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Re: Wibbly Wobbly

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 August 2015 - 8:57pm
Re MJR's suggestion - when I used to cycle with a club, we'd have a few key phrases to say to people we were passing , or to communicate - one of which was "On your Right" (or left as the case may be) just before passing another cyclist. Even "Good morning" will do!

Re: Not even an 'are' you OK!

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 August 2015 - 8:52pm
jardine wrote: but I react horrendously badly to 'near misses' especially when they involve aggression from the other party- I end up shaking like a leaf. I wish people would just think about sharing the bloody roads with everyone else, whether on a Brompton or an artic...

Ditto since I was knocked off my bike a few months ago - at present my only "preventative" from shaking like a leaf (and simply giving up, chucking the bike and walking home) is to give the stiff finger (or two).

Like the woman who pulled out of a side turning in front of me in almost a copycat accident, and thought it was funny when I screamed in terror ...

..or the *** in the souped-up blue mini who couldn't get past me cycling towards the brow of a hill about 100yards from home (or he would have crashed into the pedestrian refuge), shouted at me to "Move over ..." then sat on my back wheel revving his very noisy engine ...

... or the berk in the volvo who overtook me while I was turning left, 'cos he wanted to turn left as well, and was quite shocked when he had to swerve to avoid an oncoming car (same journey as the "mini" incident above). Not as shocked as I was though.

or, or, or ... well you know the story

I no longer have a growl to the missus when these things occur, I suspect if I did the encouragement she has given me to continue cycling since the accident may cease, through sheer fright on her behalf. Maybe that's why I now get it out my my system on the spot.

Re: Big Hoot

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 August 2015 - 8:13pm
Ah so that's what it was, we were at Birmingham SeaLife Centre on Wednesday, there was just a big egg.

Re: New Route Planner

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 August 2015 - 7:20pm
Evening all
Is anyone having trouble using tcx files?
I'm using a Garmin Edge Touring, all up to date, but it wont work with tcx.
When I've downloaded route to garmin(in tcx) and then open it on my device it shows this: In summary, everything shows as zero. In map, I just get half a blue screen and half white. In elevation, nothing, just a grid. I've copied the route to ridewithgps and it works fine on that, just not here for some reason.
Any ideas anyone?

Re: VSF Fahrradmanufaktur

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 August 2015 - 6:15pm
i've had my VSF T400 XTR for 5 years. It's an all day long comfortable bike with great load carrying ability. I've ridden it on various surfaces in Britain and Europe and it has coped with everything. It is similar to the Thorn Nomad I had but with a much better paint job and finish.

I live near a VSF bike shop and I am impressed with the whole range partiularly the Randonneur but the newest rohloffs look magnificent and are quite keenly priced too

Re: Victoria Bridge, Glasgow this morning 3 Aug

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 August 2015 - 5:58pm
bobbyg wrote:Found it strange that the police let the other guy just go but just being curious as to what the rammy was about if anyone saw it?

I was there this morning didn't see it though. I'll guess the traffic saw the "incident" and were happy that there was no need for any police action relating to the car they let go.

Re: People who have cycled the Pamir Highway...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 August 2015 - 5:55pm
Stephen Fabes has recently cycled the Pamirs. Here's a link to his latest blog. He's been on the road quite some time.

http://www.cyclingthe6.com/2015/07/blood-sweat-and-pamirs.html

Re: Big Hoot

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 August 2015 - 5:45pm
Let us know if they go on a UK tour, I missed out on Shaun in the City's trip to London .
The Seans' are now in Bristol until the end of August My wife and I spent 2 days Grommit spotting in Bristol last year, we are hoping to get up to Bristol very soon to see the Seans'. Unfortunately we couldn't "borrow" our Granddaughter for the day to let her see them, "she'd get too tired and needs her afternoon nap"

Victoria Bridge, Glasgow this morning 3 Aug

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 August 2015 - 4:28pm
Just being curious, as I was cycling up to this junction today I saw a cyclist having a heated debate with police in a traffic car, whilst gesticulating to another car and driver who was obviously the "other side" that had wronged the cyclist.

The other car pulled away when lights turned to green and disappeared whilst the police and cyclist then pulled in through the junction to carry on the discussion.

Found it strange that the police let the other guy just go but just being curious as to what the rammy was about if anyone saw it?

Re: @MickF - Just showing off...

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 August 2015 - 2:52pm
I have no wish to decry this fella's efforts but when I saw him featured on tv my first thoughts were of MickF and then that his bike is not an actual Chopper as many of us think of them but in fact was the later version ie no central gear change.
Was I wrong to think this because to me just like many BSO this to me is a CSO.

Re: Land's End to Stonehenge

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 August 2015 - 2:39pm
phil parker wrote:khain wrote:The road in to Stonehenge is a busy dual carriageway. Not a great end to a cycle trip.

That's the A303 - there's no need to go anywhere near that on a bike!

...and with the recent alterations you can no longer access Stonehenge from the A 303.

Tho it has been closed to traffic you can still cycle the old road up from the A303 to Stonehenge. It's grassed over and a bit lumpy, but it's doable.

I agree 100% about riding the A303 tho. I've only ridden it for a few hundred yards to connect up another route, but it's the single worst road I've cycled on in the UK.

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 August 2015 - 2:19pm
Tacascarow wrote:TonyR wrote:Tried a little experiment this morning cycling down a busy single carriageway wide A road. Plenty of room to leave room overtaking even with oncoming traffic but after several close passes at speed I started to just wobble a little between secondary and a foot in from secondary. Tried to keep it random and unpredicatable. Every single car for the next mile gave me a very wide berth. I'll try it some more over the next few days and see if the results are continued. Graham Obree said exactly that to counter close passes when he was interviewed a few years ago.
Used to use it for years. Slightly safer and indistinguishable from a driver's point of view (IMO) is to sway the bars from side to side - not as in TdF hill climbing, but unpredictably (like the wobble) with a tendency to sway towards the traffic. This allows you to keep the wheel track wherever you want it but appears to passing motorists like you are "all over the place" (so they worry about their paintwork).

Of course for the numpty in a battered old whatever who gives not a @@@ about paintwork or other road users, neither tip works .

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 August 2015 - 1:18pm
TonyR wrote:Tried a little experiment this morning cycling down a busy single carriageway wide A road. Plenty of room to leave room overtaking even with oncoming traffic but after several close passes at speed I started to just wobble a little between secondary and a foot in from secondary. Tried to keep it random and unpredicatable. Every single car for the next mile gave me a very wide berth. I'll try it some more over the next few days and see if the results are continued. Graham Obree said exactly that to counter close passes when he was interviewed a few years ago.

Re: Loose stones on the road

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 August 2015 - 12:49pm
It is currently "gravel season" on Hertfordshire's lanes. A couple of my favourites - a large pile of gravel around a blind left bend on a slight descent. Not only won't you see it but you won't be moving in a straight line when you hit it, so more likely to come off.

A pile of gravel stretching the entire width of the road at the bottom of a short steep descent, here: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.84621 ... 56!6m1!1e1

This spot was always dodgy anyway but now is really quite dangerous.

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 August 2015 - 12:41pm
mjr wrote:bikerwaser wrote:or this ( maybe we could all put them on the rear window of our cars like some other people do to say that their child is more valuable than an adult ) :
The typical British "give cyclists space" message is just too vague - motorists are already giving us the space they think they should and it's often dangerously little. We should use either the Irish "Staying alive at 1.5 metres" or the American "Gimme Five (foot)".

I agree !
While cycling through Spain I saw adverts on the TV reminding drivers of the law to give cyclists 1.5m
Also on quite a few roads i saw big signs up saying the same.
Bizarre how i felt safer on Spanish roads than i do here.
Tengo ganas a volver.

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 August 2015 - 11:45am
Tried a little experiment this morning cycling down a busy single carriageway wide A road. Plenty of room to leave room overtaking even with oncoming traffic but after several close passes at speed I started to just wobble a little between secondary and a foot in from secondary. Tried to keep it random and unpredicatable. Every single car for the next mile gave me a very wide berth. I'll try it some more over the next few days and see if the results are continued.

Re: Safer on a recumbent?

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 August 2015 - 11:07am
Er, the Captain Cook's ships thing is controversial . . .

Only the individual driver concerned could give any real insight onto the reason for the OPs experience, but I would be personally be willing to bet on cycle type having little if anything to do with it. Too often riders of all types of machine on cycle forums have recounted instances of drivers 'looking but not seeing'. It's how the human brain works (or fails to work).

It may also be a problem with that particular driver. Eye-tests don't tend to pick up perceptual deficits. A person of my acquaintance was able to meet the requirements for eyesight to drive, but was found to be unable to detect the presence of parked vehicles until almost on top of them. The eyes were working fine, but in complex moving situations, the brain wasn't processing what they were sending.

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 August 2015 - 11:03am
bikerwaser wrote:or this ( maybe we could all put them on the rear window of our cars like some other people do to say that their child is more valuable than an adult ) :
The typical British "give cyclists space" message is just too vague - motorists are already giving us the space they think they should and it's often dangerously little. We should use either the Irish "Staying alive at 1.5 metres" or the American "Gimme Five (foot)".

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 August 2015 - 10:26am
The thing is that for some motorists cyclist are a group to be bullied and abused,other motorists simply do not realise the vulnerability of not having protection around them such as a car provides.
From their position of strength and security some motorists don't like being informed of their carelessness around vulnerable road users.
Such vulnerable roads have the protection of the law in name only due to a lack of resources,some motorists know this and play on it.

IMHO the video shows faults on both sides but the main fault lies with the careless,arrogance and aggressive motorist who was all too willing to assault the cyclist who,it has to be said baited him.
Though in the initial sequence IMHO the cyclist was doing nothing wrong and was closely passed.

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 August 2015 - 10:03am
or this ( maybe we could all put them on the rear window of our cars like some other people do to say that their child is more valuable than an adult ) :
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