• Kickstarter: Three cycling projects seeking funding1 year 3 weeks agoAlso that cyckit bag is

    Also that cyckit bag is crying out for a built in rechargeable tail light.

  • Driver who killed teen cyclist sues his family - because "her enjoyment of life... has been lessened"1 year 3 weeks agoEven if just one of the bikes

    Even if just one of the bikes had pedal reflectors they would have told out a mile.

    I was driving down a pitch black a road late at night and I saw a cycling ninja riding down there. All in black. No lights but his pedal reflectors were doing a brilliant job. Id not have ridden like that - but I could see him hundreds of meters away.

    Cycling at night isn't dangerous normally.
    Good lights (always two in the rear) and plenty of reflectives and you stand out much better than in daylight. It's also a lot quieter.

    Did they not look at the scene to work out what happened ?

  • Kickstarter: Three cycling projects seeking funding1 year 3 weeks agoThose lights look all well

    Those lights look all well and good if you're pootling about the cycle paths but I don't fancy their chances of not being bounced off the minute you're mixing it with traffic on a typically crappy UK road surface. I know this because I experimented with magnetic mounting and couldn't get it to work reliably, despite using some incredibly strong magnets. I have no doubt the guy's better at designing one than I am, but I still can't see that mount being reliable enough for serious use.

  • Some questions from a new (road) cyclist...1 year 3 weeks agoKnow you don't want to hear

    Know you don't want to hear this but +1 for a full bike fit. I had probs with upper back and trapezius/neck pain with my old bike (very aggressive cockpit as it was an aero triathlon bike) and getting fitted help by adjusting the stack and reach. It could be that your reach and/or stack are just a little off (reach too long or stack too low) so over time/on long rides you feel the strain of pushing your torso too far forward for comfort/your personal level of flexibility. A few spacers or even switching to a slightly shorter stem could be all you need but it's much easier to do with someone that knows what they're doing and can see you in position on the bike. Worst case scenario is that your top tube is too long but your fitter can sometimes find ways around that Low back pain could be a bunch of different things, saddle position, how upright or pushed back you are, .... IMO, the extra money on a proper bike fit so that you can ride your bike for the joy of it instead of things getting to the point where you start curtailing your rides or even dreading going out because you're anticipating paying the price with a knotted up back and shoulders is worth it.

  • Kickstarter: Three cycling projects seeking funding1 year 3 weeks agoWhat table of lights?

    What table of lights?

  • The first-time racer.1 year 3 weeks agoI hope your rim is ok. I know

    I hope your rim is ok. I know of a guy who flatted with 2 miles to go in a tt and he carried on as he was on a decent time.

    He got third but destroyed his £500 carbon disk.

  • Go by bike! Cycle commuting top tips1 year 3 weeks agoThe Peloton of people weaving

    The Peloton of people weaving their way through traffic this morning only highlights the wholly inadequate infra-structure London has for cyclists.

    We should rejoice that so many people cycled today (and use it as a example of what could happen every day!) and I sincerely hope everybody made it home it one piece.

  • Challenge Strada Bianca 700C 30mm tyres1 year 3 weeks agohttp://www.slowtwitch.com/Pro

    http://www.slowtwitch.com/Products/Things_that_Roll/Tires/28mm_Tire_Shoo...

  • Video: Google’s self-driving car meets cyclists and out-performs far too many human drivers1 year 3 weeks agoDon't all get excited.

    Don't all get excited. Believe it when you see it.

  • Video: Google’s self-driving car meets cyclists and out-performs far too many human drivers1 year 3 weeks agoThis is all pie in the sky.

    This is all pie in the sky. Any car that is programmed to make a priority of cyclists is entirely missing the point. Does society depend on cyclists and cycling? No. Only a tiny minority of 60 million do it and see it as viable. Those who do, are mostly only temporary anyway and those that really worry and lobby about these things are in a tinier minority still.

    Yes no doubt in the distant future there will be such things but one thing I am sure of, all other unnecessary road users like horses and cyclists will be removed to make it economically and safety viable and even then the economy simply couldn't afford it.

    We have driver less trains but no cyclists or pedestrians mingling with them. Be careful what you wish for.

    Typically of a cyclist group, the assumption is that what cyclists perceive as inconsiderate, is actually very safe and considerate. That is their own alert systems trying to tell them 'I don't like it here'. Their brains are thinking from a cyclist's perspective and not that of a driver. And before anyone replies 'but I'm a driver' maybe but not when you're thinking like a cyclist you're not.

    A much cheaper and safer idea? Cyclist less cycles. Laughing

  • Aldi’s latest cycling bargains include shorts, jerseys, & convertible jacket/gilets, on sale Sunday1 year 3 weeks agoFFS, do a small size....

    FFS, do a small size....

  • why do so many people have it in for team sky ?1 year 3 weeks agoTrolls. Comment pages are

    Trolls. Comment pages are full of them. They see conspiracy, bad practice, evil everywhere. At work you have have seen them , cynical of change, loving being 'devil's advocate '. Generally not bright but like using big words and stating rumour and what the bloke down the road told them is fact . Quick to call you an apologist or naive. If you want a good life, surround yourself with positive people. Most people are

  • N Yorks launches Think! Bike campaign to warn motorists to look out for people on two wheels1 year 3 weeks agofelixcat wrote:allez neg

    felixcat wrote:
    allez neg wrote:

    ......but as a motorcyclist, rather than bleat on about infrastructure and danger and how everyone hates you, you've decided that while shit might happen, the buzz justifies the risk and you set off on each ride with a smile? I know I do.

    Cycling should not be just an extreme sport for young men like you and the typical motorcyclist who enjoys a buzz. It should be a means of transport which gives freedom to everyone from a child to a pensioner. It should be a safe way to get to school or to the shops, giving pleasure and exercise without endangering others, clogging the roads, making the public highway a noisy smelly, unpleasant place or contributing to climate change. You seem to see it as an elite sport. That's fine, but it can be a lot more.
    Why do you constantly characterise those cyclists who are not happy with the level of risk which you are, as "bleating" or "whining"? What is it about people wanting to go about their business safely that infuriates you?

    I second that

  • David Cameron says "this is a cycling nation" - as DfT stats reveal bike use falling across England1 year 3 weeks agoallez neg wrote:After all the

    allez neg wrote:
    After all the overblown guff when Thatch finally carked it, I'd rather eat horse shit* than vote Tory so Dave Davey Dave " Call me Dave " Cameron can say what he wants.

    *Although my dog did this last week so maybe it's not that bad. Eating horse shit that is, not voting Tory.

    There's plenty of horse shit on our local section of the National Cycle Network if you ever fancy a bite Sick

  • David Cameron says "this is a cycling nation" - as DfT stats reveal bike use falling across England1 year 3 weeks agoCameron said: “This is a

    Cameron said: “This is a cycling nation and in the year we are hosting the Tour de France..."

    Oh puhlease...For an account of the government's reaction to Get Britain Cycling see http://rdrf.org.uk/2013/09/27/just-how-anti-cycling-is-this-government/

  • The good old "what bike for a grand" debate...1 year 3 weeks agoAsk yourself a question

    Ask yourself a question standing in front of a trusted person, be it your partner or your mirror, do you need a new bike? not want, need and by new I mean a 2014/15 model. I've always spent the money on the frame first, then spec it as needed/possible. I'd want a custom frame, made to my measurments and then I'd use any damm kit I had lying about. The secrets in the frame, not the shiny bits hanging off it!

  • Kickstarter: Three cycling projects seeking funding1 year 3 weeks agoI do like the lights, bit

    I do like the lights, bit pricey for me at the moment, as I have 1 x 2000 lumen and 2 x 1000 lumens on the front. Don't think I need more.

    Was shocked to see that table of lights in London.

  • Video: Unboxing the new Garmin Edge 10001 year 3 weeks agoHas anyone figured out the

    Has anyone figured out the Garmin segments? i see leader boards, but they don't have me in them and seem incomplete?

  • Video: Google’s self-driving car meets cyclists and out-performs far too many human drivers1 year 3 weeks agoSo who wants a self riding

    So who wants a self riding bike then?

  • why do so many people have it in for team sky ?1 year 3 weeks agoStandard British thing,

    Standard British thing, anyone who is successful is a cheat or a liar or both. Too many people won't accept that some people are good because of hard work and application.

  • Carbon frame life cycle1 year 3 weeks agotalking about forks, but you

    talking about forks, but you get the idea...

    http://velonews.competitor.com/2011/07/bikes-and-tech/technical-faq/tech...

    "I have tested a lot of steel (mostly True Temper brand tubes) and of course carbon (lots of brands) in fatigue tests and also load-to-fail tests. In high fatigue loading, the carbon forks would eventually lose some stiffness (as much as 5 percent) after many thousands of cycles to represent many years of actual riding conditions. So I would not say the forks would last forever at high loading. You don’t hit high loads on most of your rides though … You should get a lifetime of JRA riding (just riding along).

    Steel forks did not lose any stiffness in the fatigue tests. They are typically kind of over built so they never got stressed past the endurance limit (about 50 percent of ultimate tensile strength). In load-to-fail tests, the steel forks bend until they crack, or we would stop when the fork had bent more than 10-20 percent (un-useable).”

    So there you go. Sleep easier.
    — Lennard"

  • Video: Google’s self-driving car meets cyclists and out-performs far too many human drivers1 year 3 weeks agoSub5orange wrote:I love

    Sub5orange wrote:
    I love driving. Amazing technology though. I would prefer to have a choice of several self drive options. For instance a switch to choose full self drive or partial self drive . In the latter the human could remain largely in control of the vehicle but the computers could adjust speed and steering .Eg that way it could be ensured that a car only overtakes a cyclist giving plenty of space, or prevent people from Generally driving stupidly, without completely transforming the nature of driving.

    I can see the first stage being the Volvo approach, basically if the driver tries to do somethings the car over-rules. Quite how it works?

    Try and tailgate and the car intervenes, exceed the speed limit the car intervenes, etc. Or if the driver starts to weave, i.e. tiredness, the car makes decisions and either compensates or stops.

    Problem is cars are a tool for getting from a to b, but they are also an ego extension for too many people.

  • Challenge Strada Bianca 700C 30mm tyres1 year 3 weeks agoFlying Scot wrote:A power to

    Flying Scot wrote:
    A power to speed comparison test is what I would like to see between the widths please.

    Here is some information.

    http://www.schwalbetires.com/tech_info/rolling_resistance#which

    Google will find more.

  • Video: Google’s self-driving car meets cyclists and out-performs far too many human drivers1 year 3 weeks agoallez neg wrote:IanW1968

    allez neg wrote:
    IanW1968 wrote:
    Bikebot has it, spot on.

    The manufacturers want to sell cars and the present message "this car gives you the freedom of the road, enlarge your man part etc etc" isn't going to work with a self driving car. They may pick up a few sales from additional safety features but that's it, why spend money on something that upsets your market.

    I can see them setting up some new brands, maybe sell them as taxis and it will be sooner rather than later google "internet of everything".

    I'm inclined to disagree. Car marketing is pretty clever - if as I said earlier the tech is switched on/off as the owner chooses then it could still be a car for those who enjoy driving, but also with the benefits of a train (you can sleep/read/work/be pissed) without the downsides of a train (lateness, lack of seating, shared space, the inevitable puking drunk) for when you can't be arsed to drive.

    As the technology matures, no more tedium of parking as it could drop you off then go park itself, and no more Dad's taxi for teenage daughters either as it could drive itself while you stay home!

    I'd love it, although would certainly want to retain the option of taking control for when the tarmac turns twisty.

    I do wonder though whether this would result in an increase in the number of cars. If you're rich, why not buy a car for each of your kids, regardless of their age? Send one to collect something (person at the other end would need to help, obviously!) when you're at work. The limiting factor isn't how many seats you can put your bum on, it's just financial.

  • Video: Google’s self-driving car meets cyclists and out-performs far too many human drivers1 year 3 weeks agoI love driving. Amazing

    I love driving. Amazing technology though. I would prefer to have a choice of several self drive options. For instance a switch to choose full self drive or partial self drive . In the latter the human could remain largely in control of the vehicle but the computers could adjust speed and steering .Eg that way it could be ensured that a car only overtakes a cyclist giving plenty of space, or prevent people from Generally driving stupidly, without completely transforming the nature of driving.