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Re: 29 incher - all hype?

CTC Forum - MTB - 30 August 2015 - 10:01pm
I was almost sucked in by the hype. Bigger was all of a sudden better. 29+?

Then suddenly there was a backlash about 'rideability' and 27.5 was decreed to be better. So all the reviews that I read were flawed and now I need 27.5 instead.

Just like I need 10 speed. Or double MTB chainsets. Or compact road chainsets... you get the idea.

For that reason, I'm out.

Re: Pedestrian pushes cyclist off bike and into traffic

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2015 - 9:58pm
661-Pete wrote:What I can't answer - I'm no psychologist - is how much it would take to progress from the sort of level to which I might descend - to the more extreme level of throwing a punch and knocking the cyclist off (and coming close to killing her). And how many people there are in our society who might take it that far - if sufficiently provoked.

I think I've said enough. Anyone else want to take up this point?

IMHO the problem is a social one based on huge,me first,get out of my way,I'm the important one here and everyone else is second,attitude.
Such people see themselves as the centre and everyone else as peripheral to them and as such no one matters in their world outlook.
It's easy for such people to cause harm to those they see as weaker than them,in fact IMO I believe it satisfies and cements their world view to do it.
Such people are underdeveloped as civilised humans,I see it all the time from the very subtle to the gross (as in this case).
They need to bully to boost their inflated ego,because they can't accept they're just like any other person on the street,and feel a need stamp their authority on as they see it,weaklings/lesser people.

The motor car is a perfect example of the perfect vehicle to carry out this scenario almost with impunity.

I believe it's a very UK disease,especially in densely populated areas.

My 2d's worth

Re: Nutrition during P-B-P

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 August 2015 - 9:38pm
Forget the fancy bars, gels and powders*. Just eat normal food at regular intervals and the control points on PBP are perfect for this as they do pasta, rice and breads plus a few sugary things as well. I can also remember diving into bars, cafes and shops for whatever I fancied at the time. FWIW I had one glass of red wine and two pints of lager on my PBP - it's all good!

* I did actually take a tube of Nuun tablets and added one to a bidon of plain water every now and then.

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2015 - 9:33pm
661-Pete wrote:The likelihood of a modern house catching fire is pretty minimal, especially if no-one smokes in the household and if deep frying is done only occasionally. But it can happen. Hence I have my smoke detectors installed in the house, and regularly tested - just in case.

Similarly with a bike camera. OK, it won't save your life in the way a smoke detector can. But there is a chance - albeit small - that it may tip the balance in favour of a correct verdict on an incident, and the fair administration of justice. That's something to make it worth having a camera on board - just in case.

Though a smoke alarm is fit and forget. A bike camera needs charging, footage downloading, taking on and off the bike so it isn't stolen from the parked bike.

Re: Pedestrian pushes cyclist off bike and into traffic

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2015 - 9:16pm
Rather than prolonging the debate about whether the cyclist was 'right' or 'wrong' at the pedestrian crossing (I notice that the road works may have made it more difficult for pedestrians to see the red/green-man).....

Isn't this whole issue more to do with anger management and some individuals having a tendency to 'lose it' and get out of control? That appears to be what this young man has done. And I'll bet that if the police come over all heavy on him, that might be his defence - that he has an anger management issue which he now proposes to address.

I speak as someone who has indeed had what you might call a 'short fuse' at times. I hope it wouldn't ever go to such extremity as in this incident. So I try to picture myself as the aggrieved pedestrian. Suppose the cyclist had done all the worst things? Cut me up on the crossing, forcing me to leap backwards, then given me verbal and the 'finger'? I'm not saying that's what did happen, I don't know - but I'm just proposing this as a possible scenario. How would I have reacted? Well, I probably wouldn't have caught up with the cyclist - my sprinting prowess is certainly not equal to this young man's! But if I had, I might have launched into a tirade - and no doubt it would have included several words beginning with 'f' and 'c'. I sincerely hope, that's as far as it would get. And even that would leave me feeling ashamed - after the event.

What I can't answer - I'm no psychologist - is how much it would take to progress from the sort of level to which I might descend - to the more extreme level of throwing a punch and knocking the cyclist off (and coming close to killing her). And how many people there are in our society who might take it that far - if sufficiently provoked.

I think I've said enough. Anyone else want to take up this point?

Hurry to the M&S web site!

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2015 - 9:11pm
I couldn't choose a suitable section for this so I've put it here for now, if the mods need to move it that's up to them.

M&S are selling their cycling chinos for £10.99 - £11.99 online only.

http://www.marksandspencer.com/cotton-r ... /p22276661

They look like they should be OK to wear when I want to look presentable but can't (or don't want to) change after cycling to the destination so I've ordered two (one of each colour)!


FYI: viewtopic.php?f=18&t=85212

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2015 - 9:09pm
I drive a car. I don't carry a camera.
I walk. I don't carry a carry a camera.
I cycle. I do carry a camera.
Are people suggesting that my personality changes when I get on a bike and I suddenly end up spoiling for a fight? Or is it perhaps something to do with the way people behave towards me when I am Cycling

Re: Pedestrian pushes cyclist off bike and into traffic

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2015 - 7:56pm
irc wrote:kuba wrote:irc wrote:I've had people attempt something similar with no provocation.

Interesting, nothing similar ever happened to me and I cycle thousands of miles each year. So I guess it must have something to do with the way you behave on the road.

As every time was on quiet roads around midnight at a weekend I'd suggest the common factor was alcohol but I wasn't stopping to breathalyse them. And every case was on the same stretch of road through one part of the city, maybe 10% of my commute. The same area where a district nurse riding to work got a broken arm when she was shoved to the ground in a random attack. Also late at night.

My comment was just to highlight the inappropriateness of 'what the cyclist should have done differently' discussion. Everyone makes errors when they ride or drive, and we can always do things differently and probably better. But there's just one side to blame in this case and, irony aside, I have no reason to doubt it was similar in your experience.

Re: The folder revelation and results so far

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2015 - 7:26pm
Thanks for the information.

There are two or three occasions a year that a folder would be very handy for me. Not enough to warrant a Brompton (although it would probably last my lifetime if I got one).

Your report gives me hope that a basic second hand model may be worth a go.

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2015 - 6:40pm
beardy wrote:After incidents I have considered a camera but the incidents are too few and far between that I have never actually been driven to buy and fit one. If I lived somewhere where it happened more frequently, then I would have bought one.
That's logic that is often applied, but I believe it's mistaken. Having said that, seeing as my line of business is concerned with fire alarms, which spend most of their lifetime 'doing nothing' - I'm a bit 'prejudiced!

The likelihood of a modern house catching fire is pretty minimal, especially if no-one smokes in the household and if deep frying is done only occasionally. But it can happen. Hence I have my smoke detectors installed in the house, and regularly tested - just in case.

Similarly with a bike camera. OK, it won't save your life in the way a smoke detector can. But there is a chance - albeit small - that it may tip the balance in favour of a correct verdict on an incident, and the fair administration of justice. That's something to make it worth having a camera on board - just in case.

Another rather personal reason for me. About ten years ago I was found lying in the road, beside my bike, unconscious. Some passers-by attended to me and called an ambulance, I came round about being out for about 15 minutes, I estimate. Lucky for me there were no permanent after-effects (I think ). Point is, it was a quiet country lane (the environment I'm most likely to be seen in) and no-one knows exactly what happened - whether any other road user was involved, for instance. A camera might have resolved the issue.

Re: Nutrition during P-B-P

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 August 2015 - 5:17pm
Oh yes, eat and drink plenty before the ride, and get plenty of sleep.

Re: Nutrition during P-B-P

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 August 2015 - 5:17pm
Hmmm. There are probably at least as many approaches as there are cyclists! Two cyclists, three nutrition regimes, as they say

FWIW, on PBP I ate what I fancied at the controls (lots of cold rice pudding, pasta when I spotted it, the obligatory baguettes, croissants and pain-au-chocolat), drank loads of coffee, stopped at a couple of restaurants/patisseries/shops when I fancied something else, such as a gorgeous thin-crust pizza in Brest, yoghurts, ice cream... Barbecued sausages in galettes went down a treat as well.

My only conscious approach was to eat what I fancied, and to carry bits to eat between controls - flapjack (brought from England to save foraging for something on the road) and bananas. I had only water in my bottles.

As you can tell, I prefer proper food, but there are people who suck on gels, add supplements to their bottles etc, and it works for them.

In general, the best approach is to eat what you fancy eating, as there's probably something somewhere telling you what your body needs.

There's no substitute for experience, though - if you've already ridden a few longer rides (generally anything which involves overnighters are where digestive issues come into play, so 400 km+), you'll probably have an idea of what works for you.

If not, get riding, as those rides are your chance to work out an approach which suits you. Best of luck with LEL - it's a well-catered ride, so you'll probably be spoilt for choice...

Re: Bike provision on Beeston tram route and a question

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2015 - 5:12pm
Given that this was the 2nd phase of tram line building in Nottingham (the first being several years ago) you would have thought that they had learned the lessons from Line 1 with regard to cycle provision, but it seems not.

Floating Rotors

CTC Forum - MTB - 30 August 2015 - 4:59pm
There are floating rotors out there (Hope, Clarks, Brakeco, Hayes). Is it all hype or are advantages for them for a mountain bike?

The folder revelation and results so far

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2015 - 3:30pm
Once I got the folder luggage-ready (see other threads), it was time to put it through its trials. For those who already have a folder, this is all old stuff; for me it was a revelation. It's a Dahon 20" Vitesse.

1. It rides beautifully fully loaded (two full size panniers, rack bag, bar bag). No wobble, no stress. Hard to believe but true. Bumpy roads, down hills, city streets. Remember - these are 20" wheels.

2. It lets you through: bus replacement services, fully booked bike spaces on trains, train replacement taxis, FGW station guards, a bus if needed, hotel rooms. Suddenly I'm no longer a second-class citizen in a cycling version of 1950s South Africa. It was simply breath taking. It even fitted where my other bikes never did - such as bike spaces on trains (I hope they don't measure the rails that way).

3. Lights, luggage, bike mirror, pump - all normal, all worked. No heel strike.

4. The downside #1: the gears on folders are too restricted (as we know). And to get a decent range of gears (say 24 speed) you start to pay serious money. This has 6 speed.

5. The downside #2: folders are unisize - and too small for me. So it will mean a new seatpost. AFAIK the seatposts on Terns for instance are a couple of centimetres longer.

6. The downside #3: the small wheels are noticeable but as I said not bad at all - even beautiful. Handling was fine. In terms of speed, it's fine.

7. Folding is a breeze. It's not a Brompton but 15 seconds is not a big deal. Folded foot print was very acceptable. It's heavy-ish to carry but lighter than my tourers.

8. The final test. The Bank Holiday rail strike pushed it into the final test: ten miles of hilly, mud strewn, pot-holed roads fully-loaded to get from station to home. A flawless 55 minutes.

This is a cheap (£165 second hand - but new only £275 approx)) basic folder but it did the trick. Yes, you notice the small wheels but then it's a folder. Yes, I'll be upgrading but that's because this one has performed so well. Yes, I'm impressed.

Re: losing the stabilisers

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2015 - 3:02pm
Balance bikes.
Saw a few kiddies on them at the park. They seemed to be working. Erins first bike was a balance bike that was given to me after a friends children outgrew it. Erin wouldn't ride it because it was blue and therefor a boys bike. Silly me

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2015 - 2:40pm
The Association of Bad Drivers doesn't like drivers being prosecuted for bad driving

No real surprise there

Re: Scottish weather has me freaked out!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 August 2015 - 1:35pm
I'm heading up to the Hebrides on Thursday. Outer first, then inner. Hoping for some better weather and I'll be camping all the way!

Re: Motorcycle...YES...Lorry Driver ...NO

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2015 - 1:20pm
It's not clear from this that he lied to anyone about anything, but there's a conspicuous lack of mention of any diagnosis, which I would have thought would have had some bearing on whether future episodes were foreseeable.

More generally, I wonder where the responsibility lies in the case of any notifiable diagnosis, is it the responsibility of the doctor to warn the patient, or of the patient to ask the doctor?

(Fainting is a condition that you may need to notify, not one that you must notify, which in itself begs the question how do you tell whether you have to notify or not.)

Re: losing the stabilisers

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2015 - 12:53pm
What do they call those kids' bikes which, whilst shaped like a conventional bike, come without pedals or drive train, the child simply pushes himself or herself along Draisienne-fashion? Sounds like a good way to get a child started on two wheels. Sooner or later the child, coming to a slight incline, will discover that they can pick up a bit of speed if they tuck their legs up. And the balancing thing will come automatically!
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