• Video: What's it like to be hit head-on by a car? Police seek driver for this attack1 year 7 weeks agoPaul J wrote:fukawitride:

    Paul J wrote:
    fukawitride: I've no idea about average speeds. It's possible the dutch are slightly slower, because there's a massive cohort of "normal cyclists" in the Netherlands who are missing over here.

    As for the other factors, yes, clearly there is something different about the Netherlands, given that they achieve much better safety for cyclists than the UK does, without obsessing over helmets.

    That's the point!

    Indeed - completely agree with that. I just didn't want it to get into another statistics war without being reasonable about assumptions and so on.

  • How do I claim for a damaged bike following car encounter?1 year 7 weeks agoThe problem for cyclists in

    The problem for cyclists in these non-injury crashes is obtaining drivers insurance details; perhaps we should offer our contents insurance companies name or our British Cycling membership number to drivers and perhaps it would seem reasonable to drivers to provide insurance details at the time of the crash. Perhaps.

    This driver appears to be trying to avoid losing his no claims bonus, however it is a reportable crash under section 170 of the RTA, so the police will obtain his insurance company details and then their stats department will charge a fee to you to provide that information. That fee can be recovered from the drivers insurance company.

    The position taken by the insurance company that the policy is invalid is interesting. Why is this? Policy holders are required to report any crash they are involved in, even if they say it is for information only. Failure to report could invalidate the policy, but that would be after the crash, leaving them still open to a claim. Otherwise they could avoid paying out whenever they wanted to.

  • Video: What's it like to be hit head-on by a car? Police seek driver for this attack1 year 7 weeks agofukawitride: I've no idea

    fukawitride: I've no idea about average speeds. It's possible the dutch are slightly slower, because there's a massive cohort of "normal cyclists" in the Netherlands who are missing over here.

    As for the other factors, yes, clearly there is something different about the Netherlands, given that they achieve much better safety for cyclists than the UK does, without obsessing over helmets.

    That's the point!

  • what bike to buy as a new heavy starter1 year 7 weeks agoHow much do you intend to

    How much do you intend to ride?

    I'm guessing (apologies if I'm mistaken) you'll probably start out with short rides until your weight drops and your fitness improves a little. If so, I'd recommend buying a cheap, secondhand MTB for around £100. If you ride regularly you'll see improvements in no time and nobody will think you look a bit daft on a skinny racing bike. Then, in a few months time when your weight has dropped, you'll have much more choice.

    For extra motivation, you could pick out the bike you really like and make it your goal to get down to a suitable weight. That's basically what I did - except I purchased a Canyon Aeroad and didn't ride it for 9 months until I'd lost an additional 50 lbs. I don't recommend purchasing the bike first though - I effectively wasted 9 months worth of warranty whilst it sat unused.

  • MAMILs may be at greater risk of prostate cancer diagnosis1 year 7 weeks agoThe key statement here from

    The key statement here from Dr Mark Hamer is ;

    "...but we can’t draw any conclusions from this study.”

    Why do they even publish these pointless reports when there is no evidence of anything from the analysis.

  • Cannondale Pro Cycling reportedly 'merging' with Garmin-Sharp1 year 7 weeks agoMaybe a little early for this

    Maybe a little early for this speculative reporting; only two weeks ago it was suggested that Cannondale's quest for a main sponsor had been satisfied with a likely contract with Tinkoff.

  • Chris Froome out of Tour de France1 year 7 weeks agomacrophotofly wrote:Frankly I

    macrophotofly wrote:
    Frankly I feel Brailsford denied the UK its right to see Wiggins riding in the UK on three stages

    Ah yes, "Liberté, égalité, fraternité et Wiggo pour trois etapes".

    Right up there with clean water and education for me.

    You could always have gone to the National Championships, or up to the Commonwealth Games?

  • Deda Superleggera Black Bar1 year 7 weeks agoIt's simply a placebo effect,

    It's simply a placebo effect, caused by the stratospheric price. I.e. costs a fortune so must be much more awesome in every way.

  • TdF Stage 5: Lars Boom wins, Chris Froome crashes out, Vincenzo Nibali takes time on Alberto Contador1 year 7 weeks agoThe organisers must be really

    The organisers must be really chuckling to themselves. That stage just turned the whole race on it's head. Opportunities galore for other riders and a chance to really raise their profile. Chris Boardman was hugely supportive of the decision to include the cobbles in the ITV 'post-mortem'.

  • Chris Froome out of Tour de France1 year 7 weeks agoAt least Froome can now nick

    At least Froome can now nick Wiggo's place in the Commonwealth Games team Wink

  • Deda Superleggera Black Bar1 year 7 weeks agoQuote:The bar is absolutely

    Quote:
    The bar is absolutely solid but thanks to carbon's shock absorbing properties never uncomfortable unless you are really on a rough stretch. Even then, it's still much less harsh than an alloy bar.

    OK, I'm calling "BS" on this.

    Either it's super stiff, and therefore can't be shock absorbing (where does the energy go exactly?) OR it's shock absorbing and therefore can't be super stiff.

    And what are "carbon's shock absorbing properties" exactly? Or is this just regurgitation of manufacturer marketing speak?

    Do we have any engineers on the forum who have real world experience of working with carbon fibre composites who can set out the truth? (I'm the former, but don't qualify on the latter)

  • MAMILs may be at greater risk of prostate cancer diagnosis1 year 7 weeks agoHim Up North wrote:When I

    Him Up North wrote:
    When I read health stories like this (not necessarily cycling-related) I always check www.nhs.uk/news for the facts behind the banner headlines.

    Lo and behold: http://www.nhs.uk/news/2014/07July/Pages/Cycling-linked-to-prostate-cancer-but-not-infertility.aspx

    So the prostate analyses was only on 42 men, so where does the 5200 mentioned in this article come from?

    I think I'll carry on riding and take the risk, oh and avoid heart disease, weight gain, possible diabetes (weight gain), better mental health plus I'm sure there are many other benefits.

  • Sky back Richie Porte after Chris Froome's Tour de France exit1 year 7 weeks agonicholassmith wrote:andyp

    nicholassmith wrote:
    andyp wrote:

    Love the G quote from yesterday 'Richie, get on my wheel, let's just smash it and see what happens.'

    Best racing tactic in the world, smash it and see what happens.

    Really enjoying interviews with G; that 'yeah, whatever, get on with it' attitude.

  • MAMILs may be at greater risk of prostate cancer diagnosis1 year 7 weeks agoAn obvious thought, would

    An obvious thought, would there not be a significant difference when comparing countries with vastly different cycling rates?

  • Chris Froome out of Tour de France1 year 7 weeks agomacrophotofly wrote:

    macrophotofly wrote:
    Brailsford denied the UK its right to see Wiggins riding in the UK

    I wasn't aware this was in our rights, I'll bear that in mind if I'm ever arrested.

  • MAMILs may be at greater risk of prostate cancer diagnosis1 year 7 weeks agoIt's a subject certainly

    It's a subject certainly deserving of attention, the link isn't something to easily dismiss. If further research can establish a probable explanation, than hopefully a way to minimise the risk would follow.

    It should be noted though that whilst cancer is scary subject, prostate cancer is often a relatively benign condition. An awful lot of people who are diagnosed with it don't receive any significant medical treatment as it progresses very slowly and usually appears in old age. Sir Ian McKellen for example has had the condition since 2006.

  • Chris Froome out of Tour de France1 year 7 weeks agoAh excellent, all the

    Ah excellent, all the armchair DS's are out in force. All the expert managers who know each and every rider.

    The crash happened before the peloton had even seen a cobble so to say that the cause was bad bike handling on coobbles is just rubbish. 200 nervous jittery bike riders, a threatening parcours and bad weather, everyone trying to be in the front 20 so the pace was averaging near 50kph which is insanely fast.

    People were crashing left right and centre, Chris was just unlucky.

    As for the "there should have been 2 leaders", that's also a bad idea, it never works. You build a team round ONE leader. And not sure where the idea that Brad would have done any better is coming from; he did one good ride on dry cobbles a few months ago and that's it, he's hardly renowned for amazing bike handling in the wet himself (cough *Giro* cough).

    It's just bad luck - it's very disappointing but Sky were in the same boat when Wiggins crashed out with a broken collarbone a few years ago; no-one was shouting then that they should have had a second leader or a Plan B. You have your Plan A and then you trust to luck. That's bike racing.

  • Servicing Time RXS pedals...1 year 7 weeks agoyour contract is always with

    your contract is always with the dealer,

    I believe the importer is Extra

    http://www.extrauk.co.uk/

    But I would advise dealer first and remember proof of purchase will probably be required, how else do they know they are less than 2 years old?

  • The purist TDF thread (2014)1 year 7 weeks agostevemarks wrote:Joelsim

    stevemarks wrote:
    Joelsim wrote:
    Jose Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (TNE)
    Marcel Kittel (GSH)
    Arnaud Demare (FDJ)
    Sacha Modolo (LAM)
    Mark Cavendish (OPQ)
    Andre Greipel (LTB)
    Arnaud Gerard (BSE)
    Florian Vachon (BSE)
    Paul Voss (TNE)

    Utter tripe.

    Ouch! bad luck.

    I thought as I am rubbish at Purist that I would stage hunt.

    Appears I am now stage hunting for the Lanterne Rouge.

  • TdF Stage 5: Lars Boom wins, Chris Froome crashes out, Vincenzo Nibali takes time on Alberto Contador1 year 7 weeks agoLars Boom must surely be Thor

    Lars Boom must surely be Thor Hushovd's lovechild.

    What an stage! Soaking wet, 6 cobbled sections, an average speed of 47 km/h! Faces etched with effort and caked in mud, it surely deserves the description of 'epic'. I have never seen so many riders fall. Chapeau to every rider, team helper, marshal, cameraman et al who stood or rode in those conditions.

    Disappointed for Froomey but he'll be back. Great riding by G to put Porte in a good position. Nibali and Astana show 'em how it should be done, none of us thought he could float over the cobbles like that Surprise

    It's shaping up to be a great race. Cool

  • Worlds greatest sprinter: Kittel or Cavendish?1 year 7 weeks agoKittel is a beast in terms of

    Kittel is a beast in terms of his strength and I'd wager that in he'd take Cavendish in a straight out drag race out of the road, moderately comfortably.

    I'd also say they could get a decent bit of money from people wanting to see them go head to head on the track, as part of an event like Revolution (If the Face Partnership are reading, you can have that one on me).

    However, as pointed out, he has such a well drilled team that do a lot of work for him and I don't think he has Cavendish's "brain" as such. I've never seen him pick his way through a bunch and jump from wheel to wheel (or if I have, I don't recall it) on his own steam.

    It's interesting to think that Cav's relative lack of success in the sprints seems to coincide with OPQS/Patrick Lefevere's refusal to ride track the past couple of years. My addled brain may have muddled the timeline slightly, but it is worth pondering if maybe his lack of track sprinting has lead to a slight loss of sharpness or edge to Cavendish's sprinting.

  • Worlds greatest sprinter: Kittel or Cavendish?1 year 7 weeks agoKittel is sheer strength

    Kittel is sheer strength rather than sheer power - the wattage will be roughly the same between the two, just one will be at a higher cadence with less force.

  • EL DIABLO T-SHIRT1 year 7 weeks agoDo you have permission to use

    Do you have permission to use his image in this way?

  • Sky back Richie Porte after Chris Froome's Tour de France exit1 year 7 weeks agoandyp wrote: Love the G quote

    andyp wrote:

    Love the G quote from yesterday 'Richie, get on my wheel, let's just smash it and see what happens.'

    Best racing tactic in the world, smash it and see what happens.

  • rider weight1 year 7 weeks agoI am 6ft, flat tum but not 6

    I am 6ft, flat tum but not 6 pack 50"chest weigh 15-15st 6lbs I would like to get into the 14 stone bracket to help me climb hills more easily. In cycling terms, wrongly built. I cycle for fitness and some sportives