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Re: National Grid driver +18

3 July 2015 - 11:36am
Lance Dopestrong wrote:Skillful cyclist? Riding in the gutter, head affixed firmly straight ahead, didn't shoulder check once the whole time...
just as well he/she didnt shoulder check, would probably have crashed into the van, SHoulder checking much overrated I think.

Re: National Grid driver +18

3 July 2015 - 11:16am
Skillful cyclist? Riding in the gutter, head affixed firmly straight ahead, didn't shoulder check once the whole time...

Re: Cycling from Paddington to Hackney this Saturday

3 July 2015 - 10:42am
It's pretty simple to use Regent's Canal, although it's slow and getting to it from Paddington is counter-intuitive... http://cycle.travel/map/journey/11852 is the first bit of the route - just stay on it instead of climbing up at Royal College Street. It all gets a bit annoying around Camden Lock Market: cobbled bridges, dismounts, loads of people to push through. Oh and you get diverted off in Islington when the canal goes in a tunnel.

The alternative I use more often is to go out the front of Paddington, up the old taxi ramp road, then almost straight over into London Street, then a sort of 10/11 o'clock turn by some cycle parking one junction before the end (Strathearn Place, says the map), then straight on as much as you can into Connaught Street, left fork at the Duke of Kendal into Kendal Street and keep straight-on-ish (riding around squares and across staggered crossroads - you get turned right down Spanish Place at one point, but just take the next right into Hinde Street) until there's no street ahead at Wimpole Street, turn left (it's one way) and ride north until you can turn right into Weymouth Street and that puts you on a cycle route signposted towards King's Cross (protected in places, which I quite like but many on here say they don't) and if you keep going straight on to the end (not turning off for King's Cross at Regent Square) and then follow signs (turn right first at the end, I think - apparently this is London Cycle Network Route 0). Turn left at the end of Lever Street to cross City Road and enter Hackney... but whether that's useful depends where in Hackney you're wanting to go

I do have a sat nav app, but I struggle to hear its voice prompts over the traffic noise and I don't really like stopping to check it every few minutes, so I tend to follow the signs unless they look like they're doing something silly. http://cycle.travel/map will give sensible routes that print nicely, but it sometimes struggles with London's unusual cyclescape.

Re: Cycling from Paddington to Hackney this Saturday

3 July 2015 - 10:12am
regents canal path?

Re: Ten Miles a Day

3 July 2015 - 10:08am
Around 7.5 a day. I'm hoping to pick up the 400 miles in adrift throughout July and August...

Re: Ten Miles a Day

3 July 2015 - 8:44am
Not so good this year.
I've had other things to do than cycling .............. sadly.


That's 6.5miles per day.

Re: Bus passes

3 July 2015 - 8:04am
I used my own bus pass (picture somewhere on here ) yesterday. The bus was late so I used my latest technology - with apologies to horizon - to text West Yorkshire Metro for a GPS-powered eta: a snip at 12p. But hold on: that's almost a whole half crown, if you see what I mean. Leeds City Council used to have a cheap fares policy and for many years persisted with a starting point of tuppence ie 2d or slightly less than 1p. So it's something like twelve times as much to find out that the bus is late than it used to cost to ride on one.

Capstick comes home, and with a vengeance.


Re: Jeremey Vine

3 July 2015 - 7:28am

Cycling from Paddington to Hackney this Saturday

3 July 2015 - 5:59am
My on-line map, Bing, gives me a road route that takes me along Euston Road, past Kings Cross and into Pentonville Road, towards The Angel. I drove along there not long ago and it was rather exciting
Can any London savvy cyclist suggest a suitable alternative route?
I don't have GPS, just my PC and pen/paper.
Thanks, Alan

Jeremey Vine

2 July 2015 - 11:42pm
Have you read the article in the Guardian? As a commuter of some 34 daily miles I salute you.


Re: Another death and inadequate sentence

2 July 2015 - 11:02pm
Valbrona wrote:Well then it makes you wonder how many people a cyclist has to knock down and kill in one go before they get the maximum sentence.
An infinite fine would be harsh

Again though, the same is true of motor offences. No person has ever been given the maximum sentence for causing death by dangerous driving. In 2013, the latest year I have seen figures for, only just over half (54%) of drivers convicted of "causing death" by driving offences received any prison sentence at all.

Believe it or not even those convicted of serious motoring offences often avoid bans. According to the RoadPeace charity (again, for 2013):

For ‘causing death or bodily harm’ and ‘dangerous driving’, around 40% of offences result in a driving ban of the minimum duration
recommended by the Sentencing Council, compared to over 90% of drink/drug driving bans. The rest result in a ban until the
driving test is passed, an endorsement without disqualification (penalty points) or neither a ban nor an endorsement.

Driving bans are supposed to be mandatory for all Causing Death by Driving convictions. But 15% of drivers convicted of
causing a death were not banned and only had their license endorsed..

Comes in threes ?

2 July 2015 - 9:58pm
Out with our group this morning and I had a puncture. Not any old puncture but a pinch puncture. (pot holes )
Any way setting off, after fitting a new tube, it crossed my mind that things come in threes.
Occurrence No.2 involved one of the other guys who, on climbing a nasty little grind, had his chain brake. Instant stop and clattered to the floor but luckily not hurt.
I carry spare KMC "quick links" and chain tool so managed to get him on the way again.
As it happened the group got split and some took a different route to the Cafe stop.
Four of us arrived first not knowing where the others were but they appeared a few minutes later.
Third incident came to light. Unfortunately one had fallen off and this time had hurt himself so returned home to tend to his wounds.
So there's the Three's.

As an aside:- I have Continental "Grand Prix" tyres on my road bikes and, upto now, never had a normal (thorn,glass etc) puncture in these tyres. This is the third incident of pinches, and in different wheels, so not a problem with the rims. The first was because the tyre was under inflated but the other two had my normal pressure of about 100 psi. The tyres are 700 x 23 and on Mavic Open Pro rims.
A possible conclusion is the tyre walls are perhaps extra flexible.

Re: Another death and inadequate sentence

2 July 2015 - 9:53pm
Well then it makes you wonder how many people a cyclist has to knock down and kill in one go before they get the maximum sentence.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

2 July 2015 - 9:53pm
But marathon time is coming and due for some 12 hr & 3 x 24 hr rides

Re: Crane River Parks Hounslow & other London rides

2 July 2015 - 9:34pm
Seems like the people in Hillingdon North want either to keep some one in or out?

Never seen gates like these? Any one of above average girth would find it a squeeze even to get thru

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keep somerthing in or out 3.JPG


Re: Ten Miles a Day

2 July 2015 - 9:02pm
According to the clock at work, today is day 183 of the year - so we're more that half way through the year.

How are we all doing?

Just an update - I'm on 1,948 miles - so slightly ahead of schedule. Feeling quite pleased with myself.

Re: The People you Meet

2 July 2015 - 8:22pm
On the west coast of Ireland last summer I met a Cornish guy who was a travelling musician. He was into the celtic folk scene and went to Brittany regularly as well.

Re: Pollution - another problem

2 July 2015 - 8:20pm
Wow! others are starting to realise that many PSVs are the worst polluters instead of always bashing cars. Oxford Street in London is one of the most polluted roads in the country...and guess what....motor traffic on Oxford Street comprises almost exclusively buses and taxis.

Re: Sabotage and hatred: what have people got against cyclis

2 July 2015 - 8:15pm
I tend to agree with beardy, although some people dislike cyclists and would like to ban them from using roads it is a big step from there to trying to cause serious injury or death. Probably more a case of an unhinged individual who would be better accomodated at Broadmoor.

Re: Traffic Wardens will ticket Just anyone - bikes next?

2 July 2015 - 8:15pm
If they miss you in this world then they get you in the next



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