• Third cyclist killed on London Cycle Superhighway, tipper lorry involved1 year 7 weeks agoRight,,it,s time some home

    Right,,it,s time some home truths were told here,,,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..
    I drove a fully safety equipped tipper around central london a few for a couple of weeks a few months ago and i have to say ta lot of cyclists have no respect for their own lives...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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.

  • Canadian doctors call for mandatory cycle helmets for all 'to reduce head injury'1 year 7 weeks agoCinelli Dave, I wish you a

    Cinelli Dave, I wish you a speedy recovery. I also have a crashed helmet in my garage that is used to scare kids into wearing one, but I still don't think that helmets should be compulsory. If you're tearing round roads on skinny-tyres then wearing a helmet makes sense. If you're rolling down to the shops at 6mph on a dutch-bike the likelihood of hitting your head is tiny and a helmet makes no more sense than full downhill body armour.

    This is where Wiggins and Trott's pro-helmet views come from too. The kind of cycling they do means they have crashed many times and been glad to be wearing a helmet. When that is your experience it's hard to imagine why anyone wouldn't wear a helmet. It's also why if you see a cyclist in the Cheshire lanes they are probably wearing a helmet. But their cycling is abnormal, and the kind of cycling anyone who follows this site does is probably abnormal (when compared against the total population of people who ride bikes).

    As has been said previously, the problem with helmet laws is that they reduce cycling, which produces more risk for the remaining cyclists, and a cost to society from increased car use (congestion and pollution), increased diabetes etc etc.

  • Third cyclist killed on London Cycle Superhighway, tipper lorry involved1 year 7 weeks agoNo disrespect to the dead and

    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?

    It's not as if it hasn't been well publicised over the years, and only requires a modicum of commonsense.

    It's the same with any other form of transport, ultimately you've got to look out for your own safety and that of others...

    ... pedestrians crossing blindly at a snail's pace while staring at your bloody iPhone take note.

  • Elite and Wahoo Fitness each launch direct drive turbo trainers1 year 7 weeks ago"This allows you to use

    "This allows you to use Elite’s free-to-download My E-Training app"...

    Free to download, but can only be used for 10 minutes per day without 9.99 euro annual subscription. Elite should feel ashamed to charge this price. The display unit that comes with the Qubo Digital trainer is very cheap and not always accurate.

  • Third cyclist killed on London Cycle Superhighway, tipper lorry involved1 year 7 weeks agoQuote on the evening standard

    Quote on the evening standard is shocking...

    http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/cyclist-hit-by-lorry-dies-and-hour...

    "Motiur Khan, 22, said: “The lorry was behind the cyclist and sort of went into the back of him and then I don’t really know if he lost control or something, but he hit the cyclist who went under the lorry which just ran over and crushed him."

  • Evans cycles - the MacDonalds of bicycles?1 year 7 weeks agoI bought a Pinnacle MTB from

    I bought a Pinnacle MTB from Evans Birmingham a couple of months ago and it went well. Bike ordered in, built up when they said it would be, some fettling between spins round the blocks. Staff knew what they were talking about and were friendly enough. Hasn't been back for it's first service yet but I've had a couple of things done in the workshop and no complaints so far.

    I've had far, far worse experiences in LBSs so I guess it really is luck of the draw.

    VeloPeo wrote:
    Evans suck. Mediocre product range and disinterested staff who don't generally know what they're talking about

    I sort of agree on the product range, but as a mainstream, high street operation it's not very surprising- there's probably very little point in them stocking the more niche stuff.

  • Giro update shoe range for 20141 year 7 weeks agoSo it was. gah. sorry. my pre

    So it was. gah. sorry. my pre coffee reading skills really coming out.

  • Be gentle with me....1 year 7 weeks agoNo doubt some would disagree,

    No doubt some would disagree, but I don't think cycling (or any form of endurance exercise) on it's own is a very good way to lose weight. Exercise makes you hungry, and it's easier to lose weight by eating less than exercising more. Don't try to go too hardcore straight away, you'll end up hating it. I personally wouldn't bother with a turbo trainer for example. If you cycle gently enough initially that you don't need to be fuelling yourself up with carbs and sugar all the time you'll find it easier to eat less and lose weight. Once you're lighter the cycling will be so much easier and then you can think about taking it up a notch.

    Think of the bike as a thing that can take you places and bring new experiences rather than a fitness device. Fitness devices get boring very quickly.

    Despite the above, I wouldn't discourage you from getting a racing style bike if you think you can handle the riding position, you need to ride something you think is cool.

  • Canadian doctors call for mandatory cycle helmets for all 'to reduce head injury'1 year 7 weeks agoRound and around and around

    Round and around and around we go.

  • Giro update shoe range for 20141 year 7 weeks agoalsothings wrote: The

    alsothings wrote:

    The Republic is a shoe we really like the look of, and now it's available for women, this is the Civila. It essentially takes the lace-up upper of the Empire and partners it with 2-bolt compatible sole that has raised walking pads.

    Wait so men use 3 bolt shoes and women use 2 bolt? I saw the empire and immediately thought I'd like to commute in that, but if the two bolt is only marketed to women (which is generally sexist and terrible) I'm sure it won't be in my size. I do like the look of that show, but I can't say I buy into the laces on a road shoe thing...

    No. The Republic and Civila are both based on the Empire, with the same lace upper, but both use the same 2-bolt sole. Which makes them both ideal for commuting. Course that was all in the article already...

    Taylor Phinney seems to like laces on a road shoe. Once upon a time all road shoes were laces.

  • Giro update shoe range for 20141 year 7 weeks ago*Rubs thighs vigorously.

    *Rubs thighs vigorously. Tries to forget about jacket similarities.*

  • Evans cycles - the MacDonalds of bicycles?1 year 7 weeks agoEvans suck. Mediocre product

    Evans suck. Mediocre product range and disinterested staff who don't generally know what they're talking about

    Cycle Surgery on the other hand have been excellent every time I've used them. My local store (Highbury) especially so.

  • Giro update shoe range for 20141 year 7 weeks agoalsothings wrote: I saw the

    alsothings wrote:
    I saw the empire and immediately thought I'd like to commute in that

    Okay, so this is not a Giro issue it's just the article. Some googling and the Men's equivelent of the Civila is not the Empire, it's the 'Rebuplic' which looks like a lovely shoe. Though they don't make the Empire in women's sizes it seems, which is unfortunate, they do make many 2 bolt lace ups, just not widely distributed in the UK.

  • Be gentle with me....1 year 7 weeks agoWelcome to our world, you

    Welcome to our world, you 'will' enjoy it Big Grin

    Can't add anything to the advice above but if you want a bit of inspiration have a search on the site for a guy named 'shrinking baz'. He hasn't posted here recently but his story from 2011 is worth reading just to see what can be achieved riding a bike and starting at a much higher weight than yours.

  • Evans cycles - the MacDonalds of bicycles?1 year 7 weeks agoIts not just Evans, Planet X

    Its not just Evans, Planet X are just as bad and they are meant to know what they are doing.

    I ordered a bike on cyclescheme, had to pay an extra 10% for the pleasure even though they are hardly small time anymore with the millions been pumped into the business. They confirmed the parts ordered where reserved awaiting receipt of my voucher, said voucher came and forwarded to PX, a day later the order goes "awaiting stock", called and found out they had given away my parts and not only that but then told me in the most demeaning way "cash payments take priority" even though they are paying less for the same bike.

    2 weeks later the bike arrived, hardly any packaging in the box and a little cardboard box called "Your Starter Kit", I thought cracking all the stuff I will need for the bike so I looked in it, nothing except some random certificate stating I had bought said bike, it looked like something a year 11 could have drafted and printed, no instructions, no warranty and no tools to put the bike together (though I have these not everyone does).

    Numerous problems with the bike from the brakes to flat spots on wheels, they even put the seat post at its lowest setting so when adjusted the carbon pole was scratched due to the poor finish on the frame.

    Evans are bad but they are in no way alone on this front.

  • Be gentle with me....1 year 7 weeks agoA bloke I work with gave up

    A bloke I work with gave up the cigs and started cycling at the weekends and in the evenings a year or so ago and he lost quite a bit of weight. He can't quite keep up with me yet but he was pleased when I told him it was very noticeable how his waistline had reduced.

    No need to spend a bundle on a first bike. The Carrera brand is generally good value for money. If you get into cycling in due course and then when she who must be obeyed sees the health benefits, a more expensive bike can be budgeted for. And then the Carrera can become the winter hack or the bike used for trips to the shops and so on.

    Cycle training and some basic maintenance courses would be useful.

  • Giro update shoe range for 20141 year 7 weeks agoThe Republic is a shoe we

    The Republic is a shoe we really like the look of, and now it's available for women, this is the Civila. It essentially takes the lace-up upper of the Empire and partners it with 2-bolt compatible sole that has raised walking pads.

    Wait so men use 3 bolt shoes and women use 2 bolt? I saw the empire and immediately thought I'd like to commute in that, but if the two bolt is only marketed to women (which is generally sexist and terrible) I'm sure it won't be in my size. I do like the look of that show, but I can't say I buy into the laces on a road shoe thing...

  • Canadian doctors call for mandatory cycle helmets for all 'to reduce head injury'1 year 7 weeks agoInteresting to read reactions

    Interesting to read reactions to this article. I am writing this post having crashed on Monday morning. I have a fractured pelvis, dislocated and broken collar bone, cracked ribs and multiple lascerations. What I don't have is a fractured skull because my Kask Mojito took the impact of my head on the road. Most of the right frontal lobe area has collapsed inside the helmet as it absorbed the impact. I was travelling at over 20mph when I crashed on black ice. The ambulance crew,doctors and specialists agree that I was saved from serious head trauma and possibly brain damage or even death by that helmet. Anyone who argues that the protection of a helmet is not necessary should stop and think about those around them. 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. If wearing a helmet became the norm then it would not be an issue. My brother in law has been trying for ages to ensure my nephew wears a cycle helmet. He has shown him pictures of my Kask to show the benefit of wearing one. It is accepted that if you ride a motor bike you must wear a helmet. Why should it not be the same for us on two wheels sharing the roads as well?

  • Be gentle with me....1 year 7 weeks agoYou're a brave man taking up

    You're a brave man taking up cycling in November, of course.

    But stick with it and you'll be a changed man come spring.

    Just make sure you get good gloves - at this time of year, i wear Altura Shield, £9.99 on sale - and possibly some overshoes for when it gets miserable.

  • Be gentle with me....1 year 7 weeks agoYES, YES, YES! And yes - a

    YES, YES, YES!

    And yes - a hybrid is a very good idea, not everyone has the flexibility of a pro rider in their 20's.

    (I ride a Trek 7.2FX hybrid as my everyday bike and happily pass MAMILs on their carbon bikes most days).

    If you do want a road bike - I ride a Halfords one, a Carrera Virtuoso, looks the business and is faster than the hybrid, makes weekends a lot of fun! Can take a rack and mudguards (just), too.

  • Annual Oxford bike lights crackdown sees 171 cyclists fined1 year 7 weeks agoGood work, some Oxford

    Good work, some Oxford cyclists really need to engage some brain, and get some lights. Agree it would be nice if road rules were enforced on motorists, too.

    Sounds like this enforcement would pay for itself? 171*50=8550

    (though hopefully most of them spend a bit on some lights, rather than £50 on the fine).

  • Be gentle with me....1 year 7 weeks agoI was much like yourself, was

    I was much like yourself, was into cycling in early teens, had 25 year 'holiday' then got back into cycling.

    If (on a very basic level) you enjoy riding a bike, don't fret too much about what bike you're riding (mine's an old steel framed racer I got when I was 13, now turned into a fixie), just make sure you get out on it plenty of times.

    As advised above, if you'll be on busy streets, get some training. Cycling is safe, but there are some 'counter intuitive' measures you can take to make it safer, and when you're confident, you can start to ramp up the milage, which is where the real weight loss will kick in.

    For me the best and worst thing about cycling is all the other 'kit' you end up wanting. Again, as mentioned above, puncture repair is vital, as are lights if you're starting now. If you're planning on doing some longer journeys, then a pair of padded shorts will help your comfort no end.

    Happy spinning!

  • Week At The Pyrenees – Back To The Old Col1 year 7 weeks agoEnvious .... need to get down

    Envious .... need to get down there.

  • Annual Oxford bike lights crackdown sees 171 cyclists fined1 year 7 weeks agoI'm not against this, though

    I'm not against this, though there is much to say cyclists without lights in Oxford are at such a critical mass that all motorists look out for them the moment the sun is no longer visible...

    However...

    Two years ago I was cycling at around 10pm with a group of friends, some of which had no lights. A couple of police officers at the side of the road beckoned us to pull over so they could admonish the offenders (they weren't fined btw)...

    They did however pull us over, across a busy junction with cars waiting to turn left.

    TVP also decided to pull a van over, which if it hadn't been due to their being enough space to my left for me to escape, would have driven sideways into me.

    I've also seen officers overtake cyclists with less than a foot to spare, slowly roll into ASL whilst the light was red and been tailgated by them fairly regularly.

    I don't feel hugely confident about TVP lecturing people about using the roads...

  • Birzman Roadster I Reflective Saddle Bag1 year 7 weeks agobarkingfishes wrote:I stuff

    barkingfishes wrote:
    I stuff all this into an old water bottle plus more and put this in a bottle cage. Does the trick.

    And me .... then an 800ml bottle in the other cage ... job done Smile