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Re: Downside to cheaper petrol.

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2016 - 11:05am
I hadnt noticed more or faster cars, but there seems to be a higher proportion of badly driven cars. Maybe some people are going further faster ?
Maybe some drivers are increasingly addicted to their phones and other gadgets ?
Im enjoying lower fuel bills, will be lower still when we dont have 50+mph gusts of wind so Im out on bike more. Dont enjoy roads in this weather.

Re: How dangerous is this?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2016 - 10:56am
would have been perfectly OK in amsterdam, and with another passenger on the luggage rack sitting sidesaddle making a phone call.

It's reckless and irresponsible in the UK though

Re: How to inflate tyres on the road?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2016 - 10:48am
For my commute I carry 2 spare tubes, 2 co2 canisters and I have a few park tools self stick type patches. I also have a mini pump. It's crap but I only use it to inflate the new tube slightly to get it to sit on the rim properly. Once it's all done it gets inflated with the co2 canister.

Re: How dangerous is this?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2016 - 10:42am
Possibly less safe because you're not in a metal box when cycling and the child on the bars affects handling.

Re: Commuting lights

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2016 - 10:36am
mig wrote:my commutes in the past few weeks have seen a noticeable amount of cyclists riding before 8am with no lights at all. is this a nationwide thing?
Sunrise here is 0751 now and it was really quite sunny yesterday, so probably I set off about 8am and didn't feel lights were necessary at all. The only near-miss I had was someone reversing blind out into a bus stop on the A10 (old house - they'd never be allowed to build a drive like that now) and I don't think lights would have made any difference.

Just saw a TV advert for an Astra. They seem actually proud that their LED lights dazzle animals!

Re: America: the bizarre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 January 2016 - 10:00am
Vorpal wrote:Maybe the OP can find a local guide? If I wanted to tour the worst bits of Detroit, that's what I would do. If I knew someone who knew the area who would go with me, though? I'd probably be willing, at least for some areas.

There are areas in British cities that I would avoid on a bicycle. If you add in the higher murder rate of many such areas in the US, and the much greater level of gun possession, surely the need to avoid cycling there must be greater. But we all find our own risk levels......

Re: America: the bizarre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 January 2016 - 9:51am
Maybe the OP can find a local guide? If I wanted to tour the worst bits of Detroit, that's what I would do. If I knew someone who knew the area who would go with me, though? I'd probably be willing, at least for some areas.

Re: How to inflate tyres on the road?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2016 - 8:57am
PH wrote:How do you stop them unscrewing your valves? I watched someone pump a tyre up three times, each time the valve unscrewed when he tried to remove the pump. He admitted defeat any used someone else's pump.
Not only do I have the mini Lezyne, I have a Lezyne track pump too.

The valves only unscrew if you
1. don't have the valve core screwed tight enough.
2. you unscrew the Lezyne connector non-square.

It's easy peazy, all you need to do is do it properly.

Since going over to Lezyne and the Air Bleed System (ABS), I wouldn't use anything else. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

How dangerous is this?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2016 - 8:47am
Woman riding a shopper with basket and a pre-school kid sat on the handlebars through rush hour traffic.

Good to see cycling as a part of normal life but this? First look I thought she had one of those cross bar seats then I saw his legs over the bars to the side of the basket. No child seat at all. Wouldn't that really affect steering? In traffic too.

Re: Eating a banana at the wheel

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2016 - 8:44am
simonineaston wrote:Since I started driving in the '70s, I haven't had a single accident. That's not a boast, it's simply a matter of fact.
I'm sure you're a very safe driver but...

Accidents are a combination of poor driving and bad luck. You can be a poor driver and be lucky (just as you can be a good driver and be unlucky). Poor driving simply increases the risk it doesn't mean you will have an accident.
I've seen folk who are appalling drivers but fall back on the "I've never had an accident" claim and thus refuse to change how they drive.

As I said I'm sure you're a very safe driver after all a safe driver is definitely less likely to have one, but I'm fairly wary of folk who feel the need to use it as evidence...

Re: Eating a banana at the wheel

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2016 - 8:20am
landsurfer wrote:I eat bananas often while driving and I drink juice.
Keeping myself hydrated and fed allows me to retain the levels of concentration required while driving.
I peel my bananas at traffic lights and when I'm in the services.
Neither of these actions is in any way as dangerous as ..
1. programing sat nav while driving,
2. changing music discs,
3 changing radio channels
4. mobile phones, hands free or not.
or any of the myriad of distractions modern cars provide to the driver ....
Wi-Fi in the new Astra .... really !!!
I: eat bananas and apples, and drink coffee/water, hunt around for and change CDs, put on and take off gloves/hats, turn the sat nav on and off and all while driving. Have done for years. The point is, like the rest of us who do likewise I expect, I pick my moments... Since I started driving in the '70s, I haven't had a single accident. That's not a boast, it's simply a matter of fact.

Re: Commuting lights

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2016 - 8:19am
Motor vehicles are required to have lights at all times, and must use them in times of reduced visibility. Cycles are not required to have lights in the day, so they cannot be required to use them (though I'd suggest it's sensible if you do have them)

Re: Eating a banana at the wheel

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2016 - 8:08am
pwa wrote:If I wanted to eat a banana whilst driving I would do the double hand stuff at traffic lights, or pull over. And the hand with the banana in it would still be partly controlling the steering wheel, only rising to the mouth when the road is straight and clear of complications. Still not what the Highway Code demands, but so long as my concentration is on the road I think I can do all that safely. The same applies to taking a sip out of a bottle of water.

Its one of those occassional random things. A friend was stopped by the police many years ago for eating an apple with one hand while waiting in a traffic queue. Sometimes common sense goes out of the police window on these things but I agree that both hands off the wheel should only be when you are stopped.

Re: Eating a banana at the wheel

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2016 - 8:08am
I eat bananas often while driving and I drink juice.
Keeping myself hydrated and fed allows me to retain the levels of concentration required while driving.
I peel my bananas at traffic lights and when I'm in the services.
Neither of these actions is in any way as dangerous as ..
1. programing sat nav while driving,
2. changing music discs,
3 changing radio channels
4. mobile phones, hands free or not.
or any of the myriad of distractions modern cars provide to the driver ....
Wi-Fi in the new Astra .... really !!!

Re: Eating a banana at the wheel

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2016 - 7:57am
If I wanted to eat a banana whilst driving I would do the double hand stuff at traffic lights, or pull over. And the hand with the banana in it would still be partly controlling the steering wheel, only rising to the mouth when the road is straight and clear of complications. Still not what the Highway Code demands, but so long as my concentration is on the road I think I can do all that safely. The same applies to taking a sip out of a bottle of water.

Re: Eating a banana at the wheel

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2016 - 12:39am
Hi,
Prefer not to see this at all, if one hand is not doing the driving then it leads to taking the other hand off the wheel to do what the preening hand should be doing.

Re: How to inflate tyres on the road?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2016 - 12:39am
John Holiday wrote:I would recommend the Lezyne as well.
Very well made, robust,light and effective.

How do you stop them unscrewing your valves? I watched someone pump a tyre up three times, each time the valve unscrewed when he tried to remove the pump. He admitted defeat any used someone else's pump.

Eating a banana at the wheel

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2016 - 12:12am
Did anyone see that stupid woman on breakfast TV last week who got done for peeling and eating a banana while driving? She was whingeing that she was going very slowly at the time and a warning would have sufficed. But the crux of the matter was that she had both hands off the wheel. So well done that policeman.

Re: Most Annoying and Potentially Dangerous Motoring Manoeuv

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2016 - 12:05am
Had one today. Merc overtook me - very narrow pass, then immediately braked to turn right, then changed her mind and just stayed stationary. As she had just cut me up, I had very little room to pass on the inside. I rapped my knuckles on the window as I passed and she mouthed sorry.

Re: Downside to cheaper petrol.

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2016 - 11:53pm
Or spend some of the extra tax income on road policing, then ban the bad drivers, then it will always be quiet.
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