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Re: Are Female Cyclist more at risk

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 May 2015 - 11:22am
40% iirc - of cyclists killed on the roads are found to be the authors of their own destruction.


I wonder if in any other aspect of life the blame would go to the person who fell foul of heavy machinery just for failing to act perfectly in its presence? Especially when the machinery was under the control of another.

Re: Are Female Cyclist more at risk

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 May 2015 - 11:18am
ferdinand wrote:And I'd also advocate (and some won't like me making the argument) for measures to help cyclists not get ourselves killed. The data (CTC, 2012) shows that a significant proportion - 40% iirc - of cyclists killed on the roads are found to be the authors of their own destruction.
Have you got a link to that? Last time I looked at data on the TRL website the numbers were considerably smaller - more in the order of 10% (iirc).

Re: Are Female Cyclist more at risk

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 May 2015 - 11:12am
Vorpal wrote:ferdinand wrote:Do men have more opportunities to pick up the habits that make them safer?

Maybe men do have more opportunities to pick up habits that make them safer, but is that really where the solution lies?

I really don't know. As I said, I'm speculating about causes for a possible problem that hasn't been clearly demonstrated to exist (or not) yet.

I think that given that cycling rates are so relatively low, the way to have the biggest impact on this is to work to make cycling an attractive option option for everyone rather than put major effort into gender specific thinking.

And that means more hard graft along the lines that is already the mainstay - in particular improvement of infrastructure and all the rest. But perhaps that is only the main strategic answer (10-30 year timespan).

I'd advocate for an improved Bikeability for Adults (or whatever it is called) to be available everywhere, and to be done to a sufficiently high quality to last a long time. If that includes women-only group session or projects, that's fine by me as long as that is one element of an overall programme. Around here, I had to go 20 miles to find any Bikeability without engaging a private tutor, and that's because I happen to own a parking space affected by the Nottingham Workplace Parking Levy.

I'd also advocate for specific measures such as removing "crush hazards" where possible such as railings on road corners.

And I'd also advocate (and some won't like me making the argument) for measures to help cyclists not get ourselves killed. The data (CTC, 2012) shows that a significant proportion - 40% iirc - of cyclists killed on the roads are found to be the authors of their own destruction.

Ferdinand

recumbent tricycle

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 May 2015 - 11:11am
Hi, Just wondering if anyone on here rides a recumbent tricycle as I am picking up a new one from Ice trikes in Cornwall next week and does anyone have advice on anything that I need to add or do to it for long distance touring. I think I have pretty much covered everything like Arkel GT54 panniers, 30 gears with bar end shifters, front and rear suspension, most bells and whistles.
I'm looking to go to Vietnam, through Laos and into Thailand next winter (see my listing) so anyone want to come.

Touring Vietnam, Laos, Thailand (or Cambodia, Thailand)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 May 2015 - 10:51am
I am looking for a companion to cycle with me travelling from Vietnam to Thailand via either Laos or Cambodia for November, December 2015 and January 2016. I have never been to Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia before so who ever goes with me would have input for the trip. I have only done one tour before as a cyclist which was New Zealand winter 2014/2015. I will be using an Ice Adventure trike which I am purchasing June 2015 so I have plenty of time to sort out any problems. I am not looking for an endurance test or expedition but to enjoy the scenery, take some photos and also to enjoy each others company and savour the trip. (Wild camping where possible with the odd campsite or guesthouse sometimes. Distance each day would depend on what we do but my max is usually about 130 kilometres, maybe a bit more as I haven't ridden the trike yet. (NZ I was using a Brompton with a trailer and distance varied between 30k and 90k due to the hills)
I am 66 years young with no known medical problems, very easy to get a long with. If someone only wanted to do part of the time that is ok with me. Open to all suggestions. I am looking to booking my flight end of July /mid August.
I am in the UK but a companion can be from any country but must speak at least reasonable English.

Re: The right shoes for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 May 2015 - 9:53am
camstav wrote:I went to Sports Direct yesterday, but they had nothing at all. I live in Cambridge and there is no Decathlon around, the nearest is in London.
There's one in Harlow, but probably still a bit far to go for shoes!

Re: The right shoes for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 May 2015 - 9:48am
robing wrote:I have Specialised Touring shoe, but tbh it's more a road shoe. I take a v lightweight pair of crocs to wear off the bike.

I also use Specialized (BG Sport Tour?) shoes. They are pretty stiff, so good on the bike, but also OK for an evening stroll of a mile or two. Sizing maybe slightly narrow, otherwise standard.

Re: The right shoes for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 May 2015 - 8:52am
camstav wrote:Thanks a lot for all these messages!
I went to Sports Direct yesterday, but they had nothing at all. I live in Cambridge and there is no Decathlon around, the nearest is in London. The bike shops that I know around here are small and don't have a large range at all. Maybe visiting a few shops and trying different things is the way to go. I will try to find some time for that this week.

I will let you know!

Thanks again,
Camille.
I'm off to a branch of Rutland Cycling today who seem to have big stocks of most things and aren't too far away from you if you're Cambridge-based. Grafham (which I happen to be going to) would be your closest, I think.

Re: The right shoes for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 May 2015 - 8:52am
I have Specialised Touring shoe, but tbh it's more a road shoe. I take a v lightweight pair of crocs to wear off the bike.

Re: The right shoes for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 May 2015 - 8:50am
Thanks a lot for all these messages!
I went to Sports Direct yesterday, but they had nothing at all. I live in Cambridge and there is no Decathlon around, the nearest is in London. The bike shops that I know around here are small and don't have a large range at all. Maybe visiting a few shops and trying different things is the way to go. I will try to find some time for that this week.

I will let you know!

Thanks again,
Camille.

Re: The right shoes for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 May 2015 - 8:36am
Decathlon have a decent range of reasonably priced shoes if you can get to one.

Re: The right shoes for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 May 2015 - 8:19am
Have you seen any of those in the flesh' and have you tried them on? There's no point buying the most recommended, best reviewed, shoes if they're the wrong shape for your feet. It's also worth checking some of the details which may not be clear from the webpages - I have a pair of Mavic Cruize which I am generally happy with, but the mesh upper (described as breathable) barely stops the airflow, which means I get cold feet unless either it's fairly warm or I wear some kind of membrane (eg Sealskinz socks). That may suit you, or may not.

I would suggest you visit a shop with a decent range, if you can find one, and try some on.

Re: The right shoes for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 May 2015 - 8:19am
Cycling shoes in general run narrow. If you are someone who can wear most shoes, you're probably okay just going up a size or so. Otherwise, try them on. I've only ever found one pair of cycling shoes, other than sandals that fit me. I have only moderate difficulty finding street shoes and trainers that fit, but an awful time finding cycling shoes that fit.

Re: The right shoes for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 May 2015 - 6:36am
Hi Camille and well to the CTC Forum!

I'm pretty sure that the RT82's have to be used with the A520 and A600 pedals - I've used both and they are excellent but recommend the latter as they are very light and smooth.

I've not used the RT82 shoes but use the earlier RT51 with the same sole and can confirm that they are OK for walking although you will occasionally hear the cleat making contact with the ground on irregular pavement surfaces. IME Shimano shoes are a bit small and I had to size up from 42 to 44 but this might be due to me having slightly broad feet.

Re: The right shoes for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 May 2015 - 6:22am
Touring shoes not does. Blooming autotext

Re: The right shoes for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 May 2015 - 6:21am
Sorry. A proper answer too.. there are various answers to your problem. Obviously something as stiff as a road show will be impossible for walking more than a few metres. Touring does it is, then. Shimano have the reputation of narrowness, though of course that won't bother some people. Exustar Stelvios walk like normal shoes. I have a pair. I also have a pair of Keens, which are broad and comfortable for me.

The right shoes for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 May 2015 - 11:52pm
Hi there,

I am new to cycling, I have bought a road bike recently and I am buying accessories step by step.
I am already doing day trips, about 80km per day on weekends.
I would like to buy cycling shoes (my pedals are Shimano SPD), but since I like to do some tourism and visit places (villages, etc...) I would like to be able to walk in those shoes...
I don't really know if I should go for road-touring, mountain-biking or trekking shoes...
Has someone experienced walking with Shimano RT82 (road-touring) or Shimano MO89 (mountain-biking)?

I have narrowed down my shopping list to 4 types of shoes:
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/shimano-mt44-touring-cycle-shoes/
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/shimano-mt34-spd-touring-cycle-shoes/
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/shimano-rt82-spd-touring-cycle-shoes/
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/shimano-m089-spd-mountain-bike-shoes/

I am mainly hesitating between the RT82 and the MO89...
Would you have any suggestion or advice?

Many thanks,
Wishing you all a good weekend,

Camille.

Re: Are Female Cyclist more at risk

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 May 2015 - 8:42pm
ferdinand wrote:Do men have more opportunities to pick up the habits that make them safer?

I wonder (speculate) whether there is a factor of men being more around construction vehicles, building projects, goods wagons and DIY, so picking up habits to be cautious around them by 'osmosis'.

eg Spend 2 hours at a Travis-Perkins seeing who are the customers in the materials' yard.

Breeze rides would be one of the ways to communicate this, perhaps, being aimed at more timid female cyclists. Do they do this?

Ferdinand
Maybe men do have more opportunities to pick up habits that make them safer, but is that really where the solution lies?

Re: Ian Austin MP - Couldn't make it up

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 May 2015 - 8:16pm
What's all the fuss about?
It's just one more example of the solidarity between New Labour and anything resembling organised labour.
He's my MP I must confess I thought he had a little more about him than to cut loose with an own goal like this.
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