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Re: M324 Pedals - You couldn't make it up

16 November 2014 - 5:41pm
Before you buy 'em, bear in mind that they are a pain to maintain as they need a special tool (which costs about £40 or something) to adjust the bearings, or a great deal of faffing with improvised tools. I have a pair of which the axle in one pedal worked loose within a year - so I changed them for some other pedals which have more accessible lock nuts. You can probably find more details by a search on the forum.........

Re: The Calm Before The Storm

16 November 2014 - 5:40pm
reohn2 wrote:Pete
If my life was on camera I'd be extremely embarrassed by some of my behaviour,and so would the vast majority of other people IMHO.
Anyone who puts their lives on Youtube stands naked for all to see,sometimes they're right sometimes wrong.
In this particular case(the OP video) SeikenBiker is guilty of venting(wrongly IMO) but 20/20 hindsight's an incredible view!
I hope we can all learn something .
I agree, but would comment that hindsight must surely have had time to take effect before one posts (consistently, having viewed a number of his clips) on a Youtube Channel?

Re: The Calm Before The Storm

16 November 2014 - 5:23pm
I occasionally have to deliver new vehicles to London, I sit in traffic with scooters, motorcycle and cyclists passing on either side of the vehicle. Most of the scooters and motorcyclists are passing very close and at speeds which are excessive for the traffic conditions. I am quite convinced that should they impact my vehicle, most likely the wing mirror, they would not stop and I would be unlikely to be able to get their registration details.

This must be a common occurrence.

Re: police ask for help identifying cyclist, Denbigh/Trefnan

16 November 2014 - 2:26pm
Condolences to all her friends and relatives.

Re: Using a toucan to turn right: banned?

16 November 2014 - 1:53pm
I frequently used the crossing as "cover" while turning right as it holds the motors back long enough for me to angle across the road and onto the pavement without entering the crossing before they are released.

Or possibly entering the crossing near to the other side just to use its dropped kerb.

Re: Using a toucan to turn right: banned?

16 November 2014 - 1:04pm
I'm not sure which bit of the thread is being described as daft. The most obvious thing - to me at least - about trying to use a toucan to turn right without first going up onto the pavement is that unless you are Mr Tickle there's no way of pressing the button to stop the traffic.

Re: Using a toucan to turn right: banned?

16 November 2014 - 12:55pm
thirdcrank wrote:.... unless I've misunderstood your post......
You understand my post correctly: so it sounds like I have perhaps misunderstood the direction of the forbidden right turn as you suggest.

thirdcrank wrote:... However, a cyclist on the carriageway may not legally do the reverse of that, ie join a toucan to cross the roadwhile the signals are at a STOP phase, because they would be contravening the STOP requirement. ie When traffic is stopped by the signal, a cyclist can only join a standard toucan from the footway. Around here, they have installed mini sliproads (which they call "jughandles" IIRC) to farcilitate this and, perhaps more to the point, they have installed signs along the lines CYCLISTS USE TOUCAN FOR RIGHT TURN. I presume these are only advisory, but I doubt it would help a compo claim if it were shown that the signs had been ignored.
There are no jughandles on my local toucans but I sometimes similarly turn right off the road to path by turning left,stopping, then crossing toucan crossing.

Re: Using a toucan to turn right: banned?

16 November 2014 - 11:58am
this sounds almost as daft as the rule that says you can only use an advance stop line if you have used the gutterside feeder lane - no logic!

Re: Using a toucan to turn right: banned?

16 November 2014 - 11:56am
Seems a perfectly legitimate use of the toucan to me.

Re: 11 degree or 11%?

16 November 2014 - 10:48am
For some reason, I never noticed this thread till it was linked to another.

In the rather academic analysis of the different ways that the steepness road climbs might be expressed, the practical needs of cyclists seem to have been missed. It seems to me that a cyclist would benefit from two bits of info about a hill: "in no particular order" how bad is the steepest bit? How much height is gained for distance travelled? All I could say with any certainty is that the current hotch-potch of signs, whether expressed in %ages, ratios or even £-s-d., doesn't provide either. Nor is there any obvious consistency, so something signed 1:10 in one area may go unnoticed elsewhere, or be signed 1:7. Furthermore, and as I've posted before, OS chevrons don't seem to provide much consistency either: I've noted the number of chevrons on a hill increasing between editions - which seems to confirm the reports coming up from my legs but not the reality - and one case of the chevrons being reversed on the same hill.

Remember, the son of the squaw on the hippopotamus, is equal to .....

Re: Using a toucan to turn right: banned?

16 November 2014 - 8:58am
SA_SA_SA wrote:I have a vague memory of somewhere stating that using the "green pedal cycle" phase of a toucan to turn right onto the main road itself was somehow forbidden but can find no reference in law?

Am I mistaken?

Perhaps you have misunderstood what you read, unless I've misunderstood your post.

As I see it, there's nothing to stop a cyclist who is crossing a road on a toucan crossing, leaving the crossing and joining the main carriageway before they get to the other side. However, a cyclist on the carriageway may not legally do the reverse of that, ie join a toucan to cross the roadwhile the signals are at a STOP phase, because they would be contravening the STOP requirement. ie When traffic is stopped by the signal, a cyclist can only join a standard toucan from the footway. Around here, they have installed mini sliproads (which they call "jughandles" IIRC) to farcilitate this and, perhaps more to the point, they have installed signs along the lines CYCLISTS USE TOUCAN FOR RIGHT TURN. I presume these are only advisory, but I doubt it would help a compo claim if it were shown that the signs had been ignored.

Re: Using a toucan to turn right: banned?

16 November 2014 - 7:38am
I have often walked my bike across a pelican crossing in order to get to the other side of a busy road in order to then cycle on in that direction.

Re: Using a toucan to turn right: banned?

15 November 2014 - 11:10pm
If you can find no reference in law I'm sure I wouldn't be able to either.

I'd imagine that if an accident (or significant near miss) occurred then it might be prosecuted under RTA 1988 Section 28/29 for dangerous /careless cycling.

Using a toucan to turn right: banned?

15 November 2014 - 10:12pm
I have a vague memory of somewhere stating that using the "green pedal cycle" phase of a toucan to turn right onto the main road itself was somehow forbidden but can find no reference in law?

Am I mistaken?

Give way to pavement cyclist when turning into side road?

15 November 2014 - 8:36pm
I'm of the opinion, within reason, that like on the water, power gives way to sail. What I mean is: the more powerful, faster and more likely to hurt someone (i.e. My steel bike) the more you should look out for more vulnerable, less aware road users like pedestrians. I've only ever hit someone once and although she was technically at fault in every way (jumped off a moving bus on Oxford St into me) I know in my heart I could have reacted quicker if I had ridden more defensively. I've never hit a pedestrian since and I hope never to again...hc

I rode on a pavement today! Only because it has signs up showing it was legally shared use. Lower Bristol Rd in Bath where canal path connects to Route24/2tunnels.

Re: Anyone not been hit by a car

15 November 2014 - 7:47pm
To put this into perspective, I have been knocked off by a car/ van 3 or 4 times whilst cycling, I have been hit by a car / van / taxi / lorry almost 20 times whilst driving or stationary in my car (other driver to blame). Fortunately no serious injuries. The roads are a dangerous place,(witness the number of times someone has driven into me) but one is fairly well protected in one's car, not so on a bicycle or motorbike.
The government has run a "think bike" campaign in the past, probably needs rerunning again coupled with a think bicycle campaign...too many drivers seem to be not concentrating on driving whilst at the wheel.
BTW I have had my fault collisions in the past (not only others driving into me) but currently have a 17 year NCD...so possibly not one of the worst drivers out there.

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

15 November 2014 - 6:07pm
Looking at the footage again it appears this taxi driver pulled out of a junction without stopping and looking when there were clearly many pedestrians blocking his view. It looked like dangerous driving in my opinion and it was only fortunate that there were no other road users.

If I uploaded the video on youtube as unlisted, would someone be interested in viewing it so I can have another opinion? I will message the person a link.

Re: police ask for help identifying cyclist, Denbigh/Trefnan

15 November 2014 - 6:07pm
That is so sad, my heart goes out to the relatives.

Re: police ask for help identifying cyclist, Denbigh/Trefnan

15 November 2014 - 5:35pm
So very sad.

Re: Give way to pavement cyclist when turning into side road

15 November 2014 - 4:33pm
So where do Dutch dog owners take their dogs for a toilet stop then?

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