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Re: Lights: flashing, bright: article in Cycle

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 October 2014 - 7:54am
You will care that you dazzle others when they can't judge your speed and have you off.

Re: Lights: flashing, bright: article in Cycle

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 October 2014 - 5:37am
I am frequently amused by the discussion about bike lights. Having commuted by bike for many years and migrating from the old ever ready lights, through 20w lead acid battery systems to led lights (I was at the front of the queue for the first exposure lights) I am firmly of the opinion that car headlights, even when dimmed are the problem. Therefore I use and advocate as much light as possible on my bike with as much flashing as I can usefully manage. I want to be able to see where I'm going despite oncoming dazzle from car headlights and I don' t really care if I dazzle others.

Re: Lights: flashing, bright: article in Cycle

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 October 2014 - 12:38am
At risk of sounding like a broken record, I do find that many lights sold to cyclists shine too much light into the eyes of other road users. Unfortunately too many cyclists believe that the more light they can shine at people the safer they will be. The nuisance of such lights is exacerbated significantly when they are put into a flashing mode.

Personally I am not a fan of the "moving" multiple LED lights you mention; aside from their illegality (as sole lights) I think they offer all the distance perception problems of flashing light without the obvious "it's a bike" recognition of a flasher. Having said that both of those are issues in true darkness rather than city environments.

I do share your concern to an extent. I would find a bright flashing front light simply too annoying to use and would not willingly subject someone else to it. I do use a flashing rear light as well as a constant one but I took particular care with the flasher to find one with good all round visibility but not so bright as to be terribly uncomfortable to ride behind

As for pedal reflectors, I agree that we should not remove the requirement for them to be fitted to bikes at point of sale. However, I think that CJ's suggestion that cyclists riding at night should be able to choose alternate means of making themselves visible (IIRC his suggestion was a second rear light which is perfectly sensible). We have to remember that many cyclists use clipless pedals, large panniers, tricycles or recumbent cycles which currently prevent them from riding legally at night. The law does need to be changed to correct this.

Re: Motorhome Support

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 October 2014 - 11:35pm
Also a good opportunity to do something more exotic. Something like riding the Western Front, about 500 kms from Switzerland to the coast. Ideal trip for the 2 of you.

I call the van/driver etc my LSU ( logistic support unit) and god bless 'em!

Re: Dry bags - a lightweight alternative to panniers

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 October 2014 - 11:29pm
Just had another thought. Wear points.

There will be small points of contact between bike and bag. Make sure they are well protected. Pipe insulator or something similar will probably do. Check and replace frequently to avoid holes in the bags.

Re: Lights: flashing, bright: article in Cycle

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 October 2014 - 9:23pm
Pedal reflectors fail in so many cases they're a joke.

Ignoring most modern pedals, they don't work with luggage, or a trike, or a recumbemt, or....

Re: "End of the line for Europe's iconic night trains?"

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 October 2014 - 9:12pm
nirakaro wrote:"Deutsche Bahn has postponed plans to operate through-trains to London, in a move that must be considered a set-back for international rail travel.
DB had been planning to operate high-speed ICE trains from Amsterdam and Frankfurt via Brussels and the Channel Tunnel into London St Pancras.
Indeed, after a delay of several years, DB finally secured permission last summer from the Tunnel authorities. Services were set to start after 2016."
Business Traveller 19/2/14
And part of the reason why it won't apparently start until 2020 is that euro star plans to run direct trains to Amsterdam from late 2016. Could be good for many cyclists in southern England but for me the hull Europoort overnight crossing is best
As night trains had to be used by passengers with cyclists crossing borders for some inexplicable reason I don't see why db and others won't now permit cycles on day time international (and long distance) journeys

Lights: flashing, bright: article in Cycle

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 October 2014 - 7:55pm
The recent article in Cycle on lights was interesting. I see a lot of posts about lights. Here is a perspective from a town where cycles outnumber cars, and it is common to be riding or waiting in a queue at traffic lights with other bikes - Cambridge. I ride and drive round Cambridge on a daily basis, and here are my observations. It would be interesting to hear from others.

Flashing lights are OK where there is one lone bike trying to be visible to cars in the distance, and quite good as "daylight running" lights in the country. However when you are cycling behind other cyclists with bright flashing rear lights it is very unpleasant and distracting. Bright oncoming front flashing lights are awful because they are usually pointing upwards and shine into your eyes to dazzle you. In my view they are just not fit for purpose in a city like Cambridge.

Many cyclists in Cambridge attach lights to their backpacks, helmets or other parts of their clothing. This tends to lift the lights up high and reduces their effectiveness, they often merge into other lights and are not at the height that says "cycle". They also are at the right height often to dazzle. I'm not sure of the legal position here but I think lights at the more traditional level (between about axle and handlebar levels) are more effective.

I suggest that instead of "on-off" flashers, the industry should be encouraged towards the sort that have multiple LEDs and switch from one to another, giving a moving effect but crucially NOT the bright-dark effect which is so unpleasant. Many lights have this feature - how about making that the only flashing mode allowed? I'm not suggesting outlawing flashers completely, though if I'm riding with someone using them I ask them to switch to steady mode.

In an environment with a high density of cyclists, good, steady lights and reflectors work well for visibility - to be seen by other cyclists and drivers - and are more pleasant for everyone. If everyone had a hub dynamo with modern lights and standlights, this would work just fine in a city like Cambridge. But they don't, and I don't expect they ever will round here.

On the subject of pedal reflectors - please let's keep them. Sometimes these are the only visible cue to spot the cyclist with no lights, no front or rear reflectors, and dark clothing. In the light cast by a cycle dynamo or car headlight, they show up a treat, and they are moving which also helps. There are plenty of such cyclists in Cambridge -maybe there shouldn't be, but there are, and the occasional police campaign doesn't change that. Actually, the standard-issue reflectors are better for seeing bikes than some of the low quality lights with almost flat batteries I see on a daily basis!

Peter H

Re: Navdy

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 October 2014 - 7:13pm
Tonyf33 wrote:There's an article here about it.. http://www.informationweek.com/mobile/m ... id/1297802
These need to be illegal in this country..another disgusting implement that will make driving stds worse and cause more incidents..

+1
Society gets dafter by the minute it seems.

Re: Clipping and running

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 October 2014 - 6:41pm
Phil Fouracre wrote:Interesting comments! Think it must show the differing expectations between 'serious' cyclists and 'leisure' ones. People jumped in and blamed the front cyclist, which might be expected if you ride in a group. In 'normal' one to one interaction on the road, surely the 'vehicle' behind has to give way, and anticipate the actions of those in front?

If I'm in lane three and half alongside a vehicle in lane 2 of a motorway I don't expect it to slam the brakes on when I start to indicate - it's my job to ensure a gap is present before I move.

It's not a question of ahead and behind - only one cyclist made a move on the road.

Re: Navdy

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 October 2014 - 6:40pm
Bloody mad!

Re: Clipping and running

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 October 2014 - 6:38pm
Interesting comments! Think it must show the differing expectations between 'serious' cyclists and 'leisure' ones. People jumped in and blamed the front cyclist, which might be expected if you ride in a group. In 'normal' one to one interaction on the road, surely the 'vehicle' behind has to give way, and anticipate the actions of those in front?

Re: finding a suitable route - southwest UK

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 October 2014 - 5:47pm
You might be better off sticking to Somerset as it's much flatter. They're not called the Somerset Levels for nothing

Re: finding a suitable route - southwest UK

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 October 2014 - 5:19pm
Hi Roger, allow me to convert your metric into imperial please.
Sorry, but I can't think in metric.

Single day, 44miles to 62miles ...... let's say that's 45miles to 65miles.
1,000metres is 3,380ft ...... let's call that 3,400ft.

Devon and Cornwall, you need to be thinking in the region of 100ft per mile. Therefore your "limit" of 1,000m = 3,400ft is a rather optimistic to say the least. ie it can't be done.

44miles will be in the region of 4,400ft = 70km - 1,341mtrs ascent
65miles will be in the region of 6,500ft = 100km - 1,981mtrs ascent.

Today, I rode 44miles and did 4,300ft of ascent and thought it was easy.

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 October 2014 - 3:50pm
julianm wrote:Thats very good going for 1. An airport 2. Italy.....

We've never found Italy(Tuscany) expensive,good coffee is usually around a 1.50 euro max and usually comes with a little cake on the side.Unless you're in a prime spot,say the Piazza del Campo in Siena then it can double or treble in price.
A decent meal for two in a nice little restaurant in a smaller town we've never paid more than 35 euros.
It's about three years since we've been though,so prices may have gone up a little.

Re: Sick people

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 October 2014 - 3:22pm
Dave W wrote::lol:

Stuck for words Dave?

Re: Motorhome Support

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 October 2014 - 3:05pm
This would be an ideal way of doing LEJOG/JOGLE over 2 or 3 weeks.

See my blog for a route suggestion, though we stayed in B&B's rather than camping.

Other suggestions would be the various side to side routes - C2C, Reivers route, Hadrian's Cycleway, Way of the Roses - these only take 3-4 days but you can string them together to do a there and back again route. Lon Las Cymru and Coast and Castles are others.

Also have a look in the Camping sub-section - particularly Campsite reviews. No reason why you couldn't do a cycle-camping route, overnighting in the Motorhome.

Re: Berlin to Copenhagen

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 October 2014 - 2:40pm
Thanks everyone for all the information and advice re Berlin to Copenhagen - it's really useful for planning. The hotel recommended in Roedvig looks lovely by the way - think I will have earned it by then!

I've added some information below which might help anyone else planning the ride.

I found the following link (after I'd made the initial posting!) which I've added to this resource for completeness.

https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/pag ... 285495&v=j

Transport at beginning/end of the trip is proving fun. Not too bad getting to Berlin with Bromptons on the train. We had been planning to return from Copenhagen to Utrecht on the NightSleeper but Deutscher Bahn have just pulled it (along with some other NightSleeper services as reported elsewhere). Looks like it'll be a long day train ride with several changes rather than the rather elegant solution of a night journey. Will then cycle/train to Europort for ferry back to Hull.

Re: Clipping and running

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 October 2014 - 2:13pm
Tonyf33 wrote:[XAP]Bob wrote:He did start to slow, as you say he stopped pedalling.

The person in front then made a ferociously abrupt move
He didn't 'slow' he stopped pedalling instead of moving and dabbing the brakes to give the guy room. The guy in front clearly indicated AND made an audible warning so the guy behind had plenty of time to slow and/or move to the inside line to give him space. So.. why didn't he do that on seeing that the cyclist in front was intending to move left? At what point was he going to move/slow down to allow the cyclist in front to make his manouvre..ever/never?? Or was he going to force him to hold his line in which case the incident would have happened no matter how fast he went across as going across slowly would still have had the same end result.
Again I'll repeat myself..what IF the cyclist/s in front had to move suddenly to avoid a pothole, then what? The cyclist behind has not acted accordingly IMO, yes the cyclist in front should have shoulder checked but if the cyclist behind won't give you the space how the heck is the guy in front meant to get across??
..ferocious..really?

If you stop pedalling then you slow down. That's fine - that's appropriate, start to make a gap.
I wouldn't expect anyone to hit their brakes to make a gap for me (although I have done so when it's clear that they wouldn't be able to avoid me if I had taken the corner we were all going for).

The guy then swiped across - that was a very sudden and wide move, and not at all expected.

Re: Sick people

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 October 2014 - 1:36pm
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