• Devon pub launches cycling club & sets sights on Spain1 year 8 weeks agoMy nearest pub just closed.

    My nearest pub just closed. That makes 6 around here over the past few years.

    Maybe this "Club" stuff might have given them a reason to continue but I doubt it.

  • Deuter Giga Office Pro rucksack1 year 8 weeks agoYes, it does matter. Being

    Yes, it does matter. Being highly visible won't necessarily prevent you getting mown down, but it will minimise the risk of it happening.

  • 23 or 25mm Clinchers to race and train? Which clinchers to choose?1 year 8 weeks agoget some 30s. Challenge are

    get some 30s. Challenge are making some nice ones Wink

  • Lorry driver who crushed Boris Bike rider fined £6201 year 8 weeks agoNo doubt we are going to have

    No doubt we are going to have 30 or 40 indignant comments as usual and if everyone seems to agrees it a disgrace.

    So who's responsible for using driving without care and attention or careless driving, when it clearly is dangerous driving or assault?

    Can we ask them to explain their decisions?

  • Wheel uses1 year 8 weeks agoLooking good. Ideally put a

    Looking good.

    Ideally put a few hundred miles on them, then get them trued again, that's them then fully in shape.

  • 23 or 25mm Clinchers to race and train? Which clinchers to choose?1 year 8 weeks agoThere was a very interesting

    There was a very interesting article by Richard Hallett on this very subject. I think it was in last week's Cycling Weekly, but it might have been the week before.

    As I recall it, he comes down in favour of 25s on the grounds of lower rolling resistance and greater comfort than 23s.

  • Cyclists injured by Edinburgh station anti-terrorism barriers1 year 8 weeks agoI hope he's ok and makes a

    I hope he's ok and makes a full recovery.

    On many previous articles there is always a lot of comment about the highway code and how motorists dont follow it - i suggest cyclists read it as well so they know what all the signs mean....... D Oh

  • First look: Campagnolo EPS V2 internal battery and Over-Torque cranks1 year 8 weeks agojarredscycling wrote:That

    jarredscycling wrote:
    That battery seems like the most complicated way to install an internal battery that Campy could come up with. I mean it literally seems like they tried to make it more difficult

    I would disagree, that's a well thought out and controlled process that looks solid, easy and neat.

    Not yet for me though, I'm waiting for someone to build the whole shebang into the bars.

  • First look: Campagnolo EPS V2 internal battery and Over-Torque cranks1 year 8 weeks ago@ jarredcycling - It is a

    @ jarredcycling - It is a more complicated method of inserting and retaining the PU than, say, jamming it inside a tube with a load of bubble wrap (a "solution" I have seen on a production Di-2 equipped bike, out of the factory) but it does give a firm anchorage and allows Campagnolo to dictate how the PU is used, so saving a whole raft of issues at the (hopefully rare) warranty stage. It's very controllable and goes a long way towards making it possible to test for things like battery heating on charging where if users are allowed a free hand in installation, none of this stuff can be effectively tested for.

    It sounds harsh but it's axiomatic in engineering design where you don't have a lot of control over how things are installed that it's less troublesome in the long run to restrict the options allowed ...

    @ridein, a seat-tube mounting is very quick, simple and allows a relatively easy retro-fit of v2 to a v1 bike - a solution such as you suggest looks like a lot of wiring to accommodate (and losses in the cabling are one of the biggest headaches in designing electronic shift systems) as well as a potentially higher number of ingress points for water and dust.

    @deanF316, I agree in some respects - all press-fit BBs suffer from the fact that PF is a lousy solution in pure engineering terms to mounting a bearing, where that bearing is subject to cyclic loads at 90 degrees to the axis of the bearing and which needs to be readily removable. It is, however, a good solution to a whole raft of questions around weight saving, bigger junction areas for tubes and crucially, of course, reducing production costs. Bonded inserts which can be threaded (as in many 1st gen. carbon moulded frames) go some way in these areas but can be troublesome to bond reliably. A lot of creaky O/S BBs that fetch up in my workshop are not creaky because of the BB assembly, they creak because the BB sleeve is shifting inside the frame.

    What Campag have sought to do is to make the cup walls between bearing and BB shell thick enough to deform to accommodate the imperfections in roundness tolerance inherent in composite tubes, whilst making them thin enough that the bearing can provide substantial support to the cup - after all, there's damn-all point in making a super stiff frame and a super-stiff crank / BB assembly then sitting a load of squidgy plastic between.

    We are at an interesting time in component design as frame designers are looking at whole new areas of materials technology and component designers then have to play catch-up with the frame designer's attempts to maximise the properties of the materials they have, whilst both parties seek to control costs ...

  • Robert Marchand smashes his own age group world Hour record - at the age of 1021 year 8 weeks agoA 10% increase in 2 years?

    A 10% increase in 2 years? Wow... at this rate, he'll be going 117 times faster by the time he's 200 - if my calculations are correct. Impressive guy.

  • Minibus driver cleared over Southampton cyclist death1 year 8 weeks agoAmazing. Goes totally against

    Amazing. Goes totally against the Highway Code.
    I do believe the driver was genuine in what he said and regretted his lack of concern but it's not an excuse.
    Come on RoadCC you're in the position to invoke a campaign for 'cyclist for justice'.

  • Cyclists injured by Edinburgh station anti-terrorism barriers1 year 8 weeks agoHope the chap gets better

    Hope the chap gets better soon. Cyclist have more right to use highways than motor vehicles.
    Where's there's a route there's a cyclist. Road markings near to the bollard would be a cheap n easy thing to do.

  • 23 or 25mm Clinchers to race and train? Which clinchers to choose?1 year 8 weeks agoilovemytinbred wrote:for

    ilovemytinbred wrote:
    for racing a narrower tyre is likely to be better than a 25. It depends on the wheel, but at racing speeds you will lose more speed through drag (maybe 5 watts) then you will save through lower rolling resistence (< 1 watt)

    These are small differences, that you would never notice in training where comfort is more important, but there is no way in hell I would use a 25 for a TT.

    Yup. There's an informative discussion by the lead engineer at Zipp on how going from 23 to 25 will marginally decrease your rolling resistance and save you ~0.3 watt but the increased air resistance 0-6 watts can penalize you. They're still in the 23 camp, esp since the tire rims have to be bigger for the wider tires further increasing your drag.

    http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/03/bikes-and-tech/technical-faq/tech...

    For winter tires I've switched to 25 Continental GP 4-season (great traction and puncture resistance, Portland roads are wet, filled with debris with some brick paving thrown in for fun) and run 23 Vittoria Rubino Pro III in the summer although just bought some Veloflex Corsa's to try cuz I've heard such great things about them. Vittoria & Veloflex used to be the same people but Vittoria split off and sent their production to Thailand and Veloflex is still handmade in Italy and cheaper. Used to ride Vittoria Evo Corsa 23s which are very fast and corner well but punctured like crazy and didn't wear well, just 500-700 miles which is too expensive (for me) to be replacing them that often.

  • Lorry driver who crushed Boris Bike rider fined £6201 year 8 weeks agoAmazing how the 'Individuals'

    Amazing how the 'Individuals' running our courts seemingly hand out widely varying sentences.
    I'm off of nick a car, with no insurance or MoT, drive in the city at 80mph knock over some street furniture then run over a cyclist, when I get caught I'll plead guilty and repent my sins and ask for a lenient sentence as I was depressed at the time and offer to do some 'community'. Oh I forgot I was stoned too.
    What do you reckon....about 120 hours on the broom.

  • Cycle Eye bike detection system to be trialled on Bristol buses1 year 8 weeks agoCool. A large vehicle it's

    Cool. A large vehicle it's safe to go up the inside of. What could possibly go wrong?

  • Lorry driver who crushed Boris Bike rider fined £6201 year 8 weeks agoThat's a stupid analogy to

    That's a stupid analogy to make.
    A gun is designed for one job only, a lorry is for many things, although it could be used as a deadly weapon. I dare say the driver in this instance was not using it deliberately as a "weapon" and was just careless as the ruling found

    And, yes, I have been crushed by an articulated car transporter 30 years ago on a bike and it still hurts.

  • Lorry driver who crushed Boris Bike rider fined £6201 year 8 weeks agoA mate of mine got banned for

    A mate of mine got banned for 12 months, fined £900 and had to do 120 hours community service for hitting a central light bollard in his car, he was found guilty of dangerous driving.

    No injury's to him or anybody else, no other 3rd party involved, he wrote his car off and damaged the central light.

    Of course he was lucky he walked away, he was also lucky that nobody else was involved and he fully accepts the blame and his stupidity and it shook him up, it was his first accident in 30 years of driving, he had no points and no convictions, car was insured, had an MOT and taxed.

    Now lets say my friend deserved this punishment, then how come this lorry driver gets a lesser sentence, the law and the people who practice it are a bloody joke and they wonder why people have no faith any more.

  • Wheel uses1 year 8 weeks agoGREGJONES wrote:fantastic

    GREGJONES wrote:
    fantastic choice of wheels, they look good

    Cheers Greg, cannot wait to try them. They will be my spring summer wheels once I have given them a run.

  • Yorkshire's Scott Thwaites eyes Tour de France chance after NetApp-Endura given wild card1 year 8 weeks agoProud to have taught Scott

    Proud to have taught Scott Science when he was a lad at secondary school. If it wasn't for me....

  • Japanese court awards over £270k in damages to family of woman killed by cyclist1 year 8 weeks agoIts interesting how the

    Its interesting how the Japanese incidents referred to in the article have all involved elderly people. Japans society is very much dominated by the elderly as birthrates have plummeted in the past 20 years. There are obviously more vulnerable to severe injury than younger people and as there are so many of them I guess they are the obvious victims of most road traffic accidents.

    It's rather harsh to fine someone £275000 for colliding with a pedestrian, whilst only riding at 10-13mph, even if they did jump a red light. Over here killing someone with a car or lorry rarely results in more than a small fine and points on the licence. Both extremes are bizarre in my view.

  • New bikes from Fondriest, Cielo, Roux…1 year 8 weeks agoGREGJONES wrote:What's the

    GREGJONES wrote:
    What's the advantage of mounting the rear brake behind the bottom bracket?, surely putting it that close to the ground is just going to get any surface water/road gunk on it even more than usual.

    What surface water/road gunk? your not intending to use the bike in bad weather????

  • Video: Boris bike vs Mont Ventoux1 year 8 weeks agoBiking at its rawest,

    Biking at its rawest, adventure, pain, friends, challenge. Respect from me!!!!!! Donation on its way.

  • Vuelta champion Chris Horner joins Lampre-Merida1 year 8 weeks agoGhedebrav wrote:53x11 wrote:

    Ghedebrav wrote:
    53x11 wrote:
    Boonen rode for Lance and Johan at the height of US Postal doping, and I haven't seen him get pilloried for his associations.

    Thinking

    Wondered for a while how Boonen has avoided these questions.

    I would suggest Boonen's age for a start, fairly sure i read the doping wasn't applied to neo-pro's, and one question, why did he leave us postal when he was still under contract?

    In hindsight, did Boonen see things he didn't like???

  • Boris Johnson in moves to get deadly lorries off London roads1 year 8 weeks agooldstrath wrote:Neil753

    oldstrath wrote:
    Neil753 wrote:
    As an artic driver, I welcome any measures to improve safety, but drivers are just as likely to suffer from "risk compensation" as other road users, so we mustn't see this initiative as a panacea for all ills. My advice? Don't let modern safety systems lull you into a false sense of security.

    The message must remain crystal clear, no matter how many "safety systems" are in place - never intentionally place yourself in close proximity to a moving truck.


    And what advice do you have when the driver deliberately puts me in his blind spot? Disapparate?

    I did say "intentionally". I appreciate there are some poor drivers out there, but it's all about reducing personal risk, as and when you can.

    It's a tricky issue but my advice, since you asked, is if you do find yourself in a driver's blind spot, through no fault of your own, you have to make a choice. Either stay there and hope for the best, or ecstricate yourself from that situation sharpish. And, if you find this happening regularly, you should consider changing your route, or varying your time of travel. I would also advocate making yourself as visible as possible, positioning yourself so that your intentions are clearer to the driver, or, as I do quite often, getting off my bike and negotiating the junction on foot. I certainly feel a lot safer doing this, and it only adds a few seconds to my journey.

    So there's a few tips for you.

  • Wheel uses1 year 8 weeks agofantastic choice of wheels,

    fantastic choice of wheels, they look good