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Re: Signs - Minutes or Mileage

5 hours 38 min ago
Why not both? To the experienced cyclist I'd have thought miles would be far more usefull. To the inexperienced or non cyclist minutes might make them consider it. Some have appeared around Derby, I don't know wheather by design but some are near bus stops. Maybe someone waiting ten min for a bus to drive them ten min into town for £2.10, might be interested to see that it's a 20 min bike ride. When maybe telling them it was 3 miles might not mean much or seem a long way.

Re: Signs - Minutes or Mileage

5 hours 43 min ago
Why not leap into the modern world and use kilometres!

Re: Signs - Minutes or Mileage

5 hours 47 min ago
Would you base your times on e.g. 10mph or 15mph ? 'Cos that would be a significant difference for the same journey.

I would say stick to miles. Most people concerned about how long it will take them can do rough maths e.g. 15mph is 4 mins per mile; 12 is 5 mins per mile; 10mph is 6 mins per mile - so 3 miles means somebody does 3*4 or 3*5 or 3*6 in their head which is not really too difficult.

Ian

Re: Signs - Minutes or Mileage

6 hours 6 min ago
I would have thought that time is very dependent on ability?

Signs - Minutes or Mileage

6 hours 23 min ago
I recently attended a cycle meeting where I brought up the issue of no signage in the local area for cyclists. However a long discussion followed on whether mileage or minutes should be displayed on said signs i.e. 2 miles to town centre or 10 minutes?
Is there any guidance or evidence available that encourages people to take to two wheels based on signage? I am trying to encorage new cyclists to try to explore their local area.

thank you for any help given
A.

Re: Queue Jumping cars at junctions

6 hours 41 min ago
Blimey. I say you're doing the right thing - they're driving dangerously. Is there any way you can just avoid the junction? Seems a pretty horrible place to be on a bike to me. Failing that, my suggestion if you haven't already, would be to get bike cameras and just record events. If you do get knocked off - at least there'll be some evidence.

Re: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

7 hours 50 min ago
I'm pleased the op came back! Most don't. [emoji4]Welcome. I like the idea of a pannier/solar panel/battery set up. I need to charge my iPhone and my GPS via my Dynamo but can't do both at the same time...b

Re: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

7 hours 54 min ago
I think your laptop use case fails for three reasons:

1 - Inadequate power. A bike dynamo puts out about 0-4 watts depending on speed. How fast will that charge a laptop?

(Hint: full charge on an i-Phone should take about 2-3 hours. Laptop battery is about 3-4 times bigger.}

2 - Give me a narrative why someone would want to charge a laptop on a bicycle?

{Tablet?}

3 - As covered above, rucksacks for anything big highly risky.

Unfortunately general USB charging type setups are everywhere already. And the bikes accessory market is easy to enter, so most things have been tried.

Personally I use a USB plugin device which is mainly a AA/AAA battery charger, but has a button to turn it into a power pack. Cost £15. Sits in my bar bag, and I can use it to charge my phone or keep it running with a short cable.

What do I want - a Hornit that plays mp3 files, so I can have a horn sounding thing at 130db.

And a bluetooth handlebar switch so I can turn my rear light on without stopping.

Ferdinand

Re: Queue Jumping cars at junctions

9 hours 54 min ago
No, I was going right , taking the primary position on the right lane so the that have queued cannot over take. I could not stop cars in the left lane from turning right into my chosen path.

Re: You either have or you don't.

11 hours 10 min ago
If he was on a MTB how did you know he was a roadie?

Re: Que Jumping cars at junctions

12 hours 7 min ago
Cars cutting right from the left hand lane? Assuming you are going straight on?

Normally I'd suggest that between the lanes is safest, as if the lights turn it puts you between divergent lanes of traffic, but if the cars are turning right from the left lane then care does need to be taken.

Technically the ASL entry point is far left, but from your description I'd be preparing to take up second position on the left lane unless the lights were clearly still green for another arm - allowing a full ASL position to be taken (middle of lane)

Re: You either have or you don't.

12 hours 59 min ago
Once I past a middle age roadie on a MTB on a hill. I made sure I start bobbing my head, stick out my knees and slow down my cadence as I was passing him.

Queue Jumping cars at junctions

13 hours 7 min ago
I find it hard to decide the best position at this junction. Sometime cars to avoid queing to turn right will and stop right on the cycle path position or if the lights are go jump right in front of the car at the traffic lights before it has a chance to start. Much of the time they will not see what is in front because view is blocked. One of those cars, over took me on the left cutting into my path. https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.39778 ... b-e9cw!2e0

Re: Ten Miles a Day

27 April 2015 - 10:28pm
Hi,
Update my lost fitness over christmas

Today pulling top gear on flat, standing too, 40 miles at 14.4 mph with 50 lb MTB bike, 8 miles off road
Normally 38 miles three times a week.

Thats three months of hard slog to regain fitness.

9 Miles a day

Re: Non standard fitment!

27 April 2015 - 4:44pm
Hi,
I hate to say it but I'm a bit like Mick F
At a shade under 6' and 33 " inseam (whatever) I would not bee seen dead on a standard sized 56 cm.

Having said that TT length is more important, and a longer TT might mean better toe overlap.
Modern bikes tend to have shorter ST's compared with old road bikes for style and standover.

I have a long torso so you must have too, my worry would be to little reach unless you have a minus APE index.......................

Re: Non standard fitment!

27 April 2015 - 4:10pm
Flinders wrote:For small people like me who ride on bikes with full size wheels, toe-overlap is something that is just part of the cycling experience, I've never had a bike that didn't have it. And never actually had a problem with it, not once. I admit I don't do very sharp turns at low speeds, but I've managed for over 30 years....

Yes, that can be a problem with small bike sizes. And if you are used to it you will instinctively adjust your riding to cope. I've never had a bike with toe overlap and regularly have to do sharp turns at low speed. After 60 years, counting from my first ever bike, I'm quite sure I'd forget and go SPLAT if I had overlap!

Re: Stafford > Newport (Shrops) cycleway

27 April 2015 - 2:21pm
essexian wrote:I did the Haughton to the Derrington section last week and they have done some "improvements" just before the now closed Red Lion pub in Derrington. However, the improvements mean simply widening the path to around 3m but not putting down a new top surface making it quite nasty to cycle on using 28mm tyres. The rest of the path into Stafford was really nasty for road bikes last time I used it so I tend to avoid it going around via the back road from Doxey.

As a path its really a rather useful way of getting between Stafford and Newport as it avoids the nasty A518 and the small hills between Gnosall and Newport which some "family" riders might find a bit difficult. At approximately 13 miles each way, its also quite a nice day out for families: there are pubs and a chip shop in Gnosall and a "burger bar" in the car park at the Newport end.

My two grumbles about the path are that "they" tend not to do much in the way of cutting back the vegetation meaning in places the path is only a metre wide and secondly, there are too many Strava segments on the route. Given that its used my walkers, dog walkers and families out for a simple Sunday cycle, its not suitable for setting a fastest time on!

Finally.... if you are interested in riding the path and like raising money for a good cause... Katherine House Hospice are using the path next Sunday for a 20 mile fund raising event. There are also rides of 45 miles and 60 miles available. If my leg heals in time I'll be doing the 45 miler.

It was customers at the 'burger bar' who gave me directions into Newport.
The A518 is indeed nasty. My main road route to Newport from where I live in the sticks is va Gnosall and Merton on the way out (and Lilleshall if I fancy having a break at the Abbey) and Weston Jones, High Offley and Woodseaves to Great Bridgeford on the way back. Much hillier than the cycleway, and a good few miles longer, but a nice round trip, and midweek midday it is usually pretty quiet most of the route. Newport>Woodseaves road is one I avoid like the plague. As is the Bridgeford to Stafford road, which has a bad surface and where two lorries crossing often clunk each others' wing mirrors even if there are no bikes around. It's safer via Seighford.

Re: Non standard fitment!

27 April 2015 - 2:10pm
LollyKat wrote:Handlebars come in different widths and are easily changed.

Road bikes often have toe overlap - a lot of people aren't bothered by it but it can be a deal breaker for some (including me).

For small people like me who ride on bikes with full size wheels, toe-overlap is something that is just part of the cycling experience, I've never had a bike that didn't have it. And never actually had a problem with it, not once. I admit I don't do very sharp turns at low speeds, but I've managed for over 30 years....
As for ape count, I have long arms and back and very short legs. I can touch my toes dead easy, which suggests I'm flexible, but I'm not, I'm just built like an orangutan. Most manufacturers don't make bikes small enough for me at all, a situation which because much worse when saddle fixings changed some years ago and I could no longer reverse them to have the saddle sitting completely on the top tube. But I need a stem that pushes the bars well forward.

Re: You either have or you don't.

27 April 2015 - 1:28pm
nosmarbaj wrote:ArMoRothair wrote:E-bikes are great.
Yes - I do find it a little disappointing if someone who looks older/less fit than me sails past me up a hill - but if I then realise they're on an E-bike I can feel slightly smug.

ah thats the new excuse - he over took me as he was on an e-bike doesnt matter that that bulge was just a frame pannier and not the battery....

Re: You either have or you don't.

27 April 2015 - 12:37pm
ArMoRothair wrote:E-bikes are great.
Yes - I do find it a little disappointing if someone who looks older/less fit than me sails past me up a hill - but if I then realise they're on an E-bike I can feel slightly smug.

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