• Astana used acupuncture23 hours 29 min agoSerious question: The UCI had

    Serious question: The UCI had a no needle policy. Would this still be allowed as there's no ingestion of anything?

    Less serious question: Are Astana's needles hollow and have vials/blood bags attached?

  • Nice Novice road routes in North Essex / Suffolk area23 hours 39 min agoIf you don't mind a little

    If you don't mind a little drive first, head for the Suffolk coast, park up at Tunstall (other side of Woodbridge), ride through the forest and head to Orford for tea and cake, come back on any number of small, quiet roads.

    If you follow my link, you'll find a few videos of rides I've done around those parts Cool

  • So why do cyclists get a bad name?23 hours 44 min agouserfriendly wrote:People who

    userfriendly wrote:
    People who let something that should be common sense get up their noses are usually road raging idiots.

    Quite correct.

  • Glasgow bike shop “humbled” by response to its helping Malawi cyclists23 hours 45 min agoBilly Bilsland's are ace.

    Billy Bilsland's are ace.

  • Glasgow bike shop “humbled” by response to its helping Malawi cyclists23 hours 46 min agoGood for them

    Good for them

  • Astana used acupuncture23 hours 50 min agoAl__S wrote:It's quackery,

    Al__S wrote:
    It's quackery, pure and simple. Even supposedly "scientific" Garmin-Sharp employ a chiropractor. So much quackery and magical thinking going on.

    Many years ago I suffered dreadfully with a slipped disc. The medics solution of physio and mind blowing painkillers didn't do much, but a Chiropractor sorted me out. I still go 3 times a year for 'maintenance'. On one of my recent visits I had a stiff neck that just wouldn't go away. Chiro sorted it out. Works for some.

  • So why do cyclists get a bad name?23 hours 51 min agoEebijeebi wrote: Killing

    Eebijeebi wrote:

    Killing potential does not relate to 'fault' in an accident.

    Killing potential does relate to liability.

    Not taking the additional amount of care appropriate for wielding additional killing potential does relate to fault.

    Eebijeebi wrote:

    That kind of attitude is what really gets up the decent drivers noses

    Quite the contrary, I've found that it's the decent drivers who are fully aware that they bear the higher responsibility. People who let something that should be common sense get up their noses are usually road raging idiots.

  • ultegra 10sp di2, slipping23 hours 54 min agodi2 can be trimmed, see this

    di2 can be trimmed, see this youtube:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmTx_jIUzxc ?

  • So why do cyclists get a bad name?23 hours 57 min agoLinusLarrabee wrote:Cyclists

    LinusLarrabee wrote:
    Cyclists are human. Most humans are f**king stupid most of the time.

    This is the absolute heart of the matter.

    I shout at cyclists doing stupid things on my commute. I also see an enormous amount of dozy driving and dozy walking.

    Difference is: other pedestrians and cyclists irritate me; drivers risk my life.

  • Tips for fuelling your sportive23 hours 59 min agoFor a longish ride I use two

    For a longish ride I use two bottles, one with energy drink, the other with plain water mixed about 50-50 with mineral water. A couple of energy bars. Works reasonably well, for me. Gels don't agree with the beard...
    Electrolyte tablets seems like a good idea, though.

  • Giro Empire shoes1 day 1 min agoLovely looking shoes, i like

    Lovely looking shoes, i like the black and lime green / yellow. Possibly an early birthday present Day Dreaming

  • 2015 Giro d'Italia to start with team time trial - on a cycle path (+ video)1 day 2 min agoDid nobody see the start of

    Did nobody see the start of the Dauphiné this year?

  • 2015 Giro d'Italia to start with team time trial - on a cycle path (+ video)1 day 7 min agoI suspect a CX bike would do

    I suspect a CX bike would do you better than a TT bike...

  • Nice Novice road routes in North Essex / Suffolk area1 day 8 min agoTake your pick - you have

    Take your pick - you have some of the nicest cycling around. Personally I would recommend the area between E. Bergholt, Sudbury and Bildeston, full of quiet lanes (though some are surprisingly lumpy), but depends where is easy for you to get to. In Essex, the area around Tollesbury is very quiet (anywhere east of the B1021 really), also the Dengie peninsula beyond Latchingdon, though Latchingdon itself is unpleasantly busy. If you are looking for a club in the area, Maldon and District are very good, but look first at the club which is local to you.

  • Metric Century Challenge 2013-20141 day 8 min ago16 Jan | 1 point | 120.18 km

    16 Jan | 1 point | 120.18 km | 01 points | 0120.18 km
    19 Jan | 1 point | 121.59 km | 02 points | 0241.77 km

    02 Feb | 1 point | 108.71 km | 03 points | 0350.48 km
    06 Feb | 1 point | 101.68 km | 04 points | 0452.16 km
    09 Feb | 1 point | 104.72 km | 05 points | 0556.88 km
    16 Feb | 1 point | 106.98 km | 06 points | 0663.86 km
    23 Feb | 1 point | 100.32 km | 07 points | 0764.18 km

    02 Mar | 1 point | 100.48 km | 08 points | 0864.66 km
    09 Mar | 1 point | 101.86 km | 09 points | 0966.52 km
    13 Mar | 1 point | 108.15 km | 10 points | 1074.67 km
    29 Mar | 1 point | 108.2 km | 11 points | 1182.9 km
    30 Mar | 1 point | 112.3 km | 12 points | 1295.2 km

    10 Apr | 1 point | 173.0 km | 13 points | 1468.2 km
    13 Apr | 1 point | 104.7 km | 14 points | 1572.9 km
    15 Apr | 1 point | 134.3 km | 15 points | 1707.2 km
    18 Apr | 1 point | 162.4 km | 16 points | 1869.6 km
    20 Apr | 1 point | 100.5 km | 17 points | 1970.1 km
    24 Apr | 1 point | 163.5 km | 18 points | 2133.6 km
    27 Apr | 1 point | 117.1 km | 19 points | 2250.7 km
    29 Apr | 1 point | 100.9 km | 20 points | 2351.6 km

    04 May | 1 point | 105.1 km | 21 points | 2456.7 km
    11 May | 1 point | 100.6 km | 22 points | 2557.3 km
    18 May | 1 point | 100.8 km | 23 points | 2658.1 km
    25 May | 1 point | 121.2 km | 24 points | 2779.3 km

    01 Jun | 1 point | 101.4 km | 25 points | 2880.7 km
    08 Jun | 1 point | 115.3 km | 26 points | 2996.0 km
    14 Jun | 1 point | 102.0 km | 27 points | 3098.0 km
    19 Jun | 1 point | 100.8 km | 28 points | 3198.8 km
    24 Jun | 1 point | 102.7 km | 29 points | 3301.5 km
    26 Jun | 1 point | 100.6 km | 30 points | 3402.1 km
    28 Jun | 1 point | 100.8 km | 31 points | 3502.9 km

    01 Jul | 1 point | 101.2 km | 32 points | 3604.1 km
    04 Jul | 1 point | 101.1 km | 33 points | 3705.2 km
    06 Jul | 1 point | 101.6 km | 34 points | 3806.8 km
    12 Jul | 1 point | 105.2 km | 35 points | 3912.0 km
    17 Jul | 1 point | 102. 5 km | 36 points | 4014.5 km
    20 Jul | 1 point | 113. 5 km | 37 points | 4128.0 km
    24 Jul | 1 point | 122. 6 km | 38 points | 4250.6 km
    26 Jul | 1 point | 105. 0 km | 39 points | 4355.6 km
    27 Jul | 1 point | 101. 7 km | 40 points | 4457.3 km
    29 Jul | 1 point | 119. 3 km | 41 points | 4576.6 km

  • Anti-cycling Dales councillor banned for drink driving1 day 11 min agoA lawlessness unto himself!

    A lawlessness unto himself!

  • Descent Fear1 day 12 min agoSorry I'm not a racer, but

    Sorry I'm not a racer, but I'd say it's a speed that you're comfortable with and able to react to whatever situation you may encounter in the descent. Chris Boardman made a good comment on the ITV4 TdF coverage in that one thing he missed about being a pro was closed roads for a descent; not a luxury the rest of us enjoy! I've had plenty of 'reality check' moments (cars, gravel etc) from times where I've been tempted to throw caution to the wind and there are more than enough sad stories of people who have killed themselves on descents.

  • 2015 Giro d'Italia to start with team time trial - on a cycle path (+ video)1 day 15 min agonotfastenough wrote:'Held on

    notfastenough wrote:
    'Held on a cycle path' - are you suggesting that the road next to the path will be open to public traffic?

    As Rasalati says, that's not a road, its a proper 2-way cycle path (you can just make out the bike symbol painted in yellow). They will need to look out for dogs, rabbits, teenagers and broken glass if its anything like the one near me...but I doubt it.

  • Astana used acupuncture1 day 24 min agoAl__S wrote:It's quackery,

    Al__S wrote:
    It's quackery, pure and simple. Even supposedly "scientific" Garmin-Sharp employ a chiropractor. So much quackery and magical thinking going on.

    Having used acupuncture and been treated by the NHS with it in the past I'd strongly disagree with calling acupuncture "quackery".

    I am more willing to be proved wrong and hold my hands up to it just being a placebo effect if you can point me in the direction of such evidence?

  • Astana used acupuncture1 day 25 min agoA study from 2009 found that

    A study from 2009 found that acupuncture can be very effective for back pain. Since back pain is a common complaint for cyclists, this makes a lot of sense.

  • So why do cyclists get a bad name?1 day 25 min agoCyclists are human. Most

    Cyclists are human. Most humans are f**king stupid most of the time.

  • So why do cyclists get a bad name?1 day 26 min agoShades wrote:Shades wrote:The

    Shades wrote:
    Shades wrote:
    The 'occasional' summer cyclists; kind of entertaining in a scary sort of way Surprise . Only a few more weeks and they'll be hibernating again.

    In addition, I also notice a lot of 'hardcore' cyclists on my commuter route that seem to disappear once the darkness sets in. Perhaps they 'retreat' to indoor training and fair weather weekend riding.

    It all depends what their motivation for cycling is. I suspect a lot of the 'hardcore' don't really have any great interest in utility cycling but use their commute for extra training miles rather than considering the bike as a primary form of transport. When it comes to lights and mudguards these guys aren't interested. It's a shame but really no different to runners who turn to the treadmill in the winter.

  • Tips for fuelling your sportive1 day 27 min agoRe: not being able to refill

    Re: not being able to refill home made energy drinks on sportives or long rides, try this:

    First bidon is filled and ready to drink.

    Second bidon contains very slightly diluted mixture with enough to fill two bidons.

    When the first bidon is running low, stop (at feedstation, or wherever) and pour half the mixture from the second bidon into the first and dilute it with water. You now have one bidon ready to drink and another ready to be diluted at the next stop.

    This means you can get three bidons worth of your preferred energy drink AND you don't have to lug round the weight of a second full bidon either. You can do the same with shop-bought energy drinks too, if you prefer to use your own rather than whatever brand is being provided by event feedstations.

  • Look launch 795 aero road bike + video1 day 28 min agoUsually I don't much enjoy

    Usually I don't much enjoy the look of sloping top tubes. With the integrated stem it all seems to make more sense. Looks really aero too. I like it, as far as aesthetics go.
    A bit pricey to use as a wall ornament, though.

  • So why do cyclists get a bad name?1 day 29 min agoPurpleDog wrote:MarcMyWords

    PurpleDog wrote:
    MarcMyWords wrote:
    Please accept my apologies and safe riding! Applause

    No worries Smile
    Hopefully, between us, we might even have ended up doing a little good?

    I think that's problem solved as far as I'm concerned! Wink

    In all seriousness, if even just a hand full of people read those articles, it's been a worthwhile conversation.