• TdF Stage 11 year 7 weeks agoCavendish's recklessness is

    Cavendish's recklessness is reminiscent of the damage he caused to Heinrich Haussler four years ago at the Tour of Switzerland.

  • TdF stage 31 year 7 weeks agoCavendish's recklessness is

    Cavendish's recklessness is reminiscent of the damage he caused to Heinrich Haussler four years ago at the Tour of Switzerland.

  • Tour de France stars thrilled by Yorkshire Grand Depart - but not by fans taking selfies1 year 7 weeks agoThere were reportedly 2.5m

    There were reportedly 2.5m out on the route. You are always going to get a few idiots amongst that many people, it is an unavoidable fact of life. It's certainly not unique to Britain - Paris-Roubaix 2013 and the Zoncolan this year, are two that immediately spring to mind.

    That said, some of the stewarding wasn't much better. One of them near us almost got taken out twice by Gendarmerie motorcycles, as well as one of the caravan floats, because he was too busy talking to his mate.

  • Otley residents accuse Cambridge of putting on a 'flat and boring' Tour reception… though it hasn't happened yet1 year 7 weeks agoStepping away from this

    Stepping away from this debate for a second - which would you rather visit for a couple of days cycling, and spending money in the pubs/restaurants etc - Yorkshire or the New Forest? Yorkshire has basically shouted out "Hey, come visit anytime! Bring your bikes and some cash!"

    New Forest, not so much...

  • Tour de France stars thrilled by Yorkshire Grand Depart - but not by fans taking selfies1 year 7 weeks agoUntil I read about this, it's

    Until I read about this, it's just something that would have never entered my mind to do! iPads?!! About the last thing I would haul up a hill to watch a bike race. A good vantage point and an SLR with a decent zoom lens should get you some great phots (multishot mode) and still leave you time to watch and cheer as the riders pass. Mind you, I'm just over 6ft which helps!

  • Witness appeal after cyclist killed in HGV collision in Nottingham1 year 7 weeks agoThat area is terrible and is

    That area is terrible and is worsened by two bus depots that use two lanes of the four lane one-way system as a queuing area for their buses at certain times of the day.

    I was so shocked the first time I passed through here on my bike just after 1830 on a weekday, I spoke to the two men marshaling buses into the Trent Barton depot. They were completely oblivious to the dangerous road conditions that they were creating.

    Nottinghamshire - not the most bike friendly county in the country. Worried

  • Tour de France Stage 2: Vincenzo Nibali wins in Sheffield and goes into yellow1 year 7 weeks agoWhat an awesome race! We

    What an awesome race! We were at the top of Cragg Vale, but had no idea until watching the highlights, of the GC contender punch-up at the end.

    So often the big events feel London-centric, or at least the media coverage can be very London-centric. Not this time though, Yorkshire has well and truly put itself on the map with this one. My wife didn't even realise there was an extra stage down south until the other day.

  • Tour de France stars thrilled by Yorkshire Grand Depart - but not by fans taking selfies1 year 7 weeks agoQuote: all that was needed

    Quote:
    all that was needed was a uniformed person to ask to move out of the way

    I was surprised that the Tour Makers weren't being used in this way too. I had the impression that most of the crowd had no appreciation of how fast the race was going to come through. Even just warning people that there was a safety issue would have been an excellent use of manpower.

  • Tour de France stars thrilled by Yorkshire Grand Depart - but not by fans taking selfies1 year 7 weeks agosturdmaster wrote:Did anyone

    sturdmaster wrote:
    Did anyone see the guy in the pink polo shirt get knocked off his feet when the peleton was ramping up the pace?

    I did too and it was squidgy bum time for a couple of seconds for me D Oh

  • Choisissez trois Français... 2014 édition1 year 7 weeks agoOK, post-Yorkshire top 3 (no

    OK, post-Yorkshire top 3 (no point sharing the full classement at this stage)

    1. Thorolf (77)
    2. JAndrewHill (70)
    3. badhamsj (59)

    (prinzi is lanterne rouge, only team with zero so far)

    Coquard the big point scorer; other useful early picks have been Kadri and Edet.

  • Video: On-bike footage from Giant-Shimano at Tour de France1 year 7 weeks agoSeems obligatory to

    Seems obligatory to soundtrack these type of videos with shitty distracting music in some fucking stupid attempt to embellish the action,well it doesnt embellish it,i just put it on mute
    daft bastards

  • A silly sunglasses question...1 year 7 weeks agoI find it uncomfortable if I

    Cool

    I find it uncomfortable if I wear them inside the strap - the arms get pushed into my head, and it gets sore after a long ride. That might be part of the reason that pros do it.

    But I shouldn't worry overmuch. I guess you might find a smaller pair of glasses so they fit a bit more snugly? You might even find you can adjust the arms on your current pair.

    The rules are quite ironic - they take the piss out of the 'pro does it so I should even though I have no idea why' just as much as they embrace it Wink

  • Tour de France stars thrilled by Yorkshire Grand Depart - but not by fans taking selfies1 year 7 weeks agoTo be fair to the girl who

    To be fair to the girl who took that selfie, it looks like she was positioned well back from the road. I think I read it was just after the start rather than deep into the race.

    Quote:
    Anyone else spot the crowd control copper strolling along in the middle of the road with his back to the riders, just as the bulk of the peleton got to the top of Holme Moss?

    I did! Funny as well because it looked like he'd been telling people to get off the road, and was completely oblivious to the fact he was about to be squished.

  • Is it worth a wheel upgrade?1 year 7 weeks agoI believe at your age adding

    I believe at your age adding tricks wheels won't give you a great advantage, especially given the spec of your bike and tyres. If 15mph over a hilly course then that is good. I average a solo 16.5mph over 100 miles. I am up to 18.40mph over 30 - 40 miles with 1300 ft climbing. Note I dream of weighing 13 something stone, I weigh mid 15st one and find losing weight difficult.

    Try out a flatter course if your average jumps up all well and good. If it doesn't try what I have done, 3 rides a week, one 20 miles flat out as fast as you go (I do 5x5 squats when I get home. Two 40 mile highish pace over something hillier (no problem where you live) three 50+ steady ride for endurance. This will up your speed.

  • Mark Cavendish crashes out of Tour after just one stage1 year 7 weeks agoReal shame; he'll be missed.

    Real shame; he'll be missed. All seemed relatively 'organised' at the front up until the Cancellara break, although the OPQS 'train' seemed to be fading a bit. The TV picture went with Cancellara, but when you got to see the front of the bunch again, it had disintegrated into chaos. Kittel seemed to have a bit of a lead out(?) and a nice clear path (on the inside) with Sagan. Even with a clear track I'm not sure Cav would have caught Kittel. Kittel is a complete 'beast' of a sprinter and, from what you catch on TV, seems like a nice bloke. There's always been the odd comment that it wasn't a perfect Cav road profile, but perhaps everyone was ignoring it for fear of being defeatist. Recall a brief interview with Cav after the final 2013 stage where he said the power levels he was generating were way higher than previous years and Kittel had still won. Seems like the 'bar' is higher at the moment.

  • Video: On-bike footage from Giant-Shimano at Tour de France1 year 7 weeks agoHang on, Marcel Kittel

    Hang on, Marcel Kittel declared on twitter that he was a camera bike for Stage 1. I was waiting for the footage from behind him of the crash.

  • B'Twin SS Jersey 3001 year 7 weeks agoThey've sold out of the red

    They've sold out of the red Sad

  • Video: London cyclist gets £50 for straying off shared use path blocked by phone box1 year 7 weeks agoThis hasn't quite managed to

    This hasn't quite managed to rouse me to anger this morning. All I can manage is a mild sigh and a dispirited "yup".

    I've had precisely one interaction with a PCSO since their introduction. One shouted "shouldn't you be on the road" at me, when I cycled passed on a shared use pavement. To be fair, he did shout sorry when I gave him an exasperated look and gestured at the sign.

  • Removing a seized seatpost1 year 7 weeks agoJason....NEVER tap down on a

    Jason....NEVER tap down on a seized seatpost that you know nothing about.

    There are a few reasons it could be seized, but most are caused by two things. Inserting it wrong or forcing the wrong size in.

    So if you tap down and it is the wrong sized post...you are going to end up splitting a frame

  • Video: On-bike footage from Giant-Shimano at Tour de France1 year 7 weeks agoCan we present these clips

    Can we present these clips without the ridiculous and unnecessary music and wailing in the background? Hearing the shouts of the riders and the noise of the fans is as important as the video material. What is it with producers these days?

  • Tour de France stars thrilled by Yorkshire Grand Depart - but not by fans taking selfies1 year 7 weeks agomassspike wrote:I was pleased

    massspike wrote:
    I was pleased to see one of the G-S riders (Slaghter?) slapping down a smartphone and seeing it break into pieces on the pavement.

    It was Navardauskas I think. But yes, the muppet got what he deserved. Applause

  • Removing a seized seatpost1 year 7 weeks agoHave you tried tapping it

    Have you tried tapping it down a little to free it? I have had to do this a few times on restorations, cut the post near the top so you can get a piece of broom or dowel for extra support, get a good grip with vice grips, gently tap down while twisting.

    As far as the cause of this, assuming its both aluminium parts fused together by oxidisation, if I remember Phosphoric Acid will dissolve it, but I dont know what else it will do, but coke has Phos as an ingredient, you could try a bit if you get some movement, dont know if it will be strong enough, but you have nothing to loose

  • Tour de France stage 21 year 7 weeks agoWhat a day - went out to

    What a day - went out to Cragg Vale to watch, just a phenomenal experience. Hard to put into words, so I won't. Suffice to say I, and a million or so others, had a fantastic time.

    Fantasy-wise, I should've gone with my gut (GVA & Nibs) rather than the odds (Gerro & Kwia), but hardly a disaster. Very interested in seeing how Kwia goes now, surely getting him in the white jersey must be OPQS's plan B now Cav is out.

    Taken two pens for tomorrow, which wasn't in my original plan. Sometimes you just have to take a hit, I suppose.

  • Edinburgh launches new bid to bring Tour de France to Scotland1 year 7 weeks agoI for one don't want to see

    I for one don't want to see the stages being Central Belt centric whilst ignoring the mountain stages further North. Here is an Aberdeen to Cairngorm parcour that will make their eyes bleed:

    http://app.strava.com/routes/92370

  • Tour de France stars thrilled by Yorkshire Grand Depart - but not by fans taking selfies1 year 7 weeks agoTwo team\race cars, side by

    Two team\race cars, side by side ahead of the Peleton, horns beeping, that should get them back Devil

    Bar a few who are a bit over enthusiastic well done Yorkshire and the UK. Amazing to see so many behind it, makes a change from the endless negative cycling nonsense in the press. the crowds along the whole route on TV were amazing, I'm so disappointed I couldn't make it up now Sad