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Re: bicycle trailers

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 hours 9 min ago
My kids love it - although school isn't far enough away to warrant getting it out.

I recall that the Germans have done (limited) studies, but that they reckon that a trailer is safer than a child seat - they're still vulnerable to a large lump of metal actually hitting them, but falls etc are much better protected in a trailer.

It's the general experience on this forum that trailers get alot more space than "just" bikes, so makes the ride subjectively nicer as well.

You will want lower gears as they grow towards the weight limit of the trailer, but they are great. Oh - and hopefully your kids get on Give them a snack/book/toy or get them to play I spy.

Re: Cyclsit just fails to get Darwin award

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 hours 53 sec ago
eileithyia wrote:In future many of us will not be able to hear traffic, simply because of loss of hearing as we age or due to the increase in electric cars. I was nearly run over by a car which suddenly started reversing out of a parking spot recently. I knew the lady was sat in it, but had never heard the engine start up (thus alerting me to her moving) and nor did I hear an engine ...... So it is pointless to rely on hearing alone to alert us to traffic.... so the use of ear phones is a complete Red Herring as far as I am concerned.
But if she didn't look behind her before turning across a fast road and didn't look in front of her either as seems to have been the case,should she have even been there?
Let alone been there wearing headphones.

As for the rest, well yes she probably was being a numpty
If the blogger's description of the incident is to be believed she most certainly is a numpty.
but if you are never taught to use gears then you will never know it is easier to start off in a lower gear, we all started somewhere.....
If she's so incompetent/unlearned/ignorant of the machine she's in charge of,then she should have dismounted and walked rather than do what she did.
We all started somewhere,but on that particular road at that particular junction(which I know all too well)most definitely isn't a good place for anyone to start learning.
Assuming the lady in question was an adult of sound body and mind,she lacked any shred of common sense,let alone road sense.

Meanwhile on a driving forum two more drivers post their side of the story concluding ''bloody cyclists''
And we all suffer some of that .

Re: bicycle trailers

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2014 - 10:42pm
Doesn't answer your question, but I was walking towards town today. Approaching the brow of a hill, I was overtaken by a mum, towing two kids in a trailer. Understandably, she was puffing a bit, and telling the kids that it was a bit of a hill. The reply was:

"Are we going to go down the big hill?"

"Yes".

"Oh good, we can go 'Weeeeee'."

Re: Child/multi purpose trailer for a Brompton

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 July 2014 - 10:30pm
Thank you very much. Will check it out, appreciate your help.

Re: bicycle trailers

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2014 - 10:15pm
Welcome to the forum.

Mini-me did the nursery run and swimming pool trips with me regularly by trailer. By school age he'd outgrown the trailer. Check the weight capacity and dimensions of any trailer you are considering (internal sizes do vary).

Re: Child/multi purpose trailer for a Brompton

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 July 2014 - 10:13pm
sophiejemima wrote:Sorry to latch onto this thread, but I am also looking for a trailer to fit to a brompton for my daughter. I am totally new to cycling and visited a local cycle store for him to say that there are no trailers that will fit the chain stay or would have clearance between that and the spokes. I am not very d.i.y orientated and don't want to mess to much with the bike, need it to be safe and not too expensive. Any makes of trailers that will definitely fit a brompton? Thanks so much
The Henshaw family, owners and authors, of AtoB Magazine have been living with Bromptons and trailers for years.
Here is a start-point for you.
http://www.atob.org.uk/bicycle-trailers ... -trailers/

Have a look around the website and ask them directly if you can't find the info.

EDIT - found in the section "Which Bike ?" at the bottom of that page . . .
AtoB wrote:You can tow almost any sort of trailer with almost any sort of bike, but some combinations can be hard work.When we had nothing more suitable, we pulled our big heavy home-made trailer with an old (and poorly braked) Brompton L3, using a hitch right under the saddle. No one ever fell off, but hills were hard work.

Re: Child/multi purpose trailer for a Brompton

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 July 2014 - 10:00pm
Sorry to latch onto this thread, but I am also looking for a trailer to fit to a brompton for my daughter. I am totally new to cycling and visited a local cycle store for him to say that there are no trailers that will fit the chain stay or would have clearance between that and the spokes. I am not very d.i.y orientated and don't want to mess to much with the bike, need it to be safe and not too expensive. Any makes of trailers that will definitely fit a brompton? Thanks so much

bicycle trailers

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2014 - 9:33pm
Hi guys.

Am new to the forum but wanted to ask if anyone uses a bicycle trailer to ferry the kids to and from school. I am considering getting one for the urban commute but the safety aspect is making me think twice. There are fairly decent cycle lanes en route but you do have to join general traffic at times

Thanks Jon

Re: E petition surfacing redressing

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2014 - 8:32pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:After the initial surface dressing operation and first vacuum-sweep of loose chippings, the roads are swept at seven days and six-week intervals to ensure safety of all road users. Typically 10% of chippings are swept up over the six-week period and recycled for more surface dressing work on other less busy rural roads to ensure no materials are wasted.


That's from my local council.

Although I know of roads which had piles of gravel for months.

A section of main road in a nearby village was done last year- there were piles of chippings all across the road and on the pavements for weeks, the gutters were worse, they must have been at least 2" deep with chippings a foot or more out into the road, and even cars and lorries were skidding when trying to brake for the mini roundabout at the end of the stretch of chippings (it isn't possible for traffic to be going anything other than very slowly there to start with due to double parking, so they weren't going fast). it would have been lethal for a bike. It was also done on top of a badly patched, and in some places unpatched but terrible, surface with dips, holes and cracks everywhere. As soon as the chippings got back to vaguely safe proportions, the surface was cracking and breaking up again, but with a think layer of chippings all over the pavement and road to add to the woe.

Further to my post above, they've just given less than 24 hours notice that they're doing my road. I cannot see a single crack or hole anywhere on it. However, roads nearby have grass growing up the middle it's so long since they were cleaned, and have surfaces with huge and deep potholes, huge cracks, and parts where the broken up edges meet the piles of mud, gravel clay and potholes working out from the middle, especially where there are overhanging trees, leaving nowhere safe even for a narrow cycle tyre to pass. Drainage is so bad that even now there are puddles on some of them. No plans to do anything about any of that that we know of.

It's annoying when drivers say they want us off main roads onto side-roads, but the side roads are dangerous or, in some cases when it has rained, impassable.

Re: 50 mph for lorries

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2014 - 7:05pm
A while back, I was driving our Clio down the A388 towards Plymouth and was behind a Texaco tanker.
On the long downhill stretches, he topped more than 60mph as he was pulling away from me! The road is single carriageway down to Saltash.

At the back of the tanker, was a "Well Driven?" label and a telephone number. The registration number of the tanker was easy to remember, and the phone number too. I was behind it for 15 or 20 minutes so I had time to commit it to memory.

I pulled over near Saltash and wrote the facts down, and later that day I gave them a ring. A few days went by and I received a very nice official letter to tell me that the driver of the tanker was being "re-briefed" and "re-trained".

BTW,
I drive the community bus. 50mph on single carriageways, 60mph on dual carriageways.

Re: So much for a Road Safety organisation

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2014 - 7:02pm
For transport it's per mile, for leisure it's per hour

Re: 50 mph for lorries

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2014 - 6:57pm
LollyKat wrote:I was surprised when I heard this on the news today - I wasn't aware that there was a 40mph limit for lorries on such roads. I've never noticed a lorry sticking to it...

Same with me until about 9 months ago.
I mentioned it to a friend (ex-lorry driver) that I had been stuck behind a lorry only doing 40. That's when he told me about their speed limit.
I have seen only one lorry with the 40 sticker on the back.
Just for info' a car towing a caravan it's 50 mph on a single carriageway.

Re: Train tickets and bike reservations for someone in the U

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 July 2014 - 6:45pm
Excellent! I hope you have a great trip.

Re: Triumph of HiViz over common sense?

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2014 - 6:40pm
This guy could confirm the perception of the 'normal' cyclist. Have spent a while trawling various forums reading about bike v car conflict. Loads of arguments, supporting all sorts of theories. I think this probably supports my personal findings. The less cycling specific clothes I wear the more space space and tolerance I seem to be given. Helmet and high vis, take your bloody elbow off. Cycled usual main road route today in floppy hat, tee shirt and shorts, given loads of space, by 95 percent of all types of traffic.

So much for a Road Safety organisation

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2014 - 6:38pm
One thing I noticed was the statistic about [s]accidents[/s] collisions per distance travelled. Clearly this will disfavour cyclists who, on average, travel more slowly than motorists. (Thus, with equal numbers of each on the roads, and equal numbers of collisions, the collision rate would be higher for cyclists). So, what is the best metric to use for assessing collision rates? Time? Distance? No of journeys?

Edit: ok, strikethrough clearly doesn't work. Just pretend it's there.

Re: So much for a Road Safety organisation

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2014 - 6:04pm
stephenjubb wrote:The roads in a way are like nature the bigger vehicles rule in a way in that it is us and pedestrians get injured, so we have to do everything in our power to prevent injurys.

Its does the cause no good with bad practice from some so called "cyclists" who ride on the pavement.
On my way to where I used to work I usually used the road through a busy junction. Several people told me the road was two busy to cycle on. When there were roadworks on the road making it an unpleasant single lane I chose to use the adjacent shared use farcility. The same several colleagues told me I shouldn't have been riding on the pavement. None would accept the existence of shared use paths, having never heard of them!

We can't win. They just want us to disappear. Helpfully we're halfway there because we are already invisible

Re: South from Paris centre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 July 2014 - 6:02pm
That's one to look into, thanks Graham!

Re: So much for a Road Safety organisation

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2014 - 5:10pm
stephenjubb wrote:Bicycler wrote:stephenjubb wrote:Though you could use the same logic for supporting the "get in the cycle lane" advice.

Indeed correct. However, I can choose not to ride 2 abreast however on the cycle lanes some are dangerous or one cannot make progress and I have had drivers tell me to get in the cycle lane when it wasn't suitable. In these situations I'll take the abuse and igore them.

The worse was in Inverness on the A9, I'd done a 65 mile trip from Ullapool and just did not see it.

Drivers were quite correct that in that instance I should have been on the cycle track, but I received with looks of venim shouts of get on the f???ing cycle track. Talk about shocking.

The roads in a way are like nature the bigger vehicles rule in a way in that it is us and pedestrians get injured, so we have to do everything in our power to prevent injurys.

Its does the cause no good with bad practice from some so called "cyclists" who ride on the pavement.

I find a good way to view angry drivers is to try and think poor so and so, driving that car. It does get hard though with lots of abuse, but I get little but then up north there is less traffic.

If it is a flash car I think no thanks, I would have to work 100s of hours extra to afford it when I could work a fraction extra and cycle tour rather than pay for a flashy tin can.

Its a great mindset, I never get jealous of anyone in a porsche or rolls royce! If they like those things fair play, I just won't get envious. Lifes too short.

South from Paris centre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 July 2014 - 4:58pm
I am planning a ride through France and intend going through Paris, entering via part of the Avenue Verte which should deposit me at the Notre Dame. Does anyone have any ideas for a route south from there down towards Fontainbleau - as traffic free as possible without adding too many miles
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