• Top scientists on cycle helmets: "The debate will go on (and on and on...)"1 year 10 weeks agoYou won't get blamed for any

    You won't get blamed for any head injuries, this is just another myth put about by the helmet zealots to justify their opinions. There has never been a case where a cyclist has been blamed or had their damages reduced in a court of law because they weren't wearing a helmet. The insurance companies have tried this tactic many times, but always withdraw it at the doors of the court, because they know it would be thrown out.

  • Anti gay marriage protestors to target Tour de France1 year 10 weeks agoJust wondering if there are

    Just wondering if there are any WorldTour cyclists who are "out". There are very few male sportsmen who are openly gay. Could cycling lead the way with this, as they have with anti-doping? I'd love to see someone ask Pat McQuaid about this.

  • Anti gay marriage protestors to target Tour de France1 year 10 weeks agoMy suggestion for this year's

    My suggestion for this year's Tour, then: replace the podium girls with podium boys.

  • Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tyre1 year 10 weeks agoI have had this too, except

    I have had this too, except that it blew the rim off..... New wheel time.

  • Accidental death verdict in case of cyclist who turned into path of vehicle overtaking him1 year 10 weeks agoNo one has yet mentioned Rule

    No one has yet mentioned Rule 167:

    “DO NOT overtake where you might come into conflict with other road users. For example: * approaching or at a road junction on either side of the road“.

    The Highway Code says this precisely because road users are likely to be manoeuvring to leave or enter the road ahead – as the cyclist in this case was.

  • Latest Working Live Video Feeds1 year 10 weeks agoCheers Simon, haven't tried

    Cheers Simon, haven't tried Procyclinglive.com yet, merci

  • Accidental death verdict in case of cyclist who turned into path of vehicle overtaking him1 year 10 weeks agobike_food wrote:Another

    bike_food wrote:
    Another classic bit of roadcc reporting. An article full of hand picked quotes and bias designed to make cyclists feel like victims and anger us for the rest of the day.
    I stopped reading papers years ago to avoid having to read this style of article. Just the facts would be good, expect a mild slant toward cyclists but nothing more.

    Can you point me to the slanted bits?

    It's a straight piece of reporting - with no comment on our part. Our policy is to add no 'slant' either way. You've added the slant.

    We didn't write the story because we thought the verdict was an outrage - it seems reasonable. We certainly don't report cases such as this on the assumption that the motorist is always in the wrong. Some commenters obviously seem to hold that view, but it's not ours - something we've reiterated on numerous occassions over the years.

    The reason we've reported this is the suggestion that if the cyclist was wearing earphones it may have been a contributing factor - not because we think this is a sinister plot to blame the cyclist, but because we've reported on a number of other cases in which the wearing of earhpones has been cited either as a contributory factor or possibly the main factor leading to a cyclist's death. We're not even making a judgement as to whether wearing earphones is dangerous or not - that's for the individual to decide. What I would conclude from this case is that what is dangerous is not concentrating and that sadly if you're a cyclist you can pay the ultimate price for making that mistake.

  • Controversy at IG London Nocturne as video reveals women's elite winner was second across line1 year 10 weeks agoWhy didn't the blazers remove

    Why didn't the blazers remove the lapped riders?

    There should be no impeding riders in the run to the sprint - I've been hauled off myself at crits for being the lard at the back, getting in the way, so why not here.

    Sounds like a BC clusterf*ck.

  • Accidental death verdict in case of cyclist who turned into path of vehicle overtaking him1 year 10 weeks agoeurotrash wrote:Unfortunately

    eurotrash wrote:
    Unfortunately I see this behaviour often enough in cyclists in London, moving out into the road e.g. to overtake another cyclist without first shoulder checking. Have seen a few near misses, recently with a driver having to slam on his brakes (and his horn) as the cyclist he was about to overtake also decided to overtake another cyclist and move out into the road without checking it was clear to do so. Very very near miss. When that happens it's really the cyclist's fault, and as the vulnerable road user, you really do want to ensure you're not putting your life at risk by blindly moving out in front of oncoming/faster deadly vehicles.

    The problem with this is that if the driver was overtaking according to the highway code, they would be far enough over that if the cyclist did need to pull out (to overtake another cyclist or go round a pothole/drain etc) they would still not be in danger of hitting them.

    Cyclists should look over their shoulder to check nothing is there when pulling out but cars shouldn't be overtaking close enough for this to be an issue.

  • Accidental death verdict in case of cyclist who turned into path of vehicle overtaking him1 year 10 weeks agoSo, deaf people are allowed

    So, deaf people are allowed to have driving licences, quite rightly. However they are not allowed to cycle on the roads unless they accept that they are legitimate targets for drivers.

    To state what is obvious to any cyclist, if you are in a tonne of metal, you have a responsibility to avoid hitting things.

  • What GPS (Mapping req'd)1 year 10 weeks agoJust download OSMand+ thanks

    Just download OSMand+ thanks for the recommendation! Hopefully put it to use this weekend!

  • Accidental death verdict in case of cyclist who turned into path of vehicle overtaking him1 year 10 weeks agoUnfortunately I see this

    Unfortunately I see this behaviour often enough in cyclists in London, moving out into the road e.g. to overtake another cyclist without first shoulder checking. Have seen a few near misses, recently with a driver having to slam on his brakes (and his horn) as the cyclist he was about to overtake also decided to overtake another cyclist and move out into the road without checking it was clear to do so. Very very near miss. When that happens it's really the cyclist's fault, and as the vulnerable road user, you really do want to ensure you're not putting your life at risk by blindly moving out in front of oncoming/faster deadly vehicles.

  • Cycling thief not punished for knocking out female cyclist in getaway crash1 year 10 weeks agoShe was seriously harmed -

    She was seriously harmed - sounds like a period of loss of consciousness, concussion, head injury. So, an increased risk of seizures for the rest of her life.

    And with loss of consciousness, the hospital will probably have had to scan her head - exposing her to a dose of ionizing radiation.

    And he just gets a few weeks inside. Doesn't seem fair. Maybe he'll turn his life around though.

  • Cycling thief not punished for knocking out female cyclist in getaway crash1 year 10 weeks agoWell, it was only a cyclist

    Well, it was only a cyclist he hit you see. They do not count, they do not deserve the protection of the law. They are subhuman.

  • Cycling thief not punished for knocking out female cyclist in getaway crash1 year 10 weeks agoI'm sorry, I seem to have

    I'm sorry, I seem to have stumbled onto the Mail online this morning. I can't find ways to up or downvote comments though, I'm confused.

  • What GPS (Mapping req'd)1 year 10 weeks agoOSMand+ (the Android Open

    OSMand+ (the Android Open Street Map client) and a smartphone. Battery should be way better than 3 hours! If yours isn't, take it back!

    N.b. with OSMand you can turn the phone data (3G) off and battery lasts way longer.

    The other thing to do is turn screen off / brightness down.

    You can even go to airplane mode, GPS and OSMand still work.

  • Accidental death verdict in case of cyclist who turned into path of vehicle overtaking him1 year 10 weeks agoScotchPoth wrote:This

    ScotchPoth wrote:
    This stinking inquest verdict doesnt suprise me in the least,its just following a trend in this country of the onus of blame on the cyclist
    Recently there was a case on one of those ubiquitous motorway cops shows on the BBC in which a busker was cycling home and killed on a particulary dark stretch of road
    It was established he had no lights or fluorescent clothing and also had alcohol in his blood,the driver was probably correctly absolved of responsibility due to the mitigating circumstances although she didnt stop at the scene because she intimated she had struck 'an animal' which i thought was palpable bullshit
    but i felt uncomfortable in the suspiciously prompt Police decision to not pursue charges due to not stopping at the scene

    But this case would have been in broad daylight,the cyclist cogent,visible and not pissed and yet the stinking police putting the blame on the only scrap of negative behaviour by the cyclist in that he was inhibited in his senses by 'earphones'
    presumably these are the 'in ear' type and not the all encompasing Dr Dre type sported by our mentally retarded youth nowadays
    But i very much doubt this could be the defining factor in the cause of death,i mean if a bloody great Range Rover is roaring up behind you pretty much know its there

    In my experience these chelsea tractor morons are fond of blasting past at 60mph in a display of superiority and exhibitionism
    But im not suprised,the UK is decades behind Europe in terms of integration of cycling into societal norms and acceptance and if the judiciary and police persist in clearing motorists of dangerous driving and light sentences attitudes will not change anytime soon

    I remember seeing that program. If I recall it was night, over the crest of a dual carriageway bridge with no shoulder, where cars can reasonably be doing 60-70 and the cyclist 10-15 tops. No lights or reflectors, dark clothing. I'm sorry, but that cyclist was not showing consideration to other road users or his own safety. The girl who hit him should have stopped (but she was young, scared, its dark...she went home and told her dad instead) No 'jury' would ever blame the driver for that collision.

    Don't get me wrong, we must never have a a situation where lack of fluoro/lights/helmet absolves any driver of any blame, but equally you have to ask yourself what is reasonable and share some responsibility for safety.

  • Spanish MPs overwhelmingly vote in favour of new anti-doping law1 year 10 weeks ago[quote: three voting against

    [quote: three voting against and 26 abstentions, the latter from Catalan and Basque parties that did not believe it reflected their regions’ autonomy in sporting issues.]

    Barcelona have had their Olympics, and it is unlikely that a Basque region city could host a games. But it seems that it is evidently clear to the representatives that they understand that local interests are at stake - why abstain something which would otherwise be in the interests of public health.

    What we have here is a sad indictment on particular areas of Spain where sporting endeavour has become wrapped up in the politics of the region. Given the wonderful performances of a certain Catalan football team, and the regional fervour of the Basque Country for their cyclists you can appreciate why they wish to protect their sportsmen, but I look forward to a time when teams don't defend in the opposition half, football players don't drop dead from heart attacks, nor suffer from other interesting health problems. Sad - shame on Catalunya and Basque Spain.

  • Public invited to Trek World, Silverstone1 year 10 weeks agoYay! it looks like i'm no

    Yay! it looks like i'm no longer working that weekend.

    I might try and make it my child's first longish trip in the trailer - is there bike parking?

    (if it helps, it'll be a Trek towing the trailer).

    I recently wrote off - in a crash - an old Trek 7.2fx, and after lots of suggestions and a weekend viewing possible replacements, i replaced it with... a new Trek 7.2fx! And the same for my wife.

    It's just the right bike for me, as I wanted a threadless headset - usually specc'ed on higher end hybrids, but I also wanted steel forks - usually considered low end - with bosses for a front rack!

    Giant and Specialized just didn't do that combination, and alloy or carbon forks were not an upgrade, for my purposes! And my local Trek dealer was brilliant.

    Not paid by Trek to write this, just a big fan of their bikes.

  • Accidental death verdict in case of cyclist who turned into path of vehicle overtaking him1 year 10 weeks agobike_food wrote:Another

    bike_food wrote:
    Another classic bit of roadcc reporting. An article full of hand picked quotes and bias designed to make cyclists feel like victims and anger us for the rest of the day.
    I stopped reading papers years ago to avoid having to read this style of article. Just the facts would be good, expect a mild slant toward cyclists but nothing more.

    +1 - this sort of thing discourages cycling. It makes it look like we are prey to car users. This scares my girlfriend and would probably do the same for others. Responsible, objective reporting helps people understand the risks accurately. If cyclists are at fault it makes it clear that cyclists need to improve their road awareness and that good cycling practises are required, if not, then we understand that cycling needs greater protection. But this is sort of scaremongering.

  • Mark Cavendish heads strong men's field at road nationals in Glasgow next week1 year 10 weeks agohow much team support o the

    how much team support o the ProTeam riders bring with them? Clearly for just one or two riders there's not going to be the full coach, truck and three team cars.

  • Controversy at IG London Nocturne as video reveals women's elite winner was second across line1 year 10 weeks agoSorry - this just STINKS as

    Sorry - this just STINKS as far as I'm concerned.

    BC said Trott won a photo finish. What photo? Like hell she did - this is just a big cock up plain and simple and they got found out. I really feel for Hannah but at least thanks to all the controversy she'll probably get MORE publicity and exposure than had she simply been given the win she earned on the night.

  • Mark Cavendish heads strong men's field at road nationals in Glasgow next week1 year 10 weeks agoITV4 are showing highlights

    ITV4 are showing highlights on the Monday evening.

  • Mark Cavendish heads strong men's field at road nationals in Glasgow next week1 year 10 weeks agoDon't forget Bath Uni/road.cc

    Don't forget Bath Uni/road.cc -er Liam will be gunning it for Wheelbase too!

    Clearly our Uni CC development programme* is working well...

    *not a real thing. Unless he wins. In which case, I devised the whole programme myself.

  • What GPS (Mapping req'd)1 year 10 weeks agoI also have an Edge 800, and

    I also have an Edge 800, and I also love it. But a question for you other 800 users picking up on a point made by newtonk,

    Is it possible to recalculate a route home based on unplanned detours? Or getting lost (can still happen!)