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Re: Acceptable overtake?

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 November 2014 - 1:54am
+ another 1.

If I was the driver I would be ashamed of myself. If I was the passenger in the car I would have been cringing. If I was the cyclist I would think, ho hum, just another day.

The driver should have anticipated. He could see the other cars overtaking the cyclist, and the oncoming cars. He should have realised there wouldn't be a comfortable space to overtake and should have held back. If he did this in plenty of time he might not even have had to brake.

Re: Planning My First Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 November 2014 - 1:12am
foxyrider wrote: most used bikes are being sold because there is something wrong with them, worn transmission, quirky handling, uncomfortable - so be wary of anything that looks like a secondhand bargain!

WOW! Thanks for the INFO bro! Just goes to show you all the members here posting their "pre-owned" bikes and bits are nothing more than a bunch of secondhand car salesmen that normally sell s**te to to chavs are simply doin' a bit on the side sellin' bikes does it?

Utter rubbish. To the OP: don't believe it. Do seriously consider buying a secondhand and probably well loved and consequently well looked after touring bike. NO (true) touring cyclist would ever even contemplate pulling such a nasty trick on a fledgling traveller, and here is I suggest, the first place to look for one. Good luck with your tour.

Re: Visibility: why are do so many riders in black

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 November 2014 - 12:52am
Tasker wrote:
No you're not - I agree. I was a passenger in a car earlier this week, travelling down a fast, 70/80 MPH straight dual carriageway road overhung with trees, very popular for clubmen on training runs. There was just such an idiot type as you describe. It was overcast and dull - under the trees you just couldn't see the fool. All dressed in macho black, until you were upon him. I felt like asking my companion to pull over so I could flag him down and warn him - but then I'd have been met with a mouthful of abuse.

Just leave them to it and leave some flowers at the spot, after all it was all the beastly motorist's fault - wasn't it?
Sweet so laying the blame onto someone doing something perfectly legal and safe. Sounds like you were either not looking properly for other road users given you were a passenger or your eyesight is so poor that you should never operate a motorvehicle without getting your eyes tested and rectified first?
You know because idiots drive on roads whom don't look properly or have difficient eyesight all the time and kill thousands/maim tens of thousands...
And just to note only a signed dual carriageway has a 70mph LIMIT, 80mph is totally illegal and 70mph is often dangerous if you are unable to see the road ahead properly

Re: Would these five changes actually help cyclists?

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 November 2014 - 12:52am
snibgo wrote:Would these five changes actually help cyclists?

Should helmets be compulsory? No. Enough said. And why is this at the top of the list? Helmets can only ever be a measure of last resort.

Should high-vis gear be used in daytime? Flourescence increases visibility, especially on dull overcast days. But I'm not convinced that increasing visibility helps drivers to actually see cyclists, or avoid driving into them.

Banning headphones. No.

Should cyclists ride in the middle of the lane? Yes, of course, as required.

Flashing lights or steady lights? Where there is no street lighting, I hate using flashing front lamps. At the back I like one steady and one flashing.
It does start with Issues surrounding cycle safety are often divisive. Here are five of them. and helmets & Hi-vis have been being hotly debated (i.e. those suggesting anything other than helmet /Hi-vis use get shouted at & insulted! ) in the last few days so it isn't surprising they were first on the list.

I don't think they did too bad a job of looking at the issues in a brief article.

Rick.

Re: Would these five changes actually help cyclists?

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 November 2014 - 12:29am
Would these five changes actually help cyclists?

Should helmets be compulsory? No. Enough said. And why is this at the top of the list? Helmets can only ever be a measure of last resort.

Should high-vis gear be used in daytime? Flourescence increases visibility, especially on dull overcast days. But I'm not convinced that increasing visibility helps drivers to actually see cyclists, or avoid driving into them.

Banning headphones. No.

Should cyclists ride in the middle of the lane? Yes, of course, as required.

Flashing lights or steady lights? Where there is no street lighting, I hate using flashing front lamps. At the back I like one steady and one flashing.

Re: Visibility: why are do so many riders in black

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 November 2014 - 12:21am
Tasker wrote:................a fast, 70/80 MPH straight dual carriageway road............beastly motorist's fault - wasn't it?

Would that be the beastly motorist who thinks the law doesn't apply to them?

Re: Visibility: why are do so many riders in black

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 November 2014 - 12:17am
Tasker wrote:DGG1941 wrote: I'd be curious to understand why some cyclist dress this way and whether I'm a lone voice of concern on their behalf.

No you're not - I agree. I was a passenger in a car earlier this week, travelling down a fast, 70/80 MPH straight dual carriageway road overhung with trees, very popular for clubmen on training runs. There was just such an idiot type as you describe. It was overcast and dull - under the trees you just couldn't see the fool. All dressed in macho black, until you were upon him. I felt like asking my companion to pull over so I could flag him down and warn him - but then I'd have been met with a mouthful of abuse.

Just leave them to it and leave some flowers at the spot, after all it was all the beastly motorist's fault - wasn't it?

Well now you mention it, Yes it was.

Especially if even though they could not see, they still drive 10mph above the speed limit.

Re: Would these five changes actually help cyclists?

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 November 2014 - 12:16am
Hi,
The only way to reduce risk substantialy is not to cycle on roads.

A cyclist will remain a second class user..fact, until you change the way people think before they drive for the first time on the road

Some peoples attitudes to other road users mean they should never drive.

Re: Visibility: why are do so many riders in black

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 November 2014 - 12:01am
[quote="DGG1941" I'd be curious to understand why some cyclist dress this way and whether I'm a lone voice of concern on their behalf.[/quote]

No you're not - I agree. I was a passenger in a car earlier this week, travelling down a fast, 70/80 MPH straight dual carriageway road overhung with trees, very popular for clubmen on training runs. There was just such an idiot type as you describe. It was overcast and dull - under the trees you just couldn't see the fool. All dressed in macho black, until you were upon him. I felt like asking my companion to pull over so I could flag him down and warn him - but then I'd have been met with a mouthful of abuse.

Just leave them to it and leave some flowers at the spot, after all it was all the beastly motorist's fault - wasn't it?

Re: Visibility: why are do so many riders in black

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 November 2014 - 11:51pm
irc wrote:MartinC wrote: Your rationale would also seem to predict that the chances of a car running into another is therefore very low - but we know this not to be true in practice,?

On the contrary most people can drive for years or decades without having an accident.

................but apparently many cannot.

Re: Acceptable overtake?

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 November 2014 - 10:59pm
Mark1978 wrote:Is it ok? No it's close and into oncoming traffic. However it's not at all unusual or remarkable.

+1

Re: Traveling by Train.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 November 2014 - 10:55pm
I've booked my bike on trains several times in recent years for LEJOG, C2C etc. I haven't had any problems. Some trains have a specific cycle storage eg a guards van whereas others do not. I use the East Coast website, you can book your cycle reservation online once you've booked your seat reservation.

Re: Photos from my recent ride across Wales

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 November 2014 - 10:48pm
Nice

I did the Mawddach trail from Penmaenpool to Barmouth with the family in September, and back, so about 14 miles all told, with my youngest on her 16" single speed bike having only shed her stabilisers 3 weeks previously!

Toying with diverting across and down through Wales when I do JOGLE next year, and your pics have just swayed me that bit more to looking at it more closely

Re: Traveling by Train.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 November 2014 - 10:45pm
I've often bought tickets in advance and only later decided to travel with the bike. I've never had a problem popping into a ticket office a day or two before traveling, showing my ticket and asking for a cycle reservation to accompany my existing ticket.
I've also on a couple of occasions waited by the luggage van of EastCoast trains and polity explained to the conductor that I don't have a cycle ticket but if no other cycles turn up could I get on. Never been turned down. The last time I did this was is Edinburgh, I explained to the guard that I had an open return ticket but couldn't get a cycle reservation for his train. He had six bike booked on but said if one failed to turn up I could get on, none of them turned up.

CrossCountry Trains operate trains along my regular route too but I try to avoid these trains. The guards don't control cycle access so you might have a cycle reservation but find all the cycle spaces taken by people that don't.

Re: Map(s) of Wales

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 November 2014 - 10:20pm
Take a couple of relevant pages out of a £1.99 road atlas and just mark in where the campsites are by hand.

Re: Map(s) of Wales

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 November 2014 - 10:16pm
If you have an iPhone, I'd suggest the Pocket Earth app. It lets you download maps for use off-line. It works with the phone's GPS to show you where you are on the off-line map (that is, no data connection required).

I just finished the Lon Las Cymru (NCN8) and used the Pocket Earth app. It was much better than the maps, since I could see where I was. Also, you can decide what points (layers) to show on the map. In addition to roads, it had cycling and walking trails on it.

I used it in the UK, Germany, Italy (hiking), and in the US. While the maps take up a lot of space, they are very detailed.

Highly recommended but it is only available on iOS devices.

Re: Traveling by Train.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 November 2014 - 9:11pm
Sherpa wrote:Thank you all for your replies, hopefully the buffet car has improved too, from the days of British Rail

Andy

I wouldn't count on it. Take some sandwiches!

Re: Mystery raised things in cycle contraflow ...

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 November 2014 - 9:10pm
If it's a contraflow, the bike symbol is the wrong way round.

And the 'ahead only' signs are not really appropriate here, they should be using something like 960.1:http://m.tsrgd.co.uk/sign.html?id=960.1

Would these five changes actually help cyclists?

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 November 2014 - 9:07pm
Would these five changes actually help cyclists?
look at -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29894590

Re: Acceptable overtake?

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 November 2014 - 9:02pm
Is it ok? No it's close and into oncoming traffic. However it's not at all unusual or remarkable.
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