• Should I get a power meter?1 year 5 weeks agoThe first answer was spot on

    The first answer was spot on - it's up to whether or not you want something to really improve your riding, or whether you're prepared to just pay for an expensive toy. Either one is a perfectly valid reason.

    Personally I think it is the best value you can spend in improving your performance. I can't think of any equipment upgrade which would give more bang for your buck.

    The training benefits are huge and while you may not want to race you might find it useful if you want to become more competitive at sportives, aim for better times or do more challenging rides.

    The value of power training is precision. You know exactly what you are doing, at the exact time you are doing it - that means you can go out and do a very specific training session and know that you have nailed exactly what you wanted to do, whether that's a 90 minute endurance ride or exact interval blocks of 40 seconds each.

    And the other aspect is that because your hard sessions are so precise you can spend a lot more time doing recovery or low intensity work.

    I would highly recommend that if you do get a power meter and if the answer to the above was that you want to improve your performance then you should also look at buying/subscribing to a training program or using an online coach, unless you have someone who can help guide you.

    When you first get it and start to look at the data in Strava or Training Peaks it's like drinking from a fire hose. You will need some help making sense of it all.

    Final point - which system you use depends on your setup. Accuracy is less of an issue than consistency.
    If you have multiple bikes but mostly the same wheels then use a hub-based system like Powertap.
    If you have multiple wheels and mostly the same bike then crank systems might be better but you have to be careful about crank compatability.
    Theoretically the pedal-based system should give you the best of both but in practice I think many people find the changing over very difficult and it tends to be used in the same way as a crank system.

  • GELS: best/tastiest/most economic1 year 5 weeks agoCan't stomach any gels,

    Can't stomach any gels, luckily for me I'm a demon for fig rolls and they're only 50p for a sainsburys pack.

  • Video: White van man loses job, convicted of assault, after road rage incident caught on cyclist's helmet camera1 year 5 weeks agoPosting 'trivial' infractions

    Posting 'trivial' infractions is surely no better or worse than all the other trivial videos on any number of topics that get posted on youtube (hate to break it to you, but your cat is really not that amusing!).

    At the very least it demonstrates the nonsense of the tired claim that its only cyclists who think 'the highway code doesn't apply to them'. Rule-breaking is commonplace for all road users (including cyclists), but for some reason many motorists are in denial about it.

  • Kent motorist branded "a danger to cyclists" by judge is jailed for 10 months1 year 5 weeks agosevers1966 wrote:JDebuse

    severs1966 wrote:
    JDebuse wrote:
    You may find that having numerous witnesses to the offence would have increased the chances of a conviction. Nowt to do with being a "plod" as you've blindly pointed out.

    No, it is everything to do with being one. I have seen this happen: multiple witnesses and the report to the police completely ignored. The police hate cyclists, and generally will not act on situations like this unless the victim is a cop, or dead. Or maybe a celebrity.

    There was another case reported here recently where the cyclist victim was a police officer - quite a senior one. What struck me there was that _even_ when the victim is a cop the sentence can be quite light.

    Frankly I think it wouldn't be surprising if criminal behaviour gets taken more seriously when the victim is a copper...but that's not, actually, something I'd get particularly annoyed about.

    Compared to other problematic issues around policing that doesn't seem an especially heinous problem. If that was the only police-related problem this country had we'd be doing very well. And I guess there is always going to be an assumption, rightly or wrongly, that a police officer is a reliable witness.

    Instead, I'm just pleased every time I hear that there are cops who cycle. (Its not as if there is a shortage of cops who are poor-to-mediocre drivers!).

    But what _is_ depressing is that even in _those_ cases the perpetrators don't exactly get the book thrown at them. Car culture trumps everything, even police tribalism. No force can stand in its way!

  • Northern Ireland’s first television cycle safety advert to run until after the Giro1 year 5 weeks agoIts not just that cyclists

    Its not just that cyclists aren't protected as motorists are - there is more to the imbalance than that, as it also applies the other way - cyclists can't inflict the same damage that motorists do. A car is a dangerous item.

    The 60/40 split referred to rather elides the fact that its the presence of the car that creates 100% of the danger (maybe 99% if you allow for the occasional cyclist hitting a pedestrian), regardless of who makes the fatal error.

  • Kids Bikes.1 year 5 weeks agoWe have 2 Isla bikes a small

    We have 2 Isla bikes a small Beinn 20 and a Beinn 24. They have both been great and turned both of my girls into cyclists after they struggled with "superstore" bikes. The one mistake we made was to buy the larger bike as one "to grow into" and my older daughter struggled a bit with a frame that was too large, especially with the reach to the handle bars (she has long legs and a short body).

    My brother bought a Frog for his son and he loves it and it means that he can cope with longer rides. Frog delivered the bike to his LBS who did the final assembly - the LBS were impressed with the bike.

  • Northern Ireland’s first television cycle safety advert to run until after the Giro1 year 5 weeks agoLamenting the lack of common

    Lamenting the lack of common sense of drivers will not solve the issue. If this ad is part of a well thought through long term ad campaign in conjunction with sustained improvements in cycling infrastructure, including access for cyclists to public transport, then the motorist mind frame can be altered. Too many ifs and buts in the previous sentence? It can be done, make it happen!

  • Kent motorist branded "a danger to cyclists" by judge is jailed for 10 months1 year 5 weeks agoExcept he's not, is he? The 3

    Except he's not, is he? The 3 year ban is ludicrous.

  • Kent motorist branded "a danger to cyclists" by judge is jailed for 10 months1 year 5 weeks agoThose who mention the lack of

    Those who mention the lack of education have a point. Until cycling becomes a major feature of the traffic landscape, scores of drivers will remain convinced that the roads are "theirs" and cyclists have no place on them.

    Only "heavy" investments in cycling infrastructure (including public transport) to make cycling safer and more convenient - the cheap and easy bit - paired with massive media campaigns - the expensive and difficult bit - will produce the necessary mind change. It has been done before and is well worth the effort given the potential for substantial increases in well being, impressive decreases in public health cost and better spending of taxpayer money.

    Timid tweaks will only yield insignificant improvements. What is needed is a bold leap forward. Make it happen!

  • Kent motorist branded "a danger to cyclists" by judge is jailed for 10 months1 year 5 weeks agoNeil753 wrote: The sensible

    Neil753 wrote:

    The sensible thing, surely, is to hand out lifetime bans for anyone who displays agression like this behind the wheel.

    Leave the roads to the not-proven-insane. Seems like logic.

  • GELS: best/tastiest/most economic1 year 5 weeks agoOkay,okay, so I gave got down

    Okay,okay, so I gave got down to 62p each for 25 High5 Isogels on Wiggle. Everyone is bigging up High5 here, but to Iso or not to Iso? All SIS stuff says it is Isotonic, or just regular 'Energy Gel' as High5 proclaim.

    Much credence in isotonic stuff?

  • Kent motorist branded "a danger to cyclists" by judge is jailed for 10 months1 year 5 weeks agosevers1966 wrote:JDebuse

    severs1966 wrote:
    JDebuse wrote:
    You may find that having numerous witnesses to the offence would have increased the chances of a conviction. Nowt to do with being a "plod" as you've blindly pointed out.

    No, it is everything to do with being one. I have seen this happen: multiple witnesses and the report to the police completely ignored. The police hate cyclists, and generally will not act on situations like this unless the victim is a cop, or dead. Or maybe a celebrity.

    Don't be a plum. Yes I'm sure it helped with one of the victims being a police officer but to say that the police hate cyclists is just bollocks. Pull your head from your backside and have a think about what you say. ALL POLICE HATE CYCLISTS, really... Clearly not seen the PSUK team out training and ex national road race champion Matt Stephens was a bobby. I will give it to you that some police hate cyclists, as much as some hate football fans, forum idiots etc etc. Don't paint everybody with the same brush.

  • Kent motorist branded "a danger to cyclists" by judge is jailed for 10 months1 year 5 weeks agoJDebuse wrote:You may find

    JDebuse wrote:
    You may find that having numerous witnesses to the offence would have increased the chances of a conviction. Nowt to do with being a "plod" as you've blindly pointed out.

    No, it is everything to do with being one. I have seen this happen: multiple witnesses and the report to the police completely ignored. The police hate cyclists, and generally will not act on situations like this unless the victim is a cop, or dead. Or maybe a celebrity.

  • Rapha launch Pantani jersey1 year 5 weeks agoWasn't trying to bitch, I'm

    Wasn't trying to bitch, I'm genuinely curious to hear why someone might buy this. Any suggestions?

    Besides, It's road cycling, if you can't be faster than someone up hill at least you can smirk at their fashion faux pas. This is the new golf after all.

    Wink

  • US company to launch wearable lactate threshold sensor + video1 year 5 weeks agoAre you kidding? This baby's


    Are you kidding? This baby's off the charts!
    I have been waiting some time to use that image.

  • Kent motorist branded "a danger to cyclists" by judge is jailed for 10 months1 year 5 weeks agoMetal Box Syndrome at its

    Metal Box Syndrome at its worst. The Government really needs to look at a proper and concerted effort to educate the motorist on what to do when you meet cyclists on the road. I wonder if this idiot would have done the same had it been two motor cyclists, i highly doubt it.

  • Alternative Garmin mounts1 year 5 weeks agolove the new style of the the

    love the new style of the the quick view mounts makes it so much easier to read rather than having to look at your stem all of the time. did have one of the k edge metal mounts but that broke of the clips of the garmin and sent it back to garmin and they sent out a replacement. i am now using a sram garmin mount because i dont want the same thing to happen again and they are much reasonably priced compared with the other mounts.

    http://www.charleysbikeaccessories.co.uk/collections/cycling-gps-and-com...

  • Amstel Gold Race1 year 5 weeks agoDux89 wrote:I'll eat my hat

    Dux89 wrote:
    I'll eat my hat and everyone else's if Gasparotto wins.

    Heh heh Wink

  • GELS: best/tastiest/most economic1 year 5 weeks agoI've seen more favourable

    I've seen more favourable reviews for Torq than any other brand, often by people who have tried others and find it's the only brand they can stomach. You won't find Torq cheap anywhere, but that's deliberate - Matt is selling a premium product and refuses to undermine his brand. There are testers at some stores so you can try the flavours.

    OTE were reviewed on road.cc, they sound nice enough.

    I've read too many user reviews of Zipvit gels that compare the texture with, er, a bodyfluid I'd rather not swallow, so I can't say I'd be rushing to try them either Sick

    I won't touch SIS, they are purveyors of artificial sweeteners Angry

    But TBH unless you're racing flat-out I think it's unnecessary, an expensive way to get some sugar. A recent discussion on gels:
    http://road.cc/content/forum/115139-how-long-climb-should-you-take-gel

  • Rider Names - Giro1 year 5 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:The birthday

    Gkam84 wrote:
    The birthday does match that rider listed above though.

    http://www.letour.com/la-fleche-wallonne/2014/us/riders.html

    Hmmm... the birthday does (!) match the rider in cyclingarchives.com, That's interesting! Thinking Hmmm... http://www.cyclingarchives.com/coureurfiche.php?coureurid=7580 It seems he may not have ridden in a while or someone never wrote about him or tracked him... Thinking Hmmm... Interesting...

  • Kent motorist branded "a danger to cyclists" by judge is jailed for 10 months1 year 5 weeks agoQuote:Speaking in mitigation

    Quote:
    Speaking in mitigation on behalf of Hook, defence barrister Ian Henderson said he had been in business difficulties since the recession and that his client had been frustrated by what he believed was a lack of regard among cyclists for other road users.

    That is not mitigation. I have stress at work, and get frustrated by traffic on the road. That doesn't mean I can drive in a fashion that endangers others.

    If he's deemed a 'risk to cyclists', he should not be allowed back on the road ever, never mind three years.

  • Carbon fibre engineer's advice sort after,,,1 year 5 weeks agopetertaylor123 wrote:I had a

    petertaylor123 wrote:
    I had a bit of a test build with cardboard, using the frame triangle idea from Neil753.
    I'm going to have a bit more of a play with it. Its a GREAT idea.
    I need to figure out a way of stopping everything 'sloshing' around inside the area.

    I recommend using a few plastic bags to solve the "sloshing" issue. Heavy stuff like tools at the bottom, progressively lighter stuff on top. Use different coloured plastic bags so you can find things more quickly during "pitstops" or when you're dog tired. Doing it this way reduces the bike's centre of gravity, making it feel more like a road bike and less like a touring machine. If you carry a couple of those supermarket "bags for life" (the plastic carrier bags not the hessian type) then you can easily put your stuff in those when you're away from the bike. Alternatively, sew a strap to one of those ultra light stuff sacks, and decant into that instead. That way, you can leave the coroplast panels in place for the duration of your trip.

  • Kent motorist branded "a danger to cyclists" by judge is jailed for 10 months1 year 5 weeks agoI even had one on the

    I even had one on the opposite side of an otherwise empty country road gesticulating for me and a mate to ride single file.

    It's the same as the road tax thing and could be fixed with a little bit of education.

  • Kent motorist branded "a danger to cyclists" by judge is jailed for 10 months1 year 5 weeks agoIf you use your car as a

    If you use your car as a weapon, you should be banned from driving for life.

    Mind you, could be interesting to hear what his insurance quote will be when he reapplies for his license.

  • Police safety warning to cyclists tackling Yorkshire Tour de France routes, new app highlights hazards (+ video)1 year 5 weeks agocharliepalooza wrote: The

    charliepalooza wrote:

    The average driver does not have it in for cyclists. From speaking to non-cycling friends what really gets up their noses are holier than thou cyclists believing they own the road and are being persecuted by car drivers.

    whilst Id agree the average driver doesnt have it in for cyclists as such, theres a big difference between driving around giving us the bare minimum consideration to not to hit us, and actually driving to be safe around us, and I dont think alot of average drivers appreciate that.

    I was out on one of those country roads earlier in the weekend thats part of the course for the tour this summer, and it felt really uncomfortable on safety levels to be cycling,not because of the road hazards, but because it just didnt feel safe mixing it with the local traffic, I was literally expecting to be collected by every car that passed, because they werent slowing down for me, half the overtakes the cars didnt even attempt to cross the centre line when they had the room to, and I had several force overtakes across solid white lines as they headed straight for oncoming traffic coming the other way.

    cycling is meant to be enjoyable, I do it because its fun,not to scare myself silly and feel like Im dicing with death.