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    The wifes has a pair of these lusso shorts and loves them!

  • Trend Spotting: Should we all be using lights in the daytime?15 hours 2 min agoHi all, great comments on

    Hi all, great comments on here, and it's good to see people having a conversation about daytime visibility because ultimately, we at least want to get people thinking about it.

    A few points:
    -We are in no way advocating the idea that there should be regulation that mandates the use of lights during the day.
    -We have not created the Flare R for the purposes of solely placing the responsibility for our safety on us as riders. We completely agree that the solution is better driver training, better infrastructure, and a more Dutch/Danish style transport culture in general.
    -Please read the link Mat has provided to John Sullivan's report. It's a great read in general, but also provides really useful information about how we interpret visual inputs, and the speed at which we can process them.
    -We wish we could point you to some peer-reviewed study that demonstrates the effects of the Flare R, but we can't. As far as we know, it doesn't exist. However, we do know about optics and how the brain processes various visual stimuli, so there are some elements of science behind why we know, albeit anecdotally, that using the light does have an impact.
    -As Dave mentioned, even with the Flare R, you will still get people making terribly bad decisions when driving near you. This is not the be all/end all solution. It just makes you have a bit more of a say, and hopefully eliminates SMIDSY excuses.

    A couple of technical notes:
    -Using a light typically designed for night use is potentially not bright enough. It depends on the beam pattern, and how wide a viewing angle it has.
    -There are brighter lights available, but this light was designed to maximise the visual output of the 65 lumen it has during daylight. The optics are designed to create the most visible beam pattern possible, so even though you can find lights with higher lumen count, the Flare will appear much brighter due to the lens design.
    -The beam pattern range is 270 degrees, so quite wide.
    -While runtime in full daytime mode is sub-6 hours, for longer rides you can get away with running the other mode, which has one flash that is as bright as full day mode. It will dramatically increase battery life and at least provide the same level of brightness in one interval of the flash pattern.

    It's unfortunate that there are those who think the Flare R was created either as a way for us to make more money, or to solve a problem that doesn't exist. We are in the business of developing new products, both bikes and accessories, so of course we have a vested interest in being profitable so that we can continue to be on the leading edge of technology in the bike industry. We reinvest back into the R&D phase of everything we do, because costs a huge amount of money to engage in multi-year research projects for something like the Flare R. Then there is the prototype phase, and, in some cases, hiring people who have specialist knowledge of a product. In this case, optics.

    As far as how much of a problem visibility actually is, that's where we do have a wealth of evidence to choose from. Anyone familiar with Rachel Aldred's Near Miss Project will understand that there is indeed an issue with not just visibility, but the perception that drivers have about cyclists.

    As John Burke says in the video, even if you don't get a Flare R, get SOMETHING that makes it harder for drivers to not see you.

  • Come to the road.cc Italy Week in 2016!15 hours 8 min agoHi guys, we've been back to

    Hi guys, we've been back to the hotel to try and renegotiate and they have very kindly agreed to honour the discount for people who have previously been to the hotel, not only for the road.cc Italy week but also for the year round Team road.cc members offer. I hope you'll now take up the opportunity and look forward to seeing you there.

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  • Trend Spotting: Should we all be using lights in the daytime?15 hours 10 min agoMaking lights compulsory in

    Making lights compulsory in daytime will just be another layer of victim blaming to distract from serious safety concerns. While people argue the toss about helmets, hi-viz, vehicular cycling etc the real changes to our streets cape that are required are not discussed.

    Once we have safe routes then individuals can campaign for their personal safety hobby horse (lucky heather compulsory on all new bikes) but until then try to stick on message and not get sidetracked.

  • Trend Spotting: Should we all be using lights in the daytime?15 hours 11 min agoAlways use lights, even in

    Always use lights, even in daylight, because conditions exist on the road where they help.

    Bright sunlight means deep shadows, cars in the light cannot see riders in the shadows ahead of them. Rear lights help this.

    Front lights are even more effective for cars pulling out of side streets. Typically they only give a quick glance when they pull out, but my urban-550 flasher means they never miss me. The difference is very noticeable, and probably measurable.

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  • Trend Spotting: Should we all be using lights in the daytime?15 hours 19 min agomrmo

    mrmo wrote:
    http://www.bontrager.com/featuresif/flare_r

    I don't know if the image is on a carrousel I don't think so, just in case, the image of a car driver using a phone following a cyclist, now shall we change the image to a hooded man following a young woman in a short skirt. Where would you put the effort to solve the problem?


    If I was in the business of selling long skirts......

  • SMIDSY15 hours 21 min agoSuperPython59 wrote:With all

    SuperPython59 wrote:
    With all due respect there has never being any hard evidence that 'bright clothing' will enhance your ability to see someone

    There is plenty of evidence that enhanced contrast, particularly on moving objects, increases the ability to see objects - whether that actually translates into high-contrast clothing making cycling safer is another matter entirely, and one for which there are conflicting results.

  • Trend Spotting: Should we all be using lights in the daytime?15 hours 21 min agoFor the truly curious, or the

    For the truly curious, or the terminally bored at work, there's a long list of studies regarding day time running lights for vehicles on the Wikipedia page about them (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daytime_running_lamp).

    I can understand the argument of "drivers shouldn't need a light to not hit someone", but it seems to me than a daytime running light is a bit like adopting primary position on the road and maximises your safety.

  • Win! A Mango Point R Tiagra road bike worth £549!15 hours 22 min agoWould love it, currently got

    Would love it, currently got a hybrid and would now love to own a road bike! Fingers crossed.

  • Win! A Mango Point R Tiagra road bike worth £549!15 hours 22 min agoWould love it, currently got

    Would love it, currently got a hybrid and would now love to own a road bike! Fingers crossed.

  • Just in: Merida Ride Disc 500015 hours 24 min agoAny word on the actual

    Any word on the actual review? - its been a good few months since this report was written and would love to know how this bike fared against the competition!

  • Just in: Merida Ride Disc 500015 hours 24 min agoAny word on the actual

    Any word on the actual review? - its been a good few months since this report was written and would love to know how this bike fared against the competition!

  • Video: Close-passing, ultra-sweary driver takes a tumble after chasing and kicking out at cyclist15 hours 29 min agoIt would have been rather

    It would have been rather droll if the cyclist had then returned to the car while the driver was on the deck, taken the keys out of the ignition and dropped them down a drain. That would have been an offence however.

    I wonder if the police also pointed out to the driver that the cyclist was cycling safely and that the driver had made a close pass? The piece says the driver was cautioned for a public order offence, not for the close pass or for not wearing a seat belt.

  • Pavement cyclist who hit toddler in incident captured on CCTV handed fine for dangerous cycling15 hours 29 min ago700c wrote:So an idiot

    700c wrote:
    So an idiot cycling on the pavement hits a pedestrian and most of the comments on here go on about how motorists are evil and their crimes go unpunished! Rolling Eyes Yawn

    I don't see how we can have any credibility having a go at the daily mail or similar and their pathetic anti cyclist BS, when some of us are just as bad the other way!

    Two wrongs don't make a right. The guy was a tw@t, broke the law, got convicted. End of.

    It would have been fine if it had been 'end of'. The problem is that it wasn't, was it? It was accompanied by acres of news-coverage on both print and broadcast media.

    I think that's what people are complaining about. In the months after the incident there were many cases of drivers driving onto pavements at speed and seriously injuring people (including a child, if I remember correctly). None of those got anywhere near the coverage that this much more minor incident did.

    I don't care about the guy being convicted, that doesn't bother me, its the ludicrous double-standards regarding the media coverage that is the issue. Just google "car mounts pavement" to see how absurd was the coverage given to this incident.

  • Trend Spotting: Should we all be using lights in the daytime?15 hours 30 min agoI guess most rider leave

    I guess most rider leave their lights on their bikes most of the time, why not use them to give added visibility even during the day.

    I bought several Cygolite hotshot rear lights and they are the brightest rear light I have come across. All my family use them. I also have Niterider lumina 750 front lights, again extremely bright, all are rechargeable, removable and compact.

  • Win! A Mango Point R Tiagra road bike worth £549!15 hours 37 min agoWow this would be handy, need

    Wow this would be handy, need to get back into things after Achillies surgery! Fingers crossed.

  • road.cc Metric Century Challenge 201515 hours 40 min ago01 Jan | 1 point | 101.1 km |

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  • Pavement cyclist who hit toddler in incident captured on CCTV handed fine for dangerous cycling15 hours 42 min agonoether wrote:Difficult to

    noether wrote:
    Difficult to understand the mentality of cyclists using pavements or shared paths. Knowing that pedestrians use them should require extra care: low speed and plenty of warning (bell?). My observation is that cyclists IN GENERAL do NOT reduce speed or give any consideration. When cyclists will be banned from using them, they will only have themselves to blame. Cyclists need educating too.

    Nah. The solution is to get rid of most shared paths. They are generally a bad idea, other than in places with very low pedestrian traffic. Crap for both cycling and walking.

  • Cannondale’s Slate nears production15 hours 43 min agojoemmo wrote: Still, nice to

    joemmo wrote:

    Still, nice to see cool stuff like this anyway, just not convinced this is massively more off-road capable than a fat tyre shod cross bike

    But it might (most likely) be a better road bike than any slick tyred 'cross bike.

    The Slate clearly isn't going to be a bike for everyone. Some people will really get it and find it suitable for their riding style/local terrain, but it might not work for some people at all

    I know a lot of people who ride cyclocross bikes through the winter with slick tyres. They never taken them near a cyclocross race though, for them it's all about being able to run bigger tyres with more clearance. For these people, the Slate might just be the perfect bike

  • road.cc Metric Century Challenge 201515 hours 44 min ago02 Jan 100.60 Kms 1 point 13

    02 Jan 100.60 Kms 1 point

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  • Trend Spotting: Should we all be using lights in the daytime?15 hours 44 min agovery interesting analysis

    very interesting analysis here.

    link is from a poster on another thread on this site.

    http://www.slobc.org/safety/documents/road-survival-guide.pdf

  • Video: Close-passing, ultra-sweary driver takes a tumble after chasing and kicking out at cyclist15 hours 45 min agobornslippy wrote:From the

    bornslippy wrote:
    From the guy's YT page: "The driver was arrested by Thames Valley Police today. He admitted a public order offence, threats to commit criminal damage, and assault. He received a caution"

    On the basis I do think the cyclist didn't help, I believe it would never have survived court. This is however a good result and hopefully the driver will think twice before trying a dodgy overtake next time.

  • Trend Spotting: Should we all be using lights in the daytime?16 hours 4 min agoI'll ride with a rear light

    I'll ride with a rear light when the weather conditions decree it, only when it's raining but then the vehicles are using their sidelights in such conditions too.