• Sir Dave Brailsford beats rugby stars and footballers to top the Welsh Sport Power list1 year 24 weeks agoAnd the best thing, he isn't

    And the best thing, he isn't a "professional" Welshman who blathers on endlessly about being welsh and wear like a badge. Brilliant.

  • Giro D' Italia Roster1 year 24 weeks agoBargain

    Bargain Wink

  • Boris Johnson says he "won't be bullied" into wearing a cycle helmet (+ video)1 year 24 weeks agoTHE GARDENING Gero suggested

    THE GARDENING

    Gero suggested we head out into the garden.

    How often have people smashed their head into a rock whilst gardening, perhaps because of a slip and fall?

    It may happen, so should everyone be mandated to wear a helmet when out gardening? Confused

    No, of course not. It would put people off gardening (mind, an umbrella hat might be a wise idea these days).

    Thinking Aside: would upturned helmets make good hanging baskets?

    THE EVIDENCE

    Evidence from NHS for England shows there were 1,276,552 hospital admissions in 2011-2012.

    People injured due to FALLS (codes W00 to W19): 473,672 (37%)

    • 193,538 for "unspecified falls"
    • 91,777 for "Fall on same level from slipping tripping and stumbling"
    • 55,916 for "Other fall on same level"
    • 38,672 for "Fall on and from stairs and steps"
    • 22,898 for "Fall involving bed"

    People injured in vehicle CRASHES (codes V00 to V99): 62,700 (5%)

    • 28,533 motorised (car,truck,motorcycle*,bus,HGV...)
    • 17,653 cycling
    • 9,633 pedestrian (includes joggers presumably)
    • 4,142 animal rider or cart occupant
    • 1,383 other/unknown
    • 597 watercraft
    • 462 trains
    • 297 aircraft

    *[car:14,573; motorcycle:9,976; bus 1,555; ATV 795; HGV 462; etc]

    BTW, a description of the various codes used in their spreadsheets is also HERE.

    Further helmet research and myth-busting at CYCLE HELMETS.

    ~Andrew~

  • Boris Johnson says he "won't be bullied" into wearing a cycle helmet (+ video)1 year 24 weeks agoGero wrote:Go into the garden

    Gero wrote:
    Go into the garden right now and smash your head against a rock.
    In a few days or so when you've recovered do the same thing again but this time wearing a helmet.

    Just in case you didn't read the whole thread. If anyone does this please don't smash faster than 20kph in either round of testing.

  • WTD/SWAP: Rapha LS jersey large for Howies Slipsteam LS1 year 24 weeks agoYou bought it "new".....from

    You bought it "new".....from Ebay? Thinking

    Or you bought it new, would return it and then head to Ebay for Rapha kit? I think that would be your best bet Wink

  • **Off topic** Samsung Tags1 year 24 weeks agoDo you have an app called

    Do you have an app called Samsung TecTile installed?

    Other another app that is bringing up NFC tags (Near field communications)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VSOPD8VP_Q
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAX8LY5Wh4U

    That's all I can think it would be, I guess you have an S3 or a Note?

  • Read lots but more confused!? (big guy)1 year 24 weeks agoWell gents. What a credit to

    Well gents. What a credit to the bike community you are. Thanks a lot for all your help, views and advice. Much appreciated.

    Here's where I ended up.
    1. Not sure on shoes, need to think about how much I'll actually truly be walking to warrant the SPD option. I'm going to look outside the world of Sidi. But will end up with road pedals & shoes at some point down the line even if I go SPD 1st.
    2. I'm not really a fan of Evans. Generally.
    3. I can't buy just any old bike. When I look at it I need to want to ride it.
    4. Canyon was a great find. Probably would have had one but they don't take Amex. (hate myself for actually typing that!)
    5. If you ignore all the tech & fitting stuff or overdose on too much info, one thing is for sure. Look at how Shim, Campag & SRAM shifters work. That is a real immediate thing to go and see in real life while trying to figure out if you spend most of the time on the drops or hoods. Hoods probably for most if not all so look at the systems based on how they feel in that position as it varies a lot.
    6a. Not worried about all the extras. I already own a bunch of merino (Howies & Rapha). While I fly past all the hipsters trying to do breakless skids in my East Ldn garms I've secretly been wearing my cosy baselayers. I'm putting my front break back on and no longer hiding who I am.
    6b. On that note you can't be everything to everyone so just be you. General life rule probably! MAMILs will be MAMILs, hipsters gonna be hip and bike messengers, well were they gonna like you anyway!? Honestly I feel you might need to go around in circles a few dozen times but in the end you'll start to find answers. Try not to over think things once you've already over thought them.
    7. My wife won't be a problem. That's why she's my wife. She actually only gets mad when I ask her to choose between 3 bikes and then think she's made a poor choice once she finally picks.
    8. When you're new you can be spooked. People who leave their LBS might think road bikes get punctures every two miles if they get help from the wrong person. Likewise, I felt a carbon frame will explode if I leave it locked in the bike rack. Of course bikes always do domino rally into any carbon frame that is near... in reality its not how it is.
    9. If I thought I would only own two bikes (one being fixed) I was kidding myself. Possibly just a defence mechanism so the lie wouldn’t show up when the wife had me on the polygraph test. “Is this really the last bike you’ll ever ever need?”. “Yes. Honest.” Pass.
    10. I feel there is a lot more I need to learn before I deserve to ride Ti. Need to go through some more pain before I take that step. Perfect is overrated. Making mistakes is part of the fun.

    Anyway. Long story short(ish). Condor have been fantastic so far. Email support was fast and informative. Ended up going to the shop in town to buy steel - Condor Super Acciaio... and not too worried about changing (physically) over the next month or two as I lose weight because I reckon the adjustments could be dealt with a saddle height change here and a stem length or stack height change there…

    ...so it's funny coming back here and seeing the comments because I got a great deal on a Baracchi build. Julian was a diamond and his service blew the other places I went to out the water. I can't even put them in the same sentence to be honest. Loved the Condor shop and they had way more on display than any other place I went. Rims, tyres, shoes, helmets etc.

    Thanks again all. Some truly great advice/opinions and I absolutely took it all onboard. I know Condor isn't everyones taste but I feel I'm very lucky to have this as my 1st road bike and they're going to get it built before my 1st (charity) ride.

    I'll be sure to stay around here but now I've got to go and see what climbs I signed in blood to do as a Barachhi owner...

    Oh and love "The ideal number of bikes to own is n+1"

    Cheers
    Mustn't Grumble

  • Sir Dave Brailsford beats rugby stars and footballers to top the Welsh Sport Power list1 year 24 weeks agoDa iawn Dave bach! Us

    Da iawn Dave bach! Us north-east Walians need more recognition! Big Grin

  • Kinesis Racelight Aithein takes shape1 year 24 weeks agoAny news? Wondered if this

    Any news? Wondered if this will be available before start May?....

  • Jury fails to reach verdict in lorry driver death case1 year 24 weeks agotoothache90 wrote:@bungle

    toothache90 wrote:
    @bungle that is of course true that lorries are more susceptible to changes (side wind, etc..) but did you not read the article?

    Mr Dove told the police in his statement that the cyclist was NOT riding but standing. Yet when the police turned up the bike was inbetween the cyclists legs. That to me is a blatant lie by Mr Dove. In which he should of been convicted, you can not ignore the EVIDENCE and that is what clearly has happened with some of the jury.

    So if that's not CONCRETE evidence 'MunicipleWaste' then you too are really turning a blind eye.

    Regardless of whether or not the driver is lying that does not equal dangerous driving.

    If you were hit by a 44t lorry you would not simply fall over, in all my accidents be it road or MTB, it's very rare that I've ended up with the bike between my legs like I simply fell over.

  • Where to start with road bikes?1 year 24 weeks agoAs you can see from the

    As you can see from the responses, you've asked quite a rather open-ended question.

    Road bikes are of course lighter but also have a different riding position while the lighter wheels and skinny slick tyres help too. Having said that, my old Kona rigid MTB with full-length mudguards runs well on 26x1.5" road tyres and shrugs off rain, road salt and so on.

    For road bikes I'd look at £500 upwards, starting with the Boardman Road Sport:
    http://road.cc/content/news/70957-boardman-launch-three-sub-£500-bikes
    Giant Defy 5, Specialized Allez and similarly specced bikes from most brands are worth considering. Hybrids, as the name suggests, sit somewhere in between road and MTB.

    If you prefer flat bars then consider these too (though very few people who switch to drops want to revert to flats). Visit a couple of dealers and see what you think.

  • Jury fails to reach verdict in lorry driver death case1 year 24 weeks ago@bungle that is of course

    @bungle that is of course true that lorries are more susceptible to changes (side wind, etc..) but did you not read the article?

    Mr Dove told the police in his statement that the cyclist was NOT riding but standing. Yet when the police turned up the bike was inbetween the cyclists legs. That to me is a blatant lie by Mr Dove. In which he should of been convicted, you can not ignore the EVIDENCE and that is what clearly has happened with some of the jury.

    So if that's not CONCRETE evidence 'MunicipleWaste' then you too are really turning a blind eye.

  • Solo tandem rider seeks stoker for LEJOG record attempt1 year 24 weeks agoShall I do it?

    Shall I do it?

    Tongue

  • Knee pain1 year 24 weeks agoGet a bike fit done. I went

    Get a bike fit done. I went through months of trying to get my set up done correctly myself, using various methods, websites etc. All resulting in any pain I had just moving from place to place. Got the bike fit done... bingo... no more pain anywhere, feel much more confident when out and feel that my technique has improved vastly since getting the fit.

  • Enrico Gasparotto and Thomas Löfkvist both hit by vehicles in training crashes1 year 24 weeks agoEvery vehicle driver thinks

    Every vehicle driver thinks that a Cyclist is an UNEMPLOYABLE LOUT , thus deserves no consideration ! As i know Stephano , i am aware of his ability to let you know his feelings on a subject . The driver was lucky to walk away without ear damage !

  • Driver 'had no idea' cyclist was under lorry's wheels1 year 24 weeks agoNobody ever seems to consider

    Thinking Nobody ever seems to consider this point when talking about the ASL areas. If you're coming up to the lights in an HGV or a bus and they turn to amber you can't stop anywhere near as quickly as a car or motorbike. Even if you're going at an appropriate speed you're occasionally going to end up in the ASL area.

    I'm not saying that literally flouting the law doesn't happen regarding them, but it happens.

    However, in this instance, the killed cyclist MUST have encroached on the HGV from behind and inside of it. For if the lorry driver had approached the cyclist from behind, he'd have known she was there.

    As far as I'm concerned, that's natural selection. Regardless of whether the lorry is indicating or not there's no way someone should go up the inside of it at a junction, you're in a MASSIVE blind spot!

    What does seem to perplex me though is, how come it's only every women you see these stories about? Or am I just missing them?

  • Amstel Gold Preview: Is Philippe Gilbert the only man who can stop Peter Sagan?1 year 24 weeks agoPerhaps a couple of podium

    Perhaps a couple of podium boys may curb his enthusiasm....
    Plain Face

  • Yorkshire cyclist convicted of assault on van driver after court rejects self-defence claim1 year 24 weeks agoThose of you that know of the

    Those of you that know of the " Cyclingsilk.blog " will be reading his latest letter to the " DPP "!:

    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0Bzho2RYpC3VuZWZnenN3LUFwVmc/edit

    Daily commute by Martin Porter wearing a camera , tends to become a battle with the CPS , to accept the footage recorded , as evidence of " Lethal Bullying behaviour by drivers encased in ton of metalwork !

    When a " Practicing Lawyer cannot get the Legal System to see his views of the outrageous , what chance do we simpletons have with those that think OUR WELFARE , counts for nought ?

    Meanwhile i will continue to try to find a way to consign phat mc splat to an ignomineous footnote in UCI History !

  • WTD/SWAP: Rapha LS jersey large for Howies Slipsteam LS1 year 24 weeks agoWhile we're at it, I fancy

    While we're at it, I fancy swapping my DHB shoes for some Sidis. Anyone? Wink

  • Jury fails to reach verdict in lorry driver death case1 year 24 weeks agoFor all anyone knows the

    For all anyone knows the lorry driver could have been in his lane, the cyclist in the hard shoulder and then was reaching for a bottle or for any other reason just weaved for a second. That's all it takes. Since there really is NO concrete evidence for what happens, you can't make a conviction, and rightly so.

  • Novatec Shimano/SRAM Hub Compatibility1 year 24 weeks agoracingcondor wrote:Yes.

    racingcondor wrote:
    Yes. Freehub splines are the same for Shimano and SRAM.

    Turns out that the splines are the same. Unfortunately the outside diameter on this particular hub is larger and therefore the SRAM cassette doesn't fit.

    Anybody got a Shimano 10 speed cassette for sale?

  • Video: MTN-Qhubeka film looks back at WorldTour debut and Ciolek's win in San Remo1 year 24 weeks agoWell deserved, great concept!

    Well deserved, great concept!

  • Jury fails to reach verdict in lorry driver death case1 year 24 weeks agoResident (part time) lorry

    Resident (part time) lorry driver here..

    I've been driving in an artic, fully rested, quiet road and all of a sudden I've been edging into the hard shoulder, lorries handle completely different cars and unlike cars take longer to 'correct' once they have gone off track, was I driving dangerously when my lorry drifted over? Of course not.

    The charge against the driver was causing death by dangerous driving, from the information in the story it's not clear, certainly to me that he was doing that.

    To turn it around to cycling, if you were riding down the high street in a 'normal' fashion and struck a pedestrian, it doesn't automatically mean that you were 'dangerous'.

    Sorry if that goes against 'the whole world is against cyclists' attitude that is sometimes prevalent on here.

  • Enrico Gasparotto and Thomas Löfkvist both hit by vehicles in training crashes1 year 24 weeks agoWell known riders getting

    Well known riders getting hurt and pretty girls getting killed are the most newsworthy for newspapers. Hopefully the deaths of pretty girls are starting to push the balance but I fear it'll take a few more yet. Sad

  • New Forest row: Sportive organiser warns riders to follow Highway Code... and locals will be watching1 year 24 weeks agoLook like Sundays event has

    Look like Sundays event has been cancelled due to the bad weather. The event headquarters at New Park is flooded and as it 95% grass (now deep mud) things aren't looking good for parking.

    No doubt the NIMBY's will claim a victory following todays protests.