• What’s keeping Brits off the bike? In a word: fear, says new study1 year 4 weeks agofancynancy wrote:Cars seem to

    fancynancy wrote:
    Cars seem to believe we are holding up their journey, then 2mins later we will pass them again as they are stuck in traffic. It’s all so silly really. At Wits End

    This. On my way to work I frequently get passed at 40+ mph on a blind bend, only to catch up to the vehicle in question seconds later at the junction 200m down the road.....

  • Swiss Side Hadron 625 wheels available to pre-order1 year 4 weeks agomerckxissimo wrote:With the

    merckxissimo wrote:
    With the likes of Boyd, Flo, SwissSide and others offering wheels at <50% of the cost of Zipp and <75% of the cost of HED, the pressure is on the big boys to keep developing!

    It'll be interesting to see if there's any change in offering from the established brands. SwissSide have clearly priced these at a point that is (sort of) achievable. £6-700 for a pair of bling wheels, not out of the realms of reality... £2,000+ on a set of wheels... that's going to make you think a bit.

    Wonder if SwissSide are going to try and put their product into the professional ranks too.

  • Just in: Cannondale Hooligan 21 year 4 weeks ago72dg wrote:I've got one (this

    72dg wrote:
    I've got one (this model) for days out with the kids, its great fun. I'm 5' 11 and fine with the ride style.
    You'll never be able to get a mudguard for the front!

    Join the facebook group - loads of them have mudguards front and rear and will be able to help you out.

    Love these bikes but I don't want external gears for an urban bike and Cannondale won't bring the hub-geared one to Europe - which is the one I want!

  • TfL to trial optical & radar detection technology on buses to alert drivers to cyclists and pedestrians1 year 4 weeks agoThere's no excuse for tfl

    There's no excuse for tfl allowing multiple manslaughter's / perhaps even murder to take place on the public highway but they do everyday and will continue to do so because they are obsessed with achieving the impossible.

    You still all in denial about it and happy to accept it? looks that way.

  • As air pollution levels soar should you stop riding?1 year 4 weeks agoI'm full of cold and with a

    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

  • Deep Breath Everyone1 year 4 weeks agoBump... When is this going to

    Bump...

    When is this going to be properly addressed?

  • What’s keeping Brits off the bike? In a word: fear, says new study1 year 4 weeks agoApart from the obvious fear

    Apart from the obvious fear factor, there's a couple of other things that prevent huge numbers from getting on their bikes.

    Firstly, many new homes, and especially flats, are being built without bicycle storage in mind.

    And secondly, there may be millions of people, often whole families, who already own bikes, and perhaps want to cycle just occasionally, but who are confronted by an obtuse industry doing everything it possibly can to change the perception of a bike from a machine capable of lasting 50 years or more, to that of one to be treated almost as a disposable item.

  • What’s keeping Brits off the bike? In a word: fear, says new study1 year 4 weeks agomrmo wrote: I won't cycle to

    mrmo wrote:
    I won't cycle to the supermarket as I have no faith in my bike not getting trashed and have no space for another bike. Cycle parking is very much an afterthought in so many places, tucked round the back just where a thief or vandal can have some peace and quiet.

    My local Tesco Extra (a really big one, next to an Ikea) has room for about twelve bikes around the back, next to the exit that they permanently closed because too many shoplifers were fleeing through it.

    I hadn't been there for a while, but went at the weekend and... drum-roll ... - they have got rid of half of the bike stands. There is a now a small kiosk-type shop for a popular key cutting chain of stores. So, the bike stands are now completely out of sight, in an area between a key cutting store and a permanently shut rear exit.

    Anyone would think they didn't want cyclists to shop there...

    Quote:
    The cycle-hoops that do exist in town, don't protect your bike from idiots scratching the bike by dumping there bike on top. No one deals with the bikes that have been abandoned and that occupy the very few spaces that exist.

    The problem with other people scratching your ride when they lock their own up, is apparently just one of those things - I was reading an article with someone visiting Amsterdam and the locals said not to ride their good bike, because it'll get damaged by other people and their huge heavy town-bikes.

    And, our local police do seem to go through from time to time and cut off all of the abandoned bike carcasses and locks.

  • As air pollution levels soar should you stop riding?1 year 4 weeks agoIt won't make a difference to

    It won't make a difference to the already very high pollution levels in central London. I have to wear a tektro mask due to the NO2 (diesels) wrecking havoc with my asthma. So, if you are outside London this is news, otherwise its business as usual.

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

    RedfishUK wrote:
    harman_mogul wrote:

    (You might recall Jeremy Clarkson's crack that 'anybody over 23 on a bus is a failure'. JC projects that 'cyclists-don't-really-count' attitude.)

    worse than that he was quoting Thatcher --> A man who, beyond the age of 26, finds himself on a bus can count himself as a failure

    To be fair to Thatcher (not a sentence I use often) I don't think its established that she really said that. It also has mutated to 'only losers take the bus', which I vaguely remember became the title of a Fatima Mansions album.

    Its true though that buses have a plebian image. For some curious reason its been noted by transport planners that higher-income people are happy to take trams but not buses. Social signifiers take strange forms.

  • Widow of cyclist killed by drink-driver says he should have been jailed for life1 year 4 weeks agoTime to end this "Death by

    Time to end this "Death by dangerous / careless" nonsense. We only need murder and manslaughter, with sentences appropriate. Doesn't matter if you kill someone with a knife, a gun, or a car. They're still dead by your hand. There is no other "careless death" law except for drivers.

  • Sahara Dust Cloud - Avoid!1 year 4 weeks agoI'm still here too, but my

    I'm still here too, but my lungs don't feel good. It's not worth it, I'm laying off until the dust has settled (hopefully it'll rain - I don't say that very often!)....

  • As air pollution levels soar should you stop riding?1 year 4 weeks agoI cycled for a couple of

    I cycled for a couple of hours yesterday on a sunny blue sky day (in SW France where the air is usually clean but there has been a lot of that saharan dust evident), when I got home it felt like I'd been frying chilli peppers and I've had a nasty cough since. I've decided not to go out today, I'm going to wait until it has rained & the air has cleared. I've never had anything like it before....

  • What’s keeping Brits off the bike? In a word: fear, says new study1 year 4 weeks agoTo risk sounding totally

    To risk sounding totally dramatic...

    That high you get post exercise... I think my high after a ride is actually elation from still being alive!

    Cars seem to believe we are holding up their journey, then 2mins later we will pass them again as they are stuck in traffic. It’s all so silly really. At Wits End

    If only drivers would view us as Top Gear tried to portray... one person on a bike is one less car on the road, therefore making their journey easier.

  • Swiss Side Hadron 625 wheels available to pre-order1 year 4 weeks agoI needed a second careful

    I needed a second careful look at the model name on that 2nd picture, as I initially thought there was an additional subliminal message about a certain wheel parameter Wink

  • Campag Power Torque bearing removal1 year 4 weeks agoHey Jem! Did you manage to

    Hey Jem!
    Did you manage to change the bearings without buying a new set of cups Smile. If so, any tips and tricks?
    Carsten.

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

    RedfishUK wrote:
    harman_mogul wrote:

    (You might recall Jeremy Clarkson's crack that 'anybody over 23 on a bus is a failure'. JC projects that 'cyclists-don't-really-count' attitude.)

    worse than that he was quoting Thatcher --> A man who, beyond the age of 26, finds himself on a bus can count himself as a failure

    Ah thank you, we even have fact-checkers on this board. Interesting that la Thatch should have characterized the bus-bound 26-year-old failure as a man.

    Presumably in her day the chap would have had the car to drive to work, while his missus schlepped around on the bus doing the shopping, and that was all as it should be.

    But that generation's attitudes, as noted, are gradually atrophying.

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

    harman_mogul wrote:

    (You might recall Jeremy Clarkson's crack that 'anybody over 23 on a bus is a failure'. JC projects that 'cyclists-don't-really-count' attitude.)

    worse than that he was quoting Thatcher --> A man who, beyond the age of 26, finds himself on a bus can count himself as a failure

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

    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)

  • Sahara Dust Cloud - Avoid!1 year 4 weeks agobashthebox wrote:Meh, it's

    bashthebox wrote:
    Meh, it's not too bad. I've been out and done a fairly hard 40 miles and I'm still here.

    Where did you do your run? It seems quite localised (maps here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26844425 ). I am in Herts and it doesn't look good.

  • Just in: Cannondale Hooligan 21 year 4 weeks agoShame, i was thinking

    Shame, i was thinking (hoping) it was a new folder, but no.
    It's just too random for me, thats a thing they say apparently.

  • What’s keeping Brits off the bike? In a word: fear, says new study1 year 4 weeks agoThis is the response I got to

    This is the response I got to a complaint about a bus cutting me up
    .

    Quote:

    Your email has been received and our reference is incident number 106 4/10/13.

    I note it has been left with the bus company to deal with internally.

    Regards,

    Gloucestershire Police Control Room.

    Quote:

    I am writing to you today in regards to your email dated 4th October 2013 regarding one of our Service D drivers for dangerous driving.

    All of our drivers undergo intensive training prior to starting their duties with ongoing training to maintain the high standard we set. We work hard to ensure our drivers are considerate to other road users especially those who are most vulnerable on our roads such as cyclists. There is enough space on our roads for all modes of transport.

    Complaints of this nature are taken very seriously by the Company, using the information that you supplied I have traced the driver, and currently obtaining the CCTV of the incident. Dependent on the findings from viewing the CCTV, I will be interviewing him in line with our Company disciplinary procedures and taking the appropriate actions in order to avoid such incidents in the future.

    I would also like to advised, I am currently creating notices for all drivers advising of the dangers they can cause to vulnerable road users in order to highlight this issue and as a first measure to prevent such incidents reoccurring. Any driver involved in such incidents is sent to remedial driving with one of our qualified driving instructors. During this training their driving is assessed and corrected where needed along with highlighting how their actions can affect others.

    I would like to apologise again on behalf of Stagecoach for the distress caused to you and thank you for taking the time to report this matter to us.

    Yours Sincerely,

    Laura Smith
    Operations Manager
    Stagecoach in Cheltenham

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

    harman_mogul wrote:

    Meantime...I am surprised that nowhere in the study's findings is there mention of 'fear of getting your bike nicked'

    thinking about it, I never really worry about my bike being nicked, but I won't ride into town because there is no where safe to lock my bike up. Not sure if that makes sense! I am lucky I live a few minutes walk from town.

    Issues I face, I won't cycle to the supermarket as I have no faith in my bike not getting trashed and have no space for another bike. Cycle parking is very much an afterthought in so many places, tucked round the back just where a thief or vandal can have some peace and quiet. I cycle to work but there is nowhere to lock the bike up. I just chain the bike to the structural steelwork, the building isn't going anywhere so should be safe! but there is a nice big carpark.

    The cycle-hoops that do exist in town, don't protect your bike from idiots scratching the bike by dumping there bike on top. No one deals with the bikes that have been abandoned and that occupy the very few spaces that exist.

  • Just in: Cannondale Hooligan 21 year 4 weeks agoI've got one (this model) for

    I've got one (this model) for days out with the kids, its great fun. I'm 5' 11 and fine with the ride style.
    You'll never be able to get a mudguard for the front!

  • TfL to trial optical & radar detection technology on buses to alert drivers to cyclists and pedestrians1 year 4 weeks agoThere is no excuse for TfL

    There is no excuse for TfL not to implement these technologies on grounds of cost. I see that even a cheap little car like the Nissan Note now has four cameras for all-round vision from the dashboard.

    Certainly systems for public carriage vehicles need greater robustness and will also require resilient back-end systems for data storage (because of the impact of recording on criminal or civil-negligence proceedings).

    But these systems must certainly exist already. The call for further trials smacks of kicking the can down the road.