• The Great Helmet Debate6 hours 59 min agoQuote: Why do we debate

    Quote:
    Why do we debate helmets?

    Because it's Click Bate...

  • Radio Two's Jeremy Vine busted for speeding in Hyde Park - on his bike7 hours 11 sec ago[[[[[ The parks-police (?)

    [[[[[ The parks-police (?) says to Jeremy Vine, "OY!". Funny, that. On TV police documentary footage, police always say, "Excuse me, sir...", or "Hello there--how you doin'--all right?", even to drivers stopped for serious motoring offences. Hmm...
    P.R.

  • The Great Helmet Debate7 hours 3 min agoI don't really know why

    I don't really know why people care so much... live and let live.

    I wear a helmet because I might fall off at low speeds and whack the pavement. I understand that at high speeds I'll be in trouble.

    Also, I think my helmet looks cool! It's a Catlike Whisper so it makes me feel like I'm Valverde Cool

    Others are free to make their own choices, and shouldn't be judged for them. More people on bikes please, regardless of how they're dressed.

  • The Great Helmet Debate7 hours 4 min agoFor road use, there's 2

    For road use, there's 2 issues that need resolving.

    1. Is the risk of a head injury whilst cycling on the roads significantly higher than for other activities for which we consider helmets unnecessary?

    2. Do bicycle helmets significantly reduce that risk compared to any adverse effects? i.e. is there an overall reduction in risk.

    Anecdotal accounts ("a helmet saved my life") or thought experiments ("imagine if someone hit your head with a hammer") do not help because they do not quantify the risks.

  • "A big ask" for Bradley Wiggins to make Rio team, says Shane Sutton7 hours 12 min agogdmor10 wrote:"In theory the

    gdmor10 wrote:
    "In theory the 2012 Tour de Frane winner will set up his own team next year"

    Tour de Frane???

    I know, what could they possibly mean?

  • Driver who thought he hit pothole when he ran over cyclist acquitted7 hours 16 min agoMy car lights allow me to see

    My car lights allow me to see well enough - dazzling lights would do the job but no mention of that. Not sure how driving over a body feels like going through a not-that-bad pot hole. And why did he stop? Because he noticed when he knocked him off maybe? No proof so that's that.

  • The Great Helmet Debate7 hours 20 min ago"Some of them, friends and

    "Some of them, friends and loved ones, may have a vested interest in your head and feel a helmet is a no-brainer; others will be more interested in promoting their view of how a cyclist should present him or herself to the world"

    You missed out a critical third group:

    "Some want to see the peer-reviewed evidence that helmets make a difference, that they don't inadvertently cause harm through rotational injury, that they don't cause collisions through motorists applying risk compensation, and also to have it explained why in countries with helmet compliance at 95%, the number of cyclists halves whilst the danger for those remaining doubles*"

    Include that group's description and I'll be less likely to look upon this as no more than clickbait Smile

    * http://www.cycle-helmets.com/imgs/nz-injuries-participation-per-cyclist.gif

  • The Great Helmet Debate7 hours 23 min agoA bigger issue is

    A bigger issue is stabilisers. I know people who don't use stabilisers anymore. Or rather, I knew them. I killed them all because I hated them so much. Better off dead than sending an irresponsible message to the younger generation. They deserve everything they get coming TBH. Including me killing them.

    I don't get it; stabilisers stop u falling off. People get hurt when they fall off. Why not use them!? And no, u don't look cooler without them, and u don't go much faster!

  • The Great Helmet Debate7 hours 25 min agoThe whole helmet debate is a

    The whole helmet debate is a very convenient distraction, it lets us get on with driving like idiots. Being honest many cyclists are drivers, and being really honest, how many drivers do not break the law and do things that are stupid? Often when there is a court case someone will say well what do you expect with a judge and jury composed of drivers? Or how about the comments from many who claim to be cyclists. but only ride a few times a year.

    The debate has to move from THEM to ME. Could I improve MY driving. The whole debate needs from protecting them and allowing me to carry on being an idiot. To I need to change, I need to adapt my actions, if I make a mistake I need to understand why and make changes to prevent it happening again.

    Does it really matter if a cyclist is wearing a helmet or not when they get hit by a car? Surely the question that needs to be asked, the question that doesn't get asked enough is what do we do to stop cars hitting cyclists?

  • Mid Foot Cleat position7 hours 27 min agoFor anyone who rides

    For anyone who rides Speedplay cleats and wants to get a more midfoot position, Speedplay offers a cleat-extender baseplate kit that lets you get an additional 14mm rearward positioning. But you have to order it specially. Just google "Speedplay Cleat Extender Baseplate Kit" and you'll find it.

    I use it on all my Speedplay shoes. Love it.

    One caveat though -- it's only for shoes that need the baseplate in the first place. That is, 3 hole shoes. If you have a pair of shoes that are specifically drilled for speedplay cleats with 4 holes, you cannot use this. I actually got rid of a pair of Speedplay specific shoes just so I could buy a 3-hole variety and use this plate.

  • The Great Helmet Debate7 hours 29 min agoMen should not be wearing

    Men should not be wearing helmets in church anyway; they count as hats.

  • The Great Helmet Debate7 hours 29 min agoI use one, I have had 3

    I use one, I have had 3 separate accidents where the helmet has saved skin and bone over the last 20 years. I understand they won't always help, but when the hardshell has been shaved down 5+mm on top of your hard, you realise sometimes they're worth it.

    However, in an increasingly blinded justice system, the most important function is to ensure if anything did ever happen, my family would get the full compensation, and not have some muppet judge reduce it as I wasn't wearing one!

  • Radio Two's Jeremy Vine busted for speeding in Hyde Park - on his bike7 hours 29 min agoIf the maximum safe speed is

    If the maximum safe speed is 5mph then the infrastructure is not fit for purpose. Either ban cycling altogether or sort it out.

  • SealSkinz Ultra Grip Gauntlets7 hours 32 min agoMarigolds

    Marigolds

  • The Great Helmet Debate7 hours 37 min agoWe had this debate allready,

    We had this debate allready, i'm not going to comment anymore if anyone wants to have this debate, go here: http://road.cc/content/review/134947-sealskinz-belgian-cap#comments
    About everything is said there.

    My main point: if it would be only 1% chance that it can save u why don't wear one?! And no, u don't look cooler without one and u don't get faster!

  • Sensa reveals 2015 Aquila SL and Calabria road bikes7 hours 39 min agoYet another plastic road

    Yet another plastic road bike. Not as if this market is saturated is it? Rolling On The Floor

  • Radio Two's Jeremy Vine busted for speeding in Hyde Park - on his bike7 hours 41 min agoThe police really are

    The police really are cretins.

  • Alberto Contador’s homemade water bottle mudguard7 hours 43 min agozanf wrote:Shamblesuk

    zanf wrote:
    Shamblesuk wrote:
    was the 2nd photo taken on a 1999 digital camera (joking)?

    Actually, it was taken on a Potato Camera™, a former Kickstarter project

    That photo was just me cropping the original photo at the top of the article to get a closer look at it, hence the poor quality. I wasn't actually at the event so didn't get my own photos, sorry

  • Driver who thought he hit pothole when he ran over cyclist acquitted7 hours 44 min agoThis is utter bollox. The

    This is utter bollox. The magistrates must be simpletons to believe this BS and the driver to get off.

  • Just in: Canyon Endurace CF 8.07 hours 46 min agoI think everything should be

    I think everything should be fine as long as you use PPS. When I was about to order my Endurace, the measurements suggested size L/58 (I'm 188 cm with 89 cm inseam barefoot, and this was almost on the edge of XL/60). As my previous bike was stated as 60cm (even though it had totally different geometry) I thought that XL will be a better choice in the end...

    A week later the bike arrived... and I quickly realised I was quite lucky. It turned out that I fit, yet just barely. A couple of millimetres less and I would be past VCLS2 maximum insertion position... Though changing the saddle to e.g. Flite adds one more centimeter.

    I also had to replace stem with a shorter one (suggested during a proper bike fit session), but it was no problem thanks to an excellent customer service (at least it works great here in Poland).

    Overall - it's my first Canyon and I am pretty sure it's not the last one. Fantastic bike and the price/performance ratio is unbeatable IMO.

  • The Great Helmet Debate7 hours 46 min agoIn minor accidents fall etc

    In minor accidents fall etc then I can see the benefits to separate your head from the direct impact, BUT in major accidents with vehicles it's about as much use as a chocolate fireguard. I still wear one though Smile

  • The Great Helmet Debate7 hours 47 min agoIn minor accidents fall etc

    In minor accidents fall etc then I can see the benefits to separate your head from the direct impact, BUT in major accidents with vehicles it's about as much use as a chocolate fireguard. I still wear one though Smile

  • The Great Helmet Debate7 hours 47 min agoIn minor accidents fall etc

    In minor accidents fall etc then I can see the benefits to separate your head from the direct impact, BUT in major accidents with vehicles it's about as much use as a chocolate fireguard. I still wear one though Smile

  • Radio Two's Jeremy Vine busted for speeding in Hyde Park - on his bike7 hours 49 min agoSo, before visiting London, I

    So, before visiting London, I check the Royal Parks' website, 'Cycling In the Royal Parks' page:
    https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/hyde-park/visitor-information/park-r...
    I also download the link on that page for the Cycling Policy document:
    https://www.royalparks.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0017/41813/the_roya...

    As far as I can see, neither mention a limit

  • Your views please7 hours 53 min agoI've just read that first

    I've just read that first link... I have to say I am siding more on the side of Evans.

    Now, let me be clear, his actions were particularly unsavoury, clearly the two men were objectifying the woman and taking advantage of her intoxicated state.

    But is that rape? I'm not convinced. Maybe presented with all the evidence I'd come to a different decision, but for me, from what I've read, I think its a bit grey to be able to convict of rape.

    If the other 'respectable' footballers had video taped the incident as reported, then surely it would be fairly simple to watch and conclude whether the woman was actively participating, or lacking reasonable levels of consciousness to provide consent? Maybe that evidence was a deciding factor?

    And that for me is the argument I am having internally. I can't feel that hostile towards an individual taking advantage of a woman who's inhibitions have been blunted through drink/drugs... yes its not savoury, but is that necessarily rape?

    I don't like the idea of blurring the line like this. Personally for me rape is as described previously, when no consent has or can be given.
    ...suggesting that intoxicated consent, or a strong implication of consent through actions may not equal consent the following day doesn't make sense.

    Why should men have soul responsibility here? Personally, when I was younger I don't think I'd have stopped and rationally thought 'would this woman be doing this if sober?' ...and correct me if I am wrong, this is what we are suggesting here?