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  • First crash of Giro d'Italia 2014 - nearly 2 months before Belfast Big Start   1 year 8 weeks ago

    As long as his typing and mouse clicking finger are ok, the bike is just collateral damage!!
    Why oh why take a picture and put it on Twatter no body really cares man!!

  • Video: Motorist speaks of "upset" after helmet camera footage of bad driving posted to YouTube   1 year 8 weeks ago

    kie7077 wrote:
    muffies wrote:

    not ever using the bike lane to prove a point generally annoys motorists as it slows the traffic down significantly

    Big assumption there, I think it is more likely that he's not using the cycle lane because it's not in the slightest bit safe to cycle on it at 20-30mph and the fact that it gives way to every junction - it shouldn't.

    I'd quite like to see a video of Mikey trying to ride his recumbent along that cycle line, so as to prove a point.

  • Volta Ciclista a Catalunya   1 year 8 weeks ago

    enrique wrote:
    drheaton wrote:
    ... this race doesn't appear to run a standard 'sprint jersey' or 'points jersey'...

    I don't know where the offcial site is posting it but PCS is reporting a Srint classification for Catalunya:

    http://www.procyclingstats.com/race/Volta_Ciclista_a_Catalunya_2014_Stag...

    By the looks of it I'd say they're only counting Intermediate sprints...

    The information on the official site pre-race was very patchy. It turns out they're running two separate intermediate sprint competitions and I'm scoring the main one based on the usual scoring format.

  • Volta Ciclista a Catalunya   1 year 8 weeks ago

    drheaton wrote:
    ... this race doesn't appear to run a standard 'sprint jersey' or 'points jersey'...

    I don't know where the offcial site is posting it but PCS is reporting a Srint classification for Catalunya:

    http://www.procyclingstats.com/race/Volta_Ciclista_a_Catalunya_2014_Stag...

    By the looks of it I'd say they're only counting Intermediate sprints...

  • Why don't you see Pro's eating bananas?   1 year 8 weeks ago

    andylul wrote:

    Someone also told me that they were told on the DIVA Ride that in the UK, banana skins don't break down at the road side (which was ironic, because she was broken down at the road side)

    Can anyone prove or dispel this potential myth?

    I think this is one of those sort of half true things. Throwing that stuff away somewhere like the top of a Scottish mountain is a bad idea because they can stay there a very long time (and I think orange peel is supposed to be the worst offender here).

    But a hedge by the side of the road in the UK is a very different environment and I reckon it'll disappear pretty quickly there. On top of that, they start to go soon enough when they're just sat in a fruit bowl so I find it hard to believe they won't decompose when they're out in the elements!

  • Engrish - Warning, bad language   1 year 8 weeks ago

    I work with Chinese colleagues in Beijing every day.

    Unfortunately, they never say anything funny like this.

  • Why don't you see Pro's eating bananas?   1 year 8 weeks ago

    paulrbarnard wrote:
    I make flap jacks that are great when cycling and so much better tasking than the bulk of commercial bars, but the big question is what do you wrap them in???? Cling film is not a one hand open possibility while riding, two handed is a challenge if they have been pressed firmly in the pocket. Greased paper comes undone of it's own accord and just putting them straight in your jersey pocket results in a variety of messy possibilities. For this reason my home made endeavours are restricted too the turbo.

    You want the paper backed foil,it's perfect for home wrapping stuff.

  • Podium Cafe VDS   1 year 8 weeks ago

    Good day for me. Swift and TvG winning! Even though we couldn't see any of the latter live! Still I learnt how to use my cheapo crane watch and heart strap and got it to link with my cheapo DKN ergometer (AM-3.0). Heart rate and watts for £270!! Beat that!

  • Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Stage 4   1 year 8 weeks ago
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  • Two million new cycle commuters about to take to the roads, says CycleScheme   1 year 8 weeks ago

    rich22222 wrote:
    I have never once seen anyone use cycle scheme to start cycle commuting. From my experience the people using it either already commute by bike or want a nice cheap bike to put in the shed for the weekend.

    To quote Geri Halliwell: look at me. Smile

    CAAD8 bought on CTW. 1500 miles' commuting before its untimely demise.

  • URGENT: New kit needed cheap   1 year 8 weeks ago

    bikeboy76 wrote:
    I am confused, you only had ONE set of kit, and it was destroyed?! What about your stash of retro team jerseys and shorts? To eBay with you.

    The set of kit I was wearing was destroyed. Some of it was "one of many" other bits were the only ones I had.

    Basically, I want to know if anyone has spotted any bargains online so that I can replace the gear I lost as a result of the crash.

  • Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Stage 4   1 year 8 weeks ago

    I wish my time machine had a longer range - I'd be leading every race Laughing

  • Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Stage 4   1 year 8 weeks ago

    Van Garderen wins Thinking

  • Two million new cycle commuters about to take to the roads, says CycleScheme   1 year 8 weeks ago

    No snobbery from me. Coincidentally, I had a chat with the future of cycling this morning in Hackney.

    She wheeled her bike - a ~30 year old Mixte, with metal 'dork disc', and probably the original tyres and chain/gear oil - gingerly off the path and into the road. Directly onto the piece of tarmac where I was heading at ~30kph (on a slight downhill). I wafted out and around her and continued on my way. At the next lights I stopped in the ASZ; when she arrived she edged past me and stopped a good 2 metres ahead. Ho-hum, I thought. At least she stopped.

    True enough, no blazing getaway was made when the lights went green. I followed her sedately for a hundred yards or so until there was space to pass, when it occurred to me that she - on her knackered old bike, in 'proper clothes', no lid, no lights and at barely above walking pace - is the future of cycling. It's not me in full Lycra, doing 20km each way at ~25kph on a shiny newish toy. It's 'normal' people, going about their day, using a bike because it's the best option. So at the next lights, I said hello. Gave her a few tips. Reminded her that she should stay at the stop line because turning vehicles swing across junctions and she should be careful about going up the inside of long and heavy vehicles. Finally, reminded her that it's not a race and sitting behind a couple of cars at lights if there's not space to pass is better than shoving through and then holding them up, and went about my way.

    Be nice to newbies. You were one once.

  • Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Stage 4   1 year 8 weeks ago

    drheaton wrote:
    Van Garderen wins Thinking

    I already said that but it's before several of your posts - is your clock fast, or mine slow?

  • Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Stage 4   1 year 8 weeks ago

    Froome attacks Big Grin

  • Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Stage 4   1 year 8 weeks ago

    Looked like

    1 TJ
    2 Bardet
    3 Contador
    4 Purito
    5 Quintana

  • Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Stage 4   1 year 8 weeks ago

    Last 2km, Barguil has a small gap on the peloton of around 8"

  • Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Stage 4   1 year 8 weeks ago

    Finish line camera is live (no bears, just live commentary in catalan) at http://www.esport3.cat/directes/esport3/

    Courtesy of http://www.cyclingfans.com/dwars-door-vlaanderen/live

  • Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Stage 4   1 year 8 weeks ago

    4km to go, all back together again.

  • So I Got Brake Checked and knocked off to teach me a lesson......apparently   1 year 8 weeks ago

    Thank you for your in depth analysis. You were obviously on the road at the same time as me in order to have observed how I was riding, and how the motorist behaved. Its a shame that you did not stop to see if I was OK or offer advice on what I could have done to avoid the accident at the time.

    If you read my post you will find that the driver told me that he carried out the manoeuvre deliberately.

    Judging from your post and vocabulary you should probably consider investing in some English lessons, specifically on; comprehension, vocabulary, and punctuation.

    You do however show amazing aptitude at otiose abuse and leaping to conclusions.

    Applause

  • Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Stage 4   1 year 8 weeks ago

    De Gendt, Plaza and Serpa lead Rolland, Barguil and Bennett by about 30" who are about 30" in front of the peloton.

    Into the last 10km.

  • Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Stage 4   1 year 8 weeks ago

    simon F wrote:
    Feed in Catalan here :-

    http://www.esport3.cat/directes/esport3/

    lots of foggy finish line pics, occasional shots from on the road.


    cheers dude, tried that earlier and had a documentary about bears on it.

  • Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Stage 4   1 year 8 weeks ago

    De Gendt, Plaza and Serpa ( Big Grin ) now leading, 1'15" on the peloton, about 15km to go.

    Sorry Ray, I totally called De Gendt wrong, he looks like he might be on for a Giro-esque queen stage win and total points domination today.

  • Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Stage 4   1 year 8 weeks ago

    Feed in Catalan here :-

    http://www.esport3.cat/directes/esport3/

    lots of foggy finish line pics, occasional shots from on the road.