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Re: Hand signals on bike

22 August 2014 - 11:10am
yakdiver wrote:I indicate right and left

Bet that confuses them
<sorry>

Re: You Are A Bunch of Frauds

22 August 2014 - 10:32am
What tyres do the two bikes have?

The Galaxy with its higher bars and all its touring accoutrements will not be as aerodynamic, and that may add up to something worth talking about over a fast 20-minute ride.

Re: 3rd time unlucky

22 August 2014 - 10:26am
Also check for other causes, such as low tyre pressure or bad rim tape.

I buy REMA TIP TOP F0 patches (16 mm diameter, aimed at road bikes). I think they come in packs of 10, which is bulk enough for me, and they are cheap enough that the price doesn’t matter much. I think I got my last set from Rose Bikes in Germany, which is a useful shop for ordering a bunch of small bits and pieces you’ve been meaning to pick up, since it seems to stock everything under the sun (e.g. Shimano Nexus rear sprockets in a variety of sizes).

Re: Shock finding: cycling causes weight loss

22 August 2014 - 10:26am
Also a shock revelation is if you exercise more and eat less you lose weight,

Re: Hand signals on bike

22 August 2014 - 10:23am
I am in the signal when it benefits camp,
just as a follow on from this, they say truth is stranger than fiction, me and the missus were on another ride out and had to do a left right turn, signalled to turn right on hill and got overtaken by car who believe it or not followed us out of junction,

Re: Hand signals on bike

22 August 2014 - 9:11am
When being followed down a single track road I will often indicate left or right when getting near a passing place where I intend to pull into. Idea being to let the following vehicle know I have spotted them and intend to pull over and that they don't need to push/squeeze past.

Ian

Re: Hand signals on bike

22 August 2014 - 9:11am
I indicate right and left

Re: Hand signals on bike

22 August 2014 - 7:41am
I'm another who indicates when there's a benefit otherwise doesn't.

Very rare I'll indicate left and whilst I indicate right it's pretty much universally ignored by the following drivers any way.

Re: Shock finding: cycling causes weight loss

22 August 2014 - 7:15am
People get obese because of two things.

1. Their genes, specifically their degree of insulin resistance.
If however, they eat a low carb diet, which many populations did, or a low-glycaemic index diet (no refined carbs) and worked hard, they don't get obese.

2. A "modern" high carb diet.

In an insulin resistant person (it gradually gets worse as you age), the high carb intake generates hunger as the consequently high insulin blocks the use of fat. Fat can be used when there's more fat in the fat cells (i.e. the person is heavier). Eating this diet explains why some people are "normally" 17st on a "modern" diet and drop to say 12st on a low carb (50g carb or less) diet. It's really that simple.

All this calorie counting doesn't work long-term. True low-carb works very well, but it HAS to be low.
There are papers on-line comparing low carb v low fat and they define e.g. low carb as 45% of calories or less. This is nonsense. It does not work at that level. It has to be down around 10% or less.

Re: You Are A Bunch of Frauds

22 August 2014 - 7:12am
The morning ride acted as your warm-up.
There's NO big surprise.

Re: 3rd time unlucky

22 August 2014 - 6:00am
brooksby wrote:... or else you are dangerously attracted to all those glittery bits on the road...

I always thought those shiny bits should be closely examined maybe that's where I am going wrong.

I've been using gatorskins and maybe these have done more miles than I thought but they don't look too bad. Anyhow I will be changing them as I have a spare set lying around.

Re: Bike Security Locked At Supermarket Bike Rack

22 August 2014 - 3:54am
They want you to ride in, like in Fareham: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/pete.meg/w ... er2013.htm

Re: Fell off on a sort of tramline - advice please?

22 August 2014 - 3:27am
No notebook required: phone apps and mobile websites like fixmystreet.com are available.

Yes, it's tedious, but what's the alternative? Ignore it and then when a fellow rider crashes, the highway authority gets away scot free? Better to report them and nudge councils towards actually taking proper care.

Re: Panniers vs Courier Bag (Commuting)

22 August 2014 - 1:16am
You're sampling from the monoculture of touring cyclists. In defence of courier bags: they don't make your back anywhere near as sweaty as a rucksack and they hang lower on your back; taking panniers off when you park up is a right pfaff, and if you leave them on, then you risk them being stolen, or the contents taken; if you wire them on, then you can't take them off; if you walk around with a pannier in each hand, you can't do a lot else; if you cycle through woods panniers can snag, or if you cycle over bumpy grounds then they rattle around. Similarly, you won't find many people on here advocating a front basket, even though they are very practical, and you can reach in as you cycle, and you can just throw stuff in. No, a bar bag and panniers are the correct symbols of belonging.

Re: Panniers vs Courier Bag (Commuting)

21 August 2014 - 11:53pm
brooksby wrote:I've clearly been spoilt by using a pannier - is it just me? Does using panniers instead of a backpack go with "maturing" as a cyclist?

It is nice to let the bike take the strain instead of your back.. I guess I feel like a more serious cyclist loaded up with panniers!!

Re: Fell off on a sort of tramline - advice please?

21 August 2014 - 11:28pm
Pete Owens wrote:While, you probably won't succeed in claiming any damages for yourself (it is unreasonable to expect a highway authority to spot such a subtle defect) you could help the next cyclist.

If you report the fault to fillthathole - and explain why it is dangerous even though it doesn't look much - and what happened to you then they ought to fix it. And if they don't then they won't have an excuse to refuse to compensate the next victim.
Pete
Have you been down the Cheshire lanes recently?
You'll need a note book about about 4inch thick to report all the defects.
I kid ye not,but some of the bridleways and towpaths I ride are in a lot better condition

The road notwork in a 50 mile radius of Warrington is a complete disgrace especially the minor routes.
I now find I'm driving around potholes in my car they're so bad,let when riding my bike .And the repairs being carried out are so poor I'll give them one winter before they'll need doing again,to say it's false economy would be a gross understatement.
It reminds me of when I used to travel in the Eastern block before the wall came down.
It's hard to think we're the fifth richest country in the world.

Apologies for the rant but I couldn't help myself .

Re: Fell off on a sort of tramline - advice please?

21 August 2014 - 11:16pm
While, you probably won't succeed in claiming any damages for yourself (it is unreasonable to expect a highway authority to spot such a subtle defect) you could help the next cyclist.

If you report the fault to fillthathole - and explain why it is dangerous even though it doesn't look much - and what happened to you then they ought to fix it. And if they don't then they won't have an excuse to refuse to compensate the next victim.

Re: Hand signals on bike

21 August 2014 - 11:06pm
Yes, I'd also not signal in these situations. It's dangerous to do so.

Re: Shock finding: cycling causes weight loss

21 August 2014 - 10:59pm
Gearoidmuar wrote:TonyR wrote:Gearoidmuar wrote:Exercise is pretty poor for weight loss. It mostly just stimulates your appetite so that you eat more to compensate for the energy expenditure.

And yet there is a strong inverse correlation between levels of obesity and levels of active transportation (walking, cycling).

That is indeed true, Tony. But the reason is not what one intuitively thinks..

When you are obese, you are always hungry. That's due to biochemisty. The body tries to conserve calories, as the cells are hungry and it does this in two ways.
One, it reduces your metabolic rate. Two, it makes you lazy by some mysterious effect on the brain.
People are not fat because they're lazy. It's the other way round.
If you put them on a low carb diet, they erupt with energy. This is a constant finding.

How did those people get obese? You make it sound as if they were born obese and have ever since been victims of the vicious cycle you outline.

As for the active transport correlation are you suggesting obese people avoid living in cities where people are active?

Re: Double-white line

21 August 2014 - 10:58pm
I regularly have motorists passing me far to close on the sections of my commute that are double white lines. I think the muppets that do this can remember something from their driving test about not crossing a double white line but they have no concept of the distance they should give when passing a cyclist. I've just come back from holiday in France where I was impressed to see these French Road Sign.jpgTempted to take an angle grinder next time and bring a few back in my hand luggage

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