• Pinarello Dogma stolen from sportive bike park by thief in cycling clothing1 year 12 weeks ago@ Sporran (re the Cape

    @ Sporran (re the Cape Argus). I am doing that this year for the first time. Do you mean you have to leave your bike unattended? Or can you stay with it if you wish? I am expecting to turn up at the start, stay with the bike, finish in a brilliant time (or not ... 38 degrees there will be my excuse!) and then head out afterwards. Is that possible?

  • Pinarello Dogma stolen from sportive bike park by thief in cycling clothing1 year 12 weeks agobut I thought someone had

    but I thought someone had their bike stolen from RideLondon last year in similar circumstances, albeit the freecycle part so maybe the setup was different I dont know as I couldnt go.

    And it was only through recognising his allocated number on a bike in photos the offical photographers had taken, that they got a picture of the thief riding the stolen bike down the mall.

  • M&S cycling chinos1 year 12 weeks agoI asked in my local M&S, they

    I asked in my local M&S, they not heard of them, but checked 'the system' & found them.
    they have no plans to stock them, but will order them in I paid in advance?
    As I have no idea what size i'd need, and am pretty sure they;d be too short in the leg, I declined the offer & said i'd try the bigger store in Brighton!

  • Essex police: If cyclists were more safety-conscious they wouldn’t get killed1 year 12 weeks agoI don't think that cyclists

    I don't think that cyclists should be told what to wear. However, I think there are a lot of cyclists who could help themselves to be more visible to other road users (not just drivers) by wearing clothing that stands out more. It doesn't have to be high vis, but even during the daytime, wearing contrasting clothing may mean that you are seen sooner than if you are wearing all black.

    When driving my car in the rain, I was very close to colliding with a cyclists dressed in black, on a black bike with no lights. The lights from the car coming over the hill meant that I did not see the cyclist until the last minute, and luckily for them the traffic lights ahead had turned red so I was slowing down to stop anyway.

    While there are cyclists out there who do not wear a helmet or hi-vis, but do have sufficient lights on their bikes, there are also a lot who do not have any of these things (and never do even when out in the dark). They should be advised that they will only help themselves if they make themselves visible to other road users.

  • Sir Dave Brailsford to give England footballers pre-World Cup pep talk1 year 12 weeks agoThe current crop of British

    The current crop of British cyclists all seem like very nice young people - all driven by a strong desire to be the best for very little financial reward. Dedicated and very hard working.

    With the odd exception Premiership footballers are ostentatious, morally corrupted, lazy, morons who 'train' for a couple of hours a day and who blame 'fatigue' for bad International performances because the have to play two games in a week sometimes.

    Good luck with that Dave.

  • Essex police: If cyclists were more safety-conscious they wouldn’t get killed1 year 12 weeks agooh do piss off and do

    oh do piss off and do something constructive like stopping drivers who are using their telephones.

    I really do believe that in order to qualify to say anything about cycling safety, people should be obliged to commute by bicycle for a month before they open their mouths.

  • Sir Dave Brailsford to give England footballers pre-World Cup pep talk1 year 12 weeks agoOh balls, now we're going to

    Oh balls, now we're going to get the blame for England's shameful first round exit, as well as every other problem in the country. Oh Dave what have you done?!?!

  • Essex police: If cyclists were more safety-conscious they wouldn’t get killed1 year 12 weeks agojova54 wrote:I especially

    jova54 wrote:
    I especially liked this quote.

    “Men do generally not like to wear helmets. I have been to many accidents where cyclists have got head injuries. They can be pretty serious injuries.”

    Yeah, particularly when they've been run over by a 2 tonne car or worse.

    Just try asking the guy who got hit in the back of the head by a minibus how well his helmet worked... oh wait, you can't, he's dead. Sad

  • Essex police: If cyclists were more safety-conscious they wouldn’t get killed1 year 12 weeks agoHow about getting some police

    How about getting some police onto saddles. They could then get an idea about what it is really like out there And put their focus on bad driving and bad cycling rather then concentrating on a pr stunt that only infuriates cyclists and does do nothing to educate drivers.

  • Essex police: If cyclists were more safety-conscious they wouldn’t get killed1 year 12 weeks agomrmo wrote:Scoob_84

    mrmo wrote:
    Scoob_84 wrote:
    Goldfever4 wrote:
    Quote:
    "And there is certainly no basis for telling cyclist that they are responsible for their own safety. That is like saying that they should wear a bullet proof vest in case a gunman is on the loose.”

    This.

    Or if your working on a building site, wear PPE.

    your point, on a building site you would have a site risk assessment, or should have done! the HSE will be interested if you haven't!!!! The scaffolding with scaftag's, site demarkation, permits, etc etc. Once all that is in place then you start worrying about hardhats, steel toecaps etc etc.

    Helmets don't solve anything, if i clip the kerb and fall whilst wearing a helmet, it may help, if i am hit by a truck it will make f-all difference.

    Your first paragraph sounds like your advocating some sort of cycling proficiency test before we are allowed on the road. That's a bit controversial and i'm not sure i agree to that!

    As for your second point, no ones claiming a polystyrene lid will stop a truck crushing your skull. But you'd be insane to suggest that it wouldn't increased your chances of survival if you were clipped by a car and landed on your head.

    But a main point you missed is visibility. I don't agree with how Essex police have gone about this, but their point is still valid, cyclists need to take more responsibility for themselves. I saw 3 ninja cyclists riding home tonight wearing stealth black and with no lights. They're almost inviting an accident there.

    Like it or not, the road is a hazardous environment and always will be no matter how safety measures are put in place.

  • Orange RX91 year 12 weeks agoFluffyKittenofTindalos

    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:
    morethansonglyrics wrote:
    Please stop using lbs - this is not the US.

    What lbs? It gives the tester's weight in kg! They should use stone/lbs not kilograms, for people's weight, this is not France!

    This is the UK - we are completely inconsistent in unit use here, that's our 'thing'. It gives us practice in mental arithmetic.

    "the complete bike tipped the scales at 23.55lb"

    Mostly this bit. You need practice in reading.

  • Essex police: If cyclists were more safety-conscious they wouldn’t get killed1 year 12 weeks agoApparently this is just

    Apparently this is just publicity for Essex Police's new TV show starting soon called 'Not-a-Crimewatch' in which they ask the public to help them find people who haven't done anything illegal. The first episode will ask viewers to phone in to report cyclists perfectly legally riding without helmets then subsequent shows will deal with tracking down other groups of law abiding citizens such as people who wear brown shoes with black trousers, also not a crime but obviously needing advice from the police. Let's just hope if they run a show asking the public to grass on white stilletos and mullet haircuts in the Essex Police area they've got enough phone lines to deal with the response...

  • Vuelta a Andalucia Forum Competition Results1 year 12 weeks agoDon't worry. I got

    Don't worry. I got it.

    Corrected standings for the 'Copa Orli' series after three compettions:

    stevemarks 1279
    TERatcliffe26 1252
    northstar 1177
    Twybaydos 991
    enrique 975
    stumps 889
    ray silvester 801
    Ghedebrav 732
    chrisdstripes 725
    STEVESPRO 79 703
    livestrongnick 677
    chiv30 665
    Dave Atkinson 570
    archieboy 298
    lucas 274
    backflipbedlem 246
    Hilltown_Ian 225
    J Andrew Hill 43

  • M&S cycling chinos1 year 12 weeks agoWell?

    Well?

  • dhb Vaeon Roubaix Pro Bib Tights1 year 12 weeks agoThey do 'em in plain black

    They do 'em in plain black too… as it says in the review Wink

  • Vuelta a Andalucia Forum Competition Results1 year 12 weeks agoTwybaydos wrote:I do appear

    Twybaydos wrote:
    I do appear to be included twice in the overall... I'll take the one that's above you Orli.

    Damn. You're right Rolling Eyes Another mistake. I'll fix it Sad

  • Sir Dave Brailsford to give England footballers pre-World Cup pep talk1 year 12 weeks agoDON'T 1. Take cocaine -

    DON'T

    1. Take cocaine - Boonen?
    2. Enhance risk of disease by sticking it in anything that moves- Cipo?
    3. Smoke - Merckx?
    4. Drink excessively the night before an important performance - Anquetil?

  • Sir Dave Brailsford to give England footballers pre-World Cup pep talk1 year 12 weeks agoCyclist wrote: No way can

    Cyclist wrote:

    No way can Rooney ( face it your bald) string three words together... You must of got him mixed up.

    You cant take the piss out of other people's grammar and eloquence if you don't do it right :

    The expression you are looking for is 'You must have got him mixed up.'

    Smile

  • Drunk, ‘aggressive and petulant’ speeding van driver jailed for two years for hit and run that left cyclist without an arm1 year 12 weeks agoOnly way this will ever

    Only way this will ever change sadly is to target judges and MP's families in your own car. Once they realise the utter contempt for justice when it visits their own door step you'll see a quick change.

    If we have a whip round on the forum we can probably fund enough fines for at least 10 more 'accidents', I'm sure we can also fund alternative transport for any subsequent ban in the following weeks, should the 'I thought I hit a squirrel' excuse fail, especially if the insurmountable claim that the clouds put you off fails as well.

    Democracy unfortunately typically works when money is involved, here there is no incentive hence years of failure, complete lack of proactivity from every successive government and a judiciary who consider misuse of an oyster card to be more deviant than a repeat driving offender who doesn't give a damn about anyone.

    I hate all of that, however...tell me I'm wrong?

  • Carbon bars from the East1 year 12 weeks agovelonista, how about a link

    velonista, how about a link to these bars? That reach and drop is exactly what i am looking for. For balance, could you also let me know who/which the original bars are please?

  • Drunk, ‘aggressive and petulant’ speeding van driver jailed for two years for hit and run that left cyclist without an arm1 year 12 weeks agoragtag wrote:When are we

    ragtag wrote:
    When are we going to start seeing people that cause damage to lives like this banned for life from driving? It is not a right to be able to get behind the wheel of a car, especially when you have proved successfully that you are irresponsible and devious to boot.

    I agree, but actually stopping them driving is harder, and probably needs either technology or a sharp sword and a big block of wood.

  • Pinarello Dogma stolen from sportive bike park by thief in cycling clothing1 year 12 weeks agoHope the guy gets his bike

    Hope the guy gets his bike back in A1 condition.

  • Essex police: If cyclists were more safety-conscious they wouldn’t get killed1 year 12 weeks agoSo yet again the Police

    So yet again the Police response to the Bull in the China Shop is...
    1) Wrap the china in bubble-wrap.
    2) Put the china on a higher shelf away from the bull.
    3) Blame the china for getting smashed.

    Why don't they tether the bull and get it out of the shop?

  • Drunk, ‘aggressive and petulant’ speeding van driver jailed for two years for hit and run that left cyclist without an arm1 year 12 weeks agohobbitt666 wrote:sky only in

    hobbitt666 wrote:
    sky only in private prisons...........errmmm I can assure you that sky is present in all prisons.....worked in the jails for 34 yrs.....and they (prisoners/convicts) get the lot food, bed, sky, gym, education, etc etc, .....no matter what is said prison don't work....just a holiday camp/break, matey boy will be bragging about his exploits and rubbing his hands in such a paltry sentence.....wonder what the result would have been if the judge would have lost his arm !!!!.........

    No sky in any prisons. Chris Grayling had it removed.

  • Essex police: If cyclists were more safety-conscious they wouldn’t get killed1 year 12 weeks agoQuote:how the fing hell is a

    Quote:
    how the fing hell is a bike helmet going to help you when some
    moron in over ton of metal ploughs into you .... gah ... same old
    boloxs

    To be honest, and a bit more serious, this sound like something the Spanish introduced a few years ago. All cyclists had to wear helmets, which is fair enough in itself, except that if you weren't wearing a helmet you were more likely to be seen as having to carry more of the blame if involved in an accident.
    Is this the more sinister side? In that Essex, as non-friendly to cyclist county, will assume the cyclist has to carry the greater weight of culpability if invovled in an accident and NOT lit up like Blackpool. God forbid drivers actually have to look where they're going.