• Video: TfL apologises to cyclist after bus driver calls him a “knob” following close pass1 year 5 weeks agoNeil753 wrote:....where the

    Neil753 wrote:
    ....where the cyclist has exacerbated the conflict by continuing to cycle level with the bus as the space becomes ever narrower.

    When is a bus actually past you?

    http://youtu.be/HggeqzUXd3A

  • Giro Del Trentino - Stage 11 year 5 weeks agoand there off!

    and there off!

  • Video: TfL apologises to cyclist after bus driver calls him a “knob” following close pass1 year 5 weeks agokobacom wrote:I ride in

    kobacom wrote:
    I ride in London pretty much every day and I've lost count of the number of time this has happened to me. I have this theory that bus drivers think you become stationary as soon as they pass you, therefore it's ok to cut in straight away.

    Whenever I ride to my girlfriends, I'll cross on Waterloo Bridge and will always get cab drivers cutting from the right hand lane to the left in a dangerous manner. It's always the case that there is no reason for them to either leave the right hand lane, nor to cut so violently into my path, but it always happens.

    When I've caught up with them at the junction of the Strand and asked why they did it, they look at me blankly with absolutely no recollection of what they just did before exploding into expletive and derisory comments.

    I just see it that the vast majority of people who use the roads are complete fucking idiots.

  • Video: White van man loses job, convicted of assault, after road rage incident caught on cyclist's helmet camera1 year 5 weeks agostealfwayne wrote:Out of

    stealfwayne wrote:
    Out of intrest what camera are you using Evo? I think its about time i got one of them.

    I use Contour cameras. They don't look like a camera and they just work. Of course Gopro and Virb have better (and more expensive) products on the market.

  • scary speed wobbles (Boardman 2010)1 year 5 weeks agoI'm off to Andalusia at the

    I'm off to Andalusia at the weekend (lucky me). If I can't nail some decent descending technique on their lovely smooth roads, I might as well give up. Watch this space.

  • Genesis Volare Team 953 road bike1 year 5 weeks agoThe price of components

    The price of components apart..,

    I have been interested in a Volare 20 with lower spec componentry and would be interested in reading a review of that as it is a more realistic price point and a nicer finish IMHO.

  • Cabbie who blamed cyclist after he maimed pedestrian back behind the wheel1 year 5 weeks agoMuch like in this country it

    Much like in this country it seems that there is no crime so bad that you lose your driving licence.

    How on earth were no charges bought against him? A woman has lost her foot!

  • Emma Pooley says it's 'nuts' she gets more prize money from triathlon 'hobby' than pro cycling1 year 5 weeks agoI'm guessing the reference to

    I'm guessing the reference to cost effectiveness is the advertisers costs for reaching their target audience. A term that gets used a lot is CPM, which is the real cost of getting their brand/message to one thousand people.

    Cycling offers brilliant CPM by the way, however rband alignment is not too hot.

  • 200 fined by police in Cambridge clampdown on law-breaking cyclists and drivers1 year 5 weeks agoFluffyKittenofTindalos

    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:
    jmaccelari wrote:
    I'm always glad to hear of the police undertaking these 'blitzes'. I'm sure London cyclists are slightly better behaved after the last one here.

    Really? Can't say I've noticed any difference at all in terms of the number of annoying scrotes whizzing along the pavement.

    And, far more depressingly still, the rate of cyclist deaths in London so far this year is running at almost _exactly_ the same rate as it averged in each of the last two years (a little over one a month).

    If it continues as its begun we'll end up with about 14 deaths this year, just as in 2012 and 2013. So, so far, little sign the "blitz" changed anything.

    An ongoing effort, concentrating most on those that pose the most danger (*cough* motorised vehicles *cough*), would perhaps achieve better results.

    A little over 1 a month you say? I'd be pissed off if I was the one, but considering the number of journeys by the number of people, and all in the massive melting pot of potholes, diesel spills and the huge diversity of different vehicles operated by people with differing abilities and attitudes to traffic law and courtesy, that average may compare quite favourably with fatality rates of other aspects of London life.

  • Liverpool students target human powered vehicle world record1 year 5 weeks agodreamlx10 wrote:Am I the only

    dreamlx10 wrote:
    Am I the only one who thinks that it looks like a c*** ?

    No. That was my first thought too. Oh dear

  • scary speed wobbles (Boardman 2010)1 year 5 weeks agoSounds a lot like my

    Sounds a lot like my experience (as does Bashthebox's). Basically, and as as Bash... states, it's all in your head. I was getting speed wobble, and so tried to take the descents more slowly and ride on the hoods, but that made it worse. Someone suggested that I was taking too much weight off the front wheel (it's natural to try and sit up and away from it if you're feeling twitchy), and they were right. Relax (I know, easier said than done, right?!), loosen your fingers, get on the drops - this moves the centre of gravity forwards and downwards, and trust your kit.

    When I was just getting used to the idea of doing this, someone put a slight detour into what was otherwise a popular route for the club run. Next thing we're on a singletrack road that I wasn't familiar with, featuring pockmarks and bits of gravel. It drops away in front me, speed increases quick, and I tensed up and started to get on the brakes. Straight away I could feel the wobble, at maybe 30mph. Now I'd not long since bought my Trek Madone, which have a reputation for stable handling, plus I'd added GP4000s tyres, so I knew I could trust the kit. I made myself relax, breathed deep, stayed low and on the drops but off the brakes and just let the bike go. Hey presto, I recorded my quickest ever (by quite some margin) max speed of 50mph.

  • Video: TfL apologises to cyclist after bus driver calls him a “knob” following close pass1 year 5 weeks agoIanW1968 wrote:Joeinpoole-

    IanW1968 wrote:
    Joeinpoole- are seriously suggesting only the cab needs to pass whatevers being overtaken?

    I'm saying that once the bus is clearly in front of you then, if you have any common sense, you should ride defensively and concede a little speed if necessary to ensure the overtaking manoeuvre is completed as quickly as practical.

    All the time you are alongside the bus you are in a highly vulnerable position and may also be in the driver's 'blind spot'. What if the bus suddenly swerves left for example, perhaps to avoid a pedestrian or a child?

    Sure, you *can* fight with the bus and demand your *right* to maintain your speed for as long as possible. Unfortunately, if something goes wrong then the cyclist will most definitely be the loser in any subsequent collision. At least you'll be able to have "I was in the right" engraved on your headstone.

    I really don't understand why our 'helmetcam warrior' is so angry all the time. Whenever I'm cycling I'm always in a good and generous mood. It's the exhilaration of the ride and the endorphins from the exercise that invariably put a smile on my face. So what if I have to slow down a little occasionally? That just means that I'll get a bit more exercise when I accelerate back up to speed again. Good!

  • Rapha launch Pantani jersey1 year 5 weeks agonicstevenson wrote: Ahhh but

    nicstevenson wrote:

    Ahhh but if they made a Tom Simpson one...

    ps I think one reason this looks a bit crap is that it doesn't seem to fit their model... Ironically given the fat shaming on here, he either needs to be bigger or it needs to be smaller.

    Like this ?

    http://road.cc/content/news/79874-rapha-release-bordeaux-paris-jersey

  • Video: TfL apologises to cyclist after bus driver calls him a “knob” following close pass1 year 5 weeks agoI ride in London pretty much

    I ride in London pretty much every day and I've lost count of the number of time this has happened to me. I have this theory that bus drivers think you become stationary as soon as they pass you, therefore it's ok to cut in straight away.

  • Tickets go on sale Friday for Tour de France team presentation in Leeds - pre-registration closes tonight1 year 5 weeks agoI've just watched the team

    I've just watched the team presentations at Tour of Flanders, Sheldprijs and Paris-Roubiax. Also been within feet of Cancellara returning to team bus after Flanders and within inches of some of the other riders at the other events, All for free, (well Flanders did involve far too much Belguim beer).

    Was hoping to say I was there in Millenium Square. But at that price, hope it's on tv good excuse for more beer and pizza.

  • Video: TfL apologises to cyclist after bus driver calls him a “knob” following close pass1 year 5 weeks agoOnly time I have ever thought

    Only time I have ever thought someone was deliberately trying to kill me was a bus in South London. Deliberately squeezed me into railings.

    It is entirely good for bus drivers to think they are being filmed.

  • GELS: best/tastiest/most economic1 year 5 weeks agoTorq are OK taste-wise, I

    Torq are OK taste-wise, I usually use the High 5 caffeine + ones though as that's what's easily available when I'm in town on my lunch break and they seem to work for me.

    Performance-wise far too many variables for me to be able to say I've definitively found one type to be better than the other. I suspect a lot of it is all in the head. I rarely use them at all actually, only on sportives etc. as a sort of special go-juice to perk me up a bit near the end, and then I'll rarely have more than one unless I really start to flag badly. I've usually got one in my saddle pack though.

  • Want to watch Tour de France tackle Yorkshire's hills? Get there at least a day early, says Grand Départ boss1 year 5 weeks agoOn the contrary, I'd say that

    On the contrary, I'd say that 'Yorkshire' is far from backward, seeing as 'they' seem to have grasped the commercial opportunity firmly with both hands and sets of teeth. That's the wonders of the free market working isn't it?

  • Video: TfL apologises to cyclist after bus driver calls him a “knob” following close pass1 year 5 weeks ago@4chordsnonet. If you say you

    @4chordsnonet.
    If you say you were ready to brake, you clearly took the decision not to brake, so exacerbating the conflict. Maybe the driver made a mistake, but once the bus driver has committed to overtake, why not just allow the bus to quickly pass and just accept the loss of a few seconds added to your journey.

    I don't know you, but many of your videos reveal a lack of observation, innapropriate speed, poor anticipation, and an apparent enthusiasm to up the ante; which doesn't really help the situation we face as cyclists.

    Helmet cams can be a good thing, so maybe you could do some vids that demonstrate your skill in defensive riding, which some of you guys are posting already and are both helpful and enjoyable to watch.

  • 200 fined by police in Cambridge clampdown on law-breaking cyclists and drivers1 year 5 weeks agoBrooksby, Good question. I'm

    Brooksby,

    Good question. I'm still formulating my own personal definition, it grows and changes as I grow, and change.

    I think a cyclist is someone who enthusiastically chooses to ride regularly and respectfully.

    Hope that helps, it seems like you were beginning to stumble towards the wrong conclusion there for a minute.

    If you (or anyone else) don't agree with that definition, thats cool. Maybe we can all discuss it online with less acrimonious undertones, I'm open to improvements.

    Take it easy.

  • Giro Del Trentino - Stage 11 year 5 weeks agoAny idea why Sutton has been

    Any idea why Sutton has been removed?

  • Should I get a power meter?1 year 5 weeks ago"Don't buy upgrades, ride up

    "Don't buy upgrades, ride up grades"

    said a bloke who knows.

  • Video: TfL apologises to cyclist after bus driver calls him a “knob” following close pass1 year 5 weeks agoWhy should cyclist have to

    Why should cyclist have to scrub off speed if there was enough room to complete the overtake without causing the other road user to swerve or brake? If they have to swerve or brake, then the overtake was not a safe one.

    Strange, if this was done on the motorist it would be called "cutting someone up" or some cases "crash for cash". Resulting in cameras being fitted to vehicles to prove the who was not at fault. If it's done on a cyclist it's the cyclist at fault in some peoples eyes.

    Hmm, look forward to cutting a HGV up on the motorway and after the crash claiming that he should have slowed down to avoid me. NOT!

    Come on cyclists join me in riding down the middle of the road so that no-one can endanger our lives. Instead of this considerate riding through the glass and gravel in the gutter whilst trying not to hold traffic up. Let us show the buses, the hgvs, the reps..... that their time is worth less than our lives and we don't care if they are late as long as we are alive. As long as you are wearing a helmet, day-glo and reflectives and have 20 million candle power lights, they can not touch you. Together we can slow the country down and stop the senseless killing.

    Oh dear the drugs have worn off! Silly

  • Want to watch Tour de France tackle Yorkshire's hills? Get there at least a day early, says Grand Départ boss1 year 5 weeks agoI admire the entrepreneur

    I admire the entrepreneur who's down a deal with the farmer at the top of Holme Moss: 2,000 tent pitches with big screen, bar and showers for £150 a 4 mamil tent. Kerchinggg!

    That said on the day it'll be: 'Here they come! Wheyy heyy.' Run alongside like a prat...'There they go!! Errrr now I have a three hour wait to get off the hill...' Rolling Eyes

    As they say in Yorkshire - Nowt as queer as folk. Do make sure you take your litter home with you.

  • Emma Pooley says it's 'nuts' she gets more prize money from triathlon 'hobby' than pro cycling1 year 5 weeks agoNeil753 wrote:Play a womens'

    Neil753 wrote:
    Play a womens' triathlon on the big screen in any pub, and watch carefully to see which shots have the clientelle chatting over their beer, and which shots have the viewers so fixated that conversation is momentarily suspended. Rightly or wrongly, it is this audience "reaction" that advertisers are searching for.

    It's not "nuts", it's just advertisers looking for the most cost effective platform, and it is their money after all.

    Generally one screen is only one viewer, in marketing terms, as far as they're concerned 100 people watching a race on their iPad is 100x better than 100 blokes glancing at one fee-paying box. Play a women's Belgian classic in LMNH and guaranteed the eyes will be on the TV as much as they'd be in the men's equivalent.

    I'm confused. What isn't cost effective about women's cycling?