• Another cyclist follows satnav on to motorway1 year 6 weeks agoTis possible they cycle on A

    Tis possible they cycle on A road as they can only commute by bike and it is the only practicle route. When nurse training my only means of transport for the fist year was by bike, lots of A road from Liverpool to UCL Preston but had no choice. The M58 would have been quicker for me Nerd but I could see the big blue signs!!I think statistically country B roads are the most dangerous in comparison to A roads. Don't get me wrong only a complete dick would cycle on a MWay. Perhaps there should be cycle motorways with no cars, now that would cause outrage with the Daily mail

  • Dymag carbon wheels launched + first ride impressions1 year 6 weeks agoSo….. they're not British,

    So….. they're not British, but of Chinese manufacture making them about £1k over priced.

    If they were being produced in the British factory alongside the company's well known motorcycle wheels I'd be interested.

  • Top Gear: Cyclist’s widow tells Jeremy Clarkson: 'Look me in the eye'1 year 6 weeks agoI've changed my

    I've changed my mind!initially I thought what's the fuss? It's meant to be funny and did make a valid point that a bike on the road is one less car. On reflection however the veg piece was a step too far given the cycling deaths all over the UK, not just London.

    There is life north of Watford.......

  • Where's daddy going?1 year 6 weeks agoI don't have the luxury of

    I don't have the luxury of such a short commute, 4 days a week I get out around 0600 to get to the station and onward to London. My favourite comment recently from my 6 year old - 'Daddy, I like your bike onesie'.

    Spending more time with the kids will be fun, and the roads are open after they've gone to bed so a decent light and you're set for evening training rides!

  • Opposition follows New Forest sportive to new location as organiser tries to reassure locals1 year 6 weeks agoI am from the New Forest

    I am from the New Forest originally and my brother still lives in the Forest. I can assure you that the intimidation is all one way and comes from the sort of people that also complain that the Scouts walk in the Forest. They are vocal and wealthy and they are almost all newcomers not locals other than they spend the weekends in the Forest.

    So, I know it's a sportive but get your head cams on. If you don't have one bring a small camera or your smart phone.

    If you have the evidence then report any speeding, dangerous driving, abuse that you encounter. Ask politely for people's names that confront you. A refusal on camera of a polite request to identify yourself always looks bad for the refuser.

    These people are using tactics developed by hunt saboteurs. Their intention is to provoke. Don't be provoked. Dont shout abuse back or make gestures. Just get your camera out and film them. They will seriously not like that.

    It's a shame. Their intention is to make it less fun so sportives go somewhere else. But that's every bit as much your road as it is theirs. If they didn't want visitors they shouldn't have bought a second home in a National Park.

  • Graeme Obree launches petition urging Glasgow 2014 to shun Ugandan MPs who backed anti-gay law1 year 6 weeks agoSigned.

    Signed.

  • Road/CX Bike with discs1 year 6 weeks agoCanyon Inflite is a superb

    Canyon Inflite is a superb machine and was on my list until I sourced a Team CX for well under £700 in the end of year sale.

    If only Canyon would open a tiny little showroom, they'd be able to get on the C2W list and (IMHO) they'd clean up in the UK. I guess the fact that they sponsor 2 pro road teams means they're doing OKthankyouverymuch and don't need the extra cash from us Brits Smile

  • The Ashes on Bikes? Sky Vs OGE launches Monday (+ video)1 year 6 weeks agoWales does have a cricket

    Wales does have a cricket team - it's the same one as the England team (it's the England and Wales Cricket Board who administer the team)...

  • Road/CX Bike with discs1 year 6 weeks agoBeefy wrote:I wish board man

    Beefy wrote:
    I wish board man would sell in LBS as I often use cycle to work with NHS bike scheme who don't do Halfords as Halfords do there own schemes. I would imagine lot of sales of boardman are lost because of this. Tis a real shame as I think they are great value.

    Yes, many employers, especially larger ones (and there's none bigger than the NHS!) stick with a single C2W provider (often Cyclescheme). There's no real reason for this and employees should encourage their employer to allow purchase via any provider.

  • Road/CX Bike with discs1 year 6 weeks agoI wish board man would sell

    I wish board man would sell in LBS as I often use cycle to work with NHS bike scheme who don't do Halfords as Halfords do there own schemes. I would imagine lot of sales of boardman are lost because of this. Tis a real shame as I think they are great value.

  • Ride London 100 (2014) - Accommodation1 year 6 weeks agoWhy can't there be a large

    Why can't there be a large camping area for competitors? There could be secure bike storage and a festival atmosphere or have I missed it and there already is? Yet again no place for me at Ride London is there a secret formular to get a place?

  • Road/CX Bike with discs1 year 6 weeks agoMy Boardman CX Team took SKS

    My Boardman CX Team took SKS P35s no bother at all. Went on quite easily as there's a bolt hole on the back of the front fork and a handily drilled rear brake bridge.

    I should add that I only paid £650 as picked it up in the sale.

    Apologies for the poor quality of the pic.

  • Peter Sagan off to Tinkoff-Saxo - and taking Cannondale with him?1 year 6 weeks agoAs Cannondale are the owners

    As Cannondale are the owners of the current team, can't see them moving in with tinkov, especially as they turned his down last year!

  • Colnago C60 Sneak peek: Pre-launch lowdown on Colnago's new range topper1 year 6 weeks agoNice stuff, come a long way

    Nice stuff, come a long way from my old super

    www.prestige-cycles.co.uk

  • Coroner: "No doubt" that pothole caused crash that killed cyclist1 year 6 weeks agoSimmo72 wrote:scrap vehicle

    Simmo72 wrote:
    scrap vehicle tax, reintroduce good ol road tax.
    + charge every vehicle based on weight
    bikes pay £2, fiesta £50, range rover + £1000, hell make it £2000.

    you use the roads, you wear out the roads, you pay for your use. No more paying into the big tax black hole. Road generated revenue for roads. this bollox about your co2 is tosh. Toyota Prius, what a joke, about as environmentally friendly as a Chernobyl fruit salad.

    or just stick it on fuel and lets us ride for free.

    And if the revenue were insufficient temporarily due to a shortfall in users for some short time period then what? Let them fall into disrepair and waste future money that could have been saved by maintenance? Centralized revenue in government exists for a reason. Simplisitic use-it-pay-for-it schemes don't fit with long-term planning in society.

  • Coroner: "No doubt" that pothole caused crash that killed cyclist1 year 6 weeks agoSimmo72 wrote:scrap vehicle

    Simmo72 wrote:
    scrap vehicle tax, reintroduce good ol road tax.
    + charge every vehicle based on weight
    bikes pay £2, fiesta £50, range rover + £1000, hell make it £2000.

    you use the roads, you wear out the roads, you pay for your use. No more paying into the big tax black hole. Road generated revenue for roads. this bollox about your co2 is tosh. Toyota Prius, what a joke, about as environmentally friendly as a Chernobyl fruit salad.

    or just stick it on fuel and lets us ride for free.

    I don't entirely disagree with the principle, but there are many other costs involved as well as just wear-and-tear/maintenance.

    CO2 matters, even if you might be one of those who think you can make up your own "science" to suit yourself (dunno about a Prius, mind you, electricity generation produces plenty of CO2). But local pollution kills thousands of people every year also - diesel in particular is a scandal.

    And then not all roads are equivalent, it matters when and where you drive as well as how far (some roadspace is in more demand than others - hence congestion charging - and some causes more local pollution harm than others).

    There's also the opportunity cost/land rent element of using the roads - that cost far outweighs the maintenance cost - land has value.

    And there's also the question of if you store your car on the street when not driving it, which is a fixed cost regardless of how far you drive.

    Oh, and not forgetting the costs of occasional middle-east wars because North Sea Oil isn't of the right grade for petrol so most of it comes from Saudi Arabia (where some of the proceeds goes towards spreading Wahabbism around the Muslim world! Top Gear - ally of fundamentalist Islamic terrorism!)

    So I think the actual costs would work out differently from your suggestion. For one thing the total cost would be far greater than VED and fuel tax combined at present.

    It might turn out to be uneconomic to collect the resultant small charge for bikes, especially when considering how many there are owned by children or sitting unused in storage. But I am certain that even if cyclists paid some carefully calculated amount it would do nothing to change the attitude of some drivers towards them.

  • Peter Sagan off to Tinkoff-Saxo - and taking Cannondale with him?1 year 6 weeks agoInteresting, especially the

    Interesting, especially the possible Cannondale move. That said, don't forget Peter Sagan had sponsorship from Spesh before he was a big name on the road.

  • Peter Sagan off to Tinkoff-Saxo - and taking Cannondale with him?1 year 6 weeks agoInteresting, especially the

    Interesting, especially the possible Cannondale move. That said, don't forget Peter Sagan had sponsorship from Spesh before he was a big name on the road.

  • Podium Cafe VDS1 year 6 weeks agoCamaiore - 3) Arredondo, 5)

    Camaiore - 3) Arredondo, 5) Colbrelli for me!

    Ulissi won and Gavazzi came 10th if that is relevant to you

  • Graeme Obree launches petition urging Glasgow 2014 to shun Ugandan MPs who backed anti-gay law1 year 6 weeks agofarrell wrote:oozaveared

    farrell wrote:
    oozaveared wrote:
    Homosexuality was only decriminalised in Scotland in 1980. ie privacy restrictions were still applied. It was only put on a par with heterosexual activity in the whole of the UK in February 2009.

    I'm fairly certain that Scotland would not have imprisoned someone for life or issued the death penalty for someone being gay in 1980 so you are comparing apples and oranges.

    The people of Uganda will be more than welcome to come and play, but those people who work as part of a government that is pumping out toxic anti-gay propaganda, inventing malicious "scientific proof" regarding homosexuality and encouraging the victimisation and brutalisation of other human beings on their sexuality (or even suspected sexuality in some cases) have absolutely no right to be pampered and given luxury VIP treatment.

    If keeping the Ugandan government away is a way of making them realise that their disgusting policies are wrong and will not be tolerated then I support it.

    I'm also wary of your comment of "Well OK Graeme has personal reasons for his campaign", I'm not comfortable with that at all.

    broadly I am just saying that some of you are expecting social attitudes in a very poor developing pre-industrial country where only 6% of the population live in towns. Where only 16% of people get any secondary education (beyond 10). Where only 76% of adults have any literacy skills, to miraculously be similar to those in an advanced liberal democracy.

    Why would you think that was even possible. I know there is a tendency to say things about run down areas in Britain such as they are 3rd world but that just shows a distinct lack of imagination and appreciation. And why would you think that politicians are always leading social change? That somehow all the people in Uganda are right on liberals and only the elites are backward.

    Anyone that has worked in developing countries realises that it is often the elites that are far more educated and socially liberal than the general population and very often their policies are aimed at appeasing very illiberal sentiment in the populous. It may in fact be the case that the athletes attending (the ones you don't mind attending) are the really homophobic ones.

    Maybe a little less condemnation of those in developing countries without our advantages of literacy and wealth and social development wouldn't go amiss. In 1861 Britain was a thoroughly industrialised country far far wealthier than Uganda is even now. Two men were hanged for being gay in England in 1861.

  • Strade Bianche Rider List1 year 6 weeks agodrheaton wrote:I'm sorry that

    drheaton wrote:
    I'm sorry that you don't appreciate all the work that goes into this and that we don't live up to your expectations but we do our best.

    I very much do appreciate all the work that goes into this game. I am very fond of this game, its simplicity and its beautiful design. I love it. I know you know it.

    And I know you, Dave and TER are incredibly dedicated, careful and thorough. I actually admire (!) your work and thoroughly enjoy it. You have no bigger fan. The game has more (!) than lived up to anyone's expectations, much less mine. It has grown to simply be the best out there and I think everybody here knows it.

    You have misjudged or misread or misunderstood my writing. I am incredibly invested in this game.

    Please, though you may find it annoying, take my pointing out that a rider or a team is missing as nothing more than an observation, not as a judgement of your work, just see it as a very avid game player, though not a very competent one, being quite enthusiastic about making sure all the riders in a race are in the game. I'm sorry to have hurt your feelings. Wanna hug it out? Big Grin

    Classic scene:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZvarRe-XVQ

  • Coroner: "No doubt" that pothole caused crash that killed cyclist1 year 6 weeks agoRidgebackrambler wrote: you

    Ridgebackrambler wrote:

    you are reliant on the car drivers behind acting responsibly if you suddenly have to pull out to avoid one, or worse go down one.

    Sadly most drivers seem to have forgotten what a safe stopping distance is ("Stopping distance? Don't be ridiculous, I've been driving accident-free for 20 years ...")

  • Another cyclist follows satnav on to motorway1 year 6 weeks agoI dont know whats worse,

    I dont know whats worse, taking him on the M3 or taking him to Bracknell

  • Coroner: "No doubt" that pothole caused crash that killed cyclist1 year 6 weeks agoSadly, I think there are

    Sadly, I think there are going to be lots more cases like this. The roads around me in Oxfordshire are riddled with potholes. I could spend a week listing them on 'Fill that hole' and it still wouldn't be complete. The trouble is that many seem to be on roads barely wide enough for two cars which means you are reliant on the car drivers behind acting responsibly if you suddenly have to pull out to avoid one, or worse go down one.

  • Another cyclist follows satnav on to motorway1 year 6 weeks agoIt's like going around in

    It's like going around in circles with morons on here, amazing that people only see what they want to see through ages of brainwashing.