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Re: Getting home after a puncture

21 January 2015 - 10:01am
Hi,
mjr wrote:NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Correct me If I am wrong ? "Schwalbe" I found them sub standard in all ways.......................I have never bought one but used one off a skip bike (Which looked brand new and not contaminated) Schwalbe land cruiser WITH PP strip.
Rubbish fairy protection and rubbish rubber.
Which might be a dud tyre and why that was in the skip!
NOT SO..............The tyre looked brand new and unworn, as are many bikes that (sorry skip) I get from the local recycling centre!
As cyclist of 48 years and only me works on my bikes ever, along with ten years a motorcycle mechanic working alone on the street in the snow etc, etc.
I fit tyres in my sleep, mate rings me come and swap some motor cycle trail tyres with wheel clamps after tea.
Some eight tyre changes by later by hand.........
I have done all tyres with exception of tractor tyres, all with hand pump and tyre levers only a piece of rope and a bit of carpit on the ground.
Tubeless etc. etc.
I would know a dud tyre If I saw one.

I will admit that not all tyres by one brand are the same, so your tyres might be OK.
I have another set of Schwalbe road cruiser's with PP off another skip bike one is unworn if 100 miles at all the other is say 30 % worn so we will see.
I have used kenda's they are ok even more so considering that they are brand name but at the cheap end.

Re: Allow slowing down signal with either arm?

21 January 2015 - 9:50am
I do hope you're in an office or better, cafe, not sat at home where no one can appreciate that!

Re: Allow slowing down signal with either arm?

21 January 2015 - 9:47am
Until recently I had a car with semaphore indicators. Using anything other than a flashing yellow light you have to rely on the people you are signalling to understanding how your signals work. In practice that means that not everybody will understand. All we can do is avoid further confusion. For that reason I would avoid non-standard signals. There are times when I would rather my left hand stayed on my bike's bars. In these situations I would rather not signal and rely on speed and road positioning than indicate with my right arm and potentially cause more confusion

elPedro666 wrote:I've often wondered whether it's even possible to tell the difference from directly behind - I think perhaps it's palm downwards for slowing, forwards for manoeuvring?
That's my understanding. Trying both sat here (and looking a right wally) my hand wants to default to those positions when doing the motions.

Re: Getting home after a puncture

21 January 2015 - 9:42am
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Correct me If I am wrong ? "Schwalbe" I found them sub standard in all ways.......................I have never bought one but used one off a skip bike (Which looked brand new and not contaminated) Schwalbe land cruiser WITH PP strip.
Rubbish fairy protection and rubbish rubber.
Which might be a dud tyre and why that was in the skip!

I use Schwalbe for all new tyres (mostly Delta Cruiser or Marathon Greenguard, but I've tried a couple of Marathon Plus which I don't like as much and I've some studded tyres which I've yet to try) since switching away from Armadillos at their last compound change because junk started sticking to them until it hammered through the tyre. I used to use protected tyres from Kenda (actually still have some on the 20") and before that Michelins but Armadillos seemed better than them and Schwalbe protected tyres seem better than Armadillos.... but this may vary depending on what sort of tools are used by the fairies near you.

Re: Cyclist Assaulted By Taylor Landscaping Worker

21 January 2015 - 9:36am
I sometimes wonder whether having the word 'Smile' on your back and a picture of a camera would make drivers more responsible. That said, to some it would be like a red rag to a bull.

I think that if the police don't do anything in this particular instance then we are going to get more drivers thinking that they can 'get away with it' and more cyclists taking the law into their own hands and doing 'trial by YouTube'.

Re: Getting home after a puncture

21 January 2015 - 9:33am
Hi,
661-Pete wrote:I have never used Marathons on my current bikes becaue they don't come in 700x23c size as far as I know, but I have used the road equivalent, Durano+, for a while, but I was disappointed with their claimed p*nct*re resistance.
Correct me If I am wrong ? "Schwalbe" I found them sub standard in all ways.......................I have never bought one but used one off a skip bike (Which looked brand new and not contaminated) Schwalbe land cruiser WITH PP strip.
Rubbish fairy protection and rubbish rubber.

Re: Cyclist Assaulted By Taylor Landscaping Worker

21 January 2015 - 9:02am
It also seems that the cyclist must act in a completely saint like manner. Cycle perfectly, brake at the exact time, do not use any profanities or show any sort of aggression, any sort of transgression howsoever small will mean he "deserved what he got" whatever that may be.

Re: Getting home after a puncture

21 January 2015 - 8:59am
I have never used Marathons on my current bikes becaue they don't come in 700x23c size as far as I know, but I have used the road equivalent, Durano+, for a while, but I was disappointed with their claimed p*nct*re resistance. I have since switched back to Armadillos which are definitely my favourite. But they are also a devil to get on and off some types of rim. A good tip is to stretch the tyre before first time use: sit down, hook the tyre under the soles of your feet, grab the opposite point with your hands and tug as hard as you can. Rotate the tyre a bit and pull again. Keep going till you've gone all round the tyre. If nothing else, this serves to 'soften up' the tyre a bit.

I should perhaps explain that I have unusually strong fingers. At any rate, I'm always the person called upon to open that obstinate pickle-jar or whatever. For those less fortunate, all I can do is sympathise.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

21 January 2015 - 8:58am
I thought that today was going to be the day that I caught up and got to an average of ten miles. At the end of yesterday I was at 185 miles - had a nice 25 mile ride planned for today - nothing else planned for today.

Just looking out of the window and we now have three to four inches of snow and more falling. Whilst that may just be doable, the traffic on the main road is nose to tail and not moving. Also, the kids' school is shut so I'm having to look after them - even though they're old enough to look after themselves.

This ten mile challenge is great though. I didn't really have time yesterday for a ride and wouldn't have normally - but forced myself and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Re: Allow slowing down signal with either arm?

21 January 2015 - 8:36am
Obviously it is a bit clearer on a bike where nobody in their right mind would be indicating left with their right arm.



I agree it would be putting too much faith in motorists' mental faculties.

Yet you may wish to be using the controls that are on the left hand side of the bars, like the back brake instead of front, or in the case of a motorbike the clutch (Yes, I do have a motorcycle without flashy lights).

Re: Cyclist Assaulted By Taylor Landscaping Worker

21 January 2015 - 8:35am
Mark1978 wrote:Vorpal wrote:Commentary on this thread has been removed for legal reasons.

What legal reasons are those Vorpal?
I wanted to remove the speculation, but I didn't have much time. I will attempt to replace some of the posts that contained information or discussion, but without speculation. Sorry if it makes the thread a bit muddled

Re: Cyclist Assaulted By Taylor Landscaping Worker

21 January 2015 - 8:32am
661-Pete wrote:Another reason why we need a Dutch-style 'presumption-of-motorist-at-fault' law here. But what political party - aside from the Greens (see clause TR156) is likely to risk its vote-grabbing neck in our car-centric society?
it's not a presumption of fault. It's more like a duty of care. If a motorist hits a vulnerable road user with a car, s/he has failed in duty of care. All that means is that the motorist is liable for the injuries and damage.

On the other hand, I have a hard time believing that if a motorist hit a cyclist from behind, the Dutch police wouldn't prosecute the driver.

Re: Allow slowing down signal with either arm?

21 January 2015 - 8:02am
I've often wondered whether it's even possible to tell the difference from directly behind - I think perhaps it's palm downwards for slowing, forwards for manoeuvring?

These things made a lot more sense when we all travelled at walking pace*








*so I guess they'll still work okay in the Smoke! [emoji14]

Re: 13 deaths in January, heading for worst in over 10 yrs

21 January 2015 - 7:31am
Tonyf33 wrote:And another..cycling in numbers really isn't working is it, certainly not in London
http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/c ... 89385.html

It very much is working in London with cycling rates rising dramatically to where it is now the dominant form of transport in many parts of central London. And yet the ksi rate has risen very little if at all and what deaths there are are dominated by lorries.

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/m ... 71069.html

Re: 13 deaths in January, heading for worst in over 10 yrs

21 January 2015 - 1:41am
And another..cycling in numbers really isn't working is it, certainly not in London
http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/c ... 89385.html

Re: Traffic signals stuck at red:how long till"legally defec

21 January 2015 - 1:15am
[XAP]Bob wrote:Aluminium should work, since it is induction detection, but there just isn't much metal close enough to the ground to make it work for most bikes.

There can be, if the loops are set up correctly - but that's not always done.

If you look at the detection loops and ride across where two lines meet you have a better chance of triggering the lights. If you look at 0:14 you can see two diagonal lines across the bus lane that I ride over.



Another trick I found that works on some lights is a flashing front light aimed at the top of the traffic lights.



On my old commute, there were two Traffic Lights where this worked for me, but this doesn't work on all Traffic Lights.

Re: Allow slowing down signal with either arm?

21 January 2015 - 12:15am
Yep. you would use the rotary movement for a left turn signal in a right hand drive vehicle. The stop/slowing signal is straight up and down. The distinction is potentially important because a vehicle driver may need to use either. Obviously it is a bit clearer on a bike where nobody in their right mind would be indicating left with their right arm.

Re: Ealing bike lock discount scheme

20 January 2015 - 11:26pm
mercalia wrote:
Cambridge? really? I thought that place with its student bikes was a den of bike thieves?
Yep. Apparently not as bad as Brighton!

Anyway, locking as described,visiting every month or two for the last two and a half years, I've not yet lost a bike there, but then my bikes are a bit odd.

Re: Cyclist Assaulted By Taylor Landscaping Worker

20 January 2015 - 10:38pm
Cunobelin wrote:Sometimes the recourse to "limited action" can be the better option.


I had a close (very close) overtake, and complained with little result.

So I then complained about the number plate

"Prat plate" which only worked with illegal spacing....

At the end of the day they had the cost of new plates, the cost of the illegal plates, and the cost of purchasing a prat plate that no longer works

This may be several hundred pounds, and far more than a fixed penalty




IN the case of this company, the loss of reputation, removal from many of the "assurance" web sites and the press coverage will probably be enough to either severely hamper the firm's business, and in some cases drive them into liquidation
We can only hope

Re: Ealing bike lock discount scheme

20 January 2015 - 10:36pm
[quote="mjr"

Here in safer Norfolk, or in Cambridge or Bristol, ......[/quote]

Cambridge? really? I thought that place with its student bikes was a den of bike thieves?

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