• Daisy Abela apologises1 year 5 weeks agozanf wrote:Michael Healey

    zanf wrote:
    Michael Healey wrote:
    A small minority are giving us all a bad name.

    Seriously, fuck off with that collective responsibility bullshit. Its ignorant and does nothing to assert individual responsibility.

    Her actions do not tarnish every other car driver so don't give it that crap that riding a bike somehow makes us automatically part of a collective.

    I am only obligated to take responsibility my actions, no-one elses. Just as you are not responsible for mine.

    A pretty aggressive and unnecessary tone.

    As cycling is growing and becoming more visible, non-cyclists can and do see cyclists as a homogenous group, much like horse-riders or motorcyclists - it's only really motorists or pedestrians who aren't grouped together as they are such large majorities.

    This is incorrect and I am no more responsible for other cyclists as I am motorists when driving. However, this perception remains for non-cyclists and those who break the rules of the road or ride aggressively do tarnish us all - it might not be right but it is the case.

    Accordingly there is an element of collective responsibility, although I would agree that individual responsibility is far more important. I love cycling in it's many guises and as such I would be disappointed if my actions were to be seen to damage cycling.

  • Daisy Abela: “I was not drunk, and nor was it a hit and run”1 year 5 weeks agoWe almost got run down by a

    We almost got run down by a white van hurling abuse at us on a clubrun yesterday, apart from the abuse all we really noticed was the smell of weed coming out of the vehicle.
    Shame this country is full of such twats isn't it.

  • How did I do this to my tyre?1 year 5 weeks agoi'd say it's definitely the

    i'd say it's definitely the result of locking the back wheel. if you skidded for long enough, and the road surface was aggressive enough (new chip and seal for example) you can do a fair amount of damage to a road tyre in a single skid

  • Daisy Abela apologises1 year 5 weeks agoIt's a clear overtake point

    It's a clear overtake point but so clear that it requires 10 mph because of traffic?

  • How did I do this to my tyre?1 year 5 weeks agolooks like a road scuff as a

    looks like a road scuff as a result of you locking up the back wheel. I had a similar result on a Conti 4000s after locking up trying to stop at a red light (see we do stop at red lights Wink .I was surprised at how quickly and deeply it wore through. Maybe you missed it the first time you looked...think I did also

  • Daisy Abela apologises1 year 5 weeks agozanf wrote:don't give it that

    zanf wrote:
    don't give it that crap that riding a bike somehow makes us automatically part of a collective.

    It depends on your point of view. From your perspective you may not feel part of a bicycling collective but others may not share your point of view. I can assure you that there are quite a number of people who do see you as part of the collective. Depending on who you talk to you may well be a red light jumping, tax dodging, pavement riding lycra lout; despite them not knowing the slightest thing about you other than you regularly ride a bicycle.

  • Ride Report: Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 1001 year 5 weeks agoI echo some of the comments

    I echo some of the comments above - thought it was a great event, brilliantly organised.

    The crowds were brilliant but I agree that Dorking won the prize for the best bunch.

    Also the transport bags were huge so I just carried all my stuff in my usual rucksack on my back, then transferred the lot to the bag. I admit though it would have been handy for that to have been clearer.

    Also found out that Boris goes an OK lick (well, faster than I thought he'd be) on the flat and provides a very effective wind break.

  • Daisy Abela apologises1 year 5 weeks agoNot another rehearsed

    Not another rehearsed apology. They just make the driver look like even more of an idiot. She has described the cyclist as public enemy number one while she is a well versed super-aware-driver who did everything by the books.

    Bull. Sh*t.

    Does she think everybody was born yesterday..

    Both parties were probably being stupid.

  • Jan Ullrich says Lance Armstrong Tour victories should be reinstated: "That’s how things were"1 year 6 weeks agoIt's the dirtiest race there

    It's the dirtiest race there is and has been since it's inception. Huffing ether, rubbing cocaine into the gums, drinking rum all to numb the pain of the demands placed on the riders.

    If they were all at it then it was a level playing field and a wins a win in my book.

    If racers currently aren't "doping" they most certainly are taking medical science and pushing it as close to the line as possible.

  • Video: Scotland’s Nice Way Code ads go live1 year 6 weeks agoI quite liked both ads. The

    I quite liked both ads. The problem I have is with this slavish pursuit of some fallacious idea of even-handedness.

    Cyclists jump red lights, that annoys people. Motorists don't give cyclists enough space, that kills people. If you're looking for maximum return on investment, it makes no sense to spend equal amounts of time, effort and money on reducing these two misdemeanours.

    Yes, cyclists jumping red lights makes people less likely to respect other cyclists, therefore potentially endangering the law-abiding. I buy that. I can see the psychology. But stopping them doing it can't be the most cost-effective way of improving cycle safety.

  • Daisy Abela: “I was not drunk, and nor was it a hit and run”1 year 6 weeks agoDriving Miss Daisy needs to

    Driving Miss Daisy needs to grow the fuck up and stop blaming others for her own trolling, ignorant and self-entitled behaviour.

  • Daisy Abela apologises1 year 6 weeks agoMichael Healey wrote:A small

    Michael Healey wrote:
    A small minority are giving us all a bad name.

    Seriously, fuck off with that collective responsibility bullshit. Its ignorant and does nothing to assert individual responsibility.

    Her actions do not tarnish every other car driver so don't give it that crap that riding a bike somehow makes us automatically part of a collective.

    I am only obligated to take responsibility my actions, no-one elses. Just as you are not responsible for mine.

  • Daisy Abela apologises1 year 6 weeks agoWithout the cyclists coming

    Without the cyclists coming forward this is all just nonsense spouted by a fool.

  • Ride Report: Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 1001 year 6 weeks agoReally enjoyed the event, it

    Really enjoyed the event, it was worth the hassle of getting down to London. Good route, well organised and great fun riding on the closed roads.

    If there was one change I could make, the registration the evening before was a real pain for people travelling - with a 5pm deadline. I got stuck in a traffic jam on the way down and only made it with 15 minutes to spare. It would be better if they could post the registration packs, or failing that to have registration open until say 9pm.

  • Ride Report: Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 1001 year 6 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:The only reason

    Gkam84 wrote:
    The only reason I didn't even think about trying to get a place this year was down to the hills and not knowing my fitness levels.

    Be prepared to take on a recumbent trike next year if I can bag a place Big Grin

    K, I'm really sorry to tell you recumbents were not allowed. The ballot for 2014 opens again next week, it will be a scrum.

    I have just gotten up after a mega sleep; need to get my head around writing an anecdote. Glad I have today off too, my legs are in pieces. It was emotional; lets just say if you turned the ride profile upside down you might get the mental rollercoaster ride I went through, but ends on a high.

    Gels, lots at all the hubs and water stations (Thank you), never been into them before but really needed them, got the teeth-rip-squeeze-dump technique down by the end. Grapped a few going up hill but also some people holding them out in the last mile in London when people were going at least 35kph, they all just ended up skittering onto the road.

    Salad Cream- free sachet in the goodie bag. I don't mind, I will have some chips 'French' style.

  • Daisy Abela: “I was not drunk, and nor was it a hit and run”1 year 6 weeks agoLie, deny, cry 2 out of 3 so

    Lie, deny, cry

    2 out of 3 so far?

  • Video: Scotland’s Nice Way Code ads go live1 year 6 weeks agoQuote:I also wish they had a

    Quote:
    I also wish they had a constructive alternative.

    Introduce strict liability. That would be a concrete change that would improve road safety for everyone (not just cyclists).

    Just looked up the UK Road Accident stats for 2011:
    Contributory factors: Vehicles in reported accidents by vehicle type:
    Disobeyed automatic traffic signal
    Pedal Cycles - 196
    Cars - 1,786

    Nine times as many cars as cycles causing accidents by jumping traffic lights? That just makes all car drives look bad, doesn't it? Someone should start a campaign...

  • Daisy Abela: “I was not drunk, and nor was it a hit and run”1 year 6 weeks agoWords fail me And for me

    Words fail me Thinking

    And for me that's saying something. I think putting want-to-be drivrrs on a bike ant them to ride through town appeals to me, but just how practical it would be ....... ?

  • Daisy Abela apologises1 year 6 weeks agoOnce again, another idiot

    Once again, another idiot behind the wheel of "two tons of steel". If she wanted to apologise she should've stopped at “I would like to start off firstly by apologising for any offence I may have caused other cyclists with my tweets on Saturday.

    “I did not intend to upset anybody."

    The statements that follow only negate the apology.

  • Daisy Abela apologises1 year 6 weeks agoI suppose there's always two

    I suppose there's always two sides to every story. The rider/riders need to come forward with their side of the story. It does make you wonder why they haven't as yet.

    I do know that with the rise in popularity of cycling, the number of idiots riding bikes has also increased. Riding two/three abreast on narrow roads whilst ignoring traffic conditions is not on. A small minority are giving us all a bad name.

    Show the same amount of respect to other road users as you would like to be shown yourself.

  • Ride Report: Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 1001 year 6 weeks agoAmazing event, really well

    Amazing event, really well organised... except the chaos of Car Park C. Cars were able to enter about one per minute causing huge queues blocking Great Eastern Street in both directions. After 30 minutes queuing I was about to miss my time so I parked up in a side street rather than sitting there in frustration.

  • Pro Team kit - Naff or not1 year 6 weeks agoDon't know, I couldn't tell

    Don't know, I couldn't tell how ironic it was whilst he was laughing and talking to his mates. I could tell it was a chinese knock off not a Nike original (how I know this is for another thread.) It was certainly stretchy enough as he was quite large, but no belly was visible above the bibs. I laugh when I see the kit on ebay and wonder who is still buying them? Armstrong impacting the Chinese Ecomony, will he never stop!?

  • Daisy Abela apologises1 year 6 weeks agofirstly 9am doesn't mean she

    firstly 9am doesn't mean she wasn't drunk - it is very possible (and happens alot) that people are still drunk from the night before - as implied with her 'definately still drunk' tweet. I have to question how she can expect credibitlity now the old 'i was lying before but I'm not now honest' approach just doesn't hold water. The tweets havent been exaggerated - they have been read as she wrote them. Sounds to me like someone has pointed out that another f**kwit made some similar comments on twitter and is in the process of legal action, damage limitation perchance?

  • Video: Scotland’s Nice Way Code ads go live1 year 6 weeks agoMy

    My opinion:

    http://beyondthekerb.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/the-horse-and-the-python/

  • Pro Team kit - Naff or not1 year 6 weeks agoUSPS kit had me wondering

    USPS kit had me wondering too. Someone who has taken "wear what you like" to the limit? The last Fanboy? Or an overdeveloped sense of irony?