• TfL to trial optical & radar detection technology on buses to alert drivers to cyclists and pedestrians1 year 3 weeks agoThere is no excuse for TfL

    There is no excuse for TfL not to implement these technologies on grounds of cost. I see that even a cheap little car like the Nissan Note now has four cameras for all-round vision from the dashboard.

    Certainly systems for public carriage vehicles need greater robustness and will also require resilient back-end systems for data storage (because of the impact of recording on criminal or civil-negligence proceedings).

    But these systems must certainly exist already. The call for further trials smacks of kicking the can down the road.

  • Sahara Dust Cloud - Avoid!1 year 3 weeks agoMeh, it's not too bad. I've

    Meh, it's not too bad. I've been out and done a fairly hard 40 miles and I'm still here.

  • What’s keeping Brits off the bike? In a word: fear, says new study1 year 3 weeks agoajmarshal1 wrote:Update: In

    ajmarshal1 wrote:
    Update:

    In the interests of fairness, here's the reply from the coach company (Longstaffs of Amble, Northumberland) in it's entirety , make of it what you will:

    Thank you for your email. Your comments have been noted and our drivers spoken to.

    Regards

    Alison

    Words like these alone are meaningless. They would struggle to use fewer words in their communique, such is the importance of this to them.

    Fairness would include:
    - ensuring the driver understood the seriousness of the incident
    - he recognises the consequences of his actions
    - him (and the company) finding a way to address the failure and prevent it happening again to their staff.
    - communicating something of all the above to the complainant.

    This happens in other areas, why not so-called 'professional' drivers?

  • As air pollution levels soar should you stop riding?1 year 3 weeks agoJust 22,000 taxi's causing

    Just 22,000 taxi's causing 30% of inner London's pollution and our government can't figure out a solution. Looks to me like they really haven't tried, they thought they could sit on their arses and wait for car technology to make cars cleaner and result in lower pollution. It didn't work, fine them, the maximum.

  • What’s keeping Brits off the bike? In a word: fear, says new study1 year 3 weeks agoIt's true many drivers cannot

    It's true many drivers cannot perceive bike riders as equal road users. Probably this is a generational thing. If you're middle-aged or older, you grew up when the prevailing attitude was that people who ride bikes 'don't really count'.

    (You might recall Jeremy Clarkson's crack that 'anybody over 23 on a bus is a failure'. JC projects that 'cyclists-don't-really-count' attitude.)

    Fewer young people are learning to drive, and fewer still buying cars. With time, a generational change in attitude will come, just as it did with drunken driving.

    Meantime...I am surprised that nowhere in the study's findings is there mention of 'fear of getting your bike nicked'.

    Speaking for myself, this is an important reason to prefer some other form of transport, for example when going out in the evening.

  • Sahara Dust Cloud - Avoid!1 year 3 weeks agoWas going for a pre-event

    Was going for a pre-event training run tomorrow and picked-up the warnings on the news - no physical exercise outside in the affected region(s) wed and thur. Have decided to bin it, for the reason you highlight. Just need to cram the run in some other time - which is a bit short at the moment.

  • As air pollution levels soar should you stop riding?1 year 3 weeks agoIf pollution rises the

    If pollution rises the solution is to stop doing what creates the pollution, and more specifically creates the pollution where it most affects people! ban cars in towns and cities.

  • As air pollution levels soar should you stop riding?1 year 3 weeks agoTime everyone accepted how

    Time everyone accepted how anti social and unhealthy for everyone private motor vehicles are.

  • Pictures of your Bike1 year 3 weeks agoMy stable as it currently

    My stable as it currently stands:
    1. Cinelli Experience; used for racing. Highlights include American Classics Victory 30 wheels and Record crankset. Light, stiff and an ideal race machine for our roads
    2. Cinelli Gazetta; used for everything else. This is my goto bike and is ridden daily. No significant mods, but look at it, it's lovely Smile

  • What’s keeping Brits off the bike? In a word: fear, says new study1 year 3 weeks agobikebot wrote:Most drivers

    bikebot wrote:
    Most drivers are fine, could you imagine what the carnage would be like if it actually was a majority that were incompetent.

    We do have a bit of a quality issue with driving. From my observation, a difference between commuter cyclists and drivers is that cyclists often brush up on their road craft and knowledge over time. Drivers however develop an over confidence in their ability.

    Forcing drivers to at least retake their theory test every decade would help with that, along with a greater use of retraining as a punishment for offences.

    The majority get away with it. I'm not sure that makes them "fine".

    If we must allow private cars, I'd have thought 5 yearly medicals and retests (the lot, not just theory) would be appropriate - I can't think of any reason why people should be allowed to wield dangerous weapons, with essentially no constraint from the law, and no check on their fitness or competence, beyond 'some time in the past they did OK', probably in different road conditions, with a less powerful car, and in better physical condition themselves.

  • What’s keeping Brits off the bike? In a word: fear, says new study1 year 3 weeks agoajmarshal1 wrote:Update: In

    ajmarshal1 wrote:
    Update:

    In the interests of fairness, here's the reply from the coach company (Longstaffs of Amble, Northumberland) in it's entirety , make of it what you will:

    Thank you for your email. Your comments have been noted and our drivers spoken to.

    Regards

    Alison

    Well that fills you with confidence.

  • Just in: Cannondale Hooligan 21 year 3 weeks agoIf only they made one

    If only they made one slightly larger...

  • Brighton BikeHub wins cash to set up ‘banks’ for surplus bikes1 year 3 weeks agoGood luck to you, Drfab. You

    Good luck to you, Drfab. You could do worse than get in touch with the Edinburgh group, Bike Station, who would no doubt have some good pointers on which strategies worked for them.

  • What’s keeping Brits off the bike? In a word: fear, says new study1 year 3 weeks agoajmarshal1 wrote:Update: In

    ajmarshal1 wrote:
    Update:

    In the interests of fairness, here's the reply from the coach company (Longstaffs of Amble, Northumberland) in it's entirety , make of it what you will:

    Thank you for your email. Your comments have been noted and our drivers spoken to.

    Regards

    Alison

    never send an email direct to the company without copying in the police, the later may do nothing, but it is on file and it is harder for the company to ignore.

  • What’s keeping Brits off the bike? In a word: fear, says new study1 year 3 weeks agobikebot wrote:Most drivers

    bikebot wrote:
    Most drivers are fine, could you imagine what the carnage would be like if it actually was a majority that were incompetent.

    I wouldn't say most drivers are fine, I would say most drivers are barely competent and very complacent. Evidence for this is the two lane entry roundabout, something so simple, and yet in my experience something that seems to be beyond the capability of a huge proportion of drivers. Then we have lane discipline on dual carriageways and motorways, a huge proportion will never move over after overtaking, you only have to look at the stream of trucks in the left, the reps on the right and the empty lane in the middle to see that.!

    This is before you consider the disregard for parking laws, speed limits, mobile phones, etc etc.

    Think about the Sheppey bridge crash last? year, its foggy visibility is reduced, so what happens a major pile up.

  • Just in: Cannondale Hooligan 21 year 3 weeks agoSick. I think that's the term

    Sick. I think that's the term all the hep cats are using these days.

    I think the term "rad " was last considered hip back in the late 80s, daddio.

  • TfL to trial optical & radar detection technology on buses to alert drivers to cyclists and pedestrians1 year 3 weeks agoI'm not sure how effective

    I'm not sure how effective the senors will be in central London, often it's the bus drivers attitude and style of driving that is the problem.

    My experience if that in areas of heavy pedestrian traffic bus driver speed along assuming that people will get out of the way just in time. If one person trips or is slightly slower than assumed the bus driver leaves himself no margin to avoid hitting them. The road to the Bus station at Liverpool Street (currently temporarily closed) is a good example.

  • Culprit Croz Blade aero frameset1 year 3 weeks agotruly hideous. the disc

    truly hideous. the disc brakes dont help the ungainly look.

    *barfs*

  • Culprit Croz Blade aero frameset1 year 3 weeks agoFUGLY!

    FUGLY!

  • Swiss Side Hadron 625 wheels available to pre-order1 year 3 weeks agoAs mentioned above, we're

    As mentioned above, we're reporting the claims of the brand rather than corroborating them... the same as every other time we report a brand's aero claims.

    You can be persuaded by the stats or not believe them, as you see fit. It's always the same deal.

  • Just in: Cannondale Hooligan 21 year 3 weeks agoThis should lead to a

    This should lead to a different style of road test photo! Look forward to the first pictures of a manual and stair set jump on road.cc!

    I've always thought this type of bike could do with a dropper seatpost, it's a bit difficult to get too rad with the seat at normal riding height.

  • Swiss Side Hadron 625 wheels available to pre-order1 year 3 weeks agoThat was meant to be a reply

    That was meant to be a reply to AyBee. Technology never was my strong point.

    Interesting product - great write up. I called you out before on reporting aerodynamic claims Mat; I can certainly see here how hard it is to convey the story whilst remaining nonpartisan.

    The wheels sound like a similar story to the Flo Cycling offerings, of which I have 60mm and 90mm variants both of which have been deeply (geddit?) impressive. Not the lightest wheels on Earth but once they're up to speed they don't hold you back at all, and with 'proper' brake track to boot Wink

    Good to see they also publish plenty of data too. They certainly pick their claims carefully... next we will have "The most aero wheel between 14 and 15 degrees of yaw". Notwithstanding, given the price most would be more than content for them to claim "almost as fast as an 808 but a bit cheaper and heavier". Interesting to see more companies in the market though. With the likes of Boyd, Flo, SwissSide and others offering wheels at <50% of the cost of Zipp and <75% of the cost of HED, the pressure is on the big boys to keep developing!

  • Widow of cyclist killed by drink-driver says he should have been jailed for life1 year 3 weeks agoCausing death by dangerous or

    Causing death by dangerous or careless driving should be a automatic life ban from driving, no exceptions.
    Likewise for a second offence of being caught over the alcohol limit.

  • What’s keeping Brits off the bike? In a word: fear, says new study1 year 3 weeks agoUpdate: In the interests of

    Update:

    In the interests of fairness, here's the reply from the coach company (Longstaffs of Amble, Northumberland) in it's entirety , make of it what you will:

    Thank you for your email. Your comments have been noted and our drivers spoken to.

    Regards

    Alison

  • What’s keeping Brits off the bike? In a word: fear, says new study1 year 3 weeks agoMost drivers are fine, could

    Most drivers are fine, could you imagine what the carnage would be like if it actually was a majority that were incompetent.

    We do have a bit of a quality issue with driving. From my observation, a difference between commuter cyclists and drivers is that cyclists often brush up on their road craft and knowledge over time. Drivers however develop an over confidence in their ability.

    Forcing drivers to at least retake their theory test every decade would help with that, along with a greater use of retraining as a punishment for offences.