• British Weather...1 year 8 weeks agoThere are also some really

    There are also some really slippery medieval cobbles around Central london.....they cover them with carpet for the runners in the London Marathon......not sure if there are any on the route though?

  • British Weather...1 year 8 weeks agolivestrongnick wrote:The

    livestrongnick wrote:
    The london forecast has changed everyday for the past week for monday 7th!? Silly Waiting

    And will probably do the same up to Monday 7th July NEXT YEAR.....4 seasons in a day!!

    One person always springs to mind on tricky descents over a classics type course(stage 2) in bad weather.....everyone's favourite Ginger Italian.....he's worn pink before and may well want to wear yellow too before it gets too late?

  • L'Eroica Britannia: best of British1 year 8 weeks agoSky Go website has never

    Sky Go website has never heard of "Incycle". Was it on that "Riding the Dales" programme?

  • Creating a league just for the TdF1 year 8 weeks agoyou can change the league to

    you can change the league to show all year or current comp

  • B'Twin SS Jersey 7001 year 8 weeks agonowasps wrote:I sense a

    nowasps wrote:
    I sense a pocket arms-race coming. Personally, I'm waiting for a seven-pocket jersey.

    Bold play - although I fear this may provoke the usual 'when I were young we had one pocket, made out of wood, nailed on the the outside of a jersey we made ourselves from Brillo-pads' or industry conspiracy forced obsolescence reaction....

  • Video: Backtracker uses radar technology to warn of approaching vehicles1 year 8 weeks agodon simon wrote:pikeamus, as

    don simon wrote:
    pikeamus, as I said earlier "fucksticks" will be "fucksticks".

    Well yes.

    I'm just saying that I think people who believe cyclists that wear headphones are being inherently irresponsible are wrong.

  • YOUNG RIDERS in TDF - Who are they?1 year 8 weeks agoThank you, I've gone for

    Thank you,

    I've gone for Thibaut Pinot. fingers crossed. Worried

  • YOUNG RIDERS in TDF - Who are they?1 year 8 weeks agoMostyn wrote:Couple of years

    Mostyn wrote:
    Couple of years back; I remember Thibaut Pinot was aceing some of the climbs in the TDF Is he still one of the major contenders for a White jersey?

    Most people's idea of a MUST in purist I'd have thought......unless he gets the collywobbles on the downhill sections again....let's hope his off season downhill skiing exploits have finally cured it?

    It'll be interesting to see who holds it in the early skirmishes up till the first real climbs......Kwia/Sagan/Matthews/Degenkolb or even Slagter

  • Video: Backtracker uses radar technology to warn of approaching vehicles1 year 8 weeks agopikeamus, as I said earlier

    pikeamus, as I said earlier "fucksticks" will be "fucksticks".

  • B'Twin SS Jersey 7001 year 8 weeks agoor a cycling waistcoat,

    or a cycling waistcoat, somewhat akin to a fisherman's or photographer's waistcoat. Big Grin

  • Video: Backtracker uses radar technology to warn of approaching vehicles1 year 8 weeks agopikeamus wrote:andyp

    pikeamus wrote:
    andyp wrote:

    This.
    It also ties nicely to your line about headphones. Why would not listening to music make a difference to whether an idiot drives into the back of you.

    I make the same point when people talk about headphone bans. If you are cycling in a responsible manner, what action can you possibly take when you hear something coming up behind you aggressively?

    I don't wear headphones, but I really can't understand why people think it's so dangerous to do so.

    Sometimes you can take action. As an example, a few times I've been aware of people racing up behind me as I approach a junction or car park on my left, making me suspect I'm going to get cut up, and I can put myself in a better position for when, sure enough, that's what happens.

    OK, that doesn't happen too often, and of course if someone's going to just drive into the back of you hearing it coming isn't necessarily going to help you out.

    But for me headphones are a trade off that isn't worth making. I like music, but struggling to hear it over road noise or with only one headphone in in exchange for reducing my awareness of my surroundings, even if only a little bit? Personally I'll leave it thanks.

    And IMO all that stuff about drivers being able to listen to music etc. is a massive red herring, unless you find that you experience using the roads in your car exactly the same as when you're on your bike, including how you are treated.

    All that said, people can do what they want and it doesn't really bother me when I see people with headphones, unless they're holding people up in blissful ignorance!

  • Tour of Yorkshire scheduled to debut next May1 year 8 weeks agofrank wrote:Gkam84

    frank wrote:
    Gkam84 wrote:
    Legacy isn't about the local benefits and communities, it is just an excuse for the event organisers to make more money of the back of a big event.
    I wish there were more people like you, Gkam. You seem to have a genuine concern for the communities and for the good of cycling in general. I agree it's a pity these people all seem to be about mobey, money, money... I wish there were more people like you who would orgamzie these events with a more community oriented approach. Sadly, it takes a lot of effort and there just aren't enough selfless people to do this without wanting to reap the financial rewards that these events can generate.

    There are people like me all over the place, but if you've ever tried to put on a cycle event. You'd soon find out that everyone wants their cut.

    If you want the event to pull in the bigger riders, you'll need to go through British Cycling, that aint cheap to start with.

    Then the local council will want some money, the police want their share if you have to close a road, even just for a rolling closure, you need their permission.

    I could go on and on. It all adds up, then by the time you pay them all, to cover your costs, you either have to have stupidity high entrance fee's, which instantly cuts your field, take on a sponsor, who will want their cut of everything aswell or as many do. Run it at a loose just to have a good event.

  • Video: Backtracker uses radar technology to warn of approaching vehicles1 year 8 weeks agodon simon wrote:And as the

    don simon wrote:
    And as the following cyclist, what did you do to avoid a collision?

    Braked sharply and gave them a few choice words, though I would dispute the phrase "following cyclist" in this context. On one instance, where I was far enough back, I yelled a warning and it made no difference. On a busy road during rush hour most people assume that yells they hear aren't directed at them. Because they typically aren't. When people yell at my I typically assume it's some sort of abuse and ignore it. Because it typically is.

    Anyway, we're getting off track. My point is that, as a responsible rider, my hearing virtually never causes me to change what I'm doing.

  • Half of Britons say local roads too dangerous for cycling in BBC poll1 year 8 weeks agoGrahamSt wrote:There are only

    GrahamSt wrote:
    There are only a couple of data points that far back so the swings are much more pronounced.

    I'd speculate that with more granularity it would show a fairly smooth rise up to the early forties as more and more people got access to cars, followed by a pretty sharp drop as the war progressed due to factors like the number of young men overseas, people selling cars to buy rations, and curfews on driving at night etc. (But I'm just guessing really)

    The evidence is all there though - if we want to reduce road casualties further all we need is another World War.

    Who's with me?

    That makes more sense, I focussed on the top point of the graph, rather than the large drop after.

  • B'Twin SS Jersey 7001 year 8 weeks agoI sense a pocket arms-race

    I sense a pocket arms-race coming. Personally, I'm waiting for a seven-pocket jersey.

  • Half of Britons say local roads too dangerous for cycling in BBC poll1 year 8 weeks agoIt's harder to see during a

    It's harder to see during a blackout. Must have been a lot of black market petrol going around though. Wink

  • British cyclist killed in head-on collision as he descends Alpe d'Huez1 year 8 weeks agoVery sad. I've just come

    Very sad. I've just come back from there which made it more poignant for me. The alpine descents are amazing but the speeds you can attain are quite scary. I do recall that at speed your ability to manoevre quickly isn't good and everything happens so much faster. On a bend you're braking hard before the turn, but once you're committed to a particular 'track' (in the turn) it's quite hard to change it. There are plenty of 'loony' drivers out there; usually a local in a high powered car who (in his opinion) knows the road well.

  • Half of Britons say local roads too dangerous for cycling in BBC poll1 year 8 weeks agoThere are only a couple of

    There are only a couple of data points that far back so the swings are much more pronounced.

    I'd speculate that with more granularity it would show a fairly smooth rise up to the early forties as more and more people got access to cars, followed by a pretty sharp drop as the war progressed due to factors like the number of young men overseas, people selling cars to buy rations, and curfews on driving at night etc. (But I'm just guessing really)

    The evidence is all there though - if we want to reduce road casualties further all we need is another World War.

    Who's with me?

  • Orica-GreenEdge's Daryl Impey tests positive for banned diuretic1 year 8 weeks agodaddyELVIS wrote:farrell

    daddyELVIS wrote:
    farrell wrote:
    There is an irony in asking someone to expand, then condensing the word 'please' to 'pls', but I think that your response of "So you sit on the other side of the fence, believe everything your told even if evidence points to the contrary, and don't question things" pretty much speaks for itself.

    Not really.

    Anyway, try countering the points I've made re this case and doping in cycling, rather than trying to paint me as a lunatic (typical tactic seen in politics when the counter argument is weak!)

    Ok, so at what point have believed everything I've been told?

    At what point have I been shown evidence that I have dismissed?

    At what point have I avoided questioning things?

    None of those apply to me, yet here you are repeating them, presumably in the hope that it eventually appears true.

    That approaching to slurring people is a popular tactic used by conspiracy theorists, screaming that everyone else must be wrong, have their heads in the sand etc.

    Feels familiar.

  • Orica-GreenEdge's Daryl Impey tests positive for banned diuretic1 year 8 weeks agodaddyELVIS wrote:farrell

    daddyELVIS wrote:
    farrell wrote:

    I wouldn't be surprised if you were to move on to claiming that Team Sky and the UCI were responsible for 9/11.

    It's a bit desperate.

    So you sit on the other side of the fence, believe everything your told even if evidence points to the contrary, and don't question things.

    I do find this quite strange coming from someone who seems to show little or no equivocation about their beliefs about some teams, no matter what the evidence.

    Similarly, not agreeing with you does not, in my book, mean others merely "believe everything your told" - I think you go too far there.

  • "Sick" David Millar unhappy at being cut from Garmin-Sharp's Tour de France line-up1 year 8 weeks agoleedgreen wrote:Charly

    leedgreen wrote:
    Charly Wegelius is knob.... road worlds madrid.........

    Pah... we'd have all done the same thing in their shoes.

    They'd have earnt more in that day than they had for half the year.

    Since then BC have rather more generous team bonuses in place for worlds success than they did back then.

  • Video: Backtracker uses radar technology to warn of approaching vehicles1 year 8 weeks agoRoad and cycle paths. I

    Road and cycle paths.
    I generally shout STRAAAAAAAAAAAAAVAAAAAAAAAAAA! as this is the most effective way of passing.
    I'm more than comfortable in my passing technique, I say at volume that I'm passing on the right/left, whichever I deem safer and am more than capable of avoiding any form of contact if there is a misunderstanding. 1,000s of kms and zero collisions would support this. HTH.

    Quote:
    By way of contrast to your example, I've had several instances where a cyclist switched from undertaking a line of traffic to overtaking it, swerving into my path as they did so because they were relying on their hearing and didn't realise a cyclist was already overtaking the traffic.

    And as the following cyclist, what did you do to avoid a collision?

  • Chris Froome ready to defend Tour de France title, insists he had no say in Bradley Wiggins’ omission (+ video)1 year 8 weeks agoChris Froome is quoted as

    Chris Froome is quoted as saying '...it wasn't me gov, honest... please don't hate me!'

    Sky's PR team has been quoted as saying 'I'm sure we can squeeze a bit more coverage out of this story yet...'

    I'm done with it.... lets get on with the tour, I'm sure it'll be a cracker as ever.

    In other news, has anyone read interviews with Sky riders lately? Everything I have read has included muttered discontent in some form or other... not sure if thats journos putting their own interpretation on things, or that there will be a few british riders not renewing their contract....

  • YOUNG RIDERS in TDF - Who are they?1 year 8 weeks agoAlways worth checking the

    Always worth checking the betting - http://www.oddschecker.com/cycling/tour-de-france/young-rider-classifica...

    Bardet, Pinot, Kwiatkowski the favourites.

  • Orica-GreenEdge's Daryl Impey tests positive for banned diuretic1 year 8 weeks agofarrell wrote: I wouldn't be

    farrell wrote:

    I wouldn't be surprised if you were to move on to claiming that Team Sky and the UCI were responsible for 9/11.

    It's a bit desperate.

    So you sit on the other side of the fence, believe everything your told even if evidence points to the contrary, and don't question things.

    That's fine and safe - but no need to paint me as a mad conspiracy-theorist, and try to debunk my position by associating me with lunacy!