• Herne Hill hosts cycle speed-dating this Valentine’s day1 year 11 weeks agono fixed gears eh, I'm out

    no fixed gears eh, I'm out then!

    Oh yeah, and I'm married.

  • Jersey coroner says foot stuck in clipless pedal led to cyclist's death1 year 11 weeks agoJust had another thought on

    Just had another thought on this. The guy was obvioulsy, rightly or wrongly, on the pavement. This is a really key piece of information as it resulted in him hitting a lampost, setting off a tradgic chain of events.

    I see LOADS of 'shared use' paths and pavements that have obstacles such as lamposts and road signs on them and have always thought it qustionable that such obstructions should exist. This case provides clear evidence that siting such things on cycle routes is dangerous and if there is one lesson to be learned it is that cycle routes must be kept free of such obstructions.

  • Jersey coroner says foot stuck in clipless pedal led to cyclist's death1 year 11 weeks agoI was hit by a car coming

    I was hit by a car coming across a dual carriageway as I was competing in a time trial and I was extremely glad not to be wearing toeclips and straps, Shimano Look patented clipless pedals came into their own. The car hit me, the bike went under the car and I sailed over the bonnet and landed in the side of another car that was stationary on the left waiting to enter the dual carriageway. I didn't come out unscathed but shudder to think what may have been had I not had the ski binder type pedals fitted. As previously mentioned, I too have occasionally been unable to release when virtually stopped. A sorry outcome to this incident, and I offer deep sympathy but it was a very unfortunate chain of events but I cannot lay total fault on the pedals.

  • ASA bans safety advert showing helmetless cyclist for being socially irresponsible +Video1 year 11 weeks agoGod i am bored, just

    God i am bored, just submitted a complaint against Peugeot for failing to address the environmental impact of driving in an urban area in a car advert.

  • I might as well... (Tour of Qatar 14)1 year 11 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:Right, every

    Gkam84 wrote:
    Right, every rider should now have a value, but they will not update until after the first stage of Qatar I think....

    Thanks, G! I went to see if it had updated, but obviously not, since I can't see them, but, if you can, I'd like to know the value you can see, even if they change by game time, for the following riders:

    Heinrich Haussler IAM
    Matteo Pelucchi IAM
    Martin Elmiger IAM
    Sebastien Hinault IAM
    Blaz Jarc TNE
    Daniel Schorn TNE
    Scott Thwaites TNE
    Sam Bennett TNE
    Zakkari Dempster TNE
    Enrico Battaglin BAR
    Marco Coledan BAR
    Lucas Sebastian Haedo SDD
    Alessandro Bazzana UHC
    Robert Forster UHC

    They're all penciled in to ride Qatar and I'm curious... thanks!

  • ASA bans safety advert showing helmetless cyclist for being socially irresponsible +Video1 year 11 weeks agoJust submitted this complaint

    Just submitted this complaint to ASA "Manufacturers are not complying with their social responsibilities by show people driving wearing helmets and neck braces as the majority of people who receive hospital treatment following a motor vehicle accident receive treatment for head injuries. This complaint is a direct comparison with your decision to ban the Cycling Scotland advert showing a woman riding without a helmet, your decision being made in direct contravention of current laws and without any evidence to back your decision other than your own prejudices
    Motor manufacturers also fail to show the proven effects of exhaust gases in built up area's which cause asthma and breathing difficulties in young children, another failure of the motor manufacturers to comply with their social responsibilities." Will anyone else join in to ensure that we can highlight ASA's prejudicial and anti cycling decision

  • British Cycling decision to end sportive insurance cover for National Escort Group riders branded "foolish"1 year 11 weeks agoI'm with BC 100% on this, for

    I'm with BC 100% on this, for a change.

  • Carbon Fiber Road Saddle - Rider Survey1 year 11 weeks agoThanks for the feedback.

    Thanks for the feedback.

    Regarding our priorities, the first is tailored performance with the second being weight. The idea is to make use of different carbon fiber product forms to tailor the flex of the saddle according to the riders weight and preference.

    Yes the saddle could be made of plastic, however there are two issues:

    One, Plastics are typically injection molded and require expensive molds thus we must sell a significant number of them to amortize the costs.

    Second, this doesn't allow us to tailor the flex of the saddle for various riders. It would be a "one size fits all".

    I appreciate the questions.

    Thanks

  • ASA bans safety advert showing helmetless cyclist for being socially irresponsible +Video1 year 11 weeks agoGus T wrote:Surely the way to

    Gus T wrote:
    Surely the way to deal with this is to complain to ASA every time you see a car advert with the driver not wearing a crash helmet and neck brace, after all the majority of people involved in car accidents that end in hospital have head injuries so it's socially irresponsible for car manufacturers not to highlight this. Failure by ASA to agree with this must imply discrimination against cyclists & revoke this ruling. Angry

    Legitimatly, we could complain about every car add full stop. Encouraging car use does nothing to strengthen our communities, cars pose a significant risk to other road users and contibute to multiple health problems and general polution. Buying and driving a car is pretty 'socially irrisponsible' in this context, certainly more so than not wearing a hat.

  • ASA bans safety advert showing helmetless cyclist for being socially irresponsible +Video1 year 11 weeks agoI've just tried to sign the

    I've just tried to sign the petition and the link's broken or it has been removed. Anyone have any info on it? Thinking

  • ASA bans safety advert showing helmetless cyclist for being socially irresponsible +Video1 year 11 weeks agoI've just tried to sign the

    I've just tried to sign the petition and the link's broken or it has been removed. Anyone have any info on it? Thinking

  • I might as well... (Tour of Qatar 14)1 year 11 weeks agoRight, every rider should now

    Right, every rider should now have a value, but they will not update until after the first stage of Qatar I think....

  • Video: How to be a road cyclist1 year 11 weeks agoThey've scored a few

    They've scored a few bullseyes there. I have to admit I'm a total coffee snob, and by the end of last summer I was proud to notice that I'd managed to acquire some tan lines. But I've never fallen on a cat.

    (Did you hear the cat? Miaow! I hope it was a highly trained stunt cat.)

  • ASA bans safety advert showing helmetless cyclist for being socially irresponsible +Video1 year 11 weeks agoSurely the way to deal with

    Surely the way to deal with this is to complain to ASA every time you see a car advert with the driver not wearing a crash helmet and neck brace, after all the majority of people involved in car accidents that end in hospital have head injuries so it's socially irresponsible for car manufacturers not to highlight this. Failure by ASA to agree with this must imply discrimination against cyclists & revoke this ruling. Angry

  • ASA bans safety advert showing helmetless cyclist for being socially irresponsible +Video1 year 11 weeks agoagentvialli wrote:Helmet,

    agentvialli wrote:
    Helmet, yes... it would just be better to set a good example

    (For those that argue different on the helmet debate...facts are facts, you are more protected, less likely to squash your tiny brain, and yes cars may pass closer but come on....if you don't believe this, run head first into a wall and tell me if your skull gets damaged or not...its kind of stating the bleeding obvious people, protect your head!!)

    50cm from the kerb, erm, I agree with every other right minded cyclist on this issue...its rubbish.

    Facts are facts, but not all facts are relevant facts. Running head on into a wall damages your skull - that's a fact. It doesn't follow from that that cyclists, runners, people walking down stairs or getting out of the bath, drivers, children running around a playground (the one time I suffered concussion) or anyone else should therefore wear a helmet. You need logic to join up your facts into an argument, you see?

    But I agree, wall-runners probably should wear helmets. Indeed, I question the benefits of wall-head-interfacing as a legitmate sporting activity. There's a reason why its not an Olympic event, I reckon.
    (Though its a good metaphor for engaging in the helmet-argument. About as useful as banging your head against a wall).

  • Beginner's advice on pedals & shoes?1 year 11 weeks agoFWIW I have run SPDs and SPD

    FWIW I have run SPDs and SPD SL. I actually prefer SPD SL, especially with the zero-float cleats but I'm now running SPDs on all of my bikes simply because SPD SL doesn't work for 'cross and the benefits of a single pedal system outweigh any downsides to using SPDs on the road in my view.

    I also commuted on SPD SL for about a year. I didn't find them too bad to walk short distances in but they were a PITA if I had to use the stairs at the station to change platforms. If you are doing any kind of practical riding (commuting, to the shops etc. ) them SPD or similar are the obvious choice. If you only cycle for fun then perhaps SPD SL or similar are worth looking at.

  • Cateye Volt 300 front light1 year 11 weeks agoI don't have this, but I see

    I don't have this, but I see having a cable as preferable to directly plugging something into a USB port as it gives more flexibility in placement (cables are cheap so you easily have one at work and one at home if you want), and having the same battery front and back is a nice touch as you can swap them around if you ever mess up and find yourself out of light at the front (a weak battery may well be able to drive a pulsing-light at the rear too). All seems sensible to me.

    No doubt a model or two between this 300 and the rather more powerful 1200 will be along at some point, which would be nice.

  • Policing and the CPS1 year 11 weeks agoIts been dropped anyway after

    Its been dropped anyway after Iceland had a word....

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-25950761

    It seems that something I read somewhere else on this site this week was wrong, people can have a word with the CPS and cases can be dropped as and when they feel like?

  • TRP Hy/Rd mechanical interface hydraulic disc brakes1 year 11 weeks agoAny tips on where to buy the

    Any tips on where to buy the pads?

  • Drones - the next big thing in cycle safety, or a case of too much blue sky thinking?1 year 11 weeks agoI like the idea of drones for

    I like the idea of drones for self-filmed efforts. I'm not talking about 4 hours of plugging away on the road but if a drone could actually follow you and keep you in shot at the trails or on a DH run that would be pretty cool particuarally if it could fly alongside you too given different camera angle options.

    As for keeping you safe on the road they'd be pretty useless. They might capture some more usefull footage than a helmet cam in some conflict situations but I suspect that the reverse could also be true depending on the circumstances.

  • Bradley Wiggins Book. "My Time".1 year 11 weeks agorushed, boring, maybe two or

    rushed, boring, maybe two or three little passages that I found interesting/didn't know yet. Certainly would not recommend buying and funnily enough have not even offered to any friends for reading....says enough.

  • Beginner's advice on pedals & shoes?1 year 11 weeks agoOh and yeah, the irony wasn't

    Oh and yeah, the irony wasn't lost on me posting this the same day as a news article reporting the death of a cyclist while using clipless for the first time.

    Will definitely make sure I get comfortable with them before going out on the roads proper.

  • I might as well... (Tour of Qatar 14)1 year 11 weeks agoBecause they have not been

    Because they have not been involved in a race yet.

    Let me try and remedy that, but the values won't be exact Wink

  • A mobile game to conquer your city on bike1 year 11 weeks agoI just don't get it at all,

    I just don't get it at all, be fun for 5 minutes if you live in a small place like me.

    Its just another gimmick to drain your phone battery while out riding....

  • Beginner's advice on pedals & shoes?1 year 11 weeks agoThanks all for the input so

    Thanks all for the input so far, it's appreciated, and exactly why I joined this site.

    Interesting to see the positive comments towards regular SPDs, as they certainly seem the more prevalent and affordable, better fitting my anticipated budget.

    I like the idea of a recessed cleat too, as I likely will need to do a bit of walking in the shoe, particularly when using the bike for summer commuting.

    My riding is a mix of urban commuting and then solo weekend efforts of around 90-120 minutes without really stopping. I will take a look at the more race-derived stuff, but a double-sided SPD seems to make some sense as a first foray.

    The concept of float is a bit alien to me, so something I need to explore. I don't have any immediate problems with my knees or ankles, but then I'm also not as young as I used to be!

    The bike needs to go in for a once over soon, so while they're fiddling with it I can have a go on the turbo with a few different setups.