• Exercise Bike vs Turbo Trainer1 year 24 weeks agoNo idea. Doesn't feel like it

No idea. Doesn't feel like it and the OP was more concerned about heart rate stuff.

• Driver receives suspended jail sentence for cyclist death1 year 24 weeks agoOT but he could have been

OT but he could have been completely unaware of the incident. I didn't know about the incident until after 5pm.

• Tour of Beijing Stage 51 year 24 weeks agoray silvester wrote:Looks

ray silvester wrote:
Looks like 153 for me,not a bad way to round off a really enjoyable first season

well it was 155 and it got me into the top 50 premium which was the stated aim

• Suggestions for the 2013 season1 year 24 weeks agoI was trying to keep it

I was trying to keep it simple, because to work out multiple combinations would take me months, working out who you can and cannot afford in your team and then only have two from each team.......

You can pick 9 riders from 198, so VERY basic calculations without going into the 2 from each team, transfer budgets and everything like that.

Before you break it down, the chances of picking a straight out winner would be 1 in 22

If you added everything else in, The chances would go up, because you'd limit your choices, giving yourself less of a chance to pick the winner. It could be up in the 1000's.

Without budget for the Olympics lets say, where you could pick ANYONE, lets say there were 198 riders. That makes I THINK, with my calculations, 1541984268762850 different combinations of 9

• Suggestions for the 2013 season1 year 24 weeks agoenrique wrote:Dave Atkinson

enrique wrote:
Dave Atkinson wrote:
... all we're doing is using the available data to set rider values, like we did last year. the only difference being this time we're using *actual* data, rather than data in our heads.

I'm wondering what criteria you'll use to determine if a rider is a Star. How many points they scored in a competititon? If they were Top 10 in GC or Top 10 in a Classics race? How many points they scored in the previous race they rode?... Take Westra, for example, Got 3nd in GC at Paris-Nice 2012, had 3rd highest point total in the Roadcc competition, I think, what would you do with him for Paris-Nice next year?...

I still think the amount of Star Riders per competition should be cut down and that the Star Rider criteria, having 4 of them, should be set as an upper limit, not as a requirement, of filling 4 slots, only with Stars...

Dave already explained earlier how the value system for riders works.

My dad and probably numerous others have said "if it aint broken, why try and fix it".

This can be said of the game at the mo. Everyone has ideas but until something within the game blatantly doesnt work why change it. Its easy for newcomers to get to grips with and the more you pour into the game the more complicated it gets thus ruling out a probable large majority of users. You just have to look at the scores in the leagues, teams from pages 24 to 28 have zero points (thats a 1000 users) and if you make the game more complicated these numbers are just going to increase.

• Exercise Bike vs Turbo Trainer1 year 24 weeks agoYou use different muscles on

You use different muscles on an exercise bike I think, unless its something like a wattbike.

• Tour de France boss wants winner's name in Armstrong years left blank1 year 24 weeks agoWhy not leave it as it is

Why not leave it as it is ?

Everyone now knows the truth, even if 20% is true and the rest is bull, its still damning. So why bother putting other people forward as they might have cheated as well but we dont know.

Can i just throw this in though - if Lance came second / third would we have all this hoohah ? possibly not, so because he won does it become a witch hunt ?.

Personally i think he's as guilty as sin.

• Motoman unmasked? 'Bullshit' says bike shop owner named as Lance Armstrong's man with the moped…and EPO1 year 24 weeks agoI'm certainly not a native

I'm certainly not a native speaker, but i think that translation is correct.
Con if said in a certain way is quite mild much like calling some a fool or an idiot, but other similar words like conard, connasse and conneries have slighter harsher, more nasty meanings.
Translating French swearing is quite complicated, you will regularly hear French people saying "putain" or "bordel" after the slightest inconvenience, much like an English person might say s**t or bloody hell but literally translated into English they mean "whore" and "brothel"

• Suggestions for the 2013 season1 year 24 weeks agoDave Atkinson wrote:... all

Dave Atkinson wrote:
... all we're doing is using the available data to set rider values, like we did last year. the only difference being this time we're using *actual* data, rather than data in our heads.

I'm wondering what criteria you'll use to determine if a rider is a Star. How many points they scored in a competititon? If they were Top 10 in GC or Top 10 in a Classics race? How many points they scored in the previous race they rode?... Take Westra, for example, Got 3nd in GC at Paris-Nice 2012, had 3rd highest point total in the Roadcc competition, I think, what would you do with him for Paris-Nice next year?...

I still think the amount of Star Riders per competition should be cut down and that the Star Rider criteria, having 4 of them, should be set as an upper limit, not as a requirement, of filling 4 slots, only with Stars...

• Orica-GreenEdge DS Matt White admits doping while at US Postal1 year 24 weeks agoonlyonediane wrote:I get the

onlyonediane wrote:
I get the feeling that some members of the road cc community are being rather medieval wanting heads on poles, like some trophy hunters. The period concerned was riddled with doping, an amistance may be necessary otherwise there will be no one driving team cars next year?

I will drive on of the cars, mind you i had an injection for yellow fever and hep c (through work) so will that count me out.

• Driver receives suspended jail sentence for cyclist death1 year 24 weeks agonotfastenough

notfastenough wrote:
Meanwhile, the guy who wore a t-shirt with an anti-Police message gets sent down for four months. Don't get me wrong, the fact that he was wearing it on the day 2 GMP were killed is shitty, but he said (and the judge accepted) that his grievance was unrelated and he had already left the house wearing it when the incident took place, so it wasn't even with aggregating factors. Clearly inconsistent.

Below is an extract from the court case:

At about 2.15pm on Tuesday 18 September, less than three-and-a-half hours after police officers Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone were shot dead, Thew was seen wearing the offensive T-shirt in Radcliffe town centre

Thats why he got sent down, it was not before the incident.

• Cannondale Evo Carbon Cage1 year 24 weeks agoAside from the logo that

Aside from the logo that looks pretty much like the fiver or so one from a Chinese ebay seller one I have. The big difference been mine works!

• Cycle psychologist: Driver aggression still needs to be understood1 year 24 weeks agoIt also rankles when Holland

It also rankles when Holland is referenced all the time - yes it has a great infrastructure but its a tiny country with little in common to the UK and Amsterdam is no London.

From Wikipedia Netherlands is the 24th most densely populated country and the UK is the 52nd. So small but crowded.

Also from wikipedia:

Even though the Netherlands is so densely populated; there are no cities with a population over 1 million in the Netherlands. Instead 'four big cities' as they are called (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht) can in many ways be regarded as a single metropolitan area, the Randstad ('rim or edge city') with about 7 million inhabitants around an agricultural 'green heart' (het Groene Hart).

7 million is not so different to 8 million.

Oh except that they have something like 30% of all journeys being by bike. That must cover a pretty wide range of commuting, family, sport etc.

• Suggestions for the 2013 season1 year 24 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:It would be

Gkam84 wrote:
It would be 1/198 if you could only pick one rider, But you get to pick 9, So its got to be divided by 9

Not really... If I had to guess, I'd say the odds are less than 1/22, because the way you're looking at it, you could only choose 22 different teams of 9 - to cover all 198 riders... One team would have bibs 1-9, another team another nine riders, but in reality there are more than 22 different combinations, many more, so I figure the odds are less than 1/22... I may be wrong, but I wish we had a statistician on the forum...

• CX Canti's Brake Set? Help Needed.1 year 24 weeks agoIf only using the bike on the

If only using the bike on the road, keep the mini-vees or get better ones like Tektro 926 or even TRP 9.0. They're easier to fit and adjust and less likely to experience brake judder problems that is common with cantis. I run cantis and mini-vees on my CX bikes - I keep the cantis on my race bike only because of the extra mud clearance.

• Orica-GreenEdge DS Matt White admits doping while at US Postal1 year 24 weeks agoI get the feeling that some

I get the feeling that some members of the road cc community are being rather medieval wanting heads on poles, like some trophy hunters. The period concerned was riddled with doping, an amistance may be necessary otherwise there will be no one driving team cars next year?

• Motoman unmasked? 'Bullshit' says bike shop owner named as Lance Armstrong's man with the moped…and EPO1 year 24 weeks agoI thought the word

I thought the word "conneries" meant a group of "cons" (er, foolish people, shall we say), and translated more as "moron convention" or "clusterf**k". Any help from native French speakers would be greatly appreciated.

• Suggestions for the 2013 season1 year 24 weeks agocgipryan wrote:"3)at the

cgipryan wrote:
"3)at the point at which the competition is turned on the rider values will be calculated. They'll be calculated based on a rider's performance in the year preceding that date; ie all races up to one year in the past will be considered

4) the scores of each rider will be totted up to generate averages for each type of stage; they'll be weighted according to the importance of the race, and how many of each kind of stage features in the upcoming race

5) based on that, each rider will be given a value, and the highest-ranked riders will be star riders. so a rider won't necessarily stay a star if they do badly over a season, and the reverse is also true."

It seems to me like you're gonna do much of the thinking for us... I'm pretty worried that this might lead to winning by pure luck...

really? because all we're doing is using the available data to set rider values, like we did last year. the only difference being this time we're using *actual* data, rather than data in our heads.

• Cycle psychologist: Driver aggression still needs to be understood1 year 24 weeks agoI disagree - I'm with the

I disagree - I'm with the good Dr on this one. I ride to work, with my family and for sport and pointing to Dutch style paths wouldn't be appealing for all these purposes.

City Centres are not generally used for sport except on closed roads or off road. With that exception the Dutch use their cycle network for all those purposes and more. Why wouldn't you use them? They are being designed to be faster, safer and more direct for cyclists (while recognising that their standards have improved and not everywhere meets their latest standards).

• Bikway: The shortcut to city bike lanes?1 year 24 weeks agoSimon, What happens at

Simon,

What happens at junctions?

For example would it continue straight across a small side street?

What about a more major junction - in Denmark you would have a smooth transition to road level - how does that work with a bikway?

• Driver receives suspended jail sentence for cyclist death1 year 24 weeks agoInterestingly, a very similar

Interestingly, a very similar sentence to a bus driver who ran over and killed someone trying to get on his bus.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-19935644

Sentencing guidelines?

• Exercise Bike vs Turbo Trainer1 year 24 weeks agoI still use my ancient old

I still use my ancient old exercise bike. Seems a lot of faff to use a turbo.

• Orica-GreenEdge DS Matt White admits doping while at US Postal1 year 24 weeks agosneakerfrfeak wrote:Its

sneakerfrfeak wrote:
Its amazing, all those dirty riders and the only one who never doped was Lance.

Maybe he doped without realising? Maybe he fell over (a lot) and accidentaly landed on a series of syringes belonging to all those other cheating basta.. naughty boys?

• Lateral play in rear-wheel bearings1 year 24 weeks agoRealised I could tighten it

Realised I could tighten it with a regular spanner. Worked a treat, though now I am wondering if it's possible to make sealed bearings too tight

• Suggestions for the 2013 season1 year 24 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:Simple maths,

Gkam84 wrote:
Simple maths, you have to pick 9 riders, so 198/9 = 22

I'd say your chance of choosing the winner would always be 1/198... Since there's no guarantee of the winner being a Star, or a DS and much less of the winner being in the nine you pick...

I'm not sure we should keep the splits, but if we do, I'd rather they remain as upper limits, as I explained above, NOT, as it is now, a REQUIREMENT to have 4 Stars (or whatever number is set) on every team at all times, but more of a limit that you can't go over... So you could have between 0 to 4 Stars on a team, but you can't have MORE than 4 Stars... I guess I would want more flexibility and NOT the requirement that 4 Stars should be present at all times...