• Classic clothing from Velocast1 year 14 weeks agonotfastenough wrote:I do

    notfastenough wrote:
    I do fancy a stroopwafel, although I don't know what it is.

    you need them in your life.

    Like many items of essential cycling equipment, you'll find them cheapest in Lidl. £1.50 for ten Big Grin

  • Sabotage hits New Forest sportive with drawing pins spread on road, signs ripped down and go-slow driving1 year 14 weeks agoSo as a cyclist is it

    So as a cyclist is it acceptable to take a bassball bat to a car so it can't be used and thus threaten me?

    I thought not, so what are the police going to do about obstruction of the queens highway? wasn't the punishment hanging at one time????

    and this isn't really about locals and cyclists, it is about rich downsizers and relocators who think money buys them a rural idyl. They are the same nutters who buy an old farm house and then complain about the cows in the fields around them. Expect a decent train service so they can commute to work in the city, as long as it goes no where near their house etc etc.

  • New Bike Options (£2k)1 year 14 weeks agoHi there, If you are looking

    Hi there,

    If you are looking for SRAM Force on an excellent frame set then take a look at our Ultimate AL 9.0 SL. This is the same frame and fork which won the roadcc bike of the year test

    http://www.canyon.com/_en/roadbikes/bike.html?b=3080

    or if you're not too fussed about using Shimano and want a carbon frame then the Ultimate CF 9.0 would be a great choice too.

    http://www.canyon.com/_en/roadbikes/bike.html?b=3085

    Hope that helps,

    Regards,
    Canyon UK

  • New road rider - Achilles Tendonitis1 year 14 weeks agoI think mine is a combination

    I think mine is a combination of overtraining, shoe and the cleat being too far forward to begin with.

    I've ruled out overtightening the straps as i'm still getting a numb big toe with them loosened off.

    Went to a couple of different bike shops and tried on numerous of other pairs and the Specialized road sports I have are by far the stiffest at the heel tab.

    They had Giro Factor shoes that seemed alot softer at the achilles so i'm thinking they can only help even if they didn't cause initial problem. Plus they come with inserts for a different arch size.

    With regards to overtraining I'm just going to carry on with 15min spinning twice a week and increase by 5min each week.

  • Sabotage hits New Forest sportive with drawing pins spread on road, signs ripped down and go-slow driving1 year 14 weeks agoAlso, I hate horses.

    Also, I hate horses.

  • Sabotage hits New Forest sportive with drawing pins spread on road, signs ripped down and go-slow driving1 year 14 weeks agoDon't worry about the lack of

    Don't worry about the lack of signs in the Forest. You'll always be safe if you follow the smell of burning wicker men and cycle away from the sounds of banjos.

  • Sabotage hits New Forest sportive with drawing pins spread on road, signs ripped down and go-slow driving1 year 14 weeks agoColin Peyresourde wrote: I

    Colin Peyresourde wrote:

    I don't know if UK cycling events have to pay a fee for running these events to local councils etc. but if direct profits of the rides flow into local coffers (and locals will feel better about it if it extends to more than the occasional B&B being booked and a Sunday lunch in a pub, by participants) then they will surely feel more kindly about the event taking place and the reaction to inconvenience a bit better.

    I took the wife and daughter, local businesses got over £300 from us on the weekend. UK Cycling Events only got £28.

    B&B - £150
    Pub dinners - £80
    LBS - £20
    Aminal Park - £45
    Cafes/Sandwich shops - £20

    Local economy gets far more money out of this than UK Cycling Events.

  • Jury fails to reach verdict in lorry driver death case1 year 14 weeks agothebungle wrote:Resident

    thebungle wrote:
    Resident (part time) lorry driver here..

    I've been driving in an artic, fully rested, quiet road and all of a sudden I've been edging into the hard shoulder, lorries handle completely different cars and unlike cars take longer to 'correct' once they have gone off track, was I driving dangerously when my lorry drifted over? Of course not.

    Yes, yes you were, if you were not in full control of the enormous vehicle you were driving then you were driving dangerously. What if it was a footpath rather than a hard shoulder?

  • Sabotage hits New Forest sportive with drawing pins spread on road, signs ripped down and go-slow driving1 year 14 weeks agoLooking forward to the Autumn

    Looking forward to the Autumn Sportive. Hope the weathers better than Saturday. As for the Forest Dwelling Morons, stay indoors and stop letting your community down.

  • Sabotage hits New Forest sportive with drawing pins spread on road, signs ripped down and go-slow driving1 year 14 weeks agoI've never wished to visit

    I've never wished to visit the New Forest, it's always seemed like a rather gauche place populated with 'Look at Me' fuckwits. This sort of malarkey isn't changing that opinion, but a part of me would like to go down there and cause some mither.

    Or perhaps pretend to organise a sportive and tell the locals that there are 10,000 cyclists coming down, book up all the hotels and make reservations in the restaurants etc and then leave the place empty.

  • Sabotage hits New Forest sportive with drawing pins spread on road, signs ripped down and go-slow driving1 year 14 weeks agoSome reasonable and

    Some reasonable and not-so-reasonable discussion here... including one comment "I found one of the arrow signs on the floor this morning. I put it back on the post, but hope i've put the arrow in the right direction."

    http://www.nfed.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1690&start=60

  • Fantasy Cycling Calendar1 year 14 weeks agochrisdstripes wrote:With

    chrisdstripes wrote:
    With Milan-San Remo in with the Early classics too? Sounds good to me.

    Don't think Paris-Roubaix needs to be separate - its a cobbled classic after all, and as its the last one, people only have to save an extra couple of transfers and they can essentially pick a whole new team for it anyway.

    Hmm, I forgot MSR, not sure where that fits to be honest, it's two weeks after Strade Bianchi/Roma Maxima and kind of fits better with Flanders than the earlier two but it's two weeks before Flanders...

    E3 Harelbeke is the week after MSR so at least that kind of ties it in with the cobbled classics...

    Possibly MSR and Paris-Roubaix could be separate? Have the early classics as a build up to a separate MSR and then cobbled classics (E3, Flanders, Gent) as a build up to Paris-Roubaix so that those two are separate and 'above' the others? Just an idea...

    Personally, I don't like one day races, I'm appallingly bad at them and never ever ever manage to pick a solid team but I see their value in the fantasy calendar and I think there should be more of them. There are plenty of excellent, exciting and historic one day races and around and I think the calendar would benefit from a few more of them.

  • To Shave or Not To Shave1 year 14 weeks agoNever shaved my legs. Grew up

    Never shaved my legs. Grew up into BMX, then MTB so no need.

    That said, now I am more roadie than mtber I was tempted last summer but the wife and kids were requesting quite strongly that I didn't!

    However, after my long lay off due to injury, one of the side issues has been sleep. In particular that I can't sleep on my right side much. Over the last few months this has meant I am now seeing lessening of leg hair down one side of my left leg! Yes really. I might have to shave this summer when I break out the shorts or look like I have a stripe!

  • Classic clothing from Velocast1 year 14 weeks agonotfastenough wrote:I do know

    notfastenough wrote:
    I do know a certain road.cc user who may be all over the 'super domestique' branded stuff!

    I do fancy a stroopwafel, although I don't know what it is.

    Who do you mean? Surprise

  • Artist battles bad air in Beijing with home-made 'breathing bike' + VIDEO1 year 14 weeks agoThis wasn't posted on April

    This wasn't posted on April 1st by any chance was it?

  • Maybe counting my chickens here but your help please1 year 14 weeks agobadkneestom wrote:You could

    badkneestom wrote:
    You could always go hard, rip apart the tweaked area.. I'm sure they'll notice if something's entirely detached! Sorry to hear it though, good luck!

    Believe me I have thought about it!

    My last Dr's appt left me feeling positive, hopeful and with more movement than for months.

    Saw the Osteopath (Dr's recommendation) and they said both joint/bone issue - hip out of place a few mm BUT also serious inflamation of the main abductor to the point where it 'pinged' out loud when I moved. No-one seems to know which went first. Had lots of work down in that whole area and it is still (that was Fri) so tender and sore.

    I am truly gutted by this. I feel that cycling is being taken away from me. I lost a few years from cycling when I got hit by a car years ago. My return came with my kids wanting to ride bikes. It is given me a hobby back, helped me through dark and sad times, kept my sanity, etc.

    Sorry if this sounds quite dark and depressing for a monday morning but I am so down today Worried

  • Classic clothing from Velocast1 year 14 weeks agoI do know a certain road.cc

    I do know a certain road.cc user who may be all over the 'super domestique' branded stuff!

    I do fancy a stroopwafel, although I don't know what it is.

  • Sabotage hits New Forest sportive with drawing pins spread on road, signs ripped down and go-slow driving1 year 14 weeks agoThe organisation that

    The organisation that arranged the illegal vigilante attacks is this one, chaired by Dr Graham Ferris: http://www.nfcda.co.uk/

    Their website currently states:

    "A number of local people who are greatly concerned about the increase in the above type of event have decided to hold a public meeting to discuss and view the upheaval caused during this ride involving thousands of cyclists using narrow forest roads. The meeting place is Blackwater Car Park on the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive at 1000 am on 13 April 2013. Anyone who shares the concern is welcome to attend."

  • USB Cable for Garmin1 year 14 weeks agoAny old one should do, I

    Any old one should do, I often use the one from my PS3 and that works fine!

  • Fantasy Cycling Calendar1 year 14 weeks agodrheaton wrote:Thinking ahead

    drheaton wrote:
    Thinking ahead to the classics next year is it worth breaking them up into separate competitions?

    Every year people struggle to get their heads around having the classics as groups of races and purists fail to understand how it works.

    What about having three separate competitions?

    Early classics (KBK and Omloop, Strade Bianchi and Roma Maxima)

    Cobbled classics (E3, Gent, Flanders and possibly Paris-Roubaix unless that could be a separate race entirely)

    Ardennes Classics (Brabanste Pijl, Amstel, Fleche Wallone and LBL)

    That'd break it up while still keeping the races together in sensible groups, it also makes it more challenging for purists without being unduly confusing.

    Thoughts?


    With Milan-San Remo in with the Early classics too? Sounds good to me.

    Don't think Paris-Roubaix needs to be separate - its a cobbled classic after all, and as its the last one, people only have to save an extra couple of transfers and they can essentially pick a whole new team for it anyway.

  • Purist team for spring Classics1 year 14 weeks agoSo " spring classics purist

    So " spring classics purist competition" is a 7 stages competition with 3 Unlimited tranfers . Nerd
    Ma semaine commence bien

  • Fantasy Cycling Calendar1 year 14 weeks agodrheaton wrote:I can see the

    drheaton wrote:
    I can see the arguement for running each race individually but if you can pick a new team for each race where is the challenge? Yeah you're going to have to pick the right guys but the 6 transfers between races makes you think more about your team for the whole classics rather than each race individually.

    Plus, having group races with limited transfers actually replicates what teams do with a classics squad going into these races as a unit and only minimal changes between them.

    Regarding adding new races when you look at the calendar we're actually very light on one day races. We have 19 stage races plus the three grand tours in the current calendar, contrast that with probably at most 15 individual one day classics. Adding in races like E3 Harelbeke (a great pre-cursor to Gent/Flanders and arguably more in keeping with those two than Paris-Roubaix, plus, it's World Tour status) and Brabanste Pijl (a good pre-Amstel race) would help to balance things out without actually creating too much extra work as most people will probably check these races out as part of the classics prep anyway.


    The challenge for me this season is trying to pick riders who can stay on their flipping bikes....As soon as I select a rider....man and machine seem to part company......lol.... Crying At Wits End

  • Sabotage hits New Forest sportive with drawing pins spread on road, signs ripped down and go-slow driving1 year 14 weeks agoJust to get one thing

    Just to get one thing straight - there is no such thing as "locals" in the New Forest, the vast majority of people that live there are outsiders who moved to the area in the last 20 years and commute into nearby towns and cities.

  • Sabotage hits New Forest sportive with drawing pins spread on road, signs ripped down and go-slow driving1 year 14 weeks agoThe answer is clearly people

    The answer is clearly people using cameras to record these vigilantes' illegal actions. Then public shaming, discovery of workplaces, posting of video and photos online etc etc. We are talking about people with a wilful desire to see others injured or killed on public roads and who will resort to physical assault, nothing less. The next Sportive should include undercover police riders.

  • Omnimoan: Road Conditions1 year 14 weeks agoSame here in North East

    Same here in North East Wales!! Just been up to my home village for a ride and Tai-Nant Road above Rhos and into the top of Penycae is really bad. I only mention as this is on the Etape Cymru route in September, but in general there pot holes and ridges that could ruin you bike and your day everywhere around here not just on the small single tracks but on the main A roads too, We also have to put up with some misguided attempt to traffic calm by the use of rumble strips that can upset the the bike and threaten if you are not aware to put you in the hedge (B5102 the descent to the Ffrwd pub is one example!)