• Infinity Seat claims to offer improved comfort over a regular saddle1 year 8 weeks agoI find it very hard to

    I find it very hard to believe that any of the big saddle makers who've experimented with cutaway saddles haven't prototyped something similar to this. If so, there must be a good reason why it hasn't make it to market already.

  • Video: BBC Wales road rage programme highlights plight of vulnerable cyclists1 year 8 weeks agoThe cyclist sounds like a

    The cyclist sounds like a right twat. Without a doubt he's the cause of his own misfortunes, certainly in this instance.

  • Third of cyclists support mandatory hi-viz clothing claims survey1 year 8 weeks agoNeil753 wrote: I would argue,

    Neil753 wrote:

    I would argue, given the NHS is at breaking point, that deliberately exposing yourself to higher risk, when there are children dying of cancer through lack of available funding, makes you the selfish one, not me.

    Er... and where does that leave those who deliberately expose _others_ to higher risk, by choosing to drive?

  • Cycling Mags1 year 8 weeks agoYep Cyclist and Singletrack

    Yep Cyclist and Singletrack on sub.

    Occasionally dipping into what's available over the pond with Peloton and Switchback.

  • Third of cyclists support mandatory hi-viz clothing claims survey1 year 8 weeks agoNeil753 wrote: Cycle deaths

    Neil753 wrote:

    Cycle deaths and serious injuries cost the UK over 300 million each year. Your tax doesn't go into a special fund just for you and, if you are killed or injured, the cost of your accident will be borne by all of us.

    Either we pay 300 million extra tax, or we have 300 million less to spend on other things, predominantly within the NHS. It's not rocket science. I mentioned child cancer to get people thinking, but I could just as easily mentioned the lack of funding for drugs that delay the onset of dementure.

    Sorry, but that's dishonest!

    What you call 'cycle deaths and injuries' are overwhelmingly 'motor traffic deaths and injuries'. Few of those are cyclists crashing into each other or coming off the bike with no outside involvement (I realise there are a few cases of cyclists hitting pedestrians, but those are often due to idiot pavement cycling that could be avoided if roads were safer for cyclists). Most of them involve motor vehicles, and most of those are due to errors by the motorist (and even if they aren't they are still fundamentally caused by the presence of motor vehicles on public throughfares). The injuries and deaths are caused by motor vehicles, not by the bicycles (barring those idiot pavement cyclists crashing into pedestrians).

    Its very sneaky to try and shift that bill from the 'motor vehicles' column to the 'cycle' one!

    Its central to the whole point - your emphasis on high viz is about trying to shift responsibility for dangers caused by motor vehicles onto those affected by the dangers.

  • MP who called cyclists "law-breaking Lycra Louts" fined for driving through red light1 year 8 weeks agoJust goes to show that when

    Just goes to show that when you point your finger at somebody there are three (Norfolk excepting) pointing back at yourself.

    As said earlier KARMA

  • Third of cyclists support mandatory hi-viz clothing claims survey1 year 8 weeks agoNeil753

    Neil753 wrote:
    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:
    Neil753 wrote:

    I'm not telling anyone to wear anything. I'm merely pointing out that your demonising of people who wear hi-vis, in a public forum, is unwise. I added the pic showing a hi-vis at night to stimulate discussion, given that many cyclists will be riding in the dark at this time of year.

    I wasn't demonising people who wear hi-vis so much as expressing how insulting I find the nagging to wear the stuff. And it is a simple fact that the more 'high viz' (and helmets) are seen as essential to cycling, the more reluctant normal people (probably, at the risk of generalisations, especially women) will be to cycle.
    I hardly know any cyclists or drivers. Most people I know are public transport users and pedestrians. They all think cycling is too scary, and also think the gear you have to wear to do it looks daft.

    Also, as I keep pointing out, your picture is of _reflective_ material, not high-viz.

    Hello again. Just a quick response out of courtesy, ok?

    In all your posts you've managed to slip in some negative comment about hi-viz. It's called demonisation. Maybe low level demonisation, but it has the cumulative effect of putting off cyclists who might otherwise be considering wearing hi-viz. It would be the same if you ridiculed people wearing a helmet, but thankfully the tables are turned and you don't really see anyone doing that any more. If your constant digs and snipes, together with other posters' negative comments, tip us into legislation, your cycling pals will not be too chuffed with you, will they? Talking about hi-vis in general terms is fine, but please try and avoid negative terms, like the ones in so many of the posts on this forum.

    As far as the hi-vis in the picture is concerned, I'm not sure what point you are trying to make. It's winter, riders will be out in the dark. I posted the pic to stimulate debate. It shows that a hi-vis with reflective material works well when it's too dark to see the yellow parts of the garment, which is rather handy. You seem unhappy with my pic, I'm sorry about that. I'll post both a night pic and a day pic next time.

    Incidentally, it's worth pointing out that reflective material does play a part during daylight too, simply because many cars now have their lights on during the day.

    Well, yes, because I think hi-vis looks silly. What do you want me to say? You think I should have different opinions because...what?

    I don't 'demonise' those who feel obligated to wear it, but I doubt very much that any of them would chose to do so if the presence of (badly driven) motorised vehicles didn't make them feel they had to. Those who wear it don't do so because they like it intrinsically or because it fits their sense of style.

    I just disagree with your view, I don't know how to make it any clearer.

    It depresses me that I even see _pedestrians_ wearing high-viz nowadays. Its as if the entire world now revolves around pandering to motorists.

    And even if high-viz makes cyclists more visible to drivers - drivers will just expend most of that gain by using it as a chance to pay even less attention than they otherwise do - texting more, turning their car stereo up louder, and generally driving still more carelessly than usual. That's what drivers generally do with most safety measures.

    Lights and reflectors after dark - fair enough, without them cyclists really can be totally invisible and that's a bit much, even if they are only interacting with pedestrians and other cyclists. But lurid yellow during the day is going too far - at this point its the drivers turn to start changing their behaviour.
    (And I _might_ be OK with it on those unlit country roads, I dunno, I rarely visit them, the solution may be different out there, but in urban areas the problem is motor vehicles, not the clothing choices of cyclists).

    One other thing that bemuses me is how often I see cyclists in full high-viz getup...cycling on the pavement.

    And I'm not very happy about helmets either. I've had negative comments about the fact I wear one, and I understand where that comes from, I wear it with some considerable reluctance, but for several reasons I'm prepared to go that far.

    The idea that my comments could bring about legislation is hilarious. I wish I had that much power. And, as I say, if the state decides to still further try and suppress cycling (as they have done in Australia with the mandatory helmet law) I'll just give up on it - I will go back to walking and public transport (though with far greater animosity to cars than I currently have).

    I'm under no illusions that society really works on the basis of what is right or of respecting basic human rights - whatever politicians _say_ the balance of power in this society is clearly in favour of everyone driving everywhere, eating crap, and getting as fat as possible.

  • Video: BBC Wales road rage programme highlights plight of vulnerable cyclists1 year 8 weeks agoWhen you are on a bike, don't
    When you are on a bike, don't be petty and stir up trouble.

    Are you fucking kidding me.

    If a driver screws with me on the road, they're going to get a mouthful from me. I'm not taking their shit lying down.

  • Infinity Seat claims to offer improved comfort over a regular saddle1 year 8 weeks agoAside from comfort, will it

    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...

  • DeFeet Woolie Boolie 2 Merino socks1 year 8 weeks agoMy Woolie Boolies are about

    My Woolie Boolies are about to start their 3rd winter and still look brand new, just like the review says they perform and are great quality.

  • Infinity Seat claims to offer improved comfort over a regular saddle1 year 8 weeks agoLow Speed Wobble wrote:What

    Low Speed Wobble wrote:
    What does it weigh? If it's lighter it must be faster. I want one.

    Well it's red, and red is faster, so that's a good start

  • Third of cyclists support mandatory hi-viz clothing claims survey1 year 8 weeks agojova54 wrote:Neil753

    jova54 wrote:
    Neil753 wrote:
    bikeboy76 wrote:
    Neil753 wrote:
    I would argue, given the NHS is at breaking point, that deliberately exposing yourself to higher risk, when there are children dying of cancer through lack of available funding, makes you the selfish one, not me.

    I am sure that sounded reasonable in your head, but that is the vilest accusation yet on this thread. It is not 'selfish' to choose what you want wear, be it street clothes or a race jersey; people rightly object to the feeling of growing compulsion and are vocal about it. Your accusation of selfishness suggests the self righteous attitude that will lead to compulsion; I am not spending your tax money every time I go out on my bike, or even if I had an accident. I pay my taxes. Children will still be getting cancer no matter how much money you throw at that problem; this absolutist comment shows a total lack of empathy.


    Cycle deaths and serious injuries cost the UK over 300 million each year. Your tax doesn't go into a special fund just for you and, if you are killed or injured, the cost of your accident will be borne by all of us.

    Either we pay 300 million extra tax, or we have 300 million less to spend on other things, predominantly within the NHS. It's not rocket science. I mentioned child cancer to get people thinking, but I could just as easily mentioned the lack of funding for drugs that delay the onset of dementure.

    Yes, you pay your taxes, but wouldn't you rather see your taxes spent more productively?

    It doesn't just sound reasonable in my head, the logic is perfectly within the grasp of most people.

    So by making everyone wear hi-viz then we will save £300 million a year? I bet that sounded reasonable in your head too.

    What about the £billions that we spend each year on cigarette smokers and drinkers and drivers? Are they also responsible for children dying from cancer or do you have another bleeding heart category for them?

    Yes we need to reduce the incidence of cyclists being killed or injured on the roads. That starts with education, not by putting the blame on the cyclists.

    I fear you haven't really understood what I've been saying, but we'll just have to agree to disagree. It you can't understand the advantages of hi-vis then just be careful out there.

  • Infinity Seat claims to offer improved comfort over a regular saddle1 year 8 weeks agoWhat does it weigh? If it's

    What does it weigh? If it's lighter it must be faster. I want one.

  • Cycling minister Robert Goodwill wants to give motorists “greater say in how their roads are run”1 year 8 weeks agoSo glad we have the active

    So glad we have the active travel bill in wales now.

  • Video: BBC Wales road rage programme highlights plight of vulnerable cyclists1 year 8 weeks agobohrhead wrote:When you are

    bohrhead wrote:
    When you are on a bike, don't be petty and stir up trouble.

    Is it OK to be petty and stir up trouble if you are in a car?

    Does the OKness depend entirely on what weapon you have?

    If you'd just said "Don't be petty and stir up trouble", that would be good advice, but as it is your comment carries an unfortunate implication of might-is-right.

  • Third of cyclists support mandatory hi-viz clothing claims survey1 year 8 weeks agojova54 wrote: Hi-viz for

    jova54 wrote:
    Hi-viz for humans is not natural.

    What planet are you on?

  • Video: BBC Wales road rage programme highlights plight of vulnerable cyclists1 year 8 weeks agoYeah I think gesticulating or

    Yeah I think gesticulating or commenting on driving is best left to those who actually cause one to have to take avoiding action, otherwise we'd be shouting all day in busy streets!

    The chap who got out his car and threatened the cyclist should have been done for more than a pathetic caution.

    Would be a shame if the next time this lout is out driving his erratic and aggressive manner sees his shitty car suffer several cleat scrapes from cyclists taking avoiding action...

  • Video: BBC Wales road rage programme highlights plight of vulnerable cyclists1 year 8 weeks agoI had a similar experience in

    I had a similar experience in the car park at work. A taxi almost took me out whilst cutting a blind corner. I muttered under my breath to myself about being lucky. He completely misread my lips and chased after me & had a right go suggesting I was in the wrong & on the wrong side of the road etc. Wasn't on cam, but I reported to the taxi company who apologised.
    Seen the driver since & he always gives me a wide berth, but never a personal apology.

    Moral - There are some real idiots with serious anger management issues & driving a vehicle makes it 10 times worse. They usually think they are the best driver since James Hunt. Calling that into question is calling their entire manhood into question to them.

  • Californian driver ticketed for using Google Glass1 year 8 weeks agoThe Department for Transport

    The Department for Transport says,

    "We are aware of the impending rollout of Google Glass and are in discussion with the police to ensure that individuals do not use this technology while driving.”

    I can see this technology being used on closed roads, maybe the track too, but this won't be allowed on public roads and lawyers will be quick to point the finger at any cyclist having a crash when wearing such a device.

  • Infinity Seat claims to offer improved comfort over a regular saddle1 year 8 weeks agoI'd be keen to demo it. Could

    I'd be keen to demo it. Could go either way. One think for it would be that I imagine it would be much harder to sit skew, like I have a tendency to do on a normal saddle.

    If people are suffering from pressure related problems to their perineum it could potentially be really helpful.

    Guess you'd have to take it on a long ride and see really.

  • Infinity Seat claims to offer improved comfort over a regular saddle1 year 8 weeks agoCertainly a taking point when

    Certainly a taking point when you roll up to the sunday club ride, I would like to try one and see

  • Video: BBC Wales road rage programme highlights plight of vulnerable cyclists1 year 8 weeks agomattbibbings wrote:If the lad

    mattbibbings wrote:
    If the lad on the bike didn't look like a wet-weekend in Bognor then you can bet this wouldn't have happened.

    This was a simple willy waving contest between two socially inadequate men. One who feels the need to film Highway Code infractions for his own youtube gratification and the other who feels it is ok to pick on people smaller than him.

    Both if them have issues they should deal with but it is nothing to do with cycling and motoring and it is no service to our sport that it is dressed up as such.


    This pretty much sums the whole video up perfectly

  • Infinity Seat claims to offer improved comfort over a regular saddle1 year 8 weeks agoYou don't judge how

    You don't judge how comfortable a saddle is by looking at it.

    Unless you're appearing in an 80s Yellow Pages ad.

  • Californian driver ticketed for using Google Glass1 year 8 weeks agoHow would that work with in

    How would that work with in dash car entertainment systems? They cannot be operated while the vehicle is in motion but they are still visible

  • Infinity Seat claims to offer improved comfort over a regular saddle1 year 8 weeks agoI have no clue whether it

    I have no clue whether it could work but it sure looks uncomfortable