• Birzman Velocity Mini Pump1 year 9 weeks ago> price is subject to

    > price is subject to inflation <

    wish I'd thought of that, but I was under pressure when I wrote the review

  • Cyclists are “longing” to be run down, says peer1 year 9 weeks agoI wouldn't bother getting too

    I wouldn't bother getting too irate about this old buffoon. I heard him on the radio the other day and he was practically a parody - i don't think even he was taking himself seriously!

  • Omega Pharma-Quick Step boss bans Mark Cavendish from track racing1 year 9 weeks agoObviously OPQS pay Cav's

    Obviously OPQS pay Cav's wages and so it's logical that they want to call the shots...but Cav's one of the most successful of all time, which puts him a position of power.

    This is just the start of negotiations.

  • Sky customer wins Wiggo's Tour de France bike - but has to sell it1 year 9 weeks agoHe's a family man, not a

    He's a family man, not a mamily man.

    I vote "Sell" and I hope he gets a damn good price for it.

  • Monster interest sees Etape Loch Ness sell out in hours1 year 9 weeks agoI agree, but it's supply and

    I agree, but it's supply and demand. They've worked out how much people people will fork out...and been proved right. Anyone with any sense who wanted to ride around Loch Ness would just get a bunch of mates together and go and do it.

  • Almost 9 in 10 people back headphones ban and compulsory helmets for cyclists say survey1 year 9 weeks agoFFS FFS FFS FFS FFS FFS FFS F

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  • Break-in at Lampre-Merida, 2014 team bikes stolen1 year 9 weeks agoIf anyone spots my 2010

    If anyone spots my 2010 Canyon CF SLX that got nicked from Redbridge Cycling Centre last weekend, please let me know Smile

  • Break-in at Lampre-Merida, 2014 team bikes stolen1 year 9 weeks agoIs it just me, or have half

    Is it just me, or have half the teams in the peloton had their bikes pilfered at some point this year?

    And by the way, by suggesting we be on the lookout for scruffy types riding fancy bikes, that already points the finger of suspicion at most of my mates!

  • Almost 9 in 10 people back headphones ban and compulsory helmets for cyclists say survey1 year 9 weeks agotomawest wrote:really dont

    tomawest wrote:
    really dont understand why people are fiercly against helmets. Yes they arent stylish but they are better than nothing and they could very well save your life one day!! All arguments ive seen against helmets are people just saying that they dont need to wear one.

    VEry few people say don't wear a helmet, most people are anti compulsion. Why?

    Do you know the design parameters of a helmet, fall over and hit your head, your at the limit.

    Get hit by a car doing 30+ and your are way outside the parameters.

    As most accidents are down to driver negligence, maybe the better course of action is to deal with the problem and stop blaming the victim? Some women get raped, should we ban women from going out without a chasity belt on?

    Study after study shows compulsary helmet laws mean less cyclists? is that a good or bad thing?

    The police currently don't bother enforcing speed limits, ASLs, parking, tailgating, crap lane use of motorways, phone use, car radio distraction, red light jumping, etc...... So your asking them to enforce a law on the victim while the criminal is allowed to carry on???

    Then we have a study suggesting that drivers actually take more risks with cyclists wearing helmets than they do with those who don't!!!!!!

    Finally, have a look at those nations with most cyclists, where cycling is NORMAL, countries such as Netherlands or Denmark, do they have compulsary helmet laws, in fact do they actually have many people wearing helmets volutarily?

  • Almost 9 in 10 people back headphones ban and compulsory helmets for cyclists say survey1 year 9 weeks agoBikebikebike wrote:Stupid

    Bikebikebike wrote:
    Stupid people are stupid shocker.

    Shows more education is required. Although for the 11% who are intending to vote UKIP, I fear that they are beyond help, and the only kind thing to do would be to take them out the back and blow their brains out with a shotgun.

    Your assuming they have brains Thinking

  • Almost 9 in 10 people back headphones ban and compulsory helmets for cyclists say survey1 year 9 weeks agotomawest wrote:really dont

    tomawest wrote:
    really dont understand why people are fiercly against helmets. Yes they arent stylish but they are better than nothing

    Actually they're not better than nothing. They're pretty much indistinguisable from nothing. Have a good read of http://cyclehelmets.org

    Meanwhile I'm going to be introducing legislation to make you wear a pair of underpants on your head while riding. It's got to be better than _nothing_ right? Common sense after all.

  • TfL said to have approached researchers over headphones and cyclist safety1 year 9 weeks agoHere we go again. The

    Here we go again. The presumption that a safety requirement that doesn't apply to motorists therefore shouldn't apply to cyclists.
    I'd go so far as to say that when cycling my first awareness of approaching traffic, particularly from the rear, is my hearing, secondly looking and, hopefully, there's no need to feel, taste or smell.
    Restating the obvious, in an incident, the cyclist invariably comes off worse.
    Each individual makes their own judgement, however if that judgement reduces awareness don't shirk away from a shared responsibility.
    Is it really such an issue not to wear headphones for the duration of a ride, it could just make you safer.

  • Almost 9 in 10 people back headphones ban and compulsory helmets for cyclists say survey1 year 9 weeks agonuclear coffee wrote:So, if

    nuclear coffee wrote:
    So, if and when the legislation is passed, and no significant statistical effect is seen (that controls for numbers of cyclists), as it hasn't been anywhere else... would the law be rescinded?

    Me thinks that is unlikely. Meanwhile life becomes slightly worse.

    Oh, there will be a statistical effect. No question. Fewer cyclists Smile That's the one proven result of helmet legislation.

  • Almost 9 in 10 people back headphones ban and compulsory helmets for cyclists say survey1 year 9 weeks agoSince the last big debate

    Since the last big debate about helmets and the article about lights i have kept a count myself of cyclists (road, mtb and bmx style bikes) using the roads and pavements around where i live and work.

    Its far from being scientific but just a bit of fun for myself. The resukts are quite interesting:

    I counted 745 cyclists in total of which 434 were road bikes, 219 mtb and the rest (92) were bmx style bikes.

    Of the 434 none were ridden on the pavement and of those 401 were wearing helmets - 92%.

    Of the 219 MTB less than 5% were wearing a helmet and nearly 80% were on the pavement when i saw them.

    Of the bmx riders none had a helmet on and all were on the pavement BUT nearly every one of them was a youngster - upto 14yrs.

    Obviously i dont know there ages, where they were going or anything about them and its just for a bit of fun but from what i saw it appears that if your on the road the vast majority will wear a helmet yet those on pavements wont.

    As for lights it's quite frightening how many dont have a light on their bike during darkness. In the end it proves nothing, just thought i would pass it on.

  • Break-in at Lampre-Merida, 2014 team bikes stolen1 year 9 weeks agoUndeniably true that these

    Undeniably true that these are fast moving bikes!

  • Almost 9 in 10 people back headphones ban and compulsory helmets for cyclists say survey1 year 9 weeks ago700c wrote:southseabythesea

    700c wrote:
    southseabythesea wrote:
    Wearing headphones when riding...well I think natural selection takes care of that...oh I didn't hear that motorbike coming...arrrrrrrrr!

    That's a strange take on natural selection/ survival of the 'fittest' Where the 'fittest' in your scenario is the car driver who hits a motorbike he didn't hear/ see coming, thereby wiping him out of the gene pool. Because that's the cause of most biker fatalities.

    Nothing to do with anybody wearing headphones, then. Least of all a cyclist.

    Headphone debate (and the helmet one) are red herrings in the road safety argument. It's a shame the motoring public can't see that though.

    Indeed, I'm not sure what you're meant to do in the split-second when you can discern the motorbike from other traffic. In Spiderman 2 he does a back-flip off his scooter, which I suppose might be worth a go.

  • Almost 9 in 10 people back headphones ban and compulsory helmets for cyclists say survey1 year 9 weeks agoStupid people are stupid

    Stupid people are stupid shocker.

    Shows more education is required. Although for the 11% who are intending to vote UKIP, I fear that they are beyond help, and the only kind thing to do would be to take them out the back and blow their brains out with a shotgun.

  • Almost 9 in 10 people back headphones ban and compulsory helmets for cyclists say survey1 year 9 weeks agosouthseabythesea

    southseabythesea wrote:
    Wearing headphones when riding...well I think natural selection takes care of that...oh I didn't hear that motorbike coming...arrrrrrrrr!

    That's a strange take on natural selection/ survival of the 'fittest' Where the 'fittest' in your scenario is the car driver who hits a motorbike he didn't hear/ see coming, thereby wiping him out of the gene pool. Because that's the cause of most biker fatalities.

    Nothing to do with anybody wearing headphones, then. Least of all a cyclist.

    Headphone debate (and the helmet one) are red herrings in the road safety argument. It's a shame the motoring public can't see that though.

  • Best Cycling Film or Documentary1 year 9 weeks agoDonnyCampo wrote:Big big big

    DonnyCampo wrote:
    Big big big fan of Chasing Legends which covers HTC's 2009 Tour. Great cinematography and music, fantastic "cast"; Aldag & Holm-the old married couple, Cav, Eisel, Voigt (the year of his big crash). I'll admit there is a little too much of Phil & Paul though (typically anything over 10 minutes is too much...)

    I'd go along with that - looks great and the soundtrack works beautifully. I saw it at a cinema as part of a cycling film festival and on the big screen it was completely immersive. You probably have to go for the whole Cav-Eisel-Renshaw brothers-in-arms routine to really appreciate it!

  • Almost 9 in 10 people back headphones ban and compulsory helmets for cyclists say survey1 year 9 weeks agoPersonally, I'd be very

    Personally, I'd be very disappointed if headphones were banned. I'd never go out without a helmet, but I often listen to my iPod whilst I'm riding. Most of my riding is done alone and out on quiet roads in either the Pays de la Loire or Derbyshire countrysides, so it's not really a problem, because I don't need to have the volume up loud to be able to hear my music above the traffic. I'd never listen to my iPod whilst cycling through a busy city, though. I know form experience that you need all your senses when navigating through Paris during rush hour and I imagine London is the same.

  • Dad produces instructional video showing how he helps 7-year-old son cycle to school on busy London roads1 year 9 weeks agoQuote: It's interesting to

    Quote:
    It's interesting to note how the father advises the child not to use the cycle lanes provided and the video highlights why they're not fit for purpose due to the proximity of the parked cars.

    Indeed. Glad to see that common sense is being applied to avoid using worthless 'cycle lanes' like these ones. This video gives me hope!

  • Omega Pharma-Quick Step boss bans Mark Cavendish from track racing1 year 9 weeks agoI'd imagine Cav won't be up

    I'd imagine Cav won't be up for this to be honest. It's been his lifelong dream to bring home and Olympic medal, he'll be up for retirement soon enough so this move is effectively removing that opportunity.

    Following the money/career vs following the dream - the question is, what does he see as more important now he's all grown up?

    I hope it's the latter, personally.

  • Freight Transport Association: Banning HGVs during peak hours is not the answer to cyclist deaths1 year 9 weeks agoOldRidgeback wrote: This is a

    OldRidgeback wrote:

    This is a key point actually. There are a lot of heavy vehicles on London's roads. Why is it that tipper trucks in particular are involved in so many cycling fatalities?

    a lot of it is down to the fact that tippers are uniquely well designed to kill vulnerable road users. they have very bad visibility from the cab, the per-axle weight is very high and there's no barrier along the side of the truck, or in front of the rear wheels. plus most of the drivers are on piece work which is an incentive to drive quickly.

  • Freight Transport Association: Banning HGVs during peak hours is not the answer to cyclist deaths1 year 9 weeks agoOldRidgeback wrote:IanW1968

    OldRidgeback wrote:
    IanW1968 wrote:
    I would also like to see the incentives and performance management of commercial drivers regulated.

    We know that the aggressive management techniques encourages people to take risks, its tightly regulated in financial services for instance, because money is important right?

    So why is it not regulated when the risk is life?

    This is a key point actually. There are a lot of heavy vehicles on London's roads. Why is it that tipper trucks in particular are involved in so many cycling fatalities?

    Because, imo, many tripper drivers, for whatever reason, tend to be in a bit of a rush.

  • Different Saddle Needed - Any Suggestions ?1 year 9 weeks agoA few guys I ride with swear

    A few guys I ride with swear by the Specialized saddle range too, some of them come in pretty cheaply as they do the same model usually twice in low end and high end builds.

    I'd go with the advice of trying out some tester saddles first, it's a big investment, every good bike shop should give you that opportunity. Smile