• Hard Acceleration away from cyclists - increase in how many times this happens1 day 3 hours agoIsn't it just that they have

    Isn't it just that they have slowed down, passed you, then accelerate back up to speed?

  • Hard Acceleration away from cyclists - increase in how many times this happens1 day 3 hours agoIsn't it just that they have

    Isn't it just that they have slowed down, passed you, then accelerate back up to speed?

  • Just In: Sublime Six C Aero1 day 3 hours agoQuote:(you don’t have to have

    Quote:
    (you don’t have to have this vivid green)

    But if you didn't, it wouldn't be quite so SubLIME.... Laughing

    I'll get my coat....

  • Sahara Dust Cloud - Avoid!1 day 3 hours agoI survived a half hour spin

    I survived a half hour spin at lunch.

  • Cycle helmets have "major flaws" in safety, insists cyclist airbag firm Hövding (+ video)1 day 3 hours agoNo comments on how the thing

    No comments on how the thing looks but it's a bit dorky. Plus I'd guess it's a sweat factory in the warm climates. If they can get one to look more like an actual helmet and have the price drop a bit that would help but that doesn't look likely.

    On the plus side, it would be nice not to have something covering my head like a traditional helmet but the neck brace look/feel and mass is not attractive.

  • Cyclist killed by tipper lorry in Central London - day after protesters call for improved safety1 day 4 hours agoJoeinpoole wrote: If you

    Joeinpoole wrote:

    If you don't wish to read such comments then just don't scroll down and read them.

    As I said - this is an open forum and friends and family of both the cyclist and driver may read what is said.

  • Distance is the new speed1 day 4 hours agoSir Wobbly wrote:Well I

    Sir Wobbly wrote:
    Well I managed to finish Barry's Bristol Ball Buster on the Pashley Roadster Sovereign. Ahead of a good few roadies too I might add Big Grin

    How did you do Stu?

    I take my hat off to you Sir Applause

    I've been battling tonsillitis & a cold since last monday so after 275km of commuting I needed the weekend to recover, only got back on the bike today.
    The T2 hasn't been out much due to the amount of test bikes I've had lately but it has had the brakes upgraded to TRP's RG957 deep drops, the review will be up soon.

  • What’s keeping Brits off the bike? In a word: fear, says new study1 day 4 hours agoMr Agreeable wrote:Malta does

    Mr Agreeable wrote:
    Malta does have strict liability, according to this briefing from Roadpeace: http://www.roadpeace.org/resources/RoadPeace_Strict_liability_discussion...

    Point is, loads of countries already have strict liability laws. But not all of them have high rates of everyday cycling.

    By the time someone's knocked you off your bike and you're arguing over who pays the medical bills, it's a bit late, isn't it?

    I agree that the evidence is that strict liability doesn't do much, if anything, on its own. Personally I like the idea for simple moral reasons, it seems morally right to me that the onus should be on the one who creates the danger by wielding a dangerous weapon. It might help get back to the idea that driving is a _choice_ and a privilege, not an essential right.

    But as a practical measure it probably won't change anything, plus I don't think many people in this country agree with me about the morality of it either, so I think its not the best place to expend political effort.

  • Cyclist killed by tipper lorry in Central London - day after protesters call for improved safety1 day 4 hours ago+1 To be completely

    +1

    To be completely democratic, we should also spare a thought for the driver. Who may have done nothing wrong, potentially being a victim in their own right and now having to live with this tragedy on their conscience.

    Horrible tragic news for all concerned. There are no winners here.

  • Londoner to take on Spring Classics routes - on a penny-farthing1 day 4 hours agoEveryone needs a hobby — but

    Everyone needs a hobby — but maybe not this hobby. Best of luck.

  • Council withdraws 'sexist' leaflet advertising sportive1 day 4 hours agoThat cover-line just makes me

    That cover-line just makes me cringe. I don't think you have to be conciously 'PC' to just find it naff.

    I'm not into cycling-as-sport particularly anyway, but the implication that its stuck somewhere between Saudi Arabia and golf clubs, in terms of its social attitudes, doesn't really draw me to it.

    Edit - personally I think that this came from a public body, a local council, makes it worse than similar things from entirely private businesses. Local councils are supposed to represent everyone, if a business wants to alienate its customers that's kind of self-limiting.

  • Cyclist killed by tipper lorry in Central London - day after protesters call for improved safety1 day 4 hours agoandycoventry wrote:It would

    andycoventry wrote:
    It would be wrong to apportion (or infer) blame without knowing the facts and until such information is in the public domain, doing so is pure speculation.

    I don’t think speculative comments help anyone, this is an open forum and friends and family of both the cyclist and driver may read what is said.

    Whilst I agree the safety concerns regarding HGV's are worthy of discussion, this is not the time nor the place.

    Thoughts are with the family of the cyclist, but I second what was said previously - comments on articles of this nature should be prohibited.

    Why would you want to suppress "comments on articles of this nature"? These issues are literally a matter of life and death. The more we, as cyclists, discuss such issues and share information between ourselves the more likely we are to remain safe and hopefully get action taken.

    Personally I have found many of the comments here both informative and interesting. We are indeed fortunate to have such a wide range of forum users who willingly share their local experience and often expert knowledge in a variety of areas.

    If you don't wish to read such comments then just don't scroll down and read them.

  • Cyclist killed by tipper lorry in Central London - day after protesters call for improved safety1 day 4 hours agoGizmo_ wrote:I thought

    Gizmo_ wrote:
    I thought comments were closed on articles of this nature.

    Every single one of these accidents is avoidable. Ride safely out there folks.

    Tell that to the poor bloke who was run over from behind by a lorry in Holborn last year...

    Oh, you can't, because he died.

    They're only preventable by ensuring the vehicles are safer, and driven by highly competent operators.

  • Anyone using Campag Centaur?1 day 4 hours agoI agree with @md6, I use both

    I agree with @md6, I use both Veloce and Centaur black/red and while the Veloce is brilliant there a slightly more 'polished' feeling to the shifting on the Centaur, a little bit smoother at the levers and a lighter touch to it. Its only a small difference mind but marginal gains and all that Big Grin

  • ***RAFFLE: Bike/Pedals/Wheels/Groupset1 day 4 hours agoHa. That reminds me - I have

    Ha. That reminds me - I have inherited a Aurumania Gold Bike Crystal Edition from the grandson of the late beloved King Naballah-ballahballah the 2nd that has been safely stored in a lock-up in Abuja awaiting your ownerships. If you e-mail me on this not worky email addresses with your details for all your monies, I will give you and hand deliver it at your conveniences!

    As said above, seems be a posting that has red flag all over it.

  • What’s keeping Brits off the bike? In a word: fear, says new study1 day 4 hours agoSimon E wrote:OldRidgeback

    Simon E wrote:
    OldRidgeback wrote:
    I think a lot of people are actually scared of change, as much as they are of the roads. The fact is that the UK road network is actually a good deal safer than it was in the bad old days of the 70s and 80s. But so many scare stories about the dangers of cycling have put people off. Yes there are aggressive and careless drivers out there but the level of drink driving is a fraction of what it was and that was the real killer back in the day.

    But what about the sheer volume of motorised traffic? That's something that has grown markedly since the 70s and 80s.

    When the car is sat in the driveway or parked on the road/pavement outside the house then the easy option will always win for most people. They'll whine about the queues, the cost, the weather, the bad driving... and then get back in the car again to go shopping or pop round to someone's house.

    As for drink-driving, I wouldn't be so sure it's been confined to history. Arrests are on the increase where I live:
    http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2014/03/04/shropshire-drink-drive-arr...
    The article indicates arrests are up by 45% but doesn't give the number of drivers stopped compared to previous years. If police resources are stretched further and further, as we are told, then you'd be forgiven for thinking that there are fewer police on the roads, leading to fewer drivers being stopped (so more getting away with it).

    The fatality rate from drink driving for 2013 was 1/6th of what it was in 1979 according to DfT figures. Road deaths in the UK peaked in the late 70s and early 80s. The fatality rate on the UK's roads is now at much the same level as it was in the late 1940s. This is of note, given the massive increase in vehicle numbers and total distance travelled since then.

    The perceived danger of cycling on the road today is something quite different from the actual risk, which was significantly higher in the 70s and 80s and when road deaths simply weren't reported in anything like the detail they are now.

  • Anyone using Campag Centaur?1 day 4 hours agoI have recently done similar

    I have recently done similar and upgraded from Veloce to Centaur (black and Red) and there is a difference. I find shifting smoother and feels better. That could also be that my old gears needed a bit of tuning, or it could be that the new ones are better. The levers are slightly different too, i prefer them to the Veloce ones, its a very minor difference, slightly more tapered which suits as i have small hands. I will say that in the 5 years i had it, my veloce was always really good, dependable and never had any real issues with it at all. Hopefully in a few years i will be able to say the same for the centaur

  • Cyclist killed by tipper lorry in Central London - day after protesters call for improved safety1 day 4 hours agoIt would be wrong to

    It would be wrong to apportion (or infer) blame without knowing the facts and until such information is in the public domain, doing so is pure speculation.

    I don’t think speculative comments help anyone, this is an open forum and friends and family of both the cyclist and driver may read what is said.

    Whilst I agree the safety concerns regarding HGV's are worthy of discussion, this is not the time nor the place.

    Thoughts are with the family of the cyclist, but I second what was said previously - comments on articles of this nature should be prohibited.

  • Cyclist killed by tipper lorry in Central London - day after protesters call for improved safety1 day 4 hours ago"Every single one of these

    "Every single one of these accidents is avoidable. Ride safely out there folks."

    I agree if all road users take due care but you can think you're riding carefully and safely but if the moron behind you isn't, you haven't got a prayer. Perhaps have a read of this:

    http://stopthekilling.org.uk/articles/

    Unfortunately my experience in London over the last 16 years of these big waste lorries/tipper trucks etc is that "might is right" and if you are ever unlucky to find yourself in the vicinity of one, take no chances and get off the road as the risk of a driver who couldn't give a monkeys is far too high.

  • Lidl cycling gear!1 day 4 hours agoarchie gordon wrote:me to,

    archie gordon wrote:
    me to, tried it out on my old steel bike and its solid a bargain at 30 quid

    +1 Good looking quality for the money, nice and rigid, packs up small - feels pretty good. Only time will tell on durability (but 3 year guarantee anyway) but i'm genuinely and pleasantly surprised.

  • Cyclist killed by tipper lorry in Central London - day after protesters call for improved safety1 day 4 hours agoBikesoup wrote:Yennings

    Bikesoup wrote:
    Yennings wrote:
    Another tragedy, another tipper lorry. Seriously - is there a list somewhere of the types of vehicles responsible for most London cycling deaths?

    My experience having cycle-commuted in London for 12 years now is that proper HGVs, buses and taxis are actually quite predictable once you get used to them. The only vehicles that still consistently scare the bejesus out of me are the 'mid-sized' trucks, particularly skip lorries, rubbish trucks, cement lorries etc. I can't believe how aggressively many of them are driven - basically in classic White Van Man style except in a huge truck rather than a relatively small van. With artics and buses I feel it is more a case of cyclists putting themselves in a dangerous position - with these kind of trucks, quite the opposite.

    Apparently part of the problem is that many of these drivers are paid by the job, not by the hour, and thus incentivised to drive like loons. A simple change to the laws from Boris could help remove this issue but apparently this isn't something that will feature in his cycling 'revolution' - construction industry has him in their pockets, no surprises there!

    Very knowledgable & eloquent description of the root cause of so many tragic & needless deaths. My thoughts mirror yours - I'm fine with busses & covered box trucks. Very, very cautious of getting anyway near 'pay per drop' tipper trucks or skip lorries. And increasingly the menace of home delivery scooters. Again paid with a given time limit. Those guys are 100% lawless.

    +1 and I've had a few close calls with crazy riders on home delivery scooters, both on my bicycle and my motorbike. A lot of those home delivery scooters wouldn't pass an MOT and shouldn't be on the road. A guy I knew used to service some for one firm and said they had a catalogue of serious faults that'd probably been there some time; twisted frames, non functioning brakes.

    My sympathies are with the family of this latest tipper truck victim. I saw it on the news while I was in the gym.

  • Swiss Side Hadron 625 wheels available to pre-order1 day 4 hours agoBikeBud wrote: Decent price,

    BikeBud wrote:

    Decent price, but there's more to wheels than Price and marketing spiel.

    Hmm, a pair of these would cost more than all three of my bikes cost me combined Sad

  • ***RAFFLE: Bike/Pedals/Wheels/Groupset1 day 4 hours agoDapper Giles wrote:Is the

    Dapper Giles wrote:
    Is the friend a recently deposed Nigerian Prince by any chance?

    Ha! Beat me to it - first thing that crossed my mind.

    Mods. Do you want to remove this thread (or at least suspend it until it can be verified)?

  • Hard Acceleration away from cyclists - increase in how many times this happens1 day 4 hours agoBeen happening to me for the

    Been happening to me for the past 25 years. Nothing new. I just think folks are trying to get around you as quickly as possible.

  • Cycle helmets have "major flaws" in safety, insists cyclist airbag firm Hövding (+ video)1 day 4 hours agobikebot wrote:Has anyone ever

    bikebot wrote:
    Has anyone ever seen one of these things in the wild?

    I've seen one of them around my neck after winning it in a Schwag Grab from this very website Big Grin

    I don't have any trouble 'trusting' the technology of the airbag, in the same way as I don't have any worries about my car's airbag going off if I biff over a speedbump. I could write a proper review, but the overriding observation is that the weight (~700g) of the 'scarf' sitting around your neck is noticeable and doesn't disappear with familiarity - especially in my relatively 'racy' riding position on the CX. In a more sit-up-and-beg position it's fine: so it lives in my desk at work and gets used (occasionally) if I take a Boris Bike somewhere.