• Rider Names - Giro1 year 4 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:He's still on

    Gkam84 wrote:
    He's still on the official startlist, so don't count him out yet

    enrique wrote:
    @ProCyclingStats... tweeted they think it['s]... Edward Beltran...

    The organizers really dropped the ball for this race... Thinking It's amazing, you'd think the organizers would be the ones who most care about the accuracy of their own race's start list Thinking

    In this case, you uttered no truer words than you did last year:

    Gkam84 wrote:
    Race websites are normally the last places to update Nerd

    *sigh* So long, Mauricio...

  • Amstel Gold Race1 year 4 weeks agoPosted to the Rider Names

    Posted to the Rider Names thread...

  • Johan Bruyneel banned for 10 years, former USPS manager 'at apex' of team's doping 'conspiracy'1 year 4 weeks agoThis must be the only cycling

    This must be the only cycling website in the world where readers defend Bruyneel. Incredible.

  • Cheap bikes1 year 4 weeks agoChains are £3 in

    Chains are £3 in Wilkinson

    Bog standard sprocket £15

    Chain ring, less than £36 for a Goldtec

    Square taper BB maybe £15

    Thats £69 for perfectly durable parts so just what are they billing you for? I also doubt the BB needs swapping unless it's some cup and cone rubbish which brings it down to £54

    If it's a flip flop hub you wont need to welly the old sprocket off you just put the new sprocket on the other side so thats another job they don't need to do for you

    Everything else requires alen keys and your track spanner and is as easy as normal home maintanance/puncture repair.

  • Giro-del Trentino Stage 21 year 4 weeks agoenrique wrote:Joelsim

    enrique wrote:
    Joelsim wrote:
    Urgh. Cadel Evans.

    Heh heh. He looks in pretty good shape. What a conundrum! Relent, my friend, relent! Smile

    I have. Urgh, again.

    The most charmless, miserable man in cycling since LA.

  • Cheap bikes1 year 4 weeks agoAs much as I dislike

    As much as I dislike admitting it and find the idea of throwing away a bike pretty ridiculous, there is undoubtedly logic in treating a 200 quid crappy commuter as a throw away bike. I certainly spend well over 200 quid a year now keeping my nice commuter running.

  • Should I get a power meter?1 year 4 weeks agoAll summed up nicely I think.

    All summed up nicely I think.

    My only comment is that whilst HR is not as accurate, or immediate as power, it is still a very valid training tool, and not something that should simply be dismissed.

    A power meter does open up the opportunities for a whole host of training sessions that are difficult to replicate with a HRM or RPE.

    Ideally you'll use both... one is a measurement of the efforts you are making, the other is measuring your response to those efforts...

    Personally I'd love a power meter... can't afford one though.

  • Buyer’s Guide to Saddles1 year 4 weeks agoSelle San Marco SKN Fusion 3.

    Selle San Marco SKN Fusion 3. When they stopped making them, I bought up a few. That was after a lot of try-outs.

    Oh and a 41-year-old Brooks on the 41-year-old steel framed Raleigh.

  • Amateur Dopers1 year 4 weeks agoOutdoor magazine ran a good

    Outdoor magazine ran a good article on this a few months back where a journalist spent a few months doping perfectly legally with the help of his doctor in the US, getting legal prescriptions for steroids, EPO etc all to improve his cycling ability. This kind of thing is on the rise apparently, but not cheap.

  • cannondale or canyon1 year 4 weeks agosurly_by_name wrote:Where is

    surly_by_name wrote:
    Where is this mystery LBS of which you speak? The one which remains open "after work" to serve your every need? The one that doesn't say "sorry mate ... we're all booked up until Thursday week" or "no, we don't have that part in stock. But we can order it to store, it should be here next Tuesday" or "you'll need our gold service for that. How much you ask? Only £149.99".

    My experience with several shops is that they have done all of the things I mentioned. That's my point really - support your LBS by shopping there and get to know the staff and this is in my experience not uncommon at all. Turn up with a bike you bought from Canyon, and sure they'll charge you 150 quid. My old LBS (Billy Bilsland Cycles in Glasgow since you seem to think the shop is mythical) did all of these things, and provided maintenance for bikes bought from them for free. Again, good luck replicating that experience when you wheel your Canyon in.

  • Michael Rogers cleared in clenbuterol case, as is Jonathan Breyne, young Belgian who attempted suicide1 year 4 weeks agoOh, look part of my fan club

    Oh, look part of my fan club is back : )

  • Video: TfL apologises to cyclist after bus driver calls him a “knob” following close pass1 year 4 weeks agoHeadline news, And today,

    Headline news,

    And today, another bus driver was pulled dead from underneath a road bike after a cyclist in overtook the bus. Witnesses claim the bus was going too quickly for the cyclist to keep on so the cyclist ran the bus down whilst turning left. The driver family say he was a "lovely person, loved by everyone and will be much missed." Both police and bus companies say that the senseless killings for just a few seconds must stop.

    In another part of the country, a car driver was killed in a hit and run involving a time trial bike. The time trail bike failled to stop at the scene and was last seen heading towards Wigan. This was in the same spot where Sir Bradley Wiggins pulled out of a garage forecourt on his road bike and ran over a Porsche. The Porsche driver still suffers from those injuries. Police are appealling for any witnesses. Traces of sky blue and black lycra were found at the scene. But they will not say if the two incidents are linked.

    Meanwhile on the M25, there was a 15 bicycle pile up after one was seen swerving as it's rear tyre blew out. The road was closed for several hours as the ambulance trykes had difficulty reaching the scene and carbon fibre had to be cleared away. No serious injuries were reported but a cyclist was seen screaming about the smashed BMW that was on the back of his bike. Another was seen sobbing into his Rapha water bottle which had lost it's bottom. Footage of the crash, taken by cyclists on the opposite side slowing down to have look, is all over You Tube. Police say this dangerous a repeat the request that cyclists don't slow down if they are on the other side of such busy roads. Also anyone seen using a mobile phone whilst cycling will be dealt with.

  • Michael Rogers cleared in clenbuterol case, as is Jonathan Breyne, young Belgian who attempted suicide1 year 4 weeks agonorthstar wrote:There must be

    northstar wrote:
    There must be a lot of contaminated meat about in the pro riding sphere...

    Maybe there is a lot of contaminated food around in general...


    First one that came up.

    There is a HUGE issue in the UK, and I suspect elsewhere, of things being sold as something they are not. Short of taking a live chicken with you and processing it yourself you can never be 100% certain that what you eat is what you are being sold. I would strongly suggest the holier than thou brigade do some reading on how compromised the food supply industry is.

    Yes there are cheats, but that doesn't mean everyone is cheating.

  • I may have found a good reason for a bike helmet!1 year 4 weeks ago700c, No offence, but it's


    No offence, but it's that kind of reasoning that has me baffled. On the one hand, every little anecdote about a helmet *possibly* helping are seen as informative ("like in this incident, it's possible that it could help", you said), while on the other hand actual statistically meaningful data is dismissed ("they can be manipulated to back up any argument").

    Pointing out how this kind of thinking - if it were logical and evidence based - should similarly lead one to conclude that pedestrians must wear helmets is then painted as "polarising" or "antagonising". Why is that? Why is it "antagonising" to point out a possible problem with how people are applying logic and/or evidence?

    Sometimes I feel the problem is that people recognise there is some absurdity hiding here in advocating for one but not the other, and do not like to be confronted with that.

    I fully agree with you BTW that "risk and probability must be factored in to anyone's decision as to weather or not to wear one" - though, I disagree thoroughly on basing such decisions on anecdata rather than more meaningful data. Next, I still find it very hard to fathom how, in the UK (and US and elsewhere), there is some kind of double-think or double-standards that get applied to cycling. So deeply rooted, that even the dedicated cyclists get "antagonised" when you point it out to them!

  • La Flèche Wallonne Féminine1 year 4 weeks agoSuthisan wrote:Did Marianne

    Suthisan wrote:
    Did Marianne Vos actually compete today? According to Le Tour, she neither started nor finished the race....? What's up?

    I think she did:


  • Cheap bikes1 year 4 weeks agoThanks (almost) everybody for

    Thanks (almost) everybody for your comments and advice.
    £45 is the labour charge, the rest is for a new chain, BB and rear cassette/cog.
    I wasn't just moaning about the amount of money. I just felt that eight months was a short space of time, to have that kind of expense. Including the tyres, it's £190! Nearly half the price of the bike!
    I change my own brake pads, inner tubes and tyres, and look after my bike. Cleaning the chain and drive with a brush, and keep it oiled.
    So I'm not one of these people who go to Halfords whenever they get a puncture.
    I've been sent two links.
    One for, "Made Good", an on-line bike maintenance site, and another for local authority run, bike maintenance training.
    I've contacted the local authority, and am waiting to hear from them.
    I'll be reading the Made Good site and attempting my own repairs in future.
    What's the worst that can happen?! lol.
    Thanks again for the advice.

  • Videos: British Pathé uploads wealth of cycling footage to YouTube - here's six to start with1 year 4 weeks agoI don't think it's Pathe but

    I don't think it's Pathe but this was in the CTC newsletter a few weeks back. A group of chums in civvies (no helmets required - no traffic) take the steam train to Rugby and have a 1/3 of a pint of orange squash and a fag on the way ...http://youtu.be/QPkT0paGEnQ

  • Michael Rogers cleared in clenbuterol case, as is Jonathan Breyne, young Belgian who attempted suicide1 year 4 weeks agoThere must be a lot of

    There must be a lot of contaminated meat about in the pro riding sphere...

  • La Flèche Wallonne Féminine1 year 4 weeks agoDid Marianne Vos actually

    Did Marianne Vos actually compete today? According to Le Tour, she neither started nor finished the race....? What's up?

  • Frog Bikes to launch three kids’ road bikes1 year 4 weeks agoBizarre of Frog to spec the

    Bizarre of Frog to spec the Road 70 with a double chainset. Any child fitting that bike won't be able to use the big ring due to BC gear restrictions. The equivalent Luath 26 comes with a single ring up front for just that reason.

    Frog also claim the 70 is suitable for up to age 14! I can't see many children over the age of 10 riding that. If it's a similar size to the Luath then there is no way most 14 year olds would ride one. In fact my tall 7.5yr old daughter is already riding a Luath 26.

  • Giro-del Trentino Stage 21 year 4 weeks agoJoelsim wrote:Urgh. Cadel

    Joelsim wrote:
    Urgh. Cadel Evans.

    Heh heh. He looks in pretty good shape. What a conundrum! Relent, my friend, relent! Smile

  • I may have found a good reason for a bike helmet!1 year 4 weeks agoGlad the OP is OK after what

    Glad the OP is OK after what must have been a scary incident

    There's nothing contentious in the post I don't think - although the H word manages to provoke debate whether the OP wanted to or not!
    - he got hit on the head, his helmet took some of the force and broke, he thinks it saved him from an otherwise more serious injury than he would have had with the helmet on. Seems reasonable?

    We'll never know for certain about the efficacy of the helmet in preventing injury this time of course, unless on another day the same van driver got pissed again, had another go at going for that 'gap' which didn't exist, with the OP in the same position on the bridge, both going the same speed, this time without the OP wearing a helmet!

    The statistics about road safety and helmet efficacy are pretty useless in informing the debate. Not least because they can be manipulated to back up any argument. The road death rates quoted here say less about the safety of cyclists and more about the safety of cars for their occupants.

    Helmet safety statistics are pretty useless as you will never be able to control variables, e.g. behaviour and riding styles, you can't compare injury rates for the same incidents under the same conditions for the same population when wearing helmets vs not wearing helmets.

    People then rubbishing helmet supporters' views by saying they *must* believe that pedestrians should wear them after one got hit by a bus mirror once whilst on the pavement are trying to polarise the debate and ignoring that risk and probability must be factored in to anyone's decision as to weather or not to wear one.

    For these reasons, there's insufficient evidence to introduce a helmet law IMO (not that that would stop a government!), and conclusions drawn to support one side or the other are always fallacious, it's just the nature of this beast.

    So I think that sums up where I've got to with helmets: I wear one, as like in this incident, it's possible that it could help. But do your own thing, factor in risk and probability and don't rely on statistics to keep you safe or inform your decision making!

  • Fleche Wallonne1 year 4 weeks ago1,3,5,6,9,11,19

    1,3,5,6,9,11,19 std

    1,2,3,9,11,19 purist

    Ok I guess

  • Michael Rogers cleared in clenbuterol case, as is Jonathan Breyne, young Belgian who attempted suicide1 year 4 weeks agoI don't see how cooking out

    I don't see how cooking out of your own trailer will stop contaminated meat being used.

    Yes, I though Contador got caught with plasticisers in he blood as well as trace amounts on Clenbuterol.

    Anyroad, time to mooove on now, nothing to see. It's all udder control. Laughing

  • Scottish Road Share campaign steers presumed liability law towards Parliament1 year 4 weeks agoAs a regular cyclist and

    As a regular cyclist and occasional driver, I'm very much for this type of legislation to be implemented (across the whole of the UK please!!). Two things spring to mind:

    Isn't hierarchical presumed liability similar to the way that if there is a collision of one vehicle into the back of another, it is understood that it is always the following vehicles fault, "should have left sufficient braking distance" (unless it can be shown the front vehicle did something reckless).
    - Aren't most drivers aware of this?
    - Can't this be given as a example of how it would work that they would understand?

    Failing better driver education, can't the campaign to get the law just focus on 2 aspects: a) When a lorry hits a car it's presumed the lorries fault, b) When a cyclist hits a pedestrian, it's presumed the cyclists fault. Those 2 should get the car drivers cheering the new law on (before the fully grasp the Car to Cyclists relationship :-p )

    D Smug