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Re: Reporting this driver? Road safe or police?

6 February 2015 - 9:17am
Maybe I wasn't clear but this is what I was referring to:

https://www.gov.uk/get-vehicle-information-from-dvla

Guessing that it was a Mercedes, it looks like it is the correct license number.

Re: How Heavy is too Heavy?

6 February 2015 - 9:16am
I suppose having six bikes stolen must colour your judgement. I carry a Micky mouse lock and very often don't use it. Makes me happy to realise I move around in a relatively crime free area.
I do know how it must feel though as on one occasion I'd left my bike in Garstang and gone for a walk around the town. When I returned my bike wasn't there and my heart sunk. Thankfully I was looking in the wrong place.

Re: Reporting this driver? Road safe or police?

6 February 2015 - 9:10am
I think there's nothing much in the video to get excited about. I'm not clear about the incident at 0:15, it looks very much like the OP is trying to filter up the left side of a lorry which is clearly manoeuvring to the left. Wrong wrong wrong!! So: is the close pass of another cyclist, at 0:45, actually a close pass - and is it conceivably a 'punishment pass'? is the lorry driver possibly under the impression that it's the same cyclist? And surely the other cyclist was far too close to the kerb - virtually in the gutter. Not wrong in itself, but my experience (and that of many others) is that this invites this sort of behaviour. Besides, the closeness of the pass is hard to judge: so many videocams foreshorten the image somewhat.

I'd say, too many doubts and uncertainties, I'd let this one pass. There's been a thread about the huge amount of hostility over-eager camera-users bring down upon themselves. Unless you're absolutely sure of your case - like the experienced Glasgow cyclist who was so nearly taken out by a lorry on a roundabout some years ago (and even he lost the case) - don't be too eager to report!

Re: Reporting this driver? Road safe or police?

6 February 2015 - 9:09am
DVLA won't give out that info.

Re: Reporting this driver? Road safe or police?

6 February 2015 - 9:06am
I'm pretty sure the license number is EJ54 BSV, judging from a slowed down clip and what I read out. You can check if this is correct with the DVLA but you need the make of the vehicle.

Re: Any practical advice to reduce heart rate?

6 February 2015 - 8:51am
So, if you were me, you'd be averaging 125bpm (ish) - How do I get there?

go slower...ride longer... i'm 41 and as soon as i touch my bike before i get on it my heart jumps to 130...i think its a conditioned response...
The long and short is vary your exercise, and route. Hill climbs one day,long distance another, and speedy gonzalez another with a rest day.
Im older and also doubt my heart is as healthy as yours for one reason or another. anyway i did 198 this morning going up the hill next to greenwich park so i dont believe the standard formula for a second. This is normal for me, so i felt fine.

fast isnt necessarily good. unless your really in a hurry to get someplace... better is exercise in the required zone...

I can do london-brighton-london sameday in jeans and sweatop after 18months of cycling, without too many worries. I do need a large cod&chips though, and a couple litres of drink before i turn around. I aim for 15mph loaded with touring gear.

Re: Taxi Ad

6 February 2015 - 8:50am
Vorpal wrote:There are all kinds of things wrong with that picture. What an awful advert.
Racism - just for starters.

Re: Getting too cold.

6 February 2015 - 8:46am
Just undo the zip on your windslam for the uphill sections as a starter.

Re: Taxi Ad

6 February 2015 - 6:56am
Interesting that the ad chooses to use a collision with a cyclist as an example rather than another car.
A local taxi firm round here has the ad line 'A million customers can't be wrong' as someone who once had an Equitable Life pension I think to myself 'Oh yes they can'

Re: Taxi Ad

6 February 2015 - 6:48am
A very authentic cabbie...

Taxi Ad

6 February 2015 - 6:40am
https://keyassets.timeincuk.net/inspirewp/live/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2015/02/Taxi-ad-.jpg
I changed it to a link because of the size.
I wonder if they do bikes too?

If only a camera guaranteed a barrister and a witness...

Re: Getting too cold.

6 February 2015 - 6:14am
I've recently had an epiphany regarding cycling gear. Over the past two weeks I've ridden the same route five times. The first three I came back absolutely soaked in sweat. That was wearing an light merino base layer, an aldi winter jersey and an aldi winter jacket. I swapped to the merino base layer and just a dhb roubaix winter jersey. I've since done the same ride twice and have come back absolutely dry but quite cool. The big difference for me was a better fitting winter jersey and eliminating the windproofing of the winter jacket

For longer rides I'm planning on doubling up on the base layer.

Be aware that the above is based on a rider with a Bmi of 33

Re: Reporting this driver? Road safe or police?

6 February 2015 - 4:03am
reporting it is one thing...the police actually acting on it another...

Re: Reporting this driver? Road safe or police?

6 February 2015 - 2:07am
As regards the issue of poor driving, I think the way you dealt with this matter was spot-on. The driver seemed careless and failed to show much in the way of awareness of or consideration for vulnerable road users, ie. cyclists, but I think your 'telling off' was the right level of response. So, on the driving issue alone, I would not bother reporting to anyone.

However, I think there was more to this than just the issue of poor driving. I didn't see a number plate displayed at the rear, and you could probably guess that this vehicle was perhaps defective in a number of ways. Added to that, the driver might have been uninsured or might even easily be someone who has never passed a driving test. Added to that, the driver might also be an illegal. Depending on the Police workload, these are things that the Met Police might want to hear about in addition to the issue of careless driving.

Re: How Heavy is too Heavy?

6 February 2015 - 12:55am
CREPELLO wrote:I'd difinately ditch the lock and not be governed by what one insurance company stipulates.

If the lock fails and your bike goes walkabout, you're left without both.
If the insurance company approved lock fails and the bike goes walkabout, you're left without both but the insurance pays out and the bike can be replaced.
That's a no brainer to me.

For what it's worth and I may be worrying over nothing here, but I suspect that besides actual cyclists, there is the possibility that thieving scumbags also trawl cycling forums in the hope of finding info to make bike acquirements that little bit easier. It doesn't take a genious to find out many cyclists use toy locks in the countryside in the belief their bikes are safe. Van and bolt cropper and it's bye bye bike.
I've had roughly, 6 bikes stolen in my life, all within a year of owning them and I still remember the gut wrenching feeling in my stomach as each time I discovered them gone. My Vantage is the first bike I've personally bought ever to last more than a year under my watch. My current financial situation means it literally cannot be replaced if it disappeared. I'd rather a slow bike than a no bike

Re: How Heavy is too Heavy?

6 February 2015 - 12:51am
mjr wrote:http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/accessories/locks/product/review-oxford-hd-15m-chain-lock-09-35284/ says they powered through the chain in 30 seconds At least with two independent locks, they'd have to cut two and you might hear it and have time to react.

Test 1: The manual attack

The first test is based on our now classic breaking kit: an extending bar for leverage to twist the shackle, a hammer, pliers, mole grips, wire cutters, a chisel and the trusty axe. This is the armoury of your average thief. We also use bolt croppers – these are around 3ft long and something a bike thief could easily conceal under a coat. We have a maximum of five minutes to complete this test.

Test 2: The professional touch

Again a five-minute limit, but we’ve introduced a high-power-output portable angle grinder. This works with a rechargeable battery and has a blade rotation rate and torque levels very close to a mains-operated grinder. One cutting disc per lock is allowed. This is what today’s more professional thieves are using, according to our sources in the police.


From the testers site of their lock breaking methods.
Mine sailed through test 1 and failed miserably on test 2, but I doubt there are many locks without a seriously hefty price tag and weight that would do well here.
Test 1 and it being enough to cover the insurance needs should the worst happen is what sold it to me

Re: Superhighway

5 February 2015 - 11:28pm
tb wrote: It's simple to ride safely around London if you have your wits about you
That's not at all reassuring!

Re: Any practical advice to reduce heart rate?

5 February 2015 - 11:18pm
How fast are you going?

Re: Any practical advice to reduce heart rate?

5 February 2015 - 11:16pm
Rich_S wrote: A friend recommended the 'Lance Armstrong Performance Program'

I'm not sure what effect EPO has on the heart rate.



(sorry - I'll get my coat...)

Re: Any practical advice to reduce heart rate?

5 February 2015 - 11:16pm
Your figures don't mean a lot without knowing your max and min HR. Also your age will come into it too. I'm 63 min HR 42 max is 164.
I like to do the majority of my riding around 105 which puts me my zone 2. I believe, others might disagree, this builds up my fitness and increases my endurance stamina.
When I rode Audax aged fifty I would try never to go over 125 and sit around 110 most of the time.
I imagine riding 3hrs at your HR must leave you feeling quite tired? Did you hold that rate for your century too?

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