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Re: longer/flatter v shorter/pointier

5 July 2015 - 5:19am
I can't offer a formula but I'd say it's sometimes worth varying your route eg by returning home a different way. At least you increase your local knowledge for future journeys. (And it may make it harder for them to keep tabs on you...................so long as it doesn't arouse suspicion. )

longer/flatter v shorter/pointier

5 July 2015 - 12:03am
Is there a rule of thumb for calculating the easier route, between a longer, flatter route and a shorter one with lots of hills? It must be partly to do with physique and riding style, but it would be good to have a rough guide to work with.

It's train strike day on Thursday and I need to get from Barnet to Oxford, and back. Well, the Chilterns are in the way, so there's no avoiding hills, but I could avoid the worst ones by adding 8 or 10 miles. Is it worth it?

Re: Please help!

4 July 2015 - 11:03pm
robing wrote:And clipless is the correct term. It came from when they replaced toe clips, so were indeed clipless.
But flat pedals, with no attachment, could equally be called 'clipless'. The term may be confusing to a beginner, that's why I suggest coming up with a different phrase. 'Clip-in' is an apt description. And toe-clips have not been 'replaced'. I still use them.

... to quickly lift the bike and bunny hop over potholes.Not a practice I would recommend - at least not when I'm riding.

...trust me...Thanks, but no thanks!

Re: Cycling from Paddington to Hackney this Saturday

4 July 2015 - 10:49pm
Euston Road is faster but have you tried the other routes? It's like night(mare) and day. Euston Road is not much fun most of the time and pretty scary sometimes and I grew up by the A5!

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

4 July 2015 - 10:28pm
Vorpal wrote:TonyR wrote:I cycle a roundabout like that on my commute but I stay on the left of the right hand lane and then move across to primary in the left lane on the roundabout as I pass the exit to the left. I have very few problems doing it that way. If you stay too far over to the right you will get undertaken by drivers doing what I do - going from the right hand lane on the approach to the left hand lane on the roundabout.
I think that's what I would try, as well.

I have exactly the same situation. I ride either just to the left or just to the right of the centre line depending on the direction of the traffic behind. As soon as I'm on the roundabout I'm looking over my left shoulder to see what's coming behind and I signal that I'm moving over to my left into correct the lane for my exit.
To date I've only had one incident. This was on the lead up to the roundabout when a bus and a lorry tried to pass me on the left and right at the same time. In that situation I was able to get out of the way of the closest vehicle by moving onto the centre line.

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

4 July 2015 - 9:50pm
I think that it is entirely understandable in this weather. The 'hard working' drivers are just trying to get their frozen peas home before they defrost.

I would concur with the view that primary position in the left hand lane is the safer of the two options. Lane markings are not always obvious and the right hand lane is generally for turning right.

Re: Cycling from Paddington to Hackney this Saturday

4 July 2015 - 9:50pm
Euston Road used to be part of my commute.

I've looked at alternatives like the canal and various zig zag routes through back streets. Ultimately Euston Road is the way to go. The traffic actually isn't as bad as it seems because it's usually choked up and stationary in lanes 2 and 3 leaving the bus lane reasonably clear. You'll need to do a bit of judicious filtering here and there.

But it is by far the quickest route - probably half the time.

As for the pollution...

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

4 July 2015 - 9:21pm
Hi,
Roundabouts are best taken at speed that way there is less time for others silly manoeuvre BUT if you have to stop and a cars behind they always think your too slow.

Keep your wits about you.

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

4 July 2015 - 9:16pm
Hi,
[XAP]Bob wrote:Bicycler wrote:NATURAL ANKLING wrote:I wish councils would stop playing with Highway codes, you are taught the correct way and then they paint arrows, vain attempt at traffic flow etc at the safety of other users.
You are taught a general rule to use in the absence of road markings which makes sense on a typical 4-road roundabout. It is not always the ideal arrangement for any roundabout so road users ought to be capable of reading simple changes in lane allocation like in the op. Not that I am justifying some of the more ridiculous inventions of local authority highway designers of course...
The problem is when the lane markings are first made so late you can't choose a lane any more...

So True.

Re: Please help!

4 July 2015 - 7:01pm
And clipless is the correct term. It came from when they replaced toe clips, so were indeed clipless.

Re: Please help!

4 July 2015 - 6:58pm
cycleruk wrote:You can get pedals that are SPD on one side and the other side is flat.
That way you could still use SPD shoes and have the choice of clipping in or not.

Such as :-
http://www.merlincycles.com/shimano-m32 ... tAodMhYDIA

There are other variations and makes but I would stick with the same manufacturer as your cleats.
Some cleats can be awkward if used with other manufacturers pedals.

My touring bike came with these and they are great. SPD one side, flat the other. In stop start traffic I unclip. You could try these and clip in your side that stays in all the time, and ride flat in the side you put down. Then when you are confident with that you can clip both sides.

It's worth sticking at because trust me, once you get the hang of clipless, you won't go back. It's not just the mechanical advantage. It's the knowledge that you can get up out of the saddle knowing your feet aren't going to slip and also being able to quickly lift the bike and bunny hop over potholes.

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

4 July 2015 - 6:48pm
When I'm driving I find other drivers are ever more ignorant at roundabouts. They hate having to slow down or stop when you have right of way. Lorries are the worst as they pull out right in front of you at a snail's pace knowing there's not a thing you can do about it.

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

4 July 2015 - 5:13pm
TonyR wrote:I cycle a roundabout like that on my commute but I stay on the left of the right hand lane and then move across to primary in the left lane on the roundabout as I pass the exit to the left. I have very few problems doing it that way. If you stay too far over to the right you will get undertaken by drivers doing what I do - going from the right hand lane on the approach to the left hand lane on the roundabout.
I think that's what I would try, as well.

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

4 July 2015 - 5:02pm
I am somewhat reassured to see that I am not the only one experiencing the problem, and to be fair, the roundabouts I use on my commute are fairly simple ones-no complex signage for drivers to get confused at. I tend to ride in the middle of the lane that I would be in if in my car, but I think i will try a bit more of TonyR's approach and move more left, but obviously not too far left in the lane to encourage them to try and squeeze past me on that side.......The event that promoted my original post was just a small roundabout with only left exit or straight ahead. I was going straight ahead, approached in the middle of the road, then straight out as no cars coming round, looked over my left to make sure my exit was clear, only to encounter the car that was behind me on my approach trying to get past me-so, i had to ease off and let them past or I would have been clipped! Must confess to having a head like a pigeon cycling these days looking right, left etc etc, just to make sure no idiot in a car approaching from an unexpected direction! Ho hum....

Re: Ten Miles a Day

4 July 2015 - 4:32pm
2775.28, just over 15 per day.

Re: Crane River Parks Hounslow & other London rides

4 July 2015 - 2:21pm
What a crazy place - really wasn't expecting anything so convincingly Mediterranean!

Re: Bus passes

4 July 2015 - 2:17pm
Yes, the way the council house sales policy was designed was a scandal with trulynappaling consequences.

If the methodology had been applied to old folks' bus passes some lucky and some downright scheming sods would have been chucking the other poor sods off the bus and then flogging it.

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

4 July 2015 - 12:57pm
I've had them overtake on the inside on single lane roundabout - even though I'm in the middle of the lane and been in the process of trying exit!

IMO roundabouts are probably the most dangerous junction a cyclist can encounter, there's no 'right' way to tackle them since everyone is different, every driver behaves differently on them and even then it varies depending on the time of day.
For some I've developed techniques that always work, others I have to play it by ear when I get there.

Re: Pollution - another problem

4 July 2015 - 12:38pm
Don't waste time reporting it to VOSA as they closed down over a year ago. Report it to the DVSA instead.

Re: Sabotage and hatred: what have people got against cyclis

4 July 2015 - 12:37pm
I can't help but think that this article isn't so much highlighting a problem as giving potential loons some ideas to play with.

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