- Cyclists 'endangering lives' by cycling on dual carriageways (say motorists)1 year 25 weeks agoI know a lot about cycling
I know a lot about cycling next to high-speed traffic.
It's basically what we do all the time in Abu Dhabi where there are no cycle paths and in general there is not always a choice of roads. Large parts of our regular routes are on the equivalent of motorways where the speed limit is 140km/h.
And call me crazy but I feel much safer there than I do when cycling with Dulwich Paragon in the lanes of Surrey and Kent. I even wear headphones here, which I would never do in the UK.
Most cycling accidents if I recall correctly occur when motor vehicles and bicycles have to interact - at junctions, pinch points, roundabouts and so on. In the 'quiet' lanes there is always a car coming up behind or a white van around the next corner who can't see through the hedgerow. Even where there are paths cyclists are forever having to go into cycle lanes and then out again to fight for their place in traffic and get around parked cars, buses etc.
Yes if a car, truck or bus comes up at 120km/h and collects me then I am an instant ex-cyclist. Hence the headphones - hearing them coming won't make any difference.
But the chances of that are many many times smaller than someone coming through me at a roundabout, or not letting me go around a parked car, or trying to overtake without enough room and having to cut in.
So in my experience 70mph dual carriageways and motorways are not scenic but they are one of the best places to cycle.
- Tour de France 2013 route unveiled + video + Wiggo to support Froome?1 year 25 weeks agoI descended the Col de la
I descended the Col de la Sarenne this summerafter climbing Alpe d'Huez. Its very narrow and steep and the road surface is rubbish but no doubt they resurface it. A good descender could certainly get away on the Sarenne and stay away until the 2nd time up the Alpe
- Ridley launch their lightest bike ever.1 year 25 weeks agoYou missed the point. As I
You missed the point. As I said, it's not a mistake, it's a style thing. Some people treat companies as singular, some as plural.
Read this if it's the sort of thing that interests you:
Everyone else: don't bother. It's really boring.
- Tour de France 2013 route unveiled + video + Wiggo to support Froome?1 year 25 weeks agoif you've not seen this yet i
if you've not seen this yet i present to you the new comedy duo:
Cavendish + Wiggo
- New Forest sportive riders slammed by motorists for not riding single file1 year 25 weeks agosim1515 wrote:Tell me aboutsim1515 wrote:
Tell me about it! Maybe a diagram will help (please forgive my rubbish paint skills).
On the left is a car overtaking a car, on the right is a car overtaking a cyclists. The overtaking car is in the same place for both overtakes, this is what I've been trying to explain.
Do you understand the overtaking rule now?
Please don't rubbish your paint skills ... they are much better than mine ... probably because of the number of times you have drawn your diagrams.
From your very own Blog...
Rule 163: "...give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car..."
Looking at your diagrams, even I can see that the gap between the cyclist and car on the right diagram is about three times the size of the gap between the two cars in the left diagram?
- Cyclists 'endangering lives' by cycling on dual carriageways (say motorists)1 year 25 weeks agoGas pedal works both ways on
Gas pedal works both ways on our family car and there's a brake pedal next to it will make you slow down real fast.
Clearly there is no need to do this when overtaking lorries that are overtaking cyclists though. That's just stoopid.
- New Forest sportive riders slammed by motorists for not riding single file1 year 25 weeks agosim1515 wrote:nbrussim1515 wrote:Its not my opinion either ... what I (and others) are saying is that cycling *two abreast* is both selfish and a hazard. It puts both parties at increased risk. This has nothing to do with lack of knowledge, as I feel well educated having read all your posts.nbrus wrote:sim1515 wrote:nbrus wrote:sim1515 wrote:There's nothing to agree, or disagree on ... its a simple statement of fact.
Look, you explain your opinion on why you think drivers are irritated, I understand your opinion, I just don't agree with it...
What exactly is your fact and what exactly is the evidence to prove it?
The fact is as a motorist I get irritated, and that's also my evidence ... unless you believe I'm telling fibs?
The title of this thread says it all "New Forest sportive riders slammed by motorists for not riding single file". Is this evidence enough?
Sorry ... I think I misread your post ... I thought you were saying that you don't believe that drivers get irritated.
Yes, I agree drivers get irritated, I'm saying that in my opinion they are irritated due to lack of knowledge/understanding of how to overtake, and if they knew/understood they wouldn't be as irate. Your opinion seems to be that they get irritated because cyclists are in the wrong, but this is not fact, it's your opinion.
- Tour de France 2013 route unveiled + video + Wiggo to support Froome?1 year 25 weeks agoFran The Man wrote:Only thingFran The Man wrote:
Only thing I have to do now is figure which stage[s] to watch live!
Easy, take all your annual leave in one go and watch it all, Simples
- Lance Armstrong, the UCI and USADA: Catch-22?1 year 25 weeks agoUSADA seem to agree with a
USADA seem to agree with a previous post of mine - the UCI are a crock of shite. Get rid of them and start again, their ineptitude and lack of probity is endemic as it is top down. Just getting rid of 'Pat' is half arsed solution - the procedures, people and nomenclature they use mean they institutionally inept.
- Mavic R-Sys 2013....are they joking?!?!1 year 25 weeks agoWith you on the reduced
With you on the reduced stuff!! Its good to support the local shop and all that but i cannot afford their prices when i can get the same product substantiaaly cheaper at the click of a mouse. In the last week i digged into savings to treat myself to a Cervelo R5 VWD frameset as it was half price and a set of 3t carbon bars at 25% off on PBK. Its a lot of money but i use it when i am working so it gets plenty of miles to justify the treat!!
Just seems the Mavics do not represent value for money compared with other brands. Must be paying Garmin Sharp too much in sponsorship and Joe Public is footing the bill!!!
I will buy the groupset and wheels in Italy next year through my employer there where i get a VERY good price.
- Mavic R-Sys 2013....are they joking?!?!1 year 25 weeks agoI was flicking through a
I was flicking through a cycling mag from 2008 the other day. It makes you realise just how much things have gone up in a relatively small time. I guess while cycling is becoming more popular and a lot of customers have a lot of disposable income they will pass all the cost increases directly to the customer, and in addition as long as there is a market for the ultra high end the companies meet the demand. I have kind reached my limit and have massively reduced my spending on bike stuff andhunt around for reduced stuff. I guess its what happens when the government turns on the printing press.
- Giro High-rise socks1 year 25 weeks agoGiro, surprisingly, do good
Giro, surprisingly, do good socks. But it'll take a while before the taint of association with Lance Armstrong wears off.
- Ridley launch their lightest bike ever.1 year 25 weeks agoMat Brett wrote:Who do youMat Brett wrote:
Who do you think owns the language and gets to dictate these rules?
Personally, I think grammar and spelling are important; and that companies, which generally cultivate a singular public image, should be referred to as a single entity. But everyone makes mistakes every once in a while. Especially on the interweb.
- Mavic R-Sys 2013....are they joking?!?!1 year 25 weeks agoThanks though, good price but
Thanks though, good price but i am vain and like the all black version!!!
- Riis: Stages Of Light And Dark by Bjarne Riis With Lars Steen Pedersen Translated by Ellis Bacon1 year 25 weeks agoQuote:Stages of Dull and GreyQuote:
Stages of Dull and Grey would have been a more apt title for this self serving and dull book
Could be worse, it could be Riis's version of Fifty Shades of Grey. Imagine that, erotic fiction staring Mr. 50%. Actually, don't imagine it. Ever.
- Lance Armstrong, the UCI and USADA: Catch-22?1 year 25 weeks agoPot calling the kettle to be
Pot calling the kettle to be honest.
- Mavic R-Sys 2013....are they joking?!?!1 year 25 weeks agoYeah but i am talking about
Yeah but i am talking about the ones with the black exalith braking surface like below:
- Lance Armstrong, the UCI and USADA: Catch-22?1 year 25 weeks agoThe whole thing stinks and
The whole thing stinks and not one person, agency or union comes out of it with any credit or credibility at all.
- Cyclists 'endangering lives' by cycling on dual carriageways (say motorists)1 year 25 weeks agoQueen Elizabeth (the
Queen Elizabeth (the Shakespearean era queen) is reputed to have once said "I take a bath twice a year, whether I need one or not". The highways guy's response is in much the same vein.
Dangerous, or sensible, or no, cyclists, horse riders, drivrs of pony traps etc are entitled to use most dual carriageway trunk roads. There are some exceptions, such as the new Hindhead Tunnel, which is unavailable to any vehilce with less than 50cc motor. Consequently, the Highways Agency has had to spend a fair sum of money (albeit tiny in comparison with the £381m cost of the tunnel) providing a bypass route over Hindhead Common. I have absolutely no doubt that hey would not have done this unless they were compelled to by law.
- Riis: Stages Of Light And Dark by Bjarne Riis With Lars Steen Pedersen Translated by Ellis Bacon1 year 25 weeks ago"The man's the Terry Waite of
"The man's the Terry Waite of team management."
- Tour de France 2013 route unveiled + video + Wiggo to support Froome?1 year 25 weeks agoOnly thing I have to do now
Only thing I have to do now is figure which stage[s] to watch live!
- Tour de France 2013 route unveiled + video + Wiggo to support Froome?1 year 25 weeks agoDave Atkinson wrote:currentlyDave Atkinson wrote:
currently the col de sarenne is very narrow and not a great surface, although it is tarmac. i expect they'll resurface it before the race
As I hear it, work had already started some weeks ago.
- Mavic R-Sys 2013....are they joking?!?!1 year 25 weeks agoThe 2009 recall? When the
The 2009 recall? When the wheel's were prone to self combustions like this
The 2012 can be had for £800
- Tour de France 2013 route unveiled + video + Wiggo to support Froome?1 year 25 weeks agoAny Tour that includes a
Any Tour that includes a finish at the top of Mont Ventoux is a good Tour in my book.
I overheard some people in a pub this lunchtime talking about taking the ferry to see the St Malo stage finish. They weren't terribly knowledgeable about cycling, just wanted to see Cavendish and Wiggins. It shows how much cycling has moved towards the mainstream, although it does mean having to book early to avoid disappointment.
- Armstrong round-up: Cavendish, Vaughters, Hammond Staff & Indurain have their say + Boonen visits Ferrari*1 year 25 weeks agoWho better to make an example
Who better to make an example of, and hopefully act as a deterrent, than the person who benefitted most from cheating. Armstrong is being singled out and it is fantastic.