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I dunno about you, but I love reading stuff on this place, but the seemingly constant articles about cyclists being killed, hit, maimed and injured make me really depressed. Are there any nice cycling stories about?

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bike_food [167 posts] 2 years ago
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It's the same as any other news site or tv programme, focus on the bad stuff with the odd lighter moment.
We all love to be outraged I think, there's only so many reviews on cotton caps you can take before getting bored.

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skitza [94 posts] 2 years ago
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Where are the reviews on cotton caps!?  13 39

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jengy [70 posts] 2 years ago
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Agreed, keeps me away from the site at times

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TheHatter [770 posts] 2 years ago
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It's been my New Years resolution not to read them. Head in the sand maybe but I feel a lot happier!

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mintimperial [18 posts] 2 years ago
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It is depressing, and I find it hard to read on occasion, but it's good that someone is keeping track and highlighting all this stuff. No-one else out there seems to be doing that particular job quite as well.

I've used road.cc articles to show my MP examples of the sort of crap cyclists have to deal with, so it's definitely a useful resource. Regular news outlets definitely don't serve to fight our corner, that's for sure, so I think road.cc are doing a useful job in this respect.

I also like the endless cotton cycling cap reviews but then I'm a bit weird...  3

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lister40 [3 posts] 2 years ago
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Great minds and all. I've had it with road.cc, totally fed up with the another cyclist gets killed/ driver gets nothing story. We get it, you need to publish it but some balance please. My lovely country lane sunny 25miles home this eve isn't news but it shifts the balance for me.

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badkneestom [135 posts] 2 years ago
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At the same time, if they didn't post a story and it grew to international scale, many would call them out for not reporting the story.

Ie: this Twitter hit and run story has officially hit American Yahoo front page. It's a huge story. What if road.cc didn't post it?

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Argos74 [372 posts] 2 years ago
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I had a nice ride home last night. Considerate road users, average luck with the red lights. Waved and said hi to people, slowed down to let a cat cross the road. Made lots of cake. Life is good.

Not headline news though. Happens most days, well maybe not the cake.

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notfastenough [3661 posts] 2 years ago
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Well they can't not report it.

Anyway, there's a forum. We could always make a concerted effort to redress the happiness balance by using that.

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thebungle [103 posts] 2 years ago
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I totally agree, it's for me one of the best written 'daily' cycling websites but it does come across as playing the victim sometimes.

Keep it positive please, by all means report on the uglier side to cycling but there was a period for a while where the front page was dominated by 'HGV crash stats', 'car beeped their horn at me' type stories.

More Rapha reviews please  3

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Super Domestique [1596 posts] 2 years ago
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notfastenough wrote:

Well they can't not report it.

Anyway, there's a forum. We could always make a concerted effort to redress the happiness balance by using that.

Exactly.

Plus the reviews of Giro stages and pro bike kit are great.

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Fixie Girl [125 posts] 2 years ago
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Hey guys I have come across this pretty late and I kinda agree that road.cc reporting is a bit of a pity party for cyclists.

What prompted me to add my 2c is that I have just finessed reading David McRaney's You are not so smart.. The quote of the day is:-

“If you see lots of shark attacks in the news, you think, 'Gosh, sharks are out of control.' What you should think is 'Gosh, the news loves to cover shark attacks.”

Ride safe, FG

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ilovemytinbred [160 posts] 2 years ago
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I understand what people are saying, but I think that reporting these tragic events raises awareness.
There is plenty of normal positive stuff, but these stories tend to stick in our minds and are have more of a impact on our day than most of the other stuff.

In honesty I am more worried by the fact that even though I am more of a die hard cyclist than most, cars have definitely stopped me from cycling on many roads at certain times of the day. It is not because of what I read on here, it is because of hairy overtaking or other dangerous manoeuvres I was experiencing almost every day.