It's an 'exclusive' don't you know... I think that must mean a week later than road.cc and local press' coverage, with a couple of new quotes from locals. Sorry, I'll play nicely from now on...
Anyway, the newspaper spoke to a couple of locals, one of whom called the bike storage hangars a "cynical ploy" by the "woke Green council".
"These hangars are a cynical ploy to raise more cash for council coffers. It is a perfect example of yet another pet project by our woke Green council that doesn’t make sense," Ellie Reid suggested.
Laura King added: "This seems to be another weapon in the Greens' aim to push motorists out of the city. These hangars are too large for the parking spaces, making them unsafe for pedestrians, especially wheelchair users and the visually impaired."
Interesting take there, Laura. If correct then presumably parked cars and larger vehicles would also be unsafe for pedestrians?
IF THOSE ARE PARKING SPACES ON THE PAVEMENT I WILL LAUNCH THE TRAFFORD COUNCIL BUILDING INTO THE SUN https://t.co/YCEL54hgmd
— Hannah 🚲😈 (@theeyecollector) November 23, 2022
Despite the derisive questions of 'is this the before pic?' we're sadly going to have to confirm... it's not...
Why would you possibly endorse pavement parking?! Bicycles won’t be able to use that cycle lane as they will risk being car doored, so will have to cycle in the middle of the road - the whole thing is extremely unsafe.
— Claire 🚴🏼♀️🇪🇺💙 (@rowli87) November 22, 2022
1998 called and they want their plans back.
— Just Another Cyclist (@justacwab) November 22, 2022
Not one person who walks or cycles was involved in designing this
— Herzberg (@herzberg19) November 22, 2022
"How was work?"
"Oh, pretty good actually, I spent the afternoon writing about how someone pretending to be Sandford Police from Hot Fuzz tricked loads of people into thinking cyclists would need licences, registration, mandatory hi-vis clothing and helmets..."
"You need to get a proper job..."
All cycles used on roads or public spaces will be required to have a Cycle Unique Number Registration
Cyclists will be required to use a helmet & hi vis clothing for their safety
Cycling without a licence, CUNR, helmet or hi vis clothing will see the cycle seized & destroyed
— Sandford Police (@Sandford_Police) November 23, 2022
It's all for the greater good you see...
WHAT? Need more details.... What about e-scooters then? https://t.co/P4tTWK5496
— VB (@IAdler6) November 23, 2022
I don’t see your statements on bicycles as true. Appreciate that these requirements were being considered but it appears they have been dropped.
— ns0110 (@ns01102) November 23, 2022
Wow great news. About time as the legislation hasn't been really upgraded since derailer gears was invented. With electric assisted now too. Hope audible device on bike not just at sale of new has changed. In tourist Town we have pedestrian only cyclists think they can ride too
— Dragon Dorset (@GreenDragonpip) November 23, 2022
Who said Twitter was dead?
Does more expensive necessarily mean faster? Jamie and Liam real-world tested eight wheelsets to find out whether money can buy speed...
I've definitely missed the point of the feature if this is my main takeaway, but I'm most impressed by how much work went into the vid! Eight wheelsets set up with discs, tubeless and cassettes + eight efforts each (Jamie's at 300w in November). Fair play lads, we can't say you didn't put the work in...
Plenty of discussion in the comments this lunchtime about The Sun's woke bike hangar story...
Rendel Harris gets us started with some investigative work...
"Laura King's complaint about the hangars being 'too large for parking spaces' presumably refers to the fact that most of the designs have the nearside feet on the kerb to facilitate door opening; I've glanced at the one in our street and it takes about six inches maximum off the pavement.
"Our Laura also made it into the Daily Mail with the same story and complaints (I read it so you don't have to), adding 'They also have no reflective strips on them to make them visible at night making them dangerous for motorists.' If any readers happen to own large shiny metal green cars in Brighton, I suggest you find a private parking space for them because if Laura's driving around at night she won't see them when they are parked."
brooksby questioned the logic of the complaint: "If Brighton has a Green council then doesn't that mean that more people voted for the Greens? So, liked their policies? Isn't that how our democracy (currently) works, so why are people complaining?"
Pub bike: "Bike hangers are a symptom of a failed (and failing) planning system that hasn't ensured buildings have sufficient bike parking since the dawn of time. Bikes and cycling are not new, and predate the motor car, so this is absentmindedness on a stick from our brain-dead local government.
"Sufficient cycle parking provision should have been and should be a planning condition on every S106, just like bin storage, fire access etc.
"So bike hangers it is then — a sticking plaster."
hawkinspeter: "Woke hangars? I can totally see how storing your bike in a semi-secure location is hitting back at systemic racism." You and me both, you and me both...
Apparently this is what listening to too much Spandau Ballet leads to... a gold leaf-finished frame and what can only be described as an unusual head tube...
Tech editor Mat has taken a proper look at the bike, so I'd recommend starting with his expertise, and then rejoining me for the part where we all laugh about what mean people are saying about it on the internet...
Anyway, if you've already seen enough of that head tube for one lifetime, join the party...
Freddy56 compared the head tube to a "wet bag of sugar", while the Twitter talk was even less kind...
Gainz! 💪💪💪 pic.twitter.com/CFjC8tobJ3
— Stephen moore (@Stephen28780796) November 23, 2022
— Rick Roberts (@RickyBobby1872) November 23, 2022
IanMSpencer was more concerned about the saddle than anything else, "That seat looks a tad too aero to be comfy to me"...
Not everyone's upset though. bobrayner enjoyed the "slightly marbled" texture and wondered if you "could you achieve the same in your shed with a tin of Hammerite?"
Anyway, I guess all that matters is Adam is happy, which he is...
Just picked up his new gold cycling gear from Rapha. pic.twitter.com/YmUY7tyb1E
— John Fox🙂🏠🚴♂️♣️ (@JohnFox28541730) November 23, 2022
How is the round ball sport going? Please explain it to me in cycling terms.
— Belinda (@reallyspoketome) November 22, 2022
I get it... not everyone wants to watch one, let alone four football matches a day. And while many of you will probably have zero care for how the football World Cup is unfolding, here are the cycling comparisons that might just help you relate to the action...
Jumbo Visma (Argentina) lost the team time trial against your local Sunday cycling club
— Nico #HikikomoriAntesDePonerseDeModa (@debasermad) November 22, 2022
Wales was like Almeida, and they spent most of the time behind but ended up finishing at the same time as the GC group
— Generic Cycling Account (@GenericCycling) November 23, 2022
Ecuador was like a mid tier GC rider trying to win a 1 week but the only competition is Jakub Mareczko. They easily took some time early on in the race and then just held firm in the flatter back half.
— Generic Cycling Account (@GenericCycling) November 23, 2022
Oh, and poor Australia...
Australia attacked on the first climb and then got caught with 150k to go , dropped into a headwind and failed to finish inside cut off time
— Nicholas Arena (@onegoodsport) November 23, 2022
And for more round ball content...
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.