• Amber pedal reflectors - are you bothered?1 year 7 weeks agodownfader wrote:I've worn

    downfader wrote:
    I've worn said kit at night. I can honestly say in my experience it doesn't make a lot of difference.

    During the winter I have white bands down my lycra longs, and reflective strips on my tops. People still pull out or close pass from time to time. Short of waving my arms like a maniac and shouting "please dont hit me!" at every car I see I dont see that changing unless attitudes are properly challenged and red herrings removed from the debates.

    If someone wears a black coat at night I dont really care as long as the lights are up to scratch!

    I'm inclined to agree. I've found that motorists tend to be more patient if I use a single very bright light on the front; my theory being that they mistake me for a motorcyclist. If I use several smaller or flashing lights they'll pull out because I'm easily identified as "only a cyclist".

    Having the rear of the bike lit up like a Christmas tree is my preferred way of avoiding close passes, though.

    Rob

  • Two cyclists injured in latest case of aggression against riders in Midlands1 year 7 weeks agoQuote:"Details of the

    Quote:
    "Details of the incident have been passed to the force's traffic processing office."

    to be never seen again!!!

  • Driver who killed Oxford cyclist found not guilty of dangerous driving, guilty of careless1 year 7 weeks agoMaybe cyclists should have a

    Maybe cyclists should have a thought process which says will I put lights on and be seen or assume drivers can see me because I can see them.

    Eating a sandwich in a car is not as dangerous as cycling in the dark with no lights

  • SRAM Red Black Chainrings & Giro Advantage TT Helmet1 year 7 weeks agoSold.

    Sold.

  • Amber pedal reflectors - are you bothered?1 year 7 weeks agoOh crap. I got double sided

    Oh crap. I got double sided SPDs with no space for reflectors. And now I've got used to SPDs, am not going back to flat pedals. SPDs feel safer.

    Shimano's Click'R pedals would appear to do the job, but ew, they're ugly. I'll get busy with reflective ankle bands and tape on the seat stays/shoes as the nights draw in. Is there any case law on this area?

  • Breaking news: Passenger dies of injuries after bus performs emergency stop to avoid cyclist1 year 7 weeks agoIanW1968 wrote:Spen- your

    IanW1968 wrote:
    Spen- your right conjectures not good but leaving it to the courts presumes they, the cps and police will act fairly and there's repeated evidence that doesn't happen.

    But without at least believing the courts are fair could we be called a civilised country?

  • Pro Team kit - Naff or not1 year 7 weeks agoWho cares? I rode up and

    Who cares? I rode up and around the the Pym Chair/Lamaload roads (Peak District) today and was so banjaxed that i could have moonwalked home to Sale quicker. I cant remember what I was wearing never mind everyone else. Although there was some vision in Pink. Marvelous.

  • Amber pedal reflectors - are you bothered?1 year 7 weeks agoWell, apparently, after

    Well, apparently, after checking with a local policeman months ago, it would make NO difference to the law if I had reflectors or not, because they cannot be seen from behind, that is purely because I ride a recumbent trike.

  • Amber pedal reflectors - are you bothered?1 year 7 weeks agoAPB wrote:What about a

    APB wrote:
    What about a sticker on the pedals? I don't have reflectors on my pedals but don't usually ride at night, but a reflective sticker on the back of them wouldn't be a hardship.

    The sticker is unlikely to comply with the relevant British Standard so would not comply with the law. But if you had these stickers instead then it would be more difficult to claim contributory negligence against you I think Thinking

  • Amber pedal reflectors - are you bothered?1 year 7 weeks agoThe reflectors in my Shimano

    The reflectors in my Shimano SPD's are so small, they might as well not have been there. I am happy with my Speedplays (without reflectors) and lights when riding in the dark on Cotswolds country lanes. Whether that is legal or not...

  • Amber pedal reflectors - are you bothered?1 year 7 weeks agoI am thinking that to reduce

    I am thinking that to reduce any compensation payout you would have to prove that the lack of amber reflectors made a significant enough difference to the outcome?
    I would think that this would be not worth the effort?

  • Arturo Vega RIP1 year 7 weeks agoHey Ho, Lets go You do

    Hey Ho, Lets go Big Grin

    You do know he died in June.....

    EDIT: Just noticed it was posted ages ago Devil

  • 'No link' between motorists speaking on mobile phones and having collisions1 year 7 weeks agoSeverely flawed? To

    Severely flawed? To paraphrase Wolfgang Pauli, it's not even wrong. It's worse than not even wrong, it's dangerously not even wrong, and could lead to some road users using this unscientific drivel as justification for using their mobile on the road.

    You may note the neutral term "road users" - I've seen cyclists as well as drivers with phones clamped to their ears. Both completely moronic, the former borderline suicidal, the latter potentially lethal.

  • Amber pedal reflectors - are you bothered?1 year 7 weeks agoWhat about a sticker on the

    What about a sticker on the pedals? I don't have reflectors on my pedals but don't usually ride at night, but a reflective sticker on the back of them wouldn't be a hardship.

  • Pro Team kit - Naff or not1 year 7 weeks agoI am sure I saw him riding

    I am sure I saw him riding round Devon with a whole bunch of others all in team kit last September... Talk about taking it too far, they even had replica team cars following them and presumably fake Police outriders!!!!
    Talk about taking things too far..
    And you can tell by the look on his face that he is sitting on a Chinarello Wink

  • Arturo Vega RIP1 year 7 weeks agoThanks Dr Bliss. Two months

    Thanks Dr Bliss. Two months and you're the first post! (I put it down to there being no dissent...)

  • Arturo Vega RIP1 year 7 weeks agoyay

    yay

  • Breaking news: Passenger dies of injuries after bus performs emergency stop to avoid cyclist1 year 7 weeks agoSympathies to the family and

    Sympathies to the family and friends and a black mark for the reputation of cyclists. My guess is that the perpetrator was some bloke who ocassionally rode a bike rather than a cycling enthusiast (cyclist).

  • New Phone, want some advice1 year 7 weeks agoIf your after one for cycling

    If your after one for cycling and are not too precious try the huawei at £69.99 from a popular catalog shop. Google android and if it takes a spill it is'nt gonna cost much to replace it

  • Video: Making a bigger splash1 year 7 weeks agoclearly his GoPro survived to

    clearly his GoPro survived to show the run-up

  • right tyre pressure1 year 7 weeks agoIt says that you should

    It says that you should change the tyres.i slid off my bike with giant p-slr tyres and think they're awful in wet conditions

  • Exclusive first look: Colnago AC-R road bike1 year 7 weeks agoJury's out on this

    Jury's out on this one....
    Might be a nice riding bike, but aesthetically bland.
    Like Black and white, but not on this bike for some reason...

  • Amber pedal reflectors - are you bothered?1 year 7 weeks agoI would seriously consider

    I would seriously consider riding up to a copper at night on my bike (with lights) and ask their opinion when in real terms my 900lumen front light and 2 watt pulsing led rear seriously out weigh small amber reflectors.

  • Driver dead and cyclist in critical condition after collision in Norfolk1 year 7 weeks agoAnyone tempted to buy a Dawes

    Anyone tempted to buy a Dawes Galaxy? I remember being almost left-hooked by a "lads" car on my commuter bike and wondering how their crappy Halfords body kit would fair against a fat bloke on a steel bike.

    Seriously though, there's bugger-all information here on what actually happened.

  • 'No link' between motorists speaking on mobile phones and having collisions1 year 7 weeks agoThat article and research is

    That article and research is severely flawed. I was dismayed when I read it.

    There was a program on the TV about about 2, 3 years ago regarding how mobile phones affect concentration and motor function. The programme showed a very highly rated traffic Police officer trained in the most advanced driving standards being put through tests where he had to negotiate a course of cones swiftly and accurately. First he did it with full concentration and did a perfect run. Then he did it again with a researcher in the passenger seat asking him to do simple arithmetic like 6+9, 7x6, 23+42. This time he hit cones and was much slower. And he wasn't holding a phone up at his ear with one hand either.

    This is because two different parts of the brain are required for those separate functions - one to drive, one to perform the arithmetic. What happens is the brain splits it "computing skills" if you will, so each task get less brain power. That leads to mistakes.

    Using a phone whilst driving has the same effect as the above, and its exactly the same effect as this: You are driving and you get lost, or dont really know where you are going, or you are driving in a new area looking for a house or shop, building, etc. The radio/CD player is blurting out music but not loud, just as you usually have it set when you drive in familiar areas. What do you do? You turn the music down so you can *concentrate* more on the task in hand. I guarantee you as a driver you have done this at some point. The key word there was concentrate.

    Using a phone whilst driving and having a conversation as opposed to answering a call and saying, "Hello luv, I'll be about an hour late, I'm driving. See ya later" affects the part of the brain that allows you to focus and concentrate on your driving. It really does lessen your awareness of whats going on around your vehicle and will contribute to the risk of causing a collision and risk of injury or death. Don't do it.

    I could write about many, many holes in that flawed, ridiculous research, but its beyond the scope of this post. I do wonder who sponsored the research though...