- Cycling team turns to crowdfunding website to help fund European campaign (+ video)1 year 50 weeks agoThanks for the write up
Thanks for the write up lads;
I'd like to put a few things straight; first up, our kit is straight up cool, if you dress like a prick you've got to go fast or you look like a real lemon!
As for fan ownership, the fans are stakeholders. we're committed to listening to our donors but it's pretty hard to give them a say in everything we do. DO you really want to pick the squad for every race, make decisions about who goes for the overall and who for stage wins, when we ride and when we watch? there are such a high volume of decisions to be made that it's unworkable. Maybe we could use a site poll to decide when to attack? we aim to increase participation by having riders stay with fans, by having fans join us training and with a documentary film project we've signed up for. That said if you have ideas. Jamesstout@teamtraveller.com
and finally as for the costs - those aren't bikes we're BUYING that's the cost of shipping stuff into the USA from sponsors, covering import/export taxes etc. Likewise kits - we want to feature all our sponsors on the kits, like the simonstrong bike, but that kind of print design ain't cheap!
- "Ignorant and grotesque" - CTC blasts article on cyclists by Road Haulage Association director1 year 50 weeks agoIn my view it's not so much
In my view it's not so much what he says, it's the way that he says it that's the problem. Comments like
no matter how much they bleat about having every right to be in the same place as a car
are clearly meant to incite a reaction rather than stimulate any sort of reasoned debate.
But, I have to admit that I have some sympathy with some of the comments that he makes (not all, but some!). For example, only yesterday I posted an article on my own blog about whether or not I should get myself some liability insurance. I'm conducting a poll on my blog if anyone wants to participate!
I also see, virtually on a daily basis, cyclists doing stupid things and putting themselves, and others, in danger. I also see car/bus/taxi/lorry drivers doing dangerous things on a regular basis as well.
So, neither side in this argument is entirely without fault. But this guy's attitude stinks!
- "Ignorant and grotesque" - CTC blasts article on cyclists by Road Haulage Association director1 year 50 weeks ago“There have been a spate of
“There have been a spate of accidents involving cyclists and lorries recently,” but adds, “as usual the lorry is the big bad bogeyman."
What a moron. Poor lorry drivers made to feel bad for killing an inconsiderate cyclist.
- American Classic hubs1 year 50 weeks agoThanks for the reply, shame
Thanks for the reply, shame the AC hubs arrived today, although I will admit I didn't realise the rear is basically a re badged WTB hub..
What weight, drilling & bearings do your hubs have? & most importantly how much are they? Or can I give you a ring about them on thursday when I'm next at the shop?
- Bikes with bell attached law to be scrapped after DfT Red Tape Challenge1 year 50 weeks agoCan we have the hornit as a
Can we have the hornit as a competition prize then? It's probably only a bit scarier than the shock I had at the price!
- "Ignorant and grotesque" - CTC blasts article on cyclists by Road Haulage Association director1 year 50 weeks agoI agree with the fact that we
I agree with the fact that we shouldn't be sharing the road with motor vehicles, we should have safe cycle lanes. A 12yr old boy came to visit us on his bike, he cycled on the road! he told us that only children up to the age of 10 can cycle on the pavement - it's absolutely disgusting that we don't have safe cycle lanes as they do in the Netherlands, Denmark etc. Children battling with manic drivers in HGVs.
- "Ignorant and grotesque" - CTC blasts article on cyclists by Road Haulage Association director1 year 50 weeks agoAll I can say is Beeching has
All I can say is Beeching has a lot to answer for (because if it weren't for him a lot more freight would be going by rail now)! Once the Gotthard Base Tunnel is complete no freight will cross Switzerland by road. But I digress.
Getting back to the point, it isn't just cyclists that don't know about trucks and corners. Car drivers are just as ignorant of how much space they need, there are plenty of accidents (and fatalities) where cars are crushed by lorries.
The only good thing about this story is that it shows just how ridiculous his arguments are. Now if he had suggested that trucks counter-strike with their own cameras to see the idiocy of some cyclists, he would have had a good point.
- Exposure Joystick Mk 6 Front light - helmet kit1 year 50 weeks agoandyp wrote:A helmet-mountedandyp wrote:
A helmet-mounted Joystick is an absolute god-send for the commute. Paired with a nice powerful light on the bars, being able to look *at*, and thus dissuade, the car that's about to pull out of a junction into you is brilliant
I totally agree, I shake my head from side to side and direct the beam at the driver if I see a car about to pull out from a side road, I have the 2011 mk5 model which is still incredibly bright.
- Road.cc - the magazine?1 year 50 weeks agoI get an e-mag from here ever
I get an e-mag from here ever so often. It comes in the form of a email called "latest news from Road.cc"
I would post a link to the view in browser version, but it includes my personal email address, so i wont
- Increase leg speed (max cadence)1 year 50 weeks agoDoing RPMs over 180 requires
Doing RPMs over 180 requires a small gear. Its technique more than strength, although its the fast-twitch sprinters that have the best rollapaluza times. But a smooth controlled whippet can beat a big guy who smashes around. Its all anaerobic, so nothing endurance. thats essentially impossible at those speeds. You don't even need to breath....The oxygen debt afterwards is mental though.
But no-one should be having an average cadence below 80rpm, even 90. Its not good for you and not efficient. Most pros will spin closer to 100. Canc spins at 110 in TTs. That is not really spin training per se, though I guess it is if you're doing 70rpm!
Its all about pulling and pushing across the whole stroke. An easy way is to image you want to pedal in 'squares', push forward to 3pm, down to 6pm, back to 9pm, up to Noon on your cranks. That will get you there.
Also, force yourself to go 2 gears below what you would normally. Of course, you need a great position on the bike, and nice flat tracking of knees (no bobbling out).
Regards sprinting at high revs, don't try sprinting out the saddle at 225rpm, you'll kill yourself! You need to be seated.
Check out these links:
Its all about technique, concentration and stability. No mashing!
- "Ignorant and grotesque" - CTC blasts article on cyclists by Road Haulage Association director1 year 50 weeks agoMy word. Just *how*
My word. Just *how* uninformed is this man?? Not only does he prat on about 'road tax' and how he thinks cyclists should have to pay it, but he then goes on to admit that we should get a reduction for low emissions!! So presumably that means zero emission equals zero road tax. Er, that's where we are now, Mr Flanders.
And have you read the rest of the article where he blethers on -completely ill-informed- about volcanic eruptions cancelling out humanity's efforts to reduce our CO2 emissions? By his own admissions, he's not even bothered to validate his 'research' (why would he, it so neatly suits his agenda) but if he tried, he'd be looking a while, because it's utter nonsense. Volcanic eruptions are *natural* and taken care of by the carbon cycle. Everything we add overbalances the cycle. Duh.
Grade A moron. Unfortunately, someone gave him a lectern, a microphone and a magazine :\
- "Ignorant and grotesque" - CTC blasts article on cyclists by Road Haulage Association director1 year 50 weeks agoYeah, I would agree with some
Yeah, I would agree with some comments - not listening to music, awareness of heavy vehicles. The rest - total mince!! Mr Flanders seems to be unaware that the police can charge a cyclist if they believe they are cycling in a manner that is dangerous to themselves and others. On an aside I wonder what Mr Flanders has to say on the issue of lorries consistantly breaking the speed limit...
- WHICH WHEELSET1 year 50 weeks agocarbon337 wrote:any updatescarbon337 wrote:
any updates on the AL30 - what are they like?
Only arrived today at my house. My dad will pick them up along with my toolkit later this week.
- "Ignorant and grotesque" - CTC blasts article on cyclists by Road Haulage Association director1 year 50 weeks agoToo comment is unfortunately
Too comment is unfortunately to feed the fool. Perhaps he might reflect that not only do HGV's kill other road users (pedestrians and drivers (and passengers - sometimes by the car-load)), but a particular group of HGV's are the worst of the worst - namely construction site vehicles working on local drivers' rules. This detail can be further highlighted by the fact that the same companies, and even the same drivers and vehicles are involved in serious crashes, and a review of the link between driving and other offences and drivers involved in crashes shows HGV and van drivers well ahead of the general driving population in having such links.
Perhaps Mr Flanders would like a listing of the HGV-cycle crashes with causal factors - like defective vision, drunk and using mobile phone, etc and related detail such as third time this vehicle has killed or seriously injured a cyclist (actual case). Now if he can get that sorted out his critique on cyclists might have some credibility.
- Anyone tried Speedplays?1 year 50 weeks agoThanks for the advice!
Thanks for the advice!
- Garmin 800 vs. iPhone and Cateye V3. And what do you use?1 year 50 weeks agoIf you don't move cities,
If you don't move cities, then it's nice to explore
or buy a paper map.
I think digital maps are great too.
I've been ringing around importers and
ordering a new kit from the U.S.
Will post if it's any good.
- "Ignorant and grotesque" - CTC blasts article on cyclists by Road Haulage Association director1 year 50 weeks agoAfter going to the silly
After going to the silly cyclists to get the link
One of the first video's that came up was this
Thats the kind of thing that SOME cyclists need to be taught about
- 12-speed gear system on the way from KCNC1 year 50 weeks agonotfastenough wrote:How longnotfastenough wrote:
How long until the cassette becomes a one-piece cone and the chain (dunno how it would gain traction) simply moves up and down it to maintain a given input effort?
There are already a few variants on this, some working better than others. The system you described is what is cumbersomely known as a "cone continuously variable transmission." These have a belt on either one or 2 cones, and have been infrequently used on some cars for about 100 years.
More recently - and interestingly - is the Nuvinci hub gear. From all accounts it weighs a ton though. http://youtu.be/kVPjhmTThPo
- "Ignorant and grotesque" - CTC blasts article on cyclists by Road Haulage Association director1 year 50 weeks agoDoh! He's like Ned
Doh! He's like Ned Flanders'nasty brother
- "Ignorant and grotesque" - CTC blasts article on cyclists by Road Haulage Association director1 year 50 weeks agoThere are a couple of things
There are a couple of things i agree with - Listening to music can be dangerous and until its illegal i'll continue you use it with one earphone in
The other part being "cyclists need to be better educated about how lorries execute manoeuvres at junctions in particular" I fully support that statement, I've been following something called "silly cyclists" on youtube for a while http://www.youtube.com/user/sillycyclists and its all video's taken from camera's used by cyclist's to highlight how cyclists can be in the wrong and so stupid sometimes
- "Ignorant and grotesque" - CTC blasts article on cyclists by Road Haulage Association director1 year 50 weeks agoSadly comment is free - and
Sadly comment is free - and there will always be total spanners like Mr Flanders around who would rather look to divert blame than accept any possibility they should set their own house in order.
- Dawes Audax Century SE1 year 50 weeks agobeen looking for a
been looking for a winter/audax/fast touring bike for a while now, this one the best that I've seen. Would probably have left it at £1100 but at £650 it was a no-brainer.
Will enable me to hibernate the carbon bike (sorry, the "summer bike", must get used to calling it that!) and also will allow me to carry luggage. So day rides can turn into weekend rides which adds another dimension.
Sounds like you have an ideal wife Rob!
- Cycling team turns to crowdfunding website to help fund European campaign (+ video)1 year 50 weeks agoI was waiting for others to
I was waiting for others to post because i didn't want to be shot down in flames, lol
I think this is the wrong route to go down, Crowd Funding worked really well from getting The Bicycle Academy but to say that £4000 on bikes and £1000 on kit? the figures just don't add up To get a couple of decent bikes may take 4k but to kit 2 riders out for them surely aint going to take a grand?
I like the idea of Crowd funding until i see things like this which seem to be abusing it in my eyes, If they need $150,000 to run for 2012, i fail to see that not having £6000 from people is going to make a big different, do they have the rest already secured?
- Garmin 800 vs. iPhone and Cateye V3. And what do you use?1 year 50 weeks agoI have an Edge 500 with hrm
I have an Edge 500 with hrm and cadence, brilliant device but doesn't have the maps.
Since I normally ride familiar roads, having maps on the device doesn't give me much...until, that is, I go on holiday and ride unfamiliar routes. So I've promised myself that I'm going to get an 800 just before summer hols next year.
In years gone by I have invested in MemoryMap maps and have lots of these on my Android. So I can access o/s and ign maps (and of course Google Maps etc.), just means I have to stop and pull my phone out of my pocket to do so.
- FS, Mark Renshaw's Highroad team venge SIZE 541 year 50 weeks agoSeems to be conflicting
Seems to be conflicting images that got me confused, here is him on the bike above?
Here is another one from stage 4, with the S-works logo in HTC colours on the downtube
Here is his Venge from the Scottish stage