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Re: wonderful Brenta - Ortles brevet (363 km + 8088 m) - vid

28 November 2015 - 8:42pm
You should be proud! Stunning. Absolutely stunning...b

wonderful Brenta - Ortles brevet (363 km + 8088 m) - video

28 November 2015 - 8:37pm
Hello !
I'm proud to present my cycling video about the italian permanent brevet Brenta - Ortles (officially 363 km + 8088 m). Time to finish: 34 hours.
It's route is wonderful and challenging (with legendary Giro d'Italia climbs):
Pietramurata - Molveno - Passo Palade (1518 m) - Merano - Passo dello Stelvio (2760 m) -landslide on the descent - Bormio - Passo di Gavia (2621 m) - Ponte di Legno - Passo del Tonale (1883 m) - Dimaro - Passo Campo Carlo Magno (1682 m) - Stenico - Pietramurata.
I loved it very much and beside it was adventurous because on the Stelvio descent I had to climb through rocks because serious landslides caused by a strom.
During the winter I will edit a longer, ca. 40 minutes long video too and in few weeks time I will share a ca. 2 pages long travelogue about it.

I can truely suggest riding this wonderful challenge or parts of the route !

Thanks for watching !

Re: Is today “Peak Idiot”?

28 November 2015 - 8:36pm
I'm sure time of day makes a difference. Friday for me seemed a good day for drivers as far as I was concerned and roads seemed much busier than usual; all sensible overtakes and some very wide.

Useless police

28 November 2015 - 8:26pm
Around a week ago I was taking my son and his friend to school on the dummy, about 50 metres from a junction a large van came up behind us revving his engine loudly. There was not enough room for him to pass safely so I carried on the the junction on the busy road and stopped. The van then gave us a bump from behind! There was a pause then he bumped us again twice in quick succession. After checking they were alright I let off a bit of steam at the driver, later after a bit of thought I reported him to the police, normally I would just put it down to poor driving but the pause between the two impacts made me think there was either intent or criminally careless driving. The police despite my protests have decided to take no action as no one was injured, this was less than a week after a cyclist was killed by a HGV in Banbury.

My point of view is that there was either intent or serious negligence, he had been following us for a while and was well aware that there children on the bike, why will the police take no action? The bike was fine apart from a few scratches but I'm considering contacting his insurance company and asking for the frame to be replaced or resprayed just so he has some financial penalty in increased premiums. Very disappointed in the police attitude especially so soon after a fatal accident not one mile away in the same week.

Re: Bloody labrador

28 November 2015 - 6:39pm
Flinders wrote:...
There is no reason for using one, they are dangerous, and it's time they were banned...
I think you are thinking along very narrow lines. I used to use one with one of my dogs whilst his recall was questionable. He needs decent exercise yet allowing him to run free through training was not a good plan. The are also a good training aid (when locked in the extended position). The extending lead had a lock clip so in effect becomes a short lead when required. So when in the fields (sometimes with livestock around) he could run around a bit and we could at the same time continue training. But when on the street the lock could be applied and no problems. The extending lead was very useful in training his recall - or maybe you think such training "irresponsible" and would prefer have disobedient dogs with no recall running around ?

I think the "ban everything" attitude some cyclists have does alienate cyclists (pubic perception being that they demand everything to be 110% as they want). As others said earlier in the thread, talk about banning something on the basis of the irresponsible exceptions is madness (as Pete said, cyclists would be banned under such criteria because of the irresponsible minority).

So maybe explain why a locked extending lead is dangerous ? Or maybe a bit of education of the public about the risks of such leads and we can all be happier.


Re: Bloody labrador

28 November 2015 - 6:16pm
Dogs on leads and therefore under control, fine. Dogs off leads where the dog is under control, fine. Extendable leads, not fine.

Even if the dog does absolutely nothing wrong, the lead can cause injury and death to innocent people because some idiot owner isn't paying attention - or even because a third party or other dog is messing about. There is no reason for using one, they are dangerous, and it's time they were banned. It isn't just cyclists who have a problem with them, it's other pedestrians and people on scooters, skateboards, or whatever.
And extendable lead is a strong cord which is thin and not easy to see with a human at one end and a dog at the other. If that's not a recipe for disaster I don't know what is.

If a dog won't come when called it needs to be on a short lead, it's too dangerous to be on a long one. If it will it can just walk to heel without a lead and be allowed to run free where it's safe, being called back when necessary.

Re: Replace my worn out Ribble

28 November 2015 - 4:04pm
Brucey's useful suggestions might have done it. I have a Tortec Slimline rack which has some swoopy stays to clear the rear brake on the way to the frame mounts. When I fitted it I had trouble getting them to line up but with a bit of grunt I got the threads started and then screwed it all up to force everything tight. Playing with the frame today, flexing the bike with my hands I could feel the creak in the seat stay area. I spent some time re aligning the rack stays to de-stress them. I tried them every which way, added spacers etc until I was happy and now I can't make the frame creak with my hands. Fingers crossed that this is a cure. The next most irritating thing to sort out is the indexing. When it will jump down to a smaller sprocket, I have to overshift to get it to go the other way. It needs new jockey wheels and a chain but then of course I'll need a cassette and ideally chain rings too. The cables should be ok but if I did them too for thoroughness I'd have spent a fair bit. If the creak has gone, I might start to love it again and decide to treat it.

Re: Jan Heine crash

28 November 2015 - 10:49am
RickH wrote:In his latest post (27th) he seems so far to be healing as well (or better) than expected.

Nice to hear ,lets hope he continues to improve .

Re: Jan Heine crash

28 November 2015 - 10:29am
In his latest post (27th) he seems so far to be healing as well (or better) than expected.


Re: Jan Heine crash

28 November 2015 - 10:11am
Those are pretty bad injuries. I hope he makes a complete recovery.

Re: Bloody labrador

28 November 2015 - 10:00am
661-Pete wrote:As it happens, the above story has already been linked to (or rather, the Daily Fail version of it) on another thread.

I'm not, and have never been, a dog owner, and I have no cause to defend the wretched pooches running around and defiling our streets - but at the same time, I don't see the need to come across all "ban-the-lot-of-'em". Extending leads are perfectly OK if used responsibly. Calling to ban them is like calling for a ban on bicycles because there are some irresponsible or incapable cyclists around... I'm not going there....


Re: safety advice for commuter

28 November 2015 - 9:32am

Good advice from Si.
I have a right turn to make, starts off being 2 lanes of traffic, becomes 3 as the road widens and the right turn lane is factored in.

Sometimes traffic is stopped and heavy enough that end up just filtering my way through stopped traffic.

Other times i not only have to convey my intent to a following car/bus but also move across into the second lane and be able to see that is free..... lots of looking over shoulder, positive strong signal (not flap hand down around thigh area) ensure following vehicle is slowing, move across lane and check second lane.... phew.....

I have been in situations, where i have been signalling my intent well before the junction, but just had over taking cars keep coming past..... so either i am left with a last minute maneouvre or just have to pull over as you have done... not often though.

Re: Bloody labrador

28 November 2015 - 9:31am
As it happens, the above story has already been linked to (or rather, the Daily Fail version of it) on another thread.

I'm not, and have never been, a dog owner, and I have no cause to defend the wretched pooches running around and defiling our streets - but at the same time, I don't see the need to come across all "ban-the-lot-of-'em". Extending leads are perfectly OK if used responsibly. Calling to ban them is like calling for a ban on bicycles because there are some irresponsible or incapable cyclists around... I'm not going there.

Of course, an extending lead should never be used with a dog that is so large and powerful that it can overcome the locking mechanism. Come to think of it, such a dog should not be placed in the charge of a child or other person not able to control it, whatever type of lead.

I learned this from experience. Last year, while visiting my brother-in-law in the USA, we took one of his dogs for a walk in the countryside - a fully-grown Irish Wolfhound bitch. This is a big dog! But extremely docile and obedient most of the time. We had her on lead (non-extending) because there were cows with calves nearby: I was holding the leash and my b-i-l instructed me: if she does a runner, drop the leash at once, otherwise you'll be dragged along. As it turned out, this dog caught scent of a deer and away she went like Lance on steroids! I did exactly as I'd been told and dropped the lead. Just as well.

Re: Citizen Parking Enforcement & a Result & Pat on the Back

28 November 2015 - 9:26am
... or avoid the conflict and send a video asking whether they are going to cease their stupidity

Re: safety advice for commuter

28 November 2015 - 8:34am
Another way of coping with the turn --- it is easier to turn across the traffic the closer I am riding to traffic speed. Up hill, with a convoy passing, this is sometimes impossible so I keep going and make a right or a U turn somewhere that is easier. Obviously I would not go a great deal further, but this is where only local knowledge can advise - as with alternative routes.

Re: safety advice for commuter

28 November 2015 - 7:31am
In my opinion its really what you feel most comfortable doing and if stopping on the left and waiting for a gap feels most comfortable, go for it. The way I do it which works well for me is to pull across gradually from some way back. If you move further and further out into the lane cars have to do more and more exaggerated overtakes to go past you and at some point one of them will give way and you can pull across. Personally I don't find the "turn like a car" of indicating and then pulling across when one allows works. Just gently squeeze them out of space.

Re: safety advice for commuter

27 November 2015 - 10:20pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:I'll cut to the chase: Apart from the comments above: What are people's thoughts on purchasing 'Cyclecraft' as a learning aid? I used to coach sailing and although I thought I 'knew it all' it's amazing what little gems I picked up from books. At the very least, reading formalised my train of thought. I would transfer my knowledge onto both my girls. One of whom is nearly ready to head out on her own for the whole day.

I think it's a really good book. Bikeability tells you how to do stuff, John Franklin explains why. Not only does that make it sensible, but it it provides a sort of logic; a way of thinking about how we move in traffic that is really useful when something entirely new comes up. If you aren't sure, ask for a copy at your library.

Re: Is it my road position?

27 November 2015 - 10:10pm
Bmblbzzz wrote:I think you're being advised to pull in, not pull over. That is, simply ride a bit closer to the kerb from time to time, when it seems best and safest to you, not stop and wait at the kerb while people pass.

If the lane is really 3.2m wide then a 2m wide car and 1m(dynamic) wide cyclist allows just 20cm of free space somewhere. Does that really allow safe overtaking without crossing the centre line ?

The TfL CLOS evaluation tool gives an inside lane of 3.2 to 3.9m as a critical fail for that reason. ( narrower than 3.2m nobody would consider overtaking).

Re: safety advice for commuter

27 November 2015 - 9:58pm
Flinders wrote:- just ran into them from behind both times,

This is easily my biggest fear while riding and the main reason I swear by my rear view mirror. Plenty of cyclists can keep their bike going in a straight line while doing shoulder checks whereas I'm all over the place. The mirror helps me see behind while keeping steady. I find last second glances are immeasurably easier with the mirror.
Only last week I was about to move over to the right hand side of the lane prior to turning right and had made a very clear hand signal indicating my intentions to the following traffic. I allowed the car behind to pass and shoulder checked to make sure it was clear to move. A big tipper truck was some distance back but he had more than enough space to let me move out. I started drifting right. A quick glance in the mirror and I near **** myself while quickly veering left again. I swear I could see the moulding pips on the tippers tyres as it blazed past half straddling the opposite lane.
The driver saw me. He just didn't care.
If not for that glance in the mirror I might not have been sitting here with my daughters.

Re: safety advice for commuter

27 November 2015 - 8:53pm
I do a route where I have to move across two lanes on a rural dual carriageway to do a right turn, into a right filter lane on a long left hand bend. The speed limit is 60mph. I have to choose between moving out very, very early on the straight section before any signs or countdown markers appear and staying in the far R of the RH lane next to the wide central verge in case a maniac comes speeding round the bend in the RH lane (I can't wait for the signs as by then you can't see the traffic behind for the bend) , or doing as the OP does. Even the OP's option isn't wonderful. You can't cycle across it- you have to push the bike and run to the filter lane across the two lanes (again, due to the bend and vehicle speeds).

I find it more daunting than cycling in heavy London traffic. At those speeds, unless there are no vehicles behind you at all when you look, you can't move out, eye contact doesn't come into it.

Basically, which method I choose depends on weight of traffic and how brave I feel. I don't do this route at all at peak commuter times, I can't think how anyone would manage it.

Drivers on this road have killed at least two cyclists on a straight bit half a mile away since we moved here - just ran into them from behind both times, IIRC. So no way will I move out on the actual bend.




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