• DfT launches road sign consultation - with strong focus on cycling infrastructure1 year 8 weeks agogiff77 wrote:a cyclist who

    giff77 wrote:
    a cyclist who has opted to filter down the inside to the ASL with the view of turning right

    IMHO it's the filtering down the inside with the view of turning right that's causing the problem there, not the lack of segregated ASL boxes.

  • How to be a gentleman cyclist1 year 8 weeks agoIt was nice yesterday to get

    It was nice yesterday to get heartfelt thanks from two ladies after I'd calmly asked if their horses were OK with me approaching slowly up the singlelane. Admittedly as this was up a 10% slope I didn't really need to dab the brakes much…

  • Tech Roundup: Muc-Off, Garmin, Zipp, SRAM, Sidi, Rapha and more1 year 8 weeks ago11-32 on a 'top' line road

    11-32 on a 'top' line road groupset? I don't get it. I really don't. Who spends £1200 on a groupset yet can't spin up everything on a 25 or even a 28?

  • How to be a gentleman cyclist1 year 8 weeks agoSomeone who shall remain

    Someone who shall remain nameless, ( ok it was 'Clarkson'. So named as he's always in top gear..) guffed in my face on a club run recently. I could taste it. Sick

  • Giro Queen Stage1 year 8 weeks agoThat's what I was

    That's what I was thinking.....we'll go with that UNLESS there are any official announcements.

  • Chris Hoy hits out at “stupid” cyclists1 year 8 weeks agoWhen you're driving and you

    When you're driving and you let another car in and receive no wave of thanks isn't it annoying? Plenty of cyclists ride as if they're alone on the road. Motorists think that either we're too arrogant to acknowledge they're there or we are too dozy to realise they're there.

    - Single out on busy roads,
    - Give a wave of thanks when someone waits to overtake safely
    - When filtering to the front of a long queue of 'masters of the road' give the first driver a little smile and a friendly wave to thank him/her for their patience and to encourage them not to leave your husband/ wife a widower/widow.

    I've found 90% of drivers respond favourably to this approach and it leaves them with the idea that they've shared. The other 10% are either senile or sociopaths and no amount of friendly cycling will change their behaviour.

    Be firm. Be polite. Own the road. Smile and wave.

    It's getting through slowly.

    Oh, and when you pass horse riders on your bike remember to raise your fist in the Black Panther salute and say 'Riders of the Road Unite!' in a Wolfie Smith manner.

  • Tour-de-Romandie-stage-41 year 8 weeks agoI really wasn't sure who to

    I really wasn't sure who to go for today. Fortunately, I overslept so decision made - 4 transfers for tomorrow.

  • How to be a gentleman cyclist1 year 8 weeks agoI've surprised a few by

    I've surprised a few by stopping to help as I drove by, both in car and motorbike. Worth it for the look of pleased amazement alone.

  • How to be a gentleman cyclist1 year 8 weeks agomost of this kind of

    most of this kind of etiquette stuff is nonsense but I think the principle of checking a rider you pass on the roadside is OK is a certainly one to live by still as even if it's something easy to fix it's a morale boost to know someone's looking out for you

  • Chris Hoy hits out at “stupid” cyclists1 year 8 weeks agoKiwiMike wrote:stumps

    KiwiMike wrote:
    stumps wrote:
    After reading the comments on here there are lot of genuinely good ones but as always the "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" cyclists are in abundance which is a shame.

    I genuinely can't work out on which side of the argument you lie Smile

    haha, its a conundrum isn't it !

    I agree with Hoy on this but rather than face the wrath of others i'll say no more Big Grin

  • How to be a gentleman cyclist1 year 8 weeks agochrisp1973 wrote:There's only

    chrisp1973 wrote:
    There's only one set of rules.

    Only one rule 'ride your bike'!

  • Trek launch Domane 6.9 Disc (there's a Domane 4.0 Disc too)1 year 8 weeks agonoether wrote:Axles are a

    noether wrote:
    Axles are a necessity when equipping wheels with disc brakes. They position the wheel back so that the disc falls exactly between the callipers of the hydraulic brake. With QR, this can be tricky, especially in a hail storm.

    Actually this Domane Disk sets the first step towards the next revolution in road cycling. Larger diameter wheels, now that advances in materials and technique have made wheels stiff enough. A slightly larger, broad rimmed wheel would make such bicycles ultra performant on rougher surfaces. MTB's made the step and 26 inch wheels have disappeared from new models in favour of 27.5 and 29 inch. (with the exception of Specialized). The whole transition took less than 2 years, thanks to the massive improvements brought about by the new formats, without ANY downside.

    I don't know if this is meant to be sarcastic, text isn't good at portraying piss-taking. If it is fine, if it isn't you really have bought the marketing crap hook line and sinker!

  • DfT launches road sign consultation - with strong focus on cycling infrastructure1 year 8 weeks ago7thGalaxy wrote:"They should

    7thGalaxy wrote:
    "They should paint a line in each ASL, parallel to the kerb, and about four feet from the kerb, to separate the ASL box into two areas, one for straight on and one for turning right, with fixed penalties for cyclists using the "right turn box" and then cycling straight on."

    I fail to see why this matters? What exactly are you worried about with non segregated right and straight on areas?

    Because more often than not whith the current set up a cyclist who has opted to filter down the inside to the ASL with the view of turning right then finds themselves trapped by a full box. Many roads have a turning lane as well as an ahead lane. Why not road features for cyclists. I suggested on another thread to scrap the filter lane to the ASL. And then if a cyclist is ahead of the motorist within a certain distance say 25 meters of the junction they cannot be cut up by said motorist. Any cyclist approaching from behind would not be allowed to filter and protecting them from left turning vehicles if the lights change. Personally, if I do not reach the ASL first I choose to sit in traffic in primary. I find that I can move off more safely as I am not having to 'race' the vehicle at the top of the queue.

  • How to be a gentleman cyclist1 year 8 weeks agoThere's only one set of

    There's only one set of rules.

  • Muc-Off Helmet Polish1 year 8 weeks agobrings up a shine on the

    brings up a shine on the wearer's halo a treat too I shouldn't wonder

  • Videos: Brussels couriers tackle the Tour of Flanders sportive - on a cargo bike1 year 8 weeks ago"Pedal goes Ronde" - that

    "Pedal goes Ronde" - that makes my brain go "Arg!". "Pedal goes Rond" would be less painful to a dutch speaker Wink.

  • How to be a gentleman cyclist1 year 8 weeks agoRule no 5 seems to have

    Rule no 5 seems to have changed.....

  • Chris Hoy hits out at “stupid” cyclists1 year 8 weeks agoThe last time I checked,

    The last time I checked, cyclists are humans, just like motorists. Compared to a car, the human on a bike will always be in the worse position. Many idiot humans in cars disregard the life of a human on a bike (I was nearly taken out three times on one 28 mile ride).

    After a while you start to realise that sticking to the rules will not protect you. You can just as easily end up dead obeying the law as you can breaking it.

    Respect is earned is it? What a stupid thing to say. So by that logic, the driver who knocks someone off his bike is justified because another cyclist jumped a red light, after all, they're all the same right?

    A traffic system should not rely on respect.

  • Chris Hoy hits out at “stupid” cyclists1 year 8 weeks agoExcellent response here:

    Excellent response here: http://helenblackman.wordpress.com/2014/05/02/chris-hoy-cycling-and-the-...

    It seems one famous cyclist named Chris "gets it"... but the other doesn't.

  • Mavic launch Ksyrium 125 Wheelset + tyre system1 year 8 weeks agosorebones wrote:Hoof Hearted

    sorebones wrote:
    Hoof Hearted wrote:
    I have the SLR's @ 12 months old. The tyres are an absolute bitch to get off whenever u get a puncture! Also I think they wear fairly quick and get rips/tears fairly easily too. Disappointed with the tyres tbh and will change to Contis probably. Great looking wheel and braking is superb, and the 'jet' sound of the brakes is class especially when in a group! Finally, I haven't got to the bottom of this yet so may be wrong, but there seems to be a lot of flex in the front wheel as every time I stand up the front wheel rubs the brakes somehow and I have to open the block and even then there is still a slight rub!

    I am not a huge fan of the magic tyres on my SLR's either, although one complaint isn't getting them on and off. I had a front puncture last week and got the tyre back on by hand, no levers required. They seem to be wearing 'ok' (race tyre at the end of the day), but they do not feel as quick or supple as my favourite Ultremos.

    I on the other hand am dead chuffed with my Yksion tyres, find them very easy to put on and get good wear from them. I've just moved on to my second pair, after over 2000 miles without a puncture. Current pair are on 1500 miles, still without a puncture. So in fairness, I can't comment on the fit because it's only happened once for each pair.
    My previous tyres (Conti GatorSkins) were half the price but covered half the distance before replacing, and I got a couple of punctures from daily London commuting. They came with a range of fits...

  • DfT launches road sign consultation - with strong focus on cycling infrastructure1 year 8 weeks agoHead start lights in

    Head start lights in particular I'm not sure about. It'll only increase the "must get to the ASL" mentality displayed by some people on bikes - particularly those who also exhibit the "must stay glued to the kerb" mentality.

    Or am I missing something?

  • Chris Hoy hits out at “stupid” cyclists1 year 8 weeks agostumps wrote:After reading

    stumps wrote:
    After reading the comments on here there are lot of genuinely good ones but as always the "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" cyclists are in abundance which is a shame.

    I genuinely can't work out on which side of the argument you lie Smile

  • Trek launch Domane 6.9 Disc (there's a Domane 4.0 Disc too)1 year 8 weeks agoonzadog wrote:I think once

    onzadog wrote:
    I think once the new 105 hydro brake/mech shifter comes out, we'll see a mid priced 5 series bike.
    If it rides as good as it looks and I've had a few Treks with the new 105 I'd be putting that high on my list

  • Chris Hoy hits out at “stupid” cyclists1 year 8 weeks agoKiwiMike wrote:Things Not To

    KiwiMike wrote:
    Things Not To Bring Up At Cyclist Dinners:

    Helmets
    Hi-Viz
    Red Lights
    Use Of Dual-Carriageway A-Roads
    Urination In Public Places

    ...and now:

    Collective Responsibility And Punishment

    (I really should do a website on this)

    Might be quicker to document what you can discuss

    Wink

  • Camelbak Podium 610/710ml water bottle1 year 8 weeks agoallezrider wrote:however it

    allezrider wrote:
    however it does say it is BPA free.
    Worth noting that some plastics have secret ingredients. Don't presume those are nicer than BPA. Plastic milk jugs and the soft cycling bottles (marked PE or 2 in the triangle) are safe as houses. The more brittle big brand see-through (often nicely coloured) plastic water bottles marked 7, often with BPA-Free printed on side, not such a great bet, imho.