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Re: longer/flatter v shorter/pointier

2 hours 30 min ago
:::::UPDATE:::::
It looks as though there will be trains between London and Oxford on Thursday, so I don't need to cycle both ways. I'm relieved and a bit disappointed.

In case there's another strike, I'm still interested in distance/ascent/speed/exhaustion relationships. Perhaps I should do what axel_knutt suggests, and keep records. On the other hand, there may be too many variables to be able to draw any useful conclusions (weather, road surface, luggage weight, my own physical condition, etc.).

Re: Exmouth Exodus

5 hours 31 sec ago
I would ask questions, but it seems that I can't make it.
That weekend is already spoken for.

Re: woman eating cereal while driving

5 hours 9 min ago
reohn2 wrote:The problem is that they've been allowed,due to a lack of effect policing,to get away with breaking such laws and others like them,so much so that it's become normalised.
You're virtually making my own argument for me here. If the police aren't enforcing it, and public opinion isn't making people feel wrong, then in what sense is it wrong? Laws are generally made to formalise the proscription of a behaviour which is already seen as wrong, not the other way around, that's why \I think the issue is one of changing public opinion.
I don't agree there'll be an uproar if the law is applied
But there already was with speed cameras.
The amount of dangerous road crime is generally carried out by a minority of drivers IMHO
If that could be shown when so many were complaining about being caught by speed cameras, someone will start arguing that the speed limits are redundant.

Re: woman eating cereal while driving

5 hours 25 min ago
The worst-ever year for road deaths in Britain was 1941, but that was of course during wartime and blackouts. The worst-ever year in peacetime was 1966 - long before seatbelt legislation and before even seatbelts were routinely fitted to cars. So this may have been a factor. But I think there were others - improved car and road design etc.

Re: Wibbly Wobbly

5 hours 39 min ago
If your bell is flaming then please stop and extinguish it before continuing...

Re: woman eating cereal while driving

5 hours 57 min ago
ambodach wrote:To go back to the diversion on seatbelts. I remember talking to a nurse from a hospital which specialised in organ transplants. She said that before the law came into force there was a plentiful supply of cadavers with potential organs "warm off the motorway" as she put it. After the law was enforced this supply sadly dried up (she said). Must do some good for somebody tho' !

Road deaths were falling before belts were introduced, and continued to fall after they were introduced, but there was no sudden drop that coincided with the legislation. Road deaths fell faster in countries without compulsory seatbelts than those with.

If you compare todays death toll with that of the past you will see a difference just because of the reduction over time, independent of the introduction of belts. That's why we employ statisticians to do the work and not nurses.

Re: woman eating cereal while driving

6 hours 15 min ago
To go back to the diversion on seatbelts. I remember talking to a nurse from a hospital which specialised in organ transplants. She said that before the law came into force there was a plentiful supply of cadavers with potential organs "warm off the motorway" as she put it. After the law was enforced this supply sadly dried up (she said). Must do some good for somebody tho' !

Re: Exmouth Exodus

8 hours 35 min ago
I've done it most years since it started, only missed 2.

I don't think there's any chance of falling asleep while riding - there's just to much effort, adrenalin, etc. If you get off route, trying to map read at 3 am with a befuddled brain is quite a challenge. And there's a definite risk of falling asleep in a warm village hall over a bowl of pasta. One year I did it was cold and wet and trying to force myself out into the night to ride another 50 miles was more of a challenge than the actual riding.

I'll probably do it this year, though Bath is an even more inconvenient start for me than Bristol.

Any questions about it, just fire away.

Re: Route London to Southend on Sea

9 hours 9 min ago
I did the London to Southend Bike ride last year and the route they used was quite a good one, though probably not the most direct.

Started in Victoria Park and went via Stapleford Abbot, Mountnessing, Hanningfield, Hullbridge and Rochford.

I would say going South of the A127, as others have suggested, is going to be a pain because the A127 and A130 are pretty much cycling no go areas and all the other areas south of the A127 are fairly built up residential area's.

That said you could cycle all the way along the sea front through Leigh On Sea, Benfleet, Pitsea, Basildon, Laindon, Horndon and into Upminster. Basically staying just North of the A130. Leigh On Sea to Benfleet should be particularly'fun' as you can go down Essex Way which is a pretty long steep hill(wouldn't fancy cycling it in reverse though as it's a tough climb!)

Re: Wibbly Wobbly

9 hours 20 min ago
rmurphy195 wrote:It's the faster guys on quicker bikes riding quickly - so please guys if you are overtaking, give as much room to the cyclist your are passing as you would expect a car/van/lorry driver to give you!
Please ring your flaming bell and pass on the right with caution if you're passing within 1.5m!

Re: Wibbly Wobbly

9 hours 47 min ago
Now we're back in the realm of cultivating a deliberate wobble, and, wearing a blonde wig

Re: woman eating cereal while driving

9 hours 48 min ago
From the linked article:-
The speeding offences were: 109mph and 82mph in a 50mph limit area at Royal Artillery Way, Southend; 69mph and 59mph in a 50 mph zone on the A127 at Rayleigh; 55mph in a 40mph limit area on the A127 at Laindon and 32mph in a 20mph limit at Marine Parade, Westcliff. The seventh offence was driving through a red traffic signal on the A127 at Southend.

He was also ordered to pay fines and legal costs totalling £1,070.
I'm forced to ask,what did he know about the judge,that the judge didn't want revealing?
A gangsters paradise.....
And:-

The court heard that since the incidents McFarlane had received treatment for a nervous breakdown which had resulted in a spending spree and heavy debts.
Yeah right,I'll believe him,thousands wouldn't

Re: Wibbly Wobbly

10 hours 24 min ago
Quite agree Richard. I've had a few people undertake me on bikes, brushing my elbow as they do, which is even more disconcerting. This mainly happens when starting off from traffic lights, and my concentration is on what the vehicles behind me are about to do, when suddenly a cyclist flashes past between me and the kerb.

Incidentally, when I worked at the post office many years ago, one of my colleagues who drove one of the Royal Mail vans came up to me one day to say they often found themselves driving behind me when I was cycling off to my round, and could never get past because I was wobbling too much. I didn't tell him that was the point. (not that I was deliberately wobbling, but I wasn't going to make efforts at not doing so just to appease him)

Re: Wibbly Wobbly

10 hours 29 min ago
I think it's just the good weather bringing them out. I've noticed locally over the past few weeks an increase in the number of "lycra-louts" on shiny carbon-fibre confections, wearing all the "correct" kit, and riding their bikes in the same fashion as they drive their SUVs*. It has been quite scarey on several occasions.


*ie with an almost-total lack of awareness of what's going on around them and showing no consideration for any other road-user.

Re: woman eating cereal while driving

11 hours 3 min ago
And he's a red light jumper! You can't use that excuse for any other offence. I'm sorry I murdered him your honour but if I go to prison I'll lose my job!

Re: Route London to Southend on Sea

11 hours 41 min ago
p.s. unless Basildon council have taken to better maintenance practices, the shared use path under the A130 is exactly the sort of overgrown, glass strewn thing that we are always complaining about on here https://www.google.no/maps/@51.608309,0 ... 56!6m1!1e1 but it's only for 100 metres or so.

Re: ITV4 Tour Coverage.

11 hours 44 min ago
Still recorded cycling rather than golf though

Re: Route London to Southend on Sea

19 hours 7 min ago
StellaLdn. wrote:I'm picking up this old thread as I was looking to cycle to Shoeburyness, spend the day in Southend-on-sea and then take the train back from Grays or so. Maybe some others have taken the route Google Maps suggests? https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Stratford+Centre,+54A+Broadway,+London+E15+1NG,+United+Kingdom/Shoeburyness,+Southend-on-Sea,+UK/@51.5391932,0.0189543,15z/data=!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x47d8a7898eb433cf:0x65440afadeba9605!2m2!1d0.001984!2d51.542184!1m5!1m1!1s0x47d8d83fa5f72033:0x8e098255675351c0!2m2!1d0.797853!2d51.531522!3e1

The route looks somewhat straight forward to me, but experience has taught me that it often ain't.
I wouldn't ride that route for a million pounds.

The route suggested by gaz looks okay, except for the A130/A13 junction, which is a nightmare in any form of transport. The latest rendition has a side path, which I haven't tried, but I would still avoid it. The route north of the A127 suggested above is much more pleasant. If you don't want to go as far north as Brentwood, you can do:
Upminster
Little Warley
Ingrave
Little Burstead

The A128 and A129 are busy, but okay for short stretches at least, especially in built up areas.

Similarly, the junction at Rettendon (A1245, A132, etc.) isn't nice, but it's hard to avoid because you have to get across the River Crouch (and it's much better than the A130/A13 junction). The only way to avoid big A road junctions is:
Upminster
Little Warley
Ingrave
Little Burstead
Billericay
Ramsden Heath
Wickford
Shotgate
under the A 130 on the Old London Road (now shared use path)
Rawreth
then one of the two routes suggested by SteveHunter or me above (via Hullbridge or Hockley)

I used to take the Rettendon junction commuting, and the Hanningfield route is nicer than going through Wickford, but I would call it even, whether to take the slight shorter distance and go under the A130, or the Hanningfield route and across the Rettendon junction.

I would use Sutton Road to Shopland Road out of Rochford and over to Great Wakering, then south to Shoeburyness.

The route I suggest adds about 10 miles over the Cycletravel route gaz linked to, but IMO worth it for more pleasant scenery and missing out Saddler's Farm.

Re: woman eating cereal while driving

6 July 2015 - 10:41pm
bogmyrtle wrote:Oops don't think it was this one. Think it was a man using his mobile somewhere in Edinburgh.

Same difference

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