• How do I claim for a damaged bike following car encounter?14 hours 46 min agoErrr your lawyer is the one

    Errr your lawyer is the one to progress your claim against the other party. If they don't know or care then you are stuffed.

  • TdF Stage 5: Lars Boom wins, Chris Froome crashes out, Vincenzo Nibali takes time on Alberto Contador15 hours 43 sec agoThis is not about BW. Well

    This is not about BW.

    Well done Boom, showing 'em how it's done. Alberto looked like he might cry in the rain, on the pave. Whether you like Nibali or not, he stuck it up AC today.

  • Metric Century Challenge 2013-201415 hours 1 min ago22 Jan/1 point/112.1km/1

    22 Jan/1 point/112.1km/1 point/112.1km total
    13 Feb/1 point/114km/ 2 points/226.1km total
    14 Feb/1 point/158km/ 3 points/384.1km total
    17 Feb/1 point/107.7km 4 points/491.8km total
    19 Feb/1 point/ 119.2km 5 points/611km total
    20 Feb/1 point/ 130.7km/ 6 points/741.7km total
    21 Feb/ 1 point/107.8km/ 7 points/849.5km total
    24 Feb/1 point/ 140.6km/ 8 points/990.1km total
    25 Feb/1 Point/123.3km/ 9 points/1113.4km total
    27 Feb/ 1 point/128.9km/ 10 points/1242.3km total
    28 Feb/ 1 point/102.2km/ 11 points/1344.5km total
    14 Mar/ 1 point/108.7km/ 12 points/1453.2km total
    16 Mar/ 1 point/126.7km/ 13 points/1579.9km total
    20 Mar/ 1 point 113.7km/ 14 points/ 1693.6km total
    27 Mar/ 1 point 110.2km/ 15 points/1803.8km total
    30 Mar/ 1 point 101.8km/ 17 points/ 2012.8km total
    02 Apr/ 1 point 150.4km/ 18 points/ 2163.2km total
    28Mar/ 1point 107.2km/ 19 points/ 2270.4km total
    04 Apr/ 1 point 149.0km/ 20 points/ 2419.4km total
    06 Apr/ 1 point 123.5km/ 21 points/ 2542.9km total
    09 Apr/ 1 point 167.1km/ 22 points/ 2710km total
    17 Apr/ 1 point 103.1km/ 23 points/ 2813.1km total
    20 Apr/ 1 point 128.9km/ 24 points/ 2942km total
    27 Apr/ 1 point 147.4km/ 25 points/ 3089.4km total
    04 May/ 2 points 200.8km 27 points/ 3290.2km total
    11 May/ 1 point 160km/ 28 points/ 3450.2km total
    22 May/ 1point 117.4km/ 29 points/3567.6 total
    03 June/ 1 point 104.1km/ 30 points/3671.7 total
    11 June/ 2 points 212.8km/32 points/3884.5 total
    17 June/ 1 point 118km/ 33 points/ 4002.5 total
    19 June/ 1 point 100.2km /34 points/ 4102.7 total
    27 June/ 1 point 160.4km/ 35 points/ 4263.1 total
    30 June/ 1 point 136.8km/ 36 points/ 4399.9 total
    04 July/ 1 point 108.3km/ 37 points/ 4508.2 total
    06 July/ 1 point 100.3km/ 38 points/ 4608.5 total
    09 July/ 1 point 119.8km/ 39 points/ 4728.3 total

  • How do I claim for a damaged bike following car encounter?15 hours 1 min agoOne thing I have found out,

    One thing I have found out, the insurance company of the driver are saying that despite communications to the driver, he has not responded, and until he says yes, they cannot enter into negotiations, and that we have to sign a paper which effectively says we are suing him via them. And as he has not communicated with them his policy is invalid.
    My lawyer has responded stating that a guilty verdict in a law court should mean no consent is neccessary. Also the insurance policy was valid at the time of the accident, and all the pussy footing about is affecting my "suffering" caused by the crash.
    She says they are just trying to wear us down.
    Apparently as I have no insurance apart from bike covered by household contents, we have no recourse to ombudsman or british assocoation of insurers.

  • Chris Froome out of Tour de France15 hours 3 min agosponican wrote:Stop talking

    sponican wrote:
    Stop talking about Wiggins and start talking about Nibali. He's the only GC contender who regularly races the spring classics. He's bust his arse learning to race on cold wet cobbles with the hard men in Belgium every spring while Froome and the other GC riders are wanking into their power meters in Tenerife.

    He's done Amstel Gold and Fleche Wallone but never has he ridden Flanders or PR. He normally does Trentino and LBL with the odd MSR.

  • Chris Froome out of Tour de France15 hours 6 min agoPlans of mice and men etc. If

    Plans of mice and men etc. If it were that easy to predict winners then there would be no bookmakers. Certainly Froome was unfortunate yesterday but today....it seemed inevitable to me that he would go down again, given the weather, parcours and his injuries. Tough for him to swallow but crashing is part of racing. Maybe he'll fancy a crack at La Vuelta...

  • Is it worth a wheel upgrade?15 hours 14 min agoWhat I meant to express was

    What I meant to express was that I agree with ajmarshal1, whilst empathising with Sensible's original post.

    I'll go and get me coat...

  • Video: Tour de France riding skillz - Marcus Burghardt gives his musette to a young fan15 hours 25 min agoI had the same thing happen

    I had the same thing happen to me at the Tour 8 years or so ago. Sebastian Hinault basically placed his water bottle at the feet of my kids. Gave them "the best day ever" said my son. Flipping expensive water bottle though, you know how much it costs to fund your cycling habit, then multiply that by three to equip two racing kids. I could have retired by now...

  • MAMILs may be at greater risk of prostate cancer diagnosis15 hours 26 min agoI was in my early seventies

    I was in my early seventies when diagnosed with prostate cancer, I was riding hundreds of miles per year with no discomfort from that area. I even rode a forty mile round trip daily while undergoing radiotherapy treatment, (another story)without any discomfort at all. It was quite amusing relating this to dumbfounded fellow cyclists. I am still doing a weekly 'ten' plus training of a sort.

  • Chris Froome out of Tour de France15 hours 27 min agosponican wrote:Stop talking

    sponican wrote:
    Stop talking about Wiggins and start talking about Nibali. He's the only GC contender who regularly races the spring classics. He's bust his arse learning to race on cold wet cobbles with the hard men in Belgium every spring while Froome and the other GC riders are wanking into their power meters in Tenerife.

    I don't recall Nibali ever racing any cobbled classics.

  • TdF Stage 5: Lars Boom wins, Chris Froome crashes out, Vincenzo Nibali takes time on Alberto Contador15 hours 46 min agocub wrote:I'll add, if

    cub wrote:
    I'll add, if Wiggins was there:
    He makes the final selection with Nibali, attacks on the final cobbles, time trials to finish, gets 1 min over Nibali so 3 over Contador, we get to see him defend it, maybe lose it, then win it again on the final TT.

    Or climbed off before he even saw a cobble with a cold or a hurty knee. Wiggins is also known to crash out of a TdF. It happens.

  • Video: On-bike footage from Giant-Shimano at Tour de France15 hours 56 min agoI can't run the video. It

    I can't run the video. It says it's private!

  • TdF Stage 5: Lars Boom wins, Chris Froome crashes out, Vincenzo Nibali takes time on Alberto Contador16 hours 5 min agocub wrote:I'll add, if

    cub wrote:
    I'll add, if Wiggins was there:

    ....he'd be stick thin, leading to illness after riding in rain today, and withdraws part way through next stage.

    Who knows what would have happened!?

  • Question to US readers (about a weird claim in a French book about cycling in the US)16 hours 8 min agoBut it's our god given right

    But it's our god given right to bear arms which is why things like this keep on happening.

    http://us.cnn.com/2014/07/08/us/north-carolina-family-shooting/index.htm...

    Oh no, we don't need gun laws in the US ... [insert very sarcastic tone here]. It's pretty appalling and distressing but I must disagree with dafyddp. The root of most of bathe problems in the US is the growing disparity between the top 1% who control 42% of the the country's wealth and corporations are individuals and can pump as much money as they want into elections to get the outcome they want. In polls most Americans want stricter gun laws and background checks but the NRA gun lobby just pours money into the campaigns of gun-friendly candidates. Money is the root of many evils in the US because without it you don't really have a voice. Ugh. Now I'm depressed. Going to go for a ride with my riding buddy and watch my friends race up a 5-10% grade on an extinct volcano.

  • rider weight16 hours 13 min agoDepends on where and what the

    Depends on where and what the weight is rather than just figures. 13st of pure muscle on the legs is better for cycling than 13st of flabby midriff or 13st of bicep, as one would expect.

  • rider weight16 hours 23 min agoWell I would say your fine,

    Well I would say your fine, although I'm sure we would all like to be 10 stone and be a good all rounder. In our club we have just had a leisure cyclist join us at almost 20 stone and he is so determined, he now does spin classes etc and he does his dam best.

    Some stats on the pro front I know there conditioned cyclist but still human, I remember watching Magnus going up Barhatch Lane on the Tour Of Britain 2 years ago sweating Buckets, so this goes to show visually it really does hurt then hard as us at times.!

    Magnus Bäckstedt 94 kilos 14.80 Stone

    Andre Griepal 80 kilos 12.5978 stone

    Marcel Kittel 86 Kilos 13.5427 Stone
    Someone quoted:
    For competitive cycling you would be described as fat as fcuk. I disagree, but understand where your coming from in a way.

  • TdF stage 516 hours 23 min agoPlease can someone check how

    Please can someone check how many points Van Den Broeck should have for stage 5 ......I thought it should be 5 for 6th on GC and another 5 for 16th on the stage but he only seems to have been awarded 5 in total

  • TdF stage 516 hours 33 min agoWho would have thought Nibali

    Who would have thought Nibali would score so many points in the first 5 stages?

  • TdF stage 516 hours 36 min agoWiggins, were he to have

    Wiggins, were he to have given a flying fig, would probably be a better GC contender than Porte will be. He would've been strong today, especially in the knowledge that his big rival had just retired early. Still think he would've been a top-ten-at-best type in GC, but more likely up toward 5th place.

    Shame Sky couldn't rally round Nieve, he was immense last year. Great, great ride from Nibali and Fuglsang today, by the way.

    Oh and in Fantasy terms, despite a so-so day (none of top three, no-shows from GVA & Kristoff) I've somehow pushed my way up to 19th overall! Big Grin

  • Chris Froome out of Tour de France16 hours 49 min agojimmy ray will - your right

    jimmy ray will - your right about Wiggins and his 3rd places at the Vuelta and the Tour but that was a few years ago and i just dont think he has it in him now to be a genuine GC contender, a bit like Evans.

    I still love him to bits, he's been brilliant for British Cycling and on his day the best TT'er in the world, but the one week tours and, as shown earlier this year, the one day classics are where he should concentrate on in my honest opinion.

  • Chris Froome out of Tour de France16 hours 51 min agoOh well. Not being a

    Oh well. Not being a particular Froome fan and disappointed that Sky couldn't deliver 2 ex winners to this British Grand Depart, I wanted Nibbles to win this year. Looks promising... although with Froome out I might be switching support to Porte.

    The arguments above are interesting, apparently Bradley only won because Froome towed him round, but Froome having the support of Porte is completely different? Apparently Porte is good enough to podium too? It follows that if we had Wiggo with Porte in support in the mountains Sky would still be formidable, but we don't. Richie is all* Sky have got now...

    Speaking of all round bike racers, it was worth going to watch just for Jens on day one Big Grin and on the TV I loved watching Sagan working through the bunch yesterday nippy slick stuff. Le Tour is big enough to manage with a few retirements.

    *no disrespect. We'll see what he or G can do.

  • Video: What's it like to be hit head-on by a car? It's like this16 hours 57 min agoPaul J wrote:Oh, ye gods

    Paul J wrote:
    Oh, ye gods someone just *had to* bring out the H word and roll out that tired "Who says they don't save lives?" canard...
    And what is your point, exactly?

    Years ago, a mate and I were cycling around the NL/DE border. We noticed that few locals wore "the H word". My mate had a bad fall and hit his head, so we got him to Groningen hospital where he was examined and found to be OK. But the doctor asked him if he was wearing a "H word". When my mate said he was, he was told "I thought so...we get a lot of head injuries here".

    Seems like the Dutch aren't immune to falling off their bikes.

  • TdF Stage 5: Lars Boom wins, Chris Froome crashes out, Vincenzo Nibali takes time on Alberto Contador17 hours 10 min agoI'll add, if Wiggins was

    I'll add, if Wiggins was there:
    He makes the final selection with Nibali, attacks on the final cobbles, time trials to finish, gets 1 min over Nibali so 3 over Contador, we get to see him defend it, maybe lose it, then win it again on the final TT.

  • How to decide on the value of your bike17 hours 11 min agoI just added the RRP (since

    I just added the RRP (since there's nothing to say I'd be able to replace at the discounted price that I paid) to the RRP of the upgrades (pedals, saddle, tyres, bottle cages, garmin mount all add up pretty quickly).

  • TdF Stage 5: Lars Boom wins, Chris Froome crashes out, Vincenzo Nibali takes time on Alberto Contador17 hours 12 min agoFrom what we saw in the

    From what we saw in the Daupiné ~2:30 isn't going to be much of a cushion for Nibali unless he or Contador have gained / lost a considerable ammount of form.