• Almost 9 in 10 people back headphones ban and compulsory helmets for cyclists say survey1 year 4 weeks agoMy vote: helmet should be a

    My vote: helmet should be a choice. lets remember cycling is not dangerous, but the car that hit you. 20yrs + of cycling and I can decide when to wear a helmet, commute in London or tearing down a slope in the alps 'yes', doing under 10mph on a tow path 'no'. Not sure why people have such an obsession intruding upon other peoples free will, I keep myself to myself so expect the same from others.

  • Almost 9 in 10 people back headphones ban and compulsory helmets for cyclists say survey1 year 4 weeks agoYes it is (100% safe) next

    Yes it is (100% safe) next piece of rubbish?

  • Vulpine Men's Original Rain Jacket1 year 4 weeks agoI was excited to take

    I was excited to take delivery of mine a couple of weeks ago and I must say it is BEAUTIFULLY made. The price seems steep until you see the quality; this jacket isn't just sewn, it is tailored. For example, all the internal seams are hemmed.

    It's difficult to see when ordering online but the pockets are excellently placed and it was a nice surprise to see they are lined with a lovely soft fleece. It makes for a very comfortable, as well as smart, town jacket.

    It works very nicely on the bike. Breathability is unsurprisingly much improved over Goretex, and similar, jackets and it's had no problems with any of the rain we've had over the last couple of weeks.

    My only gripe would be the cuffs. Again hard to see when ordering online. They turn out to be a simple outer cuff (lined) with an internal doubled over fleece inner cuff. The problem I have with this is, having skinny wrists, the fleece cuffs don't close on me so on a chilly morning's ride there is a cold draught blowing up the sleeves; the review mentions them not being adjustable. Then when I am fully warmed up, in traffic with less airflow, say the day has warmed up a bit, I find the doubled over fleece cuff gets very warm and I would like to be able to open it.

    They are also a bit bulky for such a minimalist tailored garment. If you count the outer fabric, the lining and the fleece cuff being doubled, there are four layers of fabric which is a bit at odds with the rest of the jacket's philosophy.

    A simple Velcro (or trademark magnetic stud) flap would be more practical: draught-proof for cold mornings and openable for a bit of cooling later on.

    However it's a minor gripe and so far I've very pleased Smile

    Thumps up!

  • Almost 9 in 10 people back headphones ban and compulsory helmets for cyclists say survey1 year 4 weeks agoallez neg wrote:As an aside

    allez neg wrote:
    As an aside it'd be interesting to know of the incidences of head injuries in the pro peloton pre and post helmet compulsion and see if they've gone up or down.

    Not many deaths, certainly not statistically significant either way.

    Weylandt (sp), Casartelli (sp) both died in crashes at speed going downhill. More specifically they died because they hit something large and imoveable, wall, concrete block. Would Casartelli have survived if he had worn a helmet? no one knows.

  • Leader of Hampshire County Council says it can’t regulate New Forest sportives1 year 4 weeks agoboardmanrider wrote:Cyclists

    boardmanrider wrote:
    Cyclists on the Continent, France and Belgium especially, garner so much respect from motorists. The result? They have become great cycling nations.

    Well, I'd argue that without any respect, the UK has somehow become a great cycling nation - if you're only counting TdF stage wins and World and Olympic gold medals.

    What I'd like to see in the UK, rather than respect for cycling and cyclists (which I don't see ever happening in the current climate of recrimination and bickering), is proper segregated infrastructure that separates vulnerable road users as much as possible from motor traffic - everywhere - just like they have in the Netherlands.

  • Almost 9 in 10 people back headphones ban and compulsory helmets for cyclists say survey1 year 4 weeks agoWhy is The (Sunday) Times

    Why is The (Sunday) Times running a poll like this which stirs up opinion contrary to its "Cities Fit For Cyclists" campaign? Just seems dumb and counter-productive.

    Maybe they should have added in the question, "Knowing that Johnson has had multiple affairs outside of his marriage, one which resulted in a child that he has absolutely no participation in raising, do you think Boris should 'keep it in his pants' and stop being a dirty philandering bastard?"

  • VIDEO: Green gimp attempts to break speed cam record1 year 4 weeks agoBet Brailsford has been in

    Bet Brailsford has been in touch already

  • Sky customer wins Wiggo's Tour de France bike - but has to sell it1 year 4 weeks agoallez neg wrote:Also, isn't

    allez neg wrote:
    Also, isn't Wiggo basically a lanky streak of.....erm, 6 foot + tall.

    Maybe the winner was five-foot f-all and couldn't get any SPD-R compatible platform shoes........

    Philippe Gilbert is 6 foot yet rides a 51cm frame. Chances are that this isnt a huge frame.

    Quote:
    Gilbert stands 6ft tall, so his choice of a 51cm size frame does seem a bit odd. The pros do like to ride very small frames sometimes though, they are lighter and usually stiffer, and they get around the reach issues with extremely long stems and setback saddles. Another reason is that the pros like a stretched position with a very low front, and often the head tube is too tall on the correct size frame. Going down a size or two is an easy way around this when there isn't the option of a custom made frame.

    As for getting ones knickers in a twist about what someone else does with a prize they have won is neither here nor there, unless its specifically written into the rules of the comp that they cannot transfer the prize.

  • Do we challenge red light jumpers/green man means cyclist1 year 4 weeks agoIt

    It is:
    http://metro.co.uk/2009/08/12/cyclist-is-jailed-for-killing-by-1861-law-...

  • Almost 9 in 10 people back headphones ban and compulsory helmets for cyclists say survey1 year 4 weeks agoAs a regular commuter to work

    As a regular commuter to work I play any music I want through the MP3 player and speaker on my phone. I play the volume at full blast. On the busy road I can just about hear it, but on the Canal banks its fine. I don't think it disturbs any pedestrians as they tend to have earbuds in anyway.

  • Leader of Hampshire County Council says it can’t regulate New Forest sportives1 year 4 weeks agoIn Europe they give cyclists

    In Europe they give cyclists more room, they also eat a lot more horses.

    I think we can all see a solution to the New Forest situation.

    I reckon you can fit a meat tenderiser in your jersey's pump pocket quite easily.

  • Almost 9 in 10 people back headphones ban and compulsory helmets for cyclists say survey1 year 4 weeks agotomawest wrote:really dont

    tomawest wrote:
    really dont understand why people are fiercly against helmets ....All arguments ive seen against helmets are people just saying that they dont need to wear one.

    You're really quite new to this kind of debate, aren't you...?

  • Sky customer wins Wiggo's Tour de France bike - but has to sell it1 year 4 weeks agoAlso, isn't Wiggo basically a

    Also, isn't Wiggo basically a lanky streak of.....erm, 6 foot + tall.

    Maybe the winner was five-foot f-all and couldn't get any SPD-R compatible platform shoes........

  • Do we challenge red light jumpers/green man means cyclist1 year 4 weeks agoI can't be bothered to say

    I can't be bothered to say anything. Mind you I do have an annoying bus/taxi gate system to get through, which takes ages if you wait for the lights. In the mornings, when it's quiet, I trundle slowly down the pavement and either wait or walk through later when they're more pedestrians around. So I'm not a 'saint' but think completely ignoring red lights just winds up the motorists.

  • Sky customer wins Wiggo's Tour de France bike - but has to sell it1 year 4 weeks agobikeboy76 wrote:GK I am glad

    bikeboy76 wrote:
    GK I am glad you didn't 'hold back' because you have certainly stirred up some debate, at least. For someone how is very skint you do spend a lot of time going to cycling events. Wonderful example of self-trolling. Shame the comments don't start with GKAM said: anymore.

    Do I? That is news to me....I've been to one sportive this year and I can't think of any other cycling events I've been to Thinking

  • Bike repair stand1 year 4 weeks agoSuper Domestique wrote:I have

    Super Domestique wrote:
    I have the revolution one from Edinburgh cycles. I picked it up cheap in the sales, a couple of years ago. No complaints so far.

    same here, sturdy, stable and does a great job. I think Ribble sell the same one with different branding

  • Almost 9 in 10 people back headphones ban and compulsory helmets for cyclists say survey1 year 4 weeks agoAs an aside it'd be

    As an aside it'd be interesting to know of the incidences of head injuries in the pro peloton pre and post helmet compulsion and see if they've gone up or down.

  • Leader of Hampshire County Council says it can’t regulate New Forest sportives1 year 4 weeks agoDavid Portland wrote: While

    David Portland wrote:

    While true, this is largely irrelevant to the New Forest -- the ponies often cited as being in danger are just wandering around grazing. or cattle, which obviously aren't being ridden either Smile

    Ponies can still be spooked by fast quiet bikes, as can deer. Cows, generally, are too placid these days to react and sheep are too stupid to realise that sitting in the middle of a road on a blind bend is not a good idea Smile

  • Sky customer wins Wiggo's Tour de France bike - but has to sell it1 year 4 weeks agoFor those that would sell,

    For those that would sell, would you keep the jersey?

  • Different Saddle Needed - Any Suggestions ?1 year 4 weeks agoI'm a bit of a Brooks fan,

    I'm a bit of a Brooks fan, but they're heavy if you're worried about weight and pricey. I have an Imperial on a hybrid/commuter and a Swift on a road bike. I'd wear cycle shorts for a long ride, but they really do work and you don't get an aching backside which I used to get with other saddles. The also look 'the business'. My mountain bike has a dreadful saddle which I need to replace. I can barely sit down following a day's biking. The Specialised saddle fitting service looked good as a Brooks leather saddle probably wouldn't fare too well on an MTB.

  • Leader of Hampshire County Council says it can’t regulate New Forest sportives1 year 4 weeks agoWith an attitude like that,

    With an attitude like that, I'm not surprised it's taken GB so long to be force to be reckoned with.

    Cyclists on the Continent, France and Belgium especially, garner so much respect from motorists. The result? They have become great cycling nations.

    I accept, that there are bad cyclists around, for the most part we (I speak collectively) are pretty good. What motorist don't understand is that riders have just as much right to use the roads. Plus, when a car hits someone on a bike there a very high chance they will kill them.

  • Leader of Hampshire County Council says it can’t regulate New Forest sportives1 year 4 weeks agomrmo wrote:If a horse gets

    mrmo wrote:
    If a horse gets spooked it can, and does happen, throw the rider. Obviously not a good situation, that the spooked horse is then likely to run only makes it worse.

    While true, this is largely irrelevant to the New Forest -- the ponies often cited as being in danger are just wandering around grazing. Of course there are lots of horse riders out there, but they're not, for the most part, the ones that get run into. And a lot of the animals killed or injured are deer or cattle, which obviously aren't being ridden either Smile

  • Ultimate winter glove1 year 4 weeks agoI will also second Surgical

    I will also second Surgical gloves, v cheap ! use them in winter / wet conditions for many outside activities! just make sure you get the right size! to small and you can easily get the blood cut off!

  • danger spots1 year 4 weeks agoI'm still amazed anyone still

    I'm still amazed anyone still thinks the "police" give a toss about anyone not in or on a motor vehicle, they've made their bed and chose to lie in it.

  • Leader of Hampshire County Council says it can’t regulate New Forest sportives1 year 4 weeks agoExcellent post mrmo, and as a

    Excellent post mrmo, and as a cyclist and member of the "horsey lot", I would like to counter the 'you should be in control of your animal' comments before they start by saying; you get a flat tyre, at speed while riding, are you in complete control of your bike? No, but you quickly asses the situation and using skill you bring the bike to a halt without accident.

    Same thing happens with a horse, something startles it, in my case that last time it happened it was a flailing muck spreader in the field I was riding past, for a few moments all hell breaks loose, until you regain control.

    Same situation, different cause.

    As far as cyclists and horse are concerned, I really believe there is no conflict, even given that some horse riders are completely arrogant tw*ts and that a little give and take by both parties can help avoid most issues.

    As far as the New Forest is concerned..... I don't go there, on a bike or on a horse.