• UCI looks into Chris Froome's claims about lack of drug testing on Tenerife1 year 9 weeks agoYou can't blame him for

    You can't blame him for commenting. Remember how he was persecuted at the Tour last year. If the authorities are "failing" to live up to their testing promises how does a rider defend himself.

    And again one can be cynical about choosing Tenerife but as said it's hardly that out of the way. And if the UCI were serious you would make sure competitors using a location like this would be at the top of the out of competition testing lists.

    We're all jaded by the past but give the guy a break. Seems now you're dammed whatever you do or say.

  • Video: Do you feel lucky, punk? How San Francisco police catches bike thieves1 year 9 weeks agoDrRocks: Banning the 2nd-hand

    DrRocks: Banning the 2nd-hand bike market seems wrong too. Is there a more practical solution?

  • Shimano introduce Synchro Shift + video1 year 9 weeks agoOh Dear! Another major

    Oh Dear! Another major innovation coming from the MTB side of cycling Devil although it is a logical extension of the Di2 system.

    Like Jug_23 I am puzzled as to how it is going to cope with the gear dumps that are necessary in MTB riding. Thinking
    Just to explain to non-MTB riders gear changing on the rear mech is single ratio changes up and multiple down. Front is single each way. Cool

    This really is a possible game changer. I can see this being the default on all mid to high end road bikes in the next five years, if not sooner. Party

  • Giro Stage 19 ITT1 year 9 weeks agodrheaton wrote:I make my

    drheaton wrote:
    I make my score 220, doubt I'll even get into the top 50 with that but at least I got my 200 pts badge. Just LR, Bookends and the top line to get, not that I'll get any of those this race.

    Same here on the badges Dr..... Thinking

  • Giro Stage 19 ITT1 year 9 weeks ago224 for me, podium and 200

    224 for me, podium and 200 badges Party 115th on stage
    Chuffed with that Wave

  • UCI looks into Chris Froome's claims about lack of drug testing on Tenerife1 year 9 weeks agoMount teide is hardly out of

    Mount teide is hardly out of the way though is it, major tourist island, plenty of planes, doesnt seem beyond the whit of man to get a tester there.

    And Im no fan of froome (mostly cos I cant stand his gobby fiancee and hes not s team player) but Im struggling with how the cynics out there have managed to turn Froome commenting about a lack of testing into a bluff by a doper

  • Tips for fuelling your sportive1 year 9 weeks agoSodium bicarbonate or sodium

    Sodium bicarbonate or sodium citrate is found in a lot of energy drinks. It's alkaline/basic (though sodium citrate only weakly so), possibly may act as a buffer against acidic by-products of metabolism. A range of studies suggest this has a small but significant positive effect on performance.

    Though, the amounts used in studies are usually a good bit higher than the teaspoon I suggest. Too much sodium bicarbonate can cause heart arrhythmias, so be careful.

    Sodium citrate is produced if sodium bicarbonate reacts with citric acid. E.g., if you add fruit juice or concentrate to your drinks bottle with sodium bicarbonate.

  • Giro Stage 19 ITT1 year 9 weeks agoAnd my 200 pt badge. I make

    And my 200 pt badge. I make it 227.

    Shucks, if I hadn't thrown my toys out of the pram and put 6 sprinters in without looking at the stage a couple of days ago I would still have finished with a good placing. First GT, pretty happy though.

  • Video: Do you feel lucky, punk? How San Francisco police catches bike thieves1 year 9 weeks agoDrRocks wrote:If you are

    DrRocks wrote:
    If you are buying a bike on Gumtree or eBay you might have well stole it yourself. If we remove the demand for stolen bikes then the supply of stolen bikes should dry up.

    So, serious question.

    Can anyone see any problem with requiring that second hand bike listings include the frame number?

    I've mentioned on this site before that I'd like to see all new bikes contain an RFID/NFC tag in the frame. As with mobile theft, there are ways to use technology to reduce the demand. And I completely agree with DrRocks, reducing the demand is the key to reducing the problem.

  • Sensors of Crossrail lorry involved in cyclist's death not working1 year 9 weeks agoThe way I see it there are

    The way I see it there are three options:

    1. The driver failed to maintain the standard required for a competent motorist.
    2. Maria failed to maintain the standard required for a competent cyclist.
    3. Both maintained acceptable standards yet our standards are not high enough.

    Only if option two applies can we sit back and say this is just one of those things and somehow I feel that option two was not the case.

  • Giro Stage 19 ITT1 year 9 weeks agoAnother full house, should

    Another full house, should not have dropped Wellens and Arredondo for Hesjedal and Dupont. would have scored 19 with those 2, rather than the 4 I will have scored. Damn never mind, will probably cost me the 200 pointer and will drop places.

    Ended up with 1,2,4,5,7,8,16,19 + Ryder. will not be a good score.

    Think I will go safe tomorrow, Ryder and Wilco out for Uran and Arredondo me thinks, or could just leave it as Wilco and Ryder, decisions

  • Giro Stage 19 ITT1 year 9 weeks agoI make my score 220, doubt

    I make my score 220, doubt I'll even get into the top 50 with that but at least I got my 200 pts badge. Just LR, Bookends and the top line to get, not that I'll get any of those this race.

  • Giro Stage 19 ITT1 year 9 weeks agoJoelsim

    Joelsim wrote:
    1,2,3,5,7,8,10,13,16. Full house!

    I already have a full house, damn!

    I'm pretty sure like me you have probably picked up a lot more than just the 2 fh badges lol

  • Giro D'Italia 2014 - Pick Three Italians1 year 9 weeks agoI assume after today it's

    I assume after today it's those who have Pozzovivo and Aru, unless Viviani wins on Sunday Rolling On The Floor

    Arsene (ponzi), Natalia (Gatto) and Gman (malacarne) to fight it out for the finish, with Chicchi and Rosa out Chokofingerz would place 4th and I assume I finish 5th on tiebreak,

  • Giro Stage 19 ITT1 year 9 weeks ago1,2,3,5,7,8,10,13,16. Full

    1,2,3,5,7,8,10,13,16. Full house!

    I already have a full house, damn!

  • Giro Stage 19 ITT1 year 9 weeks ago1 2 3 4 7 8 10 13 16

    1 2 3 4 7 8 10 13 16 Nerd

  • Giro Stage 19 ITT1 year 9 weeks agoFull house witgh zoidl, enao

    Full house witgh zoidl, enao and cataldo methinks. Kelderman might not score enuf for me though. But dropped pozzo a whiole back.

  • Video: Cambridge in 1945 – when bicycles ruled the roads1 year 9 weeks agoHembrow's post from 2011 does

    Hembrow's post from 2011 does indeed mention 43000 students, but doesn't say where the number comes from. One Cambridge uni - Anglia Ruskin - has students split across three cities so we can't use the total on Wikipedia. This 2012 article puts the total at a rather lower 28574, and breaks that figure down in various ways.

    In comparison, South Manchester is home to both the largest and the fourth largest universities in the UK by student population* with around 75000 students concentrated in quite a small area of the city. It's also pretty flat, but very few students cycle. The road between the main residences and campuses is apparently the busiest cycle route in the city, but that isn't saying much, and it's also been in the news as the most dangerous route for cyclists (although the figures in the article aren't adjusted for number of cyclists).

    So,
    lots_of_students + flat_city = lots_of_cyclists
    still isn't true if the roads are perceived as busy and dangerous.

    And I don't think it's because they're allowed to own cars. Most take the bus or walk.

    *Not including the Open University or London which is a collection of 18 colleges spread across a wide area.

  • Shimano introduce Synchro Shift + video1 year 9 weeks agoI mentioned such an approach

    I mentioned such an approach to shifting when it was identified that the SRAM wireless system only had 1 button on each lever. This it is more helpful for road than MTB, because often on the MTB want to drop a handful if gears at once (i.e. the front ring) in response to a sudden ramp - will be interesting to see how it copes with that.

  • Giro Stage 19 ITT1 year 9 weeks agoJoelsim wrote:1,2,3,5,7,8,10

    Joelsim wrote:
    1,2,3,5,7,8,10 +Kelderman +Zoidl

    Like Isaid , Ithought Zoidl was a good selection well done mate.

    1,2,3,5,7,8,10, Poels failed me for full book as kept arredondo...damn u zoidl.

  • Giro Stage 19 ITT1 year 9 weeks ago1,2,3,5,7,8,9 ,16 plus

    1,2,3,5,7,8,9 ,16 plus arredondo
    Finally got my podium badge as well only 2 to get but can't see those coming Devil

  • Video: Do you feel lucky, punk? How San Francisco police catches bike thieves1 year 9 weeks agoThis list of advice is all

    This list of advice is all about blaming the victim: "it's your fault for not locking up your bike". Theft is theft no mater how much inconvenience the bike thief has to go through to get your bike. No matter how well you lock up your bike, a determined experienced bike thief will have it if they want it.

    The missing advice that would really reduce bike crime is to stop buying secondhand bikes on the internet. If you are buying a bike on Gumtree or eBay you might have well stole it yourself. If we remove the demand for stolen bikes then the supply of stolen bikes should dry up.

  • Giro Stage 19 ITT1 year 9 weeks agoI see my knack of picking the

    I see my knack of picking the wrong person hasn't deserted me - choice of Kelderman, Rolland or Hesjedal, and I went for Kelderman. Knew I should have gone for Rolland Crying . Still 1,2,3,5,7,8,10 & 16 gets the Podium badge I'm missing.

  • Giro Stage 19 ITT1 year 9 weeks ago1,2,3,4,7,8,14 plus

    1,2,3,4,7,8,14 plus standings, in hindsight dropping Kelderman+Arredondo for Pozzovivo would have been a good idea.

  • Giro Stage 19 ITT1 year 9 weeks ago1,2,3,4,5,7,8 probably quite

    1,2,3,4,5,7,8
    probably quite similar to most
    plus Arrendondo And good old Barbin!