• UCI checks Mark Cavendish's TdF Stage 2 bike for hidden motor15 hours 43 min agoQuick Step had the most

    Quick Step had the most riders in that small lead group yesterday - Cavendish, Renshaw, Uran, Kwiatkowski, Martin. Yet they blew the sprint and they blew marking Cancellara.

    There was no reason for them to drive the break - their main rival was in it with them.

    Add that to the spring classics where three of them were unable to defeat one Ian Stannard, and various other places where they are unable to turn numbers and form to their advantage.

    It starts to look like a problem within the team - whether that's communication, briefing, lack of leadership or whatever. And for that the blame has to be with the management.

    They have the best riders but the worst.

  • when / do you change your skewers (QR etc)?15 hours 47 min agoWhen the rubbish external cam

    When the rubbish external cam one that came with the bike started making noises like the BB was going!

    psling wrote:

    I would be wary of any that I hadn't owned from new though - some people misunderstand how to use them and really do overtighten them, using the cam lever as an extension to wind them up which could strip the thread and/or stretch the bar.

    The instructions witht he new shimano skewer I just bought state that you should adjust the tightness of the threads so that you are using the maximum force you can generate with your hands to fully close the lever. To me this suggests it would be difficult to mis-use them by over tightenting.

  • Newcastle campaigner says parents experience abuse while cycling with children to school15 hours 48 min agoZermattjohn wrote:... either

    Zermattjohn wrote:
    ... either the driver has no idea how wide their car is (unlikely) or that they are far too impatient and just "had" to get past. ... Years of development of the highway network has made us think "if I'm in a car I'm more important, out of my way" - many people don't even realise they're thinking like that.

    True. It's the deep down ingrained belief that since you are *only* on a bike, then of course you'd be able to move over because you're only *this* wide anyway, aren't you? Motorists approaching you on single lane roads, with parked cars both sides, seem to be particularly susceptible to this mindset. (Embarrassingly, so is my wife. Many a heated discussion about why cyclists might be on the road instead on the off-road cycle path, or why a cyclist might be so far out into the road.)

  • No Hopers15 hours 53 min agoGood work with this JC. Great

    Good work with this JC. Great fun (so far!!!)

  • Newcastle campaigner says parents experience abuse while cycling with children to school15 hours 57 min agoyeah, so its a very low risk

    yeah, so its a very low risk activity, but when its risky, its really risky. Whats the name for that kind of scenario?

  • UCI checks Mark Cavendish's TdF Stage 2 bike for hidden motor15 hours 58 min agoLooking forward to the

    Looking forward to the fallout from this. Cool

  • Car breakdown company to drivers: don't assume if one cyclist does something stupid that they all do16 hours 1 min agoUsername wrote:Driver

    Username wrote:
    Driver ignorance is astounding: Road Tax, two abreast, RLJ, 'overtaking' on the inside, yada, yada.

    It looks like the DVLA is doing nothing to tackle this ignorance, the police do precious little, at least this is something.

    True. Too many also believe that learning the highway code and having a licence plate will stop all cyclists behaving badly. Because, after all, look how well it's worked out for motorists' behaviour...

  • Newcastle campaigner says parents experience abuse while cycling with children to school16 hours 2 min agoToo true. The majority of

    Too true. The majority of driving is ok, and as I presume most readers/contributors to this site also are motorists we'd like to think we're part of that 99%. But unfortunately, unlike when you're in a car and you come into contact with the 1% of idiots it doesn't hugely matter (normally, hopefully), on a bike you are vulnerable all the time. That's why we're referred to as Vulnerable Road Users, along with peds - we're not surrounded by crumple zones and airbags.

  • Mayoral candidate Christian Wolmar courts cycling vote... with spoke cards16 hours 3 min agoHopefully he's not proposing

    Hopefully he's not proposing a direct replacement of a cycle bridge where the garden bridge might be going - instead Waterloo bridge needs the off-peak parking on the cycle lanes to be stopped.

  • Mayoral candidate Christian Wolmar courts cycling vote... with spoke cards16 hours 5 min agoTell you what - he's right to

    Tell you what - he's right to say we need more bike parking. Cities all across the UK build new multi storey car parks, or muck about with on-road parking to make it easier to park, but have you tried riding a bike into most shopping areas? I thought it would be quicker to cycle down from my office to the local shopping area at lunchtime, but it actually takes longer than walking once you take into account having to actually find somewhere to park!

  • Newcastle campaigner says parents experience abuse while cycling with children to school16 hours 8 min agoriotgibbon wrote:I just had

    riotgibbon wrote:
    I just had my first proper ride this morning with my new camera, and when I got back and enjoyed the novelty of reliving the exciting bits whizzing down twisty descents, I also noticed how good most of the driving was. In general, all the cars and trucks gave me a reasonable amount of space, and on the descents kept well, well back - I really don't think that was due any Nibali-style descending skills on my part, but their desire not to run me over if I continued acting like an idiot

    so well done drivers of East Berkshire and South Bucks ....

    Yeah, it always surprises me a bit too. Reading this site its easy to fall into the trap of thinking all motorists are the enemy, but really most are actually pretty good - it's certainly a minority that are twattish drivers.

  • Newcastle campaigner says parents experience abuse while cycling with children to school16 hours 10 min ago"You can tell it's close by

    "You can tell it's close by looking at where the wheels of the car are - the driver could of and should of driven fully on the other side of the road, why did they choose not to?"

    Unfortunately in the UK this is all too common. It's either the driver has no idea how wide their car is (unlikely) or that they are far too impatient and just "had" to get past. Once people get behind the wheel of a car, a good chunk of the population behave like imbeciles. Years of development of the highway network has made us think "if I'm in a car I'm more important, out of my way" - many people don't even realise they're thinking like that. A person in a car, a person on a bike, a person on a horse - they should all be equal, they're a;; just going along to somewhere using a different vehicle...but its not the case.

    In "less developed" countries, this might-is-right mindset is just everywhere (ever been to India, China, south-east Asia? The trucks push the buses who push the cars who push the bikes who push the pedestrians out of the way). Places like Holland, Germany, France are (in general) happier to share the road. It sadly shows that in the UK we're not quite as advanced a society as we like to think we are.

  • Video: Trials legend Martyn Ashton Back on Track in film charting his first mountain bike ride since life-changing 2013 crash16 hours 11 min agoGreat video and inspiring

    Great video and inspiring story. Athletes are athletes and often find ways to come back from life altering injuries, that could only inspire others, including able bodied athletes!

    some years ago whilst taking a vacation in Whistler, BC (Canada) I met a legendary guy called Stacy Kohut

    He was incredibly fast down the A-Line trail, and inspiring to talk to once we reached the chair lifts after finishing the run.

    Fantastic to see Martyn Ashton back on a bike Smile

  • Newcastle campaigner says parents experience abuse while cycling with children to school16 hours 13 min agoI just had my first proper

    I just had my first proper ride this morning with my new camera, and when I got back and enjoyed the novelty of reliving the exciting bits whizzing down twisty descents, I also noticed how good most of the driving was. In general, all the cars and trucks gave me a reasonable amount of space, and on the descents kept well, well back - I really don't think that was due any Nibali-style descending skills on my part, but their desire not to run me over if I continued acting like an idiot

    so well done drivers of East Berkshire and South Bucks ....

  • UCI checks Mark Cavendish's TdF Stage 2 bike for hidden motor16 hours 14 min agoHe's such a selfish twat, the

    He's such a selfish twat, the way he gave up was disgusting. He's got no place in a team event - I'd sack him if I was the manager.

  • British Cycling to re-establish Italian base as it chases Tokyo 2020 glory16 hours 14 min agoI agree on the women's side

    I agree on the women's side but this surely is also a huge U-turn after the (frankly ridiculous) decision to close Quarrata and base everyone in Manchester. Great for track riding, frankly pants for road racing

  • Video: how do bikes stay up?16 hours 24 min agowho would have thunk? good

    who would have thunk?

    good stuff

  • Newcastle campaigner says parents experience abuse while cycling with children to school16 hours 27 min agovelo-nh wrote:The video shows

    velo-nh wrote:
    The video shows one questionably close pass (hard to tell with the fish eye lens) and a bus in a bad position. I don't get it. Not to mention the video is sped up which is a bit dishonest. If people on the Internet wouldn't sit through the video at the actual pace, is it any surprise that other road users would be put off?

    You can tell it's close by looking at where the wheels of the car are - the driver could of and should of driven fully on the other side of the road, why did they choose not to?

  • ODI High Performance Road Bar Tape16 hours 29 min agoI can see a square cut end of

    I can see a square cut end of the bar tape in the second picture, under / left of the black ODI tape

    not finished properly? should have a taper cut so its a seamless finish, and nothing to catch on which will cause the tape to unravell Wink

  • Tour de France Stage 2: André Greipel wins, Fabian Cancellara in yellow, as wind wreaks havoc16 hours 46 min agoBitching about ITV4 is as

    Bitching about ITV4 is as much part of the TdF tradition as sunflowers, dutch corner and all the rest

  • how many of us still riding Triples?16 hours 49 min agoTriples on a couple of my

    Triples on a couple of my bikes -

    Tourer - obviously has a triple
    MTB - think my Anthem X was the last generation of bikes to come with a triple - ironically I don't need the triple on this as almost always ride in Epping Forest so will be change to a 28/40 double soon
    Audax bike - has a close ratio triple (28/38/48 with 12-23 block) which gives me a full spread of very close gears which I very much like.
    Carbon Racer - 39/53 with 12-25 good for any ride in Sth England up to around 6 hours, but over that will take the audax bike.

    So yes, still a place for triples though finding a nice looking one these days can be tricky (or expensive) and soon it looks like you will have to buy tiagra. Yuk. I would love it if Campy reissued their sport/race triple sets, would go down that route like a shot as they look terrific on a classic bike...

  • Tour de France Bikes 2015: A yellow Trek for Fabian Cancellara?16 hours 58 min agohttp://www.trekfactoryracing.

    http://www.trekfactoryracing.com/blog/yellow-domane-cancellara

  • Tour of Cambs makes dreams come true16 hours 58 min agoThank you

    Thank you Smile

  • Tour de France Stage 2: André Greipel wins, Fabian Cancellara in yellow, as wind wreaks havoc17 hours 3 min agorjfrussell wrote:Do people

    rjfrussell wrote:
    Do people watch on ITV or Eurosport? What is the commentary like on the latter? Watched stage 2 on ITV4 yesterday, and it was pretty dire stuff- if one looked at the make up of the breakaway group on the official site, it looked pretty obvious that the sprint would be between Cav, Greipel and Sagan, yet there was not a mention of Greipel until the last km- and it was very much "oh- Greipel's there too."

    I watch on EuroSportHD - coverage much better and Greg LeMond's no BS analysis is superb.

  • Edinburgh's bin lorries upgraded for cycle safety - city asks for cyclists' opinions17 hours 4 min agoHeya, it's Danni (Cycle

    Heya, it's Danni (Cycle Alert). I don't really understand what is particularly controversial with Croydon's decision to use Cycle Alert as opposed to a Cyclear system. The system being used on the Edinburgh bin lorries is a left-hand audio alarm + proximity sensor package. Croydon's vehicles had already been installed with left-hand audio alarms (which we too stock) and so the need was for a proximity-type warning system only, to which it appealed to Cycle Alert. I think there is perhaps some misconception as to what a proximity sensor does as opposed to what Cycle Alert does; a proximity sensor is little more than an adapted parking sensor, bleeps at everything, gets generally ignored by the driver, dismissed as 'white noise'. There isn't a driver or a fleet operator who has advised me to the contrary; indeed there are some tech providers that have ceased stocking them altogether on account of their futility and I'm amazed that informed parties still recommend them. Still, each to their own, it's not my intention to criticise, I just wanna advise on what I've picked up about the industry. Cycle Alert doesn't give such false alerts, there are far fewer alerts but all of them are meaningful; surely that's better than a whole lot of nothing-alerts? Of course, Cycle Alert is still small and not everybody dons a tag right now, but heck you got to start somewhere and this is absolutely the right way to go in terms of replacing the current fashion for ineffectual proximity warning systems. It is not a 'silver bullet' solution, there's a lot of work to do in terms of better infrastructure and better cab design (it is worth noting though, that none of the low-cab designs I have seen have designed out the need for blind-spot reduction technology), but tech like Cycle Alert - and indeed left-hand audio alerts - can have a sizeable contribution to make.

    For the sake of clarification, Cycle Alert is distributing cycle tags for free.

    It dispirited me a little that Croydon Cycling Campaign made the comments that they did in the original article. Only because, when we originally presented the technology to its members, no such reservations were bought up, on the contrary there was suggestion from one member that the tech could be implemented on vehicles building the new Westfield site. And while there might have been/be a 'serious concern' from Mr. Gregory, that concern hasn't been extended to an actual conversation with Cycle Alert to discuss those concerns, even though I have suggested we do so. I've basically been ignored. I'm someone who cycles at the end of the day, the discussion is as real and important to me as it is to the Cycling Campaign.

    Placing Cycle Alert to one side, I'm glad that Edinburgh are installing cycle safety tech onto their vehicles and are recognising the need to make the on-road environment safer if more people are to cycle.