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Re: Are Female Cyclist more at risk

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 May 2015 - 8:59pm
What's more important, saving lives or sticking to the PC mantra that we are all equal and the same. Spatial Awareness . . Knowing where you are in reference to the things around you. Like motor vehicles.
Males have a higher level of spatial awareness than females. . . Google it !
That SA helps males avoid a degree of impact with motor vehicles by a heightened awareness of what's around them.
Males need lessons in personal hygiene, ego management and childcare . . Females need to be more SA.
Lets help each other to stay safe.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 May 2015 - 8:37pm
mcallaghan wrote:I will plan on being there 3 hours early on my departure. I imagine road traffic at 7AM won't be too busy.
It depends on where. Most places are fine at that time, but around the airport could be congested by 8:00 am. I would ask your taxi company when you need to leave, to be at the airport by 7:45 and ask them to collect you at that time. I've had taxis not turn up a time or two, and I've often had them be late. If you'll have you bike with, even if you tell them that you have a bike with, there's a fair chance that something silly will turn up. Or the driver will refuse to take the bike. I once ordered an large car (estate (station wagon) or larger) for a 90 minute drive to a London airport with a family of 4 and several pieces of luggage. What turned up was barely big enough for the family (I don't remember what it was; a Seat or something) let alone the luggage. They didn't have a larger car available (despite me saying it when I booked) so he called a mate who brought our luggage. He only charged us the quoted fare, even though two cars went, but it's not the only time I've had stuff like that happen.

Re: Are Female Cyclist more at risk

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 May 2015 - 8:24pm
Another tragic piece of news from our roads. My feeling is, there really is a disparity between the incidence of male and female victims, and I wish we knew the reason why. If I'm right, and a properly controlled study were made to discover the cause of this, it may lead to our roads becoming safer - for either sex.

Re: Ouch!

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 May 2015 - 8:19pm
I've done that.

Years ago, though. Not a learner driver. It was a bitterly cold day and I think I had my eyes closed against a biting wind.

Re: Plans for a summer tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 May 2015 - 8:04pm
I never liked the GU canal, narrow in places, muddy in others, stoney and boring in many places also in London watch out for muggers. I have been out as far as Ivinghoe when used to be a YHA there

Re: Best bicycle SatNav

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 May 2015 - 7:37pm
The Garmin Touring, almost works like a car satnav, except when you go off course.
It tells you your off course, the display dims the screen, so you can't read the map to get back on course.
When you get back on course by using your handy paper map, the Touring will then start working again.

So for touring, you know where you might make a detour to look at something interesting or get some cakes,
the Garmin Touring is a bit lacking in smarts. There is no pause/resume feature for lunch stops, you have to
leave the Garmin on, other wise it can't handle picking up a route at a point along the way.

I use RidewithGPS premium to make the routes, works correctly with the Touring, you can spec how many
meters from the turn you want the big turn arrow to appear.

Re: Plans for a summer tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 May 2015 - 7:34pm
I would recommend the Kennet and Avon from Reading. Parts are rough and can be muddy, but there are plenty of excellent small roads running parallel.

A few year ago I did a loop up the Oxford Canal to Grand Union. Down the GU as far as Aylesbury spur. Along Aylesbury Canal to Aylesbury then small roads to Oxford. You may want to think about Ox and Ay canals as an alternative to GU.

Re: Ouch!

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 May 2015 - 6:56pm
When I was a driving instructor, another instructor (in Ayrshire) had the exact same thing happen to him. It was on a country road, they'd passed the cyclist a couple of miles earlier, he had his head down, pushing hard, they pulled up at the side and then a couple of minutes later... WHACK!!! No Strava or 'pooters in them days, tho, r2!

Re: Ouch!

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 May 2015 - 6:44pm
kwackers wrote:Anyone on here?


More Road CC I think.

Re: Plans for a summer tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 May 2015 - 6:40pm
That scene looks familiar...

I regularly park my car at a public slipway just to the left of those flats in the background, jump in and go diving under all the yachts. It's over 30m deep around there, and although the underwater scenery is pretty boring/muddy compared to the main shore-diving site (a few hundred metres down-river), there's always the dream of finding a yachtie's dropped Rolex, plus there's an absolute monster of a lobster down there.

I can't think how this helps with your planned tour, other than to remind you to make a mental note not to fall into the canal - water can be deceptively deep...

Re: Ouch!

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 May 2015 - 6:29pm
Which goes to show the idiots aren't all driving cars


PS,Probably checking his Strava rating on 'pooter

Ouch!

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 May 2015 - 6:23pm
Anyone on here?
Sometimes you just have to take responsibility...

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/watch-sefton-park-cyclist-crash-9354667

Re: Road bike or mountain bike?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 May 2015 - 6:14pm
Enjoy your trip and let us know how you get on

Re: Is a cadence sensor worth it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 May 2015 - 5:39pm
We have had this discussion. I just find that it I am more comfortable when I am pushing lighter and faster - but there is a natural rhthym for walking that is related to leg length

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 May 2015 - 5:24pm
I still haven't heard back from the Cab Company. I may place a booking to see if I can get a response that way or try one of the other companies that are on offer (when I google such things).

I will plan on being there 3 hours early on my departure. I imagine road traffic at 7AM won't be too busy.

Re: Is a cadence sensor worth it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 May 2015 - 5:23pm
I reckon that they are related, well, at least for me they are.
We've had this discussion before on here.

I climb stairs as if I'm cycling, and I walk as if I'm cycling. It's all about a "natural rhythm" for me. Beats per minute sort of thing. Sort of "clockwork" with a pendulum. Repetitive, regular, constant, drum-beat.

Maybe it's just me.

Re: Cyclists are treated as if they are staionary.

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 May 2015 - 5:23pm
OK, I see, you meant "have increased".

Re: Cyclists are treated as if they are staionary.

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 May 2015 - 5:17pm
Since when? My m'cycling days were last century.

Re: Are Female Cyclist more at risk

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 May 2015 - 5:17pm
Along with the spatial awareness thing (don't get it myself but then i have pretty good spatial awareness) I also think women have poor awareness of the ability of vehicles / drivers blind spots etc.
My early cycling days out with the blokes in the cycle club meant i picked up a lot of chat about driving, driving lorries and had a b/f who did at least nurture me on how to drive on motorways with lorries around and advised me of their capabilities.

Frankly i do not think young women (and possibly some men) of today have those advantages.... it is probably every father's responsibility to ensure their daughters are taught such basics along with their b/f / partners....

I when we are out i often try to point out danger spots, the value of watching what drivers are doing, blind spots etc to my son, along with the requirements that larger vehicles may require in terms of space and stopping distances etc...

I well remember a work colleague, newly passed her test decided to drive to Liverpool to visit family, came back regaled us with tales of how awful it was driving on the M6 with lorry drivers honking at her, i had visions of her probably not driving very fast and possibly causing lorry drivers to slow down when they needed revs on etc., to get up the next drag.... and not really understanding that they need to keep their speed up..

Re: People who have cycled the Pamir Highway...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 May 2015 - 5:12pm
I am in Bishkek now.
Starting the Pamir Highway tomorrow.
Osh, Dushanbe, Khorog, Sary Tash and back to Bishkek.

Can I help?
Matt
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