• Primary school claims health and safety in pupil bike ban, plans to replace bike shed with staff parking1 year 18 weeks agoIt is not for the school to

    It is not for the school to mandate if it is safe for pupils to use their bikes outside of school. The extent and limitation of their legal responsibility ends the moment that they pass through the gates.
    it seems that the issue here is that the road is "unsafe" for cycling, so surely the sensible option is to instead of banning the bike, or disincentivise them, is to make it safer.
    "Won't somebody please think of the children" Wink

    If there is no dedicated infrastructre, then drop the limit to 20 by the school, after all with darting children (even those not on bikes) it would improve things. Extend the no-stopping zone to aid visibility.

  • Londoner to challenge red light fixed penalty notice after appeal raises £2300 for legal fees1 year 18 weeks agoI don't think the cyclist did

    I don't think the cyclist did anything wrong.
    PC Stumps blindly shows solidarity with fellow officers which is the order of the day, given the nature of their work.
    Our force as a group of cyclists is our numbers. Ensure the "waste-of-time-and-space" officer who saw the offence of the car in the ASL is called to give evidence, then let all of us write to the Minister of Justice ( and whoever else counts) to suggest this officer goes on a course (in the winter in the Outer Hebrides ?)to learn that cyclists are also tax-payers, fathers, mothers, etc. He is the root of this problem, which is costing a lot of public money to achieve absolutely nothing.

  • Londoner to challenge red light fixed penalty notice after appeal raises £2300 for legal fees1 year 18 weeks agoWhat the article does not

    What the article does not make clear is if the car was legally inhabiting the box, most of the comments seem to assume that this is not the case, but if you look at rule 178 you can see there are circumstances where this is possible. "...Motorists, including motorcyclists, MUST stop at the first white line reached if the lights are amber or red and shoudl avoid blocking the way or encroaching on the marked area at other times. If your vehicle has proceeded over the first white line at the time that the signal goes red, you MUSTstop at the secon white line, even if your vehicle is in hte marked area. Allow cyclists time and space to move off when the green signal shows."
    Secondly, having crossed the white line it is an offence. Regardless of mitigating situations so the police were right to ticket, perhaps a warning may have sufficied I do not know.
    However, it is perfectly right that the cyclist should contest this in court. He feels that he has mitigating circumstances and it does sound that way, after all the spirit of the law is to enable to safe(r) passage of cyclists, which his actions tried to do.
    The only part which worries me is that the wording of the ASL for cyclists (rule 71) says to only use them when it is safe to do so, which if there is already someone in there it is dubious if it is the case.

    I hope that common sense will provail and then this can be cited in future to the benefit of all.

  • West London cyclist knocked off bike twice invites MP to ride with him - and she accepts1 year 18 weeks agoqwerky wrote:This story

    qwerky wrote:
    This story demonstrates two important points about modern cycle safety.

    1. Investing in infrastructure will not solve the problem. Both this guys accidents occurred whilst he was using cycle infrastructure (a cycle lane and an ASL).

    2. The justice system simply doesn't care about offences against cyclists. As a driver you can be confident that you can be careless and disregard cyclists safety with impunity.

    Hm, so maybe we shouldn't bother with hospitals and modern medicine, because voodoo and homoeopathy don't work?

    Your first point is disingenuous and illogical - crap infrastructure does not provide a case against good infrastructure. (And yes, ASLs and most british cycle lanes are in the crap category).

    Your point 2, however, i agree completely with.

  • Primary school claims health and safety in pupil bike ban, plans to replace bike shed with staff parking1 year 18 weeks agoYep, bang to rights,

    Yep, bang to rights, trolling, that's what i'm up to.

    (if "trolling" covers "suggesting that what works for me on a road bike, clipped in, doing 30kph on the flat, might not be ideal for little kids, including mine", that is). Wink

    Or maybe mentioning the "I" word - infrastructure - is enough to get people's bib knickers in a twist?

  • Stages launch three new power meter cranks1 year 18 weeks agoAnd this is the cheapest way

    And this is the cheapest way to do it by the way, look at SRM prices if you want to really upset yourself.

  • Stages launch three new power meter cranks1 year 18 weeks agoIt depends on what your goals

    It depends on what your goals are, doesn't it. If you want to improve your performance then power measurement is the best way we have available to us to guide our training regime - power output is a consistent measure that doesn't change the readings because you're tired, unwell, riding against the wind, in a pack etc, so you can consistently gauge where you were and where you are with the aim of getting where you want to be. Obviously if this doesn't tally up with your personal cycling goals then this isn't for you and no one is forcing you to buy one, but there are many who do benefit. Riding as hard as you can whenever you can only works up to a point, you need to get a bit more technical if you want to get beyond that.

  • Video: The man from Birzman shows us his fancy pumps1 year 18 weeks agoFrom what I've seen/heard of

    From what I've seen/heard of Birzman it's lovely stuff. Shame I can't bring myself to spend any money with then after that ridiculous and offensive video they released last year. I know I'm not the only person to feel that way, too.

  • Londoner to challenge red light fixed penalty notice after appeal raises £2300 for legal fees1 year 18 weeks agostumps wrote:Its the attitude

    stumps wrote:
    Its the attitude of cyclists, drivers or whatever that does go a long way to deciding if a person gets a ticket, a bollocking or a summons when they have committed an offence.

    If someone is apologetic, genuine and the offence is of a minor nature then a cop can use their discretion, however if the offence is denied or the person is a complete knacker about it then usually a ticket or summons will follow.

    We do have discretion and its used quite regularly but those of you who have no idea whatsover about our job just keep rolling off the excuses.

    Put it this way, "if you play with fire you will get burnt", in other words break the law and you will have to suffer the consequences whatever they maybe. This goes for everyone. If people dont like it then tuff, i make no apologies about doing it.


    With respect, that's irrelevant as we don't know the behaviours of the cyclist involved. I'm sure you don't mean it to, but it kind of sounds like you're suggesting that he probably deserved it because he reacted badly.

  • Tour of Britain Stage 4: Mark Cavendish wins in Llanberis1 year 18 weeks agoHow on earth did Steele Von

    How on earth did Steele Von Hoff remain on his bike? Lucky or brilliant? Hard to say, but relieved? Definitely!

  • Speeding1 year 18 weeks agoandycoventry wrote:......On a

    andycoventry wrote:
    ......On a side note, is/was there special dispensation of the 20 limit for RideLondon.....?

    I think Ride London was a closed roads event and that would have suspended the provisions of the highway code including speed restrictions, riding on the wrong side of the road and going the wrong way round roundabouts.

  • Video: Sidi launch vanity overshoes1 year 18 weeks agoRRP £99.99. Bargain! Of

    RRP £99.99. Bargain!

    Of course they're not!

    Are they? Thinking

  • Garmin Vector power meter pedals1 year 18 weeks agoNot a lot, but then the same

    Not a lot, but then the same can be said of your crank, derailers, brake hoods, brakes, bars, stem, saddle.... Collectively worth a lot and all removable with Allen keys. Could even get your hubs and fork if I had something to cut the spokes with.

  • Garmin Vector power meter pedals1 year 18 weeks agoSo can someone tell me what's

    So can someone tell me what's to stop the first grub to come along with a 15mm C Spanner and (borrow) your £1349.00 worth of pedals ??

    I hang my bike in a secure bike shed everyday at work. I have no concerns with leaving my biddons, spare tyres or even lights on the bike throughout the day....., but I don't fancy having these sorts of pedals sitting on the bike without being a little nervous.

    Having to thread a cable through both wheels and both pedals every time would get tiresome very quickly.

  • Sebastiaan Bowier sets new human-powered vehicle record in Nevada1 year 18 weeks agopartsandlabour

    partsandlabour wrote:
    Awesome.. Really intrigued by what the hole in the front does for the aerodynamics. Any boffins out there that can shed any light? ponder ponder

    I believe that is there NACA duct, for air inlet, meaning the pilot can breathe while travelling, otherwise there is no other way to guarantee that air can get into the cockpit.

    Your next post was about building one....get on it, but its a LONG process and very costly. Why else would it be done by students as part of a course Rolling On The Floor

    http://www.hptdelft.nl/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&lay...

  • Londoner to challenge red light fixed penalty notice after appeal raises £2300 for legal fees1 year 18 weeks agofarrell wrote:stumps

    farrell wrote:
    stumps wrote:
    just like i would give anyone a ticket for jumping a red light.

    Ever issued a ticket for a car in an ASL?

    [[[[[[ Hmmm.. I don't see Stumper addressing this excellent question....is he stumped for an answer?
    P.R.

  • Storck Fenomalist1 year 18 weeks agoSlightly off-topic, but I

    Slightly off-topic, but I (genuinely) don't think I could drop that much cash (if I had it!) on a bike with such a shonky name. Fenomenalist?! Simultaneously hubristic and tacky.

  • Primary school claims health and safety in pupil bike ban, plans to replace bike shed with staff parking1 year 18 weeks agoIncredible. Parents should

    Incredible. Parents should cause a stink with the governing body.

  • Londoner to challenge red light fixed penalty notice after appeal raises £2300 for legal fees1 year 18 weeks ago[[[[ Yikes!! What's all this

    [[[[ Yikes!! What's all this about "apologising to a police officer"? Why would I do that? I haven't hurt or offended the cop who's stopped me, have I? An offence is an offence and should be dealt with impartially, regardless of whether or not I grovel, Stumpio.
    P.R.

  • Sebastiaan Bowier sets new human-powered vehicle record in Nevada1 year 18 weeks agoWould make the game of

    Would make the game of keepyuppy at the local lights a bit harder. How do you get in, I wonder?

  • Londoner to challenge red light fixed penalty notice after appeal raises £2300 for legal fees1 year 18 weeks agostumps wrote: "You dont know

    stumps wrote:

    "You dont know how the cyclist reacted to what he was informed, he may have been completely bolshy or completely denied it or apologetic...."
    Utterly irrelevant! You might as well suggest "the cop may have been completely bolshy, or apologetic". The cyclist, believing himself innocent, might well have been annoyed---but the police are supposed to act objectively, and calmly, so long as no objectionable language, or violence is offered by the person being ticketed.
    P.R.

  • Light waterproof overshoes for autumn not Winter1 year 18 weeks agoI have the Castelli Poggia -

    I have the Castelli Poggia - I wore them a couple of weeks ago for an early morning start and my feet were not cooked when it warmed up - got to about 20C (but have also worn them in 4C and they kept my feet pretty warm with my normal socks). Side zip seems to work ok.

    I do have a bit of a hole on the sole of one of them - I don't walk on them if I can help it but needs must sometimes... I reckon I can sort something Wink

  • Sebastiaan Bowier sets new human-powered vehicle record in Nevada1 year 18 weeks agoOk I've pondered enough now..

    Ok I've pondered enough now.. Who wants to build one?
    133.78 kph? pft! I'm going to the shed.. I may be some time

  • Sebastiaan Bowier sets new human-powered vehicle record in Nevada1 year 18 weeks agoAwesome.. Really intrigued by

    Awesome.. Really intrigued by what the hole in the front does for the aerodynamics. Any boffins out there that can shed any light? ponder ponder

  • Londoner to challenge red light fixed penalty notice after appeal raises £2300 for legal fees1 year 18 weeks ago@Stumps - clearly the chap in

    @Stumps - clearly the chap in this case didn't kiss the officers arse enough, so discretion to emphasise rider safety over a technical infringement of the law was not used and a ticket issued.

    That's how it works then?

    It's small wonder that police get grief in their line if duty from otherwise reasonable citizens, if this kind of attitude is prevalent.

    I can well imagine the scenario here, where an officer stops a cyclist for an offence he did not witnesses, refuses to listen to any mitigating circumstances, winding up the guy and when he doesn't drop to his knees begging forgiveness, a ticket is issued in a fit of peak by the officer in an attempt to assert himself.