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Re: Police Had Pulled Over a Driver

24 May 2015 - 10:53pm
eileithyia wrote:Clearly do not cycle / drive where i do, i often see cars being pulled by police very often in unmarked vehicles.... given the amount of phone usage i see they should pull far more.....

..And only the other night a couple of older cycling friends of mine, were pulled as they drove home from the airport at 3am, breathalysed and quizzed as to whether they were married or not (quite what that had to do with anything is anybody's guess).

Whether they were married? That's bizarre. Was one of the officers looking for a date?

Re: Police Had Pulled Over a Driver

24 May 2015 - 10:52pm
Seldom see anyone pulled over on the M6 with an unmarked police car and flashing red and blue lights stopped behind it (as opposed to a marked car that could have stopped to check a breakdown), but in the last week on just two return trips I reckon I've seen at least 5. Could be pure coincidence, and the drivers may simply have broken down, I suppose.

If there is a crackdown on speeding/phones/tailgating or whatever, it isn't before time, though. There are far too many 'accidents' on this stretch - there were three long holdups due to 'accidents' on just one of those return trips.

Re: Does anyone like........ chipseal?

24 May 2015 - 10:24pm
My personal gripe is that Shropshire council seem to have a habit of relaying with a nice silky smooth bed of tarmac. Then 6 months or so later they go and blast it all with chip n seal . My local main road was like this and now has a surface the consistency of lumpy porridge...which is coming away in places. Why, Shropshire council???

I've noticed that wider main roads covered thus or far worse to ride than treated back lanes. They use the largest diameter chip to allow for heavy vehicles that compact it. A wide road might have substantial side sections that receive hardly any traffic, and so remain unworn with chips remaining proud. Cycling these sections when they are uphill is particularly tedious, to say the least (the smooth sections being somewhere out in primary road position).

Chip sealed back lanes often have smaller diameter chips laid and after a month or so they are fine to ride on.

Re: Crane River Parks Hounslow & other London rides

24 May 2015 - 10:03pm
PRL wrote:To be pedantic the tarmac path is in LB Richmond and has been open for ?20 years. The Gravel one is in Hounslow and is fairly recent but does make a nice circuit.

I think it is the other way around? The tarmac part, north side is Hounslow, the south gravel part ( very nice ) is Richmond ( used to be Twickenham)? I wasnt saying these were new, just new to me & a lovely surprise. The parts beyond this circuit that I updated this thread with are clearly very old as I mentioned the neglected boards with information on. The underpass at The Causeway rd has steps up with a rusty cycle channel that hasnt been used in how long. But is a devil to find your way to these paths for any one who doesnt live there. There is also a route to a starting point from the circuit above, past the Royal Mail depot in Godfrey Way further up the road, but this is used by the local kids with their "motor bikes" to gain access to the heath & has a gate with obstacles to deter them & I wonder if it will be locked soon

at end of Godfrey way by side of Royal Mail depot, access to Crane river path.JPG

at end of narrow tarmac path side of Royal Mail depot end of Goedfrey Way.JPG

Re: Crane River Parks Hounslow & other London rides

24 May 2015 - 9:24pm
mercalia wrote:For any one living in London ( who has a freedom pass to get there free by train ) I have found a very nice short ride along both sides of the river crane in Crane Parks, Hounslow.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crane_Park

It is only a short ride but can be lenghtened adding Hanworth Park near by or Hounslow Heath ( more walking than riding )

Train stations either Twickenham or Whitton ( the closest )

http://live.data.wt.precedenthost.co.uk/sites/live.data.wt.precedenthost.co.uk/files/Crane%20Park%20map.pdf

It is a really lovely ride one side is tarmaced but with dirt track off shoots that go closer to the river, the other side ( newer I think ) is graveled winding around under avenues of trees. A real bit of wilderness. There is a nature reserve and whats left of the Gunpowder industry ( tower for making musket balls) There is a refreshment kiosk open during the winter in the east end in Kneller Gardens.

I really love this area. Great at any time of the year or day ( never closes ) Great night rides!

To be pedantic the tarmac path is in LB Richmond and has been open for ?20 years. The Gravel one is in Hounslow and is fairly recent but does make a nice circuit.

Re: Does anyone like........ chipseal?

24 May 2015 - 4:47pm
Here is Surrey's plan. If the roads they've done are part of this plan then it looks good. The surface is very good for cycling. I noticed on one road (B2028 Marsh Green Nr Edenbridge to Lingfield) that one or two "faults" occurred after completion, but these have been repaired to what looks like a high standard presumably by the contractor. I'm hoping one of the designated "Surrey Cycleway" might be done as well as it is breaking up because of utility trenches. That raises the question of whether utilities should have much more responsibility for repair of damage caused to roads. It's often "the council" that receives the blame, but the utiliries cause the damage.

Re: Is a cadence sensor worth it?

24 May 2015 - 4:23pm
My cycling has got much more efficient and as a result I've got faster by keeping an eye on my cadence while riding. Previously on hills I'd tried to keep it in the big rig and grind up which wasn't really helping so I've concentrated on keeping a constant cadence instead at as big an effort as I can manage.

I don't actually have a cadence sensor* but I've learned to know what cadence range I'm in without one.

* I actually do have a sensor but I don't have a head unit to show it while riding. I can see the results on my phone after the ride.

Re: Is a cadence sensor worth it?

24 May 2015 - 4:19pm
You can (ab)use a normal cheap speedo by configuring a specific wheel diameter (aim for 10rpm=1mph)

Re: Roadcycling fimed whit pro drone in 4k definition

24 May 2015 - 3:38pm
Hey! Isn't that the music from the Eurovision contest?

Re: Crane River Parks Hounslow & other London rides

24 May 2015 - 1:44pm
A few pictures.

To get to the river Crane path proper, you have to go under the so called cavalry tunnel under the railway as once Hounslow heath had a cavalry regiment there


thru Cavalry Tunnel.JPG


Cavalry tunnel exit onto rive crane pathway.JPG


River crane path.JPG


Crane path have to ride with care.JPG


thru paths covered with tree arches.JPG

Re: This week i am mostly eating ... pasties!

24 May 2015 - 12:38pm
Probably a bit far for you, but the coast road from St Ives to St Just is wonderful.

I'm trying to ride all the roads in Cornwall, and a couple of years ago I took the train to Redruth with my bike in the stowage. I did the coast road and down to Helston, and called in a nice cafe in Praze-an-Beeble village, so maybe worth aiming at?

St Mawes is nice and you can cross the King Harry Ferry.

Re: Does anyone like........ chipseal?

24 May 2015 - 12:13pm
Very good points by all. On the taxation front I've beefed on for years that we need to pay more tax if we want to have the best infrastructure, hospitals, educational institutes etc. Unfortunately the political parties seem to have always gone for votes in a bidding war of reducing tax..... we all don't like having to pay it but it's essential if we want the best when we come to need it. We should be the envy of the world with people wanting to copy us. I think moving the lower paid out of taxation is correct but increasing it for all ( and there are many ) who really do have comfortable lives would not hurt. There is extreme poverty in the UK but for most I think they don't know how well off they are, particularly in the cars, houses they purchase but TV, magazines etc push it home you're a failure without the new SUV etc. Programmes like escape to the country with smug individuals make me explode, "ooh we need rooms for daphne to do her embroidery and at least 10 acres of land for johns greenhouse" . One taxation I feel is very unjust is council tax. I was made redundant but even without salary I had to pay £100 a month council tax. For me to charge a tax for all who work( in again a fair manner with lower limits and upper cap ) and hence therefore have access and use of leisure centres, libraries, local amenities would distribute the load more fairly and evenly with ( treating everyone as an individual not an item ) lower bills. I was told by a knight of the realm MP that this was not popular with voters? It does not stack up that the value of your property reflects your demands on services, its just a cheap illogical method of billing.

I'd also like to see student grants brought back and loans abolished..... and no tax subsidised final salary pensions with early retirement..... the UK is quite financially polarised I feel more so than yesteryear but extending to much more of the population.

Aarrrgggh all that angst from chipseal .

This week i am mostly eating ... pasties!

24 May 2015 - 11:55am
In Redruth for the next week. Cycling most mornings between 07.00hrs and 11.00hrs. Apart from the excellent Cycle route 3 I'm looking for circular routes of between 20 and 35 miles. Suggestions or recommend guide books please.

Re: Does anyone like........ chipseal?

24 May 2015 - 11:38am
I don't like chip 'n sealed tarmac as much as the next cyclist,especially when done badly or it becomes patchy,or when first applied isn't swept after a short period of settling and is left with two wheeler skid traps on junctions and bends.
All that said when it's bedded in and the loose chippings swept,I don't find it a problem at all on the tyres I ride these days(37/40mm Hypers),however on narrow 23/25mm HP tyres it's diabolical for anything but short stretches and is the worst cause of high frequency vibration for cyclist's who ride such tyres.
Without mudguards loose chips also get picked up by the tyre and can chip paint or possibly CF frames and forks.
It's a road dressing we're stuck with(sorry)so better just learn to live with it.
One thing that I find really irritating is how it camouflages bad road deformations and potholes,but what's to be done?
Given that it's purpose is to prolong the service life of the road surface,with the state of even major roads beginning to deteriorate alarmingly and repairs by some LA's from a cyclists POV being almost as bad as the road surface prior to repair it's a bit of a rough ride(sorry again) for the cyclist.
Society seems more interested in paying less taxes whilst at the same time buying ever bigger cars(causing more and more pollution)to counter those bad roads thereby speeding up the deterioration those bigger vehicles cause
IMHO there's something going seriously wrong with our outlook on personal transportation and taxation

Re: Does anyone like........ chipseal?

24 May 2015 - 11:37am
old_windbag wrote:Like so many things, schools , hospitals etc it must differ county by county as to what you get. Some authorities may want to do a job properly whereas others are happy to do it half cocked to save a bob. One thought I had about it was does it save them gritting the roads i.e on smooth asphalt its essential but perhaps on the rougher surface they may forego gritting it.
Most of the surfaces I've seen done tend not to last much more than 3yrs before the become patchy.... perhaps thats when it hasn't been done properly in the first place.

At the end of the day smooth tarmac ( billiard table flat ) is heaven to ride on, just makes your effort feel fully utilised like good tyres.
Here it's (or was) usually referred as "surface dressing". Apparently it's supposed to extend the "life" of the road surface, and it's cheaper so that's why it's done. However I agree that for cyclists it provides a potential "slippery" surface when it's first laid, and quite frequently after a time it lifts in patches from the road base causing more hazards. A smooth surface is definitely easier to cycle on. Recently Surrey CC has re-laid a few roads with nice smooth black top and some of these roads are minor.

There isn't any effect as regards "gritting" the roads on the surface. As far as I know all "gritting" is salt and there now isn't any grit. No-one seems to worry about pollution caused vast amounts of salt being deposited, and if it's referred to as grit there isn't a problem!

Edit to add http://www.highwaysmaintenance.com/SDtext.htm, but I still don't like it! The author is clearly not a cyclist!

Re: Police Had Pulled Over a Driver

24 May 2015 - 11:32am
Valbrona wrote:Couldn't believe my eyes ... the Police had actually pulled over a driver on my ride into Derbyshire today. The last time I saw a driver that had been stopped by the Plod was about two decades ago.

Just goes to show how good our drivers are.

Re: Does anyone like........ chipseal?

24 May 2015 - 11:04am
I've always used the term since I first encountered it on the road. Perhaps I picked it up from investigating the method after not liking that much..... anyway even wikipaedia has an entry for it. I associate it with america but again that could be influenced by what I've read and the many people who dislike it, even motorcycle and car drivers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chipseal

When I came in fuming the other day ( well when you get to mid life it's expected ) I found an interesting blog site where the writer was complaining about similar road resurfacing, the blog turned out to be an interesting read by a chap who seems pretty chilled out and switched on to life. He's an ultra long distance bike rider it seems. See below:-

http://kentsbike.blogspot.co.uk/

It's good to know that across all continents there are people who think similarly and want to enjoy the same aspects of life and be creative..... not simply invade, destroy, steal( rant over ). All that from my dislike of chipseal.

Re: Problems I never knew needed solving

24 May 2015 - 10:25am
kwackers wrote:Tonyf33 wrote:very heavyweight tyres,the carcass is too stiff for a comfortable ride and for cornering IMO, rolling resistance is shocking, really only benficial if puncture protection is your ultimate goal.
There are far better tyres out there to my mind
I'm currently using a pair of marathons which I bought since they seemed to be highly recommended. I can't wait until they're finally relegated to the bin. Worst tyres I've ever ridden on.
Not even sure why I bought them - I never get punctures anyway!
You Might Now LOL

Re: Problems I never knew needed solving

24 May 2015 - 10:15am
Tonyf33 wrote:very heavyweight tyres,the carcass is too stiff for a comfortable ride and for cornering IMO, rolling resistance is shocking, really only benficial if puncture protection is your ultimate goal.
There are far better tyres out there to my mind
I'm currently using a pair of marathons which I bought since they seemed to be highly recommended. I can't wait until they're finally relegated to the bin. Worst tyres I've ever ridden on.
Not even sure why I bought them - I never get punctures anyway!

Re: Problems I never knew needed solving

24 May 2015 - 10:13am
I had a lightweight carbon framed bike for a while and whilst it was a revelation in what it meant to ride a bike that weighed nothing it did demonstrate comfort was a relative thing.

I simply rode it less and less until one day I brushed the cobwebs off and sold it.

Nothing beats a steel framed tourer (imo).

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