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Re: Alarming ride in downpour today – braking advice

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 July 2014 - 11:49pm
This might seem harsh but the simple solution is..SLOW DOWN, you openly admit to not being able to brake enough to stop at a crossing yet you still continued on at a speed far in advance of a safe amount that it worried you. Yet there are multiple pedestrian crossings and you still chose to go at an uncrontrollable speed, that's massively irresponsible!

what aspect of going too fast for the conditions did you not understand, you not only put other road users (especially pedestrians) at risk but yourself, IF there had being someone there legitimately crossing and you crashed into them with the potential for serious injury, then as a cyclist you may end up doing time in prison (As happened last year).

'Bombing' down a road even in the dry has its dangers especially since it is 'busy' and from the phrase you use to describe your cycling down the hill it seems to me you are an accident waiting to happen in the wet or in the dry.
I would hardly call someone able to bomb down a busy road as timid
That might all sound really harsh but it's meant as a wake up call because you either start to understand your and your bikes limitations and slow down or you'll end up in a shed load of bother and probably drag an innocent person into it.
The advice above regarding use of brakes is to be heeded BUT NOT tested at the limit of your ability in the wet OR dry especially on a busy road!!

Re: 50 mph for lorries

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 July 2014 - 11:39pm
brynpoeth wrote:
I would love to boycott the organisations that let their drivers break the law.

Hmn. Most lorries break the current law on single carriageways, you may get very hungry and short of clothes and electronic goods..................

Re: Cruelty to bikes

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 July 2014 - 11:38pm
Kenn wrote:What's wrong with downtube shifters?

Um, because you have to take your hand off the bars to change gear creating a period of inferior bike control.

I used down tube shifters for years but once I'd tried relatively humble Shimano Sora shifters I was an instant convert because they make shifting easy when you're out of the saddle.

I use them all the time. They are inexpensive. They never go wrong. They rarely need adjusting. They seem to last for ever. The short cable runs reduce friction. They make stem/handlebar changes and adjustments easier. They need a little practice to make slick changes without looking down, but it's an easily acquired skill.

I believe they initially went out of fashion because racers wanted to change up prior to launching an attack without alerting competitors. Nowadays manufacturers prefer gearing which is complex, expensive, wears out fast and requires every system component to be part of a groupset -all of which maximise profits.

Undoubtably simpler, cheaper and possibly more reliable but the superior bike control and the ability to make quick changes whilst out of the saddle trumps all those advantages for me. My Sora changers have been very reliable and long lived.

For me it's like arguing that giving hand direction signals when driving is cheaper and more reliable. Undoubtably true but rather missing the point about how much safer it is to signal with your hands still on the steering wheel.

Tim

Re: dog causes accident

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 July 2014 - 11:32pm
Pete Owens wrote:If this was an incident on the road - where a cyclist had stopped for some reason (any reason) and an Audi had plowed into the back of them, then there would be no dispute whatsoever here that the Audi driver was at fault. They should be able to stop in the distance they can see to be clear.

We are talking about a shared use path - a place where pedestrians have priority and where walking dogs as a perfectly acceptable. A dog wandering erratically about a path does not constitute being out of control. "out of control" means jumping up at people nipping cyclists ankles and so on. It is up to cyclists to look where they are going and to be able to stop if necessary (whether that is for a group of pedestrians, a dog or even a cyclist stopping in front of you).

If the conditions of using the path state that the dog should have been on a lead, the owner is 100% directly responsible as they were breaking the rules.
If the rules do not insist a dog is on a lead, the owner is still responsible because a dog 'wandering around' on a cycle path is clearly not 'under control' as all dogs ought to be by law in a public place. It should be walking at heel, and if the dog is too badly trained to do that, it should be on a lead. A cycle track is not a dog run.
Personally I don't think dogs should be allowed on cycle tracks, I used to think differently, but I have seen far to much dangerous behavior by inconsiderate dog owners.

Re: Alarming ride in downpour today – braking advice

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 July 2014 - 11:02pm
Tyres can make big difference, too. The Marathons on my hybrid are more likely to skid or lose traction than the Continental 4 Seasons on my road bike.

Re: Surviving Norway?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 July 2014 - 10:46pm
Many grains will soak up water overnight, or during the day. Porridge oats can be soaked overnight, though I've never tried it. Pot noodles are partly cooked and dehydrated, rather than uncooked, so they are okay just soaked for a long time. It's common for university students to do this

Bread + stuff to eat in it will generally be better & cheaper in Norway, though.

Re: Cycling to Nordkapp: searching for suggestions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 July 2014 - 10:35pm
There's a new tunnels map on the Vegvesen (highway authority) site http://www.vegdata.no/2014/06/17/cyclin ... n-tunnels/ There is a link 'Link to this vegkart-query'. If you click on it, there is a nice map that shows tunnels and the status with regard to cyclists.

Re: dog causes accident

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 July 2014 - 10:17pm
^ ah right. The little girl was at fault.... Well let's hope she's learned her lesson!

I would have thought that 'in control' means that the owner is able to directly able to influence the dog's activities. How do they do that from 200 yards away?

Re: Sri Lanka Commonwealth Cyclists On M74

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 July 2014 - 10:05pm
The roads are Crazy in SL. Not sure if the have a motorway yet, so an easy mistake to make. They have been building an mway for years, not sure if its open yet
Saying that I've witnessed their pro's often over the years. Most, from memory, are military. Some of the roads they train on are more suitable for horse and cart. After being there im never going to complain about the roads in sussex agaion

Re: dog causes accident

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 July 2014 - 9:38pm
If this was an incident on the road - where a cyclist had stopped for some reason (any reason) and an Audi had plowed into the back of them, then there would be no dispute whatsoever here that the Audi driver was at fault. They should be able to stop in the distance they can see to be clear.

We are talking about a shared use path - a place where pedestrians have priority and where walking dogs as a perfectly acceptable. A dog wandering erratically about a path does not constitute being out of control. "out of control" means jumping up at people nipping cyclists ankles and so on. It is up to cyclists to look where they are going and to be able to stop if necessary (whether that is for a group of pedestrians, a dog or even a cyclist stopping in front of you).

Re: dog causes accident

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 July 2014 - 8:28pm
If there is a law (bylaw), stating dogs must be on a lead, then why not contact the local council and ask them to do something about it. Either put up signs or have an officer patrol the area.

Re: dog causes accident

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 July 2014 - 8:08pm
the dog was running free;the owners two hundred yards behind;the accident victim,was part of a group of five,bunched together;at the point of impact the trail is narrow,with a drop of ten feetr to the beach below;the dog spooked the trailer driver,who abruptly stopped;id say the dog was indirectly responsible,for the accident;no the dog wasnt on a bicycle!

Re: Train tickets and bike reservations for someone in the U

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 July 2014 - 7:53pm
iviehoff wrote:But wouldn't you change at Newport rather than Cardiff? Why go from Newport to Cardiff and back again?


I wasn't aware that this was the route the train took. I already have my (non-refundable) tickets so I will have to file this in the "mistakes before leaving" folder.

Thanks for the heads-up, anyway.

Re: Anyone done the Trans Am - West to East?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 July 2014 - 7:50pm
No I've only done the Southern Tier West to East but lots of people do the Northern Tier in that direction so it will be doable, it's just most people go East to West.

Agree with JamesGilbert look at Crazy Guy, it's a valuable resource.

The ACA maps are excellent, good luck with your trip.

Re: Ring, ring?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 July 2014 - 7:46pm
Don't rummage in the attic unless you want to. Wilkinson's are currently selling "I love my bike" rotary bells that are pretty loud for under £2. Cover or remove the sticker if you don't like it. Or many bike shops have little pingers for 2 or 3 pounds.

Re: Anyone done the Trans Am - West to East?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 July 2014 - 7:27pm
I'm thinking about doing it myself one day....

There are lots (232 to be exact) of Trans-Am journals on Crazy Guy on a Bike, here are the west-to-east ones: https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/cat ... ory_id=111

Re: dog causes accident

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 July 2014 - 7:23pm
If I'm reading this right, it looks like the initial braking cyclist was at fault, not the dog or owners.
I don't personally know the camel trail, but my own local SUP has plenty of four legged furballs on it and given their unpredictability, I gradually slow right down to around 5-6 mph and give as much room as I can while passing. The owners give a nod or say thanks and everyone goes about their business.
Only twice in 2 1/2 years have I had to slam the brakes on due to the dog escaping it's owners clutches and due to my low speed at both times, no injuries or incidents.

Re: Ring, ring?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 July 2014 - 6:59pm
I removed my bell shortly after my bike was delivered thinking it to be a waste of time and very uncool.
I refitted it after an elderly lady on the Rochdale Canal path complained that it would be more polite ringing a bell than shouting at her. I've been told I have a 'stern' tone in my voice by friends and family and I certainly didn't want to give the wrong impression on my rides.
As in Si's case, most folk I've passed after ringing have been pleasant and often give an appreciative smile. I travel pretty slowly on paths (10-12 mph) and ping the bell well in advance usually so braking isn't an issue.

Re: dog causes accident

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 July 2014 - 6:18pm
god. the camel trail is a nightmare at this time of year - far too much traffic on it for it to be safe. hope the girl is allright. stick to the cornish lanes, only traktors on them
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