• Toughest UK sportive The Monster set to accept entries1 year 4 weeks agoIt's a shame that bike rides

    It's a shame that bike rides feel they have to market themselves on how hard you're supposed to have to be to do them rather than the beauty and tranquility of the countryside for example. It looks really lovely in those photos but look at the comments on this forum, it's like a cycling version of the four yorkshiremen sketch; 'you only climbed 3,000 metres today, you were lucky, I ride to work at the top of K2, and I come home for my lunch!' . There's more to cycling than w##king over your garmin you know.

  • Targets for 20141 year 4 weeks agoI'm sure I put some aims up

    I'm sure I put some aims up somewhere but can't remember where. Probably something along the lines of top 20 overall and a top 20 in the Giro (my favourite GT).

    Basically screwed up both, totally missed the Giro del Trentino so scored 0 points and messed up a couple of early Giro stages making risky transfers so dropped right out of contention. If I'd scored an average 500 points in Trentino I'd still only be 38th, really need to up my game.

  • Police stop cyclist - and find portable crystal meth lab in backpack1 year 4 weeks agoWhat has this got to do with

    What has this got to do with cycling ?

  • 'Flimsy little helmets' completely pointless, says leading brain surgeon1 year 4 weeks agogoggy wrote:Pazaa wrote: I

    goggy wrote:
    Pazaa wrote:
    I think until people who are anti-helmet have an experience like this they will keep their views. Does it discourage people from cycling? Yes, some. Do I care about helmet hair? No.

    There is nobody who is anti-helmet. There are people who choose not to wear one and there are people opposed to any law which might make them wear one but I have never seen anyone argue they should be banned. The only people trying to force their views on others are those arguing for them to be compulsory.

  • Best vehicle you've ever drafted?1 year 4 weeks agodrafting lorries and cars

    drafting lorries and cars should be against the rules - that goes for all motorized vehicles except those sky vans with the peloton painted on the back - in which case, tuck in and make like Brad... Cool

  • 'Flimsy little helmets' completely pointless, says leading brain surgeon1 year 4 weeks agoI wear one (I have two

    I wear one (I have two actually; training & racing); the rest of you can do whatever you like Smile Your bonces are not my problem!

  • Tech roundup: Sarto, Tune, Panache, Muc-Off, PDW, Stemlock and more1 year 4 weeks agonowasps wrote:I'd have

    nowasps wrote:
    I'd have thought that locking stem is just as likely to bring the owner down, when he or she forgets they've turned the key.

    I'd also be a little suspicious of the stem lock, without knowing a bit more about how it works. First, that it might weaken the design of the stem, and any problem with the stem whilst riding will be a really bad day. Second, that as with many older car steering locks, all you need is a little extra leverage.

  • Toughest UK sportive The Monster set to accept entries1 year 4 weeks agoArgos74 wrote:Beaufort

    Argos74 wrote:
    Beaufort wrote:
    You don't need an organised ride to do huge distance and vertical ascent, just motivation and a map.
    I agree. I find the big fun of organised rides over just getting out on the road is other people - riders, random people we meet along the way - not the ride itself. Props to the organisers on this one, looks fun, and more a rider's ride than a commercial thing.

    Agreed - sportives can be over-rated but the social aspect is a pull factor. A better option in my opinion is to join a local cycling club and do weekend rides (with those all-important halfway cakes stops!)

  • 'Flimsy little helmets' completely pointless, says leading brain surgeon1 year 4 weeks agoWelsh Boy, If you don't care

    Welsh Boy,

    If you don't care to read something, then don't. Replying just to put others down is, frankly, the mark of a cock.

    Thanks,

    Paul

  • Best vehicle you've ever drafted?1 year 4 weeks agoThe construction lorries

    The construction lorries along "The Highway" heading from Tower Bridge to Canary Wharf each morning. Wide, travel at 30mph, clear the traffic in front of me, going my speed, and, importantly, in front of me not behind or next to me. Lovely.

  • 'Flimsy little helmets' completely pointless, says leading brain surgeon1 year 4 weeks agoPazaa wrote:This isn't about

    Pazaa wrote:
    This isn't about HGVs etc...I came off my bike on black ice last winter. Bike shot right, I got whiplashed left and cracked my head on the ground. According to the neuro doc who saw me, the point of impact could have been fatal if I had not had a helmet on. Cheap little £30 helmet saved my life probably, and I was only doing 5mph! Agree the choice is yours, but for a few 100g, I will always wear one.

    I'm with you on this one - I had a similar experience and while the helmet doesn't help with concussion from the impact, it does stop your skull from cracking open on the tarmac or pavement and little splinters of bone going into your brain. I think until people who are anti-helmet have an experience like this they will keep their views. Does it discourage people from cycling? Yes, some. Do I care about helmet hair? No.

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    Good luck.

  • Giro d'Italia Stage 20: Michael Rogers wins stage, Nairo Quintana poised to win overall1 year 4 weeks agoOver-enthusiastic tool costs

    Over-enthusiastic tool costs us the chance to see a big battle for the win. His face will be plastered all over the Gazzetta tomorrow..

  • Best vehicle you've ever drafted?1 year 4 weeks agoI used to draft lorries down

    I used to draft lorries down the bypass. 3 mile dead straight road, ever so slightly downhill but to get onto it was a bit of a crawl over a bridge. If you could get behind a fully laden lorry as it came off the docks and crawled up that, you were onto a winner. The acceleration once it hit the summit was generally pretty steady and the road was limited to 50mph so they were never going full gas.

    No junctions, no lights, good surface meant it was dead easy to sit behind them until they hit the outskirts of town. Fastest I ever had was 57mph on the speedo, spinning out 53-12.

    Only once did I ever really shit it when I got dropped and the maelstrom of wind and turbulence that suddenly hit me at 50+mph was terrifying.

    I got between two lorries once - slipstreaming one while there was another one behind me (he wasn't there when I started, he'd caught us up en route). I was really worried that if anything happened to me, the lorry behind would just go straight over me but it was all OK. As I swung out into the right hand lane once we were in town (the lorries went straight on in the left hand lane towards the motorway), the rearward truck came alongside me. I thought the driver was going to have a right go but instead he leaned out and shouted "you were doing 50 mile an hour then mate, f***ing well impressive! You should ride the Tour de France!"

    Smile

  • Tech roundup: Sarto, Tune, Panache, Muc-Off, PDW, Stemlock and more1 year 4 weeks agoI'd have thought that locking

    I'd have thought that locking stem is just as likely to bring the owner down, when he or she forgets they've turned the key.

  • The best video you'll see today of a goat getting a backie on a bike1 year 4 weeks agoTotally irresponsible! The

    Totally irresponsible!

    The goat is wearing neither high-viz nor a helmet!

    I'm not sure about the rider - its possible that controlled studies would show that wearing a goat is more effective at giving protection in a collision than wearing a helmet. This needs further investigation.
    I mean, if there's even a chance it will save your life, why wouldn't you wear a goat?

  • OK enough now - we have nothing to learn from you....1 year 4 weeks agoHaving had a bit more time to

    Having had a bit more time to think about this. People in some places are calling for cyclists to be registered like cars and motorcycles. This guy has given them a promotional video.

    Just a thought.

  • Stage 20 : Monte Zoncolan1 year 4 weeks agoAlan Tullett wrote:Wellens

    Alan Tullett wrote:
    Wellens has done very well but only a few points today. The GC didn't score many points though but if PolishDave had Monsalve and Cataldo he's done well today.

    Yeah, but only a kid first GC I think and this one fo the most famous climbs in the world AND he had a big week attacking....he got a huge future, as do bongo, Aru , Preidler.
    P.s. How easy was Nairo travelling Cool

  • Stage 20 : Monte Zoncolan1 year 4 weeks agoThey call me Spartacus

    They call me Spartacus wrote:
    VVV73 wrote:
    Stupid fan Sad But go Rogers....

    LOL Rogers just told a fan to ^@%$ Off ....lol
    It is ridiculous.


    These Giro organizer's rarely get much right, Banner drop in front of break away last year, shamozzles this year, then all those police shoulder to shoulder in last few hundred metres, yet riders harrassed all the way up hill, stupid....
    See Woult Poels grab and throw that fans sunnies. Nairo nearly get pushed off, Bongo pushed into Rogers wheel, then same bloke again later. Rogers palming bloke off earlier. Fair dinkum, Euro fans getting right up there with Soccer Hooligans! Surprise what! lol

  • Targets for 20141 year 4 weeks agoray silvester wrote:How's

    ray silvester wrote:
    How's everyone doing compared to their aims?

    Well I've had forum fun ....Enrique paid up and I'm only 68 points behind Dr who is sat in 15 in the fs overall.....
    So far I'm spot on for my years goals

  • Stage 20 : Monte Zoncolan1 year 4 weeks agochiv30 wrote:2,9,17,18,19 for

    chiv30 wrote:
    2,9,17,18,19 for the stage for me .....Yes I got my original post wrong I had cataldo and pellizoti in not Duarte Silly

    Well done! Low scores today! Wonder who had Rogers? I'm sure some Aussies did.

  • Stage 20 : Monte Zoncolan1 year 4 weeks agoWhat a GREAT tour for

    What a GREAT tour for Australia. Best month on top of Gerro's win ever.
    So excited.
    Am I allowed to shout ?
    WELL DONE MICK ROGERS YOU LITTLE FRIGGIN BEWDY Party M.t Zoncolan too, must rate right next to his world champs.
    P.s. Wellens what a talent.

  • Chris Froome says he almost left Sky in 2011, tells of tension with Bradley Wiggins1 year 4 weeks agoI can see why Cavendish left.

    I can see why Cavendish left.

  • Stage 20 : Monte Zoncolan1 year 4 weeks agoWellens has done very well

    Wellens has done very well but only a few points today. The GC didn't score many points though but if PolishDave had Monsalve and Cataldo he's done well today.

  • Stage 20 : Monte Zoncolan1 year 4 weeks ago2,9,17,18,19 for the stage

    2,9,17,18,19 for the stage for me .....Yes I got my original post wrong I had cataldo and pellizoti in not Duarte Silly