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Re: Clipping and running

11 October 2014 - 3:26pm
The guy in front. Although the group riding looks poor, they are not staying in formation. The guy who comes off keeps pedalling then stopping pedalling (coming forward, then dropping off) instead of keeping a smooth pedalling action. However, this still does not make the accident his fault. Before changing course a rider should always without fail make sure it's safe and that he's not going to cause others problems. After all they weren't in a bunch sprint!


Re: Navdy

11 October 2014 - 3:18pm
Plain crazy!


Re: Clipping and running

11 October 2014 - 11:50am
Please explain why in the context of the rules this is 100% the guy in fronts fault?
the guy stuck his arm out AND gave an auidble warning of his intention, and yes that doesn't give him priority and yes he moved over without checking over his shoulder.

That said the chap behind ignored his signal in reality, did not brake, did not adjust his own position & did NOT give him enough space when there WAS ample time (he stopped pedalling if you look), two wrongs don't make a right.
What if the guy in front had hit an obstacle or had to swiftly swerve to avoid something..what then?
the rider behind had ample opportunity to brake and move to the inside..50/50 if you ask me

Re: commute distance, folder or road bike?

11 October 2014 - 10:29am
I do around 18 miles each way, approximately twice a week.

I have done it on a folder, mtb and road bike. My favorite way is road, mtb and folder.

I tried using part train part folder but it was such a faff and trying to get on the trains zone 2 was a PITA.

I am working up to 4 days a week and should be doable.

My av speed is around 13mph but I have around 70 traffic lights and the London bit is a slog on the way home. Not so bad in the mornings as I leave at 630am.

Re: Cycling is faster than the train?

11 October 2014 - 10:14am
Mick F wrote:Mind you, I took a rather hilly route! Grief!
One bit of road - B3227 - had a 25% downhill immediately followed by a 20% uphill.
Followed by another one, all in the space of less than two miles!
https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Atheri ... 36.03,,0,0

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Atheri ... 27,,0,0.32

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Ah, the Torrington-Umberleigh Road. That brought back a vivid memory of that stretch from 30 years ago. I'd just moved down from Yorkshire to a new job in the South West, with the optimistic intention of using train+bike as much as possible, rather than the car, when visiting clients in a big regional patch. One of my first visits was in Torrington, and I had to get back to Umberleigh to pick up the train home. It was a freezing November night, with ice in bottom the dips between those 25% switchbacks....

Quite soon after that, I became rather less ambitious about the amount of work miles I'd be able to do on the bike....

Re: A warm dry winter?

10 October 2014 - 8:50pm
Not particularly dry this week!

Re: Sick people

10 October 2014 - 8:00pm
You're a bundle of laughs aren't you?

I have done a sportive but don't do them any more because the cost is rather extortionate these days. I used to do the Bath to London for charity too but that's got too dear. I've nothing against anyone who enters one - it's quite an achievement for many and a bit of lighthearted competition for some, at the end of the day it's cycling so can't be bad.

Re: A warm dry winter?

10 October 2014 - 7:36pm
Well, given that the only thing we can accurately predict about our wonderful British weather is that it will be unpredictable I'm happily ready for the worst it can throw at us.

I have read that the studs should be bedded in by riding a few miles on dry roads but elsewhere it has been suggested that the advice only applies to nice smooth German tarmac and that our rotten rough roads will do more damage than good.

I'll probably just go for manually pushing each stud down and only fit them to the bike when snow is definitely due.

The worst conditions I've previously encountered were on residential streets that don't get gritted where the snow has partially melted then re-frozen forming a thick sheet. Riding on normal tyres over that was definitely a sphincter puckering experience!

Re: Cafe & coffee

10 October 2014 - 5:01pm
Thats very good going for 1. An airport 2. Italy
I walked past Florians in Venice but just couldn`t bring myself to pay the €12 for a miniscule coffee & another €6 to be in hearing distance of the orchestra.
I did listen to them though so must be about €18 in profit!

I used to cycle up Armley town street 40 years ago past the Co-op. On an ex-police Raleigh roadster. I also remember the dried Vesta curries from Morrisons in Morley.

Re: Cycling is faster than the train?

10 October 2014 - 3:21pm
When I worked in Chelmsford it used to take me about 40 mins to drive the 13m home. If I used the train it was about a 10 min walk to the station, by which time I had just missed the 17.05, so I had to wait for the 17.55. That got in about 18.30, so by the time I had walked the 10 min home that was about an hour later than by car. If I'd cycled I could have done it in less than 1h40m, but not 40m.

Re: Cycling is faster than the train?

10 October 2014 - 3:10pm
The Mechanic wrote:Are we comparing like with like here. I don't think so. Unless there is a direct train from A to B then you can't compare it to a bike being ridden from A to B unless it follows the same route as the train, i.e. via the same places as the three train journeys.
No - you are going from A to B, not racing a train along it's path.

To take the train from here to my old place of work would have taken >7 hours if I wanted to get there before 9 am, but a minimum of 5 hours a day on the train -add that onto an 8 hour working day and 8 hours sleep and there isn't much left to get to and from the station.

Re: Cycling is faster than the train?

10 October 2014 - 3:00pm
Mark1978 wrote:Not really, unless you're headed into a city centre most of the time the car will beat the train. There are exceptions of course!
But the car won't often beat the bike, not at commuting time, even in a fairly small market town.

This was the basis of the "commuter challenge" that we used to run in Bike Week and since then, cycling has gotten quicker with a few new sections of cycleway bypass opening, while car times have pretty much held constant with new motorists appearing to fill any spaces added by road widening and traffic management signs (the things that tell you how to reach empty parking spaces quickest).

In my local case, I've timed an clear-roads evening car drive into King's Lynn at 21 to 23 minutes, which is only slightly faster than my 19 to 26 minute cycling in (it depends mainly whether the wind helps or hinders on the exposed flat sections). It doesn't take much time in a traffic queue or walking to/from a less-than-ideal car park to make the car slower than cycling. This is slightly unfair: I moved here because it has a good cycle link to town; but only slightly: the drive is all A roads except the last few metres and the majority is 40mph limit.

Re: Accident on bike

10 October 2014 - 12:51pm
As a Clinical manager in the NHS, i have had to deal with a number of Sickness episodes, some short and some longer term. The trigger points are there to ensure that an individual is not abusing the system. I would much rather have a member of staff take a few more days off sick and be fully recovered, so that when they do return to work they are fully fit.

I would be very wary of using facilities designed for use by patients such as the free bus. As staff we did used to use this when travelling between two hospital sites, but this was sanctioned.

Your sickness if it works the same as our trust, will calculate it on the number of sessions that you have off for a specific periord of time. This is usually over a rolling 12 month period, and you are "allowed" 4 sickness episodes before you reach the first review (trigger) point. However for an incident as you describe, this can be taken into account and can be sometime (managers discretion) from the sickness trigger point. You would also have to have had 3 other sickness events in the past 12 months to hit a trigger point

Hope that helps



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