• Boris Johnson says he'd back ban on cyclists wearing earphones1 year 4 weeks agoHeadphones? Utter piffle. The

    Headphones? Utter piffle.

    The HGV ban is a non-starter. Working where I do off Fenchurch St I'd say most of the lorries are construction lorries. Their journeys can't be made in the evenings unless building work is to become a nocturnal activity. That'll go down well. Even limiting them from rush hours would put a massive dent in the building operations.
    Paris doesn't have the same problem as it has a 7 storey limit on building height, so there's no point in demolishing office blocks every 25 years and replacing them with a sparklier new model.

  • Police operation to educate and advise cyclists and drivers raises questions about police education and advice1 year 4 weeks agoBikemonkey wrote: But

    Bikemonkey wrote:
    But Policing is the only solution to people like the skip knobby I came across today.

    Actually, for a commercial vehicle like that, if it has a company name on the side, a call to HMRC complaining about the company wanting cash for its work can have some fun effects.

  • London police stopping cyclists without helmets in "advice & education" exercise1 year 4 weeks agoQuote: To be honest, I'd say

    Quote:

    To be honest, I'd say 'using a bike to get around' makes you a cyclist. Much more so than using a bike as a kind of sport does. To my mind a 'cyclist' is someone who uses a bike as their primarly means of transport, rather than as a sport, hobby, or weekend leisure activity.

    That's quite an odd definition and probably the opposite of how I would define a cyclist. A cyclist is someone that appreciates the beauty in cycling, and knows it for the joy of descending 14km down a mountain, the thrill of putting 2 wheels through its paces on a dirt track and has learned the craft of riding in a group.

    A cyclist is not some that spent £300 on hybrid to get from A to B. That is the least romantic and enjoyable way to use a bike, and the most perfunctory. Even just using the bike to go to a coffee shop or supermarket is a more romantic and enjoyable. You've made much more of an effort to use your bike in a fashion which isn't workman like.

    The problem that 'commuters' (and by that I mean people who only use there bike for perfunctory matters) is that they don't see their bike as much more than a means when actually is it so much more. Also, you lose out on the social aspect, learning from other riders and enjoying the experience in a social way. Have a chat on the club run is far better than the abuse you'll get riding in commuter traffic.

    Most people who 'use it as weekend leisure hobby' would love to use their bike all day everyday. Weekends are just the times when you get to express that by getting up early when there's less traffic to bother you and cycling becomes less fraught.

  • Aldi Performance Cycle clothing sale this Thursday1 year 4 weeks agoGhedebrav wrote:Can't be

    Ghedebrav wrote:
    Can't be doing with the unseemly scrum of gruff roadies at my local Aldi (to be fair, it's in 'leafy' Didsbury) when they do their cycling offers.

    The socks look good though. Might give it a try regardless.

    Although it means mixing with the lower orders i find the scrum in not so leafy Burnage to be much more jolly.
    I can recommend the socks.

  • Do we challenge red light jumpers/green man means cyclist1 year 4 weeks agoBy all means call out people

    By all means call out people who jump red lights dangerously. Plenty of people blow through crossings while peds are in the road or speed through junctions with barely a look. And they're going to hurt themselves or others.

    But remember, traffic laws are designed with cars in mind. 2 tonne, unwieldy death machines. Bikes are small, nimble, and not generally a hazard to others. There are many junctions around me that are genuinely safer for me if I roll ahead and jump the light while it's clear, rather than be squeezed out by an impatient car. And if there's no one near a pedestrian crossing, why should I lose all my momentum just because vehicles need to obey big flashy lights to stop them running people over?

    As someone said above, all this "bad rep" bollocks is because people hate cyclists, full stop. If we all waited patiently at red lights, that would still be true in this country. So think twice before dishing out abuse or snarky comments to cyclists who RLJ in a safe and aware fashion. Kthx

  • Emma Way found guilty on 2 of 3 counts in #bloodycyclists case1 year 4 weeks agoNorthernbike wrote:ITV

    Northernbike wrote:
    ITV reports that her solicitor asked her to rate, on a scale of 1 to 10, how stupid it was to tweet about the incident. She replied, “11.”

    maybe it wasn't just her driving that scuppered her prospects in accountancy then

    I just assumed she is a secret Spinal Tap fan Wink

  • Emma Way found guilty on 2 of 3 counts in #bloodycyclists case1 year 4 weeks agoOldRidgeback wrote: Why was

    OldRidgeback wrote:

    Why was this not followed up?

    It'd have to be charged as a separate offence. I would think that securing a conviction on the basis of a single photograph of a speedometer, at an unspecified time and location, would be tough.

  • Emma Way found guilty on 2 of 3 counts in #bloodycyclists case1 year 4 weeks agoI find her suggestion that

    I find her suggestion that she was only driving at 15 mph at the time laughable!

  • Emma Way found guilty on 2 of 3 counts in #bloodycyclists case1 year 4 weeks agoIt's curious that there was

    It's curious that there was no decision to pursue the photographic evidence she herself posted on a social media site on a previous occasion.

    She apparently photographed the speedo of her vehicle, boasting that she'd topped 100mph. Now exceeding the speed limit by 30mph is a banning offence, while the issue of distraction from using a camera while at the wheel should add further points to her licence.

    Why was this not followed up?

  • Do we challenge red light jumpers/green man means cyclist1 year 4 weeks agogiff77 wrote:I find the

    giff77 wrote:
    I find the disparaging put down works wonders. Once asked a jumper if he would like me to adjust his brakes for him as he seemed to have problems stopping. He mumbled something about sorting it when he got home.

    Yep, same sort of thing I do. If you sound friendly and keep it low key, it takes a while for it to sink in and then it seems to work the best.

    Red light jumpers get us all a bad name so I've no problem in saying something.

    No need to involve the police.

  • Emma Way found guilty on 2 of 3 counts in #bloodycyclists case1 year 4 weeks agoITV reports that her

    ITV reports that her solicitor asked her to rate, on a scale of 1 to 10, how stupid it was to tweet about the incident. She replied, “11.”

    maybe it wasn't just her driving that scuppered her prospects in accountancy then

  • Police to crack down on mobile-using drivers this week1 year 4 weeks agoEveryone should film along a

    Everyone should film along a stretch of road and hand the footage to the police insisting they use video evidence to prosecute. Unfortunately but not unsurprising is that they won't, I believe based on the credibility or fairness of how it was obtained.

    I imagine if there was a 'serious' offence being committed, one involving money such as a bank robbery, as opposed to lesser matters like motorist misdemeanours that they'd be only too happy to use my footage for evidence.

    Odd how lives are indispensable whilst matters around replaceable objects are valued isn't it?

  • Blink/Steady £115 rear light now available in the UK1 year 4 weeks agoI think I will upgrade from

    I think I will upgrade from this to 5 led vertical rear light with an on/off switch, wait... Big Grin done.

  • London police stopping cyclists without helmets in "advice & education" exercise1 year 4 weeks agoallez neg wrote: How many of

    allez neg wrote:

    How many of the people plod stopped identify as cyclists as opposed to people merely using a bike to get around. I don't see the harm in what plod are doing, especially as the article also says they are stopping those they see committing offences and also HGV drivers too.

    As an aside, I wonder what accident rates are like in Cambridge in comparison? Lots of bikes and cars, all nationalities, narrow roads etc.

    To be honest, I'd say 'using a bike to get around' makes you a cyclist. Much more so than using a bike as a kind of sport does. To my mind a 'cyclist' is someone who uses a bike as their primarly means of transport, rather than as a sport, hobby, or weekend leisure activity.

    But that's pure nit-picking.

    But your point shows the problem - you refer to stopping those COMMITTING OFFENCES. Cycling sans helmet is not an offence. Its akin to 'driving a motorised vehicle', in terms of choosing to create a possible risk of adverse health outcomes. So why are the cops not stopping all those who choose to drive a motorised vehicle and asking them to reconsider their choice to do so?

  • London police stopping cyclists without helmets in "advice & education" exercise1 year 4 weeks agoThe Ontario study is the most

    The Ontario study is the most interesting. A mandatory child helmet law doubled child helmet wearing and the child head injury rate fell. But the police didn't bother enforcing it so over the next three years helmet wearing fell back to the pre-law levels. And the child head injury rate continued to fall. In fact a doubling (to almost 100%) of the helmet wearing rate and then a subsequent halving of it made no discernible difference to the long term trend in child head injuries.

  • Police operation to educate and advise cyclists and drivers raises questions about police education and advice1 year 4 weeks agoThe police officers know

    The police officers know nothing about the ins and outs of the helmets and hi-viz debates. But they spend all day having helmet chats and then making an enormous noise about it in the media, discouraging cycling on the way but safe from any Boris Attack. Little fines for ASL offenders? What about the 3 points? I bet they never hand out the 3 points fines.

  • Sustrans calls for action after 11 cyclist deaths in UK this month1 year 4 weeks agoIn Melbourne Au have some

    In Melbourne Au have some cycle lanes similar to the NZ above - the layout in the picture is dangerous - the lane takes you to the front in line with the left turning vehicles - without the cycle lane would normally take the middle of the lane or if possible to move across to the straight ahead lane
    but with this type of segregation drivers expect you to stay in "your" lane
    adding advanced stop boxes and early lights for cyclists fix the above but add complexity and are expensive and like all segregation don't deal with the real issues of driver behaviour

  • Police operation to educate and advise cyclists and drivers raises questions about police education and advice1 year 4 weeks agoThe problem is the idiots

    The problem is the idiots with a serious attitude problem who think they own the road. IMHO confiscating vehicles is the way to go. It's the only way to hit rogue commercial operators and company car owners.

  • Police operation to educate and advise cyclists and drivers raises questions about police education and advice1 year 4 weeks agosm wrote:Oh dear. Are we sure

    sm wrote:
    Oh dear. Are we sure this wasn't being filmed as satire? Somebody is going to tell me this all a joke soon. Right?

    It's aready on youtube it seems:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BO8EpfyCG2Y

  • Police operation to educate and advise cyclists and drivers raises questions about police education and advice1 year 4 weeks agomrmo wrote:giff77 wrote: They

    mrmo wrote:
    giff77 wrote:

    They would be. The other week I had a Audi perform a punishment pass despite there being no oncoming traffic in good visibility and a straight as an arrow carriageway. The squad car following executed a perfect overtake but omitted to blue light the bugger in the Audi. I'm sure that if they did and gave him a rollicking or hand him a summons it would be highly unlikely he would pull the same stunt again.

    On the back of the tv programs, do police cars carry cameras?

    After an incident with a bus apparently my local buses are all fitted with cameras, so if there are any issues they are filmed. So i know it can happen as policy? But do the police carry cameras in cars as standard? Just thinking it would make sense in a court to back up whatever the police say?

    Not sure about the station vehicles. I know Traffic probably will in their marked and unmarked vehicles. My local bus company has had them fitted recently as well. A friend got an apology from them after being tailgated through town not so long ago. They said when they reviewed the tape it was quite shocking how close he was.

  • Return to cycling after hip resurfacing1 year 4 weeks agoHi Hypo & All Long story

    Hi Hypo & All

    Long story short... I'd been suffering from a progressively bad lower back for a few years. My golf swing had gone to pot - lost 30 yards off my 3 wood. The only relief was when riding my bike (25m each way commute). Pains got dramatically worse and moved into my thighs and groin so got it checked out. Advanced Osteoarthritis in both hips, my surgeon described them as 'hopeless and miserable'. I was told to stop riding in case of an accident and 3 weeks later it was taking me 10 minutes to get out of bed and down the stairs.

    On 29/11/12 I had my right hip replaced and on 29/01/13 I had my left one done. Mid April I went out for an exploratory ride on a Sunday morning. The following day I split the journey to work 50:50 bike and train. By June I was back up to full distance. My knees no longer splay out and I can spin at higher cadence in comfort. Oh, and I'm smashing my 3 wood 250 yards. Happy days.

    I was knocked for six when I received the diagnosis. I went to see a spinal surgeon as I thought I had a bad back and when he broke the bad news to me I had visions of hobbling around on walking sticks for the rest of my life. He referred me on to a specialist hip surgeon. I was 45 years old when I had the surgery. I had large diameter ceramic on ceramic total hip replacements as this was what was recommended by my surgeon.

    My surgeon was very positive from the start. He said I'd recover well as all the parts that were important to my hips were strong due to the cycling. During my final sign-off 6 months after my second op he said I could ride bikes as I like, but I'd already figured this out for myself.

    It's only now that I realise how bad my hips had become. My flexibility and range of movement are dramatically improved and I feel fitter and stronger than I have for many years.

    Don't despair fellas.

  • Myprotein MP MAX Hurricane Evo protein drink1 year 4 weeks agoI used to get MP whey

    I used to get MP whey protein, standard stuff, back when I did a fair amount of weights at the gym. A packet of nesquik was how I carb'd it up, tasted a lot better than their flavours did too.

    Now I I don't mess with any of that, just stick to normal good and a drop of the aforementioned milkshake. I had to eat a metric ton to ever gain anything anyway. Don't have the make up for a bulky physique.

  • Sustrans calls for action after 11 cyclist deaths in UK this month1 year 4 weeks agoanewman wrote:Problem with

    anewman wrote:
    Problem with the traffic free cycle paths is inattentive pedestrians walking in groups filling the whole path, as well as dog walkers who often leave them off the lead or have silly extending dog leads that you can't see until you go over the handlebars.

    Agreed about carelessness with dog-leads - but on the plus side, I'm glad that LEDs on dog collars have become commonplace. After dark the light on the dog is often the first warning that there's a pedestrian in the vicinity!

  • London police stopping cyclists without helmets in "advice & education" exercise1 year 4 weeks agoAnnabella wrote:I think

    Annabella wrote:
    I think helmets should be the law im quite sure it would save a lot of lifes . I myself is a very keen cyclist and go out in all weathers (not ice) and im always wear a helmet I don't feel save without one.

    A good test of helmet efficacy would be to make them compulsory, so that the wearing rate went up by a large amount, say 30% to 95%. We could then see whether the cyclist casualty rate went down.
    If the claims by helmet enthusiasts are correct, claims of up to 85% efficacy, it would show. there could be no dispute about whether helmets work.
    This "experiment" has been tried, in Oz and NZ, on large numbers of cyclists. The result was no change in casualty rates.
    You may be sure helmets would save lives but the evidence is against you.
    If you want to force me into a foam hat you need better evidence.

  • Anyone used 105/Tiagra brakes with MicroShift Shifters?1 year 4 weeks agoI would try just new brake

    I would try just new brake pads first unless I was going to go for something substantially further upmarket tham Tiagra.