• Motorist clocked at 82mph in 30mph zone; judge queries why he was only charged with speeding1 year 20 weeks agoMattrb78 wrote:Yet more proof

    Mattrb78 wrote:
    Yet more proof of the following:-
    1. British justice no longer works
    2. Driving licensing rules and regulations need to change
    3. At the very least all drivers should be forced to retake the driving test every 5 years and if you take more than two attempts to pass then they have to wait 12 months before attempting again
    4. Foreign drivers should not be allowed to drive on British roads and should have to take a British driving test and be able to speak and read basic English

    4. I'm not sure that you've thought this one through. Would you be able to fulfil the same criteria driving abroad? Or does your natural British superiority enshrine a right to drive wherever you like?

  • Rome's cycling mayor closes Colosseum road to cars1 year 20 weeks agoI've lived in Rome for the

    I've lived in Rome for the last 19 years. When I arrived in '94, I literally saw no one else cycling to work. Now the numbers have grown, and the new major is one of the few who have embraced cycling, but no where near on the scale of London. Rome is still the only city I know of where the bike sharing scheme was a total flop.

    On the plus side, 50,000 people turned out last year to a rally held on the same day as the Cycle Safe rally in London, showing that more people do want to cycle, but many just consider it too dangerous.

    Dangerous it is. In those 19 years I've had 2 accidents resulting in injury, one broken back (T4) and last year a broken femur.

    Hopefully Ignazio Marino will follow Bertrand Delanoë and Boris Johnson in pushing back in some ways on the car culture that had invaded so many cities. 97% Romans have cars, compared with 34% in London. Marino is on the right track.

  • Quick survey to help me with my Degree studies1 year 20 weeks agoWhere are you doing it as

    Where are you doing it as well?

    Cheers.

  • Mike Cotty smashes 674km epic Alpine challenge1 year 20 weeks agoPizza and ice cream? Sack

    Pizza and ice cream? Sack that! Steak and chips... twice!

  • Pro Team kit - Naff or not1 year 20 weeks agoQuote:This one was made in

    Quote:
    This one was made in Italy by Santini using 'Microsense' fabric, whatever that is.

    It's made with a tiny bit of sense. One up from their 'nonsense' range.

  • rh+ Logo Cap1 year 20 weeks agoPity you hide them under a

    Pity you hide them under a helmet these days!

  • Garmin release Vector power meter + video1 year 20 weeks agobummer......... the boss says

    Sad bummer......... the boss says NO! I wonder if I could sneak them into the shopping basket? I did with a new set of wheels Smile

  • Motorist clocked at 82mph in 30mph zone; judge queries why he was only charged with speeding1 year 20 weeks agoYet more proof of the

    Yet more proof of the following:-
    1. British justice no longer works
    2. Driving licensing rules and regulations need to change
    3. At the very least all drivers should be forced to retake the driving test every 5 years and if you take more than two attempts to pass then they have to wait 12 months before attempting again
    4. Foreign drivers should not be allowed to drive on British roads and should have to take a British driving test and be able to speak and read basic English

  • Mike Cotty smashes 674km epic Alpine challenge1 year 20 weeks agoJust a stunning achievement,

    Just a stunning achievement, wow!

  • Pictures of your Bike1 year 20 weeks agoMay you rest in

    May you rest in pieces!

    Massive metal fatigue failure around BB has relegated the litespeed to wall ornament duty only.

  • SOLD NeilPryde Alize Dura Ace 56cm1 year 20 weeks agoThe bike is now sold - many

    The bike is now sold - many thanks for the interest! Very sorry to see it go... Crying

  • Bikes Stolen - Chester1 year 20 weeks agoThanks everyone. I appreciate

    Thanks everyone. I appreciate the support.

    Chris

  • Mike Cotty smashes 674km epic Alpine challenge1 year 20 weeks agoGinsterdrz wrote:Read a bit

    Ginsterdrz wrote:
    Read a bit deeper and discovered this was an organised race. I was under the impression it was a solo effort:

    Final update: Mike finished in 10th place in exactly 27 hours - top work fella! and only five hours back on the winner, Maurizio Vandelli...

    # Vandelli Maurizio (1) @2009-06-20 10:05:00
    # Dörschlag Ekkehard (49) @2009-06-20 10:45:00
    # Zörweg Heinz (2) @2009-06-20 11:45:00
    # Strebel Thomas (19) @2009-06-20 12:00:00
    # Fischer Rene (4) @2009-06-20 13:00:00
    # Lindner Paul (3) @2009-06-20 13:28:00
    # Ratschob Thomas (41) @2009-06-20 13:51:00
    # Huber Armin (29) @2009-06-20 14:34:00
    # Settimio Guidio (42) @2009-06-20 14:54:00
    # Cotty Mike (33) @2009-06-20 15:00:00

    That was a different ride from 4 years ago.

    Les Alpes was a solo challenge with support car this week.

  • Almost half of Londoners would ride more if road safety improved1 year 20 weeks agojasecd wrote:Why do the

    jasecd wrote:
    Why do the boroughs have to bid for EU funding to improve cycling? Roads are funded by general taxation so why is provision for cycling not part of core council budgets?

    Indeed, if cycling facilities were as good as in european continential countries, would people still want to drive.... ergo less money income, hence probably why cycle paths are crap here.

  • Motorist clocked at 82mph in 30mph zone; judge queries why he was only charged with speeding1 year 20 weeks agoI'll bet he's not the only

    I'll bet he's not the only one to get caught speeding along here... http://goo.gl/maps/fb1Jx Remember folks, there's no room in our cities for Dutch-style quality cycle infrastructure.

  • October for riding alpine passes- too late?1 year 20 weeks agoMid-October should be okay

    Mid-October should be okay but don't blame me if you're stuck in a snow drift, after all, it can snow in the middle of Summer at 2000+ m. The first snow in Switzerland last year was at the end of October and it snowed properly! Check out this out....http://www.bikeradar.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=40013&t=12888724

  • London 100 climbing issues, advice needed; and a story.1 year 20 weeks agoYeah, mashing your pedals

    Yeah, mashing your pedals isn't good for you. You want to be spinning along with the lightest of touches. Two of my friends, who were once about your size, have improved their riding style with compacts and riding at around 90rpm. And hey presto, the weight has fallen off too. I'm not 100% sure on this, but our work will be aerobic like this, rather than when mashing and it's a combo of anaerobic and aerobic. You'll burn more fat stores this way rather than entirely the glycogen in your blood and muscles.
    Please someone with more physiology and nutritional knowledge put me right if I'm wrong.
    You'll also put far less strain on your knees this way.

    That's all a bit long term, I appreciate - adapting your riding style is a longish process. If most of your riding is done on the Cheshire plain (and my god, if you live in S. Manc why aren't you in the peaks every weekend? Get your lazy bum up Mow Cop) then I appreciate you're very attached to your 53/39. As I've gotten stronger, I've been pondering a replacement to my chainrings as and when they need it. Praxis make replacement Shimano rings for a compact crankset with 52/36 on them. Combine that with a big block on the back and you'd probably have the best of both worlds. Fair bit of cash to splash though, but worth it I should think.

    Anyway, for now - biggest block you can shove on the back. Work on spinning faster in a lower gear. And eat better!

  • Turkmenistan president decrees month of cycling +video1 year 20 weeks agoPerhaps this is where Pat

    Perhaps this is where Pat should go to live out his retirement.

  • Garmin release Vector power meter + video1 year 20 weeks agoGinsterdrz

    Ginsterdrz wrote:
    $1699.99=£1095.99 retail in the USA so why are we being ripped off for another £253.01 in the UK?

    Don't forget that US prices are advertised without sales tax. Add 20% VAT to that US price and there's not a great deal of difference. Send all complaints to George Osborne, HM Treasury, Westminster, London W1

  • Pro Team kit - Naff or not1 year 20 weeks agoNo its not wool. They get old

    No its not wool. They get old designs and make them from modern cycling materials. This one was made in Italy by Santini using 'Microsense' fabric, whatever that is.

  • Garmin release Vector power meter + video1 year 20 weeks agoGinsterdrz

    Ginsterdrz wrote:
    $1699.99=£1095.99 retail in the USA so why are we being ripped off for another £253.01 in the UK?


    US prices are always without sales tax as that varies state to state. 20% VAT on £1095.99 would bring the price to £1315.19. The difference may be other import charges, or just because they feel like it.

  • Garmin release Vector power meter + video1 year 20 weeks agoEveryone always forgets US

    Everyone always forgets US sales tax, don't they? £1194 in New York or £1267 in Ilinois. Yes, still more here - but it's not a direct comparison, unless you're shopping in Delaware or New Hampshire!

  • Almost half of Londoners would ride more if road safety improved1 year 20 weeks agoThe Millau Viaduct down near

    The Millau Viaduct down near Languedoc? I think the toll booths are paying for that one as we speak.

  • Garmin release Vector power meter + video1 year 20 weeks agoHopefully Look will price

    Hopefully Look will price their own power meter pedals a bit more aggressively and we'll see the two companies competing.

  • Mike Cotty smashes 674km epic Alpine challenge1 year 20 weeks agoAbout the same time for my

    About the same time for my Haute Route alps 2012 - except I had 6 sleeps!!!!!! Fantastic stuff Mr Cotty Surprise