• Polar launches M400 combined GPS watch and activity tracker + video17 hours 41 min agoI like the look of it. But

    I like the look of it. But it's hardly an all day wearable if it needs recharging every 24 hours. And if you actually log an activity, it needs recharging more frequently than that. Needs some rethinking by Polar if it's to fulfil it's role properly.

  • Witness appeal after Yorkshire cyclist dies following HGV collision17 hours 48 min agoAirzound wrote:RIP. I would

    Airzound wrote:
    RIP.

    I would question whether riding on such major busy routes was the best idea. I know you can and all that but you are pushing your luck not to be killed by some inattentive moton or some pyscho who just takes exception to you cycling on such a busy road holding them up so drives over you.

    RIP again.

    The reason why these places are particularly dangerous is because of the weight of often fast moving multilane traffic with drivers trying to change lane and enter and exit the roundabout. There's an awful lot of driver workload. Driver workload increases the chances of mistakes.

    I would never say a cyclist shouldn't be on these roads but I would take a reasonable detour to avoid one. I don't know if there is a reasonable detour in this instance. This is exactly where proper protected cycle infrastructure is needed. Unfortunately it's easier to paint a white line on a big wide road where it isn't really needed at all.

  • For Racing Cyclists---Touching the wheel of the person in front of you ?17 hours 51 min agoNever touched a wheel

    Never touched a wheel yet.
    However I do tend to have an 'escape route' planned (to the left or to the right) in case the rider in front slows unexpectedly - better to overlap for a moment than to cause a crash.

    If I don't totally trust the rider in front, I'll stay a few centimeters further back, and if the rider in front is being erratic, then rather than position myself directly behind then, I move slightly to the left or right, so my wheel will miss theirs when they slow.

    Also think about the road surface, if it full of potholes or road furniture then bikes will be moving around more.

  • Update: Europcar claims it didn't place cyclist & pedestrian warning stickers17 hours 52 min agoKiwiMike wrote:It appears

    KiwiMike wrote:
    It appears Europcar are out-doing Danny McAskill in the back-pedaling department...

    I find it *massively* hard to believe that Europcar customers are stickering the vans. If nothing else, because they'd end up paying for 'damage' to the vehicle.

  • Update: Europcar claims it didn't place cyclist & pedestrian warning stickers18 hours 1 min agono, that's not logical at

    no, that's not logical at all, or indeed the same thing.

    And attributing stupidity, and 'blaming' are two different things.

    For instance. Man goes swimming in large pool of hungry sharks, and gets eaten. Man is stupid. Manufacturers of swimming trunks are not responsible for man ignoring the dangers of being eaten by sharks. Although they may be guilty of not making their swimming trunks shark-proof. (and no, this isn't a direct comparison of cycling lane scenario either. But one where something is legal, but stupid).

    Yes, the driver should look left before crossing the cycle path. And yes, the designers of the roads should give more thought to cycling infrastructure. But in the end, if you do something really fucking stupid, you have to take some of the blame yourself. Putting yourself in harm's way through some sense of self-righteousness isn't going to help your grieving family.

  • GoPro launches updated Hero4 Black and Silver video cameras18 hours 9 min agoScrufftie wrote:It's about

    Scrufftie wrote:
    It's about time I took the plunge and fitted a camera to my bike. Other than GoPro and Contour, which other cameras have a replaceable battery? A (near) two hour battery life doesn't seem very useful

    The Sony cameras are worth a look, you can find the AS20 for below £150. That has a 2->2.5 hour battery life and replaceable batteries.

  • Rider punctures at 80kph as saboteurs target Valleys Velo sportive18 hours 14 min agoIf the tacks were indeed

    If the tacks were indeed painted (after being bought and before placement) then wouldn't show attempt to maliciously injure?

    IIRC the statute for manslaughter rests on actions which could foreseeably result in a death (or some such wording). Placing said tacks just prior to a hairpin on a fast descent would surely qualify?

    (I'm not stating, I'm asking. Put down the pitchfork and step away from the flames)

    It's a pretty scary thing to have happen at speed, mind.

  • Update: Europcar claims it didn't place cyclist & pedestrian warning stickers18 hours 15 min agoandyp wrote:Yep. That

    andyp wrote:
    Yep. That one.

    So, logically, it would follow that you would also blame the driver of a vehicle in a left-hand "straight on" lane if the driver of a skip lorry in a right-hand "turn left" lane drove into them?

    Because that's what the normal cycle lane arrangement is, and if no fault is attributable to anyone other than the person in the left-hand lane if their vehicle happens to be a bike then surely that must apply equally in this hypothetical scenario where their vehicle happens to be a car.

  • Update: Europcar claims it didn't place cyclist & pedestrian warning stickers18 hours 18 min agoSocial media junk

    Social media junk

  • Polar launches M400 combined GPS watch and activity tracker + video18 hours 20 min agoIt would be interesting if

    It would be interesting if you could use the Bluetooth to pair it with a Bluetooth cadence sensor, like the Wahoo RPM sensor

  • Rider punctures at 80kph as saboteurs target Valleys Velo sportive18 hours 22 min agoaside from the tacks issue.

    aside from the tacks issue. Why the feck would you want to video yourself riding a sportive??

  • Three cyclists seriously injured in collision with Aston Martin in New Forest18 hours 23 min agoCycled down the Ornamental

    Cycled down the Ornamental Drive today in a group of older riders; hard to see how the verges can be improved as there are huge gutters on the edge of the tarmac, and apparantly widening is not allowed, and in any case would just encourage drivers to go faster. Oh, and we were 'punishment passed' by an idiot who then pulled in to one of the car parks so we could attempt to educate him. No way he was going to admit being at fault, we shouldn't have been on the road apparantly. The road from Bolderwood to rhinefield house could be made cyclists only; car drivers could park at the deer sanctuary or Oberwater and access the pretty bits on foot. can't see anything else working.

  • Nottingham man says he's 'lucky to be alive' after his bike wheel is caught in new tramlines18 hours 27 min ago'We recommend that cyclists

    'We recommend that cyclists crossing tram tracks prepare early, and cross them at a 90 degree angle, and where construction work on the tram expansion is still in progress we have advised them to dismount.'

    chance'd be a fine thing here in Manchester. It'd be lovely if tram tracks crossed the roads at 90 degrees, rather than the 30 or so that seems so popular.

  • Rider punctures at 80kph as saboteurs target Valleys Velo sportive18 hours 30 min agoWrongfoot wrote:Attempted

    Wrongfoot wrote:
    Attempted Murder might be "possible" if the police can obtain evidence that the saboteur intended to kill

    I believe that a crime of murder can be indicated where the intention was to cause grievous bodily harm but a death ensued - although proving intention would not, I imagine, be easy.

    Wrongfoot wrote:
    (N.B. EVIDENCE not the opinion of a cyclist lynch mob). At present it seems there is no such evidence and it is very very unlikely that evidence of a sufficient quality will become available.

    Indeed - although that probably won't stop the pitchforks being raised and the gallows strung. Heinous thing to have happened and I hope they're caught and prosecuted just as I would someone who "put up against a wall and shot" "The fucker(s) who did this" [(c) Airzound].

  • Councillor suggests red light & pavement cycling crackdown after Portsmouth injury rate soars18 hours 32 min agoRiccardo_M wrote:... For

    Riccardo_M wrote:
    ... For instance in Italy if a car has an collision with a scooter, regardless the entity of the damages/injury, the car is confiscated by the police until the investigation establish the responsibility. ...

    Love that idea, I'd take that as my xmas present for the next ten years (I have plenty of socks!).

  • Polar launches M400 combined GPS watch and activity tracker + video18 hours 34 min agoI saw the review of this over

    I saw the review of this over at dcrainmaker a few days ago, and it looks like they have a very competitive watch against both the garmin 15 and the 220.

    It's cycling support is fairly basic, as it doesn't support cadence or speed sensors, let alone power meters. It does allow you to record an activity as cycling though and can be paired with a bluetooth HRM. If you both run and cycle, it looks like a good compromise option.

    The activity tracking is another interesting addition. The Garmin 15 is the only other watch that does this, but as something to wear all day the Polar is definitely a better looking device.

    Shame about the video though. "I found the courage to push my boundaries", sigh, who writes this crap.

  • Rider punctures at 80kph as saboteurs target Valleys Velo sportive18 hours 36 min agoQuote:Attempted Murder might

    Quote:
    Attempted Murder might be "possible" if the police can obtain evidence that the saboteur intended to kill (N.B. EVIDENCE not the opinion of a cyclist lynch mob). At present it seems there is no such evidence and it is very very unlikely that evidence of a sufficient quality will become available.

    which means the police need to investigate to determine whether this is attempted murder, or assault, or whether this is obstruction of the highway and then prosecute as appropriate

    some parallels to think about.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-15998468

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/essex/8680461.stm

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/northamptonshire/7234755.stm

    and as English law is based on case law to a large part.

  • Rider punctures at 80kph as saboteurs target Valleys Velo sportive18 hours 36 min agoQuote:can you imagine the

    Quote:
    can you imagine the outcry and manhunt if somebody lay pins down point up where people took their dogs walking

    Or threw bricks off a motorway bridge? I'd struggle to see any real difference there, and I don't think calling it attempted murder is doing us - as people who ride bikes - any harm.

    Or should we just all meekly accept it like the second-class citizens cyclists are in the UK?

  • For Racing Cyclists---Touching the wheel of the person in front of you ?18 hours 40 min agoJohnnyRemo wrote:Jimmy Ray

    JohnnyRemo wrote:
    Jimmy Ray Will wrote:

    Avoidance is the way forward... Two easy things you can do....

    2. Stand up. If an overlap should happen and a wheel is coming across yours, simply stand up out of the saddle. This will shift your front wheel quickly 10 - 20cm back, which will often help you avoid the overlap.

    ...but very probably take off the rider behind you...

    Potentially.... but;

    1. Rather them than you hey?

    2. Do nothing, fall off and you'll definitely take the dude behind you off

  • Update: Europcar claims it didn't place cyclist & pedestrian warning stickers18 hours 41 min agoBez wrote:oozaveared wrote:I

    Bez wrote:
    oozaveared wrote:
    I don't ever pass vehicles on the inside. Cos ... it's dangerous.

    andyp wrote:
    I think most people know that. It's legal....but stupid.

    To whom should we attribute the danger and the stupidity?

    The people on bikes who ride there?

    Yep. That one.

  • Councillor suggests red light & pavement cycling crackdown after Portsmouth injury rate soars18 hours 41 min agoBez wrote:Liability isn't

    Bez wrote:
    Liability isn't culpability, though. In any case, that's all post-incident, and it also presupposes a victim who has already decided to spar with traffic. The aim should be prevention, and an environment that attracts users who don't want to spar with traffic.

    No, they didn't decide to 'spar with traffic' they decided to cycle to work etc, I object to your terminology because it implies that cyclists are at fault because of some choice to fight with traffic, when they have merely decided to cycle to work on a reasonably short route.

  • Update: Europcar claims it didn't place cyclist & pedestrian warning stickers18 hours 43 min agoIt appears Europcar are

    It appears Europcar are out-doing Danny McAskill in the back-pedaling department...

  • Update: Europcar claims it didn't place cyclist & pedestrian warning stickers18 hours 43 min agooozaveared wrote:I don't ever

    oozaveared wrote:
    I don't ever pass vehicles on the inside. Cos ... it's dangerous.

    andyp wrote:
    I think most people know that. It's legal....but stupid.

    To whom should we attribute the danger and the stupidity?

    The people on bikes who ride there? The people in offices who design the roads that put the people on bikes there? The people in the buses and lorries who can't always see the people on bikes there? The people in offices who design buses and lorries than don't let their drivers see the people on bikes there? The people in offices who buy those buses and lorries?


    It's not a simple thing.

    Two things are very simple, though: (a) only one of those groups above contains the people who get injured or killed, and (b) every single one of the other groups are keen to shift as much blame as possible onto that group of victims.

    (Note that none of the above groups include people who drive Peugeot Partners, because for them to be part of this equation requires them to simply be negligent and not look in their mirrors.)

  • Rider punctures at 80kph as saboteurs target Valleys Velo sportive18 hours 44 min agoIt merely a shits trick!

    It merely a shits trick! Angry Police won't bother if nobody is injured, but can you imagine the outcry and manhunt if somebody lay pins down point up where people took their dogs walking?

  • 2015 cyclocross bikes from Whyte, Van Nicholas, Ritte, Raleigh, Beacon, Bianchi and Boardman18 hours 51 min agoOrdinary Cycling Girl

    Ordinary Cycling Girl wrote:
    Toying with the idea of getting a cross bike as tempted to have a go at cyclocross (obviously! Why else would you need one really?). Loving the look of the Bianchi personally, but I'd need a women's specific, like with my road bike, although I don't think you've featured any women's specific bikes here, sadly.

    What size bike would you need? The Raleigh is available in 50cm and the Boardman 52cm...