• 190km of Rule Five. And 22km of our own rules.1 year 15 weeks agoWow. Well done Dave. Have

    Wow. Well done Dave. Have pride in your ride, you sound needlessly ashamed at the end of that post. Frankly astonshing to me who did 40km ride and found that quite enough in a siberian headwind.

    Good on ya.

  • 190km of Rule Five. And 22km of our own rules.1 year 15 weeks agoHuge respect for that ride in

    Huge respect for that ride in that cold.

  • Garmin or can I get away with the iPhone?1 year 15 weeks agoGPS bike computer on the bars

    GPS bike computer on the bars for stats, data and basic route finding, paper map for backup. Just printing out an A4 sheet covering your ride area from Google maps or better, a proper mapping app, and carrying it in a plastic sleeve sealed up is better than trying to work out a route on a little screen. .

    Don't take my smartphone riding any more, just an old dumbphone for, y u know, making phone calls and stuff.
    Although admittedly the GPS mapping part is handy if you are actually lost

  • VaC stage 71 year 15 weeks agoray silvester wrote:Just a

    ray silvester wrote:
    Just a small one.....I finished 5th overall in the Volta but my palmares is showing that my best finish in a competition is 9th in the Algarve?

    Am I just being a bit premature...if so don't blame me I was born this way Wink

    Yup abit premature, that updates once the competition is archived which will be probably be in a couple of weeks

  • Video: Road race road rage - Bretagne Seche Environment team car rams moto1 year 15 weeks agowill harrison

    will harrison wrote:
    OMG.....bickering over a car nudging a moto and no-one was hurt.......did any of you watch the 2nd video!!!!!!!

    Yes, one of the big differences in the videos is that the TDF one led to Flecha and Hoogerland being knocked off their bikes and injured.

    There's another big difference though. In the TDF one, the driver swerves to avoid a tree. Not great driving, you could argue it's reckless, but he wasn't trying to deliberately swerve into the cyclists' way.

  • First road bike1 year 15 weeks agoBedfordshire Clanger

    Bedfordshire Clanger wrote:
    Can you get more for your money by getting your bike on the Cycle to Work scheme? Would you be able to stretch to £879 for a Canyon Roadlite? It's a class leading bike that would cost well over £1200 from other manufacturers. If you really catch the road cycling bug then you'll be wanting to upgrade an entry level bike within a year. You won't need to do that with the Canyon.

    +1

  • VaC stage 71 year 15 weeks agoJust a small one.....I

    Just a small one.....I finished 5th overall in the Volta but my palmares is showing that my best finish in a competition is 9th in the Algarve?

    Am I just being a bit premature...if so don't blame me I was born this way Wink

  • Helmet creaking noise1 year 15 weeks agoOh go on then. It's a Lazer

    Oh go on then. It's a Lazer Helium.

  • Wiggle Etape Cymru filling up as Giant and Mavic come on board1 year 15 weeks agoIt's closed roads, but a car

    It's closed roads, but a car still ended up on the course last year. The rider who hit it was very seriously injured, life changing according to the police report. Organisers haven't mentioned anything about how that happened or what they're doing to prevent anything similar happening in the future. It wasn't the organiser's fault, it was the best organised sportive I've seen, but it would be good to acknowledge the accident and state what had been learned from it.

  • Triathlon website recommendations1 year 15 weeks ago*bump* PS: if you're worried

    *bump*

    PS: if you're worried of being cited for rule 42 violation, please message me in private.

  • Which? stirs the helmet debate with product test1 year 15 weeks agoDo you have a source for

    Do you have a source for those stats Sakurashinmachi? Would be interesting to see why they are so different from NZ.

    Here is a study on the effect of the helmet law in NZ published in feb 2012:
    http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/125-134/5046/content.pdf

    From the abstract: "This evaluation finds the helmet law has failed in aspects of promoting cycling, safety, health, accident compensation, environmental issues and civil liberties".

  • Helmet creaking noise1 year 15 weeks agoI think it would be 100%

    I think it would be 100% easier to suggest fixes if you named the helmet, because then we know what we are dealing with. If its an Air Attack, I will disown you Devil Devil

  • The sufferfest1 year 15 weeks agonotfastenough wrote:If I made

    notfastenough wrote:
    If I made it any tougher I think I'd be ill.

    Ha ha. me too, quite a few times i have felt like throwing up and thinking to myself "what the hell am i doing this to myself for"

    I guess im just a dedicated Sufferlandrian Devil

  • First road bike1 year 15 weeks agoHi all. Am now the proud

    Hi all. Am now the proud owner of a 2013 Defy #2 and am waiting for the snow to go before I get out on it. I have most of the equipment including a floor pump. I bought a Zefal HPX as a frame pump but it doesn't fit my frame. Can I attach a mini pump to the frame using the holes forone of the bottle cages and can someone suggest a decent and reasonably cheap model? Thanks

  • The sufferfest1 year 15 weeks agoI love them, in a twisted

    I love them, in a twisted masochistic manner, I find they hurt but in a great way. My favorite is the hunted, but I've also done angels, a very dark place (that one made me feel sick :-P ), hell hath no fury, and revolver. I'm working through the others, definitely worth it for curing turbo boredom.

  • Video: Road race road rage - Bretagne Seche Environment team car rams moto1 year 15 weeks ago'm sorry but the apologists

    'm sorry but the apologists who seem to think it's ok to "tap" any sort of two wheeler by way of "punishment" need to hand in their driving licences and have a good hard think about their attitudes. Do you go around "nudging" other cars who are "in your way"??
    Unbelieveable attitudes from people who are presumably cyclists. There is NO excuse for assault with a deadly weapon (if you only prod me with a dagger is that ok? If you are lucky enough not to injure or kill me when "nudging" me with a ton of metal is that ok? If you think the answer is yes then you have no business in charge of a motor vehicle!)
    It was nothing more or less than criminally dangerous and aggressive driving and the driver needs formally charged and their right to operate near races removed permanently. I ride decent sized motorcycles as well as bicycles and it would be sooo easy for that sort of stupidity to pitch the bike into roadside furniture or spectators/passers by, undoubtedly causing serious injury or death (think how heavy a loaded bike is if you don't believe me).
    I trust the video has been passed to the local Police as well as the race organisers?

  • Helmet creaking noise1 year 15 weeks agoI had a similar issue, as the

    I had a similar issue, as the helmet only has a small margin around my head. I solved it with hockey stick tape (I had it lying around from my days as a hockey player) between the cage and polystyrene, problem fixed. Any non-padded non- abrasive tape should do.

  • Vulpine: fifteen thoughts on value1 year 15 weeks agoaslongasicycle wrote:The

    aslongasicycle wrote:
    The workforce is still here, but losing it's skills. The investment definitely isn't here. And factories are immensely expensive operations to create and maintain. I met an investor and told him if he created a UK factory that could work with the materials we use, we'd be there in a shot. But it takes a lot of brands to do that. There are bits and bobs, but not much. We are, generalising, a manufacturing country of artisans. I'd love to see us return to something close to where we were 100 years ago (without the soot).

    Hi Nick - We've managed to it for 4 years and have been steadily expanding our UK manufacturing throughout that time.

    Our Leicester factory for example has about 750 year's experience in garment manufacture.

    Its not as hard or expensive to manufacture in the UK as people would have you believe, though it is not without its challenges...

    All the best, Pete

  • British Cycling unveils plans to get 1 million more women riding bikes by 20201 year 15 weeks agoAs a measure, I think that x

    As a measure, I think that x number a month is a bit simplistic. Many women I know (my wife included), are fair weather riders that wouldn't choose to cycle if it's cold or wet. This means a cycling window of maybe six months a year at best. If this is factored-in, then rather than once a month, the measure should perhaps be as low as once every two months?

  • The sufferfest1 year 15 weeks agoIf I made it any tougher I

    If I made it any tougher I think I'd be ill.

  • Vulpine: fifteen thoughts on value1 year 15 weeks agoWhat I find hard to swallow

    What I find hard to swallow is the notion that Vulpine is offering great value for money and then uses a UK discount online shop to sell its garments at half price.

    Kinda pi$$es on the people that have already paid full price and can only pay full price on your own site.

  • Which? stirs the helmet debate with product test1 year 15 weeks ago"John Irwin wrote: "So in

    "John Irwin wrote: "So in light of no compelling evidence that wearing helmets results in a lower risk of head injury for cyclists why go ahead with it? In the countries which have implemented similar legislation (Australia & New Zealand) the result has been a significant drop in the numbers of people cycling."

    Wrong on both counts: the studies in Australia do show a reduction in head injuries and there wasn't a drop in cycling numbers. I guess the evidence isn't compelling if your mind's already made up.

    In point of fact there has been an absolute boom in cycling in Melbourne - it's recently been estimated that 1 in 5 people in Melbourne's inner northern suburbs are cycling to work. Why? Because there's safe routes.

  • FS: Campy Neutron Ultras (for shimano/Sram), Jawbone lense + sworks shoes1 year 15 weeks agoForgot to say, feel free to

    Forgot to say, feel free to mail me on stevemyers651(at)hotmail(dot)com with any questions or for more pics. Thanks

  • Vulpine: fifteen thoughts on value1 year 15 weeks agobashthebox wrote:Here's the

    bashthebox wrote:
    Here's the thing that people who moan about Rapha, and Vulpine, and Assos, and all the rest don't quite get.
    If you can't afford things, it's ok. I can't afford the latest 11 speed Di2 groupset, and I can't afford the delicious new top of the line Cervelo frame.
    And that's ok.
    I can't afford a mansion on the edge of Hampstead Heath, and I can't afford to drive around town in a big car, and that's ok too.
    I can't, sadly, justify spending £250 on a rain jacket right now either, but that's ok, I can make do with what I have for now.

    I've got a lovely bike that I bought second hand and lavished yet more time and money on, and I've picked up some lovely bits of Rapha in the sample sale, and at some point when I've got more disposable income I'll probably pick up a little bit more. I've got a lovely little house on a great little road and most sundays I get out with a few friends and go as fast as I can up a load of hills and that, my friends, is ok.

    If you can't afford things, it doesn't matter. If you don't want to spend lots on your clothes, that doesn't matter either. Just enjoy the fact that stuff like this exists - that there's stuff at every price point - and enjoy a great hobby without moaning that some people are happy to spend more money on it.

    Absolutely. Actually, when someone goes all anti-nice kit on me, I tend to ask them what their extravagance is. We all have them, if we can afford them. Nice wine? Good suits? Hi-fi? Either there is usually something on which they can justify spending cash (because they appreciate the difference between the good and the great), they can't afford it (which as you say, really is ok!), or I simply don't get a reply.

    Simon E wrote:

    Hmmm, not sure I get this. Apple products are hugely popular and chic now. I use and look after Apple macs at work and they're much easier to manage than anything with Windows and very reliable. The UI is leagues above from anything from Microsoft. I don't use a tablet or mobile phone, but I find the macs are definitely worth the premium.

    Actually, while I take your point, you've highlighted an additional but valid aspect; subjectivity. I work in IT, and many individuals I know look down on Apple as 'style over substance', and it was this mentality I was referring to (should have made myself clearer). Apple gets much the same stick as Rapha/Vulpine among, for instance, the Linux crowd, who insist that there is no innovation, it's overpriced, it's made in sweatshops etc etc. Sounding familiar?! Smile

  • The sufferfest1 year 15 weeks agoI have a few of them -

    I have a few of them - Downward spiral, Fight club, Angels & There is no try. I thought they were tough, then I tried doing them in conjunction with trainer road - holy carp thats a hard workout! Trainer Road really adds a bit more motivation for me - I guess its having specific targets to hit rather than just RPE. Has made a huge difference to my fitness over the winter. I quite fancy the new one, but 1:40 is a long time to be on the turbo!