• Kingston nets £5 million Olympic road racing cash boost1 year 12 weeks agosm wrote:From what I hear,

    sm wrote:
    From what I hear, sales in tacks and nails will be high for the RideLondon weekend as the NIMBYs come out in force. Oh dear. Worried

    If that happens it will be a national disgrace.

  • Driver who killed cyclist while adjusting her sat nav faces a jail sentence1 year 12 weeks agoSara_H wrote:ScotchPoth

    Sara_H wrote:
    ScotchPoth wrote:
    'CTC does not think that imposing custodial sentences on drivers who cause death is the ideal solution'

    Whose side are the CTC on? This statement beggars belief,you take someones life through dangerous driving but not receive a custodial sentence?
    A custodial sentence,coupled with compensation and a driving ban is the minimum the CTC should be calling for,it isnt either/or
    Lengthy custodial sentences are more of a deterrant than any driving ban,what planet are the fools on?
    The CTC are the acceptable media friendly middle class conservative face of the cycling 'community',why their opinion is called on in these cases to represent cyclists viewpoint and not other groups doesnt make sense
    I suspect alot of CTC members are also motorists,accounts for the duplicity and wishy washy compromise

    I can see where the CTC are coming from, but don't agree with their stance.

    Of course, this woman does not represent a threat to the public if she doesn't take to the wheel of a car. But custodial sentences are not just about protecting the public, they're about punishment. She committed a stupid and criminal act that resulted in the death of another person, of course that should result in a custodial sentence - otherwise what message are we sending to others.

    I agree, this driver took a human life! There should be some kind of punishment. Far too many accidents involving cyclists being killed or injured.

  • The Women's Tour: Guy Elliott of SweetSpot spills the beans on TV coverage, prize money, and venues for 2014's UK women's stage race1 year 12 weeks agoThis is really good news for

    This is really good news for cycle racing; and womens cycling does need a boost. I think the idea of a womens tour is just fantastic.

  • Hit and runs reported at London Critical Mass ride + VIDEO1 year 12 weeks agoWhether or not CM are right

    Whether or not CM are right wrong, good or bad should not be the issue here. These incidents add proof that;

    1. Patience is pathetically low. Ok, drivers are held up. I've been held stationary for two hours on a motorway. Did I force my through to the front, ramming any vechile out of the way. No I waited until traffic moved! When there's roadworks do you drive on the wrong side of the road to be at the front or to make progress?
    2. Cyclist are still seen as second class not human beings by those in the metal boxes. I love the look drivers faces when I tell them my bike is worth more than their car. Or when asked was 10 second of their time really worth my life?
    3. Vehicles are (seemingly) increasingly being used as 1 ton plus weapons and the police are too stretched do anything about it.

  • For Sale : Vulpine £250 gift voucher1 year 12 weeks ago30% off Vulpine, wow, a real

    30% off Vulpine, wow, a real bargain!!

  • World Naked Bike Ride proves to be all a bit too much for Clacton on Sea1 year 12 weeks agoRidiculous. No naughty bits

    Ridiculous. No naughty bits please, we're British... but less than five miles away there's a well known (though not 'official') nude beach.

    And as for having white saddles... think you need to discover Andrex.

  • Recommend me an inexpensive turbo trainer1 year 12 weeks agoYou won't find what you want

    You won't find what you want for £60.00. but if you keep a look out for a Cateye C1000 turbo trainer second hand, these are no longer made, you will have all you need with the addition of a cadence computer. The National Track Squad use these even now, indestructible.

  • Driver who killed cyclist while adjusting her sat nav faces a jail sentence1 year 12 weeks agoNo matter how you take a life

    No matter how you take a life prison should be involved along with a lifetime driving ban!

  • Hit and runs reported at London Critical Mass ride + VIDEO1 year 12 weeks agoThat's like saying thousands

    That's like saying thousands every year are killed or injured by violent crimes so going round giving Chinese burns to everyone you see for 30 minutes a week is hardly a disproportionate response.

  • Driver who killed cyclist while adjusting her sat nav faces a jail sentence1 year 12 weeks agoGerardR wrote:a lengthy ban

    GerardR wrote:
    a lengthy ban (except for driving for work purposes to ensure that they can earn an income and not be a further drain on society)

    I disagree 100% with this. We already have this in one form, namely the "extreme hardship" plea for totting-up bans (and it exists less explicitly in judges' sentencing of those they perceive "need" a car).

    Why should those who are deemed to "need" a car be held to a lesser standard than the rest of us? I don't really "need" to drive but I've nonetheless managed to get by without killing or injuring anyone. If someone really needs their car (and let's not forget about the existence of bicycles, public transport, comfortable shoes, taxis, chauffeurs and remote working - there's something for most people in there) then the threat of the loss of their licence and car should be incentive enough for them not to kill people. The same for professional drivers: they should, if anything, be held to a *higher* standard, not allowed to get away with things that the rest of us would not.

    I'd also be willing to bet that the direct financial cost to public funds of someone on the dole and looking for work is significantly less that that of someone in prison.

  • New to Road Bike - Typical 'Which One' Dilemma1 year 12 weeks agoWill do; have done; Trek it

    Will do; have done; Trek it is.

  • Hit and runs reported at London Critical Mass ride + VIDEO1 year 12 weeks ago2000 killed, 20,000 seriously

    2000 killed, 20,000 seriously injured every year, everyone's communities made little worse by roads dominated by vehicles.

    Disrupting the flow of traffic for a few minutes is hardly a disproportionate response.

  • The Women's Tour: Guy Elliott of SweetSpot spills the beans on TV coverage, prize money, and venues for 2014's UK women's stage race1 year 12 weeks agoWe don’t want to say which

    We don’t want to say which station but we believe that will be a game-changer

    I hope he means BBC - that would really be something. Instead of Women's Hour (does that still exist)?

  • Driver who killed cyclist while adjusting her sat nav faces a jail sentence1 year 12 weeks agoTo describe this tragic death

    To describe this tragic death as an 'accident' is as crass as it is insulting to the memory of the dead cyclist.

    Life ban enforced by tagging should be the minimum sentence for death by dangerous driving.

  • Current handlebar size 44. If I switch to 42 will it be a problem ?1 year 12 weeks agoI'm 186cm tall, quite broad

    I'm 186cm tall, quite broad shouldered; got 44cm bars on a size 58 winter bike and 42cm on a size 56 summer bike.
    Much prefer the 42cm but, as previous poster pointed out, we're only talking 1cm on each side...

  • Kingston nets £5 million Olympic road racing cash boost1 year 12 weeks agoHmm, so was the impact £5

    Hmm, so was the impact £5 million or £4 million? It'd also be great if you linked to the report assuming it's online somewhere.

    From what I hear, sales in tacks and nails will be high for the RideLondon weekend as the NIMBYs come out in force. Oh dear. Worried

  • Hit and runs reported at London Critical Mass ride + VIDEO1 year 12 weeks agopaulbrock, sorry mate should

    paulbrock, sorry mate should have made it a bit clearer. When in custody, if the offence is suitable and your record is suitable you can get a caution for certain offences.

    You can also be given a ticket in custody for offences rather than go to court or you can be reported for the offence and a summons is issued for you to attend court at a later date.

    Zanf - again apologies if i have misconstrued your comment of "If you dont like that then stop any claims you might make to being a supporter of human rights" i assumed meant human rights act unless of course there is a different human rights.

  • Driver who killed cyclist while adjusting her sat nav faces a jail sentence1 year 12 weeks agoThere's almost a choice of

    There's almost a choice of "D: all of the above" available here. A short custodial sentence, followed by a lengthy ban (except for driving for work purposes to ensure that they can earn an income and not be a further drain on society), along with a hefty financial penalty.

    Yes, it's very easy to understand the desire to "lock 'em up": the penalty I propose has a better chance, I think, of being effective.

    And yes, I have been know more than once to give that famous salute to a motorist, so I understand the "Holy s*, Batman, that lunatic nearly killed me!".

  • Driver who killed cyclist while adjusting her sat nav faces a jail sentence1 year 12 weeks agoIn a statement the

    In a statement the organisation said: "CTC does not think that imposing custodial sentences on drivers who cause death is the ideal solution, as in most cases they only present a danger to the public when behind the wheel of a car. Thus, imposing long-term or life-time driving bans is a more effective solution and deterrent to bad driving.

    No, the more effective deterrent is the prison sentence, you can't drive if you're in prison AND you're in prison.

    Clearly with the current state of driving, good deterrents are needed, £30 fines and short driving bans are not good deterrents, prison is. And if people don't behave then they should be punished, like WFT is going on in CTCs heads.

  • Hit and runs reported at London Critical Mass ride + VIDEO1 year 12 weeks agocaptain_slog wrote:Colin

    captain_slog wrote:
    Colin Peyresourde wrote:
    motorists don't react particularly well when people are dictating terms

    Whatever we do, we must make sure we don't annoy the motorists.

    You are quite the dickhead if you think for a second that we don't SHARE the roads with other road users, especially heavier and more powerful in their capabilities. Gandhi didn't make his point by antagonising the British by stopping them doing what they did, he did it by effective political demonstration. CM seem wide of the mark and they certainly don't represent myself and many other club riders who know the need to exist with other road users.

    You can still work the system to get what you want (and I certainly don't think you should tow the line if they are being objurate). But you have to consider the effects of your actions. A controlled protest will seemingly have the establishment support and not wind up the four wheel army.

  • Rubbee seek funding for bicycle electric drive1 year 12 weeks agoI know the TT bike thing is

    I know the TT bike thing is sarcasm, but the motor cuts out at top speed, so the aero seatpost doesnt make a diffence, might as well use your town bike, now wouldn't that be a funny sight.

  • Hit and runs reported at London Critical Mass ride + VIDEO1 year 12 weeks agoGizmo_ wrote:If anyone's

    Gizmo_ wrote:
    If anyone's interested, that's a BMW 3-series 'compact', E46 model.

    The other car that hit the friend I was talking to, and laid out his friend, was a silver Vauxhall Astra. Various people including myself got the reg but I wont publish it here as its in the hands of the police.

  • Driver who killed cyclist while adjusting her sat nav faces a jail sentence1 year 12 weeks ago"Unbelievable

    "Unbelievable sentence."

    What, the sentence that hasn't actually been delivered yet? Jesus, at least read, don't just pull an opinion out of your arse.

    "But lets not forget the family she has devastated by her irresponible actions, they might want her put away."

    This an entirely understandable viewpoint, but people differ. Look back to the Dowling case and you'll see that the family were deeply against having the driver put away. Then again I read of another case recently where one member of the family vowed to have what in her eyes was justice, which transpired to be getting the driver's prison term increased.

    To have sentencing significantly influenced by people's emotions would give you wild variations in punishment, and it's not a way to run a consistent and egalitarian sentencing system. These things really need to be discussed and determined in a sanguine and emotionally uninvolved manner.

  • getting chain oil out of clothes1 year 12 weeks agoMuc off chain cleaner. Works

    Muc off chain cleaner. Works on the carpet n all

  • Any positive stories about getting back on the bike after ankle surgery??1 year 12 weeks agoI'm in the same boat having

    I'm in the same boat having snapped my achilles 9 weeks ago, had surgery, still in plaster , calf muscles have disappeared , just wanna start riding again!! Doc said as soon as I'm out of plaster in 2 weeks I can start with zero resistance work on the Turbo. It's a start!!
    Good luck with your recovery..

    Slow n steady wins the race Yawn