• Video: Backtracker uses radar technology to warn of approaching vehicles1 year 8 weeks agoA safe alternative to a

    A safe alternative to a mirror? To make cycling safer? Come on, road.cc. Mirrors are safe and surely you can find a better way to write about driver danger.

  • Planetx RT-58 alloy tiagra 2014, Canondale CAAD 9 2009, or Genesis Equilibrium 00 2014??1 year 8 weeks agoHi magslmac pleased you got

    Hi magslmac pleased you got your order away. I wonder (being new to cycling) can the shop offer you a proper bike fit to get you 'on the road' correctly before you pick up the bike?

    I've made the mistake of purchasing my bikes (correct size) but the finer points of correct seat post and saddle positioning, handle bar set up is very important and ignored by most cyclists. For me coming back into cycling I struggled over the last few years with lower back, knee issues. A proper bike fit helped me enormously and I have no niggly issues any more.

  • Contents of vial that fell from rider's pocket during Paris-Roubaix prove innocent1 year 8 weeks agoFrom wikipedia: The main

    From wikipedia:
    The main actions of theophylline involve:
    .... increasing heart muscle contractility and efficiency....

    Thinking

  • Trek launch superlight Émonda road bike1 year 8 weeks agoBlimey, not pretty and my son

    Blimey, not pretty and my son weighed more when he was born. Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

  • Segregated cycle lane planned for £600m east London bridge1 year 8 weeks agobikebot wrote: I don't have

    bikebot wrote:

    I don't have any problem with that, in fact I support the principle. I just find it damn annoying when someone begrudges us spending any money on infrastructure of our own. If you're jealous of our smelly traffic congested bridges, then build your own!

    Totally, I think most people are envious of the drive of the TfL policy, cycling or other forms, other LA's just seem to do bugger all about it

  • anyone know how to carve data out of strava ?1 year 8 weeks agoProbably getting a bit beyond

    Probably getting a bit beyond my IT grade there !
    I can extract it from a strava segment but unfortunately I hold the KoM on it so no doubt that will be used against me....

  • Segregated cycle lane planned for £600m east London bridge1 year 8 weeks agoglynr36 wrote: The government

    glynr36 wrote:

    The government funding isn't from GLA, the 2013 Tresasury Spending Rounds specifically states about the setting of Long Term budgets for TfL (as well as HS2), TfL is just a department of DfT. (Reading that for a OU assignment finally served a purpose!)
    What you said rings true for everywhere else in the UK, just not London.

    Yep, you're right, it does go direct from the treasury, the GLA is just responsible for negotiating that funding. Doesn't change any other point, London is a large net contributor to the rest of the UK.

    I don't have any problem with that, in fact I support the principle. I just find it damn annoying when someone begrudges us spending any money on infrastructure of our own. If you're jealous of our smelly traffic congested bridges, then build your own!

  • British Cycling and Leeds Cycling Campaign propose transformation of Leeds centre1 year 8 weeks agoMatt eaton wrote:All looks

    Matt eaton wrote:
    All looks good but I can't figure out why campaigns for utility cycling keep piggy-backing on cycle-sport events.

    We already have a strong culture of sport and leisure cycling in the UK and have done for many years. Has this translated into mass uptake of the bicycle as a form of transport? No. Do people involved in cycle-sport even use bikes to travel to races etc? On the whole, no. I race BMX and know loads of kids/parents who are involved in the sport; do you think the kids ride to school? Of course not.

    It's a bit like piggy-backing a car race to run an anti drink-driving campaign. Yes, both involve cars but it's not really relevant.

    The point I'm trying to make is that we need to start thinking about sport cycling and utility cycling as two quite different things which carry quite different benefits to participants. It's as distinct as the difference between walking to the shops and doing a 5km running race. Nobody uses the London marathon to encourage people to make more journeys by foot. Without making the distinction cyclists will always be viewed as lycra-wearing weirdos by the majority.

    You're right - it is a highly important distinction that too few people realise, and the fact we keep discussing 'cycling' as if it's one single activity with one single purpose is at best misleading and a worst brain-washing millions of people into believing that making a city 'cycle-friendly' means turning it into a velodrome rather than an Assen.

    However, I'm happy to see utility cycling piggy-backing on anything it can get at the moment. Also, given that BC deals with everything from getting kids to school to Olympic champions, I can understand their approach in capitalising on something that has the public's attention.

    In short, I strongly agree with you about the importance of the distinction, however I think the TdF is too good a platform to pass up. There are more similarities between basic utility cycling and the TdF than any other major event I can think of. Until we get some sort of globally publicised 'trundling around town' event, anyway. Wink

  • anyone know how to carve data out of strava ?1 year 8 weeks agoIf you export the tcx/gpx it

    If you export the tcx/gpx it is time stamped, have a look in notepad.

    Quote:


    33.2
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    28


    33.2
    2014-07-01T16:05:52Z


    28


    33.2
    2014-07-01T16:05:59Z


    28


    33.2
    2014-07-01T16:06:06Z


    28


    33.2
    2014-07-01T16:06:07Z


    28


    33.2
    2014-07-01T16:06:13Z


    28


    33.2
    2014-07-01T16:06:15Z


    28


    33.2
    2014-07-01T16:06:21Z


    28


    33.2
    2014-07-01T16:06:22Z


    28


    33.2
    2014-07-01T16:06:27Z


    28


    33.2
    2014-07-01T16:06:30Z


    this is ripped from my ride home, but should give an idea of what data it holds.

    edit- typical, the website actually parses the xml!

  • Cyclist urges Surrey County Council to repair road defect “before someone gets killed”1 year 8 weeks agoSo pleased to see that

    So pleased to see that someone is taking some action and I hope it's successful. It shouldn't take the death of a cyclist for the authorities to do something to make the roads safe. That old addage...prevention is better than cure spring to mind...or even...it's better to be safe than sorry. Come on people, cyclists do matter!

  • Video: Backtracker uses radar technology to warn of approaching vehicles1 year 8 weeks agoThe light at the back I can

    The light at the back I can see being useful, the bit at the front I can see being terrifying - constantly going off!

    just use as a posh rear light and leave it at that surely?

  • Orica-GreenEdge's Daryl Impey tests positive for banned diuretic1 year 8 weeks agoYennings wrote:Okay thanks

    Yennings wrote:
    Okay thanks only1redders, not sure the shouty capital letters were needed though, was only a perfectly innocent question...

    I was thinking more of a Harry Enfield sketch - Oiii! Yennings! Noooo!

  • Improve performance/speed how1 year 8 weeks agoThe last time I had a day off

    The last time I had a day off the bike was in May :-o but I do vary intensity and distance.
    Whilst laps of Richmond park have their virtues, I would go stir crazy training for a 100 miler on them.
    I would recommend heading out into the surrey hills to at least get the feel of leith and box hill* as richmond laps won't prepare you for them. Hill training also helps strengthen your legs and will make you go faster.

    * I left newlands corner off as I think there's too much traffic on it

  • anyone know how to carve data out of strava ?1 year 8 weeks agoLeave the data in original

    Leave the data in original format. The police are paid to look at all of it and they will determine if the information presented to any legal teams need to be altered.

    When providing a statement to the police simply make sure that you detail when the incident happened within the data collection. They can then fast track to that time period.

    I hope your road craft was squeaky clean that day!!

  • Road touring tyres, 700c x 28 - which to buy?1 year 8 weeks agoI agree with the Schwalbe

    I agree with the Schwalbe Marathon Supreme recommendation, really good grip, takes the weight easy -I have a steel bike, rack etc, and load it up weekly from Leeds market, wearing well after a year,no punctures yet and lighter weight than my previous schwalbe marathon plus and these are foldable, you can't go wrong.

  • Segregated cycle lane planned for £600m east London bridge1 year 8 weeks agobikebot wrote: All of TfL's

    bikebot wrote:

    All of TfL's money comes from the GLA and it's own ticket sales. It's the GLA that receives money from central government, the same as every other local authority in the country. Of course the reason why central government is in the loop, is to redistributed wealth to poorer regions, to which Londoner's tax bills are a large net contributor.

    Whatever a local Government body chooses to spend its money on is between it and the local voters, and nothing to do with anyone else no matter how big the chip on their shoulder.

    And as it's going to be a toll bridge, it'll be entirely repaid by the people that use it, the same as the QEII bridge.

    The government funding isn't from GLA, the 2013 Tresasury Spending Rounds specifically states about the setting of Long Term budgets for TfL (as well as HS2), TfL is just a department of DfT. (Reading that for a OU assignment finally served a purpose!)
    What you said rings true for everywhere else in the UK, just not London.

  • Orica-GreenEdge's Daryl Impey tests positive for banned diuretic1 year 8 weeks agoYennings, no, Simon Yates is

    Yennings, no, Simon Yates is in the squad specifically because of Impey's withdrawal......and also the squad including Yates and excluding Impey has already been announced. Adam Yates has been deemed 'over-raced'

    Apologies for previous caps - not sure why I felt that necessary!

  • Road traffic laws too "lenient" say widows of cyclists killed on charity ride1 year 8 weeks agoSimmo72 wrote:dreamlx10

    Simmo72 wrote:
    dreamlx10 wrote:
    Peowpeowpeowlasers wrote:
    If a person has a track record of driving poorly and kills someone, they should be permanently banned from driving. Forever.

    And how is the motoring and fuel industry supposed to make their profits if we start taking drivers off the roads ? Cyclists don't buy cars and fuel, we don't count, end of story.

    WTF? We are talking about drivers that kill or maim people whilst driving dangerously. thats less than 0.0001% of the driving population. Cyclists pay income tax, income tax is used to maintain and build roads....are you really that blinkered or just trolling?

    That beeping you can hear is your sarcasm detector indicating that it's time for a service...

  • Orica-GreenEdge's Daryl Impey tests positive for banned diuretic1 year 8 weeks agoOkay thanks only1redders, not

    Okay thanks only1redders, not sure the shouty capital letters were needed though, was only a perfectly innocent question...

  • Segregated cycle lane planned for £600m east London bridge1 year 8 weeks agoglynr36 wrote:bikebot

    glynr36 wrote:
    bikebot wrote:
    Leodis wrote:
    Yet more UK taxpayers money spent on London with the odd scraps thrown to elsewhere.

    Sod all to do with "UK taxpayers", it's a Transport for London project not the national Highway Agency and following the consultation last year it appears near certain it will be financed as a toll bridge.

    TfL is a government body, some of their funding comes from Central government...

    All of TfL's money comes from the GLA and it's own ticket sales. It's the GLA that receives money from central government, the same as every other local authority in the country. Of course the reason why central government is in the loop, is to redistributed wealth to poorer regions, to which Londoner's tax bills are a large net contributor.

    Whatever a local Government body chooses to spend its money on is between it and the local voters, and nothing to do with anyone else no matter how big the chip on their shoulder.

    And as it's going to be a toll bridge, it'll be entirely repaid by the people that use it, the same as the QEII bridge.

  • Forum Competition: Tour de France Top 101 year 8 weeks agoTalansky Contador Porte Fugls

    Talansky
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    Porte
    Fuglsang
    Mollema
    Bardet
    Pinot
    Yates
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  • iBike Newton PowerStroke1 year 8 weeks agoSo it's just another

    So it's just another guessometer, and more expensive than Stages - an *actual* power meter used by pro teams! I don't even want a power meter but, if I did, this isn't one.

  • Video: Backtracker uses radar technology to warn of approaching vehicles1 year 8 weeks agoGet any decent flow of

    Get any decent flow of passing vehicles and you'll switch the damn thing off - certainly not much use on any busy roads, and in town. forget it.

  • Chain damage - cause?1 year 8 weeks agoSabotage? Excessive life

    Sabotage? Excessive life insurance policy payout...?
    Plain Face Thinking

  • Road touring tyres, 700c x 28 - which to buy?1 year 8 weeks agoI would recommend Schwalbe

    I would recommend Schwalbe Durano 28mm folding.

    I used to ride Durano Plus 25mm folding for several years and had only one puncture. I then wanted to switch to 28mm. Durano Plus does not come in 28mm folding flavour, only wired which is heavy, so I got Schwalbe Durano 28mm folding (supposedly a little bit less puncture protection). Did a couple of thousand k on this one already without any punctures. Feels more comfortable and grippier than the Durano Plus, probably due to the absence of the puncture absorbing ridge in the middle.