• Irish man cops fine for careless driving around off-duty police1 year 6 weeks agoMercuryOne wrote:I often ride

    MercuryOne wrote:
    I often ride with an off duty copper. I'm awaiting the day he comes into play. It'll be Iike that moment in films when someone barrels over effin' and blindin' and you tweak your jacket open to reveal a holstered revolver.

    Does he have to give everyone a lecture about hi-viz before every ride Big Grin

  • Building Bike1 year 6 weeks agoYeah I would love to see the

    Yeah I would love to see the video. Sounds ace

  • L'eroica Britannia 20141 year 6 weeks agoCheers chokofingrz. I'll be

    Cheers chokofingrz. I'll be on my '70s Hirondelle so will look out for you, in a far too warm green LC KAYL tecnoplast jersey.

    Good point about the pads. I'll have a dig around in the shed for a pair of composite ones And switch out to a more sensible freewheel.

  • Video: When separate infrastructure isn't enough - cyclist hit by SUV on footbridge1 year 6 weeks agoI have no idea what evidence

    I have no idea what evidence people can glean from that video to suggest the car driver had stopped. And I'll bet the regs aren't in place to allow employees to drive their private vehicle on that bridge.

  • 12 bikes stolen from Help For Heroes riders at Gloucestershire campsite1 year 6 weeks agoWith people walking home from

    With people walking home from Hampton Court after parts were stolen from their Locked Bikes , nothing in Yorkshire will surprise me !

    Even asking the Area Police Inspector , to call his control to check out anyone carrying Bike Wheels in the Kingston area met DEAF EARS !

    Can you imagine PC Plod believing someone carrying expensive wheels , was doing a favour ? Confiscation to the Police Station then returning them on proof of ownership , would be a step to far ?

    Serving the Population or dodging bent Lawyers ?

  • Birmingham City Council in 2,000 bike giveaway targeting people in deprived areas1 year 6 weeks agoHarrogateSpa wrote:They were

    HarrogateSpa wrote:
    They were interested in doing it, but someone from the Harborne Society was dead against it, and persuaded them not to.

    Any idea who that person was? I believe this is the reason it's called the Harborne Walkway and has no shared use signs, even though it appears on the council cycle route maps.

    This is good news, but as said elsewhere a lot of the cities roads are not fit for cycling on.

    Things do seem to gradually be moving in the right direction, although BCC still aren't getting the message about proper separated cycle route infrastructure with priority for cycles not motor vehicles.

    The new tow path surfaces are great but as said elsewhere, access isn't. Plus they are obviously leisure spaces and not ideal commuting spaces.

    Now where do I sign for the free bikes?

  • Calling all Planet X RT58 owners.1 year 6 weeks agoI have the large frame and I

    I have the large frame and I am 6 foot tall with a 31 inch inside leg if that helps. I have to say the bike has been trouble free and the vision wheels also have been bullet proof on some fairly rough roads and I even spin it along a canal path on a regular basis and they are still true. One thing with planet x is you need to keep in touch after you have ordered as they have a 21 day plus build queue at the moment. When I ordered there were a few stock issues so my 7 days became 11 but they upgraded the crankset as the ultegra 6800 went out of stock. They put a fsa slk on which I also love. They now have an sram and campagnolo version at varying prices but I would recommend the bike.

  • Video: When separate infrastructure isn't enough - cyclist hit by SUV on footbridge1 year 6 weeks agoSo she may not have expected

    So she may not have expected to meet a car whether she saw/knew about the signs or not, but follow the shadow and her line and look at where the car goes and how slow (maybe stopped) he appears to be at the time of impact.
    Looks to me like he reacted and she didn't.
    Stow the pitch forks for another day from what I see.

  • Cycle helmets save lives says Neurosurgeon - in ongoing helmet row1 year 6 weeks agoburtthebike wrote:regular

    burtthebike wrote:
    regular cyclists, those most exposed to the risk, live longer and are fitter, healthier and slimmer than general.

    I would be, but for the ten thousand calories I habitually scoff when getting home after my commute. Crying

  • Video: When separate infrastructure isn't enough - cyclist hit by SUV on footbridge1 year 6 weeks agoBishop wrote:On my cycle

    Bishop wrote:
    On my cycle commute this morning I saw (as I always do) enough cyclist jumping read lights etc to make it a valid point.

    How on earth does that make it a "valid point" in relation to this article??

    I might as well counter-argue that on my commute I saw (as I always do) a driver speeding whilst sending a text so the SUV driver must be in the wrong here.

    Bishop wrote:
    There would be outrage yet when its a cyclist riding off the response is completely different (comment 3 with others)....
    http://www.cyclechat.net/threads/hit-and-run-cyclist-badly-injures-girl-...
    "I wonder whether in the interests of balance, and before the anti-cyclist brigade start foaming at the mouth..."

    That would be the comment which starts with "I hope they throw the book at him." - which you strangely omitted in your quote?

    I don't see many people on that thread saying the cyclist did no wrong. But more to the point, WTF has it got to do with this incident???

    Bishop wrote:
    Lets look at the title to this News item.... its says "cyclist hit by SUV on footbridge"
    Where does the "FOOTbridge" come from I can find no reference to foot in ANY article I've read on this incident. The original article says "Bridge" Why was it felt necessary to prefix Bridge with foot?

    I don't think Americans use the term "footbridge". The original article variously refers to it as "a pedestrian bridge", "pedestrian walkway" and a "caged pedestrian/bike lane" - so "footbridge" seems like an accurate translation to me, especially given the "cyclists as pedestrians" rules that they have in the States.

    Bishop wrote:
    i.e there more than 1 BIG BRIGHT YELLOW SIGNS from the image you point to.

    I count one. With no context to back up your assertion that you will see more than one sign on approach or that it is big bright and prominent. In fact the other image suggests it might be obscured behind some direction signs.

  • Cycle helmets save lives says Neurosurgeon - in ongoing helmet row1 year 6 weeks agoI can only post what I posted

    I can only post what I posted on the original story's website:

    "Mr Carter is suffering from "observation bias" where he only sees a tiny fraction of the population, and bases his view on that and using the disgraceful Cochrane review as proof merely shows that he understands nothing about the problem.

    Cochrane reviews have very tight criteria to ensure balance and the elimination of bias, but the review of cycle helmets ignored all of them and has seriously damaged the reputation of such reviews. This review was done by the biggest helmet promoters on the planet who looked at their own work and excluded any research which didn't agree with their pre-conceived conclusions. By using this review as his sole source, Mr Carter proves beyond doubt that he is completely misinformed.

    Mr Carter is also guilty of exaggerating the problem "We get an enormous number of cycling accidents coming in here." Just how many is "enormous" and what proportion of the total number is that? Without those figures Mr Carter is just scaremongering and deliberately deterring people from healthy, safe exercise.

    According to him, cycling is incredibly dangerous, but regular cyclists, those most exposed to the risk, live longer and are fitter, healthier and slimmer than general. Cycling has about the same risk as walking, so will Mr Carter be promoting walking helmets?

    It's difficult to believe that a professional person could be quite so misinformed on a subject, but unfortunately all too believable that they would broadcast their lack of knowledge to the world.

    Mr Carter can find out the facts, not the fairy stories and Cochrane reviews, at cyclehelmets.org"

  • Cycle helmets save lives says Neurosurgeon - in ongoing helmet row1 year 6 weeks ago3, don't use one for normal

    3, don't use one for normal everyday use (cycle couriering/commuting). And I dare say I know more about road safety and risk avoidance strategy than most of the people who keep being quoted.

  • Cycle helmets save lives says Neurosurgeon - in ongoing helmet row1 year 6 weeks agoMartinH wrote:OK, how about

    MartinH wrote:
    OK, how about we have a little straw poll? I reckon you can divide opinions down into four positions here. Just post which one you fall into:

    1 - Pro compulsion: helmet use should be a legal requirement, you shouldn't be allowed on a bike without one.

    2 - Pro choice, pro helmet: helmet use should remain a personal choice as it is now, and I usually or always choose to wear a helmet.

    3 - Pro choice, anti helmet: helmet use should remain a personal choice as it is now, and I usually or always choose not to wear a helmet.

    4 - Pro helmet ban: helmet use should banned. No one should be allowed to wear a helmet when riding a bike.

    My guess is that category 2 will be bigger than category 3, but I'm not sure by how much. I'm also willing to bet that practically nobody will fall into category 4. But what I'm intrigued about is how many people, here on a cycling website, would class themselves as category 1.

    I'm 2 - Pro choice, pro helmet.

    Well, thanks for taking part Wink I know it's hardly a scientific sample, but it's interesting that everyone who answered said they were a 2-2.5 (if we're going to decimal places, then I guess I'm about a 2.3). Which makes me feel a little better - maybe the cycling community isn't as bitterly divided over this it sometimes appears. But doesn't it make you wonder how we manage to disagree so violently over something that, on the face of it, we largely agree on...

  • Focus launch new Cayo with disc brake option and electronic/mechanical groupset compatibility on all frames1 year 6 weeks ago"...there is nothing more

    "...there is nothing more annoying than grinding brakes..."
    Really?!??

    Nigel Farage.
    Stepping in dog poo.
    Cold Callers (called "Colin") from foreign call centres.
    Really bad customer service.
    Justin Bieber.
    Windows XP.
    Cashiers giving you your change on top of a receipt.
    Diarrhoea.
    Bono.
    Piers Morgan.
    Trying to find the end of the Sellotape.
    There's no bog roll left and it's too late now...
    Alanis Morissette.
    Burning your toast.
    "Press One for Sales..."
    Train fares.
    Late buses.
    Bankers (all of them).
    Important calls about my mis-sold Payment Protection Plan.
    Michael Gove.
    Mr Tumble.
    Stampy Chuffing Longlegs
    Junk mail.
    Bad typography.
    Toilets you have to pay for.
    Trying to catch the barman's eye if you're a short-arse.
    Adverts.
    People who smell.
    The London Underground.
    Valverde's hair.
    Kanye West.
    Unexpected items in your bagging area.
    A flat tyre when you don't have an inner tube or tools with you.
    Keep Calm & Carry On.
    The sale at DFS.
    Pat McQuaid.
    Being on hold.
    RSS feeds.
    Sorry, Out of Stock.
    Flies.
    Cricket.
    Jeremy Paxman.
    Spam.
    Where are my keys?

    (Don't stop me, I'm just getting started here...)

  • Focus launch new Cayo with disc brake option and electronic/mechanical groupset compatibility on all frames1 year 6 weeks agoThis might just be my next

    This might just be my next bike.

    It looks like that front brake cable might rub on the frame and forks though.

  • Prizes Tour of France1 year 6 weeks agoNot surprising really.

    Not surprising really. Transfers burn a hole in your pocket.

  • WADA appeals to CAS for longer bans for Johan Bruyneel and two other ex-US Postal team staff1 year 6 weeks agogiobox wrote:I wonder if

    giobox wrote:
    I wonder if anyone would hire him, supposing he did look for a cycling job again after a ban? Would make Sky hiring Leinders look like small beer.

    Today's teams include dozens of ex-dopers in their management, so sadly even somebody who stinks as much as him could get a job - it doesn't seem to be a moral problem at all for cycling at the top level.

  • Video: When separate infrastructure isn't enough - cyclist hit by SUV on footbridge1 year 6 weeks agoOn my cycle commute this

    On my cycle commute this morning I saw (as I always do) enough cyclist jumping read lights etc to make it a valid point. Your "sweeping generalisation" comment seem to be the cycle apologists standard reply and then quickly move on.

    I was speaking in general about a cyclist lynch mob but as an example a car driver hits a 9 year cyclist on a pedestrian crossing seriously injuring her then drives off. There would be outrage yet when its a cyclist riding off the response is completely different (comment 3 with others)....
    http://www.cyclechat.net/threads/hit-and-run-cyclist-badly-injures-girl-...
    "I wonder whether in the interests of balance, and before the anti-cyclist brigade start foaming at the mouth..."

    Was the lone woman driver from Kingston afforded the same balance?

    Lets look at the title to this News item.... its says "cyclist hit by SUV on footbridge"
    Where does the "FOOTbridge" come from I can find no reference to foot in ANY article I've read on this incident. The original article says "Bridge" Why was it felt necessary to prefix Bridge with foot?

    EVEN you yourself mention "a sign warning of vehicles" Its NOT 'A' sign its "signS" its plural i.e there more than 1 BIG BRIGHT YELLOW SIGNS from the image you point to.

    Its Insidious .

    The cyclist is NEVER wrong unless they are.

  • Video: When separate infrastructure isn't enough - cyclist hit by SUV on footbridge1 year 6 weeks agoHave to say it looks like the

    Have to say it looks like the woman on the bike is daydreaming, the car is clearly visible from 18 seconds, the still from GrahamSt is from 15 not 18 seconds, and in the next three seconds she makes no attempt to avoid the collision and appears to only be aware of it at the point of impact when she crys out. That car could just as easily have been another cyclist

    "WTF! Only in America", well, no, actualy overhere as well. It's perfectly legal for a vehicle to be on a cyclepath or right of way if they are involved in maintenace of the path, work for the highways authority and are there for maintenance or inspection purposes or work for a utility company involved in works on the path.

  • Prizes Tour of France1 year 6 weeks agoJoelsim wrote:What is the

    Joelsim wrote:
    What is the unlimited carrying over of transfers?

    Non-Premium players could only bank a maximum of 2 transfers and therefore only use a maximum of 4 per stage....so if you had 4 transfers and used none you would still only have 4 for the next stage whereas premium players would have 6.

    The Non-Premium guys(led by enrique)often argued that this gave an unfair advantage but to be honest I still see more or less the same names at the top regularly.

  • Canyon release limited edition pink Giro d'Italia replica Ultimate CF SLX bike1 year 6 weeks agoNo chance that you would see

    No chance that you would see me on that machine!

  • Prizes Tour of France1 year 6 weeks agoIt looks like standard users

    It looks like standard users CAN win prizes......if true then that would DEFINITELY be something I'd like to see looked at next season At Wits End

  • Vauxhall death cyclist had ridden gyratory just once before1 year 6 weeks agoYet another tipper truck. Are

    Yet another tipper truck. Are tipper truck drivers homocidal morons - or are they trying to respond to ridiculous delivery schedules?

    As for the victim. Poor man. I offer my respect. Just trying to get to and from work in an efficient way and risking his life to do it. We live in a country with insane priorities.

  • Birmingham City Council in 2,000 bike giveaway targeting people in deprived areas1 year 6 weeks agoA few years ago, I suggested

    A few years ago, I suggested to the council that they could tarmac the path along the old railway line from Harborne to Hagley Road, so it could be used by cycle commuters. They were interested in doing it, but someone from the Harborne Society was dead against it, and persuaded them not to.

    I'm encouraged to see that this idea has been resurrected as part of Cycle Revolution.

  • Birmingham City Council in 2,000 bike giveaway targeting people in deprived areas1 year 6 weeks agoQuote:I did once try using

    Quote:
    I did once try using the toe paths, but it was unsuitable for my road bike that is before taking into account the little barriers…

    I agree with this. There's no harm in using tow paths for cycling, but often they're not practical for commuting. If you don't live by the canal, you have to get there first. The paths are sometimes rough, and only suitable for a hybrid or mountain bike. And there are a lot of inconvenient bits by bridges etc, where the path is narrow, or you have to cart your bike up steps.