• Stop Killing Cyclists stage vigil at ‘murderous’ junction1 day 6 hours agoSimon E wrote:Duncann

    Simon E wrote:
    Duncann wrote:
    People are worried about themselves and their kids.

    Why? That fear fuels the proliferation of 4x4s on our streets and the increasing number of them on the school run - vehicles which are more dangerous for everyone else. Oh, the irony!

    Firstly if you're not sure why people might be worried about themselves and their offspring (in the original context of manufacturers producing cars with poor safety) then that strikes me as odd - somewhat lacking in empathy or understanding.

    Second, i'd wager that a not insignificant amount of money and fashion is probably more to do with the proliferation of 4x4s specifically. Some 4x4s give a sense of safety (increased detachment due to height primarily i'd imagine) but it's not restricted to that niche alone, nor is it an intrinsic engineering feature of them. They're just todays Volvo estate in many ways.

  • 5 years in jail for driver who was on phone when she killed cyclist1 day 6 hours agoAlistair, the cyclist, was my

    Alistair, the cyclist, was my brother. I note that some of you have been asking some questions re the sentence, etc. The sentence the driver was given was 5 years for causing death by dangerous driving whilst using the mobile phone and 1 year for defeating the ends of justice. The 2 charges will run at the same time ie total 5 years. As someone already pointed out the driver will not serve the full 5 years. As to the question re if the driver admitted using the phone prior to the trial then the answer is NO.

  • Mechanical doping - the pro cycling story that won't go away1 day 6 hours agoThis story should never have

    This story should never have been published if he refuses to name anyone, it's just free publicity.

  • First look: Cannondale Slate Ultegra + Video, photo gallery, spec and full range info1 day 6 hours agojoules1975 wrote:iso2000

    joules1975 wrote:
    iso2000 wrote:
    Are there enough gravel trails in the UK for this sort of bike? When I go off road in Surrey it is on trails with either thick mud or stones of varying size. Give me an MTB every time for these sorts of ride.

    Oh FFS, there is a shed load more to Britain than the south east!

    Go onto google earth or google maps and just look at all the forest areas there are around the uk for a start, there are 100s of miles of gravel roads in there, then add all the canal towpaths, and grassy double tracks over moorland (exmoor has some great grassy double track if it's still like it was when I was there a decade ago).

    Where I am in the Scottish Borders I could pick out half a dozen 30-70 miles rides straight from the house that are roughly 65% road and 35% gravel. Same where I used to live in wales.

    Just thought actually, would be quite fun to have a bike like this to ride to a trail centre on the road, annoy the 'all the gear, no idea' boys/girls by flying round some of the trails on it and then ride home - saves the hassle of loading the mountain bike into the car and makes for a longer ride!

  • First look: Cannondale Slate Ultegra + Video, photo gallery, spec and full range info1 day 6 hours agoianrobo wrote:joules1975

    ianrobo wrote:
    joules1975 wrote:
    iso2000 wrote:
    Are there enough gravel trails in the UK for this sort of bike? When I go off road in Surrey it is on trails with either thick mud or stones of varying size. Give me an MTB every time for these sorts of ride.

    Oh FFS, there is a shed load more to Britain than the south east!

    Is there, would never have guessed !

    You might realise that, but iso2000 doesn't seem to know much about what the UK has to offer.

  • 5 years in jail for driver who was on phone when she killed cyclist1 day 6 hours agoFranglaise Amiens wrote:Every

    Franglaise Amiens wrote:
    Every one is talking about five years "in prison", but that was only her sentence, wasn't it ?
    Unless things have changed, she will be on parole in 2 1/2 years

    Hopefully not;

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-33238173

  • Stop Killing Cyclists stage vigil at ‘murderous’ junction1 day 6 hours agoDuncann wrote:People are

    Duncann wrote:
    People are worried about themselves and their kids.

    Why? That fear fuels the proliferation of 4x4s on our streets and the increasing number of them on the school run - vehicles which are more dangerous for everyone else. Oh, the irony!

    The improvement in so-called 'safety features' can also allow occupants to feel more removed from the environment around them. Leads to risk compensation.

    Duncann wrote:
    did you check out the NCAP ratings for pedestrian safety?

    No. NCAP ratings would not be a factor in my buying decision. I am acutely aware that my decisions when driving are far more important than relying on passive devices a manufacturer may have built into the vehicle.

    Does anyone really believe that NCAP ratings etc prevented a pedestrian or cyclist from being killed when hit by a car? Is this not more relevant?

    from http://www.20splentyforworthing.org.uk/whynot30

    and https://twitter.com/petersiemensma/status/611833506285682688

  • Mechanical doping - the pro cycling story that won't go away1 day 6 hours agoOr claim to have been

    Or claim to have been approached to give maximum publicity to a start up company.

    Have to say though, contrary to what Adam Blythe says, I find the idea of mechanical doping much worse than pharmaceutical doping. It becomes Moto GP then

  • First look: Cannondale Slate Ultegra + Video, photo gallery, spec and full range info1 day 6 hours agojoules1975 wrote:iso2000

    joules1975 wrote:
    iso2000 wrote:
    Are there enough gravel trails in the UK for this sort of bike? When I go off road in Surrey it is on trails with either thick mud or stones of varying size. Give me an MTB every time for these sorts of ride.

    Oh FFS, there is a shed load more to Britain than the south east!

    Is there, would never have guessed !

  • First look: Cannondale Slate Ultegra + Video, photo gallery, spec and full range info1 day 7 hours agoiso2000 wrote:Are there

    iso2000 wrote:
    Are there enough gravel trails in the UK for this sort of bike? When I go off road in Surrey it is on trails with either thick mud or stones of varying size. Give me an MTB every time for these sorts of ride.

    Oh FFS, there is a shed load more to Britain than the south east!

    Go onto google earth or google maps and just look at all the forest areas there are around the uk for a start, there are 100s of miles of gravel roads in there, then add all the canal towpaths, and grassy double tracks over moorland (exmoor has some great grassy double track if it's still like it was when I was there a decade ago).

    Where I am in the Scottish Borders I could pick out half a dozen 30-70 miles rides straight from the house that are roughly 65% road and 35% gravel. Same where I used to live in wales.

  • Waltham Forest's radical redesign of motorway-style roundabout could become a "beacon" for others to follow1 day 7 hours agoIs there any need at all to

    Is there any need at all to have a gratuitous pop at Lycra? Why wouldn't you want to help people riding bikes and wearing Lycra, as well as anyone else on a bike or walking?

    That apart, it sounds like a promising scheme.

  • First look: Cannondale Slate Ultegra + Video, photo gallery, spec and full range info1 day 7 hours ago"you would wonder whether

    "you would wonder whether that isn't more than enough bump-taming capability"

    Yeah, just like 3" of travel was thought to be more than enough travel for downhill mountain biking!

    Once you've appreciated the benefits of decent suspension to traction through corners, I don't think you'll want to go back to rigid.

    And what's that about incorporating a headshok in the head tube?!

  • The ethics of self-driving car collisions: whose life is more important?1 day 7 hours agoRamz wrote:Yeah these

    Ramz wrote:
    Yeah these driverless cars will be wonderful and safe, except when it's raining and they can't function correctly. Or when a fly, or moth, or Sahara dust blows onto the camera. In those cases you will be doomed, but otherwise nothing can go wrong can go wrong can go wrong can go wrong. ..... bzzzzzzt system reboot blue screen of death

    That's what fail-safes and system planning are for, because things will go wrong and you try and mitigate the unwanted effects when they do. Personally, I think i'd probably favour a somewhat cautious autonomous vehicle over most of the idiots I see on the roads every day.

  • No Hopers1 day 7 hours agoMy first pick didn't qualify.

    My first pick didn't qualify. I'm a prick. Here's my second attempt.

    Arnaud Gerard 7.1
    Bauke Mollema 21.8
    Tim Wellens 21.0
    Bartosz Huzarski 11.1
    JC Peraud 18.7

    Total: 79.7

  • 5 years in jail for driver who was on phone when she killed cyclist1 day 7 hours agoThis was tragic for the

    This was tragic for the victim and his family, and the sentence is deserved.

    Yesterday I saw someone driving and using their phone (not hands free), and if I walked along the road today, I'm quite sure I would see someone else doing the same. There are no consequences for those people, and yet their actions are similar to those of the lady in this case.

    It's deeply unfortunate that there isn't more action taken to stop this dangerous behaviour, rather than only sanctioning it when it results in tragic consequences.

  • First look: Cannondale Slate Ultegra + Video, photo gallery, spec and full range info1 day 7 hours agoGossa wrote:joules1975

    Gossa wrote:
    joules1975 wrote:
    Love the idea behind this bike, to the point that I'm thinking that instead of a cross bike or one of the already available gravel bikes, I might get a road bike that has decent tyre clearance, change the wheels to 650b, stick some wide road tyres on and have that as my gravel bike instead.

    (Sorry ccannondale, I know you'd rather I just buy a slate, but I have contacts that mean I can get certain stuff at trade, and connondale bikes aren't one of them).

    The problem with my plan is the complete lack of 650b road/cross over tyres here in the uk, and I do wonder if that could prove a problem for the slate here in the uk too.

    I'd be surprised if you can find something that will have wider clearance. we also do the GT Grade, great 'gravelish' bike but you won't get wider than a 37mm tyre in there. Looking at where this is all going we anticipate quite a few 650 tyre options coming out.

    Not tried it yet, but my current road disc carbon framed bike has loads of room (it can take proper full mudguards) and on intital measuring seems to have rrom for a 40mm tyre, but only if fitted to a 650b rim - there is no way I could get it in there on a 700c wheel.

  • Back home - 6 day racing returns to London this October (+ videos)1 day 7 hours agoDanger Dicko wrote:Shame it's

    Danger Dicko wrote:
    Shame it's in London for those of us who live outside the M25.

    in the UK, indoor options are:
    London: 6000 capacity
    Manchester: 3500
    Derby: 1700
    Glasgow: 2000
    Newport: 500
    Calshot: ?

    The website has clearly though been set up for more than just London- I'd imagine they're looking, if this is successful, to Manchester & Glasgow too, maybe Derby?

  • Mechanical doping - the pro cycling story that won't go away1 day 7 hours agoI don't buy it. I think it's

    I don't buy it. I think it's a cheap way to get publicity for his company, and e-bikes in general. If this is what is going on, I have to say it's a pretty wily move, though I wouldn't admire the dishonesty.

  • Sportful R&D Ultralight Jersey1 day 7 hours agoDo you have any other

    Do you have any other Sportful jerseys to compare the sizing against.

    I've been eying one of these up. Seems like it's a good option.

  • First look: Cannondale Slate Ultegra + Video, photo gallery, spec and full range info1 day 7 hours agojoules1975 wrote:Love the

    joules1975 wrote:
    Love the idea behind this bike, to the point that I'm thinking that instead of a cross bike or one of the already available gravel bikes, I might get a road bike that has decent tyre clearance, change the wheels to 650b, stick some wide road tyres on and have that as my gravel bike instead.

    (Sorry ccannondale, I know you'd rather I just buy a slate, but I have contacts that mean I can get certain stuff at trade, and connondale bikes aren't one of them).

    The problem with my plan is the complete lack of 650b road/cross over tyres here in the uk, and I do wonder if that could prove a problem for the slate here in the uk too.

    I'd be surprised if you can find something that will have wider clearance. we also do the GT Grade, great 'gravelish' bike but you won't get wider than a 37mm tyre in there. Looking at where this is all going we anticipate quite a few 650 tyre options coming out.

  • Stop Killing Cyclists stage vigil at ‘murderous’ junction1 day 7 hours agoJudge dreadful wrote:Guess

    Judge dreadful wrote:
    Guess what, cycling in a densely populated, busy, urban conurbation, is a risky business.

    Is it? Why?

    Is driving a car in those places also a risky business? Why?

    Are the two comparably risky? Why?

  • The ethics of self-driving car collisions: whose life is more important?1 day 7 hours agoRamz wrote:Yeah these

    Ramz wrote:
    Yeah these driverless cars will be wonderful and safe, except when it's raining and they can't function correctly. Or when a fly, or moth, or Sahara dust blows onto the camera. In those cases you will be doomed, but otherwise nothing can go wrong can go wrong can go wrong can go wrong. ..... bzzzzzzt system reboot blue screen of death

    You say this as though they're releasing these cars into the wild tomorrow with known faults, or that the software won't fail gracefully in the event of something untoward happening.

  • Inline Cable Adjuster1 day 7 hours ago.

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  • Mechanical doping - the pro cycling story that won't go away1 day 7 hours agoFFS. If he's been approached

    FFS. If he's been approached he should absolutely be going straight to the UCI, and if they're as useless as ever go public.

  • Stop Killing Cyclists stage vigil at ‘murderous’ junction1 day 7 hours agoJudge dreadful wrote:I

    Judge dreadful wrote:
    I sympathise with the idea behind these protests, but I think cyclists need to be careful, not to jump on some 'social media' driven bandwagon, and risk being seen as a bunch of whiny left wing bed wetters. Guess what, cycling in a densely populated, busy, urban conurbation, is a risky business. We need to make sure that we get a point across, but calling a 'movement' "stop killing cyclists", "stop the murderous slaughter of cyclists", "won't somebody think of the children cyclists, and stop squishing us with your murderous diesel death wagons" and the like, isn't going to help.

    My Dutch isn't great, but I believe "Stop de Kindermoord" translates surprisingly accurately to "won't somebody think of the children cyclists, and stop squishing us with your murderous diesel death wagons".

    Although I don't think diesel was as popular back then. Perhaps that bit got lost in translation.

    http://www.aviewfromthecyclepath.com/2011/01/stop-child-murder.html