• Strava Premium Upgrade1 year 25 weeks agoIt's a good point. Why don't

    It's a good point. Why don't they lower the price point? Surely it doesn't cost them any more to run with more subscribers at £24 per year? And would bring more revenue

  • I'm thinking of fitting a bell1 year 25 weeks agoBBB wrote:I have a loud Hope

    BBB wrote:
    I have a loud Hope 2 rear hub and a small ping bell with an o-ring (attaches anywhere in a second).
    If none of them have any effect, I use my "enforcer" - 120dB Airzound Cool
    Although VERY LOUD (even in traffic), with a bit of practice it can be used gently or in a intimidating way, depending on a situation.

    Same here, although I find that pedestrians are confused by such a loud sound coming from a bike and tend to look in every direction except the one I want!

  • Gopro or Garmin Virb1 year 25 weeks agoI'm interested in the Garmin

    I'm interested in the Garmin as it has the ANT+. So you can pair it with your GPS and HR to give on screen data. Useful to give some perspective on what you're doing - but maybe you also don't want to know....

  • What did the cycling Santa bring?1 year 25 weeks agoI think 'the rules' need to

    I think 'the rules' need to be taken with a pinch of salt. Even the guy that wrote them doesn't live and die by them. If you ever read his column in the Cyclist he often explains himself, saying he doesn't always buy from the LBS. They are just a codification of oneupmanship for cyclists and they make me laugh.

  • Towpath bike route could be pedestrian hazard, Leeds councillors warn1 year 25 weeks agoA V Lowe wrote:I guess that

    A V Lowe wrote:
    I guess that cycling in Bristol and Bath is not unlike that in Bradford - stick to your contour.

    You'd think, wouldn't you? Unfortunately the people who built the roads in Bristol and Bath all seem to have been given set squares for Christmas and were therefore determined to build the roads perpendicular to the contours!

    Still, it makes for good hill intervals.

  • 62-year-old American busted for doping1 year 25 weeks agoPerhaps this shit isn't that

    Perhaps this shit isn't that harmful after all if this guys been at the magic juice for 40 years!

  • Lord Foster takes on plans for London SkyCycle with 135 miles of elevated safe cyclist routes1 year 25 weeks ago“To improve the quality of

    “To improve the quality of life for all in London and to encourage a new generation of cyclists we have to make it safe. However, the greatest barrier to segregating cars and cyclists is the physical constraint of London’s streets, where space is at a premium. SkyCycle is a lateral approach to finding space in a congested city.”

    There is space on Londons streets, it has just been given over to extra lanes and parking. Most roads have the space to put in segregated cycle lanes. It's the will to do it that has been lacking.
    The few very narrow streets (mainly in Soho and the City) should be pedestrian and cycle only.

  • What did the cycling Santa bring?1 year 25 weeks agoCycling paraphernalia from

    Cycling paraphernalia from Xmas:

    Castelli Nanoflex gloves
    Castelli post-ride hoody (I was sceptical, but actually it is the best hoody I own)
    Rapha Coffee Mugs
    Cycling Mugs (Cav and Keirin)
    Mountain Higher book
    Domestique by Wegelius
    Lezyne saddle bag
    Rapha belt
    Random bike shirt
    Face full of Christmas road crud from Festive 500

    I literally cleaned up, especially the last one.....

    My brother also gave me a torque wrench for my birthday which capped everything off.

  • Barclays bikes1 year 25 weeks agoGREGJONES wrote:Fair enough,

    GREGJONES wrote:
    Fair enough, although I was genuinely impressed by seeing no drivers on their mobiles in the five days I was travelling aroubd. The Taxi drivers actually waited at junctions, perhaps there is something to be said for the knowledge instilling a sense of professionalism not found elsewhere.

    This was London, England, not London, Ontario, correct?

    Just checking Wink

  • School of hard knocks1 year 25 weeks agoManaged to stay upright for

    Managed to stay upright for 65km of freezing roads on Sunday only to slide off in the rain at a roundabout this morning. Bike looks OK, but shoulder, hip, thigh and knee all starting to seize up.

    Nice cut in the waterproofs and on my leg where my work pass and holder was in my pocket. Doh!

  • Lord Foster takes on plans for London SkyCycle with 135 miles of elevated safe cyclist routes1 year 25 weeks agoWell done Foster for raising

    Laughing Well done Foster for raising the profile of
    cycle lanes sky high. Brought to mind Stairway to Heaven by Led Zepplin. Another nice fantasy with a beat.
    I'm with street level thinking. More caring on the part of
    all road users and cycle safety would improve lots.

  • Chris Boardman says planners must cater for the 60 per cent of people who want to cycle but are too scared1 year 25 weeks agoLondon actually has quite a

    London actually has quite a lot of road space despite the "old narrow streets" comments which always come out.

    At the moment TfL and the boroughs just cram in another traffic lane or more parking. There is the space to allocate some of this to segregated cycle lanes rather than making multi lane car parks.

  • 62-year-old American busted for doping1 year 25 weeks agoWhy am I not reading about

    Why am I not reading about Chris Horner though?!

  • 62-year-old American busted for doping1 year 25 weeks agodbb wrote:finishing eighth in

    dbb wrote:
    finishing eighth in the Pro-1/2/3 class at The Chesapeake Criterium

    did I read that correctly? A 60+ year old guy came 8th in a Pro/1/2/3 race - wtf

    Not that surprising for an E/1/2/3 - I've seen plenty young men, have their arses handed to them by many a 50+

    That probably didn't come out right.

  • 62-year-old American busted for doping1 year 25 weeks agodbb wrote:finishing eighth in

    dbb wrote:
    finishing eighth in the Pro-1/2/3 class at The Chesapeake Criterium

    did I read that correctly? A 60+ year old guy came 8th in a Pro/1/2/3 race - wtf

    Not WTF, EPO.....

  • Chris Boardman says planners must cater for the 60 per cent of people who want to cycle but are too scared1 year 25 weeks agoOldRidgeback wrote:I live in

    OldRidgeback wrote:
    I live in South London and used to work in North London. As the crow flies the quickest route was via Hyde Park Corner and Park Lane but it was obvious this was not the best choice. Why anyone would want to cycle along these busy areas I don't understand and yet, people do so
    ........
    I'm not saying all cycle journeys in London can be made on quiet routes, but using common sense means the really nasty bits like Hyde Park Corner or Elephant and Castle (which I don't even like driving my car round) can be avoided.

    I live in Richmond and work in the City. Any route funnels me to the Wandsworth gyratory (as all roads lead into it without taking a very big detour). Then it becomes a choice of gyratories or bad junctions (Vauxhall, Parliment Square or Oval) along with badly designed roads (Clapham, Blackfriars, Victoria Embankment).

    Main roads go direct to useful places, thats why they need cycle infrastructure on them.

  • Exposure Lights Sirius Mk2 front light1 year 25 weeks agoJust because cars don't flash

    Just because cars don't flash (other cyclists can't flash) doesn't mean they aren't affected by glare from a high power bicycle light. Most drivers will only flash if the glare is very bad to the point of making it nearly impossible to see.

  • New Forest Cycling Code published, sportive charter to follow in New Year1 year 25 weeks agoThis looks like a bit of a

    This looks like a bit of a dogs dinner.

    I did see yesterday that the New Forest National Parks Authority (@newforestnpa) was getting a bit of a kicking on Twitter.

    Aparently "try to be out of the Forest by sunset" was for offroad riding, but that isn't clear.

    "Ride in single file on tracks and narrow roads, leaving gaps for overtaking vehicles to pull into. Never ride more than two abreast."
    If the road is that narrow then vehicles shouldn't be overtaking.

    Why no code for motorists in the New Forest? Thinking

  • 62-year-old American busted for doping1 year 25 weeks agofinishing eighth in the

    finishing eighth in the Pro-1/2/3 class at The Chesapeake Criterium

    did I read that correctly? A 60+ year old guy came 8th in a Pro/1/2/3 race - wtf

  • School of hard knocks1 year 25 weeks agoMe too. Last Sunday. A41

    Me too. Last Sunday. A41 (very quiet fortunately) into Wolverhampton from West Bromwich. The part of the road where the Midland Metro actually runs as a street tram. Yes, you've guessed. I've crossed the tracks many times before at a good angle to eliminate the risk of slides. But, as the road on the other side (by the kerb) looked a bit frosty I was thinking of avoiding to tight a turn to straighten up after crossing the tracks. So I didn't get the angle right, front wheel touches the steel rail and down I go. Quite slow speed at the time but I'm sure I gave car drivers at the junction a bit of entertainment. A few grazes nothing more.

  • Six of 2014's hottest £500 to £900 road bikes1 year 25 weeks agoSimon E wrote:joules1975

    Simon E wrote:
    joules1975 wrote:
    Why do people focus on the kit when looking at the value of the bike. The frame is the heart of the bike and dictates the ride quality - if you only look at kit, the big boys appear more expensive, but that's because they give you much better frames. Just because two different frames are made out of same grade alu/carbon does not mean they are the same quality and ride the same.

    Because for a given model the frame on a £600 8-speed version is the same as the £1,000+ one with 105 groupset fitted.

    I'm not sure there is as big a discrepancy as you suggest anyway, and having the 'big boys' name on the frame does not necessarily mean a noticeably better bike. Also, people vary in what they define as 'better' and have wide-ranging needs and preferences.

    While the frame holds everything together it is, at this level, not a complicated element to get right. Wheels and tyres also make a significant difference to ride quality.

    Entirely this. Better wheels and groupsets are going to make much more difference to the satisfaction of the ride (which is not just handling), than the marginal differences between the frames on these low end bikes. Diminishing returns set in pretty quickly with road bikes, once you've got a decent wheel set and good gears (talking 105 equivalent at least) then maybe it's time to start looking at what the frame is doing but you'll pay a lot more before you find a significant difference over b'twin, canyon, ribble etc. offerings in terms of handling, weight or comfort.
    Furthermore at these prices the fact that the 'value' brands are much more likely to offer carbon forks, and even stays in canyon's case, probably more than outweighs any extra technology the big boys are putting into their aluminium.

  • Barclays bikes1 year 25 weeks agoThey do maintain the bikes,

    They do maintain the bikes, but there are various ways to pick a 'good' one before you undock it - lift the rear wheel and check it spins freely, lean sideways against to check that the tyres are pumped up. Higher numbered ones are newer, too.

    I had one this morning that was brand spanking new, rode like a dream. A slow, heavy dream, but still.

  • Missed Guy Martin's 110mph+ record attempt on TV last night? You can watch it on catch-up service 4oD1 year 25 weeks agoChris Hoy the obvious

    Chris Hoy the obvious candidate

  • School of hard knocks1 year 25 weeks agoI've good time, add the extra

    I've good time, add the extra mile & a 1/2 onto the route to work two Wednesdays ago, hmm the road looks a bit slipper than i would like - half way through gentle sweeping left easy easy - hmm suddenly my 6 month previous switch out from SS to full fixie doesn't seem as smart, cant get outside left down for counter balance - ah, oh so that's what tarmac looks likes from ground level... check bike, move on - in work 7 mins later and the hip is already swelling & bruise rising beautifully. Next morning - weird?? my ribs hurt (alot), my shoulder hurts wonder why? 3 mornings later yes sir please put your hands up here while we take the chest x-ray, oh lovely look at that rib there!! (jesus when did sneezing hurt so much..) and the lesson? - the most painful bit - when your sub subconscious actually actually (yes 2 actually's) says in the dark bedroom so as not to wake the good lady - i really don't think you should wear your not even 10 day old mad money Castelli pocket liner this morning put the old faithful night vision on instead it's dark out there now - did i listen, of course not!!! skin isn't the only thing that can get road rash - grrrr ahhh raging...

  • Chris Boardman says planners must cater for the 60 per cent of people who want to cycle but are too scared1 year 25 weeks agoI live in South London and

    I live in South London and used to work in North London. As the crow flies the quickest route was via Hyde Park Corner and Park Lane but it was obvious this was not the best choice. Why anyone would want to cycle along these busy areas I don't understand and yet, people do so.

    I spent two Sunday afternoons, one first on my motorbike and the second on my bicycle, working out the best route from home to work. This route got me away from the major traffic blackspots and 20 years later, a lot of my old route is now part of the Boris 'quiet routes'. And for those complaining that the quiet routes are too slow, well I managed to cover 10 miles in 37 minutes door to door, without jumping any red lights and at the height of peak traffic one Tuesday afternoon.

    I'm not saying all cycle journeys in London can be made on quiet routes, but using common sense means the really nasty bits like Hyde Park Corner or Elephant and Castle (which I don't even like driving my car round) can be avoided.