• I may have found a good reason for a bike helmet!1 year 5 weeks agopakennedy wrote: My blood

    pakennedy wrote:

    My blood pressure was also really low which is odd for me since I can usually be used as a demonstration of text book normal.

    That would be shock, your body does that.

  • Spring cycle clothing guide: the best kit and ways to wear it to get the most from cycling in spring1 year 5 weeks agoI agree with Emmy - imo

    I agree with Emmy - imo there's not enough racing fit kit out for women at the moment, DHB/Wiggle are trying their best but a lot of it caters to the broader market of more recreational lady cyclists.

    Sportful have made some nice stuff but it's still fairly expensive!

    Most of the mens stuff would be great if they made a women's equivalent, but brands seem not to want to do this, and those that do end up putting in a mental colour scheme, or relaxed cut etc

  • The road.cc “Attaining A Higher State of Consciousness” Challenge 20141 year 5 weeks agoBuilt a homemade single speed

    Built a homemade single speed from all the old bits I had in my garage.

    Old aluminium frame resprayed
    Pair of carbon forks
    A 15yr plus use seat post
    Pair of clinchers I forgot I had
    Sora crank
    Adhoc cassette
    Charge bullet end bars and stem
    Single speed brake lever
    Sora front brake

    I wanted to try a nil cost build, use only what you have available. Only thing I did was get the spray paint from Halfords.

    So I have a nip to the shops or cafe bike. Have to say I am fairly chuffed with myself.

  • British fan passes vial of pills found during Paris-Roubaix to UK Anti-Doping1 year 5 weeks agoMissed opportunity here to

    Missed opportunity here to blackmail the team/rider who dropped the vial! "Yes I'll gladly trade my evidence for one of your swish €8000 bikes..."

    Mind you there are some teams I'd rather not play that game with!

  • Drink-driver who killed two cyclists sentenced to 10 years 3 months in jail1 year 5 weeks agoA 15 year ban? FFS, IT

    A 15 year ban? FFS, IT SHOULD BE A LIFETIME BAN.

  • British fan passes vial of pills found during Paris-Roubaix to UK Anti-Doping1 year 5 weeks agojaylamont wrote:I don't want

    jaylamont wrote:
    I don't want to add fuel to the fire, but magnesium tablets or any other non banned substance is unlikely to have the words "TEST PRODUCT" clearly labelled across the vial. Just saying.

    That label looks pretty worn though, so I'd think the odds are good that whatever's in there now isn't what originally came in it.
    I'd be more inclined to think someone's just found a handy container for their pills and kept hold of it.

  • British fan passes vial of pills found during Paris-Roubaix to UK Anti-Doping1 year 5 weeks agoI tend to agree with others

    I tend to agree with others who say this is just someone playing for publicity. He took pictures of a vial falling from a pocket, then didn't tell the authorities but proceeded to remove it from the scene and transport it across the channel before waiting a week and contacting a newspaper. I'm not saying events didn't happen how he says they did, but if his first priority was a proper investigation he went about it just about the worst possible way.

    I like how he managed to get his job title and company name in there too. Nothing like a bit of free publicity.

  • Spring cycle clothing guide: the best kit and ways to wear it to get the most from cycling in spring1 year 5 weeks agoGah! I opened this article

    Gah! I opened this article feeling all eager... as a female cyclist I have not given up hope that someone will design some proper kit for us road cyclists, that doesn't have too much pink, or polka dots, or are just completely insipid. What is that monstrous gilet? Has it been designed to make her look as unattractive and shapeless as possible? If so it's a winner. Tell me, is there anyone that would check themselves in the mirror wearing that and think, damn! I look good today?

  • British fan passes vial of pills found during Paris-Roubaix to UK Anti-Doping1 year 5 weeks agozanf wrote: Also.... why wait

    zanf wrote:

    Also.... why wait until nearly a week after the race and then go to the Torygraph? Why not flag down a steward, demand to speak with race officials on the spot, and pass over all evidence.

    Race was Sunday, he tweeted about it Tuesday so that's hardly a week. He'd already gone to UKAD by the time the Telegraph spoke to him (and I'm assuming they made contact).

    "Flag down a steward" - on Paris-Roubaix? No-one is going to stop for a gesticulating fan.

  • Chain Extending1 year 5 weeks agoHow many links do you need to

    How many links do you need to put back in?

    Your best bet is to go to the middle of the chain, take a chain breaking tool and stick in another quick link if it is just a case of one link.

    I have a recumbent trike, it's chain is almost the size of three normal chains, I have four quick links in and never had an issue.

  • Best Cycling kit?1 year 5 weeks agoLe Col make really

    Le Col make really comfortable shorts which I got at the end of last season. The new sport shorts look really good, with a slightly different design and I believe an upgraded chamois.

    The pro jersey is really nice as well. Very well made and comfy. And the new sport jersey is a slightly odd design but I'm told is very comfy. Plus its a british brand

  • Bespoked 2014: 7 disc brake-equipped road and cyclocross bikes1 year 5 weeks ago"A rare feature on this bike

    "A rare feature on this bike are the bolt through axles. They offer extra security and stiffness but it's not a trend that is gaining much traction yet. Maybe it'll gain momentum in the future."

    I'm neither an aggressive or heavyweight rider and with discs I'm checking my front QR and tightening it a lot more than I would have in past with rim brakes - once you've heard the tinkle of disc on the caliper as you descend and checked your QR to find its moved a bit because you didn't really crank it up you'll be looking for bolt thru in the future - reckon if UCI sanction disc for road then bolt thru will become the norm - engineering sense and sort of idiot proof if less convenient

    edit and some very nice bikes there

  • British fan passes vial of pills found during Paris-Roubaix to UK Anti-Doping1 year 5 weeks agoIt obviously did no good to

    It obviously did no good to the rider as, if i've read the article correct, he has taken pictures but one is missing where he nearly gets hit by the broom wagon, where seems to indicate it happened near the rear of the race / peloton.

    Although i could be wrong and he waited till all the riders had passed before going to pick it up.

    In the end i hope its nothing serious.

  • British fan passes vial of pills found during Paris-Roubaix to UK Anti-Doping1 year 5 weeks agoFlying Scot wrote:velorules

    Flying Scot wrote:
    velorules wrote:
    I find it hard to understand a cycling fan behaving in this way, unless he was hoping for some publicity (at the expense of the sport he was there supporting!?)

    + 1, publicity hunter.

    If it was me, I would have flagged it to the authorities and only went public if nothing got done about it.

    Also.... why wait until nearly a week after the race and then go to the Torygraph? Why not flag down a steward, demand to speak with race officials on the spot, and pass over all evidence.

    Waiting until after the event has passed means that phial could have been tampered with.

  • Garmin Vector power meter pedals: cheapest place to buy them?1 year 5 weeks agoAccording to garmin's income

    According to garmin's income statement over the last three years, overall sales have actually been declining but profits have been steadily rising.

    I'm tempted to add Garmin to my portfolio, and urge the fast boys in the club to buy as much Garmin gear as possible Cool

  • Engineered Bicycles launch new crit bike1 year 5 weeks agoStunning craftsmanship!

    Stunning craftsmanship! Smile

  • Milkman who carried on round after leaving cyclist with brain injuries guilty of careless driving1 year 5 weeks agoIf he got confused by what to

    If he got confused by what to do after an rta and he almost killed someone he shouldn't be driving, his licence should be revoked. Minimum.

  • More MEPs from UK than any other country voted against EU safer lorry proposals1 year 5 weeks agoKim wrote:The problem is that

    Kim wrote:
    The problem is that people are willing to vote for a party with no manifesto because they don't understand that democracy matters.

    We need to get people to understand the democratic process and think about who they vote for and why. There are good candidates out there, we just need to get them elected...

    Democracy is a sham. It is the tyranny of the majority.

  • Drink-driver who killed two cyclists sentenced to 10 years 3 months in jail1 year 5 weeks agoSentence is a bit heavier

    Sentence is a bit heavier than some we see but even so he'll be out in just over five years, he has no respect for the law (habitual offender) and a driving ban doesn't, as this incident proves, stop him from driving.

    I honestly beleive that in cases like this each charge should be sentenced individually and that sentences should not be able to run concurrently (both prison and bans).

    So sequential sentence for each of the following:

    Causing death by dangerous driving
    Driving over the limit
    Driving under the influence of drugs
    Driving without insurance
    Driving while disqualified
    Aggravated vehicle-taking

    Finally I wonder why so many people just ignore driving bans. Having wondered for a while I beleive there is a great lack of deterent. I would suggest the easiest way to boost the deterent value would be for a driving ban to be in effect a suspended prison sentence - i.e. if you have a 2 year ban and break it afer 6 months then you spend the remaining 18 months in prison (full term).

  • Finally a longer sentence for killing a cyclist1 year 5 weeks agoAt last a long sentence, but

    At last a long sentence, but when reading the following, it sounds like this guy has absolutely no place in society and will probably re-offend...

    "He fled from police in the stolen BMW, driving at around 70mph in a 30mph zone when he lost control and hit the two cyclists, before then hitting a lamp post.

    The court heard he had appeared in court on 14 occasions, over 67 offences, and was disqualified from driving for four years in 2010."

  • Mio Cyclo 505 HC GPS computer1 year 5 weeks agoamazon22 wrote:According to

    amazon22 wrote:
    According to DCRainmaker, there is a very big firmware update coming, adding lots of features, inc Di2 display and ANT+ trainer control (very expensive details on his site) and in June we're promised full Mac compatibility, at which point I will happily hand over my money. There may also be OS maps. I had a look at a Garmin Touring, in Millets of all places, and was shocked at how poor the screen resolution was. My LBS is stocking the Mio, and the owner uses one himself, and having had a play with it, I liked it a lot. He sells far more of these than Garmin and has far fewer complaints about them as well.

    Wiggle are shipping them with the 'out front' mount included FOC.

    thanks for that. One of the issues with running reviews of kit like this is that the firmware and software is constantly changing. Generally for the better, but the Mio has certainly made it to the point where it's a genuine contender for your money

    Mac compatibility: I've used the 305HC on the Mac with Safari, and it works very well. I'm assuming this unit will talk nicely too. One of the issues we had with the 305 (which didn't get reviewed in the end, even though we had it for over a year) was that the web app was PC-only and, worse than that, *Internet Explorer only* for a long time. Once they opened it up (and redesigned it a bit) it got a whole lot better.

  • British fan passes vial of pills found during Paris-Roubaix to UK Anti-Doping1 year 5 weeks agovelorules wrote:I find it

    velorules wrote:
    I find it hard to understand a cycling fan behaving in this way, unless he was hoping for some publicity (at the expense of the sport he was there supporting!?)

    + 1, publicity hunter.

    If it was me, I would have flagged it to the authorities and only went public if nothing got done about it.

  • Mio Cyclo 505 HC GPS computer1 year 5 weeks agoMy club had a discount deal

    My club had a discount deal with Mio and it was a no-brainer for me. I ended up getting a 305HC with eurpoean maps for a fraction of the price of anything comparable. I am delighted with it. Battery life was an issue but turning down screen brightness has made a huge difference. The 305 doesn't have wifi or temperature but otherwise a similar spec to the 505 I believe. Worth mentioning - Mio have an outlet on their website where they resell reconditioned units at substantial discount.

  • Garmin Vector power meter pedals: cheapest place to buy them?1 year 5 weeks agoAs with anything new, I am

    As with anything new, I am waiting for the phase 2 and hopefully cheaper version.

    Still the only power meter I would invest in.

    If anyone knows, do Garmin have a fixed price 'return to base' service and rebuild service?

  • Garmin Vector power meter pedals: cheapest place to buy them?1 year 5 weeks agoHow do you know your

    How do you know your comparison power meter is 100% accurate? It's unusual to hear you've gotten such wildly inconsistent readings when reviews from road.cc, bikeradar, dcrainmaker et al have found them to be as consistent as any other meter. Of course no two meters will track exactly the same as each other but that's largely irrelevant. I've looked at my friends readings and they've been solidly consistent over the time he's had them, enough to tempt me into buying then at least.