• Punctured inner tubes, proper repair?1 year 6 weeks agoI carry a spare new tube, a

    I carry a spare new tube, a spare patched tube, and a minimalistic patch kit. Yes - I've had two punctures on one ride. I would only patch a tube a second time to get home. I cut up my old tubes and find other uses for the bits. A small section with the valve is useful when putting new rim strips on wheels (to hold it so the hole aligns properly).

    People who discard punctured tubes improperly should be prosecuted the same as other low-life litterers. I pick up any old tubes I find on my rides (not many in may area) and take them home. I know one bike shop that has a "ball" of old tubes about a metre in diameter Smile

  • Aussie company kickstarts combined rear light & camera at bargain price1 year 6 weeks agoI think powering both the

    I think powering both the light and the camera from the battery is a terrible idea. They quote 5 hours, but in my experience cameras rarely live up to the manufacturer's expectations, and as soon as it's out of juice you've lost both the camera and the rear light.

  • British Cycling unveils 10-point manifesto urging government to #ChooseCycling1 year 6 weeks agoSelling off the NHS is what

    Selling off the NHS is what the government have in mind. The physical health of the nation is not their concern.

  • Cycle to Work Alliance says scheme saves UK £5.1 billion over decade thanks to nation's improved health1 year 6 weeks agoI bought my bike on the Cycle

    I bought my bike on the Cycle to Work scheme, but no one at my work monitors how many times I've actually used the bike to get to work! However, my perceived wellbeing has improved since buying the bike...and I haven't had a sick-day off work either. My you, I never had a sick-day in the five years before I got the bike either, but don't tell the statisticians.

  • Aussie company kickstarts combined rear light & camera at bargain price1 year 6 weeks agoThe media would undoubtedly

    The media would undoubtedly love the video footage. But until Police start to prosecute bad drivers properly, no-one will care and they'll all just end up on You've Been Framed.

  • When's too many bikes enough ?1 year 6 weeks agoBit of a nightmare this

    Bit of a nightmare this subject. Currently on 4 (wife has 2): Road, MTB, Folder and Hybrid. There's always a better, or more suitable for the job, bike out there and you're a 'bit attached' to the old ones. I just try and ensure they all get an airing to justify their existence. I can vouch for a bit 'pimping up' if your old steed is feeling a bit tired. Nothing like some upgrades to give it a bit more zip and cure the lust for something you can't afford.

  • Aussie company kickstarts combined rear light & camera at bargain price1 year 6 weeks agoThis is not a bad idea, but I

    This is not a bad idea, but I think that rather than compare the camera to a GoPro, it would make more sense to compare it to one of the many "keyfob" video cameras (available for about £20 on eBay).

    While they have their issues (difficult configuration, lack of weatherproofing) the basic operation and video recorded is perfectly adequate for this usage.

    Considering they are already sold at a profit, it should be possible to source similar vidcams-on-chips for even less, and build both front and rear cameralights to sell for less than £100.

    I think GoPro has had the "actioncam" market to itself long enough, BTW. I've got one and while the video is fine, the ergonomics are pretty awful. Bring on the competition (Garmin, Shimano, etc.)

  • Aussie company kickstarts combined rear light & camera at bargain price1 year 6 weeks agoThis is not a bad idea, but I

    This is not a bad idea, but I think that rather than compare the camera to a GoPro, it would make more sense to compare it to one of the many "keyfob" video cameras (available for about £20 on eBay).

    While they have their issues (difficult configuration, lack of weatherproofing) the basic operation and video recorded is perfectly adequate for this usage.

    Considering they are already sold at a profit, it should be possible to source similar vidcams-on-chips for even less, and build both front and rear cameralights to sell for less than £100.

    I think GoPro has had the "actioncam" market to itself long enough, BTW. I've got one and while the video is fine, the ergonomics are pretty awful. Bring on the competition (Garmin, Shimano, etc.)

  • British Cycling unveils 10-point manifesto urging government to #ChooseCycling1 year 6 weeks agolevermonkey wrote:How

    levermonkey wrote:
    How about?
    10a, Where it is impossible of impractical to physically separate motorised transport and vulnerable road users in an urban environment then steps must be taken to reduce or remove the threat posed by motorised transport.
    i.e. Reduction of speed limit to 20mph or banning of motorised transport.

    11, Where a cycle track crosses a side road then any cyclist on the cycle track must have protected right of way in the same way that a pedestrian does.

    Sorry but no. You have to make cycling safer or should I say feel safer on ordinary roads. If you just separate cyclists from traffic at every opportunity all you do is reinforce the message that roads aren't safe or the right place for cyclists and you encourage motorists to regard the road as generally being free of vulnerable road users.

    There are some places where it would be good to separate cyclists and motorised transport. But that isn't the answer to everything. Motorists (and I am one of them as well) need to learn to be safer around cyclists. It's not hard skill wise. There's very few special tricks. Most of the time it just requires a change of attitude and overall behaviour to being a bit calmer and a bit more patient.

    In most cases that doesn't even increase overall travel time. You'd be amazed the number of people that argues that they cab beat the average speed of traffic.

    I remember whenmy wife and I were first living together back in the early 90s. We used to share my car to work and I'd drop her off at work. She used to get really irritated by my "slow driving" and how long it took. All I was doing was leaving a sensible gap and not speeding along to get to the back of the next traffic queue.

    So I used the stopwatch to time it over a month she drove one day and me another. Virtually identical times and identical average times. She couldn't believe it. It just felt slow to her.

    That's what you are up against. The people that think you are holding them up or in the way. Just this morning I am approaching a line of stationary traffic. Signalling right and have just taken the lane because in 75m I am going to be overtaking a long line of stationary traffic. And there's a Nissan Micra overtaking me on the wrong side of the road to get to the back of the stationary traffic ahead of me.

    I bet if you asked the "lady" driver she was irritated because I was "holding her up". Doesn't dawn on her that either way she's sitting in stationary/slow traffic for the next mile or so and the next time she's likely to see me (if she's going my way) will be about 5 miles up the road.

    But in her head she was annoyed I was holding her up.

    These are the attitudes we need to change. And I have seen them change a bit. Average speed cameras have a massive impact on motorways for example. Get people to think about their average speeds and journey times as well as the fuel they waste accelerating past the speed limit only to slow down and stop in a queue.

  • UK's first Dutch-style roundabout gets underway in Bedford1 year 6 weeks agoWhat a mess. This is not

    What a mess.

    This is not cycling friendly at all. If you cycle over a zebra crossing you're likely to get run down.

    I would also like to know what the stats are like for incidents at zebra crossings on the exits of roundabouts. I have a sneaking suspicion they aren't terribly safe as drivers don't have a great view of people waiting to cross and are likely to be distracted by the hazards on the roundabout until the last second.

  • Aussie company kickstarts combined rear light & camera at bargain price1 year 6 weeks agoKnightBiker wrote:Nice

    KnightBiker wrote:
    Nice product idea - but i figure car drivers will not see the thing as a camera, just as a bike-light.
    (so in terms of prevention it wouldn't do much for you, it would be of great for footage after an incident, i think i'll just go for good lighting)

    True, but if car drivers don't know who has cameras and who has not they might er on the safe side?

    Just need to get the police to accept camera evidence!

  • Davina McCall's Edinburgh to London cyclothon almost derailed when she's affected by 'hypothermia'1 year 6 weeks agoEqually surprised by the

    Equally surprised by the negative comments on here. Fair play to her for doing it, not least at this time of year.

    Some have commented that other, "regular" people are doing this day in, day out, which is all very well and those efforts are of course to be commended.

    However, the charities don't survive on the donations from that sort of fund-raising alone. They need to get well-known celebs involved, usually ever-present radio or TV sorts, and couple it with a bit of a media frenzy, so that the average person sat on their sofa at home is actually aware of it and donates some money. Think David Walliams swimming the Thames or Eddie Izzard and his marathons.

    Similarly, if she's gotten the cycling bug from these sorts of efforts herself, and begins to promote cycling, then surely that will only encourage others to take it up too? More cyclists will mean that both central and local government will take more notice, and offer better cycling infrastructure for all. I can't for a minute see what's wrong with that.

  • Aussie company kickstarts combined rear light & camera at bargain price1 year 6 weeks agoEvery one of their videos is

    Every one of their videos is filmed during the day. When do you mainly have a light on...

    I want to see how it looks at night, I bet its crap and that's why there are no videos, all you will pick up is the flashing red light.

  • Ride London Ballot Results1 year 6 weeks agoIf you just turned up and

    If you just turned up and rode the route, what could they do?

  • The big road.cc lights test 20131 year 6 weeks agoI've seen a fair few lights

    I've seen a fair few lights but just have to gush over my latest acquisition... BLAZE LASERLIGHT!

    Just received their first production unit after backing the kickstarter project. Amazing unit, think Apple quality, fully waterproof and a laser that projects an image of a bike onto the ground ahead of you that warns others you are coming!

    Genius for my commutes in London!

    Check out my review here: http://youtu.be/EDLxZwR2GI8

    (Not for weight weenies!)

  • Tour of Qatar Stage 21 year 6 weeks agoScores are updating

    Scores are updating

  • Aussie company kickstarts combined rear light & camera at bargain price1 year 6 weeks agoIf they add a speed display,

    If they add a speed display, artisan beer holder and make it from ethically recycled bamboo then it has all the ingredients for kickstarter success.

  • Ride London Ballot Results1 year 6 weeks agoEveryone I know who said they

    Everyone I know who said they could send the money to charity if they didn't get in, didn't get in. 2 years running. This could still happen randomly, and I don't doubt there's a random component. I looks bad though, and it does seem increasingly likely, to me, that donating money from missed ballot places excludes you from getting in.

    I think that's pretty cheeky, and I'm really glad I didn't apply this year.

  • Tour of Qatar Stage 21 year 6 weeks agoTomorrow would be the perfect

    Tomorrow would be the perfect day to get rid of the '2 man per team' rule! Smile

  • Should cyclists ride on the pavements?1 year 6 weeks agoDave Atkinson

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    armchairracer wrote:
    People every year are killed by bikes on pavements

    no they're not. quite a few years in the last ten there have been no recorded fatalities of that description in the UK

    let's by all means talk about the issues surrounding pavement cycling. but let's not pretend lots of people lose their lives. because they don't.

    True, I think if you are going to compare numbers though we can put it into perspective even more, this article (http://metro.co.uk/2009/08/12/cyclist-is-jailed-for-killing-by-1861-law-...) from 2009 states that on average 3 pedestrians are killed per year by cyclists (obviously some years there are none as you mention) and it also states that only 10% of those occur on the pavements so 0.3 a year.

    In contrast, motorised vehicles kill around 40 pedestrians per year walking on footways or verges (not mentioning the 100s of others they kill) so without being known (and heavily criticised) for driving on footways or verges they still kill over 130 times more people than cyclists do.

    So armchairracer, yes cyclists shouldn't really ride on the pavement and yes some are dangerous (and those should be fined) but if you want to complain about people losing their lives I suggest you could start with the bigger cause of pedestrian death on the pavements - motorised vehicles.

  • When's too many bikes enough ?1 year 6 weeks agoI have five at the moment and

    I have five at the moment and can't get any more because I have no space! So a short term solution to this shared problem is to live in a small flat with no garden in an area where locking a bike up in the street will mean it will disappear within the week... I say short term because I am now thinking of moving to a house with a garage so I can store more bikes Worried

  • Tour of Qatar Stage 21 year 6 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:Nope, I just

    Gkam84 wrote:
    Nope, I just have no interest in mens pro cycling at all this year

    I don't understand why you bother posting if you have no interest... Do you 'want' people to know you're not interested? Do you 'want' people to know you're not really trying to 'win'? You seem really into this game sometimes, I mean you always post results, but sometimes you seen disaffected, bored... Are you depressed? I mean I appreciate your insights and that you help out with the game, but sometimes you sound so disaffected it's hard to ignore... Are you ok?...

  • Tour of Qatar Stage 21 year 6 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:Nope, I just

    Gkam84 wrote:
    Nope, I just have no interest in mens pro cycling at all this year

    That's funny, I have no interest in your comments this year, either... Just kidding Smile

  • Aussie company kickstarts combined rear light & camera at bargain price1 year 6 weeks agoI dont think I want to see!

    I dont think I want to see! Worried

  • Winter bikes1 year 6 weeks agopants wrote:I saw someone

    pants wrote:
    I saw someone cycling to work in central London the otherday on a TT cervelo the other day.

    Two possibilities spring to mind. (1) They were either bringing it in for a service at a favoured LBS. (2) They were taking it in to do multiple laps around Regent's Park after work that day. Regent's Park is a great place to get some fast training rides in during the week with very little traffic, which explains why plenty of clubs do chain gangs there on Tue/Wed/Thu. Sure there are lots of other "reasonable" explanations!