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Re: Anyone not been hit by a car

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 March 2015 - 4:06pm
foxyrider wrote:toomsie wrote:I cant wear pig tails, I am a man
why not? good enough for Eric The Red and Tonto!

Re: The Gaurdian: Cycling near misses

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 March 2015 - 4:00pm
What a depressing article, but sadly, I can identify with so many of the comments from those cyclists who have had near misses. I commute from Surrey to Central London daily, and get close passes/ cars pulling out in front of me/ left hooks, and so much more on a regular basis. When I started commuting a couple of years ago, I can remember feeling that I couldn't put up with any more of this, and nearly packed it in. I persevered, and it doesn't bother me as much as it used to, but sadly, I'm ashamed to say that it's probably made me a lot more aggressive as a cyclist than I used to be. Someone hooting at me when I'm taking the lane through a pinch point once would have had me cycling straight to the gutter in fear. These days, something like that makes me continue in my primary position, and slow down. If it looks like someone is going to pull out in front of me, I look straight at them and cycle straight towards them (while always having a backup plan if they really don't stop). Most incidents of cars pulling out are when the driver does actually see you, but doesn't care, and expects you to stop. I've come to the help of other cyclists in similar situations, and others have come to the help of me. One particularly aggressive driver, revving his engine behind a group of us on a narrow road where it wasn't safe to pass, found his journey was slowed down greatly when one of us had an 'unfortunate' mechanical problem at the next set of traffic lights. Such a shame that 3 others had to help fix it while the lights went back from green to red as he sat in his car, hooting at us....

Unfortunately, I realise that this sort of cycling is not going to win me any favours, but it's been borne out of the real feeling of war out there on the streets of London. In the absence of proper cyling infrastructure, what else can you do? Either you take a route of ultra assertiveness, which could be perceived as aggression, or you retreat back to cars and public transport.

Then again, everything changes when I'm on a slightly different mode of transport. My rod-braked roadster forces me to slow down, and take the world in, as I pootle along at a gentle pace, imagining that we're back in the 1950's, and the roads really are made for cycling.

Re: Cyclist defence fund Michael Mason

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 March 2015 - 3:40pm
Sorry if I wasn't clear. My acquaintance opted for a course (apprently) because he was led to believe that a prosecution was likely to be successful, despite his assertion that the driver in front had caused the shunt. IIRC, he said that he was told that he had a choice between a fine and points, or a driver awareness course. I don't of course, know what the police officer said to him, which is much more likely to have been along the lines of 'we can prosecute you, which is likely to result in a fine and points on your licence or you can enrol in a driver awareness course...'

Re: Cyclist defence fund Michael Mason

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 March 2015 - 3:27pm
Vorpal wrote:I suppose that it is possible that if a case had gone to court my acquaintance would have been found not guilty. But he was not given that opportunity.
Surely you always have the opportunity to go to court and plead not guilty? I take it he chose not to do so?

Re: The Gaurdian: Cycling near misses

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 March 2015 - 3:27pm
I think that is an interesting article. I would be interested to see similar studies from other countries for comparison.

Re: Reducing pannier weight

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 March 2015 - 3:09pm
My weekly shopping trip has me hauling more weight than my full tour camping set up!

As Horizon says, 3/4 full bags are the ideal, balance the weight side to side and you'll be well away

Re: Newcastle port to central station - route wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 March 2015 - 3:08pm
Mark1978 wrote:Yeah that's one part of the C2C route and it goes right to the ferry port. By UK standards some of the best we have (so still terrible, but usable) and tarmac too.
Actually, although some of it is barely adequate pavement type shared use, some is also rather nice, dedicated cycleway, and as good as you are likely to find outside of the Netherlands.

Re: Newcastle port to central station - route wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 March 2015 - 3:05pm
Yeah that's one part of the C2C route and it goes right to the ferry port. By UK standards some of the best we have (so still terrible, but usable) and tarmac too.

Re: Newcastle port to central station - route wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 March 2015 - 3:03pm
Vorpal wrote:Maybe you can use the Hadrian's Wall route? http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/rout ... 5173490241

The goes from the port to quite near the station.

About 200m from the station in fact and if memory serves me its mostly a dedicated bike/foot path until the city centre.

Re: maps for the west of USA

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 March 2015 - 3:03pm
Most state tourist boards have free maps but they are often quite small given the area they cover. In my experience, the AAA (American Automobile Association) maps are about the best for general use. They also, if memory serves, highlight scenic routes in the same way as the Michelin European maps.

Re: Anyone not been hit by a car

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 March 2015 - 3:00pm
toomsie wrote:I cant wear pig tails, I am a man
why not? good enough for Eric The Red and Tonto!

Re: Newcastle port to central station - route wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 March 2015 - 2:56pm
The Sustrans C2C route from Tynemouth into the city centre would work ... it's well signposted - going past the blinking eye bridge etc. - when you get to the Tyne bridge make a right up the slope towards the station

Rob

Re: Anyone not been hit by a car

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 March 2015 - 2:27pm
I cant wear pig tails, I am a man

Anyone not been hit by a car

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 March 2015 - 2:20pm
Not sure about the dreadlocks but I can thoroughly recommend a couple of pig tails adorned with roses. I'm determined women can't claim all the best colours for themselves. I like pink, I wear it.
A few years ago I was bidding on two cycling skull caps on EBay They were 'designer wear' (Sheila Moon )and I left a bid of a pound on each. The plain one sold for a few pounds, I didn't get it, but I did win a pale blue one adorned with a large pink rose.
Most of the time it's under my helmet to protect the sensitivity of fellow riders. Last week I was out, without a helmet, and wearing this cap. Forty mile ride and not one really close pass. A couple of 'I wish they were further out', but certainly an improved distance from overtaking vehicles. Indeed many went over the centre line to pass.

BTW I've never been hit by a car, and I've heat mapped most of Northern England and Southern Scotland, and only ever fallen off my road bike (2x) when learning use of SPD pedals.

Re: Newcastle port to central station - route wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 March 2015 - 2:20pm
Maybe you can use the Hadrian's Wall route? http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/rout ... 5173490241

The goes from the port to quite near the station.

Re: Anyone not been hit by a car

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 March 2015 - 1:45pm
Can anyone else verify this. If this is the case I am going to get a helmet with dreadlocks on them.

Re: Anyone not been hit by a car

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 March 2015 - 1:27pm
mjr wrote:toomsie wrote:If I have not mentioned it before, I am very careful cycling relative to the average cyclist. I have the recently bought a yellow hi-vis helmet( I regret not buying an orange one), I have a loud horn, lights in the daytime, and a rear view mirror. And I generally signal and look back whenever I can. Still a bit shaky one-handed but improving. I still get stories of accidents. It’s like everyone has a story. I wonder if woman fare better.
Horn OK, but none of the others indicate care. In fact, most of them have been accused of putting one in more danger (such as the famous studies of passing distance helmetted/unhelmetted), although the evidence isn't great.


Forgot my helmet the other week, and it was only after I realised that the traffic was giving me far more space than usual, and was overtaking more carefully as well, and was wondering why that was, that I noticed I was 'without' it.

Re: Anyone not been hit by a car

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 March 2015 - 12:58pm
toomsie wrote:If I have not mentioned it before, I am very careful cycling relative to the average cyclist. I have the recently bought a yellow hi-vis helmet( I regret not buying an orange one), I have a loud horn, lights in the daytime, and a rear view mirror. And I generally signal and look back whenever I can. Still a bit shaky one-handed but improving. I still get stories of accidents. It’s like everyone has a story. I wonder if woman fare better.
Horn OK, but none of the others indicate care. In fact, most of them have been accused of putting one in more danger (such as the famous studies of passing distance helmetted/unhelmetted), although the evidence isn't great.

Re: Anyone not been hit by a car

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 March 2015 - 12:53pm
If I have not mentioned it before, I am very careful cycling relative to the average cyclist. I have the recently bought a yellow hi-vis helmet( I regret not buying an orange one), I have a loud horn, lights in the daytime, and a rear view mirror. And I generally signal and look back whenever I can. Still a bit shaky one-handed but improving. I still get stories of accidents. It’s like everyone has a story. I wonder if woman fare better.
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