• Two Tunnels route branded 'dangerous' in ITV report1 year 11 weeks agoThe lighting in the tunnel

    The lighting in the tunnel may be dim, but it probably never gets anything like as dark as many ordinary shared-use paths after sundown.

    I often cycle after dark on a shared-use towpath that has no lighting whatsoever, and I'm sure that's a more common hazard and one more worth worrying about. As ever with shared use paths, a bit of consideration goes a long way - I'm fairly good at staying alert and spotting joggers, dogs and oncoming cyclists in good time, but lights and reflective material help (especially with the dogs - small fast-moving black dogs on black asphalt backgrounds on a dark night are really not that easy to pick out with ordinary bike lights.)

    I had an unfortunate experience on a shared-use path yesterday. I was sticking to my own side of the path, and I could see a family of four 100 yards ahead of me. Their alert little four-year-old was looking well up the path for oncoming traffic, and he swung smartly back onto his own side of the path when he saw me approach. I wanted to give him a medal, and I passed the family expecting to hear him being complimented on his excellent road sense, but his dopey big brother and his dopey parents hadn't been looking ahead up the path and anticipating, so all three of them came close to rear-ending the little boy when he moved in. They were all cursing him angrily for moving back to his own side when I caught up with them.

  • Canyon Ultimate CF SLX Frame sizing1 year 11 weeks agoHi, I'm looking at a Canyon

    Hi,

    I'm looking at a Canyon too and have the same dilemma over my height and S/M, could I check if you went ahead and got one what size you went for? What height/inseam do you have?

    Thanks

  • Pinarello reveal new Bolide time trial bike1 year 11 weeks agoI just worked out why Wiggo's

    I just worked out why Wiggo's bike has gold on it! Doh!

  • Two Tunnels route branded 'dangerous' in ITV report1 year 11 weeks agoNot only is it dangerous but

    Not only is it dangerous but it's subversive as well. I mean fancy getting from A to B without using a car and god forbid! enjoying yourself as well. Big Grin

  • Mystery over whereabouts of Paul Kimmage Defense Fund cash1 year 11 weeks agodullard wrote:@farrell Do you

    dullard wrote:
    @farrell

    Do you actually know what you're talking about? 'Ill gotten' funds? These were donations to fund defence of a mendacious suit from two of the most ruinous figures in cycling's recent history. Donations that were freely given with no expectation - certainly in my case and that of most others I know who gave - of getting anything back. And Kimmage 'silencing' anyone who takes an alternative view? I take it you're new to the cycling world?

    And what on earth 'It's like when a dog and it's (sic) owner start to look alike' is supposed to mean here?

    Well done on spotting the spurious apostrophe, you have now won the internet.

    Moving on to the other waffle, I'd say if money that was donated to help Kimmage's legal fund ends up being bounced in to an unrelated bank account and they cant offer an explanation why, that's pretty much ill gotten funds.

    As for silencing people, that was a reference to Kimmage's recent outbursts on Twitter.

    Yes, I am new to the cycling world, 1988 is pretty recent right? You condescending shithouse.

    The dog and owner thing was a reference to Kimmage beginning to display some of the same traits as Armstrong.

    I originally wrote it to be quite tongue in cheek but you managed to piss any humour in it right down the gutter.

  • East Yorkshire bike races under threat after police reportedly insist on road closures due to safety concerns1 year 11 weeks agoracingcondor wrote:This

    racingcondor wrote:
    This concerns me most -

    "The council is keen to see events continue that are enjoyed by residents and attract significant turnouts of spectators."

    Essentially, we can't be bothered for anything smaller than the Tour of Britain. How exactly are we supposed to attract major events if we've effectively banned all small ones.

    If it's Bradley or Cav, if it's the Olympics or Tour, everyone will turn out, wave flags and be happy about an entire week of road closures and disruption.

    If it's an E/1/2/3 race of maybe 125km, lasting one morning, they'll be up in arms over it. Not interested. But to the council and Police, a bike race is a bike race is a bike race - be it a TT down a dual carriageway or a road race round some basically quiet left hand turn circuit of 6-10 miles.

    Rolling road closures work fine, the problem is the Police are doing the typical knee-jerk ill-judged reaction of banning everything just cos of one unfortunate death.

    Would love to see that principle applied to driving - sorry, someone died in a car today so we're banning all driving until we've worked out why.

  • Carbon vs Titanium1 year 11 weeks agoGot a mekk poggio, its very

    Got a mekk poggio, its very nice!

  • Mystery over whereabouts of Paul Kimmage Defense Fund cash1 year 11 weeks ago@farrell Do you actually know

    @farrell

    Do you actually know what you're talking about? 'Ill gotten' funds? These were donations to fund defence of a mendacious suit from two of the most ruinous figures in cycling's recent history. Donations that were freely given with no expectation - certainly in my case and that of most others I know who gave - of getting anything back. And Kimmage 'silencing' anyone who takes an alternative view? I take it you're new to the cycling world?

    And what on earth 'It's like when a dog and it's (sic) owner start to look alike' is supposed to mean here?

  • The very, very childish OS place names thread1 year 11 weeks agoWetwang!

    Wetwang!

  • Giro game - pick three Italians1 year 11 weeks agoCan I change from Pirazzi to

    Can I change from Pirazzi to Oss.....just so that STEVESPRO 79 and i have different teams?

  • East Yorkshire bike races under threat after police reportedly insist on road closures due to safety concerns1 year 11 weeks agoDo the police want a return

    Do the police want a return to the semi-"underground" days when near enough the only racing was TT-ing? I'm sure there's some TT-ers wouldn't be too upset, but the idea of withdrawing support for the (generally safer) road racing with its mobile marshals, NEG, escort cars etc because of something that happened during a TT with its spread out riders, marshals only really at junctions and use of dual carriageways seems perverse. Of course, it is very hard to frame a law that could actually ban TTs.

  • The very, very childish OS place names thread1 year 11 weeks agoAnyone in the market for a

    Anyone in the market for a country property...?

  • Mystery over whereabouts of Paul Kimmage Defense Fund cash1 year 11 weeks ago...and news just in from

    ...and news just in from Craggy Island:
    "That money was just resting in my account."
    "God it was doing that alright Ted. Grand long rest it was having."

  • The very, very childish OS place names thread1 year 11 weeks agoi've been up Gay Street a few

    i've been up Gay Street a few times, but who hasn't?

  • Mystery over whereabouts of Paul Kimmage Defense Fund cash1 year 11 weeks agostep-hent wrote:To be fair to

    step-hent wrote:
    To be fair to Kimmage, it doesn't sound like he held the funds at any point. But its funny to see that some of those complaining about corruption in cycling are not so squeaky clean themselves. If it takes time to come up with an explanation as to where the money is, someone is having to make something up...

    They didn't "have" to hold on to the money, but holding on to money was expected as holding on to money was so rife within the team.

    To be fair, this is probably one of the most sophisticated money holding programmes I've seen in cycling...

  • East Yorkshire bike races under threat after police reportedly insist on road closures due to safety concerns1 year 11 weeks agoThis concerns me most - "The

    This concerns me most -

    "The council is keen to see events continue that are enjoyed by residents and attract significant turnouts of spectators."

    Essentially, we can't be bothered for anything smaller than the Tour of Britain. How exactly are we supposed to attract major events if we've effectively banned all small ones.

    It's a disaster even if it only lasts a year as it's much quicker to kill off the racing scene than it is to build up a decent local series.

  • Bib shorts being rubbed by saddle1 year 11 weeks agoThanks, I'm aware of the test

    Thanks, I'm aware of the test saddles, but did a lot of research and settled on this one. the feel is fine, I think the discomfort of the Antares VS stems from ramping up mileage of late and it being too wide. If it's combination of my backside and the saddle then it may have to go.

  • Mystery over whereabouts of Paul Kimmage Defense Fund cash1 year 11 weeks agoTo be fair to Kimmage, it

    To be fair to Kimmage, it doesn't sound like he held the funds at any point. But its funny to see that some of those complaining about corruption in cycling are not so squeaky clean themselves. If it takes time to come up with an explanation as to where the money is, someone is having to make something up...

  • Pinarello reveal new Bolide time trial bike1 year 11 weeks agoThis is the relevant UCI

    This is the relevant UCI rule:

    "1.3.024 Any device, added or blended into the structure, that is destined to decrease, or which has the effect of decreasing, resistance to air penetration or artificially to accelerate propulsion, such as a protective screen, fuselage form fairing or the like, shall be prohibited.

    A protective screen shall be defined as a fixed component that serves as a windscreen or windbreak designed to protect another fixed element of the bicycle in order to reduce its wind resistance.

    A fairing shall be defined as the use or adaptation of a component of the bicycle in such a fashion that it encloses a moving part of the bicycle such as the wheels or the chainset. Therefore it should be possible to pass a rigid card (like a credit card) between the fixed structure and the moving part."

  • Giro game - pick three Italians1 year 11 weeks agoSantambrogio, Salerno,

    Santambrogio, Salerno, Gavazzi for me - on the off-chance Nibali crashes out in week one!

  • Pinarello reveal new Bolide time trial bike1 year 11 weeks agoMart0023 wrote:would it not

    Mart0023 wrote:
    would it not need the covers removing to make it UCI legal?

    I don't think so. You can see in some of the pics that the covers are in Team Sky's usual blue. They wouldn't have done that unless they were going to be used by Team Sky, surely, so we're assuming (dangerous, I know) that the bike will be raced by Wiggo with the covers in place.

  • Two Tunnels route branded 'dangerous' in ITV report1 year 11 weeks agoI suggest a sign, one that's

    I suggest a sign, one that's a white circle with a red border and the number 10 in it should get the message across. Now if only we already made signs like that for another purpose.

    {for the pedants, yes an advisory rather than an actual speed limit sign would be better, especially since it only needs to be advisory}

  • Pinarello reveal new Bolide time trial bike1 year 11 weeks agocat1commuter wrote:I think

    cat1commuter wrote:
    I think the whole brake comes off when you remove the "cover". ie: The brake components are attached to the "cover" rather than the frame.

    Possibly. That's what we were wondering. But that seems like a tenuous side-stepping around the rules. Who knows? This is the UCI we're talking about. We'll soon find out.

  • Giro game - pick three Italians1 year 11 weeks agoCan I have Locatelli Modolo

    Can I have Locatelli Modolo Pirazzi
    All from one team Bardiani Valvole. Unlikely to win, just want to support the little team.

  • Bib shorts being rubbed by saddle1 year 11 weeks agoDoesn't sound ideal. If it's

    Doesn't sound ideal.
    If it's causing excessive fabric wear in such a short time just imagine the long-term effect on your botty.
    Tinkering with the saddle position might be surprisingly effective but sadly all saddles don't suit all physiologies so you might end up having to accept that the Kurve just isn't right for you personally, even though there's nothing actually wrong with it.
    Because a saddle's fit is such an individual thing some Fizik dealers operate a test saddle service where you can borrow the model you are interested in for a couple of weeks before deciding if you want to pay for one. Doesn't help you in this case but worth checking out if you're going to look for another model.
    Other brands also offer loan saddles, so check with your LBS next time you're looking.