• Just In: Trek Émonda SLR 81 year 4 weeks ago[Start of rant] This

    [Start of rant]
    This presumably, is a race bike and yet, like most other manufacturers 'race models' it has a head tube like a...well, I don't know what, but a very long thing that doesn't need to be so long! Smile I guess the big manufactures have come to the conclusion that anyone who can afford a race bike isn't vaguely flexible enough to ride one. To get a Trek bike with their HC1 geometry you have to spend even more for a 'pro-only' bike. Thinking

    Sorry to moan, but when I look at getting a new bike I feel slightly discrimated against for having a back slightly more flexible than a plank of wood.
    [End of rant] Wave

  • Danny MacAskill under fire over Playboy Mansion video1 year 4 weeks agoThis is hillarious. If people

    This is hillarious. If people are offended by this they really need a reality check. Its a guy riding a bike through the gardens of a house with some pretty ladies dotted about. Think about it. Anyone who wants to get up on their high horse and turn it into some political and social commentary is only trying to make themselves feel better about who they are.

    Its Friday, Danny is a kick ass bike rider, Hugh Hefner is on his last legs, go have a drink and get on with your lives.

  • MP: 2-speed cycle lanes would get more women riding – and let them avoid “Lycra clad mad cyclists”1 year 4 weeks agoMatt eaton wrote:middlering

    Matt eaton wrote:
    middlering wrote:
    How about placing a 12/15mph speed limit on the bike lanes, and anyone riding faster (including me mostly) being asked to ride in traffic lanes?
    To add to it, reduce speed limit on all non trunk roads to 20mph for everyone.
    And enforce it.

    I see where you are coming from but there are a few problems with am approach such as this. ...

    Quite...

    You'd have a situation where your ability (compulsion?) to use a cycle lane will change from moment to moment - halfway up a hill your speed drops below 15mph... do you stop, lift your bike over the kerb and continue on the cycle lane until you reach the top, reversing the procedure as soon as you hit 15mph again?

    We already have enough trouble (horns blaring, side-swiping, swearing and other abuse) from a sub-section of the driving fraternity for riding on 'their' road when there's a 20 metre section of overgrown, narrow cycle way we 'ought' to be on. If a speed limit were imposed then that would be seen by many as compulsion when under that limit to be off the road.

    Also, 20mph everywhere? Seriously? So on every country ride along the lanes cyclists would be banned from trying too hard? Or going downhill? That's as bad an idea from a cycling perspective as it is from a motor vehicle perspective! Of course, with no compulsion for a speedometer (as Matt mentioned), such a limit could not apply to cyclists anyway - don't you think the lunatic fringe drivers hate us enough already? - what would they think when cyclists can do any speed they like and drivers can only do 20mph, almost everywhere?!?! Surprise

    I would think the only sensible solution (bearing in mind we're not going to get any infrastructure change) is education. Most of the trouble appears to be ignorance-related. Cyclists getting themselves in trouble, and drivers thinking cyclists have no right on the road. Raise the standards of both and a lot of the issues disappear. Thinking

  • MP: 2-speed cycle lanes would get more women riding – and let them avoid “Lycra clad mad cyclists”1 year 4 weeks agoRather than a slightly

    Rather than a slightly awkward 'two-tier', multi-laned approach to the contruction of urban cycling infrastructure, perhaps it would be better to consider a 'green wave' style traffic light system. Such a system enables a commuting cyclist to get a green light at traffic lights every time, provided that they cycle at the 'goldilocks' speed of 20kph. The theory is that this has the positive effect of slowing down the fastest riders and speeding up the dawdlers, so that overall everyone gets to their destination smoothly and efficiently (and quite possibly more quickly too!). Plus, it incentivises bike use over motorised traffic.

    Search for 'green wave' on youtube or Google to see what I mean.

    Just another example of how British politicians or town planners have yet to realise that there are a number of workable solutions already in place just across the North Sea/Channel...

  • Pictures of your Bike1 year 4 weeks agoGordy748 wrote:My best bike,

    Gordy748 wrote:
    My best bike, a Pegoretti Mxxxxxo I've nicknamed Il Super Laterale.

    The paint is custom; I asked Dario to listen to Soundgarden's Superunknown album and Tool's Lateralus, then paint whatever he wanted.

    He also added a question to the chainstay. What does an Aussie do in Seattle? Good question.

    The groupset is Super Record, with 3T components. Wheels are custom; DT240s laced to Easton SLX90 rims with FMB Competition tubulars.

    By some margin this is the best bike I've ridden. It goes as good as it looks; I've podiumed several races. Steel is very much real.

    Wow, that is something else. Can't believe you race it though, if it got scratched I'd cry. In fact, I'd cry if yours got scratched, I'd beheartbroken if it was mine! Any chance of some more close ups of the paintwork?

  • Phil 'N Paul Bingo1 year 4 weeks agoI like the fact Carlton Kirby

    I like the fact Carlton Kirby gets so caught up in the racing, especially the heroics. He burst into tears during RVV when Stijn Devolder crashed for the third time and still got up to chase down the bunch. Similarly, Tony Martin on stage 6 of the Vuelta when he solo TT'd the full length and lost by 3 metres. Kelly, Backstedt and Smith are all excellent tempers to his excitement and it's a good balance.

    That said, I'll watch ES for the live stage but ITV4 for the highlights (and only for Imlach, Boulto and Boardman)

  • Sneak peek: Time Skylon1 year 4 weeks agoDavid Arthur

    David Arthur wrote:
    notfastenough wrote:
    I had high hopes for this when I saw the article, but first they dealt a blow to my hopes by showing us a frame in black, red and white (ooh how original! Gimme a break, there are OTHER colours!), then just killed them off entirely with a shot of someone so ridiculously talented that he can wheelie, not just one-handed, but wearing a smugly relaxed look as well.

    Love and hugs,
    Me.

    You never know, they might just offer other colour options...

    It's funny that a few people complain about black, red and white bikes, but what colour bikes do I see most people buying?

    Hopefully so, and you're quite right that those colours sell, I'm just bored with it is all. I may have come across slightly angrier though!

  • Pictures of your Bike1 year 4 weeks agoStunning, enjoy it.

    Stunning, enjoy it.

  • Sneak peek: Time Skylon1 year 4 weeks agoBike design, car industry and

    Bike design, car industry and fashion industry are just ones to mention are suffering from : what do do now/next

    lets face it everything has been done, be it color or design.

  • Driverless cars on UK roads in under six months1 year 4 weeks agoFluffyKittenofTindalos

    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:
    One issue that occurs to me is that there will _have_ to be the possibility for the controls to be overridden by a human driver in the even of something unexpected happening. So there would have to be the same rules applied to the car occupant being sober and capable of driving that we currently have.

    But, on the other hand, there would surely be a _huge_ temptation for users to, irrespective of the rules, just clamber into the thing while drunk, or still eating their breakfast, or to just lie down and take a nap, or even to just shove the kids in it and tell it to take them to school.

    Seems like there will be a fight over that, and just as with the current rules on mobile phone use, its not clear that the law will triumph over human nature.

    Seems like the results will be hard to predict in a lot of ways, but personally I suspect it will be more bad than good. At the very least, I reckon it will mean a lot more traffic and even less active travel.

    Although I broadly support driverless technology my concerns are the same as yours. Car users will not be concerned that thier daily commute involves sitting in traffic for an hour if they are able to use this time to, for instance, eat breakfast or check their inbox (although some drivers do these things already). Being more fantastical, driverless cars might be considered safe enough that seatbelts are not required. This would give scope for vehicles with space for sleeping or a formal desk-space for working on-the-move. In a camper-van type of vehicle you could even go to sleep at night and only have to wake up when you were already half way to work, at which point you could make a coffee and sit down in front of the telly.

  • Danny MacAskill under fire over Playboy Mansion video1 year 4 weeks ago"We won’t be featuring the

    "We won’t be featuring the latest video from @danny_macaskill on our site because, well, it’s 2014 and not the 1980s"

    This isn't actually a noble feminist comment about a how modern man has moved on from objectifying women.

    It's merely that while in the 1980s that video might have done us for that one before bed, with all that's on the internet these days a woman in a bikini won't even get the little lad to twitch.

    So with the riding being average too there really isn't much there.

  • Riccardo Riccò suffers facial injuries after crash on Mont Ventoux descent1 year 4 weeks ago..and In ten years once he is

    ..and In ten years once he is dead they'll be releasing jerseys and making films about him.

    He may be an idiot but that doesn't mean he doesn't need help.

    As aside, is he actually allowed to race the fondos? at least some come under UCI control, others national federations?? I know there was a case the States where a rider was tested and found to be doped as I understand it.

  • Sneak peek: Time Skylon1 year 4 weeks agonotfastenough wrote:I had

    notfastenough wrote:
    I had high hopes for this when I saw the article, but first they dealt a blow to my hopes by showing us a frame in black, red and white (ooh how original! Gimme a break, there are OTHER colours!), then just killed them off entirely with a shot of someone so ridiculously talented that he can wheelie, not just one-handed, but wearing a smugly relaxed look as well.

    Love and hugs,
    Me.

    You never know, they might just offer other colour options...

    It's funny that a few people complain about black, red and white bikes, but what colour bikes do I see most people buying?

  • QR lever not properly closed - do you tell them?1 year 4 weeks agoexactly the same as helmet on

    exactly the same as helmet on back to front, seethrough leggings, saddle too low and lights on flashing mode. Tell them. It's up to them if they act or not.

  • Sneak peek: Time Skylon1 year 4 weeks agonotfastenough wrote:then just

    notfastenough wrote:
    then just killed them off entirely with a shot of someone so ridiculously talented that he can wheelie, not just one-handed, but wearing a smugly relaxed look as well.

    Love and hugs,
    Me.

    But he's not wearing a helmet, think of the children!!!!!!

  • Pictures of your Bike1 year 4 weeks agoNice looking bike mate! What

    Nice looking bike mate!
    What wheels are you riding? They look awesome

  • Danny MacAskill under fire over Playboy Mansion video1 year 4 weeks agoSad as it may be, there

    Sad as it may be, there really is no down side for Red Bull on this one.

  • Danny MacAskill under fire over Playboy Mansion video1 year 4 weeks agoAbsolutely shocking!! I've

    Absolutely shocking!! I've just watched the video and am lost for words.
    The overreaction to this is more likely to point me in the direction of who to avoid in future.

    I've been a supporter of women's cycling since before it became fashionable.
    Some of my best friends are women. Etc, etc...

    EDIT: I forgot to mention the caged animals too, poor little sods!

  • Video: Man versus Sheep - animal outpaces cyclist1 year 4 weeks agoPeople are worried about the

    People are worried about the sheep's safety even though it wasn't in hi-viz like those sensible and responsible Yorkshire sheep?!

  • Strava 'goal' - new motivation in the weighty issue of hills1 year 4 weeks agoDaveyraveygravey wrote:I

    Daveyraveygravey wrote:
    I won't mention the "100 Climbs" club then... Devil

    http://www.strava.com/clubs/52733

    Oh, Jeez. Kill me now!

    Mind you, wiped four seconds off the hill segment today, so only another 23 seconds to lose!

  • Noise when peddling hard uphill1 year 4 weeks agoBit of a long shot this, but

    Bit of a long shot this, but I once had some pretty weird noise that I couldn't diagnose for a while, which turned out to be a worn small chain-ring causing some unpleasant friction with the chain. This only happened when I stood.

    One replacement chain-ring later and the noise had gone.

    Of course you could argue I was clearly using the small ring too much to wear it to this state. Alas, you're probably right.

  • Glasgow 2014: 4 days' quarantine for Sierra Leone cyclist in Ebola scare1 year 4 weeks agoTom Amos wrote:How much is

    Tom Amos wrote:
    How much is his house worth though?

    Dunno, but if you want to confuse him, tell him that moving asylum seekers into his area will scare off the paedos and increase his house price.

  • Danny MacAskill under fire over Playboy Mansion video1 year 4 weeks agoI think the 'Savile'

    I think the 'Savile' reference in the quoted reaction to the video actually reads as a reference to Hugh Hefner, not Danny Mac.

  • Sneak peek: Time Skylon1 year 4 weeks agoI had high hopes for this

    I had high hopes for this when I saw the article, but first they dealt a blow to my hopes by showing us a frame in black, red and white (ooh how original! Gimme a break, there are OTHER colours!), then just killed them off entirely with a shot of someone so ridiculously talented that he can wheelie, not just one-handed, but wearing a smugly relaxed look as well.

    Love and hugs,
    Me.

  • Danny MacAskill under fire over Playboy Mansion video1 year 4 weeks agoStorm in a tea cup. By

    Storm in a tea cup. By drawing attention to this video by doing an article like this will only make people want to watch it more.