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Re: Cycling into the sun

8 February 2015 - 12:59am

Re: Cycling into the sun

8 February 2015 - 12:26am
Carry on.
There's drivers who text, tweet, mess around with satnav and stereo's, smoking, drinking, telling their kids to be quiet, doing other naughty things behind the wheel and I don't stay off the roads for them.
If I stayed off the bike for every possible risk out there, I'd never get any cycling done.

Re: Cycling into the sun

8 February 2015 - 12:06am
...... or dismount, get bike and self off the road and walk to the pub .

Re: Cycling into the sun

7 February 2015 - 11:55pm
3, stop at the pub, pie and chips and a pint. Carry on with lights after the sun has gone down.

Cycling into the sun

7 February 2015 - 11:46pm
It's low sun straight ahead and wet roads, so there's tons of glare. Do you:

1) Carry on
2) Stop
3) Do something else that helps you not get run over by a car drive who can't see.

If (3), what is that magic trick, please?

Re: Reporting this driver? Road safe or police?

7 February 2015 - 10:17pm
In the second incident, the driver appears to misjudge distance and relative speed. He isn't moving much faster then the cyclist, so squeezes him when the van needs to pull in. It is "must get past the cyclist" syndrome.

Would the police take any action on this? Only if nothing else was happening in the world.

Re: Superhighway

7 February 2015 - 9:43pm
TonyR wrote:Penfolds11 wrote:aspiringcyclist wrote:Here is a video explaining some solutions to the junction/side road problem.

This Walter Mitty world tries to show motorists voluntarily stopping to let cyclists go past. Dreamers!

And just like London there's oodles of room between the buildings to build everything.

Exactly right. Just look at some of these London roads.

Re: Superhighway

7 February 2015 - 8:59pm
Penfolds11 wrote:aspiringcyclist wrote:Here is a video explaining some solutions to the junction/side road problem.

This Walter Mitty world tries to show motorists voluntarily stopping to let cyclists go past. Dreamers!

And just like London there's oodles of room between the buildings to build everything.

Re: Superhighway

7 February 2015 - 8:47pm
Those Dutch cyclists must have a death wish! Could only see a couple of them wearing helmets! Great video!

Re: Superhighway

7 February 2015 - 8:41pm
PRL wrote:I would see the superhigway as a start on that; controlling motor traffic to a section of the embankment road. The next step should be to restrict through motor traffic on smaller roads where there isn't and can't be separate space for cycling.

You do know that the superhighway is being narrowed to a 1.5m lane in each directions in several parts of the central section following concerns that motor vehicles might be slowed down otherwise.

Re: Taxi Ad

7 February 2015 - 8:14pm
Cunobelin wrote:Excellent advert.....

Some wierdo in a wig pushes a cyclist off and then starts remonstrating.

Witnessed by a taxi driver who stops and is coming forward to deal with the wierdo on fancy dress

Taxi Driver then gives cyclist a copy of the video which results in the wierdo being arrested, jailed and struck offf

Brilliant!

[emoji23]On the mead again?....hc

Re: Taxi Ad

7 February 2015 - 8:08pm
Excellent advert.....

Some wierdo in a wig pushes a cyclist off and then starts remonstrating.

Witnessed by a taxi driver who stops and is coming forward to deal with the wierdo on fancy dress

Taxi Driver then gives cyclist a copy of the video which results in the wierdo being arrested, jailed and struck offf

Re: Anyone not get frozen fingers today

7 February 2015 - 6:37pm
Back in my shorts today and only one pair of gloves this morning at 3am

I'm either going through 'THE CHANGE' or spring is on it's way

Re: Reporting this driver? Road safe or police?

7 February 2015 - 5:32pm
The first incident in the OP's video, it looks like the van driver realises that he's in the wrong lane, crosses over to get into the correct lane and then waits. Whether he is waiting because he's realised that there's a cyclist (the OP) there and he's waiting to let the OP past, or whether he's waiting for something else, I can't see. However, to me it looks like he is pulling over and is waiting for the OP to go past, when he doesn't, the van driver continues his manoeuvre but times it just as the OP sets off. Bad timing, one of those things.

Second incident with the third party cyclist - it does look like the van driver either cuts up the cyclist or overtakes and closes the door on him/her. Happens quite often that. I'd get annoyed about it (if I could be bothered to) as, if there was a gap there I could move forward a few yards. However, I often find that even if there is a sufficient gap to filter past safely, the next vehicle, or the one in front of it, won't have left a gap. I do agree though that the second cyclist if far too close to the kerb, had he/she been a bit further out, maybe the van driver wouldn't have created an extra lane to get past.

I can't be bothered having raised voice conversations with drivers. The only time I've had words is when they've had a go at me first - both times when I was riding primary, very close or maybe over the speed limit, and they beeped and gesticulated or shouted to use the pink lane down the side of the road.

Re: Getting too cold.

7 February 2015 - 5:04pm
I thought of this thread when I was out today. I realised that sometimes, at least my solution is more or less what TC said above. I have a Cannondale wind blocker jersey that is wind blocking material on the front and arms, and lycra on the back.

My computer says it was -2, but I think it was a little above freezing. Ice was metling in the sun, and it felt fairly warm. But there was a fierce, cold wind.

I wore:
-thermal tights
-wool socks
-hiking boots
-merino base layer top
-cycling jersey (short sleeved summer top)
-wind blocker jersey
-sealskinz gloves
-merino glove liners
-ear warmer/headband
-helmet

I also wore my cycling jacket for the first few miles, but took it off once I warmed up. I carried an extra layer for my legs, but I didn't need it.

I certainly would have been cold if I stopped for any length of time, and my fingers got cold when I stopped to take a few pictures, but they warmed up again when I got going

Re: Female Cyclist Death In North London

7 February 2015 - 4:14pm
And another involving a truck (although no mention of the type).
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-31192637

Re: Any practical advice to reduce heart rate?

7 February 2015 - 4:01pm
Try "the big book of endurance training and racing" by Dr. Philip Maffetone.

I have an ebook version which I've not read yet but it was recommended to me by my cousin who runs regularly (at least once a day) He has used this method to really reduce his heart rate when running with stunning results.

Re: Reporting this driver? Road safe or police?

7 February 2015 - 3:51pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:In my (bitter) experience you may not be treated so well by the next driver you yell at.

Put it down to experience and move on.

This +1

This cyclist got punched after stopping beside a car to shout at the driver. There are people that don't like getting shouted at and will do something about it.

From 1:05

http://metro.co.uk/2014/01/27/youtube-f ... t-4278578/

Re: Superhighway

7 February 2015 - 3:51pm
TonyR wrote:honesty wrote:Profpointy made the original assertion, so its up to him to provide evidence Tha segregation is more dangerous, not the other way round.

What a strange inversion of the normal logic. You are proposing to introduce something that you claim will make me safer and its not your responsibility to show that it will but mine to show that it won't? The pharmaceutical industry would love you. No need to prove their drugs are safe/work, its the users responsibility to prove they're not safe/don't work.

I'm not proposing anything. Profpointy said they were more dangerous first, therefore prove it. Simple really.

Re: Any practical advice to reduce heart rate?

7 February 2015 - 3:49pm
A lot of runners use a training technique called Maffetone . My cousin who runs daily had noticed a considerable reduction in heart rate.

When I cycle I use my Garmin watch and a heart rate monitor. I have found that unless you train regularly, you will lose cardiovascular strength / fitness.

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