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Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 August 2015 - 8:52am
mjr wrote:honesty wrote:Specifically recommended against doing this in the various cycling training manuals isn't it? I know in cars they say not to hop between parked cars, but take the lane and stay there as its less dangerous.
I would also say that people cycling have a right to reach their destination in a timely manner without being held up by motorists behind them as well as in front, but in this video, he/she seems to have plenty of time to chase and argue with the motorist.

Either way this could have been completely avoided if the driver hadn't driven like a prat. The victim was a bit silly chasing him down, but having done the same myself in the heat of the moment it's understandable. Also remember that the camera will make this look further away than it was as the lens angle will distort the image.
Yes, based on my own handlebar camera, that looked scarily close... but you've chased people down? When someone passes me as badly as that (happily rare), I check all my extremities are intact, thank my lucky stars and hope I don't share a road with that incompetent/evil motorist again. I have once told a motorist I found their overtake scary when they had parked (illegally) in the cycle parking I used (some minutes later - they said sorry) and I once suffered an attempted road-rage attack because I said something ("whoa!" IIRC) when someone overtook so close I felt the air displaced by their wing mirror... but deliberately chase them down? Why do that?

Not chased really, more they were stuck in traffic 100 feet ahead so I went up to them to ask what they were playing at. Should have left it in hindsight.

Safer on a recumbent?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 August 2015 - 8:44am
No sure which way to call this one:

I'm approaching and signalling to turn right across a 4x4 waiting at a T junction. The lady in dark glasses looks straight at me for a good 2-3 seconds then checks the other direction.

My instinct says people don't just look at a recumbent, they always do a double take, I always get a 'what the ****** is that look'. This time I didn't, so I covered the brakes and sure enough she started to pull straight out straight at me.

Fortunately she heard my VERY LOUD shout and stopped.

Only the third time in 10 years (50,000 miles) that a motorist has failed to see me (second time at this junction) and I was on my lowest recumbent.

You could argue that my past experience at the same junction, or the 'look away' to check the other direction were the vital factors and an upright bike would have been spotted more easily but I still feel much safer on a recumbent.

Re: Boris' backie

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 August 2015 - 8:30am
I think all the above is another days discussion and £300 claimed at the House of Fraud.

More subsidised grub and wine m'Laud? And for you,Lord Coke(not Cola darhlin)?

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 August 2015 - 8:00am
Looks like its a Cardiff Castle day today. Maybe go see a movie this evening too. St Fagans is only partially operating today (checked the website) so may save it for tomorrow. What else should I think about doing while in Cardiff? Specifically things open on a sunday.

Re: Anyone Use Taptalk?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 August 2015 - 7:53am
I use tapatalk on my iphone and ipad to follow 5 forums and it works well - no issues at all

Re: Anyone Use Taptalk?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 August 2015 - 7:48am
Heltor Chasca wrote:
Yup me too. BUT I thought there was only one cycling forum in the whole World! Do recommend OB...b

I also follow http://www.bicycles.net.au/forums/ . Might have something to do with where I live.

OB

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 August 2015 - 6:50am
Looks like the clown has made a privacy complaint.

Re: Anyone Use Taptalk?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 August 2015 - 6:25am
It was unusable when I first tried it but after numerous interface Fettles it's now okay for use from a 'phone.
I wouldn't bother on a bigger screen though, and I've turned all the notification off.

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 August 2015 - 5:56am
bogmyrtle wrote:Cringeworthy from both a cycling and driving perspective.
Interestingly the cyclist is careless about his own safety (and that of other road users in the clip above) in his pursuit of motorists - and has very obvious double standards as to what is an acceptable amount of room, as in another of his clips below where his red mist is such that he puts himself in harm's way, such is his eagerness to confront an errant (in his view) motorist.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0j9odLRk8c

Something bad will happen to this individual at some point, I fear, if he continues in this fashion. He's also not doing one iota of good in terms of making motorists understand his POV, quite the contrary in fact.

...and no, that is not to condone assault, but I can understand why it happened with someone who had anger issues which were obvious from their first interaction.

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 August 2015 - 1:12am
bogmyrtle wrote:Cringeworthy from both a cycling and driving perspective.
But pretty good from a diving perspective?

Re: Boris' backie

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 August 2015 - 12:24am
You wouldn't see the Chinese riding two on one bike!

Re: Which maps for Britanny?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2015 - 11:58pm
Mrs M_W and I have just returned from Normandy where we did day rides from our caravan. I would recommend the green cover IGN Top 100 at 1 : 100,000 scale. They show the quiet minor roads, Voie vertes and contour lines. Very useful. I bought 3 maps in Tabac shops at €7.75 euros each which at 1.43 euros per £ are good value

Re: Camino de Santiago/Way of St James

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2015 - 11:52pm
we went on the ferry to santander then rode to leon and followed the camino, more or less. to get back we used the bus: dead easy to put bikes on, wrsap it in a plastic bag made of bin liners, take off front wheel, could not have been easier. camino is good, it's worth learning a bit of spanish, the michel thomas cd system is good.

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2015 - 11:49pm
Cringeworthy from both a cycling and driving perspective.

Re: Not even an 'are' you OK!

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2015 - 11:27pm
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,
In my neck of the woods I believe that police want you to report near passes

They're possibly taking a lead from industry/construction where analysing 'near-miss' situations which would otherwise be forgotten as "no harm done, mate" means you know a lot more about how accidents are likely to happen and (one hopes) can take measures to help prevent them. Means a lot less people get hurt/killed than they did a generation ago, but I know it's easy to be cynical.

I'm sorry to hear more tales of idiots in motor vehicles- I've had a good run of late (or have got better at keeping my distance from said idiots), 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...

Re: Which maps for Britanny?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2015 - 11:15pm
Yes, the Top 100 are my favourite too - I always used to think 'Top' meant they're The Best, but actually it's short for Topographical. I take the paper jobbie to augment the IGN 1:100K mapping I have on the Satmap. The combo works well 'cos I'm looking at the same map style on both versions. I've nearly always identified campsites and other points of interest ahead of time and marked them as such on the Satmap. Having this combination is a luxury, I know, but of course anyone can join the club for a few Euros - although to protect the paper version, I would recommend one of the cheapNcheerful water-proof PVC multi-purpose pouches you can get for next to nothing off of eBay. They come in sets of 3 and I've found them all v. useful in sometimes-rainy Brittany!
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3-X-Waterproo ... 2c9af95be9

Re: Not even an 'are' you OK!

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2015 - 10:50pm
Hi,
In my neck of the woods I believe that police want you to report near passes
I think that this is just a ruse to make you think that they will do something, like at work when they ask you to look at or report on some silly insignificant nothing to just take you mind of lack of pay rises etc.

If they don't, wont or cant convict drivers who plough there vehicle into peds and cyclist who end up in hospital then there is little point.

Add the fact that some posters on another current post think that its always the cyclist fault and any assault should be ignored and just calm yourself............chill man.............

The media don't help either they are now taking to rely on facebook twitter etc to report incidents so they don't even have to leave the office..............

Re: Mark Beaumont

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2015 - 10:40pm
mrjemm wrote:It's the dentists you really need to watch out for...



Re: Which maps for Britanny?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2015 - 10:29pm
tatanab wrote:simonineaston wrote:Michelin maps show the campsites they recommendOnly the sites that wre in their guide the year the map was published. So probably about 5% of the available sites.
Michelin stopped showing campsites several years ago (maybe 8 or 10?).

I gave up on Michelin and swapped to IGN Top 100, when they gave up on uniform sheet coverage and switched to departmental maps at random scales

Re: Suggestions please: 10 day tour, end of September

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2015 - 10:26pm
Thanks for the suggestions - Andalucia sounds quite appealing actually. I've always wanted to visit Seville (a homage to marmalade, perhaps) so that could work quite nicely.
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