• Castelli Core Mesh Sleeveless base layer1 year 11 weeks agoDesperately needs a spinning

    Desperately needs a spinning bow-tie, don't you think?

  • Tour de France Stage 9: Dan Martin holds on for stage win, Chris Froome resists pressure to keep yellow1 year 11 weeks agoCertainly a strange day.

    Certainly a strange day. After yesterday Andy Schleck is reported to have said that Sky would pay later for their big efforts, and so it proved, although as said above, how does a 7-man Movistar team fail to take the stage or dislodge a lone leader? Still, they moved up to 2nd. Contador may as well have been somewhere else, such was his anonymity.

    Rest day just in time, Pete Kennaugh's off was rather spectacular.

  • Primal Tattoo'd jersey1 year 11 weeks agoNot sure if I like the design

    Confused

    Not sure if I like the design but you have to appreciate the sublimation they've achieved here.

  • Bib Shorts Buyer’s Guide + eight of the best1 year 11 weeks agoI always used Assos bibs

    I always used Assos bibs until a while back. Was a bit short on funds so picked up a Primal Evo Corsa bib. If anything I prefer the Evo Corsa and have so far got 3 years out of this one.

  • Tour de France Stage 9 reaction - winner Dan Martin, maillot jaune Chris Froome, and others1 year 11 weeks agoEpic day.

    Epic day.

  • Horse put down after it was scared by sportive riders1 year 11 weeks agoA V Lowe wrote:Road racing

    A V Lowe wrote:
    Road racing requires a licence, but sportives and charity rides - can Road CC enlighten us? Most club rides are covered by club insurance, and CTC's cover was up to £5m last I checked, how much cover are sportive organisers required to carry?

    sportives and charity rides don't currently need a licence. personally i think that will change in the next few years, and the better for it in my opinion.

    insurance? i'd be surprised if public liability cover for a sportive was less than £10m, but i'm not sure what the legal requirements are. whether it would cover an incident such as this? hard to say. I doubt they'd want to pay out, I'll say that. They never do. And it's far from cut and dried by the sounds of things.

  • Garotted Irish cyclist calls for children who laid booby trap to be caught1 year 11 weeks agoI'm sure a group of kids

    I'm sure a group of kids yelling stop and chasing her would be intimidating but it doesn't say they took her bike or bag, could it be the kids were trying to get her to stop to warn her?

    ..or just to ask her if she'll buy them booze from the off licence.

    Glad she's not too badly hurt.

  • Sky TDF Team - looks poor!1 year 11 weeks agoSuper Domestique wrote:stumps

    Super Domestique wrote:
    stumps wrote:

    Mark my words once the race hits the big slopes we will see a much different team.

    hmmm not so sure now!

  • Boardman Road Sport1 year 11 weeks agoAvailable for £449.99 today

    Available for £449.99 today (7th July) in the 10% off all road bikes promotion.

  • Horse put down after it was scared by sportive riders1 year 11 weeks agoas far as I can tell, we seem

    as far as I can tell, we seem to have heard only one side of this sad story so far.

  • Tape for muscle injuries1 year 11 weeks agoI used a pre cut shoulder

    I used a pre cut shoulder tape after a crash caused a muscular spasm and minor injury. I don't know if it was actually doing anything, or a placebo, but it certainly helped with the discomfort. I suspect its psychological, but if it helps it helps

  • Sky TDF Team - looks poor!1 year 11 weeks agomillskid wrote:ow dear sky

    millskid wrote:
    ow dear sky had a shocker, and had Vasil Kiryienka eliminated. Thomas is still injured, looks froome will have to do it the hard way,

    that is *really* bad news for sky. they're not really known for having a plan b, either. hope G's on the mend cause they're going to need him

  • Horse put down after it was scared by sportive riders1 year 11 weeks agoIt does seem that a minority

    It does seem that a minority of participants in sportives are actually wanabee racers but simply don't have it. So they pay a lot of money to ride a sportive and then pretend they are "racing". A few years back I stopped to help out a lady cyclist who had simply run out of road in a small lane and was a bit shaken, only to have all kinds of grief from a group hammering round a blind bend. They had to brake and change course - oh dear! - morons. Luckily I knew the local roads and they were taking a roundabout signed route, guess what, we met about 40 minutes later at a "food stop", and had a little public chat about manners. Which I suspect did no good at all because they probably just thought "another old fart who knows nothing". They were all from a large and well known London (I think) based club, and did nothing to enhance the reputation.

  • Ironman to Bike Only1 year 11 weeks agoLikewise! I rode in a bunch

    Likewise! I rode in a bunch twice a week while living in NZ for a few years; I definitely did go through my fair share of bollockings at the beginning. Looking forward to getting back to that...but without the bollockings!! Big Grin

  • Sky TDF Team - looks poor!1 year 11 weeks agoow dear sky had a shocker,

    ow dear sky had a shocker, and had Vasil Kiryienka eliminated. Thomas is still injured, looks froome will have to do it the hard way,

  • Horse put down after it was scared by sportive riders1 year 11 weeks agoI do think that sportives are

    I do think that sportives are races for the average rider, which is why I am quite happy to pay to enter closed road events and get ideal conditions. The idea of riding competitively; overtaking or taking turns and racing lines on open roads is crazy and asking for trouble. If it is on open roads I might as well just go for a Sunday morning ride on my own wherever I want to go and give horses a wide berth.

  • Tour de France - Stage 91 year 11 weeks agoDave Atkinson wrote:sky still

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    sky still doping today? just askin' Devil

    Nah, it's Movistar's turn today Wink

  • Horse put down after it was scared by sportive riders1 year 11 weeks agonicstevenson wrote:, it seems

    nicstevenson wrote:
    , it seems sportives cater for riders who maybe ride in the countryside less than others so are not as aware of the correct, safe and sensible way to rode when horse riders are in the road...

    I reckon most people I see cycling in big groups are the middle class, 30-45yo white males who drive executive cars like idiots during the week and spend a few grand on a racing bike but only ride at weekends...

    at the end of the day it is cyclists like this that give us a bad reputation.

  • Horse put down after it was scared by sportive riders1 year 11 weeks agoPresumably as this is an

    Presumably as this is an organised ride, carried out with insurance cover, and the riders caused the outcome - the destroying of a horse, there is a civil case likely to come from this, and consideration of whether a traffic offence of some kind has been committed, although it would be difficult to bring to courts as the individual riders cannot be identified.

    Road racing requires a licence, but sportives and charity rides - can Road CC enlighten us? Most club rides are covered by club insurance, and CTC's cover was up to £5m last I checked, how much cover are sportive organisers required to carry?

  • Horse put down after it was scared by sportive riders1 year 11 weeks agoI am a commuting cyclist by

    I am a commuting cyclist by and large, and when I am on the converted railways/cycle paths near my home, I regularly see some club rides. They can all to often be seemingly inconsiderate of the other cyclists on the path, to the extent that when they are coming towards me spread across the path I have to call out to them to make room. Which they then do but not by much, they usually then shout a greeting as they pass. It seems to me they are using wherever they are as a velodrome not a right of way, this needs to change. My sympathies to the horse owner and the little girl.

  • Horse put down after it was scared by sportive riders1 year 11 weeks agoTwo things strike me here -

    Two things strike me here - one, it seems sportives cater for riders who maybe ride in the countryside less than others so are not as aware of the correct, safe and sensible way to rode when horse riders are in the road...

    Two - drivers kill cyclists in ever increasing numbers and no one (Road CC included) lumps them all in together as dangerous and failing to protect vulnerable road users...

  • Horse put down after it was scared by sportive riders1 year 11 weeks agoIdiots are idiots no matter

    Idiots are idiots no matter on two wheels, four wheels or two legs.

    As a keen cyclist, all I can say is someone who doesn't slow down for a horse or pass with due care - as the highway code states - can have no complaints if a car does the same to them.

    Thanks again to the idiots giving cyclists a bad name - I'll think of you next time a driver or pedestrian gives me abuse.

    If you can't ride a sportive properly, don't ride one.

  • Horse put down after it was scared by sportive riders1 year 11 weeks agoSigh, i like the idea of

    Sigh, i like the idea of sportives but this is just more evidence for me not to take part in them. Small groups, challenging rides for me i think.

  • Eurostar clarifies its bike carriage system1 year 11 weeks agoSorry Northstar but its a

    Sorry Northstar but its a serious misunderstanding by most people of how railways (and other public transport systems need to operate, if the price you pay to travel (directly or through taxes) is kept realistically affordable.

    A high speed rail vehicle costs the best part of £2 million, and there are a well refined formulae to determine how much each seat must earn per month, and how the trains are best filled (it costs money to drag empty space around. and to fiddle around assembling each train for each trip) Thus there cannot be spare carriages added here & there or dragged around to cater for sundry bikes skis and other ephemera, on train that make up the regular timetabled service. What can happen is to deliver a service that has some flexibility and a base line of space that can be used for bikes and outsized luggage.

    Those who are dealing with the operators try to get the best deal with the trains on offer, and at the same time show the train operators that this has the potential to be big money. You can do some work to develop this - count the bikes, cyclists, and other passengers on a train you are using - lets build proof that(my estimate)around 10% of London rail commuters are using a bike at some stage of their journey (spot the cyclists on the train without a bike). There won't be space to carry a bike with every cyclist when the trains are filled to 200% of seated capacity, as several are, but we can build the case for secure parking and hire bike systems that work for rail users (ie NOT the Barclays Bikes)

    For special events you can call the tune, but planning has to be started at least 12 months in advance to fit in with planning the main timetables, and the engineering work that fits around them. We could for example look at special trains to York, Leeds, even Wensleydale for the 2014 Tour. but that needs top have outline planning starting now*. There could be a rail assisted return from the BHF London-Brighton bike ride, at least as far as Three Bridges (and its pretty much downhill from there to the Thames)but only if the costs are underwritten - typically £20-£25K per train - more for steam trains! It would be great to do this but only with a big sponsor.

    * There are trains which exist which could travel from France to Leeds or York (as originally configured) and 3 of these used to operate between London & York, so the option of a France-Yorkshire 'special train' in 2014 might be a possibility - but planning has to start NOW.

  • Tour de France Stage 9: Dan Martin holds on for stage win, Chris Froome resists pressure to keep yellow1 year 11 weeks agoOne of the most exciting

    One of the most exciting stages of the TdF I've seen. What a performance of Froome to hang on, and how Movistar managed to not get more out of this stage is beyond me.

    Kreuziger seems stronger than his leader Contador who did nothing to make life for Froome any harder, clearly not the man he once was in the mountains.

    Rather worrying though how team Sky apart from Froomey has fallen apart so dramatically in this stage, with Kiryienka eliminated from the race. I can't quite remember the last time a yellow jersey team so spectacularly disintegrated. Rest day just in time.