• GBH charge after Oxford road rage attack in which motorist hospitalised in row with cyclist1 year 9 weeks agoriding up a hill seeing a car

    riding up a hill seeing a car come the other way I heard one behind start to accelerate not brake - they all passed me at once and I was clipped by his wing mirror which smashed all over the road - he stopped and came running down to - I thought - see me as I was quite shaken - I guess he was doing 60mph - he wanted to know where his wing mirror was - for some reason, not sure why at all, he got a spontaneous and quite vicious nose bleed so possibly in shock ran away like a girl...

    I am not surprized at all to read this story - reading elsewhere about a badly broken up cyclist seeing his protagonist get a £55 fine - I hope this cyclist is given some understanding...

    however - sadly - I doubt he will...

  • Best Road Shoes for about £1001 year 9 weeks agoBont Riot's. 1p short of your

    Bont Riot's. 1p short of your £100 and I reckon the lightest and stiffest you get at that price.
    (Heat mouldable as well).

  • £55 fine and three points for driver who left cyclist with broken leg, elbow & weeks in hospital1 year 9 weeks agoGizmo_ wrote:I'm surprised

    Gizmo_ wrote:
    I'm surprised that the driver even went to court. At the moment it looks like the guy who hit me will be offered a Driver Alertness Course: it's a police decision whether to prosecute or not.

    Apparently the courts don't actually have the power to insist on driver training, all they can do is hand out (stupidly insignificant) fines and points.

    It is up to the Police to investigate and hand their case to the Crown Prosecution Service, they have to decide;
    (a) if there is a reasonable chance of successful prosecution and if yes
    (b) whether it is in the public interest to do so

    The opinion of the investigating officer is relevant here but not decisive.

    But this driver admitted the offence; so no court case, just sentencing which will take into account a prompt guilty plea

  • Video: Mike Cotty's 300-mile training ride1 year 9 weeks agoAll ill say is that if you

    All ill say is that if you read Phinney and Voleks books you'll understand. Overload with protien and its as good as eating loads of carbs . Carbs cause insulin rushes which lock up the fat from being utilised. So you have to be prepared to eat lots of fat . Not easy if you are a veggy unless you can do dairy. As long as you avoid carbs , a high fat diet is actually safer for your heart than a low fat high carb diet. And there's loads of RCT literature to show this. The myocardium is actually an almost exclusively fat burning muscle in any case.

    But I agree 100% it's horses for courses so to speak (not lasagne). You are 10times the athlete I will ever be so you must do something right!

    I just wanted to say that a ketogenic diet has made
    Long distance cycling a possibility for me where before I could never consider it.

    Also please read this:

    http://www.meandmydiabetes.com/2012/08/11/western-states-100-low-carber-...

  • LBS vs internet pricing1 year 9 weeks agoYorkshie Whippet wrote:

    Yorkshie Whippet wrote:
    People often say customer service is missing from the internet, it's short in some shops as well.

    It certainly is.

    While I always try to support my LBSs - shout-outs here to Keep Pedalling in Manchester, Urban Cyclery in Swansea and Putney Cycles in London (I realise that's quite a geographical spread for'L'BSs, but each have been good to me) - many seem to offer a killer combination of high prices and surly/can't-be-bothered attitude.

    On my sh!t list are: Harry Hall Cycles (sorry for wasting your time with my questions, which you made clear were stupid and inane), North West Mountain Bike Centre (apologies for daring to enter your shop without an encylopaedic knowledge of bicycle maintenance) and Withington Cycles ('lost' original service booking, then when actually taken in, was finished late - so two half-days of holiday wasted).

    BTW, Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op and, yes, Evans have both always given me high-quality service - from staff who know their stuff - and good prices (apart from their overpriced rates for servicing). So there's space for these specialist chains as well.

  • National Championships game1 year 9 weeks agoGBR: Yanto Barker FRA:

    GBR: Yanto Barker
    FRA: Sylvain Chavanel
    ITA: Enrico Gasparotto
    ESP: Samuel Sanchez
    BEL: Gianni Meersman

  • LBS vs internet pricing1 year 9 weeks agoSometimes I need parts now,

    Sometimes I need parts now, so it's a trip to the guys at my LBS in the knowledge that I may pay a few quidover the odds but that's the price of convenience. Other times I can wait and know what I'm after so the internet works well.

    Handily my LBS also has a website and I can check their prices against others (and order stuff from them too), in contrast to the OP they can be the cheapest! They also have a free card to get internet prices on shop stuff too, so I get the best of both!

  • SealLine Urban Backpack Small1 year 9 weeks agoI use a mini rucksack for

    I use a mini rucksack for commuting that I picked up in Lidyl's! Loads of features, removable waterproof cover etc. Been using it over a year, all for £12...........

  • Updated: Brian Cookson tells Lance Armstrong he'd back Truth & Reconciliation - but investigating UCI is priority1 year 9 weeks agoWell done Cookson for

    Well done Cookson for ignoring Paul Kimmage's questions put to him last night.

    That in my opinion taints Cookson.

  • National Championships game1 year 9 weeks agoStab in the dark, then: GB:

    Stab in the dark, then:

    GB: Kennaugh
    FR: Demare
    ESP: S. Sanchez
    ITA: Moser
    BEL: Gilbert

  • Video: Stunning new Imaginate film from Danny MacAskill1 year 9 weeks agothat's pretty imaginative,

    that's pretty imaginative, nice going.

  • National Championships game1 year 9 weeks agoNot exactly going out on a

    Not exactly going out on a limb here

    Cavendish
    Chavanel
    Valverde
    EDIT: Nibali for the absent Visconti
    Gilbert

  • LBS vs internet pricing1 year 9 weeks agoThis is always going to be a

    This is always going to be a tricky one. Last winter I got a price for chain/ sprocket/ chainrings and seperate fitting fee; then proceeded to buy the stuff on line for half the price. Although I did cough up for a small tool kit, but then I fitted/ adjusted (sort of...) the stuff myself. And I have some tools for next time! For me its a question of money I have available to spend (or not), although I did not factor in my own "labour rate".

  • National Championships game1 year 9 weeks agojust looking at the time

    just looking at the time trial national champons........is it just me or are the French and Norwegian ladies ITTchamps rather pleasing on the eye?

  • Tour De France - Stage 1 - Predicted top 51 year 9 weeks agocherrypicked wrote:Picking 3

    cherrypicked wrote:
    Picking 3 of the top 6 for stage 1 shouldn't be that hard, and it's not where the tdf (real or fantasy) is won or lost. Picking riders to fill out the team and knowing what to do on stages 2 and 3, well, that's a bit harder.

    Here's some random names and numbers I found.
    Mark Cavendish 5/6
    Andre Greipel 7/2
    Marcel Kittel 13/2
    Nacer Bouhanni 12
    Matthew Goss 16
    Peter Sagan 16
    John Degenkolb 40
    Tyler Farrar 40
    Aleksander Kristoff 50
    Edvald Boasson Hagen 50
    Mark Renshaw 66
    Yauheni Hutarovich 80

    Very true

    I'll be picking a team with stage 2 in mind and then work backwards to put 2 pure sprinters in for the opener.

    Then hopefully my stage 2 team holds together up till stage 8 with just a tweak here and there so that I've got as many transfers as possible.

  • GBH charge after Oxford road rage attack in which motorist hospitalised in row with cyclist1 year 9 weeks agoFixie Girl wrote:I hope the

    Fixie Girl wrote:
    I hope the forum doesn't jump on the cyclist pity party again of how its only a poor cyclist defending his rights etc etc

    Again? Can you point me in the direction of where the original cyclist pity parties were? They sound like fun.

    It was a bit of gallows humour as we've constantly have these reasons rehashed and used as acceptable reasons for the deaths and injuries of cyclists.

  • Christoph Strasser smashes Race Across America records, winning in 7 days, 22 hours and 11 minutes1 year 9 weeks agoGood effort there Mr Streets.

    Applause Good effort there Mr Streets.

  • Orbea's new Avant, 'the most adaptable bike ever seen'1 year 9 weeks agoalotronic wrote:@pups110 I

    alotronic wrote:
    @pups110

    I think the idea is it has NO cx cred at all! There are plenty of disc crossers with lazy head tube angles; the thing we *really* want is carbon, discs, real world features and road geometry.

    Eh? Don't most cross bikes have 73.5 / 74 degree head tubes e.g. anything by Ridley.

    That headtube though. Sick

  • Tour de France game - Pick three Frenchmen1 year 9 weeks agoPinot 30.4 S.Dumoulin

    Pinot 30.4
    S.Dumoulin 16.0
    Pauriol 3.0

    subject to change when riders list is finalised.

  • Tips for Sportives please, Overtaking riders1 year 9 weeks agobikeboy76 wrote:however the

    bikeboy76 wrote:
    however the looped course means whatever you do you will be coming up behind slower riders.

    bikeboy76 wrote:
    You can't say we will close this motorway for a big cycling event but then people not to go fast.

    bikeboy76 wrote:
    however the looped course means whatever you do you will be coming up behind slower riders.

    bikeboy76 wrote:
    You can't say we will close this motorway for a big cycling event but then people not to go fast.

    bikeboy76 wrote:
    however the looped course means whatever you do you will be coming up behind slower riders.

    bikeboy76 wrote:
    You can't say we will close this motorway for a big cycling event but then people not to go fast.

    bikeboy76 wrote:
    however the looped course means whatever you do you will be coming up behind slower riders.

    bikeboy76 wrote:
    You can't say we will close this motorway for a big cycling event but then people not to go fast.

    But you can always do what you like.

  • Tour De France - Stage 1 - Predicted top 51 year 9 weeks agoGhedebrav wrote:It'll be a

    Ghedebrav wrote:
    It'll be a Goss, Farrar 1-2 Big Grin

    I wouldn't mind betting that at least one of them hits the floor during the stage!!

  • Castelli Velocissimo Team bib shorts1 year 9 weeks agoHave been using these for a

    Have been using these for a year now and they are absolutely flawless. Super comfortable, great padding, snug but not over-tight fit, never had any chafing or soreness - an absolute delight!

  • £55 fine and three points for driver who left cyclist with broken leg, elbow & weeks in hospital1 year 9 weeks agoCareless driving - is a

    Careless driving - is a momentary loss / lapse of concentration.

    Dangerous driving - standard of driving which falls way below that of a safe and competent driver.

    These come under the road traffic act so i wish people would stop saying its an assault when you use a car to hit someone, its not.

    If you banjo someone or use an item to inflict an injury it comes under the offences against the person act 1861.

  • National Championships game1 year 9 weeks agoDuly noted, mind you i

    Duly noted, mind you i couldn't even get the right nationality for Spain D Oh

    Swift
    Gallopin
    Visconti
    Meersman
    Moreno

    EDIT: just heard Visconti isn't riding so will add Nibali instead.

  • £55 fine and three points for driver who left cyclist with broken leg, elbow & weeks in hospital1 year 9 weeks ago“In neither case can one

    “In neither case can one simply blame the police or Crown Prosecution Service for the failed outcomes. In the Mary Bowers case, the CPS did bring a dangerous driving prosecution, only to have it rejected by a jury, i.e. by ordinary members of the public. Similarly in the Sam Harding case, the CPS didn’t really have the option of bringing a dangerous (or even a careless) driving prosecution, given that a jury would almost certainly have been persuaded that opening a car door doesn’t count as driving.”

    If we accept this rationale, doesn't it show the judges across the country to be the most committed anti-bike/pro-car campaigners? What else could explain handing out paltry £55 fines when maximum allowed even under careless driving convictions is £5000?

    A few multi-thousand fine for careless driving against the cyclists, and even the worst sighted drivers will suddenly start seeing cyclists as big as a lorry!