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Re: Janet Street Porter

13 May 2016 - 11:42am
ANTONISH wrote:IMO pedestrians often get the worse of things- being herded to inconvenient crossings and always having to be aware that the pavement may not always be exclusively used by pedestrians.
Nah, I don't buy that. Pedestrians are also victims of the tyranny of the motocracy but cyclists have it worse. Pedestrians mostly have pavements to their own exclusive use. Cyclists virtually never have their own exclusive space. Cycle tracks have the same kind of rubbish crossings that pedestrians have. I am confident that I could walk any road in the country that I am legally permitted to if I so wished, yet there are a good number I could not cycle on because of the danger. We don't have adults who feel unable to walk across town because of the perceived danger of doing so, yet huge proportions of the population feel unable to make ever simple journeys by cycle because of fear of being injured or killed. Pedestrians may use all of the rights of way network, any newly constructed cycle paths and all public space. Cyclists may use only a small proportion of the rights of way network and shared use cycle facilities are often poorly suited to their needs.

Re: Janet Street Porter

13 May 2016 - 11:30am
ANTONISH wrote:kylecycler wrote:Damn! Thought you were going to tell us she'd died. Horrible woman. Even endorses and defends the production of veal.


Isn't veal a byproduct of the dairy industry?
It was a bit of a rant - unfortunately some cyclists make her points for her.
IMO pedestrians often get the worse of things- being herded to inconvenient crossings and always having to be aware that the pavement may not always be exclusively used by pedestrians.
Sorry, it was just a personal opinion, nothing to do with cycling. It's just that, many years ago, a young lady called Louise, with absolutely no lead-up whatsoever - we hadn't even been talking about food - said to me, "Don't eat veal, by the way." She'd found out what it was and how it was produced and had taken it upon herself to tell everyone she met not to eat the stuff. Unfortunately that's what I associate with Janet Street-Porter - veal.

Actually I didn't know she was a cyclist so I take everything back. Nobody is beyond salvation.

Re: Close passes BY cyclists

13 May 2016 - 10:32am
meic wrote:Yet when (if) a car driver slows down to 20mph in their tonne plus of steel in the same circumstances, they are applauded for their courtesy!That's true, except that a car would have undoubtedly hit someone if it had done the same, and at the time the occasional cars were showing headlights.

Re: Close passes BY cyclists

13 May 2016 - 10:03am
Yet when (if) a car driver slows down to 20mph in their tonne plus of steel in the same circumstances, they are applauded for their courtesy!

Re: Close passes BY cyclists

13 May 2016 - 9:54am
A prat is a prat whether he's on a bike, driving a car or whatever. Content yourself with the sure and certain knowledge that his next close encounter with the tarmac can only be a few miles away.

Re: Driverless cars in UK this year

13 May 2016 - 9:54am
Richard D wrote:Swap to a car with an electronic brain and a manufacturer who will be rightly terrified of product liability claims if the software isn't *perfect*, or stick to a car driven by a moron who spends a lot of time staring at what passes for his electronic brain hoping for a Facebook status update?

I know which I'd prefer to share the roads with.

+1

Close passes BY cyclists

13 May 2016 - 9:51am
Last night I was outside a rural pub on a minor unlit road except for pub lights. It was half light with morris dancers in the road. A cyclist pedalled by on a road bike at a speed of 20mph (my estimate}, passing very close and startling many people. He didn't give any warning or reduce speed, didn't appear to have any front light, but could have had an ineffectual blinky and had a red blinking rear light.

The effect of his actions generated cries of "knock him off", "throw a stick at him", "put a stick through his spokes", "bloody cyclists", "next time ……." etc.

I'm sure it left many feeling they needed "to get their own back" by giving cyclists a close pass, just as he had given them a close pass. At the moment there are campaigns etc to request a minimum legal passing distance of cyclists, but actions like this stir up an enormous amount of hatred/prejudice against cyclists by the much larger non cycling community. If we want consideration from others we need to give consideration as well!

Re: Janet Street Porter

13 May 2016 - 9:25am
kylecycler wrote:Damn! Thought you were going to tell us she'd died. Horrible woman. Even endorses and defends the production of veal.


Isn't veal a byproduct of the dairy industry?
It was a bit of a rant - unfortunately some cyclists make her points for her.
IMO pedestrians often get the worse of things- being herded to inconvenient crossings and always having to be aware that the pavement may not always be exclusively used by pedestrians.

Re: What a palaver taking a bike by train

13 May 2016 - 9:10am
That is a good price! Can you even move around London for that price these days? When I lived there a decade ago, ticket prices already felt slightly insane.

They must have spent about 12 quid on paper and ink for you!

Re: Falling Off

12 May 2016 - 9:42pm
'Probably shouldn't do it again, though, as that last one has left quite a bit of metalwork in my hip, and I shudder to think what would happen if I hit the deck hard enough on that side again'

You'll be fine, as long as you're wearing a helmet

Re: Driverless cars in UK this year

12 May 2016 - 9:29pm
Swap to a car with an electronic brain and a manufacturer who will be rightly terrified of product liability claims if the software isn't *perfect*, or stick to a car driven by a moron who spends a lot of time staring at what passes for his electronic brain hoping for a Facebook status update?

I know which I'd prefer to share the roads with.

Re: What a palaver taking a bike by train

12 May 2016 - 9:28pm
yes just me. Must say though the price of return ticket is nice at just £12.

Re: Falling Off

12 May 2016 - 9:26pm
I seem to fall off every 18 months or so. Wet cattle grid, gravel on bend, and wet manhole cover reached caused the last three.

Probably shouldn't do it again, though, as that last one has left quite a bit of metalwork in my hip, and I shudder to think what would happen if I hit the deck hard enough on that side again.

Re: What a palaver taking a bike by train

12 May 2016 - 9:24pm
mercalia wrote:What a palaver taking a bike by train?

so I got an advanced ticket to Wickham Market and back from Liverpool st London

I end up with 12 yes 12 ticket size cards. 2 each of cycle reservation, seat reservation, receipts, attachment to cycle, actual tickets and 2 others I dont have a clue what they are.

This is unreal


12 vouchers.jpg


Last time I did this many moons ago just get the tickets and attach a note to the bike lol
Are you travelling alone? You appear to have 2 seat reservations each way (the "mandatory reservation" ones at the bottom, with one seat number, & Seat reservations for additional seats - middle pair).

The 2 tickets for cycle reservations have been standard for ages - 1 to keep with your ticket and 1 to attach to the bike (so folk know where the bike is going to if you aren't nearby).

Just keep the bits for each direction together (apart from attaching the relevant bit to your bike when you are at the station - I usually wedge mine under the edge of one of the brake hoods, but I've seen folk thread them in the spokes & other places) with the ticket bit at the top (that may be the only bit they are bothered with) & keep the two directions separate.

Apart from that don't worry too much about it - they don't weigh too much! The actual travel is usually much less complicated. The only thing I've found to watch out for is rolling stock that means you have to hang your bike by a wheel - it is best if you can remove luggage quickly & easily, although I have hung mine with a pair of small rear panniers still attached, & have a cloth handy as the plastic coating on the hooks can often be worn away & the exposed metal can mark your rim.

Have a good trip.

Rick.

Re: Baggy shorts for commuting and leisure riding

12 May 2016 - 7:20pm
what about sizing for these?

not very helpful how they do it on the web page?

What a palaver taking a bike by train

12 May 2016 - 7:07pm
What a palaver taking a bike by train?

so I got an advanced ticket to Wickham Market and back from Liverpool st London

I end up with 12 yes 12 ticket size cards. 2 each of cycle reservation, seat reservation, receipts, attachment to cycle, actual tickets and 2 others I dont have a clue what they are.

This is unreal


12 vouchers.jpg


Last time I did this many moons ago just get the tickets and attach a note to the bike lol

Re: Recommend me a new road bike tyre

12 May 2016 - 4:32pm
GP 4000s are probably roll a bit better than the 4 seasons. I can't feel any difference, but the 4 seasons are definitely more puncture resistant, so all else being equal, I would expect them to be a bit slower.

Re: Recommend me a new road bike tyre

12 May 2016 - 3:20pm
I quite like Michelin Pro 4 which you can get in various compounds to suit longevity/stickiness/rolling resistance etc. I have only used the Endurance range but have had no issues. I used to use Conti 4 Seasons until they priced me out of the market.

Re: Recommend me a new road bike tyre

12 May 2016 - 2:46pm
The Gpx 4000 have one of the lowest rolling resistances. Other tyres may suit if you want puncture protection emg Michelin Pro 4 endurance.

Www.bicyclerollingresistance.com

Re: Recommend me a new road bike tyre

12 May 2016 - 1:51pm
I'm sorry I should have been a little clearer.

I don't particularly like ridding in the wet but being from NE Scotland , I do get cought out sometimes.

Theses tyres will mostly be used in the summer / dry months but I don't want something that's really poor in the wet..


I want something fast.


I've recently been using 32 Hypers on my commuting bike and I can't believe how fast they are..


Is this any clearer ??
 
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