• GBH charge after Oxford road rage attack in which motorist hospitalised in row with cyclist1 year 14 weeks agoFixie Girl wrote:I hope the

    Fixie Girl wrote:
    I hope the forum doesn't jump on the cyclist pity party again of how its only a poor cyclist defending his rights etc etc

    Again? Can you point me in the direction of where the original cyclist pity parties were? They sound like fun.

    It was a bit of gallows humour as we've constantly have these reasons rehashed and used as acceptable reasons for the deaths and injuries of cyclists.

  • Christoph Strasser smashes Race Across America records, winning in 7 days, 22 hours and 11 minutes1 year 14 weeks agoGood effort there Mr Streets.

    Applause Good effort there Mr Streets.

  • Orbea's new Avant, 'the most adaptable bike ever seen'1 year 14 weeks agoalotronic wrote:@pups110 I

    alotronic wrote:
    @pups110

    I think the idea is it has NO cx cred at all! There are plenty of disc crossers with lazy head tube angles; the thing we *really* want is carbon, discs, real world features and road geometry.

    Eh? Don't most cross bikes have 73.5 / 74 degree head tubes e.g. anything by Ridley.

    That headtube though. Sick

  • Tour de France game - Pick three Frenchmen1 year 14 weeks agoPinot 30.4 S.Dumoulin

    Pinot 30.4
    S.Dumoulin 16.0
    Pauriol 3.0

    subject to change when riders list is finalised.

  • Tips for Sportives please, Overtaking riders1 year 14 weeks agobikeboy76 wrote:however the

    bikeboy76 wrote:
    however the looped course means whatever you do you will be coming up behind slower riders.

    bikeboy76 wrote:
    You can't say we will close this motorway for a big cycling event but then people not to go fast.

    bikeboy76 wrote:
    however the looped course means whatever you do you will be coming up behind slower riders.

    bikeboy76 wrote:
    You can't say we will close this motorway for a big cycling event but then people not to go fast.

    bikeboy76 wrote:
    however the looped course means whatever you do you will be coming up behind slower riders.

    bikeboy76 wrote:
    You can't say we will close this motorway for a big cycling event but then people not to go fast.

    bikeboy76 wrote:
    however the looped course means whatever you do you will be coming up behind slower riders.

    bikeboy76 wrote:
    You can't say we will close this motorway for a big cycling event but then people not to go fast.

    But you can always do what you like.

  • Tour De France - Stage 1 - Predicted top 51 year 14 weeks agoGhedebrav wrote:It'll be a

    Ghedebrav wrote:
    It'll be a Goss, Farrar 1-2 Big Grin

    I wouldn't mind betting that at least one of them hits the floor during the stage!!

  • Castelli Velocissimo Team bib shorts1 year 14 weeks agoHave been using these for a

    Have been using these for a year now and they are absolutely flawless. Super comfortable, great padding, snug but not over-tight fit, never had any chafing or soreness - an absolute delight!

  • £55 fine and three points for driver who left cyclist with broken leg, elbow & weeks in hospital1 year 14 weeks agoCareless driving - is a

    Careless driving - is a momentary loss / lapse of concentration.

    Dangerous driving - standard of driving which falls way below that of a safe and competent driver.

    These come under the road traffic act so i wish people would stop saying its an assault when you use a car to hit someone, its not.

    If you banjo someone or use an item to inflict an injury it comes under the offences against the person act 1861.

  • National Championships game1 year 14 weeks agoDuly noted, mind you i

    Duly noted, mind you i couldn't even get the right nationality for Spain D Oh

    Swift
    Gallopin
    Visconti
    Meersman
    Moreno

    EDIT: just heard Visconti isn't riding so will add Nibali instead.

  • £55 fine and three points for driver who left cyclist with broken leg, elbow & weeks in hospital1 year 14 weeks ago“In neither case can one

    “In neither case can one simply blame the police or Crown Prosecution Service for the failed outcomes. In the Mary Bowers case, the CPS did bring a dangerous driving prosecution, only to have it rejected by a jury, i.e. by ordinary members of the public. Similarly in the Sam Harding case, the CPS didn’t really have the option of bringing a dangerous (or even a careless) driving prosecution, given that a jury would almost certainly have been persuaded that opening a car door doesn’t count as driving.”

    If we accept this rationale, doesn't it show the judges across the country to be the most committed anti-bike/pro-car campaigners? What else could explain handing out paltry £55 fines when maximum allowed even under careless driving convictions is £5000?

    A few multi-thousand fine for careless driving against the cyclists, and even the worst sighted drivers will suddenly start seeing cyclists as big as a lorry!

  • £55 fine and three points for driver who left cyclist with broken leg, elbow & weeks in hospital1 year 14 weeks agoI'm surprised that the driver

    I'm surprised that the driver even went to court. At the moment it looks like the guy who hit me will be offered a Driver Alertness Course: it's a police decision whether to prosecute or not.

    Apparently the courts don't actually have the power to insist on driver training, all they can do is hand out (stupidly insignificant) fines and points.

  • Who's got a MARIN road bike?1 year 14 weeks agoOops ... It seemed like too

    Oops Smile ... It seemed like too much of a coincidence to not be true. She lives in Brockham, though, not Guilford.

  • Orbea's new Avant, 'the most adaptable bike ever seen'1 year 14 weeks agoThis has gone straight to the

    This has gone straight to the top of my want list. I love the idea of it being future-proof and having loads of upgrade options. Love the colour scheme too.

  • Updated Cycle Action Plan for Scotland unveiled1 year 14 weeks agoCAPS makes the right noises

    CAPS makes the right noises but I can't see a clear practical route for much of the delivery, even with the watered down targets. Without that the 'shrug of responsibility' from Scottish Government to individual councils will just be met with a shrug back.
    Take Bikeability for example, this is delivered in Scotland by a plethora of different volunteer models involving Police, teachers, parent volunteers, active schools co-ordinators, paid trainers and is largely a postcode lottery dependent on which school your child is at and the interest of school management and parent champions in taking it up. This is a big problem in my Stirling Council area, especially where the capacity of schools is getting sliced through cuts to admin.
    CAPS aims to offer all children Bikeability training by 2015 but on the ground this looks impossible unless there is a requirement for all schools to deliver, and the proper resourcing to get it integrated into the school week. At the moment swimming lessons get far more integration into the core hours of the week than Bikeability does.

  • RITMO Rating1 year 14 weeks agothe algorithm definitely

    the algorithm definitely needs work. i did an hour's training up at the circuit last night, 20 mins moderate with some sprints, 20 mins spinning round and chatting and 20 mins pace line. score for that was 1.9, i'm now down to 3.3 overall. if i was a golfer playing off 3, i'd be a very good golfer. but i'm not a very good cyclist Thinking

  • GBH charge after Oxford road rage attack in which motorist hospitalised in row with cyclist1 year 14 weeks agoBeaufort wrote:Apparently

    Beaufort wrote:
    Apparently folk on here think assault is amusing...unless its a cyclist who is assaulted.

    It depends whether the person was assaulted or just came second in a fight; there is not enough information to decide what happened here.
    My comment was prompted by the bullshit excuses I have heard motorists say over the years to excuse their stupidity.

  • £55 fine and three points for driver who left cyclist with broken leg, elbow & weeks in hospital1 year 14 weeks agoHe turned left out of a

    He turned left out of a junction and hit a cyclist riding ahead? So he crashed into the back of a cyclist? That is an interesting one....

    But did he stop at the time? Did he provide assistance to the injured party? The potential mitigating factors have been missed. It says he pleaded guilty, this would normally mean a reduced sentence. OK so £55 is a piss take, but the effect of the injuries can be mitigated by compensation.
    If he had driven off or denied the offence that could mean the rider could have died, not received compensation and as we have seen with the ridiculous 'blacked out windows incident' mentioned above he could have been found innocent!!

  • National Time Trial Championships: Dowsett overcomes crash to retain men's title, Rowsell wins women's event1 year 14 weeks agoTT

    TT surely?
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/22995877

  • National Time Trial Championships: Dowsett overcomes crash to retain men's title, Rowsell wins women's event1 year 14 weeks agowas it really the National

    was it really the National Road Race?

  • LBS vs internet pricing1 year 14 weeks agoI stopped using a not so LBS

    I stopped using a not so LBS after they quoted me a 4-5 day waiting period and 25% more than internet prices. Only for an order from one of the big internet companies to arrive whilst I was in the shop.

    My main beef with LBS is that some only want to sell big ticket stuff and expect you to suck up the inflated prices of the smaller consumerables.

    I may not want to buy a new £2K bike each year, however the cost of two new tyres, chain, brake pads, chainrings, energy bars and gels, cables, oils and grease, degreaser, bar tape.... very quickly adds up. I don't mind paying a little more, but being charged £1:80 for energy gels that cost £1 on the net. People often say customer service is missing from the interenet, it's short in some shops as well. Trying to sell you something you have made clear you don't want, stating they will call once in or ready but not and then kicking off because it was ready earlier. Quoting one price for a job which some how doubles plus VAT.

    I fully understand that shops can not stock everything but why should customers wait longer for an item to arrive, pay more and have to drive/travel to the shop? When they can order on line often get it cheaper and within 2 days of placing the order on the door mat.

    IMHO Shops generally need to change business model and aim to get more footfall and lots of little spends/customer loyalty rather than focusing on the big ticket items.

  • Louis Garneau Course Superleggera Jersey1 year 14 weeks ago+1 for the above comment.

    +1 for the above comment. Does appear to be more than a little transparent...

  • National Championships game1 year 14 weeks agoCrumbs... Best sub in Moser

    Crumbs...

    Best sub in Moser instead then.

  • National Championships game1 year 14 weeks agodrheaton wrote:My team

    drheaton wrote:
    My team is:

    GBR: Swift
    FRA: Sandy Casar
    ITA: Visconti
    ESP: Sammy Sanchez
    BEL: Meersman

    Visconti isn't riding Dr

  • £55 fine and three points for driver who left cyclist with broken leg, elbow & weeks in hospital1 year 14 weeks agoArgos74 wrote:giles

    Argos74 wrote:
    giles wrote:
    lets say 2 on the conservative side, would have cost the taxpayer £3640, why not fine the driver at least the cost of the hospital stay?

    The driver may well be facing a hefty increase in his next renewal premium, even if he has protected NCD, if he is offered insurance at all. His insurer will certainly be facing a substantial (large five figures, very possibly low six figures) civil claim in respect of personal injury, loss of earnings, possible costs of adapting the claimant's home if the injuries are likely to be permanent or long standing, and so on.

    The Newcastle office of the DWP (the Compensation Recovery Unit) would also be chasing up medical costs and social security benefits payable as a result of the accident from the insurer of the at fault driver (link).

    So while the quantum of the judicial result is ridonkulous, the principle of fault has been clearly established and the claimant will eventually be put right, well, right-ish anyway. Even if we end up paying for the driver's carelessness (ahem) through higher premiums.

    This is all well and good but it's punishment by proxy.
    When people are 'careless' and cause injury to another person then they need to be held to account fully.

    As a person (cyclist, motorist, etc..) you have a responsibility to the people around you. If you fail in that responsibility through carelessness, ignorance, vindictivness etc then you should be held to account, with sentencing factoring in the impact on the victim(s).

    This type of sentencing is a joke. What do we need to do to force a change/review in the guidelines?

  • National Championships game1 year 14 weeks agoMy team is: GBR: Swift FRA:

    My team is:

    GBR: Swift
    FRA: Sandy Casar
    ITA: Visconti
    ESP: Sammy Sanchez
    BEL: Meersman