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

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 November 2014 - 7:29pm
It's that subtle difference between "I choose to do this" and "other people should do this". The latter obliges us non-believers to argue our case. If people stopped trying to insist that others wear the stuff then we could all go about our own business perfectly happily. Rest assured that we do not wish to take away your right to have hi-vis

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 November 2014 - 7:12pm
Ann Kennedy wrote:Yes every driver should drive at a speed that allows them to stop when they see a hazard ahead ... but sadly we don't live in that utopian world and there are stupid or just tired drivers on the roads. So why would you not increase your chances of being seen by wearing hi-viz when on your bike?? To me it is an issue of self-preservation rather than a question of whether drivers should drive better ...
It's an issue of self-preservation to me, but there's little evidence that hi-vis will preserve anyone. If you read the earlier messages above and on earlier pages, some people hypothesise how being seen a bit earlier might hurt as much as it helps.
And i am also a driver and last winter had a very nasty close shave whilst driving - I was stationary in the road, waiting to turn right on a dark and wet night - I just did not see the idiot on a bike in black and with no lights until the very last minute ... we missed each other but it was a matter of inches and i got quite a scare!
Why were you trying to see him with no lights? Turn them on!

More seriously: no-one is arguing that riding an unlit bike at night is a good idea, but it's still only a factor in 2% of collisions. Focus on the bigger source of dangers: bad drivers.

Re: Pushing a bike on a footpath.

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 November 2014 - 7:00pm
Should anybody wish to read Mathias in full it's linked from here: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=85109&start=15#p766399

Crank v Brooks: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=58598#p494460

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 November 2014 - 6:54pm
Yes every driver should drive at a speed that allows them to stop when they see a hazard ahead ... but sadly we don't live in that utopian world and there are stupid or just tired drivers on the roads. So why would you not increase your chances of being seen by wearing hi-viz when on your bike?? To me it is an issue of self-preservation rather than a question of whether drivers should drive better ...

I am also a horse rider and always wear hi viz and a helmet when on horseback or on bike ... research shows that cars see horseriders with hi-viz 3 seconds earlier than those without ... not much but it's quite a bit of braking distance.

And i am also a driver and last winter had a very nasty close shave whilst driving - I was stationary in the road, waiting to turn right on a dark and wet night - I just did not see the idiot on a bike in black and with no lights until the very last minute ... we missed each other but it was a matter of inches and i got quite a scare!

Re: Photos from my recent ride across Wales

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 November 2014 - 6:50pm
raybo wrote:.

When I got to the turn-off, I gave it a look and decided the A road option wasn't so bad, so I'd keep on it.


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Yes, great photos and thankfully we've experienced most of those views on our tours.
The picture shown brought back some happy memories though. Mrs.Copy and I cycled from Pembrokeshire up to Carnarvon on our tandem a few years ago and took Route 8 from Corris over the mountain. That section is probably the steepest track we've ever tackled. There was no way we could ride it, even with our super-low granny gears. However, pushing the fully loaded tandem was agony. We could only walk 10 paces at a time as our calf muscles were screaming for mercy. Mind you the views from the top were amazing before emerging at the gate shown in the photo.
On our way down the field was full of cattle, with one absolutely huge bull parked right on the track about 30 metres before the gate.
Mrs. Copy was yelling at me to stop before he charged us but I freewheeled towards him and he finally ambled aside to let us pass. We often have a laugh about that part of the trip.
Looks like you had the best of the Welsh weather too. Glad you enjoyed it.

fausto.

Re: Mudguard suggestions please

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 November 2014 - 6:42pm
I have a similar question. I ride a Specialized MTB with Marathon Ultimate tyres and a Topeak pannier rack. Just back from riding the Thames Valley way - not too wet but got covered in mud up my back in particular and also well spattered on my legs. Not sure what sort of mud guards would suit - ideally want something that is easy to put on and take off as often disassemble bike for air transport. What should i be looking for?

Also, my husband also rides a (different and larger) MTB and has same tyres and pannier rack but miraculously he does not get as muddy .. why should that be??

Re: Advice for tyre size for touring - 32c OK for off-road?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 November 2014 - 6:35pm
Expensive tubes puncture just as easily as cheap tubes, at least for the normal black butyl type. There may be fewer failures at the valve.

At this point I'm not personally entirely convinced of that. My swap is from Kenda tubes to Schwalbe's own tubes identified as "Road" type. Is there any authoritative data?

The one thing I did note is that air retention is noted as better in reviews, which may go towards suggesting that the valves are indeed better fitted.

Of course if I stick within the pressure rules it may overwhelm and difference which may or may not exist :0(, so I may never find out.

Time may or may not tell.

Ferdinand

Re: Mystery raised things in cycle contraflow ...

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 November 2014 - 6:24pm
It certainly looks like they've been put there by/for motorists with no consideration to cyclists.

Re: Advice for tyre size for touring - 32c OK for off-road?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 November 2014 - 5:54pm
ferdinand wrote:I have had one puncture half way up the sidewall, which I think was due to over inflating the tyres above the 85psi recommendation on an inexpensive inner tube (have obeyed the rules and swapped to a better tube).
Expensive tubes puncture just as easily as cheap tubes, at least for the normal black butyl type. There may be fewer failures at the valve.

willem jongman wrote:Wider tyres are not slower on good roads, but faster on bad roads.
That is only true if the wider tyre is similar to the narrow tyre, at least if we are talking about roads with a reasonable surface. If you take a randomly selected wide tyre, it will generally be slower than a randomly selected narrow tyre, on account of having a heavier construction, rubber on the sidewalls, and otherwise being built for durability rather than speed.

Re: Mystery raised things in cycle contraflow ...

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 November 2014 - 5:33pm
bogmyrtle wrote:If it is a two way cycle lane is it possible they were put at that angle (first picture) to prevent cyclists leaving the cycle lane into the oncoming one way traffic/
It was barely wide enough to be a one way cycle lane even before those death traps were fitted there !
The irony is that people are rarely ever actually going to be travelling in opposite directions ...
I rather suspect that this is the work of the South Glos council planning department - they're famously mistrustful of the cycling culture that keeps leaking over the border from Babylon (Bristol) and are very fond of placing lethal bollards on shared paths.

Re: Mystery raised things in cycle contraflow ...

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 November 2014 - 5:21pm
If it is a two way cycle lane is it possible they were put at that angle (first picture) to prevent cyclists leaving the cycle lane into the oncoming one way traffic/

Re: The financial cost/loss of UK Road incidents £15Billion

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 November 2014 - 4:54pm
kwackers wrote:Good job the Conservatives are in then.

Their basic idea seems to be to reduce government intervention on pretty much everything until we're doing it all ourselves or paying big business for the privilege (or it's not being done) whilst shifting the real power to corporations who can manipulate you however they like and thanks to the reduction in "meddling" under the guise of "doing away with the nanny state" and all the underlying stuff that goes with it there'll be little legally you can do (even if you could afford to).
Of course you could always take your case to Europe whilst you've still got 'human rights', best be quick though!

Spot on!
They can do almost anything they like when the population is either asleep or busy wrapped up in facebook or twitter.What a stupid nation we are

Re: Beryl Burton, postumous award.

CTC Forum - Racing - 4 November 2014 - 4:52pm
Tonyf33 wrote:Hugely deserved, she was a 'Marianne Voss' and some 50 years beforehand..nowadays she'd be a superstar whether she would have liked it or not
Check out this.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJLSG2jKIhs

Greater than that - a female Coppi....

Re: Mystery raised things in cycle contraflow ...

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 November 2014 - 4:41pm
They're also in the cycle lane, making them a feature of the cycle lane, not the other lane.

Re: The financial cost/loss of UK Road incidents £15Billion

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 November 2014 - 4:39pm
I have wondered before why there is a delay between the lights changing, if green means proceed if it is safe to do so, there would seem to be little need for anything but the shortest of delays.

Re: The financial cost/loss of UK Road incidents £15Billion

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 November 2014 - 4:15pm
Flinders wrote:My impression of things round here (Staffordshire M6 area) is that either the police have given up trying with traffic, or they have no staff. Due to a lot of road works, the congestion in town here is appalling and people are getting ratty having queued for an hour to do a ten minute journey and have started going through red lights three or more at a time (which is not usual) and blocking junctions willy nilly, with or without diamonds; it's getting unbearable and dangerous.
It's nice to know that Norfolk was ahead of you motorway counties in some ways. Drivers here have continued through red lights until it's almost laughable for at least 15 years and now the council just seems to set longer and longer times between one set of lights going red and the next going green, with the obvious knock-on delay for any pedestrian and/or cycle crossings nearby.
Someone reported it and the only response they got was that statistically drivers here are better than average re red lights, totally missing the point that a unique crisis is developing which has transformed local driving habits, which has nothing to do with yearly averages.
Never mind that point - are drivers there statistically better than average re red lights simply because so few of the jumpers are being caught now? Sounds like it could be another example of the tragedy of targets.

Re: The financial cost/loss of UK Road incidents £15Billion

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 November 2014 - 3:44pm
toomsie wrote:I don't like the idea of increasing the size of government for anything. Even for the best investments.
However it is not possible for cyclists to buy their own road safety unless they give up cycling altogether.
Good job the Conservatives are in then.

Their basic idea seems to be to reduce government intervention on pretty much everything until we're doing it all ourselves or paying big business for the privilege (or it's not being done) whilst shifting the real power to corporations who can manipulate you however they like and thanks to the reduction in "meddling" under the guise of "doing away with the nanny state" and all the underlying stuff that goes with it there'll be little legally you can do (even if you could afford to).
Of course you could always take your case to Europe whilst you've still got 'human rights', best be quick though!

Re: The financial cost/loss of UK Road incidents £15Billion

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 November 2014 - 3:21pm
I don't like the idea of increasing the size of government for anything. Even for the best investments.
However it is not possible for cyclists to buy their own road safety unless they give up cycling altogether.

Re: Advice on cycling through Lyon

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 November 2014 - 2:26pm
I rode north through Lyon in June this year, following the ViaRhona route as far as possible. As you are heading south just reverse my notes .

Heading into Lyon (from the S) is on a great segregated riverside path as far as Givors then you are directed towards the road. The road started out OK but as we got closer to the city centre it became less and less enjoyable. My ideal cycling conditions are on a segregated path and other than the occasional few metres of bike lane when the road is wide enough we were sharing a narrow road with lots of traffic. There is not enough for cars to pass you safely yet many do it anyway. We happened to be riding in at rush hour on Friday so my recommendation would be to do it at a quieter time. Lyon itself is also a bit confusing so be sure to have detailed maps/GPX route as otherwise it is easy to get lost.

Our experience of leaving Lyon (towards the N) was the exact opposite. A great bike path following the Rhone for enough kilometres to get you far away from busy city centre traffic. The signage is a bit crap at times (see blog post 2 below) and compared to other countries (especially Germany and Holland) it's still hard work but in 1800km of riding in France it was one of the easier rides leaving a city.

If you are interested you can read our blog of our journey in and out (including a GPX):

https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/pag ... 75471&v=RE
https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/pag ... 75856&v=QA

Re: Mystery raised things in cycle contraflow ...

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 November 2014 - 2:09pm
They're just installed "wrong"

You can see that the new set are still being installed (barriers around) and they are also "wrong" by the same amount
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