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Re: Dangerous Cycle Lane Surface When Wet ALERT NCN8

1 June 2015 - 1:53pm
Vorpal wrote:If you haven't already done so, please discuss this with your local campaigner http://www.ctc.org.uk/local-campaigners/map

Thanks for that advice and information.

Re: Cyclists are treated as if they are staionary.

1 June 2015 - 1:48pm
Tangled Metal wrote:Anyone see mounted bobbies in their neck of the woods? I've started to see a few police on bikes round here. They do look funny but I do wonder if any of them stop or have stopped cars who drive dangerously around them? I think I have seen a camera on them and they are certainly well kitted up with hi-viz and helmets so no driver get out clauses with them.

PS - Off topic but does anyone know what bikes cycle cops use in the UK? Do they buy standard MTBs and get someone to convert them or is there a bike maker out there doing customs for them? They do look slow and heavy bikes. Not good to catch a scumbag on a normal bike I think. Unless they are really fit. Someone on a forum once said he used to get blitzed on a local hill by the local postie on a RM post bike despite being a competitive cyclist themselves. Turns out that postie could have been a this guy who competes at a high level as well as having a day job as a postie so it was not that embarrassing.

Back on topic - misjudging speed of cyclists is something I have done too. It is easy to misjudge speed at times IME. However when it happens to you then the view is always changed to why did he/she not realize my speed? If you follow what I am saying. Basically when it happens to you as a cyclist you forget when your misjudgment in a car has been the same as the offender against you. We all make nistakes afterall.

The exception to that is the number 5 bus near me. That bus that approached the entrance to the mini roundabout near me at about 8:30 each weekday morning when I was there did the same every time until I had to change my leaving time to get past there about 10 minutes earlier to be sure of missing him. If someone repeats the same offence to you at the same place and same time of the day then that person has no excuses. Seriously I do not want to have to shoulder barge a bus away again. I never managed it back then and I never will. (Although my temper was probably sufficient to turn big and green so in a comic world I might of managed it!! ).

As a driver, if I want to judge the speed of a cyclist because I am planning to overtake, I stay safely well behind them and then take a quick peek at my speedometer.....and then allow for the terrain (they may speed up/slow down sharpish if there is a steep slope coming up).
I suspect some drivers never actually look at their speedometers, they just drive at whatever speed seems right to them. Regardless of speed limits most of the time.

Re: Confusingly signed cycle routes

1 June 2015 - 1:47pm
A couple of weeks before you, I cycled from Cardiff to Brecon on the same Taff Trail and only had one mistake.

But I have a GPS with a downloaded track on it.

The signs were typical "OK if you already know where you are going" standard.

On the other hand I didnt enjoy pushing the bike up the stairs under the A470 just before Merthyr.
I thoroughly enjoyed the spontaneous party that happened when I stopped for lunch in the sunshine on the last viaduct and was joined by two passing walkers and a lost climber.

Re: Cyclists are treated as if they are staionary.

1 June 2015 - 1:44pm
Psamathe wrote:Tangled Metal wrote:...I think I have seen a camera on them and they are certainly well kitted up with hi-viz and helmets so no driver get out clauses with them.
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I've only seen PCSOs on bikes. I stopped to chat to one and they are decently kitted-out. And she was watching the traffic as at one point she saw a car of interest and broke-off chatting while she radioed something in.
I've been told by someone who should know that there are police officers on bikes in Norfolk too, but some are plain clothes. The uniformed ones do wear white hard hats but no more hi-viz than usual otherwise. Their lights conform to no standards.

There is also a cycle racing club for the Norfolk Police called Peelers CC. Their current strip? All black with a thin band of black/white Sillitoe Tartan. I guess they don't believe in the dayglo legend, then!

Re: Confusingly signed cycle routes

1 June 2015 - 1:33pm
A few days ago I rode from my home in the Vale of Glamorgan to the Hay Festival, using the Taff Trail for the central part of the ride. I managed to lose the route several times, looking for non-existent signs to guide me. Lots of time wasted. And when I did find the route again around Merthyr Tydfil I was treated to a lovely tour of the town's new(ish) retail park. The best part of the route was to the north of Merthyr, on minor roads, and that was a section I have used many times in the past without realising it is claimed by Sustrans as part of their National Cycle Network. Thanks, Sustrans, for giving me what was mine anyway!

For the last twenty miles of the ride I chose my own route, some of which happened to be NCN. I got to my campsite in time to put up the tent, shower and eat before seeing Jack Dee at the Festival. Success, in spite of trying to follow the Taff Trail.

Re: Are Female Cyclist more at risk

1 June 2015 - 1:31pm
I don't think that anyone is suggesting that 60% (of anything!) is down to luck.

I think that I have done everything I can with respect to my own safety and I have now reached the position where when I go out on my bike it is pretty much down to luck whether or not I return intact.

There are things you can control and things you can not control, no matter how many manuals you have swallowed or hundreds of thousands of miles of road experience that you have gained.

There are plenty of dead people just as skilled as me but not as lucky.

Re: Cyclists are treated as if they are staionary.

1 June 2015 - 12:21pm
Tangled Metal wrote:Anyone see mounted bobbies in their neck of the woods? I've started to see a few police on bikes round here. They do look funny but I do wonder if any of them stop or have stopped cars who drive dangerously around them? I think I have seen a camera on them and they are certainly well kitted up with hi-viz and helmets so no driver get out clauses with them.
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I've only seen PCSOs on bikes. I stopped to chat to one and they are decently kitted-out. And she was watching the traffic as at one point she saw a car of interest and broke-off chatting while she radioed something in.

Ian

Re: Cyclists are treated as if they are staionary.

1 June 2015 - 12:11pm
Anyone see mounted bobbies in their neck of the woods? I've started to see a few police on bikes round here. They do look funny but I do wonder if any of them stop or have stopped cars who drive dangerously around them? I think I have seen a camera on them and they are certainly well kitted up with hi-viz and helmets so no driver get out clauses with them.

PS - Off topic but does anyone know what bikes cycle cops use in the UK? Do they buy standard MTBs and get someone to convert them or is there a bike maker out there doing customs for them? They do look slow and heavy bikes. Not good to catch a scumbag on a normal bike I think. Unless they are really fit. Someone on a forum once said he used to get blitzed on a local hill by the local postie on a RM post bike despite being a competitive cyclist themselves. Turns out that postie could have been a this guy who competes at a high level as well as having a day job as a postie so it was not that embarrassing.

Back on topic - misjudging speed of cyclists is something I have done too. It is easy to misjudge speed at times IME. However when it happens to you then the view is always changed to why did he/she not realize my speed? If you follow what I am saying. Basically when it happens to you as a cyclist you forget when your misjudgment in a car has been the same as the offender against you. We all make nistakes afterall.

The exception to that is the number 5 bus near me. That bus that approached the entrance to the mini roundabout near me at about 8:30 each weekday morning when I was there did the same every time until I had to change my leaving time to get past there about 10 minutes earlier to be sure of missing him. If someone repeats the same offence to you at the same place and same time of the day then that person has no excuses. Seriously I do not want to have to shoulder barge a bus away again. I never managed it back then and I never will. (Although my temper was probably sufficient to turn big and green so in a comic world I might of managed it!! ).

Re: Cyclists are treated as if they are staionary.

1 June 2015 - 11:28am
They might do that if a hundred cyclists' lives were more important than not offending bad drivers.

As most drivers are bad at some time or other, the not offending bad drivers remains more important than a hundred cyclists' lives.

So dont expect any Gopro related prosecutions in your local area (or mine) in the near (or medium) future.

Gearing for Single Speed

1 June 2015 - 11:25am
I have got to build a bike for my wife who wants to give cycling another go, after falling off a few years ago. It will only be used on the flat on various cycle paths around here and a single speed springs to mind as the simplest, least complicated and cheapest option, (I have most of the bits in the shed already). A SRAM Automatix hub is very attractive, but it's a lot to spend for what may be only a few trips per year. What gearing would people suggest please? I'm thinking that 60" - 70" would be okay. Any help appreciated.

Re: Cyclists are treated as if they are staionary.

1 June 2015 - 11:17am
Im getting very tempted to attach a very flexible pole a few inches short of an acceptable overtaking distance to the back of my bike. And then I'll attach a paint brush to it that's been freshly dipped in red paint.
Alternatively the cops could send a few riders out with go pros, and prosecute drivers for dangerous driving. Give the drivers points or a bicycle awareness course and the problem would reduce quite quickly.

Re: Dangerous Cycle Lane Surface When Wet ALERT NCN8

1 June 2015 - 10:03am
If you haven't already done so, please discuss this with your local campaigner http://www.ctc.org.uk/local-campaigners/map

Re: Cyclists are treated as if they are staionary.

1 June 2015 - 9:51am
Yeah, I guess ... I'm still alive though and see them as increasing over m lifetime . Maybe I'll live to see them actually decreasing to levels below those when I grew up?

Re: Is a cadence sensor worth it?

1 June 2015 - 9:40am
Efficiency to me, is the ability to go on indefinitely.

Efficient vehicles are vehicles that can travel using the least fuel possible. I can ride 100mile days back to back and think nothing of it physically, but then I don't try to do the 100miles as fast as I can.

Going back to hills, you need to get into a suitable gear (for you) and climb in comfort. Once down into bottom gear your cadence can't be increased unless you speed up. I find that I reach for bottom gear up a 1in6 maybe? Any steeper than that, my cadence has to go lower and lower and lower.

We live on a 1in4 and I have to climb it just to get home. I do maybe 2 or 3mph. The road is narrow with grass up the middle, so I only have a couple of feet width to go at that speed. 3mph in my bottom gear of 30r 28f = 24.5" is a cadence of about 40rpm. I cannot go into a lower gear, and I cannot go any faster when I'm tired after a long ride.

OK, I could fit a 34t sprocket and a 26t inner ring and be able to climb at 3mph at a cadence of 50rpm but I'm not complaining about my 40rpm.

Re: The Arrow ... my first Sportive.

1 June 2015 - 9:09am
and a medal

For cycling 48 miles! I seem to recall that I got a "oh good you are here at last, have you got your card" when I rode my 600k.

Re: The Arrow ... my first Sportive.

1 June 2015 - 9:06am
Hardly a farm gate was passed in the first 24 miles that did not have groups of riders fixing punctures in it..

You must have been bursting by the time you finished then.

Re: The Arrow ... my first Sportive.

1 June 2015 - 9:03am
A good nights sleep has been had.
And the search for the next sportive is under way ..... under a 100 miles though.

Re: Dangerous Cycle Lane Surface When Wet ALERT NCN8

1 June 2015 - 8:22am
I notified Cyngor Gwynedd online. They responded very quickly by telephone to explain that the A497 road between the 2 STOP signs at the level crossing is a length of 'unadopted road'* and it was the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways who had the 'cycle lane' road markings and surfacing done.

When I asked if Cyngor Gwynedd would have used a smooth paint for a cycle lane, the answer was no. They are passing on my warning and concern to the F&WHR.

*There are two strips of green shiny painted 'cycle lanes', one before the crossing and one after. The section before isn't on the 'unadopted road section' - if the highways engineer explained it correctly.

Re: Dangerous Cycle Lane Surface When Wet ALERT NCN8

1 June 2015 - 8:11am
Isn't this part of the National To-Hell-With-Cyclists Campaign?

Re: Dangerous Cycle Lane Surface When Wet ALERT NCN8

1 June 2015 - 7:42am
Having seen the new road / rail / cycle route layout at that junction, with very little room for the designer to play with, I cannot see how it could have been done any better. The trains actually have to travel down the road a short distance, so a standard level crossing is not possible. As for the road paint, it sounds like the sandy component is lacking, so notifying the Highways Authority is the right first step.

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