• Central London’s Square Mile to become 20mph zone in July1 year 5 weeks agosrchar wrote:cyclingDMlondon

    srchar wrote:
    cyclingDMlondon wrote:
    100% of male drivers under the age of thirty should have their licence taken off them.

    In my experience it's middle-aged and old-aged drivers who are the most dangerous on the roads, due to a combination of poor uncorrected eyesight, slow reactions, the fact that they always seem to be mouth-frothingly angry about something or other, and a general "holier-than-thou" attitude.

    Fair point, but they don't have the same naked aggression of the younger, SE London male. And I don't know how many of them are tooled up, but I suspect it's more than half.

  • Central London’s Square Mile to become 20mph zone in July1 year 5 weeks agokie7077 wrote:I was whizzing

    kie7077 wrote:
    I was whizzing down the road at up to 41mph, did the car behind stick to 30mph or did they stick behind me.

    I think you know the answer.

    Surely they can make speed cameras the size of mobile phones and costing the same, solar or grid powered, uploading via 3g, using GPS for timing accuracy.

    *rubs thumb, index and middle finger together*

  • cycling in Tokyo1 year 5 weeks agoHi, I was there on business

    Hi, I was there on business about a year ago and used http://www.tokyocycling.jp/program.html

    Book early for popular dates, a great way of seeing parts of the city, we did a nice tour that ended up back across the bay on a ferry.

    It's very casual - no need for clipins or lycra!

  • Forestry Commission pulls down anti-cycling posters ahead of New Forest sportive this weekend1 year 5 weeks agoThese arguments are worth

    These arguments are worth having. The cyclist are the in the right and they should call people up on it when, they are being miss treated.

    The joke poster countering that one does a fantastic job. Its funny and truthful. So this misguided poster, is giving cyclist and opportunity to speak to a new constituency. Progress will only be made, while people are talking.

  • Central London’s Square Mile to become 20mph zone in July1 year 5 weeks agobikebot wrote:Agree with both

    bikebot wrote:
    Agree with both edster99 and cyclingDMlondon above.

    I ride in London all the time, but rarely in the centre of town during working hours. The difference in driver attitude from the centre at rush hour, to outer London during quieter hours of the day is pretty extreme.

    Once you take drivers away from the congestion and stress they're markedly more relaxed. That's probably true of my own driving, I hate having to use the car when the roads are busy. That's also why you need enforcement to target the problem where it's worst.

    I actually find the Square Mile a bit more bearable, but I do not believe that this has anything to do with its drivers being more 'considerate', but rather, the roads are so busy and so (relatively) narrow that they just can't drive as fast.

    Out where we live, on the border with Kent, the aggression shown by virtually all drivers, is terrifying. They could not make it plainer that we are simply not welcome on 'their' roads, and that if it means injuring or killing us to get us off the road, then that's just too effing bad.

    'We don't want cyclists on our roads. What part of that is causing you problems? You slow us down, you're a hindrance, and an annoyance. Fuck off and die already, is that clear enough for you?'

    I firmly believe that well over half of the 'accidental' death of cyclists in the South East of England, are murder.

  • Summer Cycling Madness1 year 5 weeks ago"when I was out in the car,

    "when I was out in the car, saw a cyclist ahead who was starting to look around. I thought to myself, 'you want to shift lanes', and, sure enough, out came the hand and a Geronimo! style manoeuvre was initiated."

    I don't understand what he did wrong here? And whats a Geronimo! style manoeuvre?

    I tend to agree with the gist of what your saying though, the nice spring weather brings many cyclists out of winter hibernation.

  • Central London’s Square Mile to become 20mph zone in July1 year 5 weeks agocyclingDMlondon wrote:100% of

    cyclingDMlondon wrote:
    100% of male drivers under the age of thirty should have their licence taken off them.

    In my experience it's middle-aged and old-aged drivers who are the most dangerous on the roads, due to a combination of poor uncorrected eyesight, slow reactions, the fact that they always seem to be mouth-frothingly angry about something or other, and a general "holier-than-thou" attitude.

  • Paris Roubaix1 year 5 weeks agoBoy, I really stink at the

    Boy, I really stink at the classics... I completely forgot to put in a purist team for Paris-Roubaix, so the team left over from Flanders was scored for Roubaix too. Despite two non-starters, this left over team scored just 11 points less than the standard team I've "carefully" picked for Roubaix... Thinking

  • Central London’s Square Mile to become 20mph zone in July1 year 5 weeks agoAgree with both edster99 and

    Agree with both edster99 and cyclingDMlondon above.

    I ride in London all the time, but rarely in the centre of town during working hours. The difference in driver attitude from the centre at rush hour, to outer London during quieter hours of the day is pretty extreme.

    Once you take drivers away from the congestion and stress they're markedly more relaxed. That's probably true of my own driving, I hate having to use the car when the roads are busy. That's also why you need enforcement to target the problem where it's worst.

  • Medics call for measures to protect cyclists in London1 year 5 weeks agoLiving outside of London (in

    Living outside of London (in the Midlands), I've noticed how much drivers respect have improved in recent years - particularly on country lanes, where they are much more likely to wait before passing and give plenty of room. There are still plenty of oafs (especially in towns and cities), but the trend definitely seems to be positive.

  • Cyclist thrown into back of truck by freak collision forced to dial emergency number for police rescue1 year 5 weeks agoDisappointed this wasn't in

    Disappointed this wasn't in 'related stories': http://road.cc/content/review/115937-leveret-roofscope-car-mirror

  • Beer and fish and chips: the rocket fuel that'll propel the Tour de Yorkshire to greatness1 year 5 weeks agoTo be honest unless there is

    To be honest unless there is a chance of echelon's then the cambridge to london stage has potential to be very boring.

    I hope the two yorkshire stages deliver more exciting racing.

  • Central London’s Square Mile to become 20mph zone in July1 year 5 weeks agoAirzound wrote:20mph, I ride

    Airzound wrote:
    20mph, I ride faster than this, so not good.

    You have nothing to worry about, speed limits do not apply to bicycle riders.

  • Winners Thread1 year 5 weeks ago2nd overall in TdF last

    2nd overall in TdF last year!

    Few stage wins too

  • Central London’s Square Mile to become 20mph zone in July1 year 5 weeks agoedster99 wrote:johndonnelly

    edster99 wrote:
    johndonnelly wrote:
    kie7077 wrote:
    I was whizzing down the road at up to 41mph, did the car behind stick to 30mph or did they stick behind me.

    Neither. Drivers MUST get in front of the bike so they overtook you. Right? That's what happens everywhere else.

    No, not everywhere else. Maybe everywhere else in London - I don't know as I don't live there. But not all drivers are twats. In my experience, about 40% are, and the rest are OK. I was marshalling a TT yesterday, and a lorry stopped to ask me if there were a lot more bikes, and when I said there would be he said 'ok i'll go back a different way.' So credit where its due.

    It's certainly the case here in London and the rest of the SE. I estimate that no more than 5% of drivers should be on the road. 100% of male drivers under the age of thirty should have their licence taken off them.

    Cycling is important enough to me, that this has made me decide to leave the country. I hope to spend this Christmas in Amsterdam.

  • Central London’s Square Mile to become 20mph zone in July1 year 5 weeks agojohndonnelly wrote:kie7077

    johndonnelly wrote:
    kie7077 wrote:
    I was whizzing down the road at up to 41mph, did the car behind stick to 30mph or did they stick behind me.

    Neither. Drivers MUST get in front of the bike so they overtook you. Right? That's what happens everywhere else.

    Last year, I was in e-mail correspondence with a middle-ranking officer from the City of London police. That exchange had started one day when I stopped at a traffic light next to one of their officers on a bicycle, and asked him if there was any particular reason why he wasn't about to nick the van driver who had rolled nonchalantly into the ASL right behind us. 'Oh no,' he had replied. 'I can only give him a FPN if I actually see him enter the ASL..'

    Of course.

    Anyway, I got into correspondence with one of his bosses, and at one point, faced with my exasperation at the number of car drivers, van drivers and yes, cyclists, who were basically sticking their two fingers up at the law on a daily basis, he told me that an 'operation' was being planned for September, to target just such delinquents.

    'Why do you need "an operation"?' I asked. 'Why not just tell your officers to nick everyone they see going through a red light?'

    I never got an answer to that one.

    Anyway, the 'operation' went ahead, and I did notice an increase in the number of people getting tickets. And yes, I also did notice a slight decrease in the number of f*ckwits on two wheels and four, who apparently believed that the rules of the road only applied to others.

    It was short-lived. Now, we're back to normality. ASLs are routinely ignored, pavements are 'supplementary cycle lanes', bicycle lanes are 'free parking' for vans and cars, amber means 'GO' and red means 'It's your call, man'.

    And so it will be with this new speed 'limit'. It's a waste of time, and it makes us the laughing stock of the world. Because if a law isn't applied and enforced, then the whole law is brought into disrepute.

  • Central London’s Square Mile to become 20mph zone in July1 year 5 weeks agojohndonnelly wrote:kie7077

    johndonnelly wrote:
    kie7077 wrote:
    I was whizzing down the road at up to 41mph, did the car behind stick to 30mph or did they stick behind me.

    Neither. Drivers MUST get in front of the bike so they overtook you. Right? That's what happens everywhere else.

    No, not everywhere else. Maybe everywhere else in London - I don't know as I don't live there. But not all drivers are twats. In my experience, about 40% are, and the rest are OK. I was marshalling a TT yesterday, and a lorry stopped to ask me if there were a lot more bikes, and when I said there would be he said 'ok i'll go back a different way.' So credit where its due.

  • Beer and fish and chips: the rocket fuel that'll propel the Tour de Yorkshire to greatness1 year 5 weeks agoBizarre that regional

    Bizarre that regional tribalism should creep in.
    Think about the tour, it is largely one long tourism advert day after day of scenic France with some top level cycling thrown in. Yorkshire will fit that billing very nicely.
    Can't wait.

  • Beer and fish and chips: the rocket fuel that'll propel the Tour de Yorkshire to greatness1 year 5 weeks agoBizarre that regional

    Bizarre that regional tribalism should creep in.
    Think about the tour, it is largely one long tourism advert day after day of scenic France with some top level cycling thrown in. Yorkshire will fit that billing very nicely.
    Can't wait.

  • cycling in Tokyo1 year 5 weeks agoFrom the Ginza-area head

    From the Ginza-area head south-east to Toyoso and Shinkiba, cross the bridge over the Arakawa river and then follow the river upstream (first on the right bank, soon on the left) for as long as you fancy on a wide and spotless road without motorized traffic, along baseball, soccer and bbq areas. Very popular with cyclists and joggers, quite busy on Sundays. It continues way up into the Saitama prefecture, allowing for rides of >100 km. Otherwise, west from Shinjuki towards Takano mountain is nice as well.

  • More gearing questions1 year 5 weeks agoYou'll probably need a new

    You'll probably need a new chain too, if you go with a massive block on the back.

  • Central London’s Square Mile to become 20mph zone in July1 year 5 weeks agokie7077 wrote:I was whizzing

    kie7077 wrote:
    I was whizzing down the road at up to 41mph, did the car behind stick to 30mph or did they stick behind me.

    Neither. Drivers MUST get in front of the bike so they overtook you. Right? That's what happens everywhere else.

  • Niki Terpstra wins Paris-Roubaix1 year 5 weeks agoSuper solo break at the end.

    Super solo break at the end. Was a massive surprise. I was expecting Wiggo and Thomas to pull 1-2 punch maybe.

    Why do Sky still make EBH team leader in classics?

  • Doctors in Boston 'prescribe' very low cost bike hire for patients1 year 5 weeks agoNice to see a sensible, and

    Nice to see a sensible, and highly reasonable way of approaching the problem, no drastic or impossible to achieve solutions. Hopefully some more of this over here will follow.

  • Beer and fish and chips: the rocket fuel that'll propel the Tour de Yorkshire to greatness1 year 5 weeks agoIt seems to come as a

    It seems to come as a surprise to a lot of people in a small south eastern corner of the country that there is an awful lot more to this land than just London and the Home Counties. It must be awful to have to travel for a number of hours to an event worth watching, but I'm sorry to say that's what the rest of us have to do