• Netapp-Endura set to change to Bora-Argon 18 for 20151 year 4 weeks agoThat bloody 'extracting steam

    That bloody 'extracting steam without a cooker hood' advert is back in my head again. Crying Make it stop.

  • £1,500 settlement for cyclist injured when seat clamp broke1 year 4 weeks ago£1,500 sounds like a pretty

    £1,500 sounds like a pretty derisory amount in "compo" terms. His case must have been pretty poor if Irwin Mitchell advised him to settle for that, though I expect the payout was double once their fee was included. Not sure this is really a cycling story, more likely one of how the underclasses supplement their benefits claims.

  • Ride London 100 - too little too late?1 year 4 weeks agoLong-range weather forecast

    Long-range weather forecast is for cloudy and 17-22 degC. And - interestingly - a 10mph south-westerly wind. So it'll be headwind on the way out and tailwind back... that'll help.

  • Ride London 100 - too little too late?1 year 4 weeks agoIf Boris can get round (in

    If Boris can get round (in 8:04) then, unless you are significantly larger and less fit than he, so can you (or anyone for that matter). Don't worry about the climbs - you can get off and walk if needs be without being much slower than trying to grind up them - and apart from the 3 main ones (and Coombe Hill and Wimbledon Hill toward the end) there really isn't much in the way of undulation. The 8:30 cut-off time is really for those that set off in the last wave - you just need to get to the finish by 17:00.
    If the weather is as good as it was last year it will be a fantastic day - just remember to apply sunscreen and drink plenty - go out and enjoy the ride. There was plenty of support on the roadside to spur you on.

  • Choisissez trois Français... 2014 édition1 year 4 weeks agoWell done Jandrew. In my

    Well done Jandrew. In my defence, my team did wear yellow on Bastille Day.

  • Netapp-Endura set to change to Bora-Argon 18 for 20151 year 4 weeks agoOops! Fancy being the wrong

    Oops!

    Fancy being the wrong universe.

  • Ride London 100 - too little too late?1 year 4 weeks agoBit of a shortage of hills in

    Bit of a shortage of hills in Essex. However, Epping Forest has some nasty ones so I guess a few laps of those will have to do.

  • Tour de France inspires Britons to get on their bikes, says Sustrans1 year 4 weeks agoSit at the back and be quiet

    Sit at the back and be quiet wrote:
    Ok so get to the point - when we're out having fun and exercise don't forget it's a working landscape populated by often tired, bored frustrated people with jobs to do.
    Take care be safe.

    Us town folk don't have jobs, and nobody ever visits either...

  • Glasgow bike shop “humbled” by response to its helping Malawi cyclists1 year 4 weeks agoAbbie wrote:Wouldn't it be

    Abbie wrote:
    Wouldn't it be great if TEAM MALAWI went home with a Meddle Cool

    It would. They'll have to peddle very hard though.

  • Rose 2015: X-Lite Team 800g carbon frame and new disc-equipped Xeon launched1 year 4 weeks agoAll very impressive. This,

    All very impressive.

    This, however, looks like a cable that will get coated in all sorts of road gunk:

  • Descent Fear1 year 4 weeks agoColin Peyresourde covers the

    Colin Peyresourde covers the technical aspects above well enough
    There are other things like how you shift your weight around that really help

    I am not a super fast descender but a key realisation is that it is often safer not to brake

    In the dry, modern tyres have incredible traction. You can lean right over and be just fine. Don't try this on gravel / dirty wet roads though!

  • Tour de France inspires Britons to get on their bikes, says Sustrans1 year 4 weeks agoSit at the back and be quiet

    Sit at the back and be quiet wrote:
    The Dales are not a playground, they are a working environment and the people who live here have to get to work, get to the shops, run errands etc and it's easy for them to get annoyed when they are forced to travel behind a cyclist ascending a long steep hill (We have lots of these) at snails pace.
    - It may well be easy for them to get annoyed but not excusable. Do they also get easily annoyed when a person walks along the road and they have to slow down to pass, or when another person working in the Dales is moving animals along the road, or when the other person is in a slow tractor whilst they are in their 4x4 at the time?

    Getting annoyed because a slower road user causes you a little delay is a just a little bit pathetic really, isn't it?

    "The indicators on a tractor are high up and often covered in muck,..." - I think you'll find that having the indicators covered in muck and obscured, even on a tractor, is an offence.

    "don't forget it's a working landscape populated by often tired, bored frustrated people with jobs to do." - Nobody, job to do or not, should be driving any motor vehicle when their ability to do so is impaired by tiredness, boredom or frustration.

    Finally I do agree that when a cyclist rode too quickly down the hill and nearly hit your 4x4 they were in the wrong and should certainly not have been abusive to you, that was also inexcusable.

    I'm still not sure quite what your point was. It reads like; come over and ride your bike but remember it isn't a playground so don't have too much fun, don't get in the way of the hard working, knackered and bored locals who obviously take priority over you and take care and be safe.

  • £1,500 settlement for cyclist injured when seat clamp broke1 year 4 weeks ago"This case highlights the

    "This case highlights the importance of ensuring that the parts of a bicycle are correctly fitted and maintained to prevent any similar accidents in future.”

    But, on my reading, it was correctly fitted. It broke. That might be because of incorrect fitting but that would be better described as a defective part.

    As to maintenance, that is the responsibility of the owner.

    Poor reasons from the lawyer.

  • Noise when peddling hard uphill1 year 4 weeks agoI agree with mike the bike. A

    I agree with mike the bike.
    A bang is sometimes a real problem

    A further test is to hold the left and right pedal and try to wriggle them laterally. Not up and down in the pedalling plane but left to right. There should be no play (movement) at all. If there is any movement you need to take a look at the BB asap!

    You don't say what type of bottom bracket you have

    Recently I had a problem with a pronounced "click" under load with a square taper BB. I removed the BB and pedals, cleaned everything and used *lots* of grease to reassemble. It is nice and quiet now.

  • Descent Fear1 year 4 weeks agoI am a crap descender, I am

    I am a crap descender, I am getting better but still crap.

    Only advice, first if you have any queries about a component you will worry about it and begin to focus on what may go wrong.

    Second practice, it takes time but just get used to riding downhill, never push too far, crashing is not good if you have confidence issues to begin with.

    Try and think what concerns you? I find roads with junctions more of an issue than open roads, it is the what is round the corner issue.

    Other things, your build, I am guessing light riders can get blown around more passing farm gates ( I am guessing because I am not a heavy rider and never have been), I have only been blown off once on the mtb. ( I am quite tall and light)

  • £1,500 settlement for cyclist injured when seat clamp broke1 year 4 weeks agoBez wrote:Maybe I'm both

    Bez wrote:
    Maybe I'm both cynical and naive, but I can't fully square this with being pleased that the case ended with a cash payout but zero liability.

    You see the same thing with negligence cases with hospitals and the police. They will pay out on proviso of accepting no liability so it doesnt open them up to future cases, and those that do match it are fought on an individual basis rather than emerging 'trends'.

    The £1.5k is sort of a 'now go away' payment rather than spend in excess of multiples of that defending it.

    "Here's a sticky plaster but its not my fault you fell!"

    Makes me think of that monologue in Fight Club about the cost of payouts against the cost of vehicle recalls. Culture of blame/denial rather than resolution/innovation.

    It would be interesting to know what the point of failure was: the manufacturing process of the part, its fitting and/or adjustment from the shop.

  • Focus Variado 2.0 Bike 2012 XL 58cm Excellent / VGC. South Wales1 year 4 weeks agoSOLD!

    SOLD!

  • £1,500 settlement for cyclist injured when seat clamp broke1 year 4 weeks agoNice to see the good old

    Nice to see the good old 'compensation culture' is still alive and well.

    Surely, if he'd really suffered as much as he claims to have done, then he surely wouldn't have settled for so little out-of-court? I'd call that amount "go-away money".

    In instances like these the insurers often prefer to settle early as it costs them a lot less. In a factory where I worked an employee slightly injured himself trying to climb between some conveyors (to go for a fag-break) rather than walk 20 yards around them. The union backed his claim for £900 and our insurers accepted it and settled. In their view the employee had a weak case and they'd have won if it had gone to court ... but it would have cost them £5K to do so.

  • Earphones on cyclists: Yea or Nay?1 year 4 weeks agoSit at the back and be quiet

    Sit at the back and be quiet wrote:
    It's up to each of us to take responsibility for our own safety

    Which is why the vast majority of people decide not to cycle at all. That's kind of the problem.

    We live in a society, we aren't in a state of nature, we pretty much _have_ to expect others to take at least some measure of responsibility for our safety, its not possible to function otherwise.

    As for 'use a cycle path/lane when available' - dubious advice, such paths can be dangerous (the constant giveway at every hidden driveway or side road or the various obsticles you can crash into, for on-pavement cycle paths, and the cycle lanes in door zones on the road), and if not, simply so slow as to be pointless.

    The only time I've been hit by a car is because I made the mistake of following the on-road cycle lane, which took me right across the mouth of a side road, when I would have been better taking the lane thus preventing the misjudged overtake/sideswipe manueuver.

  • B'Twin Count 8 Counter computer1 year 4 weeks agoWell I bought one - some time

    Well I bought one - some time before your report in fact - and no complaints.
    I had become all too confused by the enormous array of expensive products out there and came to the conclusion keeping it simple was my best option. It just that and I agree with your report
    Its a blooming good piece of kit and much better than its price suggests - well done Btwin

  • B'Twin Count 8 Counter computer1 year 4 weeks agois there a "wired" version?

    is there a "wired" version?

  • £1,500 settlement for cyclist injured when seat clamp broke1 year 4 weeks ago“I don’t want anyone else to

    “I don’t want anyone else to have to experience what I did and I hope that those involved take the steps necessary to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.”

    Maybe I'm both cynical and naive, but I can't fully square this with being pleased that the case ended with a cash payout but zero liability. If the aim is genuinely to prevent some perceived problem - whatever that was - being repeated, surely it's the liability that's the important bit?

  • Netapp-Endura set to change to Bora-Argon 18 for 20151 year 4 weeks agoStrontium, Beryllium, Bora

    Strontium, Beryllium, Bora Argon18...

  • Tour de France inspires Britons to get on their bikes, says Sustrans1 year 4 weeks agoSo one one hand we have the

    So one one hand we have the Tour de France making people wanting to get on their bikes and on the other, we have infrastructure that physically forces them to get off their bikes in order to navigate the obstacles/gates/blockages/narrowings that Sustrans themselves have built and put in place on their paths.

    Just about sums it all up really.

  • Rose 2015: X-Lite Team 800g carbon frame and new disc-equipped Xeon launched1 year 4 weeks agoI have a Rose and would

    I have a Rose and would certainly look at having another when the need arises