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Re: The Great British Cyling quiz

21 November 2014 - 11:26pm
The answers are just wrong regarding ASLs and pavement cycling, aren't they? It's only 'footways' which are illegal to cycle on, and then not if they are designated shared use. And when did it become legal to cross a stop line to enter an ASL box?

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

21 November 2014 - 11:20pm
kwackers wrote:Flinders wrote:At 5mph I can just about stay upright on my narrow tyres on a decent surface for a short time.
Really? I can balance on mine moderately easily at 2-3 mph (certainly at the sedate walking pace of an 'old dear') with nothing more than a bit of mild wobbling. 5mph is a doddle.

I agree though that it gets easier with speed and noobs definitely need a bit of speed to help them.

I don't practice at low speeds. I only get that slow going up hard hills, and seldom as low as 5mph even then. Honest.

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

21 November 2014 - 11:19pm
kwackers wrote:When I took my motorcycle test one of the things was to ride it at the side of the instructor as he slowly walked along. Then you had to do a U turn without putting a foot down.
I seem to think they were both quite hard. I reckon the fat tyres on the motorbike actually made balancing at slow speeds harder due to the rather sedate steering.

Not sure what the optimal tyre width would be. Motorbike tyres are quite curvy in profile, aren't they? To allow for leaning, perhaps? If I'm being daft, sorry, but it's because I'm not a biker, only been on one once (though I enjoyed it). I'd imagine that would make it harder to stay upright than if they had a flat surface in contact with the road like a car does.


(As I learned to ride a bike late in life, I've never had one with wide tyres like a kids' bike, and have only ever had road bikes, & not mountain bikes. Would aylone with experience of narrow and wide bike tyres like to say which is easiest at low speeds?)

Re: The Great British Cyling quiz

21 November 2014 - 10:43pm
75% first time, 100% second time.
I thought the last question could have been worded better.

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

21 November 2014 - 9:54pm
When I took my motorcycle test one of the things was to ride it at the side of the instructor as he slowly walked along. Then you had to do a U turn without putting a foot down.
I seem to think they were both quite hard. I reckon the fat tyres on the motorbike actually made balancing at slow speeds harder due to the rather sedate steering.

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

21 November 2014 - 9:51pm
I remember them races at the school sports day. It was the one race I had a chance of winning. I think I had my Raleigh Grifter then

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

21 November 2014 - 9:49pm
I have a vague memory that junior school sports days included a "slow bike race". The idea was that we had to cycle forwards without putting a foot on the ground, and the last across the line was the winner.

These days, my minimum speed is 10 kmph (6.25 mph). True, this might be because I have a poor sense of balance (the inner ear balance thingies send false signals to the brain) and most cyclists can probably ride more slowly than me. But a speed limit of 5mph would effectively prohibit me. As well as joggers etc.

Re: And all she got was a penalty charge notice

21 November 2014 - 9:34pm
MikeF wrote: I can't see the video link, but you can bounce a car to move it even if it is in gear and the handbrake on, and with that number of people it should have been very easy with that small car.
Might be small but it weighs about 1250kg and has hard, well damped suspension so doesn't bounce well at all.
Not like the old days where a couple of guys could easily bounce your average 900kg Ford Escort down the street...

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

21 November 2014 - 9:30pm
Flinders wrote:At 5mph I can just about stay upright on my narrow tyres on a decent surface for a short time.
Really? I can balance on mine moderately easily at 2-3 mph (certainly at the sedate walking pace of an 'old dear') with nothing more than a bit of mild wobbling. 5mph is a doddle.

I agree though that it gets easier with speed and noobs definitely need a bit of speed to help them.

Re: And all she got was a penalty charge notice

21 November 2014 - 9:12pm
Mick F wrote:Part of the wording says the car was lifted, but if you watch the video, they rolled it backwards.

Was the handbrake not on?
Was it not left in gear?
Did someone break in and release the handbrake and put it in neutral? I can't see the video link, but you can bounce a car to move it even if it is in gear and the handbrake on, and with that number of people it should have been very easy with that small car.

Re: Butser Hill - proposed cyclepath for the missing link

21 November 2014 - 9:00pm
Maybe you should have tried high-quality ranting instead?

Sorry. I know what you mean. I have a lovely mile of washboard tarmac but it is still better than a rural A road. I hope they listen and machine lay AC10 or better.

Re: Why do so many people die shovelling snow?

21 November 2014 - 8:32pm
al_yrpal wrote:We have quite a few short 20% hills around here. I shall approach them more carefully after reading this!
My son, 34 at the time, had an episode returning from a skiing holiday in Canada. Changing flights at Toronto he had a sort of heart attack affecting his left arm etc. It was thought it related to skiing, the cold and the fact that he had a cold virus. He had cardioversion and spent 3 weeks in hospital there (good old Direct Line!).
The combination of physical effort, extreme cold and a virus is a thing to be avoided.

Al

That's alarming....hope your son made a full recovery.

They are always careful not to run a racehorse if it has any kind of 'gunk' in its nose/sinuses/windpipe - not so much for the heart, I gather, but because if you run one hard with a 'snotty nose' -usually due to a virus- you can damage its breathing permanently. They actually 'scope' them (put a tube down to check) if they're in doubt. A horse doesn't know when it shouldn't run, and would be quite happy to gallop around and harm itself if left to itself. That's made me careful not to overdo it when I've got a chesty cold, it may not affect humans the same way, but I like to be on the safe side.

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

21 November 2014 - 8:13pm
Postboxer wrote:What speed does a beginner ride at, when they've just learnt to ride i.e. fast enough for balancing to become easier?

One of the problems I had when learning (at the advanced age of 19) was that to be at all stable you have to go at a reasonable speed, which takes courage when you're wobbly.
To be stable at low speeds takes much more skill in balancing, and more strength in the wrists. That makes learning awkward, as you have to get through the low speeds as fast as you can to faster speeds to get your 'sea legs', and have to pass back through the lower speeds on the way down to stop.

More than 30 years of cycling later, I have a speedometer. At 5mph I can just about stay upright on my narrow tyres on a decent surface for a short time. Anyone who thinks that a road bike is stable at that sort of speed needs their head examining, and needs to be made to try it for, say, a couple of miles on a rough, potholed and greasy surface.
I think the 'police' who said 5mph was the limit should be the first candidates. I'd almost pay a train fare to London to watch that.
Oh, and they ought to have to clip in too.

Re: And all she got was a penalty charge notice

21 November 2014 - 8:06pm
Last car that got dumped (untaxed battered pile of rust) down our cul de sac right outside our house where my son parks up I towed/dragged it into the middle of the street still with its handbrake still on. This was about 11:45pm, by 1am the police had a transporter shifting it as it was blocking the street.
No way was I going to wait months and months for the council to shift it..

Re: And all she got was a penalty charge notice

21 November 2014 - 7:24pm
Seriously ....
Part of the problem with trams is that they can't steer round obstacles, whether wilful or accidental. I believe that one of the factors that hastened the decision to dismantle most of the old tram networks in London and other cities, was the severe disruption to services during the wartime blitz.
Another problem is the hazard to cyclists, as we know only too well.
But now they're coming back - in Britain and France especially. In most other countries they never vanished.

Re: The Great British Cyling quiz

21 November 2014 - 6:47pm
Pretty silly that they do a quiz that is then wrong or unclear in parts. I always think too hard on things like this, I don't count reflectors as lighting.

Re: The Great British Cyling quiz

21 November 2014 - 6:12pm
Just 50% for me. But there are some wrong answers. Especially regarding RLJ and pavement cycling (what about shared-use pavements?)

Re: The Great British Cyling quiz

21 November 2014 - 6:04pm
Sorry to disappoint
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The Great British Cyling quiz

21 November 2014 - 5:27pm
Found this in mentioned in my local paper http://www.irwinmitchell.com/the-great-british-cycling-quiz.html. Apparently cyclists average about 70%, non cyclists only 58%.
(hope this stays at least for a while, it was for road safety week which is just ending).
Of course I expect everyone on here to get 100%......

Re: Butser Hill - proposed cyclepath for the missing link

21 November 2014 - 5:13pm
On balance, it will be a good thing - enabling a wider range of people to cycle through the Butser cutting without the significant raised danger of cycling on the A3 itself.

I still cycle on the A3 southbound when I cannot face the extraordinary effort to climb the scarp slope in Kiln Lane. ( Harvesting Lane southbound - I gave up trying to cycle up that one years ago. )

I only cycle northbound on the A3 in extremis . . . . too many recent, memorable events keep me away from that one.

Unfortunately, I have no part in any consultation about this route, although I think the local CTC R-T-R Rep is involved.

What will put a lot of people off I suspect is the considerable additional height gain compared with the road cutting and it is going to be a relatively steep ascent on the north side.

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What will put me off is the usual poor-quality, hand-laid, new tarmac. It might be good enough for pedestrians, but its just not good enough for cycling.
The designers and/or specifiers and/or contractors just don't seem to understand this yet and if they cannot afford machine-laid tarmac then I would prefer that they did not waste taxpayers money on a substandard surface that we will be stuck with for decades.
</offrant>

PS. My surface-quality ranting didn't manage to stop them from ripping-up every last morsel of old A3 around the Devil's PunchBowl ( a narrow section of which the cycling community were hoping to retain as a cycle path), but at least the head honcho (Chairman?) of the Planning Enquiry was good to his word and ensured that the new path had a decent, machine-laid, tarmac surface.

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