• Paralysed trials rider Martyn Ashton back on a (hand)bike1 year 7 weeks agoa true superstar.. shows that

    a true superstar.. shows that we should never just give up!

  • Meet the jury1 year 7 weeks agoJust checked, and printing

    Just checked, and printing 26.4 million leaflets, one for each British household - A5 folded, colour front, B/W back - would come in at 1 million pounds. That's printing costs, not including delivery.

    Still, that cost seems rather low to me compared to the billions spent on road maintenance and safety. There has to be some budget that can be tapped for a simple campaign like that.

    The leaflet wouldn't even need to make its agenda obvious Wink how about a Daily Mail-like tabloid layout and a sensationalist headline, e.g. something like

    "The TRUTH about road tax - have we been lied to? Who really pays for our roads?"

  • Trek Project One competition: the shortlist1 year 7 weeks agonot so keen on all the flame

    not so keen on all the flame designs!
    #3 (Stuart Knipe) is my fave as it matches my club colours.
    I'd go for an orange one personally but none of the ones here quite do it for me.

  • Ride London Ballot Results1 year 7 weeks agoGreat another effing failure

    Great another effing failure magazine to go with the bloody one they sent me when unsuccessful for last years London marathon -talk about rubbing it in!
    Personally it I dont get into an event to which I have applied I have not wish to read a glossy magazine spouting on a bout It. Plus the additional expense of these tens of thousands of publications are a waste.

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins & Sky reveal Tour de France, Paris-Roubaix plans & how Lance Armstrong stories led to bullying of his kids1 year 7 weeks agoIf Chris and Brad go to the

    If Chris and Brad go to the tour as strong, positive team-mates, they'll be hard to beat. Bring it on!

  • Police take no action against moped rider caught on camera kicking out at cyclist's bike1 year 7 weeks agoHuw Watkins wrote:Did they

    Huw Watkins wrote:
    Did they really? In addition to the event being filmed by another bus, all buses have cameras on board + witnesses

    And they still couldn't present enough evidence to secure a conviction?

    Hmmm.
    So they had the video from the following bus. Tick
    and they had the video from inside the bus that the chap was thrown out of. Tick
    They presumably had the witness statement from the chap thrown out of the bus. Tick
    And statements from any other witnesses. Tick

    They passed these to the CPS. The CPS looked at them and thought they could get a conviction. The CPS brought the case to court. The court looked at the evidence. The defence put their side of it (whatever that was) the verdict was acquittal.

    Possibilities:
    The victim couldn't or wouldn't identify the perpetrator
    The video in the bus didn't show anything.
    The perpetrator was wearing a hoody or scarf and couldn't be seen on camera.
    The person they arrested convinced the court that whoever it was on the bus it wasn't him.
    One of the witnesses said something that undermined their credibility
    or ......

    So tell me again which bit the police got wrong?

  • Trek Project One competition: the shortlist1 year 7 weeks agooo[s, that was meant to be

    oo[s, that was meant to be short list
    Laughing

  • Trek Project One competition: the shortlist1 year 7 weeks agoWithout meaning to offend the

    Without meaning to offend the creative skills of the shortlisted,
    that is a pretty poor shit list guys.

  • Trek Project One competition: the shortlist1 year 7 weeks agoDarren C wrote:You might not,

    Darren C wrote:
    You might not, and I'm fine with that, but some people don't know or recognise why the design has flashes of pink on an Italian flag coloured frame. It shows that some thought beyond 'that looks pretty' has taken place, as all design should be!

    The link is obvious. The reason behind the design less so. Most people probably don't realise that you are Italian Wink

  • BikeTheStrike: help new and rusty London riders get to work during Tube strike1 year 7 weeks agobikebot wrote:It's a nice

    bikebot wrote:
    It's a nice idea, but annoyingly the strike coincides with a weather forecast of heavy rain and 50mph gusts. I don't think many will be sold on the benefits of cycling after that!

    Yep, extra traffic jams and cold rain driving hard against you is enough to put all but the hardiest off. Might be a bit quieter tomorrow.

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins & Sky reveal Tour de France, Paris-Roubaix plans & how Lance Armstrong stories led to bullying of his kids1 year 7 weeks agoWelcome back Sir Brad. Look

    Welcome back Sir Brad.

    Look forward to seeing you laying it down on the roads this summer Smile

  • Cheshire Mini Sportive1 year 7 weeks agoThe second Sunday in

    The second Sunday in succession with an event around the Cheshire plain. The area is popular for triathlons and sportives and the Cheshire cycleway well signed which must make life simpler for race organisers.

  • Road to ruin: Councils warn they may have to ignore pothole repairs on some roads1 year 7 weeks ago“The problem is that for 100

    “The problem is that for 100 years we’ve been maintaining the roads to the very best standards we can.

    Rubbish, you've been slipping repairs for the last ten years or more and it's finally catching up with you...

  • Road to ruin: Councils warn they may have to ignore pothole repairs on some roads1 year 7 weeks agoI know plenty of roads that

    I know plenty of roads that haven't been touched for years, and now those roads are failing. trenches cut by utility companies where the repair has never really bonded to the original surface and now the patch is coming out, or the join is failing.

    With the current wet weather, as soon as the tarmac has failed the holes opens up in minutes, literally!!

  • Factor Vis Vires road bike1 year 7 weeks agoI can't stop staring a the

    I can't stop staring a the front end...it just looks wrong. But I really don't get why they went and designed their own power meter. I mean there a bunches of great after market ones they could have used. Although the power meter inclusion at least takes a "little" bit of sting out of that HUGE price tag

  • The best cyclists are more handsome, says research using Tour de France cyclists1 year 7 weeks agoAs I suspected... Just need

    As I suspected... Smile

    Just need to get quick now.

  • Just in: Pinnacle Arkose 21 year 7 weeks agoNice. N+1. {pedant} Sheldon

    Nice. N+1.

    {pedant} Sheldon sez a 700-35@(100rpm+38-11)= 27.9MPH {/pedant}

    Ahem.

    If they'd thrown an XT 36/11 on the back they could have gone for a 40 ring, you'd get 29.4MPH out of the top end with an easier bailout gear for grinding the hills.

    And the 36T-max Deore Shadow mech is the same price as the 105.

    Jus'sayin.

  • Police take no action against moped rider caught on camera kicking out at cyclist's bike1 year 7 weeks agoDid they really? In addition

    Did they really? In addition to the event being filmed by another bus, all buses have cameras on board + witnesses

    And they still couldn't present enough evidence to secure a conviction?

  • Some things change you...1 year 7 weeks agoLucky Lad

    Lucky Lad Smile

  • Road to ruin: Councils warn they may have to ignore pothole repairs on some roads1 year 7 weeks agoDoes that mean us living in

    Does that mean us living in rural areas can look forward to a reduction in council tax?

  • Are drivers fitting dash-cams to catch naughty cyclists?1 year 7 weeks agohairyairey wrote:oozaveared -

    hairyairey wrote:
    oozaveared - I recall that some police cars were (and probably still are) fitted with two speedometers - a normal one and a more accurate one which moved a lot more slowly. They would follow a driver for 2/10ths of a mile to get an accurate reading.

    They still count as independent evidence.

    I don't think they even bother installing these any more. They are certified by the Home Office for use but the officer has to have maintained an even distance for at least 352 yards. It's a bit like morse code. Yes the military still learn it but it's way out of date. And the trouble is that it can be challenged on the distance covered and the fact that an unscrupulous officer could just keep accepelerating and closing the distance to get a higher reading.

    I think the courts and a defence lawyer would absolutely go to town on evidence like this and actually bringing a case based on it would be embarassing. Nowdays police vehicles are predominantly fitted with ProViDa.
    and use the Police Pilot system approved by ACPO. It doesn't require any effort to use. It monitors the police car speed and the speed of the target vehicle. It can be used stationary or fully mobile, and provides speed overlay and high quality video footage of traffic passing in both directions.

    In this day and age turning up with a statement from an officer that swears blind he stayed at exactly the same distance for 350 yards would be laughed out of court. The technology to do the job to a much higher standard without the police being able to influence the results is readily available.

    In fact several defences have been mounted on operator use (easier to make out that copper is incompetent that go to war with the Boffins at Petards) However in those cases the training record of the officers has been cited in evidence. To pass the training they have to demonstrate that they can consistently provide accurate reading to <0.5mph. I understand that no defence has tried this since because it is a bit like shooting yourself in the foot.

  • Chinese revolutions1 year 7 weeks agoErm... still carrying some

    Erm... still carrying some Xmas timber so 80kg... will be down to usual 75-76kg shortly!

    These are a 24/28h lacing, rather than the usual 20/24h, I mainly wanted something more robust due to the road conditions where I live. And the fact that I'm no lightweight!

  • Just in: Pinnacle Arkose 21 year 7 weeks agoI was looking at this the

    I was looking at this the other day in Evans. Thoughts: shifter is weird, the concave headset top cap will collect water, colour and finish look great, and I love the idea of a 1x10 commuter bike.

    One other thing. That fork... if it wasn't for the mudguard eye on the outside, it is an absolute dead ringer for the one on my Boardman CX, even down to the angle of the dropouts and the ridge across the crown just under the headtube. So who has stolen whose mould?

  • Just in: Pinnacle Arkose 21 year 7 weeks agoGreat price but wouldn't care

    Great price but wouldn't care for that front shifter at all

  • Campagnolo drivetrain and Ergo servicing/moding1 year 7 weeks agoThanks Front mech and rear

    Thanks

    Front mech and rear mech have seen better days, chainrings are worn, cassette and chain are consumables. shifters aren't as springy as they once were.

    So plenty of work needed anyway!

    Just considering options for when the weather gets better and I get some new bits and pieces.