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Re: Why do so many people die shovelling snow?

20 November 2014 - 2:26pm
I think part of the snow shovelling thing is people doing something they are not used to and often under pressure eg late for work because of the snow . I think it would be foolhardy for somebody who wasn't a regular cyclist to practice their hill climbing in cold weather, especially the extreme cold experienced in parts of the USA in winter. I had my first inklings of heart disease while riding on a very cold day - by UK standards - on quiet roads billiard board flat just north of Doncaster. I was pootling along when I felt a sharp pain in my chest, which persisted a few minutes. I rode through it and thought no more of it. When angina was diagnosed several months later following different symptoms, the cardiologist said that pain was probably when my heart had created its own bypass to some clogging, aggravated by the cold weather. The medical opinion seemed to be that the underlying fitness from decades of cycling had saved me.

Why do so many people die shovelling snow?

20 November 2014 - 2:05pm
Why do so many people die shovelling snow?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-30119410

This article is about shoveling snow but raises issues about cycling in the cold?

Re: Abuse

20 November 2014 - 1:43pm
I gently wave onwards, often thanked for idt.

I'l not t=stop as a eesult of this...

Re: Abuse

20 November 2014 - 11:44am
I do that now and again: stay in primary in a narrow lane until I've found a safe spot to draw in and let the following motorist overtake. I try to avoid arm-waving (something that the Highway Code discourages anyway) but the brief nod that I give is usually understood. Can't say I've ever had any aggro about this: on the contrary, I'm usually thanked.

Re: Abuse

20 November 2014 - 11:36am
Can't say I have any sympathy for her aggression. The cyclist was just being polite in signing her round. If she didn't want to go round (sometimes I don't) for any reason, nobody was forcing her. In her place if I'd said anything later it would have been 'thanks for the wave, but I didn't feel I could get round because.....'

Re: Undertaken - on the pavement...

20 November 2014 - 9:27am
Motorists love traffic jams, but they're best when they are stationary...

Re: Abuse

20 November 2014 - 9:26am
[XAP]Bob wrote:Mouthful of abuse from a young "lady" today...
"don't you ${expletive}ing well tell me when it's safe to overtake".

I'd merely signalled a safe pass after cresting a hill at the end of a stream of oncoming traffic...
TBH I feel some sympathy towards her (apart from the expletive, which some just can't help adding whatever they are saying). It is really quite irritating to be frantically waved past as some cyclists (and horse riders) do, when they are in the position to see around the hazard - and I (driving) am not. My driving safely is my responsibility, not theirs and I'll wait until I can see it is clear (as for when they actually stop right in the place where they can see through the hazard and then start to direct my movements ).

Re: Wet weather gear

20 November 2014 - 9:16am
eileithyia wrote:How long is your shift? Is there no heating facilities / boiler room? Towels? I get wet sometimes and while i have some old cheap cycling kit in my locker i can usually get most stuff dry during in my shift.
We moved up the west of Scotland in October '82 and I cycle-commuted the eight miles to work and back.

We'd left Plymouth with sunny dry weather. The girls were in summer dresses and sandals, and I was cycle-commuting seven miles to work and back in shorts and light tops.

Within a week after moving north, the girls had to have wellies and winter clothing, and I suddenly was faced with being soaked wet through by the time I got to work. I had a locker at work, so I had a change of clothes, and my cycling gear was put over a nearby radiator to dry - including the shoes and socks! I'd drive in on a weekend with fresh shirts and socks etc to get me through the week.

By the time I finished work, I put on my (now bone dry) cycling gear and got soaking wet through going home. Stripping off, my gear went on the storage heater in the hall ready for the "cycle" to be repeated - seemingly endlessly.

This went on until mid December - constant rain and drizzle - to replaced by snow.

Happy days.

Re: Undertaken - on the pavement...

20 November 2014 - 8:57am
andy65 wrote:There appears to be a problem with perception. Drivers often see cyclists as something that must be overtaken immediately. It's not just fast or aggressive drivers. I have been passed very dangerously by people driving very slowly, the classic being little old ladies passing on the wrong side of a solid white line on a blind bend on a narrow road. They are clearly not in a hurry and they are not being aggressive, but it doesn't occur to them that if they wait a short amount of time they can pass more safely.

I don't know what causes it and I don't know what can be done to change it. Perhaps there needs to be research into the psychology of road users, to understand how we can overcome things like this. I include cyclists in this because I know that we can also be affected.
I agree the mad/psychotic/lunatic driving manoeuvres I've witnessed,because a driver had to slow down for what amounts to a few seconds,is is truly bizarre and bewildering,the blind overtake being be just one of many.
Just to be rooted to the spot at the next TL .

Re: Undertaken - on the pavement...

20 November 2014 - 8:48am
There appears to be a problem with perception. Drivers often see cyclists as something that must be overtaken immediately. It's not just fast or aggressive drivers. I have been passed very dangerously by people driving very slowly, the classic being little old ladies passing on the wrong side of a solid white line on a blind bend on a narrow road. They are clearly not in a hurry and they are not being aggressive, but it doesn't occur to them that if they wait a short amount of time they can pass more safely.

I don't know what causes it and I don't know what can be done to change it. Perhaps there needs to be research into the psychology of road users, to understand how we can overcome things like this. I include cyclists in this because I know that we can also be affected.

Re: Wet weather gear

20 November 2014 - 7:40am
How long is your shift? Is there no heating facilities / boiler room? Towels? I get wet sometimes and while i have some old cheap cycling kit in my locker i can usually get most stuff dry during in my shift.
I always keep some spare socks and undies at work.
Any wet clothing gets rolled up in a towel, this helps absorb excess water then they get hung up and the ambient temperature does the rest....
Shoes get stuffed with newspaper / hand towels and changed at some point of the shift (if possible) this again absorbs most of the moisture and fresh dry socks to ride home in does the rest.
It is rare that i have a wet commute both ways or for the whole journey. Indeed i prefer almost to know i am setting out in rain that will continue for the whole journey then i can wear less layers under the waterproof and not arrive too sweated up, if starts raining on the way in i always remove the outer windproof style top and gilet that i am wearing.. to reduce sweating...

If dry i rarely set off in a waterproof as get far too hot.

Possibly you need to consider another set of cheap cycle clothes, a pair of longs and a couple of undervests should suffice?

Re: Wet weather gear

20 November 2014 - 12:33am
Dave Mania wrote:I've been doing ok with my hundred mile a week cycle commute, but that was in the summer. Now its the autumn and wet as you like. Trouble being I'm getting drenched to the bone in the morning and again on the way home... I can take a change of gear with me to work, but I'm stuffed for the next day, I can't get anything dry in time, then I'm out getting drenched the very next morning.
I've tried waterproofs, but they don't let sweat out so I'm arriving at work just as soaked as if I'd worn nothing waterproof and, frankly, minging. I need to find gear that keeps the rain out completely, but also wicks moisture away from the inside.
Does such stuff exist? Any suggestions?

Paramo Quito
http://www.paramo.co.uk/cmsdata/Downloa ... y-11-1.pdf
http://www.mudandroutes.com/archives/26120
http://www.paramo.co.uk/en-gb/garments/ ... UITOUNISEX
http://www.outdoorsmagic.com/reviews/ja ... 36510.html

I got mine second hand for £65, at the time would not have paid £200 but having used it now I would not hesitate. people are right about this brand.

Re: M324 Pedals - You couldn't make it up

20 November 2014 - 12:26am
NUKe wrote:my Current M540 have done 33000 miles, over the past 4 years and have never been apart, I keep thinking I should but they still run smooth. All Shimano pedals are fairly easy to take apart. Search You tube for how to and they will usually show how to without the special tools unless they really are required

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkH7gClG8NM

shows you the two types of SPD. most shimano pedals are a variation of these

That video is basically the same way I lube my SPD pedals except I don't have the luxury of a workbench.

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

19 November 2014 - 11:24pm
Did it have a cycle rack on it? Or did the driver have some other way of getting into and out of the van? That's a truly despicable sticker.

Re: Police Thugs

19 November 2014 - 9:26pm
Lance Dopestrong wrote:The less than worthy police officers are worthy of scrutiny, and where necessary action, but there are also hard working, honest and even brave officers who are worthy of our support.

And how do we tell the two groups apart? They don't wear badges and until they do then given the effect they can have on your life it seems logical to treat them all with upmost suspicion.

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

19 November 2014 - 7:22pm
Today I came across a largish Renault van sporting the pedestrian version.

Given the number of scrapes and dents on the van it's probably sound advice.

These should be compulsory and perhaps there should be a similar one on the steering wheel as a reminder to the driver not to park on double yellow lines. One was certainly needed in this case .

Re: Wet weather gear

19 November 2014 - 5:05pm
raincape.

Re: Abuse

19 November 2014 - 4:59pm
Mouthful of abuse from a young "lady" today...
"don't you ${expletive}ing well tell me when it's safe to overtake".

I'd merely signalled a safe pass after cresting a hill at the end of a stream of oncoming traffic...

Re: Undertaken - on the pavement...

19 November 2014 - 3:32pm
LollyKat wrote:What about this for undertaking/overtaking madness?

It shows a car overtaking a truck after undertaking a vehicle which was already in the process of overtaking the truck. Not a bicycle in sight, fortunately.



They've charged the driver - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-n ... d-30112988 . Very strong and dangerous car culture amongst the youths in the NE of Scotland, although it's not the only place. Due to the affluence in the area, they (or bank of mum and dad) can afford to buy AND insure a car with a decent engine.

Re: Wet weather gear

19 November 2014 - 12:35pm
Buffalo
October to April I've no decisions on what to wear I just put on my Buffalo whatever the weather. Below 5C I usually wear a base layer under it. Dries in no time at all.
I wear this with waterproof trousers and shoe covers in heavy rain. 20ml commute and I never feel wet and miserable.

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