• Cyclist killed by tipper lorry in Central London - day after protesters call for improved safety1 year 8 weeks ago"Every single one of these

    "Every single one of these accidents is avoidable. Ride safely out there folks."

    I agree if all road users take due care but you can think you're riding carefully and safely but if the moron behind you isn't, you haven't got a prayer. Perhaps have a read of this:

    http://stopthekilling.org.uk/articles/

    Unfortunately my experience in London over the last 16 years of these big waste lorries/tipper trucks etc is that "might is right" and if you are ever unlucky to find yourself in the vicinity of one, take no chances and get off the road as the risk of a driver who couldn't give a monkeys is far too high.

  • Lidl cycling gear!1 year 8 weeks agoarchie gordon wrote:me to,

    archie gordon wrote:
    me to, tried it out on my old steel bike and its solid a bargain at 30 quid

    +1 Good looking quality for the money, nice and rigid, packs up small - feels pretty good. Only time will tell on durability (but 3 year guarantee anyway) but i'm genuinely and pleasantly surprised.

  • Cyclist killed by tipper lorry in Central London - day after protesters call for improved safety1 year 8 weeks agoBikesoup wrote:Yennings

    Bikesoup wrote:
    Yennings wrote:
    Another tragedy, another tipper lorry. Seriously - is there a list somewhere of the types of vehicles responsible for most London cycling deaths?

    My experience having cycle-commuted in London for 12 years now is that proper HGVs, buses and taxis are actually quite predictable once you get used to them. The only vehicles that still consistently scare the bejesus out of me are the 'mid-sized' trucks, particularly skip lorries, rubbish trucks, cement lorries etc. I can't believe how aggressively many of them are driven - basically in classic White Van Man style except in a huge truck rather than a relatively small van. With artics and buses I feel it is more a case of cyclists putting themselves in a dangerous position - with these kind of trucks, quite the opposite.

    Apparently part of the problem is that many of these drivers are paid by the job, not by the hour, and thus incentivised to drive like loons. A simple change to the laws from Boris could help remove this issue but apparently this isn't something that will feature in his cycling 'revolution' - construction industry has him in their pockets, no surprises there!

    Very knowledgable & eloquent description of the root cause of so many tragic & needless deaths. My thoughts mirror yours - I'm fine with busses & covered box trucks. Very, very cautious of getting anyway near 'pay per drop' tipper trucks or skip lorries. And increasingly the menace of home delivery scooters. Again paid with a given time limit. Those guys are 100% lawless.

    +1 and I've had a few close calls with crazy riders on home delivery scooters, both on my bicycle and my motorbike. A lot of those home delivery scooters wouldn't pass an MOT and shouldn't be on the road. A guy I knew used to service some for one firm and said they had a catalogue of serious faults that'd probably been there some time; twisted frames, non functioning brakes.

    My sympathies are with the family of this latest tipper truck victim. I saw it on the news while I was in the gym.

  • Swiss Side Hadron 625 wheels available to pre-order1 year 8 weeks agoBikeBud wrote: Decent price,

    BikeBud wrote:

    Decent price, but there's more to wheels than Price and marketing spiel.

    Hmm, a pair of these would cost more than all three of my bikes cost me combined Sad

  • ***RAFFLE: Bike/Pedals/Wheels/Groupset1 year 8 weeks agoDapper Giles wrote:Is the

    Dapper Giles wrote:
    Is the friend a recently deposed Nigerian Prince by any chance?

    Ha! Beat me to it - first thing that crossed my mind.

    Mods. Do you want to remove this thread (or at least suspend it until it can be verified)?

  • Hard Acceleration away from cyclists - increase in how many times this happens1 year 8 weeks agoBeen happening to me for the

    Been happening to me for the past 25 years. Nothing new. I just think folks are trying to get around you as quickly as possible.

  • Cycle helmets have "major flaws" in safety, insists cyclist airbag firm Hövding (+ video)1 year 8 weeks agobikebot wrote:Has anyone ever

    bikebot wrote:
    Has anyone ever seen one of these things in the wild?

    I've seen one of them around my neck after winning it in a Schwag Grab from this very website Big Grin

    I don't have any trouble 'trusting' the technology of the airbag, in the same way as I don't have any worries about my car's airbag going off if I biff over a speedbump. I could write a proper review, but the overriding observation is that the weight (~700g) of the 'scarf' sitting around your neck is noticeable and doesn't disappear with familiarity - especially in my relatively 'racy' riding position on the CX. In a more sit-up-and-beg position it's fine: so it lives in my desk at work and gets used (occasionally) if I take a Boris Bike somewhere.

  • Cycle helmets have "major flaws" in safety, insists cyclist airbag firm Hövding (+ video)1 year 8 weeks ago.

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  • Yet another "Which Bike Should I get?" (Mine was Stolen)1 year 8 weeks agoI've got a version of the

    I've got a version of the Planet X and it's good. Pretty light, comfortable, relatively stiff. The forks are indeed all carbon. The frame looks a little dated, even compared to your old nanolight, but the spec ain't bad. Both bikes sacrifice the ultegra chainset and brakes for cheaper alternatives, which is a shame.

  • Yet another "Which Bike Should I get?" (Mine was Stolen)1 year 8 weeks agoAh, thanks guys, I really

    Ah, thanks guys, I really appreciate the comments. Think I miss-quoted the Planet X price, it's actually £999.99 so a whole 98p more expesive lol! But seriously, I know Mekk are also a British brand but I guess Wiggle does take some of that profit they make eh!? What are your opinions on how the Shimano Ultegra groupset I'd be moving onto compares to the Sram Force on my old bike? I've heard they are not quite exactly comparable!?

    And sorry, one more question, the Planet X talks about having a 'compact geometry' what effect would this have on me as a rather tall rider? Would it help aleviate the pain I get across my shoulders by having a non-compact bike?

    Cheers

  • ***RAFFLE: Bike/Pedals/Wheels/Groupset1 year 8 weeks agoIs the friend a recently

    Is the friend a recently deposed Nigerian Prince by any chance?

  • Interview: Sir Chris Hoy talks about the new HOY track and junior bikes1 year 8 weeks ago£600 for the Cammo suggests

    £600 for the Cammo suggests Islabikes are not in the least bit overpriced, as some would have you believe (the Luath 26 is £399 and can be used for road, touring 'cross...).

    But competition is healthy and shows there must be a market out there.

  • Cycle helmets have "major flaws" in safety, insists cyclist airbag firm Hövding (+ video)1 year 8 weeks agomrmo wrote: Price makes no

    mrmo wrote:

    Price makes no difference, the standards that cheap and expensive helmets meet are the same. The difference is that the more you spend, generally, the less you physically get.
    Not quite right - Price may make a difference, but it's unknown because they don't test or inform on this point. I suspect cheap helmets clear the minimum regs in the cheapest way, meaning with room to spare, while the dearer ones achieve closer tolerances, maximising those vents and lightness. But none of the manufacturers will talk about safety, oddly.

  • Cycle helmets have "major flaws" in safety, insists cyclist airbag firm Hövding (+ video)1 year 8 weeks ago250g seems to be a massive,

    250g seems to be a massive, massive amount of accel/force.

    To put that into context, ever sat in the back of car being driven by an idiot, and thrown around due to the g-force. Well that's around 0.5-1g.

    Helmet manufacturers are essentially saying the max accel/force is allowed to be 250-500 times that amount. Seems high to me

  • Anyone using Campag Centaur?1 year 8 weeks agoNot able to comment about the

    Not able to comment about the difference between Centaur and Veloce but if you really want to stay at 10 speed, don't pick Athena because it's 11!

  • Yet another "Which Bike Should I get?" (Mine was Stolen)1 year 8 weeks agoI would say the Planet X, im

    I would say the Planet X, im pretty sure the fork has a carbon steerer, also not only is it 1 penny cheeper, but you will be supporting an independent shop

  • Cycle helmets have "major flaws" in safety, insists cyclist airbag firm Hövding (+ video)1 year 8 weeks agojasonbrim wrote: Once the

    jasonbrim wrote:

    Once the pros start wearing them though, then it might be a different story Laughing

    Then one of those 'first week of the tour' pile ups would resemble popcorn being cooked!

    vbvb wrote:

    Mind you, I still would not want to pack a £300 explosive charge around my neck.

    and Royal Mail will apparently not handle them either!

  • Anyone using Campag Centaur?1 year 8 weeks agoI'd probably say no. Veloce

    I'd probably say no.

    Veloce never fails to amaze me at its quality/cost equation... its great for the money. Centaur is also great don't get me wrong, but I just don't see what you get over Veloce.

    Depending on budgets, I'd take the slightly bigger leap up to Athena... Depending on where you get it, the price difference is surprisingly small.

  • Cycle helmets have "major flaws" in safety, insists cyclist airbag firm Hövding (+ video)1 year 8 weeks agoI did always notice how

    I did always notice how helmet manufacturers, so eager to discuss air vents and great fit, would never discuss the safety benefits of their safety product relative to competitors'. It's not that the helmets are all equal - some pass much more stringent regs than others. Looks like cartel behaviour to me, like the 60s car industry not talking about dangers and safety. Quite humorous that this small player stumbles in and innocently blurts out an Ours-is-Safer argument!

    Mind you, I still would not want to pack a £300 explosive charge around my neck.

  • Sahara Dust Cloud - Avoid!1 year 8 weeks agostealfwayne wrote:Hopefully

    stealfwayne wrote:
    Hopefully it'll all blow over us and be gone for the weekend.. anyone know if this will be the case)

    Yes, it's forecast to be blown away by westerly winds tonight/tomorrow.

  • The Sufferfest to sponsor women’s World Cup road race series1 year 8 weeks agoGreat news Had a look on the

    Great news Smile

    Had a look on the BBC website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/26768974) and found this at the bottom of the page...
    "World governing body the UCI will upload highlights from each of this season's World Cups to YouTube, while the World Championships will be televised by BBC Sport."...
    sounds like we have to rely on YouTube for the World Cup races then.

  • Sahara Dust Cloud - Avoid!1 year 8 weeks agoHopefully it'll all blow over

    Hopefully it'll all blow over us and be gone for the weekend.. anyone know if this will be the case. I did a few laps of regent's park last night. Lovely temps, not too many people about and quite a nice ride generally.
    The biggest risk faced was a National Express driver who shut the door on me (veered left to squash me into parked cars) when nothing was coming from the opposite direction, this on wide roads. I therefore feel he had no reason to do it At Wits End - I made sure he had seen me by way of his inside mirror and yet still I had to sprint forward to stop an accident.

    However heavy the smog gets, we will still ride our bikes and enjoy doing it. only a little less so Smile

  • Cyclist killed by tipper lorry in Central London - day after protesters call for improved safety1 year 8 weeks agoSo sad. Thoughts are with

    So sad. Thoughts are with family & friends. Stay strong

  • Cyclist killed by tipper lorry in Central London - day after protesters call for improved safety1 year 8 weeks agoYennings wrote:Another

    Yennings wrote:
    Another tragedy, another tipper lorry. Seriously - is there a list somewhere of the types of vehicles responsible for most London cycling deaths?

    My experience having cycle-commuted in London for 12 years now is that proper HGVs, buses and taxis are actually quite predictable once you get used to them. The only vehicles that still consistently scare the bejesus out of me are the 'mid-sized' trucks, particularly skip lorries, rubbish trucks, cement lorries etc. I can't believe how aggressively many of them are driven - basically in classic White Van Man style except in a huge truck rather than a relatively small van. With artics and buses I feel it is more a case of cyclists putting themselves in a dangerous position - with these kind of trucks, quite the opposite.

    Apparently part of the problem is that many of these drivers are paid by the job, not by the hour, and thus incentivised to drive like loons. A simple change to the laws from Boris could help remove this issue but apparently this isn't something that will feature in his cycling 'revolution' - construction industry has him in their pockets, no surprises there!

    Very knowledgable & eloquent description of the root cause of so many tragic & needless deaths. My thoughts mirror yours - I'm fine with busses & covered box trucks. Very, very cautious of getting anyway near 'pay per drop' tipper trucks or skip lorries. And increasingly the menace of home delivery scooters. Again paid with a given time limit. Those guys are 100% lawless.

  • Yet another "Which Bike Should I get?" (Mine was Stolen)1 year 8 weeks agoNo need to apologise for

    No need to apologise for posting on here asking advice - it's one of the reasons we set it up.

    To be honest looking at the two bikes I'd say flip a coin. They both look good for the money. Don't know much about the FSA wheels on the Planet X but I'm sure they will do the job and if you were buying them separately they match up almost exactly to those on the Mekk. The Shimano RS30s on the Mekk are reliable stalwarts - both are the sort of thing you could upgrade for lighter wheels as funds allowed in the future… if you wanted to. I'm sure both bikes would ride just fine as they come.

    Not sure if the fork on the Pro Carbon is all carbon if it was that would be a plus, but then that would simply match up with the plus (for me at least) of the RS30 wheels on the Mekk.

    Other things to consider - Wiggle's excellent customer service reputation, not that Planet X have a bad rep either, and as you're in Sheffield they're local so.

    So, erm flip a coin

    Hope that helps…