• Digital epo1 year 31 weeks agoNice use of dose rather than

    Nice use of dose rather than does. #freudian Cool

  • Get your winter training nutrition right1 year 31 weeks agoAfraid my switch from summer

    Afraid my switch from summer to winter diet is from a lighter to a heavier red.

  • Transport minister rejects call to make HGV cycle safety features compulsory1 year 31 weeks agoIn the netherlands (and

    In the netherlands (and probably most of the EU) most big trucks, busses etc are fitted with deadspot mirror's this should already help a lot.
    As extra camera systems become more common it's a good idea to have these systems fitted in the next 4 years, it's also good for insurance company's who more and more demand video proof for car crash claims.

  • Muc-Off C3 Ceramic Lube Wet1 year 31 weeks agoI used this through the

    I used this through the summer on my number one bike, and have continued its use on my winter bike. As Stuart says, it really makes for super-quiet running. Noticeable to the point where a couple of clubmates have asked what I'm using.

    The only downside is the smell of it, which I find rather nauseating.

  • Government 'will not legislate' for Mayor of London's cyclist headphone ban1 year 31 weeks agoOMG we are almost making it a

    OMG we are almost making it a good thing to have people using earphones now - backfire!

    There is no way that we could expect someone to listen to the 'correct' type of sound entertainment or use the correct volume either, thatd be like saying its okay to use a phone if you limit the call to urgent stuff only....yea right.

    Comparing using earphones to people with hearing difficulties is a low blow too - typical of the government that run the country into the ground.
    If you live with hearing difficulties, id say you are a lot more aware of youre surroundings than a cyclist without difficulties or earphones. Its something you tune yourself to do due to living with a constant level of impaired-ability.
    You dont use earphones constantly nor cycle constantly either so its no comparison. Cheap shot.

    Whilst this shouldnt deflect from the issues surrounding road planning and including all types of transport - whilst we are on the subject, earphones should be banned - its idiocy.

    I wouldnt ride my motorbike in traffic listening to music/phonecalls/podcasts etc for the same reason - even my earplugs are the type that allow a level accoustics non-restrictive of traffic noise.

  • High vis clothing doesn't make cars pass you more safely, says new study1 year 31 weeks agoInteresting guardian

    Interesting guardian article:
    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/bike-blog/2013/jan/10/cycling-hig...
    And before you thought flashing lights at night help , cop a load of this :
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/7571470/

    I think the failure of hi viz is linked th the above (siccadic masking)

  • High vis clothing doesn't make cars pass you more safely, says new study1 year 31 weeks agoThis is a very well , but

    This is a very well , but despite them feeling uncomfortable , close overtakes are not what causes most accidents.

    Most accidents are caused by look but didn't see at junctions. Could we have some proper research on the effect of attire on this please? Not much out there.....although my suspicion is that hiviz actually makes it worse not better!

  • Government 'will not legislate' for Mayor of London's cyclist headphone ban1 year 31 weeks agoWhy do people presume that

    Why do people presume that any cyclist that is wearing headphones has the volume maxed out to 2unlimted's greatest hits. If I am cycling by my self either commuting or for fun, and have remembered to charge the various necessary bits then I listen to a range of podcast, they don't especially interfere with me being able to hear other noises, certainly no worse than wearing a helmet and the wind buffeting.

    So could people just give the banning of stuff a rest, empowering people to make responsible decision based on their own circumstances is a much better way.

  • Video: Thousands expected at London 'die-in' demo today1 year 31 weeks agoLook at this woman, she's

    Look at this woman, she's been made invincible by the safer roads partnerships in Warwickshire.

  • Video: Thousands expected at London 'die-in' demo today1 year 31 weeks ago700c wrote: You've lost me

    700c wrote:

    You've lost me there. What risk is there to wearing high visibility clothing?

    There is actually a very strong risk that by wearing hi-vis, which is remember not a legal requirement. Making it more dangerous for other cyclists, not yourself but for others.

    It comes down to what people are, or are not, looking for. Yes you should be looking for everything but you can't the human brain can not process everything the eyes see and anyone who says different is lying or stupid.

    Yes you should be looking for Deer, foxes, badgers etc but going by the numbers i see dead on the way to work, alot of people aren't looking. If drivers start to expect cyclists to be light up like christmas trees and wearing hi-vis then that is what they will look for. A cyclist lit up LEGALLY wouldn't be visible!!!! The lights would be too dim.

  • Muc-Off C3 Ceramic Lube Wet1 year 31 weeks agoThese ceramic lubes are

    These ceramic lubes are fantastic and mucoff stuff is usually good, so if you've not tried ceramic yet, this sounds worth a go.

  • London taxi drivers claim film shows most cyclist jump red lights - but does it?1 year 31 weeks agoperhaps a road system with no

    perhaps a road system with no road markings or furniture with a mandatory limit of 10mph may help. No. Well then, we are where we are. We have a road system thats not designed for cycles and definitely not designed for mixed mode and mixed speed traffic. So, be careful out there and obey the law when safe to do so.

  • Video: Thousands expected at London 'die-in' demo today1 year 31 weeks ago700c- I used the word "risk"

    700c-
    I used the word "risk" to quite clearly say that any benefits were not proportionate to the risks (involved in cycling) not to suggest theres a risk to wearing the stuff itself.

    I used the word "distraction" to quite clearly say this discussion is a distraction from the real issues not that clothing distracted road users.

    You should read and digest whole sentences not pick a word and fill the rest in yourself.

    Neil-

    Your flowery post actually tells us you can't see very well and people on bikes shouldn't ride up the inside of large vehicles. On that there agreement. It also tells us you may have an anger management issue which is not good if you drive commercial vehicles but interesting as its often suggested its the frustration and lack of control that makes drivers take risks.

    However on the basis that I can't go over and over explaining really simple stuff to every person with keyboard and poor reading skills, I will leave it at that and refer everyone to the second post of this thread.

  • High vis clothing doesn't make cars pass you more safely, says new study1 year 31 weeks ago[[[[ I'm a Wobbly Wheeler. If

    [[[[ I'm a Wobbly Wheeler. If I spot trouble ahead (vehicle pulling out of a side-road), or sense trouble behind me, I wobble just a bit. This helps dopey drivers to notice me, and I believe overtaking drivers do actually give me a bit more room as they pass, seeing my slight weaving as unpredictable. When I'm driving, I notice cyclists whatever they're wearing---or not wearing. I think non-cyclist drivers are now so accustomed to yellow jackets they hardly notice them, in daylight, anymore. Familiarity has bred contempt. It irks me to have to occasionally abandon my admirably smooth straight-line riding style, but hell - Southwest London's potholed "roads" are not helping in that regard anyway. So....do I wear the screaming yellow coat-thingy? Hardly ever. If drivers can't see my large bonkbag, with its diagonal night-reflective strip, or its red diagonal fluorescent dayglo strip (in daylight), then I can only hope they drive smack into the back of that tipper-truck they deserve to SMIDSY. Toodle-oo.
    P.R.

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins in trouble over crude joke at charity dinner1 year 31 weeks agoLooks like he's been to the

    Looks like he's been to the Alex Ferguson school of 'How to behave like a knight of the realm.' No class. Wink

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins in trouble over crude joke at charity dinner1 year 31 weeks agoTop bloke. Hilarious

    Top bloke. Hilarious interaction entertains crowd.

  • Digital epo1 year 31 weeks agoQ

    Q

  • Brailsford threatened to fine Wiggins if he didn't support Froome in Tour de France1 year 31 weeks agogazzaputt wrote:Froome's

    gazzaputt wrote:
    Froome's missus is one gobshite.

    I wouldn't have given Froome a penny.

    Oh dear... just as well every army needs foot soldiers eh...

  • Brailsford threatened to fine Wiggins if he didn't support Froome in Tour de France1 year 31 weeks ago(No subject)

    Cool

  • Ultimate winter glove1 year 31 weeks agoGot: Rapha winter gloves (1st

    Got:

    Rapha winter gloves (1st gen) - Useless, not warm, not weather proof
    Sealskinz ultra - Decent, Not water proof, but pretty warm and 1/3rd the price of the Raphas.

    On Order

    Castelli Estremo - will let you know.

    Liking the surgical glove tactic!

  • Brailsford threatened to fine Wiggins if he didn't support Froome in Tour de France1 year 31 weeks agokeirik wrote:wish that bloody

    keirik wrote:
    wish that bloody cound woman would just shut the f*** up - no one is interested in her bad mouthing

    in the long run everyone will remember BW as the first brit to win the TdF, froome is barely on the radar of normal everyday people and if she keeps this up he never will be

    keirik you do not understand real politik do you? This is a case of good cop, bad cop tag teaming. Do you really think that Michelle Cound is a total loose cannon and off message with every utterance? Of course she isn't, this is mostly very smart and well thought through. She lands a blow every time.

    Did you never wonder why the controversial but biting stuff comes from Cound and very little comes from Froome?

  • Video: Thousands expected at London 'die-in' demo today1 year 31 weeks agoFluffyKittenofTindalos

    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:
    700c wrote:

    Agreed, but why would you not want to make yourself more visible to drivers as well? (quote: 'hiviz guff'). It does not in any way invalidate or contradict the other valid points you make.
    Plus anything that helps show drivers we're being responsible and safe road users will help change perceptions and promote harmony between groups.


    Because motorists ought to be able to see cyclists sans lurid yellows. If they can't, its because they are choosing not to look carefully enough, and are instead prioritizing texting, day-dreaming, or whatever else they are concentrating on. And driving too fast.
    Given which, if everyone wears the lurid yellow, motorists will just adjust their behaviour accordingly and pay still less attention, leaving them with even less need to concentrate on the road, but the rest of us no safer.
    The bit about 'harmony' I think is fantasy. I refer you again to Kevin McKenna in the Guardian, ranting about 'high-viz wearing freaks distracting drivers with their lurid outfits'.

    I don't understand. Yes, a driver should see any object on the road in the daytime, and any lit object on the road at night. But then I remember humans are fallible, and in the scenario where a driver has been distracted, or weather conditions do not make it easy to see, wearing something more visible might make a difference between life and death.

    Its the principle of not wanting to do something for yourself to help you survive on the road, which I don't understand, just because it is the responsibility of drivers to drive safely around cyclists. Its a perverse attitude and seems akin to 'cutting off your nose to spite your face'..take the moral high ground all you want. That won't help you when you connect with several tons of metal, however.

    As for distracting drivers by wearing high visibility clothing - surely that was said on jest - people can't believe that drawing drivers' attention to onesself on a bike is a bad thing?!

    I wouldn't restrict the definition of high visibility to dayglow yellow, by the way, I would also class reflective panels, or other colours which reflect more light, (especially car headlights), as being 'high viz'.. You don't necessarily have to look like a prick!

    Oh and I agree, harmony between road users is a complete fantasy whilst one group holds such polarizing attitudes and opinions compared to the other! And this goes both ways...

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins in trouble over crude joke at charity dinner1 year 31 weeks agoseem 90% of road.cc readers

    seem 90% of road.cc readers want to suck bradley off. Only half of the story is reported here. News agencies are reporting this was a diner for victims of child abuse and that Bradley's 'representatives' have apologised. WTF??! If all that is true and you think this was cool and funny your as much of a nob as him.

  • Metric Century Challenge - the winners1 year 31 weeks agoVeNT wrote:Couldn't people

    VeNT wrote:
    Couldn't people just, you know, fib?

    They could.

    But is it worth the sleepless nights, the lying, the endless fear of being found out... just for some argyle socks?

    You could buy a pair instead.

    Or nick some plain ones from TK Maxx.

  • Video: Thousands expected at London 'die-in' demo today1 year 31 weeks agoIanW1968 wrote:700c

    IanW1968 wrote:
    700c wrote:

    Agreed, but why would you not want to make yourself more visible to drivers as well? (quote: 'hiviz guff'). It does not in any way invalidate or contradict the other valid points you make.

    Because I dont like wearing plastic clothes in garish colours and theres no evidence to suggest there benefits are proportionate to the risk.

    You've lost me there. What risk is there to wearing high visibility clothing?

    But seriously, I'm not suggesting it isn't the responsibility of drivers to drive safely and avoid hitting cyclists, but I live in the real world, where I think you are well advised to do what you can to be be seen by traffic, especially around HGV's.

    Anyway, its a free country, do what you want, of course.