• Big jump in number of cyclists fined in Cambridge in 20131 year 7 weeks agoIt's certainly not evenly

    It's certainly not evenly implemented between cars & bikes. I have put in a number of requests for he police to take seriously the lack of road-legal lighting on cars driving out of Cambridge in the evening. I usually see 6-7 cars with defective lights on my 5 mi commute, with a couple of near-misses where cars overtaking me have misjudged the gap due to cars driving with a single headlight. No response from Graham Bright (or any of his officers) on that one.

  • Criterium du Dauphine1 year 7 weeks agoI can't help but fiddle with

    I can't help but fiddle with my team. I guess it will be down to whichever team happens to be saved at the starting line.

    Day Dreaming

  • Video: Cyclist robbed of bike at gunpoint - and films it on his GoPro1 year 7 weeks agoHe should probably take that

    He should probably take that down in case it's regarded as unduly influencing a trial. Might be different rules in ZA of course.

  • Halfords have bought Boardman Bikes1 year 7 weeks agothe elite series will not be

    the elite series will not be sold through halfords, basically selling what they do now

  • Game Suggestions1 year 7 weeks agoray silvester wrote:I have

    ray silvester wrote:
    I have plans next season to have a forum's scorum's two tier league....possibly calling it pro tour and continental.....with promotion and relegation perhaps?

    I like the idea but how will the pro tour teams be selected for next year ....ie players per league?

  • Video: Cyclist robbed of bike at gunpoint - and films it on his GoPro1 year 7 weeks ago(No subject)

    Surprise

  • Big jump in number of cyclists fined in Cambridge in 20131 year 7 weeks agoAbsolutely they do. I see

    Absolutely they do. I see cars pulled over on Cambridge streets more often than bikes, though they seem to do a fair bit of both.

  • Giro D'Italia 2014 - Pick Three Italians1 year 7 weeks agoMore luck than judgement, as

    Big Grin Party

    More luck than judgement, as the Pozzovivo, Aru combination I wanted to pick, had already gone Smile

  • Halfords have bought Boardman Bikes1 year 7 weeks agoOn Loctite, they do sell it,

    On Loctite, they do sell it, red and blue.

    And Halfords have effectively pigeonholed the bikes, the Carrera was always an entry level proper bike as distinct from the Apollo 'toys'

  • Criterium du Dauphine1 year 7 weeks agoEasy peasy Arnaud Demare

    Easy peasy

    Arnaud Demare (FDJ)
    Sylvain Chavanel (IAM)
    Romain Bardet (ALM)
    Jean-Christophe Peraud (ALM)
    Arthur Vichot (FDJ)
    Tony Gallopin (LTB)
    Jerome Coppel (COF)
    Sebastien Hinault (IAM)
    Jonathan Hivert (BLK)

    Alberto Contador (TSB)
    Daniel Moreno (KAT)
    Mikel Nieve (SKY)
    Imanol Erviti (MOV)
    Benat Intxausti (MOV)
    Daniel Navarro (COF)
    Jesus Hernandez (TSB)
    Xabier Zandio (SKY)
    Markel Irizar (TFR)

  • Minor injuries and cyclist deaths are down in Greater Manchester - but there's a significant rise in serious injuries to riders1 year 7 weeks agoThe site of the tragic

    The site of the tragic incident concerning Jaye Bloomfield can be seen here in streetview. As far as I'm aware the "new 30mph speed limit" sign only went up after the incident.

    As pointed out elsewhere this is on the entry towards the motorway, not the exit. So drivers don't have the excuse that they have just left a motorway, but it is a fast road and at the top of the rise you only have a short distance to merge across onto the A57 which is still a motorway at that point, so you feel you need to be travelling a motorway speeds by then.

    There is a matching crossing on the exit ramp on the other side, but there that's on the approach to a roundabout so drivers should be going a lot slower.

    I'm not trying to make any excuses for drivers, but this is a horrible mess of infrastructure, with conflicting signage (a pedestrian warning sign after the crossing?), all due to the fact there is a motorway ploughing through the city centre and alongside densely populated residential areas. As pointed out by some-fella and GREGJONES it's hard to navigate this area in some fairly obvious directions (eg into town) without having to cross fast busy roads, or use a rather grim underpass in this case.

    We have a long way to go to make our cities civilised and liveable, and a few more signs here and there won't cut it.

  • Video: Road Rage Britain - ITV documentary next Monday features cyclists & motorists on film1 year 7 weeks agoparksey wrote:As above,

    parksey wrote:
    As above, what's the point of putting the cyclists behind the wheels of the vans/taxis? Surely the relevant point would be to get the drivers onto bikes instead.

    Exactly - most of the cyclists probably also drive. But does Mr Taxi Driver ever get on a bike?

  • Jyrobike - Auto Balance Bicycle - Thoughts1 year 7 weeks agoI saw the link on bbc news

    I saw the link on bbc news website, but have not yet listened to/watched the video.

    Isn't the idea that you start with a high rotational momentum (fast spinning gyro) to begin with, which gives very high stability, but then over time as the child gets more and more familiar with it all, you dial back the rotational momentum, making the balancing effect smaller and smaller? Eventually, you are at the point where you just have the rotational momentum of the wheel.

    If that's right, then it sounds pretty good - I have found stabiliser wheels a bit of a nuisance in certain situations with my children. However, question of whether they can do it at a low enough price to make it attractive vs. alternative options (given how fast children grow out of bikes at that age).

    I am sure this is not a new concept. I saw a video/TV programme featuring exactly the same idea quite a few years ago.

  • Big jump in number of cyclists fined in Cambridge in 20131 year 7 weeks agoMuch as I would rather the

    Much as I would rather the police spent resources on things which might save lives, which I'm absolutely convinced these crackdowns don't, if you do get fined you have only yourself to blame. There's a sure-fire way to avoid it, and that is to obey the law.

  • Criterium du Dauphine1 year 7 weeks agoBy the way, what start list

    By the way, what start list are you guys using?... Thinking

  • Make pedestrians wear reflective clothing, says 'Mr Loophole' lawyer who defended killer driver1 year 7 weeks agoYeah perhaps if the rabbi had

    Yeah perhaps if the rabbi had something on his coat to mark him out you know like a yellow star perhaps.

    Mr. loophole should change the first four letters of his moniker.

    P.S. I used that analogy to describe how offensive I find the lawyers comments and not belittle what happened.

  • Big jump in number of cyclists fined in Cambridge in 20131 year 7 weeks agoJackBuxton wrote:I'm moving

    JackBuxton wrote:
    I'm moving to Cambridge in September for uni, and i enjoy cycling but i might be giving it a miss, i definitely won't be able to afford to pay a stupid fine! I think these fines are petty, why not just give verbal or written warnings about things like lights?
    How would they measure when lights should be used, get out the colour chart for the sky?

    To be honest, depending on your college and subject, you might not need a bike. Many colleges and depts are within a mile, and walking is sociable and you don't need to find parking (there isn't enough).

    It is petty, though. The police always seem to focus on Market Square, which has very high levels of lighting at all times. There are unlit streets further from the town centre where I'd have a bit more sympathy with the difficulty of seeing cyclists, but the police would rather fine students in the most brightly lit area of the city, because they know they'll catch more that way. Maybe it's the only way they can see the 'invisible' ones?

  • Driver fined £625 & given five points for attacking cyclist with car1 year 7 weeks agoThat's the right attitude but

    That's the right attitude but it's hard to resist the desire to get back at this guy, he could have killed that rider and should be made a huge example of. Utter t##t.

  • Just In: NeilPryde Zephyr1 year 7 weeks agowant

    want

  • Criterium du Dauphine1 year 7 weeks agoenrique wrote:you must have

    enrique wrote:
    you must have Chavanel, Peraud, Simon, Vichot and, of course, Voeckler, on your French team...

    Gkam84 wrote:
    No Chavanel, Simon, Vichot or Voeckler for the French team...

    Ok, so I figure you must have Peraud, Demare, Alaphilippe and Reza on your French team... But what did you target for that team? Thinking Anything? Thinking Sprints? Did you care? Thinking Or was it just squeeze frenchmen in there? Waiting ...

  • Big jump in number of cyclists fined in Cambridge in 20131 year 7 weeks agoJackBuxton wrote:I'm moving

    JackBuxton wrote:
    I'm moving to Cambridge in September for uni, and i enjoy cycling but i might be giving it a miss, i definitely won't be able to afford to pay a stupid fine! I think these fines are petty, why not just give verbal or written warnings about things like lights?
    How would they measure when lights should be used, get out the colour chart for the sky?

    If you're a student in Cambridge you won't have anywhere to keep a car unless you have really good reason (like a serious disability), and since you are on this site you already know that cycling is better than walking, so I reckon you will be joining the thousands of other cyclists in Cambridge Smile

    Cambridge isn't a police state and on the whole you'd have to do something particularly stupid to even get noticed, much less get a fine: a few hundred fines a year out of tens of thousands of journeys a day is not something to worry about unless you know you have a reckless disregard for your fellow citizens and laws in general.

    Finally when I've seen the police check for lights it is dark - no colour chart required...

  • Cambridge segregated bike lanes postponed amid concerns over "kamikaze cyclists"1 year 7 weeks agojmaccelari wrote:The

    jmaccelari wrote:
    The hypocrisy here amazes me.

    Replace the words 'pedestrian' with 'cyclist' and 'cyclist' with 'car' and we get, for example: "Stick with cars having priority then and make sure the cyclists have a good look before blindly riding in front of oncoming cars.". What bollocks.

    The rule is simple (as in Europe): cars give way to cyclists, cyclists give way to pedestrians*.

    No, the rule is actually more often "person making a straight-ahead / continuous road journey has priority over someone turning".

    We're talking about cyclists going straight on, on a continuous road, having priority over someone who is changing direction to access a bus stop. We're talking about cyclists, going straight-on, on a continuous road, having priority over motor vehicles turning left into a side road. You know, normal road priority, of the sort cars have, and cyclists currently only have if they act like cars.

    We're not talking about cyclists leaving the cycle lane to make a right-hand turn having priority over a motor vehicle in the main lane or opposite lane. We are not talking about a cyclist making a left-hand turn ploughing into a pedestrian already crossing a side road. Because that's turning, and you give way to manoeuvre.

    A cyclist going the full length of the road, as many do, would have to give way 3 or 4 times without priority at the bus stops. The person accessing the bus stop only has to give way once.

    Incidentally, I would like to see the same applied to pedestrians: we should have much tighter turns into side roads and continuous pavements across side roads to give continuous journeys to pedestrians too. Willing to bet the councillors stating how obvious it is the pedestrians should have priority over cyclists would baulk at the idea of them having priority over cars.

  • Make pedestrians wear reflective clothing, says 'Mr Loophole' lawyer who defended killer driver1 year 7 weeks agoChronicle Live manages to

    Chronicle Live manages to get a little further into this case
    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/gateshead-rabbi-hyma...

    "A court in Manchester heard he was driving at up to 42mph on a 30mph road." So interesting that the solution for saving Rabbi Hyman Steinberg life is for the Rabbi to be wearing something reflective, and not for Simon Martins to obey the law which would have given him around 30% more reaction time and reduced his impact speed.

    Interesting too that Chronicle describes Rabbi Steinberg as walking while the Express apparently thinks that 82 year olds run really fast while apparently wearing an invisibility cloak.

    I am most disturbed though by the idea that we should change the law. Requiring people to wear something to mark them out as a non-motorists is a new low.

    Edit - and I have newfound respect for Mirror journalists http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/mr-loophole-grandad-killed-speeding... who manage to tease out "Martins, who had sent a text message from behind the wheel just minutes before the collision". This accident had nothing to do with the presence or absence of reflective gear.

  • Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt1 year 7 weeks agoBianchi oozes finesse,

    Bianchi oozes finesse, Edoardo would want me to have these, I know, I asked him. Silly

  • Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt1 year 7 weeks agoBianchi oozes finesse,

    Bianchi oozes finesse, Edoardo would want me to have these, I know, I asked him. Silly