• Jan Ullrich says Lance Armstrong Tour victories should be reinstated: "That’s how things were"1 year 12 weeks agoIt wouldn't be so bad to put

    It wouldn't be so bad to put Lance and other's names in the books. Have an asterisk next to their name. It looks really bad having so many top spots empty. If someone saw the 7 marked out section and didn't know about it they would look it up. Put Lance's name in there and it becomes less of a Streisand effect. Anyways, in a massive doping era, to come out top seven times is still amazing.

  • Pat McQuaid denies breaking or bending rules in UCI presidential battle1 year 12 weeks agoHe didn't solicit the

    He didn't solicit the Malaysian proposal, I'm sure. Maybe Hein gave them that idea. Enough, all this chicanery needs to stop. Clean fight? Who was kidding who when that was said?
    The only clean candidate would appear to be Brian Cookson.
    If he wins, he will probably get a bit dusty when the cupboards are opened in Aigle and old skeletons fall out!

  • Video: the bubble wrap bike1 year 12 weeks agoGreat idea, poor execution.

    Great idea, poor execution. Should have gone to Red Bull and get sponsored for a park rider to bust some moves with this. Or maybe the JackAss team.

  • Jan Ullrich says Lance Armstrong Tour victories should be reinstated: "That’s how things were"1 year 12 weeks agoUllrich can easily make

    Ullrich can easily make statements now, in fact he had no idea of whether there were clean riders racing, and at this time interval all we have is his word that they were all at it, credible it may be but if it ever came to a court, no proof. Just circumstantial evidence and hearsay. No one is going to confess anyway if they don't have to. Best now let things stay as they are, Armstrong was picked out because of his 7 "wins" no doubt.
    The era is gone, a few from then are left around, and perhaps the concentration would be better on those who are known offenders and remain in positions of influence. On the matter of bending the rules, there's a bloke in Aigle who started that years ago in South Africa!

  • Jan Ullrich says Lance Armstrong Tour victories should be reinstated: "That’s how things were"1 year 12 weeks agoQuote:How about as new award

    Quote:
    How about as new award Highest Documented Clean Rider.

    Might want to revise that to:
    "Highest rider who, at time of writing, had not yet been caught"

    Wink

    Quote:
    I agree with Ullrich - his tour victory should be removed as well.

    Either you strip every doper ever caught of ALL their victories or you just leave it alone. You can't try doing both. Can't strip LA of his but leave Pantani, Ullrich, Riis, Virenque, Zabel free to walk off.

    Everyone or no-one. And if you're going to do the stripping victories thing, there's going to be one hell of a lot of blank pages in the next Tour history book...

    [commentator]"And the stage winner is Cippolini, oh no, Zabel! Oh no, he was at it too. Err, Abdoujaparov! No. Bollocks. Err..."[/commentator]

  • After woman injured in hit & run, petition calls for speed limits on Bristol-Bath path1 year 12 weeks agoantigee wrote:the issue that

    antigee wrote:
    the issue that concerns me is that shared paths don't work once volumes of users increase and 3m wide for both directions just puts too many demands on a big mix of users - demanding speed limits isn't unreasonable but isn't really the answer - the answer is better facilities - fighting it out over 3m of path on disused railways isn't a way forward - conflict between leisure/sport/commuting users results from insufficient facilities (and a few knobbers thrown in) but please don't fight it out over crumbs ask for the cake

    This.

    BBRP is a severe victim of its own success. Just as mixing fast-moving motor vehicles and bikes fails on the roads when there are a lot of the former, mixing bike traffic and pedestrians fails badly when there are lots of bikes, and especially when cyclists want to get from A to B at a reasonable speed. Even if everyone were super-nice, there would still be crashes because the path has no rules, which in turn arises from the notion that it's a 'traffic-free' facility so everyone can do what they like.

    It needs to be wider and it needs rebuilding so pedestrians and cyclists are separated.

  • Inside Canyon Bicycles1 year 12 weeks agoI love the look of the TT

    I love the look of the TT bike but I don't reckon I could ride one. Or persuade the Mrs. that I need one.

  • Jan Ullrich says Lance Armstrong Tour victories should be reinstated: "That’s how things were"1 year 12 weeks agoI interpret this as 'I was

    I interpret this as 'I was just as dirty as Armstrong but still couldn't beat him.' Makes you wonder if a clean Armstrong would have beaten Ullrich or the next best clean rider anyway. Level playing field and all that. The crime is that we can never know. So is there any merit in having a blank space on wikipedia when we all know what happened. How about an asterix.

    How about as new award Highest Documented Clean Rider.

  • Re: Road Bike buying advice1 year 12 weeks agoThank you to

    Thank you to TrakBikesUk.

    Your final paragraph is outstanding advice, and if i'm honest the best advice i've received so far!

    Never really thought of it that way, and a great analogy!

    Seems i got caught up in the Sora/Tiagra/105 argument, then of course there was the bike envy, apparently some brands are "cooler" than others! Thankfully i didn't buy into that, just got confused with the components etc!

    I've yet to look at your bikes, and i will.
    Thank you for your input.

  • Video: Omega Pharma’s Tour de France1 year 12 weeks agoMaybe the blooper was the

    Maybe the blooper was the video, not what's in the video.

  • Jan Ullrich says Lance Armstrong Tour victories should be reinstated: "That’s how things were"1 year 12 weeks agoI agree with Ullrich - his

    I agree with Ullrich - his tour victory should be removed as well.

    I think rules/retribution should be applied equally, but I understand why some people may feel different about Lance who had more than just one tour victory, he was the record multiple time winner and was high up on the list of stage victories too.

  • Tour de Pologne stage 51 year 12 weeks agoI'll take that,

    I'll take that, 6,12,13,14,15,20

  • Video: Omega Pharma’s Tour de France1 year 12 weeks agojasecd wrote:mylesrants

    jasecd wrote:
    mylesrants wrote:
    Never getting those 5 mins back

    Wish I'd read the comments first before watching this - what the hell was that music?

    It's like getting hodwinkes into some sort of time share presentation.

  • Re: Road Bike buying advice1 year 12 weeks agoThank you both for your

    Thank you both for your advice.

    BashTheBox, i'll look at past threads and hopefully will get more ideas!

    Ricolek, I will google the Canyon and see what you're so excited about!
    The cycle2Work scheme is another way of purchasing a bike, will help from your employer.

    When i've finally made a choice/decision i'll post it here!
    And so the search goes on...!

  • Re: Road Bike buying advice1 year 12 weeks agoHello! Clearly, I work for

    Hello! Clearly, I work for Trek, so that's what I'm going to talk about.

    We've just introduced our new 1 Series bikes which have a redisigned frame for this year, and carbon forks. There are 3 models in the 1 Series, the most expensive of which is £875 (which leaves you some room for kit with Cyclescheme, if you need it).

    If what you want to spend is £1000 on the bike only, then that puts you into the Domane 2.0. There are several reviews available on this bike (this fine site reviewed the 2.3 which has the same frame: http://road.cc/content/news/73585-just-trek-domane-23). It's pretty safe to say that the Domane is a bit of a game-changer.

    I would highly encourage you to take a couple of test rides, as the bikes already mentioned won't fit you the same as others. Fit is absolutely essential.

    Also, please don't be fooled into buying a bike based on the components. You want to invest your money in the best frame you can get. The components are the moving parts that will wear out and eventually need to be replaced. You can always upgrade them later on. There's no point in having great furniture if your house isn't built that well.

    Happy to answer any questions you have.

  • SOLD: Kinesis TK3 complete bike ... SOLD1 year 12 weeks agosold subject to payment ...

    sold subject to payment ... thank you Charlie Smile

  • Jan Ullrich says Lance Armstrong Tour victories should be reinstated: "That’s how things were"1 year 12 weeks agoHmmm, so what punishment is

    Hmmm, so what punishment is there for doping?

    The point of removing the titles is to expurgate the benefits if cheating, otherwise you're just saying its fine to dope if you get away with it at the time, and IT IS NOT OK! So what, in ten years time, we find out that all the other winners were doping we just forgive them and move on. The problem is that anti-doping is not effective and unless we have retrospective action then the pros won't think twice about doping.....look at this way, dopers dope to win, not come second, so there's the highest likelihood that the winners will be cheaters and unless you create the jeopardy of retrospective action then once they've won that's it. If you sow the seed of doubt about being caught it may just make the sport a cleaner place.

  • Jan Ullrich says Lance Armstrong Tour victories should be reinstated: "That’s how things were"1 year 12 weeks agoI would suggest the

    I would suggest the difference between Armstrong and all the others is that Armstrong's "donations" to the UCI meant the risk of discovery (geddit?) was less for him. To put it bluntly, everyone else was not bribing Hein and Pat. (Unless Jan knows something we don't...)

  • £5.3 million compensation for Bristol cyclist who suffered life-changing injuries as a teenager1 year 12 weeks agoFlippa wrote:I see this

    Flippa wrote:
    I see this happen a lot in Luton. People riding bikes on the footpath just drop off the kerb and onto the road, sometimes into the bike lane without looking (I've had to stop or swerve several times) and sometimes in front of an unsuspecting driver.
    When it's by the cycle lane I almost expect it now, but as a driver if I saw a pedestrian walking or someone cycling on the footpath I wouldn't expect them to just move into the road in front of me.
    I guess what that teaches is be ready for the unexpected.

    Well, being ready for the unexpected is exactly what good driving / cycling is about. There are some things which are completely unpredictable, but a pedestrian or cyclist doing something you don't want them to do isn't one of them.

    It's one of the reasons cyclists shouldn't cycle in the gutter: I'm well aware the pedestrians jump off pavements without looking.

    But I suppose the really significant point here is that while the cyclist certainly seems to have done something wrong, the injuries would not necessarily have been so life-changing if the driver had been keeping to the speed limit. I suppose the sad thing about this is that had the cyclist died there would be no civil case to bring for the loss of a life.

  • After woman injured in hit & run, petition calls for speed limits on Bristol-Bath path1 year 12 weeks agoBeaufort wrote:It's sadly

    Beaufort wrote:
    It's sadly predictable that a number of posts here suggest the victim in this accident is at fault. The attitude of you 'real' cyclists to 'peds on bikes' is awful and a huge reason why a lot of negative energy is directed at you. You are the problem.

    This. Enough with the victim blaming.

    The rider behind HAS TO pass safely (you know, just like car drivers have to). That applies whether the person they are passing is an experienced roadie who is happy with them passing 3 inches away or an inexperienced rider who needs 3ft of lane to themselves. It is ALWAYS the responsibility of the person overtaking to do so safely.

    Clearly in this case the person overtaking failed in that and then chickened out of owning up to it which, since they left someone unconcious and injured on the path has the potential to turn a bad accident into a fatality (although it's unlikely on a busy path like this).

  • Re: Road Bike buying advice1 year 12 weeks agoWould recommend one of these

    Would recommend one of these (from this store too!):http://www.epic-cycles.co.uk/Genesis_Equilibrium.html

    I got the 20, but the 10 looked great too. Hope that helps.

  • Re: Road Bike buying advice1 year 12 weeks agoOh yeah, the Canyon is lovely

    Oh yeah, the Canyon is lovely too. But seeing as it comes from Germany, I've a feeling you might struggle with the cyclescheme.

  • Jan Ullrich says Lance Armstrong Tour victories should be reinstated: "That’s how things were"1 year 12 weeks agoQuote: Ullrich pointed out

    Quote:
    Ullrich pointed out that it would not be the first time a Tour winner has had his title removed then restored. Bjarne Riis - now owner of the Riis Cycling team currently sponsored by Katusha - had his 1996 victory stripped after he admitted doping, then restored a year later.

    Mmmm Katusha, i dont think so! Thinking
    Lets try Saxo Tinkoff Wink

  • Jan Ullrich says Lance Armstrong Tour victories should be reinstated: "That’s how things were"1 year 12 weeks agozeb wrote:Well Armstrong did

    zeb wrote:
    Well Armstrong did not only cheat to his victory. He bullied those who dared to speak, he ruined the career of many, and sued others to oblivion. Let's not forget that.

    Furthermore, customs change with times. What was acceptable before is not anymore. Otherwise, let's disband the WADA, the USADA and allow doping altogether. At least things would be clearer and if we do not mind seeing cyclists with cancers and heart attacks at 30, let's do that!

    Yeah, he was a bit more aggressive in his actions but the whole peloton, the managers and the doctors were all in on this, they did as much damage. Doctors administering "recovery" aids, managers telling riders they wouldn't have a career unless they doped, that was endemic for years before LA even showed up. The first races he/his team did, they got their arses handed to them on a plate - cos the rest of the field were doping!

    So they just joined the party. Yes he was more vocal and aggressive than most thanks to his high profile (admittedly created by him as a miracle comeback story) but don't think for one minute that doping started or ended with LA or that he did anything the others weren't. He did it slightly better certainly but no differently.

    I'm ambivalent about it - yes we need to move forward but airbrushing one character out of Tour history isn't really the way to go about it.

  • Pat McQuaid denies breaking or bending rules in UCI presidential battle1 year 12 weeks agoThe man is obviously a

    The man is obviously a candidate for the for the next general election, a natural selection for the 'Monster Raving Loony' party.