• World Championships - Individual Time Trial51 weeks 3 days agoPinotti out on the road

    Pinotti out on the road now... I swear I read 2 days ago he was a definite non-starter!

  • Appeal rejected against "unduly lenient" sentence for driver in Audrey Fyfe case51 weeks 3 days agoThis has just come up on

    This has just come up on twitter..... http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2010/02/24/13908-2692/

    It seems that Sheriff James Scott has previous in Driver vs Cyclist cases.... Angry Angry Angry Angry

  • Boyfriend of latest London cycling truck victim calls for safety improvements51 weeks 3 days agoGizmo_ wrote:Perhaps, and I

    Gizmo_ wrote:
    Perhaps, and I hate to say it, the only way to stop these things happening is to force cyclists to undergo some sort of training, and have a card that must be carried proving they've done it

    I was right with you up until this point then you went into the same territory that is occupied by people who call for compulsory helmets, hiviz, bicycle licensing and shitty 'nice way codes'. It's nothing more than victim blaming really, isn't it?

    Cycle training should be ingrained from an early age just as swimming lessons are. It should also feature heavily within driver training.

    As soon as you start talking about mandatory licensing for cycling, you are making a serious and fundamental mistake that encroaches on ancient rights of way. License cycling then you are one step away from licensing pedestrians and then you may as well go full steam ahead and mandate that public space requires all people to be licensed to enter it.

    Colin Peyresourde wrote:
    And before people go ballistic

    Get the fuck over yourself, seriously.

    Colin Peyresourde wrote:
    you do the same with scuba diving, and skiing/snowboarding. No one unleashes you into these dangers without checking that you know how to keep yourself safe.....

    False equivalence.

    Utility cycling is NOT a sport. It is a mode of transport.

    Colin Peyresourde wrote:
    cycling and these other sports are all in the same travel insurance catagory incidentally, and that shouldn't be a surprise!

    Again, false equivalence. You are not legally required to purchase insurance when travelling.

  • One tool kit for multiple bikes?51 weeks 3 days agoOn the winter/wet bike (rigid

    On the winter/wet bike (rigid MTB, Schraeder valve) I put tube, levers and a puncture repair box containing 4 & 5mm allen keys, mini screwdrivers and patches in my rucksack.

    A Topeak seat pack lives on the road bike.

    The TT bike has an inner tube and 2 levers taped to the seat post.

    I try not to swap stuff across - each bike has a pump, as I've forgotten to carry one before and worry I could get stuck without one.

  • World Championships - Individual Time Trial51 weeks 3 days agoCourse is longer than UCI

    Course is longer than UCI regs? Keeping to the rules doesn't seem to be their strong point.

  • World Championships - Individual Time Trial51 weeks 3 days agoSanchez Gil 4th Gretsch 6th

    Sanchez Gil 4th
    Gretsch 6th

  • Boyfriend of latest London cycling truck victim calls for safety improvements51 weeks 3 days agoGizmo_ wrote:someone made a

    Gizmo_ wrote:
    someone made a fatal mistake.

    ...force cyclists to undergo some sort of training, and have a card that must be carried proving they've done it (probably just for built-up areas like inside the M25).

    You seem to be implying, without any evidence in the report that I can see, that it was the cyclist who made the mistake in this case. Or do you have any information not available to the rest of us?

    Nice bit of victim blaming there.

    Somehow, without either apparent special training or an id card, cycling in the Netherlands, including cities, is immensely popular and probably safer than in London. Do you think cyclist id cards and training are essential there as well?

  • Planet X Bikes51 weeks 3 days agoNever had any trouble with

    Never had any trouble with Planet X.

    Not that I've bought a bike from them, but for spares and merino arm-warmers, they're great.

    Their business model is sort of "pile em high, sell em cheap" as far as I can tell. Which is no bad thing when you're buying 5 inner tubes, 2 tyres, or a hat! (Or those excellent arm-warmers - have I mentioned those? Best purchase ever).

    If you want great service - that's what your LBS is for. My last 2 bikes have been from the LBS and the after-sales service has been very good.

    If you know exactly what you want, what frame size, what stem, then by all means go to Planet X for your next bike. But I think it's a bit much, to expect LBS-level service at bargain prices.

    Basically - use your LBS, people! Or else it'll close, and all that'll be left is Halfords.

  • World Championships - Individual Time Trial51 weeks 3 days agoKonovolas 3rd at the moment.

    Konovolas 3rd at the moment.

  • Transfers not working51 weeks 3 days ago"The top bar shows the name

    "The top bar shows the name of the next stage so as soon as the window for the ITT closed, it shows the Road Race as the next stage because if you 'pick team' that will be what you're picking for."
    - Well the TT closed 11:15am this morning, but the Roster is showing TT guys and not the Road Race guys...Don't get me wrong, but I've been playing since last year too and quite aware of the layout etc.

    "It's very odd that you can't make transfers, it's clearly only affecting a small number of people. Can you do as I've said above and try it on a different machine/browser and see how it goes."
    - Been there, done that and wore the T-Shirt. I'm an IT guy as well so I know its not at my end. Tried works Pc, my PC, my tablet etc....Chrome, Explorer, Firefox and even Safari.

    Also, might be worth logging out and in again.
    - urm no! Still same.

    Still same. S*d it, I've already lost points from missing the TTT on Sunday and todays miss.....

    Better get back to my work!

  • Appeal rejected against "unduly lenient" sentence for driver in Audrey Fyfe case51 weeks 3 days agoShame on all those involved

    Shame on all those involved at high levels without the backbone to seize opportunity to make a bold declaration that road safety is critical.

    Since when did the basic right to live become less protected than the privilege to operate lethal machinery in the public domain?

    Is government now liable for any potential 3rd victim now that they've effectively sanctioned his supposed fitness to drive? Things would change overnight if legal claims landed on their doorsteps for failure to check a driver is actually fit to be on the roads.

    Sad day for common sense and the future of public safety.

  • World Championships - Individual Time Trial51 weeks 3 days agoAnd mino beats Nasser by

    And mino beats Nasser by 1.19s
    Smile

  • World Championships - Individual Time Trial51 weeks 3 days agoRohan Dennis fastest at the

    Rohan Dennis fastest at the first check.

    Mihaylov currently fastest (of 2) at the finish but Siutsou, Saramotins, Tvetcov Oliveira and Bodnar all going well.

    EDIT: Woohoo! Konovalovas fastest at the finish with a storming final split.

    EDIT 2: Sorry Wig_Billy, Mino is beated at the final hurdle and finishes second to last a whole twelve tenths of a second faster than Nazir Jaser.

  • World Championships - Individual Time Trial51 weeks 3 days agoMino misses out by 1 second.

    Mino misses out by 1 second. ****! At Wits End

  • Transfers not working51 weeks 3 days agoThe top bar shows the name of

    The top bar shows the name of the next stage so as soon as the window for the ITT closed, it shows the Road Race as the next stage because if you 'pick team' that will be what you're picking for.

    It's very odd that you can't make transfers, it's clearly only affecting a small number of people. Can you do as I've said above and try it on a different machine/browser and see how it goes.

    Also, might be worth logging out and in again.

  • Aldi cycle clothing bargains this Thursday51 weeks 3 days agoMatt eaton wrote:Just to add

    Matt eaton wrote:
    Just to add another perspective to the cheap gear/fair-trade/corporate responsibility debate its worth noting that this sort of low-cost gear gets people cycling.

    Actually, I feel the current fashion for special clothing puts new riders off. Just ride in whatever you've got that's suitable. Maybe cycling-specific shoes (differently flexible) but the full lycra/wicking makeover is an unnecessary faff until you're doing longer distances.

    If anyone gets a bike as part of a cycle-to-work scheme or similar, they should specify sensible things like mudguards and racks that can accept ordinary bags (those pannier racks with extra bars and hooks, basically)... not that any racks or bags are in this offer, and the mudguards are plastic ones at a similar price/style as those in well-known car spares shops. And the lock is a cable lock! That's probably not going to help keep people cycling, is it?

    Cheap lights are a good move, but lots of shops already sell ones at similar prices to those in this offer. Hardly newsworthy, unless anyone knows that Aldi's are approved to the German standards.

    Finally, I don't think this helps people who might ride to work, because how many will take a Thursday morning off work to queue up to get this Aldi kit? I suggest it'll be mostly be bought by leisure cyclists cutting corners and hang the workers who suffer. It's just a bit more competition for that bottom-end market already served by the zero-hours Sports Direct and Amazon.

  • Boyfriend of latest London cycling truck victim calls for safety improvements51 weeks 3 days agoribena wrote:The accident has

    ribena wrote:
    The accident has occured on horrendous 3-lane gyratory system known as an accident black spot, by a truck with huge blind spots that could easily be removed, and yet people are saying the cyclist should have had more training despite no further details being available??

    Cycling needs to be made as easy as walking. Its not intrinsically dangerous, we've made it dangerous.

    Scubda diving and Snowboarding are similar to Mountain Biking, the risk is from your own actions.

    This isn't the case with people cycling to work. Most deaths are not the cyclists fault.
    http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/cyclesafety/article3758677.ece

    Agreed. As is often the case with threads attached to specific articles, people comment based on their understanding - that is to say, they comment on how their own observations relate to the article. I don't know if training would have helped this poor soul, and I'm certainly not out to blame the victim - my heart goes out to her boyfriend and mother. However, in my short time of being able to commute on my bike, I've watched two adult males nearly get wiped out when the danger was obvious, and within their power to avoid. I'm not willing to wait for others to make things safe for me.

  • Video: Supreme handling skills, fitness... and bravery. Sam Bennett shows all three in ToB51 weeks 3 days agoYeh, of course we all do it

    Yeh, of course we all do it on the commute on the way to work... but about 15kph slower.

    For the newer people here, also see Cancellara's descent http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxXqQqAc2pA from a few years back. As pointed out, other pros may descend a little bit faster but not always caught so well on camera.

  • Transfers not working51 weeks 3 days agoI'm in the same boat and have

    I'm in the same boat and have not even been able to change since TofB.

    TT Championships now - can't change, but the roster looks like it is the TT............hmmmmm, however my top bar shows Road RACe....

  • World Championships - Individual Time Trial51 weeks 3 days agoMartin Wiggins Cancellara Phi

    Martin
    Wiggins
    Cancellara
    Phinney
    Kirienka
    Bagdonas
    Konovolas
    Zoidl
    Quaade

    Relying on Cancellara to do well.

  • Labour to set cycling goals and restore road safety reduction targets if it wins next election51 weeks 3 days agoCantab wrote:<> Given how

    Cantab wrote:
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    Given how often the government gets departments to produce data/reports backing their political stances (which is outside their remit) it would seem like a legitimate use of the OBR to advance democracy by providing independent reports on party's proposed budgets allowing the public to actually be informed voters (God forbid!).

    Agreed - but right here, right now - it just won't happen, so Labour feel safe making 'requests' to do so

  • Boyfriend of latest London cycling truck victim calls for safety improvements51 weeks 3 days agocycle training should IMO be

    cycle training should IMO be compulsary at school, but it misses the point in this case.

    there are too many trucks on the road at the wrong times and often being driven dangerously.

    Don't blame the victim, figure out what went wrong and DO SOMETHING!!!!!

    No more talk, we have had too many words. Lets see real investment, real policing.

    Those cyclists who do stupid things need to be punished/educated, those drivers who do stupid things need to have there licences removed.

    How often does a driver try and overtake, approacjing a traffic island, a turn, on coming traffic, etc etc. Educating the cyclist won't stop stupid driving. So while saying cyclists should be trained is a good idea unless drivers are forced properly policed you are wasting your time.

  • Appeal rejected against "unduly lenient" sentence for driver in Audrey Fyfe case51 weeks 3 days agoNot defending the court

    Not defending the court decision or the driver (who is trash) however the facts are:-

    1. Low Speed

    The incident occurred as the driver turned right from a main road into a side road, clipping the rear wheel of the bicycle - after which she carried on a short distance, wobbled then fell - I think from my own driving experience we can safely assume car speeds in the 10 to 20mph range for a 90 degree turn like that (speculative)

    2. Sentencing

    Courts can only apply the law and sentencing guidelines - they CANNOT make or apply new laws - government must do that

  • Sir Dave Brailsford on marginal gains and that Froome-Wiggins rivalry51 weeks 3 days agoI'm firmly with you

    I'm firmly with you darren13366.
    I dont have the team kit or the black bike but Sir DB and teams have dragged british cycling out of the backroads and put it right on the world map
    So to the detractors I say if you could do better the get off your backside and do it

  • Appeal rejected against "unduly lenient" sentence for driver in Audrey Fyfe case51 weeks 3 days agozanf wrote:Karbon Kev

    zanf wrote:
    Karbon Kev wrote:
    incredible ignorance and incompetence of the British justice system for justice of cyclists ....

    Sorry but "British justice system"?

    No such thing exists.

    Separate legal systems yes, but it's slightly more complicated; much of the legislation in Scotland (including that relating to causing death by careless driving, the charge in this case) is the very same legislation applying in England and Wales.

    And an appeal from the Court of Appeal in Edinburgh would go to the Supreme Court in London (formerly the House of Lords); at that level, decisions in Scottish cases would be binding on lower courts in England & Wales, and vice-versa.