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Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 hour 31 min ago
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: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 hours 8 min ago
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 hours 4 min ago
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 hours 42 min ago
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 hours 45 min ago
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 - 4 hours 23 min ago
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 - 4 hours 46 min ago
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 ) :

Re: Help settle an argument

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 hours 48 min ago
andycharlton3460 wrote:Pulling out without looking behind.

To be honest, I'm amazed the cyclist has survived as long as he has, and this incident might make him a safer cyclist and keep him alive longer.

BTW, 90% of the time, I'm on the cyclist's side, but not in this case.

Andy

Lets look at it another way. If he had not been a cyclist but in a car, would you expect the car behind him to try to overtake him as he moved out to overtake the cyclist? And if not, why not?

Re: Help settle an argument

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 hours 53 min ago
Pulling out without looking behind.

To be honest, I'm amazed the cyclist has survived as long as he has, and this incident might make him a safer cyclist and keep him alive longer.

BTW, 90% of the time, I'm on the cyclist's side, but not in this case.

Andy

Re: Camino de Santiago/Way of St James

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 hours 25 sec ago
samsbike wrote:My uncle is currently doing this as a walk. Is it as interesting to ride? I thought it was a bit about soul searching etc (I really need to read up on it and borrow the books he has) with no electronic devices allowed.
You can do it like that as a pilgrimage if you want, but many people do it as a leisure route, some on horseback, and many by bicycle. The people I know who have done it by bicycle have enjoyed it. The advantage of it is that it has extended traffic-free sections and other parts on quiet lanes. But as I mentioned in the previous post, it misses quite a lot of the best scenery of northern Spain.

Re: Camino de Santiago/Way of St James

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 hours 4 min ago
robing wrote:I did some of this route when I cycled around Spain and to be honest I can't see the attraction as most of the areas between Seville, Salamanca and Burgos were largely the flat plains of Spain and pretty boring.
The route sections you are referring to form part of one of the feeder routes, not the main route which is the subject of this discussion. And, yes, riding across the plains of central Spain is going to be largely flat plains. The main route is from the W Pyrenees to Burgos and then westwards from there to Santiago de Compostela. This is a route mostly in the hills, though I would say that there are sometimes (even often) nicer hills further north, for example it by-passes the Ebro gorge and the Picos de Europa to the south. Probably the route stays a little to the south of the nicest hills because it keeps out of much of the north coast weather that way.

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

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 hours 9 min ago
I did use my stive but came back thinking I could have got by without it.
A friend I cycled with did not have one.
If I go again, I probably won't take one.
If you like a coffee irvtea early or late when camping then take one.
I ate in restaurants or had tinned food or fruit.
Matt

I spent £16/ day over 65 days.
That included a $75 visa and most days at guesthouses or hostels.
If you camp mostly it will be a lot cheaper.
I took $2,000 USA cash plus a couple of visa cards.
But never used the cards.

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 hours 51 min ago
Elizabethsdad wrote: ... So true - as someone with a short temper I am embarrassingly familiar with this. I want to stay calm and rational, but when treated badly my natural reaction is to respond in the same way. If someone else comes along and then tells you to calm down when you are losing it - well for me it's a bit like pouring water onto a chip pan fire.

But if you recognise that you have a short temper, you are a good part of the way to dealing with it.

I posted that extract in response to the suggestions for T shirts etc designed to remind other road users of specific bits of the HC. The HC comes as a whole, not pick'n'mix and it's best if people recognise and hopefully deal with their own shortcomings, rather than dwelling on those of others. I don't think anybody would relish white vans with a version of the HC advice to cyclists displayed on the back.

Re: Big Hoot

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 hours 21 min ago
No tour I'm afraid - they are being auctioned off at the end of September.

I also noticed that they are doing a similar thing in Amsterdam with Miffy (big rabbit).

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 hours 35 min ago
thirdcrank wrote:Here's a useful tip from the HC for everybody from rule 147:

... do not allow yourself to become agitated or involved if someone is behaving badly on the road. This will only make the situation worse. Pull over, calm down and, when you feel relaxed, continue your journey.

https://www.gov.uk/general-rules-all-dr ... 144-to-158

Easy to quote, harder to follow.
So true - as someone with a short temper I am embarrassingly familiar with this. I want to stay calm and rational, but when treated badly my natural reaction is to respond in the same way. If someone else comes along and then tells you to calm down when you are losing it - well for me it's a bit like pouring water onto a chip pan fire.

Re: Dynamo front light

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 August 2015 - 11:44pm
Axa Nano 50 Plus and Axa Luxx 70 Plus, both have usb sockets on the lights themselves so no cable to 'get in the way' if you're not using the usb feature but it's there when you go touring if you want it.

Re: Dynamo front light

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 August 2015 - 11:22pm
I use both the Luxos U and the Cyo Premium and the latter should fit your requirements perfectly: it's smaller and lighter and has no dangly bit, but the output is comparable in both brightness and beam shape: I would struggle to pick a preferred beam from the two.

Re: Big Hoot

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 August 2015 - 10:09pm
Looks like fun .

Let us know if they go on a UK tour, I missed out on Shaun in the City's trip to London .

Re: @MickF - Just showing off...

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 August 2015 - 10:07pm
Those knitted shorts your wearing look like they might itch!!
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