CTC Forum - On the road

Syndicate content
Discussion boards hosted by CTC, the national cycling charity
Updated: 1 hour 21 min ago

Re: Cycling is anti-ageing

6 January 2015 - 2:52pm
mercalia wrote:sounds good dont it 100k in 6.5 hours. in my money thats 63 miles in 6.5 hours? ( unless 100k means 100,000 ). Why any one wants to cycle for 6.5 hours I dont know. There was the other bit of research wasnt there that hard exercise for just a few minutes was as good?

Normally that would involve a few decent stops for drinks and food (even on occasions beer), I mean proper stops with chairs and tables indoors.

Re: Cycling is anti-ageing

6 January 2015 - 2:25pm
Depends how far you want to go. If I cycle to the in laws it's about 85 miles, that takes a few hours...

Re: Cycling is anti-ageing

6 January 2015 - 2:13pm
sounds good dont it 100k in 6.5 hours. in my money thats 63 miles in 6.5 hours? ( unless 100k means 100,000 ). Why any one wants to cycle for 6.5 hours I dont know. There was the other bit of research wasnt there that hard exercise for just a few minutes was as good?

Re: Cycling lesson please

6 January 2015 - 1:53pm
fluffybunnyuk wrote:ummm...im sure i mentioned the cycle path route above... I did!

As for the cycle path...well yes there is one on the other side of the road...to reach it i have to stop before the roundabout...get off my bike cross at the lights..walk 3 mins cross again at lights...walk back 3 mins...cycle down cycle path filled with pedestrians for 3mins...get off bike at toucan....cross road ...walk 3 mins...get on bike... instead of just a quick 60 second cycle though the section...

Its a prime example of a cycle path that is pretty useless. It doesnt even run to the roundabout(about 200 metres long and 100metres short). I live at the roundabout end and where im going is the other end...so there isnt an alternate route...unless you count leaving the bike at home and walking (5mins bike vs 30 mins walk)

Im happy wobbling on some routes but not where cars want to tank it at 50 and if ur in the way blare horn till u move or they run u over.
To be fair 80% of the time motorists are happyish to wait ,its just the odd idiot who thinks my cars missing 2 wheels and wants to beep his horn to point it out...

That's when I stop and ask what's wrong, occasionally I'll ask if they need help to fix their horn.

Re: Cycling is anti-ageing

6 January 2015 - 1:34pm
Hmm. Sounds like research from the department of the bleedin' obvious: fit old people who don't drink, smoke, have high blood pressure or other health conditions are just as fit as younger people who don't etc.

But the essential message is true, and important:
Inevitably, our bodies will experience some decline with age, but staying physically active can buy you extra years of function compared to sedentary people.

Re: Cycling is anti-ageing

6 January 2015 - 1:28pm
I may as well point out ... viewtopic.php?f=49&t=93180

Cycling is anti-ageing

6 January 2015 - 1:08pm
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science ... tists.html

Interesting findings. I certainly fall within the age parameters, unfortunately my cycle rides are the type that usually terminate in a pub.

Edit: they defined "fit" as able to do 100k in 6.5 hrs - even I can do that, maybe I'm super-fit after all!

Re: Feeling guilty whilst not cycling & car use thru illness

6 January 2015 - 12:51pm
Merry_Wanderer wrote:I had the same experience with sciatica. Intense pain whilst standing and walking, no pain whilst sitting or cycling. As Vorpal, my GP was useless and suggested after looking at me lying down on the couch that one leg was longer than the other and recommended an orthotic in my left shoe. The GP had one made specially for me which just transferred the sciatica from my pelvis and leg to my pelvis, leg and back.

The sciatica only went away with treatment from a wonderful physio. After getting me to lie down on her treatment couch she noted that one leg seemed longer than the other. However, she then noted after rotating my pelvis that the pelvis was out of alignment. After some gentle manipulation and rotation she put my pelvis back in alignment and gave me some exercises to do at home every day to strengthen the muscles which support the movement in the pelvis. After 3 days the sciatica was much reduced and after 2 weeks all pain had gone. I had a follow up session with the physio to make sure all was well. End of problem after 2 sessions which cost me £70. I would cheerfully have paid many times that to be pain free, such was its intensity and debilitating effect on my life.

Chiropractors work for some people (they work for me, and I have sciatic nerve damage from a long-term negelcted medical condition, but no longer get pain from it). I've also had friends have good results from osteopaths. But get a recommendation to a specific one from someone you know, they can vary a lot.

Re: Three! more cyclists killed

6 January 2015 - 12:43pm
iviehoff wrote:thirdcrank wrote:If somebody really wants your car, they won't be too bothered about waiting until you are getting in or out and then taking it, using whatever personal violence they find necessary to accomplish their purpose. Plenty of cars are easier to steal than that so it's not often "necessary."
This is why when my neighbour suffered a break-in to steal his car-keys while he was in the house, the door being physically broken to enter, he was pleased that the keys were relatively easy for the thieves to find, rather than them entering further into the house and encountering its occupants. He was less impressed by the technicality the insurance company used to avoid paying out, which had nothing to do with any such detail.

How could they avoid paying out when the thief had actually broken into the house?

If I were an opportunist thief, and I could see keys through the letterbox, I might break in, if I couldn't see keys, I might look for another house where I could. I suspect that seriously targeted thefts where thieves might consider violence would be more for high-performance cars than run-of-the mill ones, wouldn't they?

Re: Cycling lesson please

6 January 2015 - 12:42pm
ummm...im sure i mentioned the cycle path route above... I did!

As for the cycle path...well yes there is one on the other side of the road...to reach it i have to stop before the roundabout...get off my bike cross at the lights..walk 3 mins cross again at lights...walk back 3 mins...cycle down cycle path filled with pedestrians for 3mins...get off bike at toucan....cross road ...walk 3 mins...get on bike... instead of just a quick 60 second cycle though the section...

Its a prime example of a cycle path that is pretty useless. It doesnt even run to the roundabout(about 200 metres long and 100metres short). I live at the roundabout end and where im going is the other end...so there isnt an alternate route...unless you count leaving the bike at home and walking (5mins bike vs 30 mins walk)

Im happy wobbling on some routes but not where cars want to tank it at 50 and if ur in the way blare horn till u move or they run u over.
To be fair 80% of the time motorists are happyish to wait ,its just the odd idiot who thinks my cars missing 2 wheels and wants to beep his horn to point it out...

Re: Cycling 'Too Dangerous' for Australian PM

6 January 2015 - 12:31pm
661-Pete wrote:As for Abbott & That Ilk - well I've long thought that Oz and NZ are a 'lost cause' as far as promotion of cycling is concerned - I'm hoping someone will come in and prove me wrong! But it reminds me of an (American) former MD of mine at work, who was bothered (me being apparently 'unreplaceable' or something) about me cycling the meagre 2 miles to the workplace. He dropped hints that he'd prefer me to sport a suit-of-armour or whatnot. Don't get me wrong: he was an excellent manager and I got on well with him. But as far as his attitude to cycling was concerned, he was a total prat.
He does seem one of the Climate Change deniers (or at least one of those who regards it as a side issue and that worries about it should not be allowed to impact Australia's economy, mining interests, etc) e.g. his plans for the Galilee Basin.

And I may be completely wrong but it has struck me that right wing politicians seem less concerned about promoting and encouraging cycling than left wing ones (ignoring who is actually riding a bike and who isn't). And Abbott strikes me as pretty far right ...

Ian

Re: Cycling 'Too Dangerous' for Australian PM

6 January 2015 - 12:23pm
The name of the registrar on my sons birth certifcate is Florence E De'ath, think she is long retired now but how appropriate a name for the office of births, deaths & marriages

As for the Dr killer, it's just more to back up the notion that Australian doesn't give a flying fig about cyclist safety, as one responder on the Road CC comment section said,
"Skip the bulls@@t Aus, and please skip the {rude descriptive word removed hitherto asterix'd} useless kangaroo nonsense.

just blinking* admit your country hates cycling and ban it. That's far less objectionable than the "we're really pro cyclling, honest... I mean, our police will call you cockroaches, our cricketers will run you over for fun, you'll have to wear a silly plastic hat and STILL be more likely to die here than almost any other developed country" doublespeak. Just be blinking* honest."

Pretty much sums it up..

Re: Cycling 'Too Dangerous' for Australian PM

6 January 2015 - 11:52am
mercalia wrote:well as far as un happy names for doctors. I used to know a guy at school whose surname was

Coffin

and he trained as a doctor. Self fullfiling prophecy?

I just hope he didnt train as a surgeon

Perhaps he's the same Dr Coffin that used to be listed in our local Thompson Directory, along with a Dr Pain [sic].

Local to me cyclist killed

6 January 2015 - 11:50am
http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/117 ... es/?ref=mr

The are a few CTC members in that area trying to find out if I know him.

Re: Cycling 'Too Dangerous' for Australian PM

6 January 2015 - 11:43am
Postboxer wrote:http://road.cc/content/news/139831-australias-pm-tony-abbott-told-get-his-bike-his-doctor
Not the most comforting name for a doctor, thought it may be a hoax. Surely the PM is qualified to decide for himself whether cycling is too dangerous and do something about it if it is.
Classic case of argument from anecdote. Of course the Australians have made cycling safer by requiring them all to wear helmets. I am rather reminded of General Pinochet seeking medical treatment in Britain, thus tacitly admitting he had failed to improve Chilean medical services to international standards. Clearly Mr Abbott, being a cyclist, should seek to make it reasonably safe such that protective equipment is not required.

The name Killer could be a variant of the Turkish name Ciller (pronounced chill air): the former prime minister of Turkey, Tansu Ciller http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tansu_%C3%87iller has a son called Berk.

But more likely it is from the German village of Killer, in the Killertal valley. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burladingen

Re: Cycling lesson please

6 January 2015 - 11:34am
If the bus/bike lane was genuinely impassable, I'd use the bike path on the right to get past this section, then use the dedicated bike crossing a few hundred yards further up the road to get back on to the left side.

Re: Cycling lesson please

6 January 2015 - 8:53am
Tigerbiten is completely right, perfect the wobble, been doing it when riding with the missus for a while now. If I'm riding behind and a car is approaching, even not sounding horn I will wander slightly and look over shoulder. Sure it's working, as she started to say 'we never seem to have problems with cars, don't know why people get so upset!' Then I explained what I had been doing hopefully was having a result.

Re: Cycling lesson please

6 January 2015 - 8:20am
The way I see it, there are several choices.

-choose an alternate route & not deal with this road at all, even if it means a longer route
-eat the time and take the cycle path & not deal with it
-use the left lane and just wait for the buses letting off passengers (if they are parking up here, that could be a problem, but as someone else posted, a call to the bus company might be in order)
-use the road as a vehicle and sod the numpties who don't like it

Only you can weigh where the right balance is between time and travel comfort. It looks on google like it is poorly designed, and I might well contact a local campaign group, or the highway authority about it, but I know that not everyone is as inclined as me to do so.

If you definitely prefer to ride in the road, and go around the buses, I guess a certain amount of grief from drivers is probably to be epected (a sad state of affairs), but there are various things that *may* help. A little wobble might. A smile back & a little thanks wave might help (though some numpty could also think it's rude gesture, so that may have disadvantages as well).

One thing to note, though... however stupidly people may behave, they are extremely unlikely to intentionally do you harm. If nothing else, it's bad for their insurance rates. They may be trying to intimidate you, and sometimes it obviously works. It's not easy, and I've had the **** scared out me a few times by people following too closely, honking , and revving the engine, etc. In general, though, I try to think that if people are honking at me, it must be because they know me, so I give them a cheerful wave.

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

6 January 2015 - 1:03am
Yes I'm already 1000 miles behind record seeking Steve. I'll never do75000 miles... Or 50 or 20. In fact eileithya and pedal sheep and others feat looks like the top of a dizzy mountain of achievement to me!

Re: Three! more cyclists killed

6 January 2015 - 12:52am
TonyR wrote:MikeF wrote:It appears the fatalities were "unusual" for want of a better word, ie being hit by a stolen car driven by a possibly drunk/drugged driver in St Leonards, multiple vehicle crash in Hampshire, and possibly an ice patch on the road at Nutley caused by a water leak, might have been contributory. Still tragic though.

Not unusual at all, every accident has its own features that make it different from others. Hit and run is quite common these days - http://www.duncanlewis.co.uk/crime_news ... 14%29.html - and ice is a feature of cold weather which led to the deaths of four cyclists a few years ago in Wales.
But it wasn't just hit and run in the case at St Leonards, and a large patch of ice wouldn't normally be expected at Nutley on the A22.

Archive

  • Patron: Her Majesty The Queen
  • President: Jon Snow
  • Chief Executive: Paul Tuohy
  • Cyclists' Touring Club (CTC): A company limited by guarantee, registered in England no.25185. Registered as a charity in England and Wales No 1147607 and in Scotland No SC042541

Copyright © CTC 2015

Terms and Conditions