• Updated: Court hears crowd-funded fixed-penalty appeal1 year 26 weeks ago'At traffic lights, I act

    'At traffic lights, I act like a car, take my place in line and play it safe'

    If you acted like the car in this case then wouldn't you use the bike ASL box?

  • Win a unique HOY Autumn edition bike with road.cc and Evans Cycles!1 year 26 weeks agoFall fun in Falkirk

    Fall fun in Falkirk

  • Updated: Court hears crowd-funded fixed-penalty appeal1 year 26 weeks agoThis case is ridiculous. If a

    This case is ridiculous. If a car stopped illegally in the ASL, then the driver should have been given a ticket instead of the cyclist who try to find somewhere safe to stop. Lets hope someone recorded the incident on video.

    Also, doesn't the ASL basically marked out the blind spot of a HGV. If I get a HGV stopping behind me at the light, I'd want to move forward out of the ASL and out of the danger zone. If that is illegal, then the law needs changing

  • Video: Groningen - The World's Cycling City from Streetfilms1 year 26 weeks agoExcellent film, all town

    Excellent film, all town planners and councillors should watch it.

    Also note the complete absence of Helmets & Hi-Viz. In the UK we have developed an attitude that cycling is 'dangerous' and needs protection when the reality is it is no more risky than walking.

    I was in Italy recently and saw similar behaviour. Car driving in Italy is a little bit manic, but cars always gave space and time for people on bikes.

    Maybe a few towns or cities in the uK can adopt this approach, but car culture is now so deeply embedded it will be hard to change attitudes in the majority of the population.

  • 10 reflective cycling products to help you stand out in the dark1 year 26 weeks agoIt's great to see some

    It's great to see some reviews on reflective gear, so thanks for that guys, but here's a bit of a moan (sorry)...

    I think it would be handy to see what the rear of the garment looks like, ie the part that faces traffic coming up behind us.

    Also, although it's great to see snazzy gear, how about highlighting ('scuse the pun) the fact that there are hi-vis vests out there for as little as a couple of quid, for those on a tight budget?

    Finally, I'm not sure that advising (possibly impressionable novices searching on Google for advice about safe winter cycling) that "style conscious cyclists can boost their visibility without having to don a bright yellow jacket with huge reflective stripes" is the right thing to be saying, when large reflective stripes are indeed better than smaller ones. And the amount of reflective material on some of the garments featured is pretty minimal, frankly, when compared to an industry standard vi-vis.

    I was just wondering whether you guys could do a "night time" photo shoot, to see which reflective jackets are the most, err, reflective?

  • Suggestions/requests for the 2014 season1 year 26 weeks agoFrom my point of view I love

    From my point of view I love the smaller races, as I like the element of people having to know more about the lesser teams, and also I think you can focus on them as you know they are going to be over after about 5 days, rather than continually having to be switched on for 3 weeks like a grand tour

    As for overlapping, I really dont mind it, as if im playing one race then im on the site anyway and dont mind playing another. In terms of the overlapping, most are big WT races and part of the premium, and new layout was to allow both races like PN and TA to be in the game. As for you the Oman/Volta, I much prefer the Volta as a race, as I find both Qatar and Oman rather boring compared to most.

    Id like San-Luis in too, and coincides with getting people into the game when the TDU is going on, but maybe too much too early in the season.

    Another clash is the Giro and ToC, but I love the ToC as it is on at night after work, and also doesn't clash in terms of TV coverage, and I always find the american races pretty interesting

  • Video: Groningen - The World's Cycling City from Streetfilms1 year 26 weeks agoI like that road block idea.

    I like that road block idea. Not sure cabbies in London would agree, nless they turned their hand to pedicabs of course!

  • Updated: Court hears crowd-funded fixed-penalty appeal1 year 26 weeks ago"In my eye's, the worst place

    "In my eye's, the worst place you can put yourself, is right in front of a queue of traffic. They will all be eager to get past you in most places. So to be, that's dangerous. At traffic lights, I act like a car, take my place in line and play it safe."

    Hmmm. Maybe. Have to say I often resort to dismounting and walking on the pavement and crossing as a pedestrian when the ASL is clogged up (or when I decide a junction just looks too nasty)

    But do you have the acceleration required to 'act like a car' when the lights change? Because you _aren't_ a car, which is kind of the basic problem here.

    And surely there are _still_ going to be cars behind you eager to get past you, so are you really that much better off doing it your way? Especially as the lights will likely change back to red just as you finally get to the front so you'll end up in the very position you said was 'the worst place to put yourself'.

  • Updated: Court hears crowd-funded fixed-penalty appeal1 year 26 weeks agoSo anyway, a vehicle in the

    So anyway, a vehicle in the advanced stop box is not "illegal", as the vehicle might have already been there when the lights changed, and that's perfectly legitimate. What they're not allowed to do is enter when the light's already red. So we don't know the motorist did anything wrong.

    And yeah I do this sometimes, if I can't see the box and I filter up there and it's full, what am I supposed to do? I can't just stay there beside the traffic. I'll pull in behind if I can, sometimes there will be a bit of space in the "gutter", but if not then I'll position myself ahead of the vehicle and thus outside the box, to ensure I am seen. Booking anyone for doing so in that circumstance is taking the piss.

  • Win a unique HOY Autumn edition bike with road.cc and Evans Cycles!1 year 26 weeks agoInto the abyss.

    Into the abyss.

  • Updated: Court hears crowd-funded fixed-penalty appeal1 year 26 weeks agoit costs 2,000 pounds to make

    it costs 2,000 pounds to make an appeal of a ticket???

  • CTC supports calls for tougher driver testing process1 year 26 weeks agoI would much rather see a

    I would much rather see a compulsory 'competency review' of driving every 5-10 years. While young drivers aren't a shining beacon of driving ability most of my tut moments are with drivers over the age 30.

    A regular review of driving ability would have two aims:
    1. Ensure people are medically fit to drive

    2. Asses driving ability, give critical feedback on driving skills and address those if required.

    A good lesson for me was doing my motorbike test having passed my driving test 15 years earlier. It certainly sharpened my road craft having an instructor pointing out all my bad habits I'd picked up with 15 years of doing my own thing and that was with me coming from a cyclist background.

  • Sram Cassette/Shimano freehub problem1 year 26 weeks agoTightened the lockring - no

    Tightened the lockring - no play. Seems silly now!

  • 10 reflective cycling products to help you stand out in the dark1 year 26 weeks agodarranmoore wrote:£100 quid

    darranmoore wrote:
    £100 quid for Rapha hi-vis??? I am sure I could get 100 orange hi-vis jackets from Arco... How can they justify it? Because idiots keep buying it!!!

    So Rapha are happy to produce it. And people are happy to buy it.

    What exactly is it that you think anyone has to justify to you?

    Thanks for the update on Arco though. Very interesting.

  • Winter Jersey1 year 26 weeks agoA torm longsleeved wool

    A torm longsleeved wool jersey does me pretty much all winter with differing baselayers with a sportful gillet thing rolled up in a back pocket for the wet stuff

  • CTC supports calls for tougher driver testing process1 year 26 weeks agoWell it would certainly free

    Well it would certainly free up roads eventually....conservatively, £20 an hour lesson thats, £2400... Surprise

    Im 22, a member of the young male population, a sensible driver and a cyclist...Not a good suggestion and one that does cyclists as a community no good in the long run...imo.

  • CTC supports calls for tougher driver testing process1 year 26 weeks agoWe already have one of the

    We already have one of the most stringent tests in the world and the one of the most oppressive as far as regulations and laws are concerned. Put a young person behind a wheel (male or female) and on the whole they will drive badly, it's exiting.
    Look at your own driving, do you obey speed limits or are you a good driver who doesn't need to? Of course they are for other people.
    It comes back to sanctions, few traffic police on the road, speed cameras painted bright yellow so only the registered blind or complete idiots get caught. Suspended sentence for killing someone through careless/dangerous driving?
    One more law to be ignored.

  • Updated: Court hears crowd-funded fixed-penalty appeal1 year 26 weeks agoHe broke the law, no matter

    He broke the law, no matter if it was for safety or not. As I said in the other article that brought this to everyone's attention.

    Filtering can be done when safe, but some cyclists see it as a "I must get to the front" http://road.cc/content/news/94166-londoner-challenge-red-light-fixed-pen...

    I don't know what I want the outcome to be, I want to see sense prevail, but I also want him to be made an example of. You cannot just do things because you think its right.

    In my eye's, the worst place you can put yourself, is right in front of a queue of traffic. They will all be eager to get past you in most places. So to be, that's dangerous. At traffic lights, I act like a car, take my place in line and play it safe.

  • 10 reflective cycling products to help you stand out in the dark1 year 26 weeks agojoemmo wrote:The mavic vision

    joemmo wrote:
    The mavic vision jacket has been discontinued according to my local dealer. Shame because it's a good bit of clobber.

    Has it? It's still up on their website so we'll just fire a mail to the guys at Mavic to find out what the situation is.

    Thanks

  • Peter Sagan Green Edition Cannondale SuperSix Evo launched1 year 26 weeks agoSurely only Sagan can ride

    Surely only Sagan can ride this bike. Buying a Sagan replica bike is not different to wearing a Manchester United Wayne Rooney shirt. Its chav.

  • 10 reflective cycling products to help you stand out in the dark1 year 26 weeks agoThe mavic vision jacket has

    The mavic vision jacket has been discontinued according to my local dealer. Shame because it's a good bit of clobber.

    I tried black reflective tape on my time mudguards but it was pretty useless compared to the white stuff, obviously really.

  • CTC supports calls for tougher driver testing process1 year 26 weeks agoIt seems that one section of

    It seems that one section of society is dedicated to preventing another section from enjoying any of what have come to be called 'privileges' that the rest of us enjoyed in better times. Driving is not even slightly difficult. It is not the equivalent of A-levels, it is simply a means to get from house A to work B. Without a car the chance of getting one of the hugely diminished number of decent jobs is vanishingly low.

    Having only just returned to 4 wheels after 2 years of no decent job for the above reason I frankly never really want to see a bicycle again. Mine did me no favours as I ploughed through the wind and rain to get to the 'Jobcentre'. Didn't see many of you lot out there last winter either.

    I passed my driving test after 2 proper lessons and a tour of Scotland with a mate. I didn't hit anything or anyone then and I haven't since. I'm not alone: this country has the best accident statistics in the world and it's about time we gave ourselves a pat on the back for a change instead of this continual sad navel-gazing which will eventually bring the whole place to dayglo ruin.

  • FS. Pair Royce Engineering road hubs, Ultralight front, Titan rear, both 32 x hole1 year 26 weeks agoHubs now sold.

    Hubs now sold.

  • 10 reflective cycling products to help you stand out in the dark1 year 26 weeks ago1 post and this brings your

    1 post and this brings your ire?! Oh well. I wouldn't by the pink gilet and the other jacket is a bit 'outer' for me too. But then again hi-vis just ruins my style lines.

    More reflective sticker ideas would be good. There was a company that did a nice range of skull and crossbones stickers which seem eye catching.

  • Updated: Court hears crowd-funded fixed-penalty appeal1 year 26 weeks agoThe talk of absolute

    The talk of absolute offences, it is illegal to ride on the pavement, but if you read the Home office guidance no one should be prosecuted unless they are acting in a way that threatens others safety.