• Steel Frameset1 year 6 weeks agoChris James wrote:I think the

    Chris James wrote:
    I think the Ribble one only has clearances for 23mm tyres and guards, which may affect your thinking if you plan to running bigger tyres in winter.

    It'll definitely do 25s with guards, but point taken.

  • Suisse Rowe1 year 6 weeks agoIs Dennis Vanendert in the

    Is Dennis Vanendert in the game database?...

  • Cyclist’s naked toilet stop in field drives Yorkshire farmer potty1 year 6 weeks agogiff77 wrote:timfearn

    giff77 wrote:
    timfearn wrote:
    That's effing disgusting - he should do what surfers do and soil his skinsuit.

    Or carry a ziplock bag, especially if he took time to carry bog roll

    Just in case anyone now has a mental image of someone trying to poo into a sandwich bag, you can buy specific odour resistant and erm... absorbent bags for the purpose.

    They tend to be popular with festival goers, which is easy to understand if you've ever seen the bogs at Glastonbury.

  • Five-year-old boy dies in Belfast after being hit by car while riding his bike1 year 6 weeks agoI live not too far from where

    I live not too far from where this happened (only a few miles) and have a daughter of a similar age. I'm currently going through the process of teaching her to ride without stabilisers but there is no way on earth that I would let her cycle in the street. There is a speed bump outside our house but the 4x4s just seem to see that as something to help them get air and it does nothing to slow down larger cars such as Audis, BMWs etc.

    My condolences go to the family of this little boy.

  • Froome and the Inhaler1 year 6 weeks agoIt'll be in his next book,

    It'll be in his next book, that's for sure, unless he's popped before then.

  • Critérium du Dauphiné stage 51 year 6 weeks agoMuch better day, but 10

    Much better day, but 10 penalties

    2,4,11,12,14

    and for purist 1,14,16

  • Specialized to launch Diverge all-road bike1 year 6 weeks agoAnd I see the Ride Studio

    And I see the Ride Studio Cafe are already awaiting a lawyers letter from the SSpecialized Nazis because of the naming of their Diverged Rides... https://www.facebook.com/ridestudiocafe
    Crying

  • Five-year-old boy dies in Belfast after being hit by car while riding his bike1 year 6 weeks agoThere had been a few

    There had been a few assumptions made by local press which now seem to have been removed. Though the footage on UTV while not graphic is pretty disturbing This tragic incident occurred in a quiet estate that wasn't a rat run. Basically an in and out road. The sooner developers start to design estates that lean more towards allowing play on the streets the better, maybe having communal parking rather than trying to squeeze as many dwellings as humanly possible. I would even go as far as a mandatory 10 mph limit for these particular in-out estates and a 20 for regular side streets.

  • Sergio Henao back racing after tests - can he make Sky's Tour de France team?1 year 6 weeks agoOh, ok, you're taking

    Oh, ok, you're taking 'anomalous result' as a full explanation then? I assume then he's back on the roster because Sheffield Uni have proved the result was not anomalous after all, but in fact expected due to the new insight into Colombian climbers uncovered by a 10 week observational experiment on the same Colombian climber who had the anomalous result in the first place. Sounds like a full explanation to me - nothing to see here!

  • Cycling could help reduce £10bn annual diabetes bill say MPs1 year 6 weeks agoThere's a huge great elephant

    There's a huge great elephant in this room.

    Execise is great, it burns calories and increases levels of fitness. But most health promoters put way too much emphasis on the exercise and not nearly enough on the reduced eating and drinking.

    People are massively shocked when they learn how few calories they'll burn for what (to them) may seem like a lot of exercise.

    They are also sometimes quite shocked about how many calories they stuff in their gobs.

    As an example I cycled in to work this beautiful morning. It's 20 miles each way. At roughly 35Kcals a mile that some US university says is the average Kcal burn for a man of my heights and weight doing moderate cycling, the total for the whole round trip is 1400 Kcal. So I can eat pretty much what I like without being silly. I can even have a few beers tonight and still remain below a 2000 net Kcal intake.

    Now getting someone off the sofa and on to a bike 40 miles will seem like a marathon. I've listened at work and heard people getting wowed for 15 mile charity ride. For a lot of people a few miles is a long way. Let's say they do 10. Well that'll knock about 300 - 400 calories off. Maybe even less.

    That's fine if you just eat your 2000 calories and burn an extra 400 you'll lose weight. Maybe a pound a week. Just don't eat a donut on the back of it. Cos that's about the same and you are back to square one.

    And let's face it you don't become obese just eating 2000 Kcals a day did you. Maybe they eat 3000 in which case they'll just slow down the rate at which they are getting fatter.

    So yes exercise is good for you. It can help you lose weight by burning calories but only so long as you know that the exercise burns many fewer than most people think and a lot of foods have way more than you'd expect.

    As a old git pessimist I'd say that the sort of people that are obese are also the sort of people that will reward their 10 mile bike ride with a donut or two.

    They will be fitter though.

  • Cycloc Loop1 year 6 weeks agoor alternatively put up a

    or alternatively put up a shelf and a couple of hooks and store more stuff Thinking

  • Cyclist’s naked toilet stop in field drives Yorkshire farmer potty1 year 6 weeks agoDapper Giles wrote:Scoob_84

    Dapper Giles wrote:
    Scoob_84 wrote:
    well that's a little less silage required in that area of the field.

    Silage is hay or some such moist fodder for cattle they store for winter.
    I think you're confusing it with slurry. You don't feed cows poo.

    Thanks for clearing that up. Cows shouldn't be eating poo Sick

  • Sergio Henao back racing after tests - can he make Sky's Tour de France team?1 year 6 weeks agodaddyELVIS wrote:fukawitribe

    daddyELVIS wrote:
    fukawitribe wrote:
    The reason for the suspension was explained, the reason for the result is what they were investigating, the reason for the return is because all concerned believed there wasn't any legitimate reason to keep him away (whatever you may feel about those who made that judgement). What bit of that is deeply mysterious and - wooooo, spooky - "can't be fully explained" ?

    .......As for the science, i'll wait until I can see the results until commenting further - perhaps you could give it a go too.


    So what was the full explanation for his suspension and reinstatement then? Perhaps you've seen some info that Sky haven't released to any of the media?

    No - nothing unusual, I just read the stuff everyone else did. The reason for the suspension was an anomalous result - what is tricky about that ? Did you actually read any of the reports at the time ? The reinstatement was based on the results of the investigation of the anomalous result instigated Sky. From their website

    Sergio Henao will return to racing at the Tour de Suisse, following the findings of scientific experts at the conclusion of the independent research programme.
    The 10-week programme has given the highest level of confidence in Sergio’s previous data and profiles, and offers valuable new insights into the physiology of ‘altitude natives’ such as Colombian climbers.

    What is difficult to understand about why they have decided to reinstate him gvien they were happy with him riding before ? I really not sure what is missing..

    daddyELVIS wrote:
    As for the science - Sky PR are talking about a research paper into the effects of altitude training on 'altitude natives' - a research paper on a population sample size of, err.... 1. Their spin machine (pardon the pun) is in full flow!

    Of course they are trying to puff it up as much as possible, what team or organisation wouldn't ? However, without having read the research I don't know whether that is merely puffery or whether the correlations to the wider population types are (a) actually being made or (b) plausible. It is possible to gain knowledge of physiological effects using an individual if you can correlate it to other, common factors of a group - as has been done before with altitude adaptation. We will hopefully see in the fullness of time.

  • Cyclist’s naked toilet stop in field drives Yorkshire farmer potty1 year 6 weeks agotimfearn wrote:That's effing

    timfearn wrote:
    That's effing disgusting - he should do what surfers do and soil his skinsuit.

    Or carry a ziplock bag, especially if he took time to carry bog roll
    When I go hill walking and end up staying out overnight I carry a zip lock bag with me and carry the stuff off the hills with me as you are meant to do. There are some popular routes around the country that have human waste left and it's totally gross.

    Of course the easiest solution is to have a dump before you leave for your ride.

  • Cyclist’s naked toilet stop in field drives Yorkshire farmer potty1 year 6 weeks agoI have made contact to see if

    I have made contact to see if we can acquire the picture to shame the cyclist into an apology Smile

  • First look: Hallett Handbuilt Cycles 650b bike1 year 6 weeks agoI like it; if it came with

    I like it; if it came with disc brakes it would certainly be on my wish list.

  • Help - carbon road bike.1 year 6 weeks agoMy first bit of advice would

    My first bit of advice would be to find a place with lots of different bikes and try them out. Bikes can feel incredibly different, and you'll be able to at least reduce the options to a few that work for you personally, rather than going by reviews, price & spec. Then you can compare price & spec...!

    The comment about saving a bit aside for wheels is valid, but you don't have to spend thousands to improve on the standard ones. I got some Ultegra 6700's for £220 which are nice - lighter, and stiffer than the standard ones that came with my bike.

    Have you thought about Cannondale - SuperSix or Synapse with 105?

  • Specialized to launch Diverge all-road bike1 year 6 weeks agoThem crazy yanks are finally

    Them crazy yanks are finally putting mudguard mounts on gravel racers? About time too. Looks good…

  • Five-year-old boy dies in Belfast after being hit by car while riding his bike1 year 6 weeks agoStop the child murder.

    Stop the child murder.

  • Cyclist’s naked toilet stop in field drives Yorkshire farmer potty1 year 6 weeks agoThat's effing disgusting - he

    That's effing disgusting - he should do what surfers do and soil his skinsuit.

  • Froome and the Inhaler1 year 6 weeks agoI too have an inhaler for

    I too have an inhaler for asthma - in my case it seems to be an alleric asthma aggravated by exercise.

    Strangly, although I've had inhalers for around 35 years, I've also never mentioned them publicly - not in blogs, or social media not in any of the writing I do as a hobby or for work.

    If I wrote an autobiography I doubt the inhalers would get a mention and I'm sure there would be plenty of other stuff that wouldn't either.

    If I wrote a book about cycling I doubt the inhaler would get a mention either.

    But hey! this is a Team Sky Rider and also one of our own so he must be cheating mustn't he?

  • Suisse Rowe1 year 6 weeks agoThere is no youth rider cat.

    There is no youth rider cat. I have removed it

    Points will be based on intermediate sprints and NOT on finish line points. I forgot to put the scoring information in, so I've asked Dave if he can stick it in for me. Sorry about that.

    So basically, there will be no points for sprints on the first stage as it is an ITT

    I can't find last years results on the official site, so not 100% sure there was a combat award either, but leaving it in to be on the safe side. If they decide to score a young riders this year. I will add that back in. As they have no scoring information or jerseys listed on their site. Lets assume it hasn't changed.

  • Is cycling getting like football?1 year 6 weeks agoGood article, though I think

    Good article, though I think a lot of this coincides with the massive rise in social media. The rugby worldcup was 10 years, we were pretty much mostly on dial up and facebook twitter fee.

    People get angry very quickly on social media and tend post on their immediate reaction rather than pause for thought, we've all done it.

    We've seen poor behavior in the giro this year and I expect there is more to come in the tour, partially spurred by the chance of getting your silly face on youtube in a mankini whilst running alongside and shouting in someones ear whilst their heartbeat is at 190 up a 15% slope.....nice.

    I think we will see an increase in this but at heart true fans, the ones that fall into the sport and take it to heart will always be - respect for anyone who rides these race, followed by individual rider first, team second, nationality 3rd........or maybe I'm just old school.

    Now if you'll excuse me, this is my last post before I douse my sky router in petrol and throw away my Kenyan coffee beans.

  • Sergio Henao back racing after tests - can he make Sky's Tour de France team?1 year 6 weeks agofukawitribe wrote:The reason

    fukawitribe wrote:
    The reason for the suspension was explained, the reason for the result is what they were investigating, the reason for the return is because all concerned believed there wasn't any legitimate reason to keep him away (whatever you may feel about those who made that judgement). What bit of that is deeply mysterious and - wooooo, spooky - "can't be fully explained" ?

    .......As for the science, i'll wait until I can see the results until commenting further - perhaps you could give it a go too.


    So what was the full explanation for his suspension and reinstatement then? Perhaps you've seen some info that Sky haven't released to any of the media?

    As for the science - Sky PR are talking about a research paper into the effects of altitude training on 'altitude natives' - a research paper on a population sample size of, err.... 1. Their spin machine (pardon the pun) is in full flow!

  • Cycling could help reduce £10bn annual diabetes bill say MPs1 year 6 weeks agobikebot wrote:It would be

    bikebot wrote:
    It would be useful if there was some real data to back up such claims. For example, is there a comparable survey of Danes or the Dutch, which shows a much lower level for such conditions, along with obesity in general?

    I don't think they just pluck this stuff out of nowhere, but you make a good point. It would be nice to see the precise chain of reasoning that leads to these claims and see how robust the evidence is (or isn't).

    Though a nation-level comparison as you suggest isn't going to cut it, as there are any number of other variables involved. Its not as if the Netherlands and the UK are identical in every respect bar cycling. (The Dutch are apparently the tallest people in the developed world, but I don't think bikes make you tall! Good nutrition probably does that)

    Still, one can't help but notice that countries with very low levels of cycling (like the UK and even more so Australia) have very high levels of obesity (still can't get over the fact that Australians are second only to the US in that respect - I always thought the stereotype of them was surfer dudes obsessed with sport!). Even its not likely to be a direct causal thing I bet they are related via a national culture of looking askance at physical exercise.

    Edit - oh, and I'm sure I've read somewhere that the two occupational groups with the highest levels of heart disease are lorry drivers and taxi drivers. Though again, that's probably as much or more to do with those groups' traditional eating habits as the enforced sedentary nature of the job.