• Southwark plans crackdown on 20+mph cyclists1 year 5 weeks agobikebot wrote:How do you

    bikebot wrote:
    How do you think the traffic Police deal with most offences. Only a few can be measured, most tickets are the subjective view of the issuing officer.

    So a police officer who likely never cycles, can look at someone cycling, think that they seemed to be going a bit fast, and issue them a ticket??? Thinking That's actually quite worrying. I'd just always assumed that speeding tickets were issued based on something a bit more measurable...

    (Where is the poster called Stumps when you need them, for the cop's eye view on it? Wink )

  • fish and chips versus energy bars1 year 5 weeks agoHim Up North wrote:Sky

    Him Up North wrote:
    Sky Soigneur: "Well, er, fish n chips, mushy peas and a can of coke or maybe Fanta. Froomey likes curry sauce instead of peas, um, Vas Kiryienka prefers a special coz he's got a big engine. And Eddy Boss will have a battered sausage."

    You missed out Berny Eisel's pizza.

  • Southwark plans crackdown on 20+mph cyclists1 year 5 weeks agobrooksby wrote:bikebot

    brooksby wrote:
    bikebot wrote:
    brooksby wrote:
    I don't see how Southwark would enforce a speed limit on bicycles, any more than I see how the Royal Parks do... Does it just come down to a policeman saying, "Ooo - that seemed a bit fast!"?

    Yes.

    Well, thats just silly! Silly

    How do you think the traffic Police deal with most offences. Only a few can be measured, most tickets are the subjective view of the issuing officer.

  • Which energy drink?1 year 5 weeks agoHave tried Zipvit (yuck),

    Have tried Zipvit (yuck), won't touch SiS (artificial sweeteners, WTF?). Lots of people say that other brands give them bad guts and find Torq is the only one that doesn't. Only natural ingredients and I know Matt Hart and his mob are a great bunch so it's always Torq for me.

    Having said that, I don't use it on normal rides, only in races or a really hard training session. Otherwise plain water and dried fruit/bars work perfectly well. Just discovered the mixed berries flavour Geobar, it's my new favourite.

  • Southwark plans crackdown on 20+mph cyclists1 year 5 weeks agocyclingDMlondon

    cyclingDMlondon wrote:
    JeevesBath wrote:
    cyclingDMlondon wrote:
    seven wrote:
    You can't simply make a law that says "it's an offence to step over this here line when you're wearing blue shoes"

    Yes they can. In this country, the government can do whatever it likes, and nothing or nobody can stop it.

    Disabuse yourself of the notion that you live in a democracy.

    Not accurate. A new law has to be presented in a Bill, which is discussed in Parliament. It must then pass the House of Lords before it can receive 'Royal Assent'. All of these are opportunities for your democratically elected representatives to prevent it being made.
    I agree that stopping the Government is not easy, but as recent cases from the European Court have shown, unjust legislation can be overturned.

    Please.

    There is no power on earth that can 'overturn' legislation passed by Parliament, except for a subsequent Parliament. This is part of the doctrine of Parliamentary sovereignty. All that can be done is a declaration of incompatability, which the government can use to wipe its collective arse.

    And with a sufficient majority, the government can stick its middle finger up at Parliament.

    Other than a jury you mean.

    And you missed the bit where Britain signed away it's sovereignty to the EU, EU law trumps UK law, there's no 2 ways about it.

  • Southwark plans crackdown on 20+mph cyclists1 year 5 weeks agobikebot wrote:brooksby

    bikebot wrote:
    brooksby wrote:
    I don't see how Southwark would enforce a speed limit on bicycles, any more than I see how the Royal Parks do... Does it just come down to a policeman saying, "Ooo - that seemed a bit fast!"?

    Yes.

    Well, thats just silly! Silly

  • Tour De France Stage 171 year 5 weeks agoTaaramae has one mountain

    Taaramae has one mountain point today - and now I have a full house!

    Barring a major belly-up, Majka, Jrod, Tommy V, Nibbles, Pinot, Bardet, King Leopold and Peraud will all score GC or mountain points today

  • Crack in Giant Defy 2 seat tube1 year 5 weeks agoThis is an amazing

    This is an amazing demonstration of bull shit!

    So essentially, what we are talking about here is Giant making a product unfit for purpose, and once being made aware of it, taking no further action than finding a loop-hole within their warranty documentation to dodge replacing a dodgy frame.

    Am I seeing this the wrong way?

    I absolutely understand the need to follow manufacturers guides for assembly, and have no arguments, but honestly, for a frames integrity to be dependent on the owner checking torque settings every ride is absolutely ridiculous and not fit for purpose.

    Surely it is also negligence on both the manufacturer and shop owner to not highlight this requirement within the warranty if it was knowingly so essential.

    It is not enough that checking bolt tensions are included somewhere in the manual, it should be highly prominent in the paperwork and in my opinion specifically mentioning the seatbolt to adequately cover what Giant ar eputting forward as an excuse.

    As mentioned above, it won't stand up in court, keep pushing. Personally this sounds like one for social media as well.

    I read a fair amount of cycling press, I have not been made aware of this issue previously. If I haven't, than I imagine very few others have either. Shame on Giant.

    My parting shot; how many of us can sit here now and genuinely say they check the torque settings of their bicycles bolts every ride? I'd genuinely like to know... if its not nearly all of us, than for a frame to require such attention is the exception and not the norm.

  • Guernsey judge criticises road layout as lorry driver acquitted of causing cyclist's death1 year 5 weeks agoMcDuff73 wrote:How on earth

    McDuff73 wrote:
    How on earth can the truck driver be aquitted of killing someone on a pavement? The law is indeed an ass... wonder if that had been a pedestrian or a child in a pram the verdict would have been different?

    Too many motorists don't see a cycle path or a cycle lane as a "real" lane of traffic.

    And - admitting you have a massive blind spot which didn't allow you to see the cyclist, is surely an admission of guilt rather than a mitigating circumstance??

  • Southwark plans crackdown on 20+mph cyclists1 year 5 weeks agoollieclark wrote: Ever been

    ollieclark wrote:

    Ever been hit by a bike at 30mph? It hurts. Sometimes more than a car due to all the sticky out bits.

    Perhaps you should consider not repeatedly walking out in front of fast moving cars and bikes. Wink

  • Cervélo to sponsor MTN-Qhubeka in 20151 year 5 weeks agoI wouldn't be surprised if

    I wouldn't be surprised if the Argon 18 deal is with Europcar.

    "Garmin has a contract with the team next year but not as a title sponsor. The team name will definitely change next year"

    More at http://www.cyclingquotes.com/news/garmin-sharp_set_for_name_change_in_2015/

  • Guernsey judge criticises road layout as lorry driver acquitted of causing cyclist's death1 year 5 weeks agomrmo wrote:Only situation I

    mrmo wrote:
    Only situation I can think of is where there is something between the road and the path, a hedge, fence, something that renders the driver and cyclist blind to each other????

    ...and there are a surprising number of junctions laid out like that, all over the UK. I come down off the cycle path over the Avonmouth Bridge (M5), going toward Shirehampton, and the end of the path (which is, as you can imagine, quite a steep slope) goes out onto a footpath (not shared use), and a road that I need to cross to the island at the middle of, then to turn right to go toward Bristol.

    Streetview at https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.495924,-2.684582,3a,75y,180h,90t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sLbpVf33Rc_zIRw6dtN83qg!2e0

    The exit from the cycle path is now almost completely obscured by greenery, so that you have to come to a complete stop and then ease v-e-r-y slowly out, to check you're not going to hit a pedestrian or get hit by a pavement cyclist.

  • Europcar boss accuses Michael Albasini of racism1 year 5 weeks agoShould this really be up to

    Should this really be up to the riders to resolve themselves? Surely the UCI or ASO have policies regarding racism. Good on Bernaudeau for being vocal about it - I don't buy Albasini's "I didn't do nuffink, Gov" statement, it's hard to believe that Réza would lie about it, especially given they popped off the break at around the same time.

  • Video: Coolest support car ever? Team Sky's Jaguar F-type1 year 5 weeks agodaddyELVIS wrote:...and Sky

    daddyELVIS wrote:
    ...and Sky find yet another way to look like tw@ts!

    Can't really understand this kind of attitude at all. Why you would even bother making a comment like that, I don't understand.

  • Decent (Enough) Short-Duration Locks1 year 5 weeks agoI bought a retractable wire

    I bought a retractable wire lock for my kids to use at primary school but it was prone to sticking and the plastic case doesn't look very robust; one sharp tug and it may fall apart.

    I would suggest a coil cable combination lock, you can wind it round the seat post or head tube when not in use:

    http://www.halfords.com/cycling/accessories/locks/halfords-resettable-co...
    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/abus-numero-1300-cable-bike-lock/

    Anyone thinking that their bike won't get nicked in rural areas is kidding themselves, I have heard about a number of bikes being nicked after being left for just a few minutes. And bear in mind that any insurance will be invalidated if you didn't bother locking it to something.

    How upset will you be if it disappears? If you value it then lock it up.

  • Southwark plans crackdown on 20+mph cyclists1 year 5 weeks agobrooksby wrote:I don't see

    brooksby wrote:
    I don't see how Southwark would enforce a speed limit on bicycles, any more than I see how the Royal Parks do... Does it just come down to a policeman saying, "Ooo - that seemed a bit fast!"?

    Yes.

  • Southwark plans crackdown on 20+mph cyclists1 year 5 weeks agoSpeed limits on motor

    Speed limits on motor vehicles were introduced in 1903 in order to protect members of the public from the harm that can be done by excessive speed made possible by engines. The speed limit in 1903 was set at 20mph; this limit was routinely breached by early motorists. In 1934 the speed limit in towns was set at 30mph.

    Not then and not since have any laws been enacted to make cyclists adhere to the speeding regulations brought in for motorised vehicles.

    Rule 124 of the currently in force Highway Code states speed limits on a tabulated panel, but there is no row that applies to bicycles.

    “A person who drives a motor vehicle on a road at a speed exceeding a limit imposed by or under any enactment to which this section applies shall be guilty of an offence.” (Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, s.89.1)

    Bicycles are not legally required to have speedometer, and no bicycle speedometer is in any event calibrated to meet any Department of Transport test.

    Despite all of this, cyclists can always be charged under the laws relating to furious cycling, and councils have the power to put by-laws in place which affect only their own adopted roads eg. Bristol City Council has brought in across-the-board (or, as good as) 20mph speed limits within the city boundary, but their own website states that "Who does the 20mph speed limit apply to? All motorised vehicles."

    I don't see how Southwark would enforce a speed limit on bicycles, any more than I see how the Royal Parks do... Does it just come down to a policeman saying, "Ooo - that seemed a bit fast!"?

  • Southwark plans crackdown on 20+mph cyclists1 year 5 weeks agobikebot wrote:Mountainboy

    bikebot wrote:
    Mountainboy wrote:
    Hang on knob-jockeys!
    The 20mph figure for motor vehicles wasn't arrived at by magic, I 'guess' it is a speed that would mean fewer pedestrians would be killed/seriously injured in collisions than would be at 30mph?
    (please correct me, I haven't studied this, you can probably tell)

    Speed limits were mostly a factor of visibility, road conditions and braking distance so as to avoid an accident happening in the first place. See if you can beat the braking distance of a car on your bike at those speeds. Wet and dry conditions.

    Precisely, and as a cyclist if I'm involved in a collision with a pedestrian whilst I'm doing 25mph I'm likely to get badly hurt unlike a car driver, this is the reason this law isn't needed - because most cyclists will cycle cautiously and the other idiots won't slow down even if the law is changed anyway.

    Another factor is the width of a bicycle is much less than the width of a car meaning cyclists can give give pedestrians a wider berth and have more forewarning of any stupid moves they might make. And, if a cyclist is traveling at 25mph then their heart is racing and the thinking part of their stopping distance is going to be much quicker than the lard arse in the car reading texts.

  • Moral Dilemma - See Through Bottoms1 year 5 weeks agokeirik wrote:Looking is

    keirik wrote:
    Looking is fine

    Not in my case it wasn't.

    keirik wrote:
    get over yourselves
    You weren't there man, you weren't there...
    http://static.fjcdn.com/gifs/epic_142653_315813.gif

  • fat tax. the time has come1 year 5 weeks agoOh bollocks, just noticed

    Oh bollocks, just noticed this was a Stanley thread. I've been trolled Applause

  • Wiggins: I'd be pissed off if I were Hoy, plus "f*cking Chris Froome"1 year 5 weeks agofarrell wrote:mhmhmh

    farrell wrote:
    mhmhmh wrote:
    Should be called the Obree Velodrome anyway...

    Why?

    Nothing against Hoy, I just think Obree deserves it more. And he's (more) local to the area too.

  • Southwark plans crackdown on 20+mph cyclists1 year 5 weeks agoJeevesBath

    JeevesBath wrote:
    cyclingDMlondon wrote:
    seven wrote:
    You can't simply make a law that says "it's an offence to step over this here line when you're wearing blue shoes"

    Yes they can. In this country, the government can do whatever it likes, and nothing or nobody can stop it.

    Disabuse yourself of the notion that you live in a democracy.

    Not accurate. A new law has to be presented in a Bill, which is discussed in Parliament. It must then pass the House of Lords before it can receive 'Royal Assent'. All of these are opportunities for your democratically elected representatives to prevent it being made.
    I agree that stopping the Government is not easy, but as recent cases from the European Court have shown, unjust legislation can be overturned.

    Please.

    There is no power on earth that can 'overturn' legislation passed by Parliament, except for a subsequent Parliament. This is part of the doctrine of Parliamentary sovereignty. All that can be done is a declaration of incompatability, which the government can use to wipe its collective arse.

    And with a sufficient majority, the government can stick its middle finger up at Parliament.

  • Crack in Giant Defy 2 seat tube1 year 5 weeks agoDaveG, I've messaged you

    DaveG, I've messaged you separately with more details as I had the exact same issue with a Giant frame.

    I got the same response from the online retailer I bought it from, and from Giant. The crack is caused by the seatpost not being tightened sufficiently. They stopped honouring the warranty on it due to seeing so many instances.

    My view was that a product which could fail so catastrophically, due to a user configurable setting not being *exact*, was not fit for purpose. I did use a torque wrench and carbon grease to fit the seat post and agree that the wording of the disclaimers in the manual is vague enough to argue with.

    I pursued it, at some length, and with recourse to the Sale of Goods Act, I eventually got a refund from the retailer. It wasn't easy though.

    Stick with it.

  • Crack in Giant Defy 2 seat tube1 year 5 weeks agoIncidentally, you say the

    Incidentally, you say the crack is where the seatpost narrows. Why not mark your post and take it out and see if the bottom of the post is anywhere near the narrowing section of the frame tube?

    The narrowing section on the tube will almost certainly also involve a change in wall thickness so it is at least (more) likely this that has caused the crack, rather than mechanical damage due to impact from the bottom of the seat post. If the latter you would expect to be able to see the damage from the inside of the frame anyway.

    Basically Giant need to look at your frame properly and not guess what the cause might be.

  • Police appeal for witnesses after cyclist killed in south-west London1 year 5 weeks agobikebot

    bikebot wrote:
    @cyclingDMlondon

    You may have seen this before, it's worth a read if not - https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/metropolitan_police_road_safe_lo

    Upgrading roadsafe to deal more robustly with complaints and video evidence would have a significant impact in improving road safety, and at very low cost to the Police. There are politicians interested in the idea.

    Like many I ride with a camera for safety first, and also because sometimes it's just nice to record a journey through a beautiful country. I know from incidents that happened to me years ago, that video evidence would have made a difference.

    I haven't been to Greenwich for sometime, but I remember that central square as a bit of a racetrack.

    Interesting. I made a similar FOI request to the Met, and they told me to eff off.