• Just in: Canyon Aeroad CF SLX 7.0 Di214 hours 22 min agoGinsterdrz wrote:25mm tyres

    Ginsterdrz wrote:
    25mm tyres possible?

    Yes

  • Barcelona targets bullying drivers – in bid to get cyclists off pavements14 hours 26 min agoSplitters.

    Splitters.

  • Just in: Canyon Aeroad CF SLX 7.0 Di214 hours 26 min ago25mm tyres possible?

    25mm tyres possible?

  • Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to announce £214million additional funding for cycling14 hours 33 min agoRecumbenteer wrote:"cyclists

    Recumbenteer wrote:
    "cyclists are not of course allowed on motorways" - Technically, this is correct, but in reality, some multiple-carriageway A-roads are effectively indistinguishable from a motorway.

    Well said. More and more A roads are becoming this way. The A23 for example, a road I drive every day for work. You'd have to be an absolute fool to mix it with the 70mph traffic on there. Now and then you see an obviously out-of-county cyclist struggling along there wondering where they went wrong as rush hour traffic zooms by at 70mph plus.

    The plus side for this route is that the cycle 'route' (not a dedicated lane all the way) that sort of shadows this road doesn't take you too far out of your way, and is in fairly good condition, though just last week there was a Merc in the hedge the other side of the cycle path where it runs next to one of the slip roads.......

    It's time these roads we re-categorised, given a new category, or change the rules about A roads and 'downgrade' the more suitable ones to B class. All too easy for an unsuspecting person not from the area to end up in an entirely unsuitable traffic situation because from a map (or GPS device) you can't tell a nice trundling back road from a two or three lane monster.

  • An obscured windscreen is a potential killer warns the AA14 hours 36 min agofreespirit1 wrote:Lightly

    freespirit1 wrote:
    Lightly tinted windows are allowed on the windscreen but there are different rules for the rear windows and rear screen (wrongly in my opinion).

    However very dark visors are illegal for motorcyclists, surely the same should apply for the goggles that a lot of cyclists use. Especially for ones like the guy riding in the dark last night.

    I've got factory-tinted windows on the rear and rear screen. I wasn't keen on the aesthetics, but they are effective at keeping the babies out of direct sunlight. With regard to visibility, I don't have a problem seeing cyclists around me (although admittedly, I am at least looking for them). A bigger problem is contrast - I can see a cyclist in my mirror just fine, then another car (with headlights on) draws alongside them, and the difference in brightness renders the cyclist invisible. A flashing light seems to combat this fairly well.

  • Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to announce £214million additional funding for cycling14 hours 44 min agoRecumbenteer wrote: A3 near

    Recumbenteer wrote:

    A3 near Ripley in Surrey
    http://i54.tinypic.com/2u9nzom.jpg

    Site of photo grom Google maps
    http://goo.gl/maps/MNnfZ

    I love that feature of the A3. Anytime I drive down it with a passenger, I always point out the "cycling lane", and absolutely no one believes me!

    The national cycle network is the right idea. We need safe routes that go from the same A to B as the major trunk roads, but they don't necessarily have to be part of the main road. A quiet (but still direct) route is preferable to being a few feet away from a major A road. I think there is a lot of opportunity in creating routes parallel to the railways, and those tend to be both straighter and flatter than the road network.

    And as with my harsh comments towards Sustrans yesterday, it shouldn't be in he hands of charities, but a core function of the DfT and the highways agency.

  • Giant Defy Advanced SL road bike14 hours 45 min agoOnce you are riding it the

    Once you are riding it the only people looking at it are the people you are flying past, and they won't get a proper look either as you will be too quick.

  • Smart Hat designer puzzled by cyclists’ negative response14 hours 47 min agowhat a tosser.

    what a tosser.

  • An obscured windscreen is a potential killer warns the AA14 hours 55 min agoOn the continent, at least in

    On the continent, at least in the teutonic parts (Germany/Switzerland/Netherlands/Austria), clearing just a letter box from your windscreen gets you big trouble, up to a driving ban. All windows have to be cleared, fully, and no snow on the roof of the car either.
    And satnavs that block your vision are also no-nos.
    Why does this sort of common sense seem to be so hard in the UK?

  • Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to announce £214million additional funding for cycling15 hours 17 sec agoThis is rather like the

    This is rather like the announcement of extra money for cycling in Scotland we saw two years ago, here is what Pedal on Parliament had to say about that Crumbs from the Table and they are absolutely right about that. We will not see a real change in cycling levels until there is real spending on cycling and that needs to be at least 5% (preferably10%) of Transport Budget (about £20-30 per head), until that happens we will continue to bounce along the bottom.

  • Just in: Canyon Aeroad CF SLX 7.0 Di215 hours 42 sec agoSwoon....

    Swoon.... Love Struck

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    Swoon.... Love Struck

  • One23 Extreme Bright 100015 hours 4 min agoWelsh boy wrote:Or here,

    Welsh boy wrote:
    Or here, scroll about half way down:

    http://www.candb-seen.co.uk/accessories/cables-o-rings-and-helmet.html

    Off topic slightly, i bought one of their handlebar mounts to replace the rubber band on my light, it is the best £10 i have spent in a long time, it allows me to point the light slightly towards the side of the road rather than just straight ahead.

    Thanks Welsh Boy, wasn't aware of that outfit. Great find. The eBay lights come in various permutations, and it's always hit-and-miss as to which set you'll get and how the button will work. Looks like CABS are providing a degree of quality control between the Chinese manufacturers and UK consumers, for about a £20 premium.

  • Police use speed guns to target cyclists on Bristol & Bath Railway Path15 hours 4 min agomrmo wrote:CarlosFerreiro

    mrmo wrote:
    CarlosFerreiro wrote:
    Here in rural Scotland we have lots of single track roads. Roads about 3m wide, used by pedestrians, runners, dog walkers, horse riders, cyclists and (up to 60mph) vehicle traffic. This seems to be accepted by all and used in a way that, if not ideal and really too vehicle dominated, is generally not too bad.

    A new school is being built locally, with 3m wide shared use paths. Effectively the same as those single track roads, except there will be no vehicle use. Given the same approach by all users, should there be any issue?

    I may be wrong, and the following may not happen, remove cars and everyone spreads out, walkers are no longer scared of letting dogs roam so do so, horses ride side by side, kids are left to run across the whole path, bikes ride further out etc etc.

    Net effect rather than everyone cowing to cars everyone just gets in everyones way and whinges. Basic issue is no one knows who is in charge anymore, accept that they have rights over everyone else.

    Which if the purpose of the path is recreational/parkland and everyone is fine with that ok, but if the purpose is to get people from a to b, not so good.


    I'd agree. And with the subsequent posts on provision of a separate footway for pedestrians, Dutch style, where numbers and usage warrants it. And the Sustrans guidance can be read as supporting that too, although it certainly doesn't make it so obvious.

    So where does that leave us? Unsegregated if the numbers are suitable, with all users reminded it is still to be used as a road. Segregated pedestrian footway added where numbers support that. Clearer official design guidance on when different solutions must be used, instead of just lumping in all options and leaving schemes to pick and chose.
    Something like that?

  • Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to announce £214million additional funding for cycling15 hours 6 min agoSorry, Nick who?

    Sorry, Nick who?

  • Update: Arrest made following death of cyclist killed by A13 'street-racing' driver16 hours 21 min agoId voluntarily fit a black

    Id voluntarily fit a black box gps speed limiter if such thing existed, was affordable and gave me the possible advantage of an insurance discount..
    Seems a sensible move for me for anyone concerned about road safety

  • Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to announce £214million additional funding for cycling16 hours 25 min agoIs this funding in this

    Is this funding in this Parliament or is it a pre-announcement of a manifesto promise for the GE2015?

    Just I have a bit of an issue with any sentence with "Nick Clegg" and "Election Promise"in it.

  • Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to announce £214million additional funding for cycling16 hours 29 min ago"cyclists are not of course

    "cyclists are not of course allowed on motorways" - Technically, this is correct, but in reality, some multiple-carriageway A-roads are effectively indistinguishable from a motorway. If it's dangerous to cycle along a motorway, I cannot see why the same is not true of an A-road like the A3.
    I would like to point-out that the cycle path that runs along it is hostile, badly maintained, strewn with debris and quite unpleasant. Let's hope that the CTC / British Cycling / local cycling groups are consulted regarding the infrastructure, rather than the tradition of providing utterly useless and dangerous infrastructure that is designed and intended to obstruct, deter and discourage cycling.
    Also, please allow for non-standard bicycles, tricycles, hand-cycles, cargo bikes, trailers and tandems etc.

    A3 near Ripley in Surrey
    http://i54.tinypic.com/2u9nzom.jpg

    Site of photo grom Google maps
    http://goo.gl/maps/MNnfZ

  • One23 Extreme Bright 100016 hours 38 min agoEarsoftheWolf wrote:Can

    EarsoftheWolf wrote:
    Can anyone link me to a place to get the aforementioned filter lens for the eBay special for focusing/spreading the beam? I have the CREE XML T6 light which looks just like this, but can't seem to find a filter lens.

    Or here, scroll about half way down:

    http://www.candb-seen.co.uk/accessories/cables-o-rings-and-helmet.html

    Off topic slightly, i bought one of their handlebar mounts to replace the rubber band on my light, it is the best £10 i have spent in a long time, it allows me to point the light slightly towards the side of the road rather than just straight ahead.

  • Smart Hat designer puzzled by cyclists’ negative response17 hours 27 min agoThe most disappointing thing

    The most disappointing thing about this story for me is this...

    When I first read about this I thought "Superb! The Great Australian Larrikin is alive and well." I really thought it was a windup, even the fact that it was pitched straight to councillors just helped convince me. I kept waiting for the grand reveal on some Australian Piss-take programme saying "Look at the tossers we have on our councils."

    Sadly I fear that I may have been wrong all the time. The Great Australian Larrikin is dead! Crying

  • Giant Defy Advanced SL road bike18 hours 49 min agoI have the Defy Advanced SL1

    I have the Defy Advanced SL1 (Ultegra group) since September and put about 2,000 miles on it thus far and I truly enjoy every mile on it. Compared to my prior 2014 Cannondale Synapse 5 Disc, it is a major upgrade. Weight has dropped to ~ 18 lbs and responsiveness and comfort has improved significantly. I can concur with the review done by road.cc that the Defy is quite comfortable, while being a speed demon at the same time. Strava confirms that prior attained PR's are easily bettered with the Defy Advanced SL1. Besides going through a Retul bike fit, the only change I've made is going from the supplied 25 mm Giant SLR-1 tires to 28 mm tires from Compass Bicycles. The increased diameter has allowed me to drop the tire pressure to 60 psi in the front and 75 psi in the rear and thereby improving comfort and grip. Overall, I have no regrets choosing for the upgraded frame instead of the Di2 option on a 'lesser' frame for roughly there same price. PS. The hydraulic disc brakes are phenomenal improvement over the mechanical ones. It's great that you never have to worry about your brakes during long and steep descents.

  • The Great Helmet Debate19 hours 9 min agoFirst the helmet has to be

    First the helmet has to be worn correctly if it is to be on any benefit ask any motorcyclist about the importance of a correctly fitted helmet.

    We will never know the true data because how many accidents allowed the cyclist to walk away.

    Its down to personnel choice, but for me as a motorcyclist the speeds I can achieve on my bike are greater than a 50cc scooter ride who must wear a helmet. I don't want to spend time in A&E and save our already stretched NHS resources for people who genuinely need them and not waste them on me because I choose not to protect my head from an injury.

    Haven fallen off my bike and hit my head the helmet does work if worn correctly and its a good quality one.

  • Cycling org tells cyclists to get out of the way so cars can pass?20 hours 17 min agoNot too sure........ And not

    Not too sure........ And not too helpful.

  • Cycling org tells cyclists to get out of the way so cars can pass?20 hours 20 min agoEvery conflict that has ever

    Every conflict that has ever existed has occured due on party not having any respect for another.
    Someone needs to take the moral high ground here and show some level of common sense for the common good. As mentioned in an earlier post by Fenix if we spent some time considering drivers and how they feel when affected by cyclists then there would fewer irritated drivers on the road.
    You will never get rid of the total idiot but most folks in cars are just us, but in a car. Irritated by the same things that irritate us not surprisingly.
    I am both a cyclist and a car driver, I some times commute to work and sometimes drive, if faced with a slow vehicle whilst driving, i.e. Tractor, on the road and that vehicle shows no inclination to pull over or give me space to pass I can become frustrated as I think that its inconsiderate. Its is inconsiderate!!!
    Give other road users space to pass when its safe to do so, wave them through if you see the road clear, do something to help the life of others who share the highway. It works. If you do something to help then you have brought a positive experience to some ones day.

    Remember how that feels when you are the recipient of a positive experience.

  • Update: Arrest made following death of cyclist killed by A13 'street-racing' driver21 hours 10 min agobadbobb wrote:Ush wrote:Just

    badbobb wrote:
    Ush wrote:
    Just get rid of the cars. Price them fairly for the amount of damage they cause and they'll be out of the budget of most people.

    great! how do i get to work? how can i take my sister out and about, as she is wheel chair bound? another nutty idea!

    When you're an old man and incompentent to drive how are you going to take your sister out and about? How are you going to get from wherever you live to wherever is important if you HAVE TO USE A CAR?

    Or you could start planning on making cycling safe for those of us that are capable and willing and segregating the rest of you onto manageable, safe public transport.

    Or you could just give up and continue the obviously stupid current situation while pointing to your own needs.