• Bob Howden elected new president of British Cycling1 year 9 weeks agoWell if his attitude at the

    Well if his attitude at the National Champs in 2012 is anything to go by, BC is on a serious downward spiral.

  • Lance Armstrong: "I’ve paid a high price" for doping1 year 9 weeks agoOf all the dopers this one

    Of all the dopers this one man gained the highest rewards for his doping.

    It seems only proper that he should now be paying the highest price.

    Simples! Smile

  • Proposed time trial rules to outlaw modified & older bikes & parts1 year 9 weeks agoSeems a shame to outlaw the

    Seems a shame to outlaw the "men in sheds" who have been making left-field oddball stuff for decades, and yet allow those able to afford £10k TT bikes and all the other aero kit.

    Where will the next generations of Obrees and Burrows come from?

  • £60 a trip: Low usage could see Dumfries cycle hire scheme scrapped1 year 9 weeks agobambergbike wrote:I have a

    bambergbike wrote:
    I have a bike of my own that suffices for ordinary trips into and around town. But I would love to be able to hire more specialist bikes from time to time when I have a use for them. A bakfiets for transporting visiting nieces, say, or a cargo bike for moving heavy loads (preferably one with an electric motor, given that I live on a steep hill.) If the money had been spent on leasing a smaller number of specialist bikes (cargo bikes with electric motors, bikes with kiddy trailers etc) to individuals and families for days, weeks or months at a time, it might have been more useful.

    Love the idea of this but realistically, in the current UK culture, this sort of scheme would simply go unused as most people would get in the car. Even in highly populated London most people will not feel that a bakfiets or cargo bike is safe on busy roads. Even as a massive fan of all types of cycling I can't imagine that I'd hire a special bike to pick up a sofa or give a friend a lift rather than jumping in my car.

    There could be some scope for schems like this to be run by universities in cycle-friendly cities to give car-less students alternative transport opitons but I can't imagine a mass-market appeal in the UK.

  • Proposed time trial rules to outlaw modified & older bikes & parts1 year 9 weeks agoI had an email discussion

    I had an email discussion with some other people about what form a clarified rule might take but, at least for me, I couldn't get a clear picture in my own mind about what could be allowed that would be relatively fair to all, safe, and still cover old monocoque frames etc. For me personally I'd like to have all the tinkering allowed, but when you start to look at regulations that you would be able to enforce, it all gets difficult.
    The easiest way for the CTT in the future would be to apply the UCI rules for equipment (if not necessarily position) but that takes you down a different path. Anything else seems heavily compromised in one way or another.

  • 1 in 10 cyclists jump red lights, says Sunday Times1 year 9 weeks agoIt should be 1 in 10 city

    It should be 1 in 10 city cyclists jump red lights. I got hit crossing at traffic lights by a cyclist riding the wrong way up a one way in covent garden. He got a slap and a load of verbal, poncy hipster on his stupid crime against cycling narrow bar fixie.

    You don't see it much elsewhere, but I suspect if you did the same survey for cars it would be a similar figure. City cyclists need to sit up and take a lesson from us sensible country dwellers.

  • Lance Armstrong: "I’ve paid a high price" for doping1 year 9 weeks agoHe cheated and bullied his

    He cheated and bullied his way into a fortune and level of influence that he didn't deserve... pre-cancer he was an OK, but unspectacular rider, who could have served his career in the peleton and had a decent retirement, but there was nothing in his stats to suggest that he could have achieved seven TDF wins without doping. And the doping programme around Lance seems to have been head-and-shoulders above the other teams, even above other riders on his team (if the stories are to be believed about the Lance Inner Circle).
    So, if Lance had been doping on a level playing field and hadn't so viciously attacked potential critics in life changing ways, then maybe, just maybe, we'd have some time for his claims and ongoing appeals for clemancy... but his cheating was on a different level to everyone else who was doing it... so he must be dealt with differently.
    To be fair to Lance, I think that there are definitely others who were implicit in his doping (within his inner circle and in the UCI), who should also be dealt with similarly harshly, so hopefully then he won't feel as though he's being treated so unfairly then... maybe some UCI officials banned for life and chased for compensation?

  • FSA Gossamer Evo Road 175mm Crank set, Compact 50/34 Chain set BBright BB386EVO1 year 9 weeks agoHi Mostyn, I upgraded the

    Hi Mostyn, I upgraded the Shimano 105 groupset that came with the bike to a new Ultegra 6800 version and am very happy with it

  • Lance Armstrong: "I’ve paid a high price" for doping1 year 9 weeks agoWilliam Black wrote: they

    William Black wrote:
    they should just give the race to the guy that came last, he was either doing it clean or his team weren't that well clued up on doping.

    Errr.... Like three time winner of the lanterne rouge Wim Vansevenant?... http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/omega-pharma-lotto-cuts-ties-to-vansevenant

  • Lance Armstrong: "I’ve paid a high price" for doping1 year 9 weeks agoWhat goes around comes

    What goes around comes around, baby. Actually on balance I think the outcome for him is entirely fair, for all the reasons outlined above. He was happy to dish it out, and now it has come back to bite him.

  • Lance Armstrong: "I’ve paid a high price" for doping1 year 9 weeks agofarrell wrote:It wont be a

    farrell wrote:
    It wont be a popular thing to say but Armstrong is correct, he hasn't been treated fairly.

    You either ban everyone involved for the same length of time, rather than giving people reductions for grassing other people up *after* they were caught/retired or you have to give Armstrong the same reduction in sentence.

    UCI and ASO had Froome on the podium in Paris with the guests of honour being Hinault and Indurain for being multiple winners whilst Armstrong is being written out of history? Really? Other than their personalities, and possibly nationalities, what have they done differently?

    Armstrong had his opportunity to be treated equally (or at least to cut some form of deal), but he refused to cooperate with the USADA and instead perpetuated his lies and attempted to get the investigation / USADA shut down instead using his political influence. He has zero right now to complain that the treatment of athletes was unequal when he refused to be a part of the process and come clean.

    I can understand to a degree why he did not cooperate - the legal ramifications for him are huge given the lies he has told and the lawsuits he brought. However, he brought about this situation himself through bullying and threatening anyone who he considered opposed him, and this is what differentiates him from other riders.

    I have a huge amount of sympathy with riders of this generation, they entered a world where completing clean simply did not appear to be an option. Armstrong's attempts to destroy the reputation and careers of others is what sets him apart. That's not even to go into how he amassed a personal fortune through the Livestrong brand and then used cancer as a shield to hide behind

  • Architect Francis Golding, injured at Holborn last week, dies of injuries1 year 9 weeks agoHorrific. What is it with

    Horrific. What is it with the Holburn area. Surely Road Transport needs to pull their finger out, this area is lethal.

  • Proposed time trial rules to outlaw modified & older bikes & parts1 year 9 weeks agoIf it is about man and not

    If it is about man and not machine, surely the only fair decision for the CTT is to clearly state that only 531c frames, steel forks, down tube shifters, and box section rims are acceptable.

    Anything else is pandering to those who have more money and obviously disadvantages those with limited finance?

  • Lance Armstrong: "I’ve paid a high price" for doping1 year 9 weeks agoI don't really accept that

    I don't really accept that because he made such a big thing about his cancer. He used it as a screen for those that questioned him. He used it for self-promotion and self-aggrandizement. He didn't have to do that. In fact, out of respect to other cancer sufferers he could have been so much more modest. But he actually used and abused that angle for his own ends so I refute your response CrazyLegs. He, more than anyone else played that card. He made the lie about drugs in sport into something bigger (ie it wasn't just about cheating/competing, it was about life itself).

    I read lots of things about Lance and from Lance. I have no sympathy for Lance. He just continues to show what a user he is, so don't patronise me. I've heard what Cavendish thinks too. He just wants it to go away because that suits him. And I don't really care for that because he would like to bury it all in a small forgotten field. Sports has a problem with drugs and burying is not going to help. It just means riders don't have to soul search and answer difficult questions.

  • Vespertine Blossom Clip/Pin Grande1 year 9 weeks agoI just went on their

    I just went on their website...

    The price to product quality ratio in the promotional photos made me feel physically sick. If it looks that crap on the website, I can't imagine how badly made they actually are...

  • Please Help: 20mm Seat post1 year 9 weeks agoI found a NOS on ebay ,24mm

    I found a NOS on ebay ,24mm and very long, the guy posts from Poland but only took 4 days to UK

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251373908771?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649

  • Lance Armstrong: "I’ve paid a high price" for doping1 year 9 weeks agoHear hear, he loved the

    Hear hear, he loved the lawyers when they were doing his dirty work making him money.
    Is he being made a special case, yes because he is a SPECIAL CASE!

  • Lance Armstrong: "I’ve paid a high price" for doping1 year 9 weeks agoMrGear wrote:It's a fair

    MrGear wrote:
    It's a fair comment. Maybe they should just bin the entire list of TDF winners up until 2011? Wipe the slate clean. I'm not sure if I'm joking or not myself.

    If the UCI were to wipe the slate clean you'd have to do it from 2014 otherwise they would be the judge and jury saying that they are currently assuming Wiggins and Froome were clean.

    It's fairly clear with Contador and the Shlecks recently getting caught and this year Sylvain Georges and Danilo Di Luca being at it that the sport still isn't totally clean.

    Personally I don't think they should wipe the slate clean, they should just give the race to the guy that came last, he was either doing it clean or his team weren't that well clued up on doping.

  • Andrew Gilligan says cyclists may be safer without safety gear1 year 9 weeks agoInstead of this bullshit

    Instead of this bullshit "should helmets be compulsory" argument time and time again, what Gilligan should be talking about as a primary subject is how the death rate in London from pollution has risen again.

    London has the worst air quality in the UK and is one of the worst in Europe.

  • Lance Armstrong: "I’ve paid a high price" for doping1 year 9 weeks agofarrell wrote:It wont be a

    farrell wrote:
    It wont be a popular thing to say but Armstrong is correct, he hasn't been treated fairly.

    You either ban everyone involved for the same length of time, rather than giving people reductions for grassing other people up *after* they were caught/retired or you have to give Armstrong the same reduction in sentence.

    UCI and ASO had Froome on the podium in Paris with the guests of honour being Hinault and Indurain for being multiple winners whilst Armstrong is being written out of history? Really? Other than their personalities, and possibly nationalities, what have they done differently?

    It's a fair comment. Maybe they should just bin the entire list of TDF winners up until 2011? Wipe the slate clean. I'm not sure if I'm joking or not myself.

  • BMC Team Machine SLR011 year 9 weeks ago"This is not a function

    "This is not a function driven design."
    I've seen this frame on a seat post load/deflection test jig and I'd say it's functional in more than one way, as well as distinctive. It's good design imo.

  • Just in: Charge Plug 51 year 9 weeks agoAre mudguards banned from

    Are mudguards banned from sportives?

    Silly

  • Lance Armstrong: "I’ve paid a high price" for doping1 year 9 weeks ago"Not been treated fairly"?

    "Not been treated fairly"? What does he know about playing fair?

  • Lance Armstrong: "I’ve paid a high price" for doping1 year 9 weeks agoThe last two comments sum it

    The last two comments sum it up. If he wasn't such a bully towards colleauges and others that he sued I might feel a bit sorry for him. But as he such a horrid, bullying human being I feel nothing. I hope hes sued for every dime he has and that this never happens again to cycling.

  • Lance Armstrong: "I’ve paid a high price" for doping1 year 9 weeks agoIt wont be a popular thing to

    It wont be a popular thing to say but Armstrong is correct, he hasn't been treated fairly.

    You either ban everyone involved for the same length of time, rather than giving people reductions for grassing other people up *after* they were caught/retired or you have to give Armstrong the same reduction in sentence.

    UCI and ASO had Froome on the podium in Paris with the guests of honour being Hinault and Indurain for being multiple winners whilst Armstrong is being written out of history? Really? Other than their personalities, and possibly nationalities, what have they done differently?