• Updated: Devon man to sue council after pothole causes four serious cycling crashes1 year 6 weeks agobikebot wrote:No offence

    bikebot wrote:
    No offence meant

    None taken Bikebot. I just believe that sometimes councils (and of course the government) need to "man up" and get some of the decaying infrastructure fixed rather than relying on defending their decisions not to do anything about it when people (cyclist'n'all) are getting hurt - sometimes killed - because nothing - or little - is being done.

    Just back from the garage were the car needed work due to pothole damage. Ironic eh? Devon County Council. Sheesh.

  • Video: Horrific crash as cyclist hits velodrome starting gate that officials failed to remove1 year 6 weeks agoIt was a false start. However

    It was a false start. However the Chilean team didn't realise and continued to go full gas building up to speed. At the last second Rider 1 sees the official with the flag and swings up, there's no time to warn Rider 2 who's view will have been completely blocked. She had no chance, no matter what.

    The gate should have been removed but it was obviously left there due to the false start; I guess the gate movers just thought the teams would roll round to start again.

    As for all the expert materials scientists claiming failure profiles for different frame materials... Rolling Eyes

    Hope the injured rider heals fully.

  • Video: Horrific crash as cyclist hits velodrome starting gate that officials failed to remove1 year 6 weeks agoThis might seem impertinent

    This might seem impertinent and not the main issue in this story (shocking incompetence, hope she gets well soon etc etc) but that is a very nice looking velodrome.

  • Womens World Cup1 year 6 weeks agoFirstCycling wrote:Transfer

    FirstCycling wrote:
    Transfer in womens purist?

    Yep, they work like the men's classics.

  • Video: Horrific crash as cyclist hits velodrome starting gate that officials failed to remove1 year 6 weeks agowtf were they doing?????

    wtf were they doing????? inexperienced or not, how hard is it to work out that the start gate needs to be taken off the track? If it was the US they would be getting sued....

    Lets hope she recovers quickly and completely.

  • Womens World Cup1 year 6 weeks agoSmall, Dom, Kitchen....but

    Small, Dom, Kitchen....but enough about my sex life Rolling On The Floor

    Lets hope this is the small start to some of these becoming familiar household, or at least club run names.

  • Womens World Cup1 year 6 weeks agoTransfer in womens purist?

    Transfer in womens purist?

  • TRANSFER AND SELECTION PROBLEMS1 year 6 weeks agoDid you ever figure out what

    Did you ever figure out what happened, Dave?

  • Updated: Devon man to sue council after pothole causes four serious cycling crashes1 year 6 weeks agoLuminosity wrote:My mother

    Luminosity wrote:
    My mother tripped over a paving stone in an area of uneven paving and broke her hip resulting in a year in and out of hospital. It was very detrimental to her health and extremely painful for her. And we sued. No ambulance-chasing lawyers. This was not "squeezing out" money from councils. It was their responsibility. They didn't fix it and it has happened a couple of times to other people. Often times councils are negligent and it is their fault.

    No offence meant if you thought there was any, it was just an observation. I've worked in the states which of course invented the ambulance chaser. As an American friend once explained it to me, Europeans tend to have lots of health and safety laws, whereas Americans just sue.

    As a system it does actually work sometimes, in that once the threat of a lawsuit is established the danger has to be managed.

  • Paris Nice Stage 61 year 6 weeks agoThanks, G! You're the man!

    Thanks, G! You're the man! Smile

  • Updated: Devon man to sue council after pothole causes four serious cycling crashes1 year 6 weeks agoIt's a vicious cycle ('scuse

    It's a vicious cycle ('scuse the pun).

    Cyclist fails to see the pothole.
    Injury lawyers swing into action.
    Bike shop gets excited.
    Claim is paid.
    Injury lawyers get paid even more.
    Less money in the kitty for road repairs.
    Even more potholes.
    More accidents happen.

    But there is a better way.

    Accept the need for more caution at the moment.
    Expect the unexpected.
    Slow down, look ahead, consider it your civic duty to report holes you see.
    If you ride fast, on an expensive bike, consider taking out personal insurance for the common good.
    Each local authority claim saved allows another 300 potholes to be filled, on average.
    Less injuries means hospitals can treat more sick people.
    Accident claim lawyers end up doing something more useful instead.
    Councils have more money to do good things.

  • Video: Horrific crash as cyclist hits velodrome starting gate that officials failed to remove1 year 6 weeks agoSteel v carbon? Really? I

    Steel v carbon? Really?
    I mean, really?

    The chap with the red flag really didn't help by obscuring her view.

    Hope to hell it turns out to be less serious than it looks.

  • Video: Horrific crash as cyclist hits velodrome starting gate that officials failed to remove1 year 6 weeks agoNasty. Think her team mate

    Nasty. Think her team mate could have done more to warn her as could have the officials.

  • First impressions of the BMC team machine1 year 6 weeks agoIt climbs ok I suppose no

    It climbs ok I suppose no hassle, I've been really impressed with it building up speed on the flat it's very addictive, feels pedal assisted somehow? handling through corners and descending is very smooth and fluid, it's a very special bike I'm just not happy with dura ace mechanical seems very low margin for error, maybe due to 11 speed or weight saving measures not sure, brakes are incredible, loads of feel and modulation.

  • Tirreno Adriatico Stage 31 year 6 weeks agoI got 11 points

    I got 11 points Crying

  • TfL commissioner admits underspend of cycling budget is "an embarrassment"1 year 6 weeks ago'The session covered topics

    'The session covered topics on a variety of topics...'

    'The session covered a variety of topics…' would have been better.

    It's good that Darren Johnson is asking questions about the cumulative underspend. From the answers quoted here, I can't say that I fully understand how the underspends are treated.

  • Updated: Devon man to sue council after pothole causes four serious cycling crashes1 year 6 weeks agobikebot wrote:I suspect some

    bikebot wrote:
    I suspect some councils are fighting these cases because of the amount of cash they've had squeezed out of them by ambulance chasing lawyers every time some pedestrian tripped on a paving slab.

    My mother tripped over a paving stone in an area of uneven paving and broke her hip resulting in a year in and out of hospital. It was very detrimental to her health and extremely painful for her. And we sued. No ambulance-chasing lawyers. This was not "squeezing out" money from councils. It was their responsibility. They didn't fix it and it has happened a couple of times to other people. Often times councils are negligent and it is their fault.

  • Updated: Police arrest cyclist after bus driver's emergency stop leaves passenger seriously injured1 year 6 weeks agooozaveared wrote: ... this

    oozaveared wrote:

    ... this idea that drivers are completely at the mercy of unexpected events is pretty lame. People pull out in front of drivers, open their car doors, balls bounce in the road, things fall off lorries, cats and other animals run across the road and generally all sorts of unexpected things can happen. Some people have collisions when they happen some don't. The ones that mainly don't are the ones that left themselves time and space to react.

    This is not luck. It's not using the force or magic powers. Just driving properly.

    Safe stopping distance and adhering to speed limits (or, *gasp*, going below the speed limit if conditions call for it) are anathema to most people. Very few people I know do not tailgate or breach speed limits regularly, and you're labelled a cyclenazi if you point it out to them. You're the one who's being unreasonable, with a chip on your shoulder - and they're perfectly capable drivers. Uh huh ... I'm so sick of this attitude. And yes, it's a majority. Probably a cultural thing, they can't all be that stupid, right? Right?

  • Paris Nice Stage 61 year 6 weeks agoI have just done the scores

    I have just done the scores for stage 5....TER is working late I believe so I just got them done

  • Paris Nice Stage 61 year 6 weeks agoAny idea if TERatcliffe is on

    Any idea if TERatcliffe is on a late one tonight before the scores go up?

  • Updated: Devon man to sue council after pothole causes four serious cycling crashes1 year 6 weeks agoalexholt3 wrote:"Devon County

    alexholt3 wrote:
    "Devon County Council has refused to accept liability for the crash."

    Liability suggests that it was the CC's fault. Granted they are negligent; but it's not entirely their fault. Of course those involved should be given some sort of compensation for the poor road conditions that we pay for, however I don't feel that the council should be put to blame. I recently destroyed my bike and rear wheel in a collision with a pot hole - but it was my own fault; I didn't ride around it.

    Whoever maintains a public road actually has a legal obligation to ensure it is safe for its intended purpose. If the hole caused hospitalisations in August and still wasn't repaired by October... the CC is likely liable for at least the later incident.

  • Paris Nice Stage 61 year 6 weeks agoI put Betancur and Thomas in

    I put Betancur and Thomas in my team last night but even though they show as being in my squad I have been awarded points based on my team before I made the changes. I'm guessing Dave is going to fix that.

    Ah, no, the results for stage 6 aren't showing at all. My mistake.

  • Wiggo comes to Ambridge: Sir Bradley Wiggins to guest-star in The Archers for Sport Relief1 year 6 weeks agopaulrbarnard wrote:felixcat

    paulrbarnard wrote:
    felixcat wrote:
    Are there no sportive rides in Borsetshire, p-ing off the Ambridge NIMBYs? Gritty realism - that's what it's all about.

    I'm hoping that was irony

    Not irony, just a feeble attempt at a joke.

  • Tirreno Adriatico Stage 31 year 6 weeks agoScores going up, another poor

    Scores going up, another poor day for me, I'm really not doing well in either PN or TA this year At Wits End

  • Womens World Cup1 year 6 weeks agoYou can always check the

    You can always check the world cup rankings from last year or look at a site like 'Pro cycling stats' which has it's own rankings you can check.

    In theory though the prices in the game have been set based on these rankings (over the year) meaning the price should give an idea of quality but still won't show short term form or give you an idea as to who's good on this type of course.

    Your best bet is to check previous editions of the races and other classics type races to get an idea of who likes the cobbles/short sharp hills.