• Times newspaper reader wins Chris Froome's 2012 TdF Pinarello, promptly puts it up for sale1 year 7 weeks agoSome Fella wrote:I agree with

    Some Fella wrote:
    I agree with Some Fella

    I do, too Smile

    However, maybe there are things these people giving away these bikes should do if they want ensure a bike enthusiast gets and keeps the bike, like having them write an essay, or provide a photo with their current ride or have their wife provide an affidavit of aceptance of the prize at the home or have them sign a contract confirming they will keep the prize or that if they give it away that they will give it away for free to a close relative or friend that loves bikes, or make a commitment that if it's sold that a certain % of the sale goes to a particular charity or something Smile I don't know...

    but, regardless, I have no idea whether they really care what happens to the bike. I kind of think they'd prefer it go to someone to whom it means more than a way to make money, but, what the hell, if the winner wants to sell it, what's wrong with that, per se?

  • Bespoked 2014 lineup revealed1 year 7 weeks agoIt does surprise to see

    It does surprise to see Chapeau here..

    Don't they import garments from the EU? What is UK and Handmade about them?

    From what I have heard from buddies in the trade here in Portland is they just rip off the likes or Rapha, Cafe du Cycliste and others...

  • London cycling deaths lead 1 in 5 to stop riding bike to work, finds poll1 year 7 weeks agoI'm not surprised by this

    I'm not surprised by this poll. I commuted with my other half for about four months of this year, as we tour a lot on bikes and she needed to get in shape. She told me recently that she's dreading next year, when she planned to start the commute again.

    Personally, I find this big massive 'debate' to be hilarious. The matter is of such blinding clarity, that the hot air which is being wasted by 'experts' invited to the BBC studios, and by the vermin that are our politicians, really needs to be ignored.

    Everything is incentive. Our actions are governed by things we want to happen, and things we do not want to happen. If a driver passes a cyclist so close that the bodywork of his car grazes the cycle pannier on the bike (as happened to me earlier on this year), and gets away with it, then he will do it again. The fact that so many car drivers do not hesitate to use their cars as weapons - or to get out of their car and use their fists - shows that there is no incentive not to do so.

    Incentive. Incentive. Incentive.

    So all of the talking, all of the prevarication and all of the gobsh*te that we have seen spouted over the past couple of months, is a complete laugh. It's simple: make it too costly for drivers (and yes, cyclists) to break the law and place other people in danger. Either hit their pocket, or ..

    The law should take care of this. If the law refuses, then it is up to cyclists to protect themselves.

  • Times newspaper reader wins Chris Froome's 2012 TdF Pinarello, promptly puts it up for sale1 year 7 weeks agoI agree with Some Fella

    I agree with Some Fella

  • Cyclist killed in two-car collision in Norfolk; police say 'low winter sun' a problem on the roads that day1 year 7 weeks agoRIP to the two fellow

    RIP to the two fellow cyclists, and thoughts are with their bereaved family and friends.

  • Targets for 20141 year 7 weeks agoI'd like a Grand Tour stage

    I'd like a Grand Tour stage win and the overall in the South West Nerd

  • Minister for cycling says he feels safe riding on London roads - but understands why others don't1 year 7 weeks agoJust near my house is the

    Just near my house is the junction between Royal College Street and Kentish Town Road, London, NW1

    This morning I made several back and forth trips on foot through this area, between 8.30am and 9.30am

    This junction sees a huge amount of traffic (its the one next to cash converters) and I am sad to say I witnessed way too many cyclists breezing straight through the red lights coming south down Kentish Town Road.

    Saw several of these RLJ's forced to brake hard to a stop after motor traffic going north up R.C.S. started moving across this junction after the R.C.S. lights turned green.

    Seemed to be an equal mix of lycra clad (road bikes) and casually clothed cyclists (dutch bikes / urban singlespeed) doing this red light jumping

    Did not see a single motorist jumping this junction this morning, as its well covered with CCTV and yellow no stop grid in the middle.

  • Cyclist killed in two-car collision in Norfolk; police say 'low winter sun' a problem on the roads that day1 year 7 weeks agoThese are all good points. A

    These are all good points. A good rule of thumb for cyclists is to keep an eye on your own shadow. If it is long, and pointing directly in front of you, then recognise the potential for danger. Conversely, if the sun is directly in front of you, and close to the horizon, take a different route.

  • Cyclist killed in two-car collision in Norfolk; police say 'low winter sun' a problem on the roads that day1 year 7 weeks ago@ Road.cc headline

    @ Road.cc headline writer:

    When changing inflamatory and much discussed headline from

    police say 'low winter sun' could be a factor

    to

    police say 'low winter sun' a problem on the roads that day

    you ought maybe to add an edit note to the story, to allow the comments to continue making sense. Nicer for future readers!

  • Minister for cycling says he feels safe riding on London roads - but understands why others don't1 year 7 weeks agobendertherobot wrote:giff77

    bendertherobot wrote:
    giff77 wrote:
    Then invest in a hybrid/utility bike with flat bars, mud guards (full), chain guard. All the stuff bikes used to come with apart from racers. This attitude of needing Lycra and drops is what keeps folk away from cycling.

    It does rather depend, to be fair.

    I do 40 miles a day on a drop bar with guards. Generally I wear lycra on the basis that it's pretty much a mini urban rural sportive daily. I am lucky that I get to drop my shirts etc for the week at work on a Sunday evening, thus freeing me up for the wearing of lycra.

    But yes, over short distances, there's no benefit to it. But neither is there any disadvantage other than the fact that the less enlightened in society have marked you down as a knob based on stereotyping.

    Agreed. I've a 30 mile round commute so Lycra it is for me. One of my managers who is closer rolls up on his brompton dressed up to the nines. Mind you he literally has put no effort into getting to work as he is barely glowing let alone sweating. Smile

  • What do you think1 year 7 weeks agoThe first third of the ride

    The first third of the ride is spent wondering when my legs will warm to the task, the second pondering my university work, the third cursing my lack of fitness when I realise I've plotted a route that involves the last 25km being mostly uphill and against the wind At Wits End .

  • London cycling deaths lead 1 in 5 to stop riding bike to work, finds poll1 year 7 weeks agoWe should never read too much

    We should never read too much into this type survey, but the fact that 42% of cyclists are (reported) as agreeing that, "cyclists should be banned from some busy main roads in the morning and evening rush hour”, is interesting.

    I've always maintained that cyclists should retain the right to cycle where we like, but if we can voluntarily opt to ride on quieter routes where possible and, perhaps more importantly, show inexperienced cyclists how to avoid dangerous routes, then we may reduce the likelyhood of peak time bans for cyclists on busy roads.

    Apart from anything, segregated schemes alongside main routes still leave cyclists exposed to higher pollution which, despite not receiving the press coverage it deserves, is a massive killer.

    But we should take heart. In the same survey, 5% of respondents said that they had given up driving recently.

  • Minister for cycling says he feels safe riding on London roads - but understands why others don't1 year 7 weeks agoAyBee wrote:In my experience,

    AyBee wrote:
    In my experience, those wearing lycra tend to know what they're doing on a bike more than those not in lycra!

    Seriously? I see a lot of Lycra clad cyclists who are total f***wits on the road. What you wear does not determine your competency on the road.

  • London cycling deaths lead 1 in 5 to stop riding bike to work, finds poll1 year 7 weeks agoOne in five cyclists in

    One in five cyclists in London have stopped riding their bike to work as a result of the six deaths of bike riders in the city during a two-week period last month ...

    The full results of the survey is pretty grim reading. It is not surprising that 1 in 5 have stopped cycling in London when the survey also reveals that 69% of regular cyclists are “worried about family of friends cycling in London” and 26% of regular cyclists have been involved in an accident whilst cycling in London. Surprise

    What I do find somewhat surprising is the view of what are the main causes of accidents involving cyclists, according to regular London cyclists:

    Cyclists: 30% Surprise
    Motorists: 35%
    Unsafe roads: 14%
    Weather: 2%
    Other: 6%
    Don’t know 10%

    According to all who were surveyed, the main causes of accidents are:

    Cyclists: 38% Surprise "Houston, we have a problem."
    Motorists: 33%
    Unsafe roads: 16%
    Weather: 2%
    Other: 4%
    Don’t know: 6%

    I am surprised that not even regular cyclists consider "unsafe roads" to be that important a factor in accidents given the controversy surrounding the cycle superhighways. Politically, the results of surveys like this will somewhat take the heat off of Buffoooooooooon Boris unfortunately.

    Other high/low(lights):

    62% in favour of a cycling licence similar to a driver's licence, (46% of regular London cyclists support this)

    91% in favour of compulsory cycle helmets (74% of regular London cyclists support this)

    56% in favour of banning HGVs at peak times (56% of regular London cyclists)

    34% of regular London cyclists admit to jumping red lights despite knowing the risks.

    Overall, the message from regular cyclists as well as non-cyclists in this survey seems to be that the most effective measure that can be taken to improve cycling safety in London is for cyclists to cycle more responsibly.

    Controversial.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/02_12_13_cycling.pdf

  • My year 2013.1 year 7 weeks agoUPDATE fell off yesterday and

    UPDATE

    fell off yesterday and fractured my elbow D Oh

  • What do you think1 year 7 weeks agoIf its cold & wet, why the

    If its cold & wet, why the hell haven't I got some overshoes yet!!

    Otherwise I like to run through previous cycling visits to Mallorca & particularly like to recall my ride of 'Sa Trencagarrons' sportive; the only way to be able to ride the road to the summit of Puig Major.

  • Birmingham's new bus lane cameras catch 780 offenders a day - netting council more than £1.7m in just 11 weeks1 year 7 weeks agoCould we not make it

    Could we not make it compulsory for all the drivers that appeal on the grounds that the signage was poor to sit an eye test and then when they fail have their licences revoked?

  • Just in: Orbea Orca B M101 year 7 weeks ago... its an orange bike so the

    ... its an orange bike so the quality of the English wont matter.

    With a frame stiff enough not to waste my energy and 50/34 - 11/28 it climbs as well as any bike I have owned
    My reservations are I think the finishing kit (a 3T cockpit is necessary) and perhaps the package does find out the Aksiums. I might agree that Ksyrium Elites really should be on it.
    I'll wait on the test and then decide

  • Updated: Court hears crowd-funded fixed-penalty appeal1 year 7 weeks agoupdate: the case has been

    update: the case has been dropped, and Alan has been cleared:
    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/dec/02/case-against-london-c...

  • Minister for cycling says he feels safe riding on London roads - but understands why others don't1 year 7 weeks agoAyBee wrote:In my experience,

    AyBee wrote:
    In my experience, those wearing lycra tend to know what they're doing on a bike more than those not in lycra!

    'Know[ing] what they're doing' is, in general, no guarantee of riding safely. A formula 1 driver can still drive like a tw*t, if he wants to.

    Personally, every rider (with the exception of one) who has passed me on the left, or shot across my bows with inches to spare, has been in Lycra (although I recognise that this is by no means scientific).

  • Cyclist killed in two-car collision in Norfolk; police say 'low winter sun' a problem on the roads that day1 year 7 weeks agoOf course the "I was blinded

    Of course the "I was blinded by the sun" excuse should never be accepted. There is a very simple set of premises:

    1) If you can't see then don't drive (or cycle)
    2) If you can't see far then drive (or cycle) slowly enough to be able to stop within the distance you can see

    Having suffered from two different eye conditions that left me more susceptible to dazzle than normal I am well aware of how being dazzled can affect you and I'm also well aware that all motor vehicles are equipped with devices to control their speed and to stop.

    No excuses really then, are there?

  • London cycling deaths lead 1 in 5 to stop riding bike to work, finds poll1 year 7 weeks agoI work in a large office in

    I work in a large office in London, and probably 90% of the people here DON'T cycle to work, despite there being free secure bike parking and showers.

    Whenever I hear people complain about the tube I cheerily say "you should try cycling!"... the response is always the same: "It's far too dangerous".

    People won't even try it if they think they might die.

  • Birmingham's new bus lane cameras catch 780 offenders a day - netting council more than £1.7m in just 11 weeks1 year 7 weeks agoI find the best way to avoid

    I find the best way to avoid fines for driving in bus lanes is to not drive in bus lanes

  • New Forum Look1 year 7 weeks agoWould be interested to hear

    Would be interested to hear if the traffic to the site has increased as a result. I find myself visiting a lot more often and commenting a lot more than I used to do with the old design. Big thumbs up from me.

  • Cyclist killed in two-car collision in Norfolk; police say 'low winter sun' a problem on the roads that day1 year 7 weeks agojust thinking, would the

    just thinking, would the police saying an accident, at this stage of the investigation, was caused by low sun be in anyway a illegal? ie predjucing the trial????

    If after a formal investigation low sun is found to be a factor, fine, imo it is never a cause!, but until a formal investigation is concluded are the police legally allowed to say it was caused by?