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Re: Cats ears

22 November 2015 - 10:46pm
Brucey wrote:Bmblbzzz wrote:.... If it works, sounds like it has many applications! Does it actually keep your ears warm though?

yes, but you can't always see where you are going (if you use the whole cat)

Is that a cat suit?
Or just a cat hat?
Or maybe a top cat hat?

NOTE:- mods,If there are to many three letter words in this post please feel free to delete it,I'll your judgement.

Re: Cats ears

22 November 2015 - 10:23pm

Re: Cats ears

22 November 2015 - 10:21pm
Bmblbzzz wrote:.... If it works, sounds like it has many applications! Does it actually keep your ears warm though?

yes, but you can't always see where you are going (if you use the whole cat)


Carry ID

22 November 2015 - 9:48pm
Recently our local policeman came to my door and described a bike. A rider without any ID had been found dead with the bike. I knew the bike which allowed them to then call on next of kin.

Another case here in Cheshire,
http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/lat ... ium=Social
Anyone know the bike, approx 60 yo rider.

Re: Cats ears

22 November 2015 - 8:58pm
So they're intended to reduce wind noise from helmet straps by creating a fluffy layer of turbulence (ok, I'm guessing) rather than a hard layer. If it works, sounds like it has many applications! Does it actually keep your ears warm though?

Re: Cats ears

22 November 2015 - 8:29pm
Here's the website: http://www.cat-ears.com/index.html

The ear cover version looks better to me than the Elvis sideburn.

cats ear.jpg


Re: Beeston Rylands - River Path

22 November 2015 - 8:21pm
I use that route quite regularly and I really don't resent having to get off. It can be busy with families crossing the path to eat at picnic benches. Anyway, I am usually going to get off and go to Tony's Caff!

Re: Cats ears

22 November 2015 - 8:11pm
True story (honest): I was friends with 3 notorious brothers when I was a kid. They would pull the whiskers off their cat and use it to 'cheese-wire' off their warts.

Mods please remove if unsuitable...b

Re: Cats ears

22 November 2015 - 7:57pm
I'm using cats whiskers to improve my judgment of narrow gaps. They keep my face warm as well. And I pick up the funkiest radio!

Re: Cats ears

22 November 2015 - 7:47pm
We don't have a cat.
That said,have you tried removing a cat's ears?
Even if you promise you'll return them after the ride,they tend to be a bit reluctant to lend them.

Re: Comedy road sign

22 November 2015 - 7:23pm

Cats ears

22 November 2015 - 3:39pm
Anyone using Cats ears to improve hearing?
Do they keep your ears a bit warmer?

Re: How daft is this?!!

22 November 2015 - 2:59pm
Putting cycle lanes in a place where there is little chance of their being left clear and therefore little chance of their being usable is unreasonable. I'd blame the Council. There should be mandatory guidance to prevent this kind of thing, because it carries a message that "cycle facilities don't matter, block them if it suits you" that is likely to have repercussions elsewhere. It's hard to see how the message of "don't enter an advisory cycle lane unless it's unavoidable" can be taken seriously when this kind of thing is around.

Ideally the residents would park elsewhere, but there almost certainly isn't anywhere. We've got something related but different on our estate, where parking restrictions have gone in to protect residential parking, because we are near the station. Commuters in response park in the cycle lanes along the main estate road. That feels a bit more as though "unavoidable" includes "I don't want to pay for station parking, and that's more important than any cyclist", although I don't actually know whether the station even has enough spaces.

And yes, the drivers are probably doing cyclists a favour in both locations, in reality. The Croydon lanes are far too narrow to be even usable. Ours are a bit below the standard and therefore possibly even more dangerous, because they can actually be taken seriously.

Re: Cats eyes...

22 November 2015 - 1:36pm
mercalia wrote:catseys are a wonderful (British) invention - if u are so daft as to ride over them then expect the worst!Are you implying that I deliberately set out to ride over catseyes? No cyclist in their right mind (apart from those doing stunts) would deliberately ride over a pothole, nevertheless cyclists clamour incessantly for potholes to be removed. So it is for catseyes. Even a slowcoach like me sometimes has the need to overtake another road user, and doing so brings me on an intersection path with the catseye line. I do my best to avoid, of course...

Re: Cats eyes...

22 November 2015 - 1:36pm
SA_SA_SA wrote:IMO they encourage people to drive faster than the range of their headlamps allows, thus endangering pedestrians and anyone whose rear lamp(s) has failed etc etc...
I remember reading in New Scientist about a Scandinavian study that showed an increase in the number of accidents in the presence of road-side marker posts. It appeared that drivers went faster when they could see easily where the road was, and so hit more moose or whatever.

It is a worry that we have not fully addressed whether making driving easier improves or reduces safety.

Re: A worrying state of affairs

22 November 2015 - 12:52pm
PH, yup, do understand about presumed liability. Just so sad at this sort of story still happening, clutching at straws!

Re: Cats eyes...

22 November 2015 - 12:52pm
I think the Americans prefer reflective road marking paint (I think they think its longer lasting, though that seems unexpected to me).

Again I would limit its use to just enough warning before corners, to leave a reminder to the errant driver to stay within their visible illuminated range.

Re: Cats eyes...

22 November 2015 - 12:03pm
As someone who is involved with applying technology to solve problems I think electronic catseyes may have some positive attributes but on the whole I'm an advocate of the age old design that has evolved to be one of the best pieces of road furniture. The principle of them filling with rain water and having the rubber moulding act to clean the two glass lenses when driving over is excellent. As long as councils/highways agencies keep on top of checking for dislodged/damaged ones ( they last a very long time ) then I feel they are an optimal product and much less resource intensive than the electronic items and their disposal requirements as previous poster points to.

Simply a good design thats hard to better. The carriageway lane indicators ( reflectives ) on motorways seem to work well too. The only negative of catseyes from a cycling perspective is being careful if you should cycle over one, as sometimes happens when going through roadworks with closed off lanes and being pushed by the impatient car behind .

PS: sorry just posted after connection problems and saw the criticism of riding over catseyes.... but clearly I'm not alone.

Re: Cats eyes...

22 November 2015 - 12:01pm
catseys are a wonderful (British) invention - if u are so daft as to ride over them then expect the worst! dont know why the need to replace the reflective kind as the old type work well enough? and have no circuitry to get damaged by buffeting? The reflective ones work beyond the range of my m/c beam and it is almost magical to see the road outlined ahead. if the rest of the world don't use them its their loss!

"They cost £30 and last for between eight and 10 years. By contrast cats eyes cost around £10 and last for between two and three years before they need replacing"

hmm that sounds like sales talk? why do the reflective type need replacing every 3 years? I bet due to road bufffeting, in which case the led type will be very expensive as the same will apply to them!

Re: Dazzling motorists

22 November 2015 - 11:49am
But properly dipped car headlamps have the cutoff dipped downwards by more than a degree and a bit from horizontal, so doesn't that limit the range to less than the official braking distance for 40mph (120ft)?




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