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Re: Dazzling motorists

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2015 - 4:54pm
beardy wrote:iviehoff wrote:I don't think it is possible to have lights that enable to see where you are going properly and don't dazzle. Cars drive around with lights that have to be dipped to avoid dazzling on-coming drivers. You can't see where you are going properly with dipped headlights. If what you say is true, it ought to be possible to devise car headlights that enable you to see where you are going and don't dazzle. If that was possible, I'm sure it would have been invented by now. I don't see any essential difference between cars and bikes here.
I can so long as I am not dazzled by other vehicles lights, the secret is to slow down if you can not see far enough ahead at the speed that you are doing.
But that is slower than the natural roadspeed, because you can't actually see well enough. Even on a bicycle I want to see further ahead than dipped car headlights so as not to have to ride slowly.

Re: Dazzling motorists

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2015 - 4:47pm
iviehoff wrote:I don't think it is possible to have lights that enable to see where you are going properly and don't dazzle. Cars drive around with lights that have to be dipped to avoid dazzling on-coming drivers. You can't see where you are going properly with dipped headlights. If what you say is true, it ought to be possible to devise car headlights that enable you to see where you are going and don't dazzle. If that was possible, I'm sure it would have been invented by now. I don't see any essential difference between cars and bikes here.

I can so long as I am not dazzled by other vehicles lights, the secret is to slow down if you can not see far enough ahead at the speed that you are doing.

Re: Dazzling motorists

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2015 - 4:42pm
I don't think it is possible to have lights that enable to see where you are going properly and don't dazzle. Cars drive around with lights that have to be dipped to avoid dazzling on-coming drivers. You can't see where you are going properly with dipped headlights. If what you say is true, it ought to be possible to devise car headlights that enable you to see where you are going and don't dazzle. If that was possible, I'm sure it would have been invented by now. I don't see any essential difference between cars and bikes here.

Re: Dazzling motorists

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2015 - 4:08pm
I commute regularly on country roads.I have A B&M Cyo which is fork mounted on the brake boss and pointing correctly. Very seldom have a problem with cars not dipping, no more so than I do in my van, the ones that do, tends to be the people that have forgotten they are on main beam. I don't believe the Cyo dazzles anyone . I think the current crop of idiots who ride with a powerful beam pointed at eye level are annoying to other cyclists as well as motorists. I quite often meet on my ride in and ride home to work, one such person that insists on pointing the light directly at eye level. Its just plain annoying.

Eastwood Nursery bike donation

Play on Pedals blog - 20 November 2015 - 4:07pm

So much fantastic news to share with you at the moment.

Today Play on Pedals Hero Organisation South West Community Cycles and Polly from Play on Pedals visited Eastwood Nursery in the south of Glasgow to carry out a Dr Bike session and talk to parents.

We had expected to fix a few children’s bikes and talk to some parents about the programme, however we did not expect this…Charlotte Gorman, mother of Indi at the nursery, recently took it upon herself to write on lots of local forums to request any unwanted children’s bikes and received over 6 replies within the first hour!

She has since gone around to people’s homes and collected a total of 11 unwanted children’s bikes to donate to Eastwood Nursery!

Indi’s mum Charlotte, nursery Instructor Pamela and SWCC’s Victoria with some of the bikes Charlotte has collected from donations

What a BRILLIANT idea and FANTASTIC effort from Charlotte, we are super super impressed!

Eastwood trained staff member Pamela Mooney is now 4 sessions into her training with the Play on Pedals bikes and this donation from Charlotte means that she will have a great range of bikes to continue to train the children when the Play on Pedals bikes are rotated elsewhere.

Play on Pedals bikes ready for Pamela’s afternoon session with children

Today mechanics from South West Community Cycles have carried out safety checks on all the bikes, as well as other bikes brought in by parents, and have converted some of these bikes into balance ones for taller children.

Paul and Victoria from SWCC servicing another bike at Eastwood Nursery

While we were there we also had the pleasure of observing Pamela carry out a sessions with three of the children – they were practicing their gliding and doing a fab job! Victoria from SWCC will be paying them a visit in the coming weeks to see how they are getting on and offer some more tips for training.

Our Dr Bike sessions across South Glasgow with SWCC have been going really well so far, earlier in the month we also visited Pollok Children’s Centre where we spoke with over 10 parents about the programme and encouraged them to get out on their bikes with their kids (minus the stabilisers!) at the weekend.

Next week we will be at Woodacre Nursery where no doubt we’ll have some good chats with families too.


Re: Finding and using a "rat bike" for commuting

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2015 - 3:41pm
Tangled Metal wrote:Recently I've been taking the train into work whilst being b unable to ride. This led me to realise one of the regular cyclists taking their bike on the train is now only doing it Monday morning. That meant he's chaining it up in town to take the last bit of his commute. Then I spotted others that looked to be doing the same.

For me I'd rather skip the 8 minute train journey and ride the whole way by bike. It only takes the same time as going by train any way. My partner has a longer ride from the station so this commute method would work for her. Leads me to questions.

Where is a good source of a reliable rat bike? We're not confident in bike maintenance so could easily end up with a real dodgy bike going down the fleabay or gumtree route.

Also does anyone know how to rent or get one of those bike box lock ups at stations? If they're hard to get will it be a big risk to chain up a tatty old looking bike overnight?

Any advice in general?
what station? or do you want to give us an area/county in case someone knows a used shop? There are shops in some towns and cities...
http://www.stationbicycles.co.uk/used-b ... nfo_8.html is a place that likely to have a suitable sort of thing.
There are community interest groups that do up used bikes here and there, like the Bike Hub Harlow. Re-cycle is a charity in Colchester that does up bikes to ship to Africa, and they sometimes sell off a few bikes in Colchester or on ebay to finance their charity work. Cambridge has some places to buy used bikes....

http://www.bikehub.co.uk/featured-articles/recycling/ has information about bike hubs and bike-recycling oriented community groups.

Re: Silicon for my Tent

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 November 2015 - 3:37pm
Fabsil.

You can buy as a spray or a liquid in a screwtop can. I then spray it on with a garden plant sprayer.

Re: Finding and using a "rat bike" for commuting

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2015 - 3:36pm
mrjemm wrote:I'd be wary of leaving a bike anywhere overnight, though I think the train station is locked at night. Bikes that get left out are quickly vandalised, whatever quality they exude, so I doubt a rat bike would be immune to this.
I've frequently left bikes overnight, in fact currently I have 2 bikes at the station, one which has been there since Wed morning and will stay there until tomorrow.
These are a Dahon folder and a Ridgeback Panorama, both very tidy and most definitely not rat bikes.
Never had any issues other than other cyclists expressing amazement that I leave lights, cycle computer, pump, seat etc on them and in a number of years nothing has gone missing and the only damage has been scratches and one dented top tube due to other careless cyclists rather than vandalism.

Probably depends on the station so ymmv...

Re: Dazzling motorists

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2015 - 3:35pm
On a previous commuting route I was sometimes dazzled by motorists. Once or twice I tried putting my hand up to my eyes to indicate the problem - seemed to work.

Re: Dazzling motorists

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2015 - 3:30pm
IME most bike lights if they throw enough light to light the road throw enough light to dazzle oncoming traffic - unless they're pointed so low as to be useless.
It's a problem that's becoming worse as cheap hi-power lights become more prevalent.

I dumped my non-focussed lights a few years ago and bought a Busch Muller for mine and haven't looked back. It's focussed, puts the light were you want it and the non-flashing focussed light seems to make oncoming traffic think you're a small motorbike with all the advantages that confers...

Re: Dazzling motorists

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2015 - 3:18pm
I have an Exposure front light, though the rather cheaper Sirius. That was the cheapest one that really lit the road up for me. It has a flexible handlebar fixing, so I can very easily manually dip it, ie point it slightly downwards, just with a little knock from my thumb, to avoid dazzling an on-coming motorist who has dipped for me. Though by the look of the bracket that comes with the Strada, maybe that doesn't work on that one.

Dazzling motorists

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2015 - 3:05pm
From the thread on being followed too close

661-Pete wrote:They are also a help at night on dark country lanes, encouraging oncoming motorists to dip their lights. I dutifully and religiously switch my super-bright front lamp to low power whenever someone approaches, but that doesn't always seem to register....

Interested in others' experiences on this.

I've found that *unless* I have a front light which is dazzling for oncoming traffic on back roads, motorists more often than not leave their full beam on. Despite me being ultra visible in reflective everything. It's not they don't see me, they just don't seem to register that dazzling a cyclist is an issue in the same way, or worse, than dazzling a motorist.

Whereas if have have mine on full power and/or adjusted higher than advisable, they always dip theirs. As though once dazzled themselves they realise they oughtn't to dazzle me.

Which leaves me either blinded or feeling guilty that I'm dazzling motorists. A rock and a hard place. Generally I now leave mine on full but cover it up with a glove as long as approaching cars dip theirs.

My lighting rig is an Exposure Strada for main beam, plus a joystick flashing for visibility and a helmet mounted small falshing light too. And a plug in for the strada at the back (which is brilliant, ultra bright an no need to separately recharge), extra flashing rear light just to be sure and a helmet mounted rear flasher.

Re: Silicon for my Tent

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 November 2015 - 2:58pm
http://www.nikwax.co.uk/en-gb/products/ ... abricid=-1
I think you mean this stuff, a shop that sells hill walking gear should stock it.

Re: Finding and using a "rat bike" for commuting

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2015 - 2:36pm
mrjemm wrote:I'd be wary of leaving a bike anywhere overnight, though I think the train station is locked at night. Bikes that get left out are quickly vandalised, whatever quality they exude, so I doubt a rat bike would be immune to this.
Clearly you have to be careful where you leave it. Mine mainly stays at the railway station overnight along with hundreds of other overnight bikes - that's what the racks are provided for. Sometimes I need to make a different journey and can't take my bike back to the station. I used to work in a busy part of the West End with busy nightlife, where any inadequately locked bike of sufficient quality would quickly be stolen. I was very reluctant to leave a bike there in the street overnight. But I've since worked in some quieter commercial areas of central London and there are some quite decent bikes left out for months on the racks there that do not get interfered with. Though even in nightlife central, there were some abandoned bikes that were there for years before the council removed them, if they were sufficiently uninteresting to thieves.

Re: SMIDSY? Luminous bike frames

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2015 - 2:21pm
I think it dosen't matter how well your lit up your always going to get SMIDSY from some drivers , I tend to treat every other road user as a potential idiot and ride as defensively as I can

Re: Winter cycling boots

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2015 - 2:09pm
If you're using flat pedals, Aldi fishing boots are excellent in the winter - the uppers are waterproof fabric, the lowers rubber, they're fully fleece-lined and they have ties around the tops so the water doesn't get in. The soles are high-grip rubber so your feet should never slip off the pedals. The soles broke up inside, mind you, probably from the pressure of the pedals, but I just put insoles in them and they were fine.

As with a lot of stuff at Aldi, if you don't blink too soon you can often pick them up half price, depending on your size. Even if they only have a size bigger than what you take, that will do - you just wear anoher pair of socks and you'll be even cozier!

Haven't worn this pair yet - bought them last year but they're too good to get wet or dirty.

Aldi fishing boots.JPG

These are this year's - didn't buy them but they look even better, and only £12.99...

Re: Finding and using a "rat bike" for commuting

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2015 - 2:08pm
Tangled Metal wrote:There also used to be a green cooperative somewhere near de vere street I think it's called that used to do up donated and recovered bikes to sell on. They also ran maintenance training courses and sold a few bits too. Can't remember the name now and I think they folded a few years back.

Freewheelers. Yes, they were good, and we went there several times for odd jobs, but you're right that they closed down about maybe 3 years ago, sadly.

Very few shops sell used bikes now, and I suspect that's as ebay and gumtree are so widespread now.

I'd be wary of leaving a bike anywhere overnight, though I think the train station is locked at night. Bikes that get left out are quickly vandalised, whatever quality they exude, so I doubt a rat bike would be immune to this.

Re: What should I do if a car keep on driving up my ***

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2015 - 1:27pm
iviehoff wrote:Have you tried using one of the modern very bright rear lights? I get a lot more respect from car drivers now I have modern very bright lights.
me too a 1watt Smart light mounted just below saddle height,which is their eye level seems to sort it out.
I'm loathed to resort to such tactics(among others)but my safety trumps their idiocy every time IMHO.

Re: Silicon for my Tent

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 November 2015 - 1:23pm
The only Silicone I have come across is either a grease, lubricant or bathroom sealant.
If you Google silicone spray, it is available at various outlets but I don't know that it would be suitable for tent fabric re-coating.

Re: Winter cycling boots

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2015 - 1:00pm
Therealsouthstander wrote:I wear castelli merino wool socks ,is it worth wearing a second pair of lighter socks ?
Two pair of thin socks will always be warmer then one thick pair. Taking advice from the walking world thin layers of clothing is always warmer then one thick layer.
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