• Video: tailgating a tipper truck at 40mph1 year 6 weeks agoAlmost as stupid as filming

    Almost as stupid as filming using a camera phone whilst driving.

  • Red light 'hoppers'1 year 6 weeks agoIs it OK to criticise you for

    Is it OK to criticise you for misspelling irksome?

    I do this all the time (roll past people who have stopped at the back of/in the ASL "box"). I think it has become a habit because I tend to commute at a time when the ASL box looks like a scrum and most of the people on my commute - especially the ones on bicycles - make me feel nervous for my personal safety so I want to get away from them as quickly as possible. I don't recall having any complaints but then I don't hang around to take views from other road users, so maybe there's a whole crowd of aggrieved individuals behind me.

    My strong advice would be to drop the self righteous adherence to a pointless rule and get as far forward as you can at intersections. Or was the point of your of your "question" to explain just how much quicker you are than everyone else?

  • Downhill on snow1 year 6 weeks agoHe's gone for the red suit

    He's gone for the red suit again....a very similar "helmet" pure nut case

  • Video: tailgating a tipper truck at 40mph1 year 6 weeks agoI've yet to see a better

    I've yet to see a better instructional video on how to win a Darwin award

  • Lance Armstrong names names1 year 6 weeks agoIts alright saying he has not

    Its alright saying he has not really named-names, but surely there are no more names ? we know pretty much everybody involved already, all he can do now is confirm they were in on it.

    Its good, this is a start, once the flood gates open like this more detail will come out, its the start if putting all of this to bed.

  • Downhill on snow1 year 6 weeks agoIf this doesn't inspire Guy

    If this doesn't inspire Guy Martin to make a new series of Speed then nothing will!

  • Red light 'hoppers'1 year 6 weeks ago"at the next set of lights i

    "at the next set of lights i set off as fast as possible and damn near cleared him out with a shout of 'hold you f£$king line'...he seemed to get it then"

    ...just...er...wow.

    This was a *public* road, right?

    For god's sake don't let the Daily Mail see this thread.

    (steps away)

  • Vuelta Pais Vasco - Stage 41 year 6 weeks agoJoelsim wrote:How are points

    Joelsim wrote:
    How are points being scored in this competition and young rider? That's the points standing rather than the points for everything.

    Points are being scored on the sprints. Not the finish line points.

    There is no young rider jersey in this tour also no "combative/basque" rider competition, so there were loaded in, thinking there would be.

  • Vuelta al País Vasco Stage 1 Ordizia-Ordizia1 year 6 weeks agoNO....

    NO....

  • Knee Arthroscopy - Recovery Advice1 year 6 weeks agoHi. I am a theatre nurse

    Hi. I am a theatre nurse working in day surgery. The advice we give patients is to take it easy for 48 hours. Then commence gentle exercises. I should think after two weeks you would be fine to cycle gently and build up from there. You're unlikely to do any damage. With the usual caveat that if it hurts then stop. You may experience some swelling to start with. In which case use ice packs and elevate. Cycling is good exercise as it is weight supported. Hope that helps.

  • Vuelta al País Vasco Stage 1 Ordizia-Ordizia1 year 6 weeks agodrheaton wrote:The

    drheaton wrote:
    The intermediate sprint points and standings are scored.

    PCS is reporting their 'Points Competition' as the one for the Finish Line Points. The Eurosport announcers are referring to the wearer of the 'Finish Line' Points Jersey as the 'wearer of the Points Jersey'. Cycling News reports the classifiication we're awarding points for as the 'Sprint' Classification, while the one Kwiatkowski is holding as the 'Points Classification'. I would suggest that next year we use the 'Finish Line Points' Classification to award the points for the Points Competition for this race, no? Wink

  • Video: Cyclists behaving badly - helmetcam cyclist turns his lens on other cyclists1 year 6 weeks agoBugger me, its a happy place

    Bugger me, its a happy place here isn't it?

  • Lance Armstrong names names1 year 6 weeks agoNo links to the relevant

    No links to the relevant articles?

  • Vuelta Pais Vasco - Stage 41 year 6 weeks ago2,9,10,11,15 with 10 penalty

    2,9,10,11,15 with 10 penalty points, will be bang average I reckon

    Just 4,10,12,15 for purist

  • Red light 'hoppers'1 year 6 weeks agoStep away from the thread,

    Step away from the thread, people. Step away from the thread.

    There's a lot of knicker-twisting going on here, so why doesnt everybody just go read something else for 10 minutes?

    That'll give the rest of us time to try to understand why there's so much knicker-twisting going on.

  • Red light 'hoppers'1 year 6 weeks agoFluffyKittenofTindalos

    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:
    I don't understand the description of the problem.

    If you don't want anyone stopping in front of you why not just stop just behind the forward-most stop-line? I presume you aren't saying you stop right at the back of the ASL and then object to anyone else entering it, but I don't understand what you are saying is the problem.


    Have you been reading KiwiMike's muddled posts because it is pretty obvious what I am talking about. Nowhere does it say I am stopping in the wrong place. I am at the forwardmost line. I am talking about people weaving around you and stopping ahead of the lights [which FYI is nothing to do with adopting a legal primary position, Mike]
    If you don't know what I am talking about you must be one of them. Rolling Eyes

  • Red light 'hoppers'1 year 6 weeks agoI have had similar and think

    I have had similar and think that there is a basic ettiquette issue. If you want to go to the front of a crown of waiting bikes, do it. But don't then block the bloody way because you want to amble along at 10 mph. If you are in a hurry and want to ride off quickly, fine, otherwise stop being a c**t and wait you turn.

    There was one guy on my old commute who regularly combined rolling just a bike length through the stop line and then as the lights turned green and everyone went he would veer left back across the path of all the people he just hopped past at the light. We had some words after he did it a 4th time in the same morning on one stretch of road. He didn't seem to understand what was wrong or unsafe about that...so at the next set of lights i set off as fast as possible and damn near cleared him out with a shout of 'hold you f£$king line'...he seemed to get it then.

  • Vuelta Pais Vasco - Stage 41 year 6 weeks ago2,9,10,11,12,16 could of been

    2,9,10,11,12,16
    could of been better

  • Vuelta Pais Vasco - Stage 41 year 6 weeks agoHow are points being scored

    How are points being scored in this competition and young rider? That's the points standing rather than the points for everything.

  • Knee Arthroscopy - Recovery Advice1 year 6 weeks agoI have had this procedure.

    I have had this procedure. The only thing which was suggested I avoid was driving for 2 weeks. Cycling was deemed an excellent idea by my consultant, and within 2 weeks I was cycling at normal speed and distance.

    The result for me 2 years later, is absolutely no trouble with my knee at all.

  • Best Cycling kit?1 year 6 weeks agoSportful all the way for me -

    Sportful all the way for me - good quality, very good pads in the shorts / tights and not barmy at cost. I also have a Torm jersey which is great quality and as mentioned above sensibly priced compared to other "Sportwool" / Merino brands

  • ***RAFFLE: Bike/Pedals/Wheels/Groupset1 year 6 weeks agoCmiller3 wrote:Hi, I'd just

    Cmiller3 wrote:
    Hi, I'd just like to clarify: if you don't wish to participate nobody here is forcing you to. but slandering something a group of students put together is quite immature, especially for a good cause. If you want more information feel free to email me any questions, but please do not spread ignorance!

    Surely you'd be better off posting the information rather than getting 100 emails from different people all asking the same thing, and having to write 100 answers?

    So to help kick things off, how many tickets for each part are you going to issue? I want to know the odds of winning, i am very lucky and win all the competitions i enter, even some i didn't enter too, but its good to know in advance what odds i'm going to get on my $100 investment!

  • Video: Cyclists behaving badly - helmetcam cyclist turns his lens on other cyclists1 year 6 weeks agocyclingDMlondon

    cyclingDMlondon wrote:
    OldRidgeback wrote:
    cyclingDMlondon wrote:
    OldRidgeback wrote:
    The bit of the guy taking off his jacket is rather droll. Bet he won't do that again in a hurry. Red light running isn't wise on a bicycle in busy traffic either. But I have to say, hopping a kerb and using the pavement when there isn't anyone around harms no one. Several of those clips shows show cyclists avoiding having to wait by using the pavement and in several, there are no pedestrians. So exactly who was at risk there? As it happens I recognised the junction from when I last stayed in York too and it is a busy one at peak times. Hopping a kerb there when there are no pedestrians reduces congestion for motorists as well as cutting journey times and also reduces risk, as long as there are no pedestrians around.

    Yes, and doing 180 mph in your Porsche on an empty motorway should be allowed, too. After all, who is at risk?

    Any law student quickly learns that there are 'conduct offences', and 'result offences'. The former is complete as soon as the action is taken (with the appropriate mens rea if appropriate). Running red lights comes into that category. It doesn't matter who is at risk, or who isn't at risk. It is illegal, end of bloody story.

    As I asked a guy a while back, who had gone through a red light on his bicycle (I still caught up with him): 'mate, have you ever wondered why drivers hate us?'

    'No..? he replied.

    'Because of stupid c***s like you,' I answered.

    (not 100% true, as I've posted before, but not acting like prize twats on bicycles, would go some way to repairing the damage)

    There's just a slight difference between your 180mph Porsche and someone hopping a kerb at say 10mph on a bicycle. It's called kinetic energy. There's rather a lot more of it in a 1.5tonne car travelling at 180mph than a bicycle and rider weighing maybe 90kg travelling at 10mph. It's physics. The bicycle can stop in a short distance. The car can't; more physics.

    And as a previous post says, the latest guidance to the police is not to bother with pavement cycling when there is no visible risk.

    There are degrees.

    Aaaaaaaaaaaand the point goes straight over the top of your head.

    Kinetic energy is not the point. 'risk' is not the point.

    What is the point, is that it's illegal.

    If you really can't get your tiny brain around that fact, then *shrug* .. have a nice life.

    If it's so illegal to ride on a pavement when there's no one around at risk, why are police now told not to bother if it's not doing any harm? There is a difference.

    I do wonder how those car drivers would feel if they had to wait even longer at the junction. Like I said, I know that one and it does have a long tailback in the mornings.

    While we're at it have you any more people you want to stereotype?

    "There are many 'classes' of people who think like that already. Car drivers. Feminists. And, sadly, some cyclists."

  • 2014 Boardman CX Team... Does it do what it says on the tin?1 year 6 weeks agoHi there, I've been riding

    Hi there, I've been riding the 2014 CX Team since it came out.

    I've put 28mm Gatorskin Hardshells on mine and got around the front mudguard issue by using Elite Bottle Cage mounts on the forks, just above the front brake mount, to provide a mounting point for the mudguard stays. I also wrapped a zip tie around it to make it doubly secure. No issues so far.

    (http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_...)

    I've had two of these bikes now, the first one had the cracked seatpost cluster and to be honest, the front mech action was incredibly stiff, changing back down gear was horrible due to the tension that seemed to be in the cable/mech.

    In complete contrast, the first time I changed gear on the second bike I thought Halfords hadn't fastened the cable. The front mech was completely different and had no weight behind the shift at all.

    My front brake, BB5-R, has a strange thing going on, in that it grumbles/gurgles or possibly rumbles when braking and almost coming to a stand still. Halfords have had it in but can't identify what the noise is. It doesn't detract from braking, but it's not confidence inspiring.

    I find the frame sizing to be not right for me, Medium was too small, but Large feels too large, even though I have the bike set up as close as I can to my road bike, there's something just not right, but I can't put my finger on it.

    The bottom bracket is now clicking, but this seems to be inherent with the BB30/PF30 bottom bracket. Again Halfords have had the bike in and replaced a "faulty" bearing, but the clicking is still there. I need to take a look at this myself as the bearing that they replaced feels fine to me.

    I'm not sure what would make the wheels "truly crap", they're definitely not light, but they're solid.

    Planned upgrades... Possibly get rid of the BB5 brakes, maybe a carbon seatpost as I find the ride very harsh and my saddle is as far forward as it will go with the massive amount of set back, probably will upgrade the FD to a SRAM one to make it match, but honestly, so far, nothing is causing me problems.... Except for those bl**dy interrupter brake levers and trying to get my lights mounted... In fact that might be my first change!

  • Red light 'hoppers'1 year 6 weeks agoFluffyKittenofTindalos

    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:
    I don't understand the description of the problem.

    If you don't want anyone stopping in front of you why not just stop just behind the forward-most stop-line? I presume you aren't saying you stop right at the back of the ASL and then object to anyone else entering it, but I don't understand what you are saying is the problem.

    I think the problem is that sometimes some slower cyclists make their way to the front ie in front of cyclists that are already waiting. In this case placing themselves in front of a cyclist that has already overtaken them and whom they know is likely to cycle more quickly than they do. In so doing they are trapping other cyclists behind them in moving traffic. It's a common courtesy thing that probably most sensible people wouldn't do.

    I can suggest several courses of action but am not prepared to write them down on a public blog. One I am prepared to offer is to stop them passing you in the first place firstly by bike position or failing that by verbal prediction. By which I mean predicting that the effects of karma are strong in that location they may find themselves blocked in or treated discourteously by another cyclist one day. Maybe today. Maybe soon.