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Re: proviz victim blaming advert

17 December 2014 - 9:52pm
I was like the people who stop and tell me that I'm invisible. They normally get very confused when I ask who they are talking to...

Re: Bike lift...

17 December 2014 - 8:36pm
There is no "Health and Safety Brigade" - they're an invention of the Daily Mail.

Re: proviz victim blaming advert

17 December 2014 - 8:09pm
I'm always surprised as a passenger by some of the comments I hear from who ever is driving. My favourite being, "Look at that pillock riding with no lights!"
Lights or not, said pillock was seen or he wouldn't have been mentioned.

Re: proviz victim blaming advert

17 December 2014 - 7:53pm
The local fell runners use the roads near us for winter evening training & one of them has a similar jacket - you can definitely see where he (I think it is a he but they are a mixed group) is when out in the car but I don't find it excessively bright as the level of reflectivity doen't seem to be quite as bright as some reflectives, there's just a lot of it.

Rick.

Re: proviz victim blaming advert

17 December 2014 - 7:49pm
The level of victim blaming (in the description, I'm not blessing their video with a view) is atrocious. The fact is that motorists are already literally let off murder without a trial...

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=92725

You don't need to be a lighthouse, you just need motorists to look where they are going. This is the problem we need to overcome, and no amount of clothing will change the inattention we have bred on our roads.

Re: Tesco unicycle stands

17 December 2014 - 6:55pm
cotswolds wrote:My local Tesco has them, been cursing them for years each time the bike fell over as I was loading the panniers... until I discovered they work much better if you reverse in when they work fine. Only works if the rack is reasonably empty otherwise access to panniers is difficult.
The ones around here are so close to the wall that reversing in would leave the front wheel unsecured unless you have a realllllllly loooooooong cable.

Re: Tesco unicycle stands

17 December 2014 - 6:27pm
cotswolds wrote:Psamathe wrote:Yes, too short (my local Tesco has them as well). Would work better if installed the other way round (higher end away from the wall) and further out from the wall.

Ian

My local Tesco has them, been cursing them for years each time the bike fell over as I was loading the panniers... until I discovered they work much better if you reverse in when they work fine. Only works if the rack is reasonably empty otherwise access to panniers is difficult.
I would say that for any bike that is intended to carry any kind of load a propstand is essential - preferably a twin legged one or a single leg mounted at the rear axle.

Re: proviz victim blaming advert

17 December 2014 - 6:11pm
Wouldn't surprise if the first time someone gets knocked off their bike when wearing one these jackets the driver claims they dazzled by it and could not see properly. I have bright and high vis clothing, lights on the bike and on my helmet but if someone is not looking in the right direction none of this will matter one jot. And there seem to be plenty of drivers who don't care about your presence on the road whatever your visibility is - they seem compelled to try and squeeze past you rather than wait for a safe space to do so. So I won't be buying a 'radioactive gorilla' suit myself, I am happy that I make myself visible enough to counter any contributory negligence claims should I be unfortunate enough o be shunted off the road by Mr Magoo.

Re: proviz victim blaming advert

17 December 2014 - 6:09pm
It's amazing how much that jacket glows, even when cycling through unlit areas.

proviz victim blaming advert

17 December 2014 - 4:58pm

Re: Tesco unicycle stands

17 December 2014 - 3:35pm
Psamathe wrote:Yes, too short (my local Tesco has them as well). Would work better if installed the other way round (higher end away from the wall) and further out from the wall.

Ian

My local Tesco has them, been cursing them for years each time the bike fell over as I was loading the panniers... until I discovered they work much better if you reverse in when they work fine. Only works if the rack is reasonably empty otherwise access to panniers is difficult.

Re: Bike lift...

16 December 2014 - 10:02pm
It was installed in 93 I think

Re: Bike lift...

16 December 2014 - 9:25pm
Not sure about worlds first - I am sure I saw a picture of this system in a copy of Cyclepedia back in the 90's being used in San Francisco.

Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking

16 December 2014 - 9:05pm
I must admit I have parked a motorcycle in cycle parking areas, this has nearly always been at Hospitals and only if I couldn't find a motorcycle parking area.
I can't see a problem as lone as there is enough room.
What I would like to see is the 'awkward' areas of the car park (that is the odd shaped areas where cars couldn't park) used for motorcycles instead of cross-hatch painting them over ( obviously cross-hatch next to a disabled bay is for wheelchair access)

Re: Bike lift...

16 December 2014 - 7:44pm
Just imagine the health & safety brigade in UK. Could never happen here because cars would be parked on it

Re: Bike lift...

16 December 2014 - 7:43pm
Surely one for 1st of April

Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking

16 December 2014 - 7:41pm
Flinders wrote:I've seen motorbikes locked to/parked alongside the Sheffield stands round here, and its never even occurred to me that it was a problem. I've never seen one locked in such a way as it took up more 'locking space' than a bike would, as the stands are well spaced, and the motorbikes have been considerately parked, so I'm happy to share the space with them.

If there aren't enough stands, then there needs to be more stands; that's a different issue. I wouldn't want motorbikes excluded, though, I'd just want more stands.
The real problem where I had trouble with motor bikes (mostly scooters) using the pedal cycle parking was probably that the riders didn't feel that the motorbike parking was secure. But rather than taking up the pedal cycle parking, they should have said something to the zoo customer services, or parking property owners.

Re: Feeling guilty whilst not cycling & car use thru illness

16 December 2014 - 6:57pm
I've been told that's quite common with sciatica. I had sciatica during pregnancy, and the only time my back didn't hurt was riding my bike.

It can have numerous causes, but I got help from a physio therapist. The GP was useless. She told me to 'take gentle walks' and said it would get better. When it didn't, she said it was due to pregnancy and gave me a little flyer about dealing with back pain that had advice like 'don't bend over'.

I've had twinges now and again since. Usually massage is enough to sort it. But if I had real problems with it again, I'd go to a physio.

Re: bbc i player,scottish audax

16 December 2014 - 3:37pm
If you want a further, video, insight into Audax I can recommend Damon Peacock. Check out his channel on YouTube.
Don't know how far back in time they go as I've not sat through them all. I did feature in one of his early productions, which included "ower the edge", which was released on DVD.

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