- Reading Cycle Campaign slams ‘door zone’ cycle lanes1 year 6 weeks agoHow many careless motorists
How many careless motorists have actually been charged with 'dooring' cyclists in the past 5 years?
- Kinesis designer Dom Mason to launch new bike brand: Mason Progressive Cycles1 year 6 weeks agoDom was very helpful when we
Dom was very helpful when we had some compatability issues fitting the front disc brake to a tripster custom build for a customer
Good luck with the new venture!
- 20 of the hottest disc road bikes1 year 6 weeks agoEquilibrium disc Ltd or
Equilibrium disc Ltd or Sabbath for me. Not forgetting the Tripster ATR!
- Kinesis designer Dom Mason to launch new bike brand: Mason Progressive Cycles1 year 6 weeks agoI must have gotten lost
I must have gotten lost somewhere along the way, I always thought Dom was Kinesis and he ran the whole show.
Good luck to him in his new venture, if others think like me, I see no problem in him having success.
- Quiz: which cycling brand are you?1 year 6 weeks agoCraft for me. Forgive my
Craft for me. Forgive my ignorance, never heard of the brand
In reality I have lots of Specialized's top end clothing because I worked in a concept store, good crazy cheap staff deals and its nice kit
Since moving to a new job, I'm building up a nice selection of Santini SMS but for better weather, with the Spesh kit for murky weather
- Reading Cycle Campaign slams ‘door zone’ cycle lanes1 year 6 weeks agoQuote:The council needs toQuote:
The council needs to balance the needs of all road users and the only way to safely achieve this is by asking all road users to be aware of each other’s movements.
This isn't an answer to criticism of the cycle lane. They should answer the point about the cycle lane, and if on reflection they agree that it is crap, they should change it.
But to resort to vague, warm statements about all of us looking out for each other…not good enough.
- Reading Cycle Campaign slams ‘door zone’ cycle lanes1 year 6 weeks agogazza_d wrote:"It's purelygazza_d wrote:
"It's purely advisory"
But as it's there all that will happen is people being harangued for not using it.
“We would also always ask drivers opening car doors to check for cyclists in their wing mirrors, as required by the Highway Code,” - Brilliant that's worked great so far hasn't it.
How stupid or naive are planners? Do they occupy the same universe as normal folk?
Interesting that on the segregated roundabout thread there are those saying that its outrageous for anyone to suggest that road planners aren't the sharpest tools in the box.
Is it possible that idiotic outcomes like this are entirely down to the politicians? Are the planners only following orders? Or is their own cluelessness about cycling a factor? (This is a real question rather than a rhetorical one - I would like to know where the blame really lies).
The point about 'asking drivers to look' is really outrageous - its not the council planners' lives that will depend on drivers actually doing that is it? And the track record of drivers doing that, and of the courts expecting drivers to do it, is not good.
Will be interesting if someone gets doored in one of these lanes, to see what a court says.
- Reading Cycle Campaign slams ‘door zone’ cycle lanes1 year 6 weeks agoYeah gotta say it's not
Yeah gotta say it's not relaxing cycling in the middle of a lane to avoid doors when on some faster 30mph roads
- Reading Cycle Campaign slams ‘door zone’ cycle lanes1 year 6 weeks agoThe council needs to balance
The council needs to balance the needs of motorists to drive an unnecessarily large vehicle, to park it as close as possible to their destination so they don't have to walk more than 100 yards, and go unnecessarily fast, against the needs of cyclists to stay alive.
That's the problem on the talk of 'balancing needs of different groups' in general - one lot's 'needs' are actually more 'wants' but they get balanced against the far more basic needs of the other groups,
- Reading Cycle Campaign slams ‘door zone’ cycle lanes1 year 6 weeks ago"Reading Borough Council
"Reading Borough Council [...] said the cycle lane was purely advisory"
The council is merely ADVISING cyclists to ride close enough to cars to get doored. They won't COMPEL you to get your body or limbs cut open by a door edge, they just ADVISE you to.
- Tour de France massively improved air quality in Huddersfield1 year 6 weeks agosevers1966 wrote:[...]As asevers1966 wrote:
[...]As a resident of the area, I have written to the councillor to ask for his response to my wondering about this inaction.
No answer this week. I now expect no answer at all. I also expect the councillor most directly responsible to do nothing whatsoever, but that was my starting assumption, so they have not disappointed any locals more than we already knew.
- CrankPump on KickStarter1 year 6 weeks agoMore importantly - what is
More importantly - what is that bike in the photo??
- Cool reception for "hugely complicated" London segregated roundabout plan1 year 6 weeks agoWhat's wrong with the Magic
What's wrong with the Magic roundabout design, so loved in Swindon 51.562993, -1.771178?
- Watteam to offer £300 PowerBeat powermeter + video1 year 6 weeks agopwake: Interesting. I've been
pwake: Interesting. I've been trying to figure out how this thing could possibly work, or read from others on the same. Yours is the most plausible I've read so far.
Thing is, on F = ma. For this formulae to be meaningful in the context of the power the rider is producing, the m and a have to refer to the bicycle. If you measure just a mass and its acceleration confined in that rotational system around the crank, surely the force and hence the resultant power that you're measuring is /only/ the power being dissipated in that rotational system? Which doesn't seem that interesting?
E.g., if I'm spinning my cranks smoothly and easily at, say 95 rpm on the flat, how could this powermeter possibly distinguish this from spinning smoothly but with more force at 95 rpm up a hill in a lower gear?
I just get the feeling there must be some huge assumptions being made this power meter. ??
- Reading Cycle Campaign slams ‘door zone’ cycle lanes1 year 6 weeks agoOscar Mortali wrote:
TheOscar Mortali wrote:
The council needs to balance the needs of all road users
"We won't do anything that might upset non-cyclists, so bugger off already."
- Petition against surface dressing gets 10,000+ signatures1 year 6 weeks agoBinky wrote:Is someoneBinky wrote:
Is someone getting a bung so councils use this method instead of doing a proper job!
This is a more expensive method, for a bad job that can not handle the weather in England.
A bung? You'll be reporting this to the police, of course. Or are you just spouting rubbish from the Mail's big book of council-bashing lies?
The truth of the matter is that this is a cost-effective method of road maintenance. Council highway budgets have been underfunded for years and frankly the petition is little more than a tantrum thrown by a toddler who wants more sweets.
- Petition against surface dressing gets 10,000+ signatures1 year 6 weeks agoOne local road (bypass nr
One local road (bypass nr Shepperton) was surface dressed some years ago over the whole - relatively wide - width. Unfortunately the outer edges on each side are cycle lanes, and reinstating the white lining for them only a week or so later meant there'd been very little consolidation - would probably have needed 6 months or more to get enough cars straying towards the edge to do the job properly.
Plus they still didn't redo the 30 yards from the end of that (40mph) into the neighbouring 30 limit, where the old surface dressing has been coming off for years.
- Pinnacle launch updated Arkose and Dolomite for 20151 year 6 weeks agotom_w wrote:Arkose 4 soundstom_w wrote:
Arkose 4 sounds interesting, any idea on overall weight? Also, any pics?
We don't have photos of those bikes yet, otherwise we would have put them in the story. Likewise with the weight, Pinnacle didn't send us that info. We'll try and get both asap though
- Petition against surface dressing gets 10,000+ signatures1 year 6 weeks agoSigned
Flying chippings are
Flying chippings are very dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians.
- Lidl cycling gear!1 year 6 weeks agoI have an Aldi track pump
I have an Aldi track pump which has given excellent service for the past 2 years.
- Petition against surface dressing gets 10,000+ signatures1 year 6 weeks agoThe Kirkstall Road in Leeds
The Kirkstall Road in Leeds has just been done..
except they missed out the bits of cycle lane that had different coloured tarmac and the bus lane (that doubles as a cycle lane). But they have filled up with loose gravel
The pot holes were not filled and the road hasn't been swept properly after two weeks, so there are still piles of gravel (which are just about invisible).
- Buying Vintage1 year 6 weeks agoMy early '70s Italian racer
My early '70s Italian racer has non indexed gears, so I spend a lot of time fumbling around the down tube trying to finesse levers into the right position.
It's lovely to ride though and feels much faster than my modern bikes.
- Reading Cycle Campaign slams ‘door zone’ cycle lanes1 year 6 weeks agoThe cycle lane pictured lane
The cycle lane pictured lane in the reading chronicle is about as wide as a bikes handlebars and the lane isn't mandatory.
It's not a cycle lane, it's a get out of our way cyclists you're holding us up lane.
- Petition against surface dressing gets 10,000+ signatures1 year 6 weeks agoWell as part of the "Tour de
Well as part of the "Tour de France" legacy Kirklees council decided that all the freshly laid tarmac for the tour needed this redressing treatment. After complaining directly to the council I received this response.
"The roads were fetched up to scratch in preparation for the tour de France. The road has been surface dressed to maintain the road at this standard. This will seal the repaired road surface and prevent the ingress of water, the main course of potholes and surface defects, one of the biggest problems for cyclist. Nearly all Huddersfield roads are maintained by surface dressing. This road has been dressed at the most opportune and cost effect time. Surface dressing requires the chippings to be bedded by the road traffic and the loose chippings during this process do result in skid risk. The road was dressed on the 17th July swept 18th, 20th and the 25th The latest sweep which included the footways was 4th August and will be swept as and when necessary. I understand and am aware of your concerns but the end result will be worth it."
After reading what other highways agency engineers have had to say about this practise I feel that Kirklees council have wasted a lot of money treating road surfaces which didn't need treating and should have used it to bring other, much more needing, roads up to scratch.
- Kinesis designer Dom Mason to launch new bike brand: Mason Progressive Cycles1 year 6 weeks agoI hate the name already. I'm
I hate the name already. I'm sure the bikes will be sweet though.