• Branson vs Pickles – Virgin boss wants towns for people, minister wants them for cars1 year 12 weeks agoQuote:pubic transport Arf arf

    Quote:
    pubic transport

    Arf arf

  • group sets...an idiots guide1 year 12 weeks agoI do a lot of riding a and

    I do a lot of riding a and wouldn't fancy more than a short stretch over 20% on 34x26, especially at the end of a long ride. Extra teeth on the cassette will definitely help you winch up the steep bits.

    According to the Shimano website, the largest sprocket that the Sora derailleur will handle is 27 teeth. If you want a larger range on the cassette it looks like you'll need a Tiagra rear mech too, unless someone on here has experience of successfully squeezing in more teeth than the stated maximum in the manual. I have never tried it myself.

    A gear calculator will give you an idea of the difference that adding or removing cogs makes. Sheldon Brown has a good one: http://sheldonbrown.com/gears/ Check out the rest of the site, it's mine of useful information.

    If you were to upgrade the whole groupset you would get slightly smoother operation, an extra gear or two to make changes a little less of a clunk between sprockets with big gaps, an increase in component quality and a weight saving that would only make a difference to the most dedicated racer. As ever, the law of diminishing returns applies. In my opinion, the likes of Shimano 105 and Campagnolo Veloce give the best value price and performance balance but that's just my experience. Others will set the bar elsewhere according to their own budgets and riding styles. Some will buy top end kit just because they can, because they like showing off or because they like knowing that they have the best available or the best that they can afford. All of these are valid reasons, anyone who rides competitively knows that it's the legs that really do the talking. For the rest, it's a case of finding that balance of price and performance to give the best experience every time you swing a leg over your bike. A test ride from a shop or on a mate's bike will help you make up your mind. Each manufacturer makes their parts interchangeable across large parts of their range so as long as you stick to the same number of gears you will be able to upgrade a bit at a time. My best bike has a mix of 10 speed 105, Ultegra and Dura Ace and they all work perfectly together.

  • Vuelta - Stage 41 year 12 weeks agoPicked up Bole and Janse van

    Picked up Bole and Janse van Rensburg as a couple of stage-appropriate wildcards to move me up the table...

  • Branson vs Pickles – Virgin boss wants towns for people, minister wants them for cars1 year 12 weeks agolet pickles have his way ...

    let pickles have his way ... it wont take long for complete
    and utter grid-lock to set in then we can sit back and say
    "Told you so you idiot" Smile

  • Vuelta - Stage 41 year 12 weeks agoI've taken in Meersman,

    I've taken in Meersman, Gilbert, Gerrans and Paolini for the next few stages, lets see how it works out Nerd

  • RITMO Rating1 year 12 weeks agoI've deleted my profile. I

    I've deleted my profile. I don't think the change of winning the bike is high enough to keep it around just for that. I'm unsure of the privacy of the data. The score is vaguely interesting but not so useful to me. It seems to vary a fair amount by ride type, which means I can't use it to predict performance on any proposed ride with friends.

  • Branson vs Pickles – Virgin boss wants towns for people, minister wants them for cars1 year 12 weeks agoGet out of your car, Pickles.

    Get out of your car, Pickles. And step away from the pie.

  • RITMO Rating1 year 12 weeks agoIt's 10 miles not 10K. Most

    It's 10 miles not 10K. Most of my rides are lunch hour (due to the joys of kids taking the rest of my free time), so are shorter.

  • Vuelta - Stage 41 year 12 weeks agolead of 1:28 for- Danilo

    lead of 1:28 for-
    Danilo Wyss
    Nicolas Edet
    Jussi Veikkanen
    Dennis Vanendert
    Alex Rasmussen

  • RITMO Rating1 year 12 weeks agoI may have to create two

    I may have to create two accounts having two very different bikes on which I expect two different scores.

    I've uploaded a few rides and have two on my faster bike, scores 13.7 and 14.5. (That gated road can't have helped). My average is brought down by a ride on a tricycle cargo towing machine which scored 23.0. I wonder how it chooses which rides to score, as there are plenty of good rides on my road going bike which are not scored. Interesting to see the penalty for the cargo bike though.

    Who limits passwords to 8 characters nowadays?

  • Vuelta - Stage 41 year 12 weeks agoNot had the greatest of

    Not had the greatest of starts but resisting taking penalties!

    Valverde
    Roche
    Flecha 4 Krueziger
    Meersman
    Ratio
    Stybar
    Horner
    Tiralongo
    EBH 4 de Clercq

  • Eurobike 2013 preview: Predictions and trends1 year 12 weeks agoNow that 25mm tyres are

    Now that 25mm tyres are 'normal' does this mean that journos will stop referring to 28mm tyres as 'massive'? (reference any article on the bikes used for Paris Roubaix)

    I agree with the post that we are mainly seeing a sport boom in cycling but I think there's undeniably been a transport increase attached too but maybe mostly 'performance transport' I.e people riding to and from work fast. What we really need is a cycling slowly in jeans boom but that is only going to come with infrastructure improvements so don't hold your breath.

  • Branson vs Pickles – Virgin boss wants towns for people, minister wants them for cars1 year 12 weeks agocolinth wrote:I also doubt

    colinth wrote:
    I also doubt the people who work at amazon would agree that there's no community benefit

    Many in the town, however, have mixed feelings. They are grateful for the jobs Amazon has created but they are also sad and angry about the quality of them. Timothy Jones, a barrister and parish councillor, summed up the mood. “I very much want them to stay, but equally I would like some of the worst employment practices to end.”

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/ed6a985c-70bd-11e2-85d0-00144feab49a.html

  • Branson vs Pickles – Virgin boss wants towns for people, minister wants them for cars1 year 12 weeks agoIf my shopping experiences

    If my shopping experiences are to go on (no I'm not a good example) then shopping in physical stores has reduced product choices, higher prices put against the physical aspects of touching, viewing and the "get it right now" no delivery wait. If they have it in stock!

    So getting rid of parking issues wouldn't mean that I would any more frequently shop in a physical store than now.

    It's a pity but comparing LBS and the likes of Wiggle, Chain Reaction, etc. is tricky. You cannot have a large stock base in a physical town centre shop as the price of the shop floor means that it is too expensive to have a large stock. That has nothing much to do with customer parking and street furniture.

  • Suggestions/requests for the 2014 season1 year 12 weeks agoI really like it as it is -

    I really like it as it is - the values can be a bit haphazard as previously discussed but loads of suggestions have been made on previous threads (mine included) and don't need revisiting. I reckon with the values, we should trust you guys to decide how to alter things (if at all) and just play the game accordingly.

    Badges are fun - it would be nice if we could see at-a-glance what the highest number was for each badge (eg if I have 10 "high roller" badges and I click on that, it would tell me that the most anyone has is, say, 27 - so I can see how good or otherwise my total is). Or I guess I could just look at Wig_Billy's profile!

    Agree with Ghedebrav, never been keen on the "captain" idea for fantasy games.

    A small number of women's races would be good, as long as you can be sure of being able to get all the relevant info in time. Personally I wouldn't want to see many more races though - I'd like the option to go for a high overall placing by playing every race (as I have this year) without having to commit even more time to it! Adding more races could push more people to start only playing selective races, which might backfire longer-term. Or it might not! I'd just be wary of it, thats all.

    No other suggestions - its a great game, well-designed website and committed volunteers helping to run it. Got to be happy with that. Smile

  • Branson vs Pickles – Virgin boss wants towns for people, minister wants them for cars1 year 12 weeks agoMy local town centre isn't

    My local town centre isn't too bad for parking, I'd guess that 30% of the spaces are free for up to 2 hours and there are cycle racks dotted around plus a decent bus service.

    Despite this, we've got a huge proportion of coffee shops and charity shops. The biggest problem for local businesses that I see is the huge cost of running the premises. I looked into opening a shop in the area and the cost of rent and rates was close to £100k per year.

  • Branson vs Pickles – Virgin boss wants towns for people, minister wants them for cars1 year 12 weeks agozanf wrote: Internet shopping

    zanf wrote:

    Internet shopping is only cheaper because of huge companies such as Amazon using tactics such as offshore tax loops and zero hour contracts. Close down those (which do not benefit communities, only those companies), and you will see a massive cultural reversal.

    Not the only reason surely, not having the cost of rent, business rates, additional staff etc are the main saving for most small businesses and allow thousands of people to operate a retail business that they otherwise wouldn't be able to afford to. The offshore tax point doesn't apply to the vast majority of internet businesses, as big a problem as it is. I also doubt the people who work at amazon would agree that there's no community benefit

  • Branson vs Pickles – Virgin boss wants towns for people, minister wants them for cars1 year 12 weeks agoThe reason why many motorists

    The reason why many motorists go to out-of-town centres is because they're painless to get to, and have loads of free parking. Stress-free.

    In-town car parks are ridiculously expensive and often difficult to get to. If the rates are lowered on weekends this might encourage motorists to come into town instead of retail parks. Pedestrianise high streets as well and suddenly you get motorists coming into town and enjoying a local shopping experience along with everyone else.

    is that so outlandish?

  • The Science of Cycology: can you draw a bicycle?1 year 12 weeks agoPretty cool. I don't expect

    Pretty cool. I don't expect the paper is going to be dull at all. Looking forward to reading it. Curious about the actual stats, but I can see why you didn't include them in this write-up.

  • Branson vs Pickles – Virgin boss wants towns for people, minister wants them for cars1 year 12 weeks agoThis is the discussion that

    This is the discussion that needs to be had. Pickles is plain wrong (other than all the ugly signage) - has he actually seriously sat down and thought about what he is proposing?! The sooner people like him can see that more cars is NOT the solution, the better.

    We need a properly thought out sustainable transport policy, properly supported by government (local and westminster) to get as many people as possible out of motor vehicles. Cars in towns and cities (and many villages) just choke up everything - I think Pickles needs to step back and take a broader view.

    Anyway, it makes a pleasant change from the helmets good/bad thing Smile

  • Branson vs Pickles – Virgin boss wants towns for people, minister wants them for cars1 year 12 weeks agoEric Pickles is an

    Eric Pickles is an interesting physical specimen, isn't he?

  • Branson vs Pickles – Virgin boss wants towns for people, minister wants them for cars1 year 12 weeks agoDog72 wrote:His Idea of the

    Dog72 wrote:
    His Idea of the "High St" is dead. People shop online more because its easier and cheaper.
    If you want Town centres to survive or at least be in a position to compete with Online then business rates & rents for Retail space have to comedown , a lot, to make them more appealing and to encourage Independent Traders who can offer a more bespoke personal shopping experience.

    A lot of the high street has been killed by loss of footfall traffic due to out of town big box stores propagated by food retailers.

    Once you make it easier to get to town centres by bicycle, foot and public transport, and make it less convenient by car, then raise the rates on out of town stores (to subsidise regeneration of town centres), then you will see a cultural reversal.

    Internet shopping is only cheaper because of huge companies such as Amazon using tactics such as offshore tax loops and zero hour contracts. Close down those (which do not benefit communities, only those companies), and you will see a massive cultural reversal.

  • Vuelta - Stage 41 year 12 weeks agoIve gone half risk half safe

    Ive gone half risk half safe I guess

    Ratto
    Matthews
    Meersman
    Horner
    Nibali
    Valverde
    Zubeldia
    Moreno
    Basso

    Apparently Henao didn't eat enough

  • Eurobike 2013 preview: Predictions and trends1 year 12 weeks agoRe comments about drivetrains

    Re comments about drivetrains and the like, there are belt drive bikes around that do the job perfectly well from larger manufacturers as well as smaller ones.

    The problem is not really the bikes, but availablity of the bikes, and having an enviroment where they are going to get used and a domestic enviroment where you can store bikes.

    Cycling in the UK is a sport not transport, we might be going through a boom but it is a sport boom not a transport boom. Comments from a certain Mr Pickles won't help, we need to get cars out of towns, make towns places where you want to cycle, where no one is afraid of cars. We need to stop seeing bikes as sport but as a physical extension, something you just do to get from a to b.

  • Branson vs Pickles – Virgin boss wants towns for people, minister wants them for cars1 year 12 weeks agoHis Idea of the "High St" is

    His Idea of the "High St" is dead. People shop online more because its easier and cheaper.
    If you want Town centres to survive or at least be in a position to compete with Online then business rates & rents for Retail space have to comedown , a lot, to make them more appealing and to encourage Independent Traders who can offer a more bespoke personal shopping experience.
    E Pickles is completely out of touch with Modern Life and would probably like the country to be like post war 1950's Britain, in fact if he didn't shave for a week and donned some tramp chic I reckon he would look like green grass off ITV’s Heartbeat.