• Space for Cycling campaign launches standalone website1 year 5 weeks agoarfa wrote:After Alan Neve

    arfa wrote:
    After Alan Neve was killed earlier this year by an HGV in holborn, I turned out for his ride because there is an element of if we don't stand together, he would become another anonymous statistic.

    So what about all the cyclists who died prior to Mr Neve? Are they just anonymous statistics?

    It was with the death of Mr Neve and the 5 minute ride past the site of his death that spurred you into action? Exactly what action have you taken up since that ride?

  • Shimano Road Discs: Final thoughts (for now)1 year 5 weeks agoKiwiMike wrote:So this

    KiwiMike wrote:
    So this 'marketing-driven' hype turnsout to deliver real-world benefits that people are happy to pay for?
    .

    Discs do offer benifits, but...

    If we say that a set of discs brakes are at least £150 calipers and discs, a set of wheels £200, new frame and fork, £500ish. I know the numbers can be different.

    Do discs offer £700+ of benefit?

    For a MTB in my opinion after clipless pedals, discs are a great invention and even running one on the front as i did for a while makes a real difference, for me if i had to give up suspension or discs, suspension would go.

    Looking at the road bike for a moment, if i had £700, what would i buy? I don't actually think discs would be that high up the list.

    If i had to buy a new frame today, i doubt i would get a disk one due to the lack of frames I like, if i was looking to buy in a few years then i would probably get a disc frame to future proof my purchase. I do see the market going to discs in time, afterall they do work, they do cope with rain better, etc. I just don't regard discs as a must have in the same way as i do on the mtb.

  • Death of French student struck by lorry while riding Boris Bike "accidental"1 year 5 weeks agoShades wrote:I'm not a London

    Shades wrote:
    I'm not a London rider but perhaps these bike lanes etc give people a false sense of security. They're an 'aid', but ultimately it's you and the other traffic. There are times when I approach a junction and look at what type of vehicles are in the queue, do I think the lights are about to change etc, and just say to myself, "just stick yourself on the back of the queue"....and then someone (the 'occasional cyclist' as I call them - no helmet, high viz) just 'sails' up the inside, or outside, of the traffic completely oblivious to the risk they're under. They usually ignore the red light as well.

    Don't judge other cyclists on their clothing choice. It has no effect on how they ride, or how experienced they are. I certainly don't become a bad cyclist if I'm just riding to the shop in normal clothes any more than I become a good cyclist when I'm in full lycra. Cycling infrastructure should be for everybody, and if it can't keep an 8 year old safe on their way to school and me safe on my way to work (in lycra mode) then it isn't good enough.

    I agree about checking vehicles and sitting in the queue, but when the road tells you otherwise it's not surprising some people don't.

  • Rumble in Brum as "vigilante" cyclists stage bus lane protest1 year 5 weeks agoChuck wrote:I don't believe

    Chuck wrote:
    I don't believe for a second that the taxi guy genuinely didn't know if he can use that lane or not- he knows full well that in practice he can and that's enough for taxi drivers. I can't get behind the actions of the cyclists though.

    Sums up my thoughts.

    I have found that taxi drivers take more liberties than most drivers. It's as if they feel their trade allows them to somehow bend/break more rules more often than everyone else. It's time they were told that it won't wash.

    paulmcmillan wrote:
    to make the point that taxi drivers use this road illegally without overshadowing it with a cyclists vs motorists confrontation.

    And of course don't forget the journalist's need for a story - how an incident is communicated makes a HUGE difference to how it is perceived by those who were not present.

    While others may not share GKam's views about Critical Mass etc I don't think you need to abuse him for having them. Equally Keith, calling someone a moron isn't helping.

  • British Cycling claims over 100,000 new female riders in last six months1 year 5 weeks agoGreat news, hopefully it'll

    Great news, hopefully it'll have a knock on with more (senior) women getting into club-level racing.

    All for all this "grass roots development" lark but a large percentage of amateur racers are women who've come into the sport at a later age, and unfortunately there seems to be very little support or recognition for them despite this.

    The Tour will be fecking epic.

  • Win a unique HOY Autumn edition bike with road.cc and Evans Cycles!1 year 5 weeks agoAutumn sunset ride

    Autumn sunset ride

  • David Cameron says he's “a big fan of cycling revolution”1 year 5 weeks agoAll talk. Dave makes plenty

    All talk.

    Dave makes plenty of pro cycling proclamations yet the actions of his government do not match the words.

    Levels of funding by government, while increasing, are nowhere near those recommended by the 'Get Britain Cycling' report. Indeed when this was debated there were no binding outcomes.

    We all know that inactivity costs this country £bn's per year and added to the other health costs, accidents, congestion and pollution, that cycling is as important and necessary than ever.

    So what do we get? Flagship cycle projects (boris bikes, superhighways etc.) that garner lots of media attention but really do little for the majority of cyclists.

    Which politicians speak out about the dangerous, selfish and complacent attitudes of a large minority of drivers? Not David motorists need to "think carefully" Cameron or anyone else that I can think of for that matter.

    Which politicians speak of the need to take space from motor traffic in our cities to build proper cycling infrastructure? Only Boris as far as I'm aware and where's the action?

    Cycling appears to be the political doublethink topic of the moment. It's the same with environmental issues - lots of media friendly soundbites about how important the issue is but mostly inadequate and underfunded commitments to change. Cowardly ineffectual politicians who won't upset the applecart - the oil and motoring lobbies rule supreme and until we get some proper political will this won't change.

    Anyway rant over - I'm off for a ride.

  • New 2014 cervelo R31 year 5 weeks agoIf it was my money I'd go for

    If it was my money I'd go for the 2014 R3, you're effectively getting the new frame design from the RCA plus its much more future-proof with internal routing if you decide to go electric transmission/hydraulic rim brakes in the future. The only area in which the R3 Dark edition is going to be better is slightly lower weight, and the difference will be pretty trivial at best.

  • Race/Rider of the year1 year 5 weeks agoTony Martin has to be my

    Tony Martin has to be my rider of the season. Passing out (twice) from the pain of his lung contusions after a crash on the first stage to go on and win the time trial a few days later is a bit special, and his solo ride in the Vuelta was thrilling to follow and cheer on.

  • Shimano Road Discs: Final thoughts (for now)1 year 5 weeks agoSo this 'marketing-driven'

    So this 'marketing-driven' hype turnsout to deliver real-world benefits that people are happy to pay for?

    Who knew?

    Methinks some pundits owe some marketing depts a few bevvies.

  • Space for Cycling campaign launches standalone website1 year 5 weeks agoI’m a bit disappointed there

    I’m a bit disappointed there seems to be developing a partisan edge against LCC, we should be uniting across the country to make the changes we want to see.

    Yes every city needs to mobilize their residents to support the movement – it needs to grow out from a grass roots level. Cycling by its very nature is a local activity. Just because LCC started the campaign and have taken a leading position and launched this Space for Cycling website, does not mean they are locking out any other city. That’s just idiocy.

    LCC’s remit is London – but the principals are the same nationally, if you doubt their motives read the manifesto on their website. http://lcc.org.uk/pages/space-for-cycling

    Instead of slagging organisations off who are trying to make positive change for us and our children, maybe we should be trying to support each other and sharing resources where possible. Together we are stronger people.

  • Tech Roundup: Wilier, Zipp, Howies, cycling jeans, Bluetooth lock1 year 5 weeks agoThat Zipp wheel is...

    That Zipp wheel is... exciting...

  • Death of French student struck by lorry while riding Boris Bike "accidental"1 year 5 weeks agoI'm not a London rider but

    I'm not a London rider but perhaps these bike lanes etc give people a false sense of security. They're an 'aid', but ultimately it's you and the other traffic. There are times when I approach a junction and look at what type of vehicles are in the queue, do I think the lights are about to change etc, and just say to myself, "just stick yourself on the back of the queue"....and then someone (the 'occasional cyclist' as I call them - no helmet, high viz) just 'sails' up the inside, or outside, of the traffic completely oblivious to the risk they're under. They usually ignore the red light as well.

  • Nuflex Muscles & Joints warming gel1 year 5 weeks agoAgree. I think the effect is

    Agree. I think the effect is more psychological than real from my understanding. Though, if you are out in the cold, the fact that you have a layer of chemical crud trapping in heat loss might have some effect, but I presume what you are referring to is the way these creams bring the blood to the skins surface (causing cooling).

    It is the same with Ibuprofen gels. Very little science to support them.

  • PCSOs to get power to fine unlit cyclists1 year 5 weeks agoFATBEGGARONABIKE wrote:Having

    FATBEGGARONABIKE wrote:
    Having read the comments I've noticed an awfull lot of people refering to "pavement parking" and police not doing anything about it, (the police)using the excuse that parking is now upto the local authorities/council and not a police matter.

    Slighty OT, to the main, but anyway.

    Pavement parking is a problem, but in a lot of different ways. I live in a victorian terrace the road is approximately 3 cars wide, but houses on both sides and lots of cars. If residents park on the road, then you can not drive down the road? If you park on the pavement then you block the pavement. Can't win really.

  • Updated: Court hears crowd-funded fixed-penalty appeal1 year 5 weeks agolakeland bimbler wrote: If I

    lakeland bimbler wrote:

    If I remember my law studies correctly magistrates can't establish precedent so unless this ends up in the crown court it is unlikely to have any bearing on the future

    Correct. Even in the Crown Court, it isn't necessarily binding either.

  • Time Xpresso 2 pedals1 year 5 weeks agorookybiker wrote:In my

    rookybiker wrote:
    In my opinion this is a well balanced report that truthfully conveys both the good and bad aspects of these pedals. Bearing life is a weakness of recent Time pedals (including the I-Clic's).

    Yep totally agree bearing weakness is a problem for all iClic pedals and you can't service the axle. I'm on my third and final pair and will look at Shimano (I've used Speedplay to but these didn't last either - no spares at the time) when these have worn out. Time should sort this out. On the plus side they are easy to use, cleats wear ok and Time have a 2 year warranty.

  • Tech Roundup: Wilier, Zipp, Howies, cycling jeans, Bluetooth lock1 year 5 weeks agoI hope the popular two man

    I hope the popular two man beat combo Zero 7 don't find out about the Wilier bike... * said in a geeky voice while pushing spectacles along nose* Nerd

  • Rumble in Brum as "vigilante" cyclists stage bus lane protest1 year 5 weeks agoQuote:“We are a public

    Quote:
    “We are a public service. We are here to serve the community but we are being attacked."

    Dear Taxi Driver,

    Act like it then, instead of choosing which bits of the rules of the road you want to follow, based on whether it inconveniences you or not.

  • Rumble in Brum as "vigilante" cyclists stage bus lane protest1 year 5 weeks agokie7077 wrote:Are you

    kie7077 wrote:
    Are you serious, I think you've got a bloody cheek....

    What did you expect? The guy has never been on a CM nor any other kind of advocacy ride, yet is always one of the first on each thread moaning about how others are damaging his image of being a cyclist.

    The guy just comes over as a joke.

    What few on this thread have asked themselves is why a substantial group of cyclists felt it was necessary to do something about infringements by taxis into these bus/cycle lanes. You do not get a large number of people to perform direct action at the drop of a hat, without good reason.

    What if the action was to stop any other kind of illegal activity? Would anyone who has expressed a displeasure about these peoples action, have an issue with that?

    Guyz2010 wrote:
    Flash PEACEFUL protest rides I'd support from my screen, wilfull vandalism and hijacking gets NO SUPPORT WHAT-SO-EVER. It ain't helping our situation.
    Reading this website, it does appear there are rather a lot of angry cyclist that need to chill out.

    I dont get this at all. It falls into the "action like this gives all cyclists a bad name" bullshit, AFAIC.

    While I do not advocate smashing up property for the fun of it, I am very supportive of people who destroy things that are used as tools to kill, oppress, or destroy the environment/endanger the safety of others. If that taxi driver was revving his engine and trying to force his way through the cyclists, I would support them smashing the fuck out of his vehicle. People ALWAYS trump property, especially if that property is used to against people.

    That said, smashing his wing mirror while he was sitting there then dodging out is just 'rebel without a clue'.

  • Shimano Road Discs: Final thoughts (for now)1 year 5 weeks ago"...it's a possibility that

    "...it's a possibility that someone's chainset could slice their jugular artery"

    Actually, it's the jugular VEIN, and the CAROTID artery...

    #Pedant

    Cool

  • Latest transfers1 year 5 weeks agoNope, its still to be

    Nope, its still to be confirmed. They are still sorting out contracts, but its a fairly done deal,.

    Along with Bennett of Radioshack, Oscar Gatto and Ivan Rovny. There is also talk of Scarponi going over there.

    LL Sanchez seems to have sorted out a move to Movistar aswell

  • New 2014 cervelo R31 year 5 weeks agoPhil You'll be very happy

    Phil
    You'll be very happy with the 2014 R3 - Cervelo have trickled down the technology from the 2013 R5 to the 2014 R3 - so for the same money (ish) you're getting a better chassis!!
    Good luck
    regards, ianSWBB

  • Riding On The A4?1 year 5 weeks agoOnce past heathrow turn left

    Once past heathrow turn left through Longford across stanwell moor Rd at roundabout into poyle then right where the road turns 90 degrees left onto colnbrook through village back to A4/M4 junc, left takes you into Datchet then Eton over moor to A4 just b4 M/head once in M/head take left by police stn then follow signs to rly stn under rly bridge then right takes you to Twyford then A4 through Reading.
    Once you get to theale go right (towards Pangbourne) then left past deer park then left past wayland's smithy into bradfield over common this then brings you down onto the A4 at Thatcham.

    After then my knowledge of the roads to use ceases, I wish you well whichever way you go please post back and tell us how you got on, best wishes

  • Pictures of your Bike1 year 5 weeks agoIn what way inappropriate? I

    In what way inappropriate? I can't see any swearing or nudity! Or does that roller door hide tonnes of contraband?

    It's a bike in a picture. And, I'm assuming it yours...