• Women and older people, on your bike – growing levels of cycling have not brought greater diversity1 day 14 hours agoI agree with gazza_d about

    I agree with gazza_d about the "survivalist mentality". Sometimes I think you really have to be obsessed with cycling to put up with driver behaviour, potholes, foul weather, dark, grit & mud, nowhere to put your kit at work, etc. etc. Personally I'd be tempted to give up the job if I didn't have a ride at each end of the day, so it's a big incentive!
    I am probably lucky as I used to cycle to school as a kid, and to work as a young adult in London, so after having a family it was natural to start cycling again. I think it would be easy to get put off at the start by all the downsides if you didn't yet know you enjoyed cycling.

  • Women and older people, on your bike – growing levels of cycling have not brought greater diversity1 day 14 hours agoI agree with gazza_d about

    I agree with gazza_d about the "survivalist mentality". Sometimes I think you really have to be obsessed with cycling to put up with driver behaviour, potholes, foul weather, dark, grit & mud, nowhere to put your kit at work, etc. etc. Personally I'd be tempted to give up the job if I didn't have a ride at each end of the day, so it's a big incentive!
    I am probably lucky as I used to cycle to school as a kid, and to work as a young adult in London, so after having a family it was natural to start cycling again. I think it would be easy to get put off at the start by all the downsides if you didn't yet know you enjoyed cycling.

  • Spring Classics 20151 day 14 hours agoGkam84 wrote:enrique...I do

    Gkam84 wrote:
    enrique...I do not reply to your emails...
    I know... you hurt my feelings... Sad

  • Spring Classics 20151 day 14 hours agoenrique wrote:...I propose we

    enrique wrote:
    ...I propose we play Purist... No transfers until the Ardeness, then unlimited transfers for the Ardennes, then no more transfers until the end of the competition for Purists...

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    ... i didn't really consider the possibility of setting up a competition with no transfers, then adding some at another point...
    Crying

  • Moving on up1 day 14 hours agowell done! I hope you

    well done! I hope you continue to race and blog about it.

  • Podium Cafe 20151 day 14 hours agoI'm pleased with Bonifazio

    I'm pleased with Bonifazio for 4 credits. Not so please so far with Bouhanni for 20.

  • Podium Cafe 20151 day 14 hours agoAt least I had Cav and Viv in

    At least I had Cav and Viv in this today haha

  • road.cc Metric Century Challenge 20151 day 15 hours agoJan 03 | 1 point | 102.3

    Jan 03 | 1 point | 102.3 miles | 164.3 km Wet, windy, & weary over Warrington way
    Jan 24 | 1 point | 65.4 miles | 105.2 km

    Feb 01 | 1 point | 101.2 miles | 162.9 km Sub-zero wind & Eureka pit-stop
    Feb 07 | 1 point | 80.3 miles | 129.2 km Ride to Roots Cycle Café
    Feb 08 | 1 point | 65.4 miles | 105.2 km
    Feb 15 | 1 point | 63.7 miles | 102.5 km Cheshire Sportive

    Mar 01 | 1 point | 62.5 miles | 100.6 km Ride with NCG & Kristian House (JLT Condor Team)

    Total Km 808.2

    Total points: 7

    Big Grin

  • Spring Classics 20151 day 15 hours agochiv30 wrote: Everyone was

    chiv30 wrote:

    Everyone was told we couldn't have a purist comp as once the game was setup you couldn't add transfers .....this obviously wasn't strictly true because you did exactly that when you (admittedly) dropped the ball on the rider values so him asking about that is totally valid

    As I said earlier , spring classics always causes problems.....

    to be honest i didn't really consider the possibility of setting up a competition with no transfers, then adding some at another point. that is possible. i can't help thinking it'd be a bit confusing, especially since i'd have to take them away again immediately whatever the transfer-enabled race was started.

  • Spring Classics 20151 day 15 hours agochiv30, i appreciate you have

    chiv30, i appreciate you have a valid point but adding 5 transfers to an already created comp is probably a hell of a lot easier than creating a whole new "purist" comp.

    I may be wrong though Thinking

  • Podium Cafe 20151 day 15 hours ago2nd in men's. Last in

    2nd in men's. Last in women's.

  • Spring Classics 20151 day 15 hours agoAnyway shall we all calm

    Anyway shall we all calm down, mistakes happen. Let's just get on with it. Gkam and enrique stop winding each other up.

  • Podium Cafe 20151 day 15 hours agoWomen's team doing far better

    Women's team doing far better than my men's .....although my men's team got in the top 10 on one race today Party

  • Spring Classics 20151 day 15 hours agoGkam84 wrote:Enrique, do us

    Gkam84 wrote:
    Enrique, do us all a favour, fuck off with your quotes and changing them to suit your purpose.

    NO the values cannot be changed back, NO we won't pander to your requests, NO I do not reply to your emails, NO I don't have certain issues you decided I had in one of your emails.

    FUCK OFF

    Out of order much?

    People have been forum banned for less , Enrique can be annoying we all know that but he also makes valid points in between some of his annoying posts

    ie
    Everyone was told we couldn't have a purist comp as once the game was setup you couldn't add transfers .....this obviously wasn't strictly true because you did exactly that when you (admittedly) dropped the ball on the rider values so him asking about that is totally valid

    As I said earlier , spring classics always causes problems.....

  • GripGrab Arctic overshoes1 day 15 hours agoHow could they be fully

    How could they be fully waterproof if there is a great big hole in the bottom

  • Spring Classics 20151 day 15 hours agoGkam84 wrote:Enrique, do us

    Gkam84 wrote:
    Enrique, do us all a favour, fuck off with your quotes and changing them to suit your purpose.

    NO the values cannot be changed back, NO we won't pander to your requests, NO I do not reply to your emails, NO I don't have certain issues you decided I had in one of your emails.

    FUCK OFF

    Dont beat around the bush mate, just tell it how it is Rolling On The Floor Rolling On The Floor

  • Dehydration tips1 day 15 hours agoThanks PaulJ, i think that

    Thanks PaulJ, i think that needs a coffee for me to get my head around but it is quite surprising!

  • Spring Classics 20151 day 15 hours agoEnrique, do us all a favour,

    Enrique, do us all a favour, fuck off with your quotes and changing them to suit your purpose.

    NO the values cannot be changed back, NO we won't pander to your requests, NO I do not reply to your emails, NO I don't have certain issues you decided I had in one of your emails.

    FUCK OFF

  • Women and older people, on your bike – growing levels of cycling have not brought greater diversity1 day 15 hours agoSome thoughts on this general

    Some thoughts on this general topic, plus rather a long, off-piste ramble ...

    I'm an over-60 woman too, but work in London. I am a bit of a fair-weather cyclist and only cycle commute some of the time (9 mile round trip), but also go through periods of funk where I chicken out due to lack of fitness, fear of accidents etc. I often need to persuade myself that despite the scary news stories, statistically it's much safer to cycle and improve my fitness than to be a couch potato.

    Whilst I am confident enough to 'share the road' when I have to, I would really much rather not. I am sure that this is what puts most women and older people off. Segregated cycle paths, especially on main roads, are essential, as well as quiet back-street options and other road safety improvements like lower speed limits, safer HGVs, time-controlled delivery times, better street design and more tolerance / less selfishness all round.

    Fear also deters parents from allowing their children to cycle or walk, resulting in making the problem worse by putting more cars on the road.

    I don't have the acceleration to get out of tricky situations when cycling, but on the other hand, my slow speed means that - to date - I've always been able to stop when necessary. Thank goodness many of the dangerous guardrail traps have now gone (and bendy buses). In my experience, anyone on or near the road (including other cyclists) is likely to do something stupid / unpredictable at every opportunity, so full concentration is needed at all times.

    It is my impression that cyclists who are also drivers are generally safer and more street-wise than those who have never learned to drive, as the former have some knowledge of the highway code and experience of being on the road. So yes, training would help.

    Fortunately my office has some lockable cycle parking and I believe there's a shower in the basement. I've never used it, but rely on a change of clothes if and when needed, which it isn't always as I cycle slowly and don't often need to look particularly smart. It is a pain having to carry spare clothes and other stuff - my pannier sometimes looks as if I'm off on holiday for a week. Not that I ever wear lycra or special cycle clothing - I'd feel and look pretty stupid if I did. However, my (younger) male cycling colleagues change their clothes more than I do - they do cycle faster than me.

    A recent visit to Bruges was a revelation: not a surprise, but great to see their marked and segregated cycle paths out-of-town and unsegregated narrow city centre streets in action. It is so normal and safe to cycle there that I'm sure I would have been thought very odd to say I was too old to cycle, let alone that my gender was a factor to be considered. It was great to see all sorts of parent-and-child bike combos in action, too.

  • Boardman CFi - Shifting cable bites into Frame1 day 16 hours agoThe shop should be fixing

    The shop should be fixing this for you surely ?

  • The merits of SPD SL's over SPD's1 day 16 hours agowycombewheeler wrote:FullGas

    wycombewheeler wrote:
    FullGas wrote:

    Pressing down on the pedals is only about 40% of the pedal stroke. Pulling up your feet is an advantage that's too hard to ignore, specially when standing up. SPDs make it hard to do it due to massive amount of float they provide when compared to proper road pedals.
    .


    I'm not convinced by this argument, in my uni years my friend came off his mtb and took a gash out of shin, and we swapped bikes and he pedalled the 6 miles to the hospital on one leg wearing my spds. pulling up is not that comfortable anyway as the leg muscles are not really evolved to work that way.

    We also need to take into account the various SPD cleat options here. I find I can pull up easily in single release mode cleats, but regrettably they're getting harder to find (don't send me links, its not impossible) as most stockists prefer multi release mode cleats, which I always find disengage too easily.

  • 7Mesh Revelation Jacket1 day 16 hours agoOn the £35 jacket I got from

    On the £35 jacket I got from mountain warehouse, the hood rolls up in itself to store in the collar....and now I need to think of what to spend the other £304 on. (I know, before you start, my jacket probably isn't as good!)

  • The merits of SPD SL's over SPD's1 day 16 hours agofast as fupp wrote:'off the

    fast as fupp wrote:
    'off the bike' ?

    do folk stop and go for a walk mid way through a ride?

    Yes.

    CX.
    Café stop on the club ride.
    Poking around the scenery on a tour.
    Whole day in the office in the office sandwiched between commutes.

    Lots of reasons to want something that works well on and off the bike.

  • Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne1 day 16 hours agoSaw all those riders not on

    Saw all those riders not on the start list so put them in my team as thought if the came in I would get a good result. Well where were you Bennett, Hutarovitch Coquard, Wisnioski. well at least I get 5 points for the Pole.
    Big Grin

  • Mark Cavendish wins Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne1 day 16 hours agoThey were used up pulling the

    They were used up pulling the peleton back upto the lone rider in a headwind. He was a class above today.