- Can I wear a Team GB jersey or not ?3 years 2 weeks agoDo they do it in size XXXL?
Do they do it in size XXXL?
- Cycling Embassy of Great Britain – the ambassador responds3 years 2 weeks agoLondonneur wrote:it seems toLondonneur wrote:
it seems to me that the CTC/LCC and others are primarily concerned with promoting and protecting cycling and that is ALL. That is to say without any political element... Is that fair?
I don't know the CTC as well as I do the LCC but I would most definitely say that is a misperception, if such a view is commonly held. Both orgs work with politicians at a national and local level. And in pursuit of this, several local LCC groups have for a long time worked with other orgs that share similar aims, such as Living Streets or local residents groups, and get involved with initiatives to improve the neighbourhood or urban realm. The need for cycling to appeal to the wider public has long been recognised by many, so underneath all these fretful layers of commentary there is a good deal of consensus.
- In need o a new Minipump3 years 2 weeks ago+1 for the Lezyne Pressure
+1 for the Lezyne Pressure Drive. It's a wee bit more than £15 but IMO it is worth every penny.
- National Trust announces seven sportive rides as outdoor pursuits take centre stage3 years 2 weeks agoBlimey that's a bit of a turn
Blimey that's a bit of a turn up for the books, they normally don't like increasing access too much. Maybe this whole Forestry Commission debacle has made them want to be a bit more welcoming, improving access and the like when they thought that taking on forest ownership would mean that was part of the deal.
Anyway, whatever the reason, I might give it a go, had an NT ranger try to turn me off a bridleway across trust land a few years ago. Interestingly, at one of the locations that's hosting a ride so that should be fun if he still works there!
- L'Heraultaise cyclosportive promo vid3 years 2 weeks agoLooks amazing, I've done some
Looks amazing, I've done some riding round that neck of the woods and it's jolly lovely
- Making music while you ride: Portland proposes groovy 'Sonic Cycle Lane'3 years 2 weeks agowonderin whether you might
wonderin whether you might not need some seriously sustained grooves for that one?
- Eating clenbuterol tainted meat can lead to failed blood tests says German study, but…3 years 2 weeks agoWe've looked believe me, all
We've looked believe me, all we could find on the RFEC site was their press release bitching about everybody bitching about them. They didn't even publish their own judgement. We looked on the AS site too, we didn't look on El Mundo though here's the blighter http://estaticos.elmundo.es/documentos/2011/02/16/resolucion.pdf
As to the receipt a receipt for steak was found by Astana and handed over to Contador's defence team - in November. As far as I can see it has never been produced in public - perhaps you know better. If so fire away.
They might have a vested interest, but Asoprovac are making a perfectly valid point, if he had eaten steak from a cow that had evaded the normal veterinary controls that was a publish health issue so why was it not reported to the authorities as such?
- Making music while you ride: Portland proposes groovy 'Sonic Cycle Lane'3 years 2 weeks agoCrosstown Traffic - Hendrix
Crosstown Traffic - Hendrix
- Eating clenbuterol tainted meat can lead to failed blood tests says German study, but…3 years 2 weeks agoQuote:Astana had the receiptQuote:
Astana had the receipt for the steak all along
@theswordsman - you're right, that should have read, 'was eventually produced', not 'was lost' - it has been amended. The point remains that it hasn't led to any contaminated meat being uncovered. Who's at fault for that is, as you say, a matter of much debate.Quote:
why let the facts get in the way of reporting a good story
We've tried to be even-handed throughout this mess, I wouldn't say we've been slinging mud at Spain, Contador, Elfstone or anyone else. Okay, maybe Elfstone.
- Scotland's £2 billion pothole repair bill3 years 2 weeks agoAccording to scotland.gov.uk,
According to scotland.gov.uk, "There were 55,089 kilometres of public road in Scotland at 1 April 2007." Assuming that figure is accurate, and not the result of a work experience kid at Transport Scotland being given an April Fools Day assignment, are they seriously saying the average cost to fix all the potholes in a kilometer of road is 40,843 pounds? Surely you could completely resurface the entire network for 2.25 billion. Or, say, put a Scottish man on the moon (but maybe not enough to pay for a return trip, so my vote would be for Duncan Bannatyne.)
I'm seriously thinking of emigrating from this pissy little island, before the roads deteriorate to the point where it is impossible to reach the nearest ferry port without your front wheel disappearing down a bottomless pothole.
- Cycling Embassy of Great Britain – the ambassador responds3 years 2 weeks ago@ Philiploy
Reading my post I
Reading my post I see it is very sweeping. Sorry for that. Of course what you say is true. So I say, “fair enough”. You are very well placed to know after all.
I suppose my feelings (which are only mine and may or may not be widely held) are based on my experiences with my local LCC group. They were petrified of doing anything that might be seen as “political” or “left”. They were up for dealing with the council but only up to a point. Nothing that might upset the apple cart was ever going to happen. I attended numerous meetings with the local authority(corrupt/lazy) which allowed them to say they had “consulted”. In this borough, cycling is seen a Trotskyist plot and they remove facilities at every opportunity. Can you guess where I live? They totally ignored us, of course. I ended up feeling I had done the councillors a favour. It seems non-political to me because promoting cycling alone, despite engaging with authority, doesn't question the status quo of car dependency. It's a different and wider issue then just cycling.
Helping those who want to, to ride their bikes is good. Making it better for existing riders is good but to really get 30-40% of journeys is going to take some serious status quo rocking. That level would harm the UK car industry.... now that's properly political to me. I work full time as a Cycling Instructor so I have put my money where my mouth is on this point. However, I know that what I do won't get us to where we need to be. My thing is one to one. It's small scale and personal and very valuable to those who take it on.
I agree with you that under the surface there is a lot of consensus which is where I hope this will all end up. That is to say, “All together now!”. I still have energy for some really constructive efforts but not if what we are going for is nonsense like the Tavistock Place madness in the West End. We need the good stuff....
I sometimes think the lanes/roads debate is really a city/country debate. Where I live we need big segregated lanes, no question. If I was riding on “A” or “B” roads, I wouldn't want to be forced onto a substandard roadside lane which is certainly what would get built. Fair enough.
I like it that these young turks(sorry CEGB folks) say things like, “We believe that this will bring about nothing less than a transformation of our society.”. It's nice to hear people talk about society again. It's just a more political language then I am used to hearing from CTC.
I'd like to see more cyclists. I'd like to see more cycling culture. I'd also like to see the destruction of car culture and it's hideous effects on our environment and security. My lovely city is stuffed to the gills with concessions to car drivers. It makes it hellish and it is so unnecessary.
Ultimately, there will be fierce resistance to any real change. The increasing aggression toward cyclists in London recently, is only the beginning. We need to be MORE political and ready to upset those who want to maintain the status quo.
- Eating clenbuterol tainted meat can lead to failed blood tests says German study, but…3 years 2 weeks agoWell said 'theswordsman'.
Well said 'theswordsman'. But then, why let the facts get in the way of reporting a good story.
And readers (including me) tend to react rather than thinking rationally, so it all works to wind everyone up.
- In need o a new Minipump3 years 2 weeks agoof those four, the lezyne is
of those four, the lezyne is the only one i'd touch. the other three you might as well try blowing up a road tyre with your lungs.
If you really want a small pump then the micro rocket is worth a look too, like fringe says. The lifeline Alu is worth a look too: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/lifeline-aluminium-mini-pump/
- Eating clenbuterol tainted meat can lead to failed blood tests says German study, but…3 years 2 weeks agoTime for some serious fact
Time for some serious fact checks. First of all, Astana had the receipt for the steak all along, and it was used as part of the Contador case. He filed a claim, and although we're led to believe the system is perfected to the point where a receipt can be traced back to an animal on a farm, the Basque Government couldn't do it. The meat industry can say these things to protect their reputation because consumers won't check the facts. Do they deny that farmers are arrested in Spain every year for using Clenbuterol? Do they deny that way too few animals are tested for the substance to give any assurance that the meat is safe?
But let's get to the German Study. #1 China has a Clenbuterol problem. #2 China has 1/5 of the World's population. #3 If WADA Labs in China tested all athletes who live in or compete in China for Clenbuterol using Cologne Lab standard equipment, the world of sports would be turned upside down. Add in Mexico and South America where it's legal, and other places where people cheat, and WADA HAS to set a minimum threshold. All the samples from the Beijing Olympics are stored. Test them all in Cologne for Clenbuterol, and see if anyone in any sport gets to keep a medal.
AS.Com has the entire RFEC Resolution in digital form that Google can translate. How many of the people slinging mud at Spain right now did the Due Diligence to read the legal case first?
- In need o a new Minipump3 years 2 weeks agoive gotta topeak micro
ive gotta topeak micro rocket, very good (for a mini pump0.. dont go for the sks one, tis bad. have my old one if you want, you may get 10psi outa it before your arm falls off
- Scotland's £2 billion pothole repair bill3 years 2 weeks agoThis is so true, I'm thinking
This is so true, I'm thinking about getting a full suspension bike for cycling to work this year it's so bad.
We're bidding for 2017 TDF too, don't make me laugh, the amount of retirements would be so high.
Bring on the commonwealth games time trials next year, can you get Carpel Tunnel syndrome from bike vibration, nevermind that cyclists would lose teeth with the state of the roads.
- Scotland's £2 billion pothole repair bill3 years 2 weeks agoBath is supposedly top of the
Bath is supposedly top of the pothole repair charts, there's a nasty one on my commute in wide and deep opened up a couple of weeks ago after a spell of heavy rain. Council "repaired" it within days but their repair system seems to use rectangular forme in pre set sizes the one for this particular hole is smaller than the pothole itself so while the centre of the pothole is filled that repair has created a number of mini potholes around the edges, narrow,deep and potential wheel grabbers - I give the main repair itself a few months tops. And shoddy workmanship like this isn't rare you'd almost think that whoever had the road repair contract had a vested interest in their repairs not lasting too long, but of course that would never happen.
- MP moots A-road cycling ban3 years 2 weeks agoI've cycled on some fairly
I've cycled on some fairly dangerous roads myself (eg A10 from Royston to London) however I would never cycle on the parkways around Peterborough as they are treated like motorways by car drivers.
There are risks to everything but for me the biggest risk when out riding is from cars (for that reason I avoid cycling in high winds or icy conditions).
I recall that the A46 Warwick Bypass used to be the most dangerous road for cycle accidents, about three times the national average. There are parts of the A27 that are treated like a motorway.
So I can see some value in a ban on A roads, if an alternative is available and signposted. A complete ban would be too much.
- Scotland's £2 billion pothole repair bill3 years 2 weeks ago+1
There is a county lane/
There is a county lane/ back road between Gateshead and Sunderland that was repaired 2 weeks ago.
the edges of the repairs are already peeling and small potholes are already back!
Extremely poor value for money!
- Two cyclists injured in Hackney days after local paper launches cycle safety campaign3 years 2 weeks agoI live in Hackney now and
I live in Hackney now and mostly cycle, but have had to drive a few times through London for work. Yes, the roads are chaotic, but that goes for every aspect of them, cars, peds, and cyclists included.
I think cycling myself makes me more aware of people on bikes, but I all too often see cyclists acting dangerously, whether squeezing in on the left of an HGV or simply putting themselves in danger by not having lights or occupying a primary position when doing so would make them more visible and assertive to prevent cars from being tempted to squeeze past. Driving was made all the more stressful by kamikaze style manoeuvres by cyclists and drivers alike trying to beat the lights or ignoring them altogether, so it gave me a taste of why there is so much mutual resentment as I experience the bad manners or dangerous actions of drivers most every time I get on my bike.
This doesn't remove the burden of care from motorists, far from it, but things like free cycle training (which I am hoping to take advantage of for my own benefit soon) and these campaigns are good as they confront all users to question their behaviour on the roads, and hopefully prevent some accidents that could otherwise be avoided by exercising due care on both sides of the divide.
- In need o a new Minipump3 years 2 weeks agoI bought a Lezyne Pressure
I bought a Lezyne Pressure Drive and think it's great. Although it takes a fair number of strokes to get a decent amount of air in a tyre it's rare that I need to use it.
The main reason I bought it, along with the great build quality, was the flexible hose - no more bent Presta valves, and it's the only way I can satisfactorily get a pump between the spokes on my kids' bikes (14" and 20" wheels).
- Alberto Contador to ride Giro d'Italia - a diplomatic way of avoiding the Tour de France?3 years 2 weeks agothe tainted steak defence is
the tainted steak defence is not plausable , and if it is so widely known that spanish beef contains clembuterol , why would any team in their right mind let their multimillion pound lead rider eat the stuff.
their diet is calorie controlled, counted dished out analysed , they dont have a glass of squash without it being measured. the idea that the team would sit betie down and say we got in some unlicenced spanish steak , fill your guts up has got to be the biggest load of rubbish ever suggested ,
- Pat McQuaid comes to praise Lance Armstrong, not bury him, as Texan retires3 years 2 weeks agomad_scot_ridermad_scot_rider wrote:
Obviously proof is something else not required for some.
Mr Armstrong is exceptional!
- Alberto Contador to ride Giro d'Italia - a diplomatic way of avoiding the Tour de France?3 years 2 weeks agoIck, this whole affair is so
Ick, this whole affair is so shady.
- Maxgear signs up Champion System as kit supplier3 years 2 weeks agoIt was a good story until I
It was a good story until I read you two were wearing it