• Is cycling getting like football?1 year 7 weeks agodomofarmfrites wrote: But I

    domofarmfrites wrote:

    But I do not agree that Brit fans are the only cycling fans who are a little nationalistic. In most countries fans support riders from their own country, or perhaps who ride for a team from it (just look at the Giro for loony insular fans!).

    Loony? Don't you mean passionate? In my experience cycling fans are fans of the sport first and while they will have favourites, usually but not always the local rider, and enjoy a good rivalry (Italians for example love a spot of "polemica"), most understand just how hard the sport is and will support and encourage all of the riders. Best current example I can think of is how popular Cancellara is in Flanders. Of course the locals love it if Tommeke can win, but there is real admiration and affection for Chinny.

    Closer to home, Mark Cavendish is loved in Italy and in Belgium, people who love the sport don't care about nationality, but they do love a racer.

  • Yorkshire cyclists swap Lycra for lingerie for charity calendar1 year 7 weeks agoFixie Girl wrote:Nick - I

    Fixie Girl wrote:
    Nick - I thought the debate was about this calendar not you and/or your opinions..?

    You'll be plugging 15 Thoughts on Value next Wink

    FG


    I would never be so crass as to talk about this link Fixie. THIS LINK:
    http://road.cc/content/blog/79326-vulpine-fifteen-thoughts-value

  • Luminescent whiskers: the latest innovation in bike safety1 year 7 weeks agoGood to see Californians

    Good to see Californians working hard to maintain their reputation.

  • Maximum fines for traffic offences to rise — but will it have any effect in practice?1 year 7 weeks agoFATBEGGARONABIKE wrote:Saying

    FATBEGGARONABIKE wrote:
    Saying that your increasing the max limit is just that (all talk) as the fines are based on income!

    What is desperately needed is proper roads policing not a box on a pole which makes the driver brake suddenly proceed along at the posted limit for 200 yards then accelerate again

    Read this bit:
    THE EFFECT OF FIXED SPEED CAMERAS ON ROAD SAFETY
    Published 09/June/2014
    Abstract:

    Objective:
    To evaluate the effect of fixed (Gatso-type) speed cameras on the number and severity of collisions at the sites where they are installed.
    Included installations:
    Two groups of sites are evaluated: One group includes all fixed speed camera sites in the Thames Valley area (covering Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire) that were active at the start of 2009, a total of 359 speed cameras within 212 sites. The other group is the subset of the 74 most recent of those sites.
    Data:
    Analysis is based on collision data recorded by Thames Valley Police in STATS19 and uses the database of collisions at speed camera sites created and verified by TVSRP (Thames Valley Safer Roads Partnership).

    ...and this:
    Speed cameras in Thames Valley and across Britain are not demonstrated to have saved any lives or prevented any serious injuries

    At the 212 fixed speed camera sites in Thames Valley there was a large reduction in collisions but, because the entire reduction had already occurred six months before they were installed, the speed cameras could not have caused any of this improvement. The evidence suggests that the collision reduction was entirely due to RTM, with the speed cameras producing no benefit whatsoever. Furthermore, fatal and KSI collisions increased after fixed speed cameras were installed.

    Overall, the evidence suggests that:

    Reducing vehicle speeds using fixed speed cameras has no impact in improving road safety.
    Fixed speed cameras do not save lives and do not prevent serious injuries.

  • Ditching cars for school run could save £2 billion a year, says Sustrans1 year 7 weeks agoAirzound wrote:Government

    Airzound wrote:
    Government doesn't want this as it will lose hundreds of millions in fuel duty and VED if people ditch their cars totally.

    But the costs of mass motoring are more than motorists pay in tax.

    "The perennial complaint from drivers that they are excessively taxed has been challenged by a study which concludes that road accidents, pollution and noise connected to cars costs every EU citizen more than £600 a year.

    The report by transport academics at the Dresden Technical University in Germany calculated that even with drivers' insurance contributions discounted these factors amounted to an annual total of €373bn (£303bn) across the 27 EU member states, or around 3% of the bloc's entire yearly GDP. This breaks down as €750 per man, woman and child.

    The report recommends that such so-called externalities be factored into the cost of driving, noting that even the €373bn tally does not include costs from congestion or ill health caused by lack of exercise.

    The idea that drivers are "the cash cows of our society" is wrong, the authors write: "On the contrary, it must be stated that car traffic in the EU is highly subsidised by other people and other regions and will be by future generations: residents along an arterial road, taxpayers, elderly people who do not own cars, neighbouring countries, and children, grandchildren and all future generations subsidise today's traffic.""

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/dec/25/car-pollution-noise-acciden...

  • Yorkshire cyclists swap Lycra for lingerie for charity calendar1 year 7 weeks agoNick - I thought the debate

    Nick - I thought the debate was about this calendar not you and/or your opinions..?

    You'll be plugging 15 Thoughts on Value next Wink

    FG

  • Yorkshire cyclists swap Lycra for lingerie for charity calendar1 year 7 weeks agoFixie Girl wrote:hatchet

    Fixie Girl wrote:
    hatchet harry wrote:
    Presumably there will be a new colour choice in the next Vulpine range: Whiter Than White.

    I understand that Nick is in the process of taking his foot of mouth first and then shooting it..


    Very happy to stand by my opinions. And to put my name to them. You know who and where I am.

    Nobody is whiter than white. Least of all me. Just strongly held convictions. Shades of grey and a good discussion. I hope.

    Its good Sarah replied. But I don't mind disagreeing. I'm sure she's not my biggest fan. But that's ok. That's what debate is all about. I hope.

    Fire at will on twitter. I'm ( nearly always) there. Going on. And on.

  • Ditching cars for school run could save £2 billion a year, says Sustrans1 year 7 weeks agoDo I have to dress my kids up

    Do I have to dress my kids up like giant highlighter pens with poorly fitted helmets to join in?

  • Ditching cars for school run could save £2 billion a year, says Sustrans1 year 7 weeks agoGovernment doesn't want this

    Government doesn't want this as it will lose hundreds of millions in fuel duty and VED if people ditch their cars totally.

  • Joanna Rowsell talks body image: "being as skinny as possible isn’t necessarily healthy"1 year 7 weeks agohttp://www.joannarowsell.com/

    http://www.joannarowsell.com/results/

    Fabulous. She's achieved so much in such a short time.

  • Sir Dave Brailsford: Chris Froome doesn't pick Sky Tour de France team - I do1 year 7 weeks agoAll this is enough to give

    All this is enough to give you tight airways.

  • Luminescent whiskers: the latest innovation in bike safety1 year 7 weeks agoThey're not whiskers. They're

    They're not whiskers. They're tentacles.

  • Roads Minister to look into harsher penalties as study finds texting at the wheel more dangerous than drink driving1 year 7 weeks agocyclingDMlondon

    cyclingDMlondon wrote:
    crazy-legs wrote:
    Those of you who commute through towns/cities on a bike. Just slow down a fraction as you filter up the outside of slow-moving or stationary traffic and have a glance in the drivers window at each car you pass. By my reckoning, its can be as high as 20% of drivers passing the time in traffic jams by texting, reading Twitter etc.

    In Central London, it's about 80%-95%.

    And that's exactly the problem. Because such a high proportion of drivers do it it will be very difficult to gain widespread support for stiffer sentances. I wish our lawmakers had the balls to do what is in the public interest rather than pandering to popular opinion all the time.

    That said, making comparisons to drink-driving is a bit misleading. I think someone pointed this out already but if you choose to send a text during a journey you are able to select a moment where you feel it is safest to do so. If you drive drunk you are drunk for the whole journey. That doesn't make any of it OK but it is a bit of a case of apples and oranges.

    Last point - what's all this talk of drink-driving being socially unaceptable? I'm yet to see any evidence of this.

  • Yorkshire cyclists swap Lycra for lingerie for charity calendar1 year 7 weeks agoI'll buy it! ..and for

    I'll buy it!

    ..and for balance, genuinely, if anyone would pay money to charity to see me in some posh pants and vest, I'll happily bring my bike along.

    A famous someone once said 'you're entitled to your opinion, but it's wrong'

  • Altura Explore Seatpack1 year 7 weeks agoBeen using the Continental

    Been using the Continental Race saddlebag for the last 8,000km, year round. Velcros on, holds a 28c tube, 2 levers & small multitool. That's it. Very low profile, meets all the Velominati specs. And you can find them for £5.99 including the tube - http://goo.gl/CtAEtn

    Bin the levers though, they are made of cheese.

  • Specialized S-Works Allez - how much?1 year 7 weeks agoIt has "S-Works" written on

    It has "S-Works" written on it. For those that buy them, this is all that matters.*

    *I say this as someone who is equally guilty of falling for this kind of nonsense on an all too regular basis. Day Dreaming Surprisingly though, I've never really found the S-Works range all that exciting. Relatively heavy compared to other exotic frames, lacking in design flair, brand with little emotive connotations, lots of hyperbolic marketing (Maclaren Venge anyone?). Where I stay it also seems like every second bike I see has "S-Works" plastered on it.

    These flagship super frames are practically fashion choices, there's no rational appeal in any of them, which is probably why opinions vary so widely!

  • Yorkshire cyclists swap Lycra for lingerie for charity calendar1 year 7 weeks agohatchet harry

    hatchet harry wrote:
    Presumably there will be a new colour choice in the next Vulpine range: Whiter Than White.

    I understand that Nick is in the process of taking his foot of mouth first and then shooting it..

  • Joanna Rowsell talks body image: "being as skinny as possible isn’t necessarily healthy"1 year 7 weeks agoShe rode our open 25 last

    She rode our open 25 last year (and smashed my PB). Lovely person and completely awesome.

    I've got the "eat what you like" bit down pat but I am struggling with pedalling it off.

  • Cycle routes online?1 year 7 weeks agoBikeroutetoaster.

    Bikeroutetoaster.

  • Luminescent whiskers: the latest innovation in bike safety1 year 7 weeks agoI'm going to wear them on my

    I'm going to wear them on my head at all times. I don't like prople coming near me. Any people. Ever.

  • Luminescent whiskers: the latest innovation in bike safety1 year 7 weeks agoI can't wait for them to get

    I can't wait for them to get caught in someone's spokes.

  • Cycle routes online?1 year 7 weeks ago+1 for Bikely. Very useful

    +1 for Bikely. Very useful site, and all routes give you total climb and the route profile.

  • Abus Performance helmet1 year 7 weeks agoThis helmet, plus my black

    This helmet, plus my black assos 851 air jack will complete my hell raiser look quite nicely.

  • Kingston driver 'aimed car at cyclist,' missed - and crashed into hair salon1 year 7 weeks agocongokid wrote:oldstrath

    congokid wrote:
    oldstrath wrote:
    edster99 wrote:
    I agree although we should be aware there are two types of crap drivers on the roads - the 'bullies' who need some proper sanctions (i.e being banned) and the 'muppets' who are not necessarily aggressive or vindictive, but are incompetent. They could do with some more training / getting a retest i.e. education. I'd say they probably have a lot less impact overall though.

    Personally I would prefer we banned the muppets and locked up the bullies.

    Try telling an incompetent driver that they're incompetent (could have been what happened in the incident above) and see how long it takes for them to become aggressive and vindictive...


    About 10 seconds, but so what?

  • Kingston driver 'aimed car at cyclist,' missed - and crashed into hair salon1 year 7 weeks agocongokid wrote:oldstrath

    congokid wrote:
    oldstrath wrote:
    edster99 wrote:
    I agree although we should be aware there are two types of crap drivers on the roads - the 'bullies' who need some proper sanctions (i.e being banned) and the 'muppets' who are not necessarily aggressive or vindictive, but are incompetent. They could do with some more training / getting a retest i.e. education. I'd say they probably have a lot less impact overall though.

    Personally I would prefer we banned the muppets and locked up the bullies.

    Try telling an incompetent driver that they're incompetent (could have been what happened in the incident above) and see how long it takes for them to become aggressive and vindictive...


    About 10 seconds, but so what?