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Re: Head On Crash Avoidance........Two Bikes!

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 February 2015 - 4:53pm
In an emergency, I just shout "LEFT" - that usually produces the correct reaction

Getting Fit with your Full Load

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 February 2015 - 4:48pm
In the past I've just waited till I'm on the road with all my luggage. Albeit camping tours for long weekends, as apposed to trans-continent stuff. The first couple of days can be a chore.

My circumstances are different now as I have more 'me time' as my daughters are older now and they are spending a bit more time with their mum who I'm recently separated from. I'm still doing 70% of the childcare but I often have free weekends.

I've been learning a few tips from bike tourists on YouTube and one particular channel (Bike America I think) is really enjoyable. It suggests training with your full load.

Makes sense to me. We all know the logistics of packing/unpacking and living out of small bags so that would give you 'housekeeping' practice. As far as riding with a full load that would give you the bike handling skills not associated with a light bike.

I just feel a bit weird that I'm 'just pretending' for the day/weekend so I'm bike fit for Spring and Summer.

At 40 should I just grow up and stop worrying what other people might be thinking while I'm pedalling about with my full load?...hc

Re: The police/council need to start promoting cyclist safet

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 February 2015 - 4:43pm
AndyBSG wrote:With the exception of last years' 'Safeway' exercise I can't remember the last time I saw a random police road side operation stopping vehicles and carrying out random checks like Insurance, MOT, driving license, vehicle defects etc
It's happening again as we speak.

But these enforcement campaigns targeting specific offences illustrates how little enforcement is actually happening these days. It seems to have moved to the South American policing methods where enforcement is based around targeted campaigns. So if this week/month is targeting RLJs, you can drive around pissed out of your brains texting at twice the speed limit in the knowledge that no Police officer will bat an eyelid at your behaviour, just as long as you don't RLJ.

Far better to have a policy (and resources for) continuous enforcement of all regulations. That said, Safeway is probably better than nothing (which is what we seem to have most of the time).

Ian

Re: Tipper crash in Bath

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 February 2015 - 4:40pm
Vorpal wrote:His age doesn't necessarily mean he doesn't have experience driving equipment that is difficult to manage.
I agree, in fact I stumbled across a photo of him driving a sizeable agricultural tractor. I can't imagine how someone could pass their test so readily without some prior experience with larger vehicles. However I was actually thinking about experience of driving on the road and in traffic. I'm not making a judgement about this poor chap when saying that I think a significant amount of such experience would be a sensible requirement.

Vorpal wrote:why his boss would deliberately lead him someplace that seems to have been unsuitable for the vehicle, unless it was bound for the construction site, there.
This could be a very important point, as access to premises is about the only justification for going past restrictions that you can hope to get away with. I never had the occasion or the bottle to pass a width restriction but regularly used roads "not suitable for HGV" or subject to 7.5 tonne weight limits. I think my most blatant was a bridge rated at 6 tonnes except for coaches in a fully loaded 26 tonne truck. It was the only road access for the village... but I always had delivery notes to justify my presence in the area.


mjr wrote:One point not yet covered here is: why do we still let heavy vehicles deliver to/near schools or drive past them (if avoidable) when there are large numbers of children entering/exiting?
Part of the general irrationality that is our historical transport policy. Every one thinks that road access is a good thing, but no one wants the traffic that results. That's not sneering, its a thought I have held sincerely for some time.
Delivering to schools is one problem. You avoid arriving between 8 and 9 in the morning. You wont generally be given access, and if you do get in early, you might have to cease operations and just sit in the middle of the playground until the kids have gone in. They always seem to find it more enjoyable than I do!. Similar principles for lunch and teatime, but the hours are more variable.
Passing or delivering near schools - start by defining near! You do what you can, but sometimes you just run out of options. Sometimes schools are situated on the only through route. Don't go past the school - OK, but where do you park a large vehicle or the necessary time? To be honest, I think it would be more useful to tackle the issue of parents parking near schools. Double parked roads outside schools present a pretty serious hazard in their own right. If the roads were not obstructed they would be safer for all traffic to use. On a regular round, most drivers would try to find a better alternative. If your delivering in a strange town you would really struggle to avoid the vicinity of schools.

Re: The police/council need to start promoting cyclist safet

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 February 2015 - 4:28pm
IMO the police need to start enforcing ALL traffic laws full stop.

It seems that nowadays police 'traffic enforcement' consists entirely of relying on GATSO camera's to issue SP30 fines and little else.

With the exception of last years' 'Safeway' exercise I can't remember the last time I saw a random police road side operation stopping vehicles and carrying out random checks like Insurance, MOT, driving license, vehicle defects etc

Re: Operation Safeway - The Return

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 February 2015 - 4:13pm
You* may not enter an ASL by crossing the first stop line after the lights have gone red.





*As others will no doubt clarify- this applies equally to cyclists , so overtaking into (most) ASLs is actually RLJing

Re: Rotterdam > Istanbul - Which bike?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 February 2015 - 3:59pm
Just as an alternative I'd like to say that there is a lot to be said for a second hand bike. I did somewhere in the region of 10k miles before the frame died on a ridgeback flight T2 I bought for £70 online. Just added front & rear pannier racks, bar ends & bottle cages, had it serviced & off I went.

Am actually going to mount the frame on the wall. <3 that bike.

You can find plenty of second hand hybrids online for around £100, less if you can find a local one. Having rack/s added & a good service won't cost that much. The best way to find something appropriate is to check what the specs are for the new bikes you are looking at then compare them to those of the second hand bikes that are out there.

Re: Tipper crash in Bath

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 February 2015 - 3:55pm
The traffic at schooltimes is referred to in vorpal's links. It seems to have been raised with officials and councillors by at least one local resident.

I suspect things would have been different here if the highway authority or a statutory undertaker had been carrying out works in or near the carriageway. I fancy there would have been a clear system of restrictions to protect the workforce and fair enough. Without that duty of care to employees, things are less pressing. Locals talking about "accidents waiting to happen" are dismissed as NIMBYS etc.

Re: On a tandem to Santander with a deaf and blind person

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 February 2015 - 3:53pm
My idea is to do a loop around Santander -for 10 days any good routes -a tandem camping -deaf /blind person on the back .so--------------thanks

Re: The police/council need to start promoting cyclist safet

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 February 2015 - 3:46pm
The police and councils do need to start promoting cyclist safety and primarily to those most at fault for most cyclist-injuring collisions: motorists. Far too many police and council safely campaigns waste their money on offences by cyclists which are illegal but not hugely unsafe, or things that aren't even illegal such as wearing street clothes instead of dayglo human cannonball outfits.

Mark1978 wrote:Maybe the driver recognised you? Give a cheery wave, shout a hello and continue. I can never tell who's behind the reflections of the windscreens/windows.

That's the point thought. It could mean "Hello mate how are you?" "Wow, nice bike" or "I'm coming past mind you don't pull out" or "I hate cyclists and wish you to die soon" - it could literally be anything.[/quote]
Yeah, but if it's a hater, it's sort of amusing to still be cheerful and show that you're not ground down.

Re: Operation Safeway - The Return

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 February 2015 - 3:46pm
lol wondered why all the coppers were on street corners again....oddly enough no copper wants to give me advice...

eek failure to comply with ASLs... i'm not even sure I know all the law concerning them correctly or judging by photos taken of police cars in ASLs they do either...

Re: Operation Safeway - The Return

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 February 2015 - 3:43pm
none of them are ones committed by cyclists.

In an operation scheduled to last six weeks, they will target motorists and cyclists, with a “specific focus on mobile phone usage whilst driving, speeding, failure to wear seat belts, red light violation, failure to comply with advanced stop lines, vehicle defects and no insurance. ....But the initiative has also come under criticism from cycling campaigners for issues such as officers stopping bike riders and telling them they should be wearing a cycle helmet or high-visibility clothing, neither of which are required under the Highway Code. (My emphasis)

They may not be required under the law, but they are recommended in the Highway Code:-

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Clothing. You should wear
a cycle helmet which conforms to current regulations, is the correct size and securely fastened
appropriate clothes for cycling. Avoid clothes which may get tangled in the chain, or in a wheel or may obscure your lights
light-coloured or fluorescent clothing which helps other road users to see you in daylight and poor light
reflective clothing and/or accessories (belt, arm or ankle bands) in the dark.

Re: Walking bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 February 2015 - 3:38pm
But it's powered by the electric motor isn't it? So the walking action isn't needed might as well just stand there and save the space / weight of the treadmill?
It turns into a segway then I guess?

Re: Tipper crash in Bath

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 February 2015 - 3:37pm
Mick F wrote:We have a Fiat 500. Two cylinders, 875cc Turbo. Goes like a rocket!
One thing I've found when driving it, there is little or no engine braking available. We live on the side of a steep valley and we need to brake far more than we ever did in other cars.
This is not limited to small engines. Our 1.4l (Alfa Romeo, so another Fiat group company) has little engine braking. The flipside is that the engine seems far easier to stop and start (which it does automatically in the increasingly common queues), including when accelerating. As Mick writes, it's excellent for fuel economy.

One point not yet covered here is: why do we still let heavy vehicles deliver to/near schools or drive past them (if avoidable) when there are large numbers of children entering/exiting?

Re: Dawes Sardar Sizing Question

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 February 2015 - 3:35pm
why a Sardar? hardly common these days? And I doubt you would be able to choose, have to accept whats on offer? you might have a long wait... It would be better to consider a later same type of bike which you can try for fit? and would propably be better any way? I am now waiting for some one to ask about sizing for the Dawes 1-Down. even rarer....

Re: Operation Safeway - The Return

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 February 2015 - 3:35pm
Since Safeway was bought out by Morrisons 11 years ago I don't think they will be overly concerned

Re: The police/council need to start promoting cyclist safet

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 February 2015 - 3:33pm
mjr wrote:Mark1978 wrote:I'd stopped yesterday, on a property entrance a good metre or so away from the road. Driver comes past BEEP BEEP BEEP. I have no idea why?
Maybe the driver recognised you? Give a cheery wave, shout a hello and continue. I can never tell who's behind the reflections of the windscreens/windows.

That's the point thought. It could mean "Hello mate how are you?" "Wow, nice bike" or "I'm coming past mind you don't pull out" or "I hate cyclists and wish you to die soon" - it could literally be anything.

Re: Rotterdam > Istanbul - Which bike?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 February 2015 - 3:22pm
Plenty of people tour with only a handle bar bag and rear panniers. Also, there are rack options for bikes without eyelets. However, if you are planign to use front panniers, I agree that it's better to get a bike with mounting for a front rack.

Re: On a tandem to Santander with a deaf and blind person

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 February 2015 - 3:16pm
There are various threads on the forum about cycling to & from Santander

viewtopic.php?f=16&t=93998&p=865955
viewtopic.php?f=16&t=93185&p=860849
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=92987&p=851943

The last has some links to a couple of other threads, as well.

Or you could do a search on the forum for 'santander' and look through the results.

Re: Rotterdam > Istanbul - Which bike?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 February 2015 - 3:15pm
That said, if you buy the Eastway, I would suggest taking it on a weekend tour with camping gear, someplace hilly, and see how you get on. You may not need to swap the cassette. Although I consider that gearing suitable for light to moderately loaded touring, other people may be happy with it for heavily loaded touring.

Yeah I'd definitely do this first and if I did want to change I'd probably do it myself so I know how the whole thing works before I go.

Although the Eastway looks like a good buy, the problem is the lack of compatibility for front racks, which is a little bit limiting.
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