• Kona Kapu 853 returns along with two new Rove bikes for 20151 year 5 weeks agopistol13 wrote:"they’ve also

    pistol13 wrote:
    "they’ve also got one eye on the past with the return of the Kapu. This is their old school lugged steel frame that pays homage to the bicycles of yesteryear"

    This is a tig welded frame guys

    It certainly is, well spotted. Went all misty eyed remembering the old lugged Kapu from a few years ago http://www.konabikeworld.com/09bikes/large/2K9_KAPU.jpg

  • Jersey finally passes mandatory helmet law - for under 14 year olds1 year 5 weeks agoAh, I missed Truffy's link to

    Ah, I missed Truffy's link to the scientist. That link doesn't report on what happened though. Did Truffy know the scientist perhaps?

    Anyway, again, just because 1 cyclist dies of a head injury from a bicycle accident still is not evidence that helmets are the answer.

  • Performance Wheel Parts1 year 5 weeks agocx-rays and H Plus Sons

    cx-rays and H Plus Sons Architypes .... try justridingalong.com

  • Moral Dilemma - See Through Bottoms1 year 5 weeks agoMy missus thinks it looks

    My missus thinks it looks horrific. She'd want me to tell her, but I doubt she would be happy with a stranger telling her. I think her view is that any self-respecting woman would check before she left the house.

  • Moral Dilemma - See Through Bottoms1 year 5 weeks agoi've thought several times I

    i've thought several times I "should" say something but can never come
    up with the right words so tend to just shut up ....

  • Video: California reserve police officer suspended for posting “I hate cyclists” YouTube clip1 year 5 weeks agonotfastenough wrote:"Vice

    notfastenough wrote:
    "Vice Squad Vixens: Busted!" - what kind of 'actress' are we talking about, exactly?!

    Looks classy! - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prwpMrXyjP4

  • Bianchi Oltre XR2 road bike1 year 5 weeks agoBobbinogs wrote:I am still

    Bobbinogs wrote:
    I am still puzzled as to why Bianchi seems to have given up on the celeste, except for optional use as highlighting every now and then.
    I realise that it's a matter of personal taste, and therefore there is no 'right and wrong', but I prefer the minimalist approach to the application of celeste, as used on the Infinito CV Disc and Oltre XR2 Disc models. In my view, all celeste is a bit gaudy. That's not meant to inflame, just my opinion.

  • Moral Dilemma - See Through Bottoms1 year 5 weeks agoTricky, isn't it. See a lot

    Tricky, isn't it. See a lot of it myself. Stretchy cheapo Primark leggings, not lycra ones...

    I choose not to say anything.

  • Jersey finally passes mandatory helmet law - for under 14 year olds1 year 5 weeks agoJeevesBath wrote: Hmm, when

    JeevesBath wrote:

    Hmm, when my 9 year old son lead climbs the walls at our climbing centre, I insist on making him use a rope in case he falls. I never realised I was being so over-protective. Next time I'll just send him up there with a "you fall, you die" - that'll motivate him!

    Sarcasm aside,

    ...glad you added that JeevesBath. Of course you understand the difference between an extreme sporting activity requiring significant skill, strength and equipment where improvement is predicated on pushing limits ('falling off') as opposed to, say, climbing an apple tree or playfort.

    That said, I'm sure Truffly has called NSPCC on yo' ass - we've all seen the first 5 minutes of Cliffhanger, that so-called 'climbing equipment' isn't worth a pile of old rope.

    Or maybe it is Smile

  • Deda Superleggero Black 120 Stem1 year 5 weeks agoI run WCS 260’s on a couple

    I run WCS 260’s on a couple of bikes and they are superb - but when building my C59 I thought I’d go all out and get this bit of Italian bling. There’s no doubting that it looks fantastic, especially the black on black version, but it has one flaw…the Ti bolts are made of cheese! A bolt on the first stem snapped and another rounded out, then two bolts on the replacement rounded out. They’ve now been swapped for steel bolts with no issues. NB - no need to pay £117. I picked mine up for £77.

  • Jersey finally passes mandatory helmet law - for under 14 year olds1 year 5 weeks agoThis may or may not be the

    This may or may not be the case referred to in the earlier post (urban myth investigation not my speciality). Google pops up a reference (in french) which rather indicates that the cause of the accident was poorly-secured netting from a construction site (the company failed to remedy after multiple reports)
    http://www.forum-auto.com/les-clubs/section7/sujet326953.htm
    Surely claiming "And his son has to live with that for the rests of his life!" sets a new low for victim-blaming.

    Given the man himself was described as "a passionate champion for the use of science-based risk assessment in environmental decision-making", the fund set up in his memory doesn't appear to be lobbying for any kind of compulsory helmet laws.

  • Video: FDJ.fr’s Arnaud Démare answers TdF call of nature – by nipping into fan’s motorhome1 year 5 weeks ago'He had a dose of the trotts.

    'He had a dose of the trotts. can't really just squat at the roadside for that'

    Paula Radcliffe managed it ok.

  • Tour de France Tech 2014: Alexander Kristoff’s brand new Canyon Aeroad CF SLX1 year 5 weeks agoSeems like a great upgrade

    Seems like a great upgrade over a great frame that i have used over great effect. I am very happy with the current frame's ride characteristics, rock solid and sturdy, best frame i ever had.
    But i'm finding out that buying through them indeed has it's drawbacks. The inclusion of local service centre's helps.
    But trying to get warranty over a construction error they made in my frame is a very difficult process: they offer crash replacement instead of full warranty while their warranty online still should run till oktober, logically thinking the error can only be made by them but their first reaction was to blame me for the error, but i have gotten them around to taking me serious.
    (still buying a frame/bike through a dealer/shop should make warranty a lot easier, but finding the right dealer for other good service is hard also)

    So, if you buy from them keep that mind: Make sure the frame has a serial number, mine didn't and that should not have been possible. Make sure you photograph every detail of the frame, especially the bottom bracket/front fork/seatpost.

    they don't like you or other bicycle repair shops tinkering/ maintaining your bike/frame which is a real pain because for small repair you don't want to be parted of your bike. Still if you wan't to put your own group on the frame it's best to let them do it.

    Also something they failed to mention: the frame isn't really suited for a ultegra triple groupset. (which is getting less common these days so it shouldn't really be a problem for most.)

    They way they have been behaving towards me wasn't really something you would call client friendly, blaming me in first instance, for now they are still talking and i'm trying my utterbest to stay friendly also. But the experience isn't really inline with what i expect from their website statements. (if it ends well i will post that here also.)

  • Tour de France Tech 2014: Alexander Kristoff’s brand new Canyon Aeroad CF SLX1 year 5 weeks agoI like the blacked out seat

    I like the blacked out seat tube section, definitely tricks the eye a bit with the styling.
    Any idea why they use the front brake on the rear as well? I don't get what the difference/advantage really is?

  • MPs call for fivefold increase in Government spending on cycling1 year 5 weeks agoJ90 wrote:Their town cycle

    J90 wrote:
    Their town cycle lanes aren't that wide, you would end up getting held up by basket bikes. Out of town, obviously they'd be able to go quicker.

    In town, you also get held up if you travel by car. The difference is that overtaking a bike with a bike is easier and you can use your bell/voice to get people to go to single file if needed. I've never been able to get a single car to split so I could pass.

  • Video: California reserve police officer suspended for posting “I hate cyclists” YouTube clip1 year 5 weeks agonotfastenough wrote:"Vice

    notfastenough wrote:
    "Vice Squad Vixens: Busted!" - what kind of 'actress' are we talking about, exactly?!

    It was very critically under-rated, so I hear *cough*.

  • Supernova E3 Pro 2 dynamo front light1 year 5 weeks agoMorning, Did you ever get

    Morning,

    Did you ever get round to reviewing the rear light too?

  • Anger in Bournemouth and Bury St Edmunds as government refuses to fund safer cycling schemes1 year 5 weeks agoworkhard wrote:We got money

    workhard wrote:
    We got money locally, in West Sussex, from LSTF without any help from Sustrans and in some instances within the county in the face of their opposition. They aren't interested in what actual real live local cyclists wants but in furthering their own agenda which is increasingly remote from anything other than leisure cycling.

    That does open the debate about where cycle funding should go. Is it better spent on improving the situation for existing cyclists (who it could be argued will cycle anyway) or encouraging new cyclists to take the first step by creating leisure routes that give them the ability to develop some bike skills before going onto the open road?

  • Richie Porte says chest infection put paid to Tour de France hopes1 year 5 weeks agocat1commuter wrote: And why

    cat1commuter wrote:

    And why do they always seem to be prescribed antibiotics? Antibiotics for colds or bronchitis is something the NHS is trying to stamp out.

    My missus has reasonably bad asthma, when she picks up a cold she has to be quite careful as it can quite rapidly shift into a full blown chest infection so whenever she starts feeling it's going that way she gets antibiotics to nip it in the bud.
    There's probably a similar process for pro cyclists, if the doctor thinks it's going that way then get them on a course of antibiotics before they're wiped out and out of the race, or in bed rest mode for a week or two. It's better to deal with it by allowing your immune system to thrash it out of course, but if you're mid-race you probably just want to keep going.

  • Video: California reserve police officer suspended for posting “I hate cyclists” YouTube clip1 year 5 weeks ago"Vice Squad Vixens: Busted!"

    "Vice Squad Vixens: Busted!" - what kind of 'actress' are we talking about, exactly?!

  • Team Sky's Jonathan Tiernan Locke gets 2 year ban for biological passport irregularities1 year 5 weeks agoAs Andycoventry mentioned,

    As Andycoventry mentioned, when people dope in sport, it makes a lot of physiological changes to the body that remain for a long time after the period of doping. In studies that have appeared in new scientist, building muscle (which doping allowas you to do more easily as you train harder/faster for longer) changes the muscle tissue, and actually means that it's easier to build muscle again once this has reduced as the types of muscle fibres are different to previously. Probably means that bans should realisticly be for longer than two years (or at least never backdated) and second chances should be much more stricly enforced and final.

  • Jersey finally passes mandatory helmet law - for under 14 year olds1 year 5 weeks agoKiwiMike wrote:truffy

    KiwiMike wrote:
    truffy wrote:

    My children ALWAYS wear helmets. And I do too, as much to set an example. What kind of parent would not want to do all they can to protect their children while they have fun?

    This kind.

    We want our kids to grow up with a healthy regard for risk and consequences. As such we let them climb things that could kill them if they fell (i.e. anything over about three meters), swim beyond their depth (i.e. deeper than 1.2m), and specifically ride their bikes fast enough that the energy dissipation design limits of any approved cycle helmet would be greatly exceeded.

    Having been such grossly irresponsible parents the last 13 years, the only time one of our kids required hospitalisation and a general anaesthetic was for a hand injury sustained walking along a completely flat footpath in a cul-de-sac.

    Please do keep your patronising, condescending passive-aggressive 'I'm a better parent than thou' BS for your own circle-jerk of hyper-safety-conscious helicopter parents.

    The rest of us love our kids just as much as you do, we just don't buy into the same level of 'safety' hysteria.

    Hmm, when my 9 year old son lead climbs the walls at our climbing centre, I insist on making him use a rope in case he falls. I never realised I was being so over-protective. Next time I'll just send him up there with a "you fall, you die" - that'll motivate him!
    Sarcasm aside, there's a balance between managing risk and being irresponsible. I'm sure that you are responsible parents, as am I, but we all apply different -and subjective - criteria to risk. Some Americans think it's fine for twelve year olds to play with firearms. Am I hyper-safety-conscious for not thinking that's a good thing?
    We know that there's a risk from cycling. A 'safety hysteria' parent wouldn't permit them to do it. Allowing them to do it but mitigating some of the risk through the use of a helmet is simply precautionary.
    Having said all that, I don't agree helmets should be mandatory even though personally I almost always wear one.

  • Jersey finally passes mandatory helmet law - for under 14 year olds1 year 5 weeks agoOnce again, anecdote triumphs

    Once again, anecdote triumphs over evidence.

    New Zealand passed manadtory cycling laws what happened:
    KSI rates increased
    Cycling rates decreased

    The only difference was the law. Hmm, so what does it tell us, well obviously they are safer, well no because the KSI rate has increased and the participation rates have decreased meaning those fewer cyclists that last are suffering more KSIs.

    It is simple. But, ho-hum we are stuck in our post-scientific society where everyone and his dog think that they are entitled to have an equally weighted opinion.

    It's wrong, certainly you can have your opinion, but it should be worth nought when compared with evidence.

  • Showers Pass VelEau hydration system1 year 5 weeks agoGotta say that it looks

    Gotta say that it looks pretty crap and not well thought through. Who wants cables, clips, pipes etc all ower their bike for an extra litre and a bit of water.

  • Richie Porte says chest infection put paid to Tour de France hopes1 year 5 weeks agoWhy bother racing to the

    Why bother racing to the finish ?

    Froome will almost certainly tackle the Vuelta and he will want Porte there, nobody on this forum knows if he is really ill or not, but it does make sense to pull him and save him for the Vuelta, but if they did want to do that, its not something they could publicly say as the Tour organisers would go ape shit.