• Love and hate1 year 4 weeks agoI've got a triple on my

    I've got a triple on my weekend bike because I'm a lazy git that for years was too fat and rarely got out on his bike... I also picked up some Record triple chainsets for buttons.

    The granny ring rarely gets oily these days...in Scotland. Last year I did a lot of miles in the mountains of northern Tuscany, but even with a triple 25% was too much after nearly an hour at 10-18%.

    Things like the Crow are a nice easy 40/24, and the hills near me on the Southside aren't drastically steeper so I could easily justify a compact... I like the look of my old alloy Record chainset too much though.

  • Buyers guide: Sportive and endurance road bikes1 year 4 weeks agoI'm so glad that more and

    I'm so glad that more and more free thinkers are willing to point out to all of us mouthbreathers that marketing is the tool that sells products.

    Keep it up guys, people need to wake up and see the truth.

  • Love and hate1 year 4 weeks agothe only time I've been on

    the only time I've been on the Logie Kirk hill has been down- which was "exciting" in a "do my brakes work properly? They better" kind of way. I will have a go at it one of these days when I'm up, but I only took up cycling properly after moving to Cambridgeshire.
    Going over Shrerrifmuir, it would be really nice if there was a crossing of the A9 at Greenloaning and Blackford that didn't involve the level of terror that can make an atheist pray.
    That climb at arrochar looks like mountain bike territory from photos on google maps

  • Buyers guide: Sportive and endurance road bikes1 year 4 weeks agoI have nails. Spoons.

    I have nails. Spoons. Surgical gloves. Protective eyewear. And a tarpaulin. And oodles of enthusiasm.

  • Cycling in London1 year 4 weeks ago+1 to what Argos74 said...

    +1 to what Argos74 said... Particularly paragraph 3.

    People are obsessed with being at the front rather than being in the most visible position... Which may actually be a vehicle or two back.

    I see it every day in Glasgow and it worries me.

  • Love and hate1 year 4 weeks agoLived in Stirling for four

    Lived in Stirling for four years but sadly before I was reintroduced to my bike. I walked up Logie Kirk on several occasions and it's not for the faint hearted!

  • Buyers guide: Sportive and endurance road bikes1 year 4 weeks agoGin- the bikes do look

    Gin- the bikes do look pretty, I agree... especially the Giant. One tip for you though, if you use a spoon you might have difficulty with smashing the six inch nails in, might I suggest a hammer instead. Good luck.

  • Liege Bastogne Liege1 year 4 weeks agoI have a question. Are young

    I have a question. Are young riders like Louis Meintjes capable of backing up the very next day from Trentino, travel over night, thn ride LBL 269km and do well or just getting exp and km in legs?
    Seems a very harsh task. Opps got ,my days mixed up, another 24 hrs Smile DOH

  • Has Boris Bike price hike put off London’s cycle hire users?1 year 4 weeks agocyclingdave70 wrote:People

    cyclingdave70 wrote:
    People have brought their own bikes and are using them?

    That is probably true - when the new double-decker racks were installed on the forecourt at Waterloo Station, initially they were largely empty. Now they fill beyond capacity and my impression is that many are not used on a daily basis, but kept there for less frequent use by commuters. I should imagine a similar trend will occur at Paddington where there was recently a large increase in parking capacity.

    Commuters in particular might be turning away from the hire bikes because of the uncertainty of finding a bike in the morning, or a space to doc it in the evening. While Serco works hard at moving bikes around to maintain enough liquidity, I suspect some people are still disappointed and so have given up.

    I don't imagine the doubling of the annual subscription has helped but I doubt that is a major factor. The hire bike demographic is predominantly middle-aged male professionals and they can well afford £80 or so a year, in fact that is arguably a bargain - I spend more than that every year just maintaining my Brompton (although to be fair to Brompton that is because it is well used and has to deal with a pretty hostile road environment of potholes, debris and sand/grit on the roads between my rural home and station).

    Weather may have been a factor in 2012/13, with such a frightful wet winter. Rainfall in the South East was up by over 50% on average, leading to widespread flooding, and in places the rainfall was twice the average as my home weather station can attest. While the image of the hire bike rider in a suit is no longer really accurate, many users must have been put off cycling in the rain and in particular in the filthy spray kicked up by all the trucks and taxis. Certainly my anecdotal impression has been that since the weather started to look up in late March, cyclists of all shapes and sizes have emerged on to London streets like Wordsworth's daffodils. If we get another good summer and a drier winter than last year, we may see the numbers tick up again.

  • Has Boris Bike price hike put off London’s cycle hire users?1 year 4 weeks agoOr, the awful weather in

    Or, the awful weather in January and February has had an effect??? Of course neither of these are sufficiently doom mongering

  • Liverpool students target human powered vehicle world record1 year 4 weeks agoHillsborough card...really, I

    Hillsborough card...really, I pity you.

  • Cycling in London1 year 4 weeks agoThat's the way it works, find

    That's the way it works, find and maintain a space where other road users can see you.

    Moving along blind spots on a bike, or a motor vehicle is a mugs game.

  • Lance Armstrong set to testify under oath after appeal refused in $12m case?1 year 4 weeks agomadonepro wrote:don simon

    madonepro wrote:
    don simon wrote:
    He should be left broke and broken, if only to show that cheating doesn't pay.

    With that logic all bankers, politicians and ceo's should be put in that same basket!

    Yes indeedy, if you follow the logic.

  • Scottish Road Share campaign steers presumed liability law towards Parliament1 year 4 weeks ago'Filter' if you wish, just

    'Filter' if you wish, just have somewhere to go if you if the vehicle decides to turn left.....I.e no kerbside fencing or only where you are confident of exiting the blind spot before the vehicle starts to move.

  • Just in: Quechua Phone 51 year 4 weeks agoDave Atkinson

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    andycoventry wrote:
    How can they get away with calling it a Phone 5, surely that can't be allowed so close to iPhone 5?...

    so far as i'm aware apple don't have any claim to the word 'phone' or the number 5 Wink


    But once they do you'll be laughing with all the royalties for floating the idea. Applause

  • Just in: Quechua Phone 51 year 4 weeks agoDave Atkinson

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    andycoventry wrote:
    How can they get away with calling it a Phone 5, surely that can't be allowed so close to iPhone 5?...

    so far as i'm aware apple don't have any claim to the word 'phone' or the number 5 Wink


    But once they do you'll be laughing with all the royalties for floating the idea. Applause

  • RANT ALERT - Getting fed up..1 year 4 weeks agoas I see it, any right

    as I see it, any right thinking person knows who feels threatened in this thread, and it ain't the OP.

    More power to you Mooleur, you have them scared, don't worry about the odd daft post, as someone who was a crap amateur 25 years ago, I'm always interested in hearing from those employed in serious modern day competition, regardless of gender.

    There are eejits in all sports and walks of life, including those who live on the internet.

  • Eric Pickles turns down Cambridge councillors' car vs bike challenge1 year 4 weeks agoIf you ever wondered what the

    If you ever wondered what the fall of the Roman empire was like, I think looking at Britain today might give you an idea.

    It seems like government just can't act decisively. Any solutions to obvious problems are explained in a way that tries to convince you with subterfuge. It gets rather tedious after a while.

    I'll be glad when the oil runs out, survival of the fittest indeed!

  • Love and hate1 year 4 weeks agoI'm a lazy git, who easily

    I'm a lazy git, who easily settles into a comfort zone, so I don't use a compact chainset and really only train on hills.... tak ma doon....about 10 miles from the kirk, long, with 2 very steep ramps.

  • Scottish Road Share campaign steers presumed liability law towards Parliament1 year 4 weeks agorollotommasi wrote:Crazylegs:

    rollotommasi wrote:
    Crazylegs: In answer to your points:

    1. You’re misinterpreting the statistics. The figures I gave already take account of the extent of cycling in different countries. As I have explained, cyclist deaths PER BILLION KM are lower in the UK than in many EU countries (e.g. Spain, France, Italy, Belgium, Austria). I ask again - where is the evidence that strict/presumed liability improves road safety and reduces accidents?

    2. You’re not answering my question. Which countries apply strict/presumed liability WHERE THE CYCLIST IS A FIT ADULT?

    3. It’s not an excuse that the Highway Code is not law. Cyclists rightly expect motorists to apply a standard of driving which is far higher than is necessary to avoid criminal conviction. Why do you consider it alright for cyclists to ride in whatever way they want, provided it’s not expressly forbidden by law?

    1) Fair point about the per billion km bit. userfriendly also makes good point too though with the facts quoted.

    2) Why should anyone answer that contrived question, fit adults should be treated the same as others in law and statistics and surveys would reflect that.

    3) You must be trolling to come onto a cycling forum and suggest that cyclists shouldn't filter. Filtering can be done safely and filtering is not were the vast majority of accidents happen. Coming on to a cycling site and saying that cyclists shouldn't filter is akin to going on to a top-gear forum and saying that all drivers should drive everywhere in cities at 20mph regardless of the speed limits. Filtering is both perfectly legal and acceptable.

    Of course cyclists shouldn't filter down the left of a left turning vehicle and if the vehicle indicates then they can avoid risking a collision - so where is the problem.

    Just because you don't like filtering doesn't mean it's wrong. I don't like boxing, I think constantly hitting a persons head, bashing their brain about in their skull is stupid but I can understand why people like it and am sensible enough to realise that sometimes you should simply accept others opinions and let it be.

  • Disappointed fans miss out on Giro d'Italia Belfast team presentation tickets as website crashes1 year 4 weeks agoPerformance testing; that

    Performance testing; that oft-neglected, always necessary evil. Surely a quick purchase to Amazon or Rackspace would've solved their capacity issues, but then again, I'm not Discover NI's IT provider.

    I didn't get tickets either, but as stated previously,the racing itself is free, and in the caseof the first stage, on my doorstep. Cannot wait.

    On an aside, cannot believe how NI has embraced the Giro. It's fantastic

  • New Stage Scoring Table Feedback and Wish List1 year 4 weeks agoportu wrote:...On the page

    portu wrote:
    ...On the page http://fantasy.road.cc/riders

    Dave, I still like this page a lot. You can see all the riders in the competition on one page, and, since I cut and paste a lot, this page works better for me to check out against start lists than the 'Rankings' page.

    The reason is that in the current 'Rankings' page you can't copy only the riders in the çurrent competition. When you try to copy just the riders from the current competition it pastes all the riders in the game. Which is well over 2,000 riders.

    Would you consider adding a column to this page (http://fantasy.road.cc/riders) for current rider values? Thanks! Smile

  • Netherlands reports rise in bike-on-bike cycle path injuries1 year 4 weeks agoYes, one word... Segments...

    Yes, one word... Segments...

  • Has Boris Bike price hike put off London’s cycle hire users?1 year 4 weeks agoPeople have brought their own

    People have brought their own bikes and are using them?

  • Marcel Kittel says Yorkshire roads will be "very dangerous" for Tour de France peloton (+ video)1 year 4 weeks agomadonepro wrote:andyp

    Applause

    madonepro wrote:
    andyp wrote:
    'Someone will get their bum felt '

    Other than a reference to Sagan's podium antics, what on earth is that even meant to mean?

    Thought someone might have replied by now, but I think it means a helping hand up the hill.

    It means getting your arse kicked, but sounds more sinister.