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Re: Cyclist Assaulted By Taylor Landscaping Worker

19 January 2015 - 11:38pm
Possibly - seeing as this is now sub judice - we should refrain from any more speculation so as not to prejudice any criminal proceedings?

Re: Traffic signals stuck at red:how long till"legally defec

19 January 2015 - 10:31pm
I have the same situation on my regular route. You can't get through the lights from a standing start unless you go hell for leather before the opposing set turn to green. If they are already on green as you approach you have no chance. I use the pavement. This road leads to an industrial estate so you often have artics approaching from both sides. I'm sure these lights detect cars and not bikes.
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.587328,-2.230338,3a,75y,180h,90t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sJmVFxWiH7E7nUPNm8GyYSg!2e0?hl=en

Re: Getting home after a puncture

19 January 2015 - 9:43pm
Fellow club member had the temerity to knock on 1/2 a dozen houses near to where he had a rim failure. Persuaded one owner to let him borrow their old bike and left his behind to be reclaimed later. He managed to cycle 10 miles home collect his car and return to swap bikes back again.

Re: Getting home after a puncture

19 January 2015 - 8:56pm
I'd have asked the cafe if I could leave the bike there until tomorrow. Got home and if time, drove back for the bike or returned the next day. I don't know your situation though, whether you have access to a car or not. It's worked for me in the past. Knocked on a door, left my bike in their shed and come back later. Most people are very nice and understanding. Being on the bus in Lycra shorts felt a bit weird though.

Re: Getting home after a puncture

19 January 2015 - 8:49pm
hondated wrote:This might be the opportunity to put forward an idea I have had for some time. And it is couldn't we somehow compile a voluntary directory in our local areas of members who would be willing and able to be contacted for assistance if we encounter an unfortunate breakdown which cannot be fixed at the side of the road.
A national directory used to exist, the CTC Handbook included a list of members willing to assist a fellow member stranded by mechanical failure whilst touring in a different part of the country. It was never intended as a puncture repair service but I trust most would have accepted the catastrophic failure of a pump as a justified reason to be called out.

Re: Getting home after a puncture

19 January 2015 - 8:48pm
I have done the same as you! The only thing I did different was hang the panniers on the front with cord to reduce weight on the tyre.

Re: Getting home after a puncture

19 January 2015 - 8:41pm
I always carry a presta Schraeder adaptor, the gram or two is well worth it. I don't run many presta tubes any more, but a stranded cyclist might, so I carry the adaptor

Re: Getting home after a puncture

19 January 2015 - 8:38pm
This might be the opportunity to put forward an idea I have had for some time. And it is couldn't we somehow compile a voluntary directory in our local areas of members who would be willing and able to be contacted for assistance if we encounter an unfortunate breakdown which cannot be fixed at the side of the road.I am fortunate at being retired so I may be able to assist someone more easily than someone who is working.

Re: Getting home after a puncture

19 January 2015 - 8:37pm
Not something I have personally done but seriously considering is carrying a co2 canister as a backup to the pump.

Re: Getting home after a puncture

19 January 2015 - 8:28pm
I think the main issue I would find is getting a presta pump.

Re: Getting home after a puncture

19 January 2015 - 8:23pm
This is why front forks should be 135OLN as well

Not alot to do, other than find a local shop with a pump, or a garage (I've borrowed compressed air systems before - they were nervous until I said that I was looking for over 80psi anyway...)

Re: Getting home after a puncture

19 January 2015 - 7:42pm
Assuming there was no LBS / Halfords / Wilkinsons / Poundland / etc nearby where I could have bought a pump (even an emergency pump) I would have done the same as you.

Perhaps stuffing the tyre with grass / straw might have protected it but that may be nothing more than a (rural) myth.

IME Schwalbe Marathons need to be seated with some care at the best of times, so it may be worth another go but there's no sense taking chances with it.

Re: Cyclist Assaulted By Taylor Landscaping Worker

19 January 2015 - 7:21pm
(Allegedly) there is more to come. On another site, there is a suggestion that the vehicle was in fact subject to a Statutory Off Road Notification

It should not have been on the road, so the insurance is also invalid, and it is questionable whether there is a valid MOT

Could be an interesting development if true.

Getting home after a puncture

19 January 2015 - 7:08pm
Hi,

Yesterday I had a slow (rear) puncture, but rode in to my destination anyway (being pushed for time). Got there just as the back wheel was starting to feel a bit "bumpy"....yes...I know, should have stopped long before that!

Anyway, did what I needed to do at appointment. Not stressed because when I returned to the bike I delved into panniers and retrieved my pump, repair kit and spare inner tube.

"This should be fine, I have repair kit AND a spare tube" I thought (and I was outside a lovely cafe so had a cuppa to hand and they let me use their sink for hand cleaning. It wasn't raining either, so if ever a good time and place to have a puncture, this was it!).

I found the offending thorn and to save hassle I put on the spare tube....then pump broke (Topeak pocket rocket, it snapped at the head!).....couldn't get a bit of air in......... No the cafe didn't have a pump and the only cyclist I found also had no pump.

So, I was now stuck.

However I was a mile from the railway station at one end and a mile the other. So I walked with the bike to the train, caught train and walked home pushing bike. The tyre and inner tube were loose, flat, and yes I did wonder if I was doing any damage. I also had two full panniers....I couldn't easily carry them, so they were on the bike and yes, over the flat back wheel.

Anyway, today I checked. Wheel fine, but tyre has stretched.(....or so it seems). It certainly is loose and when I pump it up the inner tube breaks through at the beading pushing the tyre away from the rim (at around 40 psi).

I realise I have wrecked the tyre, its seen better days anyway (an old Schwalbe Marathon). Oh, this is my old commuting bike, a 26" wheel old steel MTB (Marin Muirwoods)

What I wonder is, what I could really have done different. I couldn't easily have called anyone to rescue me (well not without more hassle than cost of new tyre!) If I could have carried the panniers it might have made less damage, but it was easier to leave them on the bike and that was bad enough anyway, especially on a busy train. Yes carry a better pump, but this ones been great until just now.

I had the spares I thought I needed, just never realised the hassle of getting bike and loaded panniers home. In the end it's just a tyre, and I didnt mess up my day and all was OK, but trying to work out if there was anything else I could have done to avoid wrecking the tyre.

Re: Interesting.

19 January 2015 - 5:32pm
ferdinand wrote:Interesting that, according to the linked article,19 out of 38 cyclists stopped were given 'words of advice' and only 19 were fined.

For the same number of motorists, 36 out of 37 were fined, and only 1 out of 37 given 'words of advice'.

That looks like firmer policing of motorists who were stopped.

F

Looking at the list of offences they seemed to only be stopping motorists for more serious events, with the exception of the seatbelts.
Were those five red light offences committed by cars, full on violations where they crossed the junction or were they just creeping into ASLs? I think if they had been picking up on ASL violation there would have been a lot more motorists charged but I bet they were ignoring it, despite it carrying a greater penalty than any of the cycling offences.

So I think it was more likely that it was firmer policing of cyclists. I could spot a lot more (endorsable) offences than that in any town centre in a few minutes.

Re: Traffic signals stuck at red:how long till"legally defec

19 January 2015 - 5:24pm
Here is another Thames bridge near to me, I usually go on the pavement as it so narrow. And about 200 metres between the lights.

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.64953 ... !2e0?hl=en

Re: Fog lights

19 January 2015 - 5:22pm
Side lights that are still better than most cyclists would have on their bikes?
The cars will also be moving a bit faster than cycles giving more time to see them and react when coming from behind which means in the same lane.
That is the problem with these lights they (yet again) shift the responsibility from those who should be looking to those who are to be seen.

Re: Cyclist Assaulted By Taylor Landscaping Worker

19 January 2015 - 5:22pm
Valbrona wrote:"A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "On December 8, 2014, police were made aware of a personal injury collision between a cyclist and a van".

The Met Police seem to say that there was a collision between van and cyclist.

It's the cyclists fault for colliding with the van driver's fist.

Re: Sunday Times: drivers should pass close

19 January 2015 - 5:13pm
So you are approaching a junction with a car waiting at it. You let off the accelerator a bit as it is there, just in case it pulls out on you. It detects that and starts to move, so you apply the brakes harder and it thinks "great" plenty of space.
Possibly even another can come out. So rather like some drivers you have to aim at them with all signs of not giving way for anything. Especially on a motorcycle where a bit of hard braking can always have you off.

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