• DfT to study impact of self-driving cars on cyclists and other road users (+ videos)10 hours 49 min agoFrom your link qwerky I found

    From your link qwerky I found this interesting:
    "We still have lots of problems to solve, including teaching the car to drive more streets in Mountain View before we tackle another town"
    Does that mean it depends upon location specific knowledge? Maybe it's much less independent than I thought. Obviously a human can drive around aimlessly in any unseen locality, doesn't sound like the current approach could do that (not necessarily aimlessly).

  • Zipp 303 tubulars repeated ticking10 hours 50 min agoquick update, my lbs checked

    quick update, my lbs checked the valves, speed sensor on the front hub, quick releases, spokes, shoes, cleats, pedals, the tick/click noise is still present when I'm pedalling, I've used dura ace c24 clincher wheels previously with this bike and they were fine no problems, so it can't really be gears/cassette?

  • Protest ride today at Bristol's dangerous M5/A38 junction10 hours 53 min agoHow will this help anything?

    How will this help anything? It will drive a deeper wedge between cyclists and car drivers by causing more traffic at this already busy junction. Only 10 injuries in 7 years for such a heavily used road is pretty good by my standards.

    On a separate note I wish I could get away from work before 4 to go bike riding...

  • "Road rage" driver who left cyclist brain damaged found guilty by jury10 hours 54 min agoHousecathst wrote:oozaveared

    Housecathst wrote:
    oozaveared wrote:
    Housecathst wrote:
    And if he's a former squaddie at 23 something tells me it wasn't an honourable discharge.

    Well you can join as a boy soldier at 16. Serve on active operations from your 18th birthday. Given the current cycles of deployment at age 23 this young man may well have seen 5 years active service with 3 years in theatre.

    Here's the deployment history of his regiment: for the last 5 years:

    Afghanistan 2009–2010
    Afghanistan 2011–2012
    Kenya 2013
    Iraq 2014

    Now whilst not condoning his actions in the case of this cyclist, and for all you or I know he may well have been medically discharged for physical or mental health issues or thought that having spent nearly 3 years deployed or intensively training for deployment in a real war zone that he had had enough. For all you or I know he may well have citations or medals.

    The army is currently suffering from a loss of long service people because the current intensity of operations is similar in nature to deployments in WW2 rather than the normal intensity they have prior to 2001.

    As it happens the cuurrent generation of soldiers have more actual combat experience than any generation of British army soldiers since the 1950s and only then if you count the Korean war. And despite jibes about a softer playstation generation have acquitted themselves with great honour.

    So please leave your stupid prejudices behind you. Pusnish the crime and the person appropriately and not tar all soldiers with the same brush or stereotype them. You'll find a lot of old soldiers are active cyclists.

    It's unfortunate he was a solider, but my "prejudices" is basic on the fact that I would hope that somebody who had been selected and through military training would better than a common thug who would use a car as a weapon to put somebody in a wheel chair for the rest of there live. Unfortunatly, his previous career (however, distinguished, or otherwise) is relevant to the story, same as it would be if it was a police office, or a nurse. I don't think I'm the only person who would feel that way.

    Soldiers are human beings.

    Not robots.

    The army is a huge community made up from people from many walks of life and backgrounds and they are all different.

    Getting behind the wheel has been known to effect the judgement and temperament of people who otherwise would be of good judgement.

    That is not an excuse it's simply me trying to understand why people do things that are so stupid, what I fail to understand though is your sniffy prejudiced attitude to members of the forces.

    I am guessing it's based on to much media exposure to portrayals of the US Army in film and television. The loud, extremely rigid yes sir no sir culture you see portrayed in the US Army is a million miles away form the reality of service with the British Army who prefer to treat people like grown ups.

  • RaceWare Direct reveal Shimano Di2 junction box steerer tube mount10 hours 56 min agoThere appears to be two

    There appears to be two websites:

    racewaredirect.co.uk
    racewaredirect.co

    Google seems to pick up the .co.uk address but it looks older.

  • Rubbish customer service at Winstanleys11 hours 2 min agoI would go to the

    I would go to the manufacturer if you are now on the other side of the planet from where you got the bike.

    If they choose to replace it it I suspect they will advise you of a service agent in the country you are in who may be able to undertake the warranty work.

  • Two motorists who say they were blinded by sun acquitted of killing cyclist11 hours 4 min ago'Rule 126: Stopping

    'Rule 126: Stopping Distances. Drive at a speed that will allow you to stop well within the distance you can see to be clear'

    A final judgement is of course impossible to make in a thread like this, but it appears that not obeying the above Highway Code item was the issue. Both drivers were at fault and the second one appears to be directly responsible for causing death. I am not a lawyer so I cannot qualify that. In any case, I am convinced that most poor driving is ultimately intentional, not accidental. The path of the sun relative to the road is entirely predictable!

  • Just in: Cannondale Synapse Ultegra Disc11 hours 5 min agoMy problem with the Whyte is

    My problem with the Whyte is the 10 speed group. I've only recently convinced myself that an 11speed set up with wide range cassette is a viable alternative to triple. So sadly the Whyte is off my list Croix de Fer 30 a better alternative for me.

  • Steel v Titanium: let battle commence11 hours 8 min ago£800 for custom Ti ?! I've

    £800 for custom Ti ?! I've been drooling over an Enigma Equinox (double the money) for fast riding, but surely that price is too good to be true?

  • Updated: Lance Armstrong can't ride Gran Fondo Hincapie, says USA Cycling11 hours 9 min ago.

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  • "Road rage" driver who left cyclist brain damaged found guilty by jury11 hours 10 min agooozaveared wrote:Housecathst

    oozaveared wrote:
    Housecathst wrote:
    And if he's a former squaddie at 23 something tells me it wasn't an honourable discharge.

    Well you can join as a boy soldier at 16. Serve on active operations from your 18th birthday. Given the current cycles of deployment at age 23 this young man may well have seen 5 years active service with 3 years in theatre.

    Here's the deployment history of his regiment: for the last 5 years:

    Afghanistan 2009–2010
    Afghanistan 2011–2012
    Kenya 2013
    Iraq 2014

    Now whilst not condoning his actions in the case of this cyclist, and for all you or I know he may well have been medically discharged for physical or mental health issues or thought that having spent nearly 3 years deployed or intensively training for deployment in a real war zone that he had had enough. For all you or I know he may well have citations or medals.

    The army is currently suffering from a loss of long service people because the current intensity of operations is similar in nature to deployments in WW2 rather than the normal intensity they have prior to 2001.

    As it happens the cuurrent generation of soldiers have more actual combat experience than any generation of British army soldiers since the 1950s and only then if you count the Korean war. And despite jibes about a softer playstation generation have acquitted themselves with great honour.

    So please leave your stupid prejudices behind you. Pusnish the crime and the person appropriately and not tar all soldiers with the same brush or stereotype them. You'll find a lot of old soldiers are active cyclists.

    It's unfortunate he was a solider, but my "prejudices" is basic on the fact that I would hope that somebody who had been selected and through military training would better than a common thug who would use a car as a weapon to put somebody in a wheel chair for the rest of there live. Unfortunatly, his previous career (however, distinguished, or otherwise) is relevant to the story, same as it would be if it was a police office, or a nurse. I don't think I'm the only person who would feel that way.

  • RaceWare Direct reveal Shimano Di2 junction box steerer tube mount11 hours 24 min agoOr you could just buy a Bar

    Or you could just buy a Bar Fly 2.0 which has a recess under it for fitting a Di2/EPS unit keeping everything neat and tidy.

  • Cars to be banned from roads near 11 Edinburgh primary schools in pilot scheme11 hours 25 min agoAs an ex-resident of a

    As an ex-resident of a village just outside Bristol (Long Ashton in my case), I can say that trying to restrict parents' parking near schools is futile: when the primary round the corner from us tried, there was nigh on armed rebellion, coupled with an increase in the number of people stopping in the close below our house, a couple of streets from the school.

    Interestingly, here in urban Hull, lots of children do walk to the local primary; this may just be down to relative poverty and a lower proportion of 4x4 ownership.

    I wish Embra well, but hold little hope for success…

  • Shimano 105 5800 11-speed Groupset11 hours 26 min agoCheers PixelPusher - I'll

    Cheers PixelPusher - I'll save myself some cash and opt for the 5800, except maybe the rear mech.
    I'll be putting it on a tri bike, so won't be using the regular shifters to feel that sweet, carbony benefit.

  • Two motorists who say they were blinded by sun acquitted of killing cyclist11 hours 26 min agoI can understand part of the

    I can understand part of the verdict. The first driver did not cause the death. I have no idea why the CPS proceeded with that charge, but have not, of course, listened to the evidence.

    In effect his actions were not sufficiently causative of the death.

  • Two motorists who say they were blinded by sun acquitted of killing cyclist11 hours 32 min agoI simply cannot understand

    I simply cannot understand verdicts like this. When I am driving, if I can't see then I slow down until I can stop within the distance I can see.

    I'm not one of the "stiffer sentences to protect cyclists band" but I don't get why carrying on at 40 mph completely blind doesn't count as at the very least careless driving, if not dangerous!?

  • Shimano 105 5800 11-speed Groupset11 hours 35 min agoglynr36 wrote: Might not have

    glynr36 wrote:

    Might not have a choice, the bike industry is very good at forced obsolescence.

    Not too concerned, plenty of old stock, nos for a while, 9 speed is still going strong, plus if you buy campagnolo the stuff lasts and last so I'm not fussed. 11 speed chorus in 2017 maybe, by which time we'll be on 12 speed internal hubs so some other gubbins.

  • Shimano 105 5800 11-speed Groupset11 hours 36 min agonotfastenough wrote:When the

    notfastenough wrote:
    When the new Shimano Claris entry-level groupset came out, I seem to recall Dave Atkinson was going to try and compare it with his mate's old DA setup - might have been 2005. Not heard anything since though.

    I'd love to see a comparison like that.

  • Updated: Lance Armstrong can't ride Gran Fondo Hincapie, says USA Cycling11 hours 41 min agoThe problem is that he can't

    The problem is that he can't just 'turn up'. In his own words, he is 'Lance F-ING Armstrong'. If he rides then he is likely to get the event into trouble as he won't go unnoticed.

    Lance made his decisions and one of them is not co-operating with USADA, and also trying to corrupt the U.S. legal system by getting the Federal case pulled.

    The comments about not having ruined anyone's career is very wide of the mark considering he stymied Frankie Andreu's career, not Betsy. But I can see why she was angry with Lance. The list of people Lance screwed include his own best friend, Neal. But a lot of the comments here seem to be made by people who don't know what they are talking about.

    All I can say is this couldn't happen to a better person, because a better person wouldn't have been as conceited, selfish, arrogant, vindictive and bullying as Lance. He made his decisions and now he can't even ride a sportive....them's the breaks.

  • DfT to study impact of self-driving cars on cyclists and other road users (+ videos)11 hours 47 min agoLegislation would need review

    Legislation would need review but IMO the sooner driverless technology can be introduced the better.

    Software bugs? I'm sure they're there, but the technology is not exactly competing against perfection. Driver error accounts for at least 90% of casualties.

  • Shimano 105 5800 11-speed Groupset11 hours 49 min agoBikeJon wrote:All very well

    BikeJon wrote:
    All very well and good but my 2005 7800 Dura Ace group set is still working flawlessly on my best bike. It feels like it still has another 10 years in it. It's annoyingly good as I cannot justify replacing it yet (not that I'd replace it with 105).
    Oh, I love the latest Shimano chain set design by the way!

    I had 7900 but when I had a try with 6800 front mech I was hooked. You won't believe the difference in how slick it is. Can imagine the difference between 7800 and 6800 is even more obvious.

  • Two motorists who say they were blinded by sun acquitted of killing cyclist12 hours 1 min agoNon-impartial jury of

    Non-impartial jury of motorists acquit a fellow motorist?

  • Shimano 105 5800 11-speed Groupset12 hours 2 min agoTimB34 wrote:I'm still on

    TimB34 wrote:
    I'm still on 9-speed 105!

    It'd be interesting to know how much of the cassette is usable in each front ring (compared to SRAM 22 with a Yaw front mech).

    I've got the 6800, which I believe is the same geometry for the front mech, and that gets a bit of rattle in big-big and little-little (worse at that end). Not that I use that, except by accident, but it was fun seeing how it coped.

  • Two motorists who say they were blinded by sun acquitted of killing cyclist12 hours 2 min agoHighway code says slow down

    Highway code says slow down AND if necessary stop... FFS... when will Juries get with the program?

  • Revolution Series starts at Lee Valley Velodrome tonight - tickets still available12 hours 8 min agoWill this Revolution be

    Will this Revolution be televised does anyone know? If so, which channel(s)?