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Rider Down Thread

4 October 2015 - 9:02am
Thought I would start one of these as most forums seem to have similar!

Rider Down: Me, yesterday evening riding at dusk. New Lidl is being built nearby and some fool decided to erect 10" high concrete bollards at the bottom of the hill on (I presume) a no entry/exit road to their as yet unfinished car park.

Hit it quite hard and about 15mph, result: knee bashed, cuts and bruises to arms and painful back injury. Bike scuffed all over and handlebars bent. Going to injury lawyers tomorrow, had lights on but was taken aback to see the bollards at the last minute with no.road markings or any signage whatsoever.

Re: Funny thing this morning

4 October 2015 - 8:04am
A road bike is not a guarantee of greater speed. Leastways, I ride a road bike, and.....

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

4 October 2015 - 7:40am
rjb wrote:However when i ride the tandem its twice as hard so should i be claiming over 10k so far

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

3 October 2015 - 10:24pm
5968 miles on the tandem so far this year with a record 900 miles last month. Since Mrs RJB retired to join me my solo mileage has dropped off to appprox 500 miles so far this year. However when i ride the tandem its twice as hard so should i be claiming over 10k so far ( don't shout in case swmbo hears you )

Funny thing this morning

3 October 2015 - 9:56pm
This morning I was on a course in Manchester. Was walking along a road when a cyclist approached a red traffic light next to me and, seeing that the way was clear, proceeded to ride through it. Unfortunately for him there were two police officers on bikes behind him who shouted at him. He stopped, looked at them and saw that they were on mountain bikes whilst he was on a road bike and he took off. The police started riding after him but gave up when they realised that the lad on a road bike was well ahead of them without even really trying.

While I know that it's totally wrong, it did give me quite a humorous start to the day.

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

3 October 2015 - 9:44pm
I've managed 5148 miles this year so far, my lowest for at least 20 years.

But for the first time in my life I can't commute by bike as 32 miles each way is just too far.

Re: Had a puncture today

3 October 2015 - 9:07pm
20 years ago I used to go to work on country lanes rather than get killed on the A48. 7 punctures in one day, because of hedge cutting. 3 on the way, one at work when I pulled out a thorn, and 3 on the way home. Long before I knew anything about Marathons or the like.
Since I have used Marathons and Gatorskins, I haven't had a puncture. 2 or 3 years, solong ago I can't remember when it was.


Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

3 October 2015 - 9:05pm
I know you've been out of action, so it's good to know you're now back in the saddle.

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

3 October 2015 - 8:56pm
I've done 60.8 miles so far this year, but I didn't start until 21 days ago.

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

3 October 2015 - 8:21pm
Low this year.
I spent much of Feb and Mar doing other stuff - hedges and trees with a chainsaw, and next Feb and Mar will see me doing the same.

1,978miles so far this year.

This time last year, I'd done 3,916miles

Re: 31% increase in cycling Road casualties 2007 to 2014

3 October 2015 - 7:29pm
I'm all for adverts which would show the vulnerability of cyclists. An advert that also shows that for every cyclist there is (usually) one less car on the road for other drivers to get stuck behind. An advert that shows the health benefits. That shows the financial benefits. That shows the pollution reduction. That shows the sheer enjoyment of cycling. That shows the satisfaction of reaching your destination under your own steam. Maybe to discourage aggression/road rage, maybe show just how many cyclists have helmet cameras, and the convictions that have been achieved using video footage.

Now an advert like that would run for maybe 30 seconds? An advert that could save lives, reduce congestion, increase voters spending power, reduce pollution, decrease sick days, and make people think twice before committing road rage.

Why oh why aren't the government funding such adverts?

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

3 October 2015 - 7:18pm
With 3 months to go, wondering how folks are getting on in 2015?

I'm currently at 7914, bit down on last year but a bit up on 2013. On course for 10k again barring mishap but quite a bit behind deliquum.
About 7000 of that is on my Roberts Audax with the rest split between a 1980s Flying Scot and a 90s 'Why?Bike' 26" wheel tourer. Oh, and the vast majority of it is on the Isle of Wight!

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

3 October 2015 - 7:13pm
I will probably not be able to do 10000 miles in a year until I retire. But I had a lovely bike ride today.

Re: Blasting cyclists

3 October 2015 - 6:43pm
Oh what a good idea - I must remember to carry a few bottles stones etc so I can throw them at those vehicles that pass a bit close or hoot. Only in fun of course

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

3 October 2015 - 4:56pm
deliquium wrote:With 3 months to go, wondering how folks are getting on in 2015?

*shame* 1,355 miles.

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

3 October 2015 - 4:49pm
With 3 months to go, wondering how folks are getting on in 2015?

Managed 9008 miles in 2014 without trying or keeping tabs, plus chose to become carless and a non moton. So this year thought I'd see if I could do the 10k. Miles to date exceed last year's total - 9240 miles as of today

The magic 10k looks on, barring accidents and illness etc.

844 miles riding - 1948 Percy Stallard 'Montlhéry'
3257 miles riding - 1987 Raleigh 'Avanti' (531 ex mountain bike, much customised)
1320 miles riding - 1990 Raleigh 'Blueridge' (531 ex mountain bike, now back on minor off road duties)
3819 miles riding - 1992 George Longstaff 'touring' bike

And still cycling in shorts on October 3rd! In Wales

All miles alone/transport/fun apart from occasional Thursday CTC short rides, and all in beautiful Gogledd/Eryri/Snowdonia

How's everyone else doing?

Re: Beware the Wally

3 October 2015 - 10:08am
I was at university day yesterday as part of my PGcert and some of the people were shocked when I said I had cycled 20 miles to get in. When we got talking they said that they were terrified of cycling on the road - we talked about awareness and the primary position and I explained that a bike is classed as a carriage and that the highway code says you should give an entire car width to overtake.

They were shocked and genuinely didn't know this. I think it explains a lot of the idiots. I've been in arguments with Wallys who still think road tax exists and hence cyclists shouldn't use the road!

Re: Blasting cyclists

2 October 2015 - 10:19pm
I live in quite a 'respectable' area, but within a mile of home I've had many things thrown at me: abuse, kicks, bottles, cans, balls, fireworks... Usually it's only meant as a bit of fun!

Re: Blasting cyclists

2 October 2015 - 10:07pm
I've had yobs hurling abuse at me when walking on the footpath. Once one yob threw something at me but missed by a lot. Got me angry but the car had driven off. Chances are you confront one of them and their mates get involved.

Re: Had a puncture today

2 October 2015 - 10:06pm
Flinders wrote:roberts8 wrote:Hedge cutting has started on the lane to my house today. A guy said stay in the centre and you will not get a puncture. I did and got a puncture think I will pick the bike up next time. Still it was warm and sunny.

I came across this on a narrow lane yesterday- the stuff was all over the lane. It was so bad that in the end I resorted to getting off and walking.
It's clear to me that some farmers seem to be able to cut hedges without any bits getting on the road, as sometimes I've been actually following one and there has been no problem, but others either can't or won't. I can only assume it's either technique or equipment. I gather they are supposed to clear any mess up (which some of them never ever do) within a certain timespan, but this doesn't help if you ride right into the stuff just after it has been cut. If I left tacks on the road, I could be prosecuted, but thorns are just as bad and there seems to be zero redress.
Some tractors have blowers which blow the cuttings to the side of the road, but these are usually used by contractors rather than farmers. Hedge flailing can certainly be a problem!


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