- Bike Fits in the South Lakes area1 year 19 weeks agoI'll be doing one next week
I'll be doing one next week at The Body Rehab (right next to Wheelbase) so I'll report back on my experiences. Might even write a blog post about it
- Tech Roundup: Xmas Special - from the 'big present' to stocking fillers, tech for all the cyclists in your life1 year 19 weeks agoRe - cost of T shirts; I
Re - cost of T shirts; I never buy T shirts ever, because I seem to end up with one every time I enter a race (cycle, run or triathlon) whether I want to or not. You can regard this as either (a) a free T (cheap!) or (b) the entry price for a T (£35 or so) (not so cheap) but at least it's something to put on when doing the painting and decorating around the house. As I feel the cold so much no-one ever sees my T shirts anyway, so it's a bit pointless going for something that I'd want someone to actually see
- UCI asks for feedback on future of cycling… but stakeholders need to get skates on1 year 19 weeks agoI'm new to the Byzantine and
I'm new to the Byzantine and smelly politics of cycling but ...err ...does the UCI have to run it? Cycling seems ripe for a Kerry Packer or Bernie Ecclestone type earthquake that ultimately puts competent people in charge.
- Tech Roundup: Xmas Special - from the 'big present' to stocking fillers, tech for all the cyclists in your life1 year 19 weeks agopwake wrote:Simpson t-shirtpwake wrote:
Simpson t-shirt featured = sheer hypocrisy!
How'd you work that out
- Fears grow that BBC's cycling documentary 'War on Britain's Roads' will be 'sensationalist and irresponsible'1 year 19 weeks agoRe: Clarkson:
I was impressed
I was impressed when I randomly paused in my trawl down the channels to see Clarkson announce that "Only 5% of all countryside road accidents are as a result of speed".
Presumably cars are just as lethal to cyclists whether they're roaring through blind bends at 50mph or simply stationary.
Only one reasonable road-safety measure:
Ban all cars from the countryside, irrespective of their speed. They're lethal even at rest.
For some reason, this WASN'T the conclusion the bellowing buffoons drew.
- It was that all accidents are caused by wildlife.
In the interests of Balance, can't the BBC have a program in which all cyclists and animals blame their high mortality on the roads on cars?
For - That would be "Political correctness gone maaaaad".
- Fears grow that BBC's cycling documentary 'War on Britain's Roads' will be 'sensationalist and irresponsible'1 year 19 weeks agoThank you very much for
Thank you very much for putting this documentary in context.
I can imagine no other way I'd have found out the provenance of the footage you mention.
It's shocking that an ostensivley 'Objective documentary;' should mix fact and fantasy so irresponsibly - adding to the 'War' it claims to merely report on.
Or - maybe that's the game plan?
Does he have a 'follow-up' feature planned, maybe with more scenes from 'Mad Max'?
Ok. I'm being flippant.
Thanks anyhow. Good Public Service Information there.
- Merseyside man gets stolen bike back... after spotting it for sale in Cash Converters shop window1 year 19 weeks agoA friend and colleague had
A friend and colleague had his newish £800 bike stolen from outside our office in Leeds city centre. 2 days later I was walking to work and about half a mile from the office I spotted my friend's bike leaning against a wall. I did a hasty double take and then went to retrieve it, just as the new owner re-appeared.
Luckily he was a visiting polish cyclist that had spotted a bargain the previous day in a Cash Converters, about 5 miles away. Bizarrely, he'd bought it for £30 and ridden it almost back to the scene of the crime.
My mate got his bike back, I got a bottle of wine as a reward, the polish guy got his £30 back and best of all, the numpty thief used his passport as ID to sell it to Cash Converters so he ended up in court.
- Merseyside man gets stolen bike back... after spotting it for sale in Cash Converters shop window1 year 19 weeks agoI lost a Sun GT 10XL when I
I lost a Sun GT 10XL when I was about 15 after I left it locked up outside the local train station, a very small rural station that was manned by a rather odd and taciturn fellow with ginger sideburns. A week later I spotted the very same bloke on my bike. Thing is, he was cycling past the station that I went to twice every weekday, as he probably could have worked out for himself if he'd managed to scrape together enough braincells to mull it over. Anyway, I got it back. He told the police he'd bought it from a bloke whom he described as average height and build, brown hair, no distinguishing features. Funny that.
- Car use in decline? RAC Foundation report says Peak Car theory oversimplifies the issues1 year 19 weeks agoThis absolutely fits with my
This absolutely fits with my wife's opinions, and mine also, especially the last paragraph.
- Man who supplied Contador's 'contaminated' beef made president of Spanish cycling federation1 year 19 weeks agoI did say he might have
I did say he might have delivered the steak which is now the scapegoat. The point is that I don't believe AC. What impact that has on this fella is the unknown, but it certainly casts a funny shadow his way.
- Fears grow that BBC's cycling documentary 'War on Britain's Roads' will be 'sensationalist and irresponsible'1 year 19 weeks agoPeacenik, I like the cut of
Peacenik, I like the cut of your jib. I agree with pretty much everything you say. The only thing I'd take issue with is the suggestion that it's a 'very few' people who run red lights etc. I wish that were the case but I honestly don't think it is. Apart from that I'm with you 100%.
- Fenwicks Stealth Road Lube 100ml1 year 19 weeks agoHow does this compare to
How does this compare to Purple Extreme?
- Metric Century chat1 year 19 weeks ago5 inches of snow over the
5 inches of snow over the Chilterns this morning but I stayed upright. My slowest MC ever I should think.
- Transport For London's Draft Business Plan gives more details of Mayor's plan to invest £1billion in cycling1 year 19 weeks ago"According to today’s report,
"According to today’s report, one area of focus going forward will be trying to improve the relationship between cyclists and other road users, including investing in cycle awareness programmes."
Last summer TfL had a cracking cycle awareness campaign ready to roll on TV and cinema but City Hall canned it, allegedly because it was too "blue sky" - ie, imaginative.
Promoting the idea of road equality is a key part of encouraging the less confident to saddle up, so hopefully fresh funding will be matched by a readiness to take a few creative risks in order to be heard above the clutter.
- Tech Roundup: Xmas Special - from the 'big present' to stocking fillers, tech for all the cyclists in your life1 year 19 weeks agoBananaDrama wrote:I thinkBananaDrama wrote:
I think what we are forgetting here is that these are gift ideas.
Next year's gift guide we're going to keep it simple, ignore cycling and just run through a few places where tangerines and walnuts can be bought.
Then we'll pull up a chair, crack open the popcorn and wait for the inevitable Waitrose/M&S vs Aldi/Lidl discussion
- Trek Madone 6 Series 2013 - Custom build1 year 19 weeks agoI think the translation to
I think the translation to grams is effectively a comparative that makes it easier for cyclists to understand. Rather than talk about how it reduces the drag coefficient, they talk in grams because people can understand how this is equivalent to, say buying a lighter group set, or saddle, for instance. So if I am thinking of buying a bike, and like one that weight 6.80Kg, and the other weighs 7.0Kg, but is fandangled in such a way that it reduces drag by 200g, there's no real difference.....I think that is the logic.
But if I was an engineer I would probably dislike the terminology, but I guess most people without an engineering background would struggle to understand how a drag coefficient would affect their ride, especially when so often there are so many factors that add to or detract from riding performance - aerodynamics and weight being just two.
- Cyclists in Bologna to be fined for riding in the snow1 year 19 weeks agoAbuse of office, if you ask
Abuse of office, if you ask me.
But let's give the guy a chance. He can come and stay with me for free and I'll show him how Cheshire grits and salts the roads. He'll soon see the light.
Failing that, doesn't Italy still have lampposts for unpopular leaders?¹
¹only joking, of course.
- Transport For London's Draft Business Plan gives more details of Mayor's plan to invest £1billion in cycling1 year 19 weeks agoAny chance of anything being
Any chance of anything being spent outside of London?
- Cambridge cyclists to see 3,000-space cycle park plans, council plans to light up guided busway path1 year 19 weeks agoSolar stud
Solar stud lighting?
Eschewing the obvious temptation to say, 'well, they must light up when I pass, then', aren't they those annoying lights in the road that just shine into your eyes so you can't see properly?
- Fenwicks Stealth Road Lube 100ml1 year 19 weeks agoI've run this on the last
I've run this on the last couple of occasions partly to see if it would quieten down my Wippermann chain which is quite noisy - it did.
I've previously lubed chains just by wiping down and applying more dry lube but this seems to need a thorough clean each time. Any advice on whether to clean each time or is it possible to top up occasionally?
- Cyclists in Bologna to be fined for riding in the snow1 year 19 weeks agoforget it.
- My local roads1 year 19 weeks agodon't say it bro just let
don't say it bro just let some air out of your tires, it's just like suspension!
- The Hands Off My Bike Challenge1 year 19 weeks agoInternal bike parking is the
Internal bike parking is the simple solution to this. Whilst bikes are locked up on the street, no lock, however strong, will ever be good enough.
Nesta's competition is firing in the wrong direction. Do you really think that companies like Kryptonite are not already ploughing millions into R and D?
- The Hands Off My Bike Challenge1 year 19 weeks agonesta wrote:The winningnesta wrote:
The winning innovation will be the one that requires the longest time to steal the bike
my idea's just to encase the bike in metre-thick concrete. if time to steal is the only criterion for winning, i'm in with a good shout i reckon
- Cambridge cyclists to see 3,000-space cycle park plans, council plans to light up guided busway path1 year 19 weeks agoGnomeicide wrote:You'd neverGnomeicide wrote:
You'd never build a multi-storey car park where the motorists are required to get out and push...
Well, you could argue that this is another reason that it's better by bike: we can get off and push and use more efficient parking, not waste some available space on making the access ramps shallower!
But I do wonder why they don't tilt the parking decks and avoid any space spent on ramps.
Once more, I'm reminded of http://lcc.org.uk/articles/what-would-british-roads-look-like-if-we-trea...