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Re: Home made electrolyte solution

27 August 2015 - 10:27pm
The fat commuter wrote:Hmm, will have a look at putting some salt into some fruit juice. I usually eat a banana a day which is meant to contain magnesium and potassium. Coconut milk is also meant to have magnesium and potassium in it - can get that from ALDI.

Sounds like a fairly disgusting drink mind, water, coconut milk, orange juice and salt. Will maybe give it a go - can't wait.
Pineapple and coconut, maybe? Or mango?

Re: Pedestrian pushes cyclist off bike and into traffic

27 August 2015 - 10:25pm
My take on the video (without assuming she did this, he did that - just based on what we can see/hear) is that questions like should she have stopped, did she give him the finger, etc. are not relevant. None of the possible things she might have done (but are not evident from the video) justify the behaviour of the hooligan.

Bottom line (from my opinion) is that she did not hit him, yet he felt he felt it acceptable that he hit her. He was wrong.

If we do want to question what she might have done and assume she did e.g. give him the finger, why did he have to run after her some distance to assault her ? But for me that is not a big issue as whatever the answer, I can see no justification for his attack.

Ian

Re: Pedestrian pushes cyclist off bike and into traffic

27 August 2015 - 10:08pm
I know that a pedestrian has no obligation to stop for a red man. Although conventions like that are what makes things easier for everyone, he certainly has the right to walk out into traffic, and that's exactly what he does.

However... He did pause when a car crossed his path, and I think expecting him to wait there for a gap in the traffic is an easy mistake to make. I've made similar mistakes on several occasions, though nothing has ever come of it. All that seems to happen initially is two road users failed to communicate well. No attitude. Just... failure to communicate.

And I didn't say that she could *see* something that can't be seen on the video. I said she may have *noticed* something that wasn't obvious on the video. Body language or expression, perhaps. Soemthing made her fear him. 'Please don't try to knock me off' are not the words of someone expecting a collision, but someone fearing an attack.

Re: Bike provision on Beeston tram route and a question

27 August 2015 - 9:50pm
Sorry I have no advice, I'm just glad that's not my commute, the only place I'd feel safe on that road is straight down the middle and and that would probably attract plenty of abuse.

Re: Pre-ride (or pre-drive) checks.

27 August 2015 - 9:50pm
I realised that I was getting slack with the car when I went to drive it away and didn't notice that one of the tyres was completely flat until I'd actually started to drive it. Admittedly I did notice inside the first six feet of driving and the tyre's flatness was disguised by the adjacent kerb but even so, I'd walked right past it.

Not as bad as one guy I know though. He went to drive off and immediately there was a loud clunk and the car dropped by 6". It turned out that the wheels on the other side of the car had been nicked, and the car fell off its small stack of bricks as soon as it started to move....

cheers

Re: Bike provision on Beeston tram route and a question

27 August 2015 - 9:43pm
I recently posted about a new cycle path in north Nottingham and got lots of advice on here. I also emailed the city council and they are going to get back to me, I'm not the only one who has pointed out that it's a bit rubbish!
Lots of us have concerns about the new tram routes, I've been on the route you describe in excellent detail and agree that it's unclear what cyclists re supposed to do, and it puts us into potential conflict with pedestrians. It's definitely worth contacting the county council and the tram people - it'll take them a while to get back to you but the more people who point out problems, the more likely things might be done.
What can be done at this stage is something else! We all know the whole thing was rushed through and the design could have been way more cycle-friendly...

Re: Pre-ride (or pre-drive) checks.

27 August 2015 - 9:34pm
Squish the tyres, grab the brakes as I settle...

There's more to do?


The car just has the doors checked..

Re: Pedestrian pushes cyclist off bike and into traffic

27 August 2015 - 8:59pm
reohn2 wrote:Vorpal's post above about sums it up,the cyclist was no threat IMO the aggressor is the pedestrian,end of.
I don't deny he was the aggressor but when I watch the video I see the usual might is right approach except this time by a cyclist. (And an approach I witness with more and more frequency as time goes by and cyclist numbers increase.)

Vorpals post imo is wrong on a number of points.
Firstly the 'red man' is a 'red herring'. Pedestrians are under no obligation to wait for the red man, might be advisable and in this case he most certainly should have waited - but he didn't.
"Please dont try to knock me off" can only be one of two things; she thought a collision was possible, in which case why not stop? (As Vorpal pointed out she wasn't going very fast and a quick 'frame by frame' shows she made no attempt to slow down at all.)
Of course perhaps she actually thought for some reason he might knock her off in which case there's even more reason to stop and avoid it! You can see the pedestrian on the video for a fair while, there's absolutely no reason to assume she can see something the camera can't - they both have the same viewpoint after all and if he'd shouted a warning he'd have been facing her and we'd have heard it.

He said she gave him the finger - well something tipped him over the edge so I think it's a fair bet she did. The shaking of her head is simply icing on the cake.

So the scenerio is pretty straightforward.
A ped ill advisedly starts to cross, a bicycle is heading towards him. He continues (no obvious indication he's seen the cyclist) the cyclist realises he's not for stopping and talking to herself comments on the impending 'crash', she passes him closely and gives him the finger whilst shaking her head.
From his pov, he's crossing the road when a cyclist passes v.close and a combination of shock and anger particularly when he sees the cyclist give him the finger causes him to lose it.

It's a bit like the woman that knocked me off, could she have braked? Of course, she didn't though because she believed she had right of way and thinking you have "right of way" somehow makes braking the last thing a person would want to do.

Re: Pre-ride (or pre-drive) checks.

27 August 2015 - 8:18pm
The car tyres,oil and other levels get a check fortnightly,and definitely before a long 200mile+ run.

The bike gets a tyre pressure check before every ride,unless I'm riding consecutive days,and a check for foreign bodies etc,about every third or fourth ride,unless I've ridden some particularly suspect roads or tracks.
Brake levers get a flick for adjustment as I set off.
I tend to check bolts and other safety checks,etc when I lube the chain,(usually at about 300miles) or when I clean the bike whichever comes first.

Bike provision on Beeston tram route and a question

27 August 2015 - 8:12pm
I live near Beeston, Notts, where a new tram route has just opened. I cycle regularly down part of the tram route, Chilwell High Road. This is a narrow road that is busy during the day. I am not really happy with the idea of being overtaken by a tram on this road as there is so little space between tram and kerb, here is a pic:



Still, I'm also interested in what happens at stations where the tram is right up against the platform. Clearly if you cycle through a station the tram will have to follow you. The planners decided it would be better if bikes left the road at this point and mount the pavement. Here is the beginning of the bike route going east:



The problem here is that the cycle route takes you in front of shops, the one time I went up there someone came out of a shop not looking (why should she?) and I nearly hit her.
Here is the exit point, as you can see you are meant to give way.



and here is the same point looking west:



Now let's look at the same journey going east to west. This is where you are meant to mount the pavement. No path marked this time other than the blue sign indicating that pedestrians and bikes travel in harmony here:



The road can get quite congested here (this is a quiet evening, not rush hour):



OK, so having mounted the pavement you cross a side road, then there is a shaded area for bikes (I presume) just where those people are walking:



Then you cross another side road



before arriving at the give way point to get back on the road:



My problem here is that I turn right shortly after this point, for which manoeuvre I need to be in the centre of the road, the only safe place is on the white hatchings. This is where I turn right:



It is not easy to get to the right point on the road if there is traffic. It is not so bad if you stay on the road as you can clearly signal and move across at an appropriate moment.

My questions: first, I would be interested to know what you experts think of this particular scheme.

Second, am I entitled to simply ride along the road like a car? I feel that at 15mph or more it is not really holding anybody up if the tram or a car has to follow you for a short distance.

To be honest, I am not sure that it is safe either on the bike lanes or on the road. Unfortunately there isn't a sensible alternative route.
Tim

Re: Pre-ride (or pre-drive) checks.

27 August 2015 - 7:53pm
I tend to give the brakes a good squeeze before starting off. Just once I felt a cable give way on me. Better that when stopped than on a steep hill.

Re: Pre-ride (or pre-drive) checks.

27 August 2015 - 7:48pm
BESTCOP before every ride, ABC if the bike has been out of my sight a short while, such as while I nip in the shop.

Re: Pedestrian pushes cyclist off bike and into traffic

27 August 2015 - 7:38pm
Manc33 wrote:You "mag" lol. London.
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Re: Pedestrian pushes cyclist off bike and into traffic

27 August 2015 - 7:35pm
You "mag" lol. London.

Re: Shoreham air crash

27 August 2015 - 7:32pm
I used to go to air shows as a kid.

"Come on you'll like it".

All I ever did at them was crouch there crying with my hands over my ears, hating it.

Re: Home made electrolyte solution

27 August 2015 - 7:26pm
You can buy a special spoon with a bowl on each end. One end is for salt, the other is for sugar. You add both to a set volume of water to make a perfect isotonic drink.

Alternatively just half water, half fresh orange juice and a pinch of salt. It is close enough. Then milk for a recovery drink. Well that's my preference although I rarely add salt to the drink I take.for the ride, just water and juice.

Little and often is another bit of good advice. It's easier to take in enough If you drink regularly not when you feel thirsty you should get enough fluids in. Some people reckon drink a bit every 10-15 minutes.

Re: Home made electrolyte solution

27 August 2015 - 7:22pm
Hmm, will have a look at putting some salt into some fruit juice. I usually eat a banana a day which is meant to contain magnesium and potassium. Coconut milk is also meant to have magnesium and potassium in it - can get that from ALDI.

Sounds like a fairly disgusting drink mind, water, coconut milk, orange juice and salt. Will maybe give it a go - can't wait.

Re: Pedestrian pushes cyclist off bike and into traffic

27 August 2015 - 6:27pm
Psamathe wrote:reohn2 wrote:...
TBH IMO it's a sad day when I'm thinking of buying a video camera to use as some sort record to report the constant bad and dangerous driving I encounter almost everytime I ride my bike....
What I can't understand is if you are seeing it so often (I do as well), I would expect Police Officers to be seeing it as well. So why aren't they doing anything about it ? "Plain closed" Police car out on the road for 30 mins would probably see several cases of driving justifying at least pulling the driver over. I suspect they may no longer be motivated. I can maybe guess why but it would be guesswork so probably not helpful.

Ian
For the same reason thay don't stand in plain clothes at TL's booking drivers using mobile phones,or booking people parking dangerously.Because the motorist is a cash cow any fule noe that

Re: Home made electrolyte solution

27 August 2015 - 6:27pm
Been using squash + 1/4 teaspoon of salt in my bottle for past few months - no adverse affects on rides up to 6 hours+ (whilst used to get cramps not that infrequently)

Re: Pedestrian pushes cyclist off bike and into traffic

27 August 2015 - 6:25pm
kwackers wrote:reohn2 wrote:TBF in this case that's marginal at best,and there's a lot of grey in the initial encounter IMO.
I'm not sure there is.
The "please don't try to knock me off" comment is an indication she knew a collision was possible. She had all the time to say that but no time to consider braking?
Then she obviously thought a near collision had occurred otherwise why shake her head? Taking into account the wide angle lens then she was obviously pretty close. (And the ped obviously thought she'd given him the finger).

Sorry, all smacks to me of the same sort of attitude we (quite rightly) condemn drivers for but somehow because we're on a bike they're OK?


Vorpal's post above about sums it up,the cyclist was no threat IMO the aggressor is the pedestrian,end of.

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