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Re: Four 4x4's/SUV'S on a forty mile ride

30 August 2014 - 9:07pm
reohn2 wrote:Edwards wrote:What has happened to the Audi drivers?

Have they had a mention yet?
Quite bit actually,I mentioned them in the first post
You've ruined it for him! He thought he was having a dig at me...
kwackers wrote:TBH I can't say I have much issue with 4x4's over (say) Audi's which I do seem to have issues with.

Re: Four 4x4's/SUV'S on a forty mile ride

30 August 2014 - 8:49pm
Edwards wrote:What has happened to the Audi drivers?

Have they had a mention yet?
Quite bit actually,I mentioned them in the first post

Re: Four 4x4's/SUV'S on a forty mile ride

30 August 2014 - 8:48pm
MikeF
I too get grief from other vehicles but single out 4x4/SUV's as proportionally worse, which obviously is down to the drivers, one has to ask why that is?

Re: 3rd time unlucky

30 August 2014 - 7:01pm
old inner tubes...free and ALWAYS work, rub down with sandpaper and jobs a good un.
Being doing this for years and they've never failed, it's how you affix/glue that has more bearing.

I've just had two punctures in quick sucession..loads of tread on the tyre but the carcass had split in a couple of places near the cosmetic channels..not impressed.

Re: 3rd time unlucky

30 August 2014 - 6:39pm

Re: 3rd time unlucky

30 August 2014 - 6:26pm
You could also check the route of your commute for debris. Next to where I used to work was a scrap yard, there was a lot of debris along that road, occasionally there'd be pick-ups and vans parked with people stripping things down before going in to the scrap yard, along with lots of small bits that may have just fallen off trucks going into the scrap yard. Perhaps somewhere on your new commute has a similar problem, or even a higher concentration of thorns. Or just a coincidence?

Re: 10 year ban for killing cyclist

30 August 2014 - 6:09pm
It looks like a big part of the big sentence in the Welsh case is the judge took offence to the dress of the solicitor representing the driver. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-28979459

Re: 10 year ban for killing cyclist

30 August 2014 - 6:06pm
I doubt we'll see an increase in drivers on 9 points doing charity work, but it would be one of the only possible positives, pre-emptive community service.

Re: Four 4x4's/SUV'S on a forty mile ride

30 August 2014 - 5:10pm
What has happened to the Audi drivers?

Have they had a mention yet?

Re: Four 4x4's/SUV'S on a forty mile ride

30 August 2014 - 2:47pm
There are some who pass close but I don't think you can generalise about the vehicle - it's the driver that's the problem. It's some elderly drivers in small cars, not large car type vehicles, that often give me cause for concern.

Two cases here, but I have encountered more.

Recently I was approaching this roundabout (20mph zone) http://goo.gl/maps/WkagSin primary position to enable me to turn right. Any following driver should have seen me for 300yds or more. There weren't any parked vehicles, but slightly more traffic at the r/a than in the Google view. As I was at the start of the hatched centre lines I was aware of a lone vehicle starting to overtake on the wrong side of the cross hatching. The driver then realises that there's not enough room to avoid the island so loud blast on the horn , but I didn't vaporise. He then passes me on the inside but instead of giving way to traffic from the right as I did he continues straight on causing traffic on the r/a to brake.

Another recent instance. I was standing with bike at edge of minor road on outskirts of Tunbridge Wells. A driver passed me rather closely in my view so when he pulled and stopped a little way further on I said to him that he had passed rather close. Of course he then had his say about cyclists to which I patiently listened eg they cycle in the middle of the road, they hold up cars, they cause traffic to crawl, they shouldn't be on the roads, but cycling on the pavement, they don't pay road tax etc. I did point out I wasn't actually cycling when he passed and that I also drive a car and pay "road tax" and have driven other vehicles besides cars as also do some other cyclists. However his attitude was if you're not in a motor vehicle on a road then you can expect to be hit. I did note a disabled sticker on the back window, but I don't think that was for him.

Re: Any ideas?

30 August 2014 - 1:40pm
SteveHunter wrote:It could be my imagination but I'm sure drivers leave me more room on my Hybrid with wide panniers on the back than they do when on my road bike. You may right, but it's difficult to tell for sure. However I always put a pannier on the offside if there's just one. I think it enlarges the rear profile of the bike, and maybe more so than an arm, but you can never see yourself so who knows?

Re: 10 year ban for killing cyclist

30 August 2014 - 1:12pm
thirdcrank wrote:One limitation of that explanation is that it deals with the behaviour of drivers but not the reaction of others affected by it. Vulnerable road users modify their behaviour to avoid putting themselves - or their children at risk. That's relevant to cyclists.

Having mentioned children, it seems a bit rich to advance as "exceptional hardship" that if a driver is disqualified, his children's privacy will suffer.

More than a bit rich, given that the higher the speed, the more likely he would have been to kill someone else's kid in any collision, whoever's fault that collision may have been.
Would he speed with his own kids in the car, I wonder?

If a charity suffers because he's banned, and I see no reason why it should in any case, that isn't the responsibility of the court, it is 100% his responsibility. This sort of misplaced leniency just encourages other drivers to think they'll gt away with it.

Re: Any ideas?

30 August 2014 - 9:48am
Rusty garden rake?

Re: Any ideas?

30 August 2014 - 9:37am
Thanks for replies guys, will think about it some more, perhaps try a few ideas. Was thinking of concealing something appropriate inside the apparently soft looking end, like a diamond tile cutter!!

Re: Any ideas?

29 August 2014 - 11:26pm
It could be my imagination but I'm sure drivers leave me more room on my Hybrid with wide panniers on the back than they do when on my road bike.

Re: Any ideas?

29 August 2014 - 10:28pm
The reason those arms have gone out of fashion is they made no difference or made it worse. It often became a target distance for passing rather than a minimum distance. To have the biggest chance of an effect you would probably need to tip it with something that looks very scary for a car's paintwork.

Re: Any ideas?

29 August 2014 - 9:32pm
Or attach some empty seats so you're as wide as a car.

Re: Any ideas?

29 August 2014 - 9:20pm
How about an extending aerial with a reflector or a small fluoro rubber ball at the end. If you have straight bars you mount it in the end and extend it at you wish. The ball doubles as a handlebar end plug On the tandem i use a cork in the rear barend with a piece of sticky reflective dayglo tape on it. It sticks out an inch extra but is very visible.

Re: Any ideas?

29 August 2014 - 9:15pm
I always think if I can reach them, they're too close, so I guess that would mean about 3 1/2 foot from centre, but then maybe a little shorter assuming they're going to give your reflector a little space.

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