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Re: Loose stones on the road

41 min 42 sec ago
iviehoff wrote:CREPELLO wrote:Here in Shropshire, the roads are being kept in what I would describe as a 'just about acceptable' state. Any worse and it will be unacceptable.
Here in Buckinghamshire we dream of having our roads in as good a condition as Shropshire's.
I did a short loop with a friend 2 weeks ago from Aston Clinton to Thame and back and the roads by and large were very good, far better than Hertfordshire's

Re: Horses: modern ones selected from what stock?

43 min 20 sec ago
One problem for horses is the same one we have. Some drivers don't want them on the road and behave badly around them.
That makes it difficult to train them not to be scared of traffic.
E.g.
- a 'traffic proof' horse suffers a close overtake from a vehicle blaring its horn. For the rest of that ride it will be jumpy, and it may not be happy to go on the road again next time - it may take some time for it to feel secure again.

-How do you introduce a horse to traffic when you can't be sure not to meet an aggressive driver even on the quietest roads? it isn't easy to train them to it...

If a horse is hit by a car, it may survive, but be very scared of roads in the future.

One of my friends was clipped by a van so close and fast that it broke a heavy stainless steel stirrup in half due to the impact and damaged the rider's ankle. The horse was a very good one in traffic, but the impact terrified it, as you can imagine - the van was inches away from hitting the horse. It bolted but fortunately the rider stayed on and when it stopped it was uninjured.
Some rider friends - and mine are pretty much all older ladies and are all very capable and sensible, have been deliberately driven at by cars and vans, and it isn't unusual for vehicles to blare their horns at horses just to scare them for a bit of fun or for people to throw things.

I think the risks riders and horses ace are depressingly similar to ours as cyclists, so maybe we need to show solidarity - if bad/thoughtless/agressive drivers could all be persuaded to drive as well as the vast majority, we'd all be better off.

Re: Pedestrians' view of bells ?

48 min 30 sec ago
Have Dutch type 'ding/dong' bells on most of my cycles , & almost always get a positive reaction from people that I pass.
They seem to be effective at up to 50 m.range, but obviously fail to penetrate to walkers using headphones!
The Sustrans mantra of 'Share with Care' comes to mind!

Re: Car in bike lane gets moved by cyclist

2 hours 8 min ago
broadway wrote:If it was a stunt I would expect a more profession film. The other explanation could be that the cyclist had already moved the car off the road and this was the final lift, hence the number of spectators.

The video only captures the end of a sequence. You can see the bumper from the car already lying on the ground. If it was a stunt I think they would have made sure the car being moved didn't damage to other parked car like this one did. Just an idiot showing off. Damaging 2 cars is a bit of an over-reaction.

Re: Boris' backie

2 hours 26 min ago
iviehoff wrote:[XAP]Bob wrote:I *think* that it was one of the normal kid saddles, but had tape around the mount as well
It was a saddle intended for that purpose. But the picture I saw showed it crudely and insecurely attached with tape.

You can't tell what was under the tape - I was hoping that it had been attached...

Re: Boris' backie

2 hours 26 min ago
[XAP]Bob wrote:I *think* that it was one of the normal kid saddles, but had tape around the mount as well
It was a saddle intended for that purpose. But the picture I saw showed it crudely and insecurely attached with tape.

Re: Boris' backie

2 hours 27 min ago
blackbike wrote:Motorists and pedestrians are often very keen to let cyclists know when they are breaking the letter of the law.
And ironically thereby themselves often break http://highwaycode.info/rule/147

Re: Car Width over the ages

3 hours 23 min ago
reohn2 wrote:pete75 wrote:Saw a Mark One Cortina the other day and it looked tiny. When my dad had one in the sixties it seemed a good sized family car if anything a bit bigger than the average.

I had a 1966 Mk1 1500L estate bought for £175 in about 1973/4 great car never let me down,sold in 1977/8 for £170

Dad's was a 1500 saloon - with the CND back lights

We shouldn't be surprised cars are getting wider because people are getting wider .........

Re: Boris' backie

3 hours 25 min ago
Boris was very polite with his 'night night'.

Motorists and pedestrians are often very keen to let cyclists know when they are breaking the letter of the law.

It's odd that many people expect cyclists to be totally and utterly law abiding while they seem to tolerate other road users, especially motorists, breaking rules whenever they choose.

Perhaps Boris had decided he was entitled to break the law as he is an experienced cyclists who can decide how to ride better than our lawmakers.

This type of argument is often put forward by motorists who choose to break speed limits or parking rules.

Re: Car in bike lane gets moved by cyclist

5 hours 42 min ago
Of course, this little chap had no problems...

Re: Car in bike lane gets moved by cyclist

6 hours 30 min ago
Picking up and moving small cars where the handbrake only held the rear wheels was a favourite sixth-form prank, but it used to take more than one person.

Re: Hi Viz plod gets space

6 hours 42 min ago
tatanab wrote:[XAP]Bob wrote:No impersonation there...It beats the Men in Black impersonation.

I guess that black suit / black tie / white shirt / dark glasses and shiny black shoes probably isn't the best cycling outfit...

On the other hand, you do get to wipe the memories of other road users!

Re: Car in bike lane gets moved by cyclist

6 hours 44 min ago
kwackers wrote:Cycling near Trafford Park this evening I spotted a lorry parked up on a shared bike/ped path completely blocking it (and by lorry I mean an artic with trailer!).

I see that sort of thing every day. There's a cycle lane marked on the road I can see from my office window, and because there are no buildings directly adjacent to it there everyone and their granny seems to think it's OK to park there while they check their map/phone/lunchbox/whatever.

Re: Boris' backie

6 hours 49 min ago
iviehoff wrote:There is at least one case on what it means for a bicycle to be "adapted" for carrying passengers. A few years ago someone was prosecuted for carrying a child on a saddle they had stuck onto the top tube with sticky tape. The case was not contested, so it doesn't set legal precedent. But it tends to suggest "adapted" is interpreted as meaning "properly adapted", some ad hoc solution like putting a cushion on the back-rack doesn't count.
I *think* that it was one of the normal kid saddles, but had tape around the mount as well

Re: Boris' backie

6 hours 59 min ago
mjr wrote:As my back rack is specifically advertised for giving lifts...Then surely it is... "...adapted for the carriage of more than one person"
How do the police decide what is and what isn't?

Re: Boris' backie

7 hours 10 min ago
As my back rack is specifically advertised for giving lifts, I'd be willing to give it a go. I'm pretty sure the police will stop the surprising number around here who give lifts on their handlebars before they argue the toss with me... but it's generally simpler if the other person rides their own bike so they can go off independently if needed. If they're somewhere without a bike and want one, I can put the folding bike on the rack or in the trailer.

Re: Loose stones on the road

7 hours 46 min ago
CREPELLO wrote:Here in Shropshire, the roads are being kept in what I would describe as a 'just about acceptable' state. Any worse and it will be unacceptable.
Here in Buckinghamshire we dream of having our roads in as good a condition as Shropshire's.

Re: Loose stones on the road

7 hours 48 min ago
I remember even 15-20 years ago coming across enormous piles of stones, up to potato size, sometimes filling most of the width of a single-track lane, generally following recent heavy rain. I think one has to appreciate this is a hazard one is likely to encounter, especially on minor lanes, especially following recent heavy rain. Councils cannot realistically inspect minor roads very often, and are unlikely to sweep them more than once or twice a year.

Re: Car in bike lane gets moved by cyclist

7 hours 50 min ago
If it was a stunt I would expect a more profession film. The other explanation could be that the cyclist had already moved the car off the road and this was the final lift, hence the number of spectators.

Re: Boris' backie

7 hours 59 min ago
There is at least one case on what it means for a bicycle to be "adapted" for carrying passengers. A few years ago someone was prosecuted for carrying a child on a saddle they had stuck onto the top tube with sticky tape. The case was not contested, so it doesn't set legal precedent. But it tends to suggest "adapted" is interpreted as meaning "properly adapted", some ad hoc solution like putting a cushion on the back-rack doesn't count.

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