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Re: Is the entire field of view blocked for an HGV?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 10:25am
A truck driver walked into me this morning. He climbed out of the cab of his truck at the side of the road and walked backwards across the road and into me as I was riding past. This in spite of me wearing a bright yellow rain top and shouting at him as he went.

He seemed a bit embarrassed but I got the feeling that he saw it as my fault for being there rather than him walking backwards across the road. (I guess the 'proper manoeuvre' would have been for me to ride over the top of him and chuck the bits into the verge).

Re: Hi Viz plod gets space

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 9:59am
I also use lights ( sometimes 3 flashing at different times )and i also have a lollipop which i have extended a bit but nothing has worked as well as this.
It must be that brief doubt in the drivers minds about "is it or isn't it a copper".

The journeys i take are chosen for the least time on the roads but sometimes it's unavoidable. This journey with the "copper tabard" was in broad daylight but as it was so grey and wet the other day i thought it was worth vizzing up.
The journey was only 15 mile ( half of which is on road ) . Normally i'd have 1 or 2 near death experiences within this distance but this is the first time i made it that distance with nothing, in fact i was quite happy with their passing distance.

i can only put it down to the "Plod factor".

Like i said while my brother was walking down the high street people would do a double take so if they would be in a car they wouldn't have the time to scrutinize the tabard. they'd just be careful when passing just in case.

Re: Wibbly Wobbly

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 9:42am
I had a good idea for close overtakes.

Mount a proximity sensor linked to a can of spray paint (florescent green would be nice) so that any cyclist or vehicle coming too close would get a nice go-fast stripe.

However, the inevitability of accidentally decorating other things and people makes it impractical.

Re: Pedestrians' view of bells ?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 9:39am
Re the brake lever clack, I find unclipping a foot (which I do when approaching people and dogs anyway on a shared path) has the same effect. People think 'what's that?' and look round to see, and it's not loud enough to startle anything.

As for horses, this is a helpful leaflet with advice for bother riders and cyclists:

http://www.bhs.org.uk/~/media/BHS/Files ... aflet.ashx

It does make the point that if a rider doesn't wave a thank you, it may be because they need both hands on the reins. It's generally only cowboys that ride one-handed and they don't need such precise steering out on the ranges.
The convention with riders who can't take a hand off the rein is to say thank you out loud or nod their head downwards. If they don't, I apologise for them, but in all groups of people you get rude persons....

Re: Is the entire field of view blocked for an HGV?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 9:30am
[XAP]Bob wrote:... Surely cameras would be a better technical solution. The problem is that you can't see, how does shouting resolve that problem?
It is astonishing, particularly as the technology is so available, reliable and cheap these days. I suspect it is the shareholder greed and the quest for ever higher profits that is stopping adoption of such devices. Why spend money on something you can get away without and you can just blame the victim for being in your blind spot.

Ian

Re: Speed awareness courses (instructors' knowledge)

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 9:27am
I wouldn't worry too much about an instructor not knowing when advice about cyclists had changed so long as they know and say what it is now.

Britain's greatest....

CTC Forum - Racing - 27 July 2015 - 9:18am
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/33663653

Slightly disappointed not to see Tommy Godwin, but not sure who I'd displace...

Re: Hi Viz plod gets space

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 8:25am
I have a red LED light on the right-hand end of my bars which helps to get more space from motorists. Works best in the dark (obviously) but can still be seen on all but the brightest of days.

Where to stay with bikes in Rutland?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 July 2015 - 5:39am
Hi all,

No idea quite where this fitted so I'll try here. No doubt it can be moved if needed. I'm looking at - next year now - loading the bikes up on the car rack and going off for a week, stopping in various places and doing little local tourist type rides. One of the first places I like the look of trying is Rutland Water. I think it's about 25mi round and if you're spending time taking in the sights and taking photos that should fill a full day so if possible I'd rather have somewhere to stay overnight. Are there such beasts as B&B's around there (or anyway else really come to that) that might have provisions for locking up bikes overnight? Don't fancy leaving them on the unsecured car carrier all night if at all possible.

I've looked on the Independent Hostels site but that brought up no results within 15mi of Whitwell so I'm guessing there's none of those local.

Re: Loose stones on the road

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 12:31am
I made a complaint to the local highways whom cleared the footpaths and swept all the loose debris/chippings right into the gap between the path crossing and the pedestrian refuge. They denied there was a problem so I made the complaint official at county level, they still didn't sweep it up.
Then there's the build up of the chippings from the chip n tar relain roads....oh the list is endless, it' proper horrible out there

Re: Is the entire field of view blocked for an HGV?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 12:27am
Flinders wrote:It's like having your eyes closed and firing a gun and then saying it wasn't your fault you shot someone because you 'didn't see them'.
Known as 'the Pistorius Defence'.

Re: Newbie to Road bikes

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 July 2015 - 10:39pm
MikeF wrote:Do you mean you've been MTBing for 10 years and not ridden on a road? Surely not.
Yes on an mtb to get to trails etc 10-15 miles on road, but not 100 mile rides on a road bike.

Re: Specialized Awol

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 July 2015 - 10:22pm
They're announcing it mid August, which can't come soon enough just going to be a pain trying to get hold of one!

Re: Specialized Awol

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 July 2015 - 10:17pm
They don't seem to get discounted so I'd wait for the better spec'. Have they announced the 2016 spec' yet?

Re: Loose stones on the road

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 July 2015 - 10:12pm
Aye. One of my regular rides has such stones and debris right on a downhill bend and it's given me a fright on a couple of occasions.

Re: Hi Viz plod gets space

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 July 2015 - 10:07pm
mjr wrote:It didn't work for me when I tried a random test. The only things that got me significantly more room were eyeballing overtakers and hanging things off the right side of the rear rack. I should retry with a rear facing camera and see if that helps but I don't ride on so many nasty roads now I live in Norfolk.

When riding with a single pannier I always put it on the right side, nearest the traffic, to give the illusion of extra width. I don't know if it makes a difference, but I don't get many worryingly close overtakes.

Re: Hi Viz plod gets space

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 July 2015 - 9:54pm
It didn't work for me when I tried a random test. The only things that got me significantly more room were eyeballing overtakers and hanging things off the right side of the rear rack. I should retry with a rear facing camera and see if that helps but I don't ride on so many nasty roads now I live in Norfolk.

Re: Newbie to Road bikes

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 July 2015 - 9:48pm
I've been riding on the road for about 50 years and the only injuries I've had have been down to me falling off or cycling into things, with nobody else involved. I'd be more at risk cycling in a forest with all those trees to hit! You will be more at risk than me through lack of familiarity, but just read up on how to do it and don't jump in at the deep end by taking on city centre commuting. And don't be too nervous!

Loose stones on the road

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 July 2015 - 9:47pm
We often hear about pot holes and the damge hey cause but there seems to be a lot of loose stones, scree and stuff that has washed off hillsides from landslips. I had to replace a front wheet from hitting a stone and it seems to be that the cutbacks has meant more stones and debris is left on the roads.
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