• Tech Roundup: Shimano, FSA, Charge, Endura, Ridley, Starley, Quechua1 day 12 hours agoI like the look of the

    I like the look of the Vangard stuff!

  • Cambridge bike shop Howes Cycles to close after 173 years1 day 12 hours agoI bought a lovely Klein

    I bought a lovely Klein Adroit from them back in about 2004. nice shop, old fashioned service and no pressure.

  • Tech Roundup: Shimano, FSA, Charge, Endura, Ridley, Starley, Quechua1 day 12 hours agoThat Sugru stuff looks ace,

    That Sugru stuff looks ace, just goes to show much R and D goes on in the world.
    I might get some just to play around with it.

  • Richie Porte says he'll leave Team Sky - but not until end of 20151 day 13 hours agojason.timothy.jones wrote:In

    jason.timothy.jones wrote:
    In my very humble opinion, Richie won the TdF this year, there may be a little bias here, but I think he is one of the best unsung riders of this century.

    No he didn't, and Froome didn't win in 2012. It's almost like other people aren't watching the races I am watching. I hope Porte gets his chance soon, 2016 is quite far off yet.

  • Government 'will not legislate' for Mayor of London's cyclist headphone ban1 day 13 hours agoPhilRuss wrote:IanW1968

    PhilRuss wrote:
    IanW1968 wrote:
    How many deaths or serious injuries are accredited to headphone wearing?

    [[[[ What?? I see 17 people have clicked on "I agree". You are agreeing to ...er....
    ...a question. So, what are you all agreeing to?
    P.R.

    Presumably they are agreeing that that is the crucial question that those suggesting a headphone ban ought to have an answer to if they want anyone to pay any attention.
    Or they are taking it as a purely rhetorical question with the answer already known to be 'hardly any'.

    Hope this helps.

  • Five of the best cycling front lights for under £501 day 13 hours agoJust to respond to some of

    Just to respond to some of the points raised. There are some truly great lights being made by UK manufacturers, Hope is the highest profile and 4Fourth another, but they're desperately expensive… especially if you're unsure whether night-training is going to work for you. We ordered a Cree SolarStorm from China at the start of October, it was £20 and if it proved the theory that getting home and then heading out on a bike was practical, then it meant we could consider an upgrade to the Hope-or-similar lights. Unfortunately the SolarStorm didn't arrive as expected, so we bought the T-6 from a UK supplier, only for the SolarStorm to arrive a few days later… so we have an unexpected comparison.
    Between our Cree lights and the Hope-standard (apologies for using them as the benchmark), there are a growing band of UK businesses offering Cree-type lights at intermediate prices… this is throwing the entire market into confusion… I absolutely don't advocate the 'cheap option' (and no longer use Amazon for anything), but equally I feel that the UK has lost it's ability to manufacture, so why should I pay a surcharge to a UK company to import something manufactured in China, when I can arrange that import myself?
    I have no doubt that we will upgrade to UK lights next season and put our money where the proverbial mouth is, but at the moment these Cree lights are proving stunning.

  • Bernard Hinault becomes patron of UK's Team Raleigh1 day 13 hours agoGeek comment - That's a Škoda

    Geek comment - That's a Škoda 450 Felicia in the picture, by the way. Beautiful car, it's not just post VW that Skoda made good cars!

  • Video: Cyclist & lorry driver experience Met's Exchanging Places scheme1 day 13 hours agoJohn Stevenson wrote:William

    John Stevenson wrote:
    William Black wrote:
    don't ride like a bellend.

    A good friend of mine saw the crash that put Mary Bowers in a coma that she's still in over a year later. She was not riding like a bellend.

    Unfortunately the boss has forbidden me from suggesting what you should do with your victim-blaming. It involves one of those Anglo-Saxon monosyllables you seem to think support your point though, and the phrase "yourself with it".

    I didn't suggest Mary Bowers was riding like a bellend, you seem to have randomly plucked an anecdotal incident from thin air to support whatever point it was you were rather badly trying to make.

    On the other had riding up the inside of a lorry is riding a bellend, it's not victim blaming whatever fuzzy logic you try to spin on it. Putting yourself at risk by riding your bike into a lethal position is quite simply retarded.

  • Five of the best cycling front lights for under £501 day 13 hours agoMoon XP300 is widely

    Moon XP300 is widely available for <£40 right now but listed at £100+. I'd suggest it spanks any of the lights here if you;re interested in lighting your way, and is well within the sub £50 category in reality.

  • Five of the best cycling front lights for under £501 day 13 hours agoPeowpeowpeowlasers wrote:When

    Peowpeowpeowlasers wrote:
    When you're cycling, your light is invariably illuminating the ground in front of you. I see no point in buying a 1,000 lumen light which spends 50% of it's time illuminating the sky, when you need 100% of it on the road.

    The Standard CreeBay light can have an aftermarket 'wide angle' lense added that directs the light into a horizontal band, greatly enhancing the brightness where you need it. £5: http://item.mobileweb.ebay.co.uk/viewitem?itemId=261339511889

    Must-do upgrade IMHO.

  • Video: Cyclist & lorry driver experience Met's Exchanging Places scheme1 day 13 hours ago@Mr Agreeable - I agree, the

    @Mr Agreeable - I agree, the Police may not take action. But get the registration number, and film the near miss if you can, and approach the transport firm. They're all well aware of this issue, and don't want the adverse publicity. You may not get a prosecution, but you can be sure they will know who the driver is, and give him or her a bit of "advice". They may even be on a bonus scheme that rewards careful drivers, as an incentive to not drive like a tw*t. Either way, reporting the incident to the firm is something your fellow cyclists will appreciate. But equally, if you see an exemplary piece of driving, please don't hesitate to report it too. Other drivers get to hear about it, maybe in the company magazine, and it encourages their colleagues to improve their driving too.

    @kie7077 - your "3 vehicle" rule of thumb is quite a good one.

    @ John Stevenson - ASLs are flawed, as you say, and the filter lanes that feed into them encourage cyclists to do just that, but we're getting to the point, certainly in London, where crowded ASL zones are becoming a real problem. I would suggest that, rightly or wrongly, the typical jockying for position witnessed at many junctions, far from being being a way to "get the heck out the way", put the cyclist back into the firing line at the next pinch point or row of parked cars. Apart from the risk of collision, there's no guarantee that the driver behind you isn't going to dish out a punishment pass. I certainly believe that the safest place to be is behind a truck, not in front of it, especially since (as you rightly point out) the cyclist always comes off worse.

  • Five of the best cycling front lights for under £501 day 14 hours agoId add the Cateye Volt 300 to

    Id add the Cateye Volt 300 to that list selected after the Road.cc big light review and it hasn't disappointed on the brightness front. http://road.cc/content/news/97193-big-roadcc-lights-test-2013
    Its RRP is £49.99 but it can be got for around £40

  • Five of the best cycling front lights for under £501 day 14 hours agoAs a halfway house between

    As a halfway house between Creebay(!) and ye olde LBS I use a torch from Maplin (A76JX since you ask) and a handlebar clamp I bought off of um.. ebay. £30, 3W, 2 chargers, a spare 18650 and even a little black condommy thing to put it in. Rainproof and faultless.

  • Cycling Minister hosts Leeds conference on cycle-proofing cities… but he's not shouting about it1 day 14 hours ago"Cities around the world are

    "Cities around the world are meeting public demand for better places to bicycle by learning, borrowing and adapting each other's successes."

    Except London where the Mayor continues to ignore best practice for the creation of safe cycling infrastructure, continues to badly implement failed and flawed infrastructure and then blames those killed or injured on it for not using it properly...

  • is it me or are the roads super slippy at the mo?1 day 14 hours agoIt's easy to blame the tyres.

    It's easy to blame the tyres. I slipped on a roundabout last week on a pair of Vittoria Open Pave 23mm tyres at 90psi, and they are about the best tyres you can get.

    Letting a bit of pressure helps a bit, I run my tyres at about 90-95 year round these days, especially in the winter. Only inflate them for crit racing really.

    Best thing is to be super careful through the corners and bends, scrub off speed before you get to the corner, safely make the turn, then carry on.

  • Cambridge bike shop Howes Cycles to close after 173 years1 day 14 hours agoI called in today to wish

    I called in today to wish them well for retirement, and see what was in the sale (I bought some SPD sandals). Michael said it might possibly reopen as a bike shop, but it won't be Howes.

  • Bristol police stop 689 drivers & cyclists - campaign group says infrastructure is the real answer1 day 15 hours agoI keep reading this special

    I keep reading this special word: Infrastructure.

    While I agree infrastructure has become important its road users; car drivers, van drivers, lorry drivers, motorcycle riders and cyclists that have, over the last few years, become complacent with their safety, the safety consideration to other road users and a respect for the highway code and traffic law that to me seems to be the number one problem.

    Why has it come to this? Well, consider that your county's Police force has whittled away its traffic officers for one. For another consider that other Police patrol officers are either too damn busy to go out traffic policing, or there are not enough officers to make a difference like they used to.

    Road users dont give a flying toss anymore. The amount of deliberate RLJ's I see in cars is ridiculous. Im not talking amber gamblers here, I am talking deliberate, speed up, dont give a toss its red, I'm going through jumpers. The speeding in the towns and outside schools is ridiculous (taxi drivers take note here, you are all speeders, doing 45mph in 30 zones because you need to pick up that next fare and time is money and you come past me at that speed in a 30 zone so close my elbow can taste your paintwork.)

    Road users have stopped caring and its all because there is very little traffic law enforcement these days. Road users perceive they can get away with loads of stuff now and they do because there is no longer any deterrent or penalty for them to worry about.

    I've seen Police officers in cars see other drivers go through red lights and just shake their heads, exchange a couple of words and calmly drive off the other way. All these operations through the year jsut make people think about about road safety and respecting the rules of the road for about.... all of 5 minutes.

    None of it has anything to do with infrastructure.

  • Five of the best cycling front lights for under £501 day 15 hours agoWhen you're cycling, your

    When you're cycling, your light is invariably illuminating the ground in front of you. I see no point in buying a 1,000 lumen light which spends 50% of it's time illuminating the sky, when you need 100% of it on the road.

  • Strada Rail 52 carbon clincher wheels1 day 15 hours agoHi Jon. Thanks for the reply

    Hi Jon. Thanks for the reply and clarifying the cost difference. I know people who have used Strada for builds and are very, very happy so I am certainly not questioning the brilliant service you provide nor your need to make a profit. It is very frustrating when the disparity in cost is that wide though.

  • Cycling Trousers1 day 15 hours agoEndura Urban Stretch Pant is

    Endura Urban Stretch Pant is OK for me. Looks like a normal pair of dark trousers and cost about £57. Slightly stretchy, comfortable and not overly hot in the office. There's a softshell version as well.

  • Rapha to end Rapha-Condor-JLT sponsorship after next year1 day 15 hours agoseanboy wrote:how could that

    seanboy wrote:
    how could that be?nobody is very interested in women's cyclinging!!!!!

    Hmmm. Well I am for one.

  • Cycling Trousers1 day 15 hours agodrfabulous0 wrote:Mudguards,

    drfabulous0 wrote:
    Mudguards, normal clothes, rain cape, relaxed pace.

    It's just a bike you don't have to dress up to ride it.

    Except the cape becomes a sail in the current conditions from the last couple of days.

  • Bristol police stop 689 drivers & cyclists - campaign group says infrastructure is the real answer1 day 15 hours ago"how great the need is to

    "how great the need is to educate cyclists and motorists on proper, safe use of the road”

    Given all motorists (and the 80% or so of cyclists who drive) ought already to be educated on 'proper, safe use of the road' (I may be wrong but isn't that one of the aims behind the requirement of having a driver's licence?), what good are more education campaigns likely to do?

    Most motorists already also know it's an offence to speed, park in restricted areas and do lots of other things while driving, but it doesn't stop them doing it, so I don't really think education is the answer.

    If licences are being dished out to people who still can't or won't drive safely, then surely it's time to totally review the current system.

  • Video: Cyclist & lorry driver experience Met's Exchanging Places scheme1 day 15 hours agoJohn Stevenson wrote:Neil753

    John Stevenson wrote:
    Neil753 wrote:

    Even though there may be a filter lane, enticing you into danger, the golden rule is "keep back".

    Are you HGV drivers going to start doing your bit by stopping far enough behind the ASL stop line that you can see everyone in it? You know where your blind spots are, surely it's incumbent on you to compensate for them, not cyclists?

    That depends who got there first? Once an HGV or any other vehicle for that matter has come to a halt behind the ASL, if a cyclist chooses to place him/herself in dangerous proximity, adjacent to or in front of the vehicle, either through arrogance or ignorance, it is the cyclist who is in the wrong.

    Hopefully he/she gets away without paying the ultimate price for such a stupid error but if not, the cyclist has no one to blame but him/herself.

    http://youtu.be/leW8Mx1GciE

    As for victim blaming, if a person throws himself under a tube train, who is the victim? The jumper or the poor train driver who killed someone through no fault of his own?

    Same goes on the road. To use the mot du jour, if you get yourself killed while riding like a bellend, you are not the victim. The poor driver who could have done nothing to avoid you is the victim.

    So William Black is correct IMO. Don't ride like a bellend.

    And it really ought to go without saying, but I will say it loud and clear so there can be no mistake:

    Just because some cyclists are killed/injured on the road, in part or wholly because they were riding like bellends, it does not in anyway imply that all or even anything approaching a majority of cycling fatalities are caused by bellend cycling. Far from it.

  • Cycling Minister hosts Leeds conference on cycle-proofing cities… but he's not shouting about it1 day 15 hours agoWe do love a good conference

    We do love a good conference dont we?

    Nothing like a good conference to make us all feel safer on the roads.

    Bravo to all involved in these conferences and lets hope there are lots more conferences to come. Lots more talking.
    Thats what cycling needs.
    Talking.
    And lots of it.