• Bradford drivers whose 80mph race led to cyclist's death each jailed for four years1 year 13 weeks agoI had the misfortune to hit a

    I had the misfortune to hit a pedestrian once in a car. I was only going 25mph, so fortunately just a broken ankle. He had run out at speed from behind a minibus, but I was completely liable regardless.
    The law should change to do the same for cyclists. The fact he was wearing headphones and with no lights is exactly why speed limits are what they are. So that when accidents (read unforeseen circumstances) happen you have time to take evasive action and hopefully avoid collisions.

  • Garmin reveal Edge 810 and 510 GPS computers +video1 year 13 weeks agoI gotta admit to being a

    I gotta admit to being a techie/gadget addict and yet i find myself trying to balance the cost Vs function designs of these Vs mobiles.

    I havent used any Garmins and currently use 2 devices to track my rides/performance; Polar CD800Cad and a iPhone4s with Strava and a spreadsheet.

    Polar does speed, cadence, time and HR well, logs about 15 rides and clears the oldest to leave room for new rides. Wire free but loads of cable ties and 2 big sensors. Display is great and HR works well.

    Communication is via my fingers and a spreadsheet as I dont use a PC anymore, smartphone only.

    Strava we all know, it also tracks distance, always different from the bikes actual, logs my route for others to see and gives me some additional performance stats like segments and gradients that can be broken down easily enough.

    I dont have issues with my iPhones battery though I dont often do rides over 4 hours. I do use Airplane mode when I do club runs as they tend to be longer times rides and Strava hasnt has an issue as yet but I have lost one short ride doing the same, just one though.

    Non of the Garmins do everything either but the 510 looks to do things much better albeit with a cadence sensor being required.

    The communication via bluetooth looks excellent against having to addon an adapter to a smartphone or plug it into a pc physically, still not foolproof as BT is problematic at best but the link to a smartphone is the main key for me in this scenario.

    Id not have to take a mobile and bike computer on myrides anymroe...except I always would as I like to have emergency backup of a phone and I use the camera loads. The iPhone also has great mapping options for review rather than direction in my case and the battery will never be in doubt if using a Garmin.

    This will be on my list, as will testing one at a sportive that rents them for the day.

    Best start saving for a 510 then...

  • Plans being drawn up to bring Tour de France back to Devon?1 year 13 weeks agoubercurmudgeon wrote:Isn't it

    ubercurmudgeon wrote:
    Isn't it time some region or county looked past one-off bids for the Tour or the Olympics, and put together a proposal to the UCI for an annual one-day race? There is space in the calendar for a new autumn or early spring classic. Something that will last, and grow. Ronde van Yorkshire maybe, or Bristol-Exeter perhaps?

    Good point! Maybe if World Series Cycling ever gets off the ground, it would be nice to think that there will be a British event.

  • Magicshine MJ808-E front light1 year 13 weeks agoWhy does the routing of an

    Why does the routing of an untidy cable bother some. Surely, it'll be dark for the majority of the ride anyway? You could always pay an extra £190 for the Exposure Strada if it bothered you that much. I've also got this one and the review's pretty much spot on.

  • British Cycling and adidas unveil 2013 Great Britain jersey (+ Gallery)1 year 13 weeks agoLooks fine to me: Why assume

    Looks fine to me:

    Why assume the pole is on the left?

    Edit: there is a pole in the pic, but it's not showing on this post - must be too wide an image??

  • Plans being drawn up to bring Tour de France back to Devon?1 year 13 weeks agoIsn't it time some region or

    Isn't it time some region or county looked past one-off bids for the Tour or the Olympics, and put together a proposal to the UCI for an annual one-day race? There is space in the calendar for a new autumn or early spring classic. Something that will last, and grow. Ronde van Yorkshire maybe, or Bristol-Exeter perhaps?

  • Frameset advice1 year 13 weeks agoCondor Fratello. Comfortable,

    Condor Fratello. Comfortable, good looking, quick, will last forever.

  • Christmas : what I wanted vs, what I got1 year 13 weeks agostumps wrote: In the end did

    stumps wrote:

    In the end did some overtime at work and when i get paid it i will go and buy what i wanted. Sad

    I hope you didn't need to get your truncheon out.... It is (was) Christmas....

  • Where does charity and generosity stop?1 year 13 weeks agoI've known Cain and his mum

    I've known Cain and his mum for many years and could contribute to this debate in many ways, but choose not to.

    Debate - That, I think is the important word here.

    We should thank Tim for raising points (however initially offensive or badly worded you may feel they are) that should be aired - it allowed both GKAM and Dizzy to contribute and display their sincerity and humility both for themselves and on behalf of Cain. And thank you also to Dave and Tony for affirming Road.cc's position and support.

    We live in a world where we constantly have to justify our selves and our actions.

    Society would not be what is it without skepticism, it's one of the basic principals of human philosophy, as it freedom of choice.

    Thank you, Tim - you are a good human being and your further posts have hopefully stopped some of us from making the some rash statements. We have no more right to make assumptions about you as anyone else (and IF assumptions are made, they should, in a civilized world be considered as opinions and not empirical fact)

    I will say one thing regarding a point Tim rasied, though - Some great movements charity movements have been driven by single personalities (I'm not going to mention the L-word here) but the Anthony Nolan Trust is one cause close to my heart.

    This could be the nucleus of a movement to inspire mobility cycling.

  • Magicshine MJ808-E front light1 year 13 weeks agoI been using one of these for

    I been using one of these for 2 years now - along with the 818 rear light - and I think the review is very accurate as to the pros and cons of the light. It's clearly a budget option that gets by on brute power rather than refinement but has been reliable and I've definitely had my monies worth from it.

    A couple of additions - the battery bag is pretty naff and I had to restitch the velcro and one of the seams but it seems to have held.
    - If you use a Y-cable to run a rear light off the pack then you get even more wiring to tidy up. I had to counter OCD tendencies and just loop and tape it together into some configuration that didn't dangle about and could be strapped to the battery using the velcro.
    - The older Y cables were rubbish and lost connection if you looped the cable, the newer thicker ones seem more robust.
    - It's clearly a torch head and circuit in a bike friendly housing, the SOS mode isn't very good as a flasher mode but the epilepsy inducing strobe is useful as a shock and awe device for particularly dodgy road sections. On lit roads I use the low mode, on unlit then middle power is usually adequate.
    - worth putting some vaseline on the plug joints, they are quite a firm fit and seem waterproof but it doesnt hurt to back it up.
    - The ability to rotate the lamp is actually quite useful if you want to dip it occasionally to avoid blinding oncoming peds and cyclists which some people DON'T DO!
    - as an addendum the MJ-818 rear light is neat, well made and damn bright but suffers from a fiddly ring activated switch and odd flashing modes. The full beam is very impressive though, easily on par with a car brake light at casting light onto the road so it needs to be angled down.

    finally - thanks for the tip on the lens Rob, I might try one of those.

  • Christmas : what I wanted vs, what I got1 year 13 weeks agobike_food wrote:Wanted: new

    bike_food wrote:
    Wanted: new Green day album.
    Got: new Green day album and a flat car battery because glove box light was left on for 3 days, now car stereo wants code which I don't have and can't listen to CD in car.

    Despite being left in the shed for several days my bike started first time; but I cannot for the life of me work out what bit is the stereo, let alone input a code Devil The birds and tyres make my sound track Cool

  • Bike owners have an average of 23 months before their bikes are nicked1 year 13 weeks ago2 points: 1. Post by

    2 points:

    1. Post by Clayfit. I do not know how the survey was conducted but the criticisms made are not justified. The statistic states that that, on average, bike owners have their bike stolen after 23 months of ownership and, of those, 20% will have their bike stolen within six months. If that is right then the average period of ownership for the 80% whose bikes are not stolen within six months will be much greater than 23 months. There may be other criticisms of the manner of the survey but I see nothing in Clayfit's particular complaint.
    2. The Dos and Don'ts above omit what I consider the most effective method of avoiding bike theft, namely owning a folding bike. I have had my Brompton for 11 years. It is rarely locked as I can take it into shops, public transport, restaurants, theatres, offices and most other places. A dishonourable exception is the British Museum, whose cloakroom refuses to accept anything larger than a medium-sized shopping bag. Wherever we go my wife and I take our bikes in with us and we can keep an eye on them. We do have good locks; they just do not need to be used much. Ŵe have neither of us suffered the theft of a bike since we switched to folding bikes.

  • Motorist takes wrong turn onto Cambridge railway cycle bridge1 year 13 weeks agonotfastenough wrote:Must have

    notfastenough wrote:
    Must have felt a right tool, poor fella! Wonder if the signage is obvious or whether it would be an easy mistake to make?

    I last rode it in November and the signage seemed obvious, so this driver probably should be taken off the road before they hurt someone!

  • Motorist takes wrong turn onto Cambridge railway cycle bridge1 year 13 weeks agoSurely something for

    Surely something for Cambridge Police to focus on in the light of the bad cyclist campaign, purely in the interests of balance? A task force to sort out car drivers using cycling facilities in their vehicles.

  • Heated cycle paths?1 year 13 weeks agoSuper Domestique wrote:Well

    Super Domestique wrote:
    Well the offroad one near us had a burnt out car on it the other day - does that count as heated?

    The British solution to the problem!!! Patent the idea.... Quick Devil This may be cheaper than the £30K per mile it would cost to install. But they could do my whole route to work for Thinking Thinking £840,000... Bargain Surprise

  • Bradford drivers whose 80mph race led to cyclist's death each jailed for four years1 year 13 weeks agoWell, she was wearing a short

    Well, she was wearing a short skirt and showing a bit of cleavage, she must have been gagging for it....

    Sorry, my mistake I got my victim blaming lunacies mixed up for a second there.

  • Yoga for Cyclists part 9: Hips1 year 13 weeks agoIt is working, its an extreme

    It is working, its an extreme close up of the training mat.

    yes please fix, its the one area I need help with

  • The disc brake revolution is coming + industry insider comment1 year 13 weeks agoForward facing dropouts

    Forward facing dropouts negate the 'wheel ejection' problem andrew_s.

  • Bradford drivers whose 80mph race led to cyclist's death each jailed for four years1 year 13 weeks agoTwo points: 1, So, four

    Two points:

    1, So, four years. That means out in two, right? Here's a suggestion for a degree thesis by a student who rides bikes: find out who the judge was, do the same for other incidents, and compile a "price of a life" index for the judiciary, correlated with age / gender / any other available data. It should make fascinating reading - with this joker coming in at a bargain-basement two years - and I'd like to see it in the public domain.

    2. piously commencing the driving ban once they emerge from jail means only that it is actually a ban, as having the ban running concurrently with their jail term would of course be a meaningless non-ban. However, much more important is this: how seriously does anyone think that the driver who killed the cyclist will be taking this so-called 'ban' when he emerges, as said driver has already demonstrated a willingness to drive without insurance?

  • 2013 Leagues1 year 13 weeks agoif you go to 'My Team' the

    if you go to 'My Team' the join requests are in the leagues box. they're yellow.

  • Bradford drivers whose 80mph race led to cyclist's death each jailed for four years1 year 13 weeks agoThe cyclist was also crossing

    The cyclist was also crossing the road, not cycling along it. Could easily have been a (legally unlit) pedestrian crossing the road instead.

  • Fantasy Cycling is back for 20131 year 13 weeks agoDave Atkinson wrote:Did you

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    Did you miss it? Of course you did.

    You don't know how much! Smile Thanks! Great looking pages! Smile

  • Bradford drivers whose 80mph race led to cyclist's death each jailed for four years1 year 13 weeks agoYou have to question whether

    You have to question whether someone who drives a high performance car at twice the legal limit without insurance should deserve to drive again. How could anyone be more stupid?

    As for the lights on the bike, that's sadly typical of people on lower incomes who cycle out of necessity rather than choice and tend not to be aware of the risks. It's progress that these two hooligans weren't let off because poor Mr Rozenbergs was blamed for not having lights.

  • Plans being drawn up to bring Tour de France back to Devon?1 year 13 weeks agoLet's have a "Grand Depart"

    Let's have a "Grand Depart" in Penzance!

  • Bradford drivers whose 80mph race led to cyclist's death each jailed for four years1 year 13 weeks agoif they needed the excitement

    if they needed the excitement or to experience the full
    potential of their lethal weapons - a track day ??? but
    no, lets just put everyone else's life in danger and
    be complete prats.

    driving is a privilege NOT a right - they should never
    get their licenses back (as if that stops some !!)