• West London cyclist knocked off bike twice invites MP to ride with him - and she accepts1 year 13 weeks agoqwerky wrote:This story

    qwerky wrote:
    This story demonstrates two important points about modern cycle safety.

    1. Investing in infrastructure will not solve the problem. Both this guys accidents occurred whilst he was using cycle infrastructure (a cycle lane and an ASL).

    2. The justice system simply doesn't care about offences against cyclists. As a driver you can be confident that you can be careless and disregard cyclists safety with impunity.

    Hm, so maybe we shouldn't bother with hospitals and modern medicine, because voodoo and homoeopathy don't work?

    Your first point is disingenuous and illogical - crap infrastructure does not provide a case against good infrastructure. (And yes, ASLs and most british cycle lanes are in the crap category).

    Your point 2, however, i agree completely with.

  • Primary school claims health and safety in pupil bike ban, plans to replace bike shed with staff parking1 year 13 weeks agoYep, bang to rights,

    Yep, bang to rights, trolling, that's what i'm up to.

    (if "trolling" covers "suggesting that what works for me on a road bike, clipped in, doing 30kph on the flat, might not be ideal for little kids, including mine", that is). Wink

    Or maybe mentioning the "I" word - infrastructure - is enough to get people's bib knickers in a twist?

  • Stages launch three new power meter cranks1 year 13 weeks agoAnd this is the cheapest way

    And this is the cheapest way to do it by the way, look at SRM prices if you want to really upset yourself.

  • Stages launch three new power meter cranks1 year 13 weeks agoIt depends on what your goals

    It depends on what your goals are, doesn't it. If you want to improve your performance then power measurement is the best way we have available to us to guide our training regime - power output is a consistent measure that doesn't change the readings because you're tired, unwell, riding against the wind, in a pack etc, so you can consistently gauge where you were and where you are with the aim of getting where you want to be. Obviously if this doesn't tally up with your personal cycling goals then this isn't for you and no one is forcing you to buy one, but there are many who do benefit. Riding as hard as you can whenever you can only works up to a point, you need to get a bit more technical if you want to get beyond that.

  • Video: The man from Birzman shows us his fancy pumps1 year 13 weeks agoFrom what I've seen/heard of

    From what I've seen/heard of Birzman it's lovely stuff. Shame I can't bring myself to spend any money with then after that ridiculous and offensive video they released last year. I know I'm not the only person to feel that way, too.

  • Londoner to challenge red light fixed penalty notice after appeal raises £2300 for legal fees1 year 13 weeks agostumps wrote:Its the attitude

    stumps wrote:
    Its the attitude of cyclists, drivers or whatever that does go a long way to deciding if a person gets a ticket, a bollocking or a summons when they have committed an offence.

    If someone is apologetic, genuine and the offence is of a minor nature then a cop can use their discretion, however if the offence is denied or the person is a complete knacker about it then usually a ticket or summons will follow.

    We do have discretion and its used quite regularly but those of you who have no idea whatsover about our job just keep rolling off the excuses.

    Put it this way, "if you play with fire you will get burnt", in other words break the law and you will have to suffer the consequences whatever they maybe. This goes for everyone. If people dont like it then tuff, i make no apologies about doing it.


    With respect, that's irrelevant as we don't know the behaviours of the cyclist involved. I'm sure you don't mean it to, but it kind of sounds like you're suggesting that he probably deserved it because he reacted badly.

  • Tour of Britain Stage 4: Mark Cavendish wins in Llanberis1 year 13 weeks agoHow on earth did Steele Von

    How on earth did Steele Von Hoff remain on his bike? Lucky or brilliant? Hard to say, but relieved? Definitely!

  • Speeding1 year 13 weeks agoandycoventry wrote:......On a

    andycoventry wrote:
    ......On a side note, is/was there special dispensation of the 20 limit for RideLondon.....?

    I think Ride London was a closed roads event and that would have suspended the provisions of the highway code including speed restrictions, riding on the wrong side of the road and going the wrong way round roundabouts.

  • Video: Sidi launch vanity overshoes1 year 13 weeks agoRRP £99.99. Bargain! Of

    RRP £99.99. Bargain!

    Of course they're not!

    Are they? Thinking

  • Garmin Vector power meter pedals1 year 13 weeks agoNot a lot, but then the same

    Not a lot, but then the same can be said of your crank, derailers, brake hoods, brakes, bars, stem, saddle.... Collectively worth a lot and all removable with Allen keys. Could even get your hubs and fork if I had something to cut the spokes with.

  • Garmin Vector power meter pedals1 year 13 weeks agoSo can someone tell me what's

    So can someone tell me what's to stop the first grub to come along with a 15mm C Spanner and (borrow) your £1349.00 worth of pedals ??

    I hang my bike in a secure bike shed everyday at work. I have no concerns with leaving my biddons, spare tyres or even lights on the bike throughout the day....., but I don't fancy having these sorts of pedals sitting on the bike without being a little nervous.

    Having to thread a cable through both wheels and both pedals every time would get tiresome very quickly.

  • Sebastiaan Bowier sets new human-powered vehicle record in Nevada1 year 13 weeks agopartsandlabour

    partsandlabour wrote:
    Awesome.. Really intrigued by what the hole in the front does for the aerodynamics. Any boffins out there that can shed any light? ponder ponder

    I believe that is there NACA duct, for air inlet, meaning the pilot can breathe while travelling, otherwise there is no other way to guarantee that air can get into the cockpit.

    Your next post was about building one....get on it, but its a LONG process and very costly. Why else would it be done by students as part of a course Rolling On The Floor

    http://www.hptdelft.nl/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&lay...

  • Londoner to challenge red light fixed penalty notice after appeal raises £2300 for legal fees1 year 13 weeks agofarrell wrote:stumps

    farrell wrote:
    stumps wrote:
    just like i would give anyone a ticket for jumping a red light.

    Ever issued a ticket for a car in an ASL?

    [[[[[[ Hmmm.. I don't see Stumper addressing this excellent question....is he stumped for an answer?
    P.R.

  • Storck Fenomalist1 year 13 weeks agoSlightly off-topic, but I

    Slightly off-topic, but I (genuinely) don't think I could drop that much cash (if I had it!) on a bike with such a shonky name. Fenomenalist?! Simultaneously hubristic and tacky.

  • Primary school claims health and safety in pupil bike ban, plans to replace bike shed with staff parking1 year 13 weeks agoIncredible. Parents should

    Incredible. Parents should cause a stink with the governing body.

  • Londoner to challenge red light fixed penalty notice after appeal raises £2300 for legal fees1 year 13 weeks ago[[[[ Yikes!! What's all this

    [[[[ Yikes!! What's all this about "apologising to a police officer"? Why would I do that? I haven't hurt or offended the cop who's stopped me, have I? An offence is an offence and should be dealt with impartially, regardless of whether or not I grovel, Stumpio.
    P.R.

  • Sebastiaan Bowier sets new human-powered vehicle record in Nevada1 year 13 weeks agoWould make the game of

    Would make the game of keepyuppy at the local lights a bit harder. How do you get in, I wonder?

  • Londoner to challenge red light fixed penalty notice after appeal raises £2300 for legal fees1 year 13 weeks agostumps wrote: "You dont know

    stumps wrote:

    "You dont know how the cyclist reacted to what he was informed, he may have been completely bolshy or completely denied it or apologetic...."
    Utterly irrelevant! You might as well suggest "the cop may have been completely bolshy, or apologetic". The cyclist, believing himself innocent, might well have been annoyed---but the police are supposed to act objectively, and calmly, so long as no objectionable language, or violence is offered by the person being ticketed.
    P.R.

  • Light waterproof overshoes for autumn not Winter1 year 13 weeks agoI have the Castelli Poggia -

    I have the Castelli Poggia - I wore them a couple of weeks ago for an early morning start and my feet were not cooked when it warmed up - got to about 20C (but have also worn them in 4C and they kept my feet pretty warm with my normal socks). Side zip seems to work ok.

    I do have a bit of a hole on the sole of one of them - I don't walk on them if I can help it but needs must sometimes... I reckon I can sort something Wink

  • Sebastiaan Bowier sets new human-powered vehicle record in Nevada1 year 13 weeks agoOk I've pondered enough now..

    Ok I've pondered enough now.. Who wants to build one?
    133.78 kph? pft! I'm going to the shed.. I may be some time

  • Sebastiaan Bowier sets new human-powered vehicle record in Nevada1 year 13 weeks agoAwesome.. Really intrigued by

    Awesome.. Really intrigued by what the hole in the front does for the aerodynamics. Any boffins out there that can shed any light? ponder ponder

  • Londoner to challenge red light fixed penalty notice after appeal raises £2300 for legal fees1 year 13 weeks ago@Stumps - clearly the chap in

    @Stumps - clearly the chap in this case didn't kiss the officers arse enough, so discretion to emphasise rider safety over a technical infringement of the law was not used and a ticket issued.

    That's how it works then?

    It's small wonder that police get grief in their line if duty from otherwise reasonable citizens, if this kind of attitude is prevalent.

    I can well imagine the scenario here, where an officer stops a cyclist for an offence he did not witnesses, refuses to listen to any mitigating circumstances, winding up the guy and when he doesn't drop to his knees begging forgiveness, a ticket is issued in a fit of peak by the officer in an attempt to assert himself.

  • Video: Sidi launch vanity overshoes1 year 13 weeks agoShut up and take my money!!!

    Shut up and take my money!!!

  • Tour of Britain Stage 4: Mark Cavendish wins in Llanberis1 year 13 weeks agoI was there......

    I was there......

  • Londoner to challenge red light fixed penalty notice after appeal raises £2300 for legal fees1 year 13 weeks agoI go through this exact

    I go through this exact junction most days on my way to/from work. I cycle 2-3 days a week and motorbike the other days.

    The police were having a 1 week 'clampdown' for 1 week in August. I suspect this is when Alex got his FPN. There were probably 10-15 policemen/women around that junction every morning all week, pulling people over (cyclists, cars, motorbikes).

    I feel the police were taking a zero-tolerance approach.

    I was pulled over on my motorbike after following traffic through the junction on a green light (no trace of an offence). They seemed to be doing random spot checks on motorbikes that morning, and 'apparently' my motorbike chain was a little loose. I was 2 weeks away from the MOT on my 2008 Honda 125, but it didn't stop the officer giving me a £60 fine, 3 points and prohibiting me from riding my bike until I got the chain tightened ( I was told I could push it to a garage or get it picked up on a truck).

    In my opinion, the chain was slightly looser than ideal, but perfectly ok and typical for a bike 11.5 months through a 12 month maintenance cycle. The officer simply didn't agree - there was no common sense, just zero tolerance.

    Alex has a good chance of getting let off, and I hope he does.

    I've lost any respect for (traffic) police after this incident. They were just finding reasons to issue fines/points without exercising judgement.

    Nick