• Two thirds of cyclist injuries following collisions with motor vehicle due to driver, says City of Westminster1 year 15 weeks agobikerdavecycling wrote:I'm

    bikerdavecycling wrote:
    I'm sure the Daily Hate Mail will change this to "cyclists responsible for 1in5 road accidents"

    Since I suspect even those half-wits would struggle to spin this one, I reckon they'll go for their second item in the bag of tricks - and not report it at all

    "None so blind as those that will not see"

  • Two thirds of cyclist injuries following collisions with motor vehicle due to driver, says City of Westminster1 year 15 weeks agoI have said it befoore and

    I have said it befoore and will say again, we need a minister or someone with a bit of clout to get hurt whilst on a bike before anything will radically change.

    Not that i want to see anyone get hurt though !

  • advice on brakes1 year 15 weeks agowell for 15 quid I will go

    well for 15 quid I will go for them, plus I like your idea of them being in black to match the bike, so much has changed on the bike ie different wheels and tyres different crank and pedals and now different brake levers that I think I will remove the Raleigh decals and replace them with my own nickname " billyman" lol

    thanks to everyone who has helped.

  • Giro d'Italia - Tappa 61 year 15 weeks agoWell after bringing in 4

    Well after bringing in 4 sprinters for yesterdays stage and ending up with a massive 4 points today cant be any worse. I've left things alone and will mess about after todays stage.

    Cav's in with bouhanni, viviani and nizzolo.

  • Road Etiquette part 21 year 15 weeks ago7 hours to do 100k sounds a

    7 hours to do 100k sounds a bit boring - I think AbuDhabiChris is right, are they real friends?

    Alternatively, when I went out with a friend who I was willing to ride slowly for, I ended up using it as an interval session. Pootle along on the flat, and every time we hit a hill, I gave it the beans, then waited at the top. She was cool with that, didn't mind at all.

  • Giro d'Italia - Tappa 61 year 15 weeks agoSTEVESPRO 79 wrote:Difficult

    STEVESPRO 79 wrote:
    Difficult to see past Cav today, but watching him trying to get up that final climb yesterday was painful, I personally dont think that he is in great shape at the moment...Hope Im wrong but although I think he will be in the mix today, Im thinking that Bouhanni, Viviani and Goss will really push him...
    Its difficult to pack full of sprinters today with an up and down stage tomorrow and then tweaking for the TT the day after...
    Thinking

    It's not really possible to judge a sprinters form on the flat by looking at them going uphill.

    Over the last two years Cav has been better than he needs to be going uphill because he was targetting the hilly Olympic course. That's now done so it's quite likely he's gone back to working on pure flat speed in his training. That means he's slower uphill but faster in a sprint.

    I think he's in good for (as shown by stage 1) and I think he's just gone back to his natural place in the peloton when it gets hilly which is at the back with the rest of the pure sprinters.

    Anyway, if you wanted a sprinter on your team who would you choose:

    1) Cavendish, unbeatable in a flat sprint, can't climb
    2) Degenkolb, solid in a flat sprint but doesn't have the pace to beat Cavendish, can win the odd stage that get's lumpy
    3) Goss, can't win anything...

    I know who I'd want.

  • My first century1 year 15 weeks agoSounds like you are easily

    Sounds like you are easily capable, just make sure you take on enough energy and fluids to see you through the last few miles. Flapjacks, Soreen, gels, energy bars, whatever works for you.

  • Pearl Izumi sue Garmin-Cervélo over missing aero suits1 year 15 weeks agoTrue Gkam, but then it was

    True Gkam, but then it was your comment that I clicked on, so that's just as bad.

    Of course, I would never comment on a 2.5 year old story. Obviously.

    Oh, hang on...

  • Road etiquette1 year 15 weeks agoSimon E wrote:Rules? They're

    Simon E wrote:
    Rules? They're in the Highway Code.

    Otherwise just be polite, treat others as you'd wish to be treated yourself. It's no more complicated than that (except for morons that worship Velominati's silly 'Rules').

    Really, you don't think cycling has any rules ? It must be a unique human endeavour then, because I'm struglling to think of anything that involves groups of people which doesn't have some sort of rules or expectations, whether codified or not.

    What about not jamming on your brakes when riding in a bunch.. calling out Passing... indicating turns and obstacles... not sitting in for 20kms and then sprinting ahead... are they in the Highway Code ? Do unto others is a little bit non-specific IMHO.

    When people ask me why road cyclists shave their legs my response is always that it shows you are part of a culture.

    This is why we have such rules - not just to dictate behaviour but to indicate compliance and membership.

    There is a large element of trust in riding with other people. If you turn up to a ride and you and your bike would pass Velominati inspection, it's just shorthand for saying "I know how this all works, you can probably trust me."

    That's not to say that people who don't choose to follow the rules are incapable of being good and trustworthy riders, but they don't have the prima facie evidence to support them, and you have to work it out along the way.

  • Giro d'Italia - Tappa 61 year 15 weeks agoViviani and Ventoso in and I

    Viviani and Ventoso in and I plan to leave it be for tomorrow too to allow me to make changes for the ITT, although there are no obvious choices, as I aleady have Phinney in ready.

    Phinney
    Cav
    Viviani (for Uran)
    Ventoso (for Weening)
    Gavazzi
    Battaglin
    Santambrogio
    Paolini
    Visconti

  • Roux Etape 250 (2013)1 year 15 weeks agovbvb wrote:The bit under the

    vbvb wrote:
    The bit under the headline says 16000g. That's 35kg. Nerd

    OK so it's been a while since I was at school, but surely 16000g = 16kg?

    I think you mean 35lbs

  • The Giro Purist thread1 year 15 weeks agoPedals wrote:Just seen I'm

    Pedals wrote:
    Just seen I'm top if the purist league for the giro today! Very happy indeed and I'm enjoying this moment of what I am sure is short-lived one off glory! Finally after 3 years playing this game I have finally reached the top of one table! Big Grin

    Applause Applause Applause Applause

  • Road Etiquette part 21 year 15 weeks agoI went on a tour across

    I went on a tour across France, Belgium and Holland with a group of 6, 2 of them weren't up to the same level but I was using the trip to train for a few sportives later this year.
    I ended up going off on my own or with one of the others and we did shifts with the slower riders. This probably works over a week long period but I wouldn't feel bad about dropping them if there are others with the slower riders.

    It is incredibly frustrating and waiting for them to catch up is the worst part.
    Good Luck with the ride though.

  • Samuel Sánchez’s golden Giro d’Italia shoes1 year 15 weeks agoSubtle

    Subtle Liar

  • The Giro Purist thread1 year 15 weeks agoMy purist team! Julien Berard

    My purist team!
    Julien Berard (ALM)
    Ryder Hesjedal (GRM)
    John Degenkolb (ARG)
    Luca Paolini (KAT)
    Mauro Santambrogio (VIN)
    Mark Cavendish (OPQ)
    Pieter Weening (GRE)
    Vladimir Karpets (MOV)
    Grega Bole (VCD)

  • Giro d'Italia - Tappa 61 year 15 weeks agoDifficult to see past Cav

    Difficult to see past Cav today, but watching him trying to get up that final climb yesterday was painful, I personally dont think that he is in great shape at the moment...Hope Im wrong but although I think he will be in the mix today, Im thinking that Bouhanni, Viviani and Goss will really push him...
    Its difficult to pack full of sprinters today with an up and down stage tomorrow and then tweaking for the TT the day after...
    Thinking

  • Giro d'Italia - Tappa 61 year 15 weeks agoCouldn't afford Bouhanni, so

    Couldn't afford Bouhanni, so Ferrari in.

  • Road Etiquette part 21 year 15 weeks agoIt really depends on the

    It really depends on the nature of the friendship doesn't it. There are people I would do that for, because they might do the same for me, and people I wouldn't.

    Assuming they fall in the Wouldn't camp, I would remind them that the deadline is 4pm and you will be riding to meet it. Usually you have to book a place on the return buses and trucks don't you, so that's an easy excuse, if you've already booked and paid.

    If they can keep up then great, if not then they have to be prepared to make their own arrangements. From the sounds of your training trip they are perfectly capable of doing so.

  • Giro d'Italia - Tappa 61 year 15 weeks agoCouldn't resist meddling.

    Couldn't resist meddling. Bouhanni in.

  • Two thirds of cyclist injuries following collisions with motor vehicle due to driver, says City of Westminster1 year 15 weeks agoI'm sure the Daily Hate Mail

    I'm sure the Daily Hate Mail will change this to "cyclists responsible for 1in5 road accidents", then in the smallest clarification in the article will say "involving bikes".... Seriously though, how can a government look at figures like this and not protect the vulnerable?

    Oh, hang on. I remember. It's cos I live in the UK...

  • Samuel Sánchez’s golden Giro d’Italia shoes1 year 15 weeks agoQuite like them...

    Quite like them...

  • Samuel Sánchez’s golden Giro d’Italia shoes1 year 15 weeks agoThose white cuff edges are a

    Those white cuff edges are a bugger to keep clean. I have a pair of blue and white Sidis and it's a nightmare. I suppose I should have guessed white shows the dirt... Old toothbrush and toothpaste. Yawn

  • Road Etiquette part 21 year 15 weeks ago9mph!? They should be

    9mph!? They should be ashamed. Rule 5.

    Seriously though, if they're having fun, let them. If you want to race, do!

  • Have you wasted money on super light new wheels?1 year 15 weeks agoI've just changed from cosmic

    I've just changed from cosmic carbone sl's to borrowing a pair of cheap old hoops from a mate with no real noticeable difference, the only difference is when there is a cross tail wind I can't use the rims like a sail to power on.

    Re quality of hubs, good aero and weight rims will be made by zipp, hed, sram etc all expensive with good build quality

  • Samuel Sánchez’s golden Giro d’Italia shoes1 year 15 weeks agoWhy so many handbags on road

    Why so many handbags on road cc? Plain Face

    Shoes are bling though! Cool