- Hein Verbruggen says Lance Armstrong's made his life "a misery"8 hours 7 min ago2 words for this man.the
2 words for this man.the second one is off.
- Clear glasses recommendation...8 hours 24 min agoI wear Bolle 'Bandido' all
I wear Bolle 'Bandido' all year around, very little need for actual sunglasses in the UK, works day and night. Just keep the wind and bugs out of my eyes. No frames blocking vision, very cheap as already suggested, so no worry about scratches or breaking. Imagine you are Bono.
- Closed road circuit in Lancs to be named after Olympic hero Stephen Burke8 hours 33 min agoGreat news of Colne. I am
Great news of Colne. I am surprised and pleased to hear there is a track like this in Tameside quite near me. I would love to set a personal best 100k on a flat smooth uninterrupted track like this. I did a little google but the website only shows sessions for kids. I don't fancy swapping HGVs and red lights for squashing little children.
More investigation is needed.
- Hein Verbruggen says Lance Armstrong's made his life "a misery"8 hours 48 min agooh go dry your eyes princess
oh go dry your eyes princess and find something to spend your bribe money on...
Two peas in a wanker pod
- BikeCityGuide Finn8 hours 59 min agoAlso, thanks for the pics,
Also, thanks for the pics, badkneestom. Useful to see how it mounts. I have an 'out front' tube mount that I'm hoping to strap the phone to. Should make it nice and central and out of the way of my lights and cables.
Forgot to say before that I hate the bulky phone mounts that you typically see but this sleek mount looks like just the ticket
- Proviz Nightrider Women's Waterproof Jacket9 hours 1 min agoYeah I can't picture my
Yeah I can't picture my girlfriend wearing that. It is already hard enough to get her on the bike in nice weather
- Belgian rider Jonathan Breyne attempts suicide after positive result for clenbuterol9 hours 2 min agoI think that teams just need
I think that teams just need to be aware of the Clenbuterol ingestion is more likely. Given all of the materials they bring to a race having their meat shipped in for a week wouldn't be out of the question. Either way though I hope Breyne recovers and gets the support and help he needs
- BikeCityGuide Finn9 hours 3 min agoI've got an excellent
I've got an excellent 'Lifeproof' case for my iPhone 4S and now have just ordered one of these mounts. Looking forward to see how it goes. My Garmin 705 took a tumble (my fault) and has a broken screen but the above could be a reasonable solution whilst I decide what to do about my Garmin.
I managed 2hrs on the bike losing only 8% of battery but that was with the screen off. I've got a boost pack coming to cover me for longer rides but I suspect nothing will beat the Garmin.
Will report back...
- What wheels ?9 hours 6 min agoif it was me personally id go
if it was me personally id go for the aeolus wheels, they are pretty sweet!, id also consider the aura wheelset from bontrager as well!
- 12 months in jail for red light jumping cyclist who left 9-year-old girl with fractured skull9 hours 11 min agoI too wondered about the GBH
I too wondered about the GBH issue.
I understand GBH is where permanent injury has been sustained i.e a scar as opposed to ABH where the injury is fully recoverable i.e not likely to leave a scar. Fractures will always leave some permanent sign of injury so GBH would be appropriate. However, it seems to be an unusual charge because it is not what many people would think of as an assault in the obvious sense. Of course, it is technically an assault because the perp struck the victim in some fashion but it does seem to be stretching the definition of an assault because another suitable charge is not available.
GBH does carry a potential life sentence though, so maybe the perp was advised to plead guilty on the basis that the sentence would be lower given the aggravating factor of leaving the scene. I'm still not sure why the CPS decided to prosecute with GBH and not a traffic offence equivalent of driving dangerously. I suspect the usual road traffic offences, 'Driving without Due care and attention' or 'Driving Dangerously' are not applicable to cycles and are only applicable to motor vehicles.
This case does beg the question why the CPS don't charge drivers, whom seriously injure or kill people in an accident with GBH or manslaughter, respectively. All the debate over insufficient evidence to charge a driver with Dangerous driving when a cyclist or pedestrian is seriously injured would be solved if GBH was more often used. It would be an awful lot better than driving without due care and attention, which more often than not results in an injustice.
When all is said and done these events are very unusual when compared to motoring collisions. Cyclists may well, on occasion, collide with pedestrians but rarely are either party seriously injured. If they were we would hear more of these sorts of accidents. It may be inevitable that with more people cycling and the likelihood that pedestrians and cyclists will have to share the same space more collisions will occur. On this point cyclists should always ride at a speed at which they can stop quickly and safely and pedestrians should also understand that they are more manoeuvrable than cyclists and should be prepared to step aside if they feel in danger, if a cyclists rings his bell or calls out. If both pedestrians and cyclists treat each other with respect and not pig headed belligerence we can get along much better than either group do with motor vehicles.
Lets hope the young victim recovers fully and isn't put off from cycling herself.
- Belgian rider Jonathan Breyne attempts suicide after positive result for clenbuterol9 hours 42 min agoRegardless of the outcome of
Regardless of the outcome of the doping allegations, best wishes to the lad. There's much more to life than competitive cycling.
There's cycling to work, nipping out to the shops, sloping out for a recovery ride and a slice of cake, riding with family and friends, in sportives and Sunday morning club rides. And there's always another mountain to be knocked over.
Get well soon Jonathan.
- Michael Rogers of Saxo-Tinkoff provisionally suspended after positive test for clenbuterol9 hours 45 min agoHe will have to beef up his
He will have to beef up his defence and be brisk(et) about it, poor i know but hey ho its christmas.....
- Lights On All The Time10 hours 18 min agoI`ve been intermittently
I`ve been intermittently using lights in the daytime, especially the rear certainly at this time of the year but not the whole year round.
The sun is low & the roads often wet which just produces such a glare that it is difficult to see.
I drive for a living too & it is incredibly difficult at times to see other road users, cyclists included because of these conditions. Having a decent light flashing away obviously helps to make cyclists more visible which can only be a good thing.
Its open to interpretation but I think the highway code states something about putting your lights on in adverse weather conditions. I`d class these sort of conditions as being adverse but I`m in a minority when I`m driving around in the daylight with my lights on.
The glare off a wet road can be blinding even with sunglasses on. For those road users who can`t wear sunglasses & don`t have a light sensitive lens in their specs, it must be incredibly difficult to see
- Michael Rogers says he's victim of food contamination in clenbuterol case10 hours 30 min agoHypoglycaemic wrote:The riderHypoglycaemic wrote:
The rider is responsible for what he eats. He should have learned from other rider's experience. There can be no excuses, the rules are very clear.
That's an interesting opinion coming from someone in a country were a significant portion of the population were unwittingly ingesting horse meat!
- Belgian rider Jonathan Breyne attempts suicide after positive result for clenbuterol10 hours 35 min agoThis is a very sad situation.
This is a very sad situation. It seems that if the UCI want to continue to 'internationalise' cycling in countries such as China and Mexico, then maybe they need to work with WADA and allow a minimum threshold for Clenbuterol?
I know there will be a lot of people saying that the rider is responsible for what he ingests, but, even in Western countries, we don't know the full supply chain of everything we eat. i.e. horse meat Cottage Pie!
- Craddock Cycles offer made in the UK carbon fibre frames10 hours 55 min agoI have to say that this is
I have to say that this is one of the few carbon fibre frames that i'd be interested in - no riveted cable stops so no holes in the tubing makes me think they've really thought about the construction.
In a way they sound like a UK version of Parlee and this one is also built in the UK which impresses me even more rather than being farmed out to Asia for higher profits - we really should be supporting our own manufacturing industry.
Can't believe some of the ill informed comments above though, that's the problem with forums i suppose but i expected more of Road.cc readers.
- Lights On All The Time11 hours 11 min agoubercurmudgeon wrote:It isubercurmudgeon wrote:
It is amusing that there is currently one thread full of people saying they ride with lights on in broad daylight, presumably because they think motorists are too distracted to notice and take care not to injure their fellow human beings unless lit up like a Xmas tree, and another full of people saying they ride with headphones on. I couldn't be bothered to compare the names of those posting comments, to find out if anyone belongs to both groups, but if there are I hope they haven't procreated yet.
It's not exactly high comedy, hell, it's barely sitcom level.
I've never cycled with headphones on. But, if I did, I'd probably cycle exactly as I do now. In a straight line and in a consistent manner. I'd be extra cautious perhaps but, frankly, I don't think I could look behind me any more regularly than I do now.
So, the thing is, you're conflating poor cycling with headphone use. It's possibly arguable that poor cyclists and headphone users do intersect quite strongly on a venn diagram, who knows.
But, here's the thing. I use my hearing to ascertain whether something is behind me. I have to trust that thing to behave, if it doesn't then the only thing my hearing has let me do is prepare for impact.
- Boyfriend of cyclist killed by lorry driver tells road.cc he tried to forgive him - because his girlfriend would have done so11 hours 29 min agoI don't know if Terence Gibbs
I don't know if Terence Gibbs is likely to read this, but it will be as much the drivers of the trucks who have been through this dreadful experience, who press for the better ways to work with trucks and cycles on the road, as it will be the relatives of the victims and the cycling community.
On 9th December I was at a Construction Logistics & Cycle Safety seminar in City Hall. One of those on the panel, operated trucks from the 2012 Olympics site - Brian Dorling worked for his operation, and he had to break the news to people working at the site. Outside was a 26T tipper truck with a low down driving position and full height glazed doors on the nearside, several have now been supplied to one major contractor for use in London. Because these have a 'special' cab they cost about 20% more than the currently 'accepted' macho-man 'tonka-trucks'. However the meeting reported that most drivers were pleased to get the improved ability to see what was next to their trucks, and this also addressed perhaps the major source of injury to truck drivers - injuries sustained when climbing up or jumping down from those high cabs. We might even see low cabs being specified because the truck owners need to reduce injury claims from their drivers!
But to be less frivolous, in religious circles it is often noted that the greatest evangelists come from the ranks of the converted - starting perhaps with St Paul. It will be tearful and tough but perhaps through the testimony and pressure of those at the wheel in those fatal crashes we might get the greatest results. I really hope that Chris Boardman's appearance before the Transport Select Committee is not a solo performance - perhaps Mr Gibbs, or once of the other drivers carrying the burden of being a party to the loss of a life, through whatever combination of circumstances, will be able to describe the human perspective from the other side of the coin.
- Pictures of your Bike11 hours 35 min agoThought I should build a
Thought I should build a fixie to go with my beard
- Have London Roads Become More Dangerous11 hours 49 min agoThe article should never have
The article should never have been behind the paywall - it's open access and was only published on Wednesday. And David Spiegelhalter is Prof of understanding risk so should know what he is talking about!
Seems to make sense to me as the maths showing how exceptional 6 deaths in a fortnight are. More depressing is the calculation of 52 periods where there 3 deaths in a fortnight over 8 years.
- 12 months in jail for red light jumping cyclist who left 9-year-old girl with fractured skull11 hours 51 min agojarredscycling wrote:Thisjarredscycling wrote:
This shouldn't be viewed in the light of cars versus motorist. It was plain wrong to jump a red light and morally reprehensible to leave an injured child laying there and ride on. 1 year is WAY to short
Sat up there on your moral high ground, I guess you have never:
1.jumped a red light
2. spent a year in prison
I really cannot see how a prison sentence for this helps anyone. I've said the same about drivers too, as I feel that in many cases the negligence that caused the incident doesn't justify imprisonment and all that it entails.
The biggest issue I have is the huge disparity in sentencing. Compare this incident with Emma Way. She made a very public display of her utter contempt for the person she hit at speed with her car. However, he was only slightly injured so it's not a problem - £300 and 7 points for failing to stop and failing to report yet cleared of the charge of careless driving. She also pleaded not-guilty and showed no remorse.
- Boyfriend of cyclist killed by lorry driver tells road.cc he tried to forgive him - because his girlfriend would have done so12 hours 23 min agoIt's always heartbreaking to
It's always heartbreaking to hear that someone has died just trying to get around town. Here's hoping that the victim's boyfriend and family have a happy life too.
- Michael Rogers of Saxo-Tinkoff provisionally suspended after positive test for clenbuterol13 hours 7 min agoFarrell That last one just
Farrell That last one just takes the brisket.
- Rapha to host four-day celebration of cycling in Yorkshire next July13 hours 32 min agoI'm all for it regardless of
I'm all for it regardless of where you are from or your background.
People are going to come and watch the tour andthey are going have to stay somewhere so why not with like minded people.
Me - I'll probably be a bit further south on day 2 as the route is within riding distance of home.
- turbo v road - different efforts?13 hours 53 min agoBut turbo has no soul!
But turbo has no soul!