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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.

<rant>
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.

Re: And all she got was a penalty charge notice

21 November 2014 - 3:39pm
661-Pete
You mean 'cow' catchers

Re: Why do so many people die shovelling snow?

21 November 2014 - 3:34pm
Mick F wrote:Taking my time is enough of a warm-up.
Indeed it is

Re: Butser Hill - proposed cyclepath for the missing link

21 November 2014 - 3:33pm
Based on what I can see, there is an existng track which will become the new cycle path, it is higher than the existing A3 but runs parallel on the east side, so would climb quite steeply heading south from Petersfield towards the Queen Elizabeth Country Park.
There are of course existing routes by bike from Petersfield to the QECP, either up over Butser Hill via Harvesting Lane, or via Buriton and up Kiln Lane to Wardown, both of which involve some hefty climbs and sections probably best tackled on a mountain bike.

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

21 November 2014 - 2:53pm
They discussed this on Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2 earlier, now on iplayer, I didn't hear it myself.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04mv9hf

Starts at 1:38:25

Re: And all she got was a penalty charge notice

21 November 2014 - 2:53pm
Trams ought to be fitted with something like this:

Re: Butser Hill - proposed cyclepath for the missing link

21 November 2014 - 2:50pm
I had a quick look on google earth and I can make sense of your description.

Seems like good news.

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

21 November 2014 - 2:49pm
What speed does a beginner ride at, when they've just learnt to ride i.e. fast enough for balancing to become easier?

Re: NCN-55 Closure (Part of it anyway)

21 November 2014 - 2:34pm
I'll try to get a warning raised on Sustrans mapping.

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Sustrans Ranger - Helping to keep the bears out of the picnic baskets on the National Cycle Network.

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

21 November 2014 - 2:21pm
So going at 5mph is essentially a cycle ban.
You might as well walk next to your bike.

There should be a mass protest of everyone running next to their bikes.

Going faster than 5mph but not actually cycling.

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

21 November 2014 - 1:57pm
Can't go for a jog then, or play fetch a dog, or take your kids.

Re: And all she got was a penalty charge notice

21 November 2014 - 1:57pm
The probable reason why there's no yellow lines is that you're not even allowed to drive down this road, never mind park on it. No local would ever do such a thing, I would hope.

Handbrake only works on the back wheels, so if you lift them up you can roll the car (as long as it's not in gear).

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