• Lance Armstrong confession… Wiggins and Cav have their say (or don't)1 year 49 weeks agoLacticlegs wrote:dullard

    Lacticlegs wrote:
    dullard wrote:
    Whoa, whoa, whoa! Reading these comments, you'd think it was Kimmage who'd been defrauding the sporting world and global institutions and denying good men and women the chance to prove themselves in the sport they love. No, he's the one who's been taking a stand, along with the marvelous Betsy Andreus and David Walsh's of the world, at huge personal expense, abuse and ridicule, against the shitbags like Armstrong, Verbruggen, McQuaid and Bruyneel who've been taking us all for a ride for the last couple of decades. He has simply pointed out that the style of Sky's victory in last year's Tour was very similar to USPS and Discovery (which it was), that Sky hired a doctor known to be dodgy (they did) and that the team's much-heralded policy of hiring only clean personnel has been shot to bits with the departure of Yates, Rogers, Barry etc (it has). And Sir BW and Cavendish can say it's time to move on all they want, but their sport that they earn millions out of because of us, the fans, has been a total effing lie for probably as long as many of us have been watching it: last clean winner was probably LeMond? So to accept now that it's all fine, they're all clean (Contador? Yeah, right) is not going to happen. Kimmage isn't a martyr. He's a tough little f#cker who's been through the mill and who was right all along.

    I agree.

    Given the history - surely we should be taking Kimmage's side first off and waiting to see if the riders can prove their innocence?

    I mean come on - we've heard all this before, verbatim. And it turns out Kimmage was right. Spot on in fact.

    Surely it's only fair to give the guy the benefit of the doubt this time around. He's proved his point - and his worth - once already.

    No, I'm sorry: your suggestion is that a journalist's word is taken as gospel, the rider is treated as guilty until and only IF they prove their innocence.

    Jesus Christ, what kind of trial by journalism and mob are you suggesting?

  • Lance Armstrong confession… Wiggins and Cav have their say (or don't)1 year 49 weeks agoLacticlegs wrote:hi colin -

    Lacticlegs wrote:
    hi colin - yes that was my thought too.

    Problem is that the better training mantra was exactly what Armstrong was saying all that time too.

    Things cannot be dismissed out of hand because Armstrong said x or y, or USPS did x or y. This would mean that the entire sport has to find a whole new lexicon of words. What, it means that the following factors have to be dismissed (not exhaustive)?:

    strong team support
    domestiques setting a hard pace to whittle down the front group
    different approach to training
    etc

  • Just in: Rivet Pearl Ti saddle1 year 49 weeks agoneilmitchuk wrote:I agree

    neilmitchuk wrote:
    I agree with Chris but I do like the flaps to prevent flare. Would save a lot of leather punching and lacing by new owners.
    Maybe Brooks should look at that as it appears Rivet have fairly well copied them on everything else.

    The Brooks Swallow also has the flaps. In fairness to Rivet (and Spa) the basic design (not including flaps) is not unique to Brooks. Once upon a time most saddles were built this way but the manufacturers gradually fell by the wayside until only Brooks were left standing. I have a 1974 Carlton and it came with a Wrights saddle which was almost indistinguishable from a B17.

  • Just in: Rivet Pearl Ti saddle1 year 49 weeks agoChris Deacon wrote:Get a

    Chris Deacon wrote:
    Get a Brooks Plain Face

    Thanks. I have three. And a Spa. Big Grin

    On first impressions the Rivet is better finished than a Brooks and if you want a Brooks Swallow with titanium rails it'll cost you...£241.98. Surprise

  • Just in: Rivet Pearl Ti saddle1 year 49 weeks agoI've had a Ltd edition Ti

    I've had a Ltd edition Ti Brooks since 2005, it is so comfortable, no need for the gimmicky cut out IMHO, the leather forms around you on a Brooks.

  • Giant Defy or TCR?? Help1 year 49 weeks agoFit is above everything else

    Fit is above everything else - depending which bike feels better, go for that one.

  • Taxi driver fined £35 with 3 points on his licence after cyclist killed in collision1 year 49 weeks agoI don't think I can stand

    I don't think I can stand reading these anymore. Can we come up with a standard letter that we start pestering our MP's with. Every week with a link to these stories, eventually they're gonna take notice?

  • Training Bike vs Racer1 year 49 weeks agoGo old school and get a steel

    Go old school and get a steel fixed wheel. Big Grin

  • Just in: Rivet Pearl Ti saddle1 year 49 weeks agoLooks pretty similar to a

    Looks pretty similar to a Selle Anatomica, which is the most comfortable saddle I've ever owned. I'd certainly be interested in trying this.

  • Taxi driver fined £35 with 3 points on his licence after cyclist killed in collision1 year 49 weeks agothis is appalling. I am

    At Wits End this is appalling. I am totally beyond words.

  • Yoga for Cyclists part 9: Hips1 year 49 weeks ago(No subject)

    Crying

  • Dom Mason of Kinesis: Aluminium road bikes are here to stay1 year 49 weeks agoGreat to hear somebody with a

    Great to hear somebody with a passion for alloy. I've a Cannondale R800 and folk have thought it was carbon at first glance. I'm still in love with her. Also have a fixed wheel with steel frame and a very old hybrid - again, steel. Really don't like the carbon frames. Cool

  • Taxi driver fined £35 with 3 points on his licence after cyclist killed in collision1 year 49 weeks agokoko56 wrote:these stories

    koko56 wrote:
    these stories are terrible and nothing will being those people back etc, i just wonder if somebody is genuinely suffering things like PTSD/flashbacks and the like from it then how much value can be given to custodial sentences or any other such enforced things?

    while i have not had anything like that happen to me, if i did - would i be okay by knowing that somebody is sitting in prison for a few years? ideally i would want to do what i felt like doing to them, not what the judicial system hands out because really they are a 3rd party going through the motions while for you it is real. even killing them won't change things. just a tragedy.

    trying to intimidate people with custodial sentences may work, but only if it is widely recognised and in the public perception all the time. to give something relatable would also take a long time, but in the end may prevent things more than fear of being banged up.

    You are speaking of the purely utilitarian aspect of justice, where punishments serve to deter and rehabilitate. From that perspective it can be reasonably argued that locking the driver up would serve no practical purpose - the victim can't be brought back, and it most likely wouldn't change the behaviour of the driver or the public.

    However, there is another aspect of justice that is often ignored - retributivism. It is the theory that when a person has done something wrong he ought to be punished for his wrongdoing, according to the severity of the action, and regardless of whether it benefits anyone in an utilitarian sense. Just deserts and all that.

    I think the reason it is so seldom mentioned nowadays is because it is often conflated with mere revenge. Yet as a legal and moral concept it is still very much alive - it is the reason why war criminals from the former Yugoslavia are prosecuted, and why Holocaust perpetrators are still being hunted worldwide even today. An utilitarian argument can be made that these people are old (or very, very old, in the case of Nazi war criminals) and obviously won't be able to commit crimes again. And prosecution doesn't seem to have any effect as deterrence, judging by the amount of genocide since WWII, or since the Yugoslavian Civil War for that matter. Yet most people would agree that these people must be brought to justice, that we can't just say "well, trying them won't change anything now so let's just call it a day."

    Now, is the taxi driver even remotely comparable to war criminals? No, not in the least. But the principle still stands - wrongdoings ought to have appropriate consequences. So, are £35 and three points even remotely appropriate for taking the life of a young person through sheer carelessness? I don't think so.

  • Lance Armstrong confession… Wiggins and Cav have their say (or don't)1 year 49 weeks agoI think Wiggo feels that he

    I think Wiggo feels that he can't give the 'right' answers to Kimmage, and lacks media savvy so might get misinterpreted to his cost.

    As for having a bad day, I knew Paul Sherwens coach for a while as a kid, and he said you won by not having bad days. There isn't the chance to recover between stages so once your body started going downhill, that was it, and that the guys who had a great day after a bad day were among the most suspect. (remember floyds bad day?)

  • Koga’s prototype beach racer1 year 49 weeks agoCould be some serious

    Could be some serious competition for the Salsa Warbird...

  • Taxi driver fined £35 with 3 points on his licence after cyclist killed in collision1 year 49 weeks agoIt is a disgrace. That the

    It is a disgrace. That the driver surrendered his licence is of little comfort to the victim's family I expect.

  • Lance Armstrong confession… Wiggins and Cav have their say (or don't)1 year 49 weeks agoWiggins who loved Lance has a

    Wiggins who loved Lance has a lot to answer in my book.

    In 2006 he said any one with 1% suspicion of working with a doping doctor shouldn't be let anywhere near the TdF, the works with Leinders.

    Wiggins appears to have fallen to the allure of riches that comes with winning, which means doping to win.

    Kimmage called Armstrong out in 1999

    http://www.independent.ie/sport/reserving-the-right-to-applaud-403806.html

    Wiggins should show more respect. If Wiggins wanted to end all the doping speculation, all he has to do is sit down with Kimmage. That will be the end of it.

    That he wont and calls Kimmage names is so Armstrong like.

    Kimmage loves the sport.

    That he wont makes it all the

  • Taxi driver fined £35 with 3 points on his licence after cyclist killed in collision1 year 49 weeks ago"The Crown Prosecution

    "The Crown Prosecution Service opted for the lesser charge because it could not determine the cause of the initial collision nor whether Mr Ridgeway had been killed as a result of that impact or from being carried on the bonnet of the car until it collided with the tree."

    What difference does it make!! He was still killed by a car driven by a dangerous driver...

  • Taxi driver fined £35 with 3 points on his licence after cyclist killed in collision1 year 49 weeks agoEven by uk standards that's

    Even by uk standards that's lame. Fucking lame.

  • New Game Questions1 year 49 weeks agoenrique wrote:By the way, I

    enrique wrote:
    By the way, I miss something from last year's Pick A Team page. Rider values would be grayed out if their value was above the amount left on your budget. You could avoid going over budget because anyone above what was left on your budget was not available to be selected. Can that be done this year, too?

    On another note, I miss that functionality this year... Any chance we might get it back? Thanks! Smile

  • What wheelset??1 year 49 weeks agoI've commuted on Fulcrum 7's

    I've commuted on Fulcrum 7's since Sept 2010, doing similar miles to you, and never had any issues on them. They roll well and never gone out of true. Can't see me swapping them in the near future.

  • New Game Questions1 year 49 weeks agoenrique wrote:1. What

    enrique wrote:
    1. What happened to the Rider page?

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    currently it contains all the riders from the teams that are competing. when the tour starts it'll just be the riders who are riding.

    It'd be kind of cool to see just the riders that are starting the Tour Down Under in one page. Could you have the page just show these riders a couple of days before the race starts instead of waiting for the competititon to start? Smile Thanks! Smile

  • Training Bike vs Racer1 year 49 weeks agoSurely anything will do for a

    Surely anything will do for a training bike? Indeed, an old steel racer would work well…

  • Taxi driver fined £35 with 3 points on his licence after cyclist killed in collision1 year 49 weeks agothese stories are terrible

    these stories are terrible and nothing will being those people back etc, i just wonder if somebody is genuinely suffering things like PTSD/flashbacks and the like from it then how much value can be given to custodial sentences or any other such enforced things?

    while i have not had anything like that happen to me, if i did - would i be okay by knowing that somebody is sitting in prison for a few years? ideally i would want to do what i felt like doing to them, not what the judicial system hands out because really they are a 3rd party going through the motions while for you it is real. even killing them won't change things. just a tragedy.

    trying to intimidate people with custodial sentences may work, but only if it is widely recognised and in the public perception all the time. to give something relatable would also take a long time, but in the end may prevent things more than fear of being banged up.

  • Taxi driver fined £35 with 3 points on his licence after cyclist killed in collision1 year 49 weeks agoThey've gotta be kidding!

    They've gotta be kidding!