• 1 in 3 sportive riders are on Specialized, Trek or Giant, says research firm1 year 7 weeks agoEtape Caledonia last year,

    Etape Caledonia last year, 5000 entrants.... 2 Rattrays Flying Scots.

    Combined aged, 111.

  • Drunk, speeding, hit and run van driver who killed cyclist sentenced to eight years in jail1 year 7 weeks agoRegardless of what one

    Regardless of what one considers to be the 'correct' length of sentence for any given offence, I don't like the way sentence reductions work.

    Firstly the halved-sentence for good behaviour is the wrong way round and hence misleading. The actual sentence should be stated and then potentially increased for _bad_ behaviour. As it is it invites contempt for the system as the general public are mislead about what sentences actually are. If the N-year sentence is really N/2 years unless they misbehave then while that base figure is a separate debate, at least describe it correctly to begin with.

    Secondly I know it might be futile to complain about it, because its dictated by economic factors, but I dislike the 'reduction for guilty plea' rule. Its essentially plea-bargaining (which the US system seems to run on) though via sentence length rather than charge.

    It seems daft that someone (possibly a professional crook or habitual offender) who has been caught 'bang-to-rights' and knows full well they are going to be convicted can get such a reduction by simply accepting the inevitable (even at the very last moment before the trial, apparently).

    And it seems unfair that those who are innocent of what they are charged with who are likely to feel obliged to either gamble with a full trial or be panicked into accepting a conviction for something they didn't do.

    The whole practice seems to be about saving money rather than seeing justice is done.

  • Freddie Flintoff & Robert Penn ride deep into the Amazon in Flintoff’s Road to Nowhere on Sky tonight1 year 7 weeks agoA second "thanks for the

    A second "thanks for the heads up"

  • Freddie Flintoff & Robert Penn ride deep into the Amazon in Flintoff’s Road to Nowhere on Sky tonight1 year 7 weeks agoSky+ set up, nice heads up.

    Sky+ set up, nice heads up. Big Grin

  • Cyclist left disabled after being hit by police car wins High Court case against Metropolitan Police1 year 7 weeks agoSimon_MacMichael wrote:Ush

    Simon_MacMichael wrote:
    Ush wrote:
    The only relevant part of the the previous is the presence of lights on the bicycle. The rest of it is folk-safety nonsense unsupported by any clear evidence.

    If the judge used the fact that Mr MacLeod was following what are after all two recommendations of the Highway Code as part of his rejection of the Met's claim of contributory negligence, it's entirely relevant.

    Makes sense. Time to get that safety woo out of the Highway Code then
    http://www.cyclistsdefencefund.org.uk/cycle-helmets-and-contributory-neg...

  • 1 in 3 sportive riders are on Specialized, Trek or Giant, says research firm1 year 7 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:I wonder how

    Gkam84 wrote:
    I wonder how many ICE trikes were in the list.....not really, recumbents are not welcome on any of those sportives Angry

    you want to get on some audaxes, they couldn't give a monkey's toss what you ride in the main and on top of that it's only 39p to enter*

    *well, a fiver

  • Yet another "Which Bike Should I get?" (Mine was Stolen)1 year 7 weeks agoIf available you could get

    If available you could get the planet X on cycle to work, saving you some cash.
    Agree with the people saying you can also go and sit on the planet X bike before you buy it, get fitting advice etc.

  • 1 in 3 sportive riders are on Specialized, Trek or Giant, says research firm1 year 7 weeks agoI wonder how many ICE trikes

    I wonder how many ICE trikes were in the list.....not really, recumbents are not welcome on any of those sportives Angry

  • 1 in 3 sportive riders are on Specialized, Trek or Giant, says research firm1 year 7 weeks agoAlso surprised Bianchi were

    Also surprised Bianchi were up there to begin with. Very rarely see any out and about.

  • Full-size foldable eBike to launch via Kickstarter1 year 7 weeks agoFor KiwiMike, whom just said

    For KiwiMike, whom just said bad things (not only about the bike, which would have been understandable), but also about us: We are three Argentinians professionals, (Lucas and Mariano are Economist and Agustin engineer) who have been working really hard during more than TWO years in this project. Then we decided to come to the USA and launch the project on Kickstater. So, I understand and I thank you for your concerns about The Gi, but you should be more carefull choosing your words buddy.

    Some people work seriously

    We wanted to make a product for people who love biking in cities and enjoy commuting by bike, and we have finally made it.

    You will be invited to try it! Thank you !

    Thank you everybody for help and promoted us!

    Follow us and share www.gibike.com !

    Mariano Bossana

  • Back pain and stem length/saddle position1 year 7 weeks agoIf you're looking for a Retul

    If you're looking for a Retul and are in the Midlands, give dynamic rides a try

  • Ordnance Survey launches free iOS Ride Tour de France route app with Chris Boardman1 year 7 weeks agofatbastard wrote:Anything

    fatbastard wrote:
    Anything "free" from OS is a rarity. We (the taxpayers of Britain) have already paid for this data, but still they refuse to release Landranger and Explorer map data for free. Should really call it a Map Tax.
    Anyway it's Friday so I'll stop moaning. At Wits End

    fatbastard wrote:
    Just downloaded it onto my iPad. Typical bloody OS,...Pop Ups asking if you want to buy the Map.

    NOTE: the 'buy map' is to buy the ***physical map*** which I very much doubt anyone will do. The app lets you cache the online map, so effectively you are getting that 25k-scale OS map for free.

    Apps like Viewranger do require you to pay for OS maps, so in this case you the taxpayer are getting something for nowt.

  • Drunk, speeding, hit and run van driver who killed cyclist sentenced to eight years in jail1 year 7 weeks agoDid he really not see the

    Did he really not see the cyclist...or did he think it might be “fun” to see what happened perish the thought? You have to be extremely drunk to be on completely the wrong side of the road and hit something coming the other way that is near the kerb.

  • Cyclist left disabled after being hit by police car wins High Court case against Metropolitan Police1 year 7 weeks agojacknorell wrote:Ush

    jacknorell wrote:
    Ush wrote:
    Quote:
    The judge noted that at the time of the collision on a mini-roundabout, he was wearing a helmet and high visibility jacket and had working lights on his bicycle.

    The only relevant part of the the previous is the presence of lights on the bicycle. The rest of it is folk-safety nonsense unsupported by any clear evidence.

    They judge may have attempted to highlight that the rider was safety-conscious, so unlikely to ride around in a way as to "shoot out from a side street" like the Met tried to make out.

    If they really tried to make that out it shows their vindictive hidden agenda oh and they've been watching too many "alleycat" videos and not enough of motorists who "shoot out from a side street" as and when.

  • Ordnance Survey launches free iOS Ride Tour de France route app with Chris Boardman1 year 7 weeks agothepocpac wrote:Great all you

    thepocpac wrote:
    Great all you need now is a bombproof smartphone mount for your handlebars. You can get the great value £9.99 Austrian Finn here. http://bit.ly/1eM7qLF

    I use one of those iphone holders designed for wearing on the arm, and vecroed round the stem instead. I found a "Buy it Now" on Ebay at just 99p inc p&p.

  • Cycle helmets have "major flaws" in safety, insists cyclist airbag firm Hövding (+ video)1 year 7 weeks agoThey compare their device to

    They compare their device to typical bicycle helmets and with little "testing" detail. I suspect you could wear a motorcycle helmet if you wanted "better" protection (or even a full-face bike helmet).

    This device has been around awhile, but seems to put a PR push on every now and then. The cost makes it a non-starter, I think, and I have serious questions about its ability to protect from a secondary impact (fall off bike, hit road, slide, hit kerb).

    And note airbags in cars are secondary protection - seatbelts are your primary protection. Many auto accidents involve multiple impacts (collision with another car then with a second car or tree, armco, etc.) The airbags only work once.

  • Cyclist left disabled after being hit by police car wins High Court case against Metropolitan Police1 year 7 weeks agoRecommendations not

    Recommendations not "law"?

    It's amazing how brainwashing can be done so easily.

    The police have always been scum, they've proven it time and time again, especially with their obsession with "cyclists" and are proving it here again.

  • Leeds plans 20mph zones in communities along its £29m "super cycleway"1 year 7 weeks agodafyddp wrote:The general

    dafyddp wrote:
    The general move towards 20mph must be seen as a good thing.
    Some time back, my doctor asked me how many units I drink a week, to which I answered 'about 20'. He pointed out that the maximum for men is 21 - it doesn't mean it's a recommended amount. Well, I think speed limits are exactly the same - a 30mph limit zone denotes the absolute maximum anyone should be travelling, but the recommended speed is often far less.

    Speaking personally, after I've drunk 20 units of alcohol, I always stick to the speed limit.

  • Judo boss slams Brian Cookson’s Winter Olympic idea1 year 7 weeks agoAgain, he's right : ) *grabs

    Again, he's right : )

    *grabs some popcorn*

  • Judo boss slams Brian Cookson’s Winter Olympic idea1 year 7 weeks agoHe's right.

    He's right.

  • Cyclist left disabled after being hit by police car wins High Court case against Metropolitan Police1 year 7 weeks agoUsh wrote:The only relevant

    Ush wrote:
    The only relevant part of the the previous is the presence of lights on the bicycle. The rest of it is folk-safety nonsense unsupported by any clear evidence.

    If the judge used the fact that Mr MacLeod was following what are after all two recommendations of the Highway Code as part of his rejection of the Met's claim of contributory negligence, it's entirely relevant.

  • Back pain and stem length/saddle position1 year 7 weeks agoLower back pain is generally

    Lower back pain is generally caused by cramp in the supportive muscles at the base of the spine.

    Now the reason they cramp is because they are working harder than they can sustain.

    As highlighted here, there are two answers to your problem; 1. make the muscles stronger so that they can resist the workload being asked of them, 2. change your position to lessen the strain on the muscles.

    option 2. is by far the best route in the short term.

    In my experience, the pain is caused when the angle in the hip is too extreme, and isolates the stabilising muscles at the base of the spine. This can be caused by a host of reasons, from the saddle being too high, too far forward, more than likely too far back, or indeed the bars being too far away and too low. It can also be that the saddle is too low, and in a way to counter this, you move your body position back, which in turn then makes the hip angle more acute.

    So... without seeing you on the bike its hard to say.

    it could also be that the bike fit has simply allowed you to engage those muscles in the back for the first time and they are going to need some time.

    What you mention about the shoes is interesting...

    What size feet do you take? When on the bike, do you hang off the back of the saddle or sit in the middle?

    I'm interested in the hand numbness... that is generally because the saddle is too far forward, or the reach is too long... which is kind of counter to the cause of lower back pain... unless you were super stretched out. Which your comments of feeling like the bike is small, kind of goes against.

  • Ordnance Survey launches free iOS Ride Tour de France route app with Chris Boardman1 year 7 weeks agoI've downloaded it but it

    I've downloaded it but it won't load on my 4S for some reason.

    Hmph.

  • TRP RG957 Deep Drop Brakes1 year 7 weeks agoGlad to see someone finally

    Glad to see someone finally take deep drop brakes seriously. For me, this has been the worst part of a Kinesis TK3 setup.

    Great that it's in black too - shimanos top end deep drop R650 only comes in silver, which looks awful with a black shimano groupset. That said, I still use R650s with a black 105 group, the performance of the other options to date has been so bad. Personally I think the R650 still performs poorly compared to Ultegra or DuraAce stoppers.

    Those suggesting a pad change - it really hasn't helped on the cheap long drops I tried. I think the issue is that the longer calliper arms just don't have the stiffness to brake as well as short drop brakes. I would happily drop 130 quid on these if they are as good as the author suggests.

  • Grand National Sweepstake.1 year 7 weeks agoMonbeg Dude

    Monbeg Dude