• Top scientists on cycle helmets: "The debate will go on (and on and on...)"1 year 15 weeks agoActium wrote:colinth

    Actium wrote:
    colinth wrote:
    There are just so many variables that we're never going to get the definitive answer. Personally, I always wear one. I can't believe there'll ever be an incident when I'll say "good job I wasn't wearing a helmet". I'm sure there are circumstances where it wouldn't help, but there are a whole host of ones where it would, try head butting the wall with and without a helmet. What we can't have is compulsion, its got to be personal choice

    Yes, I think this is why the pro-helmet side of the debate always feels that they can play the "common sense" card. Take the study that showed that motor vehicles overtake helmet wearers 6 inches closer then the bare-headed cyclist. If a lorry narrowly missed me and the wing mirror passed by within 6 inches of my bare head I am unlikely, as you point out, to say "good job I wasn't wearing a helmet", but technically I should. Equally when James Cracknell was bashed by a wing mirror when he was wearing a helmet, he "should" have come away cursing helmets, but instead he seems to be pro-compulsion now.

    btw - I do almost always wear a helmet (when cycling anyway), but like others I think compulsion would be a very bad thing.

    I don't place too much weight on that study, it was a one off and could have just been a study of particularly moronic drivers. It's driver education and law enforcement that are the key issues as we probably all agree. I nearly put my foot through the TV a few months ago watching one of the hospital soap things when someone was delivered to the casualty. Paramedic reported the cyclist wasn't wearing a helmet, so the "doctors" stood there shaking their heads, they might as well have said "serves him right then". Only a soap I know but thats the attitude we've got to avoid

  • French anti-doping agency wants UCI backing to store Tour de France samples for eight years1 year 15 weeks agomike your comment makes no

    mike your comment makes no sense at all. If you read the article carefully you will see that you can test previous samples using new technology and methods that will show that any rider that doped will be found out. Of course it's not much good when they have already benefited from the win(s) like LA.

    what should be happening is targeting or at least working with the Doctors who may have knowledge, supply and give advice on the drugs to take and methods. Harsher penalties and prosecutions are needed for the Dr's and or suppliers to deter them even contemplating approaching a rider or vice versa.

  • Great Cycling books1 year 15 weeks agobashthebox wrote:Actually - I

    bashthebox wrote:
    Actually - I should postscript that recommendation with the fact that Merckx's performances are never questioned - the author accepts wholly the explanation for Merckx's failed doping tests.

    ....

    And in Seven Deadly Sins, the author casually mentions that Merckx introduced Armstrong to Michele Ferrari. So.

    I've just finished Seven Deadly Sins, a fascinating read but ultimately depressing. I'm particularly disillusioned about the Merckx revelation as he is (was) my all time sporting hero.

    Not a great book, but an insight into the life of a good,
    but not quite world beating, rider is Inside The Peleton by Nicolas Roche. He writes, in 2010, that Contador should have been banned for life - now he rides for Saxo Tinkoff!

  • Britain's "beleaguered" motorists slam cost of driving - but are more car dependent than ever, says RAC1 year 15 weeks agoAll road users have

    All road users have minorities within them who are idiots, or who hold ignorant or bigoted views.

    General taxation will probably always be used to fund roads, but supplementing this with things like fuel duty would clearly be acceptable to drivers, in fact they want it. It would seem fair to the majority of road users

    Its only a few people on special interest forums, eg road cc or whatever the equivalent is for lorry drivers, ,who might put inter-road-user divisions and and petty conflicts ahead of sensible, improved and increased funding for road maintenance.

    I've hit potholes in both my car and on my bike. From both perspectives I know how crap it is.

    Most serious cyclists also drive. So please everyone stop creating more division and antagonism simply based on prejudice related to mode of transport used. It is, in the main, artificial and unhelpful

  • BMC TeamMachine SLR01 goes on a diet1 year 15 weeks ago£1,700 more than the better

    £1,700 more than the better specced Canyon you tested earlier this week, i'm struggling to imagine why anyone would choose the BMC over the Canyon.

  • Chris Froome wants to dominate Tour de France for "six or seven years"1 year 15 weeks agoThe thing is that these

    The thing is that these interviews are conducted with no Sky PR person controlling whats said or what goes on record. They dont control what Froome says any more than they do Wiggins, in these types of interviews - or Froome's girlfriend on the innumerable times she goes off on one.

  • Top scientists on cycle helmets: "The debate will go on (and on and on...)"1 year 15 weeks agoMost of us when riding our

    Most of us when riding our best bikes and wearing lycra wear a helmet because that's what our heroes on Eurosport do, it's the look of a 'serious' cyclist.

    I've used the comparison with cricket before, there's no need for Sunday afternoon players to wear helmets but Cook, Pietersen et al do and folk like to look the part.

  • Chris Froome wants to dominate Tour de France for "six or seven years"1 year 15 weeks agoSimon, have to take issue

    Simon, have to take issue with the word you have chosen to put in Froome's mouth, based on that interview. I've read ydays Times interview over and over again to make sure I'm not going mad - AT NO POINT does he use the word DOMINATE. This is an incredibly emotive word, given the history with Armstrong - and my conclusion has to be that this is a bit of trolling on your part.

    Here is the paragraph from the interview, cut and pasted here:

    "I ask if he is the opposite to Wiggins, which is probably a lazy question, but elicits an interesting answer. “I don’t feel like I am looking for fame or looking to be recognised for something,” Froome says. “I’ve got my goals, and personally where I want my career to go is to target the Tour, not just this year but for the next six or seven years. I am driven by that goal, not from a fame point of view.”

    I'm sorry, because generally I like your writing.

    But this is out of order.

  • Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tyre1 year 15 weeks agoI'll +1 the Supremes. A issue

    I'll +1 the Supremes.

    A issue with the Plus tyres is that if they do flat (unlikely, but happened to someone I know on the European tour they're currently on) they're a pig to fix roadside.

  • Top scientists on cycle helmets: "The debate will go on (and on and on...)"1 year 15 weeks agocolinth wrote:There are just

    colinth wrote:
    There are just so many variables that we're never going to get the definitive answer. Personally, I always wear one. I can't believe there'll ever be an incident when I'll say "good job I wasn't wearing a helmet". I'm sure there are circumstances where it wouldn't help, but there are a whole host of ones where it would, try head butting the wall with and without a helmet. What we can't have is compulsion, its got to be personal choice

    Yes, I think this is why the pro-helmet side of the debate always feels that they can play the "common sense" card. Take the study that showed that motor vehicles overtake helmet wearers 6 inches closer then the bare-headed cyclist. If a lorry narrowly missed me and the wing mirror passed by within 6 inches of my bare head I am unlikely, as you point out, to say "good job I wasn't wearing a helmet", but technically I should. Equally when James Cracknell was bashed by a wing mirror when he was wearing a helmet, he "should" have come away cursing helmets, but instead he seems to be pro-compulsion now.

    btw - I do almost always wear a helmet (when cycling anyway), but like others I think compulsion would be a very bad thing.

  • Top scientists on cycle helmets: "The debate will go on (and on and on...)"1 year 15 weeks agoGood grief, unscientific

    Good grief, unscientific anecdotal evidence means nothing, it's proves nothing, stop with it already. All these people who had crashes with helmets on are proving nothing because they don't know how they would have fared otherwise. I've had several head injuries in my life without a helmet, I'm not brain-damaged and I'm not dead, this also proves precisely nothing.

  • RITMO Rating1 year 15 weeks agomine varies from 9 to 18 did

    mine varies from 9 to 18 did a 110k at the weekend and got a 14 with average speed of 16mph and a few days before I did a 27k with average of 19mph with an 11 ritmo, I'm going to keep on using it, but would of thought the longer distance would of given a lower handicap score. I would be interested to see the formula

  • Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tyre1 year 15 weeks agoWhat sort of mileage did you

    What sort of mileage did you put on the tyres Shaun?

    Nick - claimed weights for all sizes here: http://schwalbe.co.uk/tour/marathon-plus/

    Spa Cycles have a useful video showing how to fit these tyres: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XUFVrl0UT4‎

  • Mark Cavendish heads strong men's field at road nationals in Glasgow next week1 year 15 weeks ago"eight laps of the men’s race

    "eight laps of the men’s race and 13 laps of the women’s one"

    if think you've got that the wrong way round Thinking

  • Mark Cavendish heads strong men's field at road nationals in Glasgow next week1 year 15 weeks agoLooks like the national

    Looks like the national criterium champs...

  • Forum's Scorum's Mini League1 year 15 weeks agoPlenty of Overall GC

    Plenty of Overall GC contenders are swamping the top of the Forum's Scorum's Tour Du Suisse leaderboard!!

  • Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tyre1 year 15 weeks agoI believe that is per tyre.

    I believe that is per tyre.

    Personally I prefer the Marathon Supreme, they're about half the weight, better rolling and I've found them also to be virtually indestructible. For touring you're not going to get much better than either of these.

  • Chris Froome wants to dominate Tour de France for "six or seven years"1 year 15 weeks agoandyp wrote:I could have won

    andyp wrote:
    I could have won last year's tour had I a) been really good on a bike and b) been employed by a team and selected to ride the Tour. And c) Had a lot of luck. So hey, I'll target 6 or 7 too.

    This is such a useless comment it's surely worth repeating.

  • Tour De Suisse stage 51 year 15 weeks agoA shocking Tour Du Suisse for

    A shocking Tour Du Suisse for me.....got blown off the prologue course by the wind and never recovered!

  • TDS displayed as finished on my fantasy cycling1 year 15 weeks agonot here it doesn't - happily

    not here it doesn't - happily on stage 6 with 3h45 left to pick a team. sure you're not in the dauphine?

  • New Stage Scoring Table Feedback and Wish List1 year 15 weeks agoenrique wrote:enrique

    enrique wrote:
    enrique wrote:
    ... How about the opposite? You get two [transfers] a day, like we do now, but you can bank them forever and use them whenever you want? You can only accumulate them, not borrow. You just don't lose them, which is what I hate, especially after rest days... That'll force a little bit of planning ahead...

    Sigh (Sigh!) Just reread this suggestion from July 2012 and my eyes watered...

    Now this made me laugh a little bit Wink

  • FS: Condor Super Acciaio Steel Frameset1 year 15 weeks agoNow sold, thanks.

    Now sold, thanks.

  • Tour De Suisse stage 51 year 15 weeks agoGhedebrav wrote:Boonen a fair

    Ghedebrav wrote:
    Boonen a fair way back... perhaps he's no longer truly 'not normal' Surprise

    Got to come good at some point.....although you can see why hes 12.7 credits right now!!

  • Tour de Suisse Stage 21 year 15 weeks agoThat may be the case Ray, but

    That may be the case Ray, but the difference is that the points from the sprints counted towards the points competition, therefore the points competition included both sprint and finish line points, so we use that one

  • New Stage Scoring Table Feedback and Wish List1 year 15 weeks agoHow about a daily 'captain'

    How about a daily 'captain' for double points?