Happens every day with me
— Dee McLaughlin (@deemacl) October 26, 2021
Time for some reaction to our main blog story of the day...it's all a bit déjà vu isn't it? You're riding along, approach a left turn, see driver waiting, driver starts to edge forward, 'surely not' you think, 'yep, they're coming out', BRAKE...
Andrew Potts suggested this and the left hook are all-time classics for the 'bad driving cyclists see' hall of fame. No arguments from me, although I'd love to add the must get in front overtake approaching a red light/stationary traffic that always ends with you rolling past laughing...
Rob Taylor thinks there's more to it, "I’m convinced it’s not just a case of I didn’t see you (no excuses for that) but one of...'its only a bike...they can stop and he/she isn’t going fast.' Not appreciating you could so easily be doing 25mph. Perceived speed for some drivers seems relative to mass."
Graham Black championed the trusty air horn for situations like this...
On Facebook, David Kelly commented: "It’s sadly an almost everyday occurrence stuff like that."
Of course, some said the cyclist shouldn't have been riding so fast...Stew Elliott mic-dropped that idea with this: "What I'm getting from the responses is a bunch of people who regularly moan that cyclists are slow and hold up traffic also think cyclists go too fast." Funny that.
Very relatable. Last time this happened to me the car driver then slowed down and shouted through his passenger window that I was going too fast! He had forced me to brake from about 15mph to about ten, so he could pull out and shout! When this happens again I'll argue back.
— FortyFouristheMagicNumber (@fouristhe) October 26, 2021
Very relatable. Last week I had the double whammy of driver pulling out so I slow down, while the car behind accelerates and left hooks across me without indicating.
— Yes Kev (@kamiterru_) October 26, 2021
Rudy Project has just launched its new Deltabeat sunglasses which are now made with a bio-based polyamide frame material that’s called Rilsan Clear.
Rudy Project says this new material developed by Arkema has the same properties of Grilamid TR90 which is commonly used for sport sunnies. “Rilsan Clear’s key properties are lightness, chemical and fatigue resistance, flexibility and easy processability which make this material extremely durable, resistant and perfectly suitable for sports use,” claims Rudy Project.
Rilsan Clear is made from the oil of castor beans grown in the Gujarat region of India. “The beans are crushed to produce castor oil and the oil is further refined during several steps to produce the primary bio-based raw material in the polymer,” Rudy Project explains.
The Deltabeats are Rudy Projects’ sunnies with a large wraparound lens for maximum coverage and also include the brands’ head grip geometry that’s designed to optimise the fit for different faces. Vents are also included on the temples, frame and lenses to minimise the risk of fogging. We’ll get one in for review and you know our thoughts soon…
Raleigh has a competition where one lucky winner will get their hands on a pristine vintage MK2 Raleigh Chopper. Working in partnership with World Bicycle Relief, entrants can also win a collection of limited edition T-shirts and prints. All proceeds will go towards World Bicycle Relief's work providing bikes to those living in poverty within developing rural areas.
The MK2 probably needs no introduction, it's an iconic bike that Raleigh says, "transports many riders back to a time of fun and exploration from their childhood". Anyone here still a proud Chopper owner? Entries are £5 via the brand's crowdfunder...
— BBC Radio Sussex (@BBCSussex) October 26, 2021
Old Shoreham Road has a new cycle lane today, it's a little bit wonky (and not council-approved) but it's there...
The DIY painted lane appeared on the same road where the council removed a protected cycle route last month. Images of the new lane spread on social media, and show it painted sporadically along both sides of the road. In response, the council promised to remove the paintwork and warned the public "not to put unauthorised lining on any roads."
One unimpressed local told the Argus, "Honestly, we were shocked and appalled that someone had gone to such lengths to reverse the decision that was finally democratically made after 16 months. This is an illegal act of vandalism that needs to be dealt with by the police..."
Old Shoreham Road made headlines here at road.cc when a group of parents set up a school bike train in response to the council's decision to remove the infrastructure. Ben Kelly, a founder of the train and parent at a local school said: "It’s one hundred percent in response to the bike lane being taken out.
"Using that road is a lot more dangerous when you don’t have a cycle lane there. Cars whiz past at speed and in volume. It was not a nice journey in comparison. We thought we’d do a bike train to get safety in numbers, what we basically do is ride two abreast, take up the whole lane and cars can then drive around us."
Aiming to solve one of the biggest issues of digging deep in-the-saddle - stinky kit - Muc-Off has launched its Anti-Odour spray (£11.99 for a 250ml bottle). The bicycle care brand is venturing into rider care with a spray that it says helps increase the longevity of kit and is perfect for using while away on riding trips to help protect your kit when it’s repeatedly used and can’t be easily washed.
The spray uses Silverplus tech which, according to Muc-Off, works by releasing the silver element in the formula onto the fabric to keep riders’ kit smelling fresh for longer. “The silver releases positive ions to attach to the negative ions of bacteria, which prevents the dreaded odour-causing bacteria from developing,” says Muc-Off. “It’s ideal for removing odour from helmet liners, body armour, shoe lining, gloves, pads, boots, shoes, synthetic fibre or any other textiles that come into contact with your skin and start to smell over time.”
Muc-Off says it’ll provide freshness for up to ten washes before another spray treatment is needed, and is suitable to use on leather, suede, cotton, polycotton, softshell, technical fabrics and synthetics.
Brands are increasingly introducing products to increase the longevity of kit to reduce the environmental impact. Wondering how to make more eco-friendly choices when it comes to your cycle clothing? You can find out more over here.
— Deceuninck-QuickStep (@deceuninck_qst) October 26, 2021
Believe it or not the only Quick-Step rider here is Yves Lampaert. At first we thought Tim Declercq was looking well, turns out that's an actual John Deere.
This is one of the new jerseys we are introducing to the AW21 CC.Mamnick range of cycling kit. Expect the first few pieces to be available tomorrow. Produced in very small numbers, the most exclusive kit in the world today and proven at UCI World Tour level 🌍 #keepyompin pic.twitter.com/7WyuBQPZlP
— Mamnick™ (@Mamnick) October 25, 2021
In the market for biathlon kit? Probably not. But Sheffield-based cycling clothing company Mamnick raised eyebrows with this interesting kit release photo...as well as the brand's no nonsense approach to dealing with unhappy replies...
Sorry to disappoint you, Joanna.
We will decide what is appropriate when it comes to marketing and taking marketing risks. We will deal with the consequences (if there are any) of doing so.
Will we also not cower or by summoned by the Twitter-mobs of the eternally offended.
— Mamnick™ (@Mamnick) October 26, 2021
& it seems to have worked Gavin.
Thank you for your comment.
— Mamnick™ (@Mamnick) October 26, 2021
They also kill bad guys like Osama Bin Laden, so it’s not all bad news.
— Mamnick™ (@Mamnick) October 25, 2021
I don't really know what to say about this. You can make up your own mind...
As always with the EF Education-Nippo x Rapha collabs there's a great behind the scenes film documenting the trip. Lachlan Morton's Alt Tour film is worth the wait. We spent most of July just watching his little avatar zipping across France on the tracker, now you can actually see what it was like slogging away day after day...in his sandals. Well worth a watch...
70 comments under this. Get comfy, grab the popcorn, we're going in...
Scotty Turner got the ball rolling: "Oh that plonker again, anti car cycalist(sic)"
Chris Dunn rather menacingly added: "Car owners are voters and you don't want to be upsetting them."
Stuart Pike may have the solution though..."Unless they flatten all the hills out, it's all rubbish." Right, lads. Get that roller out and flatten some of those hills for us...
In fairness, a few people pointed out the need to make public transport more reliable and accessible, including Vanessa Roberts: "Our bus service to Bath is diabolical and the train isn't much better. I prefer to use the park and ride when I can as parking prices are high."
Any locals want to have their say?
Today we officially launch the Geraint Thomas Cycling Trust 🙌
Set-up by @GeraintThomas86, the GTCT aims to get young people cycling regardless of their individual circumstances.
To hear more👇🏼 pic.twitter.com/5TUrsX1Ssu
— Geraint Thomas Cycling Trust (@GTCyclingTrust) October 25, 2021
G has set up the Geraint Thomas Cycling Trust (GTCT) so that "every young person can enjoy the spirit of cycling by participating in cycling regardless of their individual circumstances." Through grant funding and a support programme, the trust wants to encourage more youngsters to ride bikes, while also tackling the affordability issue that many face when buying and maintaining their bicycle.
On the sport side of things the GTCT has pledged to develop a network of community volunteer mentors, and more widely it will work with other cycling organisations and local cycling clubs and schools to support young people who want to cycle.
This is an everyday occurrence. pic.twitter.com/TR2Kz1Ndqt
— CycleGaz™ (@cyclegaz) October 25, 2021
I'd wager if you're here reading road.cc and you've been riding bikes for any sustained period of time, then you'll be familiar with this manoeuvre. CycleGaz certainly has, he's even nailed down his cheery "Ohhh, thank you for looking. Thank you, really appreciate it" and ride on...
Presumably, the driver here didn't even consider the thought of a cyclist rolling up the bike lane on the inside of the stationary cars. Maybe it's a clip to highlight how paint on the road doesn't help keep cyclists safe, but I'd say it's mainly just a very relatable piece of bad driving.
Anyway, even if there was a segregated lane it might not have helped...remember this vid from Cork's new South Mall cycle path? One local rider took a spin down the new lane, only to narrowly avoid a triple collision with two drivers pulling into it without seeing him.
As is the way with Twitter, not everyone agreed the driver was at fault in the CycleGaz video...two accounts (both related to London taxi drivers) took issue. Our old 'friends' at Taxileaks blamed Gaz for riding like he's in a velodrome and took issue with the rider pressing his head unit afterwards too...that's a new one for the bingo cards.
I brake 4 seconds before they pull out, clearly You aren’t able to watch and analyse a video.
Are you allowed to push buttons on the steering wheel whilst driving?
— CycleGaz™ (@cyclegaz) October 25, 2021
It's a return to form for the self-proclaimed 'London's no1 Taxi news website/blog' which was last seen on the live blog arguing with Jeremy Vine about cyclists needing registration plates. The advice from fellow cyclists was more sympathetic...one person recommended rechargeable air horns, another the advice "assume that every single driver will ignore your right of way and pull out on you"...
This takes me back to commuting by bike in the UK. Only way to approach is it to assume that every single driver will ignore your right of way and pull out on you.
— Stefan (@chewybabas) October 25, 2021
More than once a day usually
— SFB-Mod (@cycleprawn) October 25, 2021
Yes, multiple times per day in fact.
— Benjamin Patterson (@benjaminpa) October 25, 2021
Got to love a WTF hand too...
Gave him the hand though, always give the WTF hand.
— teddy (@edryn80) October 25, 2021
Dan joined road.cc in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining road.cc, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.