• Coventry driver escapes jail after killing cyclist on pedestrian crossing1 year 7 weeks agoI've given up on justice in

    I've given up on justice in the UK, time after time we hear the same old pathetic judgements made.

    No wonder so many people refuse to cycle on UK roads, they are not safe and whats worse the justice system actively defends through lenient sentences drivers who kill.

    Keep safe brothers & sisters on the roads.

  • Tour of Flanders: Belgian judges investigate Johan Vansummeren crash that left woman in coma - but who was to blame?1 year 7 weeks agoIt does look like from the

    It does look like from the video he just didn't see where the island was, I'd guess due to the speed and bulk of pack of riders and he couldn't move back in or across. The spectators look reasonably safe where they are, it's not like rally where you're often feet away from tons of metal doing 60/70mph, this just looks like pure bad luck.

  • País Vasco Purist Competition1 year 7 weeks agodrheaton wrote:Deadlines were

    drheaton wrote:
    Deadlines were moved further from stage start times to try and avoid any potential overlap and another incident similar to what happened during Gent-Wevelgem.

    I know it's shit but sadly it's a step that needed to be put into place to try and avoid any possibility of it happening again.

    The deadline for every stage this week is 10am GMT so at least they are consistent and those above are right, you can submit a team and change it right up to the deadline.


    The deadlines are actually 9am GMT, 10am BST.

    I have to say, I'm not a fan of these early deadlines. I'm aware of the GW hassle, but that was caused by confusion over which way the clocks went, and whose clocks changed when. Having a 2 hour gap between race start and deadline time, just to avoid an (at most) twice a year confusion seems excessive.
    In Catalunya, I spotted a late tweet that one of my riders would be a DNS. The penalty transfer I incurred gave me a 7 pt net benefit and saved the overall FS win. This wouldn't be possible in this race and seems an unfair penalising of those who choose to spend more time on the game (usually for naff-all gain on my part).
    The FoxClocks addon for Firefox is your friend in this - showing GMT, your local time and the race local time. Surely, 15 mins or so before the official neutralised start time is a sufficient gap.

  • Police appeal for witnesses after hit-and-run death of cyclist in Clapham1 year 7 weeks agoBlack BMW. Tinted windows.

    Black BMW. Tinted windows. South of the river... Likely drug dealer / gang member... Car won't have been insured, likely now a burnt shell and untraceable.

    We could really do with some more police patrol cars, running plates as a matter of course.

  • wall/ fence mounted work stand1 year 7 weeks agoI have one of these bolted to

    I have one of these bolted to the washing line, with additional old bar tape on the u-shaped bits to protect the frame from being damaged. A couple of bolts to install and it's perfect for bike washing and the odd bit of maintenance.

    http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_...

  • wall/ fence mounted work stand1 year 7 weeks agoWould like something that

    Would like something that attaches to the railings on my balcony. Any suggestions?

  • Crank length1 year 7 weeks agoPersonally, I would get your

    Personally, I would get your new bike and I would ride it for several hundred miles without worrying about any of the stock kit. I would simply set it up and adjust until it felt right and then enjoy it.

    If you find you are having issues after everything has been adjusted, go for a proper bike fit.

    Crank length is more a personal preference issue than anything unless you are switching by big numbers. You can replicate the effect by almost as much by changing pedal/shoe combinations.

    Put simply... Don't worry about it.

  • Vuelta Pais Vasco - Stage 21 year 7 weeks agoSwift, Matthews and Ratto in

    Swift, Matthews and Ratto in for me too. (Valverde, Gilbert and Fairly out). Normally I would bring in the KOM leader (Villella) after stage 1, but have decided against it this time, so really hoping he's not in the break.

    Maybe they'll send Salerno up instead? Wink

  • Battle of the Broadcasters: We test BBC's Simon Brotherton & ITV's Ned Boulting in cycling quiz1 year 7 weeks agoBoardman teaching Boulting

    Boardman teaching Boulting films are a joy, indeed.

    I dislike theEurosport app because it's only available for some devices and never any of mine. Just go html5 and work on everything, already!

  • Coventry driver escapes jail after killing cyclist on pedestrian crossing1 year 7 weeks agoantonio wrote:'Jail the

    antonio wrote:
    'Jail the Judge'

    Ok facts of life for you and several others here. The judge does not make up the sentence. He/she applies a set of guidelines on sentence to the person convicted. There is a maximum sentence, there is also a starting point for sentencing usually about half way between maximum and minimum. The judge then looks at the aggravating and mitigating factors.

    So if the judge goes outside these guidelines the sentence can be appealed.

    I get the anger about sentencing. I am annoyed that sentences for this kind of thing are so lenient. BUT the issue is not so much the judge being lenient it is the fact that the sentences that they can apply and the guidelines used are so lenient. And the whole thing is muddied by the CPS not prosecuting properly on the bigger charge and bringing a more minor charge to assure a conviction. What that means is that all to often dangerous drivers get careless driving convictions. The sentences are quite different. The judge can only sentence you for the crime you are convicted of.

    What's my point. Stop blaming the police and the judges. Start getting the law changed and the sentences increased. (and you may find the police and the judges actually support that).

  • Just In: 2014 clothing from Castelli1 year 7 weeks agoSo I need a 12 watt jersey,

    So I need a 12 watt jersey, some Zipp 404s, a 30 watt helmet... at that rate I won't need to pedal. Smile

  • Police appeal for witnesses after hit-and-run death of cyclist in Clapham1 year 7 weeks agoeurotrash wrote:BMW... tinted

    eurotrash wrote:
    BMW... tinted windows... every time I see a car like that, they're speeding.

    Without indulging in too much stereotyping (I drive a black BMW btw...) such cars are frequently found to be uninsured...

  • Bike Advice - Brompton vs Single Speed & CX1 year 7 weeks agoI have a Mezzo D9 (9sp) as,

    I have a Mezzo D9 (9sp) as, when I bought it, I couldn't be bothered to wait 3 mths for a Brompton. More 'bang for your buck' (£730ish incl mudguards, rack etc that are all extras on the Brompton) than a Brompton and they use standard components so you can upgrade if you wish. The Mezzo does look a bit 'odd' but I think it comes from the Whyte bike 'stable' which possibly explains things. It did ride better than a Brompton when I tried them out but you do run out of gears on a decent hill (I'm going to change the cassette to get a lower gear). To be honest I thought the Brompton looked a bit 'cheap' (for the price) when I was looking at them. Brompton's are obviously all the rage but I often wonder whether that makes them more susceptable to being nicked. Compared to a normal bike any small wheeled machine is a 'pig' to ride but that's the trade-off for the convenience. Another make is Birdy (similar fold to the Mezzo) which has suspension but they're +£1000.

  • Tour of Flanders: Belgian judges investigate Johan Vansummeren crash that left woman in coma - but who was to blame?1 year 7 weeks agoThe video is nuts, it's as if

    The video is nuts, it's as if the guy in the red shirt didn't notice it at first. I can only assume there was a bit of shock involved and it took them a few seconds to process it through.

  • Researchers "surprised" at number of cycling genital injuries, especially among kids1 year 7 weeks agoMy dad made me a pair of

    My dad made me a pair of ramps from big lumps of wood. Just thick triangles really, but there wasn't enough weight at the thin end, so if you went up them slowly, once the front wheel was at the top, the ramp would flip and the thin end would hit the chainring at just the right angle for unstoppable force/immovable object, and a nuts/tube interface would result. The only solution was to hit the jump at high speed so the back wheel was on the ramp before it could flip!

  • 10 of the best £1,000 to £1,500 road bikes1 year 7 weeks agoI've got the boardman,

    I've got the boardman, switched the wheels which were a bit heavy to C24's and it's a very fine bike now, don't think you can get much better for the money although PX are always worth a look if you're looking for a bargain

  • Battle of the Broadcasters: We test BBC's Simon Brotherton & ITV's Ned Boulting in cycling quiz1 year 7 weeks agosolkanofastera wrote:Sorry,

    solkanofastera wrote:
    Sorry, will be listening to Sean kelly.

    I'm sorry as well I just wish the motor mouth would shut up occasionally.
    At Wits End

  • Police appeal for witnesses after hit-and-run death of cyclist in Clapham1 year 7 weeks agoeurotrash wrote: BMW...

    eurotrash wrote:

    BMW... tinted windows... every time I see a car like that, they're speeding.

    There should be a 500% arsehole tax on those kind of cars.

  • LCC maps every ward in London to lobby local election candidates for Space for Cycling1 year 7 weeks agoHyde park has improved hugely

    Hyde park has improved hugely over the last 20 years when there was pretty much no access. Now it is a major link route and you can get off road pretty much all the way from bayswater/high street Kensington to trafalgar square off road.

    I have used the LCC link for my local ward as it takes 30 seconds and the more that do so, the greater the likelihood of positive change.

  • Tour of Flanders: Belgian judges investigate Johan Vansummeren crash that left woman in coma - but who was to blame?1 year 7 weeks agoThis is awful, really hope

    This is awful, really hope she recovers fully and quickly.

    The blame game, meanwhile, is silly. The riders aren't obliged to travel at a safe speed and give consideration to other road users in the way you would on an open road; it's closed, for the specific purpose of allowing him and a bunch of others the opportunity of travelling as quickly as possible. The only responsibility you could apportion is to the requirement for marshalling.

    As said above, this is a lot like watching the rally cars - you take your position, but there are risks involved.

  • Crank length1 year 7 weeks agoWhen I had my bike fit I was

    When I had my bike fit I was recommended shorter cranks (170mm down from 172.5mm), though I'm only about 170cm tall. I can't remember the exact reason as to why it was better but it was something to do with having the saddle slightly higher makes better use of your muscles. I'm more comfortable with 170mm than was with 172.5mm so I'm happy. I definitely prefer shorter cranks on mountain bikes as I find them significantly less susceptible to pedal strike and it sorted my knee issues out as well.

  • Advice on tires?1 year 7 weeks agoI forgot to mention that you

    I forgot to mention that you can usually get Schwalbe tyres half price at bike-discount.de Delivery takes 3-5 working days, but it's worth it!

  • NeilPryde Bikes renames its Alizé bike following trademark dispute... with Specialized again1 year 7 weeks agoWell I hope Specialized are

    Well I hope Specialized are going to sue Renault who have been making a car called the Alizé for a few years now, and there's a coach company in France called Alizé too.

    I've been a fan of the All Conditions Armadillo Elite but I will never buy another again.

  • wall/ fence mounted work stand1 year 7 weeks agoYou can get wall mount

    You can get wall mount workstand heads for £20-30 from almost any of the major online players, plus amazon and ebay.

    The cheapest option would be a wall mount storage rack... Something simple with two arms that hold the bike can be had for little over a tenner. Ribble do a folding one for 11.99

  • new road bike1 year 7 weeks agoHow about some steel? I have

    How about some steel? I have a Genesis Equilibrium 20 (£1300ish) and it genuinely has a 'springy' feel to it. Looks great as well and they have just introduced a disc version. All the LBS guys love steel and reckon it's the best material for bumpy British roads.
    My wife has a Domane 2.1 and, after doing some testing, including a carbon Specialized, she said the seat damping system made a real difference.