- Almost 9 in 10 people back headphones ban and compulsory helmets for cyclists say survey1 year 9 weeks agoThe earphone thing really
The earphone thing really gets strong reactions. other than social rides i always use earbuds. I've been cycling with noise isolating earphones for years, but started wearing them after years of learning how to move and behave on the road safely and confidently without them. As safe as i know i am with earphones, I would hesitate to recommend a beginner cyclist to wear them before gaining experience on the road.
I do think anyone that relies on sound alone to make turns or passing maneuvers is acting in a dangerous manner. Sure you can listen to reinforce what other senses are telling you but unless you physically look to confirm it is safe to turn or pass then your not safe. listening alone is unsafe.
Motor bike helmets are sound isolating. Most wear foam ear plugs, even the police who have headsets on while driving. no backlash here.
Deaf people are allowed to cycle and to ride motorcycles. no backlash here.
motorcycle lessons teach you only to look. you can hear whatever you want but unless you see that is is safe to move you do not move.
cars, especially luxury vehicles come with sound isolation glass and wadding throughout the vehicle. they are designed to isolate you from the environment outside of the car. Yes you are more vulnerable on a bike this is exactly why you have to be super disciplined with observations.
car stereo's drown out all noise outside of the vehicle. you wouldnt wind the window down and listen before changing lanes? no you look.
I think people just knee jerk on this and think it must be dangerous without thinking about it.
Its not for everyone, neither is wearing a helmet. Why cant we just let folk be! too many people thinking they have some kind of authority to preach to others. If i want to commute on a tricycle in my mr Blobby suit with beats headphones on its up to me.
- Godfrey Bloom says speeding "has nothing to do with accidents", considers standing for Westminster1 year 9 weeks agoBet he loses his deposit if
Bet he loses his deposit if he stands. He's to the right of the average Daily Mail reader, and a good deal less rational. His record speaks for itself. Even UKIP didn't want him.
- Pictures of your Bike1 year 9 weeks agoEnigma Echo
Ultegra group set
- Freight Transport Association: Banning HGVs during peak hours is not the answer to cyclist deaths1 year 9 weeks agoA V Lowe wrote:The otherA V Lowe wrote:A tipper truck, of the type often involved in fatalities in London, can be 32 tonnes when fully loaded, which some cyclists might find a little surprising. Alas, often with this type of work, the more you haul the more you earn which, in my opinion as an hgv driver, is the reason why so many tragedies involve this type of hgv.
The other factor is that construction sites require a continuous removal of waste material and supply of stuff like concrete (a perishable load). so those trucks will be running all day - most retailers avoid central London deliveries during the working day as far as possible, and account for a relatively small percentage of the vehicle movements. Typically a big construction site may be generating 150-200 trips per day just to remove the waste material to the tip, and because the tip is 30-35 miles out from London they rack up huge levels of exposure to the risk of collision, as well as a huge footprint of road damage, pollution etc.
Because the phases of a construction project are transient, demand for trucks and drivers is transient and the trucks are rigid, maximum permitted weight and the biggest that can be driven on Class C licence. It will be apparent from the driving records of some of the drivers involved in fatal crashes that the quality of drivers on this work is dangerously variable as well.
- Godfrey Bloom says speeding "has nothing to do with accidents", considers standing for Westminster1 year 9 weeks agowonder how this numptard
wonder how this numptard would feel after being hit by
a speeding motorist !!!!
perhaps a phone call or two to make ...
- Pictures of your Bike1 year 9 weeks agoRitte Vlaanderen
Rotor 3d Crank, everything else Ultegra
American Classic wheels
- Ultimate winter glove1 year 9 weeks agoSealskinz All Weather
Sealskinz All Weather Waterproof gloves, great in the cold but not waterproof.
- Police fine 150 in London safety crackdown as MP calls for national dangerous junction audit1 year 9 weeks agoNeil753 wrote: Is this theNeil753 wrote:
Is this the same study that if you actually looked at the segment analysis you found out that it was a Strava glich? Quite common on short segments for the posted time and speed to bear no relation to the actual speed.
According to Strava, my top speed through the Blackfriars Underpass is 62mph, that's on my 46/18 geared single-speed. On one such ride my heart rate dropped to zero for that segment
Conclusion: dead men ride faster - Garmin proves it.
It is not Strava's fault if a GPS can't do dead reckoning calculations when in tunnels and comes up with ludicrous segment speeds.
- Godfrey Bloom says speeding "has nothing to do with accidents", considers standing for Westminster1 year 9 weeks agoGodfrey bloom says it's Ok to
Godfrey bloom says it's Ok to drive faster in urban areas. Wow I'm impressed he's such an ex-spurt (sic). Isn't that contrary to all the other statistical experts.
We could save a a Euro billion by retiring this old outa touch nutter.
- London flooded with police in road safety crackdown1 year 9 weeks agoPierre wrote:stealfwaynePierre wrote:stealfwayne wrote:IanW1968 wrote:William Black wrote:IanW1968 wrote:
Maybe a more constructive thought, wouldn't a few public information adverts help with the misguided indignation?
People are allowed to walk across the road.
Riding two abreast is ok.
Riding in the middle of the road is ok.
Riding on pavements is bad.
Parking on pavements is bad.
Talking on phones is bad.
Running lights is bad.
How to use ASL's
TV time is cheap as chips at the mo.
Maybe a Kickstarter/crowd funded advert?
There must be ad agency out there with the kit, the talent and the contacts to make some serious commercials that can be broadcast independently on behalf of the cyclists of the UK?
I'd definitely chip in the pot
I think that's a great idea and know a few people who may be willing to help.
Seconded, A proper attempt to highlight issues related to real world cycling on the road . We ride, we're allowed to and we are gong to continue to do so.
We should do this and get a crowd funded motion going....
Sorry about the huge quote lump above, but a) I think this is a great idea, although b) it has to be better than the "Niceway Code", which was utter sh*t. Fey flappy "just be nice to each other" campaigns don't work. Which ads do people remember? The hard-hitting ones.
A series of ads that show people acting like dicks (both drivers and cyclists) and then the unpleasant consequences for them, their families or the people they hit - that's what will be memorable and is more likely to alter people's behaviour than yet another "we all have to share" whimper.
Like this one from Thor Hushovd? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_W4xE7_7TI
- High vis clothing doesn't make cars pass you more safely, says new study1 year 9 weeks agoBut we come back to the point
But we come back to the point here that squeezing up the inside of an HGV is not the brightest idea in the firmament, and if wearing hi-viz encourages that particular flavour of numptiness then it's not actually helping.
c.f. "risk compensation"
- High vis clothing doesn't make cars pass you more safely, says new study1 year 9 weeks agoThe last 3 days I've noticed
The last 3 days I've noticed the same car passing me on roughly the same spot and getting from close to uncomfortably close. Got half the car reg so far....they'd better watch out.
What can be useful is an 'innocent narrow wiggle' if you can hear a vehicle approaching from behind, kinda makes the think a bit!
- Godfrey Bloom says speeding "has nothing to do with accidents", considers standing for Westminster1 year 9 weeks agoOh, by the way, I like this
Oh, by the way, I like this story. Reminds me of how sane I am. Perhaps I will stand for Europe...
- Godfrey Bloom says speeding "has nothing to do with accidents", considers standing for Westminster1 year 9 weeks agoRusssauntry wrote:I too amRusssauntry wrote:
I too am *going that way but it is the emphasis on the word 'another' which means it is not offensive or racist. Old Black men do not, with very rare exceptions, hold positions of power through an old boys network.
That being said, at least he is not an anodyne career politician. He has settled for being a dipstick.
- High vis clothing doesn't make cars pass you more safely, says new study1 year 9 weeks agoI have a lot of respect for
I have a lot of respect for Dr Ian Walker, but we must be clear about what this study concludes. It is a record of passing distances when overtaking, and does not in any way dismiss the value of wearing hi-viz in helping to make cyclists more visible in certain situations, such as when squeezing up the inside of an hgv, for instance.
Road.cc journalist Sarah Barth, in a recent article, described the enhancement to visibilty (of a rider wearing hi-viz) when viewed through the mirror of an hgv, as "astonishing".
- Godfrey Bloom says speeding "has nothing to do with accidents", considers standing for Westminster1 year 9 weeks agoI too am grading that way but
I too am grading that way but it is the emphasis on the word 'another' which means it is not offensive or racist. Old Black men do not, with very rare exceptions, hold positions of power through an old boys network.
That being said, at least he is not an anodyne career politician. He has settled for being a dipstick.
- Shimano launch STEPS e-bike groupset1 year 9 weeks agoI'd prefer the speed control
I'd prefer the speed control to be a bit more granular - maybe they should have chosen an H-shaped shifter.
- Sky customer wins Wiggo's Tour de France bike - but has to sell it1 year 9 weeks agoI'd sell it and buy a Cervelo
I'd sell it and buy a Cervelo
- High vis clothing doesn't make cars pass you more safely, says new study1 year 9 weeks ago1-2%...try cycling in rural
1-2%...try cycling in rural Ireland you can increase that figure tenfold and you'd still only be half right....SMIDSY...more like...
YISYBICGAFYAC.....Yes I See You But I Couldn't Give A F@ck You're A Cyclist
- High vis clothing doesn't make cars pass you more safely, says new study1 year 9 weeks agoThe most interesting thing I
The most interesting thing I found in the study was for <100cm passes between the Police and Polite vests.
24% for Police and 43% for Polite.
That is a difference of one letter.
- Godfrey Bloom says speeding "has nothing to do with accidents", considers standing for Westminster1 year 9 weeks agoI'm sorry...? He branded a
I'm sorry...? He branded a group of women who don't clean behind their fridges as 'sluts'! Bizarre.
Seriously though, more cycling news stories please.
- £999.99p1 year 9 weeks agoRide more, spend less, use
Ride more, spend less, use fewer 'smileys'
- Freight Transport Association: Banning HGVs during peak hours is not the answer to cyclist deaths1 year 9 weeks agoReplace HGVs with cargo
Replace HGVs with cargo bikes. OK, that's a lot of cargo bikes so they'd run around the clock. Sorted... more delivery drivers (on bikes) will sort out unemployment in the capitol and boost the economy. What's left of the NHS will benefit from the overall health boost. Congestion? More folk would ride with such large numbers of cyclists present of the street. Pollution? A thing of the past.
spaceyjase for mayor? Well, if you insist.
- British documentary Bicycle seeks your help to fund it (+ video)1 year 9 weeks agoWilliam Black wrote:Trek &William Black wrote:
Trek & Shimano the tightfisted bastards.
Seems a bit harsh they have dipped in their pockets what about Specialized, Campagnolo, SRAM, Cannondale etc, etc, etc, etc, who haven't?
- Godfrey Bloom says speeding "has nothing to do with accidents", considers standing for Westminster1 year 9 weeks agoI wonder which oil / car
I wonder which oil / car manufacturer company boards he sits on? Slime ball. You can tell he was slapped with wet fish by his head boy when at school!