• Rapha prototype high performance jersey spotted at Eurobike 20131 year 8 weeks agoThat's a properly early

    That's a properly early warning for the 2015 colour schemes.

    I've got a current super-lightweight jersey, it's very very fine fabric. Too fine I reckon, to be honest. It snags really easily, and it's a bit too featherweight in comparison to the zip - the jersey conforms to the bunching of the zip rather than the other way around if you catch my drift. An even lighter one would be a nightmare.

  • Hiplok win Eurobike Award1 year 8 weeks agoDo they present any extra

    Do they present any extra danger in a crash compare to say keeping a lock in a messenger bag?

  • Vuelta - Stage 81 year 8 weeks agoI needed the last 2 days to

    I needed the last 2 days to be more standard sprint stages really - as it was I didn't gain much of an advantage over people who kept more GC guys in. (In fact, thats exactly what happened in the TDF - I should probably have learnt from that...)

    Anyway, used all my transfers this morning (7) to get the below - boring but hopefully effective. Being able to bank transfers is DEFINITELY an advantage in races like this (and well worth the tenner) but I've abjectly failed to take advantage so far Wink

    Valverde
    Nibali
    Roche
    Moreno
    Horner
    Pozzovivo
    Konig
    Basso
    Zubeldia

    2 probable transfers lined up for tomorrow (no prizes for guessing one of them)...

  • Vuelta - Stage 81 year 8 weeks agoThere have been a number of

    There have been a number of escape attempts but Astana don't seem to want to let anybody go.
    All together after 25km

  • Lifebeam Smart helmet incorporates heart rate monitor + video1 year 8 weeks agoWho cares

    Who cares Confused

  • Vuelta - Stage 81 year 8 weeks agoDan Martin (GRS) is a DNS

    Dan Martin (GRS) is a DNS after yesterday's crash.

  • Eurobike Diary – Day Two - Are We Not Bikes? We Are Demo.1 year 8 weeks agoAnd there I was thinking I'd

    And there I was thinking I'd be jealous.

  • Vuelta - Stage 81 year 8 weeks agoray silvester wrote:Managed

    ray silvester wrote:
    Managed to get back to a climby team and still have 3 transfers left over.....will try and bank as many as possible for the ITT

    Valverde
    Roche
    Majka
    Zubeldia
    Horner
    Nibali
    Moreno(D)
    Txurruka
    Santaromita

    Now I'm off to get some throat linctus for whoever that co-commentator is on ITV4

    And yet still some people insist that unlimited banked transfers for premium players offers no advantage and the playing field is still level Wink

    It's the 30 point hit for standard players for me and taking my chances on the TT as per usual. Still, not complaining, just not deluding myself.

  • "It's not always the car's fault" - Laura Trott says reckless cyclists to blame if they get hurt & helmets should be compulsory1 year 8 weeks ago+1 And I've been commuting in

    +1

    And I've been commuting in London on two wheels for over 20 years.

  • Giro launch new clothing range at Eurobike1 year 8 weeks agoAnd I thought it was just

    And I thought it was just me.. +1 to a t-shirt without a useless rear pocket Cool

  • Fantasy 'team' competition for 20141 year 8 weeks agoPhilip Unwin wrote:I like the

    Philip Unwin wrote:
    I like the sound of this, but why do I get the feeling that I'll be like the fat kid that nobody wants when picking footie teams.

    I certainly wouldn't be aggrieved to have you as a team mate Phil.

  • "It's not always the car's fault" - Laura Trott says reckless cyclists to blame if they get hurt & helmets should be compulsory1 year 8 weeks agoQuote:and remember that the

    Quote:
    and remember that the mainstream media currently has an anti-cycling bias.

    ^^ This.

    Any comment, no matter how well thought out, can be twisted or made to be more prevalent. I suspect Laura Trott didn't set out to casue this much grief but the press release could well have been twisted a bit to emphasise the "reckless cyclists" and "helmets should be compulsory" bits.

    All this compulsory helmet use and the "installation" of crap cycle paths are just another stick to beat cyclists with:
    "use the cycle lane!"
    "you should be wearing a helmet!"

    I don't want some 0.5m wide streak of paint weaving randomly down a pavement, I don't want to be forced to wear a helmet; I'd just like to ride my bike down the road to work without being regarded as weird/sub-human for doing so.

  • Giro launch new clothing range at Eurobike1 year 8 weeks agoI don't get this bike casual

    I don't get this bike casual niche. Not quite cycling wear, not quite casual wear, not quite anything... If you need to cycle into town to have a coffee what's wrong with a reular Tshirt?

  • Giro launch new clothing range at Eurobike1 year 8 weeks agoI usually like Giro gear, but

    I usually like Giro gear, but this just looks like a lazy and cynical attempt at hijacking the cycle casual wear market. They're basically just bad Vulpine & Rapha rip-offs. The cut on the orange jacket, trousers and the polo are abysmal. Stick to performance wear please, Giro.

  • Eurobike 2013: Disc road bikes from Specialized, Bianchi, Merida, Stevens, Storck, Cannondale, Pinarello, Colnago, Ceepo + Trigon1 year 8 weeks agoKiwiMike wrote:Last week I

    KiwiMike wrote:
    Last week I descended the Furkapass on a Cervelo R3 with Sram Red brakes on what I recall were a bloody flash wheelset (rental bike). It was pissing down.

    End result was the limiting factor wasn't the tyre/road friction, or visibility. It was the pad/rim friction (or lack of) coupled with my hands not being able to haul on the levers except with three fingers and in the drops.

    Roll on discs for normal people doing big hills in dodgy weather. I couldn't give a toss for aeroness or weight or UCI regs.

    +1 for this.
    Functionality all the way

  • Vuelta Stage 7: Zdenek Stybar holds off Philippe Gilbert - and the peloton - to win1 year 8 weeks agoNice one, Zdenek, one classy

    Nice one, Zdenek, one classy rider! Pity you couldn't do it the other day when I had money on you. Chapeau Gilbert, always taking the race by the scruff of the neck when an opportunity arises - hope the legs keep getting better foer the Worlds!

  • "It's not always the car's fault" - Laura Trott says reckless cyclists to blame if they get hurt & helmets should be compulsory1 year 8 weeks agoAs a cyclist, motorcyclist

    As a cyclist, motorcyclist and car driver, my piece of advice is when undertaking or overtaking vehicles at junctions slow down and try to get the driver's attention (Look into the wing mirror, if you can see the driver's eye, good chance that they've seen you). ]When approaching a queue of stationary traffic at a junction don't filter (undertake or overtake) to the front on the queue if there is a HGV at the front of the queue. If you do this your putting yourself at risk, the fact is that all enclosed vehicles (cars, vans, trucks and HGV's)have blind spots and its next to impossible to design them without blind spots.
    Very little point putting the blame on someone after the accident as the damage has been done. Let the law take its course if any offence has taken place.

    Making helmets compulsory is next to impossible to police. Cycling helmet are only effective up to a relatively small impact load anyway but I still wear one and I think people who don't probably haven't much precious matter to protect.

  • "It's not always the car's fault" - Laura Trott says reckless cyclists to blame if they get hurt & helmets should be compulsory1 year 8 weeks agojeez, calm down.

    jeez, calm down.

  • Vuelta - Stage 81 year 8 weeks agoManaged to get back to a

    Managed to get back to a climby team and still have 3 transfers left over.....will try and bank as many as possible for the ITT

    Valverde
    Roche
    Majka
    Zubeldia
    Horner
    Nibali
    Moreno(D)
    Txurruka
    Santaromita

    Now I'm off to get some throat linctus for whoever that co-commentator is on ITV4

  • "It's not always the car's fault" - Laura Trott says reckless cyclists to blame if they get hurt & helmets should be compulsory1 year 8 weeks agoPondo wrote: Are we saying,

    Pondo wrote:

    Are we saying, then, that in order to progress cycling safety, we have to utterly deny that cyclists are ever at fault? That doesn't seem to me to be either healthy or realistic.

    No, we're saying a cycling ambassador needs to have a well thought out strategy, speak with balance, use facts, and remember that the mainstream media currently has an anti-cycling bias.

  • "It's not always the car's fault" - Laura Trott says reckless cyclists to blame if they get hurt & helmets should be compulsory1 year 8 weeks agoJeevesBath wrote: if you

    JeevesBath wrote:

    if you thought about it, you would realise what bollocks that is. In a car, you already have airbags, a seat belt, crash bars, anti-lock brakes and all manner of safety devices to protect you. A cyclist has no protection whatsoever, so managing the risk by using a helmet is reasonable measure whatever the circumstances. Of course, perfect cyclists would never have a 'single vehicle accident' involving a pothole or lose drain cover where a helmet might prevent a head injury, would they? Thinking

    believe me, i've thought about it a lot. mostly i think about why it's incumbent on cyclists to 'manage risk' – to the extent that people will advocate that managing said risk should be legally enforceable – when what they're doing is no more dangerous than walking, and a whole lot less dangerous than lots of other things where no-one *ever* wears a helmet, nor is asked to. why is that?

    you can't claim that it's 'reasonable' for cyclists to wear a helmet in case they have an accident, unless you're prepared to advocate the same for every other comparably risky activity. such as doing DIY, and playing football.

    also i think about how people are completely unable to see the bigger picture at all when they start talking about helmets. it's all about mitigating risk of a specific type of injury on a per-person level and ignoring all the other effects of helmet compulsion.

    I do wear a helmet, by the way. but i wish people would wake up and see the bigger picture. Find me a country with high levels of cycling *and* high levels of helmet use. Just one. There aren't any. Why do you think that is?

  • "It's not always the car's fault" - Laura Trott says reckless cyclists to blame if they get hurt & helmets should be compulsory1 year 8 weeks agoCotterPin wrote:daddyELVIS

    CotterPin wrote:
    daddyELVIS wrote:
    hampstead_bandit wrote:
    but mixing up the helmet issue with dangerous cycling practises just blurs the key issues, which is that adult cycle training should be promoted

    My worry here is who delivers the cycle training and what is actually taught - would there be a basic 'national curriculum' which trainers had to follow?

    Would cyclists be taught to ride in cycle lanes whenever available, always stay to the left, never filter, never advance beyond stop lines at lights?

    In my experience, being 'assertive' on the road is the best way to be seen and keep safe on a bike.

    Hiding away on the left and between cars, and thoughtlessly following poorly 'designed' cycle lanes, whilst all legal, are some of the most dangerous examples of cycling that I see.

    I'd rather take the lane (when necessary) and advance well beyond the stop line at certain lights where experience has taught me it is safer to do so (probably to the annoyance of the 'road-tax payer' behind me).

    Someone may have commented on this already but I really don't have the energy to go through the rest of the comments. I used to be a cycling instructor and the "national curriculum" (Bikeability) for cycle training does cover these issues.

    It trains you where to ride on the road to make yourself visible (it's not in the gutter); the importance of communicating your intentions to other road users. It shows you the best and safest way to filter through traffic (it does n' t involve going beyond the stop line).

    What feet disappoints me about Trott's, Wiggins' and Cavendish's comments is what they could have said that could genuinely save lives. They could have talked about all the things I have mentioned above. They could have spoken about avoiding drivers' blindspots. They could have told drivers to look out carefully before proceeding.

    Instead they just spout a load of misinformed nonsense that will only make people feel the roads are too dangerous to cycle on which they are not.

    Oh, and while I'm in rant mode, what's this talk about "cars" being at fault or not. The car is an inanimate object. It is the driver of that vehicle who may or may not be at fault in a specific. One thing that Bikeability teaches you is that you are dealing with other human beings, not robots.

    Personally I think all the money that gets wasted on pointless segregated bike lanes should be spent on training people how to ride bikes properly (including drivers).

    +1 for Bikeability - the type of cycle training I'd be happy with. However, it won't educate drivers (which I think is a bigger problem). I also agree with the rest of your comments.

  • "It's not always the car's fault" - Laura Trott says reckless cyclists to blame if they get hurt & helmets should be compulsory1 year 8 weeks agoColin Peyresourde wrote: You

    Colin Peyresourde wrote:

    You know, I think the problem you have is with authority. I don't have a problem with what you are saying about the rider making good decisions, but good cycle education will teach people to cycle safely - this doesn't mean advance on the left in to cycle box at all costs. But why you think it will be subverted into some weird unsafe subservient cyclists killing training program is beyond me.....IT WILL BE ABOUT CYCLING SAFELY. If you want to argue about what is safe then fine.
    But you show your own rigid thinking up with inane comments like that.
    I'm not into legislating for helmets, but I think you are a tool if you don't think they can help protect you. That doesn't mean to say that it will, it doesn't mean to say that it has to, but in the likelihood that you, or I come off our bikes at speed, we will likely be thankful of a lid on our noggin. So why not wear one?
    BTW - you are right about your road positioning. The point is that a lot of people get it wrong. They need educating. If you get involved in a positive action to help others you can educate them in being road safe too, rather than getting upset at poor Ms Trott.

    All I said was, "my worry is" - I never once said I was against good cycling training - I was merely asking questions and explaining my worry.

    I have no problem with authority, I do a problem with legislation as it is usually poorly thought out and carries an agenda (not to mention a cost, usually paid for by issuing fines).

    Please quote where I have said a helmet won't help protect, why would I bother wearing one myself for around 90% of the cycling I do if I didn't think it would? But should I receive a fine for the times I choose not too? - oh, and thanks for inferring that I'm a tool.

    The other point I was trying to make (poorly, I admit) is that truly safe cycling is exactly the type of cycling that lots of motorists have a problem with - "get to the left", "get on the cycle path", "wait in the queue", "you're too slow to be on the road", etc, etc. If you stop red light jumping or increase helmet use, drivers would still be pissed-off with cyclists, and we would still have the same moronic driving that can kill cyclists.

    BTW, does anyone have any stats on London cycling deaths and injuries? I'd like to know how many were due to a cyclist jumping a red light.

  • Cervélo launch all new versions of the R3 and S3 at Eurobike 2013 +Video1 year 8 weeks agoAm I reading that right? The

    Am I reading that right? The 105 R3 will be £1999, but the frameset alone will be £1699? So a pair of wheels, complete groupset, stem, bars, seatpost and saddle £300!

  • "It's not always the car's fault" - Laura Trott says reckless cyclists to blame if they get hurt & helmets should be compulsory1 year 8 weeks agomad_scot_rider wrote:Pondo

    mad_scot_rider wrote:
    Pondo wrote:
    I think the vehemence of the opposition to Laura's comments is a bit saddening - to so utterly deny that there's any value to what she says screams of heads plunged deeply in sand.

    No - I would suggest you are either naively or deliberately missing the point

    We can't allow the debate about cycling in this country to be framed in this way by poorly thought out comments, from those who should know better, without any reference to the facts

    Otherwise we will continue to have people with a sense of entitlement because they drive a car attempting to force cyclists off the roads


    Are we saying, then, that in order to progress cycling safety, we have to utterly deny that cyclists are ever at fault? That doesn't seem to me to be either healthy or realistic.