• Cycle campaign group Spokes stops publicising events requiring participants to wear helmets1 year 29 weeks agoAapje wrote:The helmet may

    Aapje wrote:
    The helmet may only have prevented superficial damage (often the case, since just like modern cars, helmets are designed to easily crumple) or the head might not even have hit something (head + helmet is substantially bigger than just a head).

    Actually bicycle helmets are not designed to crumple. They would be much better if they did. They are made from expanded polystyrene foam, which is strong in compression. It fails by cracking open, which doesn't absorb much shock. I can't believe that bicycle helmet manufacturers haven't come up with better materials.

  • FS Ultegra 53/39 chainset1 year 29 weeks agocom'on porky, the Aussie

    com'on porky, the Aussie dollar is strong Wink , and if its bank conversions you're worried about, just leave the money in paypal and use it to buy more cycling goods Smile Nice Giant btw Big Grin

  • Criterium Du Dauphine stage 41 year 29 weeks agoGrabsch? Forgot about him

    Grabsch?

    Forgot about him too.

    Sad

  • Who will win the Tour de France (if it isn't Bradley!!)1 year 29 weeks agoDebarrio wrote: Finally! My

    Debarrio wrote:
    Big Hug

    Finally! My umlauts! Come to daddy...

    I've accordingly changed my Signature

    Big Grin

  • Cycle campaign group Spokes stops publicising events requiring participants to wear helmets1 year 29 weeks agohairyairey wrote:Also, it

    hairyairey wrote:
    Also, it gives a very bad impression of cycling if they don't wear a helmet. There was never this amount of fuss against motorcycle helmets and they are a lot heavier.

    Why does it give a "very bad impression of cycling"? I have no idea what you mean.

    Because a motorcycle has a motor, you don't have to pedal it, so you don't get hot. Indeed the problem on a motorcycle is often to keep warm, as you have a lot of cooling air flowing over you. Motorcycle helmets are completely enclosed, cover the back of the head and temples (arguably the more vulnerable parts of the head, which are not protected by bicycle helmets), giving much more protection. And they need to, since the speeds involved are so much higher.

  • WANTED - Cheap Compact for my training bike1 year 29 weeks agoHi what size crank arm? Also

    Hi what size crank arm? Also how much without BB, I gather this is the Square fitment on BB?

  • Criterium Du Dauphine stage 41 year 29 weeks agoWiggo goes at 2.15pm BST

    Wiggo goes at 2.15pm BST Cool

  • Criterium Du Dauphine stage 41 year 29 weeks agoHasn't really been working

    Hasn't really been working out for me either but hopefuly this will be the stage that shakes it all up.

    My Team

    Wiggins
    Chavanel
    Evans
    Rogers
    Bernaudeau
    Gallopin
    Grivko
    Westra(high hopes for him today after Paris-Nice)
    Kelderman(TT too long for Lukey Boy so I hope Wilco can top 20)

    Just hope 'Der Panzerwagon' isn't on top form.

  • Criterium Du Dauphine stage 41 year 29 weeks agoWell having had a pretty poor

    Well having had a pretty poor Dauphine i've taken a penalty to try get some points back Sick

    Bradley Wiggins
    Janez Brajkovic
    Tony Martin
    Luis Leon Sanchez

    Hayden Roulston
    Leigh Howard
    Andriy Grivko
    Jerome Coppel
    Luke Durbridge

    I'd like the top 3 finishers today and i'll be more than happy Big Grin

  • Thieves target Bristol pro cyclist and roadcc tester - steal high end road and MTB bikes1 year 29 weeks agoThanks for getting this up

    Thanks for getting this up guys. Doing a good job of making it as difficult as possible for these thieves to gain from this. Even broken down, the carbon Alma frames just don't come up for sale very often.

  • Issue with BB30 squirk sound1 year 29 weeks agoI've never had my BB

    I've never had my BB tightened - regular adjustment like that isn't 'maintenance' IMHO

    Have you tried contacting Boardman direct? (the company, not the legend - although...)

  • Looking for new saddle1 year 29 weeks agoI've had the Selle Italia C2

    I've had the Selle Italia C2 Gel for over a year and had no problems whatsoever - was thinking about a Gel Flite for my Best Bike (when I get round to ordering it) having considered a Fizik for many agonising hours, but I too suffer from [cough] a certain amount of numbness so a cut out for me is essential.

  • Cycle campaign group Spokes stops publicising events requiring participants to wear helmets1 year 29 weeks agoThere are risks in everything

    There are risks in everything (even in writing this post...) but my head has the scars to prove that wearing a helmet is worthwhile.

    Even if cycling isn't inherently dangerous (compared for example to angling) other road users definitely are. There have even been cases where drivers have deliberately driven into cyclists (at least one in is prison now for murder).

    Also, it gives a very bad impression of cycling if they don't wear a helmet. There was never this amount of fuss against motorcycle helmets and they are a lot heavier.

  • Village residents asked for traffic calming measures on street where 8-year-old killed while riding her bike1 year 29 weeks ago@HK - I am in agreement with

    @HK - I am in agreement with you on traffic calming measures but it should be noted that this avenue reasonably wide with minimal on street parking as the houses have their own driveways. It's layout only serves to encourage speeding.

    The bus company involved is notorious for speeding, discourteous drivers. Yesterday, one of their drivers attempted to prevent me maintain my prmary position when moving off from a set of lights, he then passed me by less than a car door and swung the rear of his vehicle in missing my front wheel by inches. Obviously the fact that one of his colleagues had been involved in a collision resulting in the death of a child has made no impact on his skils or lack of, as a driver. A friend also commented on the speed at which this particular company's vehicles were travelling at.

    I will be observing their drivers and writting to the company if I do not see a marked improvement in driving and attitude to other road users.

  • Thieves target Bristol pro cyclist and roadcc tester - steal high end road and MTB bikes1 year 29 weeks agoThanks therevokid, Redlands -

    Thanks therevokid, Redlands - I'll add that to the story

  • Thieves target Bristol pro cyclist and roadcc tester - steal high end road and MTB bikes1 year 29 weeks agoTerrible news John. I feel

    Terrible news John. I feel absolutely gutted for you Sad

  • Looking for new saddle1 year 29 weeks agoIf you're looking for

    If you're looking for something with a cutout then the Specialized Romin would be my recommendation. Looks uncomfortable as hell, and feels very hard initially but its amazingly comfortable for me. They're not massively expensive compared to some too.

  • Thieves target Bristol pro cyclist and roadcc tester - steal high end road and MTB bikes1 year 29 weeks agoscumbags .... which general

    scumbags .... which general locale in Brizzle ? I'll post
    up on a couple of local forums.

  • Looking for new saddle1 year 29 weeks agoWhich RIDO saddle do you

    Which RIDO saddle do you have? How many miles are you doing?

  • Cycle campaign group Spokes stops publicising events requiring participants to wear helmets1 year 29 weeks agomatt637 wrote:head + concrete

    matt637 wrote:
    head + concrete = poorly head. head + helmet + concrete = no poorly head. it's not rocket science. and yes you should be allowed to choose what you want to do, but i can't see why taking a couple of seconds to stick a very light, comfortable, smart helmet on your nut is a big problem.

    Absolutely agree. I crashed my bike at 28 mph, no one else involved, my slipped off the pedal, I went down, injured my shoulder and broke my "Catlike whisper plus" helmet. I hate to think what the result would have been without a helmet, a couple of seconds to fit on my head.

  • Village residents asked for traffic calming measures on street where 8-year-old killed while riding her bike1 year 29 weeks agoIt's not clear that speed

    It's not clear that speed actually played a part in this. I'm very much behind 20s plenty, but a bus is many times more massive than a car and could easily kill a child while keeping to 20.

    And speed bumps are an awful traffic calming device: they encourage people to accelerate dangerously between bumps, they distract drivers from watching for cyclists and pedestrians, they're horrible to cycle over and the constant acceleration and breaking is less environmentally friendly than keeping a consistent speed.

  • Great Manchester Cycle1 year 29 weeks agoIf you join British Cycling

    If you join British Cycling you get your own start area in front, but I'm not sure it makes that much difference (other than the obvious bit in Salford Quays) because the timing chip doesn't start the clock until you go over the line anyway.

    I did 52 in 2:30:52, and yes, people were racing. I couldn't stay with the fast lads who were running a 30mph-ish front group.

  • WANTED - Cheap Compact for my training bike1 year 29 weeks agoGot aShimano fc 4550 which

    Got aShimano fc 4550 which has been used for circa 400miles with BB. 30 plus postage service of your choice.

  • Cycle campaign group Spokes stops publicising events requiring participants to wear helmets1 year 29 weeks agosnowcycle wrote:This does not

    snowcycle wrote:
    This does not mean helmets do not save cyclists from severe injury, I also know several cyclists who have survived serious crashes because they were wearing a helmet, and I've seen the pictures to prove it.

    No picture can prove such a thing. A picture of a broken helmet proves that the helmet broke. It doesn't prove that serious injury was prevented, because a helmet can be severely damaged without having done its job. The helmet may only have prevented superficial damage (often the case, since just like modern cars, helmets are designed to easily crumple) or the head might not even have hit something (head + helmet is substantially bigger than just a head). Furthermore, a helmetless head is better at preventing rotational injuries, so in some crashes, helmets are more dangerous.

    If you look at actual research, there is very limited evidence of bicycle helmet effectiveness. Researchers have to work the statistics very hard and then some studies show no effect and some a very limited one, which shows that at best, the effect of helmets is fairly limited. It's certainly not in the same league as motorcycle helmets (which are designed way more effectively than bicycle helmets) or seat belts, where the proof of effectiveness is overwhelming.

  • Criterium Du Dauphine stage 41 year 29 weeks agoKinda given up on the

    Kinda given up on the Dauphine despite still moving up in the overall, my team (with minimum thought) is:

    Wiggins
    Evans
    Chavanel
    Millar (to put forward his case for Olympic selection)

    Simon
    Kreder
    Durbridge
    Bouhanni
    Bernaudeau

    Don't even know what the next couple of stages look like so no idea what my transfers will be...