• Jail for hit-and-run motorist who killed south London cyclist1 day 5 hours agoExterminate, exterminate!

    Exterminate, exterminate!

  • Disc brakes to appear in pro peloton this year1 day 5 hours agokevinmorice wrote:I still

    kevinmorice wrote:
    I still don't see the point. The weak point in your braking system will always be road/tyre interface. If your rim brakes don't give you that already you need to adjust them properly or pull harder.

    It's not about the absolute power, or the break-away point of the tyre - if you've not experienced some of the reasons why a lot of people like them on the road, then you only have to look at some of the reviews of them in the bike press or the comments following them. They're not the saviour of road cycling nor the work of the devil, they're just consistently good at doing something rather well (at least half-decent dual piston jobs). There are shit disc brakes and great ones, same as rim caliper, cantis or V-brakes.. ok, not that last one.

    kevinmorice wrote:
    So why carry the weight, the aero loss, the wider frame and the difficult wheel changes?

    The weight gain is generally pretty small and getting smaller, the aero loss trivial (ask the guys that have done the wind tunnel testing), the wider frame irrelevant and the wheel changes not difficult. I agree you don't see the point - but you also need to get a grip on the real relative merits and trade-offs.

  • Number of drivers fined for illegally using mobile phones drop by a quarter1 day 5 hours agoConcealed snipers on the

    Concealed snipers on the sides of roads would be a start. All the f*ckers who dial and drive deserve a bullet between the eyes.

  • Disc brakes to appear in pro peloton this year1 day 5 hours agoI still don't see the point.

    I still don't see the point. The weak point in your braking system will always be road/tyre interface. If your rim brakes don't give you that already you need to adjust them properly or pull harder.

    The mtb examples just don't hold water. The drive there was partly because it is easy to dent and buckle a mtb wheel on any weekend warrior route so rim brakes were always a problem. This simply isn't true on road bikes.

    So why carry the weight, the aero loss, the wider frame and the difficult wheel changes?

  • Number of drivers fined for illegally using mobile phones drop by a quarter1 day 5 hours agoAt the risk of getting some

    At the risk of getting some aggression for being a bit self righteous because we all do things that we shouldn't...

    If I see a HGV driver using a phone and can identify the company from the vehicle graphics, then I call them up and ask to speak to the transport manager. I'm not specific about number plates just time and place as the non self righteous part of me wants the driver to get a bollocking but not enough evidence to lose them their job. I'm also assuming that the company actually gives a stuff, though presumably if their driver loses their licence (unlikely I know given the report above) it must give them a problem, and if there is an accident then mobile use might make their insurance cover tricky and leave the company and company directors liable.

    If other people using a phone whilst driving is something that really bothers you then join BRAKE or ROSPA or a local safety group and get involved in 'good citizen' road safety activities to protect your own community. You won't make yourself popular but my personal observation is that around 1 in 50 drivers is using a mobile phone round the town where I live. That's about 2% of drivers at any single moment in time and as far as I am concerned they represent a threat to me as a cyclist and my children as pedestrians.

    Accidents (Incidents?) are rarely due to a single cause, there is usually a chain of unfortunate coincidences and circumstances. Remove any of the links and the chain is broken. Using a phone whilst driving is selfish and irresponsible, it should be seen as being as antisocial as drink driving and in my opinion the authorities should be treating it just as seriously. If nothing else surely at £100 a pop it's a great little money earner?

  • Move compact gearset to a triple1 day 5 hours agoSwapping or modifying can be

    Swapping or modifying can be rewarding but not alway perfect.

    My best mod has been on my mtb bike, I converted it from a single 34t crank to a 36,22 front derailleur setup. Made the bike wholly more enjoyable with go anywhere gearing.

    Worst was converting wife's bike to a front derailleur setup to help her on the hills, never worked quite right, well did when I changed gear. She manages to drop the chain repeatedly Smile

  • Bib Shorts recommendation.1 day 5 hours agoDon't get Skins. My

    Don't get Skins.

    My clubmates have reliably informed me (and provided pictorial evidence) that they're rather see-through. It's a good thing I wear knickers, skimpy as they are, otherwise my arse crack would have been on display to most of Surrey/SW London before now. Surprise

  • Trek launches Émonda ALR aluminium road frame1 day 5 hours agoNice - welds look super

    Nice - welds look super smooth - from pics looks like carbon. Good to see a frame only option too.

  • Cycle path etiquette1 day 5 hours agoWhatever side you ride on, be

    Whatever side you ride on, be aware that walkers are 'trained' to face oncoming traffic.

    This can be a bit of a problem when a walker turns into a jogger, or runner. Going through Richmond Park the other day, I had a whole herd of runners coming directly towards me, at speed, on my side of the road. Worried

  • road.cc Italy Week: Riding the route of a Giro d’Italia stage1 day 5 hours agohah! looks like an

    hah! looks like an entertaining day despite the trucks

  • To change or not to change....1 day 5 hours agoIf you're not happy to tackle

    If you're not happy to tackle the job any LBS should have it done in ten minutes, including adjusting your gears.

  • Move compact gearset to a triple1 day 5 hours agoI just love this kind of

    I just love this kind of Sunday morning challenge, sad or what?

    Basically, most things are possible but not necessarily desirable, only you will know if it's worthwhile. In the meantime some tips ......

    The Sora and Ultegra BBs could both be HollowTech II, which means a straight swap might be possible, if you have the relevant tool, which is cheap to buy. Have a look at the (silver or black) bearing cups that sit next to the BB. Do they look similar? Bear in mind that later Ultegra cups are of smaller diameter.

    Fitting a double might put your chain line a few mm out. Would you notice?

    The old rear derailleur is probably a long one. You don't need that but it should work with the compact.

    The old left shifter has three positions and you will only need two for the compact. This could lead to problems or it might work with careful use. But will you be careful after fifty tiring miles of your sportive? You might get a cheap shifter on ebay?

    The 9-speed/10-speed compatibility problem leaves you facing the fact that it's the lever that controls the number of gears. With the old 9-speed lever you cannot get 10 gears. But do you need them? Or could you swap the right levers too? And will the 10-speed cassette fit your existing freehub?

    What a wonderful Sunday you will have!

  • Bowman Palace sizing1 day 6 hours agoThanks DanTe, Didn't manage

    Thanks DanTe,

    Didn't manage to get through earlier so left a message. I imagine they're pretty rammed at the moment!

    Groupset arrived a few days ago, and seeing it boxed up and not on a bike is a bit painful. Best not to rush into anything though Worried

  • road.cc Italy Week: Riding the route of a Giro d’Italia stage1 day 6 hours agoTell you what, I'll swap you-

    Tell you what, I'll swap you- for a week in the office, each day bookended with breakfast/bath time for twin toddlers! No? Hmmm...

  • Fulcrum Racing 5 wheels1 day 6 hours agoBought new R5. Came to a

    Bought new R5. Came to a stretch where road was being renewed so I had to pull my bike alongside. Slipped at one point, bike fell. Got up and the rear wheel is blocked.

    That's the new fucking rear wheel with 10/10 spokes. The wheel is shit.

    Fulcrum Germany (JBSTrading) a bunch of unhelpful blokes. They care shit.

    Have a 2012 R5 with more than 33 K km, never adjusted and running absolutely true. 16/8 spokes! But that's not why I bought a new R5.

    The Quattro has 14/7 spokes. That makes sense.

    Fulcrum customer service abominable.

  • Fulcrum Racing 5 wheels1 day 6 hours agoBought new R5. Came to a

    Bought new R5. Came to a stretch where road was being renewed so I had to pull my bike alongside. Slipped at one point, bike fell. Got up and the rear wheel is blocked.

    That's the new fucking rear wheel with 10/10 spokes. The wheel is shit.

    Fulcrum Germany (JBSTrading) a bunch of unhelpful blokes. They care shit.

    Have a 2012 R5 with more than 33 K km, never adjusted and running absolutely true. 16/8 spokes! But that's not why I bought a new R5.

    The Quattro has 14/7 spokes. That makes sense.

    Fulcrum customer service abominable.

  • Number of drivers fined for illegally using mobile phones drop by a quarter1 day 6 hours agoIf the police aren't catching

    If the police aren't catching any that doesn't mean they're not doing it. It's probably more indicative of the reduction in policing.

    On my 7 mile commute the numbers I see driving whilst playing with their phone is shocking.

  • Steve Abraham back on the road—pedalling a recumbent with one leg1 day 6 hours agogood luck!

    good luck!

  • Jail for hit-and-run motorist who killed south London cyclist1 day 6 hours agobenb wrote:STATO

    benb wrote:
    STATO wrote:
    timfearn wrote:
    They'll also let him take the ban concurrently with his sentence, so if he serves the maximum (ha!) he will only be banned for a further 8 months on his release.

    This hasnt been the case for years....

    even the daily mail covered it!

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1228881/Mother-wins-law-change-driving-bans-begin-prison-sentences-served.html

    Except the change in law was never enacted!
    http://thecyclingsilk.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/when-is-law-not-law-when-no-one.html

    Wow. This really needs to be more widely known. At the moment there seem to be two groups - those who don't know the law was ever changed, and those who "know" the law changed but don't know it didn't actually change!

    So the situation is still as ridiculous as it always was? Has the Mail (or the rest of the press) reported that anywhere?

  • Rotor unveils £499 INpower bottom bracket-based power meter1 day 6 hours agoIts crazy how the sponsored

    Its crazy how the sponsored teams rode this for months and no one noticed!

    Getting the full crankset for only an extra 150 bucks seems really good value too.

  • Urgent tyre help1 day 6 hours agoIn my experience such

    In my experience such circumstances completely deprive women of their already rudimentary sense of humour. Believe me, there is absolutely no point in grovelling or apologising, it will only serve to make you look weak in her eyes and, let's be honest, she has harboured doubts about your masculinity for some time. Just tell her an incident occurred and you don't want to trouble her little head with the details. That should see you right.

  • To change or not to change....1 day 6 hours agoYer that's my problem, it's

    Yer that's my problem, it's frayed before the clamp - in my eyes it's a weakness that I could do something about now I guess.. I know it could stretch a bit during the sportive (92 miler and I'm biking to and from the event as well) but I do have an in line adjuster.

  • Stat attack - has cycling really doubled on a road in Bristol since 2000? We doubt it1 day 6 hours agoGreat article and good spot.

    Great article and good spot. As the officer responsible for transport data at Bristol Council, I thought I should clear this up!

    The headline story is correct - cycling has doubled (almost) on A38 Gloucester Road and car use has gone down. Gloucester Road is now the most popular on-road route in the city, with comparable numbers to the off-road Bristol to Bath Railway Path. In the morning peak southbound 27% of all vehicles are bicycles.

    This reflects the broader trend of a doubling in cycling in Bristol between 2001 and 2011, with an estimated 9% of people now cycling to work in the city.

    However, as this article shows, the DfT statistics are not robust. It's not that clear from their data website, but they conduct a 12 hour count every few years and then estimate to get an annual average day 24 hour count, occasionally leading to some odd results. The actual DfT counts at this site were conducted in 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007 only.

    Luckily, we have our own count site near this location at A38 Cheltenham Road north of Arley Hill. The data is below and shows that cycling increased by 76% between 2000-2011 and cars decreased by 8%.

    Year Cycle CarTaxi
    1994 1165 11803
    1995 1187 11832
    1996 1174 12945
    1997 1212 11920
    1998 1103 12166
    1999 1179 10901
    2000 1164 11157
    2001 1245 10804
    2002 1269 11482
    2003 1476 11001
    2004 1322 11174
    2005 1035 11114
    2006 1793 10370
    2007 1580 9757
    2008 2072 10208
    2009 2272 10258
    2010 2285 10818
    2011 2051 10284

  • To change or not to change....1 day 6 hours agoWhere has it frayed? If it's

    Where has it frayed? If it's after the cable clamp on the derailleur it hardly matters, but if it's before ....... would you kick yourself if the £2 cable broke, leaving you miles from home and stuck in one gear?

  • Trek launches Émonda ALR aluminium road frame1 day 6 hours agoThat frame weight is the same

    That frame weight is the same as the middle (SL) carbon version and 150g lighter than the S model.

    It would be an interesting comparison in a test with the same weight frames.