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Re: Horses: modern ones selected from what stock?

30 July 2015 - 9:08am
Flinders wrote:I think the risks riders and horses ace are depressingly similar to ours as cyclists, so maybe we need to show solidarity - if bad/thoughtless/agressive drivers could all be persuaded to drive as well as the vast majority, we'd all be better off.
+1

I always try to announce "Bike(s) coming" as I approach a horse. In a firm tone of voice, so that the horse can hear it as well as the rider, but not a shout. Horses react well to human voices, that's one thing they're accustomed to.

Re: Horses: modern ones selected from what stock?

29 July 2015 - 8:35pm
Flinders wrote:I think the risks riders and horses ace are depressingly similar to ours as cyclists, so maybe we need to show solidarity - if bad/thoughtless/agressive drivers could all be persuaded to drive as well as the vast majority, we'd all be better off.
Absolutely agree Flinders.

Re: Pedestrians' view of bells ?

29 July 2015 - 7:28pm
SA_SA_SA wrote:I find pinging a (ping) bell (and deciding how soon to ping) when on shared paths a mild bit of a drag:

I wondered about an electronic box with a sampled 'meep meep' from the road runner cartoon*set to repeat periodically enough to obviate bell ringing except for blind corners etc?

*or some other jokey friendly noiseBut will it sound at the right time?

Re: Pedestrians' view of bells ?

29 July 2015 - 5:02pm
John Holiday wrote:Have Dutch type 'ding/dong' bells on most of my cycles , & almost always get a positive reaction from people that I pass.
They seem to be effective at up to 50 m.range, but obviously fail to penetrate to walkers using headphones!
The Sustrans mantra of 'Share with Care' comes to mind!

SusTootle you mean?

Re: Loose stones on the road

29 July 2015 - 5:01pm
Many lanes in the Chilterns have large drifts of grit and debris over them, e.g. near Ipsden, Stoke Row and Checkendon, some of which form part of NCN5. Debris covers the whole carriageway in places. Clearing of debris is the responsibility of Oxfordshire County Council's Highways Department but they've practically abandoned some of the smaller lanes, e.g. https://goo.gl/maps/KtSeO is a lot worse now than in that view, and aren't interested in going out and sweeping them every so often.

Re: Loose stones on the road

29 July 2015 - 4:26pm
iviehoff wrote:CREPELLO wrote:Here in Shropshire, the roads are being kept in what I would describe as a 'just about acceptable' state. Any worse and it will be unacceptable.
Here in Buckinghamshire we dream of having our roads in as good a condition as Shropshire's.
I did a short loop with a friend 2 weeks ago from Aston Clinton to Thame and back and the roads by and large were very good, far better than Hertfordshire's

Re: Horses: modern ones selected from what stock?

29 July 2015 - 4:24pm
One problem for horses is the same one we have. Some drivers don't want them on the road and behave badly around them.
That makes it difficult to train them not to be scared of traffic.
E.g.
- a 'traffic proof' horse suffers a close overtake from a vehicle blaring its horn. For the rest of that ride it will be jumpy, and it may not be happy to go on the road again next time - it may take some time for it to feel secure again.

-How do you introduce a horse to traffic when you can't be sure not to meet an aggressive driver even on the quietest roads? it isn't easy to train them to it...

If a horse is hit by a car, it may survive, but be very scared of roads in the future.

One of my friends was clipped by a van so close and fast that it broke a heavy stainless steel stirrup in half due to the impact and damaged the rider's ankle. The horse was a very good one in traffic, but the impact terrified it, as you can imagine - the van was inches away from hitting the horse. It bolted but fortunately the rider stayed on and when it stopped it was uninjured.
Some rider friends - and mine are pretty much all older ladies and are all very capable and sensible, have been deliberately driven at by cars and vans, and it isn't unusual for vehicles to blare their horns at horses just to scare them for a bit of fun or for people to throw things.

I think the risks riders and horses ace are depressingly similar to ours as cyclists, so maybe we need to show solidarity - if bad/thoughtless/agressive drivers could all be persuaded to drive as well as the vast majority, we'd all be better off.

Re: Pedestrians' view of bells ?

29 July 2015 - 4:19pm
Have Dutch type 'ding/dong' bells on most of my cycles , & almost always get a positive reaction from people that I pass.
They seem to be effective at up to 50 m.range, but obviously fail to penetrate to walkers using headphones!
The Sustrans mantra of 'Share with Care' comes to mind!

Re: Car in bike lane gets moved by cyclist

29 July 2015 - 2:58pm
broadway wrote:If it was a stunt I would expect a more profession film. The other explanation could be that the cyclist had already moved the car off the road and this was the final lift, hence the number of spectators.

The video only captures the end of a sequence. You can see the bumper from the car already lying on the ground. If it was a stunt I think they would have made sure the car being moved didn't damage to other parked car like this one did. Just an idiot showing off. Damaging 2 cars is a bit of an over-reaction.

Re: Boris' backie

29 July 2015 - 2:41pm
iviehoff wrote:[XAP]Bob wrote:I *think* that it was one of the normal kid saddles, but had tape around the mount as well
It was a saddle intended for that purpose. But the picture I saw showed it crudely and insecurely attached with tape.

You can't tell what was under the tape - I was hoping that it had been attached...

Re: Boris' backie

29 July 2015 - 2:41pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:I *think* that it was one of the normal kid saddles, but had tape around the mount as well
It was a saddle intended for that purpose. But the picture I saw showed it crudely and insecurely attached with tape.

Re: Boris' backie

29 July 2015 - 2:40pm
blackbike wrote:Motorists and pedestrians are often very keen to let cyclists know when they are breaking the letter of the law.
And ironically thereby themselves often break http://highwaycode.info/rule/147

Re: Car Width over the ages

29 July 2015 - 1:44pm
reohn2 wrote:pete75 wrote:Saw a Mark One Cortina the other day and it looked tiny. When my dad had one in the sixties it seemed a good sized family car if anything a bit bigger than the average.

I had a 1966 Mk1 1500L estate bought for £175 in about 1973/4 great car never let me down,sold in 1977/8 for £170

Dad's was a 1500 saloon - with the CND back lights

We shouldn't be surprised cars are getting wider because people are getting wider .........

Re: Boris' backie

29 July 2015 - 1:42pm
Boris was very polite with his 'night night'.

Motorists and pedestrians are often very keen to let cyclists know when they are breaking the letter of the law.

It's odd that many people expect cyclists to be totally and utterly law abiding while they seem to tolerate other road users, especially motorists, breaking rules whenever they choose.

Perhaps Boris had decided he was entitled to break the law as he is an experienced cyclists who can decide how to ride better than our lawmakers.

This type of argument is often put forward by motorists who choose to break speed limits or parking rules.

Re: Car in bike lane gets moved by cyclist

29 July 2015 - 11:25am
Of course, this little chap had no problems...

Re: Car in bike lane gets moved by cyclist

29 July 2015 - 10:37am
Picking up and moving small cars where the handbrake only held the rear wheels was a favourite sixth-form prank, but it used to take more than one person.

Re: Hi Viz plod gets space

29 July 2015 - 10:25am
tatanab wrote:[XAP]Bob wrote:No impersonation there...It beats the Men in Black impersonation.

I guess that black suit / black tie / white shirt / dark glasses and shiny black shoes probably isn't the best cycling outfit...

On the other hand, you do get to wipe the memories of other road users!

Re: Car in bike lane gets moved by cyclist

29 July 2015 - 10:23am
kwackers wrote:Cycling near Trafford Park this evening I spotted a lorry parked up on a shared bike/ped path completely blocking it (and by lorry I mean an artic with trailer!).

I see that sort of thing every day. There's a cycle lane marked on the road I can see from my office window, and because there are no buildings directly adjacent to it there everyone and their granny seems to think it's OK to park there while they check their map/phone/lunchbox/whatever.

Re: Boris' backie

29 July 2015 - 10:18am
iviehoff wrote:There is at least one case on what it means for a bicycle to be "adapted" for carrying passengers. A few years ago someone was prosecuted for carrying a child on a saddle they had stuck onto the top tube with sticky tape. The case was not contested, so it doesn't set legal precedent. But it tends to suggest "adapted" is interpreted as meaning "properly adapted", some ad hoc solution like putting a cushion on the back-rack doesn't count.
I *think* that it was one of the normal kid saddles, but had tape around the mount as well

Re: Boris' backie

29 July 2015 - 10:08am
mjr wrote:As my back rack is specifically advertised for giving lifts...Then surely it is... "...adapted for the carriage of more than one person"
How do the police decide what is and what isn't?

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