• Badger watch1 year 6 weeks agoA friend of mine almost came

    A friend of mine almost came a cropper due to a badger.

    You can see his HR spike to over 200 bpm where it happened Laughing

  • Yorkshire's pothole crisis: £1 billion of repairs needed, but Tour de France route being fixed1 year 6 weeks agoBeing somewhat parochial -

    Being somewhat parochial - what about the rest of us! I imagine most areas' roads are pants (especially at this time of year). I wrote to the County Council (Herts) highlighting the position and received a reply that everything was marvellous. An offer to come riding with my group to see the roads from a cyclist's perspective has not been accepted!

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss1 year 6 weeks agoandycoventry wrote:3rd video

    andycoventry wrote:
    3rd video "Decent of Parbold" clearly shows the same dude pushing on, all over the road then blasting past a Micra going through a speed camera - hmm if your going to tell others off for speeding and posting their registration on line then you need to practice what you preach IMO.

    IMO I feel complicity different to your opinion.

    He is travelling faster than the motor vehicle limit. That is pretty clear, so he is taking the safest line through the corners, as no vehicle should be travelling faster than the speed limit. It is a pretty safe course to take.

    Yes he past a slower car, but he did so on the outside, pretty safely if you ask me. I cannot see a problem with that video at all.

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss1 year 6 weeks agoI am considering buying a

    I am considering buying a caravan this spring as had one until 5 years ago and really miss the freedom. Guess where I was thinking of purchasing from? Not now, I think we should boycott these companies. I know they would argue that there going to take action against the driver, mmm hope it's not just PR. I think it would be better if drivers were instructed before such events. 6 inches and this guy would have been dead no ifs or buts and no bringing back to life when the company apologise. IMO put theses companies out of buisness by making these events as high profile as possible , then perhaps the companies left will give cyclists thought before incidents not after.

    I suspect they will sit in the office have a laugh and then tell us he has been severely reprimanded.

    Well he has just lost your company about £8000.

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss1 year 6 weeks agoVery scary. What do drivers

    Very scary.

    What do drivers like this think they are playing at? One wrong move and at best its a very serious injury, worst case death.

    Doubt the driver thinks it through or gives a shit though, the police don't seem to either.

    No doubt Jeremy Clarkson would say the cyclist should have worked harder and then he could have afforded to buy a car. Cos it's like hilarious to laugh at RTA victims. Not.

  • Local Bike Shops - Are they really doing OK?1 year 6 weeks agooozaveared wrote:They charged

    oozaveared wrote:
    They charged her £40 for a "silver" service on a practically brand new bike. There were no broken parts just gear adjustment but they claimed to have checked brakes etc etc etc. This was a straight forward rip off. It almost certainly just needed a barrel adjustment on the rear derailleur.

    If it were my bike shop that would have been free. Free and make a friend. As it happens not only will me colleague not use that shop, nor will I and now nor will the 8 or so cyclists in my office.

    I have just opened a repair and servicing workshop, a large wooden workshop in my garden. What you have said is right, that was a rip off, but I also wouldn't do it for nothing if the bike was not bought from me. I would have charged something nominal, like £5, just because my time is worth something, unlike what some people think. So not making a killing of your friend, while not underselling myself.

    bashthebox wrote:
    My LBS is small but rushed off their feet. No job too small or too big, simple advice, charming service.

    That is just the same as my LBS, hence opening my own workshop, on their advice, with them giving me overspill and contracting me in to help when they are busy, without having to worry about doing tax and things for me.

    Neil753 wrote:
    A cycle mechanic now has the ability to make a good living from repairing bikes from home or at clients' premises. Parts supply chains are no longer a problem.

    Don't you believe the parts supply issue to much. Trying to get a trade account from anyone if you are working from home is at best an absolute fricking nightmare. I haven't been able to get one.

    Very soon I hope to be mobile and going out to peoples home or business aswell. So spreading myself further afield and taking on a sportive or two.

    So while I am working in conjunction with my LBS, they have kindly let me piggy back on their orders

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss1 year 6 weeks agoWas a group ride the other

    Was a group ride the other day, had a oncoming truck towing a caravan nearly jackknife in front of us as he tried to overtake and pull in too rapidly another cyclist. F**king scary! Driver just manged to pull it back in lineup. Imagine 15 cyclists maimed in one accident!

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss1 year 6 weeks agoAndy G wrote:georgee wrote:No

    Andy G wrote:
    georgee wrote:
    No they won't, the guy will probably be questioned, no action taken, if it is I think it will be 3 points and £150 fine.

    GMP wouldn't be interested. I had a hit and run before Christmas, all caught on camera. Unfortunately I wasn't injured so plod just checked that his papers were in order and closed it on the basis of too much else to do and some cock and bull about not enough evidence - there was plenty.

    I got hit by GMP.

    They really didn't want to take it any further.

  • Can we have "mark all topics / forum read type button...1 year 6 weeks agoBumping a thread daily isn't

    Bumping a thread daily isn't going to help. If it's being looked into or implemented then it'll get rolled out when it gets rolled out. There are lots of things that need attention and at the minute Dave (who would deal with this) is busy running the Spring Classics as well as working on the site as a whole. Just be a little patient Smile

  • Opinion: We’ve worked hard to cater for every club, says Lee Valley park authority in row over Olympic Velopark access1 year 6 weeks agoMikeDuff, The article

    MikeDuff,

    The article clearly explains there will not be a home club. Or was that your point. I'm with BCC and the club is planning on having a slot.

    The track will have a 4 stage accrediting process also so not any old punter can rock up and use it. It's an international grade velodrome and safety is paramount. So the first few sessions will be about getting your accreditation.

    What I find most disappointed about is that there is no plan for a summer crit series cause I bet the road circuit will booked out to clubs every night. Imagine how cool a fixed outdoor crit and road crit every week would be!

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss1 year 6 weeks agoPolice are not interested,

    Police are not interested, that's official.

  • Badger watch1 year 6 weeks agoThere is good and bad where

    There is good and bad where riding at night is concerned;
    I have had a few badgers scare the s**t out of me, I have bent a few rims on potholes, the drunken idiots think (know?) you are fair game At Wits End I even hit a frozen chicken once Confused
    But, the roads are more quiet, riding on a still night with the smells of 'the country' is pretty special (for me) D Oh . Best experience was seeing a large moth trying to zone in on my head-torch, just as I was thinking 'this is going to hurt!' a large bat took the moth from in front of my face Smile Occasionally I have had barn owls flying alongside me Love Struck
    On balance I will keep riding at night, but you have my sympathy, the only badgers I have hit came off immeasurably worse as I was in the company vehicle Wave In my defence they are not easy to see Big Grin I managed two in one night once Surprise

  • Just in: Kinesis Tripster ATR1 year 6 weeks agoKiwiMike wrote:"helpfully

    KiwiMike wrote:
    "helpfully Kinesis have a mount available that fits to the disc mount on top of the brake, and eliminates those issues."

    Methinks a bit of thin bent metal supporting ~30kg of panniers won't get you to Calais, let alone the Karakoram highway.


    It's 1.5mm stainless steel and it's for the mudguard stay. The pannier rack is bolted to the welded eyelets on the frame.

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss1 year 6 weeks agogeorgee wrote:No they won't,

    georgee wrote:
    No they won't, the guy will probably be questioned, no action taken, if it is I think it will be 3 points and £150 fine.

    GMP wouldn't be interested. I had a hit and run before Christmas, all caught on camera. Unfortunately I wasn't injured so plod just checked that his papers were in order and closed it on the basis of too much else to do and some cock and bull about not enough evidence - there was plenty.

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss1 year 6 weeks agoMaybe he'd seen clarksons

    Maybe he'd seen clarksons Give an inch video and was beeping to say thanks for keep the roads quieter?

    More to the point, I was night riding this week, quiet road, but nice and wide. Man decides to overtake a tractor coming towards me, Ive got an 800 lumen light on nice and bright and he just continues to accelerate towards me.
    Luckily I just squeezed down the hedge, but if we have been 2 up someone would have gone thru the screen!

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss1 year 6 weeks agoNo they won't, the guy will

    No they won't, the guy will probably be questioned, no action taken, if it is I think it will be 3 points and £150 fine.

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss1 year 6 weeks agoi was run off the road a

    i was run off the road a month back by a lorry. He had followed me for about 20 seconds before pulling out to overtake, then once the front of his trailer was level with me he pulled back in. I was doing about 25mph at the time and had to ride off the road, luckily for me there was no kerb although i did poo my pants a little. i emailed the firm and got a response but as i was too busy trying to stay upright i didn't catch his number plate so there was nothing they could do about it. As a result of this i now ride further out into the road for my own safety, this might annoy the odd driver but as least i get home alive.

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss1 year 6 weeks agoAbsolutely bloody

    Absolutely bloody disgraceful, the driver wants banning - no excuse at all for this! I sympathise with the cyclist, I had a similar thing a year or so ago but it was a car with a young driver being a complete cock, unfortunately I didn't have a helmet cam Crying At Wits End

  • Just in: Kinesis Tripster ATR1 year 6 weeks ago"helpfully Kinesis have a

    "helpfully Kinesis have a mount available that fits to the disc mount on top of the brake, and eliminates those issues."

    Methinks a bit of thin bent metal supporting ~30kg of panniers won't get you to Calais, let alone the Karakoram highway.

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss1 year 6 weeks agoSadly this is not an uncommon

    Sadly this is not an uncommon sight I have had it happen to me in similar circs a few times. It is extremely frightening had the cyclist moved to the right to avoid pot hole / debris etc he is dead at that speed and with a vehicle that large there is no way he will survive.

    The driver and I use that term loosely is guilty of due care at the very min but proving anything more serious is a difficulty given the road traffic act etc.

    The benefit for a prosecution at least is the fact it shows it clearly and more importantly as was mentioned by the cyclist there is no oncoming traffic which would have made the idiot do as he did. That said it's still an easy case to prove as had there been any oncoming traffic he should have slowed and held back until it was safe to pass the cyclist.

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss1 year 6 weeks agoNot in the slightest

    Not in the slightest surprised. That companies vehicles come past my house and I live in fear of my live if I am out on my bike. Several other roads around here are lethal because of their vehicles.
    I have been forced to a stop on the bike and in the car almost every time I am passed.
    Part of the issue is that they have flat bed lorries with a caravan on and then a trailer with another. The roads don't really suit that. Can't moan about the company as its a long standing local business that is successful.

  • Can we have "mark all topics / forum read type button...1 year 6 weeks agoBump.

    Bump.

  • Where's daddy going?1 year 6 weeks agoI fully respect this post.

    I fully respect this post.

    Applause

    I keep thinking about getting into racing, pushing myself to train hard enough to do it this year, I just think I am not ready fitness or ability wise. So it will be a year for me of getting faster and enjoying riding my bike on Sportives and leisurely.

  • Where's daddy going?1 year 6 weeks agoIt's a tricky balance. But

    It's a tricky balance. But remember, there is that wonderful time when the roads are empty and the kids are still tucked up in their beds. You just need to set your alarm. Then when you return, they say 'Daddy, where have you been?'. I find that works much better for me. Good luck in 2014.

  • Bike industry anticipates ‘new era’ of co-operation with UCI1 year 6 weeks agoEveryone just has to have

    Everyone just has to have disc brakes!!! Way more important than anything else