• John Humphrys asks: who's to blame for cycle safety?1 year 23 weeks agoOf course speed is a factor

    Of course speed is a factor in every accident, including walking into a lamp post. It's a silly proposition and is simply used to foster the notion that 'speeding' is a factor. It isn't. Physics will not support the notion that to exceed a number on a pole, especially arbitrary and unscientific ones, often based on political parochialism and no expertise, can cause anything at all. Just as daft is the notion that not to 'speed' will be safe and cause nothing. Fact is most accidents are below the limits and in those above, 'speeding' is merely coincidental even if present. For example in dangerous driving. To explain. On a motorway speeding commences at 70+. So clearly 150 MPH, 80 mph above 'speeding' can't be 'speeding'; it is dangerous where 'speeding' is coincidental.

    The helmet debate misses the point entirely in 2012. I am a cyclist but cyclists hate me pointing out that under any other circumstances to mingle with and among many large pieces of essential machinery on the move, operated by those with a tiny demanding qualification, is madness and would be banned under ElfnSafety if it were a fairground ride. No concidence then that since politicians have been promoting cycling so the attrition rate has increased. Don't they get the connection? Don't cyclist? Indignance is not much good when turned into a cabbage with right on one's side is it? When St Peter says to the child cyclist at the Pearly Gates 'come in child it was the driver's fault'.

    Keep slowing a major infrastructure at about £3 billion be annum per 1 MPH, (Say £30 billion a year) How many lives could we save in the NHS, Emergency Services, A & E with that kind of money? Slowing road transport & prosecuting perfectly safe drivers, whilst the Road Safety Industry fills its coffers as it does, is not addressing the problem but actually killing people in other sectors.

    Wake up guys. It aint 1912 it's 2012.

  • Just in: Mekk 3G Potenza SL5.51 year 23 weeks agoA mate of mine recently

    A mate of mine recently brought round a full carbon black Raleigh for my opinion, it was fully Ultegra equipped, even down to the pedals, all for the amazing price of £1,000.00. He bought this from his LBS, he was over the moon, I was overly jealous. The moral is, support your local bike shop.

  • Chris Hoy and his special track bike1 year 23 weeks agoWhat a shame all the other

    What a shame all the other nations had to make do with the fantastic looking 'Look'.

  • 20mph zones enforced in Oxford1 year 23 weeks agoTalking to people at the

    Talking to people at the Olympic road events who described themselves a political cyclist (not from any of the above mentioned areas) I was surprised to see how little grasp some campaigners appear have over the 20 mph facts and figures enforcement issues, the level confusion over presumption of liability and guilt. Through in the helmet issue and suddenly the original (20 mph limits in residential areas) proposition was lost.

    Yet the simple fact is that a 20 mph limit would make a higher contribution to road safety than any other single measure at far less a cost. The campaigners do not have to convince my I'm already a convert, they do have to convince politicians that takes knowledge and media savvy.

  • Eneco Stage 31 year 23 weeks agosimon F wrote:Can I have the

    simon F wrote:
    Can I have the points for the Giacomo Nizzolo who finished 162nd and last at +11:59, rather than the one who finished 75th at +0:00?

    He seems to have been sharing transponders with "Nelson Filipe SANTOS SIMOES OLIVEIRA"

  • Eneco Stage 31 year 23 weeks agoCan I have the points for the

    Can I have the points for the Giacomo Nizzolo who finished 162nd and last at +11:59, rather than the one who finished 75th at +0:00?

  • John Humphrys asks: who's to blame for cycle safety?1 year 23 weeks agoFelix wrote:I love the notion

    Felix wrote:
    I love the notion of cyclists not being visible enough. If your eyesight/attention is so poor that you cannot see a cyclist then what are the chances of seeing a child? If you don't know what's there what hope have we? The SMIDSY is no excuse at all. I drive and try to maintain a good mental picture of what it all around; if something suddenly disappears it has either been kidnapped by aliens or may well be in my blind spot! Let me think... Thinking

    So, on a dark night in driving rain, when you're backlit by car headlights so the bike front lamp is all but invisible, the car driver who hits you is still in the wrong? The law says so, but are you prepared to put your life on the line by trying the experiment?

  • made me smile1 year 23 weeks agoRaleigh, love the comment.

    Raleigh, love the comment. Though should promise not read 'threatened with' Devil and Bordade brilliant!!

    I do wonder though, now that the UCI have acccess to the bunker have the squirrels now have another secret bunker.

    Me I reckon it's all the practice of getting home before being rained on. That and burning off all the pork pies Big Grin

  • Eneco Stage 31 year 23 weeks agoGC top ten 1 Jens KEUKELEIRE

    GC top ten

    1 Jens KEUKELEIRE BEL OGE 24 10:14:26
    2 Sebastian LANGEVELD NED OGE 27 +0
    3 Svein TUFT CAN OGE 35 +0
    4 Luke DURBRIDGE AUS OGE 21 +0
    5 Jens MOURIS NED OGE 32 +0
    6 Michal KWIATKOWSKI POL OPQ 22 +1
    7 Sylvain CHAVANEL FRA OPQ 33 +1
    8 Niki TERPSTRA NED OPQ 28 +1
    9 Tom BOONEN BEL OPQ 32 +1
    10 Dries DEVENYNS BEL OPQ 29 +1

  • Geigerrig Rig 700 Ballistic Hydration Pack1 year 23 weeks agoThe same effect can be found

    The same effect can be found in a normal hydration bladder by simply blowing down the drinking tube... So less than the revelation it appears?

    It's also only as good as the bite valve; as soon as it begins to wear, and they do, you'll be leaking like a very leaky thing, so you'll turn off the valve, so you have to open the valve to drink, then turn it off again, and in the winter, you'll want the tube empty so it doesn't freeze, so you'll not be pressurising it.

    It's an idea. Whether it's a great one or not is open to question.

  • Eneco Stage 31 year 23 weeks agoTop 20 didn't help me any

    Top 20 didn't help me any Crying

    1. Theo Bos(Netherlands/ Rabobank) 4:14:49"
    2. John Degenkolb(Germany/ Argos) ST
    3. Heinrich Haussler(Australia/ Garmin)
    4. Michal Kwiatkowski(Poland/ Omega Pharma - Quick-Step)
    5. Manuel Belletti(Italy/ AG2R)
    6. Francisco Ventoso(Spain/ Movistar)
    7. Alessandro Petacchi(Italy/ Lampre)
    8. Michael Van Staeyen(Belgium/ Topsport Vlaanderen)
    9. Alexander Kristoff(Norway/ Katusha)
    10. Jacopo Guarnieri(Italy/ Astana)
    11. Aidis Kruopis(Lithuania/ Orica)
    12. Arnaud Demare(France/ FDJ)
    13. Ruediger Selig(Germany/ Katusha)
    14. Jempy Druecker(Luxembourg/ Accent.jobs)
    15. Ben Hermans(Belgium/ RadioShack)
    16. Mickael Delage(France/ FDJ)
    17. Juergen Roelandts(Belgium/ Lotto)
    18. Stefan van Dijk(Netherlands/ Accent.jobs)
    19. Christian Knees(Germany/ Team Sky)
    20. Tom Van Asbroeck(Belgium/ Topsport Vlaanderen)

  • Campag Record Skeleton brakes or SRAM Red?1 year 23 weeks agoSurely the obvious course of

    Surely the obvious course of action is to get the SRAM and use them as the starting point for a whole new bike...

    For me, if you have a perfectly good set of brakes then stick with them because otherwise they'll only sit on a shelf somewhere unused.

  • John Humphrys asks: who's to blame for cycle safety?1 year 23 weeks agoStumpy, did you do a Skills

    Stumpy, did you do a Skills for Life course with the IAM or ROSPA equivalent ? If so, did you go on to pass the Advanced Driving test ? Every advanced driver I know makes a point of trying to improve their driving long after they have taken the test.

  • Mark Cavendish1 year 23 weeks agoIf he's such a twat, why not

    If he's such a twat, why not challenge him to a couple of hundred k's bike race?

  • John Humphrys asks: who's to blame for cycle safety?1 year 23 weeks agoHi, I am a driver and I

    Hi, I am a driver and I passed my advanced driving test back in 2006, so that's two of us here at least Smile

    I have to say I think it was one of the most worthwhile things I've ever done, I'd recommend it to anyone that is serious about improving their driving.

    The IAM also actively promote better cycling through their cycle training and publications.

    www.iam.org.uk

    A better way to understand road speed and whether it's appropriate for the conditions and area you are driving in is to use this simple formula:

    MPH x 1.5 = Feet Per Second.

    So 30mph is 45 feet per second. Can you justify driving in a narrow street lined with parked cars at that kind of speed ? 1 second reaction time = 45 feet along the road.

    Remember, it's a speed LIMIT, not a TARGET.

  • Fantasy Olympic Track Cycling1 year 23 weeks agoAlso, how much better would

    Also, how much better would the decathlon be with a 5km elimination race? Devil

  • Looking for a Club which Ride on a Saturday1 year 23 weeks agoKenton Road

    Kenton Road Club.

    Obvs.

    (Saturday is a ride for the stronger boys)

  • Fantasy Olympic Track Cycling1 year 23 weeks agoActually, I think Cav only

    Actually, I think Cav only really wants the gold and probably doesnt care what it comes from so he's probably thinking that the team pursuit is as close to a nailed on gold as possible whereas in the omnium anything can happen.

  • Campag Record Skeleton brakes or SRAM Red?1 year 23 weeks agoGo for the SRAM brakes by

    Go for the SRAM brakes by far, much better than Campag can produce imo...

  • Fantasy Olympic Track Cycling1 year 23 weeks agoI think the omnium will stay,

    I think the omnium will stay, its the only "endurance" event in track cycling.

    If the Kilo were to come back, expect Hoy to be in Rio Wink

  • Eneco Stage 31 year 23 weeks ago3,9 for me so far

    3,9 for me so far

  • Campag Record Skeleton brakes or SRAM Red?1 year 23 weeks agoGo for the Campag brakes by

    Go for the Campag brakes by far, much better than Sram can produce imo ....

  • Chris Hoy and his special track bike1 year 23 weeks agoI find it hard to believe

    I find it hard to believe that they actually are Mavics.

    Probably just rebadged.

  • Eneco Stage 31 year 23 weeks agoI had 3,4,9,10 but had

    I had 3,4,9,10 but had stupidly dropped Bos for Boom. At least he gets the 5 pts bonus...

  • John Humphrys asks: who's to blame for cycle safety?1 year 23 weeks agoAliens - blame them for

    Aliens - blame them for everything Devil Devil