Do the cycling press live in this world?

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Do the cycling press live in this world?

Postby pliptrot » 24 Feb 2012, 9:10am

I suppose it is no surprise that much of what passes for journalism about cycling is dreadful (Cycle magazine excepted!). But I read this about a new cycle helmet today on Bike Radar, "......retail price is impressively kept in check at $190/£159.99." For a helmet, the price is indeed impressive, but not kept in check by any measure. Am I alone in thinking this is perhaps a most idiotic statement?

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Re: Do the cycling press live in this world?

Postby Brucey » 24 Feb 2012, 9:28am

the retail price is certainly, er, impressive....

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Re: Do the cycling press live in this world?

Postby J.Y.Kelly » 24 Feb 2012, 9:41am

As my Dad used to say, "if you've got a ten-bob head, wear a ten-bob hat".
I have to agree that a lot of so-called journalists struggle to come up with anything original, so they tend to spout tosh.

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Re: Do the cycling press live in this world?

Postby Ayesha » 24 Feb 2012, 10:16am

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Re: Do the cycling press live in this world?

Postby Vorpal » 24 Feb 2012, 10:25am

Ayesha lives in a different world. :lol: :wink:
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Re: Do the cycling press live in this world?

Postby Big T » 24 Feb 2012, 11:09am

I know for a fact that there are a group of Olympians who regularly meet up in Essex to do road rides. My son goes with them. They include Mark Cavendish and Alex Dowsett amongst others. Geraint Thomas recently complained on Twitter about British drivers, why would he do that if he's riding indoors on an ergometer?
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Re: Do the cycling press live in this world?

Postby PW » 24 Feb 2012, 11:15am

Maybe not an Olympian but Russ Downing & co train on the road. As does Malc Elliott, STILL! :lol: Plenty of pros can be seen out and about in N. Derbys/S.Yorks if you know who you're looking at.
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Re: Do the cycling press live in this world?

Postby thirdcrank » 24 Feb 2012, 11:22am

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Re: Do the cycling press live in this world?

Postby J.Y.Kelly » 24 Feb 2012, 12:53pm

thirdcrank wrote:
J.Y.Kelly wrote:As my Dad used to say, "if you've got a ten-bob head, wear a ten-bob hat". ...


A fool and his money are soon parted / You get what you pay for / why spoil the ship for a ha'porth of tar? are just a few examples of contradictory phrases which are quoted to prove something but mean little.

My Dad was a keen cyclist and motorcyclist. He was neither a fool or a spendthrift. He spent his hard earned cash on things he thought important to him, like his head, and always bought the best he could afford. His wise words, far from meaning little, meant a lot, to me at least.
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Re: Do the cycling press live in this world?

Postby Si » 24 Feb 2012, 1:29pm

I think that rather than insulting the value of your dad's head, TC was pointing out that quality is not necessarily just measurable in monetary value. We had recent threads where very expensive items of bike wear were discussed - the maker's justification for the price seemed to be the number of vents and lack of weight of said items, yet the items themselves didn't seem to attain any safety standards over and above those at a fraction of the price, indeed, there were much cheaper ones that seemed to have more safety 'badges'. Thus, just because there is an age-old saying in existence, it does not mean that it is a reliable test of quality.

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Re: Do the cycling press live in this world?

Postby thirdcrank » 24 Feb 2012, 1:31pm

J.Y.Kelly wrote: ... You comments are totally uncalled for....


I did not mean to cause offence and I am sorry that I did so. I have now deleted the offending post.

I'll restrict myself to saying this:-

There is IMO little relationship beteween the price of cycle helmets and their effectiveness.

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Re: Do the cycling press live in this world?

Postby Steve Kish » 24 Feb 2012, 5:44pm

You can actually get a quite decent helmet for a few quid but if you want a super-light one that's the latest style, that's where you start paying out.
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Re: Do the cycling press live in this world?

Postby hubgearfreak » 24 Feb 2012, 6:16pm

Steve Kish wrote:You can actually get a quite decent helmet for a few quid


quite right

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Re: Do the cycling press live in this world?

Postby thirdcrank » 24 Feb 2012, 7:10pm

Steve Kish wrote:You can actually get a quite decent helmet for a few quid but if you want a super-light one that's the latest style, that's where you start paying out.

And if it happens to be as worn by some highly-successful professional, that's where to contune paying out. :lol:

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Re: Do the cycling press live in this world?

Postby blackbike » 24 Feb 2012, 8:36pm

I bought a helmet from Wilko's recently, and for only a few quid.

It fits at least as well as the Bell helmet it replaced.

The brake blocks and brake cables I've bought from Wilko's have kept me as safe as any others so I'm prepared to give the helmet a go.