• Boardman vs. Boris: HGV Ban1 year 6 weeks agoVeloPeo

    VeloPeo wrote:
    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:
    Shep73 wrote:

    As a keen cyclist.

    Er...you just admitted you are in fact a driver. Don't try and speak as something you aren't.

    I'm not defending the guy's rather idiotic (or trolling) comments but it's possible to be both you know. I'll have driven about 12k miles and cycled 2.5k miles by the end of this year

    Well, I'm overstating it a bit. But personally I'm mostly just 'not a motorist' and I get tired of people claiming to speak 'as a cyclist' because they do a bit of off-roading or occasionally cycle for sport or leisure when their main means of transport for practical purposes is a car and their attitudes and sense of self-interest are consequently those of a motorist above all.

  • Boardman vs. Boris: HGV Ban1 year 6 weeks agoFluffyKittenofTindalos

    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:
    Shep73 wrote:

    As a keen cyclist.

    Er...you just admitted you are in fact a driver. Don't try and speak as something you aren't.

    I just don't believe in blaming other people for everything. Cyclist need to take responsibility for their actions as well. I take it it was the trails fault a mountain biker died at Swinley the weekend. May be all mountain bike trails should be sponge.

  • Pregnant woman blames collision with elderly cyclist on kicking from unborn baby1 year 6 weeks agoJust to veer away from the

    Just to veer away from the argument for a moment; did anybody else watch the video that accompanied the BBC article?

    I was greatly amused to learn that while piercings, dreadlocks and a cardigan (admittedly a horrible cardigan) were supposedly unacceptable for an interview, it is apparently quite normal to wear so much fake tan you look as though you've blacked-up.

  • Ralph Lauren takes London's Chunk clothing company to European court in bike polo trademark row1 year 6 weeks agoThe logos do have some

    The logos do have some significant differences, but the point of the Chunk one seems to be to play off of RL's. In fact playing off RL seems to be their whole schtick.

    So, not a surprise it's bitten them back and a long way from the Specialized thing IMO.

  • Boardman vs. Boris: HGV Ban1 year 6 weeks agoFluffyKittenofTindalos

    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:
    Shep73 wrote:

    As a keen cyclist.

    Er...you just admitted you are in fact a driver. Don't try and speak as something you aren't.

    I'm not defending the guy's rather idiotic (or trolling) comments but it's possible to be both you know. I'll have driven about 12k miles and cycled 2.5k miles by the end of this year

  • Video: Boris bike vs Mont Ventoux1 year 6 weeks agoThings like this made our

    Things like this made our country great. Top banana ! Cool

  • Boardman vs. Boris: HGV Ban1 year 6 weeks agoFluffyKittenofTindalos

    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:
    Shep73 wrote:

    As a keen cyclist.

    Er...you just admitted you are in fact a driver. Don't try and speak as something you aren't.

    It's quite possible to be a motorist, a cyclist, a pedestrian AND a user of public transport. Just because you use one mode of transport it doesn't exclude you from using any other.

  • Ralph Lauren takes London's Chunk clothing company to European court in bike polo trademark row1 year 6 weeks agoNo - this is very different.

    No - this is very different. I am not a lawyer, but I think RL have a point here. The logo is confusing and the products too similar. I think a request to modify the Chunky one would be reasonable in this case.

    Whereas Cafe Roubaix were honest in their "innocent" usage of an obscure trademark, I just have the niggling feeling Chunky have gone too far.

  • Boardman vs. Boris: HGV Ban1 year 6 weeks agoShep73 wrote: As a keen

    Shep73 wrote:

    As a keen cyclist.

    Er...you just admitted you are in fact a driver. Don't try and speak as something you aren't.

  • Bristol speed cameras to be reactivated1 year 6 weeks agoExcellent. I have never

    Excellent. I have never understood the objection to speed cameras. (except form those caught of course) .
    They catch those breaking the law and add to the income of the owner. its jam and cake.

  • Boardman vs. Boris: HGV Ban1 year 6 weeks agoShep73 wrote: It's all too

    Shep73 wrote:
    It's all too easy in this country to blame everyone else instead of people taking responsibility for their own actions.

    Indeed. That's pretty much what motorists and the road lobby do.

  • Boardman vs. Boris: HGV Ban1 year 6 weeks agoShep73 wrote:Instead of

    Shep73 wrote:
    Instead of cyclists blaming everyone else, may be they need to look at why accidents happen.

    I have done. The answer is 'terrible road design' 'bad driving' and 'lack of enforcement of the laws of the road'.

  • Boardman vs. Boris: HGV Ban1 year 6 weeks agoShep73 wrote:Instead of

    Shep73 wrote:
    Instead of cyclists blaming everyone else, may be they need to look at why accidents happen. A cyclists goes up the inside of a lorry and ends up getting crushed, what do they expect. It doesn't hurt to sit back and wait in the traffic like everyone else does. One of the cyclists killed in london was down the left and the nasty lorry had his right hand indicator going. Just may be the lorry has to swerve out to make the right turn so don't go down the inside.

    As someone who drives to London a fair bit for football, I am astounding by the idiocy and impatience some cyclists show, it won't kill them to wait.
    As for the blue lanes and Boris bikes. Both should be abolished, it it does is encourage complacency and people to ride in one of the busiest cities in the world with out any head protection, which is clearly needed when you see half of them weaving all over the place.

    As a keen cyclist I think commuter cyclists leave a lot to be desired. It's all too easy in this country to blame everyone else instead of people taking responsibility for their own actions.

    We need to understand exactly why people ride up the left hand side of vehicles. Could it possibly be because that's where the road shows them to be? Cycle infrastructure in this country is so bad that where it does exist cyclists are told not to use it because it's dangerous! THIS is the problem that needs to be sorted out. Is it fair to paint roads to show everyone where cyclists 'should' be and then criticise them for obeying the 'rules' by being there? Create high-quality integrated segregation for cyclists that doesn't prioritise motor traffic and people will use it and be less likely to die whilst doing so.

  • Italian ex-pro Roberto Gaggioli claims Lance Armstrong paid him $100k to throw race1 year 6 weeks agoNothing worth bothering

    Nothing worth bothering about. compensating other riders if they "don't try too hard" has been going on for a good century. It's part of the game.

  • Italian ex-pro Roberto Gaggioli claims Lance Armstrong paid him $100k to throw race1 year 6 weeks agoI bet this bloke didn't mind

    I bet this bloke didn't mind when he was handed the money. Where were his morals back then.

  • Dundee cyclist assaulted by fellow rider he asked to get off pavement and ride on road1 year 6 weeks agoMatt eaton

    Matt eaton wrote:
    Schizophrenic signage re: where cyclists should be has a lot to answer for. I see a lot of those little blue signs with the bike flying over the ped's head telling me to pedal along the pavement. I haven't taken the signage too literally and attempted to bunnyhop an old lady but have been tempted to see if I've got the pop to clear a toddler. There's the odd no cycling sign but with the proliferation of 'shared path' signage on otherwise unmarked footways its easy to reach the conclusion (particuaraly if you cycle in mostly urban environs (excepting the big cities)) that our transport planners prefer for us to keep off of the roads wherever possible.

    I too feel the urge to point out to some pavement cyclists that they are adults and should behave accordingly but haven't found myself in a fighty enough mood to make comment so far.

    The problem with those signs, I find, is the way they appear and disappear at random. You'll be on a marked 'shared use' path, then start to wonder "I haven't seen a sign for ages, am I now breaking the law? Oh, wait there's one now", or you'll slowly realise you are now on the pavement illegally and need to get off of it, despite the absence of any dropped kerb or any sign signifying the ending if the shared use bit.

    Or you'll be in the road and the first sign that you _could_ have been on the pavement will be the sign saying the shared use bit has just ended, despite the fact there was never any sign telling you it had started.

    Or there'll be a toucan crossing yet no indication that the pavement on either side is legally cycleable.

    Or you'll be expected to constantly get on and off of a nasty busy road, as the shared use pavement keeps starting and ending every 20 yards for no logical reason ("how come I can use that bit but not this bit when both the pavement and the road are exactly the same?")

    End result being I now never bother with them and just stick to the road or get off and walk. Shared use is mostly a crap box-ticking cop out, I think.

    And I have a couple of times (as a pedestrian) gotten into altercations with pavement cyclists but only when I'm in a really bad mood that overcomes my common-sense and risk aversion.

  • Video: Boris bike vs Mont Ventoux1 year 6 weeks agoawesome!

    awesome!

  • Boardman vs. Boris: HGV Ban1 year 6 weeks agoInstead of cyclists blaming

    Instead of cyclists blaming everyone else, may be they need to look at why accidents happen. A cyclists goes up the inside of a lorry and ends up getting crushed, what do they expect. It doesn't hurt to sit back and wait in the traffic like everyone else does. One of the cyclists killed in london was down the left and the nasty lorry had his right hand indicator going. Just may be the lorry has to swerve out to make the right turn so don't go down the inside.

    As someone who drives to London a fair bit for football, I am astounding by the idiocy and impatience some cyclists show, it won't kill them to wait.
    As for the blue lanes and Boris bikes. Both should be abolished, it it does is encourage complacency and people to ride in one of the busiest cities in the world with out any head protection, which is clearly needed when you see half of them weaving all over the place.

    As a keen cyclist I think commuter cyclists leave a lot to be desired. It's all too easy in this country to blame everyone else instead of people taking responsibility for their own actions.

  • What jacket? Help please...1 year 6 weeks agoAbove 10 degrees(ish) in the

    Above 10 degrees(ish) in the winter (commuting on a hybrid) I'm normally OK in shorts (baggy shorts over cycle shorts in non-'roadie' mode), Icebreaker merino top (150 or 200) and a waterproof top - Altura night-vision. I can vouch for its durability over 4 years and I recently slid down the road in it after coming off. I'd quite like the more pricey Gore Bike Wear versions but the Altura just won't die! The only places that I need really 'toasty' kit are fingers and toes (just use thick hiking socks). Sub 10 degrees and I chuck some tights over the padded shorts. On the road bike I just ditch the baggy shorts and if I think I might get a bit warm, I just layer up (baselayer, cycle top, gilet, arm warmers) and keep a lightweight 'tea bag' style waterproof in one of my pockets). Snag I find with some of the waterproof tops is they don't roll up very small if you want to shed them.

  • Parker International closes website1 year 6 weeks agohmm not suprised, i never

    hmm not suprised, i never bought anything from them as their prices seemed to cheap. oxymoron i know but just seemed like a scam

  • Boris vs Ventoux1 year 6 weeks agoNutcases, but great effort

    Nutcases, but great effort

  • Italian ex-pro Roberto Gaggioli claims Lance Armstrong paid him $100k to throw race1 year 6 weeks agoWhy is everyone always

    Why is everyone always picking on Lance Rolling On The Floor

  • Pregnant woman blames collision with elderly cyclist on kicking from unborn baby1 year 6 weeks agocyclingDMlondon wrote:stumps

    cyclingDMlondon wrote:
    stumps wrote:
    Well said Sarah i'm with you 100%.

    After some of the comments on the fatalities article i think it shows we need the moderators to be able to delete comments and warn forum users about the content.

    The big problem with that - and I don't doubt that it will happen - is that the 'feminist' movement has managed to suppress any and all criticism of its church, and to put the rhetoric very much in the 'men do all the damage' vein. And whilst that isn't in itself relevant to this thread (and as such, this is the last comment I shall make here and shall unsubscribe as soon as this post is gone), it does hide the fact that the criminal justice system is extremely lenient to women, and extremely harsh on men (in most cases).

    The result of this is that a woman who injures or kills a cyclist or a pedestrian is almost certainly going to get off with a slap on the wrist. A man will almost always get a stiffer penalty (even though I agree that motorised road users in general enjoy virtual impunity, so the latter's sentence will still not be severe enough).

    Bye.


    Are you for real? It makes little odds as to what sex you are when it comes to judicial matters in regards to traffic offences involving a cyclist. Here in Scotland a male motorist gets a slap on the wrist for killing a second cyclist and the appeal is rejected. Various lorry drivers are again given a slap on the wrists. Male motorists who have accumulated over 12 points for speeding continue to hold their licence because of the 'hardship' plea. The issue is that the CPS and DPS continue to charge individuals with the lesser offense whilst the judge and jury continue to met out the lowest sentence possible. Contrast that with the cyclist sentenced to 2 months prison suspended for 18 months and ordered to do 200 hours community for injuring a pedestrian on the footway.

    Your comments were totally out of order. So man up, grow some and admit that. To tear up your subscription because you've been rightly slapped down is quite immature.

  • New bike finally arrived1 year 6 weeks agotry this

    try this http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/09/video/ask-a-mechanic-repairing-lo...

  • New bike finally arrived1 year 6 weeks agoA good bike mechanic will

    A good bike mechanic will sort that threaded bottle boss out for you. Try one of your local guys.

    Nice bike, a mate of mine has just bought one too and is well impressed!