• Four years' jail for drunk driver who killed cyclist as she chased boyfriend's car1 year 5 weeks agoSimon E wrote:This young

    Simon E wrote:
    This young woman did some very irresponsible things with horrendous consequences but we all make mistakes. Surely it is more important that she and others learn from this and that, while she gets a chance to live and learn, she shouldn't get her licence back for a very long time.

    Help me out. Exactly what was her "mistake"?

    Getting pissed?
    Getting in the car?
    Using the car to chase another car ?
    Breaking the speed limit?
    Losing control of the car?
    Hitting a cyclist head-on?
    Killing them?
    Fleeing the scene?

    all of which sound like a series of choices to me, not accidental mistakes.

    She'll be out in two, will be driving again shortly thereafter, will put it behind her, like thousands of others have done, and will get on with her life. Just a mistake.

    That mindset strikes me as effed up from a cyclist. But then the driver mindset prevails in our culture which is why such pitiful sentences get handed down.

  • Richie Porte says chest infection put paid to Tour de France hopes1 year 5 weeks agoTeam Sky doing their bit for

    Team Sky doing their bit for antibiotic resistance by stuffing Porte with prescription drugs when they don't, can't, possibly know if it is a bacterial infection or a virus (or even an excuse)

  • Four years' jail for drunk driver who killed cyclist as she chased boyfriend's car1 year 5 weeks agooldstrath wrote: bikebot

    oldstrath wrote:
    Plain Face
    bikebot wrote:
    Ramuz wrote:
    As long as you're "sorry" or you "deeply regret" your actions or "have to live with the feeling for the rest of your life" then that's fine, then, right?

    Genuine remorse should be a mitigating factor in sentencing (emphasis on genuine). That doesn't change the fact that the sentencing guidelines are far too lenient for these crimes.


    Why on earth should remorse, real or pretended, have anything to do with sentencing. Even if this woman's remorse is real, it does nothing to deter others, and unless it is stromg enough to lead her to forego both drinking and driving ever again is unlikely to significantly reduce the risk she poses to others.

    Agree with remorse not being a real factor in how sentencing should be carried out.

    On the other hand, the likelihood of re-offending should be a strong factor. Today it does not seem to be. Ditto with truly diminished responsibility, regardless of unpalateable it may be, people do have breakdowns and while their actions may end up having terrible consequences, that really is a mitigating factor.

  • Showers Pass VelEau hydration system1 year 5 weeks agoA better solution from

    A better solution from Geigerrig

    http://www.geigerrig.com/hydration-packs/bike-rig.html

  • MPs call for fivefold increase in Government spending on cycling1 year 5 weeks agoTargeting money to spend is

    Targeting money to spend is easy. Spending it well is another issue.
    What would be far more ambitious would be to target groups who'd like to cycle but won't due to safety etc.
    Start with the school run, find 10 schools around the country where people want to cycle. Do the research, put in bullet proof infrastructure and it will happen. You know have a model for the rest of the country.
    Likelihood of this happening ? Highly unlikely given our political landscape but it can be done.

  • MPs call for fivefold increase in Government spending on cycling1 year 5 weeks agoTargeting money to spend is

    Targeting money to spend is easy. Spending it well is another issue.
    What would be far more ambitious would be to target groups who'd like to cycle but won't due to safety etc.
    Start with the school run, find 10 schools around the country where people want to cycle. Do the research, put in bullet proof infrastructure and it will happen. You know have a model for the rest of the country.
    Likelihood of this happening ? Highly unlikely given our political landscape but it can be done.

  • Four years' jail for drunk driver who killed cyclist as she chased boyfriend's car1 year 5 weeks agoI'd 2nd you Argos74 and the

    I'd 2nd you Argos74 and the others calling for total bans.

    You should never be able to return to a normal existence and forget you took a life.

  • Is Ned Boulting any good?1 year 5 weeks agoIn his book 'On the Road

    In his book 'On the Road Bike' he writes about some pretty big climbs he does with Chris Boardman and a lot of other british cycling icons (I forget who) and competes in a tradition club hill climb and does pretty well. So yeah I think he's probably pretty strong.

    Militag make the Friend of Herne Hill Jersey:

    http://road.cc/content/news/73178-herne-hill-save-velodrome%E2%80%9D-rel...

  • Richie Porte says chest infection put paid to Tour de France hopes1 year 5 weeks agodaddyELVIS wrote:Healthy

    daddyELVIS wrote:
    Healthy bunch, Team Sky. Maybe they should employ a doc who knows about staying healthy whilst racing, LOL.

    That is the exact type of 'Doctor' they have said they won't employ.

  • Clacton on Sea to hold Naked Bike Ride today: as MP says ride they failed to close down is “offensive exhibitionism”1 year 5 weeks agoSo naked people riding

    So naked people riding bicycles is deemed offensive, but old people driving around in diesel cars causing the premature deaths through pollution is perfectly fine?

    I wonder, what part of the human body does he think is offensive? Someone bending over and curling one out is pretty offensive, I agree, but a sweaty testicle sliding down the side of a saddle isn't quite in the same ballpark.

  • Will Andy Schleck ever be any good again?1 year 5 weeks agoI think he needs motivation

    I think he needs motivation and the right coach and team. It takes an enormous effort to do the training required to compete at the top. The Bruyneel phase he went through seems to have left him demoralised. Frank seems to have some form at this Tour, and maybe that will encourage him.

  • Will Andy Schleck ever be any good again?1 year 5 weeks agoIn a word, NO, I think he

    In a word, NO, I think he still has the ability, it is the mentality that has gone

  • Video: Russian cyclist walks away after being run over by skip lorry1 year 5 weeks agoThis is why I really hate

    This is why I really hate lorry's, busses, coaches, tractors and anything that has a trailers attached to a vehicle because sometimes people forget the length and cause accidents like this.

  • Tour de France leader Vincenzo Nibali insists Italian cycling is cleaning up its act1 year 5 weeks agoI want to believe in Nibali -

    I want to believe in Nibali - especially after an 'out of this world' Contador leaving him for dead on Mt Etna in the 2011 Giro...

    But Nibbles assertion that Astana (of all teams) wants to work with Italians as they have 'credibility' is stretching er, credibility a little.

    I do fear we'll be watching yet another high paced Vuelta this year. Who knows - maybe that consistent champion Cobo will be back to dance up the climbs on just tea and biscuits and the aerial coverage will be porchine. Rolling Eyes

  • Tour de France Tech 2014: Daniel Navarro's Look 6951 year 5 weeks agoThis would be my pick of all

    This would be my pick of all the pro's bikes .
    It's flasher than Michael Jackson !
    I'd put yellow bar tape on it though .

  • Rider says police too "busy" to attend crash that broke leg1 year 5 weeks agowizards-sleeve wrote: Rest

    wizards-sleeve wrote:

    Rest your case......I think you have to make any case yet.

    This attitude seems itentical to the attitude of the officer that told me they wont be attending any time soon. Must be part of the police training, informing us tax payers know that we know f all. Nice technique.

    If there aren't enough officers, there aren't enough officers. You can't just magically conjure up a few more by saying "but I pay taxes!" ... We have, collectively, voted into office a government that cuts and axes services across the board, babbling about "Big Society instead of Big State" while clearly demonstrating they're just Big Morons. Like everyone who voted for them.

    This story is tragic, but it's not the police that's to blame it's the voting populace who get the government and public services they chose. And that includes all of us. Sorry.

  • Is Ned Boulting any good?1 year 5 weeks agoNed's always kept himself

    Ned's always kept himself fit. Used to go on runs during TdF, according to his Yellow Jumper book. Less experienced cyclist, but I'm sure he's reasonable.

    Jersey is Friends of Herne Hill Velodrome.

  • Rider says police too "busy" to attend crash that broke leg1 year 5 weeks agostumps wrote:Lol, like i said

    stumps wrote:
    Lol, like i said people with f all idea making up pathetic comments, i rest my case Rolling On The Floor

    Well with an argument as strong as that just as well you're not a lawyer.

  • Richie Porte says chest infection put paid to Tour de France hopes1 year 5 weeks agocat1commuter wrote:Why do pro

    cat1commuter wrote:
    Why do pro riders and their teams always say "chest infection" or "bronchitis" and not that they have a cold? I'm sure that at their level of elite competition a minor cold would be enough to add several minutes to their time on the climbs they do.

    And why do they always seem to be prescribed antibiotics? Antibiotics for colds or bronchitis is something the NHS is trying to stamp out. They're caused by viruses, which are not affected by antibiotics. Antibiotics are only recommended for particularly vulnerable patients, to prevent the possibility of pneumonia developing. Maybe pro cyclists fit that category, since extreme physical exertion suppresses the immune system?

    Probably because it isn't a cold or a virus. Putting yourself on the line for as long as they do with the TdF is likely to stress the body and weaken it's natural immunity. This means that bacteria which normally live in the lungs can get more of a hold and impair normal breathing. Sometimes the bacteria are external pathogens and the infection is worse. Anti-biotics would certainly help against a bacterial infection.

    What I find more interesting is the way in which such a normal response seems to be avoided by the top riders. They ride imperiously around without seemingly been affected by such things. One way of combating the immune deficiency is steroids....you'd think that on at least one day or so the top rider might struggle a bit with being able to keep up the level of intensity. It's a credit to Porte that he is human, less so to the current yellow jersey rider. I'm not saying that he has to lose time on all the other riders, but there should be much more of an ebb and flow to the strength of the riders. This is why most tour winners have not held the yellow for 18-19 stages.

  • Richie Porte says chest infection put paid to Tour de France hopes1 year 5 weeks agoHealthy bunch, Team Sky.

    Healthy bunch, Team Sky. Maybe they should employ a doc who knows about staying healthy whilst racing, LOL.

  • Sugoi RS Pro Bib Shorts1 year 5 weeks agoIt'd be great to know how the

    It'd be great to know how the pad compares to those of Rapha, Castelli and Assos.

  • Richie Porte says chest infection put paid to Tour de France hopes1 year 5 weeks agoWhy do pro riders and their

    Why do pro riders and their teams always say "chest infection" or "bronchitis" and not that they have a cold? I'm sure that at their level of elite competition a minor cold would be enough to add several minutes to their time on the climbs they do.

    And why do they always seem to be prescribed antibiotics? Antibiotics for colds or bronchitis is something the NHS is trying to stamp out. They're caused by viruses, which are not affected by antibiotics. Antibiotics are only recommended for particularly vulnerable patients, to prevent the possibility of pneumonia developing. Maybe pro cyclists fit that category, since extreme physical exertion suppresses the immune system?

  • Rider says police too "busy" to attend crash that broke leg1 year 5 weeks agoRest your case......I think

    Rest your case......I think you have to make any case yet.

    This attitude seems itentical to the attitude of the officer that told me they wont be attending any time soon. Must be part of the police training, informing us tax payers know that we know f all. Nice technique.

  • Google Maps adds elevation info for cyclists - so you can choose the flattest/hilliest route for your ride1 year 5 weeks agoWhen planning routes on

    When planning routes on google maps I've got very different (lower) figures for altitude than when comparing it to what was recorded on my Garmin. No idea which is correct, however..

  • Internal Rounting?1 year 5 weeks agoI'm fairly sure these battery

    I'm fairly sure these battery powered system use transistors, therefore, the wording should also read electronic and not electric.