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  • Planet X   1 year 12 weeks ago

    I have had a couple of their Ti bikes, and they are great value. One of them was my first road bike and has done 10s of thousands of miles. It still looks great and anyone who rides it agrees it is pretty awesome. They don't use the same frame builder anymore but their latest versions still look pretty tidy and last time I looked they were super cheap.

  • What’s keeping Brits off the bike? In a word: fear, says new study   1 year 12 weeks ago

    I evidently need to get out more then - ok, the occasional driver passing a little closer than I'd like, but generally I don't have significant issues with bad driving.

  • País Vasco Purist Competition   1 year 12 weeks ago

    Can't tell. Kiss

  • Fabian Cancellara wins pulsating - but brutal - Tour of Flanders   1 year 12 weeks ago

    Why the hell was the old woman on the traffic island in the first place? The crash is on YouTube and doesn't look good.

    I think I saw at least one other rider taken out by a spectator today.

    Edit - yup, Popovic, looked like he clipped the coat or handbag of a spectator. How fucking hard can it be - oh look, lots of fast moving professional cyclists on a bike race approaching at speed. I know, I'll move back to a safe distance.

  • Tour of Flanders   1 year 12 weeks ago

    Unlucky Tom, 2nd by 2 points

    1 stenmeister stenmeister 200
    2 Meagre Farmer Otto Tom Amos 198
    3 Velodrone Velodrone 195

  • What’s keeping Brits off the bike? In a word: fear, says new study   1 year 12 weeks ago

    Neil753 wrote:
    comm88 wrote:
    Every ride I've had in the past 5 years or so has involved at least one near madness encounter. Sometimes more.

    My sympathies, but in the last five years, and riding almost every day, I haven't experienced any "near madness encounter".

    Admittedly I'm extra cautious, often riding a quieter (but less direct) route, slowing right down when in town, only putting the hammer down when I'm well away from people and traffic, wearing a hi-viz, using cycle paths if they're half decent, staggering my ride times to avoid the rush hour, and often walking across a complex junction rather than cycling through it. I can honestly say that I haven't come across anything remotely close to a near miss.

    However, and this isn't aimed at you because I obviously don't know what riding you do, but I do see a depressingly large number of cyclists riding in a manner, or at a particular time and location, that give me the distinct impression that their day to day survival is purely a matter of luck.

    I agree more with comm88. I'm not sure about 'near miss' exactly, but every single ride I encounter some kind of arrogant, law-breaking, and plain annoying behaviour by drivers. There's a never-ending burden on _me_ to watch out for _them_ which is far more tiring than the physical exertion involved. Not to mention getting annoyed is also exhausting!

    And your final paragraph just seems to point to its own flaw - if so many cyclists ride like that, how do they, statistically, all manage to be so lucky all the time? "Luck" evens out across a large sample. Such bad riding would be self-limiting for, crudely, Darwinian reasons.

    (A big exception would be the pavement-jockeys. They of course put pedestrians at risk rather than themselves.)

    And riding a 'quieter' route isn't always possible. Quiet roads have masses of parking with cars coming at you fast and head-on down the very narrow remaining part of empty roadspace. Its particularly impractical if you don't know the route, as personally I usually get lost on those quiet routes and end up on the busy one anyway.

  • Tour of Flanders   1 year 12 weeks ago

    Scores are going in now. Kroon came home last, one place before
    James Vanlandschoot Sad so he only got 10 for the break and not the 20 I was hoping for

  • Cycle, swim or run in your 20s, think better in your 40s & 50s: study   1 year 12 weeks ago

    Not that I want to feed the (partially-illiterate) troll, but I've tried swimming at various points in life and the trouble is it is just monumentally boring. Also it's rather difficult to use it as a means of commuting or actually going somewhere for any practical purpose. And, finally, in some places I've lived, by the time I walked umpteen miles to the swimming baths I felt that was quite enough exercise already!

    Personally I just wish I'd taken up cycling much, much earlier in life and not let the scary-looking roads deter me. It's the form of physical activity that least requires me to force myself to do it (well, apart from, er, no lets not go there).

    Swimming and cycling do both have the drawback of not being load-bearing, though, I think.

  • Watch Joff Summerfield as he rides Tour of Flanders sportive on a penny-farthing   1 year 12 weeks ago

    Chapeau!! Applause

    Just watched the race online, no Eurosport for me!, and the cobbles looked absolutely brutal. Think I'd struggle on the cobbles on my road bike, let alone a high wheeler!

  • Barry Hoban says Mark Cavendish won't win "explosive" Tour de France opening stage   1 year 12 weeks ago

    And I remember there were lots who said Cav could not win Milan san Remo because there were hills to be got over near the end.

  • Cycle, swim or run in your 20s, think better in your 40s & 50s: study   1 year 12 weeks ago

    There may indeed be a grain of truth in Sedgepeat's post but I reserve the right to ignore anything couched in such clumsy, ill-punctuated and ungrammatical English.

  • Hard Acceleration away from cyclists - increase in how many times this happens   1 year 12 weeks ago

    levermonkey wrote:
    It's not just car drivers who appear to be 'having a laugh'.

    How often are you cycling along and you see up ahead a bus at a bus stop? There are no passengers getting on or off.
    Scenario 1. The bus is indicating right to pull away from the stop. I doesn't move. Do you a) overtake the bus only to have it set off at high speed making you look like an inconsiderate tosser who believes that you are more important than other road users, or b) you slow down and stop because the bus doesn't move and then the driver accelerates hard leaving you in a sooty cloud of exhaust fumes.
    Scenario 2. Is exactly the same as scenario 1 but the bus is either signalling left or is not signalling at all.

    I'm sure they're looking in their mirrors smirking.

    Or am I ascribing to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity?

    I think its neither, just normal human imperfection!

    Does seem that buses always suddenly decide to change to signalling pulling-out at the exact moment I go to overtake them. And if I don't overtake they just sit there for an eternity with me stuck behind them breathing in particulates. But I don't believe the drivers do this deliberately, its just some sort of Murphy's-law type thing.

    (From previous life as a bus-passenger I always feel a bit sorry for bus-drivers. They have to deal with both the great British Motorist when driving AND the great British public when taking fares and dealing with passengers, and sometimes both at the same time. That seems to me to be a potential double-whammy of stress - given which I think they deal with the extra complication of cyclists relatively well, at least I'll say that till I run into a bad one!).

  • Hard Acceleration away from cyclists - increase in how many times this happens   1 year 12 weeks ago

    Quince wrote:

    So I'll rephrase my thoughts as it being a mentality of "Vroom! Vroom! I'm Mr. Fast! Look at all this power I have under my foot, stupid weakling!". And if it's the kind of cars you say, then I would think the owner might be annoyed that they'd paid so much money to 'have a better car than everyone else' (and therefore be superior), only to have to obey the needs of someone who not even IN a car.

    I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry at the rich-kids in performance cars who do the 'vroom vroom' thing at every set of traffic lights, only to have to screech to a halt again 100 yards up the road at the next set of lights. You can almost smell the frustration!

  • confusing deadlines in fantasy game...   1 year 12 weeks ago

    northstar wrote:
    *walks in* *looks around*... nothing to see here...

    Heh heh. Missed you. Smile

  • Tour of Flanders   1 year 12 weeks ago

    1,2,3,5,6,7,8. Will that be enough to put me in the top ten?

  • Tour of Flanders   1 year 12 weeks ago

    Well that's a nice score for me in std, with 164

  • Planet X   1 year 12 weeks ago

    I had a N2A which was superb, now have the cross bike, XLS. Great bike, amazing value, arrived when they said it would, perfectly set up.They can be a bit slow sometime responding to queries etc but the bikes are great

  • Tour of Flanders   1 year 12 weeks ago

    Just waiting for last place and I'll have the scores done, Womens RVV has been scored

  • Do I need a Garmin?   1 year 12 weeks ago

    levermonkey wrote:
    Just make sure it knows your on a bike!

    Totally agree. The Viewranger app lets you plan for 'car' ie on-road which means including A-roads and motorways or 'bike' which includes bridleways. It requires a little bit of nouse but not much Smile

  • 1 in 3 sportive riders are on Specialized, Trek or Giant, says research firm   1 year 12 weeks ago

    I now have the strangest urge to go out and buy a Trek... Worried
    #RVV

  • Do I need a Garmin?   1 year 12 weeks ago

    levermonkey wrote:
    KiwiMike wrote:
    levermonkey wrote:
    Just make sure it knows your on a bike!

    Totally agree. The Viewranger app lets you plan for 'car' ie on-road which means including A-roads and motorways or 'bike' which includes bridleways. It requires a little bit of nouse but not much Smile

  • Tour of Flanders   1 year 12 weeks ago

    Don't think that it was that big a deal, but I have 1-2-3 in 5 teams in todays Fantasy teams and it feels good!

  • Tour of Flanders   1 year 12 weeks ago

    1,3,7,9,16+devolder bonus

  • Cyclist fined after threatening to stab Halfords worker in puncture repair row   1 year 12 weeks ago

    Dublin, eh?
    Reassuring to hear that people are pretty much the same everywhere! I was concerned that all the deranged,inexplicably angry people in the world lived in my neighbourhood, but now I can rest a bit easier!

    (Its not _really_ a cycling story though, is it?)

  • Tour of Flanders   1 year 12 weeks ago

    1,3,6,7,8,16 (sagan is 16) +5pts for Devolder - 136