• Volta ao Algarve1 year 5 weeks agoThe race itself is set up

    The race itself is set up (although roster info was sparse when I last checked) but I think a couple of last minute things are being done (such as sorting out prizes) before Dave opens it up, shouldn't be long.

  • Chris Boardman: "Helmets not even in top 10 of things that keep cycling safe"1 year 5 weeks agoSo he said the truth, how

    So he said the truth, how many didn't like that?

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

    GREGJONES wrote:
    Chris Boardman is my hero, if only he was given the column inches Clarkson has.

    Clarkson certainly has a lot more inches around his waist. And his mouth is bigger too. But in terms of common sense and intelligence, Boardman wins out. It's just a pity so many hang on Clarkson's words. He's an ignorant oaf.

  • Project One Clarification1 year 5 weeks agoGkam84

    Gkam84 wrote:
    GoingRoundInCycles wrote:
    PS Good luck to Juliet Elliott. She will be a very worthy winner.

    Really? This was why I started the thread, after reading comments on social media about voting on her bike.

    I must say, it was nothing as far as I could work out to do Juliet herself. But her bike was receiving artificial votes.

    The comment and instructions have since been deleted from the offenders facebook and I didn't take a screenshot at the time.

    One can never know but the pattern of voting in her case didn't seem particularly dodgy to me. She has a large following on social media so it was to be expected that there would be an initial surge of votes for her. She is also very photogenic and will be good for publicity for Trek and women's cycling.

    Individuals are unpredictable but people aren't. You can quite easily predict group behaviour which is why for example election results can be called pretty accurately after relatively few constituents ballots have been counted. You get the odd anomalous seat but the overall patterns are very clear from very early on.

    What happened after the initial surge on the first day was that everyone's votes slowed to a steady trickle relative to their place in the pecking order. I was consistently running 7th or 8th keeping company with the purple bike and the blue bike with flames.

    When somebody doubles their vote in one hour after two days of steadily declining voting, there can only be one explanation ... that person is voting multiple times for him/herself. You cannot cajole all of your friends and family to vote en masse in such a short space of time. It doesn't happen.

    The person in question has now stopped playing possum and freely admits that he voted multiple times by removing the wireless dongle to reset his IP address. Frankly, whether or not he did this via such a crude method or by more sophisticated means, the crucial point that has not been answered by any of the organisers is where do you draw the line? Is voting once at home, again on your iPad, again on your mobile phone, again on your work computer, again in the library on your way home .. all in the same day, is that allowed?

    How about connecting to the road.cc site using proxy services to register hundreds of votes? Is that allowed? Is it just a question of quantity and if so exactly ... above a certain amount per day/hour you are 'vote doping'. This is preposterous and making up the rules as you go along, which is not legal in a public competition.

    I am absolutely furious and more and more minded to take legal advice about the whole matter. I have effectively been called a cheat, when I have not broken any rules because as far as I can see, there weren't any rules to break!

    What are the rules? Even in my initial email to the editor, I made no reference to cheating but speculated that the extreme multiple voting that was going on was not in the spirit of fair play. That was the time when clarification should have been given.

    Now the bizarre decision to freeze the votes of some of the contestants and not others ... on what basis? This whole competition is a laughable shambles.

    The irony is I quite enjoyed the process of Project One and was seriously considering a custom Domane 6 but I wouldn't touch the brand with a bargepole after what has happened.

    Thanks for the tip on print screening ... I am off to capture that libellous tweet ....

  • Crud Roadracer Mk2 mudguards1 year 5 weeks agohave been using MkI and then

    have been using MkI and then Mkii now for two years or so, but finally given up as they do cause a lot of drag during the ride, even when all is fine before starting. Small amounts of mud tend to accumulate where the plastic bits slide into one another during the course of a ride; I've had occasions where I've had to remove the wheel mid ride to clean up the guards.
    The other thing I don't like about them is that every time I take one hand of the bars, the front Crud starts rattling. They are just not rigidly enough attached (plastic arms versus alloy for Race Blades).

    I've gone back to Race Blades now and can't quite understand why I ever moved to Cruds...

  • Pantani 10 years1 year 5 weeks agoYes we want a clean sport,

    Yes we want a clean sport, but back when Pantani was racing. There was no such thing as a clean racer, the ones at the back of races just weren't very good at it or weren't very good riders to begin with.

    At that time, from what we also know now, the UCI were quite happy to cover things up and there were not proper tests for what was being used.

    Saying that, he was an extra ordinary racer and character, loved by millions.

    If he was still around, yes, he would now be a disgraced rider. But he's not and we can only remember him for what he was.

  • Chris Boardman: "Helmets not even in top 10 of things that keep cycling safe"1 year 5 weeks ago700c wrote: Can I sue him

    700c wrote:

    Can I sue him once I've come off my bike having shelved my Boardman helmet?!

    Cognitive bias. There are plenty of cases where helmets have not saved cyclists from death or head injury. Should they (the survivors) sue because they were told that helmets work? In fact you will find that helmet manufacturers are very careful not to claim that helmets will save you.
    In the case where you decided on advice to not wear a foam hat you would have to prove a helmet would have saved you, which is impossible, of course.
    The most convincing studies are whole population studies, as in a country where the law has produced a large increase in wearing. As I have repeatedly written, there is no state where a law has produced a change in cyclist head injury rates.
    I respect Boardman for his truth telling. I am not so keen on his selling helmets. Perhaps he thinks that as helmets are mandatory in competition he is justified in selling them, whether or not they work.
    Compare him with Cracknell, who endorses helmets on the back of his accident (wearing a helmet) and gets money from a manufacturer.

  • Welwyn Garden City councillor slams Women’s Tour stage as “frittering away” taxpayers’ money1 year 5 weeks agoseanboy wrote:he is dead

    seanboy wrote:
    he is dead right,nobody is interested in watching women cycling in this country,i know that sounds harsh,but that is just a fact!

    Really?

    It may not be as popular as the men's events, but I cans assure you there is a huge fan base out there...and it's getting bigger.
    Events like this will only help improve it's reputation, make it more mainstream & attract bigger sponsors, it won't happen overnight, but it will happen...

    And maybe that's what people who make comments like the one above are afraid of?

  • Crud Roadracer Mk2 mudguards1 year 5 weeks agoI've left mine on all year

    I've left mine on all year round on my Defy Advanced - shite appears on wet roads in Derbyshire in all 4 seasons. Lost one little nut and bolt, and improvised with a bit of twig, which lasted for a few weeks until I got around to getting some new ones. Otherwise no trouble at all.

  • Project One Clarification1 year 5 weeks agoNope, it was about proxies,

    Nope, it was about proxies, someone had links to proxy sites, with instructions on how to use them and which scripts to disable on certain proxy sites aswell

  • Project One - Unofficial Vote for registered users only1 year 5 weeks agoHi Notfastenough (and

    Hi Notfastenough (and others), I do agree with your comments about injustice etc of the comp as it seems to be down to how many people you know and more importantly, how IT savvy you are (also how much time you have on your hands).

    We aren't going to fix it, so if possible can keep this thread to register an 'unofficial' vote to see whose bike is the bike of choice amongst cyclist and see how it compares to the actual winner.

    If you want to vent, there has been another thread set up and everyone is sharing their thoughts and view. It has been posted that some disqualification may be happening Smile

    As for others, come on get voting...just as a bit of fun

  • Should cyclists ride on the pavements?1 year 5 weeks agoHear, Hear ! Nicely put ! We

    Hear, Hear ! Nicely put !

    We need to stand together and increase numbers to get things changed.

    We were on the roads before cars and we have every right to be there !

    If you are scared then don't ride until you have understood the law and your rights on the public highway ! You need to learn how to ride defensively and use life savers.

    I ride a motorbike as well and its just as dangerous on that .

  • Chris Boardman: "Helmets not even in top 10 of things that keep cycling safe"1 year 5 weeks agomrmo wrote:700c wrote: I

    mrmo wrote:
    700c wrote:

    I understand what he's getting at but this is the UK and not Holland

    WHY?

    a very very simple question, why can't the UK follow the Dutch? the Danes? and actually improve the environment for cyclists.

    I'm not saying we can't aspire to something 'Dutch', just that it would be foolish to stop wearing PPE until we have the infrastructure. Currently the UK's roads, particularly at rush hour, are very busy and not always safe.

    Saying that more people should ditch the PPE to encourage cycling as a hassle free, accessible way to travel, BEFORE we've sorted out the infrastructure and culture is bonkers.

    Like I say, I really think this has been taken out of context. Why would a helmet manufacturer, such as Boardman, be saying 'ditch the helmet'? Can I sue him once I've come off my bike having shelved my Boardman helmet?! Or should I sue now for selling me an 'unsafe' product?!

    Answer - he's not saying that, but so many here have an anti helmet agenda that they're prepared to believe that this backs up their choice.

  • Fitness1 year 5 weeks agoThanks for that. I had

    Thanks for that. I had pneumonia several years ago and the minute the back pain kicked in I was off to the doctors for anti biotics. I took those for just over a week and was ill for another couple of weeks. My wife declared me fit and well when I started looking at cycling equipment! Ill pop to the doctors and try to get an inhaler - that sounds exactly what I need. Thanks!

  • Pantani 10 years1 year 5 weeks agowe want a clean sport, but

    we want a clean sport, but also be allowed/encourage adulation of a doped up cyclist? Now there's a mixed message.

  • Mavic Tyres? Anyone using Them?1 year 5 weeks agoStill got tyres?

    Still got tyres?

  • Project One Clarification1 year 5 weeks agoGkam84

    Gkam84 wrote:
    GoingRoundInCycles wrote:
    PS Good luck to Juliet Elliott. She will be a very worthy winner.

    Really? This was why I started the thread, after reading comments on social media about voting on her bike.

    I must say, it was nothing as far as I could work out to do Juliet herself. But her bike was receiving artificial votes.

    The comment and instructions have since been deleted from the offenders facebook and I didn't take a screenshot at the time.

    Comments about the same people voting again? Not sure what you mean.

  • Project One Clarification1 year 5 weeks agoGkam84

    Gkam84 wrote:
    GoingRoundInCycles wrote:
    PS Good luck to Juliet Elliott. She will be a very worthy winner.

    Really? This was why I started the thread, after reading comments on social media about voting on her bike.

    I must say, it was nothing as far as I could work out to do Juliet herself. But her bike was receiving artificial votes.

    The comment and instructions have since been deleted from the offenders facebook and I didn't take a screenshot at the time.

    Comments about the same people voting again? Not sure what you mean.

  • Mosaic RT-1 titanium road bike frame1 year 5 weeks agoYou can tell a donut is full

    You can tell a donut is full of sugar by looking at it, you don't need chemical analysis do you.

  • Why there is no money for safer road infrastructure....1 year 5 weeks agoOh it's much worse than that.

    Oh it's much worse than that. They have failed to collect £22 billion in taxes owed (i.e. one fifth of the current deficit) and £6billion has been written off. Think what they could do with that.

  • Project One Clarification1 year 5 weeks agoGoingRoundInCycles wrote:PS

    GoingRoundInCycles wrote:
    PS Good luck to Juliet Elliott. She will be a very worthy winner.

    Really? This was why I started the thread, after reading comments on social media about voting on her bike.

    I must say, it was nothing as far as I could work out to do Juliet herself. But her bike was receiving artificial votes.

    The comment and instructions have since been deleted from the offenders facebook and I didn't take a screenshot at the time.

  • Chris Boardman: "Helmets not even in top 10 of things that keep cycling safe"1 year 5 weeks agoedster99 wrote: thanks for

    edster99 wrote:

    thanks for that... I will Smile

    Edit : I just did. fascinating. That particular site seems to have also been interested in exactly the questions I was asking myself.

    Thank you for looking. I sometimes feel that I am banging my head on a brick wall asking people to look at the evidence: few are open minded enough, most want to confirm their prior conclusion. But occasionally someone does follow the science, and changes their mind.

  • Crud Roadracer Mk2 mudguards1 year 5 weeks agoI do like them but I find

    I do like them but I find that the cable tie has a tendency to "saw" through the hole that it fits through. Is it just me ?

  • Chris Boardman: "Helmets not even in top 10 of things that keep cycling safe"1 year 5 weeks agoAnd the helmet debate in

    And the helmet debate in Road.CC rolls on into it's 6th year. Zzzzzzzz.

    In other news: Chris is right. If only he was bigger than Clarkson we would live in a better country.

    I'm sure the we have more tubbies - in terms if entire populations over 20 - than the Danes and Dutch put together.

  • Chris Boardman: "Helmets not even in top 10 of things that keep cycling safe"1 year 5 weeks agostumps wrote:Rather than

    stumps wrote:
    Rather than really muddy the waters here i've started another forum topic entitled

    Why there is no money for safer road infrastructure....

    Its an eye opener and would lead on quite well from CB's comments.

    Each road fatality costs about £500,000 to the UK's economy overall. Investing in road safety intelligently would save losses to the UK's GDP. When you start explaining that to politicians they start taking note. A lot of the time, the safety measures are really cheap.