• Chris Boardman interview: Bikes, Halfords, Pat McQuaid & changing the world1 year 30 weeks agoI bought a Boardman CX with

    I bought a Boardman CX with the cycle to work scheme last month. It's a fantastic bike, and certainly the best CX bike I could get for the money (£950). The service was actually great. The range of kit at Halfords wasn't great - they don't do Look pedals, for example, so I couldn't get pedals from there, but they guy knew what I was on about. The set up was great, they let me test it round the block, and I took it away very satisfied.

    I am but one customer, of course.

    Great bike though - I've put my mountain bike in storage.

  • Chris Boardman interview: Bikes, Halfords, Pat McQuaid & changing the world1 year 30 weeks agoWell, as one of the "most

    Well, as one of the "most people" I also recognised the apparent value and balanced packages of Boardman mtbs a couple of years back - no skimping on particular components in order to make the price run to a headlining item. I got one for my wife, she loved it, so much so that I followed it up a year later with one for myself too - yes, I went back and btw, got excellent service from Halfords in Cowley, Oxford. Full marks all round, I say. Its probably not a brand that will attract those who want to be different or exclusive, but they are damn good value and are getting good market penetration from what I've seen round these parts.... Forza Mr B. Applause

  • Autumn Classics1 year 30 weeks agoshould be done

    should be done

  • SAVE TOMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 year 30 weeks agoTDG - a story of highs and

    TDG - a story of highs and lows I think. When he's on form he can light up a race or a TT, but there's equally many other occasions where for no good reason he massively under performs. Very frustrating as I believe he has great potential to be a consistent top GC rider. I have read that he is not what you call a very 'coachable' athlete.

    It's a competitive and increasingly small WorldTour place out there, even the Vuelta winner doesn't yet have a contract for 2014.

  • Chris Boardman interview: Bikes, Halfords, Pat McQuaid & changing the world1 year 30 weeks agogood interview with Chris

    good interview with Chris Boardman, and interesting news about Halfords' new direction

    have also seen their recent announcement on their plans to make big investments into staff, stock and stores

    hopefully they can move things in the right direction, as recent figures showed that 70% of their new starters left within 2 months; Halfords need to improve their terms and conditions for staff employment in order to attract and retain good staff, in order to build good relationships with customers.

    to be fair to Halfords, its also an issue for the "other 2" chain stores in the UK.

    Both are currently owned by private equity investors, who have made life somewhat unpalatable for their staff with ongoing cutbacks to maximise "profits"; introducing zero-hour contracts, no holiday pay, no training and 20 minute lunch breaks

    for those of us who chose to work in the bike industry, we understood we would not make a fortune..

    ..but paying staff a 'living wage', offering reasonable terms and conditions and actually investing in staff especially technical training for workshop staff, and sales training for sales staff, is not rocket science if you wish to build a durable business.

    the bike industry has become ever more technical, and there are certainly bosses making big money from the explosion in cycling, shame they have not chosen to take their staff with them on this adventure

  • Pharmaceutical consultant who killed cyclist while driving on wrong side of road cleared of careless driving1 year 30 weeks agoSimon Stacey, how about

    Simon Stacey, how about re-evaluating the behaviour of motorists or considering ways in which to make the road safer for all users?

  • Cleaning Question1 year 30 weeks agoI use two different Muc Off's

    I use two different Muc Off's to protect my bike.

    Silicon Shine

    http://muc-off.com/protect-shine/57-silicon-shine-5037835227000.html?ref...

    Bike Spray

    http://muc-off.com/protect-shine/58-bike-spray-5037835908008.html?ref_cat=9

    Best thing I have ever tried, although a can only lasts two coats on the trike, but one coat lasts me a few months and in that time, I've cleaned it around 6 times

  • FS Rapha arm warmers - white with black stripe BRAND NEW/UNWORN1 year 30 weeks agoAh yes size would be useful.

    Ah yes size would be useful. Thanks for pointing that out Big Grin These are MEDIUM

  • Autumn Classics1 year 30 weeks agoThat's one for Dave, I cannot

    That's one for Dave, I cannot switch them.

    But there will be no more races added. 1, trying to find more details and 2, I cannot add anymore teams Wink

  • Cleaning Question1 year 30 weeks agoHave you tried muc off bug

    Have you tried muc off bug and tar remover?
    I bought it for the car but used it on a stubbon stain on the bike and it removed it in seconds.

    I'd recommend doing a test area first under the bb just to be 100% sure it doesnt damage the surface finish. My experience of it has been very good. A little goes a long way.

    http://muc-off.com/bodywork/90-bug-tar-remover-5037835928006.html

    I also polish my bikes after cleaning and i find it means i don't use the bug spray as frequently

  • Autumn Classics1 year 30 weeks agoCould we change the default

    Could we change the default competition page to the Autumn Classics?

  • Suspended sentence for motorist who used car "as a weapon" to knock cyclist off bike1 year 30 weeks agoAtkin, aged 29, who had a

    Atkin, aged 29, who had a previous conviction for careless driving and failure to stop after an accident

    Everything is fine then.

  • Pharmaceutical consultant who killed cyclist while driving on wrong side of road cleared of careless driving1 year 30 weeks agoWhat a tragedy. I was

    What a tragedy. I was dumbstruck. How? How? And, how?

    OK, so this is a narrow road. The Henley Herald says it was the B480 in Stonor (not the A415 - the A415 is way the other side of Oxford. A4155? Anyway...). Take a look on Streetview.

    Yes, it is narrow, but that does not take the responsibility away from the driver. They still have to drive within the limits of what they can see. If there had been a stationary tractor around the corner, would they have been able to stop. I suspect the answer to that is "No", since they could stop for someone on the other side of the road.

    Furthermore, Ms Measures says both that she didn't have a chance to brake, yet also that she would have stopped suddenly if she had been concerned.

    Mr Peyresourde, you're either trolling or have no idea. Yes, we're all entitled to our opinion, but sometimes that opinion is wrong. Even if the cyclist did fall over, a) it was because of the shock of seeing someone come toward her at great speed and b) see my paragraph above, it could have been anything in the road. The fact that she couldn't see it is immaterial. As I said above, you shouldn't be driving faster than a speed at which you will be able to stop your vehicle (that goes for cars, motorbikes, trucks, horses and bicycles). Having said that we all know what happened. She was driving along at 50, saw a couple of cyclists, couldn't be arsed to slow down or consider what might be around the corner, squeezed one cyclist, killed the next. Yes, Ms Perinova may well have veered, but like I have said, that does not matter, it could have been a tree, a tractor, a horse, a pedestrian, broken down car - shall I go on? Oh, just read the Highway Code.

    The following from Simon Stacey, vice-chairman of the local parish council demonstrates how dangerous the stretch of road is. However, I'm still a little confused as to how a bicycle travelling at 25 mph is more dangerous than a car at 50 mph. But, hey!

    He said: “The B480 suffers throughout its length with very fast-moving traffic, vehicles frequently reaching speeds of 50mph along some stretches.

    “The residents of Lower and Middle Assendon, Stonor and Pishill all fought long and hard to have the speed limits within the hamlets reduced to 30mph but the fact remains that, on the unrestricted part of the road, the national speed limit is permissible.

    “Cyclists are now arriving to practice along the triathlon route and reaching dangerously high speeds and they are frequently to be observed travelling more than two abreast and in lines of five to six, moving as a group.

    “This road is not a cycle race track but a very busy and fast country road and it has a number of blind bends and the obstruction of cyclists travelling in this fashion is causing very considerable concern.

    “The storm drains and the narrowness of the road are major factors governing the positioning of cyclists on the highway — they frequently are forced to travel in a central position, even when not overtaking one another.

    “Motorised vehicles cannot see the cyclists until they are immediately ahead and local residents are becoming increasingly concerned at the narrow escapes that are now the norm.

    “Bearing in mind the tragic accident last weekend it would seem imperative to re-evaluate the safety of the cyclists on this part of the route.

    “I suggest that members of the organising committee, including yourself, visit the B480 section of the route during the weekend daytime to personally observe the frightening situation that we are now experiencing.”

  • FS Rapha arm warmers - white with black stripe BRAND NEW/UNWORN1 year 30 weeks agosize?

    size?

  • University of York to trial tag-based cycle safety system despite doubts over effectiveness1 year 30 weeks agoCyclists with defective sight

    Cyclists with defective sight would not be an issue then?

    Anyone with defective eyesight should not be allowed on the road.

    Personally I think the University of York have dropped a major bollock here.

    I have no problem with retesting and full medicals every few years, it happens after you are 70 anyway. However it should be the same for ALL road users.

    As for the author's irrelevant comment about 400 cyclists being fined for 'dangerous and irresponsible cycling', if they have broken the law no matter how trivial and they are fined that is their problem. The rules of life are very simple if you do not want to be fined don't break the law.

  • Pharmaceutical consultant who killed cyclist while driving on wrong side of road cleared of careless driving1 year 30 weeks agoIt is endemic. I was on a

    It is endemic. I was on a Speed Awareness Course at the weekend (cheaper than points and increased insurance for doing 34 mph in a clear open 30 on a summer's day. Wrong I know but hey ho) and there were at least two off the cuff references by the AA instructor to the idiocy of cyclists on the road. Meantime there were 5 out of 24 in the room who were so stupid that they didn't even know the basic speed limits. Way, way too stupid to be driving a car. Should be an automatic retest every 5 years for all drivers. No pass, bye bye licence.
    Less drivers = less traffic = less congestion and less worn out roads. What's not to like?

  • Boardman launch 2014 Performance range + video1 year 30 weeks agoAre you boffing my missus?

    Are you boffing my missus? Surprise

    I would apply n+1 if I weren't already at s-1 + 2 unbuilt in boxes.

  • Pharmaceutical consultant who killed cyclist while driving on wrong side of road cleared of careless driving1 year 30 weeks agoJeez, blaming a cyclist on

    Jeez, blaming a cyclist on her first outing for panicking a bit when a car is speeding towards you round a bend at 40-50 mph. How do you practise the bike handling skills for that?

  • Pharmaceutical consultant who killed cyclist while driving on wrong side of road cleared of careless driving1 year 30 weeks agoWhat Pedro's said. Personally

    What Pedro's said.

    Personally I wouldn't be at all suprised if victims decide to seek justice without involving the law.

  • Mavic Vision H2O Jacket1 year 30 weeks agoBrilliant jacket - literally.

    Brilliant jacket - literally. Just got one but be warned that they have been discontinued so buy now if you fancy one.

  • Oxford police set to toughen enforcement of 20mph limits1 year 30 weeks agoRoll on new ACPO advice!

    Roll on new ACPO advice!

  • Cycling back to health1 year 30 weeks agoGreat story and you are in my

    Great story and you are in my opinion a very brave,resolute fella, very best of luck with your challenges and the future.

  • Suspended sentence for motorist who used car "as a weapon" to knock cyclist off bike1 year 30 weeks agoYeah got to say I think the

    Yeah got to say I think the fact that he cyclist reached into the car (no doubt to either hit the guy or something similar) does sort of suggest the driver was very much aggravated (even if he started it by being a cunt). And that he managed to somehow touch the guy's daughter, you can understand he might be fuming at the cyclist.

    Still should have got jail for what he did though. If he'd picked up a gun and shot the guy, he may have been aggravated but he still chose to use a weapon to injure. Same with the car. Sentencing review can't come soon enough. Except nothing will likely change.

  • Pharmaceutical consultant who killed cyclist while driving on wrong side of road cleared of careless driving1 year 30 weeks agoThis is an insane,

    This is an insane, incomprehensible verdict. I just don't understand it. My sympathies to Miss Perinova's family and friends.

    Dr Measures cannot be tried again. Sometimes juries do really stupid things, and sadly there was no Henry Fonda on this jury to stop it.

    We can sit on our hands and froth at the keyboard, or get involved, and have a go at getting things changed. Bez's call for change in his blog post The Law and The Road: Things Must Change seems a damn fine start. Luckily I have a cycling pressure/campaign group near me, so that'll be the first port of call. Getting my hands dirty in CTC's Road Justice Campaign may also be on the cards.

  • Pharmaceutical consultant who killed cyclist while driving on wrong side of road cleared of careless driving1 year 30 weeks ago@j_stromquist is the ceo of

    @j_stromquist is the ceo of the company, I hope he cares!

    feel genuinely numbed by this story, seems everything about it is just plain wrong!