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Re: Clipping and running

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 January 2015 - 12:46pm
This thread has rather reinforced my general disinclination to do any group rides.
As a solo rider, I don't have all this stuff to worry about...I doubt I'd ever master all the protocols there seem to be.
In fact, I get edgy if I end up riding with just one other person. I like a bit of 'sea room'.

Re: Vomit-inducing content from the Guardian

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 January 2015 - 12:35pm
On a longish journey down the M6 recently, I noticed that some of the wort driving was being perpetrated by vehicles (mostly but not only large 4x4s) with bikes on board.
I must say I was rather disappointed.
I think only one vehicle we saw carrying bikes didn't break the speed limit and/or worse.

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 January 2015 - 12:35pm
Slowroad wrote:Interesting set-up! (And lovely background!) Going slightly off-topic - were you touring alone in Marrakech?

Slowroad,
I went with my partner, but would happily tour alone (as a woman) in Morocco. I've spent 14 weeks in the country over 3 visits. Always amazing. I've written a few blogs about visiting travelling by bike twice and on our small boat.

Re: Cyclist Assaulted By Taylor Landscaping Worker

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 January 2015 - 11:54am
AndyBSG wrote:There is a bit of a worrying trend on this though in that it seems people have decided to take the law into their own hands with the guys full name and home address being posted online(not the company address which is clearly seen on the van), the company's E-mail and phone accounts being spammed, people posting DVLA details of the vehicle, etc.

Ultimately, in our increasingly connected World this could be something that makes the hard of thinking think, IYSWIM. Heaven knows, little else does...

Re: Cyclist Assaulted By Taylor Landscaping Worker

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 January 2015 - 11:46am
I think the shout heard just before the collision might actually be the cyclist shouting 'Get off your phone you &@$£@~£' or the passenger or driver shouting 'get off the road you....' It does look like the driver could have been on the phone.

Looks like the cyclist goes up the inside of the van where the road is already narrowing, but hard to tell as the angle is quite low.

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 January 2015 - 11:43am
Farawayvisions wrote:Here's Sally I tour with this ultra light setup for up to 3 weeks at a time.

Bike packed in Marrakech tiny.jpg
Interesting set-up! (And lovely background!) Going slightly off-topic - were you touring alone in Marrakech?

Re: Front lights that are too bright

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 January 2015 - 11:24am
Lambretta wrote:I have a cree light but haven't used it yet.
I have been looking for a diffuser lens......otherwise can anyone steer me toward a link for one please ?

Here is a thread about that:
http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=92132&start=30#p845612

Re: Cyclist Assaulted By Taylor Landscaping Worker

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 January 2015 - 10:58am
There are echoes of this thread:

viewtopic.php?p=655411#p655411

dealt with by local resolution.

Re: Cyclist Assaulted By Taylor Landscaping Worker

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 January 2015 - 10:56am
Police have requested that the cyclist involved come forward.

On the whole most of those commenting have been shocked and sided with the cyclist but some of the comments show just how little motorists know about cycling. I've seen several 'The cyclist illegally undertook him' comments which just highlights why so many drivers seem surprised when a cyclist filters on the left.

Of course, they're all ignoring the fact that the drivers initial overtake was way too close and the fact that as soon as he overtook he then cut up the cyclist completely. Kind of interesting to reference the highway code here and the rules on overtaking.

- Before overtaking you should make sure the road is sufficiently clear ahead and there is a suitable gap in front of the road user you're overtaking... It clearly wasn't as he had to brake as soon as he overtook

- Overtake only when it is safe and legal to do so. You should not get too close to the vehicle you intend to overtake, use your mirrors and signal... Was a very close overtake with no signalling because his hands were too busy holding his mobile at the time!

- Move quickly past the vehicle you are overtaking, once you have started to overtake. Allow plenty of room. Move back to the left as soon as you can but do not cut in...

In my opinion the cyclist himself broke no rules with his decision to filter to the left of a vehicle that was stationary, although I probably would have just waited myself and would have been in primary position in the first place to stop the whole incident from even occurring.

There is a bit of a worrying trend on this though in that it seems people have decided to take the law into their own hands with the guys full name and home address being posted online(not the company address which is clearly seen on the van), the company's E-mail and phone accounts being spammed, people posting DVLA details of the vehicle, etc.

That said, I doubt police action, if there even is any, will result in anything more than an informal slap on the wrist so can understand why some people feel they need to take matters into their own hands.

Re: Cyclist Assaulted By Taylor Landscaping Worker

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 January 2015 - 10:52am
The passenger is guilty of smoking in the van for a start,

a van used by two employees, one who smokes and another who doesn't, is covered by the ban and must be smoke free at all times;

Re: Cyclist Assaulted By Taylor Landscaping Worker

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 January 2015 - 10:49am
Mark1978 wrote:Perhaps just for once we could have one of these threads where we don't turn on the cyclist?
(But I do agree )
I most definitely don't want to turn on the cyclist but I think it's worth pointing out if for no other reason than he's by no means the only cyclist that thinks that is the 'correct' way to cycle on the roads.

It's not only the idiots in vans we need to educate we also need to do something about educating cyclists. This sort of brings us back to public information films - a film purporting to tell cyclists not to cycle in the gutter would also send the message to motorists that cyclists shouldn't be in the gutter...

Re: Front lights that are too bright

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 January 2015 - 10:44am
[XAP]Bob wrote:Given that most motorists are unaware of:
- the existence of a light dip control in the car
- the issues caused by load in their car
- the ridiculous level of light they are throwing around

I don't see why cyclists would be any different...

Seems to me that there are a number of motorists who like the newer, bright bicycle lights so much that their admiration extends to only driving with one headlight lit.

I saw three cars last night driving with faulty headlights; which goes to add a fourth to your list: unaware of " - whether their headlights are working or not"

Re: Cyclist Assaulted By Taylor Landscaping Worker

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 January 2015 - 10:39am
kwackers wrote:Hope he's caught and get's his just deserts, but I just have to say that's some terrible cycling...

Perhaps just for once we could have one of these threads where we don't turn on the cyclist?
(But I do agree )

Re: Cyclist Assaulted By Taylor Landscaping Worker

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 January 2015 - 10:38am
Hope he's caught and get's his just deserts, but I just have to say that's some terrible cycling...

Re: Cyclist Assaulted By Taylor Landscaping Worker

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 January 2015 - 10:36am
Mark1978 wrote:I hope the police are dealing with the matter?
I believe so. They are appealing for the cyclist to come forward.

Re: Cyclist Assaulted By Taylor Landscaping Worker

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 January 2015 - 10:35am
They might, now that it is going viral.

Notice that the guy was not in the least bit concerned about doing this on a busy road with many witnesses obviously watching him. They know that they can normally get away with such behaviour.

Re: Cyclist Assaulted By Taylor Landscaping Worker

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 January 2015 - 10:32am
I hope the police are dealing with the matter?

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 January 2015 - 9:20am
Here's Sally I tour with this ultra light setup for up to 3 weeks at a time.

Bike packed in Marrakech tiny.jpg

Re: Vomit-inducing content from the Guardian

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 January 2015 - 4:20am
Don't media types call these 'advertorials'?

Re: Front lights that are too bright

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 January 2015 - 2:40am
I have a cree light but haven't used it yet.
I have been looking for a diffuser lens but after searching here and googling the only link I find is for an ebay seller that no longer lists them.

the glass has cracked in mine and I have clear perspex to cut but it won't solve the dazzle problem.

I'm going to try the pound shops to see if I can bodge a lens from a front lamp otherwise can anyone steer me toward a link for one please ?
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