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Re: Lights: flashing, bright: article in Cycle

15 October 2014 - 8:15pm
mercalia wrote:is it me or do others here think that most CAR headlights even when dipped still dazzle? I dont think a few cycle lights make that much difference?
I find most dazzling, traffic lights too (the council claim they are correctly dimming).

Re: A ride too far

15 October 2014 - 8:08pm
reohn2 wrote:yakdiver wrote:Very good some of my old haunts, I have walked the shingle bank loads of time carrying all my fishing gear and one night a few years back I carrired all that plus a 30 lb conger as well.
I'll bet you danced all the way home


I'll get me coat

Dance..with a loose eel..?

Pass my coat with yours.

Re: A ride too far

15 October 2014 - 8:08pm
Sorry. 80s movie generation here

Is 'Conger' the great big giant eel that eats people if it gets the chance?

Re: A ride too far

15 October 2014 - 7:43pm
yakdiver wrote:Very good some of my old haunts, I have walked the shingle bank loads of time carrying all my fishing gear and one night a few years back I carrired all that plus a 30 lb conger as well.
I'll bet you danced all the way home


I'll get me coat

Re: Lights: flashing, bright: article in Cycle

15 October 2014 - 7:39pm
mercalia wrote:is it me or do others here think that most CAR headlights even when dipped still dazzle? I dont think a few cycle lights make that much difference?

Generally no but occasionally there will be a car with the headlights not set properly.
Some people become more sensitive to light with age. I believe increased sensitivity is particularly common in women, although not exclusively so.

Re: Cycling Eutopia ?

15 October 2014 - 7:27pm
I long bemoaned the fact that our canals and rivers should/could have cycling facilities second to non running along side them.
But in a backward country such as the one we live in there'll be any number of reasons local and national government can't be bothered to build them.The Leeds and Liverpool canal from Wigan to Liverpool would make a beautiful leisure ride for cyclists as it is it's a rutted hotch potch for the most part and a soggy mess for the rest.

The Canal and Rivers trust has been working on a stretch of towpath at New Springs near Wigan and has managed to make the towpath worse than it was already Numerous Emails to the relevant dept has met with series of 'can't do better' replies,they're useless

Re: A (sort of familiar) tale

15 October 2014 - 7:11pm
Yesterday in primary,I was about 1.5metres from the STOP sign at a crossroads when out of the corner of my eye I noticed a car bumper on my right side.
On looking around I saw a white Fiat 500 with it's left indicator flashing and a rather attractive twenty something lady at the wheel.
As we stopped at the line and with the car straddling the central white line,she held her wrists together on top of the steering wheel with her palms facing outward and mouthed,''which way''.
I pointed straight across and shouted to her ''straight on'',she then held her hands up to heaven(praise the Lord fashion).
Traffic cleared and I set off and was almost across the junction,when she began turning left behind me and with her drivers side window down shouted ''which way are you going''.
I'm afraid I shouted ''straight on you silly bu@@er''

She didn't look like a nutter but it's hard to tell

PS,I wasn't in Blackpool at the time

Re: Sick people

15 October 2014 - 6:40pm
I spent about 5 mins (actual minutes, not seconds) clearing away broken branches and what seemed like half a small tree that had been strewn across the cycle path at the end of a decent going to my girlfriends this morning. Braking as hard as I dared from 20mph on wet leaves had me stopped an inch from hitting it.
A couple walkers passing by shook their heads in disbelief with me.
It's amazing what passes for entertainment sometimes.

A (sort of familiar) tale

15 October 2014 - 6:33pm
So, I'm riding my bike along a long straight road in Blackpool. It's a 30 limit, but seven or eight cars ahead there's somebody doing no more than 20, and the traffic behind is a bit start-stop, probably averaging 15mph.

Because of parked cars and pinch points, I was riding along in Primary, keeping up with the traffic without difficulty.

Then a moron in a blinged-up Celica decides he's sick of being held up by me, and in a gap between parked cars he accelerates up my nearside and forces his way in from my left, nearly knocking me off (it was completely unexpected).

A familiar tale I hear you cry.

The difference?

I was riding a 1000cc motorbike!

Some drivers really are too thick to be allowed out without an adult.

Re: Cycling Eutopia ?

15 October 2014 - 5:56pm
mike_dowler wrote:I don't remember Cambridge's cycle routes being particularly linked to either the river or the railway, at least not in the city centre. And Birmingham has loads of waterways (more canals than Venice!) yet terrible cycling infrastructure.
The river and rails in Cambridge aren't right in the very centre, but NCN11 runs along the river northeast from the edge of the centre from Park Parade, under Elizabeth Way, over the new bridge and along the Cam towpath to Clayhithe; southbound along the river is the Grantchester Meadows Cycleway; NCN11 south of Addenbrookes follows the railway to Shelford; NCN51 runs alongside the old railway to St Ives (now a busway); there's another cycleway alongside the old Varsity Line (another busway) as far as Trumpington. Cambridge is above-average in also having routes alongside arterial and radial routes, though.

Birmingham has loads of waterways and quite a lot of railways but any cycleways that follow them tend to switch to roads outside the centre. NCN5 follows the canal north of the city, but then dances through the centre and swerves between roads vaguely near the River Rea to the south. Most other routes seem simply to give up when they reach the Middleways. Cycling in Birmingham is around 11% I think: could it be higher if there were more high-quality routes built alongside the plentiful waterways and railways?

Re: Cycling Eutopia ?

15 October 2014 - 5:25pm
I don't remember Cambridge's cycle routes being particularly linked to either the river or the railway, at least not in the city centre. And Birmingham has loads of waterways (more canals than Venice!) yet terrible cycling infrastructure.

Re: Have you been knocked OFF in a collision while cycling?

15 October 2014 - 4:08pm
How did I manage to forget being offed by a heron?

But that was off road, so I don't spose it counts anyway.

Re: Lights: flashing, bright: article in Cycle

15 October 2014 - 3:55pm
is it me or do others here think that most CAR headlights even when dipped still dazzle? I dont think a few cycle lights make that much difference?

Re: Lights: flashing, bright: article in Cycle

15 October 2014 - 3:19pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:The upper limit is based on the propensity to trigger photosensitive epilepsy.
Yes, I know that, but it still seemed lower than I expected, and IMO reduced the effectiveness of flashing lamps: were fits reported as having been triggered at 4 to 7Hz from small sources such a cycle lamps or other similar light sources? I was also puzzled by allowing <=2Hz as that is the same as turn direction indicators.

Re: Have you been knocked OFF in a collision while cycling?

15 October 2014 - 3:04pm
It'll have to go down as "other/complicated" then - bit like the fracture to my pelvis which resulted.

Dead chicken - do tell.

Re: Have you been knocked OFF in a collision while cycling?

15 October 2014 - 2:56pm
Sorry but cats aren't a DfTroad user category or controllable by walkers so I feel that's either rider fault if it was foreseeable or other/complicated if it darted out.

Not as strange the time a dead chicken almost caused a multi bike crash...

Re: Have you been knocked OFF in a collision while cycling?

15 October 2014 - 2:15pm
I got taken out by a cat - does that count as "other road user"?

Re: Lights: flashing, bright: article in Cycle

15 October 2014 - 1:59pm
The upper limit is based on the propensity to trigger photosensitive epilepsy.

Re: Have you been knocked OFF in a collision while cycling?

15 October 2014 - 1:00pm
661-Pete wrote:That's going to lead to a rather slanted set of results. What conclusions if any do you expect to draw from your survey?
I'm expecting inconclusive evidence about "have most forum participants been knocked off by motor vehicles?" and maybe some interesting evidence on how many participants have collided with anything.

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