• Rider Names - Tour de France1 year 4 weeks agoBy the way, I think there

    By the way, I think there might be a space character [ ] in the database after Daniel Martin's name and after Mikel Landa's ... Thinking

  • Rider Names - Tour de France1 year 4 weeks agoenrique wrote:... You

    enrique wrote:
    ... You probably have... most of the riders from Spanish Speaking countries down with their first name, middle name , father's last name and mother's last name... For the most part, riders, like Segio Luis Henao, are usually just called Sergio Henao, Nairo Alexander Quintana could easily just be called Nairo Quintana, etc... It would make the names shorter, the database neater and it would visually look less congested with less names around a rider...
    Since it's not that busy for a while now, wouldn't it be nice to clean up the Latin American and Spanish names to make for shorter names? I can provide you a list if you want...

  • Spada Wheels Breva Forgiato Wheelset1 year 4 weeks agoI agree with you regarding

    I agree with you regarding the settling down process (I build wheels too) although given they had a lot more miles in them by then and by the sounds of the report it was a lot more than that.

  • So why do cyclists get a bad name?1 year 4 weeks agodunnoh wrote:Cyclists get a

    dunnoh wrote:
    Cyclists get a bad name because its socially acceptable. Most car drivers think they are the best drivers in the world. A lot of Cyclists think they are beyond reproach. A lot of really poor car drivers are now in the 'Pro-Peloton' at the weekends.

    All I can say is that I ride everyday of the week, 48 weeks a year. Sometimes I ride way too quick for the conditions and I have to reign myself in. But I never run lights, I always thank drivers for waiting and I'm getting better at not chasing down poor drivers and threatening to beat them senseless - I prefer just to keep my head down now.

    I think better training all round is the answer. Car drivers should be tested more regularly and Cyclists should do some kind of CBT and defensive riding instruction.

    I've given up trying to reason with poor drivers too; it achieves nothing other than putting you in a bad mood. I've also given up reporting dangerous drivers to the police; they just seem totally disinterested.

    I agree with you on the need for better training but I disagree that there should be compulsary training for cyclists. The world would be a better place if more people cycled (even if they cycled poorly) and we need to removed barriers to cycling rather than introduce them.

  • MP: 2-speed cycle lanes would get more women riding – and let them avoid “Lycra clad mad cyclists”1 year 4 weeks agoAssuming that these comments

    Assuming that these comments are London specific, let's not forget that London is generally a very busy place and intimidating for the uninitiated. I know many people who would not feel confident to drive a car in central London either, which is probably a good thing.

    To some extent it is neccesary to toughen up a bit to get by when travelling at rush hour in London, whatever mode of transport you choose, and I suspect that this will be the case for a long time to come.

    Cycling should be a much biger part of London travel and anything that encourages more people onto bikes is a good thing (such as wider cycle lanes, although I'm still not sold on the merits of segregation for most UK towns and cities) but I think that slower cyclists are always going to have to cope with faster riders whizzing past.

  • First road bike and first ride advice please!1 year 4 weeks agoJust wing it! You'll have a

    Just wing it! You'll have a blast, you're going for a bike ride around some roads you seem to know well, not planning a round the world trip. Take a multi tool, tubes, plenty of fluids, cash and a mobile and you'll be fine.

    As for the ride, by far my steepest learning curve was discovering when to brake. The pad against the rim felt awesome, the feedback felt great. What I didn't account for was how little friction there is between the road surface and a skinny tyre. My learning curve involved a quick thinking choice of either hitting an iron gate, a tree, a dry stone wall or my mate who I was following who'd just crashed. Naturally I chose to go over the bars and land on my mate.

  • So why do cyclists get a bad name?1 year 4 weeks agoCyclists get a bad name

    Cyclists get a bad name because its socially acceptable. Most car drivers think they are the best drivers in the world. A lot of Cyclists think they are beyond reproach. A lot of really poor car drivers are now in the 'Pro-Peloton' at the weekends.

    All I can say is that I ride everyday of the week, 48 weeks a year. Sometimes I ride way too quick for the conditions and I have to reign myself in. But I never run lights, I always thank drivers for waiting and I'm getting better at not chasing down poor drivers and threatening to beat them senseless - I prefer just to keep my head down now.

    I think better training all round is the answer. Car drivers should be tested more regularly and Cyclists should do some kind of CBT and defensive riding instruction.

  • Looking for ride buddies near Congleton, Cheshire1 year 4 weeks agoI'm looking forward to it.

    I'm looking forward to it. I'm currently in Manchester so usually get into the goyt etc or occasionally mow cop, which I can see from the new house! My favourite bit of the club run though is the mad dash back into Manchester. It's often race pace for the last 20-30 mins, and it's not the same on your own. Still, I'm cool with my own company, so let's see how it goes.

  • Video: Man versus Sheep - animal outpaces cyclist1 year 4 weeks agoWould the sheep have still

    Would the sheep have still won if it hadn't gone "aero"?

  • Autumn Classics1 year 4 weeks agoGhedebrav wrote:Montreal &

    Ghedebrav wrote:
    Montreal & Quebec are both WT though, no? Therefore should get the nod over anything... I do think there's a case for both Paris-Tours and Milano-Torino...

    I'm not against either, but, just like we have a core of races for the Spring Classics, I think we should have a core of races for the Autumn/Fall Classics... Here's where Wikipedia comes in handy... Big Grin

  • Video: Man versus Sheep - animal outpaces cyclist1 year 4 weeks agoI had a very similar

    I had a very similar experience to this with a badger. They look funny when they run.

    Come to think of it I also had a similar experience with a deer when I was in the car. Who knew that there were all these animals out there just waiting for someone to race.

  • Things I learned from my first Cat 4 race1 year 4 weeks agob1rdmn wrote:One thing to

    b1rdmn wrote:
    One thing to note, the position in the photo is often considered dangerous by some leagues (notably Surrey League) and can lead to disqualification.

    Yeah I don't think disqualification was a major issue for me at that point

  • Video: Man versus Sheep - animal outpaces cyclist1 year 4 weeks agoThat's appalling behaviour,

    That's appalling behaviour, the farmer would have every right to be extremely annoyed and take action against the cyclist for stressing the animal like that. Would have been very easy for the sheep to suddenly turn and for the cyclist to crash into it or for the sheep to be driven into a car coming the other way. The cyclist should have slowed right down as soon as the sheep came into sight, you have absolutely no idea what that animal is going to do or where it is going to run. It would be very easy for the sheep to take the cyclist out and very easy for the cyclist to severely injure the animal and the farmer's income.

  • Looking for ride buddies near Congleton, Cheshire1 year 4 weeks agoEven if you go by yourself,

    Even if you go by yourself, Its a great area for riding. You have the lovely flat Cheshire and some of the best roads in a the Peak for riding around - Lamaload / Goyt Valley.

  • Another question about cheap speedo into cadence question.1 year 4 weeks agoI know what your trying to

    I know what your trying to achieve but to me the calculation seems overly complicated. All you want the sensor to count and calculate the average of your cranks rpm, not necessarily the speed at which they're passing the sensor. Therefore, the distance from the sensor to the BB I would have thought is irrelevant. By this same reckoning the gear ratio should have no influence either.

    Sorry I can't help further.

  • Pictures of your Bike1 year 4 weeks agoMy best bike, a Pegoretti

    My best bike, a Pegoretti Mxxxxxo I've nicknamed Il Super Laterale.

    The paint is custom; I asked Dario to listen to Soundgarden's Superunknown album and Tool's Lateralus, then paint whatever he wanted.

    He also added a question to the chainstay. What does an Aussie do in Seattle? Good question.

    The groupset is Super Record, with 3T components. Wheels are custom; DT240s laced to Easton SLX90 rims with FMB Competition tubulars.

    By some margin this is the best bike I've ridden. It goes as good as it looks; I've podiumed several races. Steel is very much real.

  • Autumn Classics1 year 4 weeks agoMontreal & Quebec are both WT

    Montreal & Quebec are both WT though, no? Therefore should get the nod over anything .HC around the same time.

    Saying that, and at the risk of opening an enormous can of worms, I do think there's a case for both Paris-Tours and Milano-Torino...

  • Pictures of your Bike1 year 4 weeks agoMy shiny new Emonda SL 6:

    My shiny new Emonda SL 6:

  • Is 5,500m too much climbing?1 year 4 weeks agoYeah sticking to 34x28 to get

    Yeah sticking to 34x28 to get me over the toughest bits. From what I've read, the swiss national park stuff on the other side of Stelvio down to Susch does look pretty incredible. As you say, hopefully a great day! Thanks for the advice everyone.

  • Spada Wheels Breva Forgiato Wheelset1 year 4 weeks agoA spoke loosening off a black

    A spoke loosening off a black mark?

    Well, that depends. When I build wheels, it always strikes me how much the rim can be out vertically around the weld. Now, I'm sure Spada aren't extruding rims, and this is common of most alloy rims I've seen. Perfectly even tensioning is not achievable, in order to pull areas of the rim into shape and, like most things in life, it's a compromise. When everything balances more or less, single spokes are less likely to work loose.

    I'd rather see a spoke work loose and balance it's tension back up rather than have all the nipples threadlocked to stop them working loose, despite their being uneven spoke tension. And that's an even bigger black mark you won't find out about too easily.

  • Earphones on cyclists: Yea or Nay?1 year 4 weeks agoWhy are people comparing

    Why are people comparing lorries/cars and bikes?

    You're a lot more protected in one then on your bike. Also, you don't have mirrors on your bike you can glance into, which is a massive part of driving. If there was a way of fitting a little one somewhere on a road bike without it looking stupid, then I probably would in all honesty.
    My head hardly stops moving on the bike anyway though, that probably stems from having generations of motorcyclists in the family I think, not everybody is that aware of their surroundings, some people not at all.

  • Video: Man versus Sheep - animal outpaces cyclist1 year 4 weeks agoDear Sir I must protest at

    Dear Sir

    I must protest at your failure to include a "ewe-tube" pun in the title of this story. Please consider those of us that appreciate such groan worthy humour in the future.

    Kind regards.

    P.S. None the less, a great change to see a nice video. Still needs more cake.

  • MP: 2-speed cycle lanes would get more women riding – and let them avoid “Lycra clad mad cyclists”1 year 4 weeks agoThe comments aren't

    The comments aren't completely idiotic, but Meg Hillier is jumping a step. First, give us safe cycle lanes; then, we can worry about whether they are wide enough to allow comfortable overtaking.

    (By the way, I suspect her comments are London-specific).

  • Witness appeal after boy, 12, killed while cycling in Leicestershire1 year 4 weeks agoRamuz wrote:a Nissan Qashqai

    Ramuz wrote:
    a Nissan Qashqai is the wrong car to be driving

    There, I fixed that for you.

  • Tour de France Tech 2014: Vincenzo Nibali's Tour de France winning Specialized Tarmac1 year 4 weeks agoCracking photos - anyone know

    Cracking photos - anyone know who took them?