• Video: TfL apologises to cyclist after bus driver calls him a “knob” following close pass1 year 4 weeks agoJoeinpoole wrote: That might

    Joeinpoole wrote:

    That might be the ideal but you might as well accept that it is not always going to happen on busy city roads where conditions can change in seconds. The traffic well in front of the bus came to a halt at the junction forcing the bus to brake before the overtaking manoeuvre was complete. What about the pedestrian that stepped into the road in front of the cyclist? Should he have been given a loud "Oi!" too?

    Racing after the bus, for several hundred yards, in order to remonstrate with the driver was utterly ridiculous. No wonder so many motorists hate 'lycra lout' cyclists. The video poster's behaviour on the roads, as evidenced by his own 600-odd videos on Youtube (so not an obsession then?) constitute a prime example of a lycra lout in action.

    I agree with Awavey, it's not that it's the ideal, it's written into the Highway Code (https://www.gov.uk/using-the-road-159-to-203/overtaking-162-to-169) that before overtaking you should make sure "the road is sufficiently clear ahead" and "there is a suitable gap in front of the road user you plan to overtake". The next Rule states (amongst other things) that "Overtake only when it is safe and legal to do so. You should not get too close to the vehicle you intend to overtake; move quickly past the vehicle you are overtaking, once you have started to overtake. Allow plenty of room. Move back to the left as soon as you can but do not cut in; give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car".

    If the traffic conditions are so changeable, shouldn't the bus driver just wait? If he can only pull up beside the cyclist, he is not gaining any kind of advantage by overtaking him, just performing a manoeuvre badly and pointlessly that could endanger another persons life.

    Pedestrians who step onto the road without looking or considering a bike worth stopping for probably deserve to know it's dangerous, not too sure if "Oi" is the best phrase for that though.

    I guess chasing after the driver can be taken two ways, that he was looking for trouble and an idiot or that he wanted to try and let the bus driver know it was a bad overtake and to think before doing it again. Everyone will have heard the quote by Burke ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph [of evil] is for good men to do nothing’, if we just let bad drivers continue to drive badly, that situation could happen to another person who is less comfortable with a bus driving next to them, or the driver may next time mis-judge it worse and have to swing over more to avoid road furniture. I guess at least this way, there is a chance that the driver may think twice before pulling the same overtake, especially after it was reported and posted on YouTube.

  • Liverpool students target human powered vehicle world record1 year 4 weeks agoI'm old enough to remember 96

    I'm old enough to remember 96 people being killed at football game and the sun news paper reporting that the other people from Liverpool robbed from there bodies. Still just a bit of leg fun, no insult intended.

    I also remember being told the bloody scoucers need to get over it and lose the chip from there shoulders.

    please be a little more intelligent when commenting about communities.

    Rant over

  • Cheap bikes1 year 4 weeks agoTell me what they are taking

    Tell me what they are taking £130 for on a single speed....

    I just finished repairing a recovered stolen bike that was to be honest well and truly f*cked. The guy loved this bike though.

    Had to bend it back into shape, replace rear wheel, both tyres and tubes, chain, cassette and then my labour on top. Came to not much more than you are being quoted.

  • Video: TfL apologises to cyclist after bus driver calls him a “knob” following close pass1 year 4 weeks agoRemind me, don't London buses

    Remind me, don't London buses kill or seriously injure on average 2 people a day in London ?
    I think they could be driven with a lot more care and attention in my experience.

  • Giro Del Trentino - Stage 11 year 4 weeks agoThe scoring information for

    The scoring information for stage 1 does not mention any points for the young rider classification. This only appears in stage 2. Should the YR points awarded be therefore removed?
    Yes, I also got caught on the Henao/Boswell/Henao debacle.

  • Canal & River Trust wants your views on sharing towpaths1 year 4 weeks agoCanal towpaths are fine for

    Canal towpaths are fine for leisure usage but are not very good for commuting during the lighter days when others are using them for leisure - the fishermen, joggers, dogs and walkers. As a transport system it doesn't work well.
    I wrote a blog on our local canal a few days ago - http://blog.andy-goodman.co.uk/2014/04/traffords-cycle-networks-part-2.html

  • Liverpool students target human powered vehicle world record1 year 4 weeks agoyou find people generally get

    you find people generally get a "chip on there shoulder" when they are discriminated against. bit like the black man who has a chip on his shoulder because he wants people to see he has equal rights or a gay man who doesn't like being insulted because of his sexuality.

    If people are offended by insulting stereotypical comments, I don't see them as having a chip on there shoulder.

    Bit like the all cyclists go through red lights,e.c.t. it tends to piss cyclist off when they don't. Just like me, a hard working nurse who doesn't go around Liverpool robbing wheels.

  • Turbo training music1 year 4 weeks agoTjuice wrote:allez neg

    Tjuice wrote:
    allez neg wrote:
    Anything fast, loud, and grrr.

    Prodigy - Fat of the Land (the whole album).
    My favourite turbo trainer album of all time. Not long enough for a long session (I'm not great at the really long turbo sessions), but for a high intensity session, I've never found anything to beat it.

    Add in music for the jilted generation, that'll up the tempo Wink

  • Buyer’s Guide to Saddles1 year 4 weeks agoHere in Portland we have two

    Here in Portland we have two different bike shops that do a trial loan system for a small fee. One has a "saddle library" where you pay £15 for a membership card which allows you to borrow any saddle for 2 weeks and try it out. Similar program with the other shop. Wish they had been available when I had my saddle woes years ago. After 6 different saddles (the most painful being the "ladies specific" ones which are ridiculously wide and over-padded) I stumbled onto my current one. Pretty much any saddle by Selle San Marco fits me as long as it's 135 mm no matter how minimal the padding (my Concor and Zoncolan are the race version) I can ride 60+ miles without probs. The sign of a good saddle is one that you can forget about while you're riding because it's doing it's job, supporting your body weight, without causing any discomfort cuz it fits your bum Big Grin

  • Giro Rider Roster (The previously hijacked Giro D'Italia thread)1 year 4 weeks agoAnyone got thoughts on final

    Anyone got thoughts on final GC? I'm going big with:

    Purito
    Quintana
    Evans

    In that order. Highest placed Italian, I'm going Scarponi.

  • Cheap bikes1 year 4 weeks agochains will stretch,

    chains will stretch, components will suffer wear and tear (especially in bad weather). You might find that mud guards and gatorskins might be a good investment ?
    That said, I do find that around the 5000-8000 mile mark you will face diminishing returns on your refurbishment spend but simple maintenance is not difficult, will elongate the life of components.
    On cheap bikes, all I'd say is that I wouldn't want to get on a bike in the morning I didn't enjoy riding....
    Good luck

  • Just In : Koga Beach Racer1 year 4 weeks agoEver since I read the beach

    Ever since I read the beach race article I've been hankering to have a go at this, sounds awesome.

    Want.

  • Your cut out and keep guide to 2014 WorldTour team kits1 year 4 weeks agoAG2R kit has always been

    AG2R kit has always been pleasing to my eyes. Kind of gentlemanly, and always easy to spot in the pack because no one else goes for brown.

  • Liverpool students target human powered vehicle world record1 year 4 weeks agocolinth wrote:farrell

    colinth wrote:
    farrell wrote:
    It'll never do 90 mph on bricks...

    You must have misread the article, it's happening in Liverpool not Manchester which according to the 2013 crime survey

    "central Manchester is the car crime capital of England and Wales, with 505 offences per 10,000 registered vehicles".

    I'm assuming you misread, you might have been attempting humour in which case you just look like a kno b. Where are you from again ?

    Manchester, although I do have some friends from Liverpool, in fact one of those scousers once told me a joke that went "What's the difference between a scouser and someone from the Wirral? Someone from the Wirral has a chip on both shoulders...."

  • Emma Pooley says it's 'nuts' she gets more prize money from triathlon 'hobby' than pro cycling1 year 4 weeks agoA genuine question here, does

    A genuine question here, does the panel think cycling (in all its forms) would be as popular now without the efforts of sky ?
    In my own humble opinion, I think back to when Mark Cavendish won sports personality of the year, I remember friends of mine (not into cycling) describing it as a bit of a "thin" year in terms of competition as the understanding of cycling and interest wasn't like it is now.
    Along come team sky, with their slick branding, no doubt coincident with the Olympics, and hey presto, the profile of the sport is launched into the mainstream in the UK and a new hero is created (let's face it, getting a knighthood is a politician's populist reaction, in spite of his achievements).
    My point is that I think it is possible to push profiles/generate interest but boy do you have to spend, plan and have a large element of luck. So yes change is possible but not without spending large amounts of money and a very slick marketing campaign.

  • Buyer’s Guide to Saddles1 year 4 weeks agoi had tried a variety of

    i had tried a variety of skinny saddles, with varying degrees of success and soreness, then i came across a used Specialised Romin...and thought, may as well try it; looks pretty on my bike, what have i got to lose?
    Since riding the Romin, I have never looked back. It is by far the best saddle i have ever ridden, and this is a men's saddle on a men's racing frame, ridden (into the ground i might add) by a woman.
    Sadly, my white Romin got destroyed in a crash recently (along with my collar bone!!) so i am on the lookout for a replacement, saddle that it, not collar bone, as i will have to make do with the slightly odd shaped one i've got now!, asnd is my next choice after teh Romin.
    I should add that the slimmer womens' specialized Body Geometry is pretty comfortable and teh Level 3 Selle Italia saddles are good if you like a low position, and harder slim saddle with minimal padding.

  • Turbo training music1 year 4 weeks agoallez neg wrote:Anything

    allez neg wrote:
    Anything fast, loud, and grrr.

    Prodigy - Fat of the Land (the whole album).
    My favourite turbo trainer album of all time. Not long enough for a long session (I'm not great at the really long turbo sessions), but for a high intensity session, I've never found anything to beat it.

  • Video: TfL apologises to cyclist after bus driver calls him a “knob” following close pass1 year 4 weeks agoat which point you just come

    at which point you just come back to if you cannot complete your manoeuvre in its entirety then it is not safe to initiate it, the bus is still "overtaking" at speed as they approach a zebra crossing, I know its london but occasionally pedestrians do use them, because although the bus then blocks most of the view you just catch sight that it has a pedestrian island refuge in the middle of the road.

    Thats why the bus comes back in so far and quickly, it has to retake the road space or else hit the road furniture or the cyclist, then again they could just have accepted that they misjudged the available space, made a mistake and just rolled off the speed,maybe used the brakes and shared the road Thinking

    so its a badly planned overtake the changing traffic conditions make no difference to that, there was an obstacle and not enough space to complete a safe pass, and the video amply demonstrates the bus isnt going any faster than the bike anyway and the driver knows theyve got to stop by its very nature more so than any other vehicle in the city.

    as for the 600 videos thing, in 2 years, is that obsessive or simply a reflection of the types of driving standards we generally see, most daily commuters generally get at least one close pass per trip, we just arent videoing them all.

  • Pictures of your Bike1 year 4 weeks agoCheers Gareth, not super

    Cheers Gareth, not super fussed about weight, but sounds great.

  • Colombian cyclists refused UK visas for Giro d'Italia Big Start in Northern Ireland1 year 4 weeks agoEmailed. Looks as if the

    Emailed. Looks as if the consulate is run by UKIP.

  • Colombian cyclists refused UK visas for Giro d'Italia Big Start in Northern Ireland1 year 4 weeks agoUran was a Sky rider last

    Uran was a Sky rider last year. Perplexing he can't get in just 6 months later; unless it is possible to ride for a British team without ever coming here *cough*froome*cough*

  • Colombian cyclists refused UK visas for Giro d'Italia Big Start in Northern Ireland1 year 4 weeks agoHow can they race on a

    How can they race on a tourist visa though? Transit visa is defiantly the wrong one.

    Get an Irish visa....no border checks Smile

    Going to be fun if they get ToB and Ride London invites, which might be happening Wink

  • Want to watch Tour de France tackle Yorkshire's hills? Get there at least a day early, says Grand Départ boss1 year 4 weeks agoExactly why I can't be ar*ed

    Exactly why I can't be ar*ed to go to Yorkshire for the Tour and will enjoy a more leisurely and relaxed (and probably more reasonably priced) trip to Northern France to see the couple of stages there Wink

  • Colombian cyclists refused UK visas for Giro d'Italia Big Start in Northern Ireland1 year 4 weeks agoOverwhelm these bumbling

    Overwhelm these bumbling paper pushers with emails. They are a discredit to a nation that hosted Olympic Games.

  • Liverpool students target human powered vehicle world record1 year 4 weeks agofarrell wrote:It'll never do

    farrell wrote:
    It'll never do 90 mph on bricks...

    You must have misread the article, it's happening in Liverpool not Manchester which according to the 2013 crime survey

    "central Manchester is the car crime capital of England and Wales, with 505 offences per 10,000 registered vehicles".

    I'm assuming you misread, you might have been attempting humour in which case you just look like a kno b. Where are you from again ?