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Re: Motorists' visibility mark II

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 July 2015 - 7:37am
Thanks for all the replies. Very interested to see the line in the Highway Code. I was out and about in the area last night so I had a look at how the cars were parked. I estimate around 95% were parked facing the house so would have to reverse out. On my own street of 10 houses only 1 household always reverses into the driveway, and they are keen motorcyclists. I wonder if being motorcyclists make them more aware?

Re: Car Width over the ages

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 July 2015 - 7:19am
cars are getting bigger enough that it makes a difference in narrow streets; also because of the shape of modern cars, many drivers are less well aware of where the corners of the car are, which can be over or under-compensated for by the driver. Both are potentially dangerous.

cheers

Re: Pedestrians' view of bells ?

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 July 2015 - 7:14am
in recent years I've been doing more utility type journeys on shared use paths, and I have found it desirable to have a bell fitted, and to use it. Not everyone associates the sound of a 'ping' bell with a bicycle as swiftly as they might a 'drrring' bell, and the latter sounds friendlier if it is rung slowly, so that is what I fit to a roadster. However it seems like overkill on a lightweight, so they get pingers instead.

You can buy a reasonable pinger in wilkinsons for £1. Unfortunately it will only easily fit 22.2mm bars... but fortunately if you have a traditional quill stem (GB, Cinelli, etc) it'll go round that instead. They all become somewhat muffled when wet, it seems. I think that there is a gap in the market; if a pinger bell were available that sat under a handlebar, it might be less easily damaged, get (or stay) wet less easily, and not clutter the handlebar so badly.

I am surprised that in this discussion, no-one has yet given an honourable mention to 'clacking'. Probably this is because so many modern brake levers and STIs have been designed so that they don't make enough of a clacking noise. For years my training bike had weinmann brake levers and these made a healthy 'clack' which is by far the best kind of sound to make when approaching a horse from behind; when the horse pricks its ears, it has heard you, and when it has turned its head slightly, it has seen you. The rider of the horse should see both these things (as well as hear the clack) and react accordingly. Be wary of horses with blinkers on; if the horse isn't used to them yet, it may become extremely unsettled by any noise it doesn't recognise coming from behind. I have always supposed that they are often fitted to flightly horses anyway. I have also surmised that the clacking noise might sound a lot like horse's hooves, so is perhaps less intrinsically threatening to them.

Pedestrians can be a bit like horses when it comes to clacking, too...

cheers

Re: Speed awareness courses (instructors' knowledge)

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 July 2015 - 6:09am
I had a driving instructor allow his pupil to draw up alongside at lights and then tell me that I wasn't allowed on the road because there was a cycle path!

Headcams are brilliant!


So as I sent the video to all the local driving schools asking why the instructor was so ignorant of the law and why he was teaching the pupils wrongly.

All very keen to deny that it was them and several forwarded the video to the School concerned

I got a full apology, the instructor was informed of his error and plaed under review. Finally I was reassured hat the pupil had been given a lesson by another instructor who had corrected the original misconceptions.

Next few times I saw him he simply scowled!

Re: Car Width over the ages

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 July 2015 - 12:47am
BigFoz wrote:Here's an example: Mk1 next to latest version (mk 6?) VW Golf - newer one is significantly bigger.
http://www.newspress.co.uk/downloads/me ... 207_01.JPG
still only 15.8cm wider (1628-1786mm)...measure that between your hands, that makes jack all difference in the real world on any road.

Re: Antwerp to Amsterdam

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 July 2015 - 12:02am
The (Flemish) Belgian cities are all nice - Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent. Leuven is also very pretty and worth a detour IMO.

In NL would recommend Dordrecht and Delft. Dordrecht is on the confluence of many different rivers and is the oldest city in NL. It's very pretty and is small enough to explore in its entirety in a couple of hours. A particularly pleasant day of riding on last year's trip was between Leiden and Delft, following the coast path as far as The Hague (which itself is also worthy of a visit).

My experience of the LF routes is that they are scenic but not especially direct. You may want to take a few shortcuts to towns en-route - extremely easy given how well places are signposted in Holland.

Re: Has anyone ever won green and yellow in the TDF

CTC Forum - Racing - 24 July 2015 - 11:29pm
According to William Fotheringham in his well researched book Merckx underwent physiological tests at the university of Liege and then in Milan with a Professor Ceretelli who knew quite a bit about high altitude stuff because of his work with K2 climbers. The Ceretelli tests took place on 12th October according to Daniel Friebe in his biography of Merkx. After the Milan tests a decision was made for Merckx to do hypoxic training on rollers in between races - so it seems the altitude training did not go on for a long period.
Tests were done using a pulse monitor with Merckx breathing an air mixture equivalent to 3,600 metres of altitude. Apparently after 4 days of this his heart rate would fall from over 150 to under 100 within 60 seconds impressing Ceretelli with the rapid rate of recovery.
Everything I've heard or read about this mentions the relatively short period he spent acclimatising to the Mexico City altitude.

Re: Proper use of an A Gate

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2015 - 9:52pm
Around Ashdown Forest there are Gates - and Hatches
Only gates around St Leonard's Forest though.

Re: Motorists' visibility mark II

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2015 - 9:49pm
I think it is inevitable taht at some point people are going to have to reverse out. To do so quickly is clearly wrong, but if you are doing so carefully I wouldn't describe that as being negligent. As with all shared, public spaces you need to take responsibility for your own safety. Cars are allowed to cross pavements at dropped kerbs , if you are using the pavement you need to take account of that. Obviously the driver needs to take the necessary precautions too, inching out slowly is what is required here I suspect.

Re: Touring - worst fear?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 July 2015 - 9:41pm
1)

robing wrote:Another one: You meet another cycle tourist who then says they are following the same route as you and then wants to tag along for the next week.

2)

Not being fast enough to get away from them

Re: Touring - worst fear?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 July 2015 - 9:36pm
robing wrote:Another one: You meet another cycle tourist who then says they are following the same route as you and then wants to tag along for the next week.

Re: Speed awareness courses (instructors' knowledge)

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2015 - 9:10pm
My eldest passed her test a few years ago. Given that both her parents cycle to work I was interested to know what her instructor (who came highly recommended ) would say about how to drive carefully around cyclists.

Absolutely nothing. She said in all her lessons cyclists were never mentioned.

Jan

Re: very very clever?!? Glasgow bus stop built in cycle lane

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2015 - 9:07pm
But here in Glasgow the cycle lane has now been re routed around the back of the bus shelter http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-33655667

BUT by taking away nearly all of the pedestrian space! If I were a pedestrian there I would now be complaining.
So much for Commonwealth Games regeneration money being wisely spent!

Re: Tour rules

CTC Forum - Racing - 24 July 2015 - 8:56pm
Would he have to take the whole bike with him?

Re: Best airline for bike travel - Lufthansa ?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 July 2015 - 8:53pm
+1 for Lufthansa.
But beware of flights advertised on Lufthansa website that are operated by German Wings. This airline requires bikes to be boxed.

Re: Touring - worst fear?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 July 2015 - 8:47pm
Another one: You meet another cycle tourist who then says they are following the same route as you and then wants to tag along for the next week.

Re: Car Width over the ages

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2015 - 8:43pm
Here's an example: Mk1 next to latest version (mk 6?) VW Golf - newer one is significantly bigger.
http://www.newspress.co.uk/downloads/me ... 207_01.JPG

Re: Speed awareness courses (instructors' knowledge)

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2015 - 8:39pm
Si wrote:Do you, though, think that that is what the instructor actually said, or what your neighbour believes the instructor said?My thoughts too!

Re: Motorists' visibility mark II

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2015 - 8:18pm
Lance Dopestrong wrote:If her skills are such that you're incapable of reversing a car into a driveway then she shouldn't be in charge of a car in the first place. If I'd driven a vehicle nose first into a bay when I was in the army or the feds I'd have been given a right bollocking.
Well, armed weapons are parked towards vehicles, unarmed vehicles are parked pointing away from buildings....

Re: Motorists' visibility mark II

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2015 - 7:49pm
Tonyf33 wrote:reversing blindly out of a driveway is anti social behaviour at best, dangerous driving at worst.
About time it was reported in the media as such and the police took a stance and prosecuted people with FPN.
Excuses like parking nose in due to an incident with another car in another country with regard to fingers that happened years ago is no excuse all...the potential to cause greater injury from any action has to mean you have to take greater responsibility... a bit like the muppet in the wagon turning blindly into the path of that motorcycle

Glad you know our situation so well.

I posted to point out that, as with all H&S decisions, there is a balance to be made. In our case we have made a reasoned decision to park nose first, based on a number of factors - including one fairly serious incident. It is the correct decision in our case - a decision the HC supports being made locally.

In the case in the OP there is a significant issue with visibility, and probably would be similar if driving out forwards TBH - as has already been pointed out the driver would need to nose out by a metre or more to be able to see down the pavement.
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