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Re: Alarming ride in downpour today – braking advice

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 8:21pm
[quote="Slow Loris"]it is necessary to keep up with the traffic/quote]

No it isn't. You have no obligation to keep up with traffic (and it wouldn't even be an option were it not on a downhill stretch). Go at the speed you judge to be safe - and if this is slower than the driver behind would choose then so be it.

rough camping in Germany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2014 - 8:17pm
rough camping in Germany

it seems like - dont

I met a young German lady this weekend over here following the route she found in romantic honeymoon real life account of a tour dating back to the late C19. When I asked about rough camping in Germany, she advised not to as its illegal. When I asked how they punish you she said the police confiscate all your gear bike and all ...

Re: 50 mph for lorries

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 8:16pm
irc wrote:Vorpal wrote:And countries with better road safety statistics consistently have lower non-motorway speed limits than the UK.

The UK has a fatality rate of 4.3 per billion km. The only countries with lower rates are Denmark (3.4), Iceland (3., Ireland (3.4), Sweden (3.7), Norway (3.3),

Their motorway speed limits are - Denmark 110-130kph, Iceland 90kph, Ireland 120kph, Sweden 110-120kph, Norway 100kph. So 3 of the 5 countries with better safety records have higher motorway speed limits than the UK (70mph is 112kph).


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_co ... death_rate

I have highlited a small word that you seem to have missed in the post you are replying to. Particularly as this is a cycle forum, where conditions on motorways are not particularly relevant to our safety.

Re: dog causes accident

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 8:14pm
Flinders wrote:Ontherivet77 wrote: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).
+1

If the dog was in control, then the owner should be prosecuted for telling the dog to run across the cyclists. You can't have it both ways.
Personally, I'd also cut a child more slack for not having judged her stopping distance perfectly for the conditions than I would an adult dog owner for not being in control of their dog. But hey, that's just me.

I'm not sure I understand what you mean, there was nothing in the original post that suggested that the dog owner intentionally instructed the dog to impede the cyclists. The point I think Pete was making is that the dog was not dangerously out of control, in fact it just sounds like it was wandering about. If you remove dog and say a sheep or badger wandered onto the path there wouldn't even be a discussion here. I'm not blaming the kid and I'm not blaming the cyclists it just seems to be an unfortunate incident.

Re: Shipping the bike by plane

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2014 - 7:29pm
I would have left the front wheel on. I know why you took it off, which you explained earlier but the spokes look a bit vulnerable where it is. But of course if your experience is this is fine, then go for it! But is that your helmet strapped to the front? If it is I think that is very unwise. Just put it on your head - you are allowed a hat!

Re: 50 mph for lorries

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 7:28pm
Vorpal wrote:And countries with better road safety statistics consistently have lower non-motorway speed limits than the UK.

The UK has a fatality rate of 4.3 per billion km. The only countries with lower rates are Denmark (3.4), Iceland (3., Ireland (3.4), Sweden (3.7), Norway (3.3),

Their motorway speed limits are - Denmark 110-130kph, Iceland 90kph, Ireland 120kph, Sweden 110-120kph, Norway 100kph. So 3 of the 5 countries with better safety records have higher motorway speed limits than the UK (70mph is 112kph).


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_co ... death_rate

Re: Shared/Cycle path . . . . I'm too slow.

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 7:16pm
Mark1978 wrote:Sustrans do say their paths have a design speed of 12mph, but I'm also sure that's not by design that's just how they've ended up!

DfT guidance says that if you're wanting to do more than 18mph, then you should be using the road, but of course that's not a speed limit by any sense, just guidance.

Thanks, I knew I got the 12mph from somewhere!
I just wish drivers would appreciate that a cyclist wanting to do 20mph is perfectly reasonable, but does also mean they need to be on the road, as that sort of speed isn't suitable for shared use paths. Nor is 20mph achievable on a lot of off-road tracks even if there was nobody else on the track, given the surfaces that are often used -clay and packed gravel, for example.

Re: Shipping the bike by plane

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2014 - 6:48pm
I think it looks pretty good. And more trouble than I've ever gone through to ship my bike!

Two questions...
What has been done with the rear derailleur? It looks like there's a bottle or something in front of it.
Is there a spacer or false axle in the forks to protect them?

Re: Anker Cache Battery Broken USB Connector

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2014 - 6:40pm
Rick, Andrew, the problem with any right angle micro/mini USB connector is that unless the body sits firmly against the side of the battery pack, the battery USB socket is likely to fail due to strain from the lead.
However, Andrew those adapters look like they could fit like this, so long as they are held in place with an elastic band. But again you'll need to come up with a way of keeping the full size USB lead in too without over straining that connector! One idea might be to glue the large USB lead into the adapter, with a bit of packing between it and the battery body.

Re the higher capacity E5, I deliberately didn't chose it as there are reports that the built in flash light switch is easily knocked on in transit. In any case I've found the smaller capacity Anker without the light is more than sufficient capacity, especially if you have a couple.

Not sure about the 2nd gen device. First, charging via the E-Werk will take a very long time as the higher the set voltage the lower the current output.
These aren't accurate figures, but most hub dynamos output 3W / 0.5A 6V AC maximum. When converting it to 5V DC, the maximum current will be again roughly 0.5A (assuming no conversion losses, which there are).
With the E-Werk voltage set to 12V DC, the output current will drop by a corresponding amount, ie to less than 0.2A. The E-Werk circuit doesn't somehow create charging current out of thin air, and can only work with what it's provided with from the dynamo.

I'm just back from another trip and using one of my Ankers to keep mine and a friend's phone charged for a couple of days, and have recharged it back to 100% over a day's ride.

My E-Werk settings are 4.9V and 0.7A as the dynamo won't be giving out any more current than that, so the E-Werk is set to work at its most efficient.

Re: Cruelty to bikes

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 6:26pm
axel_knutt wrote:It had been ridden with a loose cotter pin for so long that the crank would rotate to and fro by about 30 deg.

I've still got a cotter pin that I took off a friend's bike. He'd left it loose for so long that a notch had been worn in it by the axle, to half the thickness of the pin.

Re: Ring, ring?

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 5:36pm
pyruse wrote:Am I the only one who find shouts of 'on your right' or 'on your left' confusing?

I rarely say this as people, including other cyclists, are guaranteed to move to the opposite side I want . I don't have a bell and normally give a pleasant greeting – responses vary from the friendly to the indifferent. I've only been admonished once, by a jogger who objected to me being there in the first place ( a cycle path) , and translated an innocuous 'good morning' as 'get out of my way'. I have found in town that my voice gets drowned by traffic noise so a bell would be more useful - two even better! On a recent group ride along a greenway, one chap kept whistling loudly at walkers to warn of our approach – not a tuneful whistle, more of an 'oi, you' one – which I found both mortifying and antisocial. I wish I'd told him to shut up .

Re: Ring, ring?

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 5:14pm
I have two pingers - one on each handlebar, so one is always in reach.
They also have different tones, so if I'm not doing something complicated, I can make a nice ding-dong by pinging left then right.
When I'm walking I much prefer a bell to a shout; a bell is immediately identifiable as a cyclist. A shout could be a runner or someone shouting at their dog or just someone talking loud.
Am I the only one who find shouts of 'on your right' or 'on your left' confusing?
If someone shouts 'on your right' my immediate reaction is always to look to my right, not to move to my left. But maybe that's just me.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 5:04pm
I'd forgotten about this thread, thanks for reviving it!

Currently averaging 12.5 miles/day. Last year I finished on 8.8 miles/day, happy I'm keeping ahead of that.

Re: Shipping the bike by plane

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2014 - 5:04pm
here my bike ready to be shipped. What do you think?


Re: dog causes accident

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 4:56pm
I've always felt that shared use paths mean shared responsibility among adults , regardless of the antics of animals and children. I walk my dog on a local path and have a duty of care to keep her out of harms way. On my bike on the same path I expect to slow down or stop for any dog, child, i-pod wearing adult etc. My progress is always hindered but it, at least, minimises the chance of collision. If I'm in a hurry, I'll use a different route. My father once had an altercation with a cyclist when dog-walking and each one blamed the other. Had either of them showed some care, the incident would have been avoided.

who will ride Vuelta a Espana 2014

CTC Forum - Racing - 28 July 2014 - 4:37pm
Perhaps we wil be treated to a Quintana v Froome affair? I think that would be pretty special. Contador says he wont be riding, Cavendish is unsure whilst Adam Yates is a probability.

Re: Tiernan-Locke banned.

CTC Forum - Racing - 28 July 2014 - 4:15pm
Hope he can be proved innocent.
The "passport" is a good idea but there may be instances when readings could be affected by unusual circumstances.

Re: Ring, ring?

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 4:15pm
No idea, I've yet to use it in those circumstances and tbh, I'd rather not.
The one time I have used it against a ped was a dumb mistake on my part, I hit the airzound instead of the bell and the poor chap near jumped out of his skin. I apologised like he was mother Theresa and he laughed it off, luckily.

Re: Ring, ring?

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 3:52pm
Doesn't sounding an airhorn provoke similar responses?

Re: Ring, ring?

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 3:51pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:Air Zound


Funnily enough, my AirZound was indeed bought as a result of some eejit wearing earphones and blocking the path who didn't hear the bell and proceeded to call me a not very nice name when his mate alerted him to my presence.
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