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Re: Undertaken - on the pavement...

19 November 2014 - 3:32pm
LollyKat wrote:What about this for undertaking/overtaking madness?

It shows a car overtaking a truck after undertaking a vehicle which was already in the process of overtaking the truck. Not a bicycle in sight, fortunately.



They've charged the driver - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-n ... d-30112988 . Very strong and dangerous car culture amongst the youths in the NE of Scotland, although it's not the only place. Due to the affluence in the area, they (or bank of mum and dad) can afford to buy AND insure a car with a decent engine.

Re: Wet weather gear

19 November 2014 - 12:35pm
Buffalo
October to April I've no decisions on what to wear I just put on my Buffalo whatever the weather. Below 5C I usually wear a base layer under it. Dries in no time at all.
I wear this with waterproof trousers and shoe covers in heavy rain. 20ml commute and I never feel wet and miserable.

Wet weather gear

19 November 2014 - 12:24pm
I've been doing ok with my hundred mile a week cycle commute, but that was in the summer. Now its the autumn and wet as you like. Trouble being I'm getting drenched to the bone in the morning and again on the way home... I can take a change of gear with me to work, but I'm stuffed for the next day, I can't get anything dry in time, then I'm out getting drenched the very next morning.
I've tried waterproofs, but they don't let sweat out so I'm arriving at work just as soaked as if I'd worn nothing waterproof and, frankly, minging. I need to find gear that keeps the rain out completely, but also wicks moisture away from the inside.
Does such stuff exist? Any suggestions?

Re: M324 Pedals - You couldn't make it up

19 November 2014 - 9:16am
my Current M540 have done 33000 miles, over the past 4 years and have never been apart, I keep thinking I should but they still run smooth. All Shimano pedals are fairly easy to take apart. Search You tube for how to and they will usually show how to without the special tools unless they really are required

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkH7gClG8NM

shows you the two types of SPD. most shimano pedals are a variation of these

Re: M324 Pedals - You couldn't make it up

19 November 2014 - 1:27am
Steve wrote:Before you buy 'em, bear in mind that they are a pain to maintain as they need a special tool (which costs about £40 or something)

My adjustment of SPD pedals over the years has simply been to remove the axle and soak in degreaser, then dry and clean the inside of the pedal and dry then fill the pedal with grease and refit the axle and clean up the grease that oozes out. My last pair of SPDs were M520s off Amazon for £25 2 years ago and still running faultless despite them being on the main commute bike that faces all weathers.

Re: Using a toucan to turn right: banned?

19 November 2014 - 12:07am
iviehoff wrote:Rather like I don't expect to be penalised for entering an ASL area by the non-approved route.
Nor do I. I've never heard of anyone being prosecuted for this. The discussion is purely theoretical.

Even if never prosecuted, cycling across the first stop line on red is clearly prohibited. But if wheeled bikes are "vehicular traffic", then dismounting and pushing the bike over the line doesn't overcome the prohibition, because the offence is (TSRGD 2002 s36(1)(a)):
the red signal shall convey the prohibition that vehicular traffic shall not proceed beyond the stop line

Re: Using a toucan to turn right: banned?

18 November 2014 - 7:34pm
The difference between getting off your bike, entering the footway with it to legally wheel your bike on the footway, then remounting your bike in legal fashion, is a small difference of little significance in comparison to getting off your bike, wheeling it to a place where you may legally remount it by a shorter route causing no danger to anyone. I frequently dismount my bike to pass red lights at junctions where I would otherwise be staring at an empty piece of road for an extended period of time - sometimes, but far from routinely, entering the footway on the way. Whilst it appears to be illegal to do this without entering the footway, it is sufficiently different from cycling through the junction and sufficiently similar to briefly entering the footway and making it fairly clearly legal, that I think it is unlikely a policeman would penalise me unless he was out to get me for some other reason. Rather like I don't expect to be penalised for entering an ASL area by the non-approved route.

Re: Undertaken - on the pavement...

18 November 2014 - 6:32pm
LollyKat wrote:What about this for undertaking/overtaking madness?

It shows a car overtaking a truck after undertaking a vehicle which was already in the process of overtaking the truck. Not a bicycle in sight, fortunately.




What I love is that the manoeuvre isn't labelled dangerous but "dangerous".

The BBC really are struggling to say anything nowadays. I seem to recall that they said something along the lines of "Philae landed on the so called comet"

Re: Undertaken - on the pavement...

18 November 2014 - 6:21pm
LollyKat wrote:What about this for undertaking/overtaking madness?

It shows a car overtaking a truck after undertaking a vehicle which was already in the process of overtaking the truck. Not a bicycle in sight, fortunately.


Re: Undertaken - on the pavement...

18 November 2014 - 6:03pm
What about this for undertaking/overtaking madness?

It shows a car overtaking a truck after undertaking a vehicle which was already in the process of overtaking the truck. Not a bicycle in sight, fortunately.

Re: Undertaken - on the pavement...

18 November 2014 - 4:15pm
But you were cycling! Of course he had to get to the red light before you! You'd have held him up otherwise, whilst RLJing ('cos all cyclists do you know).

Re: Private 'toll road' - cyclists not welcome.

18 November 2014 - 2:20pm
In the interview on the BBC he says he had two staff 24 hours a day, paid £10 an hour. I think he said most of the rest was liability insurance but think he also says there was a manager on site the whole time too. Seems unnecessary to have two staff all night long.

Re: Undertaken - on the pavement...

18 November 2014 - 2:10pm
On my cycle commute home last friday evening I was overtaken by a man driving a Peugeot 206 convertible whilst I had my right arm outstretched and filtered into a right turn lane coming up to a junction. I had checked that it was safe to carry out the manoeuvre but I hadn't counted on this driver accellerating 100 metres before a red stop light. The overtaking vehicle then swerved back into the 'straight on lane' whilst trying to comply with the red traffic lights. I resisted the urge to tap on his window as I pulled up at the traffic lights alongside him but I made a mental note of the registration number.

Crass stupidity and idiotic impatience!

Re: Private 'toll road' - cyclists not welcome.

18 November 2014 - 2:08pm
saw him on the local BBC breakfast show and he said something along the lines of that the land owner was the real unsung hero as he hadn't yet got a penny for the use of his land. First though was "well pay him then", but the inference to me seemed to be he was expecting the council to reimburse the land owner.

Re: Private 'toll road' - cyclists not welcome.

18 November 2014 - 2:01pm
Sounds like a tax evasion scam to me and people have bought it hook line and sinker. £150k to lay a 365metre road out of chippings & a hut and some signage 150k running costs over 15 weeks (he was quoted as saying it cost £1,000 a day to run it!), how much was he paying his staff? One person in the hut @ £7/hr over that period of time (24/7) would be roughly £20k, where was the other bits being spent on?
You can bet your bottom dollar he's paying himself as 'project manager a fair whack and his missus as asst. project manager/admin and the farmer a daily rate.

1st week October they 'reported' 100k paying vehicles (in 9 weeks being open), it's now 6 weeks on from that..one two miss a few springs to mind

Sure the council have acted like scabby so and so's in every single aspect of this but I think he is giving it plenty of pony and creative accounting.

Re: Private 'toll road' - cyclists not welcome.

18 November 2014 - 1:48pm
Psamathe wrote:So will the guy now be seeking compensation from the council for their failure to meet their own schedules (properly); for misleading him over the duration of the works; etc. And in our compensation culture I would not be surprised if he did (and then won).
No chance. He was not in any kind of an situation where he could seek to rely upon what the council said. It would be different if he had a contractual arrangement with the council.

Re: Private 'toll road' - cyclists not welcome.

18 November 2014 - 1:45pm
Psamathe wrote:mercalia wrote:he gambled and he lost.
Which, under our present regime means he will be "bailed-out" and changes put in place to make sure he makes plenty of profit for the foreseeable future.

I think you are suffering from a complete misunderstanding of who gets bail-outs, which is only the favoured few. Certainly not small private businessman like him.

Re: M324 Pedals - You couldn't make it up

18 November 2014 - 1:27pm
Steve wrote:Before you buy 'em, bear in mind that they are a pain to maintain as they need a special tool (which costs about £40 or something) to adjust the bearings, or a great deal of faffing with improvised tools. I have a pair of which the axle in one pedal worked loose within a year - so I changed them for some other pedals which have more accessible lock nuts. You can probably find more details by a search on the forum.........
I didn't realise a flat screwdriver and a 10mm socket cost that much?

Re: Undertaken - on the pavement...

18 November 2014 - 12:13pm
It's a depressingly frequent bit of bad driving on the A10 cycleway near me. On the narrower sections, I keep an eye on the road ahead and prepare to follow (and shout at, usually, because they apparently haven't shoulder-checked and seen me before pulling across) any vehicles that drive up the kerb to get around a right-turning vehicle ahead. There's a brambly open drain next to the cycleway opposite two turnings which I don't want to inspect IYSWIM.

The number of black tyre marks skidding along the cycleway and the number of collisions at the junctions where motorists do it (sometimes scattering glass and car parts across the cycleway) suggests that a scary number still try even when they can't fit past. It seems like an easy way to spot reckless drivers so I wish the police would camp out at the worst places for it - or preferably, I wish the highway authority would put a few posts in the kerb-line opposite one turning to protect walkers and riders.

Re: Private 'toll road' - cyclists not welcome.

18 November 2014 - 12:00pm
mercalia wrote:he gambled and he lost.
Which, under our present regime means he will be "bailed-out" and changes put in place to make sure he makes plenty of profit for the foreseeable future.

(Still being a cynic)

Ian

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