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Re: Solo night ride

27 August 2014 - 10:09pm
Grandad wrote:Use the quietest roads you can find that have a white line down the centre. Ride on this until you see headlights from an oncoming or overtaking vehicle then move to the side. This way you are clear of the worst potholed areas for most of the ride. If the line starts moving from side to side it's a warning that you are getting sleepy so have a brief stop to get off for a drink and perhaps a very short walk (or if there is a bus shelter around a 10 minute nap!)

Also, in pitch dark, you can't keep an eye on which gear you are in!

I ride whichever gear is comfortable without worrying about knowing the details.

Until the time when you've unknowingly got onto big ring and largest sprocket and then want a lower gear.

Talk about inconsiderate cyclists

27 August 2014 - 9:58pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-28945834

The last hazard that a blind pedestrian needs

Re: Solo night ride

27 August 2014 - 9:49pm
Use the quietest roads you can find that have a white line down the centre. Ride on this until you see headlights from an oncoming or overtaking vehicle then move to the side. This way you are clear of the worst potholed areas for most of the ride. If the line starts moving from side to side it's a warning that you are getting sleepy so have a brief stop to get off for a drink and perhaps a very short walk (or if there is a bus shelter around a 10 minute nap!)

Also, in pitch dark, you can't keep an eye on which gear you are in!

I ride whichever gear is comfortable without worrying about knowing the details.

Re: Solo night ride

27 August 2014 - 9:35pm
I don't think I've ever had a close pass at night even on completely unlit roads..compare that with daytime riding and I'd not be overly concerned. More drivers tend to nod off on straight long roads that mean they can stay in one gear for long periods without ever having to brake. Most A-roads at least have roundabouts to break up the journey.

If you're going to have two rear lights, one on slow flash and one on steady is the way to go..

Re: Safety - not mine

27 August 2014 - 8:43pm
c53204 wrote:Using a 'pinger' type at the moment £2.

Any recommendations, feel free to let me know. I'll try the dutch type.

I'd agree. Pingers are next to useless IME. You need either the dutch type or a good old fashioned British ring-ring bell. Its more recognisable as a bike bell and you can just keep ringing it until they do notice. The only downside is its a standard ringtone so some people look at their phone when they hear it rather than looking for a bike.

Re: Bike Security Locked At Supermarket Bike Rack

27 August 2014 - 6:44pm
Pandaz wrote: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!
I've left mine locked at a station for 4 days, I was abroad - cycle to station, train to airport.

No problem. But I don't live in a major city...

Re: Safety - not mine

27 August 2014 - 6:39pm
Using a 'pinger' type at the moment £2.

Any recommendations, feel free to let me know. I'll try the dutch type.

Re: Safety - not mine

27 August 2014 - 5:52pm
There's no simple solution.

Airzound: definitely no. Their intent is to frighten motorists, not pedestrians.

I once thought I'd given a pedestrian a heart attack. He was blithely jogging along the centre of a narrow country lane, oblivious to all else, not wearing headphones as far as I could see. I slowed my pace to his, a few feet behind him, and gave him what I thought was a very polite and quiet "excuse me". His reaction was as if I'd set off a bomb or something. Sometimes you can't tell....

Re: Bike Security Locked At Supermarket Bike Rack

27 August 2014 - 5:43pm
Our local campaigning group (Chester Cycle Campaign) recently carried out a survey of all the local supermarkets. We looked at their parking for cycles & other cycle friendly aspects, (covered:type of parking stand:security cameras:near front of store/visibility:encouraging staff to ride etc.)
We recently presented the Morrison store in Saltney,on the Welsh side of Chester, with a framed Certificate to mark their achievement as being the best in the area. Some of the major stores were poor & our worst was Iceland in the town centre.
Hopefully,the publicity which accrued from the local press etc. will encourage the others to raise their standards!

Re: Safety - not mine

27 August 2014 - 5:33pm
Are you using a 'pinger'?
What you really need is a sturdy Dutch type 'ding/dong' which I have found effective at 50m. & penetrates even those walkers with headphones on!
Most of my bikes have this type & have found them very effective, & frequently elicit favourable comment from people one is passing.
So much more civilised than a shout!

Re: Solo night ride

27 August 2014 - 4:49pm
Psamathe wrote:Earlier on somebody mentioned a head-torch.

Last year I got a puncture (in car) at night and happened to have a head-torch in the car - and it made life so much easier changing the wheel. Both hands free and light exactly where you want/need it.

Of course if you took everything you might ever possibly find helpful you'd be needing more than several trailers. But thought I'd mention how impressed I am with the head-torches.

Ian

even more important if you rely on dynamo lighting (not that I've had to walk several miles to find a street lamp, I wouldn't be that disorganised.......)

Re: Side saddle cycling

27 August 2014 - 4:30pm

Wonderful!

I did consider a JOGLE with a cycle-rickshaw with Mrs Mick F sitting pretty on the back. She could carry on knitting or reading her Kindle, or just admiring the scenery. She was unimpressed by my idea, so it died a death.

Re: Side saddle cycling

27 August 2014 - 4:17pm
Mick F wrote:. I must admit I was daydreaming about JOGLE on a trike ...........

https://www.eta.co.uk/2013/05/17/the-cr ... motorhome/

think of the saving in hotel bills..

Re: Side saddle cycling

27 August 2014 - 3:58pm
Mick F wrote:Thanks, but that is basically a bike with three wheels.Agreed that small wheelers and utility trikes are pretty much bikes with an axle fitted. Of course a 3 wheeled bike is a physical impossibility. However, this similarity does not apply to the lightweight specialist tricycle world where the steering geometry and bottom bracket heights are different to lesser two wheelers. Not that a bicyclist recognises this. http://www.trykit.com/

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

27 August 2014 - 3:57pm
Vorpal wrote:Can you carry a change of clothes? preferably in something that won't let them get wet?

Well I was intending to get a (waterproof) pannier but I would have to carry the wet clothes inside of it or in the locker at the university. The shoes I was wearing weren't very waterproof but I don't think waterproof shoes would fare much better either. Muddy water splattered as high as the handlebar and saddle if that is significant. I reiterate that it rained for an exceptionally long time so the puddles were probably much larger than would be from ordinary rain.

Safety - not mine

27 August 2014 - 3:56pm
My running/Cycling ratio for 25yrs has been 80/20% (in favour of running). Now approaching 60, I have reversed this.

I thought I would do the responsible thing and buy a bell - as I do most of my cycling on shared cycle/footpaths. I've been 'dingling' my bell for a few days now and had no response from anyone walking. Turns out, they have all had earphones in!

I never used earphones when running - as I consider it dangerous. I just hope none of the people I pass have an heart attack.

Re: Side saddle cycling

27 August 2014 - 3:50pm
Thanks, but that is basically a bike with three wheels.

I was thinking about something like this as it's more of a challenge and a bit stupid.
Remember, I did JOGLE on a Raleigh Chopper in 2010.

shopping-tricycle-ny-gw7005-972.jpg

Re: Solo night ride

27 August 2014 - 3:44pm
Earlier on somebody mentioned a head-torch.

Last year I got a puncture (in car) at night and happened to have a head-torch in the car - and it made life so much easier changing the wheel. Both hands free and light exactly where you want/need it.

Of course if you took everything you might ever possibly find helpful you'd be needing more than several trailers. But thought I'd mention how impressed I am with the head-torches.

Ian

Re: Side saddle cycling

27 August 2014 - 3:43pm
Mick F wrote:Saying that, I saw a threewheeler shopping bike the other day. The word you are looking for is t..r..i..c..y..c..l...e

Here's one I cooked earlier. Photos before and after being doctored by a lifelong tricyclist. If you really do consider doing anything like this then reject all the Pashley/Kingston/Viking etc small wheelers They are enormously heavy at about 30kg. With aluminium parts this trike is a half of that. It is a Ken Rogers and uses an axle design that has been used form the 1940s to 1980s. The axle can be made to work with cassettes and indexing by using parts available through the specialist lightweight tricycle world. I still have the full width rack for the back, but I have removed the rear drum brake to allow fitting a cassette, and fitted 2 front brakes as is common tricycle practice. In order to get a half decent riding position I have fitted a 150mm stem. With 28mm tyres at 100 psi it rides very well until you hit a rough road surface (just the top taken off) after which you need a trip to the dentist to replace your fillings.

Re: Side saddle cycling

27 August 2014 - 3:42pm
pyruse wrote:One has to ask. Why? What advantage does this offer?

Sociability. If your cycling companion rides a similar-but-opposite machine you can ride two-abreast facing each other and have a good old chinwag. Much easier than that tedious head-turning needed on conventional machines when trying to converse.
I like the crude but ingenious method of getting the plane of the chain turned from semi-across the bike to align with the wheelbase; long chains can cope with considerable contortions.

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