• Halfords launch new own brand 13Bikes range of aero road, cycle-cross and hybrid bikes1 day 2 hours agomiro_o wrote:pastaman

    miro_o wrote:
    pastaman wrote:
    They really are clutching at straws with the supposed aero benefits of hidden direct mount brake calipers - worth maybe a couple of seconds to Bradley Wiggins going full tilt, to the rest of us, bugger all Thinking

    If it's worth a "couple of seconds" to a pro like Wiggins then (all things being equal) it's worth many more seconds to you or I.

    Seroiusly??

  • Halfords launch new own brand 13Bikes range of aero road, cycle-cross and hybrid bikes1 day 2 hours agoChris James wrote:That sounds

    Chris James wrote:
    That sounds like a well thought out bike to me, certainly not for fat lads who want their bars higher than their saddles. What do you think is wrong with it?

    I'm 6'5".

    It's no coincidence that all the road frames I've ever owned have been American. British brands just don't go big.

  • Halfords launch new own brand 13Bikes range of aero road, cycle-cross and hybrid bikes1 day 2 hours agobigshape wrote:i don't quite

    bigshape wrote:
    i don't quite understand why halfords felt the need to bring out their own range of road bikes when they already own boardman?
    doesn't this mean they are competing with themselves? Confused

    A little, but Boardman are generally different (at the moment). Don't know about the rest of 13 versus Boardman as I haven't looked at them, but the 13 road bikes have aero considerations with two similar alu models (who else does those? I can only think of Merida with the higher end 2015 Reacto and Felt with the AR15). Boardman have the top end AIR series with the lowest model retailing at £2K (with 105 components). The "CX" Innate Alpha sits below the Boardman CX Comp, one hundred quid cheaper - and probably now (without discounts or sales) the cheapest of those types of bikes with disc brakes on the UK market. I wonder what they plan with another CX model in the future given that Boardman has that pretty well covered from their CX Team onwards.

    Seems to me though at the present more of an attempt by Halfords to fill a void in the Boardman range while also trying to go head to head with something slightly different against the likes of Wiggle with Verenti.

  • MP calls for “three strikes and you’re out” rule for pavement cyclists1 day 2 hours ago"Mr Jackson says his eyes

    "Mr Jackson says his eyes were opened to the strength of feeling about people who ride on the pavement at a local Police and Community Neighbourhood Panel where he found people “were seriously irritated, annoyed, crazy, mad” about them."

    That's because, in general, the people who attend these Panels *are* 'crazy, mad'.

    I went to one of these meetings once, everyone was over the age of fifty, paranoid types, the leader said she kept a baseball bat under her bed to battle invading burglars.

    They aren't representative of anyone.

    Where I live, they closed the cycle path for months, and then the police put out a warning to cyclists (based on one of these panels) to stay off the pavement. The very next day a cyclist was hit by car on the adjacent road (30mph limit, but plagued with speeding) and airlifted to hospital. The police quickly deleted their warning.

    People on community panels WILL spend their time ranting about youths 'hanging around' in parks, people riding bikes, because that's the kind of world view they have. If the police take their priorities from these panels, we are f***ed.

  • Halfords launch new own brand 13Bikes range of aero road, cycle-cross and hybrid bikes1 day 2 hours agobigshape wrote:i don't quite

    bigshape wrote:
    i don't quite understand why halfords felt the need to bring out their own range of road bikes when they already own boardman?
    doesn't this mean they are competing with themselves? Confused

    More likely, they will promote and cost Boardman's as a premium brand now it is established and pretty well regarded (apart from here it seems). This 13 brand will probably sit just below it.

    It's like the Sports Direct model of filling your store with brands you own but look different. Throw in a bit of quality stock to make the consumer feel they have a choice.

  • Rail commuter can't use station’s secure bike parking – although it's half-full1 day 2 hours agotruffy wrote:SOMEONE* IN

    truffy wrote:
    SOMEONE* IN NOT-QUICK-ENOUGH-FOR-LIMITED-AVAILABILITY SHOCKA!

    * who just happens to be a cyclist

    You seem to have entirely missed the point. Its not about this one individual missing out.

    The point is that this particular way of enabling cycle-parking looks as if it might be wasteful in practice. It seems to be failing as a means of efficiently allocating a scarce resource.

    I guess this was an alternative to first-come-first-served, because the latter meant cycle commuters can't be sure of having a space, so might not use the bike at all. But it doesn't sound as if its working out (needs more rigorous monitoring to be sure).

    Seems as if the best way to facilitate cycling to the station is to actually have sufficient spaces to meet demand. Maybe they should try that?

    Failing that, I suppose the empty spaces are a sign that the subscription has just been set too low so people are grabbing them with little intention of using them. Its a shame to ration things by price, given some people are richer than others, but its got to be better than just letting spaces go to waste?

  • MP calls for “three strikes and you’re out” rule for pavement cyclists1 day 2 hours agoharman_mogul wrote:“[T]he

    harman_mogul wrote:
    “[T]he slightly superior and arrogant attitude of some hard core cyclists, who really don’t believe that basic roadcraft rules and conventions and the Highway Code really applies to them.”

    Substitute cyclist for any other road user and it still makes sense. There are idiots everyhwere.,...

  • Beastie Boy – Graeme Obree’s son aims for his father’s human powered vehicle record1 day 2 hours agoI hope it's not another

    I hope it's not another treadle thing. That didn't seem to work at all...

  • Kentucky cyclist repeatedly arrested and jailed – for commuting on the road1 day 2 hours agosome cars had needed to brake

    some cars had needed to brake or change lane to avoid colliding with the rider

    Oh nooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rail commuter can't use station’s secure bike parking – although it's half-full1 day 2 hours agoSOMEONE* IN

    SOMEONE* IN NOT-QUICK-ENOUGH-FOR-LIMITED-AVAILABILITY SHOCKA!

    * who just happens to be a cyclist

  • MP calls for “three strikes and you’re out” rule for pavement cyclists1 day 3 hours agoMust admit I had the same

    Must admit I had the same immediate thought: apply it to driving as well as cycling and, yeah, let's do it. An FPN for speeding, one for parking on double yellows and another for having a worn tyre, and your company Beemer's gone and it's fifteen grand to get the thing back.

    Or is this just a slight case of double standards?

    Oh, yes, it is. That's novel, then.

    Can we have a "three strikes and you're sacked" policy for highway engineers and local authority members who design and approve cycle paths that are just lines on pavements? Or is that too much like a potential solution?

  • Annoying locks at shops1 day 3 hours agoI have a chain left at work

    I have a chain left at work

  • MP calls for “three strikes and you’re out” rule for pavement cyclists1 day 3 hours agoI don't approve of pavement

    I don't approve of pavement cyclists, but I do wish there was a zero-tolerance approach to _driving_ on the pavement.

    There's a spot near a local school where not only do parents on the school-run always park in the bike-lane (as happens outside every school I know of), but when approaching the school they tend to use a combination of the bike-lane and the pavement as a special high-speed 'undertaking lane' (two wheels in the bike lane, two on the pavement). Sometimes other drivers do the same, to skip the queue of traffic and get to the junction faster.

    Consequently the paving there is all smashed to fragments.

  • MP calls for “three strikes and you’re out” rule for pavement cyclists1 day 3 hours agoCanAmSteve wrote:I would also

    CanAmSteve wrote:
    I would also paraphrase "he found people were seriously irritated, annoyed, crazy, mad about them" to "he found the type of people who pitch up at local Police and Community Neighbourhood Panels “were seriously irritated, annoyed, crazy, mad” about them." That - and hedges - and young people - especially young people, all "slightly superior and arrogant".

    Like all those self-selecting surveys (Guide Dogs - I'm looking at you Angry ) - very few people know about local Panels, and far too many of the ones who look them up, turn up, and speak at them are the ones who clearly have a bit of a axe to grind (in my limited experience).

  • MP calls for “three strikes and you’re out” rule for pavement cyclists1 day 3 hours agoAnd pavement parking!! Get

    And pavement parking!! Get caught three times within,say, a week, and your car is put in stocks in the village square (I think Conservative MPs like the idea of a stocks in the village square Thinking )

  • Annoying locks at shops1 day 3 hours agoWhy are you riding to/from

    Why are you riding to/from work *without* a lock? Wink

  • Halfords launch new own brand 13Bikes range of aero road, cycle-cross and hybrid bikes1 day 3 hours agoi don't quite understand why

    i don't quite understand why halfords felt the need to bring out their own range of road bikes when they already own boardman?
    doesn't this mean they are competing with themselves? Confused

  • MP calls for “three strikes and you’re out” rule for pavement cyclists1 day 3 hours agoNot saying this isn't an

    Not saying this isn't an issue, but is this really such a pressing problem? The statistics for pedestrian injuries would indicate motor vehicles are a much, much larger problem - even accounting for various factors (# of cycles, miles travelled in urban areas, etc.)

    I would also paraphrase "he found people were seriously irritated, annoyed, crazy, mad about them" to "he found the type of people who pitch up at local Police and Community Neighbourhood Panels “were seriously irritated, annoyed, crazy, mad” about them." That - and hedges - and young people - especially young people, all "slightly superior and arrogant".

  • Rail commuter can't use station’s secure bike parking – although it's half-full1 day 3 hours agoI imagine that people snapped

    I imagine that people snapped up the fobs as a "just in case".

    Does the station still have public sheffield stands, or is this new-fangled parking area the only parking there now?

  • Kentucky cyclist repeatedly arrested and jailed – for commuting on the road1 day 3 hours agoReading the news items, and

    Reading the news items, and the comments thereon, just illustrates how "rural" US differs from the "urban" areas. You read so much about how various US cities are becoming so much better for cycling, and then you read stories like this.

    One of the news items (I think its a click-through from the original story in the kentucky news) has an editorial, bemoaning the fact that the *only* way of getting between these two towns is by car, bicycle, or by walking (and distances in the US are a lot greater than here in the UK).

    It seems that the hard shoulder there is (like in many places here) where all the rubbish off the road ends up (bottles, tyre shreds, etc), and they demonstrate how large areas are loose gravel and "rumble strips" to warn sleepy motorists that they are off the main carriageway. I certainly wouldn't want to ride on it.

    It looks to me, as if the local constabulary have rather decided that she's a problem, and that "something must be done".

    Reminds me of that news item earlier this year (?) about the local councillor in some New York dormitory suburb whose response to a consituent complaining about dangerous drivers was to say that nobody of any worth cycled, and that if they choose to cycle in that area well then they deserve whats coming to them... (disclaimer: that is taken from memory, and may not be his exact words).

  • Halfords launch new own brand 13Bikes range of aero road, cycle-cross and hybrid bikes1 day 3 hours agoOn this site, you never know!

    On this site, you never know!

  • MP calls for “three strikes and you’re out” rule for pavement cyclists1 day 3 hours agoharman_mogul wrote:“[T]he

    harman_mogul wrote:
    “[T]he slightly superior and arrogant attitude of some hard core cyclists, who really don’t believe that basic roadcraft rules and conventions and the Highway Code really applies to them.”

    That bit at least makes sense.


    Not really. Every 'hardcore cyclist' I know (I imagine I'm included in this category) abides by the Highway Code far better than the 'guy on a bike' and have a far greater understanding of 'roadcraft'.

  • Rail commuter can't use station’s secure bike parking – although it's half-full1 day 3 hours agoDon't even try to park your

    Don't even try to park your bike at Marylebone station - unless you're a season ticket holder. There is zero parking provided, and you are advised that there are some public bike racks a couple of streets away. Euston on the other hand has done a great job in providing lots of free racks.

  • Kentucky cyclist repeatedly arrested and jailed – for commuting on the road1 day 3 hours agoLet's replace the word

    Let's replace the word bicycle for a car for a minute and I think that drivers of slow moving cars on motorways have been taken off by police in this country and probably most other places.

    Slow driving is a potentially hazard on fast roads because vehicles approaching at high speed do not anticipate having to scub off speed on unidirectional traffic (even travelling at speed on a bike on a road it can be difficult to adapt to rapid speed changes). So regardless of whether she is on a bike it is understandable that the police move to minimise the potential for a problem.

    Moving on to the legal aspect, she is within her rights to use the road, but does that make it right from a moral position? Philosophically you can channel this in two directions which are polar opposites. So the law/philosophy behind this doesn't help. What seems to be the issue is that the roads are poorly designed. Hopefully they either create a system which encourages cycling and minimises this morass.

    I hope that something positive comes of this. It is great that Cherokee is such a great advocate of cycling, but I wish her safer roads by which she can channel that energy.

  • Rail commuter can't use station’s secure bike parking – although it's half-full1 day 3 hours agoPerhaps all the fobs got

    Perhaps all the fobs got snapped up by gangs of bike-thieves?