• Sir Bradley Wiggins: Cycle helmets should be compulsory, and iPods banned while riding bike1 year 8 weeks agoSerious response to a

    Serious response to a flippant comment - please don't discriminate against those with different physical abilities.

    At the moment, for the third time in the last 20 years I have one eye that is not working properly (a disease, then cataract and now scar tissue - none of which are helmet preventable!) and the vision in my other eye is excellent and way above average for my age. I can cycle and drive safely and I surpass the driving eyesight requirement by a very substantial margin.

    People need good vision to cycle or drive.

    To cycle or drive well it is important that they actually use that vision!

  • Cannot believe there are no replies!!1 year 8 weeks agopersonally I would be quite

    personally I would be quite happy to see the route rotated just so long as there is a finish along the Mall - I am sure Her Majesty would be happy to oblige with another annual event in her calendar Wink

  • Stages Cycling power meters available in UK1 year 8 weeks agoI think if you drop a grand

    I think if you drop a grand or more on a power meter, you'll probably want to be getting pretty deep into it Wink

    This is a good step though, 600 sheets is bringing PM's toward the price point where you might click on the BUY button when buzzing off of some High5 and a double espresso, until then you'd have to be a bit soft to buy one for idle comparisons of your club's bun runs.

  • Cannot believe there are no replies!!1 year 8 weeks agoI think Kent would be a great

    I think Kent would be a great location for next years event, it has three times hosted a TDF stage (I think) and the public would back it I reckon, as they have before

    Surrey has had its fair share of cyclists in recent times, both undertaking events and practising for them

  • Vuelta - Stage 11 year 8 weeks agoNot long now. ahh purist team

    Not long now. ahh purist team decisions, lol

  • Organisers of Wiggle sportive criticised for not telling locals about event1 year 8 weeks agoI can completely understand

    I can completely understand the issues of horses and cyclists mixing, as many people do not know how or even think to alert the animal or rider to their presence before they pass which can result in a spooked and dangerous horse.
    However as LocalSurfer says, the comment about people being trapped inside due to cyclists on the roads is absolutely ridiculous.

  • Vuelta - pick three Spaniards1 year 8 weeks agostevemarks wrote:northstar

    stevemarks wrote:
    northstar wrote:
    Valverde
    Nieve
    L.L Sanchez

    Valverde
    Rafael Valls Ferri
    L.L Sanchez

  • Vuelta - pick three Spaniards1 year 8 weeks agoIntxausti, S Sanchez, Anton

    Intxausti, S Sanchez, Anton

  • Organisers of Wiggle sportive criticised for not telling locals about event1 year 8 weeks agoFor those that don't

    For those that don't subscribe to it, CW had an interesting article last week. I quote a particularly informative section:

    “… Horses are prey animals, easily spooked and susceptible to thinking lions lurk everywhere. Like most prey animals, a horse’s eyes are on the side of its head. Given the freedom to move its head and neck, it can look over its back. It also has more acute hearing than its human passenger and generally a horse will know you’re there before the rider does.

    As you approach you’ll notice a horse will move its head up and to the side to get a clearer view of you. Since it is seeing you out of one eye it’s likely to see a blur that is a potential predator, thus if you slow down you seem less of a threat. This applies if you’re going toward a horse as well. Horses have evolved to react quickly to movement, not to focus and cogitate.

    If a horse shoots forward as you approach, wait and give the rider time to regain control. Even the average Dobbin can accelerate up to 30mph in an eye blink and a fit thoroughbred can accelerate to 40mph. If you are riding in a group, no matter where the horse is on the road make sure you all pass it on the same side. Anything reminiscent of a pincer movement will make the horse panic. …”

    Blackman, H. (2013) Listen to the neigh-sayers’ Cycling Weekly, Thurs Aug 15th 2013, p.20

  • Vuelta - pick three Spaniards1 year 8 weeks agonorthstar

    northstar wrote:
    Valverde
    Nieve
    L.L Sanchez

    Valverde+ Nieve= 56=+????

  • Vuelta - pick three Spaniards1 year 8 weeks agoray silvester

    ray silvester wrote:
    jstreetley wrote:
    Moreno, Sanchez, Flecha for me please.

    Which Sanchez?

    Apologies, not paying attention at all...

    D Moreno 20.9
    S Sanchez 14.8
    J Flecha 11.8

    Total 47.5

  • Vuelta - Stage 11 year 8 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:QUICK, Do you

    Gkam84 wrote:
    QUICK, Do you have Theo Bos in your team??

    GET HIM OUT, I've just removed him from the startlist

    www.teambelkin.com/teamnews/theo-bos-will-not-start-in-the-vuelta-1345

    He was in my purists, but out now. Come on Greg Henderson...!

  • Vuelta - pick three Spaniards1 year 8 weeks agonorthstar

    northstar wrote:
    Valverde
    Nieve
    L.L Sanchez

    Valverde+ Nieve= 56=+????

  • Cyclist has £2,000 bike stolen moments after being hit by car1 year 8 weeks agoNickK123 wrote:Either the

    NickK123 wrote:
    Either the number of these incidents is increasing or the level of reporting has increased, or perhaps both. We do not appear to be in a good place and it seems to be getting worse. Thoughts are with Paul and I hope he recovers quickly. To the thief, I hope the fleas of a thousand camels .... Devil

    “If you see lots of shark attacks in the news, you think, 'Gosh, sharks are out of control.' What you should think is 'Gosh, the news loves to cover shark attacks.”

    ― David McRaney, You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself

  • Organisers of Wiggle sportive criticised for not telling locals about event1 year 8 weeks ago"..local people -

    "..local people - particularly anyone with limited mobility or possible walking with a small child ..would not want to be out as they couldn’t get to the side of the road quickly enough"

    WTF? What do they do when cars are about?

    This whole thing makes no sense at all. How is a bunch of cyclists any different from the usual traffic?

  • Vuelta - Stage 11 year 8 weeks agoYeah, So the first guy home

    Yeah, So the first guy home in the first team will score 30 then 29, 28, 27 and so on for the top 9 guys

  • Vuelta - Stage 11 year 8 weeks agoray silvester wrote:Yeah

    ray silvester wrote:
    Yeah anyone in top10 Gc,Top 5 pts comp and top 5 mountains comp would get additional points I'm sure(although whether they's score the points or mountains I'm not sure).

    So top team will all get 20 points plus, cascadibg down in order they crossthe line, due to leading the gc

  • Stages Cycling power meters available in UK1 year 8 weeks agoI don't think you need to be

    I don't think you need to be too deep about power meters, some people will use them wisely for race training, others won't, and many will just use them to monitor and compare their rides - just as for hr monitors. At the very least they add a little more interest and a little more incentive to your rides, especially for the kind of rider that already records gps track, elevation, speed, cadence, and heart rate. But if you train on rollers they can be extremely useful, and as one coach has often said to me, for indoor training especially - the more the data the less the boredom Smile

  • Shimano RT82 SPD shoe1 year 8 weeks agoHad mine for about a year now

    Had mine for about a year now and can concur with the findings above but would ad the following:

    Had to go for 1 size larger than my normal as I found the toe box a little tight, also, don't expect these to be totally waterproof because they are not, however they have coped well with general moist weather conditions, albeit inside an overshoe.

    Generally a very comfortable and practical shoe that is not intended to be raced down the road. It's a touring / commuting shoe and does the job perfectly well for what it is designed for. Smile

  • STRAVA Cycling Study1 year 8 weeks agoThanks for the feedback-- I

    Thanks for the feedback-- I realised the issue with nationality after I released the survey... nobody is perfect I guess Wink. Luckily, other than aggravating the English/Scottish/Welsh respondents, it shouldn't make a big enough difference in the findings. If I were to do be doing a cross-cultural study on cycling habits, then it would be a bigger deal!!

    Thanks again everyone. Still taking responses until Tuesday! And still need more women... !!

  • Vuelta - Stage 11 year 8 weeks agoQUICK, Do you have Theo Bos

    QUICK, Do you have Theo Bos in your team??

    GET HIM OUT, I've just removed him from the startlist

    www.teambelkin.com/teamnews/theo-bos-will-not-start-in-the-vuelta-1345

  • Cyclist has £2,000 bike stolen moments after being hit by car1 year 8 weeks agoEither the number of these

    Either the number of these incidents is increasing or the level of reporting has increased, or perhaps both. We do not appear to be in a good place and it seems to be getting worse. Thoughts are with Paul and I hope he recovers quickly. To the thief, I hope the fleas of a thousand camels .... Devil

  • Vuelta - Stage 11 year 8 weeks agoYeah anyone in top10 Gc,Top 5

    Yeah anyone in top10 Gc,Top 5 pts comp and top 5 mountains comp would get additional points I'm sure(although whether they's score the points or mountains I'm not sure).

  • Vuelta - Stage 11 year 8 weeks agoSo scoring wise. Top team all

    So scoring wise. Top team all get 20 points? Or does first rider across the line get more for quickest rider of the day (jersey)?

  • Faster, stronger, lighter... for under £1,0001 year 8 weeks ago"Faster, stronger, lighter...

    "Faster, stronger, lighter... for under £1,000"

    Sounds like a good training plan Wink