• Mark Cavendish hurts shoulder in tangle with too-close fan17 hours 59 min agotom veelers was in the crowd.

    tom veelers was in the crowd.

  • Cyclist seriously injured in London Blackfriars lorry collision17 hours 59 min agoI was a participant in the

    I was a participant in the earliest Critical Mass rides in London because it felt like something urgently needed to be done. With congestion charging and bike hire I guess I'd grown complacent and stopped going.

    The deaths and injuries people have been suffering recently while they just try to ride a bike through london, have woken me out of my slumber.

    I'll be there tonight at Bank especially. I'd urge anyone else in the area to come on down as well, even if you don't have your bike with you,

  • The ethics of self-driving car collisions: whose life is more important?18 hours 5 min agodanthomascyclist wrote: That

    danthomascyclist wrote:

    That last paragraph though, could you please outline a scenario where you need to choose between killing a cyclist, a grandmother, or the vehicle occupants where you haven't royally fucked up?

    Ok, that three way choice scenario is quite a challenge. I'll try.

    You're driving on a straight two lane 40mph road at 30mph. A cyclist on the opposite lane riding towards you swerves right into your path to avoid a skip full of rubble on their lane. There is a grandmother (although I don't know how you'd know she was a grandmother) walking along a pavement on your side of the road. You can go straight into the cyclist, right into the skip, or left into the grandmother.

  • Cyclist seriously injured in London Blackfriars lorry collision18 hours 7 min agoCity AM have been covering

    City AM have been covering all the recent incidents, as has the Evening Standard - noticeably more media coverage than there used to be.
    It feels like we're reaching tipping point in terms of awareness of the problems caused by lousy infrastructure in London and a drive for positive change.
    Cycle Superhighways were largely supported by employers too.
    I think we're turning a corner in gaining support for cycling amongst the general population, fingers crossed it leads to real change

  • Arranging the next rideout18 hours 8 min agoPhill, Slight case of cross

    Phill,

    Slight case of cross wires here, our apologies, Hargroves are actually really happy for you to lead out the ride, so we'll just get the two of you in contact with each other in due course, please bear with us, various of us are out and about so we just need to dot some is and cross some ts.

  • Cannondale unveils all-new SuperSix Evo road bike + video18 hours 8 min agoCannondale kept this quiet,

    Cannondale kept this quiet, now I know why the previous incarnation was reduced so much when I bought the frameset recently..I don't regret it though, it's a great ride.

  • Tour of Cambs makes dreams come true18 hours 11 min agoAwesome. I was further back

    Awesome. I was further back in the same pen for the Gran Fondo. The experience was much the same though; I had no intention of qualifying but got swept up in the addictive pace! Rode with friends until Raveley and then lost them and dug in from there on in.

    Made up loads of places by ignoring the final 2 feed stops and over the 'pave' section near Benwick. Then pushed as hard as I could from Elton Furze golf club to the arena to save seconds at the end.

    Support was fantastic; especially through Alconbury Weston, Farcet and Yaxley!

    My full report on my blog - https://spokerevolutions.wordpress.com/

  • Mark Cavendish hurts shoulder in tangle with too-close fan18 hours 11 min agoCavendish also nearly came to

    Cavendish also nearly came to grief after clipping the kerb while trying to avoid the cobbles.

    I think fences in the gutter forcing them onto the cobbles would make sense here.

  • Chris Froome says "I’m ready" as Sky names Tour de France team including Peter Kennaugh18 hours 26 min agoFingers crossed.

    Fingers crossed.

  • Chris Froome says "I’m ready" as Sky names Tour de France team including Peter Kennaugh18 hours 29 min agoNo Kiryienka? He must be

    No Kiryienka? He must be ill.

  • Father cleared of killing cyclist son by careless driving18 hours 29 min agoKiwiMike wrote:There's no

    KiwiMike wrote:
    There's no punishment a court can hand out worse than what the father has handed himself. And the rest of his family.

    The issue for me is that anyone in a vehicle can pass anyone else - on foot, bike or horse - with less than 2m distance at anything more than jogging speed and not automatically be found guilty of Damgerous Driving.


    Agreed, but what they could and should have done is to ban him from every driving again. Someone who is this careless even around his own son is clearly unfit to drive on public roads.

  • The ethics of self-driving car collisions: whose life is more important?18 hours 30 min agobdsl wrote:I agree that these

    bdsl wrote:
    I agree that these are extremely rare situations. A good driver should expect to go through a lifetime of frequent driving without causing any serious injuries. And I think self driving cars will be significantly safer than human-driven cars.

    At least initially, autonomous cars will need to co-exist with human driven cars on the roads, so they may need to take evasive action when a human suddenly creates a hazard.

    I'm not sure what stance you think I'm taking. I think the reason this is being talked about, is that with humans we can just say these are rare events, almost anything a person decides to do in such a difficult situation would be reasonable, and leave it that. With computer controlled system the decision making process needs to be written down in advance, so there is a chance to debate whether or not it is the right process.

    I agree it's a not a big issue in the scheme of things.

    I don't feel the need to acknowledge everything you write - I've just replied to the bits that I had something to say about. If you inserted "almost certainly" before "because you've fucked up royally somewhere" then I would agree with that sentence.

    Completely fair points, thank you and well said.

    That last paragraph though, could you please outline a scenario where you need to choose between killing a cyclist, a grandmother, or the vehicle occupants where you haven't royally fucked up? Just one scenario. If you can do this, I'll edit my post to include the word "almost certainly". I just can't fathom how you can ever be in that situation.

  • The ethics of self-driving car collisions: whose life is more important?18 hours 30 min agobdsl wrote:I agree that these

    bdsl wrote:
    I agree that these are extremely rare situations. A good driver should expect to go through a lifetime of frequent driving without causing any serious injuries. And I think self driving cars will be significantly safer than human-driven cars.

    At least initially, autonomous cars will need to co-exist with human driven cars on the roads, so they may need to take evasive action when a human suddenly creates a hazard.

    I'm not sure what stance you think I'm taking. I think the reason this is being talked about, is that with humans we can just say these are rare events, almost anything a person decides to do in such a difficult situation would be reasonable, and leave it that. With computer controlled system the decision making process needs to be written down in advance, so there is a chance to debate whether or not it is the right process.

    I agree it's a not a big issue in the scheme of things.

    I don't feel the need to acknowledge everything you write - I've just replied to the bits that I had something to say about. If you inserted "almost certainly" before "because you've fucked up royally somewhere" then I would agree with that sentence.

    Completely fair points, thank you and well said.

    That last paragraph though, could you please outline a scenario where you need to choose between killing a cyclist, a grandmother, or the vehicle occupants where you haven't royally fucked up? Just one scenario. If you can do this, I'll edit my post to include the word "almost certainly". I just can't fathom how you can ever be in that situation.

  • Rider Names - Tour de France18 hours 30 min agoenrique wrote:Peirre-Luc

    enrique wrote:
    Peirre-Luc Perichon (Bretagne Seche Environnement) in the game should be 'Pierre'...23rd February 2015
    Pierre Luc Perichon still appears in the game as 'Peirre'...

  • Loose easy to fit tyre suggestions for impossible rims!!18 hours 36 min agoIf it were me, and if it was

    If it were me, and if it was a wheelset that I really liked (other than the difficulty of fitting the tyres), and if I was willing to shell out £100 for a pair as something of an experiment, and if I didn't mind the 3 day, smoke filled tepee, drum banging, pre stretching, chanting and glueing ritual and if I was prepared to learn how to remove a valve core and carry repair slime to deal with possible punctures then I'd be prepared to have a go fitting a set of tubular tyres.

    Failing that, I'd make up a believable cover story and head to my LBS.

  • The ethics of self-driving car collisions: whose life is more important?18 hours 40 min agoI agree that these are

    I agree that these are extremely rare situations. A good driver should expect to go through a lifetime of frequent driving without causing any serious injuries. And I think self driving cars will be significantly safer than human-driven cars.

    At least initially, autonomous cars will need to co-exist with human driven cars on the roads, so they may need to take evasive action when a human suddenly creates a hazard.

    I'm not sure what stance you think I'm taking. I think the reason this is being talked about, is that with humans we can just say these are rare events, almost anything a person decides to do in such a difficult situation would be reasonable, and leave it that. With computer controlled system the decision making process needs to be written down in advance, so there is a chance to debate whether or not it is the right process.

    I agree it's a not a big issue in the scheme of things.

    I don't feel the need to acknowledge everything you write - I've just replied to the bits that I had something to say about. If you inserted "almost certainly" before "because you've fucked up royally somewhere" then I would agree with that sentence.

  • 2015 Tour de France18 hours 42 min agoenrique wrote:... I can't

    enrique wrote:
    ... I can't decide between Greipel and Debusschere! Angry
    Have you seen how Debusschere is sprinting?... Surprise

  • Rise of cycle cams debated on This Morning18 hours 44 min agoFluffyKittenofTindalos

    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:

    In all honestly, I think your argument is getting worse rather than better!

    Most of those are easily dispensed with, as they are not remotely comparable - damaging your own health is not the same as injuring or killing others. Its puzzling that you suggest it is.

    My point wasn't that I necessarily think they are equivalent, but rather that we shouldn't assign any special cases because whilst we are cyclists and road safety seems paramount to us, other people will have other priorities and create their own exceptions. If that's the route taken then of course there will be no exceptions as all cases will have their defenders.

    Dealing drugs is clearly more serious than taking drugs, just as driving with no hands whilst eating and talking on the phone is more serious than checking a text at a light. It still faces the same question, if you record all four instances, which ones do you submit to the police and publish on YouTube? In my opinion the only defensible stances are to send in none, all four, or two (being the more serious offense in each case).

    No I am not supporting racism, I think you knew that. You can insult religion without being racist. Some people take it extremely seriously. To them such an act warrants severe (lethal) consequences. Again I used the example to demonstrate that not all people will agree with you about creating a special case for road offenses.

    I'm not trying to remove a tool from the most vulnerable. That wasn't ever my point. I am not saying cyclists shouldn't have cameras. I am saying that cyclists should be thoughtful about what footage they decide to make public.

    This isn't "us vs them". It's not to do with those with power and those without power as you suggest. I'm not making a one-sided demand because this has nothing to do with police having cameras, or CCTV in shops. That's a whole different debate. This is about what is done with the footage captured.

  • Different tyre size combo, 23 fr 25 rear??18 hours 46 min agoThere's nothing wrong with

    There's nothing wrong with it, I did it for a season. Slightly lower rotating weight, smaller frontal area but marginal at best. If you're very light then taking into account that there's less weight on the front you can start to get down to pressures below the recommended minimum running wider tyres, if you use e.g. Sheldon Brown's calculation method. So narrower can help. Now I run 25 f&r with equal pressures with no ill effects however.

    If you run odd sizes you won't be able to rotate tyres front to rear when the rear wears out first of course.

  • Cyclist seriously injured in London Blackfriars lorry collision18 hours 59 min agoLike clockwork. I hope she

    Like clockwork.

    I hope she makes a full recovery.

  • Mark Cavendish hurts shoulder in tangle with too-close fan19 hours 4 min agoWhat's the point of including

    What's the point of including a cobbled climb if no-one is going to ride the actual cobbles!

    Put cones or fences in the gutter and force the riders up the cobbles; that way they also keep away from the spectators better too.

  • Mark Cavendish hurts shoulder in tangle with too-close fan19 hours 6 min agoIs this the same race they

    Is this the same race they used to have in Beverly? That was always across cobbled sections. It looks a bit ridiculous that there is a whole road to use or a thin strip of smoother gutter. Whoever rides on the cobbles will be at a disadvantage so naturally everyone will choose the gutter but why do the organisers insist on designing courses over cobbles?

  • Father cleared of killing cyclist son by careless driving19 hours 13 min agoAh the old "he's not wearing

    Ah the old "he's not wearing a piece of polystyrene on his head" comment. Always sneaks in, with the suggestions he may have survived if he was wearing one.

    We can speculate about whether or not he would have survived. But, we can be pretty certain he would have survived if he hadn't been run over. Was the Pathologist not bright enough to pick up on this or is it just more bullshit victim-blaming being wedged into the narrative?

    An absolute tragedy, and unless there's a lack of remorse, this father has paid the price and prosecution is not in the public interest.

  • Fantasy Cycling 2015 - game changes (and report issues)19 hours 13 min agoWhen will the TdF teams be

    When will the TdF teams be finalised? The Movistar listing is currently incorrect as it does not include Alex Dowestt

  • Mark Cavendish hurts shoulder in tangle with too-close fan19 hours 31 min agoYes, some of the fans were

    Yes, some of the fans were getting too close, but the riders made a conscious decision to trade off the benefit of riding in the smooth gutter against the risk of coming into contact with spectators.

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