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Re: A (sort of familiar) tale

16 October 2014 - 10:01am
Moron of the Day - red thing, didn't get the model because self preservation dictated concentrating on brakes, left hook into Aldi. Good job I was going slightly uphill or there'd have been no chance. Thing about left hooks is they can't even claim SMIDSY; if they'd not seen you they'd have rear ended you.

Re: A (sort of familiar) tale

16 October 2014 - 9:58am
Eammno wrote:..............................................Problem is half the population is below average intelligence.

.....................and the other half don't understand averages!

Re: A (sort of familiar) tale

16 October 2014 - 9:34am
Have had similar experience, a couple of times on cycle and motorcycle... typically approaching a TL on red, so I usually filter past.
Problem is half the population is below average intelligence.

Re: Cycling Eutopia ?

16 October 2014 - 8:41am
Evidence on what encourages/discourages cycling, including evidence of the effect of hilliness and poor weather, is covered in these two papers. Mark Wardman is Britain's national academic guru on transport demand factors.

Estimation of the determinants of bicycle mode share for the journey to work using census data,
John Parkin, Mark Wardman & Matthew Page
available at eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/4043/2/Parkin_paper_with_cover_secure.pdf

Factors influencing the propensity to cycle to work
Mark Wardman, Miles Tight & Matthew Page
available at http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/2448/

Re: Lights: flashing, bright: article in Cycle

15 October 2014 - 11:08pm
peterh11 wrote:I'm not sure of the legal position here but I think lights at the more traditional level (between about axle and handlebar levels) are more effective.
The legal position is on the CTC lighting page. Since the requirement is to fix lights to the vehicle (bike), those fixed to the rider don't count. I don't think there has ever been case law to decide whether fixing lights to a bag on the bike counts as fixing to the bike, but as long as the light was visible, I can't see anyone caring.

In practice, of course, the Police would probably be happy to see visible lights anywhere, even on the end of the rider's nose, but the above is the legal position.

Oh, and notice the bit about centre-line or off-side. Lots of riders have lights fixed just left of the stem. That does not meet the requirement.

Re: Lights: flashing, bright: article in Cycle

15 October 2014 - 9:46pm
[XAP]Bob wrote: http://www.epilepsysociety.org.uk/photosensitive-epilepsy#.VD7IButwaaw
3-30Hz
But 3 -4Hz is legal: the 3Hz self-induced fit case I heard of was due to a cyclist holding their own lamp right up to their eye (don't do that then ): ie at that freq the source needs to fill your visual field and be comparatively very bright.

As long as passing cycle lamps (a small part of visual field) do not cause fits then surely that is good enough, and so I am still wondering if cycle-style lamps in the range of 4- 7Hz were ever documented as causing fits.
EDIT found this http://www.birket.com/technical-library/107-reading-room/technical-library/160-strobe-vs-epilepsymentioning 5Hz.

1-2Hz is a rubbish rate for flashing front/rear cycle lamps IMHO. And its the same rate as turn indicators.

I am now conflicted about flashing lamps: Bahhhhhh.

NB I note you can get battery powered amber led lamps that look like the rotating beacons Tractors etc use. http://www.flashing-beacons.co.uk/?main_page=index&cPath=491_559 But these are rotating rather than flashing

Re: A ride too far

15 October 2014 - 9:20pm
well unexprected rides are the spice of life. just be lucky u didnt have to sleep rough for a night just an extra 15 miles.

Re: Clipping and running

15 October 2014 - 8:54pm
The cyclist in front doesn't appear to slow down when he pulls out. In fact he moves to overtake the camera cyclist before the sideswipe occurred. At one point he covers the brakes whilst pulling out and I thought he may have given them a dab but watching the movie carefully frame by frame leads me to think he didn't give the levers a squeeze and again there's no sign of any deceleration that I can tell.

I'm not familiar with the rules of the sportif so I can only apportion blame to either or both cyclists for the part I see they played in the accident and clearly my view will be different to others. Looking at the video again I see the cyclist in front look over his shoulder, indicate to pull out, and wait, at which point the chap behind says "go ahead go ahead" which seems to me a clear indication for the chap in front to pull out. Both misjudged the gap the rider behind had left and whilst I think both cyclists played their part in causing the accident, I'm inclined to think the cyclist behind could have done more to prevent it. However I'm not impressed with the cyclist in front doing a runner like that.

Re: Lights: flashing, bright: article in Cycle

15 October 2014 - 8:21pm
Is it me or do others here think that most CAR headlights even when dipped still dazzle? I dont think a few cycle lights make that much difference?

I agree, even when correctly adjusted, dipped headlights are unpleasantly bright and IMHO have got brighter over the past 10 years or so.

Re: Lights: flashing, bright: article in Cycle

15 October 2014 - 8:15pm
mercalia wrote:is it me or do others here think that most CAR headlights even when dipped still dazzle? I dont think a few cycle lights make that much difference?
I find most dazzling, traffic lights too (the council claim they are correctly dimming).

Re: A ride too far

15 October 2014 - 8:08pm
reohn2 wrote:yakdiver wrote:Very good some of my old haunts, I have walked the shingle bank loads of time carrying all my fishing gear and one night a few years back I carrired all that plus a 30 lb conger as well.
I'll bet you danced all the way home


I'll get me coat

Dance..with a loose eel..?

Pass my coat with yours.

Re: A ride too far

15 October 2014 - 8:08pm
Sorry. 80s movie generation here

Is 'Conger' the great big giant eel that eats people if it gets the chance?

Re: A ride too far

15 October 2014 - 7:43pm
yakdiver wrote:Very good some of my old haunts, I have walked the shingle bank loads of time carrying all my fishing gear and one night a few years back I carrired all that plus a 30 lb conger as well.
I'll bet you danced all the way home


I'll get me coat

Re: Lights: flashing, bright: article in Cycle

15 October 2014 - 7:39pm
mercalia wrote:is it me or do others here think that most CAR headlights even when dipped still dazzle? I dont think a few cycle lights make that much difference?

Generally no but occasionally there will be a car with the headlights not set properly.
Some people become more sensitive to light with age. I believe increased sensitivity is particularly common in women, although not exclusively so.

Re: Cycling Eutopia ?

15 October 2014 - 7:27pm
I long bemoaned the fact that our canals and rivers should/could have cycling facilities second to non running along side them.
But in a backward country such as the one we live in there'll be any number of reasons local and national government can't be bothered to build them.The Leeds and Liverpool canal from Wigan to Liverpool would make a beautiful leisure ride for cyclists as it is it's a rutted hotch potch for the most part and a soggy mess for the rest.

The Canal and Rivers trust has been working on a stretch of towpath at New Springs near Wigan and has managed to make the towpath worse than it was already Numerous Emails to the relevant dept has met with series of 'can't do better' replies,they're useless

Re: A (sort of familiar) tale

15 October 2014 - 7:11pm
Yesterday in primary,I was about 1.5metres from the STOP sign at a crossroads when out of the corner of my eye I noticed a car bumper on my right side.
On looking around I saw a white Fiat 500 with it's left indicator flashing and a rather attractive twenty something lady at the wheel.
As we stopped at the line and with the car straddling the central white line,she held her wrists together on top of the steering wheel with her palms facing outward and mouthed,''which way''.
I pointed straight across and shouted to her ''straight on'',she then held her hands up to heaven(praise the Lord fashion).
Traffic cleared and I set off and was almost across the junction,when she began turning left behind me and with her drivers side window down shouted ''which way are you going''.
I'm afraid I shouted ''straight on you silly bu@@er''

She didn't look like a nutter but it's hard to tell

PS,I wasn't in Blackpool at the time

Re: Sick people

15 October 2014 - 6:40pm
I spent about 5 mins (actual minutes, not seconds) clearing away broken branches and what seemed like half a small tree that had been strewn across the cycle path at the end of a decent going to my girlfriends this morning. Braking as hard as I dared from 20mph on wet leaves had me stopped an inch from hitting it.
A couple walkers passing by shook their heads in disbelief with me.
It's amazing what passes for entertainment sometimes.

A (sort of familiar) tale

15 October 2014 - 6:33pm
So, I'm riding my bike along a long straight road in Blackpool. It's a 30 limit, but seven or eight cars ahead there's somebody doing no more than 20, and the traffic behind is a bit start-stop, probably averaging 15mph.

Because of parked cars and pinch points, I was riding along in Primary, keeping up with the traffic without difficulty.

Then a moron in a blinged-up Celica decides he's sick of being held up by me, and in a gap between parked cars he accelerates up my nearside and forces his way in from my left, nearly knocking me off (it was completely unexpected).

A familiar tale I hear you cry.

The difference?

I was riding a 1000cc motorbike!

Some drivers really are too thick to be allowed out without an adult.

Re: Cycling Eutopia ?

15 October 2014 - 5:56pm
mike_dowler wrote:I don't remember Cambridge's cycle routes being particularly linked to either the river or the railway, at least not in the city centre. And Birmingham has loads of waterways (more canals than Venice!) yet terrible cycling infrastructure.
The river and rails in Cambridge aren't right in the very centre, but NCN11 runs along the river northeast from the edge of the centre from Park Parade, under Elizabeth Way, over the new bridge and along the Cam towpath to Clayhithe; southbound along the river is the Grantchester Meadows Cycleway; NCN11 south of Addenbrookes follows the railway to Shelford; NCN51 runs alongside the old railway to St Ives (now a busway); there's another cycleway alongside the old Varsity Line (another busway) as far as Trumpington. Cambridge is above-average in also having routes alongside arterial and radial routes, though.

Birmingham has loads of waterways and quite a lot of railways but any cycleways that follow them tend to switch to roads outside the centre. NCN5 follows the canal north of the city, but then dances through the centre and swerves between roads vaguely near the River Rea to the south. Most other routes seem simply to give up when they reach the Middleways. Cycling in Birmingham is around 11% I think: could it be higher if there were more high-quality routes built alongside the plentiful waterways and railways?

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