• Sport Relief: John Bishop & Freddie Flintoff among stars in action at Olympic velodrome tonight, live on BBC1 year 14 weeks agowatlina wrote:Olly Murs fell

    watlina wrote:
    Olly Murs fell off during practice yesterday and ended with a cracking friction burn. See http://pic.twitter.com/5A7xRIP7Wj

    Olly *Muurs* ..... I know, I know, you're welcome.

  • Pothole crash cyclist wins £70k pay-out from council1 year 14 weeks agoIsn't Case Law all

    Isn't Case Law all precedents? Thinking

  • Schwalbe One racing tyre launched1 year 14 weeks agoAre tubeless Schwalbe Ones

    Are tubeless Schwalbe Ones available in 25mm anywhere?

    Starbike list them but they are not in stock

  • Laura Trott changes her mind on helmets1 year 14 weeks agoTHEONETHATROWS wrote:mrmo

    THEONETHATROWS wrote:
    mrmo wrote:
    THEONETHATROWS wrote:
    speaking from personal experience, my opinion is helmets should be compulsory, however everyone should have their own opinion. if it wasn't for a helmet my brother would probably not have survived his crash, the whole of the back of the helmet was destroyed but he only came away with a concussion. whilst not everyone wears one i strongly urge you to do so

    May I ask why your brother crashed? a "racing" incident or hit by a car?

    We were both coming down a hill, think we hit about 60-70 kph, and just before the bottom there was a small speed bump, we both hit it and he just flipped. the speed bump in question was virtually invisible because of shadows and the light. i should point out that my brothers been riding longer than me and is very experienced so how he flipped is beyond me

    Thanks, what you are describing is for better want of a term a racing accident. A million miles from some riding into town to do the shopping on a "fiet". Is what is appropriate to one valid for the other? I would say no. Best parallel, do you expect drivers to wear flameproof overalls to drive to work?

  • Video: Helmet camera footage leads to aggressive driver pleading guilty to four charges1 year 14 weeks agovelocibob wrote:It surprises

    velocibob wrote:
    It surprises me, that the aggressor, doesn't destroy the video camera. If I was being threatened. My weapon of choice would be my bicycle, and my means of restraint would be nice long zip ties. Very useful for emergency bike repairs, and if of sufficient length capable of cutting off the blood supply to the brain. Devil

    Is this the plot of the next Saw film?

  • Giro Aeon helmet1 year 14 weeks agoI have no interest in

    I have no interest in debating the ups, downs, pros, cons, lefts, rights, yays or nays of this or any other helmet, but I must say that I do particularly like your username, Peowpeowpeowlasers. I wish I'd thought of it first - mine is ridiculous. May I ask what inspired it? For anybody who is interested in mine, firstly I pity you, and secondly it literally has no reference to anything, it's purely two random words put together. Do I win a prize for most useful, thoughtful, life-improving post today?

  • Laura Trott changes her mind on helmets1 year 14 weeks agoIn the States, some helmet

    In the States, some helmet laws are compulsory for certain age groups. Additionally, in order to ride w/o a helmet on motorcycles in some States, you must show proof of insurance that would cover your medical expenses if injured.
    This is done to protect the public from having to pay for your care. Seems fair to make the rider bear the responsibility for their own actions. It does not however, alleviate another's actions from causing your injuries. To each his/her own.

  • Sport Relief Davina McCall1 year 14 weeks agoHer achievement, given she's

    Her achievement, given she's a non participant in sport and in the weather she did it in, is impressive. Almost dying in near freezing water was bloody stupid.

  • Volta Ciclista a Catalunya1 year 14 weeks agoOh man, I'm going to be so

    Oh man, I'm going to be so rich. I'm going to email Brailsford, Riis, Unzué and Lavenu, show them the team that I picked, show them my team's history over the last three years, and tell tham that it will cost €20,000 per rider that they want me to drop from my team. I'm shopping at M&S from now on!

  • Sport Relief Davina McCall1 year 14 weeks agoMaybe what Gkam meant was

    Maybe what Gkam meant was that Davina is an annoying, loud mouthed, minor celeb who is on TV far too much. Personally I'd pay money to any charity if she would ride off into the sunset never to darken our TV screens again

  • Sport Relief Davina McCall1 year 14 weeks agoBTW if anyone wants to watch

    BTW if anyone wants to watch it, the programme is on iPlayer here http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03yrk3b/Davina_Beyond_Breaking_Poi...

  • Fuelling against the clock – nutrition for time trials1 year 14 weeks agoI remember reading somewhere

    I remember reading somewhere that there is a physiological boost when sugar is tasted during exercise, independent of the sugar actually reaching the system, almost like the body is thinking 'the energy is coming so it's OK to go harder and more into deficit' even though the actual energy isn't accessible yet. In this way, even a sip of energy drink can affect performance, even if you sip and spit it out.

  • Sport Relief: John Bishop & Freddie Flintoff among stars in action at Olympic velodrome tonight, live on BBC1 year 14 weeks agoIt's all good for cycling.

    It's all good for cycling.

  • Video: Helmet camera footage leads to aggressive driver pleading guilty to four charges1 year 14 weeks agoFluffyKittenofTindalos

    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:
    Jimmy Ray Will wrote:
    I've said this before, and I'll say it again here as it seems apt.

    We all understand that there are certain 'privileges' enjoyed by those behind the wheel of a car. As commented previously, if you went around threatening people with a base ball bat or knife in the same way as you see people doing with cars, you'd be behind bars before you knew it.

    Now, to be fair, should things go wrong for any of 'us' when driving our own cars, we'll be pretty pleased those privileges exist, as no one wants to spend 5 years in jail for a careless mistake.... so, I can kind of tolerate the current status quo.

    However, I am not sure why those privileges are also given to those already deemed unsafe to be on our road... IMO anyone driving whilst banned, should be tried on the basis that they were not driving a car, but instead illegally in control of a potentially lethal weapon.

    I.E the same as running around Tescos waving a machete about.

    At first thought I find this argument quite compelling. If you aren't legally on the road in the first place then you are just a guy with a lethal weapon and should be judged accordingly. A driving licence is, in a sense, a licence to impose a certain level of risk on others. If you don't have that licence...

    You can make the direct comparison to a Fire Arm Certificate. Makes perfect sense in my opinion.

  • POC Octal helmet1 year 14 weeks agoLolo wrote: Please share your

    Lolo wrote:

    Please share your in- depth experience of premium helmets, including the POC. I assume your judgement is based on first hand experience as opposed to your own prejudices.

    My problem is not with high priced helmets or your desire to purchase them but with EN1078.

    However.
    1) Drop any cycle helmet onto a hard surface (even table height to floor) and you should replace it even if damage is not apparent.
    2) After 2 years of regular exposure to sunlight the plastic will be starting to degrade due to ultraviolet radiation and should be replaced.

    Now factor in the price of the helmet. Are you more likely, less likely or just as likely to bin a £200+ helmet as a £40-£50 helmet?

    As for my prejudices; they are my own.
    Just because I have the money doesn't mean that I have to spend it. I once owned a Lada Riva from new and found it to be an excellent vehicle [Richardsons Taxis of Hull ran a fleet of them!]. I now own a Mercedes C-class diesel and find it to be an excellent vehicle. It will convey me to the other end of the country in comfort with a bike on the roof with no fuss at all. Why would I want a supercar? I have driven Lambourghinis, Porsches and Ferraris but I have no desire to own one [With the exception of the 1964 Ferrari TR but only if I can live in Lombardy].

  • Video: Helmet camera footage leads to aggressive driver pleading guilty to four charges1 year 14 weeks agoOn banning for life, I think

    On banning for life, I think that is too much in most cases, 10-15 year ban perhaps but not life. Unless it can be shown that they deliberately used their vehicle to try to injure somebody, but that would be very hard to prove without footage of someone following and aiming their vehicle at someone else.

  • Pothole crash cyclist wins £70k pay-out from council1 year 14 weeks agoMKultra wrote:farrell

    MKultra wrote:
    farrell wrote:
    So you think they are left wing and that's why they want to protect jobs for older-middle class people?
    Most lefties these days are middle class, middle aged and not badly off with the exception of uni kids who are stupid enough to get mixed up with the SWP who strangely these days seem to be fairly well off students and not actual "workers" or even the children of workers , labour abandoned the working classes years ago as they do not vote. Public sector unions are embedded in the Labour party, the standard position councils adopt is to never admit wrong doing as that makes the council look bad, and by extension the union and Labour. Even a Tory controlled council is still stuck with the fact that Labour still controls the workforce and working practices of any local authority.

    Tory/Labour...they are all the same, they all suck up to the people who vote for them, with Labour it's a policy of protectionism in relation to earnings and jobs for the liberal left leaning middle classes, with the Tory government it's pandering to the nimbyism and xenophobia of the middle class Tory voter.

    I am terribly sorry if none of the above conforms with the smug pedantry you were about to engage in.

    There was no smug pedantry, or at least not from me. I just thought you appeared confused and ranty. The above post has since confirmed that.

  • Sport Relief: John Bishop & Freddie Flintoff among stars in action at Olympic velodrome tonight, live on BBC1 year 14 weeks agoLooks like fun but I don't

    Looks like fun but I don't believe it's being shown completely live. There will be a 40 minute delay from action on track to the screen. This is to cover the possibility of major injuries with completely inexperienced riders on the track. Olly Murs fell off during practice yesterday and ended with a cracking friction burn. See http://pic.twitter.com/5A7xRIP7Wj

  • Sport Relief Davina McCall1 year 14 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:mid 40's and

    Gkam84 wrote:
    mid 40's and Strava, where does that come from. I barely even use Strava.

    She cycled a few hundred miles, swam, walked and ran a little bit. It isn't anything special, there are people doing things like this for charity ALL the time.

    Everyone just thinks it is special because she is a "celebrity" who gets a shit load of media coverage...

    Gkam. My son is 18 and a decent triathlete. He isn't impressed by much. Typical teenage athlete that thinks he's the dog's bollocks, that anything you can do he can do better, that finds physical challenges relatively easy and wouldn't admit it if they weren't. Anyone that's cold, or slow, or tired is just a pussy and worthy only of scorn. Rule No 5 is his mantra.

    Well he was impressed. Especially with the 5degree open water swim. You may want to try that. You know that triathlons would be cancelled in that kind of temperature. NOWCA won't allow swimming at Thorpe lakes until the temp reaches at least 10 degrees.

    So you must be well hard!

    I paraphrase from Jarhead.

    you there Gkam84, do you have what it takes...to be the meanest, the cruelest, the most savage...unforgiving motherfuckers in God's cruel kingdom?

    Yes, Staff Sergeant!

    Will you be able to one day say, "Yea, though I walk...through the valley
    of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil...because I am the baddest motherfucker in the goddamn valley"?

    Yes, Staff Sergeant!

    We shall fucking see!

  • Video: Helmet camera footage leads to aggressive driver pleading guilty to four charges1 year 14 weeks agoOn the subject of persistent

    On the subject of persistent driving while banned, obviously another ban isn't going to have any effect, maybe it would be better to just crush the car, or sell it in a police auction. Already done for non payment of VED.

  • Birzman Velocity RG Mini Pump1 year 14 weeks agoOk, so finally after 3 months

    Ok, so finally after 3 months my RG arrived - the 160psi road version.

    My findings are a bit different to the review.

    Test setup: 28c Conti GP 4 Seasons with butyl tube

    100 strokes: 30psi
    150 strokes: 50psi
    200 strokes: 65psi
    240 strokes: 80psi - my magic number for a rear tyre
    300 strokes: 85psi
    350 strokes: 105psi

    (yes, I realise the last jump of 50 strokes for +20psi is an anomaly - might be the gauge isn't perfectly linear)

    ...and I stopped there because it was getting hard to hang onto the head end of the pump, and a bit uncomfy on an ungloved hand to push.

    How the reviewer managed 140psi is beyond me.

    I repeated the test 3 times, and got basically the same results.

    One note is that you do need to screw the Snap-IT valve on a few turns once you've snapped it, er, on. Otherwise it blows off - happened thrice while testing. And at 105psi, the release didn't work - so had to unscrew it - veeeerrryy carefully - luckily I had remembered to tighten the valve core.

    All in all I'm happy with the pump for 80psi purposes - Having used a few friend's Lezyne pumps recently and needing to top up with gas, it's definitely better.

    Plus the gauge is surprisingly accurate. Seems to match pretty much spot on the Bontrager track pump I have (or they are both out by the same amount Wink )

    But if you were looking for something to get up to 140 let alone 160psi - you might be disappointed.

    n.b. one additional benefit is you can unscrew the Presta Snap-It valve and use it to inflate Schrader valves. Nice.

    My full review here: http://gateauvelo.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/review-birzman-velocity-rg-160p...

  • Sport Relief: John Bishop & Freddie Flintoff among stars in action at Olympic velodrome tonight, live on BBC1 year 14 weeks agotools, the pair of em' ...

    tools, the pair of em' ...

  • Laura Trott changes her mind on helmets1 year 14 weeks agomrmo wrote:THEONETHATROWS

    mrmo wrote:
    THEONETHATROWS wrote:
    speaking from personal experience, my opinion is helmets should be compulsory, however everyone should have their own opinion. if it wasn't for a helmet my brother would probably not have survived his crash, the whole of the back of the helmet was destroyed but he only came away with a concussion. whilst not everyone wears one i strongly urge you to do so

    May I ask why your brother crashed? a "racing" incident or hit by a car?

    We were both coming down a hill, think we hit about 60-70 kph, and just before the bottom there was a small speed bump, we both hit it and he just flipped. the speed bump in question was virtually invisible because of shadows and the light. i should point out that my brothers been riding longer than me and is very experienced so how he flipped is beyond me

  • Laura Trott changes her mind on helmets1 year 14 weeks agoKarbon Kev wrote:this girl's

    Karbon Kev wrote:
    this girl's an idiot imo

    I'd come up with a witty repost to your unsubstantiated, unpleasant statement that emphasised the critical need to focus on evidence-based population-level science whilst maintaining a sense of personal responsibility and appreciation for confounding factors influencing takeup (or lack thereof) of utility cycling for the common good, but can't be arsed.

  • Laura Trott changes her mind on helmets1 year 14 weeks agoWe were both coming down a

    We were both coming down a hill, think we hit about 60-70 kph, and just before the bottom there was a small speed bump, we both hit it and he just flipped. the speed bump in question was virtually invisible because of shadows and the light. i should point out that my brothers been riding longer than me and is very experienced so how he flipped is beyond me