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Re: Expected 'lifetime' of a 7005 alum frame??

CTC Forum - MTB - 4 July 2015 - 12:42pm
If you're heat treatment, yes. Even powder coating it requires the heat treatment be redone.

Re: Pollution - another problem

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 July 2015 - 12:38pm
Don't waste time reporting it to VOSA as they closed down over a year ago. Report it to the DVSA instead.

Re: Sabotage and hatred: what have people got against cyclis

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 July 2015 - 12:37pm
I can't help but think that this article isn't so much highlighting a problem as giving potential loons some ideas to play with.

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 July 2015 - 12:27pm
True, that can be a problem, but it is a signage problem rather than a problem with the principle of lane allocation. The same problem can occur at other types of junction (signalled junctions, exit lanes etc.) if the signage is inadequate

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 July 2015 - 12:13pm
Bicycler wrote:NATURAL ANKLING wrote:I wish councils would stop playing with Highway codes, you are taught the correct way and then they paint arrows, vain attempt at traffic flow etc at the safety of other users.
You are taught a general rule to use in the absence of road markings which makes sense on a typical 4-road roundabout. It is not always the ideal arrangement for any roundabout so road users ought to be capable of reading simple changes in lane allocation like in the op. Not that I am justifying some of the more ridiculous inventions of local authority highway designers of course...
The problem is when the lane markings are first made so late you can't choose a lane any more...

Re: Crane River Parks Hounslow & other London rides

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 July 2015 - 12:07pm
oh glad to know that Hillingdon has the money and space for such a luxury ( that I bet no one uses )

Before you get to Ruislip Lido you have find your way across a golf course after crossing a few roads

The Hillingdon trail passes within yards of the so called Ruislip Lido. A lake which has a real sandy beach and a by the sea-side atmosphere. (but no seagulls) It has a tarmaced path around it that makes a nice ride with various offshoot paths and places to get refreshment. Well worth a visit.

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Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 July 2015 - 11:39am
On one occasion I was waiting in the right lane with an impatient driver behind me revving his engine and nudging forward. As soon as I crossed the give-way line he pushed past between me and the bollards on the right, and then swerved left in front of me. I was forced into emergency braking, and then got honked at for stopping by the car coming round the roundabout. I shouted back at him, so he then tried to barge me off the road as he passed.

Re: Sabotage and hatred: what have people got against cyclis

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 July 2015 - 11:14am
There is also the attitude of might is right and that using your own power be that socially at work or on the road to get your own way is seen as perfectly acceptable or even encouraged. A lot of people have a vastly inflated sense of their own self importance and that comes out in their driving.

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 July 2015 - 11:07am
Plenty of those types around here. The councils "solution" is to direct cycles onto the pavement dismount and cross the road on foot - great.

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 July 2015 - 10:59am
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:I wish councils would stop playing with Highway codes, you are taught the correct way and then they paint arrows, vain attempt at traffic flow etc at the safety of other users.
You are taught a general rule to use in the absence of road markings which makes sense on a typical 4-road roundabout. It is not always the ideal arrangement for any roundabout so road users ought to be capable of reading simple changes in lane allocation like in the op. Not that I am justifying some of the more ridiculous inventions of local authority highway designers of course...

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 July 2015 - 10:53am
Hi,
No your not doing anything wrong, its simply Mr impatient going home.

I wish councils would stop playing with Highway codes, you are taught the correct way and then they paint arrows, vain attempt at traffic flow etc at the safety of other users.

Probably been already said as I haven't rear all the posts.

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 July 2015 - 10:47am
TonyR wrote:I cycle a roundabout like that on my commute but I stay on the left of the right hand lane and then move across to primary in the left lane on the roundabout as I pass the exit to the left. I have very few problems doing it that way. If you stay too far over to the right you will get undertaken by drivers doing what I do - going from the right hand lane on the approach to the left hand lane on the roundabout.
That's what I'd do. In fact, that is what I do on the roundabout on my ride home from work - however, on that it would be difficult for someone to pass on the left.
Each roundabout is different though - if one has two lanes approaching it and only one lane on the exit and you ride too far to the left then you could find that you just introduce a problem with drivers squeezing you on the exit.
I agree with other comments, most issues with drivers is the "must get in front" attitude that they have.

Caen to Nice

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 July 2015 - 10:22am
I notice a few of the tour companies do a Caen to Nice trip to include Mt Ventoux. I am thinking of this trip but with Mrs B in the camper van for accommodation so wondering if anybody has a route map, downloadable .gpx file of the route and/or advice of what to see and what to avoid.

Re: Sabotage and hatred: what have people got against cyclis

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 July 2015 - 9:43am
Yup, I think that just about sums it up perfectly

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 July 2015 - 9:41am
661-Pete wrote:Roundabouts with lane markings pointing to specific exits, are in my opinion a bad idea. They can be confusing to road users. This is a particularly insidious example, near Crawley, which I find perplexing both in car and on bike. Even when the lane markings are not so faded and illegible as they evidently were when Google paid a visit, it is difficult to follow the right line.

For that one I'd start on the right of the left lane and head straight for just to the right of the hatched area to go straight ahead.

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 July 2015 - 9:29am
Roundabouts with lane markings pointing to specific exits, are in my opinion a bad idea. They can be confusing to road users. This is a particularly insidious example, near Crawley, which I find perplexing both in car and on bike. Even when the lane markings are not so faded and illegible as they evidently were when Google paid a visit, it is difficult to follow the right line.

Re: Bus passes

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 July 2015 - 9:24am
Ben@Forest wrote:MikeF wrote:Ben@Forest wrote:
Let's hope pensioners get taxed more as soon as possible...
It sounds as though I might have paid for some of your education.

Maybe but I also worked full time for 10 years before getting a degree and paying tuition fees. Much of this is not black and white but one thing is certain - Gordon Brown introduced free bus passes in 2005 just before a general election and after an unpopular war had been going for two years.

It was undeniably an election bribe, but also something that would not have happened if GB had been aware of a financial crisis just two years away. Now it's something all subsequent governments have to deal with because taking the free passes away would be seriously unpopular. Once the genie's out of the bottle...

well no more than the buy your home subsidy which has in practical terms been a disaster for cheap social housing, and they are still doing it in spite of the financial mess we are in?

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 July 2015 - 7:05am
I cycle a roundabout like that on my commute but I stay on the left of the right hand lane and then move across to primary in the left lane on the roundabout as I pass the exit to the left. I have very few problems doing it that way. If you stay too far over to the right you will get undertaken by drivers doing what I do - going from the right hand lane on the approach to the left hand lane on the roundabout.

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 July 2015 - 1:31am
You do need to be doubly careful at that type of roundabout. Not only do you have to worry about "Mr MGIF" you also have to beware of those who fail to look properly at the lane markings and automatically take the left hand lane to go straight on.

It will depend on the exact circumstances but this may be one of the rare circumstances where it might be safer for you to take the left hand lane when travelling straight on, despite the road markings. The Highway Code specifically mentions that cyclists may choose to take the left hand lane round a roundabout

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 July 2015 - 12:19am
Nope. This is a roundabout that is marked right hand lane for straight on or right turn. Left hand lane for left only. Drivers have tried to undertake me when we are all going the same way i.e right and have entered the roundabout behind me then try to beat me round the roundabout to the exit
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