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Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 July 2014 - 12:24am
Flinders wrote:Steve922 wrote:Is this a new development?
My daughter said yesterday that whilst waiting for a lorry to turn left at a junction, she heard a strange beeping noise and a recorded voice which appeared to be saying "Warning, this vehicle is about to turn left." Similar to the reversing warning which has been around for so long.

That sounds sensible. But presumably it will only operate when the vehicle is signalling left. I suspect most of the trouble comes when the vehicle goes left without signalling. The sound warning would help where a vehicle starts to signal when you've already come alongside- but there may be nothing you could do at the point.
All the same, I think it's a good idea.
I think it's a good idea too,but it won't protect the cyclist who rides up the inside of a vehicle who's driver has forgotten to signal left,so all the more reason not to trust other drivers.

IME there's an increasing number of drivers not using indicators and particularly when turning left either at TL's,junctions or exiting r/abouts.I know they should do,but the fact is they don't.
Driving standards IME are plummeting and in the absence of any kind of effective policing,which in my neck of the woods is woefully inadequate,it's better not to leave anything to chance.

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 July 2014 - 12:14am
Flinders wrote:
It's the vehicle's driver's job to check before turning left that no cyclist is on their inside, it's as simple as that.
If driving an articulated vehicle the nearside beyond the tractor unit is unable to be seen when the trailer isn't inline ie;during a left turn.

Cycles are allowed to filter on the left, indeed, they have to, to get to advance start boxes.
Cyclists don't have to filter at all if it isn't safe to do so,it's that simple.Trusting someone not to turn left when cycling up the nearside/inside of any vehicle unless you're absolutely sure it's either turning right or that it isn't going to move at all is folly and an unnecessary risk IMO.

We have to watch out for bad drivers, granted, and sometimes anticipate bad driving, I certainly do, but the legal situation seems pretty clear to me. It's the driver's job to check before moving left, just as it is their job to check before moving right.
The legal situation is useless when in the morgue,whether it be the driver's fault or not.
I practice self preservation first and foremost,I trust no other road user and treat every one as potential lunatics,that way there's no surprises or at least very few.

Re: Air or sprung suspension?

CTC Forum - MTB - 13 July 2014 - 12:01am
Coil/oil shocks are better at dealing with little bumps, air is better for big hits.
You need tighter seals with air units so the air doesn't leak out but this can lead to 'sticky' travel.
If a leak develops with an air unit, you can be left without suspension. If a coil/oil unit leaks, you still have suspension but might not have any damping and you'll be pogo sticking all over the place.
This is what I remember from my days as a mountain biker anyway, a while ago.

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 July 2014 - 11:41pm
Steve922 wrote:Is this a new development?
My daughter said yesterday that whilst waiting for a lorry to turn left at a junction, she heard a strange beeping noise and a recorded voice which appeared to be saying "Warning, this vehicle is about to turn left." Similar to the reversing warning which has been around for so long.

That sounds sensible. But presumably it will only operate when the vehicle is signalling left. I suspect most of the trouble comes when the vehicle goes left without signalling. The sound warning would help where a vehicle starts to signal when you've already come alongside- but there may be nothing you could do at the point.
All the same, I think it's a good idea.

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 July 2014 - 11:39pm
661-Pete wrote:What it boils down to, forgive me for stating the obvious, it is dangerous to overtake a large vehicle on the left if you have any reason to suppose it is about to turn left, or if you can't determine the driver's intentions and it is near the front of the queue, or if there is only a narrow gap left between the vehicle and railings/wall etc., or if there are passengers boarding or alighting from the vehicle. Maybe there are other 'if's to consider but these are the main ones I can think of.

All cyclists, in an ideal world, should know these rules off by heart and abide by them, but we all know there are some who don't. The question is, how to represent these rules in a succinct and unambiguous manner, in the form of a notice on the back of the vehicle? Attempts to fulfil this need, as we have seen from this thread, don't really get the right message across. Any ideas?

It's the vehicle's driver's job to check before turning left that no cyclist is on their inside, it's as simple as that.
Cycles are allowed to filter on the left, indeed, they have to, to get to advance start boxes.

We have to watch out for bad drivers, granted, and sometimes anticipate bad driving, I certainly do, but the legal situation seems pretty clear to me. It's the driver's job to check before moving left, just as it is their job to check before moving right.

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 July 2014 - 11:33pm
[quote="ArMoRothair"

If you will be locking your bike outside UCL ................[/quote]

When I was there (many years ago) the moron we had for a Provost at the time decided bikes in the quad were untidy, and had them all cut from the railings one day without warning and just left there to be nicked. The people doing the cutting couldn't cut my main lock, but cut the other one anyway, just out of spite, I suppose.

My tutor had to restrain me from heading straight to the Provost's office in a #1 rage.

I hope they now have some cycle parking.

Re: Dublin - Larne

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 July 2014 - 10:04pm
When one of the fellclub lads stayed with me few years back he done the Newgrange tour he thought it was fantastic its one of my cycling routes, but you cant get into it without paying for the tour no idea what that costs.google newgange. thers a campsite in the famous rock venue Slane home of lord mountcharles he has a nice castle right beside the campsite
when are you thinking of doing this tour.

Re: Dublin - Larne

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 July 2014 - 9:43pm
Definitely doing some sightseeing - its part of a very leisurely LEJOG so ought to be on that thread but it is slightly off the usual route. Any other good saints you would recommend?

Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 July 2014 - 9:36pm
French Revolutions by Tim Moore - bloke testing himself against the TdF route - very funny - very true - my husband giggled himself to sleep every night!

Re: Oh lordy, what have I let myself in for?

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 July 2014 - 8:52pm
All good advice, thank you folks!

After only a few miles the Brooks is feeling good and I believe it'll be the difference between walking and not after a long distance.

As I frequently see cannibalised bikes sans saddle and the Brooks was quite an investment I've changed the seat post and saddle clamp bolts for non-standard fittings which the average street-scrote is less likely to be carrying tools to fit.

I know it's impossible to make a bike or it's components totally thief proof, I've just got to make it easier for them to steal someone else's kit

Once I've built up my strength a bit and hardened my backside some I'll probably make a Sunday morning double espresso at Caffe Nero in Highgate Village a regular appointment. Should help with the conditioning, then I can add Crouch and Muswell hills to the programme

6th July 2014 A ride Winster

CTC Forum - MTB - 12 July 2014 - 8:04pm
Heading across Milnthorpe Marsh. by simeonorme, on Flickr

You can see rest of photos of 6th July ride to Winster at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org.uk/2014p ... y/6th.html (the page may be slow to download due to large number of photos).

29th June 2014

CTC Forum - MTB - 12 July 2014 - 7:46pm
Heading up the public byway from the Old Hall Farm towards Colton. by simeonorme, on Flickr

You can see rest of photos of 29th June around Coniston Water at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org.uk/2014p ... /29th.html and rest of ride photos of 29th June ride of the ride along the Walna Scar Road at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org.uk/2014p ... 29tha.html

Re: Dublin - Larne

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 July 2014 - 7:42pm
the coast route from rush/lusc/skerries is very nice so 3 villages to pass through but very busy roads actually i was there today with the group .
Drogheda to Blackrock 20 miles or so is a lovely route, im from drogheda.you could always take in the sights around Droghea like Newgrange /Dowth and Knoth and Monasterboice graveyard if your into stuff like that,why we even have the Head of a Saint in the local church St oliver plunkett

if the sun is shineing you'll have a blast.


jags.

Re: Dublin - Larne

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 July 2014 - 6:21pm
janetpl wrote:Anyone cycled this -
I have. Did this a few years ago as a circuit of the Irish Sea. The best bits were from Dundalk through Newcastle in NI following the coast to Strangford/Portaferry and a nice scenic rural coastal route to Bangor. Delightful cycling.
I'm afraid I didn't find the Dublin to Dundalk section very interesting but perhaps I just failed to find an interesting route. I just couldn't find a decent coastal road on this section and found it a little dull and lacking quaint villages or decent caffs.
The route out of Dublin was quite "urban" but doable and I pretty much made it up as I went along.
But the northern section was good.

Re: Dublin - Larne

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 July 2014 - 5:35pm
ok i'll give this a bash,if your coming into dublin port you might as well head for the city and see the sights ,after that head north to Swords/balbriggan/drogheda then head on the coast road all the way to castlebelligham from there blackrock to dundalk to newry after that your on your own

jags.

depending on when you arrieve i'll ride with you from drogheda to dundalk nice route along the coast and back roads,i'll even buy you a coffee.

Re: Lift wanted back from SE france

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 July 2014 - 5:18pm
I thought this said "life" wanted back from south west France. Seemed quite existential for the CTC forum.

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 July 2014 - 4:55pm
Slow Loris wrote:TFL have changed their website since I last looked. It took some searching, but here's a link to those maps:
https://tfl.gov.uk/forms/12419.aspx

Don't underestimate what you can do on a bike - it's often easy enough to match the speed of motorists in rush hour, and you are just as much traffic as they are. A bus will feel unbearably slow in comparison .

That is the page I found before but I had to order the maps.

I'm exited to try out what road bikes are like - especially their speed.

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 July 2014 - 4:44pm
TFL have changed their website since I last looked. It took some searching, but here's a link to those maps:
https://tfl.gov.uk/forms/12419.aspx

Don't underestimate what you can do on a bike - it's often easy enough to match the speed of motorists in rush hour, and you are just as much traffic as they are. A bus will feel unbearably slow in comparison .

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 July 2014 - 4:22pm
Slow Loris wrote:
I posted a bit of a lengthy monologue upthread which mentions the free TFL cycling maps as a good way to plan quieter routes. Just had a quick look at Guide 2 which covers Waltham Cross to Tottenham. From what I can see it's not impossible to avoid the A1010 and use smaller roads (not alleyways) – it's less direct but you'll probably find it more enjoyable. I don't know the A1010 but it this were me, I'd have a look before ruling it out completely – some sections of A roads are better than others.


Thank you. The guides looks interesting. Surprised that they don't seem to be available online. I will probably incorporate main roads more as I build confidence.

Slow Loris wrote:
Going by your description, I would ride in primary (in the centre of the lane) to avoid the door zone of parked cars, and to deter close passes. In rush hour traffic is likely to be moving slowly so you are more able to keep up the same speed. I try to cycle confidently and find close passes rarer than when I first started. More common is tailgating in heavy traffic – it's rarely malicious, more that drivers don't consider keeping a safe distance. I frequently turn round and make eye contact if I'm concerned someone is creeping towards my back wheel. As mentioned in my previous post, some councils offer free one to one cycle training – I've found this very helpful in the past. You may also find others commuting to your uni from the same area who could provide company en route.
Apologies for another lengthy monologue, but good luck .

Yes I brought up the parked cars because of the door zone and the lack of space to overtake a lot of the time and the subsequent irritation. I have been on the A1010 by bus a few times and I remember it being quite slow but traffic will always feel faster when you're on a bike...

Re: Dried ready meals …

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 July 2014 - 4:10pm
s2vmx wrote:How about Vesta Curry - if its still produced?

Stu
I think they're called "Pot Noodles" now.
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