• Criterium du Dauphine1 year 8 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:Someone will be

    Gkam84 wrote:
    Someone will be moaning...
    For the life of me I can't figure out who... Big Grin

  • Do you trust your handlebar stem?1 year 8 weeks agoGlad you survived in one

    Glad you survived in one piece, a 30mph tumble in the dark must be horrific.
    Outside of cycling, I enjoy a spot of rock climbing and it's interesting to compare the industry response when equipment fails like this. In the event of safety equipment failure, the standard practice is to send it straight back to the manufacturers, who by and large are incredibly responsive - precautionary recalls are not at all uncommon. SRAM hydraulic brakes aside, cycling manufacturers seem less bothered?

  • Does Bradley Wiggins’ Dauphiné omission mean no Tour de France place?1 year 8 weeks agoBBC Radio 2 - 7:45AMish this

    BBC Radio 2 - 7:45AMish this morning - Chris Froome was on a radio interview - He was directly asked if Brad was definitely not in contention for the TdF as he was not part of the CduD team.

    Chris replied clearly that this was NOT the case and that the final team slots have not been filled.

    So, the public TeamSky view is that it's all up for grabs.

    - Well, that's changed my TV for the month of June... Porte and Brad both need to perform...

  • Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt1 year 8 weeks agoThis scientifically proven

    This scientifically proven that girls love Bianchi, so in order to keep growing the new cyclist generation. I have to win this. It is a responsibility, not a pleasure

  • Does Bradley Wiggins’ Dauphiné omission mean no Tour de France place?1 year 8 weeks agoYet more two bit media

    Yet more two bit media speculation.

  • Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt1 year 8 weeks agoHaving recently crashed and

    Having recently crashed and ruined my best jersey and bibs, winning this would go some way to lifting my mood Smile

  • Club Cingles - any advice for the day?1 year 8 weeks agoThanks for advice guys. I

    Thanks for advice guys.

    I attach my Strava details below. It was epic, but well worth it.

    By an amazing stroke of coincidence I met a friend of mine in Chalet Reynard on my second assent. He gave me some great words of encouragement and set me on my way. Just what I needed, as my ride partner had fallen sick and so I had to do it alone.

  • Criterium du Dauphine1 year 8 weeks agotony kappler wrote:Question

    tony kappler wrote:
    Question for Dave; will you be scoring points for the cat 4 KOM in the stage 1 time trial? If so, will the top 5 KOM riders (even though there will only be 3) score positional points (as per normal KOM at end of stage). If so, you need to list the KOM positional points in your "information on scoring".

    if they're scoring it then i guess we can, yeah. didn't notice the KOM, thanks

  • Campag 11 speed backpedal woes1 year 8 weeks agoYou can't really check hanger

    You can't really check hanger alignment by eye, but you don't need to splash out on a tool either if you have an old bolt-on wheel hanging around in your shed or on another bike.

    Screw the axle thread into the derailleur hanger so that the wheel is outside the rear triangle (your bike will now appear to have two rear wheels). If the hanger is straight, the two wheels will be in alignment around their circumference. If not, you can either use the wheel as a lever to tweak the hanger, or just replace the hanger.

  • "A new low" - TfL refuses to order removal of 'Cyclists stay back' stickers1 year 8 weeks ago"not aware of any evidence

    "not aware of any evidence that suggests the design of these stickers is reducing their effectiveness in promoting safer behaviour among van, lorry drivers"

    I'd be interested to hear exactly how these stickers influence van or lorry drivers' behaviour behind the wheel.

    The most likely outcome is that drivers now think 'I don't have to pay attention any more or drive carefully because it's up to everyone outside the vehicle to read the warning notice'.

    It's just yet another excuse for bad driving, and for the road haulage industry overall to ignore yet again its responsibilities to road safety.

  • Video: SRAM preview revised 2015 hydraulic discs1 year 8 weeks agobradtipp wrote:Tom, I don't

    bradtipp wrote:
    Tom, I don't find that caliper brakes work that great on Carbon rims. I have some Specialized CLX 40 rims and use SwissStop Black Prince pads in Ultegra calipers, but they do not inspire great confidence. To be fair I am a bit crap at descending fast, but much of that is just how long it takes to stop on that setup. If Disc brakes can give me a shorter stopping distance and more confidence then I think I would go for them. Having said that it looks like it will need at least one more season before we have ones that are up to the job.

    I think you meant that as a reply to Dean rather than to me? I'm pro disc brakes, I'm running mechanicals on my road bike at the moment and will switch them over to hydraulic in September.

    The difference in the dry is the modulation, you have so much more 'feel' when braking, especially on loose gravelly surfaces (so pretty much every junction at the bottom of a hill round here). I really like that when I find I've over-cooked it a bit into a downhill corner and need to scrub a lot of speed quickly before turn in. I also find knowing I have a lot of braking control means I'm happier to leave my braking much later.

    Mechanical discs don't have massively more braking power in the dry though. My previous 105 brakes with swiss stop pads on aluminium rims probably had about the same amount of ultimate power (at least while my wheels were perfectly true).

    The real difference is in the wet, you can basically stop exactly like you would in the dry. I've done over 40mph down from Christmas Common and also Edge Hill in the pouring rain, both of which have fairly tight corners that you need to brake hard before (if you haven't been dragging your brakes before hand) and it is just like braking in the dry, it really is that good.

    There are downsides though, mechanical discs are a bit ugly and can be a bit finnicky to set up, and hydraulic discs sacrifice one of the lovely things about road bikes, namely that most things can be bodged at the side of the road to get you home. Still, you have two brakes if the worst comes to the worst!

    Biggest disadvantage at the moment though is the weight, but frame weights are dropping (saw a 950g carbon disc frame the other day) and light disc specific wheels are coming. Personally I could never bring myself to spend £2k on wheels (even if I had the £2k!) and then grind one of the main parts of them every time I rode the bike, especially if that part was carbon. I'd be much happier if the bit getting ground was just the rotor that can be replaced for a few quid.

    Am I sold on discs or will I switch back? I think on balance for me the benefits outweigh the weight penalty, especially as summer in the UK involves a lot of rain and I adhere to Rule 9!

  • Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt1 year 8 weeks agoYes please but then I would

    Yes please but then I would be forced to buy a bianchi to match! sounds like a good excuse for a new bike!

  • "A new low" - TfL refuses to order removal of 'Cyclists stay back' stickers1 year 8 weeks agoWhy don't the cycling

    Why don't the cycling organisations do their own sticker say

    CYCLIST
    Pass Wide!
    Pass Slow!

    I would be more than happy to place one of these on my vehicles. Hell I will even pay for it and the profit can help fund further road safety initiatives

    Fight fire with fire, there must be a huge amount of cyclists who own vehicles. More promotion of cyclist safety will eventually have an affect.

  • Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt1 year 8 weeks agoYes please! Looks great!

    Yes please! Looks great!

  • "A new low" - TfL refuses to order removal of 'Cyclists stay back' stickers1 year 8 weeks ago“We also know of a case where

    “We also know of a case where a cyclist, who had been cut up and abused by a left-turning lorry driver, phoned up the company’s ‘How’s my driving’ reporting line, only to be told that he was in the wrong because the lorry had a ‘cyclists stay back’ sticker."

    So lorry drivers believe that they are now exempt from Rule 182? Granted that this is not a 'must' the fact of the mater is that the driver on this occasion cut up the cyclist. The cyclist did not filter the vehicle. It is further proof that our supposed highly trained knowledgeable HGV drivers are not as well trained as they would like us to believe and their lackies in the customer care department have an even lesser understanding of the Highway Code.

    I saw a local vehicle in Scotland with the message 'do not filter when I am turning left'. Felt that this was much more appropriate.

  • Align front dérailleur1 year 8 weeks agoHead to youtube and learn how

    Head to youtube and learn how to fix it yourself. Its surprisingly easy and all you need is a 5mm allen key and a small Phillips screwdriver. Or throw money at the problem and take it to your LBS.

  • "A new low" - TfL refuses to order removal of 'Cyclists stay back' stickers1 year 8 weeks agoI've seen "Cyclists Please

    I've seen "Cyclists Please Take Care" stickers and "Cyclists - Don't pass on the inside" stickers, and I have no issue with those - although I still feel that more needs to be done with road design, as currently cycle lanes actively encourage cyclists to stay inside them and to go up the inside at junctions to get the ASL.

    It's less of a problem for experienced cyclists who understand road riding, but for newer or less confident cyclists, it provides a false sense of security, and makes less enlightened motorists think that cyclists are being unreasonable if they ever stray outside of it.

    But yeah, when I see a 'Cyclist Stay Back' sticker (whether I'm on the bike, the scooter or in the car), I automatically translate as, "The company running this vehicle don't give a shit if their drivers are terrible - expect sloppy lane discipline, mobile phone held to the ear and possibly a copy of The Sun across the steering wheel". The fact that these stickers are actually being referenced in accidents as being some sort of shield against sloppy driving is worrying, to say the least.

  • "A new low" - TfL refuses to order removal of 'Cyclists stay back' stickers1 year 8 weeks agodafyddp wrote:> “However an

    dafyddp wrote:
    > “However an inquest has been told that a deceased cyclist had failed to observe a ‘cyclists stay back’ sticker"...

    Serious proposition - if London cyclists attached 'Motorists stay back, overtake wide' stickers to rucksacks or rear racks and are subsequently bumped they presumably would have the same comeback, right?

    Good point but the issue is more complex than that. These stickers do not change the law. They don't provide any legal basis to refute liability by motorists. The problem is a more insidious one than that. It's the propensity for people to believe that because it's printed on a colourful sticker it has some legal relevance and to adjust their driving behaviour to one in which they think they are not liable if they hit cyclists that didn't do what the sticker told them to.

    They may well get to find out in court (if they get there) that the stickers are legally meaningless. But the harm is already done.

    That's why the TFL decision is so harmful. If private and small company drivers see such stickers on TFL (ie official governmenty public sectory) vehicles it implies that they do have some sort of legal or highway code basis.

    We all know the propensity of non-cycling motorists most of whom have never read the highway code or referred to it since passing a driving test to just imagine all kinds of rules for other road users (not just cyclists) that simply don't exist, and to imagine all kinds of exemptions or privileges that apply to themselves that also don't exist.

    I have had many discussions with friends, family and the odd altercation on the road where the Highway Code is cited followed by just made up invented provisions. That's because most drivers don't know what's in it and so just make up what they think should be in it.

    A non cycling incident at the weekend displays this perfectly. I am in a car approaching then passing a line of about 20 cars parked cars on the other side of the road. Halfway along a car approaching in the other direction just overtakes the cars on their side of the road and we come to halt nose to nose. Stupid right?

    But wait for it. the other driver gets out and approaches my car and starts beckoning me to get up on the pavement so he can get past. So I get out and ask what he's doing and he says that in situations like this I am allowed to use the pavement to make room "It's in the Highway Code". I told him what's not in the Highway Code is overtaking on the wrong side of the road so that you come head on with oncoming traffic. "But that's OK" says he "because when I approached the parked cars I was travelling faster than you so had right of way".

    Nothing to do with cyclists just with people citing rules and provisions they just made up to justify bad and stupid driving. These stickers just add one more element to the confusion.

    I would urge cyclists not to go up the inside of slow moving traffic anyway. If you ride in London Just get in the lane behind the vehicles with these stickers. Right in the middle.

    ie my solution if TFL won't with draw them is to actually obey them on the inside anyway. If you can't pass then you stay in the lane right?
    If any motorist challenges you just point at the sticker.

  • "A new low" - TfL refuses to order removal of 'Cyclists stay back' stickers1 year 8 weeks agoThe cycle campaigns can

    The cycle campaigns can surely deal with this, just start peeling every time you come across on stopped at the traffic lights.

    I prefer the idea of covering up with a replacement sticker saying "take care - moron driving" though!

    Its a shame TFL are being stubborn about it, all that is required is a memo saying "when you have a minute, pull these of any vehicle that isn't an HGV"... but that isn't the point, its dragging its feet deliberately because it thinks the stickers actually do something.

  • Best vehicle you've ever drafted?1 year 8 weeks agoGot a nice tow Saturday

    Got a nice tow Saturday behind a silage harvester, perfect for drafting as the exhaust is up high on it so no fumes. 20mph max speed so not the quickest but it was just when the legs were starting to tire on a drag of a hill.

  • "A new low" - TfL refuses to order removal of 'Cyclists stay back' stickers1 year 8 weeks agodafyddp wrote:> “However an

    dafyddp wrote:
    > “However an inquest has been told that a deceased cyclist had failed to observe a ‘cyclists stay back’ sticker"...

    Serious proposition - if London cyclists attached 'Motorists stay back, overtake wide' stickers to rucksacks or rear racks and are subsequently bumped they presumably would have the same comeback, right?

    I think a 'Motorists, don't try to kill me' sticker would be more appropriate!

  • Minor injuries and cyclist deaths are down in Greater Manchester - but there's a significant rise in serious injuries to riders1 year 8 weeks agoInteresting comments above.

    Interesting comments above. I've just noticed that the cop in the photo holding the "sharing the road? Dicing with death." thing would seem to be PCSO Gareth "why are you cycling" Walker.

  • "A new low" - TfL refuses to order removal of 'Cyclists stay back' stickers1 year 8 weeks agoPedestrians walk between

    Pedestrians walk between barriers and large vehicles at junctions as well. Devil

    My problem with this sticker is that it is judgemental, discriminatory, offensive, misused and insulting. Angry

    A better alternative would be "Take care when passing" or even better "Please take care when passing" with no pictogram of a bike on it. An eye pictogram could be used instead. I'm sure this was covered by a campaign recently. Confused

    Yes it would probably cost money to remove all the stickers but you could just stop them being put on new vehicles. As vehicle fleets are renewed then the stickers would just quietly fade away. Crossrail are probably the biggest culprits for the overuse and misuse of these stickers by insisting that they are on every vehicle. Nerd

  • "A new low" - TfL refuses to order removal of 'Cyclists stay back' stickers1 year 8 weeks agoAll they needed was one word!

    All they needed was one word! - Please

    Wouldn't cost too much to print out a 'please' patch to stick on these rude and offensive stickers!

  • "A new low" - TfL refuses to order removal of 'Cyclists stay back' stickers1 year 8 weeks ago> “However an inquest has

    > “However an inquest has been told that a deceased cyclist had failed to observe a ‘cyclists stay back’ sticker"...

    Serious proposition - if London cyclists attached 'Motorists stay back, overtake wide' stickers to rucksacks or rear racks and are subsequently bumped they presumably would have the same comeback, right?