• Il Lombardia1 year 10 weeks agoMy (standard)

    My (standard) team:

    Reichanbach
    Nibali
    Rui Costa
    Martin
    Vichot
    Pozzovivo
    Barguil
    Uran (about whom I have 'a feeling')
    Ulissi

    Was *this* close to selecting Roche and/or Purito, but they've been dumped in my purist instead (along with Phil Gil, Caruso, Cunego, Bakelants, Basso, De Gendt and Meyer).

  • Sister of 21-year-old cyclist killed in London calls for cyclists to have training they are allowed onto the roads1 year 10 weeks agodrfabulous0 wrote: Well I

    drfabulous0 wrote:

    Well I have to disagree, we have the right to cycle on the road without any license or test, it makes little sense to have no cumpulsory basic training provided as part of the national curriculum.

    What makes us think we have the right to cycle on the road without any licence or test? When you share the road with 5 ton+ trucks, some of the riding I see in London is shocking. I feel like pulling over some of those cyclists and giving them a slap for being so silly and endangering their lives. More than 50% of the cyclists on my route do not stop for a red light. Do we think that is ignorance or plain stupidity? 99% of motorists do stop for red lights. Which group do we think is the ignorant/arrogant lot when it comes to basic road regulations (ie stopping at red lights)? We all yap on about the ASL, but what about red lights? Pedestrian crossings? Every day I see cyclists not stopping for pedestrians, whilst cars and buses do stop!

    How about accountability? For eg: last week I decided to drive into work rather than cycle, I wasn't feeling well. Whilst waiting at a traffic light a Cervelo rider decided to squeeze into the gap between me and the car in front. In the process scraping my bumper. I looked at him as soon as it happened and what did he do? No, he didn't stop to exchange details, he just rode of as fast as he could knowing full well that I could not catch up with him. Now if this was a car, I am sure all of us on this site would report it to the police. But what am I supposed to do, report a MAMIL riding a Cervelo? That is going to be easy to track down isn't it? I don't drive around with a camera in my car (or bike for that matter). Zero accountability = breaking rules and doing what you want to, knowing full well that you can escape punitive action in a busy rush hour setting.

    As a group we get on out high horses and complain about poor car/truck driving. Look at it from the other side as well. There is a huge proportion of poorly trained, ignorant, arrogant cyclists who think it is their god given right to jump on a bike and ride the busy streets of London, just because they can. I am not for one moment saying that any of you per se fall into the above category, but a large proportion of cyclists do. And it is this group that worries me as a cyclist. Lets not just blame the motorists. There is a large proportion of idiots on cycles too. And unless you address both issues, you will not achieve a satisfactory solution.

  • Forum's Scorum's Mini League1 year 10 weeks agoThat looks proper

    That looks proper Technojim.......I wonder if the Road C.C team can act like the UCI and file lawsuits against anyone else abusing the 'forum stripes' Applause

  • Sister of 21-year-old cyclist killed in London calls for cyclists to have training they are allowed onto the roads1 year 10 weeks agoTitle: *BEFORE* ???

    Title: *BEFORE* ???

  • New Forum Look1 year 10 weeks agoYou used to be able to click

    You used to be able to click to the topic just before and after the one you were viewing within just the Fantasy Cycling section of the forum?

  • Bike Advice - Brompton vs Single Speed & CX1 year 10 weeks agoI have a similar commute.

    I have a similar commute. Bought a 6 speed Brompton, does the job nicely. Rides surprisingly fast as well if you get the S version with the flat bars and then stick SPD's on it.

    Best bit is that it lives under my desk at work, and in my house when I get home so no worries about it getting nicked.

  • Win a unique HOY Autumn edition bike with road.cc and Evans Cycles!1 year 10 weeks agoReach up for the Sunrise!

    Reach up for the Sunrise!

    (Tweseldown, in Hampshire)

  • Cambridgeshire cyclist ignores warnings... and just manages to brake before train speeds through1 year 10 weeks agoI've heard similar stories to

    I've heard similar stories to your friend's, Old Ridgeback, from a guy who was running a track walking training course I was attending. The tale of the suicide who put his neck on the track and was beheaded would make your toes curl. Personally I think the railways get too much flak over level crossings. The warning signs, flashing lights, barriers and what is stated in the highway code about level crossing should deter people enough from doing this sort of stupid behaviour.

  • New Forum Look1 year 10 weeks agoI liked the old forum

    I liked the old forum better... A lot easier to read...

  • What should I do with this old thing?1 year 10 weeks agoBeds, I think you are getting

    Beds, I think you are getting the wrong end of the stick. I have done about 20,000km on my Jamis. I don't need to build up any skills or confidence on it, or worry about breaking it. I would be concerned about crashing it or someone smashing it up or nicking it. I am in no way eyeing a mountain bike; my point was it would be cheaper to buy a new low end bike than rebuild the Carrera from where it is now if I had to in an emergency.
    I aspire to a Canyon but don't know how far away that would be, if I upgraded, the Jamis would be the commuter bike. It is 4 years old now and chipped paintwork and creaking noises can never be totally cured.
    So I don't have any issues leaving it town for a couple of hours or riding it winter, I have never had the luxury of two bikes so I've never become sensitive about it.

    Which brings me back to the Carrera. I have no idea how to change a BB or what tools I would need. Allen keys just won't be enough. I could be sending good money after bad. I would rather be spending money on my No 1.

    I have found http://www.bespokemanchester.com/
    seems to be a mile and a half away, I might pop it down to them.

  • Sister of 21-year-old cyclist killed in London calls for cyclists to have training they are allowed onto the roads1 year 10 weeks ago29 cycled all my life, 2

    29 cycled all my life, 2 recent knee operations and I have only just passed my driving test.

    I was probably one of the last few that did cycling proficiency at school. It should be compulsory.

    I have yet to get back on the bike because of my knee, but I know this driving malarkey will inform my cycling, so I can see the argument for incorporating more awareness of cyclists in the test itself.

    As someone who is late to driving, cyclists scare the s**t out of me and reaffirms my viewpoint that they are the most vulnerable road users. It makes me also want to get more training as a cyclist.

    The roads are so busy, already I want to become a more aware and proficient driver.

    There aren't many people like me. Both activities are very dangerous. I am conservative and risk averse and I will do anything to reduce that. Many drivers don't have any compunction to improve their skills once they pass, and cyclists think they have a "right" to cycle without formal training. Both are beyond daft.

    I laughed at my driving instructor when he said only 1-2 in every 50 do the Pass Plus. I am about to book it. Like wtf? You think you are now a competent driver? Shut up.

    I spent a long while commuting in Peterborough for work. My brother has just started in Manchester. But lord alive. Even though I would consider myself a competent cyclist there is 0 chance I would consider it in London. 0 chance. If you consider cycling there daily, you would want to make yourself as safe as possible and people don't. Jumping red lights, no viz gear, going down the left hand side of larger vehicles, positioning yourself badly in all respects etc etc.

    News people. A lot of people have no idea how to cycle a bike safely. The standard of driving IMO is better than the standard of cycling.

    The government need to improve the training more than the infrastructure IMO. The focus is that a lot of deaths are caused by the infrastructure and it no doubt has a part to play.

    A programme on the BBC a year or so back on cycling/road use showed the CCTV from this girl being killed by one of these massive tipper jobs/concrete mixers. She was cycling straight down the road and the lorry turned left across her into a side street. In my opinion both were at fault. I would have been giving him so much more room ahead of me. It was also a narrow street/ one way street as well so she should have taken up a position behind him at the very least, not in the worst possible blind spot..

    The mother campaigned for more mirrors and cameras when she took shares in the company. The company has had no deaths caused by their drivers since.
    It works both ways.

  • FSA Gossamer Crankset / BB - Is it that bad?1 year 10 weeks agoThe chainsets are perfectly

    The chainsets are perfectly acceptable.

    The bottom brackets are very short lived, but work fine for a few months until you get the telltale click or grind of a knackered bearing. I think they use toilet paper as bearing seals.

    Don't even consider repair by replacing the bearings. It's both cheaper and more effective to replace with whatever Shimano Hollowtech II bracket suits your budget. I replaced mine with an Ultegra one from CRC for £17. There is no issue with compatibility.

  • Grumpy old Git on a Bike1 year 10 weeks ago@Foxyloxy, I don't really

    @Foxyloxy, I don't really understand the point of the thread any more: what started as a moan about newcomers into the sport and 'wanabee cyclists' turned into a testimonial to your credentials as a 'real' cyclist and mentor, which, believe me, I am not doubting..

    On the point of etiquette I honestly think that it can be quite daunting to newcomers and I think a bit of leeway is reasonable. Even some experienced and pro cyclists fall foul of 'the rules'!

  • What should I do with this old thing?1 year 10 weeks agoTurn it into a winter bike.

    Turn it into a winter bike. Doing your own maintenance is surprisingly easy and very rewarding. The tools pay for themselves quickly and the sense of achievement and confidence gained makes it all worthwhile. Surely you would rather have that bike as a spare for use in an emergency or to lock up outside the pub or railway station than have to buy a cheap MTB from Halfords (shudder!). You can learn on that bike and then transfer your skills onto your Jamis once you feel confident that you aren't going to break anything. Get yourself a decent bike manual or just look up how to do it on youtube. You'll save stacks of money in the long run. Changing a chain, bottom bracket, chainset cassette or derailleur is child's play if you have the tools and would be cheaper than that dodgy MTB that you have been eyeing up. If you stick to the same number of sprockets and groupset manufacturer you'll have readily interchangeable spares too.

    I have a crappy cheap racer as a spare bike that I'm not at all proud or fond of but it's bailed me out a number if times when I've needed something to ride and I can leave it chained up outside safe in the knowledge that I wouldn't be gutted or badly out of pocket if it got stolen.

    Why not spend that Halfords MTB contingency money you have on some tools and bits to get that frame back on the road? It might get you out in winter when you don't fancy a ride on your best bike. It can get dirty and if you end up in a spill on the ice or on a muddy slick you won't have to worry about trashing your carbon pride and joy.

  • Sister of 21-year-old cyclist killed in London calls for cyclists to have training they are allowed onto the roads1 year 10 weeks agodrfabulous0 wrote:shay cycles

    drfabulous0 wrote:
    shay cycles wrote:

    Well I have to disagree, we have the right to cycle on the road without any license or test, it makes little sense to have no cumpulsory basic training provided as part of the national curriculum.

    Quote:
    Should pedestrians have proper training before venturing onto the road? Again absolutely not!

    Bollocks! This training is provided by parents.

    Perhaps I should have said "formal training" rather than "proper training" - of course parents provide that informal training for pedestrians who venture onto the road, and I don't mean the pavement because many roads don't have pavements. How many of those parents even know which side of the road they should walk on? Not too many but I'd certainly not ban them as a result.

    But as you say we have a right to cycle on the road and while I would support all children getting training on the curriculum I would always argue that having done, or not done, such should in no way determine whether or not you could cycle on the roads.

  • Il Lombardia1 year 10 weeks agoMuro di Sormano? Yes. Jered

    Muro di Sormano?

    Yes.

    Jered Gruber's video of the Muro is included in last year's preview:
    http://road.cc/content/news/67882-giro-di-lombardia-hits-muro-di-sormano...

  • Sister of 21-year-old cyclist killed in London calls for cyclists to have training they are allowed onto the roads1 year 10 weeks agoThere we

    There we go.

    http://www.dft.gov.uk/bikeability/what-is-bikeability/

    Put in your local authority, find lots of training providers. Lots of the training, even the advanced stuff, is free. I've been on a bike in various forms for over 30 years, starting with wobbling around a pub carpark, still think I could probably pick up a few things on awareness and road positioning.

    Having said that, I do see some legal but shocking riding from inexperienced commuters. Not saying it should be compulsory, more very very useful.

  • Sister of 21-year-old cyclist killed in London calls for cyclists to have training they are allowed onto the roads1 year 10 weeks ago(Although I have never tried

    (Although I have never tried it) TFL offer cycle training through their website: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/cycling/11689.aspx.

  • US cyclocross rider Amy Dombroski killed by lorry while training in Belgium1 year 10 weeks agoI was watching out for her

    I was watching out for her this winter too =[ R.I.P. Amy - Tailwinds Forever.

  • Helmets!!!!!1 year 10 weeks agoOtherwise, apart from the

    Otherwise, apart from the fact that this is out of stock... looks cool

    http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/sp/road-track-bike/cuesta-cuesta-helmets-r...

  • Helmets!!!!!1 year 10 weeks agoCould always try that blue

    Could always try that blue and white decathlon one.

    A french shop that sells... cheap sports kit?

    Surely not...

  • New Forum Look1 year 10 weeks agoMuch better. Only people with

    Much better.

    Only people with Post counts over 1000 are taken seriously.

    Everyone... get used to it.

  • Cleatskins SP ProBikeSkins1 year 10 weeks agoThese are an absolute godsend

    These are an absolute godsend if you happen to live up a few flights of stairs.

  • Sister of 21-year-old cyclist killed in London calls for cyclists to have training they are allowed onto the roads1 year 10 weeks agoshay cycles wrote:Cycle

    shay cycles wrote:
    Cycle training is actually very useful - even for experienced cyclists.
    I'd cycled over 200,000 miles before I had any kind of training and driven around 300,000 miles, yet learned plenty on an NSI course. Yes, good cycle training is great and very valuable.

    Should it be in some way compulsory?

    Absolutely not!

    Well I have to disagree, we have the right to cycle on the road without any license or test, it makes little sense to have no cumpulsory basic training provided as part of the national curriculum.

    Quote:
    Should pedestrians have proper training before venturing onto the road? Again absolutely not!

    Bollocks! This training is provided by parents.

  • Il Lombardia1 year 10 weeks agois that mental climb in again

    is that mental climb in again this year?