• Front Light for Really Dark Nights _ Any Recommendations??1 year 5 weeks agoIncidentally, it has been

    Incidentally, it has been argued that the CE marking itself could well translate to meeting the relevant EU standard. That standard then applying as if it were a BS one. I'm not particularly sold on that, given that the CE is about product safety rather than effectiveness.

    Lezyne lights have CE markings.

  • Manchester Council employees failing to hit targets for cycle to work scheme uptake1 year 5 weeks agoI'm not that surprised,

    I'm not that surprised, cycling into and round Manchester city center is pretty hairy at times, even for fairly experienced commuters

    Further to that the capacity to chain up your bike anywhere near the council offices is next to nothing.

  • Scottish cycling provision "decades behind" despite handful of good local authorities1 year 5 weeks agoThis is the same Keith Brown

    This is the same Keith Brown who wasted £400,000 on the dreadful Nice Way Code campaign, which did nothing to encourage cycling.

  • 16 Top tips to keep YOU motivated and cycling through the winter1 year 5 weeks agoI agree - Winter is a good

    I agree - Winter is a good time for the mountain bike. Hit the dirt trailsand enjoy a different kind of riding. You can still put the work in but in a different type of riding

  • Front Light for Really Dark Nights _ Any Recommendations??1 year 5 weeks agoIt's very noble of course.

    It's very noble of course. But the manner of your posting will likely make them laugh more than front up.

    You also seem to ignore that a BS standard light is required to comply. Having an illegal Lezyne cycling light in addition is not illegal.

  • Front Light for Really Dark Nights _ Any Recommendations??1 year 5 weeks agoMost likely you will be

    Most likely you will be perfectley OK with that arrangement bendertherobot. Most policeman seem to neither care or worry about cycle safety, if you have lights that is better than many.

    It is just that I find it shambolic that one has such great difficulty finding "road legal" practicable lights that satisfy UK law even in accident situations or other situations of duress.

    I would contend that most cycle lights sold in the UK are sold illegally under the pretext or at least mis-impression that they are legal for road use as primary lights.

    I have not picked out LEZYNE and CATEYE in particular, just that they are specifically mentioned in this thread.

    I again challenge LEZYNE and CATEYE to comment or challenge me;

    LEZYNE and CATEYE why do you sell lights for cycle use that are not road legal equipment? Bring it on give me comments - I CHALLENGE YOU.

  • Front Light for Really Dark Nights _ Any Recommendations??1 year 5 weeks agoI must admitt that I'am

    I must admitt that I'am making this post largely as an update to my "settings" which will now notify me of more posts on this subject.

    I challenge LEZYNE and CATEYE to make comments or contradict me:

    I say," it is false to claim your lights are fit for road legal use in the UK (except as additional lights)".

  • Front Light for Really Dark Nights _ Any Recommendations??1 year 5 weeks agoI'll take my chances with a

    I'll take my chances with a Lezyne Mega Drive, Micro Drive and Fibre Flares.

    Or I could dig out some old Ever Ready's on ebay and combine them with pedal reflectors.

  • Is this BBC report fair. Opinions wanted before I complain.1 year 5 weeks agoWilliam Black wrote:Just a

    William Black wrote:
    Just a quick look elsewhere on the BBC website, they tend to write 'boy hit by car" "79 year old man dies after being by car" "fatally injured by a van".

    I know you can always go looking for interpretation but the BBC do tend to word cycling deaths very negatively towards the victim Eg "cyclist died after colliding with lorry"

    I've not complained to the BBC in this instance as they are really quite shoddy dealing with feedback in my experience.

    That's very interesting, William. I think the most depressing one I came across recently was the boris bike girl who apparently, "died after crashing into a lorry", and I've come across many reports where even when the photo shows quite clearly that the cyclist has been struck from behind, the cyclist has still apparently "collided with a vehicle". remember the couple on the tandem, mown down by a disqualified drunk driver on the wrong side of the road? they apparently were "doing" the colliding too.

    Is there some sort of deep seated bias, I wonder?

  • Front Light for Really Dark Nights _ Any Recommendations??1 year 5 weeks agoQuote:Where's the list for

    Quote:
    Where's the list for those that are?

    Unfortunately bendertherobot as far as I'am aware there does not seem to be such a list. It seems that it is up to you (the user) to find out i.e. as per UK law; you can do whatever the hell you like - so long as it does not break the law.
    If you google either, "Gilespargiter" or "Giles Pargiter" you will see that I have made more detailed posts about the shambolic cycle lighting position in the UK on other forums.

  • Cyclist killed in bus crash in Whitechapel1 year 5 weeks agoColin Peyresourde wrote: I

    Colin Peyresourde wrote:

    I just mean that when you take to cross the road it is an exercise of judgement. If you get it wrong then you do rather risk a lot. Unless a driver makes an unexpected acceleration you enter that risk yourself and voluntarily. I'm not saying that cars won't try to avoid you, but you are entering in to a place where as a pedestrian you do not have right of way.

    If you like though I can create a whole new moral code. Rule no.5 will definitely be 'toughen the f**k up' though.

    Wrong. In a great many cases a pedestrian does have right of way. And in any case that's not what you said. You said that if you cross anywhere other than a zebra or pelican crossing then any accident is your own fault. That's flat-out not true, both legally and morally. If a motorist hits you while you are crossing it can certainly be legally the motorist's fault (for example, if you look, cross when the road is clear, and then a car comes whizzing out, possibly over the speed limit, of a side-road without giving way and into the road you are already part-way across). In still more cases it would be morally the motorist's fault (the law is mostly an arse in any case).

    Maybe you in fact know this but you just didn't express yourself very clearly to begin with?

    I mean, you clearly said that if you cross anywhere other than a zebra or pelican and you are hurt that would be your "comuppance" ergo something you _deserved_ for doing something 'wrong'. That's just morally and factually mistaken. There is no obligation to cross at a zebra, and motorists have obligations towards crossing pedestrians wherever they cross. Which obviously is not to say its a motorist's fault if someone jumps out from behind a parked vehicle right in front of them.

    No idea what your last comment is supposed to mean.

  • Is this BBC report fair. Opinions wanted before I complain.1 year 5 weeks agoEquating the way cyclists are

    Equating the way cyclists are treated in the media to racism is really poor taste.

  • Met Police boss: Trucks in the capital are ‘killing machines’1 year 5 weeks agoJoeinpoole wrote:Ok, I'll

    Joeinpoole wrote:
    Ok, I'll consider it. Hmm ... done. Now lets do it and start saving lives.

    So you want to mix it with HGV drivers, all doing increasingly awkward shifts, with the associated increases in poor sleep, heart disease, cancer, abnormal metabolic responses and and an increased risk of accidents whilst out on the road? Don't believe me? Just do a little research before you arbitrarily dismiss the affect on the health of the HGV driver behind you on the road. It will make you very nervous.

    Joeinpoole wrote:
    HGV's operate at restricted times in no less than 14 European countries including Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Greece, Spain and Switzerland. Note that the restrictions mostly apply to the entire road network and are not just limited to specific cities.
    That's a little unfair, since we have seven day trading and more of a trend for "just in time" stock replenishment.

    Joeinpoole wrote:
    An HGV is generally defined as a vehicle over 7.5 tonnes. Deliveries can still be made with vehicles up to that limit.
    You could replace one artic with twenty vans but would you be happy with seeing that many vans on London's streets, being driven in most cases by drivers with just a car licence? Would you be happy with the congestion, the pollution, the cost of depots needed to "decant" the goods on the outskirts of the city, and the cost of everything you buy being raised to pay for the additional logistics? How many people do you know who would be happy with a substantial rise in the cost of living?

    Joeinpoole wrote:
    The same number of bananas will still be eaten and the same number of coffees will still be drunk in London whoever is supplying them and however they are delivered.
    That depends on how much of the additional costs are added to those bananas and coffees.

    It's a strange situation to have a foot in both camps, as a cyclist and an HGV driver, but my hunch is that, with the need to provide goods for an ever expanding population, it's unlikely that you will have a phallanx of lorries parked up, just so you can have a slightly easier ride during the rush hour. We need to campaign for more realistic changes, such as a 20mph speed limit, segregated cycle routes, and "quiet routes".

  • Genesis Croix de Fer 20141 year 5 weeks agoCyclist

    Cyclist wrote:
    @Bendertherobot... I can't make out who built your wheels?

    Thanks

    They say Archetype! Cool

    H Plus Sons on Novatech Hubs. Almost a year old now, thousands of miles, £325 and bombproof.

    Built by UGO on Bike Radar.

    Apex was £375 but sold the brakes for £40 as didn't need them.

    Frame was existing but reckon you can do that for £400 or so.

  • Is this BBC report fair. Opinions wanted before I complain.1 year 5 weeks agoGo for it, it really is in

    Go for it, it really is in poor taste such victim blaming whilst 5 cyclists have just died.

    We are so used to prejudice against cyclists that it even becomes hard to see it. Prejudice against other races or the other sex is rightly shunned, other prejudices aren't - why not?

    // Excise in role change:

    [after a white person runs over a black person]

    [BBC] London white drivers on black people: "They're unbelievable"

    14 November 2013 Last updated at 09:27 GMT

    A black man has been killed in a crash with a white driver in east London making him the fifth black person to die on London's roads in nine days.

    BBC London 94.9 reporter Jason Rosam reports from the crash scene in Whitechapel Road and asks white people what it is like sharing the roads with black people.

    // Exercise over, how does that look?

  • Look at that poor bloke...1 year 5 weeks agoHero. Simple as that. An

    Hero. Simple as that. An ordinary man who defies extraordinary. Prefers sheds to wind tunnels and hills to gyms. Look up the definition of proper cyclist and this man will be looking back at you.

  • Wiggins told reputation no guarantee of Olympic place1 year 5 weeks agoIt will be hard for anyone to

    It will be hard for anyone to surpass 'the rowing fella' it may only be 5 golds from five separate events, but that's five Olympic training cycles over 20 years, forget about the event, it's more about the sheer tenacity drive want selfishness that is required to accomplish that that is truly astounding. Of course genetics play a huge role, but still awesome Big Grin

  • Genesis Croix de Fer 20141 year 5 weeks ago@Bendertherobot... I can't

    @Bendertherobot... I can't make out who built your wheels?

    Thanks

  • Is this BBC report fair. Opinions wanted before I complain.1 year 5 weeks agoJust a quick look elsewhere

    Just a quick look elsewhere on the BBC website, they tend to write 'boy hit by car" "79 year old man dies after being by car" "fatally injured by a van".

    I know you can always go looking for interpretation but the BBC do tend to word cycling deaths very negatively towards the victim Eg "cyclist died after colliding with lorry"

    I've not complained to the BBC in this instance as they are really quite shoddy dealing with feedback in my experience.

  • Met Police boss: Trucks in the capital are ‘killing machines’1 year 5 weeks agoMr Hogan-Howe should remember

    Mr Hogan-Howe should remember to keep his opinions to himself as he will just get slagged off by so called know-it-all's.

    Jacknorell - Cant state this as fact on your occasion but if a film company want Police at the scene they pay the force for the use of the officers and the officers get paid overtime by the force - thats what happens in our force.

  • Met Police boss: Trucks in the capital are ‘killing machines’1 year 5 weeks agosm wrote: A total of 13 bike

    sm wrote:

    A total of 13 bike users have been killed on London's roads so far this year.

    Cyclists, non? Or has that become a politically sensitive word nowadays?

    Maybe they are inferring that some of the 'bike users' weren't competent enough to be described as 'cyclists'. More blaming the victim, eh?

  • Polaris Quantum Jacket1 year 5 weeks agoDon't want to moan, because

    Don't want to moan, because it looks like a good jacket (at least for daytime use) but "extensive reflective detail" ? Don't be daft - the reflective area is only a fraction of a standard high vis vest.

    It's hard to tell because suppliers have yet to grasp, at least when it comes to hi-vis, that we need to see both sides of the garment to be able to make a proper assessment.

    It's absolutely vital that cyclists understand the difference, and are not lulled into a false sense of security, by clinging to the notion that a little bit of reflective detail here and there is adequate.

    All cycling media need to shine a light on this issue by either providing, or insisting on suppliers providing, images of the actual garment "in the field" (my avatar gives some idea of what is required).

  • Is this BBC report fair. Opinions wanted before I complain.1 year 5 weeks agoIt's an attributed quote.

    It's an attributed quote. Don't like seeing headlines like that but I would also agree. Some (note use of word!) cyclists are unbelievable. Just like car drivers and pedestrians. The idiocy of a small percentage of the human race never ceases to amaze me. Unfortunately it also makes the headlines.

  • WADA adopts new code - drugs cheats face 4-year ban1 year 5 weeks agoMoving in the right

    Moving in the right direction. I like Kie7077's staged approach, only I would start with three to four years and then move to a lifetime ban.

  • Met Police boss: Trucks in the capital are ‘killing machines’1 year 5 weeks agoA total of 13 bike users have

    A total of 13 bike users have been killed on London's roads so far this year.

    Cyclists, non? Or has that become a politically sensitive word nowadays?