• Ortlieb Front Roller City Panniers (Pair)1 year 12 weeks agoI'm a great fan of Ortlieb,

    I'm a great fan of Ortlieb, primarily because of their fixings and these are no exceptions, but the closure is a faff compared to the standard Ort Rollers.

    We got a pair for use as schoolbags for our kids (then 8 and 9) and they found it really awkward to close them properly (even more awkward than that if they were close to full). In the end I got a pair of Sport Packers for them to use, which do cost a lot more but can easily be closed by children.

    of course this is a bit of a moot point if you're not "children", but the folk I got them for are, and found the closures really awkward. So do be aware of that if you're looking for a school bag for youngsters to take on their bikes.

    It's also perhaps worth noting that we originally got them as the R&K fixings on the old Altura Orkneys I gave them in the first instance were very awkward for them to mount properly on the bike racks, and they did find the Orts vastly better in that respect. Shame they tended not to close them, which made the waterproofing something of an embarrassment when it was raining and filling them up like buckets...

    In summary, 2 cheers, and I'd actually opt to spend the extra on either standard rollers or the Sport-Packer buckle-lid ones.

  • Cyclists make up a quarter of London traffic, official census finds1 year 12 weeks agoYou've rather fallen for

    You've rather fallen for this. The count is of vehicles, ie wheeled objects, not people. Theobalds Road is the busiest cycling road in London - it's the highway to the hipster heartlands of Hackney and Islington - but cyclists are certainly not a staggering 64% of peak hour road users. It's also on four bus routes, with about fifty buses an hour during the peak. That probably means cyclists constitute 15-20% of road users, which is still great news.

  • Video: Cyclist seriously injured after ignoring traffic signal warns fellow riders to stop at red1 year 12 weeks agoAnd when are the police going

    And when are the police going to bring out the video of a motorist who went through a red light and caused a wreck?

    Or the video about the drink driver who caused a wreck?

    Or the driver than couldn't be bothered slowing down and waiting and caused a wreck?

    Or the one where they were showing off to their mates and caused a wreck?

    Or the one when they were dicking about on their phone and caused a wreck?

    Or the one....you get the idea. I'm not condoning red light jumping, but he's gone through, got it wrong and bust himself up but in terms of the dangers on the roads to to other users it's not the biggest threat.

  • Video: Cyclist seriously injured after ignoring traffic signal warns fellow riders to stop at red1 year 12 weeks agoCycling home the other day I

    Cycling home the other day I had a police van next to me in the ASL... he saw the red light but just rolled on into it. If they can't lead by example then nothing will change Yawn

  • Video: Cyclist seriously injured after ignoring traffic signal warns fellow riders to stop at red1 year 12 weeks agojasecd wrote:Most of the time

    jasecd wrote:
    Most of the time you should stop at red lights but it's not that simple - sometimes it's safer not to. Often you have to make your own assessment on what is safer rather than blindly obeying the law.

    Just wondering when is it okay to run a red light? At roadworks? When you can't see any cars coming? When?

  • Bike Choice @ £2,5001 year 12 weeks agoHi. Mike.b Been in the same

    Hi. Mike.b

    Been in the same boat before For around the 2.5k at road bikes .
    It rally relies on what you feel like for your needs. Some people go for stiffness and comfort over aero and lightness. Try a couple and feel what suites you and not other peoples chooses.

    Some I would chose

    BMC roadracer SL01
    Eddy Merck emx-1
    Merida ride carbon 95
    Pinarello fp2
    Pinarello Rokh
    specialized roubaix
    Storck Scenero
    Trek mandone 4.5 and 4.7
    Willier izoard

    Feedback on all bike can be asked for.

    Currently due the tour of French, the pro bike equipment has I have seen has gone up. Wait until slightly later in the tour sires when prices could come down also wait until the shop is at the end of the finance month before buying

  • 2012 Tarmac Expert SL3...a little advice please1 year 12 weeks agoHi Cidermart, Don't think

    Hi Cidermart,
    Don't think you're mad at all; I had an identical issue on an Allez Elite where the alloy steerer had gotten dry and need greasing. Initially, I thought that was BB.
    On the Tarmac, the headset has been checked for play and all is good (though the bearings have not been checked!).
    I can't get away from the fact that the BB was greased and all was good for few kilometers and then the clicking / creaking returned...
    Thanks for your input.

  • Tips for Sportives please, Overtaking riders1 year 12 weeks agoCall out early in a friendly

    Call out early in a friendly manor to let people know you are passing. Simple.

    What I think it is fair to say is that events like this attract inexperienced people who are not totally confident or competent (in the nicest sense). Therefore it is always likely that you will have to slow and brake for people and that you should give people a sensible amount of room.

    It is fine to try and do your best, but in the event of getting held up, that is when you should remember it is not a race... call out in a friendly manor and wait for people to move over.

    I do think people are missing a trick by not trying a few club timetrials. A lot of guys here seem to want to test their abilities and tts are a lot better than these sort of events. Not that I have a problem with audaxes or sportives, but they are more of a nice day out with food stops.

  • Tour de France game - Pick three Frenchmen1 year 12 weeks agochrisdstripes wrote:I've

    chrisdstripes wrote:
    I've edited mine above now Coquard has been omitted. Now to change my purist, standard and RCUK teams for the same reason...

    I had that problem, its had a big knock on effect for both my teams

  • Tour de France game - Pick three Frenchmen1 year 12 weeks agoperaud 22 dumoulin 16 Kadri

    peraud 22
    dumoulin 16
    Kadri 12

  • Ride with Brad 2013 sportive planned for August 111 year 12 weeks agoI can just imagine someone

    I can just imagine someone saying, "Look at that bloke in his Sky kit, who does he think he is?"

  • Weight of the rims: Mavic Ksyrium Elites1 year 12 weeks agoChive30 - Thanks for the

    Chive30 - Thanks for the info' re blustery days. I currently live in the flatlands of Beds/Herts/Cambs and by and large it seems that if it's not windy then it's blustery.

    Slartybartfast - Many thanks for the link, appreciated - It is however the weight of the rims that I'm after.

  • Video: Cyclist seriously injured after ignoring traffic signal warns fellow riders to stop at red1 year 12 weeks agoshay cycles wrote:The only

    shay cycles wrote:
    The only time it is safer not to stop at a red light is when you've already done something wrong putting you in a more vulnerable position.

    This. Absolutely this.

    We even get an example a bit further down (or so it seems, correct me if I'm wrong):

    jasecd wrote:
    Crossing the stop line is safer in a number of instances such as when traffic is filling the ASL or an HGV is directly behind you and due to the height of the cab you may be obscured from the drivers view.

    Now, either you got there first and the HGV pulled up behind - in which case the driver would have been able to see you - or the HGV got there first and you've gone past it and sat in front of it - which is, as Shay says, putting yourself in a vulnerable position. (And crossing the red line is, technically, jumping a red light. Also it's illegal to pass the vehicle at the front of a queue unless you're doing so via the feeder lane to an ASL, which has no solid line.)

    The big problem we unfortunately have is that in the absence of an advance light phase for cyclists, ASLs are simply an invitation for cyclists to put themselves in one of two really, really bad positions: either in the gutter alongside traffic that's about to move off, or in the blind spot of an HGV cab. They're just some green paint that encourages what would, hopefully, without the paint be an obviously risky thing to do. By far the safest place to be (aside from in a proper, segregated piece of infrastructure of course) is in the middle of the lane, in front of a vehicle whose driver you can be absolutely certain has seen you, and to stay in the middle of the lane at least until the traffic is moving at your cruising speed.

    But, just as when some people are in a car and don't have the patience to wait a couple of seconds behind someone on a bike, I guess when people are on bikes they often lack the patience to sit behind a car in a queue.

  • Video: Cyclist seriously injured after ignoring traffic signal warns fellow riders to stop at red1 year 12 weeks agokie7077 wrote:TFL/councils

    kie7077 wrote:
    TFL/councils are really annoying sometimes, they time pedestrian lights so slow that many times the pedestrians have long gone and the cars have to stop at some lights which are completely devoid of pedestrians.

    Amen! I know one junction, 0-2minutes on the road, 4-16minutes if you wait at every red toucan light. That's from a council that claims to prioritise walking and cycling! Everyone jumps reds on that junction because they don't want to die of old age alongside the road.

  • Directional chain on the wrong way1 year 12 weeks agoit didn't really make any

    it didn't really make any difference anyway. they binned it after one groupset revision

  • Directional chain on the wrong way1 year 12 weeks agoIts only directional for

    Its only directional for shifting performance. The next time you have the chain off, I'd stick it back on the right way around, but I'd not worry to much about it in the meantime.

    The biggest problem will be your mates all repeatedly telling you that you have your chain on the wrong way around...

  • Video: Cyclist seriously injured after ignoring traffic signal warns fellow riders to stop at red1 year 12 weeks agoThis guy was a statistic, he

    This guy was a statistic, he got lucky and got a second chance. Same for all other RLJers. If you do stupid shit, you shouldn't be surprised when bad stuff happens to you. Don't RLJ, don't filter when it's unsafe to do so, beware of HGVs, watch for vehicles ahead of you signalling, always shoulder check before swerving out into the road, use common sense... it's not that difficult.

  • Tour de France game - Pick three Frenchmen1 year 12 weeks agoI've edited mine above now

    I've edited mine above now Coquard has been omitted. Now to change my purist, standard and RCUK teams for the same reason...

  • Tour de France game - Pick three Frenchmen1 year 12 weeks agoPinot 30.4 Coppel 8.3 Sicard

    Pinot 30.4
    Coppel 8.3
    Sicard 8.5

    EDIT removed Coquard for Coppel...

  • Blanco rebrands as Belkin Pro Cycling, unveils new kit in time for Tour de France1 year 12 weeks agoThat kit is nice. Very, very

    That kit is nice. Very, very nice.

  • Video: Cyclist seriously injured after ignoring traffic signal warns fellow riders to stop at red1 year 12 weeks ago"One of the first things I

    "One of the first things I was taught is when out of the bike, treat everybody as if they want to kill you"

    Best advice my dad taught me that, always kept to that way of thinking whether that be in my car or on the bike.

  • Nat champs round-up - Our quick guide to some of the male winners across Europe1 year 12 weeks agoIs it just me who doesn't

    Is it just me who doesn't think Kazakhstan is in Europe? Sorry Astana, maybe it is the stan in the name or the Border with China, or because Vino rode for them.

  • Video: Cyclist seriously injured after ignoring traffic signal warns fellow riders to stop at red1 year 12 weeks agoWell, My youtube channel,

    Well, My youtube channel, I've watched the video and it confirms what I said before - I.e. you had already made the mistake which resulted in your "need" to jump the red light.

    You were travelling too close to the van meaning that you couldn't see far enough ahead for the speed at which you were travelling. You should always be able to see clearly much further than your stopping and reacting distance; that is pretty basic when cycling or driving.

    Once you had made that error then you had put yourself in the position of needing to jump the light - it wasn't anyone else's fault.

  • Video: Cyclist seriously injured after ignoring traffic signal warns fellow riders to stop at red1 year 12 weeks agoit is not for you (or Sleepy
    it is not for you (or Sleepy to decide which to follow and which not to

    It is everybodies choice what laws to follow. If a law tells me to go jump off a cliff, I'll pass on that, thanks.

    Some laws are asinine, I am a free person and will choose for myself which laws to follow.

    Roads and road laws were simply not made for cyclists, If breaking a law is safer then my advice is, break the law.

    Would you recommend 4 year olds cycle on the roads or the pavements? Cycling on the pavements is definitely illegal.

    This doesn't mean I don't follow and agree with most laws, it just means I don't think we should follow every dictate of some corrupt old farts in parliament.

  • Bike Choice @ £2,5001 year 12 weeks agoThanks Chiv.

    Thanks Chiv.