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Re: some parents have more money than sense?

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2015 - 8:59pm
Agree with the idea that good kids bikes hold their value and can be sold on. It brings to mind reading somewhere that Miele are really quite cheap washing machines...due to their long life. Compared to cars, car servicing, TVs and subscriptions its long overdue that we devoted more of our income into bikes and no reason at all that kids should have the lowest quality.

Re: Shame more don't take this stance with traffic offences.

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2015 - 8:37pm
[quote="Tangled Metal"]I I wonder if in time there will be a means to prevent cars starting without a valid licence? Imagine that your driver's key had the state of your licence programmed in so the car can check if you are allowed to drive before starting. Or perhaps a key and separate licence slot. Without both the car won't start. Reckon the technology is there. I mean that licence could also contain your insurance details and the state of the car's MOT certificate. If you do not have all these things in place the car won't start. Add in breathalizer and you might cut a few problems with the current system...might![/quote ]

Sounds good to me. It would probably have to be agreed at the EU level so worth hassling your MEP.

Re: New Route Planner

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 August 2015 - 7:16pm
Richard Fairhurst wrote:Could you point me to the route (if you've saved it)? I suspect returning to its "preferred" route rather than the route you've dragged it to is kind of inevitable with the Contraction Hierarchies algorithm used by OSRM, the base routing software I use, but it might be tweakable!
The route is called "HW to WLW" (saved late last night) but isn't public. I presume as the admin of the site you can still access it. Let me know if that's a problem.

The aforementioned footpath is probably due to lack of data in OSM, I'll see if I can work out how to sort adding the stiles & mud!

The TCX file seemed to work fine in my 605. I thought I might get "off course" warnings but I got none on this route. But then I wasn't following meandering lanes. I was slightly surprised (but not upset) to find coursepoints had been added spontaneously (& without warning). They mostly worked OK, & usually gave the road name, but some were a bit random - a straight ahead as the road passed under the M61 (with no access between the two). Is that down to OSM data? A few roundabouts (there are quite a few on the main A6 route through Chorley) had no coursepoints added.

Hope that helps.

Rick.

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2015 - 6:22pm
I suggest all read

http://www.abd.org.uk/

an organisation, that denies climate change, is against the lowering of drink-drive limits etc. etc.

Huffington Post should really take more notice of the origins of press releases!

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2015 - 6:20pm
From the linked article"
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/08/29/cyclists-with-helmet-cams-blamed-for-inflaming-road-rage-incidents_n_8042730.html?utm_hp_ref=uk wrote:Stephen Perrin uploaded a video in 2013, which showed him being knocked off his bike, and repeatedly punched by a van driver in Birmingham. While not charged by police the motorist involved suffered unduly in the court of public opinion after being identified by locals.

Perrin told The Guardian at the time: "I put the video online because it needs to be seen, but the grief he and his family have got since from trolls and the like disgusts me."

The consequences of the driver's actions got "out of hand" after former Olympic champion Chris Boardman saw the video and passed on the link to his 80,000 Twitter followers, querying why police didn't lay charges. The motorist was made to apologise to Perrin and pay him compensation.

Perrin said: "The driver has a small business and I don't want to see him run out of town because of the abuse he's getting. Obviously what he did that day was his fault and I do feel there should have been criminal consequences for it, but a few idiots online always take things too far."
Thinking about this incident, I suspect things would have gone far better had the Police actually done something (e.g. prosecute, court, punish the guilty). That they do nothing means the victim feels bad and seeks reassurance of others that they were not in the wrong, that they were hard done by, etc. To my mind, this particular incident where the "trial by social media" made life nasty for the perpetrator was probably caused by the Police deciding to do nothing (even when it sounds like they had good evidence of the assault). Let the courts select a punishment and people feel justice has happened (even if they think the sentencing wrong). Let the attacker off without even a "day in court" and victim(s) feel(s) aggrieved.

Ian

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2015 - 6:18pm
Well, I don't have a helmet camera for the simple reason that I don't wear a h****t (but please don't let's make this a 'lid' debate!). So my camera sits on my handlebar. It's probably less conspicuous there, and possibly people may think it's a lamp. The downside is, it doesn't turn with my head so it doesn't always 'see' what my eyes see. Also, it picks up more road noise.

Anyway, no aggro thus far, not even any reportable incident (apart from a smoke-emitting bus which I reported to the bus company - no response ).

If I were involved in an 'incident', the last thing I'd want to do is draw attention to my camera. That's for later, and the police, if they're involved and interested. Or Youtube if it's a minor infraction. If the offender notices the camera and makes an issue of it, too bad. Many motorists now use dashcams anyway, it's not just cyclists...

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2015 - 5:51pm
I got a helmet cam some years back after I was subjected to a road rage attack by a motorist. I had cause to report a few incidents of dangerous driving but most of these were ignored. I haven't used it recently - new jobs meant different commutes on generally agro free roads. My current commute is only a mile and half and as I am riding a bright eight and a half foot long cargo bike I don't even feel the need to wear a helmet. Still get the odd bit of abuse but nothing worth mentioning.

Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2015 - 4:18pm
It had to happen. The reason there are so many road rage incidents against cyclist is because of helmet cams and not the fact that there was
road rage incidents before only the cyclist never had a cam to record the incident and the police would not do anything without proof (or if the cyclist bothered reporting the incident in the first place).

Seems the CTC are joining in with the next issue of the Magazine on how to video correctly to get evidence and as usual the Police don't say much


Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road Rage Incidents, Motoring Body Claims As It Brands Cyclists 'Self-Righteous'

Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/08 ... _hp_ref=uk

Re: Pedestrian pushes cyclist off bike and into traffic

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2015 - 4:07pm
kuba wrote:irc wrote:I've had people attempt something similar with no provocation.

Interesting, nothing similar ever happened to me and I cycle thousands of miles each year. So I guess it must have something to do with the way you behave on the road.


Just because it hasn't happend to you yet why is it that the person who has had a incident be at fault!?
That's just a stupid comment

Re: Pedestrian pushes cyclist off bike and into traffic

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2015 - 3:37pm
irc wrote:I've had people attempt something similar with no provocation.

Interesting, nothing similar ever happened to me and I cycle thousands of miles each year. So I guess it must have something to do with the way you behave on the road.

Nutrition during P-B-P

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 August 2015 - 2:50pm
Just wondered if anyone who has recently taken part in P-B-P would make some notes on their nutrition, food and drinks intake. Any advice would be much appreciated, both good and bad things to be doing during such a long time in the saddle plus the day before's preparation.
I ask because I'm thinking about doing L-E-L and when I audax ride, I have along tradition of messing this aspect up!
Many thanks.

Re: Cycling Tips 1936

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2015 - 2:24pm
Long experience with tramlines, I'd guess.

Looks as if she's on a fixie.

Re: losing the stabilisers

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2015 - 1:24pm
One of the best parts of New Forest Cycling is, when spurred by the other kids on the campsite, a child sets off on their own around the campsite under their own steam.

Check out Bolton hot wheels or Ribble Valley Juniors. Pity it is this end of the summer that your little one has taken off by herself. Ribble Juniors have Tuesday evening track sessions at the Preston Arena where bike handling skills are taught. Alternatively on non-match days there are plenty of cones and space on Bolton Wanderers car park.....

http://rvjuniors.co.uk/

http://www.boltonhotwheelscc.org.uk/

Re: losing the stabilisers

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2015 - 12:09pm
Yep, stabilisers are the brew of the devil. I think that it's easier to teach a child whose never used them than one who has.

Well done Vantage, good work.

For those approaching the task of teaching their child to balance there is quite a good page and video here: http://www.ctc.org.uk/guide/teach-child-ride-bike

Re: Cycling Tips 1936

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2015 - 11:48am
Regarding the brake on the left of the bike, I heard that the reason that most bikes have the rear brake on the left in the UK is so that you have more control over the bike when signalling to turn right - the assumption being that the rear brake gives more control. In countries where traffic is on the right hand side of the road, the brakes are the other way round (apparently).

What surprised me about the clip was the shallow angle that she crossed those tram tracks.

Re: losing the stabilisers

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2015 - 11:35am
Well done! You should be looking forward to the years to come when she'll be dropping you on the sprints and the climbs!

I remember, I never had stabilisers, I graduated straight from tricycle to two wheels and I'm fairly sure I mastered the balance thing and was riding confidently on the road, within less than a day. I remember my mother coming home from work and being amazed at the progress I'd made. I would have been about eight or nine at the time. My sister took a while longer, she had been on stabilisers. I have in my possession some charming 8mm footage of her first attempts, not very successful, at starting herself going on two wheels for the first time. Eventually, as the film shows, she made it, albeit rather wobbly.

Re: Shoreham air crash

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2015 - 11:25am
Brucey wrote:Flinders wrote:It's still ridiculous, I'm afraid, to suggest that someone driving past a piece of land should be regarded as accepting the risk of things that may be taking place there....

I live near an airfield, with whom I have no problems, and was only the other day driving down the M1 past Kegworth. And I can see, if you can't, the difference between a commercial aircraft that has to have a flight path over roads because there is no other way....
I can see where you are coming from but I don't agree. You choose where you go and the risks are different wherever that is. Not all public roads are equally safe and if most people don't think about that when they are driving around, more fool them.
I think a lot depends on the detail. Not necessarily relevant to the Shoreham tragedy, but if you check out an area in detail, buy a house there 'cos all looks safe and then a few years later somebody comes along and builds e.g. an incinerator (health risks) next door then you don't have a choice. Were people driving along the road there "by choice" or not (e.g. going to do the shopping is something you pretty well have to do whilst going to watch an air display (e.g. from outside the airfield) is something you do have a choice about. Where I feel the case against something is stronger is when it is impacting people who don't really have much choice (or limited choice).

For example, I'm afraid I have less sympathy for people who buy a house at the end of a busy runway then complain about the noise yet have a lot of sympathy for people who buy a house in a quiet area then somebody comes along and builds a runway ending by their house.

Technically most people pretty well always "have a choice" and it comes down to a question of degree. People having to go shopping could delay their trip until after external high risks have passed and maybe e.g. miss taking their kids out to football ... People who have a runway build beside their house could sell-up at a massive loss.

Ian

Re: Scottish weather has me freaked out!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 August 2015 - 10:59am
When I'm miserable and fed up what I don't want to see is someone grinning and having-the-time-of-their life! Strange! I want to see someone in full wet weather gear(sou'wester and full cape,spats,alongside bike)with rain,HEAVY RAIN,hammering down all around them.
I could look at those pictures for hours!

Pleased you had a good break

Re: Shoreham air crash

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2015 - 10:57am
Flinders wrote:It's still ridiculous, I'm afraid, to suggest that someone driving past a piece of land should be regarded as accepting the risk of things that may be taking place there....

I live near an airfield, with whom I have no problems, and was only the other day driving down the M1 past Kegworth. And I can see, if you can't, the difference between a commercial aircraft that has to have a flight path over roads because there is no other way....

I can see where you are coming from but I don't agree. You choose where you go and the risks are different wherever that is. Not all public roads are equally safe and if most people don't think about that when they are driving around, more fool them.

FWIW you could (easily) mandate that airports are built in places/such a way that aircraft don't go lower than a certain altitude over houses and roads. The reason this isn't done is just money; occasionally killing people is cheaper and the public believe it is 'an acceptable risk'.

cheers

Re: Bike provision on Beeston tram route and a question

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2015 - 10:56am
Even though I cycle I would much rather see trams than busses in cities as a lot of people regard buses as an "inferior" form of transport so stick with their cars, but trams don't seem to have the same sort of poor image that busses have and they are much more pleasant to use than busses.

I notice in many continental towns there are a lot of trams AND a lot of cyclists so it shows that the two can happily co-exist.
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