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Re: Roundabouts or traffic lights?

27 October 2015 - 3:38pm
Yes I read the article . I had been searching for the reason for all the traffic lights springing up for some time. Its a bit of a pet subject of mine. My nearst town is Telford . When I moved there it was all roundabouts and barely a traffic light n the whole area. Now we get more traffic lights every day. A little background I drive about 18000 miles a year and cycle about 8000 miles a year and race in alot of time trials.

In Telford they have done many junction changes to TLs and keep getting government grants to do more ( 6 announced today) . These result in roadworks for about 6 months, confusing junctions and no improvements in traffic flow , often the traffic flow is worse and 2 of the 6 "improvements" of late are rehashes of previous attempts, its not that we even have that serious traffic here in the rush hour you may have to wait 2 mins at the most at the worst junction . In one case to do a right turn used to be right turn at the island , now you negotiate 3 islands and 9 sets of traffic lights ( i kid you not) . This was all to accommodate a rail freight terminal that 10 years later has never been used. They keep announcing these "improvement" schemes instead of tackling the many serious road improvements that everybody is crying out for like the dualling of the a5 around Oswestry ( built as 3 lanes but they have white painted out one lane)

I think its all about control , they like the controlling option . I dont buy the cyclist line as they never spend any money on any proper usable cycle infrastructure. While I understand the need for TLs on multilane roundabouts , they are putting in endless TLs on small junctions , these are all one direction at a time ( IE 4 changes for a complete cycle) and many try to be so called intelligent IE no car no change , so dont work for motor bikes and cycles. The so called improvements are wastig millions of pound when we are closing libraries etc and cause months of disruption.

For Shropshire and Cheshire Time trialing they are soon to "improve " Shawbirch roundabout , which is key to most of our time trial from 10s, 25s, 30s, 50s 100s , 12 hr and 24 hrs

TLs also waste lots of power and require more maintenance and accidents are worse when they happen as they are side on and not at a similar angle and tend to be faster as people put their foot down to jump the lights.

Re: Cycling Autumn in UK-Bristol/West country-How wet is it?

27 October 2015 - 3:28pm
simonineaston wrote:Heltor Chasca wrote:Bristol and Bath have probably some of the best traffic-free cycling infrastructure in the country. You won't need a GoPro...
Hi Heltor, I too live in Bristol and have enjoyed the infrastructure here for a long time - without a GoPro. Can you expand on that statement of yours?

Sure: As the routes are mainly traffic-free, those who choose to film their rides in traffic (for whatever reason) don't have to, so you don't need a camera. Have I managed to avoid an argument Simon? I hope so.

Of the 6 hours I've just spent working in a client's garden today, at least half of it was in the rain. I'd vote that Martin gets some wet gear...b

Re: Roundabouts or traffic lights?

27 October 2015 - 2:56pm
A gyratory is rather different from a roundabout, though. If we're comparing t/s with rabs at single junctions, rather than whole systems, then I think... it depends on size and shape. Two of the key factors IMO are width of the circulating carriageway and the angle of deflection at entry (the narrower and the straighter, respectively, the better for cyclists and for pedestrians trying to cross the roads).

Re: Advise on decent Autumn / Winter Gloves please

27 October 2015 - 2:24pm
I like my Sealskinz. I have two pairs. One close-fitting that I wear by themselves, and the other, a size bigger that I wear with merino glove liners in colder weather (below -2 or -3 C?)

Re: Advise on decent Waterproofs Please - Avoiding Clammy et

27 October 2015 - 2:06pm
I agree with Neilo above but I will stick my neck out a bit as after a long time searching, I have something that works for me.

A Paramo Quito. I can wear it all day and unlike other waterproofs the inside of the jacket doesnt get soaking wet.
The item nearest to my skin is the wettest (from sweat) and it gets drier from there up to the wet outside of the Paramo.

The extensive pitzips and baggy fit help moisture get out more quickly when doing the intensive cycling (up hills).

It may turn out to be a bit too much work maintaining its functionality but you can wear something else on the majority of days when it isnt raining.

Re: Advise on decent Waterproofs Please - Avoiding Clammy et

27 October 2015 - 2:05pm
There is often a very thin line between performance and failure with 'breathable' fabrics and even windproofs in terms of keeping you warm and dry. The problem is that you lose heat all across your skin in the form of sweat and your bit of exercise increases the need to dump heat. In the 'good old days' before we had all this technical stuff i can't remember having the same problems, you just spent half the year wrapped like the Michelin man!

IME breathable fabrics work best when they are next to your skin with diminishing performance the more you wear. I go for wind proof faced garments these days and a sturdier anti wet layer that can add insulation from wet and cold but usually no more than 2 layers.

Re: Advise on decent Waterproofs Please - Avoiding Clammy et

27 October 2015 - 1:58pm
The Gore Bike wear Oxygen 2.0 jacket is excellent, but it depends on how much you want to pay. The RRP is around £200. It pretty much does the job you want (for me anyway)

Re: Advise on decent Waterproofs Please - Avoiding Clammy et

27 October 2015 - 1:48pm
Neilo wrote:Can't be done, just get used to it
Have not managed it in over 30 years of outdoor activities.
Better to be warm and damp, than colds and wet.
As for what to wear, I could suggest something, but then someone usually chips in saying that bit of kit is crap, and you should use this other piece of kit.

Neil


Hi Neil,

kinda thought that would be the case!
Not like motorbikes, where one dosen't sweat in winter, and just sitting there - so both possible.


Is it the swimming "Wet suit" idea then?
Ie ok, get wet, but its controlled, and one is in a warmth pocket from the wind chill?

Am I looking for "windblocker" products, rather than "waterproof" then?


Hope you can advise!

Regards
Martin

Advise on decent Autumn / Winter Gloves please

27 October 2015 - 1:43pm
Hiya All,

To complete the set!

Advise on decent Autumn / Winter Gloves please

1. Waterproof
2. Warm enough for autumn winter commuting

Suppose better not mess around and splash out for some proper stuff

Thinking about it, I don't really want to be skimping or dithering on whether to buy anything, or buying trial and error rubbish stuff, while suffering in the coming wet and cold 8(




Regards
Martin

Re: Advise on decent Waterproofs Please - Avoiding Clammy et

27 October 2015 - 1:40pm
Can't be done, just get used to it
Have not managed it in over 30 years of outdoor activities.
Better to be warm and damp, than colds and wet.
As for what to wear, I could suggest something, but then someone usually chips in saying that bit of kit is crap, and you should use this other piece of kit.

Neil

Re: Advise on decent Waterproofs Please - Avoiding Clammy et

27 October 2015 - 1:37pm
Hiya All,


Should have said:

FOR OVER WINTER AS WELL - so warm enough for winter commuting as well!


not asking for the world really!

Re: Commuting on the first Monday since clock change

27 October 2015 - 12:52pm
MikeF wrote:.... cyclists lights have to compete with increasing LED arrays of rear lights on cars. .....

But car lights are limited (by UN-ECE rules) to 17cd total (eg two rear lamps would be 8.5cd max each) and motorcycles are allowed 12cd for their rear lamp: so have modern cars found a loop hole? There seemed some mention of a 30cd limit for variable lamps whatever they are?

Or is it poor optical design (large sparse arrays of small bright dots) you mean (old diffused red lenses did seem a bit nicer and putting the red on the bulb is stupid as it increases the chance of wrong colour replacement and increases amount of spares....).

IMO steel boxed vehicles should only be allowed dim nominal rear lamps so as they have an incentive to drive within the range they can see....otherwise dents will insue in their precious.....

A pity compulsory tail lamps have destroyed the idea of driving within the range of available lighting, a pity the early CTC was unsuccessful in allowing cyclists only optional rear lamps and allowing steel boxed vehicles only nominal dim ones...

Re: Commuting on the first Monday since clock change

27 October 2015 - 11:21am
Didn't bike in yesterday but did today and thought it was quiet - it is of course half-term which, here at least, significantly reduces traffic. So any stats would have to try and take that into account too. As the saying goes, 'Lies, dammed lies and statistics....'

Re: Commuting on the first Monday since clock change

27 October 2015 - 9:33am
Don't worry it will all calm down in day or two. As I reported on another thread a couple of weeks ago. The first couple of working days after the clocks change makes people irritable. despite they are travelling home at their normal time drivers feel they are late, body clocks not realigned, so they are tired hungry and grumpy and just want to get home. They drive closer together as well. BTW I have no actual evidence for this just personal observation, but I bet if you look in the accident statistics accident spike for a couple of days after the clock change.

Re: Commuting on the first Monday since clock change

27 October 2015 - 8:27am
Nickeveson wrote:I wonder if anyone has researched how many cyclists are hit in the week or two after clock change compared with other times of the year?
I don't know but it will be confounded by this effect being so notorious among cycle commuters that some vary their route to quieter roads and others switch to other modes for a while. There is also herty victimblaming from everyone. I challenged the local police online for suggesting tiny lights "will save lives" and they just started wibbling about "common sense" which is not encouraging so don't expect any help from traffic police.

Take care out there. Ride well.

Re: Commuting on the first Monday since clock change

26 October 2015 - 10:26pm
My error.....my jacket is reflective......but as another says there is no excuse for not seeing me.....it's lack of concentration, together with a myriad of other lights ie. indicators, headlights, tail lights, street lights, shop lights etc

Re: Commuting on the first Monday since clock change

26 October 2015 - 10:02pm
As usual our response to bad driving is to blame the conditions. Lights or not, hi-vis or not, GMT or BST - there is really no excuse for not seeing people.

Re: Commuting on the first Monday since clock change

26 October 2015 - 9:47pm
I wish they would just agree on a fixed time zone and stick with it all year round - in some ways GMT+1 would make sense as 9-5 commuting would mean going to work and coming home would be similar lighting levels all year round and no sudden change - it's that sudden change I hate so much

Re: Commuting on the first Monday since clock change

26 October 2015 - 9:37pm
Hi Vis is not the same as reflective and won't show in the dark. Does your jacket have reflective parts?
Visibility is a problem when cyclists lights have to compete with increasing LED arrays of rear lights on cars. I not sure what the answer is when cyclists haven't a dedicated highway.

Re: Tanking out 8 hours later - any way to avoid?

26 October 2015 - 9:26pm
The fitness will come, it's amazing how those first few weeks will fade as you do more mileage, the hills will seem to flatten out, the advantages of cycling to and from work will get you fitter AND save you travelling money

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