour

    ' .....and a custom colour program for the Vaypor and Vaypor Plus shoes that offers you the choice of 14 colours on any part of the shoes, so you can change the panels, piping, logos, even the stitching to express your own taste.' Or lack of taste Big Grin

  • Branson vs Pickles – Virgin boss wants towns for people, minister wants them for cars1 year 8 weeks agoCars and traffic are what

    Cars and traffic are what have killed the high street, not a lack of parking. There are numerous examples in the UK alone where closing areas to traffic has increased trade. There are also several studies showing that pedestrians and cyclists spend more at local shops than motorists do.

    Eric Pickles' agenda will drive more people to large chains and out of town centres.

  • Branson vs Pickles – Virgin boss wants towns for people, minister wants them for cars1 year 8 weeks ago@Simon: indeed, potholes and

    @Simon: indeed, potholes and everything. Needs more yarnbombing though Wink

  • Branson vs Pickles – Virgin boss wants towns for people, minister wants them for cars1 year 8 weeks agoPickles does have a point.

    Pickles does have a point. Around here, fairly recent implementation of parking fees I small rural towns has harmed the small shops that we doing Ok. The local council is also losing money by charging and subbing out the parking contact!
    Equally Sustrans are living in their own world. Again around here, no car based travel is not an option, the buses being so infrequent and expensive. Shopping locally also means paying or arking!

  • Vuelta - Stage 41 year 8 weeks agoIt looks hillier than usual

    It looks hillier than usual for a 'flat' stage, so I am already regretting bring in Andy Fenn and Leigh Howard. Shudda gone for Zulbeldia...I need to at some point.

  • Branson vs Pickles – Virgin boss wants towns for people, minister wants them for cars1 year 8 weeks agozanf wrote:colinth wrote:I

    zanf wrote:
    colinth wrote:
    I also doubt the people who work at amazon would agree that there's no community benefit

    Many in the town, however, have mixed feelings. They are grateful for the jobs Amazon has created but they are also sad and angry about the quality of them. Timothy Jones, a barrister and parish councillor, summed up the mood. “I very much want them to stay, but equally I would like some of the worst employment practices to end.”

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/ed6a985c-70bd-11e2-85d0-00144feab49a.html

    Not sure what the point is there, it's a demanding place to work ? Probably, but the dole is a lot more demanding

  • Branson vs Pickles – Virgin boss wants towns for people, minister wants them for cars1 year 8 weeks agoQuote: Eric Pickles,

    Quote:

    Eric Pickles, Communities Secretary, says it is time to do away with “draconian” parking policies, bollards and speed humps that he claims stop people visiting high street shops.

    To be fair to Pickles, he's likely to have been told this by representatives of local business. Its the local those people who are out of touch.

    In a recent article I read about my town's redevelopment, the council said that the town needed more parking, as that's what the local businesses said was their highest priority. Thing is, there are already 1400 bays in council car parks according to council website. When you take into account private car parks (Waitrose, M&S, Tesco, not to mention loads of small ones eg I know at least 5 pubs with car parks) this is probably 2000 parking bays. This is in a town with 30,000 residents. If you put 5 people in a car, then a third of the entire population can park in the town centre at the same time.

  • Lance Armstrong settles £1 million Sunday Times lawsuit1 year 8 weeks agojarredscycling wrote:You have

    jarredscycling wrote:
    You have to hate Lance more for "How" he did it rather than what he did. How can you sit in a courtroom and sue someone for Libel knowing that they told the truth?

    Agreed. I don't care that he doped really, it's the rest of it.

    But to be honest... what other option did he have? In his position he couldn't allow the "libel" to stand, or it would have been tantamount to an admission.

  • Take your exercise bike to the pool with the new Aqua Cycling craze1 year 8 weeks agoRidiculous. You don't need

    Ridiculous. You don't need 'extra support' once you've been on a bike for a few hours a week because your core holds you up.

  • Going ultralight, help identifying a 5.2kg beauty1 year 8 weeks agoSo it is true, haters DO have

    So it is true, haters DO have to hate. Why they bother to sign up is the real question.

  • Good cycling books??1 year 8 weeks ago+1 for the Richard Moore and

    +1 for the Richard Moore and William Fortheringham ones mentioned above. Didn't really enjoy the Reg Harris one - but one cycling book I haven't seen mentioned above that I rate as essential, required reading is The Hour, by Dr Hutch. Fantastic book - my favourite on cycling, and one of my all-time favourites of any genre.

  • Branson vs Pickles – Virgin boss wants towns for people, minister wants them for cars1 year 8 weeks agoDoctor Fegg wrote:I actively

    Doctor Fegg wrote:
    I actively avoid driving to our nearest town centres (Witney and Chipping Norton) precisely because of the free parking..

    Guessing you may recognise where the picture was taken Wink

    Though I live a 2-minute walk from the town centre and have never driven a car in my life.

  • Branson vs Pickles – Virgin boss wants towns for people, minister wants them for cars1 year 8 weeks agoI actively avoid driving to

    I actively avoid driving to our nearest town centres (Witney and Chipping Norton) precisely because of the free parking. Because they're free, it's vastly popular - not least with very local residents who could feasibly walk or cycle. That means that finding a space in the car park on a Saturday morning is a hugely stressful experience. (Someone was actually run over by a reversing car in a Chippy car park earlier this year.)

    Since I hate the stress of finding a space then gingerly manoeuvring into it, I therefore avoid these two towns and take the train into Oxford for my shopping. Or, of course, cycle if I haven't got too much to carry.

  • Branson vs Pickles – Virgin boss wants towns for people, minister wants them for cars1 year 8 weeks agoGiven where this has come

    Given where this has come from, I can't help but be reminded of the expression: "Building roads to cure congestion is like loosening your belt to cure obesity."

    You'd have thought that Pickles, of all people, would understand that doesn't work.

  • Branson vs Pickles – Virgin boss wants towns for people, minister wants them for cars1 year 8 weeks agoQuote:pubic transport Arf arf

    Quote:
    pubic transport

    Arf arf

  • group sets...an idiots guide1 year 8 weeks agoI do a lot of riding a and

    I do a lot of riding a and wouldn't fancy more than a short stretch over 20% on 34x26, especially at the end of a long ride. Extra teeth on the cassette will definitely help you winch up the steep bits.

    According to the Shimano website, the largest sprocket that the Sora derailleur will handle is 27 teeth. If you want a larger range on the cassette it looks like you'll need a Tiagra rear mech too, unless someone on here has experience of successfully squeezing in more teeth than the stated maximum in the manual. I have never tried it myself.

    A gear calculator will give you an idea of the difference that adding or removing cogs makes. Sheldon Brown has a good one: http://sheldonbrown.com/gears/ Check out the rest of the site, it's mine of useful information.

    If you were to upgrade the whole groupset you would get slightly smoother operation, an extra gear or two to make changes a little less of a clunk between sprockets with big gaps, an increase in component quality and a weight saving that would only make a difference to the most dedicated racer. As ever, the law of diminishing returns applies. In my opinion, the likes of Shimano 105 and Campagnolo Veloce give the best value price and performance balance but that's just my experience. Others will set the bar elsewhere according to their own budgets and riding styles. Some will buy top end kit just because they can, because they like showing off or because they like knowing that they have the best available or the best that they can afford. All of these are valid reasons, anyone who rides competitively knows that it's the legs that really do the talking. For the rest, it's a case of finding that balance of price and performance to give the best experience every time you swing a leg over your bike. A test ride from a shop or on a mate's bike will help you make up your mind. Each manufacturer makes their parts interchangeable across large parts of their range so as long as you stick to the same number of gears you will be able to upgrade a bit at a time. My best bike has a mix of 10 speed 105, Ultegra and Dura Ace and they all work perfectly together.

  • Vuelta - Stage 41 year 8 weeks agoPicked up Bole and Janse van

    Picked up Bole and Janse van Rensburg as a couple of stage-appropriate wildcards to move me up the table...

  • Branson vs Pickles – Virgin boss wants towns for people, minister wants them for cars1 year 8 weeks agolet pickles have his way ...

    let pickles have his way ... it wont take long for complete
    and utter grid-lock to set in then we can sit back and say
    "Told you so you idiot" Smile

  • Vuelta - Stage 41 year 8 weeks agoI've taken in Meersman,

    I've taken in Meersman, Gilbert, Gerrans and Paolini for the next few stages, lets see how it works out Nerd

  • RITMO Rating1 year 8 weeks agoI've deleted my profile. I

    I've deleted my profile. I don't think the change of winning the bike is high enough to keep it around just for that. I'm unsure of the privacy of the data. The score is vaguely interesting but not so useful to me. It seems to vary a fair amount by ride type, which means I can't use it to predict performance on any proposed ride with friends.

  • Branson vs Pickles – Virgin boss wants towns for people, minister wants them for cars1 year 8 weeks agoGet out of your car, Pickles.

    Get out of your car, Pickles. And step away from the pie.

  • RITMO Rating1 year 8 weeks agoIt's 10 miles not 10K. Most

    It's 10 miles not 10K. Most of my rides are lunch hour (due to the joys of kids taking the rest of my free time), so are shorter.

  • Vuelta - Stage 41 year 8 weeks agolead of 1:28 for- Danilo

    lead of 1:28 for-
    Danilo Wyss
    Nicolas Edet
    Jussi Veikkanen
    Dennis Vanendert
    Alex Rasmussen

  • RITMO Rating1 year 8 weeks agoI may have to create two

    I may have to create two accounts having two very different bikes on which I expect two different scores.

    I've uploaded a few rides and have two on my faster bike, scores 13.7 and 14.5. (That gated road can't have helped). My average is brought down by a ride on a tricycle cargo towing machine which scored 23.0. I wonder how it chooses which rides to score, as there are plenty of good rides on my road going bike which are not scored. Interesting to see the penalty for the cargo bike though.

    Who limits passwords to 8 characters nowadays?

  • Vuelta - Stage 41 year 8 weeks agoNot had the greatest of

    Not had the greatest of starts but resisting taking penalties!

    Valverde
    Roche
    Flecha 4 Krueziger
    Meersman
    Ratio
    Stybar
    Horner
    Tiralongo
    EBH 4 de Clercq