• Sssshh. Fantasy football is back.1 year 8 weeks agobillyman wrote:already a

    billyman wrote:
    already a member so have livened up my account and going to join.

    problem is the website seems half built atm, or is it just me, I click on the section that start of the team building process and it looks rubbish, will come back in a couple of days and try again.

    The Fantasy Premier site is working fine...

  • 10 budget road bike bargains for under £5001 year 8 weeks agoAs anyone had any experience

    As anyone had any experience with the Vikings on offer at Go Outdoors? They have a £369 model with Carbon Forks. Sounds like something else to add to the above group test.

    Additionally,the link to 'buying your first road bike' at the start of your article appears to link to the wrong guide. It links to a review on £500 to £900 bikes and NOT a guide on what to look for when buy a road, as expected.

  • Stage 21 under the lights1 year 8 weeks agojohnny2names wrote: whats the

    johnny2names wrote:

    whats the relevation of this tour de france then, what's the consensus? apart from obviously quintana starring as best 'pure' climber, and kittel's raw sprinting power to outdo the cav fair and square.

    Danny Van Poppel had a very impressive Tour debut - especially aged just 19 (youngest rider, I think).

    I was surprised by how well Valverde rode. If it weren't for the massive amount of time he lost on the fateful stage 13, he'd have probably finished second and may even have come closer to Froome than Quintana.

    Kwiatkowski was overshadowed by Quintana, but he rode a fantastic tour.

    Finally, Kreuziger looked super-strong throughout; what a year he's had, winning Amstel Gold and looking like a future team leader for GC in the Tour.

  • Stage 21 under the lights1 year 8 weeks agoKittel and Quintana were not

    Kittel and Quintana were not so much revelations as confirmations of what had been expected from them.

    The same probably applies to the likes of Talansky, Kwiatkowski and Bardet who were all expected to do well and did.

    For me, nobody stood out as a revelation, nobody came from nowhere to astonish everyone with an amazing performance but that's probably because so many teams brought their 'A teams'.

    It's probably also because I've been following the smaller races more this year and if I hadn't then performances from Dan Martin, Quintana and others might have been more of a surprise.

  • Guest blog: Bus lane rules and death on Holborn by Andy Waterman1 year 8 weeks agoI wonder whether Alan was

    I wonder whether Alan was going along Holborn as a new route after being stopped by the police a few days' earlier. :-\

  • Sustrans: Racers not welcome on shared use paths1 year 8 weeks agoDoctor Fegg wrote:@STATO:

    Doctor Fegg wrote:
    @STATO: Agreed, except for the phrase "people wanting to actually get somewhere". I actually get somewhere on my bike (I sold the car and travel everywhere by bike, bus and train now), I just do it less quickly than you... and I'd wager that my cycling speed is closer to the average than yours.

    That was short hand for 'as quick as it is possible for that individual to do so comfortably' Wink

    Im 30, have had a few driving lessons but provisional licence expired. I use bike 95% time, local trains and buses other time (bus is soooo slow!). My average at the moment for a commute is 13-14mph for 4.5mile.

    I do use some shared paths (its actually a footpath with a shared sign down the side of a dual-carriage way, barely wide enough to pass a pedestrian even if they squeeze against the barrier) but if i took the full 'sustrans' route it would be 6mile, and have at least 3 sets of lights id have to wait at to cross the road i just ride down. It also has numerous other sections to slow you down, such as poor surface, puddles/mud, barriers to stop motorbikes etc. Plus, as discussed above, slowing for other users.

    Often get dirty looks for daring to be on the road when there is a 'cyclepath' available and thats my issue, council/sustrans only making provision for people who dont want to be on the road means I get harassed for not using it!!!

  • Urgent meeting to debate compulsory helmets for all on Jersey1 year 8 weeks agothebungle, your don't need a

    thebungle, your don't need a massive road building project. I am talking about little things.

    Priority on traffic lights, the pointless painted cycle paths, how road is allocated, how bus lanes work etc etc.

    Then on the new, why are new business and retail parks built with no thought to cyclists, why is it so hard to get around by public transport?

    At the weekend was talking to someone about why is it there are no footpaths across a tesco car park? i know it is a little thing but it sets the tone.

  • Top ten GC Tour de France1 year 8 weeks agoJoint sixth, I'll have that.

    Joint sixth, I'll have that.

  • Stage 21 under the lights1 year 8 weeks agoI've really enjoyed this

    I've really enjoyed this tour, and I'm chuffed to bits with 10th place overall! happy with that in my first year in the game. Sorry I havent joined up much in the forum, work/family has kept me busy, but ive enjoyed reading the threads as always.
    I look forward to a much needed rest this week, and then onwards and upwards Smile

    whats the relevation of this tour de france then, what's the consensus? apart from obviously quintana starring as best 'pure' climber, and kittel's raw sprinting power to outdo the cav fair and square.

  • Tyre cuts1 year 8 weeks agoThe search box, top right

    The search box, top right corner, had your answer, just type super glue into it!

  • Why is it considered wanky to wear sky kit1 year 8 weeks agotired old fart wrote:pants

    tired old fart wrote:
    pants wrote:
    People should just wear whatever they want, personally I'd rather be someone good in crap gear and a crap bike than the other way round.

    none of the gear all of the idea! Ha Ha Big Grin

    also if you are actually crap you can blame the bike!

  • Sustrans: Racers not welcome on shared use paths1 year 8 weeks agoIn the Netherlands, the cycle

    In the Netherlands, the cycle routes are usually the direct way between two points, and the motor traffic is obliged to take the longer way.

    In the UK, the direct routes are on road, and the Sustrans paths are anything but direct.

    That doesn't excuse bad cycling on shared paths, of course. But it does explain a bit of the hostility towards Sustrans from people on here, who will tend to be cycling longer distances and want to get there more quickly.

  • Tour de France game - Pick three Frenchmen1 year 8 weeks agoInteresting game.

    Interesting game. Thanks.

    I've won nothing on any of the comp's I entered and also lost £9 gambling overall with my small bets.

    I did win a pair of Oakleys though in a Twitter draw Smile That made my Tour.

  • Sustrans: Racers not welcome on shared use paths1 year 8 weeks agoBoth roads and shared paths

    Both roads and shared paths vary, different speeds are appropriate depending on location, time of day, surface, width etc etc. I regularly commute 25m e/w. Sometimes on 70mph dual carraigeway, urban rds, single track country lanes, urban shared paths & shared paths where there's no entry / exit for long stretches.
    I'm often at 20+mph on a shared paths when it's not busy, it's straight, wide, I can seen/be seen etc.
    I think the 'campaign' which is based on responsibility is entirely appropriate -there is a growing number of irresponsible cyclists generally - not just on shared paths. Road bikes can be very quick and are dangerous if not ridden responsibly.
    The Code of conduct is sound and is basic common sense and courtesy. I can still commute fast and not contravene any part of the code.

    Just follow the code.

    If you really want to stretch your legs with not much chance that you'll have to slow down for others, then that's going to put you on a main road!
    I think Sustrans do an absolutely fantastic job at providing safe travel networks which CAN be used by fast and slow alike.

    Just follow the code.

    It’s quite simple really.

  • Sustrans: Racers not welcome on shared use paths1 year 8 weeks ago@STATO: Agreed, except for

    @STATO: Agreed, except for the phrase "people wanting to actually get somewhere". I actually get somewhere on my bike (I sold the car and travel everywhere by bike, bus and train now), I just do it less quickly than you... and I'd wager that my cycling speed is closer to the average than yours.

  • Tyre cuts1 year 8 weeks agoI use superglue to for my

    I use superglue to for my 'round town bike too.
    But there is a previous thread for the product that you seek but I can't remember the product name.
    Think it might have been Kiwi Mike who posted.
    Apols if not.

  • Tour de France 2013: Jersey winners Froome, Quintana and Sagan reflect on the race1 year 8 weeks agoWiggins' achievement last

    Wiggins' achievement last year was exceptional and rightly lauded but I must admit Froome has handled himself with far more class and dignity. I also think Wiggins must be pleased he was pulled from this years Tour.

    There is no way he could have won it this year, even with his form of 2012. The parcours was far harder, less TT mileage and a much stronger opposition to contest with.

    Could anyone ever have imagined Britain retaining the TdF title? Bonkers.

  • Exclusive: Brian Cookson says it's UCI that should convince public of lack of doping, not Froome or Sky1 year 8 weeks agokitkat wrote:Never mind all

    kitkat wrote:
    Never mind all that, you were at the ambassador's reception?!

    Were you really spoilt?

    Not a Ferrero Rocher in sight sadly... but the tiny mini-scones (by a French pastry chef) complete with cream and jam more than made up for that; they were delicious Wink

  • Sustrans: Racers not welcome on shared use paths1 year 8 weeks agoDoctor Fegg wrote:Sustrans

    Doctor Fegg wrote:
    Sustrans want to encourage mass cycling, and the way to do that is not by spending disproportionate amounts of time and money on the tiny minority who can hit 20mph and for whom existing roads are largely good enough. Don't forget that Sustrans' stated focus is the sub-5 mile "local journey", where 20mph won't make much difference, not the 20-mile commute.

    Yes, but the problem is this 'provision' is then useless for those people wanting to actually get somewhere. Who then get harrassed if we dont use it (drivers) or called 'strava-d**ks' if we do.

    Sustrans is good at what it does, but what it does is not suitable for many. Hence why they have had to put out this statement.

  • Sustrans: Racers not welcome on shared use paths1 year 8 weeks agoSome number

    Some number crunching:
    Holland has 35,000 km of segregated cycleways.

    The Sustrans cycle-network consists of around 20,000 km, but more than 70% of that is on road.

    Given the UK population is around 60M and Holland's is around 16M, that means per person, Holland has more than

    ---------------------------------------
    - 20 times the amount of cycleways.
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    ... and the vast majority of the Sustrans network is SHARED, whilst in Holland most of it is segregated from pedestrians.

    The real story is how piss-poor the UK is for cycle-infrastructure. Yes it's wrong to be using Strava on some of these paths, or go too quickly around pedestrians, but we have very few real cycleways here in the UK and the vast majority put you in contention with dog-walkers and children.

    We desperately need to get our act together in the UK and replicate the real cycleways that they have in Holland. However, if we are just gonna build more narrow, shared routes that lead to contention then what's the point

  • Top ten GC Tour de France1 year 8 weeks agoHi all here are the final

    Hi all

    here are the final results:

    winner: stumps 45
    second: stevemarks 35
    third: mikeh789 30

    debbieg 25
    Gkam84 25

    backflipbedlem 20
    Ghedebrav 20
    Alan Tullett 20
    livestrongnick 20
    chrisdstripes 20
    JAndrewHill 20

    chokofingrz 15
    TERatcliffe 15
    Gmancervelo 15
    northstar 15
    1wrangler 15
    NeilG83 15

    The Hatter 10
    chiv30 10
    djb123 10
    Dave 10
    STEVESPRO79 10

    letsgoup 5
    raysilvester 5

    Timbo13 0

    No-one got Kreuziger, otherwise all other riders in top 10 were picked by someone.

    Well done stumps. 45 is a very good result in what is a very difficult game.

  • Sustrans: Racers not welcome on shared use paths1 year 8 weeks agoa.jumper wrote:The code for

    a.jumper wrote:
    The code for cyclists is fine, mostly repeats of the highway code. The presentation is rubbish and where are the equivalent codes calling for walkers to behave, for cars not to park blocking the bleeding paths and for animals (dogs and cattle) to be kept under control on the routes? Sustrans seem to be losing the plot and attacking the growing number of people riding bikes who don't believe in Sustrans: first are the road bikes - what next? An attack on goods bikes, saying you've no place using their paths if you are making deliveries?

    I'd like the government to invest in routes generally capable of supporting 18mph unladen and wide enough for overtaking, because that would also mean I could use them to carry my shopping home at 10mph without it all being bounced around like crazy, trying to fall off my bike or being strapped down so tight it gets crushed or bruised to hell.

    completely agree

  • Tour de France game - Pick three Frenchmen1 year 8 weeks agoWoo! A little consolation as

    Woo!

    A little consolation as have managed only 350th in the overall (and also a net loss of £15 in my TDF gambling). I'd like to pretend this was a triumph of judgement over luck, but that would be a lie. Hard luck to Philip Unwin, it was a close run thing in the end.

    I love Sylvain Chavanel.

  • Urgent meeting to debate compulsory helmets for all on Jersey1 year 8 weeks agomrmo wrote: I know, just wish

    mrmo wrote:

    I know, just wish designers would look at the way roads work and get it sorted.

    I did not have road designers in mind.
    I was referring to the reluctance of politicians, police, or CPS to do anything to restrain motorists. The Highwaymen are a part of this too, I guess.

  • Sustrans: Racers not welcome on shared use paths1 year 8 weeks agoThe code for cyclists is

    The code for cyclists is fine, mostly repeats of the highway code. The presentation is rubbish and where are the equivalent codes calling for walkers to behave, for cars not to park blocking the bleeding paths and for animals (dogs and cattle) to be kept under control on the routes? Sustrans seem to be losing the plot and attacking the growing number of people riding bikes who don't believe in Sustrans: first are the road bikes - what next? An attack on goods bikes, saying you've no place using their paths if you are making deliveries?

    I'd like the government to invest in routes generally capable of supporting 18mph unladen and wide enough for overtaking, because that would also mean I could use them to carry my shopping home at 10mph without it all being bounced around like crazy, trying to fall off my bike or being strapped down so tight it gets crushed or bruised to hell.