• Repairs to Surrey road where cyclist was seriously injured delayed till October1 year 13 weeks agozanf wrote:Simmo72 wrote:My

    zanf wrote:
    Simmo72 wrote:
    My other option is a bit right wing

    Simmo72 wrote:

    You only have to look back through what some have posted to find the questions you need to ask:

    bilbobbaggins wrote:
    Whilst I appreciate councils have limited resources to repair

    Why is it councils have limited resources? Could it be that central government keeps cutting their budgets? And why doesnt central government have the money? Could it be related to the trillion pound bailout of the corrupt financial system that hasnt repaid a single penny of it? Could it be related to the multi billion tax avoidance schemes by corporate companies thats allowed to continue by their friends in government?

    Start plugging the potholes that allow the wealth generated in this country to be hidden away in offshore banks and you'll find there will be plenty of money to plug the holes in the roads.

    Governments local or central only have the money that they get from taxation or from taking out a loan. A loan that has to be paid back with interest out of future taxation. Ideally we would fund all expenditure from taxation. Sometimes it's sensible for large infrastructure projects that pay their way over decades to finance the Capital Expenditure via a loan. Unfortunately successive governments have decided that they can spend more and tax less by taking out more and more loans. We currently owe £1,254.3 billion.

    That's 1,245,300,000,000. Divide that up across the working population of 29m tax payers and we each owe £43,251. Luckily UK government is currently paying a nice low 1.91% interest. But that's £826.09 of your tax bill in government debt interest.

    But that's just the money we already borrowed. That's the debt. Unfortunately we now have a budget that can't easily be balanced. The government can't just stop spending or just put up taxation without consequences. So there is a defecit. The defecit is the amount of difference between the income from taxes and what it plans to spend. This amount is paid for by borrowing. Every year the defecit is the amount added to the national debt.

    The government has been working on getting this down and it has. It's down to only £96,000,000,000 (bn) this year.

    So yes the government has decided we need to stop spending so much.

    Now if they collected all the money due but lost in tax fraud that is £32bn.
    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/fil...

    £32bn is a lot of money but it's only a third of this year's defecit and only 0.025% of the national debt. Don't get me wrong every little helps but it's just plain silly to think all your problems are solved if you nailed the tax fraudsters.

    The fact is that we have a lot of infrastructure. A lot of that infrastructure is old. We also have a crowded island especially in the South East and so a lot of old infrastructure is used a hell of a lot. Roads may not have been designed for the weight and size and volume of traffic now using it. When you fix it you want to make sure it's upgraded so it's not a problem for a long while. That's expensive. Infrastructure and road repairs are but one of the competing calls on government expenditure. It's about priorities. Then you have a horrible winter and potholes that probably wouldn't have all emerged in one go but over the next few years all happen at once.

    I doubt that Guildford Borough Council are numpties or that central government just starves them of cash for fun. I don't doubt that people see a problem whether in the NHS or schools or other services and demand more cash spent on it. And for most of my life when given the option to pay more tax the voters of the UK have for the most part voted for lower taxes but more spending.

    Don't blame the government this one the last one or any of them for the last 50 or more years. They all give people what they want. This is the result.

  • Campagnolo announces new Super Record, Record and Chorus mechanical groupsets1 year 13 weeks agoBit confused about the BCD -

    Bit confused about the BCD - although a few places are reporting it as a 'single BCD' i've seen at least one place talking about the crank taking 8 bolts which would imply multi-BCD... just one consistent with standard and mid/compacts like 135/110.

    Anyone know the score ?

  • Niterider - Who's doing it, who for and any special equipment?1 year 13 weeks agoI did Nightrider last year. I

    I did Nightrider last year. I had a Lezyne Micro Drive front and rear and a Topeak led bar light on the back. They were all still going when I finished after about 6 hours of riding but they were not really needed after about 4.30am as the sun was on it's way up.

    Some people were lit up light Christmas trees, literally, with battery powered led lights all over the place.

    I tended to ride with groups of other riders so there was plenty of red lights to show you were there and in general the street lighting was more than adequate for seeing where you were going.

    I did the ride on a 40 year old steel Peugeot with only 10 gears so don't worry too much about replacing parts unless they are really worn. There was one bloke on an old Marin mountain bike that probably hadn't seen a spanner of sponge for 3 or 4 years. You could here him coming from 50m away and he made it to the finish OK.

    On the Hi-Viz, which you must wear along with a helmet, you are given a very fetching orange tabard on the night. I've still got mine. It undoes all your layering efforts by trapping your sweat between your outer shell layer and the tabard.

    On the training. I have to confess that the longest prep ride I did was about 23 miles. Unless you're looking to blitz it, which is not really the purpose, the breaks every 20K give you a chance to relax and recoup before the next stage. Above all have fun and take time out to stop and take pictures especially as were going to Buck House and the Velodrome this year.

  • Boris Johnson hails "significant drop" in number of London cyclists seriously injured in 20131 year 13 weeks agoThe year is still young.

    The year is still young. Saying that there have been fewer KSIs this year is meaningless. We are inly 40% of the way through the year. Don't forget last year we had six fatalities in a two week period.

  • Giro stage 161 year 13 weeks agoCataldo took Cimo Coppi on

    Cataldo took Cimo Coppi on the Stelvio

  • Repairs to Surrey road where cyclist was seriously injured delayed till October1 year 13 weeks agonetclectic wrote:Simmo72

    netclectic wrote:
    Simmo72 wrote:
    I'm talking about Prison inmates. They sit around, doing bugger all. Lets get them out -in chains if necessary- working on the roads. 2 guards, a couple of shotguns, maybe a horse and some hot soup. A lot cheaper than the current system. Plus, they get some exercise.

    and maybe we can televise it as the latest reality tv show, and even have a telephone vote for our favourite prisoner who gets to go free when they're finished Smile

    No need. They just get transferred to an open prison and ask for release on licence and they walk away and don't bother coming back. Wave

  • Repairs to Surrey road where cyclist was seriously injured delayed till October1 year 13 weeks agoSimmo72 wrote:I'm talking

    Simmo72 wrote:
    I'm talking about Prison inmates. They sit around, doing bugger all. Lets get them out -in chains if necessary- working on the roads. 2 guards, a couple of shotguns, maybe a horse and some hot soup. A lot cheaper than the current system. Plus, they get some exercise.

    and maybe we can televise it as the latest reality tv show, and even have a telephone vote for our favourite prisoner who gets to go free when they're finished Smile

  • Portsmouth rain doesn't dampen enthusiasm of World Naked Bike Ride cyclists1 year 13 weeks agoI'm sure when it reaches

    I'm sure when it reaches London, the Police will be on hand advising them to wear a helmet and hi-viz vest.

    Oh, and for anyone taking part, please don't hire a boris bike.

  • Repairs to Surrey road where cyclist was seriously injured delayed till October1 year 13 weeks agoSimmo72 wrote:My other option

    Simmo72 wrote:
    My other option is a bit right wing but we have a large community of cheap resource doing nothing which could be put to good use.

    I'm talking about Prison inmates. They sit around, doing bugger all. Lets get them out -in chains if necessary- working on the roads. 2 guards, a couple of shotguns, maybe a horse and some hot soup. A lot cheaper than the current system. Plus, they get some exercise.

    Whats the problem.....ah I know, some human rights tosh.

    And the other problem is that they'd be shit at it.

    I wouldn't task most inmates to do anything more complicated on our roads than picking litter.

  • Repairs to Surrey road where cyclist was seriously injured delayed till October1 year 13 weeks agoSimmo72 wrote:My other option

    Simmo72 wrote:
    My other option is a bit right wing

    Oh.. here we go!

    Simmo72 wrote:
    Whats the problem.....ah I know, some human rights tosh.

    You do realise that prisoners do actually carry out paid work as it is, and at no level does it interfere with human rights but that excuse is ALWAYS punted out by the right wing.

    One major reason I would argue against this is that it would have 2 effects: Firstly it reduces jobs for people who have their liberty (but you obviously have no respect for them anyway seeing how you berated navvies).

    The other is much darker and should be fought at every turn: it increases the power of the prison industrial complex and gives them a cheap/slave labour force.

    You only have to look back through what some have posted to find the questions you need to ask:

    bilbobbaggins wrote:
    Whilst I appreciate councils have limited resources to repair

    Why is it councils have limited resources? Could it be that central government keeps cutting their budgets? And why doesnt central government have the money? Could it be related to the trillion pound bailout of the corrupt financial system that hasnt repaid a single penny of it? Could it be related to the multi billion tax avoidance schemes by corporate companies thats allowed to continue by their friends in government?

    Start plugging the potholes that allow the wealth generated in this country to be hidden away in offshore banks and you'll find there will be plenty of money to plug the holes in the roads.

  • Cyclist in Canada gets stolen bike back – after spotting it on a bus1 year 13 weeks agoWhy give back the mobile

    Why give back the mobile phone & wallet? Why not just claim, "Well, I just found them so now theyre mine" and then invite the guy to call the police?

  • Builders push homes for cyclists – but with government set to drop cycle storage requirements, what’s the reality?1 year 13 weeks agoribena wrote:The building

    ribena wrote:
    The building company simply bolted some of those "front wheel holders" in the unsecured bin area. There was one for each flat, but some overlapped so were unusable.

    I wrote to the building management company, referring to the councils planning permission requirements, which seemed have an effect, the storage facilities were improved a few months later.

    You'll find with most building management firms, that they simply have no idea what the right solution is. It's not a case of them not caring, but that they simply don't know.

    If you tell them specifically what solutions they should be using, many are willing to help. It's not always a matter of money either, I know that before I moved to my current flat, they spent a lot on bike facilities that were just awful. A complete waste of money and hopelessly insecure, in the end we literally gave them away for scrap.

  • Boris Johnson hails "significant drop" in number of London cyclists seriously injured in 20131 year 13 weeks agoTake a look at Mark Treasure

    Take a look at Mark Treasure (‏@AsEasyAsRiding) for some better analysis on these numbers.

  • Builders push homes for cyclists – but with government set to drop cycle storage requirements, what’s the reality?1 year 13 weeks agotomawest wrote:Aah the joys

    tomawest wrote:
    Aah the joys of owning a house outside London with a garage. Big Grin

    Only 1 buglary on the entire estate in 10 years and no other crime during that time. 4 bedrooms, end terrace and a 25 minute, entirely off road ride into Sheffield. Its amazing what 125k will get you.

    In London now, 125k would probably get you a basement bike storage room, minus flat of course.

  • Boris Johnson hails "significant drop" in number of London cyclists seriously injured in 20131 year 13 weeks agoWell, what will they actually

    Well, what will they actually be doing this year?

    I know some people complained, but I didn't particularly mind operation safeway last year. It wasn't great, but better than nothing. At least for the first time ever, I could cycle into town and find the majority of ASL boxes without a car in them.

    Most of the penalties against cyclists were for failing to have lights, which it's quite right that people should be fined for. However, it's too early in the year to enforce that.

    If all I'm going to get is another couple of weeks during which I won't be about to cycle somewhere without a PCSO dressed like a hi-viz lemon, asking me to pull over so that they can explain to me how I should also wear more hi-viz lemon, I think I'll just ride on.

  • Repairs to Surrey road where cyclist was seriously injured delayed till October1 year 13 weeks agoMy other option is a bit

    My other option is a bit right wing but we have a large community of cheap resource doing nothing which could be put to good use.

    I'm talking about Prison inmates. They sit around, doing bugger all. Lets get them out -in chains if necessary- working on the roads. 2 guards, a couple of shotguns, maybe a horse and some hot soup. A lot cheaper than the current system. Plus, they get some exercise.

    Whats the problem.....ah I know, some human rights tosh.

  • Giro stage 161 year 13 weeks ago89km

    89km remaining

    Pelizzoti
    Cataldo
    Vuillermoz
    Leading the stage

  • Builders push homes for cyclists – but with government set to drop cycle storage requirements, what’s the reality?1 year 13 weeks agoAah the joys of owning a

    Aah the joys of owning a house outside London with a garage. Big Grin

    Only 1 buglary on the entire estate in 10 years and no other crime during that time. 4 bedrooms, end terrace and a 25 minute, entirely off road ride into Sheffield. Its amazing what 125k will get you.

  • Repairs to Surrey road where cyclist was seriously injured delayed till October1 year 13 weeks agoPart of the problem is the

    Part of the problem is the inefficiency and cost to get the repairs carried out.

    a)Factor in the number of people to stand around watching someone dig a hole, make enough tea, ensure the traffic light system is not working, keep tabs on the overtime and ensure the quality is poor enough to require a return visit in 2 months and not to mention the 800 point health and safety check list that must be completed when all that is really required is a bright jacket and a road sign.

    b)The planning required to ensure that roadworks in one area coincide with each other -causing local gridlock - and if possible a traffic survey, and extra kudos where the work takes place just before the gas company digs up the road for essential maintenance. It takes a lot of effort to be this crap.

    But seriously, there are a lot of inefficiencies and the process itself is dated and expensive. Infrared is being used in some countries to heat the road, making the seal so much better, and it takes 1/10 of the time and less people. No doubt the council unions won't like it but our roads need urgent attention. As a cyclist its the worst I have ever seen, especially as so many of the big holes are right in your line. Councils - Wake up, join up, look at what other sensible countries are doing.

  • Giro stage 161 year 13 weeks agoDepends where you read it.

    Depends where you read it. Evans and Pozzo are either a minute up or a minute down.

    Who knows!

  • Giro stage 161 year 13 weeks agocyclingnews wrote:14:13:44

    cyclingnews wrote:
    14:13:44 CEST

    Not confirmed yet but we think that Evans and Pozzovivo are currently a minute down on the Uran group.

    and

    cyclingnews wrote:
    Crikey Cadel ‏@CrikeyCadel 3m

    Just chatted with BMC soigneurs waiting for @CadelOfficial and @BMCProTeam on #Stelvio with cup of tea and new clothes #ThisAintPicnic

    Basically, Evans and Pozzo having bad days, lots of attacking off the front, no idea whether the stage will be cancelled/shortened or what but lots of people complaining about the conditions.

  • Repairs to Surrey road where cyclist was seriously injured delayed till October1 year 13 weeks agoIt's Surrey. Same council

    It's Surrey. Same council that gave itself a 60% pay rise.

    Can't have road repairs diminishing the "pay ourselves" fund, can we?

  • Portsmouth rain doesn't dampen enthusiasm of World Naked Bike Ride cyclists1 year 13 weeks agoDunno that I'd fancy a naked

    Dunno that I'd fancy a naked bike ride with my saddle. Is a strip of chamois allowed?

  • Giro stage 161 year 13 weeks agoBugger. That's me done for

    Bugger. That's me done for the comp I think.

  • Campagnolo announces new Super Record, Record and Chorus mechanical groupsets1 year 13 weeks agoI have never before thought

    I have never before thought of a front mech as looking sexy, but ..... damn, those Italians know what they are doing.

    Chainset isn't as nice on the eye, campy has always done well in this camp, but I see the practice gains (and brings in line with Shimano) and guess it will grow on me.