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Re: Brakes work, shame brain doesn't

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 February 2015 - 9:57am
I've been trying to step through the critical bit and watch the cyclist's hands as he set off. From what I can make out he starts with his hands just on or a bit back from the hoods, then sees the lorry and instead of shifting his hands an inch and braking from the hoods - adequate at that speed, I would think - he wastes time by trying to going down on the drops first so as to brake harder.

I think this was a reflexive action: "need to brake hard, go to drops", but at the low speed he was doing, braking from the hoods would have been adequate. My own reaction would certainly have been to grab the brakes from the hoods. No smug merit in this, it's just where I ride most of the time since my gut precludes riding on the drops for very long.

If he had reached the drops and braked hard there's a fair chance he would have gone over the bars anyway and under the truck instead of just hitting it.

Re: Brakes work, shame brain doesn't

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 February 2015 - 9:54am
Thinking about it, I'm not sure I always wait for amber to turn to green, but starting on amber must mean starting with caution and awareness that the way may not yet be safe and clear. Shooting out towards the centre of the junction without a good look left is not ideal.

Re: Brakes work, shame brain doesn't

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 February 2015 - 9:34am
As can be seen from this thread that pressure is already here but for amber instead of green.

I do take my time and wait for green and I can see the cars behind me doing false starts as they are expecting me to leave a little earlier. On many junctions I even turn off the engine and I use the amber period to start the engine and get in gear.

I like the idea of a countdown, I was waiting at a junction with a cycle group and the lights were taking their time, some cars behind started beeping. There was a discussion between the cyclists with suggestions that our presence was preventing the sensors working. There were however cars waiting at the other junction so I didnt think that likely.

A bit more car beeping and some of the cyclists moved on past the red and crossing other traffic. The motorists were now even more vexed at those of us who remained. I dont know what would have happened if it wasnt for the fact that the traffic lights then changed. A countdown would have prevented all that (as would a bit of patience but I have to say the delay was long enough to consider failure as an option).

Re: Brakes work, shame brain doesn't

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 February 2015 - 9:33am
Surely, whatever the lights/other traffic was doing, self preservation trumps everything. Just look where you are going, is that so difficult?

Re: Brakes work, shame brain doesn't

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 February 2015 - 9:23am
I've never liked straight to green. Too much pressure to set off immediately.

Re: Brakes work, shame brain doesn't

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 February 2015 - 9:22am
From the way it has been explained to me by motorists in the past - the guy on the bike's actions were very dangerous. But if he'd run the amber light while driving a truck that was bigger than the blue and white one instead, then the actions of the driver of the blue and white truck would have been very dangerous.

Re: Brakes work, shame brain doesn't

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 February 2015 - 9:19am
MikeF wrote:Should lights change straight from red to green without the amber? Would that stop vehicles starting on amber? Red means stop, but green means go if it is safe to do so. Clearly it wasn't, but the other two cyclists may have obscured his view.
It would certainly bring Britain into line with the rest of the world then.

In France, on temporary TLs at road works (but not permanent TLs at junctions), I have seen countdown indicators, indicating the number of seconds remaining on red. I'm undecided as to whether this would be a Good Thing or a Bad Thing. It might calm down some impatient drivers. I believe there's also a similar thing in the USA.

Re: Wild camping in England ???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 February 2015 - 9:11am
I understand land owners feeling less than relaxed about wild camping. I expect everyone here leaves their site clean, but a lot of people don't. I know a park ranger who, on Monday mornings in the summer, does a tour of likely unofficial camp spots and removes abandoned cheapo pop up tents, single use barbeques and all the other litter you might expect. I'm afraid it is the dodgy characters making it difficult for the rest of us.

Re: Wild camping in England ???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 February 2015 - 8:56am
wild camping in England is a banned subject because it IS illegal.

Wild camping on private property is merely trespass isnt it? The only legal response the landowner has is to make you leave and sue for damage if you do any. I am more worried about any illegal actions that people may take against me.

I have chatted to people in roadside Gypsy camps and they say it is legal and lets face it, if the Police had any grounds to make them move they would have rapidly done so.

If you are thinking of lighting a real fire then that is where the real problem lies. I have been caught by landowners a couple of times as I am packing away and they have fortunately always been friendly towards me and more interested than annoyed. I think the situation would be rather different if there was any more impact to the surroundings than my little patch of flattened grass.

Re: Orange / Vaucluse / Luberon - ideas?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 February 2015 - 8:39am
Thanks everyone. Some really helpful stuff there. I have the detailed maps and the choice of good routes is enormous. This area is as near as I know to a cycling heaven.

Wild camping in England ???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 February 2015 - 8:38am
It's generally a no go in England without the landowner's permission. I believe you can wild camp at 600 feet ASL but that means the top of Scafell Pike which is pretty bleak.

Some on here (myself included) do wild camp although officially 'we don't'. Arrive late and leave early. Clear up after yourself, extinguish your fire pit properly and use a 'poop shovel' to make decent cat scrapes. I never take a tent, preferring a hammock or in fine weather? The open sky. The trouble with wild camping and part of the reason land owners get so miffed is that a minority (as usual) leave their empty cider bottles and litter for him/her to deal with. I've come across a family tent, sleeping bags and gallons of vomitus. Unpleasant.

Enjoy: A great experience.

On the Bushcraft UK forum, wild camping in England is a banned subject because it IS illegal....b

Re: Turkey april2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 February 2015 - 8:17am
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Re: Chromebook for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 February 2015 - 7:40am
Yes the latest versions of photoshop & lightroom are available online for a monthly subscription.
Whether that's cost effective for the non professional user is debatable IMHO.

Re: Bar end shifters or STI

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 February 2015 - 7:38am
I've used STI since they exist (early nineties,is it?) And travelled everywhere with them .
last year i bought a tourer with bar end shifters and just have traveled 5000 km in south east asia. Well,it's perfect!
Definitely more fun with STI but less problem with the bar ends....
Conclusion : I have two bicycles .in europe i use STI and in developing countries i prefer bar ends shifters.
if i had to keep only one bike i would stay with STI...

Re: Chromebook for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 February 2015 - 6:43am
I've been a fan for sometime. Well done for committing to the 'cloud'. Liberating isn't it? Its a big step to take but once made you wonder why you worried.

As for Photoshop, didn't they recently announce it as an online service?

Cheers
Barry

Edit: Good review BTW

Wild camping in England ???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 February 2015 - 2:40am
Hi Folks, I'm not at all familiar with the laws in respect of wild camping in England. I'm not really into 'sneaking' onto land as I'm a bit big and like to stand up by my fire occasionally. I'm thinking about an early crack at the coast and castle route and fancy doing it self supported and camping. I know I won't be in England too long but I'd be grateful if someone could put me right on what I can and can't do in terms of tent camping whilst in that savage land of the 'unenlightened' ?

Re: Telford Town Centre Revamp

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 February 2015 - 2:11am
Does this revamp mean that Telford has got rid of all those subways that stink of urine?

Re: Brakes work, shame brain doesn't

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 February 2015 - 12:09am
Should lights change straight from red to green without the amber? Would that stop vehicles starting on amber? Red means stop, but green means go if it is safe to do so. Clearly it wasn't, but the other two cyclists may have obscured his view.

Re: Not all bad..

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 February 2015 - 11:48pm
I think just about every driver today gave me enough room when they were passing, for around 30 miles on the road. For a few hundred yards I did hold up one van driver on a narrow road, but there was nowhere I could let him pass. In one case a car gave me a wide berth although in my view he took a risk as it was on a bend. I wasn't cycling at peak time though, and I think that makes a difference to people's motoring behaviour.

Re: Another cyclist death: left-turning lorry

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 February 2015 - 11:32pm
Ellieb wrote:When it comes to filtering on the left, I would say it is perfectly safe as long as you do it properly. It may well be a grey area legally, but from my perspective you just have to bear in mind that people may not expect you to be there and not 'see' you and so act accordingly. Since this is how I cycle anyway I don't see how filtering changes the way I approach road safety. It is certainly 'safer' than some of the undeniably legal things which I do, like turning 'right' on large trunk road roundabouts, and much safer than undeniably legal things which I don't, like cycling along busy Dual Carriageways with sliproads. The choice is mine. If you are personally uncomfortable with left hand filtering then don't do it. If you feel that you are aware on the potential hazards and can deal with them accordingly, then go right ahead. There is absolutely no need to ban filtering on the left. Like any cycling activity there is risk, if you are unaware of the risks then it is probably unacceptably hazardous, but let's not try and ban a manoevre which is realtively easy to perform safely.
I agree with most of the above.

Sometimes filtering on the left is perfectly safe. I'd even go as far as saying that on a straight wide road with no junctions where the filtering is taking place, it's a helluva lot safer than filtering between lanes of walking pace traffic on a dual carriageway (in my view) - as mentioned here: http://www.cyclescheme.co.uk/community/how-to/filtering . I can see more danger from going between cars than passing a walking pace lorry on the left on a straight road with plenty of space.
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