• Smartphones and long rides: The Strategy1 year 7 weeks agoDave Atkinson wrote:SB76

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    SB76 wrote:
    I would expect that a dedicated device would be more accurate but i havent done the testing however what level of accuracy do either cars/cyclists really need.

    i would expect a dedicated gps to be more accurate too, but my experience, and looking at plots off my edge 810 compared to my phone, suggests that they're not. or if they are, the phone plot is sufficiently good for it not to matter

    I think the key is sufficiently good enough not to matter is the point. We dont need the plots to be inch perfect.

  • Video: East Belfast bandsmen in 'Pink Lycra' tribute to Giro d'Italia1 year 7 weeks agowas half expecting Mrs Brown

    Applause Rolling On The Floor was half expecting Mrs Brown to make an apperance Laughing

  • Route-planning site cycle.travel rolls out "Street View for bikes"1 year 7 weeks agovery handy for checking out

    very handy for checking out NCN paths.

  • Smartphones and long rides: The Strategy1 year 7 weeks agoSB76 wrote:I would expect

    SB76 wrote:
    I would expect that a dedicated device would be more accurate but i havent done the testing however what level of accuracy do either cars/cyclists really need.

    i would expect a dedicated gps to be more accurate too, but my experience, and looking at plots off my edge 810 compared to my phone, suggests that they're not. or if they are, the phone plot is sufficiently good for it not to matter

  • Video: East Belfast bandsmen in 'Pink Lycra' tribute to Giro d'Italia1 year 7 weeks agoJust brilliant!

    Just brilliant! Rolling On The Floor

  • RCUK game1 year 7 weeks agoSweet. I'm joining although

    Sweet. I'm joining although I'm shit at stage races, classics are my speciality.

  • Video: York headcam cyclist who posted video of poor riding turns his attention to city's drivers1 year 7 weeks agoBeefy wrote:The comments

    Beefy wrote:
    The comments about red traffic lights gave me a weary smile. On my commute last week a car clearly went through a red light as speed there was a lancashire constabulary car opposite which clearly saw
    this. I pointed at the car and the constable simply couldn't be bothered. May be there was a more pressing incident past Tarleton, to make it more annoying the lights are 50 meters from the police station. I think the constabulary in Lancashire were just made to look incompetent and not fit to protect the whole community. Still they often park across the bike path on southport bye pass so I don't think they like cycles. We can produce video for ever but if the police don't care we are on to a looser.

    Absolutely Agree

  • Smartphones and long rides: The Strategy1 year 7 weeks ago5 years ago I'd have been the

    5 years ago I'd have been the first person to agree that stand-alone GPS was the way to go - as a former mobile network operator and manufacturer technology strategist, I have drawers full of now-obsolete GPS receivers, old phones, etc. Testing this stuff used to be my day job.

    Now GPS has gone the way of bike lights. Used to be £200 was the entry point for lights good enough to do 50km/hr on unlit lanes for 2+ hrs. Now it's £20 or less.

    As Dave / SB76 alluded, the conversation now moves to waterproofness and battery life - although increasingly battery clearly isn't an issue for the vast majority of rides, and the Quadlock silicone ponchos or case things like p0cpacs mean you can happily take a £500 non-IP-rated phone out on the bars or in a pocket in a thunderstorm and be happy.

    I'd not be surprised if the next iPhone comes IP rated. It used to be IP rating a handset added $100 to the bill and quite a few mm to the dimensions. As with GPS, 8+ MP cameras etc, it's now almost a hygiene factor.

  • Strava moves into 'big data' - London & Glasgow already signed up to find out where cyclists ride1 year 7 weeks agoAl__S wrote:giobox wrote:I

    Al__S wrote:
    giobox wrote:
    I love that we are all speculating on what the data can or cannot show, without access to that data, or any demographics of Strava users what so ever!

    I'm not speculating. I know for a fact that on the publcily available activity heat map- the data for councils is just this, with some filters- some of the busiest cycling routes locally (ones that get actual traffic jams of cyclists) show almost no activity, whilst roads with known small numbers (from council counting) are very bright.

    You talking about London here or somewhere else? Because the commuting heat map shown above seems pretty accurate to me.

    College road in Dulwich is used by all types of riders on the morning commute and is represented by a big thick orange line. It's also not somewhere that Lycra louts generally go on their weekend jollys.

  • 38mm Far Sports Carbon Wheels: Update #11 year 7 weeks agoAgree with some other

    Agree with some other comments on here - I don't really get carbon clinchers. The advantage of carbon for wheels seems to be that they produce a very light rim at big depths. If you then make it heavier by using a reinforced clincher rim it defeats the object a little.

    nor do I see the point in tubeless for Road biking - though it is a fairly new market for road bikes at the moment, so once more manufacturers support, then perhaps..

  • Route-planning site cycle.travel rolls out "Street View for bikes"1 year 7 weeks agoGhostie wrote: Also, a

    Ghostie wrote:

    Also, a problem with that site - isn't their fault - as it uses google street maps and sometimes not so recent photos, you'll never know the surface you are riding on until you actually ride on it.

    I believe it uses photos from http://geograph.org.uk not Google?

  • 38mm Far Sports Carbon Wheels: Update #11 year 7 weeks agoI'd certainly recommend the

    I'd certainly recommend the Reynolds blue pads. I started off with swisstop yellow and there was a marked improvement in both wet and dry braking when I put the Reynolds on..

    This may be down to the interaction of Reynolds pads and Reynolds rims, not sure.

  • Trek gear up for the disc brake revolution with new Domane Disc1 year 7 weeks agoPourquoi pas 'le Disque?

    Pourquoi pas 'le Disque?

  • Tour of Cali1 year 7 weeks agoPhinney Dumbroski Warbasse

    Phinney
    Dumbroski
    Warbasse

  • Video: York headcam cyclist who posted video of poor riding turns his attention to city's drivers1 year 7 weeks agoThe comments about red

    The comments about red traffic lights gave me a weary smile. On my commute last week a car clearly went through a red light as speed there was a lancashire constabulary car opposite which clearly saw
    this. I pointed at the car and the constable simply couldn't be bothered. May be there was a more pressing incident past Tarleton, to make it more annoying the lights are 50 meters from the police station. I think the constabulary in Lancashire were just made to look incompetent and not fit to protect the whole community. Still they often park across the bike path on southport bye pass so I don't think they like cycles. We can produce video for ever but if the police don't care we are on to a looser.

  • Smartphones and long rides: The Strategy1 year 7 weeks agoI would expect that a

    I would expect that a dedicated device would be more accurate but i havent done the testing however what level of accuracy do either cars/cyclists really need. I have used my old iphone as a car satnav and to do thta, i bought the tomtom cradle that came with an additional gps radio to boost the poor indoor/car quality gps of an iphone 3GS. I have some the odd strange behaviour using strava on my phone but where that comes from is difficult.

    The key thing is Strava must perform some post processing as the stats for the rides do change between hitting save on the device and the ride being uploaded.

    I believe the phone is suffcient from a GPS perspective so it's purely about battery life and other things such as waterproofing.

  • BTwin Automatic Touring Pedals - Shimano compatible1 year 7 weeks agoIgnore all of the petty

    Ignore all of the petty whinging, I enjoy the variety of reviews and so what if things have developed and products discontinued they will still be available in stores or in the equivilent wellgo.

    Keep reviewing everything Road.cc

  • Leeds responds to Lizzie Armitstead’s #ChooseCycling letter1 year 7 weeks agoLeodis, I would look here

    Leodis,

    I would look here for some context on the Cookridge Street debacle. http://www.leedscyclingcampaign.co.uk/?q=node/501

    You are very welcome to come to a campaign meeting and tell us what we should be doing better and how we should do it. The perception amongst the wider Leeds cycling community is that we have been having a good impact in recent years.

    ....or you could just continue feeling grumpy in internet forums.

  • Video: York headcam cyclist who posted video of poor riding turns his attention to city's drivers1 year 7 weeks agoQuince wrote:gareth2510

    Quince wrote:
    gareth2510 wrote:
    Question: And the point is?
    Answer: Looks the norm to me

    All fixed.

    I can't believe people can accept this sort of crap without raising objection to it. As if having a self-centred, defeatist whinge about 'putting up with this sort of thing daily' is worth as much as actually trying to sort the bloody thing out.

    If suffering this sort of thing regularly is a mark of personal pride, then well done you; you are Lord of Being Bullied -- your Suffer Score must be through the roof -- but some people don't want to play the 'Being Routinely Physically and Psychologically Abused' game quite as much, and would actually like to ride their bikes in a different context.

    For their sake, please gain some perspective.

    As a regular bike commuter I have a lot of perspective on the situation and believe me there is no pride in saying that I find this the norm. What ever your thoughts, you have no right to judge me or anyone else on here that have said these daily experiences the 'norm' You are bang out of order and I find your comments laughable quite frankly.

    Take on the fight rather than ranting on a forum who most of the drivers shown in the video wont even know exist. Who find cyclists annoying and feel shouldnt be on the road and lastly wouldnt remember a single 1 of these incidents or give a shit when shown their driving.

    That is your challenge.
    I once tried but now due to riding unheard, I find this is the norm and sadly I dont seeing it ever changing

  • Shimano Ultegra 6800 groupset1 year 7 weeks agoI have recently bought a

    I have recently bought a Planet X RT-58 which came with the same groupset. I have an 11-28 casstte but would like to put an 11-32 on as you have. Did you change the rear mech from the SS to the GS cage to cope with this or does the supplied SS manage. I also have a 50-34 compact chainset. Theoretically the 11-32 is outside the spec of the SS rear mech but that does not mean to say it will not work!
    John

  • Edinburgh council puts lorry drivers on bikes to learn cyclists' perspective1 year 7 weeks agoGoldfever4 wrote:Matt eaton

    Goldfever4 wrote:
    Matt eaton wrote:
    “The Council is committed to promoting cycling as a primary mode of transport, and as such we have pledged to invest 7% of our transport budget into developing cycling infrastructure throughout the city."

    Hang on a minute. 7% of the budget for 'a primary mode of transport'. Surely that should read more like 47% if the stated intention is to be beleived? What will they do with the other 93%? Spend it on secondary forms of transport? Perhaps I'm being unfair and this quote is out of context but it looks rather like another case of failing to put money and mouths in the same place.

    Besides that, it's good to see this sort of scheme and I hope it progresses to form part of mandatory training for all drivers.

    Bear in mind they're still paying for that ludicrous tram system, and that cycling infrastructure is generally the least expensive (i.e. paint). And that the roads around Edinburgh are atrocious.

    It's a good concept and has been used elsewhere to good effect. Some London bus drivers have to do cycle training and some of the more responsible haulage companies do it too. I agree, cycle training should be compulsory for all vehicle drivers (apart from the physically disabled) as well as the CBT. I'd make that retrospective too.

    As an aside, Embra used to have the best bus system in the UK back in the good old days. The tram system has cost a fortune, caused enormous disruption and only covers a fraction of its original route. Someone clever would've thought to re-use all the old suburban train routes that are currently glass strewn mixed use cycle/pedestrian routes but little used due to the risk of mugging.

  • Oakley launch Tour de France eyewear collection1 year 7 weeks agostumps wrote:Other than the 3

    stumps wrote:
    Other than the 3 stripes on the frame i've got a pair of the Racing Jacket which are identical in lens and frame colour. Got them from an ebay site in Hong Kong for £5.99p.

    They are brilliant, light as a feather and seem very well made. Just shows you dont have to spend a fortune.

    They might look similar but they are not identical in anything other than shape and colour.
    I have half a dozen knock-offs from eBay and one real pair, and can tell you there is no comparison at all in reality. The lens of the £5 Foakleys give me headache in bright sunlight for a start, hardly a good sign.
    Just ask an optician about the increase they see in eye damage due to people wearing sunglasses that don't conform to even the most basic standards.
    Of course I am not saying £150-200+ for plastic sunnies is justifiable, and of course almost all of that is profit, the frames are nothing special but the lenses in genuine Oakleys are incredible quality.

  • Edinburgh council puts lorry drivers on bikes to learn cyclists' perspective1 year 7 weeks agowlizhi wrote:jasecd wrote:Huw

    wlizhi wrote:
    jasecd wrote:
    Huw Watkins wrote:
    Excellent initiative

    If we could just get someone from up there to knock TFL's door and talk to them about their bus drivers

    And a mandatory part of getting a black cab licence.

    ANY cab's (specially addison lee), not just black cab

    Agreed. Personally I have found the black cabs the worst offenders but there's definitely room for improvement with the rest.

  • Leeds responds to Lizzie Armitstead’s #ChooseCycling letter1 year 7 weeks agoI really am not sure after

    I really am not sure after reading Leeds cycling campaign which is worse, them or LCC. They are the ones who have agreed and seem to think these new painted "cycle lanes" are acceptable, I think they have spent that long in the dark they are willing to accept any scraps from LCC's feasting table.

    Take a look

    http://www.leedscyclingcampaign.co.uk/?q=node/603

    ProfPing
    You are bit of a dick arent you?

  • Leeds responds to Lizzie Armitstead’s #ChooseCycling letter1 year 7 weeks agoA Leeds resident getting

    A Leeds resident getting ready for the Le Tour