• straight on hand signal1 year 21 weeks agoknow of it (it was in the

    know of it (it was in the highway code when I learnt !!)
    but I've never used it. I do occasionally point when
    the driver opposite looks puzzled.

    most drivers these days would probably see that as a
    "stop" indication .....

  • Stats reveal London's deadly cycling zone… if you're a woman1 year 21 weeks agoYennings wrote:I also walk

    Yennings wrote:
    I also walk through Bloomsbury most days and see the Utopian situation of segregated cycle lanes in that area. The more reports I read like this, the more I think segregated cycle lanes are the only way forward in all our cities.

    I have very mixed feelings about segregated cycle lanes. They often dump you back out in to the traffic at the worst moment - right on a junction, with no opportunity to move out an integrate with the traffic earlier (and junctions seem to be where all the nastiest incidents occur). They also frequently get covered in debris, which you can't easily avoid because it would involve hopping the curb. They also take up more space for an equivalent amount of cycle-able space, and that means they aren't always practicable (Bloomsbury has nice wide streets so not a problem there). And lastly (and, I know, not a concern for many) they can be a really slow way to get around as they are rarely wide enough to overtake slower riders.

    I do see the benefits for new cyclists and those who are more cautious or just not in a hurry. But I'm not sure that the benefits outweigh the downsides and design difficulties. Would it be better to spend the money on a better training (for all parties) and enforcing safety regs for lorries?

  • Cycling Australia to back up doping declaration with criminal sanctions?1 year 21 weeks agoSimon: That's a key detail

    Simon: That's a key detail that didn't come across to me from the article. Smile Though, will it be these bodies who get to decide on the prosecution of the offence? I would assume it would be a public body or prosecutor that'd decide, as is the norm elsewhere in similar legal systems. The review itself says, in 3.71:

    "In this respect, I consider it improbable that law
    enforcement agencies would initiate criminal proceedings for the making of a false declaration (except in the most egregious cases)."

    It also notes any such prosecutions could actually hinder ASADAs' own anti-doping investigations.

    I think the story as it stands still perhaps risks giving an impression of Australian sports bodies being able to apply criminal sanctions to dopers, when they will not have that power, and when it's not envisaged that power will be exercised (by whoever has it). Wink

  • Stats reveal London's deadly cycling zone… if you're a woman1 year 21 weeks agoNot convinced the female-only

    Not convinced the female-only element is particularly significant. If I expand and move the circle just a smidge, I could bring in 5 males.

    I'd say more interesting is the fact that across the entire area, the split is roughly equal. Anyone know the male/female split of cyclists in London?

  • The Early Classsics1 year 21 weeks agorobdaykin wrote:Procycling

    robdaykin wrote:
    Procycling stats have a nice team if you look at their top 10 one day racers on the KBK page

    http://www.procyclingstats.com/race/1181501-Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne-2013-O...

    And all of them are riding this weekend.

    Well it seems 5 of those riders are in my standard team and 3 in my purist team

  • Stats reveal London's deadly cycling zone… if you're a woman1 year 21 weeks agoI work slap bang in the

    I work slap bang in the centre of this 'death zone'. I am a passionate cyclist and regular cycle commuter myself, an LCC/BC/CTC member etc. I see terrible, aggressive driving on a daily basis but plenty of terrible cycling too - pavements, wrong way down one way streets, skipping lights, allowing themselves to be bullied into the gutter, glamour girls on Pashleys without helmets riding la-la style down the middle of the road, the works. I also walk through Bloomsbury most days and see the Utopian situation of segregated cycle lanes in that area. The more reports I read like this, the more I think segregated cycle lanes are the only way forward in all our cities. Some cyclists and drivers will just never learn so we should just do everything we can to keep the two factions apart. Obviously reverse-engineering modern cycle infrastructure into a city as busy and complex as London is no mean feat but I'm struggling to see other options right now.

  • Cycling Australia to back up doping declaration with criminal sanctions?1 year 21 weeks agoNice one, Simon Any news on

    Nice one, Simon Wink

    Any news on what the implications might be for say a rider who signed a declaration that they had doped in the past?

  • Winter Project - Part 4 – It's Finished, It Could Be The Start Of Something Beautiful1 year 21 weeks agoLove it, titanium is such a

    Love it, titanium is such a beautiful material to build a frame in.

  • Cycling Australia to back up doping declaration with criminal sanctions?1 year 21 weeks agoPaul J wrote:Criminal

    Paul J wrote:
    Criminal sanctions? Do these bodies have the power to apply criminal sanctions? Or do you mean something else? I suspect the answers might be "no" and "yes", and that your use of "criminal" in this article is a bit confusing.

    Quoting here from the AOC statutory declaration:

    "Making a false declaration is a criminal offence and may attract significant penalties. In particular, any person who wilfully and corruptly makes a declaration knowing it to be untrue in any material particular, will be guilty of a criminal offence (Section 25 Oaths Act 1900 (NSW)). If the offence is dealt with summarily, the penalty is up to 2 years imprisonment, or a fine of $5,100, or both. If the offence is dealt with on indictment, the penalty is up to 5 years imprisonment."

    Spent four years studying law so it's an area I do like to check before going to print Wink

  • straight on hand signal1 year 21 weeks agoNot heard of that before, but

    Not heard of that before, but strangely have been tempted to point forwards in some way to indicate my intended direction at lights.

  • straight on hand signal1 year 21 weeks agoAs a driver when going

    As a driver when going straight over a junction I tend to lower my back windows and apply my hazards then feather the breaks so my break lights are in time with the hazards. This clearly indicates that I am not turning left nor right!

  • Winter bike1 year 21 weeks agoThanks for all the comments

    Thanks for all the comments definitely given some ideas to mull over. I think a winter bike is going to involve a reshuffle in the stable hmmmm...

    Thanks again

  • straight on hand signal1 year 21 weeks agoNever heard of it either and

    Never heard of it either and wouldn't recognise it as a motorist!

  • UCI confirms 19 WorldTour teams for rest of season after Katusha wins appeal1 year 21 weeks agopastaman wrote:Now all we

    pastaman wrote:
    Now all we need to do is sit back and wait for the first Katusha drug bust Devil

    Will this move be a 'Positive' for Pat?

  • And breathe...1 year 21 weeks agoThat's a good point, I

    That's a good point, I haven't included some of the non-fantasy non-World Tour races in my review because I've been concentrating on the fantasy races but I've managed fairly well so far.

    Cav won a stage of the San Luis, Westra podiumed overall in the Algarve and Roche has been top 5/10 in a couple of races so it's shaping up nicely.

    I agree Kittel doesn't look as amazing as last year but there's plenty of time and with Argos being a World Tour team now they have three Grand Tours to compete in, it's a long season and I expect him to do well during at least one part of it.

  • Cycling Australia to back up doping declaration with criminal sanctions?1 year 21 weeks agoCriminal sanctions? Do these

    Criminal sanctions? Do these bodies have the power to apply criminal sanctions? Or do you mean something else? I suspect the answers might be "no" and "yes", and that your use of "criminal" in this article is a bit confusing.

  • BH G6.0 (2013)1 year 21 weeks agostu wrote:So, is it any

    stu wrote:
    So, is it any faster than a more standard frame? Well to be perfectly honest, who knows? A lot of wind tunnel tests and results very rarely have any bearing on real world conditions but one thing is for sure, the G6 is fast, very fast

    this would mean, "I couldn't tell you how much of it is down to the frame shape but the G6 is a fast bike"

    I'm not even sure how it's ambiguous, really.

    A bike's performance isn't down to the wind tunnel performance of the frame, or the deflection of the bottom bracket under a certain load, or the roll-down performance of the tyres, or the ability of the bars to absorb vibrations at a certain frequency, or the stiffness rating of the saddle padding, or drag of the wheels at certain angles of yaw. It's all those things, and many more. It *isn't* alchemy or anything, but it *is* more complicated than just measuring stuff.

    what makes Stu's reviews credible is not his ability to understand wind tunnel data but his ability to tell what's good and bad about a bike. That comes from experience of a huge number of different bikes, and thousands and thousands of miles of testing. And let's be clear that when he says a bike is fast, he's talking empirically in as much as it's possible to in real world conditions. Fast for a given effort over a known course.

  • Ayrshire to Dundee1 year 21 weeks agoNope, just checked, this is

    Nope, just checked, this is the one, although the previous route would be nice too!

    http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/130677935

  • straight on hand signal1 year 21 weeks agoNo, not alone. I use it too,

    No, not alone. I use it too, but I wonder how many motorists know what it means. As far as I can see, the "straight on" hand signal is no longer included in the Highway Code.

  • straight on hand signal1 year 21 weeks agoNever heard of it but your

    Never heard of it but your description makes it sound like a Nazi salute! Can't imagine motorists responding kindly to that...

    Rob

  • The Early Classsics1 year 21 weeks agoProcycling stats have a nice

    Procycling stats have a nice team if you look at their top 10 one day racers on the KBK page

    http://www.procyclingstats.com/race/1181501-Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne-2013-O...

    And all of them are riding this weekend.

  • The Early Classsics1 year 21 weeks agoWiggins isn't ridng though

    Wiggins isn't ridng though Big Grin

  • Inner Tubes for Conti Grand Prix 4 Season 28mm1 year 21 weeks agoAlso check where the valve

    Also check where the valve connects to the tube, I've had 2 conti tubes where the valve has come away from the tube last weekend.

  • Bicycle love story documentary Janapar screening in London tomorrow (+ video trailer)1 year 21 weeks agoIn case you didn't see the

    In case you didn't see the kickstarter and want some more back story, read this Wink

    http://janapar.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/JanaparEPK20121.pdf

  • NZ Ministry of Transport considering coroner's call for hi-vis clothing to be made compulsory for cyclists1 year 21 weeks ago[[[[[ "Hi-viz jackets to be

    [[[[[ "Hi-viz jackets to be worn by all cyclists, at all times"? What, on a hot summer's day? Shome mishtake here, surely. There will be mass protest rides over there, I'll be bound. One appreciates the coroner's concern, but I doubt he'll get away with it. And as said above, there are always more pedestrians hit than bikers...so, screaming yellow PVC thingies for all, innit!
    P.R.