• Dave Brailsford comes out against Scottish independence17 hours 58 min agoGkam84 wrote:I would very

    Gkam84 wrote:
    I would very polity ask Dave to F8ck off.....it has nothing to do with him.

    ............

    Hmmm, so Gkam84, have you ever commented on something that has nothing to do with you ?

    Thinking

  • End Of The Season17 hours 59 min agoBeen lots of fun....and

    Been lots of fun....and generally did better than last year which is nice....shame it's the end if the season, but then again it means that the classics aren't far away. I always get very excited about Paris Roubaix time!

  • Dave Brailsford comes out against Scottish independence18 hours 6 min agoOldRidgeback, the reason you

    OldRidgeback, the reason you don't have a vote is because its not a vote for the Scottish to decide on Scotland's future. Its a vote for those living in Scotland to decide on Scotland's future.

    Giving you are an ex pat, you obviously don't know how engaged and educated those 16 and over have become in this. There is no pulling the wool over their eyes and "think about your pension" with them.

  • Video: British Transport Police show how NOT to pass a cyclist18 hours 11 min agoAnd I wonder why, whenever I

    And I wonder why, whenever I complain to the police in Leeds about shoddy driving they tell me the driver has done nothing wrong.

  • Brian Cookson says UCI "on the case" over Colombian women's team kit18 hours 14 min agoSeems to me people see what

    Seems to me people see what they want to see, and forget that photos can easily give a wrong impression - especially on a screen. This kit's been in use all year without anyone getting their knickers in a twist about it. And several men's teams' kit has been far, far worse - especially when wet!

  • Brian Cookson says UCI "on the case" over Colombian women's team kit18 hours 17 min agoDo the women racing in the

    Do the women racing in the kit have a problem with it ? If not then what is the problem ? Outraged on behalf of someone else is a modern phenomenon that makes me feel sad for humanity.

  • Winter Cycling - Lights18 hours 18 min agoFor £100, the Lezyne Super

    For £100, the Lezyne Super Drive is worth a look. Enough light to cycle down unlit country B roads in the dark - and the swappable battery option means that run times are not really a problem either.

  • Walking or cycling to work means less stress and more productivity, study finds18 hours 18 min agoThe BBC article is meh! The

    The BBC article is meh! The comments however, PRICELESS!!!

    I must have missed something as all the replies imply the article commanded that we all ditch our cars and take the bus or cycle. I just read that it had stated the obvious (not driving to work makes you HAPPY Big Grin ) and made no recommendation whatsoever that we all take to the pavements on our two wheeled death machines (as they seem to see all us cyclists). The replies from all the drivers remind me of the USA pro-gun fanatics, they have the same sort of attitude to the prospect of having to give up their cars. I guess once a tank of fuel costs a weeks wages, they'll soon change their minds.

    As for the people who "live too far from work" I get that from everyone in the office where I work. Almost all of them live closer to work than me!

  • Winter Cycling - Lights18 hours 24 min agoI am not sure the Lezyne

    I am not sure the Lezyne Macro Drive is up to snuff. If budget is up to £100 you should be looking at the Power Drive.

    I have the original Power Drive and a Mini Drive XL. The bracket is good and sturdy, it's only fiddly if you're removing the light every day. I like the USB charging too.

    Volt 300 seems a good light. It has the same battery as the rear so you can swap if one is running low.

    IIRC Moon XP 300 tested favourably:
    http://road.cc/content/review/76831-moon-x-power-300-front-light

    +1 for the road.cc side-by-side.

  • End Of The Season18 hours 24 min agochrisdstripes wrote:Still

    chrisdstripes wrote:
    Still without a Grand Tour stage win in three years

    Heh heh, I got one in the Giro.

    Pleased with my first season, still learning the ropes though. High expectations set for next year.

  • Dave Brailsford comes out against Scottish independence18 hours 29 min agoHe's entitled to say what he

    He's entitled to say what he likes. We're not living in North Korea. That said, I doubt his comments will have any influence one way or another. Scotland's yes campaign has been swayed by the smooth, silken tongue of Alex Salmond who has at best, been economical with the truth.

    I'm Scottish and I happen to think independence will be an utter disaster for Scotland, but since Alex Salmond decided to prevent the 750,000 ex-patriot Scots like me from being able to vote, all I can do is urge family and friends to make the sensible choice. Salmond has also broken with commonly accepted UK rules on voting by allowing those aged 16 the vote. It doesn't take a great deal of thought to put two and two together.

    Economically, Scotland cannot survive on its own while independence will also impact heavily on the rest of the UK. We'll be arguing in court for decades over who owns what while Edinburgh's banks will all shift south. If Scotland opts for independence, the young will have to depart Scotland to look for work as there won't be any jobs.

    Cycling in Scotland will take a nosedive if the country gest independence I reckon.

  • Video: British Transport Police show how NOT to pass a cyclist18 hours 32 min agoFor anyone interested I think

    For anyone interested I think this is the StreetView of the correct junction:

    https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.7995838,-1.5529322,3a,75y,279.71h,80.21t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sKv8rX7NczGgJ0Z_Whi6AoQ!2e0?hl=en

  • Dave Brailsford comes out against Scottish independence18 hours 38 min agoWe may not have a vote, but

    We may not have a vote, but we do get to have an opinion - and the right of free speech.

    Given the number of national institutions which stand to get torn up with a yes vote, and the redistribution of political power in the reminder of the UK, this is something which will effect us all, even though we don't get a say.

    For my opinion - I think the Scots will be more in control of their future by staying in the UK, and continuing to have their politicians in Westminster.

    If they think they can end Westminster's influence by voting yes, then I think they may be in for a shock. And just think - if they do vote 'yes' - just look at what happens to the house of commons when you subtract those Scottish seats.... The tories will have a safe government with a huge majority, and will be able to do what they like. The Scottish will have to negotiate with that...

  • Video: British Transport Police show how NOT to pass a cyclist18 hours 39 min agoI used to work for BTP in

    I used to work for BTP in London, not the first time I have seen former colleagues in the news D Oh

  • Dave Brailsford comes out against Scottish independence18 hours 45 min agoIf it wasn't for Panama,

    If it wasn't for Panama, Scotland would have been ok.

  • Road Tax Communication18 hours 48 min agoronin wrote:I sometimes think

    ronin wrote:
    I sometimes think it's probably better to just charge everyone who uses the road, just so the afore mentioned cave dwelling motorist cannot perpetuate this fallacy.

    They do, most everyone pays council tax and income tax...!

  • Road Tax Communication18 hours 49 min agoYes I know exactly what it

    Yes I know exactly what it VED is , but thats the problem I'm trying to allude to. . It is still called just a 'Tax Disc' without communicating clearly what it is for (regardless of what it is called). What the heck is Excise to the man on the street. Where is the first mention of 'emissions' on my renewal form?
    All I see is the word 'Tax' and even 'TaxDisc' ( https://www.gov.uk/tax-disc )

    Without simply qualifying. in plain English, what the tax is for. and how roads are actually paid for.

    Being pedantic about the name doesn't have any impact unless it comes from the powers that be along with a clear/obvious statement of what it covers.

    Even before emissions the breakdown was just by engine size, but it still makes no difference to the nay sayers.

    They just think that a few special cases are getting a free ride from their 'tax disc' and they resent it. They don't realise that the majority of road funding comes from general taxation - and that is the problem. Even if it was called emissions tax - they think *they alone* are subsidizing the emission free vehicles. Also , in their minds, *their money* is being spent specifically on cyclists for paint.. er I mean .. "infrastructure" , that gives them less space than they had before.

    The exemption from which is a SORN - reinforcing the 'road tax' mentality.

  • Video: British Transport Police show how NOT to pass a cyclist19 hours 7 min agoYes 3 lanes going into 4

    Yes 3 lanes going into 4 suggest middle lane traffic can flow left or right. So the cyclists position was one of the two best positions. Probably the best. The other might be centre of the lane?

    They also move left as soon as it was safe to do so.

  • Road Tax Communication19 hours 9 min agoIt's a question I sometimes

    It's a question I sometimes half ask myself, but halfway through asking the question I remember why they do not. Divide and conqueror my friends, divide and conqueror.

    It's such an obvious common sense thing which should have been communicated to the masses long ago, but they do not do it. Knowing how much hostility the average cave dwelling motorist (you know the ones that pass so close to you when the road is clear and it's a dual cartridge way) has towards cyclists for no good reason.

    I sometimes think it's probably better to just charge everyone who uses the road, just so the afore mentioned cave dwelling motorist cannot perpetuate this fallacy.

  • Road Tax Communication19 hours 10 min agoSome cars don't incur "car

    Some cars don't incur "car tax", just to muddy the waters. Emissions Tax. How's that sound?

  • Video: British Transport Police show how NOT to pass a cyclist19 hours 12 min agoOn a brighter note, the

    On a brighter note, the lorry/bus with the camera behaves impecably, slowing his speed and crossing into the outside lane when safe to overtake.

  • Brian Cookson says UCI "on the case" over Colombian women's team kit19 hours 18 min agoOdd that there is no uproar

    Odd that there is no uproar when the bulge in the men's shorts are in view, yet there is drama over this !?

    Good grief

  • Road Tax Communication19 hours 20 min agoYeah, it's still very much an

    Yeah, it's still very much an issue. Look at the "Have Your Say" comments on the latest "Cycling is Good For You" story on BBC News and half of them are bibbling on about "freeloading cyclists" not paying "road tax".

    The DVLA don't even call it "Vehicle Excise Duty" any more (at least not on the website). I believe the Campaign for Plain English got involved at some point and the DVLA now just refer to it as "Car Tax" or "Vehicle Tax".

    I find "Car Tax" the most useful as it creates a nice obvious answer to the question "Why don't you have to pay Car Tax for your bicycle?"

  • Dave Brailsford comes out against Scottish independence19 hours 21 min agoAch...you can't make a

    Ach...you can't make a decision that will have profound geopolitical and socio-economic consequences on sport and winning medals. Now that would be daft.

    Having said that I do despair at the 'shut yer mouth' brigade, he's perfectly entitled to his opinion. I sometimes wish they would follow their own advice.

    Still voting Yes mind you...

  • End Of The Season19 hours 23 min agoI've really enjoyed this year

    I've really enjoyed this year - been a bit more relaxed about the game and that has helped my overall enjoyment of the races as a spectator!

    Lows - Early bad luck with purist picks crashing in the first couple of stages (Meersman in Paris-Nice, Tejay in Romandie, Dan Martin and Rodriguez in the Giro), I was lucky enough to avoid that kind of thing last year. And then Froome and Contador in the TdF but I'm sure that was pretty common.

    Highs - 4 Forum Scorum wins (I think) including the women's world cup, none of which I watched. Still without a Grand Tour stage win in three years, mind. (Having said that, Sky didn't win a stage in a Grand Tour this season either...)

    Outside the game, my favourite race this year was probably Nibali winning in Sheffield, I'd love to see a one-day race on that terrain, it really did look brutal the way they raced it so hard. Or maybe Stannard in the Omloop H-N. And van Avermaet's attacks made Flanders really memorable this year as well, I'm hoping to go over to Belgium for that next year.

    Gerrans for the Worlds and Rodriguez again in Lombardia?