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Re: Sheep playing chicken

6 September 2014 - 4:41pm
thirdcrank wrote:I've always assumed that sheep can see that cyclists are people ie instinctively treated as a threat, especially when close by, but that they see and interpret motor traffic differently.On the busier open moor roads, the sheep seem anything but sheepish, even with us cyclists. Give em a few feet distance and they'll just continue chewin the cud.

Re: Hand signals on bike

6 September 2014 - 12:33pm
pointing down (left or right) - pothole/obstruction
pointing with open palm and shaking - gravel/leaves/poor road surface/diesel
pointing behind back - I'm moving this way, follow me and for god sake don't half wheel.

bike/car/horse/pedestrian down (in front) or up (coming from behind)

its for everyones benefit, in a group you cant really see or hear whats going on so are relying on those in front to warn you.

Re: Sheep playing chicken

6 September 2014 - 10:31am
I come across sheep and cattle quite frequently when riding through common land. None are bothered by me even though they may be only a foot or two away from me. I simply talk to them as I approach.

Horses are different. I used to live in the New Forest and I am pretty sure that the ponies look out for you. You can almost imagine the leader saying "ok lads, here's one. Wait until you see the whites of his eyes. Wait- wait. NOW step out".

Re: Yet another road rage incident

6 September 2014 - 10:11am
In a calm and monotone voice: "You have one chance to comply. Get in your car and drive away or I will end you."

Last used when a taxi driver decided to run a red ped/bike crossing light almost knocking me and a ped over, then beeped loudly as if we were in the wrong. And the rest went exactly as that video - him out of the car half a mile down the road, ranting and raving in a threatening way...

Re: Sheep playing chicken

6 September 2014 - 9:54am
I've always assumed that sheep can see that cyclists are people ie instinctively treated as a threat, especially when close by, but that they see and interpret motor traffic differently.

Re: Another A38 Accident

6 September 2014 - 9:38am
I was in the traffic yesterday (long delays, not surprisingly as they got the air ambulance out). Felt sick when I saw a bike abandoned at the side of the road and realised what must have happened. Fingers crossed the cyclist recovers fully.

It was on a section reduced to single lane and hard shoulder due to roadworks I think (although maybe the cones were changed due to the accident). My guess would be the lorry driver was a bit zoned out and drifted onto the hard shoulder.

Very personal thing but I wouldn't cycle along the a38 or a30 dual carriageway sections as it's just not very pleasant. I'm not criticising this cyclist for doing so though, he is perfectly entitled to do so and it may well have been the best practical route for him from a to b.

Re: Yet another road rage incident

6 September 2014 - 8:53am
Watching this was absolutely shocking. I was sickened by it.
Hope this driver gets his just deserts.
Alan

Re: Sheep playing chicken

6 September 2014 - 6:28am
I was up on Dartmoor a few days ago, and it was a big brown cow that wandered onto the road in front of me. She just stopped in the middle of the road, looked around, then carried on her way.

There's a 40mph speed limit up there, and you can see why.

Re: Yet another road rage incident

6 September 2014 - 12:36am
There's not that many insurance companies, what's to stop someone public spirited forwarding a link to the video and the news reports? You could even pretend it's your own car and get a quote to see who might be cheapest.

Re: Sheep playing chicken

5 September 2014 - 11:21pm

Re: York to Selby

5 September 2014 - 11:10pm
MockCyclist wrote:It's tarmac all the way, except for the last half mile into Selby where the path is on the Ouse bank but just take the adjacent road.

It's flat too

Re: NCN 65 Broomfleet & Hemingbrough

5 September 2014 - 11:02pm
Barmby on the Marsh to Faxfleet is all tarmac minor roads. From Faxfleet it becomes a dirt track, over the lock bridge and then a stony track to Broomfleet. So that's not really road bike friendly but I would have thought it would be passable with care since it will be dry.

Selby to Hemingbrough is all hard paths, then there's a track of about a mile to the lock at Barmby.

edit: From the Ouse bridge at Selby the TPT/NCN is closed because of rail bridge repairs. You take a residential street off the A19, there's a silver phone box at the junction, that takes you under a railway underpass and you rejoin the trail along there. Oh, there is a stony track there as well - forgot about that bit.

Re: York to Selby

5 September 2014 - 10:44pm
It's tarmac all the way, except for the last half mile into Selby where the path is on the Ouse bank but just take the adjacent road.

York to Selby

5 September 2014 - 9:58pm
Is the NCN route from York to Selby suitable for a road bike on 700x25 tyres.

Re: Sheep playing chicken

5 September 2014 - 9:40pm
That happens to me too, but I don't worry. They can take care of themselves more than adequately.

Re: Sheep playing chicken

5 September 2014 - 9:29pm
I find it quite annoying when I am grinding up a long Welsh climb and the stupid sheep begins running ahead of me. I worry that I may drive it miles into the next valley, far from its home turf. So I attempt to raise my speed above the sheep's. Alas, I do not have the uphill accelaration of a Spanish pro, and the sheep easily stays ahead. The only hope is a widening in the road, perhaps a gateway, so that the brute dives to the side as I give it my all to get ahead of her.

Re: Must've been Changeover Day?

5 September 2014 - 9:00pm
This is an exact parallel with all the surf boards on cars here in Cornwall. Lots of posers too, in the latest wetsuits, but rather less action in the water!

Re: Another A38 Accident

5 September 2014 - 8:58pm
I had to drive up and back the A30 and A38 in Cornwall twice today - around 250 miles in a large van and saw probably 20ish cyclists trying to cope and being blown around a bit by lorries. Some of them had panniers and some looked like day riders. None looked happy to be there on a very busy friday. The safest parts for them were the single carriageway parts of the A30, where traffic was already moving slowly, but the single lane A38 in the Glynn Valley is particular nasty.

The dualled bits, with two lanes of fast traffic seemed a cyclist's nightmare for me and I wondered then why these roads weren't built to accommodate a reasonable cycle lane. Easy enough by just trimming back part of the central reservation and road edges. Of course, that would be only sensible if such a lane was kept clear of the debris that currently collects on the narrow bit on the inside of the white line.
The A30 and A38 are not the places to be, particularly in summer and rush hours. I avoid them, except for a few short stretches where I have no choice.

As for stand-alone cycle ways; the ones with a good level surface are in a small minority. Why is it that so many tarmaced ones feel like they've been laid by a very junior apprentice??

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