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Re: Boris' backie

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2015 - 12:05pm
Electric bikes are not considered mechanically propelled.

Re: Pedestrians' view of bells ?

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2015 - 12:05pm
There will be always be the odd person with a chip on their shoulder who takes issue with being "rang at". Personally I think a bell rung in plenty of time surely beats having to shout "excuse me!" from sufficient distance for it to be adequate warning, and comes over as far more polite!

Re: Boris' backie

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2015 - 11:46am
I believe that it applies to bicycles which are not mechanically propelled; that is most pedal cycles.

Re: Boris' backie

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2015 - 11:37am
"Not more than one person may be carried on a road on a bicycle not propelled by mechanical power unless it is constructed or adapted for the carriage of more than one person."

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1988/52/section/24

Been wondering this since the story broke but the press are just unquestioningly parroting the story so no hope there. The bit I've bolded would suggest this law only applies to electric bikes etc? I know the law can be a little obtuse at times but it's rarely so daft it acually means the opposite of what it is written.

The alternative would mean that this does not apply to electric bikes???

Edinburgh

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2015 - 11:20am
We're taking our tandem up to Edinburgh for a long weekend, staying at Malmaison in Leith. I'm looking for recommendations for a 30-40 mile route for a day, setting out from Leith, as traffic free as possible but (preferably) on metalled surfaces. We don't mind a bit of climbing...

Thanks in advance!

Re: Hi Viz plod gets space

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2015 - 11:17am
ferdinand wrote:I quite like it, though it does look a little distinctive.

It seems to be single sided (may be wrong on that) from the piccie on the website, so do you wear the panel facing forwards or backwards?

(Edit: perhaps that is the zip pocket).

Ferdinand

Yes, the zip pocket is at the front.

Re: Boris' backie

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2015 - 10:56am
What is dangerous is relative and depends upon conditions. I have seen people sharing Boris-bikes on a few occasions, but on observing them doing it while going the wrong way up a busy one-way street, it is the latter that worries me more for the riders' safety. But again, these things are relative. I am, at the moment, routinely using a 10yd stretch of temporary 1-way street (due to construction works) in the wrong direction, as do many other cyclist passing there, as we have tried the alternatives and they are worse. You can just wait until there's nothing coming and it's Not A Problem.

About 12 years ago I saw BoJo cycling up the Strand while talking into a hand-held mobile phone. At the time, the road, in his direction of travel, was entirely full of standing traffic. Such is the narrow width of the lanes on the Strand, it is very challenging to cycle at all on the Strand when it is so full of standing traffic - you usually can't get past a bus in such conditions without leaving the carriageway. Indeed, even though I worked on the Strand, I used to avoid cycling on the Strand if it could at all be avoided - my usual routes avoided it entirely. But to be attempting it while talking on a hand-held mobile was a challenge indeed.

Re: My first touring 'fail'

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2015 - 10:04am
Happened to my friend whilst walking. We'd done 8 miles, stopped for a half and food. He had the drink, got half way through eating, then just passed out. The doctor couldnt find anything wrong and just put it down to strenuous exercise followed by alcohol and too much food too quickly.

Re: Way of the Roses..an accident waiting to happen?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2015 - 9:50am
The sort of RIDER who runs out of road on Greenhow Hill will also run out of road on Peat Lane.
Greenhow Hill is a wide road with reasonable sight lines most of the time.
I have tried to link the start of the tricky bit of the descent of Peat Lane.....its the worst bit of film I have seen from the Google van....https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@54.074111,-1.769164,3a,75y,90h,49.44t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sIghmynM4PqmAnYEeH9kv2A!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
You can come flying down a straightforward descent (narrow, but open with reasonable sight lines) to be faced with this....the road dives into a tunnel of trees, the stone walls converge to line the gutters. The road is liable to be covered in debris washed down, there is no fast motor traffic to clear the debris. Right on the bend there is a stone water-bar in the road surface.......how close did you have to get to see it on the Google image? How soon would you see it plunging into the semi-darkness under the trees, wearing fashionable cycling sunglasses?
Follow down Peat Lane on Google until you get to the house on the left, and thats the worst of it finished......if you make the first bend, you will be going slow enough to make the rest.
There is an excellent farm cafe at the top of Greenhow Hill, I went there with a group of "new cyclists". We went up Peat Lane, (walking the steep bit), the plan was to return via Duck Street, but that was closed by a road traffic accident (one of the quarry lorries in the ditch). Nobody fancied going down Greenhow Hill, so we went back down Peat Lane. We got to just above my link (where the camper van is parked ) and everybody else got off and walked: I was the only one to ride down the tricky bit.
They all think I am reckless, I'm inclined to think they lack skill.........but perhaps I would have got off and walked if I had been on a fashionable bike with twitchy steering, narrow tyres and dual pivot brakes.
My view is that anybody whose brakes work can get down Greenhow Hill in safety if they exercise reasonable care, but I would not send an inexperienced rider down Peat Lane on their own.

Re: My first touring 'fail'

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2015 - 9:23am
Not a fail, just more experience.

I think rule zero (which is hard to observe) is to be flexible according to the conditions: road better or worse than expected, weather, fatigue etc etc. Probably the 90 miler was a bit on the big side. But nothing ventured...however you absolutely did the right thing to decide to stop.

Re: My first touring 'fail'

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2015 - 7:34am
Atrial fibrillation affects endurance cyclists more than the ordinary man. You had some kind of arrythmia, but it could be several different ones. I would say from your description of the day, that you grossly overdid it. 90 miles on a hilly route into the wind for a 65y old (I'm 65 myself) is just too much. Because you can do it, is not sufficient reason to do it. Flogging yourself excessively is not good for you, in respect of the risk of getting atrial fibrillation. It sounds like you got ectopic beats which are common enough. I occasionally get them myself when I'm at top fitness and when I get them, at my age, it's a sign to me that my heart is getting irritated and I ease up.
More is not necessarily better.

P.S. I'm a retired doctor and have had the time to read this stuff in detail.
When I was young (I'm touring since I was 38) I used to do 70m av per day touring. I've cut that back and now average 50 ish and in hilly terrain less. I still enjoy it just as much.

Re: My first touring 'fail'

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2015 - 12:16am
Hi Nareloc! My heart's being doing that sort of thing since the late '80s and I've got used to just ignoring it... I'm no cardiologist although I did work as a medical physiology technician years ago, so don't take any of my comments as gospel. Lots of people including super-fit athletes have hearts that don't beat 100% consistently. You only have to spend a couple of hours browsing the internet to find that minor arrhythmia are very common indeed and are often unexplained - factors like alcohol, hunger, tiredness and stress have the most effect on me and my heart. I have learnt to avoid key combinations. Red wine in anything more than the smallest quantities is almost guaranteed to trigger some heart block, unless its the posh stuff without any sulphates (see label!) Another thing I do now is hydrate, which I have learnt to do so it's second nature - it's very seldom that I get thru' a day without drinking at least 2 litres of plain water - more if it's hot. Northern France is perfect 'cos there's so many churches and their accompanying grave yards, each one of which has a tap of cold water for watering the flowers!
I have also leant - and it wasn't easy! - not to panic and so far I haven't died yet. This was after turning up at a&e a couple of times with the old ticker doing very similar things to what you describe, and finding the medical staff reassuringly underwhelmed!
A few years ago, I spent some time reading forum posts from other people with similar and far worse symptoms and finally concluded I had very minor symptoms compared with some and privately vowed to stop worrying about them, although it's a lot easier to say it than do it!
I am off to France for a 2 week tour in a couple of weeks time.
Loads of research suggests that cycling is good cardiac exercise when done in moderation - keep it up!

Re: Leeds Liverpool Canal - Shipley to Gargrave

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 July 2015 - 11:54pm
I've always gone up the main road B6265/A629, or on the pavement next to it as you near Skipton, there's never pedestrians on it until you get into Skipton itself.I think the first

bit is dual carriageway but there's room inside the white line to keep out of the way and it's not that far anyway.It follows the valley where the railway line goes

so there's nothing too steep.Alternately you could put your bike on the train at Shipley, Saltaire or Bingley and train it to Skipton they're pretty frequent.

There's no need to go into Silsden if you're coming off at Riddlesden you just skirt Keighley,you don't touch Silsden at all. I've never been up the B 6265 on the opposite side

of the valley , but at least it avoids the main road traffic I suppose.

Re: Touring - worst fear?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 July 2015 - 11:46pm
Being prevented by age/ bad health/ bad back.

Re: My first touring 'fail'

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 July 2015 - 11:40pm
quite wise your approach.

Re: Boris' backie

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 11:27pm
thirdcrank wrote:If I've read the linked BBC article correctly, the suitability or otherwise of the rack isn't an issue

It shows Ms Wheeler sitting on the saddle, without a helmet, holding her handbag as her husband stands on the pedals.


Have we got to the state now where saddles are expected to wear helmets too?

Re: Leeds Liverpool Canal - Shipley to Gargrave

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 July 2015 - 10:26pm
Hi,
thanks for that. So would you stay off the towpath after Silsden until nearer Skipton? Which road route would you recommend from Riddlesden to Silsden? I know the B6265 pretty well, but is there a better way? Going north to pick up Silsden Rd and Howden Rd looks possible, but hilly!

Re: Boris' backie

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 10:24pm
If I've read the linked BBC article correctly, the suitability or otherwise of the rack isn't an issue

It shows Ms Wheeler sitting on the saddle, without a helmet, holding her handbag as her husband stands on the pedals.

You couldn't make it up. He's claiming ignorance of the law about cycling while giving a saddle to a barrister called "Wheeler."

It's the silly season.

Re: Canal du Midi towpath

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 July 2015 - 10:12pm
There was another enquiry about the canal a few months ago. If you use the search you should get more information. I have cycled from Carcassone to Narbonne. As with other posts the towpath is narrow with tree-roots, it is best to follow the canal by the adjacent quiet roads and to cycle along the canal when possible. The branch to Narbonne is rideable as it is wider with no trees. When I rode it the path was being repaired on the outskirts of Narbonne so I had to detour.

Re: Pedestrians' view of bells ?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 9:53pm
Haven't found a place to put one on my new bike, but for the last 1000k no-one I've met on cycle paths has taken a friendly hello badly.

For the sake of passing the PBP bike check I'll maybe mount one under the saddle.
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