• Labour councillor seriously injured after bike brakes cut deliberately2 days 3 hours agoSurprising that he didnt use

    Surprising that he didnt use the break in the sationary position.seems like a natural thing to do to me.

  • Labour councillor seriously injured after bike brakes cut deliberately2 days 3 hours agoSurprising that he didnt use

    Surprising that he didnt use the break in the sationary position.seems like a natural thing to do to me.

  • Buyer's guide to electric bikes2 days 3 hours agoSo what are you supposed to

    So what are you supposed to do with the battery once it has reached the end of it life?

  • Cyclists being killed due to delays fixing potholes say CTC2 days 4 hours agospen wrote: There are also

    spen wrote:

    There are also several councils who will not now take reorts fro sites such as fixmystreet or fillthathole as many of the defects reported are not actionable or take far to long to find due to poor location information

    Actionable, what a wonderfully unhelpful term, Gloucestershire County Councils idea of a road defect is enough to get a cyclist into serious trouble. it has to be a couple of inches deep and a foot across before they regard it as a pothole. So raised man hole covers, failing trench repairs, etc. They aren't defects and so aren't actionable.

    This would be amusing if the issue wasn't potentially dangerous, local road was closed for resurfacing, which they did, detail, they resurfaced the bits that weren't great and left the bits that were in serious need to work. This was last year, then this year they did another road in the same area, and did exactly the same thing!

    One other thing i have noticed, Cheltenham gets a new Tory MP, and suddenly the Tory CC decides to fix the a lot of potholes, cynical.....

    But this isn't a new problem, i don't actually remember the last time GCC undertook proper systematic, preventative maintenance. been an issue for decades, just getting worse.

  • Exposure Lights Strada gets brighter, and Link helmet light added to 2016 range2 days 4 hours ago£270! Stupid price, there are

    £270! Stupid price, there are brighter alternatives for well under half the price.

  • Labour councillor seriously injured after bike brakes cut deliberately2 days 4 hours agoA bit like the routine in a

    A bit like the routine in a car that most serious drivers do, and which is by law required from bus, and truck drivers - the daily walk-round check.

    I find that instinctively I bounce the bike and flick the brake when I get it out to ride, after a rather close call with a bike after a service call at the LBS.

    I checked in the bike to have a front wheel sorted, grabbed it and set off back to the office. riding down a hill that got steeper later on, the lights changed and I went to stop, but all I had to stop with was stamping back, and I was doing 15-20mph at the time, so that really needed a bit of front brake to feather the speed. Fortunately I managed to hold it and slow down steadily but overshot the lights, and filtered in with the traffic which had the green.

    When the shop put the wheel back in they forgot to hook the cable back on to the straddle wire! and I had not spotted that.

  • Labour councillor seriously injured after bike brakes cut deliberately2 days 5 hours agoSomebody did this to me once,

    Somebody did this to me once, and luckily I was on a fixed gear, which provided other stopping means.

    Such an act is just pure, pure evil.

  • Labour councillor seriously injured after bike brakes cut deliberately2 days 5 hours agobrooksby wrote:Ramuz

    brooksby wrote:
    Ramuz wrote:
    Check brakes and tyres before setting off - takes 4 seconds.

    Seconded. That said, according to the TV crime dramas (so it must be true) cutting the brakes on a car is treated VERY seriously so why would disconnected bike brakes just be dealt with as an act of vandalism.

    Is it being dealt with by police as an act of vandalism? The article says police are merely investigating.

  • road.cc Metric Century Challenge 20152 days 5 hours ago24 Jan: 1 Point (107.5km) 7

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  • Labour councillor seriously injured after bike brakes cut deliberately2 days 5 hours agoindeed they do not and if

    indeed they do not and if that happened to me down the three major descents or not then with my helmet on I think I would be dead and over the side of the hills/mountains

  • Best cycling car racks2 days 5 hours agoDon't want to be a party

    Don't want to be a party pooper - but for the record you can fit a bike in the back of a Renault Clio without taking the wheels - or anything else - off. I can Nerd

  • Labour councillor seriously injured after bike brakes cut deliberately2 days 5 hours agoianrobo wrote:KiwiHelen

    ianrobo wrote:
    KiwiHelen wrote:
    It was also reported that he hit his head. One assumes he was not wearing a helmet, but after this he thinks it's probably a good idea... just in case.

    Lets not go down another Helmet route, this story is not about that but the irresponsible action of someone that could have killed him.


    Agreed, but it's annoying that he's telling everyone to wear a "magic hat". "Magic hats" have got nothing to do with some psycho cutting his brake cables.

  • Dog walker pleads for understanding on canal towpaths after receiving death threat from ‘racing’ cyclist2 days 5 hours agoSome riders don't take

    Some riders don't take sufficient care on shared use paths. I was riding along the old railway lines with my sons today and we were having a nice time. At one point, some Strava nutter blasted past us, making my son swerve to get out of his way. My boys are very experienced riders and my younger one (who had to swerve) has raced extensively so he was on the ball. But a child of a similar age with average cycling ability wouldn't have been able to make that manoeuvre.

    There were plenty of other cyclists and a few roadies going quickly too, but without riding so aggressively they were putting others at risk. I did wonder what the bloke who made my boy swerve was trying to prove. And if he did want to ride so hard, why didn't he go out at 6am when there wouldn't have been anyone around rather than around 9am when the dog walkers were already out in force?

    The dog walkers we saw were all fairly responsible too, There was one bloke yesterday with a big fierce looking mutt, but when he saw us coming he reeled it in and then nodded as we went past.

  • Danish-style cycle lane planned through Camden2 days 5 hours agoYeah, but he's got his hazard

    Yeah, but he's got his hazard lights on. So that's alright them! Smile

  • Labour councillor seriously injured after bike brakes cut deliberately2 days 6 hours agoKiwiHelen wrote:It was also

    KiwiHelen wrote:
    It was also reported that he hit his head. One assumes he was not wearing a helmet, but after this he thinks it's probably a good idea... just in case.

    Lets not go down another Helmet route, this story is not about that but the irresponsible action of someone that could have killed him.

  • Canyon Smart Computer using Android Wear launched at Eurobike + video2 days 6 hours agothat looks lovely, price

    that looks lovely, price seems very reasonable as well considering the stated functionality

  • *new* Shimano RS81 C50 50mm Deep Carbon Section Aero Clincher Wheelset, TT, Tri2 days 6 hours agoI'm open to offers.

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  • Dog walker pleads for understanding on canal towpaths after receiving death threat from ‘racing’ cyclist2 days 6 hours agoThe dog was quoted as saying

    The dog was quoted as saying "What a pair of twats, can't you just share nicely?"

  • Labour councillor seriously injured after bike brakes cut deliberately2 days 6 hours agoIt was also reported that he

    It was also reported that he hit his head. One assumes he was not wearing a helmet, but after this he thinks it's probably a good idea... just in case.

  • Danish-style cycle lane planned through Camden2 days 6 hours ago@severs1966 "In the UK, these

    @severs1966

    "In the UK, these will just be used as car parking and commercial vehicle loading, just like the painted cycle routes of the London CS network already are. They will be deadly and useless without lots of parking enforcement, which will be lacking."

    yup, just like this yesterday on CS3. Driver had left the lorry parked and gone for a nice wander whilst talking to someone on his mobile phone.

  • Rotor/break pad clean hints?2 days 6 hours agoDon't put brake pads in the

    Don't put brake pads in the oven, it damages the binding resin used to bond the pad material together Wink

    Regularly cleaning with bicycle (not automotive) disc brake cleaner is a sensible idea, and not using aerosol lubricants on the chain, or aerosol polishes directly on the bike (spray into a cloth and wipe) as over spray can easily contaminate the rotor and pads.

    Rotors can be easily cleaned even when badly contaminated, we'd normally use Isopropyl Alcohol and clean, lint free cloths.

    Once pads are contaminated, they are usually for the bin, and a brand new set will be fitted once the rotor and caliper bay have been degreased.

    Disc brake cleaner will actually eliminate many operating noises such as squealing and even juddering (as long as caliper is properly centred over rotor).

    Be aware some frames (typically full suspension) can suffer from strange noises caused by harmonic frequencies (combinations of frame / brake / rotor/???), these are often cured by a switch to organic pads from original sintered metal pads.

    I'd advise dosing the rotor and spraying the pads through the back of the caliper pad bay, then wiping off excess with a clean cloth, and the real trick is to immediately ride the bike up and down a quiet road with ever increasing hard braking.

    The bike will normally squeal extremely loudly for the first 10-15 stops, once its quietened down you are good to go, you will see then see a dramatic increase in leverage (stopping power)

  • Labour councillor seriously injured after bike brakes cut deliberately2 days 7 hours agoRamuz wrote:Check brakes and

    Ramuz wrote:
    Check brakes and tyres before setting off - takes 4 seconds.

    you bloody should not have to.

    For me that is attempted murder, simple as.

    Imagine having your brakes failing before say a 10% descent on bends at 65kph or more ...

    Luckily it sounds like the guy got lucky in not having more serious injuries or death.

  • Labour councillor seriously injured after bike brakes cut deliberately2 days 7 hours agosevers1966 wrote:Having

    Plain Face

    severs1966 wrote:
    Having sustained extensive damage to his hand and wrist, he exhorts all bike riders to wear helmets...?

    Are we supposed to wear them on our hands or something?

    It also said he hit his head

  • Cyclists being killed due to delays fixing potholes say CTC2 days 7 hours ago"Department for Transport

    "Department for Transport statistics show that 3,410 cyclists were killed or seriously injured in the 12 months to the end of March, compared with 3,383 a year earlier. While it is possible that the rise is at least partly due to increased numbers of cyclists, CTC are also keen to draw attention to the influence of the nation’s deteriorating roads." ... without providing a single shred of evidence to support the statement, citing one example, although painful to all involved, is not evidence of a causal effect.

    There are also several councils who will not now take reorts fro sites such as fixmystreet or fillthathole as many of the defects reported are not actionable or take far to long to find due to poor location information

  • Labour councillor seriously injured after bike brakes cut deliberately2 days 7 hours agoThe police manage to get in,

    The police manage to get in, "it not a prank" remark. Which will be quickly followed by them doing .....nothing, to show that in fact they do consider it to be just that.