• 1 in 10 cyclists jump red lights, says Sunday Times1 year 11 weeks agoAnd how many motorists jumped

    And how many motorists jumped the lights?

  • compact chainset for old bike (square taper bottom bracket) ?1 year 11 weeks agomillhouse wrote:Thanks Neil

    millhouse wrote:
    Thanks Neil 753, the On-One crankset looks like a good option. I have emailed Planet X to confirm that it will fit my Campag taper rather than a Japanese standard taper (as read on Sheldon Brown).
    I bought a new carbon bike recently but to be honest I prefer the ride of my old Roberts. Only downside is not being able to fit later parts and there is a limited amount of parts available or very expensive old stock Campagnolo. When I stopped cycling in 1986, things like 7 speed freewheels were just coming in. So coming back to cycling in 2013 has left me with a lot of catching up to do (technology and fitness).

    No probs.
    My suggestion is to convert to 7 speed indexed. You can easily find 7 speed downtube levers 2nd hand, go for a 7 speed 105 rear mech (cheap and reliable), and just fit a new HG 14-28 freewheel (still plenty around NOS on Ebay - don't go to a shop as they charge double) and an HG40 chain (normally a fiver). If you've got a 126mm rear hub (which is likely) then add a 2-4mm spacer so that the chain won't rub on your seat stay (with that 14 sprocket). You'll end up with a nice range of gears from 90 to 32 inches (on a 700x25).
    Super Record BBs are worth money, so why not sell the whole BB assembly and fit a new axle as well.

  • Lightless cyclist locked up by Lancashire Police1 year 11 weeks agoEnjoyed some of these

    Enjoyed some of these comments so much i have included them in :

    Skippi-Cyclist.blogspot.com Applause

  • Fresh calls for HGV safety measures as cyclist death toll rises - but are stickers and lenses enough?1 year 11 weeks agoAnyone know where I can get a

    Anyone know where I can get a don't overtake and left hook me sticker?

  • compact chainset for old bike (square taper bottom bracket) ?1 year 11 weeks agoThanks Neil 753, the On-One

    Thanks Neil 753, the On-One crankset looks like a good option. I have emailed Planet X to confirm that it will fit my Campag taper rather than a Japanese standard taper (as read on Sheldon Brown).
    I bought a new carbon bike recently but to be honest I prefer the ride of my old Roberts. Only downside is not being able to fit later parts and there is a limited amount of parts available or very expensive old stock Campagnolo. When I stopped cycling in 1986, things like 7 speed freewheels were just coming in. So coming back to cycling in 2013 has left me with a lot of catching up to do (technology and fitness).

  • 10 minute interview: Chris Boardman1 year 11 weeks ago"The rules have been good for

    "The rules have been good for about 10 years. The problem has been the application of the rules."

    Innovation has been embraced, but within guidelines — just like in F1 racing. Comparing bikes of today with those of fifteen years ago and suggesting that innovation is not allowed is thoughtless. Besides, what is wrong with keeping the design and manufacture of bikes used in competition within a set of parameters? What sport in the world does not regulate its equipment?

    The UCI has not been without problems but sometimes this repetition of mindless anti-establishment propaganda is very tiring — the "not allowing innovation" line has been repeated ad nauseum for years, despite all the evidence to the contrary.

  • Are courts getting more lenient towards driving offences as they get harder on everything else?1 year 11 weeks agostumps wrote:kie7077 - There

    stumps wrote:
    kie7077 -

    There were 135,838 police officers in September 2011 - 6,012 (4.2%) fewer than the 141,850 of a year earlier.

    There were 129,584 full-time police officers in the 43 police forces of England and Wales as at 31 March 2013. This is a decrease of 3.4% or 4,516 officers compared to a year earlier.

    So since 2010 there are 12,266 less Police officers covering the streets.

    Or we could end the asinine criminalisation of drugs, this would put a huge dent in the numbers of crimes related to drugs like buglary, muggings, shop-lifting etc. A solution could be along the lines of prescriptions for hard and highly addictive drugs whilst softer drugs like cannabis and magic mushrooms could be sold like alcohol.

    We have had huge increases in police - the numbers have doubled since the fifties:


    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/election_2010/parties_and_is...

    Since crime has been dropping, shouldn't the numbers of police drop too?

    Police aren't free, sort drug law out, free up police to do other things, and reduce the numbers, if people knew the average tax payer shells out around £400 a year each for police they might think twice about asking for more whilst crime has been dropping substantially.

  • Andrew Gilligan says cyclists may be safer without safety gear1 year 11 weeks agoIt's refreshing to finally

    It's refreshing to finally start to hear sense from high-profile cycling people. First Boardman, now Gilligan.

    Hopefully this heralds the beginning of a shift away from the flawed, "it's common sense, surely?", biased-anecdote based thinking that afflicts so many in the UK on cycling safety toward a more rational, evidence based approach on the subject.

  • 10 minute interview: Chris Boardman1 year 11 weeks agoIf I want to see what is the

    If I want to see what is the fastest combination of man & machine on two-wheels, I tune into MotoGP.

    I, at least, would find it a huge turn-off if cycling became in part a battle of who had the best technology.

  • First 'cross bike1 year 11 weeks agoI'm looking in the same price

    I'm looking in the same price range also. There seems to be a real divide in Cyclocross between the sort of "adventure tourer" and the out and out racer. I would like one that primarily has a racing pedigree but has a bit of load hauling versatility. My shortlist had all your selection (and then some) but has finally come down to the two options of the Cannondale CAADX and the Genesis Vapour. My reason over the Boardman is both have the CX shorter gear setup of 46/36 unlike the Boardman that comes with the standard road compact 50/34. I have no idea if Apex is better than Tiagra although I do hate how Tiagra shifter cable comes out the side of the shifter rather than under the bar tape. Clutters up the cockpit no end.

  • 'Give workers time off to watch Tour de France in Cambridge,' says councillor1 year 11 weeks agoOne day? Pah! Three weeks or

    One day? Pah! Three weeks or nothing!

  • Row brews in Cambridge as Police and Crime Commissioner and MP go head to head over cycle helmet laws1 year 11 weeks agoIn 2010, according to a quick

    In 2010, according to a quick bit of research, 655 people died falling the stairs, 6 times the number killed in cycling accidents so if we're making people wear helmets that would seem to be the priority activity for Graham Bright to target. He shouldn't just limit mandatory safety gear to helmets though. 29 People drowned in the bath in that year so compulsory scuba gear is hard to argue against there. 203 people choked to death on their food so clearly the law needs to step in and end the terrible toll caused by eating solids by making us all liquidise our food. Perhaps Graham Bright and his doctor son might want to reflect, if saving lives is the real concern, on some of these causes of death, or perhaps on the deaths from hospital neglect, neglience, and infection inflicted on the community by Graham Bright's son's medical colleagues othewise people might get the impression that his interest in legislating against cyclists is not derived from an interest in public safety at all.

  • 10 top tips for winter-proofing your bike1 year 11 weeks agoLoad of rubbish? It's worked

    Load of rubbish?

    It's worked for me for 25 years riding and racing.
    Using the same chain, cassette and chainrings used to last a season of racing here and in Europe. Training bike chain/cassette/chainrings last for a lot longer, 2-3 years.

    I'm using a chain and cassette that have done the 3Peaks twice on my winter road bike; works perfectly well.

  • Picos De Europa / Santander rides1 year 11 weeks agoI first rode my mountain bike

    I first rode my mountain bike up the Cares Gorge over 20 years ago and I've since been back twice with my wife and kids in more recent times. That area is fantastic for cycling. You could do worse than to park up at the campsite in Arenas de Cabrales and do some day rides from there.

    The Panes to Potes route is a good one, but look at some maps as there are plenty of excellent roads. Some climbs can be tough, so be warned.

    The scenery is incredible and the roads are really good, while the Spanish drivers are used to cyclists and generally give you enough room. Mountain bikes and road bikes are popular with the locals so a lot of them are cyclists themselves. The food is good and so is the wine as well.

    There is a village up in the mountains that has no direct route by road and is accessed now by a funicular railway, as well as the old steep path, if you want to take the family somewhere really unusual and it is billed as Europe's most remote village.

    There is one climb I remember making where you can cycle a switchback road from an altitude of about 200m to 2,200m over a length of 14km. It is pretty challenging and you'll need those low gears.

    On one descent I remember freewheeling for over 20km. It got boring after a while, especially as my heavily loaded mountain bike would start to fishtail if I let the speed build up.

  • compact chainset for old bike (square taper bottom bracket) ?1 year 11 weeks ago+1 to trying smaller

    +1 to trying smaller chainrings, although you'll be limited as to how low you can go.

    1980's Campagnolo should have the 135 bcd standard, so you should be able to get down to 50t/39 easily enough, but remember your front mech will require to be readjusted.

    Spa do a great selection but I would suggest you get a cheap one initially to test compatability both with the rest of the drivetrain and your legs.

    If that's still too big a gear, you're into compact or triple chainset territory which may also require replacement of bottom bracket and front mech. You can still do that fairly cheaply, but it won't be super record.

  • 10 minute interview: Chris Boardman1 year 11 weeks agoThe Lugano is pretty clear to

    The Lugano is pretty clear to me. Man not machine. That said the rules can be reviewed. Boardman clearly loves what he does and his passion for the sport is infectious. Great guy.

  • Andy Murray says tennis needs "zero tolerance" on dopers and players banned after testing positive have no excuses1 year 11 weeks agoIt sounds like tennis is a

    It sounds like tennis is a can of worms waiting to be opened (but then, in my opinion, so is ALL professional sport where the window of opportunity to make BIG money only lasts for a few years) and comments like "unable to provide a blood sample when requested because he was feeling unwell" and "Probably the doctor, you know, make the mistake" sound very similar to the scenario Tyler Hamilton set in his book.
    I seem to remember tennis coming out of Operation Peurto in a very bad light but they managed to sweep it under the carpet whereas cycling did air its problems publicly.

  • Sven Nys to ride disc brakes this weekend?1 year 11 weeks agoThanks, I hadn't seen those!

    Thanks, I hadn't seen those! I knew of fins on pad/caliper and of course ventilation of discs.

  • Gloves1 year 11 weeks agoGet a nice pair of warm

    Get a nice pair of warm gloves not too expensive ,then get ome marigold washing up gloves to go over the top keeps wind and rain out completly, my hands never suffer, Kiss

  • 10 minute interview: Chris Boardman1 year 11 weeks agoIts seems to me that for

    Its seems to me that for cycling not to embrace innovations in both bike design and materials would be a lost opportunity for the sport. Thumbs up to Chris and his excellent quality bikes.

  • compact chainset for old bike (square taper bottom bracket) ?1 year 11 weeks agoBefore you do anything, take

    Before you do anything, take a look at the BCD (bolt centres) of your existing cranks, as it may be possible just to chance the chain rings.

    I have a 1999 Raleigh with Shimano Tricolor 600 cranks, and just changed the rings to something more manageable. Spa Cycles are good for chain rings, but a quick google search will soon find the best prices.

    If you do change the cranks, watch the tapers on your BB, as Campagnolo use a slightly different taper to Shimano and the rest. A quick look on Sheldon Browns web site will explain all.

    Last, don't get rid of that Chas Roberts frame, whatever it is, it will be a peach. Old steel frames with modern running gear are the best of both worlds.

  • Are courts getting more lenient towards driving offences as they get harder on everything else?1 year 11 weeks agokie7077 - There were 135,838

    kie7077 -

    There were 135,838 police officers in September 2011 - 6,012 (4.2%) fewer than the 141,850 of a year earlier.

    There were 129,584 full-time police officers in the 43 police forces of England and Wales as at 31 March 2013. This is a decrease of 3.4% or 4,516 officers compared to a year earlier.

    So since 2010 there are 12,266 less Police officers covering the streets.

  • compact chainset for old bike (square taper bottom bracket) ?1 year 11 weeks agoTake a look at the "On One

    Take a look at the "On One Touring crankset" from Planet X.
    Looks similar in style to your existing Campag design, but rings are 34/48
    Requires a 113mm BB (on a standard 68mm shell frame)
    110mm BCD.

    Alternatively, consider selling your old bike piece by piece and buy something modern with the proceeds. Some old stuff can sell for surprisingly big money on Ebay.

  • Campag Centaur Levers1 year 11 weeks agoSOLD

    SOLD

  • High and Dolomitey1 year 11 weeks agoThe locals must have been up

    The locals must have been up in arms about their roads being clogged up by all those cyclists. Jo must have forgotten to mention the inevitable protests, placards and tin tacks.