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Re: Webcam reporting driver behaviour

5 February 2015 - 6:33pm
Postboxer wrote:More from him here I think, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/ ... tions.html
Trouble is, that very same article in the Torygraph links to this. And who says Dave Sherry is 'Britain's Most Hated Cyclist'? Why the very same Torygraph for sure! Where is their evidence? Where are the opinion poll findings to back up that remark?

The one thing that is guaranteed to get us nowhere, is this constant slanging off of what Little England perceives as an outgroup. But the self-same outgroup shouldn't do likewise in retaliation. I repeat, I have no incidents on camera to report.

Re: Getting too cold.

5 February 2015 - 6:33pm
Windproof front, well-ventilated back is my prescription. Most of my cycling-specific togs of this type come from a French company called Chapak, imported and distributed by Mike Dyason aka Ozzo, but I think Chapak have gone to the wall. They used to do cycling tights with stretch Gore Windstopper facing and a Roubaix back. Brilliant, but not much use if you cannot get them.

BTW, in the last few days I've seen two riders out in shorts. The first was a mountain biker on Sunday morning and on Tuesday morning I saw a rider on a road bike in the Sky road kit, with only long sleeves as a concession to the cold and lycra road shorts. Brrrr!.

Re: Getting too cold.

5 February 2015 - 6:09pm
I have a not disimilar problem, very cold outside, layer up, get hot/sweaty from pedalling hard then forever adjusting what I'm wearing/undoing zips etc to match body temp.
If it's really cold (2 degrees or below) then I'll put on my Nalini pro bibs tights and a pair of padded undercracker type short. Generally my feet don't bother me that much if they get cold so just one pair of thermal socks does the trick unless it's very bitter winds/well below zero and then I'll put on a pair of other cycling sock.

Top wise is always the difficult bit to get right, I do long sleeve technical with a 1/4zip, Polaris windproof top with full zip and then if dry a tresspass TP100 which is one of their highest level breathable/water-resistant softshells. After an effort and I've warmed up I'll either take the top layer off or the middle layer depending on how I feel.
Head wise after the first few miles I normally take off my open topped hat and very rarely put a headband on if it's really windy to keep the ears warm.

I might be sweaty at the end of a ride but I don't have any effects from windchill because of it, I guess how much breathability and windproof protection is down to how good/bad your kit is and indeed how much of a sweat you work up with your effort. I find it difficult to ride below a certain pace even when I want/need to..

Re: Superhighway

5 February 2015 - 5:27pm
well it certainly will have a significant backlash which has already started and as if cyclists are not unpopular enough already......

see the headline on tonight's London Evening Standard ' Cyclist's are their own biggest danger '.

In my humble opinion ( as a road cyclist of some 40 years and 25 of those in and around London ) it's not necessary to spend £160 million on this superhighway at all. Spend the money on health care / provision for the elderly / education.
We don't need a superhighway for goodness sake. It's simple to ride safely around London if you have your wits about you and you accept that we share the roads with other road users.
Personally I don't feel the need to be shepherded down a segregated cycle lane that costs so much and will cause so much inconvenience for everyone else who doesn't happen to travel by bicycle!

I sincerely hope that for the sake of London and cycling this superhighway doesn't happen !

Re: How Heavy is too Heavy?

5 February 2015 - 5:17pm
Well i am not going to trawl thru 4 pages after reading first few posts.

1. Diabetes, problems with your leg.. sounds to me like this is a disadvantage to start with.
2. Not bonked you say but riding with others and keeping up can stretch your limits and reserves a bit more than usual.
3. All that weight as others have said there are some savings to be made.
a. Camera do you really need a big camera when a small pocket sized one will do
b. That lock!!! If going out with a group into rural settings do you really need a big lock, a small lightweight one will do as often more than one bike / rider will lock bikes together with each other's locks.
c. Tools take some basic ones and only take any extras if specifically needed for a something that might not be catered for otherwise.
d. just take a couple of inner tubes and repair kit, esp if out with a group as often inner tubes are shared around if necessary.

Re: Getting too cold.

5 February 2015 - 5:08pm
You just need to stop and change layers, or at least have them open when downhill...

You could try and do the Tour thing and change whilst sitting up and pedalling at a mere 30mph, but ask Contador how that can go wrong and decide whether a break at the top/bottom isn't easier.

Re: Getting too cold.

5 February 2015 - 5:07pm
Yes.
Chatting to Mrs Mick F, it was what we were suggesting.
Trouble is, the first mile is down steeply circa 30mph into the deep part of the valley. Brrrrrrr
Maybe I should just grin and bear it and warm up as I go up the other side, but within a mile, it's down into another steep valley.

Re: Getting too cold.

5 February 2015 - 5:02pm
Wear less, carry newspaper.

I think that with your extreme variation in gradient, and therefore effort, you just need to be changing the amount of clothing you wear.

Getting too cold.

5 February 2015 - 5:01pm
Out today, I waited until the temp was up above freezing, and the frost had thawed.
Down here in the Far West, we don't get sub-zero all day, but we get a "window" from 10ish to 4ish, so off I went into 4degC into a stiff northerly wind and up onto the westerly edge of Dartmoor circa 1,100ft before heading west through Lydford.

Trouble is, the hills downward produce a great deal of windchill, and the hills upward produce sweat. I did 29miles today with 3,200ft of ascent. Considering I started from home and returned home, the total decent was 3,200ft too.

After a dozen miles reaching Lydford, I went down. By then, I was sweaty so windchill got to me. The road undulated somewhat for the rest of the ride, so I took my time on the uphills, especially a long long one getting into bottom gear and plodded up maybe 2miles and by the time I was up there, I was toasty warm.

Trouble is, from there there are two long downhills plus a long stretch of fast easy going, then a plunge of 2miles right down into the Tamar Valley over the bridge back into Cornwall. By the time I made it to the bridge at the bottom, I was freezing cold right through to my bones.

Up hill from there into the village and half a mile to home.
I arrived in the house absolutely frozen and blue with cold. Two cups of tea, lit the fire, and I'm still frozen, so I had a long soak in a hot deep bath.
That did the trick!

During my ride, I had three layers on top, shorts plus bib tights, a windproof winter top, thick windproof socks, two layers of gloves, a skull cap under my helmet, and for the first hour I was as warm as toast.
Everything I was wearing was breathable.

What happens, is that my kit gets damp from sweat and my heat gets conducted away and chills me right down.

Sorry for the long explanation, but does anyone have any advice?
Am I working too hard and sweating?

Re: new cycling paths

5 February 2015 - 4:59pm
jake369 wrote:A27 between Lancing and Shoreham Airport, I've noted this is work in progress for a while. Yes, it is a long drawn out effort The surface looks to be the usual shovelled (not flat) finish, and I don't see anything different about the fast lay by entry although the've had a bit of a go at the exit. Personally I'd just cycle along the lay by.... Then there's the usual hazard to keep you on your toes - hopefully moved by now!
Finally, as you say, it's suggested that one rejoins the carrageway (the quieter one being helpfully marked), but that soon spits you out to deal with a busy roundabout....

Re: Superhighway

5 February 2015 - 2:12pm
It will be interesting to see if this initial foray into Dutch style provision informs the debate as to whether its possible to roll it out around the UK....

Re: new cycling paths

5 February 2015 - 2:07pm
Trains do still empty onto the tracks though, they discussed it on the radio a couple of weeks ago, so not sure you'd want to be too close to the tracks. I agree though, alongside railway tracks and canals can be great places for cycle paths, for the reasons mentioned above, level, into town centres, few or no junctions with other vehicles.

Re: new cycling paths

5 February 2015 - 1:17pm
jgurney wrote:My local council (Richmond-upon-Thames) came up with a plan for cycle paths alongside the local railway lines. It looked to me like an expensive way of getting points for doing a big project while keeping away from anything which might inconvenience any drivers. It also had the drawbacks that it would damage overgrown rail-side land currently visited only by occasional rail workers, which acts as valuable urban wildlife corridors, and would expose lots of gardens backing onto the lines to burglars gaining access from the new paths.

Then the residents need to put up decent fences. That's no excuse for not putting in a cycle track. If there was a well-used track it could actually be more secure, as there would be people about.

Railways are good places for tracks because:

they are flattish, so easy for the less athletic cyclist
they have bridges so crossing roads isn't an issue, especially for the less experienced and children
they generally go where people actually want to go.

Re: Superhighway

5 February 2015 - 1:15pm
Well, obviously they will not cater for every London cyclist. When I lived there, the (then) new CS routes didn't serve every journey I wanted to make (I never bothered even to learn which one I was on at any time); but they coincided with parts of some and were at least a statement that we were supposed to be there (even if 'there' was an idiotic road position - which I ignored unless it was useful).

The intent of these two routes is that where built, they should (according to current plans) be a great improvement (in places) over blue paint which is worn out by motor vehicle tyres.
As it says here http://www.ctc.org.uk/press-release/2015-02-04/go-ahead-londons-cycle-superhighways-game-changer-cycling-says-ctc they "are not perfect" but let's see what is built?

Re: new cycling paths

5 February 2015 - 1:12pm
I just read on the local news that the Stafford-Newport(Shrops) path is now complete (Staffordshire stalled for years on their last few hundred yards but apparently it is now finally joined up with the bit Shropshire did at the Newport end).
Not ridden the new bit yet, will report when I do. I don't yet know how it crosses the A41, which could be an issue.

As for the rest of the route, between Derrington and Stafford it rides like ballast if you have (as I have) a stiff-framed narrow-tyred road bike, which is horrible on the hands. Might be okay on a mountain bike. The rest isn't too bad for a road bike, but does get puddles in places, as it isn't tarmac.
It's an old railway line, so is pretty flat, and all the old bit is completely off-road, except for one road crossing on a tiny minor road.

Re: How Heavy is too Heavy?

5 February 2015 - 1:02pm
Let's get nitpicky weight-weenie. Sacrifice these to save weight:

Camera (in case I wanna take a piccie) 300g/10.5oz - use a smartphone camera unless it's a trip specifically to take pretty pictures.
3 inner tubes (no confidence at all in Hyper Voyagers pu**ture resistance) 388g/13.5oz - carry only one unless you expect the route to be dodgy or you don't have time to repair.
Pu**ture kit (as above) 23g/1oz - switch to a good brand of sticky patches.
Spare AA batteries for the garmin (guaranteed they'll die while I'm lost) 53g/2oz - ditch the garmin too and the computer and just use a smartphone or at least a gadget that you can predict the battery life on.
Cloth (for wiping mucky hands after flat repairs) 32g/1oz - use tissues and/or water bottle and/or wipes which should be in the first aid kit.
Bag for the lock (the reason for this is that the wretched thing rattles like a rusty gate in the pendle and it drives me nuts) 234g/8oz - see below about lock replacement or fix the rattle or at least use some self-vulcanising tape to pad whatever's rattling in the lock because it won't be doing it any good. I strap my rattly lock to the rack in several places and it stops it rattling (itwas the plastic cover rattling on the locking bar).

That's about 800g gone right there.

I'd probably take these on almost all rides, although you could save a little weight when riding with others if you can share a pump:

Basic first aid kit which includes a couple quid 54g/2oz
Emergency blanket incase of horrific injuries from being run over by a 45ton truck, or squished by my heavy bike! 50g/1.7oz
Tissues (don't want a snotty glove) 22g/0.7oz - a few rather than a whole pack, I assume?
Mitts (might get rid of these as summer is nowhere close) 44g/1.3oz
Pump 223g/8oz
Tyre levers 30g/1oz

I'd probably look for lighter alternatives to:

Crank bros 17 tool 170g/6oz - Is it made of gold? My CPR-9 is an ounce and a Park CT-5 chain tool is another 1.5oz, which I think makes it about 70g total?
6" adjustable spanner (I'm not the only nut on my bike) 140g/5oz - my very old one is half that and it's not let me down yet.
Lock 2486g/87oz/couple tons - this is the big weight saving opportunity, but it'll cost! http://www.lfgss.com/conversations/144109/ includes a sold secure gold lock (and I don't trust that label) of 1.4kgs, although about 2kg is more common. As for the insurance requirement, I'd consider switching to one with the more typical "locked to an immovable object" clause, but even with Sold Secure, you could save 1kg there.
Pendle 610g/21.5 oz - I'd keep that for best and use a 150g lightweight drybag as a saddlebag for day-to-day stuff, saving another 460g/1lb.

So in total, it looks like about 2.5kg more than necessary, before reducing the kit capability or considering more drastic measures like taking a rack off or replacing the evil Airzound with a bell. I've no idea if it would help, but seeing as the kit list was there...

Re: Superhighway

5 February 2015 - 12:27pm
lol i live near ele&castle...does nothing for me...I'm sure the politicians think its great though.
Why? too many ways into central london, all of them more convenient, and go where i want not where boris wants...

Re: How Heavy is too Heavy?

5 February 2015 - 11:31am
Been there done that. The bike is surprisingly nippy when lugging just a spare tube, pump, levers and water bottle. I rode her that way a few times on my little 10 mile night time circuit. I was never more than 5 miles from home on that ride so doing without my creature comforts wasn't a big issue, but when I'm a long way from home it's a different world.

Re: Signage concerns at a junction in Oxford.

5 February 2015 - 9:18am
Richard Fairhurst wrote:jochta wrote:It's been remodelled recently. It's basically a 4-way crossroad traffic-light controlled junction now. But motorists still have to turn left from Hythe Bridge Street. Cyclists are permitted to go straight across into George Street despite all the signage indicating otherwise. The Google Streetview is out of date, the island with barriers is no longer there.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, I saw a couple of less confident cyclists give up on the junction and push their bikes across the pelican crossing while I was there.
Well, what's wrong with that? I take my bicycle across a pelican crossing every morning to get across the Marylebone Road in London into a particular area of backstreets. There is provision to do it as a road user, if you don't mind crossing 3 lanes of traffic to get into the segregated right turning lane. But most cyclists just use the Pelican, it's a lot safer and only takes 3 seconds longer.

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