• California county bans brakeless fixies1 year 15 weeks agoTwo cars crashed quite

    Two cars crashed quite recently on a road in Ventura county, one of the drivers was seriously injured. When do you think they'll pass the law banning cars then?...

  • California county bans brakeless fixies1 year 15 weeks agoto be fair the kids on the

    to be fair the kids on the BMXs have a partial point. Much like a proper track bike they aren't really for riding on a road and. OK if someone is riding a BMX on a road maybe they should have a brake. I bet they can stop em faster than a lot of cyclists can with brakes. And it's not fair to call it teenage laziness. It's more about wanting the cache. Quite the opposite in fact. They probably had to take the brake off. And as it happens the lazy ones aren't riding BMXs around they are playing Tony Hawke on the PS3.

  • California county bans brakeless fixies1 year 15 weeks agoThere seems to be a gross

    There seems to be a gross assumption on whether the cyclist was using fixed. All that was seen was the cyclist taking off at speed on a brake less bicycle. I mean to say, how many people actually take a fixed wheel on to a country trail or horse trail not many I can bet.

  • California county bans brakeless fixies1 year 15 weeks agoI used to borrow the old club

    I used to borrow the old club bike must have been from the 40s for a Friday track night (we are talking fenced path around the boundary of a cricket pitch here) back in the seventies. It had a front brake with the lever on a jubilee clip. The whole brake mech and lever could be removed or put back on in say 30 seconds. I rode it home once without investing the 30 seconds and frankly did not adjust my mindset or riding style either. I came a right cropper. I would have to agree that a fixie without a front brake is not road sensible and ought not to be road legal.

    Funnily enough though some old American bikes used to have a freewheel with a brake that came on of you pedalled backwards. I rode one once back in the 60s. Quite a good system I thought. Anyone know if they are still around or what they are called?

  • California county bans brakeless fixies1 year 15 weeks agomrmo wrote:seems odd to ban

    mrmo wrote:
    seems odd to ban fixies when the issue is brakes, what are they going to do about bmx's being ridden brakeless??? or do skate shoes and back tyres count as a brake????

    A lot of riders on the BMX scene ride brakeless. I've asked a few about it. The usual response is, "Brakes drag and slow you down."

    I answer, "They don't drag if you know how to set them up right."

    So there you have it, teenage laziness in setting up brakes leads to minimalist cool. The saving in avoiding the cost of a functioning brake is outweighed by the rapid wear of each pair of Vans.

    My BMXs have a rear brake. It's enough.

  • TRP recall Spyre and Spyre SLC mechanical disc brakes1 year 15 weeks agoDeanF316 wrote:A good pair of

    DeanF316 wrote:
    A good pair of caliper brakes.

    They're not an alternative if your bike doesn't take them.

  • Just in: Colnago CX Zero Disc1 year 15 weeks agocouldn't they do a décor

    couldn't they do a décor finish?

  • New Member and Health Question1 year 15 weeks agoFirst up, rest until you are

    First up, rest until you are fully fit - training with a weakness in your immune system is utter madness ! I know to my detriment having tried to push it with flu and ended up with pleurisy and pneumonia which was really not funny. So get back to 100% first. Keep warm, don't hang around in damp cold gear and eat some brazil nuts as a winter supplement - selenium is in short dietary supply in the dark months and brazil nuts will top you up.

    * caveat - not a Dr but have screwed up badly in the past

  • Brit company seeks funding for speed-displaying light + video1 year 15 weeks agoracyrich wrote:mckechan

    racyrich wrote:
    mckechan wrote:
    "Think of the effect it would have on the roads if all cars had to have this, it would reduce speeding instantly."

    +1

    Eh? 'Cos all car drivers have no idea how fast they're going otherwise?

    I think psychology is a little more complex than that and if a driver knows his/her speed is publicly projected they would probably slow down. I think it would be like active speed signs outside of villages...
    http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/content/article/10.1680/tran.2000.141.2.67
    Studies in the UK have shown that these signs can be more effective in reducing vehicle speeds than direct police enforcement using speed ‘guns’.

  • Cycle Superhighway U-turn1 year 15 weeks agoBoris now says

    Boris now says this:

    http://www.transportnewsbrief.co.uk/top-stories/boris-johnson-turns-cycl...

  • California county bans brakeless fixies1 year 15 weeks agoseems odd to ban fixies when

    seems odd to ban fixies when the issue is brakes, what are they going to do about bmx's being ridden brakeless??? or do skate shoes and back tyres count as a brake????

  • Just in: Colnago CX Zero Disc1 year 15 weeks agoHardly likely to dangle up!

    Hardly likely to dangle up! Sorry couldn't resist that one.
    Nice but what is it about carbon bikes all being black, don't manufacturers like to use paint.
    I like the idea, discs are the way to go for me having worn out two sets of rims in three years.

  • Specialized slammed over legal threat against Canadian bike shop using Roubaix name1 year 15 weeks agoThis letter from Jack Daniels

    This letter from Jack Daniels is how you protect your brand - take note spesh
    http://brokenpianoforpresident.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/jd-letter-ent...

  • Brit company seeks funding for speed-displaying light + video1 year 15 weeks agoGoing to go down like a sack

    Going to go down like a sack of cold sick with cyclists in Richmond Park. See this:
    http://road.cc/content/news/95155-are-police-fining-speeding-cyclists-ri...

  • California county bans brakeless fixies1 year 15 weeks agohipsters spitting their

    hipsters spitting their skinny machiatos all over their rapha city gloves everywhere.

  • California county bans brakeless fixies1 year 15 weeks agoI ride a fixie on the

    I ride a fixie on the velodrome of Amsterdam, but on open roads I wouldn't dare it. (on a velodrome brakes would even be dangerous and it's one way traffic anyway.)
    I know there's a lot of cyclist capable of doing so, but being capable en needing to do so is bit of a difference. at least in my mind it wouldn't hurt to put at least one break on a streetbike. (one is at least free not to use it...)
    (Instead of fixed gear, in town I ride singlespeed, makes me feel more save during cornering also, being able to keep the pedal high and lean into the corner.)

    (don't think it needs to be a law, it's just a case of awarding Darwin awards)

  • California county bans brakeless fixies1 year 15 weeks agoso if I ride around on a

    so if I ride around on a fixie and stab someone in the face, the fixie is the problem? Sounds like they have British Politicians in Cali

  • California county bans brakeless fixies1 year 15 weeks agoI don't think it's

    I don't think it's unreasonable to decree that bikes should have brakes regardless of transmission type.

    You can stop a car or (4 stroke) motorcycle on engine braking if you are skilful, but I'd prefer not to share the roads with unbraked vee-hickles, ta.

  • Do we challenge red light jumpers/green man means cyclist1 year 15 weeks agosim1515 wrote:daddyELVIS

    sim1515 wrote:
    daddyELVIS wrote:

    Anything that threatens the status quo is targeted, and attitudes against a minority are driven by the mainstream media, usually by poking fun with the aim to trivialize a group, or even portray a group as fringe lunatics. Cycling has been subject to this treatment over the last few years, and less occurrences of RLJing will not change this. If anything, I see a bigger threat to our safety on the roads is the politicization of cycling - as our voice grows we start to become a more real threat - the morons won't stand for that. If I raise the subject of cycling in our office of mainly middle-aged women, some of their comments are a rehash of a typical MoS article. Judging by how they know exactly what is going on in every soap opera and reality TV show on the Tele, they can't get out of their houses enough to cross paths with enough cyclists to witness everything they claim to have seen. And guess what, if I ever argue 'our' case, the fall-back line is always, "and they don't even pay road tax!".

    What I am saying is (bringing it back to the OP) that there are some stupid people out there who will use arguments like all cyclists jump red lights and they don't pay road tax against all cyclists. The latter can be address by informing them that no one does etc. The former however is simply their perception that all cyclists break the laws of the road because they see a few cyclists jumping red lights. Some of those people will use this as a reason not to treat any cyclist as an equal on the road so in simple terms, because some people on bikes jump red lights, some motorists will put my life at risk and treat me as if I don't deserve to be on the road, which is a real threat to my safety.

    You highlight my point exactly by saying that the road tax argument can be handled by informing them of the reality - it can't. The media is a powerful 'weapon', used to subtly brainwash the people into mainstream thinking, and I'm afraid that more and more people form their reality from the bullsh#t they are fed in the media rather than forming their own conclusions from what they see with their own eyes. Whenever I've argued the case against the road tax argument, most people refuse to accept it, simply because it is not a reality they are prepared to accept since it goes against their programing. The same is true of cyclist behaviour - less RLJing will not change the fact that a large number of road-users hate cyclists, because they have been programmed to hate cyclists. I don't know how you change that, but when I'm next at a red light at 7.30 am on a Sunday, with a clear junction in all directions, and not a single pedestrian in sight, I won't be hanging about getting cold waiting for green.

  • Brit company seeks funding for speed-displaying light + video1 year 15 weeks agoProblem is that the modern

    Problem is that the modern LED rear light is pretty much the perfect device already. They are light, cheap, simple to fit and use, the batteries last for ages and if cleverly designed can be unobtrusive when not used and if needs be can be supplemented by other lights on clothing, helmets, luggage or kiddy seats that are equally user friendly.

    As a kid I remember the big Ever-Ready lights that weighed a ton, ate batteries and bounced out of their brackets at the first bunny hop.

    To me, all these ideas (like that expensive auto-on rear light in here a fortnight ago) just add complication and cost

  • California county bans brakeless fixies1 year 15 weeks agothe Ventura County Star lacks

    the Ventura County Star lacks details - is it fixed gear or fixed gear with no brakes that have been banned?

    I ride fixed for my commute but I do have a front brake (as I have no confidence in my ability to stop the bike sharp enough) then again I am in West London and not California...

  • AAAhh my frozen fingers1 year 15 weeks agosmuggers wrote:..Has anybody

    smuggers wrote:
    ..Has anybody ever used the heat pads, that you place under the insoles of shoes??

    I suffer with cold toes, even with winter socks and overshoes. I use the air activated heat pads and they work perfectly for me, stay heated for 5-6 hours and don't really notice them in my shoe. I have them outside of my sock.

  • Do we challenge red light jumpers/green man means cyclist1 year 15 weeks agodaddyELVIS wrote: Anything

    daddyELVIS wrote:

    Anything that threatens the status quo is targeted, and attitudes against a minority are driven by the mainstream media, usually by poking fun with the aim to trivialize a group, or even portray a group as fringe lunatics. Cycling has been subject to this treatment over the last few years, and less occurrences of RLJing will not change this. If anything, I see a bigger threat to our safety on the roads is the politicization of cycling - as our voice grows we start to become a more real threat - the morons won't stand for that. If I raise the subject of cycling in our office of mainly middle-aged women, some of their comments are a rehash of a typical MoS article. Judging by how they know exactly what is going on in every soap opera and reality TV show on the Tele, they can't get out of their houses enough to cross paths with enough cyclists to witness everything they claim to have seen. And guess what, if I ever argue 'our' case, the fall-back line is always, "and they don't even pay road tax!".

    I'm not arguing that cycling has been the subject of marginalisation by the media, it seems that they have a divisive agenda either for political means or just simply for sensationalising the "war" to sell their stories and you may well be right that it's a bigger threat. I'm also not arguing that there are many other things that are more of a threat to cyclists, I personally think driver education is the biggest issue, that some drivers without meaning to will endanger cyclists lives as they just don't know any better.

    What I am saying is (bringing it back to the OP) that there are some stupid people out there who will use arguments like all cyclists jump red lights and they don't pay road tax against all cyclists. The latter can be address by informing them that no one does etc. The former however is simply their perception that all cyclists break the laws of the road because they see a few cyclists jumping red lights. Some of those people will use this as a reason not to treat any cyclist as an equal on the road so in simple terms, because some people on bikes jump red lights, some motorists will put my life at risk and treat me as if I don't deserve to be on the road, which is a real threat to my safety.

    This is one reason why I would say something to a red light jumper, even if it's just to let them know this fact so if they do jump another red light, they do so in the knowledge that their actions may (inadvertently) have a negative impact on another cyclist who does not deserve it.

    Other reasons to challenge could be that one day I may be the pedestrian nearly knocked over by a red light jumper, or it could be my wife pushing my baby etc.

  • Brit company seeks funding for speed-displaying light + video1 year 15 weeks agoI like the idea, but wonder

    I like the idea, but wonder it's the opposite of what's required! Would it be more effective if it displayed the speed of the approaching vehicle? Ideally with a 'please slow down' or 'thank you' message? It would need to be bigger, obviously, but a matrix of LED set on to a forward-facing panel of a rucksack would possibly work. I suppose the difficulty is calculating the speed of an approaching vehicle when the cyclist themselves might be slowing down/accelerating...

  • New Member and Health Question1 year 15 weeks agoHave you any history of

    Have you any history of allergies? Cold air usually only provokes or exacerbates existing conditions.

    You may have also not fully recovered from the cold, so the symptoms return once the body is stressed, though I'm surprised a short-ish ride has this effect if you have been cycling for a few years. The last two cold-type viruses I've had really laid me low with prolonged headaches, not like a normal cold.

    Dehydration shouldn't normally make you ill. ~500ml/hour is a good amount to aim for, though less is fine provided you are adequately hydrated before and drink plenty afterwards. Do you ride without mudguards? Spray from roads caked in mud, cowsh*t and whatever else can introduce nasty bacteria to your digestive and bronchial tracts.

    I would:
    1. eat lots of fresh fruit and veg, particularly soups and stews, and drink plenty of water (not just when you're riding). No sugary foods or alcohol, both suppress the immune system.
    2. get plenty of sleep.
    3. cut back on the riding for a few days and see if it makes a difference.

    If it were me I would also stop taking those tablets, it's pointless if you don't have a real allergy. But I am not a doctor.