- blind motorists1 year 7 weeks agoSome Mercs have
Some Mercs have radar:
Marketed as "So that nothing happens – even when the unthinkable happens".
Does that attract careless drivers ?
I wonder how a marine radar reflector would look on a bike ?
or if an active transponder could have an upwards doppler frequency-shift ?
- Rapha update City range1 year 7 weeks agoThis clothing just doesn't
This clothing just doesn't look stylish or particularly functional the "fastened in place with a buttoned tab" thing looks particularity daft. Maybe its better in the flesh
- Cambridge bus boss calls ‘floating’ bus stop plan “absolutely ludicrous”1 year 7 weeks agolevermonkey wrote:Cyclist haslevermonkey wrote:
Cyclist has nowhere to go and so has no choice but to drop his shoulder and collide with bus passenger.
Regardless of which side of the cycle path these bus shelters are built, we should recognise the potential for conflict and just slow down. Road users, whether they are cyclists or drivers, should never place themselves in a position where the only "choice" is a collision.
- SRAM release Aero 11-speed shifters and Zipp a Vuka BTA QuickView mount1 year 7 weeks agoyay now I can play at being
yay now I can play at being Tony Martin with an aero 55 tooth chainring
- Cyclist sues Halfords for £1 million, claims steerer tube "failure" led to severe facial injuries1 year 7 weeks agodafyddp wrote:Love mydafyddp wrote:
Love my Boardman, but when I first took it out I noticed loads of play in the FSA headset. I tried tightening the main hex on top, but this didn't make any difference - after Googling the problem, I discovered that there's effectively a larger hex inside that needs tightening first and Halfords had clearly missed it. Additionally, the handlebars weren't tightened sufficiently and the gears' indexing was out.
Great bike once I got these bits sorted, but if I'd have just gone out and bombed it down a hill at forty I'd hate to think what damage it could have caused.
I've found this headset problem with my Boardman as well. And there is a problem with the front mech and the rear brake and the brake lever and the cables ....
Frame is good.
- Could this Kickstarter project from Copenhagen be a rival to the bicycle?1 year 7 weeks agoWhat's the difference between
What's the difference between this and an elliptigo?
- Could this Kickstarter project from Copenhagen be a rival to the bicycle?1 year 7 weeks agoI wouldn't be surprised,
I wouldn't be surprised, however, if it did go the way of the Segway; a novel, interesting piece of design, but hampered by its inability to practically fit into most everyday environments. I'm sure it's have its fans though, for the design concept alone.
- Cambridge bus boss calls ‘floating’ bus stop plan “absolutely ludicrous”1 year 7 weeks ago@levermonkey I think you're
@levermonkey I think you're largely right, which is why I support the variant on these plans with a minimal curb between the cycle path and road/footpath.
That said there's not really a "narrowness of the cycle path" problem in these plans, the cycleway is going to be 2+m wide for the most part and 1.5m wide through bus stops. I'm not sure about your bike control, but I reckon I can steer around even the most gormless of pedestrians (and some of the school kids on Hills Road are frankly entirely oblivious even as they cross the road) in 1.5metres of space.
- Koga Kimera wins Red Dot Design Award1 year 7 weeks agoBeautiful frame, would look
Beautiful frame, would look stunning in matte white or naked carbon.
- Cambridge bus boss calls ‘floating’ bus stop plan “absolutely ludicrous”1 year 7 weeks agoAs said - move the shelter to
As said - move the shelter to the island. And as we all know, the peds will still be standing in the cycle path the same way they clog up all the pavements in London. 'What? The world isn't revolving around ME?"
Is Stagecoach still run by the right-wing bigots?
- Could this Kickstarter project from Copenhagen be a rival to the bicycle?1 year 7 weeks agoBut standing up. Like,
But standing up. Like, really; standing up though! I think people really like sitting down during self-transport, and the bicycle is such an elegant balance of comfort and speed - especially the Dutch type. Which is why I don't think it'll be replacing many bicycles in places already designed for them.
However, it does look like an interesting piece of design, and it may have growth-potential I'm unaware of; I've seen quite a few grown adults pushing themselves around on scooters recently, which has taken me by surprise.
Still, whether it revolutionises human transport or not, I'm happy to see designers working innovatively around the idea of simple, sensible forms of human transport. It'd be a bit sad if designers didn't really do much meaningful 'designing', after all.
- Cambridge bus boss calls ‘floating’ bus stop plan “absolutely ludicrous”1 year 7 weeks agoWhichever cyclists think
Whichever cyclists think these new style bus stops are a good idea should try cycling through some of the rougher areas of London during rush hour or school kicking out times.
I would rather take my chances with the motorists.
- Cambridge bus boss calls ‘floating’ bus stop plan “absolutely ludicrous”1 year 7 weeks agoI don't get this at all ...
I don't get this at all ... what on earth is wrong with a lay-by where the bus can pull in and cyclists stay on the road and keep going without having to pull out to overtake ... other vehicles also can keep moving. Just look at all the space being wasted for the island and cycle path ... there's easily enough room there for a large lay-by and it would cost less than this mess. Am I missing something?
- Cambridge bus boss calls ‘floating’ bus stop plan “absolutely ludicrous”1 year 7 weeks ago@goggy I can't imagine why
@goggy I can't imagine why you'd be using the cycle lane in any of your three very expensive bikes. Unless they're your fleet of winter hacks, in which case I apologize.
- Cambridge bus boss calls ‘floating’ bus stop plan “absolutely ludicrous”1 year 7 weeks agoThis is an occasion where I
This is an occasion where I understood the issue from the comments underneath, not the article. It does seem that it would be better if the bus stop was on the island.
Credit to Cambridge, though - presumably this is exactly the purpose of the consultation. If they take on board the feedback, it should mean that they avoid mistakes, and build this sensibly.
- Cyclist sues Halfords for £1 million, claims steerer tube "failure" led to severe facial injuries1 year 7 weeks agoSince when does an pre
Since when does an pre delivery check look at the steerer tube joint to the fork? If it was loose, and even if the shop missed it, surely the rider would be straight back?
It's also, according to this, 6 months since they last seen it.
Surely a case of product liability for the manufacturer, who possibly may want to look into if it was damaged or not....driven into a garage roof for example.....
It's a horrible accident, I feel for the young man, but his legal guys have taken the wrong path I fear.
I've never used a Halfords workshop, or bought a bike there, it's not my kind of place.
Edit... I checked up and Saracen as a brand changed ownership around this time, leaving the only recourse to the retailer
- Cambridge bus boss calls ‘floating’ bus stop plan “absolutely ludicrous”1 year 7 weeks agoThe problem is not the
The problem is not the island, and it is not bus passengers crossing the cycle path to reach the bus stop. It is the high kerbs coupled with the narrowness of the cycle path.
Scenario 1. Island without kerbs.
Bus passenger (distracted by need to extract Oyster, phone call, change tune on iPod) steps into path of cyclist without looking. Cyclist weaves round bus passenger and proceeds on his way probably with bus passenger oblivious to what has occurred.
Scenario 2. Island with kerbs.
Distracted bus passenger steps into path of cyclist. Cyclist has nowhere to go and so has no choice but to drop his shoulder and collide with bus passenger. Bus passenger injured and papers full of stupid comments about rogue, speeding, reckless cyclists rampaging about town endangering pedestrians.
Take a look at bus islands on the continent, very few have kerbs of any description.
Rocket science it ain't!
- Cambridge bus boss calls ‘floating’ bus stop plan “absolutely ludicrous”1 year 7 weeks agoI'll stay on the road thank
I'll stay on the road thank you. I'll take my chances moving with cars at the same speed as them rather than go from 20 -> 3 mph at every bus stop
- First crash of Giro d'Italia 2014 - nearly 2 months before Belfast Big Start1 year 7 weeks agoAs children in the past have
As children in the past have had actions taken against them for drawing on the pavement with chalks and the paint used was chalk based. Can we expect those cyclists who ran through the wet paint and left trails of graffiti to be prosecuted?
- fixie/single speed tyres1 year 7 weeks ago+1 for Spesh All Condition
+1 for Spesh All Condition Armadillo Elites. Very tough and not too heavy.
- Koga Kimera wins Red Dot Design Award1 year 7 weeks agoLooks a fairly conventional
Looks a fairly conventional bike design. With on-trend fluoro highlights. How much does Red Dot know about bikes? Did they actually compare it with any others?
- Cambridge bus boss calls ‘floating’ bus stop plan “absolutely ludicrous”1 year 7 weeks agoIn Copenhagen they're often
In Copenhagen they're often like the artist's impression here. Cyclists give way to pedestrians getting on and off the bus and it works really well. That's in a country where there's a widely respected order of priority, though.
- Cambridge bus boss calls ‘floating’ bus stop plan “absolutely ludicrous”1 year 7 weeks agoThe bus boss is completely
The bus boss is completely right.
The proposed design needs to move the shelter onto the island just like the TFL design.
And from actually reading his comments, that's what he's proposing as well.
People waiting to catch the bus only see the bus...
- Cambridge bus boss calls ‘floating’ bus stop plan “absolutely ludicrous”1 year 7 weeks agoThis is my daily commute, to
This is my daily commute, to be honest I agree with him entirely, in fact I filled in the online consultation saying so just this morning.
Putting the cycle path between the bus shelter and where you mount the bus is quite simply daft. The problem is made worse by the several secondary schools/sixth form colleges along Hills Road, teenagers distracted by their music and phones crossing the cycleway is a recipe for disaster. The TFL/dutch bus-stop bypass design avoids this because pedestrians aren't distracted/under time pressure when crossing the cycleway and cyclists are slowed by the bend in the path.
A bus stop will always create some conflict because pedestrians, motor vehicles and cyclists have to cross each others paths, the proposed design will exacerbate rather than minimise the potential pedestrian-cyclist conflict.
Overall the plans are pretty good, either a 2.1m or a 2.7m wide cycleway each way, almost as wide as a road, plenty of room to overtake the yummy mummies on their cargo bikes.
- Braking performance1 year 7 weeks agoAlways wash your rims with
Always wash your rims with water and dry after riding in the rain.
For periodic service:
1. Use vinegar to clean your rims, it gets off huge amounts of gunk, and leaves the rim shiny but also ever so slightly etched to give a good braking surface.
2. Take the pads out and pry out any tiny bits of aluminium or other debris. Sand lightly with a nail file to get a fresh surface.
That works wonders for my Ultegra brakes, strong performance restored.