• Route announced and entries open for 2014 MITIE London Revolution1 year 7 weeks agoSince when was Box Hill a

    Since when was Box Hill a London Landmark ?

  • Responsive all purpose bike light1 year 7 weeks agoyou wouldn't want it

    you wouldn't want it switching off when someone is coming towards you with their headlights on full-beam in the dark ... I guess the placement of your LDR will be quite important.

  • Wiggle rides into Twitter storm over 'make helmets compulsory' blog1 year 7 weeks agoI just simply wouldn't ride

    I just simply wouldn't ride without a helmet - I understand others don't want to and don't feel they should have to, but considering on a motorbike you have a crash helmet, and in a car you have a huge metal shell around you, I figure a helmet is the least I can do on a bike. I just bought the Specialized Align in Flourescent Yellow. I seem to recall someone previously calling cyclists who wear high vis helmets as lacking "self respect" and "being stupid". High quality arguement that, not wanting to be seen makes you more intelligent?!

    No it might not save my life in a major accident, but it could just as easily do so.

    I am ambivalent to the issue over Wiggle, although I don't see how they thought they'd come out of it well as it could have been seen as a cynical ploy to sell more helmets.

    By the way though, you can buy the same helmet as mine through Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative (where I got mine) here http://www.edinburghbicycle.com/products/specialized-align-helmet Wink

  • Third cyclist killed on London Cycle Superhighway, tipper lorry involved1 year 7 weeks agoI like a bit of well thought

    I like a bit of well thought out and reasoned argument... keep it going all.... Smile

  • Third cyclist killed on London Cycle Superhighway, tipper lorry involved1 year 7 weeks agonod wrote:No disrespect to

    nod wrote:
    No disrespect to the dead and not to absolve the driver of any blame (he has killed someone after all), but with every hgv-roundabout-left-turn fatality I'm increasingly thinking "idiot cyclist".

    Seriously, who cycles alongside a hgv these days and isn't warily giving it a wide berth or just backing off and letting the thing go ahead completely?

    This is such a dumb comment Im really not sure where to start with it.

    The infrastructure in the UK forces vulnerable road users in with HGV's and conflict invariably happens. You have ASL's that put cyclists ahead of fast moving traffic and are EXACTLY the same shape and size as HGV's blind areas.

    There is a huge lack of road craft training for ALL road users, especially with the licensing of motorised vehicles (only have to prove competency once in all the time you're driving?).

    If you cannot grasp these concepts before making ignorant, victim blaming comments, then please refrain from doing so again.

  • Third cyclist killed on London Cycle Superhighway, tipper lorry involved1 year 7 weeks agotrucking cyclist

    trucking cyclist wrote:
    Right,,it,s time some home truths were told here

    I very, very, much doubt that we will get any truth from you.

    trucking cyclist wrote:
    ,,,I am 52 years old and hold a full license to drive every type of vehicle on the road from a motorcycle to an artic and including buses,,and i am a cyclist..

    So you are of a decent age and can be trained to drive technically demanding vehicles but cant work a keyboard properly? I'm having further doubts here sunbeam.

    trucking cyclist wrote:
    I drove a fully safety equipped tipper around central london a few for a couple of weeks a few months ago

    I doubt this happened.

    trucking cyclist wrote:
    i have to say ta lot of cyclists have no respect for their own lives

    What a pile of complete tosh.

    trucking cyclist wrote:
    ...i had one man about the age of the chap killed on the mile end road,,come into my blindspot,i was alerted by sensors,lean on my cab,despite there being a green box in front and DESPITE THE VEHICLE SHOUTING AT HIM REPEATEDLY THAT THIS VEHICLE IS TURNING LEFT..WHEN I GOT OUT AND ASKED HIM WHAT HE WAS DOING HE TOOK OFF THROUGH THE RED LIGHT WITHOUT LOOKING.

    Really? So he was able to reach all the way up to the cab of a tipper truck? Must have been a big tall fella hey? Well done to you though for being able to see exactly what he was doing the whole time he was in a position where you claim you would be completely unable to see him, you know, in your blind spot.

    Kudos too for being able to monitor if said cyclist had checked if the route was clear in the whole time it took you to climb out of a tipper truck, down the steps, round the front of the vehicle to where the cyclist was.

    Come to think of it, what were you doing jumping out of your truck? I mean if the sensors were going off for long enough for you to get worked up and then make the decision to get out of the vehicle, then you would have had to come out of gear, check the brakes were on, turn the engine off, remove the keys, check the traffic for any other vehicles, traffic or pedestrians coming past, climb down the steps on to the road, round the vehicle and across to the cyclist. And the lights were still on red at this point? Alternatively, you've just jumped out of the cab, leaving several tonnes of highly hazardous machinery with its engine running. If either situation turned out to be true then it doesn't look good for you really does it?

    trucking cyclist wrote:
    Another man of the of a similar age on a BORIS BIKE decided that i should not be in the very wide bus lane at whitechapel despite me being there legally and moved to the centre of the bus lane after looking directly at me and held up all traffic.

    I don't know the bus lane in question so I can't say if you are correct in saying you could legally be there, strikes me as odd that a tipper truck can drive in a bus lane at any time remotely near a peak time though, but regardless, this cyclist has ridden, made eye contact and presumably still felt that you would try to over take in a manner that would put him in danger so rode in the safest position in the road? He rode in a manner that actually made him safer? The crazy lunatic! This anecdote, again if it were true, would only serve to point out that you aren't very good at understanding roads or other road users.

    trucking cyclist wrote:
    these two are only a few of the stories i can tell of lunatic cyclists in Central London who seem to think they have rights over all other traffic and no respect for their own safety.

    Actually, these stories have shown that it is you that thinks you have absolute right on the roads and that cyclists put themselves in safer positions.

    trucking cyclist wrote:
    I am sure it is often this type of cyclist that is involved in these terrible tragedies and i personally know truck drivers who have been cleared of any fault in a cyclist death,who lives have been destroyed by having to live with the trauma of these events despite being cleared of all responsibility. those of you that post these ban lorries and slag off lorry drivers in your posts are probably just these sort of people.

    To paraphrase the old lager advert, "Troll, troll, troll, troll, troll, troll, troll, troll"

    trucking cyclist wrote:
    Remember as a cyclist you are using the road with no license registration or insurance and those of you who cycle in the road when there are perfectly safe cycle lanes available to you that have cost us the paying road user millions of pounds are a menace to society.

    HAVE SOME RESPECT FOR OTHER ROAD USERS,,THE COUNCILS THAT HAVE SUPPLIED SAFE CYCLING ENVIROMENTS,,,AND MOST OFF ALL YOUR OWN LIVES.
    WHY ANYONE FEELS THE NEED TO CYCLE ALONG THE HIGHWAY FROM THE LIMEHOUSE LINK TO TOWER HILL I HAVE NO IDEA,,,THERE IS A PERFECTLY SAFE FREE FROM LORRIES CYCLE LANE THE FULL LENGTH OF CABLE STREET...YOU DO IT BECAUSE YOU CAN,,,SOME OF YOU NEED TO GET REAL QUICKLY OR THIS WILL KEEP HAPPENING.IT IS NOT ALWAYS THE DRIVERS AT FAULT....USE THE FACILITIES AVAILABLE TO YOU AND STAY AWAY FROM TRUCKS....THEY ARE ONLY DANGEROUS IF YOU PUT YOURSELF IN A DANGEROUS POSITION.

    It's at this point you've lost it, you might as well have two pencils up your nose and be shouting "wibble".

  • Third cyclist killed on London Cycle Superhighway, tipper lorry involved1 year 7 weeks agoWho invited Keith Peat along

    Who invited Keith Peat along ? All we're missing is "mixing with essential machinery".....

  • Wiggle rides into Twitter storm over 'make helmets compulsory' blog1 year 7 weeks agooh FFS ! Wiggle dont make

    oh FFS ! Wiggle dont make laws, they just express an opinion, which I do happen to agree with.

    yes its personal choice, but having had one cracked helmet and seen one or two others saved head injury by them, i can honestly say I dont want to be confronting a post-off head injury suffered by one of my cycle buddies - or worse.

  • Wiggle rides into Twitter storm over 'make helmets compulsory' blog1 year 7 weeks agofretters wrote:i remember the

    fretters wrote:
    i remember the good old days when people were entitled to an opinion.

    I've never understood this position. If someone in a position that gives their comments visibility says something ill-informed, badly-researched and unsupported by logic, why should they not be called on it?

    If you're a public figure, you might be entitled to your opinion, but if you want that opinion to be respected, it had damn well better be reasoned, justifiable and supported by evidence. Otherwise - frankly - you deserve to be torn a new one.

  • Wiggle rides into Twitter storm over 'make helmets compulsory' blog1 year 7 weeks agoSo much has been said about

    So much has been said about freedom of choice - what about freedom of speech?

  • Wiggle rides into Twitter storm over 'make helmets compulsory' blog1 year 7 weeks agoI wear a helmet all the time,

    I wear a helmet all the time, and for a simple reason.
    I had a big accident many years ago, I wasn't wearing a helmet. I was unconscious for about 5 hours, and smashed 3 vertebrae. That really hurt!!
    I was told simply, if I don't wear a helmet in future the out come may not be so good! So it is either cycle slower, or protect the parts that matter.
    Can't comment on the blog or twitter post as they have disappeared but if there was a referendum on this I would vote for compulsory helmet wearing.

  • Lightweight offer custom wheels for Christmas1 year 7 weeks agoFront: "All the gear" Rear:

    Front: "All the gear"
    Rear: "No idea"

    Front: "Much cheaper"
    Rear: "than a divorce"

    Wink

  • Third cyclist killed on London Cycle Superhighway, tipper lorry involved1 year 7 weeks agoThis is so sad and

    This is so sad and depressing.

    Last year I rhetorically asked on another such forum how many deaths would it take for effective action to be taken to make cycling safer in London - such as proper segregated bike lanes, to which we can add a rush hour ban of HGVs.

    It seems those with the power to take such action - the Mayor, TfL and the DfT - are happy to see the death and injury toll mount...

  • Wiggle rides into Twitter storm over 'make helmets compulsory' blog1 year 7 weeks ago> Story features the H word

    > Story features the H word in title
    > Comments BTL go ballistic

  • Wiggle rides into Twitter storm over 'make helmets compulsory' blog1 year 7 weeks agoi remember the good old days

    i remember the good old days when people were entitled to an opinion. you may not have agreed with it (as is your right) and thought it was a load of cobblers,but they were entitled to view it.

    Surely that is all part of a debate. i find it quite saddening on the compulsory helmet issue that if anyone calls for them to be made compulsory there is a vociferous/nasty reaction to what they are saying. When Brad, or Cav or Laura Trott voiced their opinion the reaction was frightening, as is the case everytime something like this occurs

    Surely it is not much of a debate if everytime someone sticks their neck above the parapet they are machine gunned.

    Sad

  • Wiggle rides into Twitter storm over 'make helmets compulsory' blog1 year 7 weeks agosurely there should have been

    surely there should have been the option of clicking another button ' Buy everything else besides helmets from Wiggle'

  • Third cyclist killed on London Cycle Superhighway, tipper lorry involved1 year 7 weeks agoSome actual facts for Caps

    Some actual facts for Caps Lock-man

    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2009/dec/15/cycling-bike-acciden...

    and I should apologise - this is a DfT report - not the Met as previously stated

  • Be gentle with me....1 year 7 weeks agoI am surprised no-one has

    I am surprised no-one has linked you to one of our bloggers.

    Sam Shaw
    road.cc/content/blog/47567-126kg-cat-4-racer-what-does-cat-4-mean

    http://road.cc/content/blog/73139-not-another-january-weightloss-blog-oh...

    From fat man to fast man (ish) Devil

  • Canadian doctors call for mandatory cycle helmets for all 'to reduce head injury'1 year 7 weeks agocinelli Dave wrote:I was

    cinelli Dave wrote:
    I was travelling at over 20mph when I crashed on black ice.... If I had not had a helmet on I may have orphaned my 5 year old boy, widowed my wife and caused more distress for my widowed mother... We have a responsibility to set standards for all and be a good example to younger people

    With such responsibilities in your life, I'm surprised that it didn't occur to you not to take risks such as cycling at 20+mph on black ice.

    No one was to blame for your crash but you, but you seem to want everyone else to pay the price.

  • Wiggle rides into Twitter storm over 'make helmets compulsory' blog1 year 7 weeks agoi remember the good old days

    i remember the good old days when people were entitled to an opinion. you may not have agreed with it (as is your right) and thought it was a load of cobblers,but they were entitled to view it.

    Surely that is all part of a debate. i find it quite saddening on the compulsory helmet issue that if anyone calls for them to be made compulsory there is a vociferous/nasty reaction to what they are saying. When Brad, or Cav or Laura Trott voiced their opinion the reaction was frightening, as is the case everytime something like this occurs

    Surely it is not much of a debate if everytime someone sticks their neck above the parapet they are machine gunned.

    Sad

  • Wiggle rides into Twitter storm over 'make helmets compulsory' blog1 year 7 weeks agoTo my mind there are three

    To my mind there are three issues here:
    1. Wiggle publishing third party opinion
    2. Wiggle supporting compulsion (which they now deny, but "WE SAY YES!" seems kind of emphatic)
    3. An article which is based on spurious data, poor analysis and dubious "facts"

    With the first, I have no problem.

    With the second, I personally have sufficient problem to take my custom elsewhere - but that's entirely my subjective view and I'd hardly expect everyone to agree.

    With the third, however, I think we should *all* have an objective problem with the debate being polluted by poor data and flawed arguments, no matter which side of the fence they are shouted from.

  • Third cyclist killed on London Cycle Superhighway, tipper lorry involved1 year 7 weeks ago@trucking_cyclist Is your

    @trucking_cyclist

    Is your Caps Lock key stuck?

    Or do you *really* think shouting makes you seem more reasonable and reliable?

    Again - quoting anecdotes is useless - and by the way official metropolitan police figures clear cyclists of blame in the vast majority of car/cycle incidents

    Your ranting is NOT backed up by facts

  • Third cyclist killed on London Cycle Superhighway, tipper lorry involved1 year 7 weeks agoIt's just sad that someone

    It's just sad that someone would take time to register to start an ill informed argument on an article about another tragic and avoidable road death for what can only be assumed to be the purposes of trolling.

    Not every cyclist is perfect, not all lorry drivers are idiots but they're all human beings with families and friends. In this case one group of family and friends is mourning a loss while someone claiming to be both a professional driver and a cyclist comes on to infer blame on the cyclist and criticise legally and logically sound behaviours.

  • Third cyclist killed on London Cycle Superhighway, tipper lorry involved1 year 7 weeks agoYOU ARE ALL MISSING THE

    YOU ARE ALL MISSING THE POINT,,,NONE OF THESE DEATHS ARE CAUSED BY ANYONE OVERTAKING OR CUTTING UP...THEY ARE ALL AT TRAFFIC LIGHTS OR JUNCTIONS WHEN NO SELF RESPECTING CYCLIST SHOULD BE ANYWHERE NEAR A TRUCK,,LET ALONE HOLDING ONTO IT AS MANY DO.
    I HAVE LIVED IN DRIVEN JUST ABOUT EVERY TYPE OF VEHICLE INCENTRAL LONDON ALL MY LIFE,INCLUDING CYCLING ON THE ROAD SINCE THE AGE OF 5 AND STILL DO,,,REGARDING THE CLOWN IN THE BUS LANE,,YOU WERE NOT THERE,,AND HE WAS NOT USING RECOGNISED PRACTICE..THE BUS LANE AT THAT POINT IS WIDE ENOUGH FOR 2 LORRIES...HE WAS A BLOODY MINDED FOOL PUTTING HIMSELF IN DANGER AS MANY CYCLISTS DO,,,LIKE THE FOOL THAT HITCHED A LIFT ON THE REAR CORNER OF MY TRUCK TO GET UP ARCHWAY HILL....AND ENDED UP WITH A DISLOCATED SHOULDER WHEN THE TRAFFIC STOPPED.
    UNTIL CYCLISTS OBEY THE RULES OF THE ROAD,,,THE LEGAL ONES AND THE COMMON SENSE ONES,,YHIS WILL KEEP HAPPENING,,,A MAJORITY OF DRIVERS ARE CLEARED OF BLAME IN THESE CASES AND THE FACT THAT THE DRIVER LAST NIGHT HAS NOT BEEN ARRESTED POINTS TO THE SAME THING HAPPENING AGAIN,,,,THE CYCLIST BEING AT FAULT...MANY ARE SO INTERESTED AT CYCLING AT SPEED THAT THEY ARE NOT EVEN AWARE OF TRAFFIC AROUND THEM,,,AND THOSE WITH EARPHONES AND MUSIC PLAYING...AS I SAID GET REAL.

  • Cav confidential1 year 7 weeks agoHad been in two minds about

    Had been in two minds about whether to buy this, but the extracts have been very interesting. Think it's definately tipped into 'must buy' now....