• Witness appeal after boy, 12, killed while cycling in Leicestershire10 hours 32 min agoYou don't know what happened.

    You don't know what happened. A couple of years ago in my area a 17 year old was killed when he inexplicably fell straight into the path of a Ford Fiesta driven by a 70 year old. He was riding on the excellent cycling path that borders both sides of the 50mph dual carriageway but somehow veered into the road. The driver was not charged.

    http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/10068962._I_never_got_to_say_goodb...

  • So why do cyclists get a bad name?10 hours 34 min agotruffy wrote:Jimmy Ray Will

    truffy wrote:
    Jimmy Ray Will wrote:
    many cyclists/pedestrians have not had the luxury of this schooling.... you could look at it like this... when a cyclist is being an idiot, at least he has the excuse of ignorance,

    Everyone took the cycle proficiency when I was at primary school. And that was 40 years ago. Perhaps times have changed.

    I suggest it may have at least as much to do with _where_ your school was as what era it was.

  • Commonwealth ITT10 hours 39 min agoDowsett by a country mile.

    Dowsett by a country mile. Millar second. Cycling Weekly's own Mike Hutchinson third, dare I say...?

  • Sainsbury's unveils safer lorry as Boris Johnson launches consultation10 hours 39 min agoOrange is obviously safer, so

    Orange is obviously safer, so Tesco, Asda and Morrisons should be banned from the road.

  • Planet X 52mm carbon wheels10 hours 39 min agoThese are now SOLD. Thanks

    These are now SOLD.
    Thanks for looking.

  • Descent Fear10 hours 45 min agoIf you want to get up hills

    If you want to get up hills quicker or easier, practice is required.

    It's the same with decending, practice, practice, practice.

    It is important though to recognise the limitations of both your bike and yourself. Its no good trying to throw your machine down hills or round corners that it will not be able to cope with. Even the best rider in the world would struggle.

    Identifying and training up your own limitations is key. I have seen a few moments on roads where cyclists talent curve ended and they have carried on in blind faith. It always ends in disaster.

    I am pretty confident descending but was still nervous before visiting Majorca in the spring. So i made sure in the month before hand i found descents with tight curves or switchbacks for training on (difficult in Hampshire and Berkshire).

    I would echo all of the comments above.
    You have to be in the right place mentally. Tune in to the environment, look far ahead, think quickly and stick to a line once decided on.
    Physically, be relaxed, try to breathe easy and get in the drops.

  • Witness appeal after boy, 12, killed while cycling in Leicestershire10 hours 46 min agoSince there are no details of

    Since there are no details of the accident, it's premature to jump to conclusions.

  • Witness appeal after boy, 12, killed while cycling in Leicestershire10 hours 46 min agoPaul_C wrote:"One man, Davd

    Paul_C wrote:
    "One man, Davd Fidler, said: “I was there seconds after it happened and it looked like an accident.

    “Without going into detail, it was a wrong time and wrong place and nothing could have changed it."

    Utter rubbish, proper infrastructure would have kept them separate...

    Its also a case of that he saw the aftermath, not the lead up to it nor the actual collision.

    I also take umbrage with the constant reporting that it was a cyclist in collision with an inanimate object. It was a person driving a car FFS. The car wasnt driving itself (well, not yet anyway). Its as bad as using the phrase "accident" which puts a predetermined perspective rather than using the more neutral term 'collision'.

  • B'Twin Count 8 Counter computer10 hours 47 min agoI bought the aldi latest

    I bought the aldi latest computer. Not quite the same functions, but does speed max and avg, distance, time, cal burn,fat burn,temp and a cadence indicater...£6.99.

  • Autumn Classics10 hours 52 min agoQuite a hilly course so I am

    Quite a hilly course so I am going for some climbers.

  • Autumn Classics10 hours 54 min agoJoelsim wrote:Can't afford

    Joelsim wrote:
    Can't afford Sagan in this one. There is too much other choice.

    Nor Valverde.

    Probably a mistake on both counts, but heh!

    They're first and second favourites at the bookies, but I'm not including them either. I tried following the money and got barely half a team before running out of funds. Doesn't seem right to pick three hot favourites and six fillers. Thinking

  • Witness appeal after boy, 12, killed while cycling in Leicestershire10 hours 55 min ago"One man, Davd Fidler, said:

    "One man, Davd Fidler, said: “I was there seconds after it happened and it looked like an accident.

    “Without going into detail, it was a wrong time and wrong place and nothing could have changed it."

    Utter rubbish, proper infrastructure would have kept them separate...

    Also more care from the driver as it quite clearly gives warning in the highway code to give more room for young cyclists:

    "204

    The most vulnerable road users are pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders. It is particularly important to be aware of children, older and disabled people, and learner and inexperienced drivers and riders."

    " give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car (see Rules 211 to 213) and 214 to 215).

    Remember: Mirrors – Signal – Manoeuvre

    Highway Code - Rule 163 Give Vulnerable Road Users At Least As Much Space As You Would A Car"

    https://assets.digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk/static/hc/hc_rule_163_give_...

  • BTR Water Resistant Frame Bike Bag And Mobile Phone Holder10 hours 57 min agoIt looks interesting to me as

    It looks interesting to me as my bike frame is so small(13 inch) i cannot use one under the saddle.
    I have a mountain bike frame to top tube slopes, i shouldnt think it would be aproblem.
    On the website it comes in 3 sizes...which size is the one tested? Would be handy to know, especially as you describe the amount of contents it will take.

  • So why do cyclists get a bad name?10 hours 59 min agoJimmy Ray Will wrote:many

    Jimmy Ray Will wrote:
    many cyclists/pedestrians have not had the luxury of this schooling.... you could look at it like this... when a cyclist is being an idiot, at least he has the excuse of ignorance,

    Everyone took the cycle proficiency when I was at primary school. And that was 40 years ago. Perhaps times have changed.

  • If only there was a 5th Cat11 hours 14 sec agothemartincox wrote:There is a

    themartincox wrote:
    There is a 5th Cat, its called a sportive Wink

    Actually, its called silly commuter racing!

  • Video exclusive: Greg LeMond on the Tour de France, innovation and his top cyclists of all time11 hours 1 min ago"Is his list the same as your

    "Is his list the same as your list?"

    Tautology?

    I watched "Taming The Badger", the documentary based on Richard Moores book the other day and would recommend it (hint its up on youtube Wink ). I'm glad Greg is now back in the spotlight after being out in the cold for a few years because of a certain person.

  • Any Thoughts - Trek Madone 4.9 Compact Ultegra Di211 hours 2 min agoI test-rode that bike,

    I test-rode that bike, amongst others. It felt great, the electronic gears are something else, and at £1850 (at my LBS) it was sooo tempting, but the new Emonda SL 6 felt just a little better to me (more comfort from the 500 series carbon vs 400 series perhaps?), so I went with that instead.
    The difference was marginal though, and those gears are sublime... I have no doubt I'd have been very happy with either.

  • Kinesis Aithein Build11 hours 8 min agoCan we have pictures of all

    Can we have pictures of all these Aitheins please?! I would love one myself...

  • Astana used acupuncture11 hours 9 min agofaceplant wrote: I think

    faceplant wrote:

    I think you're missing the point. Acupuncture is not without risk. They include local hematoma (due to bleeding from a punctured blood vessel), pneumothorax (punctured lung), convulsions, local infections, hepatitis B (from unsterile needles), bacterial endocarditis, contact dermatitis, and nerve damage.

    Furthermore, these risks are being undertaken and paid for under the false pretence that the treatment is effective, when it has been objectively shown that it is not.

    Ok, I bite... I'll accept the local hematoma, but I can't see many folk suffering from a punctured lung from acupuncture, convulsion or infections... the needles are single use and come pre-sterilised and individually wrapped... everything you are talking about is acupuncture practiced badly... and in that situation yes, seeing someone incompetent/unscrupulous is dangerous... but honestly, how many of us would let randoms stick needles in our body?

    The treatment is effective.

    Now whether that effectiveness translates into long term solutions/fixes is a different matter... much in the same way that paracetamol is not going to fix the cause of repeated headaches.

    Does it have an effect? Absolutely... does it help people feel better? absolutely... is that real or placebo? it doesn't really matter... should people forgo other standard medical practices for acupuncture and chiropractic treatment? Hell no... Should these practices be explored as an option for certain problems? Hell yes.

    I've struggled long and hard with lower back pain over the years, caused by a mixture of poor posture and hypermobility of certain joints... Anyway, at 30, years of ignoring the challenge, and seeing the osteopath occasionally caught up with me and I became properly scuppered. The GP prescribed pain killers and put me on a waiting list.

    I went to see a chiropractor whilst waiting, and over a period of three months, he sorted me out. Now, I am happy to admit that some of the long term fix was his guidance on core strength and general conditioning, but certainly in the short to mid term, he got me up and running in a way that nothing else had... and certainly better than codeine and sitting on my arse.

    I guess what I am saying is that I am a believer... not an evangelist, but from personal experience, I suggest that there is good to be had from these treatments.

    Final point.. placebo effect. I see the term 'placebo' used a lot in these studies, and I can't help feeling that the interpretation of the term is not always strictly accurate.

    If someone goes to see someone with a chronically sore knee and after acupuncture treatment that knee is better... that needs to be explored further than simply written off as the placebo effect.

  • Ride London 100 - too little too late?11 hours 21 min agoPace yourself and you'll get

    Pace yourself and you'll get round OK.

    I did my first and only century last year (a charity ride). As there were two food/drink stops I just treated it as 3 x 30 odd mile efforts and had a little break at each stop. It seemed much easier to get my head round that way having done 45-50 mile efforts when training.

  • Scotland cyclist proposes in velodrome after racing in Keirin (+ link to video)11 hours 28 min agoWell done Chris -

    Well done Chris - congratulations to you both!

  • If only there was a 5th Cat11 hours 29 min agoI'm planning to have a go

    I'm planning to have a go later this year. Good to hear from others in the same boat.

    I think some of the comments on here are really useful - thanks for your collective wisdom!

  • So why do cyclists get a bad name?11 hours 36 min agoOne point that is often

    One point that is often ignored is that many traffic lights are for controlling traffic so that certain roads and junctions don't get blocked by motor vehicles.

    So, in these cases, what difference does it make if bikes go through on red?

    If there was a bike lane, how is that any different to someone walking down the pavement?

  • Sainsbury's unveils safer lorry as Boris Johnson launches consultation11 hours 47 min agofreespirit1 wrote:Perhaps it

    freespirit1 wrote:
    Perhaps it is a reminder that cyclists also have a responsibility for their own safety.

    Couldn't agree more

  • Tour de Pologne11 hours 50 min agoIt is a World Tour race in

    It is a World Tour race in fact, and as the only one in that part of Europe the locals turn out en mass and the atmosphere is definitely good!

    It has a fairly long history, going back to 1928, but only went pro in the last 20 years or so. I think it doesn't get much attention on account of being squeezed between TdF and La Vuelta, with a lot of the bigger-name riders taking a break, but not all. Nevertheless, usually some good stages in the mix, definitely worth a watch, lots of nice scenery Big Grin

    First stage is this Sunday, usually Eurosport carries it.

    For those interested:
    http://tourdepologne.pl/en/
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tour_de_Pologne