• Video: Helmet camera footage leads to aggressive driver pleading guilty to four charges1 year 5 weeks agoFluffyKittenofTindalos

    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:
    Jimmy Ray Will wrote:
    I've said this before, and I'll say it again here as it seems apt.

    We all understand that there are certain 'privileges' enjoyed by those behind the wheel of a car. As commented previously, if you went around threatening people with a base ball bat or knife in the same way as you see people doing with cars, you'd be behind bars before you knew it.

    Now, to be fair, should things go wrong for any of 'us' when driving our own cars, we'll be pretty pleased those privileges exist, as no one wants to spend 5 years in jail for a careless mistake.... so, I can kind of tolerate the current status quo.

    However, I am not sure why those privileges are also given to those already deemed unsafe to be on our road... IMO anyone driving whilst banned, should be tried on the basis that they were not driving a car, but instead illegally in control of a potentially lethal weapon.

    I.E the same as running around Tescos waving a machete about.

    At first thought I find this argument quite compelling. If you aren't legally on the road in the first place then you are just a guy with a lethal weapon and should be judged accordingly. A driving licence is, in a sense, a licence to impose a certain level of risk on others. If you don't have that licence...

    You can make the direct comparison to a Fire Arm Certificate. Makes perfect sense in my opinion.

  • POC Octal helmet1 year 5 weeks agoLolo wrote: Please share your

    Lolo wrote:

    Please share your in- depth experience of premium helmets, including the POC. I assume your judgement is based on first hand experience as opposed to your own prejudices.

    My problem is not with high priced helmets or your desire to purchase them but with EN1078.

    However.
    1) Drop any cycle helmet onto a hard surface (even table height to floor) and you should replace it even if damage is not apparent.
    2) After 2 years of regular exposure to sunlight the plastic will be starting to degrade due to ultraviolet radiation and should be replaced.

    Now factor in the price of the helmet. Are you more likely, less likely or just as likely to bin a £200+ helmet as a £40-£50 helmet?

    As for my prejudices; they are my own.
    Just because I have the money doesn't mean that I have to spend it. I once owned a Lada Riva from new and found it to be an excellent vehicle [Richardsons Taxis of Hull ran a fleet of them!]. I now own a Mercedes C-class diesel and find it to be an excellent vehicle. It will convey me to the other end of the country in comfort with a bike on the roof with no fuss at all. Why would I want a supercar? I have driven Lambourghinis, Porsches and Ferraris but I have no desire to own one [With the exception of the 1964 Ferrari TR but only if I can live in Lombardy].

  • Video: Helmet camera footage leads to aggressive driver pleading guilty to four charges1 year 5 weeks agoOn banning for life, I think

    On banning for life, I think that is too much in most cases, 10-15 year ban perhaps but not life. Unless it can be shown that they deliberately used their vehicle to try to injure somebody, but that would be very hard to prove without footage of someone following and aiming their vehicle at someone else.

  • Pothole crash cyclist wins £70k pay-out from council1 year 5 weeks agoMKultra wrote:farrell

    MKultra wrote:
    farrell wrote:
    So you think they are left wing and that's why they want to protect jobs for older-middle class people?
    Most lefties these days are middle class, middle aged and not badly off with the exception of uni kids who are stupid enough to get mixed up with the SWP who strangely these days seem to be fairly well off students and not actual "workers" or even the children of workers , labour abandoned the working classes years ago as they do not vote. Public sector unions are embedded in the Labour party, the standard position councils adopt is to never admit wrong doing as that makes the council look bad, and by extension the union and Labour. Even a Tory controlled council is still stuck with the fact that Labour still controls the workforce and working practices of any local authority.

    Tory/Labour...they are all the same, they all suck up to the people who vote for them, with Labour it's a policy of protectionism in relation to earnings and jobs for the liberal left leaning middle classes, with the Tory government it's pandering to the nimbyism and xenophobia of the middle class Tory voter.

    I am terribly sorry if none of the above conforms with the smug pedantry you were about to engage in.

    There was no smug pedantry, or at least not from me. I just thought you appeared confused and ranty. The above post has since confirmed that.

  • Sport Relief: John Bishop & Freddie Flintoff among stars in action at Olympic velodrome tonight, live on BBC1 year 5 weeks agoLooks like fun but I don't

    Looks like fun but I don't believe it's being shown completely live. There will be a 40 minute delay from action on track to the screen. This is to cover the possibility of major injuries with completely inexperienced riders on the track. Olly Murs fell off during practice yesterday and ended with a cracking friction burn. See http://pic.twitter.com/5A7xRIP7Wj

  • Sport Relief Davina McCall1 year 5 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:mid 40's and

    Gkam84 wrote:
    mid 40's and Strava, where does that come from. I barely even use Strava.

    She cycled a few hundred miles, swam, walked and ran a little bit. It isn't anything special, there are people doing things like this for charity ALL the time.

    Everyone just thinks it is special because she is a "celebrity" who gets a shit load of media coverage...

    Gkam. My son is 18 and a decent triathlete. He isn't impressed by much. Typical teenage athlete that thinks he's the dog's bollocks, that anything you can do he can do better, that finds physical challenges relatively easy and wouldn't admit it if they weren't. Anyone that's cold, or slow, or tired is just a pussy and worthy only of scorn. Rule No 5 is his mantra.

    Well he was impressed. Especially with the 5degree open water swim. You may want to try that. You know that triathlons would be cancelled in that kind of temperature. NOWCA won't allow swimming at Thorpe lakes until the temp reaches at least 10 degrees.

    So you must be well hard!

    I paraphrase from Jarhead.

    you there Gkam84, do you have what it takes...to be the meanest, the cruelest, the most savage...unforgiving motherfuckers in God's cruel kingdom?

    Yes, Staff Sergeant!

    Will you be able to one day say, "Yea, though I walk...through the valley
    of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil...because I am the baddest motherfucker in the goddamn valley"?

    Yes, Staff Sergeant!

    We shall fucking see!

  • Video: Helmet camera footage leads to aggressive driver pleading guilty to four charges1 year 5 weeks agoOn the subject of persistent

    On the subject of persistent driving while banned, obviously another ban isn't going to have any effect, maybe it would be better to just crush the car, or sell it in a police auction. Already done for non payment of VED.

  • Birzman Velocity RG Mini Pump1 year 5 weeks agoOk, so finally after 3 months

    Ok, so finally after 3 months my RG arrived - the 160psi road version.

    My findings are a bit different to the review.

    Test setup: 28c Conti GP 4 Seasons with butyl tube

    100 strokes: 30psi
    150 strokes: 50psi
    200 strokes: 65psi
    240 strokes: 80psi - my magic number for a rear tyre
    300 strokes: 85psi
    350 strokes: 105psi

    (yes, I realise the last jump of 50 strokes for +20psi is an anomaly - might be the gauge isn't perfectly linear)

    ...and I stopped there because it was getting hard to hang onto the head end of the pump, and a bit uncomfy on an ungloved hand to push.

    How the reviewer managed 140psi is beyond me.

    I repeated the test 3 times, and got basically the same results.

    One note is that you do need to screw the Snap-IT valve on a few turns once you've snapped it, er, on. Otherwise it blows off - happened thrice while testing. And at 105psi, the release didn't work - so had to unscrew it - veeeerrryy carefully - luckily I had remembered to tighten the valve core.

    All in all I'm happy with the pump for 80psi purposes - Having used a few friend's Lezyne pumps recently and needing to top up with gas, it's definitely better.

    Plus the gauge is surprisingly accurate. Seems to match pretty much spot on the Bontrager track pump I have (or they are both out by the same amount Wink )

    But if you were looking for something to get up to 140 let alone 160psi - you might be disappointed.

    n.b. one additional benefit is you can unscrew the Presta Snap-It valve and use it to inflate Schrader valves. Nice.

    My full review here: http://gateauvelo.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/review-birzman-velocity-rg-160p...

  • Sport Relief: John Bishop & Freddie Flintoff among stars in action at Olympic velodrome tonight, live on BBC1 year 5 weeks agotools, the pair of em' ...

    tools, the pair of em' ...

  • Laura Trott changes her mind on helmets1 year 5 weeks agomrmo wrote:THEONETHATROWS

    mrmo wrote:
    THEONETHATROWS wrote:
    speaking from personal experience, my opinion is helmets should be compulsory, however everyone should have their own opinion. if it wasn't for a helmet my brother would probably not have survived his crash, the whole of the back of the helmet was destroyed but he only came away with a concussion. whilst not everyone wears one i strongly urge you to do so

    May I ask why your brother crashed? a "racing" incident or hit by a car?

    We were both coming down a hill, think we hit about 60-70 kph, and just before the bottom there was a small speed bump, we both hit it and he just flipped. the speed bump in question was virtually invisible because of shadows and the light. i should point out that my brothers been riding longer than me and is very experienced so how he flipped is beyond me

  • Laura Trott changes her mind on helmets1 year 5 weeks agoKarbon Kev wrote:this girl's

    Karbon Kev wrote:
    this girl's an idiot imo

    I'd come up with a witty repost to your unsubstantiated, unpleasant statement that emphasised the critical need to focus on evidence-based population-level science whilst maintaining a sense of personal responsibility and appreciation for confounding factors influencing takeup (or lack thereof) of utility cycling for the common good, but can't be arsed.

  • Laura Trott changes her mind on helmets1 year 5 weeks agoWe were both coming down a

    We were both coming down a hill, think we hit about 60-70 kph, and just before the bottom there was a small speed bump, we both hit it and he just flipped. the speed bump in question was virtually invisible because of shadows and the light. i should point out that my brothers been riding longer than me and is very experienced so how he flipped is beyond me

  • Giro Aeon helmet1 year 5 weeks agoI am slightly puzzled as to

    I am slightly puzzled as to what the tech is that trickles down. It's not got any electronics in it, the harness system is just plastic buckles velcro and pads which are hard to re-invent unless you include messing about with the arrangement of said buckles straps and pads. The material of the helmet it self is a plastic shell, foam and mesh and it's all meant to break up on impact anyway so there is no engineering going on to make it any stronger or lighter as the properties of the materials them self are fairly set in stone given the application. Sure it may look whizzy and it's this years "pro" kit which instantly sells it to the gullible but there is no revolution in design or technology going on that makes it worth two hundred quid, it's not like it stops bullets or monitors your life signs and pings them to the paramedics on route to scrape you off the road .

    It's like this years football top for Man United fans or the latest pair of designer jeans, it is not however a move forward in personal protection for cyclists.

  • Video: Helmet camera footage leads to aggressive driver pleading guilty to four charges1 year 5 weeks agoWhat really should be done

    What really should be done with these type of drivers is ban them for life, yes i did say life and ban them from owning a motor vehicle as it appears some "people" never learn.

  • Video: Helmet camera footage leads to aggressive driver pleading guilty to four charges1 year 5 weeks agoJimmy Ray Will wrote:I've

    Jimmy Ray Will wrote:
    I've said this before, and I'll say it again here as it seems apt.

    We all understand that there are certain 'privileges' enjoyed by those behind the wheel of a car. As commented previously, if you went around threatening people with a base ball bat or knife in the same way as you see people doing with cars, you'd be behind bars before you knew it.

    Now, to be fair, should things go wrong for any of 'us' when driving our own cars, we'll be pretty pleased those privileges exist, as no one wants to spend 5 years in jail for a careless mistake.... so, I can kind of tolerate the current status quo.

    However, I am not sure why those privileges are also given to those already deemed unsafe to be on our road... IMO anyone driving whilst banned, should be tried on the basis that they were not driving a car, but instead illegally in control of a potentially lethal weapon.

    I.E the same as running around Tescos waving a machete about.

    At first thought I find this argument quite compelling. If you aren't legally on the road in the first place then you are just a guy with a lethal weapon and should be judged accordingly. A driving licence is, in a sense, a licence to impose a certain level of risk on others. If you don't have that licence...

  • Video: Helmet camera footage leads to aggressive driver pleading guilty to four charges1 year 5 weeks agoIf you felt the need for a

    If you felt the need for a self defence assist, old fashioned steel bike pump may be what you need...

  • Abus In-Vizz helmet1 year 5 weeks agoCould we have a full side by

    Could we have a full side by side comparison between this and the new Casco and Kask Lifestyle helmets with similar visors please? With particular attention to the specs wearer - these are all expensive helmets, but if the visor works, could be cheaper than a pair of cycling-specific sunglasses with full varifocal prescription.

  • Video: Helmet camera footage leads to aggressive driver pleading guilty to four charges1 year 5 weeks agoIs there a legal (or policy)

    Is there a legal (or policy) reason why the name of the convicted driver isn't mentioned?

    Just wondering because am not clear on the details of this and was looking for other reports. If he was already driving while banned, how does the new ban work? Is that going to be added to the end of the existing ban (which he clearly is ignoring anyway)? And which part of the penalty is for which offense?

    What punishment would the guy have received for just the driving while banned part, or the driving without insurance part, if he hadn't also committed the dangerous driving offense?

    I'm curious as to whether driving bans are in fact enforced in any meaningful way.

  • Stylish Cycling Clothing - Research Survey1 year 5 weeks agoAnother bump for any new eyes

    Another bump for any new eyes now that the season is very much underway!

    Many thanks to all who have taken the time and answered!

  • Stylish Cycling Clothing - Research Survey1 year 5 weeks agoAnother bump for any new eyes

    Another bump for any new eyes now that the season is very much underway!

    Many thanks to all who have taken the time and answered!

  • Aptonia Anti-Chafing Gel, Relax Massage Gel, and Warming Gel1 year 5 weeks agoIf anyone is having similar

    If anyone is having similar problems as '' Kevin'' with rashes or skin reactions when using chamois creams or massage oils try GALIUS Sport Chamois Cream and Massage Oils & Gels: www.galiussun.co.uk

  • Video: Helmet camera footage leads to aggressive driver pleading guilty to four charges1 year 5 weeks agoWell that certainly proves

    Well that certainly proves driving bans work...

  • Pothole crash cyclist wins £70k pay-out from council1 year 5 weeks agolevermonkey wrote:I don't

    levermonkey wrote:
    I don't know whether to be elated or saddened by this judgement.

    Elated that a legal precedent has been set that Councils ARE statutorily responsible for the upkeep of the roads under their control.

    Saddened because of the personal cost to Mr Alan Curtis.

    I wish him all the best for the future and hope that his condition continues to improve. Thank you on behalf of myself and all other cyclists.

    There is no precedent. Councils have alsways been statutorily responsible for the upkeep of the road. In practice that means they need to make a proper effort to make the road safe.

    The finding in this judgement is not a precedent. It's a simple finding that they did not do enough to discharge their duty of care.

    In the real world, it's not enough for there to be a pothole in the road. It would need to be shown that not only was there a pothole, but the pothole was in a place and of a size that was capable of being a danger, that the council knew or should have known (ie it had been there for a while) and had not done anything proportionate to the danger in discharging their statutory duty.

    This case was a dispute about these facts. The council's claim was that this pothole a linear crack did not pose a serious danger because it was avoidable. I am going to add that this was because they had in their mind the effect on a car. ie that it would not effect a car. if they did think about cyclists (big IF) then they may have judged that a cyclist could easily have avoided it.

    So what the case changes is case law. So, now a council can't say that a linear pot hole isn't a danger. There is case law, of which their highways department should be aware, that it is. Linear potholes just went up some places on the list of priorities that council has a duty of care to fix.

  • Sport Relief Davina McCall1 year 5 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:"put herself

    Gkam84 wrote:
    "put herself through hell" Rolling On The Floor

    This is only my opinion, I don't think she did anything special. She cycled, swam, walked and ran to equal 500 miles. Well done her, but thats not special and certainly didn't need an hour long program about it.

    I think it does. Like it or not, we live in a celebrity obsessed culture, and one-off annual events such as Sports Relief that feature celebs outside their comfort zone undertaking challenges such as this will raise way more money than most other charity efforts, simply because of their profile and because it's one day of the year when half the country is in dip-hand-in-pocket mode.

    Seem to recall she hadn't ridden a road bike before the LEJOG relay a couple of years ago and she was riding overnight in hail and sub-zero temperatures. She's obviously been bitten by the bug since then, and she's raising thousands.

    Some people may push themselves further, agreed. But I don't think that should diminish her achievements or her fundraising efforts.

    There are an awful lot of celebrities *not* involved in this who will be sitting at home watching, or off to dinner at the Ivy or some such place.

  • Sport Relief: John Bishop & Freddie Flintoff among stars in action at Olympic velodrome tonight, live on BBC1 year 5 weeks agoFlintoff is only there

    Flintoff is only there because he heard the word "Pringle" being mentioned.