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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.

Home made electrolyte solution

27 August 2015 - 5:57pm
Anyone on here made their own electrolyte solution?

My commute means that I cycle for over five hours a week, plus whatever cycling I do for leisure at other times. Riding home from work I arrive home soaked through and keep on sweating for a good twenty minutes. I've noticed that I've been getting cramp more and more. I did get some 'High5 ZERO' tablets from PlanetX the other week and have been taking those, and they do help. However, they don't last long and before long I'm going to be able to open my own market stall with the free water bottles that come with the tablets.

Looking online, it seems that you can make your own solution using table salt, sugar and the juice of a lemon or orange. Looking at the ingredients in the 'High5 Zero', it also contains magnesium and potassium. Contains sweetener too but I'd prefer sugar over sweetener - but that's another story.

Anyhow, does anyone know whether the magnesium and potassium does any good and whether it's possible to add that to a home made solution somehow? Failing that, will a simple salt/sugar solution do? Has anyone else used that or does anyone have their own recipe?

Cheers

Re: Pedestrian pushes cyclist off bike and into traffic

27 August 2015 - 1:43pm
Psamathe wrote: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

Probably for the same reason as this: http://road.cc/content/news/162315-police-chief-writes-cyclist-explain-why-he-cant-investigate-crash

Although having read the comments of the Chief Constable, I would like to see a list of priorities to determine which criminal acts are now tacitly decriminalised. Just out of curiosity, of course.

Re: Shoreham air crash

27 August 2015 - 1:31pm
squeaker wrote: the airport perimeter road is a quiet route to the coast; and the Coombes Road going north is a very popular cycling route to get north of the Downs from the coastal plain (far more bikes than cars use it on most weekends).

Just read that the current estimate is to re-open the A27 with single lanes next Monday BUT Sussex Police chief constable Giles York said there would be no access from the A27 to Lancing College and Shoreham airport for some time.
Time to get the mountain bike out again for my Worthing 'commute' - pity it's been tipping it down for the last few days (For those that are wondering, both the A283 and Bostal Road between the A27 and Steyning have been jam packed with stop-start traffic much of the time - unpleasant )

Re: Pedestrian pushes cyclist off bike and into traffic

27 August 2015 - 12:52pm
There are an awful lot of conclusions drawn from very limited information...

We don't know why she didn't wait for the pedestrian to cross. It might have been polite, but he had a 'red man'. That she said 'please don't try to knock me off' may be an indication that she knew a collision was possible. It may also be an indication of something she noticed about the pedestrian that isn't obvious on the video. Or perhaps he said something that isn't audible. In the situation, I might have thought that the pedestrain was waiting and would step out after the cyclist passed. Maybe that's what she expected. That he stepped out before may have been intimidating to the cyclist, and could explain what she said?

As for shaking her head? I do it at least once per ride, usually when other road users have done something I don't like. Maybe she had an insect in her hair? Without asking the cyclist for her explanantion, we cannot explain why she she shook her head.

I have difficulty correlating what happened in this inicdent with how motorists treat me. She was going maybe 8 mph? It certainly wasn't very fast. Maybe she did brake. Just because there wasn't video of evidence of a hard decelleration doesn't mean she didn't brake, either before the published portion of the video starts, or even (albeit gently) during the video. And the pedestrian stepped out almost into her (against a red man) when he could clearly see their trajectories put them on a possible collision course. Then he assaults her. And yet her behaviour smacks of attitude?

I guess that just shows that people have very different perspectives on things.

Re: Motorcycle...YES...Lorry Driver ...NO

27 August 2015 - 12:01pm
I think that I heard (on radio 4) both that he withheld information from the DVLA and that they returned his licence to him weeks after the fatal incident.

Re: Pedestrian pushes cyclist off bike and into traffic

27 August 2015 - 12:00pm
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?

Re: Pedestrian pushes cyclist off bike and into traffic

27 August 2015 - 11:55am
kwackers wrote:TBH I find the entire cyclists whining about being badly done to on the roads and then going out and doing exactly the same themselves just a little grating.

Me too, but not sure why you even say it in this thread other than to blame, or at best discredit, the victim of a violent crime. I won't even comment on her having done "exactly the same" as you're clearly seeing things that I'm not.

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

27 August 2015 - 11:54am
I try to do regular checks in addition to 'long run' checks but no-one is perfect.

I think with bicycles, nearly everything is on view, or you can feel it, so it is a question of remaining alert and observant to some extent.

I habitually find myself 'inspecting' other people's bikes before group rides. I quite often notice things that their owners hadn't spotted; last week it was a failing/badly set V brake noodle on a front brake; one hard pull and the brake would have failed...

cheers

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