• Not sure if worth reporting to Company, never happened to me before? (Video)19 hours 44 min agoJust a quick question - what

    Just a quick question - what camera are you using? I am now very seriously thinking of getting one based on my commute this morning with a tipper lorry overtaking me forcing an on-coming car to make an emergency stop to avoid a collision...

  • Earphones on cyclists: Yea or Nay?19 hours 45 min agoI wear them, but I keep it

    I wear them, but I keep it low and only use the ones with ear clips that sit outside the ear canal so I can still hear traffic.

    In winter I wear them just to stop the wind from chilling the inside of my ears too.

  • Decent (Enough) Short-Duration Locks19 hours 47 min agoQuince wrote:The idea of

    Quince wrote:
    The idea of using a flimsy lock on a carbon racer feels like leaving a baby in a buggy on the edge of a cliff

    So don't do it!

    The coiled cable locks aren't much heavier but, while they don't provide maximum security, they are considerably more substantial. If nothing else, they show more clearly that the bike is locked to something.

  • Video: Colnago shows how it puts a C60 frame together19 hours 50 min agoThat would suggest you let

    That would suggest you let your wife know the cost for one. A bold, bold move...

  • Feel the pain of overweight cyclists19 hours 51 min agoI've been back riding for

    I've been back riding for about a year, and have lost 1 1/2 stone in that time (with a fair bit of yo-yo ing!) Big Mel is correct - at first you won't lose much weight because you're building muscle (but you should look and feel a bit better).

    These are my thoughts on hills & weight loss:

    Gearing - make sure your gears are low enough, and ride with a fast cadence.

    Frequency - keep going and riding those hilly routes!

    Diet - Replace some of your poorer choices with better quality foods (snacks was my weakness), rather than drastically changing your diet. Stopping my pre-bed cerial habit made a big difference too (it took a couple of weeks before I stopped feeling hungry before bed though).
    Fuel your riding though - eat properly in advance of a ride, and if your ride is long enough, take food with you. It is important not to lose muscle strength as you lose weight!

    Strava - can be a great way of tracking how much faster you are up specific hills - most hills have segments. On one hill I started off grovelling up it at 9 minutes plus, and I'm now down to a PB of 4:09. After a while you'll also notice a difference in how you feel (from struggling, to attacking it) and what gear you're using (started on 34x28, now I'm comfortable with 36x23 or higher). You don't have to be getting a PB every time, but it is a nice way of monitoring your improvement and keeping your motivation up.

  • Moral Dilemma - See Through Bottoms19 hours 51 min agoIts unfortunate that at the

    Its unfortunate that at the gym I go to, the spin bikes are setup up front. So running on the treadmills behind them gives you a choice to view a few TV channels or someone's exposed behind.

    At some point, one of the gym's staff would lean in and whisper into the ear of the cyclist embarrassing them enough to quit their workout. As a stranger to the cyclist, their no way of pointing the obvious without causing discouragement.

    Look the other way.

  • Is Ned Boulting any good?19 hours 52 min agoNed started on the Tour in

    Ned started on the Tour in 2003. He was, as he openly admitted in his first book, totally clueless. In recent years his understanding has grown hugely and I now feel his questions are usually less predictable/tired than most. He also demonstrates insight in the podcasts I've heard.

    His 'Surviving the Tour' series with Boardman, that follows on from the previous comedy features like the wind tunnel piece from last year, is brilliant e.g.
    http://www.itv.com/tourdefrance/features/video-surviving-le-tour-life-on...
    http://www.itv.com/tourdefrance/video-surviving-le-tour-the-weather

    Yes, Liggett makes some howlers and yes, they repeat the same clichés and stats but they're an institution. You and I would undoubtedly struggle if we had to talk virtually non-stop for 3 hours, and how many times would you say "um"? But the latest OPQS video with Cavendish in the team car shows how much less Sherwen knows about being inside the race.

    I believe that David Harmon has put TV commentating behind him, possibly for good, and is working on other projects.

    Hope you have a good day out on the RideLondon, bikeboy Cool

  • Tour de France Stage 18: Vincenzo Nibali rides away to fourth stage win19 hours 53 min agoAgree with Leodis. Fully

    Agree with Leodis. Fully expecting a dominant performance in TT, possibly a stage win - 5! Sneaking feeling of deja vu about this for me... His performance has made all previous heated debates about Wiggins being in the Sky team rather accademic though... Cool

  • Sir Chris Hoy asked for ID - to get into Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome19 hours 56 min agoMercuryOne wrote:Did anyone

    MercuryOne wrote:
    Did anyone ask the Queen for ID?

    And if they did, would she whip out a £10 note?

  • Phil 'N Paul Bingo19 hours 58 min agoNeed to be in the first 15 or

    Need to be in the first 15 or 20 places
    Off the front or at the back
    Able to turn them inside out for their team leader
    Flat across the road indicating that the peloton is not turning the pedals in anger
    Long stretched out line indicating that x team is trying to chase down the breakaway for their sprinter

  • Video: Colnago shows how it puts a C60 frame together20 hours 10 min agoI'm fortunate enough to have

    I'm fortunate enough to have been allowed one of these for my birthday next year. This isn't helping with impatience. The problem now is deciding on paint scheme.

  • Southwark backs down on 20mph cycling limit20 hours 11 min agoI don't necessarily disagree

    I don't necessarily disagree with ALL traffic being limited to 20mph in built-up areas, but points already raised here are valid:
    1. Existing speed limits are not enforced.
    2. The council in this case have not been aware of what they can and can't legislate on.

    The truth of the matter is that few cyclists will speed in built up areas, and many motor vehicles will.

    At least they've acknowledged their error rather than beligerantly pushing it through!

  • Video: Cyclist's lucky escape as driver turns across him20 hours 30 min agoso the cyclist got a new

    so the cyclist got a new bike. great, he already had a new bike 4 weeks ago, so no real advantage or gain there.

    did he sue the driver for damages also, ie for being out of action due to th bruising etc and having a lovely trip to th hospital.
    luckily he didnt have to sue for any distress caused because he seems like a decent chap who brushed it off and got back on th bike!

    further to that, as the police charged the driver for anything? i hope so, but doubt it.

  • Feel the pain of overweight cyclists20 hours 32 min agoDitto with the seated

    Ditto with the seated approach. I'm never afraid to get in a low gear early and just spin my way up with a good cadence, I then tend to stand and attack the summit in a higher gear when I can see it. Better that than go in too fast and then quickly lose that momentum and find that even 34/30 isn't low enough.

    I'm still just the wrong side of 100kg, but I really enjoy climbing. I'm never gonna win any KOMs, but then that's not why I go out riding

  • Video: Colnago shows how it puts a C60 frame together20 hours 33 min agoLovely.

    Lovely.

  • Feel the pain of overweight cyclists20 hours 46 min agoGreat advice here. Thanks!

    Great advice here. Thanks!

  • Columba.cc still trading?20 hours 48 min agothe Peace jersey is stated as

    the Peace jersey is stated as out of stock on their website.

  • Michael Albasini insists he’s not racist, apologises to Europcar’s Kévin Réza20 hours 49 min agoIndeed, it's pretty much

    Indeed, it's pretty much impossible to reason with people who are dead set on using racism as an explanation for everything. Everything is an example of racism. Few black cyclists: racism. Few white baseball players in the NBA: racism. You are white and have an opinion: clear racist. It rains: racism. etc.

    Sad, really.

  • Aftershokz Bluez 2 Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones20 hours 54 min ago@bikebot and @bradtipp cheers

    @bikebot and @bradtipp cheers for the heads-up.

    I've had a chance to go back to the product and have a play with the skip-track feature which sailed straight over my head during the review period.

    In my opinion, that really completes the product for me.

    The initial review, which you'll notice has now been updated, also quoted the price minus-VAT, that's now been changed too (cheers).

    While the updated price made me 'gawp' just that little bit more, my understanding of the prices of Aftershokz' wired alternatives was also 20% down.

    It's all relative, and the collective jump in price hasn't dissuaded me from the Bluez 2s justified value over its counterparts.

    Yes, they're expensive, but having tried to go back to using earbuds in the office, I realised how much I genuinely dislike being isolated by my music. The Aftershokz have barely left my ears for the last month or so, and I don't expect they'll be leaving them again anytime soon.

    I like to listen to music all the time, and these allow me to do that without being antisocial or limiting my riding awareness. That alone is worth the added cost.

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins the great.......?20 hours 54 min ago"I've kind of done the road

    "I've kind of done the road now. I've bled it dry, the road is quite cut-throat. The track feels more like a family and a closer-knit group of people."

    "That will probably be it for the grand tours. I can't imagine doing that now."

    "I've had my time there and had success with it, things move on and it's natural evolution...Team Sky has become so competitive now and it's all about winning grand tours. It's whether they've got a place for an ex-Tour winner to use the racing to prepare for the track."

    "The track is where it all began for me, I'd love it to finish it on a high there."

  • Beginner's advice on pedals & shoes?20 hours 55 min agoI'm in the same camp of

    I'm in the same camp of always unclipping the same foot first, the left one too. I always prefer to set off with the right foot, so generally leave that one clipped in, plus I can rest my left foot on the kerb if I want to. The key is anticipating the need to stop so you *think* to unclip in advance.

    As has been said, stationary falls are just part of learning to ride clipless, both my left knee and my saddle bear the scars of my efforts! It doesn't take long to get used to it though, as is apparent from this topic, I've only been riding clipless for 6 months and am now perfectly confident doing it.

  • Feel the pain of overweight cyclists20 hours 55 min agoAs a previous 100kg+

    As a previous 100kg+ (Clydesdale category) rider, may I offer 2 points which reiterate the advice above.

    1) You have the power - stay seated on the climbs, get in a low gear and spin your way to the top with a sustainable "time trial" level of effort.

    2) Lose the weight - it's obvious and easier than building power. The objective is clearly defined and measurable. And the performance benefit will help you EVERYWHERE.

    Don't lose the faith - as you build dense muscle you will not drop that much weight to begin with, but your body fat will go. Give yourself 3 seasons to get into shape.

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins the great.......?20 hours 55 min agofarrell wrote:ajmarshal1

    farrell wrote:
    ajmarshal1 wrote:
    he's becoming increasingly unlikeable from what he keeps saying.

    Which is?

    Me, me, me. Whinge, whine, wah.

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins the great.......?21 hours 32 sec agoajmarshal1 wrote:he's

    ajmarshal1 wrote:
    he's becoming increasingly unlikeable from what he keeps saying.

    Which is?

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins the great.......?21 hours 3 min agoFrankly I just wish he'd

    Frankly I just wish he'd dissapear before he continues to whine away his legacy. I have a lot of respect for his achievements but he's becoming increasingly unlikeable from what he keeps saying.

    I can't wait for him to become part of cyclings history rahter than present TBH, we might be able to end this soap opera then and get back to the racing.