• Video: Cyclist & lorry driver experience Met's Exchanging Places scheme50 weeks 4 days agomrmo wrote:adamthekiwi

    mrmo wrote:
    adamthekiwi wrote:
    Then cyclists could simply avoid going down the left-hand side in that circumstance...

    Mind you the most stupid is this. Truck in right lane approaching roundabout, indicating left. If you saw the junction the tractor trailer and thought, it makes sense, the truck needed the room to make the manoeuvre. Didn't stop a car go up the inside and end up half under the trailer.

    Saw something similar with larger tractor and trailer unit position itself in the middle of 2 lanes coming up to a roundabout and indicating to make a left turn, there's me and the family in the car and I'm thinking hang back give this guy some room, next minute I hear a horn being sounded and there's this idiot in a 4x4 trying to squeeze up the inside of this trailer as it's turning left !!!

    Some people just don't have any common sense or ability to be on the roads, and that goes for drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, horse riders.

  • Full Campagnolo 2013 Chorus 11 Spd Double Groupset - £650.50 weeks 4 days agois this still for sale, any

    is this still for sale, any of it carbon thanks mark

  • Boris bike use down 20 percent50 weeks 4 days agoEmmanuel - the bikes get used

    Emmanuel - the bikes get used by commuters in the morning and evening. During the day they are more likely to be used by tourists. Early evenings you see a mixture of both and it can be challenging to return a bike to a popular destination since there may be no free "slots" to park the bike.
    Many of my work colleagues sold their folding bikes and now use the Boris Bikes to get from the station to work. The price increase has hit them, but not as much as the rise in the cost of train fares!!! However, the two systems don't link up, so although you can use a travel card (equivalent of carte orange) to take trains buses or the tube, you can't use them on the bike hire scheme.

  • Strada Rail 52 carbon clincher wheels50 weeks 4 days agoI have a real issue with the

    I have a real issue with the pricing of these. The rail 52, why can you get these from November cycles in the US with White Industry T11 (Which are only £100 odd pound cheaper than R45s), DT aerolite, tyres, extra pads and valve extenders for under £1000? Also, Wheel works NZ who will do them the same with titanium skewers. Again for under £1000?

    Both are very well respected wheel builders, so why the enormous price hike here? Granted the Chris King R45s are more expensive than White Industries T11 but they're certainly not £600 more.

  • Video: Cyclist & lorry driver experience Met's Exchanging Places scheme50 weeks 4 days agoadamthekiwi wrote:A really

    adamthekiwi wrote:
    A really useful tool would be some sort of blinking light on the left-hand side that could be illuminated by the driver some time before they want to turn left. Perhaps we could name this innovation an 'indicator'? Then cyclists could simply avoid going down the left-hand side in that circumstance...

    Cars and vans seem to have a matched pair of lights that are illuminated together to mean "I'll stop wherever the f**k I like", so perhaps if these could be controlled individually, they could be repurposed for this?

    I want one of those matched light pairs to wear on my person. Because, apparently, if you turn them on you are allowed to do pretty much anything you want and its fine, as the rules no longer apply because you've got two rear lights on. Brilliant invention, surprised its not more widely used.

  • Video: Cyclist & lorry driver experience Met's Exchanging Places scheme50 weeks 4 days agoadamthekiwi wrote:Then

    adamthekiwi wrote:
    Then cyclists could simply avoid going down the left-hand side in that circumstance...

    Not to be rude, but I have seen cyclists do some very stupid things, even if the truck is using indicators.

    Mind you the most stupid is this. Truck in right lane approaching roundabout, indicating left. If you saw the junction the tractor trailer and thought, it makes sense, the truck needed the room to make the manoeuvre. Didn't stop a car go up the inside and end up half under the trailer.

    I still have to say why are ASL and ASL feeder lanes in the blindspot of trucks, if you are designing roads, surely the first rule, if you follow the markings you are safe? What we are actually being told is that the feeder and ASL are in truck blindspots, that they may be safe, but they may actually get you killed!!!!

  • Video: Cyclist & lorry driver experience Met's Exchanging Places scheme50 weeks 4 days agoIt's not a bad idea,

    It's not a bad idea, certainly for those who might be interested in policy. It's very easy for debates to become "you suck/no you suck" bitchfights, when both parties are really open to solutions if treated like decent human beings.

    At the same time, this is never going to happen to everyone, and the people most likely to be involved in a collision are those least likely to turn up to one of these experiences. It's a complement, not an alternative.

  • Five of the best cycling front lights for under £5050 weeks 4 days agoNeil753 wrote:drfabulous0

    Neil753 wrote:
    drfabulous0 wrote:
    My LBS has no end of idiots queuing up to pay them £15 to change a headset, which even if you stop for a beer halfway through can't take longer than 15 minutes, that's £60 an hour.
    .

    A bike qualified mechanic can be just as skilled as the average car mechanic, perhaps more so these days, given the the complexities of modern bikes. And there's very few garages that charge £60 an hour these days; my local one charges £90.

    Agreed, but the mechanic himself will only see a tiny fraction of that money.

    Quote:
    drfabulous0 wrote:
    the local bike shop as I remember it is almost dead already, times change, we have to change too.

    It's partly because many LBS proprietors have failed to anticipate the changes. Revenue can be increased quite easily with a little imagination. Letting cyclists bring their bikes into the shop, an acknowledgement upon entering the shop, offering free coffee, free basic maintenance courses for women, an evening delivery service, proper FAQs on the shop's website, some sort of effort to actually answer emails, a range of reasonably priced parts for older and more basic bikes, a "courtesy" bike, even "after hours" pasta parties.

    This is exactly what bike shops need to be doing and those that do will do well for themselves, but it's not how bike shops used to be.

    @Allez neg, I was joking about the beer, but how long do you think it takes a professional mechanic with the correct tools to change a headset? Seriously man, the only excuse for these prices is the cost of the tools.

  • Video: Cyclist & lorry driver experience Met's Exchanging Places scheme50 weeks 4 days agoArgos74 wrote:Recently I

    Argos74 wrote:
    Recently I started taking up a blocking position at the RNS corner of large vehicles. Blocks off the temptation to for other cyclists to try to zoom up the inside. Might get on some people's nerves, but I'm used to that anyway from taking the primary at junctions and pinch points.

    It's a good call - I'd take a bit of verbal for the knowledge that I may have helped avoid a KSI of a careless/inexperienced cyclist.

  • Neoprene Gloves50 weeks 4 days agoI wear "wetsuit" gloves this

    I wear "wetsuit" gloves this time of year and I would recommend them to anyone doing more than just a few miles in the cold. Mine were about £13

    However you do need to wash the regularly as they can smell.

    For me the positives are far greater than the negatives

  • Neoprene Gloves50 weeks 4 days agoI wear "wetsuit" gloves this

    I wear "wetsuit" gloves this time of year and I would recommend them to anyone doing more than just a few miles in the cold. Mine were about £13

    However you do need to wash the regularly as they can smell.

    For me the positives are far greater than the negatives

  • Video: Cyclist & lorry driver experience Met's Exchanging Places scheme50 weeks 4 days ago"Fairly obvious

    "Fairly obvious stuff..."

    Perhaps but if it leads to some mutual understanding and helps avoid another KSI then it's a worthwhile exercise.

    However the main problem still remains - poor driver behaviour and poor road design. I've been hugely frustrated this week by the ignorance of the Transport Select committee on cycling. None of the MP's involved are in any way informed and seem completely unwilling to acknowledge the careless and dangerous attitudes of sizeable minority of drivers.

    This scheme from the Met is great and Darren seems like a responsible and caring guy, however it's the HGV drivers who aren't like him that I'm scared of. They should make this scheme mandatory for all truck drivers.

  • Video: Cyclist & lorry driver experience Met's Exchanging Places scheme50 weeks 4 days agoA really useful tool would be

    A really useful tool would be some sort of blinking light on the left-hand side that could be illuminated by the driver some time before they want to turn left. Perhaps we could name this innovation an 'indicator'? Then cyclists could simply avoid going down the left-hand side in that circumstance...

    Cars and vans seem to have a matched pair of lights that are illuminated together to mean "I'll stop wherever the f**k I like", so perhaps if these could be controlled individually, they could be repurposed for this?

  • Cycling Trousers50 weeks 4 days agohowies do some pretty good

    howies do some pretty good stuff.

  • Cycling Trousers50 weeks 4 days agoI've got a couple of pairs of

    I've got a couple of pairs of Levis commuters at the moment, they're pretty good.
    The 505 indigo jeans (which, really annoyingly, they don't make any more) are great for my build. Slim and slightly tapered, with enough room for bike thighs and a narrow waist.
    I've also got some 511 trousers in tan, which do well as that awkward semi-smart trouser if you want em to. Alas the 511 is too narrow for my legs if I size to my waist, so I have to go the size up and cinch them in with a belt - not great for the cut really.
    Both have a reinforced gusset that is hard wearing and gives you more mobility than normal jeans, and both have the reflective leg inner seams. In theory they have a nano coating, but in practice it's rubbish. So don't buy them hoping for water resistivity.

    I've just taken a punt on a new Kickstarter project - Osloh jeans - so we'll see how they pan out next year.
    Other ones on my radar are the Outlier keirin jeans, which are not only really expensive but also cut for actual bike riders - i.e. slim cut with room for your beastly thighs.
    Rapha jeans look well made but have that loathsome west london almost bootcut style, so that's definitely not one for me.

  • Video: Cyclist & lorry driver experience Met's Exchanging Places scheme50 weeks 4 days agoFairly obvious stuff...

    Fairly obvious stuff...

  • Neoprene overshoes50 weeks 4 days agomike the bike wrote:For a

    mike the bike wrote:
    For a commute of 30 - 45 minutes all you need is a pair of Planet X neoprene overshoes at £10.

    Best of luck.

    +1 on the Planet X front as they're doing those winter packs for about £20 which you get overshoes, gloves & a hat & I think also socks in! Bargain!

  • Thule Pack 'n Pedal Tour Rack50 weeks 4 days agoThe problem with the Ortliebs

    The problem with the Ortliebs I tried was that, without the side panels, the aluminium tube is too fat for the Ortlieb lower hook to go around it.

    With the side panels (which I didn't have to test) I expect it's no problem at all.

  • Video: Cyclist & lorry driver experience Met's Exchanging Places scheme50 weeks 4 days agoRed herring, next?

    Red herring, next?

  • Topeak Redlite Race rear light50 weeks 4 days agoConflicted - what's got more

    Conflicted - what's got more eco-cred long-term: CR2032 or rechargeable?

  • Canyon to sponsor Movistar team next year50 weeks 4 days agoTeenage mutant ninja

    Teenage mutant ninja cyclists!!! Devil

    Looks good! Maybe because Campag have hidden that bulbous battery from the frame...!?

  • Boris bike use down 20 percent50 weeks 4 days agoBoris Johnson does get a lot

    Boris Johnson does get a lot of stick. He deserves almost all of it. This scheme was not his idea, and implementation started before he became mayor. The price rise will have put some people off - it's now more expensive to get a bike than to get a bus. Why?

  • a carbon road bike you design and make yourself?.... how hard can it be!!50 weeks 4 days agoTaking this as genuine, why

    Taking this as genuine, why not put some money into starting your own bike company?

    That's what I'd do.

  • Minister for cycling hints at cycling champion appointment, Chris Boardman wants "significant powers"50 weeks 4 days agoChris Boardman is ALREADY the

    Chris Boardman is ALREADY the cycling champion. When the media want to speak to someone sensible about cycling issues they go to Chris. When someone wants to make a film about cycle-proofing infrastructure, he's top of the list of people to get involved. He's the sane voice amongst the politicians, and is respected because he knows what he's talking about and doesn't pander to 'the motorist' for the sake of votes.

  • a carbon road bike you design and make yourself?.... how hard can it be!!50 weeks 4 days agoThat blackbraid site SCREAMS

    That blackbraid site SCREAMS midlife crisis!

    Nothing inherently wrong with your toptube mr jones. Look seem to think their's works OK.

    Yorkshire Whippet's being a bit tough on the UCI 3:1 ratio thing. How does he know you frame isn't 9 inches wide?