• Sustrans: Cyclists should slow down1 year 7 weeks agoThe fluffy one has a point.

    The fluffy one has a point.

    Stopped using a bell years, maybe decades ago after scaring an old man out of his skin on a bridleway on Dartmoor. Slowed right down, 'ding ding' and he visibly leapt. Something to do with his hearing aid. We both chuckled when we figured it out.

    Now stick with 'excuse me' / 'thank you' and when met with the snarling peds (good description) who refuse to part / move over then try to think of some witty repast. I usually fail and squeeze past them.

    And don't start me on headphones or dog leads. Angry

    Shared paths, best avoided during periods of heavy use.

  • Boris bike use down 20 percent1 year 7 weeks agoWhat sort a pricing model is

    What sort a pricing model is that whereby the cost of a hire just increases two-fold?

    So either the services was undersold (for all these years) or greed set in. Where do profits go? On bad workers in the public service?

  • New bike advice1 year 7 weeks agoMy commuter is a steel,

    My commuter is a steel, single speed, 25mm tyres, not over inflated. Lovely.

    Easy to maintain (i'm yet to clean the 1/2 inch chain in 12 months and it doesn't stretch much either) and fun to ride (fixed). I do about 13 miles each day. Depends on how flat your route is.

  • Reckless riders in cycle capital Copenhagen could jeopardise plans to get more people on bikes1 year 7 weeks agoMany European states have a

    Many European states have a liberated policy towards cycling. Even more so than UK. It quite a strange story to hear as most European cyclists are actually quite well behaved.

    Maybe a sickness from the UK has caught hold in Coppenhagen?

    Frankly looks disdainful of those individuals who think they're experts at the steering wheel or a bicycle to afford Recklessness.

  • VIDEO: New cycle and pedestrian bridge to be London's newest river crossing1 year 7 weeks agoNarrow bridge with stairs?

    Narrow bridge with stairs? That's what they call a narrow pedestrian bridge with a lift that cyclists can use to push their bikes across!

  • Former Giro d'Italia champion Danilo Di Luca banned from cycling for life1 year 7 weeks agobikeboy76 wrote: Yes, Andy

    bikeboy76 wrote:

    Yes, Andy Schleck. And that is who would keep it, why wouldn't he keep it?

    You may have missed that a lot of people have decided that because Frank Schleck was caught, Andy is guilty too.

  • Sustrans: Cyclists should slow down1 year 7 weeks agochadders wrote:One of the

    chadders wrote:
    One of the biggest issues with shared paths is the fact that people pay 100s or thousands of pounds for a sleek racing machine but don't pay £2 for a bell.
    I both run and cycle on the cycle path between Deeside and chester and must have heard someone ring a bell to warn me of their presence half a dozen times in 4 years.
    Speed is not an issue if appropriate in the right situation and with the ability to warn people of your approach.
    The majority of the cycling community don't help themselves.

    I used to find pedestrians walking (several abreast) on shared use paths would more often-than-not just stop dead and turn round and snarl at you for being so rude as to ring your bell. Perhaps those who _want_ a bell 'ding' should wear a sign on their backs indicating they are of the minority who _don't_ consider it rude, because how is a cyclist supposed to know who is in which group?

    I used to just try saying 'excuse me' instead, because bells are perceived as aggressive, but I find a better solution is to avoid shared-use paths entirely on account of their being a bit useless. Other than in the middle of the night or something, anyway.

    Edit - actually, I'm overstating it slightly. I'm far from a fast cyclist and sometimes those sorts of paths are OK - but it does depend entirely on the time of day. At times when there's heavy pedestrian traffic you really might as well just get off and walk.

  • Bristol's mayor George Ferguson backs rush-hour lorry ban1 year 7 weeks agoHGVs aren't precisely the

    HGVs aren't precisely the problem. HGVs are few and far between when it comes to traffic attacks in towns and city centres.

    The problem is vehicles. Commuters who drive in to work. People who are too lazy or think themselves above to use public transport, or cycle or walk.

    Inner cities have no room for traffic. See some common sense.

  • New bike advice1 year 7 weeks agoThe wearing of your mechs is

    The wearing of your mechs is weird, isn't it? Do you cross-chain much, do you know? I imagine if you do, that'll put more strain on things. How about your cadence? Is it quite low? I've heard that can contribute to component wear (and destroy your joints, but that's another matter).

  • British Cycling introduces grading system for sportives1 year 7 weeks agonortonpdj wrote:So where's

    nortonpdj wrote:
    So where's the axis representing wind speed and direction?

    Those variables my friend are taken care of by the commissares. Not only wind speed and direction, but temperature, humidity, UV, level and prevalence of doping in the field, equipment performance, you name it, are all taken care of off the chart. All you need to worry about are one or two numbers in the chart. That's all it comes down to.

  • Limited edition Gruber Images Calendar 2014 on sale now1 year 7 weeks agoHope you being ironic

    Hope you being ironic bikeboy. The second January will be 2015. Most decent calendars do this to allow for planning into the new year Wink

  • Just in: Aprire Vincenza1 year 7 weeks agoMiggers wrote:Great

    Miggers wrote:
    Great "traditional" looking bike that could tempt me away from steel if it rides as good as it looks...

    If by 'traditional' you mean suspiciously like a Canyon then yes, it is very elegant looking, aero but not overly configured.

  • VIDEO: New cycle and pedestrian bridge to be London's newest river crossing1 year 7 weeks agoI'm sure it will look nice,

    I'm sure it will look nice, but it will not be practical for cyclists.
    Too narrow as a min you would need room for two people walking side by side and stopping looking at the view, while two riders from each direction try to squeeze past, and that's it its not busy.
    and the steps and lift access, well it just nuts.

  • Neoprene Gloves1 year 7 weeks agoI have some SKY branded

    I have some SKY branded versions of the castelli gloves and they are my favourite long fingered gloves. Very warm, moderately windproof and warm when wet. I would probably use them down to -2 but i generally run hot. The grip is very good and they are surprisingly comfortable.

    I've had other cheap neoprenes ones - fishing ones from gooutdoors. For me the castellis are worth the extra expensive just because of the fit and comfort. Plus they have lasted much longer.

    But if i was suggesting someone cheap winter gloves i wouldn't hesitate to suggest any old neoprene gloves.

  • Limited edition Gruber Images Calendar 2014 on sale now1 year 7 weeks agoJanuary twice, that's not how

    January twice, that's not how it works.

  • VIDEO: New cycle and pedestrian bridge to be London's newest river crossing1 year 7 weeks agocaptain_slog wrote:It does

    captain_slog wrote:
    It does look nice, but from the video it seems the only way of getting on to it by bike is to use the lift.

    Or the stairs; extreme mountain biking down the stairs on the other side Sir? Inevitable.

  • VIDEO: New cycle and pedestrian bridge to be London's newest river crossing1 year 7 weeks agoHate railings that lean

    Hate railings that lean inwards towards the path, might look nice but it's not practical.

  • Just in: Aprire Vincenza1 year 7 weeks agoGreat "traditional" looking

    Great "traditional" looking bike that could tempt me away from steel if it rides as good as it looks...

  • New bike advice1 year 7 weeks ago+1 on the bike

    +1 on the bike love/maintenance.

    I'm running an Arkose CX beast for 80-100 miles/week of commuting, trail and fun riding. 8 months and not one mechanical so far. Well up to the task of coping with moderate mileage on grotty surfaces, and I'm not the lightest of riders. In retrospective, for an "n" bike, I'd have gone for a decent hybrid (recent Hoy and Raleigh releases look very nice indeed). Very little drop off in performance, and great deal more change out of your budget.

  • VIDEO: New cycle and pedestrian bridge to be London's newest river crossing1 year 7 weeks agoa bad design for cyclists,

    a bad design for cyclists, you should be able to cycle up and over it without dismounting, also sharing a common path for cyclist and walking public doesn't acknowledge the difference in speed between the two category's.

  • VIDEO: New cycle and pedestrian bridge to be London's newest river crossing1 year 7 weeks agoIt does look nice, but from

    It does look nice, but from the video it seems the only way of getting on to it by bike is to use the lift.

  • is it me or are the roads super slippy at the mo?1 year 7 weeks agoWent down this morning, 35 on

    Went down this morning, 35 on a descent road turned right, tightened up and then I was over and sliding down the road.
    Second ride on the winter bike and bent the hanger, and possibly damaged mech,
    Ripped knee and arm warmer and a fair bit of skin on the road!

  • is it me or are the roads super slippy at the mo?1 year 7 weeks agoBang. Went down hard this

    Bang. Went down hard this morning. Nothing really damaged but my pride thankfully but it was out of nowhere on a corner I normally take at 20+mph in the summer but was being winter cautious at between 12-15mph. Front wheel just disappeared from under me. Took the fall on my shoulder and scratched the buckle of my Zxelliums. Had a look at the road and can't work out why I went down. Bike is wearing Conti 4000s, think I'll just stay on the trainer until march. Sad

  • Stolen Specialized Roubaix Elite - 20121 year 7 weeks agoHi.. I have a ground anchor..

    Hi.. I have a ground anchor.. But they cut the padlock with bolt cutters.. So now will invest in better locks!! Have checked out some motorcycle ones that look good!! I have to say I hope they stuff my frame up trying to get the d-locks off and so they can't sell it!!

  • Sustrans: Cyclists should slow down1 year 7 weeks agoThis thread serves to

    This thread serves to prove(as if it were needed) that its not the car that makes the cock.