• British cyclist killed in head-on collision as he descends Alpe d'Huez1 year 4 weeks agoFirstly my condolences to the

    Firstly my condolences to the family and friends of the victim but with little information to go on it begs the questions;

    Why did the driver take the bend too wide? was it perchance something to do with his (excessive) speed? lack of road sense? lack of forward vision? inability to understand road signs warning him of the bend?

    Jeez even when you go abroad you still can't get away from crap british drivers.

  • unshiny bike :-(1 year 4 weeks agoI get the impression that

    I get the impression that Shiny Bikes is run by one bloke out of his shed.
    It took me a week to get through to them on the phone when my order didn't come through immediately and then it was missing a piece. I got everything in the end but I'm not sure that the hassle was worth the £25 I saved by using them.

  • Video: Backtracker uses radar technology to warn of approaching vehicles1 year 4 weeks ago700c wrote:Peowpeowpeowlasers

    700c wrote:
    Peowpeowpeowlasers wrote:
    What a stupid invention. Haven't they heard of mirrors?

    But how many cyclists have them on their bike?

    As many as feel they need them, which I imagine will be many more than would ever buy this tat...

  • Tour de France Tech 2014: Nicholas Roche's Specialized Tarmac S-Works McLaren1 year 4 weeks agosweeeet!!!

    sweeeet!!!

  • Road traffic laws too "lenient" say widows of cyclists killed on charity ride1 year 4 weeks agoKilled 2 cyclists in July but

    Killed 2 cyclists in July but despite being under charge for those offences, was still allowed to drive in September when he committed another act of dangerous driving, putting more lives at risk?! Surely in these cases the accused drive should be temporarily banned from driving until the case has been heard?
    I understand that a person is innocent until proven guilty and personal liberty is important, but where allowing this would put a significant number of other people at increased risk, the safety of the majority has to come first.

  • iBike Newton PowerStroke1 year 4 weeks agodeblemund: "actual power"? Do

    deblemund: "actual power"? Do you even know what you mean by this? Why is a Stages giving "actual" power and why this Newton not?

  • Road traffic laws too "lenient" say widows of cyclists killed on charity ride1 year 4 weeks agoI think we need a "Tongue

    I think we need a "Tongue firmly in cheek" emoticon. But only because I'm feeling generous and prepared to give PPPLasers the benefit of the doubt. Big Grin

  • Video: Backtracker uses radar technology to warn of approaching vehicles1 year 4 weeks agolevermonkey

    levermonkey wrote:
    Peowpeowpeowlasers wrote:
    What a stupid invention. Haven't they heard of mirrors?

    Mirrors are probably the worst thing you can fit to a cycle. The best indicator to a following road-user that you intend to do something is the look over the shoulder. If you stop doing this because 'you have a mirror' then what indication are they going to get if the road conditions, or your need to keep both hands on the bars, prevent you from giving a hand signal.

    Personally I would ban mirrors from pedal cycles [unless a valid reason could be given eg. on a hand cranked cycle] in the interests of safety.

    As to the kickstarter. Just what I always wanted -

    A countdown to death! With disco lights!

    I use a mirror for commuting, a tiny little thing on the end of the drops. It doesn't replace the shoulder check at all, if you're riding with traffic it's just another way to be aware of tailgating, without constantly taking your eye off the one in front. Or cars creeping forward at lights when they should be stationary. When you ride at night, peripheral vision will pick up on the headlights moving without even looking at it.

    Oh, and then there's recumbents, where mirrors are much more common.

  • iBike Newton PowerStroke1 year 4 weeks agoI love the tech and I agree

    I love the tech and I agree with the article, its not about how accurate it is compared against another PM's its the consistency that matters.

    But its just too expensive, its a souped up cycle computer !

  • Orica-GreenEdge's Daryl Impey tests positive for banned diuretic1 year 4 weeks agoIs this a bad-news

    Is this a bad-news story?

    Individually? Yes!
    To our sport as a whole? No!

    Let me explain.
    On an individual level it is devastating. There is the long road to try to clear your name or the shame of admitting wrongdoing. And lets face it; even if you clear your name mud sticks.
    On a sporting level this is good news. We are catching people who are either knowingly or unknowingly cheating. There are fewer and fewer places to hide. Even if we can't find the drug then we are starting to find the masking agents, the patterns of behaviour and the abnormal race results. The noose is getting tighter, and tighter and tighter. We have to be brave and hold our nerve, we have to keep peering under the rocks and in the dark places, we have to strive for a clean sport.

    If we have the will and the drive then we will have a clean sport but the road will be long and in the stony places.

    Here endeth the lesson.

  • Video: Backtracker uses radar technology to warn of approaching vehicles1 year 4 weeks agoauldain wrote:When will

    auldain wrote:
    When will someone develop and market a lightweight and indescrete front and rear facing video camera wit a lot battery life an a loop in record in system. Either for fitting to th bike or incorporated into helmets or front and rear lights units. Surely no that complicated or difficult. Make the compulsory and make sure all car van and lorries and make sure they know bikes are carrying them and I predict drivers would instantly become more considerate.

    I keep thinking the same thing, there's an absolute demand for someone to make a half decent quality, discrete bike camera with good battery life to use for safety and evidence if you're unlucky enough to need it.

    Given how many people I see with a GoPro on their head, which is both expensive and about as discrete as a head mounted penguin, there's an absolute gap in the market. The mobius camera is the closest I've found in terms of the electronics and price, but it needs three things.
    - A small rainproof case as standard, not something to go diving with that makes it huge.
    - Double the battery life.
    - Better mounts, either copy the GoPro system or something even smaller.

    All the pieces to make such a camera are out there, the car dashcam market is overflowing with cheap hardware, someone just needs to produce something for the cyclists.

  • iBike Newton PowerStroke1 year 4 weeks agoim not a person interested in

    im not a person interested in power numbers but am interested in the tech

    just shows power is equatable via an algorythym

    what this shows is all these cocks like srm/powertap are just desperately trying to say hardware is essential for power readings when in reality they are dipping their rods in a bowl of b.s.

    crack on anyone that thinks they need power meter to go faster, but this device has just mullered mr srm with a soft punch

  • Segregated cycle lane planned for £600m east London bridge1 year 4 weeks agoSven Ellis wrote:...This

    Sven Ellis wrote:
    ...This bridge would probably only have 500m ramps, ie 10%. A bridge here may be bike-accessible, but it won't be bike-friendly.

    So? I'd rather have the climb than another 8-10 miles of detour...

  • Video: Backtracker uses radar technology to warn of approaching vehicles1 year 4 weeks agoPeowpeowpeowlasers wrote:What

    Peowpeowpeowlasers wrote:
    What a stupid invention. Haven't they heard of mirrors?

    Mirrors are probably the worst thing you can fit to a cycle. The best indicator to a following road-user that you intend to do something is the look over the shoulder. If you stop doing this because 'you have a mirror' then what indication are they going to get if the road conditions, or your need to keep both hands on the bars, prevent you from giving a hand signal.

    Personally I would ban mirrors from pedal cycles [unless a valid reason could be given eg. on a hand cranked cycle] in the interests of safety.

    As to the kickstarter. Just what I always wanted -

    A countdown to death! With disco lights!

  • iBike Newton PowerStroke1 year 4 weeks agonotfastenough wrote: Who

    notfastenough wrote:

    Who rides in the same position though? I spend most of my time on the hoods, but climb on the tops and descend or go flat-out on the drops (don't most people?). I'd like it to work because I respect anyone who can code a decent algorithm taking in account this many variables.

    Given the reviewer found within-margin-of-error levels of accuracy, I'm guessing it does work, somehow. Maybe if you are on a 'normal' ride where most time is on the hoods, a few minutes on the drops or tops evens each other out. Something like that. If you were going for a 10TT then setting it for 'aero bars' or whatever is a few seconds button pressing, I guess.

  • Video: Backtracker uses radar technology to warn of approaching vehicles1 year 4 weeks agoauldain wrote:When will

    auldain wrote:
    When will someone develop and market a lightweight and indescrete front and rear facing video camera wit a lot battery life an a loop in record in system. Either for fitting to th bike or incorporated into helmets or front and rear lights units. Surely no that complicated or difficult. Make the compulsory and make sure all car van and lorries and make sure they know bikes are carrying them and I predict drivers would instantly become more considerate.

    I was thinking the same. A rear-facing camera with a handlebar-mounted display would be far more useful ... if there is any use at all for such a device.

  • Planetx RT-58 alloy tiagra 2014, Canondale CAAD 9 2009, or Genesis Equilibrium 00 2014??1 year 4 weeks agoThanks. I was fitted in the

    Thanks. I was fitted in the bike shop and as a result was told I was a 54 size with a 110mm
    Stem. No other customised bits apparently required. I will ask for a correct setup when I collect the bike. Is this what you mean?

  • iBike Newton PowerStroke1 year 4 weeks agoKiwiMike wrote:deblemund

    KiwiMike wrote:
    deblemund wrote:
    So it's just another guessometer, and more expensive than Stages - an *actual* power meter used by pro teams! I don't even want a power meter but, if I did, this isn't one.

    Did you even *read* the article?

    "the average power figures of the Newton PowerStroke and the PowerTap were within 0.5% of one another" yadda yadda within acceptable industry standard error levels yadda yadda basically the same yadda yadda

    I'm sure the reviewer didn't stop every 100 yards to re-set the road surface type. He got within the margin of error across many different rides.

    Just accept it folks, this shit works. It has a few 'drawbacks' (read: stuff you have to do differently but that is not 'hard'), but solves some other common issues with power meters - like having to swap your cranks, pedals, or have multiple compatible-wheelset bikes.

    Who rides in the same position though? I spend most of my time on the hoods, but climb on the tops and descend or go flat-out on the drops (don't most people?). I'd like it to work because I respect anyone who can code a decent algorithm taking in account this many variables.

  • Video: Backtracker uses radar technology to warn of approaching vehicles1 year 4 weeks agoWhen will someone develop and

    When will someone develop and market a lightweight and indescrete front and rear facing video camera wit a lot battery life an a loop in record in system. Either for fitting to th bike or incorporated into helmets or front and rear lights units. Surely no that complicated or difficult. Make the compulsory and make sure all car van and lorries and make sure they know bikes are carrying them and I predict drivers would instantly become more considerate.

  • Competition Prizes1 year 4 weeks agoWOW ! Very interested to hear

    WOW !
    Very interested to hear what outcome is.
    Confused

  • Orica-GreenEdge's Daryl Impey tests positive for banned diuretic1 year 4 weeks agoAn Australian Silver

    An Australian Silver Medallist swimmer returned a positive to this a while ago and it was revealed it was in a medication a doctor had prescribed for a chest infection. He got suspended for 4 months.
    I guess it is like horse racing, were he wasn't at fault, but was presented to races with a prohibited substance, so they have to do something, unless they were nobbled.

    I will give benefit of doubt till case is heard. This news really did saddened me when I heard, as I am a big Greenedge fan.
    I have to admit I commented to fellow Aussie cycling friends that Impey was absolutely flying early this year.
    Lets hope it was all down to hard work Sad
    GOOD LUCK Daryl Worried

  • Segregated cycle lane planned for £600m east London bridge1 year 4 weeks agoRich71 wrote:Cycling in

    Rich71 wrote:
    Cycling in London is an utter nightmare,its a fantastic way to explore parts of the city you would never see but the state of the roads,the traffic and lack of dedicated cycling infrastructure make it a death trap for the novice cyclists
    Id advise anyone planning to cycle not to unless you are very very experienced,strong fit with excellent bike handling skills
    Despite all the bullshit emanating out of Bozo Bullingdon mayors putrid backside cycling safety and investment in London has been an illusion,a fake PR propaganda exercise apart from abit of paint splashed here and there with no segregation from road traffic whatsoever
    This country is just a regressive cynical self serving selfish pit of shit run by public school scum who bank on the plebs to vote them in every 5 years and promptly give us all a good buggering for our efforts
    nothing will change here,not now,not ever,NEVER
    Britain is just an uncivilised backward shitheap and i expect to die on my bike by the likes of Mr Penishead,its inevitable

    Calm down mate. You're going to burst a blood vessel at this rate
    Smile

  • Segregated cycle lane planned for £600m east London bridge1 year 4 weeks agoRich71 wrote:Cycling in

    Rich71 wrote:
    Cycling in London is an utter nightmare,its a fantastic way to explore parts of the city you would never see but the state of the roads,the traffic and lack of dedicated cycling infrastructure make it a death trap for the novice cyclists
    Id advise anyone planning to cycle not to unless you are very very experienced,strong fit with excellent bike handling skills
    Despite all the bullshit emanating out of Bozo Bullingdon mayors putrid backside cycling safety and investment in London has been an illusion,a fake PR propaganda exercise apart from abit of paint splashed here and there with no segregation from road traffic whatsoever
    This country is just a regressive cynical self serving selfish pit of shit run by public school scum who bank on the plebs to vote them in every 5 years and promptly give us all a good buggering for our efforts
    nothing will change here,not now,not ever,NEVER
    Britain is just an uncivilised backward shitheap and i expect to die on my bike by the likes of Mr Penishead,its inevitable

    Calm down mate. You're going to burst a blood vessel at this rate
    Smile

  • Segregated cycle lane planned for £600m east London bridge1 year 4 weeks agoLeodis wrote:Yet more UK

    Leodis wrote:
    Yet more UK taxpayers money spent on London with the odd scraps thrown to elsewhere.

    Yes, and when the rest of the country can generate the same income from such a modest investment then ... Devil

    I came down to London in 2002. The difference then between a Crane Operator up in Yorkshire and a Crane Operator down here was about £25k a year. London and the South East are the massive engine that powers the UK economy. That is a fact whether you like it or not!

  • iBike Newton PowerStroke1 year 4 weeks agodeblemund wrote:So it's just

    deblemund wrote:
    So it's just another guessometer, and more expensive than Stages - an *actual* power meter used by pro teams! I don't even want a power meter but, if I did, this isn't one.

    Did you even *read* the article?

    "the average power figures of the Newton PowerStroke and the PowerTap were within 0.5% of one another" yadda yadda within acceptable industry standard error levels yadda yadda basically the same yadda yadda

    I'm sure the reviewer didn't stop every 100 yards to re-set the road surface type. He got within the margin of error across many different rides.

    Just accept it folks, this shit works. It has a few 'drawbacks' (read: stuff you have to do differently but that is not 'hard'), but solves some other common issues with power meters - like having to swap your cranks, pedals, or have multiple compatible-wheelset bikes.