- Stray dog beats 300 cyclists in 1700Km 'race' across China + video1 year 41 weeks agoComing from a country that
Coming from a country that mistreats humans, let alone animals this should be treated with a pinch of salt.
If it was in this country the poor knackered dog with be given a nice home, but no out there they want to take it to Everest - probably wants more publicity and thinks he can make money out of the story.
Well done mate you gave a dog a drumstick and then allowed it half kill itself chasing you and then put it in a cage on a bike - bet it loved that.
I'm a proud Staffie owner.
Staffies- Softer than you think.
(There are plenty of loving Staffies that need rehoming!)
- Ultegra triple and sram rival1 year 41 weeks agoThe difference between 6703
The difference between 6703 and 6700 is ...... 3
Seriously though .. the "3" is just pertaining to triple chainrings.
- RAC urges government to provide cash for road safety campaigns in its 2012 Report on Motoring1 year 41 weeks agoA safety campaign to promote
A safety campaign to promote the use of 3 integral pieces of safety equipment that almost every road user has access to but frequently fails to use, is needed.
I write this as the third cyclists fatality to be reported on by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch in 5 years, where the cyclist died under the train or tram at a level crossing, and in all cases with compelling evidence that an ipod or similar was in use with earpieces. This is not a total for such incidents but tellingly these are the only 3 cycle-train crashes that have been investigated since the RAIB was formed to take on the investigation of train crashes.
Sight is the primary safety kit we all need to use on the road but it is limited and has a 240 degree 'blind spot'. That is why 360 degree hearing is such an important part of surviving on the road, and all road users need to understand that it has to be available.
Effective use of the 'audible warning of approach - rather than a post incident venting of rage might be a good start, of and opening the car window slightly and turning down the in car sound system would mean you would hear my shout and would not then be surprised when I slap down hard on the roof or a bodyside panel. Then you really are too close.
The third piece of safety kit - a fully functioning brain to process the eye and ear data and send out the eye and other non verbal communication responses to the other road users looking at and 'speaking' to you.
- Myles' Rás Diary Stage 7: "Love it. Heart rate 177. Max is 182. 135 km to go"1 year 41 weeks agoBest racing blog I've read,
Best racing blog I've read, really brings home how fit the elite lads are. Such a tough sport.
- Ultegra triple and sram rival1 year 41 weeks agoBut can you put Sram at rear
But can you put Sram at rear and mix with shimano ultegra compact at front? What shifters and cables would this imply? Also what is difference between ultegra 6703 and 6700?
- Cyclopark, Europe's largest cycle park, opens today near Gravesend1 year 41 weeks agoIt'll host its first BMX
It'll host its first BMX regional on June 3rd - Round 5 of the South Region. I'll spectate with my son but I won't compete. I'm told the track is pretty full on with world class jumps, which makes it a bit challenging for me and my son. Clark and Kent build good tracks but this one's aimed at the best riders. It isn't aimed at cyclists of all abilities, despite what the promoters claim. It is a track for experts only and inexperienced BMXers (or beginners) will find it too tough.
- Fantasy Cycling wish list1 year 41 weeks agoGraphs please!
I'd like to be
I'd like to be able to view a line graph of my position through the major tours (maybe also be able to compare with another team, so I could have compared where me and robacairns were in relation to eachother through the Giro and where he managed to make up the 150 points to win it), also possibly my single stage positions to see if there's any trends and where I'm doing particularly badly. Likewise maybe a line graph of my score against the best score would be cool.
I know all of that information is accessible and I can drop it all into a spreadsheet for myself but I'm lazy
- Just in: Islabikes Beinn 201 year 41 weeks agoGreat kids bikes indeed.
Great kids bikes indeed. Expensive but worth saving a bit extra for as they ride so well and hold their value so well. On our first one we virtually got our money back after 2 years. Son is on a Beinn 20 Large now. Shame I couldn't talk my daughter into one - as the colours didn't work for her (she's 4 with strong opinions and it was difficult enough to get her to want a bike). We'll get her onto an Islabike next time I hope.
- I saw a deer in the city on Friday, what's the most unexpected thing you've seen on your commute?1 year 41 weeks agoWas riding through moorland
Was riding through moorland and then woodland (via the road) on Saturday and nearly ran over what I think was a snake. It was about a foot long and brown. I would of went back and had a proper look but I was struggling to get up a 20% gradient at the time and just managed to swerve out the way before running over it.
1st time I have seen a snake and think it might have been a Grass snake.
- Criterium Dauphine1 year 41 weeks agoMy Provisional
My Provisional team
- Myles' Rás Diary Stage 7: "Love it. Heart rate 177. Max is 182. 135 km to go"1 year 41 weeks agoInspirational!
You need to be
You need to be racing every week Myles - we want more blogging!
- Just in: Islabikes Beinn 201 year 41 weeks agoI wanted to get a Beinn for
I wanted to get a Beinn for my daughter, but the budget just couldn't quite stretch that far. We got her an Adventure 200 (by Madison, iirc) instead - still good, mind, but heavier with suspension forks etc. With a discount: £159.
- Just in: Islabikes Beinn 201 year 41 weeks agoResale costs on eBay are
Resale costs on eBay are amazing too. You are effectively renting a bike for a year or 2.
- Rapha sample sale - Manchester1 year 41 weeks agoI went on Saturday and it was
I went on Saturday and it was a BUNFIGHT!!
Luckily I was pretty much front of the queue at around 8am (doors opened at 10am) ...
I came a way with a few bits and pieces
LS Winter Jersey
SS Rapha Club Jersey (Nice but its a promo piece effectively given as part of a club membership in Polyester)
Black Kneewarmers (very happy with those)
White armwarmers (more on that later)
Essentials wallet (fantastic item)
3/4 Fixie shorts (beautiful, my second pair)
1 pair of Pro Socks (white)
The armwarmers I grabbed at as they had become detatched but only found out they are slightly differing sizes when I returned home, one may be a little too restrictive I fear .. (Ebay ???) ..
Overall, the jerseys were find so long as you were a SMALL or EXTRA SMALL Spaniard (Country Jersey) or if you wanted the Pink/Grey/White jersey .... I didnt.
The Bibshorts all seemed to be XXL
There were no Gilets (really wanted a new one as ruined my white one)
There were no rainjackets (no real surprise there)
There was tons of stock but I feel they really should have railed it all up and the BUNFIGHT could have been a lot more civilised and the stock easier to view.
The staff were great though, a nice bunch of lads who were happy to chat and keen to get everyone out riding on the Sunday ... I had returned home by then though..
All in all, it was Ok ..... I'd just reiterate that perhaps railing all the "hangable" stock would make a lot more sense ... IT WAS JUST BEDLAM and with the heat within the shop I had to get out after a while.
So, there you have it ...
- DfT announces £113 million funding for green travel initiatives throughout England1 year 41 weeks agoDurham County Council get
Durham County Council get £4.761m to encourage walking to school but in their new County Plan, they intend to spend £70m (up from an initial estimate of £40m) on two relief roads on the north & west of Durham City, total distance 6 miles.
- Ultegra triple and sram rival1 year 41 weeks agoShimano 6703 is the Ultegra
Shimano 6703 is the Ultegra triple groupset and the advantage over a compact is that it gives you more of a range of gears.
If you decide on a compact chainset based upon weight saving then go for a long cage rear derailleur and then you have the option of using a cassette with a much bigger sprocket. I have a SRAM 12-34 I put on my 10 year old's bike for when we cycle French mountains.
- Oakley Jawbone with Transition lenses1 year 41 weeks agoagree with the review -
agree with the review - pricey, but excellent bit of kit. Frames are very comfortable for all day riding and the lenses always seem to be doing a good job regardless of light conditions. I've used them for a UK spring/summer, in the Pyrenees, in the sun of the Canaries, and always perfect. Usual Oakley quality as well.
Only comment is that they dont go completely clear (or mine dont anyway) as suggested by the pics above, so you always have slightly reduced light transmission, so they arent ideal for the depths of winter when clear lenses are more appropriate. Because they use UV to change, they dont work in the car either, where the windscreen cuts out the UV so they never darken. Makes them sport specific really, but no issue with that - not exactly styled for wearing while walking around!
- Ultegra triple and sram rival1 year 41 weeks agoI didn't think SRAM offered
I didn't think SRAM offered the option of a triple front shifter, what with their super low double set up etc. I might be wrong of course. Never used their suff so don't knw what the left/front shifter does.
- Giro Stage 21 - ITT1 year 41 weeks agoWig_Billy wrote:Damn youWig_Billy wrote:
Damn you Jesse Sergent... I regret throwing away my high overall position now.
I could have told you he would be the top DS guy, thats why I had him
- SOLD thomson elite x2 stem £401 year 41 weeks agoHi
What is the length of the
What is the length of the stem?
- Fantasy Cycling wish list1 year 41 weeks agoI'd like a historical table
I'd like a historical table like the ones for transfers and points scored, that show my day to day position for each race, and the season long and now that we have it for the free competition and premium.
I've dived up and down hugely, it would be interesting.
Heh heh, I think I have been 2nd twice and nearly last once.
- Giant Defy 1 or Trek 2.3 or Boardman Team1 year 41 weeks agoRiggers wrote:I'm quiteRiggers wrote:
I'm quite amazed that at 6' plus, I can't seem to buy a bike 'off the peg', but must go 'bespoke', with all the cost & delay that entails.
Rubbish. Giant frames use what they term 'compact' geometry, take a look at this chart:
A decent shop will do a bikefit on every sale - check saddle height & setback, swap the stem if necessary and so on.
As for Specialized, sales apparently went through the roof with the warm weather in March/April and I was told that they can't keep up with demand for the most popular models.
If you think you're hard done by I guarantee that you wouldn't want to be 5'4" and hoping for a range of road bikes to choose fromRiggers wrote:
I just wish they wouldn't waste my time having to read worthless reviews....
It's easy - don't buy it. In my experience C+ reviews are long on enthusiasm and short on nitty-gritty. Their 'best on test' means nothing, it'll probably come in 3rd and "disappointing" or "unremarkable" next time around, and to be honest today's bikes are so good anyway you'd struggle to unearth a lemon.
- Giant Defy 1 or Trek 2.3 or Boardman Team1 year 41 weeks agoI have a boardman and the
I have a boardman and the initial setup was not perfect but I did learn how to setup my Rival gears change break cables etc etc.
I have taken it into the store recently as I couldnt get my rear derailleur to shift properly and they changed the cable and sorted it for me. Seems to be running smooth.
I guess I'm saying it's good to learn how to repair and setup your bike but also that some of the folks at halfords know their stuff.
But anyway, had my boardman for 18 months and i'm still happy with it.
- Giant Defy 1 or Trek 2.3 or Boardman Team1 year 41 weeks agoAndywoo wrote:...Cycling plusAndywoo wrote:
...Cycling plus have just rated the defy 1 best in test...
Yeah, WONDERFUL, until you realise they don't make one for anyone taller than ~5'6".
The largest frame size is something like 58 cm, although there's no hint of that in the C+ review.
I'm quite amazed that at 6' plus, I can't seem to buy a bike 'off the peg', but must go 'bespoke', with all the cost & delay that entails. Specialized claim to make larger frames, but amazingly can't supply.
What is this, a sport for pygmies?
Another one off the list: I just wish they wouldn't waste my time having to read worthless reviews....
- Giro d'Italia Stage 21: Ryder Hesjedal wins the Giro on final day in Milan1 year 41 weeks ago+ 2 Another Proud Canadian /
+ 2 Another Proud Canadian / Un autre Canadien fier