• Video: tailgating a tipper truck at 40mph1 year 11 weeks agoFluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:

    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:
    but its really a separate issue from transport policy.

    Not when the two come together as in the example of this idiot, not only is he putting himself at risk but those around him too of emotional harm, its not only a matter of the law but also morality that you are responsible not just for yourself but those around you. This idiot crashes and hits any of the vehicles around him, who suffers emotionally, because he wanted to participate in risky behaviour and prove his skills to others. There are places where you can go to participate in riskier behaviour that doesn't put members of the public at risk as this one does, he is an example of a selfish, irresponsible cyclist and he does a disservice to all responsible law abiding cyclists.

  • Electron Terra Mini front light1 year 11 weeks agoPaul_C wrote:Would not be

    Paul_C wrote:
    Would not be legal in Germany, so why the bleep are they being sold in this country and being pushed as being suitable for comuters? They are only suitable for those riding off road in the dark.

    Possibly because many of the British Standards relating to cycling are so antiquated, you would have to use a paraffin lamp or something to conform. They are widely and universally ignored, both by the Police and retail.

    Even the German regulations are a bit silly with their dynamo requirements (which are also widely ignored).

    Manufacturers aren't interested in tailoring their products for a dozen different national regulations, they should all be updated at the European level.

  • Lake CX145 Road Water Proof Boots1 year 11 weeks agoI seem to know an awful lot

    I seem to know an awful lot of people with poor foot circulation. I've been wearing Northwave Fahrenheit boots with shimano road cleats. The first winter I have been able to ride all day I all weather without cold feet, though I did cheat twice when bellow zero c by using hotties toe warmers.

    The NW were waterproof with gortex lining and warm as insulated!! Big Grin

  • First look: Bespoked UK Handmade Bike Show… There's a lot to see, so get on down there!1 year 11 weeks agoYennings wrote:But I can't

    Yennings wrote:
    But I can't help thinking a more 'organic' venue like Truman Brewery would have worked better for this kind of show. Presumably will be way busier today/tomorrow, though, so that should help with the atmosphere.

    Agreed. Nice bikes but the venue was shit. It smelt like shit, literally. And yes, way too clean, might as well have been in a conference centre in Croydon for atmosphere. Those poor hipsters looked right out of whack. I even saw one scuttling out of Westfiled holding a boutique brewed beer, wearing a flat cap and looking like he was trying to get out of the zombie Apocalypse. Even I, determinedly not hipster, felt at atmoisphere more in keeping with the handmade aesthetic would have been good. It's not like London is short of them. I fear that they will all scuttle back to Bristol next year.

    On another note, "How much?!" I know the price tag isn't really the point but it makes Spa cycles £315 725 frames look like total bargains. Someone wanted £1000 for a 725 frame. Yikes. I guess that's the problem when you start putting skilled people back in expensive countries - they want to be paid properly.

    And I know this really isn't the point but it's hard not to think that buying a Defy and a TCR for the same price as a single steel bike is not a good deal. I must be soul less Devil

  • Government urged to restrict use of cars as report says air pollution causes 30,000 premature deaths a year1 year 11 weeks agolevermonkey wrote:Rupert

    levermonkey wrote:
    Rupert wrote:
    How many cyclists die early due to breathing in pollution in the air ?
    Has there been a study on this lately ?

    Surely the risk for cyclists breathing hard and deeply is greater than those more sedentary

    No! Studies show that the benefits of cycling outweigh the risks and car drivers are exposed to far higher levels and for longer. Nerd

    Jeremy Clarkson would point out that your healthy lungs filter out the pollution for the benefit of car drivers. Devil

    I can't find the link, but there was a study that found exactly that. Motorists receive a much higher dose of pollution compared to cyclists, for the simple reason they follow the exhaust of the car in front. The air conditioning and filters make little difference, whereas simply being to the side of the road does.

    Obviously, any motorist who uses their horn against you whilst you are in primary is just concerned for your health, and wants to warn you about the bad air you may be breathing Laughing

  • Cyclist killed in Whitechapel in November had almost twice driving blood alcohol limit1 year 11 weeks agoBeing ignorant: all three.

    Being ignorant: all three.

  • Get money back on your Oyster card every day you walk or cycle to work?1 year 11 weeks agoInitialised wrote:Why not

    Initialised wrote:
    Why not just, scrap VAT on bikes, parts and accessories sold at bike shops. That's got to be a cheaper way of doing it as it needs much less admin and form filling and filing.

    If you got me started on the UK Tax/VAT system, I could really go off on one, but I'll save you that dull rant. The short version, it's almost always cheaper and more efficient to offer a specific incentive rather than complicate the tax rules further.

    We already have the ride to work scheme and that does this efficiently. Removing VAT from bikes would be great for the readers of this site who always need N+1 bikes, but it's a poor way of targeting the money at commuters.

    More to the point, I don't think we need to make bikes any cheaper. For the average commuter, bikes are already very affordable. As the surveys keep reminding us, it's fear (due to crap infrastructure) that puts people off.

  • Crosswind advise1 year 11 weeks agoThere were major cross winds

    There were major cross winds yesterday, 40 mph plus an on bad roads, only at high speeds descending was there any discernible lift on the front, in this case covering the rear brake slightly was enough to transfer weight forward and stabilse it.

    Again, this is kind of a subconscious reaction, so may not work for others.

  • Government urged to restrict use of cars as report says air pollution causes 30,000 premature deaths a year1 year 11 weeks agoWhen I last checked, it was

    When I last checked, it was £10 per day for the congestion charge in London. It costs me that if I wanted to use public transport (which I don't).
    There has to be a meaningful cost to get people out of cars as most regard it as a sunk cost. £10 per day will not do this and does not cover the cost of pollution and congestion.

  • Paris Roubaix1 year 11 weeks agoTeam picked and now off for

    Team picked and now off for club run. Not a massive amount of thought given to this one, but part of me sees it being a predictable affair. Good luck all!

  • Cyclist killed in Whitechapel in November had almost twice driving blood alcohol limit1 year 11 weeks agoCycling drunk: strike one.

    Cycling drunk: strike one. Cycling contra-flow: strike two. Not seeing/avoiding an oncoming bus: strike three. How much **** can you ask for and still hope to get away with it?

  • Government urged to restrict use of cars as report says air pollution causes 30,000 premature deaths a year1 year 11 weeks agolevermonkey wrote:ChairRDRF

    levermonkey wrote:
    ChairRDRF wrote:
    For how motorists do NOT pay for the costs they incur, see references in here http://rdrf.org.uk/2014/03/22/the-silence-over-osbornes-hand-out-to-motoring/

    Be very careful what you wish for. If you push up the cost of fuel for car drivers then you push up the cost of fuel for everything else.

    There is nothing, and I do mean nothing, that you own or use that does not involve a lorry somewhere in its manufacture or delivery. If you put the cost of fuel up you put the cost of everything else up.

    I entirely agree one needs to be aware of this. But that cost exists, regardless of whether its acknowledged or not. It doesn't magically disappear just because one ignores it when doing the accounts!

    Are you really suggesting the apocryphal ostrich approach actually works? That we can get things for free by just looking the other way and agreeing not to record the cost?

    On the contrary, I would say. If the cost is properly charged to those who create the cost (including all of 'us' if we order something delivered by road), then its likely to _improve_ efficiency, as people are given the information and the incentive necessary to try and reduce those costs, as they are no longer hidden. Not accounting for the these sorts of costs encourages decisions that are individually rational but collectively irrational.

    Though, yes - if this is what you are saying, 'cos its not clear - it's quite possible a blanket tax on fuel use might not be the best way, as it's emissions that are the cost one wants to reduce (in this part of the argument - it's not the only cost), not raw fuel consumption, and the relation between the two presumably can be variable.

    And if ambulances produce lots of emissions, then that's really not a difficult one, acknowledge that and increase the funding for the ambulance service accordingly, because that's what running an ambulance service actually costs.

  • Forestry Commission pulls down anti-cycling posters ahead of New Forest sportive this weekend1 year 11 weeks agoThe link to the BBC regional

    The link to the BBC regional news that bikebot posted above is very good. Well balanced piece of journalism, I'm actually impressed by it.

    The fact that even the local councillor was denouncing the 'illegal fly posting of inflammatory messages' and was generally supportive of the event says everything you need to know.

    And I think UK Cycling Events have, through their actions of listening to concerns, modifying the route, restricting the numbers etc shown themselves to be the better party in all of this, it makes it clearer that her and her cronies are picking "facts" from thin air to suit their own NIMBY agenda.

  • Bespoked 2014 highlights: Donhou, Baldwin, Saffron, Festka, Nerve, Wold and Merényi1 year 11 weeks agoSo many beautiful bikes - I

    So many beautiful bikes - I would feel so spoilt for choice, so thanks for the great coverage road.cc Applause

  • Government urged to restrict use of cars as report says air pollution causes 30,000 premature deaths a year1 year 11 weeks agoWe'll never kill the sacred

    We'll never kill the sacred cow, I mean car.

    I'd accept the price of what I buy going up if it meant pricing some cars off the road.

    In this country we have the same myopia to cars that the Americans have to guns. The answer is always more of them will make everything better, dispute all the evidence to the contrary.

    Dispute what the daily mail would have you believe motoring is way to cheap.

  • Video: tailgating a tipper truck at 40mph1 year 11 weeks agodrmatthewhardy wrote:I drop

    drmatthewhardy wrote:
    I drop off the back if they go over 30 mph, I don't want to be smeared down the road if I hit a pothole.

    This.

    Potholes, ruts in the tarmac, exposed/sunken ironwork... they all ruin drafting. Even on roads where you know the pothole "layout" like the back of your hand, it can be difficult to judge exactly where you are in relation to the next one and you only get so many successful flicks/bunnyhops before you get caught. Sad

  • Cyclist thrown into back of truck by freak collision forced to dial emergency number for police rescue1 year 11 weeks agoI would hardly call a left

    I would hardly call a left hook a "freak" occurrence (I know, I know)

  • Doctors in Boston 'prescribe' very low cost bike hire for patients1 year 11 weeks agoAt last! Proper grown-up

    At last! Proper grown-up joined-up thinking. Pity it's in America and not here but I live in hope. Lets pray that this idea doesn't sink in the middle of the Atlantic.

    This has seriously made my Sunday morning! Off for a ride see you all later.
    Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin

  • Government urged to restrict use of cars as report says air pollution causes 30,000 premature deaths a year1 year 11 weeks agoRupert wrote:How many

    Rupert wrote:
    How many cyclists die early due to breathing in pollution in the air ?
    Has there been a study on this lately ?

    Surely the risk for cyclists breathing hard and deeply is greater than those more sedentary

    No! Studies show that the benefits of cycling outweigh the risks and car drivers are exposed to far higher levels and for longer. Nerd

    Jeremy Clarkson would point out that your healthy lungs filter out the pollution for the benefit of car drivers. Devil

  • Government urged to restrict use of cars as report says air pollution causes 30,000 premature deaths a year1 year 11 weeks agoChairRDRF wrote:For how

    ChairRDRF wrote:
    For how motorists do NOT pay for the costs they incur, see references in here http://rdrf.org.uk/2014/03/22/the-silence-over-osbornes-hand-out-to-motoring/

    Be very careful what you wish for. If you push up the cost of fuel for car drivers then you push up the cost of fuel for everything else.

    There is nothing, and I do mean nothing, that you own or use that does not involve a lorry somewhere in its manufacture or delivery. If you put the cost of fuel up you put the cost of everything else up. When I started in haulage fuel was a quarter of my costs, when I left it was a half. Hauliers can't just keep absorbing the price rises in diesel. Successive governments have made all sorts of noises about essential user rebates but to date nothing has come about.

    If that doesn't get you thinking how about this? "Hello, you are through to the Emergency Services. We are sorry but we are unable to attend as we are overspent. Please ring again in the new financial year. Thank you."

    Far fetched? How many Ambulance Services in this country are over budget?

    A better solution would be the scrapping of catalytic converters and a move to lean-burn engines. Catalytic converters don't work until they are up to operating temperature and cars around town never get their exhausts up to operating temperature. Instead of cleaning up a dirty engine make the engine cleaner in the first place. Hydrogen fuel cells would of course be the best solution for cars but like electric engines you do have a pollution displacement.

    In the nineties there was a report out that stated that 85% of London's pollution was caused by 15% of its cars.

  • On-bike cameras in the pro peloton? Brian Cookson hints at innovations in cycling1 year 11 weeks agoAlthough I welcome the camera

    Although I welcome the camera ideas and other innovations. All I want from Cookson is for a blanket ban for life for riders who cheat with banned substances such as epo. The potential for a prison sentence wouldn't be going too far in my opinion for any rider cheating with banned substances. The idea that you'd let a rider back in to the sport after cheating with drugs these days sends the wrong message. There also needs to be stronger punishment for those that facilitate drug cheats in cycling.

  • Government urged to restrict use of cars as report says air pollution causes 30,000 premature deaths a year1 year 11 weeks agoHow many cyclists die early

    How many cyclists die early due to breathing in pollution in the air ?
    Has there been a study on this lately ?

    Surely the risk for cyclists breathing hard and deeply is greater than those more sedentary

  • Video: Brazilian cyclist drafts lorry... at 124 kilometres an hour1 year 11 weeks agoIt's not so much the speed as

    It's not so much the speed as I am sure there are many of us who have done this in the past, maybe at much faster speeds it's just we didn't have cameras to record it. It's the fact that he attaches the camera to the back of the lorry and films himself one handed? That's the dangerous bit.

    This is the 2nd article I have seen on Road CC that shows riders drafting. Will we be getting a "how to draft" article soon Laughing My recommendations would be the A1 near Stamford nice down hill section there to get in behind lorries, potential for drafting above 60mph or in the South West the dual carriage way near Honiton lends it self to potential drafting at around 50- 70mph.

    Of course not all idea drafting roads are dual carriage ways. Shoreham to Brighton has many buses braking the speed limit and it is relatively easy to get in behind them although not recommended if you aren't responsive to sudden stops of the bus.

    Or should we all be condemning this as highly irresponsible riding Worried someone is going to come a cropper soon doing this.

    Plus one of the guys wasn't wearing a helmet in this video Wave

  • Video: Brazilian cyclist drafts lorry... at 124 kilometres an hour1 year 11 weeks agoThey are speaking Portugese -

    They are speaking Portugese - they are bolas not cojones! Still blwdy big, though.

  • Bespoked 2014 highlights: Donhou, Baldwin, Saffron, Festka, Nerve, Wold and Merényi1 year 11 weeks agoPlease correct me if I'm

    Please correct me if I'm wrong but isn't the new Super Acciaio under 1600grams?