• Time Trial Series for women in the South East gathers members1 year 9 weeks agoLondonCalling wrote:This is

    LondonCalling wrote:
    This is very encouraging news for female cyclists! Finally we see the tables turning a bit. Next, Women's Tour de France!!

    Yes please! Big Grin

    This is ace news, I'm kind of gutted I left the SouthEast now!

  • Almost 9 in 10 people back headphones ban and compulsory helmets for cyclists say survey1 year 9 weeks agoI find this whole headphone

    I find this whole headphone thing bizarre. Are there even any stats to back up the idea that wearing headphones is a contributory factor in accidents? I regularly see cyclists in London with headphones in, who are clearly aware of their surroundings. In contrast I also regularly see cyclists who don't even seem to understand the need to look over their shoulder regularly. Whether the latter group have earphones in or not they are far more dangerous. The whole argument just seems to be part of an attempt to blame cyclists for being hit by someone else.

    It actually reminds me of an accident I had back when I was a student. I was riding to a local park to study for an exam when a left turning van took me out. After I picked myself off the ground I checked my belongings. This included the items in my rucksack (books, food, etc) and my Walkman (yes, this was a while ago). Of course I'd not been using it at the time, but as it had been in my back pocket I was worried it might be damaged when I hit the ground. As soon as the driver saw it he started shouting that I was listening to music and that is why the accident happened, which was complete rubbish. However, it demonstrates the way that someone causing an accident will jump on any reason to blame the victim. The same is true with helmets. Most of the recent fatal accidents involved the victim being crushed to death. Presence or lack of a helmet makes no difference when a tonne plus lorry drives over you, but it seems to be easier to blame the cyclist for their death. No doubt if they'd asked the question whether cyclists wearing HiViz should be law the answer to that would be yes too....

  • VIDEO: Green gimp attempts to break speed cam record1 year 9 weeks agoAnyone know if they'll be

    Anyone know if they'll be releasing replicas of that helmet in time for the BCTT Nationals next year?

  • Sky customer wins Wiggo's Tour de France bike - but has to sell it1 year 9 weeks agoThe judgemental attitudes on

    The judgemental attitudes on here are quite saddening. Keith, for someone who knows hardship I find your vitriolic outburst quite shocking.

    I have a single, low wage and a family to support. If I happened to win a bike like this I couldn't justify keeping it when my 23 year old car is falling to bits and there are jobs needing doing to the house. It's nice to know you'd all hate me too.

    Call it collectable, historic or whatever you want but in the end it's just a mass produced bicycle.

  • Almost 9 in 10 people back headphones ban and compulsory helmets for cyclists say survey1 year 9 weeks agoreally dont understand why

    really dont understand why people are fiercly against helmets. Yes they arent stylish but they are better than nothing and they could very well save your life one day!! All arguments ive seen against helmets are people just saying that they dont need to wear one.

  • Almost 9 in 10 people back headphones ban and compulsory helmets for cyclists say survey1 year 9 weeks agoI think we should ban

    I think we should ban headphone wearing and texting
    by pedestrians unless they are fully trained, wearing hi-vis
    and appropriate safety wear. Also car drivers should be
    forced to wear helmets for hteir own safety too ....

    ooohh is that my alarm clock !!!!

  • Almost 9 in 10 people back headphones ban and compulsory helmets for cyclists say survey1 year 9 weeks agocan we have a survey about

    can we have a survey about driving standards? and specifically ask lots of pedestrians and cyclists about this??

    I just went for a walk in my local area (camden town) and within 30 minutes of being in the centre area around the tube station and high street saw:

    -numerous motorists using smartphones in their cars

    -numerous motorbikes, cars and HGV / Bus sitting right in the ASL at the traffic lights

    -2 specific instances where 2 motorists got caught of out place after red lights had changed, and then tried to drive through pedestrians crossing on green light, with pedestrians shouting and signalling them both to stop before they got run over. This was:

    at lights next to Sports Direct, this is where the women on the bike was run over by lorry recently

    at lights next to barclays bank/gym/Vans shop and tube station

    no sign of any Police enforcement in this area, and this is one of the busiest Tourists destinations in the UK for people coming to Camden markets

  • Sky customer wins Wiggo's Tour de France bike - but has to sell it1 year 9 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:he's not out of

    Gkam84 wrote:
    he's not out of pocket, just a greedy c*** who can't appreciate the TRUE value of the bike.

    I'm VERY skint at the moment, but there is no way I would be selling it. I am not even a Wiggo fan, but I can appreciate that this back, being 1 of only 3 made, is a piece of history.

    Sure. But you are a cycling fan. If you randomly won the 2 woman bobsleigh used by the Canadian duo who won a fantastic Gold in their hometown winter Olympics in 2010 - you'd keep it?

    Or the actual set of goalposts from the 1966 World Cup Final that sir Geoff Hurst scored in.

    In reality it's not much different from him winning an 100 inch, super amazing 3d TV that he doesn't need so he sells it. It's just stuff.

    He doesn't owe Sky or Wiggins anything. He doesn't owe cycling history anything. Just leave the bloke alone, it's really, really not worth getting worked up over.

  • Sky customer wins Wiggo's Tour de France bike - but has to sell it1 year 9 weeks agoI hope he murders it out with

    I hope he murders it out with a proper shitty rat job, sticks some stunt nuts on it and starts busting out some BMX skills on it right outside Gkam's house.

    And then sells it at Cash Convertors fifteen quid.

  • Sky customer wins Wiggo's Tour de France bike - but has to sell it1 year 9 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:I was going to

    Gkam84 wrote:
    I was going to hold my tongue. But after a few "interactions" on twitter and seeing the state of comments sections lately. I'm not going to hold back.

    This is a f*cking joke, this was a fan competition, some "fan" he his, gets the bike and then sells it. Sky already kicked up a fuss about another prize bike they gave away being punted on eBay for £10,400 and now this.

    It'll make up their mind not to give away prizes like that anymore.

    If he didn't want it, give it back or donate it to a charity auction, but to just sell it pisses me right off.

    He WON the f*cking thing, he's not out of pocket, just a greedy c*** who can't appreciate the TRUE value of the bike.

    I'm VERY skint at the moment, but there is no way I would be selling it. I am not even a Wiggo fan, but I can appreciate that this back, being 1 of only 3 made, is a piece of history.

    Disagree with me all you want, I couldn't give a toss what you think, that's MY opinion.

    (p.s If you "LIKE" this post, don't just click the button, interact with the forum)

    I'm so glad you have graced us with YOUR opinion, as the wait was killing me.

    Applause

    Yet again why do people have to criticize what someone buys or does what they want with their own money or items.

  • Almost 9 in 10 people back headphones ban and compulsory helmets for cyclists say survey1 year 9 weeks agoThe xkcd for today is

    The xkcd for today is particularly appropriate for the discussion about regurgitating results of studies

    http://xkcd.com/1295/

  • Almost 9 in 10 people back headphones ban and compulsory helmets for cyclists say survey1 year 9 weeks agohow many people know what the

    how many people know what the design parameters of a bicycle helmet?

    How many see helmet and assume it gives the same level of protection as a motorbike helmet, if you think it is obvious it can't, but this isn't about common sense.

  • Almost 9 in 10 people back headphones ban and compulsory helmets for cyclists say survey1 year 9 weeks agoHey, look - there's a dead

    Hey, look - there's a dead cat!
    http://www.politics.co.uk/blogs/2013/11/24/the-dead-cat-strategy-how-the...

  • Sky customer wins Wiggo's Tour de France bike - but has to sell it1 year 9 weeks agoNew societal moral code: If

    New societal moral code:

    If you have valuable things you must never sell them because other people like them and want you to keep them.

    Unusual.

    I just won Guernica in a Picasso giveaway competition I entered in the Radio Times. Bugger. My house is about to be repossessed. Not that the canvas will fit in it anyway.

    No house. My wife, a kid, a dog and a big painting worth £300M quid living in sheltered accommodation. Ace.

  • Almost 9 in 10 people back headphones ban and compulsory helmets for cyclists say survey1 year 9 weeks ago"The opinion of the general

    "The opinion of the general public equates to uninformed opinion"

    a.k.a. democracy

  • New book says Sir Bradley Wiggins withheld Chris Froome's share of 2012 Tour de France prize money1 year 9 weeks agoI wonder why David Walsh

    I wonder why David Walsh would want to paint Wiggins as a bad guy and Chris Froome as the plucky lovable under dog?

    Oh what's that David? You are going to be co-authoring Chris Froome's up coming biography? Well, isn't that a shock announcement.....

    http://www.chris-froome.com/news/65-news-upcoming-autobiography

    I'm just surprised David Walsh didn't blame Irish cycling fans for stealing the money.

  • Canyon Inflite AL 8.0 cyclo-cross bike1 year 9 weeks agoSo, after a lot of discussion

    So, after a lot of discussion we've decided that an 8 is a truer reflection of how good the Canyon is particularly in relation to the other cyclo-cross bikes we've tested. The Inflite is a lot of bike for the money, and as a whole the weight is competitive compared to other disc and canti-equipped CX bikes road.cc has tested recently.

    Normally all this is sorted out before the review is published, but that's what happens when you put reviews up on a Sunday.

  • Freight Transport Association: Banning HGVs during peak hours is not the answer to cyclist deaths1 year 9 weeks agoIanW1968 wrote:I would also

    IanW1968 wrote:
    I would also like to see the incentives and performance management of commercial drivers regulated.

    We know that the aggressive management techniques encourages people to take risks, its tightly regulated in financial services for instance, because money is important right?

    So why is it not regulated when the risk is life?

    This is a key point actually. There are a lot of heavy vehicles on London's roads. Why is it that tipper trucks in particular are involved in so many cycling fatalities?

  • Dad produces instructional video showing how he helps 7-year-old son cycle to school on busy London roads1 year 9 weeks agoSudor wrote:Great Video and

    Sudor wrote:
    Great Video and well done Ethan and his Dad

    If Ali is monitoring comments could he please explain who are accredited/ insured to provide on-road cycle to school training or accompaniment for small groups of children in addition to one's own child?

    Bikeability - as another post also mentioned. My sons recently did a course and it's been really helpful. They're both experienced cyclists and have raced and ridden on the road with me, but I thought the lessons would be useful. And they were. Elder son has been contemplating riding his bike to his secondary school when the weather improves, so I thought it was timely. We've worked out a route that keeps him off the main roads now and he can cross a really busy route at a pedestrian crossing, though I'm curious what his school will say as very few other kids ride to school and those who do live much closer. He's been riding since he was 4 and younger son, since he was 3.

    I really like this video. The boy will probably be a good car driver too if he ever gets behind the wheel, as he's been taught good road use. It's interesting to note how the father advises the child not to use the cycle lanes provided and the video highlights why they're not fit for purpose due to the proximity of the parked cars. Good to note how considerate the drivers are to the cyclists as well.

    I expect some Daily Mail types might rant for the duo hopping the kerb but given the traffic volumes on the road, it's both understandable and acceptable.

  • Sky customer wins Wiggo's Tour de France bike - but has to sell it1 year 9 weeks agoboo hoo, didn't win a bike,

    boo hoo, didn't win a bike, did we? You jealous, bad tempered, miserable little git.

  • Freight Transport Association: Banning HGVs during peak hours is not the answer to cyclist deaths1 year 9 weeks agoSo can someone explain to me

    So can someone explain to me why lorries can't be retro-fitted with doors here the lower panel is glazed?

    This used to be quite common and then disappeared again. It would seem to be a fairly simple extra precaution and I doubt a new door costs that much in the scheme of things.

  • Almost 9 in 10 people back headphones ban and compulsory helmets for cyclists say survey1 year 9 weeks agoI read the article yesterday.

    I read the article yesterday. What it highlights is how few people actually understand what causes most cycle crashes and cyclist injuries and deaths. DfT research shows that over 80% of incidents involving a cyclist and a motor vehicle are not the fault of the rider.

    The survey also shows how most people (and that includes some cyclists apparently) are unaware that wearing a helmet would make no difference to the outcome for most cyclists involved in incidents that result in serious injuries or fatalities. And it shows too how most people are unaware how ineffective cycle helmets are due to the pathetically low impact standards they're designed to.

    That said, I think anyone wearing headphones or earbuds while they ride is nuts. All well and good off-road but on-road, your hearing is really important to your safety.

  • New book says Sir Bradley Wiggins withheld Chris Froome's share of 2012 Tour de France prize money1 year 9 weeks ago"Just to clarify in my own

    "Just to clarify in my own mind:

    Froome wins €200k and keeps it all?
    Wiggins wins €450k + but has to divvy it up?"

    Yes, this has always been the case. Or at least for a very long time dating back to when little money was involved because no one man can win the tour and needs the help of his team going back for bottles etc etc etc.

    Whilst this is arguably less applicable in this day and age the winner, not his team mates also gets guaranteed income from other sources. One of these is always being paid to attend small races in the month or two after the event, that he will be allowed to do well in and maybe allowed to win because it makes them a bigger, better event. Having the TdF winner at a small cycle race in France is of course a huge thing. This is another tradition and another reason why the money gets shared out. This tradition lives on as does the winner getting more trappings generally; witness Froome being given a new F type coupe this year. So Wiggo got this race income and other trappings too.

    Today this includes advertising contracts. Wiggo was modelling for FredPerry after his win. He became far more well known than Froome or any other rider at the time and brands trade on this. Froome no doubt got these advantages too, after his win this year.

    Though am only now remembering that Froome was second in '12 of course but will leave the above as it explains where Sky maybe coming from.

  • Canyon Inflite AL 8.0 cyclo-cross bike1 year 9 weeks agoMMM, not overly impressed

    MMM, not overly impressed with the Canyon CX. Ridley Brand Cyclo Cross Bikes will take some beating for looks reliability and lightness; as for performance, well Ridley are number one for CX bikes.

    £12.50 for the Canyon CX isn't a good price; it's expensive.

  • Avanti Corsa DR - designing the new aero bike video1 year 9 weeks ago:Well Er no actually, Avanti

    :Well Er no actually, Avanti are seen as, sold alongside, compared to and bought instead of Scott, Specialized and Trek. Avanti has close ties with Spesh and Scott. Designed in NZ these bikes are particularly well suited to Australian conditions. I have 5 Avantis if you include the kid's, it just so happens that when I review the offerings in my price ranges Avanti comes out ahead in terms of spec. ride, value for money, build quality, geometry R &D and design.
    I would rate them as the Subaru of the bike world, not the most beautiful or glamorous, but they go like stink.
    Typical European attitude - same as wine and cricket- you can't stand the Antipodeans beating you at your own game. Cool