• No provision for cycle parking in Peterborough street makeover1 year 11 weeks agoNo campaign group as such,

    No campaign group as such, but an active cycle forum, that is supposed to work with the council to improve things!

  • No provision for cycle parking in Peterborough street makeover1 year 11 weeks agoGreat article Road.cc! Thanks

    Great article Road.cc! Thanks for drawing attention to the issue - it really is a ridiculous situation; even today the 48 spaces on Long Causeway are full - we need more provision, not none!

    The article referred to above can be found here; it's a good read: http://blog.jofftastic.co.uk/2013/12/peterborough-city-council-anti-cycl...

  • Specialized drops new trademark case against clothing firm Epix Gear1 year 11 weeks agoOh hell, I work in a

    Oh hell, I work in a specialised field of tax law. Am I going to have to stop saying that?

    Or could the English language (US Branch) take an intellectual property case (for "passing off") against the company which has hijacked a popular adjective in the language?

  • Focus Izalco (56) Bike of the year 2012 with extras £10001 year 11 weeks agoIs this still available?

    Is this still available?

  • More HGV safety features & possible rush-hour ban for some lorries in London after councils agree to launch consultation1 year 11 weeks agoOldRidgeback wrote:There is a

    OldRidgeback wrote:
    There is a lot of technology available to haulage companies to alert truck drivers that there is a cyclist, motorcyclist or pedestrian within the proxinity of the vehicle. These aren't so expensive compared to the cost of a truck and don't add a great deal top the purchase price. I know various systems are available for £1000-2000. These do work as well. And for a fleet user, they also can help reduce insurance premiums so they actually help pay for themselves anyway.

    I personally would be wary of any technological solution. Simply because of complacency, and the last thing we need is anymore complacency from either drivers or cyclists.

    You can have HGVs and cyclists in the same environment, but it needs both parties to be aware of their surroundings, and I mean fully aware, not just assuming that because some buzzer hasn't gone off it is safe.

    There are plenty of other things that need looking at though, why do we have railings on the side of roads and at junctions, just waiting to crush a cyclist who gets caught on the inside of a car/truck? Do we need so many signs to distract drivers? Are roundabouts the best solution? maybe it makes more sense to look at give way/stop junctions rather than trying to keep the traffic flowing.

    Segregation may have a part, It has to be done right and done well!!!!!, though I am concerned that it gives the PCSOs another opportunity to stop and harass cyclists who choose not to use a rubbish strewn "cycle path"!

  • California county bans brakeless fixies1 year 11 weeks agoHang on Grizzerly. I read it

    Hang on Grizzerly. I read it again after posting and I think we do agree. Apologies there.

  • California county bans brakeless fixies1 year 11 weeks agoGrizzerly wrote:As long as I

    Grizzerly wrote:
    As long as I have been aware, it has been illegal to ride a bike without a front brake on UK roads. A rear brake becomes necessary if the bike has a freewheel. Nevertheless, trendy bike manufacturers market 'Fixies' without brakes as commuter bikes and cycling publications review them ecstatically.

    Two things strike me about this:
    1. Anyone who rides a bike without a front brake is a Twat.
    2. Anyone who markets a bike without a front brake for road use is a shyster.

    The latter is true no matter how wonderful his brazing and paintwork is!

    I am honestly not picking on you as we had a disagreement about bike sizing the other day. My experience in various clubs over the last 40+ years has been that a fixie needs a front brake only. This was handed down knowledge but that is usually accurate. Anyway I looked it up because if you were right there have been an awful lot of people riding illegally in the UK over the last half century I know of. Whole club runs I was on in the seventies virtually all had 66" fixies with a front brake only. There was some vogue that riding a 66" fixie was good for training. I digress. I looked it up and this is the law.

    http://ukcyclerules.com/2011/05/04/the-rules-of-bike-brakes/
    As a general rule, if you ride a normal bike, you have to have two independent braking systems: one “which operates on the front wheel”, and one which operates on the back. (PCCUR r. 7(1)(b)(ii))

    Alternatively, if you ride certain special kinds of bike, the rules can be different:

    By law, fixed-wheel bikes (i.e. bikes where “one or more of the wheels is incapable of rotating independently of the pedals”) have to have a front brake. (PCCUR r. 7(1)(b)(Sleepy)
    Tricycles which aren’t adapted for carrying goods still need to have two independent braking systems, but it’s acceptable to have both brakes operating on the single wheel (whether it’s at the back or the front). (PCCUR r. 9(2))
    Other bikes with more than two wheels (i.e. tricycles which are adapted for carrying goods, or bikes with more than three wheels): if there are two or more wheels on the front, the front brake has to operate on at least two of the front wheels. If there are multiple wheels at the back, the back brake has to operate on at least two of the back wheels. (PCCUR r. 7(1)(b)(ii))
    Children’s bikes: the two-brake rule only applies to bikes where the saddle is 635mm or more above the ground (when the bike is upright, the saddle is raised to the fullest extent compatible with safety and the tyres are fully inflated). A child’s bike where the saddle is lower than 635mm only needs one braking system (which can be on either wheel). (PCCUR r. 7(1)(a) and (b), (2))
    Penny farthings etc: where the bike is constructed so that “the pedals act on any wheel or on the axle of any wheel without the interposition of any gearing or chain”, none of the braking requirements apply – so it seems that they can be ridden without brakes. (PCCUR r. 9(1)(a))
    This means that fixies with no front brake are technically illegal. So are adult dutch-style bikes which have ‘pedal backwards’ brakes on the rear wheel, but no separate brake on the front wheel.

    Hopefully Grizzerly we'll find something we agree about on another topic.

    all the best Oozaveared,

  • Is Wiggle in some sort of trouble?1 year 11 weeks agoI had exactly the same set of

    I had exactly the same set of circumstances with a pair of pricey Gore bibs. They eventually did go back but not without a struggle.
    The struggle I had with Wiggle revolved around the wash/not wash returned clothing. One guy said wash it, the other said you can't have your cash back because you've washed it.
    I still use Wiggle but nowhere as much as I did.
    They have to be careful as a faceless organisation as I've heard lots of similar complaints.

    Recently I've had extremely good customer service from Chain Reaction in a situation that could quite reasonably of gone the other way.
    Also exceptional no questions asked service on the return of a cracked Ksyrium Elite to Merlin Cycles.

  • AAAhh my frozen fingers1 year 11 weeks agobikeboy76 wrote:Where are

    bikeboy76 wrote:
    Where are you? Because it is +10C here in Manchester. It hasn't dropped below zero yet and the Roses are budding down the street. Anyone here want to deny global warming, cause that is one argument that might run.

    I saw a butterfly last week! (Devon)

  • California county bans brakeless fixies1 year 11 weeks agoI too run my fixed without a

    I too run my fixed without a rear brake, but with a front - and far from being dangerous, I'm positive that I can outbrake most of my other bikes with that combination, especially in the wet.

  • Specialized drops new trademark case against clothing firm Epix Gear1 year 11 weeks agoHmm, perhaps Specialized

    Hmm, perhaps Specialized Bicycle Components to give the company its full name may object to my use of the word Bicycle in my own business name, to be honest I could use the publicity.

  • Memorial to Tom Simpson blown over by strong winds on Mont Ventoux1 year 11 weeks agoThe cycling gods are angry!

    The cycling gods are angry!

  • Is Wiggle in some sort of trouble?1 year 11 weeks agoI've always found them to be

    I've always found them to be touch & go. I've not done any returns with them but sometimes when I've ordered "in stock" items I've had to mail them a few weeks later asking whats going on only to be told "we're waiting for it to come in from the supplier, we don't have a timescale".

    In the same breath, though, I've had people apologise profusely for the same or similar problems and issue me a full refund and some vouchers by way of apology!

    I'd keep arguing your point (in a friendly way of course!) - I'd say you've probably just got a grumpybum at the other end. As long as the hats got all it's labels etc on and it's in exactly the same condition as it was when you opened the package then it should be fine. Double check their returns policy on hats & accessories too it might be a case of that's just what they do.

  • Is Wiggle in some sort of trouble?1 year 11 weeks agoThis sounds strange, my

    This sounds strange, my reason for saying so is that Wiggle donate all returned items to a bike jumble in Tetbury. This includes clothes that had been sent back so they obviously used to refund/replace.

    On a side note it's worth a visit, I Paid £35 for a Garmin cadence sensor and a K edge mount.

  • California county bans brakeless fixies1 year 11 weeks agoThis makes no sense. It's a

    This makes no sense. It's a massive assumption that the accident was caused by anyone's braking capability. Much more likely somebody was just riding like a tw@t.
    How many car accidents are caused by cars having faulty brakes, and how many are caused by the drivers? I just don't see how banning fixies is a rational reaction.

    That said, I don't really get them myself and think it's reasonable to expect that bikes should have 2 proper brakes.

  • New Member and Health Question1 year 11 weeks agoTo the general advice of diet

    To the general advice of diet and supplements through winter, I would also add wearing a neck warmer, since getting a 'buff' the frequency of sore throats and general sniffles has diminished rapidly.

    As soon as it's cold enough to wear long sleeves for running or riding I tend to wear one.

    Oh and echinacea tea.

  • More HGV safety features & possible rush-hour ban for some lorries in London after councils agree to launch consultation1 year 11 weeks agoQuote:Re the last 14 deaths

    Quote:
    Re the last 14 deaths in London, does anybody know what times of day they occurred?

    Someone appears to have done some work on this... (not me)
    http://cottenhamcyclist.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/londons-cycling-fatalitie...

  • AAAhh my frozen fingers1 year 11 weeks agoFor cold toes rub vicks on

    For cold toes rub vicks on them before going out. It will feel strange under your socks but you won't have cold toes.

  • California county bans brakeless fixies1 year 11 weeks agoNitpicking, under UK law a

    Nitpicking, under UK law a fixed-gear bike doesn't need a separate front brake if the pedals "act on any wheel or on the axle of any wheel without the interposition of any gearing or chain". So a penny-farthing doesn't need brakes.
    (There's also an exemption for bikes with saddles lower than 635mm (intended for childrens' bikes but which might or might not exempt some recumbents depending whether a seat back is part of a "saddle"), and for small wheeled bikes built before 1984, again intended for childrens' bikes but would cover old Bromptons or Moultons. Which does not, of course, make it a good idea to use such a bike without the usual brakes.)

  • New Member and Health Question1 year 11 weeks agoThe cold coming on could just

    The cold coming on could just be coincidence. I've just been off work for nearly 2 weeks and still don't feel I'm ready to be back on the bike. A few weeks ago I noticed riding was feeling much harder than it should and leaving me more tired afterwards. The following week I went out for a long, cold ride and got quite chilled, then bang- off work with flu, and while I'm back riding to work now it's still leaving me much more tired than it should.

    In hindsight I'd say there was something lurking around my system that I should have paid more attention to earlier. So in your case, you might already have had something hanging around and the riding has just brought it to the fore. My advice would be listen to your body and don't push it, frustrating as that might be!

  • Design and win a Trek Project One bike worth up to £3,200!1 year 11 weeks agobah, wish I could colour code

    bah, wish I could colour code seat post and hoods!

  • California county bans brakeless fixies1 year 11 weeks agogiff77 wrote:oozaveared

    giff77 wrote:
    oozaveared wrote:

    Funnily enough though some old American bikes used to have a freewheel with a brake that came on of you pedalled backwards. I rode one once back in the 60s. Quite a good system I thought. Anyone know if they are still around or what they are called?


    Yep, they're still around. Mainly on kids bikes though. My friends youngster has this set up on his and takes great joy in locking the rear wheel to show his prowess on braking. Can't think what they're called right now

    Coaster brakes - also popular on bikes in Germany and Holland where they're still on sale. A lot of those old sit up type Dutch bikes have them still.

  • Memorial to Tom Simpson blown over by strong winds on Mont Ventoux1 year 11 weeks agoallez neg wrote:Millar (have

    allez neg wrote:
    Millar (have you read his book ?) had the chance to make amends and redeem himself - an opportunity Simpson never had.

    Quite. Millar did wrong. He accepts he did wrong. Under investigation, he told the police about occasions he'd doped that they would otherwise never have known about. He's worked hard since to help turn the sport around.

    But then he doesn't mind that some people will not forgive him. He says polarising figures are good- better than being bland.

    He's not like Simpson- who paid the ultimate price. He's not like Lance, who was a bully and a mastermind as well as a doper, and is (that Oprah bull aside) unrepentent.

  • Light & Motion Urban 200 front light1 year 11 weeks agoAgree with Jim, I have a

    Agree with Jim, I have a Light and Motion Urban 500 purchased a couple of years ago that was faulty. However the replacement light that I still have today is no better and is totally unreliable - when I am out in the dark I need to bring a back up light as the Urban 500 can switch itself off randomly. I expect more from a light that cost £120.

  • More HGV safety features & possible rush-hour ban for some lorries in London after councils agree to launch consultation1 year 11 weeks agoThere is a lot of technology

    There is a lot of technology available to haulage companies to alert truck drivers that there is a cyclist, motorcyclist or pedestrian within the proxinity of the vehicle. These aren't so expensive compared to the cost of a truck and don't add a great deal top the purchase price. I know various systems are available for £1000-2000. These do work as well. And for a fleet user, they also can help reduce insurance premiums so they actually help pay for themselves anyway.

    Why these aren't made mandatory is something I don't understand. I suppose the legislators are not keeping up with the technology available.