• Kingston driver 'aimed car at cyclist,' missed - and crashed into hair salon1 year 3 weeks agoI hope the guy on the bike

    I hope the guy on the bike makes a good recovery and will soon be over the trauma.

    I cycle this road twice a day on my way to and from the station. The Evening Standard reports that the driver was arrested for attempted grievous bodily harm and that the person riding the bike is autistic and was wearing badge identifying himself as such.

    http://tinyurl.com/AudiQ7versuspersononbike

    In my experience the mini roundabout at the junction of Park Road and King's Road is a point of contention between people on bikes and drivers. In my experience drivers do not give way to cyclists coming from the right. The Kingston Cycling Campaign asked for segregated cycle lanes on Park Road during the recent #Space4Cycling campaign before the local elections and we have highlighted to the council the number of incidents at mini-roundabouts.

  • Scapin Etika RC road bike1 year 3 weeks agoQuince wrote:The overall

    Quince wrote:
    The overall rating is given as 8/10, but it's given 3.5/5 stars at the top of the page. Unless my maths is horrifically shaky, they don't equate!

    Yes, you're right Quince - it should be a 7 out of 10 - 3.5 stars. Fixed now, and thanks for pointing that out. Thinking at this end is that as a frameset or in a different build it would be an 8 - given the trade off in comfort demanded by the blistering performance - but Dave felt that the build we tested knocked the overall mark for the bike back a bit.

  • Frameset1 year 3 weeks agoWilier GTR? I have the older

    Wilier GTR? I have the older GT and if the new frame is anything like it, it's a great frame for the money

  • Scapin Etika RC road bike1 year 3 weeks agoIm not sure about this, it

    Im not sure about this, it ust looks a bit 'meh' something not quite right with the proportions, especially compared to some of the exotic looking frames that have been reviewed recently. Something about that downtube just looks a bit wrong, I do like the fork though, not sure if the shapes really make a difference, but they look quite cool.

  • Which is best, Exposure Joystick or Axis?1 year 3 weeks agoTwo units is definitely the

    Two units is definitely the way to go - not only does it offer two different purposes for the lights (one to make you visible to other road-usres and one to help you see the way ahead), but it also gives some redundancy should one fail.
    I've used the Cree T6 and XML lights over the winter on local trails, they are cheap and the helmet fitting isn't great, but I reckon that the latter would be a good bike-fixed unit - reasonable battery life (2+ hours), pretty rugged, really bright... so you'd be visible.
    And I agree that a helmet-mounted Joystick would be a sound investment as your main (quality) light, especially if it's getting year round use.

  • Starting out in road cycling - building up fitness and distance tips?1 year 3 weeks agoI find an easy way of

    I find an easy way of motivating your self is that you combine drinking/eating with a target. When I reach the top of the hardest hill about half way through my regular loop I simply stop, perch myself on the bench at the village green and down some sports drink and a bit of flap jack. It's not like someone is chasing me so I am not feeling any reason to re hydrate or eat on the move...

  • Video: Cyclist appeals for help in identifying rider who crashed into him in West London1 year 3 weeks agoI disagree a little with

    I disagree a little with those who think these videos shouldn't be highlighted, I think its important that it's demonstrated what cyclists are up against. Be that poor infrastructure or endemiccally poor and dangerous attituted to cyclists.

  • Kingston driver 'aimed car at cyclist,' missed - and crashed into hair salon1 year 3 weeks agobrooksby wrote:Ghedebrav

    brooksby wrote:
    Ghedebrav wrote:
    The only thing worse than Audis are groups of young men in what used to be called 'hot hatches'.

    If this is going to become the topic: in my experience some of the most aggressive drivers on the road are young women driving the BMW Mini.

    Talking of different levels of aggression, I have noticed that black men are a lot more aggressive than white men. And before anyone shouts the usual 'racist!', I have also noticed that black women are a lot less aggressive than white women.

    No idea why.

  • Video: "Excessive force" - Florida cop takes down Critical Mass cyclist1 year 3 weeks agoragtag wrote:Where is he

    ragtag wrote:
    Where is he hiding the gun? Excessive force. If the police officer thought he had a gun then he would have pulled his. This is just another copper getting his violence fix.
    Funny you should use the word "copper" as in the states they are not coppers they are simply armed paramilitaries who enforce the law through force of arms and assaulting the public to ensure compliance has always been the way - over here it's simply not lawful to do that.

    People slag off our police service in the UK and constantly equate their actions with that of US policing but the two truly are miles apart. The yanks have not the first clue as to how the principles of policing as laid down by Peel actually work.

    There have been massive amounts of federal money and surplus military kit thrown at police departments in the US since 9/11, it's turned them nasty as they constantly think there is some reason to use all that hardware. Hence the combat boot wearing steroid heads who think that a successful arrest involves bouncing some ones face off a concrete pavement.

  • Video: Cyclist appeals for help in identifying rider who crashed into him in West London1 year 3 weeks agoHoist by own petard. Clearly

    Hoist by own petard. Clearly no right of way, should've anticipated people coming off the crossing - cyclist or pedestrian.

    Oh yeah, and +1 for this is a non-story. Curiosity got the better of me this time as it was "blue on blue" but I'm increasingly just ignoring road.cc "traffic incident" video stories as they're really scraping the bottom of the barrel of late.

  • Starting out in road cycling - building up fitness and distance tips?1 year 3 weeks agoNo problems keeping the

    No problems keeping the weight off, but then again I do eat way less cake nowadays and try and keep the beer to one night a week.

    Now I do a lot longer distances on the bike (I tend to make it out for 4-5 hours most weekends, 60-80 miles or so). One of the things cyclists watch out for is "bonking", essentially when your body runs out of readily consumed calories. For what you are trying to achieve I'd probably not go much above 30 miles (~2 hours) for the moment - that's a good distance that you can do without taking on any extra food beyond your normal meals - more than that and (I at least) have to start eating extra food while on the bike.

    I'd second the loop thing as well, for me I have box hill 12 miles away, so if I'm in a rush I can just head over there and do as many loops of the Olympic circuit as I can be bothered with. There's nothing worse than being 40 miles from home when it starts tipping down or if you start flagging/pick up a niggling injury.

    One other little tip, I was getting some back and shoulder issues after long periods on the bike. On this forum a book (Tom Danielson's Core Advantage) was recommended to me, I've been following the core training programs over the last few weeks which has helped me a great deal. There's a load of stuff in there about building up stability and fixing muscular imbalances that I've found interesting/useful - with the added bonus that I no longer wander all over the road while eating/drinking when on the bike.

  • Pactimo Ultra-Lite Rain Jacket1 year 3 weeks agoHad one of these for about a

    Had one of these for about a year now - would echo the comments in the article about good fit and i've found it pretty good at keeping out the wet for a 'water resistant' top even in some mucky stuff for a while. Breathability definitely on the better side of OK, packs down well. Also worth keeping an eye on the Pactimo website (seem to have regular-ish sales and they run an outlet page for EOL/older stuff - some cracking deals). FWIW i've got a couple of bits of their stuff already, and will be getting more in the future - good kit.

  • Kingston driver 'aimed car at cyclist,' missed - and crashed into hair salon1 year 3 weeks agobrooksby

    brooksby wrote:
    cyclingDMlondon wrote:
    ... (because a 6'3" guy on a 60 cm frame, wearing a hi-viz vest and with two front lights is really difficult to see) ...

    I know you're being sarcastic, but you have a point. Given that we're all supposed to dress up as the offspring of an Xmas tree and a highlighter pen otherwise it's our fault when we get run down, it's surprising how many people completely fail to see us.

    I guess it would help if drivers actually looked anywhere other then the fixed point they are currently aiming for...

    Virtually every single negative aspect of using any type of vehicle on the roads, comes from the motor car. They are the most destructive vehicle on the road, and yet the people who use them are the most belligerent, loudest and most vociferous when claiming their 'rights' - or when punishing those who they consider have wronged them (even if 'wrong' means slowing them down by three or four seconds).

    They are the 'bullies' of the 'playground'. Bullies do not respond to being asked nicely. Bullies do not respond to 'education' (despite the best wishes of the bran muffin-munching liberal élite). Bullies respond to a punch in the face so fucking hard that they can still see the scar in the mirror, eighteen months down the line.

    I get very frustrated when I read and hear people advocating 'education' as a solve-all for the so-called 'war' on the roads. Hatred by its very nature is irrational, and education cannot work on irrational feelings. It never has, it doesn't, and it never will.

  • Sir Dave Brailsford: Chris Froome doesn't pick Sky Tour de France team - I do1 year 3 weeks agoPeople arguing on here is

    People arguing on here is senseless. Say your piece and leave.

    Froome is the one who appears to have the issues in this case. BW has stated that he is happy to be a part of the team and support CF. To not want him in Le Tour is effectively calling him a liar. It also weakens his challenge.

  • Video: Cyclist appeals for help in identifying rider who crashed into him in West London1 year 3 weeks agoThere is no clear right of

    There is no clear right of way but my sympathies are with the cyclist on the crossing. From the video I would say that his speed was not excessive nor was he riding without due care.

    Cyclist on pavement has failed to anticipate and/or react to the potential hazards he is facing. I can see no clear indication that this is a shared pavement or that cyclists are allowed to use it at all. In fact the only users with a clear and unambiguous right of way on a footpath are pedestrians.

    One final point. To the right a park can be clearly seen. Instead of a cyclist coming over the crossing it could have been a young child sprinting in front of its parents to get to the park to play.

    In summary.
    Crossing cyclist - Not at fault. But needs to be visited by the Fashion Police.
    Pavement Rider - Grow a pair, learn to accept responsibility for your actions, get off the pavement [you're not a toddler on a trike or with stabilisers] and stop riding like a twat.

    Other than that; a complete non-story.

  • Starting out in road cycling - building up fitness and distance tips?1 year 3 weeks agoWell done on the weight

    Well done on the weight loss!

    Out of interest, have you had any problems keeping it off now? I guess not?

    I actually used to swim a LOT when I was younger, from about the age of 4 to 14, 10+ hours a week at my peak. Because of this, I would say I have a decent baseline body to work from (good cardiovascular system and good lungs).

    I think I'm going to increase my gym work, as well as playing football on a Tuesday night, and aim to cycle 3 times a week for now. I think this should get my fitness up quickly, and give me the chance to build base mileage on the bike.

  • Sir Dave Brailsford: Chris Froome doesn't pick Sky Tour de France team - I do1 year 3 weeks agogdmor10 wrote:Has wiggins

    gdmor10 wrote:
    Has wiggins played a blinder by going on breakfast Telly? #pickwiggins

    Or quite the opposite, perhaps? By going on breakfast TV he just re-enforces the view that he's a 'career cyclist' - way more interested in person advancement over the team's success. Like a lot of incredibly talented individuals, Wiggins needs to be at the centre of attention - surrounded by a team, not part of one. It's quite telling that his personal specialism is time-trialing - a discipline that doesn't rely on teamwork at all.

  • Frameset1 year 3 weeks agoKinesis Gran Fondo ??

    Kinesis Gran Fondo ??

  • Kingston driver 'aimed car at cyclist,' missed - and crashed into hair salon1 year 3 weeks agowhat goes around comes

    what goes around comes around, very quickly in this case, lol

  • Shortening reach1 year 3 weeks agoyou can reach the levers on

    you can reach the levers on the drops but not the hoods !!
    Maybe move the levers ??

  • Kingston driver 'aimed car at cyclist,' missed - and crashed into hair salon1 year 3 weeks agocyclingDMlondon wrote: ...

    cyclingDMlondon wrote:
    ... (because a 6'3" guy on a 60 cm frame, wearing a hi-viz vest and with two front lights is really difficult to see) ...

    I know you're being sarcastic, but you have a point. Given that we're all supposed to dress up as the offspring of an Xmas tree and a highlighter pen otherwise it's our fault when we get run down, it's surprising how many people completely fail to see us.

    I guess it would help if drivers actually looked anywhere other then the fixed point they are currently aiming for...

  • Just in: Canyon Speedmax CF 9.0 SL time trial bike1 year 3 weeks agoThis really does look fast

    This really does look fast just stood still, although I much prefer it in the Movistar colours, the dark blue with green is a great colour combo on an angular bike like this.

  • Sir Dave Brailsford: Chris Froome doesn't pick Sky Tour de France team - I do1 year 3 weeks agogood god Brailsford, make up

    good god Brailsford, make up bloody mind up!

  • Kingston driver 'aimed car at cyclist,' missed - and crashed into hair salon1 year 3 weeks agoGhedebrav wrote:The only

    Ghedebrav wrote:
    The only thing worse than Audis are groups of young men in what used to be called 'hot hatches'.

    If this is going to become the topic: in my experience some of the most aggressive drivers on the road are young women driving the BMW Mini.

  • Sir Dave Brailsford: Chris Froome doesn't pick Sky Tour de France team - I do1 year 3 weeks agoTeam dynamic... I've never

    Team dynamic... I've never heard so much bullshit in my life, I've played team sports all my life and I've never played on a team where everybody gets on like best mates, in fact I've seen dislike drive and motivate people on far more then friendship, can you imagine Froome wanting Wiggo to beat him on a TT or a climb ? come on get real.

    Bottom line, are the other 8 riders in the tour team that are better than Wiggo, in my view no, therefore Sky are not picking the best team and they are hypocrites, I hope Wiggo wins next week for even more embarrassment, they have lost me as a supporter.