• Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne.........1 year 19 weeks agoI took the risk and Im not

    I took the risk and Im not bothered. As I've said in another thread, it's only a game, shit happens! Cool

  • Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne cancelled as snowfalls make conditions too dangerous1 year 19 weeks agoSensible decision. Looking at

    Sensible decision. Looking at the pictures it would have been asking for a serious incident. Riders should not be asked to take this sort of risk. The costs to the organisers must have been high, so clearly the decision would not be taken lightly. The race was cancelled once in the 80s and once in the 90s, it's a chance you take with very early season races. Just look at Perfs RR here in south England, that's even earlier and has not been too bad for cancellations but usually has cold poor conditions. This year's was even reduced in distance because of the freezing rain and floods starting on the circuit.

  • Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne cancelled as snowfalls make conditions too dangerous1 year 19 weeks agoYeah, I mean who would have

    Yeah, I mean who would have thought that riding at pro race speed over snow-covered cobbles and up snow-covered hellingen would be dangerous Thinking

  • Tour Series facing Peterborough blackout1 year 19 weeks agoI agree. They could even be

    I agree. They could even be piggy backing on the big one coming to Cambridge in 2014.

  • Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne cancelled as snowfalls make conditions too dangerous1 year 19 weeks agoI managed to get out on my

    I managed to get out on my bike... jessies Plain Face

  • The Jersey Project Bill Humphreys & Jerry Dunn1 year 19 weeks agooooh I want this book badly

    oooh I want this book badly Smile

  • More than half of Queenslanders would like to see licences on bicycles1 year 19 weeks agoSeoige wrote:Just another

    Seoige wrote:
    Just another form of taxation! But I do agree with the idea of third party insurance:?

    Even 3rd Party Insurance is a bit of a quagmire.
    Realistically, what damage is a cyclist going to do to someone else's property? Few hundred quid on a door mirror or panel? Most people should be able to afford that without the need to drag insurance into it.

    On the other hand, the cyclist will usually come off worse.
    Few hundred quid on a set of STI or one carbon wheel? Your own 3rd Party Ins won't help with that.

    Sadly, the people taking part in these surveys never think beyond the basic question. The question should actually say:
    "Would you be in favour of number plates on bicycles given that it will cost tens of millions of £ to implement and manage, be thoroughly impractical and do nothing to alter the behaviour of drivers towards vulnerable road users?"

  • clearout, loads of stuff and an orange p71 year 19 weeks agoHey there. I might be

    Hey there.

    I might be interested in some of the conti gear depending on size and price. Could you also give me a price on the Bontrager side access cage and the inflators.

    Derek.

  • The Jersey Project Bill Humphreys & Jerry Dunn1 year 19 weeks agoAny in there quite as bad as

    Any in there quite as bad as the Boels Dolamn (ladies pro team- Armistead's team) 2013 jerseys?

  • Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne.........1 year 19 weeks agoI suspect another trial by

    I suspect another trial by "Judge Dave" coming up. Cool

    I toyed with taking penalty points due to the Boom or not Boom issue. I decided to leave him in and not take the 10 point hit- Feel much better now if what gkam says sticks- I'm with gkam on this one Devil

  • Father of maimed Times journalist says hands free devices should be banned1 year 19 weeks agoMercuryOne wrote:The only way

    MercuryOne wrote:
    The only way to make it safer would be to give every motorist a car with seamless Bluetooth.

    Er... having Bluetooth doesn't make using the phone safer. That's the whole point: handsfree is just as distracting to the part of the brain that deals with spatial processing as a normal phone.

    And why would you need to differentiate between electronic devices if you run over someone? If you're distracted, you're distracted, and you should be accordingly culpable. This is about what should be banned, rather than what can cause a distraction: you can be distracted by sneezing or having a heart attack or suddenly remembering it's your anniversary and you forgot to buy some limp flowers when you filled up the tank and bought a reduced-price wind-up torch that you're now going to have to use as a present, but we can't ban those.

    (Personally I say ban reprogramming satnavs while driving too. Pressing buttons on the radio can normally done without being a distraction provided you do it responsibly; which I appreciate not everyone does, but we have to appreciate that the driver needs to operate certain controls. I don't believe the same can be said of satnavs due to the more complex interaction, and the same certainly can't be said of phones of any type.)

    Enforcement-wise I don't see a handfree ban is actually hugely more difficult to enforce than normal phones. Granted, it's a little easier to see someone on a normal phone, but you can still often spot lone drivers having conversations and you can still check people if they get pulled over for iffy driving. The police can surely still pull people over if they have any concerns, and then check their phone(s) for call records.

    And really, it'd be adequately workable if there was a harsh enough punishment for using one. £60 is not a deterrent to anyone: you can barely buy a new car tyre or a tank of petrol for that. It's easily filed under "miscellaneous expenses".

    Someone mentioned on STW a part of the US where being caught on the phone meant the police were empowered to destroy your phone and the cards in it. Get caught again and things get worse.

    If people thought they were risking a ban or the destruction of their toys just by being *caught* using the phone then they'd at least think twice. Why wait until they happen to kill someone before pointing out that it's irresponsible.

    All it needs is the political will to actually take it seriously and it can happen. No politician currently has the balls to do so, which means if it's to happen then some democratic momentum is required.

    Which means it's probably time to seize what momentum there currently is.

  • Skipping beats cycling at suppressing appetite, researchers find1 year 19 weeks agobohrhead wrote:Can't say I've

    bohrhead wrote:
    Can't say I've ever cycled to suppress my appetite. I find it has quite the opposite effect!

    I actually cycle because I want to eat more cake...

  • Witnesses sought to 'road rage' hit and run that left cyclist with broken arm1 year 19 weeks agoOh fancy that....somebody

    Oh fancy that....somebody drives deliberately into two police officers and they are detained on suspicion of attempted murder.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-2157038

    Well that sets an interesting precedent on how you'd deal with someone who drove deliberately into a cyclist doesn't it, because we wouldn't want to think there are different rules for police officers and cyclists.

    And to the unfortunate officers and the cyclist I'm sure I speak for everyone here in wishing you all a full and speedy recovery.

  • Father of maimed Times journalist says hands free devices should be banned1 year 19 weeks agoAll sympathy for Mary's dad

    All sympathy for Mary's dad but proper enforcement of the handheld mobile ban would be a better place to start.
    And we need a lot more education about things like speed limits. Public attitudes towards drink-driving have changed massively since Barbara Castle brought in the breathalyser and defined the legal blood alcohol limit for the first time (1967). We've gone from a 'one for the road' culture to 'designated driver' being the norm. It didn't happen overnight but it happened because the law was enforced and because the evidence that underpinned it was given a good airing.

  • Group of professional cyclists hit by car in 'road rage' incident1 year 19 weeks agoThinking about it, I think

    Thinking about it, I think what makes the roads in the United States more dangerous than a country with their surfeit of space, wealth, and technology should be, is the sense of entitlement. Average Americans have an even more inflated sense of their own importance than Britons, if you can believe that. And it is no coincidence that they have had mass car ownership the longest. Experienced cyclists know how to ride in such a way as to minimise the risks from careless drivers. But that can make matters worse when you encounter someone who thinks he has the right to teach you a lesson for momentarily impinging on his freedom to drive wherever he wants, whenever he wants, at whatever speed he chooses.

  • Passoni Top Force W1 year 19 weeks agoMercuryOne wrote:Nice welds

    MercuryOne wrote:
    Nice welds but no better than my Condor Moda at £1900 for the frame. All this guff about being able to compare it's handling with a 'Van Nic' is just nonsense. Bikes are bikes and wheels form more of ride quality than the frame. It's like saying laces effect the feel of the pavement in a shoe review.

    It's how the whole lot combines MercuryOne. We often swap the wheels on a test bike to see how that changes the ride which it often does, but not always in the same way. This is going to come as a shock, but not every bike you stick a pair of Mavic Aksiums on rides int the same way - the constant is (depending on what you've swapped 'em for) that the bike either get a little bit heavier or lighter.

    Impressive ability to judge the quality of a weld from a photo on the web Nerd

  • Skipping beats cycling at suppressing appetite, researchers find1 year 19 weeks agoOh to be a researcher with a

    Oh to be a researcher with a grant to study the bleeding obvious. It must be such a cushy gig, finding evidence that activities which involve jumping up and down might make you slightly more queasy, and therefore less interested in scarfing down solid food, than an activity that mostly involves sitting down but expending lots of energy.

  • BBB Arctic Duty overshoes1 year 19 weeks agoExcellent product. Easily

    Excellent product. Easily worth the £50 when you look at the ludicrous price of other brands "warmest" product...

  • Parent criticises Surrey primary school's ban on children cycling to two of its three sites1 year 19 weeks agoI tried Spacehoppering to

    I tried Spacehoppering to school in the 70's, but the 11% gradient was murder on the way up and just flaming comical on the way down ...

  • Madison Genesis issues appeal after Ian Bibby's bike stolen in Lancaster yesterday1 year 19 weeks agoIt's unlikely he'd have been

    It's unlikely he'd have been riding it just for a social pootle to his cafe, more likely he was out training and stopped off so very unlikely to have been carrying a lock. If it was in a town centre though then yeah not too smart but hindsight is a wonderful thing.

  • Campagnolo 80th anniversary Super Record groupset released1 year 19 weeks agoIt's like the old matchbox

    It's like the old matchbox days, just buy two sets: one to use and one to keep boxed in the attic

  • Skipping beats cycling at suppressing appetite, researchers find1 year 19 weeks agoCan't say I've ever cycled to

    Can't say I've ever cycled to suppress my appetite. I find it has quite the opposite effect!

  • More than half of Queenslanders would like to see licences on bicycles1 year 19 weeks agoJust another form of

    Just another form of taxation! But I do agree with the idea of third party insurance:?

  • More than half of Queenslanders would like to see licences on bicycles1 year 19 weeks agoI moved to Melbourne from

    I moved to Melbourne from Oxford, which I thought was a bit tough until I started cycling here - man, it was a breeze.

    A good proportion of drivers here think indicators are optional, traffic lights provide mere guidance, and mirrors are for checking out one's tattoos.

    A Kiwi colleague of mine mentioned that she thought cycling here was pretty safe. She got doored not long ago (bruised leg, arm and ego, nothing serious); for some reason she's changed her mind.

    Saying that, some of the cyclists are UTTER wankers.

  • Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne.........1 year 19 weeks agoThats because you took the

    Thats because you took the risk and made changes and took penalty points.

    If the race had gone ahead, you would have still lost 10 points because of the transfer, I don't see the difference. You may or may not have scored points in the race