• Cyclist stopped and fined for riding on the M251 year 4 weeks agoOdd how motorists driving the

    Odd how motorists driving the wrong way on motorways or dual carriageways frequently just get a telling off, but a cyclist gets a fine. I know which is more dangerous. See here and here for just two examples this year.

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins adds Vuelta and Commonwealth Games to list of 2014 targets1 year 4 weeks agoTT

    TT

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins adds Vuelta and Commonwealth Games to list of 2014 targets1 year 4 weeks agoSeems to have his head back

    Seems to have his head back together again. At least on paper; fingers crossed that he achieves some of his targets.

  • Official: UK has joint 3rd lowest levels of daily cycling in the EU1 year 4 weeks agoGuyz2010 wrote:Some how

    Guyz2010 wrote:
    Some how English road builders ought to take lesson from the French on how to lay Asphalt. The French do it bowler smooth whereas Messers Hanson & Lafarge only seem to cock it up.

    Shouldn't be too difficult for Lafarge (UK) to get some tips, given they're 50 per cent owned by Lafarge (France).

    Wink

  • Updated: Police arrest cyclist after bus driver's emergency stop leaves passenger seriously injured1 year 4 weeks agostumps wrote:The bus driver

    stumps wrote:
    The bus driver is not at fault. Whilst at work today i dealt with a bus rtc. The pedestrian was busy on his phone and stepped out into the path of the bus without looking when the bus was no more than 6 ft away.

    He headbutted the corner of the bus and bounced back onto the pavement.

    No matter what you drive or how good a driver you are you cannot control what happens in front of you, only react.

    And you a copper and all.

    Ok yes you can "only" react but what determines the outcome of your reaction is your time to react. ie whether you have to pull an emergency stop or a more controlled stop. The time you have to react is mainly determined by the way you drive: speed, position, observation. You know like how proper Police Drivers are taught.

    If it's just reactions that determine the outcome then obviously those fit sporty young male drivers 18 - 25 with lightning fast reactions would be having fewer accidents than 52 year old duffers like me. How come the accident stats have it the other way round?

    If a bus has to pull an emergency stop on such a scale as to injure a passenger then at least some of the investigation ought to be looking very heavily at the driver.

    Now in this case the cyclist may well have been at fault. He certainly was for leaving the scene. But this idea that drivers are completely at the mercy of unexpected events is pretty lame. People pull out in front of drivers, open their car doors, balls bounce in the road, things fall off lorries, cats and other animals run across the road and generally all sorts of unexpected things can happen. Some people have collisions when they happen some don't. The ones that mainly don't are the ones that left themselves time and space to react.

    This is not luck. It's not using the force or magic powers. Just driving properly.

  • Tinkoff-Saxo's Matti Breschel nursing his wounds after being felled by "flying mattress"1 year 4 weeks agoped wrote:Of course it may

    ped wrote:
    Of course it may also have fallen from this … http://www.britishpathe.com/video/cycles/query/cycles

    (50 seconds in)

    Bit of racy commentary too, "I guess he feels sore he forgot a pillow, maybe one of the lady members thought of a tryst"

    Smile

  • Official: UK has joint 3rd lowest levels of daily cycling in the EU1 year 4 weeks agostumps wrote:Our problem is

    stumps wrote:
    Our problem is there are only 3 showers in the building Crying

    Of course, Holland and Denmark achieved their current levels of cycling by providing everyone who cycles with showers. Right?

    http://bamboobadger.blogspot.co.uk/2008/10/red-herring-in-shower.html

  • Cyclist stopped and fined for riding on the M251 year 4 weeks agoI think I probably said this

    I think I probably said this previously... but over to the left hand side of the hard shoulder you're further away from the traffic than on a normal A-road, and the gradient will not exceed 5%. Sounds a pretty good place for a cycle path to me Smile

  • Amsterdam brings forward bike-friendly measures as cycling continues to grow1 year 4 weeks agoI think commentators here

    I think commentators here might be making too light of the issue. This is a genuine problem. It might be be a problem lots of the UK is unlikely to ever encounter, but a problem none-the-less.

    If nothing else, if the cycle lanes are that overloaded, and given in Holland cyclists don't ride on the road, how long before taking the car is quicker than cycling?

    There are other issues here. Is it just to take space from pedestrians to accommodate cyclists? That surely is an issue in the UK in some places.

    Or reverse that: is it time to start favouring pedestrians in Amsterdam, given that they take up less space and don't need parking?

  • TT Advice1 year 4 weeks agoAlso, according to Pete

    Also, according to Pete Matthews, who built those wheels of mine, the aero advantages of super-specced wheels only really come into their own at well over 25mph. And I mean well over. Of course, he sells light wheels rather than aero ones but remember that they were designed for professionals, who would do a 10 in about 17 minutes.

  • Cyclist stopped and fined for riding on the M251 year 4 weeks agoThe light lines on the pic

    The light lines on the pic make it look like the trffic moves at speed. On the M25. Ha!

  • Bristol data showing walking & cycling is boosted by 20mph zones is ‘flawed’1 year 4 weeks agoSherlock Ohms wrote:tbh,

    Sherlock Ohms wrote:
    tbh, you're doing bloody well to manage 20mph in central Bristol ... not sure the change in speed limits is going to make much difference at all.

    To average journey times, no. But the problem is people thinking they need to get up to 30mph, even if it's only for a few seconds. It increases impatience with cyclists and leads to dangerous rapid acceleration then braking.

    Also everyone doesn't need to obey it - if you get enough people in cars who do stick to it, everyone else gets stuck behind them.

  • TT Advice1 year 4 weeks agoMy last 10 was in 1992. I

    My last 10 was in 1992. I was 16 years old, riding a steel Raleigh road bike with clip on bars, down tube shifters, and wheels that were a lot less "aero" than the ones that come as stock on modern bikes. Pocket money didn't stretch to a disc wheel! My PB was 23:38, and 1:0:57 for a 25.

    This year, I am going to have a go at doing the same course on £2k's worth of carbon, but I expect to be a lot slower, because I am old and fat and haven't raced for over 20 years.

    It's totally up to you, but it sounds like you've got pretty tasty kit already and I'd focus on the joy of seeing your times coming down through your hard work instead of by spending money.

  • Pinarello Dogma stolen from sportive bike park by thief in cycling clothing1 year 4 weeks agoTaking me too seriously Zanf.

    Taking me too seriously Zanf. Chill out. Just hate scum who nick your transport then get 20 hours community service for doing it.

  • Cyclist stopped and fined for riding on the M251 year 4 weeks agoWhat a pillock, sounds so

    What a pillock, sounds so innocent and the fuzz believed it all!
    Durr!

  • Tinkoff-Saxo's Matti Breschel nursing his wounds after being felled by "flying mattress"1 year 4 weeks agoI thought it was only carpets

    I thought it was only carpets that flew in that part of the world!

  • Official: UK has joint 3rd lowest levels of daily cycling in the EU1 year 4 weeks agoAirzound - I think you need

    Airzound - I think you need some pep up pills, you sounds depressed. How about going for a cycle ride!

    Really its not that bad, I do about 5K miles per year with no real hassle from drivers in Devon.

    I think our wet weather doesn't help people get out but the biggest thing is cycling is percieved as being dangerous despite actually being low risk if you take the right precautions. The roads surface quality leaves a lot to be desired. Some how English road builders ought to take lesson from the French on how to lay Asphalt. The French do it bowler smooth whereas Messers Hanson & Lafarge only seem to cock it up.

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins adds Vuelta and Commonwealth Games to list of 2014 targets1 year 4 weeks agoI'm not able to watch the

    I'm not able to watch the video on Cycling News- is he after the Road Race or Time Trial at the Commonwealth games?

  • Official: UK has joint 3rd lowest levels of daily cycling in the EU1 year 4 weeks agostumps wrote:We have a bike

    stumps wrote:
    We have a bike rack that holds approx 50 bikes and its always full and there are always bikes at the rear of the building as well as people cant get them in the rack.

    Our problem is there are only 3 showers in the building Crying


    Do people who walk to work need to shower when they arrive?
    If people ran to work would they need to bathe and change?
    Do we think the cycle commuters of Europe, noticeably lycra shunning and helmet-less, need to swab themselves down when they reach their destination?

    The problem with many UK commuters is they don't know how to ride slow.

  • Just in: Quechua Phone 51 year 4 weeks agoI bought a basic Nokia the

    I bought a basic Nokia the other day, for carrying on my bike.
    It weighs 72g, compared to 162g for my iphone, and the battery lasts 35 days on standby. The price was just 99 pence plus an initial twenty quid top-up (on an O2 tarrif so that the 20 quid carries over every month - ie you don't lose it).

    Obviously it's not a smart phone, but it's so light that carrying one of these saves you having to worry about running out of juice if you're using your main phone as a satnav.

  • Tinkoff-Saxo's Matti Breschel nursing his wounds after being felled by "flying mattress"1 year 4 weeks agoPoor guy. He'd have had an

    Poor guy. He'd have had an even better tale to tell if he'd fallen in such way that he'd landed ON the mattress

  • Lusso HT70 Jacket1 year 4 weeks ago@ Chuck Hi-viz is like

    @ Chuck

    Hi-viz is like marmite; you either like it or hate it; and if someone genuinely feels safer wearing dark (or street) clothing then it's unlikely that they'll change their mind.

    But, since you asked your question, here's my reply.

    My ideas aren't preconceived. They're based on real life experiences every time I look for cyclists through rain spattered mirrors on my truck. I'm not saying cyclists who wear dark clothing are invisible, but it makes them much harder to see.

    Chuck, if I'm riding on a quiet road or cycle path I'll probably take my hi-viz off, but when I'm mixing it with either heavy or high speed traffic, or in town where there may be partially sighted pedestrians, I believe it makes sense for me to wear hi-viz.

    If others disagree, that's fine - it's a free country and I defend the right of cyclists to wear whatever they want.

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins adds Vuelta and Commonwealth Games to list of 2014 targets1 year 4 weeks agoIts good to see Brad back on

    Its good to see Brad back on track!! He seems to have a lot of big goals this season. Good Luck Wiggo Smile

  • TT Advice1 year 4 weeks agoAgree with both the above,

    Agree with both the above, especially Davey's post. Training and learning good pacing have done far more for me than equipment.

    I've tried 50mm carbon and a tri-spoke front. The tri-spoke felt quicker but not a lot; the 50mm were disappointing, my RS80s feel very similar but much safer on steep descents and in crosswinds.

    A strong rider can go fast on anything. And I mean anything - some local MTB racers can do 25-26mins on 29er MTB (with knobblies!) over our sporting '10' course, compared to about 22mins with all the aero gear.

  • Essex police: If cyclists were more safety-conscious they wouldn’t get killed1 year 4 weeks agooozaveared wrote:I want

    oozaveared wrote:
    I want motorists to see me from as far away as possible and have as much time to plan their approach to me as I can help to give them. I hope they are doing their part and slowing down and looking for cyclists. I am not prepared to bet my safety on it. I can control what I do though. I can help them to see me from further away using lights, my road position by considering what I wear. And High viz doesn't mean you have to wear a day glo jacket or tabard just don't go out there dressed as the man from Milk Tray.

    +1000000

    Expecting motorists' attitudes towards cyclists to collectively change for the better in any of our lifetimes is massively wishful thinking.

    Doing what you can to ensure you are seen is, to me, just common sense.