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Re: Confusingly signed cycle routes

22 May 2015 - 9:53pm
I stand corrected. But I've never found my way across the city on the paths, and frequently given up and gone back on the roads to avoid being dumped in some shopping centre or park I've never seen before, or heading off in the wrong direction because of lack of a sign.

Stevenage, which is more local to me, is as difficult, but on a smaller scale, and with fewer signs.

If signs get vandalised, just paint the directions on the cycle path? That's the other thing - cars have major routes. If you follow the A1, you're pretty confident of ending up in the north. But cycle routes are all created equal, with no sense of a main route to follow and everything else being a side turning. So surface the main routes in a different colour, since they don't really need to be wider like main car routes are?

Re: Is a cadence sensor worth it?

22 May 2015 - 9:49pm
Low cadence low power.
High cadence more power.


Re: Confusingly signed cycle routes

22 May 2015 - 9:43pm
Now now... Milton Keynes redway direction signs were some of the first to have both the next place, the terminus on the far side of the city (in capitals) and a route number if appropriate. They just got vandalised often and no, no destinations beyond the city limits were signed. After all, why would you want to leave the redways? There be dragons!

Re: Is a cadence sensor worth it?

22 May 2015 - 9:34pm
Evans have a sale on if you ate interested

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/gar ... r-ec021845

Re: Is a cadence sensor worth it?

22 May 2015 - 9:33pm
Barometrics are inaccurate, but then so are GPSes. Having both, I can find a fair approximation to total climb.

Re: Confusingly signed cycle routes

22 May 2015 - 9:30pm
To be fair, many road signs meant for drivers are only useful if you already know where you're going - either they appear too late for you to manoeuvre, or there's a vital one missing, or whatever. However, cycle-route signs are even worse.

I've said it before, but in my opinion the problem is that the people who erect them unaccountably assume that the principles of navigation are different on a bike. They aren't.

So, in a car, you get from London to Rugby by looking for signs to The North, or Birmingham, or some such place that is farther away than you want to go, until you get close enough for your destination to appear on signs. You do NOT look successively for Hornsey, Barnet, Potters Bar and so on.

Unaccountably, the people who put up signs in, for example, Milton Keynes forget this entirely, and assume that no cyclist would want to go as far as Aylesbury, so they don't signpost it. As a result, you can't navigate even a short distance across the city by following that "distant" destination. Instead, you need the kind of encyclopaedic local knowledge that includes where Woughton, Middleton and Woolstone villages are - and of course anyone who knows that doesn't need the signs

Elsewhere, many town centres are hiding somewhere the bodies (and bikes) of cyclists who died before they found the way home. This is because councils often signpost only "Town centre", and not the way home again. People believe many strange things about cyclists but not, as far as I know, that they ride in only one direction.

Re: Is a cadence sensor worth it?

22 May 2015 - 9:13pm
How does the altimeter work? If it's barometric, we had one of those for walking, and to say it was wildly inaccurate would be an understatement. It sometimes had us doing a lot of ascent while we were sitting down having lunch, due to changes in air pressure because of the weather. That means it is not consistent from day to day on the same route.
Even the map-based type GPS we have now, though better, still tends to overestimate a bit, but it is at least consistent on the same route.

I use Anquet mapping on the computer at home. It also overestimates a bit, I think, but as I use it for route comparisons not anything absolute, I figure it should be consistent enough for my purposes.

Re: Roadcycling fimed whit pro drone in 4k definition

22 May 2015 - 8:16pm
hexhome wrote:A more suitable option for cycling;


But no collision avoidance

Re: Problems I never knew needed solving

22 May 2015 - 7:45pm
Schwalbe 28mm Marathons ... Total comfort on any frame ..and no punctures. On and off road grip. Top kit.

Re: Problems I never knew needed solving

22 May 2015 - 7:42pm
Change the tyres and inner tubes. Depending on the frame size you will be able to get away with at least a 25mm tyre, perhaps even a 28mm. That will give you a more relaxed ride.

Re: Which commuter?

22 May 2015 - 7:18pm
Mainly road but might go canal towpath or unmade track ocaisionally for a change.
12 mile commute normally takes between 40 and 45 mins at present.

Re: Roadcycling fimed whit pro drone in 4k definition

22 May 2015 - 7:01pm
pwa wrote:I have heard that there are legal restrictions on where you can and cannot use drones.

To answer this question more fully. There are many laws relating to model aircraft flying and the commercial use of Remotely Piloted Airborne Systems. These are covered mainly by CAP 722 and articles 166 and 167 of CAP 393, the Air Navigation Order.

The main rules are;
Max height 400 ft AGL
Within 500m of pilot but always within line of sight.
At least 50m from any person or property unless under the control of the pilot.
At least 150m from any congested area

It is possible to get permission to exceed these limits but a full safety case must be made to the CAA.

Re: Problems I never knew needed solving

22 May 2015 - 6:52pm
mjr wrote:So... why did you buy it then?

I didn't! It was a gift.

Re: Problems I never knew needed solving

22 May 2015 - 6:30pm
So... why did you buy it then?

I've gone the other way, from a racer to an urban hybrid and now a 26x1⅜" roadster...

Re: Confusingly signed cycle routes

22 May 2015 - 6:27pm
Yes, I've always found most cycle-route-only signs unreliable: too easy to vandalise and councils are too slow to replace them. I first remember getting lost because of a stolen sign 20ish years ago - why haven't we solved it yet?

The most reliable ones I've seen have been panels on other (road, usually) route signs (usually quickly fixed if they get vandalised), stickers on streetlights and street names (hard to spin and cheap to fix if only the cycle route sign gets vandalised) and sign-like road/path markings like http://bristol.cyclestreets.net/location/39159/ (too hard/unattractive for most vandals?)

Maps are best, though.

Problems I never knew needed solving

22 May 2015 - 6:27pm
After several years of very happily riding a 20kg+ 700x47 monster, I've just acquired a 8.9kg bike with 700x23 tyres.

And suddenly I have some insight into some of the cycling problems I had previously dismissed as non-issues - painful vibration through the handlebars on any surface other than perfectly smooth tarmac- looks like I need to buy some padded gloves; sore backside from the frame/saddle transmitting all the same road issues - need to get some padded shorts; lack of stability on slippery surfaces/cornering/going down hill - best buy myself a helmet; lack of appropriate shoes for the pedals.

The review for the bike insists that it is 'relaxed', 'comfortable' and that the 'frame and the fork do a good job of filtering out vibration and chatter from uneven roads.' I assume that all of these qualities are relative.

Apparently it's a practical choice - practical if you count the lack of possibility for mudguards, panniers, or even carrying a lock lest you compromise its 'every gram less costs a pound more' weight properties, and then fear of it getting nicked if you leave it out in public.

But maybe I will grow to love it, once I am appropriately shod, clad, and am used to the riding position.

Re: Confusingly signed cycle routes

22 May 2015 - 6:27pm
There is no guarantee that a signed route is your best choice for a particular journey. There is no guarantee that a signed route will be signed well.

If you have chosen to follow a signed cycle route it is helpful to have it signed well.

Confusingly signed cycle routes

22 May 2015 - 6:15pm
I've rarely managed to follow a signed cycle route successfully, they always seem to take weird loops round housing estates, and missing crucial signposts.

I followed one today which was in completely the wrong direction, but having checked Google Maps, I now think that was because someone had twisted it round to face the wrong direction.

Does anyone find these blue-signed cycle routes to be useful and reliable guides?

Re: 24 miles: car slower than cycling?

22 May 2015 - 4:49pm
horizon wrote:I wish we had some proper figures for this (and the participation of your friend!). My guess is that for low-income families, a car is disastrous financially. But living without a car would require a complete reappraisal of their life style and It's not my job to suggest that for them...

I think that for some low-income families not having a car would be financially disastrous. Outside cities and big towns there is no meaningful public transport for working people because the buses are not regular enough. I live about 25 miles from work but if I tried to use the buses to get there there would be two changes and, using the earliest service I would arrive at 12.15pm. I'd have to leave at 1.00.pm. And I'd have to walk two miles to the bus stop in the first place (and back again at the end). I can cycle to work quite easily but what about the other commitments of food shopping, picking up or just looking after children, needing to get to the doctor's surgery within hours? Less-well off people do often live in out-of-the-way areas. Their £1,000 Fiesta is a lifeline.

Re: Is a cadence sensor worth it?

22 May 2015 - 4:39pm
Well, those answers surprised me. I was expecting some negativity towards cycling computers.

Anyhow, I've gone ahead and ordered one - got one of these with the sensor:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sigma-Sport-061 ... =rox+cycle

They were quite a bit more expensive last week so when I saw that they'd gone down in price I ordered one.

Whether I'll use the cadence setting is another thing - but it is there if I want it.

On a slightly separate note - beat my cycling in to work time this morning. Must be doing something right.

Many thanks for the answers - much appreciated.


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