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Re: longer/flatter v shorter/pointier

5 July 2015 - 11:43am
Only you can answer the question, because it depends on how you personally cope with hills. For the long term, if you keep records from your rides you will be able to use the data to calculate estimated ride times in future. I've never bothered logging ascent on the bike, but when I was fellwalking my own personal Naismith's Rule was 4.2mph and 1000ft/hr. Compared with the 'standard' figures of 3mph and 2000ft/hr you can see that I was a fast walker and a slow climber.

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

5 July 2015 - 11:38am
On any small to medium sized roundabout there is absolutely no reason for anyone to overtake anyone on the roundabout itself. Because the system we use in the UK - the same as in most other countries (but not all) - is that traffic already on the roundabout has priority, once you get on the roundabout you should be off it again in a few seconds. Unless the traffic around you is gridlocked of course. This applies whatever sort of vehicle you are using.

They ought to make it a specific offence to overtake on a roundabout.

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

5 July 2015 - 11:38am
Just an afterthought to the comments of a number of others: I rarely look behind at following traffic - I think it tells them you know they're there and should be getting out the way. Instead I drift slowly across the lanes or between secondary and primary so its clear what I'm doing but slowly enough for drivers to react. Again I rarely have problems doing so.

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

5 July 2015 - 10:53am
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,
Roundabouts are best taken at speed that way there is less time for others silly manoeuvre BUT if you have to stop and a cars behind they always think your too slow.

Keep your wits about you.

I'd agree with this to a certain extent.
I feel safer carrying some speed through so that I'm not holding up traffic which can annoy other road users and sometimes lead to stupid undertaking or crossing lanes in front of me. But not so fast that I can't Brake in time for the odd pillock who pulls out in front of me from the left as I approach.
Such an incident happened to me years ago which wrote off the bike and has caused me to be terrified of roundabouts ever since.
I've always approached roundabouts in the way that TonyR described above.
One if the things I love about my gps is that it shows the roundabout layout before I reach it and so I'm able to better choose which lane to be in well in advance.

Re: longer/flatter v shorter/pointier

5 July 2015 - 5:19am
I can't offer a formula but I'd say it's sometimes worth varying your route eg by returning home a different way. At least you increase your local knowledge for future journeys. (And it may make it harder for them to keep tabs on you...................so long as it doesn't arouse suspicion. )

longer/flatter v shorter/pointier

5 July 2015 - 12:03am
Is there a rule of thumb for calculating the easier route, between a longer, flatter route and a shorter one with lots of hills? It must be partly to do with physique and riding style, but it would be good to have a rough guide to work with.

It's train strike day on Thursday and I need to get from Barnet to Oxford, and back. Well, the Chilterns are in the way, so there's no avoiding hills, but I could avoid the worst ones by adding 8 or 10 miles. Is it worth it?

Re: Please help!

4 July 2015 - 11:03pm
robing wrote:And clipless is the correct term. It came from when they replaced toe clips, so were indeed clipless.
But flat pedals, with no attachment, could equally be called 'clipless'. The term may be confusing to a beginner, that's why I suggest coming up with a different phrase. 'Clip-in' is an apt description. And toe-clips have not been 'replaced'. I still use them.

... to quickly lift the bike and bunny hop over potholes.Not a practice I would recommend - at least not when I'm riding.

...trust me...Thanks, but no thanks!

Re: Cycling from Paddington to Hackney this Saturday

4 July 2015 - 10:49pm
Euston Road is faster but have you tried the other routes? It's like night(mare) and day. Euston Road is not much fun most of the time and pretty scary sometimes and I grew up by the A5!

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

4 July 2015 - 10:28pm
Vorpal wrote:TonyR wrote:I cycle a roundabout like that on my commute but I stay on the left of the right hand lane and then move across to primary in the left lane on the roundabout as I pass the exit to the left. I have very few problems doing it that way. If you stay too far over to the right you will get undertaken by drivers doing what I do - going from the right hand lane on the approach to the left hand lane on the roundabout.
I think that's what I would try, as well.

I have exactly the same situation. I ride either just to the left or just to the right of the centre line depending on the direction of the traffic behind. As soon as I'm on the roundabout I'm looking over my left shoulder to see what's coming behind and I signal that I'm moving over to my left into correct the lane for my exit.
To date I've only had one incident. This was on the lead up to the roundabout when a bus and a lorry tried to pass me on the left and right at the same time. In that situation I was able to get out of the way of the closest vehicle by moving onto the centre line.

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

4 July 2015 - 9:50pm
I think that it is entirely understandable in this weather. The 'hard working' drivers are just trying to get their frozen peas home before they defrost.

I would concur with the view that primary position in the left hand lane is the safer of the two options. Lane markings are not always obvious and the right hand lane is generally for turning right.

Re: Cycling from Paddington to Hackney this Saturday

4 July 2015 - 9:50pm
Euston Road used to be part of my commute.

I've looked at alternatives like the canal and various zig zag routes through back streets. Ultimately Euston Road is the way to go. The traffic actually isn't as bad as it seems because it's usually choked up and stationary in lanes 2 and 3 leaving the bus lane reasonably clear. You'll need to do a bit of judicious filtering here and there.

But it is by far the quickest route - probably half the time.

As for the pollution...

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

4 July 2015 - 9:21pm
Hi,
Roundabouts are best taken at speed that way there is less time for others silly manoeuvre BUT if you have to stop and a cars behind they always think your too slow.

Keep your wits about you.

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

4 July 2015 - 9:16pm
Hi,
[XAP]Bob wrote:Bicycler wrote:NATURAL ANKLING wrote:I wish councils would stop playing with Highway codes, you are taught the correct way and then they paint arrows, vain attempt at traffic flow etc at the safety of other users.
You are taught a general rule to use in the absence of road markings which makes sense on a typical 4-road roundabout. It is not always the ideal arrangement for any roundabout so road users ought to be capable of reading simple changes in lane allocation like in the op. Not that I am justifying some of the more ridiculous inventions of local authority highway designers of course...
The problem is when the lane markings are first made so late you can't choose a lane any more...

So True.

Re: Please help!

4 July 2015 - 7:01pm
And clipless is the correct term. It came from when they replaced toe clips, so were indeed clipless.

Re: Please help!

4 July 2015 - 6:58pm
cycleruk wrote:You can get pedals that are SPD on one side and the other side is flat.
That way you could still use SPD shoes and have the choice of clipping in or not.

Such as :-
http://www.merlincycles.com/shimano-m32 ... tAodMhYDIA

There are other variations and makes but I would stick with the same manufacturer as your cleats.
Some cleats can be awkward if used with other manufacturers pedals.

My touring bike came with these and they are great. SPD one side, flat the other. In stop start traffic I unclip. You could try these and clip in your side that stays in all the time, and ride flat in the side you put down. Then when you are confident with that you can clip both sides.

It's worth sticking at because trust me, once you get the hang of clipless, you won't go back. It's not just the mechanical advantage. It's the knowledge that you can get up out of the saddle knowing your feet aren't going to slip and also being able to quickly lift the bike and bunny hop over potholes.

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

4 July 2015 - 6:48pm
When I'm driving I find other drivers are ever more ignorant at roundabouts. They hate having to slow down or stop when you have right of way. Lorries are the worst as they pull out right in front of you at a snail's pace knowing there's not a thing you can do about it.

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

4 July 2015 - 5:13pm
TonyR wrote:I cycle a roundabout like that on my commute but I stay on the left of the right hand lane and then move across to primary in the left lane on the roundabout as I pass the exit to the left. I have very few problems doing it that way. If you stay too far over to the right you will get undertaken by drivers doing what I do - going from the right hand lane on the approach to the left hand lane on the roundabout.
I think that's what I would try, as well.

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

4 July 2015 - 5:02pm
I am somewhat reassured to see that I am not the only one experiencing the problem, and to be fair, the roundabouts I use on my commute are fairly simple ones-no complex signage for drivers to get confused at. I tend to ride in the middle of the lane that I would be in if in my car, but I think i will try a bit more of TonyR's approach and move more left, but obviously not too far left in the lane to encourage them to try and squeeze past me on that side.......The event that promoted my original post was just a small roundabout with only left exit or straight ahead. I was going straight ahead, approached in the middle of the road, then straight out as no cars coming round, looked over my left to make sure my exit was clear, only to encounter the car that was behind me on my approach trying to get past me-so, i had to ease off and let them past or I would have been clipped! Must confess to having a head like a pigeon cycling these days looking right, left etc etc, just to make sure no idiot in a car approaching from an unexpected direction! Ho hum....

Re: Ten Miles a Day

4 July 2015 - 4:32pm
2775.28, just over 15 per day.

Re: Crane River Parks Hounslow & other London rides

4 July 2015 - 2:21pm
What a crazy place - really wasn't expecting anything so convincingly Mediterranean!

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