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Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

3 February 2016 - 9:46am
There is also the old "Joint Enterprise" which is so infamously used to get whole gangs of youths when Police cant say which one held the knife. Whoever wasnt driving the car is involved in this joint enterprise one way or the other.

Re: Main roads that don't allow cycling

3 February 2016 - 1:44am
OldGreyBeard wrote:It does seem to be a way of creating an effective motorway at a lower cost
Exactly. Upgrading to a motorway requires non-motorway traffic to be catered for. Bung in 4 to 6 lanes of national speed limit dual carriageway A-road and you can say it's an all purpose road

Re: My puncture phobia

3 February 2016 - 1:15am
PP tyres don't exist its just the conditions that matter.
By chance more that by design, I have PP tyres but find that thorns and glass treat then like paper bags.
Then second phisss in second ride, the better quality tyre lever snaps
I am taking spares in future or going back to metal.
Thorns fly through motorcycle tyre too so you have no chance.
The dribble........"Ive never had a punture with them"

Re: My puncture phobia

2 February 2016 - 11:32pm
To the OP, what tyre pressures are you running?

Re: My puncture phobia

2 February 2016 - 9:50pm
For what it's worth, after moving to Northern Ireland and constantly getting punctures in my Continental Grand Prixs, I switched to Schwalbe Durano Plus tyres for my audax bike. A few years earlier, when living in London, I had put Schwalbe Marathons on my commuter and never got another puncture. I have had exactly the same result with the audax bike - no punctures and that includes riding thousands of miles on Northern Ireland minor rural roads loaded with thorns, the most rubbish I have ever seen on roads anywhere in the world and very large potholes.

Frankly, I have not noticed any difference in rolling resistance or anything else for that matter. But even if there had been, any loss of speed over a day's ride, is offset by the time savings from not having to stop and repair punctures.



Re: How best to talk to a dangerous driver?

2 February 2016 - 9:21pm
Ivorcadaver wrote:Accidents will happen.

But they shouldn't happen. Not in a ton of steel at x mph. This is what drivers seem to forget. Or plain just don't care.

Re: How best to talk to a dangerous driver?

2 February 2016 - 8:57pm
A few years back cycling down a main road and a car pulled out of a side road, I hit it on the front wing, went over the bonnet and landed on the other side. Miraculously, I was completely ok but the red mist came up and a tirade of expletives folllowed (from me). The driver burst into tears as did the three child passengers; I ended up apologising. The bike; front wheel a right off but driver paid for new one. Accidents will happen.

Re: My puncture phobia

2 February 2016 - 7:32pm
Thanks for all your responses. I'm a pretty experienced cyclist - as well as an old git! - so consider myself well aware of pinched tubes, etc. What bugs me most is finding a tyre that isn't a devil to get on and off. Maybe my fingers aren't as supple as they used to be. I'm riding a Trek 7.5 at the moment with Trek's own hardcase tyres. Just fitted new ones and I'll see how the slime inner tubes perform. The Trek Bontrager tyres have superb grip, better than the Gatorskins in my experience. Good point re checking regularly for bits of glass and grit. I took seven out of the front tyre the other day. I'll admit to forgetting to check the back tyre very often, as most of it is hidden by the mudguard. You're never too old to learn something in this cycling lark! Funnily enough, the other day I was riding with a mate, who is a bike mechanic. After we had exchanged 'Ow do's! he started grumbling that he was p----d off by a spate of punctures. None of us is immune. Any other thoughts always welcome.

Re: Slow riders?

2 February 2016 - 6:33pm
The other drawback is that you burn a lot more energy at higher speeds because wind resistance starts to dominate and increases on a square curve IIRC. 10mph to 15mph is about 50% more energy for the same distance in the drops IIRC.

If you look through a lot of the health and fitness threads you will see that this is not a drawback but a big plus for a large part of the population.
That part, unfortunately, includes me.

Re: My puncture phobia

2 February 2016 - 6:28pm
Vantage, I think we are both singing from the same hymn sheet

Re: When police patrolled

2 February 2016 - 6:04pm
This was of course before speed cameras.
Of course the lament then was "Police officers having nothing better to do than persecute innocent/law abiding motorists"

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

2 February 2016 - 5:47pm
meic wrote:In the end we decided the driver must have been connected to the Police and we were never going to get anywhere with it.
I assume this was A Long Time Ago when there was no Police Complaints Commission. Although the PCC as constructed is both compromised and has inadequate powers, it does achieve something and I think today if the police were failing to investigate a suspect who was connected to the police, that would surely come out and cause a stink.

Re: Slow riders?

2 February 2016 - 5:05pm
mercalia wrote:I am also one of them. maybe 9mph but then I dont see any point in just cycling and cycling all a bit boring really?

I find that provided I have a list of subgoals (usually villages), then I don't find it boring at all. Usually I end up chatting to people at various points on the way.

Re: My puncture phobia

2 February 2016 - 5:02pm
Terrytrek wrote:After a lifetime of cycling, I've developed puncture phobia. What I mean is that every time I go out I fear I'll get another b----y flat, after a run of them. Problem is, I've been having difficulty getting tyres on and off the rim - being an old git doesn't help. So I worry - if I get a flat, will I be able to change the tube? And as we all know, a flat is nearly always in the rear wheel (more difficult to change) and when it's peeing down. This puncture phobia is spoiling my cycling and as a near-10,000-mile a year man, I don't like that. I've fitted new tyres - again - and am trying slime tubes. I'll try anything! Solid Tannus tyres anyone?

What size tyres are you using? The reason I ask is that not all tyres are available in all sizes and as such my suggestion might not fit your bike.
I use Vittoria Voyager Hypers in the 35c variant. Vittoria claim the tyres have some puncture resistance built in which I'm not too willing to believe based on my experience. They have gone flat on quite a few occasions. They have been a pain to find the offending sharp object causing the air leaks and I very nearly gave up on them at one point.
But (and it's a big but) they are incredibly easy to remove, refit and properly reseat on the rim. One lever to get the thing off and as long as I don't rush things, it can be on the rim and reinflated without a single lever (or profanity strewn sentence) involved. Plus their biggest advantage....
they are sooooooooo supple and nice to ride on.
There have been times when I've rode through glass filled minefields and wondered how I got through without a flat but when they do succumb to the fairy, they play nice.

Re: Slow riders?

2 February 2016 - 4:02pm
I am also one of them. maybe 9mph but then I dont see any point in just cycling and cycling all a bit boring really?

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

2 February 2016 - 3:48pm
FatBat wrote:I'm confused.

Me too (to use the colloquial).

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

2 February 2016 - 3:23pm
After trawling through a lot of the YouTube comments, I'm confused.

Some people say that the Police failed to investigate and/or press charges, some are saying the CPS failed to prosecute, and others are saying that the case reached the magistrate's court and was thrown out.

Has anyone pieced together the full story?

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

2 February 2016 - 3:07pm
Samuel D wrote:It does look that way, doesn’t it?
You live in a country where not to go to someone's assistance in a road incident carries a heavy penality in itself.

Raised by dogs.
And protected by dogs in uniform?

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

2 February 2016 - 3:06pm
kylecycler wrote:
There's something else going here, though, something the victim isn't telling us, supposedly so that other reprobates don't benefit from the knowledge. But that seems like a lame excuse - surely it would be better to expose the loophole so that it can be closed and prevented from being used in the future?

kylecycler: I think you're right.

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

2 February 2016 - 3:04pm
There's a lot more, quite useful, speculation here on cyclechat:

http://www.cyclechat.net/threads/brutal ... 351/page-4

The accident is old (about two years?) thought the video is new. Maybe we'll get the truth, maybe not.




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