• Widow of cyclist killed by drink-driver says he should have been jailed for life1 year 2 weeks agoI find it hard for any

    I find it hard for any accident to be classified as careless,

    But feel it should automatically be dangerous driving if you are breaking the law whilst driving and cause an accident.
    If you knowing break the law by being on the Phone, Speeding , drunk etc. the defence of carelessness should be unavailable as your decisions have automatically created a dangerous situation.

  • Tour of Britain full route announced1 year 2 weeks agoSimon_MacMichael

    Simon_MacMichael wrote:
    Yorkshie Whippet wrote:

    Not as greedy as it would seem that London is

    Olympics route/Prudential or whatever they call it, a finish of le Tour and still "two stages" on top.

    Okay, so London gets three days of racing at UCI HC or WorldTour level, and probably two HC in future.

    One of those races, RideLondon, will take place mainly in Surrey, while this year the Tour de France spends maybe an hour in London.

    But from next year, Yorkshire - and nowhere else - gets its very own THREE-day stage race, arranged by ASO and probably also at HC level.

    Don't get me wrong, it's great that it will be taking place.

    But it does rather shoot down the argument that London (home to around 60 per cent more people than Yorkshire, by the way) gets everything.

    Simon, not quite sure what your point is, other than you can cut and paste to take things out of context.

  • VIDEO: Risk-taking cyclist nearly pays ultimate price for dicing with trams1 year 2 weeks agoI think you miss the point.

    I think you miss the point. The thread is quite complimentary about the tram. As a daily cycling commuter I am looking forward to taking the tram to work when it is too windy or icy to cycle. Trams are great and much better than buses. However, my knackered knee and permanently bent thumb, and numerous injuries to other cyclists - even a class action law suit - attest to the dangers of crossing tram tracks: sometimes you have to, to avoid buses or the road configuration forces you. The answer must be to keep trams, buses and cyclists apart - Holland and Denmark seem to do it well. Edinburgh's Princes Street has not done this well and certainly, to me, appears to be the most dangerous road to cycle on with tram, bus, taxi and cycle all competing for a lane. Incidentally, this is where I wiped out with a bus luckily stopping as quickly behind me as the tram in the video.

  • Commuter X4 bike light included in British Inventors' Project at Gadget Show Live1 year 2 weeks agoMKultra wrote:I wish

    MKultra wrote:
    I wish Ortleib/Dueter/Alpkit etc etc would just start stitching MOLLE panels on to the back of all the kit they make and then you could shove what you like on there such as pumps, lights, glowsticks etc etc

    PALS is under patent until 2016. Who knows, they might start doing it then, maybe with reflective webbing. I'm not convinced though eg panniers don't want them on the rider facing side for foot clearance. A Carradice with no side pockets and PALS all over instead... that might work.

  • Sergio Henao suspended by sky1 year 2 weeks agonotfastenough wrote:is this

    notfastenough wrote:
    is this thread still running?

    Yep! (although I've just now added to it lol)

    Sadly I remember this site as a far more interesting and pleasant place. You might recall the likes of Trikeman, Andylul, Chris (from Dubai iirc) and others too. Genuine good advice, friendly banter, race coverage and discussion.

    Now it's all doom and gloom stories of commuting misery or arguing over team Sky.

    Ironically, the venom was out for Froome and the arguements during last years TdF were constant. Yet when Mr Horner turned on a performance in the Vuelta that could have raised eyebrows, hardly a word was said. In fact I had not seen much mentioned of it till this thread. (although it wasn't as shocking as that rider - his name escapes - in the Tour of Turkey a couple of years back!)
    But I think that is why either Sky fans or those wanting fair comment get annoyed.

    There are some who only post when it involves Sky bashing.
    This isn't a dig directly at you Colin, although one such Sky basher did state (during the Froome TdF battle ground) that we should all listen to you as you were an ex-pro, former top rider and voice of experience. Are you?

    To me, imho, Sky have 2 cases recently that could go either way. JTL and Sergio. If Sky are what they say (and you know what, I'd like to believe they are, along with certain other teams) and it's either a Pre-Sky issue or something that a rider has done off their own back, then flagging it up / acting on it / cooperating is the right thing to do.

    However, IF it is that Sky are dodgy, then BANG the bubble bursts in Lance stylee! No amount of slick PR could mop that mess up and there will probably be some mass UK cycling burning of Sky jerseys or something! (although I'm not going to be melting down the Pina!)

    Time will tell. The truth has a habit of rising to the surface, ask LA.

    I know this has been a long post, but maybe it will be good to reflect on how this forum and site used to be.

    Yes, debate is normal. Opinions are the life blood of forums. But the direction it's heading now will put people off joining up, joining in or even riding at this rate!

    But let's get back to the banter, the advice and enjoyment of cycling.

    Happy cycling!

  • Winners Thread1 year 2 weeks agoI won Tour de Suisse in 2012

    I won Tour de Suisse in 2012 thanks to Albasini's breakaway heroics. My only top 10 in a non-premium comp (ie lots more competition) was 9th in Spring Classics last year, but I have to say that isn't going quite so well this year!

    3rd overall in purist last year, but that was more down to enthusiasm, consistent top 100s, and not missing any races than any actual knowledge...

  • Commuter X4 bike light included in British Inventors' Project at Gadget Show Live1 year 2 weeks agoGreat - a light that's a faff

    Great - a light that's a faff to put on every time you ride, and points up at the sky.

  • TfL to trial optical & radar detection technology on buses to alert drivers to cyclists and pedestrians1 year 2 weeks ago1 person in London becomes a

    1 person in London becomes a KSI statistic every day because of a bus. Pedestrian crossing times have already been cut to try to 'smooth' the traffic, and it kills people. TfL knows this, and have for some time.

    While I think the additional technology could help, there are better ways - get drivers out of vehicles and onto bikes during training as standard. Stop prioritising time over safety. Introduce and enforce (with average speed cameras) the 20mph speed limit city-wide.

  • Wheel bearings - tell tale signs1 year 2 weeks agoSealed bearings are easily

    Sealed bearings are easily regreased, I do mine frequently on my FS pivots. You just need to be careful when picking the seals out. Bearings will feel gritty when they start to wear or run low on grease. Don't over pack with grease though or you run the risk of blowing the seals. When you replace them, go for quality. Cheaper bearings are normally a lower grade.

  • Faith in Humanity Restored1 year 2 weeks agoAh but they are a from a

    Ah but they are a from a different "culture", and we should respect and embrace all of these different "cultures". Even when they are stealing from you, which they are not doing because it's wrong, it's just their "culture".

  • HELP! Squealing front wheel.1 year 2 weeks agoComrade wrote:Redmeat - check

    Comrade wrote:
    Redmeat - check the wheel by means of a visual inspection, and see if the squeal sounds when a particulat spoke is in the vacinity of the ground. Then look at the rim/ spoke area and see if a squirrel, hamster or mouse is attached. If so, remove it and administer first aid.

    Good luck and blue skies!

    That's twice you've made me chuckle at the breakfast table this morning... thank you for brightening the start to my day! Laughing

  • ribble gran fondo vs dolan l' etape1 year 2 weeks agoHow 'comfy' is the geometry

    How 'comfy' is the geometry on the Dolan?

    My father has been tempted with one as an upgrade from his 2010 Allez (the last year it wasn't quite as racy as the tarmac).

    He was looking at the Mekk Potenza too.

    I'll watch this thread with interest.

  • Reynolds Assault SLG disc brake wheels1 year 2 weeks agoMissing a bit of vital info -

    Missing a bit of vital info - tubeless compatible?

  • Chinese Bikes1 year 2 weeks agoIf they are only testing 1 in

    If they are only testing 1 in 50, that could be below the standard requirement.
    Saying that, that could be for an order of between 151 - 3201 pieces.
    Also, if it's 1 in every 50, it's not random, and works against the process of Inspection.

  • Lidl cycling gear!1 year 2 weeks agoPlus a chain cleaner for less

    Plus a chain cleaner for less than £4...including solution.

  • Lidl cycling gear!1 year 2 weeks agoThe Lidl work stands are all

    The Lidl work stands are all right, I bought one a couple of years ago and it is still going strong. Might just go and get myself a spare one at that price. Anyone know if the lights are okay?

  • Faith in Humanity Restored1 year 2 weeks agoWhich is where the system

    Which is where the system breaks down

  • Why don't you see Pro's eating bananas?1 year 2 weeks agoI am rigorously writing down

    I am rigorously writing down these suggestions. I usually take jelly babies and flapjack if I can get a hold of it, as I can never be bothered to make it, does anyone have any shortcut recipe tips?

  • Uvex Sportstyle 104 Glasses1 year 2 weeks agoSafety glasses are also the

    Safety glasses are also the cheapest option for those of us without perfect vision. You can find bifocals with a reading lens area for around £10. That's fine for me and means I can read my Garmin, or check a map without changing glasses.

  • Lidl cycling gear!1 year 2 weeks agoA replacement D-lock would be

    A replacement D-lock would be handy. Ta

  • VIDEO: Risk-taking cyclist nearly pays ultimate price for dicing with trams1 year 2 weeks agoYou think that trams are bad

    You think that trams are bad because they represent danger to cyclists...

    You *are* aware that they run on tracks right? That means that their path is *always* 100% predictable. Don't want to get run over by one? Don't get in front of one and you're done!

    Want to get pissy about public transportation and its danger to cyclists, OK, I can understand about buses since many bus drivers are jaded and angry, tired and bored to inattention, but tram drivers simply cannot swerve and run you over.

    That is far, far, far safer than any other vehicle on the road... but you feel a need to rail against them specifically because of the danger they represent.

    What have you got against winning arguments?

  • Shimano introduces road hydro disc brakes for mechanical shifting1 year 2 weeks agoStill not sure on disks, this

    Still not sure on disks, this is going the way of convincing the majority though which will eventually mean me

  • Tour of Britain full route announced1 year 2 weeks agoHaha! Some South East action,

    Haha! Some South East action, definitely pop to Brighton for the day

  • Lidl cycling gear!1 year 2 weeks agoLidl cycling offers are on

    Lidl cycling offers are on again from tomorrow (3rd April), and there's actually something I might take a look at.

    They have a workstand listed for £30, and if it can hold a bike up in the air without falling over, that's pretty much all I need. Unfortunately the picture on their website don't show the legs.

    Oh, they also have a cable lock for £2.49 if anyone is interested Laughing

  • TfL to trial optical & radar detection technology on buses to alert drivers to cyclists and pedestrians1 year 2 weeks agoOldRidgeback wrote:However

    OldRidgeback wrote:
    However it's very common for me to get tailgated by someone who then tries to overtake when the road widens a little. Some people don't want to drive at 20mph, even when they're wearing out their suspension by hammering into the speed bumps.

    The same thing happens if you drive at 20mph, you get tailgated.

    The 20mph speed limit is widely ignored, as there has never been any enforcement. The Police may not be able to routinely enforce it, but that doesn't excuse them for having NEVER enforced it.

    ASL boxes has exactly the same problem, they were widely ignored by the majority of drivers until the Police began the occasional enforcement campaign a few years ago. They need to do the same for the 20mph zones, so that it is no longer a zero risk crime.