• London BMW 4X4 driver faces jail for assault on cyclist12 hours 33 min agoHighly unlikely but I wish

    Highly unlikely but I wish the judge would don his black cap come 7th August.

  • Chris Froome out of Tour de France12 hours 40 min agoFroomes stage 4 crash was

    Froomes stage 4 crash was shit... it wasn't a lack of skill on his part, it was a Bretagne whatever rider who deviated massively off his line. No one could account for that happening.

    I wonder if that chap feels a bit bad now?

  • Lars Boom's Stage 5 win on Strava12 hours 43 min agoThat is absurdly quick. I am

    That is absurdly quick. I am stunned.

  • Bristol plans £35 million spend on cycleway network12 hours 49 min agoCheers - will def look for it

    Cheers - will def look for it next time Smile

  • Servicing Time RXS pedals...12 hours 49 min agoWhy did I not know this! I

    Why did I not know this! I have a box of old Time pedals that have had it... not many made two years, and nearly all had bearing issues of one level or another.

    Ho hum, I know for next time (can you see what I did there?).

  • Sky back Richie Porte after Chris Froome's Tour de France exit12 hours 55 min agoI'd love to see Porte do a

    I'd love to see Porte do a great ride. He has had such a miserable season to date.

    I echo the previous comment... it looks as though Sky new it was over with Froome before the start of the stage.

    I thought Carlton Kirby was just being dramatic on Tuesday after Froomes seemingly innocuous fall, but putting 2 and 2 together to make whatever number I fancy, I'd be willing to bet a few quid that wrists broken.

    Does anyone remember Vandenbrook riding to a top ten in the world champs in 99 with two broken wrists? You can only imagine what potions he was on that day to endure that!

  • Chris Froome out of Tour de France13 hours 4 min agoMpittick wrote:Is it just me,

    Mpittick wrote:
    Is it just me, but when I look at the froome first crash, which is what caused the wrist issue and contributed to him pulling out yesterday as he couldn't handle his bike properly, that he was caught half wheeling in the peloton, so when the rider moved to the right he was taken down. I think this school boy error is route cause of his abandon.

    It's a racing peloton of 200 riders, not a bloody club run!
    People are constantly moving up, down, through and around the bunch! At some point yes, of course you're going to be half wheeling, bumping elbows and knees, clashing bars, overtaking, being overtaken, being pushed off your line....

    Maybe you should offer your services to Team Sky as a skills coach as you're clearly an exceptional bike handler, better than all the riders in the Tour... At Wits End

  • what bike to buy as a new heavy starter13 hours 13 min agoLinusLarrabee wrote: I'd

    LinusLarrabee wrote:
    I'd recommend buying a cheap, secondhand MTB for around £100.

    Fair comment, get something cheap and cheerful and then spend a bit more when you're able to get more out of it. We all like new toys, but there is a lot to be said for having a cheap hack that just works.

  • Lars Boom's Stage 5 win on Strava13 hours 13 min agoI can only dream of 20

    I can only dream of 20 something average mph. Pro riders are on another planet with their speed power and endurance.

  • rider weight13 hours 17 min agoInteresting? I struggle with

    Interesting? I struggle with my weight but the other way round! I currently are at summer weight 56kg (8 stone 11 ish) I am small at 167cm (just under 5,6) but this low weight may be good on the hills but on the flat and when there’s a headwind blowing staying with the group can be hard as I don’t seem to have the raw power. Also if not careful what I eat before during and after a ride I can bonk to the point that I can not ride, I have in the past gone down in heap by the side of the road, very bad. So I would just relax if you are at a healthy weight and can go out on your bike and enjoy you self then what is the big deal. I would prefer to heaver as I think this would help with some of my niggles but I am now 42 years old and don’t race so I just get on with it!

  • what bike to buy as a new heavy starter13 hours 19 min agoI can't recommend the

    I can't recommend the Boardman CX Team enough, sturdy wheels and frame and it shifts if you put slicks on, it doesn't weigh a ton either. I have set a few KOM's on mine. if you join British cycling and add their 10% off to what Halfords have you get a £900 bike for about £720.

    Equally the next model down at £600 before any discount is a good model too.

    I used to be 18 stone, 13 and a half now!

  • Deda Superleggera Black Bar13 hours 23 min agoWell CFRP is less dense than

    Well CFRP is less dense than an aluminium alloy, so it isn't hard to imagine that less vibration is passed from atom to atom along the structure while retaining a comparable resistance to bending than a metal alloy.

    Wether this is measurable enough to notice though, is a different question.

  • Chris Froome out of Tour de France13 hours 24 min agoIs it just me, but when I

    Is it just me, but when I look at the froome first crash, which is what caused the wrist issue and contributed to him pulling out yesterday as he couldn't handle his bike properly, that he was caught half wheeling in the peloton, so when the rider moved to the right he was taken down. I think this school boy error is route cause of his abandon.

  • Sky back Richie Porte after Chris Froome's Tour de France exit13 hours 26 min agoCan't help but think he may

    Can't help but think he may lack support in the mountains as he was the support.

  • London 100. Getting there and getting about13 hours 37 min agoCycle...its cheaper, quicker

    Cycle...its cheaper, quicker and you get to take the sites in. There's less heavy traffic on Saturdays, just ride patiently and you'll be safe.

    Alternatively, ride from Euston to Bank and get the DLR. Bikes are allowed on there during off peak hours.

  • MAMILs may be at greater risk of prostate cancer diagnosis13 hours 40 min agoHmm... a rather vague "twice

    Hmm... a rather vague "twice the risk" can sometimes translate to 2 out of 100 up from 1 out of 100 - depending on how the data is presented.

    It's hard to see how riding would cause prostate cancer. Cancer is caused by a gene mutation and is grown by feeding it animal protein from meat and dairy.

  • Is it worth a wheel upgrade?13 hours 43 min agoBlimey, Fulcrum Racing Zero

    Blimey, Fulcrum Racing Zero are £700!! Surprise Surprise

    That surely makes £480 for this 1430g wheelset an absolute steal - http://wheelsmith.co.uk/race24
    Strada will build up the Velocity A23 for even less:
    http://www.stradawheels.co.uk/shop/velocity-a23-wheelset/
    With those specs and prices why would you pay more for overpriced factory wheels?

  • Video: What's it like to be hit head-on by a car? It's like this13 hours 44 min agoPaul J wrote:fukawitride:

    Paul J wrote:
    fukawitride: I've no idea about average speeds. It's possible the dutch are slightly slower, because there's a massive cohort of "normal cyclists" in the Netherlands who are missing over here.

    As for the other factors, yes, clearly there is something different about the Netherlands, given that they achieve much better safety for cyclists than the UK does, without obsessing over helmets.

    That's the point!

    Indeed - completely agree with that. I just didn't want it to get into another statistics war without being reasonable about assumptions and so on.

  • How do I claim for a damaged bike following car encounter?13 hours 46 min agoThe problem for cyclists in

    The problem for cyclists in these non-injury crashes is obtaining drivers insurance details; perhaps we should offer our contents insurance companies name or our British Cycling membership number to drivers and perhaps it would seem reasonable to drivers to provide insurance details at the time of the crash. Perhaps.

    This driver appears to be trying to avoid losing his no claims bonus, however it is a reportable crash under section 170 of the RTA, so the police will obtain his insurance company details and then their stats department will charge a fee to you to provide that information. That fee can be recovered from the drivers insurance company.

    The position taken by the insurance company that the policy is invalid is interesting. Why is this? Policy holders are required to report any crash they are involved in, even if they say it is for information only. Failure to report could invalidate the policy, but that would be after the crash, leaving them still open to a claim. Otherwise they could avoid paying out whenever they wanted to.

  • Video: What's it like to be hit head-on by a car? It's like this13 hours 48 min agofukawitride: I've no idea

    fukawitride: I've no idea about average speeds. It's possible the dutch are slightly slower, because there's a massive cohort of "normal cyclists" in the Netherlands who are missing over here.

    As for the other factors, yes, clearly there is something different about the Netherlands, given that they achieve much better safety for cyclists than the UK does, without obsessing over helmets.

    That's the point!

  • what bike to buy as a new heavy starter13 hours 51 min agoHow much do you intend to

    How much do you intend to ride?

    I'm guessing (apologies if I'm mistaken) you'll probably start out with short rides until your weight drops and your fitness improves a little. If so, I'd recommend buying a cheap, secondhand MTB for around £100. If you ride regularly you'll see improvements in no time and nobody will think you look a bit daft on a skinny racing bike. Then, in a few months time when your weight has dropped, you'll have much more choice.

    For extra motivation, you could pick out the bike you really like and make it your goal to get down to a suitable weight. That's basically what I did - except I purchased a Canyon Aeroad and didn't ride it for 9 months until I'd lost an additional 50 lbs. I don't recommend purchasing the bike first though - I effectively wasted 9 months worth of warranty whilst it sat unused.

  • MAMILs may be at greater risk of prostate cancer diagnosis13 hours 52 min agoThe key statement here from

    The key statement here from Dr Mark Hamer is ;

    "...but we can’t draw any conclusions from this study.”

    Why do they even publish these pointless reports when there is no evidence of anything from the analysis.

  • Cannondale Pro Cycling reportedly 'merging' with Garmin-Sharp13 hours 52 min agoMaybe a little early for this

    Maybe a little early for this speculative reporting; only two weeks ago it was suggested that Cannondale's quest for a main sponsor had been satisfied with a likely contract with Tinkoff.

  • Chris Froome out of Tour de France13 hours 54 min agomacrophotofly wrote:Frankly I

    macrophotofly wrote:
    Frankly I feel Brailsford denied the UK its right to see Wiggins riding in the UK on three stages

    Ah yes, "Liberté, égalité, fraternité et Wiggo pour trois etapes".

    Right up there with clean water and education for me.

    You could always have gone to the National Championships, or up to the Commonwealth Games?

  • Deda Superleggera Black Bar13 hours 55 min agoIt's simply a placebo effect,

    It's simply a placebo effect, caused by the stratospheric price. I.e. costs a fortune so must be much more awesome in every way.