• Updated: Police arrest cyclist after bus driver's emergency stop leaves passenger seriously injured1 year 18 weeks agoI hope the passenger

    I hope the passenger recovers.

    I had two incidents today's where twerps on bikes jumped from pavement into road in front of the car I was driving. I hurt neither. No Emergency stop as I had suspicions and covered the brake. So why didn't the bus driver. Sounds like they share blame for the injury, but the rider has traffic offences to answer for too.

  • Ride Report: Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 1001 year 18 weeks agoLoved every minute. All those

    Loved every minute. All those years of riding fish and chippers/audaxes on busy roads where lots of drivers hate you... this is bike riding! Very impressed, unlike some people, with the general standard of riding, next year may be tougher with a bigger field and beginners encouraged. Disgraceful about the black A start, so that's why Boris wasn't right at the beginning, shame. We can generalise about a well run event, but yikes, if I'd been there, say we all. As a black cab driver, and you can save it, you lot, I get much worse every lunchtime in Pont St shelter, I did find every major junction completely confusing, but that's no excuse for the lead car or whoever. Loos... how about "French" open urinals? Was grateful for the last minute gel at Vauxhall Bridge but yes it was messy. Otherwise little mess away from the hubs. The Course...it would be tough to have difficulties on the way out into the prevailing wind, tho having said that, the 60% downwind Box Hill, the easiest of the three, knocked me back cos of the distance by then, a bit undertrained I guess. I was cheered up there by the mad beardy old guy directing us to the water fountains, and I hope he'd say the same about me! On the course, I'd say leave it as it is for one more year then think about toughening it up for us. It's a different matter for the pros, but they were a disappointment in a number of ways, see comments on commitment of teams in http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2013/aug/05/david-millar-british-cycling, despite a fantastic finish. All in all, a massive argument, like the Olympics of course, for adequate funding, communal activity, public sport, schmaltzy positive attitudes, etc.

  • Daisy Abela: “I was not drunk, and nor was it a hit and run”1 year 18 weeks agomoonbucket wrote:Driving Miss

    moonbucket wrote:
    Driving Miss Daisy needs to grow the fuck up

    We'd solve a hell of a lot of these problems if the driving age were raised to 25

  • London 100 climbing issues, advice needed; and a story.1 year 18 weeks agoI agree, the Surrey Hills are

    I agree, the Surrey Hills are comparatively mild.
    Leith Hill was rated as Cat 2 for the pros, so it's much less than any of the cat 1's in the Etape in gradient and length.

    I've had trouble with one cassette with the 11 ring not really engaging on the hub. Changing cassette fixed it, and I can't account for it. Almost as if the cassette is slightly wider than it's replacement, which is identical in theory, same model, though different ratios (11-26 vs 11-28).

    As for gears, what have you got on the front? 52 or 53 and a 39? If so you'll probably need to change that. You could try a medium cage mech to get 11-28 with a compact chainset (50/34). But if you really need 52/11, and you want to give yourself a serious crack at the hills, then think about a triple (52/39/30). Trouble with that is new shifter, derailleur and chainset. Though compared to the same cassette on a compact, you're gaining 1 or maybe 2 gears, so it's not a vast difference. An SRAM Apex 11-32 cassette supposedly makes up for that, but the gaps between the gears can make riding cadence on the flat harder. The 11-32 may not fit a medium cage Shimano derailleur with a compact chainset. You'll need to read the specs on maximum teeth difference accommodated. I think for Shimano 5700 medium cage it's something like 38 or 39, 22 for the triple plus 17 (11-28) on the back, so it might. I think the short cage derailleur that yours looks like has 28 or 30 teeth capacity, but I haven't checked. If it's Shimano there'll be a number on it somewhere, like 5700 which can use to look the specs up on techdocs.shimano.eu.

    To give you a comparison, for heavy climbing in the North York Moors, I ride a triple 52/42/30 with 12-26 cassette (9 speed). Round Surrey I'm riding a semi-compact double 52/36 Q rings with 11-26 cassette (10 speed). 36/26 is getting me up everything I've pointed it at down here, and I've been up steeper than Leith Hill. Up north 30/26 sometimes isn't enough. I still have 1 hill near Scarborough I've never cleaned.

    I'm slightly heavier than you, but I'd expect to do the london 100 route in a similar time, so not too different, and I definitely don't consider myself a climber.

  • Survey: Eight in ten cyclists fear for their safety on Britain's roads1 year 18 weeks agoWe need the police to enforce

    We need the police to enforce the traffic laws. Elect cycle friendly commissioners next time!

  • Strava Heatmap shows worldwide activity on a single day1 year 18 weeks agoIt looks great! Can we see

    It looks great! Can we see this done for any times of the day or days if the week too. I think you would see a better picture and far different results on different days. Why July 20th too? Bit random!

  • Malaysian sport minister slaps wrists of cycling federation over support for Pat McQuaid1 year 18 weeks agoAs one door closes, another

    As one door closes, another one slams shut...!

    Go Pat, but don't take a job at the IOC if it means you'll end up trying to kick the sport out of the Olympics.

  • right tyre pressure1 year 18 weeks agoGet the Vittoria Ityre

    Get the Vittoria Ityre pressure app, gives you ideal pressure based on the tyre and conditions. It is intended to work with vittoria tyres, but you can get it to work pretty well for other brands

  • Strike threatens Boris bike disruption from Sunday evening1 year 18 weeks agoI don't like Bob Crow but I

    I don't like Bob Crow but I agree with the RMT on this so won't be using Boris bikes while they're striking.

  • London 100 climbing issues, advice needed; and a story.1 year 18 weeks agoI had a Tiagra 12-30 cassette

    I had a Tiagra 12-30 cassette that worked fine with a medium-cage Ultegra rear mech. I'm 15 kg lighter than you and I would put that 12-30 on without a second thought if I was going to do Proper Hills.

    Also you might be surprised how much weight you can lose in a month. I should have been doing the RideLondon but for a crash, and I got quite a bit lighter just by cutting out alcohol and biscuits.

  • Video: Scotland’s Nice Way Code ads go live1 year 18 weeks agoarfa wrote:Colin Peyresourde

    arfa wrote:
    Colin Peyresourde wrote:
    arfa wrote:
    The problem with this collective responsibility nonsense is that it enables diversion from the real problem, ie there are too many road users out there below requisite standards.
    For example, this morning on my morning commute, after been cut up for the third time by one particular London cabbie (very deliberately forcing me into the kerb) and finally getting p1ssed off enough to remonstrate with him, I ask what on earth he thinks he's doing when I am trying to safely and sensibly make my way along the road. His response, "maked a change dun't it". So there we have it, as a result of being collectively responsible for the actions of people I have never met, let alone spoken to, it is open season for a cabbie to carve up the next cyclist as a result.
    This campaign is just cobblers. People who can't abide by the highway code need to be fined into compliance or off the road not turned into "nice".

    Well how about the three idiots that undertook my bus this morning while it was trying to disgorge it's passengers. I could hear the bus indicating, but instead of slowing and moving around the bus, they continued down the left-hand side. The bus was forced to a stop. You can see why public transport operators get annoyed....

    Colin, you have illustrated my point. What do those 3 idiots have to do with any other cyclists who are obeying the law ? They are not a justification for anger towards another person who happens to choose the same mode of transport
    There is no difference between this sort of logic than that of a racist who can only group individuals by their ethnicity. Sorry but the prevalence of prejudice towards cyclists needs to be turned around and not justified in any form

    Hmmm, I disagree with your collective responsibility point. If one person breaks a red light it encourages others to do so. Same thing happened with the bus. No one could be bothered to break, even though it was their safety at stake. I'm sure if the first person had slowed then the ones behind would have manoeuvred round the bus.

    I think a certain amount is compliance, some training and education. I don't think you'll change people's opinions with the likes of Critical Mass, I don't think slapping on taxis and other cars because you think they are too close will make them respect cyclists, but a more nuanced approach like these adverts might.

    It is a form of bigotry, but you'll not get people onside by jamming up the roads, protesting like hooligans and generally holding an equally intolerant view point of motorists. Some are very respectful of cyclists, but you only ever hear about the bad ones here. I'm a cyclist and a driver and I see both sides. I see how, in London, the standard of road cycling is abysmal and I see how that irritates pedestrians and motorists alike. Time we started looking at ourselves for our behaviours and skill sets as cyclists as much as what motorists are doing.

  • Updated: Police arrest cyclist after bus driver's emergency stop leaves passenger seriously injured1 year 18 weeks agodownfader wrote:Dangerous

    downfader wrote:
    Dangerous Cycling, yes. Assault, no. That charge is doomed to fail.

    The Police should also consider Wanton and Furious (max 2 years in prison). Dangerous is a max £2500 fine. I gather the bus has onboard CCTV? Also street CCTV? With that it could be pretty damming.

    Hope the kid gets the book thrown at him. It is only a shame similar standards of road use regarding driving are not as vigorously pursued...

    Most sensible comment so far.

    I hope the old chap pulls through, and I do not see why he should be in anyway to blame for what happened to him. If the cops start taking "car hits cyclist" as seriously as "car hits anyone not riding a bike" then things would improve no end.

    As far as the lout on the bike is concerned I hope he does get the booknthrown at him, it's his sort that give the rest of us a bad name! Sad

  • Updated: Police arrest cyclist after bus driver's emergency stop leaves passenger seriously injured1 year 18 weeks agoFFS-as ever a report about an

    FFS-as ever a report about an incident involving somebody on a bike is posted and all the wannabe road.cc Miss Marples and Inspector Morses appear, and using wild speculation and assumptions start trying to piece together what happened, and as ever judging by the posts before the update, jumped the gun.

    The facts- someone on a bike forced a bus driver to do an emergency stop. An elderly gentleman has been seriously injured. Some charges are being pressed against the person on the bike. That is all we know- the blame game is pointless until the proper facts emerge and as none of us saw this happen we have to wait until we find out.

    Maybe road.cc needs to think about not allowing people to comment on stories such as these until after any legal action, if any, has concluded.
    More importantly, our thoughts should be with the injured man.

  • Daisy Abela apologises1 year 18 weeks agoct wrote:Lets be clear here,

    ct wrote:
    Lets be clear here, we are supposed to get apoplectic with rage, Icouldadoid and all that...but really...

    Rubbish driver, rather dull too...

    Quality of road usage by all people be they cyclist, professional drivers, normal drivers or walkers is a shambles...

    +1

    Too many people on here can't see all sides.

  • Just in: Bianchi Infinito CV1 year 18 weeks agoTure, Saying that I was just

    Ture, Saying that I was just going to mention Canyon/Rose Big Grin but Im not sure they have hardcore Endurance bikes in their range Thinking Your certainly right about Canyon's other model's they are excellent value for money, even though you don't get this so called "shop/bike fitting service" because they're online. My next bike is probably the Roadlite/Ultimate AL for Sunday best rides/sportives but then I want too many bikes Big Grin best start saving

    Metjas wrote:
    CyclingDan wrote:
    Another Overpriced Italian bike like they all are. All because its "Italian". Stick to a Trek Domane , Giant Defy advanced or Cannondale Synapse if you want a well thought out and developed endurance bike at a more affordable level

    some would argue that Trek/Giant/Cannondale are grossly overpriced compared with what you get for your money with Canyon Smile
    If only the frame only versions of these bike were available at a more reasonable price. You'd think they'd make more money as the molds are there and a lot of enthusiasts would love the opportunity to have their ideal bike built up exactly the way they like it.

  • Updated: Police arrest cyclist after bus driver's emergency stop leaves passenger seriously injured1 year 18 weeks agoThe worst part of this

    The worst part of this accident that could have been caused by anything that causes an emergency stop is the fact that the bus seat in a dangerous position didn't have a seat belt. In our health and safety conscious era that seems amazing and would have prevented the accident at source. Surely the bus company has been negligent and could be prosecuted for this.

    Hope the old man recovers but it sounds very bad.

  • Just in: Bianchi Infinito CV1 year 18 weeks agoCyclingDan wrote:Another

    CyclingDan wrote:
    Another Overpriced Italian bike like they all are. All because its "Italian". Stick to a Trek Domane , Giant Defy advanced or Cannondale Synapse if you want a well thought out and developed endurance bike at a more affordable level

    some would argue that Trek/Giant/Cannondale are grossly overpriced compared with what you get for your money with Canyon Smile
    If only the frame only versions of these bike were available at a more reasonable price. You'd think they'd make more money as the molds are there and a lot of enthusiasts would love the opportunity to have their ideal bike built up exactly the way they like it.

  • London 100 climbing issues, advice needed; and a story.1 year 18 weeks agoFind a local short and sharp

    Find a local short and sharp climb. Do three reps as fast as you can. Next week do four and so on. Even with just a month to go you'll improve massively. Just remember to push as hard as you can on every single rep.

  • Updated: Police arrest cyclist after bus driver's emergency stop leaves passenger seriously injured1 year 18 weeks agoThis road?

    This road? http://goo.gl/maps/9IumP
    Looks like a nightmare for cyclists.

  • Updated: Police arrest cyclist after bus driver's emergency stop leaves passenger seriously injured1 year 18 weeks agoJust speculating because I

    Just speculating because I know *very* little about criminal charges, but could the charge of Involuntary GBH be being used to balance things?

    To clarify: had it been a motorist that cut up the bus, the driver would probably have been charged with Dangerous Driving but finally convicted of the lesser charge of Careless Driving which doesn't (as I understand it) have the same scope for punishment. Now, taking into account the victim's injuries, a charge of Dangerous Driving would probably stick.

    So, does a charge of Dangerous Cycling allow the courts to punish someone equal to a charge of Dangerous Driving? If not, is that why a second charge comes into it?

    Rob

  • Strava Heatmap shows worldwide activity on a single day1 year 18 weeks agoSunday 4 August might have

    Sunday 4 August might have been enlightening!

  • London 100 climbing issues, advice needed; and a story.1 year 18 weeks agoyup - think about a GS cage

    yup - think about a GS cage rear mech (i'm assuming that mech is shimano? looks it) and a wide cassette: 12-30 or 12-32 if the mech will take it.

    don't forget that if you were 4,000th across the line you're in the top third of all finishers. so don't be too hard on yourself.

  • right tyre pressure1 year 18 weeks agoHi KiwiMike, According to

    Hi KiwiMike,
    According to this I'm running my tyres with way too much pressure; combined weight of rider and bike is around 79kgs and, on 23mmm tyres, I run 100psi in the front and 110psi in the rear. Manufacturer recommends 115 to 125psi, so I'm below that already. Any idea why the manufacturer specifies such high pressures?

  • Tom Boonen & Omega-Pharma Quick-Step riders to roll out for Etape Pennines1 year 18 weeks agothe toughest sportive in the

    the toughest sportive in the uk within 78miles? hmmm... hmmm...

  • Just in: Bianchi Infinito CV1 year 18 weeks agoYariv wrote:Is your test bike

    Yariv wrote:
    Is your test bike the disc enabled version?

    no, that one's not quite ready yet