• Would-be cyclists want more cycle lanes and better facilities, says Halfords survey1 year 9 weeks agoHarrogateSpa wrote: My view

    HarrogateSpa wrote:

    My view is that training drivers will never work. It seems to be human nature that people give you lots of space if it's easy to do so, but if it isn't, impatience takes priority over considerate driving. You have to force them to allow space with the road infrastructure.

    I live in Germany - have done for years - and I cycle a fair bit and the vast majority of drivers do give me lots of space when overtaking. And wait behind me until it's safe to overtake. And slow down in fog, rain, and snowstorms. It's not all due to the enforcement regime, which isn't actually very strict at all, but the wider culture (all sorts of things - the driver training regimen, strict liability, the obligations drivers have towards cyclists and pedestrians, the fact that drivers are used to being confronted with unaccompanied children who don't yet have perfect road sense because it's still culturally acceptable to say "go out and play with the traffic, dearest.")

    I had a close pass at the weekend - a tractor/high-sided trailer who gave me maybe 40 cm clearance - and I was shocked and appalled by it as I can often go for many months without one. When the driver swung off and parked just ahead of me I pulled in to get the number plate and have a chat with him about his driving. (The second time I've done that in the last five years.) It had been pretty bad driving, but also had some redeeming points: I believed the driver when he said he had been keeping an extremely close eye on me in his mirrors and had squeezed past me very, very slowly and carefully. (The overtake lasted a very, very long time. He was limited to 25 km/h, and I was riding uphill with heavy panniers; the whole thing was in slow motion and I probably wasn't really in mortal danger as I would have had time to bail into the ditch if he had come any closer.)

    He absolutely shouldn't have overtaken me before the estate car had finished overtaking him; it would have cost him three seconds to wait rather than having the three of us side-by-side. But it was thoughtless rather than deliberately aggressive or anti-cyclist. The road is quiet but traffic had bunched up a bit behind his slow vehicle and put him pressure - the car had been waiting for a straight stretch of road to overtake, there was a bus behind waiting to overtake, he had been aware of them before he came round the bend, saw me and didn't process the situation fast enough. He was shocked to be thought of as an inconsiderate or incompetent driver. He stressed that he had never had an accident and (having helped out at accidents as a volunteer with the fire brigade) never wanted to, either. His tone was quite concilatory - he initially didn't understand my problem ("But nothing happened!") but he took my point on board that days with near-death experiences feel a bit different from days without near-death experiences and that I would like to feel safe on his local road. And he didn't ask why I had been on "his" road and not using the parallel greenway. (I had my reasons.)

    I've reported him, but I suspect that my worst problems might be nice enough problems to have in an international comparison. I was angry because I'm used to drivers on rural roads giving me acres of space (not a poxy 1.5 metres, more like three to five - it shocks me to the core to see people asking for 1.5 metres without also stressing that such a small gap is only acceptable at low speeds). I don't mind urban car drivers (small vehicles, not high-sided vans or trucks) going down to around 1 m if they really slow to the point where the speed differential between us is barely more than walking pace before overtaking. I'd want - and generally get - more space if I had a child with me.

  • Share the love on the road with a stay awesome sticker1 year 9 weeks agoAirzound wrote:colinth

    Airzound wrote:
    colinth wrote:
    Airzound wrote:
    'Am I the only one who sees the irony of these stickers?

    Order them to stick on the glass in your car, car!!!!!!

    Crass idea merely to make money by road.cc. Not even a very good choice of words.

    I won't be buying one.

    No irony at all. The vast majority of cyclists also own cars. Things like this help to spread the message that car drivers and cyclists are often the same people, and the roads don't have to be a war zone.

    Will you be posting on any other websites stating that you don't intend to buy what they're selling or just this one ?

    1) There is irony in this, bucket loads. If you can't see it then you should go to Specsavers.

    2) I have news for you Sherlock - bicycle and car ownership aren't mutually exclusive. You've only just realised ……………..

    3) The roads aren't a war zone as you state.

    4) What has posting on other websites got to do with anything?

    Nope, still can't see the irony. Some drive because they have no alternative, some drive when they could cycle. Car drivers saying cyclists are awesome because they've cycled when they could doesn't seem in any way ironic. I'd be interested to hear your clarification. As for point 2), if I'm Sherlock then you must be Watson, which seems apt. You seem to be using my point as your own ? It's getting the message out that we are often one and the same.

  • Aerozine Pulleys1 year 9 weeks agoNot bad value at £22 compared

    Not bad value at £22 compared to £35 with other manufacturers.

  • Transport for London agrees to scrap 'Stay Back' stickers1 year 9 weeks ago"Cyclists: Stay Back. I have

    "Cyclists: Stay Back. I have a dangerously large blindspot"

    (because I've folded in my right wing mirror).

  • Share the love on the road with a stay awesome sticker1 year 9 weeks agooliverjames wrote:Make an

    oliverjames wrote:
    Make an English version saying "Stay Amazing" and I'll buy some. I cannot abide "awesome".

    I agree. 'Awesome' is a 'superlative', it's an extreme that can hardly be gone beyond, inspiring awe, daunting, like God, say. Now it seems to have been transformed into something like 'good'. I have actually heard someone say 'awesome crisps'. Pathetic. Why do you want to copy the language of American teenagers?

  • The Tour1 year 9 weeks agoThis tour gets harder for

    This tour gets harder for picking a team the more I look at it. With several flat stages you would think it would be relatively easy, but the sprinters are expensive. Stage 2,5,7,8,9 are anyone's guess plus a risk of breakaways in the others.

    Choices, choices.

  • Would-be cyclists want more cycle lanes and better facilities, says Halfords survey1 year 9 weeks agoThe "improve driver behavior"

    The "improve driver behavior" solution will never work in the long term though...

    I agree with the sentiment here, but I would add that if there *is* a way to change the sense of entitlement many drivers feel, it's by spending money on very visible dedicated cycle facilities, sometimes at the expense of drivers. Prioritise cycling rather than driving - remove parking, remove through-routes for cars from residential areas, increase tax on petrol, reasonable sentences and bans for reckless drivers. And explain to drivers why - because of the huge external costs of driving. VED ("road tax") doesn't begin to cover it. We're currently pleased that "only" 1713 people were killed on the roads last year! (although that doesn't begin to take pollution into account)

    I don't think good-quality dedicated facilities for cyclists make drivers more dismissive of cycling (and less likely to actually try it). I think that getting away with parking everywhere from cycle lanes to pavements, constantly having fuel tax rises cancelled (so that driving keeps getting cheaper), and not being punished for horrendous driving has that effect. All those things keep cycling (and even walking) marginalised.

    And yes, to repeat for all those arguing that good-quality infrastructure is counter-productive? The Netherlands. We have already been having this experiment for decades and the results are very clear.

  • Transport for London agrees to scrap 'Stay Back' stickers1 year 9 weeks agoThere will always be a danger

    There will always be a danger that 'Share' will be interpreted the same way toddlers do ... "Mummy, Timmy won't share that toy" (i.e. I want that toy and he won't give it to me).

    The idea behind 'share the road' is to encourage respect and patience with all other road users, an effort to limit recklessness, selfishness and road rage.

  • Pedals / Shoes1 year 9 weeks ago60kg lean keen climbing

    60kg lean keen climbing machine wrote:
    Shimano A600 pedals and RT82 shoes, I use RT82 shoes which are brill but currently run with cheap 520 pedals, will soon be buying some A600 as they have good reviews!! I use my bike for fun and for transport so prefer to be able to walk like a normal person off the bike and when in town much better for the stop start traffic.

    That's what I'm thinking in terms of use, I commute 10 miles a day through London so I'm constantly in and out of the pedals and then when I do the longer rides I want to be able to walk properly when we stop for coffee / beer! I'll check out the A600's but am actually leaning toward Speedplay and Crank Brothers after all of the positive things I'm reading on this thread.

  • National Road Championships: Wiggins and Pooley regain time trial crowns1 year 9 weeks agoVeloPeo wrote:She did race in

    VeloPeo wrote:
    She did race in Lotto Belisol colours - as did Daniel McLay in the U23 Mens race (he finished 3rd). Was lucky enough to sit in on an interview with her after the race. A really nice grounded lady who despite people thinking she's a "trouble maker" genuinely wants what's best for women's cycling. Keep an eye on @_pigeons_ on Twitter for the full interview

    A few photos from the U23 Men's and Women's races - including Dame Sarah's champagne bottle incident....
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/53502257@N06/sets/72157645381246844/


    Yep, someone who speaks their mind and wants to change things for the better is branded a troublemaker / ungrateful. Nothing new there. Will definitely look out for the interview.

    I notice Dowsett is listed as riding for Movistar so perhaps her choice of VC Norwich is nothing to do with overseas registered teams?

  • National Road Championships: Wiggins and Pooley regain time trial crowns1 year 9 weeks agoI was lucky enough to be

    I was lucky enough to be there - great day of racing and the rain did not dampen spirits - roll on Sunday!

  • Would-be cyclists want more cycle lanes and better facilities, says Halfords survey1 year 9 weeks agoRoscoemck wrote:The white

    Roscoemck wrote:
    The white line segregated cycle lanes that we currently have would be even better if they stopped people being allowed to park on them!

    If they have a solid white line then, legally speaking, they do prevent people parking or driving on them.

    But the reality is that is never going to be enforced 100% (or even 10%)

    Proper physical segregation (like bollards or a kerb) is far more effective and requires much less enforcement.

  • Titanium Frame1 year 9 weeks agoIt's a great frameset -

    It's a great frameset - bought the v1 and transferred everything over from a Ribble Audax which worked fine for me. The new frameset is supposed to be amazing, but if you were looking to pick up a v1 second hand, you would be getting a bargain

  • Share the love on the road with a stay awesome sticker1 year 9 weeks agoAirzound wrote:'Am I the only

    Airzound wrote:
    'Am I the only one who sees the irony of these stickers?

    Order them to stick on the glass in your car, car!!!!!!

    Crass idea merely to make money by road.cc. Not even a very good choice of words.

    I won't be buying one.

    I disagree. Much of this '2 tribes' mentality comes from an inability to relate to other people. Even when cyclists say "but drivers and cyclists are often the same people", what the stupid minority actually hear is that those darn cyclists might also be drivers, but really they're weird hippies that drive something tiny and strange i.e. "they're not a proper driver, not like me" etc etc. I'd put this in the rear window of my, actually rather fancy, family car to try and help dispel that myth. Really not ironic.

  • National Road Championships: Wiggins and Pooley regain time trial crowns1 year 9 weeks agowillythepimp wrote:Is this

    willythepimp wrote:
    Is this the same wiggins who does not have the form for le tour?

    yeah he's that wiggins

  • Video: patchnride fixes punctures in 60secs1 year 9 weeks agoI watched the demo video

    I watched the demo video about how it works - seems all right in my opinion. But it needs real world testing and no, it wont fix every eventuality in flats but it could just be a pretty good tool to have for the majority of flats. Ive never had to remove a wheel to fix a flat on all my rides, just use exposed the puncture area and stick a patch on it then pump back up to 110psi then continue on with ride. Ive been lucky. This tool could be pretty good if the price is right though.

  • Pedals / Shoes1 year 9 weeks agoSorry, didn't read the

    Sorry, didn't read the original post very closely. If you don't want mountain bike shoes then somehting like Shimano RT82 would give you the roadie look.

  • 13-year old Irish cyclist pushed off bike by passenger in speeding car1 year 9 weeks agoOtis Bragg wrote:jacknorell

    Otis Bragg wrote:
    jacknorell wrote:

    Eh, this was done by a passenger, so it's not a motoring offense. It's a violent, intentional, assault that just happened to take place while on a road surface...

    Doesn't matter if it is a motoring offence or not-they will still find it hard to prosecute as it is a cross border issue. I was only using the example of motoring offences to illustrate my point.

    Fair enough, I did get the point about cross-border issues.

  • Pedals / Shoes1 year 9 weeks agoI use SPDs for flexibility

    I use SPDs for flexibility between my summer, winter / commuter and cyclocross bike. I have some RT81 shoes for general riding and some XC30 for cyclocross and messing around off road.

    I like the A520 pedals for road use, they do offer more support than the M520 on the cross bike.

    I don't find the pedals slow me down at all compared to people using SPD-SLs etc.

    The cleats last forever too, although they can squeak a bit - nothing that a dab of grease on the cleat / pedals interfaces doesn't sort out though.

    To be honest, I think there is an element of the emperors new clothes in road cleats. People go on about power transfer etc, but cyclocross races involve loads of accelerations out of corners and SPDs work fine.

  • York Velodrome launched today1 year 9 weeks agofatty wrote:Great to see

    fatty wrote:
    Great to see another track! The picture doesn't look like a 250m track though (as stated in the report), looks more like a 400m+ track to me.

    I agree!

  • National Road Championships: Wiggins and Pooley regain time trial crowns1 year 9 weeks agoI love Pooley, massive

    I love Pooley, massive respect for that woman! Chuffed for her as this is such a nice thing to have achieved after coming back to the pro scene! Big Grin

    My team mate came 16th, and on the Manx front our Anna C came 11th and Laura W 21st! Bloody good effort, sounds like it was an insane course!

  • National Road Championships: Wiggins and Pooley regain time trial crowns1 year 9 weeks agoSimon E wrote:Al__S

    Simon E wrote:
    Al__S wrote:
    Pooley seems to have entered as VC Norwich but ridden in Lotto Belisol colours. A bit odd.

    I suspect it's because because Lotto-Belisol is not UK registered. They will want her to race in her pro team colours, of course.

    Big Pooley fan here, so I'm really pleased for her.

    It looks like an absolute bitch of a course for a time trial, 20% gradient at the finish. But I do not understand why the best women in the country still only do half the distance of the men.

    She did race in Lotto Belisol colours - as did Daniel McLay in the U23 Mens race (he finished 3rd). Was lucky enough to sit in on an interview with her after the race. A really nice grounded lady who despite people thinking she's a "trouble maker" genuinely wants what's best for women's cycling. Keep an eye on @_pigeons_ on Twitter for the full interview

    A few photos from the U23 Men's and Women's races - including Dame Sarah's champagne bottle incident....
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/53502257@N06/sets/72157645381246844/

  • Share the love on the road with a stay awesome sticker1 year 9 weeks agocolinth wrote:Airzound

    colinth wrote:
    Airzound wrote:
    'Am I the only one who sees the irony of these stickers?

    Order them to stick on the glass in your car, car!!!!!!

    Crass idea merely to make money by road.cc. Not even a very good choice of words.

    I won't be buying one.

    No irony at all. The vast majority of cyclists also own cars. Things like this help to spread the message that car drivers and cyclists are often the same people, and the roads don't have to be a war zone.

    Will you be posting on any other websites stating that you don't intend to buy what they're selling or just this one ?

    1) There is irony in this, bucket loads. If you can't see it then you should go to Specsavers.

    2) I have news for you Sherlock - bicycle and car ownership aren't mutually exclusive. You've only just realised ……………..

    3) The roads aren't a war zone as you state.

    4) What has posting on other websites got to do with anything?

  • Share the love on the road with a stay awesome sticker1 year 9 weeks agoDave Atkinson wrote:farrell

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    farrell wrote:
    It would be nice to have the A5 ones being done as window stickers for putting in cars if that is possible.

    duly noted Smile

    +1

  • Pedals / Shoes1 year 9 weeks agoI'm another roadie using

    I'm another roadie using SPDs, and I love it!

    Shoes at the moment -

    Shimano SH-M082 (built like a tank, everyday shoe, meant for MTB or 'cross but works great on road with the studs off) (these are ancient, they don't make them any more),

    Bontrager RL Mountain - awesome summer SPD shoe, these weigh half as much as the shimanos.

    Shimano AM50 - High ankle shoes / boots for winter. Odd ones, these; they're not actually any warmer than the others. Good coverage / protection though.

    Mavic Tourmaline Womens Road Shoes - just ordered these yesterday from CRC, they had an amazing price! "Road" shoes but with a recessed 2-bolt sole - could be the new everyday shoe.

    There may be others I've forgotten. I may have too many shoes.