• Roads Minister to look into harsher penalties as study finds texting at the wheel more dangerous than drink driving1 year 3 weeks agosimon.thornton wrote:Sloppy.

    simon.thornton wrote:
    Sloppy. Very Sloppy.
    Reduced reaction time is the least of the worries about driving with a skin full.
    A habitual drunk might use this select comparison to reduce their feeling of guilt.
    But looking at this positively, we can save some time and money here.
    Keeping a careful eye out for organisations with too much time on their hands is the safest
    way to identify where the next round of 15% budget cuts should be applied ..

    I don't quite understand your point. The limit for drinking and driving is set a lot lower than 'a skinful' and reduced reaction times are a big reason why it is where it is. Its not just the totally-out-of-it drunks we don't want driving.

    Surely all the study is saying is that compared with those driving 'under the influence' and slightly over the limit (who are legally prohibited from driving because they aren't safe), texting has a very bad effect.

    Though I'm thinking you do highlight a possible reason why the state has been able to come down fairly hard on drink driving. That is, its precisely _because_ at the most extreme end its usually obvious to everyone, even the run-of-the-mill bad-driver, that there's a problem, and that those totally-pissed drivers are a menace to everyone.

    What happened, I guess, is that they started from there and then progressively moved the limit down.

    Perhaps if alcohol only ever had the less-obvious-but-still-deadly influence it has at the lower end of the limit it would never have been possible to crack down on it as we have. Which might indicate its going to be harder to deal with phone-use.

  • No plans for cycle hire scheme in Greater Manchester1 year 3 weeks agoWe're being sold a pup with

    We're being sold a pup with the Oxford Road nonsense, an absolute pup.

    It's not an improvement for cyclists, just some token, badly planned out shite as per usual.

    The only people that will be benefiting from this is the bus companies. Private companies profiting from public money, it's a disgrace.

  • Sir Dave Brailsford: Chris Froome doesn't pick Sky Tour de France team - I do1 year 3 weeks agoConsidering Froome's fiancee

    Considering Froome's fiancee first tweeted this phrase to Cathy Wiggins in 2012 referring to a Froome Dog as a loyal servant, it's interesting how its use has changed through the media in time.

  • Kingston driver 'aimed car at cyclist,' missed - and crashed into hair salon1 year 3 weeks agoShouldn't it be "Hair salon

    Shouldn't it be "Hair salon involved in collision with car"?

  • Sir Dave Brailsford: Chris Froome doesn't pick Sky Tour de France team - I do1 year 3 weeks agoIf I was pushed for where my

    If I was pushed for where my support lies between these two, it would be to back Wiggins. It seems such a shame that there will be 180 cyclists starting in Leeds who don't have his strength or experience, but he has to sit out for the team dynamic and politics not voluntarily, like those who had a good ride in Italy, like Quintana.

    Putting the emotion of the above aside, I can't help thinking that Froome is pushing his position much better by his performances at the CDD, than Wiggins media outbursts on Friday. That said, If Wiggins still wants to watch the Tour in Yorkshire, I'd be happy to buy him a pint.

  • fish and chips versus energy bars1 year 3 weeks agobashthebox wrote:Aye, look at

    bashthebox wrote:
    Aye, look at the Froome lad, all skin and bones, he needs to eat a few meat pies, he'd get up them mountains much faster if he did.
    And what's wrong with riding steel bikes with downtube shifters? While we're at it, fuel those riders with brandy and amphetamines, like our Tommy Simpson did.

    We are not all racers so why do some of us fuel ourselves like we are?

    If the point of non-competitive cycling is to enjoy the experience why not enjoy the part of the experience that requires you to fuel up? Eat normal enjoyable food. Have a pint of shandy - the darn stuff Radler is named after cyclists in Germany -, pie and chips, pot tea, slice of cake, and enjoy your riding.

    Chances are is you ain't a trained athlete with a trained athletes gut then eating gels and supping energy drinks and whatnot, if you ain't used to 'em, will just upset your stomach and spoil your day.

    but then I'm a tourer not a racer....

  • Kingston driver 'aimed car at cyclist,' missed - and crashed into hair salon1 year 3 weeks agoIt gets worse... it was an

    It gets worse... it was an autistic cyclist, and the driver had 5 kids in the car!

    http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/motorist-arrested-on-suspicion-of-a...

  • Are bad drivers using ‘stay back’ stickers as an excuse?1 year 3 weeks agoSo when are buses getting

    So when are buses getting pedestrian and cyclist detection and collision avoidance systems to prevent the morons that sometimes drive them from coming good on their threats?

    Fixing road safety with these stickers is like trying to repair a broken collar bone with elastoplast.

  • Geraint Thomas says he doesn't envy Brailsford having to make Wiggins Tour de France call1 year 3 weeks agochiv30 wrote:wiggo basically

    chiv30 wrote:
    wiggo basically taking himself out of the TdF not DB .....
    it's their idol wiggo that's the problem and nobody else ....

    Did someone mention prima donna? Waiting

    Don't think that's quite fair, is it? In the interview he's saying as it stands there's no place for him. DB now saying 'team not finalised', this doesn't necessarily contradict and I imagine Wiggins knows more than we do, esp. as its widely understood Froome has a say in selecting the team. He has repeatedly said he wants to be in the TDF starting in Yorkshire, I've no reason to disbelieve that. As others have said, he's an honest guy and speaks his mind. A PR nightmare, I'm sure, but better than releasing a book just before the tour which slags off his rival, like Froome has done.

    It seems likely Froome doesn't want him undermining his chances as a leader of the team, as Froome appeared to do to Wiggins when he attacked him in 2012.

    So if he's not picked, then its a decision based on egos and personality rather than form alone. A shame as Wiggins can destroy a peloton uphill, look what he did at tour of California. That would be so useful to Froome if he could get over his issues.

  • Criterium-du-dauphine stage 21 year 3 weeks ago1,8,16 + kom and sprint for

    1,8,16 + kom and sprint for brandle

  • Criterium-du-dauphine stage 21 year 3 weeks ago1,2,8,16

    1,2,8,16

  • Criterium-du-dauphine stage 21 year 3 weeks ago1,2,4,16 Intxausti and Spilak

    1,2,4,16 Intxausti and Spilak went missing

  • Criterium-du-dauphine stage 21 year 3 weeks agoUnbelievable ending to the

    Unbelievable ending to the stage!

    Get in there Froome! And totally awesome to see Adam Yates up there in 8th.

    Team did alright, but realised all through the final climb that Kelderman would have been a much better choice for both standard and purist teams than Nibali.

  • Criterium-du-dauphine stage 21 year 3 weeks agoGreat finish! 1,2,4,7,9 for

    Great finish!

    1,2,4,7,9 for me I think, but loads of pens.

    Just stage-hunting this week, I'm not taking things as seriously as I did last season when I was trying to get as high as I could overall. My philosophy is that if I'm doing well after two days then I'll take the race seriously, if not then I'll have a bit of fun, take some risks and not worry about my overall position.

    Don't know where Spilak disappeared to...

  • Criterium-du-dauphine stage 21 year 3 weeks agoYep chapeau

    Yep Applause Applause chapeau

  • Frameset1 year 3 weeks agoKinesis gran fondo, and

    Kinesis gran fondo, and excellent do it all bike.
    It's light, has mudguard and rack fittings.

    It's fast and comfortable too + you can build it up with all your favorite parts

  • Criterium-du-dauphine stage 21 year 3 weeks agoWOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FROOOOOOME!

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    FROOOOOOME!!!!!!!!!!

    That was amazing!

  • Video: Cyclist appeals for help in identifying rider who crashed into him in West London1 year 3 weeks agoI was in london last week,

    I was in london last week, and had the 'pleasure' of riding along 'CS3' for a bit... it was awful, it was like playing Russian roulette.

    Who had right of way, would that actually matter? Why is that guy cycling to me on my side of the road?... oh actually, no, I'm supposed to be on the right here.... etc. etc.

    For the journey back towards Paddington I went via the roads... far less stressful.

    My point being... its probably more the infrastructure than any wild cannon cyclist.

  • No plans for cycle hire scheme in Greater Manchester1 year 3 weeks agoI quite agree with dp24

    I quite agree with dp24 above.

    There isn't a cycle lane in Manchester that isn't parked in by cars,vans and lorries. Even the zigzags by crossings are commonly parked on with no enforcement by GMP.

    There simply isn't the political will to do anything meaningful, the best example of cycle lanes being misapplied is Oxford road where thousand of students travel every day, it is instead the busiest bus route in Europe and the site of more than it's fair share of fatalities and accidents.

    Nothing will change in Manchester for a long time yet, in my eyes because they don't need to, Labour always get in no matter what they do, so why bother doing anything new.

  • Are bad drivers using ‘stay back’ stickers as an excuse?1 year 3 weeks agoThat kind of thing happened

    That kind of thing happened with busses long before these stickers. The certain type of individual who drives like that will always drive like that. I had a bus driver cut in to the left as I was filtering past at some (red) lights years ago. I got on the pavement (just past the barrier thankfully or i'd have been stuck) walked in front of the bus and was told that 'cyclists make a real mess under a bus' and various other comments. There was no sticker on his bus.

  • Sneak peek: Holdsworth to launch steel Heritage range1 year 3 weeks agoVery pretty. Hand built

    Very pretty. Hand built frames that are not bespoke to the rider is an interesting concept, if the market is there it should prove to be an interesting exercise to see if cycle manufacturing can return to being a sustainable industry in the UK. I am not saying the Raleigh plant will re-open over night but a small to medium sized company turning out a few thousand a year would be great.

    Does it say exactly where these are being manufactured at the moment? as I am guessing not the UK but somewhere in the EU with lower living costs but a very skilled workforce.

  • Frameset1 year 3 weeks agoCinelli make some nice

    Cinelli make some nice framesets – Experience £450 ish Aloy – Saette Radical plus £1230 ish Carbon – Strato Wired £1800 ish Carbon (sub kilo frame++) All Columbus tube sets – monocoque ect

  • No plans for cycle hire scheme in Greater Manchester1 year 3 weeks ago'Other cycling initiatives' =

    'Other cycling initiatives' = a bit of green paint on roads

  • Video: "Excessive force" - Florida cop takes down Critical Mass cyclist1 year 3 weeks agoBikebikebike wrote:We don't

    Bikebikebike wrote:
    We don't know what happened. Indeed. If he had tried to physically harm a police officer before the incident, then fair play to the guy who did take him down. He was risking his life taking down a violent offender.

    If he hadn't tried to harm anyone beforehand, then the take-down is massively over the top and violent itself.

    I'd like to say that the truth will out, but I'd be highly surprised if the police didn't close ranks no matter what had gone on beforehand.

    I think that the comments here reflect the readers' attitudes to the police. Mine do, and are largely informed by my dealings with the UK police.

    There is no fair play involved as he used a choke hold and then persisted in trying to force the guys head down with an arm across his neck. Only when he noticed the camera did he stop trying to choke the piss out of him with the first choke hold.

    I don't care if the guy committed a breach of the peace or robbed a bank it's simply not acceptable to use neck pressure to restrain people.

  • Video: Cyclist appeals for help in identifying rider who crashed into him in West London1 year 3 weeks agoWhilst it is important that

    Whilst it is important that the difficulties that cyclists face are highlighted, the constant exposition of these incidents is becoming grating, particularly when they are if such a trivial nature as this one.
    Further, in that the bulk of the people reading these articles are already aware of the problems, they are potentially counter-productive, fuelling the confrontational 'them and us' attitude that we are so keen to decry in motorised road users and which is used as evidence of arrogance when displayed by cyclists.

    Road CC is unfortunately becoming the Daily Mail of the cycling press.