• Aldi Performance Cycle clothing sale this Thursday1 year 10 weeks agoRoberj4 wrote:Last months

    Roberj4 wrote:
    Last months Aldi 'Winter Jacket' £15.99 is doing very well for my commute to work. My previous jacket is a £130 Endura Stealth which was getting a fair hammering every day but now saved for the weekends.

    I guess the winter jacket's what I tried on a few nights ago - quite tempted 'cept I've loads of other gear. Wonder if it's still there...

    Re sizing - tends to be large. Their smallest arm/leg warmers are *just* small enough for me, likewise the jacket I tried was a small, and it was a good fit (arguably the lower sleeves could have been closer, but had an adjustable fastening.) I'm about 5'9-10, 39" chest, so lower half is Casteli medium, upper half Castelli large, or medium in gore bikewear, both top and bottom. HTH.

    Oh, and they're doing a decent little (cree) led torch for 12quid, if they've still got stock..

    Socks are a mixed bag - some types have worn well, other less so.

  • Sustrans calls for action after 11 cyclist deaths in UK this month1 year 10 weeks agoMatt eaton wrote:mrmo

    Matt eaton wrote:
    mrmo wrote:
    Tony wrote:
    The problem with Sustrans' suggestion is that all the accidents in London this week have happened at junctions whereas segregation is only practical between junctions. If they can come up with a way to practically segregate junctions then I might listen but otherwise its a non-solution to the real problem that seems more concerned with promoting themselves than cyclist safety.

    http://cyclingchristchurch.co.nz/general-a2b-by-bike/major-cycleways-wer...

    came across this the other day, i have no idea about how it is going, my only experience of cycling in NZ is watching the posers going back and forth on Tamaki drive, Auckland on their Cervelo's.

    Just the idea of putting metal posts in places to try and stop cars cutting corners, I am not sure how well they work, but it struck me as an attempt to enforce separation and would be easier than constructing raised kerbs.

    How does one turn right (or even go straight on) on this sort of junction, particuaraly if you reach it when the lights are green? I'm open minded but this looks mental to me.

    Bunnyhop!

  • Opinions on Raleigh1 year 10 weeks agoA club member has the SP Race

    A club member has the SP Race with Ultegra and loves it. He upgraded the wheels to Mavic Cosmic Carbones and it absolutely flies. My only objection is that the one he bought has a very cool retro colour scheme (remember the old Raleigh stripes?), but the more recent ones could be any brand you like from an aesthetics point of view.

    They are owned by a foreign (Dutch?) parent company now. If you value British, there are PLENTY of other brands you could choose. Most manufacture in the Far East, but they are throroughly British brands... oh, and some of the paint jobs are outstanding.

    Genesis
    Kinesis
    Condor
    Pearson
    etc etc

  • “We want to put women's cycling in the position it deserves”1 year 10 weeks agoWhere's Joeinpoole

    Where's Joeinpoole gone?
    Joe....Joe...JOE!!

  • Boris Johnson says he'd back ban on cyclists wearing earphones1 year 10 weeks agoSimmo72 wrote:Boris is a

    Simmo72 wrote:
    Boris is a tw*t, a lovable tw*at, but none the less, a tw*t.

    using headphones whilst cycling can't be sensible.

    Nope.

  • Massive London police traffic enforcement operation next week1 year 10 weeks agozzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  • Aldi Performance Cycle clothing sale this Thursday1 year 10 weeks agoAldi/Lidl base layers are

    Aldi/Lidl base layers are always good. Outerwear is hit-or-miss though.

  • Boris Johnson says he'd back ban on cyclists wearing earphones1 year 10 weeks agoLike many on here I don't

    Like many on here I don't wear ear/headphones, because they are distracting and affect my ability to hear traffic. As adamthekiwi said, you build a mental picture from the available sound. I have been so distracted by music as to hit a kerb before. I was aware that there was a car behind and that it was too close. But, couldn't gauge it's position and closing speed without frequent glances over my shoulder. As a result, I don't wear them any more.

    I don't think a ban would be the right approach; mainly because it would be unenforceable (or at least unenforced).

    The argument that "car drivers have music so why can't I" is a bit of a fatuous one. It's all about personal safety. You have a duty of care for the safety of you and everyone around you. The same goes for the car driver. But, it is separate argument. Some of the reasoning is the same and it might be a very good idea, but stopping a car driver from listening to music doesn't increase your duty of care.

    On the subject of HiViz, it is personal choice, of course, whether you want to increase your chances of being seen or not. I prefer to increase them. At night a HiViz item without reflective material will not increase your visibility. But, it will do during the day. There is a reason that construction workers are required to wear them on most work sites.

    Just a bit of an aside on visibility and how you are seen by drivers, you might be interested in this:
    http://www.londoncyclist.co.uk/raf-pilot-teach-cyclists/

  • Massive London police traffic enforcement operation next week1 year 10 weeks agoLondon's streets are so

    London's streets are so unsafe that they need policemen on ever one!!! What happens the rest of the time.

    Come on, build some infrastructure Boris!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Manchester Council employees failing to hit targets for cycle to work scheme uptake1 year 10 weeks agoWhat a silly article and full

    Waiting

    What a silly article and full of inaccuracies. If the writer knows anything about the subject matter she really should apply it. A few points:

    1. Manchester council staff numbers is massively below 25000 and has been for a long time. Therefore the uptake is a lot better.
    2. However, even if 99% of staff cycled to work there might still be a "low" take-up of the cycle to work scheme because everyone has got a bike already! Travel-to-work modal split would have been more meaningful.
    3. Numbers are well in excess of 1000 for the bike scheme and average over 200 a year. That isn't too shabby and ranks in the top bracket of any bike to work scheme provider contracts.

    Finally cycling by Manchester council staff is rising year on year. Something to be positive about.

  • Police operation to educate and advise cyclists and drivers raises questions about police education and advice1 year 10 weeks agoYou would think, given the

    You would think, given the revenue generation opportunities, that the police would spend more time stopping trucks.

    A concerted push on that and the industry would have to sort itself out... of course, that would upset the Chief Inspector and make him unpopular at his funny-handshake meetings.

  • Massive London police traffic enforcement operation next week1 year 10 weeks agoGoldfever4 wrote:Quote:Mr

    Goldfever4 wrote:
    Quote:
    Mr Jones said half of all cyclists killed on London’s roads since January 2010 have been going down the inside of lorries. “They may well have the right to be there but the fact is it is a dangerous manoeuvre.”

    Simple. 50% of cyclist deaths are completely avoidable by cyclists not being thick as mud.

    The other 50% is down to all sorts of factors, and this doesn't necessarily carry across to injuries, but it's a good point well made.

    Source?

    If you're telling 50 or so people a year they deserve their deaths, personally I'd feel pretty ashamed at myself if I hadn't researched that sufficiently well to be sure first.

    (edited since I didn't realise there's no swear filter here)

  • Boris Johnson says he'd back ban on cyclists wearing earphones1 year 10 weeks agoBoris is a tw*t, a lovable

    Boris is a tw*t, a lovable tw*at, but none the less, a tw*t.

    using headphones whilst cycling can't be sensible, I guess it depends to a degree the level of music and type of earphone. I admit I used to do it in my youth and never had an issue but its not something I do now.

    How on earth do you enforce it? I never see mobile phone car users getting pulled over.

    Does music have to be on or does the earphone just have to be in your ear, big difference and how do you prove it?

    Why not ban in cars smoking, fiddling with sat nav/stereo/listening to the foo fighthers.......all distract you and would probably reduce incidents.

  • Sustrans calls for action after 11 cyclist deaths in UK this month1 year 10 weeks agomrmo wrote:Quote:Creation and

    mrmo wrote:
    Quote:
    Creation and use of ‘quietways’- low traffic side streets as designated main cycle routes, as opposed to use of busy main roads

    This is the point i have real issue with. It sounds lovely, BUT.

    side streets where kids are playing, drivers are failing to de-ice windscreens, where there are most junctions, etc.

    And all to often ridiculusly circuitous routing.

    If i ride a bike i will take the most direct sensible route. if the choice is 9miles main road, or 10miles on sideroads i will consider the side roads, but if the alternative is 15-16miles then i am going to think WTF. If the main road route is 30mins and the side roads are 40mins what is 10mins, but if it is 60mins then again WTF!

    There has to be a balance, but bikes are traffic and have every right to use the roads, if an alternative is going to exist then it has to be realistic, it has to be clean, gritted when appropriate, well lit if urban, and to have a reasonable surface without too many potholes! there has to be a minimum of car/bike junction type interactions.

    riding quiet backstreet roads is only an option for the casual weekend rider, out to see some sights and meander about.
    anyone wanting to actually transport themselves from home to work cant be expected to use quiet side roads.
    for a start many of them are one way.
    then theres the problem of poor surfacing, pot holes etc.
    after that we come to the worst problem with this idea - the nature of side streets mean lots of t junctions and cross roads. the stop / start nature of the ride makes it so slow you may as well walk to work, on the pavement taking the most direct route along a main road as it will be faster!

  • Boris Johnson says he'd back ban on cyclists wearing earphones1 year 10 weeks agoJoeinpoole wrote: I know

    Joeinpoole wrote:

    I know Boris isn't making much sense on this issue (so far) but overall I can't think of anyone in recent history who has done more to promote cycling generally and especially cycling in London. He cycles himself (properly too, without the ministerial Jag behind him), introduced the 'Boris bike' scheme and is genuinely investing significant amounts in cycling infrastructure. Unfortunately we are having to come from 40 years behind that of other European countries and also overcome a largely hostile public attitude.

    Nope, it was all started before he sadly became "mayor", you should be thanking Ken Livingstone.

  • Return to cycling after hip resurfacing1 year 10 weeks agoThanks for the feedback. It's

    Thanks for the feedback.

    It's been tough getting my head round being told my right hip is shot and that's the reason for a year of groin pain.

    Arthoscopy is / was an option but I've been told I'm far along so 1 in 5 chance it'll make it worse.

  • Police confiscate £170,000 McLaren after driver hits cyclist1 year 10 weeks agotimothy wrote:can you get a

    timothy wrote:
    can you get a bike carrier on that? If so I'll have it.

    Problem is that the "rules" state that if you must put a bike on a car it must be worth more than the car !!

  • Aldi Performance Cycle clothing sale this Thursday1 year 10 weeks agoWilliam, have a look at

    William,
    have a look at Purnasports.com (uk seller), they have 2 thicknesses and all sizes of base layers....

  • Boris Johnson says he'd back ban on cyclists wearing earphones1 year 10 weeks agozanf wrote:So everyone who

    zanf wrote:
    So everyone who thinks wearing headphones whilst cycling is retarded/stupid/dangerous/etc/ad nauseum, must despair when you find out a cyclist is deaf?

    How can they possibly be aware of their surroundings if they cannot hear?

    Pointless discussion that Johnson has done his classic misdirection trick on you all, and like mugs, you fell for it.

    As for awareness whilst travelling, check out this study carried out by the Bicycle Network of Australia

  • Boris Johnson says he'd back ban on cyclists wearing earphones1 year 10 weeks agoHave a listen to the actual

    Have a listen to the actual discussion

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01kkx9j

    The discussion regards headphones is brought up by a caller, starting about 30 minutes into the show - Boris says they're a problem, but also mentions pedestrians wearing headphones as well.

    He argues against helmet compulsion, says that cyclists having a right to be on the road and to take road space, puts Vanessa Feltz to rights and the discussion is very pro cycling and he discusses many of the challenges.

    The response from some on here is typical knee-jerk based on what's been reported (twisting what was actually said and taking it all out of context) which simply doesn't stack up when you listen to what he actually said!

    I'm all for giving Boris stick when he comes out with his usual gaffes but on this one show, he was actually pretty reasonable.

    Like all those people complaining about that prank call by Russell Brand - about 90% of them hadn't even heard the radio show, just jumped on the "I'm outraged!" bandwagon!

  • Massive London police traffic enforcement operation next week1 year 10 weeks agoGoldfever4 wrote:Quote:Mr

    Goldfever4 wrote:
    Quote:
    Mr Jones said half of all cyclists killed on London’s roads since January 2010 have been going down the inside of lorries. “They may well have the right to be there but the fact is it is a dangerous manoeuvre.”

    .

    Going up the inside or on the inside? But yes being going anywhere near stationary hgvs is pretty stupid. Then again where are the feeder lanes for ASLs! nothing like joined up thinking!

  • Massive London police traffic enforcement operation next week1 year 10 weeks agoI'd have thought the

    I'd have thought the policeman in the picture would have stopped the cyclist for carrying an inappropriate load in his basket.

  • Police operation to educate and advise cyclists and drivers raises questions about police education and advice1 year 10 weeks ago[In reply to crazy-legs] Name

    [In reply to crazy-legs]
    Name & shame the bugger. No doubt, had he taken you out, it would've been your fault for 'going up the inside' of him.

    We all know that every single time we're out on the roads, some pillock in a car, van or bus will decide their time is more important than our life, or that we shouldn't be on the road, so drive as if we're not on the road.
    As the lady in the article put it so succinctly, they're the ones doing the killing.

  • Police to crack down on mobile-using drivers this week1 year 10 weeks agoI'd like to see employers

    I'd like to see employers taking a stricter stance on this. When somebody is caught using a phone whilst driving for work it should be treated as gross misconduct (bringing the company into disrepute) and treated as such.

  • Massive London police traffic enforcement operation next week1 year 10 weeks agoGoldfever4 wrote:Quote:Mr

    Goldfever4 wrote:
    Quote:
    Mr Jones said half of all cyclists killed on London’s roads since January 2010 have been going down the inside of lorries. “They may well have the right to be there but the fact is it is a dangerous manoeuvre.”

    Simple. 50% of cyclist deaths are completely avoidable by cyclists not being thick as mud.

    The other 50% is down to all sorts of factors, and this doesn't necessarily carry across to injuries, but it's a good point well made.

    Thick as mud, or just cycling along the cycle lanes and filter lanes to the ASL, where they are being directed to?

    One mistake should not mean a bloody and brutal death. I hope you never make a mistake on the road, and pay for it with your life.

    You can fck right off.