• Video: Cyclists behaving badly - helmetcam cyclist turns his lens on other cyclists1 year 7 weeks agomooleur wrote:Massively agree

    mooleur wrote:
    Massively agree with everyone saying this vid is pointless.

    It's also damaging, and only really serves to stir the pot even more.

    Since it's release I've had about three people post it to my Facebook wall with the hidden implication of "see what you people have done!?" - not least had countless colleagues pipe up with "Have you seen that video?" Followed by inane criticism of why cyclists should stop to let busses past etc etc etc etc etc etc.

    SIGH. Videotrolls.

    Same here. Two colleagues and I walked to the local sandwich shop at lunchtime. A cyclist went through a red light right next to us.

    'F*****g cyclists,' said one colleague. 'A menace, and they use the road for free!'

  • Vuelta Pais Vasco - Stage 41 year 7 weeks agoAbout halfway, peloton split

    About halfway, peloton split into two groups with a break of six up the road:

    Roy, Durasek, Dumoulin, Rolland, Spilak, Bakelandts

  • Video: Cyclists behaving badly - helmetcam cyclist turns his lens on other cyclists1 year 7 weeks agoOldRidgeback

    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.

  • Video: "Amazing" - Danny MacAskill's verdict on BMX skills of NZ twins aged FOUR1 year 7 weeks agojoemmo wrote:anarchy

    joemmo wrote:
    anarchy wrote:
    Their Dad is dead when their Mam sees this

    Showed this to my wife this morning since our 2 year old likes tootling around the fringes of the local skatepark on his balance bike. "Don't even think about encouraging that" was the response. I did think about it though... could maybe build him a little ramp in the back garden when she's out.

    Dunno where you are but several BMX clubs do strider bike sessions for little 'uns. A BMX track is probably better for a kid on a strider bike too as crashing on a dirt jump doesn't hurt as much as a concrete one. Most tracks will have at least one straight with jumps that aren't so high. Letting kids roll off a big jump and then push themselves over a series of smaller ones is a good way to learn. That's how we do it.

    The child will need a full face lid, gloves, long sleeves and long trousers and if you have skate pads for knees and elbows, they're a good idea too. Most clubs have a few club helmets. They also often have club bikes for a parent to have a shot as well.

  • Coroner concludes Venera Minakhmetova died after riding through red light at Bow Roundabout1 year 7 weeks agoWould this be the confusing

    Would this be the confusing red light that only applies to the cycle-lane? Introduced during the last round of "improvements"...

  • 2014 Boardman CX Team... Does it do what it says on the tin?1 year 7 weeks agoIt's very good value for

    It's very good value for money
    Yes - I have commuted with a rack and laptop as well as raced CX and done the flanders sportive on mine.
    Wouldn't say it's a perfect fast commuter; I am quicke on my shiny (best) bike but with 28mm conti gatorskin slicks I am within a km/hr or so or good bike.
    I haven't swapped anything yet (2 years and going strong)
    No - I have raced in hub deep mud for 2 winters and now need a new rear minial trueing required in that time.
    Crud race pack guards front and rear - work fine

  • Video: Cyclists behaving badly - helmetcam cyclist turns his lens on other cyclists1 year 7 weeks agoFunny how the film maker is

    Funny how the film maker is getting more blame than the people in the film.

  • Coroner concludes Venera Minakhmetova died after riding through red light at Bow Roundabout1 year 7 weeks agoWould this be the confusing

    Would this be the confusing red light that only applies to the cycle-lane? Introduced during the last round of "improvements"...

  • Downhill on snow1 year 7 weeks agoDidn't realise it was the

    Didn't realise it was the same guy - I remember seeing that clip

  • Red light 'hoppers'1 year 7 weeks agobikeboy76 wrote:KiwiMike

    bikeboy76 wrote:
    KiwiMike wrote:
    A British societal norm is not to jump a queue, but in this case there is also no queue.

    queue
    kjuː/Submit
    noun
    1.
    BRIT.
    a line or sequence of people or vehicles awaiting their turn to be attended to or to proceed.
    synonyms: line, row, column, file, chain, string, stream;

    "Same biker comes cruising past" <- explicitly states OP was occupying a section of road wide enough for others to pass. There is no obligation to not utilise all space available, particular to then obtain primary position ahead of motorists - which is the purpose of ASL's that TfL et al instruct cyclists to use.

    Many sections of road have two lanes to allow side-by-side queueing of vehicles so as not to build long tailbacks across junctions. Some motorists take affront to these being used, as though the drivers to their right are somehow 'jumping the queue'. This is silly. 'You aren't stuck in traffic - you ARE traffic' applies to bikes as much to cars.

    If you're upset because other people move around you to fill the available space that you aren't at the front of already, you are in for a lifetime of it as numbers of people new to cycling hopefully increase.

  • Video: Cyclists behaving badly - helmetcam cyclist turns his lens on other cyclists1 year 7 weeks agoI was thinking what a waste

    I was thinking what a waste of 3 minutes of my life until I saw the face plant. lmfao Laughing

  • Video: Cyclists behaving badly - helmetcam cyclist turns his lens on other cyclists1 year 7 weeks agobikebot wrote:It's terrible

    bikebot wrote:
    It's terrible that we often find the pain and suffering of others hilarious. I've been watching the last clip (jacket guy) repeatedly for the lat ten minutes to try to understand why this is Rolling On The Floor

    I've never understood that mentality, either. As a teenager, a mate and I were hanging around, ogling girls, chatting. I was sitting on a railing next to a busstop, and at one point, fell backwards onto the pavement. No injuries, got up seconds later. My mate was bent double, laughing so hard he was struggling for breath, a line of saliva stretching from his gaping lips, as he clutched his sides.

    I really don't get how, when someone sees a fellow human being fall, or stumble, that the first reaction isn't to rush to their aid. I do not find people hurting themselves to be at all amusing.

    But then, I don't like slapstick comedy.

  • Coroner concludes Venera Minakhmetova died after riding through red light at Bow Roundabout1 year 7 weeks agoThey are saying they have

    They are saying they have done a complex analysis of the HGVs tachograph, based on stop/start *assumptions* of it's movement. And then used that to infer she rode through the Red light, WITHOUT being backed up by witnesses, based on the assumption that the HGV went on green.

    Regardless of the trucks movement, it doesnt categorically prove that she rode through red as apposed to being already stuck in nomans land before the truck moved

  • Coroner concludes Venera Minakhmetova died after riding through red light at Bow Roundabout1 year 7 weeks agoI'm reading it and

    I'm reading it and incredulous also.

    How did she go through the red but he didn't?

    and if she did, then surely he would have seen her as he pulled up alongside?

    flawed, fatally. very sad.

  • Tour de France boss says Cambridge stage can turn everyday cyclists into fans of sport1 year 7 weeks agoChristian Prudhomme at the

    Christian Prudhomme at the TDF 1947 launch
    © Simon MacMichael

    Its Cidre, Not Cider!

  • Red light 'hoppers'1 year 7 weeks agoWinds me up but I've taught

    Winds me up but I've taught myself to 'rise above it'. Not a red light but stopped at a zebra crossing today as a large group of people were crossing. Another cyclist just slowed down and weaved through them. Felt like giving him a 'Do you know why people moan about cyclists' lecture but just let it go.

  • Coroner concludes Venera Minakhmetova died after riding through red light at Bow Roundabout1 year 7 weeks agodoesnt add up to me. are they

    doesnt add up to me.
    are they saying she rode though a red up the inside of the left turning truck?

  • Brooks Cambium C17 saddle1 year 7 weeks agoHad a look at one of these in

    Had a look at one of these in the LBS; very nice, although with an Imperial on my Hybrid/commuter and a Swift on the road bike, I'm already a fan. LBS's opinion was it was OK to get it wet, although the leather ones don't seem to suffer after an unintentional 'wetting'. I was on the road bike in France and the Swift got a very approving nod from an elderly local.

  • Coroner concludes Venera Minakhmetova died after riding through red light at Bow Roundabout1 year 7 weeks agofarrell wrote:vbvb wrote:I

    farrell wrote:
    vbvb wrote:
    I don't follow the logic of the police fellow at all.

    Its very, very, simple.

    He works for the Met.

    Anything other than putting the cyclist at fault makes them and TfL look bad.

    Anything that suggests a large motor vehicle could have been at fault causes them grief from the various motoring and hauliers groups.

    Suggest, with no conclusive evidence, that you think it was caused by the cyclist jumping a red light and bingo! Everyone can slap themselves on the back and celebrate a job really well done.

    Now I don't agree. I think that is taking a conspiracy too far. I agree with the poster above that there is flawed logic in assuming that in comparing the taco time line to the light changes assumes that the driver didn't run the first red. He might have. Massive assumption that then makes it look like the cyclist rand the red.

    From what I know of coppers this is much more likely a case of reaching for the easiest arguable conclusion. Laziness not conspiracy. If you propositioned most coppers to join a conspiracy to save TFL or the RHA (anyone other than another copper) they'd be more likely to be bloody mindedly against doing it.
    But they are quite inclined to taking the easiest option on offer.

  • Red light 'hoppers'1 year 7 weeks agoKiwiMike wrote:A British

    KiwiMike wrote:
    A British societal norm is not to jump a queue, but in this case there is also no queue.

    queue
    kjuː/Submit
    noun
    1.
    BRIT.
    a line or sequence of people or vehicles awaiting their turn to be attended to or to proceed.
    synonyms: line, row, column, file, chain, string, stream;

  • Riding the Tour of Flanders Cyclosportive1 year 7 weeks agoIt may still be possible to

    It may still be possible to enter the RVV cyclosportive on the line. Although a significant majority of the large races in Belgium (mostly Flanders) are now being run by "Flanders Classics nv", who have done things like change the route of the RVV (most notably by removing the Muur and the Bosberg and introducing a finishing loop) and introduce much more sophisticated VIP arrangements. (Making people pay to watch cycling is difficult, and not just for reasons of tradition.) Flanders Classics are also responsible for the RVV sportive. I may be doing them a disservice, but they don't strike me as relaxed, enter-on-the-line kind of people.

  • Coroner concludes Venera Minakhmetova died after riding through red light at Bow Roundabout1 year 7 weeks agoIn one fell swoop, this

    In one fell swoop, this report gives car drivers, lorry drivers and bus drivers all the ammunition they need, to dismiss our complaints at their atrocious behaviour on the roads.

    Evelyn Street a month or so back, taxi driver passes me so close that his mirror brushes against my T-shirt sleeve. Next set of lights, I stop alongside, and ask him very politely, if he could leave a bit more room next time.

    'I'd be stuck behind you all day, if I did, innit?' he replies.

    When I say (again, politely) that ten seconds would have been enough, he started to rant about how 'none of you ever stop at red lights, anyway.. and you don't pay road tax!'

    It's useless. There is no hope.

    My boss says that I can keep my job and live abroad, since I don't actually need to be in the office to work (I administer UNIX). To hell with it. I'm looking for a flat in Amsterdam. Anyone help?

    (I'm not joking, by the way)

  • Coroner concludes Venera Minakhmetova died after riding through red light at Bow Roundabout1 year 7 weeks agovbvb wrote:I don't follow the

    vbvb wrote:
    I don't follow the logic of the police fellow at all.

    Yep as an advanced driver with a professional driving career behind me and who has worked extensively with the police on road safety issues, I can't follow it either.

    Maybe the report is just bad. But if the unfortunate lady was crushed by a left turning lorry then either they were both running the red or neither was.

    I'm not sure I'd give any credibility to the driver's testimony at all. He might be telling the truth but ipso facto he has a vested interest in the outcome so his testimony should be taken with a large pinch of salt.
    Looks to me like a dose of Alice on Wonderland has had an effect.

    "No, no!" said the Queen. `Sentence first--verdict afterwards.'

    Not sure what actually happened so the cyclist must have run a red light.

    Another reason to have a bike/helmet cam.

  • Coroner concludes Venera Minakhmetova died after riding through red light at Bow Roundabout1 year 7 weeks agovbvb wrote:I don't follow the

    vbvb wrote:
    I don't follow the logic of the police fellow at all.

    Its very, very, simple.

    He works for the Met.

    Anything other than putting the cyclist at fault makes them and TfL look bad.

    Anything that suggests a large motor vehicle could have been at fault causes them grief from the various motoring and hauliers groups.

    Suggest, with no conclusive evidence, that you think it was caused by the cyclist jumping a red light and bingo! Everyone can slap themselves on the back and celebrate a job really well done.

    Everyone except Venera's family and friends of course, but hey 'she shouldn't have jumped that red light, eh, lads, nudge nudge, wink wink...'

    Pathetic and disgusting.

  • Video: "Amazing" - Danny MacAskill's verdict on BMX skills of NZ twins aged FOUR1 year 7 weeks agoleedgreen wrote:Love

    leedgreen wrote:
    Love it.....no xbox for these kids.... Cool

    yes, more likely to be nintendo players.