- Please Help: 20mm Seat post1 day 7 hours agoCheers Tjuice, I had it
Cheers Tjuice, I had it measured by a bike shop near my dad's (where the bike was in residence) and they measured it with an old micrometre. Last night I double checked with a cotton tape measure (highly accurate, I know) and it is closer to 24mm, so I'm taking it to an engineering workshop near where I work to get a proper reading. I really hope it is a 24mm, but that means I've wasted about 2 hrs on the tinternet looking for something i dont need
- Cinelli Laser Nostra bike expected to fetch up to $20k at auction (+ video)1 day 7 hours agoHow did I miss this!!
How did I miss this!!
- Third cyclist killed on London Cycle Superhighway, tipper lorry involved1 day 7 hours agoSustransoftie wrote:I'mSustransoftie wrote:
I'm sticking my neck on the line, but I actually agree with some of the things that Mr. BIG CAPS has said
I've driven in lorries around London, and unfortunately, there are some absolute knobheads on bicycles. I've been cycling for over thirty plus years and the roads are now more congested than ever. Never mind London; it's the whole of GB.
I nearly ran over a girl on a fixed gear bike with no brakes. as she pulled out of a side street. When I pulled up at the lights she was on the phone with headphones in. She was totally oblivious to the world around her, so who's at fault now?
We can all point the finger at Beemer drivers, trucks, mopeds, pedestrians, 4x4s etc. but the public transport is a feckin' bad joke in all cities.
Whichever government is in "power" always screws up the roads regarding safety. The politicians are clueless and scared to make a decision, in case they lose votes.
So, to everyone on here, what do you expect and what will you do to prevent cyclists being killed?
I don't think that you're sticking your nexk out. You're making sensible well reasons points and I'm not sure there are many who would disagree with you. Some cyclists are dangerous, and do not seem to realise how vulnerable they are, or if they do, obviously don't value their life a great deal.
- Wiggle rides into Twitter storm over 'make helmets compulsory' blog1 day 7 hours agoQuote:The reason theseQuote:
The reason these debates go on endlessly is because some people seem to think that:
helmets may protect your head, I can't think of a reason not to wear a helmet = helmets should be made compulsory.
That's exactly it.
The problem is that there is no accurate data to go on.
You can't go back and recreate exactly the same crash with and without a helmet and see what your injuries are each time. So all you've got is anecdotal evidence of the "I hit a tree and my helmet cracked but I'm still here therefore it must have saved my life" type. With respect, anyone posting stuff like that - sod off, you're doing the debate no good. It's not about one incident with you, it's about the whole big picture.
Who enforces this kind of stuff and at what cost? What happens to cycle hire schemes? I use Boris Bikes whenever I'm in London - if I had to carry a helmet round with me in order to use it, I'd just get the bus or tube instead (or alternatively, what is the cost of equipping every Boris Bike with a "hire helmet"?). It's impractical and unworkable on so many levels and detracts from the true argument.
Here's some proper data though:
Three cyclists killed or seriously injured on London's streets by lorries/coaches within 2 days.
Is the answer:
a) better infrastructure, getting rid of lorries at peak times, better education for all road users
b) give all cyclists helmets
Clue: it's not (b)
- Wiggle rides into Twitter storm over 'make helmets compulsory' blog1 day 7 hours agoFluffyKittenofTindalosFluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:William Black wrote:drfabulous0 wrote:
I see no reason why I would wear protective clothing for any of the above, driving a car ? Really?
Seriously you'd pull something out of a hot oven without gloves? sail a boat without wearing a buoyancy aid, drive without a seatbelt? These are all some form of personal safety devices.
You say you wouldn't balance on a chair "That's stupid" but that's almost the same sort of injury / moderate speed blunt force impact that a helmet is primarily designed to protect you from.
I often pull things out of ovens without gloves. I don't, however, ever get into a car. There are millions of deaths and injuries ascribable to someone getting behind the wheel of a car.
How about you let me carry on occasionally pulling things out of ovens without an NBC suit (even if once in a blue moon I end up dropping my dinner on the floor) and I tolerate other people driving cars?
Even though the latter is both a much more dangerous thing to do and also puts others at risk which in my book makes it morally more problematic.
Or we can make oven gloves, and cycle helmets, compulsory, while banning driving.
You really must congratulate such an absurdly tangential response, god bless the internet forum warrior!
- Mile End death cyclist named; another critical after coach crash1 day 8 hours agoOrbea Mike wrote:In mostOrbea Mike wrote:
In most cases the barriers should be removed and replaced by bollards so that cyclists have an escape route if needed.
It's a tough one for cyclists, but I suspect that far more pedestrians (especially children) would be killed if the barriers were removed. But if you can slow traffic down by redesigning a whole junction (as demonstrated this year at Poynton) then there would be no need for barriers at all. But it all costs money.
- £60 a trip: Low usage could see Dumfries cycle hire scheme scrapped1 day 8 hours agoIs it any wonder that people
Is it any wonder that people dont use the bikes when politicians do zip for the road safety of cyclists? Not a week goes by where there isnt a cyclist reported being injured or killed and those are usually commuters that know their way around cycling. And then you expect John Doe from Dumfries to take to the bike and 'risk his life'? Unlikely!
First there needs to be a change of attitude towards cycling in this country, supported by legislation and changes to the road network for these kind of schemes to become a success!
- Wiggle rides into Twitter storm over 'make helmets compulsory' blog1 day 8 hours agoThis is where it all started
This is where it all started for NZ:
Her son had a crash and got brain damaged. She became a crusader for compulsory helmets touring the country and shocking kids (and parents) into wearing helmets.
Ironically, she wanted to protect the nations children, but ultimately harmed generations.
- Canadian doctors call for mandatory cycle helmets for all 'to reduce head injury'1 day 8 hours agoHead injuries are also no
Head injuries are also no doubt contributing to motorist and pedestrian deaths.
If cyclist MUST wear helmets, surely car drivers and pedestrians should too?
And what about people who live near coconut trees?
Golf... All those small white missiles. A nice tweed or argyle golf helmet will make that game safer
I'm mocking a serious subject here, but it illustrates some sort of point..
- Autumn: Essential clothing guide1 day 8 hours agomichophull wrote:For those ofmichophull wrote:
For those of us who don't have arms like Henry Rollins, can anyone recommend a way of keeping arm warmers up without inevitably stabbing oneself with safety pins ?
Find some that fit! Sportful, Castelli & Assos all tend to fit a little better (and are sized).
If that doesn't work then 'lingerie tape' (for keeping boobs in place on strapless dresses!) works very well!
- Christmas gifts for cyclists who like to ride fast1 day 8 hours agoDear Santa,
Please can I have
Please can I have a onesie, Garmin Edge and the race against time!
P.S. I've been a good girl all year
- £60 a trip: Low usage could see Dumfries cycle hire scheme scrapped1 day 9 hours agoThe population of Dumfries is
The population of Dumfries is actually around 31,000. The population of Dumfries & Galloway is around 150,00. I grew up in Dumfries and running a cycle hire scheme there seems pretty daft to me.
The town centre is very compact and could be walked around in less than an hour. Any tourist attractions that the town has would be situated within a square mile at most.
Like most other towns the town centre itself has also been decimated by out of town developments, which you get to by, you guessed it..... cars.
Waste of money that could have been put to better use.
- Christmas gifts for cyclists who like to ride fast1 day 9 hours agoGhedebrav wrote:... LookingGhedebrav wrote:
... Looking forward to the 'presents for slow cyclists' round-up ...quote]
Me too ... More for the F.L.A.B. posse
- Just in: Moots Psychlo X1 day 9 hours agoMost of Enigma frames are
Most of Enigma frames are definitly not hand built in the UK
- Giro update shoe range for 20141 day 9 hours agoHam-planet wrote:They have aHam-planet wrote:
They have a lace garage
I'm liking that phrase, a lace garage. Guess I can't afford a house with a garage so Ill have to settle for a lace garage (he says gasping at the price of the shoe!).
I hope them shoes come with a cheese fridge too, my other half would be grateful.
- Mark Cavendish says it's time to stop rattling cycling's skeletons1 day 9 hours agoSounds like a good read.
Sounds like a good read. Although Cavendish is also guilty of digging up skeletons when he talks about his time with Team Sky and his unfavourable treatment from Yates. Ah well, that's autobiographical book sales I guess!
- £60 a trip: Low usage could see Dumfries cycle hire scheme scrapped1 day 9 hours agoDumfries population: 147,930.
Dumfries population: 147,930. I think the man with deep pockets might find buying them all a new bike a tad more expensive than the cycle hire scheme.
Interesting though - how many bikes are there? Why aren't people using them? Is the city too small and car parking/public transport too good? Does cycle hire benefit from better weather (sorry Scotland!).
- Mark Cavendish says it's time to stop rattling cycling's skeletons1 day 10 hours agoI don't find him saying that
I don't find him saying that people should concentrate on the present surprising, but I do think that addressing cycling's recent past would be beneficial for the sport. Maybe not in the short term, which is why Cavendish's viewpoint is understandable, but definitely in the long term. I have high hopes that Cookson can make a positive difference in this respect.
- £60 a trip: Low usage could see Dumfries cycle hire scheme scrapped1 day 10 hours agoThere's still worrying talk
There's still worrying talk of Manchester implementing just such a scheme. Let's hope Manchester Councli & GMT are paying attention to this kind of story.
To be honest, I'm amazed anyone thought this would work in a place like Dumfries or Blackpool, or even a medium-sized city like Nottingham. It's a fundamental misunderstanding of what people use bikes for. It works in London because London's centre is very large and walking from e.g Hyde Park Corner to Leadenhall Market just isn't feasible, whereas cycling is. I can't think of an equivalent journey in Nottingham, Manchester, Liverpool...
Spend some money on proper cycling infrastructure instead. Or just fill in the potholes on Palatine Road (and elsewhere)!
- £60 a trip: Low usage could see Dumfries cycle hire scheme scrapped1 day 10 hours agoI can see how these schemes
I can see how these schemes might work in places with very high visitor numbers or where space is at a premium and people can't store bikes, but Dumfries? Slough??
- Cinelli Laser Nostra bike expected to fetch up to $20k at auction (+ video)1 day 14 hours agoThat is a crazy beautiful
That is a crazy beautiful bike
- Giro update shoe range for 20141 day 14 hours agosm wrote:Is there no issuesm wrote:
Is there no issue with laces getting caught in pedals in anything like that? Hard to see from pics exactly how they lace up. Then again, I cycled in lace up trainers for years and never had an issue so maybe there's my answer!
They have a lace garage
- Wiggle rides into Twitter storm over 'make helmets compulsory' blog1 day 15 hours agoThe bit that I don't get is
The bit that I don't get is how so many of the 'pro-helmet' cyclists almost invariably appear to have had near-death occurrences that apparently were only alleviated by their use of their precious helmets.
I've been cycling for nearly 50 years ( and my father for 50 years before that), with neither of us ever having used a helmet. Strangely, in all that time, neither of us have ever experienced one of these "if I hadn't been wearing a helmet I'd have been dead" moments.
What's going on here? Does the wearing of a helmet induce cyclists to take absurd risks or what?
- rapha.. why do people on ebay insist on paying more than it can be bought new from rapha1 day 16 hours agoI bought a jersey in the sale
I bought a jersey in the sale (30% off), but on arrival I thought it was still too expensive to justify. Now massively regretting returning it as it seems I could've made a tidy profit by holding on to it for a while...
- Third cyclist killed on London Cycle Superhighway, tipper lorry involved1 day 16 hours ago@John Stevenson
thanks for your input, its always welcome and very valid
whether cyclists have any reason to choose to stop at, or ignore a red light, does not matter?
jumping a red light is breaking the law regardess of the vehicle you are riding / driving, and I'd lump motorists into the same sentence as law breakers when they jump a red light.
on the commute I mentioned tonight, a motorist clearly jumped a red light next to Euston train station and nearly hit several cyclists who were moving forwards on the green light
he started swearing at the cyclists saying "don't jump the f*cking lights"; thankfully a nice infra-red CCTV camera with ANPR on that junction constantly being monitored by the Met Police as its a notorious junction, that guy will be getting a fixed penalty notice in Tuesday's post service.
for any cyclists jumping red lights, they have no number plates so they cannot be tracked by cameras, unlike motor vehicles? So how does anyone know who is causing accidents when there is not licensing for bicycles, and a bicycle may cause a motor vehicle accident by the stupidity / risk taking of the cyclist which then may impact on a motor vehicle and pedestrian seconds after the cyclists action
For the record I have been run over by 2 cyclists in Camden the past year, 1 jumping red light outside tube station knocking me to ground with bruised jaw and right arm, 1 on pavement next to canal knocking me against safety railing bruises on my back. it does happen, and I don't appreciate it.