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Re: Are Female Cyclist more at risk

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 May 2015 - 11:52am
I think that there are two main things that keep me from getting underneath a left turning lorry.

I am assertive enough that if I am there first, I dont leave space for them to come alongside.

I am cautious enough that I dont go up the inside of a lorry that has any chance of starting to move.

I am much more willing to believe that women are less assertive than men than to believe that they are less cautious. Though women cycling in London are a self selecting group (as are the men) so they may well show atypical behaviour and then the subset of them who have been killed may have been showing even more atypical behaviour.

I still feel it is more likely that it is the lack of assertion as you have to be very assertive against this sort of driving.

Re: Are Female Cyclist more at risk

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 May 2015 - 11:47am
kwackers wrote:Vorpal wrote:I'd love to know what makes men faster in the patrilineal culture? With that in mind why aren't women faster in the matrilineal culture?

They found that about 1/3rd of the difference could be accounted for by education. They theorised that the remining 2/3rds was down to the nuturing of cognitive abilities.

Re: Are Female Cyclist more at risk

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 May 2015 - 11:41am
I'm sorry but women are miles better at multi tasking than men - that's just something you can observe. They're also wired up better for language. Watch small children - the girls are much more language aware.

Re: Are Female Cyclist more at risk

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 May 2015 - 11:36am
Vorpal wrote:There are two related and similar cultures in India where one is matrilineal and the other is patrilineal. Members of both cultures were given the same 3D puzzles to solve, across different villages, genders, ages, etc. In the Patrilineal culture, men solved the puzzles 36% faster. In the matrilineal culture there was no significant difference in the time it took for men and women to solve the puzzles.
More studies needed I guess.

I'd love to know what makes men faster in the patrilineal culture? With that in mind why aren't women faster in the matrilineal culture?

Fascinating stuff though. Looks like another preconception bites the dust (along with women 'multi-tasking' ).

Re: Are Female Cyclist more at risk

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 May 2015 - 11:30am
beardy wrote:-the standard tests are somewhat culturally biased to allow men to perform better

While I am sure that you are right that the tests are culturally skewed, this choice of words gives the impression that it was done deliberately to "fix" the results. Which I dont agree with, other than fitting in with the cultural expectation but that isnt deliberate.
Sorry. I didn't mean it to sound deliberate. The bias is only there as a result of cultural bias.

Re: Are Female Cyclist more at risk

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 May 2015 - 11:28am
kwackers wrote:Vorpal wrote:-when the time element is removed from most standard tests, there is no difference in performance
-one study (linked in one of my previous posts) found that in a matrilineal culture there was no difference between men and women in their ability to solve 3D puzzles
Am I right in thinking that when time is factored back in the 2nd point no longer stands?

Time was included in the tests in point 2. To summarise the study...

There are two related and similar cultures in India where one is matrilineal and the other is patrilineal. Members of both cultures were given the same 3D puzzles to solve, across different villages, genders, ages, etc. In the Patrilineal culture, men solved the puzzles 36% faster. In the matrilineal culture there was no significant difference in the time it took for men and women to solve the puzzles.

Re: Is it OK to stop traffic with a Pelican/Toucan?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 May 2015 - 11:02am
Unfortunately the motorists have won the media war and if you go pressing the buttons like that it will be you described as the extremist.

I think they have also got the technological advantage and pressing the button is ineffective unless you remain there until it acts.

Re: Are Female Cyclist more at risk

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 May 2015 - 10:58am
Vorpal wrote:-when the time element is removed from most standard tests, there is no difference in performance
-one study (linked in one of my previous posts) found that in a matrilineal culture there was no difference between men and women in their ability to solve 3D puzzles
Am I right in thinking that when time is factored back in the 2nd point no longer stands?

Most of the tests for spatial awareness I've seen (that men tend to excel at) have time based elements. This would make sense if men were the primary hunters in prehistoric society since spatial awareness by itself isn't much use unless you can 'solve' the problem before your prey buggers off.

If that were true ordinary cycling probably doesn't favour either sex. But what about in an emergency? Would a bloke generate an 'exit' strategy quicker?
Knowing how often men and women are put in danger and how often it turns out badly might give you some insight into that issue.

Re: Are Female Cyclist more at risk

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 May 2015 - 10:57am
-the standard tests are somewhat culturally biased to allow men to perform better

While I am sure that you are right that the tests are culturally skewed, this choice of words gives the impression that it was done deliberately to "fix" the results. Which I dont agree with, other than fitting in with the cultural expectation but that isnt deliberate.

Re: Is it OK to stop traffic with a Pelican/Toucan?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 May 2015 - 10:54am
yes yes yes,

press the button any time you can to slow the motorized terrorists.

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 May 2015 - 10:05am
I was thinking more of the climb up from llangadog. From the South you just settle down to a steady trundle, from the North it wears you out with the long pre-amble and then gets progressively steeper.

Only three weeks to the Swansea CTC annual 100 miler which goes up there. I always enjoy that little day trip.

Edit: To try and keep on topic, plenty of old and secondhand bikes will be going up that hill on that 100 miler.

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 May 2015 - 9:53am
North is was. Pretty stable going down to Llangadog, got to Aberaeron that day, but my kidney stone started playing up at Fishguard , so my wife had to come and get me.
I have never come down the other way into Brynamman, I must try it soon.

Re: People who have cycled the Pamir Highway...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 May 2015 - 9:47am
matt2matt2002 wrote:Great here.
27 degrees
Off this !morning to start our trip to Osh and the Dushanbe.
Sakura guesthouse house the best. 550/ might.
Traveling with 3 others.
Only hassle we heard of was a young American being shipped by police.
They stole 2000 Som from him. I think an isolated example.

Traffic on town bad. Pollution and pot holes plus bad driving.

No more internet access for a few days. But let me know if I can be of assistance.

Matt

Ohh that's so bad!!! I'm wondering how it could happen. How long do you suppose it will take to cycle from Bishkek to Dushanbe? Could you please share your route?

Thanks

All the best!


It may happe

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 May 2015 - 9:42am
Neilo wrote:I would also go with the second hand option.



Althoughthis is not second hand, I have had it for about 20 years.
It was re-roled a few years ago, and makes a great tourer. I have shortended the steerer since.
The only original parts are the seatpost and the bottle cage screws.

Neil

I know that wall, I hope you were headed North with all that luggage on, coming down either way should enable you to test the bike's stability. Have you noticed that you have an empty space behind your saddle? You could fit a bit more there with a couple of straps.

There are no doubt a few pictures around of my old secondhand bikes leaning against it.

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 May 2015 - 9:28am
I would also go with the second hand option.



Althoughthis is not second hand, I have had it for about 20 years.
It was re-roled a few years ago, and makes a great tourer. I have shortended the steerer since.
The only original parts are the seatpost and the bottle cage screws.

Neil

Re: Ouch!

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 May 2015 - 9:26am
Hi,
We've all done that, its only a matter of time and its self inflicted, only damage is to the rider / bike.
Wait till it happens to you.....................................

Re: Ouch!

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 May 2015 - 9:02am
nez dans le guidon wrote:I've never done that but I did collide with a car that braked harder than I could ..... I've done that! I was waiting behind a car signalling left at the stop line set a little way back from the traffic lights. The lights changed and the car moved off and I started to follow pushing down fairly hard on the pedal to start moving. The car driver then did a completely unnecessary emergency stop, because there were children on the left turn he was about to take. The result was I went into the back of the car and fell off. The most worrying thing, I recall, was the slow reaction of the driver behind me even though vehicles were travelling very slowly.

Re: Are Female Cyclist more at risk

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 May 2015 - 8:25am
nez dans le guidon wrote:I'm sure you're right. God knows what we do to change it.

You deal with the cause not the victim. A simple ban on HGVs in cities at commuting times and on other than suitable roads at all times, a minimum of Crossrail standards and presumed liability when one does hit a cyclist would be a good start. Dublin has done the former and London is doing the middle one from September. No-one in the UK is doing the latter which would require a national law change. I still see far too many HGVs without the basic safety features such as side bars, adequate mirrors/cameras and sensors.
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