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Re: It me or do SUVs alway drive to close

19 March 2015 - 2:59pm
Stradageek wrote:However I did encounter lady in 4X4 on narrow lane who wouldn't move over to let my bicycle pass because she said that if she moved over she'd get the wheels muddy!!!!

"Let's see who rusts first"

Re: Cycle Schemes - are they still worth it?

19 March 2015 - 2:24pm
blackbike wrote:The Cycle to Work scheme has never been worth it from the encouraging cycling perspective.

All it has really done is make buying good quality bikes easier for the typical affluent middle class cycling enthusiasts who would have bought them anyway.

To broaden the appeal of cycling it would probably be better to have a free entry raffle for prizes of bikes restricted to people from less affluent postcodes.

Indeed, many people can't "sacrifice" the salary to get the vouchers as it would put them below the minimum wage and be illegal.

Re: It me or do SUVs alway drive to close

19 March 2015 - 2:14pm
bikerwaser wrote:a few years ago i was dating a woman with a Land Cruiser. She didn't know the size of her car at all. She never went too close to the kerb or cyclists because she simply couldn't judge that side at all and totally overcompensated. The result was her driving with 2 wheels over the white line virtually all the time. Oncoming traffic would be pushed into their kerbside and i often saw drivers mouth things and put up various hand gestures to her. I told her what she was doing but she just didn't get it.

What i'm saying is that , along with lack of respect to the cyclist, there could be an element of these "Chelsea tractor" owners not having a clue to the size of their vehicle.

One time i had stopped my bike in a park while a woman tried to parallel park her Range Rover. i think she must have tried 6 or 7 times before i offered to do it for her. i jumped in and did it first time.

This is my experience too. My tiny wife is always complaining about how large cars are getting and how she cannot see the extremes of even our small family saloon. Then fashion dictates a 4x4 and you get lady drivers with no idea where the car sits on the road at all. So mostly I think it's just a spatial awareness problem.

However I did encounter lady in 4X4 on narrow lane who wouldn't move over to let my bicycle pass because she said that if she moved over she'd get the wheels muddy!!!!

Re: New bike rides blog

19 March 2015 - 1:41pm
I saw a sticker on a car today which said:

    "I'm not drunk, I'm just avoiding the potholes!"

Re: Cleats and Crashes

19 March 2015 - 1:25pm
RogerThat wrote:Look Keo pedals were a complete revelation for me last year. Not only are the 150 gr lighter than equivalent Shimano SPD SL pedals but I'd say the cleats (especially the Grey ones) are about 50% easier to get in/out of and they don't make that whacking great 'clack ' sound when you snap in or out. It's altogether a much more gentle experience. They're so easy to get out of I've never even come close to an off. Never pulled a foot out by mistake either. I think Look (the original clip less pedal inventor) have completely perfected the experience. I'd never go back to Shimano after a year with Look Keo. All that clacking away at the start of a ride! Arghhhh! *

Think you might want to check your history, 88 years beforehand Charles Hanson (not of Bargain Hunt fame..lol) invented the first twist in/twist out bicycle pedal system, additionally Cinelli had their M71 http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/co ... nents.html 10+ years before LOOK. It was probably market forces/suspicion (because of the 'death' tag) that meant the Cinelli didn't take off. LOOK's clipless system from 1983 was the first successful system but they weren't the inventor of the idea.

Re: New bike rides blog

19 March 2015 - 1:00pm
Psamathe wrote:For East Anglia better would be "Potholes of East Anglia" rather than rides (at least for Norfolk around my riding area).
Go West, young man! There aren't so many of us to drive around the roads here

Re: Didn't know cyclists could be fined for speeding!

19 March 2015 - 12:30pm
Any discussion about bad or dangerous cycling is bound to be a delicate matter on this forum because it is easy to sound like you think cyclists are the main problem on the roads (or footpaths). I suspect none of us think that.

I don't like the idea of cyclists being given the green light to ride on all pavements, so long as they ride carefully. If all cyclists were socially responsible, considerate people this would be worth considering. But, as we know, there are also antisocial, selfish people on bikes. And to allow them to judge for themselves whether or not to ride on the pavement is creating a policing nightmare. We already complain that the police are not doing all that they should. By replacing a ban with "under some circumstances" would only make policing of pavement use more complex, to the point of being impractical. A simple ban is straightforward.

Re: It me or do SUVs alway drive to close

19 March 2015 - 12:09pm
As a driver I didn't notice SUV drivers being any different then any others.
Is quite amazing that as a cyclist they are up there with BMWs and white
vans. I have seen youtube that mroe expensive cars are less considerate then
more expensive ones. That might reflect more on some people prefering to drive
expensive cars and less to do with wealth. At my workplace quite a few well of
folk drive cheap cars, some even cycle on cheap steel frame bikes.

Re: It me or do SUVs alway drive to close

19 March 2015 - 11:59am
Agreed that on the whole, SUV vehicles being used for the school run are about the worst category for lousy driving I know. I think it is a combination of poor driving skills and sheer selfishness (I'm safe, my beautiful children are safe in here, don't give a damn if I put anyone else or their children in danger').
As I've said before, even some of the local car drivers avoid the local village schools at school run time; parents' vehicles are known for emerging from the car park (which has excellent visibility) regardless of whether there is any traffic on the road or not, and then doing the same at the first T junction. I certainly avoid the area at the relevant times when on the bike.

(We stopped getting Nissans when that ugly Quashquai came out, it's a lousy vehicle, far less boot space that its predecessor. I can't see the point of it. Nissan don'tmake a proper saloon/estate any more (and the local garage told us Nissans are no longer as reliable as they were either).

Re: New bike rides blog

19 March 2015 - 11:55am
For East Anglia better would be "Potholes of East Anglia" rather than rides (at least for Norfolk around my riding area).

Ian

Re: TfL Journey Planner

19 March 2015 - 11:42am
Reply to complaint to TfL. Not very cycle-friendly - here's a journey planner that is useless- - take it or leave it (I couldn't print out the map, but perhaps that was because of my system?):

Dear __

Thank you for your feedback form of 16 March about our Journey Planner.

I’m sorry to hear that you are unable to use the Journey Planner for your journeys. The Journey Planner doesn’t have written directions for each cycling journey, but it does provide a map of the journey, which you can print.

I realise that prefer the Journey Planner that we previously had. We won’t be reverting to this, but I have forwarded your comments on to our web team for their information.

Thank you for taking the time to contact us. Please contact us again if you need any further assistance or if you would prefer to call us about this matter, please call us on 0343 222 1234.

Kind regards

Re: New bike rides blog

19 March 2015 - 10:21am
"Posted in: Southern England"! The East is Southern like Yorkshire is Scotland...

This Sunday we're doing one of the Telegraph's five great countryside cycle routes, from King's Lynn to Snettisham http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/activ ... outes.html - anything we can do to interest you in some of the more interesting routes we have?

Re: It me or do SUVs alway drive to close

19 March 2015 - 9:45am
Mark1978 wrote:reohn2 wrote:*I maybe right in thinking that a Qashqua isn't a 4x4 but it's firmly in the vehicle type/class.

That's why the SUV moniker, as 4x4 is to do a disservice to proper off road vehicles.

Agreed and I should have picked up on that in the thread title.It has been pointed out to me before and I forgot

Re: It me or do SUVs alway drive to close

19 March 2015 - 9:34am
reohn2 wrote:*I maybe right in thinking that a Qashqua isn't a 4x4 but it's firmly in the vehicle type/class.

That's why the SUV moniker, as 4x4 is to do a disservice to proper off road vehicles.

Re: New bike rides blog

19 March 2015 - 9:34am
Sorry about East Anglia - but it's a long way from where I live in Yorkshire! There is one ride on the site from the region, though, from Thorpeness:

http://greatbritishbikerides.net/2011/06/30/the-other-east-coast-line/

Paul.

Re: It me or do SUVs alway drive to close

19 March 2015 - 9:32am
a few years ago i was dating a woman with a Land Cruiser. She didn't know the size of her car at all. She never went too close to the kerb or cyclists because she simply couldn't judge that side at all and totally overcompensated. The result was her driving with 2 wheels over the white line virtually all the time. Oncoming traffic would be pushed into their kerbside and i often saw drivers mouth things and put up various hand gestures to her. I told her what she was doing but she just didn't get it.

What i'm saying is that , along with lack of respect to the cyclist, there could be an element of these "Chelsea tractor" owners not having a clue to the size of their vehicle.

One time i had stopped my bike in a park while a woman tried to parallel park her Range Rover. i think she must have tried 6 or 7 times before i offered to do it for her. i jumped in and did it first time.

Re: It me or do SUVs alway drive to close

19 March 2015 - 9:12am
Carl9070 wrote:My experience is that all of 'em are out to kill me.

They're all out to get me too! Oh no they're not...

Oh yes they are

Re: It me or do SUVs alway drive to close

19 March 2015 - 9:10am
I've had two old biffers in SUVs come within millimeters of knocking me off. The last one I stopped him in a supermarket car park and challenged him over his behavior 'I didn't see you' and me lit up like a Christmas tree I think maybe people in these tall vehicles think that they are invulnerable to the rules of the road.

Re: It me or do SUVs alway drive to close

19 March 2015 - 8:47am
I can't confidently say I notice a strong trend for any vehicle type. Confirmation bias is a very easy trap to fall into.

Re: It me or do SUVs alway drive to close

19 March 2015 - 8:28am
IMHO the safer a driver feels the less care they take around others. I don't think it's an ego thing in most cases (although in some it undoubtedly is).
Back in the 1970s we had a saying about Volvos, who where at the forefront in safety features at the time.
'Volvos, safest cars, worst drivers'. & I believe in a very generalist fashion holds true today.

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