• Is this BBC report fair. Opinions wanted before I complain.1 year 10 weeks agoEquating the way cyclists are

    Equating the way cyclists are treated in the media to racism is really poor taste.

  • Met Police boss: Trucks in the capital are ‘killing machines’1 year 10 weeks agoJoeinpoole wrote:Ok, I'll

    Joeinpoole wrote:
    Ok, I'll consider it. Hmm ... done. Now lets do it and start saving lives.

    So you want to mix it with HGV drivers, all doing increasingly awkward shifts, with the associated increases in poor sleep, heart disease, cancer, abnormal metabolic responses and and an increased risk of accidents whilst out on the road? Don't believe me? Just do a little research before you arbitrarily dismiss the affect on the health of the HGV driver behind you on the road. It will make you very nervous.

    Joeinpoole wrote:
    HGV's operate at restricted times in no less than 14 European countries including Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Greece, Spain and Switzerland. Note that the restrictions mostly apply to the entire road network and are not just limited to specific cities.
    That's a little unfair, since we have seven day trading and more of a trend for "just in time" stock replenishment.

    Joeinpoole wrote:
    An HGV is generally defined as a vehicle over 7.5 tonnes. Deliveries can still be made with vehicles up to that limit.
    You could replace one artic with twenty vans but would you be happy with seeing that many vans on London's streets, being driven in most cases by drivers with just a car licence? Would you be happy with the congestion, the pollution, the cost of depots needed to "decant" the goods on the outskirts of the city, and the cost of everything you buy being raised to pay for the additional logistics? How many people do you know who would be happy with a substantial rise in the cost of living?

    Joeinpoole wrote:
    The same number of bananas will still be eaten and the same number of coffees will still be drunk in London whoever is supplying them and however they are delivered.
    That depends on how much of the additional costs are added to those bananas and coffees.

    It's a strange situation to have a foot in both camps, as a cyclist and an HGV driver, but my hunch is that, with the need to provide goods for an ever expanding population, it's unlikely that you will have a phallanx of lorries parked up, just so you can have a slightly easier ride during the rush hour. We need to campaign for more realistic changes, such as a 20mph speed limit, segregated cycle routes, and "quiet routes".

  • Genesis Croix de Fer 20141 year 10 weeks agoCyclist

    Cyclist wrote:
    @Bendertherobot... I can't make out who built your wheels?

    Thanks

    They say Archetype! Cool

    H Plus Sons on Novatech Hubs. Almost a year old now, thousands of miles, £325 and bombproof.

    Built by UGO on Bike Radar.

    Apex was £375 but sold the brakes for £40 as didn't need them.

    Frame was existing but reckon you can do that for £400 or so.

  • Is this BBC report fair. Opinions wanted before I complain.1 year 10 weeks agoGo for it, it really is in

    Go for it, it really is in poor taste such victim blaming whilst 5 cyclists have just died.

    We are so used to prejudice against cyclists that it even becomes hard to see it. Prejudice against other races or the other sex is rightly shunned, other prejudices aren't - why not?

    // Excise in role change:

    [after a white person runs over a black person]

    [BBC] London white drivers on black people: "They're unbelievable"

    14 November 2013 Last updated at 09:27 GMT

    A black man has been killed in a crash with a white driver in east London making him the fifth black person to die on London's roads in nine days.

    BBC London 94.9 reporter Jason Rosam reports from the crash scene in Whitechapel Road and asks white people what it is like sharing the roads with black people.

    // Exercise over, how does that look?

  • Look at that poor bloke...1 year 10 weeks agoHero. Simple as that. An

    Hero. Simple as that. An ordinary man who defies extraordinary. Prefers sheds to wind tunnels and hills to gyms. Look up the definition of proper cyclist and this man will be looking back at you.

  • Wiggins told reputation no guarantee of Olympic place1 year 10 weeks agoIt will be hard for anyone to

    It will be hard for anyone to surpass 'the rowing fella' it may only be 5 golds from five separate events, but that's five Olympic training cycles over 20 years, forget about the event, it's more about the sheer tenacity drive want selfishness that is required to accomplish that that is truly astounding. Of course genetics play a huge role, but still awesome Big Grin

  • Genesis Croix de Fer 20141 year 10 weeks ago@Bendertherobot... I can't

    @Bendertherobot... I can't make out who built your wheels?

    Thanks

  • Is this BBC report fair. Opinions wanted before I complain.1 year 10 weeks agoJust a quick look elsewhere

    Just a quick look elsewhere on the BBC website, they tend to write 'boy hit by car" "79 year old man dies after being by car" "fatally injured by a van".

    I know you can always go looking for interpretation but the BBC do tend to word cycling deaths very negatively towards the victim Eg "cyclist died after colliding with lorry"

    I've not complained to the BBC in this instance as they are really quite shoddy dealing with feedback in my experience.

  • Met Police boss: Trucks in the capital are ‘killing machines’1 year 10 weeks agoMr Hogan-Howe should remember

    Mr Hogan-Howe should remember to keep his opinions to himself as he will just get slagged off by so called know-it-all's.

    Jacknorell - Cant state this as fact on your occasion but if a film company want Police at the scene they pay the force for the use of the officers and the officers get paid overtime by the force - thats what happens in our force.

  • Met Police boss: Trucks in the capital are ‘killing machines’1 year 10 weeks agosm wrote: A total of 13 bike

    sm wrote:

    A total of 13 bike users have been killed on London's roads so far this year.

    Cyclists, non? Or has that become a politically sensitive word nowadays?

    Maybe they are inferring that some of the 'bike users' weren't competent enough to be described as 'cyclists'. More blaming the victim, eh?

  • Polaris Quantum Jacket1 year 10 weeks agoDon't want to moan, because

    Don't want to moan, because it looks like a good jacket (at least for daytime use) but "extensive reflective detail" ? Don't be daft - the reflective area is only a fraction of a standard high vis vest.

    It's hard to tell because suppliers have yet to grasp, at least when it comes to hi-vis, that we need to see both sides of the garment to be able to make a proper assessment.

    It's absolutely vital that cyclists understand the difference, and are not lulled into a false sense of security, by clinging to the notion that a little bit of reflective detail here and there is adequate.

    All cycling media need to shine a light on this issue by either providing, or insisting on suppliers providing, images of the actual garment "in the field" (my avatar gives some idea of what is required).

  • Is this BBC report fair. Opinions wanted before I complain.1 year 10 weeks agoIt's an attributed quote.

    It's an attributed quote. Don't like seeing headlines like that but I would also agree. Some (note use of word!) cyclists are unbelievable. Just like car drivers and pedestrians. The idiocy of a small percentage of the human race never ceases to amaze me. Unfortunately it also makes the headlines.

  • WADA adopts new code - drugs cheats face 4-year ban1 year 10 weeks agoMoving in the right

    Moving in the right direction. I like Kie7077's staged approach, only I would start with three to four years and then move to a lifetime ban.

  • Met Police boss: Trucks in the capital are ‘killing machines’1 year 10 weeks agoA total of 13 bike users have

    A total of 13 bike users have been killed on London's roads so far this year.

    Cyclists, non? Or has that become a politically sensitive word nowadays?

  • Wiggins told reputation no guarantee of Olympic place1 year 10 weeks agoI think you have to take

    I think you have to take everything Wiggins says with a very large dose of salt. I'd be surprised if he returns to the track as anything other than a spectator.

  • Met Police boss: Trucks in the capital are ‘killing machines’1 year 10 weeks agoMmmm. Coffee and bananas.

    Mmmm. Coffee and bananas.

  • Genesis Croix de Fer 20141 year 10 weeks agoSuper bike. But, why not

    Super bike.

    But, why not build it yourself?

    Frame and forks, then SRAM Apex and some nice handbuilts.

    Finishing kit should bring it bang on RRP of the normal bike but it will be so much better.

    Here's mine:

  • Look at that poor bloke...1 year 10 weeks agoI'd like an all weather

    I'd like an all weather machine with regenerative braking which could power the front wheel as well as use it as a dynohub.
    A totally enclosed drive system would be great alongside cranks which don't catch on the bottom of jeans on either side.

    A long time ago Graeme passed me in a 10m TT, and I've followed him since!

  • Met Police boss: Trucks in the capital are ‘killing machines’1 year 10 weeks agoNeil753 wrote:Banning trucks

    Neil753 wrote:
    Banning trucks sounds like a good idea, but it's a very complex issue that needs careful consideration.

    Ok, I'll consider it. Hmm ... done. Now lets do it and start saving lives.

    Banning trucks is not a 'complex issue' at all. It's actually an incredibly simple one. HGV's operate at restricted times in no less than 14 European countries including Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Greece, Spain and Switzerland. Note that the restrictions mostly apply to the entire road network and are not just limited to specific cities.

    An HGV is generally defined as a vehicle over 7.5 tonnes. Deliveries can still be made with vehicles up to that limit.

    Btw, you seem to be under the illusion that HGV restrictions mean they can only operate during non-working hours. Actually it's often the opposite. It's usually the weekends and public holidays that are most sacrosanct.

    Commercial businesses will quickly adapt to a change in the laws just as they did when the congestion charge was introduced. Yes, it is possible that some (weak) businesses may 'go to the wall' however their passing will simply provide new opportunities for others to exploit. The same number of bananas will still be eaten and the same number of coffees will still be drunk in London whoever is supplying them and however they are delivered.

  • Met Police boss: Trucks in the capital are ‘killing machines’1 year 10 weeks agoAs you are a lorry driver

    As you are a lorry driver Neil your probably better clued up than me regards deliveries in London. I know for me. Our first lorry delivers stock at 5 am. There's another two after that. All before 8 am. Sometimes we get one at 9 pm. On my way to work (4am) I will pass various lorries tipping stock at different retailers. So there is no issue with that one. I think the big issue is that the lorries involved in many of these tragedies are from the construction industry. My brother does logistics in this area and he can only shift materials during the day. And that's where there needs work done.

    As an aside. When you and your colleagues do the cycle awareness course. Do you get to ride round the streets or do you sit in a stuffy room like some of the training I have to go to?

  • Patients in intensive care ‘can cycle while unconscious’1 year 10 weeks ago@horizontal dropout Thanks.

    @horizontal dropout Thanks. Sorted… Shame about the 'love' but, maybe that was another study

  • Kinesis Crosslight CXDisc wheels1 year 10 weeks agoGood wheels for the money. In

    Good wheels for the money. In 8 months and 2500-3000 miles of road use and commuting I have never had to true the wheels. They spin nicely and are a vast improvement over the OEM Ritcheys
    However, during a cassette service I find there are extremely deep gouges in the aluminium freehub from the individual cogs, especially on the ones I use the most.
    Badly scored to warrant brute force to remove the ratios and then file the ridges flat in order to re-fit the new cassette.
    I doubt they will last a year and at this price they should use steel and not freehubs made from butter, especially as these are aimed at the cyclocross market.

    I have contacted Kinesis and hopefully will get a reply.

  • Met Police boss: Trucks in the capital are ‘killing machines’1 year 10 weeks agoJoeinpoole wrote:Good report

    Joeinpoole wrote:
    Good report on cycling in London on last night's Newsnight. The report starts at 15.53;

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03hn9r1/Newsnight_15_11_2013/

    Interestingly in Paris, where they have more cyclists than London, they recorded precisely zero cycle-related deaths in 2012. In Paris lorry movements are restricted to non-peak hours and of course lorries account for about half of the deaths of London cyclists. Imagine that. With one sweep of Boris's pen he could probably HALVE the deaths of cyclists ... and make London a better place to live and work at the same time.


    Better place to live and work for who?

    Most places that lorries deliver to are only open during "normal" hours, presumably because all those workers have homes to go to, with friends and families to spend time with. It's also well known that "shift work" can affect peoples' health, draining precious NHS resources and possibly leading to statistically earlier deaths, maybe more deaths than occur as a result of these awful accidents we've seen in the last few days.

    Certainly, if restrictions on driving were imposed, those restrictions would be bumping up against the current night time restrictions on many London lorry routes, and you'd almost guarantee that huge numbers of firms, already trying to compete in a global or national market place, would probably go to the wall.

    I'm just playing devil's advocate here, but it would not have escaped anyone's notice that a reduction in deaths could also be achieved if cyclists were banned a peak periods, rather than trucks, or at least banned from those routes where conflict exists. So let's not clamour too much for lorry restrictions, in case someone at the top suddenly realises that a restriction on cyclists could achieve the same effect.

    Banning trucks sounds like a good idea, but it's a very complex issue that needs careful consideration.

  • Met Police boss: Trucks in the capital are ‘killing machines’1 year 10 weeks agoNot sure what Mr Hogan-Howe

    Not sure what Mr Hogan-Howe is trying to say here. Yes all road users should follow the Highway Code, but there is a sense that he is victim blaming here. And he makes the obligatory reference to Red Light Jumping, even though I don't think there is any evidence that RLJ is a factor in the majority of cycling accidents.

    Also interesting to note that pedestrian deaths are far higher than cycling deaths, yet this never gets mentioned by the authorities.

    In 2011 77 pedestrians died, 16 cyclists, (and of the 16 cyclists 9 involved a lorry).

    http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/london-pedestrian-deaths-and-cycle...

    Also the statement "....it's very difficult for the traffic engineers to second-guess that"

    Is missing the point. If the infrastructure was well designed cyclists wouldn't be taking risks in vulnerable traffic environments.

    Maybe he should sit down and watch the Groningen video and rethink his ideas.....

    https://vimeo.com/76207227

  • TRP Hy/Rd mechanical interface hydraulic disc brakes1 year 10 weeks agoI'm running SRAm Red on my cx

    I'm running SRAm Red on my cx commuter and am awaiting more reviews for the brakes as it seems they are not very good with older versions. I like my brakes to have very little travel before working.
    A lot of money to pay out to find they don't work