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Re: Ten Miles a Day

30 July 2014 - 12:56pm
Mick F wrote:139,000cals so far this year.
That's averaging 661.5 per day, or 47cals per mile.

That is a very acceptable cals per mile value.
Mine's about the same.

Re: Ring, ring?

30 July 2014 - 12:40pm
The 'pingers' fitted to most bikes are useless.
I have the Dutch type 'Ding/Dong' bells fitted to all my bikes & they frequently get favourable comment.They are very effective at 50 metres range & are much preferable to a shouted 'coming through' or similar.
I always acknowledge someone moving with a wave & 'thank you'.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

30 July 2014 - 12:32pm
Lego-Ads wrote: I don't want this dry nice weather to end and my daily biking to get cut down
Welcome! Put some race blades (mudguards) on your bike and keep riding

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

30 July 2014 - 11:26am
I have read 'Cyclecraft' and I think it is very helpful; definitely worth a re read. I will most likely do a Bikeability course a well. Looking at the Tfl bike maps, I've devised 3 routes possible routes I could take. One goes along and follows Hertforshire Road. The other two have one along the West of Great Cambridge Road and one on the east. They are both quite sinuous and are about 15.5 miles each, although the latter has to travel though the North Circular or you must dismount. I think I prefer the former. I guess it will come down to experience and confidence.

I don't think my current bike is suitable for this journey, however. It is not a well maintained Raleigh Pioneer 140. I would prefer something more suitable for the roads but with that comes the worry of theft. Apart from this 'bike vault' (http://www.camdennewjournal.com/news/2014/jul/bike-vault-be-rolled-out-bloomsbury-square-racks-lockers-and-showers) which I will have to check out first, there is no opportunity for indoor parking. Besides the essential deterrent of correct locking with good quality locks, I was thinking I could take the front wheel with me, replace the screws and bolts with more uncommon heads if possible, and painting the bike a more unappealing colour with 'not for sale' written on it. How effective is registering your bike and insurance?

One more thing, when buying a bike can you exchange a saddle for a more comfortable one for you before buying? Or do you have to pay for the bike with the existing saddle and then buy a new saddle?

Re: Ten Miles a Day

30 July 2014 - 10:36am
Hi all, fairly new here but this is a good thread to see what people are doing! I've put off getting a road bike for around 8yrs on the fear I'd always be the one on the path changing punctures. However in April I got my first bike (Specialized Allez) and although I didn't start using until mid May (Marathons and holiday's took over), I've been getting out 5-6 times a week and averaging 27.3 miles each ride.

I have to say I can't get enough and though I'm normally a fan of Autumn and Winter season, I don't want this dry nice weather to end and my daily biking to get cut down

Re: Camera question - what do you use

30 July 2014 - 9:26am
JamesE wrote:I asked this question a few months back and got lots of good answers. None of which I’ve followed up on…
how come?

Re: Camera question - what do you use

30 July 2014 - 9:19am
I don't have one, but this was taken with a chilli tech action camera 120hd and was good enough to get the registration.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2stHmGD7SHA[/youtube]

Re: Vehicle as a murder weapon

30 July 2014 - 8:26am
'Raging bull'
Earlier in the trial, the jury was told of two previous road rage incidents involving Slater.

One motorist described him as a "raging bull" on the M62 in January last year and told how the lorry driver had threatened to kill him.

An incident in Oldham on December 17 was recorded on a "dash cam" and showed Slater leaving his lorry cab on two occasions, running at a car and kicking and punching the vehicle while trying to force the driver's door open.

Those are when the action should have been taken, not now.

Re: Camera question - what do you use

30 July 2014 - 1:34am
I asked this question a few months back and got lots of good answers. None of which I’ve followed up on…

Camera question - what do you use

30 July 2014 - 12:14am
Hey folks.

I was wondering who uses a camera on their commute, for the purposes of having evidence should something happen?

If so, what camera do you use? Ideally I'd like one that doesn't break the bank, a GoPro seems excessive for this relatively simple task.

Cheers

Vlad

Re: Alarming ride in downpour today – braking advice

29 July 2014 - 10:33pm
I don't think I'm being harsh at all, it's meant not just for the OP but others whom seem to think that following a set criterian for cycling works for all conditions and don't understand or think enough about hazards/conditions & their own + their bikes limitations. That's why a lot of cyclist have incidents, this happens a lot in pro cycling too.

For the OP they said "I didn't have much confidence I'd be able to stop safely at any of the crossings if needed", that to me says everything, basically going too fast for the conditions.
So long as cyclists are able to modify the way they think about these type of scenarios and make sure they are in a position where they feel confident enough to stop in time for a given situation (though obviously sometimes those are out of our control) then that's all one can ask..that makes them safer but also those around them too.

Re: Vehicle as a murder weapon

29 July 2014 - 9:53pm
Vehicle as a weapon GBH charge reported here: http://www.kentonline.co.uk/malling/new ... urt-20965/

Re: Vehicle as a murder weapon

29 July 2014 - 9:48pm
I wasn't asking a question. The general issue of why killing and injuring people with motor vehicles does not generally result in a conviction for murder or wounding has been raised before on here. Even causing death by dangerous driving is replaced by the lesser careless charge.

The decision to charge murder and the successful prosecution must have been based on strong evidence of the intention needed to prove murder. I'd be interested to read a more detailed account. Perhaps it will be in tomorrow's papers.

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PS I've just found this:

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/ ... er-7529228

It shows that a lot of evidence was allowed about the defendant's propensity for anger at the wheel.

Re: Vehicle as a murder weapon

29 July 2014 - 9:06pm
Hi,
I am not sure what question you are asking here.
But I have already said in another post that some one who intentionally aims their car at a individual not in a car should face serious penalties.
I have had it happen to me.

Sounds like he did do this, and with obvious knowledge that a vehicle driven at a person standing in the road would very well kill him, he cant say he did not see the dayglo jacket as this would mean that he was blind to the individual he had just had an argee with Even a cyclist wearing dayglo.

How was his previous history of road rage treated, was it reported (thats the question ? ) If yes there has to be some action done with these individuals who have a propensity to do this, And When they get behind a wheel again if they are even suitable they a dash cam would remain even for life

Re: Vehicle as a murder weapon

29 July 2014 - 8:58pm
thirdcrank wrote:Interesting that the jury heard evidence of the driver's propensity to act like this, including footage from a dashboard camera. I do wonder how that was treated when it was first reported.
On the plus side, it does prove that some good can come out of reporting incidents even if nothing is done at the time

Re: Ribble Winter Audax bike

29 July 2014 - 8:53pm
Dolan Priffosso: i'm sorry, but I can't keep up with the choice available. I need to cut it down to 2 or 3 of the better brands available (whatever they are ).
I know Ribble have been around for a while and I have seen there bikes being ridden in my area, just liked the 365 because it has a carbon frame (tell me if I'm wrong) and it can take mudguards for all year round cycling.
I'm thinking of the Specialized Roubaix SL4 (carbon yes , but no mudguards so summer only).

Vehicle as a murder weapon

29 July 2014 - 8:26pm
I don't think anybody has mentioned this report yet: a lorry driver convicted of murder by driving over somebody in a road-rage motivated attack.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-28552876

I'm not aware of what the evidence was to prove murder rather than manslaughter or causing death by dangerous driving: perhaps there will be more detailed reports elsewhere.

Interesting that the jury heard evidence of the driver's propensity to act like this, including footage from a dashboard camera. I do wonder how that was treated when it was first reported.

Alarming ride in downpour today – braking advice

29 July 2014 - 7:49pm
+1
I saw no mention of excessive speed for the conditions. Only that the rear wheel locked up unexpectedly and any one of a number of possible reasons given for it may be at fault and hopefully remedied.

Re: Ribble Winter Audax bike

29 July 2014 - 6:01pm
Alastair, have a look at the Dolan Preffisio which does take 25c tyres and full mudguards, I use SKS guards with Conti GP 4 Seasons, and it takes standard drop brakes. Clearance is a bit tight though so you get the occasional scraping sound, will be better with 23cs I suppose.

Re: Alarming ride in downpour today – braking advice

29 July 2014 - 6:00pm
Let's not be too harsh. Slow Loris has already commented on the actual speed involved. Any of us can be concerned about braking, at any speed.

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