• Drunk, ‘aggressive and petulant’ speeding van driver jailed for two years for hit and run that left cyclist without an arm1 year 4 weeks agohobbitt666 wrote:sky only in

    hobbitt666 wrote:
    sky only in private prisons...........errmmm I can assure you that sky is present in all prisons.....worked in the jails for 34 yrs.....and they (prisoners/convicts) get the lot food, bed, sky, gym, education, etc etc, .....no matter what is said prison don't work....just a holiday camp/break, matey boy will be bragging about his exploits and rubbing his hands in such a paltry sentence.....wonder what the result would have been if the judge would have lost his arm !!!!.........

    No sky in any prisons. Chris Grayling had it removed.

  • Essex police: If cyclists were more safety-conscious they wouldn’t get killed1 year 4 weeks agoQuote:how the fing hell is a

    Quote:
    how the fing hell is a bike helmet going to help you when some
    moron in over ton of metal ploughs into you .... gah ... same old
    boloxs

    To be honest, and a bit more serious, this sound like something the Spanish introduced a few years ago. All cyclists had to wear helmets, which is fair enough in itself, except that if you weren't wearing a helmet you were more likely to be seen as having to carry more of the blame if involved in an accident.
    Is this the more sinister side? In that Essex, as non-friendly to cyclist county, will assume the cyclist has to carry the greater weight of culpability if invovled in an accident and NOT lit up like Blackpool. God forbid drivers actually have to look where they're going.

  • Essex police: If cyclists were more safety-conscious they wouldn’t get killed1 year 4 weeks agoUnbelievable from the Essex

    Unbelievable from the Essex Police when they have had so man YouTube Videos sent to them on Close Pass of Drivers!
    One I do know came off his Bike when the car cut the junction and nearly hit him!
    You want evidence, then just look here at some of theses Videos!

    https://www.facebook.com/BadDriverClosePass

  • Essex police: If cyclists were more safety-conscious they wouldn’t get killed1 year 4 weeks agoIn response to post above

    In response to post above about fast car pass...another scary story of deliberate terrorism on the roads. Of course if the driver cocks the horror pass up he then leans back on the chaise longue extended by the present judiciary who will water the actions down to 'an accident' and claim 'hardship' the second any whiff of a two week driving ban is raised.

    Government has clearly decided our lives are worthless (just look at sentencing and argue otherwise) and that motoring is a monster that should be fed at all and any cost.

    With that in mind is it not time that the police offered an escort service to vulnerable users out on the roads so that lives are not to be continually taken completely unchecked? They do it for football matches and celebrity cycling fund raisers...yes, too embarrassing to report that Davina has been killed by 26 year old Derek who claims he was distracted by his dangling boxing gloves on the mirror, hence not his fault and £50 fine.

    Yes, I know the practicality and logistics are horrendous but actually, take a look at the cost of 'road accidents', particularly KSI's in the UK and factor in the myriad of contributory costs such as obesity, diabetes, general poor health, air quality, destroyed roads, reduced house values, road building blah blah blah (endless list basically) and suddenly a subsidised police escort service is not that crazy.

    The police should protect the vulnerable, at present along with the total apathy of your local minister (few rare but shining exemptions) coupled with a PM that loves cycling but refuses to lift a finger to change anything we are actually being targeted for all intensive purposes. Government sees it like this in essence:

    Couple hundred deaths a year to keep the precious status quo of motoring? Done.

  • Sir Dave Brailsford to give England footballers pre-World Cup pep talk1 year 4 weeks agoArgos74 wrote:Brailsford:

    Argos74 wrote:
    Brailsford: "Okay fellas, we're going to be looking at managing your inner chimp."

    Rooney: "Do one pal."

    + 1 for the Kanye West idea. Heck, bring in Brian Blessed and have him talk about the Standard Model for half an hour. Be about as relevant, and about as useful. But much, much more fun.

    No way can Rooney ( face it your bald) string three words together... You must of got him mixed up.

  • Sir Dave Brailsford to give England footballers pre-World Cup pep talk1 year 4 weeks agoCouldn't get past the first

    Couldn't get past the first sentence. If 300 grand per week does not make you passionate or playing for your country, then you are a c##t and no Brailsford PP heavy presentation will change that. It's a bit like what I thought of the GB team at the worlds to be fair. However football will eventually implode.... 300 grand now, 500 next, it is honestly pathetic.

  • Video: Gone in six seconds — thief with no tools yanks bike off railing1 year 4 weeks ago"Officers are investigating

    "Officers are investigating the theft" Blimey. Normal for Norfolk?

    Certainly ain't normal for Sussex.

  • Essex police: If cyclists were more safety-conscious they wouldn’t get killed1 year 4 weeks agoTheir attitude doesn't

    Their attitude doesn't surprise me at all. Whilst on the Burnham and Baddow sportive a few weeks ago a 4x4 driver pulled across our path coming straight for us and cutting some horse riders up. He then turned around, drove past us and pulled into a lay-by whilst jutting out on the road and had a go at us. I captured all this on my go-pro and reported it. The copper that then come round, saw the video and said he'd go and talk to him but when I said it was 20 miles away he said 'oh thats a bit far away'!! And rather than him pass it on to the local station I should deal with it.

    Education is needed on both sides but it only seems like they want to target cyclists.

  • ARGH.... Rapha1 year 4 weeks agoRoboRider21 wrote:No matter

    RoboRider21 wrote:
    No matter how much I admire their marketing and brand presence I just cant justify paying their prices on anything. That is all.

    And that's as it should be... Each to their own.
    @original poster.
    The only person it bothers if Rapha kit winds you up, is you... I couldn't care less, I am just enjoying the ride...

  • Sir Dave Brailsford to give England footballers pre-World Cup pep talk1 year 4 weeks agogiff77 wrote:gareth2510

    giff77 wrote:
    gareth2510 wrote:
    mooleur wrote:
    I could do that job. I'd just write them all a list saying;

    DON'T

    1. Take cocaine
    2. Enhance risk of disease by sticking it in anything that moves
    3. Smoke
    4. Drink excessively the night before an important performance

    DO

    1. Get over yourself
    2. Do some ****ing real training
    3. Grow a pair

    Would fall on deaf ears though.


    your making out cyclists are purer than the driven snow.
    Drink binges in airports, epo, blood transfusions, and all the rest that has been up to now in pro cycling

    Don't think there was any mention of cyclists mentioned there. Every sport has it's fair share of undisiplined party hard overpaid prima donnas

    Cycling topic on a cycling forum. I think although not actually written, the hint is there Big Grin

  • Essex police: If cyclists were more safety-conscious they wouldn’t get killed1 year 4 weeks agoI would ask the Essex cops if

    I would ask the Essex cops if they are going around stopping motorists and asking them if their car journey is really necessary.

    Because choosing to drive a car creates far more danger than choosing to ride a bike without a helmet. If you are going to stop cyclists for the latter, then you should also be flagging down motorists for the former, and checking if they really couldn't have used some other, safer, form of transport, or just stayed at home.

    As both cycling-sans-helmet and non-essential-driving are legal, I see no logical reason to question people about one and not the other, especially as the evidence that driving a car causes risk is far more solid than that about helmetless cycling.

    As on other occasions, I'd say telling ninja cyclists to get lights is a different matter, as (a) there's a law about that and (b) motorists have to have lights as well.

  • Essex police: If cyclists were more safety-conscious they wouldn’t get killed1 year 4 weeks agoworkhard wrote:email

    workhard wrote:
    email pcc@essex.pnn.police.uk and let the local commissioner what you think about this bollox.

    Thanks, emailed them my views on operation brownnose.

    Tw*ts

  • Sir Dave Brailsford to give England footballers pre-World Cup pep talk1 year 4 weeks agoCycling topic on a cycling

    Cycling topic on a cycling forum. I think although not actually written, the hint is there Big Grin

  • Essex police: If cyclists were more safety-conscious they wouldn’t get killed1 year 4 weeks agoUnbelievable ignorance...yet

    Unbelievable ignorance...yet strangely unexpected. Like the Jimmy Savile victims, some of whom were supposedly told to be grateful for his attention, we too find ourselves victims in this shadowy age that thankfully, sexual abuse seems to be emerging from.

    Most of us have experienced or heard of accounts of police taking no interest in aggressive road behaviour from those like Savile in a greater position of responsibility and effectively discouraged from seeking justice.

    Perhaps as vulnerable road users we too should be grateful for the interest some motorists give us as they fly past at 80 with barely a foot of seperation and just be content with being road fodder? Not good Essex police, not good at all.

  • Essex police: If cyclists were more safety-conscious they wouldn’t get killed1 year 4 weeks agoOkay, so from recent news...

    Okay, so from recent news... Joseph Reed, hit from behind and killed, whilst wearing helmet and hi viz. Or David Irving, again, hit from behind and killed whilst wearing hi viz and helmet.

    Tell me, Essex Police, in such instances, what are you doing to "spare families the heartbreak of a visit from an officer bearing bad news". Maybe, just maybe, addressing driver behaviour? Just a thought.

    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:
    Who are the motorists in your building site analogy? You seem to have erased them from the picture.

    Found them. PPE would indeed be useful.

  • Pinarello Dogma stolen from sportive bike park by thief in cycling clothing1 year 4 weeks agoThat's why I stopped doing

    That's why I stopped doing triathlon, bike has to be left for too long, and no one ever checks when you are leaving transition at full sprint....

    Also to be fair it was a little overkill at the Austrian ironman, seeing as they don't have any crime there....lol

  • Essex police: If cyclists were more safety-conscious they wouldn’t get killed1 year 4 weeks agoGoldfever4 wrote:Quote:"And

    Goldfever4 wrote:
    Quote:
    "And there is certainly no basis for telling cyclist that they are responsible for their own safety. That is like saying that they should wear a bullet proof vest in case a gunman is on the loose.”

    This.

    Or, given this is the UK and not the US, just a stab-proof vest in case of being knifed! Lets not go over the top!

    Anyway, the comment from the police woman that opens the article is quite outrageous.

    After years of scandal about their treatment of rape victims and of course the whole Stephen Lawrence farrago, its pretty obvious the police are not exactly at the 'cutting edge' when it comes to thinking through social and moral issues properly. I guess this is just in the nature of a police force (to be fair, I don't think you could find one country anywhere in the world at any historical era where this wasn't the case).

    The statement the officer makes is simply demonstrably false. No matter how 'safety conscious' cyclists become, they will still be at risk. The recent cases reported here of cyclists in high-viz with helmets doing nothing wrong yet being killed or injured by motorists who 'had the sun in their eyes' or 'were distracted by a kicking unborn baby', surely illustrate that beyond doubt?

  • Amsterdam brings forward bike-friendly measures as cycling continues to grow1 year 4 weeks agoWell, it's not that i want to

    Well, it's not that i want to see it differently, but the amount of bicycles is just staggering in Amsterdam if you think about it. But yes, if people don't use it indeed the infrastructure is wrong, but it's a hard job designing it the right way.

  • Essex police: If cyclists were more safety-conscious they wouldn’t get killed1 year 4 weeks agoCompare and contrast with

    Compare and contrast with police attitude in this video

  • Essex police: If cyclists were more safety-conscious they wouldn’t get killed1 year 4 weeks agoScoob_84 wrote:Goldfever4

    Scoob_84 wrote:
    Goldfever4 wrote:
    Quote:
    "And there is certainly no basis for telling cyclist that they are responsible for their own safety. That is like saying that they should wear a bullet proof vest in case a gunman is on the loose.”

    This.

    Or if your working on a building site, wear PPE.

    Not really, no. Why do you think that makes any sense as an analogy? Who are the motorists in your building site analogy? You seem to have erased them from the picture.

  • Essex police: If cyclists were more safety-conscious they wouldn’t get killed1 year 4 weeks agoScoob_84 wrote:Goldfever4

    Scoob_84 wrote:
    Goldfever4 wrote:
    Quote:
    "And there is certainly no basis for telling cyclist that they are responsible for their own safety. That is like saying that they should wear a bullet proof vest in case a gunman is on the loose.”

    This.

    Or if your working on a building site, wear PPE.

    your point, on a building site you would have a site risk assessment, or should have done! the HSE will be interested if you haven't!!!! The scaffolding with scaftag's, site demarkation, permits, etc etc. Once all that is in place then you start worrying about hardhats, steel toecaps etc etc.

    Helmets don't solve anything, if i clip the kerb and fall whilst wearing a helmet, it may help, if i am hit by a truck it will make f-all difference.

  • Essex police: If cyclists were more safety-conscious they wouldn’t get killed1 year 4 weeks agohow the fing hell is a bike

    how the fing hell is a bike helmet going to help you when some
    moron in over ton of metal ploughs into you .... gah ... same old
    boloxs

    Angry At Wits End

  • Castelli Crash repair?? rather than replace?1 year 4 weeks agobfslxo wrote:err, that

    bfslxo wrote:
    err, that doesn't make me happy, i've emailed them as well although only this morning, good luck mrmo, mine was a xmas pressie to to myself - castelli pocket liner north of £200 notes met a barbed wire fence yesterday morning
    absolutely trashed Crying
    https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=218596054996506&set=a.206646746191437.1073741831.158896817633097&type=1&theater

    Johnny Hoogerland, is that you?

  • dhb Vaeon Roubaix Pro Bib Tights1 year 4 weeks agoYeh but they look stupid,

    Yeh but they look stupid, LOL.

    Stick to plain black.

  • Essex police: If cyclists were more safety-conscious they wouldn’t get killed1 year 4 weeks agoIt's outrageous enough for

    It's outrageous enough for them to be tweeted and sshown ones displeasure