• London cycling less safe, improving too slowly says report1 year 9 weeks agonuclear coffee wrote:Ush

    nuclear coffee wrote:
    Ush wrote:

    I think you're correct that most people would agree with your points. I think you're entirely typical of how we got here and why we're not leaving any time soon.

    So, are you going to explain why I shouldn't be happy that, as a car owner, I can be 140 miles away in three hours' time at a cost of just over £20 - including tolls? Which is roughly what I plan to happen.

    You are absolutely correct: you value your car and its use like the vast majority of people which use them. Your convenience, comfort and profit vastly outweigh all other considerations. Well done. Enjoy it. This is the world that you and those that think like you have created.

    Anger? I think that's you projecting.

  • Southampton City Council “satisfied” with “innovative” junction + video of riding through it1 year 9 weeks agoQuote:our challenge was to

    Quote:
    our challenge was to come up with a fresh new approach... a new approach... the innovative design
    Little bit too much emphasis on innovation here, I think, maybe, rather than adopting wiser heads' best practice. Question is, why?

  • Chris Boardman to assess Jeremy Clarkson's cycling safety public information film on Sunday's Top Gear1 year 9 weeks agoMr Agreeable wrote:We had to

    Mr Agreeable wrote:
    We had to scrap our car earlier this year. There have been a couple of occasions when I've missed it, but in general I've been enjoying the increased disposable income and reduced exposure to morons.

    We got rid of our telly and stopped paying the licence fee a few years back. There have been a couple of occasions when I've missed it, but...

    You get the idea.

    Did the same about 15 years ago, and you're so right, it just keeps getting better.

  • Chris Boardman to assess Jeremy Clarkson's cycling safety public information film on Sunday's Top Gear1 year 9 weeks ago“public information film” So

    “public information film”

    So it won't be a complete stitch up by the BBBC? the British Biased Broadcasting Corporation, famous for its multitude of amazingly bad features about cycling? and its continual propaganda campaign about helmets?

    Strange that they never picked up on the recent Chris Boardman story about how useless helmets were, but I'd wager my house that if he'd said they were effective it would have been in every one of their news reports.

    I'm afraid that the BBBC has proven so biased that I have no faith whatsoever that this feature will be factual, unbiased and truthful.

  • Proper Purist Classics Comp1 year 9 weeks agoI just did a web search and

    I just did a web search and found the startlists for each of the races, and then totted up which teams were riding which races. (Yes I was a bit bored at work...) It doesn't mean that much, as just because Sky (for example) are riding all 9, it doesn't mean that any individual rider will be in them all.

    Lampre are down to ride 7/9 if that helps.

    In fact the World Tour teams are all riding at least 7 except Saxo (6) and Orica (5).

  • The Greatest Show on Earth1 year 9 weeks agoDownloaded to watch later

    Downloaded to watch later Devil cheers

  • London cycling less safe, improving too slowly says report1 year 9 weeks agoWhoops, 'reply' button seems

    Whoops, 'reply' button seems not to link the reply to the relevant comment...

    Reply above is to felixcat's comment at 15:57.

  • Southampton City Council “satisfied” with “innovative” junction + video of riding through it1 year 9 weeks agoWhatever the rights and wrong

    Whatever the rights and wrong of this system, did they bother to consult the Dutch or Danes on this? If not, very silly. We've got some great experts with tons of experience an email away: we should be consulting with them as a matter of course. Councils that have little experience with this sort of thing are just making it up otherwise and in the end no one's happy.

  • London cycling less safe, improving too slowly says report1 year 9 weeks agoThat's a 2010 report.

    That's a 2010 report. Personally, I have found that attitudes have changed quite profoundly since Wiggins won the Tour and the Olympics happened. Certainly in London, in any case. I've been commuting by bike in London since the early 90s, and awareness of cyclists is far better now; in the centre of the city, most vehicles actually respect the cycle box, you get given space if you cycle responsibly and are prepared to share the road and don't act as though you have an overbearing right to be on the road. It's not perfect, it never will be, a lot of people wanting to move about in an overcrowded space is always going to be a challenge. Some car drivers think that other car drivers shouldn't be on the road. But I think an overly pessimistic picture can often be painted by alarmists and radicals which in itself deters people from getting on a bike.

    I'm not a fan of segregation myself. Cycle lanes collect rubbish, glass, errant pedestrians and unconfident cyclists (not having a go, but going out on London roads as a first ride without doing some kind of training is tremendously unwise), have no space for emergency action because of curbed edges, and don't allow a reasonable speed. Fill the potholes and ensure roads are in good condition, that'd be a much better way to spend the money.

  • Garmin launch £99 Vivofit fitness tracker1 year 9 weeks agoI use my face as a monitor of

    I use my face as a monitor of my activity, if I begin getting a double chin it's time to get off my ass and do some exercise..

    If I get bags under my eyes it's time to stop going out until 3am...

    If I get wrinkles it's time to find a younger gf...

    The human body is a great gadget.

  • Omloop Het Nieuwsblad1 year 9 weeks agoSpeaking of Europcar, does

    Speaking of Europcar, does anyone why Jerome Cousin is worth 17 credits? He has exactly 1 top 20 since Omloop last year...

  • Southampton City Council “satisfied” with “innovative” junction + video of riding through it1 year 9 weeks agoOf course they are satisfied,

    Of course they are satisfied, it discourages people not to ride bikes there, ticks a few boxes and riders will die.

    Talk about pointing out the obvious.

  • Genesis go carbon (but just the forks for now) and 28mm tyres for 20151 year 9 weeks agoReally liking that Fugio

    Really liking that Fugio 1x10. I expect to see a lot more 1x10 set-ups at CX races next season. Interesting to see how it handles for road use (gear range etc)

  • Southampton City Council “satisfied” with “innovative” junction + video of riding through it1 year 9 weeks agoIf the Council are satisfied

    If the Council are satisfied with the design, would they be willing to state a performance target?
    "We will consider this design a failure if the accident rate exceeds X over Y years"?

  • London cycling less safe, improving too slowly says report1 year 9 weeks agoUsh wrote: I think you're

    Ush wrote:

    I think you're correct that most people would agree with your points. I think you're entirely typical of how we got here and why we're not leaving any time soon.

    So, are you going to explain why I shouldn't be happy that, as a car owner, I can be 140 miles away in three hours' time at a cost of just over £20 - including tolls? Which is roughly what I plan to happen.

    Or why I shouldn't have enjoyed the gap year job I worked at, when I couldn't afford to move out of may parent's house, that was thirty miles away between one village and another?

    Or why I shouldn't enjoy being able to move bulky goods without having to rent a vehicle? Or likewise transport less able-bodied friends and relatives? One 90 year-old relative can barely walk, but I still got her to the zoo 15 miles' away in comfort.

    There are a lot of things that cars make a hell of a lot easier and quicker. If you want to be bitter about that, fine, but unless you have a spectacularly good argument, there's no point getting angry at others if they aren't convinced.

    I just want the bad stuff cars have done minimised, which is why I'll support an approach already shown to work elsewhere. Which like it or not, includes some segregation. That is not irrational.

  • London cycling less safe, improving too slowly says report1 year 9 weeks agoUsh wrote: That is something

    Ush wrote:

    That is something that I could live with. But from several years experience in California with "optional" bike lanes I can testify that motorists get much more aggressive "when we've provided all these special facilities and you don't use them", etc.

    The annoying thing with the bike lanes around Stratford (not London) is that they're usually full of grit or parked cars or are horrible road surfaces.

    I'm glad someone has taken the effort to put a bike lane there...but if I value my tyres it makes more sense to ignore them!

  • Video: Cereal offender filmed eating breakfast while driving Maserati1 year 9 weeks agoThere is a point here, the

    There is a point here, the rider should be looking at where he is going, not craning his neck to get better video and provide a loud running commentary to all and sundry.

    A shake of the head would have done.

    Call them what you like, but some of these amateur traffic cop types on bikes with helmet cams just put other cyclists at risk by pissing everyone off and getting us all tarred as vigilantes.

    Half the videos posted, I don't understand myself as a cyclist what the indignation is about, the other 25%, yeah bad driving, but no harm done ( if it was motorist to motorist, would result in a FLASH or PARP) and yeah , sure the final 25% are serious and dangerous fully deserving of a bollocking.

  • Leeds vetoes proposal to spend less on council cars, more on cycling1 year 9 weeks agodrfabulous0 wrote:It is an

    drfabulous0 wrote:
    It is an absolute disgrace that they are spending taxpayers' money on 65p per mile allowances for motoring when as a private businessman the maximum allowed is 45p.

    Not quite correct - 45p is the maximum amount per mile which HMRC will accept as an allowance which is not taxed as a benefit. 65p/mile would give rise to at least 20p/mile being taxed as a benefit on the claimant, or indeed arguably all of it could be - the rule is no that the first 45p is not taxed, rather than no argument will be made to tax any of it as long as it doesn't exceed 45p.

  • London cycling less safe, improving too slowly says report1 year 9 weeks agoUsh wrote:oozaveared wrote: I

    Ush wrote:
    oozaveared wrote:

    I knoe what you are saying and I partially agree. Where I slightly part company is that for novice cyclists, just getting abouters school kids etc segregation is exactly what's needed.

    I will be facing that situation soon with my own kid.

    oozaveared wrote:

    So in point of fact I would like segregated facilities for some cyclists so long as it doesn't mean that I am compelled to be on the cycle path when cycling.

    That is something that I could live with. But from several years experience in California with "optional" bike lanes I can testify that motorists get much more aggressive "when we've provided all these special facilities and you don't use them", etc.

    That's a fair point. There are drawbacks to segregated provision but I think that has to be lived with if we want more people to ride bikes as transport. ie people that use a bike but aren't "cyclists" if you know what I mean.

    When I was a kid back riding a bike back in the 60s early 70s I had nice quiet roads to learn on, to get used to riding. That's no longer the case these days . It's in at the deep end if you go on the roads. Sure there is cycling Proficiency / Bikeability but it's woefully inadequate. Get em riding on paths and their proficiency and confidence grows. You can only really be a good road user when you have mastered your vehicle and have stopped thinking about driving or riding and start focusing on traffic. That needs a bit of space and time.

  • Advice - Shimano Ultegra 6800 Groupset vs Campagnolo Athena Carbon Groupset1 year 9 weeks agoDanTe wrote: You've missed my

    DanTe wrote:

    You've missed my point about the cranks a little there.

    In which case your point wasn't made very clearly.

  • Advice - Shimano Ultegra 6800 Groupset vs Campagnolo Athena Carbon Groupset1 year 9 weeks agoFor Scots readers, we can use

    For Scots readers, we can use this loafy comparison:

    Campag - plain
    shimano - pan

  • London cycling less safe, improving too slowly says report1 year 9 weeks agooozaveared wrote: I knoe what

    oozaveared wrote:

    I knoe what you are saying and I partially agree. Where I slightly part company is that for novice cyclists, just getting abouters school kids etc segregation is exactly what's needed.

    I will be facing that situation soon with my own kid.

    oozaveared wrote:

    So in point of fact I would like segregated facilities for some cyclists so long as it doesn't mean that I am compelled to be on the cycle path when cycling.

    That is something that I could live with. But from several years experience in California with "optional" bike lanes I can testify that motorists get much more aggressive "when we've provided all these special facilities and you don't use them", etc.

  • Eurosport iTunes app1 year 9 weeks agoWorth it I think. Soon as my

    Worth it I think.
    Soon as my Sky Contract is up this is what I'll be doing, sod paying £30/month just for Eurosport, and I use the Eurosport Player when at work too...

  • Bar change newbie.1 year 9 weeks agoPark Tools have the best

    Park Tools have the best tutorials online I find.
    You'll be better marking the shifter positions rather than a picture, it'll take an age to get back other wise and if the hood shape is different it won't look 'right'.

  • An Ode to Girona1 year 9 weeks agoI love Girona! Thanks for

    I love Girona! Thanks for the fotos. Good luck with all your racing!