• Birmingham's new bus lane cameras catch 780 offenders a day - netting council more than £1.7m in just 11 weeks1 year 26 weeks agoNear the children's hospital

    Near the children's hospital can be a pain. If there is no parking and you have to drive around again, it's a long route. The bus lane let's you just go around the block again. On local radio a woman from out of town did just that and got 3 tickets in the space of 10 minutes.

    Yes driving in bus lanes is wrong, but let's think this one through. Inadequate cycle infrastructure, inadequate public transport. 71% of people in west midlands use cars to get to work. There isn't even a coherent ticketing system in place across public transport. In Hong Kong one contact-less card is good for buses, taxis, trains, trams, underground and local convince stores. I don't know what kinda nonsense system they have here, different companies with different ticketing systems.

    But it's OK because we live in a 1st world country. Well guess what, Great Britain is no longer great. I refuse to believe that this is the best that can be done. Someone freeze me and wake me up in the future.

  • London cycling deaths lead 1 in 5 to stop riding bike to work, finds poll1 year 26 weeks agoThe survey is flawed as the

    The survey is flawed as the numbers of people involved who are cyclists were so small as others have commented. I was on my bike today and there didn't seem to be any fewer than on two wheels than usual considering the time of year.

    There are some crap drivers around, but not as many as there used to be. Cycling in London in the 80s and 90s was far more dangerous.

  • Drunk drivers - and cyclists - targeted by Cambridgeshire police1 year 26 weeks agoI've seen a few car crashes

    I've seen a few car crashes over the years, and they aren't pretty. One in particular I remember was a drink driving incident and the car rolled. None of the occupants was wearing a seatbelt; bit of a mess; four fatalities. Drinking or being under the influence of drugs and then cycling is just plain stupid.

    I've absolutely no sympathy for anyone who gets caught, and that includes cyclists.

  • Times newspaper reader wins Chris Froome's 2012 TdF Pinarello, promptly puts it up for sale1 year 26 weeks agoThis one again. Can we have a

    This one again. Can we have a debate about compulsory helmet use too?

    He won the bike. If he needs the money. It's his choice to sell it.

    End of,as they say.

  • Bespoked 2014 lineup revealed1 year 26 weeks agoPedalitis wrote: I can't

    Pedalitis wrote:
    I can't think of a more sterile and unattractive location than Stratford. The Bristol one was great - 1 minute from a mainline station served directly from the North, East and South West. And it's where Sustrans started - an organisation that's done more to promote cycling in the UK than any other. I for one won't be trekking across London.

    Anyone fancy starting a competitor show in Bristol? Come on Road.cc, you're local!

    Bristol wasn't a goer - the empire rooms, which weren't really big enough anyway, have been redeveloped and the available space simply isn't sufficient for the show. I know that Phil looked hard for other options.

    we won't be starting a competitor show - phil does a great job with Bespoked and we're very happy to see it growing, although obviously we're sad to see it leave the south west.

  • London cycling deaths lead 1 in 5 to stop riding bike to work, finds poll1 year 26 weeks agoGoingRoundInCycles

    GoingRoundInCycles wrote:

    According to the survey:

    7% cycle every day 72 cyclists
    5% at least once per week 54 cyclists
    4% at least once per month 41 cyclists
    9% less than once per month 90 cyclists
    74% never cycle 742 cyclists

    So that's 72 actual cyclists, then? Maybe some of the 54, at most. But going round the park once a month doesn't qualify, methinks.

    So not a very large sample, really.

    Everyone can use whatever definition they prefer, of course, but to me what matters is whether someone uses a bike as their primary, practical, means of transport. Regardless of whether they've ever heard of Wiggo, Froome and whatever-the-hell they are called. Interest in cycling as sport is another thing entirely.

    If their main, day-to-day means of transport is a car, they are likely to think as a motorist.

  • London cycling deaths lead 1 in 5 to stop riding bike to work, finds poll1 year 26 weeks agoNeil753 wrote: And, frankly,

    Neil753 wrote:

    And, frankly, many cyclists do indeed ride too fast in town.
    Full gas up Highgate Hill is fine, but blasting past a stopped bus at a speed that would kill a child whose grip has been momentarily lost by its mother, as she struggles to unfold a pushchair, definitely isn't. And yet most cyclists seem to struggle with this degree of hazard perception.

    Are the respondants who say cyclists 'ride too fast' the same ones who complain that they hold up traffic by being too slow?

    And, are you seriously claiming that cyclists overtake stopped buses faster than cars do?

    And I'm fine with fining cyclists who jump reds as long as you also fine motorists who do so (as they do in large numbers, in fact in almost the same proportion as cyclists do - just go watch any junction and count the amber gamblers).

    The reality is that cyclists do exactly what motorists do - they break the rules where they can get away with it. Are you proposing to introduce traffic light cameras and then specifically _ignore_ motorist red jumping? Othwerwise why emphasise cyclists, when motorists would be caught in similar numbers.

  • Buyer's guide to end of season road bike bargains1 year 26 weeks agoa 63% discount from the

    a 63% discount from the £1,349.99 retail price

    Tiagra group. Wonder if they sold many at 1350!

  • Bespoked 2014 lineup revealed1 year 26 weeks agoPedalitis wrote: Going back

    Pedalitis wrote:

    Going back to the Bespoked move, where this thread started, I can't think of a more sterile and unattractive location than Stratford. The Bristol one was great - 1 minute from a mainline station served directly from the North, East and South West. And it's where Sustrans started - an organisation that's done more to promote cycling in the UK than any other. I for one won't be trekking across London.

    Anyone fancy starting a competitor show in Bristol? Come on Road.cc, you're local!

    Staying in Bristol wasn't really an option so i am led to believe thy people who have talked to Phil. The venue was being changed so unsuitable. Although bristol is better for me, as a lot of the brands, and customers are in London you can see why it has ended up there.

  • Drunk drivers - and cyclists - targeted by Cambridgeshire police1 year 26 weeks agoUsed to be acceptable just to

    Used to be acceptable just to target drunk drivers.

  • Times newspaper reader wins Chris Froome's 2012 TdF Pinarello, promptly puts it up for sale1 year 26 weeks agoJust to update and answer my

    Just to update and answer my own question, the wheels are prototype in that they were pre-production.
    Pro team used as the test bed, etc.

  • Drunk drivers - and cyclists - targeted by Cambridgeshire police1 year 26 weeks ago'Tis the season...

    'Tis the season...

  • Cyclist killed in two-car collision in Norfolk; police say 'low winter sun' a problem on the roads that day1 year 26 weeks agoWhatever the situation with

    Whatever the situation with the investigation and the reporting of it and taking into account understandable anger at another fatality, that's a lot of comments with no mention of the people involved. If I've read right, only tourdelound has offered any sort of condolences. My thoughts and prayers are for the cyclists family.

    I sympathise with the drivers too - I'm sure most of us (cyclists) also drive, and there is such a thing as a genuine accident. We wouldn't want to be vilified by those who don't know the full circumstances. While they're not dead or seriously injured, it must still be a horrendous situation to find themselves in.

  • Targets for 20141 year 26 weeks ago-Survive in a Category 1 road

    -Survive in a Category 1 road race
    -Back to back double centuries for a week
    -Turkish Time Trial Championship title
    Yes, I'm asking too much.

  • Birmingham's new bus lane cameras catch 780 offenders a day - netting council more than £1.7m in just 11 weeks1 year 26 weeks agoI must be saving drivers a

    I must be saving drivers a fortune, point the signs out to probably 3 a day on average.
    Apart from Range Rover drivers, I let them go up the bus lane Smile.

  • London cycling deaths lead 1 in 5 to stop riding bike to work, finds poll1 year 26 weeks agoI've had a look at a recent

    I've had a look at a recent cycling related thread on the BBC's "Have Your Say" (the beeb's own time limited forum for topics of the moment) and noticed that the overwhelming three "hates" amongst motorists were:

    1. Cyclists don't pay "road tax".
    2. Cyclists jump lights.
    3. Cyclists ride too fast in town.

    Although there's not much hope for the tw**ts who think we should pay "road tax", drivers do have a a right to moan about the other two points, in my opinion.

    I personally think that red light jumping cyclists should get 3 penalty points on the driving licences, or three points held in readiness for when they do get get their licences if they have yet to obtain one. Plus the fixed penalty of course. If the penalty is severe enough, and the chances of getting caught are high enough, the problem would disappear and we'd see far less aggression from drivers.

    And, frankly, many cyclists do indeed ride too fast in town.
    Full gas up Highgate Hill is fine, but blasting past a stopped bus at a speed that would kill a child whose grip has been momentarily lost by its mother, as she struggles to unfold a pushchair, definitely isn't. And yet most cyclists seem to struggle with this degree of hazard perception.

    Whether it's right or wrong, we're collectively portrayed as "cyclists" in the media, rather than people who sometimes travel by bicycle, so it is up to all of us to act as "ambassadors" to those less experienced (or less responsible) than ourselves.

    Only then will attitudes change.

  • Bespoked 2014 lineup revealed1 year 26 weeks agoDapper Giles wrote:Fixie Girl

    Dapper Giles wrote:
    Fixie Girl wrote:
    It does surprise to see Chapeau here..

    Don't they import garments from the EU? What is UK and Handmade about them?

    From what I have heard from buddies in the trade here in Portland is they just rip off the likes or Rapha, Cafe du Cycliste and others...

    What's your problem with Chapeau? They seem like a pretty decent brand with a slightly different spin of classic styled cycle clothing compared to Rapha and Cafe du Cyclist.

    I dont have a problem but if I worked for Rapha or Cafe du Cycliste I would.

    Look at the link on RCUK and tell me that they haven't heavily borrowed Shutt's design down to the color?

  • Targets for 20141 year 26 weeks agoadholman wrote:Is the forum

    adholman wrote:
    Is the forum league "Forum Scorum"?

    Correct

  • Birmingham's new bus lane cameras catch 780 offenders a day - netting council more than £1.7m in just 11 weeks1 year 26 weeks agoSo the signs are not clear

    So the signs are not clear enough????? Go read the highway code the paint on the floor gives a bloody good hint as to where the bus lanes are...
    Opticians next port of call?

  • Birmingham's new bus lane cameras catch 780 offenders a day - netting council more than £1.7m in just 11 weeks1 year 26 weeks agoSo big(ger) pay rises and

    So big(ger) pay rises and bigger Christmas parties at Birmingham Council!

  • 2013 Road.cc Tourist Trophy1 year 26 weeks agoResident County: Greater

    Resident County: Greater London

    January: Buckinghamshire
    February: Middlesex
    March: Kent
    April: Somerset
    June: South Yorkshire
    July: Norfolk
    August: Gwent
    September: Hertfordshire
    October: Greater London
    November: Essex
    December:

  • Bespoked 2014 lineup revealed1 year 26 weeks agoFixie Girl wrote:It does

    Fixie Girl wrote:
    It does surprise to see Chapeau here..

    Don't they import garments from the EU? What is UK and Handmade about them?

    From what I have heard from buddies in the trade here in Portland is they just rip off the likes or Rapha, Cafe du Cycliste and others...

    What's your problem with Chapeau? They seem like a pretty decent brand with a slightly different spin of classic styled cycle clothing compared to Rapha and Cafe du Cyclist.

  • Bespoked 2014 lineup revealed1 year 26 weeks agoI'm just glad that there's

    I'm just glad that there's now some competition in the quality garment market. Rapha led the way but the more that follow the more affordable decent gear will be.

    Going back to the Bespoked move, where this thread started, I can't think of a more sterile and unattractive location than Stratford. The Bristol one was great - 1 minute from a mainline station served directly from the North, East and South West. And it's where Sustrans started - an organisation that's done more to promote cycling in the UK than any other. I for one won't be trekking across London.

    Anyone fancy starting a competitor show in Bristol? Come on Road.cc, you're local!

  • Bianchi 928 HoC SL Carbon Road Bike1 year 26 weeks agoKnickers wrong section !

    Knickers Crying wrong section ! Can this be moved or do I delete?

  • Times newspaper reader wins Chris Froome's 2012 TdF Pinarello, promptly puts it up for sale1 year 26 weeks agoIt's a lovely looking bike

    It's a lovely looking bike but for eight grand I'd be expecting Chris Froome to come around every Sunday morning and ride it for me as well