• Ride London 100: Strava Secret Challenges16 hours 15 min ago"What would that entail

    "What would that entail though? Only club members allowed? Have to have ridden a sportive before?"

    I don't think starting off your first big ride with 25,000 others over a 100 mile course is necessarily the place to start. There are huge numbers of organised rides to get a feel for things over much shorter distances and fewer numbers to give first timers a way of transitioning to bigger groups/distances.

    The application process does ask you about experience and it would be pretty easy to put in place a verification process. Having people put down unrealistic/false finishing times is making them a hazard to not just themselves when faster riders come through (that's the whole point of estimating your finish time).

    For what it's worth, I am not a club member so accessibility is not the issue as much as preparation for the ride.

  • Cannondale’s Slate nears production16 hours 18 min agoOh look, it’s a Randonneur

    Oh look, it’s a Randonneur bike with front suspension and less chrome. A niche within a niche.

    Initialised, You can fit an SKS Shockbaord to a lefty, it attaches to a bung you put into the bottom end of the lefty steerer tube, I have one on my F29.

  • SMIDSY16 hours 19 min agoI'm with Superpython on this

    I'm with Superpython on this one.

    1. It could be argued that you didn't look but glanced in the general direction.
    2. You expected someone who'd possibly had a life threatening incident and be subsequently full off adrenaline to be polite and calm when you attacked them over the clothing and lights. Remember flight of fight response.
    3. You then try to blame the incident on poor clothing and lack of adequate light.
    4. And problably worse, you forgot what it is like to be a cyclist in such conditions.

  • Win! A Mango Point R Tiagra road bike worth £549!16 hours 19 min agoThink the +1 is still < D, so

    Think the +1 is still < D, so count me in.

  • Trend Spotting: Should we all be using lights in the daytime?16 hours 26 min agoas a rule i generally ride

    as a rule i generally ride with a rear light on flash during the day.
    the way i look at it, people are less likely to drive into the back of me with it on, it's probably more effective than wearing a high-viz (and doesn't look crap), and it doesn't slow me down.

    I do 25 commuting miles a day, and even though people shouldn't be on their phones, reading the paper, etc. they still do it and they're always going to.

    at least a bright flashing red light might give me a chance of getting noticed out of the corner of someone's eye whilst they're updating their facebook status.

  • Off-duty policeman found guilty of dangerous driving following incident with cyclist16 hours 26 min agostumps wrote:SideBurn - what

    stumps wrote:
    SideBurn - what do you do for a living ?.
    Dont get me wrong we have different levels of Police driving and i've put them below as a lot of people will think we are all the same.
    We have 4 levels of drivers.
    1: standard drivers who are not allowed to use blue lights and sirens.
    2: blues and twos, those who can use blue lights and sirens but only for emergency calls and not for pursuits.
    3: IPP - pursuit trained drivers.
    4: adavanced drivers - such as motor patrols and firearms who are highly trained in pursuit etc.

    What a ridiculous system! I wonder how many times a felon cant be pursued because the officer in the nearest vehicle has not passed the appropriate driving course?

  • Win! A Mango Point R Tiagra road bike worth £549!16 hours 27 min agoWould be a great training

    Would be a great training bike.

  • Cannondale’s Slate nears production16 hours 31 min agoVery tempted, but I already

    Very tempted, but I already have a decent hardtail and a disc braked road bike with room for 42mm tyres. It could presumably replace both.

    Also... how does one fit mud guards to a Lefty to make it great for mixed terrain commuters?

  • Lusso Layla Cooltech Shorts16 hours 32 min agoI have got quite a few of the

    I have got quite a few of the lusso Layla range and for me they are my top buys love the comfort of the shorts and my 3/4 bibs

  • Lusso Layla Cooltech Shorts16 hours 34 min agoThe wifes has a pair of these

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

  • Trend Spotting: Should we all be using lights in the daytime?16 hours 40 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!16 hours 46 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.

  • Trek Madone 9 Series Project One16 hours 47 min agoI like it.

    I like it.

  • Trend Spotting: Should we all be using lights in the daytime?16 hours 48 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?16 hours 49 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.

  • Trend Spotting: Should we all be using lights in the daytime?16 hours 56 min agodeleted - quote fail

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  • Trend Spotting: Should we all be using lights in the daytime?16 hours 57 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......

  • SMIDSY16 hours 59 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?17 hours 4 sec 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!17 hours 15 sec 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!17 hours 15 sec 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 500017 hours 2 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 500017 hours 2 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 cyclist17 hours 7 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 cycling17 hours 7 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.