• BikeCityGuide Finn1 year 13 weeks agoBrilliant northernbike what a

    Brilliant northernbike what a great idea. And cheaper than a garmin

  • BikeCityGuide Finn1 year 13 weeks agochokofingrz wrote:Clever

    chokofingrz wrote:
    Clever people can also build their own functionally equivalent phone mount using a 10cm section of MTB inner tube and a pair of scissors.

    let us know how that goes Thinking

  • Vulpine Men's Original Rain Jacket1 year 13 weeks ago@trull the strength of the

    @trull the strength of the magnet or electrical field required to interfere with a magnetic strip or chip in a modern card is so large that you've no cause for concern with any magnet you can reasonably be expected to carry.

  • Almost 9 in 10 people back headphones ban and compulsory helmets for cyclists say survey1 year 13 weeks agojimmythecuckoo wrote:I

    jimmythecuckoo wrote:
    I completely agree about headphones.

    The amount of other riders you say "morning" to who are really close but can't hear you is growing.

    (unscientifically)

    So deaf people should be banned from cycling too?

  • London flooded with police in road safety crackdown1 year 13 weeks agoWilliam Black wrote:IanW1968

    William Black wrote:
    IanW1968 wrote:
    Maybe a more constructive thought, wouldn't a few public information adverts help with the misguided indignation?

    People are allowed to walk across the road.
    Riding two abreast is ok.
    Riding in the middle of the road is ok.
    Riding on pavements is bad.
    Parking on pavements is bad.
    Talking on phones is bad.
    Running lights is bad.
    How to use ASL's
    Etc etc

    TV time is cheap as chips at the mo.

    Maybe a Kickstarter/crowd funded advert?

    There must be ad agency out there with the kit, the talent and the contacts to make some serious commercials that can be broadcast independently on behalf of the cyclists of the UK?

    I'd definitely chip in the pot

    I think that's a great idea and know a few people who may be willing to help.

  • Chris Froome autobiography to come out before Tour de France1 year 13 weeks agoMetjas wrote:better wait for

    Metjas wrote:
    better wait for the 2nd edition which will include all about his 2nd TdF win, in shops shortly before Xmas 2014 Big Grin

    Arguably he should be going for his third Wink

  • Monster interest sees Etape Loch Ness sell out in hours1 year 13 weeks agoI certainly don't agree with

    I certainly don't agree with it, but not uncommon for local CC members to use a sportive in their backyard as an unofficial race, bragging rights etc.

  • Almost 9 in 10 people back headphones ban and compulsory helmets for cyclists say survey1 year 13 weeks agoRegarding bells on bikes: I

    Regarding bells on bikes:

    I have to say, having fitted 100's of bells to new bikes being build and sold off workshops in Evans and Cycle Surgery the past few years to meet BS6102 Pt.1

    the "stock" bells are absolutely terrible and will either not be heard in the traffic, or will end up snapping or rotating around the handlebar

    the only effective bells I have found are the oversized "Ding Dong" bells (stock on pashley bikes), the oversized bells often sold with a "I LOVE my bike" graphic or the awesome "air zound" compressed air system

    years ago I saw a courier use an Air Zound which made a woman pedestrian fall over in shock when he parped the horn to warn her from stepping into the street

  • London flooded with police in road safety crackdown1 year 13 weeks agoIanW1968 wrote:Maybe a more

    IanW1968 wrote:
    Maybe a more constructive thought, wouldn't a few public information adverts help with the misguided indignation?

    People are allowed to walk across the road.
    Riding two abreast is ok.
    Riding in the middle of the road is ok.
    Riding on pavements is bad.
    Parking on pavements is bad.
    Talking on phones is bad.
    Running lights is bad.
    How to use ASL's
    Etc etc

    TV time is cheap as chips at the mo.

    Maybe a Kickstarter/crowd funded advert?

    There must be ad agency out there with the kit, the talent and the contacts to make some serious commercials that can be broadcast independently on behalf of the cyclists of the UK?

    I'd definitely chip in the pot

  • Almost 9 in 10 people back headphones ban and compulsory helmets for cyclists say survey1 year 13 weeks agoI want to know what's coming

    I want to know what's coming behind me and can't understand why anyone would wear earphones, I suppose in the city there is always something coming up behind you though.

    Helmets need to be a choice, because unlike seat belts airbags and motorcycle helmets, they really aren't life savers for anyone but kids, most of us ride too spastic to have the thing protect against anything serious.

    I wear mine ONLY because they are compulsory for races, TTs and events, so train in one.

    When out with the kids I don't wear one (they do) as I find the air noise around them affects my spatial awareness and I am on max alert looking out for the kids.....which brings back the headphone thing......

    HOWEVER ....as advised by my uncle who was a pro in the 50s, I ALWAYS wear specs, as nothing is more dangerous than something getting you in the eye!

    So make specs compulsory!

  • Chris Froome autobiography to come out before Tour de France1 year 13 weeks agoCan't say i would've been

    Can't say i would've been particularly interested in this until i read a BBC piece recently which looked into his formative years in Kenya in a bit of depth - clearly a promo interview for the book - but it sounds like Froome has a good story to tell.

    Of course, reading stories of him training as a young lad in the Rift Valley may make him seem even less British - but that is what it is, and is a separate issue!

  • Etape Caledonia - advice1 year 13 weeks agoHave done this for the past

    Have done this for the past two years and will do so each year I can get a place...great scenery, great atmosphere and the ride can be one part of a lovely holiday in the Scottish Highlands.

    The route is nowhere near as hilly as you may think and actually encourages good average speeds for those who want to get a decent time over 80 miles. The route is very scenic though and you may want to take some of it in! Overall, not too challenging as far as sportives go (Etape Pennines, the sister ride, is a LOT harder). Surprise

  • Different Saddle Needed - Any Suggestions ?1 year 13 weeks agoCharge Spoon

    Charge Spoon

  • Chris Froome autobiography to come out before Tour de France1 year 13 weeks agobetter wait for the 2nd

    better wait for the 2nd edition which will include all about his 2nd TdF win, in shops shortly before Xmas 2014 Big Grin

  • London flooded with police in road safety crackdown1 year 13 weeks ago'jaywalking' is illegal in

    'jaywalking' is illegal in many US states but not here in the UK

    pedestrians, like cyclists and equestrians (horse riders) have a legal 'right of way' to use the public highway

    motorists do not have any legal right of way (they confuse this with their 'right of way' at junctions when encountering other motor vehicles)

    motorists are granted an exemption to drive on the public highway through the licensing of the driver, and their vehicle. This exemption can be withdrawn at any time by the authorities.

    a number of motorists in the UK have an attitude that it is "their right to drive" when in fact the law says otherwise

    on a day to day basis (what you see on the street) you will see this confusion when a pedestrian is legitimately crossing the street and a motorist tries to bully / intimidate them by driving at them at speed, and beeping their horn.

    What this motorist does not realize is that that pedestrian actually has a legal entitlement to cross that road, and the motorist should give way if the pedestrian is already crossing before the motorist arrives at that section of road.

    Sadly, because of the prominence given to motor vehicles in the UK, snobbery about ownership of vehicles versus cycling and pedestrians, and a lack of traffic policing, these drivers believe that other road users should get out of their way!

    of course, this does not excuse a pedestrian stepping into the street without due care and attention (which we might call jaywalking), which is a situation many cyclists have experienced:-

    -a pedestrian distracted by their phone, music, newspaper, lunch, etc. steps off the pavement without looking and nearly goes into the cyclist, as the lack of engine noise (associated with motor vehicles) tells them the road is clear

    of course, this 'jaywalking' is also a reason that a large number of pedestrians end up killed or seriously injured by motorists in the UK every year, from not paying attention to oncoming motor vehicle traffic

  • London flooded with police in road safety crackdown1 year 13 weeks agoMaybe a more constructive

    Maybe a more constructive thought, wouldn't a few public information adverts help with the misguided indignation?

    People are allowed to walk across the road.
    Riding two abreast is ok.
    Riding in the middle of the road is ok.
    Riding on pavements is bad.
    Parking on pavements is bad.
    Talking on phones is bad.
    Running lights is bad.
    How to use ASL's
    Etc etc

    TV time is cheap as chips at the mo.

  • Different Saddle Needed - Any Suggestions ?1 year 13 weeks agoSelle italia do a system

    Selle italia do a system approach as well, though most of their medium to narrow models suit me, I must say I never got on with Brooks though, only the swallow was anywhere near tolerable. I'm 13 stone though.

  • London flooded with police in road safety crackdown1 year 13 weeks agoI hope they were out at dusk

    I hope they were out at dusk today and picked up the cars with headlights out.

  • Almost 9 in 10 people back headphones ban and compulsory helmets for cyclists say survey1 year 13 weeks agofelixcat wrote:nbrus

    felixcat wrote:
    nbrus wrote:

    And how is someone supposed to attract your attention if you're not listening? I don't think you could argue that you would be more aware of your surroundings (and therefore safer) without the earphones...

    The job of the overtaken is to keep a consistent line and speed. The rest of the onus is on the overtaker. S/he should not depend on any other action by the overtaken.

    I'm with Felix on this one. When I pass other cyclists I pass wide. Not within inches as motorists are prone to do. Also find a bell is usefull. The high pitch usually cuts through all types of noise.

  • London flooded with police in road safety crackdown1 year 13 weeks ago'Anecdotal evidence'...but

    'Anecdotal evidence'...but telling

  • What has happened to Bike Route Toaster1 year 13 weeks agoThanks for the replies. We

    Thanks for the replies. We thought as much. We use toaster and ridewithgps to ensure we have primary and backup for all club routes. Looks like we need to find an alternate DR. Cheers.

  • London flooded with police in road safety crackdown1 year 13 weeks agoGot knocked off again today,

    Got knocked off again today, it's the second time in a few months.

    Last time the guy got out of his car and hit me for being a cyclist, this time it was an old boy who was really apologetic. Both times there were witnesses to confirm there was nothing I could do and it was the drivers fault.

    I'm not a newbie to cycling and have thousands of road miles experience both at pace and commuting.

    TBH though the outcome as I sit here now is that a nice big 4x4 to drive around in has never looked so appealing and the chance of me encouraging the family to get about by bike are close to zero.

  • What has happened to Bike Route Toaster1 year 13 weeks agoOh Pants...I had a look

    Oh Pants...I had a look before heading out over Dartmoor and couldn't get anything...I just assumed our Virgin was playing up again Sad

    That was a brilliant website.

  • Vulpine Men's Original Rain Jacket1 year 13 weeks agoLooks like a nice jacket,

    Looks like a nice jacket, although I'm not sure about the decision to have a magnetic catch near a credit card.

  • Almost 9 in 10 people back headphones ban and compulsory helmets for cyclists say survey1 year 13 weeks agoA lot of people die in bed

    A lot of people die in bed perhaps they should wear helmets too.