• Canadian study suggests road cyclists should wear body armour as well as helmets1 year 11 weeks agoBicycle riders need to be

    Bicycle riders need to be endowed with supernatural powers to enable the cars of dangerous and rude drivers to be lifted up and safely placed nose down in a ditch.

  • Canadian study suggests road cyclists should wear body armour as well as helmets1 year 11 weeks agoResult of study: Cyclists

    Result of study: Cyclists should start driving cars instead

  • Updated: Summary of UCI corruption report leaked; Pat McQuaid denies everything1 year 11 weeks ago> and putting a

    > and putting a 'tracer'(something that can be tested for) in prescription medication (like EPO) is also helping.

    Is this being done? It's an obvious solution (a fat soluble tracer would stay in the body's fat with a long half life), but I suspect Tour of California sponsor AMGEN is not promoting or practicing it.

  • Stop Surrey Being Turned in to a Cycle Track petition reaches over 1,100 signatures - effect on small businesses to be investigated1 year 11 weeks agoI am a motorist as I suspect

    I am a motorist as I suspect many cyclists are. It is funny how being a cyclist increases your appreciation when driving, of other cyclists and their safety. My experience on a bike tells me that cyclists do not have a monopoly of bad road manners. I have rarely been out on my bike without at least one example of thoughtless and even downright dangerous driving. How laughable is the complaint that cyclists are noisy. Of course motor cars are silent. I hardly think that attitudes like this exist in France or other European countries that respect the rights of cyclists.

  • Autumn transition1 year 11 weeks agoI love getting layered up on

    I love getting layered up on a cold (but not icy) Autumn/Winter day and seeing your breath before you as you ride. Feeling the crisp inhalation of air as you get up to temp is one of the best feelings - as long as you've got the right kit and are nice and snug.

    As far as weather forecast, the local airport is always a good bet.

  • Cycling in Rhodes, Greece.1 year 11 weeks agoIf it is for Rhodes Greece,

    If it is for Rhodes Greece, try www.rhodesroads.com and www.facebook.com/RhodesRoads. They rent specialized mtb and offer mtb tours on daily basis. Had a great time with them. Champion cyclist in team.

  • Road Bike Tyres - Help1 year 11 weeks agoTyres aren't the best place

    Tyres aren't the best place to cut corners. Good tyres might cost 50% more but if they flat even 10% less i'd say they're worth it!

    (and some tyres flat orders of magnitude less than others).

    That said - if i want a cheaper tyre i go with Vittoria Rubinos. I'm also quite impressed with Giant's own-brand P-R3 tyres at the moment - which are very very cheap at Rutland Cycling right now!

  • "Gangster politics" - Pat McQuaid writes to national federation heads condemning leak of dossier summary1 year 11 weeks agoO fat Pat McQ, FFS!

    O fat Pat McQ, FFS!

  • Kinesis Aithein - First ride1 year 11 weeks agoWeight limit and side-mounted

    Weight limit and side-mounted cable stops?

    Doesn't bother me, i'm in ....

  • Canadian study suggests road cyclists should wear body armour as well as helmets1 year 11 weeks agoThe 26-68x injury rate per

    The 26-68x injury rate per kilometre cycling vs motor vehicle stat is the kind of thing that gets quoted around and feeds the "cycling is dangerous" mindset. These numbers have to be carefully controlled though, and these smack of an apples to oranges comparison - a km to km comparison of car vs bike incidences (including large numbers of motorway kms for a car, and large numbers of tiny bike kms for kids) is clearly meaningless.

    The source of the numbers are in many ways flagging Toronto as worse than other places (abstract below). Also the fact that they find falls & injuries are more common on sidewalks suggests to me that they are including kids cycling to school on the pavement/sidewalk, short distance, low skill, many accidents. If you lump these into your commuter cyclist accident rate it's no wonder the data looks crazy.

    "This analysis uses data from a survey of Toronto commuter cyclists that collected information regarding accident history as well as regular commute route to work or school. By relating the route information of the 1196 respondents to facility attributes in a Geographic Information System (GIS), defensible estimates of travel exposure on roads, off-road paths and sidewalks were developed. The rate of collision on off-road paths and sidewalks was lower than for roads. The relative rates for falls and injuries suggest these events are least common on-road followed by off-road paths, and finally most common on sidewalks. The rate of major injuries, an injury that required medical attention, was greatest on sidewalks and the difference between paths and sidewalks was negligible. These rates suggest a need for detailed analysis of sidewalk and off-road path bicycle safety. The absolute event rates per bicycle kilometer were found to be between 26 and 68 times higher than similar rates for automobile travel, re-confirming the urgent bicycle safety crisis. Examination of rates for sub-groups of cyclists suggest that experience is an important factor in bicycle safety. The same survey conducted in Ottawa, Canada found event rates much lower than Toronto. This result may confirm urban form, traffic levels and attitude do affect bicycle safety. The analysis also demonstrates a successful method to quantify bicycle travel exposure information and should be considered for further use as complement to other existing techniques."

    This has got too dull....Sighs...

  • Canadian study suggests road cyclists should wear body armour as well as helmets1 year 11 weeks agoGreat choice of photo - not

    Great choice of photo - not only is it American, but flopped so the flag is backwards. I know, Blame the UK!

  • Canadian study suggests road cyclists should wear body armour as well as helmets1 year 11 weeks ago60kg lean keen climbing

    60kg lean keen climbing machine wrote:
    I have a plan, If I ditch the cycle clothing and ride as the Michelin Man its win win. I could get free tyres from Michelin as a mobile advert and then when some dippy car driver puts me on the deck I can walk-cycle away unscathed, result!! Big Grin

    Er did you see Ghostbusters and what happened to Mr Stay-Puft.

  • Evans cycles - the MacDonalds of bicycles?1 year 11 weeks agoI should say; Evans used to

    I should say; Evans used to be better, and more competitive. I suspect expansion, the mini-boom UK cycling is experiencing and them taking the eye off the customer-service ball are all part of a problem they could still fix. They have the locations.

    I have pretty good luck with Wiggle - quick free shipping and no problems with items on the site but not in stock (which at least a few other have problems with). I did have an issue with a set of bibs from Wiggle that came with a seam unsewn for an inch or so. They wanted a picture of the defect (done), then had a form for me to complete with the message

    "Please send it back to us using the returns system found on our website and we will refund your returns carriage if found to be faulty. If the product is out of warranty or not considered a manufacturers defect we may only be able offer a repair service which may incur a fixing charge." - While I realise that is boilerplate, I expected a bit more after sending them a photo. Why bother?

    I just gave in and sewed the things up myself. Compare to Northumberland with the new tyre in the post the next day - just return the defective one in the included postage-paid pack.

    Chain Reaction is also fast - never had to return anything so can't say about that. The problem I have with CRC is that their listings are so skimpy you are sometimes not really sure what they are offering.

  • Canadian study suggests road cyclists should wear body armour as well as helmets1 year 11 weeks agoI have a plan, If I ditch the

    I have a plan, If I ditch the cycle clothing and ride as the Michelin Man its win win. I could get free tyres from Michelin as a mobile advert and then when some dippy car driver puts me on the deck I can walk-cycle away unscathed, result!! Big Grin

  • London Bikeathon - 100mi this Sunday1 year 11 weeks agoOoh and some jelly babies for

    Ooh and some jelly babies for a change of taste.

  • SOLD1 year 11 weeks agoIf something looks too good

    If something looks too good to be true...

  • British Cycling announces UCI Road Worlds squads1 year 11 weeks agozedand3 wrote:I think David

    zedand3 wrote:
    I think David Millar would have made a great captain on the road, there's no obvous captain in the list. What about Peter Kennaugh? A great domestique for Froome in the TDF, no?

    G will probably be captain - he's been road captain a couple of times for Sky inc this year's Dauphine. Unless Bradders is up for it....

    As for PK he's still wiped out from the Tour apparently. DNF Colorado, and they had to pull him from the ToB squad.

  • Cycle computers, what do you actually need ?1 year 11 weeks agoI'd like to see a little

    I'd like to see a little ambulance pop up on the screen if you go over your max heart rate Big Grin

  • Road Bike Tyres - Help1 year 11 weeks agoAround £10 each: Schwalbe

    Around £10 each:
    Schwalbe Blizzard Sport. Quite light, I have a folding pair on for over 12 months that have been surprisingly good.

    Alternatives I have heard good things about include Vittoria Rubino rigid (wire bead) and Zaffiro, but I've not tried them.

    Under £20:
    Vittoria Rubino Pro III
    Bontrager Race Lite Hardcase
    Michelin Lithion II

    Above £20:
    Schwalbe Durano (but not variants e.g. Skid, Plus)
    Michelin Pro 4 Endurance
    Continental GP 4 Season

    There are others but these 3 are consistently top rated allround/all-year tyres.

  • Kinesis Aithein - First ride1 year 11 weeks ago(No subject)

    Rolling On The Floor Wave

  • London Bikeathon - 100mi this Sunday1 year 11 weeks agoI have a friend who also

    I have a friend who also swears by coke. He uses the little mixer cans. I'm not sure I could handle the fizz; I get a bit burpy on squash!

  • Canadian study suggests road cyclists should wear body armour as well as helmets1 year 11 weeks agoStop driving cars into

    Stop driving cars into cyclists and we wouldn't need it!

  • British Cycling announces UCI Road Worlds squads1 year 11 weeks agoSome Fella wrote:I think it

    Some Fella wrote:
    I think it shows the quality in depth British cycling now has that they can afford to leave Millar out.

    My thoughts too. It wasn't so long ago that we struggled to scrape a handful of riders who were up to the job, and enough UCI points to qualify them in the first place.

  • Road Bike Tyres - Help1 year 11 weeks agoI found Michelins more

    I found Michelins more vulnerable to cuts than Vittoria, however I was on the pro 3 SC, not the newer pro 4, or the endurance model. Amazing rolling resistance tho.

    I just replaced my rear Vittoria after 1400 miles, front still looks pretty good after same mileage. I don't think that's horrendous, but depends on your definition I suppose.

    As LSW says, budget tyres are false economy, all of these mentioned are good tyres for what they do, wear rate and performance varies according to purpose

  • Canadian study suggests road cyclists should wear body armour as well as helmets1 year 11 weeks agoSorry I saw the title then

    Sorry I saw the title then the picture of the 'Merican' soldiers and I cant get the 'Blame Canada' song out of my head Smile