• Win a unique HOY Autumn edition bike with road.cc and Evans Cycles!1 year 10 weeks agobikes, tow paths and real ale

    bikes, tow paths and real ale - its what October was made for

  • Sister of 21-year-old cyclist killed in London calls for cyclists to have training they are allowed onto the roads1 year 10 weeks agoI did Bikeability level 3

    I did Bikeability level 3 recently.
    Most of the skills taught were about managing drivers around you who don't driver carefully around cyclists.

    The driving test in the UK is far too easy and does not give the necessary tets of how to deal with vunerable road users. A cycling element first in driving lessions/test would be an improvement.

  • Prescription cycling specs1 year 10 weeks agoI think as others have said

    I think as others have said contacts plus sports glasses is the only remotely affordable /reliable solution for you, unless this new manufacturer you mention comes good..

    The fogging/ fit issue with inserts will be a problem, especially in bad weather (though that also applies to any glasses, to a lesser extent)

    optilabs (who I use) also have an issue with the edge of the insert obstructing the field of vision towards outer edges. They are cheap, yes, but I wouldn't recommend them, TBH.

    Your prescription would also exclude most curved sports designs, as you have found

    So I suggest contacts..

  • Eroica comes to Peak District in 20141 year 10 weeks ago'While the Italian Eroica is

    'While the Italian Eroica is a race, the British edition will be more of a vintage sportive....' not quite, the Strade Bianche is the race event while the Eroica is still a sportive.

  • Mark Cavendish and Peta Todd wed1 year 10 weeks agoThey make a wonderful pair..

    They make a wonderful pair.. The couple that is not Peta's booblars..

  • Ex-world champion Philippe Gilbert takes on Belgian postie in one-off bike swap race (+ link to video)1 year 10 weeks agoShame it's in some crazy

    Shame it's in some crazy moon-language.

  • Indian city Calcutta bans bicycles from 175 major roads1 year 10 weeks agoIndian traffic regulation is

    Indian traffic regulation is illogical, random, and generally ignored. I've no doubt this ban will be as well observed as, for instance, lane discipline, priority signs, one-way restrictions and a host of other inconveniences that completely by-pass the Indian road-user whatever their vehicle!

  • New Forest pony maintenance cancelled due to cycle sportive1 year 10 weeks agoUse a route with some hills

    Use a route with some hills and that will cut the numbers in half the southern softies.

  • Sister of 21-year-old cyclist killed in London calls for cyclists to have training they are allowed onto the roads1 year 10 weeks agoHave the circumstances of the

    Have the circumstances of the crash been released yet? I haven't seen anything to say who was at fault. It would be a weird jump in logic to call for compulsory training for cyclists if the lorry was in the wrong whilst the rider had done nothing to jeopardise her safety.

    I would like to see cycle training made compulsory in schools (1 course at primary level, another more advanced course at secondary), and a cycling component in the driving test too.

    What's really frustrating about road safety in London is how easy it could be to create good, segregated lanes across the city - they managed to put the zil lanes in for the Olympics - but there just isn't the political desire to actually do anything of worth. How many more people need to die?

  • Mark Cavendish and Peta Todd wed1 year 10 weeks agoAwww, sweet! Congrats to Mark

    Awww, sweet! Congrats to Mark and Peta and their children. I have seen a mere snippet of Mark Cavendish on the dancefloor as a teenager. Looked pretty useful!

  • Sister of 21-year-old cyclist killed in London calls for cyclists to have training they are allowed onto the roads1 year 10 weeks agoOverweightrider wrote:While I

    Overweightrider wrote:
    While I think compulsory training for cyclist is silly, I think cycle proficiency test should be a compulsory part of the driving test (Theory test -> Cycle test -> Practical driving test). If someone cannot handle a bike safely on the road, then he/she cannot be trusted with a motor vehicle. A lot of drivers underestimates the speed of cyclist and mistakenly believed they are always faster in a motor vehicle, when in reality many commuters can do more than 20mph.

    The problem with this approach is that it misses the most vulnerable cycling road user. The one that has not driven a car and has no awareness of what it is like to be a car user and the problem with blind spots, and the likelihood that drivers look for you in slow moving traffic.

    Overweightrider wrote:
    On the other hand cyclists who break the law should be punished like any other drivers. It baffles me why so many cyclist thinks they are exempt from traffic laws. If they have a driving licence, they should get fined and points deducted for red light jumping and other traffic offences. Law breaking cyclist puts themselves in danger and give law abiding cyclist a bad name. RLJ cyclist annoys me far more when I am on my bike than when I'm in my car.

    Cyclists can easily evade car traffic and cannot be easily tracked by anyone on foot or otherwise. Laws are only any use if they are enforceable, and unless you made the job for law enforcement easier (bike registration plates) it's not going to happen.

    JaseCD wrote:
    I think the boyfriend of the victim makes a very valid point. Cycling has been pushed up the political agenda in recent years and promoted heavily through schemes such as Boris bikes, yet what is being done to keep cyclists safe?

    At best there is patchy cycling infrastructure that usually gives priority to motor traffic at every junction.

    Perhaps he too meant some sort of cycle training. You read into it what you want. She actually died where they have cycle lanes (albeit there are road work).

    PJ McNally wrote:

    In a rational world this would read:
    "Sister of 21-year-old cyclist killed in London calls for truckers to have training before they are allowed onto the roads

    "You should have something to say you know how to protect vulnerable people around you" before you can truck on the road, says bereaved 19-year-old"

    Truckers do have training. Cyclists don't. It isn't rational to ask that.

    Like scuba divers need a qualification to undertake an activity which puts them at risk. Or would you say they need to license the fish/water instead? If cyclists don't understand that risks of what they do then they will increase the hazards under which they put themselves. Minimise these and THEN you take on other road users, because you increase the likelihood that where incidents arise the other road user is at fault. The sister is saying this because she believes her sister made the mistake because she didn't know what she was doing, and why would she unless she had undertaken a road safety course?

    If you have a three year-old using a hob and you don't show it how to cook and protect itself from the heat, do you legislate against hobs when the child gets burnt. No, you blame the parent for not instructing the child. If the hob blows up and kills people without it being used, then you legislate against hobs....it's about the risk people present themselves with. Legislation already exists about motorists and road use.

  • Win a unique HOY Autumn edition bike with road.cc and Evans Cycles!1 year 10 weeks agoEarly morning October,

    Early morning October, central Hampshire.

  • Sister of 21-year-old cyclist killed in London calls for cyclists to have training they are allowed onto the roads1 year 10 weeks agohampstead_bandit wrote: the

    hampstead_bandit wrote:

    the other group are the arrogant twits on expensive bikes who seem to believe the law does not apply to them (these are the ones I see cycling at speed through pedestrians using green lit pedestrian crossings)

    Are you one of these? I just say because of your handle. But actually you've created a new breed. If I was to stereotype this group it would be something along the lines of young arrogant fixie/courier type - road rules are for schmucks.

    I agree with the broad sense of what you say though.

    I like the fact that the site now has 'likes'. It really helps you understand who is just being voluble and who is talking sense or a more appreciated view.....though I don't expect my respondents to necessarily like what I say, and am in no way looking for agreement. Nerd

  • Cyclist fighting for life after two bikes collide at recently-updated Cambridge junction1 year 10 weeks agoStruggling to understand how

    Struggling to understand how a cyclist could be so badly injured. It is flat, so you can't get up a lot of speed through this junction. Maybe one of them was elderly? Or maybe very unlucky and hit head on something?

  • New Forest pony maintenance cancelled due to cycle sportive1 year 10 weeks agoct wrote:Hey

    ct wrote:
    Hey Forester....interestingly UK Cycle Events are based in the New Forest...and are, the few I have met, local cyclists.

    The UK Cycling Events website doesn't have the company's details on it (which is somewhat naughty, given it's a limited company). The registered office is in Poole, the phone number appears to be in the Portsmouth area. I guess some of the staff could conceivably live in the New Forest, but there appears to be no sense in which the company is "based" there.

    Yes, I'm being monumentally pedantic today Wink

  • Mark Cavendish and Peta Todd wed1 year 10 weeks agoI feel her pain, the first

    I feel her pain, the first dance was the only bit I was nervous about...

    Congrats.

  • New Forest pony maintenance cancelled due to cycle sportive1 year 10 weeks agonod wrote:When I read the

    nod wrote:
    When I read the article, all I saw was a scheduling conflict, and then I spotted the words 'Daily Mail' and all became clear. Pointless scaremongering.

    Why are you recycling Daily Mail stories? Aren't there more deserving stories?

    It appears to be mostly from the Bournemouth Echo, which is a pretty ropy rag too but not a patch on the Mail Wink

    I'm in two minds about all this. On the one hand, the likes of Graham Ferris are clearly a bunch of reactionary NIMBY bumholes who'll use any excuse to have a go at people enjoying themselves. On the other hand, I'm starting to think that actually there are too many big sportives in the New Forest. This one was the fourth from the same organiser this year (although one of them was only partially in the NF), with a couple of them running over two days. It worries me slightly that these large-scale commercial events make things harder for long-standing, not-for-profit rides (like next weekend's Gridiron, which has been running for over 20 years).

    I'm also finding the "here's the rider times in alphabetical order only because it's not a race" increasingly disingenuous -- took me all of 10 seconds to paste the PDF into a spreadsheet and order it by time...

    Very much on the fence on this one, TBH.

  • Joaquim Rodriguez doubles up to win il Lombardia for second year running1 year 10 weeks agodreamlx10 wrote:La Lombardia

    dreamlx10 wrote:
    La Lombardia ?

    La Lombardia for the region; il Lombardia for the race [former name il Giro di Lombardia explains].

  • Schwalbe Ultremo ZX tubeless tyres1 year 10 weeks agoI just got the ZX Tubeless on

    I just got the ZX Tubeless on my Ksyrium Elite S wheelset.

    It's very tight fitting. I couldn't install it without using lever. Luckily the installation was flawless.

    Riding F85/R95psi, feel noticeably more compliant than traditional tyre/tube setup (granted, it was 100/110psi).

    Not sure if it really rolls faster...

  • Greater Anglia trains plans bike ban1 year 10 weeks ago....And thats another

    ....And thats another thing.... Mr Branson and his £30,000 profit per employee per year:
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  • New Forest pony maintenance cancelled due to cycle sportive1 year 10 weeks agonod wrote:I felt a huge

    nod wrote:
    I felt a huge amount of negativity as I read the headline and clicked. I thought to myself "not more conflict between cyclists and the public who seem to hate and want to kill us with their cars".

    When I read the article, all I saw was a scheduling conflict, and then I spotted the words 'Daily Mail' and all became clear. Pointless scaremongering.

    Why are you recycling Daily Mail stories? Aren't there more deserving stories?

    the reference to the daily mail is to another, earlier story that's relevant as background to this weekend's shenanigans

  • New Forest pony maintenance cancelled due to cycle sportive1 year 10 weeks agoHey Forester....interestingly

    Hey Forester....interestingly UK Cycle Events are based in the New Forest...and are, the few I have met, local cyclists.

  • New Forest pony maintenance cancelled due to cycle sportive1 year 10 weeks ago^^ That's the end of the

    ^^

    That's the end of the thread right there.

  • Sister of 21-year-old cyclist killed in London calls for cyclists to have training they are allowed onto the roads1 year 10 weeks agoandrew streit1 wrote: A

    andrew streit1 wrote:

    A programme on the BBC a year or so back on cycling/road use showed the CCTV from this girl being killed by one of these massive tipper jobs/concrete mixers. She was cycling straight down the road and the lorry turned left across her into a side street. In my opinion both were at fault. I would have been giving him so much more room ahead of me. It was also a narrow street/ one way street as well so she should have taken up a position behind him at the very least, not in the worst possible blind spot..

    The mother campaigned for more mirrors and cameras when she took shares in the company. The company has had no deaths caused by their drivers since.
    It works both ways.

    You're referring to Cynthia Barlow who founded Road Peace, the cyclist was her daughter Alex and the company you refer to was called Cemex.

    Sadly, one of their drivers killed an off-duty chef in Mitcham lane in 2008, the news reports at the time suggested the driver turned across the path of the cyclist. http://www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/news/2197080.update_cyclist_dies_afte...

    As for "taking the lane" this is fine, assuming that the driver behind you respects your right to do so, or can see you. In 2009, despite all of the safety features fitted to the cab, Eilidh Cairns was run down from behind by Joao Lopes, who wasn't wearing his glasses at the time. He received a fine and some points on his license, then in 2012 went on to kill a pedestrian with his lorry. He's now been jailed.

    The law does not protect us and I for one am tired of traffic schemes which use me as part of the design to slow down cars. I don't want that for me and I don;t want that for my children. I don't want segregated facilities, I want respect from drivers reinforced by driver training and education and I want the law to back that up with some force. Drivers use the roads under license - this should be a privilege that is easily revoked, not a god-given right.

  • Greater Anglia trains plans bike ban1 year 10 weeks agoIn that part of the Great

    In that part of the Great Railway farce run for the benefit of East Midlands Trains senior management and shareholders we get to enjoy the little joke of space for about two bikes, half the train packed beyond the point that would make a sardine protest - and half the train empty, the seats apparently being filled by phantom first class passengers.

    As to FirstCrapitalDisconect!!!.....(starts to foam at the mouth and is lead away for a quite lie down)