• Muc-Off 5x Premium Brush Kit1 year 4 weeks agoAs always, worth shopping

    As always, worth shopping around:
    Muc - Off 5 Piece Brush Set

    It's currently under £18 from a couple of places, including P+P.

  • Phil 'N Paul Bingo1 year 4 weeks agoI really like Kirby, he is

    I really like Kirby, he is far more entertaining than Rob Hatch or P&P. To call him the Jonathan Pearce of cycling is a little unfair. He obviously loves the sport, he is witty, he is entertaining and with Kelly next to him they work well together.

    I admit he is prone to the odd mistaken rider gaffe but it's not that easy to tell sometimes. I remember in particular the Tour of Turkey when the Yates who wasn't involved won the stage despite a few subtle reminders.

  • Netapp-Endura set to change to Bora-Argon 18 for 20151 year 4 weeks agodamn, NetApp are one of the

    damn, NetApp are one of the companies I work with, and I was rather hoping for some bike related hospitality. Ah well.

  • Earphones on cyclists: Yea or Nay?1 year 4 weeks agoWhen i'm in the UK and riding

    When i'm in the UK and riding to the office I don't use headphones. In the summer, when I'm riding around the French countryside I do. The difference is that I can ride for couple of hours out here in France and only be passed by a handful of cars - almost all of which are very respectful to cyclists and it's not like there isn't enough room to pass on these empty country roads. I realise I'm taking an unnecessary risk, but that's my choice and my responsibility.

  • Glasgow bike shop “humbled” by response to its helping Malawi cyclists1 year 4 weeks agoNiallMcA wrote:I popped into

    NiallMcA wrote:
    I popped into Billy Bilsland's yesterday to get some cleats. There was almost a queue out the door, Neil has been amazed with the response his gesture has got. Yet even as I was in there he was fixing up a lad from Belize's bike, replacing worn out break pads with nice new swissstop ones...

    Good! I hope he makes some decent money off all this in return.

  • So why do cyclists get a bad name?1 year 4 weeks agoI think we should be a bit

    I think we should be a bit ballanced in our attitutes to unlit/low-viz cyclists.

    On one hand, cycling on a 'proper' road at night without lights is maddness, no argument there.

    On the other, I don't get upset when I see kids without lights in well-lit, built-up areas. I went out for a spin last night after dark and saw 4 or 5 of the usual suspects: young lads, no lights, on the pavement, one of them giving their mate a backie. I had no trouble spotting them and the same goes if I'm driving the car. I just don't think it's a big deal and I'd rather see these kids outside and being active than indoors locked onto games consoles, even if they don't play by all the rules.

  • Sainsbury's unveils safer lorry as Boris Johnson launches consultation1 year 4 weeks agofreespirit1 wrote:Perhaps it

    freespirit1 wrote:
    Perhaps it is a reminder that cyclists also have a responsibility for their own safety.

    I saw a middle aged lady this morning apparently determined to get herself in bother this morning. She didn't slow down at all for a coach coming out of the coach station, just squeezing behind it while barely slowing down and pretty much going into the exit of the station to do it. I wondered if her brakes had failed, but she did slow down briefly for the red light 10 metres further while she went up the inside of the bus waiting there indicating left. She went through the red just before it changed and the bus moved off. A few seconds later and she could have been in trouble.

    There might be big shortcomings in infrastructure, driving, vehicle design etc. but some people seem to be determined to get up as close as possible to big vehicles and that is never going to be a good idea.

  • Astana used acupuncture1 year 4 weeks agoFor a couple of years I had

    For a couple of years I had regular acupuncture sessions followed up with a massage to help release tension in my shoulders and back. It was cheap, low-risk and I always felt much better afterwards - I wouldn't have continued so long had I not. I really don't care in the slightest if the benefits were physical or just psychological. Why would I? All the folks on a desperate crusade to point out that it's all bunk are missing the point that the man who just won the TdF (what races have YOU won btw?) is also receiving some benefit and nobody is forcing you to have pins shoved in you so what's the big f%#king deal?

  • Ride London 100 - too little too late?1 year 4 weeks agoNot sure how tongue in cheek

    Not sure how tongue in cheek this is comment is but there was more than a fare share walking up Leith Hill last year. I reckon if you take on a bit of fuel on the stretch between Newlands corner and Abinger Hammer it'll have sunk in enough before you hit the climb.

    +1 for the extra speed you get on closed roads and cycling in a pack. You'll gain an extra couple of mph just from that. If you can share the load out on the fast roads to Newlands corner into the headwind then the rest is pretty much a tail wind.

    Wimbledon hill really caught people out last year. A lot of cursing from the people riding around me.

    As has been said enjoy it. Don't go flying off the start. Absorb the fact you're riding through the middle of London which is lovely and flat and devoid of cars for a change.

  • Glasgow bike shop “humbled” by response to its helping Malawi cyclists1 year 4 weeks agoI popped into Billy

    I popped into Billy Bilsland's yesterday to get some cleats. There was almost a queue out the door, Neil has been amazed with the response his gesture has got. Yet even as I was in there he was fixing up a lad from Belize's bike, replacing worn out break pads with nice new swissstop ones...

  • Astana used acupuncture1 year 4 weeks agojason.timothy.jones

    jason.timothy.jones wrote:
    Farrell wrote:
    I am more willing to be proved wrong and hold my hands up to it just being a placebo effect if you can point me in the direction of such evidence?

    410 meta studies here showing no measurable effect http://www.cochrane.org/search/reviews/acupuncture

    That's hardly irrefutable evidence, that's a merely link to a list of 412 studies relating to acupuncture, for a multitude of different reasons. Reasons which include, from a quick glance:

    Acupuncture for induction of labour,
    Acupuncture for mumps in children,
    Acupuncture for people with autism spectrum disorders
    Acupuncture and assisted conception

    So even if those studies/reviews showed that there was absolute zero value in acupuncture for those treatments (and I don't even know if that is the case as I've not had the time to read them), you'd be comparing apples and oranges.

    The first study I found that is related was Acupuncture for neck pain, which appears to conclude:

    Quote:
    Individuals with chronic neck pain who received acupuncture reported, on average, better pain relief immediately after treatment and in the short-term than those who received sham treatments. Individuals with chronic neck pain with symptoms radiating to the arms who received acupuncture reported, on average, better pain relief in the short-term

    So even though you condescended people about Cochrane reviews whilst comparing acupunture to having tattoos, it appears that that even they are inconclusive, although still leading to the positive for acupuncture for that particular study.

    That's hardly the same as magic anti-bear rocks now is it?

  • Womens World Cup1 year 4 weeks agoUh-oh:

    Uh-oh:

  • Sainsbury's unveils safer lorry as Boris Johnson launches consultation1 year 4 weeks agoI would still be VERY careful

    I would still be VERY careful when cycling near them....

  • Ultegra 6800 group set on Domane 4.3?1 year 4 weeks agoEvans are very good at price

    Evans are very good at price matching, so if you point out to them that Chain Reaction is cheaper you can get it for the same price and in your hands that day. I've found that very handy in the past.

    Also, I have Ultegra 6800 on my road bike and it's amazing. I definitely recommend it.

  • So why do cyclists get a bad name?1 year 4 weeks agoTHAT WAS ME! Not really - he

    THAT WAS ME! Not really - he sounds like a pillock.

    There are loads of kids in South london who cycle around on black bikes, wearing black clothes and no lights at night time...quite often with more than one kid on the bike. Is there any kind of cycling education now? When I was a bairn it was all cycling proficiency tests and public service ads about safe cycling. It was boring as a kid - but at least it instilled a bit of common sense about safe riding.

  • Earphones on cyclists: Yea or Nay?1 year 4 weeks agoI don't often listen to music

    I don't often listen to music while riding, but there are occasions when I do and think to myself, "y'know, I'd rather actually be hit by something once in a blue moon than feel like I'm going to be hit every other second". Noise pollution is one of the most unpleasant factors about riding in close proximity with motor vehicles, and when you're not IN a motor vehicle, you don't have a wall of glass/steel/radio/etc. in which to shut if off.

    I tend not to listen to it in when cycling into somewhere like central London, as I'm having to make decisions every other second and I just find it too stressful to concentrate on music as well. However, when I'm out on the open road, or chugging around Richmond Park, I'm generally much happier doing it, as my decision set if pretty much down to 'go forwards in a straight line', and if I DO get hit (which feels a lot less likely out of the chaos), I feel like there's very little I could do about it anyway. The music wouldn't influence my decision making as there were pretty much no decisions to make anyway.

    The 'headphone debate' had been employed by politicians to indirectly re-enforce the notion that cyclists must treat themselves - and expect to be treated - as prey, and that's just fine; which shifts responsibility of the said politicians away from having to create environments in which one CAN ride a bike without fear of death if one makes the slightest mistake. No doubt cyclists would also be encouraged to evolve eyes on the side of the heads rather than the traditional forward-facing set-up if at all possible.

  • Anti-cycling Dales councillor banned for drink driving1 year 4 weeks agoironmancole wrote:I've left

    ironmancole wrote:
    I've left the idiot a message thanking him for adding to the evidence that vulnerable road users need protecting from selfish and reckless individuals like himself.

    The Tories have demonstrated their disdain for cycling with continued reluctance to crack down on motorists like this whilst Mr Cameron had the audacity to attend and enjoy the tour de france 'as he thoroughly supports cycling and recognises the immense benefits it offers to society'. Pull the other one David.

    With politicians like this what hope is there of getting road safety taken seriously?

    Whilst I agree with your sentiment I think it's a litte unfair to critsise Mr. Cameron for attending the TDF. The TDF is a sporting event and doesn't really have anything to do with day-to-day cycling. If he were to attend an F1 or Moto GP race it wouldn't necesarily be indicitive of his attitude to travel by motor vehicle. I wish we could stop lumping everything and anything to do with bikes into one box. There's obviously some overlap but a lot of sporting cyclings rarely use their bikes for transport.

    I don't actually think that the tories are anti-cycling per se. What they don't want is to see a change in modal share for transport in favour of the bike. They want people to continue to buy and use cars. They are also in favour of people buying any using bikes as long as it doesn't impact the dominace of the car on the roads i.e. bikes for sport and leisure and not as a primary form of transport. Something that you strap to you car in order to drive to a nice place for a bike ride.

  • Astana used acupuncture1 year 4 weeks agoI have some protection rocks

    I have some protection rocks for sale for £20 that I guarantee with keep you safe from wild North American Brown Bears, but you must keep it on your pocket at all times, and never take it out of the UK as the chi in other regions is not powerful enough to trigger the anti North American Brown Bear defence aura

    If at any time you are attacked and killed by a North American Brown Bear in the UK I will happily refund your £20

  • So why do cyclists get a bad name?1 year 4 weeks agoGot to get this one off my

    Got to get this one off my chest. To the complete Darwinian f#ckwit who was cycling on the A368 in Somerset last night (opp direction to me) at 2115 in dark clothes, no helmet, no lights, reflectors, nothing!...barely visible. WTF do you think you were playing at! Like me, every motorist who saw you (at about 2 car lengths!) must have said WTF!! and non-cyclists would have had 'zero sympathy' for reports of cyclists who get 'totalled' on the roads. Highly likely he's never heard of this forum anyway.

  • First road bike and first ride advice please!1 year 4 weeks agoAs someone who went through a

    As someone who went through a similar transition from MTB to Road this year, I suspect the biggest issue you'll have is with your back.

    The aero position on a road bike is different to a nice upright MTB and takes some getting used too.

    I'd ease yourself in semi-gently, and possibly do some core training in the gym if you are keen. It took me a good couple of months before I found riding a road bike comfortable, I certainly didn't go out and do 70 miles on my first ride.

    I'd second the comment about brakes, the brakes on my road bike are awful compared to my MTB - doubly so in the wet.

  • Sainsbury's unveils safer lorry as Boris Johnson launches consultation1 year 4 weeks agoBoris will launch a

    Boris will launch a consultation. Operators will tell him it is too expensive to replace all their lorries. The consultation will end. Nothing will happen.

  • Autumn Classics1 year 4 weeks agoTERatcliffe26 wrote:Him Up

    TERatcliffe26 wrote:
    Him Up North wrote:
    Is Kreuziger cleared to race?

    He is going to ride Poland 100% as of right now. As for CSS I cannot confirm yet, the startlist that is currently up is the initial official startlist, but is likely to change, and will look at it tomorrow night

    Surely he can't be riding both?! Or will Oleg Tinkoff drive him through the night from San Sebastian to Gdansk in one of his non-existent Aston Martins?

  • First road bike and first ride advice please!1 year 4 weeks agoOh yeah, and road bike brakes

    Oh yeah, and road bike brakes don't work very well compared to MTB discs! Brake early.

    Holme Moss on the Derbyshire descent is a nice one to do as you don't have to brake much (you can see the road well ahead) although be aware, it is very fast.

  • Astana used acupuncture1 year 4 weeks agoIt's quackery

    farrell wrote:
    Al__S wrote:
    It's quackery, pure and simple. Even supposedly "scientific" Garmin-Sharp employ a chiropractor. So much quackery and magical thinking going on.

    Having used acupuncture and been treated by the NHS with it in the past I'd strongly disagree with calling acupuncture "quackery".

    I am more willing to be proved wrong and hold my hands up to it just being a placebo effect if you can point me in the direction of such evidence?

    410 meta studies here showing no measurable effect http://www.cochrane.org/search/reviews/acupuncture

  • First road bike and first ride advice please!1 year 4 weeks ago'I'm a fairly experienced MTB

    'I'm a fairly experienced MTB rider and was sponsored as a youth rider'

    You'll probably go like shit off a shovel. It's just riding a bike and it sounds like you are pretty good at it already.

    The main thing you will probably notice is the higher gearing on the road bike.

    I'd suggest doing a circular route - up Woodhead, left towards Dunford Bridge, around Winscar reservoir edge, Hade Edge, and then out to Holme and over Holme Moss.

    It is more interesting to do a loop than a straight out and back, and goes up the best side of Holme Moss.

    Enjoy.