• K-Edge Garmin Mount XL1 day 2 hours agoWhat about cost per mile ?

    What about cost per mile ?

  • Video - Vuelta fan throws stick at Chris Froome1 day 2 hours agoEveryone is wrong. Clearly

    Everyone is wrong. Clearly the rider in front of Froome was eating a packet of Twiglets, and in his haste to shove them down his gullet missed his mouth.

  • California 3ft passing rule becomes law next week - with fines for violators1 day 2 hours agoBikebot: Could you publish

    Bikebot: Could you publish that correspondence somewhere? Would be really interesting and potentially useful to other cycle campaigners!

  • Deloitte Ride Across Britain rider dies in hospital1 day 2 hours agoIs it just me, or do LEJOG

    Is it just me, or do LEJOG rides have a higher fatality rate than other kilometres ridden? Just a vague feeling based on my surprise at hearing how frequently LEJOG is mentioned in cyclist deaths in UK.

  • Chris Froome wins another grand tour.1 day 2 hours agodaddyELVIS wrote:Obviously

    daddyELVIS wrote:
    Obviously didn't follow the race then?! Typical newbie Sky fan.

    Come on, don't go down to the same level - whilst it's clear the OP is somewhat skewed in outlook and it's hard to believe they watched the same race, this isn't peculiar to supporters of Sky or any other given team / individual...

    daddyELVIS wrote:
    BTW, the final TT was a joke, and of course Froome gained time back as Contador soft pedalled around it.

    Indeed.

  • K-Edge Garmin Mount XL1 day 2 hours agomy car tyres cost like a

    my car tyres cost like a thousand million pounds so....

  • Video - Vuelta fan throws stick at Chris Froome1 day 2 hours agoNorthernbike wrote:Welsh boy

    Northernbike wrote:
    Welsh boy wrote:
    Colin Peyresourde wrote:
    dodgy wrote:
    Colin Peyresourde wrote:
    Perhaps they thought Froome Dog would chase it....

    Thank you: I'm hear all week.

    Same gag was effectively made in the opening paragraph of the story.

    You're not exactly Tommy Cooper.

    That'll teach me to comment without reading. I'll get me coat.

    You need to brush up on your English grammar as well as your humour, I assume you mean "here" all week and not "hear"?

    Isn't that spelling rather than grammar? Kiss

    My grammar gets criticised frequently but I'm going to stick my neck out and call the OP's mistake grammatical. He spelled 'hear' correctly but it was used in the wrong context.

  • K-Edge Garmin Mount XL1 day 2 hours agoCanAmSteve wrote:I am

    CanAmSteve wrote:
    I am gobsmacked that people will pay so much for such a trivial product. But then bicycle tyres cost more than car tyres (go figure).

    However, I can attest that plastic Garmin mounts can be mounted "backwards" so that the unit is resting almost above the stem cap. This seems a bit more secure.

    Don't forget the (still overpriced) £6 o-ring mounts!

    I like good bike tyres (Black Chilli GP4000s), but they're only a bit over 10% of the cost of my car tyres... any car tyre for this will be a retread out of the back of a dodgy ISO container on an industrial estate somewhere, and I certainly wouldn't trust my family's safety to it...

  • Tyneside residents up in arms over 'excessive' cycle path that will mean less parking for residents' visitors and tradesmen1 day 2 hours agoTomSustrans wrote:Hi AJ, The

    TomSustrans wrote:
    Hi AJ,

    The Keelman's is owned and maintained by Gateshead & S.Tyneside councils, and yes there is plenty of scope for upgrading. The last big project that Sustrans got involved in was around Tyne Dock that finished in 2012, although we have helped Gateshead building an underbridge on the Derwent which links to NCN14 and has just opened. Nearly all funding that Sustrans get involved with is transport money at the moment, so we are tending to focus on the last mile or so into town centres or big employment sites. Often its development or other LA highway schemes which are the trigger for something to happen. Biggest project this year up here is with Sunderland around the Nissan plant, most of which is now open. The tynemouth scheme started out as a fairly small project around John Spence school but has kept growing, will eventually become NCN102 running up coast road to Silverlink. Now if we only had access to more reliable long term funding.....

    Hijacking this thread slightly, but just to express appreciation for the Sustrans scheme past Nissan, which has made that section of my commute stress free. It links up with other schemes in South Tyneside, Sunderland, including the NCN7 C2C, and as tom says it's not complete, but it is 3m shared path (rarely used by pedestrians so Ok), and means that with the exception of approximately a mile or so, the first 10 miles of my commute is entirely traffic free. Which is awesome actually. when I occasionally need to work from a different site, that rises to about 15 mile out of a 16 mile commute.

    You can see some photos at http://cyclingsouthtyne.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/washington-to-south-tynes...

  • Chris Froome wins another grand tour.1 day 2 hours agoHim Up North wrote:Stage 10

    Him Up North wrote:
    Stage 10 was an individual time trial over a 36.7km course. Contador took the red jersey that day and bested Froome to the tune of 53 seconds.

    That was the key stage as it meant that Contador didn't have to attack anyone....and it also saw Quintana's big off in to the barriers.

  • Garmin-Sharp's Dylan van Baarle wins Tour of Britain1 day 2 hours agoEven more vomit inducing is

    Even more vomit inducing is the way Sky Sports cannot begin any cycling article containing Wiggins or Froome without beginning "Team Sky's (whoever) won/lost/did well/did badly" rather than introducing the winner/who did best first.

    Talk about self-promotion.

  • Canyon reveals 5.6kg Ultimate CF SLX 80 Superlight road bike1 day 2 hours agoA bike like this is really

    A bike like this is really suited to me, simply because I'm heavy enough to stop it floating away Big Grin

  • California 3ft passing rule becomes law next week - with fines for violators1 day 2 hours agoI’d support a LCC or CTC

    I’d support a LCC or CTC campaign proposing this change in law for a 1.5 mt. minimum distance rule, although the incentive to respect it should be a little bit stronger than a $35 fine(i.e. points on the licence). Any idea how to propose it?
    But then who is going to enforce it?

    I was on a 4 hours bike ride yesterday around Chobahm/Chertsey. I dint see a single police car patrolling the roads.

    As some one pointed out most drivers are decent people, (perhaps not aware of what is safe and the potential damage) but you just need one idiot. My idiot yesterday overtook me on Chertsey bridges with cms to spare ( I could touch his mirror with my elbow) and oncoming traffic.

    By the way I am using a small end bar mirror now which helps a lot in terms of being aware of who is coming from behind. Not the sexiest thing to have on a road bike but discrete enough to go unnoticed to the casual observer. Highly recommended.

  • Chris Froome wins another grand tour.1 day 3 hours agoFroome didn't ride that well

    Froome didn't ride that well overall (to what he can), only got the better of Contador a handful of times.

  • Jens Voigt reveals Hour Record Trek Speed Concept1 day 3 hours agoWelsh boy

    Welsh boy wrote:
    TelemarkTumalo wrote:
    Simon E wrote:
    Quote:
    It also says, “I am mother f*cking Jens Voigt”.

    Inappropriate and pathetically immature.

    Sad that you are so jealous of the most popular pro cyclist of the current era.

    I don't see how you make this post out to be based on jealousy but I am surprised that Trek are happy about this, hardly likely to endear them to the women's market is it!

    Yeah...we're too delicate for anything so sweary, we'll go sit back on our pink bikes instead and ride through some meadows and look at some flowers instead. Or something. Smile

  • California 3ft passing rule becomes law next week - with fines for violators1 day 3 hours agoPaul_C wrote:bikebot

    Paul_C wrote:
    bikebot wrote:

    In particular, it would make it a crime to try to squeeze through a pinch point alongside a cyclist, which is probably the most dangerous thing that I have to look out for day after day. It would also provide clear support in law for taking primary in such a position.

    The official guidance is actually quite varied. The HC has that nice picture that most of us are familiar with, however the DfT suggests 1.5m at 30mph. But as I've recently discovered, TfL uses a distance of 1.2m as guidance for its bus operators, so even a Government transport body doesn't use the DfT figure.

    what really doesn't help in UK is our ridiculously narrow painted cycle lanes which practically encourage close passes as dopy drivers automatically assume that if they stay out of the cycle lane the cyclist is safe...

    Funnily enough, that's exactly why I now know the guidance that TfL uses for its bus drivers. I had one pass me early one morning on a near empty road, at a stupidly close distance. I was in the cycle lane and the bus was outside but skimming the edge of it.

    It was a bit of a shock, as I'm used to all the local bus drivers actually being very good around cyclists, in particular on the route concerned. I had video, and as the driver blanked me when I caught up with him, for the first time ever I lodged a complaint with TfL.

    They took the complaint seriously, and in amongst their detailed reply was the note about the 1.2m minimum pass distance that I should have been given. It's only now that I realise that it doesn't match the DfT guidance, which demonstrates what a useless muddle we currently have. Everyone is making up their own numbers.

  • Alberto Contador wins Vuelta for third time, Chris Froome runner-up1 day 3 hours agocub wrote: For my own sanity

    cub wrote:

    For my own sanity I can now only express my views on cycling by sitting out front in my rocking chair shouting at kids that "they don't make them how they used to", "250m race!?!" and "in my day we used to race non stop for a week, 6 day races we called em". Finally realizing that kids today are weak willed and lazy compared to the golden era when I were a lad is the crucial piece of logic keeping my world together.

    But the UCI in their madness banned amphetamines and pot belge. Making such events inhumane. Admittedly they are allowed free reign with tramadol, but probably not the best choice if you need to stay awake for days.

  • Deloitte Ride Across Britain rider dies in hospital1 day 3 hours agoMy thoughts go out to the

    My thoughts go out to the family.

    But again, no details of the dynamic of the crash from Road CC!!!. So which lesson can we learn?

  • Deloitte Ride Across Britain rider dies in hospital1 day 3 hours agoIt's not as if they were

    It's not as if they were diving into a volcano....all they were doing was riding bikes. It's just not acceptable for so many people to be getting killed doing an everyday activity....if this many people died on a building site they close the place down. Die on the road and it's just seen as an acceptable cost of our transport infrastructure.

    My thoughts go out to the family.

  • Metropolitan Police seize nine London pedicabs fitted with motors1 day 3 hours agogazza_d wrote:Just looked up

    gazza_d wrote:
    Just looked up some data and in four years from 2006 to 2010. 73 pedestrians killed by buses and 249 killed by cars in London alone (tfl data http://www.tfl.gov.uk/cdn/static/cms/documents/pedestrian-fatalities-in-...).

    So are Pedicabs/rickshaws really as dangerous as Taxi drivers would have us believe?

    Think I may go and start up a rickshaw business that you can book via Uber - That should cheer up the grumpy feckers

    Pedal Rickshaws are fine. I know why Taxi drivers don't like the competition but that's not really why anyone takes a Ricksahw anyway. Motorised Rickshaws are Taxi and the police are right to take action. Is the driver safe, vetted, operating under known regulations? Is the cab safe, insured, inspected.

    Look if you are running a business you should do it properly. A pedalled rickshaw is not pretending to a be a Taxi. You don't get in one for exactly the same reason you get in a cab. Even as a foreighn tourist you are going to realise this isn't a proper taxi but a tourist gimmick and that you can't rely on a meter.

    Motorised Rickshaws are a different matter.

  • California 3ft passing rule becomes law next week - with fines for violators1 day 3 hours agojacknorell wrote:JonD

    jacknorell wrote:
    JonD wrote:
    bikebot wrote:
    I would be a strong supporter of anyone proposing a similar law in the UK, but unfortunately the UK campaign groups don't seem particularly interested. I'm slightly baffled as to why and this has reminded me that I must ask my local LCC peeps about it next time I see them.

    The 3ft rule is the standard in America, European countries that have also adopted this have used various distances from 1m to as much as 2.5m. France has different distances for urban and rural roads.

    Can't recall exactly what the argument was when it came up a while back, but it could well be that the HC says to overtake as one would a small car - which is somewhat more than 3ft already.

    Rule 163 just says "give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car".

    Given many overtake cars with inches to spare, that's what they think is appropriate!

    https://www.gov.uk/using-the-road-159-to-203/overtaking-162-to-169

    The thing is that 'give as much room' implies the space between the overtaker and the overtakee, not the road position. Most drivers allow 2 or 3 ft, but some much less, whatever they're overtaking. The Californian legislation puts a number on it, and that's very useful.

  • California 3ft passing rule becomes law next week - with fines for violators1 day 3 hours agobikebot wrote: In particular,

    bikebot wrote:

    In particular, it would make it a crime to try to squeeze through a pinch point alongside a cyclist, which is probably the most dangerous thing that I have to look out for day after day. It would also provide clear support in law for taking primary in such a position.

    The official guidance is actually quite varied. The HC has that nice picture that most of us are familiar with, however the DfT suggests 1.5m at 30mph. But as I've recently discovered, TfL uses a distance of 1.2m as guidance for its bus operators, so even a Government transport body doesn't use the DfT figure.

    what really doesn't help in UK is our ridiculously narrow painted cycle lanes which practically encourage close passes as dopy drivers automatically assume that if they stay out of the cycle lane the cyclist is safe...

  • Chris Froome wins another grand tour.1 day 3 hours agoObviously didn't follow the

    Obviously didn't follow the race then?! Typical newbie Sky fan.

    BTW, the final TT was a joke, and of course Froome gained time back as Contador soft pedalled around it.

  • California 3ft passing rule becomes law next week - with fines for violators1 day 3 hours agokie7077 wrote:$35!! Fines

    kie7077 wrote:
    $35!!

    Fines should be linked to wealth, would a $35 fine deter bill gates?

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/1759791.stm

    "Mr Vanjoki had to pay a fine equal to 14 days of his income in 1999, which was about 14 million euros ($12.5 million)"

  • California 3ft passing rule becomes law next week - with fines for violators1 day 3 hours agoThe problem in the UK is

    The problem in the UK is clearly that there is no overtaking distance, the picture in the highway code is not authoritative - it does not say you must leave this distance or specify a distance.

    If you ask anyone in the UK what the minimum passing distance is legally, they can not answer because there is no answer.

    Close passes and anxiety regarding whether they are about to happen is in large part what ruins the cycling experience in the UK. If cycling organisations want more cycling then this issue is as important as segregated cycle lanes. The UK needs passing distance laws, close passes should result in points being deducted.