• Transport Research Laboratory: Mandatory helmet laws “prevent head and brain injuries”2 days 39 min agoThe main author of this

    The main author of this report, Richard Cuerden, was part of the much more comprehensive TRL report of 2009, which could find no evidence of helmet effectiveness. The new report says that it used the previous report as a reference, but the question has to be why was another report required when a comprehensive review had already been carried out and reached a valid conclusion? Obviously because it reached the wrong conclusion. It seems that TRL might not be quite so as independent as people think.

    The report was paid for by Jersey politicians, and the outcome was decided before finger hit keyboard.

    TRL used to have standards, now they just count the money.

    Yet another report that will be held up as proving that helmets are effective, when it was just an exercise in justifying a decision already taken and has no scientific validity.

  • Video: Cyclist's lucky escape as driver turns across him2 days 40 min agoAye. Great post, Quince. Take

    Aye. Great post, Quince. Take all my likes.

  • Earphones on cyclists: Yea or Nay?2 days 46 min agoContrast and compare. a)

    Contrast and compare.

    a) Cyclist privately listening to their choice of music through headphones.
    b) W**k*r in car inflicting his choice of Drum & Base on the world at a volume that is causing his eardrums to meet in the middle as there is bugger all in the way to stop them.

    a) Cyclist privately listening to their choice of music through headphones whilst still being aware of their surroundings.
    b) W**k*r in car inflicting his choice of Drum & Base on the world at a volume ... with the windows wound up and completely oblivious to the world at large or the screams of his victims.

    Personally I don't wear headphones, not because of safety concerns but for the simple reason I don't find in-ear phones or 'cans' comfortable when riding. If you chose to wear them that's up to you; just so long as your aware of my presence. That's all I ask. Be safe!

  • ITT2 days 54 min ago123467 and Majka, who can do

    123467 and Majka, who can do better. Was expecting more from Kyrienka as well, but Sky have been rubbish. No fight left! They should have gone for Nieve as their second choice GC, maybe he'll get a chance in La Vuelta if Froome isn't fit. He could top 10 with support.

  • Video: Cyclist's lucky escape as driver turns across him2 days 1 hour ago"I didn't get hit by a

    "I didn't get hit by a vehicle today, unlike this chap, which is clear evidence of my superiority as a human being and right to existence" - There's a really icky logic behind these sorts of posts. It's as though people will do anything do assert that the reason they haven't suffered the bad fortune of another is because they are intrinsically more 'skilful' or apt in some regard that the unfortunate person isn't. It's a vulturous habit of using other's misfortune to feed one's fragile ego.

    The existence of persecuted people who condemn other equally persecuted people is hardly new or rare. It's always easier to define oneself by the established system - even if one is demeaned by it - than to subvert it. It's why you get that one anxious guy who hangs with the cool kids despite being constantly abused. It's the moral of the brother who runs away with the White Witch in the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and it's the reason why women can be just as sexist as men, and in the same direction. And it never gets any less horrible.

    It's one thing to be hit by a car, despite being within one's rights. It's another thing to be hit by a car, despite being within one's rights, and then be scorned by a legion of other cyclists making vague assertions that one somehow 'deserved it' for not being as savvy and clever as they are.

    Greater things than can be achieved with a united front than with snide internal bickering. And a little sympathy can't hurt along the way.

  • ITT2 days 1 hour ago1,2,4,5,6,7,13 that'll do

    1,2,4,5,6,7,13 that'll do Cool

  • Alec Baldwin cleared of charges for riding the wrong way up NYC street2 days 1 hour agoThe best thing about this

    The best thing about this story is the Judge's comments. Rolling On The Floor

  • Not more #bloodycyclists: Social media intern slammed for 'asking to be hit' tweet2 days 1 hour agoMy daily commute involves

    My daily commute involves leaving from here and heading NW, and I'm really out of this South East London suburb within minutes, heading towards Lewisham. The behaviour of the drivers is similar to what most of us have come to expect in the UK, but at least for a large portion of the trip, there is a bus lane, so some separation.

    Today, I loaded the panniers onto the tourer and headed SE to our local Tesco. It's about a five mile round trip, but even in that short distance, was once again exposed to the casual, habitual aggression reserved for cyclists. Whether it was pulling out from junctions in front of me, or passing me right before bollards, it was constant. I don't believe most (if any) of these people actually deliberately go out of their way to place a cyclist's life in danger. It's that we're mostly invisible to them, in the same way as a beetle is invisible to most people who step on it.

    And that's the problem. We are a nuisance, because we 'hold up motorists' on 'their roads' for which we 'don't pay road tax'. They fully believe that they have the right to swat us out of the way. As pedestrians, they don't want us on the pavement, and as motorists, they don't want us on the road.

    They just want us gone.

    And it is high time we showed them that i ) we are not going anywhere, and that ii ) we have fists, too.

  • Transport Research Laboratory: Mandatory helmet laws “prevent head and brain injuries”2 days 1 hour agoThis is taken from the

    This is taken from the reports introduction.

    "TRL undertook an independent review of the literature relating to mandatory cycle helmet legislation on behalf of the Jersey Scrutiny Panel. This was undertaken to help inform the policy decision regarding compulsory wearing of cycle helmets under the Draft Road Traffic (No. 60) (Jersey) Regulations 201- ...

    ... especially in collisions that do not involve motor vehicles; most head injuries to younger cyclists in Jersey result from collisions that do not involve motor vehicles. Further, such legislation seems unlikely to have a major impact on cycling activity in Jersey."

    Please note that first sentence. This is a "review of literature", this is NOT new research.

    Please note that final sentence - "unlikely to have a major impact" - So why enact it then?

    It is probably less important to see what literature was included than to see what literature was excluded.

  • Video: Cyclist's lucky escape as driver turns across him2 days 1 hour agoJoeinpoole wrote:It's just

    Joeinpoole wrote:
    It's just not worth taking that sort of risk to save a couple of seconds or to 'assert your rights' as a road-user.

    Eh, what?

    He was in the middle of a lane, going straight ahead at a moderate pace.

    If that's "assert your rights" in your book, then we're all f-ed.

    He was riding the way he's supposed to in that instance, and the driver is a complete moron, cutting across without looking.

  • Video: Cyclist's lucky escape as driver turns across him2 days 1 hour agoJoe, I agree that we need to

    Joe, I agree that we need to be cautious. And I'm pretty cautious myself; people will always make mistakes.

    But I don't see car drivers slowing down every time they see someone ahead who could potentially move in front of them. I don't see motorcyclists doing it. And I don't see them being pilloried as reckless whenever they're involved in an accident which was not their fault, despite the fact that they travel far faster than 22mph.

  • Buyers guide: Sportive and endurance road bikes2 days 1 hour agoBike snobbery indeed. People

    Bike snobbery indeed. People absolutely have the right to buy whatever bike they like.
    I recently took out a demo Giant TCR advanced for a spin on a regular route 35 Miles along the river and found it really hard work. It took me the same approx time as it does on my Scott hybrid. Did the same on a giant defy comp 1 and flew along with a huge smile on my face. Finished 20 minutes quicker than I'd ever done it before. Guess which one I bought?
    I completed the Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon last weekend and when I reached the final stage (bike) I was happy knowing that at the end of a gruelling day I was hopping on my month old new best friend and guess what? I cycled fast round Loch Tay in the pouring rain up hills, down hills, with no one (including me) caring whether I looked like a racer or not with a huge smile on my face.
    My point is guys take the test. The one where you ride, warm up a bit then hammer on and see if you start to smile. If you do then the bike has passed. No care about brand, price, material, colour or indeed geometry. If it suits you it suits you.

  • Earphones on cyclists: Yea or Nay?2 days 1 hour agoIt's not an offence but a

    It's not an offence but a Dutch study showed that young drivers (car drivers) tend to make more mistakes / bad calls when listening to music - not even using headphones.
    IMHO anything that distract you or limits your ability to be aware of whats happening around you is a bad idea.
    Be safe out there.

  • ITT2 days 1 hour agoWhy do I always let my heart

    Why do I always let my heart rule my head.....thought `G` and Rogers would of rode today, especially `G` in trying to rescue something for Sky....

  • Video: Cyclist's lucky escape as driver turns across him2 days 1 hour agodazbert wrote:"Drive at a

    dazbert wrote:
    "Drive at a speed that will allow you to stop well within the distance you can see to be clear."

    It was clear, and should have remained so. End of story.

    Unfortunately most of us don't ride in your perfect world in which drivers always see a cyclist approaching, correctly judge their speed and never make a mistake. That's why we need to anticipate such issues before they happen and adapt our riding according to the conditions.

    Cyclejack was always going to come a cropper riding like that. If not that day then it would have happened another day. I just hope he learns from it and quickly. Had he landed slightly more awkwardly on that occasion he could have broken his neck and been paralysed. It's just not worth taking that sort of risk to save a couple of seconds or to 'assert your rights' as a road-user.

  • Transport Research Laboratory: Mandatory helmet laws “prevent head and brain injuries”2 days 1 hour agoSounds like an interesting

    Sounds like an interesting report.

    Does the report itself contain any suggestion that such use should be mandatory? It seems unnecessary considering that the voluntary rate is already so high.

    I wear a helmet 95% of the time. Sometimes I don't because my journey is short and safe, and I can make a pragmatic and informed choice.

    That seems to be what most cyclists are doing in the UK and it's working rather well.

  • Not more #bloodycyclists: Social media intern slammed for 'asking to be hit' tweet2 days 1 hour agoA young lady has (hopefully)

    A young lady has (hopefully) learned a valuable lesson in life -

    "Actions have Consequences"

    I would have been more impressed with her employer if instead of words they had taken actions.

    No! Not sacking her but giving her the option to either
    a) take a Cycle Awareness Course (If not the full Bikeability Training) and keep her job, or
    b) your resignation is accepted, there's the door!

    I'm a firm believer that you can achieve much more with a carrot and the threat of stick than with either in isolation.

  • Are carbon frames good for tall/heavy riders2 days 2 hours agoNot so much shattering I've

    Not so much shattering I've seen to many with cracks and a bike mechanic told me a tale of trying to set up a front mech on a Planet x carbon frame and the seat tube flexing so much they could not get it to work right.

  • Transport Research Laboratory: Mandatory helmet laws “prevent head and brain injuries”2 days 2 hours agoWhat I wouldn't mind seeing

    What I wouldn't mind seeing is a careful health-and-safety analysis of, for a given short journey, the total health impact (on everyone, not just those travelling) of choosing to drive vs choosing to cycle without a helmet vs cycling with a helmet.

    People who cycle on average live a whopping extra 2 years. The CTCs report says that this benefit far outweighs any potential benefit of helmets, IIRC by a factor of over 30 to 1.

  • Transport Research Laboratory: Mandatory helmet laws “prevent head and brain injuries”2 days 2 hours ago"So why are people always

    "So why are people always banging on about bike helmets and not car helmets?"

    +1 for car helmets. And pedestrian helmets. There's little justification in arguing against it - such a law will undeniably "prevent head and brain injuries".

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins says he's unlikely to ride Tour de France again2 days 2 hours agoNorthenscum01 wrote:Im not

    Northenscum01 wrote:
    Im not sure that the decision to 'drop the road' for the track is in his control. I wonder what his employers SKY ProCycling feel about that when clearly he has it in him to win the Eneco Tour, the Vuelta all prior the Worlds and lets be honest after the Tour, I guess SKY will be desperate for some type of Grand Tour success this season Worried

    He'll do what he wants, not like he needs the cash.
    Plenty of other teams would be willing to take him on under his terms of riding track as well I imagine, let him pick his race calendar of track and road events.

  • Not more #bloodycyclists: Social media intern slammed for 'asking to be hit' tweet2 days 2 hours agoGhedebrav wrote:... many

    Ghedebrav wrote:
    ... many people[...] simply choose to drive badly, even though they've proved their ability to drive well.

    And part of the reason they do this is because society demonstrates that they will not be punished for it.

    Exactly the same thing applies to those who think nothing of making what are effectively vigilante death threats, very very publicly indeed. Threatening to run someone over is tantamount to threatening to kill them; threatening to kill anyone who has, in your opinion, failed to meet your standard of behaviour, is threatening indiscriminate killing.

    The former is appalling, the second would, in another context, almost be evidence of being a psychopath. But it is not evidence of that, because we live in a society where killing is shown to be OK as long as the killer is in a car and the victim is on a bicycle, and therefore threatening to do that sort of killing is merely stating your intent to do something completely normal.

    The fault only lies partially with the idiot who threatened, via Twitter, to kill people. She didn't fail to understand the power of social media at all. She was absolutely aware that her threat would be widely seen, and (obviously) having a high opinion of her own opinion, she WANTED it seen widely.

    Instead, we must understand that her failing was in not understanding that her threat was actually in any way wrong. Why didn't she understand this? Stupidity? No, not stupidity. She was merely a mirror in which we see the reflection of the attitudes of society at large.
    It IS ACTUALLY NORMAL, if despicable, to imagine that using your car as a weapon with which to kill people is an acceptable course of action, as long as the target is imagined to be some sort of "road nuisance".
    Have no doubt, the majority of drivers, plus the police, the courts, parliament and the media (led from the front by the Clarksons and proto-Clarksons) consider people to be nuisance - nay, vermin - the moment they sling a leg over a bicycle.
    And they see themselves, smashing those vermin to a pulp with their cars, to be some sort of moral crusaders, clearing the streets of undesirables.

    Our protagonist in this story merely placed herself in the vanguard of the crusade. The very notion that it was wrong to do so was completely invisible to her, as it is to so many that would send #bloodycyclists messages to the world, be they fantasists who dream of running "the bad guy" over, or perpetrators (Emma Way and her ilk) who drive away from a hit-and-run, tweeting their delight (or boasting to their mates in the pub) at having contributed to their imagined cause.

  • Transfer rumours and who's going where.2 days 2 hours agoBrailsford was interested in

    Brailsford was interested in Pinot, not Bardet I understand, had him on the radar for a while, and looks more likely to be the next French TdF winner.

    EBH is rumoured to be a done deal to BMC, but seems a strange fit.

    Sagan I've read a few conflicting things, one was he was going to the new Slipstream/Cannondale, and the other was he was going to SaxoTinkoff.

  • Alec Baldwin cleared of charges for riding the wrong way up NYC street2 days 2 hours agoWhy are you reading it then?

    Why are you reading it then? Just to have a moan about a site that's FREE?

    It's starts with Alec Baldwin, if you're not interested in Alec Baldwin, don't read it.

    Never ceases to amaze me the tinternet, where folk moan about free content.

  • ITT2 days 2 hours ago1,2,12 so far

    1,2,12 so far