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Re: Problems I never knew needed solving

27 May 2015 - 6:52pm
I can't ride on drops and have been on and off them several times before leaving it flat bar. Always feels like I am hunched over and can't get the same power on drops, then trying to curl my fingers around on the drops to shift down, I can't grasp it and need everything at my fingertips.

OP you went from one extreme to the other. Mine was a bit harsh on 700x23's so I got Marathon Plus in their thinnest one, only one up from a 23 @ a 25 but those tyres in particular have a 5mm layer in them, it makes them one of the heaviest tyres and grip isn't as good as slick 23's but I am sure just that alone would take a lot of your problems away, front and rear. Just have the M+ tyres set on about 80 psi. Best tyres I have ever used, my only criticism is they don't grip well because they have a tread on them and they don't have a smooth line down the middle of the tyre.

Thing is those tyres mean I can go down canal paths and stuff, with slick 23's you'd have no chance in the wet although thats more down to the rider's own skills.

Sitting upright and sorting out slightly comfier wider tyres was all I needed to do. Its always going to be real harsh if you just switched.

In fact I was using a carbon frame that soaked up all the vibration and hated how flexy it was, so went back to my cheapo cheapo aluminium frame, that does have a carbon fork. The foam grips on my bars are a lot thicker than Cinelli bar tape, I have a semi-padded saddle, it all adds up.

Re: Police Had Pulled Over a Driver

27 May 2015 - 6:35pm
Every single time I had to take my documents to the police station the next day, or whenever I could get there.

You would think that sooner or later you would decide it was easier to carry your documents in the car, to avoid all this hassle.

Re: Police Had Pulled Over a Driver

27 May 2015 - 6:09pm
When I was 17 with my mates in the car I got pulled every night. Every single time I had to take my documents to the police station the next day, or whenever I could get there. No explanation, no reason, no paying my petrol costs or compensating me for the time it took to drive to the station, nothing. I think there should be some sort of counter claim form for this so you can claim back some money for the inconvenience. What it all hinges on is that there wasn't a lawful reason to stop someone and demand that they produce their documents and that person should be compensated.

I almost got fired one morning because of it. What would I be able to do if me being held up getting pulled over (without a reason, as it was every time) had caused me to get fired? Absolutely nothing and that is my point. Cops need to be held accountable for their actions, cops of all people, especially when they are barking up the wrong tree. When they pull you they say stuff like "You seem nervous" lol. Nice mind trick you've got there, what else have you got up your sleeve, come on, impress me. I should have said "I am pretending to be nervous".

What I was nervous about, was being held up for work and potentially losing my job because some asshat thought it right to pull me over without any reason. They even ask stuff like "Where are you going at this time" lol. Well here's a clue - I was driving there quite happily and was going to get there on time until you came along, HURRY UP.

Re: Problems I never knew needed solving

27 May 2015 - 5:31pm
I don't understand the whole lightweight tyre thing. When I rode TT weight mattered. I was at my lifetime lightest and those 20 years of racing where wonderful. But for a training or touring ride tough tyres where the thing to have. "Modern Cyclists" don't seem to get the fact that however lightweight your plastic fantastic bike is the roads are still covered in glass particles, dead hedgehogs and thorns. The weight you save being at your lightest body weight with your super carbon bike gives you the space for some "heavy" puncture proof tyres.
After all no one would be stupid enough to buy a super lightweight bike if they were carrying excess fat
. Would they . . . . ????
Steel frame bikes for me for ever!

Re: Police Had Pulled Over a Driver

27 May 2015 - 5:13pm
I think you'll find gendarmes almost invariably respectful. When They answer the phone they say blah di blah 'a votre service' as a salutation. Now crs, that's another matter.

Re: Police Had Pulled Over a Driver

27 May 2015 - 4:59pm
I have been in a car 3 times that has been pulled over. All times have been in a foreign country.

Twice in Italy. One I was small enough to not remember why, but the other time we got stopped by the Carabinieri. One of them was lounging against their Alfa smoking, and looking impeccable in his shades and uniform, the other was gesturing at us with a sub-machine gun. Unsurprisingly dad stopped rather sharpish. It turned out that they wanted to chat to us because we were English and were rather disappointed when dad answered them in Italian.

The other time was on the motorway in France with me, 2 other lads, and about 70 bottles of wine from Italy. We got stopped because we were 3 young men in a very loaded car. One of the policemen took a very detailed interest in an open jar of viscous fluid on the back seat. We got waved over rather quickly when the other copper cottoned on that it was honey and started taking the pee.

Re: Dodgy Dutch Bicycle Roundabout

27 May 2015 - 4:56pm
ferdinand wrote:Hmmm.

I wonder what the comparative traffic levels of the two junctions are?


If there is traffic at roundabout then I might consider using the bike lanes.

Re: Police Had Pulled Over a Driver

27 May 2015 - 4:38pm
661-Pete wrote:... - and this being France, I guess it wasn't of the "'ello 'ello 'ello!" variety! ...

More likely, "Good moaning. Wire's the fear?"

Re: Dodgy Dutch Bicycle Roundabout

27 May 2015 - 4:13pm

I wonder what the comparative traffic levels of the two junctions are?


Re: Butser Hill - proposed cyclepath for the missing link

27 May 2015 - 3:53pm
Maybe I panicked . . . . . . based on long & bitter experience over the years . . . .
Thank you for your email.

Please be assured that works are not yet complete - the footpath is yet to have a 20mm overlay constructed and the levels will be regulated where necessary to provide an even surface. If you would like to discuss this, or any other of the cycle route construction issues further, the supervising engineer on [ phone number ].

Kind Regards,

Re: Dodgy Dutch Bicycle Roundabout

27 May 2015 - 3:00pm
The picture on that linked article is nothing like Dutch or what you'd see in the Netherlands:

It's hard to know where to start with the problems in the pictures: the lack of barriers between most of the cycleway and carriageway, the stupid angles that both parties are having to look at some of the intersections, the "give way" markings missing from some entrances, the proliferation of signals, the one-way cycleway, ...

Is that what they've actually built? Double-Dutch, perhaps!

Dodgy Dutch Bicycle Roundabout

27 May 2015 - 2:39pm
On the way to Pimlico From Battersea car boot sale I passed the redone roundabout at the corner of Battersea Park. It looks like a roundabout that you would see in the Netherlands. It has a separate isolated bike lanes around the perimeter. It looks kind of complicated regarding who has priority. I am a cowardly( but fast) cyclist generally I decided that I aint using that cycle lane. I have got used to roundabout in the normal way.

Link http://thinkinghighways.com/road-users- ... from-cars/

Cant seem to post an image on this site.

Re: With double give ways who gives way?

27 May 2015 - 1:56pm
MartinC wrote:[XAP]Bob wrote:I'd look to sue the highways agency who painted such a ridiculous arrangement of lines on the road.

Agreed. It would be useful to us all if both parties sued the agency that's responsible for this road layout.

If the bike lane was a road with cars on it, It would still be unclear who has priority. It aint no T junction.

Re: Police Had Pulled Over a Driver

27 May 2015 - 1:30pm
The peelers here have the sneaky radar binocs out quite often. I saw a car stopped last Saturday with a gendarme leaning in the window. Oh what fun.

Re: With double give ways who gives way?

27 May 2015 - 1:18pm
mjr wrote:I have seen this sort of layout and variations on it. One way it has arisen is when a highway authority designs a cycle lane or track across a private minor road, their safety auditors chicken out and demand the cycle lane (incorrectly IMO) gets give-ways painted on it and then the private road owner paints give-way markings inside their boundary (which usually aren't there previously).
Here's the nasty example from the A148 Hardwick Road King's Lynn which was created by something like the above process, with the council adding give-ways contrary to policy and then the private road owner adding a give-way too.

As recently as 2011 this had the usual Norfolk white-edge-line layout which you might be able to see in https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@52.74281 ... e0!6m1!1e1

Re: Police Had Pulled Over a Driver

27 May 2015 - 1:15pm
They certainly do it in France. Driving up the Autoroute yesterday, at my sedate 70mph (sedate for France that is, the limit is 130 Km/h ~ 81mph), I was puzzled to see a lot of approaching motorists on the other carriageway flashing their lights. But only for a moment, the reason soon became clear as I passed a pair of Gendarmes parked up on the hard shoulder on their powerful motorbikes. And sure enough, a few minutes later they came hareing up past me at top speed, blues flashing and weaving in and out of the cars with complete abandon. And a little further on, I saw they'd pulled someone over. And were presumably giving him the treatment - and this being France, I guess it wasn't of the "'ello 'ello 'ello!" variety!

I continued at my 'modest' 70mph...

Re: With double give ways who gives way?

27 May 2015 - 1:00pm
The design in the second PDF here https://departmentfortransport.wordpress.com/2015/05/25/cityconnect-youll-get-what-youre-given/ (CityConnect's statement) looks similar? Apparently from the (old) London Cycling Design Standards 2005 edition.

Re: Ian Austin MP - Couldn't make it up

27 May 2015 - 12:40pm
I don't think the bar is set particularly high. Certainly when I have to drive to London, I put the Mezzo in the boot and park in the outskirts, usually a shopping centre car-park (sometimes the hotel if staying over). This allows me to avoid the congested centre (where driving is never a good idea) and take advantage of the lower parking (and hotel) charges in the peripheries.

I'm sure MPs have allocated parking spaces. As many businesses are now doing, it would be advantageous if these were reduced: Healthier lifestyles are proven to aid mental abilities (and they need all the help they can get) and fewer cars in Westminster would mean less opportunity for car-bombing the HofP, which must be a Good Thing.

Musn't it?
Anyway, fewer MPs driving, more cycling would definitely be good.

Re: Ian Austin MP - Couldn't make it up

27 May 2015 - 11:47am
Are we not setting the bar a little too high here?

Is it "all or nothing"?

If anybody could persuade me to take my car to London (which wouldnt be easy) then I would want to do the whole journey in the thing and not break the journey up with extra load transfer between car and bike. I bet he already has a parking place at Westminster, so this would save putting an NCP charge on his expenses.

Shouldnt we be saving the condemnation for all those people who's journey was within London and could have not touched the car at all that day.

Re: Is a cadence sensor worth it?

27 May 2015 - 11:43am
The computer that I ordered is seemingly coming from Germany. It didn't mention that on the famous bookseller's website when I placed the order. Anyhow, it's left Germany, got across the North Sea and has entered and left (yesterday afternoon) somewhere called Gbcvta GB (I believe that that's in Coventry). The delivery estimate is down as 17 June though. I'll see if the tracking updates with a better indication today but if not, I'm cancelling and re-ordering. That may seem strange but the famous bookseller themselves are now selling it themselves (rather than through a third party) - and it's a fiver cheaper!


Arrived 20 minutes ago.


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