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Re: Pavement parkers

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 7:32pm
My GP is great

We were discussing fitness and sI had scored reasonably, but cycling does not always account properly

Showed her the Garmin Connect record and she then asked why I had not cycled that day.

I explained that it was lack of secure parking.. her reply was... well stick it in the waiting room!

Re: Hit and Run - Cyclist Wanted !

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 7:31pm
What crime is being investigated by the police? A scratched car is a civil matter surely?

Re: Why do (some of us) do it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 7:31pm
binsted wrote:What are you rambling on about, I am not in the least interested in how motorists defend themselves. I am concerned with the image that we as cyclists project and when cyclists are killed and I read that somehow they bring it upon themselves because they jump red lights I get annoyed.
Do you think if cyclists didn't jump red lights motorists would welcome you to their roads with open arms?

When you've fixed the red light problem, be prepared to have registration plates, pay road tax, always wear a helmet, always wear a hi-vis jacket, have compulsory insurance, compulsory use of cycle lanes (no matter how crap they are), instant fines for riding two abreast etc etc.

And then when you've done all that you'll finally come to realise the reason motorists complain isn't because some cyclists do what some motorists do but because they see you as occupying their space and getting in their way on their roads.
Whining about RLJ'ing is nothing other than an excuse easily replaced with another and another until you're no longer there...

Re: Why do (some of us) do it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 7:24pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:Yes I would, I spend a lot of time trying to defend cyclists actions, and when you see "one of your own" giving ammunition to the opposition it makes the job that much harder.How well do the people you are defending from manage to defend the actions of other motorists? You know, those who kill thousands of people a yearm let alone the maiming and injuring that they do, the threatening and bulling, the wanton destruction they wreak on our cities and roads...

What are you rambling on about, I am not in the least interested in how motorists defend themselves. I am concerned with the image that we as cyclists project and when cyclists are killed and I read that somehow they bring it upon themselves because they jump red lights I get annoyed.

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 September 2014 - 7:22pm
Three weeks ago waiting for the Rhein ferry at Gernsheim north of Worms.

Re: knee pain and touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 September 2014 - 7:04pm
mjr wrote:............. the troublesome time with clips seems to be traffic which I doubt you're making photo galleries about

The tracks I ride can be composed of loose stones the size of your fist, mud with tractor ruts, peat, and steps up to or down from exposed rock, to name just a few. I think I know as much about unplanned stops and dismounts as somebody who rides in traffic.
A bicycle of any sort is not much use at all if you can't ride it, I wonder how many of the people who deny the benefits of cleats have ever taken the time to get to use them properly.
I can understand if you are elderly or badly co-ordinated then the fear of injury from toppling-over during the learning phase could be enough to put you off, I suppose I was about fifty when I started with cleats.

Re: Coast and Castles - Newcastle to Edinburgh

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 September 2014 - 5:27pm
I did it using the coastal route last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. Mainly flat with great coastal scenery, especially in Northumberland. Wild camped on the coastal path near Boulmer, just a bit south of Embleton and woke up to a fabulous sunrise over the North Sea.

Re: Pavement parkers

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 5:26pm
Maybe they don't expect many people to cycle to the doctor's, hence the lack of provision for them at some surgeries. You seem to be lucky - most of the time. My doctor's has a couple of sheffield stands - fine, room for up to 4 bikes, but not if a swarm of cyclists suddenly descend. My check-ups are every six months, and I almost always cycle.

Reminds me of an amusing experience some years ago. Well, it was amusing in hindsight, didn't seem so at the time. I'd been having some chest pains, so I made an appointment and cycled over to the doctor. He wasn't too impressed, after doing an ECG and some other tests, he called an ambulance and had me carted to hospital. "But what about my bike?" I asked. He said, "You'll have to leave it here, is it locked?" It was, luckily. The hospital gave me the all-clear and discharged me, so I was able to go and collect the bike later that evening - un-vandalised, luckily (I say that because the surgery is in - er - that part of the town).

Re: Hit and Run - Cyclist Wanted !

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 5:17pm
661-Pete wrote:You might get a bit more of the picture if you watch some of this guy's other videos.
I don't think he's over-fond of cyclists - or any other road users!
Obviously doesn't care for cycle lanes, probably doesn't think much of ADSL's either if my experience is anything to go by.

Re: Hit and Run - Cyclist Wanted !

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 5:16pm
So the guy has caught the taxi trying to squeeze past - but then what happens? Has he really dumped the bike and walked off?

(Wasn't me anyway, I was 200 miles away!)

Re: Hit and Run - Cyclist Wanted !

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 5:13pm
You might get a bit more of the picture if you watch some of this guy's other videos.
I don't think he's over-fond of cyclists - or any other road users!

Re: Hit and Run - Cyclist Wanted !

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 4:59pm
Flinders wrote:Vehicle hit seemed to be in the bike lane.

You don't see anything in the video but if the cyclist did hit the taxi I do not think infringing the bike lane is an excuse. By the way the cyclist walked off would not be surprised if he nicked the bike.

Re: 700c wheels in India?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 September 2014 - 4:56pm
Just to mention re 32H rims, if you start off with a matching pair you can always get a broken-rimmed rear wheel rebuilt with the front rim, then beg or borrow any old wheel for the front. But start your tour with new but run-in kit and avoid all this!

Re: Advice on accident involving a dog

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 4:52pm
I see no reason why you ought to have to claim on your own insurance.
Of course, if the owner of the dog doesn't pay up, you may have to. But I hope not. Best of luck with it all.

Re: Hit and Run - Cyclist Wanted !

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 4:50pm
Vehicle hit seemed to be in the bike lane.

Pavement parkers

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 4:39pm
Grr. Pavement parkers. Grr.

At my GP surgery/pharmacy today, a parker had blocked not only the gate that leads to the official bike parking, but also the wheelchair ramp to the surgery/pharmacy.

Fortunately the offending vehicle was another bike (though with a trailing child's half-bike), so I could shift it out of the way.

I've been going to that surgery/pharmacy every month for nearly four years, and it's the first time I've seen another bike there. It made a nice change from the usual jam of parked cars. Cycling to the doctor's is obviously a good thing, for those who can.

But blocking wheelchair ramps is seriously anti-social.

Grr. </rant>

Re: Why do we do it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 4:27pm
Keep in mind the 2 over-arching 'principles' used by the human brain to govern all behaviour - optimism and opportunism...

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 September 2014 - 4:23pm
I think pneumatic's comment illustrates just how personal this is. Sometimes a bike just feels right and sometimes one which ticks all the boxes on paper just ends up unloved

Re: Why do we do it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 4:20pm
Phil Fouracre wrote:I'm with the Welshman oops, almost forgot, think my tag line might apply!

Looks good from my side of the fence

Re: Do you ride out of the saddle?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 September 2014 - 4:16pm
Never really thought about it, but saw this post yesterday and stood up today. Unfortunately not one of your examples.

Riding in town, came to 5 way junction. Approached slowly and double looked all ways. By this time I had slowed down a lot (not stationary) and was in too high a gear for the 'quick' pull away so had to stand to get the bike going.

Showed lack of anticipation and over caution, must try harder!!
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