- DfT's new Think Cyclist campaign fails to get cycling organisations on board1 year 24 weeks agojarderich wrote:...think "ahajarderich wrote:
...think "aha - a vehicle's width between me and the car". But if it was two cars in the picture (instead of a car and a bike) there wouldn't be another car's width between the two.
This is what I have been thinking: watching cars overtaking on narrow roads there is often very little space between them, and when cars overtake *parked* cars their wing mirrors sometimes clip !! I would take "1/2 cars width" over "as much room as you would when overtaking a car" any day !! Although use the other lane would be even better !!
- Just in: Genesis Equilibrium Ti1 year 24 weeks agothere was always an element
there was always an element of 'I'm-not-quite-sure' about Ti bikes for me. Not any more - if I had to get rid of all my bikes now that's the one that would replace them
- Just in: Genesis Equilibrium Ti1 year 24 weeks agoDisk version to follow or
Disk version to follow or wait for CdF Ti?
- Just in: Genesis Equilibrium Ti1 year 24 weeks agoWant!
- Pictures of your Bike1 year 24 weeks agoMy summer treat to myself;
My summer treat to myself; Focus Izalco Pro 4.0
I'm thrilled to bits with it, this was my 'must have' bike from the moment I sat on it in my lbs.
- How bright should my new lights be?1 year 24 weeks agoDeal extreme do some good
Deal extreme do some good lights at a low price, I use this one for my commuting now but it was originally bought for off road night riding.
2nd mode is plenty bright enough to light the road to spot any 'defects' or anything you might want to avoid, as well as being visible to cars.
On the rear I have a super flash which is really visible and economic with batteries, a gift though so not sure on the source.
- Didi the Devil misses Tour as he recuperates from brain surgery1 year 24 weeks agoI had wondered whether Wiggle
I had wondered whether Wiggle had used Didi or just set up a lookalike. Glad to see he's made a bit of cash from the whole jumping-up-and-down craziness.
Get well soon!
- DfT's new Think Cyclist campaign fails to get cycling organisations on board1 year 24 weeks ago"The campaign encourages
"The campaign encourages drivers to give cyclists “at least half a car’s width” of space – but that’s half the distance set out in the Highway Code, Rule 163 of which tells motorists to "give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car."
We as cyclists are guilty of misinterpreting the highway code I think. We see that picture of the car overtaking the cyclist and the gap in between and think "aha - a vehicle's width between me and the car". But if it was two cars in the picture (instead of a car and a bike) there wouldn't be another car's width between the two.
I don't disagree that the ideal scenario is for a car to overtake a bike by crossing right over to the other side of the road, indeed I would encourage it, but technically "as much room as you would when overtaking a car" isn't that much.
You could argue that the DfT is being generous in this new advice.
Perhaps the Highway Code should be revised to be more specific.
- DfT's new Think Cyclist campaign fails to get cycling organisations on board1 year 24 weeks agoIt's a start, but "quotes
It's a start, but "quotes from organisations such as the RAC, the AA and the IAM" just screams CAR MENTALITY!
Still, moving in the right direction.
- Just in: Genesis Equilibrium Ti1 year 24 weeks ago(No subject)
- Surly Disc Trucker1 year 24 weeks agoRob Simmonds wrote:jezzzerRob Simmonds wrote:jezzzer wrote:
nice bike by the sounds of things. but those shifter cable loops would bug me every single time i looked at it, and for that reason, I'm out.
That's how I saw bar-ends, but the Trucker converted me. Internal routing would be even better though...
Its not hard to re-cable the bike with the cables running under the tape all the way up to and along the tops, exiting as-per STI cables. You'd need tandem length inner cables but ive done this on some of my bar-end shifter bikes and have had no issues with it since.
- Alexandre Vinokourov's Olympic-winning bike sells for $243,0001 year 24 weeks ago$243k? Isn't that how much he
$243k? Isn't that how much he 'donated' to Kolobnev for Liege 2010?
- The colour of 2013 revealed: fluoro yellow1 year 24 weeks agohmmm, Whereas I would rather
hmmm, Whereas I would rather ride naked than in that Castelli jacket.... I love the look of the cinelli cross frame. That might be my bike for next season...or perhaps this season...
- Didi the Devil misses Tour as he recuperates from brain surgery1 year 24 weeks agoActually, it worked out well.
Actually, it worked out well. Didi wasn't there in person, but his sponsor managed to keep him "alive" anyway. I'd say it all worked out well.
- Olympic success has positive impact on motorists' view of cyclists, according to survey1 year 24 weeks agoSpamSpamSpam wrote:There seemSpamSpamSpam wrote:
There seem to be a few posters around town now encouraging people to overtake bikes with more room (the amount of room shown on the poster is far too little, but that's another story). I'd really like a campaign highlighting that at pinch-points it is fine for a bike to take the lane. Whereas I generally think that campaigns to change drivers' attitudes are money that could be spent on cycle lanes, I do think that highlighting this might make a difference to my daily commute.
Without wanting to resurrect the usual anti-segregation argument, with a bit more consideration there's less need for cycle lanes.
We used to have public information films on tv - including one about overtaking cyclists, IIRC - but the current bunch of muppets scrapped the department they were produced for:
Oh great, we've now got the DfT producing b******s
- School caretaker receives £350 fine for deliberately running down cyclist1 year 24 weeks agohairyairey wrote:I'm not surehairyairey wrote:
I'm not sure people have read this article properly. The offender has to pay £850 and has nine points on his license (which means he came very close to losing it). That's not a light punishment at all.
It depends, I suppose, upon how seriously you view driving a motor vehicle at an unprotected fellow human.
- DfT's new Think Cyclist campaign fails to get cycling organisations on board1 year 24 weeks agoEr, £80k for a 'Think
Er, £80k for a 'Think Cyclist' campaign.
In March 2012 a £1.2million 'Think Bike' campaign for motorcyclists was launched; this followed a similar one in 2010.
These included TV adverts, back of bus signs, all sorts.
Let's have some parity here.
The modal share of motorcycles, as a percentage of traffic on the road, was 1% in 2002.
In 2011 the modal share for bicycles was 2%.
- The colour of 2013 revealed: fluoro yellow1 year 24 weeks agoBloody hell, the clock's been
Bloody hell, the clock's been wound back 20 years I still have a pair of pink fluoro shades from the early 90's - and a yellow thermal top that I really ought to lob at freecycle
I think we need a 'puke' smiley..
- How bright should my new lights be?1 year 24 weeks agoOne thing that annoyed me on
One thing that annoyed me on my commute was the bright strobing front lights some other riders had. It was annoying when you passed them as it used to put me off and car drivers were dazzled / hesitant and caused problems.
When I commuted on the bike I used a Hope Vision 2, it was great.
For going out at night off road I have an Exposure MaxX D a cracking light and like Bed Clanger (ooo matron) says, they are great units.
- The colour of 2013 revealed: fluoro yellow1 year 24 weeks agoNASTY!!!!
That Castelli jacket is possibly the worst thing I've ever seen ...
- Wiggo in 20131 year 24 weeks agoWiggins, Uran & Heanao for
Wiggins, Uran & Heanao for the Giro would be some team. I would like to see that, especially as the Giro is rich with South Ameriacans
I would like to think the Giro & Vuelta would be as competative as it was this year, however, with the Tour having its centenary year a lot of the big boys will be saved for that.
The Giro route is announced next week
- Wiggo in 20131 year 24 weeks agoKreuziger has already signed
Kreuziger has already signed with Saxo
- How bright should my new lights be?1 year 24 weeks agoHi Rich,
Once the clocks
Once the clocks change I'll be doing about 45 minutes in complete darkness out on the country lanes and 15 under street lights each way for my daily commute. I use an Exposure Strada mk2 and it's excellent. There's a flashing function for well lit roads and twilight plus dipped and full beam modes. On all but the darkest nights the dipped mode is good enough for me to ride safely at up to 25mph. It's also handy to switch between modes when cars are coming the other way on the back lanes to remind them to dip their lights. There is a wired thumb switch that you can attach closer to your hand on the bars for easy operation but I've never bothered with it. The light is designed for use on the road so it has a wide flat beam which illuminates the way ahead but doesn't shine too high to dazzle oncoming traffic or light the tree tops. The light is a rechargeable single sealed unit with an aluminium casing and very secure bracket. I couldn't do without it. I recommend it unreservedly, it's worth every penny.
On the rear I've just bought the Exposure Flare with rechargeable batteries and charger to replace my old plastic Cateye light which stopped working after I dropped it. So far I'm very happy with it and it is extremely bright. With flashing or steady beam functions.
I'm sure that there are plenty of comparable lights out there and some may baulk at the price but I'm very happy with mine. I've been using the Strada for every day commuting in the dark since Jan 2011 without any trouble at all. You can't go wrong with it. I recouped the money I spent on it in petrol cost avoided in about six weeks.
The latest model, mk3, is a shade under £200 online at Winstanley, Shiny and Wiggle. If you can find the mk2 in a clearance somewhere for even less it would be worth picking up.
- Wiggo in 20131 year 24 weeks agoMy understanding was
My understanding was Kreuziger to Liquigas, so that would probably change things if he does end up at Saxo (not been keeping up with all the latest gossip) and I forgot that Nibali was off to Astana but I still don't see him competing for the TdF win.
Either way the TdF will be very competitive and probably (because no-one seems to be able to compete across two tours anymore except the Giro/Vuelta double maybe) the Giro and Vuelta will have less competitive fields. I reckon a Wiggins/Uran/Henao trio for the Giro with the latter two racing the Vuelta as team leaders then the likes of the Froome, Porte and Rogers riding the TdF.
- tyre recommendation?1 year 24 weeks agoagree with moysten conti
agree with moysten conti 4000sfor all round riding and swalbe zx hd for summer,