• Magicshine MJ-890 front light1 year 7 weeks agohoski wrote:Great, another

    hoski wrote:
    Great, another light for people to shine in my eyes. It seems as if everyone is enjoying their retina burning Christmas presents on my commute...

    Before anyone points out the caveat in the review... how can you 'angle it correctly' if it's on your helmet?

    If it's not fixed to the bike, and it hasn't got a cutoff, it isn't that suitable for the road/cycle paths.


    I'm not a fan of helmet lights for road use, for precisely that reason. However, plenty of people use them off-road and this would make a good one. The mount isn't ideal though.

  • Lord Berkeley tables amendments to bill giving PCSOs power to fine reflectorless cyclists1 year 7 weeks agoSimon_MacMichael

    Simon_MacMichael wrote:
    Simmo72 wrote:
    I still stand by my view that the house of lords are a bunch of inbred morons.

    Currently, just 11 per cent of the 780 members of the House of Lords are hereditary peers.

    Or are you suggesting that life peers are inbred? Thinking

    http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/lords/composition-of-the-lords/

    I used to go out with a girl who has since been made a life peer. She was an absolute idiot. Obviously.

  • Metropolitan Police says Operation Safeway has changed road users' behaviour in London1 year 7 weeks agoGrooveRidar wrote:We are all

    GrooveRidar wrote:
    We are all vulnerabale road users when others do not take care and attention or observe other users.

    I didn't say they have broken a law, but that everyone should have a responsiblity to make the roads safer. Someone stepping out in front of oncoming traffic is clearly not doing that. As to your comment "look where your going, ride further away from the kerb" how far away from the curb should I ride? I already stick outside the double yellow lines. Should I ride in the middle of the road and then cause traffic to build up and thus probably get yelled at for hogging the road by a car driver??

    People don't magically appear but quite often don't look both ways before stepping out.

    You should probably be riding at least 1m away from the kerb - this gives you time and space to avoid pedestrians, and helps you be seen from further away by motorists (especially at side roads). It also keeps you out of the door-zone when passing parked cars, and well away from drains. In my experience drivers pass you by giving you a similar amount of space that you give yourself too.

    The sooner we have strict liability in this country the better.

  • Brian Cookson reveals members of UCI independent commission - and they're heavyweights in their fields1 year 7 weeks agoragtimecyclist wrote:I

    ragtimecyclist wrote:
    I initially mis-read the heading of this, and thought...'crikey, i'm sure ther's been plenty of wrongdoing in cycling over the years, but genocide!!'


    Me too! I thought surely they can't be blaming that one on Lance as well... Laughing

  • What did the cycling Santa bring?1 year 7 weeks ago700c wrote:...Books, a torque

    700c wrote:
    ...Books, a torque wrench & a magazine subscription....

    Presuming you got the torque wrench you wanted which one is it? I'm after one and having difficulties finding sensible reviews.

    Cheers

  • Metropolitan Police says Operation Safeway has changed road users' behaviour in London1 year 7 weeks agoGrooveRidar wrote:We are all

    GrooveRidar wrote:
    We are all vulnerabale road users when others do not take care and attention or observe other users.

    I didn't say they have broken a law, but that everyone should have a responsiblity to make the roads safer. Someone stepping out in front of oncoming traffic is clearly not doing that. As to your comment "look where your going, ride further away from the kerb" how far away from the curb should I ride? I already stick outside the double yellow lines. Should I ride in the middle of the road and then cause traffic to build up and thus probably get yelled at for hogging the road by a car driver??

    People don't magically appear but quite often don't look both ways before stepping out.

    I don't agree. Even though I find some pedestrian behaviour a bit annoying (why, oh why are they drawn by some irresistable force to the cyclist side of a segregated path?) I think ultimately its my duty to watch out for them. Very little of the responsibility for road safety falls on pedestrians, and the law does mostly refect that.

  • Lord Berkeley tables amendments to bill giving PCSOs power to fine reflectorless cyclists1 year 7 weeks agoSimmo72 wrote:I still stand

    Simmo72 wrote:
    I still stand by my view that the house of lords are a bunch of inbred morons.

    Currently, just 11 per cent of the 780 members of the House of Lords are hereditary peers.

    Or are you suggesting that life peers are inbred? Thinking

    http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/lords/composition-of-the-...

  • Bid up Super bikes!1 year 7 weeks agoMyabe someone should say this

    Myabe someone should say this and I am sure that all these bikes were genuine bargains but Ebay is one of the ways to get rid of nicked bikes. There are loads of stories of folk finding their stolen bikes on ebay but actually that must be because of lazy thieves. Swap wheels, chainsets derailleurs, saddles over in a few minutes and well... it's not exactly what was stolen from you.

    There have also been very sophisticated "chop shop" operations where basically bikes are stripped and parts sold separately or completely re-built using different components.

    Just as some bikes are now worth what some cars cost there is a big incentive for such lucrative scams.

    You may want a bargain and may want to ignore such matters. Personally I don't. The ebay advice is OK but it doesn't protect you from the better brighter thieves. You can nver be 100% sure so ask cycling related questions of the owner.

    In doing this I found that at least half the bikes I enquired about the person involved had no knowledge of riding. Some even claimed the bike was left behind by a flatmate that left.

    This will at least screen some of them out but at serious asking prices for serious bikes expect the thieves to be cycle smart. They'll be specialists.

    The only secure way is a receipt for the actual bike from the actual retailer in the name of the person actually selling it and preferably with the same address.

  • Strava launches Prove It distance challenge1 year 7 weeks agoWould be pretty impressive to

    Would be pretty impressive to see the record for total miles ridden in a month broken in January. I know I won't be contributing too many

  • Brian Cookson reveals members of UCI independent commission - and they're heavyweights in their fields1 year 7 weeks agoReally glad to see a truly

    Really glad to see a truly independent commission set up and really given the tools necessary to FINALLY close a dark chapter in cycling. It will be very interesting to see their report in a year

  • UCI to press IOC to add cyclo-cross to Winter Olympics1 year 7 weeks agoThere a a couple of ways that

    There a a couple of ways that CX could make it to the Olympics but I don't think changing the charter is one of them.

    Firstly, it could be considered as a summer olympic sport. I know that we do it in the winter but as Gizmo points out this is also true of football and this features in the summer Olympics. Given the similarities to XC, especially to the average spectator, it would probably need to replace XC in summer games. It might be possible to persuade the IOC to do this on the basis that its a more 'purist and traditional' form of off-road cycling. The other option would be to develop an Olympic version of CX to offer greater differentiation from XC. I would think that more obstacles and extended running/carrying sections would do the trick.

    Secondly, create a version of 'cross to meet the IOC winter standards, let's call it 'Snow Cross'. This version would run on a course made of snow (obviously) and could include deep powder sections to force running and perhaps other obstacles constructed from snow as well as traditional barriers.

  • UCI to press IOC to add cyclo-cross to Winter Olympics1 year 7 weeks agoI would love to see CX in the

    I would love to see CX in the Olympics but even if they did change the charter I imagine it would be something like 2-3 games before it would actually enter. That is 8-12 more years!!!

    I wonder what other sports would be eligible for inclusion if the charter was changed to include sports participated only in winter but not necessarily on snow or ice?

  • Brian Cookson reveals members of UCI independent commission - and they're heavyweights in their fields1 year 7 weeks agofor Mr Cookson, so good to

    Applause for Mr Cookson, so good to see positive action like this.

  • Strava launches Prove It distance challenge1 year 7 weeks agoNo thanks only 600kms. I

    No thanks only 600kms. I don't need Strava get me motivated and I certainly have no need to tell the rest of the world how many rides and miles I ride. Who really cares. If I'm on my bike that means I'm not at work and that is all the motivation I need.

  • UCI to press IOC to add cyclo-cross to Winter Olympics1 year 7 weeks agoThis would do so much to

    This would do so much to boost CX participation and have great knock on benefits for competitive cycling generally

  • Brian Cookson reveals members of UCI independent commission - and they're heavyweights in their fields1 year 7 weeks agoCan't argue with the

    Can't argue with the credentials of that panel. Proper heavy hitters in there, and it would have been interesting to see LA being questioned with them in the room!

  • Metropolitan Police says Operation Safeway has changed road users' behaviour in London1 year 7 weeks agoWe are all vulnerabale road

    We are all vulnerabale road users when others do not take care and attention or observe other users.

    I didn't say they have broken a law, but that everyone should have a responsiblity to make the roads safer. Someone stepping out in front of oncoming traffic is clearly not doing that. As to your comment "look where your going, ride further away from the kerb" how far away from the curb should I ride? I already stick outside the double yellow lines. Should I ride in the middle of the road and then cause traffic to build up and thus probably get yelled at for hogging the road by a car driver??

    People don't magically appear but quite often don't look both ways before stepping out.

  • School of hard knocks1 year 7 weeks agoPrehistoric agendas aside

    Prehistoric agendas aside seeing someone physically injured on a ride is distressing for the onlooker. (obviously not as much as the injured party!).

    I've ridden past people injured on Sportives (They were already getting enough help) and it puts risk /reward into perspective.

    As for avoiding it, being out on the road for hours covering 50-100 miles means conditions drastically change but this is all part of the fun.

  • Lord Berkeley tables amendments to bill giving PCSOs power to fine reflectorless cyclists1 year 7 weeks agoI still stand by my view that

    I still stand by my view that the house of lords are a bunch of inbred morons.

  • School of hard knocks1 year 7 weeks agoallez neg wrote: Country

    allez neg wrote:

    Country lanes? Wild deer and angry squirrels, mud, poo and posh girls in jodhpurs.

    This sounds ace.. Sign me up.

  • Google Glass U-turn in prospect as DfT considers letting drivers use tech device despite safety warnings1 year 7 weeks agoCan't help feeling that until

    Can't help feeling that until we actually take away ability for drivers to do idiotic things, there will still be a few drivers who will do them, irrespective of the law.

    Today, I watched a refuse lorry driver *moving* along Wigmore street (London) at lunchtime (busy time for pedestrians), 'controlling' the vehicle with his elbows and forearms while he held his A-Z map in his hands and studied it in detail. ...And he then turned left... All of this clearly illegal and stupid, but it didn't stop him.

  • Looking to upgrade my Fulcrum Racing 7 Wheelset1 year 7 weeks agoI am reading upgrade as a

    I am reading upgrade as a noticeable and substantial improvement rather than replacing the F7s with something in the same/similar bracket with a marginal difference.

    If you can run to £450 (big jump I know) then you could get a massive improvement. http://www.wheelsmith.co.uk/race23

    Handbuilt by Derek McLey in Scotland. You'll never need another set of everyday wheels. He runs a free spoke for life service (you'll never have to claim and you can get rims replaced at cost of the rim and postage. They are light nippy and bomb proof.

    Derek claims these are equivalent to Ksyrium SLS so that's a handbuilt wheelset equivalent to £700 factory set for £450 and guaranteed for life.

    In the paraphrased words of Ferris Buehler: "If you have the means, I highly recommend you picking some* up."

  • Just In: Orange RX91 year 7 weeks agoIs this the most depressing

    Is this the most depressing bike ever to feature on road cc? How is a bike so orange so beige?? Yawn

  • UCI to press IOC to add cyclo-cross to Winter Olympics1 year 7 weeks agoI love cyclocross and I love

    I love cyclocross and I love bikes and all cycle sport. This is going nowhere though. I'm happy to be proven wrong, but when the IOC say "Sports which are practised on snow and ice are considered as winter sports", I'm pretty flipping sure that they don't mean "Sports which are practised in winter and can also take place on snow and ice are considered as winter sports". Football's a winter sport, for goodness, sake.

    Like I say, I'd love to be proven wrong. This story is really about GvA getting excited about flirting with the UCI. With so many "other" winter sports still emerging (there was no slopestyle ski or board at the last Winter Olympics) and competing for the Olympic Timetable, it seems incredibly fanciful to see Cyclocross, or Cross Country Running (... yes - indeed - another well-attended grass-roots sport in the same boat) queue-jumping.

  • Spada Wheels Stiletto wheels1 year 7 weeks agoIm going to take a punt and

    Im going to take a punt and get a set...the weight/price combo is simply too good to ignore...