• Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss1 year 16 weeks agocyclingDMlondon wrote:Chuck

    cyclingDMlondon wrote:
    Chuck wrote:
    Christ that's close. Whatever punishment is heading the driver's way it needs to be serious.

    It won't be. Tory policy is that the fluidity of the road network 'is essential to the prosperity of the nation'.

    'fluidity' is apparently synonomous with 'impunity'.

    Sooner or later, we're going to wake up and send a loud and clear message to the police and the courts.

    'Either you enforce the law, or we will do it for you'.

    I don't think crap driving and police and CPS not taking it seriously was invented in 2010. I've been cycling on the road properly as part of a club since 1973. I didn't notice it got suddenly better between 1974 and 1979 and then worse until 1997 when it got better for 13 years and then suddenly bad again in 2010.

    I don't think bad driving has anything at all to do with whether the DoT currently has a Conservative or Labour Minister at its head. I also don't think that aspiring to keep traffic moving necessarily translates to "sod road safety" in fact it means the opposite.

    In fact I think you just tried to crowbar a pettty political prejudice into a conversation about road safety for cyclists.

    If you look you'll see that road safety all round has been getting better and better despite more and more traffic since the 1960s whichever colour of government has been in power.

  • Yorkshire's pothole crisis: £1 billion of repairs needed, but Tour de France route being fixed1 year 16 weeks agoI can't find the article, but

    I can't find the article, but Aberdeenshire roads were estimated to need £2.5 billion to repair and that by the time they went round and fixed them all over 10 years, they would require the same about to do it all again...

  • Merseyside woman thrown from bike by rope strung across path1 year 16 weeks agoMKultra wrote:It's not part

    MKultra wrote:
    It's not part of a plot but it's certainly part of wider prejudices shown on the news and an social media. Racism can get you nicked these days so the bigots have turned to demonizing cyclists and various other people who are somehow "different" instead. Impressionable people such as kids, well it's going to rub off on them and they are going to get the idea that behavior such as this has peer approval from parents and relatives because it's what they are hearing and seeing at home. Cyclists this...cyclists that...not wearing helmets...they cause accidents blah blah blah. It's all happened before but it used to be ethnic minorities or gay people on the receiving end.

    Its very hard to work out where "kids being idiots" ends and "general culture of hostility to an out-group" begins, in these things. I note that there was a case a little while ago where a _jogger_ suffered a serious injury due to this "prank". It might only be aimed at cyclists because they are an easier target than slow-moving pedestrians. Presumably putting cable across an A-road might feel a bit too serious!

    There's a general tendency of kids to do anti-social things and its also against a backdrop of certain out-groups being considered acceptable targets. Its really hard to know how much each contributes to any given case.

  • AA "Think Bikes" awareness campaign admits drivers don't look, suggests wing mirror stickers will remind them (+video)1 year 16 weeks agoAs others have pointed out-

    As others have pointed out- stickers on mirrors aren't much use if the mirror never gets looked at. I was driving behind a car recently for 12 miles and their wing mirrors were folded in the whole time- shows you how often there were checked if the driver didn't even notice!

  • Surly Straggler1 year 16 weeks agoA little more post-test

    A little more post-test feedback from Surly...
    While the test bike seat tube measured close to 56cm by our usual method (BB centre to top of ST), Surly measures the seat tube to the top of its juncture with the top tube, making this a 54cm bike on their web site geometry tables.
    Surly also informs us that the top tube is horizontal and that the downward slope effect is an optical illusion. We did use a spirit level but will happily accept a slight margin for error

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss1 year 16 weeks agoOldRidgeback wrote:Beefy

    OldRidgeback wrote:
    Beefy wrote:
    I suspect they will sit in the office have a laugh and then tell us he has been severely reprimanded.

    A forrmer colleague of mine used to work for a delivery firm. Whenever a complaint arrived from a pedestrian or a cyclist, they would indeed say 'Oi, it's your turn today. Almost got an extra 1000 points today. Next time, don't miss the bike, awight?'

    (I paraphrase)

    After a while, it became a sort of 'contest' to see who could have the most complaints. Needless to say, the company replied to all complaints with, 'We abhor this kind of behaviour. We shall look into it, and take action against the driver'.

    In the canteen, it was laughs and guffaws all around.

  • Local Bike Shops - Are they really doing OK?1 year 16 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:oozaveared

    Gkam84 wrote:
    oozaveared wrote:
    They charged her £40 for a "silver" service on a practically brand new bike. There were no broken parts just gear adjustment but they claimed to have checked brakes etc etc etc. This was a straight forward rip off. It almost certainly just needed a barrel adjustment on the rear derailleur.

    If it were my bike shop that would have been free. Free and make a friend. As it happens not only will me colleague not use that shop, nor will I and now nor will the 8 or so cyclists in my office.

    I have just opened a repair and servicing workshop, a large wooden workshop in my garden. What you have said is right, that was a rip off, but I also wouldn't do it for nothing if the bike was not bought from me. I would have charged something nominal, like £5, just because my time is worth something, unlike what some people think. So not making a killing of your friend, while not underselling myself.

    bashthebox wrote:
    My LBS is small but rushed off their feet. No job too small or too big, simple advice, charming service.

    That is just the same as my LBS, hence opening my own workshop, on their advice, with them giving me overspill and contracting me in to help when they are busy, without having to worry about doing tax and things for me.

    Neil753 wrote:
    A cycle mechanic now has the ability to make a good living from repairing bikes from home or at clients' premises. Parts supply chains are no longer a problem.

    Don't you believe the parts supply issue to much. Trying to get a trade account from anyone if you are working from home is at best an absolute fricking nightmare. I haven't been able to get one.

    Very soon I hope to be mobile and going out to peoples home or business aswell. So spreading myself further afield and taking on a sportive or two.

    So while I am working in conjunction with my LBS, they have kindly let me piggy back on their orders

    I agree, traders will do everything they can to keep trade accounts for themselves; that's human nature. But using the on line suppliers, such as Wiggle, and just making money on your labour, is still way more profitable than having to stand the fixed costs of a LBS. Good luck with your venture.

  • An Ode to Girona1 year 16 weeks agoAgreed. I did a piece from

    Agreed. I did a piece from there for this site a while back...

    http://road.cc/content/blog/58934-magic-mountains

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss1 year 16 weeks agoAppalling driving - but

    Appalling driving - but distressingly typical of what motorists get away with. But can't really fault the response from the company. A lot better than what usually happens. Feels almost churlish to say one wants to be sure its more than just words. It does _sound_ sincere though. Maybe they have cyclists in the family?

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss1 year 16 weeks agoYou need to make sure that

    You need to make sure that you tell them that - otherwise your intention won't be nearly as effective.

  • Venture CP50 from Argos1 year 16 weeks agoHad to google it..

    Had to google it.. http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/3324518.htm

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss1 year 16 weeks agoBeefy wrote:I am considering

    Beefy wrote:
    I am considering buying a caravan this spring as had one until 5 years ago and really miss the freedom. Guess where I was thinking of purchasing from? Not now, I think we should boycott these companies. I know they would argue that there going to take action against the driver, mmm hope it's not just PR. I think it would be better if drivers were instructed before such events. 6 inches and this guy would have been dead no ifs or buts and no bringing back to life when the company apologise. IMO put theses companies out of buisness by making these events as high profile as possible , then perhaps the companies left will give cyclists thought before incidents not after.

    I suspect they will sit in the office have a laugh and then tell us he has been severely reprimanded.

    Well he has just lost your company about £8000.

    The boss of the company was horrified as well and has promised to reprimand the driver. You could still go in and buy your caravan and also make a point while doing so that you hope the driver has been given a final warning over this incident, and perhaps that the firm should institute cycle training for all its truck drivers. That'd be more effective overall.

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins says it would be "liberating" to ride Tour de France in support of Chris Froome1 year 16 weeks agoLike his comments on women's

    Like his comments on women's racing. Although he's wrong about what difference The Women's Tour will make. It'll be watched very closely by ASO. Hopefully the crowds and the racing will be enough to kick start the Women's TDF again.

    I've recently interviewed someone who rode it four times in the 1980's and it can't come back soon enough. With the growth in women's racing it's going to be like male skin care products - a whole new market out there for sponsors.

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss1 year 16 weeks agoHey, I live in Canada and

    Hey, I live in Canada and this incident made me angry enough to e-mail the company.

    Here's what I wrote:

    Quote:
    As a cyclist living in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, I was appalled to see the video of your driver intimidating a cyclist on the A59 at Samlesbury two days ago. I personally have had too many similar encounters on the roads here in Canada, and I hope it shows my depth of emotion -- and my sense of solidarity with other cyclists -- that I'm writing to you from another continent to protest this driver's behaviour.

    In today's article on the incident on road.cc your Mark Turley did well to promise disciplinary action and co-operation with the police. I look forward to seeing how the company follows through.

  • Badger watch1 year 16 weeks agoI very nearly slammed into a

    I very nearly slammed into a herd of deer in richmond park a few months ago on a night ride. They suddenly bolted across the road and I only picked them up at the last second and had to swerve between them. Of course it happened going downhill but I would undoubtedly have come off second best in a collision. That was the end of the night rides for me !

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss1 year 16 weeks agoandycoventry wrote: My point

    andycoventry wrote:

    My point being he takes people to task for speeding, but posts videos of himself doing the same thing, somewhat hypocritical.

    If you could please direct up to the relevant UK legislation covering speed limits for cyclists, would be much obliged.

    (noting speed is not the issue here)

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss1 year 16 weeks agoAfter resisting it for a

    After resisting it for a while I have relented and bought a helmet cam. Mrs Oozaveared thought I'd gone nuts until I showed her some you tube stuff particularly one where the driver is clearly at fault in minor but expensive (to the cyclist). bump. The story on the soundtrack is from the cyclist and he tells us that the driver denied liability, made all kinds of accusations about the cyclist racing along etc. It would have all been a he said / he said right up to the point where the cyclist sends the video to the insurance company. It shows that he is stationary waiting to turn right at a T junction into the main road when the driver of the car coming from the right along the main road turns right cuts the corner, brakes at the last second and ends up colliding.

    The lesson I drew wasn't that helmet cams stop this kind of nonsense, just that some drivers are prepared to lie and lie and lie about their actions when they do make mistakes and without witnesses or other kind of proof you'll end up fighting an insurance company.

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss1 year 16 weeks agoAfter resisting it for a

    After resisting it for a while I have relented and bought a helmet cam. Mrs Oozaveared thought I'd gone nuts until I showed her some you tube stuff particularly one where the driver is clearly at fault in minor but expensive (to the cyclist). bump. The story on the soundtrack is from the cyclist and he tells us that the driver denied liability, made all kinds of accusations about the cyclist racing along etc. It would have all been a he said / he said right up to the point where the cyclist sends the video to the insurance company. It shows that he is stationary waiting to turn right at a T junction into the main road when the driver of the car coming from the right along the main road turns right cuts the corner, brakes at the last second and ends up colliding.

    The lesson I drew wasn't that helmet cams stop this kind of nonsense, just that some drivers are prepared to lie and lie and lie about their actions when they do make mistakes and without witnesses or other kind of proof you'll end up fighting an insurance company.

  • Where's daddy going?1 year 16 weeks agoNice post. At the end of the

    Nice post. At the end of the day it's supposed to be fun isn't it? Bikes are toys for us MAMILs, despite all the crap we surround them with. Something tells me you'll have more fun on your bike this year than you did in 2013. I certainly hope so anyway.

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss1 year 16 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:andycoventry

    Gkam84 wrote:
    andycoventry wrote:
    3rd video "Decent of Parbold" clearly shows the same dude pushing on, all over the road then blasting past a Micra going through a speed camera - hmm if your going to tell others off for speeding and posting their registration on line then you need to practice what you preach IMO.

    IMO I feel complicity different to your opinion.

    He is travelling faster than the motor vehicle limit. That is pretty clear, so he is taking the safest line through the corners, as no vehicle should be travelling faster than the speed limit. It is a pretty safe course to take.

    Yes he past a slower car, but he did so on the outside, pretty safely if you ask me. I cannot see a problem with that video at all.

    My point being he takes people to task for speeding, but posts videos of himself doing the same thing, somewhat hypocritical.

  • Badger watch1 year 16 weeks agoBadgers? We don't need no

    Badgers? We don't need no stinkin' badgers...

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss1 year 16 weeks agoits these punishment passes

    its these punishment passes that really sh!t me up.
    I can pretty take care of myself when it comes to what happening in front but the idiots behind are another thing!

    been clipped by a trailer myself but it was low speed so I survived. I hope Forest of Dean Caravans have the sense to publicly repremand the driver and get the police involved.

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss1 year 16 weeks agoOK keyboard / road warriors,

    OK keyboard / road warriors, let's actually DO SOMETHING to help this along.

    Traffic prosecutions almost always require an independent witness to have any hope of success, let alone initial investigation. So we need to find the driver of the following black car (a Vauxhall?) 0710 5 May Eastbound toward Skipton on the A59 - exact location is here: http://goo.gl/maps/So6nO maybe all the northern clubs/shops could spread the word? Use Facebook / whatever?

    Mind you, given there's an ANPR camera not 3 miles back (http://goo.gl/maps/j3x5X) , you'd hope Lancashire Police would have the rego sharpish.

  • Fork Offset..1 year 16 weeks agoThanks for that. Good link,

    Thanks for that. Good link, it's in plain English too which is handy.

    I'd say the handling of my bike is neutral-slow but not offensively so.
    If the fork I'm looking at has 1mm less offset, it's not really going to make much difference?

  • Wiggle launch Black Series by Tune1 year 16 weeks ago£165 for a stem?

    £165 for a stem? Rolling On The Floor