• Chris Boardman: "Helmets not even in top 10 of things that keep cycling safe"1 year 9 weeks agozzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  • Witness appeal after 78-year-old Edinburgh cyclist killed1 year 9 weeks agouserfriendly wrote:northstar

    userfriendly wrote:
    northstar wrote:

    As for the witnesses, there must have been plenty

    On a Sunday morning, not necessarily. It's not an overly busy road even during the week.

    Still would have been witnesses, i expect if more effort is put in, i notice how all my other points were ignored, quelle surprise.

    Another "motorist" to get away with it.

  • IAM Cycling's Kristof Goddaert killed after being run over by bus1 year 9 weeks agoYou know things are in a "bad

    You know things are in a "bad way" when a seemingly supposed cycling website is seemingly reporting them as driverless.

  • Chris Boardman: "Helmets not even in top 10 of things that keep cycling safe"1 year 9 weeks agoHi, interesting

    Hi, interesting comments.....do you have the evidence, research or qualifications to back them up? I'm genuinely not trying to be contentious about this, but bold statements need backing up.

  • Chris Boardman: "Helmets not even in top 10 of things that keep cycling safe"1 year 9 weeks agoAm I missing something here?

    Am I missing something here? Should I stop wearing a helmet, and give up on the hi vis jacket?
    I have to to be honest, I just don't get CB's comments...should I fall from my bike with/without a helmet would the result be the same, should I hit my head? Are we being fooled about the value of cycle helmets, are they in fact all but useless? Would this explain why every time I read a review, of a helmet, it's about the look, number of vents, fit...as opposed to security/impact protection? Is there a rating for the safety of helmets, if so I've missed it.
    If I wear a head cam whilst gardening will it show as many near misses as when I'm cycling in traffic? As for sand castles and sharks....is this something from the Eric Cantona philosophy about seagulls and trawlers???
    I emailed the article to my brother in Afghanistan, suggested he take off the body armour, as perhaps this gave him a false sense of security.
    Sarcasm apart....I just don't get CB's comments.....simple as this to me....any point in buying/wearing a helmet? Will wearing one, in any event, help prevent serious injury? Is there any research/evidence proving the safety of a helmet?
    Should I worry about my 12 year old daughter wearing a helmet when we ride? Seriously.

  • Vuelta a Andalucia1 year 9 weeks agoLinus is now on cycling fever

    Linus is now on cycling fever - I think he is riding

    I would, however, like to take out Kangert for Arredondo, this is bound to be lower than 16.6

    Revised team:
    31.5 Alejandro Valverde
    25.7 Richie Porte
    22.9 Bauke Mollema
    17.2 Daniel Navarro
    <16.6 Julian David Arredondo (3 or something)
    15.7 Tom Dumoulin
    10.2 Luis Leon Sanchez
    4.8 Thomas Degand
    3.0 Linus Gerdemann

  • Dorset Gravel Dash 100 Announced1 year 9 weeks agoJoeinpoole wrote:Why do you

    Joeinpoole wrote:
    Why do you have to wear a helmet (which it states at least 3 times) if "it's not a race" and it's not the law of the land?

    I've never worn a helmet in over 40 years of cycling. I don't own one and I'm not going to buy one for this event. I'm out.

    Fucking 'elf and safety' muppets get everywhere.

    For God's sake- aren't there enough pro-/anti-helmet threads on this site without trying to start another one?

  • Why there is no money for safer road infrastructure....1 year 9 weeks agothere is plenty of money

    there is plenty of money around to spend on safe roads
    from www.constructionenquirer.com

    "Schemes to start in 2013/14
    M3 J2 to 4a, Surrey – cost £159m-£223m
    M6 J10a to 13, West Midlands – cost £140m-£201m
    M1 J28 to 31, Derbyshire – £177m-£250m
    A160/A180 Immingham dualling – cost £89m-£132m (Start summer 2015)

    Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “I am determined to cut the time it takes to upgrade our roads in half by dismantling procedures that have slowed us down.......

    ....The Department for Transport and the Highways Agency has looked hard at how to speed up the decision making process and the time it takes to have roads ready for use by motorists."

    lots of very safe roads there - look at the stats - political will not money is the problem

  • £100k reward offered after £1/4 million in bikes and gear stolen after London Bike Show1 year 9 weeks agoPaul J wrote:“Police managed

    Paul J wrote:
    “Police managed to locate the vehicle but have since lost it…”

    Eh, WTF? Van gets stolen. Police find it. Police lose it again? Unless the PC who found it was on foot or bicycle, that doesn't sound too good!

    Plods incompetence strikes again!

    Mind you as its cycling related - despite the value involved - they probably don't give a toss?

  • Witness appeal after 78-year-old Edinburgh cyclist killed1 year 9 weeks agoI also commute on this road

    I also commute on this road Monday to Friday.
    It's a reasonably wide, fairly straight road, with a couple of dips along its length, and can have a fairly steady stream of traffic during commuting hours. A reasonable number of vehicles will gun it between Kirkliston and South Queensferry, clearly breaking the speed limit, so it is not a road that I feel particularly comfortable on.

    There is a wide, well surfaced pavement on the west side, which is designated as a dual use cycle path/pavement. However, this starts after the Kirkliston boundary, and finishes before South Queensferry, forcing cyclists back onto the main road just before the A90 overpass. Travelling south, cyclists either have to stop somewhere on the east pavement and then walk across to join the cycle path (no designated crossing) or execute a right turn across the oncoming traffic as vehicles are accelerating to top speed out of South Queensferry behind them. The manoeuvre has to be repeated at Kirkliston to rejoin the south bound lane of the road.
    So unfortunately, a typically flawed piece of cycling infrastructure, and as a result, a lot of cyclists simply ride down the B800 itself.

    I'm very sorry to hear of this unfortunate death.

  • Lezyne micro drive rear1 year 9 weeks agoi have had one for about 1

    i have had one for about 1 and a half years which is a long time in my opinion for a bike light but it packed up a week ago. it just wont turn on no matter how long that you charge it.

  • Chris Boardman: "Helmets not even in top 10 of things that keep cycling safe"1 year 9 weeks agoWynyard wrote:Chris Boardman

    Wynyard wrote:
    Chris Boardman is a sporting icon whose opinions deserve respect and I realize he's had a fairly consistent view on helmets over the years.

    However, I can't help thinking that his opinions would carry more weight here if he wasn't also profiting from selling bicycles. Any move to increase helmet use certainly has potential to hurt his business.

    Especially his helmet business. That'd take a battering.

    I am wary of Boardman's roles as both a businessman and an activist; but despite this, I have never seen a public figure make more grounded, sensible and insightful comments about cycling in Britain; on both its present and its future.

    I have trust in his judgement, and respect for his ability to deliver it in such an open, honest and inviting manner. You raise valid point about potential ulterior motivations given his two roles, but as neither is a detriment to the other, I don't think it's a problem; they're not conflicting interests.

    Also, unlike most businessmen, Boardman at least produces something worthwhile. I don't like the idea that you're only allowed to make something decent so long as you don't get payed for it.

    If Boardman was promoting magical Boardman bits that everyone should buy, I'd be suspicious, but he's not. He's shooting down compulsory helmet laws as a distraction from a greater issue, despite his business selling helmets. I think it's quite clear from his comments that his views on this matter have little to do with business.

    If he does profit from this, it'll only be because more bicycles are being sold overall, and that is something that I assume everyone here is in favour of, business interests or not.

    With regards to his overall judgement, I think his transition from athlete to designer to champion of simple everyday cycling only serves to round him more as a voice of reason; and I think few people have quite as much depth OR breadth in the field of cycling as Chris Boardman. 'Wisdom' is not a word that's thrown around a lot in relation to bicycles, but I think Boardman's combination of experience and level-headedness afford him the quality in bucket-loads.

    But that's enough idolatry from me. I'll stop when he says something stupid, although I don't expect that to come soon.

  • Vuelta a Andalucia1 year 9 weeks agoray silvester wrote:How the

    ray silvester wrote:
    How the mighty have fallen.....no-one going Wiggo when a race starts with a 7k prologue Surprise

    I had wiggo for a while but figured that even with a prologue this is just training for the classics Thinking

  • IAM Cycling's Kristof Goddaert killed after being run over by bus1 year 9 weeks agoThe bus is too close then...

    The bus is too close then... RIP Kristof Goddaert.........

  • Graeme Obree defeated as Glasgow University students choose Edward Snowden as Rector1 year 9 weeks agoNext time they should settle

    Next time they should settle it on the rollers.

  • Dorset Gravel Dash 100 Announced1 year 9 weeks agoWhy do you have to wear a

    Why do you have to wear a helmet (which it states at least 3 times) if "it's not a race" and it's not the law of the land?

    I've never worn a helmet in over 40 years of cycling. I don't own one and I'm not going to buy one for this event. I'm out.

    Fucking 'elf and safety' muppets get everywhere.

  • IAM Cycling's Kristof Goddaert killed after being run over by bus1 year 9 weeks agoI offer my condolences to his

    I offer my condolences to his family and friends.

  • Chris Boardman: "Helmets not even in top 10 of things that keep cycling safe"1 year 9 weeks agopaulfg42 wrote: Genuinely

    paulfg42 wrote:
    Genuinely confused.

    Try http://www.cyclehelmets.org/ and, for balance http://www.bhit.org/

  • Chris Boardman: "Helmets not even in top 10 of things that keep cycling safe"1 year 9 weeks agoAs a youngster, I never wore

    As a youngster, I never wore a helmet but, returning to cycling as an old git, I got used to wearing a helmet before I knew anything of this argument. I'd hate to think I was putting people off by wearing a helmet but my wife would go spare with me if I left the house without it. Genuinely confused.

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  • Volta ao Algarve1 year 9 weeks agoHorner does seem pricey. By

    Horner does seem pricey. By the way, Lampre seem to have a hell of a squad here for this race. But will Rui Costa be after a home tour win in the rainbow jersey? Or is it a procession for him?

    I don't know.

  • Fulcrum Racing Zeros1 year 9 weeks agoHi AJ, Thanks for the

    Hi AJ,

    Thanks for the comment!

    I'm sure the ceramic bearings must go some way in making a difference over Elites.

    They probably will replace my Elites sadly as I'm buying a De Rosa Merak to go with the Zeros so I'll need the cash.

    Interested to hear your thoughts on going tubeless and the reasons? Are punctures easily fixed?

    Thanks.

  • Volta ao Algarve1 year 9 weeks agoNever mind Kwia being 40

    Never mind Kwia being 40 points, Chris Horner is 39+ as well. I know he won the Vuelta which makes all the difference when you work out his rating but its still a lot of lolly for him.

  • FORUM's SCORUM's MINI LEAGUE 2014(Desert and Mediterranean legs)1 year 9 weeks agoray silvester

    ray silvester wrote:
    Twybados,stevemarks,happylemon(first podium) are your 123 on the opening stage in Oman(steve 'pips' lemon on overall season GC countback)......looked like a decent day in the marks household as I believe 4th and 5th placed natal1a and c4rolina are steve's daughters?

    FSUCI Rankings

    1)cherrypicked 20
    2)Julie Danson 19
    3)TERatcliffe 18
    4)Wig_Billy 17
    5)silas chime 16
    6)Twydados 14
    7)stevemarks 13
    =8)the domestique,naffets,drheaton 12
    =11)ray silvester 7
    =12)willskill 6,adholman 6
    =14)Ghedebrav,SounDaz_7,andynic 5
    =17)livestrongnick 4
    18)STEVESPRO,JAndrewHill 3
    =20)Ghedebrav,obutterwick,chrisdstripes,C4rolina,mikeh789,Jonas Lorenzen,backflipbedlam 2
    =28)johnny2names,Alan Tullett,Dave Atkinson,simon F,debbie g,chiv30,space cowboy,happylemon 1

    SSSHHHHHH! Happy Lemon is the little one.

  • Why there is no money for safer road infrastructure....1 year 9 weeks agoRe: Nigeria - Nigeria has oil

    Re: Nigeria - Nigeria has oil and gas, the UK has companies with expertise in the extraction of oil and gas. Join those dots.

    Less cynically you could also argue that by improving the conditions of a developing country then the inhabitants of said country are less likely to want to come to your country as a drain on resources. Or if they do want to come to your country then having had access to better education and health care they might do as a skilled, healthy worker and bring a net economic benefit.

    Spin goes both ways.