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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.

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

4 July 2015 - 12:27pm
True, that can be a problem, but it is a signage problem rather than a problem with the principle of lane allocation. The same problem can occur at other types of junction (signalled junctions, exit lanes etc.) if the signage is inadequate

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

4 July 2015 - 12:13pm
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...

Re: Crane River Parks Hounslow & other London rides

4 July 2015 - 12:07pm
oh glad to know that Hillingdon has the money and space for such a luxury ( that I bet no one uses )

Before you get to Ruislip Lido you have find your way across a golf course after crossing a few roads

The Hillingdon trail passes within yards of the so called Ruislip Lido. A lake which has a real sandy beach and a by the sea-side atmosphere. (but no seagulls) It has a tarmaced path around it that makes a nice ride with various offshoot paths and places to get refreshment. Well worth a visit.

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Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

4 July 2015 - 11:39am
On one occasion I was waiting in the right lane with an impatient driver behind me revving his engine and nudging forward. As soon as I crossed the give-way line he pushed past between me and the bollards on the right, and then swerved left in front of me. I was forced into emergency braking, and then got honked at for stopping by the car coming round the roundabout. I shouted back at him, so he then tried to barge me off the road as he passed.

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

4 July 2015 - 11:14am
There is also the attitude of might is right and that using your own power be that socially at work or on the road to get your own way is seen as perfectly acceptable or even encouraged. A lot of people have a vastly inflated sense of their own self importance and that comes out in their driving.

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

4 July 2015 - 11:07am
Plenty of those types around here. The councils "solution" is to direct cycles onto the pavement dismount and cross the road on foot - great.

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

4 July 2015 - 10:59am
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...

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

4 July 2015 - 10:53am
Hi,
No your not doing anything wrong, its simply Mr impatient going home.

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.

Probably been already said as I haven't rear all the posts.

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

4 July 2015 - 10:47am
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.
That's what I'd do. In fact, that is what I do on the roundabout on my ride home from work - however, on that it would be difficult for someone to pass on the left.
Each roundabout is different though - if one has two lanes approaching it and only one lane on the exit and you ride too far to the left then you could find that you just introduce a problem with drivers squeezing you on the exit.
I agree with other comments, most issues with drivers is the "must get in front" attitude that they have.

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