• Most parents would support a mandatory helmet law for children, claims surge - safety concerns are paramount1 year 5 weeks agostumps wrote:I find it very

    stumps wrote:
    I find it very amusing that so many people get so wound up over such a simple thing as a piece of polystyrene painted a nice colour.

    It seems that at the moment virtually evey article put on the forum literally gets slagged off and ends up in an arguement between posters, its quite sad really. Just look at this one, it started off about a company simply putting out a result of a small survey they carried out and within 7 posts it had become a slag off of infrastructure, cars and police and not forgetting the holier than thou "highway code".

    The 'holier than thou' highway code? If you don't like the highway code, by what secret protocols do policemen and other advanced motorists drive?

  • Riis: Sky making "huge mistake" if Wiggins left out of Tour team1 year 5 weeks agoDoping; what the f#$k ever.

    Doping; what the f#$k ever. All professional sport is pantomime, see the various doping catches at the world cup.

    Alberto can ride a bike regardless, I don't hate him for what he did, but I love him for what he does, and that is, attack with gusto.

  • Jon Snow: cyclists ‘behave extremely badly’ and I don’t know a single one who hasn’t jumped a red light1 year 5 weeks agoThe Markenlei Youtube

    The Markenlei Youtube channel, with dozens of videos about cycling in the Netherlands, includes a video where London cycling is observed from a Dutch cyclists' perspective.

    It's here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LcADYelq6c

    In it, he depicts a "typical London commuter" performing an RLJ on a bicycle, and comments it as an inevitable tactic necessary for the cyclist's own safety. Not a matter of laziness, lawlessness or impatience, but an inevitable consequence of a crap environment for people on bicycles.

    I never jump red lights, but I have been run over a disturbingly large number of times by drivers, while cycling in a city centre (at least one of which was himself jumping a red light). I now wonder if I would have been rushed to hospital somewhat fewer times if I had selectively disobeyed the red light law?

  • Tour de How Much?! £10k sought for Yorkshire cottage weekend rental1 year 5 weeks agoI live a couple of miles

    I live a couple of miles away. Anyone want to pay £100 to sleep in my conservatory? Special discount rate of just £50 to sleep in my shed. Secure cycle parking available...

  • Most parents would support a mandatory helmet law for children, claims surge - safety concerns are paramount1 year 5 weeks ago"[...] kids’ bikes need a

    "[...] kids’ bikes need a tune up more often than they currently receive with only a quarter (24 per cent) having an annual MOT and safety check."

    I wonder how the question was phrased, that produced this answer? Was it simply "do you have an annual safety check?"

    My answer to this question would be no, of course not. And why? Because checking the mechanical state of a bike - your own or your kids - should not wait such an incredibly long time.

    And that answer may be the one that many respondents gave; but the survey results imply that no maintenance is happening.

    Badly worded surveys...

  • Most parents would support a mandatory helmet law for children, claims surge - safety concerns are paramount1 year 5 weeks agoExcellent post

    Excellent post Belaroo.

    Excellent parent!

    BUT, it would be nice to stay here and fight the good fight with us.

  • Crank failure. Halfords CB TEAMCARBON1 year 5 weeks agoFlying Scot wrote:Kudos for

    Flying Scot wrote:
    Kudos for Halfords customer service.

    Agreed. Let's hope the retrain the mechanic who bodged the original job.

  • Most parents would support a mandatory helmet law for children, claims surge - safety concerns are paramount1 year 5 weeks agoWhatever happened to the

    Whatever happened to the ability to exercise judgment ? Why the survey respondents think a change in law is going to make the difference utterly baffles me ! If you think mandatory helmets "are the clincher" in terms of deciding to send your nippers out on bikes you:
    A) have no idea what little protection they provide
    B) have no idea about the causes of most cycling accidents
    C) probably have no intention of getting your children out on bikes in the first place.

  • Is anyone running a Three Frenchmen competition?1 year 5 weeks agostumps wrote:Personally i

    stumps wrote:
    Personally i dont think we should have one, and i've mentioned this in another post earlier, all that seems to happen at the mo is people slagging each other off if they're not happy about a transfer, a cut off time, the spelling of a name or something even simpler. I dont blame you for not wanting to run one DrH i really dont.

    Kind of a agree, except picking 3 rider comps seem to cause the least arguments compared to everything else

  • Is anyone running a Three Frenchmen competition?1 year 5 weeks agoPersonally i dont think we

    Personally i dont think we should have one, and i've mentioned this in another post earlier, all that seems to happen at the mo is people slagging each other off if they're not happy about a transfer, a cut off time, the spelling of a name or something even simpler. I dont blame you for not wanting to run one DrH i really dont.

  • Most parents would support a mandatory helmet law for children, claims surge - safety concerns are paramount1 year 5 weeks agoI find it very amusing that

    I find it very amusing that so many people get so wound up over such a simple thing as a piece of polystyrene painted a nice colour.

    It seems that at the moment virtually evey article put on the forum literally gets slagged off and ends up in an arguement between posters, its quite sad really. Just look at this one, it started off about a company simply putting out a result of a small survey they carried out and within 7 posts it had become a slag off of infrastructure, cars and police and not forgetting the holier than thou "highway code".

  • Calling all Planet X RT58 owners.1 year 5 weeks agoI've had one of these for 4

    I've had one of these for 4 weeks now. I'm 5'6" and got the xs. After the initial love affair - 2 rides, I'm finding the stupid amount of toe overlap is really making me dislike this bike. It's had me on the deck twice and on today's ride I had three issues with it, one of which was a scary incident at a busy junction. Maybe I'll get used to it and adjust accordingly, but at the minute my thoughts are; expensive mistake and ebay.

  • Hull of the North - Yorkshire city to host new ASO stage race in 20151 year 5 weeks agoBrilliant, more cycle racing

    Brilliant, more cycle racing in Yorkshire. Bring it on! Party

  • Video: Inside the sprint – spectacular footage from the Tour of Switzerland1 year 5 weeks agoMotoGP has self-levelling

    MotoGP has self-levelling cameras, however they're servo-driven by a controller with a solid-state accelerometer. Probably a bit too heavy for cycling.

  • Most parents would support a mandatory helmet law for children, claims surge - safety concerns are paramount1 year 5 weeks ago“A basic service/ inspection

    “A basic service/ inspection at a reputable bike store is not expensive and would give you peace of mind knowing your child is safe, as well as keeping up the bikes second hand value.”

    Or, you can learn the basics of cycle mechanics yourself, and get in the habit of keeping an eye (and ear) out for problems before they arise. Bikes are fundamentally very simple - that's a big part of the appeal.

  • Alu Road bikes? Comparisons?1 year 5 weeks agoI bought my first road bike

    I bought my first road bike four years ago, having ridden mostly touring/commuting type bikes. I narrowed my choice down to suit budget, intended use (sportives, fun, fitness, not racing) and local availability. I eventually went for a Trek 2.3 and was not, nor have I been, disappointed. It transformed my riding. It's a really good bike for the money - especially since it comes with a full 105 groupset.

    I've still got it and use it regularly (same uses as when I purchased it), though I have upgraded the wheels, forks and saddle. After much deliberation I chose a pair of custom made wheels (DT Swiss RR415 rims, Dura Ace hubs), which cost about £600. They made a significant difference to how the bike performed. They are much lighter than the wheels that came with the bike and do a very good job of providing me with a vastly smoother and more comfortable ride. I noticed straight away how effective they are in soaking up the bumps and roughness of uneven road surfaces. They also handle the hills pretty well too. The other major upgrade I made was the forks. I damaged the originals (carbon forks, alloy steerer) in a crash and took the opportunity to upgrade them. I went for a pair of Ritchey WCS full carbon (these had a slightly larger rake of 43mm than the 40mm of the original forks). As with the wheels, the upgraded forks do a great job of increasing comfort by smoothing out the bumps. The increased rake has also made the ride a touch more lively, which is great when cornering. The third main upgrade was the saddle. I now have a Specialized Toupe Pro, which I find much more comfortable than the one that was originally fitted (it's also about 150g lighter).

    The upgraded wheels, forks and saddle together have shaved about 850g off the original weight. Not a massive amount but the gains in comfort and performance have been well worth it (it's still 850g I don't have to carry up hills though). The upshot is that I've got a decent bike. (I'd love a nice carbon fibre bike a level or two above the Trek 2.3 but simply cannot afford it Sad ) In the meantime, the 2.3 continues to serve my needs well.

  • Riis: Sky making "huge mistake" if Wiggins left out of Tour team1 year 5 weeks ago^^^^^ yaaaaaaaawn

    ^^^^^
    yaaaaaaaawn

  • US bike hire schemes linked with greater risk of head injury - or are they?1 year 5 weeks agoSorry, bad wording. Data is

    Sorry, bad wording.

    Data is impartial. If it's collected badly, or processed badly then it's wrong, and the blame lies with the researcher or the method.

    Where I think we have a growing problem is with a large chunk of society that just rejects data, full stop, and instead wants to rely on something they usually call "common sense". Which basically means whatever the hell they think is right without doing any research at all.

    Why I have a problem with that now heavily overused saying, is that it implies that using statistics, data or research is the mistake, rather than the corruption of it by particular parties. That actually lends authority directly to the vested interest.

  • A delicate subject...1 year 5 weeks agoYour question is hard to

    Your question is hard to answer without seeing you on the bikes. You may just need to ride on the new saddle more, to get used to it. Or you may have changed your positioning (such as leg extension, or reach from saddle to bars, or the angle of your pelvis in relation to the saddle) in a way which results in pain. Or the new saddle may just be a bad choice for you. I suggest using a tape measure to figure out how different your positioning is on each bike. Try to make the new one like the old one, as a starting point.

  • Tour de How Much?! £10k sought for Yorkshire cottage weekend rental1 year 5 weeks agoRapha own this

    Rapha own this cottage....right? Rolling On The Floor

  • Riis: Sky making "huge mistake" if Wiggins left out of Tour team1 year 5 weeks agoenigmaman wrote:Hmm. Why

    enigmaman wrote:
    Hmm. Why can't I take the comments of a Team Manager (who has doped) on his team leader (who has doped) very seriously?

    "Alberto Contador is in the best shape he’s been since joining the team in 2011" says Riis. I hear "Bertie has discovered some new product which is as yet undetectable." Now, if the brothers Schleck make a sudden return to form I will be VERY suspicious.

  • Most parents would support a mandatory helmet law for children, claims surge - safety concerns are paramount1 year 5 weeks agoSaw a guy trying to teach his

    Saw a guy trying to teach his kids to ride bikes in the park last weekend. Bikes they were using appeared to be his bmx's, rather than actual kid's bikes. He was berating his son for not using his brakes and nearly crashing into someone walking their dog, making sarcastic comments about what the brake lever was for. It was only as the boy rode past me later on i noticed that one of the brakes was missing a cable. I nearly went and had a word, but British reservedness stopped me. I've regretted it since.

  • Riis: Sky making "huge mistake" if Wiggins left out of Tour team1 year 5 weeks agoHmm. Why can't I take the

    Hmm. Why can't I take the comments of a Team Manager (who has doped) on his team leader (who has doped) very seriously?

  • Most parents would support a mandatory helmet law for children, claims surge - safety concerns are paramount1 year 5 weeks agoBefore you start sharpening

    Before you start sharpening your pitchforks and marching on Frog HQ because they asked a question whose answer you object to, you may wish to re-read the article. They aren't endorsing the opinion but given the response this debate generates it's a bit foolish using it as click bait.

    Several people also seem to be building a straw man argument that because a parent wants their child to wear a helmet that they do not also want better infrastructure, driver behaviour and enforcement. That's just nonsense.

    Both Frog and Isla bikes sell kids helmets through their websites by the way. Neither of them make any recommendation on whether or not they should be worn though.

  • Crank failure. Halfords CB TEAMCARBON1 year 5 weeks agoKudos for Halfords customer

    Kudos for Halfords customer service.