• "Point-making" rider hits back at Jeremy Clarkson1 year 6 weeks agoI wonder what would have

    I wonder what would have happened if you were an off duty policeman - would plod be all over him by now? "Taxi driver who deliberately swerved into cycling policeman could face jail"

  • "Point-making" rider hits back at Jeremy Clarkson1 year 6 weeks agoIncontrovertible evidence of

    Incontrovertible evidence of mobile phone use while driving, nuff said!

  • "Point-making" rider hits back at Jeremy Clarkson1 year 6 weeks agoHas anyone asked why Clarkson

    Has anyone asked why Clarkson needed to use such a wide, lane hogging vehicle to transport just himself around London? If he'd been on something sensible for a single adult, like a bicycle for example, he would have had no problem. Its just his fixation on lugging three tonnes of metal and five empty seats around with him when he's on his own that is causing his problem.

  • "Point-making" rider hits back at Jeremy Clarkson1 year 6 weeks agoI've been a huge fan of

    I've been a huge fan of Clarkson for years; saw his show live as a kid, and defended every comment he's ever made that's landed him in trouble in the media.

    I'm actually really disappointed because all it takes is for him to show all this on Top Gear, mocking it in his usual manner, in doing so will create thousands of cyclist haters.

  • Rookie league, new player questions and discussions1 year 6 weeks agoPlayed most of last year and

    Played most of last year and this is the first year that I'm playing full-time and will pay the £10.

    Are there any restrictions for getting a prize like if you're in US?

  • The Cycling Anthology Volume 3, edited by Ellis Bacon and Lionel Birnie1 year 6 weeks agoRide to The Hub cyclists'

    Ride to The Hub cyclists' café in Redbourn and enquire about getting all three books personally signed by Lionel Nerd

  • "Point-making" rider hits back at Jeremy Clarkson1 year 6 weeks agoLet's face it, a lot of

    Let's face it, a lot of people are seriously fucked up in the head. There are two solutions I can think of - one, a new kind of fascism where we round up everyone with a below average IQ and intern them in camps, or two, at least don't allow them to drive cars.

  • B’Twin to launch versatile and super-adaptable B’Original1 year 6 weeks agoThe Oxylane Innovation awards

    The Oxylane Innovation awards seem to be open to Decathlon (or Oxylane) brands - Wedze, Kalenji, Tribord, B'Twin etc. Kind of like giving yourself an award for being clever? I don't imagine any road.cc readers would buy this bike let alone ride one.

  • "Point-making" rider hits back at Jeremy Clarkson1 year 6 weeks agoAs you'd expect, Vine's Daily

    As you'd expect, Vine's Daily Mail article comments are something else.

    Even some of the Pro-cycling lobby are right of Farage "This environmental claptrap has been one of the most significant reason that many men don't cycle - who wants to be motivated by limp-wristed reasons like that. Cycling is about keeping fit, going fast, getting somewhere, saving money and starving the tax-grubbing government of its iniquitous parking fees and fines, and its beats jogging."

  • Vuelta 2014 route unveiled - but reigning champ Chris Horner missing at presentation1 year 6 weeks agoContador will do the Tour -

    Contador will do the Tour - Vuelta double but will focus on the Tour

  • What is it about this winter?1 year 6 weeks agoI agree with the comments

    I agree with the comments about rider error. Yes the roads are terrible, pot holes, grease, oil, standing water and in some cases black ice, however I think the biggest difference is probably our not adjusting to the conditions, and indeed over cautiousness.

    The autumn weather was ace, and I think the transition from pleasant cycling conditions, to acceptable conditions with rider adjustments has been really quick, quicker than normal and people are still riding like its summer.

    From personal experience, I've never known a winter where I've worn the thermal socks and overshoes so little and I'm struggling to believe we are now well into January

  • New Essex bike path could boost Internet speed1 year 6 weeks agoJust another benefit for

    Just another benefit for cycling Applause

  • Bontrager introduce Velocis AW road helmet1 year 6 weeks agoHad to give the Trek Factory

    Had to give the Trek Factory team some sort of aero option. Couldn't be the only one without

  • Trek Factory Racing reveal new team kit and roster1 year 6 weeks agoAnd now Giant-Shimano come

    And now Giant-Shimano come out with a black & white kit. FFS!!!!!

  • "Point-making" rider hits back at Jeremy Clarkson1 year 6 weeks agoI got beeped today while

    I got beeped today while driving in the outside lane of a dual carriageway just above the speed limit of 50 mph ... why would someone beep their horn and flash their lights at me when they would be illegal if driving faster? People just don't like being held up, regardless of whether or not they would be breaking the law by going faster. I can understand why Clarkson got annoyed even if the cyclist is legally within his rights to take the centre of the lane (not something I would normally do), but it would have been simple to pull in/slow down and let Clarkson past, then the whole episode could have been avoided.

  • "Point-making" rider hits back at Jeremy Clarkson1 year 6 weeks ago"taking the lane" is for

    "taking the lane" is for safety, not controlling other cars because you, in your own opinion, "can keep up with traffic". Complete non-story because we only have one side of it...

  • "Point-making" rider hits back at Jeremy Clarkson1 year 6 weeks agoall of those would be funny,

    all of those would be funny, if they weren't so pitiful.

  • "Point-making" rider hits back at Jeremy Clarkson1 year 6 weeks agoqwerky wrote:Ignorance is a

    qwerky wrote:
    Ignorance is a major cause of conflict. Drivers perceive some kind of wrong doing and use it to lambast the poor person on the bike. This is a perfect example, but it often happens with riding two abreast as well, or riding on the road and not on a cycle path. Typical symptoms include spouting non-existent highway code rules or going on about non existent cycling proficiency.....

    The media often reports cyclists as being verbally abusive and agressive. I can understand this as when subjected to a potentially lethal episode of road-rage the adrenaline starts pumping. However you have to remember that the person is simply reacting to a situation caused by someone else. You don't see cyclists (even the lycra louts) riding along effing and blinding at everyone they see in a car.

    Absolutely right. Non existent highway code regulations are always highly amusing. One woman stopped her Range Rover last year to tell me that the white line running along the side of the road was for cyclists to make sure they weren't in anyone's way. This aparrently was in the Highway Code and I was advised to read it. I think it comes as a shock or at least gives pause to a lot of drivers that most cyclists do have driving licences. I even own three quite nice cars. I just like cycling as well.

    As for the perception that cyclists can be agressive. That's probably stemming from the same idea that cyclists must be poor, low status people that won't answer back. There is a Transport Research Laboratory report that alluded to a hierachy that many drivers used. The bigger, more expensive your vehicle the more rights you were perceived to have. I have both a large powerful Saab and a Smart FourTwo. My own very unscientific research is that the TRL report holds true. If I drive at the speed limit in the big Saab then no bother. If I do the same thing in the Smart Car then I get hooted and flashed quite a few times. Lower status see.

    It's not all that helpful but may be worth bearing in mind.

  • Fed up with the "woolly" shifting on my 105's...1 year 6 weeks agoI think I am getting away

    I think I am getting away from the main thrust of the thread. I have no problems with my 105's, I just don't like the way they feel. I was wondering if the Rivals were an upgrade or just a waste of money.
    I know that Ultegra is an upgrade but again will they be the same as 105's but even lighter.
    Either way I will probably upgrade, I can get the (seemingly) more expensive Rivals for slightly less than Ultegra!

    Jay

  • BMW driver who blamed cyclist for crash after hitting rider, 2 pedestrians, and a bus fined £300 and disqualified for six months1 year 6 weeks agoHave to say, the attitudes of

    Have to say, the attitudes of many contributors to this site are far worse than most BMW drivers I come across.

    There are a lot of self-righteous cocks on here.

  • Madison Men's Road Race Apex jacket1 year 6 weeks agomorethansonglyrics

    morethansonglyrics wrote:
    Assume it doesnt pack down into a jersey pocket/saddle bag?

    Yes, but it'll consume an entire pocket - it's not the most packable jacket out there, but the good breathability does mean you can wear it for the whole ride comfortably

  • "Point-making" rider hits back at Jeremy Clarkson1 year 6 weeks agoIgnorance is a major cause of

    Ignorance is a major cause of conflict. Drivers perceive some kind of wrong doing and use it to lambast the poor person on the bike. This is a perfect example, but it often happens with riding two abreast as well, or riding on the road and not on a cycle path. Typical symptoms include spouting non-existent highway code rules or going on about non existent cycling proficiency.

    When you pair ignorance with aggression things get even worse. You get someone in a car who uses their belief of being "in the right" (due to incorrectly perceived wrong-doing by a cyclist) to justify dangerous behaviour such as a close pass, failing to concede right of way, or a mouthful of abuse.

    The media often reports cyclists as being verbally abusive and agressive. I can understand this as when subjected to a potentially lethal episode of road-rage the adrenaline starts pumping. However you have to remember that the person is simply reacting to a situation caused by someone else. You don't see cyclists (even the lycra louts) riding along effing and blinding at everyone they see in a car.

    Here's a couple of examples I've experienced;
    - Riding in bus/cycle lane stopped at traffic lights in primary position. Minibus pulls up behind me and gets on the horn. I turn round and get told to "get out of the f***ing way" as I shouldn't be in the bus lane. I point to the sign (4ft away) with a large bicycle symbol on it. He gets on the horn again. The minibus
    was privately owned and had no right to use the lane.
    - Riding up the outside of a queue of stationary traffic. The road has a single lane but 300m ahead it splits into two lanes. A woman with her phone to her ear pulls out of the queue, causing me to swerve violently to avoid her. She drives on the wrong side on the road causing oncoming traffic to move out of her way so she can join the queue in the second lane. As I catch up with her she winds down the window and says (unprompted) "You ought to be more careful, you'll get yourself killed riding like that."
    - A group of drunk men are stood outside a pub, smoking. As I ride past (on the road, at about 20mph) one of them yells at me that I should be riding in the cycle lane (which they are standing in and totally blocking).
    - Riding on a shared use path (cycles on one side, pedestrians on the other, big solid white line painted in the middle at an attempt of some sort of segregation) I see that I am approaching a woman walking here dog. She is on the "cycling" side. I slow and give a friendly whistle. She turns round and tells me not to whistle at her like she's some sort of dog, then launches into a tirade of abuse. I point out that she's walking on a cycle path. She says she's not and that bicycles aren't allowed on the pavement. I point at her feet and ask her to observe the large white painted bicycle symbol that she is stood on.

  • Madison Men's Road Race Apex jacket1 year 6 weeks agonowasps wrote:Three layers

    nowasps wrote:
    Three layers and a waterproof jacket?

    I've gotta keep warm! It was blimmin' cold, low temps, lots of flooding (which we rode through) freezing rain for most of the day. Not the time to let yourself get cold, especially in the latter stages of the ride when you're tired

  • Madison Men's Road Race Apex jacket1 year 6 weeks agomorethansonglyrics - you're

    morethansonglyrics - you're correct, it's not really a packer. Although you could fold and roll it into a 'sausage' shape and get it into a jersey pocket at a push if you needed to.

  • Madison Men's Road Race Apex jacket1 year 6 weeks agoI have one in white. Only

    I have one in white. Only worn it a couple of times but it's already seen some serious cold, rain and hail.
    I fully agree with everything said above - a very accurate review. I do run quite hot usually, and using the chest zips in conjunction with the arm zips works well.
    One detail not mentioned above that I love is the bi-directional main zip, which I've never had on a cycling jacket before (not sure if that feature is uncommon, or whether I've just had the wrong jackets?). Being able to zip upward to loosen the skirt makes access to rear jersey pockets beneath very easy.
    Based on my early impressions, I reckon of paid almost twice as much for jackets that aren't as good as this.