• Die-in planned at Transport for London headquarters as ‘save our cyclists’ petition hits over 18,000 names1 year 4 weeks agoThat video is really helpful

    That video is really helpful for those of us living outside the UK. It gives all these reports a bit more context.

  • Die-in planned at Transport for London headquarters as ‘save our cyclists’ petition hits over 18,000 names1 year 4 weeks agoDrivers complaining about

    Drivers complaining about cyclists not indicating is a blatant case of pots calling kettles black.

    I've come to two conclusions recently:
    1. Indicators are now an optional extra, and in the times of austerity most drivers clearly couldn't afford them (what with AC, electric everything and video players being essential!)
    2. Indicating when changing lanes is the a terrible faux pas. Forget farting in a crowded lift, shouting into your mobile on the train, sitting down next to the fainting pregnant lady on the tube, or throwing up over your boss at the christmas party. All those you can get away with. Indicating before changing lanes on the motorway is now the only unforgivable sin in Britain.

  • Scottish cycling provision "decades behind" despite handful of good local authorities1 year 4 weeks agoI hate riding through

    I hate riding through Paisley. The N7 path is crap and the roads that follow it are dangerous.

    I'm in East Renfrewshire and commute into Glasgow, neither of which areas do much more than chuck some paint around. Glasgow does fairly well on east-west routes, but north-south is at best patchy.

  • Die-in planned at Transport for London headquarters as ‘save our cyclists’ petition hits over 18,000 names1 year 4 weeks agoI'm not saying the driver

    I'm not saying the driver isn't without fault.

    Indeed not. The driver is entirely and solely at fault. He cleary sees the cyclist, overtaks with a minimum of space, and then turns immediately left into her path.

    The road layout does not help, but neither does the cyclist. She should really have looked over her shoulder and made some indication of taken the lane. By hugging the side of the road

    She could have taken the lane more - but look, she's riding on the blue paint which is exactly where TfL is telling her to go. If she was taking the lane more, she'd probably get honked at by dozens of motorists for "not being in the cycle lane".

    And, hang on: Are you really suggesting that we can blame the cyclist for not checking over her shoulder for some idiot cutting in in front of her WHEN SHE'S CONTINUING IN A STRAIGHT LINE IN HER LANE??

    You must be reading the '68 version of the highway code from when the entire DoT was on acid Wink

    she shows no intention of where she is going.

    Come on. A blind man without a stick or guide dog can see she's going straight ahead, and given her speed, the intention is pretty damn obvious.

  • Die-in planned at Transport for London headquarters as ‘save our cyclists’ petition hits over 18,000 names1 year 4 weeks agoColin Peyresourde

    Colin Peyresourde wrote:
    GoingRoundInCycles wrote:
    A video view of CS2 for those who haven't cycled on it (yet).

    Three of the five cyclists killed recently in London died on or near Cycle Superhighway 2, a cycle-path route running from Aldgate in the City to Stratford in the east of the capital. Rigged with a camera mounted on his helmet and another on his bike, Peter Walker rides the route. It takes in some of London's worst cycle infrastructure – lorry-choked roads and just a blue-painted lane for protection – and the best, with a new, fully segregated section at the end.

    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/video/2013/nov/15/cyclist-london-cycle-superhighway-2-video?commentpage=1

    Quite a good little video (I didn't want to like it, especially the way he began by parking himself next to busy traffic). The thing that struck me was that he hits the nail on the head early on when he says 'quite scary for a novice cyclist'. He navigates it perfectly well, but that is because of his experience.

    The CS is a sham of blue paint. Though I'm not sure why the Bow roundabout is so troublesome except that there is lots of traffic queued up. The problem comes when as a novice you trust the CS markings and they lead you into parked cars and other scenarios which require experience and judgement.

    Education is ultimately the key. But people should be dissuaded from using this CS stuff unless they know what they are doing.

    Cycle lanes and segregated roads can't make up for cycle education.

    I'm no novice on London's roads, I know what I'm doing and this changes nothing, CS2 is f****g dangerous and the close passes that just can't be avoided are scary, take primary - they'll still do it to punish you for taking primary.

  • Video: Rusty 1984 Raleigh Bomber gets glorious sentimental restoration1 year 4 weeks agoStim, shtoom. If you're gonna

    Stim, shtoom.

    If you're gonna get pissed up and then go on the Web, go somewhere where that's the norm.

    I'm not normally one for censorship, but I think that this is a case where deleting all posts from just before Stim arrived and locking new comments would be justified... Otherwise there's likely to be lots of unnecessary swearing and abuse getting posted.

  • Video: Rusty 1984 Raleigh Bomber gets glorious sentimental restoration1 year 4 weeks ago.

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  • Video: Rusty 1984 Raleigh Bomber gets glorious sentimental restoration1 year 4 weeks agoCan someone ban Stim before

    Can someone ban Stim before he makes more of a dick of himself than he already has?

  • Do stories of death and injury affect your attitude to cycling?1 year 4 weeks agoThese events have not

    These events have not affected my attitude to my own cycling, but my daughter commutes in north and east London and the risks to her scare the hell out of me.
    Every time she doesn't answer her phone or respond to a text….
    I'm wondering whether cycling is such a blessing to give our kids after all.

  • Mud on the road1 year 4 weeks agoI stand ill-informed, willing

    I stand ill-informed, willing to be informed, and apologetic for my tone. I have to admit that forums bring out my inner reactionary; I should know by now to take many deep breaths, and 99% of the time walk away from the computer.

    It just surprised me (even more so learning that Crosshouses is a rural dweller) to see such a question being posed - surely getting muddy is a (sometimes infuriating I grant you) regular occurrence for a cyclist of any discipline who happens to live in the UK?!

    Never shot a badger. I did get 4 likes though - yessssssss

  • Die-in planned at Transport for London headquarters as ‘save our cyclists’ petition hits over 18,000 names1 year 4 weeks agoUsh wrote:In the USA that's

    Ush wrote:
    In the USA that's often used to mean a right turn: allows you to keep your right-hand on the the bars/brake.

    You're right about the signal, but it's usually drivers using it when there's no indicator on the vehicle or the bulb is gone.

    In the UK, that signal would be done with the right arm out the window, for a left turn. I do wonder why it's not shown, as it's part of the Highway Code booklet I got this year (driven for 20 years, just wanted to properly look it over again).

    US bikes are set up with front brake on the left-hand lever, so you'd usually want to keep your left hand on the bar. More so than the right.

  • Video: Rusty 1984 Raleigh Bomber gets glorious sentimental restoration1 year 4 weeks agoStim you really are a

    Stim you really are a miserable cunt aren't you? Or a depressingly effective troll. Either way, you're thoroughly deplorable. Do fuck off and stop ruining a great tale for everybody else.

  • Motorex Wet Chain Lube1 year 4 weeks agoWilliam Black wrote:This

    William Black wrote:
    This stuff for winter mountain biking, should be easily good enough for road use:

    http://www.screwfix.com/p/hp-146-chainsaw-oil-1ltr/27933

    Cyclists clearly have "Blank Cheque" written on their forehead.

    (Summer use where I prefer a cleaner dryer chain I use the Juice Lubes viking stays lubed for ages!)

    I'd rather not have to deep clean my chain after every ride thanks, any kind of motor oil is way too thick and picks up so much filth.

    I'm fond of the Squirt wax lube, especially for MTB. For the road the Motorex spray on wet lube seems to stay fairly clean.

  • Video: Rusty 1984 Raleigh Bomber gets glorious sentimental restoration1 year 4 weeks agoStim, if you actually took 3m

    Stim, if you actually took 3m 40s to watch the video you will see that my brother died tragically in 1992 aged 18 and that his pride and joy Bomber went missing for 15 years.

  • Die-in planned at Transport for London headquarters as ‘save our cyclists’ petition hits over 18,000 names1 year 4 weeks agoColin Peyresourde wrote:The

    Colin Peyresourde wrote:
    The driver should have given her more space and should not overtake her. But in another respect, it is the left-hand turning lane and she is following the curb. So I can see what he is anticipating. Ultimately as a cyclist you have to take charge...

    Blaming the victim much?

    The courts, for once, decided that the driver was wholly at fault. You actually disagree about the proportion of blame?

  • Video: Rusty 1984 Raleigh Bomber gets glorious sentimental restoration1 year 4 weeks agoThanks Jellysticks. I bought

    Thanks Jellysticks. I bought another Super Bomber in case I needed spares. I may restore that in pink just to piss off the purists. Mike.

  • Video: Rusty 1984 Raleigh Bomber gets glorious sentimental restoration1 year 4 weeks agoLycraman - guessing Mike -

    Lycraman - guessing Mike - some people are...well...just massive fucking wankers?

    As you say the 'quality' of the bike, if that's even an issue, is hardly the point. The quality of the restoration looks awesome to me - top job.

  • Video: Rusty 1984 Raleigh Bomber gets glorious sentimental restoration1 year 4 weeks agoIt's irrelevant whether the

    It's irrelevant whether the bikes were good or not. This Raleigh Bomber was my younger brothers pride and joy and I decided to restore it, end of. I've enjoyed restoring it and I posted the video for his old friends to take a trip down memory lane. I didn't ask for it to be posted on this site but I'm grateful for the positive feedback. I am sorry if I have offended anyone with loud music (Bomber by Motörhead) and non Snakebelly tyres (the ones on e-bay aren't Cheng originals) but I've restored it for me and how I think my brother would have liked it. I have had hundreds of positive comments and three negative ones, two on here, so that's not too bad.

  • Die-in planned at Transport for London headquarters as ‘save our cyclists’ petition hits over 18,000 names1 year 4 weeks agoColin Peyresourde

    Colin Peyresourde wrote:
    CameronB wrote:
    This wasn't the cyclists fault! - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZCS3FLgYWM

    I'm not saying the driver isn't without fault. The road layout does not help, but neither does the cyclist. She should really have looked over her shoulder and made some indication of taken the lane. By hugging the side of the road she shows no intention of where she is going.

    The driver should have given her more space and should not overtake her. But in another respect, it is the left-hand turning lane and she is following the curb. So I can see what he is anticipating. Ultimately as a cyclist you have to take charge of that scenario and move early, safely and decisively, indicating what you are doing. You can have all the high viz, lights and helmets, but if you are not indicating your intentions and do not look before making your manuoeuvre then you will get into those situations. Even my cycling proficiency from 30 years ago taught me that.

    There will always be bad drivers, but hardly any want to be killers.

    Watch the video again, the lane clearly indicates straight on with the option to turn left. Leave your poorly compiled comments at home.

  • Die-in planned at Transport for London headquarters as ‘save our cyclists’ petition hits over 18,000 names1 year 4 weeks agoSo if something bad happens,

So if something bad happens, the onus is on the person bringing more kinetic energy to the table to prove they were in the right.

Yes, I do understand that you will always have to prove you took reasonable care but it does seem like 'guilty until proven innocent'.

As a society, we don't generally regard the death penalty as a just punishment for stupidity

That is correct but I would regard punishment as a deliberate imposition of a penalty. Where a cyclist gets killed or injured in an accident through negligence or stupidity on their part, the motorist hasn't set out to deliberately (assuming they have taken reasonable care) kill or injure the cyclist - indeed the motorist also becomes a victim of the cyclist's negligence (having to live with the consequences).

  • Video: Rusty 1984 Raleigh Bomber gets glorious sentimental restoration1 year 4 weeks agoStim wrote:Had to put the

    Stim wrote:
    Had to put the video on mute,what the hell is that all about?
    Raleigh Bomber-horrible contraptions,remember this gangly youth with a long nose called Neville and his twin brother having a pair of these bloody awful things in black back in the early 80s
    I used to challenge them to races round the block on the council estate in the midlands i lived in at the time,i was on my Raleigh Burner and used to lap these idiots despite all their huffing and puffing,atrocious bikes,heavy,unwieldy,slow,good for nothing except the scrap cart along with choppers,Raleigh Grifters and the rest of those hideous pieces of crap
    What on Earth possessed this guy to renovate the pile of junk ive got no idea,probably middle aged nostalgia for a childhood long long

    At last! Someone who hasn't lost their rosy tinted specs, but stamped them into little plasticky splinters. The Bomber, Grifter and the sod-awful Chopper were dreadful bikes. Really, really horrible.

    If someone wants to relive part of their childhood then great, that's lovely, but the bikes were shit.

    The Raleigh Hustler on the other hand was completely ace.

  • Just in: Ridley Fenix C (Ultegra 6800 build)1 year 4 weeks agoJBish13 wrote:Not wishing to

    JBish13 wrote:
    Not wishing to sound too pessimistic about it but I reckon anything bigger you'll struggle with...But hopefully I'll be proved wrong!

    yeah, you might be right. but if you don't win a ticket and all that Wink

  • Video: Rusty 1984 Raleigh Bomber gets glorious sentimental restoration1 year 4 weeks agoStim wrote:Had to put the

    Stim wrote:
    Had to put the video on mute,what the hell is that all about?
    Raleigh Bomber-horrible contraptions,remember this gangly youth with a long nose called Neville and his twin brother having a pair of these bloody awful things in black back in the early 80s
    I used to challenge them to races round the block on the council estate in the midlands i lived in at the time,i was on my Raleigh Burner and used to lap these idiots despite all their huffing and puffing,atrocious bikes,heavy,unwieldy,slow,good for nothing except the scrap cart along with choppers,Raleigh Grifters and the rest of those hideous pieces of crap
    What on Earth possessed this guy to renovate the pile of junk ive got no idea,probably middle aged nostalgia for a childhood long long

    *that's* your first post? i guess it's good to nail your colours to the mast, first impressions and all that. i await your incisive contribution to the debate.

  • Die-in planned at Transport for London headquarters as ‘save our cyclists’ petition hits over 18,000 names1 year 4 weeks agogiff77 wrote:Andy G

    giff77 wrote:
    Andy G wrote:

    The lane that the cyclist was in is marked as straight on and left turn. If the cyclist was going to turn left she would have been in the bus lane/cycle lane to the left of the island. How is a cyclist supposed to signal that they are going straight on?

    Using your left arm as if indicating a left turn but raise your forearm so it is at a right angle to your upper arm and parallel to your body. Sadly the majority of motorists are unaware of hand signals that should be used when indicators fail. You can also use this to let the police or traffic warden on points aware of your intentions to move ahead.

    In the USA that's often used to mean a right turn: allows you to keep your right-hand on the the bars/brake. I had thought that an arm completely raised vertically was proposed for straight-ahead but never accepted?

    Interesting the signal you mention is not shown here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/highway-code--60

  • Video: Rusty 1984 Raleigh Bomber gets glorious sentimental restoration1 year 4 weeks agoStim wrote:Had to put the

    Stim wrote:
    Had to put the video on mute,what the hell is that all about?
    Raleigh Bomber-horrible contraptions,remember this gangly youth with a long nose called Neville and his twin brother having a pair of these bloody awful things in black back in the early 80s
    I used to challenge them to races round the block on the council estate in the midlands i lived in at the time,i was on my Raleigh Burner and used to lap these idiots despite all their huffing and puffing,atrocious bikes,heavy,unwieldy,slow,good for nothing except the scrap cart along with choppers,Raleigh Grifters and the rest of those hideous pieces of crap
    What on Earth possessed this guy to renovate the pile of junk ive got no idea,probably middle aged nostalgia for a childhood long long

    You don't read, then? And the music was entirely appropriate.