• Are bad drivers using ‘stay back’ stickers as an excuse?1 year 7 weeks agotag the bus up! I like the

    tag the bus up! I like the idea, I think short and simple is best: how about "PLEASE" at the start and "because I can't drive" at the end.

  • Dauphine Purist and Standard Dream Teams1 year 7 weeks agoStage 3 16.9 Reinardt Janse

    Stage 3

    16.9 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg
    13.2 Yannick Martinez
    12.5 Nikias Arndt
    11.3 Jens Keukeleire
    10.6 Aleksei Tsatevich
    9.9 Davide Cimolai
    8.0 Kris Boeckmans
    7.1 Cesare Benedetti
    3.0 Natnael Berhane
    Budget 92.5 credits Score 211 points

    Highest 'Actual' Score: Bob's Bicycle Company (Tingo) 127 points

    40.0 Christopher Froome
    32.5 Alberto Contador
    23.3 Arnaud Demare
    21.8 Andrew Talansky
    12.5 Nikias Arndt
    8.0 Kris Boeckmans
    3.7 Mickael Delage
    3.0 Anton Vorobyev
    3.0 Ralf Matzka

  • Dauphine Stage 31 year 7 weeks agoA week is too short a

    A week is too short a competition to try and make up ground with this budget and these amounts of transfers... I say bring back the high budgets and let us have 3 free transfers a day for week long stage races Wink It might mitigate the sense of dread when I fall so far behind... Waiting Big Grin

  • Video: How much aero difference does cycle clothing make?1 year 7 weeks agoSounds like they kept

    Sounds like they kept increasing the wind to get the results they wanted without considering how realist they were going be!

  • Kingston driver 'aimed car at cyclist,' missed - and crashed into hair salon1 year 7 weeks agoWell given the last incident

    Well given the last incident I read about in Richmond Park was a driver actually deliberately knocking a cyclist of his bike, then leaving the scene of the accident and pleading not guilty Liar , for which he received a fine and 6 points for careless driving, Surprise I doubt the CPS will prosecute the woman for attempted GBH. More likely careless driving and she'll get a small fine and 3 points if that. Of course if she pleads guilty she may just get off with a warning. At Wits End

  • Dauphine Stage 31 year 7 weeks agoI might break in to the top

    I might break in to the top 2000 tomorrow (oh it's today now) Kiss

  • Luminescent whiskers: the latest innovation in bike safety1 year 7 weeks agocbrndc wrote:Not sure if

    cbrndc wrote:
    Not sure if having this extending beyond the width of the vehicle is legal. Anyone know? Confused

    I'm in trouble! My arse extends beyond the width of mine! Laughing

  • Joanna Rowsell talks body image: "being as skinny as possible isn’t necessarily healthy"1 year 7 weeks agoI like big butts, I can't

    I like big butts, I can't deny.

    I like big boobs too, I really don't get why being skinny is seen as in ideal. I wish women didn't worry so much about body image so much, everyone should be able to feel happy the way they are.

  • Ditching cars for school run could save £2 billion a year, says Sustrans1 year 7 weeks agoEver since I had a (very

    Ever since I had a (very minor) collision with a car whilst out for a spin my wife will not allow me to take our daughter to the childminder (OK, not school but close enough) by bike. I should add that my wife also cycles reguarally and is confident on roads of all types.

    The fact is it's a pretty unwelcoming environment on the roads where I live and there is no real 'quiet route' or similar. Practically speaking, it's also too far to walk.

    Parents worry about the safety of thier children and this will always be the problem until road design catches up and our towns and cities becoming more bike-centric. For the time being I'm stuck with using the car and contributing to the problem.

  • Joanna Rowsell talks body image: "being as skinny as possible isn’t necessarily healthy"1 year 7 weeks agoGo Jo!

    Go Jo!

  • Homemade Phone Mount1 year 7 weeks agoCut a peice of old inner tube

    Cut a peice of old inner tube (MTB) 2.5 x the length of your phone. leaving about an inch at the bottom cut a slice up the centre of the tube to the length of you phone. Fold the longer end in on itself through the slice, pass the thinner peice beneath the handlebar and the thicker part over the the bar then through the other end of your tube piece. Now stretch the slice out over the corners of your phone, pull the sticking out bit of tube tight through the hole and cut off any excess tube.

    Or you can buy a universal phone mount at TK Max for £4.

  • Help - carbon road bike.1 year 7 weeks agoNotfastenough makes a valid

    Notfastenough makes a valid point. Alloy will feel much more immediate and snappy to accelerate versus cheaper carbon.

    My Giant TCR SL (alloy) and Kinesis Aithein both feel snappier than my KTM Revelator (carbon) but the KTM mutes the bumps a lot better. Because it mutes the bumps so well, I can't tell if it is really a little softer/slower than the alloy frames but it feels like it. Reviews of the KTM say its pretty rapid, so it may just be deceptive. I like riding all three cos they are light and feel fast!

    Even at £2000, bikes come mostly with pretty rubbish/heavy wheels. I'd spend £1000 - £1500 on a bike with a reputable frame (alloy or carbon), £300 - £500 on some lighter wheels and the rest perhaps on some nice finishing kit, or tweaking the bars/saddle etc once you know what you like/dislike.

  • Joanna Rowsell talks body image: "being as skinny as possible isn’t necessarily healthy"1 year 7 weeks agonotfastenough wrote:Ordinary

    notfastenough wrote:
    Ordinary Cycling Girl wrote:
    This is exactly the message young girls and women need to hear about body image! Another very good reason why we need more women's sport on mainstream TV. What could be better than portraying healthy body images in the media, shown at times when young girls can be inspired and influenced to lead healthy lifestyles and possibly also become part of a new generation of British sporting talent.

    You're right of course, but I think it's bigger than that. Young girls often want the impossible figure because their aspirations go no further than getting their kit off for a lads magazine, marrying a footballer or just somehow attaining some ridiculous 'celebrity' status. Showing them that they can aim to be the best in the world at something - something which happens to encourage a nicely athletic physical appearance, is a big challenge, but so worthwhile. Keep shouting it from the rooftops, Jo.

    I think the media plays a big part in what you're saying. I think the aspirations of young girls don't currently go further because all they really see on tv and magazines is women taking their clothes off for lads mags, women marrying footballers and tv shows/magazine spreads featuring those with some tiny semblance of a celebrity status. I see what you mean, but it's not just about trying to inspire young girls to be the best in the world at something, it's about showing them what a healthy figure looks like and that it's acceptable. Media focus desperately needs to shift.

  • Luminescent whiskers: the latest innovation in bike safety1 year 7 weeks agoThat's surely the stupidest

    That's surely the stupidest thing I have seen all day, what you need is machine guns.

  • Are bad drivers using ‘stay back’ stickers as an excuse?1 year 7 weeks agoI didn't realise that it was

    I didn't realise that it was actually illegal to overtake/filter past a vehicle bearing one of these stickers - is that what is being suggested?

    If so, maybe they should make it illegal for cars and vans to block ASLs too.........oh, wait............

    How about we all attach 'stay back' signs to our bikes and maintain primary position at all times?

  • Are bad drivers using ‘stay back’ stickers as an excuse?1 year 7 weeks agoI didn't realise that it was

    I didn't realise that it was actually illegal to overtake/filter past a vehicle bearing one of these stickers - is that what is being suggested?

    If so, maybe they should make it illegal for cars and vans to block ASLs too.........oh, wait............

    How about we all attach 'stay back' signs to our bikes and maintain primary position at all times?

  • Maximum fines for traffic offences to rise — but will it have any effect in practice?1 year 7 weeks agoOldRidgeback wrote: At the

    OldRidgeback wrote:

    At the 212 fixed speed camera sites in Thames Valley there was a large reduction in collisions but, because the entire reduction had already occurred six months before they were installed, the speed cameras could not have caused any of this improvement. The evidence suggests that the collision reduction was entirely due to RTM, with the speed cameras producing no benefit whatsoever. Furthermore, fatal and KSI collisions increased after fixed speed cameras were installed.

    Overall, the evidence suggests that:

    Reducing vehicle speeds using fixed speed cameras has no impact in improving road safety.
    Fixed speed cameras do not save lives and do not prevent serious injuries.

    I seem to remember that a previous study, taking into account regression to mean, still concluded that cameras did reduce accidents. Unfortunately I have no reference for this study.

    One seldom mentioned effect of reducing speeds is that the roads feel less hostile for cyclists and pedestrians.

    This will encourage the vulnerable to use the roads more, so that although the casualty rate overall per road does not decrease, the experience of using the road feels safer for the vulnerable. Decreasing casualties by frightening cyclists and pedestrians off the road is a poor policy.

    Of course, the occasional highly visible yellow camera is an ineffective way to reduce speeds, and the alleged failure of these emasculated measures does not show that a really serious attempt to reduce speeding would fail.

  • Pippa Middleton to ride in world’s toughest bike race this month1 year 7 weeks agoDanTe wrote:No matter how

    DanTe wrote:
    No matter how many times she flicked her elbow there'd be no chance of me leaving her back wheel to do a turn...

    Huh huh huh.

  • Video: "Excessive force" - Florida cop takes down Critical Mass cyclist1 year 7 weeks agoWatching to full video, the

    Watching to full video, the level of aggresion shown by the cop seems excessive.

    I suspect that the truth of the matter is that the rider said something that the cop didn't like and the reaction caught on tape was fueled by emotion rather than any sense of duty or desire to uphold the law. I could be totally wrong but its difficult to defend such a brutal attack based on the evidence available to us.

    Furthermore, I can't imagine that the police have a lot of love for CM rides in the first place.

  • Joanna Rowsell talks body image: "being as skinny as possible isn’t necessarily healthy"1 year 7 weeks agoAnother huge fan here.

    Another huge fan here.

  • Yorkshire cyclists swap Lycra for lingerie for charity calendar1 year 7 weeks agoShit, I was looking at the

    Shit, I was looking at the bikes.

  • Luminescent whiskers: the latest innovation in bike safety1 year 7 weeks agoI'd buy that for a

    I'd buy that for a dollar....wait, that's New
    Detroit.

  • Luminescent whiskers: the latest innovation in bike safety1 year 7 weeks agoI'd buy that for a

    I'd buy that for a dollar....wait, that's New
    Detroit.

  • Luminescent whiskers: the latest innovation in bike safety1 year 7 weeks agoI'd buy that for a

    I'd buy that for a dollar....wait, that's New
    Detroit.

  • Is cycling getting like football?1 year 7 weeks agodomofarmfrites wrote: But I

    domofarmfrites wrote:

    But I do not agree that Brit fans are the only cycling fans who are a little nationalistic. In most countries fans support riders from their own country, or perhaps who ride for a team from it (just look at the Giro for loony insular fans!).

    Loony? Don't you mean passionate? In my experience cycling fans are fans of the sport first and while they will have favourites, usually but not always the local rider, and enjoy a good rivalry (Italians for example love a spot of "polemica"), most understand just how hard the sport is and will support and encourage all of the riders. Best current example I can think of is how popular Cancellara is in Flanders. Of course the locals love it if Tommeke can win, but there is real admiration and affection for Chinny.

    Closer to home, Mark Cavendish is loved in Italy and in Belgium, people who love the sport don't care about nationality, but they do love a racer.