• More than 1,000 fined in latest phase of Met's Operation Safeway2 days 18 hours agohampstead_bandit wrote: How

    hampstead_bandit wrote:

    How do we gain the popular support that the Netherlands gathered in the 1970's with their "Stop de Kindermoord" campaigns which led to radical infrastructure and social changes?

    Harsh, but lots of people have to die that people know, think celebrity road cull, and this is going to sound incredibly harsh, but you need to kill lots of young blonde pretty girls. (read the papers and look at which stories stay alive it may sound odd but I believe an academic exercise was done on the "popular" victim stories! stories featuring young blonde girls are more paper selling than those featuring other groups! )

    What is really comes down to, in my limited experience and understanding, is turning our cities back into living spaces for pedestrians, wheel chair users and cyclists, after decades of dominance by the motor vehicle/.


    God knows! everyone is so cowed by cars that even when given the chance they, sensibly, choose not to try and assert priority knowing the car driver won't cede.

  • Rapha Winter Jersey2 days 18 hours agoIamnot Wiggins wrote:The

    Iamnot Wiggins wrote:
    The jersey is average at best. If there's a cold wind blowing, or if it's just bloody freezing, a gilet is required which just defeats the purpose of a wind proof fronting, surely? However, saying that, it is damn comfy, even off the bike!

    Autumn jersey would be a more accurate name.

    Somebody mentioned the Rapha repair service earlier and mine had to go back after the third wear due to the elastic draw string being made of cheese. Being repaired free of charge which is an invaluable service, hopefully won't need to use it again but good to know it's there.

    Autumn jersey? Wow, you must be very cold blooded!

  • The First Jump Into Racing (With Actual Real Other People) - Tips and Advice2 days 18 hours agoSooooo many questions! First

    Sooooo many questions!

    First up, well done you for wanting to give it a go... if it suits your mentality, you're going to love it!

    Where to start?

    Are there local chaingangs around you, if so, get on them as much as you can (however these may not start until the clocks go forward)

    As for racing itself, anyone and everyone turn up to 4th cat racing, so don't worry about fitting in... you will.

    Start out on some closed circuit racing. These are shorter, have less to think about, and is generally a safer way to get started. Where are you based?

    Turn up to your first one in plenty of time (say 90mins before your start) so you don't have to stress about getting ready.

    Also, pack your bag the day/night before so you are less inclined to forget stuff.

    Warm up for a good 20mins before hand. Don't go too nuts at this, but make sure your body is ready for the shock of a fast start... there is always someone willing to smash the start of a 4th cat race.

    In the bunch: The trick to road racing is not making efforts, so if you are ever on the front, or in the wind, ask yourself why, and if there isn't a good reason to be doing so (i.e. chasing a move that no one else would, moving up for a key point in race/circuit), find the shelter of a wheel quick.

    When I say its about not making efforts, what I actually mean, is that you are looking to accumulate the amount of times others make efforts that you haven't... for instance, if someone makes an attack, and you stay in the wheels as someone else chases it down, you have effectively got an effort up on both the attacker and chaser...

    The best analogy for this is probably the matchbox. Everyone turns up to a race with a matchbox with varying amounts of matches in them (I describe training as filling your matchbox). Every time you make an effort, you burn a match, or several matches... the trick is to save your matches till they really count.

    For instance, if you attack at the start, everyone has at least a handful of matches, so your chances of getting away are slim... later on, when everyone is down to their final few matches, its a lot easier to make a difference.

    Anyway... I can go on forever about this, as there are things like the rule of three, using wind direction to your favour etc etc etc....

    The final two points on efforts are;

    1. You spend no time riding at threshold in a road race, you are either riding way over it, or way under it...(average power for a Tour series race is about 315watts... which is perfectly reasonable on its own, but when you think the riders are freewheeling for half the lap, its actually more like 30mins at 630watts)

    Make sure some of your training reflects the nature of racing... lots of short, hard efforts with varying recovery times.

    2. It will hurt... racing is a series of yes no questions... can you take the pain or not? Answer each question in isolation as its asked, don't worry about handling the same intensity in ten minutes time, as you don't know what will be happening then.

    A rule I adhere to is that the harder a race is now, the easier it will be later on... embrace the pain!

    Get out there and get on it...

    As for crashes... yes and no. Yes there are crashes, but will you end up on the deck a lot? Not likely.

    With regards to equipment in racing, my personal approach is that if you fundamentally can't afford to replace any piece of equipment and would be mortified to lose it... then don't take it racing.

    Have fun with it!

  • More than 1,000 fined in latest phase of Met's Operation Safeway2 days 19 hours agocousinbillybob wrote:Still

    cousinbillybob wrote:
    Still beggars belief that cyclists are moaning about police enforcement - how about spacial awareness and using your eyes and not still going up the inside of vehicles turning left..? IT STILL HAPPENS.

    Yeah, because that's what causes most cyclist deaths. Nothing to do with motorists not looking where they are going, that never happens. That's why the crackdown on cyclists regarding lights and high viz etc has so dramaticaly reduced the death rate of cyclists - oh, wait, it hasn't.

  • More than 1,000 fined in latest phase of Met's Operation Safeway2 days 19 hours ago“The aim of Operation Safeway

    “The aim of Operation Safeway is to reduce the number of people who die or are injured on London's roads each year."

    Number of cyclists killed on London's roads

    2010 10
    2011 16
    2012 14
    2013 14
    2014 (post-operation Safeway) 13 (with a week to go - God forbid it rises any further)

    Just doesn't look like a huge success to me.

  • Cyclops The Silencer direct drive magnetic trainer2 days 19 hours agoWould love to see how the new

    Would love to see how the new JetBlack Whisperdrive stacks up against this. Will you be reviewing it anytime soon?

    Also, how do you record your workout on the CycleOps, is there a companion app or software available?

  • Cambridge residents call for better signage after park cycling crackdown2 days 19 hours agobdsl wrote:The defence to a

    bdsl wrote:
    The defence to a speeding charge isn't ignorance of the law - I think it would be inadequate signage, based on the wording of the Road Traffict Regulation Act 1984, which says things like "a person shall not be convicted of driving a motor vehicle on the road at a speed exceeding the limit unless the limit is indicated by means of such traffic signs as are mentioned in...".

    Based on that wording apparently a mortorist would have a defence that the signs were missing or inadequte even if they admitted to knowing about the speed limit on that road.

    So for motorists the law itself specifically allows ignorance as an excuse, while not allowing it for others? Fairly normal double-standard I guess.

  • Busch & Muller IXXI rear light2 days 19 hours agoI run dynamo lighting now,

    I run dynamo lighting now, with an StVZO approved rear light which illuminates as a bright ring around a large rear reflector.

    I find that I get more drivers giving room and holding back than I ever did with flashing lights.

    I suspect from a distance the better optics the german std requires, and the large area bright steady light, makes me more visible as a road user, and possibly NOT specifically as a cyclist, so I get more space and time.

    I also run a german front light which again is bright and steady and gets more respect than flashing lights.

    Neither are high wattage or lumens, but the quality optics means they don't need them

  • Busch & Muller IXXI rear light2 days 19 hours agooldstrath wrote:Have to say

    oldstrath wrote:
    Have to say this thing puzzles me. It, and most other german rear lights, appears utterly inadequate. But presumably German cyclists are not being mown down from behind in large numbers. So are German drivers more civilised, or is their night vision better, or do German cyclists just ignore the regulations?

    I'd be surprised if brighter lights in the UK really make that much difference to accidents. If the driver was both paying attention and driving considerately then they will see you even with a small light (because they looked) and give you room. There will be a small number of cases where a bike light was bright enough to wake up a driver or where there was so much background light a small lamp would just blend it so it couldn't be seen even when looking - but I bet they are rare. Not that I have any figures for this.

    I think Germany's success comes from a number of things, in descending order of importance: "safety in numbers", better infrastructure, tough driving tests (I haven't done the German one but this is what I hear) and enforcement.

    I really think the "safety in numbers" is the most critical by a long way. It changes attitudes. If you get hit by a car here the driver (in my experience) always apologises. They know there are lots of cyclists, they know lots of cyclists and they probably can't slink off to the pub to complain about them as the pub will be full of cyclists as well.

    The infrastructure is mostly good but they have the similar problems to the UK of it not being maintained sufficiently. Also sometimes it appears to be designed to slow down cyclists (which I would accept better if the parallel road had something similar) rather than aid in their travel. It's not always large enough to cope with the traffic volumes either. Additionally, if you do need to take the road sometimes I think it contributes to the level of abuse you get from motorists.

    I'm not sure how much better enforcement is here (Berlin) compared to the UK - it's certainly not perfect (and they have the whole pull over bikes for actual, but minor, infractions and ignore the cars running red lights behind them trick as well). On the other hand you do actually see enforcement at times.

  • protective clothing2 days 19 hours agoYesterday I was making a

    Yesterday I was making a recipe that required crushed pistachio nuts. I wrapped the nuts in a load of cling film, put it on a chopping board, and bashed it with the bottom of a wine bottle. And bugger me, when I opened the cling film hardly any crushing had occurred!

    And the best bit is that its on special at Waitrose at the moment - buy 2 rolls and the second is half price.

  • MAMILs - want to look better in Lycra? Start pumping iron!2 days 20 hours agoSo the survey didn't actually

    So the survey didn't actually ask anyone if they look good in Lycra? That's just an inference of this article.....

    A good athlete will do both disciplines anyway.

  • Thoughts on the Whyte Suffolk2 days 21 hours agoJonomc wrote:Had this bike

    Jonomc wrote:
    Had this bike for 4months now and it is a total bag of crap. I've covered 2000km and it now has more new parts than original, including wheels, bottom bracket and headset, basically most moving parts have had to be replaced due to low quality and bits missing (mainly spacers).
    I can't think of a single thing to recommend about it... The bar tape is OK but not very durable... The bars are quite comfy?

    The ride is harsh and slow to get off the mark.
    The brakes are good, unless at low speed then they judder hugely.
    The spokes are made of breadsticks.
    The shifting feels heavy
    The steering is bland
    The paintwork finish is shocking
    And the specific mudguards are overpriced bits of plastic crap


    You wouldn't recommend in then?

  • Vermarc Squadra bibshorts2 days 21 hours agoYay you showed the pad,

    Yay you showed the pad, please keep doing this when reviewing shorts and tights.

  • protective clothing2 days 21 hours agoHave to agree with the don't

    Have to agree with the don't go out notion. Having come off myself a couple of times and managed to come away with only a fractured thumb and bruises, and knowing at least two people who have parts of their body bolted together after damaging hips it isn't worth it.

  • protective clothing2 days 21 hours agoQuite simple really, keep of

    Quite simple really, keep of the roads if it is icy, even gritted and salted roads can have patches where run-off has refrozen. Even with body protection on, after you hit the ground you run the risk of 38 tonnes of out of control wagon hitting you too. As you have shown, winter miles is not a basis for a good season if the conditions are dangerous. Rollers or turbo are there for a reason.

  • TRP Spyre SLC Mechanical Disc Brakes2 days 21 hours agoWhat is a "disc brake

    What is a "disc brake solution"?

  • Cambridge residents call for better signage after park cycling crackdown3 days 2 hours agoThe defence to a speeding

    The defence to a speeding charge isn't ignorance of the law - I think it would be inadequate signage, based on the wording of the Road Traffict Regulation Act 1984, which says things like "a person shall not be convicted of driving a motor vehicle on the road at a speed exceeding the limit unless the limit is indicated by means of such traffic signs as are mentioned in...".

    Based on that wording apparently a mortorist would have a defence that the signs were missing or inadequte even if they admitted to knowing about the speed limit on that road.

  • Met Police relaunch controversial Operation Safeway - fining motorists and drivers who flaunt road rules3 days 2 hours agoThe same farce exists with

    The same farce exists with respect to pedal reflectors, which are threoretically legally required for cycling in the hours of darkness. When the bolt on reflector on my platform pedal broke I tried a few bike shops and none had a replacement. Almost no clipless pedals have reflectors and recumbents can't have legal reflectors as the pedals are vertical.

  • Busch & Muller IXXI rear light3 days 5 hours agoThe infrastructure is

    The infrastructure is probably better. I live in Münster and there's a cycle pathn the majority of roads within the city or a 30kph limit in residential areas. The polizei are out everyday in random places monitoring for speeding and general bad driving. I regulary see people being pulled over and fined for traffic violations.

  • TRP Spyre SLC Mechanical Disc Brakes3 days 5 hours agoCould you clarify which 10

    Could you clarify which 10 speed 105 levers you used? The 5600 with the gear cable that comes out of the side of the lever or the 5700 with the cable under the bar tape? I'd be interested to know as I tried to get the Shimano 517 callipers to work with the 5600 levers and they didn't pull enough cable to get a good feel. The 5700 levers work really well however.

  • David's Genesis Croix de Fer long termer is ready to ride3 days 5 hours agoMKultra wrote:joemmo

    MKultra wrote:
    joemmo wrote:
    Looks great... but the high end build seems a bit at odds with the frame and intended use. Maybe it's a chance for you to kill two birds with one stone (test frame and group) but I can't imagine many people would build up a cdf frame like this.
    When did steel mean "low end"?

    It's a brilliant material, those who disreguard it as old hat have obviously never had a good quality steel frame.

    I never said that either steel or this frame was low end, you've leapt to your own conclusion there.

    FTR I've had nice steel frames (Ritchey to name one) and I'd buy another but as Giobox points out the cost of the frameset is out of proportion to the wheels alone. In terms of matching a groupset to this frame then it feels more like 105/ Rival to me, especially for a winter bike.

  • Road Bike Party 3: The bike + video3 days 5 hours agoI love it BUT, i would like

    I love it BUT, i would like to see a Belgian on a Belgian bike, what about Kenny Belaey?!

  • Driver who killed cyclist while racing at 80mph asks for provisional licence back3 days 6 hours agoThis guy murdered my friend.

    This guy murdered my friend. He should never be allowed behind a car wheel again, its like giving the murder weapon back.

  • Diabetic driver jailed for killing cyclist on Kent A23 days 6 hours agoSentencing is totally f**ked

    Sentencing is totally f**ked up.

  • TRP Spyre SLC Mechanical Disc Brakes3 days 6 hours agoI've had a pair of Spyres on

    I've had a pair of Spyres on my winter bike since they first hit the market and found them to be big improvement on my old BB7s. I found they can be even further improved with Swiss Stop green pads. The correct pads are type 15.