• Cycle to Work Scheme reports big rise in people signing up in 20121 year 25 weeks agoAs above, lots of bikes

    As above, lots of bikes bought, not many people commuting.

    However, two things. Firstly; whether the bike is being used for commuting or not, it's been bought, supports bike shops, and if it's being used at weekends that's better than nothing. Secondly, at my office they doubled the size of the racks last year and they're still full every day it's not actually raining.

    London transport is viciously expensive.

  • qatar...when does the window open1 year 25 weeks agoTERatcliffe26 wrote:There are

    TERatcliffe26 wrote:
    There are no KOM points....Its hard to pick a team, ive gone 6 sprinters, 2 from teams for TTT and a guy who could go in a break

    Agreed, just tried to put my team together and it's really tough, most of the sprinters are prohibitavely expensive meaning you need to pick two or three then some cheaper guys.

    What's really throwing things out for me is how well Boonen did last year. Are the stages pan flat or is there enough elevation on some of the finishes to make them more difficult for flat sprinters like Cavendish/Kittel. Basically, should I pick people like EBH, Degenkolb and Sagan or the fast men like Kittel, Cavendish and Bouhanni?

  • Riccione Bike Hotels1 year 25 weeks agoI stayed at Hotel Astoria for

    I stayed at Hotel Astoria for 5 days, 4 nights last year, and the experience was amazing. Great service, unimaginable scenery and awesome bike trails at Alta Rezia. There are up to 3200 km of trails for the bike enthusiasts. Of course, my friends and I didn’t get that far in just 5 days. The air was extremely refreshing too. I’m glad I got into cycling after my last car broke down from faulty swirl flaps. If I were still driving, I may not be able to appreciate the benefits of cycling.

  • New wrist band for clean riders1 year 25 weeks agoHmm perhaps instead of

    Hmm perhaps instead of wearing wristbands showing your support for drug free sports, you could put in the money and effort into educating others against cheating in sports, or investing in other organisations that are already committed to this cause. I find those wristbands quite tacky, and don’t change much. I mean, Lance Armstrong himself made the Livestrong wristbands popular, so that says a lot. I’ve recently gotten myself into cycling after my BMW had to be returned for faulty swirl flaps, and I’m feeling more interested in cycling events now.

  • Newport Velodrome Hire Bikes1 year 25 weeks agoMy sister went there last

    My sister went there last December and she had a great time. She told me you couldn’t change pedals, so buy some cheap cleats if you are going. Look Deltas work fine. Remember to bring gloves! I think they aren’t provided by them. Good idea to stay somewhere nearby, because it can get quite tiring cycling on the tracks. My sister wished she had read this thread before going though. There wasn’t much food there and she was starving! I might want to check it out too someday. I’ve just switched to cycling after my last car was sold due to faulty swirl flaps.

  • Martyn Ashton's Road Bike Party - the out-takes1 year 25 weeks agoThese outtakes definitely

    These outtakes definitely marked a great start to my Friday! This guy is an absolute champion, and quite possibly the reason why I took up cycling as my primary form of commute after my last car broke down due to faulty swirl flaps. I tried to carry out some stunts, but the most I could do are some lame bunny hops, but hey, that’s something! I’m now in the midst of trying wheelies, it’s not too easy so I guess there goes my dreams to be the next Martyn Ashton.

  • New York Mayor: Cyclists are more important than drivers1 year 25 weeks agoThat’s a rich claim by

    That’s a rich claim by Michael Bloomberg. As a fellow cyclist in New York City myself, I can testify that the city is not well designed for cyclists despite some bicycle friendly zones. I have been doored by parked cars before, and a couple of my friends have been injured in accidents. I started cycling after I had to sell my BMW due to its faulty swirl flaps. Not only is cycling a greener initiative, it also helps me cut down on costs and keeps me in shape. But I’m not sure how much longer I want to commute by cycling if the road continues to be unfriendly to us.

  • Bryton GPS: better portal, new Rider 21 and Cardio 60 computers plus touchscreen is coming...1 year 25 weeks agokitkat wrote: There is a

    kitkat wrote:

    There is a place for touch screen but sometimes a couple of buttons IS enough. Less is more and all that.

    Correct; which is why both Bryton and Garmin offer smaller, simpler units with just a couple of buttons.

  • Bryton GPS: better portal, new Rider 21 and Cardio 60 computers plus touchscreen is coming...1 year 25 weeks agoDave Atkinson wrote:it isn't

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    it isn't anything like your smart phone. gps touch screens are normally resistive rather than capacative so they work just by pressure. they work in the rain, and they work with gloves on

    I've not used the Garmin units but I hope resistive screens have come on since my Nokia 5800, which was/is totally unusable with gloves on (and indeed not much fun without).

  • Devon Bike Builders Tuesday Ride1 year 25 weeks agoOh, the route taken for this

    Oh, the route taken for this biking event definitely has a scenic view. I would love to attend the next biking session. I’m taking a break from driving at the moment while my BMW is in the shop for maintenance. I’ve always taken a liking to BMWs, even after I had to return my previous car due to the faulty swirl flaps. That was a bad innovative idea. Anyway, since I can’t carry out my favourite activity of driving down the countryside, I would love to return to biking soon.

  • Devon Bike Builders Tuesday Ride1 year 25 weeks agoOh, the route taken for this

    Oh, the route taken for this biking event definitely has a scenic view. I would love to attend the next biking session. I’m taking a break from driving at the moment while my BMW is in the shop for maintenance. I’ve always taken a liking to BMWs, even after I had to return my previous car due to the faulty swirl flaps. That was a bad innovative idea. Anyway, since I can’t carry out my favourite activity of driving down the countryside, I would love to return to biking soon.

  • Updated: Two cyclists killed in Bristol hit and run1 year 25 weeks agoBecause he walked into the

    Because he walked into the police station of his own accord, the judge will like that and dismiss the case......

  • qatar...when does the window open1 year 25 weeks agospurs810 wrote:What will

    spurs810 wrote:
    What will happen with the cross over between Qatar and The Tour of Med?

    Tour de Med will be open later in the week and the new engine now runs in a way that keeps races separate so you'll be able to run separate teams for each race during the overlap (assuming you have a premium account).

  • Bryton GPS: better portal, new Rider 21 and Cardio 60 computers plus touchscreen is coming...1 year 25 weeks agoSo why would I buy one over a

    So why would I buy one over a Garmin? No cheaper and the same features from a smaller company.

  • Hit and run driver who said car was stolen faces jail1 year 25 weeks agofailed to stop after the

    failed to stop after the accident

    Accident? Oh well, that's fine then. Thanks Sarah. Not a collision, crash, smash, incident, just an accident, one of those things.

  • Chris Froome "100 per cent" sure Bradley Wiggins will back his bid for Tour glory1 year 25 weeks agoJon wrote:He should have had

    Jon wrote:
    He should have had 2 years like all the other dopers

    He did loose his results including a tour, but the real shame is he didn't loose 'form.' An actual two years layoff from competition would hit him hard. But the UCI don't want that obviously. We need a quicker and clearer process for doping cases.

  • Guys in black, no lights and on the phone...1 year 25 weeks agoHe wasn't on the phone but

    He wasn't on the phone but wearing a darkish hoody, riding along the unlit road from Wargrave to Henley at about 17:45 Friday, no lights, chav type with one hand on the 'bars being towed along by his Staffy-esque mutt.
    Sorry mate but you deserve to end up in the ditch.
    Don't know about the Somme but this one obviously thought he was immortal Angry

  • Updated: Two cyclists killed in Bristol hit and run1 year 25 weeks agogeorgee wrote:He probably got

    georgee wrote:
    He probably got home, got on google and realised he'd only get a £35 fine and 3 points so he might as well take the rap.

    That will be right!Steal cash 15 years kill with a car 3 points and 100 pound fine sad but true

  • Local bike shop campag specialist in S.Gloucestershire/ Cotswolds/ Bath/ Bristol1 year 25 weeks agoStrada. Simply put -

    Strada. Simply put - excellent. Sorted my campag out, professional bunch, friendly, loads of nice stuff to look at in the shop - highly recommended

  • qatar...when does the window open1 year 25 weeks agoJAndrewHill wrote:Ta v much

    JAndrewHill wrote:
    Ta v much dave.
    Now to find the king of the mountains contenders in qatar. Thinking

    There are no KOM points....Its hard to pick a team, ive gone 6 sprinters, 2 from teams for TTT and a guy who could go in a break

  • Cycle to Work Scheme reports big rise in people signing up in 20121 year 25 weeks agoIn fairness bike_food, it did

    In fairness bike_food, it did rain basically every day in 2012 Rolling Eyes

  • Newbie looking for advice - It's Done - Photo Added1 year 25 weeks agoBeen away for a few days and

    Been away for a few days and just gone through the posts from start to finish again. I think looking into this a few months before I am actually ready to buy was a very good move.

    The head is slowly starting to win and I am starting to see that the Domane is probably going to be the best option for me to go for. Having some one actually explain that adding spec (gruppo etc) does not automatically make the bike better and it really is the frame I need to be looking at.

    Still mulling over all the other good advice above!!

    Thanks again and I'll drop an update at some stage in March once I make that final decision.

  • qatar...when does the window open1 year 25 weeks agoTa v much dave. Now to find

    Ta v much dave.
    Now to find the king of the mountains contenders in qatar. Thinking

  • Tour de San Luis1 year 25 weeks agoHappy to call it a draw and

    Happy to call it a draw and laugh at the awful tv coverage Big Grin

  • Updated: Two cyclists killed in Bristol hit and run1 year 25 weeks agoYou could admit to a crime

    You could admit to a crime and the CPS would say there was insufficient evidence to bring a case.