• People think cyclists are cooler, smarter and more charitable - survey1 year 6 weeks agoGenerally people just think

    Generally people just think I'm mad

  • Suspended sentence and 12 month ban for driver who killed Suffolk cyclist1 year 6 weeks agoOozaveared: interesting

    Oozaveared: interesting thoughts; I like the cut of your jib.

  • Suspended sentence and 12 month ban for driver who killed Suffolk cyclist1 year 6 weeks agowe should not condemn the

    we should not condemn the attempts of her legal team to mitigate her case. that is their job. there is a saying amongst barristers:

    There's no such thing as justice, there's just us.

    What an appallingly lenient sentence, sending all the wrong messages. petrol heads will no doubt rejoice in glee.

  • TfL warns cycle campaign group about poster copyright1 year 6 weeks agoWell intentioned or not I do

    Well intentioned or not I do feel that stopthekilling keep their brains where their prostates should be. A picture of a left turning HGV at a junction and a string of untrained or mentally deficient cyclists positioned on its nearside will I am sure do wonders to dispel the myth that victims of cycling accidents are more often than not cycling like twats.

    Wrong. 9/10 people seeing that poster will get the message:

    "most of these #bloodycyclists are asking for it, positioning themselves in such a dumbass position, when everyone knows that all large vehicles have blindspots. Look! It even says so in the poster. Idiots. Can't they read?"

    It is such an own goal, it beggars belief. My bottom jaw clanged on the desk when I saw the poster. This site badly needs a facepalm icon.

    Now for some more home truths:

    This HGV is lethal. Why is it allowed on London's roads?

    Because it is carrying lots of useful stuff that people want or need to buy, like for example food, furniture, clothes, building materials, brand new shiny bicycles and spares .... you get the picture. It is also doing it's job very efficiently.

    Why is it lethal?

    Humans don't yet know how to build HGVs that are big and heavy enough to do the required job but completely incapable of killing someone in the event of a collision. But we are working on it.

    So unless you have never ever bought anything from a London shop in your life and have no intention of doing so in future, don't be a hypocrite! You rely on HGVs just like the rest of us.

    Other examples of large lethal but essential vehicles on London roads include, buses, coaches, ambulances, prison transportation, fire engines, tipper trucks, refuse collection vehicles ... etc. They all have blind spots. Should they be banned too?

    Or maybe, we cyclists should be banned from busy roads if we are so certain that we cannot coexist with those making essential journeys in large vehicles?

    I am sick of the politicised bullshit that has engulfed cycling in recent years. If organisations like stopthekilling are determined to turn this into a war between us and them ..... there can only possibly be one winner. Them.

  • Carbon vs Alu New Bike1 year 6 weeks agoi love my cheap ( £400)

    i love my cheap ( £400) second hand raleigh carbon bike circa 2007. it is a lovely ride, especially with mavic kysriums fitted. i also have an ali bike and a retro steel one. all are of a similar spec. i think the carbon one is best. it feels light, responsive, solid in handling and quick. that's partly me kidding myself, but i do think its better.

  • TfL warns cycle campaign group about poster copyright1 year 6 weeks agoPaul M wrote:giobox wrote:Is

    Paul M wrote:
    giobox wrote:
    Is it just me or would you have to be an idiot to undertake the lorry on a corner like that while riding? Even if it was a normal car the riders up front would still be in the blind spot.

    I think it is just you. For example, have your dim wits considered the possibility that the HGV pulled up alongside the cyclists AFTER they had arrived?

    Yeah, this dimwit considered it and dismissed it immediately.

    1) It is a highly unlikely event that twelve cyclists arrived first at a junction and all chose to wait patiently in a line leaving enough room for an HGV to pull up alongside. Not one of them in this situation thought to take the lane and prevent such an occurrence? It just doesn't happen in reality and if it did, they are all muppets.

    2) In the event that an HGV driver had been daft enough to do such a thing and you were daft enough to let it happen, do you really think it would be sensible to just remain where you are in the blind spot? Any idea what might happen next when the HGV turns left?

    I know what I would do, dismount and get me and my bike on the pavement, well out of the way as fast as possible, then remain there until the danger has passed. What would you do?

    Maybe remain there and write into a forum later about how you got lefthooked by a blind HGV driving twat who wasn't using his mirrors ... blah, blah, bloody, blah? ....... Or maybe use that experience to design a dumbass cycle safety campaign poster that suggests that the average London cyclist is absolutely clueless?

    Yeah, that's the ticket! That'll drum up public support. Silly

  • People think cyclists are cooler, smarter and more charitable - survey1 year 6 weeks agoI'd go on a date with me.

    I'd go on a date with me.

  • Just In: Kona Dr Good1 year 6 weeks ago....."and the bolted seat

    ....."and the bolted seat clamp faces forward, away from rear wheel spray."

    And with a full rear mudguard, a rear facing seat clamp is not really going to attract much wheel spray. Confused Thinking

  • Eat yourself fit - Nutrition for weight loss1 year 6 weeks agowyadvd wrote:What is wrong

    wyadvd wrote:
    What is wrong with eating extra fat as a primary energy source for endurance . If you totally exclude carbohydrates from your diet then the body becomes very adept at putting fat to the front of the queue as an energy source . Ketones can keep the brain happy and the muscles can run directly from fatty acids. I know it's true because I did a 600km audax in 38 hrs last summer with no food at all on the ride. And i had been fasting for 12 hrs before the ride started.

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    That's an impressive achievement! Literature would suggest carbohydrates are usually required for your muscles to recover, adapt to training and to keep in reserve for that sprint finish at the end. But yes you are correct, for ultra-endurance events fat would certainly be the dominant energy source. For events with high intensity sprints (cyclo-cross or road racing) carbohydrates would be the preferable fuel source. It all very much depends on the event.

  • UKIP slams Cambridge plans to spend money on Tour de France “parties”1 year 6 weeks agoQuote: looking after the old

    Quote:

    looking after the old and vulnerable and young

    Yeah, that's the kind of people right-wingers usually care so much about. No, wait ... the other thing.

  • Eat yourself fit - Nutrition for weight loss1 year 6 weeks agoWhat is wrong with eating

    What is wrong with eating extra fat as a primary energy source for endurance ?. If you totally exclude carbohydrates from your diet then the body becomes very adept at putting fat to the front of the queue as an energy source . Ketones can keep the brain happy and the muscles can run directly from fatty acids. I know it's true because I did a 600km audax in 38 hrs last summer with no food at all on the ride. And i had been fasting for 12 hrs before the ride started.

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  • People think cyclists are cooler, smarter and more charitable - survey1 year 6 weeks agoYou forgot to mention : 1)

    You forgot to mention :

    1) Don't close the roads,
    2) Don't stop motorist overtaking packs of weaving cyclists then cutting back into (through) them knocking them over (twice),
    3) Crash heading down one of the steep hill towards the M25,
    4) Never, EVER, take bikes on the trains to London or from Brighton and make you cycle back home again afterwards, with Southern Railway in particular employing bouncers at stations that eye everyone out with suspicion

    Yet I still do it every year.. not sure why when I do 2x that distance every week at a minimum.

  • Strava in spotlight again as Preston's Guild Wheel creator says "poser" cyclists endanger others using shared path1 year 6 weeks agoSelling Wardy short

    Selling Wardy short describing him as a first cat rider. He was a whisker away from being National road champion.

  • road.cc’s 25 top cycling products of 2013-141 year 6 weeks ago2 more to add to my list

    2 more to add to my list -

    Vulpine's long merino socks, got them for Christmas after a few not so discreet hints to the mother-in-law. Very comfy, especially the sole and so warm Day Dreaming

    Glympse app for Android, after being wiped out by a 70mph van a few years ago the missus likes to know if I get to work okay and now she can follow me on her phone. It worked a treat when she needed to find me after a mechanical the other night.

  • Lords rejects bill to give PCSOs power to fine reflectorless cyclists amid civil liberties concerns1 year 6 weeks agoLord Dear's amendment has

    Lord Dear's amendment has ONLY amended the part of the Bill that would have introduced IPNAS (Injunctions to Prevent Nuisance and Annoyance) to replace ASBOs.

    Personally, I'd completely agree that this is very good news for civil liberties!

    However it has no bearing on the rest of the Bill, e.g. the part that gives PCSOs new powers to enforce various traffic offences (including the regs on cyclists' lights and reflectors).

    That part of the Bill is now set to be debated later this month, probably on January 20th or 22nd.

    The amendments, to be tabled by Lord Berkeley (who is a CTC Vice-President and secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group) will seek to ensure that the reflector regs are either updated before PCSOs are given the power to enforce them, or else deleted. We will also seek to ensure that Advance Stop Lines can be enforced by PCSOs (along with red light jumping, bus lanes and cycle lanes - these too are now covered by the Bill, following an earlier Goverment amendment in the Lords), and that PCSOs are given adequate training in traffic law and cycle safety.

    CTC welcomes stronger enforcement of road traffic law - after all, that is a key objective of our Road Justice campaign (www.roadjustice.org.uk). However traffic law enforcement needs to be guided by real road safety priorities, and not the vindictiveness of some local politicians or the petty ignorance of some police officers/PCSOs.

    Roger Geffen
    Campaigns & Policy Director
    CTC, the national cycling charity

  • road.cc’s 25 top cycling products of 2013-141 year 6 weeks agoThe san remo is awsome, mine

    The san remo is awsome, mine is top bollocks! Big Grin

  • Trek Factory Racing reveal new team kit and roster1 year 6 weeks ago"The asymmetric pinstripe

    "The asymmetric pinstripe pattern will be carried throughout the team's performance and casual wear,”

    The same eye on merchandising over distinctiveness led to Manchester United's notorious indigo shirt, which was launched because it went well with denim!

    Wake me up when black is no longer the new black. Yawn

  • People think cyclists are cooler, smarter and more charitable - survey1 year 6 weeks agoPeople must be right...for

    People must be right...for once Party

  • SRAM issue new video update on hydraulic disc brake recall1 year 6 weeks agoNot the best start for

    Not the best start for hydraulics but hey every new technology has some bumps. Although you could argue hydraulic brakes on bakes aren't exactly new

  • Trek Factory Racing reveal new team kit and roster1 year 6 weeks agobikeboy76 wrote:Oh no another

    bikeboy76 wrote:
    Oh no another uninspired black kit. I was difficult to make a kit more boring than LeopardTrek but they have managed it. Sky kit is literally more racy than this in many ways.

    Yeah, but the paint job on the bikes is anything but!. At least their bikes will look good!

  • UKIP slams Cambridge plans to spend money on Tour de France “parties”1 year 6 weeks agoSeems like the positives of

    Seems like the positives of hosting the Tour way outweigh any costs associated

  • Trek Factory Racing reveal new team kit and roster1 year 6 weeks agoLooks a little like....Sky,

    Looks a little like....Sky, Omega, and what seems like half of the peloton

  • Just In: Orange RX91 year 6 weeks agougly

    ugly

  • TfL warns cycle campaign group about poster copyright1 year 6 weeks agoFair use. TFL doesn't have a

    Fair use. TFL doesn't have a leg to stand on. (They left them under that lorry up there).

  • road.cc’s 25 top cycling products of 2013-141 year 6 weeks agoHad a set of front rollers

    Had a set of front rollers for 7 yrs ish, used most weekdays, they are perfect.