• Make pedestrians wear reflective clothing, says 'Mr Loophole' lawyer who defended killer driver1 year 4 weeks ago"Sadly, because he was

    "Sadly, because he was invisible, Mr Steinberg has lost his life."

    Really?, I guess the driver did have some mitigation; the poor rabbi had actually achieved invisibility.

    What a ridiculous thing to say, the driver has a responsibility to see whatever is on the road. Use lights, slow down, I don't know; just don't kill people eh!

  • Driver fined £625 & given five points for attacking cyclist with car1 year 4 weeks agoSustransoftie wrote:OK, so

    Sustransoftie wrote:
    OK, so we've all come to the agreement that the driver is a first class tw@t and the law is useless, so what are we all going to do about it?

    Ah, yes... Sweet FA! Applause

    Stay safe out there. Wink

    I was a member of LCC and am a member of CTC, 38 Degrees and Avaaz also cover cycling and I chip in and actively support these, I've signed umpteen petitions and have attended a large protest ride around parliament and will probably attend other protest rides. I've contacted various politicians.

    These things are really easy to do these days, if you can come on to a forum like this and complain then you can fill a text box and email your MP. If you can spend £150 on a bike helmet that does naff all then you can throw a few quid in the direction of those campaigning to improve cyclists lot.

    WriteToThem(your mp)
    38 Degrees | people. power. change.
    Avaaz - The World in Action
    CTC : The national cycling charity
    London Cycling Campaign

    38 Degrees and Avaaz have millions of members, that carries weight.

  • Driver fined £625 & given five points for attacking cyclist with car1 year 4 weeks agoThe law has dealt with him.

    The law has dealt with him. If you don't like how it did it, then change the law by taking some time to agitate for tougher sentences for this sort of behaviour.

    This sort of internet bullying is similar behaviour* to a person riding a cyclist off the road with a car - and I presume no one here would like that.

    *Yeah - before you start nit-picking and go whining on about lethality and so on, it's still bullying. The weapon used is different, not the attitude of the person wielding it.

  • Best/favourite snaks for on the bike1 year 4 weeks agoFor long rides I usually have

    For long rides I usually have with me a couple of hot cross buns, with butter and jam, 2 bananas, at least 3 gels (1 as an emergency) and a big bag of jelly babies. Mince pies or fruitcake will sometimes find their way into my pockets.

    Jelly babies are munched as I go along and "solids" scoffed after around 50km and 100km.

    I also make sure I have a decent breakfast before I head out.

    Gets me through 150+km no problem.

  • Video: Road Rage Britain - ITV documentary next Monday features cyclists & motorists on film1 year 4 weeks agothis program looks like it

    this program looks like it might be quite fun but probably a little low brow for some.

  • Make pedestrians wear reflective clothing, says 'Mr Loophole' lawyer who defended killer driver1 year 4 weeks agoSB76 wrote:the road may have

    SB76 wrote:
    the road may have been heavily treed and with not road lighting when the rabbi suddenly appeared from nowhere

    Ah. As much an act of magic as Mr Freeman's notion that the layman can quite casually achieve the eternally enigmatic feat of invisibility.

    http://beyondthekerb.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/from-out-of-nowhere/

    For what it's worth, here (at least, on this road, and close to or at this junction) is where the collision occurred.

    https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.512576,-2.251263,3a,75y,179.98h,67.01t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1syzaNzhMuoSIjpnp1HpGRYg!2e0

  • Halfords have bought Boardman Bikes1 year 4 weeks agoWasn't aware myself that

    Wasn't aware myself that Boardmans were sold outside of Halfords before now, always assumed it was an in-house (or at least exclusive) brand to them. They don't really float my boat anyway, can't really put my finger on why.

    I'm in the "cut Halfords some slack" camp too though. No doubt a subject with lots of anecdotal evidence, but I've always found the guys in my local store to be helpful as far a technical advice is concerned, if usually very busy.

    Besides, I tend to just use click and collect anyway. They give the likes of Wiggle and Chain Reaction a good run for their money on pricing too, particularly with the frequent online discounts which you can still use even when collecting and paying in-store. It's mostly all on next day collection too, so no need to wait around for the postman.

  • Big jump in number of cyclists fined in Cambridge in 20131 year 4 weeks agoCambridgeshire PCC Graham

    Cambridgeshire PCC Graham Bright, of Brass Eye Cake and 'Dogs affected by video nasties' fame, loves cracking down on anti-social cycling. Increase in fines likely represents increased crackdowns, not change in behaviour.

    Also this story was written up by known Cambridge News hack, and cycling click-bait Extraordinaire, who probably put the FOI in himself. Notice frequent use of 'danger' cyclists, despite the fact that no-one quoted in the article uses the word danger.

  • Minor injuries and cyclist deaths are down in Greater Manchester - but there's a significant rise in serious injuries to riders1 year 4 weeks agoIf you're walking with both

    If you're walking with both feet on the ground and pushing a bike, then you are without a doubt a pedestrian ("foot passenger") - this was established in Crank v Brooks. If you are on the bike, and paddling with one foot on a pedal, then the same ruling suggests you would not be a foot passenger. The case of straddling a bike but scooting with both feet on the ground isn't explicitly addressed in it, but it seems likely that'd be classed as "not a foot passenger".

    Still, that doesn't mean a motorist is blameless if they knock down a cyclist using a pedestrian crossing. What's amazing in the Jaye case is the motorist says they didn't even see anyone at all.

  • Video: Road Rage Britain - ITV documentary next Monday features cyclists & motorists on film1 year 4 weeks agoLooking forward to seeing

    Looking forward to seeing this, hopefully it's an eyeopener rather than just another them v us shit stirrer. Smile

  • Video: Road Rage Britain - ITV documentary next Monday features cyclists & motorists on film1 year 4 weeks agooozaveared wrote:I don't know

    oozaveared wrote:
    I don't know any adult cyclists that don't already drive cars. There must be very few that don't have a licence.

    Once again the idea is espoused that cyclists are different people from car drivers or from pedestrians. I think that's a one way street though. There are plenty of motorists that don't or haven't ever cycled. Very few adult cyclists that don't drive. This is a false equivalence.

    As it happens I cycled in to work and back yesterday 20 miles each way. I drove my car today as I have to go to the dentist later and I need a quick journey back and that's the other side of home. At lunch time I walked down the high street and bought a sandwich at Sainsburys. Tomorrow I am on the bike again.

    I no longer have a motorcycle but you could include that as well.

    My cycling buddy Mike is a class 1 Police Driver (ie all the fast high speed stuff) and he's got an HGV licence as well. Maybe they should get him on......?

    +1 - I've one car, two motorbikes and three bicycles, all of which get regular use. All my cycling friends drive/own cars as well.

  • Big jump in number of cyclists fined in Cambridge in 20131 year 4 weeks agoI always despair at these,

    I always despair at these, it's not very joined up. Handing out fines discourages cycling. Lowering cycling numbers = more dangerous roads = probably more deaths & injuries caused than those which are caused by cycling the wrong way up a street, or jumping lights. Especially when you add in the health benefits of cycling, which are much harder to quantify.

    In the end, I think we want a world where everyone who has a journey under 8 miles will, within reason, jump on a bike for it. Policemen standing around trying to catch people for the relatively harmless (& probably solvable by better cycle provision) problems of going the wrong way up a street isn't helping this vision.

  • Driver fined £625 & given five points for attacking cyclist with car1 year 4 weeks agocolinth wrote:Huw Watkins

    colinth wrote:
    Huw Watkins wrote:
    SteppenHerring wrote:

    Even if it is, an internet jihad is hardly going to make the cycling community look better.

    Hardly jihad

    Actions have consequences and if he's hit it in the pocket a little, then what's wrong with that?

    His twitter and fb pages have been taken down which would suggest it's him, otherwise surely you'd leave them up with a denial ?

    Hopefully it'll cost him some clients and some more cash, knob

    I checked as soon as I saw this and the FB link still works.

  • Video: Road Rage Britain - ITV documentary next Monday features cyclists & motorists on film1 year 4 weeks agoI don't know any adult

    I don't know any adult cyclists that don't already drive cars. There must be very few that don't have a licence.

    Once again the idea is espoused that cyclists are different people from car drivers or from pedestrians. I think that's a one way street though. There are plenty of motorists that don't or haven't ever cycled. Very few adult cyclists that don't drive. This is a false equivalence.

    As it happens I cycled in to work and back yesterday 20 miles each way. I drove my car today as I have to go to the dentist later and I need a quick journey back and that's the other side of home. At lunch time I walked down the high street and bought a sandwich at Sainsburys. Tomorrow I am on the bike again.

    I no longer have a motorcycle but you could include that as well.

    My cycling buddy Mike is a class 1 Police Driver (ie all the fast high speed stuff) and he's got an HGV licence as well. Maybe they should get him on......?

  • Supacaz Super Sticky Kush bar tape1 year 4 weeks agoThat's the blackest white

    That's the blackest white tape I've ever seen.

  • Halfords have bought Boardman Bikes1 year 4 weeks agoPaulBox wrote:workhard

    PaulBox wrote:
    workhard wrote:
    Why don't we cut Halfords some slack and wait and see what they do with the brand before rushing, lemming-like, to judgement.

    Was stripping down a rebuilding a mountain bike (Yeti SB-66) on Sunday, popped in to my local Halfords which is mainly bikes nowadays, to get some Loctite. Not only did they not have any, the bike mechanic type people didn't even know what it was...

    Did you try the motor parts section as they do indeed sell loctite...

  • Video: Road Rage Britain - ITV documentary next Monday features cyclists & motorists on film1 year 4 weeks agoSimmo72 wrote:I don't have

    Simmo72 wrote:
    I don't have any evidence but strongly suspect the road rage drivers are pure drivers....

    I think this is a fair point. In terms of my personal experience, the road rage tends to mostly be exhibited by those who drive a lot as part of their job - taxis, vans (particularly self-employed tradesmen), a particular First Wessex local maintenance truck, sales reps, even a driving instructor...

    It's kind of like a "how dare you be on the road interfering with my livelihood?!" mentality.

  • Halfords have bought Boardman Bikes1 year 4 weeks agoPaulBox wrote:workhard

    PaulBox wrote:
    workhard wrote:
    Why don't we cut Halfords some slack and wait and see what they do with the brand before rushing, lemming-like, to judgement.

    Was stripping down a rebuilding a mountain bike (Yeti SB-66) on Sunday, popped in to my local Halfords which is mainly bikes nowadays, to get some Loctite. Not only did they not have any, the bike mechanic type people didn't even know what it was...


    Neither do my three LBS's; they all told me to go to Robert Dyas.

  • Does Bradley Wiggins’ Dauphiné omission mean no Tour de France place?1 year 4 weeks agocat1commuter wrote:Sim1

    cat1commuter wrote:
    Sim1 wrote:
    Interestingly, Brad was training on the Manchester track yesterday - in GB kit - under the watchful eye of Shane Sutton

    Really? Maybe not doing the Tour de France, and having a crack at the hour record later in the year.

    Does seem odd that he didn't do the recon with Froome in Yorkshire or on the cobbles.

    Looking ahead to Commie Games, innit. Richard Moore reckons he's going to ride track events as well as the TT (as per latest Cycling Podcast).

  • Driver fined £625 & given five points for attacking cyclist with car1 year 4 weeks agoHuw Watkins

    Huw Watkins wrote:
    SteppenHerring wrote:

    Even if it is, an internet jihad is hardly going to make the cycling community look better.

    Hardly jihad

    Actions have consequences and if he's hit it in the pocket a little, then what's wrong with that?

    His twitter and fb pages have been taken down which would suggest it's him, otherwise surely you'd leave them up with a denial ?

    Hopefully it'll cost him some clients and some more cash, knob

  • Minor injuries and cyclist deaths are down in Greater Manchester - but there's a significant rise in serious injuries to riders1 year 4 weeks agoMr Walker - your bias,

    Mr Walker - your bias, ignorance and the attitude you are displaying here are utterly shameful and disgusting.

    The likes of you are the reason why people are losing confidence in the police forces' ability to protect them and uphold the law.

    I think you're in the wrong job.

  • Supacaz Super Sticky Kush bar tape1 year 4 weeks agoEven Lizard skins is cheap

    Even Lizard skins is cheap compared to this...

  • Does Bradley Wiggins’ Dauphiné omission mean no Tour de France place?1 year 4 weeks agocat1commuter wrote:Sim1

    cat1commuter wrote:
    Sim1 wrote:
    Interestingly, Brad was training on the Manchester track yesterday - in GB kit - under the watchful eye of Shane Sutton

    Really? Maybe not doing the Tour de France, and having a crack at the hour record later in the year.

    Does seem odd that he didn't do the recon with Froome in Yorkshire or on the cobbles.

    Looking ahead to Commie Games, innit. Richard Moore reckons he's going to ride track events as well as the TT.

  • Halfords have bought Boardman Bikes1 year 4 weeks agoInteresting, because recently

    Interesting, because recently I've noticed a couple of "real" bike shops starting to stock Boardmans. I wonder if those retailers had any inkling about this?

  • Halfords have bought Boardman Bikes1 year 4 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:They will just

    Gkam84 wrote:
    They will just kill the brand and make it another Apollo style bike.

    I guess they will cut ties with other outlets like Wiggle and small bike shops that stock Boardmans

    So that they can do what ? Compete with the Apollo brand ? What's your logic behind that ?

    They've been selling successfully for several years and typically sell out of most models, if anything they'll invest more in the production so that they can carry more stock. The key thing will be if they think they can sell the top end bikes without offering bike fits, more experienced staff etc