• What is it about this winter?1 year 9 weeks agoNo3 for me. My hip is still

    No3 for me. My hip is still a bit sore 6 weeks after my tumble. I'm trying the lower tyre pressure approach and just taking it easy on the cornering; decided aggressive cornering wasn't going to speed up my ride and not worth the risk of an injury. You don't get any warning; one second you're riding along and the next you're spread over the tarmac.

  • Cateye launch smartphone-compatible Strada Smart computer1 year 9 weeks agoI've been using Wahoo's

    I've been using Wahoo's equivalents for the last year and have been very happy with them. I bought the HR, then the speed/cadence sensor and then the RFLKT when it came out.

    I like the fact that a number of apps support the hardware and are updated regularly. Also like that I can upload to a range of online platforms as soon as I've finished and that the default Wahoo app is super flexible.

    Battery life hasn't been too much of a worry. After a 5hr ride, I still had 30% of the battery left on an iPhone 5 without switching anything off - it works well for me.

    The RFLKT+ includes the ability to talk to ANT+ sensors which opens up a whole lot of possibilities.

  • Danilo Di Luca claims only 1 in 10 riders in Giro d'Italia are clean1 year 9 weeks agoAlexStriplight wrote:Although

    AlexStriplight wrote:
    Although I liked Talansky's response to his claims best - "I feel genuine hatred towards Di Luca. He’s a worthless lying scumbag making false statements that hurt the sport I love."

    Talansky can get off his moral F***ing high horse...He rides in a team with Danielson and Hesjedal, previously also with Vande Velde and Rasmussen....

    So he's a fine one to show "hatred" towards another doper....

  • That Rapha Team Sky mesh skinsuit: new pics & the origin story1 year 9 weeks agoI'm sure the same thing was

    I'm sure the same thing was mentioned on QI

  • Chris Boardman slams Government “apathy” on cycling & calls for “commitment” to goals1 year 9 weeks agoMotor transport generates an

    Motor transport generates an income for the treasury, sure, but all of that and more goes back into maintaining and expanding the road network, picking up the pieces from traffic accidents, or dealing with the health consequences of lack of daily exercise in many people's lives.

    The real problem is that cycling isn't seen as a factor in economic growth in the same way that motor vehicles or HS2 are. It's the same reason the government are championing ridiculous technologies like fracking, rather than telling people to insulate their homes and put on a jumper.

  • New study shows cycling really is better than running1 year 9 weeks agoThere are 2 problems with

    There are 2 problems with cycling as an exercise:

    1) it takes a hell of a lot longer to get the same amount of benefit from cycling as running. That is precisely because the bicycle is such an effective machine, and the benefit to the body comes from exertion.
    2) it isn't very good for your bones. That means it is less tough on your joints, but you won't build up bone density either.

  • Harrogate shop advises drivers to park in bike lane, takes down sign after social media criticism & police advice1 year 9 weeks agodeblemund wrote: 140 Cycle

    deblemund wrote:

    140
    Cycle lanes. These are shown by road markings and signs. You MUST NOT drive or park in a cycle lane marked by a solid white line during its times of operation. Do not drive or park in a cycle lane marked by a broken white line unless it is unavoidable. You MUST NOT park in any cycle lane whilst waiting restrictions apply.
    Law RTRA sects 5 & 8

    My problem with that is the "during its time of operation" clause.

    I can think of two mandatory cycle lanes I know well. On one of them there is a car that is _always_ parked in it, whenever I go past, in the same spot outside a shop (and sometimes its joined by up to half a dozen others), and on the other I regularly see drivers stop in it to pop into the supermarket next to it, and nearly police officers do nothing at all about it.

    But are these guys breaking the law? How can I tell, as there's no indication anywhere as to what the "hours of operation" actually are.

  • Google Glass U-turn in prospect as DfT considers letting drivers use tech device despite safety warnings1 year 9 weeks agoTimC340 wrote:]I've used

    TimC340 wrote:
    ]I've used head-up displays in anger, and they are a great deal better for maintaining focus on the job in hand than head-down instrumentation.

    I simply don't accept there's any similarity at all between flying an aircraft (particularly, say, a jet fighter) and driving a car around busy urban roads. They are two totally different activities in totally different contexts. For starters, I don't ride a bike in the sky. Nor do small children run into flight paths while chasing a football.

    I don't see any urgent need for 'head up displays' at the speeds and in the crowded environments, that motorised vehicles operate in. If they don't have the time to glance at a dashboard occasionally, then perhaps they shouldn't be driving at the speed of a jet fighter?

    And the risk of something like Googleglass being used for damagingly distracting purposes is, given what we already see in driver behaviour, very high.

  • Harrogate shop advises drivers to park in bike lane, takes down sign after social media criticism & police advice1 year 9 weeks agodeblemund wrote:140 Cycle

    deblemund wrote:
    140
    Cycle lanes. These are shown by road markings and signs. You MUST NOT drive or park in a cycle lane marked by a solid white line during its times of operation. Do not drive or park in a cycle lane marked by a broken white line unless it is unavoidable. You MUST NOT park in any cycle lane whilst waiting restrictions apply.
    Law RTRA sects 5 & 8

    But in the introduction to the Highway Code it says
    "Many of the rules in The Highway Code are legal requirements, ... Such rules are identified by the use of the words ‘MUST/MUST NOT’.
    "failure to comply with the other rules of The Highway Code will not, in itself, cause a person to be prosecuted".

    So the sentence about broken a white lines is not law.

    (Rule 66 says: "You should ... never ride more than two abreast, and ride in single file on narrow or busy roads and when riding round bends" - so that isn't law either.)

  • Cateye launch smartphone-compatible Strada Smart computer1 year 9 weeks agoKids, can we please dispense

    Kids, can we please dispense with the idea that a smartphone using GPS = dead in minutes?

    If you follow the really basic steps of turning off WiFi *and* mobile data, an iPhone will run a GPS app like Strava and / or Viewranger with the screen off for about 12 *hours*. Believe me, I've done it. And you can still send/receive texts and calls.

    If you need to look at it every while, for example to check navigation at a junction, a few seconds of screen-on won't change this figure - particularly if you have set the brightness to low. ditto enabling mobile data for a few seconds to check emails or Google a café map like http://goo.gl/maps/TDyVB

    The idea of Bluetooth 4 (aka 'Smart' as above) is to make the battery impact basically undetectable. That's why the sensors will run for years on a single CR2032.

    FWIW, I'm running a test on a Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc now in flight mode so 3G/2G off, with GPS apps Viewranger in 'navigate/trip' mode and Strava recording too. So far it's been going just over 2hrs, and done 15 minutes of screen-on time to simulate waking it to check nav at intersections during a 5hr ride (60 checks at 15 seconds a go). Battery is still 85% - and this is a 4yo phone that's been used heaps. On this basis, it should keep recording GPS for another 13 hours. Yes, if I turned on the 2G/3G radio it would be less, but not by much less. Bearing in mind the battery's old and it's 3G only (USIM is on 3UK) it still works pretty well - on the weekend a 5hr ride with lots of nav, with 3G on, it still had 35% left.

  • DT swiss syncros mystery noise1 year 9 weeks agoValue moving in the rim?

    Value moving in the rim? Small squirt of silicon (bathroom) sealant instead of silly screw-thread collar work miracles.

  • Danilo Di Luca claims only 1 in 10 riders in Giro d'Italia are clean1 year 9 weeks ago1 in 10 may be around the

    1 in 10 may be around the right figure for doping, but around 1 in 10 of his statements is about the right figure for truth aswell.

    Between Di Luca, Armstrong and a few others, I think doping could be stamped out, but the UCI are not interested in that. Infact their rules don't even allow them to do much, they must rely on the team pulling that rider and races not involving the teams.

    Just look at what's happen with AG2R vs Yellow Fluro, one doesn't get into races and one is there....

  • Help with my Saddle1 year 9 weeks agoNo, sorry no other markings

    No, sorry no other markings on it besides the Selle Italia logo on the back.

  • New study shows cycling really is better than running1 year 9 weeks agoalexholt3 wrote:Critchio

    alexholt3 wrote:
    Critchio wrote:
    Its not better for burning calories, but I'll take the bike over my Asics runners any day Smile

    Not that calories mean anything, my average weekend ride burns between 2500-3000. You'd have to run a hell of a long way to do that.

    My understanding is that cycling and brisk walking use about the same calories per hour, its just that the former lets you travel a lot further (which makes it less boring, in my view). But running seems to be the best of all as far as calories burnt per unit time.

    Though nobody seems to use running as a means of every day travel, it seems to be something you have to do for its own sake. I don't know of anyone who swims to work either, come to that.

  • How not to be a knob to female cyclists1 year 9 weeks agoI had a look at the Twitter

    I had a look at the Twitter posts about Beth Tweddle - it's enough to put any woman off competing in sport.

  • Cateye launch smartphone-compatible Strada Smart computer1 year 9 weeks agoKiwiMike wrote:When will

    KiwiMike wrote:
    When will Road.cc have a review up?

    Not sure yet. We'll ask to borrow one for review but not sure if we'll be able to get one before stock arrives in the UK in April.

  • Yet another drunk driver fails to notice cyclist lodged in windscreen - this time in USA1 year 9 weeks ago(No subject)

    Surprise

  • Danilo Di Luca claims only 1 in 10 riders in Giro d'Italia are clean1 year 9 weeks agoWow. Di Luca is as dirty as

    Wow. Di Luca is as dirty as they come and should never have been allowed back the first time. If he has evidence then he should come out with it. Although I liked Talansky's response to his claims best - "I feel genuine hatred towards Di Luca. He’s a worthless lying scumbag making false statements that hurt the sport I love."
    As with Riccardo Ricco good riddance to bad rubbish.

  • purist 1st yr1 year 9 weeks agono, just have to suck it up

    no, just have to suck it up i'm afraid Wink

    you'll still score for the riders you have left though

  • Danilo Di Luca claims only 1 in 10 riders in Giro d'Italia are clean1 year 9 weeks agoHe was obviously crap at the

    He was obviously crap at the old doping, given that he got caught 3 times. However, he's clearly qualified to discuss it, given his history.

    It would appear to me that omerta is alive and well; last year you had a few voices of dissent from the peleton re: Vini Fantini - Giro / Sayar - Tour of Turkey, however, VF were a Pro Conti team, and Sayar was from Torku Sekerspor, a conti-level team; not one of the big boys. Not too many speaking out from the peleton about Mick Rogers' clenbuterol finding, or JTL's blood values. I don't think pro-cycling is as clean as it's painting itself.

  • Cateye launch smartphone-compatible Strada Smart computer1 year 9 weeks agoVeloPeo wrote:Short term the

    VeloPeo wrote:
    Short term the big elephant in the room is that phone batteries are crap. No good for more than a 3-4 hour ride if they're using data and GPS

    depends. the bonus of using a system like the cateye is that you're not using the phone's screen which is the major drain on battery.

    i'm currently testing the quechua phone 5 which admittedly is a big old phone but on the other hand i've done 4 hours with the phone mounted on the bars with the screen on *the whole time* and still had more or less half a battery left. if it was in my pocket then i'm sure it would last for a goodly long time feeding GPS data to a head unit.

  • Twitter?1 year 9 weeks agoI'm on but i generally just

    I'm on but i generally just follow not post. I'm @stumps13.

  • Cateye launch smartphone-compatible Strada Smart computer1 year 9 weeks agoSo for £70 all you are

    So for £70 all you are getting is a display and a shortened battery life for your mobile? If I had to use my phone, I would much rather just buy a tough waterproof case, than link it to another device that will drain the battery with GPS and bluetooth both enabled.

    There are some decent challengers to Garmin such as Mio and Bryton, Cateye obviously are not one of them.

  • Google Glass U-turn in prospect as DfT considers letting drivers use tech device despite safety warnings1 year 9 weeks agoTimC340 wrote: The point of

    TimC340 wrote:

    The point of head up displays is that they put all the information that previously required a look down at an instrument panel, with the consequent loss of attention on the view ahead, in front of the pilot, focussed at infinity so that there is no need for the pilot to refocuss to assimilate the information presented. It's highly likely that such technology will become part of cars' instrumentation systems, and Google Glass (or similar) may well be a very good way of delivering this technology. Far from being a distraction, it allows more attention, not less, to be applied to the business of guiding the vehicle and avoiding others.

    That obviously isn't a description of GG as it stands now, and people are quite right to call attention to the potential for Google to use the device to deliver non-essential, distracting material to a driver when there are already more than enough potential distractions. Nevertheless, there is also potential for this technology to be extremely useful and a net benefit to road safety, so we must be careful not to throw the baby out with the bath water.

    +1
    It's not as black and white as commenters on either side might make out. There's pretty clear potential for misuse, and those shouldn't be waved away while going "yeah, but you can't stop the future" or whatever.
    On the other hand, once you get past "People will be able to watch Youtube while driving!" then you potentially have a prototype of some things that are often mentioned in the context of safer cars and roads and it's not a bad thing that things like Glass are about to make people think about how they're actually going to work.

    Not sure I entirely agree with the position the woman in the article is taking, but just banning Glass and things like it would be a knee jerk reaction IMO so it's good that the issue is getting a bit of consideration.

  • Rapha Long Sleeve Brevet jersey1 year 9 weeks agoQuote:Paris-Brest-Paris.....1

    Quote:
    Paris-Brest-Paris.....1,200km Audax, that inspired the creation of the jersey ......... it takes anywhere from 50 to 90 hours to complete

    Or 91 hours and 40 minutes in my case but I was wearing a cheap polyester technical T-shirt so that might have been where I went wrong.