• Competition Prizes1 year 5 weeks agoI havent got my giro sunnies

    I havent got my giro sunnies yet either

  • Updated: UCI rejects claims Chris Froome given preferential treatment to use corticosteroid1 year 5 weeks agoI wish the French would not

    I wish the French would not refer to Froome as being English. He may be British as far as Kenyan born ex-pats living in a tax exile can be but he has no claim to be English.

  • London to Brighton...1 year 5 weeks agoparksey wrote: Any

    parksey wrote:

    Any recommendations?

    You might enjoy the Palace to Palace rides, I have done the Midlands (circular) one twice and that was a pleasant enough, without the different start/finish logistics.
    I haven't done the London to Windsor one but know plenty who have and they all enjoyed that.

  • DM article1 year 5 weeks agoThe offender is despicable

    The offender is despicable and I have every sympathy with the boy's family. Given the offender's record, his attitude to driving and his behaviour in general suggests this tragic incident was not unforeseeable. Why he should ever be allowed to drive again defies common sense. For those believing in punishment, it's worth remembering that child killers are not held inn high esteem by other prisoners.

    But also read this, which came from Brake today:

    Higher prison sentences unlikely to deter ‘death by driving’ offences, academic says

    University of Leicester academic Professor Sally Kyd Cunningham suggests new Government laws could fail as a deterrent against crimes committed while driving

    In the wake of the Government’s recent announcement of a comprehensive review of driving offences and penalties, an academic from the University of Leicester has argued that higher prison sentences could fail to act as a deterrent against ‘death by driving’ offences – and that it is the punishment for underlying offences that should instead be revised.

    Professor Sally Kyd Cunningham from the University of Leicester’s School of Law has called into question the effectiveness of two controversial new offences: ‘causing death by driving by disqualified driving’ and ‘causing serious injury by disqualified driving’, suggesting that the laws will ultimately do little to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused in driving crashes.

    Professor Kyd Cunningham explained: “It is difficult to see how any causing death by driving offence can act as a deterrent, no matter how high the sentence attached to it.

    “When drivers get behind the wheel, they do not think about whether they might cause a collision or whether it is they or another road user that might be killed. Neither do they think about the punishment they might receive as a result if they survive the crash.

  • Cycle helmets save lives says Neurosurgeon - in ongoing helmet row1 year 5 weeks agoYeah I noticed that.

    Yeah I noticed that. Interesting that there's a recent study out of the States that looked at compulsory helmet wearing for children. That study found that States with a compulsory law for children had a drop in cyclist numbers as kids changed from biking to other wheeled devices... and the head injury rate remained unchanged.

    Apparently scooters and skates cause head injuries as well...

  • Belkin pull plug on team sponsorship after just one year1 year 5 weeks agoI was never convinced that

    I was never convinced that Belkin had any cycling synergy at all, in my mind, a bedroom geek brand, however GIANT SHIMANO is a massive own goal if they pull out, not that I buy Belikin, or Giant, or Shimano......maybe advertising doesn't work on me!

  • Cycle helmets save lives says Neurosurgeon - in ongoing helmet row1 year 5 weeks agofactor41 wrote:oldstrath

    Drooling

    factor41 wrote:
    oldstrath wrote:
    ...You want to wear a helmet while cycling that's fine, good for you. I can't understand why you wouldn't be equally keen on wearing one while walking, driving a car, standing in the shower, ...

    My car has a lot of airbags which should help protect my head in case of impact. Opportunities for my head to hit the kerb/road at 30-40mph seem fairly low while walking or showering. Am I doing it wrong? Confused


    Don't need to hit your head at 30 mph. Doubt the children Mr Carter saw had been doing 30 mph, and there's little evidence a helmet would protect you if you were travelling at that speed when you landed. Go and ask your local neurosurgeon where most of his cases get injured - slipping in the shower will be high up there.

  • Focus launch new Cayo with disc brake option and electronic/mechanical groupset compatibility on all frames1 year 5 weeks agoYou've basically provided a

    You've basically provided a perfect example of one of my concerns. In the wet the effectiveness of the brakes will depend on tyres used. Without a lot of footprint, on a typical 23mm racing bike tyre, disc brakes will result in faster lock ups of back wheels and a greater risk of front wheel lock ups too.

    On a motorbike the rear disc is hardly used because of the danger of lock ups and rear end skids. All the braking work is done at the front. Of course a smaller disc at the rear is the usual answer but even then they should have a weaker master cyclinder/piston arrangement. Just watch MotoGP to see how all the braking force is through the front. They do Nose Wheelies all the time.

    With respect to your comment about rotor diameters on the rear. If the diameter ratios (front:rear) were the same as a motorbike, such as a ZZR600, a bicycle would have 160:116 to provide a sensible balance. The reason is that under severe braking most people squeeze both levers at the same time and as the rear is always liable to lock the same force at both levers needs to be accentuated in the front and diminished at the back. A 25% smaller rear rotor is heading in the right direction.

  • Belkin pull plug on team sponsorship after just one year1 year 5 weeks agoFinding big names who are

    Finding big names who are happy to sponsor a historically scarred sport for an extended period is getting tougher.

  • Cycle helmets save lives says Neurosurgeon - in ongoing helmet row1 year 5 weeks agoAm I the only person who

    Am I the only person who noticed and understood the adjective PAEDIATRIC? This Neurosurgeon is talking about children falling off their bikes and that is who cycle helmets are designed to protect.

  • Cycle helmets save lives says Neurosurgeon - in ongoing helmet row1 year 5 weeks agoHere in New Zealand we've had

    Here in New Zealand we've had a compulsory all age helmet law since 1994. As a percentage, cyclist fatalities have remained unchanged at 4.6% of road fatalities and injuries have INCREASED. Meanwhile cyclist modal share has dropped from 4% to 1%.

    90% of cyclists killed are wearing helmets.

    I was a little surprised to find a couple of deaths in a recent coronial enquiry involved helmet wearing cyclists hitting objects at relatively low speeds (32 and 45 kph).

    I commute 20 kms on a main road without much in the way of cycle lanes. A helmet for me is a complete waste of time as any accident will involve a vehicle weighing anything from 1 tonne to 50 tonnes travelling at 100 kph.

    It's really interesting that here, we have widespread support for compulsory helmet wearing for cyclists but almost nothing for a minimum passing distance. I'd much rather not be hit by 40 tonnes of moving steel than try and mitigate that sort of force by wearing a couple of cms of polystyrene.

  • BTwin Bib Shorts 5001 year 5 weeks agoso what size for a 32 inch

    so what size for a 32 inch waist do you guys think? S/m?
    Smile

  • Irish man cops fine for careless driving around off-duty police1 year 5 weeks agoWarrant cards work just as

    Warrant cards work just as well as loaded guns.

    But best is to let the errant person run-out their rope, and get the uniformed guys on duty to get them with a well monitored trail of misbehaviour, rather than just a short incident.

  • Steel Frameset1 year 5 weeks agoThanks for all the

    Thanks for all the suggestions guys. Unfortunately I have found out the Genesis is now unavailable in the size I would like.

    Has anybody got any experience of a Soma Smoothie??

  • Cycle helmets save lives says Neurosurgeon - in ongoing helmet row1 year 5 weeks agokevinmorice wrote: As for the

    kevinmorice wrote:

    As for the idea that helmets being mandatory would put people off cycling. The same nonsense was spouted in the early 80's when seatbelts became mandatory. Did anyone give up their car? Not a single one. Would you expect to drive around today without a seatbelt? No, and let's face it, if you got in a taxi tomorrow and there were no seatbelts you would probably get straight back out.

    And the evidence we have from Australia and NZ is that compulsory helmets led to less cycling. Driving is normal, cycling is something weirdos with a death wish do...

    Do the dutch and the danes wear helmets?

    Do we want to encourage utility cycling or not?

    Is cycling, utility cycling, dangerous?

  • Focus launch new Cayo with disc brake option and electronic/mechanical groupset compatibility on all frames1 year 5 weeks agoDisc brakes are not affected

    Disc brakes are not affected by wet conditions unlike rim brakes. Furthermore, the mechanical advantage of discs is far superior so stopping power is much improved. These brakes will be the ultimate in braking and as far as cycling goes there will be no better invention. Carbon brakes will never happen because they need to get very hot to work and even motorbikes and cars can't generate the heat for them to be practical for the domestic market.

    I'm not convinced that the pro-pelaton will bother with Discs unless there is a clear race advantage and at the moment I can only think of negatives, or at least concerns, that would exclude them if I was a pro cyclist. They may give me a fraction of a second advantage bombing it downhill into a hairpin bend in the dry but in the wet I am more likely to lock up and come off. Hell that already happens with rim brakes so discs will be much worse. They won't improve Bradley's inability to descend fast, that's for sure. The fastest descenders are fast because they don't brake much at all so I doubt discs will appeal to them either.

    I think at an amateur/domestic level disc brakes are a great development. Without a doubt, fashion has a part to play in choice of all bike parts so some will want them no matter what. Certainly, in mountain biking I can see a definite advantage over rim brakes. Also on touring bikes or tandems they will be a massive improvement over traditional canti's. I also think for commuting in all weather conditions and in traffic they will be a definite advantage as fast stopping to avoid hazards is something we would all appreciate.

  • Video: When separate infrastructure isn't enough - cyclist hit by SUV on footbridge1 year 5 weeks agoThe story says "Virginia

    The story says "Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) confirmed that one of its contract employees has been put on administrative leave while they investigate the incident"

    I'm guessing that means it wasn't Joe Public becoming confused or taking a sneaky shortcut, but someone driving across the bridge as part of their job (e.g. for bridge inspection). There's a similar situation on the Forth Road Bridge, where you regularly encounter Bridge Authority maintenance vehicles driving along the pedestrian/cycling path in the morning, and quite often "civilian" vehicles belonging to contractors.

    It's possible the driver was travelling too fast and didn't slow down. It's also possible the driver was driving cautiously at an appropriate speed and the cyclist just wasn't paying attention and saw the vehicle too late. You can't really tell from that video, and it is impossible to make an accurate judgement about what speed both parties were travelling at.

  • Cycle helmets save lives says Neurosurgeon - in ongoing helmet row1 year 5 weeks ago1.5. Pro helmet. Particularly

    1.5. Pro helmet. Particularly the one that save my head, and possibly my life, whilst I was smashing up my collar bone. And not opposed to compulsion.

    As for the idea that helmets being mandatory would put people off cycling. The same nonsense was spouted in the early 80's when seatbelts became mandatory. Did anyone give up their car? Not a single one. Would you expect to drive around today without a seatbelt? No, and let's face it, if you got in a taxi tomorrow and there were no seatbelts you would probably get straight back out.

    The culture has to change!

    And if anyone is going to quote the studies, read all the data sources in them before looking at the conclusions of someone who had grant money to spend proving a case in the first place. The countries that enforce helmets all have completely different cultures of cycling and driving to the UK. Not least, most of them drive on the wrong side of the road meaning 90% of them are steering primarily with their weaker hand whilst we drive on the sensible side and only the 10% of lefties are steering with their weaker hand.

  • Focus launch new Cayo with disc brake option and electronic/mechanical groupset compatibility on all frames1 year 5 weeks agoCarlosFerreiro wrote:In the

    CarlosFerreiro wrote:
    In the area of 10W extra aero drag at 25-30mph?
    http://road.cc/content/feature/83327-disc-brakes-v-rim-brakes-which-are-...

    It'll be interesting to see where rim design goes, but I suspect there is less to gain from shape/construction savings than you might hope, when you are still designing for clinchers and the extra spoke forces from disc braking....

    Real world data says I'm just as fast (if not actually faster) on my Volagi Liscio (discs) than I am my Scott Foil Team Issue (rims). I actually struggle to match flat Strava segment times on the Scott. They're set up to be as close as possible and are running the same tyres. There's certainly not 10W difference.

  • London to Brighton...1 year 5 weeks agoIt was that stop at the top

    It was that stop at the top of Turners Hill that caused me to comment. Ok, you can't move the pub that's there, but some better marshaling to encourage people not to literally stop right on the brow of the hill would have been welcome. IIRC, Turners was the first hill I was able to have a good crack at, but still had to stop before the top because of the ripple of people just jumping straight off their bikes.

    Sounds like even a 7.30 start wasn't quite early enough then, looks like it would definitely need to be 6.30 if possible. We raised more than enough in sponsorship to get the priority registration for 2015, so maybe we could get a good run.

  • Novatec CXD Aluminium Clincher wheelset1 year 5 weeks ago20/24 spoke for disc brakes?

    20/24 spoke for disc brakes? No, just no.

    Was the reviewer using disc or rim brakes?

  • Competition Prizes1 year 5 weeks agoStill nothing, Dave. Any

    Still nothing, Dave. Any news?

  • L'eroica Britannia 20141 year 5 weeks agoI'll be riding an '85 Merckx

    I'll be riding an '85 Merckx in Molteni Orange that's got a mix of Campag from down the ages so I do have the benefit of 39/29 which I'm sure I'll be glad of, along with 90's dual pivot callipers. The gruppo's shiny silver so looks period from a distance!

    Tyres-wise I wanted gum-walls so was a bit restricted in choice: Challenge Elite 23's. They look the business on shiny box-section rims. Hope they don't get too shredded on any gravel sections as they weren't cheap.

    Clothing - repro Team Bic jersey (decided not to be a total Merckx fanboy) and plain black modern bib-shorts. Hoping to borrow an original bright yellow 80's Bell helmet from a friend: it looks terrible! I was trying to get hold of a leather 'hairnet' helmet but they're too expensive for just one ride.

    The main thing that's vexing me is pedals and shoes. Getting NOS cycling shoes in my size has been too difficult. I've tried some normal shoes that look the part with toe-strap cage pedals but they are far too flexy and I find I'm straining calf muscles that don't usually get a workout. I have a nice pair of Giro Republics but they don't properly fit into the toe clips (don't want to wreck them). They'd look fine on Shimano SPD/cage combination M324 pedals and no-one would be able to tell I'm clipped in: seems crazy to object to that but I'm not sure I want to take the risk of being DQ'd...

  • Focus launch new Cayo with disc brake option and electronic/mechanical groupset compatibility on all frames1 year 5 weeks ago160mm rear rotors are

    160mm rear rotors are pointless and will just lead to big flat spots on your rear tyre. I've been running 160/140 on my Volagi for 2.5 years now and descended Alpe D'Huez at 33 Celsius (all 85kg of me) and also hit 60mph on a Cairngorms descent - absolutely no heat issues. It's very easy to snatch a rear brake though because weight transfer on a bike (especially one descending and braking) is pretty extreme with nearly all the weight on the front wheel one the front brake is applied with any force.

  • BTwin Bib Shorts 5001 year 5 weeks agoHave to agree with the

    Have to agree with the review, I've been wearing the earlier version of these (the pad is the same) for several months now and really can't fault them.

    Fit and sizing is good, the quality is perfectly acceptable for the price, and the pad is as good as that on a pair of Gore bibs I've got that cost three times as much.