• GT Grade launches in the UK with seven bikes costing from £6501 year 3 weeks agoKiwiMike wrote:"at the

    KiwiMike wrote:
    "at the seatstays, a removable mounting bridge."

    ABOUT F'ING TIME, BIKE INDUSTRY.

    ...except there's a non-drilled one on the alloy frame. So it's a case of if you are flush enough to buy carbon, you can have mudguards, but the poorer folk get soaked/filthy?

    ...and I assume the wee bulge behind the fork bridge is a screw sunk into a tapped hole to mount a front mudguard on?

    There's a drilling on the inside of the seatstay bridge on the alloy frame

  • To get cyclists off the pavement, build better bike lanes, Washington DC finds1 year 3 weeks agoJohn Stevenson wrote:If we

    John Stevenson wrote:
    If we want to keep cycling modal share at 2 percent, segregated bike lanes are not the way forward.

    If we want to deter almost everyone but the fit young and brave from riding, segregated bike lanes are not the way forward.

    If we're happy with the cycling death toll, segregated bike lanes are not the way forward.

    If we want to carry on filling the air with pollutants, segregated bike lanes are not the way forward.

    If we want the rising tide of obesity to carry on damaging our nation's health, segregated bike lanes are not the way forward.

    If those of us who ride despite the conditions want to carry on feeling like we're special and unique snowflakes, segregated bike lanes are not the way forward.

    Load of rubbish, In 2012 there were 38 deaths per billion miles cycled in Britain. I would say the roads are pretty safe as they are, why would you want drivers to take full ownership of the roads for the sake of pootlers who don't feel safe cycling?

  • Hit by a car, the driver is responsible. What to do?1 year 3 weeks agoIt's worth bearing in mind

    It's worth bearing in mind that a lot of bike manufacturers say you should replace frame and forks after a crash (this may be more applicable to carbon frames/forks), so you should probably check with the manufacturer as to whether they deem the bike as still safe to use and also whether they will still honour the warranty. If you did have a frame issue at a later date failing to disclose the prior crash would be fraud I guess, so it's not a situation you want to end up in just because you are being kind.

    I got doored by a car once and the bike seemed fine, but then developed a fork issue a few months later. Could be coincidence of course, but I kicked myself for telling the driver not to worry about it as there was no obvious damage.

    Edit: I know it's a really frustrating thing, because you don't want to be fuelling the claims culture

  • Hit by a car, the driver is responsible. What to do?1 year 3 weeks agoI agree with the others.

    I agree with the others. Injuries can have long term consequences. Settling outside of insurance is a good idea if it's just bent metal. The driver would have to pay an excess anyway and might lose their no claims discount so it makes sense for them and if they straightforward about paying up for the damage then why involve an insurance company that might actually pay you less and after a lot of paperwork and aggro and cost the driver more.

    but injuries are different. There are plenty of cycling claims management companies that advertise about the place. Why not talk to the CTC they have a service for members but can still help you.

    http://www.slatergordon.co.uk/unions-federations-and-charities/ctc/ctc-a...

  • To get cyclists off the pavement, build better bike lanes, Washington DC finds1 year 3 weeks agoCurrent cyclists needs should

    Current cyclists needs should be first and foremost in any investment, that means sorting the effin roads out.

    I am fed up of hearing about segregated cycle lanes, if someone is that weak they refuse to get on a bike because of this made up danger then they really have no chance of getting on a bike. Current cyclists on the roads need protection by the law and that means presumed liability and tougher laws on drivers and cyclists who break it. If we create an environment where drivers are more cautious around cyclists we then have safer roads at a fraction of the cost.

  • To get cyclists off the pavement, build better bike lanes, Washington DC finds1 year 3 weeks agoIf we want to keep cycling

    If we want to keep cycling modal share at 2 percent, segregated bike lanes are not the way forward.

    If we want to deter almost everyone but the fit young and brave from riding, segregated bike lanes are not the way forward.

    If we're happy with the cycling death toll, segregated bike lanes are not the way forward.

    If we want to carry on filling the air with pollutants, segregated bike lanes are not the way forward.

    If we want the rising tide of obesity to carry on damaging our nation's health, segregated bike lanes are not the way forward.

    If those of us who ride despite the conditions want to carry on feeling like we're special and unique snowflakes, segregated bike lanes are not the way forward.

  • To get cyclists off the pavement, build better bike lanes, Washington DC finds1 year 3 weeks agooh well thats life

    oh well thats life

  • 90% decided on new bike - any alternatives i should be looking at?1 year 3 weeks agocheers Rod. light off road is

    cheers Rod.

    light off road is all i'm after - i realise it's not a cross bike.
    i've got 25mm rubino pro's on my road bike (a 'ratty '08 allez) and have used that along gravel and towpaths which it seems to handle ok - albeit not at top speed!

    i think i want to keep the road performance as a preference over off road so i can keep up on group road rides, hence looking at the equilibrium rather than the croix de fer.

  • Hit by a car, the driver is responsible. What to do?1 year 3 weeks agoronnyjowe wrote:EDIT 2: I'm

    ronnyjowe wrote:
    EDIT 2: I'm currently looking at
    http://www.slatergordon.co.uk/personal-injury/cycling/

    Good, they're the ones working with one or more major cycling organisations (I think British Cycling) and I've heard good things.

  • To get cyclists off the pavement, build better bike lanes, Washington DC finds1 year 3 weeks agoduc888 wrote:The lanes should

    duc888 wrote:
    The lanes should not be segregated, no kerbs between bikes and traffic, the thick white line system of the London CSH routes works fine, giving faster riders space to overtake.

    Doesn't work so well for the people who have been killed and injured by encroaching motor vehicles.

  • Woman, 74, fined for using M25 as bike ride “short cut”1 year 3 weeks agokitkat wrote:so rather than

    kitkat wrote:
    so rather than building decent infrastructure to help non-car people get around they just ignore them and even better, get 50 quid by fining them.

    Well this might not be popular but... I think the police should enforce traffic laws more rigorously. I consistently stick to this position. Riding your bike on the motorway is dangerous. And the cyclist is not the only person in danger.

    I want the traffic laws to be enforced because as a vulnerable road user that's in my best interest. I'd be a hypocrite if I thought some road users should be exempt from enforcement just because they used the same means of transport as I did.

  • Hit by a car, the driver is responsible. What to do?1 year 3 weeks agoct wrote:jacknorell wrote:

    ct wrote:
    jacknorell wrote:
    Your stiff neck indicates whiplash, so you may well be more physically hurt than you think.

    Your stiff neck MAY indicate whiplash...

    Indicate is indicative, not definitive, so I'm not sure what you're being pedantic about here? (I realise my statement is pedantic).

    Stiff neck is a symptom of whiplash, i.e. it's an indication of whiplash, which does not necessarily mean the bloke actually has whiplash.

    Also, did you not see the 'may' in the second half of the sentence.

    *grumpy mode off*

  • Thinking about a hybrid... sorry!1 year 3 weeks agoShades wrote:I quite like the

    Shades wrote:
    I quite like the CX bikes with some 'chicken' brake levers for urban riding. Add mudguards and a pannier, although then you're into Tourers. I've got a 2000 Cannondale H700 hybrid which, although it's heavy, just does 'everything'. Bit of an 'old friend' but just did a carbon fork/disc brake upgrade which has lightened it up a bit. The other snag with urban bikes is you need to lug a decent lock around which just adds to the weight. That said, I do an 18 mile commute and log my rides. Nominally it's an hour but the hybrids average journey time (mainly winter) is only 10min slower than my road bike. In the sections of the ride where you're stopping at lights/junctions, the type of bike makes no difference as the hybrids/MTBs just catch up with you when you're stopped.

    I think the 'chicken levers' are pointless. I only ever use mine when I'm sitting at downhill traffic lights. Big Grin

  • Woman, 74, fined for using M25 as bike ride “short cut”1 year 3 weeks agozanf, you're such a rebel

    zanf, you're such a rebel Smile

  • How to encourage a toddler to ride balance bike?1 year 3 weeks agoThanks, yeah, that's pretty

    Thanks, yeah, that's pretty much what I've been trying to do so will stick with that. Good to know others have had similarly slow starts with a good outcome, anyway.

  • Hit by a car, the driver is responsible. What to do?1 year 3 weeks agojacknorell wrote:Don't settle

    jacknorell wrote:
    Don't settle outside of insurance. Your stiff neck indicates whiplash, so you may well be more physically hurt than you think.

    Also, don't do final settlement on personal injury until you're a few months down the line at least.

    The insurance company will fight you, regardless, but will pay out given the situation.

    Get professional advice right now, before you agree to anything at all.


    This is good advice.

    Remember that the driver made a mistake, he didn't wake up this morning looking to kill someone. His insurance is there to cover mistakes. Get professional advice from a specialist solicitor.

  • Evoc vs Hard Case. Am I being paranoid?1 year 3 weeks agomany thanks for the replies.

    many thanks for the replies. I think I'm going to stay with the EVOC for the while. That article was really interesting. I'm going to out it on my club's forum.

  • To get cyclists off the pavement, build better bike lanes, Washington DC finds1 year 3 weeks ago'segregated bike lanes are

    'segregated bike lanes are not the way forward. '

    indeed.

  • To get cyclists off the pavement, build better bike lanes, Washington DC finds1 year 3 weeks agoduc888 wrote: The lanes

    duc888 wrote:

    The lanes should not be segregated, no kerbs between bikes and traffic, the thick white line system of the London CSH routes works fine, giving faster riders space to overtake.

    And perfect access for cars to park and block the road!

    There is a very good reason why we need segregation, there are two types of cyclist. Sport and transport the needs are different. I may see myself as the former but the system needs to cater for the later far more than it does. I don't really give a **** about provision, as long as it gets more people on bikes, to do this you have to make people feel safe, you have to make the routes usable, direct and fast. Current provision is almost always shit!

  • Hit by a car, the driver is responsible. What to do?1 year 3 weeks agoMay be worth seeing the doc

    May be worth seeing the doc if you still aren't feeling ok. That way you will have documented evidence of the after effects. They might even be able to sort you out a bit.

    Agree with others you should get quotes from more than one shop for fixing the bike up completely.

    Hope you're feeling 100% and back on the bike soon.

  • GT Grade launches in the UK with seven bikes costing from £6501 year 3 weeks ago"the lower models make do

    "the lower models make do with a regular quick release fork"

    Sounds alarming. I wonder how regularly they quick release Confused

  • Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah Forum Competition1 year 3 weeks agoThis is what's fun about this

    This is what's fun about this Tour of Unknowns (!) in Utah Big Grin There were 17 (!) 3.0 riders that scored yesterday in one way or another! Big Grin Now that's fun (!) Big Grin Hell, there were at least 10 in the Top 20 at the Finish Line! Smile

  • Hit by a car, the driver is responsible. What to do?1 year 3 weeks agoThanks for the support and

    Thanks for the support and advice.

    I'm still not feeling okay and so it's probably right not to settle with the driver.

    If anyone can recommend a solicitor, that would be fantastic.

    EDIT: Oh and the admission of guilt was uttered to the police officer. Who I think has filed a 'driving without due care and attention' case.

    EDIT 2: I'm currently looking at
    http://www.slatergordon.co.uk/personal-injury/cycling/

  • To get cyclists off the pavement, build better bike lanes, Washington DC finds1 year 3 weeks agosegregated bike lanes are not

    segregated bike lanes are not the way forward. Think of it like this, you are out in your car on a B road and stuck behind a caravanist ..... Smile

    In london replace 'caravanist' with 'Boris biker', with no spacial awareness and weaving all over the place. In fact that also describes a lot of non Boris bikers.

    The lanes should not be segregated, no kerbs between bikes and traffic, the thick white line system of the London CSH routes works fine, giving faster riders space to overtake.

  • 90% decided on new bike - any alternatives i should be looking at?1 year 3 weeks agoI ride an Equilibrium, and

    I ride an Equilibrium, and whilst it will cope with light off-road, it doesn't do it especially well. It is designed as a road bike, after all. With mudguards you can't really use tyres wider than 25mm (you can just get 28mm tyres in but it's a tight squeeze), and even for light off-road you really need wider tyres. If you want something more off-road friendly you will lose speed and road performance, unfortunately no bike does everything. I use mine as more as a summer bike, commuting along dark potholed single-track lanes in the winter I generally use a hybrid.