• Should good cyclists do more to stop bad cyclists1 year 6 weeks agoI have seen many videos now,

    I have seen many videos now, people shouting at other cyclists for something they say is "wrong", sometimes it ends in violence.

    Get on with your own life and let others make their mistakes.

    As for your opening question.

    Should good cyclists do more to stop bad cyclists?

    Who decides you are a good or bad cyclist? Are you a self declaring good cyclist? I or anyone else may not agree with your version of "good" cycling.

    So best just get on with your own riding....

  • Podium Cafe VDS1 year 6 weeks agoDs Name - shutuplegs Team

    Ds Name - shutuplegs
    Team Name - Avengers:Age of Nick!(mens)
    - Ladies 1st(womens)

  • Should good cyclists do more to stop bad cyclists1 year 6 weeks agoShould good pedestrians do

    Should good pedestrians do more to stop bad pedestrians?

    There is no 'us'... http://aseasyasridingabike.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/there-is-no-us/

  • 4 in 10 motorists admit losing concentration at the wheel, according to survey1 year 6 weeks agoYet more reason to consider

    Yet more reason to consider slowing everything down isn't it? Those are depressingly scary numbers aren't they and it would explain a great deal.

    Quite how anyone in authority thinks its fine for a country lane to have a 60mph limit on it whilst a modern motorway with vastly superior sight lines, access to emergency care, traffic flowing in one direction, decent road surface and drainage allows 70mph still baffles me.

    Surely if this is the reality we should be forcing everyone to slow down, purely to increase the chance the daydreamer has to return to planet earth before he hits anyone?...accidentally of course At Wits End

  • Boardman: I'd swap Olympic gold for more ordinary Britons cycling1 year 6 weeks agoWill never happen

    Will never happen unfortunately...to actually achieve this means doing something.

    Take the current flood situation as an example. My dad used to work for the environment agency and he left in frustration at the politics and utter nonsense he had to endure to get anything done...couldn't bear it in the end.

    Now the horse has bolted government takes an interest but its basically too little too late as usual. They've had I believe in the region of 60 COBRA meetings and today I hear that Cameron has announced there will be no financial limit to resolving the issues, he'll do whatever it takes.

    Contrast this with the cycling issues. Just before Christmas we had a speight of dark days with person after person killed in the capital.

    Where was the COBRA meeting for that?

    Where is the promise of funding to make changes?

    Perhaps more importantly where is the desperately overdue legislative changes to deter lethal people in lethal weapons killing more vulnerable people? Would that cost the multi millions that Cameron has just pledged to stop replaceable items being damaged?

    'Road Tax' is a depressingly familiar misconception, that we can now prove courtesy of the bimbo Emma Way, is a direct link to the dangerous attitudes out there.

    Why don't the DVLA detail how roads are funded with the adjoining paperwork or with a clear message if bought online?

    Why aren't the ASA forced to intervene when your local car dealership bangs out another 'free road tax with any car' advert?

    Lots of examples of things that could have and should have been done but no pro activity from government at all. The flooding is just a very obvious demonstration of government apathy at its finest and cycling will take a back seat to obvious displays of environmental carnage every time.

    Buy a coach and drive round London really slowly spewing out toxic fumes, if you're lucky you'll catch an Eric Pickles offering his congratulations on helping to improve the community.

  • British Cycling unveils 10-point manifesto urging government to #ChooseCycling1 year 6 weeks agoThis is a discussion that has

    This is a discussion that has been going on for quite a long time. I think that the general consensus is the "Dutch" style means adopting degrees of separation that suits the nature of each route and the volume and type of traffic that uses, or is likely to use it. Full separation at one corner of the matrix, shared use and traffic calming at thr other.

    At this infant stage of infrastructure development in Britain it's clear that London's Super Highways - separated by no more than paint - were a failure while Bristol's separate cycle and foot paths (particularly the Bristol and Bath Railway Path) have been so successful that they now need widening, extending and duplicating.

    Rather than debate the theology and rehearse personal experiences, we are now in a position to take advice from those who have solved the problems, and then use what we know about local conditions to agree on what can be done as funds become available.

    We have a great opportunity to do a lot to improve things, with each step bringing new sets of people into everyday cycling for simple journeys. The breakthrough will have come when schools have full cycle storage every day and the school run is frequently done on bikes.

    The new national manifesto shares many features with the one that 4,000 Bristolians have already signed up to. IF you haven't seen it it#s worth a look.

    http://bristolcyclingmanifesto.org.uk/manifesto/

  • 4 in 10 motorists admit losing concentration at the wheel, according to survey1 year 6 weeks agoI unwind, daydream and think

    I unwind, daydream and think of my "list of things to do" sometimes when i cycle. These thoughts use different parts of th brain. I don't do it intensely or often. Its just how we work - our minds think of different stuff. Not 100% on one thing for an entire hour/half hour. We aren't robots

  • Piano pull up Cragg Vale to celebrate Tour Grand Départ1 year 6 weeks agoPitch perfect interval

    Pitch perfect interval training?
    Rolling Eyes

  • Bike Box for tall cyclist!1 year 6 weeks agoIt's a Gran Turismo, so

    It's a Gran Turismo, so technically no... Although it has what they call a semi-integrated seatpost which means the seat tube extends quite a long way above the top tube. Still uses a conventional seatpost though.

  • First road bike for about £1k1 year 6 weeks agoI agree with drmatthewhardy

    I agree with drmatthewhardy about top tube lengthy being critical for getting a bike the right size. I've made the same mistake as him.

    If you're looking for a £1000 bike that's comfortable, I'd recommend you test ride a Trek Domane 2.0. It's good a nice smooth ride and copes very well with poor road surfaces. It's a sportive bike rather than one for racing in and has a highish head tube to take pressure off the back. I prefer it to my specialized roubaix.

  • Boardman: I'd swap Olympic gold for more ordinary Britons cycling1 year 6 weeks agoBritain has failed cycling

    Britain has failed cycling and will continue to do so until the law is changed to allow the Department for Transport to oversee Local Authority transport planning.
    Achieving even a half-decent cycling strategy in the UK needs a shift in government to give a cycling Tsar the necessary powers to direct get all Local Authorities, presently united only in their institutionalised discrimination against cycling development.
    The mechanics of government simply do not exist to permit this to happen. The Department for Transport has no powers to direct Local Authority transport planning. They can only advise.

  • Altura Thermastretch gloves1 year 6 weeks agoWhere these look good is the

    Where these look good is the amount of reflective trim/ print on the back. Great for getting noticed when making those right turns.
    Knowing altura gear, it'll last well too.

  • Surrey cyclist jailed after lorry crash fraud1 year 6 weeks agoIt's the fraud aspect that is

    It's the fraud aspect that is wrong. Nobody is saying it is because he is or was a cyclist or where he comes from or the colour of his skin.
    This idiot deserves the punishment he got for defrauding ME and YOU and subsequently it is WE who have to pay through our own insurances and taxes.

  • California driver blames ‘new car smell’ for crash that killed cyclist1 year 6 weeks agoAny excuse will do...just

    Any excuse will do...just great, gives us Brits another excuse to add to the recent "my unborn baby kicked me".

    Do we see DVLA rushing to stop pregnant women from driving now its been used in mitigation for a death?

    Of course not.

  • New wheels, custom build1 year 6 weeks agoPotholes can take out the

    Potholes can take out the best made rims and contribute to spoke breakage. Just sayin'.

  • New wheels, custom build1 year 6 weeks agoI've never seen much value in

    I've never seen much value in those lifetime truing policies, if the wheel is made well then it shouldn't be going out of true and the rims will wear out long before the spokes ever will.

  • California driver blames ‘new car smell’ for crash that killed cyclist1 year 6 weeks agoDoes this guy have a lawyer

    Does this guy have a lawyer called Saul Goodman?

  • Boardman: I'd swap Olympic gold for more ordinary Britons cycling1 year 6 weeks agooozaveared wrote:a.jumper

    oozaveared wrote:
    a.jumper wrote:
    oozaveared wrote:
    BTW I would urge cyclists who also drive to join the IAM as well as BC or CTC. IAM is actually pretty good on vulnerable road user advice and being an advanced driver often takes the wind out of the sails of people that bang on about cyclists and their roadcraft)

    Where "pretty good" is defined as "Infrastructure improvements which separate cyclists and heavy traffic should have the top priority for investment... The IAM does not support changing the law to place blame for cycle crashes solely on the driver as all road users have an equal responsibility to behave safely; Cyclists should adhere to the highway code, obey road signs and signals and cycle in a safe and predictable manner; Cyclists should wear helmets, reflective clothing and use lights at night..." and so on. http://www.iam.org.uk/media-and-research/policy/our-policies/safer-cycling

    In other words, IAM is mainly another promoter of the "equal responsibility", dress like a drongo and get THEM off OUR roads mentality, hiding that attitude among a few strawmen and some sops to cyclists about educating drivers. The equal responsibilty one is particularly daft: if one party in a crash brings 100kg at 15mph and the other brings 1000kg at 55mph, which probably has the greater responsibility for the damage caused?

    Yes the IAM is a motorists organisation. The clue is in the name. But look at their advice to drivers on their approach to vulnerable road users.

    Go on surprise yourself. I don't agree with compulsory helmets high viz or any of that. I don't always agree with the CTC either.

    Find friends and allies where you can.

    If you can get past the fact they support a form of transport that costs everyone, including non addicts , huge amounts in subsidy, that kills hundreds directly and more indirectly, that exacts huge amenity costs, yes they aren't that bad. As in, at least they aren't obviously insane like ABD. But sorry, they still support using cars, so no, not that wonderful.

  • Road rage footballer who admitted assaulting cyclist avoids jail and driving ban1 year 6 weeks agoAppeal the verdict. It's too

    Appeal the verdict. It's too lenient.

  • New member with a broken arm1 year 6 weeks agomovingtarget wrote:I've found

    movingtarget wrote:
    I've found KT tape to be helpful with sprains. It provides some gentle tension and reminds me to try to keep in a neutral position. Congrats on getting the cast off. Did your doc recommend any physio exercises for range of motion and strength?

    Thanks! I think I've followed the instructions properly on The KT YouTube channel for wrist injuries. It seems to be supporting my wrist a bit so far, so here's hoping. I'm trying to push myself to use the wrist as much as possible and get the tendons, muscles and the joint itself moving as much as possible. I can see some improvement even just from yesterday. I was told originally that the cast would be on for 6 weeks, but, thankfully, it came off after 5 weeks. The doctor said I shouldn't need any physio and to be honest I think he was right. I think I got off lightly, the bone didn't displace and the break was about 10mm from the end of the radius.

    I pushed myself to finish off adjusting my new seatpost and saddle today and torquing them up, the new parts I was in the middle of adjusting when I slipped and have yet to test out! My wrist seemed fine with it. And tomorrow I'm looking at fitting a new set of bars that a friend gave me to try out, new cables and bar tape (never wrapped bar tape before but looks easy enough).

  • Piano pull up Cragg Vale to celebrate Tour Grand Départ1 year 6 weeks agoThey should play the Led Zep

    They should play the Led Zep classic Steinway to Heaven...

  • Just In: Hewitt Cheviot SE1 year 6 weeks agoI remember a recommendation

    I remember a recommendation to split load 60:40 rear:front. I have front and rear racks on my Specialized Tricross. I'd be tempted by one of these, but the Tricross is a good bike, and I wonder how steel compares to the composite carbon/alloy frame. I suspect the cost of upgrading would not be worthwhile for the benefit I'd see.

    I've used all four panniers for things like travel to St John duty, where the large and heavy enough defibrillator takes one pannier, the first aid kit another and I'm carrying uniform, spare clothing, lunch and such across the remaining space. When I was a cycle responder for them the bikes we had used four panniers of kit.

    I've done 25 mile commutes each way for this before which were quite fun in their own right. The lower gears of the Cheviot would really help in some of the more remote hilly places we go to. I've also used four panniers for things like travelling to amateur dramatics rehearsal carrying the kit I need.

    When we used to go cycle camping we were on a Dawes Galaxy Twin, and used a cargo trailer to carry things like the tent. The trailer is a very viable approach to heavily laden touring. I'm doing get-in for the amateur dramatics group this weekend and, weather permitting, wonder if I could carry the mixing desk on the trailer Smile

  • Commonwealth Games road race to follow 2013 National Road Race route1 year 6 weeks agoDavid Millar has also stated

    David Millar has also stated he's targeting this, and reckons he knows where to drop the Manx boys- he'll not have as strong a team.

    Wonder which English riders will be riding- will Stannard be back again after giving Cavendish an inadvertent lead out at the nationals? Australia have strength in depth, but it depends who has this on their program. Wales have Rowe, Thomas and who else?
    Canada have a few top level pros, and there's Jack Bauer for New Zealand. Daryl Impey and who else for South Africa?

    Any other Commonwealth countries with strong riders?

  • New member with a broken arm1 year 6 weeks agoNat Jas Moe wrote:Since your

    Nat Jas Moe wrote:
    Since your out of the cast now why not learn to juggle with soft balls. Years ago I broke my elbow in bike accident and as part of my recuperation I taught myself to juggle. It help with getting movement back and also helped build strength up too. Just an idea.

    What a great idea! I can juggle 3 balls already, although craply, but I will definitely give this a go, thanks!

  • Boardman: I'd swap Olympic gold for more ordinary Britons cycling1 year 6 weeks agoa.jumper wrote:oozaveared

    a.jumper wrote:
    oozaveared wrote:
    BTW I would urge cyclists who also drive to join the IAM as well as BC or CTC. IAM is actually pretty good on vulnerable road user advice and being an advanced driver often takes the wind out of the sails of people that bang on about cyclists and their roadcraft)

    Where "pretty good" is defined as "Infrastructure improvements which separate cyclists and heavy traffic should have the top priority for investment... The IAM does not support changing the law to place blame for cycle crashes solely on the driver as all road users have an equal responsibility to behave safely; Cyclists should adhere to the highway code, obey road signs and signals and cycle in a safe and predictable manner; Cyclists should wear helmets, reflective clothing and use lights at night..." and so on. http://www.iam.org.uk/media-and-research/policy/our-policies/safer-cycling

    In other words, IAM is mainly another promoter of the "equal responsibility", dress like a drongo and get THEM off OUR roads mentality, hiding that attitude among a few strawmen and some sops to cyclists about educating drivers. The equal responsibilty one is particularly daft: if one party in a crash brings 100kg at 15mph and the other brings 1000kg at 55mph, which probably has the greater responsibility for the damage caused?

    Yes the IAM is a motorists organisation. The clue is in the name. But look at their advice to drivers on their approach to vulnerable road users.

    Go on surprise yourself. I don't agree with compulsory helmets high viz or any of that. I don't always agree with the CTC either.

    Find friends and allies where you can.