• No war on Britain's roads says British Cycling incident data but much needs to be done to win the peace1 year 17 weeks agoActually I'm not sure that's

    Actually I'm not sure that's true Dr F. My guess is that the number of out and out racing cyclists as a proportion of the whole is probably surprisingly small. As with the CTC lots of people are members of BC for the insurance and other membership benefits and BC have had various initiatives to boost their numbers over the years including everydaycycling.com which was very much aimed at commuter and leisure cyclists.

  • Suffering from a lack of winter motivation1 year 17 weeks agoQuote:However, it looks like

    Quote:
    However, it looks like things are going to improve next week so now may be the time to meditate on rules 5 and 9.

    lol Devil

  • Suffering from a lack of winter motivation1 year 17 weeks agoSorry, can't find any closed

    Sorry, can't find any closed circuit racing series near me. They all seem to be for the youth and/or in the summer. Besides, paying to go around a car park 100 times sounds even worse.

    There's nothing for it. I will just have to use my bed as a time machine to transport me to the spring, and hope I don't gain back everything I've lost.

  • Suffering from a lack of winter motivation1 year 17 weeks agoFirstly, there's nothing

    Firstly, there's nothing wrong with a rest. There may be some good reasons why you don't feel like going out and the past few days in particular have been awful conditions for a ride. However, it looks like things are going to improve next week so now may be the time to meditate on rules 5 and 9. It is always better than it looks from indoors when you are out on the bike and there is no such thing as a bad turn of the pedals. Every mile, every revolution that you put in now will make you a better cyclist next summer. Whatever your goals are - going faster, further, losing weight, burning your mates or just enjoying time out on the bike, every extra minute you spend racking up the miles over winter will pay you back come the summer. What are you waiting for? Get out and ride!

  • Carbon bike hunting, any ideas?1 year 17 weeks agoI'd keep an eye out for a

    I'd keep an eye out for a Giant TCR Composite (Hopefully they'll get down to your budget). Although 'composite' is Giant's entry level carbon grade it is a fantastic frame, far better than some other brands higher spec offerings.

    If you can look past carbon and are willing to venture down the aluminium route it's so hard to fault Canondales's Cad10 - amazing bike and if there are any left can be had for about a grand!!

  • Tiso 12-speed wireless transmission finally breaks cover + video1 year 17 weeks agoSticking to my 9 speed. Gets

    Sticking to my 9 speed. Gets me up some of the decent hills up here no problems. If you need more than that you either need to learn to climb or loose some weight Devil
    And dave, down shifters ahh found memories Smile

  • Suffering from a lack of winter motivation1 year 17 weeks agoHow about getting to one of

    How about getting to one of the winter closed circuit racing series, if you don't fancy racing in the winter just use the facilities while there is nothing, a lot safer and no cars to worry about. Also a place to have a quality, structured session that isn't on turbo/rollers!!

    Or, do you have an old MTB or a chunky road bike with Cross tyre that would put up with a little steady off road then try out some of the local byways, common land etc - lots more grip off road, especially in the frost/ice

  • This week I have been mostly listening to...1 year 17 weeks agoThe yeah yeah yeahs - it's

    The yeah yeah yeahs - it's blitz
    I am kloot
    Scott Matthews
    The XX
    We are augustines
    and quite a bit of hip hop

  • Best 700c Clinchers for sub £500?1 year 17 weeks agoHi Spicy, You could do a lot

    Hi Spicy,

    You could do a lot worse than check out the deals on Soul wheels at racewaredirect.com, they have end of season deals on most Soul models.

    The Soul S2.0's were reviewed very well by Road.cc and the raceware have them for £380.00 instead if the RRP of £575.00.

  • DA mechanical or Di2?1 year 17 weeks agohi i have di2 and have no

    hi i have di2 and have no problems at all, the only thing that might hinder you is the battery when its gets low on power, but then you get a warning light to let you know,the battery should last for about 1000/1200 miles but thats also depends hoe often you change gear, i ride about 500 miles a month, and charge it bup every month, it takes less than an hour to fully charge, go take the plunge, you wont be dissapointed. Big Grin

  • No war on Britain's roads says British Cycling incident data but much needs to be done to win the peace1 year 17 weeks agoOf British Cycling’s 63,000

    Of British Cycling’s 63,000 members, only 398 – that’s much less than even 1% - have reported incidents to us in the past six months.

    Loth though I am to disagree with Saint Chris of Boardman, British Cycling's members are racing cyclists who are - one would hope - more skilled at 'taking the lane' and riding defensively than the average newbie. I'm not sure this stat tells us much at all, other than that BC should leave everyday cycling to CTC, Sustrans and local campaigns.

  • Eddy vinyl figure released1 year 17 weeks agoSome Fella wrote:London media

    Some Fella wrote:
    London media types in their £400 Rapha socks will love to have one of these perched on top of their 45 inch Mac screens whilst they do some graphic design or new media or whatever it is they all actually do for a living in London.

    PMSL. Probably the same folks who spend a tenner on a copy of Rouler. ( Which is nicely written but not £10 nicely written ).

  • Eddy vinyl figure released1 year 17 weeks agoLondon media types in their

    London media types in their £400 Rapha socks will love to have one of these perched on top of their 45 inch Mac screens whilst they do some graphic design or new media or whatever it is they all actually do for a living in London.

  • This week I have been mostly listening to...1 year 17 weeks agojust a few artists (could be

    just a few artists (could be here all day Wink

    nine inch nails
    covenant
    peter gabriel
    rush
    slayer
    mirror's edge game soundtrack
    ico game soundtrack
    erasure
    pet shop boys
    quake game soundtrack Big Grin (giblets Devil

  • Russian Cycling Federation comes out fighting for Katusha1 year 17 weeks agosurely for anyone on the

    surely for anyone on the outside this just looks plain bizarre and discredits the whole UCI governing body. It's hard to imagine another sport where this can happen in the way it has - how is cycling supposed to retain and attract new sponsors when the second ranked team with the world number one rider is ditched in this fashion?
    Let's hope that this episode once and for all shows that Pat McQuaid is not fit to guarantee cycling a prosperous future.

  • Suffering from a lack of winter motivation1 year 17 weeks agoEither, take a week off, or

    Either, take a week off, or watch some videos.

    Particularly the British Cycling: Road to Glory

    A couple of weeks ago I was the same, no races coming up soon, sh*t weather, and no buddies to go out with in London.

    My housemaster lent me the DVD, and although I'd seen it before, Wiggins climbing up onto the roof of that car really reignited my passion...

    Good luck! Big Grin

  • This week I have been mostly listening to...1 year 17 weeks agoStill don't get why people

    Still don't get why people listen to trance music on the Turbo.

    Aside from Radio 4 podcasts, I've been listening to:

    Verdi Requiem
    Brahms Requiem
    Mozart Horn Concerto k.447
    Mozart Horn Concerto k.495
    Finlandia (Sibelius)
    Symphony No. 9 in E Minor (New World Symphony, Dvorak)

    Aside from them, a mixture of Coldplay, Ben Howard and Bon Iver.

    Plain Face

  • This week I have been mostly listening to...1 year 17 weeks agoI have been mostly listening

    I have been mostly listening to

    John Butler Trio
    Eskimo Joe
    The Corries
    OrtoPilot
    Kate McGill
    Natalie Holmes

    and many others

  • road.cc regular Gkam84 (Keith McRae) hits Parkinson's trike appeal target1 year 17 weeks agoOldRidgeback wrote:Really

    OldRidgeback wrote:
    Really good news - nice to have a positive story on RoadCC for once

    Its great aint it...Wont even be followed up by a doping story where I get banned Devil Devil Devil

  • UCI announces 'Four Pillars of Cycling' for Stakeholder Consultation… fans get a say too through Facebook & Twitter1 year 17 weeks agoAgree with Farrell. Also KPMG

    Agree with Farrell. Also KPMG and PWC have a history of political accountancy so I don't expect much clarity from their investigation of Pat et al.

  • Best Bike Related Purchase 20121 year 17 weeks agoMy Swrve mid-weight WWR 3/4's

    My Swrve mid-weight WWR 3/4's shorts.

    Much better than my old Rapha 3/4 and been brilliant in the winter with long socks.

    Though second favourite is my Rapha merino collar!

  • Wiggins says Sky may have two leaders at 2013 Tour de France1 year 17 weeks agoI see no reason why Team Sky

    I see no reason why Team Sky can't take Wiggo and Froomie to TDF, last year with cav and his mate bernie plus the injury to sivtsov, wiggo and froome only working in a final kms of mountains, TT and of course wiggo's lead out, they had a lot of mileage on only a few men.

    if you have wiggo and froome as 1 and 2 rest of riders could be, porte, thomas, EBH, stannard, uran, henao (always come together) cataldo/kiriyenka

    this is clearly a dream team and they'll spread these riders across the season for different goals, but look at that squad if they were to focus on GC

  • Wiggins says Sky may have two leaders at 2013 Tour de France1 year 17 weeks agoEither it's an elaborate

    Either it's an elaborate publicity hype for the new kit launch or Wiggins landed on his head too hard last month.

    His chances to win the TDF twice were 2011 and 2012. I had a lot of respect for his decision to repay the favour and help Froome win in 2013 and try for the Giro himself.

    Now Brad's gone all Badger and thinks he can do it once more with an resentful team sitting on his wheel? No way.

    If Contador can't pull off both tours in one year on the Spanish steak diet - Wiggins certainly can't on power meters and Tenerife training. You need a team around you who believe in you. I think the Sky riders might believe it's Froome's time to shine.

    Worse case scenario? We'll have another tedious summer of Froome v Wiggins cat fights all over Twitter as they slug it out - and when the dust more likely than not both will come away empty handed.

    I hope Uncle Fester is bending Bradley's ear right now. I would be.

  • Rapha Festive 500 is back1 year 17 weeks agoHhwwwur, bloody hell.

    Hhwwwur, bloody hell. Masochists. I'll be safely 150 miles away from my bike at my parents house with all the Turkey, Quality Street and John Smiths I want.

    But if I cycle from Manchester to Newcastle and back again that would be far enough - Nooo! what are thinking - all for a swimming badge.

  • Wiggins says Sky may have two leaders at 2013 Tour de France1 year 17 weeks ago+1 for 'Slaying the Badger'.

    +1 for 'Slaying the Badger'. Just finished reading it and I highly recommend it. While times change and personalities are different, two into one is always a difficult equation.