• Drunk, speeding, hit and run van driver who killed cyclist sentenced to eight years in jail1 year 6 weeks agoIf my child was killed in

    If my child was killed in that way and such a lenient sentence given.....well...I really dont know if I would be able to control myself...

  • Council withdraws 'sexist' leaflet advertising sportive1 year 6 weeks agoIf there's such a storm in a

    If there's such a storm in a teacup then it is my right as a male to ride in one of the women only cycletta Sportives. If there was a men only sportive it would be banned/stopped/forced to change.

    It's like loose women on TV. If a men only programme spoke the same way about women it would be withdrawn. If the diet coke break ads were reversed with a group of male builders leering over a scantily dress female office worker it would be banned.

  • Council withdraws 'sexist' leaflet advertising sportive1 year 6 weeks agoIs doing a sportive the day

    Is doing a sportive the day before a premier calendar a good idea Graham?

  • Cycle helmets have "major flaws" in safety, insists cyclist airbag firm Hövding (+ video)1 year 6 weeks agoPoint has already been made

    Point has already been made but the fact that a helmet won't stop me getting injured if someone drops an anvil on my head from 1.5m isn't a reason not to wear a helmet. The number of bike accidents that involve hitting the ground in the manner that approximates a CE test is, I would imagine (based on anecdote, not evidence - so I wouldn't believe me either!), quite small.

    At the risk of doing what I said you shouldn't, CE certified helmets are cheap (you can get an admittedly pretty ugly one that meets the anvil test from Decathlon for £12.99). Surely at that price it doesn't have to make much of a marginal difference - say, be ever so slightly useful in the event of a side impact, which in my anecdotal experience is much more common when you crash your bike - to be worth wearing one? At least that's the maths I do.

    I don't think I've suffered any "negative health effects" as a result of "helmet compulsion". Having grown up there when the laws were introduced (yes, I am really that old), I think the Australian studies are also of questionable value. If they could adjust the figures for the decline in cycling in Australia to remove the effect of increased traffic in urban areas (combined with larger vehicles) and the increasingly sedentary nature of Australians generally (this isn't just about cycling, Australians stopped exercising across the board; they didn't get fat solely because they stopped riding bikes, they got fat (boy, did they got fat) because they stopped doing pretty much any form of exercise at all) then I might be prepared to give them the benefit of the doubt.

    On the other hand, when inflated the Huffding looks like a puffa jacket for the head. Maybe useful on those really cold winter commutes.

  • Cyclist left disabled after being hit by police car wins High Court case against Metropolitan Police1 year 6 weeks agoMaybe society needs to make a

    Maybe society needs to make a decision - reduce the expectation on police to arrive at incidents as quickly as possible (and thus risk a reduction in detections, and maybe more people injured / killed) but in return also significantly reduce the risk of innocent bods being injured by fast moving police veehickles.

    With relatively minimal serious crime, and busy crowded and crappily surfaced roads, and an increase in distractions to pedestrians and civilian drivers from smartphones, headphones etc, perhaps the latter ought to be the preferred option.

  • Just in: Cannondale Hooligan 21 year 6 weeks agoI'd say they've made the bars

    I'd say they've made the bars wider too ours measure a whopping 62cm end to end…

    620 mm bars are pretty damn narrow. Wide bars are >780 mm

  • Back pain and stem length/saddle position1 year 6 weeks agoI had exactly the same

    I had exactly the same problem on one of my bikes, with lower back pain after an hour or so in the saddle.

    I replaced the standard 120mm stem with a 90mm one (a big change) and that has sorted the problem out.

  • Lidl cycling gear!1 year 6 weeks agoJust picked up a work stand

    Just picked up a work stand and it's absolutely SOLID. Can hold the bike horizontally or at 45 degree angle. Comes with additional front wheel brace. Base is huge for extra stability

    Multitool looked pretty good too. It has a chain tool which is an added bonus. Also some giblets in there plus socks. I've had the socks before. Again no complaints.

  • Back pain and stem length/saddle position1 year 6 weeks agoI'm not expert on bike fit,

    I'm not expert on bike fit, always relied on trial and error tweaking, to get bikes 'just so'. What you describe to me sounds like being stretched out too much (ie having to bend the lower back more to reach the bars), so a smaller frame and a shorter stem would be better. Your LBS recommending moving the saddle back but shortening the stem seems paradoxical to me, one will stretch you out, the other will let you be more upright.
    I don't have time to look them up just now, but what are the relative head tube heights of your various steeds? Again a taller head tube (normally on a larger frame) will sit you more upright, requiring less bend and hopefully less pain.

    Retul fittings like Mooleur suggested have a good reputation might help, though if your frame is the wrong size in one way or another, there is probably a limit to how much can be done even with different stems etc.

  • Ordnance Survey launches free iOS Ride Tour de France route app with Chris Boardman1 year 6 weeks agoNoting you have to cache the

    Noting you have to cache the detailed 1:25k map tiles *before* the ride, or you'll be out of luck in no coverage / flat battery pretty fast.

    The app really should prompt you to pre-cache the maps. A lot of people will get caught out by this.

  • Cyclist left disabled after being hit by police car wins High Court case against Metropolitan Police1 year 6 weeks agoGood news for him. There's no

    Good news for him. There's no winners here - the police driver made a massive error of judgement and will most likely lose his livelihood (and of course have the accident on his conscience) but obviously has gotten off far more lightly than the cyclist.

    I've always been of the opinion that lights and sirens aided swift progress by getting other traffic out of the way as opposed to enabling high speeds - that said, had plod dawdled and taken their time to attend a firearms incident then they'd be criticised for that too - the guys who killed Lee Rigby may have stood around waiting for plod but what would they have done if they saw another squaddie - looking guy prior to police arrival?

    I hope the payout eases the cyclist's situation, but again, there's no winners here.

  • Cyclist left disabled after being hit by police car wins High Court case against Metropolitan Police1 year 6 weeks agoAs a taxpayer I'm happy to

    As a taxpayer I'm happy to see my money go to make this man's life better.

    And I want to see my employees and their bosses - who clearly fail to manage force response policy - strung up by the nuts for causing this to happen.

    All too often Police kill or maim innocent people while responding to crimes or calls for help. Their *first* obligation is to get there without harming themselves or others. No point speeding if you end up not arriving at all. An emergency elsewhere is zero excuse to endanger others.

  • Cycle helmets have "major flaws" in safety, insists cyclist airbag firm Hövding (+ video)1 year 6 weeks ago[oops]

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  • Leeds plans 20mph zones in communities along its £29m "super cycleway"1 year 6 weeks agoIf they enforce the blanket

    If they enforce the blanket 20 limit with average speed cameras, then they have the added bonus of being able to remove all the traffic calming measures giving everybody a nice smooth ride and enabling emergency vehicles to travel faster.

    Plus they can plug the cameras (which do automatic number plate recognition) into the Insurance, MOT and VED databases and send an alert to the nearest police vehicle with the details and location/direction so they can pull them over and take them off the road...

    One of my biggest bugbears is the sheer number of untaxed, uninsured and unlicensed drivers out there on the roads getting away with it and only getting caught if they are unlucky to fall into a random trap.

  • Cycle helmets have "major flaws" in safety, insists cyclist airbag firm Hövding (+ video)1 year 6 weeks agoThe debate around wearing

    The debate around wearing helmets is errily reminiscent of Northern Ireland inasmuch as no participant seems willing to accept that the other might have a valid point of view, there's no "right" answer and if we all let everyone decide for themselves we'd probably all be a lot happier. I am going to keep wearing a helmet (most of the time anyway, maybe not when I ride my shop bike to the pub) and I intend to make my kids wear them. You are all welcome to do whatever you want. I will not be buying an airbag for my neck.

  • Back pain and stem length/saddle position1 year 6 weeks agoTo add to the comments

    To add to the comments already posted, can I suggest adding a routine of situps, superman and plank core work? I've found that the stronger my core is the better I've been at adapting to my bike postition (e.g. as I've gradually lowered my stem). The exercises really do work and can completely elimate back pain.

  • Just In: Sublime Six C Aero1 year 6 weeks agoNo

    No

  • Back pain and stem length/saddle position1 year 6 weeks agocheck the handlebar width, my

    check the handlebar width, my CAAD10 is a 60cm and it came with gigantic 47cm bars, which gave me shoulder and neck pain. Cannondale seem to scale the bar width pretty rapidly. The saddle to bar drop is pretty big too, as the head tube is pretty short. when it fits it's a great frame, I've raced it, ridden 100 miles plus many times and ridden it through the alps and pyrenees three years running.
    In terms of lower back pain, a brilliant stretch is to work out your glutes is this one
    http://vimeo.com/13350756
    I do this about once a week and after hard rides, particularly racing and it really helps, can feel quite amazing in fact.

  • Cycle helmets have "major flaws" in safety, insists cyclist airbag firm Hövding (+ video)1 year 6 weeks agobikeboy76 wrote:... the first

    bikeboy76 wrote:
    ... the first thing to go to ground is your arms, knees, hips/arse, rear hanger (twice to my cost.) The idea that your head falls vertically from two metres under gravity is totally wrong. A normal helmet will protect you from a normal mitigated fall, your body is your own crumple zone. No-one should think that a helmet is good for a head on collision at speed with a vehicle.

    And there is the problem. Helmets are marketed so much as the magic talisman which will stop you getting hurt. Disclaimer: I wear one when cycling, cos my wife said she'd kill me if I got hurt on my bike and wasn't wearing a helmet Rolling Eyes

  • Judo boss slams Brian Cookson’s Winter Olympic idea1 year 6 weeks agoCookson was inviting

    Cookson was inviting criticism by naming other sports notwithstanding that his question is valid. [Although not without an agenda - I imagine Cookson wants to move track so he can make room for more BMX or move track so he can bring the kilo back.] He would have been better advised to have referred only to "other indoor sports". But judo boss sounds like a puerile c*&£.

  • Drunk, speeding, hit and run van driver who killed cyclist sentenced to eight years in jail1 year 6 weeks agoExtra vote for a lifetime

    Extra vote for a lifetime driving ban in these circumstances, by the way Applause

  • Drunk, speeding, hit and run van driver who killed cyclist sentenced to eight years in jail1 year 6 weeks agoPaul_C wrote:so this lowlife

    Paul_C wrote:
    so this lowlife used his job as a means to get free beer and drive at the same time??? That 10 year drinving ban, it had better not start until he gets out... I hate it when most of their ban is while they're doing time... defeats the object.

    If it were true that the beer inspector is expected to drink beer at every stop then this would be a case for corporate manslaughter, surely? (or should that be 'shoorly'?).

  • Bottom bracket and compact chainset queiry1 year 6 weeks agoDepends whether or not you

    Depends whether or not you buy the English thread version.

    As with most bbs, there are English and Italian versions available. All you need to do is tell the retailer which one you want.

  • Leeds plans 20mph zones in communities along its £29m "super cycleway"1 year 6 weeks agonorthstar wrote:Ah yes, 20mph

    northstar wrote:
    Ah yes, 20mph limit (zones) which are ignored routinely by 100% of motorists.

    I live just outside Bristol and commute in by bike five days a week. Watching motorists trying to stay within the speed limit (Bristol has pretty much blanket 20 mph across the central areas) is absolutely hilarious.

    Brake light on - brake light off - brake light on - brake light off - brake light on ... They don't seem to consider just easing off the accelerator a bit.

  • Back pain and stem length/saddle position1 year 6 weeks agoThe stem on the CAAD10 has a

    The stem on the CAAD10 has a couple of spacers and is the "normal" way up as far as I am aware.

    There are a couple of bike fitting places local to me - MidlandBikeFit who use a "Dynamic Fitting System" (midlandbikefit.com), which would seem to be similar to a Retul fitting but half the price?