• Tour of Yorkshire scheduled to debut next May1 year 8 weeks agoChris James wrote:Thanks for

    Chris James wrote:
    Thanks for your postive comments there Gkam84.

    No worries, just saying it as I see it.

    Legacy isn't about the local benefits and communities, it is just an excuse for the event organisers to make more money of the back of a big event.

  • Video: Backtracker uses radar technology to warn of approaching vehicles1 year 8 weeks agoQuote:It's just easy to be a

    Quote:
    It's just easy to be a fukstick w/o earphones

    And I still fail to see how this revolutionary aid is going to be of any help to either set of "fucksticks".
    "Fucksticks" will be "fucksticks".

  • Half of Britons say local roads too dangerous for cycling in BBC poll1 year 8 weeks agoIt is definitely more

    It is definitely more dangerous these days riding the bike on the road.
    And that is due to peoples lack of care when they get in their metal boxes with wheels.

    Even some professional drivers like bus or taxi drivers seem to not care for the safety of cyclists out on the road.

    That said those cyclists riding through red lights aren't exactly doing us any favours. They should be fined, just like people years ago would be fined if they were caught riding a push bike on the pavement.

    We seem to have a lot of cycle paths going on to the pavement these days (I live in Brighton) , I for one think this hasn't helped the rights of cyclist putting cycle paths on pavements. Cyclist should use the road, pavements are for pedestrians. The powers that be should be taking the cycling routes off pavements and putting them back on roads. All motor vehicle traffic in built up areas should be reduced to 20mph and in some cases 10mph .

    The bicycle in built up places should be regarded as the most important to cater for, over motor vehicles.

    Radical ideas of mine but they make more sense than what's happening at the moment.

  • Tour of Yorkshire scheduled to debut next May1 year 8 weeks agoThanks for your postive

    Thanks for your postive comments there Gkam84.

  • Video: Backtracker uses radar technology to warn of approaching vehicles1 year 8 weeks agoI've also passed cyclists who

    I've also passed cyclists who *werent* wearing headphones, but were chatting, and then decided to turn right without looking over their shoulders because they couldnt hear a car. It's just easy to be a fukstick w/o earphones

  • Half of Britons say local roads too dangerous for cycling in BBC poll1 year 8 weeks agoGrahamSt wrote:I suspect it

    GrahamSt wrote:
    I suspect it is a multitude of factors, mostly massive improvements in car safety and much tighter traffic laws.

    Here's a different graph that I annotated with a few of the major changes:

    I believe the most significant factor is actually improved road engineering. Accident black spots have been identified and the issue has been engineered out with changes to the roads or junctions.

    That's why motorways are much safer to travel on, per mile driven, than any other road for example __ because they've been *designed* to allow traffic to flow at high speeds. The standards for motorway construction have also been massively improved in recent decades too with much more stringent limits on the radius of bends (for visibility) and gradients of climbs.

    That's also why your graph doesn't show any significant step-changes from the various changes in laws regarding safety features. The truth is that individually they didn't make much difference. What has made the difference has been the gradual improvement in road engineering and hundreds of improvements in the design of cars. Cars nowadays are much easier to drive than they were even 30 years ago. Brakes are better, handling is better, wider tyres, etc, etc.

    Improvements in road safety are essentially down to what Brailsford would describe as 'marginal gains'. Thousands of tiny changes that collectively add up to measurably increased performance.

  • Tour of Yorkshire scheduled to debut next May1 year 8 weeks agoLegacy is B/S. I'd much

    Legacy is B/S.

    I'd much rather see them go for 2.2 status. That way you don't have 50% of the world tour teams.

    You can only have pro teams of the country (Sky) then some continental teams, national and regional/club teams.

    We already have a England centred Tour of "Britain".....

    It is all about lining pockets.

    Where is the legacy promised from the 2007 tour? Where is the Olympic legacy??

    Oh yeah, try and use the velodrome in London.....

  • Half of Britons say local roads too dangerous for cycling in BBC poll1 year 8 weeks agoAs I understand it, it is an

    As I understand it, it is an offence for any cyclist to ride on the pavement, regardless of their age, but ACPO encourages police discretion:

    ACPO wrote:
    "The introduction of the fixed penalty is not aimed at responsible cyclists who sometimes feel obliged to use the pavement out of fear of the traffic, and who show consideration to other pavement users.

    Chief police officers, who are responsible for enforcement, acknowledge that many cyclists, particularly children and young people, are afraid to cycle on the road, sensitivity and careful use of police discretion is required."

    So in reality a child cyclist wouldn't be collared unless they were making a nuisance of themselves or putting other people in danger.

    (a child under ten is below the age of criminal responsibility, so can't be charged anyway)

  • YOUNG RIDERS in TDF - Who are they?1 year 8 weeks agoTalansky and Tejay are both

    Talansky and Tejay are both too old.

  • Tour de France Tech 2014: Nicholas Roche's Specialized Tarmac S-Works McLaren1 year 8 weeks agoNick T wrote:Anyway, what's

    Nick T wrote:
    Anyway, what's this new thing for getting car manufacturers to put their name to a frame? This McLaren, the Pinarello Jaguar - I wouldn't buy a car that Raleigh put their name to, or a tennis racquet that Nissan did the layup for, or skis that Bentley assisted in the design of.

    Who helped develop the bike that Chris Boardman made his name on in 1992?

    Lotus I believe.

    Hardly new is it?

  • YOUNG RIDERS in TDF - Who are they?1 year 8 weeks agoI believe Talansky and Tejay

    I believe Talansky and Tejay should both be on that list (last year they qualify) and last chance for Talansky to win it, which I think he will this time.

  • Tour de France Tech 2014: Nicholas Roche's Specialized Tarmac S-Works McLaren1 year 8 weeks agoQuote:McLaren Papaya Spark

    Quote:
    McLaren Papaya Spark Orange paint finish

    And then they lost me...

  • Video: Backtracker uses radar technology to warn of approaching vehicles1 year 8 weeks agoQuote:I don't wear

    Quote:
    I don't wear headphones, but I really can't understand why people think it's so dangerous to do so.

    Because I've come to overtake cyclists and runnerists who might be meandering a bit while absorbed in their music. Shouted a warning, which is generally ignored. I then pass said cyclist or runnerist only to see that it was the headphones that made them completely unaware of what is happening around them. Of course I understannd that it is fully my responsibility to pass these meanderers safely and they have to do nothing. #LawOfTheJungle.
    Why deliberately handicap yourself? It's not like it's absolutely necessary, is it?

  • Narrower tyres improving speed!1 year 8 weeks agobikebot wrote:notfastenough

    bikebot wrote:
    notfastenough wrote:
    I think Charles Hunter is right, the mantra that "wider tyres are faster" is directed at road bike riders that assume the thinnest tyres they can find (23mm) will be quickest. 25mm are generally thought to be best for UK roads. I don't think there is a suggestion that you will go quicker on 32mm.

    Unlikely on 32mm, but there's a lot to suggest that many riders even in sportives should be using 28 rather than 25. And when it comes to your typical Sunday ride or commute, more so.

    I deliberately avoided 28, as I wasn't sure either way!

    I could see comfort being a factor - on rough bits or even just speed bumps, I pause pedalling and shift the weight off the saddle for a second. Anything that ensured I just pedalled right through would have an effect on performance.

  • Orica-GreenEdge's Daryl Impey tests positive for banned diuretic1 year 8 weeks agodaddyELVIS wrote:That depends

    daddyELVIS wrote:
    That depends on which side of the debate one sits. Some fans believe the UCI are complicit in maintaining a facade of fighting the fight whilst protecting conflicting interests.

    Colin makes some good and valid points, all-be-it in a slightly aggressive manner.

    I wouldn't be surprised if you were to move on to claiming that Team Sky and the UCI were responsible for 9/11.

    It's a bit desperate.

  • Half of Britons say local roads too dangerous for cycling in BBC poll1 year 8 weeks agoBikebikebike wrote:Joeinpoole

    Bikebikebike wrote:
    Joeinpoole wrote:
    Airzound wrote:
    Cycling on UK roads is dangerous - 3 knock downs in 15 years, 2 of which were hospital trips and one a hit and run plus scores and scores of near certain death experiences plus several instances where drivers have threatened and been prepared to use extreme violence which could have resulted in very serious injury or death had I not got away. Thousands of close passes, hundreds of which were imho deliberate. Cycling on UK roads is not safe and definitely NOT for the faint hearted. Period.

    Sorry but maybe you need to examine *how* you ride and maybe where you ride too.

    I've had plenty of *potential* serious incidents but there's always been enough 'tells' to make me back off and avoid them.

    It's a bit like it seems that everyone who advocates the wearing of helmets has invariably had millions of near-death experiences from which "the helmet saved their lives". In contrast those of us who have *never* worn helmets (because I'd been cycling for 20 years before they were invented) have remained disappointingly impervious to such drama.

    The fact remains that British roads are actually incredibly safe for cyclists. There's about 100 deaths per year on British roads out of what, about 10-15M cyclists? From what I read in the news at least half of those killed are unfortunately down to the cyclist's own fault through being drunk, texting, racing, inexperienced, etc.

    So you'd be happy for an 8 year old child from your family to cycle along the roads with you? If not then they aren't safe. As I said, five out of five of my flatmates have been knocked off by cars. It's almost inevitable if you ride regularly round London, and that can't be acceptable for a child.

    When I was a child (in the 1960s/70s) the normal practice was that kids below 11 were 'allowed' to ride on the pavement __ you generally wouldn't have had 8-year olds riding on the road without the close supervision of an adult but that would have depended on where and when. Once the kid was big enough to handle a bike with 26" wheels or more, if I remember correctly, then they graduated to the road. Is that still the case today?

  • Tour of Yorkshire scheduled to debut next May1 year 8 weeks agoGreat swathes of the county

    Great swathes of the county have been missed out on Le Tour but hopefully the legacy will help those areas get the recognition they deserve. It just makes me more proud to hail from there Smile

  • YOUNG RIDERS in TDF - Who are they?1 year 8 weeks agoGoing on PCS. There are 28

    Going on PCS. There are 28 young riders in the race.

    1 VAN POPPEL Danny 20 years, 344 days.
    2 YATES Simon 21 years, 331 days.
    3 COQUARD Bryan 22 years, 70 days.
    4 DéMARE Arnaud 22 years, 313 days.
    5 DURBRIDGE Luke 23 years, 87 days.
    6 DUMOULIN Tom 23 years, 236 days.
    7 BARDET Romain 23 years, 238 days.
    8 PETIT Adrien 23 years, 282 days.
    9 MATTHEWS Michael 23 years, 282 days.
    10 HERRADA Jesús 23 years, 344 days.
    11 KWIATKOWSKI Michal 24 years, 33 days.
    12 PINOT Thibaut 24 years, 37 days.
    13 SAGAN Peter 24 years, 160 days.
    14 MOLARD Rudy 24 years, 291 days.
    15 MAJKA Rafal 24 years, 296 days.
    16 CIMOLAI Davide 24 years, 326 days.
    17 DELAPLACE Anthony 24 years, 328 days.
    18 TRENTIN Matteo 24 years, 337 days.
    19 SLAGTER Tom-Jelte 25 years, 3 days.
    20 REICHENBACH Sebastien 25 years, 37 days.
    21 DE LA CRUZ David 25 years, 59 days.
    22 FONSECA Armindo 25 years, 64 days.
    23 KING Benjamin 25 years, 104 days.
    24 OLIVEIRA Nelson 25 years, 120 days.
    25 VIVIANI Elia 25 years, 147 days.
    26 IZAGIRRE Ion 25 years, 150 days.
    27 JARRIER Benoit 25 years, 153 days.
    28 DEGENKOLB John 25 years, 178 days.

  • British cyclist killed in head-on collision as he descends Alpe d'Huez1 year 8 weeks agochiv30 wrote:Turn 17......

    chiv30 wrote:
    Turn 17...... That's a left hander (descending) and anyone who has descended the alpe on a bike will tell you .....99% of cyclists (myself included) take the left handers on the wrong side to clip the apex and maintain speed so as horrible as this is it could be and is more likely to be the cyclist at fault on this one unfortunately Sad

    So likely to be the cyclists fault that their initial belief is that it was the driver at fault?

    I can easily imagine that it is ridiculously easy to swing wide on a bend on Alpe D'Huez, or swing in tight when you are driving up or down it.

    I know for a fact that it is ridiculously easy to swing wide on a bend on Alpe D'Huez, or swing in tight when you are cycling up or down it.

  • YOUNG RIDERS in TDF - Who are they?1 year 8 weeks agoBest young riders this year

    Best young riders this year so far.

    Romain Bardet
    Adrien Petit
    Luke Durbride
    Jesus Herrada
    Simon Yates
    Michael Matthews
    Arnaud Demare
    Thibaut Pinot
    Danny Van Poppel
    Michal Kwiatkowski
    Peter Sagan
    Tom Dumoulin
    Bryan Coquard

  • Half of Britons say local roads too dangerous for cycling in BBC poll1 year 8 weeks agoTrue, but I was really

    True, but I was really thinking that if drivers' attitudes towards drink driving can be changed so dramatically can their attitudes towards cyclists be changed as well? Trouble is, that may also take a long time.

  • Tour of Yorkshire scheduled to debut next May1 year 8 weeks agoGreat news, this way the huge

    Great news, this way the huge beautiful parts missed on the Tour (Yorks moors and coast) will see some action.

    Happy days.

  • Video: Backtracker uses radar technology to warn of approaching vehicles1 year 8 weeks agoandyp wrote: This. It also

    andyp wrote:

    This.
    It also ties nicely to your line about headphones. Why would not listening to music make a difference to whether an idiot drives into the back of you.

    I make the same point when people talk about headphone bans. If you are cycling in a responsible manner, what action can you possibly take when you hear something coming up behind you aggressively?

    I don't wear headphones, but I really can't understand why people think it's so dangerous to do so.

  • Video: Backtracker uses radar technology to warn of approaching vehicles1 year 8 weeks agoWhat we need is a device that

    What we need is a device that the police can use to detect the speed of vehicles and then they could prosecute. If only this sort of thing existed...

  • Tour de France Tech 2014: Nicholas Roche's Specialized Tarmac S-Works McLaren1 year 8 weeks agoAll that money spent on

    All that money spent on developing a 15 grand bike and they take photos in the staff car park with some punter holding it up by the back wheel!?!