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Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2015 - 9:17am
661-Pete wrote:Perhaps I should get into the habit of posting up on the 'tube, the number of positive encounters I have with other road users. Like the times when an approaching motorist on a narrow lane slows and pulls over to give me more space - and then acknowledges my wave of thanks. This happens plenty of times - I'm sure I have footage.
I've been struck by the notably increased frequency of that particular behaviour over the last two or three years - seemed to start with the 'annus mirabilis' of 2012.

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2015 - 9:08am
Perhaps I should get into the habit of posting up on the 'tube, the number of positive encounters I have with other road users. Like the times when an approaching motorist on a narrow lane slows and pulls over to give me more space - and then acknowledges my wave of thanks. This happens plenty of times - I'm sure I have footage.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2015 - 8:54am
Quite so. Rarely, however, applied by local club groups (the identity of which I'll refrain from 'outing' ) on the A396.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2015 - 8:47am
ChrisButch wrote:reohn2 wrote:TM
Which road is that,I'd be interested to know of any road where I'd need to wait behind a cyclists 'for miles' or even one mile FTM,without being able to overtake safely for all concerned.I can't think of one
One road which fits that description is the Exe Valley A396 north from Tiverton to Wheddon Cross, which is an all but continuous sequence of tight-radius bends. The sightlines are such that there are some places where it's safe to overtake a single cyclist riding reasonably slowly, but virtually none where it's safe to overtake a group of cyclists (either singled or 2 x 2) riding at anything over 20mph. This frequently lead to tense situations, which I've witnessed both driving and riding.

If that's the case then this riding technique(from the same post) should be applied to ease any tension:-
TBH If I'm holding up traffic for the kind of distances you mention I'd stop and wave them past.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2015 - 8:39am
reohn2 wrote:TM
Which road is that,I'd be interested to know of any road where I'd need to wait behind a cyclists 'for miles' or even one mile FTM,without being able to overtake safely for all concerned.I can't think of one
One road which fits that description is the Exe Valley A396 north from Tiverton to Wheddon Cross, which is an all but continuous sequence of tight-radius bends. The sightlines are such that there are some places where it's safe to overtake a single cyclist riding reasonably slowly, but virtually none where it's safe to overtake a group of cyclists (either singled or 2 x 2) riding at anything over 20mph. This frequently lead to tense situations, which I've witnessed both driving and riding.

Re: some parents have more money than sense?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2015 - 8:29am
I believe you are right about Meile. Wish I'd started with it 40yrs ago.
Our first experience was buying a vacuum cleaner, dog n cat which seemed to be the only one receiving reviews it would actually lift animal hair. Works so well and hard, nearly 20 now.
Our washing machine was getting noisy do I decided on buying a Meile. I bought off Fleabay a secondhand machine which would originally cost circa £700. I paid £50, the guy refurbing his kitchen wanted a machine to take a door front. This machine washes superbly and is as quiet as a whisper. [emoji3]

Re: Pedestrian pushes cyclist off bike and into traffic

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2015 - 8:20am
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.

Or maybe you just haven't come across one of these loons.

I've been assaulted a couple of times - once when asking for insurance details having had a car run into the back of me, once when a motorist got very cross at me filtering past them, whilst they were stopped at lights, to get off a roundabout (I filtered up to second position in the queue).

Frankly motorists behaviour makes no sense, and they generally acknowledge that after they've got out of their metal box and calmed down for a moment.

Re: CTC Bike Bag on Ryanair

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 August 2015 - 8:17am
I have flown all over Europe with my bike and Ryanair and have never had any problems so here is my 2 penny worth,

Just because the staff at Ryanair in Stansted are satisfied how you have packed your bike to go to Paris, for example. Dont take it as a gimmie that the Ryanair staff in Paris are also satisfied when you come back. Even if you have packed it exactly the same way. I have always got it on the plane but have had to ask for the manager in the past. There is no uniformitet to ryanairs rules.

I pack my bike in a home made bag made of bright spinnaker material, it is not protective. Before putting it in the bag, I remove the pedals and handlebar. The pedals and handlebar spacers go in my hand luggage. I tape the handlebars to the frame as well as the empty water bottles and I do not deflate the tyres. Nothing else goes in the bag, but I have left empty panniers and empty bar bag attached in the past without problems.

Once the bike is secured in the bag I have a 5mm elastic rope which i wrap around the outside to give the handlers something to get hold of.

It always gets there and has never been damaged. Thats how I do it.

looking for a companion: BURMA/LAOS or BUENOS AIRES/USHUAIA

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 August 2015 - 7:49am
Hello!
I am looking for a companion for a cycling trip which I am planning to start on the end of November 2015 (20th-25th - its flexible, but dependent on the time when i finish the project I am working on at the moment). I will have about 2 months of free time for travelling.
I have 2 options, depending on finances, air fares and just decision :
1) coming to Bangkok and cycling around Burma and Laos and coming back to Bangkok.
2) coming to Buenos Aires and going down to the South to Ushuaia.
I am looking for a travel companion for this trip. I have no preference regarding male/female, I am just looking for cheerful easy-going person, who love adventures Probably around 30-38 y.o.
I am Ukrianian, but living in Poland, Warsaw. I am 33 y.o and I love adventures. I am a filmmaker.Vegetarian.
I plan this trip like a budget one, as I prefer not to stay in tourist places and hotels when I travel, but find close contacts with local people, stay with them and live like they live. But I like to afford myself comfort once in a while, rather like some extraordinary, not everyday I will not be in a rush, riding 60-70 km/day, exploring off the path places.
I love Asia, especially Nepal. This year I spent quite a lot of time there, I was in the mountains during the Earthquake and stayed in Nepal to help after it.
I am thinking of a long RTW trip after that, to go for travelling for a few years may be....

Re: some parents have more money than sense?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2015 - 2:24am
A woman bought her daughter tickets to see One Direction. Near to the concert date, the tickets were selling for ten thousand dollars each... the mother quickly put the tickets on eBay and sold them, claiming she took the tickets off her daughter because she had slept over at some guys house without asking, lol now that is mean parents, when money comes before family like that.

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2015 - 2:16am
Everyone has the right to be selfish with the right to be self-righteous, right?

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2015 - 12:18am
GrumpyCyclist wrote:There's one bloke on YouTube, I can't remember his name, who has a cam and you hear him shouting out the registration number of every car that passes him at what he thinks is too close a distance. He then hares after them, and if he catches them at lights etc he remonstrates with them and shouts like a nutter that they can't drive and that "you're on camera mate, go on, keep going, you're on camera". Sometimes I think some people do bring it on themselves.

Yes, motorists do - as a group they have clearly threatened that person's safety several times too often. (Oh, but they're not a group, neither a camera users)


If only we could agree on a group of people who could go out onto the roads and, when they observe poor behaviour they could talk to the people, and point out the dangers of their behaviour. If it happens again they could make sure it's the same person and present the evidence of repeated poor behaviour to an independent group who would then decide on appropriate action - maybe removing lethal weapons for a while...
We could call them the police, and the second group could be the courts.

Oh wait a moment...

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2015 - 11:55pm
There's one bloke on YouTube, I can't remember his name, who has a cam and you hear him shouting out the registration number of every car that passes him at what he thinks is too close a distance. He then hares after them, and if he catches them at lights etc he remonstrates with them and shouts like a nutter that they can't drive and that "you're on camera mate, go on, keep going, you're on camera". Sometimes I think some people do bring it on themselves.

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2015 - 11:27pm
Nah - motorists just don't like the thought that their behaviour - which they recognise as unsanctionable - is available for others to view.

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2015 - 11:00pm
I agree, some are either looking for conflict or blow up big time when something happens. Only a minority of cyclists fall into this group but they are a very loud minority.

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2015 - 10:54pm
I'd agree with most of what is said in the Huffington Post article.

The other night I was at a loose end and spent a few hours surfing around YouTube looking at the cycling videos. The main observations I made was that some cyclists seem to have much more bad luck than the average cyclist. I do wonder whether some of the cyclists that have all this bad luck actually go out looking for it. I'm not talking about the fella who got assaulted for what appeared to be an unprovoked assault on the cyclist. However, the UphillFreeWheeler fella, having looked at his other videos - he is a wind-up merchant.

A few years ago, when I drove my car I used to drive like the majority of other drivers in a busy city like Sheffield. I was aggressive and the piece of road that I was on was MY piece of road. How dare someone pull out in front of me - the fact that if I just eased off the loud pedal meant that someone could pull out quite easily, however I wouldn't ease off. When I started walking home from work I'd walk past a roundabout called University Roundabout - the A57 meets the A61 plus another side road. I've stood there and watched people on that roundabout with the same mentality that I had. Mothers with children in the back, pensioners, people that you wouldn't expect would have a red mist in front of their eyes as soon as they entered the roundabout. They would speed up just so that they could give a blast on the horn at someone else. Now when I drive I tend to drive with a more light hearted manner - an inner feeling of peace, so to say. My drive is much more relaxed and I can't remember the last time that I had an 'incident'.

I think that I ride my bike the same way that I now drive. It could be that some cars cut in too quickly on me after overtaking - but easing back means that I am kept safe. I may still get the occasional close pass but what good is chasing after a car and then ranting and raving going to do? If I were to do that, what is the car driver behind me going to remember - me effing away or the person who has performed the close pass? However, I'm sure that some following car drivers do notice close passes and respect me more when I don't react adversely to bad driving from drivers. I also know where the hot spots are on my journey - the places where cars and bikes don't mix as well and I'm more careful. If I really wanted I could try and cause conflict at these points.

Anyway, long story but I do wonder whether some (not all) of these cyclists with head cams do go out of their way to cause conflict and some motorists have noticed this and are getting a bit peeved off with all cyclists with head cams.

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2015 - 10:47pm
Must be a quiet news day.

Re: Bought the bike!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 August 2015 - 10:10pm
PH wrote:Thistle wrote:32s will definitely fit, and possibly 35s. There is a whole lot of clearance. If the main weight is on a carry freedom trailer, will it not be good for the long hauls?

Despite willem's opinion, that's what it was designed for. On another forum drossall has a photo of his loaded up with more stuff that most people will ever carry, maybe he'll post it here. If you're going to use a trailer, your bike is probably sturdier than it needs to be, MickF goes up and down the country with a more lightweight Mercian and a CF trailer. Enjoy your bike.

Sorry, been away on holiday (rode the bike, but not loaded like this, over Tan Hill and Buttertubs).

As I probably explained before, this was for a Scout camp. The front bags are full of stuff I'd never dream of taking on a normal cycle tour.

However, yes, I can't understand the advice on here that such a bike is only up to light touring. Before MTBs were invented, the Rough Stuff Fellowship dragged bikes like that over just about every square inch of the country. And it's easily capable of carrying a full load (which may mean more than that shown).

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.
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