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Re: Feeling guilty whilst not cycling & car use thru illness

20 December 2014 - 10:39am
I had the same experience with sciatica. Intense pain whilst standing and walking, no pain whilst sitting or cycling. As Vorpal, my GP was useless and suggested after looking at me lying down on the couch that one leg was longer than the other and recommended an orthotic in my left shoe. The GP had one made specially for me which just transferred the sciatica from my pelvis and leg to my pelvis, leg and back.

The sciatica only went away with treatment from a wonderful physio. After getting me to lie down on her treatment couch she noted that one leg seemed longer than the other. However, she then noted after rotating my pelvis that the pelvis was out of alignment. After some gentle manipulation and rotation she put my pelvis back in alignment and gave me some exercises to do at home every day to strengthen the muscles which support the movement in the pelvis. After 3 days the sciatica was much reduced and after 2 weeks all pain had gone. I had a follow up session with the physio to make sure all was well. End of problem after 2 sessions which cost me £70. I would cheerfully have paid many times that to be pain free, such was its intensity and debilitating effect on my life.

Re: Another death

20 December 2014 - 9:58am
661-Pete wrote:Well, if that's the case, the box clearly didn't work since this offender was reported to be 16 mph over the limit.
I note that there are also comments on the case in this thread.
Actually they do.
The data is sent back to her insurers and they'll bump the premium up and in extreme cases even cancel the insurance. Think of it as an "electronic policeman" that continually monitors even things like hard acceleration/braking and cornering and issues fines automagically.
Obviously there's little they can do at the point in time the offence is being carried out but all the evidence is that long term they're excellent at modifying driver behaviour.

Accident waiting to happen.

20 December 2014 - 1:13am

http://postimg.org/image/tm1a65edl/

The idea of combined Zebra crossings and cycle paths was done away with years ago. Bristol has implemented a new separate cycle path, which incorporates this travesty.

URL for google Earth of old junction.
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.4532794,-2.5933302,130m/data=!3m1!1e3

Re: Another death

19 December 2014 - 11:55pm
These words need to be drilled into the head of every a** h*** given a driving licence...

A short time later I had to wake up my 12, nine and five-year-old to tell them that their daddy was dead.
The sounds that they made can only be described as horrifying.


Re: Another death

19 December 2014 - 11:28pm
Well, if that's the case, the box clearly didn't work since this offender was reported to be 16 mph over the limit.
I note that there are also comments on the case in this thread.

Re: Another death

19 December 2014 - 11:02pm
661-Pete wrote:Incidentally, I don't understand the reference to the "black box device fitted by Mackie's insurance firm" in the article. Can anyone elucidate?

A telematics device.

Re: Another death

19 December 2014 - 11:00pm
661-Pete wrote:Incidentally, I don't understand the reference to the "black box device fitted by Mackie's insurance firm" in the article. Can anyone elucidate?
It's pretty much what it says. A black box that monitors driving and reports back to her insurers. It would have reported being over the speed limit, it will also report how aggressively the car is being driven and obviously in cases like this it's pretty handy as a 3rd party witness...

They're one of the reasons a lot of teenagers these days drive slowly.
(I'm of the opinion all cars should have them fitted.)

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

19 December 2014 - 10:58pm
Vantage wrote: I find myself saying a little prayer to the PF that they hit a series of really really big thorn filled pot holes to claim both wheels. I get a little joy from that vision
Especially if they're on tubs! Q: do roadies still use tubs on club rides?

Re: Another death

19 December 2014 - 10:50pm
Well, the follow-up:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-30553947
I suppose the question has to be asked: is five years an adequate sentence? And what's with the five-year driving ban? If it runs concurrent with the sentence, it amounts to no ban at all (although she'll probably get out half way through on parole).

My feeling is, there has to be a serious re-think about teenage and low-twenties driving. Only a couple of days ago, two teenage boys were killed in a crash at Handcross, not far from where I live, in a car driven by a 20-year old (no cyclists were involved in that one). If we can't raise the driving age, at least make it far more difficult for these youngsters to get behind the wheel where they can cause such havoc and heartbreak.

Incidentally, I don't understand the reference to the "black box device fitted by Mackie's insurance firm" in the article. Can anyone elucidate?

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

19 December 2014 - 5:14pm
RodWatts wrote:PH
No, I can't get over it! I'll just keep on waving and smiling like an idiot....
What a poor, miserable world this is turning into if we can't nod to or acknowledge some else's existence.
Rod x
Rod if its any comfort most motorcyclists I encounter are the same. I am like you I nod on both forms of transport and it rattles me too.

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

19 December 2014 - 3:38pm
Vantage wrote:This may be stereotyping, but it's the roadie racing types that I find to be the rudest non-acknowledging-a-fellow-cyclist sods.
And every time they don't acknowledge my nod, I find myself saying a little prayer to the PF that they hit a series of really really big thorn filled pot holes to claim both wheels. I get a little joy from that vision

Round here it's Yoof on MTBs. Mind, they're 90% of the time on the pavement where no-one gets acknowledgement from me lest they think I approve.

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

19 December 2014 - 12:15pm
This may be stereotyping, but it's the roadie racing types that I find to be the rudest non-acknowledging-a-fellow-cyclist sods.
And every time they don't acknowledge my nod, I find myself saying a little prayer to the PF that they hit a series of really really big thorn filled pot holes to claim both wheels. I get a little joy from that vision

Re: proviz victim blaming advert

19 December 2014 - 11:17am
redfacedbaldfatman wrote:GrumpyGit wrote:I've jutst bought another set because the ones on the rear are quite dirty and it's not coming off easily. Might swap them over and pop the dirty ones in the dishwasher.

I got mine in a Lidl Sale!

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

19 December 2014 - 11:05am
mercalia wrote:Look at their webpage frontpage for the answer why?

http://www.londondynamo.co.uk/


speed freak automotons with dark glasses and no sense of humour?

"First, a "health warning". We are a serious club committed to performance based cycling and cycle racing." lol

They're sportsmen; you're a leisure/utility cyclist? Different approach, different aims, different outlook. We have all types in our club; some are more narrowly focused. I can't imagine that in That London there's too much difficulty finding a club that's less sport-oriented if you want one. Let them be.

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

19 December 2014 - 10:57am
SteveHunter wrote:I acknowledge all other cyclists when I'm out on a leisurely ride. I don't bother when commuting though as I would be a nodding dog as well.

I find large groups are the worst for acknowledging you.

Heh. My commute usually only sees two or three other cyclists over the 14 miles so no problems acknowledging.

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

19 December 2014 - 10:49am
RodWatts wrote:PH
No, I can't get over it! I'll just keep on waving and smiling like an idiot....
What a poor, miserable world this is turning into if we can't nod to or acknowledge some else's existence.
Rod x

I wouldn't for a moment discourage you from greeting whoever you like, if it's me I will of course greet you back.
What you need to get over is the idea that it's a new thing, it isn't, it's ever changing but it's always been there. If you can't accept that you're going to in for a lot of disappointments.
In the Outer Hebrides, I was taken aback that many drivers would give me a friendly wave, the population density increases the circle.

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

19 December 2014 - 10:44am
mercalia wrote:speed freak automotons with dark glasses and no sense of humour?

"First, a "health warning". We are a serious club committed to performance based cycling and cycle racing." lol

So which is worse, not returning a greeting, or openly mocking someone?
Goes back to my point thet we only have an affinity with those we see as similar.
I was wrong when I said that was human nature, it goes byond that into the wider animal kingdom, that's what the ugly duckling story is about.

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

19 December 2014 - 10:31am
Within their "what kit do I need" section
It goes without saying that you should wear a helmet.

I guess, it goes without saying, I will not be joining them.

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

19 December 2014 - 10:18am
Look at their webpage frontpage for the answer why?

http://www.londondynamo.co.uk/


speed freak automotons with dark glasses and no sense of humour?

"First, a "health warning". We are a serious club committed to performance based cycling and cycle racing." lol

Re: proviz victim blaming advert

19 December 2014 - 8:06am
GrumpyGit wrote:redfacedbaldfatman wrote:How about this video from Wowow... "sorry I didn't see you". They claim in the video description that "You will be seen with the 3M Spoke Reflectors!"
I found it quite distasteful.

I've actually got those spoke reflectors on my hybrid just because I like the way the whole wheel disc lights up when it's spinning!

I prefer them to those little reflectors that clip between two spokes.


I've got them because they were all I saw of a child cyclist some point last year. I had just pulled out of my drive and I was starting to turn off my road when I saw these reflectors as my lights swept across the road I was entering.
They were bright, clear, unmistakable. The kid had no lights, and no other reflectors that I saw at any point. The corner is often taken by PIC's (Prats In Cars) at full speed due to the radiused corner and generally low traffic flow (resulting in a couple of fairly spectacular collisions).
The pattern from the spoke reflectors was just *so* clear that I got a couple of sets the next time they showed up in ALDI. I have one set split between by front wheels on the trike (no point in doing the "inside" spokes, nor the rear wheel, which is covered with panniers etc)

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