• Metropolitan Police officers told to fine 10 cyclists a month1 year 4 weeks agooozaveared - not nit picking

    oozaveared - not nit picking here but mrmo was nearly taken out by a coach not a cop also i would never say i saw something when i didn't, i have a mortgage, wife and 2 kids to think about and they are far more important than lying over a poxy public order offence.

    Cant speak for others though - plebgate springs to mind Thinking

  • High vis clothing doesn't make cars pass you more safely, says new study1 year 4 weeks agofukawitribe wrote: After

    fukawitribe wrote:

    After that, your argument sort of staggers about a while - what, exactly, are you trying to say here in relation to HiViz ? Drivers "would miss out half the things going on around them if asked", so HiViz could not have any effect on the number and type of things they notice .... really ?

    The evidence appears to be that drivers take whatever safety measures they are given and use them as a means of paying still less attention and driving still more carelessly. This is, it seems to me, just human nature, not something unique to drivers.

    Therefore the net benefit of everyone wearing high-viz is likely to be negligible in terms of the safety of those outside the vehicle. And morally as far as I'm concerned its a step too far in putting the burden of safety on people other than the driver.

    Now I think its possible that if the penalties for not paying attention were far, far higher for the driver, that _then_ high-viz might make a difference. If cyclists were known to explode with the force of a IED if you hit them even at low speed, for example, then motorists would concentrate fully on looking for them and take full advantage of any aid to spotting them, and so high-viz might then make a difference. But I don't think motorists take the whole issue seriously enough that such measures would improve the safety of the cyclist rather than just giving the motorist an excuse to pay still less attention.

    In short, I don't think motorists fail to see non-high-viz wearing cyclists in day light because its literally impossible to see them, I think motorists make a choice about how carefully to drive vs going faster or multi-tasking. Wear high-viz and that choice will just be shifted to "consume" any improved visibility.

    This is why I personally think lights at night (or even reflective items at night) are different - a totally unlit cyclist in the dark is difficult for even a careful driver to see, and I accept its not reasonable to expect a driver to pay _that_ much attention and drive _that_ slowly as would be necessary to compensate for ninja cyclists in the dark. But high-vis in daylight hours is a step too far as far as I am concerned.

  • Get your winter training nutrition right1 year 4 weeks agoIf I'm riding for less than

    If I'm riding for less than two hours, and am leaving home well primed, perhaps I don't need anything more than an energy drink? I'll eat after the ride. Eggs. Or maybe a recovery shake.

    I think the danger for a lot of cyclists is that they overeat, and then wonder why they don't lose weight.

    That used to be me. Still is sometimes actually.

  • The Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association film 53% of RLJ-ing Cyclists at 2 junctions1 year 4 weeks agoGoingRoundInCycles

    GoingRoundInCycles wrote:
    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:
    GoingRoundInCycles wrote:
    @FluffyKitten
    @JackNorell

    We have a problem and that problem is getting the authorities to take our safety more seriously.

    The problem is there is no 'we' in the sense you are using the word.

    By "We", I meant cyclists. If getting the authorities to take cyclists' rights to safety more seriously is not a concern of yours, I sincerely apologise.

    If you want the authorities to take cyclists (and pedestrians) rights to safety more seriously you need to put pressure on those authorities. Constantly addressing double-standard sniping at some entirely imaginary amalgamated union of cyclists is a cop-out.

  • Etape Caledonia - advice1 year 4 weeks agoYou will manage fine. I have

    You will manage fine. I have ridden the last three, but not intending to go this year. The first time I started as a novice too, and only slightly younger.

    Route is fairly flat with just the KOM as anything approaching a significant climb. I always wonder where the quoted total climb comes from.

    I have really enjoyed the events. It is true that you can ride the roads with very few cars anyway. I rode much of the route on a sunny Saturday in September and I didn't see a single car on my journey south of Loch Rannoch. It is great fun though to ride in a big goup on closed roads. You get the benefit of drafting and the whole road to play with. Last year I got in some good groups and enjoyed the experience.

  • High vis clothing doesn't make cars pass you more safely, says new study1 year 4 weeks agofukawitribe wrote:giff77

    fukawitribe wrote:
    giff77 wrote:
    Rubbish. It makes little odds what you wear. Yesterday on the approach to a crossroads I moved further out into lane one to make the left turn.

    This is sometimes known as the Fallacy of the Lonely Fact.

    giff77 wrote:
    This driver saw me and still pulled this stunt.

    So the driver, we suppose, would have done it even if you'd been wearing some HiViz clothing ? Is that what you mean ? In which case this is less about HiViz or not and more about the driver.

    Also what, pray, does this have to do with whether HiViz is useful in getting noticed in the first place - or perhaps you think that is not relevant to safety ?

    After that, your argument sort of staggers about a while - what, exactly, are you trying to say here in relation to HiViz ? Drivers "would miss out half the things going on around them if asked", so HiViz could not have any effect on the number and type of things they notice .... really ?

    Yes, motorists are so caught up in their little cocoon that they are oblivious to what is happening at the roadside or on the road be it cyclists, horse riders, pedestrians or other vehicles. Personally I would like to see a proper eye test included in driving tests.

    As for the bus driver, well he and his colleagues have very little regard for vulnerable road users should they wear hi viz or not.

  • Cyclocross star Helen Wyman talks racing with disc brakes… and the future1 year 4 weeks agoThe Hy/RD hybrid

    The Hy/RD hybrid cable/hydraulics are also stunning. TRP do some great stuff.

    Lovely to see some more women's cycling being featured. Helen's really flying the flag for GB again but Nikki Harris and Gabby Durrin (formerly Day) also having good cross years

  • Metric Century Challenge - the winners1 year 4 weeks agoSocks - Worth the pain and

    Socks - Worth the pain and the glory, but what on earth will Mrs Twomonths buy me for Christmas now ?

  • Cateye Volt 1200 front light1 year 4 weeks agoracingcondor wrote:I was

    racingcondor wrote:
    I was going to ask why you'd want 1200 lumens (off road excepted) when 250-300 is plenty for road use but you make a good point about the (huge) battery life.

    I bought the Volt 300 recently and have to say I've been very impressed. I've got it aimed so the bottom of the beam catches my front tyre and it lights the road for about 30 feet (and doesn't seem to blind oncoming riders, no complaints yet at least). Compared to my other lights the beam is a really crisp white light which gives great clarity and on medium it's perfect for city use.

    Wish they'd stop putting flash modes on really bright lights though. The last thing you need is 800+ lumens on strobe blared right in your face and so many people seem to do just that.

    EDIT - Completely agree that what we need is mor properly hooded/lensed lights for road use. A round beam pattern is a very poor option on a road bike but I'm yet to see good options in high street stores.

    Exposure nail this with the Strada, but it comes at a price.

    Regarding the lumens count, I'm sorry but 300 isn't good enough for 30 - 40 mph decants on unlit country roads. These 1000 lumen lights do have a place on road bikes, but they need a 'dip' function for residential areas. Almost all these lights have exactly that, Lezyne's have a race mode that switches between them, Exposure do it, and so does the Cateye. It's irresponsible riders who give them a bad name.

  • Get your winter training nutrition right1 year 4 weeks agoA sandwich and a banana every

    A sandwich and a banana every hour?!? I couldn't hack that...

  • Deleted1 year 4 weeks agowhos_daddy wrote:No, just

    whos_daddy wrote:
    No, just couldn't add photos and the comment was pointless with out them..

    Write your comment then reply to your own thread with the picture in the reply.

  • Cateye Volt 1200 front light1 year 4 weeks agoAs an hgv driver, I have to

    As an hgv driver, I have to say that this type of light is becoming a serious safety problem, because so many purchasers are either unaware of, or are willfully determined to ignore, the consequences of blinding drivers and other road users.

    Some people have mentioned tilting these lights down a bit, but I know from experience with my own light that I need to aim it down by about 80 degrees before it stops dazzling others, which renders it pretty useless for a trip that combines both urban and "dark" roads.

    If you're going to use one of these lights, make sure you leave it switched off in town, and have some way of instantly killing the power when out in the lanes.

  • Metric Century Challenge - the winners1 year 4 weeks agobici1977 wrote:Quick

    bici1977 wrote:
    Quick question... how did you enter?

    There will be a forum topic called Metric Century. You post a message there detailing your rides, then edit it to update your progress throughout the year; or just when you drop out if you are like me.

  • First British Tour finisher Brian Robinson aims to break his own Holme Moss record - at 831 year 4 weeks agogood luck, bless him

    good luck, bless him Applause

  • Cyclocross star Helen Wyman talks racing with disc brakes… and the future1 year 4 weeks agoThose TRP Spyres are really

    Those TRP Spyres are really the best cable disc brakes by a long way.

  • The Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association film 53% of RLJ-ing Cyclists at 2 junctions1 year 4 weeks agoWell this morning I, on an

    Well this morning I, on an impulse, waited at the first junction I came to and repeated this 'survey' with motorists. During 6 phases of the lights 4 cars stopped correctly at the back of the ASL, 2 crept into it, 4 went through accelerating on amber and 6 jumped the red. I didn't see a single cyclist jump the red (OK I didn't see a single cyclist!).

    That pretty much dispenses with this 'study' as far as I'm concerned. Its pure propaganda.

  • Metropolitan Police officers told to fine 10 cyclists a month1 year 4 weeks agocyclingDMlondon wrote: If I

    cyclingDMlondon wrote:

    If I can give you some advice (and this comes from a policeman's son).. *never* tell a copper to go f**k himself. Ten-to-one, you'll be arrested, charged with assault and the officer's colleagues will stand up in court and swear on a stack of Bibles that they were present and that they saw you attack their colleague.

    So basically as a coppers's son you can vouch for the fact that the police are utterly corrupt and willing to purger themselves in court to make sure that an innocent (of assault) person gets a conviction for assault when all they did was swear. That's a pretty sorry state of affairs don't you think.

    Fortunately increasing numbers of the general public are starting to realise that the police can't really be trusted. A couple of years ago I would have tended to believe a police officer as a matter of course. I am afraid that I would now suspect them to be the one lying unless they could prove otherwise.

  • Different Saddle Needed - Any Suggestions ?1 year 4 weeks agoRido saddles are worth a look

    Rido saddles are worth a look - the mark 1 is cheap as chips and really comfy. The lt (light) costs a bit more, save it for your best bike!

  • Just in: Garmin Virb Elite HD camera1 year 4 weeks agoseptic77 wrote:Bloody

    septic77 wrote:
    Bloody terrible bit of cycling on the video
    30-40s
    shouldnt have gone up the inside & lucky not to have been taken out by the reversing vehicle

    Reversing vehicle? did you mean the white pick-up that had it's brake lights on Thinking

  • Cateye Volt 1200 front light1 year 4 weeks agoI was going to ask why you'd

    I was going to ask why you'd want 1200 lumens (off road excepted) when 250-300 is plenty for road use but you make a good point about the (huge) battery life.

    I bought the Volt 300 recently and have to say I've been very impressed. I've got it aimed so the bottom of the beam catches my front tyre and it lights the road for about 30 feet (and doesn't seem to blind oncoming riders, no complaints yet at least). Compared to my other lights the beam is a really crisp white light which gives great clarity and on medium it's perfect for city use.

    Wish they'd stop putting flash modes on really bright lights though. The last thing you need is 800+ lumens on strobe blared right in your face and so many people seem to do just that.

    EDIT - Completely agree that what we need is mor properly hooded/lensed lights for road use. A round beam pattern is a very poor option on a road bike but I'm yet to see good options in high street stores.

  • Metropolitan Police officers told to fine 10 cyclists a month1 year 4 weeks agostumpy wrote "If you had

    stumpy wrote

    "If you had spoken to me like that you would have got my number - on the end of the charge sheet. There is no place for this sort of language and i'm quite surprised you were not arrested".

    I think if a police officer endangers a member of the public by being a bit of a div then being sworn at should be the least of their worries. Unfortunately the police can and regularly do give bad and dangerous advice to cyclists, pedestrians and some of them school children that are not able to discern the stupidity of the advice and they get away with it all the time.

    It's supposed to be a police service and if it was the officer would have apologised properly for endangering mirmo before he had to be sworn at to get the point across to the eejit.

    If the police are merely relying on the fear of arrest to enable them to be stupid without reproach then that is an unsatisfactory state of afairs. Maybe they should aim to be respected for giving good advice and protecting vulnerable road users rather than threatening to arrest people that ignore their poor advice or point out their stupidity.

  • Brailsford threatened to fine Wiggins if he didn't support Froome in Tour de France1 year 4 weeks agoThere's a personality clash

    There's a personality clash between the two - its as simple as that. They do have very different upbringings and are totally different characters.
    I believe that Froome thought he has the go ahead to attack on the stage when he got pulled back, and at the end of the day he did an insane amount of work for Brad to win the tour. He always said at the time it was a team sport and he would obey team orders.
    I think Froome probably felt denied at least a couple of stage victories in 2012, and that he was owed a little more rope from the team than he got. After all we'd never seen a Tdf like that before where one team just dropped the whole peleton mountain after mountain.
    As for Wiggins I think he was pissed that Froome had apparently pissed on his parade and maybe a little peeved that Froome had made it extremely obvious that he(wiggins) was inferior to a domestique in the mountains.

    Gotta see it from both sides, personally I think Brailsford as great
    as he is, doesn't posses the greatest people skills if he thinks he'll get these two working well together.

  • Cateye Volt 1200 front light1 year 4 weeks agokie7077 wrote:a.jumper

    kie7077 wrote:
    a.jumper wrote:
    Another offensive unsophisticated light bomber that's only realty suitable for off road. I'd hoped for more from cateye, who sell some of the few BS lights still available.

    Stupid attitude, do you think the same of all car lights, they are of very similar brightness? simply angling the light downwards is all that needs to be done.

    I've got one of these and I think it's 10 times more likely to save my life than a helmet. Cars exiting side roads actually see you coming when you have one of these on your bike.

    And it only takes a few seconds to untighten it and change the angle for places without street lighting.

    He's right ... this light should be banned from road use as should many similar lights.
    It isn't the brightness that is the problem, but the beam pattern. A proper road light should have a beam cut-off just like the dipped beam on a car headlight.
    What this means is that no direct light is emitted at/above eye level for oncoming traffic, and also no light output is wasted lighting up the sky. Aiming your light down does not eliminate the problem ... and I've yet to pass a cyclist who does aim their MTB light down when there is oncoming traffic.
    I too am sick of being blinded by high power MTB lights both on and off road. If you are riding an MTB trail, then there is no oncoming traffic and you need to see overhanging branches, so this light is perfect.
    On road this light is a hazard to other road users.

  • Metric Century chat1 year 4 weeks agoDave Atkinson wrote: Metric

    Dave Atkinson wrote:

    Metric Century 2014 will be starting on 1 Jan 2014 and running for the calendar year.

    Makes sense. It might be tougher if your new to the metric century to start in January and finish in December.

    pixelmix wrote:
    It's nice having gotten into the habit of doing a monthly 100k.

    Totally agree.

  • Metric Century Challenge - the winners1 year 4 weeks agoQuick question... how did you

    Quick question... how did you enter?