• I got some road pedals and shoes... Problem...9 hours 3 min agoAgree with this - I've just

    Agree with this - I've just moved to my winter hybrid for commuting and use the Shimano A530 double-sided pedals. One flat side so I can still ride into town and whatnot in normal shoes and SPDs on the other side for commuting, so much easier to walk in than Speedplay cleats!

  • B'Twin Tilt 500 Urban Cycling Jacket9 hours 4 min agoI have considered getting

    I have considered getting this jacket but was worried that I might look like Calum Gilhooley.

  • Dani King "thought she was going to die" after training crash9 hours 5 min agoShe had to wait one hour for

    She had to wait one hour for an ambulance! WTF were the ambulance service doing? Obviously not responding to emergency calls fast enough. She could have died.

    I hope the injured cyclists sue the pants off the local authority and the Highways Agency.

  • Dani King "thought she was going to die" after training crash9 hours 8 min agoDid anyone report the pothole

    Did anyone report the pothole via the "Fill That Hole" app?

    Just asking.... could still be there ready for the next one of us.

  • B'Twin Tilt 500 Urban Cycling Jacket9 hours 11 min agofarrell wrote:Had it been

    farrell wrote:
    Had it been recently removed from the stuff sack for the photos? It looks a bit scruffy with all the creases, especially when combined with the strange angle of the stitching on the back, or do they drop out after a while?

    Also, if anyone from Decathlon happens to reading, is it possible to re-waterproof this jacket with a wash in waterproofer down the line?

    This jacket is NOT waterproof. No where in the article does it say so. It is however windproof. The fabric is water repellant only.

    Here: "The surfaces have a Novadry™ water-repellent coating".

    The seams are not seam sealed. I suppose you could try proofing it with waterproofer such as Nikwax TX Direct, but I don't think this would be very successful. Anything more than a light shower and you will need a breathable waterproof jacket to put over it. Simples.

  • Update: Cyclist killed by A13 street-racing driver named9 hours 14 min agojimbo2112 wrote: The scumbag

    jimbo2112 wrote:

    The scumbag who killed this poor man and was so cowardly as to not care for his outcome deserves 14 years for this, which I think is the maximum sentence.

    But, of course, even if after a lot of hard work by the Police this scumbag is caught the law will consider a small fine and 3 points (or a driver awareness course) will send the right message Angry
    Locally the boy-racers have a circuit (named after the Nurburgring) with times published on the 'net. The Police (of course) know nothing about it, I suspect some have times on the leaderboard!
    In other news; the local paper had a letter in it complaining about cyclists in brightly coloured clothing using the road as a race track.

  • Update: Cyclist killed by A13 street-racing driver named9 hours 15 min agoDaveE128 wrote:GPS limiters

    DaveE128 wrote:
    GPS limiters will just lead to GPS jamming, and then you won't be able to record your ride!Wink

    Can't get a signal? Car doesn't move, simple Smile

  • Update: Cyclist killed by A13 street-racing driver named9 hours 16 min ago“Terrible accident involving

    “Terrible accident involving a cyclist on Commercial Road. If you cycle in London always wear a helmet.”

    - This is why I get more and more anti-helmet every day....

  • Drivers don't know cycling road rules, quiz results show9 hours 16 min agoRegarding the overtaking

    Regarding the overtaking distance - "the same amount of space needed to pass another vehicle" - this wording is not really clear and to me it encourages close passes. Why ?

    From diagrams/images it clearly means - "treat the narrow cyclist as if they were as wide as car and then add your overtaking gap."

    but the words only, could be interpreted as "the size of gap between your nearside and the cyclist, needs to be the same as between your nearside and a slower cars offside". Which is possibly too little in many cases.

    How about a new message ..
    "*twice* as wide for those who ride?"

  • Crashed because something got stuck in mudguard9 hours 17 min agoSounds nasty, hope you're

    Sounds nasty, hope you're recovering well.

    I've recently just put on my first set of "proper" mudguards (not a Full Windsor fold up type). They are the SKS Bluemels and they do have a safety release clip on the front mounting to try and prevent exactly this problem. It was not something I had considered before but makes perfect sense - did yours have this and not work properly, or do yours not have a release?

  • Tell us what you think of road.cc and you could win a £1,000 bike9 hours 17 min agoroad.cc is sh*te, but you

    road.cc is sh*te, but you already know that and hide my posts. Big Grin

    Too much censorship and inability to take criticism. Sneakily hiding user posts just because you don' t want to upset advertisers when members post valid, but negative comments on reviews. I have lost any trust I had in road.cc ... the site is censored and does not provide an accurate account of member opinions due to the censorship. Have a nice day ... though you probably won't see this post! Party

  • Drivers don't know cycling road rules, quiz results show9 hours 20 min agobdsl wrote: You're right that

    bdsl wrote:

    You're right that it is currently illegal to ride over the stop line to get into an ASL, and instead you're theoretically meant to continue into it from a cycle lane. The law is going to be repealed next year.

    I should hope so. It's especially bad at 'No right turn' junctions (typically into a major road), if you want to go straight ahead, but the only 'entry point' is on the left, putting the cyclist at risk of left hooks. E.g. this ASL http://youtu.be/wWs3X4I_4do

  • Dani King "thought she was going to die" after training crash9 hours 23 min agoI kinda wish that people

    I kinda wish that people badly hurt would sue the pants off of local councils and then pay for the pot holes to be repaired themselves (as a type of therapy! ;P), it's probably the quickest way of getting them fixed!
    Alright, the councils might start getting wise to this and fix the pot holes before people crash, but that's a win-win situation!

    Wish you a safe and quick recovery Dani.

  • What Track Bike?9 hours 25 min agorabeynon wrote: heard the the

    rabeynon wrote:

    heard the the Dolan's geometry is almost more suited for urban/fixie riding and on a track it feels fairly dull and sluggish.

    I've used the Dolans at Newport and wasnt that impressed, but then they were down specced to meet a price point

    I strongly suspect the wheels is what made it feel sluggish, the Navigator Pista's are very heavy (1.6Kg), getting them up to speed is hard work, plus almost certainly clinchers, so depending on what you did on the track (was it a taster session or something more structured, or a race?) the off-the-peg Pre-Cursa may not be ideal... A pursuit or sprint geometry isn't exactly what beginners would be wanting to ride!?

    As I said, excellent starter bike, there is probably a reason that velodromes use them for their hire bikes? I have since moved on from the Pre-Cursa, but for £450 it is fantastic value to get going with...

  • Update: Cyclist killed by A13 street-racing driver named9 hours 26 min agobikebot wrote: For me it

    bikebot wrote:

    For me it raises the question of speed limiters. Not necessarily sophisticated GPS based system, but the simple matter of why are todays cars capable of speeds way above the national speed limit. Preventing this would require nothing more than a small software change to the engine management systems, it's a zero cost option.

    Really? Your first comment is that vehicle speeds should be limited? Not all car drivers drive like idiots and ignoring the fact that limiters can be removed, you'd limit vehicles to 70mph - would that have done anything for the poor cyclist in this case? Absolutely not! Think before you post inane rubbish.

    Wrong place, wrong time. RIP Sad

  • Dani King "thought she was going to die" after training crash9 hours 27 min agoWelcome to the real UK in

    Welcome to the real UK in 2014: roads full of pot holes and an hours response time for a multiple victim serious accident.

    Not the ambulance services fault, I know they're as starved of cash and staff as is every national service, but even Dani's plea won't change anything.

    I'm sure there will be multiple meetings, reports and investigations by numerous tiers of management costing several thousand pounds to conclude the 'silly cyclists' were 'probably' to blame.

    Another high powered meeting will spin, sorry, compile a 'factual' press release via public relations.

    Apparently I'm a cynic though or realist, I can't remember Wink

  • Update: Cyclist killed by A13 street-racing driver named9 hours 30 min agoSteppenHerring wrote:It's

    SteppenHerring wrote:
    It's amazing how many of the general public have bought this "speed cameras are for raising money" thing. There's no objection to the detection of most crimes.

    Indeed, I've never seen anyone complain that CCTV in shops is a "stealth tax" on shoplifters.

    jacknorell wrote:
    However, the police language seeming to put the cyclist as the active party in this collision makes me fume: "A 32-year-old, male cyclist was in collision with a car that did not stop at the scene."

    And as usual it is a "cyclist" (i.e. a person) "in collision with a car" (i.e. an inanimate object) - which only reinforces the sub-text that it must be the cyclist at fault.

    Why isn't it a car in collision with a bicycle? Or a motorist in collision with a cyclist?

    It's prejudicial language that is so common you hardly even notice it until it is pointed out.

  • Update: Cyclist killed by A13 street-racing driver named9 hours 31 min agoForget speed limiters. In the

    Forget speed limiters. In the bigger picture, a single tragic incident, indeed many of them put together, is not going to bring automated speed limiters into force. The bad guys will always work around them even if they did, and even then, are we going to retrofit them to a cost of all drivers of older cars? Not feasible in the short to medium term.

    The tweeter is not the axis of evil here. She's just uninformed.

    The police have standard non-committal speak for describing an incident prior to investigation, so they are not to blame either.

    The scumbag who killed this poor man and was so cowardly as to not care for his outcome deserves 14 years for this, which I think is the maximum sentence.

    Let's concentrate on this rather than the law, the bystanders and the people are trying to apprehend the motorised thug that ended a life for the fun of a race.

  • Update: Cyclist killed by A13 street-racing driver named9 hours 34 min agoDidn't say I was against the

    Didn't say I was against the enforcement of speed limits - just that I think its currently done in the wrong way.

    [edit: and I can campaign against that as I have an interest in safer roads]

  • Update: Cyclist killed by A13 street-racing driver named9 hours 35 min agoGPS limiters will just lead

    GPS limiters will just lead to GPS jamming, and then you won't be able to record your ride!Wink

    Also, I wonder whether limiting to the speed limit on all roads could lead to lazy drivers with their foot on the floor at all times, without considering whether the speed limit is an appropriate speed to drive.

    I wonder whether self-driving cars will be any better at driving safely?

  • Update: Cyclist killed by A13 street-racing driver named9 hours 37 min agobikebot wrote: If someone is

    bikebot wrote:
    If someone is caught speeding or involved in an accident and the car has been illegally modified, that should be reflected in the punishment.

    well for a start, your insurance would be void same as if you are involved in a crash and the assessor comes round and finds a defect with one of your tyres

  • Stiff aero wheel choices9 hours 38 min agodazzle wrote:Ok who's the

    dazzle wrote:
    Ok who's the superstar mechanics you speak of??? Just tell me the initial of the bike shop if you like, very curious to hear... You wouldn't believe how badly my bikes are running its a crime!

    Sent you a message ref very, very good mechanics who know their way around premium stuff. If you want to go out for a ride let me know, would be intrigued as to how bad the problems are you're talking about. I would have thought anyone with a basic knowledge of the workings of a bike would be able to have at least one of their bikes running well. Especially with top end kit.

  • Update: Cyclist killed by A13 street-racing driver named9 hours 42 min agoI'm willing to let Sally

    I'm willing to let Sally Dunstable's stupid tweet go, she's an amateur who won't know any better. It's such a common misconception and it isn't her fault.

    However, the police language seeming to put the cyclist as the active party in this collision makes me fume: "A 32-year-old, male cyclist was in collision with a car that did not stop at the scene."

    The ES put it like this (and they usually get it wrong): "A cyclist was knocked down and killed by a suspected joyrider racing another car through east London."

    Which is very clear, and accurate, and doesn't blame the dead guy.

    RIP.

  • If they come, we'll build it - no priority for segregated cycle lanes until more people cycle, says minister9 hours 43 min agoit's a case of the floggings

    it's a case of the floggings will continue until morale improves...

  • Update: Cyclist killed by A13 street-racing driver named9 hours 49 min agoInstead of limiting speed,

    Instead of limiting speed, how about when the vehicle breaches the limit, the airbags are disabled, the driver's seatbelt unfastens and a spike comes out of the middle of the steering wheel?

    It's amazing how many of the general public have bought this "speed cameras are for raising money" thing. There's no objection to the detection of most crimes. If you don't like a law, fine, campaign against it. Don't campaign against the enforcement of that law - that's just stupid.