• Who uses orange lenses?2 days 9 hours agoThought there was some

    Thought there was some restrictions on coloured lenses, Somethiong to do with cancelling out indicators so you are at increased risk as unable to see a car turning left for instance.
    Happy to be corrected. I have polarised yellow, red, and dark grey Oakleys. Yellow in low light is amazing. I am just wary..... thoughts please

  • Cycle campaigners give thumbs up to new London superhighway plans – but not everyone's happy2 days 9 hours agoNot perfect, but at last real

    Not perfect, but at last real progress.

    Please go to TfL's consultation page and support them - before the motoring lobby kills them off.

  • Cycle campaigners give thumbs up to new London superhighway plans – but not everyone's happy2 days 9 hours agoProgress! And all for £10 per

    Progress! And all for £10 per Londoner per year? (£100 / 10 years)

    Quote:

    Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, told the BBC the mayor's plans would cost £100 per Londoner (a sum that seems to be based on the planned spend of £913 million over ten years on cycle facilities) and challenged him to prove that this was value for money.

  • Retailers not benefiting from Britain’s ‘bike boom’ – but is one really happening?2 days 9 hours agoPresumably Giles is a little

    Presumably Giles is a little uncomfortable from riding his steel steed with solid rubber tyres while wearing horsehair underpants...

    Modern day road bikes are considerably more robust than people give them credit for, and I speak as someone who has ridden steel, alloy and carbon race bikes.

    I'm presuming that you wear clogs Giles?

  • Cycle campaigners give thumbs up to new London superhighway plans – but not everyone's happy2 days 9 hours ago@cub if people want genuine,

    @cub if people want genuine, national scale improvements to cycle infrastructure then some adjustment in attitude to cycling is required, especially looking down on slower riders as inferior. Like or or not, those are exactly the people that need to take up cycling and help make it a normal activity.

    If the price of protection from being smashed to bits by an HGV was traveling a few miles an hour slower in some bike traffic then that doesn't sound like a bad deal to me.

  • Retailers not benefiting from Britain’s ‘bike boom’ – but is one really happening?2 days 9 hours agoWonder if Halfords are part

    Wonder if Halfords are part of ACT? It was only a few months ago that this very website was reporting on the boost that cycling had given their results - linky.

  • Video: Ultra-sweary driver fined for threatening rant at cyclist2 days 9 hours agoCXR94Di2 wrote:Hahaha what a

    CXR94Di2 wrote:
    Hahaha what a plonker, got exactly what he deserved. He will be very wary of confronting anyone just in case he will be recorded and subsequently charged Smile

    No he won't, because I am willing to bet an entire year's wages that this arsehole fully, completely and sincerely considers himself the wronged party.

    This Daily Mail-like sense of entitlement that has him convinced that cyclists 'should not be on the road' because we 'don't pay road tax' is only going to be addressed when it is beaten out of him.

    In other news, the police have basically confirmed what we have long known to be the case: we're on our own.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29053978

  • Video: Ultra-sweary driver fined for threatening rant at cyclist2 days 9 hours agoJimmy Ray Will wrote:That old

    Jimmy Ray Will wrote:
    That old dude got lucky really... he'd have not smacked me like that and had such a tempered response.

    I'd have been turning the camera off pronto...

    Don't turn the camera off. The common law offence of common assault is characterised by causing the victim to fear immediate, unlawful violence. You're not obliged to wait until your assailant gets in a freebie before defending yourself.

  • Video: Ultra-sweary driver fined for threatening rant at cyclist2 days 9 hours agoglynr36 wrote:why not just

    glynr36 wrote:
    why not just carry on and leave the stupid old git stood there looking like a twat!

    Because he'd have got back into his car and pursued him. You can't outrun a Jaguar.

    But I do agree: don't start an altercation unless you're willing to end it rapidly and with extreme violence.

  • Who uses orange lenses?2 days 9 hours agoWhat are the blue lenses for?

    What are the blue lenses for?

  • Cycle campaigners give thumbs up to new London superhighway plans – but not everyone's happy2 days 9 hours agocub wrote:These proposals

    cub wrote:
    These proposals will be good for the majority of cyclists and potential cyclists, but let me be selfish and point out why they are lacking for someone travelling fast.

    I'll go for what's good for the majority if that's alright with them. They want to go fast, go on the road, find an alternative route or go out before/wait until after the commute - it is an inner city route we're talking about here.

  • Video: Ultra-sweary driver fined for threatening rant at cyclist2 days 9 hours agoDuncann wrote:I think the

    Duncann wrote:
    I think the answer to the chap's question is "yes".

    No, the 'answer' is a D-lock hitting the side of his face at high speed.

  • Retailers not benefiting from Britain’s ‘bike boom’ – but is one really happening?2 days 9 hours agoUnless you do phenomenal

    Unless you do phenomenal mileages - perhaps over 4-5000 a year Comrade, then their is little reason why you should have had to change many parts. Apart of course from such as tyres and chains.

  • Who uses orange lenses?2 days 9 hours agoI love my low-light lenses

    I love my low-light lenses (yellow in my case), many a dull but dry day is made to feel artificially sunny by wearing them.

    I always seem to enjoy myself more when the suns out, trick of the light or not Smile

  • Cycle campaigners give thumbs up to new London superhighway plans – but not everyone's happy2 days 9 hours agoThese proposals will be good

    These proposals will be good for the majority of cyclists and potential cyclists, but let me be selfish and point out why they are lacking for someone travelling fast.

    • Segregated lanes: The existing superhighways like CS7 work great for us, some nice blue paint marking out a lane you can cruise in but with the whole road to use if you need to overtake and the option to move into the lane with cars and get a nice draft if you can keep up. Plus in rush hour cyclists have enough numbers to be de facto owners of the whole left lane any way.


      With segregated lanes I fear being forced to brake because of slower cyclists, not to mention pedestrians or worst; tourists blocking them when it gets late. Use the road you say? Well now its width has been reduced to exactly the width of a taxi making it impossible to pass a queue of traffic and more dangerous for them to get past you, and when they do "get into the cycle lane they had a year of road closures to build" is shouted out.

    • Two way segregated lanes: The same problems as above but if you happen to be on the 'wrong side' you now have the new problems when you try to get off or on it of crossing an entire road which usually involves pedestrianising yourself. Not to mention the risk from drivers turning into and emerging from junctions without looking for cyclists going to opposite way to cars.

    • 'Early Start': What this usually means is we'll give cyclists 3 seconds of green light then red light you so you don't get in the way of cars as they go ahead for 30 seconds of green light which you are legally entitled to use and as a confident cyclist will use but now find it more difficult due the above mentioned lane narrowing.
    So good for most cyclists but some of you SCR junkies will be drowning in a slow moving sea of nodders and your own tears.

  • Who uses orange lenses?2 days 9 hours agoHave some as part of a 3 lens

    Have some as part of a 3 lens set. Quite useful on the evening rides at this time of year, do seem to increase the brightness on dull days also.

  • Retailers not benefiting from Britain’s ‘bike boom’ – but is one really happening?2 days 9 hours ago...wow, and I thought it was

    ...wow, and I thought it was cos I've had the same push bike for 6 years! I just keep replacing worn bits...

  • Merlin Cycles launch sub-£300 PR7 road bike with carbon fork + video2 days 9 hours agoKoenM wrote:Well i've missed

    KoenM wrote:
    Well i've missed an 11 or 12 on my bike plenty of times (downhill or on a long straight road with wind in the back),

    I've never 'missed' an 11T as such, by the time i've spun out of a 12T i'm doing over 60km/h which is normally enough for my leisure type riding in the UK ... but my point was more about bikes for new riders, especially with an 8-speed drive chain - they might the type of people who would appreciate tighter ratios but whilst retaining a nice low gear for hills etc.

    KoenM wrote:
    and Campagnolo is to expensive for bikes like this.

    Sorry, I didn't intend to mean that Campag should be on the bikes - just that I personally find their range of ratios to be wider and with some (subjectively) better choices of cog.

  • British Cycling announces long list for UCI Road World Championships2 days 10 hours agoTrue. Fair bit of climbing

    True. Fair bit of climbing was my thinking.

    Would love to see Thomas given the support though.

  • FSA confirm they are working on 11-speed road electronic groupset2 days 10 hours agoAnother load of complicated

    Another load of complicated short lasting junk, which has nothing much to do with improving reliability or scope, and everything to do with making a simple job complicated and expensive.

    Another symptom of the way the "cycle industry" is seriously mis-leading many.

  • Can you remove all those stupid teams please enrique2 days 10 hours agoI've got nothing against

    I've got nothing against enrique, but multiple teams makes the competition pointless like many fantasy football games.

  • Can you remove all those stupid teams please enrique2 days 10 hours agoDisclosure: I have multiple

    Disclosure:

    I have multiple teams, have done for several years, I have made no attempt to disguise this and have openly talked about my daughters teams in the forums and entered them in Forum competitions. No one has ever suggested I have done anything wrong. I only run one premium team and it usually does best in the non premium competitions. Although 229 teams would seem to be against the spirit of fair competition, I know how much time it takes up just running 4 teams and therefore if Enrique can be bothered I really have to say Chapeau!

    I would think that if Enrique's prime team is his highest scoring team that he is attempting some kind of automated scoring mechanism to find the best team, and it seems to be working. Chapeau again.

    I just wonder if it wasn't Enrique whether anyone would really be that worried about it or even have noticed?

  • Retailers not benefiting from Britain’s ‘bike boom’ – but is one really happening?2 days 10 hours agoMethinks it is the cycle

    Methinks it is the cycle industry crying "wolf" to cover their own mis-calculations. I have no sympathy whatever - sooner they go "bust" the better. They are for the most part (IMO) nothing more than a profiteering bunch of fashionistas, who will do anything to lift the money from your pocket, in maximum quantities, money is their one and only desire.

    For a start; what according to fashion are now called "road bikes" are no such thing. They are mostly delicate track racing similes designed to go down superbly smooth tracks and be chucked away at the end of a race, whilst costing maximum price for fashion accessories. These bikes have nothing to do with everyday reliability and riding pleasure in all conditions.

    The components now for the most part "pushed" by these companies have nothing to do with value for money - in terms of miles done over the years in all conditions this has nothing to do with it. Conversely money spent on fashion accessories in as short a time as possible has.

    I find I increasingly have to source parts from secondhand dealers in order to find reliable reasonably long lasting parts, as used to be supplied, which takes up more of my time.

    Even the reviews on this site, which are supposedly highly regarded, seldom ever mention whether the parts are road legal to use - I'am thinking of the light reviews in particular.

    If these people were really interested in cycling they would encourage long lasting practical parts and would incline towards everday longevity and reliability rather than that which makes most money. They would thus point out the advantage and charisma "everyday" cycling has and that it deserves on so many levels and play down the overpriced delicate machines that racing profesionals use.

    The bicycle industry would neccassarily have to contract if it met these objectives.

  • Can you remove all those stupid teams please enrique2 days 10 hours agoDisclosure: I have multiple

    Disclosure:

    I have multiple teams, have done for several years, I have made no attempt to disguise this and have openly talked about my daughters teams in the forums and entered them in Forum competitions. No one has ever suggested I have done anything wrong. I only run one premium team and it usually does best in the non premium competitions. Although 229 teams would seem to be against the spirit of fair competition, I know how much time it takes up just running 4 teams and therefore if Enrique can be bothered I really have to say Chapeau!

    I would think that if Enrique's prime team is his highest scoring team that he is attempting some kind of automated scoring mechanism to find the best team, and it seems to be working. Chapeau again.

    I just wonder if it wasn't Enrique whether anyone would really be that worried about it or even have noticed?

  • London cyclist seriously injured in crash with another rider frustrated by police failure to act2 days 10 hours agoQuite a few things in this

    Quite a few things in this story dont add up ( the specific diagnosis the other cyclist made about her injuries), etc etc. Not enough real information (outside of her injuries) for this to be anything but someone bleating on in a newspaper.

    Calling for mandatory cycle insurance is just dumb, and you might as well just say that helmets, hiviz, licensing and trouser clips (tucking your trousers in your sock is just gauche and obviously the sign of a commie) should be as well.