• What’s keeping Brits off the bike? In a word: fear, says new study1 year 4 weeks agoMy office recently moved out

    My office recently moved out of Nottingham city center - my 3 mile commute became a 6 mile one. The new route proved to be so dangerous that I've had to add another 3 miles on to it to reduce risks / stress levels to something I can live with. Only alternative is buy a car and become part of the problem...

  • Just in: Cannondale Hooligan 21 year 4 weeks ago"I’ll risk the wrath of

    "I’ll risk the wrath of Bromptonists everywhere by saying now that the Hooligan will be a better ride"

    I'll back you up for one!

    There is no worse ride on the planet than a Brompton, they only do one thing well, collapse. Walking is more fun and just about as quick.

  • Just in: Cannondale Hooligan 21 year 4 weeks agoThe frame is clearly

    The frame is clearly influenced by the Killer V of the 90s ... http://cdn.velospace.org/files/PICT0001-3.jpg

    Looked odd then, looks even odder with small wheels.

    What's the wheelbase on this? Because unless I'm mistaken, it'll only be about a foot shorter than a normal bike and you won't be filtering through much traffic with >600mm bars...

  • As air pollution levels soar should you stop riding?1 year 4 weeks agolevermonkey wrote:stuke

    levermonkey wrote:
    stuke wrote:
    I'm full of cold and with a sore throat decided to take the car instead of the bike to work today to avoid the pollution..........oh the irony!! Big Grin

    You do realise that you have exposed yourself to the same levels of pollution as you would have done cycling but without the health benefits of exercise. But don't beat yourself up about it; you will recover quicker with a short break from riding than if you tried to ride through the flu. A couple of days is usually enough.

    Recover soon.


    I'm not going to go and look it up (facts? On the Internet?) but I believe there was a study recently which said car passengers inhaled six times as much pollutants at cyclists over a journey of the same distance.

    I'm about to ride home through the 'smog'. Looks like a lovely evening.

  • What’s keeping Brits off the bike? In a word: fear, says new study1 year 4 weeks agoSadly Biggins wrote:"In the

    Sadly Biggins wrote:
    "In the 2013 survey cycling was regarded as good for the environment by 72% (vs only 8% disagree) and a majority - 54% - agreed that Britain would be a better place if more people cycled (just 13% disagreed)."

    The minority must live near me then.

    I think soem of us cyclists home in on the negative comments about cyclists and also extrapolate from the minority of idiots that drive cars to think that all motorists are like that.

    It's easy to put it all in the same bag with the same label but there's a whole spectrum out there.

    There are altercations between individual cyclists and individual drivers. These are just like the hooting gesturing incidents that drivers give each other. Not really to do with cycling per se

    There is non-malicious carelessness by drivers.

    There are misunderstandings by motorists about positioning (taking the lane etc) and a lack of knowledge on dealing with cyclists that also end up being seen as anti-cyclist behaviour.

    Then there are the anticyclists drivers that actually go looking for trouble or are predisposed to taking issue.

    The trouble is a lot of cyclists think all these types of attitude are synonymous with that last category. That leads them to thinking there is a lot more anticycling sentiment than there is.

    As a driver and cyclists (I used to drive for a living) I can see why this happens. In my vehicle some idiot hooting or making gestures at me isn't nearlty such an emotional experience as when I am on my bike.

    If most motorist were anti-cyclist or agressive towards us there would be absolute carnage. There isn't. I am 52 been cycling properly in a club since I was 12 (1973) I ride to work most days around 25 miles round trip.

    I wouldn't be writing this if most drivers out there were anti-cyclist. I'd have been dead in a ditch in the mid 1970s (especially considering how I used to ride about the place as a teenager).

  • Deep Breath Everyone1 year 4 weeks agonorthstar wrote:When is this

    northstar wrote:
    When is this going to be properly addressed?

    Oh, boy! You're back! That's great! Ok, I want in! Smile

    Ok, by the situation being 'properly addressed', do you mean:

    1) When is the situation going to be rectified? As in, when will the game managers either, a), remove the points gained by the 'offendors' or, b), give others the same amount of points that were gained by these folks that put the breakaway riders on their teams?

    or...

    2) When will someone come out and state in no uncertain terms that the conduct displayed by the people who put these riders on their teams was not in the spirit of the game?

    What is it, then, that you mean by 'properly addressed'? Thinking

    I have to believe that Dave saying:

    Dave Atkinson wrote:

    1) [A]pologies for the mix up... Sorry.

    2) [W]e won't be docking any points for the stage. No rules were broken....

    wasn't, for you, 'properly addressing it'? Thinking

    What then, would it take to 'properly address it'? Thinking

    Hmmm... What's the right thing to do? Thinking

    I'm intrigued by what your definition of what 'properly addressing it' would mean in black and white terms... Thinking

    Would you find it 'acceptable' being awarded a 50 point bonus for your pain, suffering and distress? Would that make things right? Thinking

    Or are you thinking the whole subscribership has been harmed, too? Thinking

    Thinking The mysteries of the human mind and human motivation... Thinking

  • Culprit Croz Blade aero frameset1 year 4 weeks agoNot a fan at all, and that's

    Not a fan at all, and that's one expensive bike. £4600? Golly.

  • What’s keeping Brits off the bike? In a word: fear, says new study1 year 4 weeks agoharman_mogul wrote:Simon E

    harman_mogul wrote:
    Simon E wrote:
    Words like these alone are meaningless. They would struggle to use fewer words in their communique
    True. This in fact says "Get lost".

    In the world of meetings, it is put thusly: "Thank you for your input. We'll take that point under advisement." [Nod to minute-taker]

    (This post refers the Langstaffs incident)

    Yep, that's what I took from their reply. I kind of read it as "Bugger off mate, we don't care" The lack of apology was telling. Sadly, I didn't expect anything more from them than that if I'm honest, knowing that people who don't ride a bike really don't care at all.

    What is worse is that most of the time I just shrug things like this off for fear of becoming one of those mad blokes covered in cameras that shouts number plates every five minutes. I can't be doing cameras, not aero. Wink It's bloody dangerous out there though and I wonder what it will take for it to ever change.

  • As air pollution levels soar should you stop riding?1 year 4 weeks agostuke wrote:I'm full of cold

    stuke wrote:
    I'm full of cold and with a sore throat decided to take the car instead of the bike to work today to avoid the pollution..........oh the irony!! Big Grin

    You do realise that you have exposed yourself to the same levels of pollution as you would have done cycling but without the health benefits of exercise. But don't beat yourself up about it; you will recover quicker with a short break from riding than if you tried to ride through the flu. A couple of days is usually enough.

    Recover soon.

  • As air pollution levels soar should you stop riding?1 year 4 weeks agoBan private cars, except

    Ban private cars, except limited exceptions eg blue badge holders.
    Set a cap on the number of licensed taxis and licensed taxi drivers (as 2 or more drivers often shift-share one cab) at or close to current levels, to discourage drivers simply switching to taxis. Establish some form of secondary licensing scheme for minicabs so their numbers can also be capped.
    Set a deadline for all vehicles, whether tax, bus or commercial, to conform with the emissions limits imposed on all newer vehicles at MOT for some time now.
    If they don't do this now, they will find the need to do it later ever more compelling.

  • Shimano introduces road hydro disc brakes for mechanical shifting1 year 4 weeks ago£700 - is it goldplated!?!?!

    £700 - is it goldplated!?!?! In my book thats way too much even if i had 11 SPD to start with. If you are on 10spd, makes Hope and TRP options the only way to go. Shame as it looks a nice bit of kit (unlike the hideous SRAM attempt). And as its Shimano you know it will work.

  • Commuter X4 bike light included in British Inventors' Project at Gadget Show Live1 year 4 weeks agoI'm going to fit sharks with

    I'm going to fit sharks with laser beams to the back of my bike, see how they like that! Day Dreaming

  • As air pollution levels soar should you stop riding?1 year 4 weeks agoIt's perverted that the

    It's perverted that the official advice today is to exercise less and stay indoors. It should be the reverse.

  • What’s keeping Brits off the bike? In a word: fear, says new study1 year 4 weeks agoSimmo72 wrote:Cash...that is

    Simmo72 wrote:
    Cash...that is the issue. Who's gonna pay?

    I am glad you said CASH. Cash (as in cash flow) is an issue at the moment. Funding in itself shouldn't be an issue because cycling infrastructure saves money.

    At the moment the lack of cash in capital budgets is restricting the ability to save money by investing in cycling infrastructure.

    Traffic congestion costs the UK £4.3 bn a year
    Road Maintenance Costs due to traffic attrition are hard to calculate in this regard because they invariably include upgrading and cyclists don't use motorways and not many use A roads but that cost is also £bns per year
    Health Service Costs are reduced

    Basically anything that reduces traffic, fuel usage and emissions, speeds up traffic, improves public health and reduces the negative balance of payments on imported oil (yes we need to import sweet crude to make petroleum) is going to save a whole heap of money.

    But like that little old lady in a big old house we may know that we need a new efficient boiler and that it will save us a heap in the long term but if you don't actually have the cash to buy one you can't.

    Cash not the financial benefits and gains is the issue.

  • Sahara Dust Cloud - Avoid!1 year 4 weeks agoGet yourself one of these,

    Get yourself one of these, I'd have a respirator mask anyway if I lived in London

  • What’s keeping Brits off the bike? In a word: fear, says new study1 year 4 weeks agobikebot wrote:Most drivers

    bikebot wrote:
    Most drivers are fine, could you imagine what the carnage would be like if it actually was a majority that were incompetent.

    We do have a bit of a quality issue with driving. From my observation, a difference between commuter cyclists and drivers is that cyclists often brush up on their road craft and knowledge over time. Drivers however develop an over confidence in their ability.

    Forcing drivers to at least retake their theory test every decade would help with that, along with a greater use of retraining as a punishment for offences.

    I don't know about 'fine'. I'd say 'could you imagine what the carnage would be like if non-drivers - cyclists and pedestrians alike - didn't constantly allow for and anticipate bad-driving?'

    People operate on a need-to-know basis. Cyclists learn as they go along because their survival depends on it - drivers forget what they knew initially because it doesn't.

    On the other hand, UK drivers I'm sure are not nearly as bad as in many other countries - maybe up there with Northern Europe but way ahead of youtube-dashcam-star Russia or the less developed countries.

    The way I'd put it is our drivers are the worst in the world apart from all the other countries!

  • Wheel bearings - tell tale signs1 year 4 weeks agoShep73 wrote:Sealed bearings

    Shep73 wrote:
    Sealed bearings are easily regreased, I do mine frequently on my FS pivots. You just need to be careful when picking the seals out. Bearings will feel gritty when they start to wear or run low on grease. Don't over pack with grease though or you run the risk of blowing the seals. When you replace them, go for quality. Cheaper bearings are normally a lower grade.

    I don't entirely agree.

    I'd put regreasing cartridge bearings in the "confident and experienced home mechanic" category, as there is significant scope to make an erse of it and trash the bearings... some of which can be a bitch to replace without the appropriate tools or experience.

  • Campag Power Torque bearing removal1 year 4 weeks agoHi Carsten I've not needed to

    Hi Carsten
    I've not needed to replace the bearings yet, so can't be too much help. Did about 4000 miles on this bike last year including the Raid Pyrenean and the BB is still as smooth as the day I installed it...maybe it will last 10 years?! Big Grin

    I would be interested to know how you get on with replacing the bearings though...having been foolish enough to make the above statement the BB will probably pack up next ride Worried

    cheers
    Jem

  • Sahara Dust Cloud - Avoid!1 year 4 weeks agoI'm in SE London, and went

    I'm in SE London, and went out into the North Downs and back. To be honest, at this time of year the pollen has a big effect on my lungs - long periods of exercise result in coughing and slight shortness of breath for a while. Pollution exacerbates them too, but far less.

  • Winners Thread1 year 4 weeks agochrisdstripes wrote: 3rd

    chrisdstripes wrote:

    3rd overall in purist last year, but that was more down to enthusiasm, consistent top 100s, and not missing any races than any actual knowledge...

    This is how I am currently 6th

  • As air pollution levels soar should you stop riding?1 year 4 weeks agoTFL abandoned their attempts

    TFL abandoned their attempts to enforce new low emission rules on private buses, coaches and lorries last year...
    http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/lez/17678.aspx

  • Just in: Cannondale Hooligan 21 year 4 weeks agoHmm, I wonder how a set of

    Hmm, I wonder how a set of Loopwheels would look on this...?

  • Culprit Croz Blade aero frameset1 year 4 weeks agoYes, saying it 'inspired

    Yes, saying it 'inspired strong feelings in most who saw it' is certainly a diplomatic way of putting it.

    I also wonder how aero it actually is as the headtube looks distinctly .. ahem .. 'sportive' bike to me.

    Still, doubtless those kamm-tails will make it fly along. It'll probably almost pedal itself.

  • As air pollution levels soar should you stop riding?1 year 4 weeks agoHaving seen how much

    Having seen how much influence lobby groups can have on decisions I'm not surprised the government hasn't taken a more proactive stance on trying to improve air quality.
    Hopefully this week will bring it to the forefront a little bit more.
    Maybe if they want to encourage people to cycle more they should cut the VAT on bikes, put an extra penny on fuel duty would no doubt cover the cost.
    Times may be tight for people and cars may be needed by many for work, but some proper action would really help encourage people. Helping cut the ludicrous costs of railfare (and other public transport) will help a little, but there need to be genuine options that offer people a combination of cost savings and little in the way of inconvenience compared to car driving.

  • As air pollution levels soar should you stop riding?1 year 4 weeks agostuke wrote:I'm full of cold

    stuke wrote:
    I'm full of cold and with a sore throat decided to take the car instead of the bike to work today to avoid the pollution..........oh the irony!! Big Grin

    It is ironic. And it illustrates that the problem is not solvable on the level of individual action. Similar to the situation that parents dare not let their children walk to school let alone cycle because of all the traffic caused by their cohorts doing the same thing.

    Some problems require society-level choices.