• Rapha & Raeburn launch city cycling collection1 year 41 weeks agoUsually I don't bother

    Usually I don't bother commenting on Rapha articles because people should spend their money how they want, plus I think most Rapha clothing looks quite good. But how can that awful looking jacket, made out of recycled material cost £300! Is it sewed together with gold thread?

  • Tour Of California Stage 31 year 41 weeks agoFirst KOM points are done, 1

    First KOM points are done,

    1 JONES
    2 BALDWIN
    3 MANCEBO
    4 SCHAR

    break away Beyer Schleck Westra Mannion only 10 secs but its a start.

  • Rapha & Raeburn launch city cycling collection1 year 41 weeks agoThe wind jacket is a stark

    The wind jacket is a stark design piece - you either hate or love it. I'd love to see it in action.

    No shortage of takers though as most of these pieces have already sold out. Hats off to Rapha for creating things that sell in these dire economic times.

  • Sore Knees! Any help appreciated1 year 41 weeks agoI wore SPD's on my road bike

    I wore SPD's on my road bike and had all manner of problems with them as well as seat height issues. When I started out the seat was quite low. As I got fitter the seat height increased and like a nit I thought I would put it really high - a whole extra cm!. Took nearly 6 weeks of limping and a sports physio to sort that mistake out. I also got road cleats and shoes and they are far easier to adjust and get just right.

  • Sore Knees! Any help appreciated1 year 41 weeks agoI had similar problems when I

    I had similar problems when I started out....read loads of articles, but to no avail.

    There is a simple solution, the only drawback is that you need to lay out some cash.

    I had a Specialized BG Fit done; it cost £120 but considered pretty much all aspects of my position on the bike and what was right for me. The initial fit took a good couple of hours and there were a couple of follow up sessions included to fine tune the fit. I also switched to Speedplay Zero pedals.

    The combination of the fit and pedals made riding a pain free experience....expensive, but worth it Big Grin

  • Tour Of California Stage 31 year 41 weeks agosimon F wrote:Gkam84

    simon F wrote:
    Gkam84 wrote:
    Also, I can't find it anywhere, I've even tweeted the race to no reply. Does anyone know who got the combat/courage award yesterday?

    According to cyclingnews, it was Sylvain Chavanel

    It was Chavanel. He was presented with the jersey they give to the most courageous rider.

  • CTC and families of cyclists killed by same driver 25 years apart call for appeal against driver's community service sentence1 year 41 weeks agoI'm not a mermber of the CTC,

    I'm not a mermber of the CTC, but I'll join now. We only have a voice if we have a suitable platform. We are all under serious threat and, as Scot, I am ashamed of this Scottish justice. Really disgusting.

  • Rapha & Raeburn launch city cycling collection1 year 41 weeks agoWTF?

    WTF?

  • Giro d'Italia Stage 10: Sky's Uran wins first mountain stage, but Wiggins loses time again1 year 41 weeks agoWe're perfectly entitled to

    We're perfectly entitled to expect Wiggo to be in contention, if not in the lead - he said himself pre race he's never climbed better and the figures apparently are supporting that. Either there is an underlying health issue, although Brailsford has said he's fine, or he has underestimated the competition, especially in the TTs. Nibali looks so comfortable, even when he's low on team support. The predictable attack by Uran following the ferocious pace that Sky set on the two final climbs may just have backfired and killed off Wiggo's ability to deal with the steepest ramps. Let's face it, Wiggo is not an explosive natural climber that will dance up a 17% slope, the Giro is not the Tour. The plan has always been to defend a lead after the TT, not to have to go on the attack. New territory for Sky for sure, and it makes for fascinating tactics and racing, but hard to see how Wiggo, and indeed Sky can regain the initiative.

    God knows what will happen in the Tour if Wiggo does not succeed in the Giro. Time is not on his side, and you can't switch off the competitive streak in a top athlete.

  • Video: Diplomatic incident! South African cyclist manhandled by occupants of diplomat's car could face charges1 year 41 weeks agoIn updated news, the South

    In updated news, the South African authorities (International Relations Department) are sending a letter to the Iraqi Embassy to query why they have "disrespected" the laws of the receiving or host country.

    http://www.enca.com/south-africa/diplomatic-immunity-may-not-hold-cyclis...

    Edit: MTB cleats FTW.

  • Genesis Croix de Fer1 year 41 weeks agotwosparetubes wrote: I've got

    twosparetubes wrote:

    I've got the 58cm frame and it feels great. Replaced the tyres with Continental Grand Prix Four seasons and have a Topeak Super Tourist DX Rear Pannier fitted.

    Hi Twosparetubes - what size Contis did you go for and do they make much difference to the stock knobbly tyres on road? I've been advised to go for a 700x28 Gatorskins for my Croix but I'm not sure they're right.

    Thanks

  • Cyclist hopes to make 'strict liability' legal history with High Court case1 year 41 weeks agoYou mean, it moves the burden

    You mean, it moves the burden of proof from the 'alleged' victim to the 'alleged' perpetrator.

    Ie there is no proof either way.

    Or to put it another way, you can bring a civil case against somebody and because of their mode of transport, the odds are attacked against the car defendant and he is sued because of the presumption made by the civil court using strict liability.

    This is the kind of thing that would be exploited by litigious individuals I'm sure. Just look at the number of erroneous whiplash claims and staged accidents that result in insurance fraud. People exploiting the system.

    The scenario you outline above would almost certainly have resulted in a criminal conviction anyway, assuming the police investigated properly.

    as I've said, it's problems with lenient sentencing in the criminal justice system that should be addressed rather than lawyers trying to increase their income from greater numbers of compensation claims.

    Must stop posting on this topic now! Would much rather be out on my bike instead but the bloody weather is miserable today.. Surprise

  • Slow down or else! Sustrans warns cyclists1 year 41 weeks agoThese Sustrans paths are a

    These Sustrans paths are a stupid idea anyway; I would rather see the money spent making roads more cycle friendly. I keep reading about money being spent on cycling when in reality they are spending huge sums on a dog toilet; a waste of money, dogs can, and do s**t anywhere and everywhere

  • New York cyclist films harassment from driver and bystanders1 year 41 weeks agomoonbucket wrote:Really, you

    moonbucket wrote:
    Really, you want the cyclist to cower in fear and prostrate themselves at the feet of fat oafish louts in (surprisingly roomy Wink ) minivans, and apologise for using the road?

    Fat arrogant oafs like this one already believe they own the road, to hell with entrenching that idea in their thick skulls!

    Be honest, how many of you watching this wanted to wrap their bikes round his bearded pus? Angry

    I'd have drop kicked the fat beardy and then smashed his "not so MINI van" up; he looks like he needs to walk a bit more.

  • Video: Diplomatic incident! South African cyclist manhandled by occupants of diplomat's car could face charges1 year 41 weeks agoAnother case of abuse of

    Another case of abuse of power.

    3 Guys assault a lone cyclist and attempt to use a car as a lethal weapon.
    Should be arrested for dangerous driving, assault and also for trying to stop the guy leaving.

    Problem is that the diplomat will talk to police who are told to ignore it.

    Always remember, road cleats make you unbalanced and therefore even more vulnerable

  • Giro d'Italia Stage 10: Sky's Uran wins first mountain stage, but Wiggins loses time again1 year 41 weeks agoAlas a few years ago we might

    Alas a few years ago we might have been raving about Wiggo's 4th place but things have moved on and with him apparently basing his whole season around the Giro people's expectations are high (as no doubt his salary is Wink )

    He doesn't look at all comfortable and his apparent lack of descending skills are where he's lost most of his time so far. I sense there is more to this than meets the eye given Sky's meticulous preparation but I'm not sure we'll get to the bottom of things (whoops a bit of a pun there!) even after the end of the Giro?

  • Rapha & Raeburn launch city cycling collection1 year 41 weeks agoI think I'd rather wear the

    I think I'd rather wear the parachute, open, into a head wind than wear that jacket.

  • Tour Of California Stage 31 year 41 weeks agoDNS Da Dalto (CAN) Serry

    DNS
    Da Dalto (CAN)
    Serry (OPQ)
    Abandoned
    Grabsch (OPQ)

  • Cyclist hopes to make 'strict liability' legal history with High Court case1 year 41 weeks agoI think the fact that there

    I think the fact that there is a cyclist, pedestrian etc injured and your door is damaged are good evidence that a misdemeanour has taken place in the same way as having alcohol in your body suggests you have deliberately consumed the alcohol.
    If instead of thinking that strict liability means, 'proving your innocence' you think that the accused 'looses the right to silence'.
    The victim still has to demonstrate that they have a reasonable case. The accused simply has to provide a reasonable explanation for how the event could have happened without their guilt or negligence. This should be straightforward, unless in reality they are guilty or negligent.

  • Sore Knees! Any help appreciated1 year 41 weeks agoFor what it's worth, I've

    For what it's worth, I've also had knee pain from having the saddle too high. The rule of thumb of heel on the pedal is a little too high for me apparently. This manifested itself when I was doing extra mileage on a training camp in Spain and started getting knee pain. Dropped the saddle about 5 mm on the recommendation of one of the guys I was riding with and it solved it the next day

  • Tour Of California Stage 31 year 41 weeks agoSprinters back in today (for

    Sprinters back in today (for a 20 point penalty);

    Sagan
    Meersman
    Farrar
    Matthews
    Hanson
    Keough
    Van Garderen
    Acevedo
    Mancebo

    No more transfers until the TT now... probably.

  • Giro d'Italia Stage 10: Sky's Uran wins first mountain stage, but Wiggins loses time again1 year 41 weeks agoGood day for Uran, but you

    Good day for Uran, but you have to wonder whether Nibs let him go because he wasn't a GC threat, in which case he's not necessarily any more viable for the win than wiggo? It was always possible that Sky would send someone ahead to take the bonus seconds.

  • Tour Of California Stage 31 year 41 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:Also, I can't

    Gkam84 wrote:
    Also, I can't find it anywhere, I've even tweeted the race to no reply. Does anyone know who got the combat/courage award yesterday?

    According to cyclingnews, it was Sylvain Chavanel

  • Ex-Sky race coach Bobby Julich joins BMC Racing as consultant1 year 41 weeks agoExcept that it has effected

    Except that it has effected him, he was forced out of a job in October because of his past....I don't know if he's worked since then but if not then 7odd months without work would hit me pretty hard!

  • Giro d'Italia Stage 10: Sky's Uran wins first mountain stage, but Wiggins loses time again1 year 41 weeks agoI'm looking forward to

    I'm looking forward to watching the stage. Unfortunately Eurosport have sacrificed the evening replay for the Tour of California, just as its getting exciting.

    Knowing what happens in the Giro, victory one day can mean failure the next. It's hard to get the consistency. Maybe with this in mind Uran attacks today and Wiggins tomorrow. Though there is no way Wiggins meant to lose time. If Sky can double team Nibali (and Evans) they may cut them down.

    But my honest appraisal is that Wiggins has to hope for Nibali to weaken as at the moment he hasn't shown any form with which he can win this. Uran's form is also a cause for concern (for Wiggins) as his TT has not shown him to be the stronger rider overall, in fact considering all factors Uran deserves the team support - though Brailsford will know the numbers. But maybe this is a tactic to try and draw the other GC riders out?!