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Hurry to the M&S web site!

30 August 2015 - 9:11pm
I couldn't choose a suitable section for this so I've put it here for now, if the mods need to move it that's up to them.

M&S are selling their cycling chinos for £10.99 - £11.99 online only.

http://www.marksandspencer.com/cotton-r ... /p22276661

They look like they should be OK to wear when I want to look presentable but can't (or don't want to) change after cycling to the destination so I've ordered two (one of each colour)!


FYI: viewtopic.php?f=18&t=85212

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

30 August 2015 - 9:09pm
I drive a car. I don't carry a camera.
I walk. I don't carry a carry a camera.
I cycle. I do carry a camera.
Are people suggesting that my personality changes when I get on a bike and I suddenly end up spoiling for a fight? Or is it perhaps something to do with the way people behave towards me when I am Cycling

Re: Pedestrian pushes cyclist off bike and into traffic

30 August 2015 - 7:56pm
irc wrote:kuba wrote:irc wrote:I've had people attempt something similar with no provocation.

Interesting, nothing similar ever happened to me and I cycle thousands of miles each year. So I guess it must have something to do with the way you behave on the road.

As every time was on quiet roads around midnight at a weekend I'd suggest the common factor was alcohol but I wasn't stopping to breathalyse them. And every case was on the same stretch of road through one part of the city, maybe 10% of my commute. The same area where a district nurse riding to work got a broken arm when she was shoved to the ground in a random attack. Also late at night.

My comment was just to highlight the inappropriateness of 'what the cyclist should have done differently' discussion. Everyone makes errors when they ride or drive, and we can always do things differently and probably better. But there's just one side to blame in this case and, irony aside, I have no reason to doubt it was similar in your experience.

Re: The folder revelation and results so far

30 August 2015 - 7:26pm
Thanks for the information.

There are two or three occasions a year that a folder would be very handy for me. Not enough to warrant a Brompton (although it would probably last my lifetime if I got one).

Your report gives me hope that a basic second hand model may be worth a go.

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

30 August 2015 - 6:40pm
beardy wrote:After incidents I have considered a camera but the incidents are too few and far between that I have never actually been driven to buy and fit one. If I lived somewhere where it happened more frequently, then I would have bought one.
That's logic that is often applied, but I believe it's mistaken. Having said that, seeing as my line of business is concerned with fire alarms, which spend most of their lifetime 'doing nothing' - I'm a bit 'prejudiced!

The likelihood of a modern house catching fire is pretty minimal, especially if no-one smokes in the household and if deep frying is done only occasionally. But it can happen. Hence I have my smoke detectors installed in the house, and regularly tested - just in case.

Similarly with a bike camera. OK, it won't save your life in the way a smoke detector can. But there is a chance - albeit small - that it may tip the balance in favour of a correct verdict on an incident, and the fair administration of justice. That's something to make it worth having a camera on board - just in case.

Another rather personal reason for me. About ten years ago I was found lying in the road, beside my bike, unconscious. Some passers-by attended to me and called an ambulance, I came round about being out for about 15 minutes, I estimate. Lucky for me there were no permanent after-effects (I think ). Point is, it was a quiet country lane (the environment I'm most likely to be seen in) and no-one knows exactly what happened - whether any other road user was involved, for instance. A camera might have resolved the issue.

Re: Bike provision on Beeston tram route and a question

30 August 2015 - 5:12pm
Given that this was the 2nd phase of tram line building in Nottingham (the first being several years ago) you would have thought that they had learned the lessons from Line 1 with regard to cycle provision, but it seems not.

The folder revelation and results so far

30 August 2015 - 3:30pm
Once I got the folder luggage-ready (see other threads), it was time to put it through its trials. For those who already have a folder, this is all old stuff; for me it was a revelation. It's a Dahon 20" Vitesse.

1. It rides beautifully fully loaded (two full size panniers, rack bag, bar bag). No wobble, no stress. Hard to believe but true. Bumpy roads, down hills, city streets. Remember - these are 20" wheels.

2. It lets you through: bus replacement services, fully booked bike spaces on trains, train replacement taxis, FGW station guards, a bus if needed, hotel rooms. Suddenly I'm no longer a second-class citizen in a cycling version of 1950s South Africa. It was simply breath taking. It even fitted where my other bikes never did - such as bike spaces on trains (I hope they don't measure the rails that way).

3. Lights, luggage, bike mirror, pump - all normal, all worked. No heel strike.

4. The downside #1: the gears on folders are too restricted (as we know). And to get a decent range of gears (say 24 speed) you start to pay serious money. This has 6 speed.

5. The downside #2: folders are unisize - and too small for me. So it will mean a new seatpost. AFAIK the seatposts on Terns for instance are a couple of centimetres longer.

6. The downside #3: the small wheels are noticeable but as I said not bad at all - even beautiful. Handling was fine. In terms of speed, it's fine.

7. Folding is a breeze. It's not a Brompton but 15 seconds is not a big deal. Folded foot print was very acceptable. It's heavy-ish to carry but lighter than my tourers.

8. The final test. The Bank Holiday rail strike pushed it into the final test: ten miles of hilly, mud strewn, pot-holed roads fully-loaded to get from station to home. A flawless 55 minutes.

This is a cheap (£165 second hand - but new only £275 approx)) basic folder but it did the trick. Yes, you notice the small wheels but then it's a folder. Yes, I'll be upgrading but that's because this one has performed so well. Yes, I'm impressed.

Re: losing the stabilisers

30 August 2015 - 3:02pm
Balance bikes.
Saw a few kiddies on them at the park. They seemed to be working. Erins first bike was a balance bike that was given to me after a friends children outgrew it. Erin wouldn't ride it because it was blue and therefor a boys bike. Silly me

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

30 August 2015 - 2:40pm
The Association of Bad Drivers doesn't like drivers being prosecuted for bad driving

No real surprise there

Re: Motorcycle...YES...Lorry Driver ...NO

30 August 2015 - 1:20pm
It's not clear from this that he lied to anyone about anything, but there's a conspicuous lack of mention of any diagnosis, which I would have thought would have had some bearing on whether future episodes were foreseeable.

More generally, I wonder where the responsibility lies in the case of any notifiable diagnosis, is it the responsibility of the doctor to warn the patient, or of the patient to ask the doctor?

(Fainting is a condition that you may need to notify, not one that you must notify, which in itself begs the question how do you tell whether you have to notify or not.)

Re: losing the stabilisers

30 August 2015 - 12:53pm
What do they call those kids' bikes which, whilst shaped like a conventional bike, come without pedals or drive train, the child simply pushes himself or herself along Draisienne-fashion? Sounds like a good way to get a child started on two wheels. Sooner or later the child, coming to a slight incline, will discover that they can pick up a bit of speed if they tuck their legs up. And the balancing thing will come automatically!

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

30 August 2015 - 12:19pm
I have to say that if I had a camera I would spend far too much time filming poor cycling (like on 'silly cyclists') to have time to bother with the cars. "Don't go up there"

Re: Pedestrian pushes cyclist off bike and into traffic

30 August 2015 - 10:49am
kuba wrote:irc wrote:I've had people attempt something similar with no provocation.

Interesting, nothing similar ever happened to me and I cycle thousands of miles each year. So I guess it must have something to do with the way you behave on the road.

As every time was on quiet roads around midnight at a weekend I'd suggest the common factor was alcohol but I wasn't stopping to breathalyse them. And every case was on the same stretch of road through one part of the city, maybe 10% of my commute. The same area where a district nurse riding to work got a broken arm when she was shoved to the ground in a random attack. Also late at night.

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

30 August 2015 - 10:04am
661-Pete wrote:Perhaps I should get into the habit of posting up on the 'tube, the number of positive encounters I have with other road users. Like the times when an approaching motorist on a narrow lane slows and pulls over to give me more space - and then acknowledges my wave of thanks. This happens plenty of times - I'm sure I have footage.
The relevant thing is the significance of a pass. Plenty of space or waiting in a passing place is great when it happens but to me of much greater significance is the car/lorry that crushes you under their wheels. So I focus more on preventing that and getting drivers who drive dangerously around cyclists "spoken to"/punished or maybe just made aware of the risks they are taking with other peoples lives. Seems to be something that has become the responsibility of cyclists themselves (as the Police are no longer interested until you are actually under the wheels of a car/lorry - when the courts will give the driver a slap on the wrist and tell them not to do it again).

Maybe I'm getting too cynical.

Ian

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

30 August 2015 - 9:51am
The main observations I made was that some cyclists seem to have much more bad luck than the average cyclist. I do wonder whether some of the cyclists that have all this bad luck actually go out looking for it.

After incidents I have considered a camera but the incidents are too few and far between that I have never actually been driven to buy and fit one. If I lived somewhere where it happened more frequently, then I would have bought one.
If I had to do a regular commute in a hostile environment then I am sure I would get more agro and have a camera fitted by now.

Of course a lot of agro can be avoided by accepting a second-class status and always yielding to cars inherent priority despite any road markings or signs which clearly state the priority is for the cyclist.

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

30 August 2015 - 9:17am
661-Pete wrote:Perhaps I should get into the habit of posting up on the 'tube, the number of positive encounters I have with other road users. Like the times when an approaching motorist on a narrow lane slows and pulls over to give me more space - and then acknowledges my wave of thanks. This happens plenty of times - I'm sure I have footage.
I've been struck by the notably increased frequency of that particular behaviour over the last two or three years - seemed to start with the 'annus mirabilis' of 2012.

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

30 August 2015 - 9:08am
Perhaps I should get into the habit of posting up on the 'tube, the number of positive encounters I have with other road users. Like the times when an approaching motorist on a narrow lane slows and pulls over to give me more space - and then acknowledges my wave of thanks. This happens plenty of times - I'm sure I have footage.

Re: Shame more don't take this stance with traffic offences.

30 August 2015 - 8:54am
Quite so. Rarely, however, applied by local club groups (the identity of which I'll refrain from 'outing' ) on the A396.

Re: Shame more don't take this stance with traffic offences.

30 August 2015 - 8:47am
ChrisButch wrote:reohn2 wrote:TM
Which road is that,I'd be interested to know of any road where I'd need to wait behind a cyclists 'for miles' or even one mile FTM,without being able to overtake safely for all concerned.I can't think of one
One road which fits that description is the Exe Valley A396 north from Tiverton to Wheddon Cross, which is an all but continuous sequence of tight-radius bends. The sightlines are such that there are some places where it's safe to overtake a single cyclist riding reasonably slowly, but virtually none where it's safe to overtake a group of cyclists (either singled or 2 x 2) riding at anything over 20mph. This frequently lead to tense situations, which I've witnessed both driving and riding.

If that's the case then this riding technique(from the same post) should be applied to ease any tension:-
TBH If I'm holding up traffic for the kind of distances you mention I'd stop and wave them past.

Re: Shame more don't take this stance with traffic offences.

30 August 2015 - 8:39am
reohn2 wrote:TM
Which road is that,I'd be interested to know of any road where I'd need to wait behind a cyclists 'for miles' or even one mile FTM,without being able to overtake safely for all concerned.I can't think of one
One road which fits that description is the Exe Valley A396 north from Tiverton to Wheddon Cross, which is an all but continuous sequence of tight-radius bends. The sightlines are such that there are some places where it's safe to overtake a single cyclist riding reasonably slowly, but virtually none where it's safe to overtake a group of cyclists (either singled or 2 x 2) riding at anything over 20mph. This frequently lead to tense situations, which I've witnessed both driving and riding.

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