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Re: One year ban for aggressive use of car

5 July 2014 - 12:30pm
james01 wrote:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/10946708/Parish-council-chairman-drove-car-towards-two-women-and-a-horse.html

What I find interesting about this case is that the level of aggression involved seems a fairly regular experience for cyclists - I've certainly been at the receiving end of this type of behaviour and I know that it would be laughably futile to report it to the police. But it happens to horse riders and they get a result.

Probably because the authorities view horse riders as upper class (toffs if you like) i.e. their type of people and cyclists as unwashed peasants who can't afford a car and should just sod off out of their way.

One year ban for aggressive use of car

5 July 2014 - 11:45am
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/ ... horse.html

What I find interesting about this case is that the level of aggression involved seems a fairly regular experience for cyclists - I've certainly been at the receiving end of this type of behaviour and I know that it would be laughably futile to report it to the police. But it happens to horse riders and they get a result.

Re: Oh lordy, what have I let myself in for?

5 July 2014 - 9:27am
Slow Loris wrote:The OP mentioned upthread that he was in North Central London and was thinking of taking trains out, so I'd recommend the Central London CTC - http://www.centrallondonctc.org.uk

Thanks for the lead, I'll be following that up in a week or two.

The Brooks is on and even though it's new doesn't feel too bad. Being a big lad I should break it in a bit quicker than smaller people. I've ordered some fancy bolts for the seatpost and saddle clamp to (hopefully) reduce the danger of it being stolen.

As the Brooks will probably outlast my bike I plan to transfer it to the next one (whenever that occurs).

Once I've built up my strength a bit I do have a local substitute which should provide suitable training for Ditchling Beacon,
Highgate Hill is steep enough for most folks

Re: Cycling on single-track roads

4 July 2014 - 8:21pm
Are the single track roads in Cornwall just lanes or are they A roads?
Where I live most A roads are single track and sometimes carry a fair volume of traffic in summer. One ferry load can be at least 80 cars in one lump. In summer many of them are totally terrified and have no idea which planet they are on far less pay attention to cyclists.

Re: Appropriate License Plate

4 July 2014 - 7:42pm
It says a lot about a individual's personality and world view if they want to essentially label themselves with an offensive derogatory term

Re: Appropriate License Plate

4 July 2014 - 2:03pm
I was passed this car a short while ago, you remember numberplates like that (or one verysimilar) , it was in Norfolk last weekend

Re: Appropriate License Plate

4 July 2014 - 1:48pm
VOSA wrote:You should report these to the police, as DVSA are responsible for ensuring
that MOT garages carry out the inspection correctly, and cannot guarantee
that the registration plate displayed on the vehicle is the same as at the
test.

No response on the "offensive" part of my query

Re: fell walking vs cycling

4 July 2014 - 1:13pm
Hi,
ChrisButch wrote:Having spent about equal amounts of time on the two disciplines over many decades, the one generalisation I'd make is that cycling fitness usually made me fit for walking, but hillwalking fitness didn't make me fit for cycling.
+ 1

Re: Appropriate License Plate

4 July 2014 - 12:37pm
I think it's a matter for the police rather than the dvla if the vehicle is failing to display the correct licence plate or tax disc.

Re: fell walking vs cycling

4 July 2014 - 12:22pm
Vorpal wrote:Mr. V gets most of his exercise by walking and I get most of mine by cycling.

When we do hill walking together, he's faster on the flat bits and I'm faster on the hilly bits. I also don't get as puffed on the hilly bits. That's got to be the muscle and fitness developed from cycling

If he practices on flatter terrain, that makes sense. I find if walking the only practice for steep gradients is steep gradients. Mates in Keswick who ran a B&B used to get guests from flat parts of the UK who could do very long walks in their own area but were shocked to find how much they struggled with the steep gradients in the Lakes even on short walks.
For steep walking, muscles-wise I think cycling is better practice than walking on the flat. But walking up hills is even better, as there are some subtle muscle differences. As for getting puffed, I'd say cycling practice was just as good as steep hill practice.

Re: Appropriate License Plate

4 July 2014 - 12:21pm
The DVLA webiste has a much better search engine, https://www.vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk/

But there isn't really a method to report plates that I could see, maybe calling 101 to report an illegible license plate.

Re: Any restrictions on Holme Moss?

4 July 2014 - 11:03am
Had a great ride yesterday. The road from Stalybridge upto Saddleworth moor was a bit misty and drizzly but cleared up once at the top and remained dry with sunny intervals for the rest of the ride. I wore through a chunk of brake block coming down wessenden head road and from Holme Moss and that was because I wanted to keep my descent speed at not much more than 40kph. As I suspected the traffic through Holmfirth was pretty heavy but then relatively light for the rest of the ride. There were traffic lights halfway up Holme Moss where some kind of stand was being erected and that's where I met the only inconsiderate driver of the day. The lights weren't phased long enough for cyclists to get through so I met a car coming head on but who eventually gave way when I moved into the centre of the road. No other cars deemed it sensible to start down and I daresay the cars behind me going up were less than happy with the car who had decided to come down (judging by the horns behind me once I'd passed the car).

Other than that it was an uneventful but thoroughly enjoyable ride. Mrs F was waiting at Hadfield station as the weather whilst being OK for riding wasn't very photo friendly so I didn't have to mix it with the afternoon traffic to get back to the hotel.

Re: fell walking vs cycling

4 July 2014 - 10:34am
Mr. V gets most of his exercise by walking and I get most of mine by cycling.

When we do hill walking together, he's faster on the flat bits and I'm faster on the hilly bits. I also don't get as puffed on the hilly bits. That's got to be the muscle and fitness developed from cycling

Re: fell walking vs cycling

4 July 2014 - 10:18am
feefee8 wrote:The muscles you use on steep downhill walking are the ones you feel a lot the next day if you haven't been in the habit of hillwalking. I wonder if this is a weight thing! I find walking much more of an effort than cycling. An 11 mile walk will have me feeling it the next day. 40 miles on the bike - feel nothing the next day (could easily do more)

Agreed. But I spent time getting walking fit earlier this year, and at the end of it could do 3500+ feet and 15 miles carrying about 20 lbs in the rucksack without feeling tired at the end of the day, or stiff in days after. (I generally find that I'm stiffest not the following day, but the one after that.)

The older you get, the more a very steep downhill hurts more than a very steep uphill.
I have found taking gluscosamine helps the knee joints. And walking poles help on eroded scree.

Re: Tesco delivery van driver

4 July 2014 - 9:25am
al_yrpal wrote:Hmmm, my experience of those guys is that they are always on the phone..

Al

If they are report it to tesco's preferably via twitter or other social media - there is one thing tesco can't stand and that is bad publicity.

Re: fell walking vs cycling

4 July 2014 - 9:21am
ChrisButch wrote:Having spent about equal amounts of time on the two disciplines over many decades, the one generalisation I'd make is that cycling fitness usually made me fit for walking, but hillwalking fitness didn't make me fit for cycling.

This. I also would say that the best antidote to misery slogging up a steep slope when fellwalking is to think how much harder it'd be on a bike.

Re: Tesco delivery van driver

4 July 2014 - 7:58am
20 minutes ago, trying to turn right across a main road in Tring, an oncoming Aviva bus driver slowed up and waved me across so i didn't have to stop in the middle of the road. Cool guy.

Re: Manchester Ship Canal

4 July 2014 - 4:47am
Pete Owens wrote:… and has frequent barriers.

Thanks for that. I'm starting to plan another tandem tour passing through the area next spring, but I'm still grinding my teeth over our first exposure to those monstrosities last year.

Re: Manchester Ship Canal

4 July 2014 - 12:46am
Its possible to Ride from Wigg Island in Runcorn to Moore Nature Reserve near Warrington on the north side of the ship canal. It is not an official right of way and a bit rough in places but there is a track all the way. It is quite dramatic where it passes along a narrow neck of land between the Mersey and the canal.

The Trans Pennine Trail follows the Ship Canal for a bit through Warrington, but it is narrow, poorly surfaced and has frequent barriers.

You can continue beyond Latchford Lock as far as the Penny Ferry to Thelwall - or cut up north where you could cross the river at a Wier to reach Woolston. But you can't ride beyond the Thelwall Viaduct (where the M6 crosses).

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