• Proper Purist Classics - pick your Ardennes teams1 year 4 weeks agoTERatcliffe26 wrote:Right

    TERatcliffe26 wrote:
    Right here are the teams that people submitted

    (I made one error, one of the Cunego's in Dr's team is actually Frank Schleck

    I wonder what it means....?

    Not a single one of us picked Danny Martin winner of LBL last yeay.

  • Tour de France Grand Depart hosts slammed for "outrageous" team presentation ticket prices1 year 4 weeks agoCycling competes against

    Cycling competes against other sports for sponsorship and marketing - that's what keeps it alive at the pro level.

    Taking what is essentially a pretty dull event and jazzing it up to get better TV and press coverage and attract a wider audience gives more exposure to the sponsors and teams.

    If that means they have to charge to cover the cost then it is money well spent. Someone will buy the tickets.

    Cycling's business model isn't exactly a candidate for being taught at Harvard. It needs to change.

  • K-Edge launch XL Mount for Garmin’s Edge 1000 computer1 year 4 weeks agowasheduprider wrote:Do these

    washeduprider wrote:
    Do these work with garmin 500?

    yes

  • Van Nicholas Aquilo1 year 4 weeks agoI rode a Van Nic Chinook a

    I rode a Van Nic Chinook a couple of years ago. Bought one the following day!!!!!!!!!!!
    I will never not own a Van Nicholas and am currently saving for an Astreus with a SRAM Red 22 groupo.
    Titanium rocks.

  • Frog Bikes to launch three kids’ road bikes1 year 4 weeks agoPrevious comments are fairly

    Previous comments are fairly negative. Personally I think its great there's a company out there concentrating solely on children's cycling. They do a lot of research from what I hear. And let's face it, to get an adult bike weighing 8kg you have to spend approx £1200. You gonna spend that on a kid who's just getting into racing?
    Frog weights are approx the same as Isla bikes but the bikes are a available in my local store and are a fraction of the price. Bought a hybrid 52 for my some and threw some 20" conti MTB tyres on it and he flies around Swinley.
    Gonna take him to some Summer Cross races this year. He's about the right size for the new 24" road bike which comes with CX tyres.

    Just to add. Gearing is only worth mentioning if the child races! And to be honest, pretty much every race I've had the privilege of attending I've had to lock off gears for at least 50% of the kids.

    Frogs aim here is for the normal families, maybe just getting into racing........
    Well done Frog!

  • Johan Bruyneel banned for 10 years, former USPS manager 'at apex' of team's doping 'conspiracy'1 year 4 weeks agoBan a few baddies, close off

    Ban a few baddies, close off debate. Job done, the peloton is now clean.

  • GELS: best/tastiest/most economic1 year 4 weeks agostuartp wrote:Those who

    stuartp wrote:
    Those who prefer flapjack should try the GCN Power Bar recipe.
    I made some just to try and love them, so handed them round to running/cycling friends and they were blown away by the taste too.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMJEIiWV3VQ


    I thought they looked tasty too, but I'm too lazy, anyone know which supermarkets sell packets of flapjack for reasonable outlay? Sis gels do nothing for me, I always pick up high 5, 2 4 1 at Chain Reaction I saw yesterday

  • Tour de France Grand Depart hosts slammed for "outrageous" team presentation ticket prices1 year 4 weeks agoSounds an eminently sensible

    Sounds an eminently sensible decision to me. An outdoor team presentation would be a very expensive event, a lot more than indoors in a free venue, that would take money from the budget for the event itself. I would want the money that is in budget to be spent on important things like spectator control, signage, safety etc. By adding entertainment they justify charging and keep the operational budget intact.

  • The best way to fall off?1 year 4 weeks agoYeah that video was rather

    Yeah that video was rather informative actually, thanks for sharing

  • Canal & River Trust wants your views on sharing towpaths1 year 4 weeks agoSurely everyone should treat

    Surely everyone should treat others as they themselves would want to be treated.
    Be reasonable and friendly.
    Be an ambassador for cycling.
    Otherwise, you're no friend of cycling.

  • Tour de France Grand Depart hosts slammed for "outrageous" team presentation ticket prices1 year 4 weeks agoAccording to the Utrecht

    According to the Utrecht organisers, who I contacted, they said theirs is going to be free next year. So this is an attempt to subdue peoples frustration at the Yorkshire organisers!

  • Eric Pickles turns down Cambridge councillors' car vs bike challenge1 year 4 weeks agoEverybody stop being nasty to

    Everybody stop being nasty to Mr Pickles Angry this man needs our help let's get him on a bike so he can lose some weight and enjoy the wonders of transportation under your own steam.

    I say stop fighting Mr Pickles and start embracing Mr Pickles with love and caring. Let's all chip together and buy him a bicycle for him to enjoy.

    All this anti Mr Pickles is only making things worse, lets change our ways and bring him into the fold of bike riding culture.

    join the campaign

    MAKE PICKLES A CYCLIST

  • Tour de France Grand Depart hosts slammed for "outrageous" team presentation ticket prices1 year 4 weeks agoI like reading the comments

    I like reading the comments about this issue and everybody from both sides is sort of right, it all depends on where you are coming from with regards sport and how it should be run.

    I think we will see the TOUR DE FRANCE organisation doing their best to big up the sport as much as possible year in year out as the sport of cycling becomes more and more main stream. But making things more of a spectacular cost money and spectators are going to have to pay, and probably not to cover cost but to make sure the numbers of spectators are kept to a manageable number.

    There is no doubt that the start of the Tour in Leeds is going to be different, and set the bar higher for the TDF starts in future years. Not unlike the Olympics each start of the TDF event will be trying to out do the one the year before.

    It is only natural that the money men get in on the act of a sport that is growing in popularity every day in every way.

    Do I like it .......I am not sure yet, we will see just how good it goes in Leeds as it's more of an experiment for the organisers.
    With all the moans of having to pay, it will probably be a success and add gravitas to the whole Tour.

    But here's the point I would like to make for those that are yet to really understand the best way to watch the TDF.

    I could wax lyrical about just jumping in your car with your bike on top and sleeping bag and tent in the boot, catching the ferry or euro tunnel and following the Tour on as many stages as possible as you get to enjoy the wonderful country that is France.

    But when it boils down to it if you want to have the full injection when mainlining the addiction that is spectating at the Tour de France then these following words should be tattooed onto your cycling soul.

    "Alpe d'Huez"

    The Alpe is the mecca for all cycling fans which allegedly is used as a ski station in the Winter months it is THE PLACE to watch the Tour.

    Sadly there is no Alpe d'Huez stage this year but next year ....... many will be booking their hotel soon Wink

  • Scottish Road Share campaign steers presumed liability law towards Parliament1 year 4 weeks agoThe politics of this is

    The politics of this is interesting -if it's a No in September, the SNP will do well to look at policies that make us (in Scotland) more akin to the other social democratic Euro countries, to help increase the distinction some of us perceive between our politics and outlook and those of SE England. Meaning, this policy might float then, despite the political risks it carries.

  • Scottish Road Share campaign steers presumed liability law towards Parliament1 year 4 weeks agoformat wrote:Insurers should

    format wrote:
    Insurers should be jumping at this. Most of their costs are incurred from going to court, and Presumed Liability would drastically reduce the likelihood of a case getting that far.

    Mmmm not sure about that, If most of the costs were from courts they could avoid those now by accepting liability without dispute.

    Whilst you would hope driver behaviour changed and claims were minimal there'll be some additional costs and those will be borne by insurers firstly and premium payers in the end.

    Don't get me wrong I agree in principle with the idea but I wonder if the campaigners have sort a view from motor insurers.

  • Tour de France Grand Depart hosts slammed for "outrageous" team presentation ticket prices1 year 4 weeks agoThey must have Prince or

    They must have Prince or Springsteen performing if £45 a seat is break-even. Not-for-profit, indeed. I bet the consultants are doing okay.

  • Kent motorist branded "a danger to cyclists" by judge is jailed for 10 months1 year 4 weeks agoRidgebackrambler wrote:To a

    Ridgebackrambler wrote:
    To a certain extent I sympathise with him. Many mostorists think that we cyclists think we own the road precisely because some act as if we do.

    [[[[[ "Mostorists"? Were you trying to say "monsterists", by any chance?
    P.R.
    [[[[[ Also, this "severely disabled woman driver" you're defending---is there now a "SEVERELY disabled" badge I've not seen yet?
    P.R.

  • US company to launch wearable lactate threshold sensor + video1 year 4 weeks agoIf you don't want the

    If you don't want the technology, don't buy it. If you don't like derailleurs, get a fixie. If you don't like composite frames, get a steel frame.

    If you don't like the fact that everyone in this world is not exactly like you, then that is your problem, and most people aren't interested in hearing about it.

  • Tour de France Grand Depart hosts slammed for "outrageous" team presentation ticket prices1 year 4 weeks agoQuince wrote:Do people want

    Quince wrote:
    Do people want 'live entertainment' to accompany the beginning of the bicycle race? Or do they just want to see the beginning of a bicycle race?

    It seems out of character to make the opening ceremony a private show in a box, when the race itself is such an celebration and showcase of the beauty of the countries it covers; of it's towns and countryside and character, spaces that belong to all of us.

    It's one of the few sports that doesn't need a special venue. It uses entire countries as its venue, and any member of those countries can come and see it. It's the most open, expansive sport I can think of.

    Which is why it's disappointing to see that it's not sharing its beginnings out in the open. Instead it's hiding away in a box, charging people to come and see it. If nothing else, it's killed a little of the romance... And there's no more romanticised race than Le Tour.

    Fucks sake. What's the big deal? They're only charging for some nonsense 'opening ceremony' bollocks. You can still watch the actual 'event', when chaps with big thighs are riding expensive bicycles, completely for free by positioning yourself on any of the roads on which it passes. Isn't that good enough value for you?

  • Tour de France Grand Depart hosts slammed for "outrageous" team presentation ticket prices1 year 4 weeks agoDo people want 'live

    Do people want 'live entertainment' to accompany the beginning of the bicycle race? Or do they just want to see the beginning of a bicycle race?

    It seems out of character to make the opening ceremony a private show in a box, when the race itself is such an celebration and showcase of the beauty of the countries it covers; of it's towns and countryside and character, spaces that belong to all of us.

    It's one of the few sports that doesn't need a special venue. It uses entire countries as its venue, and any member of those countries can come and see it. It's the most open, expansive sport I can think of.

    Which is why it's disappointing to see that it's not sharing its beginnings out in the open. Instead it's hiding away in a box, charging people to come and see it. If nothing else, it's killed a little of the romance... And there's no more romanticised race than Le Tour.

  • La Flèche Wallonne Féminine1 year 4 weeks agoLe tour has reverted to 2013

    Le tour has reverted to 2013 results! When Vossie won Wink

  • Scottish Road Share campaign steers presumed liability law towards Parliament1 year 4 weeks agoSo if two cars collide is the

    So if two cars collide is the one with the more powerful engine or heavier weight at fault?

    And if two cyclists collide is the one with the lower FCN liable?

  • Michael Rogers cleared in clenbuterol case, as is Jonathan Breyne, young Belgian who attempted suicide1 year 4 weeks ago"I'm going to take whatever

    "I'm going to take whatever opinion makes me feel like I've outsmarted someone and post it on the internet, despite having no real knowledge about the subject at all."

    *Post*

  • Eric Pickles turns down Cambridge councillors' car vs bike challenge1 year 4 weeks agoAlso, I'm not sure what part

    Also, I'm not sure what part of 'buying a rusty old second-hand contraption composed of a few bits of welded steel' is considered 'elite'. Many of the bikes in Cambridge look as historic as the city itself. Cambridge's transport system is one of the most rustic, simple and humble I know (in England).

    Is throwing the word 'elite' into the same sentence at 'Cambridge' meant to conjure up an army of anti-elitist supporters? Or will walking be considered elitist next? Or standing? Or existing in any other form than a sagging sack of potatoes, with an IQ to match?

    Silly Pickles.

  • Eric Pickles turns down Cambridge councillors' car vs bike challenge1 year 4 weeks agoYeah... he said what they

    Yeah... he said what they said he said. Not what he said he said.

    And now I don't know why 'said' is spelt like that. Looks strange. Certainly doesn't rhyme with 'maid'. English is a funny old thing...