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Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2014 - 8:49pm
http://www.northtyneside.gov.uk/browse- ... tegory=755

This text appears on the websites of several local councils and says 20mph limits apply to all road users including cyclists. Not sure where the law is behind that.

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2014 - 8:43pm
Mark1978 wrote:As it understand it the London royal parks are the only places in the country where there are legally enforceable bicycle speed limits?
Maybe some tunnels and bridges where the speed limits are set by byelaws rather than national legislation?

EDIT: Yep, the Queensway (Mersey) Tunnel has a speed limit of 30mph which applies to "vehicles" rather than "motor vehicles"

It also technically has minimum speed of 10mph. Is this the only minimum speed applicable to cyclists?

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2014 - 8:42pm
To my knowledge there are a few similar bye-laws on promenades.

There's also been some speculation that certain (or all) 20 mph limits on the public highway apply to all vehicles rather than just motor vehicles. Might be right, might be wrong; I can't quote any legislation and I'm not inclined to go looking for it.

The LBC discussion seems to be moving on to pink dog poo which must be of equal importance to their listeners .

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2014 - 8:39pm
Number plates for cyclists....

I'm going to get bingo soon!

@Muhammad_Muneer: @LBC @clivebull put number plates on those things.
And get them insured, so next time when they hit your car, you can sue them for damages

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2014 - 8:36pm
As it understand it the London royal parks are the only places in the country where there are legally enforceable bicycle speed limits?

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2014 - 8:35pm
When you get comments like this......

@T50red: @LBC @clivebull it should be legal for pedestrians to push cyclists over if they ride on the pavement or don't stop at zebra crossings


There is no hope........

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2014 - 8:29pm
Discussion appears to be about Hyde Park or perhaps some of the other Royal Parks.

On some paths there are speed limits for cyclists set through bye-laws. These are enforceable. From time to time there are crackdowns which usually get a mention on the forum.

I think the discussion is moving away from cycling now...

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2014 - 8:26pm
What speed limits are they talking about. Because, as I understood things Highway Code section 125 defined speed limits and there are no speed limits for cycles (unless there are local byelaws in operation).

So in your everyday 30 mph speed limit, a cycle doing 35 mph is not breaking any laws.

I would imagine there might be other considerations related to safety but those would be called something like "Cycling dangerously".

Have I misunderstood things (quite possible) ?

Ian

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2014 - 8:22pm
http://app.musicradio.com/lbclondon/on-air/player/

Edit: Live link, won't be much use when the discussion finishes.

First experience on singletrack

CTC Forum - MTB - 20 November 2014 - 6:41pm
I went for a ride in Dorset and had my first experience of singletrack. I fell - spectacularly - at the feet of the Cerne Abbas Giant.
http://www.farawayvisions.com/cerne-abbas-giant-dorset/

Re: Diabetic Feet on Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 November 2014 - 6:19pm
Ferdinand I'm sorry you have had a poor response for a serious enquiry. I'm not diabetic - but I would have happily recommended sealskinz socks to you. They work. There have been reports of water getting in by running down your leg in very wet conditions, suggested solutions seem to centre about taping the top of the sock to your leg. Haven't had this problem myself, but even if water does get in this way you should certainly be able to dry them out overnight (turn them inside out!) and start the next day with cosy toes. Good luck!

Re: Why do so many people die shovelling snow?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2014 - 6:02pm
thirdcrank wrote:The medical opinion seemed to be that the underlying fitness from decades of cycling had saved me.
I'm surprised your general fitness didn't protect you against angina in the first instance. I don't know much about it, though - my granny and a cousin suffered from angina but they were a bit overweight and not very fit.

Re: Touring Cassette

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 November 2014 - 4:03pm
Unless the cassette-chain is worn out the cheapest way would be to just change the inner chainring.
Put it small-small and measure the gap between the chain and the bottom of the front derailleur cage.
You need 2 mm per tooth reduction.
So a 4 mm gap will let you drop the inner by 2 teeth and an 8 mm gap will let you drop it by 4.

Re: Touring Cassette

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 November 2014 - 3:38pm
I have 44/32/22 x 11-30 on my touring bike but my preference is spinning rather than honking up hills(I am 59).. this might be of use to you http://www.bikecalc.com/gear_inches

Re: Why do so many people die shovelling snow?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2014 - 3:14pm
At last, a topic where I can claim some experience and expertise — I've lived in Canada all my life, have ridden bicycles for 60 years, and worked for a quarter of a century as a physiotherapist with cardiac surgery and rehab patients

The BBC article spells out the reasons why snow shovelling puts so much stress on the heart. I'd add one more factor: usually people don't have a 'warm up' period before shovelling, so their hearts go from resting rate and output to maximum stress in a matter of seconds. I would not go as far as the cardiologist they interviewed, suggesting no one over 55 should shovel snow. Judging by the forecast, I'll be doing a bit of shovelling myself (age 66) before today is over. My recommendations: stay fit (yes, thirdcrank, your heart is undoubtedly stronger because of your decades of cycling, and the angina probably would have started many years sooner if you hadn't stayed active); dress for the weather; start slowly and increase your effort gradually, don't push yourself to absolute maximum effort, and if you've a lot of shovelling to do, take a break now and then and don't overtire yourself. And for goodness sake, go see a doctor at the first episode of chest tightness or pain, or if you feel as if you're getting tired abnormally quickly.

Now to bicycling: almost everything about it is good for the heart — exercise bikes are central to our cardiac rehab program for that very reason. Warm up gradually, don't push to exhaustion, don't 'ride through' any worrisome symptoms if they show up — they're there to warn you about something. (Tsk, tsk, tsk, thirdcrank…)

If you're fit, you can even go hill-climbing in the cold (if that sort of thing makes you happy ), but don't jump on your bike and head straight up a 25% grade at full speed. (Sorry, if I'd been following the threads on grading hills more carefully I might have chosen a better number , but you get the idea.) Again, increase your effort gradually for five or ten minutes before you really start to push.

If you're planning to change your intensity of cycling, checking with your doctor might be wise. But if you're not going to extremes, just get out and ride and enjoy it — your heart will thank you.

Re: Need advice on a bike tour of Scotland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 November 2014 - 3:06pm
hi Radomir
your route looks great ...I see you have cape wrath included ... (a great trip) ..just to let you know this ferry is run depending on the weather http://www.capewrath.org.uk/

Re: Why do so many people die shovelling snow?

CTC Forum - On the road - 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.

Re: Diabetic Feet on Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 November 2014 - 2:07pm
I've yet to tour and it isn't looking like I'll be able to until next year. I've been type 1 for 34 years.
From my days of commuting ten miles to work and ten miles back in all sorts of weather, I can't remember wet feet ever being a problem. I'd get to work, put on dry sock and work boots and go about my business with no adverse effects other than wrinkly feet if it was bad enough.
The problems may start if you combine wet feet with cold weather. But even then I think it would take some time for any long term issues to surface. Neoprene overshoes might be your best bet and shoes with as little padding as possible will dry out quicker than those with lots of padding.
The best overshoes I've ever used are these... http://www.amazon.co.uk/BBB-HardWear-BW ... +overshoes
Mine are nearing 3 years old and still waterproof and cosy. Water gets down the sides but any overshoe will have that problem.

Why do so many people die shovelling snow?

CTC Forum - On the road - 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

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2014 - 1:43pm
I gently wave onwards, often thanked for idt.

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