• Chris Boardman: "Helmets not even in top 10 of things that keep cycling safe"1 year 5 weeks agoKGoslan wrote:Well...I'd have

    KGoslan wrote:
    Well...I'd have died 3 days before Christmas if I didn't have a helmet on...try telling me they're a bad idea.

    A few years ago I had a bad crash and broke my back. I spent 6 weeks in motionless bed rest waiting for the bones in my back to heal. Without fail, everyone who visited me said "it's a good job you had your helmet on".

  • Chris Boardman: "Helmets not even in top 10 of things that keep cycling safe"1 year 5 weeks agonoether wrote:As usual, the

    noether wrote:
    As usual, the truth of the matter is probably more complex and simpler.
    In Holland, no one who uses his bike for simple day to day short distance transport wears a helmet, even the most foul weather. Equally, almost no one who rides a bike for sport goes without a helmet, even in the brightest sunshine. The difference? Speed.

    If that's true then it is a stark illustration of the complete failure of logic that pervades this debate. Helmets are tested up to about 12mph, no more. If you are going to go faster than that then you are operating outside of its design parameters and cannot rely on it.

    My view is that keen sports cyclists wear helmets 'cos the pros do. Pros wear them because they're paid to. Read Sean Kelly's account of his last win in Milan San-Remo - going back to the team car to get his helmet for the last 50k because he would get a bonus from the manufacturer for wearing it if he won.

  • £100k reward offered after £1/4 million in bikes and gear stolen after London Bike Show1 year 5 weeks agorich22222 wrote:If they're

    rich22222 wrote:
    If they're offering £100k reward for £250k (RRP I assume) worth of bikes does anyone think maybe they weren't insured....?

    I doubt they would be insured for that much stock in transit, even if they were Im sure the insurance company has a loophole to stop them paying out, probably that it wasn't actually in transit at the time (parked up over night)

  • Mavic Tyres? Anyone using Them?1 year 5 weeks agowelsh wizard wrote:brand new?

    welsh wizard wrote:
    brand new? how much ? where are you in N Cardiff?

    Merthyr Tydfil. £25.00 for the pair, collected or meet-up near by. They are as new, taken off Mavic Ksyrium Elite S Wheels - they are the latest Mavic tyres, specific front and rear tyres.

  • Chris Boardman: "Helmets not even in top 10 of things that keep cycling safe"1 year 5 weeks agohttp://www.cyclehelmets.org/

    http://www.cyclehelmets.org/
    Excellent website.

    http://www.cyclehelmets.org/1261.html
    Interesting that Dutch cyclists with head injuries are more likely to be wearing helmets.

    I'll carry on wearing a helmet when racing (no choice anyway) and when training, but maybe I'll be less obsessive about wearing a helmet when using my bike for transport.

    I'd echo the comments that a mandatory helmet law would save more lives if mandatory for motorists and pedestrians and people drinking heavily.

  • Tour of Oman1 year 5 weeks agoPhilip Unwin wrote:Thibaut

    Philip Unwin wrote:
    Thibaut Pinot DNS

    Doh! - My Purist down two riders before the start - again!

  • Tour of Oman1 year 5 weeks agoEarly break Van Hecke

    Early break
    Van Hecke (TSV)
    Wallays (TSV)
    Boem (BAR)
    Bazzana (UHC)
    2:15 after 5km

  • Rider Visability1 year 5 weeks agoThis is a reflector that also

    This is a reflector that also has an LED light with on/off function so you can use only the reflector aspect or continuous or blinking (slow or fast) if you want the LED light. Don't know if you can get it through the UK branch of Amazon though.

    http://www.amazon.com/Maximal-Power-Reflective-Blinking-Safety/dp/B00CIA...

  • Should cyclists ride on the pavements?1 year 5 weeks agoI cycle a 100 mile a week

    I cycle a 100 mile a week plus , (not a big deal) but when i see cyclists riding on the pavements which is common i want to scream at them "get on the road". Let the pedestrians have the pavements is what i say !

  • Volta ao Algarve1 year 5 weeks agoWoohoo - open - I didn't want

    Woohoo - open - I didn't want to get ready for work this morning anyway,

    PS - Movistar - Sanz and Ventoso have been named for Haut-Var per procycling stats. Is this going to change?

  • Belfast politician calls for flags and mural ban during Giro d'Italia visit1 year 5 weeks agoIts a minefield, I don't like

    Its a minefield, I don't like the Union flag personally, and can imagine that people waving them in support of their fav English riders will do so in the spirit of sport… how that is received once a few bevvies have been downed in certain areas will be interesting.

  • Tour of Oman1 year 5 weeks agoThibaut Pinot DNS

    Thibaut Pinot DNS

  • Mavic Tyres? Anyone using Them?1 year 5 weeks agobrand new? how much ? where

    brand new? how much ? where are you in N Cardiff?

  • Sensa bikes1 year 5 weeks agoSeem to draw mixed opinions,

    Seem to draw mixed opinions, Mekk is another brand I know little about, what blew you away about it? As for the supra wheels, are they particularly bad or jus not favourable in comparison.

  • Chris Boardman: "Helmets not even in top 10 of things that keep cycling safe"1 year 5 weeks ago700c wrote:mrmo wrote:700c

    700c wrote:
    mrmo wrote:
    700c wrote:

    I understand what he's getting at but this is the UK and not Holland

    WHY?

    a very very simple question, why can't the UK follow the Dutch? the Danes? and actually improve the environment for cyclists.

    I'm not saying we can't aspire to something 'Dutch', just that it would be foolish to stop wearing PPE until we have the infrastructure. Currently the UK's roads, particularly at rush hour, are very busy and not always safe.

    Saying that more people should ditch the PPE to encourage cycling as a hassle free, accessible way to travel, BEFORE we've sorted out the infrastructure and culture is bonkers.

    Like I say, I really think this has been taken out of context. Why would a helmet manufacturer, such as Boardman, be saying 'ditch the helmet'? Can I sue him once I've come off my bike having shelved my Boardman helmet?! Or should I sue now for selling me an 'unsafe' product?!

    Answer - he's not saying that, but so many here have an anti helmet agenda that they're prepared to believe that this backs up their choice.

    Nobody here has an anti-helmet agenda. I have never heard anyone say helmets should be banned. There are many people with an anti-choice agenda however who think that because they do something the law should require everyone else to do the same. This is what irritates people; the HHH (helmet/high viz/holier than thou) brigade who frequently boast about how many accidents they have had with their 'helmet saved my life' stories and therefore rather undermine their claimed authority to lecture on safe cycling, seeking to impose their choices on others. There is not no helmet debate, there is a helmet compulsion debate; People are pro compulsion or pro choice , not pro or anti helmet.

  • £100k reward offered after £1/4 million in bikes and gear stolen after London Bike Show1 year 5 weeks agoIf they're offering £100k

    If they're offering £100k reward for £250k (RRP I assume) worth of bikes does anyone think maybe they weren't insured....?

  • Chris Boardman: "Helmets not even in top 10 of things that keep cycling safe"1 year 5 weeks agoSo, some of my mates asked

    So, some of my mates asked what are the Top Ten Things which affect cycling safety which will have a greater effect on safety than polystyrene bananas strapped loosely to your cranium?

    Here's my list:
    1) Speed limits for cars based on risks to others, starting with 40mph outside towns on minor A and B roads, 20mph in town with speeds up to 70mph only on dual carriageways/motorways where there is a cycling alternative.
    2) Anti entanglement barriers built into lorries to prevent human bodies from being mangled horribly
    3) Effective legal means to curb drivers who show little consideration to other road users
    4) All junctions to have greater visibility of pedestrians built in by design
    5) All major roads to have segregated pedestrian path/cycleways built in
    6) Large vehicles to have reduced blind spots by design
    7) Vehicles to have injury reducing sides rather than skull splitting edges
    8) Fill those potholes and grit roads/cyclepaths/pavements
    9) Allow cycles to turn left on a red in a square junction when no oncoming traffic
    10) Ban the Daily Fail and Jeremy Clarkson for the bad attitudes they espouse.

  • Belfast politician calls for flags and mural ban during Giro d'Italia visit1 year 5 weeks agoAsking for common sense in

    Asking for common sense in Northern Ireland, good luck with that one

  • Belfast politician calls for flags and mural ban during Giro d'Italia visit1 year 5 weeks agoAsking for common sense in

    Asking for common sense in Northern Ireland, good luck with that one

  • Metric Century Challenge 2013-20141 year 5 weeks ago19 Jan 1 Point 117.4km Total

    19 Jan 1 Point 117.4km Total Points 1 Total km 117.4
    25 Jan 1 Point 142km Total Points 2 Total km 259.4
    1 Feb 1 Point 163.4km Total Points 3 Total km 422.8

  • Chris Boardman: "Helmets not even in top 10 of things that keep cycling safe"1 year 5 weeks agoOnce we have segregated cycle

    Once we have segregated cycle lanes I will remove my helmet and hi-viz clothing. Until then, they stay on if I intend on cycling on either a main road that is not in a 30mph limit area, or where there is heavy traffic and risk of SMIDSY accidents.

    The one time I did fall off and bash the back of my head on the tar, I was glad of my helmet. But maybe that's just me?

  • Chris Boardman: "Helmets not even in top 10 of things that keep cycling safe"1 year 5 weeks agoRead it one more time, he is

    Read it one more time, he is not saying that we would be safer if we all wore helmets, he is saying that even in countries where helmet use is very low there is less head injury than in the UK because motorists do not go around hitting us.
    He is not confusing cause and effect, maybe you are just putting your bias on the article.

  • Tour of Oman1 year 5 weeks agoSanderville wrote:Is it on

    Sanderville wrote:
    Is it on the telly?

    Live on eurosport 2 each morning mate.

  • Vuelta a Andalucia1 year 5 weeks agoIf Gerdemann is out, I'll pop

    If Gerdemann is out, I'll pop Mollema in in his place.

  • Rider Visability1 year 5 weeks agoNope! Wasn't a flare, it was

    Nope! Wasn't a flare, it was definitely a reflective not a flare or light. Part of the reason I thought it was so brilliant was that it required no power.