• New saddle1 year 6 weeks agoglynr36 wrote:The Pinarello

    glynr36 wrote:
    The Pinarello store on Temple Street in the city have the proper fit for Fizik or Selle Italia saddles I think.
    It's also worth giving them an ask, you don't ask you don't get!

    I will give them a call.
    I have also found a list of Fizik dealers on their website. I will give all the local ones a call and see if they have those yellow test saddles available.

  • New saddle1 year 6 weeks agoThe Pinarello store on Temple

    The Pinarello store on Temple Street in the city have the proper fit for Fizik or Selle Italia saddles I think.
    It's also worth giving them an ask, you don't ask you don't get!

  • Third of cyclists support mandatory hi-viz clothing claims survey1 year 6 weeks ago@GoingRoundInCycles The

    @GoingRoundInCycles

    The helmet debate is a whole other topic, but I don't really agree with you on that either.

    But I suggest you are mistaken if you think 'helping' motorists see you will really change much. They will just take that 'help' and segue it into a chance to pay even less attention to the road than they currently do. The danger you face will stay about the same. The solution lies elsewhere.

    You are entirely entitled to carry on wearing what you want even as others say disparaging things about it. In fact I think it would be quite troubling if you let that alone make you change your mind about your choice.

    Hell, I've had a (possibly deranged) ninja cyclist I encountered in the early hours of the morning once scream abuse at me merely because I had red lights on the back of my bike and was wearing a helmet (I think he was either looking for a fight or he'd just had a motorist abuse him for not having lights and wanted to take it out on someone). I don't let that change my mind about things.

    I even reserve the right to decide to wear high-viz if I one day decide I want to.

    But Neil753 is coming from a position of not-so-subtly shifting responsibility from those who create the danger (motorists) to those who suffer from it (cyclists). I don't think that constitutes 'a lot of sense'.

    (edited to remove excessively long quote!)

  • Video: BBC Wales road rage programme highlights plight of vulnerable cyclists1 year 6 weeks agoI would even say don't

    I would even say don't respond to provocations. It's not easy, I have not always succeeded, but I think it shows strength of character to ignore provocations.

  • Quick question!1 year 6 weeks agoDefinitely repair it, but

    Definitely repair it, but with sticky patches as they're so much easier. I usually do it there and then since I'm out on my own and in London the cause tends to be easy to find - the large spikey object currently sticking out of your tyre.

    I'm getting creative with my old tubes: cable tidy and tiny jersey wallet so far, sweat-proof phone case coming up...

  • Third of cyclists support mandatory hi-viz clothing claims survey1 year 6 weeks agoNeil753

    Neil753 wrote:
    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:

    The idea that my comments could bring about legislation is hilarious. I wish I had that much power.
    No, of course not. Your negative stereotyping of those who wear hi-viz won't precipitate legislation but, collectively, your comments, and thousands of other comments, on forums, on the street, on blogs, on sportives and club runs, in cycle cafes, and in the cycling press, all conspire to make inexperienced cyclists reluctant to wear hi-viz, when it could save their lives. The ridicule is endemic, and you are part of that problem, even if you don't realise what you're doing.

    You are 'spinning' here. I'm not 'negatively stereotyping' those who wear hi-viz, that's you creating a straw-man. I don't much like high-viz, and choose not to wear it, but at no point have I said anything about the nature of those who wear it. I don't know anything about them, after all.

    Its entirely and absolutely up to them, I guess they draw a different line between personal fear of danger and a personal judgement of political principle. Everyone is free to make their own decision about what they wear on their own bodies, after all.

    As I said, I wear a helmet, which is a compromise in itself (I've had people tut at me for wearing it). I also have a bike positively festooned with lights and reflective material because I got a bit carried away with the concept (and lights are so fantastically cheap now!).

    I also think you are wrong-headed if you think 'cycle cafes' and the rest are so influential. The reality is the vast majority of people who might cycle, don't, so what goes on in those tiny circles is not very important.

    They certainly don't have any influence on the hoodie-wearing kids who generally ride ninja-style round here, nor on people (mostly women for whatever reason) I know who just think high-viz (and helmets) are naff.

    I've never had anything whateoever to do with any 'cycle cafes', yet I already disliked high-viz and helmets when I first took up cycling, precisely because it made cycling into some complicated hobby or special interest rather than a simple means of transport. Cycling is a means of transport for me, that replaced walking for the most part

    You have it kind of backwards. People generally would rather not wear high-viz, the more its stressed that cyclists should do so, the more reluctant people will be to cycle (though that's only a very minor part of it, the main deterrent by far is that the roads appear clearly too dangerous).

  • Infinity Seat claims to offer improved comfort over a regular saddle1 year 6 weeks agoThat's just great. Not using

    That's just great. Not using the sit bones to support your weight but the soft muscle tissue instead. This flies in the face of what has previously been said to be correct. Great job on the part of the advertiser/journalist to put some positive spin on this.

    Looks like a medieval torture device.

  • Road.cc new look discussion thread1 year 6 weeks agoIt's maybe more 'modern'

    It's maybe more 'modern' visually, however I don't find it as intuitive as previous incarnations and find it all feels a bit tabloid. I feel any upgrade should bring more than aesthetics and I am yet to find it with the new site.

  • Third of cyclists support mandatory hi-viz clothing claims survey1 year 6 weeks agoNeil, Nice, so you can say

    Neil,
    Nice, so you can say what you want including vile equations comparing cyclists and sicks children; why don't you address that point, that you are not right to use that comparison. It devalues everything you have said. But any contrary position is demonization and verbal abuse? Seems like someone hasn't been on the internet very long where everyone has a robust opinion.

    Neither have you addressed the fact you still suggest that I am putting others at risk by 'choosing' to wear the kind of clothes I have worn for the past 15 years and not choosing to wear what you deem appropriate. How lofty you must feel in your HGV cab. Everything you have said has a subtext of loathing and accusation and I refuse to accept the blame that you insist on pushing. I am not responsible for the day that YOU stop looking for anyone not wearing Hiviz. God help anyone out on the road that day.

  • Buying from Rouleur1 year 6 weeks agoHad some trouble

    Had some trouble recently.
    Found the support via web site very unsatisfactory. 2 weeks no resolution.
    Contacted them via twitter and it was sorted within an hour.

  • Third of cyclists support mandatory hi-viz clothing claims survey1 year 6 weeks agoNeil753

    Neil753 wrote:
    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:
    Neil753 wrote:

    I would argue, given the NHS is at breaking point, that deliberately exposing yourself to higher risk, when there are children dying of cancer through lack of available funding, makes you the selfish one, not me.

    Er... and where does that leave those who deliberately expose _others_ to higher risk, by choosing to drive?

    Very true. Driving more carefully would help reduce the strain on the NHS budget. So what are you saying, that as cyclists we should do nothing to make cycling safer? Are you seriously suggesting that we shouldn't be proactive?

    We should indeed do something to make cycling (and walking) safer. That 'something' is pushing politically to get the cars off the road as much as possible, to make motorists pay the full cost of their habit (which would cause a lot of them to give up driving), to improve road design (drastically), and to push for the existing laws of the road to actually be enforced (be nice if as a starting point the police themselves actually obeyed them).

    Wearing day-glo is kind of insignificant in comparison, and indeed pushing it is counter-productive insofar as it deters people from cycling.

    Also I didn't say that 'driving non-carefully' puts others at risk, I said 'driving' puts others at risk. Fewer people driving would reduce the strain on the NHS budget. And not just A&E depts.

  • Video: BBC Wales road rage programme highlights plight of vulnerable cyclists1 year 6 weeks agokie7077 wrote:Wow, how is

    kie7077 wrote:
    Wow, how is cycling going to get anywhere with when a cyclist sticks up for themselves, everybody here jumps on them with petty crap like 'The cyclist sounds like a right twat' and 'don't be petty and stir up trouble'.

    What different does it make whether he's a wimpy looking kid or a bloke built like a brick shit-house, enough prejudiced bollocks already.

    Who needs enemies with friends like you lot.


    He's not "sticking up for himself", he's calling someone out for cutting across the road a bit. He may "technically" be right but it's completely unnecessary, some people will take exception to being called out and some people will be very aggressive about it like the motorist here.

    I'm not saying the motorist is right - of course he isn't. But that situation wouldn't have happened if the cyclist, who was in no danger here at any point, would have minded his own business - which isn't to call out all the faults of all the other road users. If he called the driver out after a near miss or something then I'd totally be on the side of the cyclist, but in this case he was just asking for trouble.

    I commute in London every day and have never had any confrontations with any other road users. If I had a helmet cam and decided to shout at people every time they cut a corner here or there, I'm sure my rides would be a lot more... eventful. Maybe I could even start a cycling youtube channel showing this "war" on the roads that people like SOTW seem to experience daily.

  • Planet X or Dolan1 year 6 weeks agoAs you say, the lack of

    As you say, the lack of chain-tugs are the issue, weight isn't a problem,nifact it's preferred! Main problem is it's the wrong size, which, as I'm planning on spending some serious time on it this winter, is going to be the difference between a successful race season, or spending the next few years curled up on a sofa in agony!

  • Free Ant+ indoor trainer software1 year 6 weeks agogiobox

    giobox wrote:
    morethansonglyrics wrote:
    Would go nuts for this with mac compatability. Currently considering a trainerroad sub.

    I'm using trainerroad and reckon its worth the subscription price for their virtual power feature alone. I recently borrowed a PowerTap to compare the virtual power numbers and was shocked how close it gets if you have one of the turbo trainers they have a power curve for. Power based training for around £60 a year is a bargain, vs minimum £600 spend on a full blown power meter.

    Well if you have windows & our little exe file you actually have spot on the same virtual power as trainer road for £0.00 / month for ever! We need to add some example workouts but you can easily make your own in seconds. We are adding the ability to share workouts also, so it could be a cool tool for coaches

  • Cycling minister Robert Goodwill wants to give motorists “greater say in how their roads are run”1 year 6 weeks agoI'm sorry but you really are

    I'm sorry but you really are just being alarmist here for the sake of a story. Something I've noticed quite a few times of late.

    If you read the command paper: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/fil... you'll see that it's not only the motorist that will benefit from the HA becoming a publicly owned body but the cyclist as well.

  • Planet X or Dolan1 year 6 weeks agoSomething old and steel In

    Something old and steel Smile In fact, what precisely is wrong with your old road bike (other than lack of chain tug tensioners)?

    Both my fixed gear bikes are built with old steel road frames and are great. The beater is heavy and hard work; the other one is beautiful and lovely to ride. Both bikes easily capable of 25+ mph through London.

    Having said that, I would like an On-one Track (were made a few years back). Saw one once and have wanted one ever since. Wonder why they're so difficult to find - perhaps very few were made.

  • Free Ant+ indoor trainer software1 year 6 weeks agoHTTP404 wrote:I've pointed to

    HTTP404 wrote:
    I've pointed to the vlrr folder.
    I can see all the rides listed.
    And I can see the two demo vlrr files.

    I click on a demo vlrr file.
    The screen is still black.
    I click start ride.
    The four buttons and the new ride button are displayed at the top.
    Below these - the screen is still black.
    I start to ride and the four buttons and new ride button disappear to display a black screen.
    I stop the ride and the buttons reappear, but no video is played and no sound is ever output.

    Sounds like you need to update your wmv codec. if you cant play the Demo videos you either have a corrupted codec or an old version of windows media player, You could try updating your wmv codecs? http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=507

  • Third of cyclists support mandatory hi-viz clothing claims survey1 year 6 weeks agobikeboy76 wrote:@Neil7523 You

    bikeboy76 wrote:
    @Neil7523
    You have got to be ****ing kidding! In one breath you say you are against compulsion; that people have a right to choose what they wear.
    Correct.

    Quote:
    In another you accuse DEAD CYCLISTS of being 'selfish' and stealing £300million from DYING CHILDREN. What planet are you on?
    Incorrect. I don't have a problem with riders choosing not to wear h-viz. I do have a problem with the endemic ridicule of hi-viz, encouraging people not to wear hi-viz who would otherwise do so. To continue this collective ridicule, when you're being asked to stop, is extremely selfish.

    Quote:
    People who oppose wearing hiviz are defending their right not to have to, but you suggest we are stigmatizing young riders and putting them at risk?!
    Correct, the ridicule is endemic. Defending the right not to wear hi-vis is fine, and I also defend that right. But it doesn't stop at that, does it? Don't believe me? Just read all the comments on this forum again, jotting down all the insideous comments. it all stacks up to a sustained campaign amongst many campaigns. Riders don't want that ridicule, avoid wearing hi-viz, and end up at greater risk. If you don't get it, there's no hope for you.
    Quote:
    I commend you for the high quality of you trolling here but that is all it is. You might say that you oppose compulsion, but you can't then immediately decry those who don't wear Hiviz as selfish. I am sure you will come up with some weasel words to suggest that these are not mutually opposite statements; but really, your 'free to be a dick head if you don't wear it' argument is no excuse for you to stop watching out for anyone not dressed as you think appropriate.
    Sacasm and verbal abuse and missinterpreting my argument shouldn't really be part of this debate.

  • Third of cyclists support mandatory hi-viz clothing claims survey1 year 6 weeks agoIf I am hit by a car, it is

    If I am hit by a car, it is going to hurt, I am possibly going to be injured. I could even be killed.

    Knowing that I had right of way at that roundabout will be no comfort to my family when I am dead. Being certain that I had right of way will be no comfort to me when I am in a wheelchair, have head injuries, or I am unable to walk for months until my injuries have healed.

    So I just don't want to have an accident. Should an accident happen to me, I want to be able to look myself in the eye in the mirror and know that I did everything that I could have done to prevent myself becoming a victim and especially from coming to serious harm.

    So, I always wear a helmet. Of course they are not perfect or guaranteed to save you from serious head injuries in all circumstances, but wearing a correctly fitted, quality helmet could be the difference between slight concussion or living the rest of your life with a mental disability.

    In my experience, much less than 1% of instances of bad driving is attributable to malicious psychos. Mostly it is attributable to carelessness, lack of concentration, poor spatial awareness, misjudgement of distance and speed etc. These people are not trying to kill other road users. When this type of driver says SMIDSY, I generally believe them.

    So what do we do to improve the situation? Educating drivers to take driving seriously and give it their full attention at all times would be wonderful and I would give my full support for this type of campaign. But changing behaviour is always a very slow process. For example, after all the money and years spent on education campaigns, there are still plenty of people out there who think it is safe to drive after drinking alcohol.

    So in the meantime, while I wait for all these less than perfect drivers to get their act together, the only thing that I can do as a vulnerable cyclist while I wait for all these dodgy drivers to change their ways is make myself as visible as possible. Apart from the tiny minority of psychos out there, I believe that if I have been seen by a driver, my chances of being hit by him/her are greatly reduced but obviously not impossible. I believe that a combination of Hi-Vis, Reflectors and lights increase my visibility to other road users in all weather conditions. I believe, as a driver, that cyclists wearing similar clothes are more visible to me than a Rapha clad Ninja on a matt black speed machine with no lights on at twilight, but if the latter attire works for you then go for it.

    Apparently many cyclists do not share my opinion. Not a problem, I can live with that without resorting to childish insults. However, if you really feel that my decision to cycle around in 'bizarre' clothing looking like a 'dayglo banana' is selfish and/or silly and potentially increases my safety at the expense of yours... tough titty! I really have no sympathy for you.

    I don't have a monopoly on weird attire, it is freely available. If you choose not to wear it, you must live with the consequences. Don’t complain that you want the right to choose what you wear (which I fully support) and then disparage, insult and bully those who make an alternative choice. When you do that, it makes you look like a hypocrite.

    I think that is my last word on this subject.

    Neil753, I hear you. You talk a lot of sense.

  • Free Ant+ indoor trainer software1 year 6 weeks agomorethansonglyrics

    morethansonglyrics wrote:
    Would go nuts for this with mac compatability. Currently considering a trainerroad sub.

    You can run it on Mac using bootcamp

  • Raleigh founder Sir Frank Bowden to be remembered by blue plaque1 year 6 weeks agomy childhood growing up in

    my childhood growing up in the 1970s and 1980s has a strong association with Raleigh bicycles

    Specifically I am thinking of the Raleigh Boxxer, Strika, Chopper, Grifter, then the Raleigh Burner BMX range and later the Raleigh Bomber (their first attempt at a mountain bike)

    my Raleigh Burner cost £89 in 1981, and set me off on a lifetime passion for cycling

    Looking back, it was a poor imitation of the American BMX bikes, which I soon realised when I graduated to riding Skyway, Mongoose and GT

    However, Raleigh bikes were affordable and very accessible through local bike stores, so I cannot complain about much really? I eventually got my hands on a Raleigh Pro Burner which was not the regular Raleigh but made in the UK by a well known frame builder, and that was a very sweet race bike

  • Video: BBC Wales road rage programme highlights plight of vulnerable cyclists1 year 6 weeks agokie7077 wrote:Wow, how is

    kie7077 wrote:
    Wow, how is cycling going to get anywhere with when a cyclist sticks up for themselves, everybody here jumps on them with petty crap like 'The cyclist sounds like a right twat' and 'don't be petty and stir up trouble'.

    What different does it make whether he's a wimpy looking kid or a bloke built like a brick shit-house, enough prejudiced bollocks already.

    Who needs enemies with friends like you lot.

    I see what you mean but this Matt bloke is hunting out trouble, almost delibrately riding so defensively to cause the aggression and filimg it to broadcast. He's a duffnut.

  • Buying from Rouleur1 year 6 weeks agoOnly ever dealt with them to

    Only ever dealt with them to get their mags but found their customer service to be first rate.

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  • Third of cyclists support mandatory hi-viz clothing claims survey1 year 6 weeks ago@Neil7523 You have got to be

    @Neil7523
    You have got to be ****ing kidding! In one breath you say you are against compulsion; that people have a right to choose what they wear. In another you accuse DEAD CYCLISTS of being 'selfish' and stealing £300million from DYING CHILDREN. What planet are you on? You don't seem to have a clue that taxation doesn't work like this and governments avoid hypothecation at all costs to avoid such specious comparisons.

    People who oppose wearing hiviz are defending their right not to have to, but you suggest we are stigmatizing young riders and putting them at risk?! All for joining a debate on the topic.

    This is no longer a safety debate but a blame shifting exercise. Blaming cyclist for the cost of injuries in the majority inflicted by oblivious motorists.

    I commend you for the high quality of you trolling here but that is all it is. You might say that you oppose compulsion, but you can't then immediately decry those who don't wear Hiviz as selfish. I am sure you will come up with some weasel words to suggest that these are not mutually opposite statements; but really, your 'free to be a dick head if you don't wear it' argument is no excuse for you to stop watching out for anyone not dressed as you think appropriate.

    You are welcome to make up your mind and tell us what you really think.