• Cambridge segregated bike lanes postponed amid concerns over "kamikaze cyclists"1 year 4 weeks agoRupert wrote:Probably best

    Rupert wrote:
    Probably best they don't waste the money on cycle lanes and just move on to the next obvious stage and reduce the speed of motor vehicles in built up places to 20mph or even 10 mph.

    I know this idea would not be popular with the petrol heads but it would be the correct way to reduce deaths and manage traffic in city centres.

    My experience of cycle lanes is that they are restrictive to cyclist and dangerous to pedestrians.
    Cycle lanes also give some motor vehicle drivers the attitude that you should be using the cycle lane at all times.

    My experience is based on living in Brighton where the mixing of pedestrian walk ways and cycle paths are bordering on the insanely dangerous. (just my opion, maybe)

    So why aren't we looking into ways to slow down the motor vehicles in built up areas ? In this modern world of technology would it be that difficult to fit all cars lorries etc with speed limiters which automatically reduce the maximum speed of a vehicle in built up areas ?

    I am not against cycle paths as such but my experience of them does not give me confidence that they save lives or are cost effective in stopping accidents between cyclist and other road users.

    The reduction in speed of motor vehicles in city centres has been proved to reduce accidents and when accidents occur they have minor trauma.
    Also reducing the speed of motor vehicles in built up areas persuades people to choose the bike rather than the car for short journeys.

    Lets not think that there aren't kamikaze cyclist on our roads, there are and they like speeding motor vehicle drivers should be dealt with by the law. But lets not let the smoke screen of supposed safety of cycle lanes stop us from thinking of a better way to reduce accidents and make cycling and driving safer.

    I guess I am saying that the money used on cycle lanes could be used to calm the speed of motor vehicles rather than seemingly bit by bit pushing cycling on to pavements and less than viable cycle lanes.

    1) Mixed use on the pavements - yes, the seafront setup is crazy and unusable except on the quietest of days.
    2) The reduction of the speed limit to 20moh in many areas of Brighton HAS made a difference. I believe that's the way to go
    3) The main route into the town centre from the northeast, with it's segregated cycle lanes, seems to work well. Of course that's in the "faster" 30pmh zone!

    I believe that Brighton is very progressive towards cyclists and are least making an effort.

  • Giro Stage 181 year 4 weeks agoGone for the usual

    Gone for the usual suspects
    Had considered chalapud or pantano as there is 78 KOM points up for grabs(not fantasy) but not taking anymore pens this tour!

    Quintana
    Pozzo
    Uran
    Aru
    Majka
    Arredondo
    Kelderman
    Wellens
    Henao

  • Giro Stage 181 year 4 weeks agobackflipbedlem wrote:Liking

    backflipbedlem wrote:
    Liking the pricing structure this comp, allowing me to have a full 9 riders all capable of doing something!

    Pozzovivo
    Arredondo
    Majka
    Aru
    Quintana
    Henao
    Chalapud
    Rolland
    Kelderman


    Strong team indeed, very similar too Smile

    Pozzovivo
    Arredondo
    Hansen
    Aru
    Quintana
    Henao
    Chalapud
    Kelderman

    Guess you figured Team Colombia are going to send Chalapud out for KOM , as you to went him over Duarte as I Smile

    Hansen V Majka........CMON Aussie good luck.

  • The Traffic Droid on C4's The Complainers1 year 4 weeks agoIs he the same bloke who was

    Is he the same bloke who was on tv a while ago ?

    If he is then i found him a complete tool the first time so giving him even more air time has probably knocked cycling back a few years.

  • Giro Stage 181 year 4 weeks agoOut: Wellens & Monsalve In:

    Out: Wellens & Monsalve
    In: Rolland and Henao

    Quintana
    Uran
    Rolland
    Majka
    Kelderman
    Aru
    Arredondo
    Zardini
    Henao

    Figured that after yesterday's exploits that Wellens would be cooked and unlikely to attempt a raid on KoM points, likewise Monsalve as he's too far off Arredondo so dropped both. Actually considered ditching Arredondo too as I think he has the jersey sewn up and might not need to contest any more breaks.

  • The Traffic Droid on C4's The Complainers1 year 4 weeks agoDoes nothing good. Just

    Does nothing good.
    Just serves to fuel the stereotype many drivers hold of cyclists.
    I think his intentions started out as good perhaps, but now he seems to look for the trouble, and like in the OP put him self into the positions of danger on purpose. All in the name of YouTube views...

  • Giro Stage 181 year 4 weeks agoRifugio Panarotta is a very

    Rifugio Panarotta is a very tough climb. However, its not the steep ramps like the other day. The 16.8 km towards the top have a steady average gradient of 8.5 %.
    If Quintana puts time into Uran i think its all over buts its either going to be an absolute cracker or completely flat with an unknown winning the stage whilst the GC boys watch each other.

    Gone for Majka instead of Uran and was able to get Arredondo in as a result.

    Nairo Alexander Quintana
    Fabio Aru
    Rafal Majka
    Domenico Pozzovivo
    Pierre Rolland
    Robert Kiserlovski
    Enrico Barbin
    Wilco Kelderman
    Julian David Arredondo

  • Giro Stage 171 year 4 weeks agoTERatcliffe26 wrote:Got the

    TERatcliffe26 wrote:
    Got the full house, went for sprinters. Only really lost out on about 12 points by bringing in Bouh, Nizz and swift for Uran, Majka and Pozz. I had Wellens still which is all good. Just need a penalty tomorrow.

    You say Rolland can't TT for toffee Thinking yes on a normal TT, but this is uphill, think im gonna risk him over Uran for the next few stages

    Love to see Rolland in a downhill TT , he has to be one of the best downhiller on tour , he gets away effortlessly. Seems Veocks passing on his knowledge. Watch those House patio's in france tho , make sure the gate is open. LOL

  • Giro Stage 181 year 4 weeks agoLiking the pricing structure

    Liking the pricing structure this comp, allowing me to have a full 9 riders all capable of doing something!

    Pozzovivo
    Arredondo
    Majka
    Aru
    Quintana
    Henao
    Chalapud
    Rolland
    Kelderman

  • Best cassette for compact double (hill climber)1 year 4 weeks ago12-27

    12-27

  • Updated: Pinarello announce Dogma F8 + video1 year 4 weeks agoSomeone has to say it... Disc

    Someone has to say it... Disc version?

  • Tune Spurtreu uses a laser to perfectly align your stem1 year 4 weeks agoCyclosis wrote: Surely

    Cyclosis wrote:

    Surely someone could make a cheaper version than £65 though. It needn't be machined out of aluminium.

    Jim

    Get that 3D printer warmed up... Smile

  • No Sky Ride for Birmingham this year1 year 4 weeks agoIts still on in Newcastle and

    Its still on in Newcastle and i'm taking both my kids so happy days.

  • Giro Stage 171 year 4 weeks agoGhedebrav wrote: As for third

    Ghedebrav wrote:

    As for third place, I'd (rashly?) count out Rolland as he can't TT for toffee

    it's not a TT* though, it's just riding as fast as possible up a massive hill. he's good at that.

    *it is technically a TT. but you won't see any TT bikes

  • Newbie - Why aren't Aero section rims good for climbing?1 year 4 weeks agodrmatthewhardy wrote:I don't

    drmatthewhardy wrote:
    I don't want to get personal, just to put it all in perspective regarding marginal gains. At 6' 4" (193.04cm) you have a BMI of 28.2, which is in the 'overweight' range

    That just demonstrates how crap those charts are, when I was 105kg I had a 6 pack and was in top shape. I'm never going to look like a pro cyclist as my body shape just isn't right. Right now I'm unfortunately more than overweight... Thinking

    drmatthewhardy wrote:
    To become competitive you probably need a BMI of about 22.7

    I'm not worried about being competitive, I just didn't want to buy wheels that were going to add to my struggles up hills.

    drmatthewhardy wrote:
    So just enjoy riding your bike! Don't worry about your weight, or your bike's weight, unless you want to race.

    Amen!

  • Cambridge segregated bike lanes postponed amid concerns over "kamikaze cyclists"1 year 4 weeks agobadback wrote:I'm in Flanders

    badback wrote:
    I'm in Flanders at the moment and there's loads of bus stops like this. I haven't seen any kamikaze cyclists or pedestrians lying flat on their back after being knocked down either.

    It's a different cycling culture though. I suspect pedestrians have a different attitude towards bikes and an expectation that they'll be around which is lacking here. Similarly maybe cyclists don't tend to have that "sod you, it's a bike path so I'm not slowing down" attitude that you can get here. As Teaboy says above though attitudes like that are shaped by the environment people find themselves in.

  • No Sky Ride for Birmingham this year1 year 4 weeks agoThe last couple of years seem

    The last couple of years seem to have been a bit half-hearted anyway. A lot of it has been round the University closed road system with very little actual public road closures as far as I can see.

    Still a shame though.

  • Waterproof Jacket- Any suggestions?1 year 4 weeks agoI have a Sportful Fiandre

    I have a Sportful Fiandre NoRain jersey/jacket which has been cracking so far, although i've not had the chance to wear it in sustained, heavy rain - short and heavy, yeah, and it was great. Breathability seems pretty good, the fit is 'snug' (size up at least once) but comfortable and I don't mind the single rear pocket (wish it was sealed from the inside however, rather than just mesh). There was a review on here a while back, might be worth a gander

    http://road.cc/content/review/72530-sportful-fiandre-norain-jacket

    Think I ended up paying about £90 for it, Evans used to have some good deals on Sportful but worth looking around as ever.

  • Cambridge segregated bike lanes postponed amid concerns over "kamikaze cyclists"1 year 4 weeks agoPeople behave as dictated by

    People behave as dictated by the environment they are in. When you create an "every man for himself" environment on the road you shouldn't be surprised when people behave in such a way. Using that behaviour as an excuse not to change the environment to a safer, more relaxed one that encourages more relaxed behaviour is stupid.

  • Tune Spurtreu uses a laser to perfectly align your stem1 year 4 weeks agoWe wouldn't need gadgets and

    We wouldn't need gadgets and curious methods if manufacturers would just build their components with keyways and simple alignment marks. Seriously, how many pence would be added to the cost of a fork steerer by a simple white line up its back, and a handlebar stem with a matching mark?

  • Tune Spurtreu uses a laser to perfectly align your stem1 year 4 weeks agodrmatthewhardy wrote:Sight on

    drmatthewhardy wrote:
    Sight on each side of the stem to a spoke nipple, using the top of the wheel as a guide. Works for me, and I am fussy about handlebar alignment.

    Yes, yes, yes! Never thought of that. Very simple, just as fast as lasers, and free.

    Applause Applause Applause Applause Applause

  • CX Bike around £10001 year 4 weeks agoIf you need mudguards the

    If you need mudguards the Planet X is out

  • Updated: Pinarello announce Dogma F8 + video1 year 4 weeks agogiobox wrote:Flying Scot

    giobox wrote:
    Flying Scot wrote:
    Froome happy they got weight down?.......aren't all these things ballasted up to UCI minimums....i.e the same weight as the old one?

    I don't want one.

    Even on super light carbon tubulars you struggled to get the old dogma to 6.8kgs.

    Not too sure about that tbh.

  • Giro Stage 171 year 4 weeks agoVVV73 wrote:ray silvester

    VVV73 wrote:
    ray silvester wrote:
    It'll be interesting if Quintana or Rolland(remember he has form for attacking in dubious circumstances in the 'tacks on the road' stage in Wiggo's TDF?) has a mechanical?

    Who?
    Wasn't LL Cool J = Luis Leon Sanchez , away and the winner that day ?

    LuLu won from a break that had already formed long before the tacks........Rolland attacked whilst everyone else waited for Evans to claim a team mates bike......Cummings and Tejay both blanked him I think?

    Rolland was left hanging in the gap between Lulu's group and the Group Maillot Jaune under Wiggo's patronage until it got it's act together and caught and then spat him out of the back.....if memory serves?

  • Waterproof Jacket- Any suggestions?1 year 4 weeks agoCastelli Muur .... eVent is

    Castelli Muur .... eVent is even better (IMHO) than Gore-Tex ...