• Railway staff catch thieves stealing bike - and let them get on with it1 year 5 weeks agoIt's a sad world but if your

    It's a sad world but if your going to leave something that can be made readily portable out of your sight, make sure it's something you can a) afford to lose and/or b) of no emotional value.

    If I had to leave a commuter at a railway station it would be made of parts scrounged from the scrapyard.

    This does not in any way excuse the station staff from not at least asking for some proof of i.d. They clearly thought something was wrong or they wouldn't have challenged the thieves in the first place.

    Also. "Items left at own risk" - Didn't think that affected your statuary rights or the stations 'duty of care'. Anyone out there work in the legal profession?

  • Project One Clarification1 year 5 weeks agoAll right, let’s have a bit

    All right, let’s have a bit of calm. Trek is giving away a £3,400 road bike, and getting grief for it because of what some see as ‘cheating’ in an online competition. Bit whiny and sad, isn’t it?

    Here’s the thing: we can see who’s voting and we can see a lot about how they’re voting. Pretty much everyone is trying to use the voting system to their advantage.

    Some ways of doing that are acceptable. Getting your friends to vote for you, even getting them to do it regularly: that’s okay, this is an online competition after all. Getting your IT skills to vote for you, over and over again: that’s not okay.

    Votes that we think fall in to the latter category will be deleted - we’ve already done that once and when voting closes we will look at the votes cast for every entrant and where necessary do it again.

    As a reminder, here is part of the terms and conditions everyone agreed to when they entered this competition:

    "By taking part in this competition you agree to be bound by the competition rules and by the decisions of Farrelly Atkinson which are final in all matters relating to the competition."

    http://road.cc/content/news/99572-design-and-win-trek-project-one-bike-worth-£3200

  • Project One Clarification1 year 5 weeks agoThat's more like it.

    That's more like it. Smile

  • Marks & Spencer launches cycling chinos1 year 5 weeks agoIf your waist measurement is

    If your waist measurement is less than your inside leg then stick to buying Rapha. The snobbery is then there for all to see and saves you posting on the Web and sticking the vees up to ordinary cyclists.

  • Railway staff catch thieves stealing bike - and let them get on with it1 year 5 weeks agoused to work with a

    used to work with a professional lock-smith

    he had a legitimate side-line in releasing locked bikes where owners had lost their keys but could prove ownership of said bike

    he said to me, on a number of occasions, "don't lock up a bike you wish to retrieve in the future".

    in other words, if it has value (to anyone, I have seen 'beater' bikes with seized derailleur gears stolen) then don't leave it on the street...

  • Boris Johnson’s bike destroyed - by a pothole1 year 5 weeks agolerrup wrote:oozaveared

    lerrup wrote:
    oozaveared wrote:

    Boris is a plain old vanilla one nation Tory. Nothing so ideological or exotic as a current neo-liberal.

    Well, I am not sure Disraeli would see necessarily agree with that definition to be honest with you and just because someone says something doesn't necessarily mean its true, which as you've studied political science then I am sure you know. He is a Thatcherite elitist though, I hope you'd agree with that. I think that he's pretty dangerous to be honest and hides it well.

    Shouldn't we take this outside to the Guardian though, I come here to forget about such things normally and have dreams of Titanium on a cro-moly budget...

I was just responding to a claim that BJ was a neo-liberal. I was in fact just getting narked with the usual bunkum that gets spouted by people that chuck terms around as insults when they don't know what they mean. So very briefly in reply to you.

1 Disreali has the term attributed to him but it has a well established definition in political science terms that BJ conforms to and what is more says he conforms to

2 It is dubious that Thatcherite and Elitist are compatable terms. Even as an vociferous opponent of hers in the day she was in favour of busting up elites and diversifying power to individuals. Argue about whether that worked but the aim was to break elites in professions and elsewhere. MT was an indiviudalist.

  • Volta ao Algarve1 year 5 weeks agoJust done a sweep up of

    Just done a sweep up of roster changes, couple of Europcar, couple to the Portuguese teams so best to check you've not lost someone (emails have gone out).

    One thing to note that you may not have noticed unless you bothered to read the 'scoring information' but there's no young rider jersey in this race.

  • Project One Clarification1 year 5 weeks agoandyp wrote:...But as it is I

    andyp wrote:
    ...But as it is I can just see a whole lot of greed. Which isn't particularly becoming.

    Almost, but not entirely. Some talked about donating the bike to charity and I've publicly stated elsewhere that if I won, the proceeds from the sale of my current bike (a 2013 Spzd Tarmac) would go to Kidney Research UK.

  • Volta ao Algarve1 year 5 weeks agoI'd agree with the reading of

    I'd agree with the reading of the stages....now to research my Pork N Cheese 3 pointers!!

  • Mavic Tyres? Anyone using Them?1 year 5 weeks agonot good tire, at all small

    not good tire, at all

    small volume for advertised size, and lethal in wet weather

    speaking from experience here...got given a set for free by a customer, nothing positive to report, soon removed and replaced with S-Works Turbos, at my cost

  • Marks & Spencer launches cycling chinos1 year 5 weeks ago'Rule of thumb - if your

    'Rule of thumb - if your waist size is bigger than your inside leg, you need to lose a bit from around your middle '

    Depends how long/short your legs are

  • Railway staff catch thieves stealing bike - and let them get on with it1 year 5 weeks agoI have had to cut my own

    I have had to cut my own locks twice or three times after losing keys or breaking them off in the lock. I wasn't challenged, but obviously I would not in the least have minded being asked for ID or photographed or being asked to come back and collect the bike from the stationmaster's office in a week's time.

    I would, however, have been miffed if I had been challenged mainly on the basis that I was a woman cutting the lock of a diamond-frame bike that was obviously only meant to be ridden by a man (especially given that the frame was a few sizes too big for me.) Lots of men ride step-through frames and lots of women ride diamond frames, it comes down to ease of getting on/off versus how uncomfortable the geometry is when actually riding. Gender stereotyping here isn't useful.

  • Marks & Spencer launches cycling chinos1 year 5 weeks agoIt's a shame they're only

    It's a shame they're only available for short people. Sad

  • FORUM's SCORUM's MINI LEAGUE 2014(Desert and Mediterranean legs)1 year 5 weeks agoTwybados,stevemarks,happylemo

    Twybados,stevemarks,happylemon(first podium) are your 123 on the opening stage in Oman(steve 'pips' lemon on overall season GC countback)......looked like a decent day in the marks household as I believe 4th and 5th placed natal1a and c4rolina are steve's daughters?

    FSUCI Rankings

    1)cherrypicked 20
    2)Julie Danson 19
    3)TERatcliffe 18
    4)Wig_Billy 17
    5)silas chime 16
    6)Twydados 14
    7)stevemarks 13
    =8)the domestique,naffets,drheaton 12
    =11)ray silvester 7
    =12)willskill 6,adholman 6
    =14)Ghedebrav,SounDaz_7,andynic 5
    =17)livestrongnick 4
    18)STEVESPRO,JAndrewHill 3
    =20)Ghedebrav,obutterwick,chrisdstripes,C4rolina,mikeh789,Jonas Lorenzen,backflipbedlam 2
    =28)johnny2names,Alan Tullett,Dave Atkinson,simon F,debbie g,chiv30,space cowboy,happylemon 1

  • Boris Johnson’s bike destroyed - by a pothole1 year 5 weeks agooozaveared wrote: Boris is a

    oozaveared wrote:

    Boris is a plain old vanilla one nation Tory. Nothing so ideological or exotic as a current neo-liberal.
  • Well, I am not sure Disraeli would see necessarily agree with that definition to be honest with you and just because someone says something doesn't necessarily mean its true, which as you've studied political science then I am sure you know. He is a Thatcherite elitist though, I hope you'd agree with that. I think that he's pretty dangerous to be honest and hides it well.

    Shouldn't we take this outside to the Guardian though, I come here to forget about such things normally and have dreams of Titanium on a cro-moly budget...

  • Railway staff catch thieves stealing bike - and let them get on with it1 year 5 weeks agoI have to blame the staff at

    I have to blame the staff at the station. It seems plain common sense not to allow people to use bolt cutters on a bike lock until they have actually proved beyond doubt that it is their bike and more importantly their lock.

    Any genuine person that had a bike that they lost the keys for would almost certainly ask in advance about releasing the bike before turning up with the croppers.

    Sheer unmitigated incompetence. And to say this was a clever con just compounds matters. It was just a simple lie that the staff dumbly accepted without question. There is just no clever about it.

  • The 3.0 rider competition.1 year 5 weeks agochrisdstripes wrote:Peter the

    chrisdstripes wrote:
    Peter the kitchen man is still down to ride Algarve - watch me surge up the table!

    the kitchen table?

    no points for any of the tiddlers in Oman stage1 D Oh

  • Times sportswriter Simon Barnes denounces Derby cycle track1 year 5 weeks agoAs a Derby cyclist who

    As a Derby cyclist who actually attended the planning meeting when this application was passed maybe I could answer a few points.
    The site itself was created when all the contaminated topsoil from Pride Park was dumped and covered with a membrane and fenced off to keep the public away. This allowed nature to regenerate the area and attracted wildlife (mainly birds) and the area was later upgraded to a Local Nature Reserve.
    The funding from BC specified that the track should be next door to the velodrome so that the changing rooms and car parking can be used for both.
    The track itself will be screened from the rest of the reserve by an earth bank to keep disturbance to a minimum and the whole area will be fenced off to protect both the LNR and the track.
    The planning committee approved it by 6 votes to 5 ; all 5 Labour councillors voted for it while the 4 Tories opposed so it came down to the 2 Lib Dems who were split on the issue (or if you are cynical you could say they were allowed to make their own minds up Thinking )

  • Tour of Oman1 year 5 weeks agoaccidentally replicated the

    accidentally replicated the overall in the stage finish Big Grin

    updating again now

  • Going to Dublin to watch the Giro1 year 5 weeks agoMay 10th is my sons 10th

    May 10th is my sons 10th birthday, he is mad about TeamSky, so figured what better treat than to take him watch his heroes..
    Sadly the £300 ferry fare is outrageous & no way I can justify the cost
    1 very very dispointed child here

  • Project One Clarification1 year 5 weeks agoNot being in the final 25,

    Not being in the final 25, perhaps my views are meaningless. But it seems to me that whatever happens, one person will be getting a bike they didn't previously have, and haven't paid for; and 24 others are no worse off than they were.

    Had entries required stumping up of cash, I'd feel differently. But as it is I can just see a whole lot of greed. Which isn't particularly becoming.

  • Boris Johnson’s bike destroyed - by a pothole1 year 5 weeks agocyclingDMlondon

    cyclingDMlondon wrote:
    Niallsimpson wrote:
    Applause Got to love Boris, when you have the dismal selection of politicians we have here in N. Ireland, it's good to see one you can laugh at... in a good way!

    Which is exactly what he wants. He plays the buffoon to hide the pure, sadistic evil of neo-liberal policies. He is a very dangerous man, and if Britain is foolish and blind enough to elect this pile of feces to N° 10 Downing Street, we shall rue the day.

    He is indeed a monumental shitbin.

  • Tour of Oman1 year 5 weeks agomust be a bad line from

    must be a bad line from sweden Wink

    i'll get it sorted, don't worry

  • Project One Clarification1 year 5 weeks agoDarren C wrote:Gkam84

    Darren C wrote:
    Gkam84 wrote:
    No the competition was for a bike and ONLY bike, for ONE winner, no runners up, no splitting of the prize pot

    Yes I accept that was the original intention and in an ideal world, where all the voting had taken place with everyone on a level playing field, it would work.
    But with suspicions of a unfair result, all trust has since disappeared.

    If you wanted to make an issue of all 25 getting something, I would make an issue of the judging that picked the 25 in the first place....Why didn't mine get in? I want a prize....

    It would just get silly

  • Railway staff catch thieves stealing bike - and let them get on with it1 year 5 weeks agodafyddp wrote:Doesn't really

    dafyddp wrote:
    Doesn't really require extensive security training does it? Bolt-cutters = ask for ID and ask if they would mind waiting twenty minutes for Transport Police to be present.

    A thousand times this.