• Tech Roundup: Colnago, Indy Fab, Polar, Muc-Off, Morvelo, Lapierre and more1 year 7 weeks agoCan someone enlighten me on

    Can someone enlighten me on the benefits off Muc Off . My Reynolds steel tourer can pick up a lot of dirt from September to May and I wash it down fairly frequently with a bucket of hot/warm water and washing up liquid. What an earth does Muc Off cleaner do that that doesn't.

  • Sugoi Zap Shoe Covers1 year 7 weeks agoNick T wrote:You should have

    Nick T wrote:
    You should have one of those sort of light things on the back if your bike. You know, a red one so people know it's the back of you, making a couple of reflective heels sort of moot. Side on though, I'm sure reflective shoes are helpful - your lights don't point that way - and there seem to have that covered.

    Of course! Why didn't I think of that?

    Oh, hang on I did think of that, times 3, and pedal reflectors, you know, like reflective things on pedals, but that's not what I was commenting on or what the review is about. The point of this product, and those like it, is to add to a riders visibility in low light and after dark when other vehicles have their lights on. Maybe you should have thought of that? You know, before you started to type?

    Side on if that's all a driver is going to notice then it's probably a little too late. I guess you might suggest something like a lighthouse for that situation? You could mount it on your helmet and supplement it with a fog horn for really bad conditions.

  • Tour of Dubai1 year 7 weeks agoTwybaydos wrote:.... sounds

    Twybaydos wrote:
    .... sounds like a team, not mine though Laughing

    Ha ha ha ha ha! Applause Good one! Smile

  • Tour of Dubai1 year 7 weeks agoTo answer your

    To answer your questions

    Twybaydos wrote:
    ... You have missed Nizzolo...

    Crap! How? Thinking That's a great (!) rider I should have put on my team. Now I'm jealous! Nizzolo is at 16.8. You're going to be racking up a lot (!) of points! :)Thanks for noticing! Glad someone is catching these details, I'll add him to the OP! Smile And I may change my team!

    Twybaydos wrote:
    ... are you happy to stay at 150? Works for me if you are....

    Yeah, I like 150. It works all right for me ... It gives a lot of space...

    Twybaydos wrote:
    If we are not allowed to pick the five big boys above, are the points to be scored as if these riders were not in the race?...

    No, the points will be scored normally, so, yeah, I expect the scores to be, obviously, lower than usual...

    Twybaydos wrote:
    I'm not sure how the rankings are calculated relative to this event...

    If the rider has a current value on the 'Rankings' page, that's the value that we're using... If they don't, I'm taking the value that Dave published in the 'base rider values' databse he created for the San Luis game... thanks, Dave! Smile

    Twybaydos wrote:
    Thanks for running this

    My pleasure! I like the challenge of the setup where you can't go for the big guns, it makes it more fun for me so you can see how the other riders are performing, too. I know it's not everyone's cup of tea, but it's just for fun! Smile

  • Rapha Merino Boxers1 year 7 weeks agoBought some in the Manchester

    Bought some in the Manchester sample sale, I'll let you know how good they are!

  • CX Worlds: Six in a row for Marianne Vos, Great Britain's Helen Wyman takes bronze (+ link to video highlights)1 year 7 weeks agoI tuned out after the first

    I tuned out after the first lap, Vos had 30 seconds on anyone else, Lechner looked the best of the rest, so I thought she was a cert for 2nd and it looked like Wyman would take third.

    I'm all for dominating a sport, as Vos does, but it makes it hugely boring for me to sit and watch another half an hour of her out in front, on her own, with no chance of being caught.

    It's not like a break away in a stage race, where the likely hood is, the pack will give chase and catch at some point. Vos just destroys everyone off her wheel.

  • Tour of Dubai1 year 7 weeks agoGhedebrav wrote:Or may the

    Ghedebrav wrote:
    Or may the first letter of each riders surname has to spell a nine-letter dictionary word (e.g. already found PARAMEDIC is possible).

    Sinkledam
    Hushovd
    Iglinskiy
    Tosatto
    Brajkovic
    Alafaci
    Lobato
    Lutsenko
    Sabatini

    sounds like a team, not mine though Laughing

  • Tour of Dubai1 year 7 weeks agoQuestions - You have missed

    Questions - You have missed Nizzolo - Named on procyclingstats and Trek website. On the main list he is a 22 but Farrar is 22.9 on the main list so should I assume Nizzolo is around 17? I'm not sure how the rankings are calculated relative to this event

    In the main game, minor comps such as Qatar have a points limit of 140, are you happy to stay at 150? Works for me if you are.

    If we are not allowed to pick the five big boys above, are the points to be scored as if these riders were not in the race? e.g. when Phinney or one of the Movistars comes third in the TT they get 35 as if first? I suspect you would not get the info for 4-6 on intermediate sprints to account for those adjustments but you would be able to for the final figures.

    Assuming Nizzolo is, at most, the same points as Farrar my team is:

    Paolini 21.1
    Hushovd 20.8
    Phinney 19.7
    Farrar 17.3
    Nizzolo 17.3*
    Ferrari 15.8
    Malori 14.7
    Guardini 11.7
    Haedo 8.4

    Total 146.8
    *Nizzolo value to be agreed

    Thanks for running this

  • Minister rejects MP's call to scrap causing death by careless driving offence due to "misuse" by CPS1 year 7 weeks agoIf there is intent to drive

    If there is intent to drive in a manner that is dangerous and can cause death and a death does occur due to that dangerous driving, then I think the argument is not wether they should be charged with careless or dangerous driving but wether they should be charged with murder or manslaughter.

    Put it another way. Is it not possible to be found guilty of murder or manslaughter if one uses a car as the weapon?

  • Cycle to Work scheme hits new record1 year 7 weeks agoit is really good to see this

    it is really good to see this scheme being taken up so well.

    I do also share the thoughts of Neil753 though.

    How many of these bikes will actually be commuted upon?

    How many are being taken up by people that already cycle, don't need another bike, have got money and will take up a good tax break when they see one?

    I think when one considers bikes like this;

    http://www.edinburghbicycle.com/products/revolution-streetfinder-13?bct=...

    that many like to commute on, or this;

    http://www.edinburghbicycle.com/products/revolution-country-traveller-13...

    Which is capable of covering long distances very comfortably and briskly. A thousand pounds seems an ample amount to achieve the intended purpose.

  • Members of the House of Lords question the government on cycle safety and funding1 year 7 weeks agoI think one of the problems

    I think one of the problems is that helmet testing standards have not kept up with our understanding of how helmets work and under what circumstances they work not to mention helmet technology.

    Just wait MIPS helmets will all the rage next year.

    http://www.bicycling.com/senseless/index.html

  • Members of the House of Lords question the government on cycle safety and funding1 year 7 weeks agoEven if "they" did introduce

    Even if "they" did introduce a "helmet" "law" it wouldn't mean diddly squat to me.

  • Beginner's advice on pedals & shoes?1 year 7 weeks agoI had some problems with

    I had some problems with numbness/burning on here balls of my feet way back when I had these Pearl Izumi MTB shoes with an SPD platform that currently escapes me (old timer's disease). While MTB shoes that look like sneakers are stiffer than trail runners, they still have a rather flexible footbed to allow for scrambling. I switched over to Sidi's when I started using my Speedplay Frogs and while their MTB shoes aren't as stiff as their road shoes which have carbon fiber in the sole, they're still stiff enough that I can't really stand up on the ball of my foot when standing on the ground so much stiffer than the sneaker style shoes. I did initially have some numbness/burning with longer rides (70+ miles) but after adjusting my saddle a bit that pretty much disappeared. The Frogs are slightly bigger than the road pedal lollipops (ie Zero and Nanogram) ~6.5 cm squared but not that much smaller than most SPD platforms. I wonder if you could borrow a set of SPDs from a friend with similar shoe size and swap out your pedals to test it out for a week (commuting and your longer weekend rides)? Would your LBS be willing you let you do some test rides on their Look pedals for comparison? Just a thought.

  • Sugoi Zap Shoe Covers1 year 7 weeks agoYou should have one of those

    You should have one of those sort of light things on the back if your bike. You know, a red one so people know it's the back of you, making a couple of reflective heels sort of moot. Side on though, I'm sure reflective shoes are helpful - your lights don't point that way - and there seem to have that covered.

  • Members of the House of Lords question the government on cycle safety and funding1 year 7 weeks agoI'am afraid I would object

    I'am afraid I would object for a start felixcat. For one thing you will never be able to provide statistics that convince everyone because most people prefer to remain loyal to their superstitious dogmas regardless of evidence. You can find the empirical evidence already provided in the Australian figures.

    Therefore it would be most sensible to make a law that says no headgear is allowed to be called a "cycling" helmet. This on the basis that those who wear them are hazarding their own and others safety by promoting the myth that cycling is dangerous. This affects others safety by preventing them from taking up cycling because they think it is dangerous. When it is, in fact, safer for their health than not cycling.
    It reduces the wearers safety by not having so many cyclists around them on the road, which both reduces motor vehicles (motor vehicles being pretty much - but not quite, the only significant mortal hazard to cyclists) and increases the number of cyclists, which increases motorists awareness of them.

    So as has been said the helmet issue (apart from making a law banning them) is like Hi viz, Spd's etc a complete "red herring" About the only thing that harms cyclists is motor vehicles - it is these which should be addressed. Not the victims.

  • I might as well... (Tour of Qatar 14)1 year 7 weeks agoI'd imagine wind could well

    I'd imagine wind could well come into play, so worth thinking about that - more experienced riders who can get themselves in the right break, or the right spot on the echelon, will prosper.

    That said, dromedaries or no, this is a pretty flat old tour. A punchy sprinter who can do short TTs well (perhaps somebody with a bit of history on the track?) could take the GC. An open field, though, and wouldn't be surprised to see someone pretty leftfield (thinking Gaudin, Fenn etc.) walking off with it.

    Incidentally, if Phinney was competing, I reckon he'd win this in his sleep.

  • CX Worlds: Six in a row for Marianne Vos, Great Britain's Helen Wyman takes bronze (+ link to video highlights)1 year 7 weeks agoShe's a phenomenon. Can't

    She's a phenomenon. Can't wait until my daughter is able to turn a pedal, because then I'll be able to explain to her just how incredible Vos's achievements are.

  • Tour of Dubai1 year 7 weeks agoPhinney 19.7 Renshaw

    Phinney 19.7
    Renshaw 17.7
    Ratto 12.2
    Guardini 11.7
    Maes 11.6
    Veelers 9.1
    Dowsett 19.3
    Gruzdev 6.7
    Hansen 3.0

    A few randomers thrown in to make it interesting.

    I'm with Gkam on the special rule - don't see the point? If anything it'll make the teams even more similar. If you wanted to mix things up with a special rule, maybe something like a minimum of two 3.0 credit riders or something would get competitors thinking more creatively. Or may the first letter of each riders surname has to spell a nine-letter dictionary word (e.g. already found PARAMEDIC is possible).

  • Tour of Dubai1 year 7 weeks agoDowsett 19.3 Pettachi

    Dowsett 19.3
    Pettachi 20.9
    Nibali 31.1
    Lucas Haedo 8.4
    Rui Costa 29.0
    Brajkovic 9.4
    Pujol 3.0
    Perez 7.8
    Castroviejo 17.0

    Looks ok to me

  • no logo bidons1 year 7 weeks agoI also have a complete

    I also have a complete aversion to carry any logos without being paid for it. I use lined aluminium bottles. Available cheaply on Ebay.
    Then again, being the heathen I'am, I also eschew all this modern high tech chemical nutrition nonsense. I use a specially developed carefully balanced nutritional drink developed over thousands of years - milk. So I also need to be able to scald my bottles afterwards.

  • First upgrade on bike1 year 7 weeks agoShimano comparable zondas are

    Shimano comparable zondas are available in the halfords website at sub £300. Ill be all over these if I were in your position. I fancy a set myself if it wouldn't make my GF break up with me

  • First upgrade on bike1 year 7 weeks agoShimano comparable zondas are

    Shimano comparable zondas are available in the halfords website at sub £300. Ill be all over these if I were in your position. I fancy a set myself if it wouldn't make my GF break up with me

  • I might as well... (Tour of Qatar 14)1 year 7 weeks agoWell dont say I didnt warn

    Well dont say I didnt warn you about the humps. Cant see a sprinter winning the GC.

  • 2014 WorldTour bikes: Team Sky’s Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think 21 year 7 weeks agoIt still has the most

    It still has the most ridiculous model name of any current top level bike.

  • Members of the House of Lords question the government on cycle safety and funding1 year 7 weeks agoFluffyKittenofTindalos

    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:
    felixcat wrote:
    MKultra wrote:
    When they do finally go for helmet compulsion what will they say when the death rates still don't drop?

    What they won't do is repeal the law.

    I remain of the view that the underlying motive for pushing such a law is simply a desire to suppress demand for cycling and so get cyclists out of the way of drivers. So whether death rates drop or not won't matter to the helmet-law promoters.

    In view of the lack of statistics which convince everyone, perhaps, if or when a compulsion law becomes a live political issue, we should suggest that a study of its effects is demanded by the law.
    It would be possible to do a comprehensive assessment of before and after.
    A thorough and convincing census of numbers a miles cycled would not be too difficult but it needs the power as well as the funds of government to do properly.
    The numbers of cyclists arriving in hospital, their injuries and the circumstances would be easier.
    If this proviso was written into the bill beforehand, who could object? Both sides could object or agree to the method.