• Driver who killed Oxford cyclist found not guilty of dangerous driving, guilty of careless1 year 41 weeks agoI really am amazed by some of

    I really am amazed by some of the comments on here.

    Unless you were in court, you don't know the details of the evidence presented, the prosecuting and defence arguments, the judge's summary. Too many people are just saying "oh, car hit cyclist, must be guilty of the worst offence".

    And - most importantly - the report states that the judge has not yet sentenced the driver.

    It is quite possible that on the evidence available, the jury were simply legally unable to find the driver guilty of dangerous driving.

    Wait until sentence is passed, and what the judge says - could be anywhere between Community Service, and 5 years:
    sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk/docs/web_causing_death_by_driving_definitive_guideline.pdf

    Even then, unless we've read the entire court transcript, we shouldn't bay for blood automatically.

  • FS - 2013 Genesis Vapour Disc1 year 41 weeks agoThats a shame, but thanks for

    Thats a shame, but thanks for your help.

    Good luck with the sale. Is a great bike!

  • 'No link' between motorists speaking on mobile phones and having collisions1 year 41 weeks agoI think this survey is more

    I think this survey is more accurate

    http://www.iam.org.uk/media-and-research/research/reports/20279-dont-pok...

    "Between 2006 and 2010 distraction from mobile phones was a contributory factor in 1,690 road accidents which resulted in injuries; this figure includes 110 fatal accidents."

    Mobile phone use has been demonstrated to make reaction times slower and reduce awareness when driving.

  • Amber pedal reflectors - are you bothered?1 year 41 weeks agoHave them on my city bike but

    Have them on my city bike but wouldn't dream of sullying my road bike with anything approaching a reflector! That said, I never ride it at night... And strongly doubt they have much influence on drivers looking at sat navs, eating sandwiches or fiddling with phones anyway!

  • FS - 2013 Genesis Vapour Disc1 year 41 weeks agoA courier could be arranged,

    A courier could be arranged, though £700 is I believe too low an offer. Sorry

  • 'No link' between motorists speaking on mobile phones and having collisions1 year 41 weeks agoSimon_MacMichael wrote:zanf

    Simon_MacMichael wrote:
    zanf wrote:
    ricolek wrote:
    I hate texting cyclists, got full roads of them here, cyclists are the worst.

    Well, according to this study, there is no relationship between using a mobile while in control of a vehicle on the road, and collisions, so your hatred is based on what exactly?

    Irony really doesn't come across on the internet sometimes, does it? Wink

    Poes Law.

    That and switching between reading here and a particular cesspit of the internet where despite providing sources for evidence, people replying to my comments, repeat the ridiculous claims in the comment previous to mine.

    Fuck it! I'm going to find a hill to cycle up and down and quit the internet for the rest of the weekend.

  • Garmin release Vector power meter + video1 year 41 weeks agopedals and pods seem

    pedals and pods seem vulnerable to damage. I don't use that pedal type, nearly as expensive as crank based system. The pods look a bit silly? Not on my wish list.

  • Amber pedal reflectors - are you bothered?1 year 41 weeks agoI wrote to the Government

    I wrote to the Government during their red tape campaign to have this amended. I and many others have said that a snap-band ankle reflector, or shoe/clothing reflectors SHOULD be a suitable replacement.

    Motorcyclists dont have this problem, and I strongly think cyclists - if they have good lights - shouldn't either.

    I can see no strong evidence that it really makes a difference, whereas lights do.

  • Pro Team kit - Naff or not1 year 41 weeks ago...

    ...

  • Pro Team kit - Naff or not1 year 41 weeks agoSensible wrote: So for those

    Sensible wrote:

    So for those of us relatively new to cycling, we will keep asking the same old questions even if it is a bit irritating.

    that's most people; judging by the ridiculous number of nodders in full team kit out on the roads every weekend.

    i came across the chopper in full-on expensive team kit recently on the edge of Bristol. total douche o'clock.

  • Arrest made in connection with series of attacks on cyclists in Leicestershire1 year 41 weeks agoSo, by my reckoning, that

    So, by my reckoning, that should be three counts of assault occasioning ABH, and at least one of GBH.

    I'll believe it when I see it.

  • 'No link' between motorists speaking on mobile phones and having collisions1 year 41 weeks agozanf wrote:ricolek wrote:I

    zanf wrote:
    ricolek wrote:
    I hate texting cyclists, got full roads of them here, cyclists are the worst.

    Well, according to this study, there is no relationship between using a mobile while in control of a vehicle on the road, and collisions, so your hatred is based on what exactly?

    Irony really doesn't come across on the internet sometimes, does it? Wink

  • Amber pedal reflectors - are you bothered?1 year 41 weeks agoAlthough you are unlikely to

    Although you are unlikely to be arrested for not having them, they are still a legal requirement (at night). My worry would be a smart Lawyer using an abscence of reflectors as evidence of contributory negligence in Court.

  • 'No link' between motorists speaking on mobile phones and having collisions1 year 41 weeks agoI'm surprised, since my

    I'm surprised, since my personal experience is that a large proportion of near misses (when I'm either driving a car or cycling) occur when the other party seems to be using a mobile phone. But its possible that when cognitive load drops (because the roads are less busy) there is 'room' for the distraction of a mobile phone conversation. Basically the problem with phone conversations is they can vary in cognitive demand, which can overwhelm a driver if the traffic conditions are complex, or the are driving at speed. I suppose that the distraction of a phone call only becomes a problem when a driver needs all his resources to deal with a sudden and unexpected event on the road... But no one expects the unexpected Surprise

    Using handsfree mobile phones (which is of course still legal for road users) does not usually involve a visual distraction. I think the increasing gadgetry in cars, satnavs, media devices, even web surfing is even more dangerous as it usually does involve visual distractions... You can text without looking, but it still takes one hand away from the controls, and many people do actually need to glance at the screen. Again as a cyclist I often realise I am not seen because I can see the driver staring at the dashboard and driving one handed...

    Well I too have seen cyclists using non-handsfree mobile phones, and texting, whilst cycling. An out of control person on a bike isn't anywhere like as dangerous as an out of control driver, but still something that shouldn't happen...

  • FS - 2013 Genesis Vapour Disc1 year 41 weeks agoCheers, that's right on my

    Cheers, that's right on my maximum!

    If you can courier it, I'll offer you £700 (my absolute max, sorry) paid by paypal (not gift). I'm weighing it up against the cost of a new bike on the c2w scheme.

    Thanks.

  • Exclusive first look: Colnago AC-R road bike1 year 41 weeks agoLooks great, one of the

    Looks great, one of the reasons I am picking up Colnago again in 2014

  • 'No link' between motorists speaking on mobile phones and having collisions1 year 41 weeks agoricolek wrote:I hate texting

    ricolek wrote:
    I hate texting cyclists, got full roads of them here, cyclists are the worst.

    Well, according to this study, there is no relationship between using a mobile while in control of a vehicle on the road, and collisions, so your hatred is based on what exactly?

  • Breaking news: Passenger dies of injuries after bus performs emergency stop to avoid cyclist1 year 41 weeks agorich22222 wrote:...but

    rich22222 wrote:
    ...but clearly he was fragile. Sad

    Is there really any need for that?

    The human body is both incredibly resilient yet hopelessly fragile at the same time. Some people have been smashed to pieces, yet have survived and recovered as best they ever could but the lightest blow in the wrong place can (and has) kill a person.

    The guy wasn't "clearly" fragile and seeing as you are neither omnipotent, obviously have no medical qualifications (nor access to his medical records), didnt knew the guy at all so have no idea whatsoever of his 'fragility' therefore all you've said is speculation, conjecture and distasteful.

  • FS - 2013 Genesis Vapour Disc1 year 41 weeks agoI measure it as 775mm. Taken

    I measure it as 775mm. Taken centre of top tube as middle cable guide.

  • Exclusive first look: Colnago AC-R road bike1 year 41 weeks agoAs you would see by the rest

    As you would see by the rest of my post, not hugely interested in plastic full stop. Irrespective of where it's made.

    Colnago is an Italian manufacturer, I would buy things made by them in Italy, which is where their excellent (and well deserved) reputation was built. If I wanted a plastic Asian bike, I'd buy a Giant.

  • Breaking news: Passenger dies of injuries after bus performs emergency stop to avoid cyclist1 year 41 weeks agocrazy-legs wrote:There's

    crazy-legs wrote:
    There's something that unnerves me about the whole case.

    While I sympathise with the family of the man who has sadly passed away, I can't help but wonder what the charges would be if a different set of circumstances had caused the same emergency stop?

    Suppose a child ran out into the road:
    Parent charged with not holding onto a 3-year old properly?
    Youth charged with not having proper control of a football and allowing it to roll into the road then running after it?

    Or even a situation like a stray dog where no owner could be traced?

    Whether it's a "proper cyclist" or a "chav on a bike" it just seems that they're being made a bit of a scapegoat here and also that the charges are far more severe than any driver would face having actually run someone down.

    Thing is, what we as cyclists fight for is equality on the road, you can't expect to pick and choose when you can pass off behaviour as something a pedestrian or animal might do to explain something like this and when we should be viewed as road users when someone in an Astra squeezes a cyclist into a verge.

    As soon as you get on a bike you are a road user wether you like it or not, and you have a responsibility to act in a way that respects other road users by not forcing them into emergency stops and the like.

  • 'No link' between motorists speaking on mobile phones and having collisions1 year 41 weeks agoI hate texting cyclists, got

    I hate texting cyclists, got full roads of them here, cyclists are the worst.

  • Arrest made in connection with series of attacks on cyclists in Leicestershire1 year 41 weeks agoupdate* driver released and

    update*

    driver released and awarded 3 years free insurance and handed a golden catapult.

    it really wouldn't surprise me.

    ( above comment is interned as humor)

  • FS - 2013 Genesis Vapour Disc1 year 41 weeks agoMany thanks for the pics.

    Many thanks for the pics.

    One more question! Could you measure the standover height at the centre of the top tube please? I have short legs for my height so need to check this!

  • Driver who killed Oxford cyclist found not guilty of dangerous driving, guilty of careless1 year 41 weeks agodoc wrote:"Current

    doc wrote:
    "Current generation...folk". Generalising twaddle. I'm one of that "generation", drive, ride moto, ride bike, walk, so that amkes me a potential killer, I suppose. I think I ride and drive to a decent (advanced trained standard). There are some not silver haired folk whose driving is poor. Stating that "therefor the grace...way" is simply tempting fate. You may be careful and "take pride", but I'll bet my old advanced instructor could find plenty of things you could do better.
    Hey though, let's not let any sense get in the way of a nice, easy, blame some group you are not (yet) a part of, posting, eh?

    doc. Do you want to count the false assumptions you've made about me in that post or should I spell them out to you?

    Until the silver foxes in power in this country, be it local authority highways departments, town/district councillors, the bosses at the DfT, and the judiciary, et cetera, pass on to retirement and take their addiction to the car with them the situation for cyclists is not going to improve in any meaningful way one bit.