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Re: Frost/ ice - 1st thing in morning road bike ride - safe?

15 January 2016 - 10:17am
pwa wrote:I commuted to work by bike for about 20 years, including through the winter, and in frosty weather I stuck to gritted roads. If you don't you will, at some point, end up on your <i>[rude word removed]</i> on the road. And it hurts.
My last ice crash was on a treated road. The buses hadn't started running yet and I think there just hadn't been enough traffic to work the salt in and melt the ice. I bought studded tyres after that. They run slower than molasses in January but resolutely keep gripping in everything we've had so far.

Frost/ ice - 1st thing in morning road bike ride - safe?!

15 January 2016 - 8:20am
Frost/ ice - 1st thing in morning exercise - road bike ride - safe?!

Only time seem to get time to ride road bike for exercise is At weekend is 1st thing, before rigours of day....

Gosh, ice on car windscreens, icy roads again this morning. Checked side road, inner car tread area of road. Nearest the kerb - slippy!

Main roads are quiet then, so can take road bikes on them.

However, 25mm summer tyres, road bike, safe in these kind of conditions?

Hope you can advise!


Re: Norway to stop returning migrants to Russia by bike

15 January 2016 - 8:06am
In a normal winter it is not fun up there on a bike unless you are very well prepared. Temperatures dipped below -40'c recently in Finnmark. It think even Shane would start to struggle at those temperatures

Re: How to inflate tyres on the road?

15 January 2016 - 8:00am
eileithyia wrote:Frame fit portable track style pump;

http://www.tredz.co.uk/.Topeak-Mini-Mor ... q_F8P8HAQ#
It is not the easiest pump to use, expect to crack/skin your knuckles if you are not wearing gloves. I don't know if they have improved the pressure gauge since I bought mine but it is really very basic and jumps 2 or 3 times per bar of pressure rather than going up slowly and consistently. Otherwise, it does the job, mine is still working fine 6 years after I bought it. If you are running 54mm wide MTB tyres then it will still take a while to pump them up

Re: Frost - Cycle lanes,Side Roads,Road Edges - Commute Tips

15 January 2016 - 7:22am
In frosty weather I stick to gritted roads. I've hit the ground hard a couple of times due to ice, and the bruising was impressive.

Norway to stop returning migrants to Russia by bike

15 January 2016 - 1:26am
Norway to stop returning migrants to Russia by bike

Many here may remember that some migrants were getting to Europe via Russia to Norway by bike

seems like they have until now been returning them that way -


by the way that website and its the other from the top menu are a useful source of News in ENglish from EU countries

Re: Frost - Cycle lanes,Side Roads,Road Edges - Commute Tips

15 January 2016 - 12:06am
Si wrote:+1 to studded tyres - I fit them with the first frosts and leave 'em there until spring. Sure they are a tad slower (gets you fitter) but one bad fall will slow you a lot more.

My steely nobbled tyres were fitted yesterday afternoon after hitting black ice in the morning.
The left wrist is still throbbing but I managed a short ride this afternoon. They're staying on till I'm convinced we're ice free.

Re: Seriously, is it really my road position?

14 January 2016 - 11:19pm
Jatinder - seeing as several people have mentioned the videos being too long, and difficult to find the interesting bits: do you know how to edit your videos in YouTube?

I believe this facility is only granted to Youtube users after they have uploaded a certain amount of footage. If you do have the rights, view your own video on Youtube and you should see a button below the video, with an icon a bit like a magic wand, labelled 'enhancements'. Click on this and look for a button labelled 'trim'. When you click on this you will see a miniature multiframe view of the video below the main screen, with sliders to left and right which you can drag to crop out unwanted sections.

As to your close passes, I'm afraid I find it difficult to judge them from your footage. Certainly I get passes which seem to be as close as that, as an almost daily occurrence: I've tended to get used to them. Perhaps a forward-facing camera would give a better insight.

Re: Frost - Cycle lanes,Side Roads,Road Edges - Commute Tips

14 January 2016 - 9:58pm
Hi vorpal,

Thanks for the comprehensive advice and pre screened prev threads!

Thanks everyone else for the advice as well


Re: Frost - Cycle lanes,Side Roads,Road Edges - Commute Tips

14 January 2016 - 9:43pm
I posted some tips at http://www.klwnbug.co.uk/2016/01/14/tip ... w-and-ice/ earlier today but many of them are covered in replies already.

Re: Seriously, is it really my road position?

14 January 2016 - 7:27pm
Bmblbzzz wrote:3putter wrote:To answer the initial question, it is correct to maintain a strong position before turning left to discourage the overtake while turning. In addition, I would only signal a left turn if there was a vehicle waiting to come out of the side road and there were no oncoming or following vehicles liable to do something silly if they saw a signal.
What about the traffic behind you; isn't it helpful for it to know you're about to slow down? And what if there are pedestrians or others about to cross the road you want to turn into, or someone intending to pull out of an entranceway on that road? Or someone you haven't seen? There are lots of reasons to signal.

I like to make a distinction between a 'courtesy' signal, e.g. to let a car waiting to come out know that I'm turning, and a 'safety' signal, e.g. when I am turning right.

If there are pedestrians about, then courtesy prevails, with signals and acknowledgement of priority. With only cars about, safety is often enhanced by not signalling.

Re: Frost - Cycle lanes,Side Roads,Road Edges - Commute Tips

14 January 2016 - 6:00pm
Recumbent trike
Spike tyres

No more needs to be said!

Re: Most Annoying and Potentially Dangerous Motoring Manoeuv

14 January 2016 - 5:29pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:rmurphy195 wrote:brynpoeth wrote:another suggestion: putting on the seatbelt while driving. an acrobatic manouvre indeed that needs both hands.

I don't give a *** if someione else is not belted up, they endanger only themselves. But it should not be possible (interlock!) to belt up while driving.

Anyone using both hands to do this is a bit silly - its many, many years since seatbelts were designed to be fitted one-handed for those too lazy to put it one BEFORE driving off!

Undertaking, especially when the car being undertaken has moved over to give a cyclist a decent bit of space.

You don’t need to wear a seat belt if you’re:

a driver who is reversing, or supervising a learner driver who is reversing
in a vehicle being used for police, fire and rescue services
a passenger in a trade vehicle and you’re investigating a fault
driving a goods vehicle on deliveries that is travelling no more than 50 metres between stops
a licensed taxi driver who is ‘plying for hire’ or carrying passengers

So between the reversing manouver and setting off in a forward direction the fitting of the seat belt is required.
Since they are designed to be applied one handed, without looking, I will do both at the same time...

I have to say that the final exemption there surprised me - taxi drivers?!?!

One can grab the belt with one hand, then one needs to take the other hand off the wheel to to loop it round.

Re: bike thief sentenced

14 January 2016 - 5:22pm
I wouldnt want him learning to enjoy cycling, he may start to recognise a good bike when he sees it and only nick the expensive ones

Re: Coventry and Kenilworth

14 January 2016 - 5:18pm
The bits in Warwickshire really were an unpleasant reminder of just how micturate-poor some councils are. It was very nice to return to Norfolk. We may give them a lot of flack for what they do wrong (at the moment: no gritting of cycle tracks) but they are miles of cycles ahead of places like that.

Re: How to inflate tyres on the road?

14 January 2016 - 4:51pm
I tried loads of different ones and have found this to be the best


Re: Going bonkers in Missouri!

14 January 2016 - 4:39pm
mercalia wrote:is this the year of the nut?

It is in Missousi(Misery?) if your name is Jay Houghton

Re: Coventry and Kenilworth

14 January 2016 - 3:39pm
In other words....just another day out on typical British cycle infrastructure.

Re: Going bonkers in Missouri!

14 January 2016 - 3:08pm
is this the year of the nut?

Re: Old A roads

14 January 2016 - 2:42pm
Richard A Thackeray wrote:The old surface at RedHouse where the A639 Wakefield - Doncaster road crosses the A1

This is a remnant from the pre dual-carriagewaying in the 60's
Remnants of old roads reminded me of following the cycle route up Loch Lomond on LEJOG in 2009. Some of it was obviously the old A82, some they had just made the pavement into shared use (presumably where the old road was buried under the new road) but there was one bit (I think around Inverbeg) where there was a narrow path which seemed to have a good surface which I realised was also part of the old road when I spotted the edge of a cats eye peeping out from the grass at the edge of the "path".





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