- Boardman and Obree to renew rivalry in First Nation Home Sport Relief Challenge1 year 49 weeks agoyou're right Stephen!
you're right Stephen!
- Road safety campaigners join forces to oppose "insane" plan to switch to two-year MOT regime1 year 49 weeks agoSign the
Sign the petition!
- 2011 Cyclist of the year1 year 49 weeks agoTommy V for me as well - so
Tommy V for me as well - so gutsy and inspirational in the Tour. It would be odd not to mention Cav too though wouldn't it? Obvious or not, he's had a helluva year. He's been quite entertaining on Twitter too.
- Eilidh Cairns' killer questioned over second London lorry fatality1 year 49 weeks agoA V Lowe wrote:The truck inA V Lowe wrote:
The truck in this incident had a tally of 2 killed and another in a wheelchair - all young women, and 2 of those crashes with the same driver. This also presses the case to make the culpability track back to the operator...
Sometimes the client, or project management do act (after all the trail eventually tracks back to their demands for deliveries, and spoil removal to a tight schedule, and reckless driving has resulted in summary termination of a contract.
I understand that the Police can ask the H&SE to investigate RTA's if they believe that a company's H&S failures may have contributed to the accident, say given the driver a route which took them up a no HGV road.
- Australian helmet cam study reveals motorists to blame in vast majority of cycling crashes (+ videos)1 year 49 weeks agoWhile some of the clips made
While some of the clips made me want to reach for my handlebar mounted rocket launcher, like dr2chase I thought the study was open to bias.
The original article (http://btawa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/4-HelmetCam-results.pdf) doesn't mention any measures to prevent participant bias, although they did take steps to prevent bias in analysis of the footage.
I'd be interested to see a similar study with an equal number of cyclists and motor vehicles with cameras, plus some fixed cameras (at junctions, accident hotspots etc.) - all on the same stretches of road at similar times.
- Buyer's guide - finding the best cycle lights for you1 year 49 weeks agoI suspect most of these
I suspect most of these lights are illegal for road use through inappropriate beam geometry and dazzling oncoming traffic, but on the road is where where many of these will be used. From reading the blogs it is clear that many people seem to believe in large numbers and that 'more is better' - which is of course a fallacy. This is further confounded by the multiplicity of different and confusing ways in which the output of bicycle lights are stated.
Please remind your readers to try and be legal, remember that being legal means safer. The German StVZO approved lights will be road legal in the UK. I have the B&M Ixon IQ and the B&M dynamo-powered equivalents and they are plenty bright enough at ten metres and are road legal too.
Properly designed road-legal lights need to be off-axis visible over a wide arc, many off-road lights will not meet this and other criteria.
For information about dynamos and bicycle lights including beam shots and extended road tests including dynamo powered versions, see:
- Newbie hello and question1 year 49 weeks agoThanks for all the replies,
Thanks for all the replies, loads of info there. Re-reading my post though, I didn't word it very well - for one thing, I meant to say that I want to reach 21-22mph average for a sustained blast on my current (relatively flat) 20-30 mile rides. Clearly, over 20mph for several hours would be a rather bigger ask, and as pointed out, is rather irrelevant once hills, wind etc on a sportive are taken into account.
I should probably provide a little more background; this isn't my first road bike, but a combination of pedalling-related knee pain, work commitments and a local cycling club which didn't agree with me conspired to put me off and I sold my bike. Fast forward 15 years and Podiatry is quite accessible, so my knee pains have yet to resurface thanks to orthotic insoles. However, I mention this lot because I'm hesitant to find a club again. I'm also pushed for time, so a 6-hour day out with a 1-hour cafe stop on a Sunday is out of the question. That said, if anyone can point me in the direction of a small friendly group in Manchester that ride early at the weekends and would welcome a friendly but inexperienced addition to their number, I'll certainly take a look. Exercising in a group is always more enjoyable, and the experience, as pointed out, would be invaluable. I'm only really intending to compete against myself though Pete - I would also be looking for something in between the polar opposites you mention.
Thanks for all the links as well - some of the articles/blogs have good training tips etc. I think I'll continue to do what I'm doing on a weekend morning, get in some easy evening rides to add some miles, then in Spring use the Bike Radar article on getting out after work as a guide (thanks Simon E). I do have a computer, as suggested. It's a Polar that I bought used from a colleague, although I'm struggling to get the cadence sensor to work. If I had a spare grand lying around I'd be reading this page on an ipad, never mind using an SRM!
Right, best I crack on and get my core conditioning work done. Thanks everyone for the warm welcome!
- Garmin's first iPhone app tracks...well, everything (and for Android, too)1 year 49 weeks agoppf. Personally i wouldn't
ppf. Personally i wouldn't hold your breath,garmin products are poorly developed,and their customer service non exsistant.I have nuvi car sat and an edge705.
the cycle comp part is good,the satnav gets lost! jams! The mapping is very poorly detailed,etc,etc,etc! even downloading files disappear into the air! Cant endorse any of their navigation products or the customer service.But the great thing is someone will produce an app worth using in the future!!!
- Australian helmet cam study reveals motorists to blame in vast majority of cycling crashes (+ videos)1 year 49 weeks agoNearly got wiped-out
Nearly got wiped-out yesterday by a van that overtook too close at a pinch-point, only to find that it was towing a wider trailer!
It was VERY close.
- Road safety campaigners join forces to oppose "insane" plan to switch to two-year MOT regime1 year 49 weeks agoI've been involved with the
I've been involved with the repair of motor vehicles for over 20 years now.
Yes, modern cars may seem more reliable than 20 or 30 years ago, but they aren't infallable. To raise the testing to bi anually will result in more vehicles being in a potentially unsafe condition.
I've seen on numerous occasions, people driving vehicles from one MOT to the next, without having any checks in between. Many of these people complained about odd squeaks etc from the car, but didn't bother to get it checked out. This could be something innocuous as dust in the braking system, or it could be something more serious such as worn or siezed components.
Ok, so the test only says that your vehicle passed on this particular day, the following your wheel may fall off for example. But at least by having the test, you are reducing the possibilities of there being faults in the vehicle. To increase the length of time between tests can only create more unsafe vehicles as people will inevitably think that their vehicle won't have any problems, or need any repair work for 2 years.
- Video: Eurobike faves - Pinion BB gear system1 year 49 weeks agoppf Wow! another gearbox!
ppf Wow! another gearbox! Can't wait to add to my collection,nexus7 and 8, rohloff,I think this will be a natural progression to have more range and for the weight to be in the middle of the bike. Be interesting to see how it will be intergrated into different frame materials. Agree with binky,It's all been done before,but anything new has got to be good for cycle development,just like electronic shifters etc,be good if they make a lightweight version as well.
- Australian helmet cam study reveals motorists to blame in vast majority of cycling crashes (+ videos)1 year 49 weeks agoWe need a similar study doing
We need a similar study doing in this country, then perhaps we might adopt the Dutch legal position which automatically apportions guilt to the driver unless proven otherwise in the event of a car:bike collision. You only have to see how much more attentive the Dutch drivers are to see how effective this has been, not to mention their much lower injury rate.
- Just in: Carrera Gryphon1 year 49 weeks agoNever expected to see the
Never expected to see the phrase "On trend" on a bike website. Oh dear
- Lucky escape for Dorset cyclist as irate pedestrian pushes him into road1 year 49 weeks agoShared use just doesn't
Shared use just doesn't work... invented by some pillock(s) who thought it'd be an easy way to meet some equally well meaning but ultimately gormless EEC attempt to 'green-up' our transport system... dodging i-phone zombies & un-aware pedestrians is tiresome & frankly not their fault...
- Commuter diaries - mudguards on conventional road bikes, functional yes, faff yes!1 year 49 weeks agomikroos wrote:@PhilRuss
I suggest that you try either Longboard or RaceBlade Long (as soon as they are released) from SKS. I used to think just like you do but since installing Longboards on my commuter I've totally changed my opinion on that. They are hardly-believably good and really do protect you from getting your feet wet. They do slow you down a bit but still it's much better than getting wet and freezing on a cold day (just think how much THAT would slow you down!).
Really, really give them a chance!
[[[[[[[[[ Okeydokey, I'll look into it, and thanks. But there's also the aesthetics...uncluttered wheels just look great!
- Road safety campaigners join forces to oppose "insane" plan to switch to two-year MOT regime1 year 49 weeks agoThings like regular MoT
Things like regular MoT checks are one of the safeguards against bad drivers, cos their often just the sort of people likely to be driving a potentially dangerous car, it makes like just the bit more difficult for them - sure they can just drive without one, but if they're stopped the car is likely to be confiscated.
The point about the MoT is that it's all about ensuring the roadworthiness of the car in other words how likely it is to be a danger to other people, well some of the most vulnerable other people on the roads are cyclists.
You can moan about it Gazzaput but everything I've read suggests you are wrong and that new cars are just as likely to fail their MoTs as they ever were plus those figures for increased casualty rates aren't spin they are based on the DfT's own assessment - if anything they slightly downplay the potential impact.
Take your point about tightening the pass/fail limits though Gkam, but as soon as your tyres were worn beyond the limit you would be committing an offence so if you were stopped you'd be nicked plus I don't know if this happens in other parts of the country, but in these parts I've noticed the police going around looking at cars parked in residential streets - mainly clamping people with out of date tax discs, but while they're at it I bet they look for any other targets they can hit.
Anyway the whole logic of the exercise is flawed how does it make things better for motorists by filling the roads with cars with potentially dangerous faults who pose an increased risk to, er motorists?
- Road safety campaigners join forces to oppose "insane" plan to switch to two-year MOT regime1 year 49 weeks agoIsn't bad driving far more of
Isn't bad driving far more of a problem to us cyclists than when an MOT is done? Bi-annual doesn't seem such a terrible idea, and as people have already mentioned, cars are built a lot better than they were 30 or 40 years ago.
I wonder how many bikes would pass an MOT? I have seen cyclists in London ride bikes that I would consider a deathtrap.
Not trying to provoke the debate but I don't think this idea is as "insane" as has been suggested. I realise that those of us reading road.cc probably keep out bikes in much better condition than casual cyclists (if I may generalise briefly).
- Boardman and Obree to renew rivalry in First Nation Home Sport Relief Challenge1 year 49 weeks agoPretty sure the Wales captain
Pretty sure the Wales captain is Gethin Jones, not Gethin Jenkins.
- FS: Focus Team Milram Replica Road Bike in 60cm1 year 49 weeks agoYes for sale with the dt
Yes for sale with the dt wheelset
- Road safety campaigners join forces to oppose "insane" plan to switch to two-year MOT regime1 year 49 weeks agoI just had to scrap my old
I just had to scrap my old Saab because the rust worm had worried its way into one of the rear suspension points. had it not had a simple problem with the fuel injection management system and an MOT due anyway, I'd have been driving a car with a serious mechanical problem. That the MOT should be extended to a two year system is of concern and could've placed me and my family at risk, not to mention anyone else.
- Eilidh Cairns' killer questioned over second London lorry fatality1 year 49 weeks agoI wasn't aware of the
I wasn't aware of the situation regarding that mixer truck AV and what you say is truly alarming.
Dangerous drivers need to be kept off the roads for everyone's sake. That some drivers should be involved in repeat fatalities is a travesty.
- Road safety campaigners join forces to oppose "insane" plan to switch to two-year MOT regime1 year 49 weeks agoCurrent failure rate of 35%
Current failure rate of 35% means that 1 out of every 3 cars driving past you as you ride your bike could have a potentially dangerous fault.
OK, I know that some MOT fails like "cracked light casing" or "chipped numberplate" are hardly life threatening but for most people an MOT is the only time their car gets any sort of service and any faults like tyres/brake wear gets picked up on.
I'd like to see MUCH stricter testing of cars, roadside checks, instant confiscation, the full works but that one isn't a political winner...
- 2011 Cyclist of the year1 year 49 weeks agoYeah, Tommy V would be my
Yeah, Tommy V would be my choice. Its probably very one-dimensional to pick someone for their TdF exploits when there are obviously so many other events in the calendar, but he just seems like an all-round top bloke and certainly made this year's tour interesting.
- Buyer's guide - finding the best cycle lights for you1 year 49 weeks agoPut the light on his
Put the light on his helmet...forgot to bring it aint it?!
- FS: Focus Team Milram Replica Road Bike in 60cm1 year 49 weeks agosorry for not getting
sorry for not getting back.
is the bike still for sale
i will put an offer in if so with the DT wheelset.