• Cannondale gives Christmas gift of new bike to podium hostess pinched on behind by Peter Sagan1 year 5 weeks agoIs it just me that's bored

    Is it just me that's bored with buffoons making unsubstantiated doping allegations. They should really be banned from the site.

  • Pedal-powered coffee grinder: ultimate hipster accessory or spoof?1 year 5 weeks agoBurn.

    Burn.

  • 6 years in jail for drunk & banned driver who killed Sussex cyclist1 year 5 weeks agoHis sentence (that is

    His sentence (that is actually going to prison) probably has more to do with his driving while being banned. I think this annoys the courts more than killing people. They don't like being ignored. But agree, being banned and driving while drunk, the guy doesn't give a toss and very little will stop him doing it again.

  • Chris Froome says Jonathan Tiernan-Locke case will taint himself and Team Sky1 year 5 weeks ago"Be completely open and say:

    "Be completely open and say: 'Listen, this was is what happened in the sport back then but it's definitely not happening any more, and these are the reasons.'

    "It needs to be talked about and we need to move on from that.

    "But there is going to be a point when enough is enough, and we need to get on and start talking about the good things in the sport and the great racing that's getting missed now because we're harping on about what happened 10 years ago."

    This is getting very irritating listening to riders like Froome. It's not what happened ten years ago, you dickwad, it's the last two. And Rogers' provisional suspension for clenbuterol was yesterday.

  • Pedal-powered coffee grinder: ultimate hipster accessory or spoof?1 year 5 weeks agoWell at least they didn't try

    Well at least they didn't try and pimp it on kickstarter....they would have made a fortune Smile

  • 6 years in jail for drunk & banned driver who killed Sussex cyclist1 year 5 weeks agogreat, a jail sentence for

    great, a jail sentence for someone who killed a cyclist. its a start.
    but its still disgusting that a drunk banned driver on the wrong side of the road ONLY got 6 years in prison.

    goes to show the easiest way to commit manslaughter is by using a car,, and cyclists are not equal human beings to everyone else

  • Transport Scotland consults on trunk road 20mph zones trial (+ video)1 year 5 weeks agoWhy are all the bollards and

    Why are all the bollards and sign posts and other street furniture always positioned on the pavement? They're for the "benefit" of the motor vehicles on the road. They should be on the road too, so the vehicles have to slow down and negotiate them, not the pedestrians having to squeeze past them on the already insufficient footpaths.

  • Cannondale gives Christmas gift of new bike to podium hostess pinched on behind by Peter Sagan1 year 5 weeks agoShame that Sagan doesn't

    Shame that Sagan doesn't behave with the same professionalism as Ms Leye. When he's back working in the factory in Zilina after he gets busted for doping (it's only a matter of time), I suspect he'll still be as much of an arse.

  • 6 years in jail for drunk & banned driver who killed Sussex cyclist1 year 5 weeks agoA driving ban should be

    A driving ban should be backed up with a very hefty non excusable custodial sentence along with permanent revocation of driving privilege, yes privilege...not right.

    Until our soppy MPs wake up nothing will change.

  • Rapha Merino City Riding Socks1 year 5 weeks agothrowback to the

    throwback to the 1970's.

    personally I dont think you can go better than the ones at costco anyway. 4 pairs of merino wool socks for 13.89 is a bargain!

  • Craddock Cycles offer made in the UK carbon fibre frames1 year 5 weeks agoAt last the circle is

    At last the circle is complete, now I am the master.

  • 6 years in jail for drunk & banned driver who killed Sussex cyclist1 year 5 weeks agogarygarry wrote:it's not an

    garygarry wrote:
    it's not an issue, read the piece again - Since 2009, in cases where a custodial sentence has been imposed, driving bans only start running once the motorist has been released from prison.

    But the driver was ALREADY banned at the time of the incident.

  • Losing your cycling 'mojo'?1 year 5 weeks agoI know what ya mean, im

    I know what ya mean, im pretty lucky that I have plenty of trails around my way so I can get out on my MTB or the Velodrome for some training/relaxation

  • Losing your cycling 'mojo'?1 year 5 weeks agoRoyal Mail drivers are

    Royal Mail drivers are contractually obliged to drive like the are huffing paint thinners and smoking amphetamines.

    It's nothing personal.

  • Genetic Carbon Micro Fender1 year 5 weeks agoandyp wrote:'It doesn't take

    andyp wrote:
    'It doesn't take a genius to see it's not going to make the slightest difference for a following rider'

    stop wheelsucking then?

    you call it wheelsucking, I call it a chaingang.

  • Isle of Man TT star switches to bicycle for TV attempt on 110mph British record (+ video)1 year 5 weeks agoIts not proper grafting

    Its not proper grafting though, is it? Not, like, PROPER grafting.
    It looks like a reight crackin series.

    As for the non-aero handlbars, I reckon aero isn't that worthwhile when you've got a truck punching a hole in the air for you!

    Na then, wheers me cuppa.

  • Craddock Cycles offer made in the UK carbon fibre frames1 year 5 weeks agoNice to see a USE finishing

    Nice to see a USE finishing kit.

  • Transport Scotland consults on trunk road 20mph zones trial (+ video)1 year 5 weeks agoI reckon that's the general

    I reckon that's the general gist, and if it IS what happens, I'm all for it.
    It would be interesting to see a study of speed distribution on roads before and after 20 limits are applied.
    I suspect that a larger proportion of drivers would be above the arbitary speed limit with a 20 limit, but that the mean and mode speeds will be a fair bit lower.

  • Losing your cycling 'mojo'?1 year 5 weeks agoI sort of know what you mean,

    I sort of know what you mean, but get out of your commuting area, have a blast somewhere nice (ideally on a nice day!) and it'll all make sense again. I agree about 'take it easy' - many's the time I've had to take a deep breath, mutter obscenities under my breath and continue calmly on my way while some ignorant lunatic shoots off with no redress to their abysmal driving. That's the UK!

    Riding a bike is awesome, wherever and however you do it. There's no question - it just is.

  • 6 years in jail for drunk & banned driver who killed Sussex cyclist1 year 5 weeks agoit's not an issue, read the

    it's not an issue, read the piece again - Since 2009, in cases where a custodial sentence has been imposed, driving bans only start running once the motorist has been released from prison.

  • Isle of Man TT star switches to bicycle for TV attempt on 110mph British record (+ video)1 year 5 weeks agoThat's a pretty bizarre for

    That's a pretty bizarre for sale ad at the end of the video.

  • 6 years in jail for drunk & banned driver who killed Sussex cyclist1 year 5 weeks agoironmancole wrote: I believe

    ironmancole wrote:

    I believe it's time a focused campaign was started, perhaps using this guy as the subject, to call for a change in the law to support the notion that killer drivers like this are not permitted to hold a licence again.

    If they won't do that then we might as well let sex offenders back into the teaching environment, it's all just madness however you look at it.

    Would there be support on this forum to start such a campaign? Motorists should also support it bearing in mind none of them are dangerous and its always someone else's poor driving. It's about safety for everyone at the end of the day isn't it?

    Whilst I agree 100% with the sentiment it wasn't the validity of a driving licence that caused the crash. This particular man was already banned from driving, so banning dangerous drivers clearly doesn't stop them getting behind the wheel. Some people will flout the law, whatever you make it, and I feel that this individual is one of those people.

  • 6 years in jail for drunk & banned driver who killed Sussex cyclist1 year 5 weeks agobauchlebastart wrote: So let

    bauchlebastart wrote:

    So let me see if I have this right, even if he serves the normal half sentence, he'll be out around the time his ban is up?

    NO

    Since 2009, in cases where a custodial sentence has been imposed, driving bans only start running once the motorist has been released from prison.

    Good Lord - it took until 2009 for anyone to figure out people don't drive while in prison?

  • 6 years in jail for drunk & banned driver who killed Sussex cyclist1 year 5 weeks agoRedfishUK wrote: Less than

    RedfishUK wrote:

    Less than half the maximum (which is 14 years) for someone who was drunk, banned, and did a hit and run.

    I wonder, what do you need to do to get the maximum?

    He pleaded Guilty at the Magistrates court in September..an early guilty plea gives an automatic reduction in sentence ..on the grounds it saves the family the trauma of a trial, but also as it is cheaper for the Courts...

    Was there any serious chance he could have avoided being found guilty?
    I'm dubious about that policy, in that it seems to be more useful for those who know they have been caught 'bang to rights' than for those who might genuinely be innocent and want to clear their name. As with 'plea bargaining' it seems to put saving money ahead of actually administering justice.

  • 6 years in jail for drunk & banned driver who killed Sussex cyclist1 year 5 weeks agooozaveared wrote:The trouble

    oozaveared wrote:
    The trouble is that this sort of sentence is not only half the maximum ( I agree what do you have to do to get the max if you drunk, already banned, uninsured, cause death by dangerous driving and hit and run. I mean what else is there left to take you to 14 years? the trouble as I was saying is that initial sentences are too lenient.

    There is a criminology theory nicknamed "broken windows" that studied the effect that run down areas suffer increasing crime and vandalism. In short the sign that some broken windows etc give off is that this is an area that no-one really cares about and that leads to further disrespect. No-one is going to stop you for something like littering in an area like that. Nobody cares.

    The lesson that New York City took in reducing it's crime rate so dramatically was to start policing the little stuff. The lesson being that if you do get fined for something seemingly trivial like littering then you had best not consider fly tipping. The point was that the police showed they did care.

    Instead of trying to be the motorists friend like some 70's hippy teacher/social worker, the police ought to grow a pair and be police officers. That means sweating the small stuff. Because if you get done for the small stuff it sends the message that the police do care about the road space.

    And courts need to back that up. So far as I can tell this sentence should have been near or at the maximum as there are very few mitigating circumstances.

    Six years is half so that's what I'd expect yes for causing death by dangerous driving but perhaps with an otherwise clean record, not over the limit, and taking proper responsibility after and not just driving off.

    I'm not sure I agree with everything you say.

    I agree this case really does make one wonder what on Earth a driver has to do to merit the maximum sentence.

    Also, as an aside, I'm curious to know how many drivers each year are actually arrested or convicted of driving while banned, and what penalty they receive.

    Because so often you get bad drivers committing other offenses while driving while banned and the 'driving while banned' part appears to add nothing to their rather lenient sentences and you get the impression that had that been the _only_ thing they'd done nothing would have happened at all.
    Are driving bans actually enforced in any meaningful way? If not, what is the point of them? Are there statistics on this?

    What I'm not sure I agree with is your stress on 'zero tolerance' policing. I'm unconvinced by this because of the way it has led to utterly absurd outcomes where its been used in the US, particularly in schools - children being expelled because they took anti-asthma medication or some such because the school has a 'zero tolerance' policy to drug use.

    I don't think coming down like a ton of bricks on people who commit genuinely minor or purely technical offenses makes up for an institutional bias towards lenient treatment for a whole category of serious offenses.

    I also read somewhere an academic has shown that penalties for non-motoring offenses have been getting harsher in recent years, while those for motoring ones have been getting softer.

    The real problem is a bias in the whole system towards treating certain categories of offence more lightly than others. Motoring-related-crime is definitely one such, though I suspect there are others.

    Unfortunately, across all societies, justice seems unavoidably influenced by political factors, i.e. questions of power. Its one of those things that I fear has no complete solution.