• Research finds measures aimed at making drivers slow down increase danger to cyclists1 hour 52 min agoDaveE128 wrote:I know that's

    DaveE128 wrote:
    I know that's the idea, but they really are stupid aren't they? Driving over them repeatedly can also cause damage to the inner side-walls of motor vehicle tyres that isn't easily spotted without putting the vehicle on a lift. This can lead to blow outs. As you point out, some of vehicles most dangerous to pedestrians (Range Rovers etc) are least affected them, and this is also the case for humps Sad The smallest, lightest cars are also affected most by both, which is silly.

    In fact I can't think of any feature intended primarily for traffic calming that actually makes cyclists safer. What really annoys me is that there seems to be a rule that 20 mph limits (which do make cycling slightly better in my experience) have to be accompanied by traffic calming measures. I wish they could just be accompanied by average speed limit cameras!

    No, they don't. Look at what 20sPlenty are doing, with Councils going for 20 mph areas which don't have to have physical measures - but will need community support and enforcement.

  • Does clipping in and out become second nature??2 hours 2 min agoI've been using SPDs for20+

    I've been using SPDs for20+ years, my first sideways topple happened within 1/4 mile on the maiden voyage of clipless pedals, it happens to us all. I had a further 3 topples in the first few months but nothing since that I can remember. People ask me what happens in an accident and in the few times I've had accidents my feet have released of their own accord. I can get right up to an obstacle before the need to unclip. Some journeys home from have been classed as FuC, foot up commute. Over ten miles and 17 sets of traffic lights takes some timing and balance.

  • Steve Abraham passes 5,000-mile mark on way to Year Record2 hours 24 min agoAnd there was me feeling

    And there was me feeling proud of doing 500 miles so far this year.

  • ksyrium elite s rear wheel marking2 hours 43 min agoDisc brake cleaner.

    Disc brake cleaner.

  • Campagnolo strike threat as 1 in 5 jobs cut at Vicenza HQ2 hours 55 min agoCampag looks the

    Campag looks the prettiest.
    Lock the thread.

  • CX Bike - what would you choose?3 hours 10 min agoWell I made my decision.

    Well I made my decision. Thank you for all the advice. It was interesting to hear the different opinions and also view the bikes you all talked so enthusiastically about.

    In the end I went for a Condor Terra-X. Having both a bike fitting and the choice of putting together the bike I need were the main deciding factors.

  • Lance Armstrong a "scapegoat" insists Pat McQuaid3 hours 14 min agoPat Hayes wrote:Serious

    Pat Hayes wrote:
    Serious questions have to be asked about Brian Cookson.

    /\This bit is correct/\

    \/This bit is mainly nonsense that may as well say "Here be dragons"\/

    Pat Hayes wrote:
    How a middle ranking English Local government officer with no expierience of riding , team management or race organisation at the highest level became the most powerfull person in a global proffessional sport is of concern enough . Who paid for his election campaign , was it the trade team sponsor which is also the sponsor of his national federation and which is part of a business empire with a history of at best questionable ethics. Why did he not feel there was a potential conflict of interest when this trade team employed his son in a role that looks like a sinecure . Add to this the strange handling of the Tiernan Locke affair and the haste to allow Chris Froome a frankly suspicious medical exemption certificate plus the failure to investigate allegations around the miss use off painkillers by the same trade team and he looks even less credible than McQuaid .

  • Cycling events round-up 2015 - Cavendish, Tour de Yorkshire + more3 hours 15 min agoIf I don't get a place on

    If I don't get a place on London for the third time of trying, I will enjoy riding with the Manx missile

  • USADA chief slams Thor Hushovd for silence after Lance Armstrong doping admission3 hours 17 min agoTravis Tygart ( always want

    Travis Tygart ( always want to call him Bickle ) is a zealot on a huge ego trip who cares nothing for cycling and as no knowledge of the sport or it's history.

    Thor was right to say nothing it wasn't his role or appropriate . He would have know doping was wide spread if not universal at the time Armstrong was referring to and would have been breaching personal confidentiality in a fairly dispicable way if had said anything . Doping in sport is not criminal offence and the only victim in the true sense of suffering potental harm is actually the person doping .

    The admirable people in the Armstrong affair are people like Slava Ekimov who have kept their own counsel

  • ksyrium elite s rear wheel marking3 hours 20 min agoTry Muc Off?!? They're wheels

    Try Muc Off?!? They're wheels they get dirty....

  • Taxi drivers' association to seek judicial review of Cycle Superhighways?3 hours 22 min agojacknorell wrote:oozaveared

    jacknorell wrote:
    oozaveared wrote:
    Frankly I'd rather ride on roads where all the users are reasonably content that their views and interests have been listened too rather than be a cyclist on roads where a whole group of people in vehicles feel they have been shafted and ridden over roughshod to benefit cyclists. Which do you think is more safe for us?

    I'll start thinking of LTDA as not-quite sociopathic when they care about whether they defend horrible bad driving or not. Currently, the only times they care whether one of their drivers put lives at risk if:

    - He manages to upset customers at the time, or
    - Is convicted

    Nothing else matters to them, so the bad cab drivers are free to ruin the impression we get of them.

    They crash quite a lot... and bully even more.

    Sure, we can listen to what they say, but they should have weight in accordance with how much responsibility they take over their impacts on others too.

    Yes like I said they are there to look out for their members. Just like any trade union. its also virtually impossible to get a teacher fired or a doctor struck off, Or a police in officer disciplined. Their union will back the to the hilt. That's what they pay their subs for.the LTDA is not impartial it's not supposed to be. You shouldn't expect them to be.

    The point is that they are just one interest. Not psychopathic just partial.

  • Spring Classics 20153 hours 23 min agoGkam84 wrote:No, we only

    Gkam84 wrote:
    No, we only covered the women's world cup last year and started in plenty of time.

    I have no idea what is happening this year with the women's nor the spring classics.

    The game is getting over complicated for me and the back end isn't very easy either, plus my time is slowly getting taken up by various work. So I doubt I'll be running a women's cup this year Crying

    I've had a bit to do with processing stats for fantasy games and I appreciate what is going on behind the interface to make the game work, and am grateful for your efforts.

    I'd be happy to help you sort out some stuff to alleviate some of the workload that is being done by only a few guys at the moment. I think a lot of users would be happy to help out - many people who are attracted to play fantasy sports have experience in IT and number crunching.

  • Campagnolo strike threat as 1 in 5 jobs cut at Vicenza HQ3 hours 23 min agoThe main difference to me

    The main difference to me between shimano and campag is I can fix my campag stuff.you can still buy cups and cone sets for 70's hubs also the spares for ergo shifters are easy to get hold of, for me campag is use, maintain carry on using. Where as shimano is use , break throw away replace

  • Was it just me.....3 hours 25 min agoQuestion is who bloody cares.

    Question is who bloody cares. The bike was wasted on Hammond and they deliberately set that up. And on that bombshell.....

  • Taxi drivers' association to seek judicial review of Cycle Superhighways?3 hours 26 min agoGiven that this challenge is

    Given that this challenge is looking like the LTDA are pissing in the wind, you can only hope that the law firm that takes the case on for them takes the longest, most meandering route possible and leaves the meter running.

  • Lance Armstrong a "scapegoat" insists Pat McQuaid3 hours 30 min agoSerious questions have to be

    Serious questions have to be asked about Brian Cookson . How a middle ranking English Local government officer with no expierience of riding , team management or race organisation at the highest level became the most powerfull person in a global proffessional sport is of concern enough . Who paid for his election campaign , was it the trade team sponsor which is also the sponsor of his national federation and which is part of a business empire with a history of at best questionable ethics. Why did he not feel there was a potential conflict of interest when this trade team employed his son in a role that looks like a sinecure . Add to this the strange handling of the Tiernan Locke affair and the haste to allow Chris Froome a frankly suspicious medical exemption certificate plus the failure to investigate allegations around the miss use off painkillers by the same trade team and he looks even less credible than McQuaid .

  • play in front forks..3 hours 31 min agoTake it to your LBS now.

    Take it to your LBS now. Don't ride it.

  • Compact double or triple chainset for women?3 hours 38 min agoI built a bike for my wife,

    I built a bike for my wife, and used a compact crank. Reason? She has small hands finds it hard to use the front derailleur at all, because of the high force required to change up on to the big ring, so a triple was out of the question.

    In fact a high proportion of the more casual riders I see don't even bother to push the levers in the 'hard' direction at all. Look around, you'll see people stuck in 34x12 all over the place. I see at least three, men and women, on my commute. I've never seen them change gear at all. Presumably they got the bike new, clicked the levers in the easy direction on the first ride, then never bothered again.

    So I guess my point is: unless she's already totally au fait with gears, try 1x10 or 1x9 or single speed maybe.

  • play in front forks..3 hours 46 min agoHow much play are we talking

    How much play are we talking about?

    Probably just not tightened it all up properly?

    This might help:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1P4dYsxazTU

  • 5 cool new products from 4iiii, Mio, ISM, Ortlieb and Effetto Mariposa3 hours 56 min agoUrban bags and not a discrete

    Urban bags and not a discrete but reflective fabric? Fail.

  • Compact double or triple chainset for women?3 hours 57 min agoI don't know if this helps,

    I don't know if this helps, it was created from Sheldon Brown's gear calculator.

    52/39/30 (solid) 50/34 (dashed) with a 12-25 9 speed cassette.

    Click the image to see it full size.

  • Campagnolo strike threat as 1 in 5 jobs cut at Vicenza HQ4 hours 8 min agocrazy-legs wrote:Quote:I

    crazy-legs wrote:
    Quote:
    I think Campy have lost the plot. There is only really one reason for the average cyclist to buy Campy stuff and that is the cache and the heritage. The fact that it's supposedly made with love in Italy by people with cycling in their soul.

    Campag lost the plot a long long time ago. They've been trading on heritage and brand and looks for years while Shimano have quietly gotten on with being the best and SRAM have developed an entire new line of groupsets to compete with them.

    Eventually, the mind-numbing tedious bollocks of "Campag wears in, Shimano wears out" that gets trotted out by the fanboys (or fan bores more usually) has worn off, they've pretty much lost the OEM market, they've got a limited dealer network, the custom built market is simply not a sustainable option and they're way behind the curve on technology like electronic gears and hydraulic disc brakes.

    People no longer care if it's made in Italy by someone who has a "soul" (whatever that means) and loves cycling. They want it to work. Shimano works. And you can buy it everywhere.

    I think you read me wrong. When I started club cycling in 1973 Campy was THE thing to have. I was 13 and I didn't have it. I've never had it. By the time I could afford it I didn't want to pay for it.
    I've always run Shimano. My son uses both SRAM and Shimano. My point about Campy was that the only reason to buy Campy at a premium is the heritage if that's what you like. If it's made in Romania then one of the key reasons why people buy Campy will have gone.
    perhaps a little defensive eh?

  • Video: Bike messenger races taxi across Chicago4 hours 14 min agoMy pizza is cold and all the

    My pizza is cold and all the topping is a mess.

    Honda C90 every time!

  • Campagnolo strike threat as 1 in 5 jobs cut at Vicenza HQ4 hours 17 min agoI like the 'Campag have done

    I like the 'Campag have done other stuff' above. It is a nice counterpoint to the usual 'Shimano make fishing reels' quote...

    I like Campag too, but not for the usual reasons; I like Campag because there needs to be a market for groupsets, and without Campag it's not a real market. They have a well deserved reputation for quality and for adding design to well engineered kit. I admire their attempts to maintain a workforce who are well paid and who work in Western Europe; the move eastwards seems inevitable, but at least they have tried.

  • Coffee4 hours 28 min agoBike Bus in Cranfield

    Bike Bus in Cranfield