• Video: Cyclist & lorry driver experience Met's Exchanging Places scheme1 year 7 weeks agoVictim blaming at it's most

    Victim blaming at it's most amazing it seems., re-design public highways - problem solved.

  • Movistar may have switched, but Team Sky still riding Pinarello bikes for next three years1 year 7 weeks agoSo what's happening with the

    So what's happening with the TT bike Pinarello developed for Movistar? (http://road.cc/content/news/85766-pinarello-sibilo-tt-bike-launched) Seems a little silly to produce a bike that's only used for 6 months...

  • Cycling Trousers1 year 7 weeks agoBought a couple of pairs of

    Bought a couple of pairs of Union34 trousers from Rutland Cycles recently as they were deeply discounted from £99 R.R.P. to £20. DWR coating, concealed cuff cinchers and gusseted - very happy with them as a commute trew. A few sizes left, but size down IMO.

  • Bristol police stop 689 drivers & cyclists - campaign group says infrastructure is the real answer1 year 7 weeks agoGood initiative, interesting

    Good initiative, interesting that some motorists drive into ASZ's because of ignorance rather than impatience or laziness. Ignorance is much easier to address.

    I do wonder how many of the bike lights purchased as a result of conditional tickets are BS approved. Not many I guess as they are pretty hard to find. In which case the police are endorsing use of non-BS lights. Hmm.

  • Video: Cyclist & lorry driver experience Met's Exchanging Places scheme1 year 7 weeks ago"Wear visible clothing, make

    "Wear visible clothing, make sure you can see the vehicle's mirrors" - Works fine as long as the driver is looking for you, and not checking any of their other 15 or so blind spots.

    "Don't go up the left hand side of heavy vehicles" - What happens when one pulls up alongside you, or overtakes you at 50 mph with inches to spare?

    All these well-meaning bits of advice remind me of the 1950s public information films that made out you could survive a nuclear explosion if you put a blanket over your kitchen table, or hid beneath some sofa cushions.

    And they do nothing to address the fact that for most of the population, riding a bike on the road is an unthinkably scary thing to do.

  • Just in: Aprire Vincenza1 year 7 weeks agoNice looking bike and a good

    Nice looking bike and a good level of spec for the money. I just wish you could buy more framesets, I'm not into this off the peg purchase, much rather enjoying building my own bike using a mix of existing parts and newly sourced. What I don't understand is how anyone makes any money, there are so many bike suppliers, but the difference in quality at this price is so marginal. Surely the market is saturated.

  • Video: Cyclist & lorry driver experience Met's Exchanging Places scheme1 year 7 weeks agoThe driver flags up a very

    The driver flags up a very interesting point that, even as an hgv driver myself, I haven't heard before. "The more room a driver leaves, the more likely he will be turning left".

    Also interesting is the cyclist's announcement that he will wear hi viz from now on. Indeed, road.cc reporter Sarah Barth's previous comments, where she reports the improvement a hi viz makes (in visibility for cyclists coming up the inside of an hgv) as "astonishing", are repeated.

    There's a lot of comments about the use of indicators but, as an hgv driver, I would ask one simple question. Why would anyone base a potentially life threatening decision on the twin assumptions that the indicator was working, and that the driver's decision not to use the indicator is a sure fire signal that the truck was going straight ahead? Bulbs can be faulty, drivers can forget. It's not rocket science.

    Even though there may be a filter lane, enticing you into danger, the golden rule is "keep back". Once this message becomes sufficiently accepted, and anyone still failing to grasp the concept risks being labelled a tw*t, deaths at junctions will become very rare.

  • Bristol police stop 689 drivers & cyclists - campaign group says infrastructure is the real answer1 year 7 weeks agoAs a cyclist in Bristol, I

    As a cyclist in Bristol, I think this is fantastic. Especially the conditional tickets. Theres definate lack of education, and awareness about both motorists and cyclists responsibilities on the road. All too often I see cyclist running red lights, which I feel ashamed to be a cyclist. Then again, all to often I see drivers in box junctions and on their phones yet again.

    I hope everyone takes on their responsibilities and learn to respect each other and be patient. Most of all, we all enjoy the roads!

  • Just in: Aprire Vincenza1 year 7 weeks agoI’ve tested the bike and was

    I’ve tested the bike and was impressed. It was very responsive, but for me it was the level of comfort without losing the road sensations that differentiated it from my Canyon. Over longer sportive distances you will begin to appreciate its built in dampening as you will be less fatigued.

    For those that live in London and are familiar with Richmond Park’s Broomfield Hill (sweeping right-hander), I was able to pedal all the way around the corner without the bike bouncing on the rippled tarmac. With my Canyon I need to stop pedalling near the apex as my rear begins to bounce.

    Price point is very competitive and in the same league as Canyon and Boardman.

  • Bristol police stop 689 drivers & cyclists - campaign group says infrastructure is the real answer1 year 7 weeks agoI do like the idea of the

    I do like the idea of the 'conditional' ticket for the lights, and £50 will get you something 1/2 decent

  • Video: Cyclist & lorry driver experience Met's Exchanging Places scheme1 year 7 weeks agoFluffyKittenofTindalos

    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:
    adamthekiwi wrote:
    A really useful tool would be some sort of blinking light on the left-hand side that could be illuminated by the driver some time before they want to turn left. Perhaps we could name this innovation an 'indicator'? Then cyclists could simply avoid going down the left-hand side in that circumstance...

    Cars and vans seem to have a matched pair of lights that are illuminated together to mean "I'll stop wherever the f**k I like", so perhaps if these could be controlled individually, they could be repurposed for this?

    I want one of those matched light pairs to wear on my person. Because, apparently, if you turn them on you are allowed to do pretty much anything you want and its fine, as the rules no longer apply because you've got two rear lights on. Brilliant invention, surprised its not more widely used.

    I would like them too, but not for that. I want them so that _after_ I have started to make a change in my road position I can turn them on and then act surprised when things don't work out. I think there may be a conspiracy to restrict these devices to the illuminati.

  • Video: Cyclist & lorry driver experience Met's Exchanging Places scheme1 year 7 weeks agoteaboy wrote:There's a huge

    teaboy wrote:
    There's a huge amount of hypocrisy in this issue. By continuing to design roads and junctions that visually suggest that cyclists go up the left-hand-side of traffic it really shouldn't be a surprise when people do. To then have to recommend that cyclists ignore the infrastructure for their own safety strongly suggests that the infrastructure in question is at best not fit for purpose, and at worst responsible for the deaths of people.

    Boom.

    http://beyondthekerb.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/tipping-out-the-paint/

  • Five of the best cycling front lights for under £501 year 7 weeks ago*Rolls up sleeves and wades

    *Rolls up sleeves and wades in*

    The Cree eBay ('CreeBay'?) light market over the last few years has been nothing short of a revolution - there is simply no other word for it.

    I cannot recall a technology being so rapidly and thoroughly democratised. Only a few years ago the performance delivered by Cree lights was only delivered by lightsets costing many hundreds of quid.

    Now top-class lighting can be had for £20-30, which is within the reach of everyone. In the last few months the bog standard Cree X-ML T6 single LED with 4 cells has dropped well below £20, and can now be had for £15-16 including postage.

    This has been largely driven by the manufacturing power of China's Shenzhen district, coupled with UK-based resellers cutting out distributors and retailers. The no-quibble Paypal guarantee helps a lot too. There is, of course, nothing stopping a local bikeshop from ordering a few hundred of these lights on Alibaba and selling them with a markup. They could even offer a walk-in warranty replacement, which would remove the last vestiges of fear from purchasers concerned over buying on eBay from overseas.

    As a True Story, the Test Valley CC has over the last year been riding at night, 2hrs on a Thursday on pitch-black lanes. This has only been enabled by Cree lights - we are all people with families, and no way would an Exposure or whatever at £200 be justified. But as a result of this increased nocturnal activity the LBS has profited from the sale of new gilets, jackets, reflective overshoes, clear-lensed glasses and of course general bike stuff that comes with increased mileage. So loosing a sale they never would have had has netted them income.

    Time for people to stop bemoaning others making purchasing decisions and start suggesting ways their LBS could offer newer, more innovative services. Times change, needs change. If your LBS can't or won't change they are doomed.

  • Rapha to end Rapha-Condor-JLT sponsorship after next year1 year 7 weeks ago^badblack, you're right. See

    ^badblack, you're right. See this article:

    http://www.bikeradar.com/road/news/article/jan-ullrich-rapha-fan-photogr...

    Seems that Big Jan posted photos of him wearing Rapha kit on his website and called Rapha 'his new partner'

    Heaven forbid that journos should actually establish the facts behind a story before deciding to put 2 + 24 together to make 98 to actually write and publish a story.

    A lesson for everyone, eh? So Tony, dont think Sky have need to ditch Rapha, do you?

    Applause

  • Video: Cyclist & lorry driver experience Met's Exchanging Places scheme1 year 7 weeks agoadamthekiwi wrote:A really

    adamthekiwi wrote:
    A really useful tool would be some sort of blinking light on the left-hand side that could be illuminated by the driver some time before they want to turn left. Perhaps we could name this innovation an 'indicator'? Then cyclists could simply avoid going down the left-hand side in that circumstance...
    ?

    Just avoid going down the left at all. And if the lorry draws alongside you then drop straight back.

    Apart from being a #bloodycyclist I'm also an #bloodyadvanceddriver. So this goes if you are driving as well. Even in a car don't get alongside a lorry on either side if you can help it (sometimes you can't). Get past it or drop back one or the other. I see motorists on motorways sitting alongside lorries in heavy traffic for ages. These things will kill you sat in your car almost as quick as they will if you are riding your bike.

  • Mark Cavendish says he may never ride Milan-San Remo again1 year 7 weeks agoWC 2012 in Denmark wasn't

    WC 2012 in Denmark wasn't exactly flat either!

  • Rapha to end Rapha-Condor-JLT sponsorship after next year1 year 7 weeks agoProbably wrong (I usually

    Probably wrong (I usually am), but last night I read on Twitter that Ulrich was self sponsoring. (He just chose to have his site designed in a Rapha-esque style and chose to wear Rapha's clobber in the pictures).

    I don't know if anyone can confirm this.

    Back to the main story. Good luck to Rapha - the advertising must have been a success as they've gone onto bigger things with Sky.

    I hope the Condor-JLT do continue as they've been fun to watch.

  • Video: Bike designer Mike Burrows in forthcoming documentary Bicycle: The Film1 year 7 weeks agoWELL happy Burrows is in the

    WELL happy Burrows is in the film! Looking forward to it's release now!

  • Should bike shops become collection points for on line sales?1 year 7 weeks agoSounds a good idea in

    Sounds a good idea in principle, but your LBS owner may start snarling a bit when he's handing over parcels from Chain Reaction or Wiggle.

  • Boris bike use down 20 percent1 year 7 weeks agoEmanuel, the bikes are used

    Emanuel, the bikes are used by all sorts really but you can tell who the tourists as they're usually the ones who have pulled over to the side of the road with a look of "whose idea was this on their face" when they set off into London's traffic Laughing
    Seriously, you do get all standards of riding on them but they are slow and heavy.

  • Chris Boardman says MPs “should be embarrassed” & don’t “even know the most basic of facts” about cycling1 year 7 weeks agoSimmo72 wrote:'Cycling

    Simmo72 wrote:
    'Cycling doesn't cause congestion' This really is not true, especially outside of the towns.

    Often on my commute I get caught in a big tail back because a cyclist is on a busy road at rush hour and no one can get past? In part this is caused by drivers not having the skill to judge a safe gap and sitting behind unnecessarily.

    If this number increases significantly, what will happen - even more hatred + less revenue for the government and more anger to cyclists, including me as I am sometimes one of those cyclists causing the backlog.

    Then how much extra Co2 is caused by having bike generated tail backs and the excessive power used to overtake quickly? I often wonder how much this increases your Co2 saving commute.

    It really isn't simple and that is why I would be prepared to pay an annual cost towards dedicated cycling schemes, but only if we do away with this stupid CO2 VED based tax. A toyota prius is generating wear and tear, more than others because it weighs more and why pretend its saving polar bears, its not. Build the ved into the cost of fuel, you use, you pay, you drive a big car, you pay more, you cycle more you pay less. don't penalise me because I can only afford a 5 year old car.

    Often on any journey I make (other than the middle of the night) I am delayed by huge queues of traffic (often with cars alternately at the kerb or further out, thus making filtering on either side very difficult). The congestion is due to cars being too large and too numerous for the road (and they have gotten wider on average over the last couple of decades).

    They drive down side-roads, overtake me, and then find they can't pass the car coming the other way, for example, and make me wait while they stop and try and maneuver past each other.

    Its the cars that delay _everyone_. The idea that bikes significantly delay cars and cause more CO2 is nonsense. Its overwhelmingly the other way round. Cars constantly stop and start due to lights and other cars.

    Perhaps VED should be rolled-up into fuel tax, I'm not 100% sure on the relationship between fuel-consumption and emissions though (I guess it must be a simple one for CO2, as the Carbon in petrol hasn't got anywhere else to go, but there ought to be a cost for all the other crap cars put out, and surely that can vary depending on the engine?).

    But there also needs to be an element of congestion charging, because emissions is one cost, but the use of in-demand roads by such large vehicles is another. I think that is actually a more important issue than the cost of wear-and-tear. That roadspace is a scarce resource.

  • Chris Boardman says MPs “should be embarrassed” & don’t “even know the most basic of facts” about cycling1 year 7 weeks agoSimmo72 wrote:Often on my

    Simmo72 wrote:
    Often on my commute I get caught in a big tail back because a cyclist is on a busy road at rush hour and no one can get past? In part this is caused by drivers not having the skill to judge a safe gap and sitting behind unnecessarily.

    all you're doing is reaching a queue at a different point in your journey. unless, once you get to town, all those cars are magically transported somewhere else. they'll get in to town before you, tail back and you'll be behind them. the fact that you were stuck behind a cyclist for 30 seconds earlier on won't make a second of difference to your journey time in most cases. especially at rush hour.

    i see this all the time. people overtake me, i overtake them, they get cross that they have to overtake me again, then i overtake them again, they get more cross, etc, etc. the fact is that your journey time in your car is almost entirely unrelated to what i do on my bike because the speed of my bike journey is almost entirely unaffected by traffic volume. you keep having to overtake me because my average speed is the same or better. if you just sat behind a bike instead of having to overtake it, a lot of the time it wouldn't make any difference at all.

    bikes aren't the problem in cities. single-occupancy cars are the problem.

  • Movistar may have switched, but Team Sky still riding Pinarello bikes for next three years1 year 7 weeks agoFair enough. Here is the Sky

    Fair enough.

    Here is the Sky link I'd posted in the forum at the time:

    http://www.teamsky.com/article/0,27290,17546_8892031,00.html

    You know my soft spot for Pina!

  • Video: Cyclist & lorry driver experience Met's Exchanging Places scheme1 year 7 weeks agoadamthekiwi wrote:A really

    adamthekiwi wrote:
    A really useful tool would be some sort of blinking light on the left-hand side that could be illuminated by the driver some time before they want to turn left. Perhaps we could name this innovation an 'indicator'? Then cyclists could simply avoid going down the left-hand side in that circumstance...

    Cars and vans seem to have a matched pair of lights that are illuminated together to mean "I'll stop wherever the f**k I like", so perhaps if these could be controlled individually, they could be repurposed for this?

    Those solutions really work in situations like this and this.

    @Beztweets writes about "Exchanging Places" or exchanging responsibility?

  • Posting fatigue1 year 7 weeks agoYep, Bikeboy76, I feel the

    Yep, Bikeboy76, I feel the same. But at least there is a bit of debate going on in the real world, too, which might actually result in a bit of a shift in attitudes. Or not. Either way, we'll all still ride bikes.

    Anyway, don't worry, it's already December. Racing starts in Jan, and before then we have to have all the new kit sponsors announced, new kits designs unveiled, gossip about which rider's wife doesn't like which other rider, stand-offs and snubs at the training camps and then lots of staged photos of the riders 'training'. Whilst all that is going on, we can all follow Northernbike's sensible advice - I've got some cake on the way this afternoon and maybe some more wheelbuilding planned for the weekend.