- More than half of drivers who kill cyclists escape jail1 year 6 weeks agolevermonkey wrote:Try sayinglevermonkey wrote:
Try saying these two phrases and see which has the most impact.
"You are banned from driving!"
"Your licence is revoked!"
The problem being, that whichever way you say it, there appear to be a lot of people out there who do not have a valid driving licence and don't see that as stopping them driving. After all, they have no alternatives, do they? (see, that bloke in Bristol who killed the couple on a tandem).
- Video: FDJ.fr’s Arnaud Démare answers TdF call of nature – by nipping into fan’s motorhome1 year 6 weeks agoThe modern peloton has gone
The modern peloton has gone soft!
In the days when riders survived on a diet of liquefied rice Tommy Simpson's mechanic could gauge the health of Simpson by whether he had to hose the bike down before he could work on it.
Riders today! Don't know their born!
- Let's ban the word "cyclist"1 year 6 weeks agoHmm..
I think I know what
I think I know what the OP is getting at but banning words is obviously a fruitless exercise.
I think the word cyclist is often used in press reports where their method of transport is pertinent to the story. That is appropriate.
Now if they say 'cyclist rapes kitten in front of Diana memorial', or, perhaps more probably stereotyping such as 'cyclists are lycra louts who go through red lights' then that's where you start having problems.
No amount of banning of words will work - it is not a productive use of time and misses the point that it is not the language itself but the use of that language which is the problem -
If that language tries to discriminate unfairly, is prejudicial or attempts to incite some public anger against a 'group', then that should be stopped. Mainly because there is a real danger from idiots who buy in to the anti cyclist agenda.
Some parts of the media (DM etc) stoop to this uninformed, lazy journalism to pedal their 'anti-cycling' agenda. They like to pitch motorist against cyclist as though they are different people and are destined to be at odds with each other. Sadly, a few cyclists have this mentality -though the consequences for the other group are potentially far less grave when this happens so less of an issue, more of an irritation when I see it on here..
Are 'we' a group? Do 'we' want to be? cyclists are probably not even a minority -lots of people own bikes - 'we' do not want to be lumped together for the purposes of being the subject of DM outrage and prejudice. But perhaps there are some benefits, where being a 'community' or group is helpful.. Lobbying the government on safety, promoting cycling activities and events, getting better facilities locally etc. for these purposes I'm more than happy to be branded a 'cyclist'!
- Jersey finally passes mandatory helmet law - for under 14 year olds1 year 6 weeks agoI wear a helmet. Does it
I wear a helmet. Does it make me feel safer? No. Do I think it makes me safer? No.
The three times I have come off, I've broken a rib and twisted my shoulder and my wrist, and cut my shin (did you know that road muck seems to make for a perfectly black scar?). My head never hit the road in any case, and I'm pretty sure a helmet doesn't protect shoulders or ribs or legs.
But my wife said she'd kill me if I got hurt riding and wasn't wearing a helmet. So I wear a helmet
- Video: California reserve police officer suspended for posting “I hate cyclists” YouTube clip1 year 6 weeks agoSo she goes from wielding
So she goes from wielding handcuffs and playing at cops and robbers to... wielding handcuffs and playing at cops and robbers. Righto.
- Video: Thomas Voeckler returns Dutch fans' abuse — with interest1 year 6 weeks agoHe won the yellow on stage 9
He won the yellow on stage 9 after being in the break with Hoogerland when he crashed. Maybe the Dutch are resentful he never sat up? Flecha (who also crashed) has made comments about not being waited on before.
- Clacton on Sea to hold Naked Bike Ride today: as MP says ride they failed to close down is “offensive exhibitionism”1 year 6 weeks agoSo did the ride go ahead?
So did the ride go ahead? How many people were there, and in what stage of undress (I believe that the WNBR says you can go "as bare as you dare", which rather leads to some possible WNBR/Tweed Run crossovers, if someone was sufficiently inhibited).
Personally, I wouldn't. But that's my choice.
Like bikeboy says, we're all naked under our clothes...
- Michael Barry: Shadows on the Road, pub by Faber and Faber1 year 6 weeks agoYet another book added to the
Yet another book added to the "need to read this" wishlist.
- Video: Thomas Voeckler returns Dutch fans' abuse — with interest1 year 6 weeks agoon the you tube page it says
on the you tube page it says he was upset about selfie takers, Go Tommy V.
- Moral Dilemma - See Through Bottoms1 year 6 weeks agoI'm going to wondering all
I'm going to wondering all the way home now if everyone can see my butt crack through my replica RSNT shorts...
- Moral Dilemma - See Through Bottoms1 year 6 weeks agonotfastenough wrote:My missusnotfastenough wrote:
My missus thinks it looks horrific. She'd want me to tell her, but I doubt she would be happy with a stranger telling her. I think her view is that any self-respecting woman would check before she left the house.
Haha this! The leggings thing has to be my biggest pet hate at the moment, i just don't think it looks good...skinny jeans fine but leggings nooo......BUT
BUT BUT BUT (lol) - as others have said, I think the best thing to do is to ignore it - if it irks you (the OP) that much then I think maybe you need to look at yourself and why this is a problem for you first...
Live and let live dude, what a stranger, male or female, wears really shouldn't be an issue - unless you're (example) a paramedic and you're dealing with a motorcycle rider who wasn't wearing leathers.
- Anger in Bournemouth and Bury St Edmunds as government refuses to fund safer cycling schemes1 year 6 weeks agoJeevesBath wrote:
In an idealJeevesBath wrote:
In an ideal world, I'd agree but the reality of funding means that compromises have to be made. A mixed use path will be far more financially viable as it can serve a greater demographic than a dedicated cycling-only route.
Agree about the infrastructure though. Recently they extended the cycle path near me, by sending it over a railway line which requires me to dismount and push/pull my way through two spring loaded gates. As a result, I stick to the road instead.
I really don't think it does, or more accurately, will matter.
These projects are still cheap compared to all other transport infrastructure, and the political climate is shifting. See the stories this week about yet another commons report pushing to increase national funding. Before that, the discussion on here about the plans in Bristol was quite interesting, showing just how little railway expansion would be possible for the amount they want to spend on cycling.
It's time to start making the case not just for the money, but how it should be used and what the benefit would be.
- Performance Wheel Parts1 year 6 weeks agoFLO appear to have the 30 rim
FLO appear to have the 30 rim in stock which sounds like it would fit the bill:
you do have to take into account shipping/taxes though
- Beginner's advice on pedals & shoes?1 year 6 weeks agoYou learn something new every
You learn something new every day
All the pedals I've ever had (a few pairs of shimanos + various flats on the MTB/BMX) have used a spanner, I've not had Look pedals before.
I've never had a problem finding a spanner that fits when changing pedals, but I do happen to have about 40 of the things in my toolkit.
- Video: Thomas Voeckler returns Dutch fans' abuse — with interest1 year 6 weeks agoPretty dull video, but Tommy
Pretty dull video, but Tommy V's a legend.
- Team sky1 year 6 weeks agos_lim wrote:Same; I'm glad tos_lim wrote:
Same; I'm glad to not see the black death riding to watts on the front of every climb this Tour. It's been all the more exciting for it, even with Nibali likely to hold on to yellow the whole way. The way he rode over the cobbles showed he's the complete package.
- Clacton on Sea to hold Naked Bike Ride today: as MP says ride they failed to close down is “offensive exhibitionism”1 year 6 weeks agoI'm offended by Douglas
I'm offended by Douglas Carswell but that's no reason to ban him. It's entirely my problem.
If he's offended by nudity then he should have a look at the well publicised route and simply keep away. Same goes for any other prudes.
- Jersey finally passes mandatory helmet law - for under 14 year olds1 year 6 weeks agoAirzound wrote:
Who gives aAirzound wrote:
Who gives a monkeys about helmets! Just do what's right for you.
Whilst I agree with the sentiment, go and tell politicians that the solution to cyclists getting hurt isn't helmets or hi viz, but dealing with drivers and cars.
- Trek World 2014 - Lots of shiny 2015 bikes (all of them Treks) we take a look1 year 6 weeks agoDohhhhhhhhhhhh I've literally
Dohhhhhhhhhhhh I've literally only raced my Madone once so far and it's already been superseded
- Jersey finally passes mandatory helmet law - for under 14 year olds1 year 6 weeks agoI reckon the contributors to
I reckon the contributors to the comments on this thread are either 1) retired miserable old gits with too much time on their hands or 2) the work shy or 3) the sick lame or lazy.
Who gives a monkeys about helmets! Just do what's right for you.
- Chris Snook's 5th generation Genesis Volare 953 race bike1 year 6 weeks agoDrJDog wrote:It is beautiful,DrJDog wrote:
It is beautiful, but I still have weight reservations. And price reservations.
Agreed. I visited a new bike shop in Manchester recently, who are a rare stockist of the Italian Ciocc brand. They have a very smart-looking steel frame in Columbus SL which he said I could have for 'just over a grand', and that is lighter than 953. Italian-made, and with a custom paint job too. 6-week turnaround direct from Italy.
- Moral Dilemma - See Through Bottoms1 year 6 weeks agoI saw a guy cycling in double
I saw a guy cycling in double denim the other day, sort of like a rockabilly biker - sleeveless denim shirt/waistcoat thing and skinny jeans.
Only they weren't jeans, they were jeggings. They were see through, 3/4 length jeggings.
- Team sky1 year 6 weeks agofarrell wrote:Gizmo_farrell wrote:Gizmo_ wrote:The Middle East, just next to Saudi Arabia.
Oman (where?)Gizmo_ wrote:Switzerland.
Not forgetting most recently Austria!
- Video round-up: How to wash your bike like a pro, Texas close pass, TdF peloton goes bug hunting and more1 year 6 weeks agoI saw the clipped video at
I saw the clipped video at the weekend, it is disturbing. The Police have spoken to the driver, and he has apparently also spoken to the cyclist. Some might wonder if it was a deliberate act, which it doesn't appear to be.
It seems Mr McFlie chose to publish the video of his accident as a warning to drivers of the consequences of failing to look out for cyclists.
- Team sky1 year 6 weeks agoGizmo_ wrote:Oman (where?)TheGizmo_ wrote:The Middle East, just next to Saudi Arabia.
Oman (where?)Gizmo_ wrote:Switzerland.