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Re: Four 4x4's on a forty mile ride

1 hour 2 min ago
What worries me more about SUVs is their dire pedestrian (and presumably also cyclist) safety ratings. Being flat-fronted, and in some cases very badly designed in other ways for pedestrian safety, you're far more likely to be killed by one than by an ordinary saloon if hit at the same speed. As indeed one of my own family was.

They ought not to be being driven without an additional test, and shouldn't be being used for commuting on ordinary roads.

Re: Bike Security Locked At Supermarket Bike Rack

1 hour 37 min ago
My Waitrose is terrible for places to lock bikes (hence my original post).

However, encouragingly, a new Morrisons has recently opened just down the road from it which has excellent bike lock facilities. Loads and loads of the bent tubes set in the ground across the front of the store, then a load more "overflow" ones down the side (not as good, but if the store is that busy then there will be plenty of people around. Encouraging that a new built store includes such facilities.

Ian

Re: Solo night ride

1 hour 48 min ago
Take a spare small front lamp that operates off AA Batteries. Take some hefty rubber bands and a lump of sponge.
Not only does the spare lamp come in as a reserve for your main lamp, it can be used to floodlight a puncture repair.
With the rubber bands and sponge, you can fix it on your handlebars or on the side of your helmet.

Fit two rear lamps.
Have them NOT so bright that they dazzle drivers.

If your shoes do not have reflective panels, wear anklebands of amber or yellow. The vertical oscillation of your ankles will allow an approaching motorist to judge your distance and position, because most motorists have a pretty good idea of the crank throw of a bicycle. If your rear lamps are too bright, the motorist might be dazzled and unable to judge the movement of your ankles.

Re: Bike Security Locked At Supermarket Bike Rack

1 hour 49 min ago
I'd never leave a bike locked up anywhere overnight.

Its just crazy, you come back next day and half the parts will be missing!

Re: Bike Security Locked At Supermarket Bike Rack

1 hour 50 min ago
Lakeland Cambridge no longer allow folded folding bikes to be wheeled around the shop. They do have larger shopping trollies which are allowed. Maybe next time I'll put the bike in a trolley. The (council-provided) parking outside that shop is woefully overcrowded.

Around King's Lynn, Sainsburys, Morrisons and the Tesco furthest from any cycleway are OK. Asda, Spar and the other three(?) Tescos have a mix of wheelbenders, racks sited too close to walls and all the usual nonsense. Morrisons did park their advert on a cycleway near a dangerous junction, though. https://twitter.com/mjray/status/407904 ... 00/photo/1

Re: Bike Security Locked At Supermarket Bike Rack

1 hour 55 min ago
[XAP]Bob wrote:I sometime wheel around the shop - makes a good point, ensures I can't get too much stuff and takes less room than a trolley. Obviously try to stay drive side...
I'll start looking out for the in the frozen peas aisle.

Ian

Solo night ride

2 hours 18 min ago
There have been lots of 'official' group night rides from London to Brighton. Unfortunately none have been at a time when I've been able to join one. I note there's 1 going out on 5th Sept which is now closed but also I'd need to be back in London early Saturday morning due to family commitments making it impossible anyway.

As summer is coming to an end was thinking of doing it this Saturday night.

Main issues are being solo at night and route well that and partner not being happy at all.

Lighting wise I have an Exposure Diablo mk5 on the front and the Blaze on the back. Looking at a fairly direct route so probably fastish roads. Is this suicidal at 3am on a cycle?

Anyone have a doable route I can load into an Edge 810?
Thanks

Re: Garmin Edge GPS

2 hours 49 min ago
2. I tried to follow a route that I had put in. It was a circular route and it started trying to send me home after only a few miles.

this is something I've read about - it tries to send you to the nearest point rather than the next or some such....caused me a fair bit of confusion first time I used it. I now use tracks rather than routes and that works fine. Alternately break your circular route into two: outward and return.

Re: Four 4x4's on a forty mile ride

3 hours 3 min ago
reohn2 wrote:al_yrpal wrote:Ha ha, my son has just got rid of his 'bundle of trouble' Honda CRV which is at the top of that Which list, whilst my totally trouble free 3 year old Mitsubishi ASX is at the bottom! Lol!
And your point is?

Its the drivers, a small % of scruffy white van mans and a few drivers of motorhomes that I am wary of. Most 4x4 people seem very good around here, but it is a very rural area.

Al
The 4x4/SUV's I have most problem with are the stylistas

The point is fairly obvious… and I believe you but I am not quite sure what a stylista is? How do you decide?

Al

Re: Four 4x4's on a forty mile ride

3 hours 38 min ago
al_yrpal wrote:Ha ha, my son has just got rid of his 'bundle of trouble' Honda CRV which is at the top of that Which list, whilst my totally trouble free 3 year old Mitsubishi ASX is at the bottom! Lol!
And your point is?

Its the drivers, a small % of scruffy white van mans and a few drivers of motorhomes that I am wary of. Most 4x4 people seem very good around here, but it is a very rural area.

Al
The 4x4/SUV's I have most problem with are the stylistas

Re: Bike Security Locked At Supermarket Bike Rack

3 hours 54 min ago
I sometime wheel around the shop - makes a good point, ensures I can't get too much stuff and takes less room than a trolley. Obviously try to stay drive side...

Re: Four 4x4's on a forty mile ride

4 hours 33 min ago
Ha ha, my son has just got rid of his 'bundle of trouble' Honda CRV which is at the top of that Which list, whilst my totally trouble free 3 year old Mitsubishi ASX is at the bottom! Lol!

Its the drivers, a small % of scruffy white van mans and a few drivers of motorhomes that I am wary of. Most 4x4 people seem very good around here, but it is a very rural area.

Al

Re: Four 4x4's on a forty mile ride

4 hours 45 min ago
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,
Niether of my 4X4's are on the list

I dont neccesarily think 4 X 4's are the worst drivers its just that they are big and bold and can easily be more intimidating
And you remember them, sounds good too even more dramatic "Big 4 X 4 with a *!^%$ driving it" or "a Golf" which sounds more dangerous..............
You cant argue with a close pass by an artic, when the trailer starts to close you out and you have to brake not to be crushed.

On my current training course it has a very steep lane, (barely enough room for a car and a cycle at the same time) and I have had at least three or more 4 X 4's pass me head on - they pulled right in to the hedge brushing the bank with their wheels and I had to brush the hedge with my arm and handlebars too.
But we pass slowly and I give a nod and a thumb and all is well.

That’s the list from Which? Car magazine’s owner’s survey.

If yours isn’t on the list, there weren’t enough respondents to make a reliable statistical calculation.

All owners of those cars must have been doing better things with their time.

Re: Bike Security Locked At Supermarket Bike Rack

8 hours 30 min ago
Pic below of the overkill locking solution I used to use on my commuter bike , disc alarm on chainring and Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit Mini Lock (weighs 2.09kg).

Re: Four 4x4's on a forty mile ride

11 hours 32 min ago
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,
Niether of my 4X4's are on the list

I dont neccesarily think 4 X 4's are the worst drivers its just that they are big and bold and can easily be more intimidating
And you remember them, sounds good too even more dramatic "Big 4 X 4 with a *!^%$ driving it" or "a Golf" which sounds more dangerous..............
No it's not that at all,it's the proportion of 4x4's(SUV's) for their total number that's the problem.
You cant argue with a close pass by an artic, when the trailer starts to close you out and you have to brake not to be crushed.
That is such a rare occasion I can't remember the last time it happened,in fact I find HGV drivers,and particularly artics to be very courteous when I'm cycling.

On my current training course it has a very steep lane, (barely enough room for a car and a cycle at the same time) and I have had at least three or more 4 X 4's pass me head on - they pulled right in to the hedge brushing the bank with their wheels and I had to brush the hedge with my arm and handlebars too.
But we pass slowly and I give a nod and a thumb and all is well.
Without doubt I've had some extremely courteous 4x4(SUV)drivers when cycling,but I've been slated elsewhere on here for saying what I have,even accused of being jealous of 4x4(SUV) owners.Those peoples accusations couldn't be further from the truth.
The fact remains proportionally 4x4(SUV) drivers are worse than others when I'm cycling.

Re: Bike Security Locked At Supermarket Bike Rack

11 hours 50 min ago
Not sure why people are quite so coy about naming the shops where they have such difficulty locking their bikes safely and securely.

I also have similar difficulties here in Bangor. At Tesco's the bike racks are situated next to the ATM's out of sight of the doors, and according to their security staff not on CTV in an ideal place to be tampered with. Accordingly I lock the bike to the rails of the trolley park right outside the window. I prevent it being bashed by trolleys by locking a trolley to it as well if neccessary. The Curry's computer shop has a massive car park outside and even a sports gym next door with absolutely nothing to lock a bike to. Here I wheel the bike right in and lock it to a convenient computer display right round their own computer security wire if I can. The staff so far don't know what to do about this (they don't seem to have thought of having a cycle stand outside) . Morrisons has a similar problem to Tesco, so I lock the bike to the railings outside the door where the security can see it. At the Morrisons in Rhyl, I wheel the bike in and lock it to their flower stand opposite the tobacco counter - the staff could'nt care less, which seems to say it all really.

However Asda have a number of good cycle racks right outside the door.

Re: Four 4x4's on a forty mile ride

26 August 2014 - 11:00pm
Hi,
Niether of my 4X4's are on the list

I dont neccesarily think 4 X 4's are the worst drivers its just that they are big and bold and can easily be more intimidating
And you remember them, sounds good too even more dramatic "Big 4 X 4 with a *!^%$ driving it" or "a Golf" which sounds more dangerous..............
You cant argue with a close pass by an artic, when the trailer starts to close you out and you have to brake not to be crushed.

On my current training course it has a very steep lane, (barely enough room for a car and a cycle at the same time) and I have had at least three or more 4 X 4's pass me head on - they pulled right in to the hedge brushing the bank with their wheels and I had to brush the hedge with my arm and handlebars too.
But we pass slowly and I give a nod and a thumb and all is well.

Re: Garmin Edge GPS

26 August 2014 - 10:51pm
I have the Edge with the OS Maps and a course is very hard to read as its colour is close to that of the A Roads,

Re: Garmin Edge GPS

26 August 2014 - 10:11pm
pneumatic wrote:I got one this year. Great for seeing where you've been but I'm still struggling with some features.

1. You have to remember to turn it on! (My old cateye had a motion sensor to start it up). It's ok when you set out from home but I have twice lost data by forgetting after a meal break.

2. I tried to follow a route that I had put in. It was a circular route and it started trying to send me home after only a few miles.

3. The altimeter bewilders me. I keep setting it correctly but most of my ride data is below sea level. Need a snorkel.

I assume most of this is fixable in the settings, but I cannot find a simple practical guide to them.

It is great, but it should be easier to use.

1: Totally agree, it's soo annoying when your on a decent ride and realise you forget to hit start after you stopped. Have got another thread going about joining rides together!!

2: I normally have issues with it telling me I'm not on the route when I'm on the road it wants me to be!!

3: Have also had this problem with the altimeter. I think I reset mine and then it seemed a lot more stable. I also find if I turn it on a few minutes before riding, it "settles" down to the correct level. (Or what I perceive to be the correct level!!).

Not sure if the newer versions are easier to use, haven't had the chance to have a look at one!

Re: Holes in carbon forks

26 August 2014 - 9:06pm
If the two holes are in similar positions then possibly they were part of manufacture.
If you can, go back to shop and check against other Cube bikes.

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