• Price inflation1 year 13 weeks agoDave Atkinson wrote:it is

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    it is possible to like both real cycling *and* fantasy cycling, bikeboy. you're not required to choose one or the other...

    Really, I always just assumed that actual cycling was just there to make it clear who gets the fantasy points...

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins says he may not target Tour de France again1 year 13 weeks agoYou've either got the legs to

    You've either got the legs to do it or you don't, spare us this "I could do it again if I wanted to" talk please.

  • Allied Forces British/US team smashes Race Across America record: 2993.30 miles in 5 days 3 hours 45 minutes1 year 13 weeks agoWow!

    Wow!

  • £55 fine and three points for driver who left cyclist with broken leg, elbow & weeks in hospital1 year 13 weeks agoWhy the lack of consistency?

    Why the lack of consistency? The legal system has to address this one.

    The idiot who knocked me off last year was fined £240 and got eight points on his licence and I was "only" in hospital overnight.

    It has to be a lengthy ban for this type of case.

  • Lorry that killed Paula Jurek had faulty indicator inquest told - CPS dropped case against driver1 year 13 weeks agoKestevan wrote:I can see the

    Kestevan wrote:
    I can see the justification for dropping this case, as said above, we'll never know the truth, but there's enough doubt about exactly who was at fault - we've all seen enough dangerous drivers, and idiots on bikes putting themselves at risk.

    The problem with perception however is that the CPS default attitude (and sentencing) so often leans towards leniency/benefit of the doubt to the driver that cyclists now automatically assume any decision is flawed.

    Until we get a re-balancing in the prosecution/sentencing of drivers to protect the more vulnerable this will continue to be the case.

    The problem here is that part of the argument that can be made is that drivers receive training and have to pass a test (or tests as in the case of HGV drivers - some of whom are very skilled). Most drivers will go around without having an accident and many without incurring the black mark of points on their license.
    Cyclists on the other hand have no training and from what one observes in London, many would soon be banned if they required a license. Irrespective of that, I'm not blaming cyclists for being hit - just pointing out that part of the perception is of the 'qualification' as a road user. I do think that road education should be what we as a community press for (both for cyclists and for drivers). Awareness on both sides improves our position - people would therefore be more qualified in they're stance to talk about road positioning or the likelihood that they would move into a poor position, and that they would not find themselves in a blind spot in any case.
    But as it is every hoon who jumps a red light, undertakes a bus, sits in a blind spot, cuts across traffic and rides on the pavement build a picture of a population that are a law unto themselves.
    As to the comment that cyclists are always the victims ignores the responsibility that cyclists have as road users to themselves and to others. Cycling does not exist in a bubble and cyclists can be victim of their own stupidity - excusing them of responsibility for their actions does not help move cycling forward (from a legal perspective or any other perspective). And having a victim mentality is hardly a grown up way of viewing the world.

  • Price inflation1 year 13 weeks agoit is possible to like both

    it is possible to like both real cycling *and* fantasy cycling, bikeboy. you're not required to choose one or the other...

  • Tips for Sportives please, Overtaking riders1 year 13 weeks agofarrell wrote: I'll refer you

    farrell wrote:

    I'll refer you back to my original point, which was quoted but apparently not read:

    While you cut my point because you seem to hate the idea that fast riders should be allowed to overtake and that beingfaster doesn't make them aany less vulnerable as road users. Also, I'm definitelya slow old fart by the standards of this site. It would take me 5h to do that distance. I don't want you stuck behind me. Go past, please.

    Share the road. Leave space if you're slow. Overtake witha helpful call if you're fast.

  • I am a bike maintenence God!1 year 13 weeks agowell done buddy. There's

    Big Grin well done buddy. There's something very satisfying about working on your bike..... I think you feel even more 'ownership ' of it

  • Which 30-35 deep rim wheels for my new project?1 year 13 weeks agoI am doing 80-100 km weekend

    I am doing 80-100 km weekend rides by the sea usually and 200km Audaxes.

    I am looking for 30 depth rim for aesthetic reasons mainly.. but it is a firm decision ...

  • Lorry that killed Paula Jurek had faulty indicator inquest told - CPS dropped case against driver1 year 13 weeks agoIf you take on the

    If you take on the responsibility of piloting a lethal weapon through the streets, then, yes, it IS your fault if you kill someone. No ifs, no buts, no special pleading.

    If your vehicle has 'blind spots' then the inadequacy of its design is your responsibility. Don't like it, don't drive it.

    And don't give me some crap about people just doing their jobs. 'Just following orders' wasn't a defence at Nuremburg, and isn't here.

    Drivers of death-vehicles should be right at the forefront of demands for dedicated cycle infrastructure. In a sane world, victim-blaming nonsense like "I see cyclists doing stupid things like this everyday" would be moot, because it would not happen.

  • Which 30-35 deep rim wheels for my new project?1 year 13 weeks agowhat type of riding will you

    what type of riding will you be doing? What type of road surfaces? etc.

    I would recommend totally different wheels for racing and climbing compared to those for commuting on rough, flat roads or paths.

  • £55 fine and three points for driver who left cyclist with broken leg, elbow & weeks in hospital1 year 13 weeks agoFurthermore, drivers will

    Furthermore, drivers will never be prevented from carelessly turning left into bicycle .... unless cyclists are permitted to take the lane at junctions and whenever they see it is required for safety. Again, the only option is to educate the public via the tele and newspapers that this is necessary for bicyclists, and drivers are obliged to give way. In addition a law to penalize threats and threatening driving towards cyclists will be required to handle the yobbo backlash.

  • Price inflation1 year 13 weeks agoSanderville wrote:Erm, ok. I

    Sanderville wrote:
    Erm, ok. I don't think Wiggle would want to be associated with you. In fact I'll bet all my dhb kit on it.

    Well they seem quite happy to be taking my money this week. Just pointing out that there are alternative revenue streams for road.cc.

  • £55 fine and three points for driver who left cyclist with broken leg, elbow & weeks in hospital1 year 13 weeks ago> The problem is, plenty of

    > The problem is, plenty of people in life are careless and society (as a whole) wont stand for normal people being put in prison for being a bit dim and useless.

    It's quite true that `door`ing cyclists is impossible to eliminate ... as long as cyclist feel they have to ride close to doors. The only option is to educate the public via the tele and newspapers that bicyclists must ride at least 4 feet from parked cars, and drivers are obliged to give way. In addition a law to penalize threats and threatening driving towards cyclists will be required.

  • Lorry that killed Paula Jurek had faulty indicator inquest told - CPS dropped case against driver1 year 13 weeks agoThis is a case where the

    This is a case where the delivery of an independent report on the crash to the standards established for rail, air and maritime crash investigation is needed.

    From the information to hand it is difficult to draw any clear sequence of events, and even to determine any potential liability of those responsible for maintaining the truck in failing to fit a direction indicator bulb correctly, such that witness statements suggest that it failed to work, and may have been a factor leading to the fatal outcome. There is also a reference to the victim's road position which is unexplained, but would appear to be a factor in the sequence of events.

    Do reports of such incidents get fed back to VOSA and the Traffic Commissioners? In air, rail and maritime transport a detail such as the incorrect fitting of bulbs which potentially lead to a fatal choice of action or non reaction when the indication from that bulb is absent would generate an alert to check that this condition does not exist for other indicator bulbs. So has there been any alert?

  • Lorry that killed Paula Jurek had faulty indicator inquest told - CPS dropped case against driver1 year 13 weeks agoI can see the justification

    I can see the justification for dropping this case, as said above, we'll never know the truth, but there's enough doubt about exactly who was at fault - we've all seen enough dangerous drivers, and idiots on bikes putting themselves at risk.

    The problem with perception however is that the CPS default attitude (and sentencing) so often leans towards leniency/benefit of the doubt to the driver that cyclists now automatically assume any decision is flawed.

    Until we get a re-balancing in the prosecution/sentencing of drivers to protect the more vulnerable this will continue to be the case.

  • First Ride: Look 675 - Fast, comfortable… integrated1 year 13 weeks agoLove this. If I were looking

    Love this. If I were looking to buy a new road bike, it'd be this...or the 695 if I sold both my other bikes!

  • Tech Roundup: Specialized aero helmet, Pinarello Campagnolo 80th bike, SRAM QuickView, Strava and more1 year 13 weeks agotime trail helmet A what now?

    time trail helmet

    A what now?

  • Price inflation1 year 13 weeks agobikeboy76 wrote:Oh phew, I

    bikeboy76 wrote:
    Oh phew, I clicked on this and though you might not be able to afford some important piece of kit to keep your bike on the road. Instead I find it is just for your *insert pejorative adjective* game.

    Aha! I see your confusion, bikebot. I posted in the Fantasy Cycling forum but you thought it was about real cycling.

    No, it was about that stupid, useless game that the owners of this website have spent years developing for the 20,000+ people who love it. I'm sure you're right that none of them even have bikes, that's why they are so keen on road racing.

    bikeboy76 wrote:
    Phew, hope I am not the only one into real cycling not fantasy stuff. I just come here, post, click on ads and buy stuff on wiggle.

    Erm, ok. I don't think Wiggle would want to be associated with you. In fact I'll bet all my dhb kit on it.

  • LBS vs internet pricing1 year 13 weeks agoUniversity cycles, cambridge,

    University cycles, cambridge, charges retail for bikes, but almost nothing for servicing and close to cost for replacement parts.
    Result: Happy customers who buy their bikes from the shop and return to keep in touch, to buy bits and pieces from the shop and show some brand loyalty.

    This only works because he only fixes bikes bought from the shop - not useful for everyone, but does work as a business model.

  • Lorry that killed Paula Jurek had faulty indicator inquest told - CPS dropped case against driver1 year 13 weeks agoarfa wrote:This is just

    arfa wrote:
    This is just astonishing. If a person dies at your hands, the only complete defense is that it was self defense. However if you are driving a vehicle, there is no case to answer. Where is the deterrence for poor driving ?

    Or poor cycling? The assumption always seems to be that the cyclist is not culpable on this site. I see cyclists doing stupid things like this everyday (cutting up on lorries, buses etc. at lights) without thinking about the coincidences.
    The problem is ultimately education. I do scuba diving and you don't just pick up a pair of air canisters and dive into the ocean, but yet from an insurance point of view cycling and diving are in a similar bracket because both are dangerous without some understanding of the risks. Go figure! And yet you can launch yourself into confrontation with 5 tonne trucks without so much as a by-your-leave.....I wasn't there, but in my mind I can see this happening everyday of the week and it wouldn't necessarily be the drivers fault.

    Very sorry for her family - sorry that justice cannot give them the closure they need.

  • Riding in Scotland? Beware of buzzards!1 year 13 weeks agohttp://extreme.com/mountainbi

    http://extreme.com/mountainbike/1028932/gee-atherton-gets-hunted-by-a-pe...

  • Video: Stunning new Imaginate film from Danny MacAskill1 year 13 weeks agoWow...I mean WOW! Just

    Wow...I mean WOW! Just stunning...skill, balance, daring and best of all FUN.

    Thanks!

  • Advice on watching the Tour De France at the roadside?1 year 13 weeks ago"Too much wine..." I'm sure

    "Too much wine..."

    I'm sure you had a good time anyway Wink

    My biggest worry now is that we set up camp somewhere and then this happens:
    http://cyclingweekly.media.ipcdigital.co.uk/11141/00000aa6c/de4d_orh315w... Surprise

  • Video: Stunning new Imaginate film from Danny MacAskill1 year 13 weeks agoDanny was on BBC One Show

    Danny was on BBC One Show today. He was busting moves over our desks which livened up the day. Bit rough clip of his bouncing on a big ball trick....

    https://vimeo.com/68880462