• Lance Armstrong: "I’ve paid a high price" for doping1 year 11 weeks agoallez neg wrote:I think he's

    allez neg wrote:
    I think he's a unique case.

    I can (sort of) understand how a lie on top of another lie on top of another lie left him a bit trapped in a spiral, but regardless of this he accepted the fame, plaudits and money shamelessly, and aggressively attacked anyone who doubted the myth.

    He basically killed off Greg LeMond's bike company, as well as the character assasinations of Betsy Andreu, David Walsh and Emma O'Reilly.

    Regardless of his personality (although being Dubya's buddy may not help here) I think the damage he's done should preclude him from playing ANY role in cycling and that no form of reconciliation should take place.

    And he still owes me eight quid for that book of his that I was duped into buying.

    +1

    The fact that he wrecked the lives of so many others who did speak out with his ferocious legal attacks means I have no sympathy for him at all. He was not the only cyclist doping but he was certainly the only one to use such a wide ranging programme of heavy-handed legal measures to quell any negative comments prior to his unmasking as a liar and a cheat.

  • 1 in 10 cyclists jump red lights, says Sunday Times1 year 11 weeks agofarrell wrote:Crosshouses

    farrell wrote:
    Crosshouses wrote:
    I'm surprised by the comment about Oxford, I was there for the day on Friday and didn't see any cyclists jump a red light.

    In Manchester city centre I rarely see any rider stop at one.

    If cyclists rarely stop then I'd love to know exactly who the fuck it is I'm talking to when stopped at red lights then.

    If your seeing people who aren't there i'm sure there is someone you can talk to about it Laughing

  • Fresh calls for HGV safety measures as cyclist death toll rises - but are stickers and lenses enough?1 year 11 weeks agoA V Lowe wrote:Absolutely

    A V Lowe wrote:
    Absolutely none of this does what is a blindingly obvious way of stopping any 2 road users form banging into each other - eye contact.

    When trucks in towns were less that 10T GVW and the railway distributed the trunk freight using Scammell Scarabs and 1 axle semi trailers, we had drivers sat at eye level with pedestrians and cyclists alongside and in front, and trucks that could turn in the length of the trailer - watch Robin Webb's memorial video to his daughter - killed by a truck in London.

    Mirrors and CCTV are no proper substitute for direct vision. I call on Neil753 and hexhome to get inside and outside a Dennis Elite 2 or a Mercedes Econic. The former are increasingly being specified for dustcarts for their walk-in cab design* - not (surprisingly) because they give a superb view out from the driving position, and an amazing view in - you can clock the driver from head to hips from outside. A properly designed truck does not need a mass of mirrors to see what is directly outside.

    *Walk in cabs are being specified on safety grounds - but not cyclist safety. Its the safety of staff climbing in & out of the truck and slipping on the steps up tor the macho "King of the road" throne position in the cab.


    Trailers are designed to carry a shipping container of a standard size, loading bays are built to offload from a standard trailer height, and economies of scale mean that bigger trucks mean lower operating costs. My sympathies but this is the reality globally.

    On a personal note, sitting higher up gives me better visibility on the open road, means my windows and mirrors stay cleaner, means I have slightly less polution entering my lungs, helps protect me from hijack, and reduces my chances of injury when hit by a car. I agree that high cabs can cause issues at ASLs, so I'm very careful to check before I move off, but overall I think the higher cab position is bettter for safety.

  • Lance Armstrong: "I’ve paid a high price" for doping1 year 11 weeks agoI think he's a unique case.

    I think he's a unique case.

    I can (sort of) understand how a lie on top of another lie on top of another lie left him a bit trapped in a spiral, but regardless of this he accepted the fame, plaudits and money shamelessly, and aggressively attacked anyone who doubted the myth.

    He basically killed off Greg LeMond's bike company, as well as the character assasinations of Betsy Andreu, David Walsh and Emma O'Reilly.

    Regardless of his personality (although being Dubya's buddy may not help here) I think the damage he's done should preclude him from playing ANY role in cycling and that no form of reconciliation should take place.

    And he still owes me eight quid for that book of his that I was duped into buying.

  • Jon Snow: cyclists ‘behave extremely badly’ and I don’t know a single one who hasn’t jumped a red light1 year 11 weeks agojazzdude wrote:And on the

    jazzdude wrote:
    And on the continent have they had to resort to congestion charging to make cycling safer? Congestion charging or raising parking charges will cause more people to boycott town centres adding to the decline of the town centre economy as if it wasn't bad enough already.

    So what you are saying is to congest the town centres even more till the places are completely deadlocked with parking and traffic. As if this will improve town centre economies.

  • New Cervélo S2 launched +video1 year 11 weeks agoWish they'd stick some more

    Wish they'd stick some more aero / beefy forks on it..looks odd at the front end due to that...apart from that it looks good..

  • Vasectomy and Cycling1 year 11 weeks agoI would wait until the

    I would wait until the bruising/swelling and pain has gone away for a few days before you ride, a little pot hole or stone could become very painful.

    The problem with the big V is some people come out pretty much unscathed, others don't fair to well.

    My advice is to let you 'back wheels' dictate when your ready

  • Lance Armstrong: "I’ve paid a high price" for doping1 year 11 weeks agoIf he hadn't been doing it,

    If he hadn't been doing it, someone else would have been. You have to go way down the results to see any clean riders in the years Lance was riding. The whole sport is tainted, and has been for many years, and its a bit daft to pin it all on Lance as some kind of sacrificial purge, whilst so many other riders drift off the back of the peleton they were a massive part of

  • Convverting road bike1 year 11 weeks agoI recently did just this,

    I recently did just this, went with 48/18 which is good until I get to a hill of more than 8% or so.... some pretty pictures here

    http://jasontimothyjones.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/img_1061.jpg?w=762

    http://jasontimothyjones.wordpress.com/tigger-bike-project/

  • Lance Armstrong: "I’ve paid a high price" for doping1 year 11 weeks agoColin Peyresourde wrote:The

    Colin Peyresourde wrote:
    The thing that always got to me about him was the fiction he created about his amazing drug free comeback from cancer. What he did was above and beyond what anyone else was doing and he was rewarded above and beyond anyone else. Now he is being legally pursued above and beyond anyone else.

    What goes around comes around.

    Short of not actually doing any cycling, he had no real choice. A journo says "are you doping?" what does he (or anyone else) say?
    "Oh yes, of course I am Mr Journo, didn't you know we all do it?!"
    "No, of course not"

    And you can attribute answer number 2 to pretty much every cyclist, indeed pretty much every athlete, who's ever been caught.

    It's just that once you start lying, the lies have to get bigger, you have to defend those lies, one lie leads to another and the whole thing is actually a house of cards; one wrong move and the whole deck collapses.
    There's an interesting 4-part interview with LA over on the cyclingnews website. Regardless of your thoughts on LA, it's worth a read, as is the chapter in Cav's new book (At Speed, out now) which deals with Cav's thoughts on Lance, on doping, on the media attention it gets.

  • Lance Armstrong: "I’ve paid a high price" for doping1 year 11 weeks agoLance, do us all a favour and

    Lance, do us all a favour and F**K OFF.

    It's not about you any more.

  • Lance Armstrong: "I’ve paid a high price" for doping1 year 11 weeks ago(No subject)

    Yawn

  • Lance Armstrong: "I’ve paid a high price" for doping1 year 11 weeks agoThe thing that always got to

    The thing that always got to me about him was the fiction he created about his amazing drug free comeback from cancer. What he did was above and beyond what anyone else was doing and he was rewarded above and beyond anyone else. Now he is being legally pursued above and beyond anyone else.

    What goes around comes around.

  • Fresh calls for HGV safety measures as cyclist death toll rises - but are stickers and lenses enough?1 year 11 weeks agoI'd have to say my experience

    I'd have to say my experience with hgv drivers is pretty positive and I've been cycling since I was 16 or so. Whenever I have been hit its by inattentive and outright dangerous motorists in cars...the last driving on the wrong side of the road and leaving me with a head injury and more than a year of cognitive rehabilitation therapy. The driver was a forklift driver by profession supposedly late to pick his daughter up and as ever the authorities were useless. He faced no charges at all due to lack of independent witnesses and is back behind the wheel right now with a newly refreshed sense of 'no one can touch me' so many thanks to those in public office for all your work on that myth known as 'road safety'.

    HGV drivers have in my experience been more patient and just more decent when passing and I always wave to thank them for recognising the value of the life just in front of them.

    LGV is more hit and miss, literally. Too many deliveries to make coupled with a lethal mix of both good speed and considerable weight makes these funerals waiting to happen. For me though it's always the car...the only legalised form of murder weapon proving time and again that radical revision of the driver training and control of licence issuing and revocation is desperately overdue.

    To me it's simple. If you kill (and it was your fault) you lose that licence for life. It's the same for firearms licences (and guns kill less than cars) and ultimately if society values life it needs to send a powerful message to us all that playing with other people's lives is not acceptable.

  • 1 in 10 cyclists jump red lights, says Sunday Times1 year 11 weeks agoNorthEastJimmy wrote: I shout

    NorthEastJimmy wrote:

    I shout (like an idiot) at every single one of them, regardless of what type of transport they're using, much to my own embarrassment afterwards for looking like a grumpy old man who's got nothing better to do.

    Please keep it up. Peer pressure is going to be how we defeat RLJ.

    It is getting better in London. Recently I was an altercation between a little ol' lady on a bike and the inevitable car in the ASL. Other cyclists looked on and gave her a couple of encouraging nods and muttered a bit of support.

    At the next lights, obviously fired up by being part of a group mentality after the ASL incident, the group spontaneously started whistling at the few cyclists who shot through the red light.

    If more acted like this RLJ would be quashed.

  • Shimano RS80 C50 wheelset1 year 11 weeks agonow on ribble for £400 quids

    now on ribble for £400 quids

  • Lance Armstrong: "I’ve paid a high price" for doping1 year 11 weeks agoHe really doesn't understand

    He really doesn't understand what he did.

  • 1 in 10 cyclists jump red lights, says Sunday Times1 year 11 weeks agoWeird choices to observe red

    Weird choices to observe red light jumping in Manchester.. Oxford/Whitworth is at the top of a hill, with a lot of RLJing taxis and buses, and pedestrians who're eager to leap into the road as soon as the lights go red. You'd have to be suicidal to jump Mosley/Wilmslow, but you do get people riding off *just* before the lights change, which I suppose counts. That's more of a safety move, as waiting for the lights is more dangerous.

    The stretch of road in between the two junctions is full of red light jumpers, especially through the curry mile. I often follow serial RLJers (on my bike, and no I don't RLJ) from the Wilmslow junction to the Whitworth junction, and they jump every single light, but they don't jump the two surveyed.

    If they'd surveyed Oxford Road/Grosvenor Street, or Wilmslow Road/Dickenson Road, the figure would've been more like 6 out of 10 cyclists jumping the lights. Some might say "oh, that's just the students". If that's the case, then there's a lot of middle-aged students these days..

  • Fresh calls for HGV safety measures as cyclist death toll rises - but are stickers and lenses enough?1 year 11 weeks agoCan anyone explain what

    Can anyone explain what bleeding use the stickers are when, like the truck I saw one on last week, came up from behind me and the drifted into the cycle lane thus blocking me off?

    Thankfully I've got the bike handling to bunny hop on to a pavement to get myself to safety whilst some gobshite ponces round with a fresh sticker saying I shouldn't have been on his left hand side but not everyone does.

  • Lance Armstrong: "I’ve paid a high price" for doping1 year 11 weeks agoalotronic wrote:Beyond

    alotronic wrote:
    Beyond comment really, what an ego. Not only was he the best cyclist in the world now he's the most hurt? I'm weeping.

    Just another David Millar style sob story really.

  • Picos De Europa / Santander rides1 year 11 weeks agoIf you take the road bike and

    If you take the road bike and then find you want to do some off-roading, you can probably hire a mountain bike. I seem to remember various places renting bikes out last time we were there. Arenas de Cabrales is popular with walkers and mountain bikers so I imagine there will be a place there, but you could probably check online first.

    Some interesting history in that area as there was a major battle between Charlemagne and the Moors. There are also cave paintings that are 1000s of years old and those are definitely worth a visit. And the dinosaur museum is a good place to take the kids if the weather isn't good. You can find all this on the Internet.

  • Lance Armstrong: "I’ve paid a high price" for doping1 year 11 weeks agoBeyond comment really, what

    Beyond comment really, what an ego. Not only was he the best cyclist in the world now he's the most hurt? I'm weeping.

  • FSA Gossamer Evo Road 175mm Crank set, Compact 50/34 Chain set BBright BB386EVO1 year 11 weeks agoWhat did you put on the

    What did you put on the Cervelo instead of it?

  • 1 in 10 cyclists jump red lights, says Sunday Times1 year 11 weeks agoJohn_the_Monkey wrote:Shame

    John_the_Monkey wrote:
    Shame they didn't stake out Manchester's Fairfield Road/London Road junction, by Piccadilly Station. Red light jumping by cars (and busses, and taxis) is endemic there, on the pedestrian crossing phase usually.

    Cyclists might be as bad (although I see very little RLJ by them on my commute into Manchester) they're a hell of a lot easier to step out of the way of than a bus.

    I have never seen a phase of red lights go past without being jumped on that junction by a motor vehicle. And that includes sitting having a few pints in the Bulls Head and looking out of the window watching it. I know that seems sad but when I'm near there I watch to see if I will ever be proved wrong. I also enjoy showing new people this phenomenon.

    GMP know full well about this junction and simply don't care.

  • 1 in 10 cyclists jump red lights, says Sunday Times1 year 11 weeks agoCrosshouses wrote:I'm

    Crosshouses wrote:
    I'm surprised by the comment about Oxford, I was there for the day on Friday and didn't see any cyclists jump a red light.

    In Manchester city centre I rarely see any rider stop at one.

    If cyclists rarely stop then I'd love to know exactly who the fuck it is I'm talking to when stopped at red lights then.