• "Ignorant and grotesque" - CTC blasts article on cyclists by Road Haulage Association director1 year 43 weeks agoWithout wishing to labour the

    Without wishing to labour the point, in response to Andyp I will say that hearing is important in many scenarios. Not least when you are overtaken by a lorry on a country lane. You may yield to the verge a little to ease the passage of the lorry, but because its big, slow and difficult for other cars to overtake, it may have a one or more vehicles behind it. I guarantee you'll be relying on your hearing to detect these as your eyes are concentrating on the big thing that's passing you.

    Mr Flanders' attitude is as sad as it is incorrect but to see fellow cyclists with earphones in worries me.

  • "Ignorant and grotesque" - CTC blasts article on cyclists by Road Haulage Association director1 year 43 weeks agoCyclists need to rely upon a

    Cyclists need to rely upon a range of senses together. Why voluntarily cut one of these out. I'd defend your right to wear earphones on your bike but I wont do it myself. Is it really worth the risk?

    I do feel though that like shaved legs, some cyclists like to be seen with one earphone in for that 'pro' look. Only it's not the DS on the radio, its the missus with a Tesco order to collect on the way home from work. For the complete look you could add a strip of surgical tape over the earphone and pretend to talk to your chest from time to time.

  • "Ignorant and grotesque" - CTC blasts article on cyclists by Road Haulage Association director1 year 43 weeks agoCraigTheBiker wrote:If I get

    CraigTheBiker wrote:
    If I get a pico-second, or a few hundred milliseconds, or half a second or a second of extra warning, then that can be the difference between life and death. Fact.

    Completely agree and this is backed up by my own experience. Tried headphones once, that was enough to convince me. You are far more vulnerable on a bike than in a car and, imho, need the availability of all your senses to aid survival.

  • Rapha Shaving Cream1 year 43 weeks agonice review - the skincare

    nice review - the skincare journalism world doesnt know what is missed. Big Grin

    doubt I'll be buying it but out of interest how long would a pot last - given its about 7 times more than a tin of gillette stuff thats pricey even by the big R's standard.

  • "Ignorant and grotesque" - CTC blasts article on cyclists by Road Haulage Association director1 year 43 weeks agoso I should just give up

    so I should just give up taking any responsiblility for my own safety and put my life in the hands of the drivers.
    um, no. My point is exactly the opposite. Use your eyes (even if you can't read too well, you might be able to see cars) and take responsibility for your own safety, don't rely on your hearing. And given the pico-second warning about someone to go straight into the back of you, again, what would you do, exactly?

  • Britain's cycling organisations and businesses come together to launch Summer of Cycling1 year 43 weeks agoWhy would British Cycling and

    Why would British Cycling and CTC merge?

    They do completely different jobs: one promotes sports; the other protects the rights of cyclists on the road

    And who are CTT?

  • Being a big girls blouse as it is too cold to ride...who is brave and riding in the cold?1 year 43 weeks agoThe thing I find is that

    The thing I find is that you're on the bike and it doesn't *feel* too slippery, you know, slippery but you still feel kind of "in control". Then you put your foot on the ground and you're almost arse over tit straight away.

    Just highlights how grippy my tyre is compared to my cleats!

  • What's your opinion of this overtaking manoeuvre?1 year 43 weeks ago- a-typical passing

    Crying - a-typical passing manoeuvre: WRONG but car drivers are the kings! (well they think they are till they get outta the car)

  • Being a big girls blouse as it is too cold to ride...who is brave and riding in the cold?1 year 43 weeks agoI got caught in a snow/sleet

    I got caught in a snow/sleet shower - it instantly froze and learnt FAST: rubber & ice dont like each other...

  • Compact v not compact1 year 43 weeks agoPete, I think he means the

    Pete, I think he means the difference from a 'standard' chainset of 53/39 compared to a compact of 50/34.

    A compact is unlikely to give the range of a triple unless you increase the sprockets. The Sram Apex grupo is the exception as it was designed as a 'compact' with the range of a triple and hence a long cage rear mech with a 11-32 block on the back.

    If you need to compare different size chainsets and sprockets, look at Sheldon Brown's website:

    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/gears/

  • Compact v not compact1 year 43 weeks agoNice one for that Pete

    Nice one for that Pete

  • Compact v not compact1 year 43 weeks agoits to do with the chainset,

    its to do with the chainset, more specifically the front rings.

    If you imagine you have a bike with triple chainrings at the front, you'd reasonably expect that it could cover a wider range of gear ratios than a bike with just double chainrings. And historically this would have been true.

    However, where the compact chainset comes in is that you just have the two rings, but the number of teeth they have gives you broadly the same range of ratios as if you had a triple. So they've "compacted" from 3 rings to 2.

  • Garmin 800 vs. iPhone and Cateye V3. And what do you use?1 year 43 weeks agoIve a garmin 750 - theirs NO

    Ive a garmin 750 - theirs NO WAY id put a 500quid iphone on a bike in a million yrs but then again i wouldnt use an iphone end of story..

    ..carry on; LOL

  • Compact v not compact1 year 43 weeks agoTypically 3 teeth on large

    Typically 3 teeth on large chainring, 5 on small.

  • 12-speed gear system on the way from KCNC1 year 43 weeks agodave_atkinson wrote:yenrod

    dave_atkinson wrote:
    yenrod wrote:
    Those diagrams look 'electric' IMO too btw.

    hmm, interesting point. we don't have any real info on this system. we assumed it was mechanical but that's not necessarily the case, i guess. however the drawing of the 11spd MTB shifter does have what appears to be a barrel adjuster...

    Talking of AC/DC - I actually thought SRAM would of done electric for the Road next yr?

  • Alberto Contador appeal hearing ends; now the waiting game starts again1 year 43 weeks agoantonio wrote:'Their final

    antonio wrote:
    'Their final decision in the much-delayed case is expected sometime between Christmas and early January.'What year?

    LoL, quote of the thread mate! classic! Rolling On The Floor

  • Just in: Specialized Allez Comp1 year 43 weeks agoI'm going to have to go out

    I'm going to have to go out for a ride on one of these when the demo bikes filter through. I have an aluminium Allez Sport double, and whilst I appreciate the Shimano pieces fitted here are several notches further up the range, I wonder whether it can really be three times 'better' than my £400 2010 bike ...

    They just seem to be on an alternating rotation of white / red / black paint for the annual change around.

  • Just in: Specialized Allez Comp1 year 43 weeks agoBloody Hell - the length of

    Bloody Hell - the length of that Head Tube !

  • Anyone tried Speedplays?1 year 43 weeks agoI've had these since January

    I've had these since January this year - this is my honest opinion:

    They're small;

    They aren't that easy to get into;

    Buy BLACK (as they get dirty);

    Get used to being more service friendly to the pedal than a Time etc...;

    Lower your saddle when you fit them;

    At some Lights the other day & I thought 'they are a total professional pedal' as they are SOO specific in set-up etc...

    Cleats are expensive - but lube em up with a Teflon spray & you'll be ok.

    Buy a grease gun!

  • "Ignorant and grotesque" - CTC blasts article on cyclists by Road Haulage Association director1 year 43 weeks agoIf they're going to hit me,

    If they're going to hit me, they're going to hit me?

    Wow, so I should just give up taking any responsiblility for my own safety and put my life in the hands of the drivers.

    If I get a pico-second, or a few hundred milliseconds, or half a second or a second of extra warning, then that can be the difference between life and death. Fact.

  • "Ignorant and grotesque" - CTC blasts article on cyclists by Road Haulage Association director1 year 43 weeks agoSo, this traffic behind you,

    So, this traffic behind you, that you can hear even when you are looking forward...what is it going to do to you, exactly? Just drive straight through you? Or does being able to hear also give you the ability to hover in the air and allow the truck that was about to hit you from behind to pass safely underneath?

    I repeat. If they're going to hit you, they're going to hit you, and being able to hear that they're about to hit you won't make the slightest bit of difference, other than to give your chamois an extra pico-second of trauma. If one is putting ones self at risk by moving into the path of a vehicle without checking what's around first, *even if you can hear*, one is a numpty.

  • Anyone tried Speedplays?1 year 43 weeks agothey are superb, if a little

    they are superb, if a little "entertaining" the first time
    you get out of the saddle Smile

  • DfT stats reveal nearly 70 per cent of lorries break 40mph limit1 year 43 weeks agoHaving to use haulage

    Having to use haulage companies through work it can be frustrating when they are late or they fail to deliver due to the work time directive. however this is no excuse for speeding.

    I wonder what Mr Flanders of the RHA has to say on this one??

  • "Ignorant and grotesque" - CTC blasts article on cyclists by Road Haulage Association director1 year 43 weeks agoandyp wrote:'Cycling with

    andyp wrote:
    'Cycling with headphones/earbuds etc is really too dangerous for urban riding.'

    I've yet to hear a convincing argument to support this. If someone's going to drive into a cyclist, they'll do it whether the rider is listening to music or not (unless they're deliberately doing it *because* the rider, (probably like the driver) is listening to music.
    If the rider decides to change lanes or otherwise ride into the path of a vehicle * without using their eyes and brain*, whether they're listening to music or not, they're an idiot.

    Completely disagree. When I'm on my bike I'm always creating a picture in my mind of the traffic around me. My ears play a big part in that because I can hear traffic behind me even when I'm looking forward. My ears can alert me of danger before I've seen it with my eyes.

    To put it another way, if I was deaf I would feel a lot less safe on my bike. In my view people who cycle in urban areas while listening to music have got a death wish.

  • "Ignorant and grotesque" - CTC blasts article on cyclists by Road Haulage Association director1 year 43 weeks ago'Cycling with

    'Cycling with headphones/earbuds etc is really too dangerous for urban riding.'

    I've yet to hear a convincing argument to support this. If someone's going to drive into a cyclist, they'll do it whether the rider is listening to music or not (unless they're deliberately doing it *because* the rider, (probably like the driver) is listening to music.
    If the rider decides to change lanes or otherwise ride into the path of a vehicle * without using their eyes and brain*, whether they're listening to music or not, they're an idiot.