- Do stories of death and injury affect your attitude to cycling?1 year 5 weeks agoI did a thousand miles'
I did a thousand miles' commuting in London, riding very defensively and so on, and then got wiped out on a roundabout in the countryside in broad daylight.
The recent accidents are a statistical cluster, but none - sadly - are inherently unusual; just the likely outcome of darker evenings, stupid road layouts, big vehicles and squishy humans sharing a space with insufficient care given on one or both sides.
- Tech Roundup: Strava, Rapha, howies, Factor, Raleigh Beano bike and much more1 year 5 weeks agoWobbly things Dave? Things
Wobbly things Dave? Things being gratuitously wiggled over top tubes?
Let's just just give in and have a weekly T&A round up. So people could make up their own minds, of course.
- Die-in planned at Transport for London headquarters as ‘save our cyclists’ petition hits over 18,000 names1 year 5 weeks agoSigned, and maybe in for the
Signed, and maybe in for the die-in too. Is fake blood and a t-shirt with 'SMIDSY' on it too much?
- Video: Rusty 1984 Raleigh Bomber gets glorious sentimental restoration1 year 5 weeks agoAmazing and a great story.
Amazing and a great story.
- “People keep dying and I don’t want to die” - we speak to cyclists at last night's Bow flashride1 year 5 weeks agoIn response to kie7077 – I'd
In response to kie7077 – I'd rather wait 10 secs. to give a cyclist chance to pull away and be safe than put their life in danger advancing from the lights at the same time.
- BMC Team Machine SLR011 year 5 weeks agoI think you didn't get the
I think you didn't get the story right: The ACE process does not only optimize carbon layup but at the same time geometrical structure and cross sections of the SLR01 frame (check out BMC's animation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2VCXYiw77Q). So, if you say the frame's shape is purely driven by industrial design and that it's not functional you're just totally wrong...
- Video: Rusty 1984 Raleigh Bomber gets glorious sentimental restoration1 year 5 weeks agoSweet ride.
I had a green one - it had a picture of a B17 bomber on the toptube. I remember it weighing about the same as a fully laden B17 bomber too.
I wonder where Mike got the replacement decals from?
- Die-in planned at Transport for London headquarters as ‘save our cyclists’ petition hits over 18,000 names1 year 5 weeks agoIn.
- Scottish cycling provision "decades behind" despite handful of good local authorities1 year 5 weeks agohere here @stenmeister. my
here here @stenmeister. my commute has to go on a long-way-round unlit untreated single track road because of the lack of cycling provision on the busy fast A96 , not even pedestrian walkway that could be made into a dual use path. Yet I hear all the time of my local councils spending millions on tourist loch ness cycle lanes and getting school kids to trundle around the school playground learning about cycle safety, would any parent then let them out on the A96 despite them being safe...
the only way to increase dramatically the number of frequent journeys by bike is to increase commuter traffic. the only way to do that is to make it easier and safer to commute and co-ordinate it with bus/rail options and cycle lockups.
Put money into that and they probably would not need to dual the A96 for £XXX million
- London's killer roundabout claims another cyclist as woman dies at Bow1 year 5 weeks agoMeaulnes wrote:William BlackMeaulnes wrote:William Black wrote:Neil753 wrote:
Actually, the BBC didn't report that, "a female cyclist in her mid-20s has died after being hit by a lorry at London's Bow roundabout this morning". What this BBC article actually said was that, "a cyclist has been killed in a crash with a lorry".
Is it just me, or do other cyclists feel that the BBC seems keen to report cylists as being in a crash with, crashing into, in collision with, or colliding with, a vehicle?
In the very same piece, the BBC reports other recent incidents, thus:
"a male cyclist suffered life threatening injuries after in a crash with a lorry"
"a cyclist in his 40s died after a crash with a bus"
"a cyclist died after a collision with a tipper lorry"
Do you sense a pattern here? You've only got to search the BBC archives and this becomes even more noticeable. Even cyclists who are hit from behind, or even stationary, are described as colliding with, or in collision with, the vehicle.
Sure, once the driver goes to court, the vehicle is described as hitting the cyclist but, in the initial reports before the true facts are known, the BBC do seem to have a propensity to report that it is the cyclist who is doing the colliding.
I pointed out something very similar somewhere else the onus is alway son the cyclist who just happened to ride under the wheels of a lorry.
I don't know if it comes from them trying to be 'unbiased' in their reporting or whether they are bound by law to write what the Police reported at the scene?
It's a legal thing. If charges are about to be or have been laid then biased reporting could prejudice a subsequent trial. That's why the format is to say "x was in collision with" rather than "y hit x". If it has been widely reported that y hit x then y could, quite reasonably, claim that a fair trial would be impossible because of the biased reporting. No newspaper or media outlet would traditionally have wanted to be sued for contempt. Frustrating for a cyclist, I know, but that's why it's couched in such a way.
if a cyclist crashed into a lorry they wouldnt be dead, they would simply bump it (maybe quite hard!) and fall on the floor, getting grazed knees/elbows/hands and maybe a bump on the head!
lorry/motor vehicle crashing into cyclist - thats completely different. thats when the cyclist goes under the wheels and ends up dead
- Tech Roundup: Strava, Rapha, howies, Factor, Raleigh Beano bike and much more1 year 5 weeks agojarredscycling wrote:I don'tjarredscycling wrote:
I don't really get how some of this is considered tech exactly. It is bar tape?
yes, let's just call it 'things round up'
- Tech Roundup: Strava, Rapha, howies, Factor, Raleigh Beano bike and much more1 year 5 weeks agoI don't really get how some
I don't really get how some of this is considered tech exactly. It is bar tape?
- Parlee launch ESX aero road bike1 year 5 weeks ago'Bob Parlee has a background
'Bob Parlee has a background in boat design' ... hmm says it all really, this frame really does look minging imo.
- Cyclist killed in bus crash in Whitechapel1 year 5 weeks agoColin Peyresourde wrote:
IColin 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.
Well, as pointed out further up, pedestrians get killed on the footway.
Pedestrians also get killed on zebra crossings and on designated crossings on their green.
And actually pedestrians do have priority when a car is turning into a road they are crossing https://www.gov.uk/using-the-road-159-to-203/road-junctions-170-to-183
So there are really rather a lot of situations where pedestrians are behaving within the law and within their rights, and can still be killed and injured by drivers breaking the law or driving carelessly.
- Scottish cycling provision "decades behind" despite handful of good local authorities1 year 5 weeks agoCertainly within my local
Certainly within my local authority, this seems to be an accurate picture. I am the only one of 120 staff who cycles to work and my children are some of the few who cycle to primary school.
In both cases there is inadequate provision for securely locking up bikes. I have to keep my bike in my office but not all my colleagues can do this.
The town I commute to is one of the largest in Scotland and yet is there is very little in the way of cycle paths or markings on the road. The only one I can remember (before it faded away) was a small triangular area on a wide corner.
- Parlee launch ESX aero road bike1 year 5 weeks agoI thought of the Raleigh
I thought of the Raleigh Vector as well, or the Raleigh Sensor.
Think this frame looks minging.
- Parlee launch ESX aero road bike1 year 5 weeks agoI like it.
I like it.
- Worcester News urges motorists to treat cyclists as a nuisance1 year 5 weeks agonotfastenoughnotfastenough wrote:
Brilliant, we've gone from a veiled threat to "you come and say that to my face, and I'll repeat this nonsense to your face! So there!"
Do I now have to be embarassed to be "from the North"?
Since when has Worcester been "The North"? Surely that's barely tipping the midlands?
This fella is just coming across more and more as a bad, bad, bell end.
He was quite positive about cyclists a year ago:
Christ almighty, William Black's not held back! It looks like he's gone up to give him a kicking and made a right mess of his face: http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/letters/read/biog/3801/
"Eh? Whaddya mean that's his normal face?
- Women's Tour to visit Laura Trott's home town1 year 5 weeks agoAwesome. I'll be there,
Awesome. I'll be there, hopefully
- Worcester News urges motorists to treat cyclists as a nuisance1 year 5 weeks agoIndeed, get a name for
Indeed, get a name for yourself by having a pop at cyclists in the same week as the ninth death is announced in London. I can think of many names for James Connell, but he's probably not going to like any of them. Sad really.
- Is SRAM developing a cyclocross 1x11 groupset?1 year 5 weeks agoAl__S wrote:with 13-speedAl__S wrote:
with 13-speed rear mechs having been spotted in the wild...
Tell me more!
- Proposed time trial rules to outlaw modified & older bikes & parts1 year 5 weeks agokie7077 wrote:
Of coursekie7077 wrote:
Of course there's always an element of risk, personally I'd like to know how much more likely to fail carbon frames are.
My favourite video of some serious carbon frame abuse:
The best bit...skip to 5:02
- Tech Roundup: Strava, Rapha, howies, Factor, Raleigh Beano bike and much more1 year 5 weeks agoInteresting Supacaz video...
Interesting Supacaz video... ahem.
- Lotto-Belisol team bus up for sale1 year 5 weeks agoJoselito wrote:Given VulpineJoselito wrote:
Given Vulpine Nick's new venture, are we going to see it in Vulpine green?
Sadly not. It is a fully equipped team Vulpine Apache attack helicopter. Wiggle Honda better not try and win.
*programs missile pods*
- Tech Roundup: Strava, Rapha, howies, Factor, Raleigh Beano bike and much more1 year 5 weeks agoThe Raleigh Chopper could
The Raleigh Chopper could have been really cool, but it just looks complete a mess... and what about that Rapha 'Burka', imagine how long it would be before you were pulled by the cops if you were wearing that whilst riding the Chopper!