• Greg LeMond: Lance Armstrong should be in jail... and was top 30 rider at best1 year 9 weeks agoits so bad LeMond bikes were

    Applause its so bad LeMond bikes were canned due to conflict with Lance-who really knows how much $$$ was lost to such a deserving man. His (LeMond!!!) top model in
    Reynolds steel was one heavenly rinding bike.

  • Top shelf: Cannondale Hollowgram SiSL2 chainset first look1 year 9 weeks agoa 48 tooth with a 12-36

    Nerd a 48 tooth with a 12-36 twelve speed would be even lighter! SRAM? Shimano? CODA?

  • brakes on single speed/fixies1 year 9 weeks agoRaleigh wrote:You stop with

    Raleigh wrote:
    You stop with your legs though...

    That's sort of the whole point of a fixed gear.

    Plus you can do this kind of stuff:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOjx6qI2sIk

    Hardly the 'whole point', but anyway...

    It's quite common to run with just a front brake as your legs effectively become the rear brake on a fixed gear. I personally run with both, (basic Shimano long reach) just in case there's a real need to stop quicker than my legs will allow. (I think it may be a legal requirement to have at least the front brake, but I may just have made this up/read it on Wikipedia. Wink )

  • Greg LeMond: Lance Armstrong should be in jail... and was top 30 rider at best1 year 9 weeks agoIn reply to @crazy-legs Yes I

    In reply to @crazy-legs

    Yes I totally agree with you. I don't defend Armstrong's lies but it has seemed that the other riders who won large sums of money and were later exposed as having doped seem to have got off far more lightly. Why is Bjarne Riis still listed as the TdF winner for 1996 when he's admitted that he doped?

    I still think Greg is a top blike.

  • Horse riders ask New Forest Show to stop renting car parking to sportives1 year 9 weeks agoAny cycling event that people

    Any cycling event that people drive to in great numbers is something to be discouraged.

  • Video: Cambridge gets world's first glow in the dark path - coming soon to a city near you?1 year 9 weeks ago“At Pro-Teq Surfacing (UK)

    “At Pro-Teq Surfacing (UK) Ltd, we use natural earth products "

    F*(****CK! They're spreading plutonium on the bike paths now!

  • Greg LeMond: Lance Armstrong should be in jail... and was top 30 rider at best1 year 9 weeks agocrazy-legs wrote: Not really,

    crazy-legs wrote:

    Not really, he's doing the oh-so-popular thing of bashing Armstrong in an attempt to garner some free publicity for himself and he's certainly got an axe to grind (perfectly understandable given the circumstances).

    Obviously it wasn't that popular when Trek tried to shut him up.

    Take your point on all the others who have "boosted", whether it was amphetamines in the 60s or EPO in the 90s, but the sanctimonious "cancer survivor" crap is what really sealed Armstrong's doom for me.

  • Your greatest achievement on the bike?1 year 9 weeks agoHmm... tricky... I think

    Hmm... tricky... I think there's a few little ones rather than one big one yet.

    First Dun Run last year for realising that I can cycle many more miles than previously imaginable.

    Getting back on the bike as soon as physically allowed after a car door crash this April, which wasn't too difficult as I am a bit obsessed these days, but still commuting around London day and night and still passing the spot on the bike is something I'm quite chuffed with.

    Also intentionally cycling up and down a bit of mountain on holiday this year - I'm still coming to terms with hills being a good thing, and this was something of a milestone.

    They're kind of psychological achievements, I guess, I generally let the physical take care of itself. Actually, that observation's getting me thinking quite deeply now!

  • Changes to road design could improve the safety of cyclists1 year 9 weeks agoPope a Catholic - wow what

    Pope a Catholic - wow what news!

  • Changes to road design could improve the safety of cyclists1 year 9 weeks agoQuote: To address the issue,

    Quote:
    To address the issue, the team suggested taking decision making opportunities out of the hands of the cyclists.

    Simples. No bicycles on the road.

    I have an award for these turds too.

  • Buyer’s guide: Mudguards for keeping you dry this winter1 year 9 weeks agoMud Guard? Mud guard?

    Mud Guard? Mud guard? What's next, garlic bread?

  • Greg LeMond: Lance Armstrong should be in jail... and was top 30 rider at best1 year 9 weeks agoLance's true position is

    Lance's true position is unknowable, so its a cheap shot by Lemond. Then again he did lie in court, which is a crime; and the suing innocent people. Given that he probably will never go to jail maybe a few low blows are justified.

    That Ben Foster pic is immaculate, how did the 90's get so retro. Some bike/kit consultant is getting paid well. Few pennies for the Graham Watson archive?

  • Witness appeal after cyclist seriously injured in Camden lorry collision1 year 9 weeks agoYou are assuming that lorry

    You are assuming that lorry didn't overtake and crush the rider without seeing her. As long as there is no video or a unanimity of non-cyclist witnesses to prove otherwise, an left turn accident will be assumed to be the cyclists fault.

  • Greg LeMond: Lance Armstrong should be in jail... and was top 30 rider at best1 year 9 weeks agoI think Greg's performances

    I think Greg's performances were great. I love the way he came back from an accidental hunting gunshot wound to the lung to win TdF.

    It is however important to remember that we live in a world of human beings, whatever superhero status they may have they are still human. I read the infamous Sports Illustrated article below. I read the improbable account about iron injections alone giving Greg a tremendous boost. I understand that EPO must be given along with iron to allow new blood cells to be built, but iron alone does not stimulate stimulate incredible new red blood cell growth. The season in question was the season just prior to general release of EPO to the public. The possibility that gunshot wounded Greg was used as a guinea pig seems credible, although he would still carry some responsibility even if that were so.

    To be honest what I see when I read the article is Greg trying to admit that something incredible or miraculous happened by taking the iron shots. Through this admission he achieves penance, because he has stated all that he knew with absolute certainty, while leaving it up to the listener to consider the same doubts that he himself might have harbored.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/cycling/1998/tourdefrance/tourdefrancea...

    " LeMond had a second injection of iron and started feeling stronger. He actually stayed within shouting distance of the leaders on a late mountain stage of the Tour of Italy, which was such a morale booster that he wanted an all-out test. Being hopelessly out of contention in the overall standings, LeMond decided to go for broke in the final stage of the Tour of Italy, an individual time trial of just under 34 miles. He would hold nothing back, start to finish. If he ran out of gas — "blew up," in cycling parlance — so be it. But LeMond didn't blow up. He finished second, a whopping minute and 18 seconds ahead of Fignon, the overall winner. "It changed my entire outlook," says LeMond. "Obviously, there was nothing wrong with me physically.""

  • Your greatest achievement on the bike?1 year 9 weeks agosnappyandrew wrote:only been

    snappyandrew wrote:
    only been cycling since August 2012 so doing the RideLondon under 5 hours was mine.

    (whispers) Barsteward.

  • Changes to road design could improve the safety of cyclists1 year 9 weeks agoI live near a crossroads

    I live near a crossroads where the behaviour of cyclists has been "constrained" by engineers who thought they knew where cyclists needed to go. Unfortunately, they seem to have assumed that no cyclists live on the hill where I and quite a few other cyclists live. Three of the four roads that meet at this junction have parallel cycle paths. The fourth road doesn't have one. I need to turn into this fourth road very regularly to get home, but the entire junction has been designed so that cyclists cannot leave the cycle path network and join this road without dismounting and using pedestrian crossings. So I have no legal way to get home on my bike unless I use the roads rather than the cycle paths to approach or leave this junction. So that's what I do. It saves me dismounting, crossing as a pedestrian, remounting and then doing a standing start on a slope. I'm pretty sure my behaviour is predictable for motorists when they see me in front of them before we reach the junction and they start concentrating on multiple traffic streams. I'm in the correct lane, I'm ready to heed the same traffic signals as they are, I'm signalling my intentions and everybody knows what's going to happen. In fact, I think I'm WAY more predictable than a lot of the other cyclists I see at this junction - plenty of cyclists revert to "wheeled pedestrian" mode on the junction arm that has no cycle paths, so it's hard to know what they are going to do: will they mount a footpath, roll across a pedestrian crossing on green and then a second one on red, or will they skip the RLJ at a crossing they aren't supposed to use anyway and stay on the footpath and ride up the hill on the narrow footpath on the wrong side of the road? Hard to tell.

    You won't get predictable cycling if you build segregated infrastructure that isn't seamlessly integrated with non-segregated infrastructure where it needs to be. Constraining cyclists behaviour doesn't work when it constrains their ability to make journeys efficently for no good reason. People just find their own hopelessly unpredictable workarounds, some more or less legal and others illegal, and continue to follow their desire lines.

  • Buyer’s guide: Mudguards for keeping you dry this winter1 year 9 weeks agoIf you do much group riding,

    If you do much group riding, you'll need better mud flaps on all of those.

  • Mavic SSC brakes - in original box1 year 9 weeks agoyhm

    yhm

  • Witness appeal after cyclist seriously injured in Camden lorry collision1 year 9 weeks agoI'm pretty sure I claim the

    I'm pretty sure I claim the whole lane there, sod anyone behind me, then join in with the onwards moving traffic. But I have felt pressured by the other road users to be somewhere else. Unfortunately with a road layout like that you have to be thinking ahead and riding assertively, and it only takes a few moments of uncertainty to end up in an unsafe position.

    Of course, that's also a bit of a hill there too, so a (rather unobservant) driver approaching from behind could miss the cyclist slowing down and falling into their manoeuvring space.

  • Witness appeal after cyclist seriously injured in Camden lorry collision1 year 9 weeks agoI hope the woman makes a good

    I hope the woman makes a good recovery despite what sound like horrific injuries.

    Possibly pedantic and possibly wrong but that looks like a roll off skip truck to me not a tipper - no big deal both construction related, both often paid by the load and expected to be at site at specific times and take a lot of road space to turn.

  • Buyer’s guide: Mudguards for keeping you dry this winter1 year 9 weeks agoNeil753 wrote:I bought some

    Neil753 wrote:
    I bought some Daniel Salmon Super Profil aluminium mudguards, about 30 years ago, and they still look very modern.

    Yeh me too, nice robust piece of kit but the alloy stay clips wear out eventually and are costly to replace (if you can get 'em).

  • Just In: Garmin Edge Touring1 year 9 weeks agoAre you sure about the

    Are you sure about the cadence capability with the Touring Plus, even via ANT+? Garmin website says No ??

  • Witness appeal after cyclist seriously injured in Camden lorry collision1 year 9 weeks agoFFS, not again. Ban these

    FFS, not again.

    Ban these death-chariots from rush hour traffic, at least.

  • Horse riders ask New Forest Show to stop renting car parking to sportives1 year 9 weeks agoI've ridden some great

    I've ridden some great sportives in the new forest and the Isle of Wight starting and finishing in brokenhurst. What both cyclists and equestrians should remember is that we both share the same precedent to our right to use the road ( free of VED): we are both the original users of the roads. The roads were built originally for our mutual use.

  • Regent's Park Freize art festival - poor road management1 year 9 weeks agoAll clear now. I agree the

    All clear now. I agree the Frieze Fair is a hindrance to fast lapping but be reasonable, the Outer Circle is actually not a velodrome! We (Central London CTC) see some pretty risky riding there, as well as clueless car drivers. Get out early on Saturday morning if you want to enjoy the Regent's Park circuit at its best.