• First Ride: B’Twin Alur 7001 year 12 weeks agoredmeat wrote:You can still

    redmeat wrote:
    You can still buy the AG2R age bike. It's the Mach.

    I mean the one used from AG2R during world tour from 2000 to 2006 (check wiki), at that time the bicycles was still decathlon brand, not b'twin

  • Just in: Quechua Phone 51 year 12 weeks agoUpgrade time for me in a

    Upgrade time for me in a month or so, but this just seems a little bit cheap and cheerful, spec-wise, to have as a main/only device.

    Where it does seem to make sense though is as good value second device, which is capable of doing both the GPS and phone functions. Saves having to carry both a GPS and a phone, or if you'd prefer not to take your latest £500 handset out with you on rides.

    It's priced favourably against standalone GPS units too.

  • M&S cycling chinos1 year 12 weeks agoDizzy, if you order online

    Dizzy, if you order online you can always send them back or return to a store if they don't fit (provided they are still as new etc).

    I think I'll buy a pair. I wonder how different the cut is to the normal water resistant ones that are £10 cheaper:
    http://www.marksandspencer.com/pure-cotton-active-waistband-flat-front-c...

    For Bez and other lanky types M&S do 'Big & Tall' cut of the above water resistant chinos:
    http://www.marksandspencer.com/big-and-tall-active-waistband-pure-cotton...
    Not the same but might be worth a look.

  • Essex police: If cyclists were more safety-conscious they wouldn’t get killed1 year 12 weeks agoI do wonder whether this

    I do wonder whether this attitude had anything to do with the failure to prosecute the driver who knocked me off at a roundabout in Essex (just...) last June.

    We all hate the cycling ninjas. Because they give us a bad name. But, as said, cycling without a helmet is not illegal. Cycling without hi-vis is not illegal. How about the police actually follow up on things that actually are illegal?

  • Just in: Quechua Phone 51 year 12 weeks agoandycoventry wrote:How can

    andycoventry wrote:
    How can they get away with calling it a Phone 5, surely that can't be allowed so close to iPhone 5?...

    Good question but the Apple is an "Apple iPhone" Version 5 there are previous iterations so the name of Apple's product is not connected to the number 5 any more than it is connected to 4s or 3. They can't patent a number. If Apple had called their phone Apple Phone 5 and only had one version such that 5 was permenantly linked to the word phone not just the fifth iteration then they might have an issue to explore.

    Think of it this way. Ford won't be taking up BMWs use of the X, 3 and i which they used on the Escort XR3i and which BMW now use on the BMW X3 xDrive28i. or the new Hybrid BMW i3.

  • Spring Classics Question1 year 12 weeks agoKuurne-Brussels-Kuurne?

    Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne? Disco Inferno!

    Big Grin

  • Tinkoff-Saxo's Matti Breschel nursing his wounds after being felled by "flying mattress"1 year 12 weeks agoOf course it may also have

    Of course it may also have fallen from this … http://www.britishpathe.com/video/cycles/query/cycles

    (50 seconds in)

  • Official: UK has joint 3rd lowest levels of daily cycling in the EU1 year 12 weeks agostumps wrote:Unless its

    stumps wrote:
    Unless its printed in a cycling forum i think the vast majority of people will never hear of or be aware of Police operations such as the one in Essex, its just not interesting enough to put on local or national news so i cant see that having any effect at all on the numbers of people cycling.

    Somehow I don't see the general public visiting cycling forums to read about police operations related to cycling.

    They're more likely to read about it in their local paper - it's the sort of thing many papers with an anti-cycling agenda love to print, especially if they can show cyclists breaking the law.

    The main effect of these police operations is on the few people who do cycle in a given area. If they feel they're being constantly targeted and stopped by the police, especially when they're not doing anything wrong, such as not wearing a helmet, they're more likely to switch to a hassle free mode of transport.

  • Spring Classics Question1 year 12 weeks agoAce - exactly the races I was

    Ace - exactly the races I was hoping for. Nice on Dave. Big Grin

  • TT Advice1 year 12 weeks agoI'd stick with the planet x

    I'd stick with the planet x wheels you've got on at the moment, while they're not top of the range as far as I'm aware they're alright quality for the buck.

    Under 25mph you probs won't find you go all that much quicker with the 3spoke/disc.

    I'm not even running a disc this year as the deep set (50mms also) wheels will probably do the fact that there's climbs to be tackled still etc.

    At club level power & position will make the biggest gains, example - my first 10 last year was a 28 on a roadie, I added clip ons and went down to a short 26 two TT's later.

    Get that spermy helmet on and go turtle it! Smile

    I'd say nail your position and refine your time (or the other way round!?), if you're on a TT bike and wearing a skinno & spermy helmet you shouldn't need to upgrade too much for a while. When you start averaging +24mph for your 10's then I'd say maybe look at a disc.

    Or, of course, if you've a ton of cash and you think it might help the brain - go for it Tongue

  • Croydon council urged to make borough safer for cyclists1 year 12 weeks agoSeems to me like a lot of

    Seems to me like a lot of London's best cycling infrastructure was put in 30 years ago by the GLC

    And TFL did f*** all after that... In fact worse than f***all, they put in new infrastructure whilst 100% deliberately not designing in good infrastructure for cyclists. They actively commissioned reports asking for cyclists not to be factored in (kings cross). This lead to people getting killed.

    TFL should be abolished, the people working for it should not be allowed in to the replacement.

    Hackney Council said:

    We have quite ambitious targets for cycling and I remember when we had to respond to Boris’s transport strategy in 2011 and when we sent in cycling targets, we were sent them back saying ‘Hah, can you be a bit more realistic please, this is ridiculous’. And then when the census came out it transpired that we were way above what our targets were at the time.

    So according to TFL, decent cycling targets are "ridiculous".

  • Just in: Quechua Phone 51 year 12 weeks agoKudos to Decathlon it sells

    Kudos to Decathlon it sells for €230 in France

  • Just in: Quechua Phone 51 year 12 weeks agoDave Atkinson

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    andycoventry wrote:
    How can they get away with calling it a Phone 5, surely that can't be allowed so close to iPhone 5?...

    so far as i'm aware apple don't have any claim to the word 'phone' or the number 5 Wink


    Aye, aye! Silly

  • Essex police: If cyclists were more safety-conscious they wouldn’t get killed1 year 12 weeks agoMy initial reaction was WTF,

    My initial reaction was WTF, but I assume what the police are saying is use common sense. The problem is I fail to see what this will achieve as if you had common sense you would not be in this category anyway. For instance, the idiot this morning riding at 7.30, poor light, rush hour on the a30, a fast single lane, no lights and his 'hi vis' jacket obscured by his low vis rucksack.

    Wearing black is fine, but add some reflective elements and decent lights.

    There there is the road safety aspect. Fellow cyclists, stop jumping or riding through red lights, no need what so ever.

  • Spring Classics Question1 year 12 weeks agoFantastic news, something for

    Fantastic news, something for every weekend when you factor in Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico

  • Official: UK has joint 3rd lowest levels of daily cycling in the EU1 year 12 weeks agoMost people who would, won't

    Most people who would, won't cycle as they don't think it's safe.

    All they see from their car windows are roads which are gridlocked or racetracks with everyone rushing to be first to the back of the next queue.

    UK needs cycling infra which is safe, more convenient than a car, and visible (so people know alternatives are there) before we will get any significant boost in numbers rising bikes.

    For a lot of the UK this may not take a lot. From my home I can get to my three large local superstores, local shopping areas and the town centre on either traffic free or very lightly trafficed routes. The problem is that some of the links are technically illegal. There is no connectivity or even signing. I found all the routes from looking at Google Maps etc, because I was keen enough too.

    This absolutely has to change.

  • Feeling low? Get some air from one of Bristol’s five new municipal bike pumps1 year 12 weeks agoHackney has one of these It

    Hackney has one of these Smile

    It doesn't work Sad

  • 54 or 56 bmc team machine1 year 12 weeks agoWhen I first started road

    When I first started road cycling I bought a bike on the internet and made a guess at size. I probably wouldn't recommend that strategy to anyone else. After lots of humming and hawing and a few years clycling I finally went for a proper bike fit (it used the Retul system that Sam Shaw reviewed on this site, same place actually). It also involved a flexibility test - I am apparently average.

    The good news, my existing bike was OK for size, but I did have a few changes that have improved my comfort. You just don't know what you don't know.

    One of the most interesting features was getting a view on my optimal stack (560) and reach (395). When I next buy a bike I can see what is likely to work for me and this will help to narrow the search. It turns out that I have a proportionately slightly longer torso and shorter legs. I had assumed that as a plus 40 year old rider, who does the odd sportive, that the ever expanding range of endurance bikes might be a good option for me. After the fit I can see they don't.

    Tony, in the real world you will be faster and happier with the geometry that suits you rather than a racier bike that doesn't

    Good luck with the search.

  • 54 or 56 bmc team machine1 year 12 weeks agoWhen I first started road

    When I first started road cycling I bought a bike on the internet and made a guess at size. I probably wouldn't recommend that strategy to anyone else. After lots of humming and hawing and a few years clycling I finally went for a proper bike fit (it used the Retul system that Sam Shaw reviewed on this site, same place actually). It also involved a flexibility test - I am apparently average.

    The good news, my existing bike was OK for size, but I did have a few changes that have improved my comfort. You just don't know what you don't know.

    One of the most interesting features was getting a view on my optimal stack (560) and reach (395). When I next buy a bike I can see what is likely to work for me and this will help to narrow the search. It turns out that I have a proportionately slightly longer torso and shorter legs. I had assumed that as a plus 40 year old rider, who does the odd sportive, that the ever expanding range of endurance bikes might be a good option for me. After the fit I can see they don't.

    Tony, in the real world you will be faster and happier with the geometry that suits you rather than a racier bike that doesn't

    Good luck with the search.

  • Essex police: If cyclists were more safety-conscious they wouldn’t get killed1 year 12 weeks agoa.jumper

    a.jumper wrote:
    condor_rider_1988 wrote:
    a.jumper wrote:
    No, I'm not sure it could. There seems to be almost no reliable evidence for that. Surveys showing a strong benefit to helmets like Thompson, Rivera and Thompson are pretty discredited. Hi-vis doesn't even have that detailed yet. Like so many times, common sense misleads people.

    Yeah, but all I'm saying is anything I can do to make myself safer on the road I will do. If everyone (drivers included, but in terms of protecting cyclists) had the same mentality there'd be fewer deaths on the roads in my opinion.

    But contrary to common sense, donning hard hat and hi-vis doesn't make you safer (how would it? The main source of danger are large lumps of metal that they won't stop driven by people who didn't look or failed to see) and it probably deters other people from cycling, which seems to put all remaining riders at greater risk.

    As if by magic, an article appeared in the Guardian to explain this counter-intuitive effect and much more besides. Anyone able to post a copy in Essex Police's staff room?

    A styrofoam hat will not make you safer if hit by a car. It's not designed to. It will be massively overwhelmed by the impact and make no difference at all. Helmets are as effective as a rabbits foot in your saddle bag or wearing a St Christopher. Emphasis on Helmet use is voodoo for the easily led and people that failed O Level Physics like the spokesperson for Essex Police and BBC Interviewers.

    Being visible though might make a difference. Not because drivers shouldn't have to pay attention, they should. But because higher visibility adds to the distance from which they notice your presence. I will separate the helmets from enhanced visibility as a concept (by lights, by positioning and by attire.)

    The mantra of advanced driving (and I would say advanced cycling) is TtR = Time to React. The more you give yourself and others the safer roads become. So, for motorists that means slowing down, keeping your distance, not tailgating, signalling properly, giving cyclists and other road users enough space. For cyclists it means riding where you can see and be seen and be seen as early as possible.

    OK it depends on what sort of cycling you are doing. Some people are pootling to the shops on well lit urban roads in the middle of the day. I don't think high vis is very useful there. I commute on a mixture of rural lanes and busy A roads on gloomy mornings and dark evenings in the winter and in low and bright sun in other seasons. I want motorists to see me from as far away as possible and have as much time to plan their approach to me as I can help to give them. I hope they are doing their part and slowing down and looking for cyclists. I am not prepared to bet my safety on it. I can control what I do though. I can help them to see me from further away using lights, my road position by considering what I wear. And High viz doesn't mean you have to wear a day glo jacket or tabard just don't go out there dressed as the man from Milk Tray.

  • Just in: Quechua Phone 51 year 12 weeks agoandycoventry wrote:How can

    andycoventry wrote:
    How can they get away with calling it a Phone 5, surely that can't be allowed so close to iPhone 5?...

    so far as i'm aware apple don't have any claim to the word 'phone' or the number 5 Wink

  • Just in: Quechua Phone 51 year 12 weeks agoI have recently purchased

    I have recently purchased this phone, and I think its great.
    The rain didn't affect the touchscreen, I was still able to fully use it.
    The camera is average but after downloading a better app, it is much better.
    Overall, 8 out of 10, great value for money

  • Official: UK has joint 3rd lowest levels of daily cycling in the EU1 year 12 weeks agoLet's face it in the UK

    Let's face it in the UK cyclists are hated and ridiculed except when Team GB are winning gold medals. It's a shitty country full w*ankers in cars, vans, trucks etc who would sooner drive over you than pass you safely. There is no proper cycling infrastructure as per the Dutch model.There is little no help from the pigs when you are hit and injured and the courts don't give a monkeys about cyclists letting drivers off or merely giving them a slap on the wrist. Drivers lie through their teeth to the pigs and courts to try to get them off. Cycling in the UK sucks and it is likely to greatly increase your chances of dying prematurely. You might be very fit and healthy when it is your time to shift your mortal coil, but when you do, you will still be lying dead in the road, dead. To all cyclists who have lost their lives cycling on UK roads - RIP. No wonder few cycle.

  • Wiggle Competition Prizes1 year 12 weeks agoThanks for clearing that up

    Thanks for clearing that up Smile

  • Just in: Quechua Phone 51 year 12 weeks agoHow can they get away with

    How can they get away with calling it a Phone 5, surely that can't be allowed so close to iPhone 5?...