• Night riding1 year 7 weeks agoI was visiting Brighton this

    I was visiting Brighton this week and went out with a friend for an evening ride over the downs. Turned into one of the best, most peculiar rides. He had a decent front light and I had on a decent back light so together we formed a sort of tandem. Half the time I couldn't see anything of the road ahead, it certainly honed my reactions as this was two days after the storm and there was loads of crap on the roads.
    I went over a fair few logs and sticks but we just ploughed on though it all. I'm convinced if it had been daylight we would have just tiptoed around. As it was we were cycling through a flooded lane at one point, both wondering if the road would just disappear and we would end up in a river.
    Other times we were riding through beautiful tunnels of trees which felt amazing, at one point I really couldn't tell if I was going up or down, very strange sensation.
    Cars not dipping their headlights had us screaming at them but again, we just had to trust our instincts and carry on. Also, due to the focus I had to put on the immediate road ahead I totally forgot about my legs, lungs, brain etc.
    I think I'll definitely go out at night again, especially where I live in the South Pennines, but with a full set of lights.

  • Infinity Seat claims to offer improved comfort over a regular saddle1 year 7 weeks agoThis saddle makes perfect

    This saddle makes perfect sense. Chiropractors are selling a service of no use whatsoever based on complete quackery and have been doing it successfully for years.
    Saddles that make no sense whatsoever are a natural extension of that business, and will find a ready market among his existing customer base.

  • VIDEO: Cyclists hurt on 'lethal' Edinburgh tram tracks1 year 7 weeks agoI'm just wondering how

    I'm just wondering how cyclists with cargo bikes or recumbents are coping with these tramlines.

  • Infinity Seat claims to offer improved comfort over a regular saddle1 year 7 weeks agoI wouldn't trust anyone who

    I wouldn't trust anyone who cycles with their knees that far apart.

  • bike accident1 year 7 weeks agoFirst of all sorry to hear

    First of all sorry to hear this, at least you're okay

    If you do have insurance contact them asap to report the incident and make sure you have crime ref or contact details for police officer who spoke to you at the scene or hospital

    If you don't have insurance and no reg you can submit a claim via the motor insurance bureau , if you do have reg but not able to trace the other person you can submit claim via the MIB also

    If you have the insurance details of the other person you can try to claim via this for damage to your bike - make sure you take plenty of photos of bike and your injuries

  • Tour of Flanders1 year 7 weeks agoget some super low gearing,

    get some super low gearing, its not that you maybe about to get up these things with a bigger gear its the fact that there will be masses of riders that will be walking & getting in the way, so you have to think of this a bit like you would when doing technical MTB! The Paterberg comes really sudden on a tight right hand bend where you will probably be in 53x12 keep an eye out for the banners of it on the way down to it & you should have warning enough to drop to the small ring before its too late. The Koppenberg also comes after a tight right hand bend but this starts a bit more calm & turns into a cobbled cliff further up. We have it as a indoor trainer ride for our free software noted in the other thread . The old Kwaremont is for me the worst of all the climbs as its so long, its will sap everything out of you, I hated racing up this thing back in my day.

  • Video: Helmet-cam cyclist busts driver eating cereal at 30mph1 year 7 weeks agoNosy cyclist. Fascinating

    Nosy cyclist. Fascinating world we live in.

  • Ahead of track world cup, Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish warned to commit to track to make Rio 2016 team1 year 7 weeks agoSome Fella wrote:Im not sure

    Some Fella wrote:
    Im not sure how it works financially but can both Cav and Wiggins afford to take a huge chunk of time (and I'm presuming wages) out of their pro careers?

    I would imagine this is fairly low on their list of priorities - the 'active' career of a pro is relatively short and for guys of the calibre of Cav and Wiggo what you can achieve in sportive/historical terms trumps most financial considerations imo.

    I can certainly understand Cav's drive for Olympic gold, but he'll have to be mindful of how much time he spends on either road or track, especially with the new kids on the (road) block. No doubt that the new sprint train with Petacchi and Renshaw is coming on just in time!

  • Cycling minister Robert Goodwill wants to give motorists “greater say in how their roads are run”1 year 7 weeks agoI was unber the impression

    I was unber the impression roads are public rights ofway, so any member of the public has the right to use them. Even I they are not driving.

  • Buyer’s guide to the best winter bib tights and trousers for cycling1 year 7 weeks agoI don't think the San Remo

    I don't think the San Remo tights are Gabba material, they're the same as the sorpasso, which is supposed to stay warm even when wet, but I've not worn my sorpassos yet so I can't testify to that.

  • Emma Pooley signs for Lotto-Belisol1 year 7 weeks agoEmma, great to have you back

    Emma, great to have you back racing big time, and hope your viva went well!

  • Video: Helmet-cam cyclist busts driver eating cereal at 30mph1 year 7 weeks agoOn the positive side it looks

    On the positive side it looks like the driver is giving the cyclists plenty of room by keeping well to the right.

  • Ahead of track world cup, Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish warned to commit to track to make Rio 2016 team1 year 7 weeks agoIm not sure how it works

    Im not sure how it works financially but can both Cav and Wiggins afford to take a huge chunk of time (and I'm presuming wages) out of their pro careers? Im sure they are both on a decent wedge and they both have quite nice lifestyles that they will obviously want to sustain.

  • Buyer’s guide to the best winter bib tights and trousers for cycling1 year 7 weeks agoHeavens to Betsey. £140.00

    Heavens to Betsey. £140.00 for cotton rain trousers,not on my pension.
    Buy a pair of Cotton Chinos and treat them with Fabsil.
    You could even source a local Amway Agent and get some of the Amway Dri-fab.
    Dri-fab is so good you could spray a Kleenex Tissue,let it dry and then form a bowl by bringing the corners together and running water from the tap in the bowl. It held it without a dribble.

  • Third of cyclists support mandatory hi-viz clothing claims survey1 year 7 weeks agoFluffyKittenofTindalos

    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:

    You are 'spinning' here. I'm not 'negatively stereotyping' those who wear hi-viz, that's you creating a straw-man. I don't much like high-viz, and choose not to wear it, but at no point have I said anything about the nature of those who wear it. I don't know anything about them, after all.
    Pehaps you have a bad memory - here's some of your negative comments as a quick reminder:

    "I think hi-viz looks silly"
    "lurid yellow"
    "full hi-viz getup"
    hi-viz day glo pink and yellow clown gear"
    "marks out cyclists as an outgroup of oddballs"
    "not worthy of any respect"
    "hi-viz wearing wierdos"
    "lurid bright colours"
    "it just marks you out as an outgroup"
    "hi-viz is an insult too far"
    "most people I know, especially women, think hi-viz and helmets are naff"

    Either you genuinely can't remember writing this stuff, or you just don't see it as negative. Either way, you do seem to have a problem.

    Quote:
    Everyone is free to make their own decision about what they wear on their own bodies, after all.
    Then just let them, instead of doing everything you can to force your anti hi-viz opinion on them.

    Quote:
    I also think you are wrong-headed if you think 'cycle cafes' and the rest are so influential.
    I hardly think you are qualified to tell me about cycle cafes, since you go on to declare:
    "I've never had anything whateoever to do with any 'cycle cafes'".
    (That made me laugh).

    FluffyKittenofTindalos, you just try and stay safe out there.

  • Video: Helmet-cam cyclist busts driver eating cereal at 30mph1 year 7 weeks agoTime for SARTRE road trains

    Time for SARTRE road trains to hit the roads....

    Google "Volvo Sartre" for the film if the link gets blocked

    BTW... This IS my day job.

  • All year round, fast commuting Alu Frame under £6001 year 7 weeks agoWorth considering a Trek

    Worth considering a Trek Domane 2 series frame, if you can find one - extremely comfortable over crap roads, relaxed geometry, good tyre clearance, mud-guard and rack mounts and lifetime guarantee.

    Just me tuppence worth.

  • Video: Helmet-cam cyclist busts driver eating cereal at 30mph1 year 7 weeks agoTime for this to hit the

    Time for this to hit the roads....

    BTW... This IS my day job.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jQ1U9KZfWg&sns=em

  • Cycling minister Robert Goodwill wants to give motorists “greater say in how their roads are run”1 year 7 weeks ago“greater say in how their

    “greater say in how their roads are run”
    yeah yeah yeah? but please vote for us !

  • Video: Cyclist finds way onto route of motor rally in Rome1 year 7 weeks agoAwesome!

    Awesome!

  • London cyclist deaths and injuries up as TfL commissioner Peter Hendy suggests flashing lights for all cyclists1 year 7 weeks agoAnother distraction tactic it

    Another distraction tactic it seems?

    Build the exact same paths as they have in the Netherlands and a lot, close to all problems will be solved.

  • Infinity Seat claims to offer improved comfort over a regular saddle1 year 7 weeks agostep-hent wrote:Aside from

    step-hent wrote:
    Aside from comfort, will it affect pedalling motion? I always thought that taking the weight on your sit bones was, in part, to provide a stable platform from which to pedal. Spreading the weight in a ring over the muscle seems like it would result in considerable movement as you pedal - with the muscles contracting and relaxing causing rocking and movement.

    I'd be up for giving it a go, but I'm certainly sceptical...

    Looks to me like the pain of pressure and loss of blood flow might simply be replaced by the pain of chaffing and blisters instead.

  • Infinity Seat claims to offer improved comfort over a regular saddle1 year 7 weeks agostep-hent wrote:Aside from

    step-hent wrote:
    Aside from comfort, will it affect pedalling motion? I always thought that taking the weight on your sit bones was, in part, to provide a stable platform from which to pedal. Spreading the weight in a ring over the muscle seems like it would result in considerable movement as you pedal - with the muscles contracting and relaxing causing rocking and movement.

    I'd be up for giving it a go, but I'm certainly sceptical...

    Looks to me like the pain of pressure and loss of blood flow might simply be replaced by the pain of chaffing and blisters instead.

  • Video: Helmet-cam cyclist busts driver eating cereal at 30mph1 year 7 weeks ago.

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  • Video: BBC Wales road rage programme highlights plight of vulnerable cyclists1 year 7 weeks agoDrivers cutting corners like

    Drivers cutting corners like in the video is perfectly legitimate if you can see that its safe, even my driving instructor taught me that 28 years ago. I do it all the time. The move on the video was safe, the driver wasn't even travelling at excess speed.

    To be picked up on that by the likes of our helmet cam vigilante is not doing cycling enthusiasts one jot of good.

    The drivers actions are outrageous and he should never of reacted that way but it would not have happened had Mr Turner not challenged what did not need challenging.

    I'm going to stereotype Mr Turner by lumping him together into a group of road vigilantes that transform into completely irrational morons the second they get a helmet cam perched on their head. I would even go as far as saying that they even change their riding habits, which may involve increased risk to their own safety so that they can encourage and bait drivers into committing minor and not so minor breaches of road traffic law just to catch it on video.

    These guys do not really do us any favours at all and when I see the likes of Mr Turner being interviewed I cringe. But please don't think I am anti-cyclist, far from it. If anything I come down harder on motorists because they are cocooned in 1.5 tons of metal shell and surounded by airbags. I'm on me 10 kilo bike with a styrofoam helmet. We need better protection from bad motorists but Mr Turner's approach is the wrong way to go about it and this article paints him in a bad light. To me anyway. Helmet cams are fun and offer clear evidence in accidents/incidents when used correctly and sensibly. But not like this...