• Are cracks appearing in the Walsh / Sky love affair?1 year 10 weeks agofarrell wrote:It's when Dave

    farrell wrote:
    It's when Dave Brailsford started coaching British Cycling.

    If Sky do indeed have such a sophisticated doping programme and receiving special treatment from the UCI then Brailsford must be involved. It would be inconceivable that he isn't.
    If Sky have the techniques to dope and disguise it, then British Cycling have them and have been using them too.

    So, which truth is it you want?

    I've not inferred that I think Sky are doping, all I've said way way back at the start of the thread was that I thought Sky were niave in the past to make the statements about having no one involved with doping (we've already established this is nigh on impossible), and then the one about the use of TUEs they made too.

    Nor did I say I thought they got special treatment, just that the UCI hadn't followed the rules for the issue of a TUE.

  • Video: National Express ‘blind spot’ sticker spotted – but how useful is it?1 year 10 weeks agoglynr36 wrote:Cost, the same

    glynr36 wrote:
    Cost, the same as why deliveries at night will cost more.

    Yep, it'll cost more, but only because killing people is free. Confused

    But the good thing about a free market is that it would adapt to these changes. Competitive companies would soon find ways to lower costs again by rethinking/reorganising their deliveries, making better use of storage, and using alternative transport for inner city delivery.

    One thing to think about: how many on-site fatalities does a construction firm think is acceptable when they are building something? How many staff deaths would be acceptable to fill the shelves at a supermarket?

    None. Obviously.

    So why then is it acceptable for a number of cyclists and pedestrians to be killed in those very same processes?

  • Video: National Express ‘blind spot’ sticker spotted – but how useful is it?1 year 10 weeks agoJeevesBath wrote:Well, I

    JeevesBath wrote:
    Well, I don't actually live in London nor do a large number of other cyclists.

    Neither do I. The reason I mentioned London is that Bojo the Clown said a while back that he considering such a ban in London:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HofZd9vOchA

    And as Chris Boardman says London is a focal point. If you can fix things there then you can roll it out countrywide:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MV-ImMSfNwc

    JeevesBath wrote:
    I would still have to deal with the HGVs where I live, unless you are proposing a blanket ban on HGVs across the entire country at peak times every day (not just 'public holidays').

    All cities and large towns - yes, certainly. Blanket peak hour ban.
    The primary danger is in densely populated areas so it makes sense to tackle them specifically.

    I'm not sure we could dare go as far as France and ban HGVs on ANY road at weekends and holidays - but that would be a nice bonus.

  • How many spokes....?1 year 10 weeks agoSimon E wrote:If you're not

    Simon E wrote:
    If you're not racing then why worry about drag?

    Part of me absolutely agrees with you - who cares? The other part says I may as well take every advantage I can get. 24 spokes cost less than 32 spokes too... Wink
    I am undecided...

  • Are cracks appearing in the Walsh / Sky love affair?1 year 10 weeks agoIt's when Dave Brailsford

    It's when Dave Brailsford started coaching British Cycling.

    If Sky do indeed have such a sophisticated doping programme and receiving special treatment from the UCI then Brailsford must be involved. It would be inconceivable that he isn't.

    If Sky have the techniques to dope and disguise it, then British Cycling have them and have been using them too.

    So, which truth is it you want?

  • Video: National Express ‘blind spot’ sticker spotted – but how useful is it?1 year 10 weeks agoJeevesBath

    JeevesBath wrote:

    ...........

    Well, I don't actually live in London nor do a large number of other cyclists. I would still have to deal with the HGVs where I live, unless you are proposing a blanket ban on HGVs across the entire country at peak times every day (not just 'public holidays').

    Here here. Apparently despite my ranting about HGV's in West Yorkshire, dickhead drivers are only a problem in London. Mind you the level of peoples cycling ability sometimes leaves me cringing.

  • First road bike1 year 10 weeks agoIf you are buying online

    If you are buying online (which I wouldn't normally recommend for a first bike) have a look at wiggle. I picked up a felt f85 within your budget and 3000 miles later I still think it is an excellent bike for the money. I think the f95 is on offer at the moment which will give you change from 500 notes and a sora groupset

  • Britain's Mike Hall wins Trans Am Bike Race1 year 10 weeks agoDime Bar?

    Dime Bar?

  • Video: National Express ‘blind spot’ sticker spotted – but how useful is it?1 year 10 weeks agoGrahamSt wrote:Scoob_84

    GrahamSt wrote:
    Scoob_84 wrote:
    Premixed concrete doesn't.

    And is there are reason that can't be delivered at off-peak times? Or transported in smaller loads? Or mixed on site?

    I assume they never use concrete in Paris.
    Do they just stick buildings together with ripe Camembert and a gallic shrug? Wink

    Cost, the same as why deliveries at night will cost more.
    Make someone work nights and you'll have to pay them more typically (especially if they're on an existing contract).
    Smaller transport loads push up the cost/tonne overall too.
    These prices get pushed on to the consumer (commercial or otherwise).

    It's not as black and white as just deciding lorries can only be making deliveries from 2200-0700, you'd be changing a lot of peoples lifestyles and ways of working. Stuff like that doesn't just happen over night, as well as pushing up costs overall.
    I think theres a better option around somewhere than night deliveries only, but at some point someone has to pay for what ever happens, and you can be certian in terms of businesses that'll be the customer/consumers.

  • Smith launch high-tech Overtake helmet1 year 10 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:Think I have

    Gkam84 wrote:
    Think I have just made it worth every penny

    Ha ha. Rapha is for poseurs

  • How many spokes....?1 year 10 weeks agoIf you're not racing then why

    If you're not racing then why worry about drag?

    Yes the rear wheel is subject to pedalling forces but IIRC the force is applied unequally, so rear wheels may be laced with more spokes or higher tension on the drive side compared to non-drive side. I'm sure Specialized have a reasonable idea of what they're doing speccing wheels like that.

  • Witness appeal as cyclist dies in suspected hit & run in Shropshire1 year 10 weeks agosuch a sad story, I've been

    such a sad story, I've been haunted by this for 2 days now. how anyone could do this and leave the poor guy to suffer in the middle of nowhere is beyond comprehension. to help catch the offender, i'm hoping the has been covered by local press more than the nationals, who just seem obsessed by the world cup bite today.

    My heart goes out to the cyclists friends and family. For what it's worth, I'm thinking of you.

  • Specialized allez sport1 year 10 weeks agoEmail for info thanks

    Email for info thanks

  • Video: National Express ‘blind spot’ sticker spotted – but how useful is it?1 year 10 weeks agoFlying Scot wrote:Yeah....OK,

    Flying Scot wrote:
    Yeah....OK, I hear the comments, but we all still see people who are either foreign, don't drive, or are new/ naive cyclists riding up the inside of long vehicles that are about to turn that I wouldn't and never have.

    Sticker isn't absolving blame, just a warning to take care, there isn't a reliable system yet to check the inside on long vehicles yet, when there is, it should be mandatory, until then, drivers will struggle to look in two directions at once.

    I was following a guy in today on a London cycleroute (the one that goes West to East along the embankment). It looked like he knew what he was doing for the first 10 minutes, then chaos. He went up the inside of two slow-moving long lorries, both times at a section where the cycle lanes temporarily end when the road gets too narrow (Boris? Boris? Are you there Boris?) Both times he stopped a second before he was squeezed (er... and why did he do it after the first time?). He then proceeded to jumpo two red lights that had cross-traffic coming through them.

    All the stickers in the world wouldn't help this guy ... and dedicated cycle lanes would probably mean he takes out other cyclists.

  • Video round-up: Aliens, mattresses and a kamikaze squirrel + 'fun loving' bus driver & more1 year 10 weeks agoHad a squirrel doing a

    Had a squirrel doing a suicide dive through @roseofwinters wheels on Sunday when riding through Victoria Park.

    It was quite comical as both didnt know whether to go left or right and did both until the squirrel dived right at the last moment!

  • Video round-up: Aliens, mattresses and a kamikaze squirrel + 'fun loving' bus driver & more1 year 10 weeks agoHad a squirrel doing a

    Had a squirrel doing a suicide dive through @roseofwinters wheels on Sunday when riding through Victoria Park.

    It was quite comical as both didnt know whether to go left or right and did both until the squirrel dived right at the last moment!

  • First road bike1 year 10 weeks agoYeah I went in there recently

    Yeah I went in there recently and asked about some bikes and they were just useless didnt want to help and didnt care so I just left and went elsewhere. Unfortunately I dont have any great LBS so ill be buying online.

  • First road bike1 year 10 weeks agoIf you are buying the bike on

    If you are buying the bike on finance are you able to avail of the CYcle to Work scheme?

  • Giro launch Synthe road helmet + video1 year 10 weeks agoMore ventilation usually

    More ventilation usually means more drag. You can't have it both ways kids, though the marketing bods will have you believe differently.

    For those with a greater interest in this things, more detail here:
    http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/06/news/first-look-giro-synthe-semi-...

    Helmets aren't compulsory yet, so you could save 250g and $250 by not buying it.

  • Video: "My name is Penis Head" — meet Britain's sweariest driver1 year 10 weeks agothe mind shift people go thru

    the mind shift people go thru is power.
    as soon as you give someone a motor they are more powerful, and some people want to exert that power.

    examples:

    car driver is annoyed and cyclists slowing them down, they are impeding their power.

    truck drivers bully car drivers and everyone else because they are biggest.

    busses push out in front of cars and taxis.

    tax drivers have more experience and are bigger than a lot of cars to push in front of them.

    a cyclist gets on a bike and is faster than a pedestrian, sometimes they exert that power over them and shout at stupid pedestrians crossing the road or being idots

    .. so, i think, generally speaking, its a food chain thing, everyone wants to give s**t to the weaker person below them! its not right, but generally its true

  • ASA overturns ban on ad showing cyclist without helmet1 year 10 weeks agoThe appeals process is

    The appeals process is independent of the ASA, and all submissions would need to have time to be made and considered. A successful appeal is actually quite rare, so it's good to see it working in this case. In the end it will have been beneficial to cycling, as the (usually excellent) ASA staff and council will now be much more familiar with cycling safety issues. Good result all around.

  • Video: National Express ‘blind spot’ sticker spotted – but how useful is it?1 year 10 weeks agoGrahamSt wrote:JeevesBath

    GrahamSt wrote:
    JeevesBath wrote:
    Where do you do your shopping? How do you think that all that food gets there?

    Other countries seem to manage it. Paris only allows large vehicles to deliver at night (10pm to 7am). Plus France has a ban on any vehicles over 7.5 tonnes on ANY road at weekends and public holidays.

    Despite this I haven't noticed the Parisians starving in the streets.

    JeevesBath wrote:
    As much as it would be nice to envisage an ideal world, economic reality will always take precedence.

    Or more bluntly, profits are more important than people.

    HGVs only make up four or five percent of the traffic in London, but are involved in 43 percent of fatalities.

    In 2011 there were 16 cycling fatalities in London.
    In Paris there were ZERO.

    Some relevant links:
    http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/campaigning/article/20130619-campaignin...
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/active/recreational-cycling/10464893/Chri...
    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/bike-blog/2010/nov/18/hgv-city-ban-to-protect-cyclists

    Well, I don't actually live in London nor do a large number of other cyclists. I would still have to deal with the HGVs where I live, unless you are proposing a blanket ban on HGVs across the entire country at peak times every day (not just 'public holidays').

  • Dura Ace C24 wheels - sticky brakes issue1 year 10 weeks agoI have to say I haven't seen

    I have to say I haven't seen anything obvious on the braking surface. However, as I've been through 4 pairs its pretty odd that the same issue arises on all of them - must be some manufacturing issue? I can't check them at the moment as they've gone back to the supplier (again!)>

  • Giro launch Synthe road helmet + video1 year 10 weeks agoCan't wait to buy it and be

    Can't wait to buy it and be 1.34 seconds faster on my next ride...

  • Live TV coverage of men's race at National Road Championships this Sunday1 year 10 weeks agochiv30 wrote:Gkam84 wrote:I

    chiv30 wrote:
    Gkam84 wrote:
    I think it is great that Eurosport are covering it. But 2 hours.....they could have easily done both races live and just caught the last half of the race for each....

    Forget coverage. Bring ur bikes and enjoy the roads down here ....I am Wink

    It is difficult enough to get from here to anywhere via public transport, nevermind taking my bike aswell Devil