- Your vote can help British bike bag maker Michaux grow business1 year 7 weeks agoDone.
- Scottish Parliament to debate 'strict liability' civil law protections for cyclists1 year 7 weeks agoIf it goes through, the
If it goes through, the inevitable tabloid outrage will be all the publicity required to get it into the minds of most drivers.
There will still be casualties, but this is the only way I see to start getting people to "think bike".
I'm looking at it as stage one of a process that might allow the infrastructure to work rather than being an infuriatingly counterproductive waste of public money.
- Cycloc Wrap1 year 7 weeks agoWhat happened to bungee cords
What happened to bungee cords too?
- Cyclists and cabbies unite to protest road layout and tram tracks at Edinburgh Haymarket station1 year 7 weeks agoMy Dad talks about cycling
My Dad talks about cycling over tramlines and a few years ago my commute took me through a dockyard with railway lines. Crossing the lines at a reasonable angle is easily learnt, but the one that caught me out one day was shiny rails in the wet are like a skating rink and down I went!
- THis is what we have to put up with1 year 7 weeks agoI see they've gone for the
I see they've gone for the usual local rag tactic of using a racing cyclist for a story about utility routes
- Third of cyclists support mandatory hi-viz clothing claims survey1 year 7 weeks agoPhew. I agree with Brian.
Phew. I agree with Brian. Own the road. Only morons don't use lights from dusk onwards. Many of them are drivers judging by the numpties I passed last night on the M6. Oh. And wear what you want. The most depressing sight in the countryside is horse riders in hi vis vests. With no one thinking it wrong.
Let's say goodbye to hedges
And roads with grassy edges
And winding country lanes;
Let all things travel faster
Where motor car is master
Till only Speed remains.
Poor old Betjeman. Now he wouldn't be wearing dayglo to feel safe and help the motorist.
- Stars shine as Revolution Series opens in Manchester1 year 7 weeks agoNo new content, but last
No new content, but last season's highlights are up. http://www.cyclingrevolution.com/videos.html
- Buyer’s guide: Mudguards for keeping you dry this winter1 year 7 weeks agokeith roberts wrote:I've hadkeith roberts wrote:
I've had the Crud roadracers on my Bianchi for the last three winters ...excellent pieces of kit, a bit fiddly to get on but good coverage and easy to whip off when the sun starts to shine..just unhook the rubber rings, undo the reusable cable ties and store in the shed till it starts raining again. ideal. and they don't spoil the look of the bike that much....
Ditto. I had my Crud Roadracers back on in under 10min the other day, but with weather unpredicatability I've kept them on for the past few weeks. You hardly know they're there sometimes.
- Doping scandal hits Belgium - but it's pigeons, not cyclists1 year 7 weeks agojasecd wrote:What does thisjasecd wrote:
What does this have to do with cycling?
It must mean that our sport is actually cleaning up if you have to scrape the bottom of the barrel like this for a doping story!
Who cares? Best pigeons-on-drugs story from this website this week. This is exactly the sort of stuff I come here for.
- Good Samaritan driver ticketed for stopping to help injured cyclist1 year 7 weeks agoI think the city council
I think the city council should look up which enforcement officer that wrote the ticket and fire him or her for failing to help with an accident
- Scottish Parliament to debate 'strict liability' civil law protections for cyclists1 year 7 weeks agoAlthough a great idea for
Although a great idea for receiving more just compensation for cyclists harmed in accidents, I fail to see how it would help change road users attitude. I don't think most people are aware of the differing legal standards for liability or take them into account
- Good Samaritan driver ticketed for stopping to help injured cyclist1 year 7 weeks agoFFS! The fine was cancelled
FFS! The fine was cancelled the same day the situation was brought to the Council's attention. They're not psychic.
- Strike ONE!1 year 7 weeks agoGlad you're ok. I was hit on
Glad you're ok. I was hit on a roundabout in February by a car entering from my left side when I was going round the roundabout (hi-vizzed & lit up like a Christmas tree). My mistake was to assume he'd seen me (he hadn't as he was fiddling with his phone). Normally I assume the worst but I was tired and cold and worked on a normal highway code basis. Big mistake on my part.
- Pedal assist for 'any' bike…FlyKly Smart Wheel gets Kickstarter funding1 year 7 weeks agoYeah I am going to have to
Yeah I am going to have to jump on the 4kg is way to heavy band wagon. I mean the range is only 30 miles so you could be pedaling a rather heavy bike quite a ways
- Your vote can help British bike bag maker Michaux grow business1 year 7 weeks agoAhem.. nice bags they may be
Ahem.. nice bags they may be but they're not exactly leaping off the page compared to some of the other distractions - I mean entrants.
The cake obviously.
- MET office weather warning for Strava users1 year 7 weeks agoThere was alot of junk flying
There was alot of junk flying around/fallen foliage in south London this morning which would have made a road bike & slicks pretty hazardous. I had to take my mountain bike in and got in around the same time as on a road bike. The journey back however is a different story....
- Lou Reed on Bikes.1 year 7 weeks agoClad head to toe in black,
Clad head to toe in black, that'll get the high vizzers going
- Bianchi Infinito CV1 year 7 weeks agoNice looking bike! It will be
Nice looking bike! It will be interesting to know how it compares with the high end Synapses, Roubaixs and Domanes in terms of comfort and speed.
But even if I had that kind of money, I wouldn't spend so much on a frame that isn't at least disk brake capable right now.
- Lou Reed on Bikes.1 year 7 weeks agoAnd he did of course pen the
And he did of course pen the classic lament of the race-abandoning Grand Tour rider as he faces the prospect of the broomwagon, I'm Waiting for the Van.
- Scottish Parliament to debate 'strict liability' civil law protections for cyclists1 year 7 weeks agogive us cycle lanes to
give us cycle lanes to commute on, not having someone prosecuted for my death as i avoid the congested A roads of scotland and go the long way round on unlit, ungritted, unpainted - single track roads and hope the car driver using the road as a quick cut through to work, see's me early enough.
- Pedal assist for 'any' bike…FlyKly Smart Wheel gets Kickstarter funding1 year 7 weeks agomake it look like a disk
make it look like a disk wheel and stick it on a TT bike and I can see theose course records tumble
- Third of cyclists support mandatory hi-viz clothing claims survey1 year 7 weeks agoReading the responses to this
Reading the responses to this I'm surprised at the animosity. Let's be honest there is no evidence that hi-viz helps that much, so it certainly shouldn't be mandatory. The concern is that by using it as a political football, those in power that make such decisions might be tempted to use it as a solution to the pressing issue of rising cycling deaths and injuries.
As someone that has been riding for 50 years in London, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester in fact most parts of the country, both as a commuter and racer, I have in fact only every been knocked off once and that was by a pedestrian. I have never worn hi-viz (bright racing jersey for me), but do of course ride assertively and always with lights. That said, the behaviour of far too high a proportion of motorists towards cyclists is outrageously dangerous. There are too many people on the road today that have never ridden a bike and simply don't appreciate how dangerous it is and how vulnerable a cyclist can be.
You can make yourself safe in many ways without the need for hi-viz, but without doubt the best is to ride assertively and put yourself in a position in front of the vehicle so you can be seen. The driver won't like you for it but will see you.
Drivers have to be made more accountable towards cyclists on the road, but only compulsory training and legislation will make this happen and a discussion about hi-viz is simply side stepping the issue. It will not reduce cyclist deaths on the road because drivers that hit them do so because they aren't looking and the unfortunate cyclist is not in the right position on the road to force them to see you.
Try a simple test when you are next riding on your own along a busy road. Ride at least 1metre from the kerb. You will find that the motorist might beep you but will pass at least 1metre from your arm. Now move out 1.5m and the driver will give you more room. Then reduce it to 0.5m and you'll find you get given less space. Count the space say 20 cars give you with each distance you ride from the kerb and form your own conclusions.
That's my two penn'orth!
- Doping scandal hits Belgium - but it's pigeons, not cyclists1 year 7 weeks agoIf that's a Belgian pigeon in
If that's a Belgian pigeon in that image then it's surely on something!!!
- Third of cyclists support mandatory hi-viz clothing claims survey1 year 7 weeks agoAndrewwd wrote:I drive a car.Andrewwd wrote:
I drive a car. I am a cautious driver with a clean license. I know from experience that I can see cyclists further away if they are wearing fluro colours during low light conditions.
Are you sure that it's the fluro and not the reflectives? If it's low-light, you've got lights on while driving, right?
And anecdotes aren't data and the data in studies shows no clear benefit.
Calling cyclists in dayglo twerps or clowns isn't helping anyone. UK cycling advocacy has enough to address without this particularly unhelpful infighting.
Quite. So please stop suggesting that wearing it is a good thing because it's unproven. Wear it if you want, but realise that it will make some campaigners unhappy.
- Stolen bike1 year 7 weeks agoAll excellent suggestions -
All excellent suggestions - thank you all. I've reported it to the police and I've got a crime reference number...I was just looking for possible places to log it in case anyone spots it. Thanks again - if I get it back I'll post here to let you know.