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Re: Anyone not been hit by a car

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 March 2015 - 7:29pm
Never been hit, but got punched in the face yesterday.
Classic road rage case.

Re: so when do the shorts come out?

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 March 2015 - 7:12pm
been wearing 3/4's all winter as I've got dodgy knees and its not got too far below 0c! Shorts have been worn underneath so they've not been put away just covered, its usually April when my knees finally brave the elements!

Re: so when do the shorts come out?

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 March 2015 - 6:42pm
Hi
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knee_pain#Cold-induced

Cold-induced[edit]

A Chinese study concluded that knee pain is significantly more prevalent in people working in cold stores than in those in normal temperature.[5]

One study came to the conclusion that 17% of adolescents with anterior knee pain (a common but benign self-limiting condition) report that their pain is associated with cold weather.[6] The same study indicated that the main activities associated with anterior knee pain are sporting, stair climbing and walking, but also sitting.[6] Some people with anterior knee pain tend to have generally colder knees, and such people also trend towards having to wear extra tights/long johns in the winter.[7]

Cold-induced knee pain may also be due to tenosynovitis of the tendons around the knee, in which cold exposure has a specific role, either as a causative or a contributing factor.[5] Frank arthritis has been reported in children due to frostbite from extreme cold causing direct chondrocyte injury.[8]

There is also a hereditary disease, familial cold autoinflammatory syndrome (FCAS), which often features knee pain, in addition to hives, fever and pain in other joints, following general exposure to cold.[9]

Cold weather also aggravates knee pain in patients already having osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.[10]

Re: Newcastle port to central station - route wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 March 2015 - 6:17pm
PH wrote:There are NCR routes on both sides of the Tyne, I've enjoyed both but IMO the south shore offers better river views, plus you get to cross over to South Shields on the ferry

The ferry is great - sets you down right next to Arbeia Roman fort which is free to go in and there's a little café! I used the south river route to the centre as I wanted to visit Bedes World but I have to admit to finding it very bitty with stretches on poorly surfaced road and in other places quite busy with traffic. I'd stick to the north bank if I revisit with a bike.

Re: Does your bike leave your side?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 March 2015 - 6:07pm
You have to take a chance at some point. Be sensible, don't flash your kit about, if you leave valuables in the tent keep them away from the door and maybe hidden with the dirty/smelly washing! Camping always involves a high degree of trust, lets face it, any tent can be accessed very easily but on a campsite there are generally a lot of more nickable goods lying about or left in the caravans/campers. I must admit to getting a bit blasé when I'm away in Europe but you need to assess things as you go - an urban site surrounded by social housing will have me taking more care than a rural site ten miles from nowhere.

I've been camping since the mid sixties and neither I nor my family have had anything stolen on a campsite from a tent or caravan - in fact the only recurring item stolen has been ill advisably stored gas bottles from a caravan in storage, you don't do that a second time!

Re: Grab Theft - handle bar kit

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 March 2015 - 5:52pm
I'm off for a bike rideNow you're talking.

Re: Grab Theft - handle bar kit

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 March 2015 - 5:49pm
Freddie , I think that trying to discuss anything with you may be a lost cause now. You complain that other people can't hold a reasoned argument yet you are the one who responds by telling people that they talk "drivel", by being sarcastic and then complaining when others do the same, of making spurious complaints about the thought police just because someone tries to put forward a different opinion to you, of telling people who you have never met how they behave when they are out on their bikes and so on. And then you get upset because I suggest that the manor of your input to this thread is questionable.

I'm happy to have a friendly discussion but as you are clearly getting very upset by this thread (as evidenced by the above) I shall depart hence and save you further anguish. No doubt you will reply by responding to every sentence I write individually and working in some inference that I'm obviously wrong and a bad person because I'm a moderator (that one always gets in there eventually despite the thread receiving no moderation and no one raising a report for it to be so). Feel free to waste your time if you want - I'm off for a bike ride .

Re: Anyone not been hit by a car

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 March 2015 - 5:09pm
Never been hit in thirty plus years of cycling. However, this week I had two near misses (why is it called a 'near miss' - if you nearly miss something, you hit it - surely). Anyhow, this week I had some numpty on Monday morning in a van so eager so get past me that he missed my front wheel by inches. I chased after him - which I regretted as it was downhill and I missed/forgot about my turning so had to then ride back uphill to get to it! Then, the following day, I had a load of cars passing and doing a left turn as I was about to do a left turn - fair enough, the majority were not a problem. One was just that little bit too close, but another decided also to turn left on me as I was actually turning myself. I suppose that I should have moved into primary before turning left as I was taught on the bikeability course - but it's never been an issue on that junction before. I'm guessing that the fact that so many cars were turning left, the drivers just had a sheep like mentality and followed each other and unconsciously didn't see me.

I have had a cyclist hit me before when driving the car. Many years ago when driving down a pedestrian street that you were allowed to drive down (if that makes sense). I slowed to a stop as someone stepped in front of me. Next thing a cyclist slid down my windscreen - he'd hit the back of my car and gone right over the roof. I didn't feel a bump of his bike impacting, so got a shock as he rolled down the bonnet and onto the floor. Fortunately, he was OK - most apologetic and insisted in checking over my car for damage (could see no damage to him or his bike either). In a strange way, I've always found the incident mildly funny - I hope he recalls the story in the same way.

Re: SUV/Lorry/BMW/Insert/delete as appropriate Driving Too C

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 March 2015 - 4:57pm
Thought I read some time ago that research had been carried out re the efficacy of wearing a long blonde wig, resulted in the greatest space being given by car drivers. Just to add my contribution, for what it's worth! I think I've been given a greater amount of space riding our local A road when in tee shirt, shorts, 'floppy hat' and sandals (not what you'd call trendy, but........!)

Re: SUV/Lorry/BMW/Insert/delete as appropriate Driving Too C

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 March 2015 - 4:54pm
Well I once clipped a wing mirror of a Bentley I was undertaking in a traffic jam. Hit it on the end of my handlebars which sent me into the kerb. The traffic moved and she caught me up, pulling over to ask if there was any damage. I said no and took a different route home for a few weeks. I can tell you I reckon the cost to replace that wing mirror was probably more than my bike cost me, with all the extras I put on for commuting. Also I can tell you that a 2 seater Bentley convertible car has very solid wing mirrors. If one of them hit you the you would most certainly notice it and it would hurt. <Mind you if my wing mirror hit you then I doubt it would survive intact unlike the brick that is the Bentley mirror.

Re: SUV/Lorry/BMW/Insert/delete as appropriate Driving Too C

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 March 2015 - 4:47pm
This is one of those endless debates which I only get involved in when I feel the need to do some taxi-driver style venting. We all think the world wants to hear the conclusions we've drawn from our anecdotal evidence, but we'd need something more objective to get either side to move their entrenched positions. So for now I'll just settle for hoping that some european-funded research body or desperate undergraduate decides to have a scratch around in this area.

Re: so when do the shorts come out?

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 March 2015 - 4:37pm
I changed the bike to summer tyres a few weeks ago and ditched the builder's fleece and the thermal(ish) long johns for under my shorts.

The summer tyres are still on the bike - though it did snow apparently during the day yesterday.

The long johns and fleece went back on after two or three days. The fleece was on because my arms were cold - felt like someone had poured boiling water over them. That's not too bad. The long johns were back on because my knees hurt, a deep pain. It didn't feel like a damaging type of pain - but I did wonder whether it was doing me any good - so the long johns are back for another few weeks at least. Actually, thinking about it - when I was on Earlies I wore my long johns going into work at 6 am and ditched them for the ride home at 3. I'm on Nights this week which is an 8:30 pm ride in and a 7 am ride home - so I've not thought twice about wearing warmer clothes.

I think that it's an age thing (for me). I never used to be affected by the cold but that seems to have changed over the last year or two.

Re: so when do the shorts come out?

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 March 2015 - 4:30pm
Still FAR too cold here.
I'm wearing sandals now instead of shoes in "normal" clothes, but shorts not until the weather is warm.

Although the sun is nice and warm, the wind is quite cold. I rode out yesterday and wished I'd worn gloves, so shorts wearing is a long way off yet.

Temp gets to about 9 or 10degC or perhaps 12degC ............... and with a damned chilly wind.

Re: Anyone not been hit by a car

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 March 2015 - 4:23pm
Touch wood i have not been hit by car despite riding a bike reguarly since i was 10 years old (over 25 years ago), even when i was a teenager i had a job delivering prescriptions to the elderly/disabled spending many dark winter nights on the road covering many miles per round, only run in i had was with a police car who told me to get on the kerb, can not win as i thought even as a teenager back then i should have been on the road, was very aggresive as he said "there is the kerb there now get on it". Have had a few close calls over the years but nothing to write home about.

Re: Travel Insurance North America

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 March 2015 - 4:09pm
I thought my travel insurance covered me for touring but it didn't, apparently touring on a bike is regarded as a dangerous activity by some insurers. It wasn't listed on the policy as a dangerous activity but when I asked them the question they said it was. I then changed to AXA who included cover for cycle touring but I can only suggest whichever company you go with make sure you ask them specifically if touring on a bike is included and if they say yes make a note of the date and time of the conversation just in case they quibble later! I may have got this wrong but I am sure I have read the CTC policy doesn't - but that may be a libellous remark and someone will put me firmly right in a moment!

Re: SUV/Lorry/BMW/Insert/delete as appropriate Driving Too C

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 March 2015 - 4:05pm
DevonDamo wrote:reohn2 wrote:You seem to be saying that I don't exercise a 'help-them-get-past' strategy

Nope - didn't want to set that hare running, so studiously avoided commenting on your riding choices and any reasons why mine may be different. I cited two diametrically-opposed approaches as an example of how riding decisions might be informed by this type of behavioural/psychological research.

Until you post some of your views/ideas what goes through drivers minds I fail to see how we can even begin sort out this thread
To clarify,my view is that the vast majority of motorist exercise caution and courtesy around cyclists,however a significant albeit small minority either don't know how to treat cyclists or don't care.
The former simply don't realise their effect on cyclists and vulnerable road users,the latter simply don't care,either way contact or a collision with a cyclist by either results to the same outcome,they remain safe,cyclist comes off worst to a lesser or greater degree and at worst ends up dead.
The only time I'm absolutely sure which is which is when and if get to have a word with them about the effect their bad driving is having on me,their response to informing them how close they were to me,is usually the give away .

My riding strategy is a simple one,keep safe by being prominent on the road(riding in secondary position) and when I consider the need for my safety to be increased,take the lane(ride in primary).Always indicate clearly my intentions when turning etc.
Trust no one,consider all other traffic on the road to be driven by madmen and lunatics who may do anything at any time,maintain the Boy Scout motto 'be prepared' (for anything).
Trust is a luxury I can't afford other road users.
The intentions of others I can't do much about,but I can influence their decisions by strategy.

Re: so when do the shorts come out?

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 March 2015 - 3:40pm
My shorts came out in February, but only for commuting.(People at work think I'm well 'ard ). Been a bit fresh around the knee department, mind, but that's only to be expected this time of year.

Re: Travel Insurance North America

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 March 2015 - 3:38pm
Are you on a long tour?
Some companies have a limit of just 28 days (most 45/60days) per single trip even on annual insurance, so check the small print if on a long tour.
I think £10M is the minimum recommended for medical cover in USA these days

Re: SUV/Lorry/BMW/Insert/delete as appropriate Driving Too C

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 March 2015 - 3:30pm
reohn2 wrote:You seem to be saying that I don't exercise a 'help-them-get-past' strategy

Nope - didn't want to set that hare running, so studiously avoided commenting on your riding choices and any reasons why mine may be different. I cited two diametrically-opposed approaches as an example of how riding decisions might be informed by this type of behavioural/psychological research.

Re: Does your bike leave your side?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 March 2015 - 3:27pm
Moonwai wrote:But what about if you have valuables in your panniers like laptop/tablet and camera etc. Have to carry all these things around everywhere you go without your bike?

Depends if you're bothered about them being nicked, if it bothers you then carry them for safety, if not then chance it.

A tablet and camera and perhaps even a netbook? would go in a handlebar bag - but as that's all your eggs in one basket you'd need to be careful...
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