• Lezyne Femto Drive LED front light1 year 21 weeks agoI've one of these for a rear

    I've one of these for a rear light, mainly bought as a back up but its bright enough for country lanes on its own. My only gripe with it is you can easily over-tighten the battery cover, such that it won't turn on (as I assume the connections are compressed/damaged slighty by doing this). So, I've untightened it a bit and this has the opposite effect, in that any pothole/bump can turn the thing off. Its a bit annoying having to look down to check its still on all the time..! Recently I think I've got the tightness about right as its not switched itself off for a while but I'd like to see them address this annoyance.

    I agree on the clever wordplay of the article too - good in small doses but not across the entire page.

  • Womens World Cup1 year 21 weeks agodrheaton wrote: What do we

    drheaton wrote:

    What do we want next then? Cyclo-cross...? Big Grin


    CTT time trials? Laughing

  • E3 riders1 year 21 weeks agoFirst break after

    First break after 40km

    Cousin
    Daniel
    De Vreese
    Senechal
    Thompson

  • Cambridge bus boss calls ‘floating’ bus stop plan “absolutely ludicrous”1 year 21 weeks agoBeing a considerate and

    Being a considerate and careful cyclist entering the by pass lane that gets you round the parked up bus does not concern me as I have eyes and brakes and I wouldn't go entering one at speed anyway. What concerns me is that you then emerge in front of the bus which puts you in dead ground, meaning the drivers on the right of the parked up bus can not immediately see you until you get at least a bus length forward of the parked bus. Even if it's a bus lane there is no guarantee that numb nuts in a taxi or a bus wont over take the parked bus and then swing in sharpish - right on top of you. I also don't trust bus drivers to pay attention to what is coming up on their left in the bypass bicycle lane, again putting you in the position where you get cut up/killed as you rejoin the road as we have all seen how buses act when the driver is tearing between stops so he can park up and sit on his backside for ten minutes at the end destination.

  • Lumicycle launch inSight LED brake light1 year 21 weeks agoGizmo_ wrote:The problem with

    Gizmo_ wrote:
    The problem with seatstay mounts is that modern bikes have such thin ones.

    Sugru though... that's not a bad idea. How strong is Sugru in tension and how well does it resist tearing?

    I had no problem securely mounting a Smart Lunar R1 to my commuter's (near-pencil-thin, steel) seatstays, so it definitely just depends on the manufacturer making a bit of effort and including a bracket as well as a decent selection of thicknesses of rubber shim material. The one thing I'd say is that seatstay mounting definitely requires a "proper" clamp, as I can't see a silicone strap (which seems to be the mounting method for this inSight model) developing enough grip on a skinny seatstay without needing so much tension that its lifespan would be significantly reduced.

    In answer to your Sugru question I have no idea as I personally haven't tried it yet!

    In the end we can always resort to good old cable ties. Big Grin

  • Cambridge bus boss calls ‘floating’ bus stop plan “absolutely ludicrous”1 year 21 weeks agoMKultra wrote:Being a

    MKultra wrote:
    Being a considerate and careful cyclist entering the by pass lane that gets you round the parked up bus does not concern me as I have eyes and brakes and I wouldn't go entering one at speed anyway. What concerns me is that you then emerge in front of the bus which is dead ground, meaning the drivers on the right of the parked up bus can not immediately see you until you get at least a bus length forward of the parked bus. Even if it's a bus lane there is no guarantee that numb nuts in a taxi or a bus wont over take the parked bus and then swing in sharpish - right on top of you. I also don't trust bus drivers to pay attention to what is coming up on their left in the bypass bicycle lane, again putting you in the position where you get cut up/killed as you rejoin the road as we have all seen how buses act when the driver is tearing between stops so he can park up and sit on his backside for ten minutes at the end destination.

    You would be right, if that was the proposed design, but thankfully it isn't! The proposal either have a fully segregated (2.1m wide cycle lane with 60cm wide kerb between it and the road) or a pseudo-segregated (2.7m wide cycle lane with shallow ~50mm high kerbs between the pavement and the cycle lane, and the cycle lane and the road). These each have merits. Either way, the cyclists will have their own lane though (almost as wide as a car lane, check out 2.1/2.7m on a tape measure), so won't have to emerge in front of the bus Big Grin

  • Video: Motorist speaks of "upset" after helmet camera footage of bad driving posted to YouTube1 year 21 weeks agoBarnie wrote:MKultra

    Barnie wrote:
    MKultra wrote:
    ...and it's a bit tedious that Mikey is yet again seeking to dominate and dictate opinion elsewhere and roping his little gang in to scream and shout on his behalf.
    Seriously? So from your train of thought am I now supposed to berate the original poster for roping you in? Or, perhaps are you an adult who makes his own choices?
    Maybe you are judging me by your own standards... but me, I'm a big boy, all grow'd up and everything. Right or wrong I make my own choices whether you, he or anyone else like it or not.
    So you're suggesting that people are allowed to slag off people that they don't know, but people who know them (better) aren't allowed to post similarly? Leaving anyone neutral with a totally biased perspective... Wow!! what a great forum!! and thanks... you've just reminded me why I post in such places under a pseudonym...
    Are you really so desperate to belittle someone, someone that you presumably don't even know, that you'd stoop to dreaming up (entirely incorrect) reasons on how you can blame another adults actions and choices on him??
    As for your incorrect assumptions, I very much doubt you know the only forum that I've been on with him for the last x years, and I can pretty much guarantee no-one else from that forum has posted.
    The closest Mikey had to any involvement on me posting here, as either a forum or this specific article, would be that me getting interested in such things a handful of years ago would have been partly due to him posting about similar things.
    Well done you for giving in to peer pressure.

    And there lies the rub - agree with mikey or put up with this kind of incoherent ranting.

    If you are not so easily lead as you claim then you are not proving it by posting a lengthy rant ripping in to any one who dares suggest that maybe he is not the kind of spokesperson most cyclists want representing us in social media. This must be the 4th forum not including twitter and you tube carrying his footage and opinions forward as if they are gospel and an overly vocal minority are supporting it.

    Lovely person or not he comes across as shrill and hysterical in every form of media he hijacks as a self appointed expert. It's worrying as he is making the car v cyclists issue adversarial, he might not think that but that is what is happening. Sooner or later he is going to smugly utter the words "you are on camera" and some one is going get out and fill him in and smash the camera. It happens to photo journalists all the time and it's only a matter of when and not if it happens to him.

    But hey ho, lets not let common sense stand in the way of self promotion.

  • Video: Motorist speaks of "upset" after helmet camera footage of bad driving posted to YouTube1 year 21 weeks agocyclingDMlondon

    cyclingDMlondon wrote:
    Buuuuuut..... I've noticed that more and more cyclists seem to think that sticking out an arm at a 45° angle for half a pedal revolution, constitutes 'signaling' their intention to other road users.
    On the other hand ( boom, tsh ), sometimes you need your hand on the brake...
    There's a lovely mini roundabout at the bottom of a steep hill near me... I hadn't noticed the problem until I was coming down it to turn right, while a car was coming in from the left... She wasn't stopping for me ( despite my obvious road position... ), claiming because I didn't indicate, I couldn't indicate as she wasn't giving way, pulling out in front of me, so I needed my front brake...
    Perhaps she kind've undermined her argument that she didn't know which way I was going in in that she was still moving forwards when I was literally going right at 45 degrees across her nearside front corner... ( i.e. she only stopped after this point as otherwise she'd have driven in to me, albeit slowly ) rather than going in the opposite direction...

  • Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Stage 51 year 21 weeks agogo lukasz go!

    go lukasz go!

  • How long before a climb should you take a gel?1 year 21 weeks agoarfa wrote:For a long ride

    arfa wrote:
    For a long ride (more than 50 miles) shouldn't you be fuelling up every hour regularly with carbs and fluids ? I carry gels for long rides and the 15-20 mins guide is about right for me but I only use them in dire need as I can't stand them ! I know nutrition is a matter of personal preference but potato cakes, flapjacks, malt loafs, ham & egg rolls etc are far preferable than hitting up on gels when you're close to bonking !

    I/we stop for 10mins every 2hours for scoff. I tend to use bananas and flapjacks/mince pies/hot cross buns/fruit cake and of course I also have a carb (High5 source + and jelly babies)/fluid intake whilst riding. This routine works for me.

    My concern is this weekend our 1st stop isn't until we crest two tough (for me) climbs so I want that instant energy that a gel can give just to get me up to the top, when I can refuel as normal.

  • How long before a climb should you take a gel?1 year 21 weeks agoRule of thumb is 90g of carbs

    Rule of thumb is 90g of carbs per hour which I find works for me regardless of terrain as my effort on training rides is constant be it up, down or flat. Most energy gels are digested extremely quickly so 15 minutes should be a decent guide if you're not perma-fuelling.

  • Video: Motorist speaks of "upset" after helmet camera footage of bad driving posted to YouTube1 year 21 weeks agobikebot wrote:I'd quite like

    bikebot wrote:
    I'd quite like to see a video of Mikey trying to ride his recumbent along that cycle line, so as to prove a point.
    Indeed, elsewhere on the internet ( here or elsewhere, I don't know... and nothing to do with Mikey before MKultra get's all over excited and goes conspiracy theorist again... ), a motorcylist posted about how annoying it was cyclists cycling slowly up West Hill from Wandsworth to Putney. As it was part of my daily commute I described it... to his credit he replied and fully understood. I can't remember his words, but he had no idea of the problems with the cycle path while he was motoring up the ( usually congested ) road. He didn't even know that path only started after the steepest part of the hill to start with ( right outside a fire station, yay! ), let alone _all_ the usual problems of trees, street furniture, gaps in the path, side turnings every 20m or so ( literally ) ( it explicitly has bollards marking little slaloms before each side turning... great if you're a stunt rider on a SWB BMX... not so great for the 99.9% of people using the path on normal length bikes... ).
    Despite being the second worst path that I know of ( 9 Elms Lane east bound is literally uncyclable, even to BMX stunt riders ) I did actually use it, but only because it was at the end of commute, and the main road was so congested that it had it's own exceptional frustrations and dangers ( i.e. it was nice to forget about cars launching themselves down side turnings for sort cuts without looking/indicating ).
    Interestingly, the other side of the road, heading downhill, has a cycle lane, which works really, really well... but still many cyclists go down the single width cycle path... which is probably fair enough in the grander scheme, but adds to the fun while figuring out how to negotiate the many static obstacles.

  • Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Stage 51 year 21 weeks ago8 in the break 58 EARLE,

    8 in the break

    58 EARLE, Nathan (AUS / Sky)
    84 Kruijswijk, Steven (NED / Belkin)
    95 BURGHARDT, Marcus (GER / BMC)
    112 ROY, Jérémy (FRA / FDJ)
    158 ROLLAND, Pierre (FRA / Europcar)
    166 PREIDLER, Georg (AUT / Giant)
    185 MADRAZO, Angel (ESP / Rural Caja)
    196 Owsian, Lukasz (POL / CCC)

    And hopefully, Kruijswick and Eale are in my Purist team.

  • Shimano BR-R785 road hydraulic discs1 year 21 weeks agobendertherobot wrote:I really

    bendertherobot wrote:
    I really rate my TRP HY RD. Really really good feel and excellent modulation.

    And so easy to setup. Basically follow the instructions. Then loosen the cable bolt and slightly move the arm upwards. You then get brilliant feel and very little lever throw.

    If only they were in stock somewhere (I want them in black). I've got my birthday money burning a hole in my pocket!
    Can you answer something for me? I understand they self-centre? I presume this would aid wheel changes and prevent rubbing even if the rotor isn't in preceisely the same position on the different wheels?

  • Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Stage 51 year 21 weeks agoCourtesy of

    Courtesy of @pelotonwatch

    Leaders are Earle,Kruijswijk, Burghardt, Roy, Rolland, Preidler, Madrazo & Owsian. After 62km gap is 1'40"

  • E3 riders1 year 21 weeks agoI've gone for two totally

    I've gone for two totally different approaches.

    Standard

    Peter Sagan
    John Degenkolb
    Luca Paolini
    Fabian Cancellara
    Aleksandr Kuschynski
    Johan Van Summeren
    Niccolo Bonifazio
    Yves Lampaert
    Davide Appollonio

    Purist

    David Millar
    Ian Stannard
    Geraint Thomas
    Francisco Jose Ventoso
    Lars Ytting Bak
    Zdenek Stybar
    Tom Boonen
    Daniele Bennati
    Maarten Wynants

  • Cycling event round-up - the latest announcements1 year 21 weeks agoQuick plug for an event local

    Quick plug for an event local to me...
    http://chilterncyclingfestival.com/
    Sunday 13th July

  • Cambridge bus boss calls ‘floating’ bus stop plan “absolutely ludicrous”1 year 21 weeks agoStagecoach owned by the

    Stagecoach owned by the Souter/Gloag clan. Don't like Gay people (cf Clause 4). Don't like cyclists. Wonderful company...

  • Lumicycle launch inSight LED brake light1 year 21 weeks agoInitialised

    Initialised wrote:
    Wesselwookie wrote:
    I prefer this one :
    http://www.velocitylight.com/

    If you make it display 88 do you leave a trail of flames on the tarmac as you disappear into the past?

    Only if you buy the bottle cage mount for the flux capacitor and you've got the legs to generate 1.21 gigawatts.

  • E3 riders1 year 21 weeks agoStandard Terpstra Cancellara,

    Standard

    Terpstra
    Cancellara,
    Boonen
    Pozzato
    Turgot
    Thomas
    Van Avermaet
    Vanmarcke
    Lampaert

    Purist

    Sagan
    Boonen
    Cancellara
    Stybar
    Thomas
    Vanmarcke
    Nuyens
    Van Summeren
    Durbridge

  • Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Stage 51 year 21 weeks ago50km gone, all together still

    50km gone, all together still

  • E3 riders1 year 21 weeks agoI went with Sagan std but not

    I went with Sagan std but not purist, just as an experiment.

    Sagan (GVA purist)
    Vanmarcke
    Cancellara
    Boonen
    Langeveld
    Stybar
    Keukeleire (Roelandts)
    Leezer (Offredo)
    Nuyens (Sergent)

  • Cambridge bus boss calls ‘floating’ bus stop plan “absolutely ludicrous”1 year 21 weeks agolevermonkey wrote:Neil753

    levermonkey wrote:
    Neil753 wrote:
    Regardless of which side of the cycle path these bus shelters are built, we should recognise the potential for conflict and just slow down. Road users, whether they are cyclists or drivers, should never place themselves in a position where the only "choice" is a collision.

    Speed is irrelevant. It is often a case of whether you are expecting contact. Have you never seen two pedestrians bump into each other at walking pace? Often one of them, the one not expecting contact, will be knocked over by the impact.

    I also notice that people think that 1.5m is generous. How wide are your handlebars, 50cm? If we give the pedestrian a width of 75cm as he will be mid-step or carrying a bag, you are now down to 25cm which is half your handlebar width.
    Ah! But the pedestrian is not stationary is he? So, how much wiggle room do you have? Thinking Don't forget that you are hemmed in by kerbs.

    How long before signs start to appear saying "cyclists dismount"?

    I take it you've not heard of brakes or a bell then. Just because you are in an area than* has the strong possibility of a pedestrian crossing over does not mean that we behave like the motorist and barge on through. Yes the pedestrian needs to learn to look. On the same token we need to be aware of their existence and behave accordingly. Otherwise we reinforce the image that pedestrians have of cyclists being louts.
    * that

  • Video: Motorist speaks of "upset" after helmet camera footage of bad driving posted to YouTube1 year 21 weeks agoMKultra wrote:...and it's a

    MKultra wrote:
    ...and it's a bit tedious that Mikey is yet again seeking to dominate and dictate opinion elsewhere and roping his little gang in to scream and shout on his behalf.
    Seriously? So from your train of thought am I now supposed to berate the original poster for roping you in? Or, perhaps are you an adult who makes his own choices?
    Maybe you are judging me by your own standards... but me, I'm a big boy, all grow'd up and everything. Right or wrong I make my own choices whether you, he or anyone else like it or not.
    So you're suggesting that people are allowed to slag off people that they don't know, but people who know them (better) aren't allowed to post similarly? Leaving anyone neutral with a totally biased perspective... Wow!! what a great forum!! and thanks... you've just reminded me why I post in such places under a pseudonym...
    Are you really so desperate to belittle someone, someone that you presumably don't even know, that you'd stoop to dreaming up (entirely incorrect) reasons on how you can blame another adults actions and choices on him??
    As for your incorrect assumptions, I very much doubt you know the only forum that I've been on with him for the last x years, and I can pretty much guarantee no-one else from that forum has posted.
    The closest Mikey had to any involvement on me posting here, as either a forum or this specific article, would be that me getting interested in such things a handful of years ago would have been partly due to him posting about similar things.

  • E3 riders1 year 21 weeks agoGone

    Gone with:
    Stannard
    Cancellara
    Thomas
    Stybar
    Degenkolb
    Boonen
    Oss
    Dowsett
    Dillier

    I'm new at this so I basically just pick people I've heard of....