• Cycle helmets save lives says Neurosurgeon - in ongoing helmet row1 year 6 weeks agoLinusLarrabee wrote:Do

    LinusLarrabee wrote:
    Do helmets cause more injuries than they prevent? That's the only question worth asking. From that, a rational decision can be made wether or not an individual wishes to wear a helmet.

    Simples, yes.
    New Zealand, introduced a mandatory cycle helmet law. In '94 there were just under 500 KSI per 100,000 cyclists. In '11 this had almost doubled to just under 900 KSI per 100,000 cyclists. The worst part is cycling dropped from just over 250,000 to 130,000.

    http://rdrf.org.uk/2013/12/17/the-effects-of-new-zealands-cycle-helmet-law/

  • London to Brighton...1 year 6 weeks agoI rode this with some

    I rode this with some colleagues. We unfortunately had a 9am start and it was a nightmare. I agree completely about the etiquette and education issues. There were times when on the later hills people just decided they couldn't make it and stopped bang in the middle of the road right or would still be walking 3 or 4 abreast blocking the whole road. When asked politely by a colleague to walk to the left he got a mouthful in response.

    I think the route was fantastic though and would definitely want to do it again, but maybe with about 27,950 less people

  • Spa Audax or similar1 year 6 weeks agoRemember the formula for

    Remember the formula for Shimano rear mech compatibility:

    (Front big - front small) + (cassette big - cassette small) = n

    eg; (50 - 34 = 16) + (30 - 12 = 18) = 34

    If your result is over 33 then Shimano recommend you buy a long cage mech.

    All Campagnolo 11s, either standard or compact, will take a 29t on the back.

  • Tour de Suisse stage 41 year 6 weeks agoI think Lobato has proved

    I think Lobato has proved himself Movistar's top fast man(still didn't take him though as I had enough for Coquard)

    In:Cav,Tommeke,Kristoff,Coquard,Degenkolb

    Out:Menace,Wiggo,Rui,Double I,Morabito

    Cav
    Deg
    Tom
    Kris
    Coq
    Tschopp
    Kessiakoff
    Roy
    Fumeaux

    Shocking TDS so far....way outside the top 500 D Oh

  • London to Brighton...1 year 6 weeks agoarfa wrote:I know it gets

    arfa wrote:
    I know it gets people on bikes, raises lots of money and if ridden in the right spirit can be alot of fun but cycling really is becoming a victim of its own success. Perhaps time for organisers to spend a little on education/etiquette?

    Personally I think they need to look towards some sort of seeding system, try and group start times by ability. I know its only a 'fun ride' but its the only way I can see it working safely without reducing the numbers.

  • British Cycling Fan membership launched - priority tickets, access to training sessions and more1 year 6 weeks agoAl__S wrote:Saw complaints

    Al__S wrote:
    Saw complaints about booking and card fees for the Revolution series. On top of the face value of the tickets, they're charging £4.50 booking fee per ticket plus a £2.50 transaction fee (so eg for one ticket, £7.00, two tickets £11.50 etc).

    Maybe British Cycling could encourage promoters not to pull stunts like that? There'd be far less complaints if the tickets were just more expensive face value...

    Revolution isn't organised by British Cycling but by the Face Partnership I think. The booking fees would have been set and charged by Quay Tickets in the past and going forward it will be See Tickets, you can't expect a ticket agency to sell the tickets, print the tickets, post them out, deal with any complaints, handle the customer services side of it and not cover their costs.

    Those fees seem somewhat ridiculous though.

  • British Cycling Fan membership launched - priority tickets, access to training sessions and more1 year 6 weeks agoSaw complaints about booking

    Saw complaints about booking and card fees for the Revolution series. On top of the face value of the tickets, they're charging £4.50 booking fee per ticket plus a £2.50 transaction fee (so eg for one ticket, £7.00, two tickets £11.50 etc).

    Maybe British Cycling could encourage promoters not to pull stunts like that? There'd be far less complaints if the tickets were just more expensive face value...

  • Cycle helmets save lives says Neurosurgeon - in ongoing helmet row1 year 6 weeks agoI've not read all the

    I've not read all the comments, so it's possible that this point has already been said.

    I think what the neurosurgeon from St George's was saying has been taken out of context slightly. I believe what he said is that the helmets currently on sale are a waste of time wearing, as they offer little protection. £9.99 from Argos isn't worth the money. How many helmets on sale have a BS Kitemark, or whatever it is these days?

  • dhb Blok Fluoro Cycle Bib Shorts1 year 6 weeks agopj wrote:if i washed my bibs

    pj wrote:
    if i washed my bibs on anything less than a 500 degree cycle with superstrength nuclear biological powder they'd start to walk out to the bike each morning all by themselves.

    on a positive note, it's quite good that the DHB label peels off. I can pretend i'm riding something far more expensive.

    Sorry, the little orange tab will always give it away.

  • Calling all Planet X RT58 owners.1 year 6 weeks agoThanks Al. Can I also ask

    Thanks Al. Can I also ask what size frame you're riding and your height and inseam please?

  • Updated: UCI rejects claims Chris Froome given preferential treatment to use corticosteroid1 year 6 weeks agodogcc wrote: Steroids don't

    dogcc wrote:

    Steroids don't induce euphoria. OMG LOL.
    Thighs aren't the limiting physiological factors in this sport. More like Cardio-Vascular system OMG LOL.

    Well you know debate has broken down when the response is 'OMG LOL' - (BTW, who said that thighs are the limiting physiological factors in this sport?). So, I'll leave it there for now - let's see if Sky can keep their heads down at least until the Sheffield Uni paper is released (we might all be having a LOL at that one!).

  • Spa Audax or similar1 year 6 weeks ago10 speed campag mechs will do

    10 speed campag mechs will do 30t and the 11 speeds are now 29t.

    Surly are also very good long haul framesets.

  • Focus launch new Cayo with disc brake option and electronic/mechanical groupset compatibility on all frames1 year 6 weeks agopastaman wrote:Talking of

    pastaman wrote:
    Talking of ugly things, those SRAM hydraulic levers are truly hideous as well .Devil

    maybe but i love em. comfy, better shift than ever and them hydro brakes..

  • Cycle helmets save lives says Neurosurgeon - in ongoing helmet row1 year 6 weeks agovbvb wrote:MercuryOne

    vbvb wrote:
    MercuryOne wrote:

    As for wearing them in a car or on foot? Red herring time wasting nonsense.
    Why?

    Indeed. if we want to reduce serious head injuries we should talk about fitting helmets to the people most likely to receive one, and that's people inside cars.

    So why would we say that was a waste of time? Well the obvious reason being, it's never going to happen. We're never going to make car occupants wear helmets because then travel by car might be perceived as dangerous or something we should stop doing and we can't have that. Every argument we apply to cycling (which is an intrinsically safe activity) for safety equipment, we can easily apply to driving but the resistance to those suggestions is immense. Even on a cycling forum presumably occupied by cycling aficionados, the resistance is high.

    What is really pointless is listening to neurosurgeons talk about helmets. They're not helmet experts, they only get to see people who've been in certain types of accidents, they don't see dead people or people who just get back up and carry on. They see a tiny fraction of people who bang their heads and see an even tinier fraction of people who happily cycle about the place completely free of injury and harm.

    That's red herring, time wasting nonsense.

  • Focus launch new Cayo with disc brake option and electronic/mechanical groupset compatibility on all frames1 year 6 weeks agoJakal79 wrote:Any word on

    Jakal79 wrote:
    Any word on tire clearence? Couldn't find it in the text.

    Looking at the amount of space above the tyre in that head on view of the headtube and fork - it looks pretty similar to the amount on my Cayo I use for my commute into work along well used country roads, so I needed something to keep all of the rubbish at bay on wet days or even warm sunny days as well.

    I have used SKS Raceblades - they use metal brackets trapped behind your brakes and they work well, but if your tyre picks up a substantial piece of crud left behind on the road you could be faced with a broken mudguard and or at minimum another hour lost fiddling around trying to get the guards lined up leaving enough space for your tyres.

    I have used Crud Road Racers MkII's and I am glad I discovered them - they keep the maximum amount of the rear wheel enveloped with their multi section assembly and use just a removable zip tie to fix them to the brake and plastic blocks with rubber cords to mount off the seatstays and front fork - Crud Road Racers all the way for me.

  • WADA appeals to CAS for longer bans for Johan Bruyneel and two other ex-US Postal team staff1 year 6 weeks agogiobox wrote:I wonder if

    giobox wrote:
    I wonder if anyone would hire him, supposing he did look for a cycling job again after a ban? Would make Sky hiring Leinders look like small beer.

    It'd be like Tony Blair being re-elected with Brown as his deputy,

    Bruyneel (IMO) was the architect of the doping programme at USPS and should be facing the Federal Inquiry.

  • Pictures of your Bike1 year 6 weeks agoBoardman Pro Carbon

    Boardman Pro Carbon

  • Focus launch new Cayo with disc brake option and electronic/mechanical groupset compatibility on all frames1 year 6 weeks agoIs Focus still manufacturing

    Is Focus still manufacturing a large majority of their top road bikes in Germany or have the outsourced more models since the MAX? I need to replace my Madone after a car ran over both of us and the Focus brand is on the top of my list.

  • Witness appeal after two riders seriously injured on BHF London to Brighton Bike Ride1 year 6 weeks agoI used to do the BHF

    I used to do the BHF London-Brighton every year. I stopped doing it for two main reasons.

    The first was BHF's aggressive marketing and hectoring to raise more money. They piss you off with the sheer volume of junk-mail and emails.

    And the second was the greed of BHF. Towards the end there were too many riders for the event and accidents were happening simply because of numbers. One year I didn't even get in the saddle for the first mile and a half because the riders were so tightly packed together. When you have this many riders, of wildly different abilities and standards, packed in together you are guaranteed to have accidents.

    BHF get away with this because their rides are not races or sportives but 'fun rides'. That way they don't have to limit riders or accept any responsibility when things go wrong.

    I wish the two riders a full and speedy recovery.

  • Building Bike1 year 6 weeks agoJust built that groupset*

    Just built that groupset* into a Boardman CXR 9.8 frame**. The bike feels wonderful and looks the biz with some carbon wheels. I was tempted by the Orbea but the frame weighed a little more. The Focus Cayo (reviewed today on the top stories) might have won my money if it had been available a couple of months back - though having said that, the Boardman has fittings for mudguards and rear rack which will give me the bonus of longer distance and/or winter options which is where I really intend to use this bike over my non-disc bike.
    My total build weight including bottle holders was 7.4kg and I have a (rather self-indulgent) 5 min build video if you are interested.

    * apart from the crank where I re-used a SRAM Red one I had
    ** Carbon frame with little extra strength and suppliness to allow cyclocross duties if required - however this isn't in the ultra comfortable bracket of a steel framed bike

  • Spa Audax or similar1 year 6 weeks agoI don't mind the longer days

    I don't mind the longer days in the saddle, and live near the heart of the Cairngorms…so gears matter. The problem with Campag is their rear mechs can only cope with a 28T, personally I've always had a bail-out granny gear that I know I can grind up any hill with a wide triple, I can run 26x31 so my feet whirl faster than my wheels. Ideal for a 1:3 with 200k+ in the legs. Its perfectly possible to run even lower gears if you use Shimano.

    I've got Veloce 10sp on the carbon bike, its adequate, but gear range is limited and suited to sportif/racing more than distance work.

    I'm still happily eating the miles on my old Raleigh Randonneur (1988 from new), if you keep an eye open you could still pick one up for an absolute song, the spec is bang on for what you want and the Reynolds 531ST tubeset still rocks.

  • Cycle helmets save lives says Neurosurgeon - in ongoing helmet row1 year 6 weeks agoMercuryOne wrote: As for

    MercuryOne wrote:

    As for wearing them in a car or on foot? Red herring time wasting nonsense.
    Why?

  • Cycle helmets save lives says Neurosurgeon - in ongoing helmet row1 year 6 weeks agoLinusLarrabee wrote:Do

    LinusLarrabee wrote:
    Do helmets cause more injuries than they prevent? That's the only question worth asking. From that, a rational decision can be made wether or not an individual wishes to wear a helmet.
    Helmet-specific advice or true also of ski goggles for head-on bee impacts?

  • WADA appeals to CAS for longer bans for Johan Bruyneel and two other ex-US Postal team staff1 year 6 weeks agoI wonder if anyone would hire

    I wonder if anyone would hire him, supposing he did look for a cycling job again after a ban? Would make Sky hiring Leinders look like small beer.

  • Cycle helmets save lives says Neurosurgeon - in ongoing helmet row1 year 6 weeks agoDo helmets cause more

    Do helmets cause more injuries than they prevent? That's the only question worth asking. From that, a rational decision can be made wether or not an individual wishes to wear a helmet.

    All that other crap being argued above is the dumb part of the brain trying to justify crappy decision making. It's the same kind of stupidity in action when you see people using their mobiles whilst driving or not wearing their seat-belts. Which is fine, but FFS, just admit your dumb brains aren't working and stop trying to pretend there's some kind of rational thought behind it.