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Forgive me, for I have sinned, it's been 2 months + a day

28 August 2014 - 2:14pm
since I last drove a motorvehicle. I broke that today as I collected a pair of wheels for a bike I've built up for my son (that he is deffo going to use..) so a not unreasonable excuse as it will save a lot more motor miles than I burned today .yay
I normally declare mine off road for a month during the summer, this year it's been two so far and with no.1 son off to the US I might even get away with September too but need a car next week
It's certainly encouraged me to cycle more than I have, though with my illness it's being so bloody hard at times..pedalling squares just to get to the supermarket makes you feel like quitting
Luckily only one more puncture on average and the general feeling throughout the summer months is that more and more drivers are taking a bit more care (especially the executive level car) and giving one a bit more space. There's been days when it's just gone wrong, bright sunshine then downpours and then idiots doing their level best to take a DNA swab from your person..

But even with that I feel a bit more renewed about trying to cycle more, trying not to cave in and use the car when I feel like crud and the bodies saying no..even then it's still possible..just a lot bloody harder..

Re: Safety - not mine

28 August 2014 - 2:14pm
I have two pingers (one on each handlebar). They give different tones, so pinging left then right gives a nice 'ding-dong'

Re: Solo night ride

28 August 2014 - 1:21pm
I probably ride very late at night on an unlit country road an average of once a week throughout the whole year (less during summer, more during winter). Two roads, both 60mph limit, both undulating/dips, both a bit twisty and with a 3-4% gradient on them in places. Both approx 1.5-2miles long. I do one more than the other but not by much.

There have been a few incidents including a few big ones (usual people blaming the road nonsense) on the one I do more frequently at night. However not once have I had any vehicles overtake too close, oncoming vehicles 99% of the time dip their lights, I feel relatively 'safer' than in many daytime situations.
Contrast that with daytime riding and I'd hazard at least one close pass that I'd acknowledge (for me I'd class that as 18" or less, the rest aren't worth the steam off your whatnot) or divvy driving 90 times out of 100 journeys.
I just think the probabilities of being struck at night or being overtaken too close are much much less than during the day.

That earlier this year a forum member described how a police car stopped her for having the temerity to ride up the A10 in the early hours and tell her it's be 'safer' to ride on the back roads (to no-where and not where they were going) just beggars belief! viewtopic.php?f=7&t=84143&hilit=+A10+night

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