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Re: Non driving cyclists

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 September 2014 - 2:48pm
kwackers wrote:[XAP]Bob wrote:Not very close - I get badly dazzled by them at 100m range...
You get dazzled precisely because your iris doesn't close. They're simply not bright enough to have any effect in broad daylight on your iris.
(As bright point lights though they are fairly intrusive.)
Not quite: You get dazzled precisely because your iris doesn't close quickly enough.

http://timtrott.co.uk/dark-eye-adaption/ seems fairly accurate to me. It varies from person to person. I suffer from particularly slow adaptation, so I'm fairly quick on the shades and rear-view-mirror prism when driving and I use an old red bike light (or the MrWhite phone app set to red) instead of a torch at night, although at first I didn't understand why that worked better. I feel I'm safe to drive because my "post-dazzle" vision is still legal AFAICT (and no optician has ever suggested otherwise and they all knew about it because it's pretty obvious when they start shining the torch in) and the compensation is that I can read reflective signs at silly distances and see better than most when entering sudden shade such as on tree-lined roads on sunny days.

Here's a more medical description http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0005194/ - basically, the more light, the smaller the opening and the less you see less-lit things around the light source.

If you shine bright lights directly into eyes, it will trigger adaptation, although maybe not enough or quickly enough to matter in most cases.

Bluer lights like LED DRLs seem worse for it and generally are making daytime driving more complicated and a bit more like nighttime driving, where one needs to avoid looking directly at where you expect other people's headlights to be. I don't know why some politicians have been tricked into thinking this is safer than natural light levels.

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 September 2014 - 2:43pm
10p's too much for instant. If it's real and half decent I don't mind, but I'd agree that £2.20 is ripping the widdle a bit.

Re: someone's got it right

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 September 2014 - 2:38pm
My sister recently caught the cycling bug after buying a Pendleton. Then she and her husband got a doggy.
He apparently said its either the bike or the dog and she said its either the bike and the dog and the wife or none at all. Bike, dog and she are still there

Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 September 2014 - 2:34pm
I was over the bridge at Otley yesterday & discovered that the old `Dunnies` cafe by the bridge has been closed & the whole site is earmarked for a care home. ( I suppose I might be visiting again then...)
I`m afraid I stopped going as on my last visit the place was filthy & my experience in a bacteriology lab gave me a sense of unease. However, a replacement was soon discovered but I`m not sure about the price of a cup of coffee anymore - £2.20 for a little cup seems to me to be over the top - it`s Yorkshire not Mayfair after all.
Are we succumbing to a price led effect from the likes of Starbucks & Costa? After all, a spoonful of brown powder from a catering size tin & a splash of milk isn`t exactly expensive, even allowing for an `ambience` surcharge.
Or am I getting tight?

Re: Jens gets Hour record

CTC Forum - Racing - 19 September 2014 - 2:12pm

Proper hour record!

Re: Jens gets Hour record

CTC Forum - Racing - 19 September 2014 - 1:57pm
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:(XAB)Bob I think Boardman was rejected on saddle position etc,

Yes but the above quote (from one of the newspapers) looked as if they were reinstating those, but not putting them forward as records to be broken, which was odd. A deeper (and cycling specific) article is more complete:

The UCI killed off interest in the Hour Record in 2000 when they ruled that any attempts had to be done using a tradition bike, much like the one used by Eddy Merckx in 1972. That stifled innovation and cancelled records set by Graeme Obree and Chris Boardman, who set the record using the Superman aerodynamic position.

Under the new rules, anyone attempting the Hour Record will have to use a bike that complies with rules for endurance competition on the track. This means that aero bars, disc wheels and aero helmets will be allowed.

The UCI had back dated its record books, ruling that Eddy Merckx's record of 49.431km in 1972 and Cornelia Van Oosten-Hage women's record of 43.083km set in 1978, are legal Hour Records. All records established since then with non-conforming bikes, including the records of Chris Boardman (56.375km) and Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (48.159km) in 1996, receive the new name of “Best hour performance”.

Under the new rules, the Hour Records to beat are those established by Ondrej Sosenka (49.700km) for men and by Leontien Zijlaard-Van Moorsel (46.065km) for women. These two athletes beat the Hour record using equipment which is still within the regulations currently applicable to track endurance events.

So the records which were set on what would now be considered legal are allowed, not those not set on 2014 track bikes.
It's a completely arbitrary standard now, not allowing the inter generational battle which it could/should be. I hope they retain a "classic" record as "the" hour, and run a second set as a "modern" hour record. Leave the real freedom, and the absolute hour record to the IHPVA.

South American Plan- companions sought

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 September 2014 - 1:51pm
I am in the very early stages of planning an end 2 end of South America(Late 2015 or 2016), details still to be planned. I would like to do this trip with others. Please contact if you think this is something you would enjoy planning and joining.
Previous long distance trip experience, coast to coast USA and Lejog.

Re: Jens gets Hour record

CTC Forum - Racing - 19 September 2014 - 12:02pm
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:We all like Jens (i thought it was Yens meself) but I dont know why he did it.

German, a 'j' usually comes out as we would say a 'y'.

Why did he do it? My guess is that best of all reasons to do things like this... because he could!

NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Poor old Jens is not on the same list as Merkcx and Boardman, Wired wheels, I.M.O.

For some values of "poor" and "old", that is. A great way to end a distinguished career. He's acknowledged it won't last for long, but he did it anyway, so good on him. He had enormous respect from me before, but he has even more now. The legs shut up, and the spotlight is now back on the Hour after too long in the shade caused by misbegotten rules revisions.

Pete.

Re: Jens gets Hour record

CTC Forum - Racing - 19 September 2014 - 11:38am
Hi,
I like old Jens really I do.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hour_record

(XAB)Bob I think Boardman was rejected on saddle position etc,
You stand on the left I will stand on the right and the boys can squeeze between us Excepting that UCI still holds the tin of Tacks

"In 1993 and 1994, Graeme Obree, a Scot who built his own bikes, posted two records with his hands tucked under his chest. In 1996, Boardman set a record using another position pioneered by Obree, his arms out in front in a Superman position. Both were considered controversial by the UCI, and while the records were allowed to stand, the positions were banned. Obree and Boardman made several attempts to top the previous record"

"In 2005 Ondřej Sosenka improved Boardman's performance at 49.700 km (30.882 mi) using a 54×13 gear. At 200 cm (6 ft 6¾ in) tall, Sosenka used an unusual saddle position and a small vertical frame height to stay within UCI regulations.[2] Sosenka failed a doping control in 2001 and then again in 2008, the latter resulting in a career ending in suspension which puts in doubt the validity of his record."



Jens / Moser -

"In January 1984, Moser set two records, the second being 51.151 km (31.784 mi). This was the first noted use of disc wheels, which provided aerodynamic benefit."

"Following the change in the rules, German Jens Voigt became the first rider to attempt the hour, on 18 September 2014 at the Velodrome Suisse, Grenchen, Switzerland.[7][8] He set a new record of 51.115 km, beating the previous record set by Sosenka by 1.4 km."

Re: Jens gets Hour record

CTC Forum - Racing - 19 September 2014 - 11:11am
No, that's fair comment, but it's nice for him to have held something like that, and even more so since he's a billionty-seven years old, at least

Re: Short Survey - Do you use service stations?

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 September 2014 - 11:05am
I don't even use them for fuel. I buy my vegetable oil in 20 litre drums from Costco.

Re: Jens gets Hour record

CTC Forum - Racing - 19 September 2014 - 10:56am
Hi,
Bonefishblues wrote:Doesn't just get, smashes would be appropriate, I think. A fitting end to a career.
We all like Jens (i thought it was Yens meself) but I dont know why he did it.
If I did it tomorrow they it would have to be what the UCI laid down with Eddy's bike.

Poor old Jens is not on the same list as Merkcx and Boardman, Wired wheels, I.M.O.

Others too come soon...........

Re: tablet for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 September 2014 - 10:51am
+1 for the nexus 7.

The big advantage when touring is it has a built in GPS chip, so things like OSMAnd run fine without any internet connection. Dead handy for spot fixing when in a town and your map isn't quite detailed enough or if you're throwing your plans out the window and off exploring.
Mine is in a neoprene case also and is two years old now. Has been in my panniers commuting every work day and been away with me. No problems.
If I want internet on it, I can use my mobiles internet share facility if needed when wifi is not around.

Re: Carrying a defibrillator

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 September 2014 - 10:42am
Several of the villages in Cumbria have defibrillator machines installed outside the village halls, in locked cabinets, that the ambulance control centre give you the code to unlock the box, when you dial 999. They are all "idiot proofed" operation - the machine tells you exactly what to do & when. Most areas have first responder teams that usually arrive before the nearest ambulance, who have all the skills to preserve life. Not fool-proof, but re-assuring in such a rural area.

Re: Short Survey - Do you use service stations?

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 September 2014 - 10:07am
In Tavistock this morning and called in at NatWest to pay in a cheque. Normally when I'm at the bank I lean Bike up at the outside window in full view of the public and of the bank customers, but recently I saw a chap lean his bike INSIDE the front foyer. Today, I did the same, and felt much happier

I went to the local theatre last nigh, full house for the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. In the queue to go in was a man carrying his folded bike.

Re: Jens gets Hour record

CTC Forum - Racing - 19 September 2014 - 9:42am
I've just reread some of the rule changes, and I thought they were reinstating the efforts by Obree and Boardman, yet Boardman did 56k - so surely his is still "the hour record".

In mid 2014 the UCI decided to create the 'Unified Record,' scrapping the two existing records and effectively relegitimising Obree and Boardman's earlier attempts in the 1990s, however the record to beat would still stand with Sosenka's 2005 effort. The new ruling meant that riders no longer had to use bikes akin to Merckx's, but could now use modern pursuit style bikes with tri bars, disc wheels and aero frames. Fabian Cancellara, Bradley Wiggins and Tony Martin all expressed interest in attempting the Hour since the rule changed.

Of course the true "best human effort" is over 90km...

Re: tablet for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 September 2014 - 9:12am
If you happen to need a long battery life, the Lenovo Yoga 8 is particularly good. Whatever you decide, a neoprene sleeve is a good investment.

Re: Jens gets Hour record

CTC Forum - Racing - 19 September 2014 - 9:06am
Doesn't just get, smashes would be appropriate, I think. A fitting end to a career.

Re: Jens gets Hour record

CTC Forum - Racing - 19 September 2014 - 9:00am
i have always loved the hour record (tho' never had a bash yet myself!)

i've never quite understood the concept of finishing the last lap though and the calculation the it entails. is it just average speed over a full number of laps?

Re: Carrying a defibrillator

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 September 2014 - 8:57am
TonyR wrote:661-Pete wrote:But even today, where would one have been found? It happened on a residential street, no shops nearby.


That is a serious point. I am sure there are defibrillators installed around where I live but I haven't a clue where they are. It would be a bit of an initiative test to find one in an emergency and I'm not sure there would be time to do that.
I thought the emergency services will tell you where the nearest one is when you call in an emergency. i.e. they ask you where you are and then say "Get somebody to go to ... where there is an emergency defib". Maybe I'm wrong on this but something I'd just assumed. Maybe they can only be used by trained people so need to be "collected" with somebody that knows how they work.

I know in our village we have a "1st Responder" person who is also St John's and the Parish Council wanted ne in the village but were refused as the individual was something like 1 mile from the geographic centre of the village (despite the village being very "distributed" and she was pretty well in the middle of the "population").

Ian
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