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Re: Solo night ride

27 August 2014 - 12:30pm
Ayesha wrote:Take a spare small front lamp that operates off AA Batteries. Take some hefty rubber bands and a lump of sponge.

Thanks for the advice I wasn't intending to take anything other than the Exposure lights but I have some other button cell ones I will now take. Have used AA battery lights in the past but find they can die for no apparent reason and so need multiple extra batteries and not from the same pack.

Will be taking 2 spare tubes so roadside repair won't be an issue. Good point about the reflectives will see what I can get a hold of.

What's the sponge for?

Re: Four 4x4's on a forty mile ride

27 August 2014 - 12:27pm
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,
Possible that proportionately suv's / 4x4's are bad drivers, but is their bad driving more worse to show up that musch more on being discourtious / dangerous to cyclist that other models of cars , or as suggested is your own personal experience marring across the board cyclists experiences
We all will at times shoot off if another same model of car or type of car gives us a bad maneuver again.
That's what the thread is all about,to find if others have the same experiences as I do.So far the only real defenders(sorry)of 4x4/suv'S has been their owners,which are also cyclists so they're bound to be biased,perhaps because they're careful drivers around vulnerable road users,which again shouldn't be any surprise.
My point is one of proportion of bad drivers, which as I posted up thread I find higher with 4x4?SUV drivers.If you don't see it that way that OK, we differ in opinion.But there are far more medium sized MPV's and small HB's on the road than 4x4/SUV's and proportionally I don't get the same problems proportionally,that's not to say drivers of those types of vehicles don't give me any problems at all,they do just less so.

Re: Solo night ride

27 August 2014 - 12:21pm
This is the problem with cycling after the pubs close. You might get a full moon.

Re: Solo night ride

27 August 2014 - 12:19pm
661-Pete wrote:What route are you currently proposing to go on?

Anyway I can plot out various routes for you on Google, if you like.

I want to leave at around midnight from the Highgate area of north London and arrive in Brighton at a time when I can get a hot cup of tea and breakfast.

The obvious route would be to draw a line straight down but as you say there are some hills of note involved in that approach and also I'd expect to reach Brighton at a rather unsociable 05:30ish.
Was wondering how feasible a route more westward would be via say Kingston, Woking, Guildford and West Grinstead? Benefit would be that its flatter and gets me to Brighton at about 7am but on the minus side its around 20 miles longer. Have been looking at this option on Google maps but the huge elephant in the room is that its routed me on to gravel/farm tracks and other unsuitable surfaces in the past.

I'd be more than thankful for any route suggestions.

Re: Solo night ride

27 August 2014 - 12:19pm
One slight problem with this weekend is it's only a couple of days after the new moon. It won't affect the cycling, but the countryside can look amazing when lit up by a full moon. In the open I've even been known to turn my light off and just cycle by moonlight (with teh switch to hand should someone be inconsiderate enough to come the other way).

Of course you could wait a couple of weeks and then it'll be overcast anyway

Re: Side saddle cycling

27 August 2014 - 12:16pm
IIRC, they are called a 'Shay'.

Other versions were tandems with a bevel gear to a shaft driven rear.

Re: Four 4x4's on a forty mile ride

27 August 2014 - 12:13pm
Flinders wrote:What worries me more about SUVs is their dire pedestrian (and presumably also cyclist) safety ratings. Being flat-fronted, and in some cases very badly designed in other ways for pedestrian safety, you're far more likely to be killed by one than by an ordinary saloon if hit at the same speed. As indeed one of my own family was.

They ought not to be being driven without an additional test, and shouldn't be being used for commuting on ordinary roads.

Or should have 'roo bars fitted with sharp edges to them,I'm puzzled as to how they get though an MOT with such thing bolted to the front.
On the point about additional tests etc,there should be a tax load put on them as unnecessary polluters,along with trailers with a gross weight over a tonne*,or wide vehicles ie; caravans,motorhomes,etc,the law is way too lax IMHO.

*which should also have a form of MOT,and before anyone begins to accuse me of anything,I own and use a caravan and trailer both with over one tonne capacity.
Edit:- it may come as a surprise that a trailer can be used with way out of date tyres so long as there's legal tread on them,such tyres are an incident waiting to happen,no legal checks,no road worthiness ceritficate,nothing,all left to the owners discretion

Re: Side saddle cycling

27 August 2014 - 12:11pm
Another possible for a MickF End to End. Will it take a trailer?

Re: Four 4x4's on a forty mile ride

27 August 2014 - 10:57am
What worries me more about SUVs is their dire pedestrian (and presumably also cyclist) safety ratings. Being flat-fronted, and in some cases very badly designed in other ways for pedestrian safety, you're far more likely to be killed by one than by an ordinary saloon if hit at the same speed. As indeed one of my own family was.

They ought not to be being driven without an additional test, and shouldn't be being used for commuting on ordinary roads.

Re: Bike Security Locked At Supermarket Bike Rack

27 August 2014 - 10:22am
My Waitrose is terrible for places to lock bikes (hence my original post).

However, encouragingly, a new Morrisons has recently opened just down the road from it which has excellent bike lock facilities. Loads and loads of the bent tubes set in the ground across the front of the store, then a load more "overflow" ones down the side (not as good, but if the store is that busy then there will be plenty of people around. Encouraging that a new built store includes such facilities.

Ian

Re: Solo night ride

27 August 2014 - 10:11am
Take a spare small front lamp that operates off AA Batteries. Take some hefty rubber bands and a lump of sponge.
Not only does the spare lamp come in as a reserve for your main lamp, it can be used to floodlight a puncture repair.
With the rubber bands and sponge, you can fix it on your handlebars or on the side of your helmet.

Fit two rear lamps.
Have them NOT so bright that they dazzle drivers.

If your shoes do not have reflective panels, wear anklebands of amber or yellow. The vertical oscillation of your ankles will allow an approaching motorist to judge your distance and position, because most motorists have a pretty good idea of the crank throw of a bicycle. If your rear lamps are too bright, the motorist might be dazzled and unable to judge the movement of your ankles.

Re: Bike Security Locked At Supermarket Bike Rack

27 August 2014 - 10:10am
I'd never leave a bike locked up anywhere overnight.

Its just crazy, you come back next day and half the parts will be missing!

Re: Bike Security Locked At Supermarket Bike Rack

27 August 2014 - 10:08am
Lakeland Cambridge no longer allow folded folding bikes to be wheeled around the shop. They do have larger shopping trollies which are allowed. Maybe next time I'll put the bike in a trolley. The (council-provided) parking outside that shop is woefully overcrowded.

Around King's Lynn, Sainsburys, Morrisons and the Tesco furthest from any cycleway are OK. Asda, Spar and the other three(?) Tescos have a mix of wheelbenders, racks sited too close to walls and all the usual nonsense. Morrisons did park their advert on a cycleway near a dangerous junction, though. https://twitter.com/mjray/status/407904 ... 00/photo/1

Re: Bike Security Locked At Supermarket Bike Rack

27 August 2014 - 10:04am
[XAP]Bob wrote:I sometime wheel around the shop - makes a good point, ensures I can't get too much stuff and takes less room than a trolley. Obviously try to stay drive side...
I'll start looking out for the in the frozen peas aisle.

Ian

Solo night ride

27 August 2014 - 9:40am
There have been lots of 'official' group night rides from London to Brighton. Unfortunately none have been at a time when I've been able to join one. I note there's 1 going out on 5th Sept which is now closed but also I'd need to be back in London early Saturday morning due to family commitments making it impossible anyway.

As summer is coming to an end was thinking of doing it this Saturday night.

Main issues are being solo at night and route well that and partner not being happy at all.

Lighting wise I have an Exposure Diablo mk5 on the front and the Blaze on the back. Looking at a fairly direct route so probably fastish roads. Is this suicidal at 3am on a cycle?

Anyone have a doable route I can load into an Edge 810?
Thanks

Re: Garmin Edge GPS

27 August 2014 - 9:10am
2. I tried to follow a route that I had put in. It was a circular route and it started trying to send me home after only a few miles.

this is something I've read about - it tries to send you to the nearest point rather than the next or some such....caused me a fair bit of confusion first time I used it. I now use tracks rather than routes and that works fine. Alternately break your circular route into two: outward and return.

Re: Four 4x4's on a forty mile ride

27 August 2014 - 8:56am
reohn2 wrote:al_yrpal wrote:Ha ha, my son has just got rid of his 'bundle of trouble' Honda CRV which is at the top of that Which list, whilst my totally trouble free 3 year old Mitsubishi ASX is at the bottom! Lol!
And your point is?

Its the drivers, a small % of scruffy white van mans and a few drivers of motorhomes that I am wary of. Most 4x4 people seem very good around here, but it is a very rural area.

Al
The 4x4/SUV's I have most problem with are the stylistas

The point is fairly obvious… and I believe you but I am not quite sure what a stylista is? How do you decide?

Al

Re: Four 4x4's on a forty mile ride

27 August 2014 - 8:20am
al_yrpal wrote:Ha ha, my son has just got rid of his 'bundle of trouble' Honda CRV which is at the top of that Which list, whilst my totally trouble free 3 year old Mitsubishi ASX is at the bottom! Lol!
And your point is?

Its the drivers, a small % of scruffy white van mans and a few drivers of motorhomes that I am wary of. Most 4x4 people seem very good around here, but it is a very rural area.

Al
The 4x4/SUV's I have most problem with are the stylistas

Re: Bike Security Locked At Supermarket Bike Rack

27 August 2014 - 8:05am
I sometime wheel around the shop - makes a good point, ensures I can't get too much stuff and takes less room than a trolley. Obviously try to stay drive side...

Re: Four 4x4's on a forty mile ride

27 August 2014 - 7:26am
Ha ha, my son has just got rid of his 'bundle of trouble' Honda CRV which is at the top of that Which list, whilst my totally trouble free 3 year old Mitsubishi ASX is at the bottom! Lol!

Its the drivers, a small % of scruffy white van mans and a few drivers of motorhomes that I am wary of. Most 4x4 people seem very good around here, but it is a very rural area.

Al

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