• Cycling on windy days1 year 16 weeks agoJust got home The powers

    Just got home Yawn The powers that be could not resist giving me a quick drenching Sad But even though the route is straight (ish) I never have a head or tail wind all the way there or back Thinking I get half way and the wind changes Thinking I think it is because of the wind chaneling down the valleys Thinking Anyway tonight the second (hilly) half was assisted Cool I am pretty chuffed with myself because I have cycled to and from work every day this run of shifts Cool And got wet every day.... Will I see in the new year? Yawn

  • Video round-up: 10 big moments in cycling in 20121 year 16 weeks agoRabottini's Giro stage win

    Rabottini's Giro stage win was epic. I was screaming at the TV like an idiot. Best racing moment of the year bar none.

  • Cambridgeshire police commissioner vows to rid roads - and pavements - of "dangerous cyclists"1 year 16 weeks agoGood to see. Hope more cities

    Good to see. Hope more cities follow this example.

  • Taylor Brothers - nice bit of nostalgia1 year 16 weeks agoFantastic! Thanks for

    Fantastic! Thanks for that.

    Wonder what they'd make of these Chinese OEM carbon frames on ebay..?


  • Cambridgeshire police commissioner vows to rid roads - and pavements - of "dangerous cyclists"1 year 16 weeks agoIt is disturbing that these

    It is disturbing that these people implement policies even when reality is not on their side.

  • Proper Century Chat1 year 16 weeks agoGavinT you have my

    GavinT you have my sympathies. To have got so far and then not quite make it.

    I guess it will have to be 12 in 13 for you!

  • Cambridgeshire police commissioner vows to rid roads - and pavements - of "dangerous cyclists"1 year 16 weeks agoOh gawd - Cambridgeshire

    Oh gawd - Cambridgeshire police, now with added nuts.

  • Cambridgeshire police commissioner vows to rid roads - and pavements - of "dangerous cyclists"1 year 16 weeks agoIf this initiative is part of

    If this initiative is part of an even handed attempt to improve road safety then I think it's fair enough. If he's just targeting irresponsible cyclists and doing nothing to bring bad drivers to account then it's very one-sided especially as we're the ones having our lives regularly put in danger.

    Perhaps the police could clamp down on drivers who overtake a cyclist approaching a bend or with oncoming traffic, then pull in sharply before they have completely passed. That would save a few lives for sure as it happens a lot. I expect it is harder to police this kind of offence than it is to stop kids riding on pavements - you would probably need a few plain clothes police on road bikes with helmet cams. Is this guy really after road safety or just trying to impress the anti-cycling lobby and further his own career by going for soft targets?

  • London's cycle commuter boom causes problems on Regents Canal towpath1 year 16 weeks agoToo much stick and not enough

    Too much stick and not enough carrot. It's like the calls for cyclists to be banned from A roads.

    I don't ride up the A2 in Kent because the stretch I use has a brilliant cyclepath that is generally wide enough to negate the fact it's shared use. Most commuter cyclists wouldn't use the towpath if there was a suitable, safe alternative!

  • Cambridgeshire police commissioner vows to rid roads - and pavements - of "dangerous cyclists"1 year 16 weeks ago"Dangerous" driving kills or

    "Dangerous" driving kills or seriously injures other people.

    Cycling on pavements, up one way streets, running red lights etc is wrong but it is extremely rare that it kills or seriously injures someone. "Anti-social cycling" is a fair description, "dangerous cycling" is scaremongering and jumping on a Daily Mail bandwagon.

    I have no problem with anti-social cycling being tackled, but surely his priorities are completely warped if this comes ahead of tackling dangerous behaviour on the roads.

  • Help and advice for loosing weight and diet.1 year 16 weeks agoCut out refined, processed

    Cut out refined, processed foods from your diet (meats, snacks, white bread, etc). Also, cut out sugar as much as possible. You'd be surprised how much food has lots of added sugar, from tomato sauces/ketchups to breakfast cereals.

    Try eat fresh fruit and vegetables as much as possible. If you must snack, go for fruit and nuts (*un*roasted, unsalted, raw) instead of sweets. Bring bananas on your rides, instead of those sickly sweet gels. Where-ever you can substitute low glycemic-index foods for high-index ones.

    Not all calories are the same. Calories locked into rawer, less cooked, higher fibre, and/or less processed foods literally take more energy for your body (inc your bacterial gut fauna) to break down and make useable.

  • Cycling on windy days1 year 16 weeks agoCrosswind got me this morning

    Crosswind got me this morning when on a roundabout. Was pretty hairy. After that a block headwind for 7 miles. Had to resort to the granny ring it was that bad Sad that and sideways rain. Tough morning but the next few days are to be good if accu weather is to be believed.

  • Cambridgeshire police commissioner vows to rid roads - and pavements - of "dangerous cyclists"1 year 16 weeks agoCycling the wrong way up one

    Cycling the wrong way up one way streets is not "terribly dangerous". Where does that come from? Cambridge has opened up a number of one way streets to two way cycling, and I'm not aware that they are dangerous.

    Interesting to read what Graham Bright said in the Cycling Campaign's election survey.

    Q: What experience do you have of cycling in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area? A: The only cycling I do in Cambridgeshire is in my village to go to the local shop. I used to be a keen cyclist but am not happy in traffic.

    So I guess he won't be cycling on the roads next to where pavement cyclists have been prosecuted. Far too dangerous.

  • Lezyne Pressure Drive Handpump; S**t. Recommendations for replacement?1 year 16 weeks agoairforce mimi pump never let

    airforce mimi pump never let me down i treated my self to a lezyne in spring this year and just could not get on with it had three puncture and ended up using another rider pump each time to inflate my tyres.
    it my have just been user error but the airforce is easy, simple and affective, inflates to a good pressure

    i will not be changing again only to another airforce

  • new cassette- do i need a new chain?1 year 16 weeks agoAny half decent bike shop

    Any half decent bike shop will give the guy a couple of spare links and show him how to use a chain splitter, if he buys one, I have rarely fitted a chain to any of my bikes without removing a couple of links, if he is not mechanically minded and buys a new chain will he not have to still pay to have it fitted? On the other hand I do take your point about having a spare chain I see he has more than one bike, a spare may come in handy. I always move my chains on from summer bikes to winter bikes or Tandem. I recently had half a chain + left over from a crossover drive on a Tandem (the chain which connects front crankset to rear) I added all the odd links I could find and had enough for a chain for the bike on my turbo, £20 saved. Big Grin

  • Christmas : what I wanted vs, what I got1 year 16 weeks agoNever really asked for

    Never really asked for anything as i had just bought myself a new ribble utralite racing bike (which i am very happy with)
    Wife got me 4 sessions at the new glasgow velodrome (a complete surprise and very thoughtfull)
    She also got me a 2 day holiday to berlin on the lash with my brother (she seems to want me out the house alot Thinking )

  • HRM advice for the long-term please1 year 16 weeks agoAt the age of ....(let’s just

    At the age of ....(let’s just say more than my biblical allocation), I have had several ‘golfing’ breaks, followed by the inevitable return to cycling; my experience might help you understand what to expect.
    First off, get yourself a coach and have a full discussion regarding lifestyle and cycling ambitions. It doesn’t have to be expensive; £40-£50 per month. Then listen and learn.
    Making your own way and trying to work out training zones? Use your current resting HR and calculate your max HR as it was twelve years ago less 12; that will give you a starting range. Your max is unique to you and will reduce by one beat per year whatever you do; 220 minus your age is a guide for general populations.
    After a couple of months have a ramp test (DIY on a suitable long drag) do not expect to increase your max as you train. Your heart will get fitter/larger and pump more blood at the same BPM. As you train, your resting HR will reduce and your training zones change slightly.
    Use your morning, resting, HR as a ‘wellness’ indicator. If it’s what you expect, carry on training. If it’s more than 5 beats higher, slow down. DO NOT OVERTRAIN, 8 hours a week will soon have you back in shape
    After that, it’s a matter of specificity; train towards your chosen discipline. If you are lucky enough to have a track near you, get on it. Keep the gear low/medium and the old zip will be back very quickly.
    Enjoy yourself.

  • Help and advice for loosing weight and diet.1 year 16 weeks agoTry pre-breakfast

    Try pre-breakfast rides.

    Making your body work on low glycogen levels accelerates fat burning.

    ie: Set all your kit out the night before, including filling water bottles and attatching lights.
    Fill a glass of water and drink it first thing when you get up (at 4:30).
    Get ready to go and be out the house by 5.
    Go for a 2/3 hour ride, at 10% more intensity than you would usually maintain over such a distance, drinking regularly.
    Return before 8, have a porridge, yoghurt and apple sauce breakfast and enjoy the rest of the day.

  • Review: how was your 2012?1 year 16 weeks agoThe highlight of my year was

    The highlight of my year was completing the Tour of Britain ProRide: East Anglia.

    It was pretty special to be on my local roads, a lot of it with a police escort, and then to see the Pros coming through the next day, with Wiggins et al. on the front. Wow.

    In the words of a great cyclist (but can you name him?):

    "Its such an honour to be sharing the same roads as the pros," "Absolutely Spot On."


  • Deaths of cyclists and pedestrians on Scotland's roads to overtake those of car users1 year 16 weeks agoJust wondering if the heading

    Just wondering if the heading should be changed to 'Deaths of pedestrians and cyclists ...' as the article very much focuses on pedestrians. If this is a quantitative exercise, I should find this more acceptable as ONLY 163 cyclists were killed or seriously injured compared to 556 pedestrians.

    If not already done so, is there any merit in considering the number of pedestrians and the number of cyclists with their respective casualty rates to identify levels of risk. Assessing potential risk is improtant but of the 163 what were their particular circumstances? Are there any common themes that we can learn from as cyclists, drivers, the 'law', government etc.etc.

    Derek Halden considers more people will be walking becuase of the recession and I would add more are cycling too so informed positive action to reduce that risk will be welcome for an increasing number of cyclists. Although, having a personal interest as I commute over 100 miles a week on both rural and urban roads, I am raising this on behalf of all cyclists regrdless of fitness level and/or ability.

    On a lighter note, I'm wondering if Scottish cyclists are preparing for possible independence by doing a bit of racing on the other side Smile

  • 6000 lose driving licence for poor eyesight in 2011 - and that's a 39% rise in the number of bus and lorry drivers1 year 16 weeks agoTrue. And what is more, it

    True. And what is more, it might be impossible for the police officers to determine whether the driver is wearing his contact lenses or not (and what optical power - is that the proper English name of this parameter? Smile - they are).

    A simple and cheap workaround would work like this. Each police car is equipped with a unique "license plate dummy". In case of doubt during regular control, the officer would simply walk away 20 metres from the driver and present them the "plate". Should the driver fail the test, they would be required to undergo professional medical tests to determine their actual sight quality.

    Simple, effective, extremely cheap.

  • Ultegra 6700 Double Chainset + 6700 BB1 year 16 weeks agoStill for sale

    Still for sale

  • Injured cyclist tells how he lay by roadside for more than 20 minutes as cars sped by1 year 16 weeks ago“He left me with a request:

    “He left me with a request: ‘It’s your mission to save another cyclist in distress’.

    A good Samaritan indeed, and a good suggestion.

  • FS: Endura Stealth Jacket. Large. Black.1 year 16 weeks ago...:::NOW SOLD:::...

    ...:::NOW SOLD:::...

  • 6000 lose driving licence for poor eyesight in 2011 - and that's a 39% rise in the number of bus and lorry drivers1 year 16 weeks agoFATBEGGARONABIKE wrote:How

    How about having a "check box" on the licence stating wether the holder requires corrective lenses to drive. Then if the person does get pulled the officer can see (no pun intended) at a glance wether the driver is legal or not.

    The standard EU driving licence lasts for 10 years. A lot can happen in that time. My eyesight was fine for years and I only needed glasses for working at the computer. And then my eyesight declined and I needed glasses all the time. That's why having a checkbox saying vision aids required on the driving licence wouldn't work. The problem is, that many people suffer a decline in their eyesight and pretend it hasn't happened.