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Re: lorry passing too close

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 March 2015 - 4:00pm
Vantage wrote:I never did hear back from the company.
Please excuse the language.

http://youtu.be/3X61xx6ABOQ

Language is to be expected, but I'd suggest not ducking back in between those parked cars, and passing them wider out.

The ducking in can easily be taken as an invitation to overtake (which is clearly wasn't), and the door zone could easily land you on the road...

Re: Stop!

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 March 2015 - 3:48pm
gaz wrote:Those nice Men at the Ministry have also provided some information with regard to their campaign strategy: https://www.gov.uk/government/publicati ... nk-cyclist

The first diagram I see when I click on the link is what appears to be a close overtaking car

Re: Stop!

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 March 2015 - 3:41pm
pwa wrote:MikeF

a motorist jumping a red light is certainly more dangerous (to others) than a cyclist doing the same thing. But motorists already know they should not be doing it, and a sign would not help. Prosecution might.

The reason for singling out cyclists with this particular sign must be that, in terms of numbers, they are the biggest offenders. Stand beside a busy junction in a city and you will see cyclists treating red lights as Give Way signs. More so than motorists. It is as if some cyclists see themselves as informal road users, or pedestrians on wheels. This sign is clearly aimed at them. It would be nice if some free training could be given to them. The odd bit of advice on a sign is inadequate for someone who may not have looked at the Highway Code.

None of this excuses bad road use from other road users, but I do see signs intended to improve their behaviour so I don't mind the occasional sign aimed at the less law abiding cyclists.

I disagree, I see many more motorists than cyclists - and that despite the fact that one law abiding motorist prevents those behind them from jumping the light, whereas a single stopped cyclist is easy to filter around and so subsequent cyclists can continue to jump the light, even if there is stationary traffic ahead of them.

Re: Lon Las Cymru - 4 or 5 days

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 March 2015 - 1:57pm
I have done the Chepstow to Holyhead route 3 times.

The first time I took four days, the second five and the last six, always fully laden.
It could be that I have got 9 years older, but I definitely enjoyed the last best of all. We had time to sightsee in Builth during the Royal Welsh and had a great night out in Caernarfon. We also had longer to linger in a brilliant vegetarian caff in Llanidloes and a visit to Centre for Alternative technology.

It depends what you want - a slog fest or a sight fest. The first time I felt I was passing through, the last as if I was involved in Welsh life.

Meet the people!

Re: cycles on trains in Republic of Ireland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 March 2015 - 1:49pm
Trains in Ireland generally have room for 4 bikes, on a first come, first served basis.
My advice to you is to take a bus instead.
Gobus and citilink operate regular,direct, excellent value services day and night between all major population centres. Drivers and staff are helpful and there is generally more than enough room for 3 bikes. Bus Eireann cover all other routes, and on the occasions we have used them the drivers have made it clear that while they should have charged us extra for the bikes, they haven't!

Re: Chains n' stuff

CTC Forum - MTB - 9 March 2015 - 1:34pm
The lengthening on a chain is definitely wear. In fact you can feel it if you you push two links of a worn chain together - there is a little play.

Having crashed painfully yesterday due to a broken chain when accelerating hard out of the saddle, do yourself a favour and replace it...and sadly all the drivetrain.

A chain checker is a sound investment. Occasionally you can get one of those muddy clayey rides which destroys a chain in 50 miles. Using the checker will save your chainrings and cogs.

Re: Doping culture still exists.

CTC Forum - Racing - 9 March 2015 - 1:01pm
To me, yes he would. And I would know anyway from his performance v training done.

However, there have been some dubious characters who are flying one week and crawling the next, or are head and shoulders above everyone else. I won't name names, but I know of only 3 Uk based riders who would even be under suspicion which hardly makes it endemic.

Re: Doping culture still exists.

CTC Forum - Racing - 9 March 2015 - 12:56pm
TrevA wrote:Apparently doping is endemic in amateur cycling. That's strange. My son is a national level racer, having ridden for several UK Pro-am teams. He's never come across it, apart from the odd rumour here and there. It may be case in some other countries but I don't think its true here.

Is this another case of cycling doing it's dirty washing in public, whereas other sports keep it under raps.

Would he really admit it?

Re: Lon Las Cymru - 4 or 5 days

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 March 2015 - 12:50pm
I did it last year Bristol to Holyhead and stayed in B and Bs. Make sure you have looked at the Sustrans map and on forums regarding some off road sections as these may not be suitable for fully loaded camping tourer. Also the Briwet bridge was closed and there was a diversion. Personally I didn't find this a problem but it was much discussed here.
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=83459
As for he ride lumpy as others have said but a lovely ride.

Re: Doping culture still exists.

CTC Forum - Racing - 9 March 2015 - 12:45pm
Apparently doping is endemic in amateur cycling. That's strange. My son is a national level racer, having ridden for several UK Pro-am teams. He's never come across it, apart from the odd rumour here and there. It may be case in some other countries but I don't think its true here.

Is this another case of cycling doing it's dirty washing in public, whereas other sports keep it under raps.

Re: Chains n' stuff

CTC Forum - MTB - 9 March 2015 - 12:41pm
I have a chain gauge but I get conflicting advice as to what they are actually measuring. Some say stretch some say what they are actually measuring is wear. Either way the chain is definitely longer and more flexible so I guess it is a bit of both. My dilemma with chains and wear is this. Change the chain regularly before it stretches too much and wears the cassette out or wear both together and then replace them at the same time?

I had this dilemma with my road bike last year when I tried to change the old chain for a new one. Trouble was when I put a new chain on the old and slightly worn cassette it started to slip . So I put the old chain back on and my intention was to continue to run the old chain on the old cassette until that started slipping then change the whole lot together. (New chain, new cassette and possibly new small chain ring on the front).

A year on and the old chain and cassette on the road bike are still working fine although the chain is now very worn (the larger of the chain gauges, 1.0, now fits comfortably between the teeth) and the indexing is a little sloppy. I am intending to do the first leg of LJOG this summer (Lands end - S Wales) and after the chain broke on my MTB the other day was wondering if I shouldn't just replace the transmission on the road bike now and have done with it. MTB chains take a lot more strain that road bike chains but there are some pretty steep hills on the N Cornish coast.

BTW I have changed the chain on the MTB for a new one. If it slips on the old cassette then that will get replaced as well.

Re: Stop!

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 March 2015 - 12:30pm
pwa wrote:MikeF

a motorist jumping a red light is certainly more dangerous (to others) than a cyclist doing the same thing. But motorists already know they should not be doing it, and a sign would not help. Prosecution might.

The reason for singling out cyclists with this particular sign must be that, in terms of numbers, they are the biggest offenders. Stand beside a busy junction in a city and you will see cyclists treating red lights as Give Way signs. More so than motorists. It is as if some cyclists see themselves as informal road users, or pedestrians on wheels. This sign is clearly aimed at them. It would be nice if some free training could be given to them. The odd bit of advice on a sign is inadequate for someone who may not have looked at the Highway Code.

None of this excuses bad road use from other road users, but I do see signs intended to improve their behaviour so I don't mind the occasional sign aimed at the less law abiding cyclists.


Depends where you are. Here, it used to be fairly law abiding wrt drivers and red lights. After months of congestion due to badly managed road works, some drivers started to regard lights as advisory. In the rush hour, I reckon at one particular junction at least 3 went through at red at every sequence just from one of the roads into the junction.

Re: Stop!

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 March 2015 - 12:28pm
Interesting, as you say, that it is facing the wrong way...

This weekend in Shropshire we came across a pair of signs, one either side of a main trunk road, one saying 40, the other national. They were brand new, had the orange square backgrounds, and hadn't been twisted round in an accident as they were both on two poles apiece.
Coming back, it was clear that one had been installed the wrong way round, as the same thing happened in reverse.
It isn't a wide road, & you'd have to be as blind as a bat not to realise you'd put one of them up the wrong way round.

Re: lorry passing too close

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 March 2015 - 12:23pm
Here's mine.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1-nqFzCmCE

Looks jerky on my machine, not sure why. Quite an old one, I reported it to the guy in charge and he threatened me with libel (apparently I was making the company look bad!) So I told him to do one and made it public.

Bear in mind it's a wide angle lens so things are closer than they look and after the roundabout I was moving over to try to increase space between him and me. (The road also opens up to multiple lanes about 100m further up so he had no excuse).

Re: lorry passing too close

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 March 2015 - 11:57am

How he didn't take the tape off your bars with that pass is beyond me.

Re: Chains n' stuff

CTC Forum - MTB - 9 March 2015 - 11:31am
Harnell wrote:That is what I was thinking. It is just that looking at the chain it doesn't look as though it is about to give out and it was a very steep bit I was trying to get up but I guess you can't tell just by looking at a chain which link is about to give. As a chain wears the links get thinner and thinner making failure more and more likely so time to bite the bullet and splash the cash me thinks.
Or you can just take a few powerlinks with every time you go out, and see how you get on? I guess there's a fair chance it will break again soon, but maybe you can put off replacing it all for a bit.

p.s. sod's law says that the chain will be fine until are in a hurry to get somewhere.

p.p.s. I would probably replace it. Or at least order the bits.

Re: Stop!

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 March 2015 - 11:16am
MikeF

a motorist jumping a red light is certainly more dangerous (to others) than a cyclist doing the same thing. But motorists already know they should not be doing it, and a sign would not help. Prosecution might.

The reason for singling out cyclists with this particular sign must be that, in terms of numbers, they are the biggest offenders. Stand beside a busy junction in a city and you will see cyclists treating red lights as Give Way signs. More so than motorists. It is as if some cyclists see themselves as informal road users, or pedestrians on wheels. This sign is clearly aimed at them. It would be nice if some free training could be given to them. The odd bit of advice on a sign is inadequate for someone who may not have looked at the Highway Code.

None of this excuses bad road use from other road users, but I do see signs intended to improve their behaviour so I don't mind the occasional sign aimed at the less law abiding cyclists.

Re: Stop!

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 March 2015 - 11:06am
I haven't read the article, but this discussion reminds me of this-

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle ... of-a-death

Re: Stop!

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 March 2015 - 11:02am
MikeF wrote:I don't like this sign at all. Why is the word cyclists needed?! Why isn't it a sign for all users? Plenty of motor vehicles don't stop at red lights either, but by implication it is portraying cyclists as bad and drivers as good.

Yes that's my feeling on it too.
It's the only time I've felt like grafitting(real word?)a sign and writing in big black lettering across it
''WHAT ABOUT THE CARS'' as I see far more cars RLJing than I ever see cyclists doing it and they are far more dangerous to other road users!
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