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Re: fewer motorists fined for mobile use

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 April 2015 - 9:05am
danhopgood wrote:Re. statistics on mobile 'phone use when driving:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31634425

Very interesting.

One thing that's obvious but is still worth noting, is that those observations only show activity at a given time. By that I mean that if you observed the colours of passing cars, you would soon have a pretty good idea what %age of cars were white. A couple of % of drivers using a phone at any given time suggests to me that those drivers are only a small part of the %age of drivers who might use a phone while driving. There will be some drivers, I expect, who never put their phone down and others who only do this occasionally. However, they are all people who consider the activity more or less OK and who might, therefore, be reluctant to convict another driver of causing death if "all they had done" was to use a mobile at the wheel.

Re: Trailer vs Panniers

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 April 2015 - 8:53am
Tangled Metal wrote:Reason for asking is I was towing a child trailer at the weekend and it was hard work. I'm new to touring but have carried a bit of a a load on my bike and it seemed easier. By load I'm talking 13kg of child on a seat plus panniers full of family outdoor kit and picnic, which was a similar amount carried in the trailer.

We have the idea of family touring holiday with child trailer and a cargo trailer from the same company so we could swap trailers. The idea is it takes the load off the bikes (mtb and roady gravel bike).

It could be the trailer and/or it could be the trailer hitch that is the problem. If the flexible bit of the trailer hitch is a spring with an elastomer down the middle then it will cost you lots of extra energy pulling the trailer. The trailer will bounce/tug on the hitch all the time especially when climbing or pushing on. We did two cycle camping tours with this kind of hitch and replaced the hitchs (both bikes and trailers) with Weber couplings. Very much easier to pull the trailer now.

We've now replaced the 18kg child trailer with a 13kg child trailer. Junior is now 15kg and the new trailer (with Weber coupling) is even less work than the old one was (even after fitting the Weber coupling). We prefer Junior in a trailer as it makes the bike more stable.

Weber couplings cost a lot but you can get them to fit virtually any trailer and any bike.

One other thing to check is tyres on the child trailer. We used 55mm wide Big Apples on the old trailer pumped up to just enough to keep the outer tubes on the wheels. This worked well on gravel tracks and rough tarmac. Pump the tyres up too hard with a small child and the trailer will bounce and jarr the child and take more energy to pull.

Re: fewer motorists fined for mobile use

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 April 2015 - 8:18am
danhopgood wrote:Re. statistics on mobile 'phone use when driving:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31634425

Supports what I thought. Car drivers using a hand-held phone are more than twice as likely to be texting than speaking.
I think texting whilst driving should incur an automatic ban of at least a year. It's far more dangerous than speaking on a phone. And the fine/points even for speaking on a phone should be far higher.
£100 as it starts at now isn't enough for either offence. Even the max fine of £1000 isn't enough. Some people spend £100 on phone charges in just a few months, and as the chance of being caught and fined is close to zero, most people would regard a £100 fine as a just a minor charge for doing it.
I suspect that their stats are on the low side. I see more than one in a hundred drivers using a hand-held phone round here, I think they text etc. before joining the nearby motorway, or when they come off it. It's probably more dangerous to do it on the minor roads, but they may feel they're less likely to be caught. Incidentally, there are plenty of laybys, service roads, car parks etc. that they could stop in to phone. They just think their convenience is worth more than other people's lives. And I'm sure that attitude on the road isn't confined to their use of phones.

Re: Trailer vs Panniers

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 April 2015 - 7:44am
There are pros and cons to each but in general I find the trailer produces more drag because of the extra wheel although it flows behind the bike well and I like how the bike responds.

On the other hand panniers are easier to get on and off the bike in a hurry leaving you a more versatile machine. They change the way the bike handles though and I find a fully laden bike cumbersome on hills.

After much trying out of both my normal touring mode is now a combination of both, Bob trailer behind with 2 small ortleib front panniers.

Re: Touring France with a child's trailer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 April 2015 - 7:39am
British Eagle wrote:Has anyone experience of this? I'm wondering if you can take a trailer on the French trains and how easy (difficult!) it is with two bikes, panniers and an infant (who has trailered since he was 8 weeks old and is now 8 months). We would be camping too.

If your trailer has a nose wheel and can be used as a pram then I suggest that you should check the rules regarding bring prams on French trains. I discovered that a ferry (in Norway) I was thinking of using has a ban on bike trailers but there is no restriction on prams...

We did a cycle camping tour last summer in Norway and Denmark when Syklist Junior was around 7 months old which went very well. We used a train from Oslo back home and the trailer and bikes went in the goods van. It can be a bit hectic when putting your bikes on a train especially if there other cyclists getting on at the same station. Keep a cool head and get into the habit of counting bags in and out of the train.

One suggestion, I don't know which trailer you have but our trailer had one of the basic hitches, a large spring with a piece of elastomer through the middle. These hitches are definitely not suited for longer tours. The trailer tugs rythmically on the bike all the time which is especially tiresome when climbing. If your trailer has one of these then I would suggest you think about swapping it for a Weber coupling set (bike and trailer). These are expensive but work very well.

Re: Trailer vs Panniers

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 April 2015 - 7:31am
It has to be better to avoid the considerable extra weight of a trailer unless you really need it.

Re: Trailer vs Panniers

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 April 2015 - 6:39am
I am a much fitter rider than my wife, ans as her knees became worse, this became more so.

The use of a trailer and panniers enabled us to tour

She carried personal stuff in a couple of small panniers and I carried the rest on the trailer

Re: fewer motorists fined for mobile use

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 April 2015 - 1:30am
Law enforcement in the UK is bonkers. You don't need highly trained, well paid, full-on Police Officers to deal with minor motoring offences, or any minor offence for that matter. Lets re-name PCSOs as 'Police Officers' and give them FIAT Panda's to patrol in.

Re: Trailer vs Panniers

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 April 2015 - 11:40pm
I suspect that there isn't going to be a definite answer to your question. Obviously the weight of the trailer will be added to your load, and you'll get additional rolling and air resistance. You will have to work a bit harder to get it all up a hill. However, although doing more work, I find it less tiring than having the same kit in panniers, simply because the unloaded bike gives me a better ride quality.
I would suggest having a few more rides with the trailer before reaching a decision. Don't fall into the trailer trap though! You know what I mean -Taking extra stuff "because I can"

Trailer vs Panniers

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 April 2015 - 10:36pm
I'm curious to know, is it easier to tow kit in a trailer or on the bike? Imagine same load fixed on the bike in panniers, rack bag, bar bag, etc. Or the same load in a trailer being towed behind. Which is going to tire you out quicker?

Reason for asking is I was towing a child trailer at the weekend and it was hard work. I'm new to touring but have carried a bit of a a load on my bike and it seemed easier. By load I'm talking 13kg of child on a seat plus panniers full of family outdoor kit and picnic, which was a similar amount carried in the trailer.

We have the idea of family touring holiday with child trailer and a cargo trailer from the same company so we could swap trailers. The idea is it takes the load off the bikes (mtb and roady gravel bike).

So have you tried both options? Which was easier if you have tried both?

Re: Singlewheel trailers - experiences and modifications

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 April 2015 - 10:15pm
Yeah see what you mean about the skewer, it was the nuts underneath that image that I meant looked good. Thought they came on the skewer but doesn't look like they do.

Dave

Re: Singlewheel trailers - experiences and modifications

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 April 2015 - 9:46pm
If u look at the manual u will see its the same old rubbish skewer they are all sold with page 5 -

I wont be buying any more of them, keep to my old hand made ones.

Sabrutat, how are your mods going- break any skewers?

http://www.qeridoo.de/download/qx-manual-eng.pdf

If you have a wheel that normally takes nuts rather than a skewer there are end nuts for that situation, but those solid axles not the same size as skewer axles so cant use the end nuts; any way most skewer axles are too short? My trailer came with both types

Re: Singlewheel trailers - experiences and modifications

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 April 2015 - 8:44pm
The nuts on the skewer look ok as they can take a spanner, also like the bag. I have sent a message asking if skewers and bags can be purchased separately.

Dave

Re: Don't forget you know who - Sunday

CTC Forum - Racing - 20 April 2015 - 7:06pm
I pay for the web broadcast 3.99. Then with a cheap Apple tv device I can stream it to my tv. As long as you have fast broadband it looks fine.

Re: Don't forget you know who - Sunday

CTC Forum - Racing - 20 April 2015 - 6:41pm
I love Eurosport because they show TONS of cycling! I can watch it on TV (though 'buffering' can be a problem here) my PC and my phone! Also you can watch most events for many days afterwards, in full or fastforward through it.

Of the other sports they show you get a fair amount of tennis and they are showing the world snooker at moment and also seems to be some golf, alpine sports seem to get a lot of coverage and motor racing and motorcycling too but typically its not sort of F1, but cycling Yes! they cover a lot.

I only subscribe to it because I want to watch the cycling events and for these it is great value; Generally its off the beaten path compared to sky; you wont be getting football or cricket for instance

Re: fewer motorists fined for mobile use

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 April 2015 - 5:40pm
Re. statistics on mobile 'phone use when driving:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31634425

Re: fewer motorists fined for mobile use

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 April 2015 - 4:34pm
(sorry, I was unclear, I didn't mean juries should divide blame, just decide on guilt or innocence of the actual charge of causing death by, etc.)
Though in some circumstances, it's little short of murder. I doubt they'd do me for being 'dangerous' if I went out with a gun and shot out at random and killed someone. Driving a car whilst texting seems to me to be no different.

Re: Accident Tue 7 Apr 18:00 Uddingston

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 April 2015 - 4:31pm
The power of CTC! After my comment about the lack of road markings a few days ago, they have suddenly appeared on the roundabout. All hail CTC!

Re: fewer motorists fined for mobile use

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 April 2015 - 3:42pm
Flinders wrote:I think that if you have been using a mobile phone whilst driving within 5 minutes of an accident you should be automatically assumed to be guilty of dangerous driving and given the maximum penalty for that, without the need for a jury.
Juries should only be able to decide on whether, additionally, the dangerous driving was the direct cause of death or injury, or whether there were other contributory factors.

I think your first point needs to go a lot further. At the moment juries in effect get to decide what is careless or dangerous driving in a wide range of cases. I have often argued that there should be a policy framework for what it is, so that they just don't have the discretion in run-of-the-mill cases. If a policy statement says that you have a duty to see something legally present in the road, even in conditions of dense fog or light glare, then SMIDSY is no excuse, and the burden of duty is on the driver to see them, including travelling at a speed that allows them to stop in time for a stationary obstruction in the road in poor visibility. It ceases to be a matter of jury debate as to whether it is dangerous to run over a cyclist when blinded by glare. Doubtless any set of rules has its marginal and uncertain cases, but make certain a lot of run-of-the-mill cases, and set policy externally to what is sensible for society.

I disagree with the second issue you suggest. It's a rare case where someone is charged both with dangerous driving and with causing death by dangerous driving, in case the dangerous driving was not the cause of the death, but in principle it could arise. But I'd much rather we just had an offence of dangerous driving, with a penalty scale that took into account the consequences, and leave complex issues of causality to the judge in the rare cases where it arises. Juries are for assessing the reliability of evidence. They probably aren't much good at that either, but at least it is some kind of a back-stop against abuse of the legal process.

Re: Don't forget you know who - Sunday

CTC Forum - Racing - 20 April 2015 - 2:15pm
Hi,
I am a bit out of touch with sports channels.
Do euro sport cover much mainstream sport
Yes I see its 3.99 for twelve months on the web.
Can you get it any other way, paying that is
Sky want 30 / month
Ta,
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