• Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss51 weeks 1 day agoMy opinion... the company has

    My opinion... the company has done nothing about it... but I hope there is a 'yet' to be added to this episode.

    Echoing sentiments already shared, I am aware of businesses that will publicly cry foul in these situations, but internally celebrate a 'hilarious jape'. Not all bosses/business managers are nice people, many are anything but... I hope in this case Mt Turley is genuine and takes appropriate action

    However, until the 'horrified boss' comes back with 'the driver in question is no longer part of this company' I assume that the disciplinary action is no more than being forced to buy the digestive biscuits that week.

  • Yorkshire's pothole crisis: £1 billion of repairs needed, but Tour de France route being fixed51 weeks 1 day ago"But while the roads that

    "But while the roads that will carry the Tour are getting a £4m facelift, that has pushed back work on other roads.".

    Irrelevant really in that if the roads were substatantially in poor repair then they needed fixing anyway. Come on you Pollies one dead cyclist due to a pothole, I've one wrecked 9yr old car and a written off wheelset all due to Potholes. SOrt our infrastructure out.

  • Merseyside woman thrown from bike by rope strung across path51 weeks 1 day agoThose little s**ts are old

    Those little s**ts are old enough to know better... charge them with GBH and take it from there.

  • Top Gear: Cyclist’s widow tells Jeremy Clarkson: 'Look me in the eye'51 weeks 1 day ago700c wrote:I think people are

    700c wrote:
    I think people are crediting Top Gear with too much influence and power here. Those who have bad attitudes towards cyclists will have them regardless of what Clarkson says.

    Just in the same way that people who dislike Clarkson will dislike him regardless of what he says.

    And in fact, if you look back at the episode, he was advocating cycle safety - in his own, crap, missing-most-of-the-point way! so 'poisoning the debate' is far fetched. He just didn't say what you wanted him to say, that's all!

    Oh and a tip: if you get the 'work harder' line, or similar, from some yoof in a hot hatch, a good reply could be 'my bike's worth more than your car you ******* chav!'* **

    *I'm not actually advocating this as it may contribute to conflict between road users, it was an attempt at comedy.

    **But it has worked for me and does give some satisfaction in the face or moronic abuse!

    Actually the "work harder" line is very much of a piece with the (I'm pretty sure apocryphal) comment attributed to Thatcher that "anyone who rides the bus after the age of 30 has failed in life" (sometimes given in the even more un-Thatcher-like form of "only losers take the bus").

    Its an unpleasant remark on many levels, regardless of the cost of one's bike.

    Plus I'd say the real tagline is "be more selfish and irresponsible - drive a car". (Though, then, not being a professional troll, I'd have to acknowledge that for many people driving a car doesn't feel like a choice, and its a collective organisational problem much more than an individual one).

    Also, its absurd to say those who dislike Clarkson would do so whatever he said. Its what he says that makes me dislike him! What he says is his defining characteristic - he's a presenter and a columnist. Its not his hairstyle that determines my opinion of him! (Though I do hate his hair as well). If he said different things I'd have a different attitude to him.

    And finally, its silly to think that just because a general attitude already exists that a high profile person perpetuating and encouraging it is of no consequence. Where else do such attitudes come from?

    I really wonder if a lot of people who aren't real petrolhead types don't minimise or excuse Clarkson and try desperately to interpret him positively ("its irony") because getting angry just feels undignified or makes one uncomfortably aware how little power one has over these things.

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss51 weeks 1 day agoFluffyKittenofTindalos

    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:
    Also - its a caravan company. So I guess they have a common enemy with cyclists in the form of Jeremy Clarkson.

    I don't think Clarkson hates cyclists anymore than he thinks Mexicans are lazy or lorry drivers are all rapists.

    Clarkson is Basil Fawlty with cars and driving as a backdrop rather than a hotel. He's just rude to everyone. It's the gratuitous un-selfconscious totally non-PC statements that people find amusing especially in today's ever so scripted and sensitive media world.

    Taking Top Gear seriously is like criticising Basil Fawlty's customer service and staff relations. It's missing the point.

    Lorry drivers = Excuse to say something outrageous
    Mexicans = Excuse to say something outrageous
    Germans = Excuse to say something outrageous
    Americans = Excuse to say something outrageous
    Cyclists = Excuse to say something outrageous

    the clue is that you could put anything you like on the left side of the equals sign.

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss51 weeks 1 day agoReally hope the company make

    Really hope the company make a public statement about this and something actually happens to the driver, either via the police or his employer, and I man actual action rather than a telling off.

    I bought a helmet cam last month but haven't bothered using it, just fitted it to my bike as I think it's getting worse on the roads rather than better

  • Yorkshire's pothole crisis: £1 billion of repairs needed, but Tour de France route being fixed51 weeks 1 day agoI will be doing Skipton-Reeth

    I will be doing Skipton-Reeth the morning of the GD, just after the close to traffic (As I imagine about a million others will).

    In homage to the North Yorkshire ratepayer, nay the UK populace at large, I shall run my Conti GP 4 Seasons 28c's at 110psi.

    Chapeau Yorkies!

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss51 weeks 1 day agoCan't moan about the company

    Can't moan about the company as its a long standing local business that is successful.

    No don't moan at them object to their next O licence renewal to the traffic commissioners. It's hard to deliver your products when you can't operate transport from your yard.

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss51 weeks 1 day agoBeefy wrote:I am considering

    Beefy wrote:
    I am considering buying a caravan this spring as had one until 5 years ago and really miss the freedom. Guess where I was thinking of purchasing from? Not now, I think we should boycott these companies. I know they would argue that there going to take action against the driver, mmm hope it's not just PR. I think it would be better if drivers were instructed before such events. 6 inches and this guy would have been dead no ifs or buts and no bringing back to life when the company apologise. IMO put theses companies out of buisness by making these events as high profile as possible , then perhaps the companies left will give cyclists thought before incidents not after.

    I suspect they will sit in the office have a laugh and then tell us he has been severely reprimanded.

    Well he has just lost your company about £8000.

    I just don't get this. The owner has said he was horrified and will take action against his employee the driver. He may well be doing that for cynical PR reasons or he may be doing it because his insurance company would blow a gasket if he didn't do something about the behavious of this driver. Apart from that he might just be a normal person that looked at the video and was horrified.

    But if you boycott him anyway despite his proper reaction then he may as well have been a tosser about it and he'd have lost the sale either way.

    If you are going to punish companies for taking the wrong attitude then you need also to reward them when they do something right.

    My father played a big riole in the Anti Apartheid movement in the UK. We boycotted everything South African when I was a kid. As soon as Mandela was elected my dad made a point of buying South African fruit and wine.

    Stick AND carrot.

  • Just in: Kinesis Tripster ATR51 weeks 1 day agoDom wrote: It's 1.5mm

    Dom wrote:

    It's 1.5mm stainless steel and it's for the mudguard stay. The pannier rack is bolted to the welded eyelets on the frame.

    Thanks Dom. So basically you've shifted the guard mount 2-3" up and back - which on a 700c guard would then require cutting back of the LHS stays to fit tidily/not be a hazard. Plus unless you're running narrow hydraulic calipers, rules out a sturdy rack carrying lots of weight. I don't buy that *any* adapter will work long-term under touring loads - hell, you have enough problems with frame fittings/loctite/nylock nuts etc etc without adding another point of flex/leverage.

    (noted Dave's comment above re racks being do-able in certain combos, along with others saying the catch heels on fat chainstay calipers)

    An adapter for the guard, and (maybe) an adapter for the rack - methinks 2015's ATR would best be suited following the inboard mount crowd...I'm probably not your typical customer, but I'm looking for 'one bike to rule them all' early next year, and that mounting position rules out the ATR. Which is a real pity because I dig your design ethos - I've ridden a TK3 and loved it.

  • Bike industry anticipates ‘new era’ of co-operation with UCI51 weeks 1 day agoI'm not entirely sure I agree

    I'm not entirely sure I agree that Neil753's suggestion above is the best way to go, but I do agree to that there needs to be different rules for different levels of racers, if the UCI relaxes the current regulations for the pros. Weekend warriors and younger racers should be able to buy a competetive bike without breaking the bank.
    Alternatively, forget about the UCI - and the obsession with buying new things- and just ride.

  • Local Bike Shops - Are they really doing OK?51 weeks 1 day agomooleur wrote:I often wonder

    mooleur wrote:
    I often wonder how they survive,... mine keeps getting bricks thrown through its window at the moment Kiss(

    Stop throwing them then! Wink

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss51 weeks 1 day agoAlso - its a caravan company.

    Also - its a caravan company. So I guess they have a common enemy with cyclists in the form of Jeremy Clarkson.

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss51 weeks 1 day agofarrell wrote:andycoventry

    farrell wrote:
    andycoventry wrote:
    My point being he takes people to task for speeding, but posts videos of himself doing the same thing, somewhat hypocritical.

    It isn't the same thing.

    Indeed, its not remotely, in any sense 'the same thing'. One is illegal, one isn't, one seriously endangers others one doesn't.

    Question is, was he cycling "furiously" in those videos? Speeding on a bike is not an offense, but apparently it is to cycle while furious! I think cantankerous cycling is OK though. Ditto disgruntled cycling, grumpy cycling and crotchety cycling.

  • Taipei Cycle: New products from Culprit, Santini & Birzman + bonus lugged wooden bike51 weeks 1 day agoMorethansonglyrics. You are

    Morethansonglyrics. You are correct about the saddle angle. The new croz blade is the first out of the mold and I built it up for display the same day as the show. During the show I have been too busy to notice it. Will correct tomorrow. Shows are quite stressful. I do agree and take credit for not noticing this. Thanks for pointing it out. Will be corrected Asap.

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss51 weeks 1 day agoandycoventry wrote:My point

    andycoventry wrote:
    My point being he takes people to task for speeding, but posts videos of himself doing the same thing, somewhat hypocritical.

    It isn't the same thing.

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss51 weeks 1 day agocyclingDMlondon wrote:Chuck

    cyclingDMlondon wrote:
    Chuck wrote:
    Christ that's close. Whatever punishment is heading the driver's way it needs to be serious.

    It won't be. Tory policy is that the fluidity of the road network 'is essential to the prosperity of the nation'.

    'fluidity' is apparently synonomous with 'impunity'.

    Sooner or later, we're going to wake up and send a loud and clear message to the police and the courts.

    'Either you enforce the law, or we will do it for you'.

    I don't think crap driving and police and CPS not taking it seriously was invented in 2010. I've been cycling on the road properly as part of a club since 1973. I didn't notice it got suddenly better between 1974 and 1979 and then worse until 1997 when it got better for 13 years and then suddenly bad again in 2010.

    I don't think bad driving has anything at all to do with whether the DoT currently has a Conservative or Labour Minister at its head. I also don't think that aspiring to keep traffic moving necessarily translates to "sod road safety" in fact it means the opposite.

    In fact I think you just tried to crowbar a pettty political prejudice into a conversation about road safety for cyclists.

    If you look you'll see that road safety all round has been getting better and better despite more and more traffic since the 1960s whichever colour of government has been in power.

  • Yorkshire's pothole crisis: £1 billion of repairs needed, but Tour de France route being fixed51 weeks 1 day agoI can't find the article, but

    I can't find the article, but Aberdeenshire roads were estimated to need £2.5 billion to repair and that by the time they went round and fixed them all over 10 years, they would require the same about to do it all again...

  • Merseyside woman thrown from bike by rope strung across path51 weeks 1 day agoMKultra wrote:It's not part

    MKultra wrote:
    It's not part of a plot but it's certainly part of wider prejudices shown on the news and an social media. Racism can get you nicked these days so the bigots have turned to demonizing cyclists and various other people who are somehow "different" instead. Impressionable people such as kids, well it's going to rub off on them and they are going to get the idea that behavior such as this has peer approval from parents and relatives because it's what they are hearing and seeing at home. Cyclists this...cyclists that...not wearing helmets...they cause accidents blah blah blah. It's all happened before but it used to be ethnic minorities or gay people on the receiving end.

    Its very hard to work out where "kids being idiots" ends and "general culture of hostility to an out-group" begins, in these things. I note that there was a case a little while ago where a _jogger_ suffered a serious injury due to this "prank". It might only be aimed at cyclists because they are an easier target than slow-moving pedestrians. Presumably putting cable across an A-road might feel a bit too serious!

    There's a general tendency of kids to do anti-social things and its also against a backdrop of certain out-groups being considered acceptable targets. Its really hard to know how much each contributes to any given case.

  • AA "Think Bikes" awareness campaign admits drivers don't look, suggests wing mirror stickers will remind them (+video)51 weeks 1 day agoAs others have pointed out-

    As others have pointed out- stickers on mirrors aren't much use if the mirror never gets looked at. I was driving behind a car recently for 12 miles and their wing mirrors were folded in the whole time- shows you how often there were checked if the driver didn't even notice!

  • Surly Straggler51 weeks 1 day agoA little more post-test

    A little more post-test feedback from Surly...
    While the test bike seat tube measured close to 56cm by our usual method (BB centre to top of ST), Surly measures the seat tube to the top of its juncture with the top tube, making this a 54cm bike on their web site geometry tables.
    Surly also informs us that the top tube is horizontal and that the downward slope effect is an optical illusion. We did use a spirit level but will happily accept a slight margin for error

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss51 weeks 1 day agoOldRidgeback wrote:Beefy

    OldRidgeback wrote:
    Beefy wrote:
    I suspect they will sit in the office have a laugh and then tell us he has been severely reprimanded.

    A forrmer colleague of mine used to work for a delivery firm. Whenever a complaint arrived from a pedestrian or a cyclist, they would indeed say 'Oi, it's your turn today. Almost got an extra 1000 points today. Next time, don't miss the bike, awight?'

    (I paraphrase)

    After a while, it became a sort of 'contest' to see who could have the most complaints. Needless to say, the company replied to all complaints with, 'We abhor this kind of behaviour. We shall look into it, and take action against the driver'.

    In the canteen, it was laughs and guffaws all around.

  • Local Bike Shops - Are they really doing OK?51 weeks 1 day agoGkam84 wrote:oozaveared

    Gkam84 wrote:
    oozaveared wrote:
    They charged her £40 for a "silver" service on a practically brand new bike. There were no broken parts just gear adjustment but they claimed to have checked brakes etc etc etc. This was a straight forward rip off. It almost certainly just needed a barrel adjustment on the rear derailleur.

    If it were my bike shop that would have been free. Free and make a friend. As it happens not only will me colleague not use that shop, nor will I and now nor will the 8 or so cyclists in my office.

    I have just opened a repair and servicing workshop, a large wooden workshop in my garden. What you have said is right, that was a rip off, but I also wouldn't do it for nothing if the bike was not bought from me. I would have charged something nominal, like £5, just because my time is worth something, unlike what some people think. So not making a killing of your friend, while not underselling myself.

    bashthebox wrote:
    My LBS is small but rushed off their feet. No job too small or too big, simple advice, charming service.

    That is just the same as my LBS, hence opening my own workshop, on their advice, with them giving me overspill and contracting me in to help when they are busy, without having to worry about doing tax and things for me.

    Neil753 wrote:
    A cycle mechanic now has the ability to make a good living from repairing bikes from home or at clients' premises. Parts supply chains are no longer a problem.

    Don't you believe the parts supply issue to much. Trying to get a trade account from anyone if you are working from home is at best an absolute fricking nightmare. I haven't been able to get one.

    Very soon I hope to be mobile and going out to peoples home or business aswell. So spreading myself further afield and taking on a sportive or two.

    So while I am working in conjunction with my LBS, they have kindly let me piggy back on their orders

    I agree, traders will do everything they can to keep trade accounts for themselves; that's human nature. But using the on line suppliers, such as Wiggle, and just making money on your labour, is still way more profitable than having to stand the fixed costs of a LBS. Good luck with your venture.

  • An Ode to Girona51 weeks 1 day agoAgreed. I did a piece from

    Agreed. I did a piece from there for this site a while back...

    http://road.cc/content/blog/58934-magic-mountains

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss51 weeks 1 day agoAppalling driving - but

    Appalling driving - but distressingly typical of what motorists get away with. But can't really fault the response from the company. A lot better than what usually happens. Feels almost churlish to say one wants to be sure its more than just words. It does _sound_ sincere though. Maybe they have cyclists in the family?