• "Politcal correctness gone mad" - £50 fines issued to anti-social cyclists in Bolton1 year 9 weeks agoThe worrying figure is 90 per

    The worrying figure is 90 per cent of cyclists have no training whatsoever.”

    Yeah, they just figured out how to ride a bike unaided? Or don't friends and family count for the police? OK, it's not the best training but it's still training.

    Also, blue and white signs (comment above) are informative. No cycling signs are red, white and black.

  • Felt set to release redesigned AR aero bike at Eurobike + video1 year 9 weeks agoThere is no way the AR looks

    There is no way the AR looks dated. All the other companies have been copying the idea & design so how can it be dated. Its like saying an iphone is dated because it was the first smart phone. Well, maybe not a great example Thinking

    As an AR owner I take offence at that Crying

  • "Politcal correctness gone mad" - £50 fines issued to anti-social cyclists in Bolton1 year 9 weeks agoYour man Alan Mulraney

    Your man Alan Mulraney doesn't seem like the sharpest tool in the box does he? How is this "political correctness?"

    Lacking in perspective? Yes. But politically correct? Not quite.

  • Going ultralight, help identifying a 5.2kg beauty1 year 9 weeks agoYou may have asked a specific

    You may have asked a specific question in your OP but it tends to be fairly common that people answer questions in their own way. If you don't like that, avoid the internet.

    To save time, unless you lose weight and train better then the answer to every question about equipment now and in the future is this...

    You could buy a bike made by NASA, held together by spider webs, with Lightweight tyres filled with helium gas and components made of meringue, and you would still suck.

  • Going ultralight, help identifying a 5.2kg beauty1 year 9 weeks agoIt is amazing though dont you

    It is amazing though dont you reckon, things do seem to be getting stronger for a given weight? There are a lot of trail mtbs that are really light these days and they have to deal with a lot of impact stuff too. Even cx frames are crazy light. 850g is amazing, and think some of the pro riders using these frames are not exactly super light and they can put out more power with one leg than most of us can do with two Smile I would imagine the main danger is crashing, if a thin bit of the frame takes a direct hit I bet you would end up with a broken frame although I have crashed my top end bike at a decent speed and I was suprised to see that I came off a lot worse than the frame.

    I would only doubt a light frame if it was a show piece not in mass production, or a brand who did not have a proven track record.- assuming the manufacturer did not give a low rider weight limit,

  • Going ultralight, help identifying a 5.2kg beauty1 year 9 weeks ago@Bikeboy76, I think it might

    @Bikeboy76, I think it might have been in this month's issue of 'Cyclist' magazine that I read about frame repairs the other day. One of the things mentioned was a carbon fibre engineer who repairs frames, stated that the minimum weight for a properly viable frame was 850g (I think - you should probably check). That's probably assuming a 65kg whippet or some such in the saddle. I think for 100kg, an ultralight frame might not be viable anyway.

    That said, check this out:
    http://road.cc/content/review/85070-canyon-ultimate-cf-slx-90-sl
    £3.7k, 6kg, 120kg weight limit. Purely race-focused in handling though, probably a bit twitchy unless you plan to race.

  • Liberal Democrats propose £1.2 billion per year for cycling infrastructure1 year 9 weeks agoI do not consider it

    I do not consider it infantile to be unhappy about Nick Clegg not honouring his pre election promises on tuition fees. He and his party were not forced into a coalition.

    Clegg had seemed to inspire a lot of young people during the election campaign, and a lot of this has subsequently been lost.

    It will take a lot for me to ever vote Liberal Democrat again.

  • Liberal Democrats propose £1.2 billion per year for cycling infrastructure1 year 9 weeks agoMainstream media are often

    Mainstream media are often portraying this as an expensive sop to a bunch of minority hippy lunatics on bikes. Such a shame.

  • Dame Kelly Holmes urges MPs to get on their bikes ahead of Get Britain Cycling debate1 year 9 weeks agoPersonally I do think that

    Personally I do think that Dame Kelly Holmes is correct that MPs are not qualified to debate cycling safety issues unless they have ridden on the roads themselves but there again I personally do not believe that many politicians are actually qualified to debate all the issues they do anyway! Surprise

    Does this make their decisions any better or any worse...??? Thinking

    I realise what Dame Kelly Holmes is trying to do and that is to get across the point that the vast majority of politicians REALLY do not understand the problems that cyclist have to face on a daily basis because they themselves rarely if ever cycle...but if the politicians are really smart enough to realise they do not know enough and that they should discuss the issues with their own experts or members of their own constituencies they know of who do cycle to find out.

    Now wouldn't that be better than letting all these idiots cycle on the roads and get themselves hurt....!!?? Devil

  • Liberal Democrats propose £1.2 billion per year for cycling infrastructure1 year 9 weeks agoIs worth seeing if it's in

    Is worth seeing if it's in their manifesto come next election, and if it is, a closer look at local candidate, planning and implementation of pro-cycling measures, and the rest of the manifesto.

    If nothing else, the slim possibility of p***ing off Rod Liddle and the readership of the Daily Fail has got to be worth a wasted vote.

  • "Politcal correctness gone mad" - £50 fines issued to anti-social cyclists in Bolton1 year 9 weeks agoThe highway code makes it

    The highway code makes it very clear... you're not allowed to ride on pavements, and must must obey traffic signals I.e. stop at red lights, even if the way ahead is clear. It's not rocket sience is it?

    Generally cyclists obey these rules of the road, "people who ride bikes" have a tendancy not to. They need some education, for some of them paying a £50 fine a few times is probably the only type of "training" they are bright enough to understand.

    Anyone using the road should be aware of the highway code, including pedestrians!

    Ignorance is not a justified defense in my opinion! So pay up, shut up, and stay off the pavements, and when required STOP AT RED LIGHTS! Then you can complain about careles motorists with a clear consience! Thinking !

  • "Politcal correctness gone mad" - £50 fines issued to anti-social cyclists in Bolton1 year 9 weeks agoUsed to work in Sale, down

    Used to work in Sale, down the road from sunny Bolton, and the number of people on bikes* in the pedestrianised shopping area was scary. Blue signs indicating no cycling were scattered all over the place, and still they were swerving round old age pensioners and parents with small children.

    Didn't say anything at the time, I'm older and a bit more militant now. So really don't have a problem with Manc Plod coming down on them like a ton of bricks (even then they were offered the alternative of a cycling safety course, something I'd expect to pay for).

    * sticks in the craw to call them cyclists.

  • USA Pro Stage 11 year 9 weeks agoStandings are up, but half

    Standings are up, but half the riders names are missing, 2.15am I'm going to be, scores in the morning folks

    http://www.usaprocyclingchallenge.com/standings

  • "Politcal correctness gone mad" - £50 fines issued to anti-social cyclists in Bolton1 year 9 weeks agoA quick google shows the

    A quick google shows the cyclists weren't cycling "on the pavement" as such but across a large pedestrian municipal square.

    So basically Plod has targeted the easiest spot in which to nab as many cyclists as possible taking a short-cut.

    Contrast that with their sterling efforts in catching a paltry 3 mobile phone drivers.

    I hope they didn't work too hard as they've achieved sod all.

  • "Politcal correctness gone mad" - £50 fines issued to anti-social cyclists in Bolton1 year 9 weeks agoSTATO wrote:keirik

    STATO wrote:
    keirik wrote:
    personally I don't ride on the pavement but if I did Id take the fine and tell 'em where to stick their 'awareness' training.

    I'm all for better skilled riders but this smacks of an easy way to get money

    only from numpty riders think they are better than receiving advice and insist on paying, like err... you!

    Fewer insults and more reading please. Keirik doesn't need advice, s/he doesn't ride on the pavement.

    Now, I'd like you to put on your special flourescent internet bib every time you sit down to type in an insult on road.cc.

  • Liberal Democrats propose £1.2 billion per year for cycling infrastructure1 year 9 weeks agoI assume they have a crack

    I assume they have a crack squad of flying monkeys ready to go as soon as the election is won?

  • "Politcal correctness gone mad" - £50 fines issued to anti-social cyclists in Bolton1 year 9 weeks agoLets see the complaining

    Lets see the complaining guilty party is pretty much my age, I grew up knowing bikes belong on the road and not pavement as did everyone else I know. It only seems the last 10 or 15 years so many people seem to think it is OK to ride on the pavement to the extent I've seen what can only be described as pavement rage from some of them when pedestrians dare to impede their progress! Just like the red light jumpers another bunch of idiots giving us all a bad name!

  • Going ultralight, help identifying a 5.2kg beauty1 year 9 weeks ago@SimonE What exactly am I

    @SimonE What exactly am I supposed to be listening to, you sanctimonious twerp? No one said buying lighter equipment was better than loosing weight, only easier. It would help if your posts actually had some factual content instead of aspiration drivel apropos of nothing.

  • Wiggins: No more Tour wins, Rio 2016 is the new target1 year 9 weeks agoWill he be elevated to Lord

    Will he be elevated to Lord Wiggins if be bags another Gold? Honestly he doesn't have to win anything else for us as he is already a legend, so I guess the question is about desire. I do think it is a little bit of a shame that he might be written off as a one hit wonder if people only think he had one glorious summer (but what a summer) and forget the rest. Especially the Froome agitators who want to take his Tour off him. C'est la vie.

  • Vuelta - pick three Spaniards1 year 9 weeks agoWe will be, once the game is

    We will be, once the game is open Drheaton will post, (if he runs it)

    50 credit budget

  • Liberal Democrats propose £1.2 billion per year for cycling infrastructure1 year 9 weeks agocrikey wrote:No. It

    crikey wrote:
    No.
    It illustrates very clearly that the professional political class who see politics as a career rather than an opportunity to serve their country have wasted any respect they may once have had.

    The only reason, the only bloody reason, that this has been proposed is because someone has noticed that cycling is becoming popular and appeals to a demographic that the Lib Dems would like to attract to vote for them.

    Lets be grown up? The grown up thing to do is to treat everything suggested by a politician with an enormous dose of cynicism until proven otherwise.

    I'd say scepticism is more appropriate than cynicism.

    Politicians are (genuinely) a mixed bag; there is a professional political class (probably best exemplified by the Labour front bench from around 2002 onward) that have (along with the expenses scandal) gone a long way to disconnect MP from voter; there are also self-serving morons, lobbyist stooges, vacuous egotists, borderline psychopaths, feckless incompetents, tireless campaigners, solid constituency representatives and a fair few who highly capable individuals who genuinely want to change this country for the better.

    I don't think this is quite as opportunistic as all that. Lib Dems (as the stereotypical sandal-wearing muesli munchers) have traditionally been generally (if incoherently) pro-cycling. Julian Huppert in particular has been pushing the cycling agenda for years; OK, he's the MP for Cambridge so has a large pedal-powered voter-base but to be fair to the guy you can't knock his personal cycling credentials.

    And if it is a cynical move on their part, then it's misguided. I really don't think there are many votes in cycling manifesto promises, especially when compared to pro-car policies.

  • USA Pro Stage 11 year 9 weeks agoI will get points done when

    I will get points done when they put up official results Wink

  • USA Pro Stage 11 year 9 weeks agoI thought my purist team had

    I thought my purist team had a chance at the stage until I saw yours Wig.

    Thought 8 in the top 20, of which 6 in the top 10 would be pretty good (1,2,4,5,8,9,14,18).

    Still I think my purist team has a shot at purist overall.

    Missed a trick with Reijnen for both teams, him for Mezgec would have done the top.

    Think you will take the stage wig and my purist could be top 10

  • USA Pro Stage 11 year 9 weeks agoThanks. I changed my doctor

    Thanks. I changed my doctor recently and he's been giving me really some good tips. I think his name is Eufemiano. Devil

  • Liberal Democrats propose £1.2 billion per year for cycling infrastructure1 year 9 weeks agoaren't the lib dems currently

    aren't the lib dems currently in power? - why wait to be elected to push thru these policies?