• Going to Dublin to watch the Giro1 year 5 weeks agoNotfastenough. The rail sail

    Notfastenough. The rail sail from Manchester starts at about 72 quid return for an adult. Change at Crewe or Chester . Boat at Holyhead. Finish up at Dublin Connolly. There is also a direct train to Holyhead. You're also looking at at least 6/7 hours travel.

  • Tour of Oman stage 31 year 5 weeks ago4changes which was always the

    4changes which was always the plan

    Terpstra,Bouhanni,Markus,Greipel out

    Sagan,Gallopin,Gilbert and Van Hecke in

    #RIPKristoffGoddaert

  • Chris Boardman: "Helmets not even in top 10 of things that keep cycling safe"1 year 5 weeks agoWhy are people so anti

    Why are people so anti helmet? I'm not talking about making them mandatory, that's daft and unenforceable. Helmets are there to absorb the initial impact even if they may not prevent extreme damage in some cases.
    I know of one person who hit their head on the kerb, the helmet cracked, their head was OK.
    Last week in the Olympics a female snowboarder went down heavy which resulted in a split helmet, she was OK.
    So what? I hear people say.
    I'll just throw this in. In 1977 when the only helmets were those leather things that did nothing I had the misfortune to have my chain come off which resulted in a nasty kerb to bike interface.
    I lost control as I was going full chat standing up accelerating so had little chance to stop. The last thing I remember is "Oh, shit, I'm going to get my hands dirty putting the chain back on"
    I hit a concrete bus stop sign with by head and shoulder. I fractured my skull, ripped my ear off and broke my collarbone. I lost a pint of blood, 30 stitches and was in and out of consciousness for a couple of days. I cannot hear properly out of my ear either.
    Had I been wearing a modern helmet I don't think the first two injuries would have occurred.

    That's my two-pennorth, go ahead and mock me and tell me of all the people who have come off and never had a head injury and tell me why the construction is similar to motorcycle helmets, which as we all know are useless too.
    I will happily show you my scars and ignore you with my deaf ear.

  • "Kaiser Thiefs" - Sturmey-Archer attacks Leeds band for "blatantly copying" logo1 year 5 weeks agoI heard this song...and

    I heard this song...and bought the debut Campag Velocet album.

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=N9rFCvrn6SQ

    If Kaiser Chiefs think it's ok to steal someone elses art, then maybe they think it's ok to steal theirs.

  • Sealant Tips1 year 5 weeks agoTubs = abbreviation for

    Tubs = abbreviation for Tubular Tyre Smile

  • First Ride: Merida Ride Pro Team1 year 5 weeks agoLooks like a dogs breakfast

    Looks like a dogs breakfast that thing, no thanks.

    Only thing missing are some Trek concept type flames!

  • Chris Boardman: "Helmets not even in top 10 of things that keep cycling safe"1 year 5 weeks agothehairs1970 wrote: Being put

    thehairs1970 wrote:
    Being put off cycling because of helmets is like being put off driving because of seat belts. .

    Whatever you think, every compulsion law has been followed by a drop in cycling.

    "Edmonton – 59% reduction in children’s cycling by 2004

    Cyclists were counted in Edmonton (a city in Alberta), in 2000 (pre-law) and 2004 (post-law). The percentage of cyclists under 18 fell from 26% in the pre-law survey, to 15% post-law (Hagel et al, 2006), suggesting that the law discouraged substantial numbers of youngsters from cycling. Compared to adults who were not required to wear helmets, children’s cycling (<13 years) fell by 59%, with a 41% reduction for teenagers aged 13-17 (Hagel et al, 2006).

    At the time, great concerns were also expressed that injuries per cyclist had increased after the introduction of Alberta’s helmet law (BHRF, 1055).

    http://www.cyclehelmets.org/1250.html

    "Only two states - Victoria and NSW - attempted to measure the effect of the laws on cycling activity by pre- and post-law surveys at the same sites, observation periods, time of year and, where possible, the same observers. In NSW, data from identical pre- and post-law surveys were available only for children. Both surveys were conducted in excellent weather. Table 1 shows that the increase in numbers wearing helmets was only about half the decrease in cyclists counted, with similar outcomes for cycling in recreational areas, through road intersections, or to school. Reductions in rural NSW (35%) and in the Sydney Metropolitan area (37%) were almost identical. Another survey was carried out a year later, under fine and generally sunny conditions. Even fewer cyclists were counted.

    http://www.cyclehelmets.org/1242.html

    "February 2012: The New Zealand Medical Journal published Evaluation of New Zealand's bicycle helmet law (PDF 209kb) by former British Cycling Federation coach and road safety instructor Colin F Clarke, showing a massive plunge in cycling levels and a 20% higher accident rate since helmet law enforcement.

    Public on-road cycling participation in New Zealand fell by 26% between 1989 and 1998, according to the Land Transport Safety Authority Cyclist Travel Survey (PDF 108kb page 42). New Zealand's population increased by 406,390 - or 11% - during that time. In the five years prior to 1994, average annual cyclist injury totals were 991. In the five years after 1994, average annual injury totals were 707 - a reduction of 29%.

    http://www.cyclehelmets.org/1022.html

    It seems likely to me that helmet promotion necessarly entails
    claiming that cycling is exceptionally dangerous. Perhaps you remember BHit, the British pro helmet charity promoting helmets to schoolchildren with an X-ray of a skull.

  • Three men fined £10,000 each following theft of 46 Brompton bicycles bound for Russia1 year 5 weeks ago8 to 10 miles ride through

    8 to 10 miles ride through town to work - I'd use a Brompton for that rather than a "normal" bike ..... but, yes, the average pawn broker in Leyton might find it slow going selling that many Bromptons locally ... Bad luck that the police were there when the guy rocked up with the vanload of nicked bikes though .... Rolling On The Floor

  • "Kaiser Thiefs" - Sturmey-Archer attacks Leeds band for "blatantly copying" logo1 year 5 weeks agoi always preferred maximo

    i always preferred maximo park meself

  • "Kaiser Thiefs" - Sturmey-Archer attacks Leeds band for "blatantly copying" logo1 year 5 weeks agoThey started their whole

    They started their whole career by ripping off the name of a South African football team, so why is anyone surprised? They've always been devoid of originality.

  • Crud Roadracer Mk2 mudguards1 year 5 weeks agoPerfectly happy with mine

    Perfectly happy with mine after around 2,500km of commuting and winter bike use. Yes you lose the little screws sometimes, but you can easily get a packet of them from Mr Crud. Have a long tail for terrible weather and short ones for the normal rain.

    They are a fiddle to get right first time, after that it's second nature. Once set up you can take them on and off in a minute or too should you need to. I mostly leave them on as they weight less than breakfast or about 3 energy bars.

    Have noticed no perceptible drag. With these so light an unobtrusive it's hard to see why anyone wouldn't have them except on their 'sunny day' bike anyway.

  • Chris Boardman: "Helmets not even in top 10 of things that keep cycling safe"1 year 5 weeks agoxcstu wrote:Boardman your an

    xcstu wrote:
    Boardman your an idiot!

    You can argue all you like but helmets regardless of their minimum protection might be the difference that saves a life!

    I also ride offroad were I don't have to worry about drivers attitudes, drivers education, drivers awareness, safer road layouts etc... If I get it wrong it's my mistake ( no one else's) and whatever precautions I take can only help but to rule out as not important due to fashion and putting people of cycling is crazy!

    would you ride off road without a helmet? I wouldn't, risk compensation at work.

    Helmets are pretty much only good at deflecting branches, oh and giving you whiplash when your helmet light gets caught by a branch you didn't see!

  • Tour of Oman stage 31 year 5 weeks agoI've rung the changes after a

    I've rung the changes after a poor stage two. Brought in some more versatile fellows plus a young French mountain goat.

    I've got a 'breakaway win' feeling about this stage.

  • Chris Boardman: "Helmets not even in top 10 of things that keep cycling safe"1 year 5 weeks agothehairs1970 wrote:I find

    thehairs1970 wrote:
    I find CB's comments unhelpful. Being put off cycling because of helmets is like being put off driving because of seat belts. Silly. I wear a helmet in case I fall off not in case someone hits me. I've had three bad falls. One resulted in a helmet split front to back. Better that than my head. Another caused a front somersault and broken collarbone. The most recent, a split chin, chipped tooth and bruises. My brother in law is 2 years into recovery after a majorr cycling injury but he's alive. I don't think helmets should be compulsory but you won't find me or my cycling friends out without one.

    would you wear a helmet to walk to the shop. This is not about sport cycling, it is about utility cycling. For which helmets are not really an issue, certainly not as important as the space devoted to discussing them.

  • Sealant Tips1 year 5 weeks agoTubs?

    Tubs?

  • Sealant Tips1 year 5 weeks ago40 year old bike with

    40 year old bike with tubeless wheels? If the wheels are 40 years old they won't be tubeless and/or the previous owner has fitted tubeless tyres on standard rims with a Stan's tubeless kit meant for fat MTB tyres. Standard rims with tubeless tyres or visa versa will not stand the high pressures run in road tyres and may blow off catastrophically. You have to run tubeless rims and tyres.
    If they are modern tubeless rims, just put a small measure of Slime or Stan's to virtually guarantee no flats.

    Richie Bikelane

  • £100k reward offered after £1/4 million in bikes and gear stolen after London Bike Show1 year 5 weeks agoFor a little more than the

    For a little more than the cost of the Travelodge they could have hired a driver to take them back to their base straight after loading.

  • Sealant Tips1 year 5 weeks agoYour wheels are tubeless

    Your wheels are tubeless ready, they may not have tubeless tyres fitted as they are more expensive. If they are tubeless tyres, fantastic, just a tiny amount of Stan's or Slime, (see my other post). If they are standard tyres, wait 'till they wear out or if you have the money swap them straight away and give the old ones away to the nearest luddite naysayer who gives you the same comments as their Grandfathers did to car drivers FIFTY YEARS AGO.

    Richie Bikelane.

  • Chris Boardman: "Helmets not even in top 10 of things that keep cycling safe"1 year 5 weeks agoI find CB's comments

    I find CB's comments unhelpful. Being put off cycling because of helmets is like being put off driving because of seat belts. Silly. I wear a helmet in case I fall off not in case someone hits me. I've had three bad falls. One resulted in a helmet split front to back. Better that than my head. Another caused a front somersault and broken collarbone. The most recent, a split chin, chipped tooth and bruises. My brother in law is 2 years into recovery after a majorr cycling injury but he's alive. I don't think helmets should be compulsory but you won't find me or my cycling friends out without one.

  • Suspended sentence for lorry driver who killed cyclist and claimed he was unable to avoid hitting him1 year 5 weeks agoMy condolences to the family.

    My condolences to the family.

  • Lezyne Femto Drive LED rear light1 year 5 weeks agoI have to agree with Velo

    I have to agree with Velo Alex. I had one that lasted half a ride. Swapped it and that went as well a week later. There's also a guy in our club who also had his fail.

    AL

  • Thoughts on going tubeless?1 year 5 weeks agoIf your bike comes tubeless

    If your bike comes tubeless ready or you are upgrading your wheels anyway - go tubeless, the benefits are great. I ran tubeless for four years on my MTB and NEVER got a puncture. In the dry hot and rocky Australian conditions normal tyres are prone to pinch flats. Country Victoria has the dreaded 'Bindy", not the obnoxious daughter of idiot wildlife pest Steve Irwin, but a tiny thorny weed which if accidently ran over at the side of the road will give you ten or more punctures. The difference in ride quality and grip was superb and I would ride the tyres until they wore out.
    For the road the benefits for me (when I upgrade my Avanti Corsa) will be,
    No punctures on rubbish Australian high country roads.
    Greater grip.
    Safer descents, as tubless tyres tend not to 'blow out' catastrophically.
    Sales blurb also tells me they are faster rolling.
    Better pressure stability in the massive variations in Australian temperatures.
    With tubeless MTB tyres I run Slime instead of Stans goo, it is water based, less messy and you simply scooped it out and rebottled it when you swapped tyres. It is also a good indicator as to how many punctures you have saved yourself from or if your tyres are on the way out as a tiny blob of green goo shows on the outside of the tyre where it has sealed a hole.
    The amount of tubes I get through I'll be glad to get rid of them.
    The only good reason for not changing can only be that of initial cost.
    Any other reason is pure Luddism.

    Richie Bikelane

  • Suspended sentence for lorry driver who killed cyclist and claimed he was unable to avoid hitting him1 year 5 weeks agoEK Spinner wrote:Another

    EK Spinner wrote:
    Another detail many seem to not have picked up on, the prosecution no less seems to think that there was enough space for him to pass safely in lane 1 of a Dual Carriageway.

    To be honest he was found guilty so doesn't matter.

    There are a lot of questions that need answering though. The judge could only hand down the sentence he did because his guidelines prevented him doing anything else.

    So why did the CPS not go for a more realistic charge? Why are the sentences so pathetic? What do Politicians intend to do about it!!

  • Suspended sentence for lorry driver who killed cyclist and claimed he was unable to avoid hitting him1 year 5 weeks agoAnother detail many seem to

    Another detail many seem to not have picked up on, the prosecution no less seems to think that there was enough space for him to pass safely in lane 1 of a Dual Carriageway.

    The ONLY place to pass a vehicle (of any type) is surely lane 2

    Also, never mind didn't have time t slow down, all road users have a responsibility to be able to stop in the distance you can see is clear in front of them. Is that not why as kids we were't allowed to run in the school corridors.

  • Suspended sentence for lorry driver who killed cyclist and claimed he was unable to avoid hitting him1 year 5 weeks agoAn utter farce again, I'm

    An utter farce again, I'm always shocked that a victims family in these situation haven't reacted more strongly given how appallingly the courts let them down.