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Re: 2 LeJog deaths: Death by dangerous driving charge

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 2:40pm
thirdcrank wrote:A year to get to court and in the meantime, a further serious offence has been committed, but nobody in authority seems to find this unacceptable or even worthy of comment.

Well his solicitor even exploited it by saying in his client's mitigation "that he had no previous convictions."

Re: 2 LeJog deaths: Death by dangerous driving charge

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 2:25pm
Interesting point of British law there, but he was actually found guilty and sentenced to 7.5 years for each of the deaths, but British law has these running concurrently.

Re: Carrying a defibrillator

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 2:25pm
On the CPR and doing it properly; it's many years since I was taught (on several courses) and I've never had to do it for real, but often when you see it being done on TV it's feeble and misleading. From my memory, it's meant to be done fairly hard (one course mentioned you might break a rib on your patient but better that and they live). And of course you can't do it on a person who does not need it. So when people keep seeing dainty little gentle presses (the "patient" would probably not even be aware of), I wonder if this is mis-directing the general public.

That said, it was years ago I was taught so maybe things have changed or my memory worsened (and I'm wrong).


Re: Any ideas?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 2:24pm

I find that signalling with my right upper arm out horizontally and the forearm & hand vertically downwards generally conveys the clear message "Pass me at a safe distance."

It is obviously not a turn right signal.

Most motorists respond well : a few clowns shout or otherwise (deliberately) misunderstand. You will never stop the punishment passes, alas.

I suspect that a mechanical device for space-marking will be impractical.

If I had an ongoing problem, like yours, I would be getting one or more cameras and fluro waistcoat reading "On Video".

Re: Do I need front panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2014 - 2:23pm
daddig wrote:Another thought if your only carrying 13kg would that fit into a Nelson Longflap + BarBag for travel documents etc ?Not unless the 13kg is in lead weights. Everything is just too bulky. One summer weekend I went camping with just a Campers Longflap (bigger than your suggested Nelson Longflap). I had a light and small camping mat, a low bulk sleeping bag, a change of cycling clothes and that was about all inside the bag - tent on top of the bag. So not even close to my 13kg normal touring load. I tend to select my equipment for low bulk rather than saving a couple of ounces, so my touring set up tends to be compact - but not that compact. Hotel touring might entail a bit more clothing, and removes the bulky camping gear, but of course a hotel camping load is not going to be even half the weight of a camping load.

Re: Bike Security Locked At Supermarket Bike Rack

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 2:19pm
I've seen people carting their Brompton round the shop in one of the large trolleys....

Re: Do I need front panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2014 - 1:42pm
Another thought if your only carrying 13kg would that fit into a Nelson Longflap + BarBag for travel documents etc ?

Re: New European Cycling Website

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2014 - 1:07pm
patpalloon wrote:Btw, Steven's book on his bike travels round Europe - No Place Like Home Thank God! Is brilliant. The link is on the website.

Thanks for that. I'm glad you liked it. I enjoyed writing it too.

Re: Do I need front panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2014 - 1:07pm
elioelio wrote:I don't really want to take front panniers because of the extra weight.

When you add extra luggage weight to your bike, you set off an accumulative effect: the bike itself needs to be heavier and stronger, you need racks and panniers and so on. When you start reducing your luggage weight, the opposite effect occurs: you can shed front pannniers, your bike can be lighter and so on. It really depends on how much stuff you want to take and to be aware that it will involve extra weight on top of the luggage itself to carry it. But if you do have lots of stuff, front panniers are great IMV. The real argument IMV is between panniers and a trailer.

Re: Energy, Fuel, 2nd Wind, Motivation

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 12:53pm
The other effect that hasn't been mentioned is that the body can burn fat for fuel as well (even a skinny cyclist has some) but most of our bodies aren't used to doing this. I know a hardcore ironman triathlete who does 80 mile training rides without eating before/during and only drinks water. He reckons this gets his body used to burning fat, so he doesn't suffer so much when the carbs run out in an event. He gets good results, so he must be doing something right. For us mortals who keep shovelling in the cake, the fat-burning path isn't well enough developed to sustain reasonable cycling speed.

If you've carb loaded effectively, you should have enough fuel for around 2 hours of activity, which is why marathon runners hit the wall at around 20 miles.

Sugars can't be absorbed in the mouth, but I think an Australian research group showed that as soon as they were detected in the mouth, the body would release more reserves. Eating something sweet certainly seems to produce a response faster than anything could get through to the blood stream.

Re: Touring Iceland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2014 - 12:50pm
Grunavik is Grindavík I think - really good campsite there with good cooking facilities - we used it as a base to cycle to the Blue Lagoon - hopeless commercial and expensive but figured it was a once in a lifetime ... managed a whole day there and took own lunch ...

Re: Carrying a defibrillator

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 12:46pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:When I last had CPR training it was being questioned due to the damage you could do the patient (I'm not kidding)
Apparently breaking a rib was bad, and could result in being sued for deliberately causing injury....

Anyhow we did the training anyway, because the instructor could see sense. Of course he was also talking about having a tattoo on his chest:

"In case of heart failure press here:X"

Someone commented on the "risk of doing harm" with CPR by explaining "the patient is currently dead, how much worse can you make it"

Re: Do I need front panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2014 - 12:33pm
I've tried with and without. Personally I much prefer with front panniers. I cycle camp and carry cooking gear. My first couple of trips were rear panniers only. To begin with my sleeping bag on the rear rack:

Then (with a new bike and new rear panniers), with my tent on the top rack:

and finally with front panniers and nothing on the rear rack:

I find with four panniers that the bike feels better. It is easier to organize "stuff". Basically my front panniers contain sleeping bag and mat and spare clothes. I typically don't touch those bags during the day. At the rear I have my tent and waterproofs, crocs etc. potentially wet stuff in one pannier and then stove and cooking stuff in the other. The rear panniers are easier to get into without things on top of the rack. There is plenty of room for food in the cooking pannier and the top of the rack is free fro me to carry a water bladder if I'm going to be wild wild camping away from a water supply, or put the tent on there if I want to dry it out. Yes it is a little heavier but I don't really notice that when on the bike. The only thing I carry now that I didn't on my first few trips is a chair kit for my sleeping mat, and I wouldn't be without that. I've climbed some pretty steep hills with this setup with no problems, can happily ride out of the saddle and the bike feels fine. I've not tried travelling by train with this setup, I can imagine that the extra bags can be a pain. I have a bar bag that has maps (I use pages cut from a chap road atlas), phone, kindle sun tan, glasses, midge net! I mainly tour in the more remote parts of Scotland and have never worried about leaving bags on the bike, or the bike unlocked.

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 12:24pm
Vorpal wrote:Well... sometimes it's just impossible to stay dry. The only real solution is carrying a change of clothes. Stick them in a couple of layers of carrier bag, or better a bag that seals. You can strap that to a rack or put it in another bag.

This time of year, you can wear shoes that dry quickly, like sandals. They can be worn later into the the autumn by adding something like Sealskinz socks. Otherwise, maybe you can keep a pare pair of shoes (even crocs, or something?) in your locker.

To be honest I would probably do that anyway as I wouldn't want to wear the same clothes I cycled in due to sweat and comfort. Cycling shoes as well. I wonder though, if you cycled and your clothes got wet, do you wear the same clothes you changed into on the way back? What if you used cycling clothes? Would you need two sets in rain or do you have somewhere to dry them?

By the way, I have a u lock and would like to get a second lock. Since I can leave the locks there, is there any advantage to a chain over another u lock? I've heard people say you need two separate tools to break different kinds of locks but that doesn't really make any sense. Heavy duty bolt croppers should be able to cut most locks and angle grinders pretty much all of them. Perhaps chains would be more susceptible to bolt croppers and u locks could be attacked with a car jack - but with a good enough lock and locking technique the argument doesn't hold.

Anyway thanks again.

Edit: looking back through this thread I noticed that you also gave this advice. I have the fahgettaboudit mini and use the Sheldon Brown technique. I need something larger for the front wheel and will leave the saddle and post in the locker.

Re: Energy, Fuel, 2nd Wind, Motivation

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 12:08pm
Judging the amount of CHO to eat before a bike ride is tricky for the newbie.

It is dependent upon the cyclist's capability ( Watts for 1 hour ) and the Watts demand of the ride ahead.

The greater the cyclist's capability and the lower the demand of the trip, the less CHO the rider needs to eat beforehand.

A seasoned Audax rider who was a TT racer, with a 60 minute 300 Watts, will be using approx. 25% of that capability to ride a 200 km Audax, so the cyclist might eat 25% of the physics calculated CHO.
On the other hand, a newbie cyclist who can keep up 150 Watts in the 1 hour test, will be utilising 50% of his capability on the same ride, so will be encouraged to eat 50% of the physics calculated CHO for the ride.
Really newbie riders would not be advised to attempt a 200 km Audax without any idea of what they could sustain for 60 minutes on an ergometer.
If they do attempt the ride, they would be wise to eat 100% of the physics calculated CHO.

Re: Any ideas?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 12:00pm
I appreciate that some of the Boadicea type suggestions are made in jest, but for anybody who's tempted to follow them up, remember s 3 of the Criminal Damage Act:


Re: Energy, Fuel, 2nd Wind, Motivation

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 11:59am
"So, getting more energy a few miles after starting out - is that 2nd wind ?"

That is your vascular and pulmonary systems dilating in response to some exercise.

"2nd Wind" is the release of adrenaline in response to sustained exercise. This condition can be fuelled with simple sugars such as glucose.

When you get endorphins and any sensations in your legs disappear, that's 'flying on wings'. Putting sugars in your stomach now is like 'tipping the nitro can'.

Re: Carrying a defibrillator

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 11:55am
Here's how to avoid the need to carry one about: get it delivered -

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/201 ... brillators

Re: Any ideas?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 11:54am
Yeah, I do the same with pannier, and think it helps. The arm idea is really a trade off, ****** off response to a couple of stupid close passes versus happy 99 percent of the time to go with the flow of traffic. In some ways it might cause more problems than it cures, I actually enjoy riding and treat interaction with other traffic as I would normally when driving. Almost wonder if I would actually come across more as a 'silly' cyclist by having something like this, still debating. Perhaps a hand on the end of the arm with the second finger raised? And for added effect, Stanley knife blades for finger nails?

Re: Tiernan-Locke banned.

CTC Forum - Racing - 1 September 2014 - 11:41am
RJS wrote:UKAD accept the drink (alcohol) for the raised levels
Doesn't look like it:
http://www.ukad.org.uk/news/article/ukad-confirms-two-year-ban-for-professional-cyclist wrote:The Panel found that the explanation provided by the rider during a hearing on 1 and 2 July 2014 did not sufficiently explain the abnormal values obtained from the sample.
Has something changed or has the local paper got it wrong?

The full written decision is available by following links from the quoted page if you want to see it.
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