• 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!)

  • Cycling thief not punished for knocking out female cyclist in getaway crash1 year 10 weeks agoDid anybody bother to see if

    Did anybody bother to see if it was actually his bike

  • Controversy at IG London Nocturne as video reveals women's elite winner was second across line1 year 10 weeks agoI was at the event and there

    I was at the event and there were numerous calls entering the later stages of the race for all lapped riders to drop out. The riders about to be lapped at the finish weren't being so for the first time on the night. Why are they not the one's being penalised for dangerous riding as opposed to Barnes. Should be fun during the Tour when most of the bunch take their hands of the handlebars having passed through a feed station to remove the contents from the musette to their pockets. Most of the field will be disqualified halfway through the first stage!

  • Bruyneel: "I am not the devil incarnate"1 year 10 weeks agoHe's not the devil. He's a

    He's not the devil. He's a very naughty boy.

  • Tour de France roster1 year 10 weeks agoWhy not Goss and Farrar? It's

    Why not Goss and Farrar? It's not as if anyone will pick them Devil

  • Accidental death verdict in case of cyclist who turned into path of vehicle overtaking him1 year 10 weeks agoAnother classic bit of roadcc

    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.

  • What GPS (Mapping req'd)1 year 10 weeks agoGarmin 800 user here. I

    Garmin 800 user here. I thoroughly recommend it. Have been using it twice a day for nearly 2 years. Its turn by turn navigation is spot on. Its ability to configure the screens to your preferences is just the icing on the cake. The battery is supposed to be good for 18 hours, but I have not put this to the test yet but have never had a problem, always to keen to upload the data.

  • Cycling thief not punished for knocking out female cyclist in getaway crash1 year 10 weeks agoHow in God's name do you

    How in God's name do you steal and carry away £145 worth of cleaning products? Bought some Domestos at a Co-op supermarket last night, and I was looking up and down the aisle thinking "How many?"

  • Tour de France roster1 year 10 weeks agoI'm thinking mid-level

    I'm thinking mid-level sprinters; how about Kittel and Bos (if they're taking part)?

  • Accidental death verdict in case of cyclist who turned into path of vehicle overtaking him1 year 10 weeks agoDifficult to say anything

    Difficult to say anything with having sight of the Coroner's report, and seeing the angle of impact. If the impact was to the offside of the cyclist, with impact damage to the right hand side of the bike, and injuries to the right leg and torso, one would concur with the verdict, the police officer's subjective commentary not withstanding.

    If the damage is of a rear end shunt nature - the rear wheel crumpled, and cyclist injuries to head, torso and arms from being thrown forward into the road - possibly at an angle - or back on to the vehicle bonnet, one might wish to ask some very pointed questions of the WTF nature. The site of impact on the vehicle would be similarly useful in determining the narrative of the collision and what lead up to it.

    Having said that, I do occasionally see some very scary riding even in heavy commuter traffic, where one would expect a cyclist to be hyper vigilant.

  • Top scientists on cycle helmets: "The debate will go on (and on and on...)"1 year 10 weeks agoA quick observation. (a) By

    A quick observation.

    (a) By definition, most of us bike riders are laymen in terms of cycle helmet science, right?

    (b) The cycle helmet scientists (i.e. experts, not laymen) cannot agree on the helmet debate, right?

    If you accept the above, (and why wouldn't you?) surely, there is no point in anyone coming on here to express their *opinion* about who is right or wrong. Why not simply accept that some favour one side, some favour the other; we can all make our own choice at the moment, so why get so aggressive/defensive when trying to persuade others to accept your preference?

    Me? I'll wait until the evidence is incontrovertible.

  • Winterise your bike1 year 11 weeks agoIt is a bit disconcerting

    It is a bit disconcerting when you come down a hill and squeezing the brakes has no effect!

    Unfortunately you should be clearing the water constantly on a large downhill, not just waiting for the second you need to stop! Lightly feather the brakes on the descent, it helps.

    I would suggest to all winter commuters that you look to the cheap ranges of cassettes and chains through the winter. They just get shreaded. Sad

  • Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tyre1 year 11 weeks agojarderich wrote:I've got 700

    jarderich wrote:
    I've got 700 x 25 Marathon Pluses on a Boardman Hybrid as has one of my work colleagues. He's had some problems with them blowing off the rim when under higher pressures. After trial and error he now runs them at around 55psi.
    That's interesting because I also have a Boardman hybrid fitted with 700 x 32 Marathon Pluses, and I had my tyres blow off the rim twice when first fitted and pumped up to max pressure. I discovered the problem was down to the inner tube being trapped between the tyre bead and rim, which is very easily done and difficult to spot ... pumping up the tyre results in a loud bang as the tyre ejects and the tube bursts. I now check my tyres very carefully after fitting and before fully inflating.

  • Top scientists on cycle helmets: "The debate will go on (and on and on...)"1 year 11 weeks agoJust avoid landing on your

    Just avoid landing on your head