• Drones - the next big thing in cycle safety, or a case of too much blue sky thinking?1 year 8 weeks agoDid I sleep to long, its not

    Did I sleep to long, its not April 1st is it?

    I think its "pie in the sky" thinking, more than "blue sky".....

    That being said, how cool would it be to have a couple of those, mount a couple of camera's and record your rides like the pro's get filmed, editing out the boring stuff and focusing on the cool, hard...etc

    p.s. If you ever got something like this into the office, I bugsy first shot and review time of it Silly

  • Campaigners divided on effectiveness of low level lights for cyclists at Bow Roundabout1 year 8 weeks ago@Mikeduff You answer your own

    @Mikeduff You answer your own question. The flyover is very intimidating for people who aren't used to cycling on motorway-style roads. Don't forget, not everyone riding through Bow is a 30-something male roadie who does 100 miles a week. There are inexperienced people on bikes who go this way too. Even getting on the flyover is tricky, and getting off is too.

    The sensible solution to making this junction safe clearly involves stopping the cars while people on bikes go safely through the roundabout. It'll get done in a few years, probably when 4 or 5 more people are dead, and the next mayor decides it's a national embarrassment.

  • CREE XM-L LED front light1 year 8 weeks agoDave Atkinson

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    drfabulous0 wrote:

    That's true if you angle it directly at the road, ie pointed directly downward, at least on mine, otherwise it is ridiculously dazzling to anyone in front and I feel a bit of a douche using it on urban roads.

    not with mine. the beam shape means you can point it pretty far ahead and the vast majority of the light (>80% i'd estimate) goes on the road, not in the eyes of oncoming traffic.

    but like you say, they vary, and that's an issue with buying cheap online

    Yes, they do seem to vary; so prop your bike up on a kerb, walk down the road a couple of hundred metres, look back and see if you're being dazzled. If you are, then tilt it down a little more. Repeat until you're not.

  • Controlling appetite1 year 8 weeks agoThanks for all your

    Thanks for all your feedback

    Re macros - I will have a at least 1 - 1.5g of protein per kilo in a day no problem, and as for essential fats with my breakfast I take a mixed nuts/seeds mix with my breakfast plus use udos choice oils as well.

    When I was competing athletics I was 6.6% body fat at lowest and performed well at this - no injuries/illness

    Yes I will put on weight if I eat more, but find it hard to be realistic hence have been slightly obsessional with the scales - not so much to loose weight by to make sure I'm not loosing too much and realise that 1-2kg lost gained in a few days is prob fluid but if it stayed off for a week i am light on cals esp if my fluid levels are good - all in all i do think its largely psychological and think I want food rather than need food, but that doesn't really help when you are close to eating your desk!!! - always have enough energy to hit numbers in training - sessions and can tell if I have been light on my calories, think worst time though is on Monday/Tuesday when I have done 3 long rides fri/sat/sun and have I creased calories due to those - have tried splitting my training load into 7 days and eating across those days - have also messed with different foods, with different satiety levels - but feel the need to balance energ levels to function across the day with no highs or lows and train on an evening or morning and evening.

    With regards to the article link I will have a read, however I am of the belief that so-called marginal gains are as important if not more important to a committed amateur - as they are to a pro, provided that a maximal gain has been achieved where possible in all given areas, and as long as it had minimal impact on my life, family etc - I will never have the time to sleep 11hrs + per day, Sit with my feet up, not be able to 'not have to work', or be blessed with amazing physiology - areas that I can improve on easily and without too much effort I will, such as good power to weight ratio, using a coach, training with power - but the one thing that is biting is this constant appetite! So as for not enough food/too little body weight etc I'm still getting improvent in my power, very low % decoupling at AeT yet still getting a gradual improvement in power within endurance zone circa 250 watts at 135bpm (approx zone 1.8)

    I am curious to experiment further with eating slightly earlier in the evening, am wondering whether like last year it dropped when it got warmer and sunnier or whether that was just a drop in volume of training and will mess further with my diet and see whether it continues, but the mind boggles when you read of 'pro' doing a a 5 hour ride and eating an apple at the end of it - think there is some poetic licence being used there!!

  • Design and win a Trek Project One bike worth up to £3,200!1 year 8 weeks agojust looked at the page of

    just looked at the page of trek design entries. I assume this isn't all of them as the five I submitted and received confirmation of submission are not there! Don't mind if I don't win but i'd like to think I at least got the chance to be considered.

  • CREE XM-L LED front light1 year 8 weeks agodrfabulous0 wrote: That's

    drfabulous0 wrote:

    That's true if you angle it directly at the road, ie pointed directly downward, at least on mine, otherwise it is ridiculously dazzling to anyone in front and I feel a bit of a douche using it on urban roads.

    not with mine. the beam shape means you can point it pretty far ahead and the vast majority of the light (>80% i'd estimate) goes on the road, not in the eyes of oncoming traffic.

    but like you say, they vary, and that's an issue with buying cheap online

  • Outrage: How to respond?1 year 8 weeks agoYup, if you're outraged at

    Yup, if you're outraged at that then perhaps you need to reassess your outrage parameters.

  • Outrage: How to respond?1 year 8 weeks agoI see that as pretty

    I see that as pretty reasonable, they are just covering their arses. From my knowledge of parents and the way they view schools and teachers I fully support them in every last little bit of being ridiculous sticklers to the rules. Far too many parents see school as somewhere they can abandon their little shitty horror spawn for as long as possible so they dont have to do any real parenting and also as a cozy way of finding someone to blame and hold responsible for their complete failure in being able to raise a child properly.

    I'm not for one second suggesting you are one of those parents by the way.

    With my kids I'd insist on wearing a helmet, and I'm vehemently anti helment compulsion for adults. I appreciate that could be seen as hypocritical.

    I would let the malevolent side of me create an extra box that states whilst I take resposibility for my child riding to school without a helmet, I would hold the school, and the head personally, 100% to blame for any incident caused by them allowing cars to exceed speed limits, parking in restricted areas and innapropriately sized vehicles such as 4x4s and other such twatwagons from Bramhall etc.

  • Campaigners divided on effectiveness of low level lights for cyclists at Bow Roundabout1 year 8 weeks agoI wonder why Gerry Matthews

    I wonder why Gerry Matthews didn't suggest riding over the flyover, which a) is legal, and b) avoids the dodginess of the Bow Roundabout she is pointing out.

    It really boggles my mind that the powers that be don't adopt the solution that is hiding in plain sight. You only have to stand there for a few minutes to see a huge proportion of cyclists riding over the flyover. The new kerbed cycle lane on the southern side of the A11 approaching the roundabout from the East now makes it harder to cross traffic to get up onto the flyover. I have also now been yelled at by motorists, suggesting to me that I am "supposed to be in" the cycle lane, not on the flyover.

    There is no need to send cyclists through the roundabout - they cannot turn north or southbound, since the A12 is too big a road, and the cycle path under the roundabout takes care of these turning movements. The flyover handles the remaining East and West (A11) movements.

    The only issue I can see is successfully getting cyclists across the lane of traffic at the take-off point of the flyover bridge, and the issue of accessibility to all cyclists - as the flyover may not be an easy climb for all cyclists. It is a 4-5% gradient, and probably some 200 meters long.

  • Glove/ inner shoe combo1 year 8 weeks agoI did the carrier bag thing a

    I did the carrier bag thing a few times last winter, along with some long Rev'it motorcycling socks, and a pair of nitrile gloves under my waterproof Endura gloves.

    Both work, and it's amusing to take the gloves off and see the sweat running out of them.

  • Tour de San Luis Stage 71 year 8 weeks agoToo many 3 point riders for

    Too many 3 point riders for me in GP Marseilles to make it work while.

    Dubai would be the one, but as you say close to Qatar, although only 4 stages, finishes on the 8th, Qatar starts on the 9th

  • Sign of things to come.1 year 8 weeks agoHere's hoping this will

    Here's hoping this will happen. A wee look on street view shows that there aren't many options available. But with my not being local and not having been in Haddington for a good few years doesn't help. Though there doesn't seem to be any cycling lanes near the schools to be interfered with by those pesky 4x4's

  • Outrage: How to respond?1 year 8 weeks agoIt is one thing for adults to

    It is one thing for adults to consent to and choose wearing a helmet or not, but children don't give informed consent. And parents have never had it all their own way in child raising matters, society has always interfered and quite right too. So Sportive rules apply, play by the rules or don't play at all, but feel free to write them a strongly worded letter.

  • Outrage: How to respond?1 year 8 weeks agoQuote:... needless to say I

    Quote:
    ... needless to say I am in a state of total outrage.

    Maybe I am being a bit thick but having read the letter, I still haven't a clue why you are in a state of 'total outrage'.

    Any chance of an explanation?

  • CORE Bike first look: Kinesis, Colnago, NeilPryde, POC, Ritte, Marin, Identiti, Rolf Prima, Tifosi and more!1 year 8 weeks agoHi road.cc Dont forget we are

    Hi road.cc

    Dont forget we are just down the road... Would be great to see you at Shutt HQ..

    Pete

  • Outrage: How to respond?1 year 8 weeks agoI would have thought that

    I would have thought that 'absolving' the school of liability if your child was involved in an accident whilst in the school grounds would be questionable practice. It's like giving the school permission to injure your child while they are on school property. That's why organisations have public liability insurance. You can be guaranteed that it ceases to offer cover beyond the school gates. Will they be asking families that walk to sign a similar disclosure? Somehow I think not. The solution is to ban cycling within the gates of the school.

    When I cycled to primary school, we had to push our bikes from the gates to the bike shed. To dare to be caught on the saddle let alone bring your bike into the playground was to incur the wrath of the headmaster.

    As far as not guaranteeing the integrity of a secure area for the bikes surely that is a failure in duty of care especially as they have made provision for the safekeeping of children's property.

  • New Team Sky kit - would you wear it?1 year 8 weeks agoRe the Froome sunburn pic -

    Re the Froome sunburn pic - OUCH!

    Still, understandable that a pale skin Brit wouldn't realise the power of the hot African sun - it's not like he grew up in Kenya or anything is it?

  • Outrage: How to respond?1 year 8 weeks ago...

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  • Video: Aussie teen on BMX bike does world's first front flip, forward bike flip1 year 8 weeks agoDude!

    Dude!

  • Outrage: How to respond?1 year 8 weeks agoNothing wrong with it in my

    Nothing wrong with it in my opinion.

    The school my kids go to do exactly the same. Its a simple choice, let your kid cycle and enjoy the exercise and fresh air whilst wearing a helmet or pack them up in your car and cause complete mayhem whilst you drop them off at the gates because so many other parents do the same there's no room to park.

  • Tour de San Luis Stage 71 year 8 weeks agoray silvester wrote:Good job

    ray silvester wrote:
    Good job buddy...

    northstar wrote:
    Thanks for running it enrique...

    Twybaydos wrote:
    Thanks for running it enrique...

    livestrongnick wrote:
    ... enrique nice job...

    Thanks, everyone, it was fun! I love a hilly race! Smile

    ray silvester wrote:
    ... are you not going to run one of the mini-races between now and Qatar? Etoile de Besseges/Dubai Tour/Jayco Herald for example Nerd

    I'm kind of thinking about the GP Marseillaise. It's a one day race...

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/degenkolb-looks-forward-to-gp-marseillaise

    http://www.cyclingfever.com/editie.html?detp=view&_ap=startlijst&editie_...

    Dubai is a little too close to Qatar for me...

  • Outrage: How to respond?1 year 8 weeks agoMy childs school used to send

    My childs school used to send out a letter every term stating that only children who wore helmets were alowed to ride to school. Why on earth the headteacher thought she had the right to dictate this, I'm not sure.
    I eventually got into quite a debate with the headteacher about this, gave lots links to the relevant research etc.
    Headteacher never admitted she was wrong, but did stop sending the letter.

  • Rapha to host four-day celebration of cycling in Yorkshire next July1 year 8 weeks agoJoeyL wrote:Why do they

    JoeyL wrote:
    Why do they always give things really pretentious names?

    Rapha Festival of Road Cycling would suffice. Instead it has to be a euphemistic name that only those 'in the know' understand.

    Why is it pretentious ?

    Festival organised by Rapha at Broughton Hall which is owned by the 'Tempest' family.

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  • Outrage: How to respond?1 year 8 weeks agoSchools are in a very

    Schools are in a very difficult position nowadays - what would have, in the past, been seen as an unfortunate accident and put down as a life experience can now be used as an excuse to sue.
    Using a legal term , schools have to cover their arses because they can (and do) get sued by greedy morons for any old nonsense.
    Schools are screwed by insurance companies just like the rest of us (money that could be better spent on resources) and whilst in principle i find this letter very annoying one has to look at it from the schools point of view.
    Its little consolation but at least they are giving you the option for your kid to come without a helmet - some schools wont let kids come at all.
    I suppose you could make a moral stand and kick off about it - i would have a good old moan to one or more of the governors about it if i were you.