• Chris Boardman says planners must cater for the 60 per cent of people who want to cycle but are too scared1 year 9 weeks agoThe irony is, that there used

    The irony is, that there used to be a tunnel from Green Park onto the Island in the centre of Hyde Park Corner. For some reason they filled it in and you're left with the crossing, which is two stage, so you can't get to the centre of the roundabout in one go.
    In the mornings, the two sets of cyclists and two sets of pedestrians all have about 20 seconds to cross the road, all heading straight at each other and having to dodge to avoid collisions. It can be quite nerve wracking!

  • Missed Guy Martin's 110mph+ record attempt on TV last night? You can watch it on catch-up service 4oD1 year 9 weeks agoped wrote:glynr36 wrote:It

    ped wrote:
    glynr36 wrote:
    It was good, but also raised interesting debate with a few mates.
    What about if someone with a more than 'average' fitness (Thats what the sports lab said), and a high lactate threshold like Tony Martin say, had a go?

    We had the same discussion, reckoning that that Guy's 'high-speed experience' and above average (motor and push) bike handling skills must count for more than might be initially thought. This got us wondering if any British pro riders might have it in them, and which would be most suited. Surely one of the track come road riders?

    Ian Stannard perhaps? And Dani King for the women's record?

    Surely we can make this happen with an ePetition or using Kickstarter these days. Smile

    I recon plenty of pros could do it, BUT if it goes wrong you could find yourself out of work pretty quick. Think about Cav being banned from the track.

  • Carrera Foldable Helmet1 year 9 weeks agoajmarshal1 wrote:"The holy

    ajmarshal1 wrote:
    "The holy grail of the foldable helmet has not quite been reached yet"

    Pay attention Road.cc. Morpher are already at the door: http://www.morpherhelmet.com/

    Yes, we've already seen it. It's still a prototype looking for funding though. So the 'holy grail' hasn't quite been reached yet.

  • Six of 2014's hottest £500 to £900 road bikes1 year 9 weeks agojoules1975 wrote:Why do

    joules1975 wrote:
    Why do people focus on the kit when looking at the value of the bike. The frame is the heart of the bike and dictates the ride quality - if you only look at kit, the big boys appear more expensive, but that's because they give you much better frames. Just because two different frames are made out of same grade alu/carbon does not mean they are the same quality and ride the same.

    Because for a given model the frame on a £600 8-speed version is the same as the £1,000+ one with 105 groupset fitted.

    I'm not sure there is as big a discrepancy as you suggest anyway, and having the 'big boys' name on the frame does not necessarily mean a noticeably better bike. Also, people vary in what they define as 'better' and have wide-ranging needs and preferences.

    While the frame holds everything together it is, at this level, not a complicated element to get right. Wheels and tyres also make a significant difference to ride quality.

  • Towpath bike route could be pedestrian hazard, Leeds councillors warn1 year 9 weeks agoWhy spend money from a

    Why spend money from a cycling TRANSPORT budget on what looks like a leisure route? Where those for whom it is intended ie cyclists are then hamstrung by being made to slow down, usually draconian barriers impassable to those with disabilities Hardly encouraging cycling to work?

    Real cycling strategy would have a moratorium on development on former rail corridors for future development, and consultation and agreement on what routes commuter and regular cyclists want improved

    That has not been effectively done in West Yorkshire

  • B’Twin’s Urbanproof cycle clothing range1 year 9 weeks agoShouldbeinbed wrote:did the

    Shouldbeinbed wrote:
    did the article really need to play to the unfair and inaccurate stereotype of the angry gesticulating cyclist.

    Think you've come up with a stereotype from your own head there rather than something mentioned in the article.

  • Carrera Foldable Helmet1 year 9 weeks ago"The holy grail of the

    "The holy grail of the foldable helmet has not quite been reached yet"

    Pay attention Road.cc. Morpher are already at the door: http://www.morpherhelmet.com/

  • School of hard knocks1 year 9 weeks agoI feel a bit of wimp for even

    I feel a bit of wimp for even mentioning it now...someone in my club came off four times on the morning of my spill (to be fair though, he was probably pissed).

  • School of hard knocks1 year 9 weeks agoyeah, and me. although mine

    yeah, and me. although mine was more a comedy fall than a serious one. the bruise is in the same place though...

  • Chris Boardman says planners must cater for the 60 per cent of people who want to cycle but are too scared1 year 9 weeks agoMore power to Mr Boardman's

    More power to Mr Boardman's elbow please, everything he says makes sense

  • Missed Guy Martin's 110mph+ record attempt on TV last night? You can watch it on catch-up service 4oD1 year 9 weeks agoBrilliant bit of telly, well

    Brilliant bit of telly, well done.

    but a question was raised after watching it, should it be allowed as the screen used on the back of the truck was actually creating a vortex and pulling him along rather than giving him a piece of "dead" air in which to cycle.

  • School of hard knocks1 year 9 weeks agoand me .... luckily I'd

    and me .... luckily I'd decided on the dhb bib longs rather
    than the Assos !!!!!

  • School of hard knocks1 year 9 weeks agoSnap - I've got one of those!

    Snap - I've got one of those! But I bet you don't have a new shiny piece of metal (hope it was new - you never know with these NHS cutbacks) holding your collarbone together to go with it. Came off my bike a few weeks ago - just got back on the turbo this weekend, 2 months before I'll be back out - hopefully the ice should have gone by then!

  • Missed Guy Martin's 110mph+ record attempt on TV last night? You can watch it on catch-up service 4oD1 year 9 weeks agoglynr36 wrote:It was good,

    glynr36 wrote:
    It was good, but also raised interesting debate with a few mates.
    What about if someone with a more than 'average' fitness (Thats what the sports lab said), and a high lactate threshold like Tony Martin say, had a go?

    We had the same discussion, reckoning that that Guy's 'high-speed experience' and above average (motor and push) bike handling skills must count for more than might be initially thought. This got us wondering if any British pro riders might have it in them, and which would be most suited. Surely one of the track come road riders?

    Ian Stannard perhaps? And Dani King for the women's record?

    Surely we can make this happen with an ePetition or using Kickstarter these days. Smile

  • Towpath bike route could be pedestrian hazard, Leeds councillors warn1 year 9 weeks agoPerhaps we should all write

    Perhaps we should all write to the guilty party drawing attention to his ignorance and ask for him to correct matters for reason of public safety...the Emma Way affair using the 'road tax' myth as supposed justification for assault is example enough of why such beliefs should be sharply jumped on.

    Presented with facts and the reality of the daily tensions out there what good reason can he give for refusing to go on record by making a correction?

    This stuff needs to be challenged.

  • Chris Boardman says planners must cater for the 60 per cent of people who want to cycle but are too scared1 year 9 weeks agoSorry to hear that but your

    Sorry to hear that but your account is the sort of thing that would be unacceptable in any other area of our lives. I believe the fear is a major aspect for government to deal with and irrespective of Andrew Gilligans recent declaration of contentment on the roads the rest of us, with no political slant to bow to, know what it can be like out there.

    When the stats show you're safer serving in Afghanistan than going out on your bike you have to wonder just how many more lives need to be wasted before they'll take the issues seriously.

    The general public would all recognise the dangers of motorised traffic where their children are involved, again all about the fear of what might happen, but when it comes to everyday road use the blinkers go on.

    I have actually asked the Dept. For Transport how many lives need to be lost before they'll act in any productive way and unsurprisingly they stated they aim for zero losses and that any death is regrettable but they wouldn't give an actual number...then they'd have to intervene of course!

    I was firmly left with the impression that they're happy to leave things as they are, explaining any increase in casualties away with increased cycle numbers...as lazy as it gets.

    As for aiming for zero fatalities who are they kidding, it's like being morbidly obese and moving into a cake shop whilst trying to convince the world you want to get fitter.

  • Six of 2014's hottest £500 to £900 road bikes1 year 9 weeks agoWhy do people focus on the

    Why do people focus on the kit when looking at the value of the bike. The frame is the heart of the bike and dictates the ride quality - if you only look at kit, the big boys appear more expensive, but that's because they give you much better frames. Just because two different frames are made out of same grade alu/carbon does not mean they are the same quality and ride the same.

    A really interesting article would include a close look at the frames, including the material, build technology and ride characteristics, and not just the kit.

    For example, I've had a go on a couple of btwin bikes and the ride is less comfortable and a little dead compared to similarly speced Merida or giant bikes.

    It would also be interesting to include feedback on quality of service from respective stores/suppliers for each brand, as I'm guessing people buying at this level are more likely to need assistance to get the bike properly setup/fitted for them and more likely to need ongoing help.

  • Chris Boardman says planners must cater for the 60 per cent of people who want to cycle but are too scared1 year 9 weeks agoAs always, a voice of reason

    As always, a voice of reason amongst the madness.

  • Zefal Shield R30 road mudguard set1 year 9 weeks agoGood review, well considered

    Good review, well considered and well described.

    I've tried Crud 1s, which shattered after a month because of a twig. Crud 2, same thing happened after a few weeks. I wrote to Crud with a mild complaint, they said the 'guards did what they were supposed to do, i.e. break when an obstruction enters, as a safety measure. I suggested a 'pull out' system, like SKS use, or even just a flexible flap which would snap up when an obstruction enters, but of course they wouldn't want to go to the expense of redesigning and retooling etc., ending up with a more expensive product. Also they must make a lot of money in re-sales after breakages, which presumably they wouldn't want to give up. Everyone I know who's tried Crud 2s has broken them. They also wobble around quite a bit, and there's very little clearance under the brake.

    At the other end of the scale, I've had SKS chromoplastic guards which have lasted for 20 years and more with no trouble at all. The stays pull out if an obstruction enters, and the material is extremely tough, flexible but with just the right amount of stiffness. You do need the clearance for them though, and they are on the heavy side with the sturdy steel stays.

    I find the short 'guards which attach with rubber ladder straps to the stays, not to mudguard eyes, are fine for racing bikes without much clearance (I've got some, I forget the name). They keep you dry enough, they're not much trouble to mount. they are just not that good for keeping the person behind you dry. If you tend to go out alone, they are good enough.

  • Chris Boardman says planners must cater for the 60 per cent of people who want to cycle but are too scared1 year 9 weeks agokraut wrote:Or at least Mayor

    kraut wrote:
    Or at least Mayor of London! Wink

    Well, he could start with London, but the rest of us need him too.

    Despite only riding 4 miles to work I have at least 2 -3 episode of being put at risk by drivers every day, on a good day. This is without counting the fact that most drivers routinely pass too close. A "good pass" is comment worthy.

    On a bad day I've been known to arrive at work in tears due to the appaling behaviour of drivers on our roads.

    I can wholeheartedly go with what Chris Boardman says. Most of my friends (mostly women in the 30 - 45 age bracket) want to ride but are too afraid. Most of them tell me they think I'm very brave, but I suspect they really think I'm stupid, especially when I have my 10 year old son with me!

  • School of hard knocks1 year 9 weeks agonice rendition, you left out

    nice rendition, you left out the bit about you groaning like you were in ecstasy. you bruise well my friend, like a ripe peach Applause

  • Towpath bike route could be pedestrian hazard, Leeds councillors warn1 year 9 weeks agoThis story is a veritable

    This story is a veritable full house on the cycle-haters bingo card!

    “irresponsible cyclists causing havoc and threatening pedestrian safety” - what about irresponsible pedestrians and dog walkers that wander all over the place with huge long leads (that's when the dog is on a lead).

    “We must remember road users pay a lot in petrol and road tax. And there are more road users than cyclists.”

    Are cyclists not road users? This is a path for pedestrians and cyclists. Do pedestrians pay "road tax" or fuel duty? Man is obviously a moron with complete tunnel vision who is unable to see past his Rover steering wheel

  • Missed Guy Martin's 110mph+ record attempt on TV last night? You can watch it on catch-up service 4oD1 year 9 weeks agoCouldn't get passed all the

    Couldn't get passed all the adverts.

  • Edinburgh cyclist fines almost double since 20101 year 9 weeks agoMr Thingy of Cars-Is-King

    Mr Thingy of Cars-Is-King says bikers should do xyz to be taken seriously and get respect as little cars.

    There's so little similarity between the risks created by cycling and driving (whether well or badly) that it's irrational for road.cc to report drivers' organisations' irrelevant reactions to cycling fines.

    What did roadsweepers think? What about joggers or dog walkers? Please stop making this big thing of drivers. Half the readers here are drivers.

  • Towpath bike route could be pedestrian hazard, Leeds councillors warn1 year 9 weeks agoGiven that to use the

    Given that to use the Leeds-Liverpool Canal route you need to go North Northeast from Bradford to Shipley, and negotiate a hill or two en route, before turning East to get to Leeds via Esholt and (almost) Yeadon its a pretty dumb solution for delivering a cycling route between Bradford & Leeds, unless you want to go for a nice leisurely day out.

    Ah folks, reading the piece properly and looking at the map the Canal is actually not the main cycle route anyway, but instead the route pretty directly follows the main Leeds road

    It certainly does need a detail to get over the Leeds ring road at New Pudsey to pick up on the old Leeds Road, or connect with the railway land now vacated where the 4 or more tracks are now reduced to just 2. In fact using some of that wayleave can deliver a cycle route at the top of the embankment where the old railway bridged the current (Midland Railway) lines from Skipton and carried on over the viaduct to Wellington Street Station. The viaduct remains and could form a small city park with the cycle route to reach the River Aire and low traffic roads in the developments to the West of Leeds City Station.

    At the Bradford end one option to avoid losing height to cross through the centre might be to pick up on the old railway line to Bowling which can still be traced through to Manchester Road - in Bradford contour cycling around the bowl formed by the surrounding hills is the generally accepted way to make most utility journeys by bike. It is often faster and a lot less effort to ride around rather than go down and back up.

    I guess that cycling in Bristol and Bath is not unlike that in Bradford - stick to your contour.