• Road/CX Bike with discs1 year 5 weeks agoI wish board man would sell

    I wish board man would sell in LBS as I often use cycle to work with NHS bike scheme who don't do Halfords as Halfords do there own schemes. I would imagine lot of sales of boardman are lost because of this. Tis a real shame as I think they are great value.

  • Ride London 100 (2014) - Accommodation1 year 5 weeks agoWhy can't there be a large

    Why can't there be a large camping area for competitors? There could be secure bike storage and a festival atmosphere or have I missed it and there already is? Yet again no place for me at Ride London is there a secret formular to get a place?

  • Road/CX Bike with discs1 year 5 weeks agoMy Boardman CX Team took SKS

    My Boardman CX Team took SKS P35s no bother at all. Went on quite easily as there's a bolt hole on the back of the front fork and a handily drilled rear brake bridge.

    I should add that I only paid £650 as picked it up in the sale.

    Apologies for the poor quality of the pic.

  • Peter Sagan off to Tinkoff-Saxo - and taking Cannondale with him?1 year 5 weeks agoAs Cannondale are the owners

    As Cannondale are the owners of the current team, can't see them moving in with tinkov, especially as they turned his down last year!

  • Colnago C60 Sneak peek: Pre-launch lowdown on Colnago's new range topper1 year 5 weeks agoNice stuff, come a long way

    Nice stuff, come a long way from my old super

    www.prestige-cycles.co.uk

  • Coroner: "No doubt" that pothole caused crash that killed cyclist1 year 5 weeks agoSimmo72 wrote:scrap vehicle

    Simmo72 wrote:
    scrap vehicle tax, reintroduce good ol road tax.
    + charge every vehicle based on weight
    bikes pay £2, fiesta £50, range rover + £1000, hell make it £2000.

    you use the roads, you wear out the roads, you pay for your use. No more paying into the big tax black hole. Road generated revenue for roads. this bollox about your co2 is tosh. Toyota Prius, what a joke, about as environmentally friendly as a Chernobyl fruit salad.

    or just stick it on fuel and lets us ride for free.

    And if the revenue were insufficient temporarily due to a shortfall in users for some short time period then what? Let them fall into disrepair and waste future money that could have been saved by maintenance? Centralized revenue in government exists for a reason. Simplisitic use-it-pay-for-it schemes don't fit with long-term planning in society.

  • Coroner: "No doubt" that pothole caused crash that killed cyclist1 year 5 weeks agoSimmo72 wrote:scrap vehicle

    Simmo72 wrote:
    scrap vehicle tax, reintroduce good ol road tax.
    + charge every vehicle based on weight
    bikes pay £2, fiesta £50, range rover + £1000, hell make it £2000.

    you use the roads, you wear out the roads, you pay for your use. No more paying into the big tax black hole. Road generated revenue for roads. this bollox about your co2 is tosh. Toyota Prius, what a joke, about as environmentally friendly as a Chernobyl fruit salad.

    or just stick it on fuel and lets us ride for free.

    I don't entirely disagree with the principle, but there are many other costs involved as well as just wear-and-tear/maintenance.

    CO2 matters, even if you might be one of those who think you can make up your own "science" to suit yourself (dunno about a Prius, mind you, electricity generation produces plenty of CO2). But local pollution kills thousands of people every year also - diesel in particular is a scandal.

    And then not all roads are equivalent, it matters when and where you drive as well as how far (some roadspace is in more demand than others - hence congestion charging - and some causes more local pollution harm than others).

    There's also the opportunity cost/land rent element of using the roads - that cost far outweighs the maintenance cost - land has value.

    And there's also the question of if you store your car on the street when not driving it, which is a fixed cost regardless of how far you drive.

    Oh, and not forgetting the costs of occasional middle-east wars because North Sea Oil isn't of the right grade for petrol so most of it comes from Saudi Arabia (where some of the proceeds goes towards spreading Wahabbism around the Muslim world! Top Gear - ally of fundamentalist Islamic terrorism!)

    So I think the actual costs would work out differently from your suggestion. For one thing the total cost would be far greater than VED and fuel tax combined at present.

    It might turn out to be uneconomic to collect the resultant small charge for bikes, especially when considering how many there are owned by children or sitting unused in storage. But I am certain that even if cyclists paid some carefully calculated amount it would do nothing to change the attitude of some drivers towards them.

  • Peter Sagan off to Tinkoff-Saxo - and taking Cannondale with him?1 year 5 weeks agoInteresting, especially the

    Interesting, especially the possible Cannondale move. That said, don't forget Peter Sagan had sponsorship from Spesh before he was a big name on the road.

  • Peter Sagan off to Tinkoff-Saxo - and taking Cannondale with him?1 year 5 weeks agoInteresting, especially the

    Interesting, especially the possible Cannondale move. That said, don't forget Peter Sagan had sponsorship from Spesh before he was a big name on the road.

  • Podium Cafe VDS1 year 5 weeks agoCamaiore - 3) Arredondo, 5)

    Camaiore - 3) Arredondo, 5) Colbrelli for me!

    Ulissi won and Gavazzi came 10th if that is relevant to you

  • Graeme Obree launches petition urging Glasgow 2014 to shun Ugandan MPs who backed anti-gay law1 year 5 weeks agofarrell wrote:oozaveared

    farrell wrote:
    oozaveared wrote:
    Homosexuality was only decriminalised in Scotland in 1980. ie privacy restrictions were still applied. It was only put on a par with heterosexual activity in the whole of the UK in February 2009.

    I'm fairly certain that Scotland would not have imprisoned someone for life or issued the death penalty for someone being gay in 1980 so you are comparing apples and oranges.

    The people of Uganda will be more than welcome to come and play, but those people who work as part of a government that is pumping out toxic anti-gay propaganda, inventing malicious "scientific proof" regarding homosexuality and encouraging the victimisation and brutalisation of other human beings on their sexuality (or even suspected sexuality in some cases) have absolutely no right to be pampered and given luxury VIP treatment.

    If keeping the Ugandan government away is a way of making them realise that their disgusting policies are wrong and will not be tolerated then I support it.

    I'm also wary of your comment of "Well OK Graeme has personal reasons for his campaign", I'm not comfortable with that at all.

    broadly I am just saying that some of you are expecting social attitudes in a very poor developing pre-industrial country where only 6% of the population live in towns. Where only 16% of people get any secondary education (beyond 10). Where only 76% of adults have any literacy skills, to miraculously be similar to those in an advanced liberal democracy.

    Why would you think that was even possible. I know there is a tendency to say things about run down areas in Britain such as they are 3rd world but that just shows a distinct lack of imagination and appreciation. And why would you think that politicians are always leading social change? That somehow all the people in Uganda are right on liberals and only the elites are backward.

    Anyone that has worked in developing countries realises that it is often the elites that are far more educated and socially liberal than the general population and very often their policies are aimed at appeasing very illiberal sentiment in the populous. It may in fact be the case that the athletes attending (the ones you don't mind attending) are the really homophobic ones.

    Maybe a little less condemnation of those in developing countries without our advantages of literacy and wealth and social development wouldn't go amiss. In 1861 Britain was a thoroughly industrialised country far far wealthier than Uganda is even now. Two men were hanged for being gay in England in 1861.

  • Strade Bianche Rider List1 year 5 weeks agodrheaton wrote:I'm sorry that

    drheaton wrote:
    I'm sorry that you don't appreciate all the work that goes into this and that we don't live up to your expectations but we do our best.

    I very much do appreciate all the work that goes into this game. I am very fond of this game, its simplicity and its beautiful design. I love it. I know you know it.

    And I know you, Dave and TER are incredibly dedicated, careful and thorough. I actually admire (!) your work and thoroughly enjoy it. You have no bigger fan. The game has more (!) than lived up to anyone's expectations, much less mine. It has grown to simply be the best out there and I think everybody here knows it.

    You have misjudged or misread or misunderstood my writing. I am incredibly invested in this game.

    Please, though you may find it annoying, take my pointing out that a rider or a team is missing as nothing more than an observation, not as a judgement of your work, just see it as a very avid game player, though not a very competent one, being quite enthusiastic about making sure all the riders in a race are in the game. I'm sorry to have hurt your feelings. Wanna hug it out? Big Grin

    Classic scene:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZvarRe-XVQ

  • Coroner: "No doubt" that pothole caused crash that killed cyclist1 year 5 weeks agoRidgebackrambler wrote: you

    Ridgebackrambler wrote:

    you are reliant on the car drivers behind acting responsibly if you suddenly have to pull out to avoid one, or worse go down one.

    Sadly most drivers seem to have forgotten what a safe stopping distance is ("Stopping distance? Don't be ridiculous, I've been driving accident-free for 20 years ...")

  • Another cyclist follows satnav on to motorway1 year 5 weeks agoI dont know whats worse,

    I dont know whats worse, taking him on the M3 or taking him to Bracknell

  • Coroner: "No doubt" that pothole caused crash that killed cyclist1 year 5 weeks agoSadly, I think there are

    Sadly, I think there are going to be lots more cases like this. The roads around me in Oxfordshire are riddled with potholes. I could spend a week listing them on 'Fill that hole' and it still wouldn't be complete. The trouble is that many seem to be on roads barely wide enough for two cars which means you are reliant on the car drivers behind acting responsibly if you suddenly have to pull out to avoid one, or worse go down one.

  • Another cyclist follows satnav on to motorway1 year 5 weeks agoIt's like going around in

    It's like going around in circles with morons on here, amazing that people only see what they want to see through ages of brainwashing.

  • Another cyclist follows satnav on to motorway1 year 5 weeks agofinknottle wrote:therevokid

    finknottle wrote:
    therevokid wrote:
    what a pillock .... is 3 lanes of fast moving traffic not a clue
    as to what you're riding towards !!!!

    I used to drive to work on the A316 every morning from Twickenham to Sunbury (it turns into the M3 straight after the Sunbury turnoff) and it is a motorway in all but name but with a reduced speed limit of 50, with most cars actually doing 60 plus. Everyday I would see cyclists on it and wonder why on earth anyone would want to cycle on such a hideous road.

    And here is the award for the most stupid thing posted on the internet.

    Because it's the most direct way, go and take issue with the motoring / car sick "society" which actively design everything but motor vehicles off our public highways to suit their petrol fumed induced dream.

  • Another cyclist follows satnav on to motorway1 year 5 weeks agoQue predictable misdirected

    Que predictable misdirected anger

    *yawns*

  • Can we have "mark all topics / forum read type button...1 year 5 weeks agoBump because it appears to

    Bump because it appears to have been overlooked...again.

  • Baldwin Titanium custom frame1 year 5 weeks agoNice looking bike. Terrible

    Nice looking bike. Terrible graphics.

  • Lezyne Port-a-Shop Toolkit1 year 5 weeks ago'I've never seen anyone use

    'I've never seen anyone use one in putting their pedals on/off. '

    Have you ever seen anyone other than yourself working on a bike? Wink
    I would use my fingers, but a) they're not hexagonal, and b) I can't get the purchase I would with a hex key.

  • Coroner: "No doubt" that pothole caused crash that killed cyclist1 year 5 weeks agoTo add to mrmo, councils have

    To add to mrmo, councils have a statutory duty to maintain and repair the highway so that it's safe and fit for purpose. Problem is they can hide behind a defence provided by s.58 of the Highways Act which allows them to escape liability for damage or injury caused by a road defect if they can prove they had a reasonable inspection and repair regime in place. I'm currently in pre-litigation argument with a rural council about a huge pothole that caused damage to my car (buckled wheel, bent wishbones) - far less important than personal injury or death as in this case, but the principle is the same. The reasonable inspection and repair regime is the problem. You need quite a bit of evidence to show that the council was not reasonable (pre-existing defect that they had knowledge of, inspection regime below the national recommended guidelines are good evidence). Not surprising that the CPS don't see evidence to mount a criminal prosecution, but a civil action has clear grounds.

  • Advice - SPD-SL vs. Speedplay pedals1 year 5 weeks agoI recently got a new carbon

    I recently got a new carbon bike and too new shoes which meant I had to choose pedals too, I for the last few years have used look keo but this time I wanted something better I have been using my speedplay zero about 4 times, about 120 miles, they are great pedals they do take time to set up (30 mins or so) so I put my bike on the turbo so I could sit clip in adjust the cleats, once adjustment were made I have had no trouble with them, what i will say is with float it took me the first ride to sort out, (i personally prefer 0-3 degree of float) I would go with the speedplay pedals I dont think your be disappointed.
    While riding the pedalling feels really secure firm in and out the saddle when clipped in .
    Clipping in is stiff at first and once you get the knack its second nature.
    The pedals feel bigger then they look when pressing through the pedal if that makes sense.
    Hope this helps

  • Opinion: Olympic cycling legacy failing to serve London community groups and clubs1 year 5 weeks agoAs a member of one of it not

    As a member of one of it not the most local club (Cycling Club Hackney) I am pleased to say that we are going to be having road and track sessions at the Velo Park regularly.

    We are expected to pay for the facilities but we are hoping to raise enough in subs that it can be a long-term sustainable relationship with the facility.

    Hopefully the corporate side of things will be used to subsidise the local club scene but it is certainly too early to be critical of the way it is being managed. I know that at CCH we are feeling quite optimistic about it all!!

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cycling-Club-Hackney/173860289294369

  • Another cyclist follows satnav on to motorway1 year 5 weeks agoWe have a bus gate system

    We have a bus gate system that is restricted to taxis, buses and bikes during the day, but you occasionally see unaware cars queuing at the lights. When someone pointed out to the driver that if they went through the gate they'd be fined, they replied, "it's OK, my SatNav is sending me through..it's top of the range". D Oh