• Updated: Pinarello announce Dogma F8 + video1 year 5 weeks agoI see those silly gimmicky

    I see those silly gimmicky twisted forks and seat stays have gone! Laughing

  • Giro Stage 171 year 5 weeks agoThe race for podium is tight

    The race for podium is tight and interesting, but the winner will, barring unexpected incident, go to Quintana or Uran. Uran does need to out time into Quintana in the TT to stand any sort of chance though.

    As for third place, I'd (rashly?) count out Rolland as he can't TT for toffee and is more likely after a stage win. It would be fab to see an Italian on the podium - Pozzovivo or Aru - but I still have a sneaking suspicion that Old Man Cadel will just do enough.

  • Strava Kudos gone feral!1 year 5 weeks agoI give you kudos for writing

    I give you kudos for writing this article well done Laughing

  • Essential wet weather cycle clothing and gear1 year 5 weeks agoMy spoke wrench (that came

    My spoke wrench (that came included with Shimano wheels) fits the valve on my continental tubes perfectly. I try to remember to pre-tighten new tubes valves when they come out of the box using the spoke wrench - that way, when you use a screw on pump, the valve won't come out when you unscrew the pump from the valve. I have the spoke wrench in my saddlebag anyway, which is helpful in case I forgot to tighten the valve on that tube. A small inconvenience given what I find is the benefit of the screw on nature of the pump.

  • Cambridge segregated bike lanes postponed amid concerns over "kamikaze cyclists"1 year 5 weeks agoProbably best they don't

    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.

  • Cambridge segregated bike lanes postponed amid concerns over "kamikaze cyclists"1 year 5 weeks agoProbably best they don't

    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.

  • Strava Kudos gone feral!1 year 5 weeks agoAnyone who turns up on a bike

    Anyone who turns up on a bike gets a kudos from me 'cus cyclists are heroes. No doubt about it.

  • Cotic Escapade road bike1 year 5 weeks agoIt's not clever to use 'on

    It's not clever to use 'on the spectrum' as an insult.

  • Google's new self-driving car puts cyclist safety first1 year 5 weeks agoI think it's a lot safer

    I think it's a lot safer taking the steering wheel off some of the morons you encounter. But what an ugly little bugger, I'd fall off laughing if I came across one for real.

  • Giro d'Italia Stage 17: Stefano Pirazzi wins from the break1 year 5 weeks agoThank you. l'll be practising

    Thank you. l'll be practising my Rosie the Riveter impersonation ready for the next Italian-free meeting.

  • Eurosport Player1 year 5 weeks agoPop to b&q or maplin, get a

    Pop to b&q or maplin, get a satellite set and point the dish at hotbird for rai sport2. Well within the abilities of most diyers.

  • Good and faithful servants1 year 5 weeks agoI have a pair of bottom end

    I have a pair of bottom end Shimano shoes, they look battered but are still going strong and oh so comfortable.

    I'll very sad when the day cimes to say goodbye.

  • Waterproof Jacket- Any suggestions?1 year 5 weeks agoWould love a gabba but

    Would love a gabba but probably just out the top end of my budget. With regards to the softshell. I'm not mad keen on the softshell material. Was still thinking more along the lines of hardshell but not something that resembles a bin liner.

  • Waterproof Jacket- Any suggestions?1 year 5 weeks agoI have a Gore Oxygen jacket

    I have a Gore Oxygen jacket which is completely wind and waterproof (Goretex), and still reasonably breathable, only wetting up from the inside after a lot of hard riding or climbing. I'd certainly recommend it, and it got a great review on this site if I recall as well!

  • Tips for fuelling your sportive1 year 5 weeks agoOh dear. It's the same old

    Oh dear. It's the same old junk food comments like gels, jam and fried eggs. That's why fit cyclists drop dead with heart attacks. You do not get carte Blanche to eat junk. The best advice on thisarticle is the bananas. The water bit is OK but others have noted the electrolyte controversy. Other than that, make yourself cereal mixes or bars and eat good healthy meals to get the carbs in.

  • Mechanical advice required... (got a wheel out of true, and also can't get front brake caliper off)1 year 5 weeks agoThank you everyone for some

    Thank you everyone for some really great info and pointers. I'll definitely buy the wheelpro.co.uk book now I know about it, and I'd never heard of Single Speed Components either -- what a great little site. Also Wipperman chains look great. Annoyingly, I literally just bought an SRAM chain a few days ago to replace yet another worn KMC (got the SRAM because it's a bit cheaper -- hopefully won't regret that, though SRAM chains always did great on my MTB, so I'm not too worried). I'll get a Wipperman when this SRAM starts to stretch, probably around the start of autumn.

    Not sure what I'll do long term. I'd like to build a single speed winter bike before next winter, and that's probably what I'll do, money and storage space permitting. I just need to find a reasonably priced donor bike with decent enough parts that it won't need everything replacing. Specialized Langster's also look like they might do the job if I don't end up building my own -- fairly cheap new, and even cheaper on ebay -- though not sure they have mudguard fittings, which'd be a shame (though understandable, looks like it's halfway to being a track bike really).

    My new front calliper arrived today, so I'll WD40 the old one up and try twisting it off from the front. Fingers crossed it'll be a straight forward job and I don't end up needing to hacksaw a single thing Confused

  • Waterproof Jacket- Any suggestions?1 year 5 weeks agoI have long since given up on

    I have long since given up on water proof and gone down the soft shell route and predominantly ride in a dhb through the colder months. It is water resistant, has zippable vents and costs about 45 quid. If it really is chucking it down, a packable waterproof goes on top but of course you get sweaty on the inside. I ride with a run of the mill cycling jersey underneath and have never felt cold.

  • Tips for fuelling your sportive1 year 5 weeks agoHome made sports drink works

    Home made sports drink works for me a pinch of salt good squirt of honey and some orange squash. I've not tried the bicarb what does that do?

    As for carbs malt loaf is the fuel of choice for me it keeps you going big time, not forgetting bannas the potassium provides a boost that works amazingly well.

    I've experimented with shop bought stuff but it's expensive, doesn't taste great and works no better than the stuff I've described above.

    Finally y'just carn't beat chocolate and the co-op do a brilliant flapjack with chocolate.

    This stuff has got me round the Fred Whitton in 7:38.

  • Giro d'Italia Stage 17: Stefano Pirazzi wins from the break1 year 5 weeks agoIt's similar to what Rosie

    It's similar to what Rosie the Riveter is doing here; very rude in Italy, akin to an American giving the finger or a British cyclist flicking a V. Guessing Pirazzi may get a small fine for it Wink

  • Giro d'Italia Stage 17: Stefano Pirazzi wins from the break1 year 5 weeks ago"Umbrella gesture"? That's a

    "Umbrella gesture"? That's a new one to me. What does it mean, exactly? Am I safe using it in meetings?

    It could be he employed it in a purely literal sense, as in "I'll be very glad to get some shelter from this filthy weather".

  • Next on the timetable: double cycling? Calls for cycling proficiency to appear on the school curriculum1 year 5 weeks agoantigee wrote:PS and I know a

    antigee wrote:
    PS and I know a lot of bikeability instructors try hard to balance liability but "the rules" need to make it fully inclusive by allowing kids with BMX's to do it irrespective of brake arrangements etc etc- some of those kids need it most

    We are BikeAbility trainers, operating both as contractors to a company which has the local contract, and as directly contracted providers of L1 courses to first schools.
    We operate in a (very) Rural area. We always take spare bikes to whichever school we are training at.
    Quite frankly many of the cheap BMX bikes are far from ideal for road riding, and are difficult for many children to control.

  • Google's new self-driving car puts cyclist safety first1 year 5 weeks agowhy don't we just limit

    why don't we just limit normal cars driven by people to 25 mph, make them look like tellytubbies and cover them in foam.

    It's hard to look macho when you're sat inside a child's toy so all the fuckwits will just stay quiet and get themselves to work and back. Furthermore, if the vehicles are restricted to 25mph, those of us with a fair turn of pace in our legs will be able to slipstream them and maybe give them a run for their money on the flat.

  • Waterproof Jacket- Any suggestions?1 year 5 weeks agoI have a Castelli Gabba

    I have a Castelli Gabba convertible jacket that kept me warm and just slightly damp after riding for 3h in a torrential downpour (deep pools of water in the streets, hail, and showers so heavy it was difficult to see). It's very water resistant (no taped seams) and highly breathable so that you don't end up stewing in your own sweat even on climbs. Don't know what the RRP is in the UK but here in Portland it's $220 full price and currently $165 at my LBS.

  • Giro Stage 171 year 5 weeks agoGoddamn 8/9 riders scored

    Goddamn 8/9 riders scored points. I'm never gonna get full house.

  • Google's new self-driving car puts cyclist safety first1 year 5 weeks agoCyclist friendly features are

    Cyclist friendly features are foam bumpers and flexible windscreens? WTF? How about they don't bloody hit us in the first place!

    It seems to me that Walt and Linda would be far better served by getting on a bike themselves - I guess these cars have a place but as 50% of journeys are less than 7 miles a significant number of the prospective passengers could just get on a bloody bike.