• 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

  • First upgrade on bike1 year 8 weeks agoIf have a good look at these.

    If have a good look at these. Tiny bit more expensive than the Ultegra's but nearly 200g lighter and just as strong. Same compatibility as the Ultegra's too..

    http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/components/wheel-sets/product/rev...

  • Robert Marchand smashes his own age group world Hour record - at the age of 1021 year 8 weeks agoChapeau

    Chapeau

  • Cycle to Work scheme hits new record1 year 8 weeks agoIt's great to see this scheme

    It's great to see this scheme encouraging at least some people to take up cycling but I suspect that, to a large extent, it's being used by people that already cycle.

    It's good that there is a scheme, but it can't be right that students, pensioners, unemployed people, sole traders, etc., are all effectively having to either pay more in tax, or receive less in benefits, in order for more than a few higher rate taxpayers, who may not even cycle to work, and perhaps have plenty of bikes to choose from already, to receive a subsidy of up to 42%.

    There must be a better targeted a way of distributing this benefit.

  • New bikes from Fondriest, Cielo, Roux…1 year 8 weeks agoWhat's the advantage of

    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.

  • Lorry driver who crushed Boris Bike rider fined £6201 year 8 weeks agoLorries and guns are both

    Lorries and guns are both deadly weapons.

    Would you get away with a fine if you were careless with a gun and shot someone?

  • Robert Marchand smashes his own age group world Hour record - at the age of 1021 year 8 weeks agoImagine how far he's gonna go

    Imagine how far he's gonna go when he's 105!

  • Vuelta champion Chris Horner joins Lampre-Merida1 year 8 weeks ago53x11 wrote: Boonen rode for

    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.

  • Vuelta champion Chris Horner joins Lampre-Merida1 year 8 weeks agofatty wrote:Ghedebrav wrote:I

    fatty wrote:
    Ghedebrav wrote:
    I don't know why Horner (or Froome, for that matter) is singled for especial doubt and suspicion. Yeah, he did probably dope in the past. I'm a lot less certain that he did last year to win the Vuelta. There are a lot of people on Twitter and elsewhere who need to either start bluntly coming out and stating solid sources or evidence, or cool their jets on what is becoming an increasingly bizarre virtual lynch mob.

    Does the quote below help you appreciate why people are dubious?

    Anti-doping expert Robin Parisotto has said that he has questions about the biological passport released last month by Vuelta a España winner Chris Horner, explaining that he believes that some of the values in the blood profile justify further scrutiny and testing.

    “While it is not 100 percent clear that there is anything untoward happening, there’s certainly unusual patterns there,” Parisotto told VeloNation on Friday. “If this was something that came across my desk for evaluation [as part of cycling’s biological passport panel – ed], I would certainly be putting a question mark on it. I’d at least request that further samples to be taken, particularly just before and during competitions, in order to see if the pattern was a one-off or if it persists.

    There is understandable widespread suspicion about all riders. In fact, the pro-peloton should accept that, given what has been long suspected and now confirmed about doping, that the public will start from a base point of cynicism regarding any rider.

    My point's more about the mass hysteria specifically addressed towards Horner (plus Froome, and - to lesser extent - Wiggins). And not just that - it's the tone of the debate that grinds my gears. There is a prevailing view among this crowd that anyone who dares suggest anything other than cast-iron certainty that Chris Horner force feeds EPO to puppies, foie-gras-style, is a credulous simpleton.

    This kind of flat assumption is no more helpful (or interesting) than the erstwhile Lance-defenders adamant that he'd never touched anything stronger than a fizzy energy drink.

  • ASA withdraws ban on Cycling Scotland advert pending "independent review"1 year 8 weeks agoAs others have noted, the ASA

    As others have noted, the ASA has only suspended its ruling pending a review. Moreover their wording suggests that they are concerned about a possible flaw in the part of their ruling which relates to the cyclist's road positioning - not the part relating to the cyclist's non-use of a helmet.

    See full background.

    CTC is concerned that the ASA may be looking to ‘save face’ by backing down on the cyclist's road-positioning (acknowledging that it is in line with Highway Code Rule 163), while sticking to their guns on helmets, citing the Highway Code Rule 59 in their defence.

    If we end up with the ASA imposing de facto censorship of helmet-free cycling on TV, that would be an appalling blow to the promotion of cycling as a safe, enjoyable, aspirational and (above all) perfectly normal way for people of all ages and backgrounds to get around for day-to-day journeys or for leisure.

    CTC has therefore invited people to submit suggestions of other adverts showing examples of
    • Deeply ‘irresponsible’ cycling (e.g. cycling without helmets) - https://www.ctc.org.uk/blog/chris-peck/which-ads-are-now-banned-your-exa...
    • Equally ‘irresponsible’ walking (e.g. people walking on the streets at night without reflective clothing, children out on the streets on their own, not crossing the road carefully in accordance with the Green Cross Code) - https://www.ctc.org.uk/blog/roger-geffen/now-send-us-your-irresponsible-... and
    • Ads showing genuinely irresponsible driving - https://www.ctc.org.uk/blog/chris-peck/which-car-ads-show-breaches-of-hi...

    We’ve already had some great examples – e.g. the famous Hovis adverts of the 1970s really ought to be banned, according to the ASA’s ‘logic’. Please keep them coming!

    There is of course a serious point to this. If the ASA can ban helmet-free cycling on the grounds that it’s covered by the Highway Code, shouldn’t they also be banning any advert showing someone walking at night without reflective gear on exactly the same grounds? And how come so many advertisers get away with showing really irresponsible driving?

    [N.B. The answer to this last question is that advertisers persistently use the excuse that their ads are set in purely “fantastical” settings. In other words, nobody could possibly mistake their fantasy car-adverts for the congestion, pollution and danger of real-world street-scenes!]

    Roger Geffen
    Campaigns & Policy Director, CTC

  • Boris Johnson in moves to get deadly lorries off London roads1 year 8 weeks agoNeil753 wrote:As an artic

    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?

  • Pictures of your Bike1 year 8 weeks agoMy two steeds.

    My two steeds.

  • Robert Marchand smashes his own age group world Hour record - at the age of 1021 year 8 weeks agolostinfrance wrote:Does he

    lostinfrance wrote:
    Does he get tested ??? Just to play the devils advocate.

    He had a pretty good comeback to the inevitable doping question a couple of years ago:

    When asked if he planned to get any artificial help for his ride, Marchand insisted: "The only doping for me is water with a spoonful of honey that I put in my canteen - and that's it."

    "If I was doping, though, maybe I could hit 35 km/h," he added.

  • Lorry driver who crushed Boris Bike rider fined £6201 year 8 weeks agoThanks VeNT, corrected

    Thanks VeNT, corrected

  • Lorry driver who crushed Boris Bike rider fined £6201 year 8 weeks ago"at the time of the incident

    "at the time of the incident in April 2014, which involved a male cyclist"

    quick! there's still time to warn him!

  • Robert Marchand smashes his own age group world Hour record - at the age of 1021 year 8 weeks agoHats off to you sir

    Hats off to you sir Cool

  • Hell of the North East: Newcastle's Cycle Hub puts on Paris-Roubaix inspired ride - and it's free (+ video)1 year 8 weeks agoFamous last words, didn't get

    Famous last words, didn't get a place. Boo

  • Boris Johnson in moves to get deadly lorries off London roads1 year 8 weeks agoPaul_C wrote:saw a lorry in

    Paul_C wrote:
    saw a lorry in Cheltenham this afternoon that actually complied with all of these regulations in respect to mirrors and side guards... very nice... now to insist on them actually looking in the mirrors while driving around...

    Nothing personal, but you've echoed a point shared by many cyclists, and it's a potentially dangerous misconception.

    It's important to bear in mind that our central focus can only be on one mirror at a time, and that there are a whole host of other things that are grabbing our attention, as drivers, simultaneously.

    We do our best, but most people would be surprised at how fast the view from the cab changes in each mirror, and each screen, and each vehicle guage, camera and monitoring system, as we, and other road users, move, sometimes very rapidly, in relation to each other.

    If you are unfortunate enough to make a move, at the same time as a dozen other cyclists and pedestrians, and other road users, and I just happen to be looking in a different mirror, or screen, or vehicle guage, or monitoring system, or traffic light, or road sign, at the precise moment you might have preferred me to be looking at you, then you may, with the benefit of hindsight, have chosen, on that particular day, at that very moment, at that particular spot, to have avoided leaving your survival to pure chance.

  • Robert Marchand smashes his own age group world Hour record - at the age of 1021 year 8 weeks agoIf that dosen"t deserve a

    If that dosen"t deserve a rainbow jersey I don't know what does!

  • Vuelta champion Chris Horner joins Lampre-Merida1 year 8 weeks agoThe Horner/Voigt comparison

    The Horner/Voigt comparison is really interesting because of their ages. Voigt rode for Bjarne Riis on the heavily juiced CSC team, but people generally like him today. He gets a free pass. Horner was stranded in small US domestic teams at a time when US Postal was firing riders who wouldn't participate in "the full program." He did join them in their later incarnation, though his exclusion from Postal is interesting. Boonen rode for Lance and Johan at the height of US Postal doping, and I haven't seen him get pilloried for his associations.

    The public assumptions about who's "a legend" and who needs to be bashed in web forums are random at best. I wouldn't single out Chris Horner, though the Lampre team does have a pretty unfortunate past. He must have really needed the job...

  • Cyclists injured by Edinburgh station anti-terrorism barriers1 year 8 weeks agoIf cyclists are allowed to

    If cyclists are allowed to bypass these anti-terrorist barriers on the north ramp how do they stop a terrorist on a bike? Just a thought! Thinking

  • Japanese court awards over £270k in damages to family of woman killed by cyclist1 year 8 weeks agooldstrath wrote:I take your

    oldstrath wrote:
    I take your point - we shall have to disagree, although I would point out that strict liability is not actually about felony conviction, but rather about the presumption of civil liability. A motorist (or cyclist) could be held responsible for compensation without any felony conviction.

    In any event, to me fairness cannot be located only in the one incident. I believe that motorists should, because of imbalances in power, financial advantage and manoeuvrability, have a greater obligation to take care; and that the law should reflect this, even at the cost of 'unfairness' in one specific instance.

    Again we must agree to disagree but it has been interesting to read your persuasive arguments in favour of strict liability. I am still not convinced but it has made me reconsider the issue in a different light.

    Cheers.