• Riding on your own - how many of you do this instead of a club ride?1 day 3 hours agoone of the great things about

    one of the great things about cycling is the sense of freedom you get. I have said it before on other threads here but it makes me feel like I am 12 years old heading down the park to see my mates and not the 44 year old man with kids and responsibilities.

    That said another driver for me is to keep fit and healthy so I can look after my kids, and eat more cheese of course Cool

    I was in a club when I was a teenager and did enjoy it then but I don't want to be held to anyone else's measurement of what is good enough, that turns me off most sports.

  • Cyclist who died of head injury was either hit by car door or swerved to avoid it1 day 3 hours agojacknorell wrote:farrell

    jacknorell wrote:
    farrell wrote:
    ericbike wrote:
    Having said that I don't believe it is victim blaming to state that a bike needs to be in a road worthy condition to ride it on a public road. Not having seen the bike I can't make that determination but what would the response be on here if a cyclist made an error and a motorist hit them and the police found that the car tyres were bald and the brakes didn't work properly?

    A more accurate comparison would be a HGV driver pulling out of a junction without bothering to look, crashing into the car and killing the driver and then saying "Well, his tyres were bald".

    You're joking, right?

    Opening a car door and causing someone to swerve, versus blatantly not giving way while operating a HGV isn't in the same frame at all. One is slight negligence (as is riding on work-out bike tyres) and one is a reasonably foreseeable and preventable cause of a fatal collision.

    Not at all comparable. If you were going for hyperbole, you managed, and then some.

    I'm not joking at all.
    And I think they are comparable.

    A HGV driver hitting a car is going to be a similar impact to a car door hitting a cyclist in terms of scale.

    In both situations the impact would have been preventable if the person in the wrong had taken the time the actually look properly for the more vulnerable road user.

    I'm unsure as to what you disagree with about that.

  • Giro d'Italia Stage 11: Ilnur Zakarin wins at Imola GP circuit, Alberto Contador keeps lead1 day 3 hours agoGood to see Betancur doing

    Good to see Betancur doing well, can't be the only one that thought he was a good punt in Fantasy at just 3.0!

  • Murilo Fischer's tribute to Ayrton Senna as Giro visits Imola, scene of F1 star's fatal crash1 day 3 hours agoI had wondered if anything

    I had wondered if anything Senna\Ratzenberger related would happen at Imola - despite the many many races there it will be forever remembered for one brutal weekend.

  • Bonk, knock, la fringale... when your legs say "no"1 day 3 hours agoHad it recently after 25

    Had it recently after 25 miles into a headwind on what turned out to be a century ride. It started with a bit of tunnel vision and a wobble and finished with me sat on a bench in a Cotswold village wolfing down the spare breakfast biscuits stored in the large audax saddlebag. 10 minutes later, right as rain! Stopping is always the better option than trying to power through it.

  • Cyclist who died of head injury was either hit by car door or swerved to avoid it1 day 3 hours agoVery sad story. Got car

    Very sad story. Got car doored a few weeks ago. Got away with it that time. Passenger stepped out of the car that was waiting at a traffic light into the cycling lane which had a double yellow line AND a railing alongside it. He had no-where to go, nor did I.
    As for brakes, I did not have time to reach for them so their status was irrelevant.

  • Giro D'Italia Stage 111 day 3 hours agoFollowing on from the

    Following on from the Portegate saga yesterday, If the UCI commisaires are to be taken seriously and apply rule 8.2 to Clarke and Porte, then for consistency they must apply Rule 3.3 to Contador.

    Rule 3.3 states that any rider removing his (mandatory) helmet during a race will be subject to a 100 SF fine plus disqualification. Bertie was clearly seen to ride along (hands off he bars whilst near the front of the peloton) for some distance yesterday without his helmet, whilst a teammate gave him a cap to put on underneath the helmet.

    I've got nothing personal against Contador - but if the UCI say the rules must be obeyed they must apply them without fear or favour - but somehow I can't see it happening. Angry

  • You can ride harder than you think when dehydrated1 day 3 hours agoLast summer I did London to

    Last summer I did London to Paris with average temps at 25C and I drunk loads but at night could not eat as mouth too dry to swallow. I presumed that was the sweating I did, however reading more when I got back home it was suggested I drunk too much !

  • Lusso Carbon Bib Shorts1 day 3 hours agoI've got a pair of lusso

    I've got a pair of lusso shorts, great material, gripper is good and the pads ace.

    BUT

    the position of the pad is too far back, and only comfortable when II pull the material forwards. A real pity since otherwise I'm sat on a seam and it chaffs after an hour or so.

  • Riding on your own - how many of you do this instead of a club ride?1 day 3 hours agoNever really been a team

    Never really been a team player and competitively I always enjoyed the focus of time trialling and triathlon (before drafting was allowed), especially when you got your head 'in the zone'. I still like riding alone but now ride mostly 2 up and a weekly club run although I prefer to get my head down and not really engage in sociable conversation until the post ride café stop.

    There are plenty of skills to practice when riding in a group which keeps things fresh and I also like that there's always a wheel to hang onto when you need a breather plus there's a satisfaction in taking the lead when you are feeling strong or helping someone else be it with a bike skill or fixing a puncture together.

    I came across a good mantra. "If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far then go together". Sometimes it's not all about just going fast, indeed some of my favourite group biking memories from the last year have been hooning about in the freezing mud on mountain bikes making an average 5mph.

  • Cyclist who died of head injury was either hit by car door or swerved to avoid it1 day 3 hours agofarrell wrote:ericbike

    farrell wrote:
    ericbike wrote:
    Having said that I don't believe it is victim blaming to state that a bike needs to be in a road worthy condition to ride it on a public road. Not having seen the bike I can't make that determination but what would the response be on here if a cyclist made an error and a motorist hit them and the police found that the car tyres were bald and the brakes didn't work properly?

    A more accurate comparison would be a HGV driver pulling out of a junction without bothering to look, crashing into the car and killing the driver and then saying "Well, his tyres were bald".

    You're joking, right?

    Opening a car door and causing someone to swerve, versus blatantly not giving way while operating a HGV isn't in the same frame at all. One is slight negligence (as is riding on work-out bike tyres) and one is a reasonably foreseeable and preventable cause of a fatal collision.

    Not at all comparable. If you were going for hyperbole, you managed, and then some.

  • Riding on your own - how many of you do this instead of a club ride?1 day 4 hours agoSolo mostly. I like the

    Solo mostly.

    I like the head-space though it does depend on the steed I select (road, mtb or fixie).

    I have a friend who sometimes joins me when I'm out on the road bike but even those rides are usually conversation free until we stop for a break. Route is determined by a sort of unspoken tacit agreement.

    Often I just go for a ride because I just want to go for a ride. No plan, no route, no reason, no Garmin, no Strava, no schedule. Just bumbling around town for the sheer hell of it, seeing what there is to see and there always is something to see.

  • Cyclist who died of head injury was either hit by car door or swerved to avoid it1 day 4 hours agoericbike wrote:Having said

    ericbike wrote:
    Having said that I don't believe it is victim blaming to state that a bike needs to be in a road worthy condition to ride it on a public road. Not having seen the bike I can't make that determination but what would the response be on here if a cyclist made an error and a motorist hit them and the police found that the car tyres were bald and the brakes didn't work properly?

    A more accurate comparison would be a HGV driver pulling out of a junction without bothering to look, crashing into the car and killing the driver and then saying "Well, his tyres were bald".

    It's fairly ridiculous to compare the potential weight, speed and power of a car with a 76 year old man.

    If he was riding a bike with super sharp disc brakes would the door have somehow remained shut? Or if he had brand new, super knobbly fat tyres would that have resulted in the driver bothering her arse to check her mirrors and look properly?

    I honestly don't believe it would.

  • You can ride harder than you think when dehydrated1 day 4 hours agoI regularly knock out

    I regularly knock out 150-odd/9hr mile hilly rides with a couple of bottles on the bike and still have some left when I get home. Unless it's swelteringly hot I just don't seem to need anywhere near as much liquid as is usually advised.

    (In fact trying to drink the recommended amount just makes me sick!)

  • Has anyone got over their fear of going downhill?1 day 4 hours agoi've managed to up my "gotta

    i've managed to up my "gotta brake panic" speed from about 30mph to about 40mph. Still pretty rubbish, but much better than it was, and it means most descents are now quite fun.

    suggestions-

    - really concentrate on relaxing your arms and hands- try to hold the bars as lightly as possible- it helps you remain calm and keeps the bike steadier

    - remember to breathe!

    - where possible, slow by air braking rather than using the brakes themselves- it is a real confidence boost to get to the bottom without having touched the levers at all.

  • Cyclist who died of head injury was either hit by car door or swerved to avoid it1 day 4 hours ago@ birrzles I don't think that

    @ birrzles

    I don't think that any of the questions that you've asked are unreasonable ones. I have a real problem with the term 'victim blaming' when applied to accidents that don't contain malicious intent on the part of any involved parties.

    The driver was negligent to not check properly before opening her car door - but I bet she'd done it a million times with no consequence whatsoever. In the same way, it's negligent to ride with badly worn tyres and poorly maintained brakes, though I'm sure that Mr Hamilton had ridden many miles on his bike like that and not suffered any consequences. The sad part is that these small and usually consequence-free oversights have combined to result in the loss of a man's life.

    Vehicle drivers should absolutely have a greater duty of care to other road users because of their increased ability to cause serious injury or death, but this doesn't excuse those other road users from their own duty of care which I believe includes making sure that whatever you're riding is well-maintained and safe. This includes not riding on worn tyres, having effective brakes fitted and, in my opinion only, wearing helmets.

    While these three things might have saved Mr Hamilton's life, equally, they may not have. It's impossible to say based on the limited facts reported. All we can say for sure is that this man's death is desperately tragic. My heart goes out to his wife and family.

  • Rideair tyre inflator seeks Kickstarter funding + video1 day 4 hours agoGoing tubeless has meant me

    Going tubeless has meant me not having a puncture for over four years.

    Just saying.

  • Richie Porte hails Simon Clarke's "great sportsmanship" - and says breaking rules didn't enter his head1 day 4 hours agohectorhtaylor wrote:Now

    hectorhtaylor wrote:
    Now Contador has taken his helmet off I'm beginning to think there are real sportsmen in cycling after all. If he did this to even things up that is a truly beautiful thing to do. Hallelujah!

    indeed, a great Spartacus moment as the whole Peloton stops to exchange wheels Smile

  • Cyclist who died of head injury was either hit by car door or swerved to avoid it1 day 4 hours agoLast post by Levermonkey is

    Last post by Levermonkey is spot on, if opening a door onto a road then all the responsibility is on the driver not a cyclist or another road user. That is why cars have rear view and wing mirrors fitted ...

  • Cyclist who died of head injury was either hit by car door or swerved to avoid it1 day 4 hours agoAs everyone else has

    As everyone else has commented it is quite possible to avoid this type of accident, LOOK before you open a door. The situation is tragic and was definitely caused by the driver.

    Having said that I don't believe it is victim blaming to state that a bike needs to be in a road worthy condition to ride it on a public road. Not having seen the bike I can't make that determination but what would the response be on here if a cyclist made an error and a motorist hit them and the police found that the car tyres were bald and the brakes didn't work properly?

  • Cyclist who died of head injury was either hit by car door or swerved to avoid it1 day 4 hours agoPresumably she would have

    Presumably she would have passed Mr Hamilton shortly before she parked therefore, she should have been aware that he would be in the vicinity when she opened the door.

    Complete failure to exercise any level of 'duty of care' that could and should be expected. I wonder if she would have been so cavalier if there had been a lorry in the vicinity.

    Miss Jackson has proved that she is an unfit person to hold a Driving Licence for her actions at the time, lack of remorse and inability to take responsibility for her actions.

    I find the victim blaming by the Police disgraceful and partisan towards the car driver.

    Needless to say, all my sympathies to Mr Hamilton's family.

  • Giro d'Italia Stage 11: Ilnur Zakarin wins at Imola GP circuit, Alberto Contador keeps lead1 day 4 hours agoNah man, he has served his

    Nah man, he has served his ban. He pulled off an incredible break yesterday. A very well deserved victory. Really classy ride.

  • Riding on your own - how many of you do this instead of a club ride?1 day 4 hours agoThe vast majollity of my

    The vast majollity of my riding is solo or small groups (4 or less). I just do not enjoy riding in close proximity to people I don't know and relying on their pointing out hazards/handling skill.
    If I am out at the weekend I am usually there to work and I don't see what training benefit is gained by wheel sucking in a large group. It actually annoys me when large groups marginally overtake me and ease off, leaving me in their midst working at 70% of planned effort. The net effect though is usually me working at 110% of planned effort to break away !

  • Riding on your own - how many of you do this instead of a club ride?1 day 4 hours agoI love riding on my own

    I love riding on my own because I get to choose when and where I cycle. By contrast, the local road club do the same route EVERY Saturday without change or their APRs and bunch training rides which don't interest me.

  • Politicians in Northern Ireland and Wales want Tour de France1 day 5 hours agovonhelmet wrote:farrell

    vonhelmet wrote:
    farrell wrote:
    That's why I don't bother getting frustrated with them for stages never coming near Manchester as it's not their fault the local authority can't be arsed putting something together for it.

    We've got it coming to Derbyshire and the Trough of Bowland this year, so it's not totally out of reach for Manchester folk.

    And I'm looking forward to going up to Clit Heroe this year, and I have enjoyed riding down to Stoke to watch it there too, it would just be nice to have it on my doorstep without having to take days off work etc.