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Re: Before Pulling In For Car - Indicate or Not ?

12 May 2016 - 12:06pm
Often a look back at the driver (eye contact, if possible) is enough to tell them that you are about to do something. Generally, I don't bother to signal, especially on a quiet road with just the two of us (me + following car) to worry about. If there is lots going on (kids playing at the farm gate, tractor turning in from the other way, etc.), I'm a lot more likely to use a signal. However, it has to be absolutely clear what the signal is for. If there is a drive or forest track or something, they might think I'm turning off, and that could make the situation worse, rather than better, or even lead to a crash.

I'd rather leave a driver uncertain what I am doing, than mistakenly lead them to believe that I will do something that I am not.

Re: Recommend me a new road bike tyre

12 May 2016 - 11:58am
I've used both GP 4000 and 4 Seasons, and in the wet, the GP 4 Seasons is a better tyre. It's not a huge improvement; perhaps 5 or 10%. And either is a very good tyre.

I think that there is a small reduction in durability in exchange for wet traction performance between the 4000s and 4 Seasons. I have to admit that neither tyre is particularly hard wearing, but if performance in wet conditions is you highest priority, GP 4 Seasons is the best tyre I've ever ridden on.

Re: Before Pulling In For Car - Indicate or Not ?

12 May 2016 - 11:57am
brynpoeth wrote:NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,
I tend to speed up and pull in immediately waving them on and track stand if I need, or drop into the hedge / bank with one foot to prop myself and make myself narrow.
Then wave them on.
The other day came head on to a road sweeper which filled the lane, so I dropped bike into hedge and got off so I could see the truck move past with safety.
I see no point in waving / indicating before I am safe.

One should never "wave them on"! Do not try telling others what to do. Let them wait and decide for themselves. Giving such "friendly" signals causes many "accidents".
+1
Nor will I (when driving) pass anywhere near* a "track standing" cyclist, they may accelerate in order to maintain/regain balance or fall over. Too risky for me.

*i.e. I will pass only if I can safely give them a complete lane, as if they were a moving cyclist.

Re: Recommend me a new road bike tyre

12 May 2016 - 11:37am
I have a Schwalbe Durano on the back, not the quickest tyre but reasonably puncture proof. Running a Vittoria Rubino Pro on the front, but I find it a bit noisy. I've previously used Vredestein Fortezza Tricomp if you are looking for something lighter and a bit more racy. I've worn these through to the canvas without puncturing them.

Re: Before Pulling In For Car - Indicate or Not ?

12 May 2016 - 11:12am
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,
I tend to speed up and pull in immediately waving them on and track stand if I need, or drop into the hedge / bank with one foot to prop myself and make myself narrow.
Then wave them on.
The other day came head on to a road sweeper which filled the lane, so I dropped bike into hedge and got off so I could see the truck move past with safety.
I see no point in waving / indicating before I am safe.

One should never "wave them on"! Do not try telling others what to do. Let them wait and decide for themselves. Giving such "friendly" signals causes many "accidents".

Re: Before Pulling In For Car - Indicate or Not ?

12 May 2016 - 11:10am
No do not indicate, an old cyclist once told me. Because drivers take this as an invitation to squeeze past before there is enough room to pass with at least 2m distance.

Keep the terrorists gussing, do NOT make eye contact!

Re: Falling Off

12 May 2016 - 10:38am
I would say I fall off my bike roughly once a year on average, and this has been going on for decades. Mostly very little injury results. Worst has been one broken bone in my hand, and some stitches in my chin, both a very long time ago. However several expensive items of clothing, notably goretex jackets, have been ruined, and once my glasses were broken.

My most recent fall, in January, was due to riding over some slippery leaves concealing a water drainage feature on a shared bike facility. Second time, so I now refuse to use it in winter.
Fairly recently, during mounting the bike, I fell when I got a gear lever caught up with my trouser leg. I did that to a large audience by Leicester Sq tube station.
I've had two or three similar low speed falls due to general clumsiness, broke a knuckle on one occasion.
Once was riding home in the dark and rain and a stick hidden in shadow got caught in my wheel and threw me off.
I've come off about 4 or 5 times due to ice.
A couple of times due to loose gravel.
Cleated pedal incompetence resulted in about 3 falls - don't use them any more.
Three or four times some luggage equipment or bicycle component failure resulted in wheel ceasing to turn and throwing me off.
Once incompetently got stuck in the gutter and fell off.

Then of collisions resulting in fall, there have been 2 pedestrians running out in front of me, a dooring, a left hook, and twice a car overtaking me and immediately stopping in front of me - one of those resulted in some stiches, the other broke my glasses.

Re: Falling Off

12 May 2016 - 10:38am
I fall off rarely. Maybe twice a decade. And it's never due to bike handling mistakes. I've been down because of ice a couple of times, and once my rear wheel was nudged by a van, causing me to tumble. I've never had more than bruises to show for it. It must be four or five years since I last hit the deck, so maybe I'm overdue!

Re: Falling Off

11 May 2016 - 8:50pm
We had 3 riders come off on a roundabout yesterday evening...... damp but not wet enough to wash the roads, only dampen the diesel etc., and 3 not so experienced newbies skidded off, pride and skin left on the road.

Re: Falling Off

11 May 2016 - 8:28pm
I've been lucky in that apart from being knocked off, its a very long time since I fell off of my own accord, although I've had a couple ofclose shaves with leaves hiding gutters at the edge of a cycle path.

There was the time though that I'd just recovered from an ear infection which at its worst meant I couldn't stand, let alone walk or ride a bike. Except I hadn't quite recovered, as soo as I looked round I suddenly found myself on the ground!

Like other posters I found my galaxy a bit twitchy atforst - I replaced the Continental touring tyres (this was about 1993) with Hutchinson Kevlars which had a much more rounded profile - made a huge difference. Did the same more recently swopping-out a pair of Marathons for a pair of Randonneur Pros, again made a huge difference for the same reason.

Re: Janet Street Porter

11 May 2016 - 8:26pm
Si wrote:
As related elsewhere it shows a subtle change in attitude. We no longer have the loonie leftie cyclist howling against the common sense of the normalised behaviour of the masses and establishment....

Good observation.

Re: Recommend me a new road bike tyre

11 May 2016 - 8:20pm
Just fitted a pair of these, am very pleased with them. http://www.wiggle.co.uk/vittoria-randon ... city-tyre/

If you want a pair of Marathons, hardly used, I took them off the bike and you can have them for a reasonable fee, but you'd need to collect from South Birmingham!

Re: Before Pulling In For Car - Indicate or Not ?

11 May 2016 - 8:10pm
Slightly off-topic. The other day I riding along a road with parked cars on both sides. There is a car coming the other way and so I decide to pull into a convenient gap to let them by. As I do so the car behind me charges forward - practically shunts the other car out of the way and is then followed by three other cars. It is a bit galling when you do your bit to be polite and considerate on the roads for it to hijacked by such selfish cockwombles.

Re: Driverless cars in UK this year

11 May 2016 - 7:48pm
I thought we already had cars with no drivers ( to speak of)

Re: Cycling opportunity Keswick -Kendal

11 May 2016 - 7:39pm
It was on the local news today that the road has been opened. Anyone up there driven it yet?

Re: Recommend me a new road bike tyre

11 May 2016 - 6:25pm
Gatorskins or 4000sII's - ime worth every penny - seem to win most of the road tests too!

Re: Recommend me a new road bike tyre

11 May 2016 - 5:08pm
Vittoria have introduced the G+ version of the Rubino Pro. I don't know if the Graphene makes any difference but there are some good deals on the older versions at the moment.

I've lately been using Grand Prix 4000's on my road bike but I've used Rubino Pro's in the past and when I saw these I couldn't resist. They're 25mm if that's a problem.

Re: Recommend me a new road bike tyre

11 May 2016 - 3:48pm
If by some miracle somebody was able to extract £30 from me for a cycle tyre like a Continental 4 Seasons, I would leave it on the front where it would last for 12-20,000 miles while using up a stream of cheaper tyres (like Rubino Pros) lasting 4,000 on the rear until it was so covered in gashes that I moved it to the rear to wear out and be gone.

Rather than wear out such an expensive tyre on the back where durability or cheapness matters more than grip.

Re: Recommend me a new road bike tyre

11 May 2016 - 3:27pm
Will be interested to hear what you go with in the end and how you get on.

I think i'm in the minority in that i've never really had much luck with the widely praised Marathon Plus tyres and always used Specialized Armadillo's but these have recently been replaced with Armadillo Elite which don't really seem any different other than having an extra 25% slapped on the cost of them!

Avoid the S-Work Turbo's from Specialized though, i've had problems with 3 of them now in that the tyre wall is really flimsy

Re: Downslink works: Bramber to Shoreham-by-Sea

11 May 2016 - 3:17pm
Just discovered why the section south of the A27 to the toll bridge was not included (EA video at 5:09)
 
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