• Just in: Mavic Cosmic Carbon 40 clincher wheels1 year 18 weeks agobeen looking forward to a

    Smile been looking forward to a proper review of these. Can't wait!

  • york ride suggestions1 year 18 weeks agoNo problem, I was a not bored

    No problem, I was a not bored so I quickly created this route, to show you where I would go

    http://goo.gl/maps/qM7nW

    Not quite 60 miles but should still feel like a challenge

    The problem with York is that you have to go a fair way to get to hills, but it's very rewarding once you do.

    The above route takes in lovely villages, I would take it clockwise, testing yourself on the white horse (Kilburn) climb,, 200m of ascent, then come back via castle Howard.

  • Sustrans: Racers not welcome on shared use paths1 year 18 weeks agopaulfg42 wrote:I guess it was

    paulfg42 wrote:
    I guess it was too much to expect for people to say that those guidelines are fair and sensible and should hardly be worth saying for anyone with a modicum of common sense.

    The issue if dedicated v shared paths is another debate entirely.


    I think you'll find I did exactly that. The problem is that sustrans are confusing racing bikes with irresponsible riding and ignoring the serious problems on their paths This code will achieve little eexcept demonize riders of racing bikes.

  • Sustrans: Racers not welcome on shared use paths1 year 18 weeks agoTing wrote: I'm often at

    Ting wrote:

    I'm often at 20+mph on a shared paths when it's not busy, it's straight, wide, I can seen/be seen etc.
    I think the 'campaign' which is based on responsibility is entirely appropriate -there is a growing number of irresponsible cyclists generally - not just on shared paths. Road bikes can be very quick and are dangerous if not ridden responsibly.
    The Code of conduct is sound and is basic common sense and courtesy. I can still commute fast and not contravene any part of the code.

    If I wrote that on a motoring forum saying it's ok to do 80mph in a 60 as long as conditions allow would you think that to be acceptable?

    FWIW I'm a firm believer in riding and driving to the conditions and also my ability.

  • Tour de France Stage 21 reaction from Marcel Kittel and Mark Cavendish1 year 18 weeks agoHe wasn't blocked!!

    He wasn't blocked!!

  • Sustrans: Racers not welcome on shared use paths1 year 18 weeks agohorizontal dropout wrote: I

    horizontal dropout wrote:

    I don't think we have a fundamental failure of shared paths, more a fundamental failure of some to recognise what they are for. : )

    Which is?

    Most paths i know are to be blunt crap, lots of side roads, walkers, tree roots etc.

    If you want to use them fine, but the design is imo worse than the road running alongside. Infact the existance of a substandard path actually makes my life worse as car drivers then believe i am in the wrong for not using the path.

    My route to work is achievable on a sustrans route, but my 17mile route would be around 25miles with a fair chunk on gravel road. As this is rural there are very few cyclists using it, and very very few who wouldn't be traveling fast, throw into the mix that there are very few walkers. The only sections that are surfaced are the urban sections where the greatest numbers of cyclists and pedestrians are!

    It just doesn't make any sense.

    (One section is an old railway line so totally away from cars. of course some idiot has decided to create a Strava segment and set a speed of c30mph.)

  • Sustrans: Racers not welcome on shared use paths1 year 18 weeks agoqwerky wrote:In terms of

    qwerky wrote:
    In terms of riding a bike, there are many different people making many different types of journey. I was going to list some examples but there are just too many. Even breaking down into groups such as leisure cyclists, commuters, etc doesn't work as these are extremely diverse.

    And lets not forget that there's a whole other category of cyclist - those who would like to but don't because sharing the road is too scary. Sustrans routes are a good place for them to start building confidence - not good if they have to share with much faster impatient people.

  • 23 or 25mm Clinchers to race and train? Which clinchers to choose?1 year 18 weeks agoDouble check frame clearance

    Double check frame clearance is enough for 28's first! Also some 25's have wider profile than others (Vittoria open corsa as mentioned in 25c appears a very wide and round profile,.it will only just fit in one of the bikes I've put them on..

    Conventional wisdom is 23 for racing,.I understand. (I don't race), but comfort is not as much of a factor, they are a little lighter, plus unless you don't get the more aero limitations on conventional width rims (bulge of tire over and above brake track width)

    Marginal gains and all that...

    But this is just theory, and if you prefer to be comfortable you might find wider is more beneficial than narrow tires

  • Sustrans: Racers not welcome on shared use paths1 year 18 weeks agopaulfg42 wrote:I guess it was

    paulfg42 wrote:
    I guess it was too much to expect for people to say that those guidelines are fair and sensible and should hardly be worth saying for anyone with a modicum of common sense.

    problem is that there are alot of people around who won't act according to common sense, to ask people to behave is going to fail. If you want people to behave then you are going to have to make them.

  • Sustrans: Racers not welcome on shared use paths1 year 18 weeks agomrmo wrote:What we have here

    mrmo wrote:
    What we have here is the fundamental failure of shared use paths, Bikes do not mix with pedestrians. Shared use is not the way forward. Cars and bikes work better than pedestrians and bikes in most situations.

    I don't think we have a fundamental failure of shared paths, more a fundamental failure of some to recognise what they are for. : )

    And many people who would like to cycle don't, exactly because cars and bikes _doesn't_ work.

    It does mean of course that a section of the cycling population, ie those who want to go fast and direct are not well catered for - but that doesn't mean that Sustrans routes fail.

  • Tour de France 2013: Jersey winners Froome, Quintana and Sagan reflect on the race1 year 18 weeks agoI agree arriere, Wiggo

    I agree arriere, Wiggo wouldn't have got close to the podium this year.

    Back-to-back wins by two British riders? That could have been no more than a dream a few years ago. I was so pleased for Quintana, netting both a stage win and the polka dot jersey. The mountains jersey is a huge thing for any Colombian rider.

    A slow-burning Purito snaps up third place on the final climb of the last mountain stage. He left it late but he remained in the running without showing himself the whole time and had the legs when it mattered.

    Quote:
    The three surviving men who share the record for most Tour wins, at five apiece, joined Froome on the podium, each receiving a new yellow jersey of their own – Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain

    I saw them on ITV, being driven along the Champs - Merckx in the front with Greg LeMond in between Hinault and Indurain in the back. 18 Tour wins in one open-top car.

  • Peter Sagan to race Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic1 year 18 weeks agoNo OPQS is a bit of a

    No OPQS is a bit of a dissapointment

  • Video: French mountain biker jumps over Chris Froome at the Tour de France1 year 18 weeks agoDo you know, you could use

    Do you know, you could use that video instead of the dancing bear to see how many people actually would spot the flying bike when they are looking at the racing cyclists.

    Count the number of bikes, you could say.

  • Just in: Mavic Cosmic Carbon 40 clincher wheels1 year 18 weeks agoNope, still don't understand

    Nope, still don't understand the point of carbon clinchers.

    All that R & D and high end price tag, but still the net result is a heavy a wheel for the price..

    The weight benefits of using carbon to create a deep rim are counteracted by the extra material required for clinchers

  • Tour de France Stage 21 reaction from Marcel Kittel and Mark Cavendish1 year 18 weeks agoWatching it last night it

    Watching it last night it seemed Chava and Martin did decent turns on the front, then Trentin did about 5 seconds in the wind, leaving Steegmans to do an overly long lead out. OPQS just seem too keen to organise their lead-outs leaving others to come over the top in the last km. You can only really do what they do if you have the legs and last night, they patently didn't.

  • Tour de France 2013: Jersey winners Froome, Quintana and Sagan reflect on the race1 year 18 weeks agoPeter Kennaugh coming 77th on

    Peter Kennaugh coming 77th on his first Tour was pretty impressive as well. G surviving and Ian Stannard surviving all the climbs too. And next year it comes to us.

    There'll still be cynics - but let's enjoy their silence for a little while....Ahhhh.... nice...

    Wink

  • Tour de France Stage 21 reaction from Marcel Kittel and Mark Cavendish1 year 18 weeks agoDon't think he was blocked,

    Don't think he was blocked, but his lead-out train fell apart. Cav himself will tell you that you need to be third or fourth wheel coming out of that last bend. Cav was (I think) fifth or sixth. Kittel, on the other hand, had a train that held together and he was fourth wheel at that crucial point.

    If, as has been suggested on the oh-so-reliable twitter grapevine, Renshaw goes to OPQS for next year, then we may just see a battle royale. Let's face it, Rabobank/blanco/belkin don't seem to have done much with him.

  • Sustrans: Racers not welcome on shared use paths1 year 18 weeks agoI guess it was too much to

    I guess it was too much to expect for people to say that those guidelines are fair and sensible and should hardly be worth saying for anyone with a modicum of common sense.

    The issue if dedicated v shared paths is another debate entirely.

  • Tour de France Stage 21 reaction from Marcel Kittel and Mark Cavendish1 year 18 weeks agoBlocked? Cobblers.

    Blocked? Cobblers.

  • Ask your MP to attend the Parliamentary debate on cycling and have your voice heard1 year 18 weeks agokie7077 - I agree, but those

    kie7077 - I agree, but those recommendations would simply not get a debate, as it's the opinion of only a tiny minority. We might not like gradual change, but it's that or nothing.

  • Tour de France Stage 21: Marcel Kittel wins on Champs-Elysees as Chris Froome seals overall victory1 year 18 weeks agoOn the whole Eurosports

    On the whole Eurosports coverage is better than ITV4s but ITV4 has some good pundits (namely Chris Boardman). James Richardson is a crap presenter right enough but the Liggett and Sherwen annoy me too much.

    Harmon is excellent and I like Carlton Kirby (though by the sounds of this I am in a minority!). Eurosport does more on the interactivity side with tweets etc too. My dream line up is not massively dissimilar to Otis to be honest.

    Agree the BBC needs to get this pronto.

    Not Inverdale though, he's worse than Richardson IMHO.

  • Just in: Mavic Cosmic Carbon 40 clincher wheels1 year 18 weeks agoHow much?!

    How much?!

  • Sustrans: Racers not welcome on shared use paths1 year 18 weeks agoThere were a couple of

    There were a couple of Sustrans people with a big banner reading "Do You Want more paths like this?" at the end of the Cambridge Guided busway shared-use path at the railway stationrecently- they'd previously been down at the south end of the narrowe "Genome" path. This time I stopped to tell them that no, I'd rather have wider segregated paths, that the shared use is a nasty compromise and too narrow.

    Trouble on my commute is that NOT using it means going further on hostile roads with, if I'm I'm lucky, a white line painted far too close to the kerb for comfort. Some Sustrans routes are conveniantly more direct- and thus attractive to long distance "racing" commuters.

  • Tour de France Stage 21 reaction from Marcel Kittel and Mark Cavendish1 year 18 weeks agoCav blatantly blocked by

    Cav blatantly blocked by Greipel, unlike him to be so polite about it....

  • Sssshh. Fantasy football is back.1 year 18 weeks agobillyman wrote:already a

    billyman wrote:
    already a member so have livened up my account and going to join.

    problem is the website seems half built atm, or is it just me, I click on the section that start of the team building process and it looks rubbish, will come back in a couple of days and try again.

    The Fantasy Premier site is working fine...